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TARTE Unleashed Eyeshadow Palette & Travel-Size Big Ego Mascara

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Happy Saturday!  I hope your weekend is going well!

I’m excited to do this palette review today! It’s the TARTE Unleashed Eyeshadow Palette & Travel-Size Big Ego Mascara.  I got it as a birthday gift a few weeks ago, and have been enjoying it!

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This vegan and cruelty free palette is inspired by the animal kingdom and features earthy & tropical tones. Plus, it comes with a Travel Size Big Ego Mascara!

It is infused with Amazonian clay & mineral pigments for maximum blendability & wear.  It features a mix of mattes & metallics in warm & cool tones.

The ingredients in the shadows include these Skinvigorating Ingredients:

  • Amazonian clay: Nature’s most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear
  • Mineral pigments: Soothe & soften skin
  • Vanilla: A natural fragrance with rich antioxidant & anti-aging properties

Here’s photos of the outer packaging:

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The packaging for this is gorgeous! It’s hard to tell, but the front of the palette is 3D when you move it around.  It’s so cool.  And it’s really sturdy packaging.

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Shades:

  • Swan Song (pearl sheen)
  • Oh Deer (matte mauve)
  • Hippocritical (lilac shimmer)
  • Bear Necessities (matte dark brown)
  • Koalified (matte purple brown)
  • Toucan Do It (matte orange)
  • No Fox Given (matte burnt orange)
  • Iguana Love You (burgundy shimmer)
  • Irrelephant (light bronze shimmer)
  • Toad-Ally (turquoise shimmer)
  • You’re Lion (champagne shimmer)
  • Monkey Business (gold shimmer)
  • Camelflauge (matte brown)
  • Hawkward (pewter sparkle)
  • Party Animal (navy blue sparkle)

Swatches!

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Swan Song, Oh Deer, Hippocritical, Bear Necessities and Koalafied.  I love most of the shimmers in this palette (there’s one exception below).  The mattes are nice, too, but Koalafied didn’t swatch too well.  It’s nice on the eyes, though.

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Toucan Do It, No Fox Given, Iguana Love You, Irrelephant, and Toad-ally.

All of these are as gorgeous on the eyes as they swatch!  So pigmented and gorgeous!

 

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You’re Lion, Monkey Business, Camelflauge, Hawkward, and Party Animal.  The only shade I had trouble swatching was Hawkward. It’s really sheer, almost like a shadow topper.  I tried to builcdd it up on my eyes and it didn’t work, it stayed sheer.  All of the other shimmers can be built up to look very foiled on the eyes.

The mascara is really nice, too.  I forgot to do a close up of the wand.  It’s a fluffy hourglass shaped wand.  It gives lots of volume and length.

I really do love this palette.  The colors are so summery and I love the range of shades.  I need to do some more looks with it, but I am enjoying it so far!

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Do you have this palette?  What’s your current favorite summer palette?

 

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IT Cosmetics New Superhero Mascara Review!

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara
IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara (On sale right now for $26.36 for two on QVC.com) — One of my favorite companies, IT Cosmetics, has come out with an awesome new mascara that really works like a superhero!  What is it’s claim, you ask?:

Formulated to give you the look of volume, length, and lift, Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara will take your lashes to new heights. The Lash-Changing Power Brush has bristles cut at all different lengths to make sure no lash is left behind, no matter its length. This innovative brush wraps each individual lash from root to tip, treating your lashes to collagen, hydrolyzed keratin, proteins, peptides, and polymers. It transforms your lashes with a super-black color for the look of longer, more defined lashes.

I was sent a sample of this amazing mascara to try and oh my!  My tiny lashes almost hit my eyebrows once I applied it.  Plus it stayed on all day without flaking.  Mascara usually smudges on me by the end of the day, but this one didn’t!

This never-before-seen launch will make it’s debut on QVC TODAY during the 11pm Eastern Friday Night Beauty segment. You can purchase a duo of the mascaras now here. And the price is great, too!

Are you going to pick this one up tonight?  I am going to watch tonight to see the presentation!

Enjoy!

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March Mascara Madness!

I have been sent some fabulous mascaras for my honest review and I am so excited to share them with you!

Flower Beauty Extreme Measures Lengthening Mascara

Flower is the new beauty line by Drew Barrymore.  The brand’s philosophy is that you no longer have to spend a lot of money to get the quality cosmetics you want and deserve. Where other beauty brands spend a vast percentage of the cost of their products on ads, they do not. Drew, as an owner of the brand, takes pride in promoting Flower, which in turn allows the company to put all of their resources into the formulas and packaging, and not into advertising.

The first item I have tried from Flower is the Lash Knockout Volumizing Mascara ($6.98 USD). The claims for this mascara is it will:

  • Lengthen and nourish lashes with Red Seaweed for elasticity
  • Shiny Polymers add shine, luster and condition
  • Vegetal Polymers provide easy application and superb adherence for all-day wear

What I think:  This is a great thickening mascara for a fab price! The brush has plush, closely placed bristles that impart a nice, thick coat of mascara.  If you like volumizing mascara, this is a good one to try.   Available at Walmart and Walmart.com.

L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara

L’Oreal introduces liquid extensions in a bottle, with Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara ($8.49 USD), a new generation of lash length. In one motion lashes are separated, intensified, and look shockingly lengthened for an
intense make-up result.

What I think:  This plastic bristle brush really lengthens lashes, and separates as well.  If that is the look that you like, I really recommend this mascara.  It is easily available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Mineral Fusion Lengthening Mascara

Mineral Fusion Lengthening Mascara ($14.99 USD) This is a natural mineral mascara. Minerals apply smoothly to darken and lengthen for beautifully defined lashes.  Naturally nourishes and protects to promote maximum lash health and fullness.  Gentle, non-irritating formula applies easily, without clumping, flaking or smudging.  Free of Gluten, Parabens, Artificial Colors, Fragrances and Talc. Never-tested on animals. Hypo-allergenic.

What I think: If you like a natural look, this will give that to you with natural ingredients.  I know that some ladies don’t like huge lashes and this will give a softer look.  Available at www.mineralfusion.com

Mally Beauty Instant Impact Mascara

NEW Mally Instant Impact Mascara takes lashes to great lengths with a six-ball applicator that distributes mascara evenly to each lash–every one of them will look longer and fuller than ever before!

What I think:  This is my favorite mascara at the moment.  It gives HUGE volume and length.  The only thing is that the product tends to collect at the base of the last ball, so be careful when you take it out of the tube.  I wipe it off with a tissue and go to town on my lashes.  Great for night looks or for the ladies who like drama every day!

This is now only available in a kit at www.qvc.com called Mally 7-piece Makeup Makeover Collection for $72.50 USD.  Hopefully it will be available by itself soon!

Ellis Faas Mascara

Ellis Faas Mascara ($34 USD)A creamy mascara that perfectly coats, lengthens and separates each individual lash.  This mascara is ideal for creating customized looks. In one coat, it accentuates your lashes with subtlety; additional coats frame your eyes with lush, more dramatic effect.

What I think:  I am loving the versatility of this mascara.  One coat gives you very long and separated lashes.  A couple more coats provides volume as well.  Plus, it comes in a very cool bullet container.

Enjoy!

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Breakthrough Mascaras by It Cosmetics, Hourglass Cosmetics and CoverGirl

I love, love, love mascara!  Here are three amazing new ones:

It Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara Duo ($29.00 USD) — What is it: Developed with leading plastic surgeons, Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Treatment Mascara revolutionizes and takes the place of five products–volumizing mascara; conditioning, hydrating lash primer; lash-enhancing serum; lash tint; and a lash comb/curler! Hello Lashes offers the blackest of black color that lasts and doesn’t flake or fade. The triple-brush lengthens, curls, and separates lashes while the innovative Magic Wand lash ball detailer tip is designed to reach every last inner and outer corner lash.

What I think:  An amazing mascara that lengthens, curls and thickens lashes.  The unique feature of this mascara is the ball on the end that reaches inner and outer lashes plus when used straight up, really lengthens upper and lower lashes.  My little lashes look so long that they almost reach my eyebrows!  I also have to wait for my mascara to dry before  I put my glasses on or it smears!  Visit www.qvc.com to purchase.

Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer ($28.00 USD) — An ultra-glossy, inky black top coat for lashes that creates length,
volume, and showstopping shine.  Formulated for application on top of mascara, Film Noir Lash Lacquer transitions your eyes from work day to cocktail hour, or vamps up your look for an extra kick of drama any time you desire. It features a unique brush applicator and latex-like formula that fans lashes out to sensational proportions.

Before applying, make sure there’s just enough product lightly coating the applicator brush, and wipe any excess onto the inside edge of the tube. Using the brush applicator, paint lacquer onto the bottom and top lashes in short, even strokes. Apply lacquer to the tips of the outer corners of top lashes only for a more natural look.

What I think:  At first I thought this product wouldn’t be useful — an extra step to make lashes look better?  I was skeptical. But after I “painted” the lacquer on my lashes, they were longer, shiny and super black! Perfect for a night out!  Visit www.hourglasscosmetics.com or www.sephora.com to learn more.

CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara ($8.49 USD) gives you stunning volume while leaving your lashes light and lifted!

The breakthrough mousse formula exchanges specific synthetic polymers with natural beeswax and tapioca to help make it 20% lighter than the most expensive mascara* Hypoallergenic. Removes easily with soap and water. Ophthalmologically tested.

What I think:  Wow!  It is difficult to find a natural mascara that gives good volume — but this one certainly does. It is also perfect for contact lens wearers.  Plus, very affordable.  Visit www.covergirl.com to learn more and purchase at mass market retailers.  Enjoy!

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Fall 2011 Makeup Guide Part One — The Eyes Have It!

Yay for Fall eye makeup!  I always look forward to this time of year because I love the dramatic colors — plums, forest greens, midnight blues, chocolate browns.  I feel like a kid and the bold liners, shadows and mascara are my coloring tools!

Smashbox, Josie Maran, Make Up For Ever and Sue Devitt are introducing Fall 2011 collections that include a dramatic eye and soft cheeks and lips. I have tried at least one eye product from each collection and I have found that beside the beautiful jewel tones, many of the products have really cool features like being long-wearing.

Here is a little description of each collection and a product that I have tried from each:

Smashbox’s Fall 2011 color story is a celebration of the studio’s heritage. It’s about the magic of capturing the perfect close-up—the moment when you see that impeccable shot of a beautiful girl and everything just clicks.

Smashbox Girls On Film Cream Eye Liner & Travel Brush ($28.00 USD) — Create the perfect frame for eyes with this cult-favorite liner that provides totally customizable eye definition. Wait 60 seconds for it to dry or immediately smudge with shadow for extra intensity. Apply it with the included travel brush for perfectly defined eyes in a flash. Cream Eye Liner can also be used as a long-wearing cream shadow for a sexy smoky look.

What I think: This is available in two shades: Blacklight (black with blue pearl) and Sepia (midnight brown with gold pearl).  I have the Blacklight and love how the color easily lays down and the fact that the blue pearl is not too noticeable, so it can be used day or night. And it is very long-wearing.  Visit www.sephora.com or www.smashbox.com to purchase.

Josie Maran’s Fall 2011 Collection contains three Argan-rich products — A 4 eyeshadow and 1 eyeliner compact, a serum foundation and the eye makeup pen described below.

Josie Maran The Rapid Eye Makeup Pen (REM) ($32.00 USD)  features long-wearing Argan gel eyeliner on one end and a mini liner brush on the other. The middle houses a perfectly coordinated Argan eye shadow in a spring-loaded sponge tip applicator for single stroke eye definition. Infused with Josie’s signature ingredient, Argan Oil.

What I think:  This is a perfect for a dramatic on-the-go eye look. The shadow easily applies with the sponge and the eye liner brush dips in the liner for a great thick line.  Perfect for a cat’s eye look.  This is available in 6 color combinations.  I’ve tried the Black liner/Amethyst shadow and love the look. Visit www.sephora.com or www.josiemarancosmetics.com to purchase.

MAKE UP FOR EVER introduces Smoky Couleur, a new collection of eye make up essentials inspired by the rich, jewel tone fabrics seen on the fall 2011 runways. This vibrant new take on an all-time classic provides a number of different ways to wear the eye-catching look and adapt it to every mood, occasion and outfit.

The Smoky Couleur collection includes a limited edition Smoky Eye Shadow Palette, four new shades of dramatic
Smoky Lash mascara and three new ultra-creamy Khol Pencils — all in an array of bold, yet wearable colors.

New Smoky Lash Couleur ($22.00 USD) — The ultimate mascara for volume, length and curl is now available in four new hues. Boasting the same lash boosting formula and unique elastomer fiber brush as the original best seller, Smoky Lash Couleur delivers a dramatic faux lash effect in seconds. Each new shade is extremely concentrated with brown, green, blue and plum pigments so the mascara instantly coats the lashes with intense color.

What I think:  Very cool mascara that is extremely volumizing and really colors lashes, even dark ones like mine!  I have the Dark Blue and the Pearly Deep Blue Khol pencil.  They work great together for an intense shot of color or mix them up. Fun! Purchase at www.sephora.com or www.makeupforever.com.

Sue Devitt’s Nordic Trek, inspired by Iceland A new Eye Palette in muted tones of Deep Moss Shimmer, Glacial Aqua, Arctic Blue, and Nordic Nude was inspired by the deep blue sky meeting the mossy earth and ice along the horizon. And a new Defining Eyeliner in three pigment rich, long lasting, waterproof shades- rich black, chocolate brown and silver-glides on to give an edge to a softer palette. The collection of Color Luxury Lipsticks echoes the colors of the autumn flowers of the lowlands.

Sue Devitt Defining Eyeliner ($20.00 USD) Inspired by our star product—Eye Intensifier Pencil—NEW Defining Eyeliner is an ultra thin, twist-up pencil designed to create a precise line in vibrant colors for an intense look. Its unique formulation hydrates while defining, glides on smoothly in a soft, velvety texture, while locking in color that is long-wearing, transfer resistant, water resistant and smudge proof. Hyaluronic Filling Spheres and Nylon-12 lock in moisture, and expand and contact with facial expressions without creasing. No sharpener required.

What I think:  I love this in the chocolate brown.  It is a deep color and is a nice change from black for daytime.  It glides on smoothly, and doesn’t need to be sharpenend. This liner lasts a long time, too.  Visit www.suedevittbeauty.com to purchase.

Whatever you choose to try, I think you will enjoy your Fall look!

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Amazing New Eye Makeup By L’Oreal

L’Oreal creates innovative and affordable cosmetics that are so fun to try — especially their eye makeup.  I have tried the following lately and really enjoy wearing them!

Studio Secrets Professional The One Sweep ($9.99 USD) — Discover the secret to a complete eye look in one easy sweep with Studio Secrets Professional™ The One Sweep™ Eye Shadow. This unique applicator is designed to fit your eye shape to define, color and highlight your eyes in one easy step. The beautifully coordinated shadows come in natural and playful palettes expertly designed to enhance your eye color. Discover your stunning eye look!

The One Sweep™ Shadow is a breakthrough new way for anyone to get a professional eye shadow look. The unique applicator is shaped to fit the eye and apply three shades in one step to define, color and highlight. It’s fast, easy, and mistake-proof.

There are 8 color combos to choose from — soft Natural and brighter Playful sets for Blue, Green, Brown and all eye colors.

What I think:  This is pretty easy to use, once you practice a bit.  It takes a little work to get the shadow perfectly on the applicator, then onto the eyelids.  Once you get the hang of it, though, it is such a cool idea!  On sweep and you have eyeliner, lid color and highlighter.  Fun!   

L’Oreal introduces new Double Extend® Eye Illuminator ($10.95 USD), a two-step lengthening mascara professionally developed to illuminate your eyes.

Step 1: Lengthen & Intensify: Black mascara infused with a hint of color adds volume and length to lashes while intensifying eyes.

Step 2: Illuminate: The illuminating top coat infused with light-reflecting pearls highlights your eye color with our exclusive sphere tip brush.

This is available in 4 shades to enhance eye color: Black Copper for Blue Eyes, Black Bronze for Green Eyes, Black Quartz for Brown Eyes, and Black Crystal for All Eyes.

What I think:  This is an interesting idea for mascara.  I usually like my lashes really black, but the illuminating color is more for glimmer than color.  The black mascara thickens, but doesn’t really lengthen my lashes.  I then put the illuminating color (Black Quartz) on the tips.  You can really see it in the sun. This is fun to use, though and is a different looks for the eyes.

Visit www.lorealparisusa.com to learn more and you can purchase at drugstores near you!

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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!

Includes:
• 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 www.smashbox.com.  You will get a photo-, night out-, and even beach ready look for your summer! 


 

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