Posts Tagged ‘Bronzer’

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

7-Minute Makeup Routine (Yes, I Timed It)

I know you all think I plop myself down in front of my vanity every morning and spend a good hour putting on my face — using several different concealers to camouflage my puffy eyes, carefully sculpting the perfect winged eye, prepping and painting on the perfect statement lip — ok that’s me on a big night out, but not during the week. I mean come on, I live in crunchy Northern California now so I’ve kind of been forced to embrace the “Fresh Face Look”. The good news? I found that I can actually look surprisingly good after dedicated  5-7 minutes to my makeup routine. And for those of you mommies and worker bees who don’t have more than a few minutes to slap on your makeup in the morning, you are going to love me forever:

5 Minute Makeup Routine

Photo courtesy Dogwithbeards via deviantart

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Fighting to Hold on to that Last Bit of Summer Glow

You’re starting to notice the evenings are getting cooler and your husband or boyfriend is mysteriously absent all the time because he’s furiously trying to strategize his fantasy football team before next Sunday.   These looming signs of Fall mean that natural sunny glow you achieved (by wearing at least SPF 30 I would like to think) is going to start to fade over the next couple weeks. Don’t expect your usual summer bronzer will suffice unless you’re aiming for a war paint look.

It’s time to tone down the brown and go for a more natural glow. My favorite Fall bronzer is Orlane Soleil Cuivre 02 Compact Bronzer ($40) – with its finely milled texture leaving a subtly sheer healthy glow,  this bronzer works on almost every skin tone.   I also love that despite having “compact” in its name it has a 5″ diameter meaning you can easily swirl the largest fluffiest brush around in it and apply to both face and body.  I love using my luxurious Dior ‘Backstage Foundation – Light Coverage’ Powder Brush ($55) with this bronzer to give my face, decollate, and shoulders that last bit of summer I need to get me through the forthcoming football Sundays.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Drugstore Cowgirl Part 2: Best Drugstore Makeup & Cosmetics Buys

Welcome to Week 2 of my thriftathon where I share which beauty products you should be pilfering from the bonanza awaiting you at your local drugstore.  This week I’m focusing on the makeup aisle.  Come on, does’t it bring back memories of that first time you and your girlfriends shopped in the makeup aisle by yourselves?  I was in 6th grade and I was with my very sophisticated friends Meredith and Kim, who were both rocking Madonna floppy lace bows and electric blue eyeliner.  I wasn’t supposed to wear makeup yet but come on, like I was going to obey that rule.  Incidentally the first item Meredith and Kim introduced me to, Wet n Wild Brow & Eye Pencil, appears as #2 on my list since it is still a staple in my makeup bag.

1.  Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49):  I am not going to beat an empty Sephora bag here…  I’ve written about these hydrating, long-lasting gems, dramatically sang their praise in a video, and basically spread the gospel to any woman who would listen that these lipsticks are the cats pajamas.  I have them in every color and wear several combinations a day. Enough said.

2. Wet n Wild Brow & Eye Pencil ($.99)  Nothing takes you from boring day makeup to sexy going-out makeup faster than a couple swipes of eyeliner, which is why these pigmented pencils have graced the bottom of every handbag I’ve carried since the days of teasing my bangs and wearing thick bubblegum-hued lip gloss.  The pencil creates a thin opaque line that can be both smudged and applied on the inner rim. And let’s face it, $.99 for 7 inches (same length as a standard #2 pencil) of good eye pencil ain’t too shabby!
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