Date Night Look.

Date Night Look Lip Combo: Jordana Plush Plum and Estee Lauder Electric Wine.

Date Night Look Lip Combo:
Jordana Plush Plum and Estee Lauder Electric Wine.

Recently, my husband and I attended a last minute event and a quick and simple look was required.  For this Date Night Look, time was of the essence, so I decided to play up my lips rather than waste time creating an elaborate eye look.  Truth be told, I did not alter my daytime makeup in the least, but simply changed the lip combo. Adding an extra necklace or two also helps to dress up any outfit.  I hope you find this helpful and can use some ideas for your next date night 🙂

Makeup of the Week:  Date Night Look.

Date Night Look Eye Makeup.

Date Night Look Eye Makeup:

  1. Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (reviewed here).
  2. Laura Mercier Spellbound Highlighter (discontinued) all over the mobile lid (MAC Arena eyeshadow can be used in place of Spellbound).
  3. Clarins Mineral Eyeshadow in Auburn used in the crease and blended slightly above.
  4. Clarins Mineral Eyeshadow in Dark Chocolate used in the otter “v”.
  5. Bobbi Brown Navajo Eyeshadow used to highlight under the brow bone and to blend out the crease color.
  6. Clarins Mineral Eyeshadow in Auburn and Cargo Water-Resistant Bronzer mixed together on the lower lash line.
  7. L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Blackest Black (2 coats).
  8. Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown used on the brows.
  9. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Nude used to line the lower waterline.
  10. Inglot AMC Gel Liner in #90 (reviewed here) used to line the upper waterline and upper lash line.
Makeup of the Week:  Date Night Look.

Date Night Look Face Makeup.

Date Night Face Makeup:

  1. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (reviewed here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear in 3N-1 mixed with Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation in #123.
  3. Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Coverage in Cream Vanilla was used (the tiniest dot) as a concealer under both eyes and blended out.
  4. MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter Pen in Radiant Rose (reviewed here) the smallest amount used to brighten the under eye area.
  5. Too Faced Chocolate Matte Bronzer used for contour and bronzing the perimeter of the face.
  6. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in #10 Beige (not photographed reviewed here).
  7. RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (reviewed here).

Lip Combo for Date Night Look:

  1. Jordana Plush Plum Lipliner.
  2. Estee Lauder High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Electric Wine.
Day Time Look:   Make Up For Ever Lipliner in 2C with Estee Lauder High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal.

Day Time Lip Combo:
Make Up For Ever Lipliner in 2C with Estee Lauder High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal.

Daytime Lip Combo:

  1. Make Up For Ever Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in 2C.
  2. Estee Lauder High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal (reviewed here).
Brushes Used for Date Night Look: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Billy B Brush #11 and Brow Tool, Laura Mercier Eye Liner Brush, Wayne Goss Brushes 01 and 02.

Brushes Used for Date Night Look:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Trish McEvoy #29, Billy B Brush #11 and Brow Tool, Laura Mercier Eyeliner Brush, Wayne Goss Brushes 01, 02.

Brushes used for Date Night Look:

  1. Wayne Goss 01 for foundation and cream highlighter application (reviewed here).
  2. Wayne Goss 02 for contour, bronzer and blush application (reviewed here).
  3. Billy B #11 used for tight lining the upper waterline (reviewed here).
  4. Billy B Brow Tool used for brows.
  5. Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner brush used to apply Inglot #90 to the upper lash line.
  6. Trish McEvoy #29 Tapered Brush used to apply all eyeshadow colors on the eyes.
  7. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush used to blend all face powders together (reviewed here).

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

Makeup would tell you this “no-fuss” makeup look held up very well all evening.  Date Night was quite a success, but I must admit, as lovely as it is going out for the evening, it is even more enjoyable returning home.  What can I say….I’m a homebody at heart.  Be well and stay safe.


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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. (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.


This post is Yoshi approved.

This post is Yoshi approved.

* is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of  

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.


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

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

Eye Makeup for Brown Eyes: Step-by-Step tutorial.



End result with all products listed below!


This post was inspired by comments I received by Christa and Angie.  Christa is a new mom and was looking for suggestions to make her brown eyes pop.  Angie requested a post/guide specifically dedicated for new moms to follow.  I happily accept the challenge; an eye makeup for brown eyes is my specialty!

I have a soft spot for new moms, after all I use to be one.  Even though my babies are not babies anymore and my nights are rather peaceful (don’t be jelly), I find in many regards, I’m just as busy as ever!    The last thing any mom thinks about, is putting on makeup.   I went down that dark path, and trust me [I] was not pretty.  The more I tried to simplify my routine the more “I” became obsolete.

Invoking the spirit of the evil queen,  I recited ,  “Mirror, Mirror on the wall,  Am I the fairest of them all?”  Suddenly, sans  warning, the mirror shattered and I knew it was time to make a change.   Were the makeup powers that be, trying to tell me something?    I can take a hint….Without further ado, let me show you what has evolved from that faithful day:

THE PRODUCTS:   Please do not feel compelled to use/purchase the same products.  Substitute your own products as needed.


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot,  Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyesahdow in Shimmering Bronze,  YSL cream liner #7 Gold Star,  Laura Mercier Ritual,  Hourglass Diffused,  L’oreal Extra Intense liquid pencil eyeliner in Brown, Physician Formula 2-in-1 eyeliner pen in Dark Brown,  MAC Too Chic powder (used as a highlighter),  Sunday Riley blush in Blushing.
TOOLS: Burberry #09 blending brush, Estee Lauder angled eyeliner brush #20, Billy B #12 brush (THE BEST), Shu Uemura Seal Brown 02 eyebrow pencil, Billy B. eyebrow comb and brush.


 Step-by-Step Eye Tutorial:

  • ALWAYS start by applying a shadow base;  Too Faced Shadow Insurance is my choice (for now).  This will insure your eyeshadow does not crease.   Next, apply MAC Soft Ochre Paint pot to even out the lid coloring.  This can also be used as your sole eyeshadow (with the addition of mascara and liner) on lazy days for a clean polished look.

You should have something that looks like this.


  • Next, take L’oreal liquid eyeliner pencil in Brown and run a line along the lash line (does not have to be precise).  Then take Billy B. #12 brush or any angled eyeliner brush and smudge out the line.  Being that I have deep set eyes, I cannot take the brown all over the lid.  By keeping the upper half of the lid in the ochre color,  I give the illusion that my eyes are not as deep.  If I were to completely apply the brown to the whole mobile lid,  it would further recess my eyes.  Big no-no on tired eyes!

Smudged L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Brown


  • Next,  use Tarte’s eyeshadow in Shimmering Bronze and apply it on top of the smudged Brown liner.  Having the L’oreal liner act as a base for the Tarte shadow, will intensify the bronze and truly make it last all day!!!   Of course, you can add more Shimmering Bronze until you have reached your desired intensity!


  • Next, take Laura Mercier Ritual (reviewed here) and apply it with Burberry #09 blending brush to the crease and slightly above.  This step adds warmth and dimension to the eye area.  Add Hourglass Diffused (reviewed here) on the brow bone to highlight that area.


  • Next, take  Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 eyeliner pen in Dark Brown and line your lash line.  I always add a flick to the end to elongate my round eyes.

Coming together!!

  • Curl your lashes if necessary.  I do not do this step everyday because I have naturally long curled lashes, but for demonstration purpose here I go:


  • Next, add mascara and line the lower inner rim of your eyes with YSL #7 gold star cream liner.  If you really want your eyes to stand out, apply individual false lashes at the ends or an entire strip!

I used L’oreal Telescopic mascara, the one in the gold tube.

  • I always apply foundation, bronzer, blush, and finishing powder AFTER my eye makeup is complete.  This method will insure, any fallen shadow (from powder formulas) will not disrupt my face makeup.  No powdered eyeshadows were used for this look,  but I am so accustomed to doing things this way.  Can’t teach this young dog new tricks 🙂
  • Add your favorite lipstick and Voila you are done.



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

It would tell you to be the best version of yourself.  If makeup will get you there, even better.   Coco Chanel once said,

I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself upa little-if only out of politeness.  And then you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny.  And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny. 

Amen sister!!!   This pertains to men as well!!   Makeup also says, “A happy woman makes a happy MOMMY and WIFE!!!”  Be well and stay safe.