Allegro Sketch Artist Purse Kit ($4.99) from Target
Back to School Makeup Bags: What do you need?
Now, I know all of us aren’t going back to school in the next few weeks, but I hope that some of the suggestions and advice below are useful for those who carry makeup bags or touch-up kits with them no matter where life takes them!
OIL BLOTTING SHEETS. There are several different brands out there, but my favorite is Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets ($5.99 for 50 sheets). I’m have normal-to-dry skin, but I always find that a blotting sheet can help makeup look fresher after five or six hours of wear. MAC Blot Powder/Pressed ($22.00) is also helpful with blotting and absorbing excess oil throughout the day.
CONCEALER. Keep a tube or pot of concealer in your makeup bag for quick touch-ups or to conceal that pimple that’s just waiting to strike. If your eyeliner has smudged, a little concealer on top will help camouflage and blend it out better than just using your finger. You may find that you don’t wear foundation to school most days, but a little concealer on hand helps combat any surprises that pop-up (ha, ha) during the day. Or if the cutest boy/girl in the school asks you out for a malt at the ice cream shoppe. (What, they don’t do that any more? Well, a girl can dream.)
- For heavier concealer needs, I like TheBalm TimeBalm Concealer ($18.00). For something lighter, I like MAC Select Moisturecover ($16.50). For drugstore options, try Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector/Concealer ($4.69) or CoverGirl Fresh Conmplexion Concealer ($5.29).
FAVORITE LIPSTICK/LIPGLOSS. Either carry the lip products you’ve chosen to worn for the day or one or two lip products that you know work well for you. I like carrying around a single lipgloss in a flattering, semi-sheer shade with lots of peach/gold and maybe a bit of pink in it, because I know it’s a shade that brightens my face but is minimal and natural (Cle de Peau #2 Lip Gloss at $48, for those curious). Lip balm is also a nice thing to keep in your bag!
More must-haves and some tips!
If you were using MAC Neon Orange Lipstick?, what look would you create with it?
What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!
Did you come up with a look you’d like to share featuring today’s product? You can link to your images, embed your images using HTML, or you can submit your images via e-mail to share them with readers to help give them inspiration on how to use the product!
Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick
Are you willing to pay the price for a product’s packaging?
Pictured above is the signature, ultra elegant Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick. This lipstick case is probably one of the most interesting pieces I own amongst all of my beauty products. It’s both functional and extravagant, and I’d wager that you usually don’t get both. The rub is, of course, that you are undoubtedly paying for the packaging upgrade. (In case you’ve never drooled over one of the Rouge Gs–you lucky soul–these retail for $46 a pop.)
Knowing that, does it make it any easier to resist the product? To cry, “Pfft! I see through you! No thank you, you won’t sucker me in!” Personally, after testing out many shades of Rouge G, no, it does not. Not at all. It is still one of my favorite lipstick formulas, and so the hefty price tag, even for packaging that I don’t really want to pay for, is something I will still pay. But this is only because I find the product to be exceptional–if the product was just so-so, I think (or at least, I’d like to believe!) I would have no trouble passing these by.
10 Things I Learned from Beauty Blogging
Charlotte over at Lipglossiping had an excellent post on five things she learned from beauty blogging. I absolutely loved it, and I tweeted out five of my own – and then I asked for people to share theirs… and it was amazing to read all the answers. Would love to hear yours, and I’ve included five more of mine!
- You learn to see shades of color you never knew before. 2 colors are identical, but you will see the nuance that makes them different. Your boyfriend will look at photos of five red lipsticks and say they’re all the same, but you will see that one is a little bluer, one isn’t as opaque, while two have a sheen.
- You learn that no matter how perfect your makeup looks, macro mode will always show you something different! Eyeliner might look on point in real life, but then you see it in high-res and it’ll tell a totally different story.
- You learn to forget about price tags. $14 used to be expensive, $20 used to be your “max,” and now $60 doesn’t seem outrageous. And it gets easier to justify an indulgence. “But it’s for the blog! For readers!” Even if it’s really because you just want that bad boy…
- You learn the art of micro-organization. How to store and store and store. And re-do it all. And get sick pleasure from it! The Container Store will become your best friend.
- You learn that products actually have “good sides” and “good angles” to photograph. And that some products are divas! You’ll love to photograph some products and loathe others. You’ll look at them and just know they’re going to be difficult on the set.
- You learn that there are some really weird products on the market. Like the Vajacial. And hair dye, post-Vajacial. You will even consider testing one of these really weird products all in the name of blogging.
- You learn that you can’t play ultimate frisbee because it will annihilate your swatching hand! NOT THE SWATCHING HAND! (No, seriously, I broke a bunch of nails on the hand that I use for nail swatches. Sucked!)
- You learn that there are fifty different ways to describe a finish, texture, color, etc. And you’ll still opt for generic words like beautiful, stunning, pretty, gorgeous.
- You learn how to do five things at once… and get them all done on time. Sometimes with the help of ample amounts of caffeine.
- You learn that until you can get your grubby little swatching paws on a product to swatch it for yourself, promo photos are pretty to look at but don’t tell the real story.