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Lancôme Absolue Lip Balm

Lancôme Absolue Lip Balm

Lancôme Absolue Lip Balm

I’m never, EVER without a lip balm. I received my first balm in second grade, and have been obsessed with them ever since. It smelled like strawberries, and it was fabulous. While I’m still a sucker for those candy-scented balm treats, my main concern at this age is keeping the lips conditioned. The NEW Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Nourishing Lip Balm feels as luxurious as your richest body butter, and comes in a convenient tube form!

Lancôme Absolue Lip Balm

Lancôme Absolue Lip Balm

The retail price is $50 per balm.  What you’re paying for is a truly superior nourishing salve, that is miraculous for truly dry lips in need of extra TLC. Active ingredients include Lancome Pro-Xylane™ to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Other lip-loving ingredients are Vitamin E, Acacia Honey, Beeswax and Rosehip Seed Oil.

Retailers include Lancome-usa.com, Nordstrom.com, NeimanMarcus.com, Bloomingdales.com, and Saks.com.

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

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Swatches Photo Prices

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Lineup

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Lineup

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks

press-sampleHoly smokes this collection of the newly launched Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks is gorgeous, is it not?  When I received the box containing this new lineup, I assumed the brand had sent me every shade available but NOT SO!  There are an incredible TWENTY matte liquid lipstick shades in this launch.  This post only contains HALF of what is available!

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Swatches

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Swatches

These gorgeous little gloss tubes contain a highly pigmented lipstick that can be applied like a gloss. I find the application to be easier than using a standard lipstick, because the angled, sponge-tip applicator can apply cleanly to even the narrowest parts of the lip. What makes them different from other liquid lipsticks?  They contain Smashbox Primer Oil complex, to make the formula feel lightweight.   This product delivers intense color, and REALLY long wear!

Swatches from left to right: Bawse (a bright true-red), Miss Conduct (deep Bordeaux), Stepping Out (medium neutral), Some Nerve (vivid medium lavender), Chill Zone (grey!), Dream Huge (medium pink), Shockaholic (hot pink), Out Loud (sophisticated brick red), Baja Bound (bright coral), and Driver’s Seat (deep neutral/pink).

The “BAWSE” shade is a collaboration between Smashbox and You Tube sensation Lilly Singh.  The in-charge shade of red is intentionally as fierce as the comedienne herself!

Retail price is $24 per tube.

Click HERE to buy from Smashbox.com. Other retailers of the brand include Sephora, Macys.com and Ulta.

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

MAC Tendertalk Lip Balms

MAC Tendertalk Lip Balms

MAC Tendertalk Lip Balms

press-sampleDry, flaky lips. They are a problem in both winter and summer.  The good news is applying a lip treatment doesn’t need to mean bare lips!  MAC Tendertalk Lip Balms are a marriage of color and comfort, delivering a luxurious moisturizing lip conditioner at the same time as sheer and shiny color!

MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm Swatches

MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm Swatches

Retail price is $20 per balm.

There are a total of five shades this collection, so click through to shop MACCosmetics.com to pick the ones best for you.

Other retailers that offer the MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm collection are 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.

MAC Blue Nectar Collection

Give In Amplified Lipstick, MAC Blue Nectar

Give In Amplified Lipstick, MAC Blue Nectar

press-sampleThe MAC Blue Nectar collection just launched, and if you’re looking for a great way to take advantage of the MAC BFF Sale this lip collection is a great place to start.  Overall the collection offers an array of lipsticks and Plushglass shades that are mostly cool-hued.  If you’re passionate about lips this is the collection for you!

Give In Amplified Swatch, MAC Blue Nectar

Give In Amplified Swatch, MAC Blue Nectar

If you’re looking for a solid neutral shade with cool undertones, check out “Give In”.  This MAC lipstick features an amplified finish.  Not sure what a MAC Amplified Finish is?  Picture an incredibly high-pigment product with a smooth satiny finish. Retail price is $17.

Ablaze Matte Liptick, MAC Blue Nectar

Ablaze Matte Liptick, MAC Blue Nectar

Ablaze Matte Swatch, MAC Blue Nectar

Ablaze Matte Swatch, MAC Blue Nectar

Ablaze is one of the few “warm” colors included in this collection.  This lipstick features a modern matte finish and a bright coral shade.  Retail price $17.

Robust Plushglass, MAC Blue Nectar Collection

Robust Plushglass, MAC Blue Nectar Collection

Robust Plushglass Swatch, MAC Blue Nectar Collection

Robust Plushglass Swatch, MAC Blue Nectar Collection

Robust Plushglass Applicator, MAC Blue Nectar Collection

Robust Plushglass Applicator, MAC Blue Nectar Collection

MAC Plushglass delivers sheer color to the lips, and simply feels amazing! This moisturizing formula feels soothing and nourishes the lips. Robust is a sheer shade of pink. Retail price $20.

There are many other shades in this collection, so be sure to click through to shop MACCosmetics.com.  Don’t forget to apply that promo code I posted yesterday to get your discount!

This collection is also available at 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.

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.