Sunday, December 18th, 2011

5 Holiday Highlighters

  1. Benefit Watt’s Up — creamy, glowy highlighter
  2. Guerlain Parure de Nuit — soft, subtle highlighter (still available at Neiman Marcus + Dillard’s)
  3. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer — shimmering gold
  4. Benefit Sugarbomb — soft, glowy warmth
  5. NARS Miss Liberty — wet-looking sparkle

What’s your favorite highlighter for the holidays?

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

5 Holiday Lipglosses

If you’re more a gloss fiend, here are five holiday picks from me! If you tend to combine your lipsticks and glosses, I’m also a big fan of going for extra sparkling glosses layered on top of berries/reds.

  1. Hourglass Siren — fiery metallic red
  2. MAC Explicit — shimmering bronze taupe
  3. MAC Lasting Achievement — deep berry
  4. NARS Bougainville — vibrant berry
  5. Illamasqua Succubus — opaque true red

What’s your favorite holiday lipgloss?

Friday, December 16th, 2011

5 Holiday Lipsticks

These are five of my favorite (trust me, I could have probably done a dozen or more!) picks for your holiday lipstick this season!

  1. MAC Rebel — true berry
  2. Dior Nocturne — played-down red with copper shimmer
  3. NYX Chic Red — bright red
  4. Guerlain Gigolo — deep red with a glossy finish
  5. MAC Ruby Woo — retro matte red

What are your favorite holiday lipsticks to wear?

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

5 Holiday Makeup Looks

Reader Jenelle asked for some suggestions for holiday makeup, what with all of the holiday parties in full swing!  I’m a huge fan of shimmery red/berry lips for the holidays, so I tend to go more neutral on the eyes.  I still have a soft spot for smoky golds, bronzes, coppers, berries, and greens, though :)  Here are my five picks…

  1. Easy neutral eyes + red lip
  2. Bronzes + greens
  3. Intense, smoky purples
  4. Golds + berries
  5. Matte neutral eye + shimmery lips

Do you have your holiday look planned already? Share!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

5 Beautiful Taupe Eyeshadows

Ahh, taupe! The mysterious shades of taupe, because it’s one of those shades that is more of a mix of shades we can easily recognize. I feel taupe is one of those “you know it when you see it” shades, but the best way for me to describe it is: gray-tinted brown. I associate taupe with mushrooms; the color of mushrooms in their many varieties is a tangible way for me to envision it. Sometimes you can have a shade that’s more brown than gray but still more taupe than either brown or gray; other times, it’s almost gray with a hint of brown.

Is it me or are many taupes limited edition? The five picks below are all permanent shades, just to make it easy, but there are many other fantastic shades that have come and gone over the years.

What are your favorite taupe eyeshadows?

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

5 Things Beauty Brands’ Websites Need

I really feel like the online shopping experience for beauty leaves something to be desired! I wish beauty brands would put a little more into their websites.

  1. INGREDIENTS should be mandatory!  Not only is it frustrating that many brands don’t list their ingredients online, but when you inquire via e-mail, they refer you to call a 1-800 number. Is it really appropriate to have that kind of information–with all of those scientific ingredients–read over the phone?  They have to be on the box, so it’s not like it’s forever secret information.
  2. REAL PHOTOS seem to be more than just lacking but nigh on impossible to find on major beauty brands’ websites.  I know that Illamasqua has lip swatches, which is something you rarely see from bigger brands, that are much appreciated. I guess I’d be out of a job, though :)  You just see a lot of template photos that have the color altered in Photoshop rather than brands taking actual photos of each shade.
  3. QUANTITY should be displayed.  It drives me batty when a brand doesn’t list it.
  4. SHADE DESCRIPTIONS are so much more important than brands think!  When you’re using computer-generated color blocks for your swatches, a few words to describe the color would be so much more helpful!  No color descriptions is particularly egregious when the naming scheme is numbers!
  5. POST POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE REVIEWS if you ever want me to trust your reviews section. After hearing from readers about experiences where sites don’t post a negative review but will post a positive one, I’ve lost so much faith in the process.  Beauty consumers are getting smarter every year!

What are beauty brands’ missing on their websites?