GET READY WITH ME | NYE Edition feat. Chanel Spring 2015 Rêverie Parisienne Collection

Glittery eyeshadow looks are all the rage right now, but I wanted to take a different route and show you a quick preview of Chanel's drop-dead gorgeous, feminine Spring 2015 collection instead! The holidays might seem like an odd time for the Parisian garden theme with pastel metallic mint nails, but this look is incredibly flattering and perfect for photos! Be unique and try branching out this NYE. The Darling Pink liquid lipstick, by the way, lasts through food and drink so I highly recommend it. I paired the makeup with big loose waves using NuMe's Curl Jam Set and a trendy chunky turtleneck sweater. Hope you enjoy the tutorial!

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Chanel Spring 2015 Jardin Powder Blush (Limited Edition)
Dolce & Gabbana Blush in Tan
Clé de Peau Concealer in Beige
Clé de Peau Foundation in O20
Clé de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204
Velour Lashes in Whispie Me Away
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Self Portrait (similar HERE + HERE)

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TOP 8 | Best of NARS Cosmetics Review

Have you ever walked by a NARS counter at Nordstrom and stared in awe at the rows and rows of the sophisticated makeup but were too intimidated to buy? Well, if you've ever felt overwhelmed, this guide is for you. I hope it will help you figure out where to start or at the very least, bring you up to speed on some fabulous makeup you've been overlooking!


Charlotte Tilbury Holiday 2014 The Supermodel Review, Photos, Swatches + Fallen Angel Comparison

It has been a couple weeks since I have been able to release a video, so I am quite excited to share my take on Charlotte Tilbury's Holiday 2014 The Supermodel look with you! There has been a lot of buzz regarding the differences between the Fallen Angel and Reve d'Orient eyeshadow palettes, so I wanted to take extra time here to show you the highly requested swatches and comparisons.

I, however, wanted to share first that as popular as Fallen Angel has been, the sell out product from this collection has been the Confession K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick! Confession is a lovely pink-beige that flatters any complexion, and the creamy opaque formula is winning everyone over. I absolutely adore how it performs on my sensitive, dry lips. It's selling out everywhere, and is only available at Bergdorf Goodman or within The Supermodel Makeup Collection (set with pouch) or The Supermodel Makeup Collection Tutorial Video Box (Limited Edition).

As apprehensive as I was about the lipstick and lip gloss, both have impressed me beyond measure! I love how Confession and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds look when layered, so I highly recommend you give them a try. Note: LSD appears more peach in swatches than it does on my lips.
Bardot Beige vs Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Shade Comparisons:
→ The champagne in Fallen Angel is ultra smooth but not as reflective as the white in Reve d'Orient. The white in the Chanel palette also has a golden sheen, which makes it a more noticeable highlighter. I love both, but the champagne in Fallen Angel is more appropriate for day time, especially if you work in an office setting.
→ The taupe in Fallen Angel and the gold in Reve d'Orient are complete opposites, so this is where the two palettes obviously differ. I love the taupe in the pan, but it translates strongly metallic silver on my yellow-toned skin. I prefer the buttery smooth antique gold in Reve d'Orient because it is more flattering, but those with neutral, pink, and even olive-toned skin will most likely adore the taupe in Fallen Angel. 
→ The bronze in Fallen Angel looks most similar to the bronze in Reve d'Orient (even in swatches), but they are entirely different when worn on my eyes. Fallen Angel's bronze is far cooler and more shimmery while Chanel's bronze is strongly warm and satin. Different textures and tones.
→ The black in Fallen Angel contains a high volume of shimmer, which makes the eyeshadow more translucent at first swipe. The satin black in Reve d'Orient is very intense and is better suited for use as eyeliner than the black in Fallen Angel. Both have similar amounts of fallout, but the shimmer in Fallen Angel's black makes it a little messier.

Top: Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel (full smoky eye)
Bottom: Chanel Reve d'Orient (subtle smoky eye)
Ultimately, I find the Fallen Angel palette easier to wear on a daily basis. You can create a beautiful, cool taupe eyeshadow look and reserve the black for evenings out. The colors are ultra smooth and consistent, a step up from the quality of most CT quads (which are already great). As much as I love working with cool tones, Chanel's Reve d'Orient produces an undeniable unique, warm smoky eye. I do like using the white highlighter alone in inner tear duct area when I'm having a minimal makeup day — which happens more and more often these days. Pair with lots of mascara for bigger, brighter eyes.

I know many have been looking forward to this video, so I hope you'll enjoy both the recap of the products as well as the tutorial! Thanks so much for your patience during this hectic Holiday season, and please feel free to leave any questions here on the blog or on YouTube xo

Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Confession (selling out fast)
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Powder in Medium
Charlotte Tilbury Rock N Kohl in Black
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Blush in Sex on Fire
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pink Venus
Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift Pencil in Cara D
Cle de Peau Foundation in O20
Clé de Peau Concealer in Beige
em cosmetics Scribble Liquid Liner
Velour Lashes in You Complete Me
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Wayne Goss Eye 03
Wayne Goss Eye 05
Chikuhodo Eye GSN-9
Tom Ford Eye Definer

Splendid (similar HERE)

Prudence C Crystals

Burberry Holiday

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REVEAL | The Holiday 2014 Gift Guide and Beauty Catalog + Winter Skin Feature

Many sleepless nights were dedicated to this project, but I'm thrilled to finally unveil and share my epic, interactive 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and Beauty Catalog! Whether you're on the hunt for last-minute gifts or simply feeling like spoiling yourself, I hope that you'll enjoy discovering the most fabulous products and beauty collections that this season has to offer. I even included a full feature story on Winter Skin and revealed my favorite treatments for parched, stressed, and/or dehydrated so that you can kick off the New Year feeling your best! Check it out below or click HERE to see it in full screen. Happy shopping! xo
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Fragrance Guide | Best of Holiday 2014 Perfumes and Colognes

I just released my epic Holiday Gift Guide + Beauty Catalog, but I wanted to focus specifically on fragrances here because scent is quite personal and demands a little more attention than a photo. Since I love giving and receiving fragrances during the holidays, I wanted to share my my top picks. A new perfume or cologne is the perfect way to kick off a new year, smelling and feeling new!


TOP 5 | Best of Hourglass Cosmetics Review + Swatches

Over the years, I have been asked repeatedly for introductory brand guides, so I have been focusing heavily on these Top 5 edits this quarter. Since I am often short on time and cannot always dedicate extra time to permanent products when limited edition collections roll out faster and faster each year, these curated reviews have allowed me to share old favorites. I am thrilled to spotlight one of my favorite niche brands, Hourglass Cosmetics, now available via Nordstrom. Hourglass has been rather elusive over the years, so this first department store launch will finally make their incredible products accessible to more of my readers! Explore my must-have selections from Hourglass after the jump xo


TOP 5 | Best of Dolce&Gabbana Beauty Review

Dolce&Gabbana Beauty has been reinventing classics since the line first launched in 2009. The luxurious gilded packaging and diverse color range are nearly irresistible, and now you can find these phenomenal products at Nordstrom. I have dabbled with most of the brand's offerings, but here I will share my favorites are shared and reviewed in order of my preference after the jump!


TOP 5 | Best of Kate Somerville Skin Care Review

Kate Somerville has been one of my regular skin care brands since I was in college. Fast forward nearly six years later, and I'm still loving her ExfoliKate treatment. It just goes to show that Kate really has produced a cult classic, and that is why I continue to go back to it, even after all these years. The range has expanded quite a bit recently, so here is mix of new and old favorites from the brand! I highly recommend Kate Somerville skin care because it is effective yet affordable. I realize that not everyone can or wants to budget for SK-II and 3LAB products, so I wanted to share these awesome alternatives with you. I've actually tried a substantial amount more from Kate Somerville than what I have reviewed for you today, but this selection was curated specifically to share the must-try standouts!

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→ Kate Somerville ExfoliKate
→ Kate Somerville Dilo Oil
→ Kate Somerville DermalQuench Clear
→ Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro Peel
→ Kate Somerville D-Scar Serum
→ Kate Somerville HydraClear Gel
→ Kate Somerville Eczema Therapy Cream

M A K E U P  W O R N
Clé de Peau Foundation in O20
Clé de Peau Concealer in Beige
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronzer
Dolce & Gabbana Blush in Tan
Clé de Peau Perfect Lash Mascara
Sisley Phyto Lip Twist in Nude
Velour Lashes in Extra Oomph
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Prudence C Crystals

Burberry Optic White

GHD 2" Styler 
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Long-Lasting Holiday Hair Curling Tutorial feat. NuMe Titan 3 Wand (19mm)

Searching for a low maintenance hair style to try? Look no further than these long-lasting curls using a titanium curling wand. Titanium is lighter in weight and heats up hotter than tourmaline, so the Titan 3 makes for quicker styling that lasts for days! The Lustrum barrels do make my hair feel softer and bouncier, but the titanium makes curling my hair so fast and easy, which is more ideal during these hectic holiday months. I highly recommend wearing the heat protectant glove at all times, however, since the heat from the Titan 3 is very intense!

Products Used:
NuMe White Truffle Hair Primer
NuMe Titan 3 Curling Wand (19mm)

(excl. holiday catalog)



Makeup Worn:
Cle de Peau Foundation in O20
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Koh Gen Do Powder in OC-2
Dolce & Gabbana Blush in Tan
Dolce & Gabbana Eye Duo in Gold
EM Michelle Phan Eyeliner in Bronze Script
Vaughn Lip Balm 76
Velour Lashes in Whispie Me Away
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Prudence C Crystals


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GUIDE | Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte, Perfect Luminous, and Reveal Lift Liquid Foundations Review + SWATCHES

In case you haven't heard, Nordstrom recently began offering Dolce and Gabbana Beauty! Perhaps it is in my nature as a niche beauty blogger, but I absolutely love seeing my favorite niche brands expanding and breaking into big retailers like Nordstrom. I spotted all the D&G liquid foundations on the Nordstrom website, and it immediately inspired me to share my thoughts on these three truly worthwhile formulas. Find out more about each foundation after the jump!


CELEBRATE | My YouTube 200K Giveaway ♡ Three Prize Packages feat. Dior, Guerlain, and more!

Some of you may have noticed that my YouTube channel reached over 200,000 subscribers recently! To celebrate this astounding milestone, I first held a Shiseido giveaway (now closed) on my Instagram page. I also wanted to celebrate with my blog readers and YouTube subscribers, which is why I felt it was time for a triple giveaway contest. Despite the cyber stalking and harassment, negative/rude comments and cystic acne debacle, the raeview channel still lives on. So truly, I am beyond grateful that we have come this far and grown this much together. This is just a little gesture to say thank you for the encouragement and support ♡

Dior Eye Palette in Versailles
Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette
Hourglass Blush in Diffused Heat
Ardell Edgy Lashes in 402
Velour Lashes in Girl You Crazy
Kevyn Aucoin Eye Pencil in Navy
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
BeautyBlender Sponge in Pink
Kerastase Ultimate Hair Oil
EM Chiaroscuro in Medium
EM Brow Pencil in Brunette
BaubleBar Long Necklace
Sulwhasoo Snowise Trial Kit
Urban Decay Bronzed BB Balm
NARS Lipstick in Schiap

Sedu Diamond 1" Styler
Guerlain Sun Celebration Bronzer (similar here)
EM Lipstick in Cuddle Up Pink
Jouer Cheek Tint in Rosy Glow

Kerastase VIP Volume Finishing Spray
Kat Von D Chrysalis Eye Palette
Sephora Press Pod Nail Polish

D&G Liquid Foundation in 100
NARS Powder Foundation in Deauville
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
D&G The Blush in Tan
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Caresse
Cle de Peau Highlighter in Sand Beige
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 + Holder
EM Michelle Phan Eyeliner in Bronze Script
Chanel Eye Quad in Rêve d'Orient (white only)
Cle de Peau Enriched Lip Luminizer in 204 Bellini

Burberry Rose Pink



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TOP 8 | Best of Burberry Review

Since its launch in 2010, Burberry has become one of my favorite designer beauty brands. All the products are beautifully packaged in gunmetal trench patterns and reflect the house's longstanding tradition of glowing skin and flattering color. This beauty lineup will feature my top eight picks that I recommend you try first from this outstanding brand!


Nail Polish 101 | My Favorite Base + Top Coats, Nail Colors, and Nail Care Essentials Review

I have fairly strong nails despite wearing polish daily, so I have received lots of questions about my nail care + color. My natural nails have visible ridges and a strong nail line, but due to great base coats, top coats, and color, my at-home manicures look fresh and even. I will outline which products I have discovered to be the best performing in my nail collection after the jump!

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