Marcia’s top 8 list from 2012 plus 1 worst

top8I’ve wanted to do a top 10 list for the longest time but I keep finding more and more items I used for the first time in 2012 so the list has been growing exponentially. I’m forcing myself to cut it down though so that I don’t bore the heck out of you. I know I’m going to regret leaving out some things but if I keep talking about them over and over (like Youngblood Cream blush, BB creams or It Cosmetics products) you’ll most likely click this post off. I might be sorry but the Top 10 is now the Top 8 plus 1 worst for 2012.

Algenist skincare – I haven’t reviewed everything I’ve tried yet from Algenist but with the three I have reviewed and the items I will be reviewing, I can say that this skincare line is my find of the year. As a beauty blogger I try a lot of skincare but few really grab my heart and my wallet. Algenist has done that with their Eye Renewal Balm and Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 plus more that will be coming.

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Anastasia – my first review for Anastasia was She Wears It Well eyeshadow palette. At the time I said that it seemed like so many of my other palettes. If that’s the case then why do I reach for it all the time? Then along came Want You to Want Me and that came with me to the Beauty Spotlight Team’s desert island. And don’t get me started on Kisses On My Lips since they are so amazing. Yes, Anastasia has won a place (or 3) on my 2012 favorites list.

Want You To Want Me

Want You To Want Me

Mont Bleu – the most beautiful items ever to own or give as gifts. I’m a huge Swarovski crystal fan so when I was sent a mirror and file from them I went a little nuts. I’d love to own one of everything they make.

Pink Flowers in the box

Pink Flowers in the box

Morning Glamour satin pillowcases – when I started this list I never had a clue that a pillow case would be part of my top items. But I like them that much. I just wish they’d come in King size too since a lot of people I recommend them too only have King size.

Morning Glamour

Morning Glamour

Nail polish – this is where I’m cheating because I’ve found brands in the past year that I’m crazy about. I haven’t reviewed them all yet but that will change in 2013. The ones I have reviewed and recommend are SoFlaJo, Color Me Monthly subscription box polishes, butter London, NCLA, A England, and Polish & Co to name just a few.

A-England Princess Sabra

A-England Princess Sabra

Subscription boxes – how could these not be on my 2012 list? I don’t dare add up what I spent on these. I love trying these in the hopes that I’m going to find a holy grail item. The one box I have had the most fun with is PopSugar Must Have. It’s not even cosmetic either. But there are so many items I’ve never tried before nor run across since I’m not a big shopper (outside of the cosmetic counters that is). This has been fun and of all the boxes the one I know I’m sticking with for 2013. The others may go, new ones may come, but PopSugar will remain. (Hint – I have a new exciting subscription box coming up soon that will be fun too.)

October from the popsugar.com website

October from the popsugar.com website

Sunday Riley – I’ve gone a little nuts with Sunday Riley products though not all have been reviewed. My favorite powder blush that I bought in 2012 though is Honest from Sunday Riley so I really needed to include this in my list.

Sunday Riley Honest blush

Sunday Riley Honest blush

Tarte – It’s exceptionally difficult not to list and list oodles of Tarte. There’s so much I love about the brand but for 2012 the best product is Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer. I’m mad about this concealer and during the last 30% off sale on tarte’s website I even bought a backup while knowing I won’t need it for a long time. But what if I misplace it?? I needed that backup!!

Tarte Maracuja Waterproof Concealer in Fair

Tarte Maracuja Waterproof Concealer in Fair

Now for my worst – Venus Spa razors. I hate spending the money on razor blades but they are a necessity. When I ran out this month I bought Gillette Venus Spa at Costco which contained a razor and 12 cartridges. I used one of the cartridges on my Venus razor and hated it from the first time I used it. These contain huge gel bars on the ends. Not only did I cut myself every time I used the razor but after 1 leg shave and 3 underarm shaves one end fell off. I usually get a few weeks out of a razor. It bothers me that I spent $30 on this and I will be returning it for the Venus Divine blades that I like.

Venus Spa blade new

Venus Spa blade new

Venus Spa after 3 showers

Venus Spa after 3 showers

 

I have to give one B.I.G. shout out to Makeup Wars. This series is so much fun and I’m so thrilled to be a part of it. I hope you’ve discovered a lot of new blogs and enjoyed reading these as much as I enjoy doing them. makeup wars holiday look logo

Thanks for reading my new favorites for 2012. I already have some items ready to review for 2013 that could easily be in the running for next year’s list so keep on reading!! — Marcia

Makeup Wars shows a favorite holiday look


It’s holiday time and some of the Makeup Wars bloggers are ready to celebrate. Today’s Makeup Wars is all about our holiday looks. Everyone loves looking extraordinary on special days and December is filled with those. Since I’m babysitting on New Year’s Eve (yes!! our first sleepover!!) my holiday look took place at a recent party.

As usual I started with my eyes and for this party I pulled out an eyeshadow that I don’t wear that often Makeup Geek Envy. This isn’t an everyday color for me but I so love this blue-green that I was excited to have an occasion to wear it.makeup geek  envy panmakeup geek envy finger panI applied it very heavily along my upper lashline and it was very intense so out came my MAC 219 brush and I started smudging. I blended upwards so that I had the darkness along my lashes and an ombre look as it went up. My favorite browbone shade is the (unfortunately discontinued) Rock & Republic Skintone because it’s absolutely my skintone. I lined with MAC Dark Envy Fluidline and used Diorshow Iconic mascara. I absolutely loved this eye look and felt sexy – a rarity for me! makeup geek teal eye lookmakeup geek teal eyes
After applying my eyes and cleaning up all these little blips of black you see, I applied Tarte Waterproof Maracuja Waterproof Concealer along with an eye cream. My foundation of the evening was one I need to review still, Sunday Riley Creme Radiance Breathable Ageless Foundation. I then used my beloved Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender to set my foundation and keep the oilies at bay. sunday riley foundation jarMy blush and lips had to be subtle since my eyes were dramatic. Subtle lips aren’t a problem for me – I can go eeny, meeny, miny, moe with my eyes closed and pick out a YLLB lipstick. For this look though it was important that my blush and lips were in sync. I recently bought my first ever Dior lipstick. I had resisted them for so long because of fragrance but I went to a Dior counter and the amazing makeup artist introduced me to Dior Addict Lipstick. A Dior lipstick with no fragrance. Now I can be a part of the ‘ladies club’. The shade she picked for me is 535 Talleur Bar. This is a sheer mauve that is only slightly darker than my lips. It’s extremely moisturizing but because it’s sheer it wears off quickly. For blush I combined two Youngblood cream blushes – Taffeta (rose iridescence) and Pink Champagne (warm pink).

dior lip open3

dior lip swatch2

Last but not least I applied It Cosmetics Hello Light, the most amazing illuminating powder I’ve ever tried. I feel magical when wearing this. A true review is upcoming by I love that this powder gives my face a luminosity that isn’t glittery or shimmery, that looks natural while illuminating my face so that I glow. it cosmetics hello light powder qvcit hello light back

My nails are an important part of my cosmetic life and I had fun with this. I was wearing a beautiful emerald polish from Color Me Monthly: Emerald City (review upcoming). To spice it up I wore Color Club’s Snow Flakes polish over it. My nails looked like twinkling Christmas lights on a tree.  colormemonthly green and colorclub nails2

So there you have my Holiday Face and Nails without my face. Every product used is a favorite and will continue to be in 2013. I hope you find some inspiration for New Year’s Eve from this version of Makeup Wars. Click on these icons to see what the other warriors have chosen to do for their Holiday Look. If you have one to share, I’m ready, willing and able to hear what you’ve used. — Marcia

 



Sunday Riley Lady Godiva and Burnt Eggplant review and swatches

The secret is out and it’s all Lola’s fault. When I first discovered Sunday Riley cosmetics I did searches to see what I could learn about the colors that I should be buying. I found a few blogs like The Beauty Look Book and The Non-Blonde and then I found Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog. Not only did Lola sway my judgment but she led me astray by helping me spend more money to get Barney’s gift with purchases. I must admit I love Lola and my mantra is “whatever Lola wants, Marcia gets”. You need to check out her 6 posts about Sunday Riley eyeshadows to see all her swatches and descriptions. I wish she’d had these before I purchased the 8 that I have now but she’ll help me when I go on my next binge I’m quite sure.

Lady Godiva and Burnt Eggplant

With 32 shades shades of Prismatic Eye Colors Sunday Riley has me intent on starting a collection. Two of my favorites so far are Lady Godiva and Burnt Eggplant. Since I bought my SR shadows just by swatches online I wasn’t sure what I was in for so it was a pleasant surprise to find that I bought some shadows that work together. You can’t tell the nuances of shadow nor the undertones when buying online so luckily I chose well including shadows like these two that work great together.

Burnt Eggplant image from barneys.com

Burnt Eggplant

Burnt Eggplant is described by Lola as “a silvery purple plum taupe shimmer with a brown base”. Burnt Eggplant isn’t purple on me even though I expected that from its name. Instead it’s brown with a purple undertone. I’d compare it to MAC Style Snob and Satin Taupe. The two MAC eyeshadows  are frostier than Burnt Eggplant so if you liked the color of those but not the finish than Sunday Riley Burnt Eggplant  is a great alternative.

MAC Style Snob, SR Burnt Eggplant, MAC Satin Taupe

Lady Godiva

Lady Godiva is harder for me to describe but Dermstore calls it a light coppery tan while Lola calls it a rich and complex coppery red brown shimmer. Personally I wouldn’t describe it either way. I see some mauve in it so I’d describe it as a light brown with mauve undertones. It doesn’t show up as a dark shade once on my eyes. Since both Burnt Eggplant and Lady Godiva have some cool undertones they are a delicious match. When on my eyes I feel both are a satin finish, not a shimmer.

Lady Godiva Image from barneys.com (my shadow doesn't look like this at all)

Lady Godiva and Burnt Eggplant

Lady Godiva and Burnt Eggplant

If you want to know about more Sunday Riley eyeshadows check out my reviews for Pot O’Gold and Siberian Sable HERE  and for Olive Branch and Leprechaun HERE . Sunday Riley products are not only available at Barneys but now Dermstore carries them. The eyeshadows are $26 each. If you discover some you like, put them in your Dermstore favorites list for a future discount. Or wait to see what Lola comes up with from Barney’s as she’s got a secret up her sleeve. What’s not a secret is that these air-milled eyeshadows blend like a dream and are the latest and greatest on the market. — Marcia

Honestly – I love Sunday Riley Honest blush

Nars Orgasm blush has set the standard for peach blushes. It seems absolutely everyone raves about that blush and compares all blushes in that color family to it. I’m here to tell you though that Sunday Riley Honest blush  outorgasms Orgasm. This is the blush that makes me shiver. This is the blush that puts all others to shame.

Sunday Riley Honest blush

Here’s what Barney’s has to say about Sunday Riley blush: “This universally flattering blush gives your cheeks the perfect amount of pigment for a soft, flushed radiance. Round-shaped pigments give a silky feel and diffuse light for a smooth, luminous finish. Highlights, defines, and enhances. Paraben Free.”

Sunday Riley blush case

Here’s what I have to say about Sunday Riley blush, particularly Honest. It’s amazing. It’s soft as silk. The pigment is not to be believed. With Nars I always felt so glittery and unnatural. I never could understand the raves about the blush. But Honest deserves the raves. There’s almost a sheen that looks like you are under candlelight with the blush.  I apply it and feel luminous. I was in love from the first day I put this on.

Sunday Riley Honest swatch

 

Honest blush swatch

Even though this isn’t a dark shade it could be easy to overdo. I’ve used a variety of brushes with it and my preference is MAC’s angled 168 brush for application. With the MAC I get the most even tone without overapplying.

Sunday Riley blushes are $30 each (sold only at Barneys and Barneys.com) and come in much nicer packaging than their eyeshadows do. There are 6 shades total (and I own 3 of course!). I feel the price is quite fair for the size and quality. There is absolutely nothing bad I can say about Sunday Riley Honest. It’s the powder blush I’ve been waiting for. — Marcia

 

p.s. Check out Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog  for a great review of Sunday Riley’s Blushing blush. She even tells you all the great ingredients which I didn’t know about.

Look what’s at the end of the rainbow -Sunday Riley Pot of Gold and Siberian Sable

Am I allowed to have a new favorite eyeshadow? If so I pick Sunday Riley Pot of Gold. I went on a shopping spree (or two) scooping up Sunday Riley and bought a slew of her eyeshadows. My first 6 are pictured below. After using these 6 plus the 3 additional ones I’ve since purchased, the winner is Pot of Gold. I feel like this is the prize at the end of the rainbow for me. Of course being fickle you know I’ll be onto something else later but in the meantime this is what I’m reaching for most days.

Sunday Riley eyeshadows: top Siberian Sable, Olive Branch, Leprechaun, bottom Pot of Gold, Burnt Eggplant, Lady Godiva

Sunday Riley Pot of Gold

Pot of Gold is a gold eyeshadow but without any brass tones to it. What I love best about this shade is that it totally lightens up my eye look. I feel so much more wide awake looking when wearing this shade. I call my skintone fair and cool but it’s almost more neutral than it is cool. I’m lucky that most shades  work for my eye color, hair color and skintone. Some though make me feel like a million bucks and Pot of Gold is one of those.

Sunday Riley Pot of Gold swatched

The texture is terrific. It’s a satiny finish. There’s no glitter, the shimmer factor is subtle. I feel it’s totally appropriate even for someone of my age. This is not a powdery eyeshadow so there’s basically no fallout with it. It glides on beautifully when I’m wearing Too Faced Shadow Insurance as my eyeshadow base. I don’t need layer upon layer of the color since it’s instantly perfect.

I have paired it with other shadows from my collection and found great combinations but the one I pair it with most of the time is Sunday Riley Siberian Sable. This eyeshadow is a subtle gem. It’s something you’d probably never even swatch at the counter because you’ve seen this milk chocolate before. When it arrived I wasn’t excited about the shade like some of the other Sunday Riley shadows but once I wore it I knew it too was a winner. It works perfectly with Pot of Gold and it works great with so many other eyeshadows. (Lately I’ve been wearing BareMinerals Scenic Route with Pot of Gold and loving that!)

Sunday Riley Siberian Sable

Siberian Sable is on the verge of being a matte but it’s got such a satiny finish that it can’t really be described that way by me at least. It’s a drop more powdery than Pot of Gold but I barely get any fallout from it when applying. It too glides on. The texture is lovely.

Sunday Riley Siberian Sable swatched

These two shadows last me all day. When I reviewed Olive Branch and Leprechaun I mentioned that there was some fading. Not with Pot of Gold or Siberian Sable though. These last beautifully. Personally I love to touch up eyeshadow so sometimes I do just for the joy of playing but if I didn’t have the time, I’d feel confident with these even 12 hours later. They’ve even lasted through a MAJOR hot flash.

Pot of Gold, Siberian Sable

Pot of Gold, Siberian Sable

Pot of Gold, Siberian Sable

Sunday Riley is only available at Barney’s and they cost $26 each. Not all their eyeshadows are fabulous but these two I can highly recommend. Now if only I really found a pot of gold. If I did though I’m sure I’d end up buying more Sunday Riley. I’m always looking for a new favorite eyeshadow! — Marcia

Sunday Riley eyeshadows: Olive Branch and Leprechaun review and swatches

Top of the morning to you lassies*. I have two lucky products for you today. Sunday Riley is a new line sold at Barney’s and it’s grabbed my heart (and my wallet). I feel like I’ve found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Sunday Riley is a “real woman” who began her own skincare company. She’s recently branched out into cosmetics which are sold exclusively at Barneys. Here’s a picture of my jackpot (which includes Pot of Gold actually):

Sunday Riley eyeshadows: top Siberian Sable, Olive Branch, Leprechaun, bottom Pot of Gold, Burnt Eggplant, Lady Godiva

I’m going to thrill you with several reviews over the next weeks to keep the suspense going! We’ll start with Sunday Riley Prismatic eyeshadows in Olive Branch and Leprechaun.

Olive Branch and Leprechaun

Leprechaun was the start of this collection and if it looks used that’s because I received it in a swap so I didn’t start with a totally pristine shadow. If you look carefully at the above picture you can see there’s a difference in texture between the two shadows. Sunday Riley doesn’t explain the textures of their shadows so you are basically taking a chance or relying on reviews like mine or from other blogs like The Beauty Look Book  and The Non-Blonde.

Olive Branch and Leprechaun are a perfect combination. They work together exactly the way you’d want them to. So often I’ll buy an eyeshadow and then wonder what it will go with in my collection. These two are like peanut butter and jelly; made for each other. Olive Branch is a light green with slight gray undertones while Leprechaun is the darker big sister made for the crease or a smoky eye.

My pictures and swatches aren’t totally accurate since there’s more green to both of these than appear in the photos. But the green is subtle without any blatant tones. These are easy to wear shades that I think would suit most skintones though may not show up on women of color.

Olive Branch

Olive Branch swatch

Olive Branch

While these complement each other perfectly there is a difference in the texture of Olive Branch and Leprechaun. I’d describe Olive Branch as a satiny matte shadow. I’ve worn it on the lid with Leprechaun in the crease and reversed the order as well. Leprechaun isn’t so dark that it can’t be worn on the lid with Olive Branch in the crease above it. There are also some gold and brown tones to Leprechaun. For a totally different look I’ve worn it too with Sunday Riley’s Pot of Gold (review upcoming).

 

Leprechaun

Leprechaun swatched

Leprechaun’s texture is a little rough. It’s unlike any of my other Sunday Riley eyeshadows so I don’t know if this is typical of the shadow or an anomaly. While it feels a little coarse when applying it, it goes on as smoothly in the long run. There’s a little bit of shimmer to Leprechaun but not enough that I’d consider it a shimmer shadow. It’s a beautiful shadow.

 

Olive Branch top, Leprechaun bottom

Olive Branch and Leprechaun

Olive Branch and Leprechaun

Olive Branch and Leprechaun

As much as I like these and my other Sunday Riley shadows they aren’t perfect. I find some fading with them and almost always touch them up if I’m going out in the evening. I also don’t think they have the smoothest touch. I find they aren’t silky smooth like I’d describe Le Metier de Beaute’s eyeshadows. Of course that won’t keep me from adding to my collection.

“La Fheile Padraig brea dhibh go leir”* — Have a great St. Pat’s everyone. — Marcia

 

 

*Top of the morning isn’t actually an irish expression, it was made up in Hollywood.

*La Fheile Padraig brea dhibh go leir = have a great St. Patrick’s Day. (from irishcentral.com)