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Conceal This! My Top Five Concealers

One of the most favorite parts of my makeup routine is applying concealer.  I love a good concealer because it’s the best at hiding what really needs covering.  There are quite a few on the market today, and after much trial and error, here are my top 5.  You’ll notice I don’t have any drug store concealers and that’s because I really haven’t found one that does well on my under eyes.  On me, they all tend to crease and settle into my fine lines and wrinkles and, let’s face it, that’s the one thing we never want to emphasize, lol! In order from left to right: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer:  It’s got technology in it that prevents it from creasing and lasts forever.  I really do wish this had a doe foot applicator, though, because you only need a half pump to cover both eyes and it can be difficult to do sometimes. bareMinerals Bareskin Concealer:  This one doesn’t really work well for me.  I’ve decided to include it here because it’s very hydrating; if you’ve got dry under eyes, this will work really well for you.  It’s very opaque and does a great job at covering darkness up. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer:  This is a much dryer formula and has great coverage but doesn’t settle into fine lines so much, it also lasts a long time. Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer:  This is my least favorite of the bunch only because the applicator is so stiff I have to dot it on and I have to dip into the tube multiple times to get the amount I want.  Otherwise…

My Go To Eyeshadows

On those days when I need a quick eye look because sleep took precedence over makeup, I turn to these eyeshadows.  Of course, that’s not the only time I wear these shadows, I find myself reaching for this custom combo a lot – even for glam looks; they’re my favorite tones of warm pinks, oranges, cranberry reds, and red browns.  I keep them in a small Z Palette for ease, although I admit, I am thinking of using a larger Z Palette to include some more brown and neutral tones.  For now, they live here.  They’re a combination of Makeup Geek and Anastasia Beverly Hills single pans.  What I love about buying shadows in pans is you can create your own custom palette and change them around at will.  I find that Makeup Geek and ABH make great eyeshadows (better than MAC, truth be told) at price points from $6 to $12. And now for the swatches: ABH Birkin:  My most favorite transition color of all time, it’s a warm beige that helps blend any color. MUG Confection:  While it’s hard to see in the swatch, it serves as my brow highlight color; it’s a pale warm pink. MUG Bitten:  This is a beautiful cranberry shade that looks beautiful in the crease.  I use warm pink and orange tones with this color because cooler pinks can give you a sick, crackhead look. MUG Cherry Cola:  This is my perfect brown – it’s a warm, red toned brown that looks fabulous with bitten to deepen up the crease. MUG Petal Pusher:  A very pretty warm toned pink, it also makes a great transition color.  I like to layer it with Birkin. MUG Grandstand:  Of all the eyeshadows…

Diorshow Fusion Mono Long Wear Eyeshadows

As mentioned in my January 2016 Favorites, I’ve been shopping my stash, and came across these beauties.  The Diorshow Fusion Mono Long Wear Eyeshadows (wow, that’s a mouthful!) are what I consider the more grown up, sophisticated sister to ColourPop shadows – if you want to know more about ColourPop check my post here.  They have the same spongy, powdery texture but are much more expensive with due cause, the glitters are more finely milled and less in your face than the ColourPop shadows.  Because the shimmer is a bit more controlled – not less mind you, just more controlled – the Diorshow Fusion shadows may have more appeal to women with mature skin like us.   These shadows are amazingly long wearing, as the name suggests.  I wore some yesterday and accidentally slept in my makeup (don’t judge – we all do it from time to time, lol); after all day and all night wear my eyeshadow looked pretty darned good – it still had shimmer!  Speaking of shimmer, these shadows catch the eye like a sequined designer gown, yet don’t overpower.  Regrettably, the color selection is somewhat limited but at least Dior nails the basics.  I only own 4 but you can bet I’m considering completing my collection.   The one drawback is, with time, these will pop out of their packaging due to shrinkage – they tend to dry out so it’s critical you not leave these open.  I store them upside down as this helps minimize this from happening.  At the end of the day, the Diorshow Fusion shadows are definitely worth their $31 price tag.     Now for some swatches – note, pictures don’t do these shadows justice: Réveuse:  Regrettably, this was…

10 Valentine’s Day Lipstick Ideas

Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day = pink and red.  And wouldn’t you know it, both happen to be my favorite lipstick colors!  I thought I’d pull together my list of lip colors that bring to mind Valentine’s Day, and can be worn on a night out with the gals or with your honey.  They range from soft pinks, to saturated pinks, to deep reds.  You will notice a pattern – lots of bold colors.  What can I say, I just can’t seem to help myself, lol. Ofra Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in St. Tropez:  This is the palest pink I’ve included and, you can tell by the picture, it’s not my most favorite although this would be absolutely perfect if you opted to do a smoky or sultry eye look.  Ofra has just recently burst onto the scene and I have to say, their matte liquid lipsticks are the most comfortable of the lot (that I’ve tried anyway). Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Melted Ruby:  This is a deep pink and feels great on the lips.  I like that the applicator on this type of lipstick is a sponge type applicator, it offers a lot of control. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bauhau5:  I love this raspberry shade, it’s very flattering and makes the teeth look nice and white.  I always get compliments when I wear this color.  This liquid lipstick formula has great staying power so it will last through a night of dinner, drinks, and smooching. Nars Audacious Lipstick in Angela:  This color is more of an orchid toned pink and pulls a bit purple on me, which I love!  The formula of the Audacious lipsticks is velvety going on but goes…

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

  My eyelashes kind of suck.  I know, that’s a strong statement but in reality they aren’t the longest or fullest lashes.  And that’s why I’m always searching for the best, ground shattering mascara.  The quest seems never ending and that’s because it is.  Even if I find a great mascara, I’m never truly satisfied; I’m always looking for a mascara that gives just a little bit more.  When I heard about the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Volume mascara, I thought I absolutely have to give it a shot for the sake of blog research! <wink, wink>   Before I begin, a couple of disclaimers: I never make a snap judgement when it comes to mascara because I’m a firm believer it takes at least a couple of weeks after opening for a new tube to cure, i.e., dry out a bit.  To me, that’s when the magic really starts. The bar has been set pretty high by Maybelline’s Lash Sensational mascara – the best mascara I’ve tried to date – it gives volume, length, and separation; and costs only $7 or so at the drugstore Anyway, I’ve been trying the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara for the last 3 weeks and I have to be honest, it’s not mind blowing.  It is very black, (or noir as the name states) so it gets points there.  I’ve taken to using it with the Urban Decay Subversion lash primer to help it out, and it performs much better when I do that.  If you can’t be bothered with lash primers though, the Velvet Noir Major Volume mascara won’t give you enough major volume to justify the price tag &#8211…

My Valentine’s Day Wish List

I can’t believe we’re already at February and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Unlike Christmas, where I flat out tell my loved ones what I want, I tend to drop clues on Valentine’s Day.  I rarely ever tell what I want, I let my honey figure it out or flat out surprise me.  This year, I’m dropping clues, and thought I’d share them with you guys. Atelier Cologne – Sud Magnolia Gucci Arabesque canvas top handle bag Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Killer Cheekbones’ set Artis Brush Elite Mirror 5 Brush set Christian Louboutin Baretta Spike pointy toe flat Our Q&A a Day 3 Year Journal What’s on your Valentine’s Day wish list…