Monday, February 28, 2011

Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Guavagold

Let me explain the mission. I am looking for a gloss that is just like a discontinued Clinique lipgloss called Sunshine. Sunshine is a peachy-nude semi-sheer gloss with a pearl finish. Sounds simple enough to find, right? My first stop was naturally, the Clinique counter. Armed with the knowledge that Sunshine is no longer in existence, we pored over the entire display of glosses and settled on 08 Guavagold.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Top 5

What's been on my mind this entire week? Here are the top five things that have been keeping me entertained and amazed.

1. March magazines - They make me feel so excited about the coming of spring! Spring fashion, spring colors, spring makeup and over 500 pages to turn on some of them!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Maybelline Expert Wear Blush in Gentle Rose

Maybelline's launched the new Fit Me line with foundations and blushes so my local Target had marked down the old Expert Wear ones to half off. I saw about 4 shades but as I gravitate more towards easy to wear baby pink shades, I picked Gentle Rose.

Friday, February 25, 2011

JK Jemma Kidd Stain, Flush Blush Concentrate in Masquerade

I've been trying a number of products from Jemma Kidd's line at Target and while I typically shy away from stains or cream blush formulations, I could not resist this at half off.

JK Jemma Kidd Stain, Flush Blush Concentrate in 02 Masquerade

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Laura Mercier Liquid Eyeliner Gold Thread

I was excited to take home a liquid eyeliner from Laura Mercier's Silk Road Collection. There is currently no liquid liner from the brand. I've seen one in the past but it was in a bottle, not a pen one.

Laura Mercier Gold Thread Liquid Eyeliner ($26)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Almay Intense I-Color Powder Shadow in Trio for Browns 001

This is my first experience with Almay eye makeup. I bought the Trio for Browns that came with a bonus eyeliner.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chanel Glossimer in Aragonite

I have a newfound respect for the Chanel Glossimer. I never thought much of them until last year, which was when I really started picking up various colors. It's rare that I wear them alone though. Almost always on top of lipstick. I buy them not because of the pigmentation but because of the shine. Nothing does shimmer and glitter quite like the Glossimer.

Chanel Glossimer in Aragonite

Monday, February 21, 2011

Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Soft Rose

I was so in love with the first shade I got of Revlon's ColorBurst lipsticks that I had to see if there were any more shades that were as good. This time, I got something a little more robust instead of nude. This is Soft Rose.

Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in 040 Soft Rose

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Weekly Countdown First Edition

I'd been mulling over features to do on the weekends, when I don't have product reviews or any sale items I would like to tell you about. I was surprised that I never thought about it before. I should do a weekly countdown of my favorite items for that week! The very first job I had was as a radio DJ (see About Me) and the weekly or even daily countdown was such a fundamental part of programming. I see no reason why it can't be part of a blog. Of course, my "charts" won't be based on any kind of scientific method, survey or votes. It's just an arbitrary list of items that I've been using or thinking about the entire week. It could be my favorite shade of eyeshadow, a "flavor of the week" lip product or my latest discovery that I've been able to sample and am planning to purchase. It could even be a haircut or a picture in a magazine. It's hard to be obsessed with beauty. There's always something on my mind.

For this week, here's my top 5:

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Pink Wink

I have to admit, I only bought it because it was a bargain. I had never tried any of the ColorSensational lipsticks and I'd been dying to, since they came out. The display racks were so enticing. There were so many colors to choose from!

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in 105 Pink Wink

Friday, February 18, 2011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy

It was the highlight of my day. My daughter and I were staring out the second floor window just as the UPS truck pulled up. Out came the UPS man, who smiled at us and said hi, as he ran to leave the precious box at my doorstep.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Vert and Midnight Cowboy

Don't we all love a bargain? If you consider getting two Urban Decay eyeshadow singles for $10 a bargain, here's what that got me.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Blush

I like nude pink shades of lipstick and when confronted with a whole slew of pinks and I see a color called Blush, I expect a winner. Revlon's ColorBurst Lipstick in Blush did not disappoint.

Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in 035 Blush

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat

Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat ($24)

I've been using this product for a few years now. I've tried Clinique and Smashbox but their eyeshadow bases didn't agree with me. Urban Decay's Primer Potion didn't work for me either, no matter how many variations they came out with and while Too Faced's Shadow Insurance seemed like it did the job, I disliked that the product would separate and sometimes, all I get out of the tube is some clear oil of some sort. I think if I'm going with that, I should just put foundation on my lids and shadow on top.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Laura Mercier Eye and Cheek Palette (Silk Road Collection)

Laura Mercier's latest is the Silk Road Collection which includes some new lip plumpers, a couple of stick gloss shades, a new liquid eyeliner and the showstopper eye and cheek palette.

Laura Mercier Eye and Cheek Palette

Friday, February 11, 2011

Shiseido Perfect Mascara/MAC 205 Pro Mascara Fan Brush

It seems only fair to try out Shiseido's mascara when I've fallen in love with their mascara base. I did get a sample of their Perfect Mascara in Black.

Shiseido The Makeup Perfect Mascara in Black

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base

My first experience with a mascara base was with Lancome's Cils Booster XL. I was really pleased with the results, a boost in length and volume, and most of all, it made my mascara last all day, even in humid weather. But it wasn't a perfect product. I disliked the brush and I felt that it sometimes left my lashes brittle. Also, that product dries white. I was hoping for something that dries clear.

I tried substituting clear mascara for the mascara base but I don't think that the Maybelline Great Lash clear mascara that I picked worked out. It was actually worse. So I bought two other brands, Shiseido and Chanel (quick review here). Now I'm hooked on Shiseido's Nourishing Mascara Base.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder

I'm a fan of Laura Mercier's original Translucent Loose Setting Powder so getting me to switch to a new one is going to be hard.

Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Hydrating

If you've never thought about using a primer before foundation, or if you have dry skin and haven't found one that you like, I highly recommend Laura Mercier's Hydrating Primer.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Hydrating ($30)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black

Revlon's ColorStay Eyeliner in Black is your basic, everyday black eyeliner in an automatic pencil. While it does not claim to be waterproof, I think it's a very good and very affordable pencil liner that is easy to use and lasts all day.

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black

Friday, February 4, 2011

Revlon Sophisticated Greys Eye Collection

I previously reviewed the Classic Nudes Eye Collection from Revlon. It included a quad and an eyeliner designed to deliver a nude look. While they were half-off, I decided to get the Sophisticated Greys Eye Collection as well.

Revlon Sophisticated Greys Eye Collection

Sophisticated Greys includes the Revlon ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow quad in Sterling Rose and the ColorStay Eyeliner in Black.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Le Metier de Beaute Face Kaleidoscope Kit

The Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope Kits are not solely for eyeshadows. There is also a Face Kit available that includes a powder, highlighter, blush and bronzer.

Le Metier de Beaute Face Kaleidoscope Kit ($95)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Laura Mercier Face Polish

The Laura Mercier Face Polish is a cream-based facial scrub. Tiny beads help exfoliate the skin while cleansing it. But since it's all held together by a cream, it's subtly moisturizing. It doesn't lather or produce a foam. It has a mild scent that doesn't linger and it's just overall, a nice way to get rid of dead skin cells laying on top of your skin so that fresher skin can shine through.

Laura Mercier Face Polish Sample Size Tubes