Archive - February 2009

Drugstore Elegance with Physicians Formula Cosmetics

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Product Reviews

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Earlier today I set my mind to doing a shimmery gray eye and pink cheek look with a few items from Physicians Formula.

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I wanted a friend to keep me company, so I asked Tabs. He shot me a dirty look for waking him up, but he shoots me dirty looks all the time; I’m used to it. 🙂

Elegant isn’t a word I always associate with drugstore makeup, but when it comes to the looks possible with these four items from Physicians Formula (each about $12), I think it fits.

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My favorite part of the look is the eye. I think it’s something I’d wear out to a fancy restaurant, assuming, of course, I ever go to one (yes, El Hub, that IS a hint!).

Shimmer Strips in Smoky Brown Eyes ($11)

The overall look relies heavily on Shimmer Strips in Smoky Brown Eyes ($11), a palette of nine coordinating eyeshadow shades from cool-toned brown to gray and silver.

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I feel like the shadow colors totes resemble Clinque’s and offer the same soft, non-gritty texture with medium pigmentation. Gotta love the delicate shimmer, too. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A

Organic Wear Mascara in Black Organics ($10)

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To accentuate the gray eyes, I reached for a black mascara, applying four coats (!) of Organic Wear Mascara in Black Organics ($10). It boasts a formula that’s free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives and parabens.

This baby builds crazy good, with absolutely no clumping or flaking, and the stubby brush managed to grab even my wimpiest lashes.

I love the definition Organic Wear delivers, and it lengthens and thickens well enough, but it’s not going to satisfy someone with dramatic drag queen lash lust. If you already have long, full lashes and just need a lil’ something-something to define them, look no further. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B

Organic Wear 2-in-1 Bronzer & Blush ($14)

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The Organic Wear 2-in-1 Bronzer & Blush ($14) powder duo comes in the same cute beige and green packaging that the Mascara comes in, and it makes the same claim about having all-natural ingredients, too. I’m not always influenced by those kinds of claims, but when a product performs well, particularly a drugstore product, and just happens to be all-natural, it’s icing on the cake.

The product comes in a variety of shades. Pink Rose, part of the Light Bronzer/Pink Rose duo, is a matte peachy pink that looks light and natural on my cheeks, lasts all day long and layers with ease.

Unfortunately, Light Bronzer turned out to be too light for my skin and doesn’t really work for me as a bronzer, but I do like the fine texture of the powder. In the right shade, I’d like it a lot, thanks to how natural it looks and how easily it applies. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
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A Trick to Remember Names in Social Situations

Published in: Beauty Tips, Video

Don’t you just love it when you make your big entrance to a party or a restaurant for cocktails with friends and before you know it you’ve been introduced to 10 new people whose names you immediately forget?

Then, for the rest of the evening you dance awkwardly around conversations with those people hoping to hear their names again in passing because you waited too long to ask them to repeat it?

Okay, maybe that’s just something I do, LOL! At any rate, this (click for the video) is how I avoid that dreadful party trap. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

:)

A Drugstore Makeup Jamboree! Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds

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Where are all my drugstore makeup loving girls at? This week I’m doing a ton o’ testing, testing one-two-three on products from drugstore lines like Rimmel, Physician’s Formula, Cover Girl, N.Y.C. New York Color and Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy (what a mouthful!).

Bring on the budget reviews!

I’m in the thick of testing and will post more extensive reviews of these products over the next couple days, but I couldn’t wait to show you a few pictures of the Carmindy stuff I swatched today.

Making a good first impression

Check out the intense color of the Forever Stay Eye Pencils in Blue Indigo (matte royal blue) and Prue (matte violet).

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Forever Stay Eye Pencil Pure Plum Blue Indigo

I couldn’t believe how smoothly the tips glided across the back of my hand…

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Forever Stay Eye Pencil Pure Plum Blue Indigo closeup

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Forever Stay Eye Pencil Pure Plum Blue Indigo swatches

Now, those of you with a highlighter addiction, please stand up. I’m right there with you, girl. I sure hope Carmindy’s Natural Higlighters deliver. I’ll let you know soon, but for now…
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