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Product Review: Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eye Primer Potion

Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Eye shadow primer is a must for making your eye shadow last, and preventing creasing. A long time beauty editor fave is Urban Decay’s Eye Primer Potion, so on a recent Sephora run, I picked up the anti-aging formula.* I did not even know Urban Decay had an anti-aging eye shadow primer, but there it was, calling my name.

Urban Decay’s Eye Primer Potions recently underwent a relaunch and a reimagining of the packaging. The new tube comes in ombre purple, which is Urban Decay’s signature color. It also has a pretty faux-jewel cap. And the new flocked wand makes for easy application. BTW, a flocked wand kind of looks like a lip gloss applicator except the end is at an angle to better reach across the entire eyelid. Who knew?

The anti-aging formula has pigments that diffuse light to hide imperfections and what the company describes in press materials as anti-aging ingredients to prevent and repair the signs of aging. According to the company, in an 8-week clinical trial, 100 percent of participants had a noticeable improvement in the appearance of fine lines.

I love this stuff. It smooths out the surface of the lid, so eye shadow goes on evenly. My eye makeup looks like I just applied it, even at the end of a (very) long day.

Do you use an eye shadow primer? If so, have you tried any of the Urban Decay Eye Primer Potions? Let me know in the comments!

*I purchased the Eye Primer Potion at a Sephora near me. Opinions are my own.

Winter 2015: The Blues

The other day, I came across some pretty blue-rimmed plates my grandma gave me. So I was inspired to do a post dedicated to blue makeup. Specifically, blue eye shadow, nail polish, and eyeliner. And I threw in some pearls from my other grandmother and a pink lipstick for good measure.

#winterblues @essiepolish

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I am not usually a fan of blue nail polish, but this color by Essie is called Aruba Blue, and I need me some Aruba right now in the worst way. I am officially over winter.

I tend to gravitate towards blue eyeliner and shadow, because I have blue eyes. I know brown is supposed to make blue eyes pop, but I like blue. However, I wear brown a lot too.

The navy shadow is a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Sapphire. It is no longer available, but Rich Navy seems pretty close. The other shadow is from a collaboration M.A.C. did a few years ago with a Chinese photographer named Chen Man. It is called Love Cycle. The Isabel and Ruben Toledo for M.A.C. ‘Moodyblu’ x 6 palette seems like a pretty good match.

The eyeliners are M.A.C. Eye Kohl pencil in Blooz, M.A.C. Technakohl Liner in Practice Makes Perfect, and Stila ‘Sparkle’ Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Curacao. BTW, Practice Makes Perfect is from M.A.C.’s Holiday 2011 collection called Glitter and Ice. I got to interview the face of that collection, Olympian and fashion/skating commentator Johnny Weir. Very nice guy, and a total walking sound bite. Take the Plunge seems like the best dupe for Practice Makes Perfect.

The lipstick is also from M.A.C.’s collaboration with Chen Man. It’s called Force of Love. Try M.A.C.’s cult fave, Candy Yum Yum for a similar pop of pink.

What colors are inspiring you right now? Do you always reach for similar colors or do you like to experiment?


Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind

I love 1930s to 1960s vintage anything. As a matter of fact, I have a Pinterest board dedicated to vintage beauty. So when I read about the launch of a makeup line called Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind, I had to try it. And I wasn’t disappointed. It’s really beautiful!

I have the Blush and Brighten Face Palette in Blossom and Poppy, the Velvet Lip Crayon in Candy Coral, the Sparkling Lip Gloss in Pink Sequin and Papaya, the Brighten and Define Eye Shadow Palette in Lace and Caviar, and the Superglam Mascara in Onyx.* Check out my Instagram flat lay.

Flat lay fabulousness! Thank you @vintagecosmetics! #allthepretty

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I wore the eye shadow, blush, and Pink Sequin lip gloss to a party the other night, and it looked great! The eye makeup and blush definitely had staying power. About the colors in the blush palette: Blossom is a dusty pink to help define your cheekbones and Poppy is a brighter pink that adds a pop of color to the apples of your cheeks. It reminds me of Charlotte Tilbury’s Swish & Pop blushes. I only wish the eye shadow palette had a third shade, somewhere in between the white and black, to define the crease.

I also got three makeup brushes by Jenny Patinkin: the Kitten Paw Multi Brush, the Flat/Fluffy Cheek Brush, and the Pinpoint Liner Brush. The PR ladies said in an e-mail these were the softest brushes they’d ever tried, and they were right! I used the brushes to apply my makeup for the party. They let me apply my makeup evenly and blend it without any harsh lines.

Her first flat lay, by Kenner! Thanks @jennypatinkin! Love these brushes!

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I had never heard of Jessica Liebeskind before. Then I checked out her bio. The most interesting thing about Jessica, I think, is that not only is she a makeup artist, but she also helped develop products for Estee Lauder and Bobbi Brown. Jessica helped Bobbi develop her signature Shimmer Brick compacts, which are gorgeous. Jessica considers Bobbi her mentor. Very cool.

Jessica Liebeskind

Jessica Liebeskind

You can buy Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind makeup at and Jenny Patinkin brushes from and Think you’ll check them out? Does vintage glam ever inspire your look? And not for nothing, but my Vintage Gorgeousness Pinterest board has just four sad little pins! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

* The makeup and brushes were sent to me for review, but the opinions are my own.



Beautycounter Countertime

Beautycounter Countertime collection

Beautycounter Countertime collection

Back in December, a nice lady named Melissa e-mailed me. She is a rep for a natural skin care and makeup brand called Beautycounter. She offered to let me try some products from the brand’s Countertime collection.  Of course I took her up on it. You know me and products.

She sent me the Soothing Face Wash, Radiance Firming Complex, Uplifting Day Cream, Restorative Night Cream, and the Vibrant Eye Protector. My skin looked great! It was skin soft and smooth, and the appearance of my pores was minimal.

I’m a little on the fence about the scent, though. Since the products are formulated using all natural ingredients, they have a heady floral scent. Kind of old-ladyish, like your Aunt Truvy.

Melissa also threw in a Lustro Face Oil 2, which contains jasmine oil. This oil is supposed to boost the appearance of elasticity, so it is good for dry and mature skin. It moisturized my skin without feeling too heavy, which can be the problem with face oils. My skin is not particularly dry, so an oil can leave it feeling too greasy. This one was just moisturizing enough.

However, it also has a distinctive floral scent. But maybe that’s just me. I’m very sensitive to smells, and tend to go for earthier, nutty fragrances. Or maybe you just like the way your Aunt Truvy smells. The Beautycounter packaging is gorgeous, though. It reminds me of the packaging used by prestige brands.

For the uninitiated, Beautycounter was founded by Gregg Renfrew in 2013. The company is dedicated to developing and making available to everyone safe, natural skin care and cosmetics. “Our timing is right. The message has resonated with people. People understand how committed we are to safety and education,” Renfrew told WWD last year. “We are an information-first, product-second company.”

The brand launched Countertime last March. Just don’t call it “anti-aging.” The company’s mission is to empower and support women, so the term has been banned from Beautycounter’s Santa Monica, CA offices. Makeup artist Christy Coleman, head of creative design at Beautycounter, told WWD, “We are focused on aging graciously and in a positive way. Women can look amazing for a long period of time, and we are about preserving what’s there for a long time. We are all going to grow old, but we should feel good about it.” Amen, sister.

Instead of the usual anti-aging ingredients such as hydroquinone and retinyl palmitate, Countertime relies on extracts from the Spilanthes acmella flower, marine algae, lentil seed, Arctium lappa root, and Boerhavia diffusa root to fend off Father Time.

Countertime products will set you back between $40 and $75 a pop, and are available exclusively through the company’s web site and local sales representatives. Beautycounter has also consciously coupled with Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, and occasionally does pop-up shops.

Are you concerned about the ingredients in your skin care routine? Think you’ll check out Beautycounter?



NARS Eye-Opening Act Collection

Happy New Year! Let’s get down to business. The latest collection from NARS, called Eye-Opening Act, debuts at Nordstrom today. Judging from the press pics the NARSissist sent me, its gorgeous! The new St. Lucia Illuminating Multiple will catch the light and give cheeks a pop of color.

NARS St. Lucia Illuminating Multiple

NARS St. Lucia Illuminating Multiple

I have blue eyes, so I love the Yeux Irresistible Eye Shadow Palette.

NARS Yeux Irresistible Eye Shadow Palette

NARS Yeux Irresistible Eye Shadow Palette

But girls with hazel or green eyes may like the Inoubliable Coup d’Oeil Eye Shadow Palette.

NARS Inoubliable Coup d'Oeil Eye Shadow Palette

NARS Inoubliable Coup d’Oeil Eye Shadow Palette

The collection features NARS’ new Matte Velvet Shadow Sticks in black, brown, blue, purple, and gray.

And this marks the first of three spring 2015 campaigns that feature the over-50 and fabulous Tilda Swinton!

NARS Eye-Opening Act with Tilda Swinton

NARS Eye-Opening Act with Tilda Swinton

The NARS Eye-Opening Act Collection is available exclusively at Nordstrom for now, but will launch at NARS boutiques and on March 15.



Sarah Loves Makeup

Sarah of Sarah Loves Makeup

Sarah of Sarah Loves Makeup

I want to start a series on here that spotlights bloggers I love. First up: the lovely Sarah, over on Sarah Loves Makeup. What I love about Sarah and her blog is that she posts regularly, unlike (ahem!) yours truly (cough!). She shares the names of her favorites and pics of her latest hauls to inspire you as you plan a beauty supply run. Whether you splurge on prestige makeup and skin care or stick with drug store staples, Sarah gives you options. She also has some great style ideas, too, if your wardrobe needs an update.

Sarah was kind enough to take time from her law school studies to answer a few questions for me via e-mail.

When did you first become beauty obsessed?

I don’t remember at what age I became obsessed with beauty. I think somewhere between 6th and 7th grade. For as far back as I can remember, though, I was always enamored with my mother’s Estee Lauder and Lancome cosmetics collections.

What are your earliest beauty-related memories?

The most vivid memory I have is going to the Bobbi Brown counter and picking out the ‘Rose Sugar’ lip gloss (back in the day when Bobbi’s glosses were considerably smaller, and had a brush, rather than a doe-foot, applicator). I must have gone through four or five tubes of that stuff! Speaking of which, I think I need to pick this shade up for old-times sake!Who are your beauty idols?

My beauty idols would have to be Bobbi Brown, because I used to want to be her (seriously, I wanted to go to Emerson College, because that’s where she went), and because I adore her natural approach to beauty. And Charlotte Tilbury, because she is the queen of the smokey eye, and has created some of the most gorgeous makeup looks I have ever laid my eyes on!What are your top 5 beauty must-haves?

My five beauty must-haves:

1. Glossier Skin Tint: This is new, but I am already completely obsessed with this light, glowy skin tone perfecting product

2. Eyelash curlers: I curl my eyelashes even when I don’t apply mascara

3. Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara: It adds volume and length while still looking natural

4. L’Oreal Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner: This eyeliner close to the upper lash-line thickens the lash line, and just looks really pretty

5. Le Metier de Beaute Cheek and Lip Tint: It adds natural color and glow, and really works on both lips and cheeks!

Thank you, Sarah, for taking the time to help a fellow beauty blogger out! And good luck on your law school finals!

Do you have a favorite blogger you follow? Let me know in the comments if there is anyone you think I should feature!

Charlotte Tilbury: Coming to America!

Charlotte Tilbury official

Charlotte Tilbury

I have posted about British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury before, and shared this cute video of her making up her mom and providing makeup tips for older women. So I’d be remiss if I didn’t let you know that Charlotte’s eponymous 100-piece makeup and skincare line is now available in the U.S.! You can buy it online at Nordstrom, Beautylish, and Net-a-Porter. You can also go to Charlotte’s new U.S. site. A company spokeswoman told me it should start hitting counters in early October.

Have any of you tried Charlotte’s line? If not, will you try it?