IT’S HEART MONTH! Curious about what a Cosmetic Monster does during the day? Scan the QR Code and see! I work as a CPR Instructor (amongst countless other duties) at AED INSTITUTE that also has a non-profit arm called HAWAII HEART FOUNDATION (I’ve been planning our annual fundraiser which explains my recent absence). Our mission is essentially to make Hawaii heart safe through positive and pro-active CPR & AED awareness training. I’ll be posting a Quick Heart Guide this month so that you can educate yourself and those you love on what to do in case of a heart attack or a sudden cardiac arrest (they’re different).
On a lighter note, we are starting to see the first of Spring 2013 cosmetic offerings which are literally abloom with pink. The Dior Cherie Bow Collection deals out bold doses of rose and contrasting charcoal and the softer Laura Mercier Arabesque Collection portraits the color in a more subtle way blending the feminine tone with neutrals and soft blues.
← TOO FACED SWEETHEARTS BLUSH ($29, toofaced.com). Super cute and a lovely way to add a subtle pink flush. Pair with a sheer pink glossy lip.
COMING THIS MONTH: Besides the Quick Heart Guide, I’ll be doing the annual Cosmetic Monster Chinese New Year Feature – the Year of the Snake, reviewing the brilliant Christopher Drummond cosmetic line, How to get GLOWING Skin Tricks and a special Top Ten To Trash (Bad Beauty Products) – you’ll be surprised who I pulled out of the garbage heap.
Happy 5th Anniversary to my husband Kevin – who patiently waits for me when I do “research” at Sephora.
- NEW! Quick Heart Guide | Plus – Learn Hands Only™ CPR!
- NEW! Christopher Drummond Beauty | Veludo Velvet Foundation Review, Swatches, Photos
- NEW! Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab System | Review & Results
- NEW! YEAR OF THE SNAKE | Cosmetic Monster Story Book
- NEW! Tatcha Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream | Product Review & Ingredients
- Garnier Olia Hair Color 6.1 Light Ash Brown | Review & Results
- REPOST: Conju Princess Soap | Product Review & Ingredient List
- Tatcha: The Water Collection | Luminous Dewy Skin Mist Review & Ingredients
- Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil | Product Review & Ingredients
- NEW PINTEREST BOARD: Pantone Color of the Year 2013: Emerald
- TOM FORD Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Wet Violet | Swatches & Quick Review
- Tatcha Polished Rice Enzyme Powder – Gentle, Classic, Deep | Product Review & Ingredients
- Travel Exclusives | Duty Free, Special Sets, Exclusive Products 2013
Deborah Walters (Senior VP and Merchandise Manager for Cosmetics & Fragrances at Saks Fifth Avenue – sigh) commented in Allure Magazine (February 2013, The Next Big Things): “Custom-made skincare lines never resonated, and we couldn’t figure out why. It should have been the ultimate in personalization.”
If you think about the psychology of skin care – the reason its a multi-gazillion dollar business is because women (myself included) want to be a better version of themselves – and we buy into the marketing wholeheartedly. We think “Maybe if I use this cream, my skin will glow like Alana de la Garza (from Law & Order – her skin is gorgeous!). We spend thousands of dollars because gosh darn it, we’re worth it! So if I have a cream made “just for me” what will happen? Will I end up, well, “just me”? Hmm…maybe if you used an ad that featured an image of my face looking smoother, glowing, I-got-8-hours-of-sleep-because-my-3-year-old-let-me minus any well earned sunspots, maybe I could buy into that. Otherwise, I’ll stick to the possibility of Alana-esque skin.
1. Too Faced Air-Buffed BB Creme Complete Coverage Makeup ($39, sephora.com, toofaced.com). A five-in-one complete coverage beauty balm that perfects, mattifies, primes, moisturizes, and protects with SPF 20. 2. ♥ Marula Pure Marula Facial Oil ($58, sephora.com). Specially formulated for the face and neck, premium Marula Oil is a naturally soothing treatment that provides intense hydration, protection, and rejuvenation to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for soft, radiant skin. Editors are saying it may be “the next Argan Oil”. I LOVE THIS. 3. ♥ Sephora Collection Outrageous Prisma Chrome Metallic Eyeshadow in Taupe ($16, sephora.com). This metallic (but not overly sparkling) neutral taupe is the perfect smokey eye color. Can be worn lightly for a soft day look or wet for ultimate drama. 4. DRUGSTORE FIND: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Eraser ($9.99, drugstores). I kid you not, it actually will camouflage spots better than expensive concealers. Works well around the eyes too. 5. DRUGSTORE FIND: L’Oreal Visible Lift in Rose Gold ($12.95, drugstores). A close-to-Orgasm (by NARS!) match gives cheeks a nice pop.
Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation ($36, sephora.com). With all the hype surrounding this powder foundation, I suppose I started with extreme expectations. The texture is very nice (VERY) and yes, it has 25 shades to choose from – but they are mostly too dark and too golden (translate: orange) for most skin tones.
However, if you have darker, tanned skin and lean toward golden shades (which are actually hard shades to find) you’re in luck. I highly recommend trying it on in-store (eww) and wearing it for a few hours before purchasing.
TOO FACED NO MAKEUP MAKEUP PALETTE ($39, toofaced.com, sephora.com). I’m totally smitten with the cool tone version of the Too Faced Natural Face Palette ($39) that houses a bronzer, cream blush, powder blush, concealer, luminizer and brightener.
It’s always been about fresh, pretty skin for me – and in all honesty, with my insane schedule my skin isn’t looking fresh, pretty or even alive. I guarantee that you’ll be seeing this lovely all-in-one palette and maybe the Natural Face Palette too – in my “❤ Shopping Hauls 2013 ❤” board on Pinterest.