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Beauty, MakeupFinish Like A Pro

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish

MAKE UP FOR EVER and I have been having a little bit of a love affair this year, so I was really excited to try their new Pro Finish Multi-Use Foundation.  I’m not normally a huge fan of powder foundations – I’m definitely more of a liquid foundation kind of girl – but if you’re looking for a light to medium coverage foundation that’s easily portable, this one might be right up your alley.

Like almost all of MAKE UP FOR EVER’S products, it’s available in a huge selection of shades, which is fabulous.  I’m so glad we’ve come such a long way from the days when foundations were available in five or so different colors.  That was the worst, right?  You can apply Pro Finish with the sponge included in the compact in two ways – wet or dry.  Applying it dry gives you more coverage and a matte finish, wet gives you sheerer coverage and a satin finish.  The coverage is definitely buildable, but I’d say if you’re looking for serious coverage, I’d still go with a liquid foundation over this – Pro Finish is more medium coverage (at least on me).  I love the texture of this powder and how easily and perfectly it blends into my skin (make sure you get color matched to ensure that you buy the perfect shade for your skin tone).  On me, it lasts almost all day so there’s really no need to reapply, but if you’re heading out for the night after work, it’s easy to just toss the compact in your bag for touch ups on the go.  I do wish it had an SPF in it, but since I always wear sunscreen anyway, that really isn’t too much of a sticking point.  The love affair continues!

Bath & Body, Beauty, MakeupBack to Basics

SW Basics Lip Balm Flights

I buy so many “big” name brand makeup and body care items that one of my favorite things is when I can discover a smaller, more indie brand that isn’t in every single store yet.  It feels like a great achievement, like I’m in on a secret that the rest of the world doesn’t know yet.  (Plus, it always feels good supporting smaller businesses).  My newest band obsession is S.W. Basics of Brooklyn.  All of their products are made in small batches by actual people (imagine that!) in Brooklyn and they’re ethically sourced with holistic ingredients.  It’s so nice to know that what you’re putting on your body doesn’t have any chemical or “bad” ingredients.  As the company says, their products are “super-simple, pared down blends of the absolutely essential ingredients needed for effective, truly all-natural skincare.”  READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupThe Return of Sexy

The Return of Sexy

If you’re all booked up with holiday parties this season (and really, who isn’t?  I never thought I’d say this, but I could really use a night on my couch!) you’re going to definitely want to pick up Too Faced’s The Return of Sexy Eye Shadow Palette.  I think it might be my favorite shadow palette of the season, and that’s saying a lot because I’ve gotten my hands on some good ones this month.  READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupIlluminate Your Eyes

When it comes to the holidays, I love any makeup that’s shimmery, sparkly, glittery… pretty much anything that makes me seem “dressed up.”  It just makes holiday getting ready more fun.  Laura Mercier’s new Illuminating Eye Colours are perfect to fulfill this need in my life this time of year.

They’re fabulously pigmented and can be used wet or dry, plus they have an amazing pearl finish.  It’s shimmery without being overly glittery, so you can easily wear them during the day, as well as out at night.  I love the metallic effect they have too – it’s so pretty and different.  (Can you tell how much I love these?)  I tried Gilded Bronze (a golden topaz) and Gilded Moonlight (a true gold) and both of them will definitely be in serious rotation this holiday season for me.  They also blend easily and last all day, so… pretty much perfect.  Definitely seek these out before they sell out or are retired into the vast wonderland that is limited-edition products.  You won’t regret it.

Beauty, MakeupStock Up On Liners

You guys, I’m obsessed with MAKE UP FOR EVER‘s new collection – The Ultimate Eye Liner Collection.  Ever since I got over my crazy lash tint induced eye infection, I’ve been playing around with liners constantly just because I can (you really don’t know you’ve got until it’s gone!) and if you’re looking to bulk up your liner stash, look nu further.  It’s a little pricey at $160 so it’s definitely something to buy either for yourself or a very good friend or relative, but it’s a great value for the money because you get a total of fourteen different liners, plus a double pencil sharpener.  Basically, once you have this set, you won’t need to buy liner for a very long time, so it’s definitely worth the original outlay of cash.  The set has seven of their uber popular Aqua Eyes Liners in shades ranging from black to bright purple and blue, three of their Crayon Kohl liners, and four of their fabulous liquid Aqua liners.  MAKE UP FOR EVER liners are a cult classic, and rightly so because they all blend easily and last all day (and the colors are gorgeous).  You could even buy the set and divide it up – maybe wrap a few pencils in ribbon and add them to a bigger gift or give them to your favorite friend at work.  Either way, this is definitely not a set you should pass up!

Beauty, MakeupStila Holiday 2012

Stila has always been one of my favorite brands (as evidenced by the fact that I drag myself out of bed at 5am on the weekend to get to their  warehouse sales early every year – the only thing I love more than sleep is a great makeup sale!).  They always outdo themselves at the holidays too – their gift sets are some of the best products and greatest values out there, and this year is no exception.

The big attraction for me is the Snow Angel Color Palette & Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara.  Love this one!  It’s a HUGE collection of color – literally everything you could ever need for eyes and cheeks in one package.  (The only downside to this is that it’s not exactly portable or travel-friendly, but that’s okay.  Sometimes trading pack-ability for more shades it totally worth it!)  It’s shaped like a snowflake (so cute) and has 12 blushes and 18 eye shadows, all of which can be used wet or dry.  It also comes with a deluxe Stay All Day Mascara tube and a look book for inspiration (definitely a bonus if you’re gifting this to someone who doesn’t have much makeup experience).  This is a serious, serious value at only $39 – that’s only $1.30 a shade, even less than any drugstore brand.  If you only buy one item from Stila’s holiday collection, it should be this one.

…Unless you really need to stock up on Lip Glazes or Eye Liners…  Because those two sets are awesome too.  (Seriously, Stila, what are you doing to me?)  The All Is Bright Lip Glaze Set has eight different Lip Glazes in it for only $25.  I feel like everyone knows of the awesomeness of the Lip Glazes by now (colorful, great flavors, moisturizing…) and to pick up two classic shades and six limited-edition ones at that price is a can’t miss if you’re on the hunt for new lip colors.  But if you need to acquire more eye liners, the Seeing Stars Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Set is what you’re looking for.  For $32, you get five Smudge Sticks (normally that many would run you $100) in great, wearable shades.  I love the Smudge Sticks because they apply so easily, blend like a dream, and their highly pigmented colors last all night (especially important during the holidays).

And as a special treat for our readers, Stila is giving you 25% off on their holiday items purchased at www.stilacosmetics.com through December 15th with the code TDO25.  Even more reason to stock up!  Happy shopping!

Beauty, MakeupDangerous and Fun

Urban Decay has three new palettes out for the holiday season – The Fun Palette, The Dangerous Palette and The Feminine Palette.  I’m always a fan of Urban Decay’s shadow collections and these are no different.  They all have distinct groupings of colors that let you create the sort of looks their titles imply and they come in small zippered cases, which is nice because not only can you tuck them in your bag easily, but you know the shadow isn’t going to get all over the place.  (It’s not just me that happens to, right?) READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupBenefit From These Sets

I know we still have a little while to go before the holidays are officially here, but so far, I’m declaring Benefit Cosmetics the holiday winner because they just have so many different gift sets, it’s impossible not to find at least two (or three… or five…) that you have to take home with you.  (And let’s be honest, take home for yourself – none of this “gift” stuff!)  Here are my favorites of the sets I’ve tried so far. READ MORE

Bath & Body, Beauty, MakeupCelebrate the Holidays With Laura Mercier

I’ve been obsessed with Laura Mercier’s Crème Brûlée scent for years now.  Many, many years.  (I’m aging myself here!)  I try and stock up whenever possible, but I’ve also been meaning to branch out into more of her other scents because I love Crème Brûlée so much, I couldn’t imagine that I wouldn’t love the others equally as much.  And I was right. READ MORE

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