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SinfulColors Spring Lineup

SinfulColors Spring 2015 Polish Collection

SinfulColors Spring 2015 Polish Collection

SinfulColors Spring 2015 Swatches

SinfulColors Spring 2015 Swatches

Press SampleIn search of some serious eye candy today, readers? Well it’s your lucky day, because today I have five shades from the Spring 2015 SinfulColors collection to share with you! My day is instantly brighter just looking at these cheerful and peppy colors.

Where SinfulColors is concerned, the best news is always the price. Not only are these polishes a high-quality, chip-resistant formula. They’re also only $1.99. At that price, the entire collection of 24 shades costs less than $50.

Retailers include Walgreens, Target, and Amazon.  Click through the jump for swatches and product recommendations! [Read more…]

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.

Beauty Blogger Essentials, #beauty #makeup #blogger

Makeup Wars, Beauty Blogger Essentials, Image Credit Nordstrom.com

  • 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 16 New Studio Nail Lacquer Colors

NEW MAC Studio Nail Lacquer Colors For 2015

NEW MAC Studio Nail Lacquer Colors For 2015

Press SampleHot off the presses from MAC, 16 New Studio Nail Lacquer Colors have been added to the permanent collection as of January 8, and their goal is to make sure you dazzle!  Here it is, Winter 2015, and these colors only make me think of Spring and Summer!  Click through the jump to see swatches of MAC Diva Fierce, MAC Rich Kid Blues, and–my new favorite–MAC Fabulous Fete.

If you’ve already seen enough, Click HERE to find these shades at MACCosmetics.com.

NEW MAC Studio Nail Lacquer Colors For 2015

NEW MAC Studio Nail Lacquer Colors For 2015

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Modern Neutral Manicure 2015

These #modern #neutral nail colors are a must-have in any lacquer collection!  via @ragingrouge

Sephora Formula X Modern Neutrals

The modern neutral manicure 2015 palette contains cool hues that go with anything, and Sephora Formula X has a broad selection of shades that work if you’re in the mood for a trendy neutral nail color! [Read more…]

MAC Queens Honor Nail Lacquer

MAC Queen's Honor Nail Lacquer, Heirloom Mix Holiday 2014

MAC Queen’s Honor Nail Lacquer, Heirloom Mix Holiday 2014

Queens Honor Swatch, MAC Heirloom Mix Holiday 2014

Queens Honor Swatch, MAC Heirloom Mix Holiday 2014

MAC Queens Honor Nail Lacquer Swatch

Press SampleIs there anything more festive than a true red nail lacquer for the holiday season?  Each year, MAC includes one shade of perfect red in their holiday color collection.  This year’s perfect true red is Queens Honor Nail Lacquer.  Have you ever seen such a beautiful true red?  Click HERE to check out the entire collection.

Here’s the overall skinny on MAC Nail Lacquer.  It’s reasonably priced, and delivers long chip-free wear time.  You know if you pick a color like this, you need a formula that isn’t going to flake off the next day!  I’ve had fabulous luck with MAC Nail Lacquers in the past, and highly recommend them for this busy holiday season!  They’re also free of DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde!

Retail price is $13.50 per Studio Nail Lacquer bottle.

Click HERE to buy it from MACCosmetics.com. Other retailers include Nordstrom.com, Bloomingdales.com, Macys.com and Saks.com.

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

Blue Manicure

Feeling Blue?  Which of these #bluenails do you like best?  via @ragingrouge

Feeling Blue?

Press SampleI’ve been having so much fun playing with Blue Manicures. Those of us who are older know that fun colors like blue and green won’t always be on-trend, so it’s important to play with them while you have the chance! If you love Blue Manicures, check out these two shades of nail polish from Formula X! [Read more…]

Splatter Paint Nails

These nails look like a Jackson Pollack painting!  via @ragingrouge

Splatter Paint Nails!

Press SampleNew Year’s Eve is coming up fast and furious! For those of you who are (like me) nail art challenged, a great way to get a festive look for the biggest party day of the year is to use a top coat with a Splatter Paint effect over your manicure, like these Sephora Formula X shades.  These confetti-inspired topcoats are called “Xplosives”, and depending on what colors you are looking for, the retail price ranges from $6 (some are on sale) to $12.50.

Turbulent Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Turbulent Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Turbulent Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Turbulent Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Turbulent combines turquoise and black confetti glitter.  I personally love the way this shade stands out atop a white manicure.

Bionic Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Bionic Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Bionic Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Bionic Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Bionic is a great combination of black and a citusy green/yellow.  When it comes to a Splatter Paint nail look, these colors are a great pick!

Meteoric Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Meteoric Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Meteoric Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Meteoric Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Meteoric is no longer online! Check your local retailer for this black/white combo.  I am wild about it over a deep pink or red.

Wham Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Wham Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Wham Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Wham Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Wham is a great way to get into the snowy spirit of the season. This pure white confetti is the perfect topper for just about any shade, but my personal favorite is to pair it with a pale baby-blue.

Buy your favorite at Sephora.com!

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

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NARS Obscura

NARS Obscura

NARS Obscura

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I’m pretty sure that Francois NARS does not care what I think of his brand. Just in case, I want to be sure to state it for the record, NARS is simply amazing. I know, you choke when you see the prices. It’s justifiable, as NARS is on the expensive side. Let me just make it clear that with this brand, you get what you pay for ten times over.

NARS Nail Polish is a perfect example, worth every cent of the steep price. For YEARS, department store beauty brands sold sub-par polish compared to salon grade formulas. The department store polish of yesteryear was all pomp and packaging. In the past few years, this has changed. Most prestige brands now have a fabulous line of nail lacquer that easily keeps pace with top of the line nail lacquers. But NARS? NARS has surpassed them.

NARS nail polish is so incredibly color rich, you really could get by with only one coat. In addition, the formula is chip-resistant, applies smoothly and evenly. I get excellent wear time from NARS! [Read more…]

Sephora Formula X Chromes

Love #metallic #nails?  The Chromes:  Sephora Formula X Nail Lacquer via @ragingrouge

The Chromes: Sephora Formula X Nail Lacquer

Sephora Formula X Chromes

Sephora Formula X Chromes

Is there anything more perfect for Fall than metallics? I was recently playing with some Sephora Formula X Chromes I purchased for my birthday, and wanted to share these beauties with you. I’m really impressed with Sephora Formula X. The breadth of selection the brand offers is incredible. In the store, I can stare at the polish display for hours (but good news, they encourage you to play, not stare).  Keep reading for swatches and pricing! [Read more…]