Stories by: Stacey

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

Beauty, NailsFall for PixieDust

zoya fall pixiedust

You guys, there are new PixieDust colors for fall! I can’t even tell you all how happy this makes me – as someone who loves glitter polish far, far more than anyone who isn’t thirteen and into One Direction should, I can never get enough of the sparkly goodness that is the PixieDust formula.  It’s so fun and festive and it just makes me smile whenever I’m wearing it.  How can anyone resist a polish like that?  Here are the new shades that you’ll be rushing out to buy:

  • Tomoko – a champagne silver with a matte, textured sparkling metal finish
  • Chita – a forest green in a matte, textured, sparkling finish
  • Sunshine – a “Van Gogh” navy blue in a matte, textured, sparkling finish
  • Carter – a royal purple in a matte, textured, sparkling metal finish
  • Arabella – a rich fuchsia pink in a matte, textured, sparkling finish
  • Dhara – a fiery orange copper with a matte, textured, sparkling metal finish

These are all super pretty, but if I had to pick favorites, I’d have to go with Tomoko, Chita and Sunshine.  Tomoko is such a beautiful metallic shade–it’s definitely a “look at me” shade, but in the best way.  Though I’m not normally a huge fan of green or blue polishes, I also love Chita and Sunshine, a green and a blue that are just absolutely gorgeous–unique and eye-catching–everything you want in a polish when you’re in the mood for something out of the ordinary.

You can check out all the shades on www.zoya.com,  Grab them before they’re gone!

Beauty, MakeupButter London Branches Out

Butter London Eye Pencil Jaded JackButter London is one of my favorite nail polish brands of all time–not only are their colors fantastic, but the names are always fun and remind me of the six months I spent living in London during college. So I was super excited when they decided to branch out and release a makeup collection with all sorts of new products for eyes, cheeks and lips. So far, I’ve only gotten a chance to try two of the eye products, but I totally loved them and can’t wait to pick up some of the lip and cheek stuff soon.

The Wink Eye Pencil in Jaded Jack is a bright, almost neon, lime green creme.  I can’t say I have many occasions that call for this shade, but if I did, I would be all over it because I love the texture and staying power of it. Even if this gorgeous green isn’t your shade, don’t despair: the  eye pencils come in a lot of shades that are easier to wear, like Indigo Punk, a gorgeous violet shimmer, or Brown Sugar, a basic chocolate brown creme.

 

Butter London Cream Shadow Inky SixI also tried out the Wink Cream Eye Shadow in Inky Six, a baby blue shimmer. Lately, I’ve been really into the creme shadows because they’re super easy and very portable.  Indy Six is actually a very wearable shade that still lets you bust out of the neutral zone with ease.  The best part is that the products don’t break the bank–both the Eye Pencils and the Cream Eye Shadows are  under 20 bucks, which is right in line with some of my other must-have brands like Urban Decay, Stila and MAKE UP FOR EVER. Can’t wait to see more from this fantastic brand!

Beauty, MakeupMake Up For Ever Smoky Extravagance

mufI’ve always had good luck with MAKE UP FOR EVER and the streak continues lately with their new Smoky Extravagant Mascara.  It has a long-lasting formula that promises no clumping, and it uses a 4D technology to make a microdefining wax complex cover your lashes in ultrablack pigments (how futuristic!). The formula is supposed to add volume, length and curl. I thought that it did a great job with the volume and length–but honestly, I didn’t see a ton of curling. However, my lashes are naturally long and thick, so maybe it was just having a problem with that? By far though, my favorite part about this mascara is the brush–it’s fabulous!  It’s cone-shaped with a precision tip, so it separates lashes so as to avoid clumping, but it also means that you can get into the corners and make those lashes as easy to see as the rest of them. That’s not always an easy feat to accomplish on my lashes, so kudos for that.  I also like that the formula didn’t smudge or flake at all on me, so I wasn’t wearing more of it under my eyes than I was on my lashes.  Thanks, MAKE UP FOR EVER for keeping the streak going!

 

 

Beauty, MakeupEasy Summer Beauty with Jouer

Before I got my hands on samples of some of their new products, it had been a long time since I tried Jouer. I’m not sure why, but now that I’ve had some time to play around with their fun stuff, that’s definitely not going to happen again. Everything I tried recently is so fabulous that it’s now become one of my favorite brands.

jouerlipSummer to me equals even more time outdoors, which means that my lips have far more time to become dry and/or chapped than any other season (funny how that happens). I’m an obsessive lip moisturizer, so I’m loving the Tinted Lip Enhancers.  The Lip Enhancers are lip treatments that come in a cute little tube that’s easy to slip into your pocket or your clutch on a night out and are nourishing, conditioning and very moisturizing– everything you need for keeping lips soft and hydrated at any time.  They contain something called Maxi Lip, which helps to plump your pout while filling in fine lines. Each Enhancer comes with a hint of color to it–they’re not super pigmented or dramatic, but you can definitely see the tint on your lips– that make them just right to contrast with a smoky eye or for a casual daytime look. They’re just simple, pretty and easy.  The perfect summer lip product! READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupPlay With the Moondust

udmoondustAhh Urban Decay: it’s my go to makeup brand for a lot of different occasions, but I especially turn to them whenever I want to sparkle. Simply put, they make some of the best (and easiest to use) glittery makeup out there. So when I heard about their new Moondust Eyeshadows, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. Available in seven different shades, these are definitely not for the woman who’s afraid to shine because they are ALL about the glitter–you can see it in the pan and you can definitely see it when you put them on. But don’t be scared because they’re such great shadows for a night out since just one layer will do the trick (just be careful to limit fallout when you’re applying them because like any glitter shadows, that can sometimes be an issue). For extra drama, I like to apply them wet for a very pigmented pop of color. My two favorites shades from the collection are Moonspoon (a medium gray with bright silver sparkle) and Intergalactic (a medium purple with bright silver sparkle) but I could happily own them all.  You can also use them in Urban Decay’s Build Your Own Palette system, so that gives you the flexibility to package them with any shadow they make. I plan to make a palette of four of the Moondust shades.  Get ready to sparkle the summer away!

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