Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Revlon ColorStay pressed powder

Almost two months ago, in search of a new fabulous powder to set my foundation, I gave a Mineralized Skin Finish natural from MAC a try. These babies retail for $26.00 each which in the higher-end makeup market isn't too much of a budget buster especially since an MSF (Mineralized Skin Finish) can be worn alone as a very decent foundation with buildable coverage. On the particular day I was visiting my local MAC Pro store I was in a hurry because technically we were celebrating Father's Day at the mall and I was supposed to be roaming with the herd of my family.

Immediately upon entering the store it was the same old scene: too few makeup artists overwhelmed with MAC hungry women swarming like bees. Holy cow. Weren't all these women supposed to be with their fathers in the Apple store or Sharper Image? Anyway, after a slightly annoying wait I found a few other things to go with my MSF purchase and left with my goodie bag as quickly as possible. The bummer came the next morning when I swirled on this gorgeous powder and realized in my rushed pursuit of powder I'd chosen a shade or two too dark. Rats. I just grinned and was able to bear the shade for a few weeks when one very late night at WalMart I stumbled upon the Revlon cosmetics section. I'd heard rave reviews about their ColorStay line so I thought, what the hay, I'll grab a pressed powder in a much more appropriate shade to compliment my paleness. The Revlon ColorStay powder only cost me $7.49 so I sort of thought that even if it didn't work I hadn't broken the bank on it. How pleasantly surprised I was the first time I reached for this product once I got it home! I am a walking oil slick and a few days ago after running errands in this brutal Texas heat I just knew my face would be a melted mess when I finally made it back home and encountered a mirror. Wrong! This stuff hadn't budged! It kept me shine free and polished all (hot and humid) day. Revlon being cost effective, check. Revlon ColorStay pressed powder living up to its claims, check check. Color me impressed.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The pen is mightier

When it comes to eyeliner- which to do you prefer, pen or pencil? I was a pencil girl myself from 1997 until I figured out I was doing it all wrong. I could never get a thin line drawn on my upper lids in the the precise way I was going for. A sharp pencil was painful... a dull pencil was useless. I attempted to use my mom's liquid eyeliner for a dance in 11th grade and thank gawd I'd gotten ready way early for pictures because I had time to start over. I was a black inky mess from the nose up. So for the latter half of high school I settled for a thick but comfortable penciled eye line look. Blah. Enter magical Lancome lady circa 1999. She handed me an Artliner Precision Point eyeliner in the nonthreatening shade of Sparkling Noir. Oh, mercy me! The ease of which it glided over my lids was astounding! It was literally liquid magic. I was sold. $29.00 for eyeliner sold. Yes, that's almost thirty dollars for a 1.5 ml well of inky greatness. For years and years I paid this price without batting a well-lined eyelash thinking that it was the end-all and be-all of eyeliner.
Enter present day where something so horrible has ahold of me that I shudder to think of writing it for fear it may mean I acknowledge its presence. Yes, the infamous "B" word. Budget. Shiver. Ok, so this summer I've been put on a financial leash and have had to get creative when it comes to supplying my makeup habit. I really prefer to splurge on products that turn my face colors so I've been willing to look for a more economical solution for my mascara and eyeliner needs. If you've read my previous post, you already know that I'm set in my ways when it comes to mascara. Lancome's prices still don't phase me when it comes to making my nonexistant lashes come to life. However, after much research and watching video after video on YouTube of famed beauty gurus I've come to stalk I found yesterday what's referred to as a "dupe" for Lancome's Artliner- L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip liquid eyeliner in Carbon Black. Off to Target I went! I wore it for the first time today in this thousand degree heat we're having in Texas and I must say I am super impressed! Not only did this product allow me to very carefully pen an incredibly thin velvety black line on my lids but it also didn't move all day. And folks, I mean all day. Through direct sun exposure, sweat, a small nap and what I feel are labor intensive household chores my eyeliner stayed perfection. Have I mentioned yet that the L'Oreal Lineur Intense sells for a mere $8.50 at most drug stores? And that Lancome and L'Oreal are owned by the same folks? Hmmm...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

"You gotta, bat your eyes like deese.." -Sebastian the crab

Guys have some of the longest and most full eyelashes that can be grown on a human. It's unbelievably not fair. In a way I suppose it could be fair since mascara is marketed quite predominantly towards a female audience and so since most men don't care to wear mascara (aside from it being probably not as accepted socially) they have nothing to rely on but good genetics to help enhance their eyes. I suppose this is why God let us ladies have mascara because He knew most all of us need some help in the "lush lashes" department. Grr. Anyway, having naturally sandy/dark blonde hair myself translates to almost invisible light colored lashes. Believe me when I say I've tried just about everything to help them stand out and be recognized or at least help play up my peepers a bit. I have no idea what lead me to a Lancome counter years ago in search of mascara but one particular brand of theirs has been and will always be my holy grail- Cils Booster XL lash primer topped with Hypnose mascara in Deep Black. Oh my gawd. I'm so serious when I tell you I've (me!) been accused of wearing false eyelashes in public since wearing these products on my lashes! Before you head to your local Lancome counter, please note that the "vibrating" versions of these products I feel are a gimmick. They cost $20 more and I do not see an ounce of benefit in the wand vibrating, call me crazy. The Lancome counter person will most likely try to up sale you to this snazzier version of both Cils Booster XL and Hypnose mascara so just lie and say you've tried them and weren't impressed, unless of course you enjoy lighting a match to your cash. So there you have it, ladies! And to the mascara-wearing men of the world, I commend you for not seeing makeup as simply a 'girl thing' but a universal tool to make anyone feel better about themselves. Amen.

Monday, July 5, 2010

The perfect couple

*************** Lately I have been quite motivated to layer my makeup products- first you lay down a creme and then dust with powder to set. Via the Internet I came across a fabulous no-nonsense makeup artist in London who swore that NARS blush in the shade Exhibit A looked fabulous on every skin tone, and that "everyone should just accept this and quit swatching blushes!" Well I took this as a direct command to seek out the closest Sephora and stop at nothing until this NARS product was in my hot little hand. I perused through the store trying to keep my eye on the prize dodging sixteen overly helpful Sephora girls on my way to the NARS products. I located the electric-red shade of blush and, trusting the know-it-all-Londoner, tested it lightly on each cheek. Being a very fair skinned gal (my husband refers to me as his pale pretty princess but I swear it's just a way to keep me from spending money and skin cells on tanning beds) I was very impressed at the vivid yet not too vivid flush it gave my skin. To the checkout! Now, needing a creme base to layer underneath my very "hip" new cheek color I stopped in at the MAC pro store and quickly identified the cremeblend blush in Joie-De-Vivre to be the perfect partner for NARS Exhibit A. Never have two products been more in love. On my face.