Today’s Close-up and Product Reviews: NYX Eyeshadow Base & NYX Triple Shadows for Sexy Babe’s Eyes Only!

The other day I purchased my first NYX products ever on my Ulta Loot-y Call!  I bought the NYX Eyeshadow Base in #ESB03 Skin Tone (a matte flesh tone) and the NYX  Triple Shadows for Sexy Babe’s Eyes Only! in #TS03 with Nude (a shimmery light golden cream), Taupe (a shimmery warm taupe), and Dark Brown (a less shimmery deep brown) palette.

Here’s today close-up using those NYX products:

In addition to the NYX products, I also applied a touch of Victoria’s Secret’s Beauty Rush Wet/Dry Shadow in Gold Rush on the center of my eyelid for an eye brightening effect as well as the darkest, almost black eyeshadow from my BH Cosmetics 88 Neutral Palette in my crease (well, technically I don’t have a crease–instead, the area of where a crease would be, almost where you can feel the eye socket) and outer corner for extra smokiness.  I followed up with my Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackened Brown on my upper lash line, Styli-Style Line & Style 24 Twist Eyeliner in Black Brown on my inner rim/water line, Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base, and Maybelline Define-a-Lash Volume Waterproof Mascara in Black on both my upper and lower lashes (after curling them first!).  If you have questions on any of the other products I’m wearing with today’s close-up, feel free to leave me comment!

The final word on repurchasing NYX Eyeshadow Base in #ESB03 Skin Tone:

  • Just so you know, I don’t use eyeshadow primer ever because I’ve never had any problems with creasing or my eyeshadow wearing off too quickly, so my opinion may not be the best to rely on if you do have issues with creasing or lasting eye makeup issues.  I am not even going to offer pros or cons on this product, instead I will just give you my observations.
  • This primer seemed to do the job I believe eyeshadow primers in general are meant to do.  I had no problems with my eyeshadows wearing off as the day went on and the colors stayed true to how they appeared  in their pans.
  • The flesh tone left a neutral base for your shadows which I think would be especially beneficial to those who have discolored or vein-y eyelids. NYX also has a pearl and white toned base as well.
  • Very budget friendly price (I think around $6)!

Yes, I will repurchase if I decide that eyeshadow primer is an essential to my makeup routine.  I do recommend those of you who use eyeshadow primer on a regular basis to try the NYX eyeshadow base if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the cult classic Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion which I know is much pricier.

The final word on repurchasing the NYX  Triple Shadows for Sexy Babe’s Eyes Only! in #TS03 with Nude (a shimmery light golden cream), Taupe (a shimmery warm taupe), and Dark Brown (a less shimmery deep brown) palette:

PROS–

  • Beautiful colors in this trio of shadows I selected
  • These neutral shades would work beautifully on most skin tones
  • Texture of the shadows was soft and easy to work with (good blendability)
  • Good budget friendly price of ~$8
CONS–
  • Due to the soft texture, there was some fallout onto my cheek
  • The darkest brown color was not as dark as I had hoped for my smoky eye look that I was trying to achieve, a separate black eyeshadow was also used for this effect
  • Packaging felt a tiny bit flimsy and cheap, but not a big deal since I take care of all my products

Yes, I would buy this palette again and I do recommend anyone looking for an easy and natural eye look to keep this trio in mind!

Has anyone else tried any NYX eyeshadow trios or their single pans?  What is your favorite budget friendly eyeshadow brand?  What is your favorite budget friendly eyeshadow base/primer?  Looking forward to reading your comments!

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Loot-y Call from BH Cosmetics and Coastal Scents!

If you are a beauty blog or vlog regular, you have probably heard from many others about the various makeup palettes that BH Cosmetics and Coastal Scents have to offer.  Well, I needed to find out for myself what all the hype was about and check out if these palettes were as fantastic (or not so much) like other makeup junkies have stated on their blogs or YouTube videos.  I placed both of my orders last Monday and received my BH Cosmetics package on Friday and then received my Coastal Scents package on the following Saturday, so both were pretty timely with their shipments which is always a good thing.

Here’s the loot that I received from BH Cosmetics:

I purchased the 10 Piece Professional Blush Palette ($16.95) and the 88 Color Neutral Eyeshadow Palette ($24.95).  My first impression of these two palettes were AMAZING, WOW, and WHAT A SMOKIN’ DEAL!!  Most all of the blush colors seem wearable and there are several of them that are absolutely gorgeous!  The eyeshadow palette had a good selection of natural, everyday wearable, work appropriate colors in both mattes and shimmers, but there seemed to be quite a few shades repeating in the palette and/or were very similar to one another! Overall, I still thought the eyeshadow palette was pretty awesome because of the value!

Here’s the loot that I received from Coastal Scents:

(BH Cosmetics also used bubble wrap to protect their palettes, as well as placing their palettes into boxes like the ones above from Coastal Scents, but with the BH Cosmetics logo of course–I just forgot to take the photos of the BH palettes because I was so excited to open them up!)

I purchased the 88 Ultra Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette, the 88 Color Eyeshadow Palette, the 88 Metal Mania Palette, and the 88 Warm Palette (all four palettes were sold as Combo Set 5 for $69.95 which saves you around $20 if you were to purchase each palette separately).  Again, I was very pleased with my first look at all four of these palettes!  A wonderful variety of colors in various matte, satin, shimmer, and metallic finishes are found in these four palettes and should be able to satisfy most beauty addicts!

I was especially curious about the 88 Warm Palette from Coastal Scents compared to the 88 Neutral Palette that I received from BH Cosmetics.  I had researched both Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics online and many people were stating that all of the palettes actually come from the same manufacturer in China and therefore, I was assuming that these two palettes would be identical since they look very much alike.  Once I had both of the palettes side by side, I did notice differences in the shades offered, but this could be attributed to the fact that maybe the eyeshadow pans are placed in different groupings/order?  Take a look for yourself  one more time and you can be the judge:

BH Cosmetics 88 Neutral Palette is on the left and Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette is on the right.

Since I’ve only had these palettes for just a weekend, I’m going to continue playing with them for a while before writing a full review and providing photos of swatches, so stay tuned for more!   (However, I’m already convinced that they are going to be a hit with me–I just love makeup in general!)

For those of you who can’t wait to get some of these palettes for yourself, check out:

http://www.bhcosmetics.com

http://www.coastalscents.com

FYI: I purchased this palettes on my own and am in no way affiliated with these companies.  The opinions that you are reading are those of my own and are completely honest and truthful.

Shame on me, I had to make a LOOT-Y CALL yesterday!

Don’t tell my husband (actually he’ll eventually find out since he likes to check up on my blogging!), but I picked up a few items that I’m running low on and wanted to “research” to put onto my blog!  I tell my husband as a good beauty blogger, I must stay current with all the new beauty products and trends that are coming out almost all the time.  My readers deserve to have a well-informed self-proclaimed beauty expert who is up-to-date with the greatest and latest that the beauty and fashion world has to offer.  Hopefully I can convince him to believe this because it’s true, for the most part–haha!

Now let’s get to the good stuff!  Here’s all my loot from my most recent loot-y call:

My loot-y call at Nordstrom Rack:

  • Stila Mineral Matte Eye Shadow in Kalahoo (a grayish-lavender-taupey-brown)
  • Stila Mineral Matte Eye Shadow in Nanda Devi (a deep cooler-toned brown with hints of deep plum)
  • Stila Collectible Travel Palette No. 1 with Snow Bunny Eye Shadow (a pale silver shimmer with very light lavender undertones), Valley Girl Eye Shadow (a mid-toned lavender shimmer), Southern Belle Eye Shadow (a shimmery pink with lavender undertones), City Chick Eye Shadow (a dark, but not too deep shimmery purple-plum), and Convertible Color for Cheeks and Lips in Hibiscus (a gorgeous mid-toned rose with a touch of peach with no shimmer)

My loot-y call at Sally Beauty Supply:

  • Beauty Secrets Pure Acetone (to use as a really strong, but drying nail polish remover)
  • China Glaze Nail Lacquer in #617 Love Letters (a sheer pinky-peach) and #202 Innocence (a pale opaque pink)
  • Out the Door Top Coat (supposedly the #1 super fast drying top coat in America!)
  • Palladio Liquid Eyeliner in Black/Brown
  • Palladio Baked Blush in #BBL01 Blushin’ (a shimmery mid-toned rosy pink)
  • Palladio Herbal Liplicious Ultra Shiny Lip Gloss in #PTL05 Natural (a mid-toned nude with gold shimmer)–got this on clearance for $1.99!!
  • Palladio Herbal Lip Gloss in #PGL18 Bubble Gum (a bright pink with a hint of shimmer)
  • Andrea Modlash False Eyelashes in #21
  • Ardell Invisiband False Eyelashes in Babies
  • Andrea Modlash False Eyelashes in #53
  • Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Dark tone

My loot-y call at Ulta:

  • Japonesque Travel Eye Shadow Crease Brush
  • Sally Hansen La Cross Gentle Curl Lash Curler
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder with Real Cocoa (a mid to deep-toned matte bronzer with true brown undertones as opposed to orange/pink/red)
  • Tarte Park Ave Princess Matte Waterproof Bronzer (a mid-toned matte bronzer with brown and slightly more warm/orangey undertones than Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer; very similar to my Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Light)
  • Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Stain in Exposed (a light pinky-nude) and Envy (a rosy-berry)
  • NYX  Triple Shadows for Sexy Babe’s Eyes Only! in #TS03 with Nude (a shimmery light golden cream), Taupe (a shimmery warm taupe), and Dark Brown (a less shimmery deep brown)
  • NYX Eyeshadow Base in #ESB03 Skin Tone (a matte flesh tone)
  • NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in #155 Perfect (a shimmery pink), #122 Natural (a creamy nude with beige undertones and no shimmer), #129 Beige (a creamy pinky-rosy nude with no shimmer), and #120-a Sponge Cake (a shimmery mauvey-rosy nude)
  • Tarte Zip-up Tote Bag (free with a $30 Tarte purchase)

Don’t worry, I plan on posting reviews on products as I try them out!  I’m excited with everything I picked up and hopefully you are too!

Do you own anything my loot-y call list?  If so, can you comment on any of the products?  What’s the most you spent in one day doing a loot-y call of your own?  Please share your beauty wisdom with everyone!  Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

My Paint Box: The Original 1st Edition Sephora Blockbuster Palette!

For my basic, everyday makeup wardrobe I tend to stick to very similar colors and variations of such shades which most of the general public would not be able to tell the difference.  But of course, myself being a makeup aficionado and others like me, can assure you that we possess a special ability to discern between multiple shades that might be considered by others to be the exact same color.  Since I tend to wear mostly neutral taupes, grays, and browns on my eyes, pinky-peaches on my cheeks, and various versions of nude on my lips, it is quite rare for me to invest in other colors out of my comfort zone.  I find the best way to purchase a variety of other colors, especially when I do not plan on wearing them often, is through makeup palettes which often times are at a value price versus paying for each individual shade.  One such palette that I like to use when I am going out, feeling daring or fun, needing a pick me-up, or doing makeup for others is my Sephora Blockbuster Palette (the original 1st edition which I believe cost me $40?) which contains a wonderful variety of bright colorful shades, in addition to some of my more familiar neutrals.

As you can see this palette houses 64 eyeshadows, 8 blushes (one that is similar to a highlighting powder), 22 lip colors (some glosses, some fuller coverage lipsticks, and a couple glittery balms), and some cheap-o brushes and applicators.  The variety of eyeshadow colors range from pinks, lavenders, purples, grays, pearls, creams, golds, russets, browns, taupes, greens, teals, blues, and I’m sure there’s still other color families I’m not including as well.  Lip colors range from plums, mauves, roses, pinks, reds, russets, nudes, golds, corals, browns, tans, and glittery balms in silver and clear (who I have no idea would use unless they perhaps work in a Vegas show?!?!).  The blushes in this palette are all very pretty and wearable; shades of pinks, peaches, corals, roses, light reds, plums, and a very pale pink highlighting powder are included.  I do have to note that all of the blushes in this palette do contain shimmer, some more than others.

With all of the shades that are provided in this palette, there are an endless amount of looks that one can create.  The ~$40 I paid was an absolute steal for all of the product that you are getting!  The eyeshadows seem decently pigmented, but not quite as much color payoff than other makeup lines such as MAC or Shu Umera or other artistry lines.  I don’t mind having less pigment in the eyeshadows because wearing the bright colors sometimes makes me feel like a clown or something, so the softness and sheerness is appreciated by me.  However, the blushes are definitely more pigmented than the eyeshadows and a light dusting with my blush brush gives me beautiful color on my cheeks!  The lip colors are my least favorite part of the palette because I just have too many other lip products that I like much better.  Although one way that I do enjoy using the lip colors is to blend them with other shades (either from the palette or other lip products I have) and create my very own, unique lip color!

It will take me forever to use up this palette, but I do encourage other makeup enthusiasts to invest in a palette like this if you are wanting to be more creative with your looks, like to experiment, and have lots of options! Sephora has since come out with many versions of this palette, some smaller or larger in size.  Many makeup lines also make palettes that are similar.

As a side note, I have recently purchased some palettes from Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics.  I’m very excited to see what all the hype is about that I’ve read on various beauty blogs and on YouTube about these two palettes, but am wondering for those of you who already own palettes from either one or both of these companies, what are the eyeshadows and blushes color payoff/pigmentation like?  I’ve seen some who rave about the quality being similar to that of MAC’s and others who say they are chalky and definitely require eyeshadow primer to really show off the colors?  Please share your experiences with the palettes from Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics!  I will be posting reviews of both once I receive my palettes, so stay tuned!

Do you own any makeup palettes?  If so, which ones?  Why do you like makeup palettes?  Is there a makeup palette that you are dying to have?  Feedback is greatly appreciated!

Today’s Close-up: A Need for Speed aka I’m Just Being Lazy Makeup Look!

How long is too long to do your makeup?  Some might say five minutes and others might say an hour plus.  Well, on average my everyday makeup look that I would, for example wear to work (I’m a fifth grade teacher!) takes approximately twenty minutes or so and provides me with a polished, professional, and presentable look that I’m very satisfied with.  I realize that not everyone enjoys the process of “putting on their face” as much as I do and would think twenty minutes is way too long for just putting on makeup, so I wanted to share with you a close-up of a FIVE MINUTE makeup look that I sometimes use when I’m either in a rush, just running errands, or simply being lazy (which in the summertime when I’m not teaching is almost everyday-haha!).  Even though many of you may think this five minute makeup look would be great as my everyday look and I thank you for the compliments, but I know that I feel a bit more confident about how I look when I have an extra fifteen minutes to “work” on my face 🙂

Here is today’s close-up:

On my face:

  • Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer spread evenly all over my face with my fingers
  • Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder in Medium lightly brushed all over my face
  • Pur Minerals Mineral Glow (bronzing powder with a light gold shimmer) lightly brushed on the high points of my face where the sun would naturally hit (cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin)
  • Jane Be Pure Mineral Blush in Rose Satin brushed on my cheekbones and concentrated on the apples of my cheeks

On my eyes:

  • Clinique Quick Eyes Cream Shadow in Sea Shell rubbed lightly all over my eyelids from lashline to just underneath my eyebrow using my fingers
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in #15 Taupe rubbed lightly on my lashline and blended out halfway onto my eyelids (where my crease would be) using my fingers
  • Styli-Style Line & Seal 24 Twist in Brown Quartz lining my upper lashline and the inner rims of my lower lashlines
  • Maybelline Define-A-Lash Volume Waterproof Mascara in Black on my lashes (I did curl my lashes with my E.L.F. Mechanical Eyelash Curler prior to the mascara application)

On my lips:

  • Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Rosy Nude applied straight from the tube onto my lips

The finished close-up:

When you only have five minutes to “put on your face,” what are your must have beauty products?  How long does your everyday makeup look take you to complete and what products are you using for that look?  Share your thoughts!  Feedback is much appreciated!  Remember, although I claim to be “The Word On Beauty,” I’m definitely not the “final” word on beauty so please don’t be shy and contribute 🙂

Today’s Close-up: Bridal Makeup! Lisa Got Married–Woot Woot!

As a former makeup artist for Bobbi Brown cosmetics, I have always cherished every opportunity given to me where I can transform a woman into looking and feeling her best just because I was able to enhance her natural beauty with a touch of strategically selected makeup products, shades, and placement of such on her face.  The wonderful privilege of doing a woman’s bridal makeup for one of her most memorable and significant days in her life, and when the bride is an actual friend makes the whole makeup artistry process even more meaningful and special to me!  I was honored to be a part of my friend Lisa’s wedding this past weekend by being asked to do her bridal makeup as well as her bridesmaids!

Here are my gorgeous friends:

From left to right are Brynne, Heather, Lisa (the bride-to-be!), Gina, Leslie, and Nicole.

Soon-to-be brides should check out Lisa’s close-up to get ideas and suggestions for their upcoming wedding day.  This bridal look is a simple, natural, but radiant makeup application that shows off the bride’s true beauty instead of masking it behind a ton of unnecessary colors and products on her face.  In addition to being a perfect bridal look, this close-up would be fantastic for anyone interested in a feminine, soft, and warm color palette for everyday!

Here is Lisa’s close-up-

On Lisa’s face:

  • Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation in a 50-50 Blend of Warm 3 & Golden 4 used with a bareMinerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush underneath her eyes and around her nose, mouth, and on very small areas of redness on her cheeks
  • Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20 in Caramel brushed all over her face
  • Chanel Moisturizing Bronzing Powder in Desert Corail lightly brushed on her cheeks, forehead, nose, chin, jawline, and down her neck
  • Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot on her cheeks
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink used as a highlighter on the top of her cheekbones

On Lisa’s eyes:

  • Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Wet/Dry Shadow in Gold Rush all over her eyelid
  • Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Wet/Dry Shadow in Bronzinger applied from her lashline to just above her crease
  • Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Rich Brown lightly brushed onto her outer corners of her eyes and then blended onto her lid for more depth
  • Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Espresso Ink applied to both her top and bottom lashlines with the Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush
  • Maybelline Define-A-Lash Volume Waterproof Mascara in Black on her top and bottom lashes, followed with an application of false lashes (brand and style unknown)
  • Models Prefer Automatic Eyebrow Pencil and Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel on her eyebrows

On Lisa’s lips:

  • Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in Tawny (discontinued shade) lightly defined her lips
  • MAC Lipstick Satin in Spirit applied with a lip brush all over her lips
  • E.L.F. Super Glossy Lip Shine SPF 15 in Honey Do (I think–the shade is a shimmery peachy rose)

Here are Lisa’s beautiful bridesmaids and although, I will not provide a breakdown of each bridesmaids’ close-ups, feel free to leave me a comment or contact me at thewordonbeauty@gmail.com for additional information on any of the specific looks shown below–

Gina's Daytime Smokey Eye Close-up!

Nicole's Flirty Lavender Shimmer Eye w/ Falsies Close-up!

Leslie's Radiant Glow Close-up!

Heather's Shimmery Neutral Eye Close-up!

Brynne's Shimmery Neutral Eye Close-up! (same eye makeup as Heather above)

The Word On Beauty Close-up with Gina at the wedding reception!

Thank you Lisa for letting me be a part of your special day!  You were an absolutely breathtaking bride and Jerry is one lucky guy!  Congrats Lisa and Jerry!

~Amy, The Word On Beauty

Describe your ultimate bridal makeup look.  Do’s and Don’ts for brides-to-be?  Which waterproof mascara formula holds up the best during all of the tears of joy that are usually shed at weddings?  Anyone have a bridal makeup crisis like having too much SPF in your foundation so that you end up looking like a washed out ghost in all of your wedding photos while the rest of your body has been spray tanned a beautiful I’m-going-to-Hawaii-for-my-honeymoon-bronze?  Share your comments, ideas, thoughts, and questions!

Today’s Close-up!

For those of you needing fresh ideas on makeup looks or you’re just curious about what I’m wearing on my face, here is today’s close-up:

I’m playing on my sister, Joyce’s new Mac Book Pro and using her Photo Book application as well as a traditional digital camera to take photos of my close-up.  The colors are coming out differently, but I thought it would be interesting for you to see the differences.

On my face:

  • Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 in a 50-50 blend of Rich Vanilla and Pure Honey all over the face as my foundation
  • L’oreal Infallible Never Fail Concealer in Light Medium underneath the eyes
  • BareMinerals Multi-Tasking Face Concealer in SPF 20 Summer Bisque around the mouth area, the nostrils to cover redness, and underneath my eyes to set the L’oreal concealer
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX 08 on top of old pimple scars and discoloration on my chin area
  • Chanel Moisturizing Bronzing Powder in Desert Corail lightly swept on cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin
  • Nars Blush in Deep Throat on cheeks

On my eyes:

  • Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Birthday Suit all over the eyelid as a base
  • Maybelline Cool Effect Cooling Shadow/Liner in On the Rocks #37 applied from the top lashline to the middle of my eyelid where my crease would be and also lined underneath on the lower lashline, smudged with my fingers on the eyelid as well for a smokier look
  • L’oreal HiP High Intensity Pigments Color Truth Cream Eyeliner in Brown applied on the top lashline using my Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush
  • Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Espresso #60 lining the rim/water line of my eyes
  • Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base and Maybelline Define-A-Lash Volume Waterproof Mascara in Black on my lashes
  • Models Prefer Automatic Eyebrow Pencil and Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel on my eyebrows

On my lips:

  • Pixi Lip Blush in No.2 Purity lightly applied as a lip stain base
  • Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Spotlight Beige all over as my lip color

What do you think of today’s close-up?  Is there a certain makeup look that you would like me to do a close-up on?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

These are a few of my favorite things (or at least today they are) :

Although I have probably hundreds of beauty products that on any given day might be an absolute must have, the following products are ones that I really do believe that I could not live without EVER and am usually wearing and/or using every single day!  In no particular order:

1. Eyecurl II Heated Eyelash Curler

This is an heated eyelash curler usually sold in Asian cosmetics boutiques and can also be found online. Unlike traditional eyelash curlers, there is no clamp as you can see in the picture. The curl is produced when the user has first applied their choice of mascara and then afterwards (YES, after the mascara is applied!) the user will then place the heated end of the Eyecurl II and place the heating element up against their lashes to “set” their lashed into a curl. I have been using this heated eyelash curler for about ten years now and always have an extra one on hand just in case something happens to it. Friends of mine freak out thinking that the heating element can burn their eyelid skin, but do not worry, the heat is quite gentle and I have never “burned” myself. The heat source for those of you wondering is a single double AA battery. Being lash challenged I have found this type of eyelash curler to actually hold a curl in my lashes all day, where as using a typical clamp type of lash curler which is used before putting on mascara never quite keeps the curl intact.

eyelash curler

2. Latisse-

Keeping on the theme of lashes, this miracle product that many of you have probably already heard of through the heavy marketing both on t.v. and in magazines by celebrities such as Brooke Shields and Claire Danes, truly does work and it is AMAZING! One little drop of the Latisse solution applied nightly to each lash line has over the course of two months or so changed my sparse, wimpy, and pathetic lashes into the longest, thickest, and easy to curl lashes that many of my friends and family have commented on! Yes, Latisse is definitely pricey, but so worth it if you are not so blessed in the lash region like myself. The eyes are a major focal point on your face and with lush lashes framing your eyes, how could anyone resist?!?!

Latisse

3.  Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX08–

When I first got this product I immediately had buyer’s remorse and was upset with how pricey this tiny jar (0.63 oz/18 g) of foundation and/or concealer cost me, but boy was I ever so pleasantly surprised to find the contents of this tiny jar to be incredibly saturated with pigment and thus justifying the cost!  The high concentration of pigment in this product has allowed me to cover blemishes and imperfections so well that not even products from the Dermablend line can compete!  FYI:  Dermablend Cosmetics is a line specifically targeting those who have significant areas on their skin that needs highly concentrated and lasting coverage for scars, birthmarks, etc.  I don’t have any major skin imperfections or anything of that nature, but I do get an occasional pimple or the mark an old pimple leaves behind that does need some concealing and this product does it so well by matching my skin tone, great lasting power, it appears natural on the skin, and does not feel like heavy traditional concealer.  I’m embarrassed to say this because I know better, but even with having this product for over three or so years now, I’ve barely made a dent in the surface because of how concentrated it is–I use maybe a pin point size amount to cover up blemishes.  With that said, I must mention that this foundation and/or concealer should be used very SPARINGLY.  I haven’t tried it as an all-over face foundation because I just don’t have the need for that much coverage, but I know that this product is also marketed as a foundation as well.

4.  Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base–

Alright, back to lashes again…can you tell that I’m a bit obssessed with my eyelashes yet?  My biggest issue with my eyelashes is the ability to hold in a curl.  As I mentioned above, using my Eyecurl II Heated Eyelash Curler after already applying mascara does definitely help to lock in and set the curl of my lashes, but in addition to using the heated eyelash curler, I do also use a traditional metal clamp style curler by Shu Umera as the very first step in doing my lashes.  After using the Shu Umera lash curler, I then swipe on a few coats of the Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base to again lock and set the curl before applying my mascara (which is always waterproof–why?–it sets the curl better of course!) and finally using the heated curler as a last step.  The mascara base is a clear thick gel that goes on just like traditional mascara, but really helps to give your lashes that extra oomph (thickness and volume) and it never makes your freshly curled lashes droop!  Instead the base holds your curl in place so that when you apply your mascara, your lashes never get weighed down and lose their curl.  Truly amazing!  There are great reviews for this product on http://www.makeupalley.com as well!

5.  Models Prefer Automatic Eyebrow Pencil–

Do you ever wonder what crazy women are actually purchasing cosmetics from those t.v. shopping networks like HSN or QVC?!?!  Guess what, I have!  One of my favorite purchases is a great eyebrow pencil from a line that used to be called Models Prefer, but is currently renamed YBF I believe.  This eyebrow pencil comes in only one universal medium taupe shade that gives  perfect, yet natural definition to the brows and has really good texture for being an eyebrow pencil–not too dense, not too soft either, not too waxy, and not too hard.  Other eyebrow pencils I’ve tried in the past look way too unnatural and harsh, but this pencil allows for sparse and thin eyebrows like mine to look fuller and more defined in a way that does not remind you of women who clearly use black eyeliner pencil to “draw” on their brows.  I love these pencils so much I ordered a dozen of them off of eBay just in case they’re discontinued!

6.  Styli-Style Line & Seal 24 Twist–

A long-wearing eyeliner pencil that is self-sharpening, easy to apply because of its smooth texture (no pulling or tugging of the eyelid!), doesn’t rub off onto my eyelash curler whike I’m curling my lashes, and it’s incredibly affordable price makes this product one of my favorite eyeliners in the world!  I used to be quite partial to my Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliners since I used to work for them, but I got tired of having to clean my eyeliner brushes all the time so I switched over to these pencils and haven’t looked back!  I use these pencils to line both the top of my lash lines and also the inner rim or waterline underneath.  They always go on super smooth with no skipping like other pencils sometimes do because of their hard texture.  The color seems concentrated (I own them in several black and brown tones) and wears all day long without any smearing or smudging to be seen.

7.  Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Powder Pink and Calypso Coral–

Hands down, these are a couple of my favorite cream blushes!  The intense colors in the pot apply very softly once your fingers warm up the product and are applied onto your cheeks.  The flush of color looks like it is really coming from within your skin as opposed to color just sitting on the top layer of your skin like traditional blushes often do.  I must mention that I mostly apply these pot rouges on top of just freshly moisturized skin and/or on skin that has very little foundation on it or at least very little powder since this product can be a bit dense and will not rub out into natural looking cheek color on skin that is not moist and hydrated enough.  Even though this product is meant to be used on the lips as well, I very rarely use them for lip colors because the two shades I own are a bit too bright and too light for what I like on my lips, but I have used them on other people in the past when I worked for Bobbi Brown and they do make excellent lip colors as well!

8.   mark Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain in Bare–

A beautiful sheer nudey-pink gloss at first that dries to a very light nudey-pink stain on your lips as the gloss wears off!  Lip stains seem to be all the rage right now and of course I got sucked in.  Other lip stains by Revlon, CoverGirl, and Maybelline seem to be supersaturated with color that never look quite natural on my lips even though I always purchase the shades that seem to have the word “nude” in them or at least look very nude and natural on the cap.  Instead I usually get a bright fuschia pink shade or an ugly orangish-brown shade on my lips that just makes me look horrid!  mark by Avon got it absolutely right with their glossy lip stain!  The color “bare” is absolutely gorgeous and gives off the most perfect bit of natural rosey-nudey-pink stain on my lips once the gloss has worn off.  I can’t wait to try some of the other shades!  One more added bonus is the pleasant minty flavor/scent of this product–not some annoying fruity teenager flavor/scent I would have expected from this line.

Now I want to know what are some of your favorite things (or at least today they are) and why?

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