I am a fan of the complexion enhancer. I love shimmer and glimmer. Too Faced has released a new shimmer powder: Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder. It is a soft golden ivory shimmer that will warm up pale to medium skins. It comes in a compact with a glam chandelier on it. I love it because I love how Too Faced does shimmer. It retails for $25. TheBalm has released a new shimmer powder: Mary-Lou Manizer. I am not wild for the name being that I think being an “izer” of any type isn’t cool. It’s a beautiful golden ivory shimmer powder that works nicely with light to medium skins. It makes a nice eyeshadow and highlighter for face and body. It comes in a mirrored compact with an under arrest blonde pin-up type gal on it. This retails for $22.

Both powders are very similar. Both are multi-use powders that provide a “soft” shimmer. Too Faced’s contains anti-oxidants. TheBalm’s is talc and paraben free. You can pick them up from Sephora.

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I am in love with Esther’s untouchable red lips. This is such a glamorous look that is surprisingly easy to achieve. Make Up For Ever products are being used and all products are available on sephora.com.

First, even out complexion with a matte foundation if your skin is on the shiny side. Apply Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation in your shade. Apply a concealer to areas of need, using a product such as Full Cover Concealer. Dust with a loose powder to increase foundation wear and to absorb all those pesky oils. I like Super Matte Pressed Powder. The skin is matte but a bit of “highlighting” is necessary to make the complexion glow. Take a broad shadow brush and brush Powder Blush in Pearly Pale Pink down the nose and above the brow bone. Apply a perfect pink blush to the apples of cheeks such as Powder Blush in Candy Pink. Highlight cheekbones with a little more of Pearly Pale Pink.  ( I must add that both of these shades are some of my all time favorites for complexion enhancing of pale to medium skintones.)

Fill in brows with a brow pencil in your shade. Apply a matte ivory shadow from lashline to brows for an eye opening look. I like Eyeshadow in Eggshell. Take the Powder Blush in Pearly Pink and line it under the brows. Blend downwards with a fluffy brush. Line top lashline with a nice black eyeliner such as Aqua Eyes Eye Pencil in Mat Black. Next, curl lashes. You can apply false lashes or lots of mascara to bottom and top lashes. I love the Individual Lashes in Elizabeth.

The lips are the showstoppers for this look. I would apply foundation or concealer to the lips for longer wear to even out the tone. The concealer will help the color from bleeding around the lip line. Apply Glossy Full Couleur Lip Gloss in #1, a bright, shiny red, with a lip brush. Emphasize your lip line. Apply as many coats as needed to achieve that full-coverage red look. A would say that 2 coats should do.

No look is complete without fragrance. I recommend a red hot fragrance such as Guerlain Samsara.

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Benefit is known for their catchy, kitschy packaging, names and advertising. Everyone has to admit that is why we gave them a try to begin with. If you still haven’t tried any of Benefit’s products then you should. Not all of their products are great, they can be expensive and hokey. But most of them are nice. For instance, some of those little boxes of powder.

First, the packaging of these are usually cute. Functional, um..no, cute…yes. I have mine on my dresser because I don’t want them to break or get nasty in my makeup bag. If you have put yours in with your other makeup and have traveled, please let me know what happened. I just have a feeling it ended up being shattered…Anyways, most of the powders are lightly scented, very lightly and have a nice texture. They come with huge flat brushes that I rarely use because it deposits too much color in one area. I’ll start my guide with the first box I ever tried.

Dandelion: The Perk-Me-Up Pink Powder– This is a non-chalky pale pink powder with a hint of shimmer and a light floral fragrance. It comes in a cute dandelion puff box. When I bought this back in the day, the sales associate sold it to me like a blush. Yeah, whatever. Not enough color for me, this is sheer stuff. You’d have to have like a gallon of Benetint under it to show up. You could use it as a blush if you were terrified of blush and were scared of having 80’s flashbacks when applying something with pigment. I lightly brush it all over and it adds a little color in a good way. It makes me look alive if I am sallow.

Georgia: A Peach Face Powder That Radiates Sunshine– This one is more my speed because I’ve always wanted an Uma Thurman peaches and cream complexion. It’s a sheer peach powder with a little shimmer and a peach scent. It warms my complexion and I like it better than most bronzers. It too can be used as a blush like Dandelion if you want minimal pigment, but I like it all over. The box has a graphic peach on it. It could have cuter packaging in my opinion.

Hoola: A Natural Bronzing Powder– This is a deeper bronze shade matte bronzing powder. I can’t remember the scent because I never purchased it. This is too dark for my skintone and has a tendency to look mucky. I have a friend that uses it, she is way more tan than me and it looks awesome on her. Her skin is oily and she prefers to have a bronzer without shimmer since she spends good money and time to not look shiny. The packaging has an orchid on it and the brush has a teal handle. Do not use the brush with this stuff. It will mess you up and make you look like a zebra. Use a normal bronzer brush for a natural look.

Dallas: The Perfect Combination of Bronzer and Blush– This is a sheer rosy bronze shade with a hint of shimmer. Sorry again, I didn’t buy this so I can’t remember the fragrance. This can be used as a blush or as a bronzer. This color is all wrong for me. It’s too pink to be a bronzer and to dark to be a blush. It works for some folks. My mom loves it but she is really tan. The box is cute with a chick riding a horse into the sunset. I want to love it because I love the packaging. The Benefit website says it is for everyone but that ain’t true.

10– This is a nice powder that is you’re supposed to do the “sexy sweep” with. I don’t. I apply it with a normal brush where I want to. One side is a perfect pale, shimmery pearl pink that is an awesome highlighter and eyeshadow. When I use it I get tons of complements and look flawless. I brush a little over the cheekbones. The other side is a shimmery bronzer that works with my skintone. It is a great contouring set. Both sides can be used as shadow and the colors look great on the body too. It is a very versatile product. I just don’t like the “sexy sweep” which is when you apply the powder with pink side up and the bronze side down and sweep. It doesn’t blend correctly and never looks even. Use a normal brush. And the packaging is stupid looking. It has like a rhinestone belt on it and some outline of a lady. Not cute. And I can’t smell it.

Thrrrob: A “turned-on” Face Powder– Gross, my face powder does not have sexual feelings. Anyways this is a brighter pink with a little shimmer that is supposed to look like a natural heart-racing flush, we know what they mean. It’s a nice color, especially as a blush. I don’t like it all over. I don’t look great with a pink face. It could work if you had that color in your skin. I’m kind of yellow. The packaging is a red and pink corset or something. It’s kind of tacky.

Each box-o-powder sells for $28 and comes in a cardboard box with a flatbuki style brush.

Oh, more golden makeup. It will never grow tiring. It’s a flattering shade for most folks and that is why it pops up for every season. Benefit has released its limited edition 24K Sexy set and it retails for $32. it has a 24K Sexy Gold Lipstick, 24K Nugget Shimmering Loose Powder and a gold logo makeup bag. I mean a clutch, not a makeup bag. Tacky!

I can’t find this lipstick on Benefit’s website. I really like the product. It is a pure super shimmery warm gold. It looks great alone or layered over any lipstick shade. I love it. I have a thing for gilded lips. The loose powder looks great worn on the face as a highlighter, the lips, and on eyes. I have other products just like it but I do see myself using this. The “clutch” I could live without. Give me another cosmetic item please. I’m not a bag person. Especially when you try to label it something glamorous. It’s a  bag. That’s it. This limited edition set is available at Sephora.


Benefit has released their newest product, Powderflage Light-Diffusing Powder Concealer for Eyes & Face. Basically, it is Benefit jumping onto the powder concealer bandwagon. This is a soft finely milled delicate pink powder shimmer “concealer”. I find it is be a really nice highlighting powder. I would not recommend this product for everyone because it is shimmery, provides light coverage, and only comes in one color. This isn’t the type of “concealer” we think of so I wished Benefit used a different name because they are going to have some angry customers. Benefit describes the product as:

For camouflaging dark circles & fines lines, powderflage is fast, easy, light & breezy! Virtually weightless, this silky, light pink powder magically camouflages & diffuses. The “flager” brush conceals in 2 quick strokes.”

It comes in a pink sphere and comes with a pretty decent fan brush and an instruction booklet.

I actually like this product. I love highlighting products and this shade works nicely with my light skintone that contains pretty little to conceal other than discolorations around the eyes. It really “wakes” me up and makes me look alive. It has a nice texture. I do still use it over a traditional cream concealer. So what’s the point? I just like the look it gives. It isn’t a necessary step in my routine, just another that I added. Which is what most Benefit cosmetics have in common. Do we really need Dr. Feelgood, Eye Bright Pencil, or Cupid’s Bow Lip Shaper? No. They’re something we volunteer for. This Powderflage looks great under my eyes, on my eyelids and has a highlighter on my cheeks. It is kind of costly at $28 and I’m sure I can live without. This is one to definitely try before you buy. Check it out at Benefit.

TheBalm has released an adorable trio palette featuring their famous powders. The palatte comes in a cheeky cheesecakey sailor friendly package. It features Bahama Mama which is a deeper bronzed tan powder that can be used as a bronzer, eyeshadow, or a contour powder. The other is Hot Mama which is a shimmery pinky peach that is close to NARS Orgasm Blush. This can be used as a blush, shadow or highlighter. I love this one. Finally there is Sexy Mama which is a translucent, anti-shine blotting powder. The palette retails for $32 and is available on sephora.com and beauty.com.

shu uemura’s Fall 2008 color collection is all about iridescents and their “layerable” properties. The company describes the collection as being innovative, modern, and elegant. It isn’t a bad collection at all, I just wouldn’t go as far as to say that iridescent colors are innovative or modern. They’ve been around forever and this is just another makeup collection featuring them.Regardless, shu uemura is an excellent line that I have never been disappointed by.

EYES: Instinct Fall Mode Makeup LE Duo Eyeshadow: These are eyeshadow duos that contain both a powder and cream eyeshadow to layer, wear alone, etc. I like these because I love to layer powder on top of cream shadows. It creates an interesting “texture” or depth plus it wears forever. You can also wear the powder alone and use the cream as liner, which I do frequently. Play around with it and see what works for you. It comes in three lovely shades. There is Mesmerizer which is my favorite. It is a smoky purple with a tinge of grey as the cream shadow and a smoky, dirty purple taupe shimmer powder. There is Mystifier which has a creamy black cream and a bronzey brown shimmer powder. Finally, there is Tantalizer which has a shimmery light mossy green cream and a super shimmery gold. This would look so amazing on natural redheads in my opinion. These little babies retail for $36.

CHEEKS &FACE: Instinct Fall Mode Makeup LE Glow On Blush Lust. These are soft shimmery blush powders that have a nice touch of shimmery design on them. There is Lust, a vivid shimmery apricot. There is Pulse which is a peachy pink shimmer and Steam a pale pinky champagne highlighter. The blushes retail for $21. The most stunning item in the collection is Instinct Fall Mode Makeup LE Luring Powder. It is a nude pink face “brightener”. It comes in a lovely  black compact with a metal design. This lovely doll sells for $38.

LIPS & NAILS: Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine Lipstick in Crimson Dazzle which is a super shimmery and shiny wearable red and Brown Dazzle which is a super shimmery and shiny natural bronzey brown. There is the Nail Enamel Supplement Mineral in Dark Wine which is a dark wine with lots of gold and silver glitters.The lipsticks are $23 and the nail stuff goes for $16.

The collection has a lot of items that I would find myself wanting to wear everyday. I love the shadow duos and the face powder. I find that this collection is very wearable for redheads, natural ones and those of us that use the bottle and turn out a little plummy sometimes. You can’t say that every collection launched has something for redheads too.