Josephine was such a beautiful and talented person making her a perfect icon. This is an ad for her hair product. Here look would look amazing on anyone with warm undertones. Here’s how to get this look:

FACE: Apply a concealer if needed. I love the creaminess of Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer. Apply a powder foundation such as MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation. With a powder foundation, no finishing powder is really needed. Josephine’s cheeks are pretty bare. For myself, I would need a little bit of color. Apply a powder bronzer such as Clinique True Bronze Bronzer Powder in your appropriate shade to cheeks. This adds a bit of color and keeps the lipstick from “washing” you out.

EYES: In true theatrical 20’s fashion, eye brows are drawn on pencil thin. Fill in or in Josephine’s case, draw in, brows. Try a product like Covergirl Expert Eyes Brow Pencil. The formula is a bit waxy but it does come in deeper colors. For a “candlelit” glow, apply a slightly shimmery cream shadow such as Too Faced Lockdown Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow. There are two shades of the very neutral Lovey Dovey. Choose the color that suits you. The cream shadow will help “hold” the other shadows that you will use. Choose a medium shimmery bronze such as Vincent Longo Wet Diamond Eyeshadow in Temptest Bronze. Apply this from the lash line to the crease. With eyes open, apply this bronze shade slightly “winging” out. Use the motion that you would use for cateyed liquid liner except at your crease instead of lash line. Take a deep brown shadow such as Jane Eye Zing Super Smooth Shadow in Browny Points. Apply it in the same way as the bronze except stopping just below the copper. Blend. Keep adding until you get your desired variation of a cateyed smoky eyed look. Here’s a trick for this. Take a square of TP and fold it like a triangle. Use this is a template for your shade. Hold this triangle at the outer edge of your lash line in a 45 degree angle. Brush on the shadow. You’ll get an exaggerated look and it will keep the dark colors from getting all over your face. Take a dark brown pencil liner such as Avon Ultra Luxury Eye Liner in Dark Brown and apply it to the upper lash line thickly and winging out. Apply this liner to the bottom lash line and inside the rim. Connect the top and bottom “lines”. Apply a nice mascara such as MAC Pro Lash to top and bottom lashes.

LIPS: Apply a rust colored lip liner such as Lipstick Queen Lip Liner in Rust around your natural lip line. Apply a sheer burnt red lipstick such as Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Rust Saint. Apply a warm coral lip gloss to lips such as MAC Tinted Lipglass in Light That Fire, a coral with gold shimmer.

Crazylilbellule & The Poppies has a Josephine inspired scent in their Les Garçonnes collection: Joséphine Jonquille. It’s a lush blend of jasmine and gourmand dark chocolate.

More Josephine pics here.

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.


As you know by now, lip plumpers aren’t working unless they are burning the daylights out of your lips. I feel they are so popular, well other than the fantastic claim, but I feel they are popular because women love to feel pain for cosmetic reasons. We like the reminder that something is uncomfortable because it reminds us of how “sexy” we are. That is why we continue to wear 6 inch wood heeled pumps, thongs, and strapless bras. It (the pain) will be on our minds more reminding us that we are damn sexy. Anyways, lip plumpers are one of those things. I have big lips and I still fall for and buy lip plumper. Other than being stupid, I just like the pain. It is simple as that. I feel like, “geez, this is really working”. The Borghese Lip Plumper is OK. It is clear and not too shiny. It burns. For some reason it burns more than Duwop or Too Faced on me. So, in my mind it is really working. So it contains all of those irritating ingredients. That isn’t too special. The price is expensive at $31.50 a tube. It can be picked up on beauty.com. It does plump up the lips and makes them have a bit more “color”. It plumps out the lines on the lips and makes them look so smooth. Other products can be layered over this. It isn’t sooo glossy. I feel like my lips keep the “plump” for hours, so there is no need to keep torturing yourself.

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I read that Too Faced was thinking about making a Smurf makeup collection not too long ago. I was really hoping they wouldn’t go there. I’m not much of one for these cross-over product gimmicks. I mean the Smurfs have always kind of creeped me out. There’s like one girl in the entire village and she comes across as a slut. Plus, I didn’t really understand it watching it as a child and I felt bad for the kitty cat. I didn’t know why they were so mean to that ruff looking kitty. And there was that one mentally retarded smurf that everyone was mean too, and they had an odd language/idiolect. However, they live in mushrooms. Being a mushroom hunter I do think that is pretty cool. But, I know that they only lived in mushrooms because only drug heads and little hippie children watched the show.

This Smurfette Signature Collection contains the following products:

FACE: There is a So Smurfy Illumination Face Powder which is a blend of complexion enhancing color-correcting shades in a smurf paper compact. I have to admit that this is kind of cute. I am a sucker for powders as art. I mainly purchase them and look at them and well, never use them.

EYES: There are two new shades of Smurfy-Eyed Liquid Eyeliner in Feel’n Smurfy which is a multi-colored glitter and Smurf You which is a bright blue which I love. The top has Miss Smurfette on top, looking bashful as always. There is a So Smurfy Eye Shadow Quad. It has two beautiful taupey brown shimmers, shimmery pink, and a shimmery blue. It is also in that smurf packaging.

LIPS: There is a Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lip Gloss in a Smurf packaging. This is supposed to work with your “body” heat and swing from a blue shimmer to a pink. I never try these because I am scared that it will “swing” too much and if I was mad at somebody they would know because my lips would turn cobalt blue or something. Silly, I know. I am sure this stuff just turns pink on everybody.

I don’t think I am going to “go there” and purchase any of these items. There aren’t many cartoons I would endorse on cosmetics, just Jem, really. I am a fan of Smurf blue and if there was a liquid liner truly in that shade I would “go” for it.

My husband bought me this limited edition set as a gift and I love it. First, things first. I love Too Faced Quickie Chronicles. All of the colors in the compact “go” together. I’ve bought a few of the full-sized ones in the past and a few of the minis. I love the covers and I love shimmer. So, I was so siked to see 8 of these mini palettes going for $59.10.

These were released for Sephora’s 10th anniversary (in the U.S. I assume). Each kit comes in a pulp fiction cardboard type compact that is sans mirror or applicators. Who uses the crummy applicators anyways? This collection contains 8 different Mini Quickie Chronicles. Each of the palettes contain two shimmery vanilla scented lip glosses, two shimmery eye shadows, and one shimmery blush or bronzer. Pretty much all of these work for me. The colors aren’t super exciting but they work. They are my ‘everyday” looks. Most of the palettes contain shimmery nudes, browns, bronzes and plummy browns. However there is a metallic pink and a hot peacock green. The blushes range from plummy pinks to bronzes. The bronze blushes are kind of “ho-hum” and I will be using these as shadows. They make my face look too shimmery and muddy but they may work for darker skintones. Many of the blushes are gorgeous. They have the right amount of shimmer and make my skin look flawless, almost plastic-y, a look that many hate but I love. I would love to purchase them individually. The shadows are mainly shimmery, some have glitter, have a lot of pigment and blend beautifully with a great brush. The glosses are OK. They are thick and shimmery but won’t last too long. Not a lot comes in the palette. But, they do last a while on the lips.

Overall I find this collection a great deal. I’ve been using a different palette daily and it has been a week. They come individually wrapped, so they would make great gifts broken up. I love them. Thanks hubby.

The cosmetics world knows that some of us are not ready to let go of summer even though the temps are still high in most areas, so they’ve equipped us with a few new bronzer kits. First off, I am not a huge bronzer fan but it does have a time and a place. It’s not a staple for me like it is for some people but I do use it occasionally. I find that most people do not use it because they haven’t found that special product for themselves yet. Bronzer is not meant to look orange or leave a line. My favorite is Nars Laguna and is looks amazing and natural on me. Sephora offers a great kit which I am almost out of and need a new one. It’s the Nars Blush/Bronzer duo. I use the one in Orgasm/Laguna which contains both of Nars cult favorite classics in one compact. There is another for deeper skintones in Sin/Casino. It retails for $37. Occasionally, I use this compact as an eyeshadow and it looks wonderful.

Too Faced is offering a new limited edition bronzing compact which is The Bronzed and The Beautiful. I love shimmer so I find these bronzers lovely. But beware, they are very shimmery. The compact contains three bronzers and a “flatbuki” brush. I could care less about the brush, please stick to a big fluffy brush. The kit contains Snow Bunny which the company calls their winter shade and which I call perfect for lighter skin tones. There is the Pink Leopard bronzer which is mainly a warm shimmer powder in my opinion. And finally there is the Sun Bunny shade which is a dual shimmery classic bronze. It retails for $35.

Sugar Cosmetics offers a new Beauty School Bronzing Kit which contains four bronzed minis. It has a Sugar Cream Concealer Compact that is a medium shade, Tropic Tan bronzer which is a shimmery true bronze, a mini bronzer brush that is the perfect size for the compacts and a mini Cell Phone Charm Lip Gloss in a medium bronze shade. It retails for $28 and is the perfect travel size.

Pop Beauty offers Bronze Belle which is a compact that offers eight very wearable bronzer shades that can be used anywhere and is very versatile. I like this compact because it can be used any time of the year because it offers a variety of shades that will adjust to your skintone as the seasons change. It retails for $28. It is a great kit for contouring.

Cat Cosmetics has a bronzer trio which is the Ultimate Bronzing Kit. It contains a bronzer powder in DandyLion II which is a rich warm bronze, cult classic bronzer in Catnip which is a golden brown sans orange, and a creme blush in Beach Cheeks which is a super sheer warm peachy pink. Kit retails for $28 and you can create any face type of face kit on the website.

Elizabeth Arden offers a Bronzing Beauty Kit for Face and Eyes. It is in a lovely compact that includes a mirror. It has a blush/bronzer duo in a very wearable shade (Beach Bronze and Pink Sand) and four beachy inspired eyeshadow shades in Beach, Party, Sun and Bronze. It also contains a useless brush. Retails for $35.

Tarte has the Infinite Glow Palette which contains the awesome Park Avenue Princess Mineral Bronzing Powder which melts into the skin (it’s pretty shimmery so if you want matte this isn’t for you). It has Gel Cheek Stain in Tipsy which is a shimmery coral with a yummy scent and a 24/7 Lip Sheer in May Flowers which is a natural pink shade in a lip loving formula. It is in a bronzed compact and retails for $30.

Fresh has an Island Reverie Face Palette which is in a beautiful pink and coral compact. It contains three mineral based eye shadows in  a sheer champagne, creamy pink and rich, deep bronze. It has a soft coral blush and a lovely bronzer that leans to the light side. This is a must have compact for blondes in my opinion.Retails for $55.

Duwop, the kings of multi-taskers, have Bronzerush which is a bronzer/blush kit that contains a powder bronzer and sheer gel based blush. There are two shades: August a golden bronzer with a cherry blush and June a golden tan with a sheer poppy red blush. Retails for $35.

Sonia Kashuk (available at Target) has a bronzer/blush duo that is perfect for drier skins. It’s the Creme Bronzer/Blush Duo in Golden creme that offers a creamy golden bronzer and a creamy pinky peach blush. It retails for $8.99. A little goes a long way and this item gets awesome reviews from buyers.

Of course they are a billion more kits if you look hard enough that contains eyeshadows and even mascara (Cargo, Smashbox) but I feel these are the most travel worthy sets.

Many bronzers are super shimmery to add light to the face and prevent the formula from looking “mucky”. I find that if I want a matte formula that looks very natural, use a sheer pressed powder foundation in a darker warmer shade. I use Revlon New Complexion One Step in Natural Beige which is a few shades darker than my skintone. I brush it one with a bronzer blush such as Sephora’s. It looks warm and lovely. Retails for $11.49. If you have drier skin, a nice option is to use a tinted moisturizer in a shade darker than usual. For example go from medium to dark. I use Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Tinted Moisturizer which retails for $44. It is perfect for hot summer days.

More tips: I apply cream and powder bronzers in the same places, where the sun hits: cheek bones, nose and lightly on the forehead. Blend and you’re set. A big fluffy brush is a must when using powder bronzers, I prefer Sephora’s Bronzer Brush. Sometimes I bronze my neck and chest when I feel I am looking a bit sallow. I prefer a subtle but shimmery powder. It makes the skin look fresh and younger. I really like Tarte Mineral Bronzing Powder for this.

narsblackeyeNordstrom is now carrying a Nars “Black Eye” Value Set for those of you that can’t stand the idea of resorting to domestic abuse or bar fights. It is an essential Nars kit to create a smoky eye. Yes folks, the smoky eye is still en vogue and I keep hoping for it to die, but it won’t. Yes, I still do the smoky eye so I understand why companies are still pushing it. But, I am ready for something else. Alot of my disdain had to do with working in the industry and everyone wanted a “smoky” eye which to them just meant wearing eyeshadow and to me it meant dark, just like the Nars kit has to offer.  So, people were often disappointed to see themselves under a heavy hand. The “Black Eye” kit contains an eyeliner pencil in Black Moon, mascara in Black Orchid, eyeshadow duo in Pandora, and a baby eye makeup remover. It retails for $60 which isn’t so bad when we know that everybody uses black mascara and eyeliner.

toofacedsmoky Also, Too Faced has a cute little smoky eye kit that offers “daytime”, “fashion” and “classic” smoke. It includes instruction cards to teach you how to do a smoky eye. And honey, if you don’t know how to do one by now then I don’t know if some little cheat sheets will help. But still, it’s a cute idea. The cards are stored in the box behind the big, glamorous smoky eye. It retails for $32 and I think it’s worth it because it’s a versatile kit.