Finding the perfect gift for someone can be difficult, but chances are they will appreciate a gift of beauty. These items on the list are sure to please even the pickiest person. Happy Shopping!
The perfect gift! Includes nine makeup essentials that will leave you flawless at day and glam at night.
- - 0.1 oz Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Infrared Matte (matte true red)
– 1.4 oz Drybar Detox dry shampoo
– 0.5 oz Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad nail color
– 0.03 oz Laura Mercier Caviar Stick eye color in Rose Gold
– 0.049 oz stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Foil Finish eye shadow in Metallic Dusty Rose
– 1 Pair of SEPHORA COLLECTION false eye lashes in Astonish
– 0.08 oz Benefit Watt’s Up! highlighter in Luminous Champagne
– 0.035 oz Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Microfinish Powder
– 0.04 oz Lancome Artliner eyeliner in Noir
– Festive metallic clutch
Originally $40, this is a total bonus buy! This four piece set energizes skin by locking in moisture for firmer, brighter looking skin.
- - 1 oz AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
– 0.5 oz T-Zone Pore Refining Gel
– 1 oz Skin Perfecting Lotion
– 2 x 0.25 oz Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask
This gorgeous gift set is sure to please!
- - 4 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
- - 34 oz Rollerball
- - 4 oz A Fabulous Body Lotion Tube
- - stylish cosmetic case
Treat your loved ones to this holiday limited edition trio.
- - peppermint stick hand cream (1 oz.)
- - fresh cream hand cream (1 oz.)
- - cranberry medley hand cream (1 oz.)
Spaweek Spa $ Wellness Gift Card $25 – $100
When all else fails, get a gift card! Your friends will appreciate a soothing massage or a great facial.
*Photos courtesy of Murad, Sephora, Philosophy, Spaweek, and Macy’s
This fall Essie wants you to live dangerously and dress flawlessly. This collection is inspired by espionage and the thrill of the chase. Check out my swatches of the best shades of the collection below!
Essie style cartel is a shiny inky cobalt blue. It’s my favorite shade in the collection. It’s very similar to OPI’s keeping Suzy at bay and Avon’s Nailwear Pro in Inky blue. It goes on smoothly and has a super high shine gloss finish.
Essie partner in crime is a creamy rich dark chocolate shade. It’s simply perfect for fall. I’d like to pair this shade with an animal print (think leopard) nail art. It would match perfectly with your cup of hot cocoa on a cold fall night.
Essie take it outside is a traditional taupe shade. I like this one because it’s not too light and it’s not too dark. Sometimes taupe polish either looks too white or too tan, Essie got this shade just right. This polish is grayer than Essie yogaga and cooler than Essie Miss fancy pants.
Essie Fall 2014 Collection Swatches
(Photo courtesy of Essie)
Happy Easter from The Beauty Edge!
Here’s my last minute DIY Easter Mani! I used Essie Love Every Minute as a base coat and layered one coat of Dior Princess over it. For my accent nail, I chose Dior Lime and Nicole by OPI Inner Sparkle for some added glitz.
In an effort to protect the Easter Bunny ;), I thought it would be cute to share a list of companies that do not test on animals. The full list can be found on Peta.org.
- Bare Escentuals
- Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare
- Everyday Minerals
- Physicians Formula
- Tarte Cosmetics
- Urban Decay
- Smashbox Cosmetics
The Essie Wedding collection for 2014 is so delicate and dainty! I was totally excited when these came in, since I’m planning my own wedding (only 415 days to go woo!), I wanted to swatch these cuties asap!
Essie love every minute is a pretty satin rose coral. It’s my favorite color in the collection. It looks like a pastel salmon and it’s a perfect shade for spring.
Essie meet the parents is a cool calm blue, a little too calm for the name I think. There’s nothing calm about meeting the parents for the first time! It is however, the perfect something blue for your big day.
Essie got engaged is a warm nude pink with a “barely there” sparkle effect. I think I found the perfect nude nail polish, it works so well with my complexion because it has the perfect balance of nude and pink.
Essie she said yes is a sheer white color with a subtle silver shimmer. It’s an interesting shade, it’s not very bright, it’s toned down enough so that’s it’s not clashing with the other pastels in the collection. The formula is creamy, but with the consistency of glue. I had to apply three coats, and I must say that it was hard to work with.
Essie Wedding Collection 2014 offers a good range of colors to choose from, whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid or simply a wedding guest, this collection will get you wedding ready in no time. These colors are also great for spring. Available April 2014.
*Photos courtesy of essie.
The latest OPI collection comes straight from the tropical shorelines of Brazil! It’s a mix of bright fun colors and sexy deep shades. Inspired by the natural beauty of the country’s culture and its famous cities; this collection will have you sizzling this spring or at least for now, longing for hot summer nights!
Brazil Collection Beach Sandies by OPI – a collection of matte and sparkly liquid sand lacquers. From left to right: You’re So Flippy Floppy, What’s a Little Rain Forest?, I’m Brazil Nuts Over You, Samba-dy Loves Purple.
Brazil Collection Copaca Babies – Gloss and metallic, from left to right: Next Stop… The Bikini Zone, Kiss Me I’m Brazilian, AmazON… AmazOFF, Where did Suzi’s Man-go?
OPI You’re So Flippy Floppy – Bright textured yellow liquid sand
OPI Next Stop… Bikini Zone – Metallic Amethyst Pewter
*Photo courtesy of OPI
“All I want for Christmas is you baby!” This song has been on repeat inside my head as I blogged and swatched this collection! Unlike the first Mariah Carey Sand collection, I am a huge fan of this new one. This time, OPI decided to add glitter to the sand effect to make it pop! Of course the only thing missing from the original Mariah Carey OPI collection, was glitter. Mariah is Glitter! So it was only fitting to incorporate it into this new holiday collection.
It’s Frosty Outside is my favorite polish from the collection. It’s a frosted silver shade that leaves a crushed diamond effect on your nails. It has the sand texture of course, but the added flecks of glitter powers over the matte effect. It looks stunning! I did pack on three coats to get it to high sparkle capacity!
Kiss Me at Midnight is also another favorite of mine. It’s a frosted ice blue that sparkles like icicles. It also has a gorgeous glitter effect that illuminates the ice blue base color. Because the base color was darker than the silver in It’s Frosty Outside, I only needed two coats on this one!
Emotions is described as a coal black sparkle. It lacks the sparkle effect compared to the other swatches and really only showcases the sand effect. It’s definitely a different take on the standard black polish, but nothing too spectacular here. I also used two coats.
Enter to Win!
*Photos courtesy of OPI
I love Essie’s Winter 2013 collection! Opposites attract this winter with rich shades of wine and pretty pastels. This collection will please any color craving your having!
Just like the Fall 2013 collection, Essie decided to use fashion inspired names in this collection as well.
My favorite color of the collection by far is Shearling Darling; a deep ebony red. It’s the perfect deep wine color. This is the color most of us get excited about wearing in the winter. It’s a go-to – a winter collection wouldn’t be complete without the quintessential burgundy shade.
I have mixed feelings about this one! Essie Perfect Parka is a shimmering cashmere gray. It looks and feels more like a dusty blue color to me. I would prefer in as an accent color as opposed to a full manicure look as pictured above.
Both colors have excellent formulas; with minimal streaking and good coverage.
Can’t wait to try Mind Your Mittens – a black teal shade!
*Photo courtesy of Essie
It’s fall fashion made for your nails – Essie’s fall 2013 collection has got it all for you this season. Her latest collection is a mix of glossy shades and metallic dual shades.
For the Twill of it is my favorite shade from the collection. I thought I should start with my favorite first this time. It’s a metallic dual tone of magenta and gun-metal. I love the way it reflects in the light, changing from one shade to the other. At times you can even get a glimpse of a greenish metallic tone as well.
Vested Interest is some what of a murky green color. It reminds me of floral – you know that green cube at the bottom of a flower bouquet vase. It’s also slightly reminiscent of OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques with a little bit of olive mixed in.
The Lace is On – a lovely metallic magenta shade. It goes on smooth and evenly. I noticed that the metallic shades were easier to apply that the glossy polishes.
Cashmere Bathrobe is one of the darker shades in the fall collection. It has a glossy finish with a faint metallic shimmer. It’s like a darker version of Vested Interest.
essie.com $8 ea.
(Photo courtesy of essie)
Well I suppose cold weather is creeping up on us again -_-
I get excited about fall fashion, but not about the temperature dropping. Oh Summer, why must you leave us so quickly! As the days get shorter, some beauty brands are well into their fall product launches. My nail salon has stocked up its fall collection and this week I decided to try OPI Keeping Suzy at Bay from their San Francisco collection.
Keeping Suzy at Bay is a glossy deep ink blue – it’s like a pen exploded on my nails! I wasn’t ready to rock a dark burgundy yet – just like we don’t wear white after labor day, I don’t wear burgundy shades before it! This blue works for an end-of-summer-look because even though it’s a dark color, it still has a pop of brightness. It reminds me of a beautiful summertime night sky. Great color, can’t wait to try more from this whopping 15-shade collection.
(Photo courtesy of OPI)
An exclusive Deborah Lippmann collection is coming to Sephora. The brand is launching four new polishes that will only be available at the beauty mega-store.
- 99 Luftballons – sparkle-heavy fuchsia
- Chasing Pavements – soft cream gray
- She-Bop – flirty pink cream
- Lilac Wine – lilac cream
The line is already available on sephora.com and will launch in stores this coming September. Cream shades retail for $17 each and glitter shades retail for $19 each.
(Photo courtesy of deborah lippmann)
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