Friday, June 22, 2018

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Revelation

Chanel's Cruise Collection for 2018 has three new eyeliners and the limited edition shade Révélation has proven itself a standout. I guess Chanel fans are definitely into taupe. Personally, I picked it up a little bit later as I still had the old Perle de Lune and several Urban Decay taupes to keep me in check. But when Révélation became out of stock everywhere I looked, I was hit with a serious need to have it at once.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Concealer Game

Let's play the concealer game! I don't have a shortage of concealers to use around here but when Laura Mercier launched the Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer, I had to try it. And now Tarte is repackaging their Maracuja Creaseless Concealer so I thought, it's really time for us to talk concealer.

Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen

I have a few pen-style ones like YSL Touche Eclat and Givenchy Mister Light. Although this is not my favorite style of concealer, I always need to have at least one in rotation. I used to keep a makeup kit in the car for emergencies and a concealer like this was always in it. Now I just have some essentials in my purse because I'm concerned about extreme heat or cold doing a number on my makeup if I leave them stowed in the car. Although the two have a same style brush tip, the Givenchy dispenses product by having you twist the bottom of the pen. The YSL one has a button that you click. Neither method dispenses quickly though. You twist or you click and then you wait. Otherwise, you'll dispense too much product which can get messy, not to mention wasteful.

Friday, June 8, 2018

All About Setting Powders

If you've ever tried to buy setting powder, you'll discover that there are literally hundreds of options out there now. In the decades that I've worn makeup, I've amassed a fair collection of powder products, loose or compact, many of which did not come up a favorite.

I'm partial to Laura Mercier on this issue. I think I've liked pretty much all the powders I've bought from the brand. The old Loose Setting Powder came in several shades and I still have a trickle of the old Ivory one that I used daily for a time. I've since switched to the Translucent Loose Setting Powder which you can buy in full size or as a mini, packaged with the Mini Velour Puff. I have a jar of the Universal Invisible Loose Setting Powder which has a different texture but also works well. I can't honestly say that they really go on invisibly for me though. It's powder. If you apply more than you should, it will leave a slight whiteness. For this reason, I actually wish they'd bring back the old powder, in Ivory, as that worked very well for me.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Mascara Quicknotes IX: mascara bases

A friend asked me recently, do you really need a mascara base? After some thought, I started my response by saying, it depends on whether the mascara you're using needs a base to do what you want it to do. Nowadays, I tend to skip the base unless I have a mascara that doesn't do anything but tint the lashes. Those are the only ones that I think really need it. Sometimes, a base is all you need to give your mascara a boost and take it to the level of volume that you want. In a previous mascara post, I talked about how I like the waterproof version of Maybelline Lash Stiletto but used by itself, I wished it could give me more volume. So I tended to use it in conjunction with another mascara or a mascara base.

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer (brush revealed)
Benefit They're Real Tinter Primer

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

L'Oreal Paris Mickey Mouse Collection

I guess I waited too long before posting this but as there is currently a promotion going on that includes these items, now's a good a time as any. This is a pic-heavy post, with over a dozen pictures of select items from the L'Oreal Paris Mickey Mouse collection sold by Target.

The collection as a whole includes 2 mascaras, 2 eyeliners and 5 lipsticks. I picked out the items above over a series of purchases in previous weeks. As there is a $5 gift card offer on purchases of $20 or more on select Mickey Mouse items, I am trying to get a couple more things. It's just that this collection has been out for awhile so items have gone out of stock for delivery and they can be a little tricky to find in the store.