The countdown is ON! We don’t have a ton of time left to get our online shopping done, so I would jump on this one. These Jelly Pong Pong Lip Sorbet shades sell for $16 each on other sites, but right now Beauty Ticket is selling a TRIO of them for less than the price of one! $12.99 will score you three yummy lip gloss shades from Jelly Pong Pong in Spiced Pear, Buttercream, and Blood Orange. These are a perfect stocking stuffer, Secret Santa gift for the office, or a nice way to say “thank you” to your nail technician, esthetician, or glam hairstylist that has made you look gorge all year long!
Star light, star bright…I wish you were on my lips tonight! Well–you got it with the new Bare Escentuals Winter Escapade Buxom Babes Lip Polish Set. When I say these glosses dazzle, I mean they really dazzle! I love the original Buxom Lips glosses (My favorite color is Amber, I wonder why…), the cooling tingle without the burn plumps up my lines just a little without looking ridiculous and I don’t find them to be tacky or sticky. But Winter Escapade is special! It’s a limited-edition set with four mini-Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polishes that sparkle and shine with minty freshness.
Merry (sheer sparkling beige)
Hope (sheer sparkling iridescent pearl)
Holly (sparkling red)
Joy (sheer sparkling light gold)
Back in October, I gave everyone a sneak peek at the latest from CoverGirl to be released in January 2010. Smoky ShadowBlast is an all-in-one shadow stick to help you obtain a smoky eye in whatever hue you fancy. The smoky eye is often a difficult task to achieve on your own, I try to leave it to a makeup artist if I want to wear it myself! Whenever I attempt it by my own hand, it’s usually not too pretty!
Believe it or not–oil glands actually do have a beneficial purpose to the skin, even though for some of us they are more than a curse than a blessing! According to expert dermatologist, Dr. Audrey Kunin, the sebum they produce helps protect the skin from dehydration and helps protect the skin’s acidic environment from allowing bacteria where it’s not supposed to be. That’s all fine and dandy, right? But what do we do when our sebaceous glands are working overtime instead and turn our laborious makeup jobs into vats of Crisco half-way through the day? Mattifying foundations are one way to help combat the issue at hand, so I tested out Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Clarifying Matte Foundation to see if it was up for the challenge.
At first, I was a little scared of the shade selections to be perfectly honest. I’m extremely fair and I’m almost always the lightest or second lightest foundation shade for every brand. Ivory (#100) seemed a little too yellow for me, so I was reluctant! Once I blended it in, it was a nice balance that helped tone down the pink in my skin a little. As far as the texture goes–it feels almost more like a tinted moisturizer and doesn’t offer a whole lot in terms of coverage. In my opinion, it offers slightly more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but definitely less than a traditional foundation. So that may be a hit or miss right off the bat for some of you gals. I personally like having it as a coverage option, but maybe I wouldn’t have called it a true “foundation”. When I think of what traditional mattifying foundations offer in terms of coverage and texture, this isn’t a carbon copy of those formulas we’ve become accustomed to. If you know that going in to it, you might be more forgiving of the formula! If you desire a little more coverage, you could lightly brush some of the Stay Matte Pressed Powder on top if it’s not too much trouble.
‘Tis the season to have sparkling eyes! Dazzling holiday eye-looks showcase the windows to your soul, why not make them sparkle plenty? You’ll be heading off to many parties this month, here are some fab products to glisten & shine without looking like it’s Halloween instead!
Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Cream Eyeliner in “Pyrotechnics” — This cream liner rocks with iridescent glitter in a clear base.
Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dust in “Techno Glitter” (#39) — Turn this into an eyeliner with a sealant, or wear it as a shadow for phenomenal shimmer and shine.
Hard Candy Glitz Stick in “Sweet as Pie” — I love how versatile these translucent pencils packed with glitter are! Use them to layer over shadow, wear on their own, or use them on other areas of the face for shimmery effects.
Urban Decay Rocks — Try putting one of these gorgeous iridescent, gold, or silver crystals in the corner of each eye for a little bling. Don’t go body-jewel crazy with ’em! Since there’s 24 included with an awesome brush-applicator lash adhesive there’s plenty to go around. Pop them on a funky mani too!
An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine my opinion of the product in this post. Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding my policies for using editorial samples.
Spoken like a true bareMinerals fan, if I were to receive this as a holiday gift I would just about flip, and if I weren’t already a loyal devotee–this would convert me in about 2.5 seconds! Wealth of Beauty is a jackpot collection of 13 eyeshadows, 2 liner shadows, 2 cheek colors, 2 mini 100% Natural Lipglosses, a mini Contour Shadow Brush, and a mini Prime Time Eyelid Primer. See what I mean? This one is no joke!
The bareMinerals Wealth of Beauty Collection includes:
This year’s holiday offering from Smashbox is pretty special, and not just because each set is full of gorgeous beauty loot! For starters–with every purchase of a WISH Collection gift set, $1 will be donated to The Children’s Miracle Network. To sweeten the deal, every WISH set is literally a deal! Check these out:
• WISH FOR THE STARS $20 (value $48)
• WISH FOR THE PERFECT POUT $29 (value $96)
• WISH FOR A FLAWLESS COMPLEXION $39 (value $52)
• WISH FOR THE PERFECT TOOLS $49 (value $134)
• EYE WISH $44 (value $234)
• WISH FOR THE PERFECT PALETTE $59 (value over $225) Ulta Exclusive
• WISH FOR THE PERFECT PENCILS $32 (value $80) Sephora Exclusive
I told you so! Each gift set is festively packaged in a pretty foiled box, and the product selections are anything but ho-hum–each one makes a substantial gift. Only WISH FOR THE STARS ($20) and WISH FOR THE PERFECT PENCILS ($32) are pictured, but you must check out the rest! My personal must-have? WISH FOR THE PERFECT PENCILS completely rocked my world, the five long-lasting eyeliners in sensational shades tickled my fancy:
Ahh! I’m so excited right now! I can FINALLY start getting really holiday around here and share some of the best beauty gifts I’ve had the pleasure of stumbling upon. To start off Pretty Gifty for the season, I chose Benefit’s new palette, Celebutante. Everything you need for eyes, lips, and cheeks is included in this perfectly pink and purple palette that resembles a clutch and retails for only $34!
• High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer
• Benetint, Rose-Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain (rose)
• Dallas, The Outdoor Glow For The Indoor Gal Face Powder (rosy bronze)
• Lip Gloss “I’m With The Band” (golden pink shimmer)
• Full-Finish Lipstick “Lady’s Choice” (pinky nude)
• Full-Finish Lipstick “No Competition” (deep plum)
• Velvet Eyeshadow “Leggy” (pink nude satin)
• Velvet Eyeshadow “Dandy Brandy” (copper spice)
• Fluff Shadow/Talent Brush
• Step-By-Step Lesson
It’s impossible not to stop and take notice when you spot it– red lipstick is feminine, powerful, striking, glamorous, and dares you to wear it. You know you want to! I put red lips off for the longest time, fearing it wouldn’t look right and I just didn’t feel confident enough to pull it off. But the second I tried on my first red lipstick, it was instant courage. I’m convinced that you can actually buy confidence girls, and you can find it in almost every store in the world– one will always fit you (even if you have to try on a dozen), and there’s one to suit just about any budget! Finding the right pair of jeans is harder than a red lipstick in my opinion, seriously. Here’s a look at four red lippies I’m loving right now!
• My first ever “big girl” red lipstick purchase was NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Cruella”. At the time, the only reds I had allowed myself to buy were a lot less expensive. I know $24 might seem a little much for the occasional red lip fix, but it is your rite of passage as a woman to own at least one red lipstick that didn’t come from the drugstore! For a matte, “Cruella” glides on like buttah. The scarlet red doesn’t dry out my lips– skipping the “my lips could pass for raisins” look at the end of the day!
• For a cool-red tone with lots of glam, Napoleon Perdis DéVine Goddess Lipstick in “Aphrodite”* is a great bet. 90210 starlet AnnaLynne McCord is a fan and so am I! Totally timeless and ultra-flattering, the lush formula has a little bit of an identity crisis and thinks it’s a lip conditioner. Herbal extracts and antioxidants make sure your pucker isn’t parched.
• New York Color Ultra Moist LipWear in “Retro Red”* is fooling us all! For just 99¢, the color saturation is much more than I ever expected. Just a tad warmer in tone than I usually go for, “Retro Red” still rocks my world. It’s the perfect pin-up doll red with tons of shine, and a little bit more on the slick side. This one doesn’t wear quite as long as the other reds I’ve chosen here, just don’t forget your lip primer and all will be well.
• Lasting Finish Lipstick from Rimmel London in “Alarm”* earned itself some serious kudos and has a new home in the Holy Grail territory of my cosmetics collection– my vanity drawer! I’m keeping “Alarm” handy because the color is just right, the finish is smooth and comfortable, and the price is sweet at about $5. This one does have a little bit of a fragrance, but I like it– it reminds me of bubblegum for some reason. Something about “Alarm” makes it impossible to be in a sour mood!
Red lipstick requires more TLC during application and needs more maintenance throughout wear than other shades. Try prepping with Too Faced Border Line Anti-Feathering Lip Pencil or Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion so that your lips don’t budge!
Check out these luxe red lipsticks for less
*An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine my opinion of the product in this post. Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding my policies for using editorial samples.