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New! Smashbox Full Exposure Palette


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.



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.


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

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

Zoya Summer 2014 Tickled & Bubbly Collections

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The Zoya Tickled Collection  for Summer 2014 contains one of each of the following full-sized (0.5oz) bottles:

  •  Zoya Ling – a bright blue creme. I love this color its that perfect shade of blue.
  • Zoya Tilda –  a bright green creme. I have never been huge on green but it makes perfect polka dots on Zoya Ling.
  • Zoya Rocha – is a  red-hot orange with a touch of shimmer, this has been my pedicure go-to.
  • Zoya Rooney – is a blue-toned pink creme. The perfect shade of pink for summer mani and pedi’s, I love this shade.
  • Zoya Wendy -a bright coral creme, easily my favorite shade from this collection. Just the right amount of pop.
  • Zoya Kitridge – a light and bright, pink creme. The shade looks like a pale pink in the bottle but has a great bright glow when applied.


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The Zoya Bubbly Collection features six jelly-based polishes filled with golden shimmer and iridescent glitters. They go on really smoothly for a glitter and I found two coats gave perfect coverage.


  • Zoya Jesy –   an orange jelly-based polish with glitter. Orange is not my favorite shade but my daughter and her friends love it.
  • Zoya Alma –  a yellow-orange jelly-based glitter polish. A very true yellow and the sheerest color of the bunch. One coat gave my nails a bit of shine without looking over the top.
  • Zoya Harper – a girly pink jelly with glitter. A bright fun shade for summer, I liked using one coat of this over Zoya Wendy.
  • Zoya Binx -a darker pink jelly polish with glitter. Two coats gets the perfect opacity to cover my nails.
  • Zoya Stassi – a green jelly polish with glitter.  Its very sheer and takes 2-3 coats for good coverage.
  • Zoya Muse –  a blue jelly-based polish with a teal shimmer  glitter. Very pretty and difficult to capture on camera! Love this color, its even prettier on then in the bottle definitely a polish that gets noticed.


Overall I was really impressed with these two collections. The creme shades were beautiful and really long wearing. I am new to jelly based polished but found them easy to apply and much easier to remove than standard glitter polish. These collections are both great for summer and work well together to create lots of fun nail looks.

The Zoya Tickled & Bubbly Collections are available now at for $9 each!


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

Winner Announced! Red Carpet Inspired Collection from Mary Kay

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And the winner is….. Amanda Minkoff! Congratulations watch your email inbox.

Thanks to the wonderful team at Mary Kay, one lucky MakeHerUp Reader will win all the Mary Kay products needed to recreate a gorgeous red carpet look at home. Enter today and have all the tools you need to look fabulous at all your summer events. Winner will get to choose either the “Emma” or “Selena” collection. Good Luck!

Emma Stone’s Natural Beauty Red Carpet Look:

To achieve Emma’s neutral eye, blend a combination of Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Metallic Taupe and Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Iced Cocoa on the eyelids and then lightly smudge the blended color below the lower lash line to create a subtle smoky effect.

Apply one coat of Mary Kay Lash, Love, Lengthening Mascara in I

Contour with Mary Kay Mineral Bronzing Powder in Desert Sun and then dab Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Sparkling Cider on the apples of the cheeks for a subtle sun kissed glow.

Line the lips with Mary Kay Lip Liner in Neutral and then apply Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in Pink Cherie. Add Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Pink Parfait in the very center of the lips to create a touch of shine!

If you chose the Natural Beauty Collection, your prize will include:

  • Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Metallic Taupe
  • Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Iced Cocoa
  • Mary Kay Lash, Love, Lengthening Mascara in Black
  • Mary Kay Mineral Bronzing
  • Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Sparkling Cider
  • Mary Kay Lip Liner in Neutral
  • Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in Pink Cherie
  • Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Pink Parfait


Selena Gomez’s Dramatic Beauty Red Carpet Look:

Sweep Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Shimmering Lilac over the eyelids and then lightly dab Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Sparkling White below the brow bone and the inner corners of the eyes for a subtle highlight.

With Mary Kay Gel Eyeliner in Jet Black, carefully define the upper eyelid and then create a small wing to the outer corner of the eye for a subtle cat eye effect.

For long, dramatic lashes, apply two coats of Mary Kay Lash, Love, Lengthening Mascara in I Lightly contour with Mary Kay Bronzing Powder to add a touch of color to the face.

For Selena’s deep purple pout, line the lips with Mary Kay Lip Liner in Plum and then fill in the lips with Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in Berry a la Mode.
Set the look with Mary Kay Makeup Finishing Spray by Skindinävia to keep the look fresh for up to 16 hours!

If you chose the “Dramatic Beauty” collection your prize pack will include:

  • Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Shimmering
  • Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Sparkling White
  • Mary Kay Gel Eyeliner in Jet Black
  • Mary Kay Lash, Love, Lengthening Mascara in Black
  • Mary Kay Bronzing Powder
  • Mary Kay Lip Liner in Plum
  • Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in Berry a la Mode
  • Mary Kay Makeup Finishing Spray by Skindinävia

All the items used to create these looks can be found at

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Total Beauty Collection for HSN Review


I have your first look at the exclusive Total Beauty Collection for HSN Box – this box is filled with samples from HSN’s fan’s favorite brands and curated by the team.

This special box created for HSN has nine sample products including Soap & Glory, NYX and Too Faced, YBF, Nyakio and more  for only $19.95 with free shipping. Included in the box is a $10 off coupon that you can spend on any full-size product from the brands participating in the box.

The collection will be released on June 23rd and then on July 2nd in a 24-hour live on-air special. The on-air special will have the Total Beauty editors on to share their tips, talk about the collection and answer your questions!

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Total Beauty Collection for HSN

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YBF Perfect Prep Face Primer
The YBF Perfect Prep Face Primer is meant to smooth and refine the appearance of your face and extend the life of the makeup on your face. The primer is yellow-based to neutralize but the tint is super subtle and disappears by the time you rub it into your skin.  I love the silky smooth texture, it goes on easy and feels great on my skin. It made a huge difference on hot days and kept my makeup put.

Too Faced Lip Insurance
I love primers but somehow had missed this gem. This lip primer  prolongs the life of the lip color and prevent feathering, bleeding and creasing. Lip Insurance fills in any little lip cracks and creases for a smooth canvas to work with and makes my lipstick last hours rather than minutes.

NYX Glam Lip Gloss Aqua Luxe in Beat Goes On 03
A full size tube in a great shade for summer. This sparkly pale pink lipgloss is packed with gold and opal shimmer. I thought this color might be a little too light but I have really loved it. Gives my lips a nice soft pink color and feels great on.

Serious Skincare Glycolic Gommage Extreme Renewal Exfoliating Facial
This was very different from normal exfoliators but I love it. You apply the clay like product to your skin and let it dry for ten minutes. Once its dry add a bit of water to your fingertips and start massaging your skin to reactivate it. After I had worked it in and rinsed my skin felt incredibly soft and smooth, perfect for an at home spa night.

Tan Towel Self Tan Towelette
The Tan Towel is a towelette concentrated with a self-tanning formula for quick application with no streaks or mess. Within 2-4 hours, you should have a natural looking glow and can re-apply with another Tan Towel if you’d like a darker tan.  Make sure to exfoliate before use. One towel covered my legs, arms, chest, back and face. The product dried quickly and left a nice golden glow, no orange!

Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Signature Collection
This collection smells wonderful and feels great on. The polish was gentle and didn’t aggravate my skin and left it really soft. This body scrub is perfect for use before the Tan Towelette and the coffee scent is invigorating. And last but not least the Hydrating Face Oil feels amazing. It absorbs right away without feeling heavy or greasy and leaves my skin hydrated and smooth.

  • Kenyan Coffee Face Polish -“Kenyan Coffee and Jojoba gently remove dull skin, while Lemongrass and Neroli Oils provide superb moisturization, leaving skin radiant, soft and more youthful-looking.”
  • Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub – “Kenyan Coffee and Sugar remove dull skin, while Mongongo Nut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil and Avocado Oil provide superb moisturization, leaving skin radiant, soft and more youthful-looking.”
  • Hydrating Face Oil with Kola Nut – “African Kola Nut and a blend of African Ximenia, Chamomile and Trichilia Oils revitalize and hydrate for over 12 hours. With only a few drops, skin becomes smooth, moisturized and more youthful-looking.”

Taya Copaiba Resin with Volumizing Elixir
This product is formulated with Copaiba Resin which is a fibrous binding sap that leaks from the trunk and bark of the Copaiba Tree. This treatment is meant to provide volume, lift and bounce to your hair.  Just wash your hair and apply to damp towel dried hair. The oil is very light and didn’t weight my hair down and smelled great.

Ruby Falls Sugar Scrub
A great citrus scent and the perfect size for travel. Perfect for before self tanning or just keeping your skin smooth all summer.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Moisturizer
Quick relief for dry skin. Righteous Butter is a great thick body butter but feels like a light lotion on my skin. It hydrates so well and I love how well it absorbs leaving no greasy feeling behind.  And the best part this body butter smells good enough to eat.

A really great box with so many quality samples. Don’t forget to tune into HSN, this collection will be released on June 23rd and then again on July 2nd in a 24-hour live on-air special. Don’t miss out!

You can learn more about this collection and purchase here.


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