Makeup and Beauty Product Reviews and Swatches

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!

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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.

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Thanks to a trick I picked up from guru Victor C at the MAC Pro Sculpting The Face Master Class and Tweezerman’s BrowMousse, I no longer have to worry about my eyebrows disappearing in the 90+°F Chicago summers!

The BrowMousse is a clear gel designed to help tame those unruly eyebrows and keep your brow makeup in place. Unlike some lower end brow gels, this is super lightweight, non-sticky and never stiffens or looks gummy when it is dry. It also comes with a slightly smaller spoolie applicator that is gentle on the skin and deposits the gel evenly with great precision. All I have to do is brush this through my brows, wait a few seconds for it to dry then fill in my brows with powder and it gives excellent hold so the powder stays on all day. Oh and did I mention that it only retails $10 and is available at all drugstores nationwide? Loves!

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If you are looking to kill two birds with one stone, Dove’s latest Ultimate Visibly Smooth Anti-perspirant Decodorant is the way to go.

The new deo contains an unique Pro-Epil Complex to help make underarm hair feel softer, finer and easier to remove over time while keeping your underarm area dry and odor-free for up to 24 hours!

It goes on with no heavy waxy feeling, dries off instantly and never leaves behind white marks. I do not sweat much normally but when I put this on, my underarm area definitely stays dry all day. Plus it smells so great I can’t help but sniff my armpit when I have it on – I finally get why people do that in commercials!

Dove Ultimate Visibly Smooth Anti-perspirant/ Deodorant is now available at all food, drug and mass retailers. For a $2 coupon for you and a friend, leave a comment with your name and e-mail address and I will send you one right to your door!

** Ladies, I am officially out of coupons. Thanks so much for the response!

L’oreal’s latest HIP High Intensity Pigments Colour Presso is the perfect example of a decent product failing because of disastrous packaging.

The gloss duo combines two yummy colors in squeezable tube so they can be worn alone or mixed together for customizable combinations. While the idea is really clever, the delivery itself is far from user-friendly. It took me 5 minutes to figure out how to open the cap and I even had difficulty getting the glosses out from the tubes, let alone controlling the amount of product I want to use!