November 30, 2014
THE EYESHADOW STICK ROUNDUP

THE EYESHADOW STICK ROUNDUP


Eyeshadow sticks; they're handy, quick, long lasting and always give the result of having blended multiple shades when really all you did was swipe n' go. They are the lazy (wo)man's way to creating a sexy smudgey eye in a jiffy, and that's why I love them. They are basically all I reach for to create my daytime eye look, and as a result my collection of them seems to be growing on a weekly basis. Here are a handful of my favorites, they're multi-dimensional beauts...

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in Sugar Frost // Say hello to my go-to inner corner highlight. It is a bit on the shimmery side of things but used sparingly it opens up the eyes and stays put all day. I have other shades in this formula and love every single one of them.

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Champagne Diamonds // The formula of this is beautiful, you get good lasting power but things don't set down to no-budge mode quite as quickly with this as with some of the others, making it easier to blend with. I like this particular shade as a base for a cat eye flick come nighttime, as it gives a bit of extra glitz underneath. 

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in 27 Pink Lagoon // This pretty seashell pink shimmer has a unique cooling effect when applied and goes on easily without any pulling. I quite like the shade range with these as they are different than the normal neutrals that many others offer. I use this pink shade on the lid with a bit of bronze toward the outer corner and it makes for one sexy eye paired with a bit of a tan which is why it's definitely a summer favorite. 

Kiko Long Lasting Stick in 38 // For half the price (or less) of the rest of these offerings, this one brings some serious bang for your buck. It lasts all day just like the name would suggest, the shade range is on point and pretty extensive, but this one is my favorite. It is one of the less shimmery options I've found and it has a really great duo chrome-like effect with a purple root running through the taupe shade. Winner.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Bronze // Almost identical in formulation to Laura Mercier's offering, just with a bit less chunky glitter. At least in this shade - which is why this is one of my most reached for daily eyeshadows. I love the classic bronze color and that it blends from bold by the lash-line to faded toward the top, as if you went through the trouble of applying a separate crease shade and all.

By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock // The glammest of the bunch, there is something so luxurious about anything By Terry, and this product certainly doesn't disappoint. I love the smokey purple color of this stick and I'd say it packs the most glitz as well, which could be a good or bad thing depending on preference, but it will not budge once it's scribbled on so blending must be done in a swift fashion. This is a great one for taking on vacations for it's incredible lasting power - it won't move until you take it off with some powerful makeup remover. 

I will continue growing my collection as I'm running through these faster than I have with any other eyeshadow, ever. Have any suggestions on additional formulas I've missed here?
November 27, 2014
A CHEAP ALTERNATIVE TO ONE EXPENSIVE CULT CLEANSER

A CHEAP ALTERNATIVE TO ONE EXPENSIVE CULT CLEANSER


There are many things in life that annoy me, but it's hard to beat that feeling of running out of a favorite product and either you don't want to shell out the cash or don't have immediate access to it. Do you know my pain? Well, a few weeks back I ran out of my Eve Lom original cleanser and was a bit distraught - what would I use to give myself facial massages? I hadn't even thought about purchasing a backup because it took me so long to run through the tub as I don't use it as my daily cleanser. 

Basically, I was SOL if you catch my drift, and that's exactly when I remembered I had a little pot of Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm stashed in my backup bin. I have been digging into this yellow balm ever since and it has become an integral part of my deep cleansing routine that I like to do a few times a week. Let me tell you, this stuff really does the job for about 1/12 of the price of the Eve Lom option. It's 97% organic which is pretty darn good for a drugstore cleanser, leaves my skin soft and hydrated, and is quite literally, a tiny fraction of the price. It's also a recommendation a la Lisa Eldridge. You can thank me now
November 26, 2014
CURRENTLY BURNING FOR HOLIDAY

CURRENTLY BURNING FOR HOLIDAY


I love nothing more than a burning candle, a mug of hot cocoa, and the lights of the Christmas tree creating a cozy ambience this time of the year. There really is nothing better. I get that it may seem a bit frivolous when you think about quite literally burning away your money on fancy candles, but it's an experience in itself and often conjures up memories of different places and times based on scents surrounding certain experiences. For the holidays, there is nothing more heartwarming than a good burning fire and some greenery surrounding the hearth and thats exactly the aroma that Diptyque's Feu De Bois and Mousses create when burned together. Of course I love them both on their own as well, Feu De Bois has been a longtime favorite of mine because of it's organic firewood scent. Some of my other favorite candles to ignite cozy memories would also make quite luxe gifts : 

Diptyque Le Redoute // Fills any space with the aroma of cinnamon, cloves, and oranges with a base note of amber and rose. It smells like a heavenly bowl of holiday potpourri made from fresh spices and flowers, not to mention the jar is a stunner. 

Laduree Brioche // Smells of the fresh baked buttery buns sweep the air, making any room smell as if you have been taught to bake by French professionals. The burn time is pretty incredible with this candle, but based on its delicious aroma in a perfect world I would have an army of backups at all times. 

Byredo Bibliotheque // I'm not quite sure how they capture the smell of leather-bound library books in a candle but they did it here. I love how it has a hint of sweet vanilla and fruity plum mixed with the musty leather. So sophisticated and sensual. 

Astier de Villatte // Super luxe candle housed in a hand blown Tuscan glass jar. This smells as if you have been transported to an Italian villa and are lost in labyrinth of cypress and cedar trees. It also has a fresh and spicy hint of citrus in the mix. 

Have a whiff for yourself and maybe cross a few people off of your gift list as well. What are your favorite candles during this time of the year? 
November 25, 2014
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS NARS

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS NARS


Oh NARS. You never let a girl down, especially during her favorite time of the year. I have trudged through the aisles of nearly every makeup and department store out there over the past few weeks and I have yet to come across anything that has made me feel as jolly with Christmas spirit as the NARS holiday collection has. I'm sure it comes as no surprise that the brand has brought it yet again and I'm all dizzy with visions of palettes and sets dancing in my head. 

There were two items in particular that I just couldn't leave behind during a recent shopping trip, the Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret and the Virtual Domination Cheek Palette - what if they were gone when I went back to get them? The idea of the shelves being empty on my next stroll through Sephora was enough to have me running to the register without second thought. And man, am I glad I did. 

We all know that NARS is like the dominatrix of the swoon-worthy palette world, and their new release is certainly no different. In fact, I think it's one of the best to date - ever. It rings in at $65 for a value of $151, according to Sephora's website. There are three blushes including Deep Throat, Final Cut, and Sex Fantasy, the Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush Powder, and their famous Laguna Bronzer. You know the one. Personally, I have always been a fan of the bronzer so that gets an automatic thumbs up from me, not to mention it's a decent sized portion for an in-palette inclusion. The three blush shades are all amazing, pigmented and uplifting as always, but I find myself loving the shimmer-free brightening peach shade, Final Cut (limited edition shade) the best. I even like that there is a highlighter included in here for traveling purposes, and although it's not the subtlest I've ever encountered, I still think it rounds things out nicely. The packaging goes without mention only because there is nothing to be said other than that it's hefty, looks awesome coming out of any makeup bag, and is no doubt high-quality stuff. 

Onto lip pencils, we have the Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret. For $49 you get a value of $96, and five decent sized lip pencils (three Satin Lip Pencils, two Velvet Mattes), one of NARS' best products in my humble opinion. The set comes housed in a handy acrylic case that may just become the new home to my entire collection. I love this. The five colors range from an everyday appropriate nude, to a creamy peach, through bold and bright right down to Cruella - an ever-classic red shade that everyone will love. I don't think there's ever been a lip set containing so many shades that I actually want, which is certainly the case with this roundup. In terms of choosing favorites, I've always loved Cruella but right now I have to say that Iberico, the orange-red shade, is brightening things up a bit from the standard winter red and I don't hate it at all
November 23, 2014
TWO MAKEUP LOOKS TO GET THE HOLIDAY PARTY SEASON STARTED

TWO MAKEUP LOOKS TO GET THE HOLIDAY PARTY SEASON STARTED


With Thanksgiving day just around the corner, we can officially say that the holiday season has begun. I don't know about you ladies, but I like to sort out my holiday party looks ahead of time so that come the day of the festivities I don't need to spend too much time sifting through products, and can focus on executing the look. Blending is hard work, okay

The makeup looks I tend to gravitate toward are pretty self explanatory, the focus resting on one bold shade or one highlighted feature at a time. There are two go-to's that I always have on hand, one being a bold lip and cat eye look with carved cheekbones, and one being a smokey eye and nude-pink lip with a glistening complexion to match. Sticking to the classics in terms of base products will have all eyes on you and things will never look overdone as both looks are easy to tailor to whatever party scenario you find yourself in. 

THE BOLD LIP // My take on the red lip look, it's not Christmas quite yet and I don't want to tire the classic red before the most wonderful time of the year. I opt for a bold berry in a sheer formula courtesy of Laura Mercier Gel Lip Color in Temptation. I keep the base classic with Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation because it creates a seamless finish and lasts through late night partying. I like a luminous complexion with this look and my favorite way to achieve that is with a dusting of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light and sculpted cheekbones a la Kevyn Aucoin's Sculpting Powder. With a bold lip I like to add some warmth to my cheeks with a non-interfering shade like MAC Blush in Harmony. For the eyes I prime with the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly for a nude look, and define the socket with Urban Decay's Naked Basics. Of course, the look would be nothing without defined brows, for which I'd grab my Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette, and  of course fluttery lashes thanks to MAC Mascara.

THE SMOKEY EYE // I'd keep the base the same for this look because it is just that good, it needs no changing. For an extra shot of illuminator to keep things extra glowy I use the Chantecaille Liquid Lumiere along the bridge of my nose and cheekbones and dust the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in Ecstasy on the apples for some luminous color. The longest lasting eye primer in my stash, Nars Pro Prime Eye Primer is a necessity for a smokey eye look and creates the perfect base for the  Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Tisse Vendome. I always reach for the darkest shades in the palette, which create a shimmering bronze smokey effect without having to use any black. With a bold eye I like to keep things simple on the lips by lining with Mac Lip Pencil in Soar and then filling in with my beloved Tom Ford Lipstick in  Spanish Pink.

What are your Thanksgiving party plans? Will you follow my lead and rock one of these looks this week?
November 21, 2014
KEEP THE GLOW ALIVE

KEEP THE GLOW ALIVE


Keeping skin healthy and glowing during the winter is definitely a top priority of mine. I love makeup; surely you already know this, I clearly can't get enough of the stuff - but I do know that it's impossible for makeup to look amazing when skin isn't at its best state. The later I grow into my 20's, the drier my skin becomes and aside from the monthly hormonal breakout or two, acne is a thing of the past and my focus has been on how to obtain even-toned, radiant, and of course hydrated skin. Enough on my skin diagnosis, here are some remedial products that have been on heavy rotation ever since the temperatures have plummeted...

Like I said, keeping things radiant is a must and there are two items in particular that have been hard at work renewing my complexion and keeping things from looking ruddy and gray like the sky has been. Once a week a coat of the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask does just that, revealing brighter, smoother and more even-toned skin through its naturally exfoliating properties. To keep things fresh in between uses I rely on the Kiehl's Overnight Biological Peel, which is amazing for giving the skin's natural cell renewal process an added boost without ever drying things out. I use this either for a week at a time, or once every few nights to keep things looking bright, and always layer my Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream over top for a super boost of moisture. This is my go-to winter moisturizer, as it's much thicker in consistency than my usual creams, however, it is still easily absorbed and works well on sensitive skin. Some nights, I like to give my skin a break and just use one product that I know can do great things on its own, and for that I love the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. This 100% botanical oil is made for combination skin so it sinks in quickly and helps to rebalance the complexion, no matter its current state of affairs. Come morning you will look like you just had a facial - Swear.
November 18, 2014
COLOR FOR DRY WINTER LIPS

COLOR FOR DRY WINTER LIPS


Today's lip forecast? Zero percent chance of dry flaking lips and cracked wintery conditions, thanks to some moisture-inducing lip color favorites. I'm sure I am not the only one who suffers from chapped lips come winter, and it can be quite hard to keep them in tip-top shape at all times. I am always slicking on a lip balm of sorts, but constant reapplication has got my lips sacrificing color for the sake of moisture. Thankfully, there are some nourishing lip products out there for us lippie addicts who don't want to lose our lip game because of chapped lips. Listen up...

Let's start out on the end of the spectrum where things resemble a balmy texture but still give a hit of color. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments have been giving chapsticks everywhere a run for their money for quite some time now. Things look seriously smooth and feel nourished when wearing one of these lemon-sugar scented treats, not to mention they are forever expanding their cult favorite shade range to suit every color need. Similar in concept, but more waxy in texture lies the Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm. The main difference in these is that they leave a bit of a stain on the lips when the balmy texture wears away, which is totally welcome on my pucker anyday. While on the subject of stains, I couldn't not mention the stainiest of them all, Lipstick Queen Medieval is the perfect non-obnoxious red suspended in a smooth and uber hydrating formula. If you're looking for something that is sheer in color, but feels like butter on the lips with the sweet scent of frosting then you've found your new best friend in the NYX Butter Gloss. I assure you, you'll want to collect 'em all.

A bolder shade is what I tend to gravitate toward for a statement during the colder months and there are two formulas that stand out to me when it comes to delivering major color while keeping lips smooth and hydrated. The first is Burberry Lip Mist and it is all kinds of amazing. My favorite shade for winter is Oxblood, a sheer deep browny red that looks awesome on the lips and the formula is waxy and smooth all in one. The second that comes to mind is the Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint, for it's high pigmented color and nourishing ingredients that give a glossy finish.  

Are there any lip formulas that you rely on for color and moisture during the winter? 
November 17, 2014
MY 'FIVE PRODUCT, NO TOOLS REQUIRED' FACE

MY 'FIVE PRODUCT, NO TOOLS REQUIRED' FACE


Pressed for time in the mornings? Or evenings for that matter. I definitely feel your pain in that particular department, and as a result, have edited my essentials down to five products that help me to look like my natural self, but a bit better. 

When I'm short on time I don't want to waste precious minutes poking around my makeup drawers 'ooh-ing' and 'aah-ing' over what items to play around with, I need products that will make me look fresh and ready for the day. After I've cleansed and moisturized my skin, I often opt for a hybrid makeup/skincare product that will even out my skin tone just enough without the need for all the extra blending and work. The Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer is perfect for a brush-free application and a small amount leaves my skin looking naturally smoother and brighter. I was skeptical about this product when I first got my hands on it, as I was using it as a primer and not a tint, which for me left my face basking in too many layers of makeup. Now that I am using it alone I have been loving the smooth look it gives my skin for every day. 

In order for me to look like myself, a little eyebrow sprucing comes into play courtesy of the Anastasia Brow Wiz. Without question, I then dab a long lasting metallic brown shade all over the lid, and the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze is perfect as it stays put all day. I then slick on a few coats of mascara and dab on a cream blush to perk things up in the complexion (and lip!) department. I love the Nars Matte Multiple in Siam, a red shade that looks surprisingly natural when used sparingly and with minimal makeup elsewhere. 

That's it and I'm out the door...most likely arriving to work early thanks to this parred down product selection.
November 16, 2014
WHY THE HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING BLUSHES ARE AMAZING

WHY THE HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING BLUSHES ARE AMAZING


This review has been a long time coming to say the least. Do you know when you just love a product so much that you don't really question why or how it works so well? That is exactly what happened to me with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush and I can't believe I've yet to proclaim my love for them here on the blog. 

I have been using these blushes since their release earlier this year, starting with the shade Mood Exposure which is a stunning moody mauve appropriate for everyday. I loved it so much that I have been slowly building up my collection of shades, and can safely say that every single one of these marbled concoctions is special and beautiful in its own way. Here are a few reasons why these are amazing:
  • The shades are universally flattering, and although some may appear too light in the pan, the pigmentation of the colors are intense enough to show up on almost all skin tones. 
  • One swirl of your brush will pick up enough product, so these will last you awhile. As I mentioned, the pigmentation is amazing and a little definitely goes a long way with these.
  • The blushes are finely milled and silky in texture, and just like their powder counterparts they are lightweight and great for layering without ever looking too overdone.
  • Lasting power is on point. I seriously have worn these nonstop for months and can say without question they remain noticeable on the cheeks for up to an impressive ten hours. 
  • If you're a highlighter type of girl, these light-infused blushes will become your best friend. Saving me that extra step has earned them a permanent place in my makeup bag.
The result of these blushes are a naturally radiant finish and they can be built up and layered on top of or underneath other powders for a seamless finish. If you want an all over ethereal glow, which we all do, then I suggest getting these little guys on your side.

Swatches, for reference, top to bottom: Mood Exposure, Dim Infusion, and Luminous Flush.
November 13, 2014
GETTING ON THE LIPLINER BANDWAGON

GETTING ON THE LIPLINER BANDWAGON


In the past I was never a diehard fan of lip liners. Then again, I never gave them a proper go because I had sort of labeled them as outdated, more of something my grandma would wear. You may know the look I'm talking about - the pearlized lipstick outlined in dark, almost black liner? Shudders

Well, after falling in love with the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat I realized they are hardly what they used to be and are actually having a moment for a very good reason. The neutral shades give the lips a much fuller appearance when drawn slightly outside the natural lip and the darker shades can be worn all over to create an almost indelible stain that lasts without looking overdone. I've been building up my very small collection and I'm loving them all so much so that I have a few others on my current shopping list. So far, for the Kylie Jenner look I'd say to go for the MAC Lip Pencil in Soar, but if you're into a bolder and more mischievous stain, I love the shade Burgundy.  

November 11, 2014
THE NOVEMBER PAMPER ROUNDUP

THE NOVEMBER PAMPER ROUNDUP


One benefit of the temperatures plummeting is that it gives better excuse than any to cozy up in your robe and have a good 'at home spa' moment. I know that Sundays are often the pamper day of choice, but what about enjoying a moment of relaxation in the middle of a week when it seems time just stands still? The days are long, dark, and cold and after being away from the house for 10 hours all I want to do is come home and submerge myself into a tub filled to the brim with bubbles, light a candle, and slather on a moisture-inducing mask to re-juice my skin. Office heating systems can wreak serious havoc on the skin, don't you agree? Every few months, the array of products I turn to for my 'mini-spa' change according to season and right now it just so happens to be my favorite time of the year, complete with a bath that smells good enough to drink...

I'll always start off with a clean face and then buff off any dead skin before applying a moisturizing mask. My favorite manual exfoliator to get the job done is the Fresh Sugar Face Polish, which is packed with nourishing oils and bits of strawberries to keep the skin from getting dry post-polish. I like to let it sit on the skin for a few minutes before having a good ol' scrub so that all the good stuff can soak into my skin, then I'll rinse it off and apply the Origins Drink Up Mask before I hop in the tub. 

I have been completely infatuated with the Lush Hot Toddy Shower Gel as of late. Now, I know it's labeled as a shower gel but the bubble inducing formula was just too rich and foamy to not try in the bath, and man, am I happy I did. I liken it to sitting in a bath-ful of Christmas cheer and my skin feels soft and happy too. While I'm in there I like to exfoliate my limbs with a bit of my current favorite & Other Stories Punk Bouquet Body Scrub, which smells of roses and sweet champagne and leaves my skin ridiculously moisturized and soft as a baby's bottom. After I've dried myself off I like to seal in the moisture as quickly as possible and I've been getting oil-happy with the De Mamiel Botaniques Salvation Body Oil since I've gotten my hands on it. I'm telling you, this is one luxurious blend of natural oils...like a drink of nectar for the skin.

There are a few extra steps I tend to take before heading off into the land of slumber and that includes tending to my dry and cracked lips. First comes buffing the lips with my Fresh Sugar Lip Scrub to rid of dry patches, and next up is a treatment of sorts, the By Terry Baume de Rose which ensures they stay plump and juicy until sunrise. For good measure, and a hit of calming lavender aroma, I love to spritz my pillow with the This Works Deep Sleep Plus Pillow Spray and roll its counterpart, This Works Breathe In Oil onto pulse points. Ultimate in-home spa, complete

If you need me...I'll be cozying up in my bed watching re-runs of American Horror Story.
November 10, 2014
A PEEK INSIDE MY MAKEUP BAG

A PEEK INSIDE MY MAKEUP BAG


It's been awhile since I've stopped to take note of the products I've been reaching for on a daily basis. It can be hard to notice the items that you love when you're constantly testing out new ones and the focus seems to fall on those. You so desperately want to love the new items, and that being said, a few of those have landed a permanent spot in my makeup bag, along with some trusty favorites. 

I switch up my products regularly, but always stick to a similar makeup mantra - fresh, perfected skin, a neutral eye for daytime, followed by an enhanced lip and touch of blush and luminizer for some added oomph. I am not at all a fan of a flat complexion, especially now that I'm no longer in my mattified teenage years. A new(ish) favorite of mine, which I mentioned here, is the By Terry Sheer-Expert. It gives the most perfected complexion and lit-from-within glow sans shimmer particles, and leaves skin with the feeling of just having applied a really good serum. You might be surprised to see a different concealer in the mix for once, as I don't tend to stray from my usual Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, but for now the Clarins Instant Concealer has stolen the spotlight for its ability to combat dark circles, blemishes, and blotchiness with one quick dab. To seal my base in I've still been on a Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder kick, as there's nothing so radiance-inducing that's as finely milled as this. It really is like a filter for real life that you can dust on the skin and you can't beat that. 

To give myself a bit of color, I've found myself reaching for the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher in Ecstasy lately. The shade is gorgeous, a rosy mauve shimmer, and it adds some warmth to the complexion without ever competing with the rest of my makeup. Another standout product from Charlotte Tilbury is her Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk, the perfect lip enhancing shade that I draw slightly outside my natural lipline for a bit of a poutier effect. I top that with the cult classic By Terry Baume de Rose to lock in moisture, for which I just purchased a replacement a few days ago because I can't be without it. My wallet is still weeping, *le sigh.

For eyes I'm all about a neutral shade for everyday wear, and since time is not always a luxury I can afford, a do-it-all shade is good to have on hand. The Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Mirage is an easy swipe'n go golden brown that gives the same result as applying a base, crease, and highlight shade in one. If I'm feeling fancy then I will pair that with a cat-eye and for that the absolute bestin my humble opinion, is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. The tip is made up of the finest little hairs and not felt, which for me tends to give and doesn't create as sharp of a wing. Obviously, all of this makeup would be nothing without mascara to top it off and right now I'm using one from MAC that came in a set I purchased from their holiday collection.  

What items have you been loving lately? Are there any standbys that you need to have with you at all times?
November 06, 2014
BY TERRY SHEER-EXPERT

BY TERRY SHEER-EXPERT


This stuff. It's not that often that I feel the need to devote an entire post to just one foundation, but that's not the case with this gem. I have tons of bottles of the stuff - all different coverages, finishes, and unfortunately, shades - and yet I tend to reach for the same few constantly. To me foundations are fun to buy and filled with promises of skin perfecting ingredients and technology that will change your beauty routine forever, but the By Terry Sheer-Expert actually has. 

This is by far the most exciting product discovery of the past month for me, and although it's not a new release it still tops any that I've laid my hands on as of late. This foundation is a skincare/makeup hybrid that gives potentially the most radiant finish ever without a speck of shimmer in sight. Usually in order to achieve such a level of glow you have to go for products that leave a residue or "dewy" finish on the skin post application, but that's not the case here. It settles down to a satin finish, yet creates a lit from within sort of radiance and leaves things feeling like you've just applied a serum. If you have been searching for a medium coverage foundation that gives a healthy finish, without the oilier texture, then may I introduce you to your new best friend? 

I know this isn't the most purse friendly option ever, but just a dab will do you, and you get what you pay for with this product. By Terry always offer impressive hi-tech and superior formulas that give results similar to skincare, and as for me I will be keeping a bottle of this handy for special occasions or for sad skin days. This will definitely turn that frown upside down.
November 04, 2014
THE BALM MARY-LOU MANIZER

THE BALM MARY-LOU MANIZER


I know I'm a bit late to the party on this one, but for some reason this cult status highlighter never made it into my grasp until recently. I thought I was covered in the shimmer department with my Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder, and I don't tend to gravitate toward products that make me glisten, but it's okay because this one is different and melts into the skin in a way I can't quite understand. I won't ask too many questions though, as all I know is of its' ability to smooth onto cheekbones and add a glow without a trace. 

I'm sure you've heard its sung praises prior to my little review here, but I just had to confirm that this is one of those items really worthy of all the hype surrounding it. The powder texture is super finely milled and layers gorgeously, making it easy to either dust on a lit from within veil or go all heavy handed for a more obvious shimmering effect. What I like the best about it, though, is that the shimmer particles themselves are actually undetectable and Mary-Lou Manizer diffuses the light making cheekbones and applied areas look more youthful and prominent. In a good way - two thumbs up from me. 
November 03, 2014
SUBTLE COLOR FOR YOUR AUTUMN MAKEUP BAG

SUBTLE COLOR FOR YOUR AUTUMN MAKEUP BAG


I am a neutral shade lover through and through, but when the cooler months roll around all of the neglected jewel-toned shades in my stash just seem to call out to me more. The royal blues, plummy shades, and even a few mossy greens are the ones I'm willing to venture toward when I'm having a more daring eye moment. For lips it's the wines, the berries, and the mauve hues that appeal the most to me, as they tend to look cozy-chic when paired with dreamy oversized knits. Any of you shade-afraid girls out there can trust me with my choice of color because I promise you, I can just as easily fall into that brown rut that we all know so well. This autumn is the time to come out of hiding and accentuate your feature of choice with a bit of subtle color, courtesy of this roundup.

For eyes it's all about the rich jewel tones that can be worn easily as they're just one step up the 'adventurous' ladder from a neutral eye. Think, golden and mossy greens like the Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Whopping Willow that will blend into the lids for a barely noticeable wash of color. A deep, blue-black shade a la Nars Soft Touch Shadow Stick in Dark Rite will give a smudgey smokey eye effect that makes peepers really stand out without being over the top. My personal favorite way to add color is in the form of royal purple shades. My picks are the Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Calabria or the Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Phoebe, which almost appears a brown-purple hybrid when blended out on the lids. Nars makes a great variety of shades that are neutral-lover friendly but add a little extra somethin' somethin' if you know what I mean.

For lips I can't help but gravitate toward berry reds, wine-stained washes, and mauves as I think they suit almost every look and every skin tone. Right now I'm loving the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Stockholm Chic for lips that look like you've been sipping red wine, but without the dreaded purple-tooth effect. One of my all time favorite mauves, which I'm sure is made evident by the amount gone from the bullet, is the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L'Infidele. I'm not sure this shade is still available, but the creamy-matte texture of these lipsticks is pure genius especially if you're looking for a nude or pink color. If you're going for that 90's throwback that is so right now, then I'd suggest looking in the direction of the Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss and I especially love the shade Rose Sugar 3 for a wearable take on the look. 

How do you amp up your autumn makeup color spectrum without straying too far from the neutral look?
November 02, 2014
FLUSHED WINTER CHEEK COLOURS

FLUSHED WINTER CHEEK COLOURS


Being outside in the colder months can wreak some serious havoc on your freshly applied makeup, especially on those windy mornings. You're eyeliner runs down your face in a stream of tears, mascara smudges with the wipe of an eye...I'm sure you've fallen victim to the winter winds yourself before. Through all the turmoil, however, there is a silver lining, and that is the gorgeously natural flush that the wind leaves on the cheeks. Too bad that doesn't happen everyday, and most of the time when it does, the rest of your makeup ends up looking a mess so you can't even properly enjoy that 'just walked in the snow' glow that you've got. Lucky for us there are some products that we can turn to to give us that same uber natural and winter appropriate cheek that goes perfectly with any makeup look. 

Perricone MD No Blush Blush // The title of this product says it all - dot onto cheeks where you know you would normally flush when you've come in from the cold to accentuate cheekbones. It's the perfect 'one shade fits all' color that looks like it was made from crushed rose petals and contains no shimmer to deter anyone from thinking that you've gone au natural

YSL Creme de Blush in shade 9 // I'd imagine this is the better option for the fairer skinned ladies out there. You don't have to worry about going in too heavy-handed with the application as this bouncy mousse-like blush melts right into the skin leaving the color only where you want it to be. I suggest tapping this into the apples and not blending, as too much of the color may be taken off by the brush with any stroking motions. The color may look a bit bright in the pot, but on the skin it creates the most dainty and beautiful light pink toned shade that livens up a dull winter complexion instantly.

RMS Lip2Cheek in Smile // This is a great all-rounder product for creating that winter windswept vibe. A fresh coral pink that produces a true stain on the cheeks and lips, this creamy pot can fool even someone standing next your face into thinking it's all yours. The slight red tone in the product is what really makes this look like you're blushing, and the pink keeps things from looking ruddy. The perfect combination in my opinion. 

Do you use any products that recreate this same effect? I'd love for you to share!