Jul 30, 2016

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths (Restore)

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths Restore Review
Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths (Restore) 
Product provided for review

A lot of people would pick summer as their favorite time of the year, but much as I love all the bright light and sunshine, I absolutely hate the heat.  I think living in India cured me of any fascination for the summers :D  I am a bit lucky now that I spend most of my time indoors, but even a couch potato like me does need to step out into the real world once in a while, and oh goodness, it's hot outside!!  Whether you are a reluctant stepper-outer like me or a person with a real job and a life outdoors, you are going to love these Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths that I got to try out recently.  They are similar to makeup wipes (or baby wipes), but these are use-all-over kind of wipes.  Scroll on for more.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Intense Velvet Matte Stain - Swatches

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Intense Velvet Stain - Swatches
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro ($38 each at Sephora)

Matte lip colors seem to be quite popular this year, and for those who like this matte lip trend, there are so many new and not-so-new options from a whole lot of brands to choose from.  I amn't a huge fan of the flat matte finish, though, mostly because it looks just a little too dry and cakey on my already prone-to-dryness lips.  I prefer a softer velvety finish like these Giorgio Armani's Lip Maestro Intense Velvet Matte Stains.  These have a soft creamy finish that's somewhere between a creamy finish and a matte liquid lipstick, and the lightweight formula combines the ease of wear of a lipgloss with the more vibrant, rich color payoff usually seen in liquid lipsticks.  The color range has some bright reds and oranges as well as a few softer peach-pink shades and neutrals.  Scroll on for swatches. 

Jul 29, 2016

FarmHouse Fresh Citrus Cilantro Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Citrus Cilantro Body Oil - Review
FarmHouse Fresh Citrus Cilantro Body Oil ($18 at farmhousefreshgoods.com)
Product provided for review


FarmHouse Fresh is a new-to-me brand that makes award-winning professional bath, body, and facial care products that have been repeatedly voted by spa professionals as one of the top all-natural lines in the US.  Their products are paraben and sulfate-free as well as phthalate-free, 99% of their products are gluten-free and/or vegan, and they are PETA-certified cruelty-free.  The product that I have been trying out is the FarmHouse Fresh Citrus Cilantro Body Oil - a 96% natural, gluten-free and vegan, vitamin and antioxidant-rich body oil with a refreshing citrus leaf scent to it.  The oil is housed in a decorative glass bottle with a pump to dispense the oil.  Scroll on for more.

New-to-Me Haircare by Philip B - African Shea Butter Gentle Conditioning Shampoo & Styling Gel

Philip B African Shea Butter Gentle Conditioning Shampoo - Styling Gel - Review
Philip B African Shea Butter Gentle Conditioning Shampoo & Styling Gel
Products provided for review.

Philip B is a brand I am quite new to, and I recently got to try out two of their products - the African Shea Butter Gentle Conditioning Shampoo and the Philip B Styling Gel.  I color my hair, and it's also naturally quite dry and frizz-prone, so I have to be extracareful about the products that I use.  The Philip B African Shea Butter Gentle Conditioning Shampoo is a truly gentle shampoo that works best best as a daily shampoo, working great at freshening and cleaning hair without leaving it feeling dry, and it does not strip the scalp of any oil.  It is quite mild and best used on fine hair and/or hair that isn't very dirty - and it is marketed as a daily-use shampoo which it's perfect to be used as.  I do have to follow this up with a conditioner, though, on the ends of my hair where it's most dry.  Also, I would use a clarifying shampoo once in a while to give my hair a good squeaky clean and get rid of any product buildup.

Jul 28, 2016

Molton Brown Body Lotions - Coco & Sandalwood / Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea

Molton Brown Luxury Skincare Body Lotions - Coco Sandalwood - Blossoming Honeysuckle White Tea - Review
Molton Brown Body Lotions ($42 each) - Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea / Coco & Sandalwood
Product provided for review.


Some days I just feel so blah, it takes such an effort to get anything done, and I need every little help and inspiration I can grab to get on with my day.  This past week has been just that.  I can barely wait for the day to end and I get to crawl into bed and sleep.  Days like these are when I love trying out some relaxing bath and body care, and my current favorites are these two body lotions from Molton Brown.  The Sandalwood and Coconut Body Lotion is a gentle, comforting mix of creamy coconut, jasmine, and sandalwood while the Honeysuckle and White Tea Body Lotion combines the intoxicating scents of honeysuckle, white tea, jasmine, and vanilla with refreshing citrusy notes.  Scroll on for more.

Jul 25, 2016

Easy Glam - Soft Smokey Eyes with Red Lips

Easy Glam Makeup Tutorial Steps - Soft Smokey Eyes with Red Lips - UD Vice lipstick EZ
Easy Glam - Soft Smokey Eyes with Red Lips

For the longest time, I was a no-makeup person - not in the current "no-makeup" trend way but absolutely no makeup - and then moved on to using mineral powders and liner.  Even now, my idea of makeup is pretty low key, and I rarely venture beyond my comfort zone of brown shadows and neutral lips.  Last week, though, I was trying out some of the lipsticks in the UD Vice lipstick sampler (Sephora GWP) and decided to go with a red lip and paired it with a soft smokey eye makeup look.  It's still a simple makeup look but a little more glam than my usual.  Scroll on for details.

PurErb Clarity Brightening Cleansing Bar

PurErb Skincare Clarity Brightening Cleansing Bar - Review
PurErb Clarity Brightening Cleansing Bar ($10 at purerbskincare.com)
Product provided for review

PurErb is a new-to-me herbology and aromatherapy-based skincare brand that incorporates antioxidant-rich vitamins, oils, and botanical extracts carefully sourced from locations around the world into products that deliver uniquely effective results.  Apart from the skincare line that includes cleansers, toners, facials oils, moisturizers, etc., the PurErb range also include massage oils and tools.  The product that I have been trying out for some days now is the PurErb Clarity Brightening Cleansing Bar.  With a unique formula developed by a Korean Master Monk, the PurErb cleansing bar has quite an impressive array of natural extracts and botanical ingredients and equally impressive claims:  "It brightens, reduces hyperpigmentation, improves elasticity, boosts energy, and promotes a sense of stability. What other facial soap on the planet does that, using all-natural ingredients?”  So of course, I had to give it a try.  Scroll on to know more about this unique cleansing bar.

Jul 24, 2016

Lauren B Nail & Cuticle Balm

Lauren B Nail Cuticle Balm - Review
Lauren B Nail & Cuticle Balm (available at Net-A-Porter)
Product provided for review


For a lot of people, a mani-pedi session would be at top of the list of relaxing/fun things to do, but for me, it hovers close to a visit to the dentist.  As much fun as having someone else paint my nails can be, and as much I love a relaxing foot massage, I also have an overwhelming fear of sharp objects nipping away at my fingers.  While I do drag myself to a salon every once in a while, I find it infinitely more relaxing to just take care of my hands and feet myself.  A must-have in my nail-care routine is a good cuticle balm, and so far the Dior Creme Abricot has been my favorite.  It's a bit sticky, though, and best used at night.  For the day, I prefer something lighter and fast-absorbing, and for a while now, I have been using the Lauren B Nail and Cuticle Balm.  Scroll on for more.  

MAC Nordstrom C'est Chic Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Nordstrom C'est Chic Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches
MAC Nordstrom C'est Chic Eyeshadow Palette ($65 at Nordstrom)

MAC and Nordstrom come up with some lovely pre-made eyeshadow palettes, and this year has been no exception.  The MAC Nordstrom C’est Chic Eyeshadow palette is an exclusive combination of all matte shadows with a mix of soft neutrals as well as deeper browns.  Some of the colors are a bit light (for my skin tone) and don’t show up too well against my medium-dark skin tone, but overall, there is a nice mix of neutral shades in the palette.  I especially love the rosy/mauve-toned shadows in the palette.  The eyeshadows in this palette include some old favorites from MAC as well as some new eyeshadows that aren't part of the regular MAC line-up.  Scroll on for swatches.

Jul 23, 2016

Chanel Fall 2016 Le Rouge No. 1 Makeup Collection - Swatches

Chanel Fall 2016 Le Rouge No 1 Makeup Collection - Swatches
Chanel Fall 2016 Le Rouge No. 1 Makeup Collection at Nordstrom

Chanel Fall 2016 Makeup Collection - Le Rouge No. 1 - launched recently and is available now at Nordstrom (online as well as in stores).   I spotted the collection at my local Nordstrom store and got some swatches to share.  Chanel's fall 2016 makeup theme is all about the color red.  The collection, aptly named Le Rouge No. 1, is the brainchild of the new creative director of Chanel, Lucia Pica, and features products in varying shades of red, some outright red like the lip colors and some with hints of red, like in the Illusion D'Ombre.  As someone who loves warm browns, reddish and rusty tones, and generally most things matte, I loved this take on the rich warm colors of autumn.  Scroll on for swatches of the Chanel Fall 2016 Le Rouge No. 1 makeup collection.

Masque Bar Hydro Gel Eye Dark Spot Eye Patch Masks

Masque Bar Hydro Gel Eye Dark Spot Eye Patch ($29.99 at rickysnyc.com)
Product provided for review

Masque Bar makes some amazing face masks, so I was quite excited when I got a chance to try out their eye patch masks - the Masque Bar Hydro Gel Eye Dark Spot Eye Patch.  That's quite a long name, but these are quite simple, easy-to-use patches/masks for the undereye area.  Each box contains 30 pairs of these patches - so it's a month's worth if you use it every day as recommended - and a small plastic spoon/spatula is included to pick up the patches.  Masque Bar claims these patches, which are soaked in an essence which includes among other things snail secretion filtrate, helps with smoothing and plumping the undereye area and reducing the appearance of dark circles.  Scroll on to know more about this interesting undereye treatment.

Jul 22, 2016

Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser Face Wash

Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser Face Wash for Oily-Combination Skin - Review
Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser
Product provided for review

Whether you get your daily dose of makeup and beauty gyaan via Pinterest, YouTube, or perhaps that beauty blogger everyone loves to hate, chances are you have come across - and probably tried - dozens of different DIY skincare tutorials and hacks online.  While I do occasionally try out DIY scrubs (like this single-serve DIY body scrub), I am quite wary of using random ingredients straight off the kitchen shelf as face scrubs or miracle acne cures.  I find it safer to use products that are formulated using these ingredients.  The Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser face wash is one such example.  This face wash uses sodium bicarbonate as well as gentle exfoliating beads for added cleansing power and claims to be perfect for oily-combination skin.  Scroll on to know more.

Jul 21, 2016

Avon Anew Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask

Avon Anew Clinical Overnight Hydration Face Mask - Review
Avon Anew Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask ($30 at avon.com)
Product provided for review

Overnight masks seem to be the latest skincare must-have, and almost every brand from drugstore to luxury has their version of a leave-on mask.  As the name suggests, these masks are meant to be applied and left on overnight - no rinsing, peeling, scrubbing involved - and wake up to healthy, glowing skin.  Avon Anew Clinical Overnight Hydration mask promises just that - Let Avon work for you while you sleep!  This unique gel mask contains encapsulated hyaluronic acid and shea butter that melts into the skin as you massage the mask into the skin.  The product is fragrance-free, paraben-free, and also oil-free and is labeled as suitable for sensitive skin. Scroll on for more.

Jul 18, 2016

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder - Review
Tatcha Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder ($65/2.1 oz at Sephora)

Tatcha is quite a popular brand among a lot of the beauty bloggers I follow, so when I got a deluxe sample of the Tatcha Indigo soothing rice enzyme powder with one of my Sephora orders, I couldn't wait to try it. This is a creamy, water-activated enzyme powder that cleans the skin while leaving it feeling soft and polished.  It includes anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and soothing ingredients such as Japanese indigo, Okinawa red algae extracts, green tea, Japanese rice bran, oatmeal, etc.  I already use (and love) the Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel, and this seemed like a similar product.  Scroll on to read more.

FOTD: Easy Summer Makeup Look with Some Current Makeup Favorites

FOTD:  Easy Summer Makeup Look with Some Current Makeup Favorites from Dior YSL Milani Maybelline Chanel MUFE
Easy Summer Makeup Look with a lot of pink from YSL and Milani

My makeup routine has never involved anything too heavy or high-coverage, and despite my skin being miles away from perfect/clear, I have always preferred sheer coverage foundations and overall softer/lighter makeup.  Of late, though, I do feel my skin is looking better, thanks to a changed-up skincare routine, and I feel a lot more confident trying out brighter blushes without the hassle of a ton of concealer/foundation.  My go-to makeup look this past week featured a lot of pink - a matte blush from Milani (Bella Rosa) and a glossy pink lip thanks to a YSL perk from Sephora.   Scroll on for more on what I used for this makeup look.

Jul 17, 2016

YSL Mon Paris Eau de Parfum Spray

Perfume Review - YSL Mon Paris Eau de Parfum Spray
YSL Mon Paris Eau de Parfum Spray at Nordstrom
Fragrance Notes:  Strawberry, Raspberry, Bergamot, Calone, Pear, Orange Flower, Jasmin Sambac,
White Peony, Datura, Patchouli, White Musk, Ambrox, Cedarwood, Crystal Moss.


Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris is a sparkling new perfume inspired by the city of intense love, Paris.  The perfume is housed in a multifaceted glass bottle with a black tie around the neck (lavaliere) - a nod to classic YSL fashion.  The style is described as passionate, sensual, and sophisticated.

Mon Paris is a sweet, sparkling fruity floral which opens with a mix of berries and white florals.  The pear, bergamot, and orange flower give the perfume a crispness while the base notes of white musk, moss, cedarwood, and ambrox add a warmth that balances this perfume.  Going by the notes, I was expecting this perfume to be another sweet fruity perfume that I feel just a little too old to spritz on.  YSL Mon Paris would definitely appeal to someone younger, but it has enough warmth and a velvety caramel-like smoothness to keep it from seeming like just another cloyingly sweet perfume.  As the days wears on, the fragrance settles down to a softer floral with the sweet fruity notes lingering in the background.

I love the sticky, sweet, ripe fruity notes in this perfume, and I would wear it all summer and into the cooler fall/winter months.  I don't have perfumes that smell similar to this, so I see myself being enamored by it for a while.  YSL Mon Paris isn't a light perfume, though, and depending on how sensitive your nose is, it can seem a bit too strong for a summer perfume, and I don't think it would be the best perfume to wear to work either.

If you love sweet, warm fragrances, do give YSL Mon Paris a try.

 

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks - Swatches

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks - Swatches
Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks ($17 each) at Sephora

Urban Decay reformulated their lipstick range and came out with the new Vice lipsticks.  The packaging is all new, sleek and metallic, and the innovative lipstick formula is now available in a hundred different shades.  The ultra comfortable lipsticks deliver color in a single swipe and gives rich color payoff.  The UD Vice lipsticks are available in these six finishes:  Mega Matte (super-intense matte), Comfort Matte (creamy matte), Cream (luxuriously creamy finish), Metallized (cream with high pearl), Sheer (sheer, shiny finish and a punch of color), Sheer Shimmer (Sheer with floating pearl).  Scroll on for swatches.

Jul 16, 2016

Lauren B Beauty Nail Colors - Coachella Valley Sun & Zuma Beach Bum

Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture Polish - Coachella Valley Sun -  Zuma Beach Bum
Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture
Zuma Beach Bum and Coachella Valley Sun ($18 each)

Product samples provided for review

It's been a while since I shared any nail colours here on the blog, and truly, I cannot remember the last time I actually wore nail polish.  For someone who owns a let's-not-talk-about-it number of nail polishes, I have been sporting the nekkid nail look for too long.  Well, I seem to have found just the colors to brighten my mood.  These cheerful yellow nail polishes are from the Lauren B Nail Couture collection - Coachella Valley Sun (rich yellow) and Zuma Beach Bum (creamy pastel yellow).  Scroll on for more.

Jul 15, 2016

Skin Inc Pure Deep Sea Hydrating Mask

SkinInc Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask - Review
Skin Inc Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask ($45) at Sephora

While I don't change my regular skincare routine much, I love trying out face masks, and the overnight, no-wash/leave-in masks are among my favorites.  For a long time, I had been using the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight mask, and while I still think it's a pretty amazing mask to use, especially in the winters, I also wanted to try something lighter for the summer months.  Right on cue, I received a deluxe sample of the Skin Inc Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask with one of my Sephora orders, and I loved the clear gel mask so much, I promptly bought myself a full size jar.  This hydrating moisturizing mask claims to brighten, hydrate, and clarify skin in one easy step with ingredients like Okinawa deep sea water, hyaluronic acid, and soybean extract.  Scroll on for more on this leave-on mask.

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa Perfume Spray

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa Perfume Spray
Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa Eau de Parfum Spray at Sephora
Fragrance Notes:  Papaya Flower, Neroli leaves, White Amaryllis, White Daffodil, White water Lily,
African Dog Rose, Turkish Rose Absolute, Cashmeran, Musk, Sandalwood.

Style:  Fresh, floral

Dolce & Gabbana perfumes are among my favorites, so when I spotted the new Dolce & Gabbana Rosa Excelsa at Sephora I had to give it a try.  It is housed in a frosted glass bottle topped with a red rose cap, and the perfume itself is a pale pink, all tying in neatly with the romantic rose theme to this perfume.

The fragrance is described as a fresh floral, and a lot of white florals mixed with rose absolute form the majority of the notes.  Dolce Rosa Excelsa opens with a sharp, crisp note mixed in with the florals.  Despite the name, I didn't find the rose note to be too prominent, though I could detect it mixed in the floral notes.  The warm musky, woody notes linger in the background while the florals stay prominent.  I am not a fan of overwhelmingly floral perfumes, so the Dolce Rosa doesn't isn't a must-have for me, but it is a simple crisp floral that would work well for the summers.  The fragrance isn't overwhelming/strong, and the scent lasts all day on my skin.

If you like Dolce & Gabbana perfumes, give this a try the next time you are at Sephora. 

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Jul 12, 2016

Stella MccCartney Pop Eau de Parfum Spray

Stella MccCartney Pop Eau de Parfum - Summer Fragrance - Perfume Review
Stella McCartney Pop Eau de Parfum ($72) at Sephora
Fragrance Notes - Tomato Leaves, Violet Leaves, And Green Mandarin, Violet, Tuberose, Plumeria, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Musks.
Style - Bright. Contemporary. Positive.

Stella POP is one of the newer fragrances to launch this spring/summer.  The bright pink stopper on the simple glass bottle caught my eye in the store, and I was sufficiently curious about it, mostly because it was new, to request a sample to try at home.  Stella POP is a soft floral with a hint of sweetness to it and a touch of green in this fragrance that keeps the floral notes bright and crisp.  The fragrance rounds up nicely with the woody, musky notes that add on to the florals.  Unlike perfumes that change on me over time, Stella POP smells the same from the first spritz, and it lasts the whole day on me.

Stella POP is a simple fragrance without too many complex and/or distinct layers to it.  It's a clean floral with the sweetness balanced out well with the woody, musky notes.  The fragrance is soft and would make for a good perfume for the summers, though I see myself wearing this all through the year.  This also seems like a good wear-to-work perfume since there are no strong notes and the fragrance stays close to the skin (though, of course, don't bathe in it). 

Stella POP is a fresh, clean floral with just the right mix of sweetness and woody notes to it, and it's definitely among my favorite perfumes for this summer.

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Jul 10, 2016

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lipgloss - Swatches

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lipgloss - Swatches
Bare Minerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lipgloss ($18 each) at Sephora

Rounding up my swatch-marathon of the Bare Minerals Gen Nude lip collection are the Buttercream Lipglosses.  Like the other products in this collection, these vanilla-scented lipglosses focus on nude/neutral lip colors.  The creamy moisturizing lipglosses offer sheer coverage and are formulated with lip plumping ingredients that add fullness without any uncomfortable tingling/irritating sensation.  Layer these over lipliners or lipsticks to provide added dimension and help the gloss color show up better.  Scroll on for swatches.

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor - Swatches

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor - Swatches
Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor ($18 each) at Sephora

Bare Minerals Gen Nude lip collection is a treat for all those who love anything nekkid and neutral..at least with makeup.  The collection includes matte, lipstick, and lipglosses, all of which come in a range of neutral and nude colors ranging from pale nudes to neutral rosy browns and even muted berry and brown.  I have posted swatches of the Bare Minerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipsticks previously, so now moving on to the Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolors.  These are a cream to matte formula with added moisturizing ingredients to keep the lips from feeling too dry, and the vanilla-scented lipcolors deliver full coverage with a single sweep of the lightweight formula.  Scroll on for swatches.

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipsticks - Swatches

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Makeup Collection - Radiant Lipsticks - Swatches
Bare Minerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipsticks ($20 each) at Sephora

Bare Minerals Gen Nude collection is a dream come true for anyone who loves neutral/nude lip colors.  This collection features a range of nude shades, from easy to wear my-lips-but-better neutral shades to true pale nudes, and available in 3 different textures to choose from - matte liquid lip color, buttercream lipgloss, and radiant cream lipsticks.  Also available in this range are 4 new lipliners which can be used over or under these lip colors to give added definition.  The Gen Nude Radiant Lipsticks from this range combine creamy color with a balmy shine to moisturize, smooth, and condition lips while providing medium coverage.  The lipsticks also have a subtle vanilla scent to them.  Scroll on for swatches.

Jul 8, 2016

Molton Brown Fragrances - Bushuka & Orange-Bergamot EDT - Review

Perfume Review - Molton Brown Fragrances - Bushuka - Orange Bergamot - Eau de Toilette
Molton Brown Fragrances - Orange & Bergamot - Bushukan ($65 each)
Products provided for review

Nothing screams summer like cheery yellow packaging and bright citrus notes, and if that's your idea of the perfect summer fragrance, then Molton Brown has just the one..or two for you.  The woodsy, spicy, citrusy mix of notes in the Molton Brown Bushukan Eau de Toilette makes for a light and refreshing scent for the summers.  Molton Brown Orange and Bergamot EDT combines bergamot, Seville oranges, and mandarin for a spicy, citrusy blast that will wake up even the dullest summer morning.   Scroll on for more photos and my thoughts on these two fragrances.

Jul 7, 2016

MAC Fashion Pack Collection Eyeshadow Palettes - She's a Model & Runway Worthy - Swatches

MAC Fashion Pack Makeup Collection - Runway Worthy - Shes A Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette - Swatches
MAC Fashion Pack Collection - Eyeshadow Palettes ($32 each at Nordstrom)
She's a Model - Runway Worthy

Among all the products MAC makes - and they come up with an astonishing number every year - the eyeshadows are my favorites, but I almost always prefer to pick up singles/refills of eyeshadows and make my own palette.  While it's definitely the best way to ensure I don't end up with colors I don't use (or multiple black shadows), some of MAC's premade palettes, especially the smaller 9-eyeshadow palettes seem like a good buy.  The individual eyeshadows are smaller sized, but I have rarelynot used up any eyeshadow until now, so for someone like me this does seem like a good buy, plus they are the perfect travel-size.  MAC Fashion Pack collection features two such eyeshadow palettes - a purple- and plum-heavy Runway Worthy palette and the neutral/brown-leaning She's A Model palette.  Both these palettes have 9 small eyeshadows in a smallish square palette with a see-through top.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Jul 5, 2016

Giovanni 2Chic Ultra-Revive Pineapple + Ginger Intensive Hair Mask and Anti-Frizz Serum

Giovanni 2Chic Ultra-Revive Pineapple + Ginger Intensive Hair Mask and Anti-Frizz Serum review
Giovanni 2Chic Ultra-Review Pineapple + Ginger Intensive Hair Mask ($8.99) and Anti-Frizz Serum ($7.99)
Products provided for review.

A basic shampoo-conditioner routine never seems enough to keep my dry, frizz-prone hair looking healthy.  I am always trying out deep conditioners and oil treatments, and the latest products I have added to my haircare routine are the Giovanni 2Chic Pineapple + Ginger Intensitve Hair Mask and the Anti-Frizz serum from the same range.  This range uses a dual nutrient complex with pineapple and ginger extracts that provide a cocktail of vitamins (vitamin B, C, and E ) along with zinc, working to fight damage, minimize frizz, and add health and shine to the hair.  These products also have a sweet, tropical scent which I love.  Scroll on for more.

Jul 1, 2016

MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm Collection - Swatches

MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm Collection - Swatches - Teddy Pink - Play With Me - Side Dish - Pretty Me Up - Candy Wrapped
MAC Tendertalk Lip Balms ($20 each) at Nordstrom

MAC Tendertalk Lip Balms are the new "smart" lip balms by MAC.  Housed in iridescent metallic packaging, these lip conditioners come in 5 sheer shades - they are lip balms, after all - but what sets these apart from the regular balms that most of us carry around in our bags is that the MAC version adds a unique tint to the lips based on each person's body chemistry.  This isn't a new concept, and I have tried similar products from other brands, but I do like the feel of these lip balms, and the MAC Tendertalk lip balms come in soft, pretty colors that seem perfect for the sheer glossy lip look that seems to be one of the trends this summer.  Scroll on for swatches.

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Complete Care Lipshine - Swatches

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo - Swatches - 208 Roman - 216 Lettre - 214 Message - 206 Histoire - 204 Article - 206 Histoire - 218 Script - 208 Roman - 212 Recit - 202 Conte
Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo ($37 each) at Nordstrom

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylos are a newish addition to the Chanel lip color range.  These stylos feature a twist-up packaging, and formula is an extremely balmy, almost liquidy, pigmented lip color.  With hydrating jojoba oil, coconut oil, and appleseed oil, the Chanel Rouge Coco Stylos provide a creamy, light weight formula while delivering color payoff similar to a lipstick.  The packaging and the formula seem similar to the Dior Rouge de Serums (now discontinued), but I definitely prefer the Chanel formula.  The pigmentation is quite good for a creamy, lightweight lip color, and I couldn't detect any obvious shimmer in the swatches.  The consistency feels similar to Chanel Rouge Coco Shines - one of my favorite lip colors - but with richer color payoff.  Scroll on for swatches.

NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Makeup Collection - Swatches

NARS Summer 2016 - Under Cover Makeup Collection - Swatches
NARS Summer 2016 - Under Cover Makeup Collection  at Nordstrom

A little late in the game, but I finally got some swatches to share for the NARS Summer 2016 - Under Cover makeup collection.  There are a couple of other products that are part of the NARS 2016 summer offering - blush and eyeshadow palettes - but that's another collection (and I think some are exclusive to narscosmetics.com at least for now).  The Under Cover collection is inspired by Francois Nars' love of photography and the glamorous French Rivera.  The limited edition pieces feature fun packaging with original illustrations by contemporary artist Konstantin Kakanias.  Apart from dual-intensity eyeshadows and blushes, this collection introduces a new product to the NARS makeup range - Lip Covers, liquid lipsticks with rich color payoff.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.