Archive - February 2013

Nails, Meet Neely’s Lovely Sisters in the Zoya Lovely Spring 2013 Collection

Published in: Nails, Zoya

Zoya Lovely Collection Swatches

The six-piece Zoya Lovely spring 2013 collection ($8 per bottle, or $48 for the six-piece set), available now in stores, salons and online

Pardon me as I swan dive from the top platform into a full-on pastel nails obsession…

SPLASH!

Sorry about that. I couldn’t resist because the pool is just so lovely — lovely as in the six-piece Zoya Lovely collection. 🙂 Remember creamy mint green Neely from last week? Yup, these are her Lovely (ba-dum bum) sisters.

Zoya Gie Gie Swatch from the Zoya Lovely Collection

Zoya Gie Gie (two coats)


Zoya Jacqueline Swatch from the Zoya Lovely Collection

Zoya Jacqueline (two coats)


Zoya Piaf Swatch from the Zoya Lovely Collection

Zoya Piaf (three coats)


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9 Pastels, a Panini Press and the Butter London Spring 2013 Sweetie and Starkers Collections

Published in: Butter London, Collections, Nails

Butter London Sweetie and Starkers Spring 2013 Collections

The nine-piece Butter London Spring 2013 Collection ($15 each bottle), available now online and at Butter London counters and Nordstrom

Today my brain politely offered me two options. One, I could spend the afternoon experimenting with my new Sunbeam Panini Press (and eating said food experiments)…or two, I could catch up on spring nail polish swatches.

Panini Press Madness!

The Sunbeam Panini Press, my new BFF

Tough decision…

But technically, the panini press isn’t new. I’ve had it since Christmas (of 2010!) and just kind of forgot about it.

Whoops!

Over the past few days, I’ve made a couple of grilled cheese sandwiches with it, a delicious grilled shrimp burrito (!) and a quesadilla with brie and pear.

But again, it’s not new, so I opted for the swatches…in part due to my muffin top, which has been feeling extra muffin-y lately…

I’ve also been going through a pastel nails phase, and the colors in the Butter London Spring 2013 Collection are scratching the itch. 🙂

This year, Butter London divided their spring launch into two parts — the six-piece Sweetie Shop collection and three-piece Starkers collection. Each bottle goes for $15 a pop.

The Sweetie Shop sub-collection

Butter London Fruit Machine Swatch

Butter London Fruit Machine, an opaque caramel creme (three coats)


Butter London Kerfuffle Swatch

Butter London Kerfuffle, an opaque, pinkish orange creme (three coats)


Butter London Jasper Swatch

Butter London Jasper, an opaque, pastel yellow creme (three coats)


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Aerin Beauty Lip Gloss in Casis Is Giving My Lips a Case of Smooth Pink Lip Gloss Love

Published in: Aerin Beauty, Lips, Makeup, Product Reviews

Aerin Beauty Casis Lip Gloss Review Swatches Pictures

Wearing the new limited edition Aerin Beauty Lip Gloss in Casis ($30), available now at Aerin Beauty counters and online

I feel like the greatest pink glosses — the epic ones you dream about, and about which you say in casual conversation with other makeup nerds things like, “Remember that one pink gloss from the spring 2007 collection? Gawd, I loved that color!” — are major threats to most of the products I carry in my makeup bag.

With an epic pink gloss that gets the shade just right, one that I feel illuminates my entire face, I’m tempted to just wear it and almost nothing else.

And when I see one of those pink glosses basking at the bottom of my makeup bag, it’s as if it says to me, “C’mon, Karen, forget about primer, foundation and all that extra stuff. As long as we have each other, a little under-eye concealer, mascara and brow powder, we’ll be fine.”

For me, Aerin Beauty’s new spring 2013 collection Lip Gloss in Casis ($30) is totally one of those pinks.

What I love most about this rosy, almost full-coverage neutral pink, other than the ease with which it adds dazzling color to my face, is how smooth it looks on my lips.

Casis doesn’t settle into my fine lip lines or highlight any dips and crevices. Instead, it creates a seamless, glassy block of opaque color that looks almost like I stretched a piece of pink vinyl across my pout.

Aerin Beauty Casis Lip Gloss Picture

Aerin Beauty Casis Lip Gloss also has a doe-foot applicator


Aerin Beauty Casis Lip Gloss Picture Swatch

Aerin Beauty Casis Lip Gloss on my lips


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NYX’s The Brazilian Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette

Published in: Daily Beauty

NYX The Brazilian Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette small

NYX The Brazilian Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette

NYX’s new The Brazilian Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette (a dark brown, a nude pink and a shimmery toffy). It’s available now at drugstores, Ulta and online.

NYX The Brazilian Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette closeup

NYX The Brazilian Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette closeup

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