Category Archives: Makeup

Dolce & Gabbana Summer Looks Event with Christian McCulloch

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Matte Lipstick

There are some things in life that just make you feel good about yourself. Getting my makeup done by someone is one of those things, I leave the artist’s chair feeling more confident and put together, even having learned a few new tricks. ¬†Whenever I have the chance to do this, I clear my calendar and jump at the opportunity. There’s bound to be a few good selfies in it! ūüėČ

This Saturday the Bellevue Nordstrom is one of those opportunities. Dolce & Gabbana’s National Makeup Artist¬†Christian McCulloch will be on site giving private one on one makeup consultations as well as introducing the new Dolce Matte Lipstick and Summer Shine makeup collections. If you haven’t had the chance to play with these collections yet, Saturday is the perfect time to up your red lipstick game and plan your summer makeup wardrobe.

Keep reading for information on how to make your appointment for Saturday!

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Play with the Dolce & Gabbana Spring Makeup Collection with Christian McCulloch!

Dolce + Gabbana Spring Collection

The Dolce & Gabbana spring makeup collection has landed on counters and it is serving up the perfect spring look on a pretty platter. This collection is overflowing with vivid color to play with for nails, lips, eyes and cheeks. Even if bright colors are out of your comfort zone, this collection’s palette of color has options to ease your way into that bright light.

If you are in the Seattle area, Dolce & Gabbana’s National Makeup Artist Christian McCulloch will be here this weekend to give personal consultations so it is the perfect time to visit the counter and play with the spring collection. Keep reading for more information on booking your consultation and which product from the spring collection is a must-have!  Continue reading

New! Benefit Majorette Booster Blush

Benefit Majorette Booster Blush
Benefit’s New Majorette Booster Blush

Before I really got into makeup (aka before blogging), I never wore blush… I figured my skin had enough redness so why add to it? It was one of those “once in awhile” things. I tend to go dark with my hair in the fall and I was a full-on “embrace your pastiness” gal until I¬†realized I looked way too pale. I’ve told you this before, I’m not really a bronzer person (I only own 1 or 2 now) but blush is now here to stay… especially a cream blush. It is practically obscene how many cream blushes I own.

My current go-to blush is the new Benefit Majorette Booster Blush, a cream-to-powder matte blush designed to be worn underneath your favorite blush or on it’s own for a pretty peach flush. And will you look at this packaging? ¬†Benefit can always be counted on for its gorgeous packing. It’s love at first blush on every level for me.

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NARS Fall 2014 Night Caller Collection


A bold, yet tender palette, dramatic enough to seduce the darkest hour ‚Äď NARS Cosmetics introduces the captivating scene of the Fall 2014 Color Collection and the new Night Series Eyeliners.
Eyes shine in amethyst and quartz shadows while intense black liners flecked with rich purple, gold, and green pearl provide intriguing depth. Lips smolder in warm reds and cheeks are softened with a wash of glistening pink.
The Night Series eyeliners glide on smooth with ultra-saturated color in a single swipe while luminous micro-pearls set in jet black color light up the night.

Jardin Perdu Duo Eyeshadow, $35
limited edition
(L) metallic dove grey, (R) metallic amethyst
Dolomites Duo Eyeshadow, $35
limited edition
(L) shiny rose quartz, (R) chocolate


Bansar Satin Lip Pencil, $25
focus item rose brown
Mondore Satin Lip Pencil, $25
limited edition cranberry


Mauritanie Matte Multiple , $39
limited edition strawberry red


Night Flight Eyeliner , $24
black with cobalt blue pearl
Night Bird Eyeliner , $24
black with purple pearl
Night Clubbing Eyeliner, $24
black with gold pearl
Night Porter Eyeliner , $24
focus item
black with green pearl


Unlawful Blush, $30
focus item
amber pink with silver pearls

Available July 15, 2014 at NARS boutiques and on; Available August 1, 2014 at Sephora, Dept./Specialty Stores

MAC Cosmetics The Simpsons Collection Pre-Sale!

MAC Cosmetics Simpsons Collection

It was just a matter of time before The Simpsons made their way into the beauty arena and that day is almost here thanks to the MAC Cosmetics Simpsons collection! MAC is bringing one of the small screen’s favorite families to a MAC counter near you this September (online on August 28th) but if you’re in San Diego for Comic Con this month, you’re in luck! You’ll be in the right place at the right time for MAC’s exclusive one-day only pre-sale.

Keep reading a sneak peek at the collection and pre-sale details…

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New! Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment

Just when I was thinking Fresh should come out with a new Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, something new and different for summer, they drop this on us… their new Fresh Sugar Tulip shade.

This new shade was tested during the L’Wrenn Scott and Prabal Gurung Spring 2014 runway shows. Fresh co-founder Alina Roytberg was inspired by the streets of New York City, where 60,000 tulips are planted along Park Avenue every spring. That particular year, the tulips were a bright, vibrant pink and Fresh Tulip was born. The color is buildable, like other Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments, to give you a sheer bubblegum pout or rich¬†full-on fuchsia.

This is exactly the kind of shade I have been waiting for Fresh to make. It joins other shades in the Fresh Tinted Lip Treatment lineup: Petal, Honey, Coral, Rose, Passion, Cherry, Berry and Plum. To me, this is the kind of product I just buy, I don’t need to try it. I have all the other shades so I know the product well, I just want that new color.

The new Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment is currently available at Sephora online and in stores retailing for $22.50. Note to self: add Tulip to shopping list… check.

Forever 21 Premium Cosmetics in Stores Now!

Forever 21 Cosmetics

Forever 21 has always given us bargain seeking gals a few beauty products to spoil ourselves with, some nail polishes here and some lip glosses there. Now they are introducing Forever 21 Premium Cosmetics, a full range of cosmetics available online and in select stores with a mix of trendy shades as well as core make-up essentials. This full collection of beauty must-haves includes 23 products and 72 styles with prices ranging from $7.80 to $14.80 USD.

The line was developed with the makeup savvy in mind (this means us!) and includes both cream and single eye shadows, lipstick, shimmer stick, blush, mascara, foundation, concealer and pressed powder in an array of shades and tints. The collection will be displayed in stores to allow for swatching and testing before purchasing.

Did you see the lip and cheek stains? I need to track down a store nearby so I can check these out for myself! How about you? Is your curiosity peaked?

New! NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

High up on my list of beauty lemmings is the new NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation. For years now I’ve been all about powder foundations but as I get older and my skin needs a little more camouflage before I leave the house, I’ve started to admit that cream (or liquid) foundations are where it’s at for me right now. This new foundation is tempting because it claims to have the feel of a cream but with the buildable, lightweight coverage of a liquid.

Here’s what NARS has to say about Radiant Cream Compact Foundation:

Available in an extremely extensive collection of 20 shades, this lightweight formula combines the supple feel of a cream compact with the weightless coverage of a liquid foundation. It is portable, buildable, and sets in seconds; the formula also features our Advanced Emulsion Technology, allowing for a wet or dry application. Expanding its foundation lineup, NARS introduces Radiant Cream Compact Foundation. This lightweight formula combines the supple feel of a cream foundation with the weightless coverage of liquid makeup for a truly glowing complexion.

Enriched with the NARS exclusive Advanced Emulsion Technology, the velvety cream formula blends seamlessly and uniquely allows for the modern artistic versatility of a wet or dry application. The buildable formula delivers medium to full coverage and sets in seconds, leaving skin soft, smooth, and glowing ‚ÄĒ all with the ease of a portable compact.

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Coming Soon: NARS Eye Paint


With so much newness, you would think NARS would be done surprising us for the season but low and behold, next month NARS is introducing their new Eye Paint.


Housed in a brilliant pot of high-impact pigment, this versatile product can be used as both an eyeshadow and eyeliner. The innovative weightless gel formula delivers long-lasting color that glides on smooth and dries down quickly. When used as eyeliner, pair with the new Angled Eyeliner Brush #38 for a perfectly defined eye.

Comes in 10 shades for a full range of artistry. Ophthalmologist Tested.

Shades include:

  • SOLOMON ISLANDS: Turquoise blue
  • SNAKE EYES: Black with green shimmer
  • TATAR: Black with purple shimmer
  • UBANGI: Black with blue shimmer
  • ISKANDAR: Gold

The Eye Paints retail for $25 and will be available at Nordstrom and NARS boutiques on September 1st. This release also includes their new Angled Eyeliner Brush #38 retailing for $26.

I can’t wait to see these little pots of pigment in person…

It Cosmetics Hello Beautiful Kit on QVC


Tomorrow on QVC, IT Cosmetics is launching their new Hello Beautiful 5-piece kit as a Today’s Special Value. For just under $60 (and also 3 EasyPay payments available), you can scoop up this kit and be on your way to looking beautiful yourself. Not that you already aren’t! :)

The inspiration behind this collection stems from the belief that you deserve to say Hello Beautiful to yourself every day, and you should really feel it and believe it. From your most beautiful skin, to a pretty flush of color to your lips and cheeks, to lashes for miles, this exclusive collection includes two brand new launches as well as three bestselling hero products designed to truly give you the power to look and feel your most beautiful, and your most naturally pretty self, every day.

Here is what is part of this set:

  • Celebration Foundation – this anti-aging full coverage powder foundation has become my new go-to foundation for everyday wear and it wears super well. It gives me all day coverage and does not leave my skin looking dull or super matte, it gives me a nice natural finish.
  • Heavenly Luxe Buffing Airbrush Foundation Brush¬†– this brush is the perfect companion to this powder foundation. It is super soft but very effective at helping you buff on your foundation. This brush will become a staple in your makeup bag.
  • Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Mascara in Black – this mascara gives lashes great¬†separation¬†without clumping and the tip is fantastic for helping you give your lashes a little more definition or building up your ends, which always seems to be my problem.
  • Tightline Full Lash Length Primer in Black – this primer is exclusive to QVC until September and launches with this set. If you love the way the tightline technique makes your lashes look fuller and more defined, take this shortcut and save yourself some time! Mimic the effect with this primer by starting as close to the lashline as possible,
  • Vitality Flush Color Stain Stick – another new launch and product exclusive to QVC until September¬†¬†in Je Ne Sais Quoi, a sheer pink. On cheeks it will give you a nice flush of color as well as a soft dewy glow. On the lips, it glides on and wears like a lip balm but gives you long lasting color that is your lips but better.

I’ve been playing with this set for the last week and I’ve come to realize that all of the five pieces in this set will now take up permanent residence in my makeup bag. Together, they are the perfect pieces to help you achieve an easy and naturally gorgeous look in no time. I’ve never been that girl that does her makeup at home before work each day, I’m the one you see at stop lights putting on her mascara and lipstick. Each one of these pieces has helped me pull my daily look together in just a matter of minutes and it’s a look that is effortless yet pulled together and naturally beautiful.

The set comes in five color choices: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Rich – and is also available on auto-delivery. Tune into QVC today and watch Jamie Kern Lima break it down! It’s going to be your best decision all day.