Benefit Stay Don’t Stray

Benefit Stay Don't Stray

Stay Don’t Stray is a fantastic product — it gives your eyeshadow something to adhere to without muting those eyeshadows and never creased, smudged, budged, or faded when I used this as an eyeshadow base. For those with imperfections or require some color-correction, this is the kind of base that excels in that department. It’s opaque–this is not a sheer, invisible base in the vein of TFSI and UDPP. This is much more like MAC’s Paint Pots, but it has the consistency of a liquid, rather than a thick cream.

For primer underneath a concealer, it worked well, but I think medium to dark skin tones may find it doesn’t work right.  It seemed to accent my concealer to the point where it didn’t match me at all.  It also was best applied before foundation, but then the foundation covers it up quite a bit.  It works in terms of keeping concealer put, but the color of it makes the concealer stand out a little on my skin tone (like the concealer appears darker – like the base is accenting the color, rather than blending it in with my skin tone).  It works best with cream concealers rather than more liquid-y ones, as well.

Where Stay Don’t Stray fails is in the packaging. I’m completely astonished that the packaging made it through R&D and testing, because one pump and you have more than enough to cover your entire face. The label around the packaging is cute, and I like that it stands up, and while the idea of a pump might be great (less contamination), it distributes far too much. Ridiculously too much! It’s such a shame, because inside is a product that really holds its own amongst eyeshadow bases, but the subpar packaging is so frustrating.

If you wanted to use this, you’d have to pump into a separate jar so you wouldn’t end up wasting a lot of the product–you don’t even need very much at all to get full coverage of both lids, let alone as much as a pump (or a half-pump, or a quarter-pump!). I tried on multiple occasions to ease the product out of the pump, but it’s just not easy to get as little as you need.  More often than not, I ended up with far too much product and nowhere to apply it to!

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Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss Collection & Custom Color by Tom Pecheux

Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss

Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss Collection

Estée Lauder introduces the next generation of color with high-impact glosses that drench lips in enviably chic shades. Lasting shine, maximum moisture and three multi-dimensional finishes combined with vibrant color and nuanced tones, set the stage for a modern, sensual look. A special collaboration of six fashion-forward shades by Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux folds into the irresistible collection of bold, juicy hues and subdued neutrals, redefining color for lips. Experience a collection of rich attitude and saturated color by Estée Lauder.

“Gloss brings a highlight and sensuality to the face. For me, a woman who wears a gloss looks like she wants to be kissed!” – Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director, Estée Lauder


  • Exclusive True VisionTM Technology wraps pigments in a crystal-like coating to provide intense, brilliant color and shine
  • A subtle to high-impact color palette ensures a shade for all skin tones and desirable lip looks
  • Smooth, even pigments impart a soft, fullness to the lips
  • 34 sleek shades of natural nudes, edible berries, seductive reds and sensual plums
  • Vitamin C and Vitamin E moisturize and help protect lips
  • Multi-functional humectants enhance lips’ emolliency and moisturization leaving lips immediately soft and hydrated
  • Over time the condition of the lips improves, feeling and looking younger and healthier
  • Non-sticky, non-tacky formula leaves lips beautifully cushioned
  • The new flexible, precision applicator delivers the perfect opacity in an even and fluid application
  • Exclusive signature fig scent

See shades…

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Summer Makeup: Day at the Beach

Summer Makeup:   Day at the Beach

There’s something about this look that reminds me of the beach, yet it’s not exactly beach colors.  Oh, well! I wonder if it’s totally obvious that I love me some chartreuse green…  Happy Monday!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Sour Lemon eyeshadow on the lower lid. Lightly blend Samoa Silk eyeshadow from the lower crease to above the crease with the 239. Next, apply Vibrant Grape eyeshadow into the crease with the 226.  Blend Orb eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone, then lightly tap Femme-fi eyeshadow right beneath the brow for shimmer. Bring everything together by applying Flipside liner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Sugarbomb blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Capricious lipstick first, and then layer Springbean lustreglass for a complementing lip.

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This Week’s Sales for June 14th, 2010

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This Week’s Sales for June 14th, 2010

  • Get $10 off orders of $60+ whenever you click through THIS LINK.
  • Benefit: Free ooh-la lift with $65+ orders with code UNDEREYE, expires 6/7–remember to add to your bag before checkout. Free shipping over purchases of $50+, use code PRETTY50. Free international shipping with purchases of $115+, use code WORLD115.
  • Bliss: Get a blood orange shower gel + shipping with any fatgirlslim purchase with code POTM610, expires 6/30. Get a Beauty Flash 30ml (VALUE $27.50) with any Clarins purchase of $40+ with code CLARINS, expires 7/20.
  • Blue Mercury: Free shipping on all orders over $50 with code FREESHIP, plus 3 free beauty samples with every order.
  • Bobbi Brown: Get a full-size Indigo Ink Long-wear Gel Eyeliner with any $65+ order with code LAST5. Expires 6/29. Free full-size Nougat Lip Gloss with $65+ order with code SHINE5. Expires 6/29.
  • The Body Shop: Save up to 60% off during the sale event, starting 6/7.
  • C.O. Bigelow: 10% off any purchase over $50 with code BIG10. Expires 6/30.
  • Clinique: Free Summer Tote with order of any 2 Clinique SPF products. Use code SUNTOTE. Free tulip-patterned makeup bag with $35+ purchase with code FREEBAG, expires 6/30. Free Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief sample with any order with code WISE, expires 6/30.  Free shipping with code FSCHAT07.
  • CVS: Buy one, get one 50% off for Almay.
  • L’Occitane:  L’OCCITANE Summer Sale! Select products up to 50% OFF.
  • MAC Cosmetics: Free shipping & Zoomlash Mascara sample with code LASH610.
  • NARS Cosmetics: 18% off with code 60911020, expires 6/24, but order sooner rather than later as NARS often disables codes. Free shipping on orders of $25 or more with code 25FREESHIP. Free mini Laguna bronzer with $65+ order with code LAGUNASUMMER, expires 7/1.
  • Nordstrom: Current list of Gifts with Purchase. Clinique GWP ($75 value) with $25 purchase. GWP ($75 value) with $100 beauty or fragrance purchase.
  • Origins: Free shipping with code FREESHIP54, expires 6/30.  Free Youthopia sample, plus free standard shipping with $35+ orders with code NEXTSERUM, expires 6/30.  Free full-size cleanser with $30 order with code CHECKS.
  • Rite Aid: Buy one, get one 50% off for Almay, Maybelline, Prestige, and Sally Hansen Natural Beauty.
  • Saks: Receive a complimentary Extra Rick Lipstick sample with any Cle de Peau Beauty purchase. Use Code CDP4.
  • Walgreens: Buy one, get one 50% off for Almay and Maybelline.


  • Stila eyeshadow palette @ $10, while supplies last.
  • Get samples of all five HerCut styling products with any online order with code HAIRPICK.
  • Get a free Kim Kardashian tote with $45+ on Kim Kardashian’s fragrance with code KARDASHIAN.
  • Free bliss Hot Salt Scrub when you buy the Bliss Bikini Perfect Deluxe trimmer with code HOTSALT.
  • Free Boscia night cream sample with code BOSCIANIGHT.
  • Free Urban Decay De-Slick sample with code DESLICK.
  • Free Dr. Brandt Samples with code DRBRANDT.
  • Free Shiseido Sun Protection & Cleansing Oil samples with code SUNDUO.
  • Free Shiseido skincare samples with code 123SHISEIDO.
  • Smashbox Moisture Rich Lipgloss @ $5, Eyeshadow palette at $6.
  • Free MD Skincare Trifix Acne Clearning Lotion sample with code TRIFIX.
  • Last chance DDF sale, get 50% off select DDF items, no code necessary.
  • Korres body scrub for $8.50, no code necessary.
  • Pacifica 2 for $25 on shower gels or lotions, no code necessary.
  • Free refillable palette when you buy any 3 Make Up For Ever eyeshadows or blushes with code MUFE.