Don’t Forget To Enter My Giveaway — Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-In Pigment Makeup Drops!

I am giving away 2 Medium 1 drops, a Deep 1 and a Deep 2 for a total of 4 products given away!  They are all sealed and are a brand new product.

 

Here is the info on the drops:

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-In Pigment Makeup Drops – ($7 USD) Highly concentrated liquid pigments that  allow you to customize any face product for coverage or shade. Squeeze the dropper and add drops to any daily moisturizer or primer to create a custom foundation. The more drops you add, the higher the coverage. You can also add light or dark drops to any liquid makeup to custom match your skin tone.

If you would like to receive one, please leave a comment with the shade you would like to receive. If the shades don’t match yours, remember summer is coming! Also, if you have a friend or family member would match one of these shades, they would make a great gift!

Available to US residents only. I will draw winners on Friday, April 21st. Good Luck!

Review and Giveaway! Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-In Pigment Makeup Drops!

I recently received a few Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-In Pigment Makeup Drops ($7 USD) for my honest review.  I decided to do a giveaway along with my review to share the fun!

I did try these, but all of the shades I received were too dark for my skin tone.  The lightest one was Medium 1, so I tested one out.  Here is the info on the drops:

Highly concentrated liquid pigments that  allow you to customize any face product for coverage or shade. Squeeze the dropper and add drops to any daily moisturizer or primer to create a custom foundation. The more drops you add, the higher the coverage. You can also add light or dark drops to any liquid makeup to custom match your skin tone.

I am giving away 2 Medium 1 drops (I received a total of 3 of these), a Deep 1 and a Deep 2 for a total of 4 products given away!  They are all sealed, too. If you would like to receive one, please leave a comment with the shade you would like to receive.  Available to US residents only. I will draw winners on Friday, April 21st. Good Luck!

Now on to the review:

These photos show a dropper of Medium one on my hand, then rubbed in a bit.  Now, these are made to mix with moisturizer or other skin care product. The natural finish of the product is matte and highly pigmented.

 

In the left photo, I blended the makeup a bit and the one on the right, I added moisturizer to it.  It covered nicely and looked natural on!

I think this is a really cool idea for foundation.  By adding the pigment drops to primer or moisturizer, you can skin a step in your routine and get out the door faster.  You can also control the amount of color you add.  I think these are an affordable way to customize makeup!

 

 

Save

My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 31 – November 6, 2016

We are officially in November!  I hope your weather is chilly enough for boots and sweaters!  I tried today, but had to remove my sweater and wished I wasn’t wearing boots…sigh.  I hope it gets cooler in Kansas City soon!

What I am enjoying is gorgeous and affordable makeup in fall hues. The products below will round out your fall makeup collection nicely:

Hard Candy Cosmetics
Hard Candy Cosmetics

Freshen up for Fall with the new products from Hard Candy!  From bold lips to statement eyes, gorgeous Fall makeup looks are bold, daring and inspirational!  So go ahead and jump start the season with Hard Candy!

Hard Candy Top 10 Satin eye shadow palette($6 USD) — 10 shades in a variety of finishes to ensure a custom look with each application. Product is cased in a chic tufted fabric wrapped compact that also includes a mirror

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lip Gloss ($5 USD) — Intense shiny lip gloss infused with argan and citrus oils. Stunning splashes of daring lip color drench lips while blended exotic oils hydrate the skin. Available in 16 different shades

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick ($5 USD) — Ultra soft formula infused with argan oil for added moisture and shine.

Hard Candy products are available for purchase only at Walmart and Walmart.com.

essence Me & My Umbrella
essence Me & My Umbrella

Rain, snow, or shine, essence is here with a new limited edition collection exclusively available at essencemakeup.com! Enjoy the season even more with essence’s limited edition collection Me & My Umbrella. Perfect for the winter weather, the collection will be sure to make you glow!

essence Me & My Umbrella Blush ($3.99 USD) – Bring some color into your day with this limited edition blush. Like a blooming flower after a rainy day, the beautiful rose shade gives any complexion a fresh, healthy touch of color.

essence Me & My Umbrella Matt Lipstick ($3.99 USD) – Sure to put a smile on your face, this neutral pink shade creates an intense look with a matte finish.

essence Me & My Umbrella Mini Contouring Set ($4.99 USD) – Achieve a beautiful glow any day! This limited edition contouring set contains two mini pencils with a creamy blendable texture. Use the darker shade to define and the lighter shade to highlight. But no worries! It includes step-by-step instructions for perfection every time.

essence Me & My Umbrella Contouring Brush ($3.99 USD) – Expertly angled for sculpting and contouring the cheekbones, this limited edition brush is perfect for blending powder and cream textures.

essence Me & My Umbrella Matt Eyeshadow ($2.99 USD) – These limited edition matt eyeshadows have a velvety, soft texture that last all day and are sure to make eyes pop even on the gloomiest of days. Available in a vanilla and grey shades, both perfect for any makeup style.

Purchase at http://www.essencemakeup.com

Eyebrow Filler Perfecting & Shaping Gel  ($5.49 USD) Fall means full-blown brows. Accentuate yours with the swipe of a wand. The tinted gel formula integrated with fiber fillers expertly grooms, thickens and defines brows. Dries quickly and doesn’t clump for a flawlessly effortless look. Available in 2 shades.

Prime and Fine Anti-Shine Blur Stick ($7.99 USD) — Erase pores, fine lines and imperfections with this miracle working retractable stick. The smooth texture has a transparent shine-free, matte finish and works on all complexions.

Ultimate Stay Lipstick ($3.99 USD) — This highly pigmented, long-lasting lipstick comes in a variety of deep, fall shades and leaves behind a satin-matte finish. Achieve high coverage without drying out lips.

What I think:

CATRICE products are available at Ulta, You can check out the full range here: http://www.ulta.com/brand/catrice

Have you tried any of these great products!

 

 

Affordable Spring Makeup For a Fresh, Fun Look!

I have to admit that I wear a lot of neutral makeup including brown eye shadows and liners and nude lips.  But as the weather turns warmer, I do start incorporating bright shades and shimmers into my look.

The products below are from NYC New York Color, Rimmel London and Hard Candy. Not only are they great products, they are affordable, too!  None are over $8.  Affordable products make it easy to treat yourself.  Check these out:

NYC New York Color Get It All Lip Color ($2.99 USD) — Comfortable and creamy texture in a long-lasting formula. Intense, vibrant and shiny finish. Non-drying formula wears up to four hours. Available in 10 bold shades.

NYC New York Color Kajal Eye Pencil ($2.99 USD) — Creamy, soft, and smooth texture glides easily over the skin, offering coverage and intense color in one stroke. Cone-shaped applicator gives you maximum precision and helps you achieve luxuriously lined lids. Available in four ultra pigmented shades: Deep Brown, Deep Grey, Purple Glam, True Black

Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Double-Ended Shadow and Liner ($6.47 USD) — Get magnified eyes in two easy, mess-free steps. Rimmel’s spectacular 2-in-1 eye pencil delivers ultra-intense, long lasting color for stand-out eye-looks. The dual-tipped pen features a stay true shadow at one end and a 24 hour kohl kajal liner at the other, which can be used on both the lash and water line. Just draw on the drama! The formula is creaseproof, transferproof and waterproof. Available in five strong shade combos in matte, shimmer and pearl finishes.

What I think:  The NYC New York Color Get It All Lip Color combines color and moisture, like a tinted lip balm with more pigment.  I love how this feels on and it does last for a few hours.  The NYC New York Color Kajal Eye Pencil is so creamy and glides easily across the lid (so important as I get older)! The color is very pigment and wears fairly well.

I love the Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Double-Ended Shadow and Liner.  These stay on all day, which is important as the weather gets warmer.  The liner applies easily and stays on well.  The shadow blends really well.

These products are available at a mass market retailer near you.

White Haute Hard Candy Beauty
hite Haute Hard Candy Beauty

Hard Candy’s Sheer Envy Primer Mist ($8 USD) — Lightweight primer mist that hydrates skin and revitalizes radiance in the skin. Infused with coconut water to boost hydration benefits for up to 12 hours. Leaves the skin soft, smooth and supple.

Hard Candy’s Illuminate & Strobing Mix In Drops ($8 USD) — Multi purpose iridescent facial enhancer that instantly creates a radiant and dewy completion. Use alone or mix in a moisturizer or foundation. 

Hard Candy’s Eye Def in Wicked White ($6 USD) — Chrome crayon for a shimmering pop of color. Soft creamy application that works on the entire lid or the lash line.

Hard Candy’s Illuminate & Strobing Face Duo Stick ($6 USD) — Customizable duo that features two illuminating shades. Instantly creates a radiant and dewy complexion.

What I think: I love a primer mist.  This is very light and smells nice (probably the coconut water).  Since this is hydrating, it can also be used as a setting spray.

The Mix in Drops are my favorite of these products.  The little glass bottle with dropper is really cute and retro looking.  The drops are so nice to strobe with.  You can use a little or a lot.

I haven’t tried the Eye Def in Wicked White, but I think it would be nice on the inner lash line and the inner corners of the eyelid to brighten the eye.  The Illuminate & Strobing Face Duo Stick is gorgeous!  There is a lighter and a bit darker/warmer shade.  Both are so nice on cheekbones, on the brow bone, cupid’s bow, etc.

Hard Candy Cosmetics are available for purchase exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com.

 

Hard Candy Lashaholic Big Fake and Ginormous Biggest Fan
Hard Candy Lashaholic Big Fake and Ginormous Biggest Fan

Hard Candy Lashaholic Big Fake ($7 USD) — Quick glide formula that smoothes across the lashes to evenly coat and lengthen. Maximum bristle brush will curl, separate and lift lashes for a noticeable difference. Available in Blackest Carbon Black. 

Hard Candy Ginormous Biggest Fan ($6 USD) — Fanned out brush that instantly defines and curls lashes for bigger and brighter eyes. Easily wraps every lash with exceptional volume from root to tip. Available in Blackest Carbon Black.

What I think:  Both of these are nice separately, but I love wearing a coat of each.  Lashaholic Big Fake gives tons of volume and length.  Ginormous Biggest Fan separates and curls lashes. Together, wow!  I have tiny, straight lashes though.  Both work well on their own, too.

The Hard Candy collection is available only at Walmart and Walmart.com

What affordable makeup are you loving now?  Leave a comment and let me know!

My Beauty Favorites — Week of March 28-April 3, 2016

It’s definitely Spring in Kansas City.  It is going to be almost 80 degrees today.  Crazy!  I am now enjoying wearing softer makeup.

This week, I am loving a gorgeous highlighting palette and soft matte liquid lipstick, a natural makeup set, and high-pigmented lipsticks:

Pop Beauty Pow Wow Powder ($24 USD) — Take a page from beauty school with these fanciful books. Each palette contains 4 complementary shades to mix and match for a seamless burst of colour. Silky-smooth, mineral formula.Paraben free. Not tested on animals. Available in 3 palettes, Strobin’ Glow, Rockin’ Rouge and Beachin’ Bronze.

Pop Beauty Permanent Pout ($14 USD each) — Get pouty with this full-coverage lip paint’s velvet, matte finish. Extremely long-wearing and kiss-proof, these lip colours are 6 shades of audacious! Lasts all-day & all-night. Paraben free. Not tested on animals.

What I think:  I have the Pow Wow Powder in Strobin’ Glow.  I love that their are 4 highlighters in the palette to play with. It gives a fresh, pretty look or you can strobe a lot and have a very glowy nighttime look!

The Permanent Pout lip paint is really pretty on and is very long lasting. I have a soft neutral called Pink Honey.  It matches my skin tone well, but is a bit drying. That may just be on me.  I know a lot of people love matte lip colors and don’t mind the dry-down.  I’ll keep this for days that I want to try a bold look, but in a soft color!

Purchase at http://www.popbeauty.com

PÜR cosmetics Freedom Collection
PÜR cosmetics Freedom Collection

PÜR cosmetics Freedom Collection ($39 USD) — This four-piece limited edition collection of nude essentials includes:

  • Your shade of Air Perfection – a compact cushion foundation perfect for lightweight, long-lasting coverage with effortless application
  • Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania– a 2-in-1 dual-ended chocolate eyeliner ideal for creating your favorite looks from sultry smoky eye to a well-defined cat eye
  • Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty– a glossy finish to a nude lip for high-shine lips to lust over
  • Mini Volume Vixen Mascara– a powerhouse of nourishing hydration for a visibly thicker, fuller lashes from root to tip.

What I think: This kit is an amazing value for what you get!  I received the Air Perfection cushion foundation in Light.  It covers so well and is easy to apply.  I dip my foundation brush into the compact and smooth on my skin.

The eyeliner is a pretty rich brown.  One end is a pencil and the other is a marker.  I like using the marker on my top lid and the softer pencil to define my bottom lid. The mascara really makes the eyes pop, too.  It’s a great volumizing mascara.

I like the lip gloss stick a lot.  It feels really moisturizing on.  But the color is a little red for me.

Break the boundaries of your beauty routine with these must-have beauty essentials. Available on the PUR Cosmetics’ website: http://www.purminerals.com/ for $39.00

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick
Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick ($5 each) — Warm up to the Spring season with a perfect pout of color.  Hard Candy offers the latest lipsticks that are sure to make you smile.  From pale pink to purple these shades are refreshing changes for Spring.  The smooth formula glides on with one stroke, a perfect update for the new season! Formula is infused with Argan oil for added moisture and shine.

What I think: These are very light and moisturizing, but are also well pigmented. I have the Sly-lac (left above).  It is very fun!  My daughter did ask me why I was wearing a purple lipstick!  Besides the wild colors, there are some pretty neutrals and brights that can be used everyday.

Available only at Walmart and Walmart.com.

What new spring products are you loving?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Spring Ahead With Fresh Beauty Ideas

Did you spring ahead this week?  The weekend seemed to go by so fast, but it was nice that it was lighter longer.  It was 70 degrees today and I loved it!  So looking forward to spring and summer this year!

Below are some fun picks for hair care, sun care and makeup to help you spring ahead in style!

Brighten up your hair this spring with fun temporary colors! Two I have recently tried are:

STREEKERS ($11.95 USD) is true temporary hair color with a difference. Instant. Liquid. Washes out when you want it out. Not a mascara, not a crayon, not a paint. But a cool new hair color that uses innovative technology. In 8 vibrant colors: pink, blue, ultra violet, red, green, yellow, orange, purple. Available at http://www.colormetrics.com

Scunci Hair Chalk ($11.99) — So easy to use! Just glide color onto hair. Works like a straightener. Comes with two different colors in pack.  Available at mass market retailers near you!

  • Change colors in seconds
  • Works on all hair types
  • Non-permanent
Sun Bum Day Tripper
Sun Bum Day Tripper

Protect your face and lips!

Sun Bum Day Tripper ($24.99 USD) — Premium travel-sized sun care essentials for those lazy days in the sun.  Benefits Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection Hypoallergenic Paraben / PABA Free Gluten Free / 100% Vegan Anti Aging Won’t Clog Pores Oil Free

Includes:

SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion / 3.0 OZ                                                                        SPF 30 Sunscreen Lip Balm / 0.15 OZ                                                                  Cool Down Aloe Lotion / 3.0 OZ

Available at: http://shop.trustthebum.com/daytripper/

Soft and shimmering makeup is perfect right now!  It will definitely help chase the winter away.

Hard Candy Glow All The Way Ombre Blush ($7 USD) — Add warmth and luminosity to your cheeks with Hard Candy Baked Blush. It will give your complexion a soft glow. I like that it applies softly, but can be build to a brighter flush!

Hard Candy Face & Body Luminizer, Doll Face Pink ($8 USD) — Get glowing and show off your glamorous side, using Hard Candy Luminizer, Doll Face Pink. This luxurious body and face luminizer illuminates all skin tones with a pearlescent glow. Shimmery and pigmented, the Glow All The Way Hard Candy Luminizer gives your skin lasting, radiant shine.  A little goes a long way to give your face a glow and can also be used on the shoulders and décolleté for a fun evening look!

The Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss ($6 USD) — will give a glamorous appearance to your lips, creating the most desired pouting look. The lip plumper lip gloss features an attractive shimmer that will automatically make your lips look fuller. The lip gloss is ideally suited for those who like sheer colors. I don’t see a lot of plumping with this, but it does give shimmer and shine and has a nice minty taste to it.

Available at Walmart stores and http://www.walmart.com

Don’t forget to take care of your hair on this spring!

SwimSpray ($15 for 4 oz) –SwimSpray uses a patent-pending vitamin C technology to immediately neutralize the chlorine on your body – eliminating the residual chlorine that can damage and irritate your hair and skin. It removes the chlorine from your hair and skin in a safe, gentle, and all-natural way.SwimSpray leaves your hair soft and moisturized and maintains hair color andkeeps your skin from drying out and becoming itchy or irritated. It is 100% natural, fragrance-free, sulfate-free, and free from artificial colors. Available at http://www.swimspray.com

Arganesse ($96 for 3.4 oz) For centuries, argan oil has been used to protect hair and skin from harsh desert conditions. High in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, argan oil alone naturally hydrates for silky, shiny, frizz­free hair. Arganesse controls the frizz, repairs, and rehydrates while adding shine and eliminating oiliness. Arganesse obtains this by blending argan oil with the perfect combination of complementary ingredients resulting in a winning secret formula. When applied to hair, this incredible elixir gives a lustrous gleam to dull, lifeless locks. Works on all hair types.  Purchase at http://www.arganesse.com

Are you trying new products this spring?  Please leave a comment and let me know!

Holiday Beauty Gift Guides 2014 — Makeup Sets

I was at the grocery store today and someone said that we have 5 weeks until Christmas — 5 WEEKS!  Crazy. So I thought I better get started on my gift guides!

Do you know a lady that would love some new makeup for Christmas?  This week I have some fun makeup gift ideas.

Tarte Petite Treats 12 Days of Tarte Deluxe Collection
Tarte Petite Treats 12 Days of Tarte Deluxe Collection

Petite Treats 12 Days of Tarte Deluxe Collection ($37 USD, A $122 value!) — Ulta Exclusive! Countdown 12 days of Tarte with this exclusive deluxe advent calendar featuring a Tarte surprise hidden behind every door. From Tarte’s brightest in skincare to lash, lip and cheek wardrobe staples, this 12-piece deluxe set has everything you need for any glamorous holiday adventure, plus an exclusive Tarte offer that’s too good to miss. Simply open one door each day to reveal each delightfully deluxe treasure that awaits. Plus, enjoy a surprise offer on your next Tarte purchase inside!

The exclusive deluxe collection includes:

  • Limited-edition LipSurgence Lip Tint in Wishful (pinky nude) (0.056 oz.)
  • Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanning Face Towelette 1 Ct.
  • Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hour Perfecting Primer (0.25 fl. oz.)
  • Limited-edition Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder (0.07 oz.)
  • MultiplEYE Lash Enhancing Primer (0.14 fl. oz.)
  • Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara (0.1 fl. oz.)
  • Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara (0.16 fl. oz.)
  • Double Detox Amazonian Clay Exfoliating Facial Mask (0.1 oz.)
  • Maracuja Rainforest Glow Instant Waterproof Body Perfector in Park Ave Princess (0.5 oz.)
  • Limited-edition Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Thrilled (light pink) (0.05 oz.)
  • Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment (0.08 oz.)
  • Limited-edition Maracuja Oil (0.23 fl. oz.)

Available only at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

Burt's Bees Tint 'n Shine
Burt’s Bees Tint ‘n Shine

Burt’s Bees Tint ‘n Shine ($9.99 USD) — Whether layered or worn separately, our Lip Shine and Tinted Lip Balm will give anyone on your shopping list that little extra bit of holiday polish. And it’s sure to score you some extra holiday thanks. Available in Red or Pink sets.

Burt’s Bees has lots of fabulous holiday sets including skincare, kits for baby care and pedi sets.

Available at http://www.burtsbees.com

Laura Mercier Into the Wild Lookbook Collection
Laura Mercier Into the Wild Lookbook Collection

Laura Mercier Into the Wild Lookbook Collection ($125 USD) — selected for you. Tame yourself with the book of neutrals, or go wild with the forest greens and violet pops of colour books.

Stick to the look or mix, match and unleash your exotic side. Any way you choose you will be fearlessly flawless!

SAFARI CHIC PALETTE:

5 Eye Colours (bottom right palette, clockwise from top left corner)

– Buttercream, Goldspun (Limited), Bronze Glow (Limited), Cognac and Bamboo

1 Face Highlighter – Coral Shimmer (Limited)

1 Mini Longwear Crème Eye Pencil – Espresso

JUNGLE CHIC PALETTE:

5 Eye Colours (bottom left palette, clockwise from top left corner)

– Vanilla (Limited), Granite (Limited), Asphalt (Limited), Brocade (Limited) and Black Envy (Limited)

1 Tightline Cake Eye Liner – Black Ebony

1 Mini Kohl Eye Pencil – Black Gold

1 Travel Flat Eye Liner Brush

TRIBAL CHIC PALETTE:

6 Eye Colours (top palette, clockwise from top left corner)

– Gold Leaf (Limited), African Violet, Ambre (Limited), Royal Pink (Limited),  Sugarplum (Limited)

2 Second Skin Cheek Colours

– Orange Blossom and Pink Lotus

Purchase at http://www.lauramercier.com

 

Hard Candy Eye Essentials Collection Eye Shadow Palette Holiday Gift Set
Hard Candy Eye Essentials Collection Eye Shadow Palette Holiday Gift Set

Hard Candy Eye Essentials Collection Eye Shadow Palette Holiday Gift Set ($4.88) — Create that smokey look you desire for an evening out on coordinating shades for a natural look with the Hard Candy Eye Essentials Collection Eye Shadow Palette Holiday Gift Set. Fall in love with these purse friendly eye shadow palettes.

This set includes:

  • 2 eye shadow palettes
  • 2 applicators
  • 3 make-up brushes

You can purchase this and other cute and affordable Hard Candy sets at Walmart stores and http://www.walmart.com

glō minerals Keepsake Collection Train Case
glō minerals Keepsake Collection Train Case

glō minerals Keepsake Collection Train Case ($85 USD) — Showcase your ethereal self this season with a modern palette of neutral tones paired with dramatic accents to emphasize your best features. Create endless combinations from soft to sultry and everything in between.

Kit Includes:

  • Liquid Ink Eyeliner- black – A semi-gloss liquid liner featuring a felt-tip applicator
  • Eye Shadow Quad- spellbound – Rich, complementary tones, designed to enhance every eye color
  • 3-in-1 Color Stick- fairy dust – A shimmering rose-gold for eyes, cheeks and lips
  • Lipstick- glaze – The perfect mauve kissed with pink shimmer
  • Lash Boosting Mascara- black (mini) – Volumizing, thickening, lengthening, strengthening and conditioning
  • Texture Eye Brush (mini) – Ideal for creating soft layers of color

All packaged in a timeless, quilted train case perfect for travel!

Available at http://www.gloprofessional.com

I hope these ideas are helpful!  It’s good to know that you can give a fun gift at any price range!

 

Glam Up Your Everyday Look!

Smoky eyes, flawless skin and sexy lips (and sparkly nails!) are still going strong this Spring.  I love this look and have been wearing a stronger eye lately and black eye liner.

There are many gorgeous products in all price ranges to achieve the perfect Spring look.  Below are products that I were sent for my honest review.

A smoky eye is always popular!  The above products from Physician’s Formula is an affordable way to get a great smoky eye!  The products are:

Sexy Booster™ Va Va Voom Volume Mascara ($9.95 USD) — 24 Hour Wear. Voluptuous Volume. luscious Length. Gorgeous Curves. Sexy-Boosting Formula. High-Performance Wear. Va Va Voom Volume Brush. This gives really great separation and volume!

Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner Nude Collection – ($11.95 USD) — Modern and versatile palettes for a new twist on classic nude shades. Neutral, metallic shades create a nude look that is soft & sultry. Wet & Dry application for two finishes: wet for dramatic, intense color with ultra long-lasting wear. Transforms shadow into a liner. Dry for a softer result. Available in 4 palettes, the one above is Smoky Nude Eyes.

Sexy Booster™ Ooh La La Sexy Eyes Trio ($12.95 USD) — Up to 24 Hour Wear. Perfect Threesome for Sexy Eyes. Sexy-Boosting Formula. – Create a Sexy Eye: 1. Apply Felt-Tip Eyeliner to upper lid starting from the inner corner and extend to the outer corner to make a winged, cat eye. Gently shake before use. Do not store pen tip-side down. 2. Apply Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in the upper and lower eye rim for dramatic definition. 3. Apply the Eyeliner Pencil on the lower lash line for softer definition.  I also like to use the Kohl alone for a subtle smoky look.

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Ramy Perfect Brow Wand ($28 USD) —  Finally! A waterproof double duty gel pen, the Perfect Brow Wand takes eyebrow perfection to the next level by combining a universally flattering eyebrow filler and pure highlighter in one easy to use wand. The brow filler works on ANY hair color, from pale blonde, silver or red to medium brown or black. The Highlighter end is colorless and adds pure light to emphasize your arches or wake up tired eyes!

Ramy Eye Shadow ($17 USD) — combines a long wearing, light reflective formula resulting in beautiful transforming shades that blend effortlessly and last! Theses eyeshadows are the result of public demand, asking Ramy to add new powder shadows to the brand and he finally did it! Combine these gorgeous shades to play up your eyes for Maximum Impact!  I have Lucky Penny, a gorgeous deep copper.  This can be used for a modern smoky eye or as a liner.

Available at http://www.ramy.com.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Shine Free Primer ($8 USD) —  A lightweight, shine reducing formula that prevents oil buildup while creating a smooth surface for even makeup application.  Fab primer at an affordable price!

Hard Candy Ombre Lipstick ($6 USD) — Effortlessly achieve an instant gradation effect for ombre lips with one sweep! Two complementary shades in one lipstick now makes it easier than ever to add definition and fullness to lips. Sweep on the lipstick to your upper lips as the darker shade faces up, and sweep onto your lower lips as the darker shade faces down and Voilà!  I have this in a light nude/pink combo called Faithful.  Gorgeous and really fun!

Available at Walmart stores.

Butter London the Cut Up Collection
Butter London the Cut Up Collection

Butter London the Cut Up Collection ($15 Each) — Three different glitter topcoats.  The shades are:

Anorak: Black, white and silver chunky glitter overcoat suspended in a clear base

Dust-Up: Gold, silver and bronze chunky & fine glitter overcoat suspended in a clear base

Titchy: Multi-colour chunky and fine glitter overcoat suspended in a clear base

Available at butterlondon.com

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.

Products and accompanying video tutorial will be available on emcosmetics.com.

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 www.eyeslipsface.com

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 http://www.tartecosmetics.com.

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/Ulta.com (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 www.walmart.com 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.

Includes:

  • 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 www.qvc.com

 

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, Ulta.com & H2OPlus.com 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 Sephora.com, Ulta.com, Macys.com, Beauty.com and UrbanDecay.com

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 QVC.com

Are you giving any makeup sets this holiday season.

 

 

 

Perfect Fall Makeup — Smooth Skin and Smokey Eyes

Fall makeup is a great time to amp up the drama.  To do so, it is essential that your skin looks flawless.  Once that is achieved, a perfect smoky eye can create a dramatic look for evenings (holiday parties are coming).

The following products were sent to me for my honest review.  They can help you look smoking’ this fall and holiday seasons!

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder ($45 USD) — Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder is a breakthrough formula that promises a flawless complexion with its customizable wet and dry coverage. This silky-smooth innovation offers a natural veil that imparts a colour true finish. Details are:

·        Blurs fine lines – never settles into them

·         Oil free, natural matte finish

·         Long-wearing, all day wear (8 hours), waterproof

·         Instantly reduces the look of shine at application and smoothes away the look of lines and pores

·         Feels creamy, light and fresh on skin throughout the day

·         In 20 shades of extraordinary

What I think:  This is a gorgeous powder foundation. Worn dry, you get a soft, natural look.  Apply wet and it lasts hours and hours.  Either way, you get a comfortable feel and beautiful finish.

Learn more at www.lauramercier.com.

Hard Candy Mod Quad
Hard Candy Mod Quad

Hard Candy Mod Quad ($6 USD on www.walmart.com) — Hard Candy Mod Quad Baked Eye Shadow Compact offers four baked eye shadows in a palette that creates sultry smokin’ hot looks. With a little bit of water, these eye shadows go from sheer to high foil metallic finish.

Hard Candy Mod Quad Baked Eye Shadow Compact:

  • Highly pigmented
  • Apply dry and get a sheer finish
  • Add water and get a high-foil metallic finish

What I think:  I have tried the Smoke Mirrors Grey Palette.  It’s really pigmented.  The two lightest colors work well for days, but all four shades can be layered and wet for a high-shine evening smoky eye!

Available at Walmart stores and www.walmart.com

Maybelline Volum Express Colossal Smoky Eyes
Maybelline Volum Express Colossal Smoky Eyes

Maybelline Volum Express Colossal Smoky Eyes ($7.77 USD) The most colossal lashes in just one coat. Lush collagen-enriched plumping formula and Mega Brush instantly build 9X volume, without clumps

• Contact lens safe and ophthalmologist-tested

• Washable, also available in Waterproof formula

Sweep brush from root to tip to plump lashes and achieve dramatic volume. Do not let dry between coats. Removes easily with soap and water or Maybelline® New York Expert Eyes® 100% Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover.

What I think: I love the length and fullness that this mascara gave me.  My lashes looked amazing!  The only problem is, at the end of the day I had raccoon eyes.  Which is sad!  But, if you don’t mind that, this is a great mascara!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Sensai Eyebrow Pencil
Sensai Eyebrow Pencil

Sensai Eyebrow Pencil ($28 USD) — Eyebrows frame the face and a well-manicured brow can enhance your look that much more. With Sensai’s Eyebrow Pencil (available in black and brown) you can easily and minimally recreate this stylish look and transform your appearance.

This special oval-shaped lead has soft, powdery consistency and a spiral brush to perfectly articulate the brows. Ideal for natural-looking lines.

What I think: This is a very nice, good quality eyebrow pencil.  It is easy to apply, the lead is fairly soft and you can blend it if you need to.

Sensai products may be purchased at http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/ and http://www.neimanmarcus.com/.

Beautyblender Single
Beautyblender Single

Beautyblender ($19.95 USD) — Now you can look like a movie star without   the pricey services of a major make up artist. Introducing Beautyblender, the   ultimate make up sponge applicator. Invented by top Hollywood make up artist   Rea Ann Silva, Beautyblender has been created to leave you   with a professional finish and a flawless complexion. Silva knows that   the key to a perfect face is simple: a perfect blend. So forget your fingers or   sharp-edged triangular sponges, these application methods waste make up and can   leave visible streaks.

Beautyblender’s patent-pending elliptical shape makes application foolproof   by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. Its suede   texture is sensual to the touch and its unique curves fit the contours of your   face, leaving your make up dazzling and undetectable. Beautyblender is latex   free, non-allergenic and odor free.

What I think:  This is my favorite way to blend primers, foundation, BB Creams, and even powder foundation.  Gives a flawless look!

Available at http://www.shop.beautyblender.net/

What’s your new fall look this season?  Leave me a comment and let me know!