Hey, girlies. How are you doing? Me — I’ve been in a mental funk for a couple days. Does that ever happen to you? I think I just need a creative booster shot. Any ideas?
I wasn’t in the mood for adventure this weekend and didn’t stray far from the TV. I watched *hella* episodes of The Golden Girls and Stargate Atlantis (attention fellow sci-fi nerds: this is a GREAT SHOW!), played with El Tabs and started a new book (The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory).
Of course, I couldn’t resist the urge to play with makeup. It’s like the call of the wild or something. All weekend long I’ve been wearing Stila SPF Shine Lip Color in Tina ($22), a coppery brown.
I first read about Shine Lip Color on Bella Sugar’s blog back in May. Stila packed SPF 20 into these eight shades, each with a glossy yet sheer finish. Formulated with vitamins A, C and E, Shine Lip Color feels moisturizing and light on my lips. It’s lightly scented with vanilla, but the scent dissipates quickly.
A swatch of Stila Lip Shine in Tina without the flash
With the flash
The finish is surprisingly sheer, which makes the product easy to apply directly from the tube, even without a mirror. Unfortunately, the sheerness also means you can expect to have to reapply every couple hours. No big deal, though. If you’re like me, you don’t mind having to reapply.
Stila Lip Shine reminds me a lot of Shu Uemura’s Crystal Shine lipsticks, so if you’re a fan of those you might like these, too. And Shine Lip Color has distinct anti-funkiness properties — like coffee, good food and Christian Bale — guaranteed to pick you up when you’re feeling kind of blah.
I love the design and the font on this cover. I started reading the book last night and stayed up late putting a solid dent in the story. I’m only through the first 100 pages, but what I’ve taken away from it so far is that being a member of England’s royal court in the 1600s must have been downright exhausting.
Hope you’re feeling good today. I’ll keep on keepin’ on if you do the same.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. It’s that time again! — time for some of the very best beauty blogging of the week from the girls of the Beauty Blog Network.
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The Makeup Divas reviews Clinique’s High Impact Lip Colour and other products from their Modern Matte Fall 2008 Collection!
The Muse loves Benefit Powderflage! Check out her detailed review with tons of product photos!.
15 Minute Beauty Fanatic has the lowdown on Elizabeth Arden’s Fall 2008 Shadows!
Beauty411 discovers a foundation that thinks it’s a skin treatment product, too!
Beauty Blogging Junkie‘s Napoleon Perdis Lip Service is her version of Napoleon Dynamite’s precious ChapStick. If she were to leave it at home, she’d borrow “your guys’s” phone to get someone to drop it off, stat.
Beauty Junkie in SF find more lovely Grapefruit flavored products to gush over. Check them out!
Product Girl turns 3 years old in September! To celebrate they’re doing a series of giveaways all month long. Enter their first giveaway, goodies from theMAC Cult of Cherry collection. Good luck!
The girls of 90210 grace Nylon’s cover and inspires Beyond Beauty Basics to show you how to get the nude lip look!
Toya from The Life of A Ladybug has started a new feature: Ask me how to! Each week, she will answer a reader question. In the first installment, she shares how you can use your bronzer all year long!
Face Candy tests the new 3 Custom Color Specialist Light Brights Collection.
The girls over at Beauty in Real Life are at it again. This week they have a Pureology ScalpCure shampoo and conditioner giveaway and a SKINN lip gloss set giveaway. Enter for your chance to win here.
This week, Spoiled Pretty is hooking you up, Gossip Girl style. Get in touch with your inner Serena and Blair, with two haute headbands, courtesy of Colette Malouf. Winners will also receive Gossip Girl: The Complete First Season on DVD. Enter today!
Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog gives you a cheap, stylish way to organize all of those eye shadow pans from MAC Cosmetics.
Have you heard about the vibrating mascaras? Are they worth the money? Cybelesays found one that is if volume and length are what you seek.
Pursebuzz.com has expanded and has officially launched a new hair site. From hair days, reviews and hair tutorials I am going have it all about hair. Also, don’t forget to enter the contest for a great set of Chi products. Starts this weekend.
Beauty and Fashion Tech is having a contest for a book and some Neutrogena products!