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Under Cover, NARS Summer 2016

Under Cover, NARS Summer 2016

Under Cover, NARS Summer 2016

Under Cover, NARS Summer 2016

Under Cover, NARS Summer 2016

press-sampleYou may find this hard to believe, but even here in the desert I look forward to the hot summer months.  We don’t experience “winter” in the Phoenix area the way much of the rest of the US does, but I’ll confess that I still hate it when it’s cooler and overcast.  The desert comes alive with fun activites for the kids only when temps hit 90 (think waterslides, wavepools, etc) and we spend a good part of every day outside, even when temps hit 115.

Aside from fun in the sun, summertime is an opportunity to have fun with your makeup as well. The NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 makeup collection contains vivid shadows for the eyes, bronzy dual intensity blush shades, and “Lip Cover” glosses in classic shades. All items sport limited edition packaging that is so fun!

Members Only Swatch, NARS Under Cover Summer 2016

Members Only Swatch, NARS Under Cover Summer 2016

This Hollywood starlet red is seasonless. Check out the amazing texture on this swatch! Price is $28 per gloss.

Pool Shark and Deep End Swatches, NARS Under Cover Summer 2016

Pool Shark and Deep End Swatches, NARS Under Cover Summer 2016

Pool Shark and Deep End Eye Shadow harness the beauty of the sea shimmering beneath a hot sun.  What great choices for summertime accent colors!  Price is $29 per shadow.

Liberation Dual Intensity Blush, NARS Summer 2016

Liberation Dual Intensity Blush, NARS Summer 2016

Liberation Dual Intensity Blush, NARS Summer 2016

Liberation Dual Intensity Blush, NARS Summer 2016

Liberation Dual Intensity Blush contains a peachy pink and a terracotta rust shade that are perfect for blushing and contouring.  Retail price is $45 per compact.

Click HERE to shop the Under Cover collection at NARSCosmetics.com. Other retailers include Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, and Ulta.

The products in this review were press samples. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

MAC x Chris Chang

MAC x Chris Chang Collection 2016

MAC x Chris Chang Collection 2016

press-sampleThose perfect pops of color you crave for summer? That’s what you’ll find in the MAC x Chris Chang color collection for Summer 2016. Chris Chang’s Poesia line is known for being a bit wacky, a bit whimsical, but above all else colorful! Inspired by the Chinese art form Kunqu, this collection features a rainbow of colors for lips, cheeks, and eyes.

MAC x Chris Chang Swatches

MAC Gold Xixi Lustre Lipstick

MAC Gold Xixi Lustre Lipstick

MAC Gold Xixi Lustre Lipstick Swatch

MAC Gold Xixi Lustre Lipstick Swatch

When I first saw this Gold Xixi lipstick, I thought “Oh, this is probably a subtle hint of gold!”  NOPE!  This is an extremely pigment rich, in your face yellow-gold!  If you are looking for a statement lipstick, this collection is one you need to see.  Gold Xixi is described by MAC as a Lemony Pastel Yellow.  Other colors in the collection include Cloud Gait (pastel turquoise lustre), Plum Princess (a pastel plum/lavender matte), DDDevilish (pastel hot pink matte), and Vermillion Vee (true red matte).  Retail price $20 per lipstick.

MAC Prep + Prime Tranasparent Finishing Powder

MAC Prep + Prime Tranasparent Finishing Powder

The only colorless product in the MAC x Chris Chang collection is this Prep + Prime finishing powder.  Completely translucent, this powder can be used on any complexion to help soften the appearance and mattify the finish of your makeup.  The limited-edition compact design is a reward for replenishing this makeup bag staple now.  Retail price is $29.50.

MAC Rich Coral Cream Colour Base

MAC Rich Coral Cream Colour Base

MAC Rich Coral Swatch

MAC Rich Coral Swatch

MAC Cream Colour Base is the ultimate in buildable color.  The finish is sheer and dewy, and it can be layered until you achieve the desired intensity.  This fragrance-free product can be used on eyes, lips, or cheeks.  It’s the ultimate is versatility!  The shade Rich Coral is an intense blood orange color.  Other shades include Peony Pavilian (hot pink), and Sockit Xiqu (dirty lavender).  Retail price is $23 per compact.

Also included in the collection but not pictured are four shades of eye shadow ($17), and one Fluidline ($17.50).  Shop the collection on MACCosmetics.com.  MAC products are also available at Nordstrom.com, Bloomingdales.com, Macys.com and Saks.com.

The products in this review were press samples. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

HUGE Lancôme GWP At Macy’s!

HUGE Lancome GWP at Macy's, Macy's Lancome GWP, Macy's Beauty GWP

Lancome Gift Time, Macy's Lancome Gift, Macy's Lancome Gift with purchase With Mother’s Day right around the corner, this HUGE Lancôme GWP at Macy’s is perfectly timed! Starting today, with any Lancome purchase of $35 or more in the Macy’s beauty department, you’ll score a generous 6-piece gift of amazing Lancôme product, housed in an adorable spring tote! Click this link to shop: Lancome free 6-piece gift with any $35 Lancome purchase (Value $79 – $122).  This offer ends on 5/23!

As always, I’m here to help with buying suggestions for you, if you’re stumped! I’ve tested my fair share of Lancôme product over the years, and here are some of my all-time favorites!

Color Design Sensational Effects Matte Smoth Hold Lipcolor, $23.  The most color-intense lipstick you’ll ever see, with a streak-free matte finish!  I can’t say enough about this recently-released Lancôme formula.  My “go-to” shade pick from the lineup is Nutmeg, a medium neutral that works for any season!

Gloss In Love, $27.50.  Imagine the most buttery gloss you’ll ever feel, housed in an ingenious tube with a button that deploys the applicator.  That’s Gloss In Love!  Fizzy Rosie is a great color choice for spring.  It’s a soft pink/apricot shade that works for any complexion.

Definicils Waterproof High Definition Mascara, $27.50.  How did I test this waterproof formula for my readers?  I wore it all day to a local waterslide park!  After hours of slipping and sliding this mascara hadn’t budged at all.  If you have vacation plans, or just a busy summer of water fun ahead, this is a must-try!

Color Design Matte Lip Crayon, $24.  This lightweight formula comes in an easy-to-apply pencil format that hugs every curve and corner of the lips!

Blush Subtil Palette, $43.  These three-shade cheek palettes are the ultimate for a frequent traveler!  Each palette features a bronzer shade, a blush shade, and a highlighter.

Sourcil Tint Longwear Eyebrow Pen, $26.  In the world of beauty, brows are so NOW!  These felt-tip marker pens are perfect for filling sparse areas and shaping the brow, and deliver a natural, soft color!

Color Design Palette in Beige Brulee, $50.  I get such amazing amounts of use out of this neutral 5-shade palette.  These colors create a natural daytime look that easily transitions to evening by layering deeper accent shades.  The Color Design Palette also comes with application instructions for those of us feeling intimidated.

This offer ends on 5/23 so click through now to stock up! Lancome free 6-piece gift with any $35 Lancome purchase (Value $79 – $122).

The products mentioned in this post were previously press samples from Lancome.  This post is sponsored by Macy’s.  Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Lip And Cheek Summer Glow Swatches

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Lip And Cheek Summer Glow

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Lip And Cheek Summer Glow

press-sample I have a very unhealthy obsession with the new Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Lip and Cheek Summer Glow.  This perfectly portable cheek and lip color features a dual-ended design.  At one end is a sheer, glossy gloss.  At the other end is color that can function as either a lipstick or cheek color!  The bottom portion of container is clear, showing off the gloss color contained inside.  Each of these can be used standalone, or you can layer the products on the lips for a more dramatic look.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Lip And Cheek Summer Glow Swatches:

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Lip And Cheek Summer Glow Swatches: Sunburst, Fuchsia Lights, and Peach Glow

I’m smitten with the color Sunburst (at left) a barely-there sheer gold that is absolutely gorgeous. Also featured in this photo are Fuchsia Lights (center) a deep pink and Peach Glow (at right) a medium peach.  I adore all three!  They’re a great choice to add to your beach tote this summer!

Retail price is $34 per tube.

Click HERE to buy yours at EsteeLauder.com! Other retailers of this product include Nordstrom.com, NeimanMarcus.com, Bloomingdales.com, Macys.com and Saks.com.

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

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection

press-sampleThe recently released limited-edition MAC Charlotte Olympia collection features unique white packaging adorned with lip prints, manicures, cobwebs, and long-lashed eyes.  The unusual packaging kicks off the overall experience of this collection in the perfect way.  Inside, product is housed in equally unique packaging.  The lipstick is housed in a lucite tube with a spiderweb image, the Lipmix lip pigments feature a tube design, and OH MY the nail polish! Each polish is a lean, sleek pyramid design topped with a gleaming golden cap. They are absolutely amazing!

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection Leading Lady Red Lipstick

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection Leading Lady Red Lipstick

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection Leading Lady Red Lipstick Swatch

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection Leading Lady Red Lipstick Swatch

The lipstick featured in photos above is named “Leading Lady Red” and is a matte true red. Matte is a very popular choice for 2016, and this MAC formula is a perfect long-wearing matte in a shade a star would wear to the Oscars. This true red suits most skin tones, so if you’ve had a tough time finding that perfect red you should give “Leading Lady” a shot!  Other shades in the collection are “Starlett Scarlet” a lighter true red, and “Retro Rouge” a deep brown/red.  Retail price per lipstick is $18.

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection Studio Nal Lacquers

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection Studio Nal Lacquers

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection To Have Or Have Not Swatch

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection To Have Or Have Not Swatch

The stars of this collection are the three MAC Studio Nail Lacquers with a cream finish and a bottle the shape of a sharp stiletto.  The photo above shows off a red-orange shade named “To Have Or Have Not”. In fact, this color leans so orange it could even be classified as a vivid dark coral.  This shade is really ideal for Spring and Summer, and would look killer with a tan.  As always I need to reiterate that MAC Studio Nail Lacquer is quite incredible. Its streak free application and long wearing formula places it safely in the category of the very best nail polish available on the market.

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection Old Fashioned Swatch

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection Old Fashioned Swatch

The shade of nail lacquer above is a deep berry red named “Old-Fashioned”.  This classic shade is seasonless, so if you’re looking for a color from the collection to wear all year long this should be your pick.  Also available but not pictured is the shade “Good Old Days” a pure white.  White manicures are a hot trend for 2016!  Retail price is $13 per bottle.

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection Lipmix Red Swatch

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection Lipmix Red Swatch

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection Lipmix Red Swatch

MAC Charlotte Olympia Collection Lipmix Red Swatch

I’m a big fan of the Lipmix product, and the color shown above is simply “Red“.  This lip color is housed in a tiny tube, and best applied with a lip brush.  The color is so intense, only a tiny bit of product delivers amazing results!  What stands out most about Lipmix isn’t the color, but the incredible texture.  This shade also happens to match the “To Have Or Nave Not” nail lacquer really well!  Not shown is the shade “Crimson”, a dark blackened red.  Retail price is $16 per tube.

There’s so much more to the MAC Charlotte Olympia collection, including two lip pencils, a pigment, two cream colour bases, and even accessories!  Click HERE to shop the collection at MACCosmetics.com, other retailers include Nordstrom.com, Bloomingdales.com, Macys.com and Saks.com.

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