I had the luck recently to procure a bottle of Orly's famed Space Cadet nail lacquer, from the Cosmic FX Fall 2010 collection. Somehow or other, my Ulta had a display of the entire collection just sitting out for anyone to access. They just remodeled, so maybe it got lost in the shuffle and was just rediscovered. Regardless....SCORE!!! All I know is I've been searching for it forever and this is the first time I've seen it since a few weeks after it was released last year.
I don't normally do Saturday posts, but I had to give kudos to my friend Olivia (@Fauxlivia on Twitter) for a serious solid she did me this week.
At Into The Palette, Olivia takes photos of eyes and does some major magic with Photoshop to create unbelievably beautiful tutorials. She did a great summer smokey eyes look for me using colors I haven't tried before...I'm in love, and off to the mall to purchase said colors so I can attempt to re-create the effect (good luck me, right?)
Check out her blog for some gorgeous looks and an introduction to a very talented lady. Also, don't miss her other home on the web, The Unknown Beauty Blog for great reviews on products. The woman knows how to create a mean frankenpolish!
Thanks so much Olivia, for making me feel so great!
Welcome to the Beauty Spotlight. Every other week our beauty blog team will shine a spotlight on their best posts. Expect them to bring you the latest, the greatest and the most fun to find beauty products the world over!
It's almost legendary how much Prime Beauty loves coral--this week I went cuckoo for these five coral lipsticks. Which of these summer shades are must-haves on your list?
Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows have grabbed the heart of Marcia from Beauty Info Zone.
Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed spent all last week drooling over the new Essie Braziliant collection and still can't pick a favourite - check out her digits and help her choose!
Pammy finds her "custom shade" with Stila's new Custom Color Blush at Pammy Blogs Beauty.
Visionary Beauty gets a surprise when the Laura Mercier Riveria Eye Quad, an unexpected acquisition turns out to be a really useful, high quality palette!
This week, Jeanie of Makeup Merriment shares with her readers why she's so smitten with Le Metier de Beaute true color eye shadow in Jojo.
Zuzu's Petals at Everyday Beauty has discovered the perfect sheer red lipstick for summer, appropriately named Sweet Cherry.
This week Jane at Modesty Brown shares her brush collection. She talks us through her favourites and which ones aren't so great. If you like a peek at other people's collections, this one is for you!
London Makeup Girl has succumbed to the allure of the limited edition Mimosa nail polish by Chanel. She's not entirely convinced that Big Bird yellow nails work for her.
Perilously Pale is basking in the glow of Le Metier de Beaute's Tuscan Sunset True Colour Eye Shadow.
Curious about what how makeup application can be different when you are a 40+ lovely? Older Girl Beauty has tips from Emmy award winning Makeup Artist, Eve Pearl - "What the Pros Say..." - Eve Pearl.
Styrch from Pretty in Dayton attends the wedding of Project Runway Season 6 Alum Althea Harper and has way too much fun!
You know those little bins of products lining the checkout area at Sephora? You can find sample sizes of Bad Gal mascara, tiny bottles of perfume, as well as packets of blotting papers and any number of other goodies. Which is where I found a little miracle called Smith's Rosebud Salve.
I'm a big fan of cake and gel liners. I know pencils are supposed to be easier, but I tend to get too thick a line when I use pencils. They also skip on me a lot of times (even the soft ones). Therefore, I usually stick to gel liners or cake liners. They offer me more control and can be manipulated when necessary to achieve more varied looks. They also tend to stay on longer and wear better.
I've never liked liquid liner pens. Every time I get one, I regret it. I can never keep the pen steady enough to draw an even line and I end up with liner halfway up my eyelid by the time I smooth everything out. However, I recently got a makeover at my Chanel counter and the MA used Chanel's Automatic Eye Liner Pen, she did such a lovely job that I had to try once again.
I've never been a huge fan of Paul Mitchell. Typically, the gels are too heavy for my hair and I don't like the fragrances he uses. However, on a recent trip to my stylist I saw that they had a sale on Paul Mitchell products, so I picked up a couple. The first was Thicken Up Styling Liquid and the second was Super Skinny Relaxing Balm. Turns out it's a pretty good product, with a few caveats.
I have a very fickle relationship with highlighters. I understand the concept, and I've even found some great ones in my searches (Chanel's limited edition Empriente de Chanel comes to mind), but I find there's a very slippery slope when dealing with highlighters. One false move and you're headed to the realm of disco balls and cheap 80's makeup looks. On the other hand, some of them are so subtle that it seems a waste of time to apply them at all. Nonetheless, I'm fascinated by them, in large part because I always read such "glowing" reviews on the blogs.
Since I don't have a great history with highlighters, I'm always loathe to purchase the expensive ones. It seems a waste to spend $30 or more on a product I may never really use when that money could be better spent on, oh, lipstick and the like. So when I saw Hard Candy's Glow All the Way at Walmart for only $7.99, I decided to jump on in and give it a try. Perhaps, I thought, it would be a good replacement for some of its higher-priced sisters in the department stores. Sadly, I was wrong. Waaay wrong.
Since I have very sensitive skin, I tend to have a tendency to have "hot flashes" in my face. That's when my skin suddenly decides it's out-of-sorts and flushes, heats up, and becomes red and inflamed. Since I began using products specifically for sensitive skin, this has stopped happening nearly as often as it used to, but it still flares up once in awhile, and when it does, it isn't pretty. So when the Dermalogica specialist at Ulta suggested Ultracalming mist, it sounded like a great product for me.
I'm always on the lookout for a good lip gloss. Add plumping to the mix, and I'm sold. That's why when I saw Maybelline's Volume XL Seduction Lip Plumper gloss, I was sold. According to the marketing, it's supposed to give glassy shine and plump lips by up to 30%, all for less than $10. What's not to like?
I'm continuing with my search for the perfect sunscreen. Along those lines, every time I hit a Walgreen's, I check out their sun care displays to see if I'm missing anything that looks like it might rock my world. Normally I prefer physical sunblocks (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) because they last longer as long as you don't sweat them off. Since I get to work at 7:00 and don't actually see the sun until 3:00 or so, it seems fit to use a sunscreen that will last until I get off work rather than using chemical sunscreens, which only stay effective for a few hours. Frankly, I'm not going to reapply sunscreen on top of my makeup all day, so I have to make sure that what I start with at the beginning of the day will still be holding strong at the end of the day when I really need it.
All that being said, there are some drawbacks to physical sunblocks, mainly the fact that they tend to be heavy, gloopy, and white on the skin. So when I saw this BORBA sunscreen on my last trip to Walgreen's, I decided to give it a try just to see if a lighter-weight, chemical sunscreen might do it for me, at least on non-work days and days when I might actually be willing to reapply it on a regular basis.
Patricia Wexler, MD skin care is very hit-or-miss for me. Her MMPi serum is fairly useless in my opinion. Her creams are meh. Her eye cream isn't really anything to write home about. I do like her eye depuffing gel, but don't use it as much as I should. However, one product I've been extremely impressed with is the Microbrasion System, consisting of dermabrasion crystals followed by a hydrating gel.