Bioderma + Shiseido Facial Cotton. A match made in makeup removal heaven. Most Americans might not know about Bioderma, a cleansing water used on photoshoots and backstage at fashion week worldwide. It’s clearly French hence the “what does this say?” writing all over the bottle. Anyways, what this does is it gently takes off your makeup, even eye makeup, with no oily residue whatsoever. It literally feels like you’re putting water on your face. Sensitive skin people, rejoice. On lazy days when I don’t want to use a cleansing oil or a balm, I just take some Bioderma on a Shiseido pad, wipe all over and wash. That’s it. This is where the Shiseido Facial Cotton comes in. I know - luxury cotton pads. But this is 100% natural cotton and extremely soft. Like little pillows on your skin.
You can also use Bioderma with a q-tip to clean up and even out your liquid liner. Easy, perfect cat eye. You can spot clean your brushes with it too, but why waste it? This stuff is not cheap where I purchase at $30 for $200 ml and $40 for 500 ml.
You can purchase the Shiseido pads at Sephora for $9.50 which is not a bad price for 165 sheets. Now the Bioderma is a bit harder to find in New York City. I have a spot though! Look for it in an upcoming Downtown Destination post, where I take you to my favorite beauty spots in downtown Manhattan.
AKA “What’s In My Bag.” This bag is a little gem I picked up at the Union Square Market over the holidays. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the woman who makes it, which i’m kind of kicking myself for. It’s the perfect size for a couple of essentials and is definitely a conversation starter when friends see it. Enjoy.
Isn’t it cute?! I just love it. On to the important part – what’s inside!
I always carry a concealer, no matter what. Somehow it’s the first thing to disappear from my face midway through the day. I love the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for quick touch ups. Provides such a nice coverage but it never looks heavy, even on top of already powdered makeup. I use the shade Vanilla.
Another necessity for me is a mini perfume. We all have those perfume samples just sitting around, might as well put them to good use and throw them in your makeup bag. I’ve been using Versace Bright Crystal for years and I still love it. This one’s almost done though so I think next up is a Creed sample i’ve been meaning to try it.
As for lips i’ve been obsessed with these new Tarte Power Pigments that came out recently. I have the color Exposed which is a perfect pinky-nude. It’s a twist up pencil and so easy for on the go. The formula really stays for a couple of hours so you don’t have to reapply too often. Obsessed.
Also from Tarte is their Smolder Eyes eyeliner in Taupe. Just smudge a bit onto the top and bottom lash line for a quick smokey look. This is such a gorgeous color but I do believe it was limited edition over the holidays.
Last is a total necessity for me. Hand cream. I’ve been using Hand Food from Soap and Glory for years. My mom got me a fresh one for Christmas (thanks mom!) and i’ve been using it nonstop. My hands get so dry, especially in this awful weather, and this is such a life saver. Super hydrating, but so lightweight and smells like absolute heaven. Definitely recommended.
That’s all for my makeup bag right now. I don’t think anything will be replaced any time soon. If it does, i’ll be sure to let you know!
We all have that one lipstick. For a lot of people it’s a nude or a matte red. For me, it’s a bright coral. This lipstick love affair all started about two years ago when I tried on an Hourglass lipstick called Muse. It instantly brightened up my face and I would get compliments every single time I wore it. So it began with one and now i’ve been hoarding this hue for two years now, always gravitating towards it when trying new lipsticks. I’ve gathered three of my all time favorite corals to show you today. Be warned, they pretty much all look the same. Enjoy.
First up, the one that started it all, is Hourglass’ Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Muse. On me it looks bright, but definitely not as bright as the others. It’s the most moisturizing out of the three, leaving a more velvety finish on the lips, as the name suggests. If you prefer a matte and more longer wearing formula you can try the Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Muse. Exact same color. I love Muse because it really is the one that started it all.
Next is the Tarte Glamazon 12 hour lipstick in the limited edition shade Timeless. This was part of their Aqualillies for Tarte collection from Summer 2013. If you hurry I know it’s still available on qvc.com. Beautiful, bright, matte, and very long wearing. I’m not sure about the 12 hour claim, but it does last. PS – I swear this is isn’t Muse. They look identical here! I’d say the texture is the only thing that’s different about them.
Last is MAC Ablaze. Stunning. Absolutely stunning. My favorite out of the three for sure. This is creamy but dries down matte and last for hours. It honestly looks neon on me. Unfortunately this was limited edition, but if you can find it at your local CCO you should grab one or two…or ten.
Isn’t this a pretty shade? I’m sure I can dig up even more of this exact color, but i’ll spare you. What’s your go-to lipstick hue? I think it may be time for me to branch out!