Revolver Fragrance Oil - $26 at urbandecay.com
Over the years Urban Decay has given us a handful of great body products like flavored body powders (a couple of which I will review for you soon.) The newest addition to the UD stable of body products, Revolver, is a beautiful and diminutive gem that will appeal to UD diehards, fragrance lovers, and collectors of teeny-weeny bottles. You know you're out there...
This tiny glass bottle holds a lot of oomph, and while I'm far from a "nose," I'll let you know what I think. First off, here's how UD describes the scent:
"Our fragrance oil opens with electric top notes of lychee and pineapple leaf which create a bright and enticing aura, then mixes mysteriously with the free-spirited and tempting middle note of fig. Sheer, yet potent base notes of amber and Egyptian musk evoke an irresistible sensuality that makes you magnetic and alluring"
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Korres Wild Rose Foundation - $30 at korresusa.com
This is the third product I've tried from the Korres Wild Rose range of products, and it's been my favorite so far. Granted, the other two were skin care, but still, this foundation is blowing me away. First of all, I like that Korres products are natural. It makes me feel like I have less to worry about when it comes to adverse reactions and permanent damage to my skin. It's still possible for your skin not to agree with even natural products, but that's more of an individual issue that you really need to read the ingredients and know your skin to anticipate. If you're looking to fill your makeup stash with more natural options then you might be interested in looking into Korres.
If you want a deal, until May 20 you can get 25% off your $35 order with the code BEAUTOPIA, and don't forget to enter to win the Korres Blush in Pink!
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True Blue Spa - Shea Cashmere Hand Cream $6- $14.50 at bathandbodyworks.com
My hand cream addiction knows no bounds... I've nearly tried them all and very few rise to the top of the heap for me. Shea Cashmere is one of them. There are a bunch of things I look for in a good hand cream; moisturizing, non-greasy, good smelling, convenient packaging, a price that's not too hard to swallow. This particular hand cream meets all of those criteria but one, and it regards the packaging. Read on for more...
Sephora PURE Natural Believer Palette in Star Gazer - $15 at sephora.com
Please click the photo above to see the palette in more detail! Last week I posted about another one of these awesome palettes, in Island Sunset, and I like this one nearly as much. These palettes were originally about $36 but then were marked down to $15. So during the 15% off sale at Sephora I picked them up. I am so glad I did. First off, as I said before they are purported to be made of recyclable metal pans, sustainable bamboo and no less than 95% natural ingredients. I was afraid that since these are "all natural" and "pure" that staying power, texture and color pigmentation would suffer, but they don't. I am exceedingly happy to be able to tell you that these six shadows and blush are smooth, soft and packed with color that sticks around pretty well. The shades are beautiful and range from cool to neutral, as opposed to the warm shades of the Island Sunset palette.
Like the other palette, the packaging is attractive, includes a large mirror and includes all the shade names on the back of the palette, which is hard to come by in a pre-made palette, especially such an inexpensive one. The textures again range from buttery mattes, to lustres, frosts and satins. All are blendable and pack a punch whether it be in shimmer or pigmentation. Click to read shade descriptions and see swatches...
LORAC Special Effects Mascara - $22 at sephora.com
When it comes to mascara, I'm so picky that I annoy myself. When it's primer, I'm even pickier. To find both a mascara and a primer in one package that I love would have seemed an impossible feat to me four months ago. I've tried literally probably 90% of the mascaras on the market, high-end and low, and there are a scant few that I would rebuy. This LORAC mascara is on that short list.
The space-agey metallic gunmetal packaging is gorgeous, and very sleek. Inside each end the wands are of the spiky rubber type, and I'm not gonna lie, they're a bit uncomfortable even by spiky rubber wand standards. The spikes make it a bit difficult to get to the very roots without releasing a flood of bad words from the mouth area of the face. If you tightline the upper lashes with a black liner then get as close as you can to the roots it's not a huge deal.
As far as the formulas, the primer is a milky creamy texture that doesn't clump up. It's much more creamy than the Shiseido lash primer and less chalky and fibrous than the Urban Decay version (which I admittedly adore). It glides on nicely and I like to apply the mascara portion to the freshly primed lashes before moving on to my other eye. The mascara formula is very pigmented and viscous without being runny and messy. It smooths over the primer easily and covers well. The end result is that my lashes look glossy and separated and a good bit longer. You can see the results in the eye-of-the-day photo below.
Overall, I really like this duo. It isn't every day that I find a mascara primer that I like, let alone one that comes packaged with a mascara that I like as well. That alone is amazing. The only gripe I have with this product are the wands. I love the rubber wands that dominate mascaras in the marketplace, but the spikes on these are almost too much to take. I really debate with myself some days as to whether I should actually take the trouble to be super careful enough to put it on. It's always worth it in the long run, but it's no fun.
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Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden - $18 at sephora.com
A few years ago, after battling creasy, smudgy, fading shadow on my oily lids for a decade, I discovered the cult classic Urban Decay Primer Potion. The original formula, which was all that was available at that time, saved my eye-shadow-loving life. Though it was a bit drying over a long period of time, it was the only thing that worked for me. I also really like Too Faced Shadow Insurance, for the record; it's a bit creamier in consistency. But I digress... The newest addition to the Primer Potion family is Eden. Urban Decay calls it "tawny", which says to me a burnished orange or sienna color, but in reality this is a yellowed light beige. Sounds gross but it's awesome. Fans of MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot will go nuts over it because it's similar in color but lighter and creamier than the MAC option.
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Revlon's Luxurious Color Eye Shadows are a newer addition to their line of shadows. First came the Mattes, and then those were followed with Perle and Satin. The Perle's are obviously the most shimmery of the three choices and they seem to have just the right amount of shimmer for me. I'm a fan of the Matte shadows as well, but it's nice to see a drugstore brand coming out with some decent shimmers. Nude Slip was talked about on one of my favorite blogs; Nouveau Cheap; she was pretty positive on these and then she mentioned recently that one of her readers spotted them at Walgreen's for $3 of the retail price, making them $1.99!
The packaging is pretty simple and utilitarian, but not chintzy, which is a plus. Even at full price you're getting a lot in the package, and if you can get them on sale, it's even more of a steal. The texture is fine and not chalky at all, though it also doesn't crumble like the buttery shadows we all seem to love, like Stila and LORAC. They are pigmented, but not overwhelmingly so, making them easy to blend, and the shimmer is not over-the-top, but are quite glimmery.
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Wet n Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow in Nutty - $2 at most drugstores
Wet n Wild is a drugstore brand that is synonymous with your high school years, no doubt. The inexpensive drugstore makeup range including a vast array of orange foundations, eye glitters, and don't leave out the blue and black lipstick! For the last few years Wet n Wild has been evolving within the bounds of the inexpensive drugstore niche it has always filled, but has been offering increasingly surprising products that are absolute steals. Their nail polish is wonderful and their blushes and bronzers, not to mention illuminators, lipsticks, and their cult 666 lipliner are secret weapons in the stashes of even the snobbiest of high-end connoisseurs. Recently their eyeshadow revamp has taken me by surprise. I was already a fan of their single shadows and palettes, but the new packaging is welcome. The old screw-top lids were somewhat annoying, though due to the price, I could deal with them. Now I don't have to because the shadows are now coming in a flip-top square which is small and streamlined, and about on par looks-wise with most other drugstore brands.
I picked up Nutty, because in the drugstore lighting it looked like a pretty taupe. While some warmer toned people might find this to be that pretty taupe, on my skin this turns a bit bronzey. In fact it reminds me a lot of MAC Woodwinked in color and texture. It's buttery soft and pigmented and gives off a beautiful sheen on the eye. I was surprised at the wear on this shadow, it does amazing over Too Faced Shadow Insurance with no creasing, barely any fading and no migrating. It makes a great lid color to blend up a bit above the crease and since this isn't quite as orangey on my as Woodwinked, I think this will be amazing this summer when I start to feel the need for bronzey eyes.
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Orly French Polynesian Island Spa Kit for Hands $10 at Sally Beauty
The wintry air has been working it's evil magic on my hands lately and I was in serious need of some pampering. This set from Orly contains a scrub, and repair treatment, and a hand cream. The scrub and hand cream have a light tropical floral scent, no real fruity scent as I'd been expecting. It's a very light and soothing scent, but not overpowering at all. The Hot Lava has a scent, and texture, like a light clay.
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I thought it was high time I reviewed my HG moisturizer; Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream ($24 at most drugstores). I usually buy these in sets of two at Sam's Club for the price break. You can get two full-size creams for around $38 which saves you around $10. This is my ninth jar of this amazing stuff and I got this particular one at Walmart. The packaging for the two at Sam's is in a sort of blister-pack, so you don't get the box, if this sort of thing bothers you.
I have oily skin, which is beyond annoying when it comes to keeping your makeup looking fresh, but having oily skin helps to stave off aging. I made the mistake of using something else for a month, and I could tell the difference. After a week or so of using another moisturizer (Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion) I noticed that my skin didn't look nearly as glowy and supple. The worst symptom of Olay withdrawal was that when I would squint my eyes the little horizontal lines across the bridge of my nose that would normally disappear as soon as I descrunched my nose, were still quite visible. Despite drinking tons of water, the short switch from Regenerist Micro-Sculpting to DDML left my skin parched. Within two days of returning to my HG cream, those lines have smoothed back out. Thank heavens, I was starting to get a complex.
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