Thursday, August 25, 2016

MAC x Star Trek

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, MAC has released a limited edition collection.

"Spanning half a century, Star Trek and its loyal fans cross decades, influencing ideas and aesthetics of gender, race and intergalactic potential. As the sci-fi saga continues, delight in the beauty of exploration as M·A·C and Star Trek’s latest cinema generation joins forces in an exclusive makeup collaboration of astral hues."

I'm a total dork so I was pretty excited for this collection. I also love that they did looks inspired by the women of Star Trek and included tutorials. Check them out at the links below.

My eyes immediately gravitate towards the pressed pigments and the glitter in them, those just stand out to me and look so gorgeous and I think they would be great as we move into the darker colors of Fall.

I'm also loving the false lashes with peeks of blue, I just think they're so fun and a very sexy shape. I feel as though these can be very wearable because the blue is subtle.

It wouldn't be me if I didn't go for Kling it On (I'm a sucker for purple lipstick.) Described as
a deep purple with fine pink glitter it's my kind of lipstick.

The Trip the Light Fantastic powders also seem gorgeous and would definitely work as highlight and blush in one. Because I'm so fair I would go for Luna Luster (plus I just love those soft pink shades.)

I would love to see more dorky collaborations since it fits my personality so well. I love getting glam, but I also love Comic Con and I think collections are a perfect combination of the two!

Photos courtesy of MAC

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Urban Decay Pro Brush Vault

Urban Decay has released various vaults over the years (see here, here and here) and each has been better than the last. They're always an incredible buy even though they seem like an upfront splurge and they always sell out nearly instantly.

The latest vault? The Urban Decay Pro Brush Vault $375 for all 29 of their new brushes. It has everything you could possibly need.

The packaging doubles as storage for the brushes.

Photos courtesy of
Here's the description from Urban Decay:
"This limited-edition set contains EVERY UD Pro Brush that we make—29 in all! With tools for everything from foundation to finishing powder, eyeliner to lip, this is the only brush arsenal you need. Whether you want to blend, conceal or contour, these indispensable brushes do it all.

The ultimate blend of form and function, our brushes are easy on the eyes and the environment. Did you know that they’re also pro-quality AND cruelty-free? Made from recycled plastic bottles, the super-soft, synthetic hair mimics real hair—from the feel to the pickup and laydown. And the brushed gunmetal handles come from recycled aluminum.

Perfect for travel, this kit comes in a gorgeous case with a magnetic closure and slots for each brush. Just open it up on set or on your vanity to keep all your tools accessible while you work your magic.

This set contains our entire UD Pro Brush lineup:



Large Tapered Foundation Brush
Optical Blurring Brush
Flat Optical Blurring Brush


Large Powder Brush
Large Tapered Powder Brush
Finishing Powder Brush


Diffusing Blush Brush
Diffusing Highlighter Brush
Contour Definition Brush


Domed Concealer Brush
Detailed Concealer Brush
The Finger Brush



Smoky Crease Brush
Large Blending Brush
Large Eyeshadow Brush
Iconic Eyeshadow Brush
Flat Eyeshadow Brush
Medium Eyeshadow Brush
Smoky Smudger Brush
Tapered Blending Brush
Moondust Brush
Eyeshadow Contour Brush
Detailed Smudger Brush


Angled Eyeliner Brush
Precise Eyeliner Brush
Tightline Brush


Angled Brow Brush
Essential Eye Tool


Angled Lip Brush"

The vault is currently sold out, but keep checking back. You can purchase it here.

You can also purchase all the brushes individually here. This is a less expensive option and great as a way to customize your picks to suit your needs.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Make Up For Ever #MyArtistRouge VoxBox

You have no idea how excited I was when I found out I was getting this VoxBox. I love Influenster and I practically did backflips when I found out there was a Make Up For Ever VoxBox coming out since they are my favorite makeup brand. They sent me 3 gorgeous shades of their new Artist Rouge lipsticks: C211 Rose Wood, C404 Passion Red and C502 Taupe Violet. I was ecstatic too because these are all shades I would reach for normally. The new lipsticks come in two finishes: matte and cream as indicated by the C or M before the shade name. (They also do this with their eyeshadows which is very helpful, I'm a big fan of D colors which have Diamond sparkle.)

The new Artist Rouge aren't to be confused with their predecessors the Rouge Artist Intense, they're replacing them. There are a few differences between the two and Make Up For Ever was looking to improve the formulation with this launch. Before you even open it there is an immediate difference in packaging. While the Rouge Artist was a sleek plastic square casing the new Artist Rouge are round and aluminum and feel heavier in the hand and definitely more high end. The design is also even more minimalist with a simple embossed pair of lips at the top and a black and white sticker listing the shade on the bottom versus the logo printed across the side and the colored sticker at the bottom.

Upon opening the lipstick you'll notice a new bullet shape, which I found made application easy even without lining the lips. The Rouge Artist came with a more flat faced bullet and the new Artist Rouge is a sleeker, taller and more pointed bullet.

When swatching the colors I didn't notice a significantly higher color payoff in the new formula, but this may apply more to certain shades which may have been patchier in the original formula. For comparison I used Rouge Artist Intense #43 Moulin Rouge against C404 Passion Red since they were similar in color.

As you'll see in my Instagram the formula is creamy and pigmented and holds up well. I went to an outdoor wedding in August wearing it and it didn't budge even through cocktails and I only barely had to reapply after dinner.

I love a classic red and this one is a show stopper. The C211 Rose Wood is just such a gorgeous every day shade that doesn't fade into the background. I wore it with a more natural every day look and it popped in a more subtle way, but was just as rich and beautiful as the red. C502 Taupe Violet is such a cool color. I have lots of purple and violet lipsticks, but there is something so unique about this one. It's as though it wants to be a greige and a violet at the same time and I just love it.

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These retail for $22 and come in 15 matte shades and 30 cream shades. I think they're well worth it and I will definitely be reaching for them often and will probably pick up a few more shades, I'd love to try some of the mattes as well.

Description from Sephora: "Now saturated with 25 percent more pigment than the original Rouge Artist, Artist Rouge Lipstick brings bold color impact to lips that make a statement. This extremely pigmented formula not only provides intense, opaque color but boasts an ultra-creamy, non-drying formula that hydrates the lips for ultimate comfort. Its unique, precision shaped bullet allows for easy, defined application while the long wear formula will not bleed or feather. Artist Rouge is a bold collection that is professionally curated to include the most flattering shades across all color families—with a perfect match for each and every skintone. It features two finishes: a matte for an ultra-matte yet velvety finish that won't feel dry and a cream for intense color with a natural-looking, creamy finish."

I received this Make Up For Ever VoxBox for free from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ulta Forever Fabulous Flash Sale

Ulta is having a one day only flash sale with some deals that are exclusive to Platinum members and others that are for everyone.

My top picks are the sheet mask stockup deals as well as the Smashbox Photo Finish primer jumbo as well as the Urban Decay Vice Palette. There are tons of amazing deals and they're only today so hurry! Click the picture above to see the sale.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Too Faced x Nikkie Tutorials The Power of Makeup is Live

 I have been really looking forward to this collaboration! I love Nikkie and I love Too Faced and so I knew it was going to be great. I started stalking the Ulta website in the middle of the night last night and all this morning kept checking in and it's finally live! I can't wait to get it in and get swatching and playing. I'm very fair like Nikkie so I feel like this palette is going to work so well for me.

Here is the description from Too Faced:

YAAAAS! We’ve teamed up with global beauty megastar NikkieTutorials to create this limited edition collection to celebrate the transformative power of makeup. Nikkie is the ultimate Too Faced girl who is makeup OBSESSED and believes in its ability to inspire confidence and change the world (just like us!). Her exclusive collection features everything you need to create endless looks, including 9 all new eye shadows and a deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara in a can’t-get-anywhere-else PURPLE shade.

“When life gives you lemons, punch it in the face and ask for GLITTER.” -Nikkie


Here are links to buy:

Ulta Will be in stores 9/4
Sephora   Will be in stores 9/1
Too Faced