Zoya Zenith Collection Video

Here is the video overview of Zoya’s Zenith Collection for Holiday 2013. The video includes live swatches of all of the colors and my thoughts about the quality of the formulas.

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Lily Collins As Brand Ambassadress For Lancôme


Lancôme is thrilled to announce the arrival of young actress Lily Collins as its newest brand ambassadress.

Rising Hollywood star Lily Collins is the granddaughter of a ballerina and the daughter of musician Phil Collins. A delicate yet confident beauty, she embodies Lancôme’s effortlessly chic look and joie de vivre. Lily Collins made her breakout film debut years ago in critically adored The Blind Side. Now, she transforms seamlessly from wide-eyed ingénue in 2012’s Mirror Mirror (alongside Julia Roberts, another Lancôme face) to vampy demon-slayer in 2014’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

“It’s an absolute honor and privilege to have been chosen to represent the Maison Lancôme. I have always admired the brand’s unique and distinctive appreciation for inner beauty and grace, elegance and utter radiance. I feel incredibly lucky to be included among the most inspirational women ambassadresses for one of the most prestigious brands in the world. It’s truly a dream come true,” confided Lily Collins.

“With her charm, gracefulness, modernity and lively wit, Lily Collins is the perfect embodiment of femininity according to Lancôme. We are delighted to begin this collaboration with Lily, who brings a renewed sense of radiance and youthfulness to Lancôme,” stated Françoise Lehmann, General Manager of Lancôme International.

As a talented actress with infinite potential, she will be bringing her freshness and captivating allure to Lancôme as of January 2014, starting with the Spring make-up collection, French Ballerine.

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Review & Swatches: Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Long-Wear Professional Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow in “Cosmos”


Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Long-Wear Professional Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow in Cosmos

Availability: Sephora
Price: $30.00
Disclosures: Affiliate Link

Company’s Description

An eye shadow with a weightless finish that blends onto the eyelid, dressing it with color and facets of shadow and light. These elegant shadows create multidimensional, light-reflecting eyes in a single step. The mousse-gel texture blends easily with the fingertips or the enclosed applicator to illuminate the eye with an iridescent metallic finish.

Dior’s new eye shadow product comes in 5 shades with a mousse-gel formula to create a metallic finish. This review is for shade #281 Cosmos–a deep, sparkling, denim blue.

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NARS Guy Bourdin Collections – Holiday 2013


Release Date: October 15, 2013 (NARS) / November 1, 2013 (Sephora)
Availability: NARS, Sephora

Company’s Description

As a child, NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars discovered Guy Bourdin’s work in the pages of French Vogue. It was then that Nars was first inspired to become a makeup artist. Today François Nars honors Bourdin’s legacy with an entire limited edition collection for Holiday 2013, created in the spirit of Guy Bourdin: bold, uncompromising color and high-impact finishes in shades that launch us into his intriguing, high-fashion world.

NARS’s upcoming Holiday collections will be released in the traditional color collection and a separate gift collection. The color collection contains 16 new, limited edition shades, as well as Exhibit A Blush (which is permanent) and new eyeshadow and lipstick formulas in Cinematic Eyeshadow (high-pearl, high-metallic payoff) and Cinematic Lipstick (superglossy, high-shine).

The gifting collection is made up of 8 sets that will launch on November 1st. These gifting sets include both old/permanent shades and new ones.

Keep reading for a full list of what to expect!

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Beauty Product Empties Vol. 2 Video

Here is the the second installment in the Product Empties series. In this video, I show which products I’ve fully used up and share my thoughts on their quality.

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I hope you enjoy this video!

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Review: Katy Perry Killer Queen Perfume


Katy Perry Killer Queen Perfume

Availability: Sephora
Price: $39.00-$59.00
Disclosures: PR Sample; Affiliate Link

Company’s Description

She is empowered and invincible, headstrong and beautiful, lethally gorgeous, and regally restless. Revolution is in the air. It’s time to overthrow convention. There’s a new queen in town. Killer Queen by Katy Perry is an intoxicating and charmingly playful floriental fragrance with luscious notes fit for royalty. Inspired by a Queen’s scepter, the jewel-shaped bottle portrays sexy sophistication and luxury. The rich gold crown cap showcases a custom crest capturing Katy Perry’s playful essence.

This review is for Katy Perry’s new Killer Queen Eau de Parfum Spray, which is available at Sephora in three sizes: 1 oz, 1.7 oz, and 3.4 oz.

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Swatches: Zoya Zenith Collection


Zoya Zenith Collection

Release Date: Winter 2013
Availability: Zoya Online
Price: $8.00 each

These photos and swatches are for Zoya’s Zenith Collection for Winter 2013. The following shades are shown:

  • Seraphina: Polaris Silver Metallic. Full Coverage Formula
  • Cassedy: Celestial Pewter Metallic. Full Coverage Formula
  • Belinda: Cosmic Purple Metallic. Full Coverage Formula
  • Payton: Galactic Cranberry Halo. Full Coverage Formula
  • Dream: Deep Space Blue Halo. Full Coverage Formula
  • Mosheen: Astro Ice Blue Topper – great for layering over other hues

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Swatches: OPI Pink of Hearts 2013 Set


OPI Pink of Hearts 2013 Set

Release Date: September 2013
Price: $15.95 ($19.95 CAN)
Availability: ULTA

Company’s Description

OPI announces the launch of its seventh annual limited edition Pink of Hearts promotion, featuring the classic sheer pink shade Pink-ing of You and the new sparkle-packed hue More than a Glimmer. Pink of Hearts 2013 will also include pink ribbon and crystal decals (10 each) to embellish nails.

Here are images and swatches of OPI’s Pink of Hearts nail polish set for 2013. Two nail polish shades–Pink-ing Of You and More Than A Glimmer–and a set of pink ribbon and crystal decals are included in the set.

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Review: Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Hibiscus Body Wash


Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Hibiscus Body Wash

Availability: ULTA
Price: $6.99
Disclosures: PR Sample; Affiliate Link

Company’s Description

Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Hibiscus Creamy Body Wash is an intensely smoothing body lotion with an exclusive Moisture Lock System made of an ultra-rich blend of hydrating coconut milk proteins with a hint of antioxidant rich hibiscus extract along with sugar cane and willow bark to soften, giving a radiant glow while rice milk and bamboo extract make skin supple and touchable all over. A sensuous and lush blend of sweet coconut milk with hints of hibiscus leave you feeling fresh and hydrated all day long. Not tested on animals.

This review is for Organix’s Nourishing Coconut Milk Hibiscus Body Wash, which is marketed as a moisturizing body wash.

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GIVEAWAY + Wantable September 2013 Unboxing Video

Here is the unboxing video overview for Wantable‘s September 2013 Beauty Box! If you like what you see and are interested in trying Wantable for yourself, you can get free shipping here.

Also, this month, Wantable will be giving away 5 beauty boxes exclusively to Allura readers and viewers! All you have to do is subscribe to the YouTube channel and enter your information here.

Good luck!

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