Product Reviews

Clinique’s $36 The Nutcracker Suite Act II Palette Is Perfectly Purple

Published in: Clinique, Collections, Eyes, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews

Clinique Nutcracker Suite Act II

Wearing the $36 Nutcracker Suite Act II Palette on my eyes and cheeks, along with the Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Flowering Freesia and Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams, all from Act II of Clinique’s The Nutcracker Suite holiday collection

Part deux of Clinique’s holiday collection, The Nutcracker Suite, puts the spotlight on soft, romantic colors… And purple!

The overall collection is split into two parts, with the first part, Act I, being pumped up about pink, and the second part, Act II, being passionate about purple.

In Act II, purple eyes and a sheer purple lip pair with pretty pink cheeks, and for the eyes, there’s The Nutcracker Suite Act II Eye and Cheek Palette ($36).

Clinique Nutcracker Suite Act II

Clinique’s The Nutcracker Suite Act II sub-collection, clockwise from the purple pencil on the left: Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Flowering Freesia, Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams and The Nutcracker Suite Act II Palette

The Nutcracker Suite Act II Eye and Cheek Palette ($36)

Clinique The Nutcracker Suite Act II Palette

The Nutcracker Suite Act II Palette ($36)


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The New Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzers Are Powder Power Couples

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews, Too Faced

Wearing the new Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in Carrie & Big on my cheeks

Wearing the new Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in Carrie & Big on my cheeks

Carrie & Big? You gotta be kitten me! I think Carrie & Aiden would’ve been a far better name for this new $34 Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer (it’s one of two), but that’s because I’ll never, ever, EVER get over how Big stood up Carrie at the wedding. I’m all for forgiveness, but if some dude left my BFF hanging in her big white dress, I would kick that man’s booty from here to next Tuesday.

Team Aiden 4 life! :)

Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in Carrie & Big (left) and Ross & Rachel (right)

Blushing Bronzer in Carrie & Big (left) and Ross & Rachel (right)

Now where was I…?

Oh! — these new cuties. So adorbs. I almost can’t take it.

Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer
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The $59.50 Make Up For Ever Studio Case Looks Like Something for Pros, But It Has a Lot of Help for Beginners Inside

Published in: Eyes, Make Up For Ever, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews

Make Up For Ever Studio Case

Make Up For Ever Studio Case ($59.50)

The intimidation factor with Make Up For Ever’s Studio Case ($59.50) is high…

If I were unable to tell the difference between a domed brush and a shader brush, or the words “lid” and “crease” made me immediately think of mason jars and those ubiquitous pressed khaki pants worn by tech dudes, I may have just cruised right by the sleek black Studio Case and thought, “That is some scary sh*t.”

But not “scary” as in The Taking of Deborah Logan, which scared the living bejeezus out of me, but scary as in daunting as all hell — as in, you can only be allowed in its presence if you wear a brush belt around your hips at work.

Make Up For Ever Studio Case

So professional-looking, yo!

The question is, does one require an advanced certificate from the Tabs the Cat School of Makeup Artistry (est. 2007) to beat major face with this kit?

No, I don’t think so… Not after seeing it up close.

In fact, the products in the case are surprisingly user-friendly, thanks, in part, to the way MUFE organized the 12 shadows (you can also pop the palette out of the case if you want).

Make Up For Ever Studio Case

Natural, Bold, Smoky or Chic… Take your your pick!


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The Two New Limited Edition Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Kaleidoscope Palettes Deliver Fun, Form and Function at an Extravagant Price

Published in: Le Metier de Beaute, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews

Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Kaleidoscopes

The new limited edition Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Kaleidoscopes Palettes

Layers. They’re not just for onions, cakes and Godfather movies anymore. (No kidding! It took me years to figure out what was really going on with the Tattaglias and Barzinis.)

Layers are also for makeup — which are sometimes on your face, and sometimes in the construction of your palettes, like what Le Metier de Beaute does with their signature stacked Kaleidoscope pans.

So fun! I love how they float in and out of their compacts like silent kitty cat paws/covert makeup ninjas…

The brand’s two latest layered limited edition Kaleidoscope holiday palettes are a trip. For warm, smoldering gold, copper, pink and/or blue eyes and shiny pink and red lips, there’s the Obsidian Odyssey Lip and Cheek Kaleidoscope Palette ($125) and Obsidian Odyssey Eye Shadow Kaleidoscope Palette ($95).

Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Eye Shadow Kaleidoscope

Wearing the Obsidian Odyssey Eye Shadow Kaleidoscope Palette on my eyes…

Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Eye Shadow Kaleidoscope

That’s the Obsidian Odyssey Lip and Cheek Kaleidoscope Palette on my cheeks and lips.


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Give Your Hair a Hand Fighting Frizz in High Humidity With Kerastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste

Published in: Hair, Kerastase, Product Reviews

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

That’s Kerastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste hair, yo!

Try to ignore for a second the bright lips in this pic (it’s Kat Von D Bachelorette), and focus instead on the hair.

The hurr!

Note how well-behaved it is…like a previously unruly child who gets suddenly very still and quiet when you mention taking her to Baskin-Robbins if she stops misbehaving.

It’s been raining more or less non-stop here for more than a week, and that means high humidity, which in turn usually means horrendous frizz.

But a few products from Kerastase’s new Discipline Bain Fluidealiste anti-frizz line are helping to keep my hair from throwing any wild fits.

Kerastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste
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