Mid-Range Makeup Brands

Laura Geller Kiss & Bake Up 8 Piece Collection Review and Swatches

When I scored the Laura Geller Kiss & Bake Up 8 Piece Collection recently on QVC with free shipping I swear I felt like I won the lotto! When does QVC ever do free shipping right? The kit was $55 bucks plus no shipping? STEAL!

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Loves it!

Click your heels ahead for the review!

Here’s the deets, the kit includes all these fabulous shades of yummy color that will go down so beautifully in the Fall! I was sporting this all weekend and got tons of comments about it. If you wear warm colors well you’ll want to get this kit.

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The kit includes:
  • Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten in Apricot Berry
  • Laura Geller Balance-n-Bronze
  • Laura Geller Spackle Cream
  • Laura Geller Eye Rimz Baked Marbleized Illusion Shadow in Bewitching Bronze
  • Laura Geller Dream Creams in Apricot Berry
  • Retractable lip brush, Eye Rimz Brush, and Double Ended Face and Blush Brush

The kit contains everything you need for a complete face look and of course you can spice things up to create a few looks since the Dream Creams palette has a few color selections to use. All the color cosmetics in the kit are richly pigmented, silky smooth, and blend beautifully. The completed look is very warm and rich, elegant even and ideal for Fall in my opinion. Although it’s Summer I’m already counting the ways I’ll make use of this when the cooler weather sets in.

Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten Blush is an incredible product and I’m the pride owner of a few shades. This is a silky smooth blush that works much the same as a MAC MSF but minus the heavy shimmer, glittery finish. The color that comes with this kit is a swirled peach, berry, golden beige combination. Brightens up cheeks with a flush of peach!

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I’m not a fan of Laura Geller Balance-n-Bronze as the bronze side is a tad too sheer and a bit chalky however the product is split so it houses the bronzer on one and the brighten powder on the other. Laura’s Balance-n-Brighten is a fabulous product that brightens the face and erases dullness for a flawless look. This part of the split pan I like but I could take or leave the bronzer side.


Laura Geller Eye Rimz Baked Marbleized Illusion Shadow in Bewitching Bronze is a rich, deep chocolate brown. This is an incredible color that works fantastic on my doe brown eyes. The shade has a tiny twinkle of gold that’s very subtle and pretty.


And finally the Laura Geller Dream Creams Palette (my favorite item) is a quad of four creamy lip colors that apply beautifully well. These are pigmented little gems of lip color and can be used together or separately to create a full, luscious pout!

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Also included with the kit is Laura’s Speckle Cream for prepping and priming prior to applying makeup and three brushes. All the brushes in the kit are quite good quality for the price.


All in all I think the kit is an absolute steal and a rather great item for Fall. Even with shipping it still ends up a really great deal. I highly suggest picking one up if you like warmer shades. The kit is undeniably gorgeous and Muse Approved for purchase! If you’re interested the kit is under item number A90709 on QVC.

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Here’s the completed look using the kit:

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Loves it, simply loves it!

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Sneak Peek: Stila Fall Collection 2009 Stila Kitten Lip Glaze Review and Swatches

If you were busy admiring my gloss in my Stila Kitten Smudge Pot post, allow me to tell you all about it. Along with it’s new Fall Collection Stila is releasing a brand new lip glaze in the Kitten color.


Good news for Kitten lovers I’m sure.

Jump for it.

First off, allow me to remind you Kitten has already been formulated in an LE gloss back in Summer 2008. No offense Stila but I really didn’t dig that gloss so I’m quite happy, ecstatic actually that Stila went ahead and re-released the shade in lip glaze formula.

Stila Lip Glaze is quite nice in general. Nicely pigmented, plenty of tack and stick for a long wearing formula, and a great click pen for application. Loves it!

Adding the shade Kitten to the line is fantastic as it pairs beautifully with Kitten shadow and the likes and as I said the original gloss formula wasn’t particularly great but lip glaze is by all means a beautiful gloss.


The Lip Glaze shade is considerably richer when compared to the shadow. It has a bit of pink sparkle to it but heavily golden beige for the most part. The shade is flattering for Fall without question but works well in the Summer sun as well!

If you’ve been longing for Kitten in gloss formula here’s your chance. Stila Kitten Lip Glaze releases this September as part of the Stila Fall Collection, Stila Smitten with Kitten.

Sportin’ Kitten On My Lips

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Urban Decay Fall Collection 2009: Urban Decay Ink for Eyes Review and Swatches

Ahh Urban Decay you sure do please this Fall with your incredible new collection! It’s such a thrilling time for Fall Collections this year and I can’t begin to tell you how exciting it is to see them all pop up and about. Urban Decay did a particularly incredible job this year with it’s Fall Collection and I’m quite excited to see the release of many, many new items. I was slightly worried that many brands would make subtle little releases due to poor consumer spending so it’s an utter relief to see so many great releases.

One such release is the Urban Decay Ink For Eyes that totally floored me with it’s innovative packaging, likey!


Check out the review and swatches after the jump!

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes is housed in a slick slim line case decorated with a pretty peacock, no one can say this packaging isn’t ace. Loving all over the packaging for a few reasons. I love that I can tuck these easily away for quickie touch ups as they are so small and slim it’s easy to travel with them. I love that they include dual ended brushes for application. Line eyes with the flat brush and smudge with the smudger sponge. Love the mirror tucked inside each case too! It’s just a really unique take on cream liner packaging and quite interesting, adorable really.


The liner inside each case was at first a disappointment because they had shipped in the heat and ended up quite soft and melty. I sat them in my fridge for about an hour and proceeded to fall in love soon after. The formula is creamy and richly pigmented. They smudge quite nicely too which is always a plus. I do find potted liners sometimes smudge crummy but these really smudge nicely which lends a mysterious look to eyes and will be ideal for smoky eyes. The liner doesn’t smear during so one line application and you’re done, of course build it up for a more dramatic look by all means. Formula is paraben free plus Urban Decay doesn’t test animals which should appeal to our green makeup lovers.


The liner comes in six shades so far but knowing Urban Decay I imagine you’ll see even more brilliant shades released in the not so distant future. You can go with potted liner anywhere really but if you’re wanting to step it up with bolder shades, Urban Decay is your girl.

The shades released thus far are:

  • Demolition-brown
  • Binge-deep midnight blue (almost looks purple
  • Empire-dark purple
  • Loaded-forest green
  • Pyrotechnics-iridescent glitter
  • Zero-black


My fav shades are Zero, Demolition, and Loaded. Pyrotechnics is simply a clear base with a hint of shimmery glitter so you won’t get big color payoff with this but I find that a dab in the inner corners of the eyes and a bit lined under the eyes brightens things up nicely. It’s one of the only colors I didn’t swatch successfully as it didn’t show up too well in a photo but don’t overlook it, it’s actually a very nice little shade.

All in all if you’re a fan of UD you’re going to want to haul these or if you’re scared of liquid liners and aren’t too keen on pencils, cream is definitely the way to go for ease of application. The slick, fun packaging is an interesting take on boring old potted liners!

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Sneak Peek: Stila Fall Collection 2009 Stila Kitten Smudge Pot Review and Swatches Stila Smitten with Kitten Collection

Stila roars (or maybe meows?) into Fall with brand new Kitten goodies that are sure to please. Here’s a little sneak peek review at the brand new Stila Kitten Smudge Pot releasing this September at Sephora.


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Stila introduced Kitten Eyeshadow way back when in 1997. I do believe this was just around the time I was getting into Stila and can recall Kitten being a fast favorite. I’m not the only one as many a fan will attest that Stila Kitten Eyeshadow is a cult fav! With it’s universally flattering combination of pink and beige champagne it’s one of those soft shadows that’s brilliant for dressing up or down with. Many a fan are Smitten with this Kitten.

The release of Stila Smitten with Kitten Collection for Fall 2009 includes two new smudge pots and one new lipglaze.

You’ll be seeing Stila Kitten Smudge Pot and Stila Kitten Lip Glaze today in separate reviews and later this week I’ll be showing you Stila Black Cat Smudge Pot which is also apart of this sweet collection. Kitten has been done prior to this in a cream form and also a gloss in the Summer 2008 but it’s still very nice to see it released in a smudge pot and lip glaze format.


Stila Smudge Pots are great multitasking tools to use as a shadow primer, an all over shadow color, liner, or go crazy and use on cheeks and brow bone for a pretty highlighter. Stila Kitten Smudge Pot is a gorgeous blend of pink ad beige champagne with a shimmer finish. This smudge pot is particularly great if you’re not in love with the fall out from the powder format of Kitten as this blends easily onto the eye minus clean up after use.


Stila Smitten with Kitten is a Muse Approved for purchase. It’ll be available from Stila in September but I suspect you’ll see it towards the end of August.

If you’re a lover of Kitten you’ll sure to want to peep at this collection!

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Sportin’ Stila Kitten Smudge Pot on my eyes and Stila Kitten Lip Glaze (review and swatches upcoming) on my lips!

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Summer Loving Giveaway: Urban Decay Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation Giveaway

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If you’re lemming the new Urban Decay Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation here’s your chance to get some. I have a brand new, much coveted foundation from the Urban Decay’s Fall Collection for 2009 to give away!

Place your name and email address in the widget below for your chance to win one of two shades. The winner’s shade is Hallucination which is for lightly tanned skin tones.


The contest is open to everyone including worldwide readers, the winner will be randomly selected next Monday and contacted via email.

Good luck!

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