December 2012

This trick has been around for a while, but revisiting it may “open your eyes”. . . literally.
Using a MAC Chromographic Pencil in shade NC15/NW20 (top picture),
gently pull down your lower lid and softly line your water line or lower rim (bottom picture).
This deposit of flesh-toned color has the effect of widening or opening up your eyes.
If you’ve done this before, let me know what you think of this technique.
P.S.  My every instinct is to pluck the stray eyebrows that appear on this model.
I used this picture because it’s a great illustration of where to put the choreographic liner as opposed to the traditional darker liner.
These are currently available at MAC counters and online.
They have been limited edition items.


The Gift of Bobbi Brown

December 10, 2012


I’ve spent some time over the past two days at two different Bobbi Brown counters.
This is a line that is ubiquitous, yet one that I have not delved into a whole lot.
I think I hear Bobbi calling my name.
I love what she stands for, which in my opinion is enhancing and optimizing your natural look
with a minimal amount of makeup.
My purchases included a face moisturizer, gel eyeliners (love these already!), and one of the products above, her shimmer brick.
I hope Santa is reading my blog, because I really want Bobbi’s newest book, Pretty Powerful.
That’s another thing I like about Bobbi: she’s very generous with her knowledge and has written a series of beauty books.
The images are beautiful, and provide great tutorials.
The shimmer brick (bronze) is an excellent accompaniment to any traditional, matte bronzer;
apply bronzer as normal, then brush a small amount of this shimmer to the tops of cheekbones.
Either of these (or both😉 would be an excellent gift for the makeup-lover in your life.
With thanks to the Bobbi-artists at CosBar (Charleston) and Belk Towne Center (Mount Pleasant).


NYX Felt Tip Eyeliner

December 8, 2012

A great stocking stuffer: this little pen packs a punch! NYX Felt Tip Liner in Extreme Black or Dark Brown I have really enjoyed this product ; and at only $8 per pen,  this is the perfect vehicle for achieving that sought-after cat-eyed or winged-liner look. Yes, it takes a little practice, but the fine […]

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Giorgio Armani EYES TO KILL

December 6, 2012

This one bears repeating. Armani’s EYES TO KILL is simply the best mascara I’ve ever used. This mascara would be a great Christmas gift because: 1. The brush is so thick and dispenses product beautifully and evenly 2. The mascara goes on dry-ish; it doesn’t “dot” on my upper or lower eyelids 3. This is […]

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Gift-Giving Guide: Clarisonic Classic

December 5, 2012

Clarisonic Classic A clean face’s friend It sits on its cradle, charging Readying to take the day off my face The soft bristles rotate and hum to remove my makeup Slough off old skin Makes my face feel new again My moisturizer soaks in so easily Ready for night-night Gentle enough to do over again […]

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Smashbox Studio Pop for Lips

December 4, 2012

If you are not currently familiar with Smashbox lip glosses, this is the perfect time for an introduction. On the heels of The Makeup Show Orlando, where Smashbox was a featured vendor,I am sooo smitten with this line of lip shine.The great thing about these lip glosses are that even the darker shades go on […]

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Love in a Jar: Creme de La Mer

December 3, 2012

This is a selection of pure whimsy. Because I know only one person who has been gifted a jar of Creme de La Mer. It’s one of those luxury items that, if we are lucky enough to come across, we do it for ourselves. But this stuff is transformative. Created originally by an aerospace physicist […]

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Santa Loves NAKED

December 2, 2012

Urban Decay’s NAKED series of eyeshadow are some of the most versatile palettes I’ve ever come across.  The first colors I reach for with a blue or green-eyed client.  My one criticism of these palettes, the abundance of shimmer, has been addressed with the recent release of the third palette,  NAKED Basics (all matte, neutral […]

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24 Days of Holiday Makeup

December 1, 2012

Lip Love: moisturize, moisurize, moisturize!!!  My favorite lip balms; necessary under lipsticks or all alone.  Great stocking stuffers, but worth their own gift wrap under the tree! MAC’s Lip Conditioner (shea butter-based), available at any MAC counter or ($14) DermStore’s Lip Quench.  Thick, buttery, slightly iridescent.  This stuff stays put.  Available at ($12) […]

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