Makeup Wars 2013 Beauty Resolutions

Makeup Wars is back for 2013’s first edition which of course is New Year’s Resolutions. While it may sound a tiny bit trite you know darn well that this group of amazing beauty bloggers are all going to have their own spin on things.

I’ve made several resolutions that are all beauty related. I know that the diet and exercise things are beauty resolutions but have you ever compared a Weight Watchers meeting or the gym on January 4th and February 4th? It’s like you are on different planets. Instead I tried to make resolutions that I’ve got a good chance of following through on.

Resolution one is one I began as soon as I started making my list for this post – TAKE CARE OF MY LIPS. I’m terrible about remembering to use all the potions I have to keep my lips looking younger and moister. I start with good intentions but I don’t always remember. So I’ve lined up what I need in my bathrooms.

In my master bathroom I’ve been using Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore*. While I’ve only tried the Lip Restore I’m amazed by the fact that you can get 4 glosses and this for $15! Collagen Tinted Lip Restore helps to redefine the lip line and create softer, smoother younger-looking lips, with just a hint of colour and sheen. It contains Torricelumn and Collagen to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is very lightly tinted – I find it’s like a “my lips but better” flush. I apply it as soon as I start getting ready and later apply lip color. When I go into that bathroom I like to add some more if my lips are color free.

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

eliz grant lip collagen on finger

In my extra bath (where I clean up at night) I’ve been using Lush’s Popcorn Lip Scrub*. This is a very dry lip scrub that I like to use in the evening to exfoliate my lips. It’s a little bit sugar and a little bit salt. I rub it on with my finger, scrub around and lick it off. I try to do this before I wash up though since I end up with some of the scrub on my face. It smells just like freshly popped popcorn. I LOVE popcorn and this is a calorie free treat for me! It doesn’t scratch like some exfoliators do. Plus it’s starting to keep my lips looking better and less chapped.lush popcorn scrub

I follow up with Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick as my nighttime lip moisturizer. This inexpensive stick of delight is only $4 and can be used on eyes and lips, day or night. It even has SPF 15. The reason I chose this to use at night especially is that it’s not fragranced so it won’t keep me up sniffing. Fragrance is fine during the day but not for me at night. Plus I can rub a little on dry spots on my face if I’m tossing and turning and need something to do.

Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick

Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick

Resolution two has to do with that extra bathroom. I need to start getting ready earlier in the evening. For some reason I wait until it’s time to go to bed and then I remove my makeup and put on my skincare. I need to change that. I sometimes get too tired to actually wash even though I have awesome cleansers. Instead I’ll use facial wipes like the Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Wipes*.I then follow up with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner. That’s okay once in a while but I’m doing it too often. I’ll still keep using the Kiehl’s Toner but my resolution is to start early and then go on the computer!kiehls toner

Resolution threestop plucking chin hairs!! I’m trying really really hard, honest I am. But it’s so hard to resist. I’m made one step forward though and that’s not to keep my Tweezerman tweezers (pretty as it is) on my computer desk. I’ve paid for laser hair removal and I’ve got sessions left but I can’t go until I stop plucking. This one is really going to be hard to keep.

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman


Resolution four is to stop buying the same color eyeshadows over and over and over again. I’m in a rut but I see those beautiful taupes and browns and I can’t imagine not owning them. I ended 2012 buying a few like this beautiful Edward Bess palette. That needs to be the end. So far I’ve made it a whole week into 2013 without buying any though. I have to stop thinking they’ll change my life since I know the only one who sees the difference is me.

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss

I’ve made a little progress, especially on resolution one. Now only 75% left to work on. Are any of these resolutions of yours or even close?? — Marcia

Join my fellow Makeup Wars friends to see what they’ve decided to resolve in 2013. Click on their links to get to their sites.

*starred items are PR samples, rest are personally bought or repurchases.


Edward Bess Compact Rouge review

I did a guest blog on a new blog that I think you’ll enjoy. The blog is EVERYDAY BEAUTY and is aimed at those of us who are 40 and above. I am enjoying the blog and wrote a guest review that I hope you’ll read. Edward Bess cream blushes aka Compact Rouge are beautiful, long lasting blushes. There are a few positives and negatives I’ve shared on the blog review. Come and visit please.  — Marcia

Luxury the Edward Bess way

When I was young the highlight of my year was watching Miss America. My sister and I would be glued to the TV set watching Bert Parks do his shtick. We’d pick favorites and call them “my girl”. We’d gloat over one another if ‘my girl’ got picked. To this day I’m still fascinated by Miss America even though I’d never pick ‘my girl’ again – mainly because they never choose mine! This year I happened to be home in time to watch the show. Since I’m from Michigan I made sure to look at the screen to see Miss Michigan. Oh my goodness – what a hot mess she was. I’ve never seen such awful eye makeup on a supposed professional. Even a makeup artist friend of mine who no longer lives in Michigan proclaimed on Facebook “blend girl, blend”.

I wanted to reach through the screen and hand her Edward Bess’ Luxury Eye Brush. If she couldn’t do her eye makeup with this brush then she needs to be brushed away from color cosmetics forever.

The Luxury Eye Brush ($40) is amazing even though I looked at it with dismay when I got it. I bought it because my friend and guest blogger Ammie adores Edward Bess. When she bought this brush it intrigued me enough that in December I decided I couldn’t live without it. When the brush arrived the head of the brush was so large that I couldn’t understand the raves I’d read. But then I watched Edward Bess’ videos on you tube and it gave me the courage to do my entire eye with one brush. It worked! And not only did it work but my eye makeup looked fabulous (if I do say so myself). It takes the place of the three brushes I normally use to put on my eyes.

The brush is amazing because I can do my entire eye with it. It works as beautifully for the lid as it does for the crease. Surprisingly you can do detail work with it as well as blend with it. When using this brush the shades I use are blended so perfectly into each other that it looks professional even if you aren’t.

The length of the brush is typical, even a little shorter than my MAC brushes but the head is much larger.  The actual bristle length of the brush is just under ¾ of an inch (2 cm). At the widest part it’s ½ inch (1.5 cm) while the tip is about 3/8 of an inch (1 cm). In comparison the MAC 217 is just over ½ inch long and about ½ inch in width. While they might sound a little similar the MAC brush doesn’t have the circumference or fullness. Edward Bess’ brush is much more substantial. The Luxury Eye Brush is handcrafted with natural bristles. By the way, this is the only eye brush that he sells as of now.

The brush comes in the most elegant box. You know you’ve bought quality when this package appears on your doorstep. I know the price is high but if you love brushes and you want to look like Miss America (and not Miss Michigan) you’ll want to save for this splurge. Your eye makeup will be blended beyond belief. –Marcia

Here’s some You Tube videos of Edward Bess using this brush:

Day look (12 minutes long)

Smokey Eye

Eyeshadow Trio (this is only 2 minutes long)

Introduction to Edward Bess (if you don’t know about him)