Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year's Eve!

I don't have a look planned yet, but thought I'd share something that would be great for New Year's Eve.

FACE
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude
Benefit Hello Flawless Powder in Champagne
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque
Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit in Warm Ivory
Anastasia Brow Powder uo in Medium Ash

CHEEKS
MAC Flower Mist Dew

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Kat Von D Metal Orchestra Palette
MAC Blacktrack
MAC Blue Peep
L'Oreal Lash Out

LIPS
MAC Plink!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Free Shipping on BobbiBrown.com

Both of the freebies are wonderful especially for dry winter skin!

What a great time to try one of her Gel Liners. Some of my favorites are Black Mauve and Chocolate Shimmer.

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Look of Love : Chanel Spring 2010 Kaska Beige Quadra

After years of resistance, I have recently entered the world of Chanel. Oh man........

I ordered the Kaska Beige Quadra and Rose Petale Joues Contraste. I was also enticed by free overnight shipping before Christmas on Saks.com. Merry Christmas to me!


First, the packaging is beautiful. The compact is a sleek black accented with the Chanel logo, and each compact is encased in a velvet pouch. I will review Rose Petale in a separate post, but let me say that I may need a few more of these beauties.


Kaska Beige has four colors- a light cream, a medium neutral brown, a shimmery golden bronze, and a deep shimmery maroon brown. The cream and medium brown on the top row both have a slight shimmer, but nothing over the top. I would call them more of a satin as they give a slight glow on the skin without being totally matte. The shimmer in the bottom row is very understated and definitely not glittery. All of the colors are well pigmented and smooth.


I have done two looks so far with this palette.

FACE
Revlon Photoready Foundation Shell
NARS Loose Powder Flesh
Bobbi Brown Corrector Light Bisque
Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit Warm Ivory
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Medium Ash

CHEEKS
Chanel Joues Contraste Rose Petale

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Chanel Kaska Beige Quadra
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Bobbi Brown Black Plum Ink
L'Oreal Lash Out Waterproof Black

LIPS
Korres Cherry Oil Gloss Light Purple




FACE
Revlon Photoready Foundation Shell
NARS Loose Powder Flesh
Bobbi Brown Corrector Light Bisque
Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit Warm Ivory
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Medium Ash

CHEEKS
MAC Tenderling
Korres Monoi Oil Bronzer Sunglow Light

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Chanel Kaska Beige Quadra
MAC Blacktrack
L'Oreal Lash Out Waterproof Black

LIPS
Bobbi Brown Beige
Korres Cherry Oil Gloss Nude



This palette is versatile, and will become a staple in my makeup routine. A great purchase for someone new to the brand, and a must have for an avid Chanel fan!



Sunday, December 27, 2009

Cheap Thrills Brought to you by Kroger

Most times I do not enjoy grocery shopping, but I do enjoy eating, so what are you gonna do? As I steered my grocery laden cart through the crowded aisles of Kroger this Sunday, I suddenly found myself in the Health and Beauty section. What the what?? How did this happen. Oh well,
time to browse....

L'Oreal was on sale. I have wanted to try some of their lipsticks for awhile, especially Fairest Nude. It was on sale for $6 plus I had a $1 off coupon. How could I say no? I also picked up Tawny which was right beside Fairest Nude, and also happened to be on Closeout for $3 and change.
I like the square packaging with the gold band in the center. They click when you close them too.

Fairest Nude & Tawny

The smell is a bit unpleasant. It is slightly waxy, but not overpowering.

Both are great nude colors for my skintone (MAC NC20). They are both smooth and creamy in texture. No shimmer or sparkle to be seen either, which is nice.

Both colors are sheer with one swipe but can be built for a more opaque color.Top Tawny & Bottom Fairest Nude- Opaque with a few swipes

Top Tawny & Bottom Fairest Nude- Sheer with one swipe

Overall a great purchase for this neutral obsessed bargain shopper!

Lanolin : Good for the Nips, Better for the Lips!

I have recently discovered the best lip balm ever! Srsly. And it was in my bathroom cabinet all along!

Pure Lanolin.

The stuff they give you at the hospital when you take home your baby (among other things I hastily shoved in my bag such as diapers, cotton pads, vaseline, booger suckers, formula, prescription drugs). But I digress.....

This stuff is thick, barely scented, and best of all free! I use a tiny bit every night, and it is still there in the morning. My lips have never been so soft in the dead of winter. Even my husband uses and loves it - oops don't tell anyone!

Here is a picture that shows the texture- very thick and slightly yellow. Thicker than Vaseline even. This is also how much I use- only a tiny bit.


If your lips are feeling dry this winter, reach in the back of your medicine cabinet. Or if you have no kids, try your local Target in the bottle and formula aisle.

Merry Christmas from the Middle of Nowhere!


Here is our snow. Easily the most snow I have ever seen- almost 2 feet in our area.

New Korres Goodies

I have seen some raves online about Korres makeup and have been wanting to try it out myself. Right now you can use code TEMPTALIA for 30% off and free shipping over $35, or you can use code BUNNY for 30% off and a free mini Cherry Oil Lipgloss in Fuchsia. I think it may give free shipping as well.
Here is the loot all together:
I tried to get an overall sampling of the line. The kits were an especially good deal. For reference I am an NC20 in MAC.

Purple Brown Zea Mays Blush, Sunglow Light Monoi Oil Bronzing Powder, Natural Pink Mango Butter Lipstick:



Natural Beauty Necessities containing Provitamin B5 & Rice Bran Mascara in Black, Zea Mays Blush in Pink 16, Soft Eyeliner Pencil in Black 1S, Long Lasting Eyeliner Pencil in Brown 2, and Cherry Oil Lipgloss in Nude 33 and Light Purple 23:



Smoky Eyes Total Look Collection containing Abyssinia Oil Dramatically Volumizing Mascara in Black 1S, Soft Eyeliner Pencil in Black 1S, Cherry Oil Lipgloss in Beige Pink 32, and Sunflower and Evening Primrose Shimmering Eyeshadows in Plum 77S, Dark Gray 54S, White 10S, and Gray Brown Base 18S:


Overall I am very pleased with everything!

I will not be keeping the eyeliners. Reviews say they are smudgy, and I prefer gel liners. I will not keep the mascara either as I need a waterproof formula to hold the curl from my eyelash curler.

I found the blushes and eyeshadows very smooth and well pigmented. Pink is a gorgeous slightly shimmery cool toned pink. The bronzer may work better as a highlighter or a nude blush. Purple Brown was neither purple nor brown. It gave a natural bronzey flush.

I found the lipstick to be very moisturizing and pigmented as well. A perfect color for everyday.
The lipglosses are thick, non-sticky, and smell like cherry. The Nude lipgloss is a lovely pinkish beige with slight shimmer and Light Purple makes a great light pink cool toned lip.


I will definitely try more Korres in the future!