Tuesday, August 14, 2012

At the Vanity - ABCs of great beauty products, part two

I stands for D&G L'Imperatrice perfume. I have difficulty describing this perfume, because every time I try to explain its scent, it comes out as, "It smells and feels like a fresh breeze." Because it really does. It's so unique and refreshing that it feels like a breeze grazing the skin. But saying that aloud generally raises some eyebrows from peers, so I'm just going to suggest that each person takes a quick sniff and comes to his or her own conclusion.

J stands for Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes. Simply put, these wipes smell heavenly. When I use these wipes in Sephora to take makeup off of a client's face, said client almost always remarks about how great these smell. I wouldn't mind having this airy, fruity scent hovering around my face for the day.

K stands for Kat Von D Painted Love lipstick in Adora. I've become disillusioned by the lack of novel colors and formulas for different lip products that have recently appeared on store shelves. Adora is a glaring exception to that lack. The color, which is like toned-down red aluminum foil, is lovely and adds a glistening sheen that other reds lack. The shade isn't too crazy as to be over-the-top or unwearable for every day, but it does stand out from the crowd. Christine from makeup blog Temptalia has a lovely swatch of the shade.

L stands for Living Proof's No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream. Living Proof, the company which has patented its innovative anti-frizz formulas as created by the MIT scientists that founded it, recently repackaged its styling cream - a balm that isn't too heavy, doesn't have a cloying scent and which leaves curls nicely primped without the dreaded frizz factor. The price point is a bit high, but this product does work.

M stands for Make Up For Ever's 12 Flash Color Case. This case consists of 12 different uber-pigmented cream colors that supply a generous supply of each hue with just a pinpoint of product. The colors can be easily mixed to create an even more expansive array of pigments, and these can be used anywhere on the body. I've been lusting after this kit for months. Gah, if only it wasn't a c-note.

N stands for Nars' blush in Orgasm. Behold the top-selling blush in the nation. This lovely shimmery peachy pink literally looks great on every skin tone. I've applied this blush to the cheeks of fair, fair girls all the way through to dark, dark girls...and every.single.person.wore.it.well. Though it has a cheeky name (no pun intended), this blush deserves its position in the number one spot. Though I love the original Orgasm for the powder blush, the Nars Illuminator in Super Orgasm, which is an even more shimmery pinker version of the original, is beautiful when layered atop Orgasm along the top of the cheekbone.

O stands for Oribe's Gold Pomade. Pomade that gives hair a metallic, otherworldly glisten and shine. If that doesn't sound enticing, then I'm at a loss as to what does.

P stands for Philosophy's Take a Deep Breath moisturizer. This lightweight gel moisturizer is perfect for normal, combination or oily skin, especially in the warm summer months, as it's not a thick cream that will clog pores or make the face shiny, but it is still very hydrating. It's like a cool breeze on the skin.

Q stands for Queen Helen's Mint Julep Masque. This drugstore mask has been a cult favorite for many, many years, as it's known as an overnight clear skin maker, proven to dry up any problem areas while delivering a minty tingle as it dries. This masque goes to show that wonder products aren't only found in department and specialty stores.

R stands for Stella McCartney's Rose Absolute perfume. I distinctly remember the first time I caught a whiff of this scent - I was flipping through a Sephora catalog and the rosy notes just struck a chord with me. I ripped out that sample scent strip and inhaled as if my life depended on it. Which is odd, because I usually do not like rose fragrances...at all. Alas, this perfume was discontinued a while ago, so I hold on to every last drop and only wear it on special occasions.

S stands for Smashbox's Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating foundation. Though this is a full coverage foundation, it looks fresh and natural on the skin, leaving no powdery cast or mask-like doll face effect. For this reason, the captain of the Beauty Studio at my Sephora loves to use this on brides, plus it photographs beautifully. It's great for combination and oily skin, as there is never a sheen left on the skin. Love, love, love.

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