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Tarina Tarantino Mini Haul

March 10, 2010
 You all all know that I’m a huge sucker for anything and everything pink, so when the Sephora-exclusive Tarina Tarantino line launched at Sephora a few weeks back I had to haul an item or two to review for the blog.  I swatched away at the store, and while I wasn’t too wowed by the liners (smudgy) and shadows (a little boring), I did happen to fall in love with the TARINA TARANTINO Pearl Glow Primer ($32), a quick-to-absorb, lightweight primer that contains actual pearl powder to give your complexion a luminscent glow, and the TARINA TARANTINO Dollskin Cheek Feather ($25).  The Dollskin Cheek blushes were all beautifully pigmented, finely milled powders that for me were the stars of the line, along with the primer.  
More photos after the jump!

If you’ve already got a Tarina Tarantino counter near you (and you’ve seen the Sephora employees dressed up in horrible hot pink wigs that look nothing like the glorious one featured on the model above) definitely run to check out the line.  I’m seriously tempted to go back for the Dollskin blushes in Charm and Parasol (the shimmer is multi-dimensional and really lust-worthy) and to maybe get a backup of the primer I love it so much.  I’ll be reviewing both for you soon!

DEX Mineral Pressed Blush Review & Swatches

November 14, 2009
DEX Mineral Pressed Blush ($21)

DEX’s Mineral Pressed Blushes are these matte yet satiny smooth, intensely pigmented things of beauty that remind me quite a bit of Illamasqua’s blushes. The lightest tap of my brush across the surface of one of these is enough to give me a fresh-faced flush that lasts all day and night, while the vitamin and peptide complexes in the formula promise to provide anti-aging benefits to encourage skin radiance.

Swatches (left to right): Sutton Place, Herald Square, City Hall

Check out the full review and close-ups of the blushes after the jump!

These Dex Mineral Pressed Blushes are pretty much everything I look for in a great blush – nice blendability, intense pigmentation, silky texture and gorgeous vibrant colors. While I do usually prefer a touch of shimmer to my blushes, these really gives my cheeks such beautiful color that I hardly miss my glittery bits.

Sutton Place is currently my favorite for achieving a fresh-in-from-a-brisk-walk flush that’s natural yet definitely noticeable. Just the tiniest dab of product is enough for both cheeks. The Mineral Pressed Blushes are by far my favorite DEX products and are major love for me!

Availability: DEX Modern Minerals are available online at as well as at the Dex Beauty Atrium flagship location in NYC (224 West 30th Street). The line is also carried at select Maria Martin boutiques around the country and at PIR in Canada.

These blushes were press samples sent by the brand’s PR rep, and I must say I’m not a major DEX fan, their products are awesome! I had so much fun exploring this new cosmetics range.

Guerlain Meteorites in ‘Perles Imperiales’ for Imperial Holiday 2009

November 8, 2009

Rarely do I tell you that a product is a must-have for me, but if you love high end makeup and beautiful products, the Guerlain ‘Meteorites’ in Perles Imperiales ($53) really do fall into that category. For a quick video review, check out this YouTube review I did of the Perles Imperiales Meteorites, and but don’t forget to read on for more info and lots of photos!

This close-up of the Perles Imperialies up above is probably one of my favorite cosmetics photos I’ve taken – it’s so pretty that I’ve even made it the wallpaper on my iPhone!

More photos including swatches and the full review after the jump.

The 2009 Perles Imperialies Meteorites come in this dramatic, expensive-looking jet-black packaging (some Meteorites packaging can tend to look a little cheap and cardboardy but not this rendition) decorate with faux-crystals and shimmery bits and house pearls in soft ivory, orangey gold, pink and lavender.

Swirl the pearls together and you’re left with a soft pink highlighter that’s subtle but brings a nice glow to your face. I wouldn’t recommend purchasing these to use as a blush unless you’re Snow White pale, but as a soft pink highlighter they’re absolutely gorgeous – no chunky glitter, no crazy shine, just a soft, subtle glow that’ll light up your face. And of course the usual delicious Guerlain violet scent which I’m oh so enamored of.

I like to pair this with my Chanel Narcisse blush (there’s a review of it somewhere on the blog – I’ll just say that this is my HG blush and I use it almost every day) – first Narcisse on my cheeks, then Perles Imperiales pretty much everywhere else for some subtle glowy shimmer. Part of the appeal of Guerlain’s Meteorites, at least for me, is the luxury of swirling my brushes across such a beautiful, delicately-scented surface and applying the silky powder to my face, but honestly the pearls themselves aren’t a bad deal at $53. I know my fellow Meteorites owners can attest to the fact that you’ll never make a dent in these – I have some I’ve been using for ages and they look as new/full as the day I bought them.

Which is all my roundabout way of saying ~ if you’ve been wanting Guerlain’s Perles Imperiales Meteorites, go get them! They embody everything that I love about holiday cosmetics releases – luxurious shimmering packaging, beautiful colors, and that special quality that just brings a smile to your face. These definitely get a thumbs up from me!

These Meteorites were sent to me by Guerlain’s PR people to blog consideration. I probably would’ve purchased them myself as it was quite literally love at first swatch – the gorgeous shades of the pearls, the amazing violet scent and the stunning holiday packaging – it’s just all too gorgeous!

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Up Close & Personal with Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact in Lovely Tulip

October 7, 2009

Jill Stuart’s Mix Blush Compacts ($48) are one of my favorite items from her entire cosmetics range, not because the blushes themselves are particularly awe-inspiring (they’re decent albeit a bit chalky but I’ve definitely tried better), but because the packaging is just so insanely appealing that even after having dropped $50+ on one after tax, I don’t feel the least bit guilty.

See my thoughts on the brush-softness and more reasons to love this product after the jump!

Reason #1 To Love the Mix Blushes: The beautifully crystal-adorned blush brush that comes attached to the compact by a delicate chain. It’s nice quality, beautifully soft, dense, gorgeous to look at and detachable ~ need I say more? I was so surprised by the quality of the brush.

Reason #2 To Love: The beauty of the compact itself. It’s elegant, girly, and brings out your inner princess. I know we’re not all girly girls here, but who doesn’t enjoy feeling like royalty?

Reason #3: The blushes are supremely wearable. They’re have a slight glowy sheen to them but they’re subtle – not too pigmented, not ridiculously sheer, not too sparkly but not completely matte. Plus they’re just plain pretty to look at!

Close-up of 07 Lovely Tulip in the pan.

Final Thoughts: If you’re looking to spend your $50 on a fabulous blush that you’ll love for the rest of your days, this probably isn’t going to be it. But if you’re like me and have a decent blush collection and would love to add something new and different to it that’s guaranteed to be an attention-getter, this is your product. The quality is solid, the packaging is fantastic and I promise you’ll love staring at it!

Smink Pure Minerals Lip Glaze and Blush Review & Swatches

September 23, 2009

Smink Pure Minerals is an offshoot of TVAL Skincare, founded by Anna Hellqvist and Jason Bailey, both of whom hold PhD’s in biology. They tested and tested and tested until they were satisfied with their products, and it really shows in the end result!

Two of the stand-out products from Smink Pure Minerals are the lip glazes (oh how I love these) and the blushes. Find out more about the gorgeous lip product featured above and check out the reviews, product photos and swatches after the jump!

Smink Blush in Blushing Bakeapple from the Summer 2009 Collection

Blushing Bakeapple is a gorgeous pinky coral with warm golden shimmer that makes for a beautiful summertime flush. It’s silky smooth and pigmented and contains just the right amoutn of shimmer, making this product a winner in my book.

Smink Lip Glaze in Mermaid’s Kiss

Smink’s Lip Glazes are current object of my obsession ~ I’m completely and utterly in love with them and don’t ever want to be without at least one pot! They’re pigmented, packed with super-fine shimmer yet still ridiculously smooth feeling on the lips, and they have this cushy feel to them once applied to the lips that’s just heavenly (similar to MAC Lipgelees).

The Lip Glazes have a a creamy whipped consistency and contains lip-loving ingredients such as olive butter and jojoba oil, so not only do your lips look fabulous, but they feel fabulous as well!

Swatches: Lip Glaze in Mermaid’s Kiss, Blush in Blushing Bakeapple

Mermaid’s Kiss is a somewhat scary looking orangey shade with red undertones and golden shimmer in the pot, but applied lightly to the lips it’s this gilded peachy orangey shade that reminds me quite a bit a much-loved limited edition Chanel Glossimer that I can no longer remember the name of.

In closing all I can say is ~ try the Lip Glaze!! I absolutely adore it, and I think you will too!

[Edit] For those of you who’ve been asking about Mermaid’s Kiss, it was a limited edition shade that Anna has decided to bring back, so you should hopefully be seeing it back up on the site at some point today!

TEMPTU AIR pod Blush & Highlighter Review & Swatches

August 19, 2009

TEMPTU AIR pod™ Blush in #403 Washed Rose ($30)

I figured if I was going to give the TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System (review HERE) a shot, I might as well try everything including the blush and highlighter pods in order to properly assuage my curiosity. I picked up Washed Rose thinking that it would give me a nice bright pink flush (it’s described as petal pink) but sadly I was a little disappointed with the shade.

Don’t get me wrong it’s a very nice shade of subtle, soft pink, I was just expecting a brighter more vibrant pink – I probably should’ve gone with 404 Sheer Berry. The blushes themselves are really easy to use – you just load them in place of the foundation pod on your device and spray away. You can actually feel where the blush is going thanks to the strong air flow (you should set your device on “Less” for this) and of course color is buildable.

Sheerly applied swatch of Washed Rose.

I’m hoping that TEMPTU will release a few more fun/dramatic shades in the future. The AIR pod Blush was wonderful for the convenience factor and for sheer, very very natural flush but I Just happen to prefer my powder blushes to this one.

TEMPTU AIR pod™ Highlighter in 301 Champagne ($35)

I generally don’t wear highlighter but again decided to try this for the sake of experimentation and was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful subtle glow I could achieve using TEMPTU’s highlighter pod.

Champagne is a sheer metallic golden nude shade that’s perfect for highlighting your cheekbones and browbones. I like to lightly sweep this in a C motion around the sides of my face to contour along my cheekbones and right along the browbone for some barely there shimmer and glow, but you can definitely build more shimmer.

Swatch of TEMPTU Highlighter.

Some of your had expressed concerns that this might be way too metallic after having seen the model in the TEMPTU video on Sephora’s site applying this to herself, but I believe that she was using a pretty heavy hand in order to get anything to show up on camera, and it really won’t look that frighteningly metallic on you!

I love that TEMPTU has these accessories available for us to use with our TEMPTU AIRbrush Systems – when you spend a significant chunk of change on a product, it’s always nice to have some flexibility and options!

Illamasqua Powder Blusher Swatches & Mini Review

August 17, 2009

Like I mentioned in the last post, the quality on these isn’t good at all – the blushes are amazingly vibrant and pigmented in real life and these swatches don’t do them justice, but I figured these could at least help you get an idea of what shades you might like or dislike.

  • Thrust is a bright magenta.
  • Tweak is described as a reddish pink, and to me it’s that perfect fall apple/watermelony shade that’s so flattering on so many.
  • Chased is a gorgeous lilac pink shade that has some mauve to it. One of my favorites!
  • Katie is a very pale milky pink (the palest of all the blushes) that looks to be a hot seller. Currently sold out on
  • Unrequited is an amazing baby pink that gives you that barely-flushed look. Better suited for lighter skintones and another favorite of mine.
  • Tremble is Katie’s warmer pink sister – yet another favorite of mine LOL. What can I say, these are beautiful!

  • Lover is a vibrant apricot (it’s much much brighter than it appears in this photo and not really for the faint of heart).
  • Hussy is again brighter than it appear to be in this photo, and it’s this beautiful bright petal pink and another favorite blush of mine. I’d love to get my hands on this one (and Chased, Unrequited & Tremble!).
  • Excite is described as a vibrant coral, and to be honest kind of scared me in person as it looked bright orange. This isn’t something I think I’d be able to pull off – ever!
  • Expose is a soft peach, although it’s not the kind of peach you’re thinking of. This is a true peach and matte meaning it’s got a little orange to it.
  • Panic is a bright cherry red and something I’d go for if I did red blush. I love how clear and clean this shade looks.

I was seriously shocked by just how amazing these blushes felt under my fingers. The Powder Blushers all have matte finishes and I was worried about chalkiness, but these are super super pigmented and silky smooth. They glide on like a dream and, while a little pricey, seem to be well worth the $23 they cost. I’ll definitely be adding a few to my collection, meaning you’ll be getting better swatches of at least a few shades at some point!

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Narcisse Review & Swatches

April 20, 2009
Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Narcisse ($42)

What It Is: Unique powder blusher imparts a flattering radiance to cheeks. Remarkably silky texture for easy application and subtle shading. Accentuate cheekbones for a youthful look. Softer tones around the eyes soften expression and rejuvenate.

What I Love: When Nicole tells me she loves something, I go with her on it as she’s never steered me wrong. So when this lovely bit of Chanel arrived on my doorstep a few months back, yet another gesture of generosity from the wonderful Nicole, I was pretty excited as she’d been raving about how wonderful Narcisse (and the Chanel JC blushes in general) were. Then I opened the box, popped open the compact and—*gasp*–I actually dared to second guess her! Sitting in the compact was this very pretty soft baby pink blush that I was totally and utterly convinced was going to completely disappear on my face.

BUT this blush is seriously amazing, and befitting the name, will definitely bring out your inner narcissist ~ when I’m wearing this I can’t stop admiring my reflection in the mirror! Narcisse is a gorgeous shade of soft pink that has a silky smooth, finely milled texture that blends beautifully and is really nicely pigmented for a paler blush. What makes this blush truly incredible though is the stunning candlelit glow things brings to your complexion–it’s really something special! Couple that with the blush’s pretty rose scent and I’m a goner.

While I am pale, I also suffer from some unsightly redness in my cheeks, and this blush is actually great for masking the redness a little and just giving me this perfect, gorgeous barely-there glowy flush.

Close-up of Narcisse in the pan.

Not So Much: It’s really hard to find anything wrong with this product, and honestly I can’t except for the horrendous, scratchy, oddly-sized little brush that the compact comes with. The brush seriously feels like I’m scratching at my face with straw, and its sized for blush-application on a doll face. I just don’t get it! My other gripe with this product would be the price~you get a seriously small amount for the seriously large price tag that you’re paying, but I can quite honestly say that I’d willingly pay it because the product itself is so wonderful.

Swatch of Narcisse (pre-blending)

Swatch of Narcisse After Blending

The Verdict: Lately this blush is the only one that beckons to me from the makeup-eating black hole that is my blush drawer. It’s shown me what a great blush can do for your complexion, and I really don’t see the need to reach for anything else. Although I do currently have a new blush lemming thank to Nicole: Shu Uemura’s Glow On blush in Pink 30.

Reader Request: My Majolica Majorca Palettes

April 9, 2009

A few weeks back one of my lovely readers requested that I post photos of my Majolica Majorca palettes, so here they are! Majolica Majorca is a Japanese drugstore brand that makes some beautifully-packaged (and great quality) products~unfortunately they can be a bit hard to come by in the States, but Sasa usually has a decent selection.

In the photo above we have (from Left to Right) the small compact which can hold two eyeshadows or a single blush, the larger compact which can hold four eyeshadows, two blushes, or two eyeshadows and a blush, and to the far right we have the cute little drawer that the blushes originally come packaged in.

Close-up of the larger compact.

So these are the two shadows I have in my larger compact–a pretty mermaidy green shade, and an icy pal lavender, both Maholica Majorca of course. They’re nicely pigmented, albeit a little chalky, but not really two shades that I find myself reaching for all that often.

Swatches of the Eyeshadows

Close-up of the smaller compact.

So housed within the smaller compact is one of my favorite blushes. It’s a tiny strip of nothing (the same size as the two shadows put together) that’s so narrow that it’s pretty difficult to use as a blush, but it’s worth the trouble as it’s this silky smooth, pigmented peachy coral shade with gold shimmer that’s exactly what I wanted and expected Nars Orgasm to be (only Orgasm disappointed me).

Are you a Majolica Majorca fan? Check out my Majolica Majorca mascara revew, my first mascara review ever! 🙂

Sana Excel by Noevir Gradation Cheek Blush in G2 Review & Swatches ~ LOVE!

March 24, 2009

Months and months ago I wrote a blush review, promising to tell you about my favorite brush of the moment — and then being me, I never got around to it! =X Yes I know ~ bring on the booing and hissing! But finally, here it is, and believe me it’s a product worth waiting for. I even featured it in my Best of 2008 post!

So what is this much anticipated product? Excel by Noevir’s blush in shade G2–something that I never would have found or purchased myself, but once again thanks to the wonderfulness that is Taryn I was able to try something that I ended up falling in love with.

What makes it so great? Well the blush has just the right amount of shimmer, applies beautifully, and is just completely and utterly perfect in every way. It’s pigmented, blends really well, impart one seriously flattering flush and the strips combine to form the the prettiest shade of pink I’ve seen on my cheeks–seriously it’s like a Bobbi Brown shimmer brick on steroids!

This Excel blush is really a serious stunner. I know the packaging isn’t really much to look at (actually it’s pretty ugly), but the wonderfulness inside more than compensates for that.

Check out the swatches taken under different lighting conditions:

The top swatch is all the colors mixed together, and underneath you can see the colors swatched individually. This is one of those products that I save for special occasions because I don’t want to run out, especially since I don’t know when or where I’ll ever be able to find this again!

Ooooh a commenter just informed me that this is available HERE!