It’s been a little while since I’ve done a nail of the day and I’m hoping to include it more on my blog. For the last few days I’ve been wearing Pink or Swim from the Balm. I picked it up for around $5 the last time they were on Hautelook. Normally I don’t like to purchase nail polish online without seeing the color first, and I’m so glad I went and ordered it anyway.
It’s a gorgeous pinky coral shade that definitely took a little while for me to warm up to it. At first I wasn’t sure if I liked how it looked, but I’ve grown to absolutely love this polish. Within two coats the polish was opaque, and thanks to my butter London base and top coat, I haven’t experienced any chipping yet. So far I’m so impressed with this nail polish.
There’s always the hot, bold lip color you’re dying to wear, but aren’t exactly brave enough to sport a bolder lip. Thanks to the use of lip liners, you can now buy that hot pink lipstick and rock it in a more wearable way.
One of the most popular lipsticks was the MAC Viva Glam Lady Gaga lipstick. That bright, Barbie pink was a popular color, but many people found themselves not wearing it as often since it’s not exactly the most wearable color. I felt the same way, but I couldn’t pass up buying the lipstick when I was shopping in the CCO at the Chicago Premium Outlets.
I chose to use my favorite MAC lip liner in Beet and applied it all over before putting on the Viva Glam Lady Gaga lipstick. It turned it into a more magenta lipstick that’s very wearable and can look great on most, if not all, skin tones. You can also tone it down a bit by choosing a nude lip liner.
Don’t be afraid to buy bold lipstick. Test it with a variety of lip liners until you’ve achieved the look you’re going for. Hopefully now you can pull out that bright pink or coral lipstick and rock it the next time you head out with your friends.
Are you one of the many who missed out on the highly anticipated RiRi Woo lipstick? Don’t worry, I’ve got great news for you… it’s coming back! MAC Cosmetics announced the news via Twitter that the RiRi Hearts MAC summer collection will be available online only beginning June 18th at 12 pm ET and on June 20 at 12pm local time internationally.
Powder Blush Duo ($26) Hibiscus Kiss: Cool coral blush with a matte neutral bronze
Lustre Drops ($20) Barbados Girl: Rose Gold Bronzer
Don’t forget to visit Mac Cosmetics once the collection launches because I’m sure it will sell out fast! Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on the lustre drops and the powder blush duo.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Coming to Sephora! Have time for more exiting beauty news? March Jacobs Beauty will be hitting Sephora in August. The prices will run between $24 for a lip balm and a seven-color eye shadow palette is expected to cost about $59. Jacobs isn’t exactly a huge fan of natural shades, so you can expect more vibrant, bold colors. You can expect a little bit of a teaser beginning July 19 when five products will become available for sale.
Over the weekend I had the privilege of attending the Makeup Show Chicago and it was even more fun and amazing than previous years. The exclusive beauty trade show was held at a different venue – the Bridgeport Art Center. Let me tell you – it was pure madness! In a good way. There were more vendors and event more makeup artists and students – more than 3,500 – piled into a spacious one floor unit shopping some of the biggest and best deals.
Like I did with IMATS: LA, I created a list of things that I wanted to get. Creating the list helps keep me on budget and avoids any major impulse buy. I have to be honest; I made a few impulse purchases. Nothing major… but they weren’t exactly on the list.
I of course had to hit the Make Up For Ever booth to get 40 percent off the new Pro Finish foundation and the super soft kabuki brush. I did have an impulse purchase there – the Camouflage Cream Palette. It was only a couple dollars more than the Full Cover Concealer, so I opted for the palette since it was a better value. Then I walked quickly to the NARS booth before it got jammed packed and picked up one of the new satin lip pencils, a gorgeous gloss, the highly praised light reflecting loose powder and my favorite, the pro prime eye primer. I hit MAC for some refills of my favorite shadows and headed over to the OCC booth where I caved and purchased a new gloss stained and concealer. I was planning on waiting on these, but I couldn’t resist the gorgeous gloss stained. I did purchase some new brush cleaners and a couple Z-Palettes to replace the new MAC large dup palette that I recently picked up.
I had such an amazing time and I can’t wait until next year.
Over the weekend I had the great pleasure of attending the blogger preview event for The Makeup Show Chicago. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a hugely pro-only event where students, professionals, and teachers can get amazing deals on some of the biggest and best makeup brands. You can also attend keynotes and seminars to learn about the industry from the people who know it best.
While at the event you get to hear celebrity makeup artist James Vincent tell some of the best – and ridiculously hilarious stories and share some of his must-have and favorite products. Those who attended also received a generous, to say the least, goody bag. I couldn’t believe what was given in the bag – including a product I had at the top of my list to purchase.
I have to say a huge thank you to Melody for inviting me to the blogger event and Makeup Show for a third year. It really does get bigger and better and I’m so happy that I got to be apart of it. I had an amazing time meeting new people, chatting with everyone at the booths I visited, and getting the best discounts on products that I’m excited to share with you in upcoming blogs and reviews.
Check out the images below to see what was in my goody bag!
Sephora is gearing up to what’s definitely going to be an insanely popular collection – Ariel. Based on the photo the collection includes stunning glosses and nail polish colors, a palette featuring a selection of shades and a beautiful compact and what looks like a bottle of perfume. If I wasn’t allergic to perfume I’d buy that just for the cute packaging.
“In the third chapter of Disney’s Reigning Beauties by Sephora,
Ariel invites you to be a part of her world in a daring journey of curiosity
and discovery. Her tale is proof that true love is beyond words and you should
always chase the life you desire. So dive in with your favorite Little Mermaid as she makes her Sephora debut with a stunning collection of treasures, beyond your wildest dreams. Find your voice. Be true to yourself. And dare to dream.”
I received some amazing news on Thursday. Jill at Chicago Blogger Network did a piece for Refiner 29 about up and coming Chicago bloggers you should know about – and I was featured! I’m in such great company with eight other amazing bloggers. I’m so honored that my blog was included. Jill and the Chicago Blogger Network community have been so kind and amazing since I first joined.
Check out the link above and take a look at the other local bloggers that I highly recommend checking out.
Are you a fan of shower gels that smells amazing and fresh? If you’re a fan of Softsoap and looking to try something new, I have some news you’ll be interested in hearing! Softsoap has launched two new moisturizing bod washes in Acai Berry and Tropical Water and Coconut Island.
Let me tell you – they smell ah-mazing! Not to mention they won’t hurt your wallet.
Acai Berry & Tropical Water Body Wash The formula is infused with extract of acai berry – nature’s antioxidant rich fruit, and moisturizing beads that will leave your skin feels so silky and soft. The refreshing fragrance will invigorate both your body and mind. This shower gel is the perfect way to wake up in the morning.
Coconut Island Quench Body Wash This particular body wash includes a moisturizing formula that’s enriched with coconut oil extract that will leave your skin feeling soft and supple. Mix that with the warm coconut fragrance that will remind you of summers at the beach.
You can find these at mass retails, drug and grocery stores. Be sure to check the Sunday paper often since Softsoap tends to offer some amazing coupons.
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