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Get Everything Glowing!

This beautiful Shimmer Powder from Elizabeth Arden was probably overlooked, as it was part of their Everything Glows Holiday Collection. But this powder is stunningly beautiful pearl powder, that gives off just the right amount of shimmer to make - you guessed it - Everything Glow.


Apply Everything Glows Shimmer Powder with the super soft kabuki brush (included!) to everywhere - and anywhere - you want to softly shimmer. It is gorgeous on the top of cheekbones, and dusted where you might normally apply bronzer in the Summer.  

Get radiant, for just $29.50 at your Elizabeth Arden Counter. 


Moisturelush - New from MAC.


A firming moisturizing primer that makes makeup apply smoother and last longer. This is Moisturelush from MAC.

Moisturelush Cream - $32
A richly hydrating face cream that helps moisturize and protect facial skin. Provides instant, long-lasting moisture. Leaves skin soft while lush formula helps balance skin’s natural barrier and alleviate dry skin. Silky to apply, glides on easily. Helps create an even surface for a smooth, more perfect makeup application.

With a fresh scent and totally smooth, milky texture, this light cream which is more lotion like then cream like, almost immediately sinks into skin. My makeup did apply smoother and my face felt more moisturized instantly, as well.

Moisturelush Eye Cream - $30
A richly hydrating eye cream with optical effects. Rejuvenates, reconditions and refreshes. Visibly lifts and firms skin around the eyes: helps reduce early morning/late night puffiness and balance the skin’s moisture levels. Provides long-lasting moisture.

This is little darker in color than the cream, and it is definitely more of a heavy cream. This sinks into skin pretty quickly, and firms the skin around your eyes - to the point where it looks and feels smoother and tighter not long after it is applied. My concealer looked better than ever. This cream is truly amazing. I still used my regular eye cream right after my shower as there is usually some lag time before I get to applying makeup.  

If you haven't turned to MAC for it's skin care items before, you will once you try this. 


Self-Adjusting Foundation.

Initially when I saw the name of this new foundation from Smashbox Cosmetics, I thought hmmm... this can't be so. A self-adjusting foundation? I was incorrect to think that this foundation would miraculously self-adjust to your perfect skin tone. I was wrong. Self-adjusting means, this Smashbox Self-Adjusting Powder Foundation will look different and adjust, depending on which of the five ways you apply it. Now, I understood.


Now that we get that this foundation provides completely adjustable coverage, let's see how this can be achieved. To get SHEER coverage, apply with a fan brush. To get LIGHT coverage, apply with a loose powder brush. For MEDIUM coverage, apply the foundation powder with a kabuki brush. For FULL coverage with a MATTE finish, first apply the powder with a damp with a foundation brush and then blend out to dry with the sponge. Finally, to get FULL all over coverage, apply the powder wet or dry with the sponge, depending on how much you want to cover.

While I don't usually go for a very full coverage, I like applying this foundation with a damp foundation brush, and then blending and smoothing it out with the sponge that is enclosed in the compact. It is a very beautiful finish, almost air brushed like.

Function 5 Self-Adjusting Powder Foundation comes in four shades, a light shade, two medium shades, and a dark shade. It retails for $36, and can found at Sephora, Nordstrom, select Ulta stores, QVC, and of course online at Smashbox Cosmetics.