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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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ColourPop Pillow Talk Matte X Lippie Stix Review

ColourPop Pillow Talk Matte X Lippie Pencil

Summer usually calls for bright, glossy lips but there’s nothing wrong with being a rebel and taking a walk on the matte nude side. ColourPop recently released a new line of Matte X Lippie Stix that sports an ultra matte, shine-free finish in a variety of shades. I picked up a couple of pinks, of course, but I also had my eye on a few nudes too. Especially Pillow Talk. I love me some brown and grey nudes so when I saw that ColourPop combined the best of both worlds with the new Pillow Talk Matte X Lippie Stix I was all over it.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills That Glow Glow Kit Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow

Anastasia Beverly Hills isn’t just the queen of brows anymore. She’s slowly but surely becoming the queen of highlighters too. The saga first began with her beautiful line of Illuminators. Now, she’s kicked it up a notch with her iconic Glow Kits which I think every makeup junkie needs to have in her stash. If not both, at least one! I just knew That Glow would be mine until I laid eyes on Gleam and realized how amazing it looks on my brown skin. I ended up adding Gleam to my collection first in hopes of skipping That Glow since I have so many gold highlighters. But there was no way I could resist That Glow for long. It’s too superb!
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Urban Decay Big Bang Vice Lipstick Review

Urban Decay Big Bang Vice Lipstick

Do you love pink? Or glitter? Yes? Then you’re going to lose your mind over the new Urban Decay Big Bang Vice Lipstick. It is literally the epitome of pink and glitter conveniently packaged into a lipstick bullet. No really. Urban Decay’s Big Bang Vice Lipstick looks like pure glitter and it’s so pink that it’ll make every girly girl pink fanatic fall to her knees. This lipstick is that serious! Unicorns may even be jealous of it. For real.

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CoverGirl Queen Collection Ebony Bronze Natural Hue Bronzer Review

CoverGirl Queen Collection Ebony Bronze Natural Hue Bronzer

There’s always that one beauty product that tons of people rave about all over but is incredibly hard to find. The CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer is definitely one of them! If you do a quick Google search, you’ll find tons of good reviews on it and even a few places to order it online. But finding it in stores? Needle in a haystack. The CoverGirl Queen Collection isn’t available in all stores so I really had to dig to find it. After lots of searching, I lucked up and came across it at my local Target. It took a lot of effort to get my hands on the CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer but I don’t regret it at all. It’s such a wonderful bronzer!
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Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer Review

Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer

Achieving a healthy, radiant complexion isn’t just about dewy foundations, liquid illuminators and eye catching highlighters. The true key to a natural all over glow is by eating right, of course, and taking good care of your skin. A good skincare routine is super important to make sure your complexion stays nice and clear with a radiant glow. Adding a good mask to exfoliate and a good serum can work wonders for skin and give you that glow you’ve always longed for. Especially a good serum! Serums are like moisturizers on steroids as they contain a higher potency of skin loving ingredients without all the water and actively transform your skin with regular use over time.

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3 Bronzers for Brown Skin

3 Bronzers for Brown Skin

When you already have a rich, deep skin tone finding a bronzer is tough work. Most bronzers are a pale golden tan or barely there bronze that only work for light to medium complexions. It’s not too often that you see an actual bronzer (not a highlighter) designed to add warmth and subtle definition to brown skin. Which is a bummer because even us dark skin divas like to look warmed up and kissed by the sun too. Thankfully, a handful of makeup brands realized brown skin could use a little bronzer too and created bronzers deep enough for us gals on the darker side of the spectrum to use. Finding the perfect bronzer for brown skin can still be a bit tricky because everyone hasn’t hopped on board yet so I’ve decided to share my top 3 bronzer choices that work like a charm for my deep brown skin.

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Maybelline Nude Thrill & Rebel Red Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color Review

Maybelline 10 Nude Flush, 35 Rebel Road Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color

There’s nothing like waking up to a box of liquid lipsticks! Recently, Influenster sent over a couple of the new Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors for me to test out for you guys and I couldn’t be happier to tell you all about them. It was only a matter of time before Maybelline hopped in the liquid lipstick arena after the trend took the makeup world by storm. While it took a little time, Maybelline finally whipped up their own liquid matte lipstick formula with the new Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors. The Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color line features 10 shades ranging from nude to vampy for just $8 a pop. Do they live up to the matte liquid lipsticks we know and love?

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MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish Review

MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish

There was once a time when limited edition MAC products would fly off the shelves in the blink of an eye. Literally the second a limited edition collection went live half of it was out of stock before MAC could even send out an email or text message. Now a days, it seems that MAC has learned their lesson and upped their limited edition inventory. Or people just got tired of the rat race. Either way, it’s a great thing that limited edition MAC products remain in stock a lot longer now because everyone can get a chance to enjoy them. A few months ago, MAC whipped up the Future MAC Collection which featured funky shades and futuristic designs to help you channel your inner time warrior. The star of the show was the Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish with its out of this world orb-like design that houses 3 sparkling highlighters all in one sleek black compact.

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Stay Beat in the Heat with these Summer Foundations

Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation, Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation, Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup, NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer

Loving makeup or having to rock a polished face to work on a regular basis can be fun at times. You get to flex your creativity by adding a little color to your day or take on the world feeling a powerfully beautiful new version of yourself. The downside, is that rocking makeup isn’t always sunshine and roses. Especially in the summer. You go from worrying about moisturizing and masking enough in the winter to stressing over how to keep your face flawless in 90º weather. I know the struggle, girl. Even as a dry gal, I can’t always keep my beat fresh and flawless in the summer heat without feeling like my foundation is melting or caking up something terrible. Over the years, though, I’ve learned that switching up your foundation (and skincare which we’ll discuss that later) helps a great deal to keep your makeup looking fresh and sweat free from sun up to sun down. So I’ve put together a quick guide to help you choose your perfect summer foundation that’ll help you stay flawless all season.
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