Monday, February 19, 2007

These are a few of my favorite things.

I'm a listy girl. But if I had to make a list of my favorite products, that would be the best list ever. And I might have to refer to it to make me giddy. Sick and wrong, perhaps...but nonetheless, I embrace this. Here goes....the best of the best products on earth (according to me, me, me):

1. Tarte cheekstain- Hands down favorite product. Tickled is my favorite color, but also love tipsy and cloud 9. It perks up my paleness or brings out a tan. It gives me a subtle glow without the chalky powdery blush look. It stays on ALL day. I make people feel its lightly dewy texture 8 hours after I apply it. It, simply put, rocks.

2. Clinique All about eyes- I've been obsessed with this eye cream for a decade. Most people don't really get what's so great about let me enlighten: It's texture dries down to a light powdery finish. Hello? Underneath concealer! Smooths and sets the product!! Without it, crepiness prevails. With it, all day smooth and bright eyes. For nighttime you need something more emollient, but for daytime...perfecto.

3. Origins Ginger Souffle- Something about this smell and texture is heads above other creams and lotions. Faintly citrusy, juicyily gingery, and whipped to perfection, this body cream leaves the skin glowing and smelling amazing. Since I haven't worked for them for years, I haven't been using it. However Sephora just did a mock up product called Ginger Lime or something and I bought the body wash....almost the same and has an outstanding smell.

4. LORAC cream eyeliner palette #1- I've somehow managed to keep my palette for years, though its been used to death. There are 8 shades of solid eyeliner and a double ended brush to use for application. If you use the broader side of the brush, no water needed for a soft smokey look; can even be used as a cream eyeshadow. When using the finer point of the brush, just a drop of water will make this eyeliner glide on seamlessly all day. The colors in palette #1 are really versatile: black, dark brown, charcoal, gold, etc. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued, but surely there are still options (ebay?) to find it. If not, Smashbox made one...this isn't the same texture (no need for water and definitely don't use as a cream eyeshadow). Otherwise, a good alternative.

5. Tarte Smooth Operator Foundation- I've either been a no foundation girl or a powder foundation girl until I discovered this. First of all, the texture is so easily absorbed into the skin that is just feels like a moisturizer (oil-free). Secondly, it doesn't break me out, which is more than any other liquid can say. And lastly, the coverage is more than any other tinted moisturizer. I thought maybe I was just a tinted moisturizer girl after I found this, but after trying 7 others (DuWop, Hard Candy, Alison Raffaele, Benefit, Prescriptives, Estee Lauder, and Stila) I can say that I'm a Smooth Operator girl through and through. Don't get me wrong: The other brands have their merits too: DuWop's is very moisturizing and illuminating, but gives little to no coverage, Hard Candy has a fantastic smell but also gave no coverage, Alison's has great coverage...more than Tarte's, but isn't moisturizing enough for my skin. Benefit has no color options and is much too fake looking on my skin. Prescriptives has no moisture. Estee Lauder should stick to what it does well: lipsticks, advanced skincare, fragrances for your Mom and Grandmother, and full coverage foundations...not sheer. And Stila's has oil in it, which broke me out. There has been a lot of research into this love!

I'll continue with another 5 soon!!!

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