The Sample: TATCHA Indigo Collection – Soothing Silk Hand Cream, Soothing Silk Body Butter & Soothing Renewal Treatment (Review, Swatches & Photos)

29 Jun

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I really wish I had had the  time to get this review out to you guys while the so-called “polar vortex” was still whipping its way around but luckily these ultra-luxe, heavy-duty new treatments from TATCHA work great year-round, too (though I must say, their results are particularly miraculous come winter time or during the bone-dry Santa Ana wind season that only my fellow So-Cal comrades will understand the skin-chapping pain of…). All 3 pieces from TATCHA’s Indigo Collection are deeply soothing and hydrating but are also inherently silky and light enough for spring and summer!

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The Beauty Picks: All Things Lip Balm Edition

10 Jun

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Lip balm addicts, unite!!!! I’ve FINALLY gotten around to doing my big lip balm roundup post that I’ve been planning forever. Apologies for the months-long hiatus guys–I feel like I’m always apologizing to you but life really caught up to me this time! I’ve had a lot going on personally and also was finishing off the semester at school so before I knew it, one week turned into 3 turned into…3 1/2 months?!! Gosh I’ve missed blogging SO much…and especially chatting with all of you!

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The Sample: NEW Paul & Joe Eye Color Trio in 02 Mon Petit Chaton (Review, Swatches & Photos)

27 Feb

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Let me start off with just this: LOOK AT THE CUTE KITTIEEEESSSS!!!!!!…ok sorry about that–just had to get that out. :P Now that we’ve established the adorable awesomeness of the kitten compact, let’s get on with this post.

For spring 2014, Paul & Joe have released a new line of Eye Color Trios! There are 8 stunning trios to choose from. Observe:

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The Sample: TEMPTU Signature Starter Airbrush Kit, Review (Review, Swatches & Photos)

15 Feb

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For my Holiday Gift-Guide Roundup, I gave you guys a look at the TEMPTU Signature Starter Kit. Well, I loved the kit so much that I thought it definitely warranted a full-sized review from me. I know a lot of you are already seasoned pros in the world of airbrush makeup but for the few of you that might be noobs like I was prior to trying this set, this one’s for you!

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The Sample: NEW Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in 3D Sparks (Review, Swatches & Photos)

30 Jan

The other day while on a quick in-and-out type mission at Sephora (who am I kidding–is there really such a thing?! :P), I spotted Smashbox’s display for the new Always Sharp 3D Liners. Now I’m not gonna lie, I’m not that big of an eyeliner girl, relatively speaking of course. I know a lot of beauty bloggers/makeup addicts have stashes that span 20 to 30 (or more!) liners but I have a modest 10 or 11–only half of which I actually purchased myself. Part of the reason is because I have such a hard time finding a great liner formula that actually stays put on my super oily, small semi-hooded  lids but really, I’m good with just a basic black or dark brown (when I’m feeling adventurous. ha!) liner any day of the week.

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Finally Embracing the Fall/Winter Color Palette…

13 Jan

My craving for deep plums and berries, olives, and rich reds has finally hit in full force…several months too late, apparently, as many brands are beginning their collective and meticulously coordinated launches into all things spring. Still, despite the sunny skies and often 80-degree weather here in So-Cal, I’m just beginning to embrace my love of all things fall/winter. It coould possibly have a little something to do with these boots: Read the rest of this entry…

A Day in the Life: Christmas Edition!

25 Dec

Hey guys! I just wanted to put up a quick post to wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Thank you SO much for all your continued love, support, and friendship! I hope everyone had a wonderful day filled with lots of love, laughter, fun, presents, and–most importantly–good food! :D

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The Beauty Picks: Best Beauty Sets for the Last-Minute Shopper

21 Dec

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Well guys, looks like I’ve done it again–I am always such a procrastinator when it comes to Christmas shopping! Every year, I vow that the next year will be different. And every year, I am stuck shopping late into the night a day or two before Christmas. What can I say? I never claimed to be the most punctual person (working on it!) but I figure I’m probably not alone (I hope!). So, I decided to put together a little holiday gift-guide for my peeps, detailing a few amazing gift sets that are currently available. Cuz you know, there’s nothing that’s more fool-proof and provides that instant “wow” factor like an easy-peasy gift set. :) So without further ad0, here is my 2013 Last-Minute Gift Guide for all the procrastinators out there!

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Winter or Not, I’m Still Loving my Guerlain Bronzers!

15 Dec

Quick post today! Longtime readers of The Beauty Sample know that one of my all-time favorite bronzers is Guerlain’s Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in Brunettes. Immensely flattering and oh-so easy to use, Brunettes is a one-stop product that gives you that wonderful, naturally radiant summery glow without having to worry about applying a separate bronzer, blush, or even highlighter. I reach for mine almost daily, as evident by the amount of pan showing through the powder (though to be fair, it started as a small amount showing through and became larger after I dropped the compact on my bathroom floor :/). That’s a first, for me–I’ve never hit pan in any other cheek product before!–so you know this stuff has got to be good.

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The Sample: May Lindstrom The Complete Skin Experience (Review & Photos)

9 Dec

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Now I know that by now, most of you have heard of May Lindstrom already. A self-proclaimed “skin chef”, May Lindstrom’s eponymous skincare line features products that are all blended and filled by hand in micro-batches, ensuring the freshest, most high-quality products. As May herself tells me, “it’s an incredibly personal and time-consuming process”—and one that obviously pays off. You can really tell that a lot of love goes into each product–you can just feel it. From the lovely logo to the ornate yet incredibly simplistic glass packaging, the whole line screams understated elegance to me. And that’s just on the outside! Within each bottle is an expertly crafted formula that includes such simple ingredients as raw cacao, sea salt, and cinnamon–it’s no wonder May dubs herself a skin chef! The line almost has a DIY-esque feel to it, but to the n-th degree.

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