Just this last week, I was talking to a co-worker about the wonder of Naked palettes by Urban Decay. The original arrived on shelves years ago, but it still is a best-seller. And Urban Decay continues to introduce variations of it that sell like crazy. So if you have a serious makeup aficionado on your holiday, shopping list, allow me to suggest the Naked Vault Volume IV.
You couldn’t ask for a more comprehensive and wearable collection of eye shadows and lipsticks. The three neutral palettes (Naked, Naked2 and Naked3) has rich and velvety shadows and a pro-quality brush. Each palette has three coordinating Vice Lipsticks. These are seriously long wearing, packed with pigment.
My mornings are always rushed. When will I ever learn? But one thing I have mastered is a quick makeup routine. I’ve been so pleased with this set of products that I couldn’t resist sharing. And not to mention this whole thing takes me less than five minutes (4:26 minutes this AM thanks to my handy Apple Watch stopwatch).
Next, I brighten under my eyes with NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Honey. Normally I don’t care for matte finish but this works nicely with the illuminating tinted moisturizer and it has great staying power. Sometimes I use a brush to blend this in, but usually I apply just with my fingers. I also do some spot coverage on blemishes if necessary if the tinted moisturizer doesn’t cut it on its own.
Another favorite find of the summer is BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Crème Highlighter in Moonstone. I tap a little bit of this under my eyes, down my nose and above my cupid’s bow. It also adds a nice touch under the brow. The cream consistency allows for such a natural and “grown up” highlighter application.
I’ve really embraced a bold brow lately and have been using two products to get the look. First, I use the brush end of Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil in Universal Shade to tame any unruly, rogue hairs. Next, I use the pencil to fill in any sparse spots. Lastly, I set the shape and add color with LASHFOOD BROWFOOD Tinted Brow Enhancing Gelfix in Brunette. It has a peptide blend promises to deliver fuller, stronger brows. While I have only been using it for a couple weeks, I am hopeful about some of my sparse spots getting some growth. Will keep you posted.
I am still hooked on Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. Nothing has quite the precision and staying power. I apply a quick and thin line right against my lashes. I did try the brown shade, Mad Max Brown. But it had no where close the pigment and ultimately went into the trash can.
Last but not least, I use Lancôme DÉFINICILS WATERPROOF High Definition Mascara in Black. I am a waterproof mascara devotee – I just get way too much fallout with regular mascara. I make every effort to get the brush right against the lashes at the root for the best effect.
Lastly, I got a peel today by the fabulous Gabriel Horn here in Tulsa. It promises no downtime which I love in the middle of the work week. I will pop back in and share results in a couple of days.
I promise I am not prudish, but I hesitated for years to buy the fan-favorite Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara because of the name. It just sounds weird to me. But I finally pulled the trigger and wanted to share my thoughts on this cult-classic. But as a spin, I tried the waterproof version. As a matter of preference, I just gravitate towards waterproof formulas because I don’t want to think about fallout or streaking, especially during these allergy-prone months.
First, the shade – I love this rich, black pigment. The inky black coats my lashes making them full and defined. The high-performance and water-resistant polymers make this mascara absolutely waterproof, sweat-proof, and allergy-proof. I have zero fallout or streaking until I wash my face.
Now, the brush and it’s hourglass-shape. I am not a fan. For some reason, I get product accumulating on the tip of the brush and can have clumps if I don’t regularly clean the wand of product. Which I find just wasteful. The bristles aren’t as stiff as advertised and I wish there was a tapered end of the brush to reach those corner lashes that often desperately need pigment.
Overall, I get a pigmented and long-wearing, voluminous finish. And my lashes have appeared more conditioned since I started using this mascara. I find the brush less than desirable, but a great formula that makes it worth it. Available at Sephora.
I had quite the love affair with Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup when it first came out. But despite my loving it, it slowly fell out of my rotation. Until I was on a bit of a shopping spree at Ulta a couple weeks ago and happened to hit the Perricone MD section with gusto. More on some other finds to come but for now, I wanted to share Perricone MD No Eyeshadow Eyeshadow.
First, let it be known that I am always rushing around in the mornings. No matter what I do, that snooze buttons, an extra cuddle with the pups, or a must have smoothie always gets in the way. So anything that simplifies the makeup routine is gold to me. This eye-lid color treatment is a think fluid with a lightweight texture. The shade is very subtle but happens to add a natural and smooth look. Not only are my eyes more awake but also more youthful.
The universally flattering shade offers a soft focus finish that looks great on its own. I have also been adding a little gold on top on the weekends for a glow-y, mod look. The serum blends well with zero creasing. I’ve been shaking the cool matte bottle, applying just a small amount with the doe-foot applicator and blending with my fingers.
For a long time, I have used Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel to tame my brows. I would occasionally fill in with a stray brow pencil but usually I’d rely on the clear gel alone. It worked great but I was finding more and more I needed more color for a really polished look. I was browsing blogs and came across a glowing review of Dior ‘Diorshow’ Brow Styler. So I headed to the store and snagged one for myself.
At the store, the sales person told me she has to keep the samples of the Styler behind the counter because the other brands’ artists kept stealing the beloved brow product for their own makeup kit. The slick bullet packaging seems delicate and fine. This makes for a precise application. I like that the formula can reshape and define while still looking natural. I picked up the Universal Dark Brown for a more dramatic look. But the original Universal Brown probably would work too. I flip to the other side of the styler for the brush to finish and blend. I supposed I could still use my gel to set the look, but I don’t feel like I need it for day-to-day makeup.
This waterproof liquid liner comes in pen form with a well-designed brush for great ease of application. It is super precise and fine – a reason I love it as I prefer a very tight and thin line. The ink is super pigmented and has not dried out one bit since I purchased three weeks ago. I have been wearing Trooper which is a deep, true black. Most impressive is the formula’s ability to last all day long without cracking, fading or running.
The salesperson who recommended it to me had a dramatic cat eye that looked fabulous so I can see how with more pressure this could make for a beautiful, thicker line. I like a very subtle defining line and can achieve this by laying the tip right by the lash line from the inner to outer corner.
And as a cruelty-free advocate, I love that Tattoo Liner is completely free of animal-derived ingredients and is not tested on animals. Available at Sephora.