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
i was swooning over a friend’s flawless eyeliner the other night (dark, dramatic, and very close to the lash), so i obviously forced her to dish her beauty secret. turns out she’s been using bobbi brown’s long-wear gel eyeliner, so i immediately picked it up for myself in caviar ink, a deep black/brown.
this thick, luxurious liner comes in a little gel pot and using the accompanying brush, i’m able to apply it with ease and control to create either a dramatic cat-eye or an everyday tight lined look. i love that it appears dark and almost permanent but is such a breeze to put on. it’s also super easy to adjust while you’re applying, which is important for those slightly less skilled in the liquid liner application process like myself. most importantly, it doesn’t budge! gone are the days of liners that look great the first hour after application, only to smudge or wear away mid-day. hallelujah!
i’m thinking that this is one of the greats and that it’s no wonder this eyeliner already has such a strong following. if you’re not already on board, snatch up bobbi brown’s long-wear gel eyeliner here for $22.
new favorite product alert!
i am obsessed with the nars soft touch shadow pencil in empire from the new nars andy warhol collection. this black liner stick is incredibly thick, so you can apply it as either a standard eyeliner, or as a shadow base for a fabulous smoky eye. i have a feeling this is going to become an everyday staple for me as i have already been carrying it with me everywhere i go since purchasing two days ago.
i’m also extremely tempted to buy the liner in aigle noir, a black shade with flecks of gold – perfect for the slew of holiday parties that come with the season. isn’t it gorgeous?
both shades of the nars soft touch shadow pencil (and nine other luscious options!) are available here for $24.
jouer is one of the very first beauty brands to fuel the makeup obsession that drives the glossarie. what used to be a little-known brand available only at the henri bendel counter in nyc has grown into a makeup phenomenon with a serious following. i was originally drawn to jouer because of their intelligent packaging. they were the first to create the custom palette in a click-together format that is impossible to resist. jouer offers ladies the opportunity to get exactly what they want in terms of color in a makeup palatte, and, well, i totally dig that.
beyond the cool design are quality formulas in wearable colors that are just plain pretty. the result of whatever combination you put together is an effortless beauty that jouer refers to as the truly essential beauty wardrobe. just like the lbd, they offer up the perfect fit for everyone, for every occasion.
after investing in your favorites, you’ll find that jouer’s products click together side to side and back to back, meaning that you can break things up any which way you like, taking as much or as little of your beauty routine with you as you travel.
moisturizing lip gloss in hamptons, $20
powder eyeshadow in meringue, $20
oil-free mineral powder bronzer in sunshine, $28
lip and cheek tint in petal, $20
the products are timeless and have quickly become key pieces in my otherwise overwhelming collection of beauty. i get instant chic whether i’m at home or on the go making jouer a true glossarie mvp.
to start customizing your own essential palette, shop the full jouer cosmetics color range ($14 – $38) online.
my eyelids are often the most neglected spot on my entire face. truth be told, on a typical day you will find them unlined and free of shadow. it’s a shame and likely cause for beauty blog mutiny, but it’s mostly because i feel like no matter what kind of waterproof shellac i put on them, it almost always ends up smeared beneath my bottom lash line. thankfully, the new aqua shadow sticks from make up for ever offer up a simple solution to my annoying little problem.
there are so many things that i like about this shadow-in-a-stick concept. for starters, carrying my eye shadow around in one slim pencil means no brush needed. it also means that application is a breeze. you can draw these on in thinner strokes to line eyes or easily shade in the entire lid for a pretty wash of color. the aqua shadows come in twelve shades ranging from five moody mattes to seven pearly, neutral cremes. they can be used to create a smudge-proof smoky eye or a super easy single-hued look.
they have totally simplified my make up routine and i’m obsessed with the way that they stay put in this heinous humidity. best of all, they’re compact and portable, ideal for on the go. my go-to shade is 26e (a rose gold) and i’m having a ball combining it with the others for a multicolored effect that even i can master.
make up for ever aqua shadows are available at sephora for $20.
i think we all know that i’m eyeshadow challenged, so i’m always on the hunt for something that will give me an easy to achieve eye look in one palette or quad. i’m happy to report that the new color choreography eyeshadow from buxom really fits the bill! take a peek:
these palettes are generously sized (nearly as big as my palm) and house a variety of color coordinating shades and textures. this one is swing and it’s my personal favorite because of its novice-friendly neutrals. the shades included:
- top left: jive, a shimmery peach pink
- top right: flip, a soft matte brown
- center: shag, a shimmery pink-beige
- bottom left: toss, a matte buttercream
- bottom right: jitterbug, a deep glittery brown with gold sparkle
each shade swatches true to its appearance in the pan and the whole group blends together beautifully to create tons of different looks. as an added bonus and pleasant surprise, i’m also enjoying the brush in this palette collection (normally thrown away without a second thought) – one side is flat for shading, and the other side is angled for lining. it makes applying and blending a breeze, especially when traveling.
so, what do you think of these fabulous little fivesomes? think you’ll pick one up? there are six show-stopping color runs available for $36. find them at sephora!
ps – please vote again today if you have a minute! the allure beauty blogger of the year competition is almost over :)
monochromatic makeup is one of those looks that’s always in. sporting the same shade on eyes, lips, and cheeks is not only great in a pinch, but it’s also chic and uncomplicated. a perfect way to pull it off is with a multiple like cargo’s new colorstick.
if you’ve never done it, you might find it hard to latch onto the idea of using one product on three parts of the face, but i promise you it’s multitasking at its finest. i love applying creamy color on my lips and i’ve even gotten used to wearing it on my cheeks, but i’ve never been comfortable brushing it on my eyes mainly because it always tends to crease.
cargo has really mastered the cream-to-powder formula and created something that doesn’t settle into lines or creases which is great for all three pieces of real estate on which you may decide to apply it. the five product shades give all skin tones a dose of natural, pretty color and will keep you looking far from boring.
cargo colorsticks are available online for $28.