Monday, October 18, 2010

I fell back onto the face of the earth!

I realize I've been persona non visible recently- starting a new job is always stressful and I also went on a camping trip. But I'm baaaacccccckkkkkk........

So what do I like to do? Slap some goop on and tell you what I think of it. So today's goop?

Revlon Golden Affair Sculpting Blush in Berry Darling.
I love the dramatic look of this one! It's so refreshing to see how drugstore brands are upping their game to stay competitive with these more glamorous options. This limited edition series is in high demand, commanding in the 15 dollar range on Ebay- unusual for a drugstore blush. It is swirled with gold highlights throughout, so it gives a slight shimmer, while the dramatic colors make your cheekbones look SUPER sharp. This is one to use mainly on the cheekbones so you don't look like Raggedy Ann. The powder is ultra soft and applies beautifully. I strongly recommend using a light hand- this is a dramatic blush, especially on palefaces. If you hurry, you can catch it on sale at Brigitte's Boutique for a super reasonable $5.95.

While you're at Brigitte's check out their freakishly awesome deals on MAC cosmetics. They have their luminescent mineral face powder for only $16.50! Too bad they're sold out of my MAC Studio Select Sheer Loose Powder. Retails for $21.00, but I got mine from them for $15.00. It's feather light, microfine, and provides some mattifying without being cakey- your skin keeps a luminescence that can often be dulled by too heavy powder. A tiny bit goes a long way, so it lasts forever, too. And I really like the way it smells, too. Very clean and fresh. It balances out skin tone and helps to diminish the appearance of imperfections without looking like you tried too hard.
Wet N Wild Hot Paris Pink lipstick is a disappointment. Normally I have nothing but good things to say about this discount staple, but this lipstick makes me sad.
I LOVE the color (though I could see how it could be garish on the wrong skin tone) a semi hot pink with unusual coral undertones, and every time I wear it I get compliments on how the color works for me. Unfortunately the staying power is minimal- you have to reapply it after merely engaging in brief conversations! It disappears starting at the middle of the lips, leaving you looking as if you've been eating a banana. It smells incredibly odd, and if your lips are at all chapped, it kinda burns(!) I like the color enough that I haven't thrown it away, I just use a lip liner and a primer to keep it on for an acceptable length of time but this one is not being replaced when it runs out.

Lately I've been experimenting with various products to add texture to my normally baby fine hair. A reader gifted me a box chock full of things that didn't work for her super curly, frizzy hair. Normally I wouldn't have paid any attention to this product, but I am now a huge fan of Sunsilk Hairapy Waves Of Envy Sea Mist. You can use it on damp or dry hair and it texturizes your hair, emphasizing natural waves without any stiffness. Your hair looks like it does after you've been swimming in the ocean and it smells AMAZING! It's not easy to get beach bunny hair when you live in North Texas, but this stuff lets you fake it pretty damn well!

If you really want to pump up the volume, Rene Furterer VolumeA Shampoo for fine and limp hair is mind bogglingly effective. In just a single use there is a visible difference. It plumps up the hair and makes it look thicker and fuller. My husband noticed without my even saying anything, and a co-worker asked if I'd dyed my hair or something because she saw a big difference but couldn't put her finger on what it was. This stuff WORKS. It's available at Dermstore who's currently running a big discount special.

I'm a sucker for mineral makeup as well as indie beauty companies and Painted Laydies Mineral Powders are a great addition to the mineral makeup revolution. 
 The web site is really helpful, with educational and informative articles on breaking down your color group and which shades work best for your skintone. I love that you can order sample packs for cheap (and pick out the colors you want included!) so you can decide if the color is really what you want. The two colors that I tried are Desert Wind and Tramp, however the line is being revamped with new colors and these are no longer available. I still recommend checking them out- order a sample pack for five bucks and find your new favorite! I love the texture on these, as well as the versatility of their use. Mine are soft, romantic colors that remind me of something Susan Sarandon would have been adorned with in the movie Pretty Baby. They blend well and have good staying power (particularly over a lid primer). Check out their site and tell 'em The Beauty Pirate sent you!

I tend to be a pretty diehard Estee Lauder fan, but their More Than Mascara Moisture Binding Formula is a mixed bag. I think of it as more of a daily wear lash conditioner that happens to also work as a basic mascara. It does nourish the lashes and seems to help prevent lash loss, but save this one for daytime use. It's not a building formula, so it may not have enough oomph for more dramatic evening looks. It certainly separates and defines the lashes, but if you have thin skeebly lashes this probably won't be as thickening as you'd like (though it will eventually fix the problem with your lashes from the inside out.) Try out a promo size like the one I have listed below to see what you think. 

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