- Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Makeup in Vanilla Shell
- Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder in Mousseline Pastel
- Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (concealer) in SX01
- Milk Makeup lip and cheek color in Swish
- DiorShow Mascara in Black
- NYX Brow Mascara in Chocolate
- MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly as my eyelid primer
- MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm in Candy Wrapped
I've been in Chicago at a conference for the past week - I just got home yesterday, in fact - and while I was there I popped into a local MAC store to pick up a few of the new Tendertalk Lip Balms. These are actually a re-release (they first appeared in 2016), but I missed them the first time around. I love these so much! I picked up Candy Wrapped (the sheer pale pink) and Play With Me (the sheer red). These lip balms glide on easily and work with your skin's pH to create a flush with just a little bit of tint. I could swear there's also some plumping action going on, although I don't feel any irritation - it may just be the appearance of plumpness that a slight gloss can give. Once I have a chance to take some photos, I'll do a more full review with swatches.
The cream cheek/lip color from Milk is not a new product, but it's one I turned to a lot this past winter. I find that cream blushes are a lot easier to blend, and of course they don't make me look as dry as a powder blush would, but you do need to set them with just a little bit of powder to keep them from migrating during the day. This shade, Swish, is a really bright pink. I think neon-y pinks like this can be a little intimidating, but I find that the brighter colors actually blend out into a more natural flush on the skin. I especially love this pink because it doesn't oxidize on my skin during the day - a lot of blushes start out looking natural, then turn orange on me be the end of the day. This particular product is very buildable, too, so you can go as pale or extreme as you want.
Just one more note: Hubert de Givenchy was better known for his fashion designs and a lifetime of dressing famous women then he was for the company's beauty products, but regardless of how you remember him he will be sorely missed in the beauty and fashion communities. Hubert de Givenchy passed away yesterday at the age of 91.