Category Archives: eye liner

Cotton Swabs Aren't Just for Babies

Q-Tips Designer Vanity BoxesOriginally called “Baby Gays” (seriously), Q-Tips entered the market in 1923.

These days, you might find a cheaper cotton swab, but there’s no substitute for the real thing. Fluffy tufts of cotton wrapped around a sturdy paper shaft. Genius.

Over the years, Q-tips expanded their uses to include ear health, cuts ‘n scrapes hygiene, fixing nail polish goofs and most applicably (pun intended), makeup application. They’re perfect for achieving the perfectly blended smoky eye look and soft, subtle face contouring.

Not only has the Q-tip become the cotton swab we all reach for, their packaging has become more and more sophisticated too. No longer are you limited to the blue or white dispenser reminiscent of tupperware.

In fact, recently Q-tips released some really cute new vanity packs that are suitable — heck, designer — enough for any bathroom counter. The new boxes hold 285 swabs and are available for around $3 in funky, pretty patterns on a field of either red, blue, purple or yellow. Now your Q-tips can be displayed on your vanity-top right and look beautiful next to your loveliest make-up and accessories. For makeup professionals, this box is pretty enough to take along on any make-up gig — your brides will LOVE it.

Hands on HiP's brilliant shades that pack real star appeal

HiP Color Presso Lip GlossJust in time for summer, L’Oreal Paris has introduced its newest HiP (high intensity pigment) cosmetic launches: Color Presso Lip Gloss and Kohl Eyeliner.

Color Presso Lip Gloss is a fun, innovative way to create your own signature shade. Available in a variety of duo-shaded tubes, as the name implies, it smells deliciously of a caramelly espresso drink. BUT there’s no flavor or sweetness, so there’s little temptation to lick it away.

With perfect, cushion-y coverage, Color Presso is a well-balanced gloss. Not overly pigmented, it imparts a beautiful translucent color and shimmer whether you use one side or both to create your desired shade. Best of all, it’s not sticky or gooey but instead is nicely moisturizing, leaving my lips soft and supple long after the color was gone.

In my opinion, the only drawbacks are that the color and gloss don’t last as long I’d like them to and the formula (oddly, these days) doesn’t contain sun protection — or if it does, it’s not mentioned anywhere that I can find. Other than that, Color Presso is absolutely lovely, and for around $13, it’s a steal, especially since you get two full-sized lip glosses in one really cool package.HiP Kohl Eyeliner in Gold

Also new and equally marvelous, L’Oreal’s HiP Kohl Eyeliner is a loose-powder (!) liner that glides on velvety smooth. From the first try, I easily achieved a beautiful, even line with a rich, luxurious finish. Available in six brilliant colors, what you see in the tubes is exactly what you get — refined shades of loose, iridescent kohl that define your eyes, from clean and classic to sultry and smokey.

I admit that I was leery of a loose powder eyeliner that would actually stay on, and although there was some “fall out” resulting in a few spots of color under my eyes, with practice I mastered the application to minimize these stray powdery particles. And (thankfully!) true to its claim, HiP Kohl Eyeliner is smudgeproof once it’s sets. Available for a bargain-priced $13 or so.

I almost forgot to mention that both of these beauties are also enriched with a healthy dose of Vitamin E. Bonus.

Bold, true color begins with high-intensity pigment. HiP high intensity pigments from L’Oréal is packed with pigments to deliver rich color in a variety of brilliant shades that pack real star appeal. To make a star’s entrance, reach for HiP.

Got the Economy Blues? Beat 'Em with These Beauty Values

Economy got you down? Have you — like most everyone else — had to pare back your beauty regimen to just the basics? I’m here to tell you that just because there’s less money in the coffers (or in your pocketbook) you don’t have to give up on having the latest cosmetic finds.

Here are a few AMAZING values for your beauty box that won’t break the bank.

Smashbox Try Me collection
Smashbox Try Me collection, $29

Smashbox gives us sooooooo many options when it comes to looking for a great bargain. One of their best is the Try Me collection featuring best-selling signature items, all in portable trial sizes to give you a flawless face at home or on-the-go. For $29 (!!!), Smashbox generously includes Photo Finish Primer, Photo Op Under Eye Brightener, Brow Tech & Cream Eye Liner Pallette, Double-Ended Eye Liner & Brow Brush, Lip Enhancing Gloss in Crystal (sheer), and a special instructional DVD.

Sephora Deluxe Palette
Sephora Deluxe Palette, $32

Sephora’s Deluxe Palette (only $32 but valued at $200) is a sleek, triple-tiered compact that opens to reveal eyeshadow, blush, lip gloss, and powder on stackable, sliding trays. A selection of applicators and a mirror embedded under the lid give you all the tools to create a polished, impeccable look anytime, anywhere. This savvy, multitasking set has it all: 18 eyeshadows, two cream eyeshadows, two blushes, two compact powders, 24 lip glosses, two double-sided sponge applicators, a double-sided blush/powder brush, two lip gloss brushes, all in a chic black case.

Bare Escentuals Go Bare Kit $32
Bare Escentuals Go Bare Kit, $32

Bare Escentuals helps us beat the bear with its Go Bare Kit, a six-piece set of mini BareMinerals must-haves. This set features a miniature versions of Eyecolor in Joy, Blush in Golden Gate, Mineral Veil, Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Eva, a Contour Shadow brush, and a Flawless Application brush, all housed in a portable box with a built-in mirror.

So there you have it. It really doesn’t cost a fortune to look beautiful, or have the latest and greatest beauty buys from some of the best around….

Stila Shine On Gift of Glaze: another great value collection!

Halston is back

from the Halston fall 2009 collection
from the Halston fall 2009 collection

The news from NY fashion week is all about the return of the ’80s. Officially, they are back.

From neon brights (see also Michael Kors) and cashmere-blend wool suiting to heavy black eye-liner and heavy black tights, the catwalk was screaming, screeching and slithering with styles borrowed from the decade that did much of the same.

While this turn may be disheartening to some, many are harkening the return of the ’80s as the return of classic pieces that can be pulled out of your closet season after season and still look fresh, crisp and beautiful.

My take? Designers who embrace the ’80s trend are smart to do so. With the economy in recession (ehem, dare I say depression?), more fashion-saavy buyers are looking for long-wearing (read quality) pieces with punch…those that are versatile, simple, wearable — and beautiful.

Leatrice Eiseman of Pantone summed it perfectly, “Designers recognize the desire for fundamental basics that speak to current economic conditions.”

What do you think of this heavily ’80s-influenced trend? Are you in?

An accessible ’80s accessory from Kors: MICHAEL Michael Kors “Montauk” Leather Medium Crossbody Bag

Take 10 Years Off Your Age Right Now, Pt. 1

Properly applied make up can make you look fabulous. But unless it’s done the right way and using the right amount, make up can actually add years to your face.

As a 37 year old former makeup artist, I’ve learned a few simple tips to follow that will help you look younger starting today:

FACE

  • Moisturize your skin–face and neck–with a light moisturizer before you apply your makeup…and allow it to sink in, about 5-10 minutes
  • Apply makeup primer BEFORE any makeup. The least expensive and one of the most effective I’ve found (it rivals Smashbox): Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel. It contains the EXACT same ingredients as most of the best makeup primers. Plus, you can pick up a tube at most drugstores for $5
  • Apply your concealer BEFORE foundation. Using your finger or a concealer brush, pat a little concealer under your eyes, around your nose and on any blemishes or discoloration. Concealer before foundation prevents you applying too much foundation.
  • Apply less foundation. And switch to mineral foundation. The better brands and newest formulations (Jane Iredale, Everyday Minerals are some of my favorites) give excellent NATURAL coverage with a light application
  • Apply blush to the apple (round part that pops out when you smile) of your cheeks. For a youthful glow, use a cheek stain or cream blush in a pink, rosy or peach-y color
  • Blend your makeup well and use a light touch

Take 10 Years Off Your Age Right Now, Pt. 2

A few more simple tips to follow that will help you look younger starting today:

EYES

  • Groom your eyebrows. Pluck only stray hairs (those are the ones that fall outside your natural eyebrow)
  • Apply eyeliner to the top lash line only. And unless you have medium-or-dark toned skin, DO NOT use black eyeliner. Brown, grey, plum and green are better for fair-to-light toned skin
  • Apply two coats of mascara maximum. One coat for daytime wear is best
  • Curl your lashes. If you don’t like the traditional lash curlers, use an electric version. Sephora’s is terrific and a great deal at $16
  • Avoid shimmery eyeshadow
  • EXCEPTION to above tip: Use a shade-lighter-than-your-skin-tone colored shimmery eyeshadow applied with a light touch to your brow bone (the area just below the outter two-thirds of the eyebrow), AND apply a dab of shimmery ivory shadow to the inner corner of your eyes. These tips really open up the eye area–young!
  • Also, avoid ‘cool’ eyeshadow colors like grey, blue, true green. Opt for colors like pink, peach, gold, warm greens (olive, moss, sage), plum, ivory, brown, taupe

Take 10 Years Off Your Age Right Now, Pt. 3

And even more simple tips that will help you look younger starting today:

LIPS

  • Use lipgloss or sheer lipstick–NOT lipstick. Use a shade just deeper than your natural lip color. Avoid ‘cool’ colors and dark colors. Instead, choose a sheer pink, peach, rose, mauve or berry
  • Apply lipbalm or clear gloss when not wearing colored gloss. This will keep your lips moist and young-looking all the time

More Anti-Aging Tips:

  • Take care of your skin by cleansing, moisturizing and nourishing it every day using good skin care–P.S. good does not necessarily mean expensive
  • Wear SPF 15 (or higher) sunscreen every day
  • Drink a gallon of water every day
  • Go for a walk at lunch, shoot for 3 times a week. It’s a great excuse to catch up on your window shopping; just don’t take your wallet–debt makes you look and feel old
  • Smile, or better yet, laugh–a lot
  • Eat plenty of protein, complex carbs, fruits and vegetables
  • Manage your stress levels. Take up knitting, painting, piano, yoga or meditation. Find something you like to do and ‘just do it’
  • Get plenty of sleep–sleep is a proven fountain of youth

Flawless Eyeshadow…Primer-Free!

The brilliant beauties at Benefit bring us Creaseless Cream Shadows. These babies are THE shadow for low-maintenance days (or gals) when you just want to swipe a quick daub of color across their lids and run out the door…and still look amazing (and like you spent more than a few seconds on your makeup)!

The texture is light and a bit spongey or spring-y. Cooling to the touch and smooth as silk, Creaseless Cream Shadows come in a lovely assortment of soft shades, perfect for spring…or for those of us with fair-to-medium complexions.

Flexible? CCS‘s are wonderful for lining. The smooth-as-silk texture whips on quickly, and the soft formula helps prevent smudgey mess-ups. Oh, and they also make FABULOUS highlighters for cheeks, chins, decolletes…you find a spot you want to highlight and Benefit’s gotcha covered…pun, intended.

Another great feature? Plain and simple, Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadows work well on bare, un-primed skin.

Ease of application, flexibility and smooth, blendable formula…and beautiful shades–all these add up to one amazing product (shall I say, another great product from Benefit). Certainly one of my new favorites!

Bonus! Creaseless Cream Shadows are featured as a part of Benefit’s newest quiz. Take the quiz and reveal your FREE gift!

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