it’s been awhile since something truly revolutionary has come along in a foundation, so we are definitely due for a groundbreaking new launch. i believe smashbox has done it with their liduid halo hd foundation.
as a little backstory, i used the halo powder foundation for years and it truly was best in class because, hello, a hydrating powder? so innovative. but, as i’ve crept past 30, i’ve shied away from powders because i think they tend to settle and age. (plus, glowy is in and who am i to fight that?) i’m always searching for the world’s most perfect foundation, one that magically covers all of my imperfections yet still looks like i’m not wearing a drop of makeup. it hasn’t been easy to find, until now.
new halo liquid hd foundation is everything i’ve been looking for. it’s oil free, non drying, and i can wear it all day looking and feeling like i’ve got nothing on. my pesky pimples and acne scarring are completely hidden and my skin looks like it’s lit from within, yet it’s not at all shiny. i had a quick chat with the smashbox lady at nordstrom and i learned that the highly impressive results come from color pigments that are encapsulated in gel so they actually blur your imperfections while evening out skin tone and remaining virtually undetectable. just further proof that gel technology is taking the beauty world by storm.
i think what i love best about this foundation is that i’ve found something that is perfect for everyday, but high performance enough for special events and even the occasional photo shoot. it’s no longer necessary to keep extra bottles handy for different makeup scenarios and that alone is enough to make me want to buy stock in this stuff.
new smashbox liquid halo foundation spf 15 is available at sephora for $42.
it’s always good to have a 30-second face in your back pocket. one or two go-to products that you can slap on at a second’s notice and be completely presentable to the world in under a minute. the two products that comprise my hurry-up-and-get-out-the-door routine change on a regular basis, but my summer duo is pure dynamite.
smashbox’s cc creamcomes in five shades and it has a whole lot going for it. for one, it’s extremely lightweight making it perfect for the lovely 90+ and sticky weather we’ve been having this week. beyond that, it completely covers my acne scars and dark spots while controlling oil (major!) and taking care of my daily spf 30. its skin-perfecting formula has serious staying power and emits a gorgeous glow. it does so much more than your average foundation, kind of killing all of the primer/foundation/setting powder birds (in a more minimal way) with one stone.
the new(isn) smashbox halo blushes are genius. a quick swirl into the freshly ground color is all i need to bring a luminous flush to my fair cheekbones. the ‘warm glow’ shade is a rosy nude that’s way better than natural and the staying power that these blushes possess makes them near waterproof (definitely summer sweat-proof) so there’s no issue with fading. i love the shade range in this group so much – perfect for warming up any skin tone, even if you’re spending as much time inside (and out of the sun) as i am this summer.
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!
if you want to see your lip bomb in the glossarie,
send it over to email@example.com
i’m always curious about the go-to, can’t-live-without beauty products that make up other ladies’ beauty routines, so i thought i would share some of mine here. below is the mix of drugstore bargains and high-end products that leave me feeling lovely throughout the day:
valentine’s day has come and gone and i can’t help but notice that the beauty brands are still feeling the love. with a prevalence of heart-bedecked blushes on the market at the moment, i just had to round them up for you:
nothing like a dancing #lipbomb for your superbowl sunday viewing pleasure! this charming collection comes from one of my very best blogging friends (and real life dc partner in crime), meg biram. she is a wizard consultant, a talented artist, and she is also half of the mastermind duo behind to&from. you can read meg’s lifestyle musings on the edit and i would definitely recommend keeping both your eyes on this girl – she is one to watch! i am so lucky to count her among my favorite people.
my younger and wiser sister suggested a pretty gifty post centered around sephora’s amazing selection of combination sets and makeup kits that crop up by the dozen around the holidays. her exact words were “whoever said it was better to give than to receive clearly never got one of these!” she touts these selections for their wow impact and general bang-for-the-buck’ness – and who am i to argue with that kind of genius?
her picks for an extra beautiful holiday (in miniature) are as follows:
now this is a lip bomb. the almost-empty tube that you can’t give up, the packages with lettering rubbed off, the hair tie wrapped around the lip gloss – beauty ain’t always pretty, ladies! send your #lipbomb to firstname.lastname@example.org.
i think the general rule is that the average lady carries 3+ lip products in her purse at any given time. that’s a fairly impressive statistic on its own, but every time i hear it, i feel compelled to inquire: yes, butwhich ones?
in a new blog series i’m calling “show me your lip bomb” i am begging reader friends to snap a shot of the lip products currently in their bag. the picture doesn’t need to be anything fancy (we’re talking unfiltered iphone photo up there), just clear enough to see all of your beauty booty. here’s my current collection:
so, now it’s your turn! regardless of whether you’re a saver or a spender, an addict or a minimalist, i want to see the explosion (or lack) of lip products you keep on hand. my only rule is that you don’t edit or add. i really want to see your purse lip collection as it exists in nature and i’m hoping to feature as many as possible.
so won’t you please send your lip bomb my way? email email@example.com – i can’t wait to see what comes of this little project!
jouer moisturizing lip gloss in hamptons, $20 a perfect gloss for daytime, this peachy shimmer has been my daily go-to gloss either on its own or layered on top of lipstick for extra shine. the shade is a sheer tangerine, not as orange in real life as it looks!
ellis faas milky lips in l204, $35
don’t be alarmed by the slightly sci-fi look of this liquid lipstick discovered from glossybox. the super-pigmented gloss glides on incredibly smoothly and feels amazing on lips. application is with a brush, giving you tons of control over how much or how little you want on your pout. i love to add a swipe of it over a moisturizing balm or aquaphor ointment as a finishing touch to wake up my look a bit.
mary kay nourishine plus lip gloss in inspiring, $14 a conditioning and soothing gloss that transforms your lips with a pearlescent shimmer. perfect to layer over dark lipsticks and matte shades while ingredients help to soften and calm skin. best of all, your luxurious new lips come with a benefit to a great cause as mary kay will donate $1 from every sale to their ‘beauty that counts’ initiative which raises awareness to help end domestic violence.
smashbox reflection high shine lip gloss in firecracker, $19 high impact shine with the feel of a moisturizing balm (thanks to supercharged hyaluronic acid), this shade is a bright strawberry red with pink pearl and gold glitter for reflective shine. the thick, non-sticky formula leaves a sheer finish that’s gorgeous on its own or great over your favorite under layer for deeper color payoff.
revlon colorburst lip butter in cotton candy, $6.49 these are still a big hit with me and i’m loving this shimmery medium pink shade. recently, it’s always with me and i’m constantly putting it on. the softness in color is such a nice contrast to fall’s dark tones and i really like the way it lightens the mood.
nars velvet gloss lip pencil in new lover, $24
silky shine, universally flattering golden rose color, all in the most convenient package ever. what’s not to love, here? i have been wearing this day and night to the tune of many compliments, so don’t mind me while i stockpile this little lady.