CIRCA Beauty

I absolutely love getting new makeup. Trying the different colors and products, choosing a favorite, bringing it home and opening that pretty new package. It's even better when I get something I haven't tried before. Like makeup from CIRCA Beauty, a cruelty free makeup line that's affordable, long wearing, trendy, Read more

Sunscreen Pills - Do They Really Work?

With increasing frequency, I'm finding that I'm getting pitched more often to review sunscreen pills and drinks. I am a true skeptic when it comes to replacing what I know already works (topical sunscreen), and has worked for YEARS, with something so new that claims the same benefits. So Read more

St. Ives Spray Lotion Review #LiveRadiantly

St. Ives recently sent me their continous spray lotion in Naturaly Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract and the new Smooth & Glow Apricot Hydration Lotion. This is the first time I've ever tried a spray lotion and wasn't sure what to expect. Will it be similar to spray Read more

Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner Giveaway

Tanned legs help to give the appearance of slim, flawless legs. There's nothing I love more, than to bare my legs in my favorite dress once they have a little bit of color to them. To kick off Summer, we've partnered with Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner to give away Read more

1907 Alkaline Water Review

By now, we all know...or should know the health and beauty benefits of drinking water. Approximately 50 to 70% of our body mass is made up of water so it is important to replenish our bodies with the water that we lose on a daily basis. Water is essential to our health because Read more

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Favorite Black Eyeliners

Favorite black eyeliners. #makeup #beauty #eyeliner via @agirlsgottaspa

There’s something that a black eyeliner conveys that brown or even brightly colored or metallic eyeliners can’t duplicate.

Black says bold, daring, classic, sexy. While there are times that I opt for brown or grey, a good black eyeliner is always my first choice. Read more

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Butter LONDON Wink Eye Pencil Twigged Review

butter LONDON Wink #review #beauty

Don’t you just LOVE when you try something new and then that’s the very thing you get complimented on all day long? That’s always the #1 way I know I’m onto something good.

The very first day I took Butter LONDON’s new Wink Eye Pencil in Twigged ($18) for a spin, two ladies in the office asked, “Are you doing something new with your eye makeup?” My usual look is a little black eyeliner on my lid with some eye shadow and mascara, but on this day, I used some blended and smudged Twigged on my lower lash line and a little bit smeared inward from the corner of my upper lash line. Read more

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Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen and 2nd Star Twinkle Reviews

Pixi eyeliners review Today we’re going to take a look at the Straight On Till Morning Liner in 2nd Star Twinkle from the PixiGLOW Tinkerbell Collection and Endless Silky Eye Pen in True Teal. These eyeliners are on par with Urban Decay 24/7 liners; creamy, highly pigmented and budge-proof.

The packaging is darling! The box as well as the liner has a lovely vine and flower design in pastel colors with Tinkerbell making her appearance.

2nd Star Twinkle is a gorgeous olive green with gold shimmer. I find it looks beautiful with all eye colors. It brings out the green in blue eyes, adds a glow to brown eyes, and adds sparkle to hazel eyes. The texture is so smooth there is no skipping or tugging on over 40 eye lids. This liner absolutely will not come off until you remove it with eye makeup remover.

I suggest using 2nd Star Twinkle with neutral eye shadows for a hint of glimmer and to add some interest and dimension to neutral looks.  Read more

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Hard Candy Lip Gloss, Eyeliner and Lip Pencil Review

The next time you’re perusing the aisles at Walmart looking for eggs or bread, take a detour at make a stop at the makeup section (like you don’t already). Don’t let the glittery, teenybopper display fool you, there is some good stuff there. Seriously, Hard Candy has some awesome products and even more awesome prices!

Walk the Line Liquid Eyeliner ($6) is an extremely long wearing liquid eyeliner with TONS of glitter– too much for my taste. The colors are beautiful however. I tried Turquoise but I think it much more of an emerald shade, regardless it is a rich deep jewel tone.  Read more

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Review: Votre Vu Le Joli Crayon

Votre Vu, the e-beauty house that brought you fine French skin care just released its premier color collection, French Accents. Building on the success of their skincare line, Votre Vu takes the same care with formulas in the new color line.

Votre Vu French Accents Le Joli Crayon ($23) is a mistake-proof gel pencil  that feels like a liquid liner. No tugging and tearing at your delicate eyelid; this budge-proof, smudge-proof and melt-proof liner is all about prevention and retention. It seriously is the smoothest eyeliner I’ve ever used.  Read more

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IT Cosmetics No-Tug Silk Anti-Aging Waterproof Eyeliner Review

IT Cosmetics No-Tug Eyeliner #makeup

It Cosmetics is a true friend to the over 40 woman! Their innovative formulas, high performance and anti-aging ingredients keep the brand at the top of my list of favorites. The fabulous Hello Lashes! mascara, made my Top 10 Beauty Products of 2011 last year and Bye Bye Pores is a staple in my makeup bag.

The newest addition to the line is the No-Tug Silk Anti-Aging Waterproof Eyeliner. It is clinically proven to be waterproof and is formulated with Hydrolyzed Silk, Collagen and Antioxidants. As with all IT Cosmetic products, this is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, paraben free, fragrance free and cruelty free.  Read more

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Get Dazzling Eyes This Season With Tinsel-Colored Liner

Holiday party season is officially here, and if you’re opting to go the subtle route fashion-wise by avoiding ultra-sparkly cocktail dresses and glitter heels at all costs, there’s still plenty of ways to add some celebratory glitz to your seasonal party look! Instead, try focusing the festiveness on your makeup. Metallic silver liner adds just the slightest dash of holiday vixen appeal that makes a surprisingly gorgeous impact. It’s like tinsel for your eyes… which is way less painful than it sounds!

Try not to go too 90s-fabulous with the trend (that whole frosty lid look might make you look dated), and instead stick to just the corners of your eye and the inner rim. Similar to how white pencil makes peepers appear wider and brighter, silver liner will make eyes sparkle with a sexy metallic sheen. Also, make sure you pick an easy-glide, extra-bright chrome silver – darker gunmetal shades just won’t have the same tinselly effect!

Pictured above: Milani Liquif’Eye Metallic Eyeliner Pencil in Silver, L’Oreal HiP Chrome Eyeliner in Silver Lightning, Stila Smudge Stick in Silverdollar, and Bobbi Brown Dual Ended Eyeliner in Jet/Chrome.

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Makeup Review: Laura Mercier Limited Edition Luxe Colour Portfolio

Limited Edition Luxe Colour Portfolio

Beauty kits are my go-to gift for the holiday season. Since most pallets provide a  compact sampling of the season’s hottest color trends, it’s always a guaranteed hit.

With color schemes that will transition seamlessly from crisp autumn days to cozy winter nights, Laura Mercier’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 standard  nude and a pinkish-plum selection. I love the plum color combination best – it creates an incredibly soft, romantic look.  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 – standard black, a softer brown, and uber-trendy plum. The kit’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 wouldn’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. 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!

 

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