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Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée

3 Feb

Well well well. If it isn’t little miss…. okay let’s just cut to the chase, I don’t have much time.

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So pretty! I was sucked in by both the name (Coconut Gelée? YUM!) and the colors. Then I bought some, and found myself unsure of how I was supposed to apply it. It’s blush… but it’s in a pot. Do I use my fingers? A sponge? A brush? I finally googled it and was rewarded with a bunch of how-to Youtube videos. The consensus seemed to be fingers, so I went at it.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée
PROS:
-Pretty!
-Moisture-rich
-Fairly easy to apply, if a little confusing at first
-Very sheer
-Super natural looking – really gives that dewy look

CONS:
-There was a lot of talk about how it was “buildable,” but I found that hard. It goes on SO sheer that I felt like I had to cake it on to get any real color.
-Messy fingers
-Not as intuitive (for me) as powder blush

End result? I switched back to NARS Orgasm, which it appears I have never written a review for, but really, do I need to? I mean if you have read a beauty blog or magazine in the past ten years you have surely heard of THE BEST BLUSH IN THE WORLD OMG IT’S SO GOOD THEY MADE ANOTHER ONE WITH GLITTER AND CALLED IT SUPER ORGASM AND THEN THEY MADE MATCHING LIPGLOSS AND NAIL POLISH TOO OH NARS PLEASE MARRY ME!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Their words, not mine – I do love the blush but frankly find all other NARS products overrated and unimpressive.) Sorry for the digression. Basically the work was not worth the result for me. It’s a nice blush and if you’re into a super sheer blush, a cream blush, or a dewy look, this very well might be the blush for you. I don’t really need/want any of those things, so for me… not so much.

I swear I am going to try to blog again later this week about an eyeshadow that is my new fave. Stay tuned.

PS. I’m pregnant again, so that is part of the reason I am so slow.

Ooh La, Rue La!

26 Jun

Ah the subscription model of shopping. I am a sucker, and I LOOOOVE getting packages. Plus it’s a great way to try out new products without having to invest in full sizes.

So far, I am a member both of  BeautyBar Sample Society and Birchbox. And then, cause you know, I like to share the wealth, I also signed up for BarkBox. FOR MY DOG.

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If you decide to sign up for BeautyBar Sample Society after seeing this, please consider using my referral code – kate78 – so I can get credit!

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Then my friend Cait mentioned Glossybox to me. I have been meaning to look into it but not had a chance yet.

WELL.

Today, Rue La La is offering a DEAL on Glossybox – $40 for a $100 membership. WHAT! So yeah. I signed up. And maybe, if you’re anything like me, you should too.

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If you’re a member of a similar program, please share the details and your referral code below, or tweet it to me @kate78, #lipglosslife!

Mascara THROWDOWN!

31 Oct

I have been trying different mascaras lately. I don’t know why. Boredom? I just thought, there are so many out there, why not? Largely a disappointing experience, but here are my findings anyhow, in a very short, succinct format.

Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara
When I bought this, she told me it doesn’t smudge. That is a lie. It does. A lot. It smells like roses and it’s not the worst of the smudgers, but it does end up under my eyes after a long day. Good color, good consistency, easy application, good volume. Too expensive to smudge that way.
3/5 lashes

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara
I like the logo for this brand, and I think we all know I’m a sucker for anything pretty or gimmicky. I’m not sure what the thought process was in naming any mascara “skinny” anything, because that seems pretty counterintuitive, but this mascara is actually awesome. I literally just took a nap in it and it looks exactly the same as when I applied it. I have had no smudging issues with it; when it comes off it actually just seems to flake a little, which is way easier to remove than smudging. Color is good, lashes look thick and long. A tiny bit clumpier than I’d prefer but not too bad, and might thicken up with repeated usage. One coat is enough. Only complaint – hard to get off. Really had to scrub it off my eyes.
4.5/5 lashes

Make Up Forever Smoky Lash Mascara in 6 (Purple)
Great mascara. I picked this up at Sephora because I had a hankering for some purple eyelashes. Great application, great staying power, easy to remove, little to no smudging, BUT (isn’t there always something?) doesn’t look very purply on. If you look VERY carefully it’s purple, but it’s not jumping off my face purple. The only reason to wear purple mascara is so that people are like, Hey, look at those wild lashes! This doesn’t accomplish that. I may as well just use the black. So as a mascara, 5/5 lashes. As a purple mascara…
3.5/5 lashes

Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara
The definite winner of the bunch, and a reader/friend submission at that! Wendy F. recommended I try this brand after one of my other mascara posts, so I did. It’s great! Color is good, application is easy, nice thick lashes with no clumping, one coat does it, easy to remove, minimal smudging, meets pretty much every requirement I have! I am at the end of the tube now, hence my exploration into other types, but if you’re not in the mood to explore and simply want a reliable, standard mascara, I don’t think you can go wrong with this one.
5/5 lashes

On a related note, the first person to tell me what the hell mascara and flagellation have in common wins a prize. EVERY time I write about mascara, WordPress suggests I tag my post with flagellation. I must know why.

You can only choose one!

25 May

I learned some time ago – on my own, and I have read it since in fashion mags – that to pull off “sexy” (as opposed to trashy, trampy, whorey, or one of their cousins), you have to choose.

Cate Blanchett, the epitome of style and class, rocks the cleavage and covers the legs.

Do you want to show off legs? Or do you want to show off cleavage? Or – in rare instances – do you want to show off back?

Back in college, I used to go dancing at least once a week. I’d carefully choose my outfit before, and always noticed that if I paired a short skirt with a cleavage revealing top, my outfit took a very quick turn from Sexyville to Skankytown. I cannot explain the reasoning behind this, other than the obvious: a little skin is sexy, and leaves something to the imagination; too much skin looks like you’re selling a peek at what little is left to the imagination. If you want to show off your sexy upper half, wear a skirt that comes nearly to your knees or lower. (Or at LEAST reaches past your fingertips when standing with your arms straight by your sides.) If you want to display those gorgeous gams, then choose a more modest shirt that’s not too clingy or low-cut. You may put on a micro mini and a low-cut, tight-fitting top and think, “Damn, I have a smoking bod!” and hey – maybe you do! (And good work on that self-esteem, sister!) But if you’re going anywhere nicer than a dive bar or seedy nightclub with anything more in mind than scoring free drinks and lots of propositions (and I don’t mean the kind that come with a ring), then tone it down a little and you will class it up a lot. Since I came to this conclusion on my own, I have read the same advice in multiple magazines. So choose one and go with it. You can always choose the other the next night!

I’ve come to realize the same thing applies to makeup. I shy away from a bold lip, I always have. I prefer gloss to stick, I never use lip liner, and although both my birth sign (Aries) and my coloring (fair-haired blonde) are meant to wear red well and often, I rarely do. I don’t know why – I think part of it is the fact that I have a hard time finding a red I like, and part of it is that red is hard to apply – it smudges easily, stains the skin around my mouth, and since I am not a lip liner girl, bleeds into the lines around my lips. YUCK. Additionally, in the past, I have found it hard to figure out what to do with the rest of my makeup once I do the red lips – I am used to playing up my eyes, and if you go all crazy with the eye makeup and then throw on some red lipstick, guess what? You look like one of two things: a woman with WAY too much makeup on, or a clown. Neither is good.

Well, I finally realized two things. One, if I’m going to wear red, it needs to be a red with a blue base. Reds with a yellow or orange base are bad bad bad on me – it’s the yellow undertone in my skin. You can pull off a yellow- or orange-undertone red if you’re a) olive complected, or b) super fair with rose (not yellow) undertones. How do you know what color your undertone is? Do you tan or burn? If you tan easily, you’re probably yellow, like me. If you tend to burn, or can’t tan, you may be a rose. Anyhow, number two is that if you want to play up the eyes, go for a nude or understated lip. If you want to go with a bold lip, stick to a neutral eye. SO EASY!

Scar Jo knows the trick.

Now on the off times I feel like going red, I do a little brown shadow and I’m done. But if I’m feeling like being EYE-catching (get it?), I go with my old gloss standby. Just like with the top and bottom in clothes, it’s as simple as A or B – one or the other but never together!

Finally, on the off-chance you’re having a bad skin day (I am all the time, lately – thanks, fetus), steer clear of red! Or really ANY deep, dark shade. I tried to apply that Stila Lip Stick I blogged about this morning and disaster! Dark colors of lipstick will just emphasize flaws and inconsistencies in your skintone – stick to a neutral gloss to downplay any blemishes.

Hope these tips were helpful!

What’s Your Makeup Lying To YOU About?

21 May

7 Lies on Your Makeup Labels – special thanks to Michele C., the SassyCityGirl herself, for forwarding this along – it’s a fascinating read!

A Week In My Purse – Day 3: tarte Amazonian clay pressed mineral powder

17 Apr

As usual, with everything Tarte, their Amazonian Clay Pressed Mineral Powder is the bomb diggety. (Also as usual with everything Tarte, their packaging leaves something to be desired, but I will save that for another post.) There’s not too much to say about this powder really, which in itself is a pro. What do you want from a powder? Translucence, good coverage, oil absorption, matte quality, lightness, good color selection, natural ingredients – Tarte hits every one of these dead on. The compact includes a mirror and a foam applicator, so it’s an all-in-one package, and periodic reapplication doesn’t leave me looking or feeling cakey or covered.

Nestled in next to my Cargo blu-ray concealer, Tarte’s powder is another don’t-leave-home-without purse staple.

Making Faces – Kevyn Aucoin

11 Mar

I cannot recommend this book, Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin, more highly. If you love cosmetics, there is no other book that I think is more essential to your bookshelf than this one. The late, great Kevyn Aucoin shares his secrets for flawless makeup application, a myriad of looks for day and night, and how to transform your face from blah to brilliant. If that’s not enough for you, there are also stunningly gorgeous full-page pictorials of celebrities made over to look like other celebrities – you will not believe Jean Harlow is really Courtney Love. I used this book for Halloween one year to make myself Marilyn Monroe, and the advice was invaluable. This book is a how-to manual, a stunning picture book, and a coffee table objet d’art, all wrapped into one. A must-have for anyone, male or female, who enjoys makeup and sees it not just as a boring necessity but as an art form unto itself.