Aug 14, 2018

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish Summer Solstice Collection: Ocean Daze, Koi Coral, and Golden Glow

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish - Summer Solstice Collection  Koi Coral - Golden Glow - Ocean Daze  - Swatches
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish - Summer Solstice Collection
Koi Coral - Golden Glow - Ocean Daze
Products provided for review

What do you love the most about summer?  Do you even love summer?  For me, it's a bit of a love-hate.  I hate the heat and would stay indoors with the shades drawn, the AC on full blast all day if I could, but I also am a plant-hoarder, and as any plant-crazy lady (or guy) will tell you, there really is no substitute for bright sunshine.  But if you are looking for an easier way to get bright pops of color this summer, Sally Hansen has you covered with the Summer Solstice collection.  The nail colors in this summer-themed collection range from bright corals and pinks to softer pastels and golds.  I got to try out 3 of these colors - Koi Coral, Golden Glow, and Ocean Daze.  Scroll on for pics.

Aug 13, 2018

Rimmel Magnif'Eyes Nude Edition Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches, Review

Rimmel Magnif'Eyes Nude Edition Eyeshadow Palette - Review - Swatches
Rimmel Magnif'Eyes Nude Edition Eyeshadow Palette ($7.99)
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Neutral/nude palettes have been around for a while now, and there is a version or two by every brand.  Despite that, I am always happy to try out the next new "Nude" palette, especially when it's  by a brand that's easy on the pocket like this Magnif'Eyes Nude Edition eyeshadow palette by Rimmel.  The Magnif'Eyes eyeshadow palettes are available in 5 color themes - Nude (pictured above), Smoke (as the name suggest, a darker smokier collection), Spice (warm neutrals – I really wanted this but couldn't find it at my local Target), Blush (rose/plum-toned neutrals), and Color (this one has some brighter shades – teal, copper, gold, along with some neutrals and darks).  I got to try out the Nude edition (thanks to PR folks), and for my medium-dark skin tone, this works great as a soft-neutral eyeshadow palette.  Scroll on for swatches and photos.

Jul 27, 2018

Lancome L'Absolu Lip Lacquers - Swatches

Lancome L'Absolu Lip Lacquers - Swatches
Lancome L'Absolu Lip Lacquers ($26 each)

It's been a while since I checked Lancome's new launches, so it's no surprise that I missed these Lancome L'Absolu Lip Lacquers.  The oil-in-water emulsion formula claims to deliver high-shine, light-weight, long-lasting vivid color.  Apply a single coat for sheer color, build up with 2-3 coats for a more opaque finish.  Scroll on for swatches.

Jul 16, 2018

MAC Plenty of Pout Plumping Lipsticks – Swatches

MAC Plenty of Pout Plumping Lipsticks – Swatches
MAC Plenty of Pout Plumping Lip Collection

The newest from MAC – Plenty of Pout lip collection – is supposed to be a bunch of things, but before I get to that, I have to talk about the promo photo.  Umm ... someone somewhere thought having a bee on the lip is a fun image?!  I get that they are going for the bee-stung lips concept, but I find the imagery just weird.  Anywho, moving on to the Plenty of Pout collection, it includes lipsticks (and a lipgloss) that promise full pouty lips and sheer, creamy color.  The lip plumping effect comes not from bees (thankfully) but from ginger root complex that gives a cooling sensation to the lips and moisturizing oils that give a moisturized, smoothened effect.  Most of the colors were sold out at my local MAC counter, but I did get some swatches to share here.  Scroll on for more.

Jul 14, 2018

Caudalie Instant Detox Face Mask

Caudalie Instant Detox clay face mask - review
Caudalie Instant Detox Face Mask ($39/75 mL)

As someone with oily-combination skin and a long history of fighting acne breakouts (still have the scars to show for that 😭), I have been through a lot of clay-based face masks.  In general, they are a great way to tone down the oiliness and give the skin a fresh and tightened feel.  Unfortunately though, much like my experience with oil-free moisturizers and acne-fighting face washes, most clay-based face masks leave my skin feeling and looking dry, dull, and parched.  I am quite convinced pure clay-based face masks work best on younger skins or as heavy artillery on an occasional pimple.  For regular, all-over use, though, they have always seemed too drying for me.  And that's why I love the Caudalie Instant Detox face mask.