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A Star is Born!

I admit it,  am powerless against the draw of a TSV!  When I first read about this Laura Geller kit, I wasn’t sure I really wanted to invest my money because I have so much Balance & Brighten, I could open a store.  But, when I looked at the gorgeous blush and the eye primer, I couldn’t resist.  This All Stars kit was designed for the Geller Girl who has everything already, and wants to pump it up.

In this kit, you get:

  • Champagne Spackle, a primer with a light glow
  • Balance and Brighten, a baked powder foundation
  • Blush and Brighten in Pink Grapefruit, a gorgeous light pink blush
  • Waterproof Eye Spackle
  • Baked Eyeshadow Duo in Amethyst/Starburst
  • makeup bag

Laura Geller is known for her primer, which she named Spackle because it “smooths over” the imperfections on your face and creates a flawless base.  The Champagne version is a light, airy glow, with teeny sparkles.  It’s very similar to Ethereal, which is slightly darker and not as sparkly.  Spackle hasn’t made my Top 5 primer list yet, but I need to play with it a bit more.  I find it very slick and slippery, and not my favorite.  C+

The Balance and Brighten is something I use almost every day these days, and it’s a rich, creamy powder foundation that can provide as little or as much coverage as you want.  I use it over my favorite BB cream for a flawless finish, or on it’s own for a light layer on a lazy day.  If you apply it with a damp makeup sponge, or a beauty blender, you get more of a creamy medium coverage.   I currently use Fair, but generally I am Regular (Medium).  The great thing about this product is that there are many colors in one, and you can pick out the colors you need or swirl them together to provide a multi toned product. A-

The Pink Grapefruit Blush and Brighten is gorgeous!  I love this color and I had seen it in another kit at Ulta and was looking all over for it.  This is not a full size, but it will still last you forever.  It’s a pretty bright pink in the pan but when you dust it on the apples of your cheeks, it is a sweet, natural flush.  Remember, a LITTLE goes a long way here!  A

One of my favorite items in the kit is the Waterproof Eye Spackle.  I am constantly looking for the perfect eye primer, as I have super sensitive eyes and many products don’t work for me.  Until recently, Too Faced Shadow Insurance was my fave, but recently, it has been causing me some irritation so I had to search for a new primer.  The eye spackle is in a clicker pen, which makes applying it a breeze.  Just a little dab, blended on your eye, will brighten it up and make it look awake and open, while providing a great base.  Use this, and your makeup will stay all day.  The only down side for this, is that sadly, it contains parabens.  Hopefully, they will be eliminated in the future.  B

The last item in this kit is an eyeshadow duo in Starburst/Amethyst.  The marble eyeshadows are always fun because they have so many colors swirled in to the one.  The Starburst is a pink, gold, bronze int he pan, but when you apply it you get a dark gold bronze glow.  The Amathyst is a purple and gold marble, and when applied it is a darker purple with a golden background.  These are girlie colors and the gold really warms them up.  Again, sadly, there are parabens in the eyeshadow.    B

This kit is $55 on QVC right now, and the TSV had an Auto Delivery option that will give us a new color of blush, eyeshadow and spackle in the future.

This kit is a great value, even if you only keep 2 of the pieces.  While I really didn’t need any more Balance & Brighten, it’s easy to sell that to a fellow makeup lover and make this kit worth every penny.  I have become a bit of a collector of Laura’s eyeshadows, because they are simploy beautiful and the marble effect gives you multiple colors in one.

Over all, I have to give this kit a B because several of the products contains parabens.  If they were eliminated, then this would be an A in my book!  The staying power of the blush and eyeshadow is phenomenal, and I love the baked effect.

Happy glossing!

 

Gettin’ buzzed!

Are you feeling it?  Bzz bzz.  That’s the buzz of a released kit from Bare Escentuals, called Buzzworthy. This kit got a ton of great press last year when it was first released, and as it was recently re-released during the May QVC shows, I decided to pick it up.

Inside, you’ll find:

  • A unique, double-ended lipstick and lipgloss duo, with Sticky Buns stick, and Muffin Top gloss (only available in this kit)
  • Well-Rested for Eyes (eyeshadow size).  Now I have at least 3 other containers of Well Rested but this little gem is a genius.  It’s a creamy yellow color, and while it started it’s life as an eyeshadow, it’s an amazing multi tasker that fights both redness and dark circles.  I have an extra large container and use it every day!  Ever had a red nose from allergies or a cold?  Well Rested is your cover.
  • Glee Radiance all over face color.  I have a large jar of Glee AOFC from a million years ago, but this is slightly different.  The Radiance is a dewy soft look, while my old Glee is more of a pop of color.  Love this!
  • High-Shine Charisma eyeshadow (only available in this kit), a pink champagne shade.  Sparkle baby, sparkle!  This is the previous packaging for the high shine formula, and honestly, I prefer it.  Those spring loaded tubes are TERRIBLE.  I will be reviewing the colors I have shortly.  The formula is not as chunky as the Extreme Glimmers, and not as creamy as the regular shadow.  It’s somewhere in between, with noticeable glitter.
  • Popular eyeshadow, a plum shimmer shade.  I’ve heard a lot about this shade, which is a reddish plum.  Some people find it a bit hard to wear, but I think if you do it right, it’s gorgeous!

All of this is $36 and is a QVC exclusive.  Considering that each eyeshadow is normally $13, and the high shines are now $16, you are getting a great value – essentially, the Glee and Lipstick are free.

Clockwise from top left: Popular, Eye Bright, Restore, High Shine Charisma

From left, foiled on bottom dry on top: Restore, Popular, High Shine Charisma, Eye Bright

 

 

Today, I started with Benefit Primed and Poreless primer, followed by Bare Escentuals Matte Foundation in Golden Fair.  I spot concealed with It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye, followed by Well Rested to hide some redness.

For my eyes, I used the flathead shadow brush to pat high Shine Charisma from lid to crease, buffing it off the brownbone a bit.  Next, I added Popular in the outer 1/3 of the eye.  For definition, I added Restore to the crease (this is from the Naturally Luminous collection), popped the inner corner with Eye Bright, and lined with Urban Decay Bourbon 24/7 liner and some mascara.

I added a pop to my cheeks with original Glee, followed by a sweep of the Glee Radiance, and used the lipgloss.

I really enjoy the colors in this kit, and it can be strong for evenigns, or light for summer days.

Don’t miss out, order yours today at QVC!

 

 

 

Purple is where it’s at!

It’s no secret, I love purple!  Today’s look it a bit sparkly because I’m going out to dinner, and I was in my pjs today working from home.

  • Benefit Primed & Poreless Primer
  • BE Matte Foundation in Golden Fair
  • NARS Illuminizer in Orgasm. I just got this in a Beauty.com haul, and I love the way it’s true to the Orgasm color, but adds a nice rosy glow. I used it to highlight my cheekbones and around the eye socket.
  • BE Glee as blush
  • Two Face Shadow Insurance in Candlelit
  • BE Nude Beach patted all over lid and used to blend
  • BE Water Lily on outer 1/3 of lid
  • BE Midnight Diamond wetlined
  • Buxom Mascara (2 coats)
  • I needed a little more oomph so I added Myth in the crease, and patted more Water Lily in the middle of my lid
  • BE Pretty Amazing in Courage with Buxom Claire over it.

Happy Hump Day!

Feeling TARTEy!

Today, I decided to go for an all (well, mostly) Tarte look, using the 8th Wonder of the World Collection from QVC.

  • Mally Poreless Perfection Primer
  • Monistat Anti Chafing Gel on the nose (hey!  It’s cheap and it’s a GREAT silicone primer!)  In fact, the active ingredient, Dimethicone, is the primary ingredient in most silicone based primers.  I swatched L’oreal, BE and Smashbox primers on my hand, along with Monistat.  They are ALL clear silicone primers and all function the same way, more or less.  I will say that the Mally primer is not the best for mineral makeup, but works wonders for cream powders or liquid makeup.  I find that the BE primers and also another fave, the Benefit Primed & Poreless work wonderfully for BE foundation.
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation in Light
  • UDPP in Eden
  • MAC Painterly Paint Pot as base
  • Tarte Shimmering Sand patted on lid and sweeped over lid
  • Tarte Shimmering Plum in the outer 1/3 of eye
  • Tarte Shimming Cocoa in crease
  • Tarte Emphasize Eyes eyeliner in Golden Plum
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Glisten
  • Tarte Pure optic Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Golden Pink
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara

This is definately a great collection, and I can’t wait for the next Auto Delivery in June!

You’ve come a long way baby!

We all remember the days of Cover Girl, the “clean” makeup, when we were younger don’t we?  Many of us started on drugstore brands like cover girl, which – for better or worse – were not exactly the epitome of great makeup.  Given that less than illustrious history, I have steered clear of most drugstore brands,, but things are really starting to change.

I recently received a sample of Cover Girl’s new NatureLuxe line from BzzzAgent, and was really pleased with the results.  My sample was in 310-Flax and considering that I had to pretty much guess at the color, it was a really good match.

According to Pat McGrath, the Global Creative Design Direction at Cover Girl, “In make-up, we’re seeing Luxe-Simplicity influence a light, fresh, yet flawless look which is both luxurious and radiant.  I call this the natural polished look.” .   I love the texture of this liquid; as someone who rarely wears liquid foundation because of the heavy, masky feeling, this product uses natural jojoba oil, rosehip extracts, and cucumber water in stead of oils.  As a result, it is very light to the tough and on the skin.  It gives what I’d call a medium full coverage, not quite sheer, which i love for days when I just need a little more help with my face.  Another great feature is the build in SPF 10.  Granted it’s not a high SPF but for those of us who are office hermits, it’s typically sufficient for daytime wear.

Since it’s available in 14 shades, there is a good bet that you can find the one that’s right for you.  What’s more, Walgreen’s is currently having a buy one get one 50% sale on Cover Girl products.  This foundation retails for $12.99, but with a $2 off coupon available in this weekend’s Parada Magazine  (or ask me, I have a few) you can get it for $10.99.  Buy the companion lipbalm (to be reviewed) at $7.49, which you could get at 50% off, and you have a nice $14 deal.  Considering the price of some other foundations these days, this is a great deal, and worth a try.

I received this sample free of charge by participating in BzzAgent

You’re such a Tarte!

Just a little follow up on my Tarte foundation review.  As previously reviewed, I loved the TSV, except the Tarte Amazonian Clay Balancing Foundation SPF 15.  I felt that it was too heavy, and too chalky for my skin, and that it might be sucking the moisture out of it.

Kaolin (Amazonian) Clay is a layered silicate mineral, and is known to have a low shrink – swell capacity.  Basically, it won’t absorb or excrete water.

Long story short, I’ve been using a new moisture pack, in the form of Argan oil.  I bought a no name version from Overstock a while a go to see how I like it.  It SAYS it authentic, so I suppose I belive them.  This oil has been wonderful in making my elbows smooth, moisturizing my dry hands, and yes – helping my dry patches on my face.  I started out using it just on the dry patches, but for the last few nights, I used it all over my face.  It absorbs quickly, and isn’t greasy.  Argan oil, from Morrocco, is exceptionally rich in vitamin E and phenols, which are fantastic for your skin.  It’s traditionally been used as a treatment for skin diseases as well.  After several nights using this as an all over moisture pack, my face is much better.  The dry spots are still there, but they are disappearing.

So today, I tried the Tarte foundation again.  I used a few dots all over my face, and blended with my finger, following up with the fabulous brush in the kit.  I have to tell you, the effect is TOTALLY different and I might actually like this foundation now, particularly in the summer when I’m more oily!  it’s definitely more of a full coverage, and I wouldn’t put very much on your dry spots.  But it’s growing on me.

Tarrte Amazonian Clay Blanacing Fondation

Argan oil (any brand, as long as it’s authentic)

Next up in my Foundation Series:

Josie Maran Matchmaker Argan Serum Foundation