You’re All Set for a Flawless Face with Laura Mercier’s Foundation Wardrobe!


Laura Mercier Flawless Face

I think we all have that little black dress that we feel good in, and maybe you even have a little section of your closet that’s designated for the clothes that make you look and feel your best. (I know I do, even though it’s a very small section!) What I also have, is a foundation “wardrobe”. I have a drawer in my makeup area that is designated to hold just the foundations and primers that make my skin look and feel its best, depending on the occasion. I feel like in that department, Laura Mercier is the foundation expert.

I have a favorite designer that makes jeans and dresses that fit my body the way I like, and Laura Mercier is one of my favorite “designers” that creates complexion and makeup pieces that suit my skin perfectly—depending on my mood, desired look, and occasion. Let’s take a closer look at those complexion faves of mine!

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For me, it all first starts with a foundation primer. I love…

  • Foundation Primer Radiance — This adds the most gorgeous, flattering pearl glow to the skin without going overboard. As I age, I think the key to keeping my skin looking youthful, is to keep it looking radiant. This primer does the trick! It adds a pretty soft-focus glow to my skin, and I prefer to wear it with foundations that give full coverage, so that my skin doesn’t look dry or “flat”. It’s a neat little trick, especially if contouring and highlighting isn’t your thing! ($33)
  • Foundation Primer — Laura Mercier’s original Foundation Primer is an easy, no frills, lightweight gel that you apply prior to any foundation to keep the color of your foundation true, and to promote beautiful, long wear. I love this under her Tinted Moisturizer, because it doesn’t add any weight to my skin—especially because I reach for the Tinted Moisturizer when I’m looking for protection and lighter coverage. It feels and looks invisible, but keeps everything in place. ($33)

In the foundation/coverage department, I choose…

  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer — When it comes to tinted moisturizer, I don’t think there are any better than Laura Mercier! I’ve been wearing it for decades! I prefer the original version—it has the perfect amount of hydration, SPF 20 protection, and color payoff on my skin. It offers light coverage, but is totally buildable. I love the natural, healthy dewy look it gives my skin, and makes my skin look polished in just seconds. My shade in the Tinted Moisturizer is Blush. ($43)

The key to a flawless face is applying foundation and coverage products only where you need them, to get the most natural look. Also, try working with your fingers since they often make the best tools! You don’t need any special applicators or brushes while applying these products.

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Wearing Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 in Blush, Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara, and Pink Pop Lip Glacé.

  • Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide — This is the newest innovation in the Laura Mercier complexion line, and it’s so beautiful! Naturally matte and oil-free, you’ll want to shake this dual-phase liquid for at least 10 seconds. Then, apply just a few drops on the back of your hand and apply with fingertips, blending from the middle of your face, out. A little of this product goes a LONG way to blur imperfections. It’s very pigmented and it doesn’t take a lot of it to get coverage. I love that nearly any skin type can wear this formula since it’s so forgiving. If I want full coverage, I apply it directly with my fingers. If I want to tone it down a little bit, I’ll moisten a sponge and softly blend it out to sheer it down just a touch. With 24 shades available, I just know you’ll find a match! My shade is Ivory. ($48)

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Wearing Laura Mercier Foundation Primer/Radiance, Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Ivory, Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara, and Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Créme Coral.

A few other Laura Mercier goodies to complement your flawless face…

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left to right: Bare Baby, Nectar, Pink Pop, Orchid

  • Laura Mercier Lip Glacé — These high-shine and nicely pigmented glosses aren’t sticky, and they feel great on my lips. They suit all skin tones and offer long-lasting color and shine. ($25)

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left to right: Rosegold, Amethyst, and Tuxedo

  • Caviar Stick Eye Colour — Eyeshadow does not get any easier than this! These creamy color sticks are available in 23 beautiful hues and glide along the eyelid smoothly for long-wearing color. Try sheering them out with a fingertip for a sheer wash of color, or you can even wear them under powdered shadows to anchor them to the skin. I especially love Rosegold—what a beautiful everyday shade! ($28) 

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left to right: Spiced Rose, Créme Coral, Red Amour

  • Créme Smooth Lip Colour — The ultimate in comfortable lipstick, this luxe formula gives me full coverage in a single swipe, without the pigment drying my lips after several hours of wear. Very creamy, and long-wearing!  ($27)

The finishing touch…

laura mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara

  • Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara — I can really build up the volume and length with this, without any clumping! It also holds a curl to my otherwise flat lashes all day, sans flaking. Available in black, I think it looks shiny and voluminous on my puny lashes! I’m wearing it in both full-face photos above. ($25)

Want to start your own flawless face foundation wardrobe with Laura Mercier? You’ll find her products at Bloomingdale’s, Sephora, Nordstrom, and lauramercier.com.

Join the Laura Mercier Instagram Challenge!

Show them your fresh face for a chance to win $1,000 of Laura Mercier products. Use the hashtag #LMFlawlessContest

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Laura Mercier through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Laura Mercier, all opinions are my own.

The Shopbop 25% Off Friends & Family Sale is Here!


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I try not to bog everyone down with sales notices unless they’re really good—so I wanted to share this one with you! I await the Shopbop Friends & Family sale when I know it’s coming, because 25% saves me so much on the things I’ve been coveting! This time, for three days only—you can score 25% off almost the entire site with promo code FAMILY25.

This runs until 11:59 PT on October 16th, and there are some brand exclusions. (See more details here.)

Happy shopping!

Celebrate Pixi Beauty’s 15th Birthday with Crystal Champagne (Nails, That Is! )


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Looking for a gorgeous way to add twinkle to your nails that’s still office appropriate, yet can take you from day to night? Look no further’s than Pixi Beauty’s brand new rose-gold champagne glitter shade—Crystal Champagne. We’re popping bottles over it, especially considering that this limited edition shade is an ode to Pixi by Petra’s 15th birthday. I don’t need a holiday to celebrate with glitter, but hey! If there’s a birthday around (especially Pixi’s), I’m all for it. Glitter it up, I say!

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Crystal Champagne — small to medium gold and rose gold glitter flecks

pixi beauty crystal champagne swatch

In the Crystal Champagne swatch above, that is a single coat over my natural nails, folks  You know how some glitter shades make you struggle and dab them on? I had not a single issue with this little baby, which made me so very happy. You know what else makes me happy? Another neutral shade that is still glam—like Almond Glow. Whether you pair Almond Glow with Crystal Champagne, or wear it alone, the choice is totally yours—but you can’t go wrong either way. Also, what a great holiday color this will make without looking too Christmas-y. [Read more...]

Perricone MD — No Makeup Skincare — No Lipstick Lipstick & No Blush Blush Review, Photos, Swatches


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Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup

Sometimes I don’t want to wear makeup at all, but at the same time I want to look polished and not like I rolled out of bed. I’ve figured out a few tricks by now, but these new products from Perricone MD make it so easy. Their No Makeup Skincare line at Sephora is already a big hit, and I recently tried two of the products out to see if they live up to the hype. Let’s go!

Perricone MD No Lipstick Lipstick

No Lipstick Lipstick

First up is No Lipstick Lipstick. It really isn’t a lipstick (hence No Lipstick)—but it’s actually an anti-aging lip treatment that lends a glossy, smooth finish in a shade that’s like your lips—but better. I find it to be very nourishing and hydrating, and it almost feels like a lip butter. Perricone MD is known for their luxe skincare products, so it’s only natural that they’d include some of those innovative ingredients in their color cosmetic offerings.

It’s a solid-to-serum product, and contains hyaluronic acid and tocotrienols to add suppleness. It also contains a non-chemical mineral-based SPF 15 to protect against UVA and UVB rays, so you know I’m happy about that. (Sunscreen for LIFE!)   [Read more...]

Win It! Klorane Mango Butter Haircare Collection Giveaway (3 Winners)


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If summer really did a number on your hair, or if your hair is typically dry—then this is for you!

This luxe French beauty brand, Klorane is botanically-based for the very best in skincare and haircare. I’ve written about their products before, and with great results. Now that it’s officially fall, I want to introduce you to what your hair needs most now—healthy moisture! But not that heavy, silicone-coated moisture. I’m talking about nourishing and repairing moisture, for all the hair crimes you committed over the summer!

Mangoes have been used for over 4,000 years to treat and heal due to their tremendous nourishing properties, and now you can give that same love to your damaged strands with Klorane’s Shampoo, Conditioning Balm, and Leave-In Fluid with Mango Butter. Mangoes are high in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals—which makes for a perfect blend of gentle ingredients.

I’ve enjoyed using these, especially the shampoo; it’s so divine without stripping my color, and the conditioner doesn’t leave my fine hair coated with a heavy film, so I’m still able to achieve volume in my blowouts. I thought you might enjoy the products I tried from the Klorane Mango Butter Collection so much, that I wanted to share it with you! Thanks to Klorane to offering this for you!

Giveaway details & how to enter…

Prizes: Three (3) winners will receive the Klorane Mango Butter products listed—Shampoo, Conditioning Balm, and Leave-in Fluid

Dates of entry: 9/23/14 to 9/30/14 at 11:59pm EST

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The Lipstick League: Week of 9/15/14


The Lipstick League

Question of the Week: Quick! Name three makeup products that you’ve repurchased multiple times.

Answer: Easy! MAC Cosmetics Fix+, Seche Vite Top Coat (my absolute FAVORITE in THE WORLD), and Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response Anti-perspirant/Deodorant. Sorry if that last one is boring or TMI, but I know how hard it is to find a good one. I have a backup in my closet at all times!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

My Beauty Bunny: Carry groceries, office supplies or your latest beauty haul in true style. Enter to win a gorgeous Thursday Friday Tote Bag from their Nautical Collection!

Nouveau Cheap: Have you seen the Halloween 2014 Limited Edition glitters from Sinful Colors yet? If not, click right here.

Prime Beauty shares 6 Beauty Problem Solvers that will curl your lashes, remove deodorant stains, untangle your tresses and get every last drop of product out of the tube!

Phyrra has the Best Mascaras You Seriously Need to Try Now! Don’t buy another mascara until you read this!

we heart this: Would you like to see swatches of all 30 new Milani Bella gel powder eyeshadows? (Hint: you would!)

Beauty Junkies Unite: Amber confides in us what one of her personal vulnerabilities is, and also one of her biggest beauty regrets in life.

Clumps of Mascara puts away the beauty blogger hat for a second and gets real about some thangs.

EauMG was curious about the Korean beauty box service, Memebox. Victoria shares her impressions of Memebox and the three Scentboxes (yes, boxes with a fragrance focus!) she ordered.

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage: Glitter.Gloss.Garbage unveils September’s hottest Glossybox ever! Plus you can win one!

Gouldylox Reviews: Need a new fall lippie to switch it up without the commitment? Makeup Wars has you covered!

Feeling my Best Beautiful, Thanks to Olay


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This post is months overdue, and when I tell you why—you may be able to relate. Have you ever put something off because it made you feel very vulnerable and you didn’t know what the outcome would be? That’s what it’s been like.

A few months ago, Olay invited me to be photographed by the world-renowned, award winning, and incredibly wonderful Sue Bryce. Being photographed by Sue is just one of those bucket list things in life–after you see her extensive works, you just have to do it. Turns out, Sue had recently shot the women in Olay’s Best Beautiful Stories campaign. The survivor stories as told by these lovely ladies are very inspiring, and maybe echo those of people you know in your life that have survived seemingly impossible obstacles in their lives, or maybe their stories strike a familiar chord within you.

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The first story I watched was of Hillary—a gorgeous 38 year-old woman who felt like the way to be beautiful in California, was to be as tan as possible. By the time she was 25, she was diagnosed with skin cancer. While I’ve been lucky (knock on wood) to not have been diagnosed with skin cancer, I am also 38, and have very fair skin like Hillary as well. I can relate to her on so many levels.  [Read more...]

The Lipstick League: Week of 9/8/14


The Lipstick League

Whew! You guys, I just read an article that parts of South Dakota and Wyoming just experienced the earliest snow storms in years. They dumped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of Wyoming on Wednesday and Thursday, and sent overnight temperatures plummeting into the 20s in some areas.

I hate to say it—but it just hit noon here in Los Angeles on this September day, and it’s already a smart 101°. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry! Especially considering that I’m staring at both fall and holiday collections on my desk right now, and I’m pondering if it’s too early to post winter collections. Do you still want to see them early? Let me know!

Question of the week:

When a beauty product is labeled “Limited Edition” (LE), are you more inclined to purchase it?

Answer: Hmm. Yes, and no! I’d like to think that I don’t purchase items specifically because they’re deemed “limited edition”, but there are often items in those LE collections that are hard to come by, so I pick them up. Sometimes, it’s just a collector’s item thing for me. Like when brands collaborate with pop culture references, etc. But at this stage, I don’t buy things solely because they are LE. When I was younger, I definitely did! The second an LE MAC lipstick palette came out during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I was all over it. Just because it was limited edition!

I hope you enjoy this week’s links from the lovely ladies of The Lipstick League!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Gouldylox Reviews: Need dark circle help? Want to look well rested? This may be just what your looking for.

Lipglossiping: All the shine without any of the removal issues! Revlon debuts their take on the latest drugstore “gel-a-like” nail polishes!

My Beauty Bunny: Looking for a dark, vampy red polish for fall? You must check out my new favorite, Mrs. Mia Wallace, from the Urban Decay Pulp Fiction collection!

Prime Beauty has fallen for NARS Night Caller Collection, especially Unlawful Blush; it definitely doesn’t play by the rules!

Phyrra: You demanded it! I’m bringing you the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette!

we heart this: We’ve got swatches of the limited edition MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow palette. 30 of ‘em! You may want to grab your wallet…

Beauty Junkies Unite: See the differences between the Urban Decay NAKED Basics palette, and the brand new NAKED2 Basics eyeshadow palette! Amber has the breakdown.

Clumps of Mascara is holding on to summer with this sizzling summer look!

EauMG shares her August 2014 Empties. She also proves that she can’t go more than two months without buying cosmetics…

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage: Does the Wet n Wild High Waisted Jeans palette live up to it’s value of $3.99? You decide.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Gouldylox Reviews: Harshleen at Beauty Tidbits is always so sweet and her blog has great advice. Check out this recent post about affordable shadow palettes!

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Review, Photos, Swatches


Urban Decay NAKED BASICS 2 Palette

I’ve been pretty excited about this release, but I really wanted to wear it quite a bit before I gave my final thoughts. If you wanted to wear the gorgeous matte neutrals inside the Urban Decay NAKED Basics palette and found the shades too warm, NAKED2 Basics may be more your speed. Let’s check it out!

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics palette Naked Basics Double Ended Brush

NAKED2 Basics is a palm-sized eyeshadow palette that contains six taupe-hued matte neutral shades. One of the shades is a satin-matte (Skimp), while the rest are a little more flat in finish. Five of the shades are also brand new, and currently exclusive to NAKED2. Whether the new shades will be released in singles or in other palettes is yet to be seen. Occasionally, if UD fans ask for it enough, shades do come back!  [Read more...]