Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Change of Seasons

Hey Everyone! 

Wow....I can not believe that summer ended a few weeks ago. I hope you had an enjoyable one and applied sunscreen regularly to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. As for me during the warmer months, my skincare routine becomes very simple: cleanse, tone and apply a moisturizer containing a SPF. Next month not only will I transition into warmer clothing, but my skincare products are going to change as well. 

Monthly Favorite: I have fallen madly in love with Revlon's Lip Butters and L'Oreal's Colour Riche Lip Balms. They became my favorite go to products this summer. The colors I'm using are Revlon's Peach Parfait (025), Pink Truffle (100) and L'Oreal's Plush Plum (219) and Nourishing Nude (818). Believe me when I say I've fallen madly in love with these products. I carry all four with me everyday! One day I'm heading into work wearing Nourishing Nude and when it's time to leave, Pink Truffle could be on my lips. Somehow I rotate wearing 3 or all four of the colors during the day. Both products go on smoothly, but must be reapplied throughout the day. Also, the L'Oreal Colour Riche Lip Balms have a slight but rather pleasant scent.

Revlon's Lip Butter - Peach Parfait (025)
 Revlon's Lip Butter - Pink Truffle (100) 

L'Oreal Lip Balm - Nourishing Nude (818)
L'Oreal's Lip Balm - Plush Plum (219)

I certainly hope that the Revlon Lip Butters and the L'Oreal Colour Riche Lip Balms will be around for a long, long time.

JulieG - Cupcakes & Castles
On The Cheap (But Oh So Chic!): Back in May, I mentioned two soft microshimmer pink nail lacquers. "Kim-Pletely In Love" (Nicole by OPI) and "Pink-A-Boo" (Essie's Resort Collection) both retailing at $8. Recently while in Rite-Aid, I found an even less expensive version of these items. The color is called "Cupcakes and Castles" and it's a part of the JulieG Nail Color line. Priced at $3.99, the JulieG Nail Color collection can be found at your local Rite-Aid and Jesse's Girl Cosmetics.

Essie -Bikini So Teeny
I Nailed It!: My favorite nail lacquer this summer was Essie's "Bikini So Teeny". This beautiful cornflower blue color was so popular, that eventually it became impossible to find a full size bottle of it. Other than being a part of their "Summer" mini color cube collection (which also includes Mojito Madness, Off The Shoulder and Fear or Desire), "Bikini So Teeny" was gone! The image you see here comes from the website of ommorphia beauty bar. Also check out other images here.

I did manage to find a couple nail lacquers that are similar in color, but slightly darker. Sinful Colors' "Morning Star" is from their "Girls In Pearls Sheer Shimmer Collection". "Morning Star" does have a soft shimmer, but it is quite lovely. Sinful Colors is priced at $1.99 . Also check Color Club's "Hydrangea Kiss" which is a bit darker and costs $2.99 . Find Sinful Colors and Color Club at your local Rite-Aid, Walgreens, CVS, Target and Wal-Mart.

Monthly Treat (Because I'm Worth It!): I just love the beautiful detail on this lipstick casing. It's from Yves Saint Laurent's Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick and Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm Crystal Colours collection. The metal casing (yes metal) comes in goldtone (Rouge Volupte) and silvertone (Volupte Sheer). The color band underneath the YSL logo will be the color of the lipstick or glossy balm.


Priced at $34.00, the YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks come in 22 beautiful shades and have a SPF of 15. For those who prefer a soft wash of color, the Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balms are for you. They come in 10 gorgeous shades and are priced at $30. YSL's Rouge Volupte lipsticks and Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balms are definitely worth your taking a look. Check them out the next time you are in Sephora or online at

YSL's Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick and Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm Crystal Colour....To me they are statement of elegance!   

Did You Hear About?: Are you still pretty upset about a relationship that recently ended and have to face the ex in the next day or two?  Then check out this YouTube video entitled "Meeting The Ex - Chat/Make-up Therapy" from makeup artist extraordinaire Lisa Eldridge. Ms. Eldridge shares tips on how to look your absolute best when having to meet the ex. While there, check out her other films on makeup and skincare.You can also view her films, subscriber to her newsletters or get the complete list of products she uses during her makeup applications at

Trick or Treat: We always have such a great time during Halloween! I'm planning to check out the parade again this year. I'll try to post as many pictures as I can while there.

Also there are some really terrific Halloween makeup films on YouTube. I will provide links to a few of my personal favorites.

Lastly, since Autumn is officially in full swing, I have found a few beautiful lip colors and nail lacquers for this season. I will share them here in a about week. 

For next month: I am going to do a bit of research on Beauty Balms. Admittedly, I was under the impression they were just tinted moisturizers, but they claim to do so much more. My question is do they really work? I plan to try out a couple (based on my skin tone, type and condition) and will post my findings next month.

Until then....Stay Beautiful!

A New Look

I've decided to shake things up on my blog a bit. Instead of randomly talking about a couple of beauty products, the format will look slightly different. It will now feature the sub-topics Monthly Favorite, On The Cheap (But Oh So Chic!), I Nailed It!, Monthly Treat (Because I'm Worth It!) and Did You Hear About? Not to worry, this is still a beauty blog, I'm just giving it a bit more structure.

Monthly Favorite: The talk here will be about a product I'm using or even one that I've rediscovered.

On The Cheap (But Oh So Chic!): I love finding alternatives for high end products and I'll share them here.

I Nailed It!: Lacquer, Varnish or Polish...I love it! I will share colors I'm wearing, products that I use regularly and items I've just heard and/or read about in this section.

Monthly Treat (Because I'm Worth It!): I love the romantic comedy "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days" starring Kate Hudson and  Matthew McConaughey. Matthew's character Benjamin (Ben) Barry says"Frost yourselves". Now while "frost" is being used as a metaphor for diamonds, nonetheless Ben is saying treat yourself because you're worth it. And that's exactly what I will be doing and sharing each month.

Did You Hear About?: Here you will find links to interesting beauty articles, blogs and videos.

I hope you will find the new format enjoyable as well as informative. In the meantime...

Stay beautiful!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Closing The (Generation) Gap

Recently while getting ready to go out with her friends, my niece Dana said "Auntie, may I have the pink lipgloss?" The lipgloss she was referring to was the new tube of NYC's Fashion Avenue Fuchsia #579. It's a very pretty fuchsia pink that I had planned to pair with CoverGirl's Lip Perfection lipstick in Spellbound #325 (from Pat McGrath's Runway Shades Collection) and NYX's lipliner pencil in Mahogany #809. Oh well, best laid plans as they say.  

Being the loving aunt that I am, of course I gave it to her. Why? Well we share a love of makeup, which I feel absolutely wonderful. Sure there is a generation gap, but ours has been narrowed by a little tube  lipgloss!

By the way, I went out the next day and purchased myself another tube. 

NYC Fashion Avenue Fuchsia #579  

NYX Lip Liner in Mahogany #809

CoverGirl's Lip Perfection in Spellbound #325

Until next time...

Stay beautiful!