If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen some recent posts featuring products from an international makeup swap I’ve been doing with a friend on mine overseas. It’s basically like having a pen pal (if you remember the days before social media and texting) except instead of sending letters, we’ve been sending boxes of makeup back and forth! Since I live in the US and she’s in Vienna we each have access to products the other might not normally be able to find. Over the past few weeks I’ve become quite smitten with brands like Kiko and Catrice (which I never see here) but one of the biggest surprises so far has been Zoeva (which I CAN get in the states but I have to order online without being able to look at the products). Having a friend pick stuff out for you is a much easier way to explore a new-to-you brand. Continue reading Zoeva Mixed Metals Eyeshadow Palette
If you haven’t seen my review for the new Estée Lauder Courréges collection for Spring/Summer 2015, you can check it out here on YouTube. This was a very hit and miss collection for me. Check out the gallery here and make sure you watch the review before you open that wallet!
Continue reading Courréges for Estée Lauder: Photo & Swatch Gallery
I don’t have them all… but I have three of the four new limited edition spring 2015 eyeshadow palettes from Wet n Wild. Ain’t they pretty?!
While I haven’t done a HUGE amount of testing, they aren’t bad. Some of the matte shades are powdery and will require a little finessing to get them just right, but none of these were horribly stiff with invisible color payoff… so that’s good. Enjoy the photos/swatches!
Continue reading Wet n Wild Silver Lake Collection for Spring 2015
With some fairly large foundation overview videos looming on the horizon, I thought it was time to revisit my guidelines for foundation reviews. In the past I’ve stated at the opening of each video what you could expect to hear me talk about, by documenting policies here on the blog, this not only saves time when watching review videos, but also allows me to explain in further detail what terms like “sheer” and “buildable” mean to me (at least when I’m the one talking about them). So…
In future foundation review/overview videos, this is what I’ll be giving you:
When I think of spring I think of overcast, cloudy days… grey skies and rain. Lots of rain. Lots and lots and lots of rain. Yet when it’s time for us to start talking spring colors in makeup and fashion, we often gloss over the stormy period and cut right to pastel flowers and sunshine! Why?! Why indeed. Wouldn’t it be just as interesting to borrow from spring’s more tumultuous period and create a line of muddy, washed-out, overcast colors? I think so.
You can imagine my excitement then, when I saw the new Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette for Spring 2015. I HAD to have it! Like… yesterday!
Be careful what you wish for… Continue reading Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette
I had high hopes for Tory Burch’s makeup line. Well, I had concerns anyway and sometimes concerns kind of feel like hopes, right? When I saw the photos of the packaging I fell in love! The orange and gold is stunning and the Celtic meets Moroccan design is an attention grabber! “But what if it’s too good to be true?” I asked myself. “What if it’s just made of [gulp] cheap plastic?”
I love summer. Green leaves on trees, sunshine, long days… sigh. When the days get shorter and the weather starts to turn, my skin usually turns with it. I have mostly dry skin year round anyway, but during the colder months I get tight and itchy (sometimes even flaky) skin. My favorite products often rotate – if I didn’t switch things up now and then I’d get bored – but there are a few staple products (or staple categories) that I go back to time and time again when the days get chilly. Lets start with a bang and talk about the one couldn’t bear to be without:
Last week on Instagram I posted the promo photo for Dolce & Gabbana’s Collector’s Edition Bronze and Highlight Powders (at the time a Harrod’s exclusive). Probably the most beautiful powders I’ve ever seen and at the time I wanted them more than air… or world peace.
Since these are now available in the US at Saks Fifth Avenue (and word is they’ll soon be showing up at Nordstrom), I thought this would be a good time to introduce you to the two shades that are available. Just in case you’ve temporarily lost your mind and are thinking of taking a brush to one of those beauties, the colors aren’t new (Desert and Eva are both part of their permanent line), just the stunning embossed design is.
Would you like to know more? Continue reading Dolce & Gabbana Bronze & Highlight Powders
This summer Estée Lauder launched their new line of Pure Color Envy EyeShadows with ten 5-color palettes. Now that I have my hands on all of these bad boys it’s time for some photos and review talk! NOTE: If you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen many of the photos shown here and if you don’t follow me on Instagram… well I guess you haven’t ;)
I’m officially at the mid-way point of my Social (Media) Experiment and I think it’s time for a progress report. Here are four things I’ve learned thus far: