Thursday, May 29, 2014

Finally! A winning combo!!

YSL Crème Eyeliner

The best eyeliner ever – I should have been using a crème formula all along.  This is the easiest and most foolproof way to really get the black liner deep down into your lash root thus really allowing your eyes and lashes to pop.  It stays creamy and doesn’t flake at all.  Not to mention it’s smudge proof, water proof and wears for 24 hours.  I’m applying it with this brush from Bobbi Brown:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Spa Day (at home)

This shower gel makes me feel about as close to a spa day as I’m going to get while standing in my own shower.  It’s aroma therapeutic and tones, refines, and conditions your skin.


I follow up with Clarins body oil to get my skin really feeling and looking good!  Heaven!  Even with a barking dog, a crazy baby, and a messy husband! 

In a parallel universe you could also just treat yourself to one of these truly glorious $7 soaps which also moisturize, cleanse and detoxify skin!  They are always on hand in our home -- I love to leave them for guests.  Just one of life's little $7 luxuries...



Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Urban Decay Naked 2

I’m totally late to the party and cannot believe I refused to submit to this trend earlier – big mistake.  Huge.  This palette is perfection.  I still thought of Urban Decay as a makeup that was glittery & punk that I used in my high school days when, admittedly, I had no effing clue what I was doing.  I’m here to tell you, this brand has come a looong way.   These shadows are like velvet, the selection is fabulous, and they all blend effortlessly.  There are matte shadows and shimmer shadows, ones to be used as a liner, highlighter, or for the crease.  They are all gorgeous and I was really amazed at the shadow staying power as well. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Look Part II

Trish McEvoy Eye base

A smooth creamy product that looks equally as good alone as it does under your shadow.  Trish’s base brightens, conceals darkness and imperfections, and isn’t the least bit drying.  It locks in my shadow all day & if I wear it alone, I love the clean/bright velvet like finish it leaves on my lids.

Armani Eyes To Kill Waterproof pencil

I love this Armani pencil – it goes on almost like a liquid liner and stays smooth and comfortable for 16 + hours.  It never flakes, migrates, or irritates my eyes.  Although it is waterproof, it doesn’t take too much effort to remove it from your lids.  The built-in smudger does a killer job of blurring the line and giving you that messy/rocker-ish kind of look.  The thinnest of thin line at the base of your lashes can totally add brightness and highlight to your peepers. 

Quite often, I leave it at that but, I do like to add a hint of this pretty taupe shadow from YSL to kind of soften the look and further smudge the liner in a bit.  I use it on the bottom too.  It has just the slightest hint of subtle shimmer and is probably the prettiest eye shadow EVER.


**I will say I’m eagerly awaiting a shadow and eye pencil from a new brand (to me) called Surratt.  It may be a total lifechanger… stay tuned.