Monday, February 27, 2012

Spring 2012 Style/Fashion Look Book Video Details


Spending so much time on all the Spring make-up and nail coverage me inspired to create this look book! I tried to cover as many of the style trends as possible in this 5-minute video: color blocking, lace accents, coral anything and everything, oversized blouses, high low hems, and the comeback of the cropped denim jacket. Platform heels and wedges are a given these days, and the accessories are bold and fun.. just how I like it! The full list with links to the clothes, shoes, and accessories is directly linked in the video info box, but I reposted it here at the bottom. Thanks again to Vinny N. for shooting all the footage! We hope you enjoy the video :)


P.S. Here's a good look at the giveaway prize!







Make-up Worn:
Lancome Teint Idole 24 Hour Wear Foundation in 250W
Dolce & Gabbana Powder Foundation in Caramel 110
Dolce & Gabbana The Blush in Tan with Sigma F25 Tapered Face Brush
Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette - Tease & Blackout
Lancome Artliner in Black & Hypnose Drama W/P Mascara
Giorgio Armani Spring 2012 W/P Pencil in Copper
Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes W/P Pencil in Black
Model 21 Lashes in Style 132
YSL Glossy Stain in 18 Pink Pastelle


Lenses: 

Neo Clover in Lucky Brown [see full review HERE]


Nail Polish:
Lancome Le Vernis in Love 407N Gris Angora





And again, here's the full list of clothes, shoes, and accessories worn.. with links!

New Members can join DailyLook and get 20% off here: http://bit.ly/wZEl0s
*You can also get a discount of 40% off of the Past Looks section! 

First Look:
YSL Arty Ring Oval Ring with Black Stone http://bit.ly/seXwbP 
Short Chunky Chain Necklace http://bit.ly/wE98M4
Chunky Modern Stretch Cuff http://bit.ly/wE98M4
Sheer Aqua Blue Blazer http://bit.ly/zbXENW
Theory Len Tank in White http://bit.ly/zsinO0
Theory Ponte High-Waisted Skirt [OLD]
Nude Platform Pumps http://bit.ly/xDQ2tn
Glint Fascinator Hair Comb http://bit.ly/xTKxNm

Second Look:
JewelMint Here to Eternity Set http://bit.ly/nv9lCk
Textured Stretch Bracelet http://bit.ly/zMQ5BW
Sheer Black Shirt http://bit.ly/zMQ5BW
Black Lace Shorts http://bit.ly/yCVu7A
Express Opaque Full Tights in Black http://bit.ly/AmJzKF
Sam Edelman Theresa Boots http://bit.ly/ymQ5sE

Third Look:
Gold Collar Necklace http://bit.ly/wxTXh7
Roman Numeral Bracelet http://bit.ly/xEWnwN
Coral Oversized Blouse http://bit.ly/yjzp0q
American Eagle Original Boot Jean in White http://on.ae.com/z0NSSe
Red Platform Heels http://bit.ly/zMQ5BW

Fourth Look: 
H&M Cropped Denim Jacket [will update link later, H&M is down!]
Crystal Stud Leather Watch Wrap in Pink http://bit.ly/w2XauG
Pink Maxi Dress [from DailyLook, not available for purchase yet]
Burberry Multi-Strap Leather Espadrille Wedges http://bit.ly/wYaAQh

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lancome Rouge in Love Lipsticks and Le Vernis in Love Nail Polishes Review Video Details


As promised, here is an in-depth video review of the newly launched Lancome Rouge in Love Lipsticks. I also picked up a couple of the Lancome Le Vernis nail polishes to show you! These awesome nail lacquers are only available in store at Nordstrom and online through Lancome's website right now, but they should hit all counter in May, according to Temptalia.com. I hope you enjoy seeing the lipsticks being applied in real time, and that it gives you a better idea of the color coverage as well as texture! My lips are sensitive, very dry, and of medium mauve pigmentation :)





Lipsticks and Nail Polishes Reviewed [in order of appearance]:
Lancome Le Vernis in Love 300M Jolie Rosalie
Lancome Le Vernis in Love 407N Gris Angora
Lancome Rouge in Love in 322M Corail in Love 
Lancome Rouge in Love in 307B Sweet Embrace
Lancome Rouge in Love in 217M Delicate Lace
Lancome Rouge in Love in 381B Violette Coquette
Lancome Rouge in Love 230M Rose Rendez Vous
Lancome Rouge in Love 170N Sequence of Love


Foundation [briefly] Reviewed:
Lancome Teint Idole 24 Hour Wear Foundation in 250W


Make-up Worn:
Lancome Teint Idole 24 Hour Wear Foundation in 250W
Dolce & Gabbana Powder Foundation in Caramel 110
Guerlain Terracotta Mineral Bronzer in 02 Medium
Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette - Tease & Blackout
Lancome Artliner in Black & Hypnose Drama W/P Mascara
Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes W/P Pencil in Black
Ardell False Lashes in 120 Demi
La Mer The Lip Balm

Nail Polish:
Lancome Vernis in Love 300M

Lenses:
Clear Prescription only

Friday, February 24, 2012

Chanel Laque Brilliante Extrème Review, Photos, Topcoat Comparisons


I mentioned my favorite nail basics in my nail polish collection video before, but I took the video down, so I figured it was high time to break down for you my favorite top coats. Most recently, I have been using Chanel's Laque Brilliante Extrème due to Sabrina's recommendation, and it is one of the best top coats I have ever used. Is it worth the $25 price tag? Find out after the jump!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

JewelMint Haul and Giveaway Video Details


I figured it was the perfect time for a giveaway since I'm just shy of 70,000 subscribers! Consider it a small token of my appreciation for all your support and encouragement :) I know most of you love JewelMint jewelry, so I figured most of you would look forward to this chance to win my favorite piece this month! It's my second favorite JM piece of all time, and I hope you guys will love it, too! P.S. Please post your entries directly to the comment box of the video, not here on the blog!




Jewelry Reviewed [sign up for JewlMint HERE]:
Here to Eternity Set
Indian Escape Earrings
Persephone Pendant

Make-up Worn:
Lancome Teint Idole 24 Hour Wear Foundation in 250W
Dolce & Gabbana Powder Foundation in Caramel 110
Guerlain Terracotta Mineral Bronzer in 02 Medium
Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette - Tease & Blackout
Lancome Artliner in Black & Hypnose Drama W/P Mascara
Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes W/P Pencil in Black
Ardell False Lashes in 120 Demi
La Mer The Lip Balm

Nail Polish:
Lancome Vernis in Love 300M

Lenses:
Clear Prescription only

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Spring 2012 Limited Edition Make-up Top Picks & Shopping Guide


I filmed a video for my top Spring 2012 Nail Polish picks, and I had planned to film a separate video for the limited edition make-up pieces, but I figured that would be redundant since I have filmed so many seasonal brand review + tutorial videos recently! I decided, instead, that a post would be more useful shopping guide to help you select which limited edition pieces to invest in. Yes, that means all the products shown in this post are limited editions, so if something strikes your fancy, go get it before it's gone!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stains Review & Swatches, Part 1



Yes, you read that correctly. I was able to get quite a few swatches of the highly elusive YSL Glossy Stains, $32 each. The full range is currently available at Sephora and one shade is exclusive to Nordstrom. But now that these are my Holy Grail liquid lipstick formula, I was determined to swatch (and buy) more shades. I stalked the Sephora at South Coast Plaza for the last four weeks (over the phone) and finally, my patience was rewarded. Thank goodness for Stephanie P., the most helpful and supportive Sephora sales associate I've ever had the pleasure of meeting!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit & Eyeshadow Palettes Review + Giveaway Video Details


My YouTube channel's 2-year anniversary was on January 18th and I wasn't able to hold a giveaway because of all the Spring coverage I wanted to push out first. But better late than never! Here is my little gift to you, for encouragement and support you've given me <3



The giveaway guidelines are listed at the end of the video. Please click on the video to open it in a separate browser and post your comments in the video's box, not here!

Products Reviewed:
Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit, $49.00
Sigma Eyeshadow Palettes - Bare, Dare, Flare, $35.00
*You can purchase any of these products HERE!

Make-up Worn:
Benefit Play Stick Foundation in Tea Party
Lancome Regenerie Eye Duo Concealer in 02 Medium
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder in Pale Yellow
Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
Sigma FLARE Eyeshadow Palette - Divine & Crush
Benefit Magic Ink Liquid Eyeliner
Lancome Hypnose Drama W/P Mascara with Ardell 120 Demi False Lashes
Dior Nude Glow in Aurora [LE bronzer, now discontinued]
Tom Ford Lipstick in Spanish Pink

Nails:
Butter London Slapper [Spring 2012]
Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe [Right ring finger only!]

Lenses:
Clear prescription only

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lancome Corail in Love Lipstick Review, Photos, Orange/Coral Comparison Swatches


My favorite coral lipstick of the moment is Lancome's Corail in Love Rouge in Love lipstick. It's a little bright, a touch mod, and perfect for my skin tone. Tangerines, corals, and oranges are very popular this Spring, and Corail in Love is an excellent way to participate in the trend without going too far out of your comfort zone! I swatched it along with three other shades in the range for comparison purposes.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Drugstore Haul - L'Oreal, Maybelline, and Physician's Formula Video Details


There have been quite a few exciting drugstore make-up releases this Spring so I wanted to make sure I got around to covering them! And I know some of you dislike it when I cover drugstore products, but a lot of my viewers ask for drugstore hauls and reviews.. please understand that I'm just trying to accommodate everyone's requests as best as I can :)



Products Shown (All products are from CVS & the prices listed below are what I paid):
L'Oreal 24-Hour Infallible Eyeshadows in 890 Bronzed Taupe, 888 Iced Latte, 999 Eternal Black, $8.29 each
Maybelline 24-Hour Color Tattoo Eyeshadows - 35 Tough as Taupe, 50 Edgy Emerald, 20 Painted Purple, 25 Bad to the Bronze, 30 Pomegranate Punk, $8.29 each
Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Face Powder in Beige, $13.99
Maybelline SuperStay 14-Hour Lipstick in Perpetual Peony, $9.39
Maybelline SuperStay 10-Hour Stain in 100 Pink Flush, $9.39
*I don't know why, but everyone tells me their local CVS' prices are cheaper! I don't know why the stores next to my apartment and my grandmother's house are so expensive :/ PF prices are relatively consistent everywhere, though!

Make-up Worn:
Hourglass Immaculate Powder Foundation in Ivory (Sephora Exclusive)
Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Face Powder in Beige
Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
L'Oreal 24-Hour Infallible Eyeshadows in 890 Bronzed Taupe
Lancome Artliner in Noir/Black
Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara (NO false lashes!)
Benefit Boxed Powder Blush in Hervana
Maybelline SuperStay 10-Hour Stain in 100 Pink Flush
Maybelline SuperStay 14-Hour Lipstick in Perpetual Peony (Layered on top of Stain)

Lenses:
NEO 4-Tone Lucky Clover Lenses in Grey [Review HERE]

Nails:
Laura Mercier Spring 2012 Luscious

MAC Butterfly Party Crushed Metal Pigment Review, Photos, Swatches



This is the first stack of MAC Crushed Metal Pigments I have ever purchased. I prefer working with pressed shadows, which are far less messy, but this set was too beautiful to pass up. This particular limited edition stack from the Vera Collection, $34, comes with four highly metallic shades - Rain Drop, Moss Garden, Butterfly Party, and Desert Cloud.

Monday, February 13, 2012

MAC Call Me Bubbles Eyeshadow Quad from Shop Shop Shop Cook Cook Cook Review, Photos, Swatches


I have not purchased a MAC eyeshadow quad in years. The Shop Shop Shop Cook Cook Cook Collection includes three eyeshadow quads, Call Me Bubbles, Shop & Drop, and Colour Added. Call Me Bubbles did not strike me as a must have from the swatches I saw online, but once I saw it in store, I knew it was worth the splurge. Then I applied it to my lids and fell in love. 

MAC Spring 2012 Collections Vera, Cook/Shop, Tour de Fabulous Review + Tutorial Video Details


I know I said the Laura Mercier Review + Tutorial video would be the last of Spring 2012 collection coverage, but I got an overwhelming request for a MAC review. I wasn't interested enough in a single MAC collection to review it alone and to be frank, there are just too many MAC collections released each season for me to cover them all! That's why I came up with this collective review. I did lose a bit of the footage when transferring the files to my computer, but I hope you'll still find the quick tutorial at the end helpful. Tammy said the final look made me look like a Twilight vampire, one that only eats animals LOL I think it was the combination of the warm brown contacts and the coral-themed eye! Hope you enjoy :)



Make-up Used/Reviewed in the Tutorial:
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation in NC30
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder in Pale Yellow
Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
MAC Paint Pot in Coral Crepe
MAC Call Me Bubbles Eyeshadow Quad
   *w/MAC 239 & 217, Sigma Pencil Brush & Blending Brushes
Tom Ford Cognac Sable Eyeshadow Quad [Chocolate Brown Only]
Benefit Magic Ink Liquid Eye Liner
Lancome Hypnose Drama W/P Mascara
Ardell False Eyelashes in 120 Demi
Dior Nude Glow Bronzer in Aurora with Sigma Duo Fibre Brush
Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Miami Coral [from Rose Gold Spring 2012 collection]
MAC Tour de Fabulous Lip Glass in Tour de Fabulous
MAC Vera Collection Butterfly Party Crushed Metal Pigment 
MAC Shop Shop Shop Cook Cook Cook Collection Tendertone in Tread Gently

Lenses:
Lucky Clover Brown Lenses [Review HERE]

Nails:
Laura Mercier Spring 2012 Luscious

Sunday, February 12, 2012

NEO Clover 4 Tone Lenses in Lucky Clover Brown and Grey Review, Photos


I've been getting questions about the lenses I wore in a couple videos recently, so I figured a few photos and a quick review would be helpful to those interested in purchasing them! My vision is awful, so I require prescription, but these lenses also come in the plano version (no prescription).

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Spring 2012 Nail Polish Review + Top Picks Video Details


Here's a full run down of my favorite polishes for this season! Some are official Spring 2012 colors, others are not. The color wheel was purchased at Sally Hansen's Beauty Supply.



Nail Polishes Shown - in Order of Color Wheel:
Dior Waterlily [Spring 2012]
YSL Mint Green [Spring 2012 Mini Manicure Couture Duo No. 7]
Sally Hansen Gentle Blossom
Julep Emilie
Butter London Knackered [Spring 2012]
Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze
Julep Anne
OPI DS Extravagance
Laura Mercier Cabana [Spring 2012]
Butter London Disco Biscuit [Spring 2012]
Laura Mercier Flamingo [Spring 2012]
Chanel May [Spring 2012]
Julep Carrie
Julep Hayden
YSL Pumpkin Orange  [Spring 2012 Mini Manicure Couture Duo No. 8]
YSL Dark Brown [Spring 2012 Mini Manicure Couture Duo No. 7]

Make-up Worn:
Laura Mercier Spring 2012 [Full list and tutorial HERE]

Nails:
Laura Mercier Cabana and Julep Carrie

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Lancome Rouge in Love Lipsticks in Corail in Love, Violette Coquette, Rose Rendez Vous, Sequence of Love, and Delicate Lace Review, Photos, Swatches


Lancome recently released the Rouge in Love lipstick collection, which attracted so much attention right off the bat due to several shades being worn by a bevy of celebrities on the red carpet! A lot of you asked me to review the range, so I decided to film a complete video to discuss the packaging and formula, which I should have uploaded sometime next week. I'll apply each of the lipsticks directly to my lips, which will allow you to see exactly how they apply straight from the tube. Today, however, I'll just show you swatches of the six shades I received, courtesy of Lancome.

Laura Mercier Tres Chic Spring 2012 Nail Lacquer & Gel Lip Colour Review, Photos, Swatches


This is a quick overall view of the second half of Laura Mercier's Spring 2012 Collection. I will refrain from going too in-depth because individual reviews will be coming soon! All the photos were taken with my iPhone so the quality could be better, but all the photos were edited in Photoshop to look as true to color as possible. The pictures of the display look the best and you should use those as your primary reference!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Laura Mercier Spring 2012 Review + Tutorial Video Details


This video is one of the longer Spring 2012 review and tutorial duos because I had to go over lots of product information! I went over nearly everything, from polishes to lip products! You can always skip through the video if you only want to see the products in action ;)



Products Used in the Tutorial:
Mix of Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Beige Ivory and Tom Ford Traceless Liquid Foundation in 05 Natural
Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour in Innocent Peach
La Mer The Loose Powder in 03 Beige
Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
Laura Mercier Metallic Eye Creme Color in Platinum
Laura Mercier Luxe Eye Portfolio from Holiday 2011 - African Violet, Rosewood, Golden Cream, Black Coffee with LM Eye Colour, Ponytail, and Smudge Brushes
Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara in Black with Revlon Thickening Chic False Lashes
Armani Spring 2012 Waterproof Eye Pencil in Copper
Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Bronzer in Warm Bronze with LM Finishing Brush
Laura Mercier Sheer Lip Colour in Kissed Lips
Laura Mercier Lip Shine in Naked Apricot
Shown, not Used: Laura Mercier Nail Colors in Luscious and Flamingo, Gel Lip Colour in Dollface

Nails:
Laura Mercier Spring 2012 Cabana

Lenses:
Clear prescription only

Saturday, February 4, 2012

NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow Single Review, Photos, Swatches


I cannot remember the last NARS seasonal collection to pique my interest, but Spring 2012 was actually quite beautiful! The limited edition single eyeshadow, Lhasa, $23, was the first to draw me in. Still, I only splurged on it because Cafe Makeup and Makeup Magpie raved about it. Was it worth it?

Friday, February 3, 2012

New Hair Care Routine with Shu Uemura Art of Hair Video Details


Here's the full break-down of my new hair care/basic styling routine! As you can see, it is quite minimal. Amazing how a handful for products can transform your locks, right? I talk about how I use each of the products in the video, so I hope you will find some worthwhile insight into Shu Uemura's Art of Hair!





Hair Care/Style Products Shown in Video:
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo Gentle Cleanser from ShuUemuraArtOfHair-usa.com
Shu Uemura Essence Absolu Nourishing Protective Oil [works as my hair conditioner]
Shu Uemura Shusu Sleek Smoothing Treatment/Mask [use once or twice/week]
Shu Uemura Yokan Craft Texturing Melt [tame bangs and flyaways]
Sedu Revolution 3600i Hair Dryer from Folica.com


On My Face:
Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in OC-2 [Available at Barney's and Sephora.com]
Koh Gen Do Loose Lighting Powder [Available at Barney's and Sephora.com]
Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour Palette - Ivory & Chocolate Brown
Lancome Artliner in Noir/Black and Armani Waterproof Pencil in Black [LE]
Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara with Ardell 120 Demi Lashes
Benefit Boxed Blush in Hervana
YSL Glossy Stain in 12 Coril Fauve


Nail Polish:
YSL Green from Spring '12 Duo Vernis, Edition 7

Lenses:
Clear Prescription lenses only

Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick in 10 Urumishu Review, Photos, Swatches


Suqqu is the most popular Japanese make-up brand on the market right now, and it is easy to see why. One of the most recent additions to my Suqqu collection is thanks to the lovely Xiao of Messy Wands. She was traveling through London and was generous enough to oblige my requests! She selected the peachiest of the Creamy Glow lipsticks for me, Urumishu, and I love it. Thanks again, Xiao :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January Favorites 2012 Product List + Video Details


I know this video is a bit on the longer side but I hope you'll find it helpful! I tried to make it as informative, as usual, but more varied to make it interesting :) I'm constantly testing out and experimenting with new products, which are launching a mile a minute these days, so I had a lot to share. I'll film a drugstore haul/review next week!



Products Shown in Order of Appearance:
YSL Glossy Stains in 12 Coril Fauve and 15 Rose Vinyl [Available at exclusively at Sephora for now]
Guerlain Rouge G Lipsticks in 61 Gaela and 63 Giulette, discontinued [Available at YesStyle.com]
*Tom Ford Lipstick in Flamingo 08 and Guerlain 74 Rose Piquant [available at Nordstrom.com]
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Lipstick in PK-02 Coral Pink [Available at Barney's]
Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in OC-2 [Available at Barney's and Sephora.com]
Hourglass Immaculate Powder Foundation in Ivory [Available at Sephora stores]
Shu Uemura Fresh Cleansing Oils [Discontinued High-Performance Balancing & New Pore Clarifiying]
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo [Available at Shuuemuraartofhair.com]
Chanel Le Vernis in June and Julep Nail Polish in Hayden
Butter LONDON Spring 2012 Nail Polishes - Bossy Boots, Slapper, Knackered, Disco Biscuit
Lancome Tresor In Love [1 oz] and Tresor Midnight Rose [1.7 oz] Eau de Parfums

On My Face:
Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in OC-2 [Available at Barney's and Sephora.com]
Koh Gen Do Loose Lighting Powder [Available at Barney's and Sephora.com]
Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour Palette - Ivory & Chocolate Brown
Lancome Artliner in Noir/Black and Armani Waterproof Pencil in Black [LE]
Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara with Ardell 120 Demi Lashes
Benefit Boxed Blush in Hervana
YSL Glossy Stain in 15 Rose Vinyl

Nail Polish:
YSL Green from Spring '12 Duo Vernis, Edition 7

Lenses:
Clear Prescription lenses only
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