ColourPop is now at Ulta!

After an initial foray into bricks-and-mortar stores at Sephora, ColourPop has arrived at Ulta!  The collection includes liquid lip colors, eye shadows, and highlighters.  You may order ColourPop through or select stores.

For the benefit of my readers in the DC metro area, here are the local Ulta stores that carry ColourPop:


Byrdie staff names the best #lipstick brands, ever

I enjoy receiving E-newsletters from Byrdie. As I use neutral eyeshadows, I express myself through lipstick, so I was very interested to read what Byrdie staff had to say.

Byrdie names the best lipstick brands, ever.

Byrdie names the best lipstick brands, ever.

I like to sample lipsticks from various brands, so I can’t name a favorite brand. I do however like Burts Bees Satin Lipstick (9.00 USD).  It performs as well as lipsticks 2-3 times its price.

These are the best lipstick brands we’ve ever tried. Read all about them here.

Source: Confirmed: These Are the Best Lipstick Brands Ever, According to Byrdie HQ

Hourglass adds 5 new shades to its Vanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick range

I named Hourglass’s Vanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick among my picks for the Best of Beauty. It works as both a foundation and concealer. Moreover, its creamy texture enables smooth blending using my Sigma Beauty HD foundation brush, moistened complexion sponge, or fingers.

Hourglass has announced that it has added 5 new shades, so its range of shades comprises 32 shades, for skin tones from fair to deep. Something for everyone!

Hourglass Vanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

Hourglass Vanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

A highly pigmented foundation stick with the coverage of a concealer, fluidity of a liquid & weightlessness of a powder. The 12 hour longwearing waterproof formula melts into skin and blends seamlessly for undetectable full coverage with a seamless finish


Why You Should Keep Your Used Dryer Sheets – oodles of novel uses

We know about the hacks of taming flyaways with dryer sheets and stuffing your shoes with dryer sheets so they don’t stink, but Shifrah Combiths lists other novel uses in her article Why You Should Keep Your Used Dryer Sheets on Apartment Therapy:

dryer sheets
Image credit: Joe Lingeman of Apartment Therapy

The one hack I’ll try is to:

Wipe and dust the television or computer screen. Dryer sheets’ anti-static properties help repel dust and lint.

God knows that our TVs and computer screens are magnets for dust and lint.

Which hack would you try?

20 Ultimate Things to Do in #Montreal #Quebec #Canada

Parks, food, and more. I missed all this when I was in Montreal last spring. So there’s more to Montreal than Leonard Cohen and Pharmaprix and Jean Coutu.

Basilica of Montreal

Montreal is a city of old beauty, charm, and multi-cultural influences—not just French and Anglo, but Italian, Indian, Portuguese, Jewish, and Vietnamese (just to name a few).

Source: 20 Ultimate Things to Do in Montreal

The Ordinary skin care is now at!

Exciting news!  The insanely inexpensive skin care line The Ordinary is now available at  I hate using the term “disruptor,” as it has become an hackneyed term, but here it applies, as The Ordinary has proven that you buy cheap skin care that works.  It’s already been picked up by luxury brand e-retailer Beautylish.

I shopped The Ordinary for its foundation, but it wasn’t blendable.  On the other hand, I liked the skin care products that I bought:

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (formerly Advanced Retinoid 2%)
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is among the products that you can buy on

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

It’s a gentle, non-irritating exfoliating liquid. I apply it at nighttime. I love AHA products because the results are evident when I wake up in the morning. They also provide me a smooth surface for applying makeup.

#MusicMonday #France Johnny Hallyday et Sylvie Vartan – À plein cœur

French singer Johnny Hallyday died last month, December 5, 2017, at age 74. He was the closest thing that France had for a rock’n’roll star.

Here is Johnny Hallyday with his soon-to-be wife Sylvie Vartan singing À plein cœur from the film D’où viens-tu Johnny? (1963).

Johnny Hallyday and Sylvie Vartan were married in 1965 and divorced in 1980. He subsequently married 4 times (including twice to the same woman). Sylvie Vartan remarried once.

In subsequent #MusicMonday posts, I’ll feature other singers whom we lost recently: Keely Smith (d. December 16, 2017) and France Gall (d. January 7, 2018).