What's On My Face Today

  • Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin in 150 Buff: I don't normally use long-wear foundations, but I've got some travel coming up and I think there will be some long days ahead. It's been years since I've really used a drugstore brand, at least for foundation - I've had some bad experiences with oxidizing and orange skin is not a good look on me. But I know that drugstore foundations have improved a lot over the last few years, so I'm auditioning a few of them before my trip. This one, unfortunately, is not going to make the cut. It's a good color match for me, but I think it sets too quickly and that makes it really hard to blend. It also doesn't have great coverage - I had to use a lot more foundation than I normally would just to even out a little redness in my skin tone, and now I feel like I'm wearing a mask.
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (concealer) in SX01: When my skin is clear, I don't normally use a concealer at all, but the foundation left me with no choice to even out some of the redness on my chin.
  • Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder in Mousseline Pastel
  • Milani Color Harmony Blush Palette in 01 Pink Play: My eyeshadow today is really taking center stage, so I've got just a whisper of cheek color from this blush palette. I'm really happy with it, though. The pigmentation is good, the color is good, it's easy to blend. I used to think of Milani as a lesser brand, even among drugstore brands, but I've gotten a few blushers and eye products from them in the past year that I just love, so I think that's changed.
  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly (eyelid primer)
  • Almay Shadow Squad Holographics in 290 Pegasus: This stuff is amazing! I came across a new drugstore display yesterday when I was picking up these other products and immediately grabbed three of the four quads they had out. Pegasus is a collection of greens, like varying shades of electric seafoam. I'm using one of the darker colors on my lid, with the lightest one as a
  • Benefit They're Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara in Black
  • Sisley Phyto-Sourcils Fix Brow Gel in 2
  • Dior Addict Lip Glow in 001 Pink
  • Today's fragrance: Glossier You EDP: I love how much this smells like a cross between clean skin and fresh notebook paper. I wear this when I don't want to feel too "perfumey".

Body Lotions I Love (And One I Don't)

I have far too many body care products - soaps, shower gels, shampoos, hand creams ... the list goes on and on. To give you some idea of what I mean, here's a summary of just what's in my body lotion rotation currently:

The Body Shop - Strawberry Body Butter
I often find that lotions and butters with fruit scents land to the side of cloying, too sweet, more like candy than anything natural. This strawberry body butter is an exception - it reminds me of a flat of fresh-picked strawberries straight from the field, the kind you'd find at the annual Strawberry Festival in Oxnard, California - or the Strawberry Social from 'To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar'.


Sabon - Delicate Jasmine Body Lotion
Sabon is a European body care chain with stores in New York City. I'm going to NYC next month, so I'll do a more complete review then. In the meantime, this is my favorite of their lines. It's much more aquatic than floral - in fact, it reminds me a lot of Philosophy's seasonal line Snow Angel, lots of fresh water with just a hint of jasmine at the end.


L'Occitane - Almond Milk Veil
What I like best about this lotion is that it's light and absorbs quickly. The scent is mild - it's a neutral sort of milky fragrance, making it a versatile base if you're layering moisturizer with perfumes.


Diptyque - Lait Frais Body Lotion
Diptyque Lait Frais translates to "Fresh Milk" but it's actually a light, refreshing citrus infused with orange blossom water. It's also very moisturizing without being greasy, with one of the best textures I've experienced in a body lotion - Diptyque never does anything by halves. I love layering this with their Eau Des Sens with its orange notes. The combination is so fresh and uplifting and lasts for hours.


Elizabeth Arden - Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream
This cream has a really lemony citrus scent, with just a little bit of honey and some underlying musk to temper it. It's also really thick and rich. It feels so luxurious! My only complaint is that the fragrance doesn't last long, although that's not such a big concern since it's become my go-to for moisturizing right before bed.


Blue Haven Bee Company - Georgia Peach Nourishing Lotion
I found this local brand at a gift shop while I was on a trip last week (I went to a wedding in Savannah, Georgia). The peach scent is SO GOOD. Sadly, the fragrance doesn't last long, but the lotion is very good texture-wise (absorbs quickly and is non-greasy).


Sol Janeiro - Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
I got a sample of this one with a Sephora order a few weeks ago, and I have to say, I do not get what the big deal is. Did the formula change at some point? I've seen people raving about how good this cream smells. The lotion texture is fine, but it smelled really cheap to me. I'm glad I was able to sample it before I ordered a larger size.

What's On My Face Today

  • Cover Girl Simply Ageless Foundation in 205 Ivory and Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick in Blanc: I really love the Hourglass stick foundation. The finish is so weightless and natural-looking - if you're expecting something thick and heavy, you'll be surprised. The stick I bought a few weeks ago is their lightest shade and it'll be perfect for my winter complexion, but for summer I need to blend it with something a smidge darker, so I'm using up this Cover Girl foundation that I don't reach for often enough. Luckily, the Hourglass foundation is creamy enough that it blends well with the liquid formula. This was going to be a foundation experiment, but I'm really happy with how this combination turned out.
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (concealer) in SX01
  • Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder: I'm working through a sample of this powder, and it probably won't turn into a purchase. It's finely milled but very matte, and I like my powder to finish a little bit glowy.
  • Viseart blush palette in 02 Rose Coral: The palest coral shade on the upper righthand side of the palette
  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly (eyelid primer)
  • Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Beauty Junkie: I love these Magnificent Metals shadows. I've got six of them now, in shades across the spectrum. This newest one, Beauty Junkie, came out a few weeks ago and I just got around to trying it. As glittery as these shadows are, I think they're perfectly fine for daytime wear (especially in the summertime!). Beauty Junkie is no exception. It's a shimmery coral-pink, leaning perhaps a little more coral than it appears in Stila's promotional photos but still very pink. It's hard to get a bead on the color in photos with all that gold shift. And despite all that flash, Beauty Junkie still feels like a neutral that you could wear with anything. (Note: The purple-ish shade on the right in the photo below is 'Gypsy'.)

  • Benefit They're Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara in Black
  • NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Chocolate
  • Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss in Failbait: With today's shimmery eye, I went low-key everywhere else. 'Failbait' is a pale rose that's moisturizing and has just a little bit of pigmentation, perfect for a minimalist look. I love this formula - unfortunately, the shade has been discontinued, but you can find similar products over at Temptalia's Dupe List.
  • Today's fragrance: Guerlain Aqua Allegoria in Rosa Pop