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Friday, March 29, 2013

Fashion Rewind - My Week in Outfits

List of clothing to come!


Thursday, March 28, 2013

ULTA Beauty Steal - Too Faced

Today's ULTA Beauty Steal is the Too Faced Natural Face Palette! Instead of $39, you can snag if for $22 for today only. Happy Shopping!

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Review & Swatchfest: Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box

I'm bringing it back old school today with the Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box! One of the last few palettes out there with the old Urben Decay eyeshadow formula, it went on sale at ULTA a few months ago to (I assume) clear out stock, and I was happy to help them! Even though the newer shadow formula is brilliant - very smooth and pigmented - there is a reason Urban Decay got the rep it did, so this palette shouldn't be dismissed so quickly. Despite it's limited online availability, I thought I would put up a review anyway since it's now down to a rock bottom $16 from $38.

The Deluxe Eyeshadow Palette comes with 9 shadows - all of them shimmery. Starting at the top, the first row contains Fishnet, Honey, and Ransom - an iridescent violet-purple, bright yellow gold, and blue-purple, respectively. The second row contains Graffiti, a grassy green, Zero a shimmery black, and Peace, a bright sky blue. The bottom row contains the neutrals with Shag, a light caramel, Scratch, a pink-leaning champagne, and Underground, a cooler light taupe-brown. While there is a great mix of shades for those who are more adventurous, but like their neutrals too, there is no room for a matte lover here. Luckily, the shimmer in each of the shadows is so fine, it's more like a satin or metallic finish.

Most all of the shades are smooth, pigmented, and apply evenly. The only shade that disappointed a little was Ransom. It was more sheer than the rest and went on slightly patchy. Still, but for Ransom, I was impressed with how all of the shades performed. Are they as smooth and creamy as the updated formula? No. But, they are still beautiful and great to use if you need a grassy green or sky blue. To see the shadows in action, check out the looks at the end of the post! The glitzy packaging feels sturdy and comes equipped with a nicely-sized mirror.

Overall, this palette is great for the color-lovers! Considering the neutrals only make up a third of the palette, I wouldn't recommend this to the dir-hard neutral fans - especially considering Scratch is so close to Sin (Naked 1 Palette) and Underground is similar to Suspect (Naked 2 Palette). If, however, you don't have either of these shades and the colorful shadows appeal to you, the $16 price tag can't be beat!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

March Favorites - Makeup, Jewelry, and Fashion!

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Review & Swatchfest: Youngblood Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Starlet

Youngblood Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Starlet

Youngblood's Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Starlet is the ball gown of eyeshadow palettes. From the color palette, to the sleek magnetic clasp, this collection of shadows is fit to talk any red carpet. The color selection includes: Moonstone (satin white), Storm (deep grey), Black Opal (matte black), and Platinum (aptly named soft metallic grey). None of the shadows are over-the-top glittery or shimmery, yet they are pigmented and buildable, making it a lovely palette for looks that are soft and subtle or deep and sultry. Additionally, the soft matte and satin finishes of the shadows make it a great palette for mature eyelids. 

In terms of quality, the shadows are buttery soft, apply evenly, pigmented and buildable. Despite looking like an overwhelmingly cool palette, when paired with warmer blush or lips, the shadows can lean more neutral. More versatility! 

The compact is a sturdy, sleek, black compact with a solid magnetic closure, and inside there is a sizable mirror - great for on-the-go! At $42.95, that puts each of these shadows at just over $10 a shadow. To compare, that puts it at less than MAC shadows, but with similar quality. I recommend this palette to anyone wanting a simple yet sophisticated palette for both for everyday and special occasion use. 

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sigma Resort Palette Tutorial: Bird of Paradise

This was created using all of the bright shades in the Sigma Resort Palette. Check out the review and swatches of everything included int he Resort Palette! Get 10% off in March with code SAVE2013.

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Sigma Resort Palette Tutorial: Sun & Sand

This look was created using the Sigma Resort Palette. Check out a review & swatches of everything included! Get 10% off in March with code SAVE2013.

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Review & Swatches: Sigma Resort Palette

Sigma Resort Palette

Sigma Resort Palette


  • Papaya, Moonbean, Neela, Midori, Luna, and Topaz have great pigmentation
  • The liners are stellar
  • Blush functions as both blush, bronzer, and contour
  • Highlighter is smooth and creamy with super-fine shimmer
  • $42 with 10% off makes it a good deal (code SAVE2013 until the end of March!)


  • Fawn and Muse were lacking
  • Not for those who aren't into bright colors

Should you get it?

If you love bright colors, the Sigma Resort Palette is a dream! All of the colorful shadows perform well and come with great backup products in the highlighter, blush, and liners. Despite the two less than impressive neutrals, the palette is still a good value if you are after good bright colors.

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LOL = Lots of Laura (Geller)

Credit: Hautelook

Between Hautelook and the ULTA Beauty Steal of the Day, there are loads of Laura Geller steals to be had today, so I thought I would share them with you. For today only, you can pick up the Laura Geller Jumbo Sized Champagne Spackle for 50% off (now $15) at ULTA. Until tomorrow morning, you can also find lots of Laura Geller on Hautelook! The great thing about Hautelook is you can often find bundled packages (seen above) that make the deal even sweeter.

Happy Shopping!


Monday, March 25, 2013

Review & Swatchfest: Urban Decay Foxy Four-Way Double Ended 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Foxy Four-Way Double Ended 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

The ULTA Exclusive Urban Decay Foxy Four-Way Double Ended 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set contains eight liner shades - three of which are new: Deep End, Delinquent, and Muse. Many will be well aware of the rave reviews these pencils have received. But for those unaware or who need reminding, I'll do a quick recap!

Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils tout a smooth, creamy consistency, along with a waterproof formula meant to stand the test of the water line. Not only have I personally confirmed all of these in the 5+ shades I already own, but the shade range is unlike that of almost any other brand out there. So far, there are 24 permanent shades available for $19 individually. While that might seem steep to some, anyone who has made it a personal mission to find THE liner that won't smudge or budge all day - even on the water line - will know that these are worth it.

The permanent liners included in this particular set are Stash (dark green/gold), Zero (soft black), Perversion (matte pitch black), Demolition (deep matte brown), and Sabbath (deep matte navy that's not available permanently). Among the new shades, Deep End is a bright metallic blue, Delinquent is a blackened purple with purple shimmer, and Muse is a dark brown shimmer.

This set provides great variety both for those who like to subtly change up their daily black or brown liner with something a little different as well as room to creatively gallop with shades like Deep End. I would recommend it to those who are die-hard Urban Decay fans and want to try the three new shades as well as those who like to change up their eye look. While these might not be good for those who are faithful to one liner, I love the fact that these smaller liners are less likely to go to waste as I use different liners on a daily basis. Another bonus pertaining to the double-ended quality of these pencils is how nice they are for travel. Going away for a week and want the freedom to change your look? Taking just two of these pencils will give you staple colors, fun colors, and overall versatility.

This set retails for $39, but while it provides a convenient way to switch up your look, it doesn't give you a deal. In a typical liner, you get .4 oz of product for $19 ($4.75 per .01 oz). In this set, you pay $4.88 per .1 oz (the amount of product in each side). A full sized pencil is a marginally better deal, so you just have to decide whether you want quantity or variety. Regardless, the same great quality is always there!

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Smoked Pewter Tutorial

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ULTA Beauty Steal of the Day - Pur Minerals

Pur Minerals Eyeshadow Trio in Lady Luck

Today's ULTA Beauty Steal of the Day is Pur Minerals Eye Shadow Trios. For today only, they are buy one get one FREE, which makes them $13 a piece (or $26 total). I've haven't personally tried Pur Minerals, but in looking through some of the trios available, I found some fun and simple color options that would be great for everyday or the upcoming summer months.

Have you tried Pur Minerals eyeshadows? Love them or leave them?

Pur Minerals Eyeshadow Trio in Free Spirit

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Review & Swatchfest: Beauty For Real Get Glowing! Cheek Tint and Luminizer in Gold Rush and Afterglow

Beauty For Real Get Glowing! Cheek Tint and Luminizer in Goldrush and Afterglow is the warm, bronze counterpart to In the Pink & Get Lit - a welcome addition to round out a collection of great cream blushes. Goldrush, the illuminator, is a pigmented, neutral gold. It can be built up so that's it's opaque or sheered out so it functions as a highlight. Afterglow is a neutral bronzed taupe that, like goldrush, can be built up or sheered out. Both contain relatively fine shimmer that create a satin finish when sheered out. Still, matte lovers might not be so in love. This duo will flatter those with neutral to warm undertones and will look beautiful on deeper skin tones.

Like In the Pink & Get Lit, Goldrush and Afterglow apply smoothly and evenly as creams, but dry to a near powder consistency. I didn't notice it disturbing the liquid foundation I applied underneath and both lasted with only minor fading throughout an 8 hour day.

The packaging is one of my favorite aspects of the product. There is a normal magnetic compact with a mirror in the lid that houses the highlight, and a layer underneath that swings out to reveal the blush. Despite being plastic, it feels solid and has lasted through multiple tosses in my bag while traveling.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Good Morning America & butter LONDON Steals!


 A few days ago, butter LONDON launched four springy sets exclusive to Good Morning America and, as part of their Deals & Steals, you can snag them for a bargain. To do so, go to the GMA shop page and enter the code GMA to access all of the sets. Deals end on March 25th or until inventory runs out!





Face of the Day: Simple Silver & Grey for Everyday

Typically I wouldn't pair a palette like Youngblood's Eyeshadow Quad in Starlet with my warmer hazel eyes. But, mixed with a warm lip, I think it neutralized the cool shadows to create a subtle, but sophisticated daytime look. Just goes to show - never be afraid to try shadows your not quite sure about. Turned out to be a great palette for a quick, simple eye look!


Review & Demo: Cover Girl 3-in-1 Foundation


  • Full Coverage
  • Long Lasting
  • Soft Matte Finish
  • Shine Free


  • Price (<$10)
  • Staying Power
  • Good for most skin types
  • Stays matte/satin throughout the day
  • Covered blemishes


  • Still had to use a concealer on under eye discoloration


Highly recommend! It delivered on almost all of its claims and I think it would suit most skin types. In the comment section of the video, someone suggested that it might cling to dry patches for those with dry/very dry skin.



All Made Up

After 9 hours

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Friday, March 22, 2013

ULTA Beauty Steal of the Day - Urban Decay

Today's ULTA Beauty Steal is Urban Decay's Primer Potion in Greed! For today only, you can pick one up for $10 instead of $20. Get 'em while they last!

Happy Shopping!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

ULTA Beauty Steal of the Day - Stila

Today's Beauty Steal in ULTA's 21 Days of Beauty is Stila's All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm! For today only, you can snag it for $20 instead of the $38 it typically retails for.

Happy Shopping!

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First Impressions Review: Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Foundation in Ivory

Benefit Oxygen Wow Foundation

I've been wanting to try Benefit's Oxygen Hellow Flawless Wow Foundation since it first came out. The short-lived craze where everyone was promising oxygen-infused product got to me and, even though I was skeptical of how just how effective these products could be at delivering oxygen to my skin (and why my skin even needed oxygen), I loved the sound of "Oxygen Wow". Both Oxygen AND Wow? It had to be good.

During my last visit to ULTA, I was finally given the chance when they slipped a few extra 10 day trial vials in my bag after my mom bought the new Fakeup Concealer. Today was the first time I've tired it, so while this is somewhat of a review, I will call it a "first impressions" as I like to test my foundation for a solid 5-7 days. Still, it's enough to evaluate coverage and wear time, so let's get to it!

Benefit's Hello Flawless Foundation claims a natural light to medium coverage and that's just what it provides - it almost completely covered my light freckles and tones down the redness around minor blemishes. The texture is thin, but creamy with a satin, yet glowing finish, and a narrow range of coverage. I didn't notice a huge difference between the spots I had a thin layer on and those that I tried to layer up for coverage. Because of that, I would say it scores low on the "buildable" scale. Overall, I would say that makes it good for those who are looking for their foundation to even out their skin tone rather than completely cover hyperpigmentation or blemishes.

I was disappointed with the wear time of this product. After 8 hours, I found that the pigment under my eyes had slightly reappeared, blemishes were uncovered, and my cheeks had patchy coverage. Typically, my combination skin type shows wear fast in my T-zone which leads me to believe that the unevenness on the cheeks is due to the foundation. I also noticed that subsequent products I applied, like contour, blush, and concealer, didn't last as long as they typically do. Keep in mind: I didn't use a primer or set it with a powder, so I was really asking for the bare minimum wear time. But I've tested the last few foundations sans primer or powder and not noticed any of the above characteristics. Still, one positive thing I experience with the wear is the lack of dewiness or shine I had at the end of the day. It stayed satiny and natural looking all day! As with any foundation, wear time and quality will vary with skin type.

This is a great foundation for those who like a natural look without wanting a lot of coverage. I was impressed that the satin finish stayed as such throughout the day without setting powder. While I was more than a little disappointed with the wear time and the effect it had on the other products I wore, it could be something easily fixed with primer/powder, and it might vary from person to person.

Have you tried Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foudnation?
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Face of the Day: Daytime Purple and Green

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Chicago Event: The Real People of Style Fashion Show

Cheeky Chicago and Peroni are hosting a Spring Fashion show this Thursday, March 21st and I have a discount code for any readers who want to go! There will be cocktails, bites, beats and fashion (of course!), making it the perfect way to kick off the second day of spring. To get your ticket for $15 instead of $25, the Chicago Blogger Network and Cheeky Chicago have paired up to provide readers with a discount code: CHEEKYCBN. I'll be there, and I hope to see you too! If you can't make it but don't want to miss out on the fun, follow #CheekyRealStyle2013 to see it all!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Review & Swatchfest: it Cosmetics Tightline Full Lash Length Black Primer

it Cosmetics Tightline Full Lash Length Black Primer

it Cosmetics Tightline Primer is first and foremost supposed to act as a means to get mascara super close to the base of your lashes in order to create a tightline effect that many (including me) struggle to achieve on the upper lashline. While I've gotten better about being able to line my upper water line without going completely nuts (I truly believe my eyelids are ticklish), it's not something I attempt everyday because of how uncomfortable it is, yet I love the way it looks when I can. Tightline Full Lash Length Blak Primer is supposed to solve this problem with a tiny brush that can get deep down to the roots of your lashes in order to apply product. As with nearly all of the it Cosmetics products, it is said to include ingredients that nourish and fortify lashes. Because I didn't notice nourishment above and beyond any other mascara, I'll stick to commenting on the functionality of the product. 

The tiny lash wand is very thing and long with stout fiber bristles that really grab the lashes. I think both of these attributes are what made applying this product so close to the lash line comfortable. Unfortunately, the size also played into how much product I could get on the brush at one time (which wasn't much), so it took a few coats to achieve the results seen below. I should be clear that I don't dislike the results! I think it does exactly what it says in terms of achieving a tightline effect, but those who are one-coat people will not find having to apply multiple coats of a primer before even getting to the mascara might be more than they are willing to commit to. Still, my lashes appear visibly thicker and the base coats provided added thickness so my lashes appear a tad beefier when I finally do apply my mascara (as one might expect). The other benefit I found with this mascara is that I like the way it applies product to my lower lashes. Whenever I apply normal mascara to my lower lashes, they look like venus fly traps. I feel like this mascara emphasizes them without overdoing it. 

I think if you are someone who finds they've given up trying to fake the appearance of a thicker lash line, or "tightline" effect, with liners and haven't been able to do so with your normal mascara, you might want to look into this. Also, anyone who has ever eyed Cliniques Bottom Lash Mascara might also be interested in this because I find it serves that purpose as well. Besides that, however, I think those that can already tightline their water lines or get the job done with their mascaras can feel safe without it. Unfortunately, I don't have the individual price of this product because I haven't been able to find where it is sold alone. For now, I think it might only be available in the it Cosmetics Hello! Gorgeous 5 Piece Anti-Aging Set on QVC. 

Does anyone else have trouble lining their upper lash line?

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Review: Sigma Sigmax Synthetic Precision Brush Kit

Sigma Sigmax Synthetic Precision Brush Kit

Ever since their release, the Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit has been on my list of must-try brushes. The unique shapes and small sizes of each were unlike any I had seen before. Although I didn't know what I would use them for, I knew I could find something to use them for. So, on a whim, I decided that it was time to add them to my brush jars. 

The Sigma Sigmax Synthetic Precision Brush Kit contains 5 brushes made of "Sigmax" synthetic fibers made to mimic your fingertips when applying cream, powder, or liquid products. While I'm not sure how much of the above promised is due to the special Sigmax fibers, the important thing is whether or not they actually do them. After a little over two weeks of use, I would say so. Despite being synthetic, the fibers are very soft, yet not so much so that it feels like product slides off. There hasn't been any shedding from first use to first wash, and they were really easy to clean. All of the brushes are densely packed, but are still flexible enough to be effective. Sigmax or no Sigmax, these synthetic fibers are good!

Included in the set is a Precision Flat P80, Precision Angled P88, Precision Rounded P82, Precision Tapered P86, and Precision Angled P84. Although it might seem like there are minimal differences between each brush, they all work well for very specialized tasks. The flat P80 is good for stippling concealer on small blemishes, the flat angled P84 works well to apply under eye concealer and highlight, the P82 is also good for blending concealer all over the face, but I also like it for applying a sheer wash of cream shadow or a sharp contour, the tapered P86 is perfect for applying concealer to the nose and inner eye corner, and the angled P84 is great for applying and blending cream shadow in the outer eye corner. Of course, there are a million other uses for them - these are just to give you an idea of ways I love to use them.

The $65 price tag of the Precision Brush Set puts each brush at $13 - $3 less than buying them individually. However, I definitely don't think you need each one since I just talked about a few that overlap capabilities. It's really only worth purchasing the set if you feel you need more than 4. Also, I recently came across three brushes from Crown Brush that look identical to the P86, P84, and P82 that I'm still evaluating for similarities. Still, strictly speaking on these brushes, I would recommend them all. They function nicely, feel well-made, and are reasonably priced. 

To save 10% this month, use code SAVE2013 on your order. 

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ULTA Beauty Steal of the Day - LORAC

LORAC Porefection Baked Perfecting Powder

LORAC's Porefection Baked Perfecting Powder is today's steal in ULTA's 21 Days of Beauty Steals! For today only, you can snag it for 50% off - just $16. 50.

Happy Shopping!

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Total Beauty Beauty Collection for HSN on Tomorrow!

Total Beauty Collection for HSN

The Total Beauty Collection is coming back to HSN tomorrow! Back in September, I unboxed the original iteration of this box (video is below) and recommended it to anyone who specifically wanted to try the products included because, although none were full sized, they were all good enough to get a good idea of how they functioned. This time around, there are two more products AND a $10 credit toward a full-sized product from the brands included.

What's Inside:

  • Amika Obliphica Oil Treatment (0.34 oz)
  • Boscia Luminizing Black Mask (0.35 oz)
  • Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner
  • (2 packettes, 0.4 oz each)
  • Intelliwhite Pro White Professional Toothpaste (1 oz)
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara (0.135 oz)
  • Lorac Lips with Benefits Lip Gloss in Chuck (0.05 oz)
  • Prai Ageless Throat & Decolletage Creme (0.5 oz)
  • Signature Club A Precious Moroccan Argon Oil Oasis Day Cream SPF 25 (0.35 oz)
  • Taya Amazon White Clay Thickening Styling Creme (1.5 oz)
  • Korres Hydrating Guava Body Butter (1.69 oz)
  • TanTowel Half Body Plus Towelette

If I thought this Collection was worth the $19.95 before, I definitely think it's a must-have now! The Korres Body Butter smells delicious and is so smoothing. The Taya Amazon White Clay Thickening Styling Creme is another great addition - especially for my fine, hard to style hair. Also, it smells delicious! Last, but most certainly not least, the $10 voucher helps pay for half the box if you choose to purchase a product from any of the brands featured in the box - not necessarily the product included. Given that it contains everything from dental care, to skin care, to makeup, there is a broad spectrum to choose from!

This kit is an HSN exclusive that goes on sale March 18th for $19.95. I'm not sure how long it will be available, so snag it while you can.  

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Review & Swatchfest: it Cosmetics Anti-Aging Celebration Foundation and Heavenly Luxe Buffing Airbrush Foundation Brush

it Cosmetics Anti-Aging Celebration Foundation
it Cosmetics Anti-Aging Celebration Foundation claims to be a full coverage product touting a creamy, crease-proof formula with the ability to blur the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. The "anti-aging" part of the title comes not only from this blurring effect, but also from ingredients like, peptides, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins A, C, and E. Hyaluronic acid binds water to the surface of the skin to keep it hydrated and help temporarily fill fine lines, antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E fortify and protect, and peptides (although they don't describe which ones they use) are generally used to tell the skin to produce more collagen and increase circulation and cellular communication. 

Right off the bat, I was impressed with the results I achieved with this foundation. I'm so used to chalky, uneven powder foundation with sparse coverage that I didn't have high expectations for this. Surprisingly, it applied smoothly, evenly, and provided far more coverage than I anticipated. It was very creamy and kept my combination-type skin moisturized throughout the day with just a little dewiness in my t-zone at the end of 6 hours of wear. Dewiness aside, it wore evenly and I didn't find that I had any bald spots where the powder had flaked or faded. After I noticed the t-zone sheen, I used the sponge applicator it comes with to touch up affected areas and found that it functioned well without caking up or looking unnatural. I think the satin finish lends a lot to the anti-aging claims. Unlike completely matte or shimmery foundations, satin gently diffuses light so it makes fine lines and raised blemish appear less harsh. Still, I don't discount whatever role ingredients like hyaluronic acid play in keeping my skin smooth and hydrated throughout the day.

The brush is another key player in the application seen below. The flat shade and soft, dense bristles make it easy to pick up enough product for opaque coverage if you are using it as a foundation. In terms of quality, the rubberized handle and sturdy ferrule feel well-made and I didn't notice any shedding. It's very consistent with my other experience with other it Cosmetics brushes. I'm not sure whether or not it's synthetic or not, so I'm not as quick to try it with cream products to see how it performs.

You can't purchase either of these products individually, but they are both available as a set for $39 exclusively on QVC, or in the Hello, Beautiful! 5 Piece Anti-Aging Set that's only available on March 18th. Given the quality of both products, I think $39 for a set is an absolute steal. If you like powder foundation, are looking for a new touch-up powder, or love it Cosmetics brushes, this is an excellent value!

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Review: it Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush

it Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush
it Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush is the first brush ever to leave me stumped after my first use. After applying a few dabs of foundation all over my face, I used this brush to blend it out. After what felt like a few strokes, my foundation was fully blended and I was ready to move on to the next step. But where was the buffing? Where was the careful attention to eliminating the appearance of brush strokes and uneven distribution of product? All gone. I think I wasted more time trying to figure out if there was any more buffing and blending that needed to be done than actually buffing and blending. 

Anecdotes aside, this brush is described as "an ultra-luxurious, ultra-plush allover powder brush for flawless application." While it says to use it for powder, the bristles are synthetic so it's good to use with cream, powder, or gel products. Despite not being real hair, the bristles are super soft and feel gentle when blending product into the skin. The bristles are so dense that I wouldn't use this with loose powder for fear it would yield an application that's much too heavy. With pressed powder, however, it works well and provides the same even coverage I experience with liquid foundation. The rubberized handle and sturdy ferrule make this brush feel very well made, and I haven't noticed any shedding since I first opened it. 

The only real sticking point for me is the price. At $48, it seems a little outrageous. It's a wonderful brush that I recommend to anyone for stellar application of both powder and liquid products, but when it's available with the Bye Bye Pores HD Bronzer for $42 (making it just $21 alone), or the 4 Piece Complexion Perfection Kit (making it just $15 individually), I would find it hard to shell out that much on it alone. That being said, you could pay less overall and get 2 products if you purchase it in a set with Bye Bye Pores HD Bronzer

Overall, I think this is a phenomenal brush for those who would like to speed up their foundation application. Still, it's hard to get past the unusually high price point for one brush. 

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

ULTA Beauty Steal of the Day - bareMinerals

Remix Trend Collection SPF 25 Bronzing Mineral Veil Finishing Powder

Today's ULTA Beauty Steal are ALL bareMinerals Mineral Veils! Get 40% off their all shades in their Mineral Veil line, including the recent Remix Trend Collection Bronzing Mineral Veil Finishing Pwder. Instead of $20, you can snag them for $12 today only!

Happy Shopping!

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Review & Swatchfest: Lorac Pro Palette

Lorac Pro Palette

Although it seemed like a quiet release, since its debut on makeup shelves Lorac's Pro Palette has almost reached Naked Palette status as a must-have in your eyeshadow collection. Given my experience with the buttery shadows in the Bejeweled Day & Night Palette, I can't say I was surprised. Needless to say, it was high time I gave it a go!

The Pro Palette contains 16 eye shadows - 8 matte and 8 shimmery. The large ratio of matte to shimmer makes this palette unique from the get-go because palettes typically contain only one or the other. All of the shadows have a similar smooth consistency that could almost pass for a cream texture, which is especially hard to come by when it comes to matte shadows. Because of this texture, some have accused the palette of being too powdery. I prefer this texture over the dry, chalky alternative that often comes with mattes. Despite some of matte shades looking uneven when swatched, they function well when worn and working with the smaller surface area of the eye.

In terms of a shade range, Lorac's Pro Palette does a great job at offering both warm and cool shades as well as both light, mid, and dark tones. The one shade that was a little bit of a let down was the matte black. It was smooth and blends easily, but isn't a pitch black as I would have expected. Worn over the primer that comes with the set, I get 10+ hours of wear without fading or creasing.

At $42, the Lorac Pro Palette is among the more affordable "nude" palette out there and you get 4 more shadows than in the Naked Palettes. In addition to the unique, creamy texture these shadows have, the split between matte and shimmer make this a huge draw to those that like to really downplay their look during the day and go wild with shimmer (and a little bit of glitter in the shade Champagne) at night. The value for the money is there, so if this seems like something you would like I would consider it a must-have.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Review & Demo: it Cosmetics Hello, Gorgeous! 5 Piece Anti-Aging Set

The Hello, Gorgeous! Set from it Cosmetics will be on QVC for one day only, so tune in on March 18th if you think this is a must have. Thanks to it Cosmetics for giving me a sneak peek and the opportunity to share my thoughts with you before it airs! 

Edit: Just found out that the kit will retail for $66.50, which is $89 less than the $155 retail value! 

Products included (full reviews to come soon!):

it Cosmetics Hello, Beautiful! 5 Piece Anti-Aging Set

it Cosmetics Hello, Beautiful! 5 Piece Anti-Aging Set

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ULTA Beauty Steal of the Day - butter LONDON!

butter LONDON Knackered

Today's ULTA Beauty Steal of the Day is butter London Nail Lacquer! Instead of $15, you save 40% and can snag a polish for $9! I've reviewed tea with the queen, but also have Knackered, West End Wonerland, and Wallis swatched below.

Happy Shopping!

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butter LONDON Wallis

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

ULTA Beauty Steal of the Day: Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm

ULTA's Beauty Steal of the Day is the Too Faced Beauty Balm! Instead of $34, it's no available for $22, which makes it a great opportunity to stock up or try if if you've been eyeing it. If you choose to go to your nearest ULTA instead of ordering online, there are three in-store events happening today from Too Faced, Lancome, and Exuviance.

Happy Shopping!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March Battle of the Subscriptions!

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Review & Swatchfest: Etude House Etoinette Special Kit

Etude House Etoinette Special Kit

Etude House Etoinette Special Kit

Etude House Etoinette Special Kit

Etude House Etoinette Special Kit

Etude House Etoinette Special Kit

Etude House Etoinette Special Kit contains four items from the collection: Heart Blusher,, Princess Mirror, and Rose Brush. Although it's not currently available as a set, the products are available on KollectionK individually. 

Etude House Etoinette Heart Blusher comes in an adorable plastic pot with intricate embellishments all over. Inside, a powder puff sits on top of a mixture of light, medium, and dark pink shimmery, heart-shaped blush pellets. The blush is sheer and shimmery, but can be built to a deeper pink if so desired. If you don't like applying with a powder puff, the kit also includes the Etude House Etoinette Rose Brush. Although the bristles aren't the softest I've felt, the detail work is cute and the size is nice for applying all-over face powder, bronzer, and broad application of blush. Also, I didn't notice any shedding which is always a plus!

Also included in the set the Etude House Etoinette Princess Mirror - a sizable folding mirror with plastic backing, again with lovely detail. Lastly, the Etude House Etoinette Crystal Shine Lipstick in PPK002 is a light bubblegum shade that applies opaquely with a cream finish. Unlike the Dear My Jelly Lips-talk, the Crystal Shine Lipstick doesn't sain the lips, so the lasting power isn't as great (around 2 hours). 

As usual, most Etude House items are reasonably priced - the exception being the blusher at $26.50, which I assume is explained by the packaging. Overall, the items in the set perform as well as any high-end drugstore products, but have packaging that is so much better. If you are a sucker for packaging and pink, these might be something to look into!

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