Category: High End Brands

3 Bold Pink Glosses for Spring

3 Bold Glosses for Spring: NARS Place Vendome Larger Than Life Lip Gloss, Ruby Kisses Lively Hot Pink Lip Lacquer, LORAC Vixen Alter Ego Lip Gloss

Spring is in full force with summer right around the corner so why not celebrate with some poppin’ pink lips? This is definitely the perfect time of year to bust out those bold pink lip glosses that have been chilling in your stash all fall and winter. Pull ’em out girl! In honor of Pink Wednesday, I decided it would be a good idea to share a little pink gloss inspiration for you to get in the pink mood and really bring in spring the right way. ‘Cause we all know spring is all about those bold pinks!

My Secret Weapons for Brighter, More Even Skin

Murad Essential-C Cleanser, Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner, Murad Essential-C Day Moisture

Fighting those dreadful signs of aging is definitely high up on the skincare priority list but achieving a brighter, more even complexion is certainly right behind it! The only thing more annoying than dealing with fine lines, dullness and wrinkles is an uneven complexion marked with dark spots. Hyper-pigmentation (or dark spots) are common under the eyes, around the mouth and forehead for many people–myself included. For years, I’ve pretty much accepted the fact that dark spots were just a way of life because I had no idea that there was a way to diminish them. Boy was I wrong!

Through the years, I’ve been learning a ton more about skincare and I was shocked to learn how a simple tweak in your routine could transform the appearance and texture of skin. Even when it comes to dark spots. Hyper-pigmentation isn’t a skincare struggle we’re faced to deal with. It’s actually easy to treat and correct with the right products and lots of persistence. Less than a year ago, I introduced 3 new products to my skincare routine just to see what they were all about. After a few weeks of consistently using them I started realize a difference in the appearance of my skin. Not only was my complexion visibly brighter and more radiant but my dark spots were also beginning to fade leaving my skin looking more even and healthy. It would be totally selfish of me not to share my skincare secrets with you so I’m going to walk you through exactly how I achieved a brighter, more even complexion using my 3 secret weapons.


Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush Review

Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush

If there was one thing I learned from my quick stint with Bobbi Brown it’s that she makes some amazing quality makeup. There’s a reason why Bobbi Brown is a household name all over the globe. That woman really knows her stuff! From her massive foundation range to her stunning Shimmer Bricks, Bobbi Brown has managed to create a quite impressive makeup line with a huge following that’s greatly deserved. I didn’t know too much about Bobbi Brown products before I worked there but I quickly discovered why everyone was so crazy about them. Especially her makeup brushes.


Manicure Monday!

OPI Hello Kitty Look at My Bow! Nail Polish

Springtime is here! After a few random blizzards here and there, it’s finally sunshines and smiles here in Michigan so I was ready to make my nails look spring ready with a little yellow and Hello Kitty. Yes, I’m still obsessing over the OPI Hello Kitty Collection. You’ll have to bare with me here because it’ll probably be a few more weeks before I finally shake my Hello Kitty fever. If I ever do. I just can’t help myself. It’s the cutest nail collection ever!


5 Hydrating Primers for Dry Skin

5 Primers for Dry Skin

Tired of your foundation and concealer emphasizing your dry skin? Me too, girl! I’ve tried a ton of different foundations and concealers throughout the years and I’ve discovered that it’s not always the formula that needs a change. Sometimes it’s our approach, skin and technique that needs a little tweaking. Foundation and concealer has a tendency to emphasize dry skin putting the spotlight on flaky patches and fine lines rather than creating that smooth, flawless finish we crave. Now, there’s plenty of moisturizing foundations and concealers out there but if you’re anything like me you’ll quickly learn that they’re not without flaws either. Some moisturizing formulas tend to settle into fine lines and wrinkles as well as fade quickly, look greasy or just feel too rich–especially in the summer. That’s why I like to focus on correcting my dry skin with a solid skincare routine (which I’ll soon share!) and a good hydrating formula to ensure that my makeup applies and wears beautifully all day.


NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection

NARS Summer 2016 Collection

NARS is known for their simple iconic, minimalistic matte black packaging but every now and then NARS likes to spice things up a bit for their limited edition collections. Or a lot when it comes to this year’s summer collection. Don’t get too antsy just yet! The products feature same classic rubbery matte black we’re used to but this time around the boxes are just as beautiful as the makeup itself. For the upcoming limited edition summer collection, NARS has decked out the product packaging with beautiful illustrations from the talented contemporary artist Konstantin Kakanias to make this collection a true work of art from start to finish.


It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder Review

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder

When you have dry skin and fine lines setting powder is probably one of your least favorite products. For people with normal to oily skin, setting powder is this miracle product that refines foundation and concealer for an airbrushed look that’s smooth, shine-free and flawless. For dry skin, setting powder just makes skin look more dry and even cakey as it accentuates texture and fine lines. Pretty much everything you’re trying to hide. I’ve had my fair share of struggling with both dry skin and fine lines and it’s no fun–especially when setting powders are involved.

I’ve gotten a handle on my dry skin quite some time ago but I’m still struggling to diminish my fine lines which causes some annoying creasing issues under my eyes with every concealer I’ve ever tried. The key to keeping concealer from creasing is setting powder but for years I’ve struggled to find just the right one to alleviate creasing without making my dry under eyes look even more dry or cakey. At first, the best I’ve found was the NARS Loose Light Reflecting Setting Powder which works well but can start to look dry if my brush or sponge picks up too much product. Thanks to Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty, though, I was tempted to try It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder and I think it’s the best thing since sliced bread.


On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!

OPI Hello Kitty Collection in Super Cute in Pink + Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel

I hope you’re not tired of Hello Kitty just yet because the party is still going on over here! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Pink Wednesday than to rock a sweet pink manicure featuring the OPI Hello Kitty Collection. Yet again. Sorry guys. I just can’t help it! I love pink, glitter and Hello Kitty so when you combine the 3 together you can bet I’m all over it. All day, everyday boo!

Jouer Kitten Liner Review

Jouer Kitten Liner

When I received an email from IpsyOS for free tickets to Ipsy’s Generation Beauty Conference in LA I didn’t know what to expect besides a good time. Let me tell you. It was so much better than I expected! There were tons of brands in attendance with their own booths surrounded by some of the most beautiful and stylish people I’ve ever seen crammed into one huge space. I was like a kid in a a candy store meeting brand representatives and seeing so many friendly smiling faces. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better I started racking up goodie bags galore filled with brands I’ve never tried but were eager to test out.


Ricky’s NYC Haul & Swatches

Ricky's NYC Haul

For years, makeup junkies have been shopping at Ricky’s NYC to get their hands on a ton of different beauty brands that are often hard to find. Living in Michigan has shielded me from the beauty of Ricky’s NYC until Nouveau Cheap posted about an amazing deal for Ricky’s NYC via Gilt City a few months ago. Gilt City had in store and online store credits for over 20% off so I went ahead and purchased a $100 credit for under $45 because it just seemed like the right thing to do. $43 for $100 worth of beauty products? That’s a hell of a deal! So I jumped right on it and decided to finally order some of the popular liquid lipsticks that everyone loves to rave about all over Instagram.