Friday, January 30, 2015

Look of the moment: Soft pink lips & a matte cat eye


The right makeup can change your mood,  and since winter is settling in it's time to brighten with pinks and pink based neutrals. I chose some new shades from the Sephora brand line

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Pink Souffle is a true pink that is just bright enough, and the base has an opalescent shimmer that's a little noticeable. It will appear sheer until it sets to a matte finish. This one can require two light layers to get the color you desire.

-Avocado Oil: Provides comfort and nutrition for lips. 
-A Combination of Resins and Jellifying Agents: Coats pigments and guarantees a no-transfer film for long term wear. 
Vitamin E: Provides antioxidant properties.

Marvelous Mauve is a darker mauve with some brown in it. It's similar to Kat Von D Everlasting Love liquid lipstick in Lolita, only more mauve. It's close enough to be a dupe and sets to a beautiful matte finish. Remove all liquid lipsticks with olive oil and your lips will thank you!

Sephora Rouge Cream lipstick in Mmm is a paler mauve. This shade is really popular right now.

-Black Currant Seed Oil (Omega 3 and 6): Known for its protective properties.
-Olive Oil: Known for its hydrating, nourishing, shining properties.
-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E derivative): A known antioxidant .

Sexy Game is similar to MAC Captive, but more pigmented. It's very flattering on brunettes.

My current favorite eyeliner is Make Up For Ever Ink Eyeliner. It's opaque and matte black. The applicator is the perfect size for a fast and controlled cat eye. 

If you're on a budget, the Wet n Wild Mega Last liquid eyeliner in Black is a good option. It doesn't have the best applicator tip, though. I recommend drawing your flick with a matte black shadow and then filling it in with the liner. 

Time in a bottle: January 2015 favorites

It's a new year, and there are ice castles in the sky. 


                                                                 Fashion inspirations:


Turtlenecks with an optional hair tuck. 
Buy my favorite from Vince here., and Toteme's cashmere blend here.

There are many great options from J. Crew and Michael Kors. 


Frye Company tan Parker boots in short and tall 
Buy them here. and the  Parker tall

Isotoner Woodlands Microsuede Tundra Moccasin slippers
These might be hard to find, but Totes Isotoner has many options. I also love these. satin ballet slippers in Ash and Ruby. 

                                                           Narciso Rodriguez for her (I was in a Carolyn Bessette kind of                                                              mood and wanted something with musk)
                                                           The Body Shop Ananya pefume oil--long ago discontinued
                                                           Jovan Musk perfume 


                                                                        Hair care:

Hair Food Honey Apricot shampoo & conditioner, Schwarzopf Essence Ultime Omega Repair & Moisture shampoo & conditioner, & Daily Oil Elixir --It works much like high end hair care. I've really enjoyed it, and the scent is subtle/intoxicating. You can find $2 coupons on the Schwarzkopf website here.


                                                      Skin care:  (anything new is listed)
                                    Freeman Pineapple Enzyme mask
                                    Origins Clear Improvement w/ active charcoal
                                    Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil



                                                   Dial Marula Oil body wash
                                                   Nivea In Shower body lotion

                                                    Korres Yoghurt Nourishing Primer
                                                    Glossier Priming Moisturizer
                                                               Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour w/ comfort serum
L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte --$3 coupons for this foundation are here. You might have to sign in with an account, but it's worth it. 

                                                          Maybelline Master Conceal

                                               Clinique Soft Pressed blush in New Clover


                                                    Chanel Camelia de Plumes



                                   Chanel Camelia de Plumes (for bare lids that glow), Charlotte Tilbury Fallen                                        Angel


                                         Sonia Kashuk Brow Definer pencil in Haze

                                                        Make Up For Ever Ink Eyeliner


                                             Max Factor 2000 Calorie

                                            YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in 05 Mouthwatering Berry
                                            Sephora Rouge Cream lipsticks in Mmmm and Sexy Game
                                            Sephora Cream Lip Stains in Pink Souffle and Marvelous Mauve
                                            NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in Cruella
                                                                    Lip balm: 

                                       Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Raspberry, Jack Black lip balm, ELF                                          Lip Exfoliator stick. 

                                                        Nail Colour/products: 

                                           Zoya Carey, Zoya Megan (both hazy shades of winter)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The best beauty products of my 2014


Skin care

normal to dry skin

Cleanser- Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser, Burt's Bees Orange Essence
Cleansing towelettes- Burt's Bees Cucumber Sage
Treatments- Sunday Riley Good Genes, Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial
Mask- Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, Boots Ionic Clay
Facial oil- Keihl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Scrub- Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar
Day Moisturizer- Kate Sommerville Goat Milk Cream
Night Moisturizer- Dermalogica Super Rich Repair, Tatcha Ageless Enriching Renewal

Body care

Body wash- Archipelago Morning Mint, Dove Winter Care
Moisturizer/oil- L'Occitane Almond Supple Oil, Caudalie Divine Oil, Dove Creamy Oil, Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Souffle
Scrub- Tree Hut Shea Butter
De-stress- Dr. Teal's Tension & Fatigue bath soak, Earth Therapeutics Anti Stress Mind Repair Pulse Point Cream
Bath time- Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Honey Bath

Hair care

long and thick texture

Shampoo/conditioner- Oribe Gold Lust
Mask- Phyto Phytojoba
Hair oil- L'Oreal Oleotherapy
Hair trim every 6-8 weeks to keep the ends fresh.


After testing hundreds of products this year, these stood out. 

 Primer- Tom Ford Illuminating Primer
 Lightweight foundation- Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
 Full Coverage foundation- Smashbox Studio Skin, Revlon Colorstay 
 Concealer- MAC Pro Longwear
 Powder- NARS Light Reflecting Pressed
 Bronzer- I almost forgot about RMS Buriti Bronzer. 
 Blusher- Illamasqua Naked Rose
 Contour- MAC Emote, MAC Taupe
 Highlighter- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal, Chanel Camelia de Plumes
 Brows- Sonia Kashuk Brow Definer in Haze, Illamasqua Brow Cake in Motto
 Eye primer- NARS Smudge Proof
 Eyeshadow- Bobbi Brown Slate, Heather, Camel, Velvet Plum, and Smoke. Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows in  Me554 Gunmetal, and M664 Fawn (and many others). M738 Auburn, Me840 Pink Chrome, M844 Burgundy, and D320 Golden Khaki. I think I will stop at six. 

 Palette/quad- Thebalm Meet Matte Nude, Chanel Tisse Vinitien #232
 Eyeshadow stick- by Terry Ombre Blackstar in Velvet Orchid & Misty Rock, Trish  McEvoy 24 Hour in Smokey Quartz
 Eye pencil- L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering in Black & Brown
 Liquid eyeliner- Stila Stay All Day
 Mascara- L'Oreal Butterfly Intenza
 Lip balm- First Aid Beauty Lip Therapy, Glossier Balm Dotcom
 Lipgloss- NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake
 Lip pencil- MAC Whirl, NYX Ever, and Prestige Cameo. 
 Lipstick pencils- Maybelline Intense Velvet in Red Essential, Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Cassis and Harlow Red
 Day lipstick- NARS Anna, YSL Tint in Oil in Cherry My Cherie,Sephora Rouge Cream in Oh  Oh
 Night lipstick- NARS Jeanne, Tom Ford Bruised Plum, Bite Beauty Matte Cream in Cognac & Truffle
 Perfume- Atelier Santal Carmin, Maison Martin Margiela Replica Jazz Club, Aerin Amber  Musk