Which Do You Prefer and Why: Cream, Powder or Liquid Highlighter?

Published in: Just For Fun

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminator

The BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminators from the top down in Pearl, Moonstone, Opal and Topaz

I have mad love for all of ‘em — creams, powders and liquids — but lately I’ve been reaching for liquid and powder highlighters more often than creams.

I don’t dislike cream highlighters, though. I think it’s mostly just a phase… You know how it is.

MAC Strobe Cream

MAC Strobe Cream — one of my faves!

It really depends on the situation and the look I’m going for. Like, some mornings when I get up and I feel like my skin looks kind of dull and blah, I’ll grab MAC Strobe Cream or BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector and apply that all over on my face first. Or, I’ll mix a bit in with my moisturizer or foundation for a dewy effect and some extra dimension.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminators

The $41 BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminators from the left in Moonstone (a pale gold), Pearl (a white pearl), Opal (a golden opal pearl) and Topaz (a golden bronzed pearl)

Again, it depends. I won’t necessarily do this when I know I’ll be taking pictures because of the way all-over shimmer shines when you add a flash up in the mix.

OH! And I’ve also recently realized that I like applying liquid highlighter to specific areas of the face using a flat foundation brush for a really pretty, casual, “I just got a facial at the spa” look.

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed 2

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal

Highlighting powders — I love! Particularly for pics, because they make it easy to control where I place the shimmer on my face. When pictures are involved, I like my highlights to be more precise, since all-over shimmer makes me look like I’m running a marathon (i.e. sweaty).

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A Special Delivery: Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color N in 602

Published in: Daily Photo

Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color N in 602

Now THAT’s a beautiful bouquet. So delicate and girly. :)

The new Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color N in 602 ($36) has four flower-ful shades — apricot orange, tangerine, champagne gold and beige rose.

This one arrives in June to Anna Sui counters.

Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color N in 602

30 Days of NARS: Stolen Kisses Lip Gloss, Day 8

Published in: Daily Beauty

NARS Stolen Kisses Lip Gloss

NARS Stolen Kisses Lip Gloss — another member of NARS Team #secretsparkle. :)

This one’s a caramel pink with subtle golden glitter, and it’s one of the 30 glosses in the newly relaunched NARS Lip Gloss line, available now.

NARS Stolen Kisses Lip Gloss

NARS-Stolen-Kisses-Swatch

NARS Stolen Kisses Lip Gloss

Mmm… Caramel.

The 30 Days of NARS series features a different NARS Lip Gloss every day

Hey, Baby Doll, Let Me Holla at You for a Minute: YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in 1 Fuchsia Desinvolte

Published in: Face, Lips, Makeup, Product Reviews, Yves Saint Laurent

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in 1 Fuchsia Desinvolte

Wearing YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in 1 Fuchsia Desinvolte ($40) on my lips and cheeks

Yo, yo, yo, Baby Doll! Don’t walk away. Come here for a second. I just want to tell you something.

Damn, Baby Doll Kiss & Blush…you foine.

For real though! Must be that hot-@ss outfit you’re wearing. You kinda looked like a nail polish I know from over there. My bad. I’m sorry. I see you now. You’re a multitasking mousse lipstick and blush with a matte finish, all up in one sexy bottle.

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush 1 Fuchsia Desinvolte

Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in 1 Fuchsia Desinvolte is one of 12 shades available now at YSL counters and online at neimanmarcus.com

You’re a little heavy, and I like that. Must be that glass bottle. Shoo’… And that flocked doe-foot applicator?! I love me some curves. I’d wear you on my lips and cheeks like a pair of skinny jeans!

YSL Baby Doll Kiss Blush Doe Foot Applicator

Doe-foot applicator

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Ingredients

Ingredients

You’re new around here, yeah? I can tell you’re different from the other multitasking lip and cheek products that strut their stuff down this block.

Let me caress you for a moment… It’s alright. Ooh, mousse texture. Fluffy. Kind of creamy, too. I bet you’re so smooth that you’d glide along my cheeks and my lips without any patchiness.

That’s classy, girl. Classy with “C,” not a “K.” ;)

YSL Baby Doll Kiss Blush in 1 Fuchsia Desinvolte

YSL Baby Doll Kiss Blush in 1 Fuchsia Desinvolte

You’re a keeper; I can tell. Not one of those fly-by-nights that just bounces after an hour or two. C’mon, let me take you out sometime. We could hang out on my cheeks for 6-8 hours, on top of foundation, bare cheeks or even atop powder. Or we could just kiss on the lips for 4-5.

YSL Baby Doll Kiss Blush in 1 Fuchsia Desinvolte

1 Fuchsia Desinvolte on my lips

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Clinique Black Honey All About Shadow Super Shimmer, and a Message From the Future…

Published in: Clinique, Eyes, Makeup, Product Reviews

Clinique Black Honey All About Shadow

Wearing Clinique Black Honey All About Shadow Super Shimmer ($15) on my lids and lash lines

1994 KAREN: Hello?

2014 KAREN: Hi, is this Karen?

1994 KAREN: Yes, it is.

2014 KAREN: This is going to sound totally weird, but, um…this is your future self, Karen. From 2014.

1994 KAREN: Shut the front door! What? Who is this? Jen, is that you?

2014 KAREN: No, really. It’s me, Karen. I mean, I’m also Karen. I’m calling you from 20 years in the future.

1994 KAREN: You sound… Dude, how’s that even possible? Who is this!? Someone’s pulling my leg. Are you that guy from the bus stop the other day? The Terminator one?

Clinique Black Honey All About Shadow

Black Honey All About Shadow ($15), available now at Clinique counters, Sephora and clinique.com

2014 KAREN: Nope, not that guy. Although I do remember him. Tall, in the green plaid shirt —

1994 KAREN: No way! How do you know that?

2014 KAREN: He was a physics major. Really cute and funny. I think he wanted to ask us out, now that I think about it.

Anyway, I only have a few minutes here, so that’s enough about boys. I have something very important to discuss with you.

1994 KAREN: Man, this is blowing my mind! If you’re really from 20 years in the future… I need more proof. Tell me something else only you — I mean we? — would know.

2014 KAREN: OK. Well, right now you’re probably wearing Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick.

1994 KAREN: NO WAY!!!

2014 KAREN: You’re struggling in chem and, truth be told, college has been a lot lonelier than you thought it would be. You also really miss Mom, Dad and Al, but you’d never admit that to them.

1994 KAREN: OK, I am officially freaked out right now. This is incredibly freaky…

Well, then I guess I should ask why you’re calling. Is it something bad? It’s something bad, isn’t it?

Clinique Black Honey Swatch

Black Honey Swatch

2014 KAREN: No, no, not at all. I just really wanted to say hi and — I know this sounds weird — remind you that you’re stronger than you think.

1994 was a hard year, but you’re gonna be OK. It might not seem like it now, but everything’s going to work out.

1994 KAREN: Really??

2014 KAREN: Yes, really.

I wish I could say more…but the contract I signed forbids me from disclosing anything specific that could alter the course of our life.

1994 KAREN: Gotta be vague… I get it. I totally get it. I’ve seen the Terminator

2014 KAREN: — 500 times, haha!

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