Thursday, July 30, 2015

Savannah Bee Southern Lip Balm Trio

Love lip balms with great flavors? The folks at Savannah Bee have a tasty Southern influenced trio .

Sweet Tea, Key Lime and Peach all taste and smell pretty delish.  Sweet Tea is my favorite . The smell of fresh brewed tea , how good is that ? And now in lip balm form. Love it.

All of these are super hydrating with  coconut oil, olive oil, cocoa, shea butter, and hemp seed along . Beeswax, honey, propolis and royal jelly  are in there too along with natural essential oils. They have no tint or sheen  and are smooth on lips.

The company doesn't use  parabens, petroleum, or animal testing .

Grab the trip for 10.50  at

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

YSL Couture Kajal 3 in1 Kohl Eyeliner- Fall 2015

Part two of  a look at YSL Fall is the new Couture Kajal 3 in 1 Kohl Eyeliner . ( Metal Clash Eye Palette here )

I love just looking at these. They are so chic and stylish. Once the lid is off, you get a deep pigmented eyeliner.   Couture Kajal pencils apply smoothly without any tug and can make a thin line or a thicker one or  use as eye shadow.

These are long wear and have done well on me.YSL says up to 12 hour wear. Unless you count the time I tried them , went into the pool in  95 degree temps with blasting humidity.  Don't try that at home.

These are self sharpening and YSL recommends applying with the side to keep the point sharp.  That might be easier said than done, but I love the sharp point so we'll try.

There are four shades, all shown except black ( N°1 Noir Ardent ). There are two blues and a gorg blackened green .

 N°1 Noir Ardent
 N° 2 Bleu Cobalt
 N° 3 Bleu Pétrole
 N° 4 Vert Anglais

YSL Couture Kajal 3 in 1 Kohl Eyeliner is $ 35

Sunday, July 26, 2015

YSL Metal Clash Couture Eye Palette - Fall 2015

YSL's fall collection has a lot to love. Two standouts are new kohl eye pencils ( review coming soon) and this new eye palette .

Metal Clash has a lot of browns and bronzes which is why it gets my vote. The rich pinkish burgundy shade isn't too bad either. Mixed with any of the browns it's a great fall look. The  golden bronze shade  has a lot of shimmer,  while the darkest brown ( center)  has a hint of simmer and the medium one  is more satin.

In general I find YSL shadows to be ones that last really well on me and they have  rich pigment. Metal Clash gives you  five fall color choices  all in one with several shades working just as well now.  The badass studded metal looking compact cover doesn't hurt either.

YSL Couture Palette Metal Clash  is  $ 60 and LE . Available now at Nordstrom and soon on

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lancome Auda(city) in Paris Multi-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Created by Lisa Eldridge , images of Lancome's new Auda(city) in Paris Multi-Pan Eyeshadow Palette are out today . 

The palette is available on August 10th for $ 68 and has 16 shadows inspired by vignettes of Parisian  life. and @lancomeUSA Instagram for more looks

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cargo HD Picture Perfect CC Cream


Cargo adds to it's HD line with Picture Perfect CC Cream, not new but new to me and maybe to you.

Cargo Picture Perfect CC is a non tinted CC that comes out of the tube whitish but also has tiny beads of pigment in there. The cream is self adjusting to your skin but also comes in shades.

The self adjusting works just fine. Once smoothed in , the shade I have Medium looked fine on my skin , not dark or too light , barely there really.  

This does instantly smooth and slightly perfect skin. It's  more hydrating than many CCs I've used and while could be for all skin types, those of us with oily skin might not like the  moisture boost in the heat we've been having. It was more than I'd use now, but come colder temps it'll be lovely and  makes a nice makeup base especially for normal to drier skins . Glcyerin and Squalene are among the ingredients.

SPF 20  is both physical and chemical .

Cargo HD Picture Perfect CC Cream is $ 34 and available at Ulta and Cargo in Light, Medium and Medium/Dark.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

butter London X Allure Arm Candy Nail Polish Collection

butter London has teamed up with Allure magazine for their own new nail collection  Arm Candy. 

Six limited-edition full-size (.4 fl. oz.) lacquers for $15 each:
·         Nude Stilettos – A sheer pink-nude, crème
·         Statement Piece – An opaque orange-red, crème
·         I’m On The List – A metallic rose-gold
·         It’s Vintage – An opaque rust, crème
·         Disco Nap – A glittery charcoal
·         Lust or Must? – An opaque charcoal-brown, crème

Four limited-edition fashion-size (.2 fl. oz.) lacquers, sold as a set for $30:
·         So Major!: A shimmery loden green
·         The Sweet Spot: An opaque dusty pink, crème
·         Violet’s Revenge: An opaque blue-purple, crème
·         Front Row: An opaque wine, crème

In Nordstrom and at butter London now , Ulta in August .  It's LE and available through March 2016. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Chanel Chance Eau Vive

Chanel Chance gets a new sibling with Eau Vive this month, created by Olivier Polge.

Eau Vive is a burst of floral citrus off the top, a bit strong at first spritz and a bit sharp and soapy but settles into something softer as it goes. Grapefruit and jasmine pop to my nose . There is a dewiness from musk as well but that gets less as the scent changes.

Vetiver and iris play a big part in the mid point to dry down along with cedar giving it a subtle touch of woods and green.  The clean soapy feel stays but is more in the background and a touch of flowers , the jasmine and  a little rose , add a floral touch to the green notes.

Eau Vive ends up pretty soft after it dries down but has good sillage and lasted well on me . Overall this a fresh floral , nice for this time of year . It won't be too much or overdone and seems to stand up to heat .

Chanel Chance Eau Vive is $ 77 for 1.7 oz and $ 97 for 3.4 oz

Friday, July 17, 2015

Disney Dare To Dream Makeup Bags from London Soho New York

I generally don't do too much that is overly cute . But I have a soft spot for Disney and every time I see new themed makeup bags from London Soho New York , I want them.  

New are bags featuring Mulan, Ariel, The Little Mermaid and Pocahantas in the Dare To Dream line.  Each lady gets  a couple bags in different shapes and sizes.

I have the Mulan clutch style which is 8.75 x 4 x 6.  It has a zip top and a pink lining with a pocket inside. The watercolor graphics are fabric , the sides and bottom plastic to take wear and tear.  Retail is $ 9.99.

Mulan also has a round top bag while Ariel has a weekender and a round top. Pocahantas has an organizer and round top. Prices are $ 7.99 - 11.99 .

Grab these exclusively at Walgreens.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Blame It On NARS Blush Palette

NARS has some new gift sets up their sleeve and how they tempt me with this new  blush palette. What is it about blush palette? I get way more into them than eye ones.  Maybe it's those big rather than small blocks of pretty color.

Blame It On NARS contains three blushes in Satellite of Love, Day Dream and New Attitude along with  Casino Bronzing Powder and an Ita Kabuki travel-size brush.

 Available now  for $ 65  at Nordstrom and on and boutiques August 1st.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks - Fall 2015

New for Fall from NARS are Velvet Shadow Sticks. These have a new formula and a more streamlined design according to the brand.

I have two of the new shades . Oaxaca described as quartz , is a medium golden taupe and Sukhothai, a deep flashing green. Both have deep pigment and glide on easily. They are creamy but not greasy , have a slightly dry finish and can easily be smudged.

 Even those these are said to be long wear , on me I had my doubts , but so far  they've done well,  unusual for my oily eyelids .

The ease of use is always attractive with pencils/crayons like this, just swipe and go. Oaxaca makes an quick basic but not boring eye and Sukhothai makes a quick smoky look . You can as liner or all over .

NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks come in eight shades, both mattes and shimmers ,  and will be available with the Fall collection hitting NARS  on July 15th, Sephora and department stores August 1.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

IT Cosmetics brings out another winner with new Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder, a compact version of their loose one .

Love the finish a powder can give you but don't want anything too dry, too matte or too cakey?  Bye Bye Pores does none of those things but easily gives you a flawless , perfected look .

Pores are definitely smoothed over and less visible. Skin gets a soft focus look as well as perfected. The powder isn't heavy and is translucent but does lean to the the pale side.  It also helps to blot oil  and even adds a little bit of coverage.

Ingredients include silk, collagen, peptides, aloe vera leaf juice, glycerin, grape seed extract  and oatmeal along with the brands Optical Blurring Drops Of Light technology.

Bye Bye Pores  will work for everyone , mature skin included .  There is a sponge applicator in the bottom compartment but IT also recommends using their Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Brush , which just happens to be one of my all time favorites.

IT Cosmetics  Bye Bye Pores Pressed is $ 29 and available now at and August at Ulta.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

MAC X Giambattista Valli - Bianca B

The MAC Giambattista Valli collab is here. This group of lipsticks are fully matte and come in a tube that matches their color, something new for MAC.

I have shade Bianca B . It's a deeply pigmented, very pale white pink. It's got a very retro '60s vibe  but if you can wear colors like this it's a nice one.  The Mom is a blonde with light eyes and on her this looks a charm.

There are five new LE shades in this collection and it's on sale July 9th through August 6th.

MAC Giambattista Valli Lipsticks are $ 17.50

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

NARS Tribulation Blush - Fall 2015

NARS Fall is rolling out soon and it's a good collection , as they usually are. I'm feeling very Summer with this collection, full of bronze and browns so it's good now and later.

Tribulation is the new blush and it's a golden sand with a lot of shimmer .  The shimmer has some fallout but not a lot and this is light/medium pigment.  It blends on easily, has a silky feel and is a great highlighter as well as blush.

I can see getting a lot of wear out of this now as well as into the Fall season. Now it complements a tan, later it perks up pallor.

Tribulation also pairs well with new Telesto & Pasiphae  Dual Intensity Eye Shadows . Telesto is a shimmery deep brown, Pasiphae a shimmering burgundy that flashes green.

NARS Tribulation Blush  is $ 30 and will be available July 15th at and August 1 at Sephora and department stores.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Cargo Gel Lip Color - Summer 2015 LE

New for Summer and LE from Cargo are Gel Lipcolors. There are are four shades named for  NYC neighborhoods .

These are semi sheer , lightweight balm like lipcolors . They have a shine to them and feel barely there on lips. They hydrate really well with shea butter and jojoba seed oil among the ingredients.

These are great on their own but also work well over other lippies. They'd be especially good over a matte, if you're like me and can't quite go fully matte  and like a little something over them.  Cargo does say wear time is best on their own, however.

Gel Lipcolors come in the cute Cargo paper tubes with the NYC skyline emblazoned on.  Chelsea is a  muted reddish wine color and I am tucking it away for Fall.  Brooklyn is a medium nude and all around wear anytime shade. These are a more natural look but not so much as to be barely there.

Cargo Gel Lipcolors are  $ 20 each at Kohls,  Ulta ,,  Nordstrom and 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Dove Summer Care Nourishing Body Wash & Soap

Add this to your mid Summer shopping list . Dove has an LE Summer Care version of their always good Nutrium Nourishing Body Wash & Soap Bars .

Summer Care has a light, floral citrus tinged scent with tiny , gentle on skin exfoliators in both the wash & soap. Nothing harsh, but enough to smooth a little and get skin feeling clean but also soft.

Put a bar in the guest bathroom and the wash in your own and treat guests to a little "Summer Care".

Dove Summer Care 22 oz Body Wash sugg. retail $ 6.99

Dove Summer Care Bar Soap is  sugg. retail $ 8.39 for six pack , $ 10.49 for eight pack.

Available now.