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Maybelline The Buffs Lipstick in Untainted Spice and Espresso Exposed

Hello loves!  My birthday celebration continues, as I am headed to see Sarah McLachlan tomorrow night in Charleston, SC!  One of my besties treated me to tickets and hotel (thanks Amie!).  I am super excited for the concert and hangin’ with mah gurl!  And Charleston in the springtime is absolutely lovely!

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Maybelline Untained Spice and Espresso Exposed (top to bottom)

I’ve had these Maybelline The Buffs lipstick in Untainted Spice and Espresso Exposed for a while.  I saw a display in Walmart when they were newly launched, picked up a couple (they were on sale!), put them in a drawer, and forgot about them.  Tragic really, as they are so my colors!

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Maybelline Untainted Spice and Espresso Exposed (left to right)

The Buffs is a part of the Color Sensational line that includes Vivids, Reds, and a whole range of  other shades.  The Buffs is more focused on nudes.  Not my favorite hue, but I chose the darker options.  If you are a nude lip fan, definitely check out this collection!  I love the Color Sensational lipsticks because they are super pigmented, shiny, non-drying, and really comfortable to wear.  And the formula is consistent throughout the line.  Since it is a shiny/moisturizing lipstick, you do have to reapply frequently.

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Maybelline Untainted Spice Lipstick

For me, Untainted Spice is a great nude.  About as nude as I like to go.  It looks super dark in this photo, but the two initial pics are a better representation of the shade.

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Maybelline Espresso Exposed Lipstick

Espresso Exposed is the darkest shade the line offers.  It is a great raisin/berry color.

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Maybelline Untainted Spice and Espresso Exposed Lipstick

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Maybelline Untainted Spice and Espresso Exposed (right to left) swatches

Depending on your complexion, Untainted Spice could be a great ’90s brown.

Untainted Spice:

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Maybelline Untainted Spice Lip Swatch

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Maybelline Untainted Spice lipstick

I love Untainted Spice!  Great MLBB for me!

Espresso Exposed:

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Maybelline Espresso Exposed Lip Swatch

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Maybelline Espresso Exposed lipstick

Espresso Exposed is a great raisin shade.  Of course, it’s springtime.  But I will still wear this lipstick!

Before I go, can we please talk about these lashes!!!!  I hate doing closeups, and y’all know I am not a makeup artist.  But I just had to mention them.

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Red Cherry Lashes #43

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Red Cherry Lashes #43

LAWD my wrinkles!!!!

These are Red Cherry #43.  I order them from Lady Moss.  They are cheaper than Ardell lashes, and I’ve gotten 10+ uses from these so far.  Great quality for the price.  Maybe not for everyday, but they are awesome!  They are super easy to use, and the band is perfect even if you don’t use liner.  And they offer more conservative lashes, as well as more glam than these.  This is not sponsored at all.  Just wanted to let you know about these great lashes!

Again, thanks for reading! xoxo

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Physicians Formula Argan Wear BB Cream and Blush

Hello beautiful people!  I just got back from the most wonderful birthday trip, and I’m recharged and ready to go!  The trip home was awful because of flight delays/cancellations, but we got home eventually at 2:00am Monday morning.  Ugh.  Then we went to see Elton John the next day here in Augusta!  Sir Elton has made frequent stops here in my town when he’s on the road.  I have a special place for him in my heart because he was the first “rock” artist I ever heard.  I grew up in Japan until my Dad got stationed in the US when I was 9.  Until then, the only music I was exposed to was my Daddy’s classic country & western (which I love to this day!), and my Mom’s Elvis.  When we got to America, there were tons of FM radio stations that played music I had never heard.  Back then, when you lived overseas, you only had American Forces Radio, which played very limited music.  So, when “Honky Cat” came on the radio, I was like, “What is this?????”.  And my love for Elton was forever cemented in that moment.  One of my cats is named Levon after one of his songs.  Whenever I go to concerts, I am so blown away by the fact that an artist writes music/lyrics, and people sing back to them in unison; word for word.  Music does join us all together!  That’s why I love it so much.

I had planned to do a review on the Physicians Formula Argan Wear BB Cream and Blush before I left, but it didn’t happen.  So, here it is!

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Physicians Formula Argan Wear BB Cream and Blush

I am a huge fan of the Physicians Formula bronzers, concealers, and blushes, but had never tried any foundations.

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Physicians Formula Argan Wear BB Cream and Blush

I gotta admit the packaging is what drew me into the Argan Wear line!  The blush in itself is like a work of art!

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Physicians Formula Argan Wear BB Cream

The BB Cream is available in Light and Light/Medium.  Of course, I chose Light/Medium, and hoped it would work for me!  *Spoiler Alert* – it did.

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Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush in Rose

The blush is offered in Natural and Rose.  I picked Rose.

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Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush Rose

The compact separates into lid, product (with mirror underneath), and a brush in the base.  The mirror is awesome.  The blush is very, very pink – my camera (probably my fault) makes it look more mauve/purple.  It is very disco pink in color (as you will see in swatches).

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Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush

The gold flecks you can see is an over-spray.  After a couple of swipes with a blush brush, it’s gone.  Though it does blend into the surrounding blush.

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Physicians Formula Argan Wear BB Cream and Blush Swatches

Yay!  You can see the color of the blush!  It is a true pink.

My thoughts:

The BB cream is awesome!  It actually feels like a skin treatment when you apply it.  The package claims to “even out, smooth, moisturize, protect, and condition”.  It does.  It has moisturizer, argan oil, and SPF 30.  It is very light, and gives a dewy finish.  The coverage is a bit sheer, but it does even out your complexion.  Perfect for when you don’t want to do the whole foundation/powder thing, but want to look presentable.  I apply with a Beauty Blender.  I have a lot of redness, and this did not completely cover it up.  But again, I feel like I am presentable.  Albeit a bit red :D  My skin feels really soft and smooth after removing it also.  Because of the sheerness, light/medium worked perfectly for my skin tone.

The one tiny thing I don’t care for is the fragrance.  The back of the box claims it is an “exotically scented formula”.  It’s not chemical-y or perfume-y.  It’s an strange exotic scent alright.  It does fade after a while.  But very noticeable when you first apply.  But I love it, so I will deal with the smell!

However, I am not quite so enamored with the blush.  It is very pigmented, and is a bold pink shade.  But I find it very hard to blend.  I tend to be a bit heavy handed with blush, so I always buff with a complexion brush after applying.  This formula tended to just wear off rather than blend into my skin.  And the gold over spray glitter is a bit chunky.  I’m not sure if it will eventually disappear after using it longer?  We shall see.  Oh, and the blush has the same strange exotic fragrance.

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Murphy

My sweet photography assistant Murphy is happy his Mommy is home.  I’m sure he will be joining me in the photo session scheduled for tomorrow.

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Thanks for reading!  xoxo

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What I’m Packing

Hello loves!  Tomorrow, March 1, is my birthday!  To celebrate, hubby and I are going to a resort in Sedona, Arizona for a week.  We’ve never visited the state, and were looking to go somewhere warm.  Naturally, with all this crazy, unseasonably cold crap we’ve been getting, it looks like Arizona isn’t going to be much warmer.  Oh well.  We’ll make the best of it!  I was trying to organize what all I would be taking, and thought I’d share what I’m packing – in terms of makeup and skincare stuff.

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What I’m Packing

I am pretty proud of the fact that I do not over pack.  I have always traveled for business, so I’ve learned over the years to keep things to a minimum, as half the stuff I used to lug around didn’t get used.  I like to go through my sample stash and find things to try out while I’m away.  Especially since I don’t have travel sizes of the products I use every day.  And I’m too lazy to transfer stuff from the full size into the little plastic travel containers.  Besides, it’s fun to rummage through the tiny bottles and foil packs to see what treasures I can try out.  Sort of like shopping.

Skincare:

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Origins Skincare Samples

I got this Origins sample set as a points perk from Sephora a while back.  It has the Checks and Balances face wash, GinZing eye cream and moisturizer, and Night-A-Mins night cream.  Basic skincare covered.

Cleansers:

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Additional Cleansing Products

I’m also bringing the Bi-Facil eye makeup remover, Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, and the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser.  I’m really excited to try the Liz Earle.

Skin Treatments:

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Skincare Treatments

I’m also trying some Kate Somerville, Dr. Dennis Gross, Caudalie, and the Dermalogica daily microfoliant powder.  Gotta keep exfoliated!

Hair:

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Hair Products

I don’t wash my hair everyday, so hair stuff isn’t a big deal.  I will use the hotel shampoo, but I do need a good conditioner.  I love the way the Bvlgari White Tea smells, so it’ll be nice to have my hair lightly scented with that gorgeous scent.  Add a volumizing cream, and I should be good to go.  I’ll throw my trusted Elnett hairspray in my bag as well.

Miscellaneous Fun Stuff:

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Miscellaneous Random Stuff

I’ve got tons of Supergoop sunscreen from subscription boxes.  Thank goodness, because the sample size is just right for travel.  I’ve been anxious to try the Le Volume De Chanel mascara, Soap & Glory body butter, and the Amazing Concealer (it’s pretty pricey, so glad to be able to try it out first).  This Fresh Sugar Lip Polish mini has lasted me through several trips now.  I’m not super crazy about it, but the teeny size is perfect.

Makeup:

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Makeup

Going with the minimum.  Our resort is supposed to have an absolutely heavenly spa, and our package allows daily access – until 10pm!!  So I am planning on taking full advantage of that (and indulging in some treatments as well!).  And that is makeup optional of course.  The resort is nestled amongst some amazing canyons and offers daily hikes, yoga, meditation, and various types of fitness and exercise classes.  Again, makeup optional.  So I figured I wouldn’t need to be super glammed up on this trip, thus decided to keep it simple:  Ettusais BB cream, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Anastasia DipBrow, Tarte MultiplEye liquid liner, baby sized Benefit Coralista blush, and the original Lorac Pro palette.  I love how versatile the Pro palette is.  I’m covered whether I want to keep it neutral or smoky.

I am so looking forward to our getaway!  And trying out some new products.  I’ll let you know if there are any standouts!

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Jetoy Choo Choo Kitty Makeup Bag

Oh, and I’m using this adorable makeup bag!

Do you pack samples, or do you take your regular products with you when you travel?

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Baby-Tini

My photography assistant today was Baby-Tini.  He says hi!

Thanks for reading!  xoxo

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne

I am going to jump right into today’s post because I have found my FAVORITE lipstick!

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne!  Well, NARS Audacious Lipstick period.  Not for the color (which I do LOVE), but this formula!  It is everything!

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne

I am very late to the party for these newly formulated lipsticks.  I was super excited when they launched back in September, but all the shades I was interested in were sold out when I went to purchase online.  So, I trudged to the mall to visit Sephora in person, only to be disappointed to discover they didn’t carry the full shade range in store.  Then I got distracted by the next bright, shiny object, and sorta forgot about them.  Tsk Tsk.

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne

Fast forward a couple of months, and my misplaced thought about this lipstick resurfaced while walking around in Sephora.  Which is remarkable, as I am usually in makeup sensory overload/trance when I’m there.  After much hemming and hawing, I chose Jeanne.  Still not my first choice, as the color range was limited, but I was anxious to see what the fuss was about, so she came home with me.  Better late than never!

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne

NARS describes Jeanne as “cherry red”.  I think it is sort of a deep red with a hint of brown.

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NARS Audacious Lipstick Jeanne Swatch

As usual with me, the arm swatch looks very different than how it ends up on my lips.

And can I just say, I am a horrible swatcher.  How do people get such pretty, uniform swatch lines?  It looks like I am coloring outside the lines.  If you have any tips, please comment below!

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne

This is honestly the best formula I have ever experienced.  It delivers full opacity in one swipe.  It is super creamy and applies oh-so-smoothly.  You cannot even feel it on your lips.  It really feels like you are putting on your favorite lip balm (cue angels singing).  Wear time is about 4 hours for me.  It does require a small touch up after eating/drinking.  It doesn’t completely wear off after a meal.  You can still tell what color lipstick you are wearing.  The formula is not drying at all, nor does it settle into lip lines.  And it has no fragrance.

And the packaging!  It is a square, metal case with a magnetic lid that snaps it closed.  Magnetic closures are a major plus in my book.  It is super sleek and very chic, with the NARS logo etched into the base.

You can bet your sweet honey buns I will be getting more shades.  NARS Audacious is my jam.  Stay tuned!

Do you have a favorite, ride-or-die lipstick?

Thanks for reading!  xoxo

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Current Skincare Products

Hey beauties!  Happy weekend.  We had a visit from winter this past week here in Georgia.  We had lows in the teens.  I have been trying to get my running game back on track as I detox my diet, and it was actually too cold to run one afternoon.  The wind was like a whip!  So I did some cardio indoors.  Boring.  I do feel for you people who have to deal with super frigid temps because you have “real” winter.  Oh, if I could only live in California.

I recently covered my morning skincare routine as well as my nighttime deal.  I didn’t want to include the additional treatments I use because it would have made the post too long.  So I am covering my current skincare products today.

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Current Skincare Products

These items have been in my routine for a while.  I am a huge fan of exfoliating, so many of my favorites do just that.  Nothing like resurfacing some new skin on mah face!  As I’ve gotten older though, I try to stay away from the traditional rough, grainy scrubs.  They end up being too hard on my skin, and I feel they could worsen the redness that has plagued me over the last few years.  Don’t get me wrong, I miss them!  I felt like those really worked because I could “feel” it as I was scrubbing.  But the new formulations do a great job, sans the grains.

Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate & Glamglow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment

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Glamglow Youthmud and Thirstymud

These are much-hyped products that are really worth the raves.  The Youthmud gives “resurfacing exfoliation and smooths, brightens, and softens”.  Indeed, it does!  This is my favorite skincare treatment.  It is a mud/clay mask that you rinse off once it dries (removing it in circular motions provides the exfoliation).  It does tingle, almost sting, when you first apply it, but it only lasts for a second and doesn’t burn or anything while it’s on.  I love the earthy/herbal scent.

The Thirstymud “hydrates, moisturizes, restores, replenishes, and calms”.  You can either rinse it off after 10-20 minutes, or leave it on overnight.  I use it overnight.  The next morning my skin is super soft and feels incredible.  It’s also suitable for long haul flights.  It smells sweetly of honey and coconut.  The stuff of sweet dreams!

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GlamGlow Youthmud (L) & GlamGlowThirstymud (R) Formulas

Quite different textures!

The next two products are exfoliants, but do not have chunky bits in it.

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MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator & Ole Henriksen Sugar Glow Face Scrub

MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator

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MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator

This is jet black!  It is a “foaming, cleansing,exfoliating scrub with volcanic ash and fine sugar crystals; mineral rich” formula.  It smells clean and fresh, and smooths out your skin.  It does leave me feeling a little tight in winter, but of course I moisturize afterwards, so no biggie.

Ole Henriksen Sugar Glow Face Scrub

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Ole Henriksen Sugar Glow Face Scrub Formula

I found this recently at my local Marshalls.  It appears it’s been discontinued by Ole Henriksen, but can be found on Amazon and other online retailers.  I included it because it is an awesome product!  The next day after my first use of this, my husband commented on how pretty my skin looked.  Well, that’s a big enough testimony of how great this stuff is for me! And he wasn’t even in the dog house or anything!  This includes “organic sugar from Paraguay, honey, grapefruit, tangerine, rose hips, pomegranate seeds, and African red tea to deep clean, smooth, and refine”.  The directions recommend using it in place of your regular cleanser, but I use it on no-makeup days.  It does have a bit of texture to it, but it’s not rough.  I am going to have to stock up on this, because I really love it.

Kracie Sheet Masks (from Japan)

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Kracie Sheet Masks From Japan

This is a variety pack of Japanese sheet masks.

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Kracie Sheet Masks

In case you are not familiar with these, they are a full faced mask made from soft cloth/cotton sheets that are saturated with “essence” (the liquid miracle to address whatever condition the mask is for).  The masks above are (L-R) tightening, clearing, and firming.  You leave them on your face for 5-20 minutes, remove the sheet, and pat the remaining essence into your face.

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Kracie Japanese Sheet Mask On

Boo!  Pretty scary, huh?  The black one is really fun.  You can purchase these at Japanese grocers, or pretty much anywhere online.  I get whatever is available from my online Japanese grocer, Marukai.  And nowdays, most beauty products from Japan have directions in English.

Origins No Puffery Cooling Mask for Puffy Eyes

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Origins No Puffery Cooling Mask for Puffy Eyes

Last, but not least, my favorite eye mask.  I have used this Origins gel for years.  I suffer from allergies, and just all around puffiness in my under eye area.  Though this does not completely eradicate my bags (nothing short of surgery will do that, unfortunately!), it is the best thing I’ve ever used to soothe the area and minimize the appearance of my bags.

I know it looks like a lot of products!  I alternate, depending on the season, and what’s going on with my skin.  I generally do all my treatments at night before bed, but occasionally I’ll use something in the morning if I’ve got something going on, or my skin looks bleh.

What are your favorite treatments?

Thanks for reading!  xoxo

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Fierce Females: Helen Gurley Brown

Before Carrie Bradshaw, even before Anna Wintour, there was Helen Gurley Brown.  She was a pioneer of powerful women in publishing, running Cosmopolitan magazine from 1965 to 1997.

She took over Cosmo as Editor-in-Chief after the success of her book, “Sex and the Single Girl”, which she wrote at the age of 40.  Quite an accomplishment I think, considering by today’s standards,  if you’ve not conquered the world by 30, well, you’re a lost cause!  Under her helm, circulation went from the hundred thousands to several million across the globe.

The 70s was a time when young women began questioning the traditional roles of wife and mother. Was it okay to be single, have a career, make your own money, be independent, and not “save yourself for marriage”?  Cosmopolitan addressed those issues head on, with a resounding message from Helen saying, “Yes it is!”.

Through the years, the magazine, like we girls, evolved.  It helped empower women to take charge of their destiny and not think life was all about marriage, a white picket fence, and 2.5 children.  We could make our own money, wear beautiful clothes, buy a car, become an Executive, get married, make babies; whatever we desired.  On our terms.  Soft-core feminism, in baby steps.

I was definitely a Cosmo Girl in my single days, much to my Mother’s chagrin.  It all worked out though.  We women are amazing creatures capable of doing anything.  Social mores should not set limitations on our dreams and aspirations, whether they are to be a career woman or a stay at home Mom.  It’s our decision.  I think Helen Gurley Brown helped pave the way for our liberation.

After leaving her position as Editor-in-Chief, she stayed on to oversee the international editions of Cosmopolitan, until her death in 2012 at the age of 90.

After she stepped down, I felt like the magazine lost it’s edge.  Not sure if it really did, or if I had just “outgrown” it due to my own evolution.  That’s kind of sad.  I can’t even tell you the last time I picked up an issue, but it was definitely my absolute favorite magazine and inspiration during my 20s.  It’s a totally different time now, but I hope the Cosmo Girl is still alive and well in the 2010s!

Thanks HGB.

“Good girls go to heaven; bad girls go everywhere” – Helen Gurley Brown

Thanks for reading, and be fierce!

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Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

Hello beautiful people!  Happy Chinese New Year to those who celebrate!  My family lived in Taiwan many years ago, and I remember what a fun and festive time the Lunar New Year was.  Plus, we got to be out of school for like two weeks!  On top of just having the American Christmas holiday.  Oh, the good old days!

I believe this post on the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation will wrap up the reviews on my recent foundation splurges.  And as with the last few newbies I’ve tried out, this baby did not disappoint!

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Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

This is my first Laura Mercier foundation.  The shade offerings are rather limited at 10.  If you are on the fairer side complexion wise, you are in luck.  Deeper lovelies, you will be disappointed.  I am an NC40 in MAC, and I matched the darkest shade they have, Hazelnut Beige.  So, yours truly is as dark as the color chart gets with this one.

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Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Hazelnut Beige

Hazelnut Beige is described as a “medium beige with neutral undertones”.

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Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Hazelnut Beige

The color showing through the tube is the actual foundation.  I personally think it does have a rather yellow undertone, which is probably the reason the shade works for me.

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Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation Hazelnut Beige Swatch

I love, love, love this foundation.  It is a rather full coverage formula, but leaves a luminous and dewy finish.  It also covered up my redness and hyper-pigmentation, so I did not have to use concealer to hide that ickiness.

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Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation Hazelnut Beige

It comes in a handy squeeze tube, with instructions to “Shake Well”.  A little hard to do with a tube!  I just sort of squish it around and attempt to shake it up.  And let me tell you, a little goes a long way.  You can end up with serious cakeface if you put too much on.  You do need to work fast, as it does dry quickly.  I am dry (especially in winter), so it lasted all day on me without budging.

My beloved Shiseido foundation brush is my first choice to apply this.  Next is the Beauty Blender.  It is a tad thick, but is very creamy and applies smoothly, and I prefer the finish my brush gives.

So, another winner to add to my rotation.  Hopefully more shades will be added to cover darker complexions.

Are you a Laura Mercier fan?

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Murphy

Murphy says, “Hi!”.  He’s helping me by shedding all over my camera case. I just bought a new house for Murphy, if you’re a cat lover too, let’s check best outdoor cat house reviews on my friend’s blog!

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

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Fierce Females: Lisa Marie Presley

I have always had a morbid fascination with Lisa Marie.  Probably because she is the only child of the biggest superstar in the world, Elvis.  I grew up listening to his music and watching his movies because my Mom was a huge fan.

I couldn’t even fathom growing up with a father as famous as Elvis.  He was a gigantic celebrity with worldwide fame.  Even today, people flock to Graceland by the thousands, and Elvis impersonators are still popular.  I think even in today’s times, anyone over the age of 12 knows who Elvis is.

Considering how huge her father was, she was mostly protected from the public eye growing up; especially after Elvis’ tragic death.  I’m sure her Mother, Priscilla, had a lot to do with shielding her child from the paparazzi and trying to allow the only daughter of an icon to have a somewhat normal life.  And all things considered, I think she turned out alright.

And followed in her father’s footsteps as a singer.  I like her music, and think she’s got talent.  Notice that sneer?

So, here’s to Lisa Marie Presley.  To Priscilla Presley as well, for I’m sure it wasn’t an easy task protecting her famous daughter from people who would have loved to exploit her for monetary gain.  And the from bottom-feeders who were still trying to make a buck off of Elvis’ name.  Thank goodness reality shows weren’t a thing back then!

Thanks for reading, and be FIERCE!

xoxo

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Jordana Easyliner For Lips

Happy Valentines Day my loves!  If you celebrate it, I hope you had a wonderful day!  I personally have never been a big fan of Valentines Day.  I sort of think of it as a glorified holiday for greeting card companies and florists.  Even in my younger, more idealistic days, I never thought it was a big deal.  But to each his own, and hugs & kisses to those of you who embrace it!

I am going to keep on the drugstore makeup train that I’ve been on for the past few posts.  Today, I want to talk about the Jordana Easyliner For Lips.

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Jordana Easyliner For Lips

Jordana has a great selection of shades available in these retractable lip pencils.  And they are $1.99 each!!!

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Jordana Easyliner For Lips

The pencil is plastic, with a top that snaps back on nice and tight.  As long as you’ve popped it back on until it clicks (make sure!!!), that sucker isn’t going anywhere.  Which is a big plus, as most of my liners’ caps somehow manage to come off in my purse, wreaking havoc and mayhem in there.  Yuck.

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Jordana Easyliner For Lips

I chose Rock N Rose, Tawny, and Plush Plum.

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Jordana Easyliner For Lips (L-R): Rock N Rose, Plush Plum, Tawny

I figured these would cover a good range of lipstick shades.  Notice I didn’t get any ultra dark, vampy ones!  I thought the Rose would be a good neutral; Tawny for my browns; and Plum for my darker wines/berries.

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Jordana Easyliner For Lips Swatches (L-R): Rock N Rose, Tawny, Plush Plum

Doesn’t it look like I switched the Rose and Tawny?  I swear they are in the correct order.  On my arm, the Rose swatched very brown, and Tawny very pink.  But on my lips they were more true to the color of the packaging.

Rock N Rose was a tad too light for me, but I will use it for my lighter lipsticks.  Tawny is a good neutral on me, and the Plush Plum is awesome.  I actually wore Plush Plum on it’s own the other day, and loved it.  These liners apply very easily, keep your lipstick in check, and wear a pretty decent amount of time.  Worn alone, they do not dry out your lips, and will stay on for hours, especially the darker plum liner.

I believe I am becoming a big Jordana fan.  You really can’t beat their quality, especially for the price.  As a rule, I am not a huge snob when it comes to lipliners.  If you can find a drugstore liner that performs, by all means use it!  Especially basic colors.  If I could find a dupe for MAC Stone and Currant liners, you bet your behind I’d switch in a heartbeat!  Of course if you know of any, let me know!

Thanks for reading!  xoxo

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Milani Anti Feathering Lipliner Review

Hello sweetpeas!  I am a week and a half into my diet detox, and happy to report it’s going well.  I got a spiralizer last week, and have been making the yummiest dinners that are chock full of veggies.  Tonight was a lasagne made with butternut squash.  Delish!  I will admit I miss having my wine though!

I know I have been on a drugstore makeup kick lately.  When I was feeling yuck a couple of weeks ago, I found myself going to the pharmacy a lot more than usual to pick up things to try to relieve my symptoms.  Of course, you have to walk through the makeup department on your way back to where the meds are, right?  So naturally, I had to stop and check out what was new.  And boy, was there a lot of new!  Never fails; when I’m looking for something when I’m feeling good, zilch.  Get ill, and the isles are overflowing with new offerings.  Though this is not new, I finally got to pick up the Milan Anti Feathering Lipliner, and want to share a quick review with you.

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Milani Anti Feathering Lipliner

I think Milani is one of the better drugstore brands.  I’ve yet to try something from them I don’t like.  Well, except the scent of their lipsticks.  I think I am the only person on the planet who thinks their lipsticks smell awful.  The formulas are great, but that fragrance is very off putting to me.  Moving on…..

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Milani Anti Feathering Lipliner

This lipliner has been sold out each time I’ve looked for it, so I was happy to find one single, lonely package hanging by itself on the peg.  I was wondering how it would compare the the Makeup Forever clear lipliner that I had been using.

As you can see, it is “transparent” and can be used as a liner and/or primer (line filling!).

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Milani Anti Feathering Lipliner

The pencil actually has a nice bit of heft to it, and looks pretty swanky.  Doesn’t feel cheap-y at all.

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Milani Anti Feathering Lipliner Closeup

The formula is very creamy and easy to apply.  Since it is clear, you can use it with any color lipstick.  The pencil is plastic, but sharpened to a good point using my Urban Decay Grind House sharpener (the best sharpener out there).  As a liner, none of my red shades escaped past the clear demarcation line.  I also tested it as a primer under MAC Cyber, one of my favorites, which is sort of a pain to keep in place.  It did a fabulous job.  Cyber did not budge or cake into my lip lines.

I am happy to report this liner works just as good as the Makeup Forever one!  For real!

I did back to back comparisons with both.  The Milani is a bit tackier than MUFE, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

The only lipstick neither could contain 100% was the L’Oreal Extraordinaire Plum Adagio.  No fault of the liner though.  I love this lipstick, but it always seeps outside my lip line.  Only the Plum Adagio does this (none of the other colors I own do).  Probably because it is so dark.  It wasn’t a total fail though.  It did a great job of keeping it from totally feathering out like it does without a liner.  I noticed after a couple of hours that my cupid’s bow area had the teeniest amount of bleeding.  Nothing horrible that a finger swipe couldn’t fix.  That’s just me being ultra super picky though.

I love this Milani liner.  I will be repurchasing this one, not the MUFE.  If you are in the market for a clear liner, this Milani one won’t do you wrong!

Thanks for reading!  xoxo

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