What's On My Face Today

It's been a month since I last posted! Sorry about that - I've been going through some health issues that have taken up a lot of time and energy. It looks like I have a lot of catching up to do! (I have been updating a little more frequently on Instagram, so be sure and follow me at @lipstickpanic.)


  • Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Vanilla: I finally got this in a shade that works a little better with my summer complexion - just as the cool weather is finally starting to roll in! I've had the same experience with a couple of foundations this year: It used to be that I could just buy the fairest shade in a range and not have to think about it. Now that companies are broadening their shade ranges (which is a great thing!) it looks like they are also adding one or two shades on the lighter side of the spectrum as well, so I need to be more diligent about testing rather than just assume a fair shade will work for me.
  • Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder in Mousseline Pastel


  • Jouer Blush Duo in Coquette: I have to point out that this blush duo is NOT as cool as it's pictured in any of the photos I've seen online. I was expecting some pink with a little bit of pop, instead I got a fairly ordinary plum/dusty rose combination. That said, this blusher does blend well and holds on a long time without fading, so it works well for an everyday look.


  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly (eyelid primer)
  • Tarte Gifted Mascara in Black
  • Maybelline TattooStudio Brow Tint Pen in Medium Brown: This has been out in Asia for a few months now, but I finally found it in Target this past weekend! I like the applicator a lot - it draws natural-looking groups of lines instead of making you sketch in one tiny line at a time. I'd like to see a luxury brand tackle this style of brow liner though - the applicator is great, but the inky formula is a little inconsistent in that it doesn't always flow from the pen tip at the same rate, so it can be difficult to get both eyebrows filled in evenly.
  • NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow in Lunar


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What I'm Packing for Travel

I'll be in Europe for two weeks, and unlike past trips I've decided not to take half my collection! This is pared down from what I would usually bring, but I know I'll be picking up a lot of souvenirs along the way (and doing some shopping for local cosmetics) so I wanted to pack light. Note the cream blushes and liquid eyeshadows - I won't need to pack blush or eyeshadow brushes. My skincare for the trip will be a ragtag collection of samples, not worth cataloging - same with my fragrances (travel is a great time to take some chances and work through all those sample vials that have been piling up!).

What's On My Face Today

I'm not sure I've ever even owned a product from Pixi before now, but I found a few on sale at Target last weekend so I decided to give them a try. I'm so glad I did!

  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Cream in 01 Light
  • Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder in Mousseline Pastel
  • Pixi Multibalm in Watermelon Veil: I love this so much, it's actually making the cut for my trip to Europe next week. The formula is very easy to blend. The color is perfect for pale skin - it gives me a soft, rosy flush. I also like the applicator shape - it deposits just the right amount of product and gives you plenty of control over where the blush sits on your cheeks. (I always liked the formula of Tarte's Cheek Stain, but found the applicator to be too wide, so the product kind of went all over the place.)
  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly (eyelid primer)
  • Tarte Gifted Mascara in Black
  • Sisley Phyto-Sourcils Fix Brow Gel in 2
  • Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Rose Gold: This product is very similar to Stila Glitter & Glow (and Pixi's 'Rose Gold' reminds me of Stila's 'Enchantress'). It's probably a little too much shimmer for a day out running errands, but other than that I have no complaints. It applied and blended easily and lasted just as long as any of the Stila glitter eye products I've used.
  • Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Radiant Rose: This was the only Pixi product I bought that was not a clear winner. It's fine - the shade looks natural and works well with the cheek color, it's just a little drying. It's still worth it for the price, but I wear it with a bit of lip balm underneath.
  • Today's fragrance: Le Labo Lys 41: I got this as a sample. It's a little spicy for my tastes, but I did get some compliments while I was out shopping yesterday. At the time I was feeling a little sweaty and not sure that I actually smelled all that great, so it's good to know just the opposite was true!