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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The Sample: Senna Glow Eye Colors in Capri, Coppertina, Cordovan, Emerald, Rose Gold & Sweet Dreams (Review, Swatches & Photos)

27 Nov

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I’ve mentioned Senna Cosmetics several times on this blog (see here, here, and here)–it’s really an awesome brand. Every single product I’ve tried from Senna, I’ve absolutely loved. Truly. I wear their Barely Base almost every single day; for the past few weeks, I’ve worn their Baked Bronzer in Dawn almost exclusively on my cheeks. Their 2 Haute Nudes palettes, Sultry and Mystic, are regular go-to’s of mine. And since I loved all the shadows in their palettes so much, I expected great things from their single shadows.

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The Sample: NEW Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in Nude No.3 (Review, Swatches & Photos)

16 Nov

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And now, for my first actual review in…well, it’s embarrassing. Suffice it to say, it’s been a while. And I’ve had this Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo for a while now so I guess it’s not really “brand spankin’ new” but still…it’s new for fall, right?! Anyway, on to the topic of the day: nude lips. I love a good nude, but I’m also picky about my nudes. I don’t really go nude-nude with my lips because I’ve found that “real” nudes tend to leave me looking a bit…deceased. Sooo, I like to wear my nudes darker and with a healthy dose of pink in them (think Fresh’s Sugar Honey Lip Treatment).

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