beauty haul: my sephora holiday 2012 gift list, including gifts from stila, buxom, nars and more

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Stila Snow Angel Color Palette & Stay All Day™ Waterproof Volumizing Mascara, $28. Photo: Sephora.

Every Christmas, I have been lucky enough to have parents who still go all out (even though I’m 25). Now that I have the money to spend on presents as well, it makes Christmas morning that much better seeing what my parents and brothers will open up underneath the tree from me. With that being said, this year my dad told me I could order a bunch of stuff from Sephora (which, of course, I can’t open until Christmas morning). I decided to make a beauty haul post, with an overview of the products on my Sephora Christmas list. Some of these are staple products of mine, and some of them I am trying out for the first time.

My Sephora Holiday 2012 Gift List:

  • Stila Snow Angel Color Palette & Stay All Day™ Waterproof Volumizing Mascara ($28, pictured above): After buying Stila’s In the Light Eyeshadow Palette (and reviewing it here) I jumped to buy this beautiful palette, complete with 12 cheek colors and 18 eyeshadows. I absolutely love Stila‘s eyeshadows; I find them to be highly pigmented and (with the help of a shadow primer) they stay on for the duration of my day. This festive snowflake-shaped palette contains eyeshadow shades that are perfect for both day and night, combining natural colors with some darker browns and grays that can be applied either wet or dry. The set also contains a deluxe Stay All Day™ Waterproof Volumizing Mascara as well as a step-by-step artistry look book.
  • Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil ($24 for 1.7 oz.): I have been using this product for a few months
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    Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil, $24. Photo: Sephora.

    now and this will be my second bottle (it lasts a pretty good amount of time — not a GREAT amount of time, but not a bad amount either). This oil actually HEALS your hair, making it stronger, thanks to organic bamboo and smoother thanks to organic kendi oil. I always find that many oils/serums such as this make my hair greasy-looking, but this oil works almost flawlessly for me (in small amounts, of course). It banishes frizz and gives off a beautiful shine thanks to vital nutrients. It also is formulated for maximum color retention. I use it on damp hair as I’m styling and then add a bit more if necessary to dry hair before using Bumble and bumble Does It All Spray (below) to lock in my look.

  • Bumble and bumble Does It All Styling Spray ($26 for 10 oz.): I have been using this styling spray for quite some time and I finally decided to get the full-sized version. I never liked hairspray — I find it to be too sticky and it often dries out my hair, making me add
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    Bumble and bumble Does It All Styling Spray, $26. Photo: Sephora.

    more oil or serum, making it pointless to wear any hairspray at all. This spray is a true “styling spray” that provides hair with flexible hold and allows you to style by bending, twisting and molding hair into shape. You can also use this spray as a heat protector/styler and then spray a light mist to finish off any look. While reading reviews of this product on Sephora’s website, one user even said it was recommended to her to use this product as a dry shampoo for next-day hair and it worked out great for her. I’m excited to try that suggestion.

  • BUXOM The Headliners Collection ($42): I initially searched for a BUXOM mascara to add to my list, as a friend at work uses it and I was shocked at how wonderful it made my lashes look (think Benefit They’re Real! Mascara with even more separation). I am
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    BUXOM The Headliners Collection, $42. Photo: Sephora.

    currently in the process of growing my lashes back from bad OCD by picking out my mascara (and my lashes go with it). BUXOM’s Amplified Lash Mascara truly made my lashes look more voluminous and it gave them that false-lash look with the crazy amount of separation that I have never seen before with any other mascara (and I have tried a lot). This collection also includes three other products I have never tried (but I’m super excited about): BUXOM Big & Healthy Lip Stick in Sydney, an actual stick for your lips that defines the shape of lips like a liner, fills them with a creamy color and then plumps them in true BUXOM fashion; BUXOM Insider Eyeliner in Onyx, a silky eyeliner blend that contains healthy antioxidants and vitamins to protect delicate skin at the lash line and boasts rich, long-wearing color; BUXOM Buxom Big & Healthy™ Lip Polish in Dani, a bestselling lipgloss that is supposed to instantly create the look of fuller lips with luminous shine, formulated with vitamins for moisture and protection; and, BUXOM Stay-There™ Eyeshadow in Pug, a smoky pewter color, infused with minerals , soothing Aloe extract and Vitamin E, with a non-greasy long-wearing finish. It seems highly pigmented so I am excited to try it.

  • NARS Mini Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo in Orgasm/Laguna (

    $24 for 0.17 oz.)Over the years I have tried

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    NARS Mini Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo in Orgasm/Laguna, $24. Photo: Sephora.


    many blushes and bronzers and always seem to come back to this duo. I am more partial to shimmer-pigmented colors and these two definitely give off that subtle flush and summery glow. I have not much more to say except that the Orgasm/Laguna combo seems to be the perfect shades for my light to medium sort-of-olivey complexion. If you just can’t seem to find the perfect blush or bronzer, these might be the right shades for you.

  • Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler ($16): I’ve been needing a
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    Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler, $16. Photo: Sephora.

    simple lash curler for awhile now, read the reviews on Sephora’s website and decided to buy this one. It comes in a bunch of pretty colors and people said they get a nice curl without having to hold it very long. Also, most of the other eyelash curlers at Sephora are around the same price range, so I figured I would buy the one that comes in pink. 🙂

  • Ciaté Caviar Manicure™ ($25): I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about these cute caviar beads for your nails. I heard that they fall off a
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    Ciaté Caviar Manicure™, $25. Photo: Sephora.

    lot and don’t last very long. I also heard, however, that they look just as cool as they do in the photos and they are easy to apply. Either way, I want to try it out. Sephora is pretty much sold out of all the Ciaté Caviar Manicure™ kits, so I had to go with the black caviar pearls/opaque black polish kit, which I don’t mind at all. I’m excited to rock this edgy look. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  • Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 in Creme Glow ($32 for 1.5 oz.): Last but not least on my holiday gift list is Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm (BB Cream). I am almost out of my current Too
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    Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 in Creme Glow, $32. Photo: Sephora.

    Faced BB Cream, so it is about time to buy another one anyway. I love this beauty balm: it’s creamy, glides on smooth, gives off a radiant glow and masks imperfections on your face by depositing a slight bit of color. I reviewed this BB Cream awhile ago (post can be found here). Beauty balms are a wonder makeup product, and this particular one from Too Faced has all the following benefits: it tints, primes, protects, nourishes and prevents skin from future issues. It contains an anti-aging multimineral complex, enhances luminosity, features SPF 20 sun protection and comes in four shades so you can find your perfect match. This isn’t a foundation, however, so don’t expect the BB Cream to be too “matchy”. I also have found that this BB Cream is a lot smoother than some other brands, which tend to be cake-y.

Let me know if you try out any of these products in the comment section below 🙂

product of the week: review of smashbox’s photo finish luminizing foundation primer

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Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Primer. $38. Photo courtesy of

So I took a bit of a hiatus there for a few weeks. I haven’t been doing much and I guess I wasn’t inspired enough to blog. It seems that every late November through December gets hectic and anxiety-ridden, with thoughts of how you’re going to pay for presents (or pay down credit cards to pay for presents) overshadowing the joyous holiday season. But, I have read a few of my favorite blogs, glanced through the beauty sections of my favorite magazines and even ordered a couple “How To Be A Successful Blogger” books from Amazon. So, the blogging inspiration has finally struck and I hope to write a bunch of posts in the next few days, many of them filled with holiday-themed gifts and goodies to get myself back into the “joy” of this wonderful beauty gift-giving season.

Product Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer

I started a draft of this post a couple weeks ago so that I could do a product review on my newest primer love: Smashbox’s Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer ($38 for 1 oz.). I always jump to buy products that are supposed to give you that luminous, dewy finish and I am happy to say this product is one of them. I heard such great things about Smashbox‘s primers; there are nine different primers for under-foundation use – truly one for every skin type.

This primer is the first thing I put on my face during my daily makeup routine (after moisturizer, of course). I apply it with my fingers and instantly see how it fills my pores and “lines” (I have young skin, so I don’t have too many lines — but it certainly blurs imperfections), just like the product description boasts. I wouldn’t wear Smashbox’s luminizing primer by itself, as it makes my face look a little too shiny, although, when applied under my BB Cream and foundation, this primer adds a dewy glow to the rest of my daily routine. This primer acts as a canvas for foundation (and BB Cream), extending the staying time of both products throughout the day.

Smashbox’s Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer comes complete with a silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants that smooths and perfects skin, formulated with Vitamins A, C, and E, Grape Seed Extract and Green Tea for antioxidant protection. It is also oil-free and formulated without parabens. I find that this primer does go on silky-smooth, creating the perfect base for the rest of my makeup. My foundation and BB Cream stay put all day long and my face gives off a much more luminous glow than it ever did with other primers I have used.

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Smashbox’s website has a Primer Finder so that you can find your perfect product from their award-winning collection. Photo courtesy of Smashbox.

The Breakdown: Overview of Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primers. Find your perfect primer:

Smashbox’s award-winning line of primers comes complete with nine different formulas for every skin type. Smashbox’s website also has a Primer Finder so that you can find your perfect shade. Here is a breakdown of the foundation primers Smashbox has to offer:

Many of these primers by Smashbox have won various awards from beauty magazines, websites and stores. Check out the links above for a more in-depth description of each.

product of the week: theBalm cosmetics mary-lou manizer luminizing powder/highlighter product review

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theBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizing Powder/Highlighter, $24. Photo copyright HUSH Beauty 2012.

I’ve been meaning to do a product review on the Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm Cosmetics for awhile, and it’s just about time to make a Product of the Week post, so I decided to combine the two. I received a sample size of this amazing highlighting powder with my October 2012 Birchbox shipment and as soon as I ran out I went straight to to order the full-size version.

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theBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizing Powder/Highlighter, $24. Photo copyright HUSH Beauty 2012.

The Mary-Lou Manizer is my new favorite product. It is a perfect honey hue and I use it as an eyeshadow, highlighter and all-over shimmer. I love using a blending eyeshadow brush to apply it to my brow bone, and then I use it all over the face as a shimmer before I apply my blush and bronzer. If the blush/bronzer combo comes out too heavy, I dust a little bit of this luminizing powder around the edges to soften the pigments from my blush and bronzer.

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theBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizing Powder/Highlighter, $24. Photo copyright HUSH Beauty 2012.

This versatile luminizer gives off a “soft-focus glow” wherever you apply it. It contains light-reflecting silica particles that conceal blemishes and fine lines, making it a wonderful illuminating “cover-up”. The honey color deposits a sheer shimmer, blurring imperfections. The Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm Cosmetics makes you look good in all kinds of light settings, leaving your face with a fresh glow.

Birchbox suggests to use a blush brush and sweep this luminizing powder on cheekbones, layering over foundation. You can also apply directly to bare skin for a low-maintenance beauty routine that instantly enhances your features. Birchbox also suggests to use your fingertips or a shadow brush to wear as a shadow, or adding a bit of luminizer to the bridge of your nose and/or lower lash line to illuminate your whole face.

I have never heard of theBalm Cosmetics until I received the sample size of this product in my October 2012 Birchbox shipment. The Mary-Lou Manizer is available for $24 from and theBalm Cosmetics’s website. You can also buy this product from at the discounted price of $20.40.

what we’re wearing: product review of urban decay naked skin weightless ultra definition liquid makeup/foundation

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Urban Decay Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, $38. Photo copyright HUSH Beauty 2012.

I decided to write this product review on Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup awhile ago when the foundation first came out (late this past summer). Since I wanted to re-design the blog before I posted some serious content I never finished the post. I bought this foundation the minute it came out and I am currently on my third bottle (I’ve run out and had to buy a new one about once a month so far). This foundation is absolutely perfect on my “normal” to “combination” (I’m oily in the t-zone) skin, feeling truly “weightless” as it really doesn’t have that heavy, caked-on effect that comes along with wearing many other foundations.

For years I was using different foundations that Chanel put out, including their current Chanel Vitalumiere Moisture-Rich Radiance Fluid Makeup ($55, I find that Urban Decay’s Naked Skin is a lot more lightweight than the Chanel foundations I have used, and it leaves such a flawless look on my face. These factors, combined with the price difference (UD’s is a bit cheaper), made me change my brand of liquid foundation to Urban Decay for the last few months. I’m sure this product will soon become part of the HUSH Beauty Seal of Approval group.

First, I’d like to say that I absolutely hate it when foundation feels heavy and caked-up on my skin. I was never a fan of powder foundation for this reason — they often end up cakey and blotchy on my face. Liquid foundations, however, leave my skin with a much more even tone, blurring imperfections and adding radianceUrban Decay’s Naked Skin Foundation is so lightweight that you really do feel like your skin is naked, and it never cakes or blotches.

Urban Decay’s Naked Skin has a formula that is supposed to mimic the beautiful skin you were born with, creating a natural and luminous demi-matte finish. This foundation is formulated with light-diffusing spheres, which leaves your face looking professionally retouched, with hardly a hint of makeup weight. The finish is matte but never flat, and luminous at the same time, without adding unnecessary shine to your skin.

Every woman is different, with different skin types and tones. Naked Skin allows for buildable coverage so that you can customize your look and comes in a “meticulously-calibrated range of shades” that really covers all of the different, beautiful skin tones. Urban Decay has formulated a precise shade numbering system for its Naked Skin Foundation to include both warm skin tones (which end in “.0”) and cool skin tones (which end in “.5”). The range of colors starts at 0.5 — a fair, porcelain shade with subtle pink undertones — and ends at 12 — a dark shade with deep, golden undertones. I was so surprised at the range of colors this foundation offers (there are 18 in all) — Urban Decay really hit almost every skin tone that exists, and I don’t think any other company has made a foundation that comes in such a wide range of precise colors.

Aside from the flawless, luminous, “baby skin” look, Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Foundation loads skin with nourishing ingredients including Matrixyl 3000 (a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide), protective and brightening Litchiderm, Green Tea antioxidant and Sodium Hyaluronate for optimal skin hydration and nutrient absorption. It is formulated without Parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan. It comes in a sleek pump bottle with allows more control and less waste of the product.

I’m using Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Liquid Makeup  in shade 4.5 — a medium-light shade with rose undertones. Urban Decay has set up a comprehensive foundation shade finder on their website where you can figure out which one of their 18 shades is perfect for you. They have also set up a page where you can put in the product and shade of foundation you are currently using (or one similar to what you currently use) and “switch” it to your perfect Naked Skin shade.

I honestly feel like I have found the perfect foundation for my skin. It feels like I have little to no makeup on my face while leaving a luminous finish. Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Foundation leaves skin looking professionally retouched while its ingredients protect and nourish skin. Let me know what you think if you decide to try it out 🙂

Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup is available for $38 from Urban Decay’s website, ULTA, Sephora and any other store that sells Urban Decay products.

what we’re wearing: product review of stila’s in the light eyeshadow palette

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Stila In the Light Eyeshadow Palette, $39.

Last week, I wrote about Sephora’s Beauty Insider Holiday It Kits: free with any online Sephora purchase of $25 or more. I chose the “In the Glow” It Kit, which came complete with a bunch of deluxe sample-size makeup, skincare and fragrance products. In my kit I received a sample “card” of the Stila In the Light Eyeshadow Palette and I loved it. I was about to order a product from Birchbox (Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm cosmetics – the most perfect highlighter I have ever used), and I saw that they carried this Stila palette, so I threw that into my online shopping cart as well and decided to write a product review on the Stila In the Light Eyeshadow Palette.

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Stila In the Light Eyeshadow Palette, $39.

The palette comes in natural packaging – very cute and to the point. It includes 10 eyeshadows, one Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Damsel (a beautiful deep, dark brown), and one “lookbook” that gives you instructions on how to create certain eyeshadow looks using the colors and eyeliner in the palette.

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Stila’s In the Light Eyeshadow Palette, $39, comes with a lookbook to create different looks using the colors in the palette.

This palette is a true “natural colors” palette. I know that many of you swear by Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes, but I bought the Stila one because I was so impressed by the consistency and staying power of these colors. Don’t get me wrong, I love Urban Decay‘s eyeshadows, but I fell in love with this Stila palette because of the range of colors it includes. It can be compared to UD’s original Naked Palette in that it has both warm and cool colors, but I think Stila’s are the absolute perfect shades.

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Stila In the Light Eyeshadow Palette, $39.

This palette also has a wonderful mix of shimmery colors and matte colors. I am a sucker for shimmer shades on my eyes, and I never really owned perfect matte colors. Finally, with this palette, I get the best of both worlds. “Bare” and “Bliss” are two absolutely perfect nude matte eyeshadow colors, while “Sandstone” (light cocoa) and “Ebony” (black) are darker matte colors that you can use for the sultry, smoky eye look. “Kitten” and “Bubbly” can be mixed with the lighter matte colors for a shimmery nude look, while “Sunset” (canyon pink), “Gilded Gold” (golden brown) and “Luster” (dark aubergine) can be used in the crease of your eyelid as slightly darker shimmer colors.

Night Sky” is a beautiful grey-blue, and I know that many of you might shy away from blues, but this is a true “natural” blue color that can really make your eyes pop if used properly. I recommend using it on the lid, with “Ebony” in the crease for a very glamourous look on a night out.

This palette also comes with a full-sized eyeliner, Stila’s Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Damsel. I only ever wear dark-colored liners, and this deep, dark brown is a perfect shade. I recently raved about Chanel’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in a HUSH Beauty Seal of Approval post, and this eyeliner from Stila is actually a wonderful alternative. It glides on smooth, just like the Chanel pencil, and it has serious staying power. I never tried Stila’s eyeliner up until now and I am impressed and very happy with it.

Stila’s In the Light Eyeshadow Palette can be purchased for $39 from Stila’s website, Sephora, Birchbox, ULTA and anywhere else that carries Stila products. Let me know if you try it out 🙂


product of the week: product review of too faced tinted beauty balm (b.b. cream)

Too Faced Beauty Balm in Creme Glow Product Review. Photo courtesy of Sephora.

Too Faced Beauty Balm in Creme Glow ($32). Photo courtesy of Sephora.

Even though Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm is Product of the Week this week, it could easily be categorized under “What We’re Wearing” or even a HUSH Beauty Seal of Approval product since it has quickly become one of my absolute favorite staples in my daily makeup routine. This is the first beauty balm (BB cream) I have used and I just recently integrated this type of product into my daily beauty routine a few months ago. I am currently on my second tube of Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm and, unless I try a sample of some other brand of BB Cream that I absolutely adore, I don’t see myself switching up brands anytime soon.

So, of course, I decided to feature this product as Product of the Week and write a product review on Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm. BB Creams have only just recently (this year) made their appearance in Western markets. For years, women in east and southeast Asian countries like South Korea and Japan have been using BB creams (blemish balms) on their face to achieve that babydoll look of healthy, porcelain-like skin (much unlike western markets where the tanned look has been prevalent for the last few years).

BB creams have finally migrated west where they are being released by high-end brands (like Too Faced, Smashbox and Clinique) and, most recently, drugstore brands like Maybelline and Garnier. They now come in a broad spectrum of colors for a wider range of skin tones.

I tried out Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm first, and I am perfectly satisfied with it. You can wear this BB cream alone as a tinted moisturizer or layer it over primer and under foundation (which is what I do). This multi-benefit skincare product has become a staple in my daily beauty routine for plenty of reasons. First, I am constantly looking for products that will truly give me that dewy, glowing look on my face. Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm does just that and more. I don’t have to use as much foundation because this BB cream leaves a tint on your skin thanks to its light-diffusing pigments, leaving my skin smooth and radiant.

This beauty balm also boasts an anti-aging, multi-mineral complex that primes, prevents damage, promotes cell health, strengthens skin elasticity and enhances luminosity. I still use a primer (Smashbox’s Photo Finish Luminizing Primer which gives that radiant, dewy finish that I love) as a perfect base for my makeup and then I add a little bit of foundation (Urban Decay’s Naked Skin) to complete the flawless, radiant, luminous look.

The next components to this beauty balm are oil-free hydration and SPF 20 sun protection. It is also hypo-allergenic and “soothing for all skin types.”

Still not convinced? Well, if you aren’t really a fan of heavy makeup on your face, Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm is a wonderful alternative for foundation (liquid or powder form). With four glowing shades, this BB cream evens out skin tone and deposits color to blur imperfections on your face. It leaves your face feeling hydrated and refreshed, and contains good-for-you mineral ingredients like Magnesium, Potassium and Zinc, as well as Ginseng and Ginko Biloba. It also contains Vitamins A & E for nourishing and Chamomile to smooth.

You can buy Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm from Sephora, Too Faced’s website and ULTA for $32. I’m sure you can find it in other stores or other online beauty boutiques for the same price. If you happen to try it out, let me know what you think!


splurge/save/steal: metallic cosmetic cases in jewel-toned holiday colors from $1 to $45

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Metallic cosmetic cases from Target. Photo copyright HUSH Beauty 2012.

I picked up these metallic cosmetic pouches the other day at Target in the $1 section and knew I had to write about them in my first Splurge/Save/Steal post. These posts will highlight three similar items in three different price ranges: a low-priced item, an item in the middle and a high-priced item. I am often able to find a cheaper version of a coveted beauty product, so I will write about my finds in this category and the items I feature here will always be desirable no matter what the price range.

So I popped into my local Target the other day to find these pretty, shiny cosmetic cases as soon as I walked in the store over in the $1 section (usually located by the front door). I love the holiday season because that means sparkly and shiny trends in makeup products and accessories. These bags fit right in for the upcoming 2012 holiday season. I have found similar metallic cases at Sephora that cost a little more (they’re on sale for $7 to $10) and, if you want to “splurge,” Neiman Marcus carries their own metallic makeup bags for $45.

THE STEAL ($1): Set of two shiny, metallic makeup cases from Target for $1 (pictured above). This set comes with one large pouch in a light rose-pink color and one small pouch in a bright purple. The pouches are roomy enough for any staple items you may carry with you on a day-to-day basis. I filled up the smaller pouch with a couple of mascaras, a bunch of small perfume samples and a bottle of hand sanitizer. The larger pouch is roomy enough for a compact or two (highlighter, blush, bronzer), a couple of eyeshadows and even some brushes. At $1 for a set of two, you really can’t go wrong. You can’t find these pouches online at, so I would go check out your local Target store if you want to grab a set (I’m not sure if every Target carries them right now). Remember, they are in the $1 section at the front of the store, where they usually have small seasonal items at super-low prices. ($1, Target)

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Sephora Collection Metallic Cosmetic Bags. Photo courtesy of Sephora.

THE SAVE ($7-$9): I found these cosmetic cases (above) at in similar holiday metallic colors and -guess what- they’re on sale! These bags are larger than the pouches I bought at Target; the pink Sephora Collection bag is a bit smaller than the blue. The pink cylinder bag is perfect for holding liners and brushes, while the domed bag can hold even more products, be used as storage, or even be carried around as a small purse. The metallic finish on these bags fit in perfectly with any shimmery holiday collection. ($7-$9, Sephora)

Jane Marvel Metallic Cosmetic Bag from Neiman Marcus. Perfect for the 2012 holiday season, metallic cosmetic cases. Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

Jane Marvel Metallic Cosmetic Bag from Neiman Marcus. Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

THE SPLURGE ($45): For those of you who don’t mind spending the extra money, here are the metallic cosmetic cases from Neiman Marcus. They come in three glimmering colors and are perfect homes for any of your cosmetics. These bags open to two plastic lined compartments so you can fit anything from brushes to hair products to makeup and moisturizers. They are the perfect travel companion for all of your beauty needs, made of canvas with a glitter inlay. ($45, Neiman Marcus)


HUSH Beauty Seal of Approval: Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ebene Product Review

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Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ebene. Photo courtesy of Chanel.

For my first HUSH Beauty Seal of Approval post, I chose the one makeup staple that I absolutely cannot live without: Chanel’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner. Seal of Approval posts are the ones about my personal, tried-and-true favorite products; the cosmetics that I wear on a daily basis and the products that I immediately go to the store to replace as soon as I run out.

I have been using this eyeliner by Chanel for about three years now (if not more) and I honestly don’t ever see myself using a different liner for my eyes. I tried to switch it up a few months back and bought Urban Decay’s 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, but went right back to the Chanel pencil. Like the Urban Decay pencil, Chanel’s Long-Lasting Eyeliner glides on smooth and really lasts for hours. UD’s pencil‘s pencil is a pretty good alternative (and $11 cheaper), but it’s certainly not the same.  

Chanel’s Long Lasting Eyeliner certainly lives up to its name – my top lash line hardly smears and I rarely need a touch-up. I do, however, touch up my bottom lash line a few times throughout the day, but this is mostly because my eyes tear a lot (thanks to awful allergies). 

This liner is a twist-up plastic “pencil” – you twist it up when you want to use it and back down when you’re done. The BEST part about this eyeliner is that there is a mini sharpener at the end so you can constantly have that same fresh point. For my lids, on my upper lash line, I don’t need to use a liner brush (unless I mess up real bad) because this liner glides right on, creating a perfect, straight line (and I am definitely not the most precise person when it comes to applying my top liner). 

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner Colors. Photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue,

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner Colors. Photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue,

I don’t usually stray far from my basic black eyeliner color (I use Chanel’s Waterproof Long-Lasting Liner in Ebene, a perfect neutral-black), but I have used this liner in the dark chocolate color, Espresso, and yielded the same positive results. Espresso is a rich, dark brown color. The liner comes in 14 different colors year-round (12 of which are pictured above) and Chanel often puts out seasonal, limited edition colors as well. 

This liner is a little pricey ($30but it’s definitely worth it for those of you out there who don’t mind splurging on makeup that you will use day in and day out. I have used so many different eyeliners over the years and I constantly find myself coming back to this one. This liner has true waterproof staying power and you can constantly keep the tip sharpened to a perfect point with the mini sharpener found on the bottom of the liner. No more messy shavings, no more uneven liner on your top lash line and – best of all – no smudges.

PRODUCT REVIEWED: Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner
PRICE: $30
AVAILABLE AT: All major department stores that carry Chanel 
cosmetics (Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Saks) as well as I’m sure plenty of other stores carry this product, but these are just the first few that popped into my head 🙂 


product of the week: wen by chaz dean healthy hair kit review

Wen Healthy Hair Kit. Photo copyright Hush Beauty 2012.

Wen Healthy Hair Kit. Photo copyright Hush Beauty 2012.

I have been meaning to buy the Wen by Chaz Dean Healthy Hair Kit for a few months now — I’ve heard rave reviews online, from friends and even from my own hair stylist. I finally got it, and I must say, this product has dramatically changed my hair for the better.

I just ran out of my first Wen kit (it comes with a 30-day supply and really lasts about a month), so while I wait for my new shipment, I have been using a regular sulfate-free “cleansing conditioner” I found at CVS, Agadir Sulfate-Free Argan Oil Daily Moisturizing Conditioner ($15.74, CVS). I will never go back to a regular shampoo & conditioner routine.

I bought my first Wen kit from Sephora, the Healthy Hair Kit ($39.50,, which I am reviewing in this post (after the jump). I ordered my second kit, the Deluxe Replenishing Kit ($34.95, Wen Haircare), from Wen’s website, which is a cheaper more-bang-for-your-buck option, and I am currently waiting for it to be delivered. 

Read my review of the Wen Healthy Hair Kit and about all the products in the kit after the jump. 

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beauty event: overview of products in sephora’s beauty insider holiday it kits – yours free with any purchase of $25 or more

In the Glow Sephora Holiday It Kit free for Beauty Insiders with any purchase of $25 or more. Photo courtesy of Sephora,

In the Glow Sephora Holiday It Kit free for Beauty Insiders with any purchase of $25 or more. Photo courtesy of Sephora,

The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner & sneaking up on us fast — and that means giftsets galore for giving and receiving. Sephora is already spreading some glamourous holiday cheer with their latest free gift with purchase: Holiday It Kits exclusively for Sephora Beauty Insiders (not a Beauty Insider yet? Sign up here! It’s fast and it’s free – and if you’re as much of a makeup junkie as I am, you’ll be merrily reaping the benefits of beauty samples, a points perk system, a free gift on your birthday and more). With any purchase of $25 or more, treat yourself to one of three Holiday It Kits: a stylish Sephora clutch filled with nine makeup, skincare and fragrance minis while supplies last. Click below to read all about Sephora’s Holiday It Kits + get them while supplies last.
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