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August 4, 2015

Is Hard Candy's Tiki Bronzer a Mary-Lou Manizer Dupe?

The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer ($24 at Kohls) is my favorite powder highlighter...the color is so on-point, the shimmer is very fine with no chunks of glitter, and the soft buttery texture makes it really easy to blend. I think a lot of you feel the same way about it because over the years, finding a Mary-Lou Manizer dupe is something I've gotten many requests for. Whenever I review a new highlighter, I pull out Mary-Lou and see if it's a dupe, but so far I haven't found anything that comes close to the color...until now! 
It came from the most unlikely place too...a bronzer. Hard Candy's So Baked bronzer ($10 at Walmart) comes in four shades and the lightest one, Tiki is more golden than bronze. I assume it's meant to be a bronzer for fair skin tones but it's way too shimmery for all over bronzer use. That got me thinking about using it as a highlighter and when I compared it to Mary-Lou, well...see for yourself! 
the balm mary-lou manizer dupe
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer ($24) vs. Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki ($10)

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August 3, 2015

New Benefit Air Patrol BB Eyelid Primer SPF 20 Lands on Sept 1

I just saw a teaser on Benefit's Instagram page of a brand new eyelid primer they're releasing on Sept. 1 called Air Patrol. Since I'm a huge Bene-babe, I hauled over to their blog to see what it's all about! Turns out, it's not just to keep your eyeshadow from creasing...let's take a look!
Photo Courtesy of @benefitcosmetics on Instagram
 In addition to preventing eye shadow creaseage, Air Patrol protects the delicate eyelid skin we normally neglect with SPF 20 and EnviroDefend Complex which combines Shea Extract, Silktree extract and Licorice Root to protect, defend, and soothe. It also has a "cushion calm tip" inspired by gel foam mattresses and pillows for "stress free, pressure free application that's softer than your pinkie!"
Not to mention I love the retro aviation-inspired packaging...it's too cute!
Photo courtesy of the Benefit Blog

Benefit Air Patrol is landing in stores on September 1st! 

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Colourpop Sheer Lippie Stix Review & Swatches

I was so excited when Colourpop recently launched a line of Sheer Lippie Stix ($5 each). Before they were released, I thought about ordering some of their matte liquid lipsticks but they sold out in a hot minute and then I decided it was probably for the best. I've tried enough matte liquid lipsticks to know that they're not for me. I've always had really dry skin and my lips have quite a few lines in them now that I'm in my mid-thirties so I'm at the point where I try to look for moisturizing lipsticks, balms and glosses. Anything that feels dry or accentuates my lines is just a bad, bad idea, no matter how trendy it is.
So getting back to these...I was so happy to see a sheer, moisturizing formula (they're enriched with coconut oil) that I jumped online and ordered all 8 shades, because, well...they're $5 and they're Colourpop so that's all I needed to know! Let's take a look...
Colourpop Sheer Lippie Stix Review & Swatches
Colourpop Sheer Lippie Stix
Left to Right: Tiger, Peacocky, Whip, BYOB, Juice Bar, Kiddo, Safari, Crunch

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August 2, 2015

New Lip Products for Fall 2015

The Fall 2015 makeup collections have been hitting the stores the past several weeks and there are some exciting new lip products that have just been released from Bite Beauty, Urban Decay, Pur Minerals and Buxom. Let's take a look...



Bite Beauty Opal Creme Lip Gloss ($22) adds a pearlescent ultraviolet cast to bare lips or any lip color. I just picked this up the other day and I'm already obsessed with the color. It adds a perfect glow with a touch of violet, pink or blue depending on the angle. I've been wearing it by itself but I want to test it over other lip products to see how it enhances/changes them before I post a full review. Also, I want to mention that there's an Opal lipstick as well if you prefer that formula to a gloss.

Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick ($22) has a lightweight gel formula that delivers high-pigment, one stroke color. It also comes in an unbelieveable 30 shades! They also come in both satin and matte finishes. I really like all of the Buxom products I've tried so far, so I'm looking forward to these. Also, the packaging looks very Kat Von D, doesn't it?? Right now, they're only available at Sephora if you're a VIB or VIB Rouge, but give it a little while and I'm sure they'll be available in stores shortly.

Urban Decay Matte Revolution ($22) is a matte lipstick that (finally) doesn't dry out your lips! Urban Decay claims that it feels as rich and buttery as the original Revolution formula and it comes in never-before-seen shades. I haven't been on board with the matte lipstick trend so far because I have perpetually dry lips, but I'm really excited to try these in the hopes that it'll be the first one that's truly comfortable to wear!

Pur Minerals Lip Lure ($24) is a rich, saturated lacquer that gives full coverage, high shine color in one swipe. They also have a unique flocked "showerhead" applicator that delivers the perfect amount of color every time.

So there you have it...four new lip products for Fall. Have you tried any of these yet, or are you planning on picking any of these up? I'd love to hear about it! 
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Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes Spotted at Walmart

One of my awesome readers Jessica just spotted the new Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes ($5.97) at her local Walmart and she shared pictures with me, so I wanted to pass the info on to you guys! 
I'm a huge fan of Simple's Cleansing wipes because they're non-irritating and actually leave my skin feeling clean and fresh instead of sticky with residue. So I'm really excited to get my hands on the new Micellar wipes because they have the makeup-removing power of Micellar water in them!

I actually use wipes often to remove makeup but they usually can't get all of the stubborn long-wearing eye makeup I wear so I end up having to use an eye makeup remover in addition to a wipe to make sure I get everything off. So the idea of being able to use a wipe to remove everything is really exciting and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that these will be that holy grail wipe I've been looking for! 
Photo courtesy of reader Jessica

Photo courtesy of reader Jessica
These cost a little more than Simple's other wipes and Jessica shared Walmart's pricing with me below:

$3.49(Cleansing)
$3.59(Exfoliating)
$4.49(Radiance)
$4.96(Oil balancing)
$5.97(Micellar)


She said it's the same price as Simple's bottled Micellar water, but with these you're not paying for a cotton round as well (or dealing with the hassle). 

What do you think? Are you excited about these new Simple Micellar wipes? 
You can find them at Walmart stores or at Walmart.com
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July 31, 2015

My Shower Routine + Current Favorite Products

My shower routine is ever-changing....as new and exciting products come out, I'm always swapping out one thing for another- a new body wash here, a lotion there.  I tend to focus a lot of my reviews on makeup so a lot of my skincare products never get a review before I'm on to the next thing, and every day, I'm using these products and saying, "man, I still haven't reviewed this yet!"

Unfortunately, there's just not enough time in the day.

So...I decided to create one post to talk about some of my favorites rather than try to review each product individually. Some of the products I'll talk about today have been shower staples of mine for quite a while now while others are new. But I figure I can do a post like this every once in a while as new products come in and old ones go to their final resting place under my bathroom vanity. I decided not to include hair products or this would get way too long, so I'll do a separate post about that. Let's take a look! 

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July 30, 2015

FREEBIE: Get a FREE Customized Shampoo & Conditioner with StarShop

I wanted to share a cool new app with you guys called StarShop! It was created by Shark Tank judge Kevin Harrington, and it's a collection of celebrity-curated products. Celebs like Beyonce, Katy Perry, Eli Manning and Justin Bieber have already teamed up with the site to offer products that they themselves have created or products that they represent. 

First up though, is a line of customizable hair products called Profile Pro and they've partnered with Paula Abdul to bring customers totally customizable hair products. For a limited time, following the launch of the site, StarShop is offering a free travel sized shampoo and conditioner to the first 50,000 people who visit, worth $15. Keep reading to find out how!
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