Friday, July 2, 2010

What's New - Makeup

I LOVE makeup and have to completely avoid Sephora stores if I'm on any kind of budget, as it's inevitable that I will completely blow that to pieces if I step foot into that fantastic place. I used to go crazy for eye shadow and just couldn't get enough of them (lots and lots of Mac shadows). And then my mommy days took over and my luxurious shower and spontaneous beauty regimen became nought and instead I dashed through the shower, barely wetting my skin never mind using soap, and makeup was an after thought (could be applied only if baby took a marathon nap). So I toned down my shadow crush and instead began to obsess about a fling with under eye concealers. And I have not, till now, found true love. Plus, I've "invested" in a few new makeup items over the summer that I'm really enjoying. I read about the faves in magazines but I'm rarely willing to try them when they have that $25 price tag. I did come close to that this time and, thankfully, was not disappointed. Here are a few that I love.

Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion - perfect champange shade which you can use with nothing else for a little wash of color or as a primer under your shadow. It will make your shadows look more saturated and last all day long plus it actually works!
Benefit Erase Paste - under eye "brightener" and I think it does a really decent job. I can get really dark under my eyes and this one works better than any others I've tried.
Jemma Kidd eye shadow in Vintage - just found this at Target and it's a really nice beige with a tiny bit of shimmer.
Maybelline lipstick in Coral Crush - not for the faint of heart ... a bright coral that I was assured (by Cupcakes and Cashmere) would look great with every complexion. Bold, but I like it!
Jemma Kidd concealer with highlighter - also from Target and while the concealer is just okay, the highlighter is perfect!
Stella by Stella McCartney perfume - tiny size to slip in my purse. This scent is one of my faves and it's particulrly great for the summer. My other favorite is Chanel Mademoiselle, which I've used for a good 10 years now. Wow!
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Bourbon - a great bronzy-brown and it's waterproof. I was told that I should not be using black liner because of my fair skin. Hmmm .... ?

Now these items I've had for a while and some for-ever.

Mac Pigments - a gift from Cara and boy, are they cool. They're eye shadows in a powder form that you can add a bit of water to, which makes them super pigmented and shimmery on your eyes. If I want a Kat Deeley eye, I'll use these for sure.
Rimmel Mascara - my mom loves Rimmel and keeps giving me tubes of mascara. It works pretty well though tends to flake by the end of the day. Do you have a mascara that doesn't?
Arbonne liquid foundation - the only foundation I've ever tried and I think it works quite well. It has very light coverage, so sometimes I wonder if it does much at all, but on the same hand I don't want anything heavy, so ...
Covergirl blush - not sure of the color's name as it's rubbed off, but it's a peachy shade and I really like it. Always wanted to try a Nars blush or Benefit Benetint, but I'm nervous to spend the money in case it's not that pretty on.
Stila eyeshadow palette - purchased at Christmas time a couple of years ago, so it's no longer available, but these shadows are really great. Soft shades in gold, tan, brown, bronze. A lovely everyday eye pallette.
Shu Uemura eye lash curler - the best! Enough said.

A closer look at those gorgeous, sparkly Mac pigment shadows. Wowza!

And my newest jewelry purchase, which I had to add. Lovely necklace from Loft for only $8 and a major rockstar cocktail ring from Target for only $5. I love a deal!

What are your makeup faves that you can't live without?

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