Launching in Las Vegas: Topshop Make Up Collection

I was so excited to learn that Topshop is opening a store at the Fashion Show Mall next month to be exact! I’ve been lucky enough to visit the only other two stores in the U.S, the New York and Chicago locations. What’s even more exciting is that the Vegas store will also carry the Topshop makeup collection. Thank you dear Sir Philip Green.

Topshop’s PR team sent me samples of some of the collections’ most popular picks, from trend driven shades to coveted must-haves, I’m excited to give you a sneak peek.  Believe me, you’re going to want more!

Topshop Nails, $10

Fast drying, extra long wear with lasting glossy wet look finish. I’m looking forward to wearing some of these bright and metallic shades poolside at Red Rock this summer!

L to R: Pool Party, Bees Knees, Hyperreal

Topshop Eye Crayon, $12

I am absolutely in love with Eye Crayon! It’s a chunky eye shadow pencil with glitter for shading, lining and defining eyes. I personally love it to add a little twist to smoky eyes, perfect for a night out at the Lady Silvia or 1 Oak.

Eye crayon in Black Jack

Topshop Cheeks, $10

This is a lightweight cream to powder blush which melts into the skin leaving a luminous finish. Don’t fret, it’s brighter than it looks and spot on for spring.

Blush in Pinch

Needless to say, the Topshop makeup tickled my fancy indeed.  Make sure to stop by the store to see the entire collection once they officially open their doors in Sin City on March 8th!

Once You Go Bronze with Bare Escentuals, You’ll Never Go Back!

This blog is dedicated to a group of fabulous Vegas women who have supported me and my beauty blog since day #1.  You know who you are! Thanks for the “jumpstart,” no pun intended.  
It’s been a scorching summer across the country, 106 degrees in Las Vegas today.  I had previously written a blog about SPF but you should also know that I’m a huge believer in the art of faux tanning.  Especially since it’s been almost unbearable to lay out here in desert!  So in times when the heat gets too hot, I go for the faux tan.
Faux Tan by Bare Escentuals by far gives one of the most natural looking, non-orange, non-smelling, golden tans out there.  I purchased mine on QVC.  It came with its own kabuki style brush (not pictured) which ensures even and fast application.  As with any other self-tanning product, prepping your skin is essential.
Here’s a great tip! You can use this all over, including your face because it doesn’t clog pores and its sensitive skin friendly.  Blend one pump or less with your daily facial moisturizer.  This product does such a great job at looking like a real tan, I encourage you to try it and test it by photographing yourself after you apply, it’ll look like you just got back from a Caribbean vacation! I also love that it dries quickly, no chance of it rubbing off on your wardrobe.
Here’s to looking bronzed all year long!

Love Me Some Mally Mascara!

Greeting from Vegas!  I think I may have already told you that I’m not loyal to one brand of makeup but do have a few key favorites!  When it comes to mascara, I’ve tried hi-end brands and drugstore brands, lately opting for the latter.  I delightfully surprised when I tried Mally Volumizing Mascara which I originally received in my Kindness is the New Black kit.  Wow! I just have to show you the amazing results this mascara gave me. Best of all, no clumps! And in true Mally spirit, I shared one with my niece and now she loves it too!  I’ll need to buy the duo again very soon! What do you think?

Victoria’s Secret’s Beauty Rush for Lush Lips

    

I recently purchased this new lip gloss by Victoria’s Secret called Beauty Rush with SPF 15 for $7. I bought the Mega Melon and it gives me the perfect summery pink/peachy tone that goes with my skin color. They have variety to choose from but I wanted something I could wear day and night. The gloss goes on smooth and most importantly, it’s not sticky.  It lasts a long time and leaves my lips feeling conditioned. While the specs of glitter give your lips some attention, the SPF 15 is a great bonus to fight off those harmful sun rays.

This lip gloss is also perfect for giving you that gloss to match your tan after a day at the beach.  It smells and tastes great too!  Have you tried any of the other colors?

Product Review: Urban Decay’s NAKED Eyeshadow Palette

Hi beauties, I’m back with another review! 

I’m usually not a fan of palettes because I always find myself not using most of the product contained in the palette.  That was until I came across the NAKED palette from Urban Decay.  I purchased this at Sephora when it was in stock for $48, guess it is in pretty high demand!  The palette includes 12 shades of matte and shimmery neutrals that range from beige to brown to gunmetal shades.  It also came with a Good Karma Eyeshadow Brush and a .13 oz travel-size eyeshadow primer potion (not pictured).

This palette is perfect for summer! It’s my one-stop eyeshadow palette that takes me from day to night.  Here are the colors I used it to highlight and accent my eyes. What do you think?

GTL: Golden and Tanned in Las Vegas

Ok that’s a stretch! I attribute my love of tanning to my Jersey roots. The Coca-Cola and baby oil tanning sessions are no more and while I don’t have the same love for going to the gym or doing laundry, I still love getting my summer tan on – in the safest way possible.  I have tried so many sunscreen products, always on the hunt for that perfect one that gives UVA and UVB protection, one that moisturizes without being greasy and gives great color.  I’ve tried everything from carrot-based lotions for the golden glow to oils from my trips to Mexico and the Caribbean, anything I could find that was different from the products sold at the local drugstore. 

Now, in my 30’s, I want more from my sunscreen!  Recently, I came across some great online reviews for Carol’s Daughter, Gelee de Soliel Browning Oil and thought I’d try it out.  It has SPF 15 (which might too low for your first time out in the sun).  It’s also enriched with Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Mango Butter and Avocado Butter.

INGREDIENT BENEFITS: (some descriptions are from Sephora.com)

  • Palm Kernel Oil – Provides excellent moisturizing properties while leaving skin soft and youthful.
  • Cocoa Butter – Protects and nourishes the skin with natural oils that deeply penetrate into the skin.
  • Shea Butter – Renowned for its moisturizing properties, shea butter is rich with fatty acids your skin will love.
  • Mango Butter – Natural emollient and lends protection against the sun. Also reduces degeneration of skin cells and restores elasticity.
  • Avocado Butter – Contains antioxidant vitamins A, E and D, which kill free radicals that age your skin.

I bought Carol’s Daughter Gelee de Soliel Browning Oil at my local Sephora about a month ago.  I’ve only used it a couple of times so far and already love the non-greasy golden glow if gives me while moisturizing and protecting my skin from the sun.  The scent is more nutty than tropical and it’s NOT waterproof, so reapplication is necessary. Although I’m not really looking forward to the 100+ degree Vegas heat, I’ll need to stay cool and protect my skin from the harsh desert sun.  Here’s to fun in the sun!

From Rickety to Rimmelicious!

 I have tried out countless amounts of mascaras, too many to name.  That was up until I came across the new Rimmel Lash Accelerator mascara, I was hooked! This mascara has AVEC Grow-Lash Complex , a formula that will make your lashes appear up to 80% longer (as detailed on the package label). I bought it and have been using it for about three months now and I could not be more pleased with the results. My eyelashes started to look fuller, longer, darker, and stronger within two weeks of using it. Now, with a bristle brush instead of the rubber brush it originally had, it gives great volume. It does not clump or leave any residue on your face. I have even fallen asleep with it on and still stayed on without a smudge. I would definitely recommend this mascara.  You will be amazed at the “fuller” results you will get…just look at my BEFORE and AFTER!