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Madeline’s Beauty Journey

By Madeline, Teen Beauty Contributor

Madeline is 17-years old and currently attends high school in southern California. She’s also lived in D.C. and a Connecticut suburb of NYC. She loves to read, write, as well as shop, travel, play golf, and spend time with her family and friends. She’s excited to go to college and hopes to attend university on the east coast. Despite living in California now, she feels like a New Yorker!

Check out her blog, This Little Preppy Goes West!

Madeline’s Beauty Journey

When I was about 11 years old, my mother took me to the SoHo Bloomingdales to purchase my first Clinique 3-Step Skincare System. This was my first venture into the world of beauty. I clearly remember the wonderful women at the counter who helped me pick out which products would best suit my skin. They, along with my mom, taught me the importance of caring for my skin. Although I am lucky to have naturally good skin, I do still credit the Clinique ladies for teaching me several important lessons in beauty.

I, like many young girls, first began to wear makeup using Clinique products. I fondly remember my first eyeliner and mascara I wore as a young teen. I’m still a big fan of their High Impact Mascara. Today, I love my Whoppin’ Watermelon Chubby Stick. Whenever I walk by the Clinique counter at the mall, I can’t help but smile, because, for me, that is where my love of beauty began.

Clinique is where I had my start, and while I’m still a big fan of their products, the next turning point in my beauty journey was my introduction to MAC. After reading blogs for some time, I realized that MAC is one of the most loved cosmetic brands on the market.  I became enthralled with the art-inspired collections, and this is what made my own MAC collection begin to grow.

Before I started high school, I typically only wore mascara and/or eyeliner. By the time I moved across the country to southern California, I decided to experiment with makeup. My first MAC eye shadows were typical and neutral–All That Glitters and Soba. Eventually, I accumulated more eyeshadows, lipsticks, and my holy grail product: MAC Makeup Remover Wipes.  Now, I love following the latest MAC collections and stocking up on my old favorites from Clinique, but I have also graduated to one of the ultimate beauty brands: Chanel.

I recently picked up the Chanel Boy Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick at the very same Bloomingdales where my beauty obsession began. It’s funny how things come full circle–some of my absolute favorite products have come from my favorite brands in three different but important parts of my life.

How did you fall in love with makeup? What was the first beauty product you bought or had bought for you?

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Bobbi Brown Angel Pink Rich Color Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Angel Pink Rich Color Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Angel Pink Rich Color Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Angel Pink Rich Color Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Angel Pink Rich Color Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described simply as “a soft pink.” If you’re not familiar with this particular gloss formula, it’s supposed to yield “the full color coverage of a lipstick” with “the shine of a gloss” while feeling like a balm when worn. It’s also supposed to “moisturize, condition, and last throughout the day without feathering.”

Angel Pink is a warm, yellow-toned medium pink with a glossy shine. The color itself is creamy and mostly opaque, though because of its creamier finish, it does settle into lip lines slightly. The only gloss that seemed a bit similar was MAC Tour de Fabulous, which is a bit less pink and has lots of shimmer. It did remind me of a yellow-toned version of NYX Stella. Chanel Empire is pinker and darker.

Bobbi Brown gets a lot of things right with this gloss formula–it’s as opaque as it’s supposed to be, has a healthy shine as a gloss ought to, and feels comfortable when worn.  I don’t know if I’d go as far as to say it’s like a lip balm, because it has a slicker, more slippery texture–more akin to your average non-sticky lipgloss.  It lasts between four and five hours on me, but it is a good moisturizing gloss.  My lips never feel dry after wearing it, even if I’ve stretched the wear to six hours.  This formula is mint-scented but has no real taste.

Bobbi Brown Angel Pink Rich Color Lipgloss


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Bobbi Brown Rose Gold Shimmerbrick

Bobbi Brown Rose Gold Shimmerbrick
Bobbi Brown Rose Gold Shimmerbrick

Bobbi Brown Rose Gold Shimmerbrick ($39.00 for 0.40 oz.) is supposed to create a “soft, warm pink glow.” Each shade can also be used as an eyeshadow. When blended together, it takes on a warm copper with just a hint of pink/rose. It has a frosted shimmer-sheen and has enough pigmentation to give cheeks a little color (more in the form of warmth) as well as highlight. Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous is a little darker but similar. MAC Redhead looks nearly identical to me.

The first shade is a soft light-medium pink with a frosted sheen. The second shade is a warm yellow with an iridescent pink sheen. The third shade is a rosy copper with a frosted sheen. The fourth shade is a broze with red undertones and a metallic sheen. The fifth and final shade is a medium coppered rose (it’s more orange than the third shade).

Because all five shades have a high level of frost in their finishes, this is as a very shimmery, high sheen product. If you prefer a softer, subtler, more refined glow (think Guerlain and Chanel), this will likely be too much. If you like products like MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes, Laura Mercier’s Rendezvous, or Estee Lauder’s Illuminating Gelees, you’ll probably like the finish of this. It does ever-so-slightly emphasize pores; I’m sensitive to products that to do this, but it’s minimal enough that you don’t see it unless you’re standing a few inches from the mirror. If you want a subtler shimmer, try using a stippling brush instead of a regular blush or highlighting brush.

I tested out the wear of this Shimmerbrick last week, and it wore for about seven hours before looking slightly faded after eight hours.  The texture of the powder is very soft, and it’s not at all gritty–with as much shimmer as there is, it still feels finely-milled and applies incredibly smoothly.

5 Perfectly Pink Lipsticks for Valentine’s Day – Bright Edition

5 Perfectly Pink Lipsticks for Valentine’s Day – Bright Edition

Pretty in pink gone bold and bright!  Make your lips the star with any of these five shades 🙂

  1. MAC Show Orchid — bright, fuchsia, iridescent
  2. NARS Carthage — brightened dark pink
  3. MAC Full Fuchsia — brightened red-fuchsia
  4. NARS Schiap — bright blue-based fuchsia
  5. Milani Rose Hip — bright, medium pink with blue undertones

What’s your pick for a bright pink Valentine’s Day lip?

Lancome Rouge In Love Lipcolor & Le Vernis



Lancome Rouge In Love Lipcolor & Le Vernis

Fall in love with lipstick again as Lancôme launches its longest wearing lipstick yet – Rouge In Love. Wrapped in delectable shine, this wardrobe of high potency color is the perfect high fashion accessory for your lips. The petite silver case houses a full-sized bullet, while stocking-inspired red stitching accents the back. Lancôme’s new ambassadress, Emma Watson, is the fresh face of Rouge In Love. The ideal embodiment of modern romanticism, Emma continues to enchant us with her spontaneity and style.

Rouge In Love Lipcolor ($25.00)

  • Rouge Rendez Vous Pinkish beige
  • Delicate Lace Nude mauve-y rose
  • Divine Seduction Deep coppery brown
  • Cocoa Couture Deep reddish brown
  • Jolie Rosalie Natural mauve
  • Sultry Simplicity Chocolate brown
  • Roses in Love Rosy pink
  • Lasting Kiss Nude pinkish brown
  • Rose Boudoir Bright rose-y pink
  • Violette Coquette Deep violette
  • Midnight Rose Fuchsia
  • Sweet Embrace Nude baby pink
  • Fiery Attitude Deep berry wine
  • Jolis Matins Soft peach
  • Corail in Love Pink-y coral
  • Miss Coquelicot Bright coral
  • Madame Tulipe Light coppery red
  • Sequence of Love Cool true red
  • Rouge Valentine Clean warm red
  • Rouge Saint Honore Deep warm red
  • Ever So Sweet Fresh peach-y pink

Vernis In Love ($15.00)

  • Cristal Quartz Sheer
  • Rouge In Love Red
  • Rouge Valentine Pink-red
  • Miss Coquelicot Raspberry red
  • Chocolate Mordore Brown
  • Rose Plumeti Soft pink
  • Jolie Rosalie Pink
  • Rose Pitimini Rose
  • Rose Soft rose
  • Rose Boudoir Fuchsia rose
  • Gris Angora Gray
  • Violette Coquette Violet
  • Midnight Rose Berry
  • Rouge Reglisse Brown-red
  • Noir Angora Teal

availability: February 2012; Vernis In Love exclusively at Nordstrom and lancome.com from February 2012 through April 2012; at all counters in May 2012

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