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Best of beauty

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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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#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

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

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.

Grandpa’s home

This satellite image of the Fertile Soils of Serbia reminded me that my paternal grandfather came from what is now the Vojvodina region of Serbia:

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satellite image of the Vojvodina area of Serbia

The Vojvodina region has changed hands many times. Once it was among the most ethnically diverse regions in Europe (that’s a whole story in itself!). After Prince Eugene of Savoy conquered the Ottomans in 1699 and grabbed a lot of  Eastern Europe in 1699,  the Habsburgs resettled people from the rest of Europe.  My ancestors migrated from Alsace-Lorraine, now in France. My grandfather remember that his grandmother still spoke French.

My German-speaking grandfather came from the town of Begaszentgyörgy, as it was called when the Vojvodina region was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Begaszentgyörgy is a Hungarian name: confused yet? In Serbian, the town is known as Žitište.

I enjoy putzing around with ArcMap, a map making tool from Esri.  The satellite image inspired me to create a map of the Vojvodina region of Serbia:

Vojvodina

Map of the Vojvodina region of Serbia

This map of the Vojvodina region is scaled with respect to its location in Serbia. You can view the course of the Tiza River, which was shown in the satellite image above and where the Tiza River joins with the Danube River. I’ve also shown Žitište. My paternal grandmother came from Biled (also shown), a town now in Romania.