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Sephora VIB sale haul

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I know. It happened ages ago. But I still wanted to share what I picked up in the Sephora VIB sale. Because of reasons.

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Birchbloggers Cynthia Rowley Spring Beauty Line Event

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cynthia rowley spring beauty line A couple of weeks ago, Birchbox, the monthly beauty box with the amazing points program,* hosted an event for their Birchbloggers at the Cynthia Rowley boutique. On display and for play was the Cynthia Rowley Spring Beauty Line. And I was one of the lucky few who won the entire collection to review.

(*In case you’re not familiar with it, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service where, for just $10 a month, you receive a box full of deluxe-sized and travel-sized samples. You receive Birchbox points for every purchase you make and every review your write, which can be redeemed in their store. For every 100 points you earn, you get $10 a full-sized product order. Get your own here.)

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The road to the store looks like wonderland…

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My Surratt Beauty Experience at Barneys

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Surratt Beauty It’s been ages and ages and ages since I wrote about my desire to try out Troy Surratt’s beauty line, but shortly before I went away, the day finally came for me to head to Barneys and experience the works. I had tried a couple of the products in the line here and there, but I really wanted to immerse myself in the full Surratt Beauty experience. And oh, did I ever.

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Review: By Terry Cover-Expert Foundation

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I mentioned in passing that I’ve been trying out different foundations to become my new every day base, and By Terry Cover-Expert Foundation is definitely the front runner.

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New Holy Grail product alert: Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment

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2014 is starting off with a bang. (And I told you it would be the year of Sunday Riley!)

I’m bringing you a new Holy Grail product post, just as I’m testing and putting through their paces not 1 but 2 more! (Unprecedented!) At this rate, the rest of the year will have a lot to live up to!

Like so many of my recent beauty interests, I started looking into Sunday Riley because of Lisa Eldridge and this tutorial. The day that my face was highjacked by the Sunday Riley makeup artist at Barneys, she recommended a few of their skincare products for me, but didn’t mention this. My curiosity was piqued by seeing her use it and then seeing it was a lactic acid product. (Again, something Lisa Eldridge recommends.)

So when I went to Sephora to get some samples, I made sure to get some of Sunday Riley Good Genes to try.

Helloooooo gawgeous!!
Helloooooo gawgeous!!

Honestly, at first, I wasn’t sold. I was using the REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate at night and noticing some improvements in the red marks left by my really bad breakout. The Good Genes was going on top of a lot of other things, and I wasn’t noticing that it was really doing anything.

But the directions for the AHA Concentrate say to use it 7 days on and 7 days off, and so after the second round, I had a thought. All the reviews of Good Genes said it helps your skin look better and glow. The description on the web site was similarly effusive:

Everyone wants the unmistakeable look of having “good genes”. This amazing treatment is formulated with key ingredients which will plump fine lines, reveal brighter, newer skin, and improve circulation, offering a smooth, vibrant complexion. Long term use will restore damaged skin, reduce hyperpigmentation and acne scars, reduce the depth and number of lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, & increase epidermal firmness and thickness.

So I stopped layering it on top of a lot of other things and started putting it on directly after toning at night. And the next morning I woke up and went, “Woh.” And the next morning. And every morning I wake up and go to wash my face and notice it looks a little better every day. My red marks are now so faded that only I would notice them, because I look that closely.

It’s has a nice creamy consistency and feels really nice on your skin. It tends to drink it up. Sometimes I do feel a bit of a tingle, but nothing too bad. All the Sunday Riley products have strong scents, and for a while, this was my least favorite of all of them—it’s a bit herby—but now I really love the scent and enjoy putting it on. (I enjoy putting all of them on, it’s bad. I’m getting addicted and it’s an expensive addiction!)

I went back to the Sunday Riley counter a couple of weeks ago for something else, and the person there that day gave me a lot of skincare samples. He recommended the Good Genes as my moisturizer for day. But I have found that when I use acid exfoliators during the day, it stimulates oil production in my skin, and it winds up looking oilier a lot faster.

Just to test this theory out, I did an experiment yesterday using all the new products I’ve recently adopted that have left me practically shine free the whole day, and used the Good Genes as well. And, yep, definitely more oily. So I will stick to using this at night, but boy, am I glad I found it!

It’s going to set you back, I won’t lie. (But not as much as the Bionic Anti-Aging Cream!!) But it can be found at Sephora, which means samples can be found. I always advocate testing out products before investing, if you can. But I have found this one to be worth the money. I’m finally not embarrassed to not wear foundation again!

Have you used Good Genes? Any Sunday Riley products? What are your holy grails?

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December 2013 favorites – MAC, Surratt, Smashbox, and Maybelline

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DSC_1545-2 I thought I would try out the monthly favorites post (with a year-end roundup coming up soon, too).

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Review: Surratt Autographique Liner

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Confession time. On one of my visits to Barneys New York, I caved and finally purchased something I’d been wanting for a while. Not the $75-dollar lipstick. This one was more affordable.

I’ve been lusting after celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt‘s new makeup line, Surratt, since what seems like forever (but is actually just mid-October). In particular, even more than the  Automatique Lip Crayon in Alluring, which is supposed to be a look-good-on-everyone red, I wanted to try the Autographique Liner.

I was fascinated by the description of how it was inspired by calligraphy pens and contains a similar capillary system. An important point to me was the point, which is fine and made of nylon, not felt. I really do love the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, but the felt tip does tend to lose its sharp tip and get fuzzy, which causes the straight line you’re trying to draw to have a ragged top edge.

Also, the Autographique Liner is refillable. So your initial purchase may be $42, which is a little high, but when you use it up, you’re only buying an $18-dollar refill.

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Sorry, I know the aperture got fuzzy on the tip, but you can still see how sharp it is.

I have a sort-of dysfunction when doing a cat eye/flick because of my downward-turning eyes (the same reason I am loving my new eyelash curler). I have followed all the tutorials for how to know when and where to do the flick, and every time, my liner comes out differently. I just can’t judge the same.

So having my eyeliner tip get fuzzy and ruin my line adds an extra challenge that I don’t need. I was hoping the Autographique Liner would solve at least that problem, and boy has it.

I took another photo of the tip so that you could get some sense of how fine-tipped it is. The nylon tip is not a single piece, the way the felt-tip pens are, but instead made up of individual nylon fibers that thin out. But they also hold their shape, so the tip of the pen is never going to go wonky on you.

A thing of beauty
A thing of beauty

The first stroke of the liner isn’t thick and dark, so you do have to go over it again, but my god is it thin. Paper thin. It really allows for more precision when lining. I still have trouble because of my eye shape, but I’m also able to work in much smaller increments, more precisely, so my flicks still wind up nice and sharp and thin. (Even if they never look the same from day to day.)

I took some comparison photos for you to see the lines that each make with 1, 2, and 3 strokes.

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As you can see, the Surratt liner wins by far in the first stroke. It’s amazing how thin a line you can draw.

The Autoraphique Liner is a touch more matte than the Stila, which is strangely reflective, though not shiny or shimmery. It just stays looking a little wet. The ink in the Surratt liner also stays more contained where you put it, and doesn’t bleed out as much when first applied, as you can see below.

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The only thing about the Surratt liner that I think can be improved is that it does tend to migrate down/bleed over the day. I have to do periodic checks and wipe off black that has accumulated underneath the flick. The Stila liner stays where you put it a lot better.

Still, for the luxury of being able to work so precisely with my liner, with a tip that is so beautiful it almost makes you cry (seriously, the nylon tip WILL NEVER GET FUZZY AND ALWAYS STAYS IN A SHARP POINT), I have reached for this liner over the Stila liner every day since I’ve had it. And that’s saying a LOT.

Have you tried either of these? What’s your go-to liner? Do you have any suggestions for me for how to line my eyes like a normal person (with eyes that turn down at the ends)?

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Rediscovered Makeup Favorites – Bobbi Brown, MAC, and Sisley

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(Please forgive me if none of this is coherent. I have spent the last 20 hours feeling like I was going to die and floating in a fever high. [Understandably, the haircut has been postponed.])

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Mini haul: Shopping Sephora’s VIB 20% off sale

Yes, you read that correctly. I bought something. (I haven’t been as good, in general, as I’ve made myself out to be, anyway. :p But I have been so restrained, I don’t know where it’s come from.) Well, with 20% off and store credit, how could I not get something?!

The problem was really more what not to get. There are so many things in my “loves,” and it’s the best time to buy.

But I was good. I was so good. I only bought 2 things that I actually needed.

DSC_1303I mean, really, I ONLY BOUGHT TWO THINGS.

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Les Cinq Petites Choses #3

Voici 5 choses que j’ai aimées récemment. Here are five things I’ve been loving lately.

1. Apparently I’ve been living under a rock, because I only just recently discovered Lisa Eldridge, an amazing and accomplished makeup artist. I know, I know, you’re all scoffing at me. But better late than never?

And I adore her. We even have similar skin issues and similar coloring (though she has those gorgeous hazel eyes).

I’m not sure if her tutorial videos have seen me through insomnia or if they’ve caused my insomnia since I stay up way too late watching them. (And then I want all the things she uses! This is how I found out about Face Lace.)

But, in particular, I adore the look she uses in this video.

2. After reading about Tom Ford’s Black Orchid fragrance here and here, I was curious enough to go to Sephora and get a sample. It’s touted as a unisex fragrance, and when I sampled it on a card at the Tom Ford counter first, the person helping me told me that Brad Pitt wears it.

I have not worn a unisex fragrance since CK One came out and EVERYONE wore it. And I was young and foolish then. So I was skeptical.

And I have to say, I’m won over. And yet still skeptical. Black Orchid goes on smelling gorgeously fruity. And it dries down to a lovely spice. But a very masculine spice. (I suppose that’s how it works as a unisex fragrance?) I had my brother smell it, and he said it smelled like a men’s scent.

But maybe that’s why I liked it? Hey, if you don’t have a man in your life to smell, just smell yourself instead? 😉

Black OrchidThat bottle. Is sexy.

3. I was lucky enough to discover Rosaspina Vintage when they still had pieces from their summer collection left. All the clothing is designed by the lovely Ale from Turin, handmade by her mother, and sourced from her grandmother’s vintage textile collection. It is the most amazing history for your clothing to have.

In the ensuing days, I’ve been dying over the hints of the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection to come.  Yesterday, it went on sale. And I think I am officially dead from the amazingness. I literally want everything. But if I have to pick a few favorites, these are them.

rosaspinavintage_aw13_cape5The ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ cape in Burnt Orange. I want this so badly it hurts. (The ‘Briar Rose’ pinafore in Floral is also available.)

rosaspinavintage_aw13_dress5I loved every color of this dress. Here, the ‘Gretel’ dress in Mist.

rosaspinavintage_aw13_skirt5This skirt was in my cart. My cart advanced to Paypal. I looked at the price again and reminded myself that I have no money. I cried.

rosaspinavintage_aw13_skirt6It’s so beautiful, it hurts to look at it. The ‘Gerda’ skirt in Chestnut. (The ‘Little Matchgirl’ blouse in Scarlet is also available.)

Sadly, because they are hand made and mostly one-of-a-kind, the skirt will be gone by the time I am working again and can afford to buy it. It breaks my heart.

4. Reading The Penny Rose, I couldn’t help but notice the amazing illustration in their logo. I obviously had to dig around and see if they mentioned who it was by and, of course, they did.

Jessica Durrant‘s work has been seen at Target, One Kings Lane, QVC.com, Glamour.com, and many others. But you don’t need to be a corporation or institution to be lucky enough to have a piece of her gorgeous art. Etsy to the rescue, once again! And, once again, I want everything.

Jessica DurantSeriously. I wonder how much she charges. I need a logo…

5. I am not exaggerating when I say this last thing is a godsend. How many times have you (assuming you are a beauty enthusiast) wanted to try a new foundation, only to be faced with the fact that you have no idea which color to pick? Sometimes that’s not a problem, ie, when you are able to go into a store and try it on. But what if they don’t sell it at a store near you? Or what if you go into the store and no one is available to help you? (This happened to me. More than once.)

That’s where Findation comes in. Plug in the shades of the brands and specific foundations that you know you where, and it populates a list of what your shade would be in countless others. They have a huge array of brands and foundations listed. You’re sure to find something that you want on the list.

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In the interest of full disclosure, I have not yet tested how accurate it is, so don’t blame me if it’s not exactly right. But I’m pretty sure something came up on my list that I had tried on once, in the right shade.

I’m excited to test it out, though!

What do you think of my 5 things? What have you been loving lately?