Pat McGrath Lust: Gloss – The Only Lip Gloss You’ll Ever Need

affiliate link In the interest of full-disclosure: I am not a lipgloss girl. I never feel like lipgloss is very impactful on me and I find its wear time lacking. Our fearless leader/resident lipgloss fiend Stef decided to make me a convert and sent me her “favorite lip gloss in the world” Pat McGrath

Fresh Sugar Lemon Hydrating Lip Balm Review

There’s a bakery in my neighborhood that makes the most delicious, tiny vanilla cupcakes with lemon zest frosting. Before I devour one of these little bites of joy, I always sniff it like a maniac. True story: more than once, I’ve gotten frosting on my nose inhaling the smell. If only someone could bottle it, I’ve often thought, I’d wear it from head to toe. So when I cracked open my jar of Fresh Sugar Lemon Hydrating Lip Balm ($18), I swooned with excitement. Lemon vanilla cupcake, hello! It’s the same scrumptious scent, which Fresh

CoTZ Pure Botanicals & Minerals – Mineral Sunscreen Review

press sample affiliate link They don’t call it the Healthier Sunscreen for nothing… I have been blessed with the palest of pale skin. I am literally the fairest of them all. That means that I pretty much always wear sunscreen because my fair skin is also prone to sunburns, which means that skin cancer is a HUGE concern for me. Also a huge concern is the premature aging associated with sun damage. Sunscreen is a daily part of my life, even in my New England winters. On top of being pale, I

Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Swatches and Review

press sample affiliate link I’ll Be Your Glow for All Seasons… Charlotte Tilbury has been synonymous with healthy-looking, natural beauty for several years now. Bohemian rapture is how I describe it: full, pouty looks in nature-inspired shades. Their mascara is life, their eyeshadows are uplifting, and their lip colors are to die for. Now, for the first time, I’ve sampled Unisex Healthy Glow and I’m in heaven. (And

Roses; From the Vase to Your Face

press sample affiliate link Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist and Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Lotion Review I’ve always thought of Australia’s Jurlique as the pioneer of natural skincare, but I had no idea that the company has been around for over 30 years! Unlike many brands who hawk “natural” products that are anything but, Jurlique is the real deal. Their powerful

Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray 12 Hour Wear Test

press sample affiliate link Urban Decay has been one of my favorite brands for a long time. As a teen I was obsessed with their cool packaging, ‘wild’ colors and edgy vibe. And today, UD continues to CRUSH IT when it comes to creating some of the best shades on the market. But what good is an amazing shade if it doesn’t last? So, we decided to put the classic Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray to the test ($32/4oz, $15/1 oz). UD calls it a weightless spray that keeps makeup looking “just-applied” for up to 16 hours. If you&#

Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer and Illusion Skin Tint Review

press sample affiliate link Hourglass Cosmetics’ Veil and Illusion does a magic act on skin I’ve never used anything by Hourglass Cosmetics that I didn’t love unconditionally. So, I squealed with happiness when I saw not one but TWO of their products in my mailbox to review for we heart this. Hourglass always gets it right, down to the tiniest details. Even the cardboard of their outer packaging has a warm glow. The actual product packaging is always well-designed and modern, the kind of cosmetics I’m proud to leave out on my vanity…and the products inside

Get Ready to Glow! Let Pixi Skintreats Help…

press sample affiliate link For ten years, Pixi Skintreats has been the affordable skincare line for discerning beauty-obsessed beings on a budget. Beginning in London, the brand exploded worldwide due to their simple, natural products that work. Flawless and fuss-free is their mantra, and, unsurprisingly, it’s mine, too. As I ride out my 40’s, I find myself drowning in an ocean of overpriced products, all promising skin-saving miracles. Pixi is one of the few that threw me a live saver I can afford. The Skin Rescue Essentials that Pixi has lined up are to “restore, revive and reveal your radiance.” To do this, they give us Glow-O2 Oxygen

REN Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm: Anger Management for Your Skin

press sample affiliate link Angry skin. I’ve got it. Many of us have it. The pros tend to call it “rosacea,” but I just call it “angry skin”. My skin can get angry at extreme cold or extreme heat. It can get angry at my third cup of coffee or my first glass of red wine. It gets slightly upset at habaneros, and mad at many a face wash. This general sensitivity is usually combated with good sense and good cosmetics. The first often escapes me, but I found REN goes a long way in helping me with the second. I first became enamored with REN after trying their Perfect

Pixi Sprinkles its Fairy Dust, and We Like It

press sample affiliate link Give us all the glitter… It was so hot on the East Coast this summer that even the sidewalks look like they’re shimmering. I think a heat wave is the perfect time to give my makeup a little glow, and Pixi is making this goal super

The Lipstick League – week of 10.1.18

Here’s what was up with The Lipstick League last week… Phyrra – I’ve switched up my skincare routine for Fall, have you? Check out my Fall Skincare Routine for Dry Skin! Prime Beauty – I love it when a beloved YouTuber has an opportunity to collaborate with a beloved brand! YouTuber Emily Noel collaborated with Makeup Revolution to create this travel-friendy Emily Edit The Needs Palette. Find out if YOU need it. we heart this – shimmer, glimmer, glitter…we’re talking all that twinkles in these new beauties from Pixi Beauty. Beautygeeks – has a tale of acetone and nail-polish fumes, pollen and dust and toxic-mold exposure, and Manigeek’s new No.1 fan. Blushing

Finally! Murad Offers a Way to Outsmart Acne…

press sample affiliate link Murad Acne Control Outsmart Acne Clarifying Treatment review I had hoped that by the time I passed 30, I wouldn’t still be struggling with acne. These days, at 32, it’s mostly under control–although stress and a bad habit of resting my chin on my hand can cause my acne

Want to Dry Nails FAST? Go Old School

That and more in The Lipstick League, week of 8.27.18 Help a Blogger Out: Sheila from Painted Ladies says “I need a great fast drying top coat that’s budget friendly – help my nails out!” Well Sheila, it’s not quite a top coat, but I have never found anything to dry my nails faster than that good ol’ nail salon standard: DeMert Nail Enamel Dryer. I’ve tried all kinds of liquid

The Beauty Product I Wanted to Love, But Didn’t…

That and more in The Lipstick League, week of 9.3.18 Question of the Week: Name the last beauty product you REALLY wanted to love, but didn’t. Answer: Despite multiple recommendations by Hourglass makeup artists, and assurances that even my oily-skinned, primer-phobic self would love it; I do not love Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. I’ve read tons of reviews from people with oily skin who adore this product. But for me, all I feel is the silicone in it. So for me, it just didn’t work out. But that’s ok. Hourglass and I are hot and heavy on tons of other products; like every Ambient Lighting powder version EVER. Here’s what happened

Easy DIY Herbal Deodorant Without Baking Soda

Homemade deodorant in actually one of the easiest home beauty products you can make. The issue is that many homemade deodorant recipes use baking soda as a key ingredient and it can be an irritant to the skin. Even if you don’t notice anything at first, days or even weeks down the road you may start to feel itchy, irritated, and raw from using this harsh ingredient on a daily basis. This goes for many natural store bought brands too…which is often why so many

We’re Head over Heels for this Drugstore Moisturizer…

sponsored post Cococare 100% Natural Argan Oil I’m having an all-consuming summer romance. I didn’t see it coming, but now that we’ve been introduced, I’m head over heels. Actually, I’m using it from my head TO my heels… My crush is Cococare 100% Natural Argan Oil ($5.75 2 fl. oz.), aka “Liquid Gold.” After many years as a we heart this beauty blogger, I know that some products look luxurious

My Favorite Heat Protectant is….

affiliate link That and more in The Lipstick League, week of 7.2.18 Question of the Week: How do you protect your hair from damage in the summer? Answer: I tend to use my flat iron more in the summer. So any damage I might get is all from heat styling. (I wish it was from the pool or the beach; much more fun!) My favorite heat protectant Living Proof Restore Instant Protection Spray ($27, 5.5.oz) because it not only protects, it leaves my hair super shiny too. Here’s

You Look Great…For Your Age. Umm, Thanks?

press sample affiliate link RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème Review Although it’s not commonly seen as one, this is a backhanded compliment: “You look great…for your age.” How many of us have heard that? Ever since entering my late 30’s (and now almost 41) it is something

Looking for a Lightweight Moisturizer with Major Results? Look No Further…

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Pat McGrath Labs is Worth. Every. SINGLE. Penny

That and more in The Lipstick League, week of 5.7.18 Question of the Week: What’s the most expensive eye shadow palette you own, and is it worth it? Answer: It’s the beauty shown here, Pat McGrath Labs Mothership IV Eyeshadow Palette in Decadence. At $125, it’s a big splurge. But this is palette perfection! The pigment is off the charts,

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lip Gloss: Swatches of all 20 Shades

press sample affiliate link Glosses that Dance to the Beat of Every Drummer Is there anything more fun than lip gloss? Not for me. Not right now. Why? Because new to the scene is Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine lip gloss in twenty colors and four finishes (at a totally reasonable $20 a piece), and we got to swatch and try all of them. Paaarrr-taay! We all know that Urban Decay is the patron saint of makeup glitter and funky colors, as well as the creator of the uber-popular Naked palettes, So while fun and funk is abound, there is always something

Best in Beauty & Makeup – May 2018

Here are my top picks for beauty, makeup, and personal care for the past month. My love of the Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Peeling Gel lead me down the path of Peter Thomas Roth products in general. I can now say I am a die hard fan of the brand. I especially love the Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream. It is 30% Hyaluronic Acid and it really helps to hydrate my dry skin. A recent Sephora box had a really lovely treat for me in the Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Hush Hush. I love muted, nude-ish colors and this one is perfect

It’s an Oldie, but a Goodie: My Favorite Liquid Lipstick

affiliate link That and more in The Lipstick League, week of 4.30.18 Question of the Week: What’s your favorite brand of liquid lipstick and why? Answer: I come back to Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick ($22) almost every time! Here it is in Beso, the most lush, pure matte red EVER. This formula is everything you want in a liquid lipstick: long wearing (it stays put until you remove it) yet comfortable, (your lips don’t end up feeling like the Sahara in an hour). Here’s what was up with the League last week… Blushing Noir – You NEED to check out the new Too Faced Natural Eyes Eyeshadow Palette. Without giving too much