Friday, October 25, 2013

Best of 3LAB -- PERFECT Cream, C Eye Treatment, Body Cream, Facial Wash, and BB Cream Reviews, Photos, Swatches



3LAB is superior skincare straight from the lab. I was recently introduced to this brand by my sister, who is a big fan of the Perfect BB Cream. I insisted that no BB Cream could win me over more than the Kiehl's silicone-free BB, but she proved me wrong. The more I discover about this brand, the more I am convinced that beauty insiders who tout this as the perfect anti-aging skin care are correct! There are 3LAB products for every skin care need, like reversing the sign of aging, improving the health of skin or preventing future damage. Even celebrities like Jennifer Lopez are fans of the product, so check out the individual product reviews after the jump!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited in BG 10 S Review, Photos, Swatches



I have always been a fan of Shu Uemura's Rouge Unlimited Shine lipsticks, but I only recently have I had the opportunity to experience the Gloss Unlimited. I was enamored with BG 10 S at first swipe! The unique and innovative rounded sponge-tip applicator makes it easy to add subtle definition to my lip lines, and the plush quality of the gloss is so comforting on my dry lips. Check out the swatches after the jump!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lancôme Artliner 24H Purple Ombré Eye Look + Photo Contest



Good afternoon, everyone! I am thrilled to announce that my eyeball was selected as one of the 24 Finalists for the Lancôme #24HinParis photo contest! It would mean the world to me if you could take a few seconds out of your day to vote for my entry, which is a purple ombré winged eye look. It is a twist on my signature eyeliner look, the black cat eye. I have been a dedicated fan of the Artliners (original and waterproof) for literally a decade now, so this is a very exciting and touching moment for me! I hope you love this clean but colorful look as much as I do xo 

VOTING

If you are on a desktop, all you have to do is click this link http://www.refinery29.com/artliner-contest?sub_id=10312 and hit the HEART ICON at the top left corner to submit your vote!

If you will be voting through a mobile device, you can change the setting so that you are viewing the full site instead of the mobile version, which will not allow you to vote. Just scroll down to the bottom of the http://www.lancome-usa.com page and check out the pictorial below for all instructions!


Once in mobile view, switch to FULL SIZE view of the site. Then wait for the Artliner feature to show and click to vote!


It will direct you to the voting page, so all you have to do is scroll down to see the entries and click on the mint colored heart to vote for my purple ombré eyeliner look!
Thank you so much for your support!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Physicians Formula Fall 2013 Review & Giveaway



Physicians Formula has always been one of my favorite drugstore brands. Their products have consistently worked well on my sensitive skin, so I feel comfortable trialling and recommending their products. Check out some of their newest product launches and enter the special giveaway after the jump!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Tom Ford Cheek Color in Love Lust (01) Review, Photos, Swatches



Tom Ford's Cheek Color in Love Lust ($56 USD) is a warm coral with noticeably fine, even shimmer. It wears more like a peach-tangerine, and the hint of pink that is detectable in the pan is perhaps even more subtle on my face. Flattering and wearable peach blushes are difficult to come by since they inevitably lean too far orange or too far brown, so Love Lust is definitely worth taking a look at. Check out swatches after the jump!  

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in 02 Terra Review, Photos, Swatches



The Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in Terra ($95 USD) is the newest addition to my arsenal of matte bronzers, but it is by far my favorite. I adore bronzer and wear it more regularly than any other color product, so I had high expectations for Terra. Hence, I am thrilled to announce that Tom Ford's Bronzing Powder is as phenomenal as others have claimed. Check out more details and swatches after the jump!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

EM Michelle Phan Cosmetics Comprehensive Makeup Review + Smoky Eye Tutorial



I have planned this video for weeks, so I am very excited to share my em michelle phan cosmetics Makeup Review & Tutorial today! This is NOT a first impressions review, since I have been testing and wearing the products for the past month. The lipsticks and lip palette are phenomenal, very affordable products that are the stand-outs in the range. I love the modern metal bullets, which are sleek and cool to the touch. Some have asked about the lasting power, which is ultra long wearing. The two colors I own are brighter and darker, so they last for a good six to eight hours depending on how how much I eat or drink. They also leave behind pretty stains which can be topped with lip gloss.
The signature Life Palettes may be big ticket items, but the quantity of product provided is impressive and the value of the refillable system is undeniable. I prefer to use my clean fingertips to apply the majority of the shimmery, metallic, and glitter eyeshadows. On the other hand, I use stiff natural-haired brushes (like MAC's 239 Flat Shader or Tom Ford's Eye Shadow Contour brushes) to apply the matte and satin eyeshadows for full color payoff. I have been reaching for the Love Me for Me powder foundation (best on normal to oily skin) often these days since it can provide matte full coverage, so I recommend it to those looking for a silky finish powder. It can be used to set liquid foundation or worn alone with some concealer!
The Waterliner eye pencil liners are creamy and adhere well to my waterlines. I will definitely be purchasing a few more colors with the metallic finish, like Ro's Gold and Bronze Kiss, since I love that they are vibrant but do not budge. The retractable packaging is great, as there is no waste from sharpening like with traditional eyeliner pencils. As much as I have enjoyed the eye and lip products, however, I hope em michelle phan cosmetics will release individual bronzers and traditional lip glosses in tube form soon!


Makeup Worn:
YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation in B30
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Cream
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 [Holder not included]
em michelle phan Love Me for Me Powder Compact in Linen
em michelle phan Pillow Plush Cushiony Lip Balm in Lollipop
em michelle phan Shade Play Cheek Color Palette in Pinched by Pink
em michelle phan The Life Palette in Day Life - Lotsa Latte eyeshadow
em michelle phan The Life Palette in Party Life - Poppin' Bottles, Black Sky, and Hazy eyeshadows
em michelle phan Waterliner Pencil Eyeliners in Black Night and Turquoise
Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara in Black and Dollywink No. 2 Sweet Girly False Lashes
em michelle phan Shade Play Lip Color Mixing Palette in Mix It Up Nudes

Additional Products Reviewed:
em michelle phan Lip Gallery Creamy Color Classic Lipsticks in Wow Pink & Kiss Me
em michelle phan Lip Gallery Creamy Color Sheer Lipstick in Showstopper
em michelle phan The Everything CC Cream in Light-Medium
em michelle phan The Great Cover Up Ultimate Concealer

Nails:
Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer in 602

Blouse:
Joie (old)
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Hourglass Visionaire Eyeshadow Duos in Suede, Dune, and Prism Review, Photos, Swatches



Hourglass Visionaire Eyeshadow Duos ($38 USD each) pair two complementary shades of super smooth color that create gorgeous looks singly or together. Each versatile hue may be applied dry for a natural look or wet for more intensity. The pigmentation is incredibly rich, so the colors can be worn on my normal lids without a primer for all-day wear. On top of a base, these eyeshadows last for a good ten hours with very little fading and no creasing whatsoever. Check out the shade break downs and swatches after the jump!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

My Natural, "Everyday Chic" Makeup + Hair using By Terry, Kevyn Aucoin, Lipstick Queen, and Oribe + SPACENK GIVEAWAY



The beauty of everyday makeup is that it can be casual while pretty. It is all about creating as flawless a canvas as possible and enhancing the features with hints of color. We may all have different ideas regarding what is natural, but this is definitely a chic everyday look in my book. The hair is a deconsructed look which is not a style I generally gravitate toward, but I have been branching out and trying new techniques with my hair. This ponytail is low maintenance and quick to achieve, so I figured I would share my styling tips. I hope you enjoy seeing the lovely Kevyn Aucoin, By Terry, Lipstick Queen, and Oribe products in action, as I am really attached to these brands nowadays!

P.S. Shop at http://www.us.spacenk.com and receive $20 OFF when you spend $75 or more using the promo code RAE14! It's the perfect time to treat yourself or stock up on gifts for the holidays! This offer ends 11:59 PM EST on October 15th, 2013.


Kevyn Aucoin The Liquid Airbrush Foundations in 05 & 08

Sigma F88 Top Angled Kabuki Brush
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush in Cream
Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Compact Powder in 5
Shiseido Powder Brush
Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium
Shu Uemura Cheek Brush 20h
Kevyn Aucoin The Bronzing Veil in Tropical Days
Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 [holder not included]
By Terry Eyebrow Mascara in 2 Medium Ash
By Terry Hyaluronic Eye Primer in 002
Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duo in #210
By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in 4 Blue Vision
By Terry Mascara Terrybly in 2 Moka Brown
Lipstick Queen Lip Liner in Rose
Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Star System

Skin:
Cain and Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads
Clinique SuperPrimer for Correcting Redness
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness

Hair:
Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil
Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray

Nails:
Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer in 602

Shirt:
J.Crew Blythe in Silk [old]

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Le Métier de Beauté NEW Hydra-Crème Lipsticks + Carnaby Street and Saint-Domingue Kaleidoscopes for Fall & Holiday 2013


Le Métier de Beauté is back with some spectacular products this Fall 2013 season! 

First up is the Hydra-Crème Lipstick Collection. The paraben-free formula is available in 16 shades in a gorgeous mix of mattes and sheers. These Hydra-Crème lipsticks were created to deliver long-wearing, brilliant color in cult classic shades as well as trendy hues. The emollient, hydrating formula delivers full coverage color that won't slide off lips or feather. I am taken aback at how varied and well-edited the shade selection is and believe even beauty aficionados will be pleasantly surprised, too! The Hydra-Crème Lipstick (0.12oz/3.3grams) premieres in October 2013 and retails for $25 USD. Based off the official descriptions below, I am most interested in Maraschino, Botticelli Angel, Tea Rose, Sahara, and Butterfield 8!

SHADES:
  • SIGNATURE RED — MATTE GARNET RED
  • BUTTERFIELD 8 — CORAL CHAMPAGNE
  • THINK PINK  BOLD PINK
  • MARASCHINO — CHERRY RED
  • ROSE GARNET — FROSTED MAGENTA
  • MOROCCO — BROWNISH RED
  • BOTTICELLI ANGEL — WARM PEACH ROSE
  • TEA ROSE — RASPBERRY PINK
  • SAHARA — SANDY CORAL NUDE
  • MONDRIAN — VIVID TANGERINE CORAL
  • GRENADINE  RICH PLUM
  • CASHMERE — BEIGE ROSE
  • BREATHLESS — NEUTRAL WARM PINK
  • ONE & ONLY — NEUTRAL BROWN PINK
  • BELLINI — TRUE NUDE BEIGE
  • ICON — TRUE RED

Now for Le Métier de Beauté's signature Kaleidoscope Eye Kits ($95 USD each), both launching in November! Each individual eyeshadow's beauty is enhanced when blended with all the others and can create the perfect smoky eye to complement any skin tone or eye color. Apply every shade at the base of the lashes and feather upward for a flawlessly blended, gradient effect. The Fall/Winter 2013 Kaleidoscope is called Carnaby Street and was inspired by the Mod and Hippie movements that began in the 1960s. The second Kaleidoscope for Holiday 2013 is called Saint-Domingue, which is a reinvented take on a classic smoky eye.

SHADES:
  • CARNABY STREET — CAMEO ( SHIMMERY PEACHY PINK), ANORAK (TAUPE), JACKIE (MAUVE), and DANDY (MIDNIGHT NAVY)
  • SAINT-DOMINGUE — ROZ (SOFT ROSE), MARON (TAUPE), VYOLÈT (GOLDEN SHIMMERING PLUM), and GRI (SLATE SMOKE)

Le Métier de Beauté can be found at Neiman Marcus, select Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's locations, and www.lemetierdebeaute.com
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Shu Uemura x The RAEviewer Collaboration: Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches, and Tutorial



After weeks of working quietly but diligently with Shu Uemura on this collaboration, the exclusive eyeshadow palette I created has finally launched and is now available for sale. Please check out the swatches and shade breakdowns after the jump!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

September 2013 Favorites [Hits & Misses] for Skin Care, Face & Body



The month of September was beauty overload, even for me! I did my best to make the video as short as possible by cutting out a few products, but there was still so much to share. Also, I received quite a few questions over the last several weeks regarding specific products (most of which are featured here in this episode). I tried to answer all of the inquiries and touch on the newest Lancôme products as well as the difference between the bareMinerals foundation powders. I have tried a wider array of brands than usual, including products like organic makeup, and even went so far as to try whitening my teeth.. it was a full, fun month to say the least! I hope you find the video helpful xo


PRODUCTS REVIEWED:
Swank and Haight Army Pleated Racerback in S
Swank and Haight Black Romi Draped Skirt in S
DailyLook Tribal High Low Top in Ivory in S
Black Chinese Laundry Jackpot Heels in Size 6
Forever 21 Cozy Marled Cardigan in S
YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation in B30
Sigma F88 Flat Top Angled Kabuki Brush
Lancome Teint Visionnaire Foundation in 250W
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation in 213
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Illuminator in IL01
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes in Neutral/Medium
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness
Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy CC Lipsticks in 302 & 100
Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer in 300
Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Party Starter
em michelle phan Creamy Color Classic Lipsticks
bareMinerals READY Foundation in Golden Medium
bareMinerals MATTE Loose Foundation in Golden Medium
Mynk Lashes in Lashletto, Amp It Up, & Winks and Kisses
     *Use discount code MYNK10 for 10% OFF your purchase!
Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in Terra
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush
Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength
Lancome DreamTone Skintone Correcting Serum [preview post here]
Whitening Lightning Dial-A-Smile Teeth Whitening Kit 
     *Use discount code RVRKIT to get the kit for only $69! [Retails for $478]
Whitening Lighting Super Booster Teeth Whitening Pen
     *Use discount code RVR70 for 70% OFF your order!
Mason Pearson Handy Mix Brush
GHD Professional Styler 2"

MAKEUP WORN:
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness
YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation in B30
Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Compact Foundation in 5
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes in Neutral/Medium
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil Cartridge 204 [holder not included]
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder in 30
Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in 02 Terra
em michelle phan Seoul Sweets Eyeshadow Palette
Mynk Lashes in Winks and Kisses
Juice Beauty Lash Defining Mascara in Black
Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Party Starter

Hair:
GHD Professional Styler 2 inch

TANK:
Swank and Haight Army Pleated Racerback

NAILS:
Chanel Le Vernis in Frisson

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