Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss {Review}

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tipsy, blissful, flush, fearless, park avenue princess, blushing bride, exposed, true love, natural beauty 

Inspired by tarte’s award-winning lip tints, this glossy addition to the LipSurgence™ family will perfect your pout with a brightening pop of color and lasting shine. Delivers all the plumped-up benefits of a gloss and pigmented performance of a tint in an antioxidant-rich formula. Each ultra-hydrating, vanilla flavored lip gloss imparts natural-looking color to enhance your complexion while drenching lips in moisture and mega-watt, non-sticky shine. Infused with vitamin E, jojoba seed oil and flower extract, this multi-tasking formula helps smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles while moisturizing dry lips for a healthy, plumped-up appearance that lasts. The unique applicator wand features an ergonomic tip that gently glides around the shape of your lips for a foolproof application every time.

tipsy-sheer coral

blissful-warm peach

flush-berry rose

fearless-shimmering pink coral

park avenue princess

blushing bride-mauve pink

exposed-nude rose

true love-watermelon 

natural beauty-sheer shimmering red

My thoughts:
I think some of the colors are worth the $19 price tag whereas personally I probably wouldn't spend that money just for a neutral glittery gloss. I'm more of a lipstick wearer than a gloss wearer because I do want that pigmented color and I'm not as big of a fan of a glossy look. Some of the glosses had a more noticeable vanilla scent whereas others I could barely smell it and the gloss had more of just a plain gloss type smell.

These do have a slightly sticky and tacky feel to them. It's nothing that was too irritating to me, but if you don't like a gloss that is sticky at all, you may not like these. You can definitely tell that you have something on your lips, but they aren't uncomfortable to wear. As the gloss wears, you can still feel a slight stickiness on your lips. Some of the more opaque matte shades did a better job at minimizing the lines on my lips whereas some of the more sheer and glittery shades made them noticeable. The staying power was pretty good for a gloss, around 4 hours or so.

 My personal favorite color is True Love which is a gorgeous pure red color with amazing pigmentation, especially for a gloss. If I had to pick just one color out of this collection, that is the one that I'd pick. I think it's a red that would be flattering on a lot of women and it's definitely worth the price tag. My second pick would be Blushing Bride as it is just such a nice wearable everyday neutral. I like that this is more opaque than some of the other neutral colors and that it doesn't have glitter in it. A lot of it is just a personal preference in color, pigmentation and finish. I really don't think you can go too wrong with any of these colors as I found all of them to be flattering. While these aren't my favorite of the entire line of Tarte products as I'm more of a fan of lipstick like products like the LipSurgence Power Pigments, I was not disappointed overall with these in the gloss category. I think gloss fans will probably delight in this collection.

If you haven't checked out my review on the cheek stains and power pigment lipsurgences, you can do so here. True Love was also one of my favorites of that bunch. Tarte had such a great Spring collection and I'm so excited they've extended that greatness to their Summer collection. Stay tuned as I'll be bringing you more thoughts and reviews on some Tarte Summer 2014 products!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LORAC Lip Luxe Lip Color {Review}

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Get a strong, sexy pout with LORAC Lip Luxe 8 Hour* Lip Color! These long-lasting, velvety-smooth lip colors are paraben-free and infused with anti-aging antioxidants of Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Vitamins C & E to help your luscious lips look healthy and full. This highly-pigmented, 8 hour formula stays put without bleeding or feathering with luxurious matte color that lasts! Retails $16.

Orchid, True Red, Hot Pink 

Orchid, Hot Pink, True Red 

My thoughts on the LORAC Lip Luxe Lip Colors:
These provide really pigmented color that is easy to apply. When first applied, they really do feel moisturizing on your lips. The first few times I wore the colors, they really did last all day. I noticed uneven fading but that wasn't until the end of the day and it was much slighter than other products I've tried. 

This leaves a slight subtle stain on your lips. I did notice towards the end of the day, my lips could use a little extra moisture so I'd recommend a clear balm or gloss as the day goes on. I'm really impressed with the color selection, pigmentation and long wearing qualities of these lip products. They're actually reasonably priced for a higher end brand at $16 and I think you'll well get your money's worth. Of course as I'm obsessed with purple right now, Orchid is my favorite and I've been wearing it nearly every day!

What do you think of these lip products? Which is your favorite color? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Beauty Blog Coalition May Day Giveaway

Hello all! Today I've got a great giveaway for you with some of my favorite bloggers from the Beauty Blog Coalition. We're giving away three different gift cards, one in the amount of $500, one in the amount of $250 and one in the amount of $130! That's a heck of a lot of cash to win, so enter and good luck to you!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Lancôme Lip Love Dewey Color {Review}

Now that Spring is upon us, it's time to switch out some of your makeup and replace the old with the new. Finding that perfect new combination of lip and eye color can take a little work, time and searching. Lancôme however has made it easy for us this season with their new Lip Love lip gloss products and their new color selections from the Hypnotic Eyes collections. Keep reading for some photos, swatches and thoughts on a couple of these new products!

About Lancome Lip Lover:
A dewy intense lip color that creates shine and color without sacrificing moisture. Captivating color intensity combines with the hydration of a balm in this new three-in-one elixir formula. The balmy base provides up to eight hours of moisture while a smoothing layer reduces the appearance of fine lines and creates a dewy shine. Finally, the saturated pigments provide the ultimate in color pop.

332 Beige Adage 

My thoughts on Lancôme Lip Love Dewey Color Lip Perfector:
  • I'm loving the balm gloss combination. 
  • This has a really great feel on application that is not too sticky or tacky
  • The wand is flexible, easy to use and makes application even easier 
  • This retails for $23 and is is smaller at .15 fl oz which is the only really draw back
  • The top comes off by pushing a small silver button which clicks nicely back into place
  • I'm loving this pinky beige shade for Spring, it's a perfect pop of color and since it's long wearing, I don't have to worry or think about it after application. 
  • I've been pairing this gorgeous lip color with a new Color Design single called Café Crème from their Hypnotic Eyes collection. This is a perfect neutral to act as a base or a stand alone color to brighten your eye area. 

Have you tried these new products from Lancome? I was a huge fan of their products and their lip products before this, but I'm an even bigger fan now. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer

Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer 
I use to be able to wake up and really put on minimal makeup, but as I get older, a good concealer is a much needed product in my makeup arsenal. Finding the perfect concealer can be a bit of a battle. I'm a huge fan of Laura Mercier products and the high quality of her products, so I figured the new high coverage concealer may also be a good fit for me!

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New to Laura Mercier counters April 1st. Helps to conceal under eye circles and fake a well-rested night of sleep. This unique 3-in-1 concealer was designed to cover, de-puff and brighten under eye circles. The highly pigmented formula builds and blends flawlessly for professional makeup artist result and lasts all day. The concealer was formulated with honey, vitamin E and fruit acid to nourish and smooth skin, and comes in 12 shades, so you can find your perfect match. Apply to under eye area using fingers in a patting motion. And remember, a little goes a long way! Retails $28.

01 Light Beige with Pink Undertone 

My thoughts: 
This was definitely creamy and easy to apply and blend. I thought the coverage was a high level of coverage. I had a major blemish that sprouted up this week and even my usual go to concealer wasn't quite covering it. When I used Laura Mercier's High Coverage Concealer, that puppy was gone like it was never there to begin with. The only issue I saw is that some of the fine lines underneath my eye area were a little more visible. The shade I picked ended up being a touch too light for me as I've been able to get some sun this Spring, so I'll probably go a shade or two up for summer.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Make Up For Ever HD Blush and Pressed Powder

Make Up For Ever HD Cream Blush and HD Pressed Powder

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About HD Blush Second Skin Cream Blush in Peachy Pink
Unique formula melts on the skin for an extremely natural flush of color with a long lasting result. Its blendable, second skin texture allows for easy, controlled application.Formulated with the perfect balance of silica powder and synthetic mica, HD Blush has a soft focus effect that diffuses light for a radiant finish. Its blend of waxes and oils creates a lightweight texture that easily glides on the skin for a flawless result.

My thoughts on HD Creamy Blush:
This really is a great formulation and I'm loving the peachy pink color since it's natural looking and very wearable for all occasions. This is a cream blush that I think really would be hard to go wrong with. The application is easy. I just dip my brush in, apply to the apples of my cheeks and bring up to the hair line. It is super easy to blend and I think it would be hard to overdo it since the color is so natural looking. This is long wearing and definitely wears great throughout a long work day. 

About: HD Pressed Powder
This pressed finishing powder sets your makeup and slightly mattifies for a natural luminous finish without a trace of color. Innovative formula delicately balances a blend of three high-tech ingredients: synthetic mica, silicone powders and silica even out the skin tone with an invisible result. This unique combination of ingredients, thanks to its soft focus effect, instantly fades away the appearance of fine lines and imperfections. HD Pressed Powder’s lightweight, silky texture blends seamlessly and smoothes your skin. Colorless, suitable for all skin tones. 

My thoughts on HD Pressed Powder:
I'm usually not a fan of pressed powders, but I've been a huge fan of this lately. I've tried their loose HD Powder and really liked that product as well, but I think I'm an even bigger fan of the pressed powder. It truly is colorless and adds the perfect finishing touch to my makeup look. It makes my skin look really great and is soft to the touch.

I'm a huge fan of Make Up For Ever anyways and these are being embraced by that same love! I really see both products working well for most people. The HD powder applies clear so it is great for all skin tones. I really got a natural looking flush with the blush and a polished finished look with the powder. I think if you try these, you will fall in love as well!

What is your favorite MUFE product? Have you tried either of these? Comment and let me know what you think, I'd love to hear from you!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

How to Style your Spring with Kleenex

Thanks to Kleenex for sponsoring today's article.  #KleenexStyle 

Spring is such a wonderful time. The snow starts to melt, the days are longer and flowers start to bloom. The thing I love the most about Spring is just the energy that is in the air. People are in better moods, outdoor restaurant patios are full and laughter is in the air. This new energy after a long winter hibernation for me means some Spring cleaning and re-decorating. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to do this is with some of new Kleenex's designs and styles. If you're like me, a trip to the paper tissue aisle can become an event and picking that perfect pattern and color becomes a real selection process!

Find your style with Kleenex!
Kleenex partnered with Isaac Mizrahi to create 4 designs which are intended to evoke confidence and inspiration to help you express your personal style and step out of your comfort zone when it comes to incorporating the latest trends. Exclusively on the Kleenex style finder you can watch videos featuring Isaac Mizrahi where he provides his latest style advice and shares his own experience as a design leader for more than two decades. 

I searched for the design above as I'd love to pair it with some blues and teals in my living room, but I wasn't able to find it. I'll be keeping my eye out for this as I think it's beyond adorable and stylish. There were lots of other designs and selections though and I was very happy with the styles I picked. It was hard to pick exactly where to place the box as it looked great a lot of places. This is also super handy as my allergies are about to be in fuller swing as well when things start to bloom this season. 

As I'm often on the go and have multiple bags, purses and brief cases always in operation, it's super handy to have some of the Kleenex slim packs. I was impressed with the selection and design selections. These will definitely make a super cute addition to my pocket or I'll put in my bag on the go for easy access. 

Come Find Your Style Here
Design Tip:
 Mix different shades of the same color. Not everything has to match perfectly. As you can see, I love to mix and match varying shades of blues and yellows. Don't fret over not matching the color exactly, mix it up and have some fun!

Exclusively on the Kleenex style finder you can watch videos featuring Isaac Mizrahi where he provides his latest style advice and shares his experiences as a leader in design!

Which design is your favorite? Will you be doing some Spring cleaning and re-decorating? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!


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