For many of us, Mondays can be tough days, what with the work/school week starting off anew. I like to motivate myself for the week by finding things I’m lusting after (usually beauty products–shock of shocks, I’m sure!). It helps me focus my energy on Monday mornings into the things I need to get done, and these little acts of motivation can also serve to be rewards later on down the road, if I accomplish enough of my to-do list, of course!
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer ($22.00) is one of theBalm’s newer products, and it is a a shimmery powder. It looks like it’s designed to be a highlighter, but the copy says it can be used as a highlighter, shimmer or shadow. All I know is I’ve heard great things about theBalm’s cheek products, but I haven’t had a chance to try them out for myself.
Philosophy Beach Party Golden Girl Lip Shine ($12.00) is a summery lip shine, and if you know me… you know I love me some Philosophy lip shines! They’re really hydrating on the lips, give a gorgeous glossy sheen, and they smell delicious.
Givenchy Poetique Blues ($53.00) just looks stunning in the promo photos. I haven’t seen Givenchy’s fall collection pop up on-counter yet, but it’s all available via Sephora now… for things like these, I’m so hesitant to buy sight unseen, though!
Benefit Cosmetics Lip Gloss ($18.00) is Benefit’s latest gloss formula, and the shades look gorgeous. I haven’t broken down and purchased any yet, because I haven’t heard enough glowing reviews… What say you?
NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara ($25.00) is a new mascara, which just recently debuted at Sephora, designed to volumize and hold a curl. I’ve never tried mascara by NARS, so I wonder how this one will compare. The price is a little steep for my liking, though. At that price, I’ll opt for YSL or Chanel.
Illamasqua Pure Pigment ($24.00) seem to be right up my alley. I know the beauty world is buzzin’ about Illamasqua (both good and bad), but I am really anxious to see these for myself. Chasm, Conquer, and Involve all look like shades I’d love. Those of you in the UK or in NYC, love ‘em or leave ‘em?
TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System ($225.00) is something that appeals to my inner beauty-gadget-geek. I love tech-y beauty stuff. I imagine this could be kind of fun (A girl can dream, right?)
Korres Guava Lipstick ($22.00) is tempting, just because Korres, as a brand, has been impressing me as of late. I’m quite eager to check out their color line, since their skincare is fantastic.
Video Tutorial: MAC Love That Look – White, Pink, & Purple
SUPER easy look, promise! I tried to use a combination that had some color, but the result would still be natural/subtle so you could pair it with bolder lips. You can also pair this look with softer lips, too, if you are so inclined! You can get a full list of what I used in the original look post.
Gilt Groupe is having a sale on Tarte! I’m inviting you to join if you aren’t already a member (Gilt is invite-only). Lipsticks, palettes, and lots of sets are available. It looked like most prices were 50% off or so.
Substitutes: Un-Basic White = White Frost; Ego = Pink Venus; Fashion Groupie = Satellite Dreams; Rave = Ransom (Urban Decay); Chignon = Desire; Fast Friends = Cultured
Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Soft Ochre paint pot all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner lid, pack Un-Basic White eyeshadow on using the 239. Apply Ego eyeshadow to the middle portion of the lid. Darken crease with Satellite Dreams eyeshadow using the 226. Sweep Ricepaper eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Rave Pearlglide Liner on lower lash line. Apply Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Plum Foolery blush using the 129, then highlight with Dior Rose Diamond Skin Shimmer with the 188. Apply Chignon lipstick to lips, and then top with Fast Friends lipglass for color and shine.