Sunday, December 21, 2014

Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty’s newest launch, the Smashed Agave Lip Mask ($26; sephora.com), is a new addition to the fabulous Agave Lip Mask range. Smashed Agave Lip Mask has a gorgeous red wine tint that looks more like a natural rosy flush on the lips.

bite beauty smashed agave lip mask review, photos

Smashed Agave Lip Mask comes in the same tube, similar to the one Bite redesigned recently. There’s no shimmer or glitter and the texture is rather thick and also a tad difficult to get out of the tube. The color looks more like a sheer pink on my lips, although layering helps build the color up a little to look like a sheer red tint. I love the color - its great on its own and super moisturizing on top of lipsticks. Its quite a glossy tint, but the color lightens a bit within a couple of hours with only most of the shine left behind. It still is moisturizing though and will definitely be among my most used lip products this winter!

bite beauty smashed agave lip mask review, photos
bite beauty smashed agave lip mask review, photos



bite beauty smashed agave lip mask swatch
Wearing a sheer layer of the Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask


Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask is now available online at sephora.com.

Have you tried Bite Beauty’s Smashed Agave Lip Mask yet?

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New Budget Beauty Buys | Quick Reviews, Photos

A few new, budget beauty picks that are new or fairly new, with quick reviews and photos.

budget beauty buys from burt's bees finger paints essence of beauty carol's daughter


Finger Paints Big City Brighter Lights Collection ($5.29 ; available at Sally Beauty Supply stores in Jan/Feb 2015) - What are fabulous looking collection this one is! The colors may not be spring appropriate, but they are very glitzy, festive and beautiful. I found the glitters to be good for layering while the shimmers were opaque in three coats.

Finger Paints Big City Brighter Lights
Finger Paints Big City Brighter Lights
Finger Paints Big City Brighter Lights
Finger Paints Big City Brighter Lights swatches


Burt’s Bees has two new lip balms out in fun flavors like Wild Cherry and Vanilla Bean ($ 3.30 each; burtsbees.com). They are the same formula as the other flavored lip balms by Burt’s, 100% natural sans the tingle. Vanilla Bean especially smells delicious and super sweet! They are not a cure for very dry or super chapped lips, but good for light layering or to protect lips from further dryness.

Burt's Bees Vanilla Bean and Wild Cherry Moisturizing Lip Balm


Essence Of Beauty, a bath and body line available exclusively at CVS now has an all natural line that has everything from hand creams, to body scrubs and washes. The Botanical Body Washes ($9.99; cvs.com) smell true to what they are described to be and cleanse gently without stripping or leaving any sort of a residue. I absolutely love them both so much and will be picking up more once I finish! 

Essence of Beauty Botanical Body Wash Lemon Verbena with Olive Oil and Eucalyptus with Mint Oil
Essence of Beauty Botanical Body Wash Lemon Verbena with Olive Oil and Eucalyptus with Mint Oil
Essence of Beauty Botanical Body Wash Lemon Verbena with Olive Oil and Eucalyptus with Mint Oil
Essence of Beauty Botanical Body Wash Lemon Verbena with Olive Oil and Eucalyptus with Mint Oil Ingredients
Essence of Beauty Botanical Body Wash Lemon Verbena with Olive Oil and Eucalyptus with Mint Oil Ingredients



Carol’s Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Collection 3-Piece Starter Kit ($26; carols daughter com) is new and has products for dry frizzy hair. The collection is enriched with Marula Oil to help with manageability, better curl control and hair softening properties. This is a three piece starter kit, priced at $26 though all the products are all available individually.  The Gentle Cream Cleanser, which is more of a Cleansing Conditioner, is a very mild cleanser that is just ok. I found that it din’t make my hair super clean and the texture was a bit on the thicker side and difficult to work with. I did like the Curl  Control Diffusing and Styling Lotion and the Deep Hydration Mask, both of which are great for wavy, frizz prone hair. The Styling Lotion leaves curls looking beautifully natural and manageable while the Hydration Mask detangles and deeply hydrates. Hair looks healthy and super soft. I also love how the whole range smells, the deep conditioner especially.

Carol's Daughter Marula Curl Therapy 3 piece starter kit

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

New From BOSS | BOSS Bottled Collector’s Edition and BOSS Ma Vie Pour Femme

Two new launches from Hugo BOSS Fragrances, are their BOSS Bottled for Men, in a Collector’s Edition Bottle and BOSS Ma Vie Pour Femme in a gorgeous pink bottle with a crystallized cap, both of which make for beautiful holiday gifts for any fragrance lover.

BOSS Ma Vie Pour Femme and BOSS Bottled For Men



BOSS Bottled Collector’s Edition ($75 for 100ml) for men is a fresh, citrusy scent and one of BOSS’ best-sellers and the special edition bottle is made of matte black, with a unique soft touch finish. Its a fresh, energetic, manly scent, with spicy top notes of cinnamon, clove with a warm woody dry down.

BOSS Bottled For Men Collector's Edition



BOSS Ma Vie Pour Femme ($67 for 50ml) ,which is the third addition to the BOSS Pour Femme line is one very feminine, soft floral, perfect for the Spring and Summer. The perfume opens up with fresh floral top notes of Cactus Flower, Pink Freesia and Jasmine. Its not heady, but definitely a light, almost green floral with a touch of rose. The dry down is soft, with a hint of musk mixed in with the powderiness from the rose. It definitely is a light scent that lasted about 4-5 hours on me. A very fresh, happy, ultra feminine scent without too much of the sweetness and one I’d reach out to more, come Spring or Summer!

BOSS Ma Vie Pour Femme
BOSS Ma Vie Pour Femme




























What are your thoughts on BOSS Bottled Collector's Edition and BOSS Ma Vie Pour Femme?

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Origins Let Us Glow and Ginger Treasures Holiday 2014 Gift Sets

Origins' Holiday Gifting is always a great way to try out some fabulous products from the brand. Their gifts come in beautiful gift boxes and fancy pouches without any need for actually wrapping. Two of them that I’ve been absolutely loving are the Let Us Glow Skincare Set ($32; origins.com) and the Ginger Treasures Bath and Body Set ($34; origins.com)


Let Us Glow is a mix of deluxe sizes (except the mascara) of some of Origins’ bestsellers in a 100% Recycled Cotton Bag. The GinZing Eye Cream, is a slightly tinted, light eye cream which I like under makeup or for the day, the GinZing Energy Boosting Day Cream, that helps perk up the complexion which I’m reserving for summer since it can be a bit light for now (read my full review here). The set also comes with a mini Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm in Berry Splash which is a sheer wash of color with a thicker, moisturizing texture and a full size of the GinZing Brightening Mascara to lengthen and lif. The mascara is new to me and its a volumizing mascara, which I wish was a bit more lengthening and curling. It does take some getting used to, but the big brush is great for small lashes.

Origins Let Us Glow Gift Set Holiday 2014
Origins Let Us Glow Gift Set Holiday 2014
Origins Let Us Glow Gift Set Holiday 2014
Origins Let Us Glow Gift Set Holiday 2014
Origins Let Us Glow Gift Set Holiday 2014
Origins Let Us Glow Gift Set Holiday 2014



The Ginger Treasures Kit comes with a Ginger Burst Body Wash, Incredible Spreadable Smoothing Ginger Body Scrub, Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream. They all smell incredible, quite strongly of ginger but amazing nonetheless! The Body Scrub has a beautiful texture that spreads and foams up easily. Its more of a foaming body polish that exfoliates and washes off without a residue. The Body Wash is a creamy body wash that doesn’t strip skin, but definitely needs to be followed up with a moisturizer. Its very foamy and energizing. And finally the Souffle Whipped Body Cream, which is perfect for this time of the year. Its nourishing, has a luxurious texture and absorbs quickly.

Origins Ginger Treasures Bath and Body Set
Origins Ginger Treasures Bath and Body Set Review, Photos
Origins Ginger Treasures Bath and Body Set Ingredients



Overall, great gifts for anyone a fan of Origins, or someone looking to try the brand. Ginger Treasures especially is great if you like fancy bath and body products that smell fantastic!

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L’Occitane Holiday Gifting - L’Occitane Gives Back To The Visually Impaired.

Every year L’Occitane has some amazing gifts for the holidays and this time around, they are giving back by donating up to $100,000 to the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) when you shop one of their “eye” gifts, online at usa.loccitane.com or stores. All you need to do is “Look For The Eye” while you shop (which is a symbol like the one below), and L’Occitane will donate $5 for every such gift sold, through the month of December. A little more info on this is below. 






This December, L'OCCITANE en Provence will give back by donating up to $100,000 to the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). Throughout the month of December, $5 for every designated ‘Eye’ gift set sold in-stores will help fund the AFB's award-winning programs like VisionAware, which provides help and hope to nearly one million adults new to vision loss, and FamilyConnect, a network that connects close to 200,000 families with vision loss resources each year nationwide.


As a beauty brand committed to offering a sensorial immersion in natural beauty and fragrance,L’OCCITANE has long supported programs that help the visually impaired throughout the world. In 1997, L’OCCITANE founder Olivier Baussan, began producing products with braille on the packaging, ensuring that everyone – even those who could not see – could shop in L’OCCITANE stores with ease.

Since that time the brand has continued its contribution to this cause, working with NGOs in developing countries to treat curable blindness, partnering with the AFB to host fragrance workshops at its Provence headquarters for young students, and most recently, creating a month-long Helen Keller exhibit at its NYC flagship store.


*PR Info. I am not affiliated, neither have affiliate links been used. Just passing along info about what I think is being done for a very good cause.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My Current Three Must Have Foundation Brushes

For the longest time I never used many brushes for foundations or base makeup in general. I still like using my fingers for tricky textures and thicker consistencies, but these are my must have makeup brushes that I’ve absolutely been loving for foundation application of late.

Three Must Have Foundation Brushes from MAC Bobbi brown and Dior



Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush ($42; bobbibrown.com) - This is one I picked up after wanting to add a good, flat top buffing brush in my collection. Its a super dense, but also a super soft brush to buff product in. Its the quickest way to finish a full face of foundation. While I do like the softness and the quality of the brush, I feel that it does drink up a little product and takes forever to dry! That apart, its a very well constructed brush by Bobbi Brown and I love the short, chunky size of the brush.

Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush
Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush Review, Photos


MAC 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush ($42; maccosmetics.com) - The MAC 130 has got to be my favorite duo fibre stippling brush ever. I personally love the smaller size, although  I can see how it can be a problem for some. I love to use this as the final step to just buff and even things out and it leaves a gorgeous airbrushed finish. Its also fabulous to blend under eye concealer and to work with very pigmented blushes. It does shed quite a bit though, but it is super easy to clean, dries fast and does the job super effectively. 

MAC 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush
MAC 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush Review, Photos


Dior Backstage Foundation Light Coverage Fluid Brush ($45; dior.com) -  Dior’s Fluid Foundation brush is larger than your regular foundation brush and the construction is beautiful (comes with a velvet sleeve too!) . Its hand crafted with a mix of natural and synthetic hair and helps sheering out thick foundations. With thinner or creamier foundations, it applies a skin like layer that looks very natural without any streaking or foundation brush stokes. Its super soft and quite dense, but the shape applies product evenly and the pointed edge is nice to pat product under the eyes and around the nose. I also love to use it with cream or mousse-like blushes for a natural looking wash of color. 

Dior Backstage Foundation Light Coverage Fluid Brush
Dior Backstage Foundation Light Coverage Fluid Brush Review, Photos



I’ve been rotating these three brushes for my foundation application of late. What are your favorites?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Burberry Beauty Lip Glow Natural Lip Gloss in Cameo No.08

Cameo by Burberry is a subtly shimmery, peachy pink gloss from the Burberry Beauty Lip Glow ($29; us.burberry.com) range. Its a color I’ve wanted to get for the longest time and finally did! Cameo has just the right amount of pigment,shine and shimmer for an everyday gloss that layers beautifully too.

Burberry Beauty Cameo Lip Glow
Burberry Beauty Cameo Lip Glow
Burberry Beauty Cameo Lip Glow




On my very pigmented lips, Cameo leans more coral than pink or peach and the shimmer adds a beautiful plumpness and shine. Burberrry’s Lip Glow’s do have a stronger scent that any of their other lip products and it does take a while to completely fade. Cameo has a slightly thicker consistency, but the same non-sticky texture as the other Lip Glows and wears about 2-3 hours on me. The applicator is great and if you are looking for a rather wearable peachy pink for pigmented lips that can be worn alone without washing you out and layered over a variety of nudes and pinks, do check Cameo out!

Burberry Beauty Cameo Lip Glow
Burberry Beauty Cameo Lip Glow
Burberry Beauty Cameo Lip Glow Ingredients
Burberry Beauty Cameo Lip Glow Swatch


Have you tried Burberry's Cameo Lip Glow?