Favorite Things 2011: Lips

Here are my favorite Lip Products for 2011:

Pencil: Chanel Precision Lip Definer (Nude)

I use this pencil so much… it’s extremely versatile. This pencil is perfect for deepening any given lip color (especially the cool tones that have the potential to go ashy on my warm skin tone), or just cleaning things up. This is a staple for me. I’ve gone through two of these pencils this year… it’s that good.

Moisturizing Lip Stick: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine

I absolutely LOVE this lipstick! Nearly every color is flattering. I’m really impressed by the moisture level, color deposit and staying power of these lipsticks. The formula is so easy to use, you don’t really need a mirror to get the job done. I call them my ‘put on in the dark’ lipsticks. They are simply wonderful.

Matte Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet

These were such a pleasant surprise. I didn’t expect to like these, as I’m not really a fan of matte lipsticks (I’ve found them pretty drying). But this silky formula is such a joy to wear.

Lipstick Pencil (Gloss): NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

I fell in love with these when they were first released, and continue to love them today. They are simple to use, and really work well under presser. Keeper!

Lipstick Pencil (Matte): NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Like its glossy counterpart, the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil from NARS is also easy to use. The color saturation on these pencils is unmatched. They have stellar coverage, and can be  used as both lip pencils, or a full on lipstick.

Those are  my lip favorites for 2011. Ciao for now!

FOTD: Amber Shine

I used my new IMAN goodies for this FOTD:

By Terry Bronze Opulent
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
IMAN Blush in Sunlit Copper
IMAN Eyeshadow in Tiger Eye (lids/under waterline)
NARS Eyeshadow in Mekong (outer corner)
Gold Chanel Eyeshadow (Ecolsion)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
IMAN Lip Gloss in Brownie Shimmer

Favorite Things 2011: Eyes

Here are my favorite Eye products for 2011:

Brow Color: Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom

As much as I initially whined about the price of this palette, I get a LOT of use out of the middle color. Pom Pom is a cool enough brown that it works on brunettes, and doesn’t go ‘red’ like a lot of brown colors do. I use that color (along with Black Bear) more than any other in this palette. I still think it’s too expensive. I wish the shadows were sold as singles…

Eye Liner: Urban Decay, Chanel, Guerlain

I listed more than one brand because I use each pencil for different things. But these are my go to pencils for any given look, with out failure.

Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero
I use this again and again, use one down to a stump and buy another.  I keep three of these pencils in rotation at any given time. The formula glides on, is non irritating, and lasts all day without transfer. I love it.
Chanel Eye Kohl in Clair
This is really a must-have for me. The flesh color looks good on the waterline of just about every skin tone, and it looks a lot less harsh (and more natural) than a white pencil. The pencil is medium to firm, and glides on the waterline easily.
Guerlain Retractable Pencil in Gold (01)
I need to get another one of these pencils. I absolutely love this thing. I have a backup… but I may seriously need another. I use this pencil a LOT. It’s perfect for adding ‘light’ to my eyes, or serving as the perfect gold shimmer ‘base’ for any given makeup look.
Powder Palettes: Chanel Eyeshadow Quad

Pick a color… any color… and you’ll likely find some of the silkiest versions of that color in a Chanel Eyeshadow Quad. I’ve had incredible luck with these. The formula is always silky, and the colors blend out beautifully.
Cream Shadow: Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow

These CONSISTENTLY blow the competition out of the water! The formula goes on ‘dry’ (with fingers or a brush) – blends out like a cream – and holds all day without help until you take it off. I love these shadows. A little goes a long way… they are totally worth it. Totally.

Mascara: Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch

It figures that the mascara to finally beat out my former favorite (Armani Eyes to Kill), would be an amped version from the same company! Despite my recent acquisition of the new Guerlain mascara, this formula still came out on top. The formula lenghtens and volumizes. I love the way it smells (like roses) and I LOVE the way it performs!
Those are my favorites for Eyes for 2011. Ciao for now!

Mini Iman Haul

I was digging around in ULTA yesterday and came across two items that should have been in my kit a LONG time ago…

IMAN Cosmetics Brownie Lip Shimmer and Sunlit Copper Blush
What I like about both products is the ease of use… and the color transfer. Neither product swatches true to its name, but that’s also the reason I got them (the colors, not the names). Brownie Lip Shimmer is a distinct Amber color, and Sunlit Copper translates into more of a Sunlit Peach.
Brownie Lip Shimmer:
Sunlit Copper Blush
Awesome, right?

FOTD: Matte Mauve & Pink Shimmer

This just seemed like a good idea at the time:

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Chanel Horizon Blush
Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow in Wisdom (lids)
Chanel Single Eyeshadow in Twilight (crease)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Ashy Black (lashline and waterline)
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
Shiseido Shimmer Rouge Lipstick in Iron Maiden

Blushed: Blush Terrybly Ultimate Radiance (Sexy Plum)

This is proof positive that more expensive is not better. By Terry’s new Shimmer Blush for Holiday 2011 looks absolutely divine, but leaves much to be desired in the performance department.

Absolutely and completely stunning, right? Well, I can’t show you swatches because the transfer is nearly nonexistent. There’s little to no product pickup… just a sheer ghost of a shimmer. This might work on the palest of skin tones, but that’s about it. It’s extremely sheer. I feel like it’ll work best layered over a heavier blush, or to modify the color of another blush. But by itself, on my skin, it’s practically invisible.

And for $70, I need it to do more than just transfer a faint shimmer. Seriously.

POLL: What’s your Favorite Mascara?

We all have our favorite brands. We like them for performance, staying power… even smell. What’s your favorite mascara brand? I’d love it if you guys participated by voting in the new poll (in the blog sidebar). If your answer is OTHER, please post your preference in the comments box for this post.


Thanks you guys!

FOTD: Metallic Orange

It began with the Beaute Liqui-Gel Stain in Neon (it was literally the first thing I put on), and I kind of built the face from there:

Guerlain Parure Gold (Beige 06)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Rock & Republic Blush in Call Me
NARS Cream Shadow in Nomad (lashline to above crease)
NARS Single Eyeshadow in Etrusque (lids)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (lashline and waterline)
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
Beaute Liqui-Gel Stain in Neon
Haughty Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Receive

My Sustainable Journey: Alima Pigment Eyeshadows

The lovely ladies at Spirit Beauty Lounge introduced me to a new line of organic makeup from Alima. This is my first introduction to the brand, which has a pretty extensive makeup line. There are 21 Eyeshadow Pigments (which are actually called Alima Pure Pearluster EyeshadowAlima Pure Satin Matte Eyeshadow, and Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow) which is what I ended up with:

I found them all to be highly pigmented, easy to blend, and fabulously soft…


And what’s even more attractive about these pigments is the price. They retail for about $11 bucks a pop. I like them. You can learn more about Alima Eyeshadow Pigments (and the rest of the line) at Spirit Beauty Lounge.

FOTD: Cool Tones

This was quick.. and I have to say, I’m really getting the hang of the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre shadows. I find that they have the most staying power when I used them over powder. But it I use them alone, they’ll also really stick if I use my fingers… not a brush. This face lasted all day. I put it on at 8am… and people were still commenting on it by 6pm in the evening. No touch-ups.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere (Beige Ambre 64)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
By Terry Blush Terrybly in Sexy Plum
Chanel Illusion d’ Obmre in Fantasme (lashline to just above crease)
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Illusoire (lids)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
By Terry Rouge Shimmer Terrybly in Kiss Me Quick