Best brow product, ever

When I go to the salon to get my hair colored, I ask my hairdresser to tint my eyebrows; however, a couple of weeks before I go to the salon (I go every 5 weeks), the grey hairs begin appearing on my brows.

I’ve experimented with various products:

Both 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow and TouchBack Brow Marker are good for covering individual hairs.

Paula's Choice Brow Tint

Paula’s Choice Brow Tint – paulaschoice.com

However, my favorite brow product is Paula’s Choice Hair/Brow Tint.  It comes in a tube, much like a mascara, and has a brush that it is flat on one side, enabling it to act like a comb.   I like it because I can groom and tint my eyebrows in one step.

#mystealthyfreedom Iranian women take a stand for freedom

I love Iran: its food, its culture, its music. I look forward to the day when Iranians will remove their theocracy from power.

In the meantime, I’ll have to satisfy myself with My Stealthy Freedom,  https://www.facebook.com/StealthyFreedom, a Facebook page where Iranian women protest compulsory hijab by doffing their hijabs.

#mystealthyfreedom

#mystealthyfreedom

Launched May 3, My Stealthy Freedom now has over 500 thousand fans from all over the world offering their moral support.  The women are frequently photographed in natural settings: mountains, seas, and deserts.  They often turn their faces away from the camera or are photographed at a distance to avoid detection: in fact, a Facebook page was set up to identify these women and put them at risk for reprisal; fortunately, that page was taken down.

There is a support site, Men Supporting Freedoms of Iranian Women, https://www.facebook.com/SupportStealthyFreedoms, where men submit pictures of themselves holding signs indicating their support of these women.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Men’s Stealthy Freedom page, https://www.facebook.com/menstealthysfreedom (“It’s just for fun!”), where Iranian men submit pictures of themselves in drag or in various stages of undress. I love this picture  where a guy looks like a cross between Lana del Rey and Conchita Wurst.  These guys have got to be some of the hairiest guys that I’ve ever seen.  Disgusting, but soooooooooooo funny.  There’s nothing stealthy about it: the men show their faces and are clearly not afraid of reprisal.  Talk about double standards!

Laneige BB Cushion is not worth the hype or hassle

From Korea, where trends (BB cream, face masks) in skin care begin, comes the latest innovation: BB cushion!

What is BB cushion?  BB Cushion is a sponge that is soaked in foundation. To apply, you press a flat pad (included) in the sponge to pick up the foundation and then press or pat onto your face.

I understand that IOPE, one of Amore Pacific’s brands, was the first to bring out BB air cushion. When I was at the Amore store within Super H mart (see Asian beauty stores in the DC Metro Area), one of the saleswomen patted a bit of IOPE Air Cushion on my hand. She said it replaced primer, foundation, sunscreen, and powder. The finish of IOPE Air Cushion suggested the presence of silicones. It also had a white-ish cast, but then, whitening products are popular in Asia.

As I mentioned, Target has entered the premium skin care market. One of the brands that it is now carrying is Laneige, yet another Amore Pacific brand. Not surprisingly, Laneige has a BB Cushion product.

Laneige BB Cushion

Laneige BB Cushion – target.com

So why do I say that Laneige BB Air Cushion is not worth the hype or hassle?  It is difficult to apply, and it’s hard to know how much foundation to pick up. For the first couple of times that I used, I applied too much: it was obvious to my husband, who joked about it.  Also, the pad doesn’t provide precision in covering spots and other detailed work.  I’ll stick with my IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ and Beautyblender.

You may purchase Laneige BB Cushion for $34 (taxes & shipping not included) from target.com and Target stores (check online for availability in store – that’s how I found mine)

It Cosmetics Reverse Lip Liner replaces ordinary lip liners

Let’s face it: lip liner is usually obvious, even if you match your lip liner to your lipstick.

That’s where It Cosmetics Reverse Lip Liner comes in. A reverse lip liner, occasionally called a barrier lip liner, is a waxy crayon or pencil that goes on clear.

It Cosmetics Reverse Lip Liner

It Cosmetics Reverse Lip Liner

I line my lips with It Cosmetics Reverse Lip Liner just outside the lip line. It provides definition to the shape of the lips and prevents seepage of lip color in fine line.

My only quibble is that it requires sharpening.  I would have preferred a twist-up mechanism.

It Cosmetics Reverse Lip Liner costs $18 and is available from itcosmetics.com, beauty.com, and timeformecatalog.com.

Enter to win a @RougeBunnyRouge cosmetics assortment http://tinyurl.com/nftdzez

The Style Page is excited to host a giveaway of two Rouge Bunny Rouge cosmetics assortments.

Rouge Bunny Rouge logo

Rouge Bunny Rouge logo

What is Rouge Bunny Rouge?  Simply put, it is a high end cosmetics and fragrance brand, but there’s more to it than that.  Alexandra de Montfort founded Rouge Bunny Rouge in Moscow (yes, Russia) in 2006 and subsequently moved her base of operations to the UK.  It has a romantic back story, featuring Princess Rouge, a rabbit (of course!), and the Enchanted Garden – something that you’d associate with a fragrance rather than a cosmetics line.  This is the first time that I’ve tried Rouge Bunny Rouge, but beauty bloggers in the know, know. :-)

Each Rouge Bunny Rouge assortment comprises 8 pieces and may include:

  • eye liner
  • lip pencil
  • lip gloss
  • eye shadow
  • eye liner
  • mascara

Enter the giveaway to win an assortment of luxe products from this cult brand.  I’m hosting the giveaway via Facebook: to enter, go to http://tinyurl.com/nftdzez.

Terms & conditions:

Giveaway ends Saturday, May 9, 2014 11:59 PM Eastern (UTC – 4h). Open to US residents only. You should be 18 or older to enter. Winner will be selected at random and will be notified by email. Winners have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. The companies responsible for media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, etc.) are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

PR for Rouge Bunny Rouge sent me a huge assortment of RBR products, and I’m sharing the wealth with you!

Tips on How to Use Radiant Orchid

MUA Margina Dennis

MUA Margina Dennis

Makeup Artist Margina Dennis shares her picks for a Radiant Orchid look:

Radiant orchid is a great color for the season because it is a universally flattering color like coral. What makes it work for everyone is the hint of red that is in it. The key to keeping this color looking fresh is to use it as an accent color or soft muted. If the lips are the focal point I like to use it as gloss, lip stain, or hydrating lip color.

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS Lip Tar – Matte in Hoochie is a soft matte look.
Pur Minerals Chateau De Vine Lipstick – Show Off is a great option for deeper skin tones.

Then keep the rest of the face simple. A nude eye or just a bit of black or grey liner as a simple wing eye or lots of mascara. For a muted look use Benefit Lolli Tint- a cheek and lip stain that is a universally flattering sheer wash of color. Pairing with soft pink in a sheer wash can be an instant fresh look.

Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colors in Soft Iris and Violet Orchid, work for most skin tones. Again, keep the rest of the face muted. If  you want to go a bit bolder with the trend and wear a radiant orchid inspired eyeliner, like STILA Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Royal, this can look great as a winged or dramatic cat eye, just keep the rest of the face simple and let the liner be the focus.

For eye shadow you can use MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Style Eye-Con No.7- Plush Shadow as a great palette for a radiant orchid smoky eye. Keep cheek and lips in a pinked nude tone to keep the focus on the eyes.

Want more Radiant Orchid products? See the Radiant Orchid | PANTONE Color of 2014 board on Pinterest!

How do you rock the Radiant Orchid look?

IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ delivers – and how!

While I was disappointed with IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes mascara, I was delighted with IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+.  I received a sample of the CC Cream in the package containing Hello Lashes and the reversible lip liner and liked it so much that I took advantage of the recent F&F event to buy the full size.

It Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+

It Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+

When I first applied IT Cosmetics IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+, it felt very soothing. Redness is my main skin complaint, and IT Cosmetics CC Cream covers the redness beautifully. It makes skin look radiant, but not shimmery, as many luminizing foundations do.  The CC Cream also blends seamlessly with my skin: too often, when I use liquid foundation, I get edges that don’t blend, no matter how much I tap-tap-tap with a dampened Beautyblender.

In addition, IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ s a UVA/UVB broad spectrum physical barrier sunscreen, with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, but it doesn’t have a whitish cast. While it’s rated SPF 50+ , you probably won’t apply enough to get those benefits. I recommend wearing a colorless sunscreen under the CC Cream: I use LaRoche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, which is a chemical sunscreen.

In short, IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ delivers on what a BB/CC/DD cream (these sound like cup sizes! :-) should be: sunscreen, makeup, and skin care in one multitasking product.

While I’m often typed as “light,” I actually went against the received wisdom and chose Medium. MUA Robert Jones actually recommends slightly deeper makeup for older (cough, cough) women.

IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ comes in 5 shades (Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Rich) and costs US $38.00 for 1.08 fl.oz. It is available online from itcosmetics.com, qvc.com, beauty.com, and ulta.com. IT Cosmetics has recently announced that it is now in all Ulta stores.

Have you tried IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+?   How did you like it? Do you have a favorite BB/CC/DD cream?