Tag Archives: lipgloss

CityWalk Appeals to Beauty Shoppers

15 Jun
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Nectar Bath Treats | Razzle Dazzle Donut Soap

Last I visited Universal CityWalk, it was all food and tourist shops. Which makes perfect sense for the locale. That said, I was presently surprised when I popped by this week to discover some new beauty-tailers.

First, there’s the mother ship: Sephora moved in! And it’s a good one. Many coveted collections line the walls. Picture brand new, untouched rows of BITE lipsticks, Pat McGrath palettes, Huda, Anastasia & Dior glosses, Tatcha eye brighteners, MILK sticks, Kate Somerville serums, and more. Heaven for an unapologetic product lover like myself. Stop by!

Then I discovered what can only be described as the love child of LUSH and Sprinkles. It’s a natural body shop called Nectar Bath Treats—just diagonal from Sephora. Wall to wall popsicle soaps, milkshake soaks, and handmade fruit smoothie scrubs. For bath lovers, it’s a dizzying experience. Crumbly Ice cream soaps, fizzy bath bombs, and macaron bathing treats. A one-stop gift shop—perfect (and safe!) for kids, too.

There’s even a make-your-own fragrance bar. I opted for a blend of vanilla and sugar body butter. Because when in Rome.

Now that I think about it… these locations are genius. By the time you leave Nectar, you want to get your hands on a treat you can actually eat. And whatdya know…there’s are about 6 candy stores within a stone’s throw. Brilliant!

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Holiday Gift Guide | No. 2

11 Dec

 

I’m back with my second list of Gift Guide suggestions! If you aren’t shopping for any Beauty lovers, feel free to stop reading now. What follows are some of my favorite seasonal offerings from lesser-known to popular beauty brands.

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Fresh has delightful packaging all year-round, but during the holidays they outdo themselves. This year, the brand even included some colored pencils for gift customization. The Fresh Sugar lip balms are always a safe bet. For someone who appreciates non-irritating skincare, pick up the Holiday Glow Skincare or Skincare Solutions Set for age-delay essentials. Fresh.com

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 6.49.33 PMBuxom

Buxom has some of my very favorite go-to lipglosses. For the holidays, they always come out with great collections and this year is no different. If you’re shopping for a gloss fanatic, don’t give it another thought. Head straight for the Buxom Lips Off Leash collection at Sephora. It features 7 shimmering Full-On Lip Polishes and 8 Full-On Lip Creams for a glassy-smooth finish. 15 totally wearable, lip plumping, deliciously scented mini glosses. Sephora.com

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Elizabeth Arden Eye Shadow Trios let you pick two pans of crease-resistant shimmer/matte/metallic shades. All can be used with a wet or dry brush, and fit easily into a reusable black compact (sold separately). Shop with her unique eye color in mind at elizabetharden.com.

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 6.55.38 PMFarsáli

The Farsáli Unicorn Essence is a cult favorite among beauty enthusiasts and makeup artists. It’s a water-based, dual purpose serum that preps the skin perfectly for makeup.

The brand recently launched Rose Gold Elixir – another oil that also reduces the look of facial creases. It’s made with pure 24k gold flakes that leave skin radiant. Personal tip: I love using this on my lips under matte lipstick! Both products are finally available at Sephora in full and mini sizes. Grab a ribbon and you’ve got yourself a thoughtful gift!

 

STOCKING STUFFERS

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 7.00.54 PMWinky lux 

This little Winky lux Balm Baby Trio is adorable! 3 full-sized lip balms. Pill shapes. Flower-filled. Total fun. Nordstrom.com

 

 

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BeautyBlender

The Midas Touch is designed as a festive holiday ornament. It includes one original beautyblender and a mini blendercleanser solid in limited-edition packaging. The perfect starter kit for flawless makeup application. Sephora.com

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 9.37.03 PMDrybar

Love this trio of Drybar Merry Mini Must-Haves. Travel-sized Detox Dry Shampoo, Detox Dry Conditioner, and Triple Sec 3-in-1 make the essential stocking stuffer. thedrybar.com

 

 

That’s it for now! Expect some fragrance and beauty tool ideas in Gift Guide No. 3

xo

 

 

 

More Beauty Sales

22 Nov

Just got the 411 on a few more Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales being hosted by some of our favorite beauty brands. Spread the good word!

BUXOM | BuxomCosmetics.com

  • BLACK FRIDAY – CYBER MONDAY: Get 25% off on all orders + FREE Shipping!
  • Code: BFCM25 

KAT VON D | KatVonDBeauty.com

  • BLACK FRIDAY, 11/23-25: For every $75 purchase, get a FREE vegan leather makeup bag filled with 4 minis: Tattoo Liner in Trooper Black, Ink Liner in Trooper Black, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Nahz Fur Atoo, and Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Exorcism. FREE Shipping on all US orders. Code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • CYBER MONDAY, 11/26-27: For every $50 purchase, get a FREE mini compact mirror. FREE Shipping on all US orders. Code: CYBERMONDAY
  • GIVING TUESDAY, 11/28: Buy any Farm Sanctuary Everlasting Liquid Lipstick and receive a FREE Kat Von D Beauty tote bag! Code: GIVINGTUES

VOLAIRE | volaire.com

Specials go LIVE today! Get exclusive discounts through Cyber Monday + great deals on holiday bundles. One-stop shopping for anyone who needs a little help getting (and keeping!) some volume in their hair.

OUAI | theouai.com

Grab the special Every Which Ouai Set for $85 + FREE shipping this weekend. Set includes: Wave Spray, Smooth Spray, Finishing Crème, Rose Hair & Body Oil, and clear envelope clutch.

Happy Thanksgiving!

xo

Makeup Sneak Peek: LORAC

1 Feb
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LORAC’s I ♥ Brunch Collection

To know me is to know that I love brunch. Brunch is my jam. Literally. So needless to say I was a little excited to check out LORAC‘s latest color collection: I ♥ Brunch.

And it’s as charming as it sounds. Candy-colored pastels create a makeup ode to brunch in Los Angeles. Shades like Foodie, Eggs Benny, Smoothie and Avocado Toast make these products even more fun.

If you want a full-coverage pastel, go for the lipsticks. If you prefer a sheer wash of sorbet color, try the glosses… and the rest of the collection. Shadows can be layered for a denser look. Or use a damp brush for a girly dose of watercolor.

I’ve swatched the lipsticks (left) and glosses (right) in natural afternoon light below.

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The I ♥ Brunch collection consists of:

  • 4 highly-pigmented Alter Ego Lipsticks
  • 4 corresponding Alter Ego Lip Glosses
  • 1 Pro Palette
  • 2 Color Source buildable blushes
  • 1 Light Source highlighter

Look for these new products at Ulta Beauty and Kohl’s later this month!

xo

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Give Good Gloss

9 Nov

It’s no secret that I believe a little tube of lipgloss or balm can brighten any girl’s day. Even for non-gloss fans, that mini tube of lacquer is too fun not to at least elicit a smile. I’ve even sent a few packages to Sandy victims. To me, it’s a feel good necessity. And among other things, those guys could use some feel good.

Here are a few products to check out if they aren’t already on your radar.

BITE Beauty Honey Lip Lacquers

High-shine waterproof glosses derived from manuka honey. They’re sticky in a good way, not messy. Plus they condition your lips with wear, and they smell good! Find them at Sephora.

Missha Glow Tint Lip Balms

These will become staples in your bag. They soften lips, protect with SPF 18 and bring out your pout’s natural color. Vital Pink and Mandarin Orange top my list. Grab them HERE.

 

Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss

Love this gloss. The Nude is perfect on just about anyone. The Peony will perk up complexion! Also try their Lip Sheers for a light protective wash of color. Jouercosmetics.com