Friday, September 27, 2013

em cosmetics by Michelle Phan The Beach Life Palette Review, Photos, Swatches



The beauty realm is abuzz over the launch of em cosmetics. This collaboration by Michelle Phan and L'Oréal was two years in the making, with Michelle's fans providing input throughout the entire process. em cosmetics is an intro-to-luxury brand that boasts an extraordinary 250 products, and I will continue this Life Palette series by introducing you to the refillable eye, cheek, and lip palette in Beach Life. Click more to view all swatches and discover if it is worth the splurge! 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Mineral Eye Shadow Palettes in 301 and 302 Review, Photos, Swatches



Koh Gen Do recently released two limited edition Maifanshi Mineral Eye Shadow Palettes in 301 and 302 ($59 USD each), perfectly coordinated for the Fall season. The ultra soft shadows contain anti-aging ingredients to deliver benefits for a smoother and revitalized eye area. They are also created without artificial colors, fragrances, petroleum-based mineral oils or parabens, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin. Check out the swatches after the jump!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Juice Beauty Organic & Natural Makeup Review + "Juicy Glam" Tutorial



Juice Beauty has finally unveiled their complete, well-edited lineup of natural and organic cosmetics. I cannot live without the Clearing Mask and signature Full Strength Apple Peel, so I was very excited to share my favorite Juice Beauty makeup products as well. I reviewed some of the products in the introduction and then demonstrated my take on the "Juicy Glam" look as outlined on their website. It is a natural yet feminine look that is appropriate for any occasion! Please feel free to let me know in the comments section if you would like to see swatches of any products shown in the video below.



For those unaware, Juice Beauty products are authentically organic, free of silicones, and solar power manufactured. You will not find intricate designer logos or fancy packaging in this makeup collection, but I love that the Juice Beauty brand is not pretentious and just strives to do what it does best.. innovate and create the best possible organic solutions.


Brows:
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 + Brow Holder

Nails:
Chanel Frisson
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Tom Ford Beauty Fall 2013 Makeup Review & Tutorial


Tom Ford Beauty for Fall 2013 Display at the TF Boutique in Las Vegas
Wearing all Tom Ford Fall 2013 -- Stained Lips using Bruised Plum [the stain demonstrated in the video is more subtle]
Tom Ford's Fall 2013 beauty coverage comes to a close today with this comprehensive video review and tutorial. Thank you so much for all your interest, patience, and support as I compiled all these clips. I truly hope you enjoy the video and the three degrees of Bruised Plum demonstrated!


Makeup Worn/Used
Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in 04 Fawn
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes Concealer in Neutral Medium
Tom Ford Illuminating Highlighting Pen in 05 Naked Bisque [review with swatches HERE]
La Mer The Powder in Beige
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil Cartridge 204 (must purchase Holder separately)
Tom Ford Eye Primer Duo [review with swatches HERE]
Tom Ford Ombré Eye Trio Color Palettes in She Wolf and In the Pink [review with swatches HERE]
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen Eyeliner in Deeper [review with swatches HERE]
Giorgio Armani Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Black
Velour Lashes in Oops Naughty Me
Eyeko Black Magic Mascara
Tom Ford Fall 2013 Lip Color in Bruised Plum [review with swatches HERE]
Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in 02 Terra

Brushes Used
Bobbi Brown Eye Sweep
Tom Ford Eye Shadow Contour and Eye Shadow Blend [reviewed HERE]
MAC 226 (limited edition) and 231 (glitter)
Tom Ford Lip Brush
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush [reviewed HERE]

Tank
Tiered Cami from DailyLook

Nails
Deborah Lippmann Laughin' to the Bank
Deborah Lippmann Shake Your Money Maker Glitter
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Weekend Beauty Bargains: Benefit, bareMinerals, Laura Gellar, and Smashbox



In case you haven't heard, ULTA is currently hosting their 21 Days of Beauty event, which is a three week long extravaganza with daily Beauty Steals, free gifts, events, and free consultations. Nearly all of these on-sale items are too good to pass up, and it's perfect timing to stock up in preparation for holiday gift giving! You can snap up these deals in store or online (2 per customer). I tweeted and posted Instagram photos of some of the incredible 21 Days of Beauty promotions from the start of the event, but this weekend has some of the best buys for the month! Here are my thoughts and recommendations xo



SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2013

Benefit The Sexy Steal -- A trio with two eyeshadows and one lip gloss is valued at $54 is ONLY $18! This is personal favorite of the four deals because the Velvet is Benefit's best eyeshadow formula, and the color of the gloss is what I consider the ideal pale peach-pink.

bareMinerals Blushes and All-Over Face Colors -- Regularly $19 a pop, any of the gorgeous blushes or easy to wear face powders are JUST $10 each! I highly recommend the Vintage Peach blush and Warmth All-Over Color.


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2013

Laura Gellar Beauty Balance-n-Brighten in Medium & Brush -- A duo valued at $48 can be yours for ONLY $20! This baked powder foundation color corrects the skin and gives the skin a glowing finish (formulated without mineral oil).

Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener -- Normally sold at $20 each, this is 50% OFF and a mere $10 apiece! This is best applied before concealer to help reduce dark circles and smooth out wrinkles.


P.S. Some of you have been running into the problem where the discounted pricing is not reflected. Instead of searching directly for the product on the site, click on the promotional product's photo on this page here: http://www.ulta.com/21days. Happy shopping!
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Tom Ford Fall 2013 Eye Defining Pen in Deeper Eyeliner Review, Photos, Swatches



Tom Ford finally released a liquid eyeliner, and it is flat out phenomenal. The Eye Defining Pen in Deeper, $55 USD, is a dual-ended eyeliner pen with one of the richest, satin-matte black formulas I have ever encountered. I was hesitant at first since it is not a waterproof formula, which is best for my hooded almond eyes, but my expectations were far exceeded at first swipe. Check out more details and full eye looks after the jump!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

em cosmetics by Michelle Phan The Party Life Palette Review, Photos, Swatches



The beauty realm is abuzz over the launch of em cosmetics. This collaboration by Michelle Phan and L'Oréal was two years in the making, with Michelle's fans providing input throughout the entire process. em cosmetics is an intro-to-luxury brand that boasts an extraordinary 250 products, and I will continue this Life Palette series by introducing you to the refillable eye, cheek, and lip palette in Party Life. Click more to view all swatches and discover if it is worth the splurge! 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Tom Ford Fall 2013 Lip Color in Vanilla Suede, Crimson Noir, and Bruised Plum Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches



Tom Ford's Fall 2013 collection boasts four unique lipsticks, two of which I own and have already reviewed in the past. This review will discuss all the shades but showcase the Tom Ford Lip Colors in Crimson Noir and Bruised Plum, $49 USD each. These brand new colors may look intimidating at first since Crimson Noir sounds like dried blood and Bruised Plum reminds me of fruit I'd rather not eat. Rest easy, though, because these are some of the loveliest Lip Colors that Tom Ford has ever released. See all details and swatches after the jump!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Hair: Easy, Retro Romantic Curls Tutorial + Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron Review



This is the fastest, easiest way to achieve long lasting curls! I love that the Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron ($119 USD) is lightweight and heats up in seconds. I can brush out my curls for a more retro look or simply run my fingers through them for a more spiral effect. The 25mm barrel is best for medium to long hair, but since my hair is extra long these days, I am very curious to see what results I can achieve with the 38mm version. Whichever size you choose, this curling wand is a great investment, and now I cannot ever imagine using a traditional curling iron ever again! The coated barrel leaves my hair feeling silky, and there is noticeably less damage to the lengths of my hair than with other curling iron tools. Yes, there may be more affordable options out there, but it's better to splurge for quality. I hope you find the tutorial helpful!

Products Used:
Mason Pearson Handy Mix Brush
Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron 25 mm
Kerastase Cristalliste Cristal Sculpt Serum


Makeup Worn:
YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation in B30
em Michelle Phan Love Me for Me Powder Compact in Linen
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder in 30
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 *You must purchase the Pencil Holder separately
Marc Jacobs Precision Pen Eyeliner in Black
em Michelle Phan Waterliner in Black Night
Tom Ford In the Pink Ombré Eye Color Palette [swatches HERE]
em Michelle Phan Day Life Palette Lotsa Latte & Espresso Eyeshadows [swatches HERE]
Bare Minerals Moxie Lipgloss in Party Starter
Red Cherry False Lashes in Style 47

Nails:
Tom Ford Show Me The Pink [swatches HERE]

Tank:
DailyLook Braided Racerback
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tom Ford Ombré Eye Color Trio Palettes in She Wolf and In The Pink Review, Photos, Swatches, Comparisons



Tom Ford's new limited edition Ombré Eye Color Trio palettes ($60 USD for .16 oz/4.5g each) masterfully shade and contour the eyes with by playing with contrast and light. The In The Pink trio comes in three sensual pink shades and textures for a contoured nude looks, while the She Wolf trio comes in three smoldering, tone-on-tone gray shades. Check out break down of each color and the swatches after the jump!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Tom Ford Plum Japonais Eau de Parfum Review, Photos



Tom Ford Plum Japonais ($210 USD for 1.7 fl oz.) is one of the four scents that launched with the new Atelier d'Orient collection for Fall 2013. This is a very sensual, slightly smoky scent that can be worn by ladies and gentlemen alike. Discover all the details after the jump!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Tom Ford Eye Primer Duo Review, Photos, Swatches



The Tom Ford Eye Primer Duo, $45 USD,  is new for Fall 2013. It is a pairing of exceptional powder and cream formulas that is designed to work with Tom Ford's eye colors. The chic stackable packaging with a mirror in the top lid conserves space on any vanity counter or in a cosmetics bag, making this a travel-friendly product. The literature claimed to deliver fifteen-hour hold as well as color-rich staying power, so I was very excited for this release. Check out the swatches after the jump!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Makeup Collection + Organization with Sherrieblossom's ICEbOX Photos & Review



I have received plenty of video requests over the years, but the makeup collection and organizational video is undoubtedly the most requested of all. After years of constant shuffling, countless failed attempts and wasted dollars, I can now share with you an a few attractive, easily manageable options to store beauty products. This is more of a storage inspiration video than a "show and tell" collection video because I wanted to keep it as short as possible. 
NOTE: Please bear in mind that the amount of makeup I own is due to my work. Makeup is my life.


Today I started with the Sherrieblossom ICEbOX Wide, which is a stunning, extra-large makeup organizer. My photos and video could not capture the clarity of the artisan-crafted acrylic, but do check out the awesome photos that Brooke of Blushing Noir captured. Like she says, you can tell that the ICEbOX was made with care just by looking at it. I only wish I could find nail polish racks that were made of such thick and glossy, high caliber acrylic! There are more affordable "knock offs" on the market, but these organizers should last decades with proper care. It's best to invest a little more for the real deal.  

There are several different sizes available, such as the Shorty Wide or Shorty Skinny. They look much smaller, but these organizers can hold a lot more makeup than you would think! The ICEbOX Wide that I featured is $395 USD and measures 15Lx12Lx12H. Extra inserts are sold separately for an additional $15 per unit. You can purchase the Sherrieblossom organizers directly through their site or at select Neiman Marcus stores!



My other acrylic organizers are from the Container Store, brush cup holders from Sigma, and all the furniture from Ikea. The plastic from the Linus organizer range is not as smooth or durable as Sherrieblossom's, but it holds up well enough for light storage.

I hope this gives you a better idea of what storage options might be best for your makeup collection!


Makeup Worn:
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness
Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer Lipgloss in 520 [reviewed HERE]
Velour False Lashes in Oops Naughty Me
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil [reviewed HERE]
Products Reviewed:
Sherrieblossom ICEbOX Wide Makeup Organizer 
Container Store Large Acrylic Makeup Organizer (2)
Container Store Acrylic Vertical Cosmetic Organizer
Sigma Beauty Brush Cup Holders (2)
    • Plastic Organizers from the Container Store: Linus 4-Section Drawer Organizers (shown in video)
      Linus Deep Drawer Organizers, Linus Large 2-Section Drawer Organizers,
      and Linus Large 3-Section Drawer Organizers

P.S. The brown linen box on the long white Ikea table is a jewelry box from the Container Store, but it is no longer available. Sorry!
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Tom Ford Show Me The Pink (25) Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches



Tom Ford Show Me the Pink ($32 USD) is my favorite new peach shimmer. This polish may cost a pretty penny, but I think it is worth the investment. It suits my complexion and pairs well with most outfits. It is difficult for me to resist easy, no-brainer shades like this since I reach for my low maintenance pinks and peaches most regularly. Check out the swatches after the jump!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

em cosmetics by Michelle Phan The Day Life Palette Review, Photos, Swatches



The beauty realm is abuzz over the launch of em cosmetics. This collaboration by Michelle Phan and L'Oréal was two years in the making, with Michelle's fans providing input throughout the entire process. em cosmetics is an intro-to-luxury brand that boasts an extraordinary 250 products, and I will first introduce you to the refillable Life Palette in The Day Life. Click more to view all swatches and discover if it is worth the splurge! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lancôme DreamTone Customized Skin Tone Correcting Serum for Dark Spots, Uneven Skin Tone, and Color Imperfections



Lancôme recently introduced a trio of new serums to their powerful skin care line-up, and I have been flooded with requests on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to review it. I am glad to announce that I will indeed be reviewing DreamTone sometime this month, and I will begin testing the product this weekend. I am so excited to share my thoughts with you because I have seen so many rave reviews online already! For now, here is some information on these new customized skin tone correcting serums.

WHO IS IT FOR?
DreamTone is for the woman seeking visible dark spot correction and a more even skin tone. She wants skin so naturally beautiful, she can dare to bare her skin. 

WHAT IS IT?
DreamTone is a new generation skin tone clarifying serum that not only corrects the look of dark spots, but also goes beyond to correct the appearance of uneven skin tone and color imperfections. The serum is customized to skin's specific needs — such as treating the look of dark spots or redness.

WHAT DOES IT TARGET?
A global study on women of multiple ethnicities resulted in three formulas adapted to specific skin tones:
  • Fair: Corrects the appearance of dark spots, uneven skin tone, dullness and provides specific color correction for the look of redness
  • Medium: Corrects the appearance of dark spots, uneven skin tone, dullness and provides specific color correction for the look of sallowness (olive)
  • Dark: Corrects the appearance of dark spots, uneven skin tone, dullness and provides specific color correction for the look of acne & blemish marks

HOW DOES IT ENHANCE SKIN TONE?
Based on the L'Oréal Skin Color Chart and using the Fitzpatrick scale, soft-focus tinted pearls were carefully selected for each formula. As a result, each skin tone can enjoy the benefits of light scattering technology that refracts and diffuses, for a more even and radiant surface that is perfectly complimented with just the right amount and type of light.

THE RESULTS
Immediately: 74% saw glowing skin
7 Days: 70% reported a more even skin tone and 76% saw dullness reduced
4 Weeks: 69% noted the appearance of dark spots reduced
8 Weeks: 78% saw color imperfections reduced
SO POWERFUL, 72% OF WOMEN DARED TO BARE THEIR SKIN!

PRICING & AVAILABILITY:
$98 (1.3 oz.)
Available this Fall at Lancôme counters and www.lancome.com

NOTE: I have been asked what the difference between Visionnaire and DreamTone is, as I have been one of Visionnaire's biggest fans since its release. Since I have not yet tried DreamTone on my face, I assume the primary distinction is that Visionnaire focuses on tightening up the pores and smoothing out lines while DreamTeam is intended specifically for correcting dark spots and other color imperfections. I will report back in the review what the differences in texture and results are!
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