Friday, October 17, 2014

holiday 2014: NARS Laced with Edge Color Collection

it's time to start thinking holiday, beauties! yes…now.

have you seen the gorgeous NARS holiday color collection? each year the brand creates such gorgeous offerings, and this year is no exception...

cutting-edge color ~ anything but straightlaced. for holiday 2014, François Nars projects a bold new design for the future femme. decoding the thrill of seduction, this captivating collection exposes a full range of colors and textures with dramatic dimension.

take a look at the limited-edition Laced with Edge collection and tell me what you think...

for eyes, Hardwired Eyeshadow {new formula}:

Canberra ~ shimmering lavender

Opal Coast ~ iridescent white

Gabon ~ bronzed green

for lips, 3 new fabulous shades each of Hardwired Lipstick {featuring a new formula} and Lipgloss:

Femme Fleur ~ shimmering brick red with gold pearl

Deadly Catch ~ crimson
Adriatic ~ glistening soft cream

Corsica ~ shimmering pink raspberry

Soleil D’Orient ~ shimmering pink champagne

Burning Love ~ bright ruby with subtle shimmer

for nails, gorgeous, high-gloss, metallic Nail Polish:

Algonquin ~ sparkling lilac

Barents Sea ~ sparkling deep blue

Sherwood ~ shimmering violet rose

 Almería ~ tan rose

besides the color offerings and new formulations, a true standout of this collection is the packaging. designed by architectural designer Chris Kabatsi, his digitally-rendered Nebula print creates a dynamic yet delicate web of black gloss that grips the NARS signature soft-touch packaging in a modern take on lace and it looks simply beautiful.

you can find the NARS Laced with Edge holiday color collection now at NARS boutiques, department stores and

happy shopping!

info and images courtesy of NARS cosmetics

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CVS introduces MUA Makeup Academy collection

developed by makeup pros and beauty experts, the Makeup Academy line from CVS aims to bring premium quality cosmetics and beauty accessories to makeup lovers everywhere. i have used a few of these products {sent to me to try} and i think they are certainly worth checking out for yourself.

there are more than 145 products within 3 categories ~ lippies in fab textures and fashion-forward colors, beautifully-crafted brushes, and a great range of false eyelashes  ~ all now available in-store and online at

for lips:
 over 100 lip products including lipsticks, glosses, crayons, stains, liquid lipsticks, and balms, my favorite is the unique Color Infused Balm {pic is featured below}, a 2-in-1 formula of lipstick on the inside, balm on the outside!

professional brushes:
 the premium, expertly crafted brush collection makes it easier than ever to create flawless makeup looks, conveniently and affordably. brushes include a Pro BB/CC Cream BrushFoundation Brush and even a Point Liner Brush for gel eyeliners. i was sent the Pro Smudger/Detailer Brush and love how it really aids in creating a smoky liner and/or eyeshadow look with its soft dense bristles.   

false lashes:
with fine lashes that are perfect for day wear to fuller, volume-boosting lashes, the extensive range of false lashes also includes an Individual Lash Starter Kit that allows you to create an individual look by combining short and long lashes.

Pro Smudger/Detailer Brush

Color Infused Balm

wearing the lippies; soft liner look created using the Pro Smudger/Detailer Brush

you can find MUA products at select CVS locations and of course, online at!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

skincare review: Radical Skin Perfecting Screen SPF30

sun protection is an important part of my skin care routine, so when i was sent a new facial sunscreen from Radical Skincare, i beyond thrilled to try it.


yes, i'm pretty excited about it!

not only does Radical Skin Perfecting Screen protect my face from harsh UV rays with a non-chemical spf 30, but it's a skincare gem because it contains light-reflecting pigments that help create a beautiful, luminous finish that is still matte and lasts all day. 

without Radical Screen on the left, with it on the right. :)

 this unique, pearl-toned, slightly shimmery formula applies beautifully, absorbs well and is definitely a new fave of mine. if you have the opportunity, don't take my word for it, try it for yourself. your skin will thank you! :)

visit for more info.

product sent to me for review consideration; pics taken by me :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

hair therapy: new Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q

to any beauty girl who relies on a hair dryer for styling, having one that saves time and makes whatever style you want to create the best it can be is essential. i've used plenty of dryers in my life, so when i was recently made aware of the new Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q, i have to tell you, i was curious. it sounds fabulous...

i haven't used it myself, but since i found it interesting, i figured you might appreciate learning more about it, too! so here it is...

this new tool, the Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q, is the world's first hair dryer featuring a brushless motor available via mass retailers. the name is derived from three of its key benefits, all of which begin with the letter “Q”: quick, quiet, quality.

the advanced brushless motor provides ultra-fast airflow equivalent to a 2000 watt professional hair dryer, and ionic technology; by reducing dry by up to 70%, it keeps hear healthy, minimizing the time hair is exposed to damaging heat.

3Q is powerful, but quiet with up to 40% less noise with patent pending noise reduction technology.

standard dryer motors use carbon brushes that wear out over time, causing the motor to stop working,; the brushless motor in the 3Q uses magnets and electronics to power the motor, which extends the life of the dryer by up to ten times.

with 3 heat settings and 2 speeds, the Infinity Pro also includes a concentrator attachment for pinpoint styling, a diffuser to carefully dry curls and waves, as well as a filter cleaning brush to enhance the life of the dryer.

didn't i tell you it sounded fab?

you can find out more about the new Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q by visiting if you're convinced and want to buy it now, you'll find it available for purchase at your favorite mass retailer, specialty or department store.

info and image provided by Conair brand PR

Thursday, October 9, 2014

beauty review: Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation spf 20

happy wednesday, lovesare you having a beautiful week

if you're anything like me, any day can be made better by treating yourself to a new beauty goodie. i love discovering something new and adding it to my beauty buy or get-more-info-about list {please tell me you do this, too!}.

all of this is to tell you that Shiseido has a new product {actually 2 more, but i'll get to that in a minute} and it should bring a smile to your face ~ you should be excited about it...

i certainly am!

the luxury brand has added color products to their fabulous Future Solution LX Collectionwhat i'm gushing about specifically is the fabulous full coverage Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation SPF20. 

available in 11 shades {i use B60}, this gem utilizes new light technology to create radiant skin; with its creamy, lightweight formula, it creates a gorgeous tone to my skin and keeps it looking great all day.

in addition to the coverage, the new Radiance Foundation has skincare benefits. ingredients in the formula aid in reducing visible signs of aging like loss of firmness, wrinkles, visible pores and uneven skin tone.

i'm loving this fusion of skincare and makeup ~ you should definitely consider checking out for yourself. the luxe Future LX collection also includes a loose powder that can be worn alone or used to set the foundation. it's also a multi-tasker. :)

Shiseido Future Solution LX Radiance Foundation is avaluable now and you can get more info on their website,

product featured sent to me for review consideration; pics taken by me :)