Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

MAC Nordstrom's Finest Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Nordstrom’s Finest Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Nordstrom’s Finest Eyeshadow Palette ($85.00 for 0.68 oz.) includes fifteen eyeshadows, with each being full-sized (the palette is the same size as the empty 15-pan palettes MAC sells). The palette contains an assortment of permanent shades as well as limited edition/exclusive shades, though some of the shades in this palette that may seem new were released in the Gravitas palette, which was limited edition (Soft Brown, Luscious, Carbon, Persuade, Plummed are repeats). I believe only Chains of Love and Felt haven’t been released before (based on my log of MAC eyeshadows). Full review soon(ish)!

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

ghd Eclipse Professional 1

Are you ready for Today’s Special Value at QVC? It’s the ghd Eclipse Professional 1″ Styling Iron, which normally retails for $245, but it is available for $179 today only, July 6th!

The ghd Eclipse Professional 1″ Styling Iron is designed to deliver a consistent 365°F (185°C) temperature and can straighten, curl, flip, add volume, all while reducing frizz. In 2014, it won Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty award for Hot Tool/Flatiron. It uses six sensors, three on the top plate and three on the bottom plate, to keep the temperature consistent while you’re using it. The contoured, precision plates help you style your hair with smooth, snag-free styling. ghd says it heats up in a mere 20 seconds, making it ideal for those who are short on time. It contains aerogel technology that keeps the exterior cool to the touch, while the iron also comes with a heat guard and will shut off automatically after 30 minutes. The Styling Iron also features universal voltage, so you can travel with it wherever you’re going!

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection
NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection

The Fall 2015 Color Collection, created by NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars, stars a lush and lavish mix of shades for eyes, lips, and cheeks. The look begins with natural sculpting of the face. Eyes dramatize in smoky shimmering brown and golden ombré. Lips captivate in tones of iconic red. Making its official launch is the Velvet Shadow Stick, a silky, velvety shadow in a range of sumptuous shades for layering under and over, blending and setting, creating looks that are modern, sophisticated and always tempting.

Velvet Shadow Stick ($28.00)

  • Hollywoodland Pale gold
  • Aigle Noir Black infused with gold shimmer
  • Glenan Navy
  • Goddess Pink champagne
  • Oaxaca Quartz
  • Sukhothai Shimmering peacock
  • Filbuste Black
  • Reykjavik Grey

Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00)

  • Telesto Brown with gold shimmer
  • Pasiphae Shimmering peacock burgundy

Lipstick ($27.00)

  • VIP Red Dark brique

Lip Gloss ($26.00)

  • Chelsea Girls Pink beige
  • Baby Doll Shimmering candy pink

Blush ($30.00)

  • Tribulation Shimmery rosy sand

NARSissist Six Appeal Hardwired Eye Kit ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

For Fall 2015, NARS Cosmetics introduces every NARSissist’s eye essential – smoky, subtle, minky, bold – the combinations are endless. The limited-edition eye kit features a compact of six shadows ranging from pale lilac to smoky charcoal, a mini Via De’Martelli Larger Than Life® Eyeliner and a newly designed travel size Wide Contour Brush #43 for easy application on the go. It’s neutrals worth noticing.

Availability: July 15th at NARS; August 1st at department and specialty stores

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Thursday, June 11th, 2015

LORAC Fall 2015 Collection
LORAC Fall 2015 Collection

PRO Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00)

Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette is packed with 8 Eye Shadows in all the matte shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet. LORAC’s velvety smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO.

  • Bare
  • Latte
  • Corduroy
  • Chocolate
  • Linen
  • Pink Mauve
  • Burgundy
  • Jet Black

PRO Metal Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00) (Limited Edition, Ulta Exclusive)

Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this limited edition PRO artistry palette is packed with 8 Eye Shadows in all the metallic shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet. LORAC’s velvety smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO.

  • Quartz
  • Rose Gold
  • Graphite
  • Onyx
  • Gilded
  • Amber
  • Clover
  • Cobalt

Romantic Eyes Collection ($35.00) (Limited Edition, ULTA Exclusive)

The L O R A C Romantic Eyes Collection contains all the eye essentials you need for sultry and stylish looks that will seduce and entice day or night. The Romantic Eyes Palette contains seven silky eye shadow shades that allow you to easily achieve any look you desire, whether it be soft and romantic or bold and sexy. Enhance and define your eyes with L O R A C’s new long-lasting, waterproof Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil in BLACK and finish with deluxe-size L O R A C Cobra Mascara for long, lush lashes. It will be love at first sight with the Romantic Eyes Collection.

PRO Plus Fiber Mascara ($23.00)

The sequel to our best-selling original PRO Mascara, this buildable, volumizing and lengthening formula is packed with PRO power. Loaded with nylon fibers that cling to your lashes like mini extensions, PRO Plus Fiber Mascara helps lashes curl up, look noticeably longer, distinctly lusher and instantly fuller. The super-size PRO brush easily grabs each lash from root to tip and corner to corner for a luxurious, faux-lash look.

Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil ($20.00)

The sequel to our original best-selling Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner, this long-lasting, waterproof eye pencil comes in a variety of highly-pigmented, ultra-smooth, matte and metallic PRO shades to easily create any look you desire. The attached sharpener helps you achieve clean, precise lines from very fine to dramatically bold. This versatile PRO eye pencil will take you to the front of the line every time!

  • Black
  • Dark Brown
  • Bronze
  • Charcoal
  • Navy
  • Aqua
  • Dark Green
  • Plum
  • Violet
  • Black Pearl
  • Nude
  • White
  • Gold Silver

Availability: Approximately July 2015

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Monday, June 8th, 2015

Just in time for summer, Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF20 has launched! It is described as an “all in one skincare and complexion enhancer” that will “cover imperfections, dark spots, redness, acne scars, and blemishes with a radiant finish.”

To kick off the launch of the new tinted moisturizer, celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg demonstrates how to achieve a “no makeup” makeup look in the video above, while the video below shows how to prep the skin and apply your tinted moisturizer. As the newest addition to the Vinoperfect line, it contains the range’s signature ingredient, viniferine, which Caudalie says is more effective than vitamin C.

The new tinted moisturizer is available in two shades (Light and Medium) and retails for $49. You can learn more about the Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer at Caudalie.

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015

With the temperatures steadily rising, it’s time to start thinking about our favorite ways to make our makeup look better longer,-and in the world of beauty, summer collections are already releasing! Coachella, one of the biggest musical festivals of the year, is heading into its second weekend, and Sephora Collection is the exclusive beauty sponsor for the festival this year. If you’re attending this weekend, you can stop by their DIY Beauty Bar and play with on-trend products or try a complimentary Fiber Mask (which might be just the pick-me-up one needs at such an event!). If you’re not, you can check out Sephora’s top DIY Festival Beauty picks here.

In the spirit of festival beauty, here are five of my top tips (and tips within tips!) and some high-end recommendations from products I’ve reviewed over the years.  What are your tried and true favorites that last all day for you?

PRIMER IS YOUR FRIEND | One of the main reasons we reach for primer is to improve longevity out of any products, whether you’re working in an office environment for 12 hours a day or you’re going to be attending your favorite concert outdoors. Eyeshadow and face primers are excellent for prolonging wear, keeping oil at bay, and generally help the products you layer on top adhere better in the first place.

CONSIDER LIQUID & CREAM BLUSH | Liquid and cream cheek blushes and stains often wear longer than their powder counterparts, but the real magic can occur when you use a liquid or cream as your blush primer and then “set” with a powder blush. I recommend using the color you want the most in the cream version, and then layer with a slightly sheerer, more subdued version of it in powder form, which will help you maintain the color, brightness, and intensity you wanted without overdoing it. Alternatively, you can also use translucent setting powder patted over a cream to lock it in place, or if you have a really bold cream blush, you can use flesh-toned setting powder to tamp it down and set it.

CHOOSE YOUR STATEMENT | A more minimal makeup look that uses key products to make a statement is easier to maintain and gives you less to worry about even in the hottest, most humid climates. The easiest way to this is to incorporate a pop of color on the eyes or on the lips. I love using a boldly colored eyeliner on the lash line. If you prefer pencil eyeliners, smudge a similarly-colored eyeshadow on top to help keep it in place even longer than usual. Liquid and gel formulas tend to be more reliably longer-wearing, especially those that go on more liquid and really set and lock in place. One trick I’ve picked up over the years is just how far a bright, rich lip color can go to brightening the face. What’s nice is even a shorter-wearing, but bold, formula is often easy to reapply and keep in a pocket or small bag. However, if you want to avoid touch-ups, opt for a satin or matte shade in a richer hue, like a red, berry, or plum, or a liquid lipstick, as these tend to have the longest wear. You can also use lip primer or a matching lip pencil to extend the wear of your lip color of choice. Keep lip balm or a gloss of your choice with you for easy touch-ups for extra long days out (12+ hours).

SET & FORGET | Setting powders and setting sprays can help to lock in your look before you walk out the door and give you a lot of breathing room for extra-long wear. When setting with powder, make sure to properly apply: it’s not a mere feathery dusting of product; you want to gently press the powder into place with a brush, pouf, or sponge. I like to do a final sweep in a more feathery motion afterwards, which I find gives a more even, smooth look. If you’re not looking for ultra-long wear, you can do a quick spritz of any facial mist or even just water held eight to ten inches away from the face to finish, as this will take away any excess powder and give you a more natural finish overall. Whenever I know I’m going to be outside on a hot day, I’ll use a setting spray as my last step, and I find it does seem to keep everything look a little better a little longer–particularly for base products and preventing blush from separating over time. It took me awhile to come around to them, but I’ve definitely noticed they help. If you have really oily skin, consider keeping a powder compact with you for touch-ups as needed.

DON’T FORGET THE SUNSCREEN | There’s no way to share tips for getting the most out of your summer beauty routine without a reminder to wear your sunscreen. Head to toe, and never skimp on the quantity! You want a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. If you’re going to be outdoors for a really extended time, consider a tinted moisturizer with a higher SPF rating that is easy to reapply throughout the day so you can maintain your protection as well see if physical sunscreens can work for you. A good hat and sunglasses are also additional ways to keep your skin safer from the sun! If you’re reapplying over heavier makeup, pat gently and avoid too much rubbing, but if you need to rub, rub in small circles.