Friday, December 30, 2011

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows: Review & Swatches!

Maybelline has launched a new line of cream eyeshadows as part of their Eye Studio line, featuring ten shades in jar form. The Color Tattoo eyeshadows claim to be smudge-proof, crease-proof and wear for 24 hours. Now before I get into the actual review, I have to say something: who needs their eyeshadow to wear for 24 hours? Really? If your lifestyle regularly requires eyeshadow for 24 hours at a time, there are clearly bigger issues at hand than how well your makeup wears. Just my opinion. Maybe the claim is supposed to target people like flight attendants, medical professionals, or drug addicts (probably not).

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sigma Bare Eyeshadow Palette: Review & Swatches!

Today's featured product is the Sigma Bare eyeshadow palette. Sigma released their line of eyeshadow palettes a while back, but I never tried them myself until recently. The packaging of these palettes reminds me a lot of the Urban Decay Naked palette: a magnetic flip open case with rectangle shadows and a mirror in the lid. It also comes with a dual ended brush!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful: Review & Swatch!

Today's featured product is another blush from the Tarte Amazonian Clay Line. 'Blissful' is a warm, orange/peach/pink matte color. I like that this shade is pretty light, as I run into trouble pretty easily with brighter oranges on my skin.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Lancôme 'Blush Subtil' in Rose Fresque: Review & Swatch!

Today's featured product is the Lancôme 'Blush Subtle' Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush in Rose Fresque. When I ordered my Lancôme 'Maison Lancôme' blush (click for review!) a couple of months ago, I ended up getting a free goodie bag with it, one of the items being this blush. This is a smaller version than the regular size, but this product is available in a larger packaging at Lancôme counters!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sigma Make Me Crazy Travel Brush Set: Review!

Today's featured product is the new Sigma Make Me Crazy Travel Brush set! This set is the travel sister to the larger "Make Me _____" sets Sigma released last year. It contains 7 short-handled brushes: 3 face brushes, and 4 eye brushes.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Naturopathica Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum: Review!

As someone who battles dark circles daily, the idea of a anti-dark circle eye cream is definitely appealing. The Naturopathica Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum is formulated with-- you guessed it-- vitamin K, which is known to improve skin tone and supposed to fight dark under eye circles. Naturopathica is a holistic company that specializes in natural and organic skin care, so this cream is also much less "processed" than most.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface: Review & Swatch!

Today's featured product is another blush from the Tarte Amazonian Clay line, this time in Dollface. This is a light, matte pink that would suit fair to medium skintones beautifully!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Lancôme 'Maison Lancôme' Blush: Review & Swatches!

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which blush is fairest of them all? That would be the Lancôme 'Maison Lancôme' blush. Lancôme released this powder earlier this year, and I'm not going to lie, I've had it for a few months. Why has it taken me so long to blog about it? Because I've been too afraid to touch it. This powder is one of the most beautiful makeup products I have ever seen.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed: Review & Swatches!

I finally cracked. I've been drooling over the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes since they released in March, and I decided I've waited long enough to try them. I grabbed Exposed (along with some others that will be in future posts), because it looked like a wonderful everyday neutral shade.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Nail of the Day: Zoya Kieko!

Today's NOTD is Zoya Kieko, a beautiful warm purple creme. I'm a sucker for purple polishes, and this one caught my eye because it is a shade I didn't have in my collection. It is much warmer than polishes like OPI Do You Lilac It? and quite a bit darker than Essie Splash of Grenadine. The consistency of this polish is very thick... almost too thick in my opinion. However, it is very opaque as a result!

natural light, 2 coats

Would you wear it?
xx, Allison

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sigma Mrs. Bunny Travel Brush Set: Review!

Today's featured product is the new Sigma Mrs. Bunny Travel brush set. Sigma has been releasing new products like crazy these last few months, but I must say, out of everything I have seen them put out lately this set by far takes the cake. This is also available in an Essential Kit version that has 12 brushes!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Nail of the Day: China Glaze Twinkle Lights

Today's NOTD is another festive shade from the China Glaze holiday collection this year, called Twinkle Lights. This gold, red, and green glitter reminds me of tinsel and is perfect for the holiday season. It is a tricky polish to photograph (as are most glitters), because the camera focuses on the individual glitters and not the overall effect. I will say that in person, this is much more striking! It is also pretty opaque, 2 coats had almost completely solid coverage, but I added a third just in case.

natural light, 3 coats

This photo shows a bit more of the gold effect it gives.

natural light, 3 coats

What is your favorite polish to wear during the holidays?
xx, Allison

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Benefit Hervana Blush: Review & Swatch!

Benefit is releasing a new blush next month, called Hervana. I had the opportunity to snatch it up during its one day flash sale on Sephora/Ulta/, and am SO glad I did!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Outfit of the Day: Sequins & Sunshine

It's time for another Outfit of the Day, this time featuring one of my new favorite cropped sequin shirts. I love that when I wear a piece of clothing with sequins, it is enough sparkle for an entire outfit (no jewelry needed!). Except for my watch, of course, because I feel naked without my timepiece!

Top: Nordstrom, Pants: Express, Heels: Jessica Simpson

For my makeup, I stuck with neutral brown tones on the eyes and a neutral blush on the cheeks. For lips, however, I decided to go with a bright red, because I feel like it contrasts the sequins of the shirt perfectly!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette: Review, Swatches and Comparison!

Last year, Urban Decay launched the eyeshadow palette that captivated the entire makeup industry: the Naked palette. Featuring 12 full size neutral eyeshadows, it sold out instantly and was nearly impossible to find in stores and online for months. The original Naked palette is hands down the most genius product I've ever seen a company launch, so when I found out Urban Decay was coming out with the Naked2 palette, I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Physician's Formula Eyeliner Trio for Brown Eyes: Review & Swatches!

Today's featured product is the Physician's Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio for Brown Eyes. As the name implies, this product comes with three mechanical eyeliner pencils in shades that are supposed enhance and bring out brown eyes. In this particular set, there is a brown, purple and black liner.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Coastal Scents Go Palette in Paris: Swatches & Review!

Today I have another Coastal Scents Go Palette to show you, this time in the "shade" Paris. Inspired by France, this compact product features 12 dime sized eyeshadows in mostly green, burgundy and brown tones. I like that this color scheme is very wearable, but not just browns and neutrals.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Outfit of the Day: Crisp Autumn Sunset

Happy December everyone! For the last week, I've been lucky to have nice, snow-free weather in my city, and thought I would take advantage of the dry ground to do an outfit of the day during sunset. This is one of my favorite trendy-casual outfits to wear: the blazer and jeans keep it simple, but the accessories (specifically the shoes) kick it up a notch!

Watch: Michael Kors