Currently Obsessing Over

00_Kardashian_Clear_Cube_OrganizerI have been searching for the perfect makeup organizer for quite some time. I wanted one that can fit all of my makeup and still look presentable. When I came across the Sherrieblossom Icebox I instantly realized that I found the perfect organizer. It has the right amount of space with 6 tiers that include 5 wide drawers plus the top tier that comes with a lid. With the Icebox, you can organize your products in a variety of ways by using their removable and adjustable inserts. In addition, I love the simplistic and contemporary design that it offers.

The price is on the high side ($395) so it has to be a purchase that you absolutely want. Having said that, I guarantee that this is a piece that you will own for a very long time as long as you follow their instructions on how to clean and maintain it. This is definitely a purchase that I plan on making soon. Note that this item does always sell out so getting on a waiting list will be inevitable.

This vs That

s1395292-main-LheroI purchased the Yves Saint Lauren Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain (in 17 Encre Rose) back in the fall after trying it on in a local department store and being amazed by its staying power, pigmentation and moisture. My biggest pet peeve is having to constantly reapply my lip product when I am out at an event. This lip product has the best of both worlds: it glides on like a gloss but stays on like a lip stain. When first applying the lip color, it feels extremely lightweight and the final color does not come out until it fully melts into your lips (which I love!) Even better, it stays on your lips hours after applying it and is not sticky at all. To give my lips even more shine, I will sometimes add a coat of sheer pink gloss over top of it ( I use this.) I give this product an A+!

300A few months ago, L’Oreal came out with a lip product very similar to the YSL one; the L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain. Although I am not usually a big fan of drugstore lip products (again because of their lack of staying power), I decided to give this lip product a try as YSL and L’Oreal are the same company. When first applying the lip product, it feels as lightweight as the YSL product but a lot stickier. Luckily, after a few seconds, the stickiness goes away. This product is definitely not as pigmented or as long lasting as the YSL one and looks to me more like a tinted gloss than a stain. Lastly, it does dry out my lips a bit and needs a coat of chapstick once the color wears off. I give this product a C+/B-.

Final Judgement:  I cannot say enough great things about the YSL lip product and believe that it is worth the $34 price tag. I know that when I put on the YSL glossy stain, I do not need to worry about constantly reapplying it. With the L’Oreal shine stain you cannot expect much from it with a price tag of $9.99. This is a product that I would only wear casually during the day when I am not looking  to have much color on my lips and will not mind reapplying it frequently.

BeautyBlender

p228913-pkg-01-LheroI finally got around to purchasing my first beautyblender a few weeks ago (I actually bought these on ideeli.com) and am absolutely in love with it! I use it to put on my tinted moisturizer on days that I want more sheer coverage and to blend in my under eye concealer and highlighter. All I do is wet the beatyblender and squeeze out the excess water so that the sponge is damp, and push the product onto my face. Applying your tinted moisturizer/foundation with a damp beatyblender allows for a more flawless and dewy finish. I am hooked on this beauty tool and highly recommend it for all to try!

Flawlessly Tinted

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I cannot say enough great things about Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20. I started using this product three summers ago and haven’t put it down since. As I do not like to use foundation on a daily basis, I reach for this tinted moisturizer for its light weight formula/feel, its SPF and the perfect amount of light/medium coverage that it offers. It hydrates my skin leaving it feeling and looking healthy with a dewy glow. She also offers the tinted moisturizer in an oil free formula for all of you oily people (here).

I have tried many other tinted moisturizers and all of them leave my face feeling and looking dry. One tinted moisturizer that I was particularly excited to try was the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum. As soon as it came out last winter, I ran to the nearest Sephora store and immediately asked for a sample to try out at home prior to shelling out the money to purchase it. When I tried it on I was very disappointed with the results as it left my face looking dry and not nearly as flawless as with the Laura Mercier.

Moral of the story: Laura Mercier knows her tinted moisturizers. I even got my sister in law hooked on her.

The Necessary Tools

There are so many make-up brushes out there it’s hard to know which are the best. I have tried many brushes and seem to always go back to two lines; the Real Techniques brush set and the Bdellium Tools.

realtechniquestip1The Real Techniques brushes are designed by Samantha Chapman, a make up artist, also known as Pixiwoo ( Samantha and her sister, Nicola Haste, have a blog/youtube channel with amazing make up tutorials). Not only are their brushes easy to work with, but they are also extremely affordable with prices starting as low as $6. After trying many stippling brushes including MAC 187 Duo Fiber Face Brush and Laura Mercier Finishing Brush, I have noticed that the Real Techniques brush shown here allows for your tinted moisturizer to be evenly applied all over your face with just the right amount of coverage for every day use. I cannot express how much I absolutely love this brush.

bdellium toolsAnother brush line that I am currently loving is the Bdellium Tools line. I absolutely love their Precision Kabuki Airbrush Effect 957 brush and use it to put on foundation when I want more coverage. This brush buffs your foundation into your skin making it look amazingly flawless. This, similar to Real Techniques, is a very affordable brush line with prices ranging from $8 – $15 per brush.