Everyday Beauty: Unexpected Field Trip To Sephora!

One of my new favorite shops, Sephora called to me yesterday after I met my husband for lunch.

One of my new favorite shops, Sephora called to me yesterday after I met my husband for lunch.

I met my husband for lunch yesterday and as luck would have it, the restaurant was across the street from one of my favorite new stores, Sephora. I wasn’t planning on buying any make-up. But as I started to walking past Sephora, I swore I heard it calling to me.

It couldn’t hurt to take a quick look around, right? Plus I needed a new sharpener for my lip and eyeliner pencils. My current sharpener was crap and I desperately needed to replace it. Easy peasy and quick, right? Eh….not so much.

About one hour and $170 130 dollars (yea online coupons!) later I finally started heading towards my car.

Do I feel guilty about spending the money? Sure, but everything I got is so pretty and is perfect for summer (or so I tell myself).

I love Urban Decay's Naked 3 (top) pink tinted neutral colors. And I can't wait to play with Too Faced's cocoa scented chocolate bar palette (bottom).

I love Urban Decay’s Naked 3 (top) pink-tinted neutral colors. And I can’t wait to play with Too Faced’s cocoa scented chocolate bar palette (bottom).

Urban Decay & Too Faced Eyeshadows
I wanted some neutral colors and just love Urban Decay’s Naked 3 color palette. These neutrals have a rosy tint with great shades and finishes. Playing with it yesterday I found that the colors were real easy to blend and had a velvety feel. Of the 12 colors, I love Nooner, Mugshot and Darkside the best.

I also picked up Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar Eye Palette to add a little more color variety. I haven’t played with the palette yet, but it smells delicious! Why? It’s scented with real chocolate. Yep, you read that right. This palette’s infused with 100% cocoa powder. This is one you have to keep away from the kids as they will want to eat it. Trust me on this. My salivating husband couldn’t put it down.

NARS' blush bronzer duo was exactly what I needed for summer.

NARS’ blush/bronzer duo was exactly what I needed for summer.

NARS Orgasm-Laguna Blush-Bronzer Duo
This NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo is great. I love the blush’s coral color. I tried it on without wearing my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer and it was a little too soft for my rosy cheeks. But lo and behold, when I put on the tinted moisturizer, then added the blush, it looked amazing.

The Laguna Bronzer is a little lighter than my current bronzer. But it’s perfect for the summer as I don’t actively go out and tan. Sure I’m outside hiking, running, walking and biking, but I always wear sunscreen and a hat now. I really don’t like looking overly tan so I keep my tanning to a minimum. The bronzer should be a nice complement to what the sun does naturally to my face. I will say that the shimmer is very subtle compared to my current bronzer. That’s a big plus.

These Sephora lip stains offer the perfect colors for summer fun.

These Sephora lip stains offer the perfect colors for summer fun.

Lips: Stains, Liners And Brushes, Oh My!
I needed more lipsticks in my arsenal. But my problem is finding something that got some staying power. So I went with two stains. The first is Sephora’s Rogue Infusion Lip Stain. Since it’s a stain, it should last longer than regular lipstick, right? Well, we’ll see. I just liked the color – Pink Essence. Perfect for summer.

I also picked up Sephora’s Cream Lip Stain. The Infinite Rose – Satin Golden Peach color is soooo pretty. I was wearing my coral dress when I tried out the golden peach. Wow, a perfect match.

In addition to the stains, I picked up some lip liner and a new lip brush.

Now I’m all set for summer. Sweet.

Choosing A Red Lipstick — Not As Easy As You Think

Feeling a little sassy playing with my new red lipstick.

It’s late and I’m feeling tired, yet sassy as I play with my new red lipstick.

Can someone tell me why picking out a red lipstick is so frickin’ hard? I spent what seemed like an eternity at Sephora analyzing every single red lipstick in the store.

Before walking into the store, I did my homework. I’ve read tons of articles about orange-reds, blue-reds and true reds. And all the writers can’t seem to agree on a magic formula.

After spending nearly an hour checking out all of reds, I decided to throw myself at the mercy of the Sephora chicks to pick a color for me.

So began my odyssey of trying on one color after another. Focusing on the Sephora Collection, first up was Deep Brick Red, my first experience with a “blue-red” color. I absolutely loved the color, but it was so intense. Very much a Snow White look. But up against my pale skin, my lips were all that you saw.


Next my Sephora chick picked out a beautiful pink that I promptly shot down. I was there to conquer my fear of red lips. No pink today!

We then looked at two lovely colors that looked pretty – Classic Bright Red and Valentine. But yet again I felt washed out. The bright red was, well BRIGHT! But I absolutely loved the color, just not the pasty white skin on my face.

The Valentine? It didn’t just pop against my skin color, it supernovaed on me.

I ended up leaving the store empty-handed and dejected.

I decided to start from the beginning, refining my search for some solid advice.

Enter Makeup Geek.

Finally someone who knows how hard it is picking the right red.

Makeup Geek’s post on red lipstick struck a chord with me. She suggest it’s more about how bright the color is against your skin and not the lipstick color. But you also need to consider your eye and hair color as well as your eye makeup too.

When I walked into Sephora, I wasn’t wearing makeup. So any red lipstick would make me pasty white.

So I put on my makeup, choosing Laura Mercier’s Crystal Beige and Morning Dew eye shadow and headed back to Sephora.

Wow what a difference. Both the Classic Bright Red and Deep Brick Red looked amazing. The Valentine…no so much. The colors popped but didn’t overwhelm my face. But I only had enough cash for one. I chose the Classic Bright Red. I always go with darker colors, so I decided to pull a George Costanza and go the opposite of my instinct!

Makeup Geek recommends 5 possible reds that most people can pull off. I plan to check those out soon.

But I know in a couple of weeks, I’m going back for the Brick Red.

Eyeliner Is The Devil!


The carnage! Why is eyeliner so damn hard to put on?

Like foosball, eyeliner is the devil! I’m convinced of it. It seems like no matter what I do I ended up looking like a drunk raccoon.

Despite my make-up makeover, eyeliner stumps me.

Applying it to my lower eyelid is easy. It’s that damn upper lid. Following my eye line is impossible. I always end up with a very uneven line and no amount of smudging will help.

Well this week it’s practice, practice, practice!

I worked on my eyes for an hour yesterday, trying to master my eyeliner pencils.  Tomorrow I’m working on applying the powders.

What happens when my hands are not steady. One side is much lighter than the other.

What happens when my hands are not steady. One side is much lighter than the other.

Technique challenges
After the first 20 minutes, I realized two problems.

First, I’m trying to apply it while standing.  Hummmm…I think I need to sit down and place my elbow on the countertop. That should help steady the hand doing the deed.

My second problem, is more mental. I’m very squeamish when it comes to anything near my eyes. Heck, I can’t even wear contacts because it gives me the willies. As soon as I get the pencil close to my eye, I start the rapid blinking. I realized I had a problem when I flinched…that left a lovely line that no Q-tip could fix.

Always have the right tools!
Sitting at my desk with a new strategy in hand, I began working on my upper eyelid. Right away I notice that some eyeliner pencils go on easier than others, making a steady hand even more important.

Also, I need to invest in a sharpener. You really lose control with a dull pencil.

I started to get the hang of eyeliner about 30 minutes into my practice session.

I started to get the hang of eyeliner about an hour into my practice session.

The results?
I tried my black, blue and brown pencils. I got the best results with the brown followed closely by the blue. No matter what I did, it seemed as if the black always went on in globs. That tells me it might be the pencil and not me.

I focused on short strokes along my eyelash line while holding down my eyelid. Starting on the outside of my eye, I worked my way in towards my nose. I’m not sure if I should go all the way over or stop at mid-point.  Also, is it best for the eyeliner to go on first or last? Since I’m holding my eyelid down, shouldn’t eyeliner go on first to avoid smudging the eyeshadow?

So many questions…I’m going to need to put out an SOS to my Glam Squad.

A couple of times I went too fast and started drawing long lines with awful results.

After an hour I felt I got the hang of it. Most mistakes were tiny and something I could easily correct with a Q-tip.

Tomorrow I need to drop by Sephora for a sharpener, a good black eyeliner pencil (maybe green too!) and a slanted brush to practice with the powder.

I will master this witchcraft.

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