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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Beauty Box 5 Giveaway


When I moved last month, I made the mistake of not changing my address for all my beauty subscription services, but Beauty Box 5 was nice enough to send a replacement when I thought my August box was going to be delivered to my old address. Turns out, as you might have been able to tell by my August unboxing post, my original box was forwarded safely. That means I have an extra box on my hands and you have a chance to WIN! While the shades might be different than the box I received, the items are the same and the value is awesome. Enter using the widget below!

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Review: Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara



Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara


PROS:

  • Adds Volume
  • Adds Length
  • Curls
  • Long-wearing
  • Smudge-free
  • Flake-free

CONS:

  • Minor smudging from lower lash tips (but no running from the roots)
Verdict: Get thee to a Walgreens for this mascara because for the price it's a must-try! You can purchase Jordana's Best Lash Extreme Volumixing Mascara for $2.99 from Walgreens. 

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review & Swatches: Almay Shimmer-i Kit for Browns

Almay Shimmer-i Kit for Browns



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What a Girl Needs Mystery Collection by Total Beauty - WIN 1 of 3!


Total Beauty has another mystery collection coming out and the sneak peek is promising! The What A Girl Needs Mystery Collection is valued at over $70 and includes 4 full-size products - one of which includes a Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon worth $14 all by itself. Use code GIRL for 15% off until 9/6 - that ends up bringing the price down to $21.25 for 4 full sized products worth over $70!

Snag it starting today! 

Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review & Swatches: Revlon Chalkboard Matte Nail Duos in Study Date & Homecoming

Revlon Chalkboard Matte Nail Duos in Study Date (Top) & Homecoming (Bottom)


Matte nails are having a moment and Revlon is putting their own twist on the trend with chalkboard nail duos - just in time to go back to school! On one end of the duo, you can find a matte black polish with a standard polish brush, while the other side holds a colored polish with a thinner brush more suited for nail art. The Studay Date duo contains a creamsicle shade while Study Date is a pastel lavender. Despit having narrower brushes, the colored polishes also work well applied as all-over color. 

Typically, I'm disappointed in the wear time most matte polishe offer. But even my nails - some of the most stubborn I know, held the polish for 2.5 days without chipping! Did I mention that's without a primer and top coat? Normally I can't make it through a full day without some noticeable wear on my nails so I was impressed. 

Each chalkboard duo retails for around $7 - $8, and for two polishes with the wear time I experienced I would say its worth it. I think this line is Linited Edition so if you see the beauties anywhere, pick them up while you can!

Are you digging the chalkboard trend?

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cobalt Blue Smoke: Two Looks, One Trio



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Monday, August 26, 2013

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review & Swatches: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer





Maybelline Fit Me Concealer | Fair

Always in search for a drugstore concealer that rivals my high end loves, I decided to try the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ($6.99). Described as "fresh, breathable, natural," the texture is very smooth and light - a consistency that lends itself well to staying out of fine lines and creases. I applied it under my eyes and found that it not only provides nice, natural-looking coverage, but it also has a brightening effect that nicely cancels out my undereye discoloration.  This same property makes it a great highlighter for the bridge of the nose and cheek bones. The consistency is a little light for ensuring major blemishes are fully covered, but it will provide minor correction.

The staying power is decent when worn alone and will definitely depend on the foundation or primer you have on underneath. Worn without a setting powder I noticed my undereye coverage fading by about 2pm. Not perfect, but also nothing the right translucent powder couldn't fix!

For $6.99, this is a great concealer that provides natural coverage and a boost of brightening!

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Review & Swatches: Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara



Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara

Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara ($8.99) claims to provide 4mm of flake-free length to lashes in need of a boost. These instant extensions come from false fibers within the semi-dry and thick formula. Once applied, I noticed it added a relatively good amount of length to my lashes - although not more than some other mascaras I've tried - and even did a good job at curling, but it did little in the way of separation and adding fullness. The formula truly remained flake-free at the end of a 10 hour day and I even noticed the curl held nicely through the end as well. Still, I wasn't overly impressed with the length this mascara added - especially when that's what it primarily claims to do. However, if you are impressed with the results below and want a mascara that stays flake and smudge-free throughout the day as well as maintains good shape, this might be one for you!

Have you tried Maybelline's Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara?

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: IT Cosmetics Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe Vanity Brush Set


IT Cosmetics Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe Vanity Brush Set

IT Cosmetics Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe Vanity Brush Set
It's official - the brush gods have spoken. The brand that created the Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush, "No-Tug" Dual Eyeshadow Brush, and Airbrush Foundation and Concealer Brush - some of my favorite makeup tools ever - have done it again with a 6 piece kit made available affordably through QVC.

The IT Cosmetics Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe Vanity Brush Collection ($49.50) contains 6 full-size brushes made of 100% cruelty-free bristles and comes with a hard, two-sided cylindrical travel case. The collection contains both eye and face brushes suited for both powder and liquid products, making it the ultimate kit to have on the go. One of my favorite qualities of It Cosmetics Brushes is their super-soft texture. I haven't met one that didn't feel like heaven against my skin and each of the brushes in this set is no different. I didn't encounter any shedding with this set and each brush is easily cleaned with a brush cleaner or baby shampoo.

If my glowing review didn't give it away, I really recommend this set. It not only gives you 6 essential brushes with high-end characteristics, but you also receive a solid-feeling travel case and storage container (I have it open on my desk and keep brushes in it for everyday use). All of this for less than $10 a brush! When IT Cosmetics brushes typically go for $24-$48 a piece, it's safe to say this is a good deal. You can find this collection exclusively on QVC!


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Top 5 in Under 5: Eyeshadows that Make Beautiful Blushes




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Thursday, August 22, 2013

L'Oréal Professionnel's NEW INOA Supreme and My Hair Color Experience







L'Oréal Professionnel has come out with another innovative addition to their INOA color line: INOA Supreme. For those unfamiliar, INOA is a revolutionary color delivery system that utilizes an ammonia-free, oil-based formula for in-salon use. With the same technology, L'Oréal Professionnel has created another color delivery system specifically for aging hair. Set apart from the original INOA formula with its Densilum Complex, INOA Supreme is formulated to treat hair dealing with loss of density, multi-dimensional shades, and white/grey coverage. I had the opportunity to learn more about the color treatment and experience it for myself at the Zazu Salon in Chicago! Because INOA Supreme wasn't the best match for my hair type, I ended up trying the original INOA formula - perfect for my fine hair. 

I went to the salon located in Chicago proper - a relatively new location nestled in the River North neighborhood. Greeted with a smile and a glass of wine, the stylist went to work on my hair, telling me all about the new formula.  Ultimately, I decided that I wasn't ready to go dark for the fall and winter just yet, so I went for a color that's similar to what I had at the time, but slightly richer. When the stylist initially started putting the color on my hair, I not only noticed how thick the texture was, but also the lack of odor. It wasn't completely odorless, mind you, but the strong, distinct smell of hair dye was nowhere to be found and the thick texture was due to the nourishing oil base. After the color had a chance to develop, I was rinsed and dried using a L'Oréal Professionnel Cristalceutic Color Protection Serum - a treatment meant to preserve the integrity and vibrancy of the color. Check out the results below! My hair felt fuller and thicker without compromising shine - love! Even as I write this a week later, my hair feels healthy and has the promise to last fade-free for up to six weeks with the Cristaleuric Color Protection At-Home Treatment I have to tide me over until my next move in 5 weeks. 

The same results can be expected with INOA Supreme, but with the promise of grey coverage. Overall, I highly recommend my experience not only at Zazu Salon, but with INOA as well. My hair felt so healthy afterward. Interested in trying a L'Oréal Professionel color treatment? Use the salon locator to find a salon near you. 

Have you had an INOA Supreme color treatment?

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Review & Swatches: Hard Candy Shadow Dancers in Head to Toe


Hard Candy Shadow Dancers in Head to Toe


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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August Beauty Box 5


August Beauty Box 5
Beauty Box 5 ($12 a month) is a relatively new kid on the beauty box block, but they are stepping up their game with a new site revamp in the works and some serious players in their monthly boxes. Check out the August box!

This month's box included:


  • Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow in Bora Bora ($14)
  • Nubar Nail Polish ($8 full size | sample worth $5)
  • Swissco Nail File ($1.50 for one)
  • Bask Heavenly Silk Daily Skin Lotion ($19.98)
  • H2O Plus Aquafirm + Micro-Collagen Moisturizer ($50 1.7 oz)


The Be A Bombshell shadow paid for the box with its value alone, and what a fun shade! Additionally, I've been wanting to try Nubar polishes for quite some time and I like getting littler bottles because I feel I can't finish a full one anyway. I will pass the lotions and potions along to friends and family, but who doesn't want a glitzy nail file and coupons (a perk you will find in your inbox throughout the month when you subscribe)?! Overall, this was a nice box to receive and it's always great when the value exceeds the cost. Additionally, the exposure to hard-to-find brands like Nubar is another draw for me. Sign up before August 31st to get in on the September Beauty Box 5!


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Top 5 in Under 5: Maybelline Products




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Monday, August 19, 2013

Green With Envy Tutorial






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Review & Swatches: Maybelline Master Smoky Shadow Pencil in Smoking Charcoal


Maybelline Master Smoky Liner in Smoking Charcoal
One of Maybelline's newer releases includes a line of smoky shadow pencils - a hybrid shadow and eyeliner formulated to create the perfect smoky eye. Equipped with a tapered-tip pencil with medium thickness and a chunky smudger sponge, Maybelline's Eye Studio Master Smoky Shadow Pencil doesn't look like it will be anything other than an inflated eyeliner. I had to put it to the test!

Smoking Charcoal is a deep grey without any shimmer or sparkle in sight. While it's pigmented, the texture isn't super creamy - not something that leads to easy smudging. As per the instructions, I applied a thicker line along my top lash line as well as my water line for good measure. When using the smudging sponge to blend the product out, I found that it was pretty stiff and difficult to properly blend a product that is already on the thicker side. The lasting power is where this product really shines. If you can get past the fact that this might not be your go-to drugstore shadow pencil, it makes for a great long-lasting eyeliner. After 10 hours, the liner was fully intact with pigmentation going full-force. While it didn't last on my waterline, few things do so I wasn't surprised. 

Overall, Maybelline isn't innovating with their new shadow pencil design. The texture of the pencil and smudger aren't the most conducive for a full on smoky eye (without loads of tugging on your delicate eye area) but if you want a liner that lasts until you are ready to take it off, this isn't a bad option for $6.45.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Back to School Sale With Sigma!


Sigma Eye Shadow Base Flare Kit
 From now until August 29th, Sigma is offering an extra discount to help you get your back to school shopping done! Stock up on the essentials with their eye shadow bases and 4-piece precision brush set. I've reviewed the Eye Shadow Base Kit in Flare and the 5-piece Precision Brush Kit and would recommend them both - especially with an extra 15% off. Check out the reviews for more details and use code B2S2013 at checkout to save!


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Review & Swatches: Hard Candy All Lid Up Cream Eyeshadow in Stepping Stones



Hard Candy All Lid Up Cream Shadow in Stepping Stones
Hard Candy All Lid Up Cream Shadow in Stepping Stones is a multi-faceted shade with a cool grey base laced antique gold shimmer. When applied it tends to go cooler, but looks beautiful layered with warm and cool shadow alike. Despite being relatively dry upon first opening it, it applied relatively smoothly and evenly using both my fingers and a brush. I recommend using your finger for maximum pigmentation - additionally, your body heat will make the shadow creamier and easier to blend. In terms of lasting power, Hard Candy's Cream Eyeshadow lasted all day without creasing and with very minimal fading! I have to say, I was impressed. I'm always skeptical of drugstore cream shadows and whether or not they will wear well throughout the day, but Hard Candy's ended up making the grade.

The only downside to this cream shadow is that shortly after opening, it had dried out considerably, making it very hard to apply with even my finger. I'm not sure if it's the packaging or the particular shadow I got, but I was sad to see that it had already started separating from the side of the packaging. Because this is the only shade I've tried, I'm interested to see whether or not this happens across the board with these shadows. For $5, these are very worth it for the performance, but not if they are only going to dry out within days of opening.

Have you tried Hard Candy's Cream Eyeshadow? Any tips on rehydrating them?


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Review: Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup








Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup ($13)

PROS:

  • Matched Skin
  • Wore evenly all day
  • Feels light
  • Stayed in trouble area

CONS:

  • Developed minor shine
  • Oily skin might want to avoid or prime well
  • $13 for just .7 fl. oz. 
  • Not sure if it will match all skin tones

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Review & Swatches: Hard Candy Top 10 Eye Shadows in Green With Envy


Hard Candy Top 10 Eye Shadows in Green With Envy



PROS:

  • All shadows are
    • smooth
    • creamy
    • pigmented
  • Affordable ($6)
  • 10 shadows with ample variety of browns and greens
  • both light and deep shades for dimensional looks

CONS:

  • Some shades are fallout prone


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Review & Swatches: Revlon Photoready Primer + Shadow Palette in Metropolitan

Revlon Photoready Primer + Shadow Palette in Metropolitan


I was so impressed with my experiences with both the Revlon Photoready Primer + Shadow Palettes in Bohemian and Graffiti (see the video review above) that I had to go for another! This time, I went for Metropolitan - a cooler leaning palette with shimmery champagnes, a taupe, deep satin brown, and a shimmery gold. As with the previous two palettes, I'm in love with the smooth texture of the shadows, the even pigmentation, and the fact that you really don't need a cream primer in order for them to last fade-free all day. One thing this palette has that the other didn't is a "sparkle top coat" that actually builds to have nice pigmentation.

Overall, this palette is wonderful - the best of the three I've tried when it comes from having five shadows that are complete winners. Those that like cooler palettes might be particularly partial to this one, but I think it would flatter a wide range of skin undertones. For $10 - not taking into account sales and coupons - this is a great deal from Revlon! To see what these palettes can do, check out the tutorials below!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Review & Swatches: Cherimoya 2 Timer Waterproof Mascara & Eyeliner

Cherimoya 2 Timer Waterproof Mascara & Eyeliner
 A few weeks ago, I received some Cherimoya products in my Aloap Beauty Mail. I'm totally new to the brand and hadn't seen them around before - probably because they are impossible to find anywhere but dollar stores and ebay - but wanted to give them a go nonetheless. Good thing I did because there are some gems in the bunch!

The Cherimoya 2 Timer Waterproof Mascara & Eyeliner is a double ended product with - you guess it - waterproof mascara on one end and waterproof liquid liner on the other. Typically I'm not a fan of waterproof mascara formulas as I find normal formulas stay put on me just fine and are generally less harsh on my lashes. While this formula wasn't harsh, I didn't find it doing spectacular things for mu lashes. They definitely look more emphasized and slightly thicker, but there was no significant curling or lengthening action to be found. Still the formula stayed put all day and wasn't an absolute beast to remove. The liner comes with a stiff felt tip applicator (not my favorite) but the formula is stellar. Once you manage to get it on, it stays smudge-free, flake-free, and nicely pigmented all day.

Overall, this is a great duo to keep around on days when it's face-melting hot. It's also a great beach bag essential if you need to pack products for a quick change because it's only $2.89 - no worry of it getting gunked up with sand and such. Unfortunately, it's not as accessible as other affordable drugstore brands, but if you are down for a dollar store hunt, this is worth it! Otherwise, take the lazy makeup addict's way out and order from ebay.


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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Look for Less: Revlon Graffiti Tutorial



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Review & Swatches: butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Jaded Jack

butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Jaded Jack
butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Jaded Jack

butter LONDON makes some of the most interesting and classic nail polish shades out there. But for as much as people rave about them, I've always had inconsistent experiences with their polishes. Some have knocked me out of the park while others left me wanting so much more out of a $15 polish. Luckily, butter LONDON's polish in Jaded Jack - from the Rock Your Colour Collection - is one to wow with coverage that's nearly opaque in one coat, nearly no streaking, and a high shine finish. The lasting power extended for an above average 3 days on me, so that was a major plus as well. Additionally, drying time was minimal so even when I layered two coats, they still dried streak-free in a timely fashion. Jaded Jack is a unique chartreuse shade that manages to pull off the hot hue without compromising the formula, as so many bright polishes do. Overall, this is one of my favorite polishes from the butter LONDON line and I think it will serves as a great transitional shade from summer into fall.

Will you tried any of the polish from the Rock Your Colour Collection?


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Monday, August 12, 2013

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Review & Swatches: butter LONDON Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black

butter LONDON Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black
butter LONDON has expanded their brand further into the color cosmetics - beyond just nail lacquers and lip glosses! Their recent collection includes a whole slew of new products, including cream blush, tinted balms, colored mascara, and eye liners and, as butter LONDON fans might expect, there is a mix of classic products peppered with the unexpected.

 butter LONDON Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black is one of the classics as a jet black pencil liner. As one of 6 shades in a collection packed with ultra bright shades, Union Jack Black is a basic shade, but remains impressive with its pigmentation and creaminess. While it's very easy to work with and smudge right after application, it stays in place once set. Applied to my upper lash line, it lasted 8 hours strong and beyond while holding out for a solid 4 hours without budging on my waterline - great for my watery eyes! The formula is very gentle and didn't tug in the least during application.

At $18 a pencil, it's on par with other similar products from other brands, but I would be really interested to try some of the brighter shades, like Pistol Pink or Jaded Jack, to see if they can stand out among the rest.  Will you be trying the butter LONDON color collection?


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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Review & Swatches: butter LONDON Wink Colour Mascara in Inky Six


butter LONDON Wink Colour Mascara in Inky Six
butter LONDON has expanded their brand further into the color cosmetics - beyond just nail lacquers and lip glosses! Their recent collection includes a whole slew of new products, including cream blush, tinted balms, colored mascara, and eye liners and, as butter LONDON fans might expect, there is a mix of classic products peppered with the unexpected.

butter LONDON Wink Colour Mascara in Inky Six is among the unexpected. This electric blue mascara comes with a football shaped wand made of fiber bristles. So often with colored mascaras, performance and color payoff aren't mutually exclusive - if your lashes look great, the pigment is barely visible or the pigment is stunning, but your lashes look like they've seen better days. I'm happy to report that, with this mascara, you can have your cake and eat it too! After one coat, lashes are defined and subtly tinted blue, but with two they reach va-va-voom status and are noticeably electric. The formula is on the drier side and can get slightly flaky after layering. This results in some minor fallout throughout the day, but nothing overwhelmingly noticeable. Aside from that, the lasting power is stellar. After 8 hours of wear, it still took makeup remover along with my usual cleanser to completely remove.

The Wink Colour Mascara line retails for $20 and consists of 6 shades - two of which are more wearable colors like brown and black. While I might not spend that on traditional colors in the line, this is one of the best colored mascara I've ever tried and is $5 cheaper than the only other mascara I've seen that's just as effective: Diorshow. Will you try the colored mascara trend?

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Review & Swatches: butter LONDON Cheeky Cream Blush in Naughty Biscuit


butter LONDON Cheeky Cream Blush in Naughty Biscuit
butter LONDON has expanded their brand further into the color cosmetics - beyond just nail lacquers and lip glosses! Their recent collection includes a whole slew of new products, including cream blush, tinted balms, colored mascara, and eye liners and, as butter LONDON fans might expect, there is a mix of classic products peppered with the unexpected.

butter LONDON Cheeky Cream Blush in Naughty Biscuit is a natural pink-toned nude. Cream blushes can be hard to handle if they apply streaky or remain sticky. butter LONDON's formula is very smooth, creamy, buildable, doesn't disturb underlying products, and dries to a powder finish. It feels very light when worn and wears evenly right up until I was ready to remove at the end of the day. The packaging is a sleek black lacquered compact with a nice, large mirror and secure closure, but the exterior is somewhat fingerprint-prone.

Packaging aside, the product inside is stellar! butter LONDON's cream blush is exclusively available at ULTA for $20 and is absolutely worth giving a look. While Naughty Biscuit might be for light-medium skin tones as it's such a subtle shade - even when built up, there are three other shades within the line, like Pistol Pink, that might flatter deeper skin tones as well. Will you be checking them out?



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Review & Swatches: butter LONDON Lippy Tinted Balm in Toasted Marshmallow



butter LONDON Lippy Tinted Balm in Toasted Marshmallow


butter LONDON has expanded their brand further into the color cosmetics - beyond just nail lacquers and lip glosses! Their recent collection includes a whole slew of new products, including cream blush, tinted balms, colored mascara, and eye liners and, as butter LONDON fans might expect, there is a mix of classic products peppered with the unexpected.

butter LONDON Lippy Tinted Balm in Toasted Marshmallow is one of the classics and another product to hop on the tinted lip balm/butter bandwagon. With such stiff competition out there, my expectations were high and, given my experience with their glosses, I wasn't sure they would make the grade. I was so wrong!

Toasted Marshmallow is a medium nude with a hint of peach in it to keep you from getting dead-looking lips. The consistency is ultra-smooth, creamy, and opaque in one swipe. The best part is that it is by far the longest lasting nude lip balm/butter product I've ever used as well as the most nourishing. Once it had worn off after about 3 hours, my lips were super smooth and hydrated. I think its performance earned the $20 price tag.

The only downfall with this product was actually a side effect of its strength. It's so soft and creamy that the pressure I applied during application pushed the product against the inside of the tube, laying the foundation for product buildup with repeated use. I now understand the Revlon Lip Butter design.

Packaging aside, this is an excellent product from butter LONDON's new line. If you love the feel of a balm, but want "your lips but better" pigment, don't hesitate to check out this luxurious little beauty!

butter LONDON Lippy Tinted Balm in Toasted Marshmallow

butter LONDON Lippy Tinted Balm in Toasted Marshmallow
butter LONDON Lippy Tinted Balm in Toasted Marshmallow
butter LONDON Lippy Tinted Balm in Toasted Marshmallow
butter LONDON Lippy Tinted Balm in Toasted Marshmallow



butter LONDON Lippy Tinted Balm in Toasted Marshmallow


butter LONDON Lippy Tinted Balm in Toasted Marshmallow







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August RocksBox





A few months ago, I introduced a jewelry service called RocksBox - a monthly subscription service where, for $19.99, you get 3 pieces of jewelry to keep and wear for up to two months. At the end of the term, you can either return your items with prepaid postage or pay the difference and keep some (or all) of them. Before receiving your first box, you fill out a profile where your style and preferences are pinpointed. You can then rate the items you receive each month to let them know whether you want to receive similar pieces or something completely different the following month. Check out my July RocksBox to see how my tastes have changed!

This month, I received some edgier pieces. The Triangle of Forces Earrings by Urban Gem, Leda Petite Necklace by Loren Hope, and Acacia Ring in Gold by Viento make for a box full of gems and studs. While I wouldn't have picked anything but the earrings if I had been shopping for myself, it's been fun experimenting with the necklace and ring!

Another great thing about RocksBox is their referral program. When someone uses your link to sign up, you receive $25 in credit toward any pieces you want to keep! Thinking of signing up? Use code FABB to receive 50% off a three month membership! Will you give it a try?


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Friday, August 9, 2013

Making Up the East Coast: The Pink Dot Beauty Bar



With family in Charleston, SC I have the chance to visit a few times a year. Some of my favorite things to do while there is check out the farmers market, go on historical (read: ghost) tours, hit the beach, and explore all of the fun, homegrown shops downtown. On my last visit, I learned there was a new beauty bar in town. If there's one thing I love more than a traditional bar with yummy cocktails, it's one that serves up beauty concoctions instead - clearly I had to go!

The Pink Dot Beauty Bar opened its flagship store in Charleston's historic shopping district in March of 2013. The shop features a carefully curated selection of beauty products that range from well-known brands like Too Faced and Deborah Lippmann, to lesser known or harder to find brands like Ellis Faas and RMS Beauty. The quaint shop is situated on Meeting Street and exudes sophisticated fun and femininity with its tiffany blue and white color scheme and mix of polished and rustic decor.

While there, the staff was beyond helpful and very knowledgable on all of the product lines. Mini MUMW (lil' sis) even got her makeup done! She found a fierce Ellis Faas pen that Rebecca, the Marketing Director, used to create her first foxy metallic wing. Ultimately, I lucked into an early birthday present for the little squirt.

In short, if you live in or are visiting the Charleston area any time soon, take some time to wander in and marvel at The Pink Dot Beauty Bar's goods. It's a must just for the experience! Not located in Charleston? They ship! Just email info@pinkdotbeautybar.com to place your order.







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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review & Swatches: L'Oréal Color Lift Blush in Peach Gold Lift, Coral Lift, and Pink Lift



L'Oréal Color Lift Blush in Peach Gold Lift, Coral Lift, and Pink Lift
I've been on a bit of a blush kick lately. Normally I'm all about the eyes, but my recent adventure with Revlon's Cream Blush in Coral Reef has me in mood to start experimenting with blush textures. While perusing the drugstore isles, I came across the L'Oréal Visible Lift Color Lift Blush line and was hard-pressed to remember a time I've herd anything about them. I had to try them!

While I could tell just from looking that the texture wasn't that of a powder, I didn't realize they fall into more of a solid mousse category. Peach Gold Lift is exactly as it sounds and serves as a great blush/highlighter hybrid, Coral Lift is a satin medium peach, and Pink lift is a satin medium berry shade. All of them are opaque and easily built to give a light to heavy coverage. Despite having satin/shimmery finishes, all feel very smooth and creamy and wear evenly throughout the day. This texture took a few tries to figure out how to best apply it, but ultimately I decided the IT Cosmetics Dual Airbrush Foundation & Concealer Brush was best for even buffing.

$12.99 is a little steep for a drugstore blush, but the unique texture, good wear, and unique shades like Peach Gold Lift it's worth finding coupons and waiting for sales!


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Review & Demo: Kiss Gradation Nail Kit








Nail color: imPRESS Press on Manicure in Control Freak

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