This post is dedicated to the lovely (and enabling) Pink Sith, who last week lit up the interwebz with her review of a certain little lipgloss. I rue the day I met that woman, as she and her blog have cost me mucho dinero over the last couple of years. Thanks to her, I of the 853,227, 861 lip products went running straight to Sephora to check out the lip nirvana known as Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss in the unparalleled color Siren. Sound like an extravagant claim? Well, read on!
Sometimes when you're shopping for makeup, you just get enthralled by something pretty, and even if it's a product you don't normally use, you find yourself needing it. For instance, I'm not much of a bronzer girl. I'm very pale, I never tan, and I pretty much gave up on that whole "healthy glow" concept years ago. These days, I'm pleased to look alive. When I get too "glowy," I end up looking ridiculous because my face doesn't match the rest of me, so I end up either washing it all off and starting over or I spend the whole day feeling self-conscious. So I was very surprised with myself when I spotted the Laura Mercier Bonne Mine palette at Sephora and fell in love.
I've been in the market for a good orange/coral lipstick for some time now, and I finally bit the bullet the other day and headed out "in search of." What I found was that there are a lot of really ugly orange lipsticks out there right now. Seriously. My personal favorite is the preponderance of pastel orange and coral lippies that look kind of like ice cream on the lips, and not in a good way. That's about all I was able to find from the big lines at first. So I headed to Sephora to see if I would have luck there. And bingo! Right out of the gate, I found Guerlain's Rouge Automatic in #142, Fleur de Feu...exactly what I had been looking for!
I just want to take a minute or two to thank everyone for reading this blog and supporting me over the last few months. I've had this blog for some time now, but really only started taking it seriously after the death of my mother in February. I finally decided it was time to really try to DO something with it or let it go. So in March, I began writing in earnest, and have gradually begun learning how to improve my writing style, my photos, and how to actually promote Lipstick Musings so people can find it!
I've already learned so much and met so many wonderful people along the way. I have big plans for the future, and hope you'll all stay with me for the ride...and that you'll invite your friends to join us, as well! If you haven't already, please join me as a follower by clicking the icon in the upper left-hand corner of the blog. And if you'd like to request a review or give me some feedback, feel free to email me at lipstickdiva(at)comcast(dot)net. I'd love to hear from you!
Thanks again for helping me get this blog off the ground!
This week has been really hot. I mean, really hot. As a matter of fact, if you look closely at the picture above, you'll see that even my lipstick is sweating! So with summer making it's appearance in such blistering fashion, I decided I wanted bronzey lips. The only problem is, bronze isn't really my color. It isn't bad on me, just not really my thing, given that my skin is roughly the shade of copy paper. I mean, who am I trying to kid here? Summer really isn't my season, after all. I do much better during the winter when deep berries and vibrant reds are totally acceptable. So although I have a beautiful bronze lip gloss in Bare Minerals French Toast, I decided to amp it up a bit with something a little more my style.
Time to head to the Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual Sale! There are tons of goodies, including up to 75% off many Signature Collection items, 50% off Aromatherapy items, 50% off selected Slatkin & Co. Candles, and many, many more, including several Buy 3, get 2 Free deals on regular items.
Hurry in and visit each week, as sale items change weekly and sell out FAST.
Each member of The Beauty Spotlight Team has just one post out of many to share with you this week. We hope you learn about new blogs from us and that you’ll explore them to find out just how much information you can learn (and how much of your money we can try to spend).
The Lipstick Diva has a case of summer lovin’ for Chanel’s new Pensee and Pink Peony Glossimers.
Zuzu’s Petals did the Time Warp at Everyday Beauty over Rouge Bunny Rouge Colorburst Lipstick in Got Rid of the Man.
Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed just can’t choose a favourite product from the Lancôme Bronze Azure Summer 2011 collection – come check out her swatches and help her decide!
Modesty Brown lifts the lid on her highlighters including beauty bloggers favourites, BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector and Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow in Rose Gold.
Replica at Visionary Beauty was unable to resist the claims of a radiant eye lift so had to pick up one of Dior’s 5 Couleurs Lift palettes.
Le Metier de Beaute and Beauty Info Zone want to prove that everyone can wear a bronzer.
Do you like to switch up your skincare routine for the warm weather? See how Pammy Blogs Beautylikes Caudalie’s Instant Foaming Cleanser and Toning Lotion.
Cindy over at Prime Beauty has found an economical moisturizing multi-tasker in Josie Maran’s Mini Argan Oil Stick!
Paula, at Older Girl Beauty, talks to multiple Emmy Award winning makeup artist, Kevin James (KJ) Bennett about his tips for makeup on lovelies over 40 in this installment of “What the Pros say…”.
London Makeup Girl compares Armani Eyes to Kill eyeshadow with L’Oreal Color Infallible eyeshadow. Dupe or no dupe?
When Perilously Pale’s new Giorgio Armani order arrived this week she excitedly Played with Plums to test them out with some Le Metier de Beaute favourites.
Jeanie over at Makeup Merriment believes her quest for the perfect brow product is over because she has found brow bliss in Le Sourcil de Chanel: Perfect Brows compact.
Styrch from Pretty in Dayton plays with layering CND Shellac colors with Lisa from the Beaute Box.
|Photo Courtesty Stila Cosmetics|
Stila has long been known for blush with their innovative Convertible Color cheek and lip colors. The light, creamy colors are wildly popular for their easy wearability and versatility. In addition, they are the creators of such famed items as the Smudge pot and the ubiquitous Kitten eye shadow...which has proven itself so popular that it's spawned all over shimmer, glitter eye liner, primer, and lip gloss. Wow, that's a lot of Kitten!
However, I'm not that big on cream blush, and kitten, in all its incarnations, is a bit less pigmented than I prefer for my pale skin. As lovely as it is, I just can't wear it. What I can wear, though, is pink blush. As a matter of fact, I have a pretty extraordinary collection of pink blushes, from warm to cool to neutral, from matte to pearl to shimmery to downright frosty and full of glitter. Yep, I'm a pink kind of girl. With my light skin, dark eyes and dark hair, pink cheeks work perfectly for me, and when done very, very sparingly, look beautiful with my ever-present red lips in the winter. So you can imagine how excited I was when Stila introduced it's Custom Color Blush last year, touted as a blush anyone could wear...and it's pink!!
Chanel's summer collection this year was a bit hit-or-miss. While I love the Glossimers, I'm probably the only person on the planet who wasn't overly impressed with the Lillium Quad. However, each collection by Chanel features a standout product, and for me, this season that product is the Soleil Tan de Chanel #537, Bronze Corail.