Stories by: Stacey

Beauty, MakeupA Fresh Tarte

tarteIt’s always so great when a brand updates a product you already love–it’s kind of like your favorite product getting a new outfit or a kick ass new pair of shoes. (Can you tell I’ve been shopping a lot lately?) And those fabulous new outfits are now adorning the Cheek Stains and Power Pigment lip tints.

Tarte’s Power Pigments are lip tints are pencils that have a touch of mint to them, and are easily applied (you can do it without a mirror!) and give you some minty freshness with a decent amount of color. I love the way the pencils have the shade colors right on them so you can easily figure out which one you’re grabbing without having to open it (always a problem when you carry as many lip products as I do!). They also make my lips super soft because of the vitamins and shea butter, so they’re almost balm-like in a way. All of the eight fantastic shades were inspired by the colors of the Cheek Stain, making it even easier to go for a coordinated look if that’s what you’re after.

The Cheek Stains are the same they’ve always been, just with what they’re calling a makeover (a brand after my own heart!)  The sticks use the same easy push-up form as before and the colors still leave a good amount of natural looking color on your cheeks that lasts all day.  The containers are definitely smaller now so they’re easier to tote around with you or pack (always something to consider) and they look great paired with their matching Lip Pigments. All around, the new look these old favorites are sporting is fabulous. Check them out!

Beauty, MakeupA Most Radiant Universe

 

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This post is a little late due to technical difficulties on my part (i.e. my lack of internet access over the holidays, which was even worse than it sounds. Thank God for my iPhone, which helped a little. A very little…) but in a rare turn of events, that’s actually a good thing because I was planning a piece raving about the SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE holiday collection, but now that it’s post holidays, the collection is actually on sale. Don’t you love when that happens?

First, you’re going to want to pick up the Lavish Jewel Gloss Set (on sale for $15). There are four glosses in it, all in pretty shimming jewel tones and a total steal at less than $4 apiece! Then you’re definitely going to want to throw both of the Precious Metal Mousse Shadows in your cart (possibly with backups of both). The creamy eyeshadow mousse (with a really cool texture) comes in Silver and Gold – both gorgeous – with a fabulous metallic finish that shimmers and pops. You can use it all over your lid as a shadow, but you can also use it as a liner (because you know, holiday parties are now over). These were the unexpected standout of the collection for me, so don’t pass them up. READ MORE

FragranceA Taste of Honey

marc_jacobs_honeyI love Marc Jacobs anything, so I always get excited when he has a new product out. (You should’ve seen me the first time I laid eyes on his new makeup collection.  There were practically tears!)  So naturally, I was super happy finally to get my hands on his new scent, Honey. First of all, how cute is the bottle? Adorable, right? It just makes me smile when I look at it and love its bright cheerfulness and the little “bees” attached.But even more than the bottle, I love the scent itself. It’s so fruity and energizing and just the right fragrance that works for both day and night with notes of Pear, Juicy Mandarin, Orange Blossom, Peach Nectar, Apricot, Honeysuckle, Honey, Golden Vanilla and Smooth Woods. You can definitely smell all of the citrus notes in it, which is a plus for me and is very fresh and feminine, not overpowering or too heavy. READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupAdd Some Ambient Lighting

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Hourglass has quietly snuck up on me to become one of my favorite brands; I just love everything I’ve tried from them. Right now, I’m obsessed with their new Ambient Lighting Palette.  It’s a limited-edition palette that has three shades of their fabulous Ambient Lighting Powder in it – Dim Light and Radiant Light, which were already available, and a brand new one, Incandescent Light, which was made just for this palette.  The powders are used as a finishing touch to create an extra flattering glow.  They capture, diffuse and soften the way light reflects on your skin so it gives it a flawless appearance and just makes it look overall… better. (I know, that’s very vague, but really, that’s the perfect word.  It just looks better). I especially like to sweep one of them on for a night out because they almost make my skin look like it was lit from within–perfect for a candlelit dinner or a dark bar. The palette also comes with a deluxe mini sample of their fantastic Veil Mineral Primer, so if you haven’t tried that out and would like to before you commit to buying the full-sized version, here’s your chance. The palette’s skinny too, so even though it has three powders in it, you can still tuck it into your bag easily for a weekend away.  At $58, it’s a little bit of a splurge, but you’ll definitely get a lot of use out of it, so I say go for it!

Fitness & Health, FoodRitual Wellness Seasonal Cleanse

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Every once in a while, I get really fed up with my lifestyle of working a lot, eating far too much crappy food at the office (who can resist chips and fresh guacamole when it’s put right in front of you?) and just generally not getting nearly enough time to exercise as I would like. Most of the time, me getting fed up just involves me complaining about it to a friend, but this time I went all out and decided to do a cleanse. I’d previously done a juice cleanse with Ritual Wellness and really enjoyed the juices, so I decided to use them again since I’d had such a good experience. I opted for a three day cleanse – you can choose from either pre-set juices (the Classic Reset Cleanse, the Seasonal Reset Cleanse) or you can build your own cleanse and order whatever combination of juices you’d like.  I went with the three day Seasonal Reset Cleanse, which replaces one of the classic juices with one that uses the best seasonal fruit because as great as the green juices are, let’s face it, it’s nice to have another option during the day. There’s only so much green juice a girl can drink! READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupMagnificent Metals

stilaeyeJust in time for the holidays, Stila has introduced a collection of Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadows. They sent over five shades (out of the entire collection of 12) for me to check out and turns out, they are my favorite shadows that I’ve tried in a long time. Each shadow comes with a mini Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer and a little tray–you put a drop of the primer on the tray, then mix some of the shadow into it to create a sort of pasty concoction, which you then press onto your eyes with the tip of your finger. That sounds complicated but it’s actually easy and pretty fun, and the shadows are so, so gorgeous. They’re so shiny with an interesting foil finish and they glitter more than any shadow I can remember using recently. It’s a glitter explosion!  (Which means that you should also be careful when putting them on so you know, it’s not a literal explosion). These probably aren’t the kind of shadows you’re going to want to wear to work, but for a party or a night out, you can’t go wrong with any of the shades.  I’m partial to the Titanium and Vintage Black Gold shades myself, but they’re all nice and I kind of find myself wanting to own them all.  (You know, just in case…)  So fun!

Beauty, MakeupHarness all the Energy

SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Elemental Energy Eye Shadow Palette

I almost always love the SEPHORA + PANTONE collections when they come out every season and this fall is no exception.  The limited-edition products are meant to convey the energy of nature’s elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water – through color, texture and design.  It’s a really interesting idea – the colors were inspired by shifting climates and atmospheric conditions, so you get a wide spectrum of shades ranging from bolds to neutrals.  The collection includes a number of different products – Jumbo Eye Pencils, Molten Liquid Liners, etc… and so far I’ve had the opportunity to try out the Elemental Energy Eye Shadow Palette and three of the four Elemental Energy LacquersREAD MORE

Beauty, NailsThe Zenith of Holiday Nail Collections

Zoya Zenith Collection

As much as I love reds and golds, I am SO sick of them being all over every holiday collection.  I have way too many of them already!  So I was super happy when Zoya’s Winter Collection Zenith came in the mail and there wasn’t a red or gold to be found.  Genius!  It’s a smaller collection for them – only six shades – but it’s all icy blues, silvers and purples.  Exactly what I was craving for the holidays this year!  Here’s what you’ll find in the set:

  • Mosheen – a astro ice blue topper, perfect for layering over other shades to change up the way they look.
  • Dream – a deep space blue with holographic glitter (my favorite one!)
  • Payton – a galactic cranberry with holographic glitter (so unique and pretty – definitely the only one in my stash like it)
  • Belinda – a cosmic purple metallic
  • Cassedy – a celestial pewter metallic
  • Seraphina – a Polaris silver metallic

The whole collection is just really, really pretty.  There’s not a dud in the bunch, which doesn’t always happen.  And since it’s not made up of “holiday” colors, I know I’ll be able to wear it year round and enjoy it long past December.  So far, I’m really batting a thousand on the holiday releases.  Let’s keep it up, people!

Beauty, MakeupA Flawless Complexion

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I work long hours at the office and go out a lot of times afterwards (I mean, who doesn’t need an after work drink..every day), so I really need my makeup to last as long as possible. Because as much as I say I’m going to touch up after work, I really only do it about half of the time (or less) because it’s just a pain. If I’ve already set aside time for makeup during the day, I don’t want to do it again! I’m just lazy that way, ok? So I’m really loving the duo of Stila’s new CC Cream Stick and Stay All Day Concealer.   It’s quick, easy and gives me the look of a flawless complexion that lasts straight through after work drinks.  It’s the perfect combo!  READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupAll the Artisan Brushes

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MAKE UP FOR EVER has just put all the other brands on notice because they’re introducing a new Artisan Brush Collection that involves a whopping SEVENTY-SIX brushes. Seventy-six! I didn’t even know that many were possible! The brushes range from the kind that you’ll use every day to more specialized ones that you would only use on special occasions–there is seriously a brush for anything and everything you could ever want to do on your face or body. The creation of the brushes has been a five year process for MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Creator and Artistic Director, Dany Sanz: the construction of each brush involved twenty-five unique stages and each one was hand-crafted by a total of thirty people from beginning to end. That’s a lot of detail! READ MORE

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