February 2009


Weekly Cheap Secret:

This is one of my favorite finds. Yes, I like Bonne Bell, the maker of soda pop flavored lip gloss from the disco era. I bought this product because I was out of something more expensive (Bobbi Brown) and I didn’t have the money to spend on something that I thought wasn’t a necessity. Now this is a necessity. I love flawless complexions. To me flawless complexions resemble store mannequins or Barbie. I know many people don’t like the “plastic” look. Sometimes you’ll read reviews about how somebody hates something so much because it made them look “plasticy”, this is when I run out and pick this product up. I love “plasticy” not “plastery”. I love dewy and glimmery. And shimmery looks photograph so well. People compliment me on my complexion frequently and it because I wear this stuff.

This product sells for under $10. It contains four shimmery shades ranging from shimmery pale beige to shimmery taupe. I blend them together for a perfect beige look. It is a heavenly pressed powder that wears for hours. I apply it over my cheekbones and down my nose. It really “wakes” my skin up. I wear it on the eyes too. It is a great multi purpose product. I’ve went through so many of these. I always have it in my case and I swear by it.

Worn on my cheeks over NARS blush.

Worn on my cheeks over NARS blush.

I love the new Guerlain Spring 2009 makeup collection. Yes, the “look” really resembles YSL and shu uemera, but I really like the bright green and coral products. They are fun and remind me more of summer. I am often inspired by nature. I’m looking for lipsticks the color of mushrooms and hair color the shade of weeds. The best shades are found in nature. Every trip to the forest leaves me looking for the next perfect hue to be found in clothing and makeup. Well, Olivier Échaudemaiso also agrees. Because he has created a “rich collection drawn from an eccentric, eclectic garden of Eden, a colorful kaleidoscope of nature’s prettiest, most sensual colors and organic delights. With his exotic palette he concocts colors that stir optimism, awakens purity and arouses a desire for paradise that hibernates with every woman.” I couldn’t b.s. it better myself.I love the packaging for this look. Compacts have ferns on them. Those aren’t that “exotic” here in the Pacific Northwest but they were back in Tennessee. I love ferns. They are wild and my new Northwestern life is overrun with them and I still can’t seem to get enough.

LIPS: There are three new KissKiss Glosses. I love the fragrance and the feel of this formula. It comes in three lovely and wild shades: Orange Interdite which is a vivid sheer coral, Cerise Tenation which is a sheer red, and Pomme du Désir which is a fun and sheer shimmery lime. These retail for $29.  It has the same packaging as the original but now the top is a metallic fern green. There are four KissKiss Maxi Shine Lipsticks in Candy Shine, Honey Shine, Grenade Shine, and Baby Shine. I love this formula and all of the colors are lovely. They make the lips look smooth and plump. These go for $30. There are four KissKiss Lipsticks in Flushy Beige, Forever Beige, Corail Passion, and Rose Miami. These are all nice and have a nice texture. They retail for $30.

EYES: I am wild about the limited edition Ombre Éclat Eyeshadow Quad. It comes in a lovely green metallic compact designed by Hervé Van der Straeten. It is a work of art. The shadows are stunning and shimmery in shades of lime green, coral, chocolate brown, and bubblegum pink. They each have an amazing fern leaf motif in a pearly lime green. It retails for $58 and I can’t stop thinking about it. The Ombre Éclat 1 Shade Eyeshadows have been relaunched. They are lovely and have an amazing texture. Ombre Éclat Eye Primer is available too. It is a “nude” long-lasting primer with skin nourishing ingredients. It somehow manages to control oil but provide moisture. It comes in a nice metallic “black” case. It retails for $34.

For once I have found something with packaging that I like and product that I like. I’m loving the shadow quad. I love corals and greens because they just seem to “work” for me. Plus, I just love Guerlain. It is my favorite makeup company. I am a loyal fan. I can’t help it.


Cheap Secret:

I’ve tried quite a few of these Revlon Illuminance Creme Eye Shadow kits. I really like them. That’s why I have so many. They wear nicely as a shadow base and create a lot of depth. They come in a wide range of colors and come in both mattes and shimmers. I’ve went through two of the Moonlit Jewels because they make for an awesome liner kit. These cream shadows are all super shimmery. They aren’t greasy and they usually stay in place. I need to add that I do not have an issue with oily lids or anything, so these do not travel. I do not know what they would do on oily lids. I take a thin liner brush from the art store, coat it with this cream and then line. It is so easy to use. It doesn’t “set” so you can create any kind of line you want. I really recommend this for “beginners”. You have a lot of control with this product. Moonlit Jewels comes in a medium shimmery brown that looks great for adding “light” around the eye. The other three shades make for an awesome cat eye or even used as a smoky eye if used with an angled liner brush. The other shades are a rich navy shimmer, emerald forest green shimmer, and a perfect warm brown shimmer. These also make a great base up to the lid if you want to layer with a dark color for a smoky look. And these things are great because you can pick them up at any drugstore or super market for under $8.

Smeared on my hand.

Smeared on my hand.

I feel I can safely say that pink is the hot color for spring 2009. And if it isn’t pink then it is coral. Prescriptives managed to use both of these hot shades for their spring look thinking about the cool and warm undertones of their customers. Just like the name says, In Bloom, this collection is inspired by pretty blooming flowers. The collection isn’t very “exciting” or original as far as inspiration goes because we all think of flowers when we think of spring. But, they are nice and it is nice to have a little bit of color after months of gloom.

EYES: There are 4 new Eye Color Duos. They come in a pretty pink and coral package. All are inspired by bold blooms. There is Sunflower for the Y/O gals ( I believe the most common undertone). It is a flattering shimmery beige and bronze that will really make blue eyes pop. There is Marigold for R/O. It is a warm, coraly pink duo shimmer. There is Petunia for R. It has a soft pink and reddish, coppery hard to explain shade. And there is Lily for the B/R group. It is a pretty soft pink and lavender shimmer. I think it is what the model above is wearing. I bet it would look awesome on hazel or green eyes. All of the duos retail for $24. Two Perfect Every Line Gel Eyeliner has been relaunched in Cocoa and Eggplant. These retail for $17.50 and are a really nice product. Two Softlining Eye Pencils have been relaunched in Jet (black) and Cocoa. These retail for $17.50.

LIPS: There are 4 new Lipshine glossy lipsticks. There is Zinnia for Y/O. It is a sheer and shiny coral. There is Posy for R/0 and it is a sheer warm hot pink. There is Tulip for R and it is a sheer blue raspberry. There is Tuberose for B/R and it is a sheer and lovely soft rose. These retail for $17.50 and create a perfect and effortless, one step pout.

FACE: There are 2 Cheek Color Duos. They are powders with two shades and they come in the same compact as the eyeshadows but they have a pretty flower imprint. There is one for warm skins with two shimmery shades or coral and one for cool skins with two pretty pink shimmer shades. These retail for $24.

Overall the collection is “fresh” and I do really like the Lipshines because they are so easy to wear. They are very “work” and “weekend” friendly. The eyeshadows blushes are OK but they don’t blow my mind. I do like numerous options becaues right now my hair is dyed red and these pinks aren’t always so friendly. At least I have a coral option.

I hate to be one of those people that say that they can’t smell something but I really can’t smell this. I mean I can smell it but just not for long. Which is a bummer because it is a nice figgy fragrance it just has the lasting power of a Demeter Cologne, which wouldn’t be bad if this had a Demeter price. This fragrance lasts on me max 15 minutes. Those 15 minutes are nice but I want to smell like fig all day! The fragrance is very nice and smells of fig leaves with a hint of wood, but not very fig barkish more of a light cedar. This smells more of a fig tree growing outdoors and more of earthiness than of the fig fruit or the entire fig “experience” you may get from L’Artisan. It smells a bit sweet but not in a fruit way more of a raw honey way. I’ve went through my entire sample vial in two days because I kept trying to analyze it but it fades before I can finish. I just know that it is pretty and “wild” and yes, it is figgy enough. It just doesn’t hang around. The 100 mL perfume spray retails for $85. There is an “absolute for $85 also but for 15 mL. I tried the spray. I will not be purchasing just because of the crummy lasting power. I would rather repurchase Demeter Fig Leaf for $20 for 1 ounce because it stays around longer than this.

I am always on the look out for a great gimmick. I still can’t get over all of the rub-on eyeshadows appliques that are on the market. Anyways, Avon has recently launched these Eye Artist Eyeshadow Trios. It is the “first shadow that looks like an eye!” Wow, that is a selling point, um, I’m being sarcastic. What a funny gimmick since it really doesn’t claim to do anything but have different packaging. It is supposed to remind our dumbasses how to apply eyeshadow. Like light all over, medium from lashline to crease, and deep in the middle. Base, contour, and highlight. Duh. I haven’t tried the product so I can’t tell you how the powder shadows wear or feel. The packaging is a bit strange but I guess it is a little cool. I guess. I retails for $8 when not on sale. It comes in four shades: Grey Guidance for a smoky look, Naturally Neutral which looks like a beach pebble neutral, Passion Plum which is featured above, and Teal Tutor which is the water colored teal and the most interesting looking to me.

Weekly Cheap Secret: This is the first L’Oreal HIP product that I have purchased. I’ve been drawn to it because most drugstore items that claim to have tons of pigment don’t have it. Plus, the ads for this line are a bit cheezy and I always think the models would look better without the makeup. I love loud colors and tons of pigment but something about the application in the ads rubs me the wrong way. It is trying too hard and comes across and crude and brash. Anyways, I stumbled across this item. I was looking for a nice gold and I thought for $6 I’ll gamble. I got this stuff home and loved it. The gold in Gilded is a pure, super pigmented antique gold, so it is a gold with some dirty brown shimmer. It is thick and packs a punch. It looks great under shades and mixed with deep eggplants and rusts and even a matte chocolate brown. The other color isn’t too bad. It is a sooty black with lots of gold sparkled. It looks nice applied wet like a cake eyeliner. It has a nice shimmer. I have worn these two shades together and I wasn’t crazy about it. I felt their textures together wasn’t the best. It looked OK. It just looked like gold smoke. The black makes for a nice smoky eye mixed with bronzes and warm browns. The black doesn’t pack as much pigment as the gold. I just wanted to add that. I’m not disappointed, especially for the price. I’ve bought shadows from MAC that provided less pigment and wouldn’t blend as well. (Yes, I’m calling you out Electric Eel!) I’m very curious about some of the other shades, especially the purples and a few wines. I would love to try a few more.

Smeared on my hand.

Smeared on my hand.

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