April 2015 archive


girlyoudontneedmakeupIn a recent episode of Inside Amy Schumer, the red hot and hilarious Amy included a sketch featuring a pseudo-boy band telling her that “Girl You Don’t Need Makeup.” Check it out:

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The video is meant to poke fun at the disparity between what guys think they want, or tell women they want, versus what they really want. To demonstrate just how crazy this disparity is, Schumer has asked women to post makeup free photos on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #girlyoudontneedmakeup. Here’s mine:

#girlyoudontneedmakeup So true! #AmySchumer

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I appreciate Schumer’s point. That said, I have been asked out when I wasn’t wearing makeup. I usually run around all day with no makeup. True beauty comes from inside you, and from being confident, not from a tube or palette.

I was surprised by how many likes my Instagram got. Maybe its true. #girlyoudontneedmakeup


scent birdI just heard about a new discovery commerce site called Scentbird. As the name suggests, the service delivers designer perfume samples to your door every month. The samples are purse size; at 0.27 fl. oz., they are about the size of a rollerball. And the price is purse friendly as well: $14.95 per month.

You pick the perfume. Choose from more than 350 designer fragrances including Hermes, Gucci, Versace, Dolce & Gabanna, and Marc Jacobs. You can also ask Scentbird’s TruScent Recommender for suggestions, or find a match by searching according to occasion, brand, or my favorite criterion, your perfume personality.

The perfumes are decanted from the original bottles into Scentbird’s cute spray flask, as seen in the pic above.

Scentbird is the brainchild of Mariya Nurislamova, who understands the frustration of the “perfume graveyard,” the bottles of designer perfume collecting dust on dresser tops everywhere. See below for my stash of shame.

Yep, that's all of them.

Yep, that’s all of them.

In a press release, Nurislamova said, “The number one reason that women buy perfume is to find something new or different…Expensive perfume bottles that last for years just cannot keep up with a modern woman’s lifestyle.”

I have been wearing The Body Shop White Musk and Liz Claiborne for just about forever. As I am sure I have mentioned on here, I am very sensitive to fragrances used in products, so I am always reluctant to try new perfumes.

Do you like to try new perfumes, or do you have a so-called signature scent? Would you try Scentbird?

p.s. It makes a great gift for the perfume lover or mom in your life.










Product Review: Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Makeup

PF Argan Wear Blush

Physicians Formula Argan Wear blush

Physicians Formula just launched its Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Makeup collection, a blush, bronzer, and BB cream infused with, you guessed it, argan oil. The Argan Wear line also includes an illuminating argan oil, for those of you who like a little shimmer, and 100 percent pure argan oil, for your other beauty needs.

The company claims Argan Wear is the first mass market collection to contain argan oil, which is produced from a tree native to the North African country of Morocco. I thought my recent Florida vacation would be a great opportunity to try it out.*

Physicians Formula is known for its bronzers and blushes, and these did not disappoint! They went on smoothly and stayed in place, even in Florida’s heat and humidity. They also smell amazing! I love how the blush has a brighter color in the center of the compact, for a pop of color on the apples of your cheeks. The BB cream absorbed quickly, and flawlessly evened out my skin tone.

My only complaint is that the flecks of gold glitter on the surface of the compacts disappeared after a few uses. I am also just not a big fan of glitter.

Argan oil has definitely been gaining popularity in the beauty and skin care space. Its also great for your hair. Have you ever tried it?

* Products were sent to me for review, but opinions are my own.

Loving the new #ArganWear line from @physiciansformula. Thanks so much guys!

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Vacation 2015: Florida

Yummy crab cakes at Pinschers

Yummy crab cakes at Pinschers

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. After a particularly nasty winter, I needed to get out of here. So I just got back from Florida, where I spent a week with Mama Bear. My parents are big golfers, so they rent a condo there every April.

It was amazing! We had great weather, and for the first time in months, I can actually feel my toes.

Here are some highlights, as seen on my Instagram.

I don’t pack light:

When a beauty writer travels…#productoverload

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The view from my beach chair:

I can feel my toes!!! #annualdefrost

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No visit to Florida is complete with out a visit to Lilly. Check out the cute polishes:

#FindtheLilly Cute gift with purchase! #BuyMeLilly @lillypulitzer

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A reminder of home!

Look what I found here in Fla.! #fragrance #perfume #scentofhome @bondno9ny

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Snapped this beauty by the pool:

Pretty #hibiscus! @florida

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Well, I’m back now, and ready to blog! I have a few things in store over the next few weeks. I hope you like them!

Easter 2015: Purple

photo-69It’s Easter/Passover weekend, and one color that reminds me of Easter is purple: purple marshmallow Peeps, purple Easter eggs, and purple packaging on Easter candy. You get the idea. So I got out this Bobbi Brown palette and purple Lancome kohl eyeliner.

The palette is from the Lilac Rose collection that Bobbi Brown came out with a few years ago. It has enough shades of eye shadow to be flattering for everyone, and the colors are very soft. The collection was limited edition, but Tarte’s new Rainforest After Dark Eye and Cheek Palette looks close enough to me. You can also try the Monochrome or Exposure palette from Hourglass.

If you aren’t sure about the look, or just don’t want to spend too much, check out Revlon’s ColorStay 16-Hour Eye Shadow in Seductive or PhotoReady Primer, Shadow, and Sparkle in Watercolors.

The eyeliner is Lancome’s Le Crayon Kohl in Purple Dusk. I do not think this is the most flattering color on me, to be honest. Don’t get me wrong. I love Lancome kohl pencils, and have a few. They go on very smoothly and wear well. But I am fair and have blue-gray eyes, so I tend to wear blue, brown, and gray eyeliners. I think Purple Dusk is better for brown- or green-eyed girls, and olive skin tones.

If you want to try purple, Physicians Formula has Kajal eyeliner trios for green and brown eyes, and there is a purple shade in each.

Hoppy Easter everybun! #Easter2015 @bobbibrown @lancomeusa

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Hoppy Holiday Weekend, everyone! It’s officially a three-day weekend here Chez Fabulous Forever. Do you have any special plans?

And BTW, thanks for the love for my Artis Makeup Brushes post. Glad you liked it!

Artis Makeup Brushes

Artis Brush Oval 4

Artis Brush Oval 4

I just got a makeup brush from Artis, after I saw this writeup about the company in the Huffington Post.* Artis founder, makeup artist Matthew Waitesmith, believes in the importance of how products are applied. As he told HuffPost Style, “The same set of products can give a result that looks like a glamorous cover of a magazine or can make someone look like a circus clown.” And how you apply your makeup has as much to do with the brushes you use as it does with your technique.

I tried the Artis Elite Mirror Oval 4. According to the company, this brush is best used for applying eye shadow to the lid, applying concealer under the eyes, and highlighting the brow bone. I have used the brush to do my eye makeup, and it did a great job. It was easy to handle, because it is, I think, shaped like a dental instrument. I told a friend of mine it actually reminded me of a Reach toothbrush. Remember when those first came out? It also has rubber grip on the handle, which helps.

The fibers of the brush are the company’s trademarked CosmeFibre, which is created by machines. The structure of these fibers should allow for more consistent product application compared to animal hair, the company said in the insert that came with the brush. They are very soft, and did spread the eye shadow evenly.

Here’s the Instagram I took of my brush. And check out the box it came in. The areas where you should use the brush are circled on the model’s face. Pretty genius!

@artisbrush love my Oval 4 from the #EliteCollection #beautifulbrush

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I’m going out tonight, and I’ll use the brush to do my makeup using the Hard Candy palette!

Artis Elite Mirror Collection brushes are available online, and its new Fluenta Collection is available at NeimanMarcus.com and BergdorfGoodman.com.

And btw, the next brush collection from Artis is based on the curve and shape of the human finger! “The finger is the first tool an artist had to create, and it is pretty remarkable in its abilities,” Waitesmith, a former senior vice president at M.A.C., told HuffPost Style. “A tool should make something easier to do, not harder. And it’s time the makeup brush did the work.”

What makeup brushes do you love? Do you invest in good brushes? Let me know in the comments!

*The brush was sent to me for my review, but opinions are my own.