Saturday, October 4th, 2014

You don’t have to spend a lot to add a really great fuchsia lipstick to your stash! Here are a few of my favorites :) I’d love to hear yours!

  1. Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd — a gold-shimmered fuchsia pink
  2. Revlon Lollipop — a glossy fuchsia pink
  3. NYX Pink Lyric — a pop of muted fuchsia pink
  4. Milani Violet Volt — a metallic fuchsia-magenta
  5. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash — a bright, luminous fuchsia

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Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Here are five fun shades that might be worth checking out this fall in various shades of red and plum! I’d love to hear about your go-to glosses for fall! :)

  1. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum — a cool-toned, dusty pink-plum
  2. Milani Red My Lips — a bright, warm red
  3. Hourglass Siren — a rich, metallic red
  4. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby — a blackened red with gold sparkle
  5. NARS Baroque — a plum with gold shimmer

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Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Here are five blushes worth considering for darker skin tones! Again, this is a short and sweet list but is by no means exhaustive; I tried to include a variety of colors, finishes, and undertones, but just because you don’t see a blush listed here doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work :) I’d love to hear your personal favorites for dark skin tones in the comments!

  1. Milani Bella Rosa — a bright, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a matte finish
  2. NARS Lovejoy — a medium-dark plum with warm, gold shimmer and a soft satin finish
  3. Becca Papaya/Topaz — a gold-shimmered, copper-brown
  4. NARS Taj Mahal — a vibrant tangerine orange with a luminous sheen
  5. Kevyn Aucoin Fira — a rich, orange-red with a matte finish

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a new powder eyeshadow formula that’s available in thirty shades. I thought I’d try these three next, as purples are notorious for being difficult to do well, so I wanted to see if Milani’s newest formula could rise to the occasion.

Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink.” It’s a light, icy pink with cool undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied with a dampened brush, it was richly pigmented. The texture was soft, just a smidgen powdery, but almost buttery and dense. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is slightly warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is smoother. Bobbi Brown Pink Lily (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Violet (14) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering violet purple.” It’s a muted, medim purple with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and then it intensified to semi-opaque coverage when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was drier, a little more powdery and prone to disappearing–it did not adhere well to the skin. I tried applying it with a dampened brush on the lid, and it still just didn’t seem to layer or build well. What color managed to stick to the skin stayed on for seven hours. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is darker, brighter. Kat Von D Babe (LE) is warmer. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Purple (15) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich purple satin matte.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a pearly, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque, softer color, while applied damp, it was richer, smoother, and more opaque. The consistency was soft but not powdery, and it was easy to blend on the skin. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Bewitched (P, $6.99) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #2 (P) is lighter. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Milani Bella Ivory (01) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Ivory (01) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a new and permanent range of 30 shades. I saw 18 of the 30 shades at my local Walgreens (I bought those 18–more reviews to come!) earlier this week. The new formula is supposed to be crease-resistant, can be used wet or dry, and have “rich, vibrant color.” The texture is soft, a little powdery at times (depends on the shade), and tends to look similar whether applied dry or wet, though application with a dampened brush reduces the powderiness and sometimes brings out the shimmer in the finish. They were easy to apply and blend on the lid, and the wear was decent (six to eight hours), though the lighter shades tended to fade slightly faster compared to the richer, deeper shades in the range from what I’ve tested so far.

Milani Bella Ivory (01) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a light, warm-toned white with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff applied both wet and dry, though it was slightly more pigmented when applied damp. The texture was soft, blendable, but a little powdery. When worn, the color stayed put for seven hours before fading. Ulta Bone (P, $10.00) is less shimmery. MAC This or That #1 (LE, $21.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Venus (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Mylar (P, $15.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Silhouette (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Sand (02) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is softened, gilded gold with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff, and applied with a dampened brush, it was opaque and more metallic. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable, while it was just a bit on the powdery side. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals Golden Coast (LE) is less metallic. Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde (P, $5.99) is darker, less golden. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is warmer. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is darker. Milani Drenched in Gold (P, $6.99) is lighter. bareMinerals Surreal (P) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium brown with warm undertones and a soft, gold satin shimmer. The powder was soft without being powdery, and it was easy to blend the color on the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours before I saw signs of fading. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC A Medley of Mauves #4 (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Soba (P, $15.00) is similar. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is darker. Bobbi Brown Praline (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

A gel powder – what would that even look like? We’ll tell you: It looks like rich, vibrant color that glides on in a single stroke, delivering a stunning multi-dimensional effect. Worn as shadow or highlighter, this incredibly innovative, weightless formula blends easily with the fingertips to light up the eyes. Even more to entice: It can be used wet or dry, resists creasing, and comes in satin matte, shimmer and iridescent metallic finishes. All eyes will be on you with their 30 illuminating colors in 5 different shade ranges including Nudes & Browns, Smoky & Sky, Purples & Greens, Metallics and Brights & Lights. Just try it! It’s that different.

Apply using ring finger or brush for luminous eyes in one stroke. Use lighter shades on brow bone as a highlighter, mid-tone shades on the lid and deeper shades for contouring in the crease. Use any shade WET as a liner to create intense color or added definition for limitless, multidimensional looks as unique as you!

Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99)

  • Bella Ivory (01)
  • Bella Sand (02)
  • Bella Cappuccino (03)
  • Bella Caffe (04)
  • Bella Taupe (05)
  • Bella Espresso (06)
  • Bella White (07)
  • Bella Sky (08)
  • Bella Navy (09)
  • Bella Gray (10)
  • Bella Charcoal (11)
  • Bella Black (12)
  • Bella Pink (13)
  • Bella Violet (14)
  • Bella Purple (15)
  • Bella Champagne (16)
  • Bella Khaki (17)
  • Bella Emerald (18)
  • Bella Rouge (19)
  • Bella Silver (20)
  • Bella Teal (21)
  • Bella Gold (22)
  • Bella Copper (23)
  • Bella Bronze (24)
  • Bella Cobalt (25)
  • Bella Fuchsia (26)
  • Bella Mandarin (27)
  • Bella Chiffon (28)
  • Bella Rose (29)
  • Bella Diamond (30)

Availability: July 2014 at CVS/Walgreens

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