Friday

JORD Delmar in Blue Wood Watch Review - Men's Accessories

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JORD Wood Watches

JORD, which is Swedish for earth, soil and land, is a watch company based in St. Louis, Missouri. Not only do they design and make stylish watches, but they do so using beautiful, renewable wood! 

Thursday

Make Up For Ever Plexi-Gloss Swatches & Review - 102P, 103, 303P, 502P

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Make Up For Ever Plexi-Gloss

MUFE recently released a large new line of glosses with a total of 35 shades. Shades ranged from clear to dark and dramatic, featuring 2 different finishes--pearl and non-pearl. All are meant to be long-wearing and offer incredible dimension and shine. The pearl finish (notated with a "P" after the shade number) has pearl microflecks, while the non-pearl (which simply has a shade number) offers a creamy translucent finish.

Wednesday

Try the World International Food Subscription Review

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Try the World 

Try the World is a bimonthly (every other month) international food subscription service that allows subscribers to experience the world through their taste buds without pulling out their passports. Bimonthly boxes of 6-7 items are curated by chefs around the world, giving subscribers a versatile variety of food items to taste and cook with. 

We were given the opportunity to review Try the World's latest box, which came from Argentina!

Friday

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation Swatches & Review - NC15, NC30, NC35, NC42

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MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

As we recently mentioned, MAC has expanded its Pro Longwear complexion line this spring. We reviewed and swatches a few of the new Pro Longwear pressed powder foundations and will now take a look at the new Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundations.

These foundations are meant to be used as concealers or foundations, wear for up to 24 hours and remain waterproof throughout wear. It is meant to be lightweight offer medium to full coverage and set to a satin finish.

I have 4 of the 16 shades from this collection to share with you!

Thursday

OCC Makeup Memorial Day Sale & Swatches

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Oh boy, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is having a sale this weekend that starts at midnight! Did you know I have a TON of OCC lip tar and pencils swatches I've done over the years? 

If you click here or the "lips" tab above and scroll down they're listed alphabetically! 

Happy shopping wink emoticon 

MAC Pro Longwear Pressed Powder Foundation Swatches & Review - Light, Medium Plus, Darkest Deep

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MAC Pro Longwear Pressed Powder Foundation

MAC's Pro Longwear line has grown a great deal this spring with the addition of 11 shades of pressed powder foundations and waterproof foundation (coming soon to the blog). This pressed powder foundation is meant to wear for up to 12 hours while preventing shine. Coverage is meant to be light to medium.

I have 3 of the 11 shades to share with you today!

MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster Swatches & Review

MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster review

MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster

MAC released a new line of tinted creams as part of their Lightful C collection earlier this spring. This specific line of complexion creams not only has what MAC refers to as a "Radiance Booster" along with vitamin C, but according to MAC it offers SPF 30 and is meant to help control oil, reduce the appearance of imperfections and offer color-correcting properties. 

They come in a variety of 9 shades ranging from Extra Light to Dark Deep. I received 3 of those shades to share with you!

Wednesday

MAC Wash and Dry Swatches & Review - Green Clean and Golden Rinse

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MAC Wash and Dry

MAC recently released their highly anticipated Wash and Dry collection. This summer-perfect collection has some of the most colorful packaging we've seen since the Proenza Schouler release. The finish and weight of the packaging is similar to that collection. As I suspected, this collection has sold quickly both through MAC as well as retails such as Macy's, Nordstrom, etc. 

I received two pieces from this collection to share with you!

Friday

Tips for Saving Melted Lipsticks



Temperatures jumped from cold (with snow flurries in April!) to blazing hot in the last few weeks up here in the northeast, taking me and everyone else around me by surprise! I'm not complaining--we had one of the longest most ridiculous winters--but I don't really feel we had time to transition. Sadly, it also means my makeup didn't either! I still had a few lipsticks in my bag when it hit mid 80s the other day and let's just say things have gone a little soft. When the weather gets warmer I tend not to carry lipsticks with me in my handbag because I've had more than a few ruin the contents of my bags over the years. You live, you learn!


Tips for Saving Melted Lipsticks


If you've experienced melted lipstick syndrome don't throw it/them out! You can salvage them in many cases--assuming they haven't crept out of their tubes and coated everything around them in their waxy loveliness.

How? 

My favorite way, if they're melted past the point of maintaining their bullet form, but still in the tube, is to scoop them out into sanitized metal pans or Vueset containers. Then once I'm done, I pop them in the fridge to firm back up and then they're usable again!




Tips for Saving Soft Lipsticks that Haven't Melted Yet


Keep in mind, if you have a lipstick that just gets a bit soft, but doesn't lose its shape, you can always pop it into the fridge or freezer to prevent it from turning into a goopy puddle. Also, if you don't have A.C. and your home tends to get hot, you may want to consider storing your lipsticks in a container in your fridge until temps cool. I know it may seem silly to some, but if you invest in your lipsticks like I do you probably don't want to see hundreds of dollars ruined by end of spring/summer!

I thought it might be helpful to share these tips since once of the first things I think of once the weather gets hot is how to protect my lipsticks and wax-based cosmetics.

What are your tips and tricks for preventing your lipsticks from being ruined once temps get high?

Thursday

New Sephora Summer 2015 Sneak Peek - Including Breakups to Makeup Bags



Sephora Summer 2015 Launch 

Sephora has released a sizable lineup of products for Summer 2015 and I'm excited to share a handful with you! I previously shared these on Instagram (follow me if you don't already as I tend to post sneak peeks there first) and wanted to make sure I shared them here as well. Items range from makeup to brushes; hair products to makeup bags.

Price Rage: $6-$68 (depending on the item)

Where to Buy: Sephora/Sephora.com


Sephora Summer 2015 Featured Products

1. Breakups to Makeup Bag

Product Type - lined canvas makeup bag with zip top
Design/Color - multiple designs with makeup-related phrases and images
Price - $24
Where to Buy - Sephora/Sephora.com
Initial Thoughts - These bags have drawn quite a bit of attention the last year and I'm not surprised to see Sephora pick them up! The quality seems good and the zipper on mine was nice and smooth. I was surprised to see these are lined, which is nice. They're 8.5 x 8.75 in size, so most makeup products should be able to fit inside. I keep several bags within my handbag, so I think this will probably take the place of a smaller one soon!


2. Sephora Collection Eye Mask in Pomegranate

Product Type - eye masks (meant to reduce signs of fatigue and tone eye area)
Scent - pomegranate
Price - $5
Where to Buy - Sephora/Sephora.com
Initial Thoughts - I want to note that these are fiber masks not gel if that's something you look for in particular. I love that these are packaged in pairs, making them easy to travel with! Sephora offers a number of different formulas in these eye masks, which you can view on their site. I'm a huge fan of eye and face masks so I'm excited to try these.


3. Sephora Collection Face Mask in Rose

Product Type - face mask (meant to plump and brighten skin)
Scent - rose
Price - $6 (currently on sale for buy 4 get 1 free with promo code MASKLOVE)
Where to Buy - Sephora/Sephora.com 
Initial Thoughts - Like the eye masks, these are also fiber masks. I am a regular user of face masks of all kinds. I find they're a convenient way to treat my skin to some pampering while working or relaxing. These are individually packaged and convenient for travel. There are a number of different formulas so check them out!


4. Sephora Express Cleansing & Purifying Wipes

Product Type - cleansing, makeup-removing wipes
Skin Type - all types according to Sephora (formula includes Salicylic Acid)
Price - $9 (20 ct)
Where to Buy - Sephora/Sephora.com
Initial Thoughts - While these are meant for all skin types including sensitive skin, I personally find I can't use anything with Salicylic Acid on my sensitive skin. I would suggest speaking with someone at Sephora and testing a wipe if possible prior to purchasing if you have super sensitive skin. If not, these are actually reasonably priced compared to some slightly higher priced drugstore brand makeup removing wipes. I think these potentially work especially well for combo and oily skin based on the formula. I personally never suggest using makeup remover wipes and not cleansing and moisturizing skin after.


5. Sephora Jumbo Liner 24HR Wear Waterproof in Peacock Blue Shimmer

Product Type - jumbo waterproof liner
Shade - Peacock Blue Shimmer (med-deep blue-green)
Price - $14 (this shade is currently on sale for $7 as of the time of this post)
Where to Buy - Sephora/Sephora.com
Initial Thoughts - Sephora's waterproof pencils have been (shockingly to me) some of my favorite budge-proof liners in the past for waterlines! I'm talking couldn't scrub them off easily even with makeup remover--just the way I like my waterline liners. ;) These come in a variety of different shades and can be used both on the lashline and lid.


6. Sephora Outrageous Curl Mascara 

Product Type - volumizing/curling mascara
Shade - black
Price - $12
Where to Buy - Sephora/Sephora.com
Initial Thoughts - This mascara has a really unique wand that looks like a round brush (hairbrush). This formula is meant to volumize while also curling lashes. I have super short, straight lashes so I find only lash curlers can curl my lashes, not mascaras. For someone with longer lashes, you may have different results. This is not a waterproof formula, so you may want to check out Sephora's other mascaras if that's what you're looking for.


Have you grabbed any of the products above? What'd you think? Any other products I should grab?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand for consideration. All opinions are my own.