November Beauty Diary


With summer light gone, I’ve thrown in the towel on trying to look bronzed. Instead, I’m embracing my pale skin and letting it glow with help from some subtle-yet-radiant highlighters. More on this crop of product next week, but two favorite discoveries are pictured above: Living Luminizer by RMS (100% organic and creates a gorgeous, understated effect) and Boots No.7 Stay Perfect Soothing Eye Shadow in pretty pink (a good one on the wallet – you can pick it up at Target for $7.99).

The rest of my makeup favorites right now:

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: Okay so it’s definitely not makeup, but I’m so excited about this product I had to include it. A Delphine reader sent me the tip and boy was she onto something. This spray creates body and texture with real lasting power. And the surprising bonus? It smells wonderful. There’s a reason for this: Tom Ford created all the scents for the haircare line.

Ilia Multi-Stick in Tenderly: Natural flush in the form of a cream blush that you can also use on your lips. All organic with skin-nourishing shea butter. Good for your skin AND good looking.

RMS “Un”Coverup: A great companion. Also all-natural. More about it and Ilia Multi-Stick in this previous post.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip in Dragon Girl: I’ve heard this shade described as the perfect “gateway red” and I agree. Dragon Girl is a great base under other lipsticks to give longevity to lip-color; or you can pat it on lightly and layer with chapstick for a tint of color; or you can go for bold. I think the color is particularly Snow-White-pretty this time of year of off luminous wintry-white skin.

By Terry Hyaluronic Eye Primer: I’ve been looking for a matte eyelid primer for a long time that holds shadow in place – cursed creases be gone! I got interested in By Terry’s primer after watching this tutorial. I love the perk that it has skin-plumping hyaluronic acid in it – which I am told is a staple of her makeup products – and it does works well at holding shadow in place all day. By the way, Terry is Terry De Gunzburg, former creative director for YSL beauty and the creator of YSL’s cult favorite brightening pen, Touch Éclat. By Terry features that same emphasis on dewy-matte, enlightened skin. And btw, her concealer pens called Touch Velouté (her line’s version of Touch  Éclat) are pretty incredible if you’re in the market.

Kevyn Aucoin The Mascara – Volume: The controlled, minimilist wand is the best thing about this mascara. It lets you get right into the roots and is especially precise for bottom lashes. The formula is similar to Blinc, or Trish McEvoy: it creates tubes which slide off in warm water. Your sensitive eye-area region will thank you for not tearing at it to remove mascara. Aucoin creates a very natural look for daytime and the simplicity of removal enables a fuss-free lash costume change for a night out.

Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes: A unique product that I’m really enjoying. It goes on as cream and dries down into a velvety dry shadow (applying it takes some practice). I love the brand’s subdued color range that gives eye a slight accent but doesn’t compete with a red lip. I use it very lightly at lash line and outer corners of eyes, after applying the Boots cream shadow all over lid.

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