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Top Five Thursdays – Bare Escentuals Glimmers

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on July 1, 2010

Happy Thursday!  Just one more day until the weekend.  Thursdays at AnotherBeautyBlog.com are Top Five Thursdays.  Every week I’m going to put up a top five list of my favorite beauty products, cosmetics lines, skin care products, eye shadow colors…you get the picture.  These lists are based on my own humble opinion based on my experiences trying tons and tons of beauty products over the years.  So here we go!  I present my Top Five Bare Escentuals Glimmers Eye Shadows.

1.  Nude Beach – This is without a doubt my quintessential neutral eye color.  It is so versitile and can be used as a base for so many looks.  The official description of Nude Beach is that it is a “light warm sand” and that description sums it up quite well but I would probably throw the word “champagne” in there too.  The beigey-brown shade serves to simply enhance your natural color.  Use it as a base to create a natural smoky eye with another shade of brown.  Apply it wet to get a more frosty look.  Given that this is a Glimmer, it has just the right amount of shimmer to it to be eye-catching.  Nude Beach is one of Bare Escentuals m0st popular eye colors.  So popular in fact that they sometimes offer Nude Beach is a special giant size container.

2.  Soul Sister –  Purple is one of those eye shadow colors that works no matter what your eye color is.  It always seems to make your eyes pop.  Soul Sister is a gorgeous purple that makes my blue eyes look bluer than I’ve ever seen.  Officially described as a “lilac silk,” I actually think this would fall a little more into the grape or plum category.  It’s not a scary, clownish purple, but it is a little darker than lilac.  I love love love using this as the crease color for a smoky eye when paired with a gray tone.  Applied wet, Soul Sister is a gorgeous metallic plum.

3.  Soiree –  A shade that may or may not have been Soiree is actually what got me into Bare Escentuals.  Let me explain.  Years ago when I was in high school I was cruising around AOL (hey, it was the mid 90s!) and came across Bare Escentuals.  They were giving out free samples of something.  It didn’t say what, just that they would send out a free sample.  So of course I requested one.  A few weeks later I received a full size shadow pot with a scary looking dark green powder (note that this is way before Bare Escentuals was as well known as it is today, before the days of blogs, and before stores like Ulta and Sephora had popped up everywhere so I didn’t know what the shade was).  There wasn’t a label on it so I wasn’t sure what the name of the shade even was.  Truthfully, had I not been sent this dark green shadow it probably would have been years before I would have been adventurous enough to give it a try.  I lightly brushed this Oscar the Grouch like color on my eyes and quickly fell in love.  The green was so sheer that any scariness had been brushed away.  It was gorgeous.  The day I wore it I received six compliments about the shade.  It was because of that experience that my obsession with Bare Escentuals began.  Since the sample didn’t have a name on it, I’ve had to compare shades to try and find which one I had received.  Soiree is as close as it gets.  Officially described as a “golden spruce,” it definately has a subtle golden shimmer to it, but applied I think this is more of an olive color than a spruce.

4.  Liberty – If you ask me, blue eye shadow seems to have the largest color spectrum, and thus offers the most opportunities to go wrong.  You can go from 1980s frosted blue to a navy so dark that you look like you have a black eye.  So you have to take the time to look for the middle ground and find that perfect shade of blue.  Liberty is one of my all time favorite blue eye shadows.  Officially described as a “medium blue” it is just that.  It is a medium blue with hints of gray.  It has a silver shimmer to it.  I usually combine this with a silver shadow like Platinum.  Funny story about Liberty – Back in the day, my sister actually stole my container of Liberty.  She of course denied it and wouldn’t give it back so I took the tv from her room and hid it in the garage until she gave it back.

5.  Drama – Another brown on this list!?!?  I always make fun of my BFF because about 90% of her wardrobe is brown so I’m sure she would get on my case about having two shades of brown out of five.  Drama actually became a Nude Beach substitute for me after I accidentally dropped my Nude Beach into the toilet.  I went to Ulta and of course Nude Beach was sold out.  So I decided to give Drama a try.  Drama is officially described as a “golden brown” and I think that is totally generic.  Depending on the lighting, Drama is seen as a taupe, a dark brown, or a smokey gray.  Layered with other colors, Drama creates amazing depth.  If you want to create a brown smokey eye, definately reach of Drama.  You will receive tons of compliments.

So there you have it, my top five Bare Escentuals Glimmers Eye Shadows at the moment.  What do you think?  Did I leave out your favorite longwear Bare Minerals Glimmers?  Do you hate one of my top fives?  Got an idea for the next Top Five Thursday?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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Top Five Thursdays – Top Five Longwear Lip Color / Lip Stains

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on June 24, 2010

Happy Thursday!  Just one more day until the weekend.  Thursdays at AnotherBeautyBlog.com are Top Five Thursdays.  Every week I’m going to put up a top five list of my favorite beauty products, cosmetics lines, skin care products, eye shadow colors…you get the picture.  These lists are based on my own humble opinion based on my experiences trying tons and tons of beauty products over the years.  So here we go!  I present my Top Five Longwear Lip Color / Lip Stains.

1.  MAC Pro Longwear Lip Colour – This has been my go-to longwear lip color for as long as I can remember.  As with every MAC product, it’s packed full of pigment and has tremendous staying power.  I have never had to reapply the lip color when I’ve used this product.   The lip colour comes with a clear gloss on the other end of the stick.  Slick it on to give your lips some shine and to add some moisture.  The lip colour itself is a little drying, so keep either the clear gloss or some sort of lip balm handy.  This also comes in a lustre version (instead of the clear gloss at the opposite end of the stick, a sparkly lustre gloss has taken its place).  MAC Pro Longwear Lip Colour is available in a wide range of colors so there is something for every skin tone.  Retail Price:  $21.  Added Bonus:  You can find these at The Cosmetic Company Store at many outlet malls across the country at a great price (including Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora for my Chicago girls).

2.  Pixi Lip Blush – This is the only magic marker-esque lip stain on my list.  It is the only one I have tried that can compete with liquid colors.  Applied it has such a light and airy feeling.  It lasts all day.  No need for a touch up, although some Chapstick may be needed.  The only downside is that Pixi Lip Blush is only available in four colors, but the range of colors is wide enough that the colors are not similar to each other and everyone should be able to find one shade that they enjoy.  Retail Price:  $18.  Added Bonus:  It’s available at Target!  Almost everyone has a Target near them.

3.  LORAC Co-Stars – Remember years ago when everyone was obsessed with those adorable little bottles of LORAC lip polishes?  I was so on that bandwagon.  Good thing because being on that bandwagon lead me to play around with other LORAC products including Co-Stars.  Like the MAC Pro Longwear Lip Colour, this is a double-ended lip stain with the lip color on one end and a shiney top coat on the other.  The color is long-lasting and looks natural.  Like the Pixi Lip Blush, the downside is that this product is only available in five shades.  Retail Price:  $20.  Added Bonus: I can’t think of one…sorry.

4.  Laura Geller Lip Stay – I don’t want to sound repetitive, but the Laura Geller Lip Stay is very similar to the Mac Pro Longwear and LORAC Co-Stars.  Double-ended lip color with a shine top coat on one end.  Long-lasting with nice neutral colors.  Lip Stay is available in six colors, but they are all pretty neutral colors.  If you’re looking for a bright bold color with some pop you’ll have to look elsewhere.  Retail Price: $13 – $14.50 (depending on where you buy it).  Added Bonus:  It’s one of the cheaper non-drugstore brand longwear lip colors out there.

5.  Tarte Rise & Shine Plumping Lip Stain – Tarte is well known for their fabulous Cheek Stains, but a lot of their other products are often overlooked.  I think the Rise & Shine Plumping Lip Stain is one of those overlooked products because when I’ve mentioned it to others no one has ever known what I was talking about.  Here we have another double ended product.  But here’s what makes this duo unique.  Unlike the other double ended products featured in this post, this one does not have your run of the mill clear shiny top coat gloss.  No siree, this one has a complimenting tinted lip gloss on the opposite end of the lip color.  Available in six fun shades, including both bright, bold colors and neutral, natural colors.  Retail Price:  $21.  Added Bonus:  Obviously the matching tinted lip gloss!

A couple of tips on using longwear lip colors / lip stains.  First, lip stains tend to show all of the flaws that your lips may have.  I do not recommend using lip stains on dry or flakey lips because it will only accentuate those issues.  Second, lip stains are designed to sink into your lips.  As a result, bleeding outside of the lip line can occur.  My advice is to pay attention when you’re applying the lip stain and don’t just slather it on like you might with a normal lipgloss.  Lipliners also help.  Third, always let the lip color dry completely before putting a top coat on it.  If you don’t, it may change the texture of the lip stain.  Lastly, don’t smack your lips together after you apply the lip color.  Just put it on and let it be.  No smacking, no blotting, just let it dry.

So there you have it, my top five longwear lip color / lip stains at the moment.  What do you think?  Did I leave out your favorite longwear lip color / lip stain?  Do you hate one of my top fives?  Got an idea for the next Top Five Thursday?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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Top Five Thursdays – Top Five Mascaras

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on June 17, 2010

Happy Thursday!  Just one more day until the weekend.  Thursdays at AnotherBeautyBlog.com are Top Five Thursdays.  Every week I’m going to put up a top five list of my favorite beauty products, cosmetics lines, skin care products, eye shadow colors…you get the picture.  These lists are based on my own humble opinion based on my experiences trying tons and tons of beauty products over the years.  So here we go!  I present my Top Five Mascaras.

1.  Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! – This has been my go-to mascara for at least six years.  This 4-in-1 mascara has been referred to as a “push-up bra for lashes” thanks to its ability to lengthen, curl, volumize, and condition.  No other mascara that I’ve tried has been able to give me such dark, full, and sexy lashes.  It also makes it look like I’m wearing mascara.  Added bonus:  all natural ingredients.

2.  Dior DiorShow – Often touted as the holy grail amongst beauty addicts, every make-up obsessed gal has this weapon in her beauty arsenal.  This mascara lengthens, separates, and voluminizes every lash.  It’s the closest thing to false eyelashes that I have ever tried.  Added bonus:  available in three colors (black, brown, blue).

3.  Bare Escentuals Buxom Mascara – The first thing that caught my attention with this mascara is the brush.  It looks like a catepillar…it’s long, thin, and has lots of little “legs”.  Buxom promises to volumize lashes up to 300% and boy does it deliver.  My lashes look so much longer and fuller with just one coat of Buxom.  It lasts all day with no clumping or flaking.  Added bonus:  all natural ingredients.

4.  Lancome Definicils – The thinner brush in this mascara helps to evenly distribute clump free mascara.  My lashes are very defined whenever I use this mascara.  One minor problem is that sometimes this mascara goes on a little wet.  Couple that with the fact that this mascara is definately a lengthening product and the result is sometimes the wet lashes hit my skin and leave little marks.  Not that big of a deal, just make sure you let your lashes dry before you open your eyes wide.  Added bonus: available if five shades (two blacks, two browns, blue).

5.  Too Faced Lash Injection – Truthfully, I may not have tried this mascara had it not been for a sample that I received at Sephora.  When you hear “Lash Injection” you may be thinking that you’re going to get overly dark, dramatic, sexy eyes.  You would be wrong.  The look you’re left with is a very natural look.  The black shade is not extremely dark.  Your lashes do get lenghtened and are extremely defined, but it’s not a vixeny look.  It is clump-free, flake-free mascara that even withstood a dip in the pool.  Added bonus: the mascara forms little tubes around each eyelash that you can actually see when you take the mascara off.

So there you have it, my top five mascaras at the moment.  What do you think?  Did I leave out your favorite mascara?  Do you hate one of my top fives?  Got an idea for the next Top Five Thursday?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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