Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Another year has flown by and we are always left with this overwhelming feeling of contemplation. Reflection, regret and resolutions seem to dominate our consciousness during this time of year.  However, when it comes to beauty purchases, reflection can be helpful, regret is useless and I solemnly swear to be a resolute consumer of all beauty items that make me smile 🙂  I hope you enjoy my Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Facial Primer:

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow.

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (photo courtesy of sephora.com) here.

Top Foundation:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (here).

Top Setting/Finishing Powder:

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (here).

Top Powder Bronzer:

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (LE) (here).

Top Cream Bronzer:

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer (here).

Top Powder Highlighter:

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out (here).

Top Cream Highlighter:

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (here).

Top Powder Blush:

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige (here).

Top Cream Blush:

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel.

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel (here).

Top Liquid Liner:

Top Cream Eyeshadows/Liners:

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:  L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java, Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3, YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (reviewed here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (reviewed here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxery (reviewed here) and Copper Strip (reviewed here).

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java (here), Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (here), YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxury (here) and Copper Strip (here).

Top Mascara:

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

Top Lipstick Formula:

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge: L-R:  RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge:
L-R: RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203 (here).

Top Nail Color:

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish (here).

Top Brushes:

Top Brushes 2013: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Foundation Brush, Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Billy B. Brush Set.

Top Brushes 2013:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (here), Tom Ford Cheek Brush (here), Tom Ford Foundation Brush (here), Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02 (here), Billy B. Brush Set (reviewed here).

Top Original Set:

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:  Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:
Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (here).

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

Makeup would tell you 2013 was a stellar year for makeup and I look forward to the many more cosmetics goodies in 2014.  What are some of your favorite products from this past year?   In the meanwhile, I would like to wish each and everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year!  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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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: Sixth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

This Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition will feature all the lovely goodies I acquired last week from my visit to the CCO.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with a CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet), it is an outlet store the Estee Lauder Company has cleverly established to sell all of their overstock merchandise from their subsidiary brands.  All cosmetics/fragrance brands included are: Estee Lauder, MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Joe Malone, Flirt, Smashbox, Bumble and Bumble, Origins, Donna Karen, Tom Ford, Ojon, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Prescriptives.  All items in store are sold at a 30% discount off the original retail price.  As an added bonus, the sales women are lovely and customers have the comfort/freedom to swatch and roam for as long as one desires.  Who could ask for more?

Eye Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week.

Eye Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).♥
  2. Clinique Black Honey Brush-on-Creme Liner used as an eyeshadow (purchase here). [CCO]
  3. Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long-wear Gel Liner (reviewed here).♥ [CCO]
  4. Inglot Matte 90 AMC Eyeliner Gel for tight lining the upper water line (purchase here).
  5. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer used in the crease to add dimension and warmth (purchase here).
  6. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome Eye pencil for the lower lash line and in the lower water line (reviewed here).♥
  7. Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara (purchase here) not my favorite. Does not layer well and flakes by the end of the day. [CCO]
  8. Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator for an inner corner highlight (reviewed here). ♥
  9. Shu Uemura Brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here). ♥
Makeup Of the Week:  Sixth Edition.

Makeup Of the Week: Sixth Edition.

 Face Makeup:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).♥
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (purchase here) I have the new formula and it does not oxidize and feels less drying compared to the original. ♥ [CCO]
  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 (purchase here) and Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (reviewed here) used to highlight the cheek bones. ♥
  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:  Daliia My Best Friend's Red w/Shiseido RD702.

Lip Combination: Daliia My Best Friend’s Red w/Shiseido RD702.

Lip Combination:

  1. Daliia Herbal Lip Stain in My Best Friend’s Red (reviewed here) ♥
  2. Shiseido RD702 to add shine and moisture throughout the day (purchase here). ♥
Brushes of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner Brush (purchase here).♥
  2. Billy B Beauty # 12, 8, 11 (reviewed here).♥
  3. Smashbox #7 brush (purchase here). [CCO]
  4. Philosophy “the supernatural” Airbrush foundation brush (purchase here).♥
  5. Tom Ford Bronzer (reviewed here) , Cheek (reviewed here) and Cream Foundation brushes.♥

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

Makeup would tell you to locate your nearest Tangers Outlet Mall (location finder here) and visit a CCO pronto!  Plan a trip for the day with your family/friends and roam all the stores to your heart’s content.  CCO are fantastic for discovering some limited-edition jewels that were hard to obtain during the original release. I have yet to spy any TF brushes..Darn!  Do call ahead of time to check inventory before making a trip.  I hope you find this helpful and informative.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.

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.