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New! Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

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The ultimate collection of neutrals, Smashbox’s latest palette has every color you need for a light to smokey look. When I first started reading about this palette I was wondering why the reviews were so different. People either loved it or hated it and there didn’t seem to be a middle ground.

After a few uses I love it, the matte shades are vibrant and very long wearing and the shimmer colors are just that a light shimmer. Now possibly the women who didn’t like this palette like a more bold sparkle look on their eye. In my mid-30′s this was the perfect shimmer. It brightened my eye area without looking like I was over the top sparkly and heading to prom. I always use eye shadow primer and found these colors stay put really well, this is now my daily go-to palette. As you can see from the swatch below with one swipe the colors stayed true to how they looked in the palette.

 

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Along with the beautiful collection of colors, Smashbox also included a travel size Full Exposure Mascara. And even better for boring Betty’s like me they included a bonus pamphlet with different makeup looks based on the shape of your eyes! Such a great idea I have very round eyes and love the tips to get the best look for my eye shape. Overall this is a great collection of items and will work from every day looks for work to smokey eyes for a night on the town.

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Smashbox Full Exposure Palette $49

What it is:
A set of universally awesome neutrals that includes how-tos for six different eye shapes.

What it does:
This versatile palette includes 14 must-have neutral shades—from nudes to blacks—in long-wearing shimmers and velvety smooth mattes. The clearly organized palette—shimmers on top and mattes on the bottom—makes them easy to work with, and the kit also includes a breakthrough eye shape chart to achieve your most gorgeous look, along with a dual-ended brush to use with both formulas, and a bonus Full Exposure Mascara sample.

This set contains:
- 7 x 0.035 oz eye shadow in shimmer shades (top row): Chocolate Brown with Golden Pearl, Deep Golden Brown with Gold Pearl, Soft Gold with Gold and Silver Pearl, Light Tan with Gold and Silver Pearl, Golden Wheat with Gold Pearl, Midtone Slate with Silver Pearl, Rich Grey with Multicolor and Silver Pearl
- 7 x 0.035 oz eye shadow in matte shades (bottom row): Matte Warm Chocolate Brown, Matte Midtone Brown, Soft Matte Midtone Tan, Creamy Matte Beige, Soft Light Taupe, Ashy Dark Brown, Suede Black
- 0.14 oz Full Exposure Mascara deluxe sample
- Get-the-look eye shape chart

What else you need to know:
The Full Exposure Palette was created because the pros at Smashbox Studios needed it. On set, they’ve seen every skin tone and eye shape imaginable, so they wanted a super universal, straightforward palette that works on anyone, anywhere—in front of the cameras or behind the scenes.

Just like you dress to flatter your body shape, eye makeup should be applied based on your eye shape. After nine years of research looking at more than 5,000 eyes, the Smashbox R&D team narrowed it down to six main shapes. Their artists then created how-to’s based on the shapes to get the most gorgeous eyes possible with this palette.

smashbox 24hr eyeshadow primer

I won’t apply eye shadow without a primer, but even with primer sometimes I have issues with shadow fading or creasing especially in the warmer months. Smashbox’s new 24hr Photo Finish Shadow Primer is here to save the day! This primer is everything I never knew I needed and wanted.

The texture is nice and light and easy to work with. The best part is my eye shadow sticks like glue! I can apply my shadow in the morning and no matter what my day entails even a long workout and my shadow looks fresh and new. This has even helped stopped the creasing my eye shadow loves to do on hot days. You just need a small dab of product so one tube should last me a very long time. If you are shopping for a primer don’t miss this one!

SMASHBOX 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer $20

What it is:
A shadow primer that locks on more vibrant color for a full 24 hours.

What it does:
This primer makes shadows last and has the added benefit of making color appear more vibrant. Sweat- and humidity-resistant, this formula doesn’t fade, crease, or smudge for 24 hours.

What else you need to know:
“A primer that makes my eye shadow last for 24 hours? Yes, please! I’ll never have to worry about my shadow looking like a hot mess after yoga or a long night out!” — Lori Taylor Davis, Smashbox Global Pro Lead Artist.

“My models kept asking for a primer that would keep their eye shadow on after a shoot, because they liked the look so much. This primer is literally like glue for your shadow.”— Davis Factor, Smashbox Founder and Celebrity Photographer

You can find this and other great Smashbox products at Smashbox.com  and Sephora.com.

 

Disclosure: A complimentary sample was sent for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

New! Orico London Streetwise Coco Spritz

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I had the chance to check out the new Orico London “Streetwise” Coco Spritz and its amazing! This is a new summer time must have for me. Streetwise Coco Spritz is made with coconut water, cocoa seed, and orange flower water, it’s a toner, detoxifyer, and hydrator all in one.

The toner comes out in an ultra fine mist and just a spritz covers my whole face. On top of smelling and feeling fantastic on just cleaned skin you can mist it on over your makeup and let it air dry to set your makeup.  Anyone who comes by my house is going to have me spritz this on them as I share my addiction.

Orico London Streetwise Coco Spritz $37
All day Coco boost. New Streetwise Coco Spritz is an organic refreshing toner with Coconut Water and Cocoa Seed to instantly hydrate thirsty skin, helps detoxify and increase oxygen circulation. Papaya & Mango Fruit extracts help nourish and brighten whilst Orange Flower Water tone and smooth for instant radiance.

” The Best Coconut Products Under The Sun ”
Daily News New York (The Powder Room)

Pre-order Streetwise Coco Spritz. Starting delivery Monday 30 June 2014.

Learn more about Orico London products and purchase online at www.oricolondon.com.

 

Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples to review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

Juliette Has a Gun

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I was just introduced to a great fragrance collection called Juliette Has a Gun. With eleven different scents there is truly something for everyone, though if you are like me you might have a hard time picking your fragrance.

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Now I am a try before you buy type of girl so I love the size options Juliette Has a Gun offers, you can start with a small sample spray, a roll on perfume in a bullet  or once you found your perfect scent go for the full sized bottles. I was really impressed with this line and I have shared my thoughts on the four fragrances I sampled below. Now the tough part is choosing my favorite.

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The lightest of the fragrances I sampled I love the clean, sensual scent of Anyway. Its just right for an everyday fragrance but is different enough to stand out. The citrus blended with the musks makes this just a beautiful scent.

Anyway
A simple and original formula. Just fifteen ingredients, going right back to basics, only keeping the best. A blend of musks, woods and citrus notes… come together in a bright, subtle and persistent trail. Far from an anonymous scent “Anyway” is a signature fragrance, ready to unite with the feminine as much as the masculine.

Main ingredients: Green Lime Essence, Neroli Essence, Jasmine Absolute, Ambroxan

 

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A very sexy scent Lady Vengeance is one of those fragrances that will leave him wanting more. The Bulgarian Rose tempers perfectly with the patchouli to create a sizzling hot scent for a night on the town.

Lady Vengeance
A perfume with a rich and sophisticated trail. The expression of undeniable feminity, confident and divinely sensual. The fragrance of a Lady for whom the art of seduction bares no secret. He can smell…he can dream…but the decision lies in her hand. The very elegant but thorny Bulgarian Rose marries patchouli and vanilla to draw a fine elegance, both contemporary and inevitable.

Main ingredients : lavender, bulgarian rose, patchouli.

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I love this scent, it has such a romantic tone I feel like I should be running through a vineyard in a  fancy gown. I love any scents with vanilla and when you  pair it with orange blossom and musk this scent hits it out of the park. It’s one of those scents you won’t want to stop smelling its so beautiful.

Romantina
A musky composition on which we would have delicately laid a bouquet of white flowers. Romantina is an ode to insouciance. But when she suddenly reveals its true personality, it flirts with patchouli, almost giving it a hint of chypré…

Main ingredients : musk, orange blossom, vanilla from Madagascar

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The true scent of an Alpha female. Mad Madame is warm, sexy and definitely a standout. I love the boldness of this scent and yet it doesn’t overpower at all.

Mad Madame
A green chypre fragrance revolving around the metallic Rose Oxyde, the Blackcurrant bud Absolute, and the woody-modern Ambroxan. Fusing, explosive, it leaves no doubt about its intentions. Mad Madame has the knack of getting herself talked about. And she likes it.

Main ingredients : rose oxyde, blackcurrant bud absolute, ambroxan.

 

You can learn more about Juliette Has a Gun and purchase fragrances at www.juliettehasagun.com.

Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples to review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.


Review: Osmotics Age Prevention Sheer Facial Tint SPF45

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It’s getting warmer every day and the thought of foundation sounds suffocating. Enter Osmostics Tinted moisturizer with an SPF45. I have very fair skin and spend A LOT of time outdoors in the summer. As I near 40 I can see signs of sun damage and I am always on the hunt for products that can repair past damage and prevent future sun damage.

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The Osmotics tinted moisturizer is fantastic its super light on my skin and absorbs right away and I love that it has broad spectrum SPF45. It looks like my skin but better and feels very refreshing on. I have normal to oily skin and this is so light, oil free and contains superior sun protection. This tube will be with me all summer!

Osmotics Age Prevention Sheer Facial Tint SPF 45 $39
The only daily SPF 45 with a sheer wash of color, to erase imperfections while enhancing your natural skin tone
All Skin Types – AM Tinted UVA/UVB Protection

Daily sun protection is essential to prevent premature aging and skin damage. These (Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB) sheer, oil-free tints combine the finest and safest ingredients to create the ultimate in daily UV protection. We’ve also included antioxidant vitamins and Sodium Hyaluronate for softer, smoother, healthier skin. Available in Light, Medium and Dark the silky formula enhances your natural skin tone and provides a healthy, radiant glow. Perfect for all skin types. Osmotics Age Prevention Sheer Facial Tint SPF 45 is all you need in one easy tube – high protection SPF mixed with high-tech skincare and age fighting antioxidants in an ultra-sheer, complexion enhancing tint.

Daily Broad Spectrum High UVA/UVB Protection (SPF 45) ~ a daily essential for age prevention
Sheer, natural tints enhance skin tone for a super healthy glow
Perfect for all skin types, especially sensitive; Excellent for use after invasive procedures (laser, microdermabrasion, peels) when the skin needs complete protection
Protects against free radicals
Helps prevent and reduce signs of photo aging
Light weight, oil-free formula available in Light/Medium/Dark
May be used alone, under or mixed with foundation
Unlike most sunscreens, leaves no unpleasant film on the skin

You can learn more about Osmotics and purchase their line at www.osmotics.com.

Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.