Product Review: Sunday Riley Prismasilk Eye Color in Pot of Gold

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I own several of Sunday Riley’s Prismasilk Eye Colors and I use them almost daily—Sanders is my current favorite, and Moon Dust is a handy basic. I’ve recently been dipping into Pot of Gold, a golden shimmer.

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Product Review: ILIA Lipstick Crayon in Dress You Up

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ILIA Beauty’s newest product is a twist-up Lipstick Crayon with a semi-matte finish and a healthy formula that includes sesame oil, rose hip oil, papaya seed oil, and candelilla wax, among other natural ingrdients. I’ve been trying it in the shade Dress You Up, which ILIA describes in this way:

Our first true mauve that will suit most skin tones. This rose-berry hue is just enough color to take your lips from a day to night look.

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Product Review: Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-Ageing Primer

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To prime or not to prime? Many of my beauty-blogging friends, including Gaia at The Non-Blonde, insist that a base layer is necessary: it helps makeup to apply smoothly, keeps it color-true, and makes it last longer.

I like the general idea of primers, so I started trying them about six years ago, but I wasn’t happy with the results. My skin has some surface oiliness, so I never felt like the primers really adhered. Worse yet, most primers’ heavy doses of various silicones clogged my pores if I used them on any regular basis.

The happy exception to the above, and the only primer I’ve ever repurchased, is Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-Ageing Primer.

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Product Review: La Mer The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid

Oh, the sun. The summer sun. It’s here, and it’s not my friend. I wear facial sunblock all year ’round, but I’m especially diligent about applying it during the hottest months of the year. The problem, of course, is selecting a sunblock that effectively protects my fair/light skin, layers smoothly under makeup, doesn’t leave a white-ish cast, doesn’t clog my pores or create excess shine on my face, and isn’t too difficult to find when I need to buy a new bottle.

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Product Review: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Lovely Honey

There are so, so many beauty and fragrance and hair and skincare products on the market that no one can possibly keep track of them, much less write about all of them. I usually prefer to concentrate on recommending products that have pleased me, rather than complaining about products that have disappointed me, but this post will be one of my exceptions to that loose rule.

If you’ve been buying and wearing cosmetics any time between 1971 and now, you may have come across Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. One of the company’s best-selling products, it’s billed as a universally flattering sheer lip color. The Black Honey shade was always just a bit too “warm” for my skintone, but I admired its versatility for most wearers, not to mention its longevity.

Over the past year or so, cosmetics brands from Revlon to Chanel and back have released sheer lipstick lines. So when Clinique recently announced a launch of seven new “honey” shades of Almost Lipstick, inspired by the now-clasic Black Honey, I thought, good for them: they deserve a piece of the current sheer lipstick action, since they set the trend the first time around. Continue reading “Product Review: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Lovely Honey”

Product Review: Anjolie Ayurveda Lavender Hair Elixir

I don’t think I’ve mentioned hair yet on this blog. My own hair has been a challenge for most of my adult life. It’s fairly thick, but it grows in a strange mix of curly and wavy textures. I don’t color or straighten it, so it’s as natural as it can be, but it’s still prone to dryness.

I’m completely devoted to my stylist, who prevents any potential hair-chaos with long layers and careful shaping. Without him, I’d be a mess. On my own, I use gentle shampoo and conditioner and I blow-dry with a diffuser after applying a curly-hair styling cream. Sometimes, especially in cold, dry winter weather or humid summer weather, my hair still needs a little extra something. The challenge is adding moisture without weighing down my style. Continue reading “Product Review: Anjolie Ayurveda Lavender Hair Elixir”