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Monday
Feb082016

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30

I love how NARS keeps improving their tinted moisturizers. This time around, the new Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30 does a fantastic job with its sheer-medium coverage. Sometimes I get wary of using makeup products with a matte finish, but this one gives a soft focus effect with no chalky or flat finish. Hurrah!

Easy to blend with your fingers, there's no need for powder unless you have extremely oily skin. I also didn't see much shine throughout the day. Alaska (light with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones) and Groenland (light medium with a neutral pink/peachy undertone) work best for my skin tone. I didn't see a huge difference between these two shades but if I get a light tan Groenland will obviously work better. 

The pigments are pretty concentrated, so start with a smaller amount for light coverage. The oil-free formula doesn't dry skin out or highlight existing dry spots.

Available for $44 (1.7 oz) at www.narscosmetics.com, NARS boutiques, and Sephora. 

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Monday
Feb012016

NARS NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette

A Sephora exclusive, the NARS NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette ($65) features four gorgeous blush shades as well as a full-sized bronzer and a contouring duet. Blush addicts will definitely lust after this seasonal palette!

You get the following colors: Paloma Contour Blush (pink beige/deep rose), Laguna Bronzing Powder, Icy Lilac, Sausalito Sunset, Shimmering Rose Peach and Fleshy Pink. I really adore Fleshy Pink—it's so perfect on me and Icy Lilac is great as a highlighter. Shimmering Rose Peach is super pigmented so use sparingly. 

The large mirror is helpful when you're traveling and the price can't be beat as you get a full-sized bronzer for nearly half the price. If there's a way to include a blush brush this would be a runaway hit. 

Available at Sephora and Sephora.com. 

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Friday
Jan292016

True Nature Botanicals Wellness Dead Sea Bath Salts

A great home spa companion during flu season, True Nature Botanicals just released a limited-edition Wellness Dead Sea Bath Salts ($48, 13.5 oz). 

Therapeutic essential oils of ravintsara, bay laurel, white pine, and myrtle are blended with Dead Sea bath salts. These precious salts were harvested from the southern part of the Dead Sea, which contain the highest amount of minerals. If you feel run down or just want to beat the winter doldrums, try this immune system booster soon! 

To purchase: tnbotanicals.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Thursday
Jan282016

Clarins Multi-Active Day & Night Creams

Clarins has reformulated their popular Multi-Active creams and just introduced six daytime and night options. Whether you've got normal, dry or combo skin, there's a face cream made just for your needs.

Encapsulated teasel extract, organic California poppy, and myrothamnus work together to reverse daily skin stressors, fine lines, and early wrinkles. The new Multi-Active Day ($56) comes in four options: All Skin Types, All Skin Types SPF 20, Cream Gel Normal to Combination Skin, and Normal to Dry Skin. The All Skin Types is perfect under makeup; I have a feeling the SPF 20 option will be quite in demand. Two options are available for Multi-Active Night ($56): Normal to Combination and Normal to Dry Skin. 

Available at all Clarins counters and www.clarinsusa.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Friday
Jan222016

NARS Spring 2016 Lipsticks 

Two wearable Satin Lipsticks ($28) are introduced within the NARS Nouvelle Vogue spring 2016 makeup collection. Both are decidedly neutral to complement the bolder shades of the spring eyeshadows.

Rosecliff Satin Lipstick.

On my lips, Rosecliff resembles a nude pink. Banned Red has a touch of warm brown, making this a popular year-round shade. Both have excellent pigmentation and if you're running low on these lipstick shades, now's the time to stock up! 

Banned Red Satin Lipstick.  

Available at all NARS boutiques and www.narscosmetics.com

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Friday
Jan152016

NARS Tarvos Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow & Impassioned Blush

The NARS Nouvelle Vogue spring 2016 makeup collection has a good mix of bold and neutral shades going on. The seasonal colors certainly make the dreary winter days disappear for a while.

My favorites are the Tarvos Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow ($29) and the Impassioned Blush ($30). The icy mint hue is so pretty. Apply dry for a sheer shimmery finish, or wet for a high-shine look. Coupled with the subdued pink orchid blush, you've got the perfect spring look. I could see myself wearing this duo regularly for spring and summer.

The Nouvelle Vogue collection is available at all NARS boutiques and www.narscosmetics.com. It will be available at Sephora and department stores on February 1.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Tuesday
Jan122016

True Nature Botanicals Seed Serum

Each time I learn about a new True Nature Botanicals product I get excited. The eco-luxe skin care brand loves to innovate and their limited edition Seed Serum is an excellent companion for any winter regimen. I have my usual arsenal of face oils but this one seems to be the most efficient at rejuvenating my skin from brutal winter conditions.

Fortified with ten potent seed oils, this serum is surprisingly light and absorbs easily. It contains concentrated amounts of plant seed oils of carrot, green tea, hemp, grape, chia, red raspberry, evening primrose, abyssinian, papaya, and blackberry. An essential oil blend of rose, sandalwood, frankincense and neroli delivers an elegant and healing fragrance. Some of the ingredients are hard to source, making it all the more precious. Indeed, a veil of nourishing luxury for the face! 

Available for $125 (1 oz) at tnbotanicals.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Monday
Jan042016

NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour Palette

NARS makeup fans can start off 2016 with a brand-new palette! The limited edition NARSissist L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour Eyeshadow Palette ($59) consists of twelve matte and shimmering shades to complete any day or night look. You get a gorgeous mix of neutral and dramatic shades that's both office appropriate and perfect for date nights.

I have to say, this is an awesome palette. The colors are all flattering and wearable. I wish there was a dark teal or green shade for some variation but these are quite stunning. My favorite shades are Pistol Grey, Industrial Steel, Amethyst Ash, and Regal Blue. 

Available at all NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com. The palette will be sold at Sephora and department stores on February 1.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Wednesday
Dec232015

label.m Organic Shampoo & Conditioner

label.m has some fantastic organic haircare. Gentle enough for daily use, their Organic Orange Blossom Shampoo ($26.95) feels like you're shampooing with a splash of juicy oranges. The Organic Lemongrass Shampoo is also lovely as it's fortified with quince seed and oat extract to nourish damaged hair. Both are suitable for all hair types but the orange blossom is tailored for fine hair while lemongrass is for dry hair. They're also free of sulfates, parabens and sodium chloride.

The corresponding organic conditioners ($28.50) are also terrific. The light texture is less viscous than most conditioners so it's much easier to distribute it around the hair. It's pretty hard (at least for me) to choose between the two scents but you can't go wrong with either one. 

Available at labelm-usa.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Tuesday
Dec222015

Frankie Rose Cosmetics

I only learned about Frankie Rose Cosmetics recently and was invited to try their products. The LA makeup company launched two years ago by pro makeup artists and since then they've garnered a lot of fans. Their price points are also quite affordable, making this a great draw for those looking for superior quality without burning through their budgets.

The most popular item from their lineup, the Matte Perfection Foundation ($32) gives natural-looking coverage without feeling like you're wearing a ton of product. In fact, you can barely feel it. The shade Neutral worked really well on me, which is great for light-medium skin. Folks with dry skin should really moisturize or exfoliate before application. It works so well I don't even need their Our Lil' Secret Concealer ($24), another product with great coverage. Paired with their Prime Addiction Face Primer ($42), you get flawless makeup that'll last all day. 

I'm also really impressed with finely-milled silkiness of the Powder Foundation ($30). Lightweight and buildable, it totally rivals the quality of luxury brands. The compact comes with a mirror and sponge underneath, making it super convenient for touch-ups.

Last, but not least, their Lip Gloss ($16) is pretty darn amazing. I loved Pressed Flower, a shiny neutral pink that should flatter most skin types. Non-sticky and moisturizing, it's almost like a lacquer since it's so pigmented. In other words, it's a pleasure to use! 

Available at www.frankierosecosmetics.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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