Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Here are a few eyeliners in shades of autumn–browns, coppers, tarnished gold, and plum! What eyeliners do you gravitate towards during fall?

  1. Marc Jacobs Brown(out) — a medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen
  2. MAC Rich Ground — a coppery gel eyeliner
  3. Sephora Sun Tan — a golden copper
  4. Bobbi Brown Black Plum — a deep plum purple
  5. MAC Lord It Up — a sparkly dark brown

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Sephora #27 Pro Blending Brush
Sephora #27 Pro Blending Brush

Sephora #27 Pro Blending Brush ($20.00) is a fluffy, medium-sized rounded brush designed for blending made out of goat hair. The brush head is 14mm in length, 9mm in width, and 6mm in thickness. It had a total length of 178mm with a pinched, metal ferrule. It is fairly soft, lightly fluffy with moderate spring and works in a variety of ways. I like using it to apply a highlighter to my brow bone, and then blend downwards to the crease color, but it can also be used to apply all-over color to the lid, to set or blend out concealer, or to blend out any harsh edges between eyeshadows. It is similar to MAC 217 and Hakuhodo J5523.

Sephora #73 Pro Precision Blush Brush ($32.00) is a small-medium, flattened blush brush with a strongly tapered edge. It is made with natural pony bristles. The brush head is 31mm in length, 26mm in width, and 15mm in thickness. It had a total length of 210mm with a pinched, metal ferrule. This is a feathery, lighter-weight blush brush with a lot of spring and give, so I’ve found it ideal for applying blush and highlighting powders for a subtler application/color. It is moderately soft, but if you tend to use a stippling or tapping motion to apply your brush, you may want to look for a softer brush.

Sephora’s Pro brushes have longer handles than the average brush brand, but they’re weighted well, so they don’t feel awkward in the hand. They seem to use high quality printing on the handles, too, as none of mine show signs of fading/wear for the names.

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#27 Pro Blending Brush

It is fairly soft, lightly fluffy with moderate spring and works in a variety of ways. I like using it to apply a highlighter to my brow bone, and then blend downwards to the crease color.
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Sunday, July 20th, 2014

What I love about the color of pewter is the variety… it can lean cool, silvery or warmer, more like a dirty, antique gold. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Sephora Lunar Eclipse — a sparkling silver and gold mix
  2. MAC Antique Diamond — a medium-dark pewter with warm undertones
  3. Dior Etoile — a light, shimmering silver and gold
  4. Sugarpill Tiara — – a silver-leaning pewter
  5. L’Oreal Gilded Envy — a dark pewter with bronze and antique gold shimmer

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Sephora Collection Colorful 5 Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora Collection Colorful 5 Eyeshadow Palette

Colorful 5 Eyeshadow Palette ($25.00)

These collections of shades each create a certain look or focus on a specific finish. Sephora’s color experts and trainers have chosen specific shades to mix and match for dramatic and everyday eye looks. The high-coverage, intense, and long-lasting colors come in a slim palette with an included mirror and applicator for easy use.

  • Uptown to Downtown Smoky (01)
  • Morning to Midnight Blue (02)
  • Flirty to Intense Purple (03)
  • Serene to Majestic Plum (04)
  • The Essential Mattes (05)
  • Pale to Rich Taupe (06)
  • Mild to Wild Khaki (07)
  • Sunrise to Sunset Bronze (08)
  • Sweet to Passionate Pink (09)
  • Milk to Dark Chocolate (10)

Availability: Now @ Sephora

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Saturday, June 14th, 2014

I have a definite weakness for colored eyeliner! I love how it can add a pop of color with very little effort. Here are a few shades I’m loving for summer this year…

  1. Urban Decay Chaos — bold blue
  2. Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) — bright teal
  3. Stila Mint Julep — mint
  4. Milani Perfect Purple — sparkling purple
  5. Sephora Sun Tan — coppery bronze

>> See side-by-side swatches here! <<

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Sephora Sun Safety Kit for 2014
Sephora Sun Safety Kit for 2014

Now in its eighth edition, SEPHORA proudly unveils the 2014 Sun Safety Kit. This perennial summer favorite features a collection of SPF essentials and sunless tanning favorites in special travel-friendly sizes, with $20 of the $32 purchase price benefitting The Skin Cancer Foundation. While skin cancer is the most common type of cancer found in the United States, it is also one of the most preventable. Defend yourself against the sun’s harmful rays and help others become aware of this growing presence of skin cancer with this must-have kit.

This year’s selection includes past favorites, as well as a few new deluxe-size additions for your sun protection arsenal. The kit comes with a lightweight canvas travel bag, ensuring you’re always ready to go with safe summer skin.

Sephora’s 2014 Sun Safety Kit includes:

  • BareMinerals READY™ Touch Up Veil SPF 15 (0.15 oz) – this solid mineral makeup is made with rejuvenating sea minerals and SPF 15 to blur imperfections and reduce shine for an airbrushed finish
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Glow Pad for Face (1 application) – add a glow with this exfoliating self-tanner with antiaging properties and vitamin D, all in a handy take-anywhere pad *
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Daily Glow Moisturizer (0.06 oz) – this daily, oil-free moisturizer is enriched with active vitamin D that enhances radiance with antiaging and exfoliating benefits *
  • Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++ (0.33 oz) – choose this shine-reducing moisturizer for oil control that lasts up to eight hours, offering skin protection and decreased breakouts
  • TOO FACED Endless Summer 16 Hour Long Wear Bronzer (0.14 oz) – this buildable bronzer provides a lit-from-within glow with subtle shimmer *
  • STILA Stay All Day® 10-In-One HD Bronzing Beauty Balm with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (0.23 oz) – this beauty balm offers all-in-one high definition and an age-defying bronze glow with a high spectrum SPF
  • St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse (1.69 oz) – this super-lightweight, easy-to-apply, velvety mousse dries in 60 seconds and delivers a rich-bronze tan *
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 (0.08 oz) – this hydrating treatment nourishes, protects, and plumps the lips with SPF protection
  • SUPERGOOP! SPF 50 Sun Defying Sunscreen Oil (1.0 oz) – get super broad spectrum protection with this water-resistant, non-greasy formula for protected, youthful, glowing skin
  • Shiseido 50+ Ultimate Sun Protection Cream + Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face (0.64 oz) – this powerful and highly nourishing sunscreen delivers anti-aging skin protection benefits
  • Origins A Perfect World™ SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturizer with White Tea (0.5 oz) – this supercharged moisturizer forms a virtually impenetrable protective bubble that intercepts damage before it causes lines, wrinkles, darks spots, and loss of firmness
  • Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth™ SPF 50+ Sunscreen (0.5 oz) – this lightweight antiaging barrier provides protection from environmental factors and UVA and UVB rays with Solar Active Complex™
  • TARTE Brazilliance™ Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face And Body Self Tanner (0.5 oz) – made with nourishing maracuja oil, this perfectly hued bronzer gives skin a sunkissed glow *
  • PETER THOMAS ROTH Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense® Lotion with SPF 30 (0.5 oz) – rich in antioxidants to protect skin from free radical damage, this oil-free formula keeps your complexion safe and healthy.
  • Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection Tint SPF 40 (0.3 oz) – protect yourself against harsh rays while diminishing imperfections with this multitasking day screen for gorgeous, healthy skin with a hint of sheer color
  • Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20 (0.5 oz) – this moisturizer offers SPF 20 sunscreen protection and the exclusive antiaging ingredient alguronic acid.

* For proper sun protection, use with a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher

Availability: Now online for VIB Rouges @ Sephora; beginning in June 2014 while supplies last, at stores and online.