I got hip to this little powerhouse concealer through the blog ViviannaDoesMakeup. Vivianna’s high praise of it demanded my own independant evaluation. She was right: it BOTH brightens and negates redness. I “instantly” loved it. The texture is creamy and it blends beautifully with skin, leaving a slightly dewy finish. Don’t be intimidated by that. You WANT a concealer with some dew to it (the dry, caked concealer look really defeats the point, don’t you think?). I still love my By Terry Touche Veloutée Highlighter/Concealer (super luxuriously dewy) but the Clarins gives me more coverage – I reach for it on days when I need more help.
Davines is an Italian haircare line that I’ve been use for cleansing and conditioning for the past two months. Since making the switch I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my overall hair health. I recently spotted a hand cream in the line. I figured if they brought salvation to my strands, why not to my hands? Also, in all honesty, the packaging got me: it’s minimalist and cute at the same time, and the PERFECT size for a handbag. Great, good, grand BUT how does it perform? It’s light and nourishing thanks to the almond and olive oils in the formula. The floral fragrance reminds me of a lovely scent from my childhood, perhaps a perfume my mother wore. Anyway, I’ve been through three tubes already this fall and plan to give tubes to friends as little decorative accoutrements worked into my gift wrapping.
As part of my current 60’s style obsession I’ve been on the hunt for a lipstick in that sweet, soft, mod pink that was so popular on lips in the 60’s. I sampled dozens before finding “60s Pink” from Laura Mercier (yes the name could not be more apt!). I don’t own any other lipsticks from the brand so this was a unexpected find. It’s just right: neither too cool-toned nor too warm-toned, sheer but can be built up to opaque, pink enough not to mistake as a nude and yet not in-your-face pink. I love that it has a slight shimmer to it – a far cry from a true 60’s frost – but enough to pay homage. Pair it with bold 60’s cat-lined eyes and blacked out lashes for a bombshell look.
For certain occasions you want a non-color nail color (for travel or work for example). Something that says clean and groomed but deflects attention. This classy neutral is a great choice for toned-down nails. Also the formula for the Marc Jacobs nail polishes has a noticeable high-shine finish which I think sets it apart. And yes, I’m absolutely biased because of the name!
Hands-down my favorite blush du jour. This finely-milled, almost translucent pink, creates a soft, natural glow. If winter has left your face astonishingly pale like mine, try this one. It gives you a Snow White cheeky-flush that changes your look from anemic to fairytale. I never use the cheapie brushes that come with the blush. I recommend this angled blush brush from Sephora’s own line – high performance and good value at $28.
Read me rhapsodize about this little eye-widening gadget here.