I try so many different products, sometimes I can forget how fabulous it is when I find one that I really love. And then something like Zoya’s new PixieDust collection comes out and I find myself squeeing all over the place and texting all my friends to tell them they MUST buy it. This is why I love writing about products so much — because when you find one that’s so amazing you want to shout it from the rooftops, it’s just plain fun.
PixieDust is a collection of six new shades with a super cool finish – it’s textured, matte AND sparkling, all at the same time. (I know it sounds hard to believe, but I’m wearing one right now and that pretty much perfectly describes it). Here are the shades available right now:
- Dahlia – A sparkling black
- Chyna – A sparkling red
- Godiva – A sparkling nude
- Vespa – A sparkling green
- Nyx – A sparkling blue
- London – A sparkling grey
Every single one of these is gorgeous. Every. Single. One. I’m currently wearing Dahlia and I cannot stop looking at my hands. The color is super, super sparkly and you can definitely tell that it’s textured, but not in a very chunky way that can get annoying. And I love that they dry matte – it gives the shades an extra something special that other textured polishes don’t have. (more…)
If there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that I love a good body scrub. Nothing makes me feel cleaner (especially after the gym) than a nice long exfoliation session in the shower. It always leaves my skin super soft and glowy and there’s just something so satisfying about the process. My new scrub obsession is Farmhouse Fresh’s Coconut Beach Body Scrub. I’ve never tried a Farmhouse Fresh product that I didn’t love and this one only extends the streak. It smells ah-mazing – the pineapple-coconut scent immediately takes me to a tropical island right in my own bathroom (at least until I get out and remember that I have to make my own bed!) I like that it gets all the dry skin off without being harsh and thanks to the shea butter and coconut water, I don’t feel like I’ve stripped my body of any moisture after I’ve used it. It’s also 90% natural, which is great if you’re trying to cut down on the chemicals that you put on your body, and best of all, it comes in a plastic jar. If you’re not a klutz like me, this may not seem like a big deal to you, but plastic doesn’t shatter (very important when you’re handling slippery products) and it also won’t hurt nearly as much if you drop it on your foot. (If I could only count the times I’ve done that…) Love this one!
Ahh, spring. Even though I live in Los Angeles now and don’t really have to suffer through “winter” anymore, it still gets cold here (relatively speaking) and I’m still always excited when the new spring collections come out and remind me that warmer weather is just around the corner. So, naturally, I was super happy to get my hands on a few new products from Stila that just scream “Spring!”
The new Color Balm Lipsticks are a really interesting mix of lipstick, lip balm and lip gloss. They’re very pigmented, which I’m happy about because my pet peeve in lip products is when you spend a lot of money on them and then can barely notice that they’re on your lips. Luckily, that’s not the case here at all — I tried out Valentina, an orange poppy shade, and Gemma, a pink violet, and both of them have tons of color to them. However, they’re not only colorful, they’re also moisturizing and shiny (hence the balm and gloss aspects) and have two super cool touches to them — a mirrored cap for easy application on the go and the sides of the tubes have the word “Stila” printed on them with the color of the shade peeking through, so you don’t have to open the lipstick to see which shade you’ve got. Such a good idea!
I also tried out two of the new Stay All Day 3D Wet-to-Set Eyeshadow Trios. They come in several different color palettes and I tested First Light, a trio of browns and pinks, and Safari, which is greens and browns. Like the name suggests, you can use them dry or apply them wet for a more saturated color payoff. The shadows all blend easily and lasted the whole day on me (with a primer) when applied wet. If you’re a Stila addict like me, definitely check these out. What says “Spring is almost here” more than some new makeup?!
There’s nothing I hate more than being greasy or dirty, so for the longest time, I avoided trying Josie Maran’s Argan Oil, even though I’d heard nothing but great things about it. I was afraid that if I used it, it would make me feel oily or it wouldn’t soak in and I would have to shower again (or wind up looking like I hadn’t showered at all). Well I finally gave in and got a bottle of it to try… and I was so, so wrong. You guys, it’s fantastic! The older I get, the more I appreciate multi-purpose products and this is so that. You can use it in a myriad of different ways, including as your daily face moisturizer, in your hair to treat split ends, on your nails to soften your cuticles, on rough patches of skin on your body (like your elbows or knees), or even as a bath oil in the tub. I’ve done all of those now except used it in a bath and I’m kind of obsessed with it.
The product itself is a 100% pure Argan Oil that’s grown organically in Morocco. It’s cold pressed to make sure that it’s the best quality, highest-grade oil, and it comes in a recyclable glass bottle that was purchased from women’s cooperatives in Morocco to help support their social and economic welfare. Kinda cool, right? And I love that it dispenses the oil from a dropper – it makes it easy not to use too much at once and waste it. It’s just a super moisturizing product that absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave any greasiness afterwards – perfect to use on the go or at night when it has even more time to sink in and do its job. I just love the way it leaves my skin looking. If only I’d tried it sooner!
MAKE UP FOR EVER and I have been having a little bit of a love affair this year, so I was really excited to try their new Pro Finish Multi-Use Foundation. I’m not normally a huge fan of powder foundations – I’m definitely more of a liquid foundation kind of girl – but if you’re looking for a light to medium coverage foundation that’s easily portable, this one might be right up your alley.
Like almost all of MAKE UP FOR EVER’S products, it’s available in a huge selection of shades, which is fabulous. I’m so glad we’ve come such a long way from the days when foundations were available in five or so different colors. That was the worst, right? You can apply Pro Finish with the sponge included in the compact in two ways – wet or dry. Applying it dry gives you more coverage and a matte finish, wet gives you sheerer coverage and a satin finish. The coverage is definitely buildable, but I’d say if you’re looking for serious coverage, I’d still go with a liquid foundation over this – Pro Finish is more medium coverage (at least on me). I love the texture of this powder and how easily and perfectly it blends into my skin (make sure you get color matched to ensure that you buy the perfect shade for your skin tone). On me, it lasts almost all day so there’s really no need to reapply, but if you’re heading out for the night after work, it’s easy to just toss the compact in your bag for touch ups on the go. I do wish it had an SPF in it, but since I always wear sunscreen anyway, that really isn’t too much of a sticking point. The love affair continues!
I buy so many “big” name brand makeup and body care items that one of my favorite things is when I can discover a smaller, more indie brand that isn’t in every single store yet. It feels like a great achievement, like I’m in on a secret that the rest of the world doesn’t know yet. (Plus, it always feels good supporting smaller businesses). My newest band obsession is S.W. Basics of Brooklyn. All of their products are made in small batches by actual people (imagine that!) in Brooklyn and they’re ethically sourced with holistic ingredients. It’s so nice to know that what you’re putting on your body doesn’t have any chemical or “bad” ingredients. As the company says, their products are “super-simple, pared down blends of the absolutely essential ingredients needed for effective, truly all-natural skincare.” (more…)
If you’re all booked up with holiday parties this season (and really, who isn’t? I never thought I’d say this, but I could really use a night on my couch!) you’re going to definitely want to pick up Too Faced’s The Return of Sexy Eye Shadow Palette. I think it might be my favorite shadow palette of the season, and that’s saying a lot because I’ve gotten my hands on some good ones this month. (more…)
When it comes to the holidays, I love any makeup that’s shimmery, sparkly, glittery… pretty much anything that makes me seem “dressed up.” It just makes holiday getting ready more fun. Laura Mercier’s new Illuminating Eye Colours are perfect to fulfill this need in my life this time of year.
They’re fabulously pigmented and can be used wet or dry, plus they have an amazing pearl finish. It’s shimmery without being overly glittery, so you can easily wear them during the day, as well as out at night. I love the metallic effect they have too – it’s so pretty and different. (Can you tell how much I love these?) I tried Gilded Bronze (a golden topaz) and Gilded Moonlight (a true gold) and both of them will definitely be in serious rotation this holiday season for me. They also blend easily and last all day, so… pretty much perfect. Definitely seek these out before they sell out or are retired into the vast wonderland that is limited-edition products. You won’t regret it.
You guys, I’m obsessed with MAKE UP FOR EVER‘s new collection – The Ultimate Eye Liner Collection. Ever since I got over my crazy lash tint induced eye infection, I’ve been playing around with liners constantly just because I can (you really don’t know you’ve got until it’s gone!) and if you’re looking to bulk up your liner stash, look nu further. It’s a little pricey at $160 so it’s definitely something to buy either for yourself or a very good friend or relative, but it’s a great value for the money because you get a total of fourteen different liners, plus a double pencil sharpener. Basically, once you have this set, you won’t need to buy liner for a very long time, so it’s definitely worth the original outlay of cash. The set has seven of their uber popular Aqua Eyes Liners in shades ranging from black to bright purple and blue, three of their Crayon Kohl liners, and four of their fabulous liquid Aqua liners. MAKE UP FOR EVER liners are a cult classic, and rightly so because they all blend easily and last all day (and the colors are gorgeous). You could even buy the set and divide it up – maybe wrap a few pencils in ribbon and add them to a bigger gift or give them to your favorite friend at work. Either way, this is definitely not a set you should pass up!
Stila has always been one of my favorite brands (as evidenced by the fact that I drag myself out of bed at 5am on the weekend to get to their warehouse sales early every year – the only thing I love more than sleep is a great makeup sale!). They always outdo themselves at the holidays too – their gift sets are some of the best products and greatest values out there, and this year is no exception.
The big attraction for me is the Snow Angel Color Palette & Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara. Love this one! It’s a HUGE collection of color – literally everything you could ever need for eyes and cheeks in one package. (The only downside to this is that it’s not exactly portable or travel-friendly, but that’s okay. Sometimes trading pack-ability for more shades it totally worth it!) It’s shaped like a snowflake (so cute) and has 12 blushes and 18 eye shadows, all of which can be used wet or dry. It also comes with a deluxe Stay All Day Mascara tube and a look book for inspiration (definitely a bonus if you’re gifting this to someone who doesn’t have much makeup experience). This is a serious, serious value at only $39 – that’s only $1.30 a shade, even less than any drugstore brand. If you only buy one item from Stila’s holiday collection, it should be this one.
…Unless you really need to stock up on Lip Glazes or Eye Liners… Because those two sets are awesome too. (Seriously, Stila, what are you doing to me?) The All Is Bright Lip Glaze Set has eight different Lip Glazes in it for only $25. I feel like everyone knows of the awesomeness of the Lip Glazes by now (colorful, great flavors, moisturizing…) and to pick up two classic shades and six limited-edition ones at that price is a can’t miss if you’re on the hunt for new lip colors. But if you need to acquire more eye liners, the Seeing Stars Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Set is what you’re looking for. For $32, you get five Smudge Sticks (normally that many would run you $100) in great, wearable shades. I love the Smudge Sticks because they apply so easily, blend like a dream, and their highly pigmented colors last all night (especially important during the holidays).
And as a special treat for our readers, Stila is giving you 25% off on their holiday items purchased at www.stilacosmetics.com through December 15th with the code TDO25. Even more reason to stock up! Happy shopping!