Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Urban Decay's The Mother Lode and Eye Pencil Vault

UD Sets

Let's all just take a moment to pause and really appreciate the amazingness of these collections.

*Swoon*

If you haven't seen these yet, they are limited edition sets released by UD and the shadow collection is only available at Sephora.  I'm not 100% sure if the liner set is being sold elsewhere.  However, they are both online only which means us commoners who can't justify shelling out for the high price tag can't even ogle it in person.  Tear.

The Pencil Liner Vault comes with 40 full size pencils for a mere $295.  The price for one 24/7 Glide On Liner is $19, and the price for this set breaks down to $7.38 per liner, so you're definitely getting a deal.  You can use that argument when you're trying to convince your parents/boyfriend/random person on the street that this would make a perfect Christmas present.

The Mother Lode Shadow Set contains a whopping 68 shades, causing any UD fan to drool a little.  But, this gem will set you back $595 bucks.  Yup, you read that correctly.  One shadow bought individually will cost you $18 and the set breaks down to $8.75 a shade, in case you're curious. But hey, with the VIB sale coming up next week, you can get 20% off (making the breakdown $7 per shade)...makes it totally affordable, huh?

Would you ever consider buying one of these sets or will you just stare at it longingly via Sephora.com?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Olivia Pope Inspired Winter Coats at All Price Points

Olivia Pope Inspired Winter Coats

I've pretty much become obsessed with the show Scandal ever since I watched my first episode a few months back.  I downloaded Season 1 to watch on the plane down to Texas in August, and it's been love ever since.  Aside from the political drama and presidential love affair, Olivia Pope has the most beautiful wardrobe of anyone on TV.  She shares my love for ivory hues and amazing coats.  

Since the outerwear she sports would put a depressingly large dent in my bank account, I thought I would go on the hunt for some options for those of us who don't earn the salary of a professional "fixer."  

Under $50
Forever 21
H&M

Under $100
Boohoo.com
Wallis

Under $200 
House of Fraser
Banana Republic

I think I have to say my favorites are the H&M and Banana Republic options.  Which look do you prefer?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hautelook Heads Up #2

Korres is on Hautelook today!  The event started at 10:00 (CST) and I'm guessing this one will sell pretty quickly so if your a Korres fan, get to it so you still have a good selection.  Sometimes, when Hautelook has beauty products, the discount is only about 20% and with the $8 or so shipping, it doesn't end up being that great of a deal.  However, the Korres products are on a pretty nice discount with the body butters being about 60% off.  Not too shabby!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Five Berry Lipsticks for Fall

Five Berry Lipsticks for Fall

Do you ever have one of those mornings where everything is slightly annoying?  I'm having one of those mornings.  I was running late, got stuck behind a bus on my way in to work, then stuck behind the slowest driver in the world in the parking ramp and finally was bombarded with club music while waiting for my elevator (the main floor of my building often has events going on...but club music at 8 in the morning?  Come on).  Nothing terrible, just annoying.  Anyway, enough of my vent.  On to the lipsticks.

Berry lips always reemerge in the fall/winter months.  It's as reliable as shorter days and cooler weather.   Here are a few options to add to your cold weather must haves:

1.  Shame by Urban Decay.  This is definitely for those who don't shy away from a really bold lip.  It is a very deep berry color and the formula is really moisturizing while still coming off opaque.  

2.  Damned Velvet Matte Lip Pencil by NARS.  These lip pencils have great staying power and are really easy to apply.  Damned is what I consider a "true" berry color.  An equal balance of purple and pink.

3.  Rouge Artist Intense in #7 Matte Bordeaux by Make Up For Ever.  These lipsticks also have wonderful staying power.  The only down side of these is that they can be a little drying, so you may want to use them with a bit of balm. 

4.  Manic by Urban Decay.  I don't know if it's cheating by having two UD lipsticks on the list, but hey, they are that good.  Manic is described as a "soft wine" color on the Sephora site.  I would say it's a reddish wine color...not quite a berry but I'm including it anyway.  Gettin' crazy over here!

5. Almost Lipstick in Black Honey by Clinique.  Black Honey is supposed to be a universally flattering shade and I think it lives up to that claim.  You can apply it sheer or build it up for a bold effect.  It's really moisturizing and feels more like a lip balm than a lipstick.  

What lipsticks are on your list for fall?

 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Body Shop: Not Only for Body Butters


I've only fairly recently been exposed to the wonderful world that is The Body Shop (within the last year or so) and I never would have thought that I would find some makeup gems.  During my last little haul at TBS, I picked up one of their single Color Crush Eye Shadows in Melt My Heart along with their new Color Crush Lipstick in 335 Hot Date

The shadow is a really pretty light bronze-y color that looks really nice as an all over the lid shade.  It's a pearlescent finish but doesn't contain any glitter, which I really like.  The shadow is really easy to apply with any shadow brush and blends nicely.  It didn't crease on me, but if you want it to stay put all day it's better to use a primer (as with any shadow).  Overall, I think the formula of these is really nice, comes in 23 shades and they are currently 40% off online so you really can't go wrong.

Then, there's the lipstick.  This lipstick is SO NICE.  I was surprised at how nice and moisturizing the formula is.  Hot Date is a matte color but not a matte formula, it has a bit of a shine to it.  It really feels like you're putting on a moisturizing lip balm.  As far as stay power, it's on par with your average lipstick.  You can get a few hours wear before it starts to fade and you would need to touch up.  The saleswoman said she was able to eat and drink without it fading, but I didn't have the same luck.  She was probably just trying to sell me the product but hey, that's her job so I can't fault her.  I would definitely recommend these lipsticks, especially if you're looking for something moisturizing.  They come in 24 colors and many of them area great shades for fall.

Have you tried The Body Shop's makeup products?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Looking for an Inexpensive Natural Lotion?


I swear, I go through lotion ridiculously quick.  Anyone else have that problem?  Sometimes I feel like a 9 oz tube only lasts a couple weeks.  Because of that, I love finding a good product for an affordable price.  I was browsing Ulta a couple weeks ago and came across the Tree Hut brand.  I had never heard of it before but have since done a little internet searching to see what their story is.  Tree Hut is a brand that started in Texas and is committed to using effective/natural ingredients, not testing on animals and producing their product in the US (you can read more about the brand here). 

The Extra Rich Moisturizing lotion is just that.  It smells delicious, has a nice thick texture but isn't greasy and you don't need a ton of product to be able to moisturize your entire body.  I usually use this after taking a shower and it leaves your skin feeling nice and moisturized all day.  What more can you ask for from a lotion?  Also, it's $6.49, so you really can't go wrong.

Next is the Moisturizing Hand Cream.  I picked up the cream in the coconut lime scent and it's as you would expect -- reminiscent of some sort of tropical drink (which I enjoy, so it's totally fine with me!).  The thing that is great about this hand cream is that it is pretty matte after applying.  If you're someone who likes to use hand lotion but hates the greasy feeling you can get from some products, this one is for you.  I put it on before bed and don't have to worry about letting it dry for ten minutes before I can touch anything.  A+

What lotions have you been loving lately?

Friday, October 4, 2013

Looking for a Great Drugstore Lipstick?



Top: Audrey (matte) Bottom: Narcissus (round formula)

Although I love lipsticks from the likes of Urban Decay and Tarte, sometimes it's really hard to justify spending $20+ dollars on something that will likely eventually be lost or ruined by some unforeseeable force (aka a dog or a hot car...).  So, one must peruse the drugstore for some more budget friendly options.  

NYX, while not always widely available is such an awesome drugstore brand.  It continually gets great reviews for its blushes, eye shadows and of course, lip products.  I was at Ulta a couple weeks ago and wandered over to the NYX section (side note, Ulta has the best selection of NYX products...in my opinion anyway).  I had heard a lot of great things about their matte formula so I picked one of those up in Audrey and one of the "Round" lipsticks (which are creamy and shiny) in Narcissus

Both of these formulas are nicely pigmented with the Round Case lipstick being more shiny/almost glossy and the matte being a true matte.  Both have an average wear time for a non-long lasting lipstick, about 4 hours or so (unless you're really good about not biting your lips/drinking/eating, etc. which I am not).  

Overall, these are a real win in the drugstore category and Ulta is having a sale right now so you can get them for about $3.50 (originally $5.99) for the matte formula and $2.40 (originally $3.99) for the original!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New In at The Body Shop: Cleansing Oil and Cleansing Butter


I must admit, the first time I bought The Body Shop products was about six months ago when they had a Groupon come out.  I was always one to go to Bath and Body works, but after visiting TBS and seeing what they have to offer, I'm converted.  Although TBS is a little more expensive than BBW, I think their products are made of more quality ingredients and are more effective (I recommend their body washes, they are so moisturizing and smell really nice). 

A newer line that has landed at TBS is the Camomille line.  It includes a variety of face cleansers and makeup removers.  The two I picked up are the cleansing balm and the cleansing oil.  I've already said that I'm a huge fan of using olive oil as a makeup remover, so I was really curious about TBS's offering. The Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil is a thin oil consistency and smells lovely.  It removes makeup super easily, even waterproof mascara.  Of the two, this would be the better one for the oily skin ladies out there.  Don't be afraid because it's an oil.  Trust me, it works.  I like it a little more than my good 'ol olive oil only because it smells nicer and I like the thinner consistency.  However, at $18.00 full retail price, I don't know if I would repurchase unless there's a good sale going on.

Now, on to the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter.  It is a solid substance that melts to an oil when you warm it in your hands.  It takes away makeup just as well as the oil, and is perhaps better for dryer skin as I find it is more moisturizing than the oil.  It also contains shea butter which can break some people out, so just an FYI if you're sensitive to that ingredient (I haven't noticed it causing any breakouts, however).  The butter is listed at $15.00, full price.  

Have you tried these products?  What do you think about cleansing oils and balms?