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


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.

Artdeco launches Claudia Schiffer #makeup 

German cosmetics brand Artdeco has launched a new makeup collection inspired by 1990s supermodel Claudia Schiffer.

Claudia Schiffer Makeup

Claudia Schiffer Makeup

Claudia Schiffer had previously served as brand ambassador for Revlon and L’Oréal.

If it were me, I’d spring for the eye shadow palette (below) and the blush in Hot Sand.

Claudia Schiffer eye shadow quad

Claudia Schiffer eye shadow quad

But the prices are crazy expensive, as each item costs $40.00. Artdeco is offering 20% off Claudia Schiffer Makeup (Code CLAUDIA) until Friday, December 22, 2017 11:59 PM PST


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  I am delighted with the smoothness and pigmentation of the eye shadow quartet and the subtle gradation of shades.

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!