Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Random Acts of Swatching- Three Custom Color's Newest Lipsticks

It has been quite some time since we last visited Three Custom Color, but I am pleased to say that they are making an appearance once more here on Krasey Beauty. This time, we are taking a look at the line’s brand new lipsticks. Rich, moisturizing, and pigmented to boot- these newbies are a lipstick win.

In The Mood for Color Changing Nail Polish

I am In The Mood for Love (and color-changing nail polish)

All of my indecisive beauties take note, for there is a new line of nail polishes that is as mercurial as you are.

Laura Geller Beauty on Rue La La

Two of my favorites come together for one heck of a deal. Today only, catch Laura Geller on Rue La La!

Many of her top sellers will be available at a great price, so fans should definitely stock up.

Need an invite? Follow the link to get your Laura Geller on at Rue La La!

New From Urban Decay

Listen up, my fellow UD'ers. Urban Decay's Fall offerings have just went live on the website, and they look like heartbreakers each and every single item.

Yes, it is a bit early to be thinking of fall, and yet, we don't really care here at la casa de Krasey. Any time is a good time for Urban Decay!

Check out the offerings and tell me in the comments, what are you lemming from Urban Decay's fall lineup?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Random Acts of Swatching- Smashbox Limitless Liners

I have already made mention of these sleek Smashbox gems, so let’s get right to the swatches of the shades:

Illamasqua for Summer- The Body Electrics Collection

Let’s see what our amazing friends over the Atlantic had up their sleeves for summer, shall we? The Illamasqua summer range has been out in the UK (and elsewhere) for quite some time, but has just recently launched at Sephora. I have previously introduced you to the lineup, but let’s take another look at some new favorites.

This bronzer/highlighting duo in Glint and Burnish was actually an addition to the line that came out with last year’s Sirens collection. Nevertheless, it is an amazing year-round staple that bronzes, sculpts, and highlights the plans of my visage to perfection. The perfect-for-my-complexion powder shades are soft, smooth, and blend like butter.

The Spa Comes Home- Ahava Radiant Spa Kit

If beauty from the Earth is good, then beauty from the Sea is truly exceptional. Ahava is an Israel-born beauty brand that channels all of the healing properties of the dead sea into an amazing array of bath, body, and skincare products. I was a devotee even before my beauty blogging days, smitten after a family friend brought me back a tube of lotion after his trip to Israel.

Glamour Squad Weekly Reads

Clumps of Mascara gives her readers a sunburned reminder.

The Informed Makeup Maven shows you new ways to use the CoverFX's Skin Prep.

Butterflydiary is all over La Mer's new commemorative Ocean Day Packaging.

Krasey Beauty jumps into the world of Becca Cosmetics, and promptly falls in love!

The Beauty Alchemist previews Chanel Fall 2010 Makeup

DivaDebbi tell you how to get a $75 rebate for taking the "Dysport vs. Botox" challenge.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Mattese Elite

In this edition of random acts of swatching, allow me to introduce a brand that many of you have probably never even heard of. Mattese Elite as far as I know is only available at Ricky’s NYC. These products are a recent addition to my makeup collection, showcased at The Makeup Show.

Party FOTD and OOTD

With this post we have face of the day's two weekends in a row. Kind of proud of myself, if you must know. ;) Anywho, this is a look I did for a fancypants Bar Mitzvah I attended this past weekend.

Jump for the details!

K-O Knockout Nail Polish

Rare are the occasions that I come across products that so effectively meld industrial grunge with sleek, feminine beauty as nail polish newcomer KO Knockout does. A nail polish brand that is quickly making its name into the lacquer vernacular, KO boasts twelve shades of flatte, matte polish in your not so typical flat, matte shades.

When it comes to matte nail polishes, there are really only two camps that you can fall into- you either love them, or you loathe them. I happen to fall in the love them category. I love the atypical finish, I love the fast dry time, and I love the statement a nail color with no shine makes. A matte nail to me wears like a form-fitting little leather jacket, sexy with just a hint of danger.

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Elixir of (Summer) Life- D&G L'Imperitrice

Fresh and fruity
Flirty and fun
One spritz and you're ready to go
The essence of summer
Rosy love in a bottle

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Random Acts of Swatching- OCC Wasabi, Mehron Opal

It is time for our irregularly scheduled random acts of swatching. This time I bring you two loose pigments that are all kinds of wonderful:

Summertime ColorTime with Hourglass Cosmetics

Hot breezy days, and the feeling is right,
it’s time to embrace the sun
With lipgloss and bronzer and liner in sight
Summertime has begun.

Bright, sunny days and warm, balmy nights, summer is fast approaching us on this great big North American continent of ours. With the impending heat, it is time to switch gears and have a look at the products that will get us through splashing, sunning, and even that steamy night out at the club. Let us welcome the sunny season with smiles, laughter, and some sunny-weather favorites from Hourglass Cosmetics

Extreme Sheen Gloss in Fortune

W3LL People Event

Organic Beauty lovers in NYC, take note. There is a fun event at Henri Bendel going on this week. For all the nitty pretty, see the details below.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fiery FOTD

This past Sunday, I received a phone call from my dutiful boyfriend who told me that I had twenty minutes before he would arrive to whisk me away on a brunch date. Naturally, I made a mad dash to my makeup station to put my face on. Ten minutes later, this is what I ended up with:

The Science of Skincare- M.D Skincare’s Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel

When it comes to skincare, I am a huge fan of everything scientific, from advanced formulations, to innovative ingredients, to new techniques; I love to be dazzled with science at its most advanced. This time around, I explore the Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel by M.D Skincare.

A two-step regimen designed to cleanse and exfoliate, this duo is designed to cleanse, exfoliate, protect, tone and brighten the skin with the simple sweep of two solution-soaked pads. Analyze the ingredients, and you will quickly decipher how these seemingly simple swabs work.

Step 1:
Genistein is a derivative of soybeans, and a powerful antioxidant. It serves to inhibit UV ray induced skin cell damage.
Glycolic Acid is a derivative of sugar cane, and is the most active of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids, designed to stimulate collagen production
Lactic Acid is derived from milk, and is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid whose purpose is to act as a mild exfoliant
Malic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid derived from fruits like apples and pears, and serves as a gentle exfoliant
Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid derived from willow bark, designed to exfoliate and refine the surface of the skin. It is especially effective as an anti-acne ingredient

The recipe above is a potent mix of gentle ingredients with science to back up their efficacy, and that impresses the nerd and beauty geek in me all at once. Whipping out the pre-soaked pad and rubbing it all over my face and décolleté for the recommended two minutes, I can’t help but enjoy the gentle tingle as I know that the acids are working their magic on my skin. When I take that shmutz-laden pad away, I know that my pores are cleaner, and that my skin already feels more refined.

Step 2:

Phospholipids act as skin enrichers, moisturizing the skin without suffocating it, drawing moisture from the environment to ensure that cells stay smooth and plump.
Vitamins A,C,E are all antioxidants that protect the skin and slow down the aging process.
Sodium Bicarbonate is a fancy name for a familiar compound- baking soda. Used in Step 2, it serves to exfoliate while neutralizing the acids in step 1.

Step 2 is much the same as step 1. I rub the pre-soaked pad over both face and décolleté, foregoing a rinse to allow the solutions to continue working their magic even after the process is done. What I am immediately left with is brighter, smoother skin, and what I have noticed over the time I have been using this product is an increase in tone, brightness, and clarity in my skin. My face feels smoother, and looks more radiant; this is science at its most beautiful.

When it comes to both science and skincare, it is fully possible for the two to marry and make all kinds of wonderful little product babies that do the face and body a world of good. In this case, the melding of potent ingredients and solid science have convinced me that amazing skin is as Easy as an Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel a day.

*Product provided by the brand for consideration

New and Exclusive to Sephora NARS Lip Glosses in Blush Shades- Swatches and a Review

NARS fans join me as I cheer, rejoice, and do cartwheels and other acrobatic-type maneuvers. A new addition to the NARS beauty bunch will allow us to play matchy matchy on the daily. This summer, NARS’ releases its newest lip luxury- five Sephora-Exclusive lipglosses created in shades that match the line’s most popular blushes. Excited yet?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Random Acts of Nail Swatching- Sally Hansen Insta Dri

Sally Hansen's Insta Dri's are the polishes that busy girls crave. With an unusually speedy dry time, these bottles hold the key to pretty nails FAST.

Lavanila, Treating You (and Your Little One) Right

You have heard of the expression as smooth as a baby’s bottom, well how about being as well protected as a baby’s bottom? Babies and tots need skincare love too, and Lavanila is bringing that in abundance with a new bath and body line called Healthy Baby, made especially for little ones, and those of a sensitive skin disposition.

Hotter than Hot, Lippmann Collection for Summer

Skipping ahead to summer polish season once more, let's take a look at Lippmann Collection for summer.


Monday, June 21, 2010

Beauty Goes High Brow with Smashbox

Beauty goes to brows that wow. Nothing has the power and ability to frame one’s face like an expertly arched brow. Shape in place, definition becomes crucial to polishing off any look. Smashbox has perfected the art of the brow definer, creating and refining cult-favorite Brow Tech.

The Beauty Bar- Liptini Double Shot

I am a sucker for a cute packaging concept, so imagine my elation when this package arrived at KB headquarters. 'Tini beauty is a brand that would make 007 proud.

OK, so maybe he is not the original 007, but Austin is just so groovy, baby.

A line of cocktail inspired cosmetics, every product in the liptini, nailtini, or eyetini family is made to be mixed and matched to pretty perfection. With cheeky cocktail inspired names, and equally fun color options, 'tini beauty sets the bar pretty high (hehe, get it?).

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Beauty Blog Link Love

Over at theNotice, Rae talks about a new Burt's Bees lip balm... and how it reminds her of an old Lip Smacker!

Maggie shares this Foxy dupe of Too Faced's Sexpresso and Peachfuzz duo over at The Polka-Dotted Apple.

Kim Porter talks about a miracle moisturizer that's also a makeup primer, remover, and more!

Vesna from Beauty addict blog discovered one of her blushes is fake, so read this post to find out how to spot a fake Benefit Coralista!

Head over to Beautifully Glossy to discover a lip balm that GlossQueen thinks is an essential.

Glitter Geek is obsessed with everything sparkly, and she puts a glistening spin on the summer smoky eye.

Need some wedding makeup ideas? Check out Audrey Dao's wedding looks!

Pop over to melovemakeup for swatches and thoughts on the New Revlon Colorburst Lipsticks!

Get the only 10 tips you'll ever need for a fool-proof fake tan on

Champagne, French macarons and make up... Hellcandy spends an indulgent afternoon with Terry De Gunzburg, founder of By Terry.

Vex in the City takes a look at Mai Couture's Blush Papier - blush with a difference!

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed discovers the joy that is cream blushes!

Eyelining Obsession thinks you shouldn't have to spend a fortune on great eye brushes.

You can wear nudes too! Spiced Beauty shows off MAC Lovin' it Lipstick with lip swatches.

Jen from A Beauty Junkie in London has been feeling all posh whilst checking out Estee Lauder's new Pure Colour Shadow.

Retrodiva splurges a bit with Chanel's Coco Rouge and Red Shine Glossamer. Find out if she thinks it's worth it!


Want to win a $100 gift voucher for all your skincare needs. Head over to Yinnie's blog to check out the details!

Lancôme Today's Special on HSN TODAY!

Ladies and gents, I have another very special Lancôme deal to share. Today (that's Saturday for those who are just tuning in), HSN is offering a very special Today's Special showcasing Lancôme's star skincare line- Genifique

Today only, you can get:
  • 1 oz. Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate
  • .5 oz. Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate
  • .06 oz. Genifique Repair Youth Activating Night Cream sample packette
for only $78! For those wanting to try Genifique, this is obviously a great deal. Don't delay, see it for yourself. Also, be sure to tune in all day to catch Lancôme on HSN.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tars


Out of the cosmetic-grade muck, a new series of OCC’s wildly popular lip tars have emerged, much to everyone’s delight. Getting a makeover for spring with soft, demure shades meant to be mixed and matched to perfection, these new shades of lip tar can only be described as covetable. In the name of all that is pigmented in a lip product, I had to claim these three bad boys as my very own.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Epic Deals- Lancôme Friends and Family Event

Listen up readers, for I have some especially delicious sale news to share! From Friday, June 18th to Friday, June 25th, Lancôme is offering an exclusive Friends & Family deal at the Lancôme boutiques.

All you have to do is bring a copy of the invitation above to any Lancôme boutique, and you will receive 20% off all your Lancôme favorites. For a list of boutique locations, visit the Lancôme site.

Then come back and tell me what you got! ;)

Doing Drugstore- The Across the Pond Edition with Rimmel

Today's swatch extravaganza is courtesy of a line that comes all the way from across that vast Atlantic pond. Say 'ello to Rimmel London's spring lineup, a great little array of products that are both fun and affordable, not to mention easily accessed at your local drugstore.

Lancôme Definicils Precious Cells Mascara

When it comes to mascara, Lancôme does your peepers right.

My very first mascara was a sample (my sister’s gift with purchase) of Lancôme’s Definicils. I remember how my thirteen-year-old self would wake up every morning and religiously paint my lashes longer, always amazed at the difference an amazing mascara could make. Daily use of the mascara superstar not only meant I had to constantly pilfer my sister’s samples (what are little sisters for?), but it also solidified Lancôme’s place as a permanent mascara favorite even when I gained the beauty purchasing power.

Many moons later, I have more than likely purchased every single kind of mascara that Lancôme has released, loving them all. Much to my delight, I have a new mascara to introduce (and to fawn over). Definicils Precious Cells is the newcomer to the family.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Kymaro Glamour Eyes

For a false flutter, look no further than to Kymaro for a range of options all in one neat little box. The Glamour Eyes Collection is a sextet of falsies that offer up both the drama and the fun.

Beauty Obsessions- Smashbox and Glowing Skin

Two of my beauty obsessions meet, dance, and promptly fall in love. It’s Smashbox and glowing skin for me, for the win.

Ask anyone who is cosmetically inclined about Smashbox Soft Lights, and they will most likely wax poetic about the joys of the ultra-fine, shimmering highlight powders. Even if they don’t, I most certainly will. These recent Smashbox additions to my beauty arsenal give me the glow of an angel, minus the wings.

Summer Foundation Perfection- Lancôme Teint Idole

Summertime is no time for heavy, matte, cakey cream foundations. We are abandoning the thick and pasty in favor of liquid, lighter than air formulations that leave skin looking flawlessly luminous while still giving that epidermis of ours precious breathing room. Lancôme’s newest Teint Idole does all of that, and more.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Are You Shaveworthy? EOS Wants to Know

Ladies and gents, let's talk about smooth. More specifically, how you all need to experience the Evolution Of Smooth (E.O.S)

In honor of you, and for the greater good of womankind, EOS is on a mission to spread some of that skin-smoothing love here, there, and everywhere. Shave Cream is one of many products that goes out to the ladies who are looking for smooth, sexy, moisturized skin, and EOS wants to let you in on the fuun. As of last Thursday, you can log on to for a free sample of the line's awesome shaving cream.

The fun doesn't end at the free sample, however. EOS has also launched a fun little game in which you 'Spin the Bottle' to find out which of your facebook friends are worthy of sharing the smooth with. Trust me when I say, the game is absolutely addictive. I highly suggest you partake in the fun.

Visit today, and get in on the fun. Smooth skin and fun times await!

*Samples of the product were provided for consideration
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