Product Reviews

The MAC Julia Petit Collection: Flexible, Fabulous Colors for Everyone

Published in: Collections, MAC Makeup, Product Reviews

MAC Julia Petit Collection

Wearing Petite Red Lipstick from the new MAC Julia Petit collection coming March 12 to the MAC website and March 18 to MAC stores and counters

If all makeup collections tell a story, then for me, the new MAC Julia Petit collection starts in a colorful cafe somewhere in the heart of São Paulo.

Our heroine, uber-famous Brazilian lifestyle blogger Julia Petit, is sitting at a table outside with a girlfriend e uma xícara de café. They’re chatting about makeup and cats and laughing and having fun.

Over the course of a couple hours, more friends trickle in, taking seats around the table and ordering coffee and snacks, until every square inch of table space is packed.

Some pieces from the new MAC Julia Petit collection

Eight of 11 pieces in the new MAC Julia Petit collection

That’s how this collection feels like to me. It’s like, all the girls are there, and everyone’s enjoying themselves, and absolutely nobody feels left out.

In the time I’ve spent with the collection so far, I get a strong sense of inclusiveness, like Julia wanted flexible colors that would suit everyone.

From the neutrals in the eyeshadow duos to the blush and the lipsticks, all of them seem very accessible to me, which is to say that there aren’t any crazy-pants blackened forest green eye glosses here (although those certainly have their time and place!).

From the matte browns in the eyeshadow duos, the red lipstick (always a classic), the soft pinkish peach lipstick (do neutral lips ever go out of style? HELL NAW!) and the peachy pinkish bronze powder blush (which should look AMAZEBALLS with or without a tan), I’m also getting a trend-defying ladylike vibe.

That said, there’s still room for bad-girl black eyeliner and a pair of @ss-kicker motorcycle boots. The deep violet matte lipstick adds just enough rebelliousness for gals who like their makeup with an edge.

MAC Julia Petit Lipsticks from the left: Boca, Petite Red and Acai

Lipsticks from the left in Boca, Petite Red and Acai

All three of these lipsticks are wish list worthy. Satiny soft pinkish nude Boca, matte strawberry cream Petite Red and matte deep violet Acai are a saturated symphony of smoothness that would make Fred and Ginger proud.

MAC Julia Petit Lipstick in Boca

Lipstick in Boca

MAC Julia Petit Lipstick in Petite Red

Lipstick in Petite Red

MAC Julia Petit Lipstick in Acai

Lipstick in Acai

Same goes for the soft pinkish brown Powder Blush in Linda. Super pigmented, and it lasts all day long on my cheeks (for reference, I have combo dry/oily skin). As for the finish? Swoon city.

MAC Julia Petit Powder Blush in Linda

Powder Blush in Linda

At first glance, I think it totally looks like a matte on my skin (so there’s no drama involving my pores, YAY!), but when I look closer…I see a lovely, subtle sheen.

Perfect, because I love the look of glowing skin and cheeks. I think Linda will definitely help in that pursuit.

I’m Team Glowing Skin all the way!

Then there are the eyeshadow duos, which get two paws up from me for their smooth matte finishes and wearability. They’re a good place to start if you’re completely new to eye makeup.

MAC Julia Petit Eye Shadow X 2 in Morganite

Eye Shadow X 2 in Morganite

MAC Julia Petit Eye Shadow X 2 in Sagu

Petit Eye Shadow X 2 in Sagu

MAC Julia Petit Eye Shadow X 2 in Moving Sand

Eye Shadow X 2 in Moving Sand

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Curb Cakey Concealer With Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

Published in: Eyes, Product Reviews, Smashbox

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer ($29), available now online and at counters

Sometimes when I hold this tube in my hand, I feel the need to pinch myself.

Is it real? I wonder, giddy with excitement, or is it a makeup mirage?

Perhaps that’s being overdramatic (what, me overdramatic??), but seriously, dude, it feels like I’ve been searching for this little pink tube FOREVER.

Or, you know, like two months.

It’s just that every single time I’ve looked for it at Ulta or Sephora, it’s never been in stock. The shelf where neat little boxes of Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer should have been, has always been as empty as a ghost town.

[Cue tumbleweeds rolling by]

I know I could’ve tried to order it online, but tracking it down in a store actually became a weird personal mission of mine. I wanted the instant gratification…even if it took me a year to get.

LOL! :)

I’ve also been wondering, though…who are these ladies (or gents) that are hoarding this sh*t so hard that I can’t ever find a tube? Is the love for this under-eye primer so intense that people have literally cleared it off every makeup store shelf within a 20-mile radius?

Well, last week my luck turned. Miracle of all makeup miracles, I finally found one lonely box when I went to Sephora, and I grabbed that last box with a quickness usually reserved for chocolate, doughnuts, and chocolate doughnuts.

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

I’ve been a user now for about a week, and my, oh my — I’m on the fast-track to becoming one of those ladies who are probably responsible for this stuff never being in stock. I already want to get a backup.

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer hoarding is a legit thing!

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

So, what is this stuff, and why is it (almost) better than a bag of Baked Cheetos?

Basically, it’s a brightening, moisturizing under-eye primer that you apply before concealer. Anything you layer on top of it — concealer, powder, whatever — ends up looking smoother, more natural and more like real skin.

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

And I think the difference when I use it is night and day, especially when you see it in person. Whenever I take the time to apply this first, I think my concealer looks much less obvious.

I also still get the full coverage that I like, but without my under-eye area looking cakey like cake batter (which happens sometimes with opaque concealers).

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
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Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick in Rosy Silk Floats Like a Shimmery Pink and Gold Kiss on the Wind

Published in: Guerlain, Lips, Makeup, Product Reviews

Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick in Rosy Silk

Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick in Rosy Silk ($37)

If I were wearing Guerlain’s KissKiss Lipstick in Rosy Silk ($37) and blew a kiss across a room to a handsome stranger (let’s call him Nick Jonas), that kiss would drift off my lips and float like a shimmery pink and gold apparition.

The featherweight formula is eminently forgettable…in that I forget sometimes when I’m wearing it because it’s so comfortable.

Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick in Rosy Silk

Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick in Rosy Silk

But the color is anything but forgettable. The slightly see-through pink with golden shimmer alights on my skin like sunshine filtering through the petals of a blooming cherry blossom tree, tender and romantic, ah…

I think one layer works best, which I apply directly from the tube, and then pat down with a finger. When I add more layers, they don’t help, and the formula starts to seek out flakes and settle into my lip lines.

Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick in Rosy Silk Swatch

Rosy Silk

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The ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand: For Loose, Screen Siren-Style ’40s Waves the Very First Time

Published in: ghd, Hair, Product Reviews

ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand

Rockin’ loose Hollywood starlet waves with the new ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand ($245)

[SHH...] I’m growing my hair out so I can take full advantage of the new ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand, and yes, it’s a secret that El Hub does not need to know (although he’ll eventually realize it), because it would bring him too much joy. :)

That man. I swear, I get my hair cut half an inch, and he freaks out!

What is it with dudes and long hair?

So, this wand is really freaking cool. Like, $245 cool, which is how much it costs, and that’s coming from a girl who usually doesn’t like clip-less hair tools.

I know, I know — clip-less wands are super popular these days, but I’ve got trauma, man. When I used one a few years back, I nearly burnt my fingers to a crisp, and after that incident, I started sticking to curling irons with clamps, like the ghd Curve Soft Curl I tried earlier this month.

ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand

In my paw for scale…

Buuut one must be willing to try new things (both with hair and in life), which is why I decided to give the ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand a whirl.

And now I’m so glad I did, because I love so many things about it.

First, the shape. Check it: the barrel is a flattened oval, almost like a curling iron, but instead of creating traditional bouncy, round curls, it builds loose, s-shaped, old-school Hollywood waves on medium length and long hair.

ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand

By the power of Greyskull!!

Like the equally expensive and comparably impressive ghd Curve Soft Curl, this ghd tool, the Classic Wave Wand, comes with all the bells and whistles.


  • Oval barrel designed to create classic deep waves with movement
  • Cool tip designed for more comfortable curling
  • Safety stand for securing the tong on a hard surface while not in use
  • Patented tri-zone® technology locks in your curls with the right, even heat
  • Advanced ceramic coating specially designed for smoother curling
  • On-off switch and indicator press and hold design avoids accidental use during styling
  • Light & sound indicate on-off and ready to use
  • Sleep mode automatically turns off if left unattended for 30 minutes
  • Universal voltage and professional length swivel cable

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I Get All the Feels From The Texture of These New NARS Dual-Intensity Blushes…

Published in: Face, Makeup, NARS, Product Reviews

NARS Dual Intensity Blush

The new $45 NARS Dual-Intensity Blushes, available starting March 4 at NARS Boutiques, Sephora stores and online

As Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock so eloquently put it, “It takes two to make a thing go right… It takes two to make it out of sight.”

Truer words were never spoken, particularly as they pertain to the new NARS Dual Intensity Blushes ($45 each). :)

Yeah, even though I braced myself for it, I still freaked out a little when I opened one of these compacts for the first time and saw, not one, but TWO blushes within it with the same pattern on the pans as the NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows (which I love, and these feel very similar).

Hearts may or may not have shot out of from my eyes.

NARS Dual Intensity Blush

NARS designed these new blushes, which arrive March 4 as six $45 duos, to 1) look and feel weightless on the skin, and 2) to create two completely different looks. Applying them with a dry powder brush paints your cheeks with bold color, while a wet brush seduces your skin with a softer watercolor-like effect, similar to what you’d get from a cheek tint, and you can wear the shades separately or mix them together.

The one called Frenzy fuses a sparkling pinkish gold highlighter with a shimmering bright tangerine…

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Frenzy

Dual-Intensity Blush in Frenzy

While Fervor partners a shimmering soft pink with a deep, sparkling coppery rose…

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Fervor

Dual-Intensity Blush in Fervor

And if you’re craving a trip to the tropics…Craving combines a sparkling seashell pink highlighter with a shimmering beachy bronze.

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Craving

Dual-Intensity Blush in Craving

WARNING: Do not panic when you see Panic…which is the brightest duo of the six. It contains a shocking, shimmering fuchsia and a shimmering orangey pink.

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Panic

Dual-Intensity Blush in Panic!

If you’re just plain partial to pinks in general, you might adore Adoration, which pairs a soft, sparkling baby pink with a shimmering hot pink.

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Adoration

Dual-Intensity Blush in Adoration

Last, but certainly not least, there’s Jubilation, yay! It partners a sparkling hot gold with a soft and shimmering nude peach.

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Jubilation

Dual Intensity Blush in Jubilation

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