Random Review: Some of my fave cosmetics

February 22, 2011 in Fashion, Random Review, Style, Style Tools, Sustainability by alliemcc

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A little powder, a little paint,

Makes a lady what she ain't.

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I don't write about cosmetics here, and I might not ever again.* But in the spirit of "girl talk", I thought I might share some of my thank-god-they-invented-that favorites from the make up aisle.

By no means is make up a strong suit of mine, and I don't claim to be proficient enough to give advice. I'm barely presentable enough to leave the house, face-wise, even when I do bother to put on make up. I look 28-going-on-18, and not necessarily in a good way.

At any rate, some products are just lifesavers, so here are a few of mine.

*Actually, I will. These are mostly (except Physicians Formula) mainstream, toxin-tastic cosmetics, totally bad for the environment and your body. I do own and regularly use some organic and natural cosmetics, so I will do a write-up in a future post.

Maybelline gel eyeliner

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Maybelline's EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner is the only way I can get a strong, dark, smooth line from an eyeline, and the only hope for a good retro cat-eye look. I have small-ish eyes, and a very narrow fold on my eyelids, so my eye makeup always ends up in the crease by 2:00pm. This stuff has stayed put for at least 12 hours, and is my go-to liner when I put on false lashes.

I haven't worn it out dancing or doing other strenuous, sweaty activity, but if I were going out to get down, or to a photo-tastic event, this would be my choice.

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Physicians Formula Mineral Wear correcting trio

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I've been a Physicians Formula fan for a few years now. They've consistently been ahead of the pack in putting out skin- and earth-friendly products that work well. At various times, I've rocked their powders, mineral foundation, tinted moisturizer, bronzer… But this neat little package is my fave.

Corrector, concealer, and highlighter creams in tiny little tubes that last forever. They're the perfect size for travel, and the little bottles snap together like Legos! What's not to love?

Seriously though, this concealer (tube #2) is the only thing that keeps me from looking like a zombie most days. That, plus some mascara, and I'm good to go.

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Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips

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These are my nails right now (well not those specific nails, but that print is all up in my claws). Sick, no?

Sally Hansen's Minx-esque nail strips debuted early this year, with a wider launch in March. I found these at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago. I had tried a couple of other brands in the past, in solid colors, and they're convenient, just not very exciting. Sally's got some really great prints that I can' t wait to try, but I think the houndstooth is already my favorite.

I put them on Thursday night, and I got so many compliments this weekend. Not that I'm nail-vain, but it is fun to bond with other girls about crazy fashion stuff that guys would never understand…


Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color

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Oh yeah. I discovered this little gem a couple of years ago, and it was bad news for my little nail polish addiction.  Sally's Insta-Dri line is really good at keeping up with trendy, sophisticated colors (Commander in Chic is my favorite greige shade).

Best of all, the Insta-Dri clear top coat, Clearly Quick, can be layered on top of any other nailpolish with the same dry-in-3-minutes results.

Love. It.


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