Thursday, April 10th, 2014, Inc.

Spring’s Hottest Ticket event gives VIB Rouges, VIBs, and Beauty Insiders 15% off.   Sephora VIB Rouges can get 15% off their orders with code ROUGETICKET, 3/30 through 4/11.  Sephora VIBs get 15% off their orders with code VIBTICKET, 4/3 through 4/11).  Sephora BIs get 15% off their orders with code TICKET, beginning 4/4 through 4/10.

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Here are some of my personal recommendations for eye products to pick up while Sephora’s offering 15% off! Beauty Insiders use code TICKET, VIBs use code VIBTICKET, and Rouges use code ROUGETICKET. :) Feel free to share your recommendations for other readers to try!

  1. Urban Naked Palettes (review) if you’re a big fan of various hues of neutrals that tend to lean more shimmery. I’ve enjoyed all three palettes enormously, and I usually take one along with me when I travel. (Pictured: Naked3)
  2. Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette (review) is one of the best eyeshadow palettes ever–perfect if you love rich, pigmented eyeshadows with frosted finishes.
  3. bareMinerals Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette (review) is a nice option for a neutral palette with a variety of finishes.
  4. Sephora 10 Shades of Samba Set (review) has ten shades of one of my favorite eyeliner formulas (Sephora’s Eye Contour Pencils) in several colorful hues. (Pictured: Romantic Comedy)
  5. NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (review) is my very favorite eyeshadow primer–colorless, works well across brands and finishes, and keeps my eyeshadow on extra long.
  6. Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadows (review) are my newest favorite for cream eyeshadows! So versatile, long-wearing, and sparkling. (Pictured: Hypnotique)
  7. Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) Highliner (review) is an eyeliner I get complimented on all the time–it’s a cooler-toned, brighter teal that is harder to dupe.
  8. Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 (review) is a set of eight full-sized eyeliners from black to teal–I’m constantly reaching for the shades in this one–and bonus, it comes with Grind House as well!
  9. Urban Decay Grind House (review) is my go-to for all my eyeliner sharpening needs!
  10. Marc Jacobs Brow Tamer (review) works nicely to keep brows in place without giving them a hard, crunchy feeling. I just picked up my second one this time around, actually!
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Sephora 10 Shades of Samba Eyeliner Set for Summer 2014
Sephora 10 Shades of Samba Eyeliner Set for Summer 2014

These intense, long-lasting pencils feature a creamy, smudge-proof, and waterproof formula for a bold line of intense color in one stroke. The set includes 10 pencils including bestselling and exclusive limited-edition shades in three different finishes: glitter, matte and shimmer. The ultrasmooth formula is enriched with avocado oil for a smooth finish and resists water, heat, and humidity—perfect for a day of fun in the sun. Includes 10 full-sized eyeliners.

10 Shades of Samba Eyeliner Set ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Tropical Dancefloor Copper
  • Caipirinha Dreamin’ Green
  • Summer Cruise Turquoise
  • Eccentric Diva Purple
  • Romantic Comedy Flashy pink
  • Black Lace Black
  • Blonde Ambition Beige
  • Banana Split Yellow
  • Cookie Crunch Golden brown
  • Tiramisu Brown

Availability: Now @ Sephora

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Reader Rashmi wanted to get a list of some of my favorite eyeliners, particularly high-end shades, and I’m happy to oblige! I tried to go for an assortment of colors and finishes, but also some less “basic” shades, so you won’t find any staples like black on this list. You can see swatches of my list here. I can’t wait to hear what eyeliners make your top ten!

  1. Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy — no favorites list is complete without this shade of bluish-teal
  2. Urban Decay Pistol — a warm taupe
  3. Sephora Snakeskin Dress — an olive green
  4. Sephora 5th Avenue — a deep, dark warm gray
  5. Marc Jacobs Beauty Intro(vert) — a brightened pop of jade green
  6. Marc Jacobs Beauty Th(ink) –a deep, dark purple
  7. Urban Decay Deep End — a brightened blue
  8. MAC Lord It Up — a gold-shimmered brown
  9. Urban Decay Scorch — a golden brown
  10. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a cool-toned, bluish-purple
Friday, March 21st, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Femme Artistry Set
Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Femme Artistry Set

Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Femme Artistry Set ($48.00 for TBA oz.) features 25 eyeshadows from white to beige to blue to the color of the year–Radiant Orchid (of course!). I’m working my way through testing each shade, but for now, here are some sneak peek swatches and photos to hold you over… As always, please hold questions until I’ve had a chance to post the review :)

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Gaze Brush Set
Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Gaze Brush Set

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Gaze Brush Set ($68.00) is a limited edition, six-piece brush set with a “Radiant Orchid”-hued carrying case. It comes with two face brushes, three eye brushes, and one lip brush. The set has some limitations and, as tends to be the case with brush sets, you’ll want to see it in person to judge the sizes to see if they’re right for your features.  The handles of all six brushes were well-balanced and weighted; they didn’t feel too light or too heavy, and they fit well in my hands.  This is only a brief review (almost more of an overview), as I haven’t tested them for long and don’t intend to use them long-term to test wear and tear and the like.

The Stippling Brush was noticeably scratchy when I used it in a stippling motion; sweeping it lightly across the planes of the face to apply foundation, it didn’t seem as scratchy, but using the flat edge or stippling motions was unpleasant. The longest bristles were soft, but the shorter ones looked dry and felt that way. The other six brushes were very soft, and I didn’t have any issues with them from a softness/feel standpoint.

The Angled Blush Brush seemed a little larger than the average brush of this shape, but it worked well for blending and placing color, though it doesn’t pick up powder products perfectly (makes everything seem a little under-pigmented). The All-Over Shadow Brush was massive–it looks almost like a small face brush–and even seemed too large for under-eye concealing, blending, or setting (which is something I often use larger eye brushes for). The Shadow Brush was slightly larger than the average eyeshadow brush for patting and packing on eyeshadow, and it worked fairly well but did not deposit as much color in one go as some other brushes I have. I really liked the Crease Brush, as it was incredibly soft, not too dense or too sparse, and wasn’t floppy. If you have smaller eyes, I think that all three of the eye brushes are on the larger side.

Oddly enough, what I liked most about the set was the case. It’s slim, but fairly large (about ten inches tall and five inches wide) and easily accommodates the seven brushes from the kit and then some. It reminded me of a more freeform version of a brush roll or bag. It was actually designed to open and stand up on its own, which is does, and it was a nice feature–handy when traveling. The bag seemed sturdy with a pebbled “Radiant Orchid” exterior, silver zipper, and lined inside with a darker purple.

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