Wednesday, March 28, 2012

7 New Eye Makeup Trends

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7 Sexy New Eye Makeup Trends

We love a smoky eye, but there are so many prettier -- even sexier -- eye makeup looks out there. Not convinced? These pictures will change your mind


7 Sexy New Eye Makeup Trends

This is a TotalBeauty.com eye makeup article

When you want to do a sexy eye makeup look, you inevitably defer to the trusty smoky eye, right? While there's nothing wrong with this tried and true look, makeup is the best medium to experiment and have fun. Need a nudge? Check out these playful, sexy eye makeup looks that anyone can pull off.

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Bobbi Brown Spring 2012: Long-Wear Mascara, Cream Shadow, Eye Pencil






APIVITA Wine Elixir Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Rich Face Cream Review







Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Beauty Editors' 8 Favorite BB Creams

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Beauty Editors' 8 Favorite BB Creams

Beauty Balms are sweeping the nation. Find out which 8 are the ones worth trying


Beauty Editors' 8 Favorite BB Creams

This is a TotalBeauty.com makeup article

It feels like every beauty company -- from drugstore to luxury brands -- is coming out with a BB cream these days. But who has the time to test them all? We do! And here, after months of trying every BB cream on the market, are the Total Beauty editors' favorites.

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Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism: Burst, Cancan and Sex Eye Shadow Swatches and Review


Cancan
Burst, Sex






Burst, Cancan
Sex

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism: Skin Base Foundation in Shade Au Review


Human Fundamentalism


Skin Base Foundation in Shade Au









Monday, March 26, 2012

The Hunger Games Nail Look: Effie Trinket's Gradient Nails



Here's my interpretation of Effie Trinket's nails during the reaping in The Hunger Games movie. I am such a fan of the books; I am on the third book and I am excited to finish it! Anyways, for this nail art, I used two coats of OPI More Time For Me, a cream berry-ish mauve, and added one coat of Orly Razzle, a beautiful sparkly magenta, on top. I applied Butter London in The Full Monty over Razzle using a makeup sponge. I did a couple layers and added a third layer on the tip. I used Orly Prisma Gloss Gold glitter topcoat over it.

If I would do this again, I would put the gradient a little lower on the nail, maybe just a little over half of the nail, as my short nails look a little overwhelmed by the gold gradient. Anyways, I really like this design and I would love to use The Full Monty as a sponge glitter gradient over other polish shades.

Happy Hunger Games!

MAC Reel Sexy







RSVP now for a private screening starring an iconic model as big as anyone who’s ever graced the screen: Kristen McMenamy, photographed and filmed by Miles Aldridge. What is she watching as she laughs, cries and sits mesmerized in a surreal cinema where popcorn is pink, fingernails fierce and the wardrobe minimal? Obviously, it’s REEL SEXY. Miss McMenamy’s bright, bold and brilliant look features a colour collection of enigmatic Eye Shadow Duos, Vivid Lipstick, Creamsheen Glass, Eye Kohl, Powder Blush, Lighscapade Mineralize Skinfinish, Nail Lacquer and Zoom Lash.

Available April 5, 2012 through May 24, 2012.

MAC Tres Cheek Powder Blushes







Vitabath Body Wash in Asian Orchid and Coconut Review







I love trying out different body washes nowadays. Everyday brings new moods and dispositions, so I like to match my body wash to my mood for a particular day. For days when I feel feminine, carefree and dreaming of tropical beaches, I reach for Vitabath's Asian Orchid and Coconut. Vitabath revitalized its product line with the introduction of the Fragrance Collection - no less than 16 sulfate and paraben-free body washes that contain Vitamins A, B3, B5, C and E, and an anti-oxidant-rich superfruit blend.

The body washes are divided into four subgroups. Vitabath’s In Bloom body washes exude a mix of exotic and flirty florals to create the perfect blends, including Nouveau Rose with evening primrose oil. Asian Orchid and Coconut belongs to the In Bloom sub-group. It smells very clean and fresh, with a slight hint of coconut and floral scents. This particular body wash has Angelica Extract which gives the floral flavor to the product.

What I like about this line is that the full-size product is substantially packaged and sized.  The 12 oz. body washes retail for $9.99 each at www.myvitabath.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, ULTA, Duane Reade, Harmon, Ricky’s, and Stage Stores, as well as other locations.

The Shades Of U Rating: 4.0 out of 5

Note: Media sample was provided by a representative of the brand for consideration.  All opinions are completely mine.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Nail Look: Essie Go Overboard Swatch





I am really loving this shade. Essie Go Overboard is a gorgeous dusty teal creme from the collection of the same name. It reminds me of deep ocean waters in the Philippines when I went there last year. It just looks very pretty and the deep teal really makes the skin brighter and cleaner. This is actually one of my favorite blue Essies. Application is great and it didn't give me a hard time. This is two coats.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Essie Spring 2012: Navigate Her Collection Swatches and Review

Here are some swatches of the Essie Spring 2012 collection called Navigate Her. I thought I got the whole collection until I remembered that I didn't get the neon orange one as my warm skintone clashes with orange most of the time. Here are the rest of the shades from this collection and my thoughts on them.


A Crewed Interest



I shouldn't have gotten this. It looks very off against my skintone, and maybe because peaches and oranges really make my skin look grubby or something. It is a light peach creme that would probably look great on other skintones.


To Buy, Or Not to Buy?



This is a very nice lilac creme with a nice shimmer in the bottle, but looks exactly like a straight lilac creme when worn. So weird, but I love it nonetheless. I am wearing it right now with white stamped flower images and it looks so feminine and spring-y.


Navigate Her



Navigate Her is my favorite green at the moment. It's like a spring garden green creme. Super nice and applies quite well.


Tour de Finance



Tour de Finance is a nice fuchsia with some colored sheen going on. I love it on my nails - it's bright but still very springy. Would work great as a pedi color.

All in all, formula is okay, except for A Crewed Interest which was streaky. I love the shades, although I have seen these before. Not pretty unique, but then again these are spring colors that are in season. I especially love Navigate Her and Tour De France.