NYX Mini Haul and First Impressions

If you haven’t heard about NYC cosmetics, you either A. Are not a teenager or B. Don’t spend much time looking at drugstore cosmetics. Either way, you’re here now, so let’s take a look! NYX Cosmetics (pronounced “nicks”) is a drugstore cosmetic brand with a huge range of products. Ulta has the best variety, but you…

Review of Sephora Collection Cushion Glossy Liner

Sephora recently released a new eyeliner, with an on-trend cushion delivery system. Sephora Collection Cushion Glossy Eyeliner, $18 includes a pot of cushion liner and a full size angled liner brush. The Classic Must Have Angled Liner Brush #90 retails for $14, so it’s seems like a good deal up front. First Impression: Initial application leaves a rich,…

How to cure sun/wind burned lips

Last spring on the first hot day, I bravely ventured outside to soak up  some vitamin D, all the while knowing my neighbors might call in a vampire sighting. I wore sunscreen. I only stayed out for 30 minutes. But I forget SPF on my lips. They sizzled like bacon in a hot pan. For weeks…

Review of Color Oops Hair Color Remover

During a recent, epic hair saga, I found myself making an appointment with a professional to get my hair “fixed.” The problem was that I had about 6 different shades of color on my hair, and at least one of them was too dark. I knew if I went into a salon with too dark…

Review and Swatches: Bite Beauty Sample Set in Bellini

My local Sephora had this little sample set from Bite Beauty available for 250 Beauty Insider Points. Usually, I’m pretty stingy in parting with my points, but I couldn’t resist the hot pink color. Here’s the set: It also came with a crappy little mirror (not pictured). First, I tried the Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip…

You let me down, Bobbi. Review of “Secret to Standout Eyes.”

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is going on now, (yay!), so it’s a great time to pick up beauty specials, a new pair of jeans, or boots for the fall. Naturally, I went straight to the cosmetics department to scout out the deals. I picked up the Bobbi Brown Secret to Standout Eyes set, which contains 12…

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette Review

I’m not a big eyeshadow girl, but since NARS released their dual-intensity shadows last fall, I find my self strolling past the display admiring all the shimmering, lovely shades. I’ve since purchased two colors and they have quickly become staples in my routine. Needless to say, when NARS brought out a palette of these beauties, the…

Splurge or Save? Liquid Foundation

I am notoriously picky about my foundation. Over the past few months, I’ve made countless trips to the makeup counter for samples of various colors and formulas. You can read an extended list of reviews here.  Very few performed to my standards, but two have stood out among the rest. Should you spend or save?…

Review of Boscia Black Magic

In honor of skin care month, I used up a few hundred beauty insider points and snagged up the deluxe sample set of Boscia Pore Purifying Black Magic from Sephora. I sampled the cleanser, mask, and moisturizer. I have yet to try the pore strip. Obviously I haven’t used the product long enough to determine…

Review Update: Living Proof PhD

In my last review on Living Proof PhD, I was a little disappointed with its performance on curly hair. However, I’ve given this product another run when I blow my hair out straight, and I’ve got to admit, it’s pretty damn good. In fact, when combined with the no frizz shampoo and conditioner, I’ve taken…

Oh My God. I can see everything.

It recently dawned on me that I should really get a proper makeup mirror instead of the chipped, antique hand mirror that currently resides in my bathroom. I also realized that a light up mirror would mean I could do my makeup somewhere other than the bathroom (at 6 am. In the dark.) Why don’t…

Got dry lips? Meet your new best friend.

In the past few years, lip products have really upped their game. Women who used to be die hard lipstick or gloss fans have found that they no longer have to choose- todays formulas are innovative hybrids of their ancestors. YSL is no stranger to this lipstick evolution- their glossy stain took my breath away…

Review: Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Facial Rejuvenator

Ouch. I think I just scrubbed my face off. These were my exact thoughts after sampling Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Facial Rejuvenator. Sadly, I forgot how painful it was and went back for more a few weeks later only to end up with blazing red skin. Even my husband chastised me for not doing a…

My Acne Fighting Super Heroes!

When you’re suffering a bad-skin week (or two), it’s important to know that someone’s got your back, er, face. For me, this terrific trio of acne fighters gets my skin back on track quickly, with minimal discomfort. Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water: Not an acne product per se, but it does a great job of removing makeup…

Face Off: The Search for a Great Foundation

As much as I love my NARS Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer, I find myself in need of more coverage and longevity to get me though long workdays. So I set out on a search to find a foundation with medium to full coverage with the following qualities: Looks like skin Melts into skin, rather than sitting…

Makin’ me feel like a Queen: NARS Scarlet Empress

Looking for a perfect berry lip shade for fall? Look no further than NARS Scarlett Empress. A deep, cool berry shade in a formula that’s comfortable and long lasting is just what you need to compliment your riding boots and knit scarves. Don’t let the deep color scare you away- it’s very build able and can…

Quick Take: Review of Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

What it is: A lightweight tinted moisturizer intended to give skin a “no-makeup” look while protecting from damaging UV rays. What it does: Provides very light coverage, moisture, and SPF My Thoughts: It’s hard to hate on a product that does exactly what it claims to do. This very sheer tinted moisturizer provides the lightest amount of coverage while…

How Clarisonic changed my life

Like many a beauty gals, I had been eyeing up the Clarisonic Facial Cleansing Brush for quite some time. If you’re not familiar with it, the Clarisonic is a facial scrubbing brush that uses sonic speed vibrations to cleanse skin. Unlike cheaper cleansing brushes (I’m looking at you, Olay), this one does not oscillate, meaning that…

Are expensive blow dryers worth the money?

I recently dropped $200 on a fancy blowdryer after reading no less than 30 reviews. Sephora has an amazeballs return policy, and I figured I could just return it if it didn’t live up to the hype. Review: T3 Featherweight 2 Blowdryer and T3 Diffuser (sold separately) What it is: A professional hair dryer that uses…

Where have you been all my life? Benebalm hydrating lip balm

If you know your beauty cult favorites, I hope you already know about Benetint- a rose tinted lip and cheek stain that delivers beautifully sheer color for cheeks. When I was first introduced to this little gem, I adored the glow it gave my cheeks- especially if you’re into that  pin-up “cheeky” look. As a…