Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
I have to make a confession. I rarely wear lipstick. I know, I know - how can someone who writes a weekly beauty column not use one of the most iconic symbols of beauty (or at least beauty products). I've been on the quest for the perfect, everyday flattering shade for quite some time now. You know what I'm talking about. The perfect color that makes your whole complexion brighten a little. The one that makes you feel beautiful. (Even on a Monday.) When you clearly did not get enough sleep last night and you have tons of work piling up on your desk, but dog gonnit you look GOOD. Yeah, that perfect color. I've been searching so long that I was pretty much ready to give up a few months ago.
Until I found it - Clinique's Almost Lipstick in "Black Honey." Don't worry, it's not as gothic as it sounds. In fact, it's a gorgeous dark plum shade that goes on incredibly sheer - just a hint of berry-ish color that looks a bit as if someone's been nibbling on your lips. The wonderful thing about this shade is that it's flattering on almost every skin tone. If you want a bit of a darker color, just layer on a little more until you get your perfect nibble-worthy look.
And the best part? The color stays on longer and keeps your lips moisturized - no need to apply a lip balm. Now my lipstick quest is over. Let the nibbling begin!
Made by: Clinique
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
As a very fair-skinned brunette (read: incredibly pale), blush is my friend. One of those close friends with whom you interact on a daily basis. NARS Orgasm blush is like one of those friends you've known forever. The kind where you still manage to rack up serious phone bills, despite the fact that you see each other every day. The kind of friend gutsy enough to say - "No dear, yellow is not your color." And yet, she's completely right.
Ok, enough waxing poetic. I. love. this. blush.
I like to think of myself as a blush connoisseur. I've tried hundreds of different kinds of blushes. I was there when the blush mousse-like concoction was on the shelves (pass). I tried cheek stains (more on that later). Yes, I've tried my favorite drugstore brands as well. However, nothing lives up to the quality of the NARS Orgasm blush.
First of all, you've got to love that name - very clever marketing, NARS people. Second, the color is absolutely gorgeous. It's the perfect shade of peachy-pink, giving a naturally flushed glow. I have yet to find someone who can not pull off this color. Third, the quality is amazing. I've been working on the same compact of blush for almost a year now and the color is as rich as ever.
I know the pricetag looks a little much at first (it's a hefty $25 at Sephora), but this is honestly one of the products I use on a daily basis and it's still going strong in my make-up bag. Twenty-five dollars for a year's worth of perfectly flushed cheeks? Now that's a bargain.
Made By: NARS
P.S. The NARS Orgasm blush is NOT to be confused with the SUPER Orgasm blush. Now, while more intensity tends to be better with anything orgasm related, this is not one of those times. I find that the SUPER Orgasm blush has too much glitter for my taste, making it pretty much impossible to wear on a daily basis. And, quite frankly, I can't rationalize paying $25 for a blush I'll only wear on special occasions (where a tad bit of glitter can be acceptable).