Urban Decay Spring 2013 Collection

Posted: February 14th, 2013, by The Beauty Bug

There was an extra spring in The Beauty Bug’s step today. Not just because it was Valentine’s Day, but because She was basking in the glow of  the new Naked Flushed bronzer/highlighter/blush. Part of  Urban Decay’s new Spring Collection which just hit the shelves, this little hot number is the cheapest threesome around at $30. The Beauty Bug lightly contoured Her pale skin with the bronzer, which isn’t too dark or muddy, (girls with a medium-dark complexion apply with a heavier hand) and the blush, which She applied the blush to the apples of Her cheeks, was the most perfect flush color. If you only add a few products to your makeup bag this Spring, make sure this is one of them.

Also launching are seven new single eyeshadows – including three never-seen-before shades and four shades that were previously only available in palettes. The shades include Heartless (brand new), a pale pink satin, Uncut (brand new), a smoky purple with a reddish shimmer, Snare (brand new), a smoky olive green shimmer, SideCar (previously exclusive to the Naked Palette and the Book of Shadows)a beige sparkle, Omen (previously exclusive to the 15-year palette), a metallic bright purple with a blue shift, Deep End (previously exclusive to the 15-year palette), a bright teal shimmer and Faint (previously exclusive to Naked Basics), a warm, dusty brown matte. Keep them in their gunmetal compacts or pop the shadows out and transfer theminto a customizable palette.  The Beauty Bug’s picks include Snare (pictured below), SideCar and Faint (also pictured below).

And finally, Lip Junkie Lipgloss fans: rejoice! There are three new shades to obsess over – the aptly named Obsessed (a creamy baby pink), Trashed (bright pink shimmer) and Flushed (creamy pink mauve).  The Beauty Bug’s picks include Obsessed and Flushed.

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Flushed (creamy mauve pink)

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Obsessed (creamy baby pink) & Trashed (bright pink shimmer)

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Trashed, Flushed, Obsessed

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Naked Flushed

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Naked Flushed

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Snare (smoky olive green shimmer), Faint (warm, dusty brown matte), Heartless (pale pink satin)

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Faint & Heartless

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Snare & Faint

Urban Decay Lip Junkie LipGloss is available at Sephora.com for $19.

Urban Decay Naked Flushed is available at Sephora.com for $30.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow is available at Sephora.com for $18. 

Valetine’s Day Gift Guide

Posted: February 8th, 2013, by The Beauty Bug

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1 . Lancome Blush In Love

2. Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Gloss in Pretty in Pink and Cherry

3. Carmex Cherry Moisturizing Lip Balm

4. Diptyque Valentine Rose Duet Candle 

5. Sarah Happ The Gift Set

6. Stila Passionfruit Crush Lip & Cheek Stain

7. Essie So Haute Nail Polish Strips 

8. MAC Cosmetics Year of the Snake Beauty Powder

9. Smashbox Love Me Eye Shadow Palette

10. Esty Love Pair iPhone 5 Cases

11. Felix Rey Kissy Face Cosmetic Bag

12. NYX Cosmetics Born to Glow Illuminator

Butter Me Up: NYX Butter Glosses

Posted: February 6th, 2013, by The Beauty Bug

It’s so hard to resist the pun here because, well, NYX’s new Butter Glosses are just like butter. And if The Beauty Bug, a born and raised Bostonian, had a Boston accent, She would say that they are like buttah. But She doesn’t. Thankfully.

The velvety forumla glides on lips soooo smoothly and feels so buttery, that you may just want to use it the next time you’re baking sugar cookies. Coverage is creamy and buildable – not at all sticky. Lips feel as though you’re just wearing a light balm, but look as though you’re wearing a medium coverage gloss. The glosses are available in twelve dessert-themed varieties – see swatches below.

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The Beauty Bug’s favorites include  Apple Strudel, Cherry Pie, Tiramasu and Creme Brulee. And while at first glance the Cherry Cheese Cake  isn’t the most desirable color, it’s actually a *very* close dupe to the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera that Jessica Alba wore on the red carpet at the Golden Globes. Fellow pale girls need not apply – the tangerine shade is best for those with complexions a la Ms. Alba.

In closing buttercups, at $4.99 these glosses are a steal. Buy them at Ulta now and get their buy one, get one half off deal.

NYX Butter Glosses are available now on NYX.com and Ulta.com for $4.99. 

Daily Photo

Posted: February 1st, 2013, by The Beauty Bug

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Edith prefers that all her products be paraben-free, like this new elave Intense Moisture Surge.

Maybelline’s Color Whisper Collection

Posted: January 31st, 2013, by The Beauty Bug

joelcheekresizeFirst thing’s first. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and one of the best features of these babies are that they leave the most perfect ‘kiss on the cheek’ marks. Exhibit A – the Beauty Bug Husband is pictured to the right with a Berry Ready kissed cheek.  Just enough color, they don’t have a greasy finish, and the natural flush that it gives your lips is sexy yet demure. And, it’s a ‘barely there’ product that the significant other in your life will approve of. Maybelline takes home the gold just for that.

Available in 20 shades, you won’t be able to just buy one. Or two. Or three for that matter. Like The Beauty Bug, you’ll most likely find yourself driving from drug store to drug store looking for that one color that seems to be sold out everywhere. For The Beauty Bug it was Lust for Blush and Made-it Mauve – two universally flattering colors.

The darker colors (the reds and Berry Ready) have a bit more color payoff, but you can get decent color coverage from any shade by building. The product feels amazing on, and the nourishing honey and nectar keeps lips feeling soft and hydrated. Compared to Revlon Lip Butters, the Whisper Collection is a little less thick (texture is weightless) and a bit easier to build color.

Ladies, you need at least three Color Whisper lipsticks in your makeup bag for Spring. So, pucker up and get ready to plant on a cheek of the one you love!

Maybelline Color Whisper by Color Sensational is available at mass market retailers nationwide for $7.49. 

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Posted: January 31st, 2013, by The Beauty Bug

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Of course Edith is has a natural radiance, but a little NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator never hurts!

Makeup Bag Must-Haves: HGTV’s Sabrina Soto

Posted: January 30th, 2013, by The Beauty Bug

Beauties – we’re all nosy when it comes to makeup. You wouldn’t be reading this site if you weren’t. There are few things more enjoyable to The Beauty Bug than peeking into someone else’s stash. The latest belle to let The Beauty Bug unzip her makeup bag:  Sabrina Soto. You may know the thrifty design aficionado from one of her many HGTV shows (her latest endeavor is the The High Low Project’) or as Target’s Style Expert. Those lucky enough to have Sabrina in their homes see her transform an inexpensive, discarded element into a ‘wow’ piece.  Take those ribbon scraps waiting to be thrown out. Sabrina would use a ready-made frame and turn them into a piece of art. Here’s how she glams:

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Cetaphil Face Cleaner – I use this every day, sometimes three times a day! I love how gentle this is on my skin.

Olay Microdermabrasion & Peel System – I don’t have the time to visit a dermatologist often, so I use this once a week to exfoliate my skin. I am glowing afterwards!

La Roche-Posay SPF 60 UltraLight Sunscreen – This stuff soaks into my skin and feels great. I searched for so long to find a powerful sunscreen that didn’t turn purpleish on my skin. This stuff is wonderful!

Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Transparent Mattifier - I tend to have an oily T-zone, especially when I’m working on set for 10 hours. I apply this after my foundation and my skin stays shine free for hours!

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lipgloss – I have this in almost every color. The colors stays on without having a thick, tacky feel.

Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick – This lipstick is powerful! It needs to be applied very carefully, but once on… it won’t come off all night. I actually had to buy an oil based makeup remover to take this off. Perfect for anytime you don’t want to constantly reapply your lip color.

Ardell Individual Long Lashes – For some reason I can not apply strip lashes on myself, but have an easy time with individuals. These look very natural!

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam - I use this on my brow and cheek bones. It’s the easiest way to look fresh and dewy!

Maybelline Lots of Lashes Great Lash Mascara – LOVE LOVE LOVE! The shape of the wand is brilliant and allows me to get my corner lashes easily.

Cle de Peau Pressed Powder – This powder is ultrafine. I use it on set and it makes my skin look absolutely flawless.

Shiseido & Shu Uemura Makeup Brushes – I’ve found these brushed to be the best on the market! They last years and are definitely worth the investment.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer – This foundation is so thin and light, I have no idea how it covers so well, but it does!

Kate Somerville Tan Towels – I never sit in the sun anymore, though I always like to look sun-kissed. These towels are easy to apply and I am never left with streaks.

Urban Decay Naked Palette - These little palettes are incredible. Great colors to choose from and glide on without creasing in my lids.

Complex 15 Face Cream – This cream is my little secret. It absorbs so quickly in my skin without feeling greasy at all. No need to spend so much money on face cream!

Doll Cosmetics THE Pencil - These pencils make professional contouring a breeze. I have them in both shades and wear daily.

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Posted: January 30th, 2013, by The Beauty Bug

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Deep down, Pearl the bulldog is just a Party Parrot.

Vidal Sassoon’s Pro Series

Posted: January 29th, 2013, by The Beauty Bug

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So…The Beauty Bug’s not saying that the new Vidal Sassoon Pro Series is the best thing to happen to Her this month, but it’s close. Not only because of it’s star smoothing power, but also because it’s wallet-friendly prices ($2.49-$8.99) and generous bottle sizes.  The new launch includes a lineup of five care collections including Color, Moisture, Repair, Volume and Smooth, as well as the accompanying styling products to finish the look. While all products think and perform like they belong in a high-end salon, their real home are the aisles of your local CVS.

The Beauty Bug tested their smoothing line. The duo is definitely the pièce de résistance of the collectionFor those who straighten their hair, these products are a necessity. The shampoo and conditioner smoothed, tamed and eliminated frizz flawlessly. But it wasn’t the limp, flat type of smooth – The Beauty Bug’s hair had texture, shine and life! Just like that, in the time that it took The Beauty Bug to spritz the Repair and Finish Spray, it was as if The Beauty Bug’s bathroom had transformed into a salon. Smooth-city!

The Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Collection is available now at mass retailers. 

(Beauty) Bug Bites

Posted: January 28th, 2013, by The Beauty Bug

resizeLittle Globes – It’s hard to hate on Anne Hathaway as much as The Beauty Bug does when we’re talking about this little Fantine. Check out the stars, down-sized and adorable, as they walk the red carpet in what NY-based artist Tricia Messeroux calls, Toddlewood. It sure looks like little Taylor Swift (pictured right) could teach the real crooner a thing or too about some sass and swag.

A BB Cream for Your Hair – Ladies, head to your purses and break out your CC’s, and do it fast. The Beauty Bug is willing to bet that this new BB cream from KeratinPerfect FOR YOUR HAIR could be the next holy grail product. It’s a 3-in-1 balm that protects (all-day frizz protection), repairs (helps to prevent breakage) and perfects (promotes shine, etc.).

Lashing Out – This Etsy user has given a new meaning to ‘batting your eyelashes’. Not sure what occasion one would wear these pieces to, or how heavy they would feel on your eye (just seems like a pain in the lash to The Beauty Bug), but one thing is for sure – it looks like there’s a caterpillar on your eyelid. Not the look that The Beauty Bug is going for. Prices range from $15-$45.

Boxed Beauty – Who What Wear provides the Cliff Notes for all of the beauty subscriptions on the market, but leaves out the very first one that started the trend – New Beauty’s Test Tube.

Aniston & Aveeno - Aveeno wants us to believe that Jennifer Aniston doesn’t spend her money on high-priced facials and procedures containing rare ingredients like Swiss apples, snails and synthetic snake venom – but that instead, she uses their  mild, earthy-crunchy line. Aniston has reportedly cashed in big time, earning an eight-figure salary to be the face of the brand.