Saturday, July 19th, 2014

I love a good highlighter, which I’m sure comes as no surprise to regular readers! :) Many of my favorites are limited edition, but I also have a few favorites that you can get year-round and never have to worry about running out of. Check ‘em out:

  1. NARS 413 BLKR — buildable, liquid highlighter
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight — pale, golden beige
  3. Becca Moonstone — a frosted golden champagne
  4. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer — a shimmery gold
  5. Illamasqua Aurora — a glimmering cream highlighter

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

I’m often asked for recommendations for blushes, and I thought I’d put together an updated, three-part series on blushes for fair, medium, and dark skin tones (I’ve done this at least once before). I’d love for you to share your favorites for your skin tone as well :) The more suggestions, the better! (Keep in mind, this is only a jumping off point–five recommendations at various price points, finishes, and undertones, but there are certainly many more that would suit!)

  1. NYX Flamingo — a cool-toned, matte pink
  2. Illamasqua Peaked — a cool-toned, pink-plum
  3. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane — a muted, rosy brown with a matte finish
  4. Makeup Geek Spellbound — a soft, warm-toned pink with a satin finish
  5. Make Up For Ever #310 — a medium, warm-toned pink

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Illamasqua Flirtatious Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Flirtatious Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Flirtatious Velvet Blusher ($32.00 for 0.18 oz.) is described as a “soft pink.” It’s a light-medium, peach-coral with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $55.00) is powder. Sleek MakeUP Newport Peach (P) is pinker. NARS Final Cut (LE, $29.00) is brighter, powder. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is very similar. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is pinker, powder. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is powder. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is darker, powder. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had good color payoff, but as it is a light-medium color and I’m about medium in skin tone, the blush isn’t very visible on me. I think this would work much better on other skin tones. The texture is lightly creamy but dries down to a mostly matte, powder-like finish–there’s no tackiness after it sets (which is shortly after it is applied to the skin). It is difficult to overdo, as the formula is very forgiving and easily blended out for softer, sheerer color if desired. The formula was long-wearing and stayed on for eight and a half hours before starting to fade.

This is/was available at Bloomingdale’s, but it may only be available in-stores. It is available through Illamasqua’s website as well.

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Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

If coral isn’t your thing, maybe a pop of fuchsia with a glossy, high-shine finish is! :) Here are a few of my favorites! I’d love to hear yours.

  1. Revlon Adorned — a bold, brightened fuchsia-red with iridescent shimmer
  2. Giorgio Armani #523 — a fuchsia-red with a glossy shine
  3. Giorgio Armani #505 — a sheerer, shimmery fuchsia-red
  4. NARS Priscilla — a bright pop of fuchsia pink
  5. Illamasqua Boost — an iridescent fuchsia magenta

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Illamasqua Matte Effect Collection for Summer 2014
Illamasqua Matte Effect Collection for Summer 2014

Matte Liquid ($26.00) (New, Permanent)

Long-lasting, highly pigmented Lip Liquid with a matte, intense, color finish. Contains moisturizing Vitamin E, for a comfortable, continuous wear without flaking or dryness.

  • Exotic Vivid orange
  • Surrender Warm peach
  • Forbidden Sensual pink

Velvet Blusher ($26.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Flirtatious Soft pink

Availability: Now at Bloomingdale’s

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Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Have you tried an aqua or teal polish for summer? If not, here are my five current favorites! What are yours? I’m always on the hunt for the next best teal!

  1. Color Club Angel Kiss — a holographic, sea foam green
  2. Illamasqua Nomad — a bright, aqua green cream
  3. Zoya Zuza — a shimmery teal
  4. OCC Man by Man — a metallic teal
  5. Zoya Giovanna — a deep teal