Scent of a Woman: Elizabeth and James NIRVANA Black and White

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I’m fairly pessimistic when it comes to “celebrity” fragrance launches, but Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s fashion line Elizabeth and James doesn’t really fit in to that category. Designers and visionaries in their own right, their brand is young and hip (if not obscenely over priced) and they have long since shed their tween dynasty images to […]

Not Meant to Be: Urban Decay Naked3 Palette

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The makeup stars were never aligned for me and the Urban Decay Naked3 Palette to be destined. I stalked Sephora until this palette was released on December 5th and even used my precious VIB discount because I was determined to love it. Almost three weeks later (don’t even GET ME STARTED on Sephora’s shipping track […]

Scent of a Woman: I’m the “Femme” in Dolce Gabbana Pour Femme Eau de Parfum

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I am convinced that every woman should have a signature scent that embodies their personality and Dolce Gabbana Pour Femme comes pretty darn close for me. It has been fine-tuned from the original incarnation and has usurped Light Blue’s permanent spot on my perfume tray. After sampling the Pour Femme Intense I think it would have […]

I Can’t Stop Touching My Face Because of MAKE UP FOREVER HD Pressed Powder

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The new particularly ghastly and painful pimple on my cheek is my own fault. I know better than to touch my face but I am so enamoured the silken finish of MAKE UP FOREVER HD Press Powder that I can’t stop petting my own cheek. My struggle with adult acne related to a persistent medical […]

Review and Swatches: Marc Jacobs Beauty “The Lolita” Style Eye Con Palette

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One of the most highly anticipated beauty brand premieres of the year was Marc Jacobs Beauty at Sephora. Marc Jacobs has found his niche in a younger clientele demographic, so his makeup range was bound to be a hit with same set simply because his name carries a lot of weight. I attended the launch […]

Review and Swatches: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light and Radiant Light

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A case of bronchitis complicated by a severe allergic reaction to penicillin (full body drug rash?! #aintnobodygotimeforthat) that left me in a semi-comatose Benadryl induced stupor…wait, where was I going with this? Oh, right. I’m very behind on blogging. Because I was sick and stuff. There won’t be any arm swatches for at least another […]

Laura Mercier Artist Palette: Review, Swatches, Comparison and Dupes

Laura Mercier Artist Palette

(no flash) I typically make a rule of not posting a review for products that are sold-out or discontinued, but I am making an exception for the Laura Mercier Artist Palette for several reasons. Firstly, I have changed my mind from my initial reaction when I saw the promotional pictures online to now having used […]

Stocking Stuffer: Revlon Evening Opulence Holiday 2013 Colorburst Lipgloss in Adorned

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There are only three brands of lipgloss that I wear: Chanel, Dior and Revlon. This is not snobbery or beauty pretension–they simply have the best non-sticky formulas with gorgeous luminosity and incredible pigment saturation. In fact, I often prefer my Revlon glosses over their more expensive cohorts. The quality, colour selection and price really can’t […]

Stocking Stuffer: Revlon Evening Opulence Nail Enamels

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The stars of Revlon’s Evening Opulence by Gucci Westman for Holiday 2013 are the nail enamels and the lip glosses. The latter will be given their own accolade laden post which means we can focus on the former now. The loveliest nail polishes I have encountered from a drugstore brand this season are the enamels […]

Revlon Evening Opulence Collection: PhotoReady Muse Eye Shadow Palette Review and Swatches

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I never thought the unlikely pairing of purple and green would catch my eye, but Gucci Westman, Global Artistic Director for Revlon, has matched 5  jewel tones in one palette to create the two Holiday looks from the holiday campaign for the Evening Opulence Collection. The three purple eye shadows are cut out in accordance […]