Give The Colorful Gift of Makeup Sets This Holiday

Makeup Sets are my very favorite beauty gift to give (and receive).  Giving the gift of color and variety can really brighten up a friend or family member’s holiday!

em michelle phan holiday life new year's countdown edition
em michelle phan holiday life new year’s countdown edition

em michelle phan holiday life new year’s countdown edition ($29 USD) — Paint the town beautiful at every holiday soiree with this mini life palette filled with rich, luxurious colors. Inspired by the reminiscence of the past year and the celebration of the new year to come, new year¹s countdown boasts sophisticated and sensual rich berries and golden and smoky browns with touches of holiday reds and raisins.

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e.l.f. Studio 96-Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette
e.l.f. Studio 96-Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette

e.l.f. Studio 96-Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette ($10 USD) — This 96-Piece eyeshadow palette features a fun geometric pattern for a totally unique design. Become your own makeup artist wherever, whenever! The beautiful soft textures melt into your skin for vibrant color that lasts. Convenient and easy to apply, just layer the colors to achieve your desired look. Apply wet or dry for a fabulous look that never creases or fades.

Available at

tarte stop and stare smolderEYES™ 6-piece liner and lash set
tarte stop and stare smolderEYES™ 6-piece liner and lash set

tarte stop and stare smolderEYES™ 6-piece liner and lash set ($39 USD) –The limited-edition set includes:

• 3 full size skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liners: best-selling onyx, new purple garnet & azurite green.

• 2 full size smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liners in new taupe & rose gold

• Deluxe lights, camera, flashes™ statement mascara

Product Performance: Put a twinkle on your eyes this holiday season with this Amazonian clay-infused collection of smolderEYES™ & skinny smolderEYES™ waterproof liners in limited-edition and best-selling shades. These versatile liners deliver rich color for a crisp or smokey look that won’t fade, run or budge. To take your look to the extreme, finish with lights, camera, flashes™ statement mascara, which features a dual-molded brush for a 752% increase in lash volume instantly!

Available at

CARGO Let’s Meet in Paris Holiday Kit
CARGO Let’s Meet in Paris Holiday Kit

CARGO Let’s Meet in Paris Holiday Kit ($36 USD) — Inspired by a luxurious trip to the French city, this kit evokes a sophisticated, fashion-forward feel with rich red and black tones with hints of sparkle.  The look is 100% luxe – a bold red lip, soft eye with shimmery black liner and seductive full and defined lashes. Housed in a baroque patterned clutch-shaped carton, it makes for a festive gift or splurge for yourself.  Kit contains: NEW Red Essential Lip Color, NEW Travel Size  HD Lip Primer, NEW Swimmables Eye Pencil in Black Sea Travel Size Reverse Lip liner, and TexasLash Mascara.

Available exclusively at Ulta/ (while supplies last)

Hard Candy Smokey Eye Kit, Brown
Hard Candy Smokey Eye Kit, Brown

Hard Candy Smokey Eye Kit ($4.88 at Walmart) It’s like having a makeup artist at your fingertips. Mascara, pigmented eye shadow and eye liner are expertly matched to give you a glamorous smokey eye look.

  • 1 eye shadow palette (0.14 oz)
  • 1 volumizing mascara (0.04 oz)
  • 1 liquid eyeliner (0.14 fl oz)
  • 2 eyeliner pencils (0.02 oz each)

Available at or Walmart stores.

Laura Geller Holiday Baked Stackable Macaroons Collection
Laura Geller Holiday Baked Stackable Macaroons Collection

Laura Geller Holiday Baked Stackable Macaroons Collection ($59.50 USD) –A delightful assortment of Baked confections awaits. Three shades each of blush, highlighter, and eye shadow begin as swirls of liquid pigment that are baked on terra-cotta tiles for 24 hours and finished by hand in Italy. The result is a silky wash of long-wearing color that illuminates the skin. Inspired by luxurious, light-as-air sweets, these gorgeous goodies are perfect for creating unlimited looks for the face and eyes.


  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Blush in Gingerbread
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Blush in Lychee Rose
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Blush in Cassis Violet
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Highlighter in Honey Lavender
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Highlighter in Toasted Coconut
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Highlighter in Dulce de Leche
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Eyeshadow in Orange Blossom
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Eyeshadow in Mocha Latte
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Eyeshadow in Chestnut
  • Made in Italy

Purchase at


H2O Plus Merry Raspberry Bath Basics Duo The perfect stocking stuffer, this bath duo doubles as a tree ornament and comes with a moisture-rich shower gel and body balm in an exotic Raspberry Guava scent for a sensory-awakening bath experience. The formula blends luscious berry and tropical guava essences with highly emollient shea butter to help heal and protect winter-ravaged skin.  Price: $10, Available at Ulta, & Celebrity Brand Fans: Michelle Trachtenberg, Nikki Reed
Urban Decay Vice 2

Urban Decay Vice 2 (59 USD) — Now here’s a vice we’ll gladly take a spot on the naughty list for. Introducing Vice 2, the limited-edition sequel to last year’s holiday hit. Each palette features 20 gorgeous brand-new, exclusive, never-before-seen shades. As if that wasn’t enough, each is also one-of-a-kind – the luxe ethereal design is applied by water transfer to make each palette unique, and each comes with a double-ended Good Karma Shadow and Crease Brush. With a mix of brights and neutrals in every texture imaginable, it’s got a little bit of something for everyone on your list.

Available at Sephora, Ulta, select Macy’s and online at,,, and

Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe™ Vanity Brush Set
Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe™ Vanity Brush Set

Don’t forget the gift of flawless application!  Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe™ Vanity Brush Set ($39 USD) — Feather your way to happiness with this 6-pc Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe Vanity Brush Set made from 100 percent Ultra Plush, Cruelty Free Bristles.  The chic and innovative set is sure to give you that airbrushed finish, while keeping you organized, even on the go! Includes the following:

  • Heavenly Luxe Travel Multi-Powder Brush
  • Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Foundation Brush
  • Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Concealer Brus
  • No-Tug Travel Crease Brush
  • No-Tug Travel Allover Eye Shadow Brush
  • No-Tug Eyeliner and Brow Brush with Spooly
  • Sleek Snap Shut Case

Available at

Are you giving any makeup sets this holiday season.




One Day Only! tarte Bow & Go 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Collection on QVC


Need the perfect (affordable) gift for the ultimate makeup lover in your life?  Try tarte Bow & Go 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Collection — QVC’s Today’s Special Value only on Monday November 18, 2013!


This is an amazing value!  All together, the products add up to $248 — Today only $49.98!!!  Awesome bargain for such luxe cosmetics!  You can give it to one person, break it up into three gifts — or keep it yourself!

Here is the info about and photos of the set from QVC’s website:

What is it: A 24-piece, three-box holiday collection with a 16-shade Amazonian clay eye shadow palette, four LipSurgence(TM) lip cremes, two smolderEYES(TM) Amazonian clay waterproof eyeliners, and two lights, camera, LASHES(TM) 4-in-1 mascaras.

Why is it different: Share in the tarte of giving this season with tarte’s 3-in-1 gift set! We’ve taken the guesswork out of giving with this 24-piece collection overflowing with everything you need to create an endless array of looks for the holiday season.


Create stunning, sultry eyes with a palette of 16 Amazonian clay eye shadows (brush not included); four LipSurgence lip cremes; two smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof eyeliners; and two lights, camera, LASHES 4-in-1 mascaras.


Add the perfect finishing touch to any look with brand new shades of LipSurgence lip cremes to give you velvety rich color with a hint of peppermint. Infused with skin-vigorating ingredients like Amazonian clay, olive esters, and vitamins A and E, your look is sure to keep up with you throughout the season.
Keep the whole set together to give the perfect gift to any tartelette, or break into three single gifts to share the love. Each is housed in beautifully packaged gift boxes and even includes a luxe goldtone ribbon for effortless bow & go(TM) wrapping!
How do I use it: Apply the shadow to lids and blend up to the crease. For your own festive look, try layering and mixing shades.


Apply the smolderEYES liners to the inner rims as well as the upper and lower lash line. Use the smudger to blend the line for a soft, smokey look.
Take the lights, camera, LASHES mascara and wedge the wand at the base of your lashes. Slowly pull it through in a zig-zag motion to make sure you get every last lash. Glide LipSurgence lip creme onto lips to drench in creamy color and moisture.
From tarte.

  • 16 0.0705-oz Amazonian clay eye shadows in various shades, brush not included
  • 0.10-oz lip creme in Precious, a nude mauve shade
  • 0.10-oz lip creme in Promise, a berry shade
  • 0.10-oz lip creme in Thoughtful, a brown mauve shade
  • 0.10-oz lip creme in Wonder, a pink rose shade
  • 0.056-oz smolderEYES waterproof liner in Fig, a rich plum shade
  • 0.056-oz smolderEYES waterproof liner in Matte Brown, a chocolate brown shade
  • Two 0.24-fl oz lights, camera, LASHES mascara in Black
  • Sleeve
  • Goldtone ribbon
  • Lip cremes & eye shadows are exclusive to QVC until 12/18/2013
  • Imported

Gorgeous!  You can purchase this at or watch the channel all day and call in.


NYC New York Color Sparkle Eye Dust Eye Shadow

NYC New York Color Sparkle Eye Dust Eye Shadow
NYC New York Color Sparkle Eye Dust Eye Shadow

NYC New York Color Sparkle Eye Dust Eye Shadow ($2.99) is available in 10 glamorous shades. Dazzling sparkle adds a dramatic, light-catching appearance to the eye. The dust contains emollient ingredients for a soft, silky feel.

  • Light reflecting properties provide a dazzling sparkle and luminous appearance
  • The soft, silky powder is effortlessly blended to provide adjustable color coverage and intensity

I am really impressed with this shadow!  It goes on smoothly and has great pigmentation.  I have it in Smoky Topaz (above) and you can wear it lightly or apply layers to build the color to a deep, shimmering chocolate brown.

The applicator is a wand.  I usually dot the product on my eyes and blend it in with a brush, but if you want a very pigmented look, swipe the applicator over your lid.  Drama!

I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster.  Influenster is a great site where you can receive great products to test and review.  Let me know if you would like to join in the comments with your email address and I will send you an invite!




Summer Makeup Ideas Part 2 — Sexy Eyes

Dramatic eye makeup seems to always be in.  Whether you wish to rock a smokey eye during summer nights or apply waterproof eyeliner and mascara for days at the pool or lake, having the perfect eye makeup is key.

Start of with a shimmery shadow:

essence 3D duo eyeshadow
essence 3D duo eyeshadow
3D duo eyeshadow ($3.49 USD)  — The ultra-light yet high-coverage formula creates a cool finish with a 3D effect – from satin to metallic to shimmering.  Six duo eyeshadows, each with two perfectly aligned shades, create a multi-dimensional eye look for the perfect spring look. The shades left to right are Irresistable First Love, Irresistable Mermaid Kiss, Irresistable Purr-ple, Irresistable Caramel Cream, Irresistable Chocolates, and Irresistable Smoky Eye.
essence Night Club Eyeshadow Palette
essence Night Club Eyeshadow Palette

essence Night Club Eyeshadow Palette ($4.49 USD) — Party time! These two eyeshadow palettes offer ultimate glamour and are sure to fit into even the tiniest party clutch. Eight eyeshadow colors with a powdery texture and various finishing effects create expressive “night-on-the-town” eye make-up styles. Available in two color palettes with an optimized brush and sponge applicator.  The palettes are Dance Til Dawn and Already Midnight.

Available at

Rimmel London Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadows
Rimmel London Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadows
Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadows ($5.99 USD): Add depth with this unique 4-shade palette with multi-reflective pigments that look perfect under any light. The velvety, creamy formula blends effortlessly for up to ten hours of wear. Available in 8 shades. Above is Green Park, Also available in Purple Reign, Black Cab, English Oak, English Rose, Royal Blue, Heart of Gold, and True Union Jack.
Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner
Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Sticks ($4.49 each): Sweep on high impact color with a precision tip applicator that helps this ultra-soft shadow stick glide on for a shiny and luminous finish. Available in 9 shades: Gossip Green, Paranoid Purple,  Guilty Grey, Whiteness White, Bulletproof Beige, Bad Girl Bronze, Tempting Turquoise, Blackmail, and Blamed Blue.

Learn more at www.rimmelondon.con and available at mass market retailers eveywhere.

MAKE Glitter Eyeshadow in Alabaster
MAKE Glitter Eyeshadow in Alabaster

MAKE Glitter Eyeshadow ($18 USD) Not tested on animals, cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, mineral-oil-free, oil-free. in two shades, Alabaster, a warm white with a peach undertone. Quartz: An icy white with a silver undertone.

Waterproof Eye Makeup:

essence stays no matter what waterproof eye pencil
essence stays no matter what waterproof collection
essence STAYS no matter what Collection
With a party-proof claim, these products are sure to keep you looking your best all night long!
  • •    stays no matter what waterproof eye pencil ($1.99)
  • •    stays no matter what 24h waterproof eyeliner pen ($3.29)
  • •    stays no matter what 24h waterproof volume mascara ($4.99)

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner
Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner ($4.49 USD) — Start by lining and defining eyes with shocking color that lasts. This ultra smooth and creamy formula glides on easily, and the waterproof, sweat-proof, and smudge-proof liner is even safe for sensitive eyes. Available in 10 shades: Purple, Black, Taupe, Sparkling Black, Brown Nude, Deep Blue, Turquoise, Light Blue, and Silver.




Pretty Makeup To Brighten Your Fall And Winter

I love deep fall colors, but sometimes I just want a light, classic colors.  The products below will be pretty all year long, not just for the fall!

Lip Bliss

Lip Bliss™ by What’s Your Virtue was founded by a mother of teen and preteen daughters who was shocked at the explicit and suggestive names found on numerous brands of lip gloss. She didn’t feel it was appropriate for her 13-year-old daughter to put such messaging in her pocket, much less on her lips. Now, choose from vibrant colors with names such as Kindness, Generosity, Devotion and Curiosity.

Lip Bliss™ bundles fortifying castor, cranberry, and safflower seed and peppermint oils to smooth and nurture, plus the protecting properties of anti-oxidants, green tea extracts, and moisturizing vitamin E.  Lip Bliss™ offers radiant shine and subtle color without stickiness, is gluten-free, not tested on animals, and contains no parabens.

What I think:  These pretty glosses have a light, minty taste and lots of shine!  I think the names and colors are so sweet.  The glosses are a little sticky, but are moisturizing as well.  Good glosses! To purchase, visit

FLIRT! Big Flirt Lipgloss

FLIRT! Big Flirt Lipgloss ($15.50 USD)Turn on super-fabulous shine with this lip gloss. It features a sheer and shiny look that looks great alone or paired with a darker lipstick. Dotted design on tube adds a cute touch.

What I think: These are fun glosses, very sheer and not too sticky. The applicator is big, but it covers my entire lip in one swipe!  There is a lot of product in the container as well. Purchase at Kohl’s stores or

e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow Palette

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette ($10 USD) — Each Baked Palette features 10 gorgeous baked eyeshadows so you can achieve a flawless look whenever, wherever. The silky and blendable formula of our Baked Eyeshadow provides smooth and even application with each sweep of color. Baked in an oven, these eyeshadows offer rich pigmentation for a beautiful effect. Infused with active key ingredients Jojoba, Rose, Sunflower, Apricot and Grape to nourish and hydrate the skin. The long-lasting and shimmering color can be worn wet for a vibrant effect or dry for sheer pigmentation, offering a variety of gorgeous eye looks!

What I think: This is available in two different palettes – California soft, bronzey colors and NYC, smoky colors.  I have California (in the photo above) and I really like the soft colors.  There is a bit of glitter in some them, so I have to be careful how much I use.  You can purchase at or Target stores.

Essence Multi-Action Blackest Black Mascara

Multi-Action Blackest Black Mascara by Essence ($3.99 USD) offers an innovative brush and unique texture with carbon black pigments for more volume, length and curve. This multi-talented lash lover offers an innovative brush and unique texture with carbon black pigments to ensure more volume, length and curve for the deepest black lashes! A must-have for dramatic eyes!!

What I think: I like this mascara.  I get a nice look, but it is pretty natural, not dramatic.  My lashes are a little longer and thicker.  Perfect for everyday wear! Purchase at  Ulta stores

Pixi Illuminating Tint and Conceal

Pixi Illuminating Tint and Conceal ($30 USD) — This multitasker includes a brightening & flaw-fixing tinted moisturizer on one end, and a perfectly coordinating full-coverage, easy-to-blend concealer on the other – both infused with potent botanical extracts & vitamins to perfect skin from the inside out.

This multipurpose beautifier does triple duty, acting as your moisturizer, sunscreen, and tinted treatment to provide sheer coverage that makes skin appear flawless & lit from within. Super-hydrating ingredients and protective SPF 20 keep your skin pampered. The perfecting tinted moisturizer in the tube goes on feather-light, leaves your skin looking naturally radiant, and can be layered for extra coverage. Take off the clear lid to reveal the full coverage concealer – a creme-to-powder formula that masks imperfections with a skin-loving combination of Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Vitamin C.

What I Think:  I love this!  It is so great to have your concealer and foundation in one tube!  So convenient!  This is just like a BB Cream, but the colors are very natural looking.

**Deal Alert** Pixi is offering my readers 25% off until November 20th with the code: pixiflirty.  Purchase online at


Smize Big With New Fall Eye Products!

Yes, I am watching the new season of America’s Next Top Model, but more importantly, my big brown eyes look fab with my new fall eye products!  My fave’s are:

Eye Majic Instant Eye Shadow ($2.49 for 2 in a box, $$5.75 for 5 $10.95 for 10) and — is the first “hold-and-press” eye shadow applicator that imparts high-pigment colors so anyone can achieve precise, flawless, eyeshadow looks in 10 seconds!

These are very easy to use.  Just press on lid, then take an eye shadow brush to blend it in around the edges.  Fun and really cool!  Currently there are 15 different kits that include matte and pearl colors options. Purchase at


Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio ($28 USD) A color-coordinated eye shadow trio. Create beautiful eyes effortlessly with Smashbox’s award-winning eye shadow trios. These perfectly coordinated hues take the guesswork out of choosing what shades to wear together.  Each trio features a base, contour, and highlight shade for mistake-proof application. Plus, three shades in one pot equal a travel-friendly necessity for the girl on the go. Peel back the shade label for easy-to-follow Get-the-Look application tips.

The palette above is called Shutterspeed.  It has been my everyday look for over a week now.  The gray with the beige colors is so pretty!  But if this isn’t the color combo for you, there are 16 to choose from! Purchase at or

Pixi Beauty Shade Quartette

Pixi Beauty Shade Quartette ($22 USD) — A tone-on-tone wheel of coordinated shades for the ultimate natural eye.  Custom mixed formulas from satin to iridescent are super silky and give instant lustre. Suit-all shades transition easily from day to night and blend like a dream. With added coated mineral pigments to reflect the light plus good-for-you nutrients.

This is available in 3 natural palettes — Shades of Nude, Shades of Peach and Shades of Taupe (left to right in photo above).  I have the Shades of Peach which is soft and shimmery on — perfect for the current trend of pale, sheer eyeshadow.  Pare it with a strong eyeliner, lots of mascara and a stronger lip — pretty for fall!   You can purchase at Target stores or

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette ($44 USD) — A stylish mirrored clutch featuring eye and cheek essentials formulated with Tarte’s biggest beauty breakthrough: Amazonian clay.  So pretty you’ll want to take it out of your purse for frequent touch-ups, this faux-snakeskin adorned palette contains six Amazonian clay eye shadows that deliver the perfect amount of creamy matte perfection or subtle shimmer.  Also inside are two Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes in one original, bestselling shade and one new shade. Amazonian clay works to nourish lids, reduce surface oil, and improve overall texture for easy application and better wear.

Tarte has some of the best wearing shadows out there.  Highly pigmented and so long-lasting.  The colors in this Palette can be used for day or night — just change up the colors.  The blushes are super pretty as well, but be careful — a little goes a long way!  Available at

Smashbox Image Factory Waterproof Shadow Liner

Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner ($22 USD) A stay-put waterproof eye shadow and long-wearing liner in one. Give eyes soft definition wherever, whenever with this travel-friendly, mistake-proof shadow liner. The creamy waterproof formula glides on effortlessly for endless possibilities.  Smudge as a liner or blend as a shadow with included smudger for allover, longwearing color. Light-reflecting pearls give high-drama color and shimmer, while emollients create a silky, creamy texture.

I have been using this liner in Metallic Bronze.  It is so versatile and easy.  I apply the liner as a shadow and smudge it all over my lid, then line my upper and lower lids with the same pencil.  So pretty for day or night!  Purchase at or

Face Stockholm Lash Booster

Face Stockholm Lash Booster ($34 USD) — Get noticeably longer, thicker and fuller lashes after only one day of use! This revolutionary, strengthening and lengthening mascara with Booster Complex – a blend of rich vegetable waxes and polymers – nourishes and stimulates the growth of eyelashes.

Use Lash Booster as your everyday mascara for at least 60 consecutive days and get clinically-proven, measurable results:  lashes up to 1.5 mm longer and 15% fuller!

I have been using for only a week.  I have noticed that the mascara lengthens and thickens my lashes, but it has not been long enough to notice lash growth.  If I do in a couple of months, I will let you know!  The good news is that it is not irritating my extremely sensitive eyes (lash growth products usually do!) Purchase at

Enjoy your beautiful eyes!


The New CK One Color Cosmetics Line

I love trying brand new cosmetic brands!  This Spring was the exciting launch of ck one color cosmetics, a full line-up of over 130 products that all capture the core ck one brand DNA – authentic, confident, and cool.

This line of affordable designer cosmetics continues the recent expansion of ck one into a lifestyle brand, with jeans and underwear introduced under the name in 2011.

I have got to try a few of these products and generally LOVE them.  The packaging is unique and fun and the products themselves are really cool!

Here is the description about the packaging.  I think it is interesting:

ck one color packaging design furthers the code-breaking legacy of the ck one brand with an understated pill shape that’s iconic and edgy. the modern, minimalist packaging offers simplicity in a black and white silhouette, enhanced by a playful contrast of soft touch matte and high gloss finishes for a heightened sensory experience. designed for intuitive use, product applicators feature two-sided textures and multi-functionality to encourage individual creativity.

 Some of my favorite products are:

ck one 3in1 foundation

3-IN-1 FACE MAKEUP SPF 8 ($30 USD) — this distinctive liquid synthesizes serum, primer and face makeup into one simple, lightweight formula. treated pigment technology with triple-layer amino acid that mimics skin for an effortlessly natural, radiant finish. no compromise on skin perfecting coverage. antioxidants protect skin, lasting up to 11 hours.

What I think:  A very lightweight but full-coverage makeup, which is very cool.  There are 8 shades available from very light to very dark, so something for everyone.  I wear the light which is a perfect match for my skin.  It applies very smoothly and melts into the skin.  So nice!

ck one concealer

MOUSSE CONCEALER ($20 USD) — absolute flawlessness. air-whipped concealer delivers a natural, seamless finish that fully hides blemishes and imperfections, lasting up to 9 hours.

What I think — This blends extremely well.  It only takes a few minutes to cover my under eye circles and blemishes.  To apply, I dip a concealer brush into the pot and dot on my skin, then blend.  Really great consistency, not too thick but provides full coverage.

ck one Mascara

MASCARA ($18 USD) — customize lash looks with a unique twist brush applicator. Select definition or volume with a twist of the cap in this all-in-one mascara.

What I think — Super-cool idea for mascara application.  You can twist the top of the cap to make the wand shorter or longer.  I make it short first, to thicken lashes, then I make it longer to separate and lengthen.  It only takes 2 coats on each eye to make my lashes look extremely long and thick. The only thing that I don’t love is that it flakes towards the end of the day.

ck one eye shadow quad

POWDER EYESHADOW QUAD ($28 USD) — accentuate. illuminate. define. fun and youthful hues that can easily be applied wet or dry to create looks for day or night.

What I think — This is a gorgeous eye quad.  This comes in 6 color combinations, but I have Disco, the purple palette that you see above.  It is prettier in person, though.  It has a glitter purple, a shimmer fuchsia, a matte burgundy and a pearly off-white.  You can make lovely combos with this set.

Available exclusively at Ulta and  Enjoy!

Mally Ultimate Performance Brightening 2-in-1 Eye Shadow

Mally Ultimate Performance Brightening 2-in-1  Eye Shadow ($26 USD)

What is it: A 2-in-1 eye shadow, with water built right into the formula, designed to be incredibly hydrating and long lasting. It creates gorgeous luminosity on the lid and can be built for more intensity and blended together seamlessly. The rollerball end contains a soft highlighter that has many great uses. It can also be worn on top of cream shadow for that extra glow.

Who is it for: Women who want a beautiful, bulletproof eye shadow that doesn’t crease, fade, or smudge.

Why is it different: This two-step eye shadow system allows you to create a beautiful eye look. How do I use it: First, take the cream shadow and apply it all over the lid, from lash line to crease and blend gently with your finger. Or, you can run it along the upper lash line for a great pop of brightening color. The beautiful formula is going to lay smoothly on the eye, hovering over any fine lines and wrinkles. It blends seamlessly to create a fabulous wash of color. Now, take the Highlighter and just pop it right into the inner corners of the eyes to instantly make you look awakened and refreshed. You can also take a little and apply it right in the center of each eyelid to make your eyes look wider..


  • 0.1-fl oz cream shadow
  • 0.02-oz highlighter

What I think:  This product comes in 3 shades for the cream shadow — bronze, lilac and mint cream.  I have the lilac and bronze.  I like the lilac color the best, but it doesn’t have much staying power.  It starts off as a bright shimmery lilac, and fades to a softer matte color in a couple of hours.  Still, it’s pretty.  The bronze does last longer, but it is a bit dark for me.

The highlighting powder is pretty, but very sparkly.  It works well at the inner corners of the eye.

I say this may be a good product for you if you like sparkly, shimmery shadows and can reapply if needed.


Great Products To Help Keep The Summer Glow Going Through Fall!

Keep your glow up with these fun summer-enhancing products.  From a great color-customized mineral foundation, to a cheek gel to some great glosses, enjoy a new easy look that will help you sail into Fall while keeping your color!

e.l.f. Mineral Personal Blend Foundation SPF 15 ($8.00 USD) — Create customized mineral based color for a perfect match, year-round! Housed in a unique quad  chamber for the perfect mix, the weightless mineral formulation blends seamlessly into skin and contains natural skin protecting SPF 15 and is 100%  mineral based with no parabens, preservatives or chemical dyes. Infused with key Vitamin E for rich antioxidants that hydrate and replenish the skin. The inner dial allows you to control the amount of product dispensed so you can create  your customized color and keep the powder closed for clean and easy use every time.

Each quad blend contains four perfectly matched shades:

  • Light:Porcelain, Fair, Light, Beige
  • Medium:Medium Beige, Golden Honey, Tan, Bronze
  • Dark: Almond, Toffee, Dark, Deep

What I think:  This is such a great idea for a summer powder.  I have the medium, and I am in between Golden Honey and Tan so I mix them together.  I use Bronze for a bronzer and I know as my (fake) tan fades, I know I will be more Medium Beige.  So I get all different looks in one product.  Genius! The only thing that I don’t care for is that there is a little shimmer in it and I like my powder matte. This is for sale at a Target store near you.

Perfekt Beauty Cheek Perfection Gel ($28.00 USD) — gives an instant lit-from-within flush to the cheeks.   The multitasking formula glides on effortlessly to instantly per-fekt and enhance the appearance of the cheeks. Smart Color Technology™ assures a perfect color  match for every skintone. This gel leaves a hint of natural color, sculpting and  highlighting the cheekbones.

What I think:  I like to use just a little bit of this gel to get a lit-from-within glow.  It comes in two shades — Blushed and Bronzed.  I have Blushed, which is a pretty red-toned blush that looks so natural on.  But you can tell it is blush, I have had many compliments on it.  Purchase at or

It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Shadow Trio & “No Tug” Shadow Brush ($29.00 USD). This eye shadow trio is all about intense pigment, in a naturally pretty look. It’s packed with skin-loving ingredients such as hydrolyzed collagen; acai; green tea; and vitamins A, C, and E; and is free of ingredients that make eyes appear older. The Dual No-tug Heavenly Luxe eye shadow brush gives you airbrushed eye shadow application without tugging on your delicate eyelids.

Shades are:

  • Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe: Cashmere, a matte creme; Espresso, a matte deep brown; Earth Angel, a matte beige cashmere
  • Naturally Pretty Pearl Luxe:  Je Ne Sais Quoi, a shimmery nude pink; Espresso, a matte deep brown; Ipanema, a golden beige pearl
  • Pretty in Plum: Je Ne Sais Quoi, a shimmery nude pink; Lucky Lavender, a violet pearl; Plum Passion, a rich shimmer purple

What I think:  I have tried the Pretty in Plum palette and love the colors.  It is highly pigmented and last a long time, especially over It Cosmetics Bye Bye Lid Lines Anti-Aging Primer.  The brush is gorgeous, too.  Purchase at

It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Brightening Face Disc  w/Luxe Brush ($48.50 USD).  This palette includes a matte bronzer, luminating powder, and vitality blush. They are packed with skin-loving ingredients such as hydrolyzed collagen; acai; green tea; and vitamins A, C, and E. The Jumbo Heavenly Luxe Mega-Brush gives you airbrushed application, and makes you smile upon contact.  Anyone who needs a little “brush therapy” to smile, will love this ultra-soft, luxe Mega-Brush!

What I think:  This is the perfect all-over face palette.  The matte bronzer is fabulous for contour or a healthy color on the face.  The blush is brightening and the luminizer is perfect anywhere you need a little light on the face.  Visit to learn more and purchase.

bodycology® is thrilled to introduce you to Healthy Kiss ($2.99 USD) -three delectable, lip-quenching glosses that are loaded with beneficial ingredients: Juicy Watermelon, Fresh Strawberry and Pomegranate Splash. Formulated with a healthy dose of
vitamins, extracts and oils, the product leaves lips feeling beautifully soft and moisturized. Simply squeeze and apply for subtle color, high-gloss shine and mouth-watering flavor.

What I think:  These are fun, shiny glosses that taste fantastic.  They are perfect for days that you want a hint of color and lots of shine.  You can purchase these at Walmart.

Soften Your Makeup This Summer With New Offerings From Smashbox

Looking for a soft, yet long-lasting look this summer?  Smashbox has some fab new offerings that will take you from the office to a night out — or even to a trip to the pool or the beach! Read on for some of my faves:

Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm ($23.00 USD) It’s a lip revelation! On one side of this innovative, two-in-one product: a feather-resistant stain that won’t budge for 8 hours. On the other: a very emollient balm that can be worn alone or over the stain for a lustrous touch. The vibrant tint of color is designed to mimic the look of photo gels on set at the Smashbox studios.

Softbox Eye Shadow Palette ($48.00 USD) Forget piling on eye makeup in the heat of summer. Pro artists have handpicked all of these hues (including 7 new shades and 4 bestsellers!) with soft, naturally gorgeous eyes in mind. Includes FREE step-by-step guide for creating 3 looks and a mini Photo Finish Lid Primer!

• 9 Eye Shadows
• 2 Cream Eye Liners
• Double Ended Brush
• Mini Photo Finish Lid Primer
• Get the Look Guide

New product feature! A video tag is printed on the back of this palette—just scan it on your phone, and watch Pro Lead Artist Lori Taylor take you through the application right in front of your mirror!

Full Exposure Mascara ($19.00 USD) — Inspired by the on-set technique of layering a lengthening fiber mascara over a volumizing formula, our new studio-tested mascara exposes your longest, fullest lashes. No clumps, no flakes. Just maximum-impact, scene-stealing lashes.

• 104% increase in lash volume
• 32% increase in lash length
• 34-degree increase in lash curl

So try these gorgeous products and more at  You will get a photo-, night out-, and even beach ready look for your summer!