New ELF Brush Collection Coming Soon!

New ELF Brush Collection

ELF is one of the most popular drugstore brands in the world but it looks like they’re trying to break away from being labeled as “cheap”. The affordable budget beauty brand seems to be taking a new direction with their latest launches which includes their new skincare collection and new collection of luxury brushes. ELF recently released a new line of brushes that are softer and studier than the original Studio Brushes but it appears that they aren’t done expanding their brush reign just yet. For the past week, this beautiful leak has been circulating around social media and it’s got me so excited! Kathleen Lights got a chance to test these stunning new brushes at an ELF event and let the cat out the bag that they were great quality and coming very soon. She mentioned that she wasn’t sure how much they’d cost or exactly when they’ll be released but I’m guessing that it’ll be within the next couple months since ELF is already letting them get a little play time. I just hope ELF doesn’t hike up the price too much because I’m interested in buying pretty much all of these brushes. Like all of them!

Will you be grabbing any of the new ELF brushes once they’re available?

Let Your Skin Take a Deep Breath with Philosophy

Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating Oil Free Gel Cream & Oxygenating Eye Gel Cream

When the sun is beaming and causing a sweat, the best thing you can do is take a drink of water and a deep breath. That’s exactly the approach Philosophy took with the new Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating Gel Cream and Eye Gel Cream. They’re like a breath of fresh air and splash of water for your skin. The Take a Deep Breath line is suitable for all skin types but it works especially well for environmentally stressed dehydrated skin. You’re probably thinking, “Environmentally stressed? What does that mean?”

The sun isn’t your skin’s only enemy when you step outside. Environmental factors like pollution, free radicals and even wind can cause signs of early aging, clogged pores and even dry skin. Who knew outside could be such a nasty place? Apparently Philosophy! The Take a Deep Breath skincare line is exactly what you need to add to your routine to moisturize, protect and replenish your skin.

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ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip On The Way!

ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lips for Summer 2016

It was only a matter of time before ColourPop popped up with a lip gloss line. After hitting the market with Lippie Stix, Lippie Pencils, Ultra Matte Lips and Ultra Satin Lips it was a must that ColourPop introduced a line of Ultra Glossy Lips. The new Ultra Glossy Lip line will include 21 shades ranging from nudes and reds to pinks and purples. The formula will come in 4 different finishes including:

  • Sheer transparent with a hint of color
  • Sheer Metallic transparent with glitter
  • Creme medium coverage
  • Ultra Metallic full coverage

So there’s a little something for everyone! I got a chance to try 2 of them (WeHo and Finders Keepers) after receiving them as free gifts for my last haul. So far, I like them a lot. Both shades have a Creme finish that felt creamy and went on smoothly with semi-sheer coverage. The formula isn’t exactly moisturizing but it still felt good on the lips without feeling too sticky or tacky. I’m looking forward to seeing the full range and swatches because I would love to add a couple more to my collection to layer over my Ultra Matte Lips when they start to get a little dry. You can expect to see the full line available at ColourPop on July 21st at noon PST. Act fast though because you know ColourPop releases sell out in a blink of an eye!

ELF x Jackie Aina J.Glow Eyeshadow Palette Now Available!

ELF x Jackie Aina J.Glow Eyeshadow Palette Now Available!

This has definitely been the year of celebrity and blogger collabs with pretty much every brand you can think of hopping on board. ELF is typically known for their amazingly affordable yet still good quality beauty products that are available worldwide and now they’ve teamed up with some talented beauty vloggers to give us a limited edition collection that’s to die for. One of my favorite YouTubers, the gorgeous Jackie Aina, joined forces with the mega budget beauty brand to create her own hand-picked eyeshadow palette. Each shade was carefully chosen by Jackie Aina to help you shade, sculpt and define your eyes just like she does with her signature colors.
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Shimmering Blushes for Summer!

Too Faced Something About Berry Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush, Sephora Hot Flush Colorful Blush, Milani Blossomtime Rose Blush, Becca Foxglove Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush, Milani Bella Amore Baked Blush

For most people, blush isn’t the most necessary product for a complete makeup look. However, we all need a little blush to brighten, lift and add a nice touch of color to the face. Especially in the summer! Bronzers typically take center stage in the summer but it’s important to make sure you incorporate a little blush too to give you that naturally flushed rush of color that just screams color. I’m not going to lie to you. I don’t always wear blush every time I wear makeup but I always feel sassier and more pulled together when my cheeks are topped with a nice blush that sets everything off. Like a nice shimmering blush that amplifies my highlight and makes me look sunkissed and rosy. That’s why I’ve put together this handy shimmering blush guide to help you perk up those cheeks this season. Let’s get started, shall we?

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Smashbox Culver City Coral L.A. Lights Blush & Highlight Palette Review

Smashbox Culver City Coral L.A. Lights Blush & Highlight Palette

Finding brands that you love is a great feeling but sometimes that love can blind you from seeing the beauty of other brands. I used to be a supreme MAC junkie but eventually I grew out of MAC and started trying other brands. Since I’ve started working for Ulta, I’ve discovered the beauty of Tarte, Too Faced and now Smashbox. I used to walk right past Smashbox without even noticing but I’ve come to realize that their products are actually pretty good. In fact, Smashbox is a seriously underrated brand that deserves a lot more love!
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Matte Blushes for Summer!

MAC Fleeting Romance Pro Longwear Blush, NYX Code Breaker Ombre Blush, Tarte Tipsy Amazonian Clay Blush, Black Radiance Toasted Almond Artisan Color Baked Blush, Bobbi Brown Pink Blush

I know bronzer gets all the summer love but blush is still important too! A pretty blush gives you a healthy flush of color, balances your makeup looks and can even brighten and lift your face (and spirits). I know shimmering blushes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea though. Which is understandable because some of us don’t always like to shimmer or, in my case, love to pile on highlighters so a shimmering blush isn’t always ideal. Thankfully, there’s plenty of matte blushes on the market that not only add a touch of color to cheeks but also help to sculpt and add a little dimension helping your cheeks (and bronzer) pop even more. That’s why I’ve gathered my top 5 matte blush picks to help you find your perfect matte flush this summer. Take a look!

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ColourPop Haulin’!

ColourPop Churro Super Shock Cheek, Dream Catcher Super Shock Cheek, LaLa Super Shock Shadow, Alchemist Super Shock Shadow, BFF3 Lippie Pencil, Creature Lippie Pencil, Bangin' Brunette Brow Pencil, Black N Brown Brow Pencil

ColourPop has to be the most addicting makeup brand ever. When ColourPop first hit the scene, I just couldn’t understand the huge fascination with them. Then I placed an order and it all clicked. From the shadows to the lipsticks, ColourPop makes some of the most amazing products I’ve ever tried. And they’re all under $10! So, by makeup junkie logic, I’d be doing myself a disservice to not try their new or limited edition products after having such a great run with them. Right? Don’t answer that.

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The Perfect Products for Smooth, Summer Skin

Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer, Murad Essential-C Eye Cream, Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating Eye Gel Cream, Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating Oil Free Gel Cream Moisturizer, Murad Essential-C Cleanser, Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer, Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner

Makeup will always be my first love but skincare has definitely been growing on me over the past year. A healthy, even complexion is the key to flawless makeup so I’m always on the lookout for good skincare products that help my skin look its best. After lots of trial and error, I’ve crafted the perfect skincare regimen for my dry, sensitive skin and discovered some amazing products that work like a charm. It would be selfish of me to not share my favorite summer skincare goodies with my favorite peeps in the world so I’ve wrangled them all up so I could give you the scoop on all of them and also help you put together your perfect summer skincare routine.

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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!

Chanel Lotion Douceur Gentle Hydrating Toner

Happy hump day! I hope you’re having a good week so far. If not, let’s turn it around with some pink! Usually I show you a nice pink lipstick or blush (or both) but this week I wanted to put the spotlight on skincare. I’ve said it a million times already, but summer is the ideal time of year to make sure you have a healthy, clear complexion that looks smooth, even and radiant. One of the most important tools in your summer arsenal to achieve that healthy, glowing complexion is toner. A good toner will help remove extra dirt, oil and makeup your cleanser left over, balance your skin, strengthen your moisture barrier and even offer some antioxidant protection against the environment in some cases. Toner is a really powerful product that is essential for summer because we spend so much more time outdoors soaking in all the sun, free radicals, environmental pollution and more.
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