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So, I’ve never been a huge fragrance girl but I guess you can say things have changed. For the previous 10 years, the only real perfume on my shelf has been via Jenny from the Block–and others through previous internships or badly gifted afterthoughts. To break through this fairly embarrassing blip of beauty bounty, I’ve cruised through Bloomies, Macys and Sephoras across the East and West Sides, searching for a signature scent. Sure, I snagged a few notes. Even wrote down a few leads. From Gucci to Juicy, Vera to Viktor, I’ve braved over-consumption and pit-bull counter girls, though my pockets still came out empty. But then, I met Lola.
From the shape of the bottle, to the layered notes of grapefruit, pear and peony, the love for this rich, floral fragrance is barely new, yet at first spritz I was still left unconvinced. Lola comes out a bit strong, but with a name like that–you kinda have to. Once it settles, the notes really come alive, with the scent practically melting into my skin. It took me a few sniffs to really get accustomed to this layered scent, but once I did, it was magic.
Discover Marc Jacobs Lola at LolaMarcJacobs.com ($68)
What are your latest fragrance obsessions?
One of my recent drugstore finds is from CoverGirl as they rolled out their latest liner, the Liquiline Blast. A double-sided pencil that includes a creamy liner and a rubbery tapered tip, it’s meant for close-lid application with the option to smudge, smoke and glide for an unexpected pop of color. While the line includes both trusty stand-by shades of black and brown, they also have some fun options including a jewel-toned purple and a royal-blue hue. Just eyeing the pencil from the package, I thought it would be a great way to utilize color and quickly snatched up the blue option (CG’s Liquiline in Blue Boom).
Upon application, I found that the pencil went on smoothly, packing a hefty amount of pigment which looked unbelievably gorge considering the color. Because the finish was so creamy, I didn’t even need the tapered end to smudge, and could easily disperse the color with the tip of my finger. I envisioned this as a great compliment to a layered look, or pairing with a black liner for a two-toned effect (–a black lined rim with the blue to follow above the lash-line).
My complaints? Not many for the price-point, however I would have loved for a little more hold as the uber creamy base made smudging almost inevitable (a primer or setting powder is a must!). All in all I thought it was a pretty great find, and can’t wait to wear it out for a night on the town.
Check out CoverGirl’s Liquiline Blast at drugstores ($8).
What’s your favorite pick for jewel-toned liners?
So, I think I fell in love guys. It happened late night on a Saturday or two. The music was bumpin and the heels–sky high. It was instant, it was fate–it was mauve. YES ladies, I’ve found my latest lip fascination and it is ev.ry.thing.
So let me dish. I’m often a fan of the lip-pencil for color, because it offers that same pigmented pop but delivers both precision and control (–which is great for annoying-perfectionists like myself). So when I met this number from Tarte, I was instantly piqued, and couldn’t keep my grubby digits away from testing the palette.
Tarte’s LipSurgence is a natural matte lip stain that offers a range of hues, all of which are adaptable, while still being a bit punchy and fun. While the finish is matte, it’s extremely moisturizing, as it contains both jojoba and peppermint oils, along with Vitamin C and E (which is uber-hydrating). The texture is smooth and creamy, but isn’t overly glossy or tacky giving it prime staying power–which is a MUST for me when choosing a lip color. The color I have my eye on–Envy, go figure!
Find out more about Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Stain at Sephora.com ($24).
Are you into lip-pencils? What are your favorite picks?
I’ve actually heard of Chanel’s Paradoxal before seeing the actual bottle. Deliciously complex, and buildable, Paradoxal is a great approach to Fall color. A rich purple with muddled grey undertones, the depth in color lends itself to both those of ebony and alabaster without looking harsh or out of place. Similar to that of other Chanel polishes, the formula practically glides on, and works best with buffed beds + slick topcoat.
Snag your own bottle of Chanel Paradoxal at SaksFifthAvenue.com. ($23)
Do you switch your polish palette? What seasonal hues are you eyeing for Fall?
It’s fashion’s biggest night and the question on everyone’s mind is — where are you going to be for FNO? Check me out on Twitter to catch me in action, and tweet me your favorite picks for tonight’s hot spots!
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Where are you going to be for FNO?
Confession: I’m kind of a lash-whore. While there are greater fates, finding a fab lash for a prime price is hard to score. Of course, there’s the extension plan that makes up for its cost by utter fabulousity and long lasting wear–or perhaps, the prescription find with weird side-effects, and of course, the trustful standby of the lengthening, strengthening mascara. Pros and cons aside, the fringe-fix I’m obsessing over has to be the ever-popular lash booster, and nothing comes close but Talika’s Eyelash Lipocils.
Semi-permanent and easy to wear, I’ve been singing its praises ever since first use. It’s packaged similar to that of a regular mascara, and holds no tint, odor or weight, which is perfect for adding to your daily regimen. I prefer to apply it before bed, and after a regular use have seen a difference in my lashes in regards to length, and fall out in about a week.
Want to see a change in your lashes? Check out Talika’s Eyelash Lipocils on Sephora.com. ($40)
What are your cosmetic obsessions?