Saturday, May 29, 2010

MAC "To The Beach" Collection

Hi Everyone, Just posted my review on Youtube on the new MAC collection "To The Beach" This is a great sumer collection that already has items sold out company wide. Not fair! So many people who do not have a MAC counter near their homes or the ability to pre-order online will not be able to try all of the products in this line. In fact, the high-lighter called "Marine Life" was sold out in a few hours. Listen up MAC (okay I know you don't need my marketing advice) can't you make Limited Editions mean that the items are only available for a short period of time instead of a limited amount. Oh well, the colors are dreamy for summer and while the entire collection won't "blow you out of the water" (sorry) there are a few key pieces to try. I love the eyeliner "Float on by" and the Lustre Drops in "Sun Rush" If you are interested in seeing this collection, get going, it won't be available for long.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 15

Hi Everyone,

Wow, our temperature was over 90 degrees today. I hope our summer will be as warm, we could use it after all the rain last year!

I've heard a lot of rumble about the Hourglass line and decided to try their Illusion Tinted Moisturizer to see how it would be for the summer.

Tinted Moisturizer? I think they mislabeled this product. I barely used a single pump and have to say it gave me full coverage, full heavy coverage. Not at all what you would expect from a tinted moisturizer.

Advertised as "ultra-rich and deeply moisturizing", also seems to miss the mark. My skin was super dry. They also claim Illusion will, "lift and visibly tighten the skin within one hour of application" Odd, you have to wait an hour to look good?  Don't we put on makeup for the instant gratification of looking good? Anyways, it does tighten you skin, too tight! I couldn't wait to take it off and I can't wait to bring it back.
Trying their concealer tomorrow. Stay tuned.....

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Revlon Color Stay Glacis Mineral Lipgloss

Hi ,

I owe everyone a huge apology. I did a review on Saturday and mentioned the Revlon Color Stay Glacis Mineral Lipgloss. I said the colors are beautiful, they are, and the product was nice, it isn't.  I had only applied it moments before the review and loved the colors and I thought the texture. It went on well and seemed to be a great drugstore brand to recommend.  After I stopped filming my lips started to feel dry and had a tight feeling. I looked in the mirror and found the lipgloss had separated on my lips and worse yet the color had faded.  I always try new products for several days and should have done so with this product. If you want a great drugstore lipgloss that comes in fabulous colors and is SO worth the money, try the Boots No7 High Shine Brillance gloss. It is available in beautiful shades, is inexpensive and is truly a great drugstore brand to recommend.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Got To Love TJ Maxx!

Hi Everyone,

I headed down to the shore to spend the weekend at the beach and couldn't resist stopping at my favorite TJ Maxx store.  I don't know how they decide which items they send to different stores, but this one always has the best selection. Do I need another pair of shoes? ALWAYS!!!  I found these great Kate Spade's, the only one in the shoe department, in my size! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. They are a great bronze color and the bling is my thing.

Going to be kicking around in these all summer. 


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hi Everyone,

You know how much I love my sunscreens and I've found a new one that I have to share. Cetaphil® UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50
It is being marketed as a facial moisturizer with broad spectrum UV protection. The moisturizing formula is said to hydrate the skin for 8 hours and I have to agree. I've been using it for the past couple of days and find that it works well as a primer too. Best of all, it's available with a pump top that makes the application a breeze.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Lansinoh Cream

Hi Everyone,

Okay, I know you are probably thinking, "Lansinoh Cream, for Breastfeeding Mothers, on a makeup blog??  Since I'm writing about anything beauty related and dry skin is definately not beautiful, mentioning this cream is a must!  I've searched forever, tried too many products to mention and FINALLY stumbled onto this cream through a makeupalley review. It may have been manufactured for sore you know whats  (can I say nipples on a blog?)  but it is the best for dry skin.

One word of caution, DON'T leave it on your night table unless you tell your husband first. Boy, did I get a funny text from mine when he came home and found this! :D

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Paint Brushes vs. Makeup Brushes

  So there I was standing in my kitchen holding one of my water color paint brushes (a 1" flat wash brush to be precise) when I absentmindedly started stroking it on my face. Now, before you picture me with a face full of paint, although that would be funny, the brush was clean. I was amazed at how soft it was and couldn't help thinking it would be a great makeup brush. Actually, I used it for my foundation application the next morning and it was fabulous.  I'm sure you can guess where I went the next day, Michael's Craft store (bonus point, it was right next door to an Ulta store) and picked out 5 brushes.  FIVE brushes totaling $47.95. The brushes are made by Loew-Cornell & Robert Simmons and are amazingly a great dupe for the Sigma and MAC brushes at a fraction of the cost.
For example, the Robert Simmons S57 angle brush, which I bought for $6.99, is a great dupe for the MAC 266 which retails for $19.50.
Robert Simmons S57

I've started to use the brushes and truthfully can't find anything negative to say. Appearance, yes, the brushes I chose have white tips. Performance, no, they performed as well.  I'm sold. I'm saving my money for more makeup and heading back to Michaels to check out more brushes.
(The LC Maxine 1/4" is a dupe for the MAC 228. The LC XXL round is a dupe for the MAC 150 . The LC Maxine Mop 3/8" is a dupe for the MAC 239. Hmm, maybe the MAC's are dupes for the LC's?)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Stila Convertible Eye Color

Hi Everyone,

I have been trying to find this eye liner for the longest time! My Sephora never had stock UNTIL a few days ago. This is a fabulous eye liner and so worth the wait. It glides on, smudges perfectly and has a bonus eye shadow color to boot!  I purchased Indigo, a navy/purple color, which make the green in my eyes really pop. Love it!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

400 Youtube Subscriber Contest Winner Announced!

Hi Everyone,

I am so excited to be announcing the winner of my 400 subscriber contest. Congratulations goes out to Scarlettmonet on winning a MAC Liberty of London Lipstick in Everhip.

This is a beautiful pinky peach shade that is great for all the great summer looks we have been longing for. Thumbs up for sunny days!  I love doing contests and I am already planning my next :)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cole Haan Sandals.....Love them!!!

Hi Everyone,

I've been on the hunt for a pair of comfortable gladiator sandals and I've found them! They are the Cole Haan Air Whitney Gladiators available at I bought them in black but they are also available in white and a carmel color. They are heavenly. The leather is buttery soft and the heels have that fabulous air technology that makes walking a dream. Love the black but honestly think I might need another color. :D

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Hi Everyone,

You know how passionate I am about protecting your face with sunscreen. The winter winds are almost gone (although they did try to stay around longer this week) and the sun will be getting stronger each day.

I've been testing out the Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock Lotion (phew, that's a mouthful) with SPF 110 and helioplex (that's the magic ingredient all the derm docs are raving about) and I have to say I'm loving it. It is lighter than you would expect for such a high SPF and it dries without a white cast.
Best of all it's available in your local drugstore and retails for under $11.00 for a 3 ounce tube.