When I looked out my window this morning, I saw a hopeful reminder that spring is right around the corner. The oak trees outside, which had been nothing but scrawny twigs and branches for months, have sprouted new leaves!
It’s nice to know that even though it’s wet and gloomy outside, the trees are still paying attention to the calendar.
Doesn’t the outside scene above almost look like it could have been painted with the browns and greens in Josie Maran’s new limited edition Eye Love You Too Argan Eyeshadow Palette ($42)? I reviewed it a while back, but I thought you might like to see it in action…
Top row from the left: Campfire, Rejuvenate, Dragonfly and Chirp; Bottom row: Bunny, Cinnamon, Meadow and Branch
Swatches from the left: Campfire, Rejuvenate, Dragonfly and Chirp
Bunny, Cinnamon, Meadow and Branch
With the flash
Wearing Dragonfly, Chirp, Branch, Campfire and Cinnamon
Additional makeup worn in this look: Benefit Instant Brow in Medium, NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and Panthera Mascara on eyes; Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Rosey and Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer on cheeks; MAC Lipglass in Nymphette on lips
It’s a follow-up to last season’s Eye Love You palette, which had some smokier, darker colors. Like that palette, the eight shadows in this new one also contain Argan Oil, Josie’s signature ingredient. Argan is rich in antioxidants like Vitamin E.
The pigmentation of the shadows varies. One layer of Bunny (a shimmery off white), Cinnamon (a shimmery pink), Chirp (a shimmery golden brown), Branch (a shimmery dark golden brown) and Campfire (a matte chestnut brown) isn’t quite opaque, maybe half way there; the green shades — Rejuvinate (a shimmery mossy green) and Dragon Fly (a shimmery brownish teal) and Meadown (a shimmery lemon lime) — are even less pigmented than the others.
Several of the lighter shades have a very frosty finish, so if you aren’t a fan of shadows with a mirror shine then that’s something to keep in mind. I’ve noticed, however, that as the day wears on, the frost seems to mellow out, which could either be a good or bad thing depending on whether you’re Team Frost or not.
Eye Love You Too might seem expensive at $42, but the shadows break down to $5.25 each, which sounds better if you say it like that. Like all Josie Maran products, it’s made without parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, and Tabs tells me it’s also cruelty-free. If you like practical palettes with sheer-to-medium neutrals and some greens thrown in for subtle flair, you might look this one up.
AVAILABILITY: Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
A question for the chefs out there…
Last night I made a new dish for dinner, homemade spaghetti dish with turkey meatballs that, truth be told, looked more like turkey nuggets than meatballs. I think everything tasted pretty good (El Hub scarfed it down), but, I don’t know, it didn’t make my eyes roll back.
I had the leftovers for lunch today, and for some odd reason both the nuggets and the sauce tasted exponentially better — like a completely different dish! What’s going on here? Was it just in my imagination, or does it happen for a reason? Fill me in if you happen to know.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,