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

What's On My Face Today

  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Cream in Light
  • Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder in Mousseline Pastel
  • Viseart blush palette in 02 Rose Coral
  • Viseart blush palette in 02 Rose Coral
    You can see which of these shades is my favorite. I love how buildable these are, but I tend to lean towards the cooler hues. Today, though, in the interest of evening things out, I'm wearing the palest coral, the one on the upper righthand side of the palette.
  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly (eyelid primer)
  • Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss in Icing - This is so much darker than it appears on the Butter London web site - their swatches are misleading - but it is easy to apply, blends nicely, and gives you the easiest-ever path to a smoky eye, so there's that.
  • Sisley Phyto-Sourcils Fix Brow Gel in 2
  • Benefit "They're Real" Mascara in Jet Black
  • Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Liquid Color Balm in No. 9 (Strip Me Fuchsia)
  • Today's fragrance: I'm testing out Eau des Vacances from Fragonard. With its mandarin, orange blossom, and rose, it's very similar to my beloved Aqua Allegoria Mandarin Basilic (from Guerlain), but a little more serious, just slightly darker. I think that's owing to the cedarwood base note (the notes in the two are so close, but the Guerlain really packs more of a punch when it comes to orange-related notes). It's a beautiful fragrance, but so close to the Guerlain that I probably won't get a full bottle, maybe just a decant. Where Mandarin Basilic is too frivolous and fizzy for anything but bright summer days, I could see wearing Eau des Vacances to a nice dinner on a summer evening, or in the winter, when citrus is a surprise and a treat.