Monthly Archives: September 2006

All Praise Her Glossiness

Herglossiness I’m not a lipgloss fanatic (I’ll leave that to the experts) but sometimes a nice lipgloss comes along and you just have to recognize for what it is, a good lipgloss. Benefit’s Her Glossiness is a sheer lipgloss that keeps lips soft while it adds shine. It contains jojoba oil so what it lacks in pigment, it tries to make up for in moisture. It’s not too thick and  sticky so your lips won’t feel like they’re being held together with glue. It’s also not too thin either, I could have sworn I felt like I was wearing lip balm at one point. You can skip the constant need to re-apply your gloss with this one… although you may want to because it smells like sweet peaches. I’ve been using this a lot under stains and I prefer this gloss to the one Pocket Pal comes with… this is much easier to spread around. Try pairing Life on the A List with Benetint for a soft glossy lip.

Lipstick That Acts Like a Gloss?

Let me tell you a little story… I made an appointment at Clinique two weeks ago have my makeup done. I did it all for the samples, I was lured in by the promise of two sample lip glosses and makeup remover. The overall experience was awful. I guess I have just been spoiled by every other counter that has ever applied makeup on me, but what I experienced was just odd.

Do you know how they applied makeup on me? With Q-tips, cotton balls and kleenex. I’m not sure why they couldn’t be bothered to use real brushes and maybe do something wild, like clean them between appointments, but the experience really dissapointed me. I expected to walk away ready for a night out but the execution was horrible. I tried to console myself with my lipstick, that was the only good part of that day. I’ll never forget how that woman took a kleenex and ran it over and over the eyeshadow to get enough product to apply it on me… with a Q-tip.

Cliniquelipstick Until I saw this product, I was beginning to understand why Clinique was known for skincare and not color. This lipstick is fantastic though, I’m starting to wish I had more of them. Clinique’s Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick contains shea butter so it’s very moist and keeps your lips soft. It also delivers an amazing shine. When the “makeup artist” gave me the mirror, I was stunned to see how much shine this lipstick gave me… I didn’t even need gloss on my lips. Of course, actually adding a gloss on top of this lipstick will only make your lips look hotter. If you’re looking for a sheer lipstick with a great shine, this lipstick is definitely worth trying. I picked up “Adore U” that day and went back for “De-Lovely” earlier today… now I’m trying to decide what’s next.

Illumination Bling

Since I’m on an Estee Lauder high, I might as well post about this product as well. I usually like to space these things out and mix it up a bit but what the hell. I have a very big soft spot for MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finishes so when I saw Estee Lauder’s Platinum Illuminator, I knew immediately that I wanted to try it.

Estee_platinum_illuminator This product is very different from the Azuree collection’s Face Highlighter. That product is a little tricky to work with because it’s very easy to put on too much product in one swoop and this product is the exact opposite… it takes some effort to over do an application. The trick is to use the right brush, I prefer to use a brush like this one. The product really grabs on the synthetic fibers in the brush and helps create a gorgeous glow. It’s not too dark and not too light, the color is just right and this can work on any skin tone. Since this product is also limited edition, I learned that you don’t want to take a powder or blush brush and work it over the surface, that just wastes product. My fingers are crossed that this product will one day be a permanent product.