Holiday Gift Sets from Sephora

There are so many hundreds of Holiday sets up for grabs this season. Being the beauty fanatics that we are, you’ll want to go crazy I’m sure. This is the best time to try a few products for the best value! Here are my top picks from Sephora’s Holiday offerings!



Lashstash Mascara Sampler ($39)
Aren’t we always looking for the new best mascara? With Sephora’s super cute mascara sampler, you get to test some of the industry’s best! Includes Laura Mercier, Tarte, Hourglass and more!


Smashbox Eye Wish Palette ($44) and WISH for the Perfect Pout ($29)
This is the first time that I’ve seen Smashbox come out with a super trendy palette. The pigment is great and the selection is outstanding! Watch out Urban Decay!

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MAC Metal Rock Mineralized Skin Finish

Metal Rock Skinfinish is a classic. Back when the MSF’s debuted years ago, this was one of the fab lineup. There I am wearing the shade back in 2006. I put it on my blush brush, sprayed it with Fix +, then wore it to the club! Even though there is glitter and tons of shimmer packed into this product, I can’t live without it. I use it sparingly, because I’m terrified that I’ll never find it again!

One faithful day, I ran across Burnished Copper Cream Eye Shadow by Laura Mercier. I always loved the Creme Brule products that she made, the eye kohls, tinted moisturizer, etc. The shade that I tried completely boggled my mind…it looked so much like my beloved Metal Rock! Granted, it’s a bit darker, but it’s equally as pigmented, if not more. In fact, I may like the effect a bit more! I apply it with my fingers, but using the 129, 187 or 188 is just as good! The MSF is to the left, cream eye shadow to the right.

The MAC website suggests Chocolate Brown pigment as a good dupe. Umm, no. It’s been years and years, but MAC just refuses to re-launch Metal Rock. I swear, they can bring back every other product they’ve ever released twice, but not MR! It’s aggrevating! Come on MAC, hook us up!

Beauty Blog Network…Weekend Beauty Read!

Lilan from The Daily Cookie gets the low-down on Nordstrom Beauty Director Joelle Russo’s Dior must-haves for your makeup bag.

Raging Rouge is totally stumped about what to buy Dad, until she stumbles upon these perfect Father’s Day Gifts.

A Touch of Blusher
‘s guest reviewer reports on the new Thierry Mugler makeup line.

The Beauty of Life
bares it all with Bobbi Brown’s new Yogi Bare Lip Balm!

Beauty Anonymous
invites you to Peach-a-Boo! from OPI.

Looking for a cool beauty gadget? Bionic Beauty absolutely loves her PedEgg for summer pedicure preparation!

Intergallactic glamour! Roselyn fromMakeup Makes Me Happy™ does an amazing tutorial andrevamps the smokey eyewith the Solar Bits from the latest M.A.C. Solar Field Collection!

Beauty Banter spent the day on location for a new NBC TV show… and she raided the hair and makeup trailer! Find out all the beauty tips from her day spent on-set (these are too good to miss)!

It’s All About the Men this month!! Beyond Beauty Basics tells you how to take care of your guy’s skin with these simple skincare products in their Father’s Day Men’s Special!

makeup loves me lashes out!…and gives you the 411 on two of the much-buzzed about new tools in for eye lash curling and separating.

The Makeup Divas reviews and tells you about a great mattifying product that Carmindy and professional make-up artists use and recommend.

What’s Beauty Blogging Junkie using to achieve Valley of the Dolls Hair? Find out here.

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic continues to add to her summer bright nail polish options with Essie’s Summer Neons!

StyleBell discusses Redken’s fab tips on how to do the perfect blow out for your hair!.

The girls over at Beauty in Real Life are having such an amazing giveaway…your lips will thank you if you win!

Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog shows you how to get a silver and pink eye look with eyeshadows from MAC Cosmetics.

Toya of The Life of A Ladybug introduces you to Laura Mercier’s Bronzing Duo in Pink Bronze , another in her “Bronzers for Brown Girls” series!

Makeup Moxie reviews the new Hourglass Bronzer Duo.

Kitiya from Mischo Beauty invites you to enter her SPINLASH giveaway!

Cybelesays picks their favorite springtime flower-scent products.

Kyle at Face Candy loves Boots No. 7 Quick Thinking 4 in 1 Wipes.

Are Escada fragrances too sweet for your liking? Kia of Yummy411 recommends another fragrance you are sure to like!

The Beauty Bug previews new products that have just hit counters and shelves this month.

Pursebuzz.com interviews Ford Model’s Johnny Lavoy. Spend an hour with us as we talk about his start and his secrets to fabulous hair and so much more!

Eyeshadow Look Alikes!!!

Matte_EyeShadow10_sHere’s the rest of that rediculously long list of affordable look alikes, enjoy! Take advantage while you can, lots of times the hottest colors get discontinued!!!

EYE PRODUCTS (shadows, liners, etc)
Bare Escentuals Cupcake glimpse used wet/foiled= Milani Illusion used dry(cupcake is more gold than pink, illusion is more pink than gold)
Bare Escentuals Queen Tiffany = Milani Java Bean
Bare Escentuals Socialite glimmer = Milani Clover
Benefit Gilded Chubby Liner/Highlighter = Rimmel All Over Color Pencil in Charm (013)
Laura Mercier Cognac = Milani Spice
MAC Bamboo = Wild and Crazy Wild Guava
MAC Brill = Wild & Crazy Bahama Water
MAC Dark Soul pigment = j.a.n.e. clubbing
MAC D’Bohemia = Wild and Crazy Crazy on You (not nearly as shimmery as bohemia)
MAC Embark = j.a.n.e. Brownie Points, Flirt! Coconutty
MAC Gorgeous Gold = L’oreal’s Enlightened Emerald Duo- gold shade
MAC Juxt = j.a.n.e. Rain Forest (found in quad)
MAC Lucky Green = Wild and Crazy Marquis
MAC Medowland = L’Oreal Wear Infinite in Glistening Sea (gold sheen instead of silver sheen on medowland)
MAC Metamorph = Rimmel All-Over Pencil in Hope (less yellow, more frosted)
MAC Naked Lunch = Wet n’ Wild Fine Wink
MAC Paradisco = Flirt! Feeling Hot
MAC Rosemary & Thyme liner = L’Oreal Forest liner
MAC Satin Taupe = L’Oreal HIP Concentrated e/s duo in Sassy 208
MAC Shroom = Jordana Beige
MAC Trax = Flirt! Glamourazzi
MAC Vellium = Wild and Crazy Lily Song
MAC Vanilla (shadow, *not pigment) = Wild and Crazy Mist Over Me 3110

MAC eyeshadows & Milani eyeshadows Versions (MAC on the Left, Milani on the Right)

Amber Lights = Sun Goddess
Black Tied = Storm
Coppering = Flare
Dementhe, Steamy, Humid = Clover
Electric Eel = Atlantis
Guacamole = Limbo Lime
Jest = Peachy Peach
Juxt = Garden Mist (juxt is lighter and yellower)
Little Madame = Illusion
Mulch, Sable = Java Bean
Nylon = Classic Beige
Parfait Amour = Enchantment
Perverted Pearl = Silver Bullet
Pink Freeze = Taffy
Sable = Java
Shale = Icy Plum
Silver Pigment = Mercury
Sketch = Marooned
Sumptuous Olive =Antique Gold
Trax (minus gold) = Desire
Vanilla = Snow Frost
Vellum = Moonlight
Woodwinked = Golden Bronze
Shu ME 945 = Caboodles Smooth
Shu P Brown 76 = Flirt Oh Please!
Stila Barefoot Contessa = Prestige Spark
Stila GoLightly = Jane Magical Mushroom eye shadow (discontinued), Milani Golden Bronze
Stila Grace = Ulta Plum Smoke
Stila Jade = Sally Girl China Doll (discontinued)
Stila Kitten = Wet n Wild Fine Wink, CoverGirl Champagne Eye Enhansers shadow, Sally Girl Silver Lining
Stila Sun = Prestige Champagne
Stila Twig = Milani Spice
Urban Decay Acid Rain = Prestige Wasabi
Urban Decay Asphyxia= Milani Enchantment
Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy = Milani Sheer Sand
Urban Decay Mildew = Prestige Iguana
Urban Decay X = Ulta Sunlight