Culling my makeup collection

I’m culling my makeup collection as Andrea Robinson recommended in Toss the Gloss. As I go through my collection, I think of the wonderful creative entrepreneurial people that I’ve met over the years through The Style Page. Their pieces hold special memories for me, and I’ve kept them.

Then there are the products that are no longer around (except in my closet):

  •, an abortive attempt by P&G to create “customized” palettes (actually, the options were pretty limited).  My item is not a custom palette, but a limited edition face palette that reflect created for Chico’s (yes, Chico’s)
  • M Professional, an inexpensive line (not tested on animals except boyfriends :-)  that featured eye shadow singles with the screw-top lids that MAC made famous in the 90s
  • Lisa Hoffman Beauty skin care (before she focused on fragrance)
  • B’Box, which featured eye shadow and lip color matchsticks
  • Vital Radiance, which was Revlon’s disastrous venture in creating a cosmetics line for women 50+
  • L’Oreal Paris True Match liquid bronzer: it came in a mini-me glass bottle and looked like malted milk!
  • FYLO (For Your Lips Only), which featured lip gloss cubes that you could snap into a palette.  This brand was created by Heidi Harris, who is now associate concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.  Hometown hero! Yay!
  • Calvin Klein, a color cosmetic line sold at Sephora that predated his CK Calvin Klein line from Markwins International and his current line CK One from Coty, which is sold exclusively by Ulta stores and  I miss Calvin Klein: no gimmicky or cutesy stuff, just sophisticated shades for grown women, and the Lucite packaging made this line stand out among  color cosmetics lines.
  • Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy, which predates her current line Carmindy & Co.  There was a commentator on my old blog whose hatred of Carmindy came across as pathological.

There was the Givenchy make-up that a PR person gave me to thank me for a story I published about a charity auction for the Somaly Mam Foundation. Alas, Somaly Mam proved to be a fraud.

I couldn’t find those little plastic spatulas (great for scooping out loose powders and creams), but by going through my makeup collection, I found a lot of them.  Likewise, I couldn’t find nail boards and I’d pester the folks at the local TD Bank branch to get nail boards that they give away.  Again, by going through my collection, I found lots of nail boards.

I’m thinking about buying this Tabletop Spinning Cosmetic Organizer by Lori Greiner to organize my newly edited and curated (cough, cough) makeup collection.  Do you own one?  What do you think?

Tabletop Spinning Cosmetic Organizer by Lori Greiner

Tabletop Spinning Cosmetic Organizer by Lori Greiner

I’ll never get my collection down to the size of a Prada black nylon cosmetics bag, as Ms. Robinson suggested. I had a perfectly good knock-off where the emblem looked like the Prada emblem.

The Style Page reviews @TosstheGloss

Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+ by Andrea Q. Robinson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Andrea Robinson has had a storied career in the beauty industry, both as a magazine editor and cosmetics executive. She created The Nakeds product line for Ultima II in the late 80s/early 90s, predating both Bobbi Brown and the UD Naked palettes, which has had numerous knock-offs: see…. More recently, she was the brains behind Tom Ford Beauty, but was later fired.

First, the negative aspects of Toss the Gloss:

* I find it implausible that Robinson, who is 73, looks that young. This negatively impacts the credibility of the book.

* This book will become dated fast, as cosmetics companies will discontinue products listed as “best bets.”

* The make-up techniques are poorly described and illustrated, no matter how “charming” the illustrations are.

* You can find more extensive coverage of “non-invasive” techniques such as Botox and fillers and cosmetic surgery in Paula Begoun’s The Original Beauty Bible and Allure magazine.

On the plus side, Robinson offers many affordable options as best bets. She also blows the lid off the beauty industry, surprisingly, as she is a long-time beauty insider. Or could she have been bitter after her firing from Tom Ford Beauty?

As for me, I’m acting on Robinson’s advice to cull my make-up collection, but I can’t bring it down to the size of a cosmetic bag.

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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 –

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,, a Facebook page where Iranian women protest compulsory hijab by doffing their hijabs.



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,, 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, (“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 –

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 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,, and

Enter to win a @RougeBunnyRouge cosmetics assortment

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

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!