When the Lovely Eugenia of Ommorphia Beauty Bar tagged me for the Top 10 Beauty Favorite Awards, I thought, Oh fun, then I immediately thought how do I choose among my babies? She of course shared my sentiment as any fellow beauty lover would. So I spent a bit of time going through my immense stash. Going through it was some what cathartic as I found some old favorites that were in need of my re-acquaintance. I made to my lovelies the following excuse: you know I love you, it’s just that I was using so-and-so right now. I then realized that I go through brief phases, such as I want a smokey eye, I want a simple eye, and oh plum, let’s do plum. They can change daily but most last from 3 days to a couple of weeks. As I went through my make up case I rotated some products out to my make up drawer, one must be organized in their obsession. I’ve picked out the ten that are my current favorite. And without further ado here they are.
1) Clinique Super City Block, this is an absolute essential in the hot Southern California sun, some days it’s all I pop on. It is slightly tinted, but doesn’t really give you much in the way of foundation coverage. What it will do is blend nicely into your skin and help to protect your skin from the sun.
2) Guerlain Lingerie de Peau and Sonia Kushak Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush. Is this foundation expensive, oui, is it worth it, oui again. Paired with the Kushak brush it can give skin a flawless airbrushed finish. When it first came out I had a hard time finding a bottle of my shade three. But after the buzz died down or maybe because they realized how popular it was I was able to locate a bottle at Saks. I think it’s easier to find them now, the link will take you to Nordstrom, but there are tons of other department stores as well as Sephora and the brands own website where you can purchase, but it is nice to go in a try a sample. It is a light formula, with a more dewy finish and that may or may not be your cup of tea.
3) I am going to cheat a bit and combine the following two Mac liners, as one is limited edition. Let’s start with the permanent one. I love this pencil, it has a tendency to bring out the amber in my brown eyes. I had never really realized it until one day I was touching up my make up and I thought hmm….there’s something going on here. In any event I really like the effect. This subtle grey creates a softer more wearable look than a harsh black might, which means easy to apply and easy to wear. Since it’s a kohl pencil I like to set it with an eyeshadow.
3 continued….Lord it up was released last Christmas. She is such a beauty, a warm chocolate brown with gold shimmer. Being a Pearlglide she applies beautifully and wears well. You can smudge her before she sets. If it’s rereleased by Mac, you know how Mac is, you should check it out.
4) Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel Liner, I’ve included two of my favorites, Chocolate Shimmer Ink and Graphite Shimmer. Bobbi’s gel eyeliners are more expensive than Mac, but they apply better and have a better shelf life. Just remember to not leave the pot open for long and to close it back tightly, in addition, it is better to scoop out the amount you are going to use and close the pot. This keeps it sanitized longer and exposes it to air for a shorter period of time.
5) OK, so I am cheating again. I love these two cream eyeshadows. They both apply nicely and have great staying power. Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Shore is one of my favorites, I really like the matte finish on this. I can’t vouch for all of the cream shadows in this line as I’ve had a few and only one was a bit of a stinker. It was a shimmer and I had to return it, glitter everywhere and the application was terrible (it was either Glacier or Platinum). I’ve had other shimmer in the line and had no problems, so it may have just have been an off one. Now, Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay in Place Shadow Creme is just fantastic and it’s cheaper. It applies well and wears well. The color shown below is Silver Leaf (which is discontinued :()and sadly it is the only one I own, but I will remedy this. In fact I am planning on getting a couple more during the Anniversary Sale (probably Mochachino and either Midnight Kohl or Smokey Plum, sick, sick, sick but I get double points, shakes head). Lastly if I had to choose I would pick the Estee Lauder over the Bobbi Brown cream shadow, and yes I know both brands are owned by the same company company, but they’re different products.
6) I literally cannot tell you how many eye shadows I own, so it was hard picking one, I thought of picking a palette, but decided a work around for this dilemma. I fell in love with the Estee Lauder’s new version of their pressed powder shadows last year. They are beautifully pigmented and blend like a dream. I had purchased Smokey Ember and Mischievous Mulberry first, but I had really wanted Provocative Plum, which was sold out, and not Mischievous Mulberry. Picky picky, but I ended up with all three. They look really similar, and my intention is to create some fab smokey plum eyes. But one must work carefully to make sure you do not end up looking like you just got out of a bar brawl.
7) To me half the battle of gorgeous application is the tools one has. I love good brushes, I admit to being a snob sometimes. If I think it’s a poorly made brush I don’t keep it. But good brushes I do treasure and treat well. One of my favorite brushes is the now discontinued Smashbox #3. Why do I love it? Well because of its multiple personalities. It can apply shadows to smaller areas like the crease with its pointed tip, and it can blend adeptly with its full rounded tip and not so densely packed head, and it can pack on color since it has a broad flat brush head. I think usage will take practice, but that’s true for any brush. Since it’s discontinued you can choose to purchase Mac’s 219, 217 and 239. Honestly they do their own specific jobs really well. But a pointed tip rounded brush like this is good for travel, you only have to bring one brush, but blending can be a pain since you may have clean it while using it. In that situation spray brush cleaner is your best friend. I have two sets of brushes for more complicated work (again, seriously, I sound like a nut case when I read this back). But if you want a similar brush, you may want to try Hakuhodo (they manufacture brushes for other labels and are known for high quality products), however I haven’t tried it, so I can’t vouch for them.
8) I love palettes, and have a ton. My two favorites are UNNI because they are pretty durable and give you a lot of room to maneuver. They’ve got a decent lock and have a rubber seal around the inside, so if your powder product(s) should break while you are traveling, it won’t mess up the contents of your bag. I love the Japonesque paper palettes as they provide more shock absorption. Your eyeshadows are more secure, and the magnetic closure is pretty good.
9) I know the Nars cult favorite for blush is Orgasm, but for me, I love Deep Throat. Leave it to Françios Nars to get me to write an awkward sentence as the preceding. Moving on. Deep throat is has a deeper peach tone than Orgasm, which was developed to have a more pink quality to it. In any event, Deep Throat is great for summer when our tan is up and running. It’s an easy go-to color, who doesn’t love that?
10) Last and certainly not least is Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Gloss Stick in Nude Almond (wow, there’s a lot of Lauder on here I’m noticing, totally not intentional). I love a good nudey lip product and I have quite a few, but this product applies well and is completely flattering, totally fool proof, wears well, smells like fruit, and has when applied is pretty opaque for a gloss. It’s a my lips but better and will complement any smokey eye but can flatter a simple eye also. It’s a staple for me. The only drawback is that Lauder just raised the price to $20 USD. If you are looking for some similar shades you can try Mac’s Freckletone, it’s another go to of mine but it wears off very quickly, as does Nars’ Barbarella.
Wow, that took a lot of time and effort. If any one has any questions let me know. I love chatting about make-up. And now we come to the next part of this game, who to tag next. I don’t know of too many fellow beauty-holics, but I’m hoping some of the gorgeous gals I’ve met blogging will want to play along. If it makes it easier, maybe we should extend this to favorite things that make you feel beautiful. I think we can all think of 10 something, even in the most abstract method, that make us feel oh so pretty. I even thought of tagging some boys, but maybe they’d feel uncomfortable and retracted the thought. So here are my list of lovely ladies:
- Tabitha at BourbonAndPearls
- Vix at LittleMissEverything
- Lucy at TipsyLucy
- Mindy at FindingSilverLinings
- Maggie at MaggieMaeDay
- Pervisha at KhanumSays
- Chelsea and Liz at Cookiebytes
- Tien (if you’re still with us…hmm….) at TienUnscripted
- Sarah at ThoughtToHaveABlog