February Favorites (2013)

I’m going to continue with the monthly ‘favorites’ list. I think it forces me to really sort through my makeup and skin care and gauge performance (and $$ worth) in a practical way. So here are my favorites for the month of February:

Sunday Riley JUNO:

I know, I know! I initially hated this oil (I’m still not a fan of the smell), but it has gone so far to heal my broken skin, that I can’t rave about it enough. I’ve used my original bottle up, gone through a couple of samples, and am now due to purchase a fresh bottle. I mix it with my regular skin moisturizer for daytime, and wear it alone at night. It’s been wonderful for this skin. I am in love with it now.

Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation:

This has become such a staple. What I love most about this foundation is that it imitates ‘skin’ so it looks incredibly natural. I apply it with my fingers, set it with a light dusting of Secret Brightening Powder and I’m good to go. Easy Peasy.

MAC Lovecloud Blush:

I’ve been using this blush every day for nearly a month. It’s incredibly flattering, and brightens my complexion without making me look too ‘done.’ It’s a perfect pinky coral on my skin, and it lasts all day, until I take it off.

Chanel Or Rose Eye Pencil (top):

This is another staple. Like Lovecloud, it brightens my entire eye, and opens it up. Unless you look closely, it doesn’t even look like I’m wearing it on my waterline. Now that I’ve been wearing my glasses more often than not, this is the perfect eye opener for me. I use it just about every day, no matter what kind of makeup I’m doing for the day.

By Terry Or de Rose Lip Baume

I keep one of these in my purse, and one in my kit. The wand applicator is the best thing By Terry did for this shimmering balm. I can put it on without looking, and it just kind of lights my lip area. The rose gold flecks add just enough color to give my lips some definition, and it feels absolutely wonderful on. Love it.

Those are my top picks for February 2013! Ciao for Now!

FOTD: LoveCloud

My love affair continues with Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup. I wore it nearly sheer, and used MAC Blush in LoveCloud to fill in the rest:

Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup (#10)
Armani Eraser (#5)
MAC Blush in LoveCloud
MAC Blush in LoveCloud (lids)
MAC Eyeshadow in Brule (browbone)
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
Keyvn Aucoin Liquid Lipstick in Dollpine

Blushed: MAC Tres Chic (Lovecloud)

I  never intended to fall in love with ANY of these blushes. The new Tres Chic collection from MAC features a soft palette of pinks, corals, and an unforgettable orange. Since I was too lazy to get up and head to the MAC store to look at them, I ordered what I thought I’d like online (I figure, if they suck, I can just take them back). I ordered every blush but Lovecloud and Pink Tea. I thought they looked like something I had before. I was only partially right.

Lovecloud is bright and intense… not quite pink and not quite coral. I was in Naimies yesterday and swatched it, and decided that it MUST come home with me…

The color is so much more intense than I thought it would be. It swatched beautifully on my warm skin tone…

Definite keeper. The other blushes are still en route; they’re supposed to get to me by the weekend. In the meantime, I’m going to have lots of fun playing with this one.