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What’s Your Everyday Look?

First off, I want to apologize for the lack of posts over the last few days. We experienced some technical difficulties with our publishing tool and it seems to be resolved now.

Until recently, I worked at home and didn’t put on my “full face” on a daily basis. Now I’ve been doing this for almost 2 months and I’ve settled on my go to products for my everyday look, a neutral look that I’m very happy with right now. Here’s what I’ve been wearing:

Foundation: Susan Posnick ColorFlo Foundation in M3
Blush: Jane Iredale PurePressed Blush in Barely Rose
Highlighter: Lorac Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder in Radiant
Eyes: Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara, MAC Cosmetics Paint Pots in Painterly, Mally Beauty Tribeca Taupe Smokey Eye Kit
Lips: Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Shy Pink

The best thing about this look is that it takes me just a few minutes to pull it together and I can easily jazz it up for a night out. It’s also very long lasting so I don’t have to touch up as often at work. Bonus!

So now I’m wondering, what are your everyday go to products? Bonus points for pictures of you in your look or of your makeup bag. You might just win something special from us. Leave some comments, de-lurk for the day.

Fall Fantasy

Now that I go into an office every day, I’ve become all about the palettes, it’s a great way to simplify your beauty routine with everything laid out right in front of you.

Stila's Fall Fantasy Palettes Enter Stila’s Fall Fantasy Palettes. Stila has done it again by releasing 3 color co-ordinated palettes in this fall’s hottest colors. The palette pictured here is Moss, which features sheer champagne, khaki shimmer green and dark green shimmer eyeshadows matched with a warm coppery brown blush. The Laguna and Madagascar palettes are equally beautiful. Laguna features sheer silver blue, electric blue-green shimmer and gunmetal silver shadows with a rosy pink blush. Then Madagascar has sheer peachy bronze, rich bronze and warm, dark brown eyeshadows with a rose gold blush. Each palette also comes with an uniquely colored agate necklace, which the stones are believed to have mystical powers. Mystical or not, the colors sure intrigued me. Snap them up before they’re gone, they’re limited edition.

A Royal Color

Brucci Nail Polish White nail polish has been declared by beauty mags everywhere as the chic alternative to last season’s dark vampy colors. I have been on a quest for the perfect color ever since I read the first blip in Glamour. I have tried just about every shade of white or pale pink across the spectrum, ranging from $2-$20 a bottle. Most of them were deemed unfavorable – they were too chalky, too white, too pink, too pearly, and almost all of them were too sheer. Luckily I found the perfect shade in Brucci’s Princess Di nail polish. Two coats deliver a very flattering, opaque color without any streaks. It looks so fresh on tanned toes. I am addicted to this color and trying to make the most of it before summer disappears.

100% Pure Clean

Shower time is all about getting clean – washing away the dirt and impurities of the day. Frankly, I’ll use just about anything that smells good in the shower but I came across a line of bath lotions, washes, scrubs and more that not only smell great but are 100% pure: no artificial colors, no synthetic fragrances or chemicals, no animal by-products or harsh detergents. In addition, they aren’t full of fillers, thickeners, or water. Aptly enough, the product line is called 100 Percent Pure.

100 Percent Pure Body Scrub With original scents ranging from Chocolate Mocha, Blood Orange, Vanilla Bean, Lavender, Coconut, Pineapple…I could go on and because there are 18 different ones…I had a hard time choosing one to try. I’m always on the lookout for a great Honey Almond scent, and when I saw theirs I was sold. I tried out the Organic Body Scrub and was delighted to find that I could actually pronounce every single ingredient, which includes: organic apricot oil and rosehip (to moisturize), vitamins C and E, organic lavender honey, extracts of grapefruit seed, almond, cranberry and pomegranate (which are anti-oxidants).

The body scrub works really well. The scrubbing particles had settled at the bottom of the jar, so I used my finger to mix it up with the essential oils. The scrub itself was nice, not abrasive and painful to my sensitive skin, but it definitely did the job. The oils coated my skin, so I was sure to rinse off really well, but didn’t leave it filmy. After toweling off, my skin felt hydrated enough to forgo body lotion, which was a nice surprise. I use the 100 Percent Pure body wash weekly and am already planning which scent I’ll try next.

Silky, Long Lasting Shadow

I’ve never given much thought to powder eye shadow. I know that some stay on longer than others, some have more pigment or create different effects but I really thought it was all kind of the same. Until now. I was poking around Macy’s, vaguely scanning the makeup counters for something new and different. I found it at Shiseido.

Shiseido's TheMakeup Eyeshadow Quad Among all the beachy, bronzey, summer shimmer looks at every other counter, Shiseido’s collection of sorta wacky, very dramatic colors drew me in. Throwing caution (and my usual selection of brownish nude tones) to the wind, I dove into a compact of The Makeup Silky Eye Shadow Quad called Flora and Fauna. The colors seemed unwearable: dark forest green, pale lime green, buttercup yellow and peachy pink. I grabbed an applicator and dug it right into the palette – kicking up the creamiest powder shadow ever! The formula is so incredibly silky that my usual stroke across the pan pulled up more color than I’d wear in a week.

I tapped off the excess and began to apply the yellow shade over my entire eyelid. I couldn’t stop sweeping the applicator over my eyelid – it felt so good! I slid the dark green into the crease, the peachy pink right above it and used the light green to highlight my brow bone. The effect was not at all dramatic, just very pretty and wearable. And wearable it was! The shadows did not budge. Not even a little. Throughout the day, I would swipe a finger across my eyelids just to marvel at the lasting silkiness.

The Makeup Silky Eye Shadow Quad’s summer and core collections are still in stores, but look for their fall collection to hit shelves any moment.

It's OK to Play in the Dark

Clinique's Play in the Darks Fall Collection Clinique’s new fall collection is titled “Play in the Darks” and it’s rich with color. This collection includes new and limited Colour Surge eyeshadow trios (which we love) in gorgeous colors, an assortment of mascaras for all your lash needs, cream eyeliner and best of all, new limited edition Almost Lipstick shades. You can see the entire collection here.

The eyeshadows are just beautiful. The trios include Black Truffle (Limited Edition), Crème Brulée (Limited Edition), Totally Neutral, Blushing Nude, Ebb and Flow and Come Heather. The Ebb and Flow and Come Heather trios are part of the violet family but all of these other trios are right up my alley.. gorgeous wearable shades that you can wear to work and mix to create a great evening look. You can find them all here.

Clinique's Almost Lipstick I was most excited about the Almost Lipstick part of this collection. It introduced new shades such as Black Raisin, Black Raspberry and Black Plum. I’ve been wearing Black Plum almost non-stop since I got it. Like many people, since this is a iconic beauty product, I love this product in Black Honey and I was very happy to see new shades in this collection. However, they won’t stick around so stock up on this while you can, that’s what I will be doing. smiley face

It’s OK to Play in the Dark

Clinique's Play in the Darks Fall Collection Clinique’s new fall collection is titled “Play in the Darks” and it’s rich with color. This collection includes new and limited Colour Surge eyeshadow trios (which we love) in gorgeous colors, an assortment of mascaras for all your lash needs, cream eyeliner and best of all, new limited edition Almost Lipstick shades. You can see the entire collection here.

The eyeshadows are just beautiful. The trios include Black Truffle (Limited Edition), Crème Brulée (Limited Edition), Totally Neutral, Blushing Nude, Ebb and Flow and Come Heather. The Ebb and Flow and Come Heather trios are part of the violet family but all of these other trios are right up my alley.. gorgeous wearable shades that you can wear to work and mix to create a great evening look. You can find them all here.

Clinique's Almost Lipstick I was most excited about the Almost Lipstick part of this collection. It introduced new shades such as Black Raisin, Black Raspberry and Black Plum. I’ve been wearing Black Plum almost non-stop since I got it. Like many people, since this is a iconic beauty product, I love this product in Black Honey and I was very happy to see new shades in this collection. However, they won’t stick around so stock up on this while you can, that’s what I will be doing. smiley face

A Good- for-You Glow

A month ago, I wrote about my discovery of and admiration for the Physician’s Formula brand of makeup. I tried and love their Mineral Wear Matte Finishing Veil. Now, I’ve tried and love their Powder Palette Multi-colored Blush.

Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-colored Blush The blush is a mosaic of colors, complementary hues that blend together to create a glowing wash of color with just a hint of shimmer. I tried Blushing Peach and used it as a finishing powder over the rest of my makeup. After swiping my blush brush across the pan of color, I tapped off the excess and then dusted it across my forehead, down the center of my nose, over the cheek bones and across my chin. The effect was subtle, yet slightly ethereal. It looked as though my skin had been air-brushed – how fabulous!

To see what other effect the blush could provide, I had a friend use the same shade to define her cheekbones. It took several passes over the palette and a couple of swipes under the cheekbones to build up enough color to make her cheekbones pop. But she said that despite the amount of blush used, it didn’t feel chalky or heavy on her face. And her skin looked luminous! Must be that fine Italian talc Physician’s Formula packed into the product.

In addition to the blush’s formula, I love the travel-friendly packaging. The slim compact of blush rests on a flip-top compartment that houses a mirror and a brush.

As with all of the Physician’s Formula products, the Powder Palette Multi-colored Blush is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, oil free, and dermatologist approved – perfect for every type of skin.

Introducing Arrojo Haircare

Everytime I watch TLC’s What Not to Wear, I come away with the same thought: I want Nick Arrojo to do my hair. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him do a head of hair that I did not like. Naturally, when the opportunity arose to try his new line of haircare products, it was a no brainer.

Arrojo Moisturizing Shampoo Arrojo’s Moisturizing Shampoo is my new favorite shampoo. It’s texture is a little on the thick side, which can make it a bit tough to distribute evenly. But once you do, it forms a really nice lather. It leaves my hair feeling incredibly soft, I almost felt the need to skip conditioner completely. Another thing I loved about this shampoo is how delicate the fragrance is, it won’t interfere with whatever perfume you decide to wear that day. It does smell really good though, it has a fresh red berry musk scent.

Arrojo Moisturizing Conditioner As for Arrojo’s Moisturizing Conditioner, I really liked this as well. The consistency had me wondering if this product would do the job but my doubts were quickly put to rest when I applied it to my hair. The consistency is almost that of hand creme but it does a terrific job of conditioning hair and complimenting the shampoo with the same soft scent. I loved that my hair wasn’t weighed down at all, it left it feeling soft and looking very polished. This is a conditioner you can use daily or once a week as a treatment.

Both products are safe for color treated hair and are formulated with anti-oxidants and essential minerals that binds moisture to the hair shaft. Best of all, these products are very comparably priced at $12 for the shampoo and $14 for conditioner. You can find these products online, Arrojo studio in SoHO or at Space NK in New York.

Lipstick Rave

This is not exactly a “new” product, but I just have to rave about this new lipstick I recently came across. It is by Smashbox, called Photo Finish Lipstick With Sila-Silk Technology. In layman’s terms, its a great lipstick. One of the few I felt the need to actually write and tell people about.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick This lipstick goes on perfectly and feels incredibly soft. It doesn’t sink into the creases and if your lips are a bit chapped or flaky, it just covers it nicely. Its very luxe and velvety feel along with a slight hint of fragrance that isn’t too over-powering. It has something called Sila-Silk technology in it which is suppossed to impart that “plush feel and full moist finish” to lips. Whatever it is called, it works. Lips feel great, smooth and the color lasts for a while. The color I am currently loving is called Elegant (sheer finish), which is a great nude color that looks good with a smoky eye. They have three finishes – a cream, sheer and shimmer one. It’s $22 and you can find it at smashbox.com.