Best of #beauty – Hourglass, Cover FX and more

Best of beauty

Clockwise from top left:

Hourglass Vanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

A creamy stick foundation that serves as both a full-coverage foundation and concealer.  I like blending it with my Sigma 3DHD™ Kabuki Brush.

Cover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Don’t like the whitish cast of many sunscreens? Then try Cover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30.  This sunscreen goes on clear and has a serum-y consistency.

Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer – press sample

An unbelievably silky face primer with a serum-y consistency from K-Beauty brand Touch in Soul

L.A. Colors 5-Color Matte Eyeshadow Palette

OK, so the eye shadows aren’t silky, but they have good pigmentation.  A bargain at USD $1.50.  Yep, you read that right: one dollar and fifty cents.  Like neutrals as much as I do? Then try Tan Khaki, Brown Tweed, or Natural Linen (shown).

Jane Iredale Daytime eyeshadow palette

The perfect neutral eyeshadow palette

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jane

One swipe, and you’re done.  Jane (Fonda? Birken?) is described as “terracotta rose.”  The terracotta makes the rose less precious. For other terracotta faves, visit Meet the Lipstick Shade That’ll Replace Your Nudes This Fall.

Burt’s Bees Satin Lipstick

Burt’s Bees Satin Lipstick is every bit as good as luxury lipsticks (including NARS).  It’s a great value at USD 9.00. My lipstick wardrobe includes Burt Bee’s Satin Lipsticks in Ruby Ripple and Russet River.  Buy wherever Burt’s Bees are sold (and that’s practically everywhere).

IsaDora Eye Shadow Quartet in Muddy Nudes

Yes, I sprang for the IsaDora eye shadow palettes as soon as they became available on walgreens.com.  I am delighted with the smoothness and pigmentation of the eye shadow quartet and the subtle gradation of shades.

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#MusicMonday Nat King Cole “The #Christmas Song”

In tribute to the holidays, here is Nat “King” Cole singing “The Christmas Song”, better known by its opening lines:

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

via https://www.facebook.com/natkingcole/posts/10155089032158807

The Christmas Song was written by Mel Tormé, a crooner in his own right, and Bob Wells.  It is among the Top 10 Christmas songs written by Jews, from ‘Silver Bells’ to ‘Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.”

 

Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year is …

(drum roll, please) Ultra Violet!

Pantone used to be for industry insiders only; now it announces its Color of the Year to great fanfare.  Here is a color story for Ultra Violet:

Actually, Pantone created 8 palettes (Sigh.  I miss the color stories in InStyle).

Source: Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Tools for Designers I Ultra Violet 18-3838

Indian Media Pans Ivanka Trump’s Dress

Ivanka in India

Respect would have meant wearing dresses by Indian designers: I have to agree with VOGUE India on this one.  Moreover, it’s fashion diplomacy. Lady Gaga wore a Naeem Khan gown when she was India – and a wig dyed white, orange, and green: the colors of the India flag.

I’m sensitive about cultural appropriation when it comes to India.  It’s shameful that people feel free to trash India and Hinduism while they appropriate yoga and ayurveda for themselves, with little to no credit to the Indian roots.

Ivanka could make wearing a burlap sack look good, but apparently, that’s not good enough.

Source: Indian Media Pans Ivanka Trump’s Dress: ‘Cultural Appropriation’ by ‘Botoxed Barbie’

#MusicMonday Lonelyville Della Reese #RIP – from Let’s Rock 1958

Della Reese died on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at age 86.  Invariably, any news about her death mentioned Touched by an Angel, but she had a long and varied career before that.

Here’s a surprisingly vampish Della Reese singing Lonelyville, from the 1958 movie Let’s Rock:

Oh, Thank Heaven

… 7-Eleven is launching its private label cosmetics line called Simply Me Beauty.

 

 

Source: 7-Eleven Hopes Women Want Cosmetics With Their Coffee

7-Eleven is the latest to throw its hat into the booming cosmetics category as the giant convenience store company seeks to capitalize on its huge foot traffic.

Actually, 7-Eleven entered into the beauty business before. It used to sell a cosmetics line that was geared to tweens. And I remember when 7-Eleven had a private label hosiery brand!

Think that store closings are due to online shopping? Think again.

Private equity firms are driving major retailers into bankruptcy by buying stores and then paying themselves back by stripping the companies of their assets. Stores incur huge debts, are unable to modernize and become less attractive for shoppers. Sears and Kmart are prime examples.  Eddie Lampert, a hedge fund owner who incidentally (or maybe not!) was Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s roommate at Yale, bought these companies.


The greed of the hedge funds and equity buyout companies is literally stripping these companies of all their assets, shuttering them down and causing the loss of millions of retail jobs, a byproduct of financial schemes that some call robbery. So when you see the abandoned buildings, don’t blame Amazon. Blame the financial wizards who have come up with this new scheme to suck companies dry for their funds’ personal gain, with no concern for their employees.

The rich get richer, the poor get the picture … HT Midnight Oil

Source: How Predatory Private Equity Firms Are Destroying Our Shopping Centers