All I Want For Christmas Is…

I recently got a request to do a Christmas Wish List of beauty products (thanks, Erika Milliun!).  Great idea, right?  I’ve included essentials that I’ve mentioned over and over again, awesome products that I use but haven’t talked about and ones that I’ve heard great things about but haven’t tried yet.

Twelve Days of Beauty Products

1.) Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer:  I won’t put eyeshadow on a “naked” lid and this is the primer I reach for most often.  It helps shadows stay on, stops them from creasing, and covers any tiny veins or discoloration on the lid. http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P202625&categoryId=C10480

2.) Illamasqua Liquid Metal eye color in Solstice:  This highly pigmented cream shadow is perfect for the holidays.  It’s hard to find a gold shadow that actually shows up, but this one does.  If you want to try something new and fun for a holiday party or night out, but are afraid to go for a bright color, you’ll love this.  http://www.illamasqua.com/shop/catalogue/category/eyes/products/liquid-meta/38/

3.) Beauty Rush Holiday Limited Edition Lip Gloss by Victoria’s Secret:  I haven’t used any of these exact shades before, but I have used the Beauty Rush glosses before, and they’re great.  These shimmery limited edition colors are gorgeous and totally festive 🙂 http://www.victoriassecret.com/ss/Satellite?ProductID=1284544635415&c=Page&cid=1284548318160&pagename=vsdWrapper

4.) NARS The Multiple in Copacabana:  Use this shimmery pearl highlighting stick on eyes, lips, or cheeks (just not all at once!) for a pretty glow.  I love doing a holiday party look with red lips, silver eyeshadow and Copacabana on the cheekbones.  http://www.narscosmetics.com/The-Multiple-C43_makeup_7.aspx

5.) Make Up For Ever Lash Fibers:  I haven’t used this product, but I heard a positive review from a trustworthy source–and I adore this company–so I’m going to recommend it.  It’s a white mascara-like product that you apply before your mascara.  It lengthens and thicken the lashes, so the mascara adheres to that.  And who doesn’t want bigger lashes?http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P206303&shouldPaginate=true&categoryId=4028

6.) Sense Eye Nourisher:  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  If you are over 25 and have eyes, you should be using an eye cream every night.  And this eye cream is the only one I’ve ever tried that actually works.  I know this is a strong statement, but I really think that everyone should have this product.  You have to buy it from someone who works with the Sense line, so please email me if you want to get it and I’ll give you details.

7.) MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack:  Consider this black gel liner to be like your favorite pair of jeans.  It’s a classic that you can wear with lots of different looks.  It goes on smoothly, stays put and the little jar will last you a while. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/151/898/Fluidline/index.tmpl

8.) Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Blackberry:  This is the time of year to go for berry lipcolors, so give it a try! I’ve found this shade to be flattering on most people and you can’t beat the price.  So if darker lipcolors are out of your comfort zone, at least you can try it on the cheap (and if you buy it from CVS, just return it if you don’t like it–they accept even opened makeup returns).  http://www.drugstore.com/revlon-super-lustrous-creme-lipstick-blackberry/qxp36038?fromsrch=revlon+blackberry+lipstick

9.) Tarte Cheek Stains:  You know that flushed cheek look you get from being outside in the winter?  Well, you don’t have to freeze your ass off to get it.  These gel blushes give you that same look, with a variety of shades to choose from.  And since you only need a little bit, the product itself lasts for a long time. http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?skuId=2220243&productId=xlsImpprod2430065&navAction=push&navCount=1&subdoc=2tarteintrototarte

10.) Philosophy Time On Your Hands Cream:  I actually get calluses from lugging my 40 lb makeup kit around and this is the only hand cream that gets rid of them for me.  It has glycolic acid which exfoliates the dead skin right off and moisturizing ingredients to soften the skin.  It brought my hands from construction worker tough to socialite smooth.  http://search.ulta.com/search?p=Q&ts=v2&userid=325207257&w=philosophy+hand+cream

11.) Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Coverage Foundation:  This is a great one for your wish list because not only is it the best foundation I’ve ever used, but it’s a little pricey and I know it can be hard to justify spending money on yourself during the holiday season.  So let someone else get it for you! 🙂 This liquid foundation gives amazing coverage, feels like nothing and photographs and films beautifully. http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P217905&categoryId=C13402

12.) Dior Diorshow Mascara:  My name is synonymous with two things: Biggie Smalls and Diorshow.  So for me to not include my favorite mascara on this list would be blasphemous.  Basically, it’s the bomb.  Long, full lashes, no smearing, flaking, or smudging.  Just get it already. http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P40404&categoryId=C10472

Hopefully you’ve been a good girl this year and you get everything you ask for.  Because if all you get is coal in your stocking, I can’t help you.  Kohl liner, however, is a different story…

Happy Holidays! Have a beautiful day 🙂

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What a Delight!: NARS Lipgloss in Turkish Delight Review

We all know what Kim Kardashian is known for.  You look at her and can’t miss it.  It stands out and she knows it.

It’s her makeup.

From the brown and silver contoured eye on the Vegas cover,  to her crimson-lipped perfume ad, to her signature smokey eye, Kim has rocked some major looks.  I know she works with a lot of great makeup artists and I’ve watched tutorials with her in them. She really does know what she’s talking about.  I also read an interview where she said she’d like to be a makeup artist, so I think she is a fellow makeup junkie.

Several times, I’ve read that Kim’s go-to lipgloss is NARS Lipgloss in Turkish Delight.  It’s a pale  pink gloss that NARS describes as a “pink sorbet” color.  In other words, a perfect fit for a dark smokey eye.  Being a huge fan of the smokey eye, I decided years ago that I had to try this gloss.  So it makes no sense at all that it took me until last week to order it.

The color is exactly what I hoped it would be.  It adds a little lightness to the face (which is flattering when there’s dark makeup on the eyes), but it’s not frosty or too pink.  It doesn’t feel sticky–it actually has a creamy consistency–and it stays on for a good amount of time.  The only thing I don’t care for is the scent–it’s slightly plastic-y.

Even so, I am 100% happy with this purchase.  Thank you, Kim!

You can buy NARS products at a number of stores, including Sephora and NARSCosmetics.com

http://www.narscosmetics.com/Lip-Gloss-C11_makeup_7.aspx

 

 

 

Totally Tubular: Blinc Mascara Review

A few years ago, beauty tube mascara was big.  For those of you not familiar with “beauty tube technology”, basically these tubes are mascara fibers that encase the eyelashes, as opposed to regular mascara, which more or less paints them.  Because of this, makers of the beauty tube mascaras say the product is water-resistant.  Beauty tube mascara was created by a company called Blinc (formerly called Kiss Me), but L’Oreal had a popular one and I believe a few other drugstore brands did too.

I tried the L’Oreal one back in the day and I wasn’t impressed.  But I recently decided give beauty tube technology another try, mainly because I do a lot of weddings and waterproof or water-resistant mascara is a must.  I bought a tube from Blinc and eagerly tried it out.  Because I strive to be a positive person, I will talk first about the good aspects of this mascara.

It does not budge.  I didn’t cry while I was wearing it, but I feel confident that you will not see a smudge or flake when wearing this mascara.  That is definitely an important part of a solid mascara, so props on that, Blinc.

The Blinc mascara does add length to your lashes.  So if you’ve got thick lashes that you only want to lengthen and you are an overly emotional person who struggles with smudged mascara, you can stop reading right now and go get yourself a tube.

But if you need volume in your life, pass on this one.  I’ve found that most people, myself included, need the volume and length combo.  I like big hair, big purses and big lashes, and I’m not ashamed.

If you do decide to try a beauty tube mascara, I need to prep you about the removal process.  You do not need eye makeup remover to get this mascara off, so I guess that’s a plus.  After you wash your face, put some extra warm water on your lashes.  This will help loosen up the beauty tubes.  Then gently pinch your lashes and pull the mascara off, tube by tube.  All the little black pieces that look suspiciously like eyelashes that are decorating your sink basin? Breathe, homegirl, they are just beauty tube corpses.

The Blinc mascara is $25, and the L’Oreal version (which is a double sided tube with a primer type product and the mascara) retails between  $8.99-$11.99.

So for now, I’m sticking with my DiorShow and M.U.F.E. Smoky Lash mascaras.  They may be tube-less, but I’m okay with that.

Have a beautiful day 🙂