Oh, how I adore some of the new toys I've picked up at Sephora recently. And I found the greatest kit for the makeup handicapped (ahem, you know you who are) that will add some boom boom to their pow. So let's get on with it, shall we?
1) Bare Escentuals BareMinerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation
Oh. My. God, Becky. If you thought BE mineral foundation was okay, but didn't like how it made you all disco ball shiny, you MUST check this out. I mean, you just have to. Really, it's mandatory. Do not pass "go", do not collect $200, do not go directly to jail, and RUN, do not walk to Sephora or Ulta and get yourself a sample of this. The samples even come with a darling little kabuki brush. But that's besides the point. The point is, this is fantastic. The coverage is a light to medium buildable coverage. That means you buff it on sparingly for an everyday touch of "she looks nice!" to building it a little heavier for "holy crap, her skin is perfect!" It makes large pores and pesky freckles absolutely disappear. Get ready to have the most perfect complexion of YOUR LIFE. I'm not even kidding. And the new slide and click jar? Brilliant! No more powder all over your vanity or sink. I'm so in love with this, I might marry it. Don't tell Tim. He can't make my Grand Canyon nose pores look this good, can you blame me?
2) Bare Escentuals Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick in "Amsterdam"
When I was pregnant with Moose, I was on the hunt for my perfect matte nude lipstick. It was like my mission in life (aside from having a healthy baby). As it turns out, with my coloring my perfect nude was a slightly pinked nude. I found it in MAC's "Kinda Sexy" lipstick and it's been my go-to color almost every day. This is very similar to that color in shade (don't ask me why Sephora says it's a "deep raspberry" that's a lie) and finish (a sexy matte without being dry or drying) but it's a plumper too. Gahhhhh. Lipstickgasm! I LOVE lip plumper products. This has the kick of their Buxom formula with the perfectly neutral and pretty shade that I love. I have died and gone to lipstick heaven. I already own two. Getcha one.
3) tokidoki Brillante Glitter Eyeliner
If you know nothing about me, know this: I love me some glitter. I know, I'm like, 12. I have pink and purple hair and love glitter. Whatever. Glitter comes in a couple of forms: chunky, almost confetti-like big glitter and then there's the sexy little sister, microglitter. This tokidoki liner is chock full of sparkly microglitter. Microglitter is the kind of glitter that makes people look at you and go "Is that glitter? Nah. Wait...nah. It's just really...sparkly." I have this liner in "Marrone" which is a deep, chocolately brown with gold microglitter in it. It's gorgeous. And the best part? No fallout. Every glitter wearer knows and dreads glitter fallout, when the glitter particles from your eye product go rogue and fall onto your cheeks. Hey, if I wanted glitter there I would have put it there! My next one of these is "Melodia" (dark gunmetal gray with gold microglitter, how yummy does that sound?!?!). I have so much love for this cute little eye pencil. I need more, I need a whole family of rocking microglitter liners. So do you.
4) LUSH Vanilla in the Mist soap
It's vanilla. And chocolate. And coconut. And flowers. And citrus. It's like freaking vacation in a soap. This will make your whole bathroom smell like heaven! It's not too stripping or drying, and the scent won't linger to compete with your fragrance du jour. It's just the nicest thing to wake up to, I adore it.
5) SexyHair's Short Sexy Hair Play Dirty Dry Spray Wax
I can't even put into words how much I love this little can of miracle working goo. It gives me piecey separation without weighing my hair down. It's just enough hold that I don't need hairspray or other products too. If my 'do starts to droop, a little squish brings it back to life. It won't dry your hair out or strip your color either. And it imparts so much shine, serums are gloss sprays are unnecessary. LOVE! Oh, and did I tell you about the smell yet? It smells like coconutty tanning oil. Like, the kind you're not allowed to use anymore because you need SPF instead of frying on the beach because melanomas are NOT sexy. Available at salons (where I picked it up, from Kate The Hair Whisperer) and Ulta.
6) LUSH Buffy The Backside Slayer Body Butter Bar
This isn't a new love of mine, I've used this product for years. But then it occurred to me that my friends might not know about Buffy, and that made me a sad panda. You rub this moisturizing and exfoliating gritty slab of butters onto your body in the shower. The shower will rinse away the exfoliating bits and leave you with skin as soft as a baby's bottom. It's so moisturizing, you won't need lotion after.
7) Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in "Crash"
Remember how I'm so in love with glitter? CRASH HAZ IT. Just a touch of hot microglitter, enough to bring a pinch of shimmer to the windows of your soul. Crash is the kind of deep, eggplanty plum that will look great on brown, hazel or green eyes. Blue eyed girls need Underground, Lucky or Bourbon. It glides on without a single skip and wears great all day long, yet washes off easily. The Stereophonic set is a fantastic value, $20 to try four colors and a liquid glitter liner too. It has Crash and Underground both in it, in addition to Zero which is a pure black and great for a smokey eye look as well as Gunmetal which is a steely gray with shimmer and microglitter, so hot on dark eyes. It also includes a Heavy Metal glitter liner in Midnight Cowboy, a golden beige glitter which is great for a small accent.
and...last but not least, this sweet little treat for the non-makeup obsessed who have seriously NO CLUE what to do with eye makeup. I didn't buy it because, duh, I don't need it but I knew that some of you might be interested.
8) The Bare Escentuals Intro to Eyes kit.
It has EVERYTHING you need to do a perfectly polished, neutral and "done" eye look without looking too "done up". It has full step by step instructions with the brush included. It's a great little kit that will flatter any complexion or eye color. It's a great starter set, amazing value and great gift.
In conclusion, I would like to thank my sweet husband who endures my never ending quest for better, prettier products. He's never once whined about another trip to Sephora, Ulta or LUSH with me, and he indulges me by comparing smears of color on my arm and deciding which one is hot enough to take home. He's always feigned interest in my pursuit of products, and for that I thank him. I guess that's the biggest thing I love on this fine Love Thursday - the patience and love of my good man. ♥