Illamasqua Once…for Autumn 2014

Illamasqua Once...

The Illamasqua Once…collection for autumn 2014 is best explained by Illamasqua themselves – “The beauty of old and new endures with Once. Decadent & lavish, dabble with rich textures and autumnal, delicate colors, which are conveyed in this exquisite & harmonious fall collection.”

“Once is the beauty of the burnished, eroded and erudite. A palette inspired by the gentle and exquisite point when a flower starts to fade and becomes impossibly beautiful in its complex decline. Combined with the subtle opulence of faded gilt layers that reveal themselves the more you blend and search. She is an incandescent moment, a poem alive and a light within a pallet of decaying decadence.” Alex Box, Creative Director for Illamasqua.

I love their descriptions and I also love the gorgeous imagery for this collection, which I have included in this review. I can’t think of another brand who’s imagery is more beautiful for each of their collections.


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Top 10 Tuesday – My Favorite Silver & Gold Makeup Items

Top 10 Gold and Silver

Happy Top 10 Tuesday! Today I’ve got my top 10 favorite silver and gold makeup items for you.

This wound up being much harder than I anticipated but not for a reason I ever would have guessed. You see, up until maybe 5 or 6 years ago I didn’t like the color gold. I didn’t like gold clothing, jewelry, makeup, nail polish or even hardware accents on purses or jackets. I was 100% silver or nothing. But since I started blogging and have tried out so many amazing gold items, things have changed a bit. I actually don’t really like silver nail polish or eye shadow anywhere near as much as gold now! Plus certain shades of gold make my deep blue/grey eyes pop, so that helps. Luckily I can wear most any silver or gold shades because my skin tone is fairly neutral, so that’s great. And now that we have all these rose gold things, I am even more in love with the color!

Top 10 Gold and Silver Swatches

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Orly Smoky Collection for Fall 2014

Orly Smoky Collection

The Orly Smoky Collection for fall 2014 has arrived, are you ready to see the beauty?

This collection features six new shades. Most have a super shimmery, sparkly finish but there are a couple great cremes as well. Here is what they say about the inspiration for the collection “Travel to the dark side of beauty this fall with Smoky, the fall 2014 collection from ORLY. Beauty emerges from the shadowy corners of the imagination, seducing with an enigmatic palette that comes alive as eyes adjust to the light. Dusty tones are blended with matte shimmers creating an alluring and intriguing mix of hues inspired by shades worn on the smokiest of eyes.”

For the most part the formula was really great with all six of these colors. Most were just two coats to cover completely and I didn’t have any problems with any of them.

Orly Smoky Collection

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6th Blog Anniversary and Giveaway!


Happy Birthday

Hard to believe it, but yesterday was my official 6th blog anniversary!

I still remember my apprehension as I hovered over the “Publish” button on my very first post in 2008. Boy have times changes since then. I think I have improved a bit. ;)

But where would I be without my lovely, fabulous, amazing, loyal readers? Nowhere! So to thank you, I am running a giveaway for one lucky person to win. The items included are as follows:

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Epic Blend Lip Balm Review

Epic Blend

Epic Blend Lip Balm is a Canadian brand that started in 2007. They make organic and vegan lip balms in a variety of flavors and all are petroleum-free, gluten-free, non-GMO and cruelty-free.

Their balms come in three categories which are:

  • Hemp – This includes organic hemp seed oil, which is a great anti-oxidant, as well as organic coconut oil, organic sunflower oil, organic beeswax and non-GMO vitamin E. These come in flavors Vanilla, Mint, Coconut and Citrus Kick.
  • More Moisture – This has seven moisturizers including organic Shea butter, organic coconut oil, organic sunflower oil, organic castor oil, organic beeswax and non-GMO vitamin E. These come in flavors Unflavored, Grape, Green Apple and Cherry.
  • Vegan – These are 100% plant-based and beeswax-free. They use food grade candelilla wax for a smooth texture, as well as organic coconut coil, organic sunflower oil, organic cocoa butter and non-GMO vitamin E. These come in flavors Wild Berry and Pineapple-Mint.

They also have a Tinted Lip Balm in Garnet Star, which is sheer red slightly shimmery shade. They are just $3.49 each or you can buy 4-packs for $12.00 on their site.

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