trish mcevoy’s makeup planner system

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i’m no stranger to trish mcevoy’s beautiful and impressively effective range of products, but what i haven’t really taken the time to explore is her makeup planner system. i may have makeup ADD, but i can fully appreciate the notion of committing to one (fully customizable) line and packing it all up inside a miniature traveling vanity. essentially, that’s what trish allows you to do. by selecting one of her planners (i find the petite to be more than enough space) and filling it with pages that you can pop any trish pan product inside, you can create a fast and easy way to put your face on each morning. each planner has a bunch of slip pockets for pencils and brushes and a removable zip pouch for tubes and tools. i’m so smitten with this concept!

here’s what’s inside my personalized petite planner:

1 – makeup wardrobing petite page (left to right: translucent finishing powder, blush face shaper 1, highlight face shaper 1, bronzer in golden): i’ve been using the blush (high on the apples) and setting powder (dusted all over) religiously, swiping the highlighter shade onto my eyes (it’s the perfect neutral) and saving the bronzer for sunnier months.

2 – instant eye lift: this product absolutely banishes puff and fatigue if you follow trish’s “triangle of light” as opposed to the half-moon approach that most of us use.

3 – eye base essentials: primes and brightens beautifully!

4 – high volume mascara: the best mascara ever, i wiggle the wand from base to tips for naturally plentiful lashes.

5 – shadow liner in smoky quartz: creamy and shimmery, i concentrate this raisin shade in the center of my lid and blend outward for slighty smoky effect.

6 – precision brow shaper: delivers a fully defined brow. my new favorite trick is to leave the inner corners slightly unkempt for a more natural look.

7 – sheer lip, in vibrant pink: the prettiest pop of peony! color is weightless and conditions lips while you wear, providing color and care in one step.

8 - instant pick me up lips, shimmer: a blooming lip gloss that transforms into a lasting stain. i love the way this shade transforms differently depending on your skin tone.

even with all of that, there’s still room for my favorite foundation, lash curler, and roll-on perfume. this is a brilliant way for gals on the go to bring their beauty on the road, don’t you think?

september beauty wishes

september beauty wishes


casa ramos (aka glossarie hq) truly is a revolving door for beauty products. i am on a first name basis with my ups man, and the fed ex guy knows that i work from home so he just knocks once and leaves packages at my door. you will never hear me complain about the generosity of the brands that support the glossarie. it is because of their kindness that i’m able to test and review as many products as i do! all of that being said, i am still an avid beauty shopper. my reach goes way past the limits of things that are sent to me for consideration and this month i’m craving a handful of pretty products:

prabal garung for sally hansen in loden green: this one graced the runways in february and it will finally be available this month! army green is going to be my go-to nail shade for fall. i love that it’s unexpected, more interesting than navy, and so surprisingly chic. this particular shade is limited edition, so once you see it, do not wait!

diorshow fusion mono eyeshadow in meteore, $30: this coppery gold will be perfect for creating a sophisticated gilded eye. the metallic finish is so on-trend and the darker shade is a nice update on my usual champagne shadow. i plan to concentrate this shadow all over my lid for a glowy little halo, adding a few coats of mascara for impact.

trish mcevoy instant eye lift concealer, $38: word on the street is that this wonder product goes far beyond the triangle of light. beauty editors have touted its powers in concealing everything from blemishes to around-the-nose redness, and even the occasional scar (arms and legs not excluded). i’m thinking there’s nothing it can’t do.

oribe creme for style, $35: i have been nursing a sample of this stuff since the neiman marcus fall beauty event. i am nearing ever closer to the last drop and it has dawned on me that i will need the full size. when i use it, my hair is full, shapely, and well, perfect. style lasts easily for two days. this might be the best blow-in creme ever.

almay smart shade blush, $11: call me a sucker for cute packaging, but those polka dots are speaking to me. plus, i have never been known to resist a self-adjusting anything and i love the different shades of pink in this one. also, kate hudson (allegedly) wears it and she’s kind of a goddess.

paul & joe limited edition lipstick cases, $5 each: you can pair these with any paul & joe lipstick for the ultimate in beauty accessorizing. i especially love the tribal print, but those peach-toned roses would look so nice on a tangerine orange like once upon a time. any of the three are sure to look so good coming out of my new favorite clutch.

now, which to buy first?

lip crayon love

lip crayon love

i love a good lip crayon. super easy to carry, a cinch to apply without a mirror and thanks to the narrower point, you get beautifully defined lips along with gorgeous color. pigment is often richer and more true to the product than with traditional lipstick, too. basically, it’s the ultimate in fuss-free beauty so it’s no wonder that i’ve got them coming out of my ears in all shades and brand names. but, something wonderful has happened to the lip crayon lately: it’s gone glossy! now my favorite way to apply lip color comes in a slicker, shiny finish that adds an element of sophistication to the plain old lip crayon. i’ve been stocking up on them and i’ve currently got five on constant rotation:

mark. color me in lip crayon in punchline, $12
a gorgeous fruit punch shade that lasts all day and leaves a soft stain behind

ilia lipstick crayon in karma chameleon, $24
a fiery coral packed with healing oils

topshop lip crayon in secret party, $14
a vivid raspberry with a touch of shimmer – such a unique color

nars satin lip in rikugien, $25
a super moisturizing rose pink, love the way this one feels

trish mcevoy essential balm in gorgeous pink, $38
an ultra light formula in girlie pink that brightens up my whole complexion

show me your lip bomb, marissa


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
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

trish mcevoy beauty booster tinted moisturizer

trish mcevoy beauty booster tinted moisturizer

my face has a new obsession.

trish mcevoy’s beauty booster tinted moisturizer is my favorite skin perfecter of the moment. it feels cool and smooth going on after my moisturizer, glides over my skin and  has just the right amount of coverage to it. the formula isn’t too heavy or sheer, easily hiding imperfections and bringing out the best in my skin.

you can apply with your fingertips (i’ve been using my favorite brush) and along with the benefits like antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, you also get spf 20 which coincides perfectly with my ‘wear spf everyday’ resolution. after it’s applied, it feels as though i’ve got nothing on but my face looks almost airbrushed, it’s so flawless.

if you suffer from dry winter skin, but like to keep things matte throughout the day this is an excellent option for you. i know it’s not the most wallet-friendly choice, but it might be worth the investment for your face to feel comfortable and look beautiful in the extreme weather.

trish mcevoy’s beauty booster tinted moisturizer is available in stores and online for $75.

thank you + beauty product giveaways galore!

the allure contest winner was announced yesterday and the grand prize went to shannon of gloss & dirt. i just wanted to take a minute and thank all of you for all of your time spent voting (so much voting! no more captcha codes :)), tweeting, and facebook sharing the contest over the last five weeks. i really appreciate all of the support and i truly feel the love.

i had a blast being a part of the contest and i’m still completely thrilled that allure took notice of me and the glossarie. i adore writing this blog and having you as my readers makes me feel so lucky! i wanted to do a little something for all of you, so i tapped into the glossarie archives and chose some amazing products for a crazy fun giveaway.


thank you giveaway on the glossarie!


stephanie johnson mini pouch in malibu royal
stephanie johnson mini pouch in palm springs mint
bite beauty high pigment matte pencil in bramble
trish mcevoy thickening mascara in jet black
physicians formula hydrating eye cream
super by nicholas perricone crinkle eraser firming serum
topshop lips in rio rio
cargo eyebronzer
revlon photoready airbrush mousse makeup in medium beige
revlon photoready concealer in medium
sheswai nail lacquer in babe

any and all of the above are up for grabs! to enter, just leave a comment below (please be sure to include your email address, open to u.s. residents only) with the product you would like to win. you may enter multiple times, but please only once per product. the giveaway closes next thursday, june 7th at midnight your time, and i will announce all of the winners next friday!

i hope you have a fabulous weekend. i’ll be back + blogging for birchbox all next week!

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?!)

introducing “keep it pretty”

i’m a freak for organization. the container store is like disney world to me and i love purchasing things to put other things inside of. boxes, bags, mugs, bowls, vases. it’s an obsession. but, combine this obsession with a love for beauty products and a new blog series is born! welcome to a little column that i’m calling “keep it pretty.”

i love to see how people store and display their beauty products and the blogosphere is a treasure trove of inspiration. i’m looking forward to sharing gorgeous beauty vignettes and how to recreate them, my own little storage and display solutions, and those of other bloggers who i just can’t get enough of.

to kick things off, i’m featuring one of my favorite ways to store things around my condo – anthropologie’s monogrammed mugs. i’ve found about one hundred uses for these since they popped up in store, including making some of my daily products a home inside an “L” that sits on my bathroom shelf.

keep calm and brady on

keep calm and brady on

i’m a boston girl born and raised, so please excuse me while i root for the patriots this evening. and what’s a social sporting event without festive fan-inspired makeup? my picks for brady’licious beauty: deborah lippmann nail lacquer in lady sings the blues, $18; guerlain terracotta gloss in tango, $31; trish mcevoy deluxe platinum diamond eyeshadow, $22.

let’s go pats!

trish mcevoy high volume mascara

did i tell you i stopped wearing mascara on my bottom lashes? breaking news, i know, but it makes me look so much fresher and more awake. super dark bottom lashes (that always smudge, it does not matter what i do) were starting to make my eyes look smaller and a little tired, so i quit. alas, now my top lashes are doubly more important.

want to know what’s on ‘em?

this trish mascara is absolutely smudge-proof, yet still rinses off with warm water, and the brush is expertly sized. i mean, a lot of thought must have gone into it because it’s damn near perfect. it’s long and thin so it catches every lash and even flares out the corners just a tad for a flirtatious little winged cat eye. (it’s also brilliant for doing the bottom level, since i know i’m likely lonely in my top shelf only approach.) the high volume formula and brush combination give you a wide fringed-out fan of lashes that stay all day. in fact, the staying power is so impressive that you don’t need to reapply if you’ve got a day-to-night holiday party transition on hand. simply re-curl to freshen up and it’s 8 a.m. all over again!

trish mcevoy high volume mascara is available online and at the counters for $30.