Lily Lolo Coralista Cheek Duo*

Have you met Lily Lolo? This London-based natural beauty brand has me looking and feeling fresh and naturally radiant with their Coralista Cheek Duo.* This peaches and cream palette features two texturally exquisite powders that will seriously get you glowing. While these beautiful shades are certainly something to covet, it’s the formula that will have you wanting more…

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Free Love Beauty Sunchild Illuminating Oil for Body & Hair

Makeup Artist, aesthetician and the beauty blogger behind freelovebeauty.com, Lauren Van Loo, launches her new skin care line with the namesake Free Love Beauty. I’ve been a great fan of FLB and have much-anticipated this new debut. Lauren and I have very similar taste in all things beauty, and before I had the opportunity to sample a product from her new line, I knew her products would deeply resonate with me – and sure enough I adore Lauren’s recent release of her Sunchild Illuminating Oil*!

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La Bella Figura Beauty ‘Limited Edition’ Radiant Crème Blush in Disco Queen Gloria

La Bella Figura Beauty is ‘more than makeup’. It’s skin care first, with the added element of color. The Radiant Crème blush from LBF is brimming with an exquisite selection of nourishes oils and waxes, and anti-aging antioxidants. As you apply your blush, you can be certain that your treating your skin with the finest all-natural and organic ingredients.

Ingredients: Camellia Oleifera (Camellia Seed Oil)*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Trichilia Emetica (Marfura) Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Cetearly Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Wax), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Wax, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Powder, Kaolinite (White Clay) Powder, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Barbary Fig) Seed Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Terminalia Ferinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Schisandra Sphenanthera (Schisandra) Fruit CO2 Extract, Bertholletia Excelsa Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower CO2 Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract*, May Contain-(+/-Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491, (Mica) CI 77019

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The Radiant Crème blush in Disco Queen Gloria has a sublime creamy texture that blends out beautifully. It adds moisture to the skin, as well as a healthy dose of radiance. Disco Queen Gloria is a stunning rose shade with subtle golden shimmer. The blush easily builds for a more dramatic effect. The textural result is natural with luminous pigment. With a combination of natural essential oils, the Cream blush has a lovely calming fragrance that smells, of well, skin care. Feel free to apply the cream blush anywhere. It wears beautifully on eyes and lips as well.

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Disco Queen Gloria is my first indulgence into the world of La Bella Figura Beauty and will certainly not be my last. The Cream blush is a pure gem.

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(wearing Disco Queen Gloria on cheeks, on eyes over a red-brown shadow, and on lips over RMS Lip to Cheek in Illusive)

Disco Queen Gloria $36

labellafigurabeauty.com

Tom Ford Spring 2014 Lip Color Conditioner in Pink Dune

Tom Ford’s Spring Makeup Collection features eight new ‘limited edition’ lip shades, along with four new Nail Lacquers. These Lip Color Sheers are a new formula for Spring/Summer have a sheer, shimmering finish. Tom Ford’s traditional brown retro-chic lacquered lipstick case got a makeover too.

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Pink Dune instantly captivated me. I tried hard not to succumb to the allure of this radiant beauty, but I fell hard. This sheer peach shade contains a tinge of pink and a multitude of golden shimmer. The formula is creamy with a luminous sheen. It wears quite well and feels comfortable. The Lip Color Conditioners contain Tom Ford’s standard vanilla scent that isn’t overly fragrant. It easily layers for a bit more coverage without feeling heavy.

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Pink Dune

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Pink Dune pairs perfectly with Incandescent Nail Lacquer as seen in this photo.

Pink Dune $49 

neimanmarcus.com, bloomingdales.com

Tom Ford #02 Incandescent ‘limited edition’ Nail Lacquer for Spring 2014

Tom Ford’s Spring 2014 Beauty Collection is the ultimate new release. The collection contains four Nail Lacquer and eight Lip Conditioners in stunning seasonal shades. The collection readies my spirit for summer with shades of coral, sand, skin and sunshine. Onto my picks…

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First off, I must bring about attention to the exquisite white lacquer and gold packaging *swoons*.  Incandescent #02 is the mere jewel of the collection. This metallic rose gold shimmers flecks of silver and gold in the sunshine.

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I found Incandescent to apply rather easily, covering in one coat. Some streaking is only noticeable in natural and bright sun, otherwise it appears rather flawless. It dries rather quickly, which is probably due to the fact that it is a metallic shade. The formula wore a good five days, without any wear to note. As someone who often keeps busy with their hands, that is pretty exceptional for me.

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If you are going to pick up anything from the collection, I would certainly recommend this metallic beauty. It might be the only accessory you need this summer. I also picked up a Lip Conditioner in Pink Dune (review to follow).

Tom Ford Incandescent $32

nordstrom.com, saks.com, neimanmarcus.com

Have you picked up anything from the collection?

ILIA Cosmic Dancer ‘Limited Edition’ Iluminator

ILIA’s new ‘limited edition’ highlighter in Cosmic Dancer will deliver an enviable glow to your complexion this holiday season. 

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Cosmic Dancer is a warmed up version of ILIA’s best-selling Illuminator Polka Dots and Moonbeams. This golden-hued highlighter delivers the most believable glow as it nurtures and conditions the skin. It contains all natural and organic ingredients, including Rose Hip Oil, Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E to keep skin healthy and happy.

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Cosmic Dancer perfectly illuminates the high points of one’s face. Apply is to cheekbones, brow bones, cupid’s bow, bridge of nose and the inner corners of the eye’s. Cosmic Dancer is not well suited for paler complexions.

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I suggest to hurry and pick up Commic Dancer before its gone. It is also available to purchase in a duo along with the complementing golden gloss in White Rabbit.

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ILIA Cosmic Daner $34

I got mine at beautyhabit.com

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Cythère for Spring 2013

Newly released from NARS for Spring 2013 is the Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Cythère. Already a fan of the Nars lip pencils I was excited to swatch this shade from the new collection. There is something about the jumbo-sized crayon packaging that greatly appeals to me. Perhaps it is due to my brief stint as a ‘expert colorer’ during my childhood.

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Cythère is a soft metallic rose with multi-colored shimmer. The formula glides on lips beautifully, leaving opaque color. It is not especially glossy but provides the lips with lots of shine and hours of wear. The formula remains firm inside the pencil packaging and does not become messy upon use or after sharpening. Nars Lip Pencils will fit in any standard jumbo-sized makeup pencil sharpener.

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Cythère is gorgeous glimmering-nude when worn on its own. I can see paring it with a pop of color on the eyes along with a tan and some rose-gold jewels. Layering it on top of a lip color will add a lovely metallic finish and provide some depth, as shown in the last photo.

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(wearing NARS Cythère alone)

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(NARS Cythère applied to the middle of lips on top of MAC Redd Lip Pencil)

 Are you a fan of the NARS Lip Pencils? What are your thoughts on Cythère?