Sunday, September 30, 2012

Think We're Getting Maui'ed...

Just got back from a location scouting trip to Maui, and I am going through some serious beach withdrawals.  At least I know if all goes well, I'll be back on that beautiful island in a year for my wedding.  And at least I'll always have my pictures when I start to miss this view:
Beaches call for a truly tailored makeup routine, given the sweatiness and saltiness of it all.  I lived in 2 coats of mascara, gloss and the occassional sweep of bronzer the entire 8 days I was in Hawaii.  I snapped this picture for my Instagram (@gloss_e) and was asked what lip color I was wearing - it's Buxom lipgloss in Sugar.  This is my fool-proof go-to gloss - it looks great ANYwhere you wear it.  From the Beach to the Ballroom, it just works.
Because I'm going through my beach withdrawals, I spent the entire afternoon trying to recreate this look and recapture that vacation feeling with three new gloses that are included in Sephora's "Give Me Some Lip" collection (which is back in stock!!).   I played with:
- Bite Beauty Lip Shine in Vintage (sheer mauve)
- Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Baby Doll (soft pink shimmer)
- Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in Hope (warm rose)

This Bite Beauty Lip Shine had a faint cherry Starburst smell when I first applied it to my lips - I loved it!  It's a slight shade darker than my natural lipcolor, and had a nice shine to it.

Laura Mercier's Lip Glace in Baby Doll had more sparkles than the Bite gloss, so it looks more shiny in pictures.

The Tarte LipSurgence color is matte - I'm a gloss girl, but this formula would probably be fabulous on a windy beach.  It has great staying-power and hasn't dried my lips out yet.  I've had it on for four hours, and that's usually enough time for my lips to acheieve Sahara Staus.

Sad to say this little exercise didn't help me feel like I was in Maui again, but I was psyched to finally dig into this box.  It's been sitting on my bathroom counter tormeting me with its pretty shiny packaging.  Was definitley worth the wait, and I'm looking forward to trying out the rest of the lippies.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

My Latest From Sephora

Two of my most recent (and most coveted!) Sephora purchases are pictured here.  I'm so excited to dive into their latest Give Me Some Lip collection.  Sephora, Bite, Laura Mercier, Hourglass, Tarte AND Fresh all in one package?!  Give me some lip NOW!  I've been dying to experiment with some of these brands, and love the ones that I've already tried.  Given my addict status, I'm super proud of myself for holding out on opening all of these, but I have one too many Buxom glosses to finish up :)

The other product I'm featuring in this post (in the first picture, with my doggy brother, Hercules :) is Korres' Volcanic Minerals Mascara.  This stuff ROCKS (pun intended).  It makes my lashes super dark and super thick.  I haven't experienced the curl ability that other reviewers have been raving about, but its' other abilities more than make up for it.  In the picture above, I'm wearing 2-3 coats on my top and lower lashes, and not much else.  When a mascara defines your lashes this well, you don't need much more to draw attention to your eyes.  

I love this picture of Hercules and I, by the way.  If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@gloss_e), you know that I'm a certified crazy dog lady.  Dogs just love you so much and so unconditionally, I think we can all take a queue from them.  On that note, I'm gonna go take mine for a quick walk, otherwise, we'd be like this all day:

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