Makeup and Beauty Product Reviews and Swatches

It is no secret that great skin is essential for any great look and the one product Kim Kardashian swears by to keep hers looking glowy and smooth? Caress’ latest Skinwear Collection.

The Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash and Beauty Bar, both from the Skinwear Collection, contain burnt brown sugar and karite butter (aka shea butter). These two ingredients are commonly used in skincare products and are famous for their gentle exfoliating and moisturizing properties. The grains are also just the right size – tiny enough to do the job without being harsh to the skin.

I am not a fan of soaps that come in a bar but the Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash keeps my skin super smooth and moisturized. It also helps to unclog pores and is great for prepping the skin for shaving and self-tanner. And did I mention it smells great, just like butter cookies?

Now you can find the Caress Skinwear Collection at your local food and drug stores for $3.99 to $6.99.

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The long-anticipated Sheer Glow and Sheer Matte Foundations from NARS are finally here!

The two foundations first made their debuts at New York Fall 2009 Fashion Week and will replace the existing NARS Oil-free Foundation and Balanced Foundation. Sheer Glow is a glowing, satin-finish foundation that is great for those with normal to dry skin while Sheer Matte provides a soft matte finish and helps to control oil and shine throughout the day.

Infused with collagen and Hyaluronic spheres, L’oreal’s latest Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara is an improved version of the oh-so-famous Voluminous mascara that can easily replace your fake lashes.

Just like the Voluminous, this makes my lashes instantly thicker and darker with just a coat or two. The brush is a lot bigger than the Voluminous but unlike other mascaras with big wands (Hello Cover Girl’s Lash Blast or Max Factor’s 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper!), it still reaches the base of my lashes and those puny bottom lashes without smearing all over the place.

I am always on the hunt for a good lip balm to fight my curse of chapped lips, and my latest find is good old ChapStick’s newest invention, ChapStick True Shimmer.

The ChapStick True Shimmer is basically your regular ChapStick with tiny silver shimmer to keep your lips moisturized while giving them that extra pop of shine. All you have to do is glide it on and your lips will feel instantly softer and shinier with no stickiness. It also comes in four yummy flavors – Botanical Berry (my favorite), Tropical, Peppermint Rush and Blended Fruit Sherbet – which all smell great! Plus it only retails $2.79 and is available at all drugstores nationwide. So ladies, no more excuses for walking around with chapped lips!

Now you can win a free ChapStick True Shimmer in Tropical or Peppermint Rush to try for yourself! Simply leave a comment under this entry with your name and e-mail address by July 16th 2009. The winners will be picked randomly and notified via e-mail. Good luck!

* This giveaway has ended and the winners are Deena Harris and melissa89tan. I will be in touch with you girls shortly!

Tweezerman’s Zip File is the perfect example of a product with an innovative packaging that actually works.

The Zip File is a nail file housed in a cute plastic case so you can easily slide the file out to fix chips and nicks and slide back to keep the file protected and clean. Plus it contains two sides, a coarser side for shortening and shaping nails and a slightly smoother side to buff and seal the edge.

Now I no longer have an excuse to chew on my chipped mani or leave it unfixed just because I don’t have a file with me. Hooray!

The Zip File is available at Tweezerman.com for $5.50. For every file that is sold, Tweezerman will be donating $1 to the SmileTrain foundation, an organization dedicated to providing free surgeries to children with cleft lips and palates in 75 of the world’s poorest countries.