burgundyliners

I love burgundy or wine eyeliners for hazel, green, and brown eyes. I have blue eyes and still really love them but I do have to watch out for the undertones in the wine shade or I will look like I have wine-o eyes. When paired with a pale, nude lip, it is a sexy look. Here is a guide to a few burgundy liners ranging in formulas and in prices.

Budget Burgundy Liners (Under $12): Rimmel Special Eyes Precision Eye Liner Pencil in Burgundy is a wooden pencil liner in a burgundy shade. The color is pretty but I found the formula a bit waxy and that I had to use the body heat from my finger tips to soften it. It retails for about $3.50. Sephora Long Lasting Metallic Eyeliner in Aubergine (not pictured) is a long wearing metallic burgundy plum that goes for $10. mark Eyemarker Color On Line in Wine (not pictured) is a retractable and smooth wearing wine/burgundy shade that goes for about $5.50. It is my favorite out of the budget list.

More Expensive Burgundy Liners: L’Oreal Hip Kohl Liner in Burgundy is a deep burgundy shimmer powder. I really like this formula since it reminds me of Guerlain Kohl eye liner but much cheaper and in a wider variety of colors. It retails for about $13 and can be used as a shadow as well. It will create a beautiful merlot smoky eye. Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Eye Liner in Now (not pictured) is a plum burgundy mineral powder liner. It retails for $13. It is a beautiful color and the formula provides a softer, more natural finish. Kat Von D Autograph Eyeliner in Turbo Lover is a liquid liner with a plummy wine base that is warmed by bronze sparkles. This color really works well with blue eyes because the warm undertones make the eyes really pop. It retails for $16. Yves Saint Laurent Dessin du Regard Haute Tenue Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Shimmering Burgundy (not pictured) is a deep burgundy in a soft easy to use pencil. It retails for $28. Laura Mercier Liquid Eye Liner in Bordeaux is a long wearing metallic liner that goes for $22. DuWop Smoke in Plum Wine contains a burgundy cake eyeliner and a deep purple shadow to create a sexy smoky eye. It retails for $28. Make Up For Ever Flash Color in Wine (not pictured) is a highly pigmented cream that can be used a liner. Wine is a red-ish shade so watch if you have too much red in the whites of your eyes. You could end up looking monstrous. It goes for $18. MAC has a few burgundy liners. I like Liquidlast Liner in Powerplum because it is a purpley plum with red shimmer in a liquid form. I love the addition of the shimmer. It goes for $16.50. The other one is the versatile Technakohl Liner in Purple Dash which is a reddish aubergine that goes for $14.50 (both aren’t pictured).

silverliners

Sometimes I get hung up on finding a product. I’m still searching for the perfect deep, matte purple full-coverage lipstick and a perfect yellow shimmer eyeshadow that doesn’t come across as gold. The other day it was silver eyeliner. Luckily, there are many options out there. I love silver eyeliner when it is used to “open” up the eyes (pencil formulas). I also love it as the “first” layer with a thinner stripe of black liquid liner applied below it. I love silver with deep, dramatic lips. Here is what I came across as I went “shopping”.

Cheaper (under $10): Avon’s mark Metalliner Hook Up Eye Glam in Quick Silver is a liquid silver eyeliner. It’s cheap and is nice if you only occasionally want a silver eyeliner like for a night out. I found that it only wore for about a work day (8 hours) and then flaked really, really bad. It retails for $5.50. NYX has a Liquid Liner in Silver that goes for $5. There is also a NYX Longwearing Eye Pencil in Silver that goes for $2. It’s a very nice pencil for the price. Sephora brand has a Nano Eyeliner in Precious Silver for $5 (not pictured). It’s a smaller pencil but not a bad formula. And Sephora Brand has a liquid, foiled silver liner, Long Lasting Metallic Eyeliner in Silver. It goes for $10 and has that classic liquid liner felt tip. Another cheaper liquid liner option is Boots Stay Perfect Eye Liner in Star for about $9 (not pictured). L’Oreal Hip Color Chrome Eyeliner in Silver Lighting is a nice Urban Decay substitute. It goes for $10. Manic Panic Metallic Eyeliner in Silver Stardust is a silver pencil liner for under $9.

More Expensive: Diane Brill Eye Jewelry Liquid Eyeliner Lace Diamonds is a shimmery, long wearing formula with a fine brush. It retails for $24. Shu Uemura has 2 great silver eyeliners in different formulas. There is the Painting Liner in Silver. This is a long wearing waterproof formula. What I like about it is that you get to use your favorite liner brush and you can use this as a shadow if you apply it with a shadow brush or fingertips. It goes for $24. If you prefer a super smooth pencil there is Drawing Pencil in ME Silver 06 that retails for $19. There is Prescriptives Moonbeam Reflective Eyeliner in Beaming Silver for $17.50 (not pictured). I love Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil formula and there just so happens to be a silver called Dime for $17 (not pictured). Another one in the same price point and similiar long-wearing formula is Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Silver for $17 (not pictured). If you are looking for a more “natural” eye liner in a silver try Korres Soft Eyeliner Pencil in Silver. It’s nice for sensitive eyes and goes for $16 (not pictured). If you are looking for a silver glitter in a silver base try NARS Glitter Pencil Eyeliner in Roxbury. It retails for $24 (not pictured). And if you want the same thing but in a liquid base try Kat Von D Autograph Eyeliner in Love Metal for $16 (not pictured). If you want a silver cream liner in a spooky packaging try Manic Panic Spider Liner in Stardust. It retails for under $17 (not pictured).

This summer I have been all about the citrus. I can’t get enough of citrus or citrus blossom scents. Perhaps it is the record breaking heatwave that swept through the Pacific Northwest or maybe it’s just time for me to go through this phase. I haven’t really gotten into citrus scents. I didn’t think they were “me” and I felt like my skin ate it up. I also thought they weren’t very artsy blends. I just didn’t have respect for them. Well, this summer I have been sampling every citrus scent that I can find. This week’s wear has been Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine-Basilic EDT. If you know me, you know that there isn’t a Guerlain fragrance out there that I don’t love. This isn’t the most sophisticated Guerlain out there, but I do like it. It really hits the spot when the weather is 80+.

Mandarine-Basilic is a fresh citrus scent. It claims to have these notes: orange blossom, white peony, green tea, ivy, Roman chamomile, mandarin, basil, amber, and sandalwood.  It wears about the same on me all the way through. It is really difficult to sniff out these different notes. It smells of a refreshing beverage. The mandarin orange is what I notice the most. It’s a sweet citrus fragrance that reminds me of the juice from a clementine. It’s an easy to wear fragrance, not heavy on the herbaceous notes of basil. You smell a bit of the herb garden/vegetable garden. It just smells “green” and fresh but very pretty and not a bit rugged or masculine. This is a girly citrus. After a few hours of wear, the dry down is a faintly citrus and woody. It isn’t the most “wow” producing fragrance and it is a bit generic, but I do really like it. However, I am more of the Imperiale customer if I am looking for a refreshing summer fragrance. AA Mandarine-Basilic is just so pretty and more feminine than Imperiale and gentler and kinder than AA Pamplelune.

The scent wears for about 2-4 hours on me during pretty intense heat. It’s lovely throughout the wear and not a bit heavy. It’s a great summer scent, great for everyday or in a work environment. It’s citrusy, green, clean, and fresh. I would say to give this a try if you like mandarin citrus scents, Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne, Balm Balm Mandarin EDP, L’Artisan Parfumeur Mandarin tout Simplement EDT, Marc Jacobs Lemon Splash Cologne, and/or Fresh Bergamot Citrus EDP. The 2.5 oz bottle goes for $57 and is available at Sephora.

neonnailpolishcollage

I wouldn’t dare wear neon  but I would when it comes to cosmetics. I swoon for richly pigmented orange and pink lipstick or electric green eyeliner or teal eyeshadow. I also love a bright nail polish. No neon running shorts, I’ve already lived through that, can’t do it again. So I’ve put together some of my favorite shades in all price ranges. I haven’t found a chip-free, long-lasting nail color yet. I have learned that price has nothing to do with quality. One of the worst polishes I have ever used has been Chanel and some of the best I have used included Sally Hansen. Poor quality is found both in the high and low price ranges. I’m just loving the colors of these, even if they last a week or one day.

More Expensive: Pop Beauty Nail Glam Nail Polish in Yellow (pictured above) and Pinkest (satin hot pink). I think Target carries this brand now. Butter Nail Color in Snog (a Barbie hot pink). So far I have been pleased with this brand, available on beauty.com. USLU Airlines Nailpolish MQC (day glo pink, pictured above) and DSL (hot orange). Essie Neon Collection in Funky Limelight (bold yellow/green), Flirty Fuschia (hot pink), Perky Purple (deep, bold, warm purple), and Punchy Pink (lighter hot pink). Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in Arm Candy (hot pink), Cab Fare (shimmery yellow), and Domestic Goddess (cool, bright purple), all available at Sephora. OPI in No Room For The Blues (bold, lighter blue), In My Back Pocket (lighter hot orange), On Collins Ave. (very vivid orange-red/tomato), Electric Eel (neon green shimmer, pictured above), Need Sunglasses (bright, bright yellow), or Blue My Mind (LCD light blue). These can be found at salons and I am pretty happy with thier quality.

Cheaper: China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Turned Up Turquoise (hot sea green, pictured above) and Pink Voltage (mind boggling hot pink). Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine Nail Color in Bright (hot coral orange, pictured above) and Flash (a LCD blue), both brands found at drugstores or ulta.com. NYX Nail Polish in Lime (bright lime green), Dolly Pink (hot pink), Paradise (bright aqua), or Orange. Sinful Nail Enamel in Neon Melon (hurt your eyes neon green) or Folly (hot pink).Try LA Girl Flare Nail Polish or Splash Nail Polish in any shade really. All of the last few listed can be found on cherryculture.com.

Jungle animal trends are popular again this summer. MAC’s collection has that vibe and so does Smashbox. It only makes sense since safari prints and trends are so popular in clothing and accessories this summer as well.”Untamed” contains many pretty, deep, and mysterious shades.

FACE: There is a Creamy Cheek Color in Terracotta. This is a sheer color that is like the name implies, a terracotta. It can also be worn on the lips. It retails for $24. Sephora is offering a High Lights Cheek Luminizer. This is a long-wearing pink shimmer cream. It goes for $24.

EYES: There are 2 Waterproof Shadow Liner Trios. These are long wearing creams. There is Savage (yep, they went there); it contains a deep “jungle” green shimmer, nude champagne gold shimmer, and a deep chocolate brown shimmer. The other is Exotic; it contains a deep eggplant shimmer, pinky champagne shimmer, and a dusty mauve shimmer. Both are great for brown eyes, Exotic is great for green and hazel eyes. These retail for $29. The texture is OK but I must add that the lid be on tightly or these babies will dry out and be useless. That is the downside to waterproof cosmetics 😦 There is a Double-Ended Eye Brightener. This is really a jumbo “eyeliner” pencil that can be used as a highlighter for eyes or face. It contains a pinky champagne and a soft honey gold (think Benefit Tequila). It is a nice product but I don’t think I’ll fork over the $22 for it.

LIPS: There are 2 Lip Glosses. One is Raw which is a shimmery brick red. I really like this one on tan skin. The other is Flesh which is a satiny nude that looks great with dark eye makeup. These go for $18.

I am truly apathetic about this collection. I don’t dislike it other than its offensive names. I’m not in love with it either. It is one I’ll pass up this summer. The colors are OK but I have many of these things in my collection already. I must add that I do find these great “colors” for medium to tan complexions. They aren’t the typical “bronzes” of the season but they still look summery.

I like many Bvlgari fragrances. I know they aren’t mind blowing or super original but I like many of them. They are simple and really convey a “mood”. For example, Omnia is one of the most “comforting” and “down to Earth” scents that I own. Green Tea is so “refreshing” and “energetic”. Rose Essentielle is one of the most “dainty” or “delicate” scents that I own. It is all lady. I find it very light, especially for an EDP. It is rosy but not super heavy and dominating like many “vintage” perfumes or fragrance oils or tuberose based fragrances such as Fracas or Michael Kors. This is light, almost “fluffy”. At first it is rosy, then you can slightly smell the crispness and “greeness” of violet leaves. The mimosa becomes apparent with some dry-down. This causes it to become soft and “fluffy”. It blends beautifully with the delicate rose. It makes it energetic and almost “bubbley”. It has a champagne vibe. It is fruity at times but in a champagne way, very true of a mimosa flower.  It is a lovely floral mix but don’t get me wrong, the star is the rose. This is def. a rose fragrance with a few other flowers and maybe a wood along for the ride. This is a super rosy interpretation of the original Pour Femme. I do prefer it over Pour Femme. But, I am a fan of rose. I love rose oils such as L’Aromarine. That being said, I find Bvlgari’s to be much more “wearable” and it is an artistic blend. It is a nice addition even if you have a soliflore rose that you love. It is nice and light. The star roses are “Ottoman” and “Prelude” rose, according to the website. I don’t even know if those are real.

I find that it does not wear very long on me. Of course, I am used to the staying power of rose oils. This one lasts about 3-4 hours on me and shorter in the summer. My skin just eats it. That is a bummer because the 1.7 oz. bottle retails for $92 and the 3.4 oz. for $132. My husband says that he can smell it on me much longer. ( I must add that this fragrance is a man magnet.) I think I may get too used to the fragrance? I do know that this one wears much longer than Voile de Jasmin which is equally as beautiful but with zip staying power.  I recommend this fragrance for those that love rose such as L’Aromarine Rose, Stella McCartney Stella (especially if you are looking for a “sheerer” Stella), Joe Malone Red Roses, and you may like this if you are a fan of “mimosa” fragrances such as L’Artisan Mimosa por Moi.  I must admit that this fragrance reminds me of a limited edition YSL Paris parfum that came out a few years ago, Paris Premieres Roses or something like that. I loved it but it was limited edition and went bye-bye. This is a great edition if you long for something super “lady-like” that still manages to be flirty. Not sure if you will like this one? A .34 oz. travel spray is available for $20 on sephora.com. * It is also available at fragranenet.com.


Bvlgari Rose Essentielle Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 3.4 Oz by Bvlgari

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com


So I really don’t expect for many people to go out in this. I sure wish I could but even I have limits so I am giving an “everyday” interpretation of this look. I must add that I have a bit of a Liz Taylor as Cleopatra complex. I love the makeup. I wear this much many days if you exclude the wild brows. I love the blunt bangs. And I would love to wear the braids and beads if I didn’t end up looking too much like Rick James. I love the jewelry. I collect snake jewelry and I would dare to wear a snake cuff on my flabby arm.

To get this look you need a super matte face. Apply a powder foundation like MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in your shade. Apply concealer where needed. Try a full coverage like Beneft Boi-Ing in your shade. Brows are filled in and dark if you so desire. For black Cleopatra brows, apply Billion Dollar Brows Brow Powder in Raven, a soft black. Apply a nice shadow primer like Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin. Pat gently. I would go with an eyeshadow palette like Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Ludwig available at Sephora. Apply Downtown which is a medium brown shimmer from lashline to brows. Take Baroque, a bronzey brown shimmer and apply from lashline to just above the crease and blend. Take Lucifer, the matte charcoal black, and blend into the crease and down with a very heavy hand. (I must add that these shadows are pretty nice quality and make for lots of nice smoky, Cleopatra eyes). Now to the heavy amounts of black eyeliner. I recommend a gel formula like Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner in Black Ink. Line the top eye with line and extend as far as you feel comfortable with. This line should be pretty thick when applied above the lashline. Line the bottom lashline with the gel liner and extend until it meets the top extended line. Join the lines together for that special Egyptian inspired look. Apply false lashes or tons of mascara to complete the eye look. Cheeks are super nude. Apply a sheer nude powder like Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush in Nude. Lips are nude and matte. If you have a warm skin tone apply Revlon Matte Lipstick in Nude Attitude. If you have a cool skin tone apply Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Lip Gloss in Defeaning Silence. You may want to apply a clear lip balm before you wear such a nude shades to keep lips from looking too splotchy. Fragrance should be luxe and exotic and that is why I would recommend L’Occitane Eau d’Iparie EDT.