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Friday Finds: March 22, 2013.

Happy spring! I am so glad that spring is finally here. With two snowstorms this week in New England, it certianly doesn't feel like spring right now. I am so ready for warmer weather! I am loving the longer days though and know that the weather I crave will be here soon.

Take a look at just a few of the new beauties I found this week.

Olay Total Effects 7 in One Moisturizer & Serum Duo with Sunscreen - $18.99
Olay’s most concentrated formula with broad spectrum SPF 15, combines a moisturizer plus an intense serum to effectively fight seven signs of aging. You can't ask for much more form one product that does the job of three.

Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pads - $5.99
Perfect for even sensitive eyes, these pads gently remove every last trace of eye makeup - even hard to remove shadows and mascara.

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara - $16.00
This super long-lasting mascara lengthens and defines lashes in a super pigmented rich black formula.

Pixi Beauty Extra Eye Bright Liner - $17.00
This waterproof precision inner rim liner is designed to brighten the eyes and make the eye whites look whiter. I also like to smudge a little bit of it on the inner corner of y lid to brighten up my eye look even more.

Estée Lauder Mad Men Nail Polish Pink Paisley - $24.00
Taking a nod to the 50's for their limited Mad Men collection, this nail polish is the perfect pale pinky peach shade in a retro looking bottle.

Hope you have a great weekend!



Friday Finds: March 8, 2013.

new spring makeup

Hope you had a great week. Mine has been pretty low key. I had my wisdom teeth out last Friday so I've been taking it easy and eating a lot of ice cream - yum! Because I've had so much extra time on my hands, I have been playing with a lot of new makeup and trying out some looks. Here are a few of the new makeup discoveries that I made in the process.

1. & 2. COVERGIRL LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Apricot Twist (1) & Haute Pink Twist (2) - $8.49
I really like this new Jumbo Gloss Balm in the shade I have, Ballet Twist, so I decided to buy a few more with more color. These large sticks of color are fortified with Shea and Mango butters to keeps lips moisturized as they are softly colored. I bought Apricot Twist & Haute Pink Twist. Apricot Twist is a soft peachy rose shade that I have found myself wearing almost everyday. It is that perfect "natural lip but better" looking shade. Haute Pink Twist is another shade that is getting me out of my natural lip shade This is a really hot pink, but wearable because of the formula.

3. Benefit Cosmetics Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans - $20.00
This creamy long-wearing shadow is not only a great cream shadow, I am loving the color Skinny Jeans. This shade is a beautiful soft metallic taupe. I love using it all over my lid as a base color and then layer a darker powder in the crease and a highlighter on my brow bone. It's like an instant sexy and super easy eye.

4. L'Oreal Infallible The Super Slim 12H Liquid Eyeliner - $8.95
This long wearing black liner comes in a felt-tip for great control. What I really love about this one is that it is a thinner felt tip than what I am used to. It allows for a very precise line. And of course, I love how this one lasts. I've seen perfect results past the 12 hour mark. Really - this liner doesn't come off until you purposely take it off.

5. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Lilac Rose - $42.00
I haven't purchased a new Shimmer Brick in quite some time, but as soon as I saw this new limited edition beauty with Bobbi's spring shades, I had to buy it. With strips of bright pink, golden pink, and icy pink pearl pigments I was instantly smitten. The color it leaves on my cheeks is so beautifully soft and shimmering in these shades of pink that look beautiful on my skin. It's perfect for all skin tones and a must for a spring face.


Skin in Need of a Quick Fix? M∙A∙C FIX+ to the Rescue.

If you are like me and notice your skin (particularly my face) getting drier or tighter as the day goes on, you probably wonder what you can do for a quick pick me. Now I am talking a full face of makeup on - not something you really can mess with moisture wise.

When I was at the M∙A∙C store last week, I presented this very question to my artist. He suggested FIX+ for a "quick fix". FIX+ is a very lightweight moisture mist in a spray bottle. Infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, with a super fresh and calming scent, it adds hydation and radiance to the skin.

It is very simple to use - with or without makeup. All you do is hold the bottle about 12 inches from you face, and spray a few mists over it. Voila! Instant refreshment; my skin feels so much better for it. It dries nice and quick too.

I have used it in the mid-afternoon the last few days, and it not only made my skin feel fresher, it made my face look much fresher as well.

FIX+ is just $15 and deserves a spot in your handbag. Pick it up at all M∙A∙C locations or online at


Makeup Wars: Color of the Year Emerald Green.

Pantone officially declared Emerald Green as the color of the year. In case you wonder why you are seeing so many fashion items and accessories in green lately, this is why. While the makeup community might be a bit behind (except Sephora because they already have a Sephora + Pantone Universe Emerald Green Collection), many brands have quite a few green products in their regular line. These green products are quickly becoming popular; green nails and green smoky eye looks are popping up everywhere!


Emerald Green Makeup

While I tried to concentrate on emerald green for my picks, I just couldn't find many products that fit the emerald green description. I like to think of my picks as "emerald-ish" green. When searching my stash, I quickly discovered that I have no emerald green nail polish - or even anything close to it. What I do have though, are quite a few green eye liners and green eye shadows. These are my favorites.


Emerald Green Eye Liners

Emerald Green Eye Liners

1. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil - 16L Green
This pencil glides on with a medium yellow green sheen. It's very smooth and lasts until you take it off. $18.00

2. NYX Slide On Pencil - Esmeralda
This silky soft pencil applies very easily making eye lining easy. It feels more like a shadow crayon than a liner, actually. The color is a lighter emerald green with a bit of shine to it. $8.00

3. COVERGIRL Queen Collection Vivid Impact Eyeliiner Pencil - Jade
This intense waterproof liquid pencil is an easy to apply and smudge eyeliner that has a built in smudger. The color is an emerald-teal shade of green. $9.99

4. Anastasia Covet Waterproof Eyeliner - Vert
This thin eyeliner is waterproof and pretty much budge-proof once you apply. Smudging is not really an option, so it has to be applied carefully. The color is a deep smoky moss green. $19.00

5. Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense - Intense Ivy
This quickliner is a very precise eyeliner that applies well and smudges easily with the built-in smudger. The shade is a real darkly pigmented ivy green, almost like a black green. $15.00

6. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Covet
The pencil formula is one of my favorites as it does just what says; it glides on like butter and lasts all day. In face, you need to use an eye makeup remover to get this long-lasting liner off. The shade is a beautiful emerald green with a bit of silver sheen to it. $19.00

7. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liner - 4 Diamond Lagoon Green
This is a waterproof liquid liner that applies easily with the precision brush. Like all of the Aqua products, this one goes on and stays on. The shade is a sparkling bright blue-ish green. $23.00

8. Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil - Antique Jade
This kohl pencil offers a thicker tip and was actually formulated for lining the inner rims of the eyes. I use it as a regular liner and have used this color for years. Antique Jade is a dark, almost khaki green shade. $20.00


Emerald Green Eye Shadows

Emerald Green Eye Shadows

Emerald Green Eye Shadows

1. NARS Duo Eyeshadow - Misfit
As one of my favorite shadow formulas, this eye shadow is super silky, highly pigmented and very long wearing. The shades include an ecru shimmer and a true emerald green shimmer. $34.00

2. Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Shadow Block - Bionic
This shadow trio contains three shades; a true emerald green and two complementary shades. The green actually looks beautiful with the white shimmer and bold blue, which I like to use as a liner. The formula is very silky and lasts all day. $26.00

3. MAKE UP FOR EVER Eye Shadow - 168 Iridescent Lagoon Green
This truly emerald green shade has a bit of soft emerald green shimmer to it. It's a super soft powder that applies beautifully. $20.00

4. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour - Jungle
This creamy eye shadow applies like a dream. It goes on so easily, lasts all day and never creases. I love the different smoky effect this dark olive green gives. $24.00

5. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow - Endless Sea
This super soft velvety formula glides onto lids and lasts through everything. Endless Sea is a pretty teal green with a jewel tone look to it. Not exactly emerald (they do have a golden emerald in the collection) but pretty enough and very wearable to be mentioned. $7.95

6. bareMinerals Prime Time Primer Shadow - Racing Green
Made to be an eye shadow primer to intensify a loose powder shadow look, I like to wear it alone. The creamy formula applies with fingertips and leaves a soft wash of color that adheres to the lid. Racing Green is a shimmery emerald green/gold shade. $12.00

7. Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Super Shimmer - Peacock
This highly pigmented, soft shadow contains beautiful, subtle shimmer in a great soft emerald green shade. I wore this shade or another very similar Clinique shade when I got married. I am sure there was no super shimmer formula then, but the color I remember well. $15.00

8. bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 - The Winner Is...
The mineral powder shadows are super silky and long lasting, not to mention good for you with the mineral infused formula. The duo contains Chart Topper, a shimmery gold and Hit Single, a shimmery light emerald green. $20.00

9. Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour - St. Germain
This luxurious sateen shadow looks like silk when applied, but feels almost creamy as it is applied. It is easy to blend as it wears well with no creasing all throughout the day. The shade is a light golden emerald green that looks different depending how the light catches it.

10. Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint - Mighty Moss
One of my new favorite shadow formulas in an easy to apply stick comes in this great jeweled dark green shade. The color payoff is soft, hence the tint name, yet beautifully colored and very long-lasting. $16.00

11. bareMinerals Eye Color - Oz
This long lasting, loose mineral powder formula can be applied wet or dry, depending upon the look you want. Oz is a vibrant emerald green. $14.00

12. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream - 22 Emerald Green
This super pigmented, long-lasting formula offers a very rich, full on waterproof color. This a golden emerald green shade. $23.00

Check my Makeup Wars blogger friends and their Emerald Greens.