What's On My Face Today

  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Cream in Light - I usually use the Lingerie de Peau liquid foundation, but I'm trying this one out just for curiosity's sake. I didn't love it the first few times, it just seemed too thick no matter what application method I used, but I think I've finally gotten a feel for it. I just needed to start with a really tiny amount, just a few dots, and then build from there. This method works well with a brush (my preferred tool) but better with a sponge.
  • Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder in Mousseline Pastel
  • MAC Crazed Imagination Blush from the 2014 Rocky Horror collection - This is probably as close as I get to a no-makeup look, but my complexion is cool-toned enough that traditional contouring shades are too warm or too brown for me. This blush is a deep plum color, dark enough to use for contour but with enough rosiness to look natural on my skin. I brush a small amount through the hollows of my cheeks. This blush was LE and no longer available, but for something similar, try CabanaBoy from theBalm.
  • Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick in Pink Flash - A swipe this down along the tops of my cheekbones. Normally, I'd also add some to the inner corners of my eyes, the bridge of my nose, and my cupid's bow, but when I'm going minimalist like this, I skip those areas.
  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly (eyelid primer)
  • Glossier Boy Brow in Brown
  • Benefit "They're Real" Mascara in Jet Black
  • Dior Addict Lacquer Plump in Lovely-D (rosy nude with a high shine finish) - The finish on this is really glossy at first, but it wears down pretty quickly to a natural-looking rosy-brown stain that lasts for a few hours. It does need re-application if you eat or drink anything, but the color pay-off is worth it IMHO.

Disappointment: GlamGlow 'My Little Pony' Masks

Last month, GlamGlow came out with a limited edition set of masks in a partnership with Hasbro, featuring three of the My Little Pony characters. The masks use the same formula as their GravityMud Firming Treatment, but with gobs of glitter packed in.

There are three versions, with glitter colors corresponding to the character names - Princess Luna (black), Twilight Sparkle (purple) and Pinkie Pie (pink). The packaging includes a small rubber spatula for application, and you'll definitely want to use that unless you want glitter all over your hands.

I was hesitant about a lot of things, but ultimately the gimmick got to me and I, heh heh, ponied up $59 for the Pinkie Pie version.

I wish I had been able to sample it beforehand, and I definitely wouldn't buy it again. To be fair, I've never used the original GravityMud, so I don't know how they compare. I did not find the glitter mask to be that effective, though - only inasmuch as any peel-off mask is physically useful at pulling gunk from your pores.

And if all you want is that, you can do it for a lot less money.

What you're really paying for is the fun experience of having pink glitter all over your face, which, fine, maybe it's worth that much to some people?

But be warned that this mask might not be the best for sensitive skin. I felt a little bit of burning while it was on, and it left my skin with some redness (although that faded eventually once the mask was off). If you're determined to try this mask, do try to get a sample beforehand.

Also, be aware that the glitter in these masks is not biodegradable. GlamGlow gets around explaining that by urging users to peel off the mask and throw it into the trash instead of rinsing down the drain, but then it still ends up in a landfill doesn't it? That answer in their FAQ is a bit of a dodge, and, in fact, you won't find that FAQ on the GlamGlow site - I've only seen it in the description on the Sephora product page.

(Psst! Want some products infused with glitter that won't actually hurt the environment? Check out Sunshine & Glitter!)

Inglot Las Vegas!

I went to Las Vegas last weekend!

Whenever I go, I try to visit the Inglot store. Inglot is a cosmetics company based in Poland. They have around 40 boutiques in the U.S., and one of the largest is in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace (there is also one at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian).

What I love about Inglot is the range of colors they offer, particularly in their eye shadows. When I discovered them a few years ago, their product line was a little limited - mainly lip glosses and shadows - and the quality wasn't always there (the first shadows I tested from Inglot were a little chalky and not very pigmented).

Since then, the quality has improved a lot, and I'm happy to say that their product range has expanded too. Their signature line is arguably the Freedom System palettes. They offer a few dozen different blank palette configurations, and then most of their shadows, blushes, highlighters and powders (and even a few lipsticks and solid fragrances) come in pans that fit interchangeably, so you can really customize to create whatever you want.

The Freedom System Palette EB is my favorite configuration. It holds three eye pans and one longer blush/highlighter pan, so it's perfect if you want to economize and mix & match to create a full face palette.

This older palette is one that I often take when I travel. The greens and golds work well together for evening eye looks, so with the bright pink blush it's really all I need. I don't remember the shade numbers or formula name, but as you can see the eye colors are all shimmers.

My newer palette, the one I picked out last weekend, has the Fusion Blush and Illuminator in shade number 201, and the Matte Eye Shadow in shades 288, 289, and 290. These are not eye colors I'll ever wear together - the green works well on its own, as a swipe of color for a spring day, but the blue and purple will probably be used as crease colors for lighter purples or frosty blues.

On this last trip, I did also pick up a few standalones. I love this pink highlighter - it gives me a rosy glow, but it's subtle and not too over the top for my older skin:

I'm also trying out their Everlight Mousse Foundation. The shade range is limited (their other foundation formulas do have ranges that are more inclusive), but I love the finish. The texture is thick for a mousse, so a little goes a long way. I've also found that the formula needs a little warming up on the skin, otherwise it can be hard to blend. I don't usually use my fingers to apply foundation, but with this one I've been dabbing it on and just doing the initial blending with my fingertips (you might also warm it on the back of your hand first, before applying to your face). Once it's warmed, I can blend the rest of the way with a brush or sponge and it melts into the skin, leaving a really nice, naturally silky finish.

Oh, what a coincidence! A few days after getting back, I spotted this news:

Jennifer Lopez's Beauty Line Is Coming Just In Time For Your Spring Glow-Up [Refinery29]

I don't share J.Lo's gorgeous complexion, but I'm excited to get a look at the products they've come up with nonetheless. I mean, the collection is going to include 70+ pieces - I may not wear the bronzer, but maybe there's a lipstick or a blush in there for me? It launches on April 17th, and you can check in with the countdown clock at http://jenniferlopezinglot.com/.