Shiny and glowy Makeup Wars

Makeup Wars time. It’s been a while since I shared my thoughts on MW and this time I’m only sharing half of the subject: bronzers and glowy items. I’m a glowy person (at times) and rarely bronze. Pale is okay around here though every once in a while a bronzer sneaks in the back door. Onto my most used “glows” lately.makeup wars glowy open

PAT McGRATH LABS, SKIN FETISH 003 NUDE

Don’t hate me because this is beautiful and s.o.l.d. out. It didn’t take long to sell out and when I reviewed it I warned you. At first I wasn’t sure if I’d made a mistake buying this or not but the powder is so pretty and so hard to resist. It also comes with a buffing brush (I don’t use it though) and a Shiny Stick highlighter and balm duo. This is here to remind us all, don’t underestimate Pat McGrath and don’t wait.

Pat McGrath Skin Labs Fetish 003 Nude powder

Pat McGrath Skin Labs Fetish 003 Nude powder

Pat McGrath Skin Labs Fetish 003 Nude Shiny Stick Highlighter and balm duo

Pat McGrath Skin Labs Fetish 003 Nude Shiny Stick Highlighter and balm duo

URBAN DECAY AFTERGLOW POWDER HIGHLIGHTER in AURA

With pink being my favorite color, when Urban Decay came out with the beautiful Afterglow Highlighters, I had to buy Aura. It’s pink perfection without being over the top. Aura is a light pink iridescent powder that gives me a radiant look. It’s subtle unless I build it up but I prefer using it as an all over glow applied lightly with a stippling brush or as a cheek highlighter over my blush. I like it on my browbone too so it’s getting more use than just as a highlighter. These are only $26 and not limited edition but that doesn’t mean that it’ll be around forever.

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Aura

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Aura

TOM FORD SKIN ILLUMINATING DUO in MOODLIGHT

The name of this duo is confusing at best. On Nordstrom’s website they call it Moonlight and I think I might have too when I first wrote about it. Even though Moodlight is $80, in the long run it’s saved me money. I often crave beautiful products that I don’t use often enough. This gorgeous powder duo reminds me I don’t need more. Described as “a soft white shade is like the luminous glow of daylight and a radiant golden shade is like the romantic illusion of candlelight. These lightly shimmering shades can be applied individually or layered together to create a multidimensional glow” Moodlight gives me the golden tones I want especially with complimentary eyeshadows.

Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Duo in Moodlight

Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Duo in Moodlight

IT COSMETICS BYE BYE UNDER EYE in ILLUMINATION

This might seem like an odd fit here and in a way it is. I’m a big fan of Bye Bye Eye and when I received this in Illumination (in Light) I wasn’t sure about it. I don’t really want anything shiny under my eyes. But this became a surprise favorite once I saw how much brighter my under eye area looked. I use it sparingly, unlike my swatch, after foundation is on. It contains Drops of Light Technology™ for added radiance and a lit-from-within glow. As with all IT Cosmetics facial products it has anti-aging ingredients. To top it off, it’s waterproof which certainly helps on these 90 degree days.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illuminating Concealer

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illuminating Concealer

SENNA BRILLIANT BRONZE BAKED MINERAL BRONZER & HIGHLIGHTER in DAWN

A bronzer isn’t on my face very often but every once in a while that paleness can get to me and I want to fit in with the crowd that worships bronzers. One of my favorites is by Senna which you just don’t hear enough about. Brilliant Bronze is available in three combinations: Dawn (light bronze & seashell pink highlighter), Sunset (deep bronze & golden highlighter), and Gold Star (sparkling yellow gold & champagne highlighter). It is a shimmery option which makes it bronze AND glowy. It’s a combination of warmth and illumination. I love the description that Senna gives: “This delicate mineral veil contains specially cultivated fresh water pearls with amino acids and proteins to hydrate and nourish skin, keeping it luxuriously soft and smooth.

Senna Brilliant Bronze in Dawn

Senna Brilliant Bronze in Dawn

While I have many more highlighters and even bronzers, these are the ones I wear these days. What about you? What are your favorites? —  Marcia

Join the Makeup Wars ladies that are bronze, glowy, and beautiful.


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Makeup Wars shines with favorite Highlighters and Illuminators

Favorite highlighters & illuminators from Tom Ford, Hourglass, IT Cosmetics, Becca

Favorite highlighters & illuminators from Tom Ford, Hourglass, IT Cosmetics, Becca

MAKEUP WARS is sharing some of the highlighters and illuminators that make us twinkle and shine, that make us glimmer and shimmer, that make us excited to be women in 2016.

Not every one of my highlighters is shown here, just the 3 newest and one all time favorite. There are many more that I really like but some just stand out more than others. Introducing 4 of mine: TOM FORD MOODLIGHT, HOURGLASS AMBIENT IRIDESCENT STROBE LIGHT, IT COSMETICS HELLO LIGHT CREME ILLUMINATOR, and BECCA MOONSTONE.

Tom Ford Skin Illuminator Powder Duo in Moodlight

Tom Ford Skin Illuminator Powder Duo in Moodlight

Tom Ford Skin Illuminator Powder Duo in Moodlight ($80) is one gorgeous illuminator. I resisted this for so long but the more I read about it and saw photos the more I desired it. This is amazingly subtle even if the photo doesn’t look that way. You are able to control the amount of illumination, easily building it up from an understated amount that brightens and lightens your face to a shimmery amount that gives more of a bronzing highlight. Tom Ford Moodlight (sometimes seen as Moonlight on a website) can be used separately or together. Use a big fluffy brush for an all over sweep of illumination or a blush brush to emphasize certain areas of your face.

Hourglass Ambient Iridescent Strobe Light

Hourglass Ambient Iridescent Strobe Light

There are 4 different Hourglass Ambient Strobe Powders. I chose Iridescent since it has a touch of pink that the others I’ve been using lack. Hourglass Ambient Iridescent Strobe Light is described as an illuminating pink powder imparting a soft highlight. I have very fair cool toned skin and I thought this would add enough brightness without being overwhelming. And I was right. This is subtle yet lights up my face. The powder is angel soft to the touch yet doesn’t ever look powdery on me.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone ($38) is the golden highlighter that I have. I bought a set that contained a travel size of Moonstone and it was one of the best buys I made. Moonstone, one of 7 shades, is a pale gold. It is slightly sparkly so it’s not a daytime look for me. I prefer to apply this with my fingers instead of a brush. It has an almost creamy finish to it so my fingers pick up this very soft powder and I find that my face is more luminous when used this way. The formula is enriched with ultrafine luminescent pearls. If I had to pick one brand for highlighting and illuminating it would be Becca. They really do stand out in this field.

Becca, Hourglass, Tom Ford swatches

Becca, Hourglass, Tom Ford swatches

As someone who favors cream products I couldn’t leave out IT COSMETICS ($24). They’ve created two Hello Lights! Anti-Aging Illuminizers – Powder and  Creme. I love them both but IT Cosmetics Hello Lights Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer is my favorite.

IT Cosmetics Hello Lights Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer

IT Cosmetics Hello Lights Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer

Besides having wonderful anti-aging and hydrating ingredients (infused with peptides, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen, silk and vitamins A, C, & E), it gives such a subtle and luminous glow. It’s perfect for spot highlighting like at the top of your cheekbones, above your eyebrows, and the cupid’s bow of your mouth. It’s a lit from within look and one I use often.

There are dozens more highlighters and illuminators that I enjoy using. Adding a bit of a liquid highlighter into foundation gives a beautiful dewy look, using an illuminating primer like COVER FX does all the work for you. Just don’t go without at least one of these wonderful products in your makeup collection.

Do you have a favorite in this category? Dare I ask what it is?  — Marcia


Makeup Wars splurged!!! Here are my OMGs…

Makeup Wars splurging with Viseart and Tom Ford

Makeup Wars splurging with Viseart and Tom Ford

Welcome to Makeup Wars or as I call it this week, Spending Wars. I splurged over the holidays and many new products ended up at my home. I’d be taking pictures forever and a day if I showed you everything so instead I’ve chosen two brands, Viseart and Tom Ford Beauty, that I’m most excited about. I did go overboard but I “needed” these. Didn’t I??

TOM FORD BEAUTY “LIPS & BOYS” LIP COLOR

Last year Tom Ford came out with a limited edition Boys & Men collection. I admit I bought even more last year than I did this year but I couldn’t resist. These are small lipsticks and probably not worth the $35 each but I just had to have them. I prefer wearing lipstick and Tom Ford lipsticks are my favorite ever. They have a slight vanilla fragrance that I don’t really notice at all. They are moisturizing and I feel like a million bucks when I wear my TF lips.

“Tom Ford Lip Color is filled with rare and exotic ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil to create an ultra-creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application. Specially treated color pigments are blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity.”

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Austin, Flynn, Jude, Justin

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Austin, Flynn, Jude, Justin

AUSTIN

Tom Ford Austin

Tom Ford Austin

Austin is a light coral with a slight metallic finish. This is a combination of peach & pink and I find it very versatile.

FLYNN

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Flynn

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Flynn

This is actually my second Flynn. I bought it last year, fell in love with it, wore it a LOT but was afraid to wear it more. Once it was brought back I had to buy another. Now one is constantly with me while my newest one can live at my vanity. On me Flynn is a light pink that’s neutral. There is a little touch of peach so that it’s not a bubble gum pink. Different lip liners can change this up so it can look perfect no matter which blush I’ve chosen for the day.

JUDE

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Jude

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Jude

Jude is my pink of the group. This is a cool, blue based pink. It’s not too light and it’s not too dark so it must be just right!

JUSTIN

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Justin

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Justin

Justin is different than any of my other Tom Ford lipsticks. It has more depth to it than I usually choose. It’s a purple based pink that I’ve seen described as fuchsia but it doesn’t turn bright on me.

Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Austin, Flynn, Jude, Justin

Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Austin, Flynn, Jude, Justin

If you want to see swatches of all the Lips & Boys Lip Colors visit my friend Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog for her great description and awesome photos and swatches.

VISEART

Viseart eyeshadow palettes

Viseart eyeshadow palettes

There were some great sales on Viseart palettes but even without a sale these palettes are the cream of the crop. They are a splurge at $80 each but the quality is unsurpassed. I prefer their satin palettes to their mattes but I still indulged in two matte palettes since I know how outstanding these are.  At some point I’ll have to give in and leave my beloved satins behind so when that time comes, I’m ready.

SULTRY MUSE

Viseart Sultry Muse

Viseart Sultry Muse

I have (and reviewed) a similar palette to Sultry Muse, it was a gift from Lisa and my first experience with Viseart. It stopped me in my tracks. The shades in Sultry Muse are mostly neutrals with a few shades that pop. The brown tones are my favorites, especially the top row. But there’s also a rose gold, silver, and charcoal w/blue undertones that make this quite unique. Viseart shadows practically apply themselves, that’s how smooth they are.

BRIDAL SATIN

Viseart Bridal Satin

Viseart Bridal Satin

Of all the Viseart palettes this is the one that truly shines. I question the name “bridal” only because most makeup artists that I’m friends with use a very subtle eye look on their brides; this is far from subtle. I’d call this “Rehearsal Dinner Satin”. Some of the shades look similar to Sultry Muse but they are just variations. Bridal Satin is brighter, more vibrant and is a palette to wear any time you want to look your best. The shades are both warm and cool making it quite adaptable. Satin eyeshadows from Viseart have a small amount of shimmer to them. If you pat them on you won’t get glitter, you’ll get shine.

NEUTRAL MATTE

Viseart Neutral Matte

Viseart Neutral Matte

Neutral Matte is the palette I’d use on a bride. It amazes me that these are mattes in the way they perform. They are silky soft and glide on without any patchiness. The hues are in the warm range with shades of beige, bone, brown, taupe plus an orange, black and charcoal. The only shade I can’t personally wear is the orange one in the second row.

DARK MATTE

Viseart Dark Matte palette

Viseart Dark Matte palette

Dark Matte is darker than my picture shows, my lighting isn’t the best, although the photo with all 4 palettes is more accurate. The shades are livelier than Neutral Mattes and is a great companion piece. Dark Matte is more a a cool neutral palette. The oranges in the middle row are much easier for me to wear as they are softer. If I had to pick only one of these two matte palettes I’d get the Dark Matte since it works better for my coloring and preferences.

What do you think of my splurges? Would you use your hidden money to buy any of these? What about your own splurges? Will you share?  — Marcia

Please join my friends in Makeup Wars to find out what these bloggers have taken the plunge and bought!




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Top 10 Fall lips

Favorite Fall lips

Favorite Fall lips

The calendar tells us that it’s Fall. It’s a mixed blessing in many ways. Pumpkin Spice lovers will be thrilled with the amount of products that are now available. Cider Mills are open with that delicious fresh cider and tantalizing doughnuts. The leaves are starting to change and the colors will be spectacular. We’ll try to ignore how dark it is by 7:30 p.m. and that we need shorts in the day and a parka at night. But what we won’t ignore is the chance to change your lipstick wardrobe. Top Ten Tuesday is here to give you some suggestions of some lips to wear.

My personal favorites are the new PUR MINERALS LIP LURE LIQUID LIPSTICKS *. I have three of the five available and they are perfect for this time of year. These are very pigmented and the colors last for a long time. They are bucking the trend of matte (which is fine for me), instead saturating your lips with color while leaving them feel moisturized. ($22 each, full review coming up)

Pur Minerals Lip Lure

Pur Minerals Lip Lure

Pur Minerals Lip Lure in Belle, Graceful, and Fancy

Pur Minerals Lip Lure in Belle, Graceful, and Fancy

Another brand of lipstick that is new in my life is SLEEK MAKEUP, TRUE COLOR LIPSTICK *. These lipsticks come in either Sheen or Matte finishes for just $7.49. They are extremely creamy and feel great on my lips. Happily they are fragrance free. When you look these up on Sleek’s website they describe the lipsticks as well as give suggestions for which eyeshadow palette and blush would look great with them. More to come on Sleek MakeUP soon!

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Succomb, Cherry and Papaya Punch

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Succomb, Cherry and Papaya Punch

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Cherry, Papaya Punch (matte) and Succumb

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Cherry, Papaya Punch (matte) and Succumb

I like Nude lipsticks and find that there can be a difference between a summer nude and a fall nude. We all have different interpretations of nude and mine is a light shade but with fall I’ll go deeper. Three of my favorite nudes are Sleek MakeUP Succumb, Tom Ford Sable Smoke, and Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink.

Sleek Succumb is a brownish nude with pink undertones that looks much more pink on me than my swatch. Tom Ford Sable Smoke is a creamy peachy brown that’s not dark and can look different depending on which lipliner I use. Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink is the pinkest of the bunch but it’s not pink.

nude lipsticks in Sleek Succumb, Tom Ford Sable Smoke, Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink

nude lipsticks in Sleek Succumb, Tom Ford Sable Smoke, Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink

Dark lips aren’t easy for me to comfortably wear but I do love having some for those special times when I need to look more grown up. You never know when a plum, red, or brown red lipstick is going to up your game. Here are the ones in my collection:

VOTRE VU TATIANA * is a tomato red that I apply with a lip brush to get a softer look. SLEEK CHERRY is a deep vampy red. MELANIE MILLS GLEAM * in Unstoppable is a bright cherry red (photo doesn’t share the true red of this beauty. RIMMEL PROVOCALIPS * in PLAY WITH FIRE is a two sided liquid lipstick that’s a long wearing formula. It’s a beautiful true dark red with a clear sparkly gloss on the opposite end. PIXI BEAUTY MATTELUSTRE PLUM BERRY * is a hybrid of matte and lustre. This is a plummy red that doesn’t show lip lines like a true matte does.

Top 10 Fall lips by Votre Vu, Sleek, Gleam, Rimmel and Pixi

Top 10 Fall lips by Votre Vu, Sleek, Gleam, Rimmel and Pixi

I have so many more lovely fall lipsticks and totally forgot to take a picture of one of my all time favorites Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Plummy Rose though it is in my overall photo.

13 lip products to grace your lips this fall

13 lip products to grace your lips this fall

What are you wearing for Fall? I know my fellow Top Ten ladies will have some beauties so be sure to check them out.  — Marcia


*items were sent for consideration, rest are purchases of mine

Taking a dip with Tom Ford Nude Dip eyeshadow palette

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Palette

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Palette

I’m having a summer love affair and I hope it extends into fall and winter. This affair is with Tom Ford’s Nude Dip Eyeshadow Palette. I didn’t want to fall in love, I didn’t even want to meet this guy, I wanted to stick with my beautiful and less expensive palettes. But an $80 Nordstrom Reward certificate was coming to its end date and Helen (Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog) was tempting me as usual with her amazing review. You obviously know what happened which is why you are reading this. I caved and spent that $80 on Tom Ford Nude Dip instead of the shoes I really needed. I ain’t gonna apologize because this is fabulous.

Tom Ford Nude Dip (03) Eyeshadow Palette

Tom Ford Nude Dip (03) Eyeshadow Palette

This is everything I wanted Tom Ford palettes to be and a little more. There are no glitter shades in this but there is a beautiful shimmer to each one of these shadows. My eyes sparkle when I wear this. In my magnifying mirror I do see the shimmer but it’s not fall out shimmer, it stays on my eyes where it belongs. I’ve seen this described as frosty and I guess it can be but you know what – I don’t care!

Tom Ford Nude Dip Top row

Tom Ford Nude Dip top row

Tom Ford Nude Dip Top row

Tom Ford Nude Dip top row

The top row has a light gold and a light rose gold. Both are extremely flattering. I love the sunshine look of these. I’ve worn them each on my eyelid and/or on my browbone. They take my eye makeup to another dimension.

Tom Ford Nude Dip bottom row

Tom Ford Nude Dip bottom row

Tom Ford Nude Dip bottom row

Tom Ford Nude Dip bottom row

The bottom two shadows are a delicious taupe and a darker brown but one that’s not too dark. It fits in with the theme of “nude dip” perfectly. It’s not sooty like some browns can be.

Tom Ford Nude Dip

Tom Ford Nude Dip

These shadows glide on and feel very creamy. I use a brush like MAC 242 and 217 that doesn’t pack these on so the colors stay true. They blend with ease and no matter what combination I use, I’m always happy. The palette is a repromote from 2014 and I am bowing down to the company for this rerelease. It is now part of the permanent collection but I still wouldn’t wait to buy this if you have been thinking of a splurge. After all you don’t want to lose out on the last vestiges of summer beauty at its best. — Marciatom ford nude dip arm

tom ford nude dip open

If you are ready for some amazing pictures please visit Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog to see the glory of this palette by someone who’s a photographer and not a pretender.

Makeup Wars Glow time starring Charlotte Tilbury, Tom Ford, Becca and Youngblood

What's in these Makeup Wars packages?

What’s in these Makeup Wars packages?

Makeup Wars Glow cream products from Youngblood, Charlotte Tilbery and Tom Ford

Makeup Wars Glow cream products from Youngblood, Charlotte Tilbery and Tom Ford

Today’s Makeup Wars is all about summer highlighters, bronzers and glowing products. As someone who doesn’t tan and rarely even uses bronzers I have to be all about the glow. The 6 products I love for this all happen to be creams that I haven’t shared with you yet (or much).

I love cream products since I believe they can be less aging on me. I’m lucky that they wear well on me too and for the most part don’t fade away. When I was in the midst of crazy hot flashes I had to step away from a lot of powder products because they’d look awful after I finally stopped flashing. That’s when I started trusting cream products more. Yes they’ll fade after a major flash but they don’t look cakey on me and they are easy to repair.

Out of my slew of cosmetics I picked some that I’ve been using a lot in the last month and that I know will continue to serve me during the summer.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY is a brand I’d been lusting after for a very long time. When it became available in the US (Nordstrom.com and CharlotteTilbury.com) I sort of froze since the amount of products were overwhelming to me. I purchased a few here and there but it was when the Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadows  ($32) were released that I knew it was time for me to splurge. I currently have Jean (also known as Norma Jean) and Marie Antoinette but Verushka is on its way to me too.

Charlotte Tilbury Jean and Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Jean and Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Jean and Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Jean and Marie Antoinette

Jean/Norma Jean is the one I’ve been wearing the most and I absolutely adore it. I start with an eyeshadow primer and let it set for a while. Then with my finger I apply the color smoothing it lightly over my entire eye most days. Before I do anything else I let it set longer since I’ve read that some people get creasing with it. I never have and I’ve used them a dozen times. This applies lighter and more golden than CT’s swatches because I sheer them out. I love to wear Norma Jean with some brown or khaki eyeshadows in the outer corner. Jean a gorgeous, sparkling-pink champagne inspired by the iconic beauty Marilyn Monroe.”

Charlotte Tilbury Norma Jean

Charlotte Tilbury Norma Jean

Marie Antoinette is an antique oyster gold hue inspired by the hypnotizing beauty of the infamous Queen of France according to the website. I find that it looks deeper in the jar and on my finger swatches than it does on my eyes. I like to wear this alone on my lid for an easy summer look but it’s just as beautiful anyway I use it.

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Norma Jean and Marie Antoinette swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Norma Jean and Marie Antoinette swatches

After my perfect glowy eyes are applied I need to do my face. During a previous Makeup Wars and Top Ten Tuesday post every blogger except for me raved about BECCA BRONZING SKIN PERFECTOR GEL ($36). Well that couldn’t be. If they all loved it that much then I wasn’t going to be left out. This is wonderful for this very pale blogger who keeps out of the sun. I can mix it into my foundation for a perk me up when I’m feeling wan or I can spot use it to act as my bronzer. It’s a cream to powder formula that is infused with pearls to make it more radiant. It’s not glittery though, it’s just glowy. It loves me and I love it.

Becca Skin Bronzing Perfector Gel

Becca Skin Bronzing Perfector Gel

Becca Skin Bronzing Perfector Gel

Becca Skin Bronzing Perfector Gel

YOUNGBLOOD COSMETICS makes LUMINOUS CREME BLUSH ($27*) that I love to pieces. These are staples for me and I even have backups. Two that are ideal for summer are Champagne Life and Tropical Glow. I use them all year round but they get more love in summer. What makes these so special is their texture. They are very firm to the touch and never are tacky on me. They are among the longest lasting cream blushes I own. Champagne Life  looks darker in the pan than it appears on me. I use this as a champagne highlighter at the top of my cheekbones. I love pairing it with Tropical Glow too. Tropical Glow is a peachy pink glow that has become one of my true loves. They say it has golden shimmer but it’s the kind of shimmer that’s embedded within so that you just see the special color it creates.

Youngblood Luminous Creme Blush in Tropical Glow and Champagne Life

Youngblood Luminous Creme Blush in Tropical Glow and Champagne Life

These are oil free so they won’t clog pores. They contain Vitamins C and E which work together to help protect against oxidative stress. They are extremely emollient due to the Jojaba Esters.

TOM FORD CREAM CHEEK COLOR in PINK SAND ($65) is my absolute splurge item. The more I saw it on other blogs the more I wanted it. I’ve resisted a ton of Tom Ford products because of the price but I just had to have this peachy pink cream blush.

Tom Ford Pink Sand Cream blush

Tom Ford Pink Sand Cream blush

Tom Ford Pink Sand Cream blush

Tom Ford Pink Sand Cream blush

The elegant white packaging, the Tom Ford name, the Nordstrom description “Tom Ford Cream Cheek Color instantly brightens your face for a healthy glow and a natural burst of color. The pearlized, peach-pink shade gives cheeks gorgeous luster and a stunning radiant finish.” and triple points on my CC all added up to me owning this. It’s a very light blush and it’s not long lasting but I don’t care. I’m happy to reapply this. It’s limited edition along with the rest of their summer collection and I didn’t want to regret not owning this.

Tom Ford Pink Sand, Becca Bronzing Gel, Youngblood Champagne Life, Youngblood Tropical Glow

Tom Ford Pink Sand, Becca Bronzing Gel, Youngblood Champagne Life, Youngblood Tropical Glow

Now you’ve seen my favorite glowy products and I hope you like them. Are any of these in your collection? What do you recommend I add to mine?

Let’s see what the other Makeup Warriors chose by visiting them.  — Marcia


*youngblood received for review purposes, rest are personal purchases

Makeup Wars loves Nude lippies

Makeup Wars and Top Ten Tuesdays have tempted you with pink lips, peach and coral lips, red lips but never true nudes. Now’s the time though and I was ready for this challenge. Most of my collection is nude lips. It got to the point that I had so many that I had to force myself not to buy new ones unless I was absolutely desperate for them. I was once a MACaholic and I’d buy every rendition of nude they had – and then I’d wear them twice and put them aside. I haven’t chosen any MAC to share with you since I don’t seem to grab for them anymore so instead you’ll see some of my favorites from other brands.

Makeup Wars Nude Lip favorites

Makeup Wars Nude Lip favorites

Nude lips are interesting because they all have different undertones plus what I consider nude might be too light for you depending on your skintone.

Makeup Wars lip crayons: Ardency Inn, Tarte (x2), Hourglass

Makeup Wars lip crayons: Ardency Inn, Tarte (x2), Hourglass

I’m a big fan of lip crayons but nude ones don’t overpopulate my collection. Ardency Inn Bowery, tarte exposed and Hourglass Nude No 3 are the ones I usually crave.

Hourglass Nude No3 and Ardency Inn Bowery

Hourglass Nude No3 and Ardency Inn Bowery

I bought Hourglass Femme Nude Stylo No3 because everyone was raving about these. Hourglass has an amazing reputation and these Nude lip crayons made beauty lovers so excited. No3 is described as “medium rose nude with hint of pink”. This has a pink undertone but it’s very light once on my lips, not medium to my eyes.

top Hourglass, bottom Ardency Inn

top Hourglass, bottom Ardency Inn

ARDENCY INN AMERICANA Natural Lip Color Pencil in Bowery was my next buy. These are $23 compared to the $30 of Hourglass so that made me happy. ARDENCY INN lip crayons seem to be truer nude shades too. Bowery is a light peach on my lips even though Sephora tells me that it’s a “light nude with pink undertones”. It just isn’t pink on me but it is pretty and I’m very comfortable in it. The consistency is smoother and a little more glossy than Hourglass.

tarte exposed - old vs new versions

tarte exposed – old vs new versions

Tarte Exposed was one of the colors saved when tarte revamped all their lip crayons. Tarte still sells LipSurgence but I didn’t find Exposed. The original fat crayon has a matte finish while the new tarte exposed is a glossier finish. The new pencils are called Power Pigments and Exposed is described as “nude with pink undertones”.

tarte exposed original version and new Power Pigment

tarte exposed original version and new Power Pigment

Power Pigment in exposed is glossier and slightly more pink while the original is definitely a matte on me and a little darker. Can’t go wrong with either but there is a slight difference between the two.

Makeup Wars Nude Lipsticks: Tom Ford, Lunasol, Armani, Gosh, Armani, Shiseido

Makeup Wars Nude Lipsticks: Tom Ford, Lunasol, Armani, Gosh, Armani, Shiseido

6 lipsticks made the cut for Makeup Wars: Tom Ford Pink Dune, Lunasol 25, Armani Shine 17, Gosh Darling, Armani 103, Shiseido RS701

GOSH Darling

GOSH Darling

GOSH Darling was a lipstick that everyone had to have. It was so hot on boards like Makeup Alley that you felt like you didn’t belong there if you didn’t own it.

Gosh Darling

Gosh Darling

I finally got it and was shocked at how much it looks like concealer. It’s so light and so beige that I couldn’t get it to show in a single swatch photo. I couldn’t resist putting this in even though it’s not a favorite, I’m including it for shock value.

Armani Shine 17, Lunasol 25, Armani 103

Armani Shine 17, Lunasol 25, Armani 103

These are the lipsticks that I reach for when I want moisturized lips with beautiful nude shades. Armani in particular makes outstanding nude colors for lips and I think they are among the finest lipsticks available. I get a little overwhelmed at an Armani counter because I want too much. All of these lipsticks were bought long ago.

from left: Armani 103, Lunasol 25, Armani Shine 17

from left: Armani 103, Lunasol 25, Armani Shine 17

Rouge d’Armani in 103 is my newest Armani and still available. 103 is the pink nude that I love to wear. It looks beige in the tube but once on it picks up pink.

Rouge d'Armani 103 (nordstrom.com)

Rouge d’Armani 103 (nordstrom.com)

Armani Shine 17 is an oldie but goodie. It’s more sheer than 103 but just as glossy.

LUNASOL 25 is also an older lipstick and I doubt it’s still for sale. Lunasol lipsticks were introduced to me by an old friend. I’d go nuts cosmetic shopping in Japan or Singapore! I have 2 LUNASOL lipsticks and they are so wonderfully creamy. They have a very similar consistency and look to the Armani ones I love.

Tom Ford Pink Dune, Shiseido RS701

Tom Ford Pink Dune, Shiseido RS701

Tom Ford Pink Dune barely has any color on my lips but that doesn’t stop me from loving it. It was a limited edition shade that I bought in the early winter but didn’t really wear at first. It felt too nude for winter but I can wear it now. Sometimes I’ll put it over another lipstick to ‘nude’ it up a bit.

Tom Ford Pink Dune, Shiseido RS701

Tom Ford Pink Dune, Shiseido RS701

I had to include Shiseido RS701 even though it’s not available. This was my first Shiseido lipstick and it reminds me of shopping with my blog partner Lisa. It’s one of my favorite lipstick buys. It’s a pink nude (RS stands for Rose) that has the perfect depth for me.

from top: TF Pink Dune, Lunasol 25, Armani 17, Gosh Darling, Rouge d'Armani 103, Shiseido RS701

from top: TF Pink Dune, Lunasol 25, Armani 17, Gosh Darling, Rouge d’Armani 103, Shiseido RS701

I’m sure these swatches all look alike but as a true beauty afficionado knows they are different as different can be.

What’s your favorite nude lipstick? There’s always room for one more! — Marcia

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