Fizz, Pop, Clink!

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Not that we ever need an excuse, but I feel like this weekend is a great time to pop some bubbly! I’ll be  celebrating something big – I’m going back to school this fall, and my first day is Monday! I haven’t been in school in 6 years, and am so excited for this big change. I’ll still be working on the weekends, (because who could give up being a Sephora girl?) but with Fridays free and clear to focus solely on my kiddo.

What more appropriate way to celebrate than by dusting on Becca X Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop Cheek Palette?!

 

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Touch of Bright

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We’ve all heard of Yves Saint Laurent’s famous, award-winning Touché Eclat (Touch of Light), but have you ever thought you may need a Touch of Bright? Enter YSL’s beautifully packaged Touché Eclat Neutralizer in Violet!

 

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Gerard Cosmetics has Star Power!

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A few weeks back, I reviewed the Gerard Cosmetics Hydra-Matte Liquid Lip Color I purchased, and I can honestly say that I’m just as obsessed with this highlighter!

 

With the contouring/strobing craze, highlighters are a dime a dozen nowadays. However, many are powdery, too sheer, have a weird undertone, or don’t stay on well – so finding a good one can still be a challenge.

 

I’m so glad I ordered this Star Powder in Grace, because I lucked out with the quality!

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Hydra-Matte is the Hybrid We’ve Been Waiting For!

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A few weeks ago, I previewed on Instagram a box of things I ordered from Gerard Cosmetics when they had their anniversary sale. I’ve seen the company all over the blogosphere, but never tried anything personally. The sale was amazing (!), so I decided to purchase a traditional lipstick, highlighter, brow kit, and this liquid lipstick from Gerard’s Hydra-Matte line.

 

The name itself sounds counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? I mean, is it hydrating, or is it matte? I can’t tell you how many times a day a client asks me for a lipstick that “stays all day but doesn’t dry my lips out” and I’m like, call me when you find one!

Turns out, the name is perfect for this product, and it does everything I’ve ever wanted a lipstick to do.

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Guerlain’s Carousel Meteorites are a Magical Ride

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After the way I gushed about Guerlain’s Holiday Meteorites, you can probably tell how obsessed I am with them. I did, after all, mention that I collect them, and I have to say that my collection is growing quite nicely!

 

What’s not to love about meteorites? Let’s be real – there’s nothing more luxurious than using a product that incorporates ‘Stardust Technology’ into its formula!

What is Stardust Technology? The brand says that it’s a pigment encapsulating a diamond powder. Knowing that, it’s almost easy to justify the price point! ?

 

Not to mention, each meteorite Pearl is hand-formed, and only four people in the world know how to make them.

Meteorites aren’t just makeup, they’re little collectible pieces of luxury, meant to adorn a counter or vanity like the fine art they are.

 

Now that I’ve waxed poetic about them enough, let’s discuss the latest iteration: Guerlain Carousel Meteorites Pearls for Summer 2016!

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Chieseled to Perfection with Anastasia Cream Contour Kits

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This contouring trend has been on a roll for a few years now, showing no signs of stopping. No matter how many professional makeup artists tell us it’s not a technique meant for everyday makeup, we’re not gonna listen, are we?

 

Because of this ‘more is more’ mentality that we see with each new contouring mini-tutorial on Instagram, I want to at least set the record straight when it comes to proper cream contouring technique.

 

Unless you’re a beauty guru and travel around with your lighting system, high-tech camera and photo/video editing technology on you at all times, chances are that you find it hard to translate the tutorials you see on YouTube into real life application. This is because when you step out of the perfect ambiance of a beauty ring light and into real-life, no-secrets daylight, you find that heavy cream contouring or using two foundation shades to sculpt your skin is not the most flattering application of makeup.

 

Fortunately, Anastasia’s Cream Contour Kits make shaping the face a breeze!

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Clinique Chubby Stick – Sculpting Highlight

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This evening, I sat down to write a review of February’s Play! box, when I realized that I promised you all a review of this highlighting stick during last month’s Play! review. Now, I shall deliver!

 

Chubby Sticks are a family of products made by Clinique that come in the form of – you guessed it – chubby sticks. The range includes lipsticks, eyeshadows, a foundation, and new for Spring, contour and highlighter sticks! I have the latter to share with you all today.

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Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary – How Does Your Garden Glow?

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Hey, lovely reader! Come join me on another trip to Dior’s Glowing Gardens.. You might remember that we visited back in January with Glowing Pink, but this time, we’ll be in the Nude!

That’s right, I’m talking about the other highlighter released as part of Dior’s Spring 2016 collection, called Glowing Nude.

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Glow, Baby, Glow!

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Disclaimer: I normally hate taking photos with flash, but I had to for the sake of those sparkles on the cover of the glow palette! Sorry for the poor quality (:

 

Slowly, more and more pieces of Anastasia Beverly Hills are starting to trickle into Sephora. I plan on snatching them up one by one! And I started with the new(ish) Glow Kit in Gleam.

You know, I think someone should start a rehab program for highlighter addicts. I’ve got it bad, and this palette is like crack for me!

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I’m Rocking Tom Ford Lately

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“I don’t pop Molly, I rock Tom Ford..” – so true, haha.

While in Austin, I visited a Tom Ford counter at Nordstrom, and saw this beauty sitting out on display front and center. I’ve played around with Tom Ford products at counters before, but to be totally honest, sticker shock and employee intimidation have always kept me from purchasing.

Every time I talk to the SA’s, I feel like they kind of think they’re humoring me. I don’t always look like the typical ‘luxury’ client, pushing a crazy toddler in a stroller with my day-two hair in a bun, but I still like to be treated well when I’m planning on dropping some serious dollars on their products.

 

This time was no different, but fortunately, I took the plunge anyway!

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