everyday eye essentials

everyday eye essentials

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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.

show me your lip bomb, marissa

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name:  marissa schneider
internet home: gilt city
number of products: 20
she says: more than anything, when it comes to beauty, i love to have options!
the bomb:  (clockwise from top)

bobbi brown treatment spf 15 in papaya
erwin gomez liquid gloss in catherine
revlon colorstay soft & smooth in so blushious
bobbi brown sheer color gloss in cabana coral
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i met marissa a couple of weeks ago when she and her team were sweet enough to treat me and several other bloggers to an insanely delicious tasting menu at brasserie beck before the gilt warehouse sale. marissa is a doll and she is flawlessly stunning. we instantly got to chatting about beauty, so when she expressed interest in sharing her #lipbomb, i jumped at the chance to feature her. marissa’s lip bomb is im-pressive! this lady totes a lot of lip product in her bag on the daily and she clearly plays favorites, carrying multiple products from nars and bobbi brown. i’ve got my eye on the baby benetint and the mentha lip shine – looks i’ll be making a couple of additions to my #lipbomb thanks to marissa!
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if you want to see your lip bomb in the glossarie,
send it over to theglossarie@gmail.com
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my ten favorite product finds of 2012

my vanity, makeup bag, and face see a constant rotation of products. with the volume and frequency of beauty being tested, it can be really tough to hang on to something for longer than a few weeks, let alone give it permanent residence in my bathroom’s beauty basket. low and behold, some products do actually stand the test of time. here are ten products that i posted about in 2012 that are still in my daily routine:

my ten favorite product finds of 2012

1. urban decay’s naked foundation is my go-to for a flawless face; i use it every day and i am still loving the semi-matte finish.

2. dr. lipp’s nipple balm for lips is a godsend for chapped lips; when all else fails, i know this will get the job done!

3. pattern body wash’s balance of effective cleaning and hydration makes it a permanent favorite in our coed shower. i love the scents and feel like i’m doing something good for my skin when i’m lathering up.

4. oribe’s dry texturizing spray is better than the best dry shampoo. it continues to make day two hair look better than day one. and the scent! yum.

5. sheswai’s nail lacquers come in the most playful shades. i still haven’t found anything that’s easier to apply than these, saving me bundles in salon manicures.

6. deborah lippmann’s the stripper to go is the most ingenious nail polish remover method. the little mitts may be pricy, but their portability and swift polish removal makes them completely worth the expense!

7. i still dab leila lou’s perfume oil in the crook of my elbows daily. the fragrance is flirty, fresh, and light, plus the rollerball makes it easy to travel with.

8. when i cannot stand to look as tired as i feel, tarte emphaseyes inner rim brightener saves the day. i constantly rely on this small wonder to fake eight hours.

9. i will never go back to plain old boring hair ties! olivia’s mane message pretties crop up everywhere, from all around my condo to the depths of my handbags to my car cup holders. you’re sure to always find one on my wrist, too!

10. chanel’s precision eyelash curler has replaced my beloved shu ueumra and proven better than the original. lashes are left perfectly curled without the awkward crimp some other curlers leave behind.

have you discovered anything through the blog that has found a permanent home in your beauty bag this year?

beauty to be thankful for

beauty to be thankful for 2012

happy thanksgiving!

this is my favorite of all holidays. it always reminds me how much i have to be thankful for and towards the tippety top of that very long list is the opportunity to share my beauty love with you wonderful people. i absolutely adore blogging beauty and i’m so grateful that you visit the glossarie to read and comment as often as you do. you guys are the best.

also on my thankful list? several standby products that i couldn’t survive without:

top row -
mac powder blush in easy manner
bobbi brown creamy lip color in blue raspberry
chanel lash curler
dior creme de rose lip balm

bottom row -
mane message hair ties
essie beyond cozy
tweezerman zebra slant tweezer
mario badescu buffering lotion
neutrogena naturals purifying pure scrub

this group keeps me looking my best: clear skin, curled lashes, soft lips and flushed cheeks. while it’s true that in the grand scheme of life, beauty products might not rank too high, i really do love and cherish the great ones – and i know you do, too! so, if you’ve got beauty products that you’re thankful for, i would love to hear ‘em.

i hope you all enjoy a warm and cozy thanksgiving with your family and friends.

what’s in her bag?

when the super sweet justine of ‘short is the new black’ asked me to be a part of her ‘what’s in her bag?’ series, i was more than happy to oblige. the beauty blogosphere is such a wonderful place when you get to meet and share audiences with someone like miss justine. i hope you’ll click on over to her little spot on the web and take a peek at my dailies. wait until you see just how shockingly simple my beauty routine really is!

ps – since you’re here, you must love the glossarie! please visit this week’s allure beauty blogger awards challenge and vote for me – i’d be so grateful :) (you can vote once per day, now through friday, and did i mention you can win diamonds?!)

chanel precision eyelash curler

if i had to choose, i’d say that the three discerning characteristics of my finished face are bold, defined brows, a perfectly sculpted cheek, and lots, and lots of lash. i like a long, luscious fan of fringe that looks home grown but in all reality takes some serious curling and two coats of artfully applied mascara.

my lashes are entirely unfortunate in their natural state, they just don’t live up to my bambi-like expectations. in my efforts to suck every bit out of their wispy length and visor shape, i need big guns in the lash curler department. after the demise of my beloved shu uemura curler (2004 – 2012, rip) and its all but disappearance from the us market, i hunted for the best possible replacement.

my friend karlasugar recommended the chanel precision eyelash curler for its superior shape and spongy pad. the shape allows you to get super close to the lash line so you’re not curling just the tips of your lashes, and the spongy pad means no more “crimping” your lashes into that unnatural L shape. the fit against the eyelid is perfect so you won’t pinch yourself, plus the resulting curl is natural and really holds.

i thought i would have to settle for less than perfection in my next lash curler, but i actually like my chanel better than the shu and found it very easy to use from day one without any need to get used to it or break it in. and it’s kind of sexy in that carbon black finish, no?

at $34, it’s on the very high end of lash curlers, but if it lasts me eight years, i don’t mind the investment. you can find the chanel precision eyelash curler at the beauty counters and online at nordstrom.

another pretty face: michelle williams

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i can’t get my mind off of michelle’s pretty pixie and classically chic makeup from sunday’s golden globes red carpet. she was all done up in chanel from lashes to lips, but i’ve recreated her look for you with some of my favorite products.

start off with an ultra light and luminous makeup base like jouer’s luminizing moisture tint. it evens out skintone and light-reflecting pigments give off a gorgeous glow.

on the eyes, use a silver gray shadow like revlon diamond lust in night sky (don’t forget to smudge some underneath the bottom lash line) and at least two coats of cover girl lash blast 24 hour mascara for lots of long, almost spidery lash. if you’ll look up, you’ll notice that michelle’s brows are subtly perfect without being too pronounced. dash a little too faced brownies in blonde-y (even if you’re dark haired) throughout the arch in upward strokes, finishing with the spoolie brush to blend.

for cheeks, dust on some maybelline dream bouncy blush in orchid hush and swipe chanel perle rouge coco lipstick (this is the actual shade she wore – sometimes there is just no duplicate for perfection) on lips to polish everything off.

oh, and that vintage fred leighton headband? dying. when i find  replacement for that beautiful bauble, i’ll let ya know.

never met a clinique mascara i didn’t like

but i might like this one the best!

mascara wands come in every shape and size these days. there’s the s-shape, the medieval torture-ball, the elongated medieval torture ball, the brush-comb hybrid, but the latest innovation is called the willow wand and it’s your new best friend.

willow is light as air and designed to follow the natural curve of your eye. couple it up with clinique’s new high lengths mascara formula and the duo stretch lashes impossibly long, even bringing the tiniest ones out of hiding. i will also say that the wand catches the perfect amount of mascara every time never clumping plus it’s super easy to flip over and do your lower set. this stuff is the best i’ve found in the lengthening department and the finished look leaves lashes conditioned and flexible so they look like they’re yours all yours.

at $14 and fool-proof, i’m gonna go ahead and call this one a makeup bag must-have.