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Beauty Blogger Essentials

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Beauty Blogger Essentials

Press Sample, Affiliate LinkThis week’s Makeup Wars topic posed a bit of a problem for me.  The Makeup Wars team is writing about our tried and true go-to products, the items we reach for again and again and replenish over and over. I had a blast pulling together this Beauty Blogger Essentials List, but have to admit that I couldn’t fit all of my “go to” beauty items in one post!

As a result, today’s post is part one of a two-part series and you can see the remainder of my Beauty Blogger Essentials List tomorrow.  Love what you see?  All of these products can be purchased at Nordstrom.com.  While you’re there, don’t miss the Nordstrom Clearance Sale!  It’s definitely worth a peek.

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  • NARS Nail Polish: If I had to pick only one nail polish to use, I’d splurge on a bottle of NARS Nail Polish over and over again. This highly opaque color-rich formula can truly be applied with only one coat. It’s big 3 free, and has a gorgeous wide brush for applying. It’s a seriously luxe experience from end to end, with professional results. Retail is $20.
  • Lancôme Color Design Shadow and Liner Palette:  There are a gazillion eyeshadow palettes I love, but the Lancôme 5-Pan Color Design Palette is currently the first I reach for.  These palettes provide room for creativity, but don’t overwhelm with choices.  They are sized for travel, unlike a mega-palette, and also include tips for application.  I’m currently using Beige Brulee, but have my eye on Taupe Craze (in photo).  Retail is $50.
  • Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour:  I love WAY too many lipsticks to mention them all, but Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Color is definitely one of the first tubes I seek out when I’m applying my morning face.  The formula delivers a color-rich, satin finish and is available in a wide array of colors.  Palm Beach, shown above, is a fabulous vivid coral for Spring!  Retail is $27.
  • Lancôme Definicils Waterproof Mascara:  Here in the desert, temperatures are already starting to reach levels the rest of the world would consider summer.  To stay cool, we participate in a TON of water activity, so my makeup has to always be ready for some splashing.  I testing Lancôme Definicils Waterproof Mascara last summer, and when I say “tested” I mean I wore it for a day of watersliding action with my kids.  This formula didn’t run or budge AT ALL.  Retail is $27.50.
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil:  This reformulated version of an old favorite is still a mainstay in my makeup collection.  This water-resistant formula is the one you need to pick if you truly need color to last from day to night.  It applies in a gorgeous, smudgy texture that’s easily blended to perfection using the provided smudge-tip.  Once the product sets, it will stay put for hours!  Retail price is $23.
  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body:  Dry, flaky skin be gone!  Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body is perched in my shower, and has been for some time.  This physical/chemical peel first acts as a scrub.  Then it should be left on for up to 5 minutes while it works it’s magic, eliminating dry skin and revealing the healthy skin beneath!  Retail is $65.
  • Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm: After a fellow beauty blogger raved about Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm, I splurged on one for myself, and have been using it regularly ever since. This undereye cream is rich, delivers the moisture I so desparately need, and also tingles after you apply (so you can tell it’s working to reveal healthier skin). This product is paraben free, and Algenist is also made right here in the USA! Retail price is $65.
  • Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion:  When Shiseido launched their suncare line, I immediately grabbed a bottle of this SPF 50+ broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen.  Since that first trial run, I’ve purchased it over and over again.  As you’d expect, this product is superb sun protection, especially if you’ll be pool side.  What you might not know it is wears beautifully under makeup, as it has an almost matte finish when you apply.    Retail is $39.
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector: This little compact has been my “go-to” undereye concealer for quite some time now.  Once again, while my first was a press sample, I’ve since purchased this product over and over again (and usually keep a backup for travel, or to ensure I don’t run out).  Bobbi Brown corrector is a heavier concealer, and has an orange undertone that cancels darkness under the eyes. Retail is $25.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette:  I don’t know one beauty lover who doesn’t think the Hourlgass Ambient Lighting Palette is fabulous.  This palette contains an all-over face powder, a highlighting shade, and a bronzing shade.  It’s perfect for some subtle contouring, or to use each shade stand-alone.  Retail is $58.
  • NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer: NARS instantly won me over when they launched their Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. I generally avoided tinted moisturizers before NARS launched their version, as I required more coverage to even out my skin tone. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is slightly more opaque than the standard tinted moisturizer, but delivers a natural look. Since receiving my first sample I’ve purchased this product over and over again! Retail price is $43.

All of these items can be found at Nordstrom.com. Be sure to click through the links below to see and read other Beauty Blogger’s “go-to products”! I’ll also be posting another round of Beauty Essentials for your reading pleasure tomorrow!

The makeup featured in this product review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

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Milani Launches 2015!

Milani 2015 Launches:  Fierce Foil, Rose Powder Blush, Color Statement Lipstick

Milani 2015 Launches: Fierce Foil, Rose Powder Blush, Color Statement Lipstick

Press SampleMilani has been the toast of the Beauty Blogger town these days, launching some new products for 2015 that have gotten a TON of press for not only being on-trend, but budget-friendly!

Milani 2015 Launches:  Fierce Foil, Rose Powder Blush, Color Statement Lipstick

Milani 2015 Launches: Fierce Foil, Rose Powder Blush, Color Statement Lipstick

Keep reading after the jump for full details on all of the makeup in this photo. If you’ve already seen enough, grab yours at CVS! [Read more…]

MAC Lightness Of Being Winter 2015 Reviews

Light and airy, but as comfortable as your coziest cashmere sweater. That’s the kind of cozy comfort the MAC Lightness Of Being color collection offers, but in makeup form! The fine details, like knit patterns engraved atop the mineralize product, only serve to reel me in further.

MAC Lightness Of Being Winter 2015 Reviews

MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Just Breathe, Lightness of Being

MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Just Breathe, MAC Lightness of Being

Just Breathe Swatches, MAC Lightness of Being

Just Breathe Swatches, MAC Lightness of Being

Closeup!  MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow In Just Breathe

Closeup! MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow In Just Breathe

Press SampleThis Mineralize Shadow Duo is my absolute favorite. Just Breathe pairs a soft silvery gray with a deeper sooty grey to work into the crease of your lid.  MAC actually describes this duo as light blue, but… nah.  No way.  Together they create a cool-hued look that’s insanely portable.  Other colors include Spiritual Life (yellows), Natural Vigor (peach), Uninhibited (grays), Leap (purples), and Force of Nature (brown).  Retail price is $22.  Keep reading after the jump for more beauties from this collection. [Read more…]

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Lipstick

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Lipstick

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Lipstick

Press SampleHave you seen this video? The impossibly chic Carolyn Murphy decked out in designer duds emerges from her high-end sports car after publicly applying her Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Lipstick and causing quite a ruckus in the process. Her entire life is beautiful and perfect, right down to her choice of lip color!  BTW, what sunglasses is she wearing?  I have GOT to have them!

But I digress.  Here’s the deal.  My photos do this incredible new Estee Lauder product no justice, and these lipsticks are by far one of the Best Estee Lauder Products (and handily make it into my “must buy” list for 2015).

The color delivered is semi-sheer, but this formula is buildable, so the opacity ranges from sheer to medium, depending on your needs. The finish is glossy, very elegant and timeless. The tube itself is incredible. A deep navy case gleaming with golden accents and a magnetic closure to ensure the cap snaps into place. It’s utterly perfection. I greedily want to hoard every color of Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Lipstick! Click through for more images, and swatches of Budoir Baby, Surreal Sun, and Charmed. [Read more…]

STEAL ALERT! Glamour Dolls Makeup

Glamour Dolls Makeup From Gloss48!

Glamour Dolls Makeup From Gloss48!

Glamour Dolls Makeup

Press SampleGloss48 has introduced me to so many fun brands to share with you readers! The latest fave to hit my vanity is Glamour Dolls. Gloss48 slid The Peachy Essentials collection my way, and spiced it up with an extra Lip Cream from the line.  Let me remind you right here that shopping at Gloss48 is for members onlyClick HERE for your invitation from RagingRouge (you’ll score a $10 discount off of your first order of $30 or more and I’ll get a $10 GC too).  We’ll shop together, we’ll look gorgeous… and we can laugh and point at the poor saps who aren’t members like us.

Glamour Dolls Lip Cream

Hands down, Glamour Dolls Lip Cream was my favorite product from the bunch.  I don’t mention my review techniques often to you readers, so I’ll remind you here.  When I receive product samples from a new brand, I do my best to avoid reading too much marketing material or pricing information.  I don’t want to be “led” in any way!  I can ensure my opinions are mine and mine alone.  Lip Cream has a smooth, luxurious feel to it, and delivers fun, vivid color.  My first guess was that Glamour Dolls makeup was solidly mid-range, a step up from drugstores but not quite prestige.  My estimate was each lip cream likely retailed for around $15, a price certainly justified.  Keep reading to find out the retail price.  You will be floored!

Glamour Dolls Lip Creams

Glamour Dolls Lip Creams

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MAC Heirloom Mix Redux

MAC Holiday Colour Collection 2014, Heirloom Mix

MAC Holiday Colour Collection 2014, Heirloom Mix

Press SampleDid you know that items from the MAC Heirloom Mix holiday makeup color collection are still available? I know, it’s CRAZY, but it’s true! This is the time of year where you get the opportunity to gift yourself with some of the fun holiday collection items you didn’t receive as gifts. If you had your eye on MAC Heirloom Mix and didn’t get any in your stocking, check these out! [Read more…]

Best Lipstick 2014

Makeup Wars: Best Of 2014 Series

Best Lipstick 2014, NARS Audacious

Best Lipstick 2014, NARS Audacious

Press Sample, Affiliate LinksHappy New Year’s Eve, everyone!  What lipstick will you be wearing when you kiss in the new year?  If you haven’t decided yet, this Best Lipstick 2014 post is just in time!

The Makeup Wars team asks, “What is the best lipstick of 2014?”  My answer?  Hands-down, NARS Audacious Lipstick was my #1 favorite lippie of 2014!  No question!

My Pick: Best Lipstick 2014 Edition

NARS Audacious Lipstick redefines “highly pigmented”. With only one swipe, rich, vivid and smooth color is delivered. These lipsticks are all about impact, and certainly aren’t for the wallflowers of the world!

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NARS Audacious Lipstick Swatches, Claudia and Catherine

Even the tube itself is luxe. These sleek black cases feature a magnetic closure that ensure the cap stays put, protecting your precious cargo in your bag.

Retail price is $32 per lipstick. Click HERE for a complete list of NARS Audacious color options.  I also have a list of the Best NARS Products if you’re looking for more gorgeous NARS product recommendations!

CLICK HERE to check out the entire line at NARSCosmetics.com. Other retailers include Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus.

The NARS product featured in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

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MAC Social Season Cremesheen Lipglass

MAC Social Season Cremesheen Lipglass, MAC Heirloom Mix

MAC Social Season Cremesheen Lipglass, MAC Heirloom Mix

Press SampleOh you little socialite you!  You’re going to be hitting literally every party this season, aren’t you?  Well good news.  MAC Social Season Cremesheen Glass, from the MAC Heirloom Mix holiday color collection, is that perfect shimmering shade of pink that can take you from boardroom to ballroom!  Click HERE to check out the entire collection.  Keep reading for a Social Season swatch and more about this fabulous color! [Read more…]

MAC Sparks Of Romance Lipstick

MAC Sparks of Romance Lipstick, Heirloom Mix

MAC Sparks of Romance Lipstick, Heirloom Mix

Press SampleEvery year, MAC introduces a limited-edition red lipstick shade that is–literally–perfect for anyone who thinks they can’t wear red lipstick. This year’s edition of that must-have red is Sparks of Romance. From the MAC Heirloom Mix color collection for holiday 2014, Sparks of Romance is a true, vivid red  Click HERE to check out the entire collection. [Read more…]

butter LONDON Moisture Matte Lipstick

butter LONDON Moisture Matte Lipstick

butter LONDON Moisture Matte Lipstick

butter LONDON Moisture Matte Lipstick Review

butter LONDON Moisture Matte Lipstick Review

Press SampleThe brand butter London is known and loved by many for their fabulous nail lacquer line. What many don’t realize is they actually have their own line of color cosmetics that are equally as fabulous!  butter LONDON recently added to their extensive selection of lipcolor a collection of Moisture Matte Lipsticks  family Matte Lipsticks available in some familiar colors from their lacquer collection. [Read more…]