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.
some of you may have seen this yesterday on facebook or twitter, but yesterday’s was my 500th blog post. i’m still in a bit of awe over that milestone! in celebration, i’m taking a bit of inspiration from deborah lippmann’s new “run the world (girls)” mini nail polish collection.
top: i kissed a girl (poppin’ pink), it girl (yellin’ yellow), and hollaback girl (outrageous orange)
bottom: nasty girl (flaming fuchsia) and party girl (sassy salmon)
the five neon shades are juicy and bright, with a matte finish to make them special (and more fun!) they are begging for you to break out your nail art tools and just aching to be included in some fun and fabulous color combinations.
in honor of my big 5-0-0 and deborah’s nod to girl power, i thought i’d share some lovely links to the ladies of the beauty biz who, along with deborah, keep me motivated and inspired to blog the pretty day after day.
who did i miss? who inspires you?
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?!)
for a smaller beauty brand, josie maran has been cranking out winner after winner in my book. the former model-turned-makeup-mogul has now created a self-adjusting powder foundation with the nourishing and hydrating benefits of argan oil … and there are so many things right with this product, i’m not quite sure where to begin!
first of all, it feels like heaven and magically disappears onto skin, creating the best powder match of any product to date. it mattifies my complicated combination bits, but isn’t drying or itchy like other powders. the coverage falls perfectly between sheer and medium and i just can’t stress enough what a pleasure it is to wear. pile all of those compliments into a formula that also comes complete with spf 20, and josie just hit gold with this flawless face in a compact.
note: this product is flying off shelves (my sephora was already out of the two lightest shades and they are currently out of stock online – make sure to request an email for when they’re back in action!) and while i don’t hesitate to gamble it will be around for awhile, you’ll want to get your hands on one of your very own asap.
josie maran argan matchmaker powder foundation spf 20 is available in three shades for $34 at sephora.
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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
warning: this foundation will rock your world.
i spend tons of time playing in sephora and testing products. i read endless reviews and press releases then head to the aisles to debunk myths and decide what’s worth bringing to the blog. since i do test so many cosmetics on a weekly basis and since i’ve been at this for almost two years now, i’ve found that i have high expectations of new releases! it’s 2011 for heaven’s sake and along with the flying car, i would like to see more makeup goodies that take the trickiness out of some age-old difficulties – like matching foundation to your skintone. perfectly.
now, please note that i am the world’s biggest skeptic when it comes to self-adjusting anything, but i have been thrown for a big loop with this latest product from josie maran. matchmaker serum foundation is like a tinted moisturizer on crack. it’s hydrating (you could skip your moisturizer if you want to), yet balancing so it keeps your oily areas matte and your dry spots moisturized. it goes on white then, when blended, adjusts to create the most undetectable foundation coverage i have ever seen. it is like second skin! but better, smoother, softer, clearer good-for-you skin.
you have got to try it to believe it’s capabilities so all i can do is encourage you to hop along to our favorite striped store and test this stuff out. trust me you will not be sorry.
the matchmaker serum foundation is available now in two shade ranges exclusively at sephora for $42.
i love josie maran and her line of cosmetics consistently delivers. for that reason (and mostly because i’m a sucker for a new mascara) i am thrilled to introduce her latest and greatest addition: gogo mascara. gogo stands for “get one give one” and that is exactly what josie plans to do. for each gogo mascara purchased, josie maran cosmetics will donate one tube to a city of hope cancer patient or survivor. and if the lure of a good deed isn’t enough to make you want to purchase, how about the product description?
“this mascara’s patented triple v brush delivery system coats lashes one luxurious layer at a time for full, longwearing, clump-free, water-resistant definition. the rich, hydrating formula evenly builds thickness and smoothness, delivering a full fringe of blacker-than-black lashes with dewy shine. this natural and exclusive formula dries quickly without smearing, smudging, clumping, or flaking. an infusion of nourishing, protein-rich argan oil conditions and supports hair growth for lush, supple, healthy lashes.”
now, let’s recap. that was: thickening, longwearing, waterproof, hydrating, natural, and nourishing. add to that list its do-gooder promise and all in all, it’s a beautiful thing.