Weekly Cheap Secret:

I am a fan of Black Radiance lip products. They come in a great range of color and have lots of different formulas from matte, full-coverage lipstick to sheer glosses. And they are really, really cheap. I love the shade #5064 Cleopatra Red in The Indelibly Radiant formula. This formula is glossy, packs pigment, and is pretty long-wearing, especially for a glossy formula. This color looks even better on me the more it wears off. It can mimic a berry kissed lip stain and it really reminds me alot of Bobbi Brown’s 2009 Nautical color collection. And I have a Cleopatra complex so I couldn’t find a name that I love more.  Anyways, below is a pic of me wearing this shade. Please ignore me (too humid to wear foundation that day and flashes are rude, I’m not too vain, right?) and just look at the amazing shade. The first picture is of me wearing it straight from the tube. It’s a bit Barbie pink with lots of shimmer. I’ll wear it heavy like this with a pairing of Urban Decay glitter liquid eyeliner or a swipe or navy mascara with nude eyes. The second is it blotted and worn for about an hour. It is a little more “fresh”. It shows a bit of my natural lip color. It looks amazing just paired with a stroke of liquid liner for a cat-eye effect or really with nude shadows and a cheekstain. It looks “healthy” and not overly made up.

The color in the tube looks like a deep raspberry with tons of gold shimmer. It has a slight fruit fragrance. I got my tube for less than $2.50 at Wal-Mart. You can not beat that price for this product. The tube is slim and gold toned. It looks way more expensive that what it is. It is available at most drugstores and super stores like Wal-Mart and K-Mart.

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I feel that this color is such a huge seller because it is so dark in the tube. Women want to feel daring and bold. They want to feel like they would actually wear a dark lipstick even though they most likely wouldn’t. Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is that middle of the road shade. It looks dark and daring but it is really pretty sheer and can be worn anywhere. It comes in a slender and sleek tube. The formula is not a lipstick and not a gloss. Well, so it claims. In my eyes it is a sheer and somewhat sticky and not as long wearing lipstick or a non-sticky and  long-wearing lip gloss! The color is a beautiful deep wine “stain”. It looks fresh and it is truly seasonless. It really adjusts to most skintones. It can look a bit more berry than wine. It plays with your skin’s undertones. It has worked with every color that I have ever dyed my hair. It retails $14. I am never without a tube. I love the way it feels and I love the flawless, everyday shade.

Lancôme C’est Magnifique Holiday 2008 Color Story is a bit predictable. It reminds me alot of other collections that have been launched recently, umm, Estee Lauder Vintage Jewels and a host of others. The colors are jewel tones and many shades are meant to be bold and dramatic for the holidays. It isn’t a horrible collection, it sure isn’t magnifique, but it is a nice collection if you don’t have colors like this. I think that Lancome has seen better days.

EYES: Colour Design LE Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Quad comes in Glamour Première which is a shimmery ruby set that would look amazing on brunettes and dyed redheads. The other is Hollywood Seductive which has shimmery metal shades and a deep sapphire. There is a Virtuôse Black Carat Mascara that is a black with shimmer. For some reason it gets on my nerves. I love the two new Artliner Liquid Eyeliners. There is Star Studded which is a dirty/antique gold shade and Midnight Glam which is alot like existing Blueberry but this blue is metallic. We have three Colour Design Sensational Effects Shimmering Eye Stylo. These are loose shadows in a tiny tube with a sponge tip applicator. They are alot like those that Victoria’s Secret have. The colors are Award Winning Gold which is a pale gold shimmer, Fashion Flair Bronze which is a lighter bronze, and Modelesque Plum which is a plummy mauve. These are pretty worn as a wash of color with lots of mascara and bold lips.

LIPS & NAILS: We five new Juicy Tubes with delicious gourmand fragrances. We have In All Her Splendor which is a cherry red, Luminous in Lace which is a pale bronzey shade, Showered in Diamonds which is a clear with tons of shimmer, Icon of Stage which is a dramatic plum, and Pretty In Pink which is a nude pale sheer pink. We have Le Rouge Absolu Lipstick in Cinema Noir (love this shade) which is a deep merlot, Bordeaux which is a satin reddish wine, Pampered which is a pale pink, and Golden Girl which is a golden bronze. Three Le Lipstiques Lip Liners have been featured: Charme which is a nudish brown peach, Enchantment which is a brickish red, and Mauvelle whihc is a perfect berry. I really like the two new nail shades in In All Her Splendor which is a shimmery seasonal red and Midnight Glam which is a shimmery cobalt.

FACE: Of course the normal ole face products have been relaunched. The real stars are Colour Ideal Illuminator in Shimmering Pink which is lovely on face and eyes. The blushes are Colour Design Cream Blush in Signature Look which is a peachy pale pink and Retro Rouge which is a firey blushing red.

And who doesn’t? I adore the look but look God awful with it. I mean I make the worst blonde ever. Not my style anyways. However, I would love to emulate Jayne’s lovely makeup look. First start with a dewy foundation and concealer if needed such as Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation and Stila Illuminating Concealer. Dust skin with a lightweight loose powder such as Stila Hydrating Foundation Powder. Geez, I love a glowing complexion. Brush brows into place with a tinted brow gel such as Stila Brow Polish in your shade. You can go way deeper than your “natural” hair color just like Jayne did. Eyes are nude but still really sexy. Dust the entire lid with a nude colored shadow such as Stila Eyeshadow Pan in Bouquet. Blend a little bit darker shade into the crease such as Stila Eyeshadow Pan in Dune which is a nude beige. Line eyes with black liquid liner, creating a “cateye” look. Use a black liquid liner such as Stila Liquid Eyeliner in Black. Apply false lashes for the most dramatic look or coat lashes with tons of black mascara. Now to the cheeks. Lightly dust a healthy pink onto the apples. Use a color like Stila Cheek Color Pan in Rose. I’m never too shimmery. Take a large eyeshadow brush and give a swipe of Stila All Over Shimmer Powder over the cheekbones, brow bones and down the nose. Talk about looking amazing in photos, this stuff will do the trick. Next to the luscious lips, I love this purpley shade. I had a color just like this made by Sephora which is sadly discontinued. You can still get this color. Line lips with Stila Lip Pencil in Contour 9. Apply Stila Lipstick in Sonya which is a vivid berry cream. Add some lip gloss for luscious shine, like Stila Lip Glaze in Pomegranate which is a shimmery purple. Take a brow or eye liner pencil to fake a beauty mark if you must, try something like Stila Kajal Eye Liner in Tiger’s Eye. Finish with a lush fragrance like Stella by Stella McCartney. It’s vintagey but updated like this look.

OK, so the look is really 80’s, for some reason Shiseido has really been into that lately. I think it is fun but I know this collection isn’t for everyone. Plus, I lived through the 80’s to idolize this type of makeup worn by my hero, Jem. I lived through it but not like my mother did who cringes everytime she sees purple frosty shadow. Not everyone wants to be a monochrome berry. I understand that. Regardless, Shiseido is a wonderful makeup line that offers a lot of amazing products.

EYES: Eye Shadow Quads are featured in Rose Tones which is what the model is wearing and Wood Tones. These are powder eyeshadows. I haven’t had the best luck with these. I find them a little to “powdery”. Some of the colors are chock full of pigment and the others are lacking. Just because these don’t work for me doesn’t mean they won’t work for everyone. Rose Tones features shimmery nudes, plums and violets. Wood Tones features shimmery browns and golds. These retail for $35.

CHEEKS & LIPS: Accentuating Color Stick – I have wrote about these in a previous post about cream blush sticks. This is one of my favorite cream blush formulas. It dries to a powdery finish, feels lightweight and is so easy to blend. The color that is the star of this collection is Champagne Flush which is a lovely pale pink nude shimmer highlighter. It looks great on the face, eyes and lips. Sells for $32. I love it so much I bought one. The Accentuating Powder Blush is an OK formula in my book. I find it very sheer and great for those a little timid of cheek color. I’m not timid, so I haven’t went nuts for these. The color that is the “showstopper” is Playful Pink which is a medium pink shade.  This goes for $28. They’ve relaunched the Automatic Lip Crayon. I love this stuff. It is well, a crayon, but it never needs sharpened like other lip crayons because it is automatic. It is glossy, smooth and lasts a long time. It can be used as a liner and lip color. You’ll always have a lip color and lip liner that match! The colors are Chic Rose, Red Lady, Pale Violet, Ripe Deep Berry, and Terracotta. My favorites are Red Lady, a true classic red, and Ripe Deep Berry which is a deep, ripe berry just like its name states. These retail for $22. The Lip Gloss shades that are featured are Mellow Gold, a sheer pale gold shimmer,  and Polished Pearl, a pale pearly white shimmer,  to add dimension to the lips. I love Shiseido lip glosses because they are so true to color and wear a long time. This means that they are thick by some people’s standards. These go for $20.50.

FACE: Shiseido has introduced Perfect Smoothing Compact Foundation, personally, I have not tried this because it isn’t designed for my needs. I use Shiseido foundation daily and love their products. This foundation comes in a compact. It provides medium coverage for drier skin types. It has an SPF 15 and micro powders to smooth skin. It feels really great, but was too heavy for me to give a try. It retails for $30 and the case is sold separately.  The case is $9. They have relaunched the Multi-Shade Enhancer Powder. It sells for $25 and the case for $7.50. It provides  a soft shimmery bronze.

Overall, the color collection really smacks the color onto lips and eyes. The colors are very berry. The shimmer adds softness to the lips, cheeks, etc. I like it, I don’t love it. It’s a very “cool” tone collection and not for everyone. I love their Hydro-Powder Eye Shadow which they have left out of this collection. I’ll have to review those soon.

Fall 2008 Jem Color Collection

Fall 2008 Jem Color Collection

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Seabeck, WA: Where I spent the week-end

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I had a nice weekend enjoying the warmth of a Pacific Northwest summer, gorgeous mountain views and salt water aromas. I had a nice picnic where I was harassed by some auburn bellied squirrel thing that for real tried to climb up my leg in hopes of a pinch of tortilla. Berry bushes are flowering and fruiting; hence, inspiring one of my favorite looks of all: berry lipstick. I spent most of my freshman year of college wearing a vintage, gray wool blazer, my hair in it’s natural color and long as heck in a tight bun, no eye makeup: not even mascara and I’d wear the deepest wine and berry lipsticks and glosses I could get my hands on. I’d mega highlight my facial features with glossy highlighting creams and gels. It was a very librarian meets Madonna stage for me and one of my favorites. I love Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Wine Sinner, a deep matte merlot that comes in wonderful deco packaging. I used to wear MAC Media, a satiny reddish-purple and Cyber, my closet goth blackish purple satin finish favorite. These colors are very pigmented and have a tendency to cake however. You must use a primer beforehand.  I used MAC Lip Pencil in Vino a violet purple. Burt’s Bees used to make a wonderful deep, almost black purple lipstick. Hmm, wonder why they don’t make that anymore? The closest thing they have now is Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Merlot which is a shimmery wine with a minty tingle. Still not as good as the lipstick they used to make but still a great product. It’s a steal at $5. I wore so much of Chanel Rouge Hydrabase Lipstick in Vamp, a very dark plumish  berry. I feel like I am the reason why it still exists, I really messed up the marketing data by buying so much of it. Plus, Uma Thurman in Pulp fiction has kept that shade alive. Benefit Silky-Finish Lipstick in Raisin’ Cane (yes a redneck name, but a great color) is a brownish wine bronze that adds color without being too purple. When I felt like I couldn’t find shades with enough pigment, I found myself drawn to brands like Iman, Fashion Fair, or Black Radiance. Iman Luxury Moisturing Lipstick in Black Brandy is heavenly. Recently, I have found L’Oreal Hip Lipstick in Extrovert, a deep brown-ish berry and Rimmel Moisture Rich Lipstick in Hype, a deep berry. I’ve been through 2 Hypes already. Nobody can beat the price and quality of that lipstick.  A red berry shade that is rich and glam is Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick in Cuivre Fusion which is a golden berry red that feels so smooth on the lips. I used to wear Kevyn Aucoin The Liquid Lipstick in Aquarouge which is a really deep red brown with lots of shimmer. It adds alot of dimension to the lips. I used to have to buy it at some local boutique but now Sephora carries it which is nice.

For those of you that don’t like the idea of having almost gothic lips, then glosses are stains are for you. Nars Lip Gloss in Boogie Nights, a metallic pink-ish raspberry is a great choice. The classic Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is a must for anyone in my opinion.  I find myself wearing it all the time, out and about and to my conservative job. Tarte 24/7 Lip Sheer in Friday and Lola Tinted Lip Balm in Voluptuous are great don’t even think about it berries because they are in a “ChapStick” container. Urban Decay Lip Envy Lipstain in Greedy is so easy to use. It is a deep berry that goes on sheer and looks great with gloss over it. L’Oreal Hip Lipgloss in Outstanding looks like a really dark shimmery berry but applies very light and fresh looking. I love cosmetics but I love it when my lips are stained by berries or wine.