My Wine Lipstick Picks

Hello my pretty people!  Before I get on to my wine lipstick picks, I want to share my new hair with you!

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My New Hair Color

Ta-da!!!!!

I decided I wanted to do an ombre lavender color.  I know it’s a bit bright right now, but it will definitely fade into the shade I want.  I’m calling it my mid-life crisis hairdo.  What do you think?

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My Wine Lipstick Picks

Now onto the wine lipstick.  I don’t pay any attention to seasons when it comes to my makeup.  I will wear black nail polish in the summer and pink lipstick in the winter.  Such a non-conformist I am!  However, Fall is the time when deeper shades come into play for most people.  Here are three I am loving right now.

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(Top to Bottom): L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Bold Bordeaux, Revlon Black Cherry, Bobbi Brown Art Stick Cassis

Swatches:

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(Top to Bottom): L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Bold Bordeaux, Revlon Black Cherry, Bobbi Brown Art Stick Cassis

First up, L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge in Bold Bordeaux:

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L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Bold Bordeaux

These are probably my favorite drugstore lipsticks.  They do not have the usual strong fragrance that most people find annoying in the traditional L’Oreal lippies.  It has a slight scent, but you really have to put it up to your nose to detect it.

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L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Bold Bordeaux

They apply smoothly with a long wear time and is non-drying.  This particular color is a bit on the sheer side.  Perfect if you don’t want a vampy lip.

Next up, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry:

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Black Cherry

You really can’t go wrong with good ‘ol Revlon lipsticks.  This one has no fragrance either.

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Black Cherry

Black Cherry is more on the opaque side.  It is super comfortable to wear, and applies very easily.  It does require a bit more touching up throughout the day.  It looks like a very dark purple in the tube, but it applies as a true wine on me.

Last, but not least, is the Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Cassis:

I LOVE these Art Sticks!  They are a good sized, chubby wooden pencil.  A sharpener is also included in the box.

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Bobbi Brown Art Stick Cassis

These also apply super smoothly, and really last throughout the day.  Very comfortable to wear as well.  I really like how easy lip pencils/crayons are to use.

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Bobbi Brown Art Stick Cassis

Though the pencil looks like a deep wine color, it is more like a russet/wine on me.  Great for every day.

So there you have it.  I hope everyone has had a great weekend.  Stay tuned for my hair color progression.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Hey there my lovelies!  I am still flying high from my Bruno Mars experience last night!!!!  Post coming soon.  I wanted to share a quick Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner Review with you!

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Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

Yes, I have fine, flat hair.  If you are one of those lucky people blessed with a glorious mane of thick, luxurious hair, feel free to skip right over this.  Or stay with me because you simply cannot tear yourself away from reading what I have to say.

Anyways, back to my limp ass hair.  I also color it, so I have the double indemnity of damage. I now only blow dry occasionally.  I shower at night, and wash my hair then, and sleep with it wet.  You girls with that hair I envy can’t do that (you know who you are).  I wash my hair every 3-4 days.  I also try to limit heat styling. I have always sworn by Redken Extreme (it smooths my hair without flattening it out.  Good stuff!).  I saw an ad in a magazine about this new Dove hair care line (advanced hair series – so fancy!!!), and the tagline of “Volume & Bounce” convinced me I needed to try this out.  And it just so happened Walgreens had BOGO 50% off!!  Way cheaper than Redken.  Yay me!!!

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Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo

See?? Bounce and natural volume.  Let me tell you, volumizing shampoos/conditioners usually dried my hair out.  Not this line!!!  I love it.  The shampoo smells so good, and takes care of business.

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Dove Oxygen Moisture Conditioner

This conditioner is awesome!!!  It really does moisturize and doesn’t weigh my hair down – just like it says!!!!!

I can only imagine how full and voluminous my hair will be when I actually blow dry it using these products.  I already get great results without the dryer!

“Oxyfusion Technology” – whatever you are, I love you.  So does Murphy.

My man Murphy.

My man Murphy

My people with fine hair, definitely try these babies out.

Again, thanks for reading!!!  kxoxo

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Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm Whimsical and Enticing Review

Hey my beautiful peeps!  I’m a bit late to the party, but I just watched “Silver Linings Playbook” last night.  I SO loved it!  I believe Jennifer Lawrence is quickly moving up on my favorite actress list.  I love movies, but unless it is a must-see in the theater (“Gravity” in 3D IMAX for example), I generally wait until it comes out on DVD or On Demand.  I knew nothing about the movie.  It was so quirky and unexpectedly sweet.  A definite must see if you are behind the eight ball like me.

Anyways, onto the subject at hand – my Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm “Whimsical” and “Enticing” Review!  I’ve been a big fan of the Colorburst balms.  I was very excited when they ventured into mattes and lacquers.  They sold out quickly in my area when they first came out (or the packaging was busted open and product squished to hell and back).  I finally found a decent selection at Walgreens.  I chose a purple and red shade ($8.99, but you can find great sales now that they’ve been out for a bit).

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Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Enticing and Whimsical

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Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm Whimsical and Enticing

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Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm swatch (top to bottom) Whimsical and Enticing

First up is Whimsical, a purple/pink, but not fuschia.  I love this color!  As you can see from the swatch above, it does have some bling to it.

It looks very disco ball, but on me, it is just super shiny and gorgeous.  You cannot see the glitter at all.

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Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm Whimsical lip swatch

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Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical

 

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Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical

Next up is “Enticing”.  It is more of a brick red.  I don’t know whether it has less glitter than “Whimsical”, or if it just doesn’t show as much because of the color.  Note in the arm swatches it does not have appear to have any sparkle.

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Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm Enticing

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Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

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Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Enticing

The Lacquer Balms have the same wonderful minty scent, and are very moisturizing on the lips.  Perfect for winter weather!  Plus the convenience of a crayon!  My shades were very pigmented and buildable.  LOVE.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

PS my lovely readers – sorry for the photos being all over the place.  One of my goals for this new year is to figure out how to edit my pictures so everything will be the same size.  I apologize for the GIANT product photos :(

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My Favorite Makeup Brushes

Hey y’all!  Happy Labor Day!  Hope everyone has wonderful plans for this long weekend.  This holiday is sort of the last hurrah for the summer, isn’t it?

Just wanted to make a quick post about my favorite makeup brushes.  The majority of brushes in my collection are inexpensive odds and ends I’ve somehow ended up with over the years.  Most of my eyeshadow brushes are from Coastal Scents.  They have a huge variety of synthetic brushes averaging around $2.50 per brush.  The rest of my brushes are mostly from ELF.  Believe it or not, I do not own any brushes from Sigma, let alone MAC.  Oh my!

The three in this post are the exceptions.  They are a bit pricey, but I think they are well worth the money for the results they produce.  Of course, I ADORE my pink Beautyblender sponge.  I think it’s praises have been sung in many a beauty blog, so we’ll just consider that a given.

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Favorite makeup brushes

Number 1:  The Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush ($30.00):

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Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush

This is a synthetic fiber brush.  It is only 4.5 inches long.  I think the compact size makes it perfect for foundation application.  It is verry easy to control.  The bristles are very dense and cut at an angle.  This allows precise application and effortless blending.  You also use less foundation because the brush is so effective.  It gives you a perfect, flawless finish.  A closeup of the bristles:

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Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush

Number 2:  The Hakuhodo Powder Brush J206 ($60.00):

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Hakuhodo Powder Brush

This is a glorious goat hair and synthetic brush.  It is super-duper soft, and I love it.  I use it for finishing powder, but it is great for any powder cosmetic application. I wish I could replace all of my brushes with Hakuhodos, but this one will have to do.  Closeup of the bristles:

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Hakuhodo Powder Brush bristles

Number 3:  NARS Ita Brush ($39.00):

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NARS Ita Brush

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NARS Ita Brush

Oh, this brush (*sigh*)!!!  It is all goat hair.  It is an unusual kabuki hybrid.  I find it to be the perfect brush for contouring.  I am a bit of a spaz when it comes to contouring, but this little guy makes it fool-proof.  It can deposit loads of color where you need it, then turn it on it’s side, and it can apply to the smallest area with surgical precision.  Closeup of the bristles:

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NARS Ita Brush bristles

It is no longer available on the NARS website.  I purchased mine from Nordstrom, when Ebates was 8% cash back.  I promise you, I am not paid by Ebates.  However, if you live in the US, and you shop online, you need to read my post on it.  If you time it right, you can get high-end products at a great savings.

What are your must-have brushes?

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Maybelline Brow Precise Review

Hello beautiful people!  Now that most of my regularly watched TV shows have finished their seasons, I’ve started looking for other programs to get sucked into.  My first choice was “House Of Cards”.  For me, there is a delicious decadence in being able to binge watch seasons of a show (if you like it, of course!).  The first season was good, but not an, “I’m so hooked, I’m gonna stay up all night watching five episodes back-to-back”, kind of good.  The second season is a whole different story!  I’m there!  I am not even going to tell you how late I stayed up last night watching.  “The Good Wife” is next.  Let me know your favorites so I can give those a whirl!

I am also always trying to find the “next best thing” in brow products; so here is my Maybelline Brow Precise review.

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Maybelline Brow Precise

Before I even start, I would like to point out a discrepancy between the pencil shown under the word “precise” on the package vs the actual pencil.  ???

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Maybelline Brow Precise

On a recent trip to the drugstore (I think CVS?), there was a display of new brow products from Maybelline Eye Studio featuring eyebrow pencils and brow mascaras.  I chose the brow pencil (excuse me, “shaping pencil”) in Deep Brown.  There are 3 other color offerings: Blonde, Soft Brown, and Auburn.

The display was all about “The Brow Look: Naturally Shaped Brows”.  Sounds good to me!

My brows require a lot of work because they are very sparse.  Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products are my Holy Grail.  They are a bit pricey; so anytime I see something with potential, I’m all about testing it out.  Especially if I can find an option from the drugstore!

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Maybelline Brow Precise

The Brow Precise offers the brow pencil on one end; a spoolie on the other.

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Maybelline Brow Precise

It is a wood pencil that requires sharpening.

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Maybelline Brow Precise

I think the spoolie is sort of on the small end, but it is really firm and does a great job.

The texture of this pencil is very soft and creamy.  It really sticks to your brow hairs, and keeps them in place.  It’s almost like a pencil/wax combo.

If you are someone that already has good brows and only need something to enhance what you’ve already got, this is the perfect for you!

However, if you are like me, and need to sort of paint your eyebrows on (especially the tail), and do a lot of filling in, this may not be the best option.  Since the formula is so creamy, it didn’t do a great job of creating a tail.  Also since it is so soft, I had to sharpen it after each use since I had to use a good bit of product.

I will use it up, but won’t repurchase.  It is a great pencil, but doesn’t meet my brow needs.  I will keep it afterwards for the spoolie though!

Overall, I think this is a great product, just not for me.

Again, thanks for reading!!!  xoxo

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August Glossybox

Hello my lovelies!  I recently received my August Glossybox, and as I was about to open it up, I thought I’d grab my camera and do an unboxing for you.  Speaking of cameras, I am not sure what is up with mine?  It has been a bit wonky lately on focusing.  It is crystal clear in some areas, and flat out blurry in others.  I have tried various settings, but to no avail.  So please excuse the weirdo photos about to follow.  I was actually not going to do this post because of the pictures, but decided to press on.

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August Glossybox

Glossybox is a beauty subscription service that features five luxury products each month.  The boxes range from $18-$21, depending on the plan you chose (free shipping).  I love that the items are always deluxe samples, with a full size thrown in.  This box was their three year anniversary, hence the “3” sticker.  They offer their boxes all over the world, including the UK, France, Korea, and Japan.

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August Glossybox

This is what I opened up.  What is in there??!

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August Glossybox Contents

Let’s go through it!  I have not tried any of these products, so I am quoting the accompanying product description card with an *.

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Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner

*Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner ($23.90 shampoo/$25.90 conditioner, full size).  Sulfate-free and chock full of natural ingredients.*  Has a very light, pleasant fragrance.

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Glossybox Lamoon Beauty Nail Lacquer/Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

*Lamoon Beauty Precision Nail Lacquer ($5.95 full size). 4-free and cruelty free.*  The polish I received is “Raspberry Beret”.  Okay.  I love Prince.  And the berry (my maiden name is actually a berry – should’ve kept it!).  I will paint my nails with this next.

*Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner ($16.00 full size).*  Nothing to say – I LOVE this eyeliner, and it was one of my first blog posts (that I will not link because it was awful).  Feel free to search my blog though, as I have never deleted my earlier efforts.

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Kryolan For Glossybox Highlighter in Cashmere

*Kryolan For Glossybox Highlighter In Cashmere ($18.95 full size).  This is a special-edition multipurpose highlighter created just for the Glossybox birthday.*  Kryolan – YES!  But I think this shade might be a tad too light for me.  We shall see….

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Glossybox Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream

*Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream ($85.00 full size).  Anti-aging cream with skin-firming ingredients like ginseng, marine collagen, avocado, wheat germ/sesame oils.  Should be used twice a day.*  Twice a day?  How is that a “day” cream?  It does have a gentle rose scent.

Another bonus of Glossybox is that their boxes are gorgeous, and reusable for so many other things.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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NARS Instant Line & Pore Perfector Review

Hello my lovely people!  This NARS Instant Line & Pore Perfector Review will also be a quickie.  This is the newest addition to NARS’ Pro-Prime line.  The insert states it “Smooths and preps the skin in a single stroke targeting fine lines and large pores.  The lightweight formula creates a smooth surface for optimal foundation and makeup application.  Line and pore-filling microspheres gently plump to fill in lines and wrinkles.  Vitamins A, C and E add antioxidant protection”.

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NARS Instant Line & Pore Perfector

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NARS Instant Line & Pore Perfector

This is designed to be a “spot” primer, not full face.  It comes in a stick formula, much like a lip balm.

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NARS Instant Line & Pore Perfector

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In the warmer months, I do not use a primer.  After applying moisturizer and sunscreen, primer just feels like too much for the heat/humidity we have in Georgia.  So when I saw this baby, I thought it would be perfect to smooth out the pores on my nose/cheeks, and smooth the creases lines on my forehead.

Unfortunately, I did not see much of a difference :(  I was hoping it would miraculously fill in my pores, like a spackling compound for your skin.  But not for me.  It did indeed make the surface of those areas very smooth and my foundation applied great over those parts.

However, this primer stick is $28.00 for .05 oz.  It really didn’t look/feel any different from the various full face primers you can buy for much less.  I was really disappointed because it would have been a perfect solution.  It would last a while because you only need a small bit.

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Just to put the size in perspective, here it is next to a standard Sharpie marker.

I so wanted to love this.  If you have tried this, what are your thoughts?

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Asian BB Creams Review

Hey Everyone!  Hope you are all doing well, and keeping warm!  Fortunately, we have had pretty mild weather, albeit rainy.  I’m sure as the month progresses, we will start to have colder temps.  I wanted to do an Asian BB creams review since the holiday season is upon us, and many of us can use a multi-tasker when pushed for time during the busy holiday season.

I am still a fan of BB creams.  My favorites are the Asian brands.  Considering the BB cream craze was first introduced by Korean cosmetic companies, it’s no wonder they make the best out there (in my humble opinion).  I have six to review, so this will probably be a lengthy post.  Please note, in the swatches, I have squeezed the product on the top of my hand, and lightly blended below to show the consistency/color of the product.

My absolute favorite is a Japanese product, Fairy Drops Candy Bar BB Cream ($39.99).

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Fairy Drops Candy Bar BB Cream

I actually don’t know why this is considered a BB cream, as it contains no sunscreen, moisturizer, or treatment.  I think it is more of a glorified foundation.  But I love it.  It has a sponge applicator attached that I do not use for sanitary reasons.  Instead, I screw off the sponge, and squeeze the product out.

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Fairy Drops Candy Bar BB Cream Applicator

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Fairy Drops Candy Bar BB Cream Tip

It comes in two colors, light ochre and ochre.  I use the ochre.  Swatch below.

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Fairy Drops Candy Bar BB Cream Ochre Swatch

Again, this is more like a foundation.  I just wanted to include it in this post as it is considered a BB cream.  It has no fragrance, and provides great coverage and lasts all day on me.  It provides more of a dewy finish.

My next favorite, again, is a Japanese product, Ettusais BB Mineral White ($35.00).  This does meet the criteria of BB cream-dom, as it has SPF 45 and conceals, corrects, and whitens.  It is also non-comedogenic and fragrance free.

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Ettusais BB Mineral White

It has a screw top cap.

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Ettusais BB Mineral White

It also comes in two colors – light beige and natural beige.  I use the natural beige, and it is a pretty good match.  This has a matte finish, and I have no problem with oxidation and it turning orange on my face as the day wears on.  Swatch below.

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Ettusais BB Mineral White Natural Beige Swatch

Next up is a Korean brand, Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB Cream ($22.00).  This BB cream is a color corrector, offers SPF 25, and skin treatment.  It comes in gorgeous purple and natural green.  The purple warms sallow skin, and the green hides redness.  I chose the green, as I have hyper-pigmentation issues as well as red areas on my face.

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Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB Cream

It has a pump dispenser.

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Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB Cream Applicator

On my medium/olive complexion, it is a bit light on it’s own.  It is better for me to use as a foundation primer, as it does conceal my aforementioned complexion flaws.  If you are fair complected, and need to conceal problem areas, this would probably be a great product for you.  Fragrance free.  Swatch below.

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Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB Cream Natural Green Swatch

Another great BB cream if you are more on the fair complected side, is the Lioele Triple the Solution ($28.00).  It provides SPF 30, whitening, and wrinkle care.

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Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream

It also has a pump dispenser.

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Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream Applicator

This formula is also a matte finish.  I do have a bit of a problem with oxidation, but I think it is because the formula is too light for my skin tone.  For the right complexion, I think it would be very buildable and give great results.  I believe the claims on the tube are a bit “lost in translation”.  Swatch below.  I believe you can tell it’s a tad light for me.

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Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream Swatch

The last two products are sample size.  Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Cream and Skin 79 Hot Pink Super Plus Beblesh (?) Balm.  Both are Korean BB creams.

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Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Cream and Skin 79 Super Plus BB Cream

I do like the Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Cream.  It works on my skin tone, and does not oxidize.  When I remove it at night, my skin feels great.  I also think it is a close match to my complexion.  It has SPF 45, anti-aging, and skin brightening ingredients.

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Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Cream Swatch

As far as the Skin 79 Hot Pink Super Plus BB Cream, it was a miss for me.  It provides SPF 25, whitening, and wrinkle care.  The formula has the gray-ish cast, and I think you would look like you had a mask under your makeup, regardless of your complexion.  It is a best seller, and people LOVE it, but I am not a fan.

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Skin 79 Hot Pink Super Plus BB Cream Swatch

If you have an Asian market in your area, I’m sure you can purchase these products there.  If not, I have hyper-linked the items by highlighting to an online resource (that is where I purchase from).

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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*My June Drugstore Favorites*

Whew, a carnival of color in this post!! I want to feature items for the face first – a blush, concealer, and face brush.  All from your local drugstore!

Milani Baked Blush ($8.29) is becoming one of my faves! Of course, everyone is familiar with the 05 Luminoso, the stand-out coral blush with the gold tones that is incredibly beautiful on all complexions.  Below are two of my newest favorites:

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Milani Baked Powder Blush 06 Bellissimo Bronze Baked Powder Brush.

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Milani Baked Powder Blush 09 Red Vino

The Bellissimo Bronze is more of a gold “highlight” shade on me.  I have a medium/olive complexion, so it looks like golden shimmer on my skin.  It is beautiful,and may serve as a shimmery bronzer on fairer skins.

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Milani Bellissimo Bronze swatch

Swatch of the Red Vino – on my medium/olive skin, is a nice burgundy with golden highlights.  I can actually wear this and it does not look garish.  I think it might be better for fall, or to highlight my face when it becomes darker as summer progresses. It does have a nice amount of golden sparkle.  It may be a tad too dark on lighter complexions.

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Milano Baked Blush 09 Red Vino swatch

Below are L-R: Bellissimo Bronze, Red Vino, and Luminoso on the bottom.

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Milani baked blush Bronze Bellissimo, Red Vino, Luminoso

Next up is L’Oreal’s new concealer, True Match Super Blendable Crayon concealer ($8.95). My shade is medium/deep warm W6-7-8.

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L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer

LOVE it!  It is truly blendable, and not heavy or cakey.  It comes in a multitude of shades, so you’re sure to find your perfect match.  Dark circles aren’t really an issue for me – I have problems with hyper-pigmentation and redness.  This covered my brown patches and redness.  The coverage is buildable, and doesn’t gunk up on your face.  Since it is a crayon, it does provide heavier coverage than a liquid, but easier to blend than a stick concealer.

Final face favorite – the Real Techniques setting brush ($7.99).  I did not know this was the line by one of the Pixiwoo sisters!

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Real Techniques setting brush

It is a small brush, about 6 inches long.  I have found so many uses for it!  It is a great powder setting brush for under the eyes.  It is also perfect for applying highlighter powder to tops of cheeks, bridge of nose, forehead.  Great solution for those small spaces on your face.

On to the eyes…..

The product I’m most excited about is the L’Oreal Double Extend Eye Illuminator mascara ($9.99)!  It comes in different combinations to enhance your natural eye color.  Having brown eyes, I got the “Black Quartz”.  What I love about it is that it deposits a very light shimmer on your eyelashes!  It is not “in your face” glitter.  Just a very subtle something “extra” that is very pretty!  You can kind of see the sparkle on the tube below….

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L’Oreal Double Extend Eye Illuminator mascara

The right half of the tube is your mascara (it is black for the one I purchased).  It does a great job of lengthening and volumizing.  The left half of the tube is where the pretty sparkle comes from!  The Black Quartz is a bronze shimmer.

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L’Oreal Double Extend Eye Illuminator Black Quartz swatch

Pretty effect without being over the top.  I think it is perfectly suitable for office/daytime.

Next, I think this item has been blogged to death, but I, too, am going to jump on the band wagon.  When I first read everyone going nuts for a nude eye pencil, I thought, “Huh? What’s the point??”.  I get it now.  Those days when you are dog tired, didn’t get enough sleep (insomnia has been my constant companion for the past several weeks), and are looking to your makeup drawer for a miracle, this little pencil can work wonders!  It’s the Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal pencil in “Nude” ($4.49).

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Rimmel ScandalEyes Nude Kohl Kajal pencil

A tried and true makeup trick to wake up tired eyes is to line your lower inner lash rim with a frosty white.  I think it looks more natural to use the nude shade, and you get the same eye-opening results.  Since this formula is waterproof, it stays put. I usually line my lower rim, and then my lower lash line from the inner corner halfway.  Use my regular eye pencil outer corner to middle.   Using this every day!  Take that insomnia!

I’m going to combine the next 2 items into one paragraph.  It is Milani again!  I love the Milani Liquid Eye Liquid-Like Eyeliner pencil and their Brow Fix kit!  This eye pencil is the smoothest liner I have ever used.  It is “fluid” like a liquid, but much easier to control.  It lasts all day on me as well.  I think it gives Urban Decay 24/7 liners a run for their money!  It also comes in more color offerings now than when they first came on the market.  These are definite must-owns!  Trust me, you will LOVE them!  You can make a fine, thin line, or smudge out for a more smoky effect. The brow kit is awesome as well.  I have very sparse brows that need to be filled in and I have to draw them into a shape.  Of all the brow solutions I’ve tried, powders work best for me.  The brow kits have two different shades of brow powder, as well as a highlighter, and come with tweezers, brow brush, and applicator sponge.  I do use a full-size eyebrow brush, not the one in the kit.  They also come in 2 shades, depending on your hair color.

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Milani Liquid Eye Liquid-like Eyeliner Pencil

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Milani Brow Fix kit

Final eyes item – Ardell Accent Lashes ($3.49).  These are half-lashes.  Perfect if you are new to falsies, or have small eyes like me that really benefit from half-lashes. You put them on the outer half of your eyes.  I think they look more natural than the full set falsies, and for the life of me, I cannot do the individual lashes.  I get about 10 wears per pair (if I take care of them).  Just adds that little bit of va-va-voom when you need it!  They come in all sorts of lengths/fullness/thickness.

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Ardell Accent Lash

My final June favorite is a hair product, John Freida Clear Shine Luminous Glaze ($9.99).  It is more like a hair treatment.  It is not permanent, and won’t affect your hair color, even if you color your hair.  It makes your hair very shiny and smooth.  You can either use before every shampoo, or as a weekly treatment.  As a weekly treatment, you totally saturate your hair with the product before washing.  Let it sit for 20 minutes, and shampoo/condition as usual.  My hair is very fine, so I use it every 2 weeks, and it works for me.  How long the bottle lasts will depend on your hair length/thickness.  It smells fabulous too!

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John Freida Clear Shine Luminous Glaze

One last DIY cute nail idea – Essie Blanc and In The Cab-ana.  Use a dotting tool for the polkas!

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Polka Dot Nail Art

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Hello Everyone!  Hope your weekend is going just peachy keen!  I am going to just jump right into my thoughts on the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (not really – I find I have to ramble a bit first).  But in short – I.LOVE.IT.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

In Augusta, GA (where I live), we do not have access to an Armani makeup counter (or Chanel, or Cle de Peau, etc – any super high end makeup).  In short, we don’t have a Nordstrom.  But hey!  We just got a Whole Foods and a Homegoods and a DSW.  So I shouldn’t bitch.

Anyways, when I was in New York with my blogger friends, I visited the Sephora in Times Square (duh!).  I was so excited that they carried Armani!  So I got matched, exchanged some cash, and he came back to Georgia with me.

As a rule, I am pretty faithful to my foundations.  If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will see all sorts of posts on a variety of makeup, but not the stuff I put on mah face!

My Holy Grail foundation has been the Chantecaille Future Skin, and my review is here.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

These days, I only use high end foundations.  Why?  Reason #1 – I am old.  Reason #2 – I am hard to match (Japanese/White), and higher end foundations have way more shade options for a true match.  Reason #3 – I think you get what you pay for.  This foundation is available in 24 shades!!!

So, rambling done.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 5.75

I am a NC40 in MAC.  I have a rather dark medium/warm/olive/yellow/skin tone, and normal/dry skin.  I was matched to 5.75 in the Armani foundation.  PERFECT!!!

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

This baby comes with a pump and  is a dream formula to work with!!!  I apply it with my favorite Shiseido brush (I am half-Japanese after all!!!).  It buffs so easily into the skin, and gives a dewy, flawless finish.  Coverage is medium, but buildable to full coverage.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 5.75 Swatch

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 5.75 Swatch

I am not a regular user of face primers.  But with this foundation, you do not need one.  It is so awesome, I think a primer would just get in the way of it’s wonderful-ness.

It does have a teeny bit of fragrance, but nothing that lingers once you apply.  It lasted pretty much the whole day on me, and didn’t oxidize to a weird color or settle in to my fine (and not so fine) lines.  I set it with an Hourglass Ambient Light Powder (not that it needed it).  However, since it is a “luminous” foundation, if you are oily, this may not be a great fit for you.

I love, love, love this foundation.  It is in my rotation with my beloved Chantecaille.  If you are in search of a new somethin/somethin, I wholeheartedly recommend this.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil Amarone

Hello my lovelies!!!  Getting back into my regular routine, slowly but surely.  Work has been totally crazy.  Been detoxing since my over-indulgent vacay.  I don’t even know where to start with products to review.  So, I picked up where I left off.  Again, I’m late to the Bite Beauty party (not as late as I was to NYX).  That being said, I want to share with you my review of Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil Amarone!!

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Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil Amarone

Bite Beauty is a line that uses food grade ingredients in their formulas.

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Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil Amarone

Yes, you can totally eat their lipsticks, if you choose.  Plus, they are loaded with Resveratrol, a super anti-oxidant found in skins of red grapes.  And red wine.  I should be good to go.  Their website states one application to your lips has the anti-oxidant power of 4 glasses of red wine.

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Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil Amarone

I am totally in love with this pencil!!!  It is so super pigmented, smells/tastes great, and applies so easily!!

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Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil Amarone

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Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil Swatch Amarone

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Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil Amarone

This color is like you ate a cherry popsicle, but had something moisturizing on your lips after.

 

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Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil Amarone

The formula is very soft, so when I sharpen my pencil, I put it in the freezer overnight, and sharpen the next day.  UPDATE – I am such a ditz sometimes.  I just realized this is actually a twisty tube.  So no need to sharpen.  I am leaving the tip though, because it does work if you have to sharpen anything soft/creamy.

Again, thanks for reading!!!

kxoxo

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Benjabelle Brush Tree Review

Hello Sweeties! I live in Augusta, GA, and we have a bit of a major golf tournament (The Masters) starting Monday.  We will be having visitors and house guests, so on top of getting extra bedrooms ready, we are still working on Operation: Getting Karen’s blog stuff into the office.  Have made big strides.  Will update later, as I wanted to share something fabulous that I just discovered.  A cool way to dry your makeup brushes!!!  This is my Benjabelle Brush Tree Review!

I’ve never seen/heard of anything like this.  It is a brush stand (tree) that allows you to dry your brushes facing downward, suspended, rather than laying them down on a towel on the side of your sink.  Your brushes dry quicker, and saves the ferrule from having water pool from laying on it’s side.  This baby is $19.99!

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Benjabelle Brush Tree

*There is no design on the top.  It’s just so dang shiny that the painting hanging above it is being mirrored on the surface.  Damn point and shoot camera.*

The Benjabelle Company is a collaboration of the creators, Benjamin + Jannabelle = Benjabelle.  They are a US based company, and their goods are made in the US.  They offer various sizes of these trees, to accommodate the busiest MUA/brush fanatic, to us “normal” (?) people.

I ordered the Daisy Brush Tree from their website.  Shipping was very quick!  Look at the cute packaging it came in!!!!  And it was packed very securely.

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Benjabelle Daisy Brush Holder Packaging

My tree holds 2 large brushes, 4 medium brushes, and 8 thin brushes.  Plenty enough for me!  It comes in 3 pieces – the top, and 2 legs.  Again, please excuse the photo, because everything (my blinds) are reflected in the pieces.  The legs look like some kind of trading cards! :(

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Benjabelle Daisy Brush Tree Assembly

The legs come together in an “X” pattern, and snap into the top of the holder.  Pretty easy.  And when you’re done, pop the legs out, and store it flat.  The magic is how you can dry your brushes!

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Benjabelle Daisy Brush Tree With Brushes

The rubber thingys hold your brushes tight.  No matter the size, you can adjust up/down to put them in the optimal drying position.  (I only had 1 large and 1 medium to wash, but did have 8 eye brushes – all different diameters).

Here’s a look at the rubber thingys, doing their thing!

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Benjabelle Daisy Brush Tree

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Benjabelle Daisy Brush Tree

Oy. Y’all know I have cats, and this awesome tree was attracting all kinds of things to it.  So pardon the hair!  A bit of static.  No worries!

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Benjabelle Daisy Brush Tree

Makeup brushes are an investment.  Washing them regularly is one thing, but having a great way to dry them seals the deal!  Check out the website, and find a Brush Tree for you!!!!

Again, thanks for reading! kxoxo

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Make Up Forever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

Hi everyone!  Cooler weather is approaching!  Living in a humid climate, the drop in temps for me equals no makeup meltdown, no super shiny face, no inner eye gunk boogies, and no sweating.  I can actually put foundation on and it will stay in place. If the base is solid, we’re golden.  So I decided to try the card sample I received in my Sephora order (purchased by me) for the Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation.  This formulation took MUFE six years to develop.  It is available in 26 shades!

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MUFE Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation sample

The full size ($36.00) comes in a compact with a sponge for application.

I received the sample containing “tan complexion” shades as follows:

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Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

I chose 153, Golden Honey as my shade.  It was a perfect match!  Now, you have options on how to apply.  You can use it wet with a sponge for a sheer, semi-matte finish.  Or dry for a full coverage, matte result.  Or you can combine the first layer with a wet sponge, then apply dry for a finishing powder.  So many combinations.  The powder is finely milled, buildable, and easy to use.  It is paraben-free, as well as no fragrance or mineral oil.

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Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation in Golden Honey

I decided to use it dry with my favorite foundation brush.  Though the circle is about the size of a half dollar, it gave me enough product to apply to my entire face, and go over some areas that needed it.  I did not use it over my eyes or under my eyes, as I was concerned about the powder settling into those little, teeny lines (that no one but me sees).  Right?  The powder was not chalky, and applied smoothly.  I believe the sample swatch was enough for me to make an informed decision.

Again, with foundation posts, I did not use anything other than the said foundation.  I did use a green color corrector on the red areas of my face that needed it, because this foundation did not include a concealer.  I am sure you could use a concealer brush wet and use the powder foundation as a concealer.  Kept the rest of my face neutral to showcase the foundation.  No finishing powder used at all.

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MUFE Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation Golden Honey

I LOVE this formula!  I will be definitely purchasing the full size.  I wouldn’t use it for a special occasion makeup, but when you’re in a hurry, and just want to make your skin good with a few strokes of a foundation brush (or wet sponge), and you know it’s going to stay in place, why not?  I wore this all day, and then to a dinner with friends.  The color remained true, there was no oxidation, and my skin still looked great.  I would definitely recommend this multi-use powder foundation.  Very easy to use, great coverage, lasted all day and into dinner, what’s not to love?

As always, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Marc Jacobs Cabaret and Shooting Stars

Hello beautiful people!  It’s been a weird week for me, and I’m behind in my blogging schedule – ugh.  I was lucky enough to snag the limited edition Marc Jacobs “Love and Lust” 1000 point reward from Sephora (way back when), so I wanted to share my thoughts on the two lip products that comprised the duo with you.

 

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Marc Jacobs Cabaret Lip Gel/Shooting Stars Lip Vinyl

I think this was one of Sephora’s best perks.  It consisted of a full sized Marc Jacobs LoveMarc Lip Gel in “Cabaret” and Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in “Shooting Stars”.

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Marc Jacobs Cabaret Lip Gel and Shooting Stars Lip Vinyl

Although it was “Limited Edition” only for Rouge VIP’s, it is now available on the Sephora website.

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Marc Jacobs Shooting Stars(top) and Cabaret(bottom) Swatches

Let me just say, I ADORE Marc Jacobs’ gloss!!!  (If you’ve been with me, you know I am not a fan of lip gloss).  This is the first MJ gloss I’ve ever tried.

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Marc Jacobs Lust For Lacquer Shooting Stars

It looks sparkly in the tube, but fear not.  Sephora describes this gloss as a “shimmering raisin berry”.

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Marc Jacobs Lust For Lacquer Shooting Stars

This gloss is honestly like “vinyl”.  It is extremely pigmented/opaque, super shiny on the lips, and comfortable to wear.  And it is plumping (i.e. – tingly when you apply).

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Marc Jacobs Lust For Lacquer Shooting Stars

Love, love, love this gloss.  It wore about 2-3 hours (as most glosses), but faded evenly into a really nice nude.  It was not sticky, gummy – just FABULOUS!

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Marc Jacobs Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl Shooting Star

I am also a huge fan of Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gels.

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Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel Cabaret

How gorgeous is this?  Sephora describes this as a “Deepest Cranberry”.

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Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel Cabaret

A bit pink on me….

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Marc Jacobs Lovemark Lip Gel Cabaret

It is more “berry” on me than “cranberry”.

But I love the pigmentation/wear – everything I’ve always loved about Marc Jacobs Beauty!

Oh, and I did a little something to my hair color.  Stay tuned!!!

Again, thanks for reading!!!  kxoxo

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At Home Pedicure

Hello beautiful people!  This weekend is going to be a full-on concert weekend!  We are going to see Bruno Mars Friday, and Hall & Oates Sunday.  I am super excited!!  I am a major music person, so concerts are the perfect evening for me.  As I was inventorying my closet for what I might wear, I realized that I really needed to get my toes done because I would be wearing sandals of some sort.  Of course there was no way I could squeeze in a nail salon trip beforehand, so I decided to give myself an at home pedicure.

I give my toes a break over the winter by not wearing any polish, so my feet are a hot mess.  I started doing my own pedicures last summer because there always seemed to be a long wait at the nail places.  Plus, it saves me $25.  This is a quick, down-and-dirty pedi.  Minus the massage chair, foot massage, and cute nail designs.  So, just “pick ca-lah, Miss”, and off we go!

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At Home Pedicure Supplies

This post will feature my photography assistant Murphy.  First thing you will need is a cheap-o plastic dish pan (Dollar Store or Walmart) to soak your tootsies.

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At Home Pedicure

Before I start, I trim my nails and file them down.  I got these cute clippers and emery boards in the clearance section at Marshalls.  I prefer these foam emery boards because they don’t shred your nails.

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At Home Pedicure

I like to use a foot soak and a scrub.  You could also put epsom salts in the water, or use just plain H20.

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At Home Pedicure Soak and Scrub

I use very warm water to soak in, then scrub, scrub, scrub!  Especially the heels.

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At Home Pedicure

Next comes the not-so-pleasant part.  The actual clean-up of the nails and sloughing off all the dead skin the scrub didn’t take care of.

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At Home Pedicure

That silver tool on the far left is great for getting your toenails cleaned out, and you can use it also to gently push your cuticles back.  I found the pink pumice stone at Marshalls too.  There is one on the back of the foot brush as well.  The one on the far right is from the Asian market, and in my opinion, works the best (and cheap).  After I use the pumice all over my feet, I go back over it with the brush.  And back into the dish pan.

Then, completely dry my feet off and polish my toes!  These foam things are completely optional.  I personally don’t really care for them.

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At Home Pedicure

For my toes, I don’t use a base coat or top coat.  The only thing I use is a quick dry thingy.

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At Home Pedicure

My choice of color was Zoya Bevin.  I usually go for super bright ass colors on my toes, but this one spoke to me.  If I’m in a hurry, I use just the dry quick because I can just slather it on messily and be done.  I used Essie this go round because it was the first one I found.  You can use whatever brand you want, as I’m sure it’s all the same thing.  If I’ve got some time, I will use a fast dry top coat.  You have to be a little more precise with that.  If you don’t use any kind of quick dry product, you are missing out.  You just apply, and within a few minutes, your nails are dry to the touch.  I always do my nails about an hour before bed to give them a chance to completely dry, and this stuff ensures I don’t get the dreaded sheet marks on them.

Voila!  All done!  I know feet aren’t the most beautiful things in the world, and I was going to omit the picture.  But I kind of felt the post wouldn’t be complete without the finished product.

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At Home Pedicure

They’re shiny because I really slathered on the dry quick.  And I told you I do my nails before bed.  Yes, cow pajamas.  The cow jumping over the moon actually, a la “Hey Diddle Diddle”.  Don’t judge.

Slather on some peppermint foot lotion, and off to bed!!!

What are you up to this weekend?

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Nude Eye Palette Review

Hey Sweeties!  I hope you are all having a great weekend.  I am so envious of those who are at the IMATS in LA this weekend!  I am really enjoying seeing all the photos on Twitter and  Instagram.

In the meantime, I am at home, cleaning the house and doing bunch of really un-glamorous stuff.

I DO have a glamorous addition in my life that I want to share with you.  I have been a fan of Bobbi Brown’s foundations and skincare for years.  However, I have never used any of her “makeup”.  When I saw her “New Year, New You” promo, I was instantly enamored.  She has launched a Nude Glow line (Limited Edition), and I am pleased to present my Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Nude Eye Palette review! Bobbi’s Nude Glow promotes luminous, nude, skin-tone enhancing color.  In essence, you-but-better.  The collection consists of Crystal, for extra light/light complexions; nude, for medium complexions; and bronze, for medium to dark complexions. Initially, I was captivated by the Crystal eye palette.  But being it was for fair complexions, I chose Nude.  It is a beautiful palette also!  I love just looking at it!

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Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Nude Eye Palette

I couldn’t photograph the compact, as it is silver and every shot I attempted had my neurotic photographer self in the shot.  The packaging is ultra luxe, and snaps together like it’s magnetic.  I do see it will be a royal pain to keep clean.  But who cares when the palette is so utterly gorgeous???

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Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Nude Eye Palette

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Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Nude Palette

I must admit, when I first swatched these shadows, I was not impressed.  My coloring may be more suited for the Bronze line.  I thought I’d just return the palette.  But I so loved the colors, and I experimented with them a bit.  They are very creamy, easy to blend, and I adore the sparkle shades.  Minimal fallout for me!  The swatches below do not do these colors justice, as I am rather olive complected, and I did have to BUILD the colors up on my arm to even get the colors to show up (hence, my wanting to return the palette).  But once I played with them, I really do love the formula.  The sparkle colors are even appropriate for work!

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Top to bottom: Dove Grey, Nude, Ballet Pink, Cement

Again, I am pretty olive complected, so I had to really build up the colors on my arm for the swatch.  When I used them on my eyes, they were much more forgiving.  So, keeping this lovely palette! Thanks for reading!  kxoxosignaturenew

Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick Review

I have had this Dior Extreme Lipstick for quite a while now.  It was stored away in my previous Fall lipstick stash.  I found it tonight, and thought I would review it for you, as Fall will be here soon.  It really is a great lipstick!

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Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick

This is Dior Addict’s long wearing formula; hence, “extreme”.  It is soft and creamy with a very glossy, shiny finish.  It is very easy to apply, and the color is build-able.  It is unscented, as far as I can tell.  Still in the signature Addict packaging, but all in black!  I chose color 987, “Black Tie” ($31.00).

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Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick Black Tie

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Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick Black Tie

I know it looks awfully dark and, indeed, EXTREME.  The color in the tube is totally deceiving.  It is actually a very pretty berry/wine color.  Swatch below:

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Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick Black Tie swatch

It does last, especially for a glossy finish lipstick.  It stays on me for about four hours.  I do have to touch up after eating or drinking.  It is also very moisturizing, and doesn’t dry out your lips like many of the long-lasting formulas do.  Here it is on me:

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Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick Black Tie

I feel any glossy finish lipstick that actually lasts is worth the price.  This Dior lipstick is very rich in color, comfortable, and I would definitely buy it again.  I am looking forward to wearing it again this Fall!

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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ColourPop Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencils

Hello my peeps!  I have spent the better part of this week still trying to get over this crud.  I mean, seriously, how much snot can one person’s head produce!! Where does it come from?  My head and sinuses are still so full of pressure.  Ugh.  Thank goodness someone invented the Neti Pot.  If they hadn’t, I think my noggin would have exploded leaving behind something akin to ectoplasm!  As in “Ghost Busters”.  Me, sink, saline solution, warm water, Neti, and kleenex have been one these past few days.

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ColourPop Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencils

Despite all my congestion issues, I wanted to share my thoughts on the ColourPop Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencils.  Afterwards, I have a date with my sink.  And Neti.

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ColourPop Lippie Stix And Lippie Pencils (top to bottom: Bichette, Dalia, Creature)

My picks were Bichette, Dalia, and Creature. All three are matte formulas.

As with my last ColourPop Eye Shadow review, my pics are all over the place (thank you head cold and meds).

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ColourPop Lippie Stix And Lippie Pencils Swatches (L-R: Bichette, Creature, Dalia)

I ordered both the Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil in Bichette and Creature.  I got the Lippie Stix only for Dalia.  I figured the Lippie Pencil for Creature would work for Dalia, and it did!

I thought about doing different photos for pencil alone, pencil with stix, stix alone. But it would have been way too photo heavy and I would have had to spread it out into several posts.  So I will consolidate it for you.

Bichette:

The Lippie Liner is an exact match for the Lippie Stix.

ColourPop describes it as “deep red wine”:

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ColourPop Bichette Lippie Stix And Lippie Pencil Closeup

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ColourPop Lippie Stix And Lippie Pencil Bichette

On me it is a lighter, cool toned red.  I lined my lips with the pencil, and filled in with the stix.  You could fill your lips with the pencil first, then apply the stix; but it is so pigmented, there’s really no reason to.  The pencil keeps the color in check from fading/bleeding.

Creature:

Again, the Lippie Liner is an exact match for the Lippie Stix.

ColourPop describes it as “deepened blackened burgundy red”:

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ColourPop Lippie Stix And Lippie Pencil Creature Closeup

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ColourPop Lippie Stix And Lippie Pencil Creature

On me, it is more of deep berry/burgundy.  In this photo, I also lined my lips with the pencil, and filled in with the stix.  Again, this shade is so pigmented, you really don’t need to double dip.

Dalia:

The lippie pencil for Creature actually works for this color.

ColourPop describes it as “deep warm burgundy wine”:

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ColourPop Lippie Stix Dalia

My lips aren’t lined with the Creature pencil, but it does work.

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Honestly, Creature and Dalia are very close in color.  Though it’s hard to tell in the photos, Dalia has a bit of a copper/brown tinge to it, as you can see in the swatches.  But they can share a Creature or Dalia lip pencil interchangeably.

Since matte formulas and darker shades are my favorite, I am really happy with my choices from ColourPop.  They have performed great on a day-to-day basis with bold colors that last.  Matching lip pencils are always a plus.  Since I do tend lean towards bolder shades, having a lip pencil to help keep it in line is awesome.

I am very impressed with the matte formulas that I chose.  They were very pigmented, easy on the lips, and had great staying power.  After eating/drinking, you do need a touch up.  The lipsticks were never drying/uncomfortable on the lips.

If you do use a lippy pencil all over your lip, and apply the lippy stix, your color won’t budge.  A bit of overkill for my color picks, but in lighter/neutral shades, I would recommend it if you are needing a bit of extra staying power.

Again, thank you for reading!  xoxo

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A Few MAC Pigments

Hello beautiful people!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable three day weekend!  Mine was perfect because my Dawgs had an awesome victory Saturday!  It was hot as the blue blazes in Athens, and I was miserable in the stadium.  But we won and we looked pretty darn good.  Fingers crossed for a fabulous season.  Not gonna lie, I’m ready for some cooler temps.

Okay, onto more girly subjects.  We adore all things MAC, so I thought I’d share with you a few MAC pigments that I adore!

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A Few MAC Pigments

Let me begin my saying I did not know MAC had a “Sized To Go” collection of some of their most popular items.  They are smaller, travel friendly products that happen to include eight shades of pigment!  I did a beauty swap with the gorgeous Dani from The Love of Lipstick, and she included two of these in my box.  Definitely check out the “Sized To Go” selection for a less expensive way to try out some MAC items you’re interested in!

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(L-R) MAC Tan Pigment, MAC Rose Pigment

“My own” descriptions to follow (all are “frost” formulas):

“Tan” is a rose gold color.  Very pigmented yet not over the top.  “Rose” is a bronzey-pink; very warm but not a stark pink, so you don’t look like you’ve got an eye infection when you wear it.

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(L-R) MAC Violet Pigment, MAC Copper Sparkle Pigment

“Violet” is a bright, yet subdued purple.  “Copper Sparkle” is one of my favorites.  It has a rather metallic finish, and really does look copper!

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(L-R) MAC Melon Pigment, MAC Blue Brown Pigment

These are the “Sized To Go” beauties Dani sent me.  “Melon” is a gorgeous, peachy/golden color (think fantasy cantaloupe).  “Blue Brown” I believe is now my absolute favorite pigment.  It is like a duochrome – a rich cinnamon with teal flecks.  *swoon*

Swatches?

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MAC Pigment Swatches (L-R) Blue Brown, Melon, Violet, Copper Sparkle, Rose, Tan

Another angle:

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MAC Pigment Swatches top to bottom Tan, Rose, Copper Sparkle, Violet, Melon, Blue Brown

Don’t be intimidated by MAC pigments.  They make for a gorgeous lid color on their own, or to add bling to your finished look.   Since they are so frosty, you may experience some fallout.  Using a tissue under your eyes to catch it helps.  However, if I am going to be using pigments, I wet my brush with MAC Fix+ (water works just as well) before applying.  It definitely makes the color more vibrant!

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MAC Pigment Swatches With Fix+

For comparison purposes, I doused my arm with Fix+ for this shot.  It definitely makes the color more vibrant/wet looking!

Either way, MAC pigments are fabulous!

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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L’Oreal Extraordinaire Plum Adagio

Hey lovies!  You all know I have been trying to find a lip gloss that I can like, as well as lightening up my lipstick choices.  I have a ton of new stuff that I’m trying out, but I found this review that should have been posted before now (btw, it is neither a gloss or a lighter color).  This is the L’Oreal Extraordinaire Plum Adagio review.  It’s going to be a quickie.

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L’Oreal Extraordinaire Plum Adagio

This lipstick review almost did not make it onto the blog.  I am a novice photographer (as I’m sure you can tell if you’ve visited my blog before!).  Reflective surfaces are NOT fun to attempt to photograph.  Especially when you don’t have the proper setup/camera to do it.  It took me this whole week to work on the pics.  They aren’t perfect, so please pardon them.  However, I did manage to finally figure out how to not get my crazy, blurry reflection on the tube.  I was about to pull my hair out in frustration.  So, I reckon in the future, packaging will influence what I review.  Haha!

Anyways, onto this awful to photograph but gorgeous lipstick!  It is a liquid lipstick.  I wouldn’t really consider it a lip gloss.

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L’Oreal Extraordinaire Plum Adagio

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It is a beautiful deep plum shade that applies like a gloss with a doe foot applicator.  It is also super shiny like a gloss.  What I love about it is that it is not sticky at all.  If you like your glosses sticky, this will be a disappointment.

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L’Oreal Extraordinaire Plum Adagio

Aaaah, such a lush shade!

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L’Oreal Extraordinaire Plum Adagio swatch

Since the color is so deep, it did settle into my lip lines, and bleed ever-so-slightly.  The  color wore between 2-3 hours before it needed a touch up.  It fades completely.  It is very comfortable, and I did not end up with any of it on my front teeth.  It has no fragrance to speak of.  This is the only color I’ve tried, but I believe the lighter shades will not have the settling/bleeding problem.  I think it is just more noticeable with this particular color.  I really like the formula, so I will be trying the lighter shades.  Since that is my new goal.

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L’Oreal Extraordinaire Plum Adagio

Yes, I know the eyelashes are cray cray.  I was playing around with double lashes.  Definitely not easy to apply.  So this also a PSA on how not to appear in public with your false lashes askew.  You’re welcome.

Again, thank you for reading!  kxoxo

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