while i don’t normally invest in them for myself, sets like this are great for gifting. instead of giving the whole group to one person, i like to break them up and tie little pairs together with ribbon – because you never know when you’re going to need a spare present.
this kit from purminerals includes three eye shadows and three lip gloss sticks in varying shades. they are a piece of cake to use and apply, with colors that are rich and formulas that are loaded with vitamins and shea butter.
i couldn’t resist testing these for myself before giving them away and i have been wearing the two middle shades, taunt (raspberry lip gloss) and exposed (vanilla eye shadow), to the tune of many compliments. something about the creamy nude shadow and slightly vampy lip make for a season-right combination that cannot be ignored. so, i suppose that in this case, it will be two for me and four for them (whoops)…but you get the idea :)
purminerals show off collection, $28 >
do split sets up and give them as gifts?
in august i spent an afternoon at the mark. offices filming a handful of videos for some of their exciting new products. i had the absolute best time hanging out with the mark. team who are, not surprisingly, an insanely fun group of girls. they made me feel so comfortable on camera and i loved getting my hands on all of the new products and accessories a full season ahead of the masses. i easily identified several favorites and we shot my thoughts on why they’re each so fab. if you’re finding yourself with a little time in your rainy sunday, click on through to take a peek at my youtube debuts! i’m super proud of them :)
mark. wonder glow blush & glow
mark. great finish pressed perfecting powder
mark. earn your metal liquid shimmer eyeliner
mark. on the dot lip color compact
holy gorgeous, this eyeshadow palette from bobbi brown is everything. i don’t even like eyeshadow all that much (i’m kind of afraid of it, it’s fine.) and i know that i need this palette in my life. for one, bobbi’s shadows are the business. they are beautifully formulated, with a wide range of flats and glitters, they blend easily and they stay put. the color combination in this set of nine has every shade that i’m certain i would need for the rest of my life, including eclipse (a dark black matte). the remaining eight neutrals are just my speed and they include three mattes (ivory, fog, and beige), two metallics (golden pink and candlelight gold), and three serious sparklers (chocolate bronze, gold, and opal). i’m thinking that these possibilities are beyond endless and that this palette is sure to be a longtime friend. get your hands on this one before it goes, gals.
bobbi brown ‘old hollywood’ eyeshadow palette, $75 >
i have been dreaming about this rosy gold glitter eye look from the jason wu runway show ever since it graced my instagram feed via allure magazine. it’s slightly smoky and all girly and it’s one that i need to recreate now. wu created this look in collaboration with lancome (with whom he has also created a makeup collection, launched this week), combining a series of metallic shadows and pressing gold glitter over top. stunning.
i’ve been looking for an excuse to use stila’s new magnificent metals foil finish eye shadow ($32) and this is the perfect inspiration. these metallics are striking and deliver high-impact shimmer the likes of which i have never seen. the tiny bottle holds a prepping priming adhesive that you combine with the shadow to create a lasting finish. you can wash these all over lids for a sheer shine or build to a high-metallic opaque like above. my favorite look to create with these so far is to use a matte(ish) shadow in the same color family (a gray or a taupe) and concentrate a dot of shine in the center of the lid, near the lash line. for a bit of extra pop, you can shimmy a metallic liner in the center of your lower lash line, for ultra eye opening effects.
are you into these heavy metals?
you’re probably shocked to see me even talking about eyeliner, let alone dedicating a full post to one, but that’s how good this one is. i adore blinc’s mascaras for their non-irritating, completely smudge proof formula that washes off with warm water and now the brand has taken their expertise beyond the lashes.
their liquid eyeliner pen is virtually goof proof. i have no talent when it comes to eye makeup and after just a few minutes playing around with this pen, i was floored by my own artistry. the beauty of this one is in the thinnest possible brush. it’s extra flexible, so you can dot it between lashes, or drag it along the lash line, building thickness as you go. it’s so easy to use and i was even able to create a cat eye and a winged liner look without much effort. trust me, with this pen in your hand, you cannot mess up.
beyond its idiot-proof abilities, this liner has major longevity. just like blinc’s mascaras it has ultra long wear time. my watery eyes always make eyeliner disappear – this one stays put and it’s surprisingly a piece of cake to remove. this is truly the only eyeliner that i have ever loved. i can’t get enough of the precise control that makes me look like i actually know what i’m doing. add in the fact that it doesn’t smudge or smear, wears all day, and washes off easily – i am full on wowed.
blinc ultrathin liquid eyeliner pen, $26
it has taken me a long time to learn how to dress up my eyes each morning, but the little tricks i have learned over the years really make a big difference in brightening my face and polishing off my whole look. my go to eye wardrobe is soft, neutral and sparkly. here are the essentials that help me give the windows to my soul their own special treatment:
simple’s revitalizing eye roll on, $11
this is the first thing i put on my face in the morning and i let it soak in / work its magic while i straighten my hair. the cool rollerball de-puffs as it massages my under eyes while cucumber, b5, and glycerin work to wake up my sleepy peepers.
chanel precision eyelash curler, $34
superior shape and spongy pad have made this my holy grail lash curler for over a year now. combine the perfect curler with these tips that i learned from refinery29′s recent video with james vincent and my lashes have never looked better.
mac paint pot in painterly, $18.50
i put this creamy shadow / lid primer on whether i am wearing shadow or not, because it prevents my foundation from creasing. layering shadow overtop locks things down until you’re ready to remove. (at which point i might recommend these little beauties!)
josie maran argan beautiful nudes, $36
this shadow quad features rich neutrals and one shadow liner. the shadows offer a variety of finishes (matte, iridescent, satin) in beautifully coordinated nudes so i can create endless looks that always look good together. it totally takes the guesswork out of eye makeup!
sephora collection pro visionary lash fan brush, $18
finally! a brush designed to make tightlining easier. dip this mini fan into your favorite black cream liner and stamp it right into your lash line for precise and simple definition. it emphasizes lashes and also doubles as a lash separator. you need this!
clinique instant lift for brows, $16.50
the ultimate in finishing touches, this double-ended product from clinique houses a natural-looking pencil to give fullness and intensity to brows and a pearly highlighter that creates contrast and adds a magic lift to your arches.
benefit is one of the brand’s that fueled my beauty addiction early on. i loved the brightly colored packaging, cheeky product names and the rich, wearable shades that translated to a beautifully natural look. the brand has come so far over the years and i am salivating over their new color collection, featuring ultra plush lip glosses, creaseless cream shadows, and longwear powder shadows. all coming in newly redesigned packaging that screams art deco, these pretty products are just as gorgeous in the box as they are on your skin.
the new ultra plus lip glosses ($16) come in six shades. they are soft and luscious, gliding on so smooth and giving lips a kissable, sexy sheen. i’m recommending the clear fuchsia ‘kiss you’ as my pick of the six.
the brand’s award winning creaseless cream shadows ($20) are back in a big way with seven new shades. colors are fresh and fabulous for the ultimate in crease-proof and budge-proof wear. my personal favorite is the new bikini-tini, a gorgeously girly oyster pink.
new longwear powder shadows ($20) are available in 12 shades, spanning three finishes: matte, satin, and sheen. i’m all about blingo! a brilliant silver that’s infusing just the right amount of electricity into my spring routine.
do you think you’ll be dipping in to benefit’s new color collection?
(photo by kate headley)
i love the clinique chubby sticks for lips so it’s no surprise that their eyeshadow story is equally deserving of my affection. in this revamped version, creamy eye color is tucked inside twist-up chunky pencils for easy one-handed application and ultra long wear. the gorgeous palette includes tame neutrals and bold shades that can be layered together for look after look. i’ve found that these are incredibly easy to blend into your crease or onto your lid and can even be grazed along the lash line as a smudgy liner. if you’re eye makeup challenged like me, you’ll really like how easy these are to work with. the pen itself is huge giving a nice wash of color, plus it’s completely portable thanks to a click-on top (no need to worry about painting the inside of your handbag in ‘portly plum’). if you’ve been searching for a spring addition to your eye wardrobe, look no further. i think that the combination of formula and packaging is so good here, you’re going to want to scoop up more than one!
shop clinique chubby sticks for eyes ($16) >
one of the boldest trends coming out in beauty for spring 2013 is pink eyeshadow. we’re seeing shades from baby pink to fuchsia in shimmer and matte, appearing in both cream and powder formulas. i’m not going to lie to you – it’s a lot of look!
but, the more that i’ve played around with pink, i’ve found that it’s equally youthful and glamorous – and when you wear it on your eyes, it’s a great way to stand out. maybe it’s not for everyone and it can be a bit tricky to pull off, but i’ve rounded up nine options, so whether you’re up for a pastel dusting or a wash of hot pink, you’ve got plenty of ways to wear it now.
lancome color design infinite in everlasting rose, $24.50
givenchy ombre a fleur de peau eyeshadow in pearly rose, $34
make up for ever powder blush in candy pink, $20
ysl ombre solo in parisienne pink, $30
urban decay eyeshadow in woodstock, $18
laura mercier second skin cheek color in rose petal, $24
sephora collection colorful mono eyeshadow in sweet candy pink, $13
cargo eyeshadow dup in sarasota, $20
i-mark wet/dry eye shadow in luvstruck, $7
tip: if you want to try the trend, but you’re not game to invest in a whole pot of pink shadow, try dusting some blush on your eyes to get the look. chances are, you’ve got more than one shade of pink already in your makeup wardrobe so you can go pink without spending a cent.
think you’ll do the pink thing this spring?
gilded eyeshadow will likely never go out of style and i’ve been lusting after the tufted look of laura mercier’s illuminating eye color for quite some time. these sephora look alikes popped up on the scene recently, and i’m having a hard time telling the difference. stunning in the compact, these pearls, golds, and bronzes dance somewhere between a baked, cream, and powder formula with excellent color pay off and a smooth, polished finish.
this: laura mercier illuminating eye color, $24
that: sephora collection outrageous prisma chrome metallic eyeshadow, $16