Best-Smelling Scented Makeup or Beauty Product (Not Including Actual Perfumes)?

Published in: Just For Fun

Guerlain’s bronzers and my basset hound-like sense of smell get along swimmingly. I am seriously addicted to their scent! — which is weird, because when I think of scented products, I don’t usually think of bronzers being high up on the list.

But I dunno… For me these are. The smile-inducing scent is a little powdery, with a dash of jasmine and tiare flower/gardenia. It reminds me of very good things, like hugs from my mom, Hawaiian tradewinds and a botanical garden at night.

The scent doesn’t really linger on my face, but I always catch a good whiff of it when I open the compact, and then again when I apply the powder.

How about you, sweets? In your olfactory estimation, what’s the best-smelling scented makeup or beauty product (not including actual perfumes)?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Any Time Is a Good Time for Bronzer With Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in 05 Sun Brunettes

Published in: Daily Beauty

Guerlain Terracotta Light in 05 Sun Brunettes

Around my house, bronzer usually comes up as a topic of conversation every spring and summer.

Of course, most of those conversations take place between a cat and myself, but let’s not get sidetracked. :)

Bronzer. Usually a spring/summer thing, but my love for it has no seasonal bounds.

Like, if we were attending the world’s largest fall/winter makeup convention, I would have packed four bronzers for the two-day trip. “Yeah, yeah, full coverage and berry lips,” I’d whine. “I’m bored. Let’s talk about bronzer.”

This pan o’ bronzing prettiness here is Guerlain’s Terracotta Light 05 Sun Brunettes ($52), and it creates the most gorgeous peachy golden tan.

It also has a light sheen that, together with the color, makes it look like sun-dappled skin.

Very pretty lightly dusted all over for some warmth.

In addition to 05 Sun Brunettes, there are three other shades in the family — 02 Blondes (with soft suntan tones), 03 Brunettes (rich bronze tones) and 04 Sun Blondes (bronzed pink and tan tones) — and their names are basically weak suggestions. In other words, you don’t have to be blonde to wear the blonde shade or brunette to wear the brunette shade. If you’re interested, you could try them all, and pick the one you like best.

They’re available now at Guerlain counters, Sephora and also online, too.

Guerlain Terracotta Light in 05 Sun Brunettes

Guerlain Terracotta Light in 05 Sun Brunettes

The Sonia Kashuk Eye Palette in Sweet Nothings Is Sweet on Lids

Published in: Daily Photo

Sonia Kashuk Eye Palette in Sweet Nothings

If Sonia Kashuk’s latest palette could talk, it would whisper sweet nothings…to your lids.

“Hello, my darling. You’re looking lovely tonight.”

“My, what beautiful lashes you have. They’re so lush and curly.”

“In a word, stunning. You have the curviest crease I’ve ever seen.

In a mix of matte and shimmers, the six subtle white, beige and taupe shades that comprise Sonia’s Sweet Nothings Eye Palette ($14.95) whisper a story about color.

“We’re perfect for highlighting brow bones,” they say, “among our other talents.”

This Sweet Nothing is looking for love at Target stores and online at

Shh… Hush now. :)

Sonia Kashuk Eye Palette in Sweet Nothings

Sonia Kashuk Eye Palette in Sweet Nothings

Sonia Kashuk Eye Palette in Sweet Nothings

Do the Chop! This Easy Trick Could Solve Your False Lash Woes

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To

Ardell 120

Eureka! Having a revelation while wearing a pair of Ardell 120s…

Wow, babe. MIND BLOWN.

I don’t know why it took me so long to figure this out, but better late than never.

First, a little backstory. Last Saturday I was testing out a possible Emmys makeup look — yes, I’m kind of nerdy that way, but it never hurts to be prepared. I got it into my head that I wanted to wear a big, dramatic pair of false lashes to the show.

The thing is, some big lashes can be super uncomfortable off the shelf. I’ll usually trim them down to size, but even so — the big ones can still be uncomfortable.

I guess I have an oddly shaped lash line or something because the inner lash band always pokes me right in a sensitive spot, and it’s astronomically annoying.

So, I was thinking about this, trying to figure out what to do. What could I do, I wondered, to make a pair of dramatic false lashes more comfortable?

I know! — I’ll cut each one in half and apply the halves separately. :)

I grabbed a pair of haggard 120 Demis by Ardell (I’d already used them a few times before), and cut them in half right down the middle with a pair of scissors. Then I applied the outer half first and the inner half second.

Boom. This is when my mind was blown.

Ardell 120s cut in half


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The Nude ’90s Are Back With Rosy Brown Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Negligee

Published in: Lips, Makeup, Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Negligee Lipstick

Wearing Tom Ford’s new Lip Color in Negligee ($50) on my lips

Tom Ford’s Lip Colors, at $50 each — holy sh*t — are redonkulously expensive.

Yup, redonkulous, the adverbial form of the made-up word. That’s how redonkulous they are.

Still, I think they’re among the most drool-worthy, covetable things in his line. Smooth like a tabby’s tum and oh, so comfortable. Plus, it’s almost criminal how much color they contain, and they fade slowly and evenly, too, like mystical makeup apparitions…

As a side, I’m hoping we can keep the fact that I just ordered a new tube of Sable Smoke a secret, because El Hub would probably freak. Bless his heart, but he thinks that paying one penny more than $10 is too much to pay for a t-shirt, so I have a pretty good idea what he’d think about a $50 lipstick. :)

Until this week, Sable Smoke was my TF nude lip jam, but there’s a new nude in town, the provocatively named Negligee.

Tom Ford Negligee Lipstick

Tom Ford Lip Color in Negligee

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