Review & Swatches: Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder

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Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder

Availability: Nordstrom, Beauty.com
Price: $42.00
Disclosures: Affiliate Link

Company’s Description

This ultrasheer powder is the perfect combination of red, brown and grey pigments to recreate the look of a natural shadow. Kevyn’s secret tool for creating invisible shadows. This foolproof microsphere contour powder allows you to sculpt and enhance your face. Use on the jawline, cheek contour, temples, sides of the nose, or anywhere you wish to define. This easy to use, buildable shade works on most skin tones.

Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sculpting Powder is available in the shade Medium and is said to be the perfect contouring color. Keep reading for my thoughts and more images of this product.

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L’Oreal L’Or Sunset Collection

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Limited-edition
Release Date: Currently Available
Availability: Drugstores

L’Oreal’s L’Or Sunset Collection, inspired by the Cannes 2013 Film Festival, just launched (I’m not sure if this will be available in the United States). The collection features two glitter nail polishes (black and bronze), two lipsticks (L’Or Noir and Smoky Rouge), an eye shadow quad (Black, Yellow and Jade), and a Voluminous Million Lashes mascara in black. Keep reading for more images of this amazing collection!


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Review & Swatches: Flower by Drew Barrymore Win Some Rouge Some Creme Blush in “Peach Blossom”

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Flower by Drew Barrymore Win Some Rouge Some Creme Blush in Peach Blossom

Availability: Walmart.com
Price: $7.98
Disclosures: PR Sample; Affiliate Link

Company’s Description

Flower Win Some/Rouge Some Creme Blush conforms to skin for a soft “powder”-like finish. The blush transforms into a soft velvet veil on cheeks. It deposits gentle color for a healthy glow and it’s perfect for layering to build your desired look.

Drew Barrymore’s Flower Collection includes six (6) cream blush colors. This review is for the Win Some / Rouge Some Creme Blush in Peach Blossom–a soft peach.

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Review & Swatches: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in “Forest”

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Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Forest

Availability: Sephora
Price: $28.00
Disclosures: PR Sample; Affiliate Link

Company’s Description

A long-lasting, waterproof eye shadow that glides on easy like a stroke of genius. Shade, define, smoke up, and highlight your eyes with this do-it-all eye shadow formula. It glides onto your lids tug-free and is completely waterproof, so it can play as rough as you do. Choose from subtle to eye-popping shades that last for up to eight hours without creasing, flaking, or fading.

Bobbi Brown’s new Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks come in eight (8) different shades. This review is for the shade Forest–a cool emerald green color.

If you would like to see photos and swatches of all eight (8) shades, please see this post.

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Review: Nourish Organic Raw Shea Butter

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Nourish Organic Raw Shea Butter

Availability: Nourish & Whole Foods Markets
Price: $12.99
Disclosures: PR Sample

Company’s Description

This pure, organic raw shea butter will deeply hydrate and soothe even the driest skin. Clinically proven to improve skin elasticity, this rich butter absorbs quickly, heals irritated skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines, scars and stretch marks. Also effective for chapped skin and minor burns. Can be used all over the body, including elbows, knees, feet, hands, lips, face and hair.

Here are my thoughts on Nourish Organic’s Raw Shea Butter, which is said to be hydrating for the driest skin.


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Zoya PixieDust Collection – Fall 2013

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Limited-edition
Release Date: Fall 2013
Availability: Zoya Online
Price: $9.00 each

Company’s Description

The best-selling, revolutionary matte, textured, sparkling Zoya PixieDust formula returns for Fall with six spot-on trend colors for the season.


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Swatches: China Glaze Texture Collection

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China Glaze Texture Collection

Limited-edition
Availability: Sally Beauty, ULTA & Salons
Disclosures: PR Sample; Affiliate Link

Company’s Description

China Glaze introduces Texture, a unique new lacquer that applies as a crème but dries with a 3D texture effect. Unlike traditional nail art techniques that require multiple steps, Texture only requires one step—painting the nail. Texture dries matte, but can be combined with China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat for a glossy effect. With a finish similar to that of a sugared rim, Texture is the perfect accessory for a beach day, night-on-the-town, or special rendezvous.

Here are swatches of some nail polish colors from China Glaze’s Texture Collection. Keep reading for photos and applied swatches of the following colors:

  • Of Coarse!: bright, cobalt-blue with textured grit
  • Unrefined: bright pink with textured grit
  • Toe-tally Textured: tangerine-orange with textured grit

All colors have one (1) coat applied.

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China Glaze Sunsational Collection – Summer 2013

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Limited-edition
Release Date: July 2013
Availability: Sally Beauty, ULTA & Salons

Company’s Description

Make waves this summer with the new China Glaze® Sunsational collection. This fun palette of six brighter-than-bright crèmes and six juicy jelly polishes create a bold pop or sheer hint of color that are sure to see you through every highlight of your summer.


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Monthly Favorites & Regrets May 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: Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in “Nudist”

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Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist

Availability: Sephora
Price: $16.00
Disclosures: PR Sample; Affiliate Link

Company’s Description

A super moisturizing lip crayon that glides on effortlessly and wraps lips in a luscious wash of creamy color. This buzz-free formula is packed to plump, promising fuller, more luxurious-looking lips, without the tingle of most plumping glosses. The high-pigment color stays put—no smudging or bleeding—making sure your high-gloss, shiny finish wears long into the night.

Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick is said to impart color and plumpness to the lips without a tingling or burning sensation. This gloss stick comes in three (3) shades. This review is for the shade Nudist–a natural pink beige shade with a vanilla flavor.


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