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Monday, August 31, 2015

Mark Meets Matte for Fall 2015

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I'm having trouble getting into the blog writing frame of mind today... Some days I can jump right in and get a post out in no time, but today; not so much. It shouldn't be so hard to things going because the subject of today's post is the kind of perfect, selection of matte goodness from Mark for fall 2015. Ready for a closer look? You know what to do!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 51

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  • TheFabZilla: Great quality makeup brushes at affordable price? Yes it's possible. Check out TheFabZilla's review on Beauty Junkees Large Kabuki Set + enter the giveaway!
  • Painted Ladies: Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops meld skincare and makeup in a brand new way.Sheila takes you on a tour of all four of the new Infusion Drops.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: If you seek an antioxidant rich anti-aging day cream that is lightweight, nourishing and hydrating, then Colbert MD Nutrify & Protect Day has perfected the formula!
  • Beauty on the Bayou: SMOOTH HAIR WITH GLOSSY SHINE Wella Oil Huile Reflections Hair Serum
  • I Know all the Words: Love your soft shades? OPI Infinite Shine Soft Shades for 2015 bring soft, feminine shades with perfect, extended wear.

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Michael Todd Eye Eraser Anti-Aging Infusion Duo

    Michael Todd Eye Eraser Anti-Aging Infusion Duo (4)
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    You can call it gimmicky, but I am always intrigued by skincare gadgetry. I guess I'm drawn to any kind of gadget, but something to make your skincare work better, or just be more effective than the 'normal way' and I'm all in. What does it hurt to try it out, right? My most recent skincare gadget comes from Michael Todd, with their Eye Eraser Ant-Aging Infusion Duo which combines the Micheal Todd Eye Eraser with their Intensive Organic Cream Eye Cream. Interested? Read on!

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    Mirabella Beauty Borrowed from the Boys Brow Collection

    Mirabella Beauty Borrowed from the Boys Brow Collection (4)
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    If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my fall brow preview. You see, brows are big for fall with quite a few brands introducing new brow pencils, powders, gels and what not. Brow products are one item I always seem to be able to actually finish, so I love trying new options.  The newest brow beautifiers in my makeup bag come from Mirabella Beauty with their Borrowed From the Boys Brow Collection which features two new products- The Brow Pencils and The Brow Shaper. Read on for a closer look!

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    OPI Infinite Shine Soft Shades 2015

    OPI Infinite Shine Soft Shades 2015
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    OPI has been seriously busy adding new shades to their Infinite Shine range. New shades are never a bad thing in my book. Much like the annual Soft Shades we see in the classic OPI range, Infinite Shine is following suit with six Soft Shades. While the Infinite Shine formulas take a little getting used to application wise, I love that they have the extended wear thing going on. Want a look? Read on for swatches!

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    Demeter Mr. Bubble | My Scent Memory

    Demeter Mr. Bubble (1)
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    Oh, to be a kid again... Some days it seems incredibly appealing to take a step back in time an relive the best parts of childhood (no stress, no bills, no real responsibilities.) Obviously, that's not quite possible, but you can take a tiny trip back via scent memory. Demeter is all about scent memories with hundreds of scents to help take you there. Their newest scent, Mr. Bubble, takes you back to childhood bubble baths with the classic Mr. Bubble scent. Who remembers him?

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 50

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  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Need a sparkly manicure for these end of summer days? Don't miss this Verity + CrowsToes nail polish combo from Jessica!
  • TheFabZilla: Another week, another jewel-toned eye look. Check out TheFabZilla's Amethyst Eyes
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Nude lip gloss junkies, you haven't lived until you have tried the delectable Clarins Eclat Minute Instant Light Natural Lip Protector in Nude Shimmer! It's GORGEOUS!
  • Painted Ladies: Who doesn't love a good matte liquid lipstick? Sheila has comparisons from Anastasia Beverly Hills, Ofra, ColourPop, L.A. Girl, and more!
  • Beauty on the Bayou: A MASCARA THAT DOES IT ALL – Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara
  • I Know all the Words: Re-think foundation with the new Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation 

  • Friday, August 21, 2015

    Lise Watier EYEvolution Collection | Fall 2015

    Lise Watier EYEvolution fall 2015
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    It feels a little odd to have a makeup post on a Friday. Fridays are usually skin care days around these parts, but sometimes you've got to shake it up. As promised, this week has been all makeup, and to wrap it up, I've got the gorgeous Lise Watier EYEvolution Collection for fall 2015. The collection is about everything eyes and features a few limited edition products that you're going to want. Sorry, but you are. Read on for all the details!

    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette

    SMASHBOX #SHAPEMATTERS PALETTE 2015 (2)
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    It feels like a palette kind of day, does it not? Regardless what you answered, it's going to be a palette day, so get excited. The palette up for discussion today is worthy of that excitement as it combines three popular elements in one with products for brows, contouring, and eyes. All-in-one type palettes can be hit and miss, especially if there are products you'll never use, so I was quite pleased that the Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette is not only versatile but super useful. Read on for a closer look!

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    THEFACESHOP Get the Look Pure Makeup Collection

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    Did I mention at the start of the week that it is jammed packed with nothing but makeup? I can't remember, but if I didn't, it is! Okay, a slight detour with today's post as there is nail care in the mix, but other than that it's makeup city. Skincare is an enjoyable necessity, but sometimes you have to get back to the fun stuff. Fun stuff like the new THEFACESHOP Get the Look Makeup Collection kits that include products specifically curated to create on of three looks- Glamour, Feline, and Pure. I have the Pure collection, which includes soft shades for cheeks and nails for a naturally perfected look. Read on for more info!

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

    MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation R210, 115= R223, 117= Y225 (3)
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    It's been a while since I've reviewed a new foundation. Most likely because I have way too many bottles on the go... I like to have a selection, okay? I'm sure most of you can agree. You never know what formula you're going to feel like (or what your skin will agree with) and if you're like me, have an array of shades. I am tend to fall between shades with a lot of brands, so I often find myself with shades a bit too dark or a bit too light (less so in the light family though #GoTeamPale!) Anyhow, I've recently been using the new Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation and omg. It's a total game changer! I'm sure you'd like a more detailed reasoning as to why, so read on!

    Monday, August 17, 2015

    Mary Kay City Modern Collection | Fall 2015

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    Happy Monday, blog fans! I've been patiently waiting to share the new fall products from the Mary Kay City Modern Collection. It arrived a couple of weeks ago, but we were asked to keep it to ourselves until the 16th. It gave me some time to get acquainted with everything, but new makeup is much more fun when you can chat about it. Doubly so when it includes rich shades to get you in the mood for fall. I'm very much ready for fall. Ready for a closer look? Read on!

    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 49

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  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: If you love lip crayons, then Butter London Lippy Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons are must-haves! They are gorgeous, they boast highly saturated color, and they feel great on the lips!
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: If you're looking for a fun color & pattern combination for your nails, then be sure to check out Jessica's post featuring Pahlish and Sinful Colors!
  • Beauty on the Bayou: BE REVITALIZED INSTANTLY StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask + GIVEAWAY
  • Painted Ladies: Your brows will be on point with the upcoming Mirabella Beauty Borrowed From The Boys eyebrow collection.
  • I Know all the Words: Need a polish refresh? OPI Infinite Shine Summer Shades 2015 include a rainbow of hues for every polish lover.
  • AdviceSisters Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle : Alison of the Advice Sisters has a feature on Maybelline'snew & nifty longwear makeup items
  • ColorMeSoCrazy: In Search of FREE Samples?? I've got them here with MY "Just In Case" Bag
  • Notes from My Dressing Table: Is the Urban Decay NAKED Smokey Palette a Wow! or a Womp? Erika gives up the details.
  • Collective Beauty : Swatches of the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture Palette!
  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: If your a fan of perfume you'll want to check out Stacie's post on a monthly subscription box for perfume and cologne lovers.
  • From My Vanity: Katie's sharing the contents of her Boxycharm August box -- 5 full size products that value over $100, for only $21? Yes please!
  • Polarbelle: Polarbelle has two Nars products this week to help you create your best nude look.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison is hosting a giveaway: StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask (ARV $62), a gentle white clay mask that you can use several times a week to brighten and help even skin tone!



  • Friday, August 14, 2015

    Living for a Sunny Day | Wedding Guest Budget Saving Tips

    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine. 
     Living for a Sunny Day  Wedding Guest Budget Tips (2)

    Every girl knows the summer months are prime wedding season, but did you know August is the second most popular month? As wedding season is still in full swing you might still have nuptials you're planning on attending. Weddings can be a blast, but they can also be a major budget busters. Luckily, you're not on the hook for all of the major costs like catering, photography, and what not as a guest, but the small things add up. Travel, lodging, clothing, and gifts don't come free. Nobody likes to have to worry about money (or lack thereof) so a plan and some handy tips can keep your budget in check. Of course you want to celebrate the ones you love on their special day, but you've got your own sunny day to plan for. Read on for my wedding guest budget saving tips!

    Thursday, August 13, 2015

    Smashbox Brow Tech Collection

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    BROWS. If you don't have your brow routine down to a science, don't worry. Everything brow seems to be popping up in recent launches as I have a ton of new brow beautifiers to test and review. I thought today was a great day to start with the new Smashbox Brow Tech Collection. Smashbox has you covered with Brow Tech Matte Pencils, Gloss Sticks, and Highlight Sticks. There is something for every brow. Want a look? Read on!

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    Derma e Purifying Daily Detox Scrub & Purifying Youth Serum

    derma e Purifying Daily Detox Scrub and  Purifying Youth Serum
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    It feels a little odd to bring you a skincare post midweek. For some reason, I tend to do skincare on Fridays. I'm not sure why, but skincare just seems like a good way to wrap up the week. Oh well. it's moving to Wednesday this week. I'm sure you won't mind. The skincare products in the spotlight today are from Derma e, who has recently launched a new range. The Purifying Skincare collection includes everything needed to detoxify and cleanse and reboot skin for fresh, clean, and radiant skin. I've been using the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub & Purifying Youth Serum, so read on for my thoughts. You know you want to...

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    Mark. All Butter Now Lip Treats | New Shades!

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    I love lip hybrids. Take a balm, and a gloss, and lipstick and smoosh it all together? Yes, please! I know, that's likely not how such products are made, but you get the idea. Mark. All Butter Now Lip Treats have that wonderful hybrid thing going on, and they now have four new shades. I wasn't the biggest fan of the original shades I tried, but I've got to say, the newbies are kind of perfection. Read on for a closer look at Terra Hotta, Mauvelous, Razamatazz, and Fired Up.

    Monday, August 10, 2015

    OPI Infinite Shine Summer Shades 2015

    OPI infinite shine summer 2015
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    What is better than a new polish collection? A surprise collection, of course! I was expecting the OPI Infinite Shine Soft Shades, but when they arrived I was also greeted to the Summer Shades for 2015. Yay! You'll have to wait for Soft Shades swatches as they didn't survive their voyage, but I do have the twelve new Summer Shades all swatched and ready to go. Want a look? Read on!

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 48

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  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Deborah Lippmann Baby Love Nail Lacquer is the perfect pale pink polish for summer!
  • TheFabZilla: This week, TheFabzilla 's rocking taupey-green eye makeup. Check it out if you're feeling smokey eyes with pop of color!
  • Painted Ladies: Ever wondered what baking your makeup is all about? Sheila shows you how to bake your makeup in an easy makeup tutorial.
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Have you seen the new SinfulColors A Class Act nail polish collection Jessica has a comparison post so you know what you can skip buying!
  • I Know all the Words: Feed your brush additiction with Sephora Collection Pro Pro Stippling Brush #44 & Pro Full Coverage Airbrush #53 (you know you want to!)

  • Friday, August 7, 2015

    On the Road | Travel Beauty Bits

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    Get out of here. Wait, no. Stay at your electronic device, keep reading, but make a plan to get out of here (or would that be there?) Regardless, a day or two away can do amazing things for the mind and soul, and what better a time than the long, warm, days of summer? Of course, with travel comes packing. I actually don't mind packing, even if I am terrible at it- I usually have a more is more approach. Trying to decide what clothes and shoes to take is hard enough, but add it a serious beauty addiction and it's almost impossible to travel light. While I can't tell you what to pack, I can give you a heads up and share some pretty amazing products that can certainly make that time away from home a bit easier. Read on!

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    SST Cosmetics Quintessential Collection | Spring 2015

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    I'm having a slight crisis today... Okay, not quite crisis, but I'm bothered. It's a photo issue. My laptop keyboard is acting up, so I've been using a different computer to type up my posts, but I'm still editing them on my own computer. On the second computer (ol' typey, we'll call him) my photos look totally washed out and not so hot. Now I'm concerned that's how all of you reading this see them. See my conundrum? Not much I can currently do about it though, so let's get to some makeup chat, yeah? Today I've got more goodness from Canadian brand SST Cosmetics (remember them from here?) in the form of their  Quintessential Collection for Spring 2015 (and a couple of extras...) Read on for a look?

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss

    Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss 05 just a glimme, 10 a wink of pink, 20 lilac lumi(6)
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    I have to admit that I never really got the whole Maybelline Baby Lips craze. I appreciate a bit of balm, but what is it that made them so amazing? Mystery of the universe, I guess. Due to that, I wasn't crazy excited about the new Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss. Intrigued, sure. The idea of a tinted, hydrating balm/gloss hybrid is kind of amazing. So, did Maybelline create the next best thing you makeup bag?

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Sephora Collection Pro Brushes | Pro Stippling #44 & Pro Full Coverage Airbrush #53

    Sephora Collection Pro Stippling Brush and Pro Full Coverage Airbrush (3)
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    Almost everything in the makeup spectrum is highly collectable, but there is just something about brushes... One of each type is great, at first. Then you add a few more of this, a few more of that, and before you know it you have a huge collection and can find a 'need' for each one. It really comes down to not having to wash them all the time (admit it) but more brushes usually make for merrier makeup lovers. Two new brushes in my collection happen to be multi-taskers (I love a good multi-tasking brush!) from the Sephora Collection Pro range. Read on for a closer look at the Sephora Collection Pro Stippling Brush #44 and Pro Full Coverage Airbrush #53.

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Ohuhu Acrylic Makeup Organizer

    Ohuhu® Makeup Cosmetics Organizer Acrylic Transparent 3 Drawers Storage Box (7) copy
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    I'm going to assume that most of you reading this have a pretty sizable makeup collection, right? I'm in that club, and while it's fun to have a collection with a bit of everything, it's hard to store and even harder to store in a way that makes it easily accessible and easy to see. I am very much the type that forgets about things when I can't see them. That's part of the reason I like acrylic storage. It's not only super stylish, but you can see all your goodies. I recently got the chance to add an Ohuhu Acrylic Makeup Organizer to my storage arsenal, and I've got to say it's perfection! Read on for a closer look at the unit (and see how much you can fit in it!)

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 47

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  • TheFabZilla: This week, Thefabzilla shares her experience with Foreo Luna Cleansing & Anti-Aging Device.
  • I Know all the Words: Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! Seed that is with THEFACESHOP Chia Seed Collection.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Simple Minions nail art tutorial.
  • ProcrastiNails: Gorgeous weather calls for gorgeous cuticles, and Katherine has found a cuticle oil you will love!
  • Painted Ladies: For skin that's soothed and perfectly primed for makeup, consider Touché Cosmetics Supercharged Moisturizer & Primer.
  • Color Me So Crazy: Check out my CRAZY Hair and Some Tips on How to Calm it Down!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Turn matte foundation into dewy or hydrate skin on the go! Allison tried out the luxuriousTatcha Luminous Mist Spray.
  • Chameleon Stampede: Mandy is wondering where Smashbox Primer Water has been all her life!
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Unsure about how to use those OPI Color Paints? Jessica has you covered with a layered manicure!
  • Notes from My Dressing Table: Soap & Glory helps Erika get seriously soft skin.
  • Confessions of a Makeup Addict: Top 10 Beauty Products under $10.
  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: Stacie is loving these multi-tasking and easy to use products to get her nude makeup looks.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Back to School Beauty Aisle Drugstore Top Picks that you won't want to miss!.
  • Beauty on the Bayou: OIL FREE SUN PROTECTION FOR SKIN – OleHenriksen Protect the Truth SPF 50+.