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Estee Lauder DayWear Plus ($38.00)
More than moisture. More than protection. DayWear Plus actively shields skin from the multiple assaults of the environment to help prevent lines before they appear — so your skin looks younger longer. The secret? An active response anti-oxidant system with a powerful blend of new and natural ingredients. A skin-friendly UVA/UVB screen you can wear AM and PM. An advanced dual moisture system to keep skin feeling moist and healthy. Lightweight, oil-free creme. Dermatologist-, Ophthalmologist-tested. Apply AM and PM after cleansing, and after applying your Repair Serum.
What makes it worth it: Oh my goodness, I fell in love with this rich moisturizer as soon as I put on my first application of it in the morning! It is a luxuriously thick cream that dries quickly and leaves skin feeling incredibly smooth and hydrated. The scent reminds me of cucumbers and cool days, I can’t quite put my finger on it. It’s a subtle scent, so it’s perfect for a facial moisturizer. I just honestly felt like I was pampering my skin with this product, and I will definitely be adding this to my list of staples. A little goes a long way, which as I always say, is most excellent. Oh, what else? It contains SPF15, which is an essential item you need for your daily regimen.
Why you might pass on it: None! Buy it today. I adore this, and I can’t think of a single reason not to at least check it out and try out the texture for yourself. The price is the only thing that could sway you, but I imagine one container will last me at least a month of use, so I’ll fork over the money for this lovely addition.
Find this product at Estee Lauder locations, www.esteelauder.com, and www.nordstrom.com.
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I originally made this spreadsheet for myself quite awhile ago (I think back in 2005!), and I’ve shared it before in a few online communities, but for some reason haven’t shared it with my dearest readers! Blasphemy! And thus, I offer you a spreadsheet to help keep track of your makeup purchases if you so wish… Download it here!
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I used Pure Ore cream shadow on lid, Goldmine eyeshadow on inner lid, Cranberry eyeshadow on outer lid, Beauty Marked eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Goldmine eyeshadow above crease, Ricepaper eyeshadow to highlight brow, and Raven kohl power on lower lash line. I wore Afterdusk blush with Tenderdusk beauty powder to highlight and Sculpt sculpting powder to contour cheeks. I had The Scene lipstick with Red Romp lipglass on my lips.
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CHRISTINA AGUILERA shows off a perfect red pout with a gold-and-black smoky eye (and dramatic lashes, of course). Unlike Eva Green’s recent look of red lips and dark smoky eyes, Aguilera uses golden hues to soften the dramaticism of her look. Apply your favorite eyeshadow base (cult favorite is most likely Urban Decay’s Primer Potion) all over lid, including over the crease. With the 239 brush, apply NARS’ Cyprus eyeshadow along inner lid and just above the natural crease. Apply MAC’s Brun eyeshadow on outer lid and above crease with the 239 brush. Take the 224 crease brush and apply MAC’s Carbon eyeshadow in light taps to the outer crease, darkening the crease itself and just a bit of the outer lid. Using the 239, apply MAC’s Shroom eyeshadow underneath brow and blend into the grayish-brown shadow. Line eyes with MAC’s Blacktrack fluidline using the 266 brush both along the upper and lower lash lines. Apply MAC’s #6 lashes for extra drama, X-tina style.
Aguilera’s dewy skin is a thing to be envied, but you can mimic her flawless skin by using MAC’s Face & Body foundation, which has a natural dewy finish. It isn’t incredibly dewy (if this is your style, try MAC’s Mineralize Satinfinish), but not too matte, either. Dab foundation to your cheeks, chin, forehead, and nose using a concealer brush like the 194. Spritz a fluffy powder or buffer brush (129, 150, or 182) with water or Fix+, and then brush out the dabs of foundation to give yourself an even layer of foundation. With the 150 brush, apply a gentle sweep of MAC’s Well-dressed blush along the apples of cheeks. Apply a light dusting of MAC’s Dancing Light beauty powder with the 150 brush along cheekbones to highlight and accentuate them as the light reflects off of your natural bone structure to enhance your facial features.
To get ultra-defined lips, begin by lining lips with MAC’s Red Enriched cremestick liner. Using the 316 lip brush, apply MAC’s Dubonnet lipstick along lips, making sure to cover the outer portion before moving to fill in the inner parts of the lips. It is likely that you will need to apply an additional coat or two to achieve evenness and the desired color richness. Pout prettily and be one gorgeous glamour girl!