pink eye

pink eye


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.

top row:
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

middle row:
ysl ombre solo in parisienne pink, $30
urban decay eyeshadow in woodstock, $18
laura mercier second skin cheek color in rose petal, $24

bottom row:
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?

givenchy hydra sparkling magic lip & cheek balm

you guys know that i fall victim to any and all tinted lip balms that come on to the scene. (it’s like a sickness…but it’s the very sickness that fuels this blog, so what can ya do?) i finally pulled the purchase trigger on one that’s been on my list for a long while: givenchy’s hydra sparkling magic lip & cheek balm. at $31 it was not a buy that i took lightly but man-oh-man am i glad that i snatched this little baby up!

here’s the dish: on my bi-weekly stroll through sephora, i popped right over to the givenchy wall and used a disposable lip wand to apply a wash of this thick, buttery balm. i thoroughly enjoyed the intensely hydrating effect, but promptly forgot about it until i walked by a mirror and caught site of my lips. they had transformed into the most beautiful rosy pink! not a hint of that neon day-glow pink that all-too-often accompanies a product that claims to “adjust” – this is a delicate, opaque stain that i feel fairly confident does not exist in a lipstick tube anywhere. it’s that unique and dare i say, that pretty.

no matter the season, pink and glossy lips are always on my wish list, so i have a good feeling that this portable pot will remain a staple for many months to come.

this innovative formula is available at sephora.

note: the website is sold out of the peach glow, but my local sephora had lots of both shades in stock!

please also note: i would not put this on my cheeks, the consistency is too glossy for my likes. but don’t let that hold you back! and please report below if you do use this on your cheeks – i’m very curious.

from the pages of my lucky mag

from the pages of my lucky magazine

lucky’s september issue was bursting with beauty and the magazine’s monthly arrival in my mailbox is always a huge source of inspiration. the tear sheets were just too good to keep to my self this month! here are a few of the new-to-me beauty discoveries that i’m lusting after:

givenchy’s le gloss révélateur de liv magic lipgloss lipcolor revealer may look clear (and also be a mouthful to say?) but once you brush it on, the formula reacts to your ph balance and turns to a custom pink. my custom pink is always an electric neon, but these products are so fun to try that i can’t resist a new one.

shiseido lacquer rouge in disco can be applied to lips and cheeks for what jean godfrey-june calls “gorgeous and alive and not like you have bright pink lipstick on your cheeks.” she also touts its long-lasting vibrancy. uh, sign me up, please.

lucky is daring us to keep blush bright for fall and they recommend dabbing this revlon photoready cream blush on the fattest part of our cheeks. a bright pink glow? i am so sold.

finally, yes to tomatoes blemish clearing facial towelettes and philosophy’s clear days ahead fast-acting salicylic acid acne spot treatment work together as what lucky claims to be a clear skin miracle. the towelettes cleanse, tone, and treat keeping breakouts at bay removing makeup insanely fast, without drying or stripping skin. for extra oomph, philosophy packs a punch with this ultra-effective spot treatment. lucky says it zaps zits overnight – we’ll see about that, but i’ll try anything!

have you tried any of these? any of them that you’re longing for me to review in more depth?

sunkissed bronzer for spring

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i don’t know about you beauties, but my sallow complexion is screaming for some sun. some of my favorite powders and potions for warming things up:

in the center: josie maran bronzing powder, $30

clockwise from top, center: givenchy poudre croisiere, $50

benefit sunbeam, $26

smashbox fusion soft lights baked starburst, $30

sonia kashuk illumunating bronzer, $14.99

estee lauder bronze goddess luminous liquid bronzer, $28.50

lancome star bronzer magic bronzing brush, $33

physicians formula bronze booster glow-boosting season to season bronzer, $14.95

nars illuminator in orgasm, $30

bold and beautiful: givenchy le prismissime 9-colors eyeshadow

this palette is not for the wallflowers among us – and at $62, it’s not for the thrifty, either. with nine silky, buildable shadows, limited edition le prismissime acid lights is for any and all who want to play with vivid, flashy brights.

three mini brushes hidden in a tiny compact drawer make application a breeze and the addition of a central mother-of-pearl white helps to soften the impact of the surrounding bold shades.

bottom line, this palette is pure fun and brings back all the giddy excitement of a brand new box of crayolas. for those who like to create with color, follow the rainbow to sephora where it’s exclusively available.

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.