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Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team Round-Up: The Weekend of 8/16/14

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog had a swatchfest with the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadows because they are utterly delectable!

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat shares what she's Currently Loving from two of her favorite brands, Atopalm and Korres.

Mostly Sunny is a junkie for gel liner in pencil form. She has tried one that she likes, she has tried another that she hates. The new Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner however, is pure love!

Prime Beauty has fallen HARD for the new LORAC PRO Palette 2, take a look at her swatches and you will fall too! Splurge or Steal?

The Pink Sith has a brief list of beauty items where you can save tons of cash and still look amazing!

Back to school time has got Jessika from polish insomniac in the mood to get Back To Basics with her eye makeup! Check out her favorite purchases in this week's Friday Favorites!

Sometimes, catacombs are full of the risen dead. Sometimes, they're full of shiny lipstick loot! The Painted Rogue has been loving some luxury with three Guerlain Rouge Automatiques! But then, who doesn't love a lipstick that leaves your lips feeling soft and hydrated?

When you just gotta shop there's always the drugstore. See what Beauty Info Zone likes to spend money on when that urge comes on.

Christa at Perilously Pale has been busy reviewing all five looks in the extensive Dior Fall 2014 Colour Collection. Check out one of her favourites for everyday, Bar Grey.

Japonesque launches a gorgeous new collection of primers! Pammy Blogs Beauty tries them out and realizes that she is a primer-girl after all!

Need help choosing a neutral companion? Phyrra compares Urban Decay Pulp Fiction vs. Naked Basics vs. Naked 2 Basics so you can choose the best palette for your skintone!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Currently Loving: Atopalm BB Cream and Korres Quercetin and Oak Face Serum

Atopalm BB Cream in Light (2.4 oz, $25)
Available at Atopalm.com and other retailers

BB Creams usually make me nervous, and that's mostly because I'm so fair-skinned (a typical English Rose complexion). I have a natural distrust for things that are very limited in available shades (this one has two-- light and medium). The super-cool folks at Atopalm urged me to give it a try. I wanted so bad to love it, and I was prepared to mix it with this and that to get the shade perfect if I had to. 

And all that for naught, because shockingly, the shade was already practically perfect. Perhaps a tad yellow, but my Besame Violet loose powder took care of that. I was thinking that it was originally developed for the Asian market, so maybe it just needs to be tweaked a bit more for Westerners. Perhaps add a couple more shades... I can see the line expanding, because it's a product that out-performs every BB Cream I've tried. 

It's a fairly thick, densely pigmented formula. It's got broad spectrum spf 20, and I use a generous amount, which makes taking a few extra minutes for blending a must. It's worth it, because the feel on the skin is light as a feather, hydrating and ever so comfy. If you've got a BeautyBlender sponge, it's perfect for this purpose, especially around the nasal folds. Once it sets on the skin fully-- maybe 20 minutes or so after application, then decide if you want to use other products like powder, concealer, etc. I just find that I don't need anything else but blush and mascara most of the time. If you want to cut the density of the product, you can make it lighter in weight by adding a dab of Atopalm MLE Cream. This is how I prefer to wear the BB Cream when I'm using additional SPF or won't be going out in the sun. The benefit of this type of application is that it behaves more like a tinted moisturizer than a BB cream. Any way you slice it, it's a fabulous product, well-priced and just one of MANY of my must-haves from Atopalm.

Notable ingredients: Atopalm's patented MLE complex (Multi Lamellar Emulsion), Antioxidants, Arbutin (brightens and lightens), Vitamin E, Broad spectrum SPF 20 (titanium dioxide and octinoxate), licorice root extract (soothes sensitivity, brightens skin tone), portulaca oleracea (high in omega 3 fatty acids), phellinus linteus (medicinal mushroom used in Asia that grows on mulberry trees in the wild. Studies have shown it to be a very effective anti-inflammatory agent)

Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing & Antiwrinkle Face Serum (1 oz, $62)
Available at Sephora and other retailers

I'm starting to have ambivalent feelings about the term "anti-aging". As someone who eats, breathes and dreams beauty, that's an interesting spot to be in. To me, it doesn't really mean much on its own. I want to know what a product is going to do once I let it set up camp on my skin.

I've been a fan of Korres for many years, but still didn't quite have this serum pegged correctly until I used it. First of all, it smells wonderful. Like a mix of natural resins, lavender and other aromatic herbs. It's water-based, so it won't ever feel greasy. Once you start applying it, you don't have too long to get every drop in place before it dries-- maybe 20 seconds. When it's dry, you just need to wait a few minutes to see its effect-- instant firming and toning, but not uncomfortably or too dramatically. The skin feels immediately hydrated and the texture is much smoother. It's actually quite amazing-- it's a supercharged drink for the skin.

I've been experimenting with layering it with other treatments, serums and moisturizers, and I haven't found one that doesn't play well with Korres Q&O Face Serum. I will say that it works best layered with other water-based products, such as essences, AHA swipes, mineral water sprays, alcohol-free toners, etc.

After several days of using it twice daily along with the rest of my regimen, my skin is quite a bit softer than usual and was helpful in aiding the disappearance of some pesky little bumps I had as a result of dryness and clogged pores. Even the areas under my eyes aren't puffy and discolored anymore-- so yes, use it under your eyes. It's definitely safe (and highly beneficial) to do so. I'll also give the green light to acne sufferers, oily skins, dry, dehydrated, sensitive and mature skin. Instead of being packed with lots of irritating actives that could potentially compete with or cancel out the actives in other products you're using, this baby will instead enhance their performance. This serum is all about plumping and smoothing, and it does those things exceedingly well. I can officially say that I've been bitten by the Korres bug again. A huge thumbs-up for their Quercetin & Oak Face Serum, and I'm really looking forward to discovering what the longer-term benefits are to using it. In the meantime, I can't wait to give their new Black Pine range a try.

Notable ingredients: Quercetin and Oak (used as a type of natural retinol substitute), Vitamin C (the standard for effective skin brightening, wrinkle smoothing and more), probiotic lactobacillus ferment (soothing to sensitive and acneic skin plus more), honeysuckle flower extract (skin soothing, excellent cellular regenerative properties), hyaluronic acid (hydration superstar), myrtle and several interesting botanical ingredients I've not seen used in skin care products before.

If any of you have experiences with these products that you'd like to share, I'd love to hear your comments!

[samples provided for my consideration]

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: What's in Pammy's Mommy Bag?

Ever wondered, "What are the on-the-go essentials are for a busy Mommy Beauty Blogger?" Pammy Blogs Beauty opens up her "Mommy Bag" to share her basic, beauty, and baby/toddler go-to items! Not to mention, you have to check out her chic version of a baby bag. Hey, now that Pammy is over 40, a mother of 2, and lives in the burbs, it doesn't mean that she has lost her cool, lol (never, gasp)!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Sylirael of The Painted Rogue and Her Rowdy Bunch of Eyeliners

Living in a land where even the simplest of drugstore cosmetics lean toward 20 gold apiece, Sylirael the (Painted) Rogue has rather a modest hoard of glittering makeup loot. Trying to decide what constituted an actual 'collection' to show you all proved tricky, until she realised that there was one assemblage to rule them all... Her preciousssssss....eyeliners!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team Round-Up: Weekend of July 26th

Channing Tatum anyone? Perilously Pale shares a preview of the Pur Mineral Jupiter Ascending Collection. Maybe there will be a bit of Channing around too.

Phyrra is giving away the Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending Collection. Now that you've seen it, you'll want to enter.

Prime Beauty is part of an EPIC blogger giveaway! Enter to win an amazing 30-pan MAC Eye Shadow Palette filled with each blogger's favorite shade!!

Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog loves delectable rose-infused skincare products, and here are her top picks!

It's the perfect time for neon polish and polish insomniac has some beauties from Salon Perfect.

Mostly Sunny leaves her comfort zone with Dior Rosy Glow. See why this was a great move.

Don't forget to give your hands a little loving like Pammy Blogs Beauty does with Perlier Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream.

Summer hair getting you down? Or rather up with all that frizz? Find out what 15 Minute Beauty can teach you about Frizz Fighters.

Shower or bath? Whichever it is Beauty Info Zone says follow up with A Girl's Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion. The fragrance is divine.

Pink Sith wants to know what it would take for you to buy a $50 nail polish.

Next to cosmetic shopping what do you like best? Carrie from eyeliner on a cat thinks shoes make a great choice.

The Painted Rogue has some favorite You Tube Channels. Are any of these on your list?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pre-Fall Shoe Shopping at Reef!

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It's once again time for me to get perilously over-excited and semi-panicky about shoe shopping. This only happens to me twice a year: Pre-Fall and Pre-Spring (you know, those weird seasons that only exist in the fashion world). This means that:

1. Sandal season is NOT over, nor will it ever be, really, because it's always feasible inside.
2. Loafers, oxfords, flats and sneakers are necessities and on my list for sure, but I'd rather croak than put off boot shopping one minute longer.

So, with enthusiasm reaching critical levels of rainbows spilling out of my ears, I'm looking to Reef for my inspiration. Reef's laid-back, West Coast vibe suits my biker/multicultural personal style perfectly. The shoe styles and construction runs a bit on the pleasantly rough-hewn side with visible seams and X stitches, and the colors and natural materials are great. Visual interest is never lacking in any Reef shoe-- you always get a little bit of something special even in the most basic style, such as a ballet flat. The flashes of multi-colored ethnic prints, fabrics and patterns are the epitome of Bohemian.

Two-by-two, read on to find out which pairs have their spots on the ark assured...

First up are two of the coolest pairs of women's sandals I've seen. What can't you wear these with? I really love the texture of the materials that were used to construct them, and also the special attention paid to the padded, stitched insoles. Chicago's weather is historically unpredictable, and when we have our hot days in the Fall, I'll be so glad to have these to wear with loose capris cinched at the calves, maxi tank dresses and various layers up top.

Reef Guatemalan Slide $60 

Reef Shaded Palms $56 

The killer mint green oxford sneaks below might just be one of my favorite pairs that Reef has to offer at the moment. Pastel mint is a surprisingly versatile color for accessories- even if your closet is packed mostly with black, gray and white. These are so much more stylish than many true sneakers and can function in a multitude of ways. They will become the baddest pair of comfortable shoes you own. I'd pair them with a black maxi skirt, white tee and a black blazer-- sleeves rolled up with a cool contrasting lining. And that's just the beginning. 

Girls Deckhand 2 $55 

These Tropic Sea flats are incredible. Comfortable, nicely curved almond/round toe with a splash of multi-colored fabric in the back. These take the notion of a classic pair of black ballet flats and take it to the next level. You can do classic with your accessories and still have some personality in them. These babies are the proof.

Reef Tropic Sea $74

BOOTS! Sorry, didn't mean to shout. The High Desert Boot in gray is the ultimate, perfect Fall boot. They are the precise shade of gray I love the most- a very cool, light ash-gray. Suede is the perfect material for them, and I just happen to be mad about suede. These are ultra-flattering and cut a slender profile with some architectural interest around the heel. Little silver hardware details and adjustable straps at the top complete them. They are truly beautiful. 

Reef High Desert Boot $145

Last, the Native Shore Boot- which has a wonderful slender wedge heel and an almond toe. They are done in black leather with that great X-stitching detail on both sides of the boot. The heel is hugged by a narrow stripe of black and white tribal print fabric. One of my favorite features with the Native Shore Boot is the amazing vertical piping stitched on each side. Absolutely stunning, and the kitten-wedge gives you just a little bit of height. I actually wouldn't mind  having a version of these in an ankle-length as well. 

Reef Native Shore Boot $180

What kind of shoes are you dreaming about at the moment? Are you thinking ahead to Fall or still very much in the heat of Summer?

[all images from shop.reef.com]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Open letter to the artist working at Le Labo on Fillmore Street in San Francisco

To the creative soul at Le Labo San Francisco who drew this slightly ratty benevolent catty wearing liquid eyeliner on my envelope containing my perfume samples:

Thank you for your heavenly doodle-- it made my day. And if you would be interested in designing a logo for this blog or a tattoo for me, shoot me an email at eyeliner on a cat at gmail dot com.

Untitled Cat, by Unknown Artist at Le Labo, Fillmore St. in SF