During the summer, I want my usual lightweight, moisturizing, dewey foundation finish, but the warmer weather means my skin is oilier and needs some help with staying powder. Instead of layering up on powder, I reach for setting sprays. I was skeptical, but after testing two of the most famous, I can confirm – they truly work. Here’s my take on Model in a Bottle, Skindinavia, and how they compare. CONTINUE READING…
Whether your beauty taste leans more department store or drugstore, chances are you’ve heard of the Milani Shadow Eyez. At $6.99, these wallet-friendly gems are on par with (or surpass!) high end shadow pencils I’ve tried. Milani’s recently released Naturally Chic collection includes six new limited edition Shadow Eyez shades, including four mattes. Since the release, I’ve been checking my local drugstores, awaiting their arrivals… but they never showed up. So finally I just ordered online.
I wanted to get this post up quickly, as I don’t know how much longer they’ll be available. CONTINUE READING…
In my endless pursuit of olfactory delight, I stumbled upon the charming world of Etsy fragrance sellers. Now, I know what you may be thinking – how can you choose fragrances without testing them in person? OK, that is a drawback. But the fragrance selection at the price is simply unmatched anywhere else I’ve seen. And once you’ve tried a certain scent, you know whether it’s something you’ll be purchasing again.
Plus, in a way, maybe it’s part of the enjoyment – perusing through scent descriptions and waiting to see whether you’ve uncovered a gem. And when you do, it’s rather exciting. That’s what happened when I first smelled the Somethin Special Gardenia Kiss Dry Oil Body Perfume Spray (which I first mentioned in 10 Things for Spring). Instant love. So of course I needed to try out more of their fragrance oils. I browsed through Somethin Special’s extremely extensive list of scents and decided on Island Kiss, Coconut Vanilla, Vanilla Banana, and Amande Coco. CONTINUE READING…
I’ve never been particularly interested beauty balms, mostly because of the level of marketing hype that seems to surround them, at least in the US. But after receiving a sample of the Urban Decay Beauty Balm, I was pleasantly surprised. CONTINUE READING…
FLOWER Beauty Win Some, Rouge Some Crème Blush in Rose-O-Den-Dron ($7.98) is a natural brown-pink. CONTINUE READING…
FACE atelier Ultra Foundation ranks among the very best foundations I’ve tried. With their background in professional products, FACE atelier consistently impresses me with their quality, innovation, and commitment to creating makeup for every skin tone.
This is one of a very small number of foundation ranges that I can confidently say has a match for everyone. CONTINUE READING…
Today I want to share with you a lovely long-wearing powder blush I received from IT Cosmetics – their Vitality Cheek Flush Blush Stain in Matte Sweet Apple. This vibrant pink-red gives a believable just-out-from-the-cold flush that lasts throughout the day. CONTINUE READING…
1. Zoya Amanda
2. Zoya Portia
3. Zoya Sabrina
4. Zoya Melodie (my review)
5. Zoya Ava (my review)
6. FLOWER That’s Just Dan-De-Lion (my review)
7. Inglot 301
8. Inglot 718 (my review)
9. Inglot 715 (my review)
10. OPI My Very First Knockwurst♦
11. OPI Mimosas for Mr & Mrs♦
12. OPI Samoan Sand♦
13. Essie Topless & Barefoot*
14. Essie Fiji*
15. Essie Minimalistic*
16. Essie Au Naturale*
*Company no longer cruelty-free. Included for comparison only. CONTINUE READING…
Cruelty-free foundations. It’s the topic I get most questions about and traffic from. As a foundation fanatic, I’m always excited to share my recommendations. But of course one of the most crucial factors in selecting a foundation is color match. And many Leaping Bunny certified brands simply aren’t widely available in stores, which can make determining your correct shade difficult.
To help, I’m posting swatches of the full color ranges of five cruelty-free foundations: ZuZu Luxe Oil-Free Liquid, FACE Atelier Ultra, 100% Pure Healthy Skin SPF 20, Mineral Fusion, and Gabriel Cosmetics Moisturizing Liquid. All the foundations are Leaping Bunny certified and sold at White Rabbit Beauty. This is something I’ve wanted to do forever. I am so grateful to Jean at White Rabbit Beauty, who made this possible!
The first range I have for you is the ZuZu Luxe Oil-Free Liquid Foundation ($29.75). Zuzu Luxe is a line from Gabriel Cosmetics. It’s Leaping Bunny-certified, gluten-free, and vegan. CONTINUE READING…