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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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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!

IsaDora returns to Walgreens

walgreens.com, that is. 😊

After an absence of nearly 10 years, Swedish beauty brand IsaDora is returning to the United States.

Walgreens had carried IsaDora at its stores until 2008. I wasn’t smitten by its displays and didn’t get into the products until Paula Begoun raved about IsaDora’s eye shadows.

Would you believe that I still have IsaDora’s eye shadow quartet in Bronzing Plums and its 5-pan eye shadow palette in Matte Chocolates?

You may shop IsaDora on walgreens.com beginning December 2017.

I’m a sucker for neutral eye shadow palettes, and when walgreens.com begins selling IsaDora, here’s what I’m going to buy:

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IsaDora Eye Sculptor Bar in 20 Nude Sculpt

Here is how IsaDora describes its Eye Sculptor Bar:

An eye shadow palette including the perfect shade combinations for a sculpted eye make-up: 4 matt shades and 1 pearly highlighter.

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IsaDora Eye Shadow Quartet in 44 Muddy Nudes

I’ve been looking for this palette for ages!

Jane Iredale’s Daytime eyeshadow palette – the perfect neutral eyeshadow palette

I don’t know about you, but I get overwhelmed by those 10- to 12-pan eyeshadow palettes à la Urban Decay’s Naked eye shadow palette and its countless dupes. The max for me is a 5-pan eye shadow palette, and Jane Iredale’s Daytime eyeshadow palette fits the bill.

Jane Iredale Daytime eye shadow palette

Jane Iredale Daytime eye shadow palette

The Jane Iredale Daytime eyeshadow palette was re-designed to create a generous round pan for its slightly shimmery eye shadow Oyster. Oyster makes a great highlighter.

The matte eyeshadows are, L to R, are Almond, Cappuccino, Dark Suede, and Charcoal. Almond and Cappuccino are great mid-tone shadows for the eyelid, while Dark Suede is great for the crease and Charcoal is great as an eyeliner.

All eyeshadows are silky and pigmented. Altogether, the perfect neutral eyeshadow palette.

Prices: $59.00 at dermstore.com (Ebates cash back) and $59.00 at janeiredale.com. I bought mine on jet.com (Ebates cash back) for $24.70.

My priorities are all eff’ed up. I tossed in the Jane Iredale Daytime eyeshadow palette merely to qualify for the $35.00 threshold for free shipping on jet.com – what I really wanted were L.A. Colors matte eyeshadow palettes at $1.66 apiece (yep, you read that right – more about that later.)

Cosmetics shopping in Montreal

Montreal Skyline

Montreal Skyline

Imagine that you’re going to pick up some prescriptions or personal care items, only to find that you’ve entered a beauty hall like what you’d find at a department store. You have to go upstairs to get to the pharmacy proper.

That’s what you’ll find at Pharmaprix (link to map) and Jean Coutu (link to map), both on rue Ste-Catherine in Montréal.

Pharmaprix (link to web site) is called Shoppers Drug Mart outside Québec. Its exclusive brand is Quo. Bourjois, especially its Little Round Pot blush, may be found at Pharmaprix. Canadian brand Lise Watier may also found at Pharmaprix. I picked up Quo manicure scissors and nail board and Revlon tweezers – I forgot stuff because I hadn’t traveled in a long time. I was waited on by a sales woman who had a multi-colored tattoo of flowers on her upper arm. Both my husband and I were impressed by her knowledge and recommendations.

Pharmaprix’s Optimum rewards program enables you to collect points toward free stuff and take advantage of special offers.

By taking a very short walk on rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, you arrive at Jean Coutu ( link to web site). Its exclusive brand is Personelle. Like Pharmaprix, it carries Lise Watier. It also carries mass-market Canadian faves Marcelle and Annabelle and hard-to-find brands such as Pupa Milano (but not their kits!) and Jean d’Estrées skin care. I picked up Annabelle eye primer and pillowy lint-free cotton pads from Personelle, the likes that I hadn’t seen before. Like Pharmaprix, Jean Coutu has knowledgeable staff. One staff member answered my questions about Pupa Milano products.

Jean Coutu participates in the AIR MILES rewards program, which enables you to earn “miles” (points) from other participating stores as well.You may redeem your miles in cash or exchange them for Dream Rewards, Including gift cards, household items, show tickets, trips and more.

If you would like to read reviews of Quo, Marcelle, and Annabelle products, then visit the Sparkled Beauty blog.

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion!

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion is a liquid blush that comes in a convenient pump dispenser.

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion

The web page  describes it as:

The ultimate wake-up makeup. An Innovative complexion pick-me-up in a universal and ultra-flattering shade of peach with golden undertones for radiant, glowing skin in an instant. Buildable [color] that blends and buffs seamlessly into the skin.

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion is an excellent choice for “women of a certain age,” as it adds warmth to the complexion. Beauty industry veteran Andrea Robinson says that older women should go for golden in her book Toss the Gloss. MUA Robert Jones recommends peach blush and bronzer for mature women in his book Looking Younger.

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion is easy to apply. Spread it into a thin layer on your fingers, dot the cheeks, and blend with a moist Beautyblender or the Real Techniques dupe. Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion has become one of my standbys, along with Revlon powder blush in Fleshtone from its 1997 “In the Flesh” collection (hey, as long as a product’s good – in this case, 20 years – I use it :-).

Read The Style Page interview with Grace Fodor, founder of Studio | 10.

The Style Page interview with Grace Fodor of STUDIO I 10

Grace Fodor is the founder of STUDIO | 10 Beauty, which recently had its official US launch. STUDIO | 10 offers age- and skin-perfecting ‘quick fix’ beauty solutions for women.  The Style Page interviewed Grace about Studio | 10 on the occasion of its official US launch.

Grace Fodor of Studio 10 | Beauty

Grace Fodor of Studio 10 | Beauty

1. According to your Linkedin profile, you served as Director, Jemma Kidd Make Up, where you “Developed [the] brand, proposition and IP as well as setting up company, funding, teams, infrastructure and operations.” Why and how did you strike out on your own?

Studio | 10 is my passion I’d reached a point in my life where I was looking for a makeup range designed for women as they age – to tackle the issues that older women face. I needed more than products with just added anti-ageing ingredients, but that specifically disguise, cover and correct the signs of ageing. I wanted to explore the ‘aesthetics’ of professional artistry, and develop a range that would give women the ability ‘to look younger’ as part of their daily routine. I wanted a range that did a ‘job of work’ for me!

I felt that there was a clear opportunity to launch Studio | 10 and even though the cosmetics market is crowded, the lack of ‘dedicated’ attention given to the needs of older women means that we can operate in a relatively ‘fresh’ space. We are a very small, dedicated team that has worked hard to make sure that formulations are 100% right; we’ve worked hard to source formulas, textures, pigments and colours that specifically suit more mature skintones.

What we’ve tried to develop is an innovative range of age correcting and skin perfecting makeup essentials. Problem solvers and professional fixes for 10 years younger results in an instant.

2. I’m always interested in the challenges that beauty entrepreneurs face. When I’ve asked other movers and shakers in the beauty industry about challenges they faced when starting out, I’ve received different answers: financing, finding suppliers, production schedules, and just simply eagerness and impatience to get the products to market. Your experience at Jemma Kidd Make Up must have given you a leg up when you started Studio | 10. What challenges did you face in starting Studio | 10?

Being such a unique brand did create some issues and challenges as everyone from investors through to retail had to be encouraged to see a new light. My other key challenge was ensuring the formulations were 100% right, the textures were suited for ageing-skin and had the finished result I was looking for. At the same time, we had tight timelines and needed to make sure that we launched on time.

3. What gap did you see in the beauty market and how does Studio | 10 fill that gap?

Beauty is my passion and I felt that something was missing in the market. Personally I was looking for a makeup range designed for women as they age! There are a lot of products with added anti-ageing ingredients, but I felt there wasn’t a brand specifically tailored to my needs that could do some hard work!

Studio | 10 Anti-aging collection

Studio | 10 Anti-aging collection

4. Studio  | 10 is sold in the UK by Marks & Spencer department store and Cult Beauty. How did you enter into partnership with M&S and Cult Beauty?

We wanted to work with retailers that have a good ‘brand’ and customer fit, in terms of demographics, age and interests. But almost more importantly to us, we are looking to build ‘close and personal’ relationships with our customers with real building relationships, understanding, trust and loyalty. Choosing retailers that do that really well is key for us.

cultbeauty.co.uk is a perfect fit for us in this sense. They house so many fantastic cult, niche brands with a loyal and trusted following, it seemed the ideal place for us to begin building a close relationship with our customers.

Marks & Spencer is also a great retailer for us as their customers are our customers. We’ve built a really good relationship with them and constantly do in-store events to entice new customers and get our brand out there! Their beauty department is expanding and we wanted to be a part of it!

5. What are your future plans for Studio | 10?

Studio | 10 have exciting and ambitious plans for the year ahead! We’re expanding our range and distribution over the coming months, which we’re really looking forward to. Creating innovative new products that really make a difference to women is at the very heart of what we do and nothing makes us more motivated.

We’re still young but we’ve been humbled by the amazing interest in the brand. We launched with Sephora Australia a couple of months ago and we’re in talks with a number of other international retailers…I couldn’t be more thrilled!

6. Studio | 10 is targeted for women in their mid-30s and older, although your website says “a number of the perfecting fixes have become ‘must have’ problem solvers for younger women.” What are the biggest makeup blunders that older women make and how do you correct them?

Prepping the skin is vital for applying makeup effectively. Always start with a moisturiser and it’s good to use a primer – it gives the perfect base for concealer and foundation to blend seamlessly. Use colour correctors to even the skin tone and correct dark circles, blemishes and discolouration. Always make sure that you blend or buff! It’s the way to make sure your makeup looks ultra-natural and it’s worked well into your skin. You want to avoid any visible or harsh lines.

As you age stay away from powder – it sits on the skin. I strongly suggest that you use creme or liquid makeup – they tend to be much more flattering and youthful, giving the skin a dewy ‘lit from within’ appearance. They also help to avoid the heavy and ‘cakey’ effect which is so ageing.

In terms of contouring my biggest tip is not to use a bronzer – so many women try contouring with a bronzer and it doesn’t look natural. Bronzing powders add warmth to the face whereas natural shadows are dull and ashy toned in comparison. Be careful with colour also – it’s about wearable colour; choosing the right colour and formula is important!

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion

7. Would you like to share some beauty tips with our readers?

Makeup should never be about masking and covering but correcting and enhancing. Focus on priming the face and use colour correctors, rather than heavy concealers and foundations, to counteract any discolouration and even the skin tone. You’ll then find you only need a minimal amount of coverage to create a flawless finish. And make sure you always have the perfectly shaped brows, you look ‘put together’ even without any make makeup. Groomed brows shape the face, create balance and add definition to the eyes. They’re also a quick-fix eyelift – without any surgery!

8. When you’re not working on Studio | 10, what you enjoy doing?

Running your own company there is always something else to do, which means it is hard to totally switch off, but I take time to run regularly as well as doing yoga and meditation classes. I also love taking long walks with our dog and every weekend I arrange flowers for the house – I find it really therapeutic!

9. Are there any parting remarks you would like to make about beauty?

Never allow yourself to be defined by someone else’s definition or stereotype of beauty. It’s all about accepting and making the best of what you have and ‘looking like the best version of yourself’.