Top Ten Makeup Repurchases.

Top Ten Makeup Repurchases.

Top Ten Makeup Repurchases.

In a sea of cosmetics goods, what products truly stand out as being worthy of repurchase?  Taking a cue from the Pinksith, I decided to put my spin on her top ten series by posting my Top Ten Makeup Repurchases.  These products have proven to work well for me and have become a part of my daily routine.  The first installment will be on makeup repurchases, followed by skincare, and lastly nail care. Needless to say, everyone will have a difference of opinion based on personal experiences.  I hope you find this helpful.

Top Ten Makeup Repurchases:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

1.  Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation:  (purchase here) I enjoy all of the Estee Lauder foundations, which is odd considering I have extremely dry skin. I have gone through three bottles of DW, two DW Light, and currently one Maximum Cover (will last a lifetime considering only a dot is needed).  I find all the formulas to work if the skin is well moisturized prior to application and if minimal product is used. This foundation lasts all day and coupled with a dampened synthetic brush (I prefer a brush over the beauty blender) will give you a flawless finish.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.

2.  Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer:  (purchase here)  I have gone through three bottles of this primer in the past three years.  Very little product is required for this light-weight formula to work its magic.  Veil Mineral is essential in the summer months.

Bioderma Makeup Remover.

Bioderma Makeup Remover.

3.  Bioderma Makeup Remover:  (purchase here) I am aware this is not makeup, however a makeup remover is just as important as the makeup we put on our faces.  I use this on a pointed Q-Tip during makeup application to gently remove any mistakes and to give a sharp edge to my eyeliner.  I appall the price of this remover, but admittedly it is one of the best.  Bioderma has a non-greasy, non-irritating, fragrance-free, non-rinse formula.  I have tried Vichy’s 3-in-1 version of the miscellaire formula and it does not compare.  Ordering from a reputable site is always advised.  Beautyhabit.com (here) also sells Bioderma.  I acquire mine (five bottles later) from a pharmacy in NYC.

Red lipstick.

Red lipstick.

4.  Red Lipstick:  This was a toss up between lipsticks and highlighters.  Since I have over twenty red lipsticks and ten highlighters in my collection, the red lipsticks were the obvious winners.  Generally speaking I repurchase red lipsticks over and over again from every brand.  As stated in my Estee Lauder Ruby Glow review (here), the right red can brighten up the sallowest complexion.  Red lips yield a minimal sophisticated look: mascara, blush, bronzer and a dynamite red…DONE!

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

5.  L’Oreal Telescopic Masacra:  (purchase here) I should receive a share in the company’s stocks based on the countless tubes  I have consumed and recommended.  I love the small brush, long handle and the defining and lengthening aspect of this mascara. Telescopic does flake on me a bit by the end of the day, but you cannot beat the price, availability, and performance of this staple.  Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here) has since replaced this gem, but I will always recommend L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara as a drugstore favorite.

Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner.

Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner.

6.  Inglot AMC Gel Liners:  (purchase here) If you have not tried these liners, what are you waiting for?  The formula is highly pigmented and the staying powder is unsurpassed (especially for the upper waterline).  I have gone through 2 pots of the #90 Matte Brown and prefer it over the #77 Black.  I find the #77 Black troublesome to remove at night and if applied to the corners of the upper lash line, it does tend to smudge.  The price/amount ratio is also a very attractive feature ($12 US/5.5 g) compared to higher-end brands.

Clinique True Black cream liner.

Clinique True Black cream liner.

7.  Clinique True Black Cream Liner:  (purchase here) This little guy is the creamiest and blackest gel liner (other than AMC) I have found that lasts all day on my peepers.  Two pots later, I still stand by the claim it surpasses Bobbi Brown Black Gel Liner and MAC Blacktrack Fluidline.

MAC Prep-n-Prime Lip.

MAC Prep-n-Prime Lip.

8.  MAC Prep-n-Primer Lip:  (purchased here) Contrary to what the sale associates say at the MAC counters, there is a proper way to use this product.  When I first purchased Prep-n-Prime Lip I dismissed it as just an over-priced lip balm.  Until, I left it on for longer than normal (5 minutes) and then applied my lip color.  I discovered the slight tacky texture, held on to the lip color longer and really did prevent my lipstick from bleeding out into my fine lines. Two tubes later, I cannot wear red lipstick/gloss without this primer.

EOS lip balm.

EOS Lip Balm.

9.  EOS Lip Balm:  (purchase here) The packaging of this little macaroon is fun and easily distinguishable in an overloaded handbag.  I use the EOS balm before I apply a matte formula lipstick, before I go to bed, for my children and even my husband keeps one in his car (the blue one of course).  You can now find a pack of five at Costcos.  The 100% natural, 95% organic claim far surpasses Chapstick which is comprised of some of the most unnatural ingredients on the market.  This is my choice of “lipstick” in the afternoon and evening time.  How many have I gone through?…I lost count.

Favorite Lipliners.

Favorite Lipliners.

10.  Lipliners:  If you are ahead in the age category, a lipliner is a must.  They prevent your lipstick from bleeding into your fine lines and help prolong the wear of your lipstick.  I prefer MAC Prolong Wear formula, MAC Creamstick formula, and Dior Lipliner formula.  When I visit a CCO, I make it a point to stock-up on the Prolong wear pencils (if they have my color).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to find products that work and stick to them for as long as possible.  My Top Ten Makeup Repurchases have been in my makeup vault for the last three years.  My mother on the other hand, has used the same hairspray for the past forty years…yikes, forty years of brand loyalty…that’s crazy talk.  What are your favorites?  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

This post is Yoshi approved.

This post is Yoshi approved.

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Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal review and swatches.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal alone without any lipliner.

Estee Lauder Cosmetics produces some amazing products. The Double Wear Foundation is my HG foundation, the Pure Color blushes are highly pigmented and contain 7 grams worth of product, and their nail polishes are some of the best in the business.  My newest procurement, Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal ($25 US/ 6g) is a welcomed addition to my ever growing Estee Lauder family. Since, I already reviewed Pure Color Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow in great detail (here), I will make this review short and sweet….that remains to be seen!

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal w/MAC Red Enriched lipliner.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal w/MAC Red Enriched lipliner.

The Pros:

  1. Highly pigmented gloss.
  2. Gorgeous mauve/pink color.  Pulls slightly pinky peach against my skin tone.
  3. Can be applied without a mirror due to the lighter-tone pigment composition (be vigilant and apply a thin layer).
  4. Slightly thick consistency will ensure the shine and color remain.
  5. Liquid Petal lasted three hours full strength.
  6. Specially designed curved applicator hugs the lips for comfortable and precise application.
  7. Very moisturizing..does not dry out your lips when the color has faded.
  8. Makes lips look plump and sexy.
  9. Wipes cleanly without any sticky residue.

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The Cons:

  1. For some reason Liquid Petal does have a slight Play-doe fragrance.
  2. Liquid Petal contains miro-shimmers (not too offensive or noticeable).
  3. Petrolatum is an ingredient (AKA: mineral oil/vaseline).
  4. Liquid Petal does feather into fine lines around the mouth if a primer/lipliner/lipstick is not used beforehand.
  5. Liquid Petal does feather into fine lines if too much product is applied on the lips (I prefer to apply one layer with the applicator and use my fingers to blend out the color. Another option is to place the color on the back of your hand and dab some gloss with your finger to the center of the lips).
  6. Performs better over a lipliner/lipstick combo (with lipliner alone it did bleed out into my fine lines).
Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal swatch.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal lip swatch.

Estee Lauder cosmetics can be found in almost every department store, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, BloomingdalesMacy’sNeiman Marcus, Saks, Belk, and Esteelauder.com, etc..

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal ingredient list.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal ingredient list.

**Drugstore Alternative:  NYX Xtreme Lip Creams (purchase here).   I could not tolerate the heavy Play-doe smell and gloppy gloss reserve around the applicator.  

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you are interested in a paler shade of gloss, but desire pigment  and longevity in your product, then Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal is the shade for you. Personally, I find this particular color to perform really well over a lipliner/lipstick combo.  The less dense pink pigment did not allow Liquid Petal to last as long as Ruby Glow, but that is to be expected with any lighter colored lip product.  I am currently eyeing Peach Glass and Wet Plum.  Have you tried any of these Lip Lacquers?  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Eye Looks and Lip Combinations of the Week.

This week in lieu of my Makeup of the Week, I have decided to focus on the eye looks and lip combinations I have worn for the week.  All other makeup and tools remain the same as last week (seen here), unless otherwise noted.  I hope you find this helpful.

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 Eye Look 1:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Cooper Strip Powerchrome pencil smudged on the mobile lid, lower lash line and waterline (reviewed here).
  3. Life’s Luxury Powerchrome pencil on the base of the upper lash line (reviewed here).
  4. Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 deep brown pen liner (purchase here).
  5. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color (reviewed here).
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner to tight line upper waterline (purchase here).
  7. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 used as inner corner highlight (reviewed here).
  8. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here).

Lip combination 1:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Ruby Glow Lip Lacquer (reviewed here).

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Eye Look 2:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas used as a base.
  2. Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink smudged on the mobile lid and used on the upper lash line as a liner (reviewed here).
  3. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 used with a damp brush for lower lash line (reviewed here).
  4. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome Pencil used on the waterline.
  5. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color.
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner used to tight line the upper waterline.
  7. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.

Lip Combination 2:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner.
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe Lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Shiseido RD203 (purchase here).

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 Eye Look 3:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as a base.
  2. Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple used as an eyeshadow smudged on the mobile lid (reviewed here).
  3. Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple used as a liner for the upper lash line.
  4. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 used with a damp brush for lower lash line.
  5. MAC Copper Strip used in on the water line.
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner used to tight line the upper water line.
  7. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color.
  8. Tom Ford Cognac Sable Palette dark brown/purple color smudge on the edges of Blackish Satin Purple (purchase here).
  9. TF Cognac Sable Palette copper glitter shade patted with my finger over Blackish Satin Purple.
  10. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.

Lip Combination 3:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner.
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe Lipstick.
  3. Estee Lauder Pure Color Liquid Petal Lip Lacquer (purchase here)..Yes, I bought another one–don’t judge!!

**MAC Pressed Amber Mineralized Blush used on top of Chanel (61) Blush (discontinued but found at the CCO).

THE VERDICT: If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to start breaking-out the plums, purples and burgundy in your collection..Fall officially starts on September 22nd and we (makeup addicts) must dress our makeup autumn best 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow review and swatches.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip lacquer in Ruby Glow lip swatch.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip lacquer in Ruby Glow lip swatch.

By now, most of my readers have come to realize I have a weakness for red lipstick.  There is something about the way red lips look and make me feel.  Red lips exuded sensuality, confidence, and by-golly, the right red can brighten-up the sallowest of complexions.  So when Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquers ($25 US/ 6g) caught my eye, I knew the color Ruby Glow was the one for me.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow.

The Pros/Color/Formula:

These lip lacquers/glosses are Estee Lauder’s version of a liquid lipstick.  The promise of high shine, six hour comfortable wear, and intense pigment has all been blissfully fulfilled.  The color of Ruby Glow is a straight up blood red.  Estee Lauder Ruby Glow is what I wanted Ellis Faas L202 and Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquers (reviewed here) to be and were not.  Brown based reds compliment my features and skintone perfectly and the added shine of Ruby Glow, makes my lips appear hydrated, full and down right sexy.

These glosses wear off amazingly well, after the three hour mark the “feel” of lipgloss starts to fade, however the shine and color are still very much apparent.  I was able to get five hours of wear (full color) with Ruby Glow, with gradual fading thereafter .  Ruby Glow is also flavor free. ♥  Ruby Glow has a slight play-doe smell, not offensive in the least.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow w/Mac Red Enriched lip liner.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow w/Mac Red Enriched lip liner.

Being that these glosses/lacquers are highly pigmented, they are also slightly sticky, but not offensively so. The viscous texture is what gives these lacquers their shine and longevity.  The applicator was specially designed to fit the curves of the lips more comfortably.  Be that as it may, I chose to err on the side of caution and apply a small amount of lacquer on my finger and then tap the color onto my lips, until I reach my desired intensity.  Removal was easily achieved sans staining, annoy glitter particles or sticky residue.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip lacquer in Ruby Glow swatch after 4 hours.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip lacquer in Ruby Glow swatch after 4 hours.  Color and shine remained with slight feathering on the bottom lip.

The Cons:

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lacquers are glosses, which by nature are prone to migrate outwardly and bleed/feather into fine lines around the lip area.  A lipliner and/or a lip primer is a MUST with these lacquers if you want to keep feathering at bay.  I turned to my trusty MAC Red Enriched Lipliner and my MAC Prep + Prime Lip for this important task.  A very light hand during application would be highly recommended.  As makeup artist Rae Morris says, “Too much on the mouth goes south.”

Ruby Glow did not layer well over my Daliia Herbal Lip Stain in My Best Friend’s Red (reviewed here).  I suspect the ingredient Petrolatum (aka: mineral oil) caused the stain to break down and feather into my fine lines.  Quite frankly, my stain was not even visible under Ruby Glow’s highly pigmented color.

Red Lipstick Comparisons:

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  • Dior Diorific Diorling: heavy perfume scent, beautiful satin finish, non-drying.
  • Estee Lauder Ruby Glow: glossy, long lasting shine and color.
  • Laura Mercier Sienna: reviewed here.
  • Daliia Herbal Lip Stain My Best Friend’s Red:  reviewed here.
  • Ellis Faas L201:  closest in color to Ruby Glow, not long-lasting, thin constancy, pesky applicator.
  • Dior Rouge Podium: reviewed here.

Estee Lauder cosmetics can be found in almost every department store, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Belk, and Esteelauder.com, etc..

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow ingredient list.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow ingredient list.

THE VERDICT: If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you seek a high shine, long-wearing, moisturizing, and truly beautiful lip gloss, look no further than Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lacquers.  I have never been able to sustain a shine from a gloss like I have with these lacquers.  Of course, if the vinyl look is not your thing, Estee Lauder does make accompanying lipstick shades (here) to go with each lacquer.  The Estee Lauder Lip Lacquer range come in 12 shades to suit every taste, from the most conservative corporate mogul to the daring clubbing diva.  Which will you be getting?  Say it will be the red 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

This has been a very busy week.  My children started school and that in it of itself is always stressful.  The silver lining in this scenario is, I have gained some much needed time to myself.  I had time to carefully apply my makeup without any interruptions, it’s the little things in life that make me happy.  Admittedly, I do miss my eldest son’s commentaries and photographic assistance.

This week’s look was centered around my lashes.  Truthfully, I never gave them much thought, until Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara came into my life.  The delivery of zero flaking, no clumps, no stiffness all wrapped-up in a lightweight formula was enough for me to declare, love at first application!  I hope you find this post helpful.

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Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus as an all over lid color (purchase here).
  3. MAC Uninterrupted used in the crease (reviewed here).
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa used on top of Uninterrupted to add dimension (reviewed here).
  5. Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in 57 Black Stream used at the base of the upper lash line and smudge outwardly (reviewed here).
  6. L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil to line the upper lash line (purchase here).
  7. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 mixed w/W4 on the lower lash line (reviewed here).
  8. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome pencil for the lower waterline (reviewed here).
  9. Inglot #90 for tight-lining (purchase here).
  10. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in I ♥ black (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in EN1 (seen here).
  3. Estee lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation used as a concealer in 03 (purchase here).
  4. Chanel 61 Destiny Le Blush Creme de Chanel used as a bronzer/blush (reviewed here).
  5. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (reviewed here).
  6. Skindinavia Setting Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. Daliia Runway Fashion Fuchsia Herbal Lip Stain (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lipstick (reviewed here).
Brush of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for highlighter application (purchase here).
  3. Sonia Kashuck concealer brush to add second color to the crease (purchase here).
  4. Smashbox #7 brush (purchase here).
  5. Burberry #10 blending brush (discontinued online/check your Saks counters).
  6. Billy B brushes (reviewed here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you have some time to yourself, do what brings you the most joy.  Just think in a year from now, events/people/things which gave us the most stress presently, will be a fleeting memory.  A lesson I remind myself of everyday.  Don’t sweat the small stuff and try to appreciate all the positive fortune surrounding you. It’s there I promise.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

This Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes will feature a brightening, quick and low maintenance look.  My gel liners worked as the ideal multi-purpose product, giving me a long-lasting and smudge-free eye look.  People will think you spent hours on your eye makeup, when only ten minutes were employed.  There is something about pairing gold with navy blue, which I find so attractive and universally flattering.  I hope you enjoy.  *click on each photo to enlarge.

Makeup of the Week:  Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Eye Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).
  2. YSL cream liner in #07 Gold Star all over the mobile lid (purchase here) 2-3 layers best applied with fingers.
  3. Bobbi Brown gel liner in Cobalt Ink for liner (reviewed here).
  4. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer in the crease (purchase here).
  5. Inglot # 90 in for the upper waterline (purchase here).
  6. MAC Powerchrome pencil in Life’s Luxury for the waterline (reviewed here).
  7. MAC Powerchrome pencil in Copper Strip on the lower lash line (reviewed here).
  8. Prestige My Blackest Lashes 2 coats (purchase here).
  9. Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week:  Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (purchase here).
  3. Edward Bess Concealer in Soft Beige (purchase here).
  4. Chanel Le Creme Blush de Chanel in Destiny 61 (reviewed here).
  5. Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator (reviewed here).
  6. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied to the forehead and jaw bone only (purchase here).
  7. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week:

Lip Combination of the Week:

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Enriched Red lip pencil to line and fill-in the lips (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lipstick (reviewed here).
Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush for my highlighter (purchase here).
  3. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).
  4. Burberry #09 brush (purchase here).
  5. Billy B #8, 11 (reviewed here).
  6. Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner brush (purchase here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would reveal this makeup look took no time to put together.  Try to utilize multi-purpose products if time is of the essence in the morning.  Gel liners work beautifully as cream eyeshadows, bronzer can be used for crease color/eyeshadow, and lipstick could also take on the role of blusher.   Learn to be creative with the use of your cosmetics to suit your life style.  You may come up with unique one-of-a-kind colors, and save money to boot.  Of course in my case, this only leads me to spend more money to see if I can duplicate my success.  Oh well…every theory has it’s flaws 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Estee Lauder Molten Lava review and photos.

Estee Lauder Molten Lava Nail Lacquer swatch.

Estee Lauder Molten Lava Nail Lacquer swatch.

When it comes time to paint my nails I think long and hard before I make a selection.  Every week I am drawn to Estee Lauder Molten Lava Nail Lacquer ($20 US/.3 fl.oz.) and every week this beautiful color gets shamefully cast to the side.  Molten looks at me and sadly asks, “M, Don’t you want me anymore?”  I quietly respond, “No darling, it’s not you, it’s me.”  Molten’s dismissal is unfortunately based on its inaccessibility to the masses. This limited-edition polish came out last year as part of the Summer 2012 Bronze Goddess Collection and sold out rather quickly. However, this week I can no longer stop myself from showcasing this amazing hue.  Classify this post under, Nail Polishes You Will Have A Hard Time Finding….sorry my darlings (sheepishly bowing my head).

Estee Lauder Molten Lava Nail Lacquer.

Estee Lauder Molten Lava Nail Lacquer.

The Pros/Formula:

Estee Lauder nail polishes, in general are among the best in the business.  Without any exaggeration, I can easily get 6-7 days of mileage with minimal tip wear or chipping.  Molten Lava has a deep gray/brown base color mixed with purple and copper micro-shimmers.  This color possess a certain fiery glow from within, which strikes me as unique and rather attractive.  Molten Lava’s color radiates from afar, no one will ever mistake this beauty as just another basic black polish.

The brush on Estee Lauder Nail Lacquers is equally wide from base to tip, it has just the right density which allows the brush to splay out perfectly on the nail bed.  This type of brush will suit a variety of nail widths and shapes.  Molten’s formula, like Estee Lauder’s Smashed (reviewed here), glides on smoothly and the medium consistency allows the polish to settle evenly and dry quickly.  Opacity is reached using one coat, but my cosmetic conditioning compels me to add a second coat to gain full effect.

Estee Lauder Molten Lava Nail Lacquer.

Estee Lauder Molten Lava Nail Lacquer.

The Cons:

Other than the obvious limited-edition factor, there is very little criticism I can dish-out about this polish. The amount/price ratio is concerning, however I love this color so much, I really did not mind the expense.

Estee lauder Nail Lacquers are sold at Macy’s, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, Neiman, Esteelauder.com, etc..

Estee Lauder Molten Lava Nail Lacquer swatch.

Estee Lauder Molten Lava Nail Lacquer swatch.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would like to apologize for taunting you with this polish. However, “M” has found a few sellers on Ebay.com (here) who have this polish for sale.  Did you really think, I would do something as cruel, as to dangle a limited-edition polish in front of you without any hopes of acquiring one for yourself?  No, I would not…I hope you enjoyed my little rave and do not hesitate to snatch-up Estee Lauder Molten Lava Nail Lacquer while you still can.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Current Makeup Favorites.

Current Makeup Favorites.

Current Makeup Favorites.

In lieu of my Makeup of the Week I decided to update you all on my Current Makeup Favorites.  I hope you find this helpful and informative. **click on each item for a direct link to the product.

Base Makeup:

  1. Dr. Mercola Facial Sunscreen SPF 30:   The absolute best natural sunscreen.  I do not wear commercial sunscreen because I cannot tolerate the odor and the plethora of chemicals in the formula.  However, Dr. Mercola’s all natural line of sun protection products cannot be beat.  This is especially ideal for those with sensitive skin.
  2. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer:  I really appreciate this primer in the summer.  It evens out your skintone and really does prolong the wear of your foundation.
  3. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation:  Foundations come and go but EL Double Wear is my HG foundation.  This guy never lets me down, the longevity and finish cannot compare.  Apply EL Double Wear on well moisturized skin, with a damp brush/sponge and blend to perfection.  I love all of their  foundations.
  4. Edward Bess Concealer:  As of late, I had to revert back to wearing concealer and EB is one of my favorites.  I had the pleasure of meeting Edward at Bergdorf and he was just as lovely as he appears on TV; a true Southern Gentleman!

Eye Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas:  Great base for eyeshadows (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus:  I use this as an all over eyeshadow to even out my skin tone on my lids.  On occasion, I do use this on my face to set my face makeup.
  3. MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencils: Copper Strip (reviewed here) and Life’s Luxury (reviewed here).
  4. Prestige Total Intensity Eyeshadow in Wicked: (reviewed here).
  5. Clinique True Black cream eyeliner:  Wonderfully black, smooth, long lasting and relatively inexpensive for a high end brand.
  6. Inglot #89 Matte AMC Eyeliner Gel:  The only color/formula that will last on my upper waterline for tight lining purposes.
  7. L’Oreal Telescpic Mascara and Prestige My Blackest Lash Mascara:  The L’Oreal is for lengthening and Prestige is for giving volume.  Both can be found in any drugstore.
  8. Shu Uemura Eyebrow pencil in Seal Brown 02:  A naturally flattering color for my dark brows.

Face Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer Blush:  One of the best bronzer to have come out this year.  It was limited edition and is sold out online.  Check your local Sephora locations and LM counters for availability (reviewed here).
  2. Laura Mercier Highlight 01:  Beautiful neutral colored highlighter that can be used wet or dry (reviewed here).
  3. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink blush:  This color is universally flattering on everyone.  It is matte and extremely long lasting.  BB has one of the best blush formulas around.
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa:  Rosey Bronze blush can also be used to deepen a matte bronzer, as an eyeshadow, and a blend out color (reviewed here).
  5. Skindinavia Finishing Spray:  Admittedly, I do not use many finishing powders in the summer time.  I do use this spray to prolong the wear of my bronzer and blush and to help meld all the colors together on my face.

Lip Makeup:

  1. Daliia Lip Stain in Runway Fashion Fuchsia:  Love the naturalness, longevity, color, and wear of this lip stain.  I may have to pick up another one (reviewed here).  My Best Friend’s Red lip stain is next on the list.
  2. Dior Addict Lipstick:  These are wonderfully creamy and smooth.  They will not dry out your lips and last nicely paired with a long lasting lipliner  (reviewed here).
  3. Shiseido Rouge Lacquer Liquid Lipsticks:  The best liquid lipstick I have found, they do not contain any fragance or flavoring, long lasting, wears off evenly and pairs beautifully with Daliia’s lips stain; will not cause it to break down or bleed into your fine lines.

Makeup Bag:

  1. Tory Burch Makeup Bag:   A wonderful addition to my makeup family.  This bag is roomy enough to fit all of your essentials and more.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to invest in products you know you will use and love.  Do not be a moth to the makeup flame, stick to what works.  Now, if only I would take my own advise 🙂   To be continued….with current brush favorites.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

Kisses from "M".

Kisses from “M”.

 **Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned and all products were purchased by me. **Compensation for reviews is not given.

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Makeup of the week fifth edition.

Makeup of the week fifth edition.

This week has been fun and exciting.  Here in the Americas, we celebrated our nation’s independence.  My personal highlight was spending time with family we do not get to see often.  Did I wear makeup on a hot, muggy, and humid Fourth of July?  Yup…You Betcha. Did my makeup look flawless at the end of the day? Not even this makeup maven could battle the forces of sweaty pores at their optimum levels.  This Makeup of the Week fifth edition, is a tribute to the war paint that was strategically applied in the morning and shamelessly vanquished in the evening.

Eye makeup of the week.

Eye makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Eye Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).♥
  2. MAC Minerialized Skin Finish Natural in Medium Plus (purchase here).
  3. MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencil in Life’s Luxury (reviewed here).♥ lasted all day ♥
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa to blend out the edges of Life’s Luxury and used under the lash line (reviewed here).♥
  5. Shu Uemura eyeshadow in IR911 in the inner corner (purchase here)
  6. Clinique 02 True Black cream liner (purchase here).
  7. Merle Norman Nude inner eye pencil (here).
  8. Shu Uemura eyebrow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).♥
  9. L’Oreal telescopic mascara for first coat.
  10. Prestige My Blackest Lash for second coat.
Makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Face Makeup:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (seen here).♥
  3. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 used wet as a highlighter (reviewed here).♥
  4. Laura Mercier Ritual bronzer (sold out online but I have seen it stocked at my Sephora).♥
  5. MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush (purchase here).♥
  6. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink blush (purchase here).♥
  7. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (held up most of the day, purchase here).
Lip Combination of the week fifth edition.

Lip Combination of the Week fifth edition.

Lip Combination:

  1. MAC Prep n Prime lip.
  2. MAC Morning Coffee Prolong Wear Lipliner (purchase here).
  3. Dior Addict Lipstick 773 Rouge Podium (reviewed here).♥
Brushes of the week fifth edition.

Brushes of the Week fifth edition.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier angled eye liner brush (the best for getting the right line and flick, purchase here).♥
  2. Billy B #12, #8 and #11 (for tight lining) (reviewed here).♥
  3. Smashbox #7
  4. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).♥
  5. Tom Ford bronzer brush (reviewed here).♥
  6. Tom Ford Blush brush.♥
  7. Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush used for highlighter application.

 THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to always look your best even when the circumstances are stacked against you.  As Coco Chanel once said,

Elegance is refusal.

I refuse to let meteorological conditions, exhaustion, children or animal ever stop me from looking and feeling my best. Refusal to accept anything but the best for yourself is always the order of the day; a little “makeup” for your soul.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

It's a dog's life.  Yoshi has no worries.

It’s a dog’s life. Yoshi has no worries.

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

 

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

This week has been very long, hot and tiring; not the time to delve into the creative, rather reliance on the predictable was the rule du jour.  Therefore, I have literally been wearing the same look everyday this week *gasp*.  However, sparkle was summoned to awaken the spirit.  I hope you find this Makeup of the Week fourth edition helpful and inspiring!

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here). ♥
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus all over the eyelid. ♥
  3. Shu Uemura M895 eyeshadow mixed with..
  4. Estee Lauder Chocolate Bliss eyeshadow (both colors mixed and smudged along the upper lash line).♥
  5. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Vision patted with my finger on top of the eye.♥ (seen here).
  6. Clinique cream liner in 02 True Black.
  7. Merle Norman Inner liner on the lower water line.
  8. Benefit “They’re Real” mascara (ok..does not layer well and removal is a pain the keister).
  9. Shu Uemura brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown.

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Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer.
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear in 3N1 (seen here).♥
  3. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer for the eye crease as well (reviewed here).♥
  4. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Blush.
  5. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 placed damp on top of cheekbones lasted all day (reviewed here).♥
  6. Hourglass Ambient powder in Diffused Light (reviewed here).

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Prep n Prime lip.
  2. MAC Morning Coffee Prolong wear lipliner.
  3. Dior 525 Vintage Lipstick (reviewed here) ♥.
Lip Combination of the week.

Lip Combination of the week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier angled eyeliner brush (makes applying gel liner a breeze).♥
  2. Estee Lauder #20 angled brush.
  3. Billy B #12 & #8 brush (reviewed here).♥
  4. Smashbox #7 & #15 brush.
  5. Philosophy “supernatural airbrush” brush.♥
  6. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush (trying to use this guy..he’s been ignored).
  7. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here) using it for finishing powder this week.♥
  8. Tom Ford Blush Brush.♥
  9. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for my highlighter.

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THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to relax and enjoy the warmer, stress-free months of summer and not worry so much about makeup.  Of course, when you have a treasure trove of goodies at your disposal, that could be difficult.  Do I want to go the simple route?  YES…I wake up every morning and chant, “I will not wear makeup today, I will not wear makeup today….”  However, something comes over me and the self-imposed command is quickly obliterated….”HELP, I NEED HELP!!!!”  Nah…I need a larger vanity.  Be well, cool and stay safe.

-M-

 

NOTW: Estee Lauder Smashed Nail Lacquer

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First Photo: Smashed in natural light.  Second Photo: Smashed with flash.

Estee Lauder Smashed Nail Lacquer:

Do you know what British slang is for getting hosed, drunk, wasted, sloshed, plastered, blitzed, goosed, hammered, tanked, trashed, sauced, etc..?  They refer to it as getting smashed!!!  Introducing Estee Lauder Smashed nail lacquer ($20US/ .3fl oz.).  I’m fairly certain EL did not have that visual in mind when they named this polish.  Regardless, do you see what I see?

The Formula:

Estee Lauder Smashed is a gorgeous mixture of purple, blue, red and silver shimmers melded/smashed together with a purple base color.  This delightful concoction of colors is the most grown-up shimmer nail polish I have ever come across.  EL Smashed has a wonderfully even consistency that easily glides across the nail.  It does not clump or gather at the tip of the nail, which is typical with shimmer finishes.  There are no hexagonal glitters (looking at you Deborah Lippmann) in the polish, instead the shimmers are very fine and plentiful.  Smashed is not one of those colors that looks shimmery and beautiful in the bottle and underwhelming(ly) boring on the nail.  Oh contraire mon ami, this beauty is noticeably shimmery in every light but in a very adult manner.

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The Pros:

When Smashed dries down, it remains even and smooth, not a rough bump in sight.  The brush is uniformity wide from base to tip, application is a pleasure!  Opacity is reached using two luscious coats and wear time is fantastic!  I will get 5 days without any noticeable chipping.  I suspect, the highly compact fine shimmers has something to do with its phenomenal longevity.

The Cons:

If I must dish out some criticism, it would pertain to the bottle itself and amount/price ratio.  Personally, I find the packaging very bulky and unnecessary.  I think they could have come up with a sleeker design, considering the amount of polish Estee Lauder offers (.3 fl oz) is below average compared to the standard nail polish (.5fl oz.).

Will this stop me from purchasing other colors in the future?  Come now…we all know the answer to that question!  Estee Lauder offers 34 beautiful shades that will satisfy a variety of people.  Estee Lauder counters can be found everywhere in person and online.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Estee Lauder is really modernizing its approach to makeup in general, a visit to the counter would be highly recommended.  Will Smashed stop some from indulging in their libatious activities?  No… but your nails will look D**m gorgeous wrapped around a martini glass that will surely have you praying to the “Porcelain God” the following morning!!!  Don’t get “smashed” but do get Estee Lauder Smashed…Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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AHHHHHHHH!!!!

 

Foundation, Foundation…Wherefore art thou Foundation? Foundation Selection Guide.

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Wearing Estee Lauder Maximum Cover #03 mixed with Koh Gen Do #123

Foundation.. you illusive and bewitching siren!!!   You can bedazzle the human mind, heart and soul!!  Oh how I long for you in my life but alas…shade, formulation, and brand confound me!  What am I to do?  Oh stop begin so dramatic!!!  If it is an answer if you seek, you shall receive it…if you are open to its arrival!!  WOW!!!!   Add philosopher to my list of things that I can DO!!  Foundation is not as mysterious as one might imagine.  

Foundation selection Guide

#1:  SPEND THE BULK OF YOUR BEAUTY BUDGET ON YOUR FOUNDATION!!!

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORDS THAT ARE COMING FROM MY COMPUTER?  Refrain from purchasing drugstore foundation.  Why?  Good question.  Firstly,  you cannot test the color and formulation in the drugstore.  Secondly, the level of pigment in drugstore foundations (more water less color) are not on par with higher end brands.  Thirdly, some drugstore cosmetics manufactures do not list their ingredients on the bottles/compacts.  This can be problematic if you have skin sensitivities.  The saying,  “you get what you pay for” applies in this case.  

#2:  GO TO A LOCATION WHERE SAMPLES ARE GIVEN!!!  

Your best friend in this category is Sephora!  They do not carry all high-end brands, but the friendly service and patience their employees exude, is priceless!   They will spend as much time as you deem necessary on making samples for you to take home.  Sephora will happily accommodate any of your requests, without the added pressure to make additional purchases.  Department stores sales associates are a bit more ambiguous and are limited to the counter brand they are working for at that moment.  Their goal is to make a sale; they will try to persuaded you to purchase something else.  STAND YOUR GROUND….be gracious, get your sample and leave!

#3:  BUY THE HIGHEST COVERAGE AND/OR LONGEST LASTING FORMULA!!!!   

You have read correctly!!  These types of foundations are very versatile.  What is the point to a tinted moisturizer when you can make one yourself?   How you ask?  Take your high coverage,  long-lasting foundation and/or a bronzing liquid (Dr.  Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate) and mix it with your favorite moisturizer.  On really bad skin days, high coverage formulas can be sheered down next to nothing on the skin, yet still give wonderful coverage.  The secret is to use a slightly damp sponge (Beauty Blender) or a slightly damp brush (philosophy airbrush brush) and use stippling and swirling motions.  The results are amazing.  As an added bonus,  you will only utilize a small amount due to the high pigment and viscosity!  Who wouldn’t want that?

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Very high coverage long-lasting formulas:                  Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage #03 creamy vanilla, old packaging
Koh Gen Do #123,
Estee Lauder Double Wear #3N1 (summer shade)

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Estee Lauder MC #03 and KGD #123.  EL gives KGD  better longevity.  This will cover my whole face!

#4:  MATCH YOUR FACE TO YOUR NECK!!!!

Our necks are naturally shielded from the sun by our heads.  The majority of women have lighter necks/darker faces.   The opposite can occur if you are a sunscreen devotee; which will result in a darker neck/lighter face scenario.   Regardless, do not try to cover your neck with a darker/lighter foundation, on the contrary, cover your face with the same shade as your neck!!  The results will be more natural and you will have a more uniformed look.  Test your respective foundation by swatching it on the side your neck (bringing it up slightly onto the jaw); not your cheek, backs of your hands, fingers, or arms.  Sometimes you need to mix two colors to achieve your ideal shade or consistency.  Once you’ve mastered your neck coloring you can victoriously declare a winner!!

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From left to right on bare skin: Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage #03 Creamy Vanilla,
Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation #123 
Estee Lauder Double Wear 3N1 (old formula).

#5:  DO NOT BELIEVE CERTAIN FORMULAS CAN DO IT ALL!!! 

If the long-lasting feature conjures up images of cracking skin, then by all means stick to cream formulas which have higher coverage and are moisturizing (Eve Pearl).  BB creams, CC creams, DD creams EE creams…any alphabet cream, are just creams with foundation mixed into them.  They claim to have all the benefits of your sunscreen, moisturizer, foundation, primer, etc…all rolled up into one product.   You can go that route, however, these will not give you much coverage and color matching is challenging.  Most likely you will still need an additional layer of foundation.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you, work on perfecting your canvas and the rest will follow!!!

The wrong formulation and shade can have adverse effects, in the form of break-outs and what I like to call,  bobble head syndrome (line of demarcation separating the jaw and neck line).  So 1983!!!   Use these suggestions as a guide to selecting your foundation.  When you find the right formula you will proclaim you have found your equivalent to Romeo and rejoice, “Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”  Oh Shakespeare you romantic fiend, you do have a way with words!!   Adieu my lovelies!   Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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