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Anastasia has a couple of amazing products to keep you looking hot and vibrant this Summer, without melting away!

IMG_5133First I want to talk about Lash Genius Clear Waterproof Topcoat ($21.00).  I reviewed it awhile ago here, and if you followed the recent Waterproof post from Makeup Wars you’ll see that it was featured by almost all of the bloggers!  I personally don’t wear waterproof mascara, but we all need it every once in awhile for various reasons.  How perfect is it that there is a top coat to make any mascara waterproof and it actually works!

The Covet Waterproof Eyeliner ($19.00) applies easily to the lid without tugging and can actually even be used on the waterline.  I liked that it’s self-sharpening and can make a nice, precise line as well as work out something more dramatic.  It’s shown below in Noir.

IMG_5211IMG_5249You think Lash Genius is amazing?  The Brow Genius Kit ($24.00) will blow your mind.  You can create a brow look that is subtle or striking that will absolutely not budge.  How often do we do up our brows with a “stay-all-day” formula and we just aren’t sure if it’s actually staying… so we check.  And check.  All day it’s in the back of your head “are my brows still there or do I look hilarious”?  You can relax.  Use the powder and the gel to create your perfect brow and seal it with the brow sealer.  This set comes with all of that including a mini dual-ended tool with a small slanted brush side and a spoolie side.

IMG_5207Finally, the brightest of them all, the Hypercolor Brow and Lash Tint ($22.00 each).  These have great pigment and vivid colors.  I feel like it’s a lot to just wear this alone (I’m just not that bold!) so I just put the shades right on the tips of my lashes to add some vibrancy to my look.  It tints the brows fully and well, but I can’t say I’ll ever be one to rock that.  The tint is available in three shades - In the Pink, Electric Blue and Ultra-Violet.  Each shade comes with a bonus mini Lash Genius.

IMG_5137 IMG_5141 IMG_5177 IMG_5215 IMG_5224 IMG_5253Anastasia products can be purchased at Sephora, Nordstrom and Ulta as well as online at beauty.com and anastasia.net.

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Anastasia Bold & Beautiful Kit Swatches, Review & EOTD

Introducing the Anastasia Bold & Beautiful Kit!  It’s compact, it’s portable, it’s wearable… it’s basically your travel-ready bestie.  With this slim palette duo, you can expertly work your bedroom eyes and perfect your brows for any occasion.

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What the Nordstrom website says about the Anastasia Bold & Beautiful Kit:

Beauty by the book.

Volume 1 Bold Brows: Brow powder, pomade, mini duo brush and mini tweezers allow you to sculpt, define and beautifully layer color for perfect brows.

Volume 2 Beautiful Eyes: Four matte and shimmering shadows in versatile neutrals are the perfect shades to finish any look. Layer them wet and dry to create anything from a subtle, sheer wash of color to an intense, nude smoky eye.

133 136 137 148 157Volume One.  Create bold brows by using the Brow Powder & Pomade shades provided.  The look is meant to be dramatic, so as long as you blend well and brush the powder through with the provided brush it will look okay.  Tweeze off those stray hairs with the mini-tweezers that are also included in the kit.

196Volume Two.  Create beautiful eyes by blending shades together or using them alone.  All are nicely pigmented and smooth.  I only experienced a bit of fall-out with the darkest shade, shade four.

  • Shade One is a vanilla colored matte
  • Shade Two is a golden pink shimmer (and I think would also make a pretty blush!)
  • Shade Three is a caramel with a slight shimmer to it
  • Shade Four is a deep chocolate with golden shimmer

169The shades can be worn dry for a subtle or smoky look, but can also be worn wet to make the look become much more intense.  Below I used the shades dry to create a subtle yet smoky day-time look.

165 197(L-R: Shade One, Shade Two, Shade Three, Shade Four, Brow Pomade, Brow Powder)

For the EOTD I applied shade three all over the lid, shade two in the crease, shade four in the outer V and shade one to highlight.  The liner is Make Up For Ever 2L Aqua Eyes and the mascara is Neutrogena Healthy Volume.

198The Anastasia Bold & Beautiful Kit retails for $36 and will be available at Ulta, Nordstrom, Sephora Canada, Sephora.com and anastasia.net.

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Anastasia Kisses On My List Volume 2 Hydrafull Gloss Set Swatches & Review – Holiday 2012

This Holiday, in addition to a stunning Eye Shadow Palette, Anastasia has released a Hydrafull Gloss Set in Kisses On My List Volume 2!  Because, when Volume 1 is so popular, you obviously release a second one.  And, later, a third… and so on!

What the Sephora website has to say about the Anastasia Kisses On My List Volume 2 Hydrafull Gloss Set:

What it is:
A limited-edition HydraFull Gloss set that includes three sheer, ultra-hydrating glosses and three new and exclusive Hypercolor glosses.

What it does:
HydraFull Gloss features high shine and bold, long-lasting color that’s clinically proven to improve the appearance and texture of the lips. Hypercolor reacts with your skin’s chemistry to stain your lips a custom hue that is all your own.

This set contains:
- 6 x 0.07 oz in Jolene, Moi, Maggie May, Roxanne, Lola, Sharona

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens

Research results:
Overall clinical results:
- 83% saw improvement in the texture of lips
- 90% reported lips are hydrated
After 10 minutes:
- 90% reported lips are hydrated
- 87% reported the lip gloss provides long lasting moisture
Results after four weeks:
- 83% saw improvement in the texture of lips
- 90% reported lips are hydrated after four weeks

(L-R: Moi, Maggie May, Sharona, Lola, Jolene, Roxanne)

  • Moi is a deep peachy cream.
  • Maggie May is a light peachy nude cream.
  • Sharona is a warm coral shimmer.
  • Lola is a bubblegum pink shimmer.
  • Jolene is a hot pink shimmer.
  • Roxanne is a light raspberry shimmer.

The creams are my favorite to wear, but the ones with shimmer aren’t gritty and aren’t disco ball over-kill.  The pigment is stellar on all six shades and they’re so wonderfully glossy!  Wear time isn’t too long, a few hours sans eating and drinking.

I’ve previously gone over my thoughts on the gloss formula and applicator (shown below), so I’ve gone ahead and reposted it below the pic so you don’t have to go looking for it.

The formula is on the sticky side… a bit more so than a MAC Lipglass (but not as thick), but no where near as bad as a Butter London Lippy.

Rather than a sponge or brush, the applicator is a plastic spatula.  This can be a positive or negative thing, depending on your preference.  On the plus side, it’s a lot easier to be sanitary with this type of applicator.  So, if you’re a makeup artist… or just like to be super clean… huge plus!  However, it doesn’t apply perfectly, and I found I need to swipe it on my finger to apply the best way, leaving me with the messy hands.  Personally, I prefer a sponge doe foot applicator.

In the end, this is a versatile and affordable set.  A great gift for the lip gloss lover on your Holiday 2012 shopping list!

The Anastasia Kisses On My List Volume 2 Hydrafull Gloss Set retails for $30 ($108 value) and is available at Sephora and Anastasia.net.

Anastasia Want You To Want Me Eye Shadow Palette Swatches, Review & EOTD – Holiday 2012

Anastasia is making the most out of the impending Holiday season by releasing a set that contains not only an eye shadow palette filled with 9 shadows, but also a mini eye liner and a mini clear brow gel!  Oh, AND a brush.  All in adorable clutch type form!

The Want You To Want Me Eye Shadow Palette comes complete with eye ball essentials to make your season festive.  Just add mascara!

What the Sephora website has to say about the Want You To Want Me Eye Shadow Palette:

What it is:
A deluxe eye shadow palette featuring an array of nude and plum shades and all that you need for a beautiful holiday look.

What it does:
This mirrored compact with brush features nine matte and pearlized nude and plum shades, Liquid Eye Liner, and Mini Clear Brow Gel to turn your eyes into a velvet goldmine. Illumin8 formula featuring Youthful Synergy Complex® is clinically proven to illuminate, firm, and hydrate the skin. Toss this gorgeous palette in your clutch for touch-ups wherever your night takes you.

This set contains:
- 9 x 0.025 oz Eye Shadow in Platform Wedge, Members Only, Graphic T’s, Iron on, Front Row Center, Ziggy, Brass in Pocket, Power Ballad, Jellies
- 0.085 oz Mini Clear Brow Gel
- 0.17 oz Liquid Eye Liner

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens

Research results:
-Clinical results of shimmer shades showed a 29% increase in skin hydration after one hour
-Consumer results after four weeks showed eyelids appeared 70% firmer and 83% smoother

The clutch opens at the bottom to reveal….

(L-R: Platform Wedge, Members Only, Graphic T’s, Front Row Center)

(L-R: Power Ballad, Brass In Pocket, Ziggy, Jellies, Iron On)

The nine shadows of the palette range from a satiny to frosty, yet all can work together and coordinate well.  The satiny shades tended to feel chalky, and I found them best for a lid color or to soften the edges of the crease for blending.  The frosty shades didn’t feature shimmer overkill and were easily blendable.  All of the shadows wore well over a primer and stood the test of time.. aka a day of wear.  Only two shades gave me noticeable fall-out (and it really wasn’t much) and they were Graphic T’s and Iron On.

The clear brow gel speaks for itself and is fabulous.  The mini black liner has great pigment and dries as a matte black.  The only thing I dislike about it is the brush.  It’s long, thin and flimsy… making it hard to control.  A more novice user may have a hard time with precise and even application.  Included as well is a dual-sided brush.  I’m never a fan of included brushes, but this one will be okay in a pinch!

For the first EOTD look I stuck with something more neutral.  After applying UDPP, I started off applying Front Row Center to the inner corners of the eyes and up.  Power Ballad is on the lid with Brass in Pocket in the crease.  I then took Graphic T’s and placed it in the outer V, blended over through the crease.  I blended out with Members Only and used Platform Wedge to highlight.  The top liner is MAC Teddy Eye Kohl, the bottom is MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl.  The mascara is the Too Faced Lash Extension System.

For the second EOTD look I used the rest of the shades.  Beginning with a thin layer of Urban Decay Primer Potion, I put Jellies all over the lid, Ziggy in the crease, and used Iron On in the outer V (blending into the crease color).  For above the crease up to the brow I applied Front Row Center.  The black liquid liner is part of the set and the mascara is Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill.

Anastasia Want You To Want Me Eye Shadow Palette retails for $34.00 ($90 value) and is available at Sephora and Anastasia.net.

Anastasia SHE WEARS IT WELL Eye Shadow Palette Swatches, Review, and EOTD

Anastasia has got something new for all of you out there who love a neutral yet sultry eye.  The She Wears It Well Eye Shadow Palette features nine shades of pigmented shadows ranging in finishes of matte to shimmer as well as a double sided applicator and mirror for quick and easy touch-ups.

What the Sephora website has to say about the She Wears It Well Eye Shadow Palette:

What it is:
A mirrored palette of nine, pigment-rich matte and shimmer shadows in nude and neutral shades.

What it does:
Classic Hollywood glamour meets modern moxie with this array of shadows that impart a sophisticated smolder to the eyes. Anastasia’s Illumin8 formula features Youthful Synergy Complex®, clinically proven to illuminate, firm, and hydrate the skin.

This set contains:
- 8 x 0.025 oz eye shadows in Glow, Latte, Foxy, Onyx, Trophy, Frosting, Almond, Toffee
- 0.063 oz eye shadow in Sunset
- Double-ended brush

What else you need to know:
This product is dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic.

She Wears It Well is a great go to palette for when you need your morning to be fool-proof.  All of the shades coordinate well together, blend beautifully, and have little to no fall-out (the only shade I experienced some fall-out with was Onyx, and it really wasn’t too bad).

Of the shimmer shadesTrophy is a frosty pale silver taupe, Glow is an antiqued bronze, Latte is a peachy browned taupe, Foxy is a deep chocolate copper, Sunset is a peachy tan and Frosting is a very light pink.

Of the matte shadesOnyx is a deep black (I sometimes have issue with application on a matte black, but this one is amazing), Almond is a light nude, and Toffee is a warm medium brown.

Below, check out the swatches and eye looks that I created using the She Wears It Well Palette!  All arm swatches are done dry and without the use of primer.

Look One

(L-R: Trophy, Glow, Latte, Foxy)

For this eye look I started off using a thin layer of Urban Decay Primer Potion.  Latte was applied to the lid and Glow into and above the crease, blending up.  Foxy was applied to the outer V and blended.  Trophy was placed at the inner corners and blended into and above Glow.  The liner is Make Up Forever 2L Pearly Brown Aqua Eyes and the mascara is Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill.

Look Two

(L-R: Sunset, Frosting, Onyx, Almond, Toffee)

For this eye look I started off using a thin layer of Urban Decay Primer Potion. First I applied Frosting all over the lid.  Toffee was applied into and above the crease and Onyx in the outer V and blended.  Almond was used to blend out Toffee and to highlight.  I placed Sunset below the lower outer part of the eye.  The liner is Make Up Forever 0L Mat Black Aqua Eyes and the mascara is Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill.

Countless looks can be created using these nine shades.  Go out, grab a palette, and have fun!

The Anastasia She Wears It Well Eye Shadow Palette retails for $34.00 and can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, and at the Anastasia website.

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