Esther Williams January 1955 found on classichollywoodbios.com

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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I’m super siked about this limited edition makeup collection. I love the stupid satire of Aussie Dame Edna. I remember watching her interview some of my favorite people like kd lang and Grace Jones. As a kid, I couldn’t wait to grow old and retire and have violet hued hair. Then I found out that Ms. Edna was really a Mr. Edna and even that didn’t bother me. MAC has launched a limited edition collection. The packaging is a violet with red sparkling specs on it. I’m not wild about the packaging because it looks too Red Hat Society and I don’t even know what that is. The names are fun. You’ll get a giggle if you are a Dame Edna fan.

FACE: There are two new High Light Powders. There is Spectacle which is a buttery soft pink and What A Dame! which is a warm peach. Both are lovely and go for $26.

EYES: There are two eye shadow trios. One is Royal Tour which is a blue and purple mix. I like it but I really need to play with it more to see if these actually work together. Climate Blue has been relaunched which is a deep blue. The two new additions are Dame’s Desire and Royal Tour which are two lovely lavenders. The other compact is Wisteria. It’s a smoky blue compact with relaunched Fineshine plus the two new Wisteria and Divine Night. Each retail for $32.50

LIPS & NAILS: There are three new lipsticks and I love all three. There is Kanga Rouge which is a perfect cool red, Coral Polyp which is a lovely coral with a gross name, and Gladiola (my favorite) which is a matte blue-ish pink that looks really nice with cool eye makeup. There are three new lip glosses. There is Splendid which is a pale warm pink, Hot Frost which is a blue-ish frosty pink, and Possum Nose Pink which is a brighter coraly red. All of the lip products go for $14. The nail colors are fun. There is Varicose Violet which is a fun light purple and Asiatique a blue-ish red. These go for $11.

I haven’t decided what I want yet. I now I’m picking up one of the lipsticks and maybe the Royal Tour Eye Shadow Trio. I want to buy my mother the Possum Nose Pink Lip Gloss and the Varicose Violet nail lacquer but I really don’t want to run it over to “the maximum-security twilight home for the bewildered”.

If you don’t like this fragrance, please don’t judge me. Honesty is an amazing quality to have. I am just being honest. There is something that I really like about Avon Sweet Honesty EDT. It is pretty old-fashioned and really “fluffy”. It doesn’t have that edge and sultriness that I usually go for in a fragrance. This is soft, it’s pink, it’s innocent. Maybe that is why I like it. It is unlike most of my other fragrances. This is super soft, powdery. Clean in the 40 years ago sense of the word, it smells powdery but not 100% Johnson and Johnson. It is baby powder mixed with honey. It is kind of sweet but raw, like honey. The powder doesn’t linger around forever. It’s a bit citrusy, just a bit. Just a dash of lemon for a little tang. It is floral, fresh. I can’t make the floral notes out. Just generic girl flowers. It manages to be sweet the entire time, thanks to the honey a little vanilla for staying power. It is musky, in a “white” musk way. I really like this. It is easy to wear, I like the vintage vibe. It only wears for about 2 hours and it does wear faintly at the 2 hours. I feel like I have to bathe myself in it. It is a “cologne”, how retro is that? It only retails for $12 for 1.7 ounces. I love the perfumed skin softener. They really are meant to be together. Both items are married happily ever after. I see myself buying this again. I like this type of thing but I wouldn’t want to pay too much for it. This is fresh in a non-aquatic way. Thank goodness, it is honest unlike Love’s Baby Soft which you know is trying to cover something up. This is avaible on avon.com and of course, this classic is always on special. I think I got mine for $6 and you can’t beat that.

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.


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.