Boxwalla Beauty Box Review, April 2016

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I’ve mentioned Boxwalla before—I’ve been a subscriber to other “beauty box” brands in the past, but this one really seems to fit my tastes and needs. It’s bi-monthly, and it’s pricier than some others, but the products are unusual and exceptionally good, and they all come from small, independent businesses.

I received my April box a little over a week ago, and I’ve been busily trying the five items inside.  Continue reading “Boxwalla Beauty Box Review, April 2016”

5 Products for “Low-Makeup” Days

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I wear makeup whenever I leave the house, i.e. every day; more for work or evenings, of course, and less on weekends or days off when I plan to stay local. I don’t really “do” no-makeup days, but do have a low-makeup (lo-makeup?) routine that’s slightly more streamlined than my office look or my night-out look. Here are five tried-and-true products for days when I’m keeping things simple.

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Product Review: Smashbox Baked Fusion Soft Lights (Baked Starblush)

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As I’ve probably mentioned before, I don’t indulge in every cosmetics category as deeply as I do in lipstick. I own just two blushes, for example, and a few single-serving samples of bronzer and highlighter, and I usually find that’s enough for me to have on hand.

However, when I received an offer of this combination blush-highlighter from Smashbox, I was so taken by its rose-y colors and its fun pinwheel effect that I had to accept.

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Product Review: Paul & Joe Cheek Color Fall 2015 Limited Edition

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Although I tend to accumulate more lipsticks and perfumes than I need, I actually don’t own many blushes. My current collection is comprised of one Sunday Riley blush (nearly empty) and one Milano blush from the drugstore. This Paul & Joe Cheek Color, a limited edition for Fall 2015, is going to replace the Sunday Riley.

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Product Review: Nonie Creme/Colour Prevails Classic Lip Duo Lipstick/Gloss in Vintage Rose (01), with Swatch

colour prevails vintage roseHere’s another review from my drugstore mini-binge on Nonie Creme/Colour Prevails products! This is Colour Prevails’ Classic Lip Duo, including lipstick and lip gloss, in the wonderfully named shade Vintage Rose (01). I know — how could I resist?

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Product Review: Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Colourwash Comfort Balm

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Last week I mentioned that I’d stopped into Duane Reade to get out of the rain and ended up buying a few products from the new makeup brand Colour Prevails (see here). Colour Prevails is the latest project from Nonie Creme, a longtime fashion-world manicurist and the former creative director of Butter London, a trend-setting nail polish brand introduced in 2005.

Colour Prevails promises to make advanced formulas and on-trend colors available in a drugstore setting—a “masstige” cosmetics collection, if you will! The brand’s packaging is eye-catching, with colorful butterfly-wing designs and shiny goldtone accents. It looks almost retro-80s, with a nod to the 60s. Also, the prices are very reasonable—many items are under $10, and the most expensive item is an 8-pan eyeshadow palette for $19.

I’ll be writing a few reviews of my Colour Prevails acquisitions over the coming weeks, beginning with a few thoughts about Colour Wash Comfort Balm.

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Preview: Nonie Creme/Colour Prevails Lash Ombre Mascara, Colour Wash Comfort Balm, Classic Lip Duo (Lipstick/Gloss)

IMG_20150625_101645846 Manhattan has more Duane Reade drugstores than I can count. They seem to multiply on their own, and some of the newer ones are quite large. I recently entered a Duane Reade looking for something specific and realized that I was in the same DR store I’d visited ten minutes ago, except that on my first visit I’d entered and exited from another door located around the corner and nearly a block away…if that makes any sense.

Anyway, I got caught in a rainstorm one night this week and popped into the nearest Duane Reade—just a few feet away!—to wait and stay dry. I ended up transfixed by displays of cosmetics from the new Circa and Nonie Creme/Color Prevails lines. This happened. Reviews to follow.