Sunday, March 15, 2015

Weekly Beauty Edit 3.15.2015

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Complete turnaround in the weather around here this week. Walked out my door in the morning and birds were singing! Ran around town today without a jacket on. Was it yesterday we had a 40 below wind chill? Last week I was in love with peach colors on my lips and my cheeks. The love affair continued this week, especially with the weather warming up. Also had a bit of a throwback to hot rollers!

Lipstick is my crack. Along with foundation. And shower gels. Maybe mascara, too. Give me a moment to think about his. I've decided. Lipstick and foundation are both my crack.

I love everything about lipstick. Looking at all the pretty colors. Seeing lipstick on women. Chanel and Maybelline ads in magazines. Applying lipstick is glorious. I'm getting rather spoiled by all the new technology of lip stains. At the same time, I miss pulling my lipstick out of my handbag to reapply throughout the day. I'll let you in on a little secret, I reapply even when I don't need to!

Every woman needs a red lipstick. Don't give up the search! It may take you 10 years but when you find it, you will feel like you rule the world. How does the song go? Ain't no mountain high enough!

I added six new lipsticks to my stash this week. Two Maybelline, one Wet N Wild, one Buxom, one Sephora Collection and one NYX.  Photo right, top to bottom, Wet N Wild 513C Ready to Swoon, Maybelline 055 Pinkalicious, Maybelline 525 Peachy Scene. Photo left is Buxom Pop of Passion Oil-Balm in Pink Passion and Sephora 
Cream Lip Stain in Pink Souffle

Philosophy Microdelivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peel - my Monday night routine!
Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment - apparently my definition of hydrating is not the same as Glamglow's definition - not a hydrating thing about this...and I have oily skin! Much better off with a box of sheet masks from TJ Maxx.
Isomers Synchronizer Cell Renewing Complex - I use an enzyme exfoliating serum every night and
this is one I have in rotation along with Perricone Blue Plasma and Skinn Translucence.
Yardley English Lavender Soap - this is a holy grail item for me, the perfect lavender from first use to a sliver. I have one in each drawer as well as in the shower.
Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint Wallflower - I use this vanilla peppermint scent all year long. I don't know why I put this in my empties pile since it's a house thing. Oh well.

Nail Polish News
Wet n Wild Red Red
Wet N Wild in Red Red - love the new bottle shape of Wet N Wild polishes. This is a true red that leans to the pink side rather than the orange side or blue side of red.

Essie 2015 Bridal Collection and the name is beyond perfect...Have Your Husband for Dessert. Nail polish names, thanks to Suzi at OPI, are as clever as can be. I think, though, my favorite nail polish name is in this collection. Happy Wife, Happy Life. It's another true red but leans to the orange. I may have to buy it just for the name because I'm not a fan of orange leaning reds on myself unless I have a tan. Those days are gone!

Julep Whitney - is the color I sported most of this week. This color is new to my collection but has found a home in my Top 20.

From the Archives
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation - this brand was carried in the US until a few years ago. It's a drug store brand and owned by Chanel. This Bourjois formula is often claimed as a dupe for Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. I don't think so, not in the least. This is a lovely foundation, good for 3 or 4 hours, perfect for dinner and a movie, Sunday services, or my favorite, grocery shopping! It's particularly kind to mature skin and I would think ladies with dry skin would love this. My oily skin looks great with this foundation but to use it I need to use a mattifying primer and set with powder or I will be shining within an hour. I wear shade 55 for my MAC NC 30-35, medium color skin with warm undertones. It is only sold in Europe and I buy mine from
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum and Smashbox Designer Blush

Smashbox Smashing Designer Blush - Smashbox used to be one of my favorite brands, maybe 10 or 15 years ago. At some point, in my opinion, the quality dropped. It was before Estee Lauder bought them so that was not the turning point. Their shadows and blushes got very powdery and the pigmentation was awful. I was looking for peachy blushes this week and pulled out this one. I used to love this blush, I'm almost hitting pan.

Rocky theme song, please! I depotted my Urban Decay Naked palette. I know one of my 2015 Beauty Resolutions was to depot my single eye shadows. But depotting is depotting! I'd like to consolidate my favorite shades from Naked 1 and Naked 2 into one Z-Palette. I am swooning proud of myself!

Edits and Deletes
Tarte Gifted Mascar
Tarte Gifted Mascara - this was a delete for me, it left little clumps on my lashes. I know it was a fresh tube as it was part of the TSV on QVC a few weeks ago. It's not terrible but it is annoying and I've got no time for annoying. It didn't clump my lashes together, it left little clumps on my lashes.
Most of us know mascara gets better after it's been open a couple of weeks but the clumps remained. Delete. On a side note, Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes is one of my Top 10 mascaras.

Chi Smart Hot Rollers - love the effect of a gorgeous head of curls now that I'm wearing my hair longer. I use a flat iron to curl the bottom third of my hair most mornings but worry about the damage. These are wonderful but I should have done my homework. There are sets at Target and Wal-Mart for less than half the price of these, same ceramic technology and with more rollers. I will return the Chi and buy Remington. Edit!


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