Stories for: Makeup

Beauty, MakeupNARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation: Worth It?

Nars Radiant Cream Compact FoundationLight. Dry. Olive. Freckled. That’s my skin in a nutshell.

Like many mixed-race gals, or actually, just gals in general, I find it hard to choose a foundation that matches my exact skin shade and tone — so I usually settle for something sheer in the “Ivory” or “Light Neutral” category. When I first heard NARS was releasing a new Radiant Cream Compact Foundation in 20 shades (yes, 20 shades!), I thought, “Finally! They must have the perfect match!” But alas, the closest I could find was Deauville (a light shade with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertone). I must confess, I thought this shade would be too dark, too thick and too warm at first, but au contraire, it worked out beautifully! READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupMake Up For Ever Smoky Extravagance

mufI’ve always had good luck with MAKE UP FOR EVER and the streak continues lately with their new Smoky Extravagant Mascara.  It has a long-lasting formula that promises no clumping, and it uses a 4D technology to make a microdefining wax complex cover your lashes in ultrablack pigments (how futuristic!). The formula is supposed to add volume, length and curl. I thought that it did a great job with the volume and length–but honestly, I didn’t see a ton of curling. However, my lashes are naturally long and thick, so maybe it was just having a problem with that? By far though, my favorite part about this mascara is the brush–it’s fabulous!  It’s cone-shaped with a precision tip, so it separates lashes so as to avoid clumping, but it also means that you can get into the corners and make those lashes as easy to see as the rest of them. That’s not always an easy feat to accomplish on my lashes, so kudos for that.  I also like that the formula didn’t smudge or flake at all on me, so I wasn’t wearing more of it under my eyes than I was on my lashes.  Thanks, MAKE UP FOR EVER for keeping the streak going!

 

 

Beauty, MakeupEasy Summer Beauty with Jouer

Before I got my hands on samples of some of their new products, it had been a long time since I tried Jouer. I’m not sure why, but now that I’ve had some time to play around with their fun stuff, that’s definitely not going to happen again. Everything I tried recently is so fabulous that it’s now become one of my favorite brands.

jouerlipSummer to me equals even more time outdoors, which means that my lips have far more time to become dry and/or chapped than any other season (funny how that happens). I’m an obsessive lip moisturizer, so I’m loving the Tinted Lip Enhancers.  The Lip Enhancers are lip treatments that come in a cute little tube that’s easy to slip into your pocket or your clutch on a night out and are nourishing, conditioning and very moisturizing– everything you need for keeping lips soft and hydrated at any time.  They contain something called Maxi Lip, which helps to plump your pout while filling in fine lines. Each Enhancer comes with a hint of color to it–they’re not super pigmented or dramatic, but you can definitely see the tint on your lips– that make them just right to contrast with a smoky eye or for a casual daytime look. They’re just simple, pretty and easy.  The perfect summer lip product! READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupRimmel Fresh, Flawless Summer Face — with a Twist

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One of the things I like best right now about Rimmel London, besides the fact that Kate Moss is plastered all over their website, is their Fresh, Flawless Summer Face look. It’s super simple and puts focus on perfect skin and eyebrows — my key must-haves for “no makeup makeup” days. Best of all, it keeps you looking awake all day and translates easily to night if you apply a bold lip. The overall effect is both runway-inspired and fit for daily wear!

To get the basic Rimmel Fresh, Flawless Face, all you really need are four items (each under $10): READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupPlay With the Moondust

udmoondustAhh Urban Decay: it’s my go to makeup brand for a lot of different occasions, but I especially turn to them whenever I want to sparkle. Simply put, they make some of the best (and easiest to use) glittery makeup out there. So when I heard about their new Moondust Eyeshadows, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. Available in seven different shades, these are definitely not for the woman who’s afraid to shine because they are ALL about the glitter–you can see it in the pan and you can definitely see it when you put them on. But don’t be scared because they’re such great shadows for a night out since just one layer will do the trick (just be careful to limit fallout when you’re applying them because like any glitter shadows, that can sometimes be an issue). For extra drama, I like to apply them wet for a very pigmented pop of color. My two favorites shades from the collection are Moonspoon (a medium gray with bright silver sparkle) and Intergalactic (a medium purple with bright silver sparkle) but I could happily own them all.  You can also use them in Urban Decay’s Build Your Own Palette system, so that gives you the flexibility to package them with any shadow they make. I plan to make a palette of four of the Moondust shades.  Get ready to sparkle the summer away!

Beauty, MakeupComing Soon: Chanel Les Beiges

Chanel Les Beiges

If you’re a Chanel lover and you haven’t tried Les Beiges yet, get ready! It’s debuting in August. I have been using it daily and it’s a fantastic multitasker. At first glance, it just seems like a bronzer, but it’s a tad different. The super sheer powder not only enhances your complexion with a soft, very natural glow, it helps set makeup and provides sun protection with SPF 15. READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupDay and Night Glosses for Summer

As a self-proclaimed gloss-addict, I’m always looking for new tubes to add to my collection. Every gloss has its own personality (tart! demure! sophisticated!), and so depending on the occasion or my mood, there’s always a gloss that’s a perfect fit. My latest two summer gloss obsessions are like siblings that complement each other but each shine in their own way!

For everyday wear, I’m loving bitebeautyBite Beauty’s Lush Fruit Lip Gloss. The product is sheer but creates a full, shiny, and luscious look for lips during the day. Best part? It’s actually infusing anti-aging goodness into the lips while adding a touch of color to perfect a look. Although I usually eschew “frutti tutti” type sugary lip treatments, I love the smoothie-like idea behind Lush Fruit gloss because doesn’t just taste like fruit, it’s actually infused with coconuts, mangos, and strawberries. Apricot and avocado oils are saturated with antioxidants to fight free radicals that cause aging of the lip line. For all the reasons the fruits are good for the body, the gloss is great for lips. Of the 12 colors, my go-to is Garnet, a bright pink (but not gaudy!) that adds a punch to any outfit. As soon as it’s applied, my lips are hydrated and happy for hours–and since the glosses are waterproof, swimming and sipping some bubbly don’t mean I have to reapply immediately. The glosses are formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates–there’s no room for them after the seven nourishing fruit oils!

lancomeFor evenings out, I’ll turn to something with a bit more pigmented. Lancome’s Gloss in Love comes in 12 bright shades and when applied, they create a “vinyl shine” which is the perfect description. I love the smooth, larger-than-life shine, and seamless look. I find that moisturizing my lips with a good balm beforehand boosts performance even more. The packaging is very well thought out- a little button releases the wand, so no unscrewing necessary. The wand itself is angled in such a way that it hugs your lips and gives full coverage. I’ve gotten so many compliments on my fave fun shade, Blink Pink, that I’m going back for more!

 

Beauty, MakeupDolce & Gabbana Makeup: True Monica Collection

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Occasionally I wonder if I have some Italian blood in me, due in part to alarmingly strong cravings for truffle pasta, my adoration for the Amalfi Coast, and the fact that I consider Monica Bellucci the epitome of timeless beauty. Ms. Belluci has been a longtime muse of the ultimate Italian label, Dolce & Gabbana, and a recent collaboration between the two has resulted in the True Monica Collection. “We are constantly inspired by Monica Bellucci, to us she will always be the original Dolce & Gabbana woman; naturally, timelessly beautiful with an unwavering strength of character on the inside,” say Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. As a screen icon and model, Monica Belluci has had every conceivable look done, and has created this perfectly curated palette to bear her name as her signature style. The shade collection consists of a sexy color palette for a head-to-toe makeover including shades for the eyes, lips, and nails. Creating a gorgeous face is an art form, starting with a dramatic smokey eye paired perfectly with a voluptuous kiss-ready lip. The passion exuding from the rich colors is powerful–use with caution! READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupI’m Blushing…

josiemaranBlush is one of my least favorite makeup items to buy. I don’t know why–it’s just so… boring (I know they’re important for a complete beauty look…but just telling the truth here guys!) to me.  So any time I can try a blush that’s a little bit different than my normal powder ones, I’m excited. Enter Josie Maran’s new Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelées. These adorable little pots of color actually make blush (dare I say it?) kind of fun! First of all, the colors are just so juicy and irresistible and the texture makes them perfect for summer (try popping them in the fridge for a cool color refresh.) This gel blush is build-able with what I’d call sort of a thick gel consistency–you swipe your finger over the top and then rub the color onto your cheeks. It’s very easy to blend, so there are no weird streaks of color left behind (total pet peeve). The two shades I tried gave me a natural flush of color that lasted all day and didn’t dry out my skin (the gelées are infused with 50% pure coconut water, so they’re very hydrating). I also like that there are only six shades available–all the basics (pink, orange, nude, wine, red…) are covered, but you don’t have to stand in front of the display for an hour trying to figure out which of the ten pinks shades are best for you. I might have to buy all six of the colors so I can actually enjoy using blush again.  So fun!

 

Beauty, MakeupBrighten Your Summer

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I love summer makeup: it’s just so cheerful and full of color– perfect for lazy days at the beach or sizzling nighttime looks.  I could buy it all!

Stila’s new summer collection is one of my favorites this season. I’m totally obsessed with their new Countless Color Pigments. These little compacts of color come in almost neon packaging so they’re easily spottable in your bag, and each shade has a combination of three of four different colors in it. They’re all swirled around, almost like a watercolor painting.  Very, very pretty. I know it doesn’t matter if your makeup is pretty, only that it works, but still–it somehow makes it a better purchase if it’s aesthetically pleasing as well. The fun part comes in deciding how to use the shades–you can either put them on individually or swirl your brush over the entire compact, getting one mixed shade out of it. Either way, the colors are all gorgeous and fun. READ MORE

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