Friday, April 24, 2015

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Frenzy: Swatch, Review, and Photos

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NARS is already so well-known for their original Blush line so I was quite interested in trying out their newest range, the Dual-Intensity Blush. This range consists of six color-coordinated duos and I got the shade Frenzy courtesy of The Makeup Show LA. Unlike their original line, these blushes could be used wet and dry.


Where to Purchase: Sephora (affiliate), NARS
Price: $45.00 for 6 grams/.21 oz
Do they test on animals?: The company does not test on animals.
Packaging: The blush duo comes in a square compact, with a mirror in the lid. The compact is slightly rubbery like the other NARS compacts.

nars dual intensity blush frenzy (1 of 2)

Click thru to read the rest of my thoughts and see my swatch!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Makeup Wishlist Item of the Week Vol. 1: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal

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I'm starting a new series for the blog, sharing one makeup item each week that I'm adding onto my purchases wishlist. It may be an indie, drugstore, or high end item; it'll differ each week. The first in the series features the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed.

When I was at dinner following the Blogger Preview Night for The Makeup Show, Krissy sung the praises of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed. I was admittedly skeptical given that it's got an intense shine but after hearing that it works so well (even on oily skin), I had to put it on my wishlist. Pictured below is the shade Opal (which I think is a good color for my medium skintone). There are a ton of shades so you're sure to find a color that will suit you!
becca shimmering pressed

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal

Have you used the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed before? Any thoughts?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner: Review, Tutorial, & Why It's a Must-Have for Brush Cleaning

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After purchasing a refill of my beloved Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner, I realized that I never posted a review about it on my blog. It's one of my favorite brush cleaners as it's a quick way of cleaning and sanitizing your brushes without the use of water. I will still deep clean my brushes with soap and water every week or so but in between, I'll use this.

Where to Purchase: Cinema SecretsSephora (affiliate link)

Price: $8.00 for 2oz, $24 for 8 oz, $36 for 32 oz. 
Do they test on animals?: The company does not test on animals.
Packaging: The 2oz comes in a spray bottle while the 8 oz and 32 oz come in bottles.


It's a magical blue liquid that cleans your brushes but doesn't need rinsing, dries quickly, and helps to clean and condition your brushes. It's also scented with a nice vanilla scent. There's no residue left behind so once dry, it's ready to use. This dries in less than two minutes (I timed it!). I would say if you have white haired brushes, save them for the deep clean since you may notice a slight blue tint from the brush cleaner. You can use this on both natural and synthetic hair brushes too.

A little truly goes a long way. Here's how you use it:


You will need:

Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner, a shallow dish, and a towel.

1. Pour the Brush Cleaner into a shallow dish or bowl. Tip: If you pour against the side of a brush or tube, it'll prevent spills.
2. Dip the brush tip into liquid and remove immediately
3. Wipe clean on a cloth, repeat as necessary.
4. Shape the brushes and allow to air dry before use. 

I adore this, even as a consumer. If you're a makeup artist, this product is so necessary in order to maintain cleanliness with your brushes between clients. It's very much worth the investment, whether you're a makeup artist or not! 

I hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to share it if you find it useful. Get thee some Cinema Secrets when you can!

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Makeup Show LA 2015 Recap: Brand Coverage

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I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to The Makeup Show LA 2015 to cover some of the brands and education at the show. I'm happy to talk about some of the items I saw that we may not be able to try out in person. Check out my photos and my thoughts on some of the brands!

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