Beauty Blog Coalition Roundup - February 28, 2014

Make sure you're up to date with these beauty blog entries from last week!

My Newest Addiction Beauty Blogy: Laura swatches, reviews and compares the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to previous Naked palettes

TheFabZilla: Are you up for bright pink, as in really bright bold pink lippies? See TheFabZilla's review and swatches of Cargo Cosmetics Essential Lip Color in Punta Cana and Kyoto

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Radical Skincare Anti-Aging Replenishing Extreme Moisture is the perfect antioxidant anti-aging cream for everyone including those with super sensitive Rosacea prone skin!

 D.G.S.Beauty: Majestical Jewelry has beautiful pieces at affordable prices! See what beautiful earrings I got.

My Highest Self: Come see why LUSH Prince Charming Shower Gel drives Tina wild!

Painted Ladies: Wet n Wild's new Eyeshadow Brush for Spring 2014 is a MAC 239 dupe!

Glamorable!: What makeup does your Mom use? Anastasia is sharing her Mom's favorites.

 Slashed Beauty: Have you been able to find the Limited Edition "Dare to Go Nude" Color Tattoos from Maybelline? Miranda did, and she picked up two gorgeous shades!

 Stepford Witch: Take a look at my favorite travel makeup palette. It's so well-edited - it's perfect if you're constantly on the go or want a clean, well put-together everyday look!

BeautyTidbits: Looking for an effective yet gentle exfoliating treatment that unclogs pores and instantly adds radiance back to dull, lacklustre skin? Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads might just be your new favorite skincare find!

daydreaming beauty: Come see why my skin is happy I gave up my Clarisonic.


Edward Bess Back to Basics Palette


Today, I leave for my college friend's destination wedding. One thing I always bring with me when I travel is the Edward Bess Back to Basics Palette. I love that I don't need to overthink my beauty routine because this is a well-edited collection of neutrals. It's foolproof, really.

The palette is packaged in a simple, sturdy plastic case which is slim enough to slip into a purse or clutch.

Back to Basics consists of a lip and cheek stain, allover highlighter, four eyeshadows and two lip glosses. While I am not a fan of cream and powder products sharing the same package, I like this so much that I make it a point to clean the sides with an alcohol-soaked cotton bud to prevent the products from mixing.

The cheek and lip stain is a creamy, mauve color. My inital impression was that it was too dark to use as a blush but when blended out, it looks nice and natural - nothing over the top. I find that this is best applied with a stippling brush.

At the beginning, I hated the allover highlighter because I couldn't use it with a brush. I later realized that it works best using warm fingers. You need to understand that when you pick up the product, it feels rough and dry. But once you begin to apply it on the high points of your cheek, it goes on smoothly and you only need just a little. It goes well with the blush and gives off a beautiful glowy effect.

Two lip glosses included here are sheer and keep lips moist and comfortable for hours. If you want color, always pair it with a lipstick otherwise, you will end up with shiny but natural-colored lips.

There are four complimentary shades of eyeshadow. All have a satiny finish with the lightest one having a subtle shimmer. Using a fluffy brush to pick it up, its a tad powdery but it applies smoothly and blends well.

Note that all products have the signature Edward Bess fig scent.

I usually am not fond of brushes that come with palettes but the dual-ended brush included here is totally useable. The flat end I use for the cream products and the fluffy one for applying and blending eyeshadow. The quality is good and I sometimes find myself reaching out for this along with my everyday brushes.

The overall result that this palette provides is a clean, natural but well put-together look. The only thing you need is some concealer, powder and mascara.



I'm going to come clean: I bought these tins of Steamcream (a year ago, I believe) because of the packaging. Crazy cat lady, yo!

Although I've read both positive and negative reviews online, my experience with Steamcream is 98% positive. The lavender scent is relaxing, not overpowering and it dissipates into something more faint within minutes. It was a great addition to my bedtime ritual.

It's feels just like other cream products but gets absorbed into the skin in less time. Absorption time is comparable to that of an emulsion or light moisturizer.

I found this to be very gentle on my facial skin and worked nicely in calming my skin when it was feeling extra sensitive and irritated. This also helped get rid of stress-induced eczema that appeared on my arm a few months back.


The 2% negative is that it comes in a tub, which isn't the ideal packaging for cream products. It's not a big deal because I use a sterilized metal spatula to scoop out product each time.

If I find another cat-themed tin in the future, it's definitely coming home with me.