Category: Face

Hello, Again Smashbox!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation 4.2, Smashbox Color Correcting Stick Dark

There are a lot of brands out there that don’t always get the love and recognition they deserve and Smashbox is certainly one of them. After discovering the magic of Smashbox recently, I decided to start paying a little more attention to the brand and trying out more products. If their blush and eyeshadow is good stuff then there has to be other hidden gems too, right? Right! Smashbox is actually a solid brand all around in terms of both color and complexion. But what Smashbox really excels in is complexion. For years, Smashbox has received the most love for their extensive collection of primer for all skin types and concerns. However, Smashbox isn’t all primer. They’ve got some other great complexion goodies too!

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Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick Review

Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown is famous for her extensive foundation line and amazing Correctors and Concealers. But a flawless complexion isn’t the only thing she excels at. For years, Bobbi has quietly been killing the highlight game with her iconic Shimmer Bricks that can also be used as a shimmering eyeshadow palette. Before Anastasia Beverly Hills and Becca hit the scene and brought strobing to life Bobbi Brown was chilling in the background making magic happen with her gorgeous Shimmer Bricks. It wasn’t until I became a makeup artist for Bobbi Brown that I discovered the beauty of Shimmer Bricks but it didn’t take me long to appreciate them at all. Bobbi’s Shimmer Bricks are highlight heaven!
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New ColourPop Highlighters for Fall!

New ColourPop Highlighters for Fall!

Summer is winding down but you can still keep your highlight on fleek! Some guys and gals only like to glow in the summer but I like to glow for the gold all year long ’cause there will always be sunlight to bounce of my shimmering cheeks no matter what season it is. That’s why I have to give ColourPop 2 snaps this fall because they’ve added 4 new Super Shock Cheek highlighters to their lineup and they’re giving me all kinds of life. Who couldn’t use a banging highlighter for under $10?

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Tarte Invites You to Get Your Blush On, Girl!

Tarte Big Blush Book 2

You better pop some color on those cheeks, girl! We all know bronzer is the star of the show during summer but you can’t forget to flush those cheeks with a little blush for a pop of color and balance. The right blush can take your look from cute to slay and that’s exactly the type of transition Tarte is aiming to help us make tomorrow. A while back, Tarte released The Big Blush Book that featured 10 full sized blushes in a mega-sized palette that sold like hotcakes. The limited edition palette was a huge hit that disappeared quickly leaving tons of makeup junkies demanding that Tarte bring it back just one more time. Apparently, Tarte realized the Big Blush Book was a necessity for makeup collectors all over so they created another one. The Big Blush Book 2 isn’t quite the same as the original Big Blush Book as it features 8 brand new full sized shades that range from pink to nude to peach. Part of me still wants the original Big Blush Book as I feel the shades were more suitable for my brown skin but The Big Blush Book 2 still looks promising as it’s an amazing deal for just $60. Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blushes are normally $28 a pop so you’re saving over $100 with The Big Blush Book 2. Plus, the pans are magnetic so you can always transfer the blushes to a Z Palette for more convenience.

Dying to get your hands on the new Tarte Big Blush Book 2? Then you need to keep your eyes peeled on Tarte! The Big Blush Book 2 is set to release online only at Tarte tomorrow, August 25th, at noon EST. As you can imagine, The Big Blush Book 2 is going to go incredibly fast so get some rest, set an alarm and get your refresh finger ready because you don’t want to miss this deal!

Tarte x MakeupShayla Tarteist Contour Palette Review

Tarte x MakeupShayla Tarteist Contour Palette

Everyone has a favorite YouTuber or two and one of mine is MakeupShayla. I don’t always have the time to watch her YouTube tutorials but I often live on her Snapchat when I’m on the go. Whether she’s getting ready for an event, showing us footage for an upcoming tutorial or just hanging on the scene with her friends I hear Beyonce’s Formation play in my head. Baby she slays! MakeupShayla slays everything that she does from her amazing style to her insanely gorgeous makeup looks and I’m obviously not the only one that noticed. Tarte (along with her thousands of subscribers and followers) also picked up on MakeupShayla’s unique brand of black girl magic and decided to collaborate with her to create a deeper version of Tarte’s original Tarteist Contour Palette. And, honey, it slays just as hard as MakeupShayla does!
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ELF ILikeWeylie Face Palette Review

ELF ILikeWeylie Face Palette

When you’ve been wearing makeup for years, you start to get an idea of what colors, formulas and brands will work for you and the ones that don’t. But every now and then we get it wrong. I’m well aware that I have a warm undertone and a little extra melanin to spare so I like to opt for warm, rich colors that I know will show up on my skin tone. So I figured that the new limited edition ELF ILikeWeylie Face Palette would be a good option for me because it featured two orange-toned blushes, a champagne highlighter and a deep bronzer that all looked like it would work well for my brown skin. Boy I was wrong!

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Make Your Imperfections Vanish with Hourglass

Influenster Hourglass Vanish Vox Box

It’s always a pleasant surprise when I receive random goodies in the mail from Influenster but the latest Hourglass Vanish Vox Box is the best one yet. This Vox Box is bomb! Hourglass recently released a new line of foundation sticks and Influenster sent me one along with the coordinating foundation brush to review for you guys. I don’t usually reach for foundation sticks but I was still beyond excited to get my hands on the new Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick because it’s been receiving glowing reviews since it released and Hourglass makes some seriously nice, luxury makeup.

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Taking It to the Swamp with Grav3Yard Girl!

Tarte x Grav3Yard Girl Swamp Queen Palette

If I had a dollar for every palette that I swore I didn’t want or need I’d have enough money to buy the next new palette. Probably 3 times over. LOL! I’m quick to try (keyword here) to resist the next new, hot eyeshadow palette but sometimes it just happens. This was definitely the case with the new limited edition Tarte x Grav3Yard Girl Swamp Queen Palette. When it first launched online, my initial reaction was, “Who the heck is Grav3Yard Girl??” I soon learned that she’s a wonderful YouTube vlogger with a lot of personality and now a smokin’ hot palette to share with her Swamp Family and the rest of us makeup junkies.

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Take a Sweet Dose of Pink with Anastasia!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sweets Glow Kit

Pink Wednesday just took a sweet turn thanks to Anastasia and I’m loving every bit of it! I recently ordered the new limited edition Sweets Glow Kit and I’m completely blown away by how beautiful it is in person. I used to think Gleam was my pink dream Glow Kit but Sweets definitely takes the cake. No pun intended. The new Sweets Glow Kit comes in the cutest lilac pink shimmering packaging and features 4 golden highlighters with a touch of pink tossed in. It’s hands down the best Glow Kit Anastasia has created yet!
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LORAC Take Me To TANtego TANtalizer Bronzer Palette Review

LORAC Take Me To TANtego TANtalizer Bronzer Palette

There’s plenty of things you need in the summer like water, sunscreen, cute dresses and bronzer. Sunscreen and water are at the top of the list but the cute dresses and bronzer are a really close second for me. Everyone needs a good breezy outfit and a sunkissed look to happily get through the summer. I’m still in the market for more summer dresses but I think I’m officially all stocked up on bronzer for the next 3 summers. I was already pretty covered with my favorite brown girl friendly bronzers but the cute packaging and names of the new LORAC Take Me To TANtego TANtalizer Bronzer Palette lured me into adding it into my collection. I mean, a girl can never have too many bronzers!
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