Thursday, July 31, 2014

Smashbox Mini Be Legendary Lipstick Haul in Pretty Social, Fig and Fuchsia Flash

Mini haul of a few new shades from a friends and family sale.

I love Pretty social.  Love.

Rimmel New Formula Moisture Renew Lipstick in 660 In Love With Ginger and 700 Nude Delight

I still think Rimmel is among the best drugstore lipsticks…and the new formula is proving true to form.

Two new shades….

Product grade: A-.

Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Avery, Valentina, Ruby, Elle, Gabrielle and Brigitte

I just like these.  Soft balm texture but so pigmented.  I do get a little bleeding and not always the best wear time.  Peppermint tingle.

But they're so pretty!!!!  On.  Which is what makes me continue reaching for them.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Smashbox Cherry Smoke Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette Review and Swatches

Lovely, pigmented and a great mix of mattes and shimmers, warm and cool shades.  This one can be used for a dramatic or more day look.

Product grade:  A

Blush:  MAC Blunt
Lips: MAC True Love's Kiss and Kiss Me Quick


Bare: pink-ivory matte
Unadorned: taupe shimmer with a little gold undertone
Shell: peach shimmer
Rustic: red-brown matte
Oxidize: coral shimmer
Topaz: champagne shimmer, a little brown
Dark cocoa: blackened brown matte
Ebony: black matte

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

YSL Beauty Parisienne Couture Palette Review and Swatches

Smokier with more plum (including undertones) than I expected.  Glittery…but I love the new YSL formula…

Product grade:  A.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Poe: Review, Swatches and How to Make it Work

The shade is lovely…a deep blue with shimmers of blue and violet.

Use cool tones on your face (and eyes), a strong but neutral blush and touch up even this long wear formula.

Product grade:  A

Givenchy Le Rouge in 204 Rose Boudoir, 301 Magnolia Organza and 304 Mandarine Bolero

Lovely with a soft shine and full coverage.  I like the more statement colors in this formula however…

Product grade:  A

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone, Opal and Topaz Compared and Reviewed

Yes, these really are lovely.  They're also all progressively darker gold shades (so warm toned) and a little metallic.  I really like these…but don't think they're ideal for all (cool toned girls might be better off with Moonstone even if darker skinned…unless you want that gold shimmer).

Product grade: A to A- depending on your skin tone.

Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in 106 Hesitation from Etats Poetiques Fall 2014

Such a sultry and lovely plum.

Great formula too.

This gets an A!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Hexagram, Wonderchilde, Motorhead, LUV, Thin Lizzy, Vampira and Bachelorette

Amazing shades!  Some are so unusual but so wearable.

Heavier formula…which will be drying for some….and requires more precise application…but wow does it last.

Product grade:  A+

Hexagram and Motorhead


Bachelorette, Thin Lizzy, Vampira and LUV (not the best photo of LUV).

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette Review and Swatches...

A few chalky mattes….but overall a great palette.  I would have liked some lighter colors as well.  But - on balance - a lovely effort!

Product grade:  A---

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipstick in 120 Coque D'Or and 164 Chamade Review

Two of the loveliest shades ever.  And the formula is amazing.

Product grade:  A+++

Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Stick in Three Shakes 404 and Frannie 408

Pretty…but they make my eyes sting…

Product grade: B

Marc Jacobs Smart Wand in 220 Light Medium Review

Greasy looking…it never dries down.  Irritates my eyes…  Sheer coverage.  Not my thing…

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Good Morning , Mr. Mandela by Zelda la Grange Book Review

Zelda la Grange worked for Nelson Mandela for over 20 years and grew to not only adore him but also rely on him.  This book is both history - a traditional Afrikaner who believed in Apartheid - grew to believe in Nelson Mandela's case of equality for all in South Africa - and a woman who respected someone with a very special character.

Mandela led by example but could be tough on his staff who didn't take the lesson.  He learned to speak the language of his enemies - literally - and was courteous to all (including his jailers).  Reading the book and seeing a great man behind the scenes I was overawed.  I've known many successful people, including politicians, but none who lived as a better person the way Mandela did.  So many play nice in public but behave badly in private.  Not Mandela.

La Grange is a credible witness to this part of history.  Sometimes I wish she'd added more depth to her insight.  Too often she's driven more by logistics than insight.  But I still very much enjoyed the book and recommend it.

Learning about this great man - really - changed me.

Mandela was a truly great man and la Grange was witness to that greatness.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I Will Love Myself: A Poem and My First Attempt at Blogging

I will love myself

I will love myself
No matter how hard the day or how long the night
No matter the mistakes I make or the stupid things I say
If I eat too much, ice cream or sushi, and if I don’t exercise
When I stumble and even fall
If I skin my knees, which I do
Drop, break, lose and not appreciate things
And when I cry
I’ll love myself anyway
Tears black with mascara and eyes red with shame
I don’t care
I’ll ignore the stares, pick myself up again and find a way to smile
I’ll love myself
Even when no one else loves me
Or believes
But I believe and I do great things, even if they’re small
I breathe, and love and support and try
I can only control myself, my thoughts…
And seemingly, only seemingly, my body
But I know that every morning the world begins anew
And I’ll say a prayer to my God and breath deeply,
Appreciating my ongoing and never easy efforts
I’ll love myself this day even if I didn’t yesterday
With every breathe in, and each one that exhales out
I know that I’ve got life, deep, eternal and not so everlasting
With my crazy mind and ever changing body I still exist
And my heart beats
I breathe
And I want, ever so much
Which is all that matters
Given this wonderful life I’ll remember
That I should love myself
The only one I can’t escape and who’ll always be here
For me
The sun will slant, casting its mysterious glow
Across the scenery unfolding before me
And I’ll just be

YSL Couture Palette in 3 Afrique Review and Swatches

Lovely…warm palette and YSL has improved the formula.  Stunning shade.

Product grade: A

Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick Heartbreaker, Wham, Pop-Arazzi and Pop Rock

These remind me a little of Melt or the Becca Matte lipsticks.  Like you dotted on a matte color or patted it with a kleenex after.  The ones I got are all bright!  And a little drying (maybe a lot for some…and the finish is dry looking as such mattes are).

Product grade:  A-.  Pretty and the packaging is too adorable to describe…see below and in the video.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush 300 Review and Swatches

Stunning!  Super pigmented and natural.

Product grade:  A++

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in 01 Bella Ivory and 06 Bella Espresso Review and Swatches

The darker is more pigmented than the light…but these are pretty on and wear better than I expected.

Product grade: B+