Em Cosmetics is the newly launched makeup line by YouTube beauty guru and Ipsy founder Michelle Phan. I’ve never really been a fan of Michelle, so I didn’t share the anticipation many bloggers did. I didn’t plan on trying anything from Em, but then I received a full sized Waterliner Intense Color Eyeliner in my November Ipsy Bag. This eyeliner is available in twelve shades - I received Bronze Kiss. Each Waterliner contains .01 oz and retails for $20. This eyeliner was inspired by “the die-hard eyeliner girl who would take only her favorite eyeliner to a deserted island. A unique, rich pigment eyeliner grabs everywhere, including your waterline - without budging or smudging” Click through to see if it lives up to it’s claims.
Studio Gear says “Be radiant on any occasion with this sultry, shimmery palette of dramatic shades – perfect for creating a classic smoky eye look, with a hint of unexpected golden glimmer. This collection of four complimentary eye shadows with matching blush deliver several day to night options that are both seductive and wearable. With pure color, pigment-rich formulations, you’ll be sure to smolder all night!” This limited edition palette contains .42 oz of product and will retail for $40, though its currently available for $25 (see the end of this post for more savings!) Click through for a full review and coupon code.
Rae Morris is often sited as Australia’s top makeup artist. On top of being a well respected makeup artist, she’s also an author of five books - today I’ll be reviewing Makeup: The Ultimate Guide. This beauty book features a mixture of step by step tutorials and Rae’s comments and explanations of various products and techniques. Photography was provided by Steven Chee. Coming in at 245 pages long, Makeup: The Ultimate Guide is split into an introduction, 14 chapters, and a gallery of Rae Morris’ best work. Click through for my thoughts on the book.
Physicians Formula says their Hydrating Eye Cream is a “nutrient rich eye cream” that “provides intense moisture in a lightweight, refreshing gel-cream formula. Diminishes the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness in the eye area”. After finishing my beloved Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream, I was looking for a more affordable option. I came across Physicians Formula Hydrating Eye Cream, which had similar claims and it was on sale! This eye cream contains .5oz (14ml) and regularly sells for $20.Click through for a full review.
Smashbox says their Photo Finish Foundation Primer will “Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation, our best-selling, oil-free primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish.” This primer is an industry favorite an winner of multiple beauty editor awards. Smashbox offers three sizes of their Photo Finish Foundation Primer - Jumbo (1.7fl oz/50ml, $49), Standard (1fl oz/30ml, $36) and Travel (.4fl oz/12ml, $15). Click through for a full review.
NYX Incredible Waterproof Concealer Stick will “help camouflage blemishes, fine lines or skin issues. Conditioning ingredients ensure the formula blends easily with fingertips, brush or sponge, and appears natural. The Concealer Stick provides medium to heavy coverage.” This concealer is available in 8 flesh toned shades and three color correctors - I’m reviewing Porcelain, the lightest shade. The Incredible Waterproof Concealer contains 1.5g (.052 oz) and sells for around $5. Click through for a full review.
Maybelline’s Dream Pure BB Cream is the brand’s “1st blemish fighting BB packed with eight great skin benefits! With 2% Salicylic Acid and SPF 15. For oily - combination skin.” Maybelline goes as far as to call Dream Pure the “1 step wonder to healthy skin today, clearer skin tomorrow”. The eight benefits this product boasts are:
- 2% Salicylic Acid+Vitamins
- Conceals imperfections
- Reduces blemishes
- Calms Redness
- Oil free, non greasy
- Minimizes pores
- Adjusts to skin tone
- SPF 15
I believe this BB Cream is exclusive to Australia and England, let me know if it’s available in your country as well. Unfortunately, Maybelline offers only two shades - light and medium, I’ll be reviewing light. The Dream Pure BB Cream contains 30ml (1 fl oz). I picked my tube up at Priceline for about $17 AUD. Click through for the full review.
Urban Decay recently relaunched their lipstick line and reviews are almost unanimously positive! Urban Decay says their “Pigment Infusion System™ gives Revolution Lipstick its super creamy texture, insane pigmentation, superior color dispersion and extended wear. Maxi-Lip™ defines and hydrates lips while making them look plumper and fuller. And a nourishing blend of jojoba oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter and shea butter keeps lips super moisturized and cushiony soft.” Urban Decay offers 22 shades (two of which are online exclusives) - I’m reviewing the shade 69. No giggles. Each Revolution Lipstick contains 2.8g (.09 oz) and retails for $22.Click through for a full review.
Lime Crime is a brand I’ve been curious about for a long time. The colors, packaging, and products all appeal to me. At the same time, Doe Deere, the owner of the company is known for being sketchy, and that scared me away from the brand. A few months back I received a full sized Lime Crime Nail Polish in the shade Crema de Limon as a bonus referral gift from Ipsy. The company doesn’t offer a description of their nail polish formula. Each polish contains 9ml (.3 oz) and retails for $8. Lime Crime does not test on animals, this nail polish is vegan friendly.Click through for the full review.
I’m finally trying Urban Decay’s immensely popular Primer Potion in the shade Sin.Urban Decay says their Primer Potion is “the most legendary primer in the beauty industry. Eyeshadow Primer Potion is coveted by makeup artists and makeup junkies alike because it guarantees more vibrant eyeshadow that lasts for 24 hours and NEVER CREASES! Once you experience its powers (plus how smoothly it glides on – an added bonus) you’ll never want to live without it.” Urban Decay offers their iconic eye primer in four shades. The full sized Primer Potion contains 11ml (.37 fl oz) an retails for $20; Urban Decay also offers a 7ml (.13 fl oz) mini size for $9. Click through for a full review.
I love the Butter Glosses NYX put out earlier this year, so I was really excited when I heard about the Butter Balms. NYX says “kiss dry lips goodbye with out rich, buttery lip balm. This scrumptious lip balm melts directly on to the lips leaving a shiny, tinted finish behind, making lips kissably soft. These delicious formulas come in a variety of colors and flavors.” NYX offers eight shades, I have Red Velvet, which I chose at random. Each Butter Balm contains 4g (.14 oz) and sells for around $4. Click through for the full review
Urban Decay’s ever expanding Naked line now includes a Beauty Balm, or BB Cream. Urban Decat says their Naked Skin Beauty Balm is like an “instant retoucher in a tube” and makes the following claims:
- Perfects: Optical blurring pigment instantly evens out skin tone and minimizes pores, lines, wrinkles and redness.• Protects: SPF 20 shields skin from sun damage and Pepha®-Protect helps inhibit DNA damage.• Treats: Vitasource™ and dGlyage® firm skin, improve elasticity and provide measurable anti-aging benefits.• Primes: Extremely blendable formula creates a smooth finish so makeup goes on beautifully and stays put.• Hydrates: Moisturizing but never greasy, Naked Skin Beauty Balm hydrates skin instantly and improves hydration over time.Wow, prevents DNA damage? I mean, most BB Creams make big claims, but that’s just straight up ridiculous. I swatched this Beauty Balm a couple of weeks after it was released and was very intrigued by it’s texture and claims. However, I’d read a lot of mixed reviews, so I wasn’t prepared to fork over $34 for a 1 fl oz (30ml) tube. Recently, Urban Decay decided to offer a 5 fl oz (15ml) tube for $14, so I picked up a mini tube at Ulta Click through to see if it’s worth the money.
L’Oreal recently added two new limited edition products to their Colour Riche line of lip products. I previously reviewed the La Matte Lip Colour, and now I’m ready to share my thoughts on the La Lacques. L’Oreal isn’t offering any official information on this product at this time. Each Colour Riche La Lacque contains .9g (.03 oz). I found my La Lacque at Target, I paid a slightly pricey $8.99 for it. Click through for a full review.
NYX says “Wonder Woman, meet the Wonder Pencil…the essential pencil that fulfills all of your beauty desires. Conquer 3 critical make-up tasks with one product: CONCEAL flaws and blemishes with creamy precision; LINE your lips against lipstick bleeding and fading; and BRIGHTEN your eyes along the water line. Will wonders never cease?”. I’d been looking for the NYX Wonder Pencil since it’d come out, but it was always sold out at my local Ulta was always sold out of it. Finally, I tracked one down and bought it for a little more than $4. NYX offers three shades; Light, Medium, and Deep - of course my review is for the light shade. Click through for a full review and a silly intro by Dean.
L’Oreal recently released a limited edition extension of their Colour Riche lip color line for Fall 2013. This collection is split into two categories, the Le Mattes, and Le Lacques. Four shades comprise each category, a total of eight are available. Today I’m reviewing She’s So Matte from the Le Matte line. Currently there is no official information available on these lip products, it seems as though L’Oreal wasn’t quite ready to release these lipsticks. Each Colour Riche Le Matte contains .9g (.03 oz). I found my Le Matte at Target and paid $8.99. Click through for the full review.