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Beauty, MakeupLORAC Makes You A Pro

As much as I love Urban Decay’s Naked and Naked 2 palettes, I am always still on the hunt for a great neutral palette.  It’s just my eternal quest and I’ve finally accepted that it’s going to be a lifelong thing – I’m never NOT going to look for one when I’m out makeup shopping.  Right now, my love for them is being met by LORAC’s PRO Palette.  You guys, this one is a definite can’t miss!  The palette has 16 different shadows in it, ranging from super light shades (like the aptly named White, a shade I’ve been using as a highlighter) all the way to Black (exactly what it sounds like).  In between, there is pretty much every neutral shade you could think of in both matte and shimmer finishes.  There’s a Gold shade that’s super, super pretty and very “in” for fall.  The really nice thing about the palette though is that they also include a few shades that at first glance seem out of place, like Deep Purple and Slate, but once you start playing around with the colors, you realize that you can use them to create a gray smokey eye or even a purple one.  (You can also blend them well and make them daytime appropriate, but who doesn’t love a good smokey eye?  That’s always my go to).  The palette also comes with a mini Behind the Scenes Eye Primer perfect for travel.  And since I’m obsessed with makeup that can travel well too, this palette is amazingly easy to throw in your bag and go.  It’s so flat and portable that it takes up no space at all.  If I was heading off on a fabulous two day trip this weekend (and really, why aren’t I?) this would be the first thing in my makeup bag.

Also new for the fall is LORAC’s Couture Shine Nudes Duo.  I love their Liquid Lipsticks and this pair works great alongside the shades in the PRO Palette.  For $28, you get two shades – Vintage, a light neutral beige, and Muse, a soft pink mauve with pearl.  Both of them are shiny and moisturizing and great neutral shades that won’t compete with your shadow choice.  Well worth picking this up to reach for whenever you grab the PRO Palette (or any other shadows).

Beauty, MakeupAlchemy of Color

Now that I’m finally over the crazy reaction to my lash tint and my eyes are back to normal (thank God!), I’ve been really enjoying playing around with some of the eyeshadows that piled up during my makeup-free weeks.  One of my favorites is the new Alchemy of Color Eye Shadow Palette from SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE.  The palette has ten shades of shadow – according to the description, they have a formula that was baked in pure mineral water, a process that traps color for an intense payoff and high metallic shine.  Interesting, no?  I agree with both those things – the pigmentation on these is great and they definitely have a shine to them.  But more importantly, the colors are really pretty and perfect for fall.  I love the mauve, periwinkle and violet shades and they combine really well with the silver and grey hues for lots of different color combos.  I also like the way the shadows range from light to dark – it’s sort of a nude palette with a twist because you can do daytime looks with it just as easy as you can those for going out on the weekends.  Very versatile.  It’s earned a place of honor in my bathroom with all of the other palettes I reach for on a weekly basis.  High praise!

Beauty, Nailsbutter LONDON Stands Out

I think it’s kinda good that butter LONDON usually only puts out five new polish shades in each collection because I inevitably end up loving them all so much that I have to own every single one of them.  Which is fairly doable with only five shades, but would definitely be cost prohibitive if there were more.  So for the first time in, well… ever, I’m glad that a collection is a small size.  The Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection is really diverse – no two shades resemble each other at all – and they’re all unique and fun.

  • Lovely Jubby – A vibrant magenta flecked with red, blue and gold micro particles.  Love this one!  It’s so sparkly and eye-catching, the perfect pedicure shade when you know your feet are going to be the center of attention.
  • Trustafarian – A golden holographic sage green that almost glows.  Very different from the kind of shades I normally like, but very pretty.
  • Shag – A warm orange-burgundy metallic that’s perfect for the cooler weather as we transition into fall.  It actually makes me miss the east coast and the gorgeous orange shades on the trees as the leaves are changing.  I’ll think of them every time I wear it!
  • Dodgy Barnett – A holographic grey/silver.  Very fashion forward – and it pairs fabulously with a little black dress.
  • Gobsmacked – I saved the best for last with this charcoal grey glitter.  I love, love, love this one.  I’ve been really into super dark shades lately and this one is just absolutely gorgeous.  It looks as good on my fingers as it does on my toes.  An instant classic!

The collection is in stores now and you can also order it at www.butterlondon.com.

Beauty, MakeupTango the Night Away

I’m obsessed with MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Aqua Creams, so I was very excited to get my hands on the new Black Tango Palette.  The palette was inspired by their founder and creative director, Dany Sanz’s, love of Argentine Tango dancing, and contains four new limited-edition Aqua Cream shades – Black with Red Highlights, Black with Green Highlights, Black with Blue Highlights and Ivory.   READ MORE

Beauty, NailsDesigner and Diva

Fall nail polishes are all over the place now and I for one could not be more excited about it.  I’m so ready for all of the darker colors and excited to see all the new shades. There’s really nothing more fun that new colors, is there?  Especially with nail polish because it tends to be cheaper than other products, so you can usually scoop up more colors than if you fell in love with, say, a pricy eyeshadow.  I recently got my hands on the new fall Zoya shades and they are so, so pretty.  They’re literally all worth scooping up – not a bad one in the bunch.  (And how often does that happen?!)  The Designer collection is made up of six cream shades that all just scream “Fall” to me.  READ MORE

Beauty, Makeup, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Chanel Lumiere D’Artifices Beige

Beauty, NailsThe Good Kind of Vertigo

I lust after Chanel so much that any day I can get my hands on a product of theirs is a good day.  Especially their nail colors, which are almost always unique and stunning and a must buy.  And now I can add their new for fall Vertigo shade to that list.

It’s such an interesting shade that I’m having a hard time trying to describe it.  Basically, it’s a mix of grey, black and purple, but that’s a very boring description for a very beautiful shade.  It also has these teeny tiny sparkly particles that only seem to come out at certain angles (and I think, in the sunlight).  So, so pretty.  And perfect to wear as we transition into fall shades from the pastels and brights of summer.  It’s always around this time of year that I get really sick of all my pinks and light blues, etc… and can’t wait to start wearing dark shades again, so Vertigo comes at the perfect time.  But like all Chanel polishes, it stands a good chance of selling out, so if you have your eye on this one, snatch it up quickly before your chance goes away.  Don’t let that happen!

Beauty, NailsCheery Julep

Since my nail polish obsession seems to show no signs of slowing down, I’m loving all some of their summer colors that I’ve finally gotten a chance to play around with.  (Don’t even get me started on the fact that the fall ones are already out too.  That’s unacceptable!  It’s 104 degrees in Los Angeles as I’m typing this.  Way too early to think about fall!)  Julep is a brand that I discovered fairly recently and I’m loving all their new brights and fun pastels for the hot weather.  Here are a few of my favorites from their new collection.  READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupEyeko Takes the Gold

With all the hoopla about the London Olympics lately, I’m even more bummed that I couldn’t make it across the pond for any of the events.  (Jobs really do get in the way of everything fun, don’t they?)  Luckily, right when I was lamenting the lack of British things in my everyday life, Eyeko sent over a few of their mascaras for me to try and even just the fact that the package came from London cheered me up.  (Sad, I know, but I LOVE London more than any place in the world, so I’ll take whatever I can get).  I actually hadn’t tried anything from Eyeko in years and now I wish they had a wider selection because the mascaras are really great.  Here are the three that I tried:

  • Fat Brush Mascara – This one has (as you might expect!) a big, fat brush that coats lashes all over to give you tons of volume and fullness.  It’s waterproof and deep, deep black, but it came right off with my usual Almay makeup remover pads.
  • Skinny Brush Mascara – Basically the exact opposite of the Fat Brush Mascara, this one has a much smaller and skinnier brush that lets you easily get to every lash and even coat your bottom lashes without smudging the mascara all over your face.  It’s also waterproof and has great staying power.
  • Curvy Brush Mascara -This brush has three distinct “curves” and the tiered bristle clusters are meant to plump, define and curl your lashes.

I was really, really impressed with these three.  I liked them all, but my favorite was the Curvy Brush one just because I felt it worked the best on me.  (Also, I’m a total klutz and big mascara brushes always spell disaster for me.  This is not the case for any of my friends though, so take it for what it’s worth…) I also love that when you pull the brushes out of the tubes, none of them come out with mascara dripping off the brushes.  I hate that because not only does it waste mascara, it also makes it much more likely to smudge or get on your face and that never happened with any of these.  I just had fabulously long, thick, dark lashes that lasted all day.  They also come with this really cool thing called the Eyeko Shield.  It looks like a guitar pick and you put it behind your lashes when you apply your mascara and it really helps you coat every lash.  Fantastic idea, right?  I’m really glad I got the opportunity to try these – I’ll be using them every morning and smiling at the tiny piece of London that they’re bringing into my life.

To check out all of Eyeko’s products, visit www.eyeko.com.

Beauty, MakeupSummer With Stila

How is Stila’s fall collection already making an appearance online?!  I just finished playing around with some pieces from the summer collection!  Time is going by too fast this year and someone needs to put a stop to it!  I haven’t even been to an official beach party yet and it’s already almost August.  Unacceptable!

Stila’s new Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara is the perfect summer choice for a mascara because it’ll last through humidity and sweat, which I’m loving because of the uber hot days we’ve had in Los Angeles in the past month or so.  I can honestly say that I haven’t looked very put together at all when I’m running around outside, but my mascara’s looked great!  I like the applicator a lot – it’s a 3-D triangular brush that has three rows of combing bristles that are meant to lift, lengthen, and define all of your lashes.  READ MORE

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