Monthly Favorites & Regrets April 2013 Video

Time for monthly favorites and regrets! In this video, I share the products I’ve been most impressed by this month, and some products I found disappointing.

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I hope you enjoy this video!

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Review & Swatches: NARS Blush in “Seduction”


NARS Blush in Seduction

Availability: Sephora, NARS
Price: $29.00

Company’s Description

NARS Blush offers a range of translucent, natural shades, each with a subtle pink for natural blush undertone, created to highlight the complexion. Designed to be worn alone or layered together for more depth, NARS Blush provides a healthy glow to flatter any skintone.

This review is for NARS’ Seduction blush, which the company describes as a sangria color.

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Swatches: Nubar Nail Polish in “Into the Wild”


Nubar Nail Polish in Into the Wild

Availability: Nubar

Company’s Description

This season indulge in Nubar’s new luxurious collection “My Sweet Escape”. The collection features a wide variety of desirable shades including; Into the Wild, My New Obsession, From Dusk till Dawn, Jaded and to complement their counterparts in vibrant hues; On the Radar, Resort Yellow, Forbidden Fruit and Sour Apple. These extraordinary luxe hues are perfect for the new season. Check out the collection and select your favorite color so you can look breathtaking at any occasion. Like all nubar products, “My Sweet Escape” Collection is free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP (phthalate), and is vegan and cruelty free.

Nubar Cosmetics’ nail polish in Into the Wild is released with the My Sweet Escape collection. Into the Wild is an emerald green color.

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Review & Swatches: Aveda Petal Essence Face Accents in “Hibiscus”


Aveda Petal Essence Face Accents in Hibiscus

Availability: Aveda
Price: $24.00

Company’s Description

Let your color bloom: bronze, highlight, flush or blush with our flower-based face powder bouquets. Blend and build, with a trio of long-wearing colors inspired by—and infused with—aromatic florals.

This review is for Aveda’s Petal Essence Face Accents, which released with the Spring 2013 Art of Nature collection. The Petal Essence Face Accents are face powder that are talc- and mineral-oil free. This limited-edition color in Hibiscus includes a nude highlighter, soft coral, and bright coral.

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Review & Swatches: Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in “Unlimited Gold”


Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in Unlimited Gold

Availability: ULTA, Walgreens,, Drugstores
Price: $4.99 (Approx.)

Company’s Description

Style! Shape! Shine! Up to 6 hours of WOW worthy glossy colour, with SHINE EXTEND technology. Double the moisture instantly. Shape up your lips with super SOFT-EXTEND applicator.

Rimmel’s Stay Glossy lip glosses are available in over 20 different shades and are said to be moisturizing while lasting up to 6 hours. This review is for the gloss in Unlimited Gold–a shimmering, caramel-gold.

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Lise Watier India Gold Collection – Summer 2013


Release Date: Currently Available
Availability: Lise Watier

Check out the new products from Lise Watier, releasing with its Summer 2013 Collection India Gold. Keep reading for images and color descriptions!

Too Faced Cosmetics

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Review & Swatches: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Smoke”


Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Smoke

Availability: ULTA, Sephora
Price: $19.00

Company’s Description

Glide on color that stays put for the duration of your non-stop, on-the-go day! These cushiony, creamy eye pencils deliver powerful, vibrant color that slides on smooth and stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries to a long-lasting finish that won’t budge. Line eyes with a hint of color or go for the full artistic, multi-hued effect. Truly inspired, these pencils go all day and all night.

Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils are available in 40 different shades and tout a long-lasting, pigmented formula. This review is for the eye liner in Smoke–a deep, matte grey.


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Review & Swatches: Flower by Drew Barrymore Shadow Play Eye Shadow Quad in “Smoke and Mirrors”


Flower by Drew Barrymore Shadow Play Eye Shadow Quad in Smoke and Mirrors

Price: $9.98

Company’s Description

The Flower Shadow Play Eye Shadow Quad offers four gorgeous shades with color that blends evenly and flawlessly on the eyelid.

Drew Barrymore’s Flower Collection includes four (4) different eye shadow quads. This review is for the Smoke and Mirrors quad.

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Illamasqua Paranormal Collection – Summer 2013


Release Date: April 30, 2013
Availability: Illamasqua, Sephora

Company’s Description

“The Paranormal collection was inspired by unbridled kinetic energy, spectral light and transcendental emotional forces,” said Illamasqua’s Creative Director Alex Box.” The things we can’t explain, that we can only feel, the place between dreams and reality; the door of perception is open and is beckoning you through, step into the light!”

Here is preliminary information and images for Illamasqua’s Paranormal Collection. Some of the items are already available through Sephora (links below).

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Lady Gaga Fame Eau De Parfum Giveaway!


The Fragrance Foundation has chosen Lady Gaga’s Fame perfume as a finalist! Until June 1, 2013, you can vote for her perfume to be the winner.

In celebration, two (2) Allura readers will also be chosen to win a 3.4 ounce bottle of the perfume! You can read my review of the fragrance here.

To be eligible to win, like Allura on Facebook and leave a comment on this post with your Facebook username. You have until June 1, 2013 to be eligible. U.S. residents only.

Good luck!

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