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BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme & Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation in "Noisette"

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I have been driving myself nuts lately, experimenting with different foundations.  My HG has been Laura Mercier's Mineral Powder (and always keep in my collection).
Many times, while in ULTA or Sephora, I would glance at the Becca counter, but never really tried her products.  I was interested in the Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme, so one day, decided to take a gamble on it.  I chose the shade "Noisette", which is a neutral-medium shade.  The other two shades for medium skintone is "Nude" (medium w/yellow) and "Olive", which is a deeper yellow tone -- too deep for my skin, but would be great if you have a tan.  I tried the "Nude", which is fine for me, but a bit too much on the yellow side.  I have found that "Noisette" is perfect for me because it has a balance of yellow and neutral tones.  I have to say, Becca has beautiful foundations and it's very easy to find a shade that works for you.
Now, onto the formula.  I really h…

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Lipstick in "130 Innocent"

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When Estee Lauder launched their Pure Color Envy lipsticks, I honestly have to say, I wasn't a huge fan of them.  While some of the colors were quite beautiful, I really didn't see a color that really stood-out for me, or anything that I needed to have in my collection.  I also was not very fond of the formula; it's quite pigmented, but a bit too 'creamy' for my tastes and the lipstick tube gets quite messy.
With that said, when EL launched the Pure Color Envy "Shine" -- I thought it would be another disappointment for me.....boy, how I was wrong!  I absolutely fell in love with the Pure Color Envy Shines!  They are creamy, pigmented and "shiny", but not so 'over-the-top' shiny, where the color disappears on your lips or slides off....this formula is hydrating, yet the color lasts and lasts!  I have to say, next to the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines, this is my next favorite!
Now, choosing a color was the hardest part.  I actually ended up with …

Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Lipcolor -- "#124 Haute Nude" (cream)

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One of my favorite nude lips is the Lancome Color Design Lipcolor in shade #124, "Haute Nude" (new for Spring, 2015).   I recently saw this on display at Nordstrom (Spring, 2015) and when I swatched it....it was love at first sight!  I knew, right then and there that this is the nude I've been searching for.  Now, do I really need another "Nudey-Beigey" Lipstick?  Hmmm.......No!  LOL
This is the perfect shade of nude for my medium-toned lips.  It's not one of those "washed-out" nudes; this is more of a "my lips, but better" kinda color!  
While it states this is a 'cream' formula, you will notice some very teenie-tiny flecks of shimmer, but it is undetectable on the lips!  It gives my lips a luminous glow, that I absolutely love!  I pair this with my Chanel "nude" lip pencil or Elizabeth Arden lip pencil in "sugared kiss", which gives the color a whole new dimension -- more of a "rose" neutral lip -- I j…

Shiseido Perfect Rouge BE740 "Vision"

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A lipstick I truly adore is the Shiseido Perfect Rouge!  I purchased this shade, "BE740 -Vision" back in the summer and I swore that I posted it on my blog, but I discovered I had not....how could I have overlooked this beauty?  I have raved about these lippy's many times, so I will just say that BE740 "Vision" is the most beautiful beige!  It has just the perfect balance of beige and soft rose -- such a beautiful nudey-beige, if you will.  So gorgeous with that Brigitte Bardot smoky eye!  See pics below!   



Me, wearing Shiseido Perfect Rouge BE740 "Vision" -- I should have done a smoky eye here, but this was a summer day when I was just dashing out to run errands -- so, minimal make-up here....just some powder, bronzer, mascara and Perfect Rouge!

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick, "N51 - Coral Confident"

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If you've been following my blog for the past several years, you already know that I am a fan of both MUFE's Rouge Artist Intense and Natural lipstick formula.

The shade I have here is from the MUFE Natural line; #51, which is named "Coral Confident".  I find it frustrating that these French cosmetic companies put numbers on their make-up, instead of just the name, or some do both; however, MUFE does gives the lipstick a name, but they don't put it on the packaging, itself....Urgghhhh!!

Anywho......I saw this shade online and it looked like a lovely sheer coral shade that I thought would be pretty for the upcoming summer season.  However, I took some pictures of the color on my lips (see pics below), and it was quite frustrating to get the exact shade on camera because the color looked more like a bright coral in my bathroom, while it looked totally different in natural lighting and outdoors.....more of a soft pinky-coral.  So, I took several pictures in different …

Vichy Idealia Life Serum

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After reading rave reviews about the Vichy Idealia Life Serum, I had to give it a try.  Vichy is a brand which is owned by Lancome.  I have tried the Lancome Visionnaire, which I loved, but it is very expensive.  Lancome just improved the Visionnaire serum, but I haven't tried the new formula yet.
With that said, I thought I would give the Vichy brand a try.  This serum claims to give the skin a radiant and smoother appearance, even out skintone and refine pores.  
I used the entire 1.01 ounce of product and sadly, did not see any visible results.  So many women raved about this serum, so that is why I am scratching my head because this product did nothing for me.  I did not see improvement in my pores.  If anything, I saw more blackheads in places that I never had blackheads before.  
Maybe for some women, this is great; however for me, I cannot say anything remarkable.  







Rosy Lips! MAC, Clarins, Dior, Lancome & Elizabeth Arden

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I was recently rummaging through all my lipsticks and realized how many rosy lipsticks I have!  Oh my!!  

Thought I would share just a few with you.  I really love all of these, so I can't really say which one is my favorite.


Some swatches.....all in order as they appear above.  Now, I am not a big fan of swatches, because I can just never seem to get the photo to come out right.  Of course, the colors look different depending on the lighting, so it's really difficult to get the actual color.  Additionally, I just swatched them on a white tissue, not on my lips so of course, the color will look different depending on your skin/lip tone.  But, I just did this for fun and for the heck of it.  The picture above was taken with flash.  The picture below is without flash.

Nexxus Phyto Organics Kelate Purifying Shampoo

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I was looking for a good clarifying shampoo and saw this one on Amazon.  It got really good reviews, so I decided to try it out.  This is a very nice purifying/clarifying shampoo and it smells really great.  It's a clear liquid formula and rinses very nicely.  I love how soft my hair feels after using this shampoo.  
I've been using this about twice a month or so to get rid of buildup from styling products.  This is also great for swimmers hair because it helps remove impurities and chlorine from your hair if you spend a lot of time swimming, which I do in the summertime.

Phyto Organics is an organic line from NEXXUS.  I happen to own several products from the Phyto Organics line and love them all.  These products are only sold in exclusive salons in the states and are very hard to find, so ordering online is the best route for me.

Please excuse the first picture.  I have no idea why the picture is sideways because that is not how I took the picture.


Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette and Naked 3 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil Duo in Darkside and Blackheart

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The Urban Decay Naked 3 Eye Shadow Palette has been out for a while now and I have had this palette for several months, and I'm just getting around to posting it.  Sorry!

I usually don't purchase eye shadow palettes, but the Naked 3 really caught my eye and I kept thinking about it, until one day, I stopped at ULTA to pick it up!  I really love the Naked 3 Palette's nudey/rosy hue, which compliments my hazel eyes very nicely.  

There are tons of blogs and reviews on this, so I will keep this short.  To sum it up, I LOVE THIS!!  I have been having fun using all the different shades and they are all beautiful.  The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette is the only eyeshadows I have been wearing. See the lovely pics below of all the different looks with this palette!



They are all beautiful, but I have been especially loving Dust (beautiful highlighter), Burnout, Buzz, Liar, Factory, Mugshot....Darkside and Blackout are amazing for lining the eyes and adding depth to your contour.

Close-ups…

How fresh is your make-up?

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Do you ever wonder how fresh is the make-up you just purchased at your local cosmetic counter?  You might be surprised to find out how old that new tube of lipstick actually is that you just purchased from your upscale department store.

I recently purchased a new tube of Lancome lipstick, only to find out when I got home and looked up the batch code on-line, that the lipstick was more than 2-years old.  I was shocked and of course, upset that I had to return it.  

This has happened to me several times (I won't mention which department store); but now, I am more cautious when I buy a new tube of lipstick or a new foundation.  I tend to use this rule of thumb:  If you shop there often and know they are always turning around their products (new stock), then you are probably safe.  But, on the other hand, if you find they don't sell a lot of a particular brand and unless it's not a new product or season, then I would be cautious and buy elsewhere or buy online.  I find that my l…