Top 10: Shades of Orange

In the spirit of Halloween (which is today here in the U.S.), here’s an orange-themed set of favorites. What’s your favorite way to wear orange? What are your favorite products?

  1. Kat Von D Halo — A Warm Orange with a Frost finish.
  2. Becca Lantana — A Warm Orange with a Luminous finish.
  3. NYX Orangesicle — A Warm Orange with a Cream finish.
  4. Revlon HD Citrine (550) — A Warm Orange with a Pearl finish.
  5. Makeup Geek Chickadee — A Warm Orange with a Matte finish.
  6. NARS Geraldine — A Warm Orange with a Satin finish.
  7. MAC Modern Mandarin — A Warm Orange with a Pearl finish.
  8. Zoya Amy — A Warm Orange with a Metallic finish.
  9. NARS Taj Mahal — A Warm Orange with a Frost finish.
  10. Maybelline Electric Orange — A Warm Orange with a Glossy finish.

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The Best Blushes & Highlighters for Your Holiday Wish List (2015 Edition)

The Best Lipsticks for Your Holiday Wish List (2015 Edition)

Holiday shopping is in full swing! Last year, I shared with you formulas that I highly recommended that you might want to consider adding to your own holiday wish list or may help you figuring out what to get someone on your shopping list! This post features my go-to formulas when it comes to blushes and highlighters. For me to recommend a product here, it has to wear long and well, have a good texture and look good on the skin.

1. Tom Ford Beauty Cheek Color ($55.00) | A limited shade range, but the texture is so soft, smooth, and buttery, while the finish is luminous and easy to wear.

Where to Buy:  Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks

2. Clinique Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00) | I was thrilled to see them extend the shade range, especially with something like Cola Pop, which is a really rich shade that will work across many skin tones. These are perfect for someone who likes a natural finish to their blushes.

Where to Buy: Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdale’s, Clinique, Macy’s

3. Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Blush ($26.00) | This is a formula that is relatively new to me (I think I discovered it this past year), but I’m obsessed!  You know me and my luminous sheens–this takes it to the next level, and they have nice pigmentation and are very blendable.

Where to Buy: Beauty.com, Nordstrom, ULTA

4. Becca Mineral Blush | The shade range seems to be always undergoing some change, but what is available tends to be nicely pigmented, soft, blendable, and look great on the skin.

Where to BuySephora

5. Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek ($8.00) | For affordable blush, you don’t have to look much further than ColourPop, which has a massive shade range and a very forgiving texture that blends well and wears long on the skin.

Where to Buy: ColourPop

6. Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush ($26.00) | I’m so thrilled Urban Decay added a permanent, full blush range to their offerings, and they did a fabulous job with the Afterglow range.

Where to Buy:  Sephora, Beauty.comMacy’s

7. Makeup Geek Blush ($9.99) | The formula is soft, smooth, pigmented, and blendable on the skin.  They did a great job on the blush range–I’d love to see some additional shades.

Where to Buy: Makeup Geek

8. Make Up For Ever HD Blush ($26.00) | This is one of my go-tos for cream blushes; pigmented, long-wearing, blendable, and easy to apply make it a must-try.

Where to BuySephora

9. Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($24.00) | Like the blushes, these produce a gorgeous sheen on the skin.  I wish they came in more colors (only two!).

Where to BuyBeauty.com, Nordstrom, ULTA

10. Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer ($55.00) | I love this formula as a highlighter topped over my favorite blush, as they’re sheerer and more translucent but still pack a good sheen.

Where to BuyNordstromNeiman Marcus, Saks

11. Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder ($44.00) | If you don’t want a lot of visible shimmer or sparkle in your highlighter, Kevyn Aucoin has you covered.

Where to BuyNordstrom, BeautylishNeiman MarcusSephora

12. Anastasia Illuminator ($28.00) | Just released this year, Anastasia’s Illuminators are an excellent alternative to popular, but always limited edition, powder-gel-cream hybrid highlighters–and they’re amazing.

Where to BuyMacy’s

What are your must-have face products? What would you recommend to fellow readers?

12 Products Worth Splurging On for the Holidays

With the Sephora holiday sale right around the corner (and countless other Friends & Family sales to come, if last year’s November was any indicator!), I thought I’d put together some recommendations if you’re looking for something new to try. This list features products at $35 or higher in price point that are permanently available, and generally, these are very strong formulas that come in more than the shade you’ll see in this list, so don’t forget to check out the full shade ranges!

  1. Bobbi Brown Soft Berry — A Warm Plum with a Luminous finish.
  2. Becca Opal — A Warm Gold with a Luminous finish.
  3. Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) — A Cool Taupe with a Metallic finish.
  4. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight — A Warm Peach with a Luminous finish.
  5. Christian Louboutin Beaute Ni Toi Ni Moi — A Warm Teal with a Cream finish.
  6. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) — A Warm Plum with a Pearl finish.
  7. Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) — A Warm Pink with a Luminous finish.
  8. Hourglass Diffused Heat — A Warm Coral with a Satin finish.
  9. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight — A Warm Beige with a Luminous finish.
  10. Guerlain Garconne — A Cool Red with a Luminous finish.
  11. Burberry Earthy — A Warm Brown with a Natural finish.
  12. Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz — A Warm Taupe with a Luminous finish.

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12 Products Worth Splurging On for the Holidays

Top 10: Luminous Blushes (Cool-Toned Edition)

For those who prefer their cheek colors on the cooler side, today’s edition features cool-toned options for blushes with a more luminous sheen (see yesterday’s warm-toned picks).

  1. Laura Geller Plumberry — A Cool Berry with a Luminous finish.
  2. Becca Gypsy — A Cool Pink with a Luminous finish.
  3. Colour Pop Monster — A Cool Lavender with a Pearl finish.
  4. Urban Decay Bittersweet — A Cool Purple with a Satin finish.
  5. Clinique Pansy Pop — A Cool Lavender with a Satin finish.
  6. MAC I'm a Lover — A Cool Pink with a Satin finish.
  7. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels — A Cool Pink with a Luminous finish.
  8. IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve — A Cool Plum with a Luminous finish.
  9. Clinique Berry Pop (03) — A Cool Fuchsia with a Satin finish.
  10. MAC Peony Petal — A Cool Pink with a Satin finish.

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Top 10: Luminous Blushes (Warm-Toned Edition)

If you’ve followed my favorites, you’ll know that I favor more shimmery blush, and specifically, luminous blush. The kind of shimmer that doesn’t read frosted or metallic but more of glowing sheen. Here are some of my favorites of the moment!

  1. Chanel Golden Sun (280) — A Warm Brown with a Luminous finish.
  2. Laura Geller Ballerina — A Warm Copper with a Luminous finish.
  3. Chanel Malice (71) — A Warm Coral with a Luminous finish.
  4. MAC Make You Mine — A Warm Copper with a Satin finish.
  5. Makeup Geek Love Affair — A Warm Pink with a Satin finish.
  6. Clinique Peach Pop (02) — A Warm Coral with a Satin finish.
  7. NARS Lovejoy — A Warm Plum with a Pearl finish.
  8. MAC Love Thing — A Warm Plum with a Luminous finish.
  9. Burberry Blossom — A Warm Coral with a Luminous finish.
  10. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust — A Warm Coral with a Frost finish.

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5 Favorites: Lipglosses for Layering

I love a glossy, sparkly lip, so I often top a go-to lipstick with a shimmery lip gloss to get that effect! Here’s a list of five I really like layering with :)

  1. Surratt Beauty Amethyste — A Cool Sheer with a Sparkle finish.
  2. Giorgio Armani #701 — A Cool Blue with a Frost finish.
  3. MAC Rags to Riches — A Warm Pink with a Sparkle finish.
  4. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum — A Cool Plum with a Glitter finish.
  5. Bobbi Brown Canary — A Warm Gold with a Glitter finish.

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