Saturday, January 31, 2009
Fast forward to this weekend when I was browsing around in Sephora and a product for spring caught my eye - Stila Pomegranate Crush Lip & Cheek Stain. The stain is the sister to Stila's Cherry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain which came out in spring/summer 2008.
The Pomegranate Stain is as amazing as Benetint without the downsides. Rather than a glass bottle, it comes in a little pen, making it infinitely easier to travel with. To let product out, one turns the dial at the end of the pen and to apply, just press the brush tip to the cheeks and lips.
The best part is the texture of the product - its a gel rather than a liquid so its easier to control and doesn't make a mess in the bathroom. Plus, whereas Benetint would sometimes streak if you didn't rub it into cheeks quickly, the gel texture is much more forgiving. The stain also has a nice pomegranate-y scent.
While this product is touted as a "spring" release, I'm ecstatic its out already because it adds a subtle glow to pallid, winter worn skin.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Battle of the Styling Gels: Nexxus Alluring Curls vs. Redken Crystal Curls vs. Sunsilk Captivating Curls
I love rubbing a little bit of this gel in my fingers and running it through my hair to separate sections after I've curled my hair. Even in rainy weather, my hair holds up very well with this gel. Above is a pic of my hair, having already used the gel for hold and shininess.
Monday, January 26, 2009
I absolutely love the beauty look she went for at the SAG Awards last night. The smoky blue eyes were definitely more bold than the look she had going for the Golden Globes. The blue shadow looks absolutely stunning on tan skin and dark peepers like Freida's.
Friday, January 23, 2009
I recently went on vacation and realized that on a daily basis, whether you need to do a day look or night look, you don't need more than about six brushes. Since MAC is a popular brand for both quality and accessibility for most of us (the MAC website offers FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $60) most of my brush recs here will be MAC. (Even though my personal stash of brushes includes some Bobbi Brown, Sephora, and even some Sonia Kashuk finds.)
So let's get right to it. What makeup brushes do you really need? It mostly depends on your personal style. If you like to do up your eyes in dramatic colors everyday, you may need a few more eye makeup brushes than your girlfriend who just likes a little blush, lipstick, and mascara for her daily look.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I really like the ice princess look Deepika went for at the premiere for her new film. The pastel pink dress could have been better but I like how she switched her makeup to pastel shades rather than the usual peachy bronze look.
Eyes: Apply a light colored base all over the lids. Blend a shimmery white shadow such as NARS Shadow in Night Snow all over the lid (if you're skeptical of such a stark look, try using a very light silver shadow). Apply a candy pink shadow such as NARS Shadow in Baby Girl to the outer half of the upper eyelid and blend into the crease as well. Apply a touch of the shimmery white shadow on the browbone, blending well. Apply a thin line of black liner to the upper eyelids, thickening towards the outer edge. Apply black liner to the bottom waterline of the eyes.
Cheeks: Apply a creamy rose pink blush such as NARS Cream Blush in Lokum to the cheeks. Top with a shimmery highlighter like NARS Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross.
Lips: Apply a muted mauve pink lipstick such as MAC Lipstick in Sweetie. Top with a clear gloss in the center.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream with Biospheric Complex
This product is a true cream that comes in a little jar. A slightly cool sensation results after patting it on the eyes, which I personally found really soothing, especially after hours of staring at the computer. The product claims to minimize (not eliminate) undereye circles, wrinkles and puffiness. I can't speak for wrinkles because I don't have any yet but the cream did help puffiness - I think the cooling sensation helps. As for the undereye circles, I generally believe that my dark circles are caused by lack of sleep, stress and allergies, and am not convinced that creams can do anything to reduce circles.
All in all, I thought this was a pretty good eye cream. My only gripes were the non-effect on undereye circles and the fact that I wish the cream was slightly richer in texture, which would be wonderful for the winter. The product retails at $45.
Boscia Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment
The next eye treatment I tried was quite different from the Skyn Iceland product. The Boscia eye treatment is more of a thick gel, rather than a true cream, and comes in a pump dispenser. It is slightly sticky but I found it to be more moisturizing than the Skyn product - it leaves a little sheen on the eyes once applied.
Again, the product didn't do much for dark circles but it rates high for its moisturizing properties and as a result, it would be great eye treatment for winter. The product retails for $38.
Ren Active 7 Radiant Eye Maintenance Gel
This eye treatment is not a cream at all but an eye gel. The consistency is slightly thick instead of runny which is a plus. It is not sticky at all and is cool to the touch. Because the Ren treatment is a straight out gel though, it is not as moisturizing as the Skyn Iceland or Boscia products.
This treatment would be perfect for the spring/summer rather than the fall/winter due to the texture and properties. I could see it being really soothing if I stuck the tube in the fridge and then applied. The product retails for $45.
I had high hopes for this eye treatment because I read reviews raving about the roller ball application. However, I just wasn't sold on this product.
The product is used by rolling the roller ball under the eyes, which causes a gel product to be applied. In theory, its a great idea but I didn't like the product for two reasons. First, I found the gel treatment itself was too thin and not moisturizing enough for my undereyes. I found that it did not even depuff my undereyes well which was the main claim behind the roller ball application. Second, I found that the rollerball application did not deposit the treatment evenly under my eyes. It also felt like the rollerball application tugged too much on my skin which is not good for the sensitive skin around the eyes.
The product retails for $12.99.