Ever since an amazing makeup artist in Minneapolis used Koh Gen Do Cosmetics on me for a shoot, I have been obsessed. The Moisture Foundation and Face Powder both felt really light, gentle and incredibly luxurious on my skin and my face looked uber flawless and amazing. A few weeks ago I noticed that Koh Gen Do was on Hautelook so I figured it was the perfect time for me to try the Fresh Face cheek color.
The Fresh Face cheek color has the most perfect packaging. It is just absolutely gorgeous, yet simple and sophisticated. The Fresh Face cheek color itself is just heavenly! It just glided on my skin like a dream. It felt silky, soft, smooth and positively splendid. It left my cheeks with color that truly looked like it was radiating from within, just as if I were actually blushing or had just come back in from being out in the cold. In addition to gorgeous color, the Fresh Face cheek color also gave my skin the most lovely glow. Read more
Did you know that some women with gluten sensitivity need to avoid gluten not only in their food, but also in their cosmetics? If you react to gluten in your food, you will react to it in your makeup as well. This is something I’ve been hearing a ton about lately as a couple of my cousins were recently diagnosed as gluten intolerant. After digging a little deeper, it’s incredible to learn just how many things contain gluten … including most cosmetics. Some women develop intestinal, skin or emotional symptoms, depending upon the severity of their gluten intolerance. For those who aren’t familiar – Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
If gluten is something you have sensitivity to, this review is just for you. Gabriel Cosmetics line is Certified Gluten-Free & Vegan . . . and fabulous! Read more
Part of the LORAC Pro Collection, LORAC Pro Powder Cheek Stain ($20) is a blush that promises 12 hours of wear.
These beautiful blushes pack a real color punch! They are VERY pigmented so go easy when applying. I would suggest using a skunk or fan brush to diffuse the color a bit–especially for us fair beauties. I didn’t get quite 12 hours of wear, but a good 10 and that works for me!! I think even on oily skin you should be able to get at least eight hours of wear. In fact, these are SO long lasting ‘stain’ is an appropriate description. I find some gel or liquid stains hard to blend, but that is the beauty of these stains–they are powder so they blend easily and evenly. You get the intensity of a stain with the flexibility of a powder–it’s genius I tell you! Read more
Launching in October, Shiseido’s newest blush palette, the Camellia Compact ($36), is a work of art. As the colors of autumn begin to emerge, the colors of this flower live brilliantly. Read more
Part of Tarte’s terrific fall line up is the new Cheek Stain in Loving ($30). I disagree with Tarte’s description of soft rose, I see a beautiful pinky coral (my fav). As with all the cheek stains, it is a water-based gel tint that is easy to use and brings a lovely natural flush to the cheeks. Read more
Limited Edition Luxe Colour Portfolio
Beauty kits are my go-to gift for the holiday season. Since most pallets provide a Â compact sampling of the seasonâ€™s hottest color trends, itâ€™s always a guaranteed hit.
With color schemes that will transition seamlessly from crisp autumn days to cozy winter nights, Laura Mercierâ€™s Limited Edition Luxe Colour Portfolio has everything you need for a flawless face. The kit includes six eyeshadow color combinations, two blush options, three powder eyeliners, and three brushes for proper application.
The eyeshadow palettes are broken down into two color schemes: a standardÂ nude and a pinkish-plum selection. I love the plum color combination best â€“ it creates an incredibly soft, romantic look.Â While both are fabulous when worn independently, I also like mixing them together and getting a little creative.
Here I am after applying the plum shades to my lids and "City Pink" to my cheeks.
What I loved most about the kit was the eyeliner. You have three options â€“ standard black, a softer brown, and uber-trendy plum. The kitâ€™s flat eyeliner brush that makes application a cinch, too. Hint: For longer lasting wear, I like to wet the eyeliner brush before pressing into the powder. It seals the makeup and creates a bolder line. If only this kit included concealer and lip gloss, I wouldnâ€™t even need to throw a makeup bag in my purse!
Buy one for yourself, and one for a friend. Whatever gal-pal you treat to this holiday set is sure to be pleased.Â Find the portfolio online here for $98.00.
Have you tried a holiday kit this season that you love? Tell us about it in the comments!
I find myself in the market for a new blush only every so often. Like most women, I have my staple products that I know and love (hel-lo Nars Torrid blush), but I do like to test out new products once in a while to make sure Iâ€™m not missing out on anything.
I was excited to learn about GloMinerals products. A beauty brand comparable to the beloved Bare Escentuals line, GloMinerals promise flawless skin with oil-free, light reflecting pigments, and SPF of 15 in most products.Â Personally, Iâ€™ve always felt mineral makeup is the way to go. Â Itâ€™s good for your skin and always leaves a natural, radiant finishâ€¦not to mention itâ€™s incredibly easy to apply.
Thanks to my Irish roots, I have very fair skin with naturally pink undertones. For this reason I tend to select peach-toned blushes to play down any redness and add a hint of bronze glow to brighten up my face (especially during those sun-deprived, vacation-less winter months).
I selected GloBlush in Nectar â€“ a peachy powder with a nude shimmer. When applied to my cheekbones and blended out to my temples, it highlighted my face nicely and gave a nice natural glow for daytime. I loved the color as a simple everyday look, and am definitely planning on trying their powder cheek stain (yes, a powder stain!) for a more bold look in the future.
Check out the GloMinerals website to view all products. If you need another reason to go shopping, the site promises a free gift with purchases over $150.00. Have you tried any of GloMinerals makeup?
I am so excited about this brand that I am just going to start off by saying I have found my new obsession and it is called Eyeko.Â I have honestly not been this excited about makeup in a really long time…if ever.Â Normally when it comes to makeup I am all about the lip glosses, but I am excited about EVERYTHING from Eyeko.Â I have actually only tried their Fat Balm for lips and cheeks, the Liptastik Glossy Lip Pen and the Graffiti Eyeliner Pen, but if these three are any indication of how theirÂ makeup Â perform then I want to try every single product from Eyeko.
In my experience, whenever a product is touted as a lip or cheek anything, it normally works best on either the lip or the cheek, but never both…not true of the Eyeko Fat Balm in Strawberry.Â The balm looked great on my cheeks (it’s a sheer pink that gave my cheeksÂ a really natural looking flush)and managed to stay put after a walk down Lincoln Road in South Beach, Miami on a 96 degree day.Â When applied to my lips, it felt very moisturizing, not heavy and also stayed on my lips in the Miami heat and humidity.Â The color on my lips was a natural shade of pink with just a touch of gloss…not super shiny at all, just very soft and pretty…I guess dewy and fresh would be good words to use.
I have been dying to try one of the brighter shades of pink glosses and lipsticks this summer but have not been able to find one that was flattering on my skin tone until I came across the Eyeko Liptastik Glossy Lip Pen in Loud Mouth.Â The lip pen is a lip liner, color and gloss all in one.Â Loud mouth is aÂ vibrant pink that very weirdly manages to look both vibrant and soft on the lips.Â It is a great blend of a gloss, linerÂ and a lipstick…not as heavy as a lipstick, but also lasts much longer than a gloss.Â I am sure it is not intended to be used as a blush, but I did use it as such and I loved it. I love that it functions as so many different things because I can definitely leave my entire makeup bag behind and just carry the lip pen around in a teeny clutch.
I normally shy away from liquid liner…or eye liner for the most part, unless a professional is doing it because it is such a pain for me to apply.Â I can never seem to get both eyes to look the same and will normally remove everything and forgo the liner altogether, which is a huge bummer because I love the Sophia Loren/Eva Mendes bombshell/cat eye look, I just can never get it right with the liquid liners I’ve tried.Â This struggle is all over now because the Eyeko Graffiti Eyeliner Pen in jet black was really easy for me to use. I managed to control the eyeliner pen during my entire eye lining application…a first.Â The liner also stayed put (again in the Miami heat and humidity) until I used makeup remover.Â I loved that on the Eyeko website they give tips on how to best apply the eye pen because I definitely needed it and it made things a lot easier for me.
On the Eyeko website it says that Eyeko means love in Japanese so here’s my stab at speaking Japanese…with a bit of English thrown in, I absolutely eyeko Eyeko! I forgot to mention how incredibly affordable every product from Eyeko is…so go forth and get the love, spread the love and maybe…big maybe, share the love.
New makeup…I don’t know if there exists two words in the English dictionary (when combined together of course)Â thatÂ elicitsÂ more minor shivers…and goosebumps than the prospect of trying out new makeup for the first time.Â Usually whenever I purchase a new item I can barely wait to get home and rip off the tags…orÂ rip open that bag of chips or cookies in the car, but with new makeup, opening the packaging is a ritual.Â No ripping open anything here, IÂ relish the moment when I can sit quietly and slowly open each item, test it on the back of my hands and the inside of my wrists and sniff itÂ before actuallyÂ applying it where it’s really supposed to be applied (I said ritual.)
So why when I received my brand spanking new package of Rain Cosmetics did I forgo my ritual and revert to ripping it openÂ like itÂ contained boxes of Girl Scout Thin Mints. Simply put, I had not encountered aÂ line of cosmetics (not since Tarte anyway) with such a fun, simpleÂ name.Â I am alsoÂ kind of Â insane about rain (as in the kind you go singing in) and the packaging is very chic…I love the metallic baby blue color of the containers. New makeup called Rain in pretty packaging….it was just too much.
The first two items to make their debut in my ritual wereÂ my two newÂ lipglosses, the Gloss Of Fame inÂ Berry Manilow and the Sexy Extreme Gloss in Magic.Â They are both very pretty, flattering, soft pinks but the Magic Gloss has a lot more shine and shimmer and they both smell heavenly.Â The Berry Manilow Gloss has a faint vanilla scent and the Magic Gloss has a very light berry scent.
Next up was the Glam Lipstick in Showgirl, a dark wine colored long-lasting lipstick that doesn’t really smell like anything besides…well lipstick, but the color is very glam indeed…definitely a “night out” shade.Â For a lipstick it feels very moisturizing …probably because itÂ contains mango butter, grape seed oil and vitamin E.Â I loved that itÂ felt like I was wearing a balm instead of lipstick.
Lastly to conclude my ritual, I tried the Glowing Blush in Burlesque, a tan/peachy shade that did in fact make my cheeks look like they were glowing.Â I did have a moment of confusion with the blush because for some odd reason I assumed it was a cream to powder blush so at first I applied it with my fingers…it worked but did not look as good as it did once applied with a brush.
I enjoyed my ritual so much, I was pretty bummed once I had triedÂ my products.Â The only two negatives were that I wish there were descriptions ofÂ colorsÂ for eachÂ product on the Rain Cosmetics site and also…there I was sitting on the couch with glam lips and glowing cheeks with absolutely no place to go…