Primers

I almost never leave the house without a little bit of foundation, but even more essential than that is a base primer that holds what you put on, without feeling too thick.  Face primers can be found all over the market with a variety of different uses, but I tend to stick to long lasting, anti-shine performers that go on easy and feel effective.  Too many products are either too cakey and overdo itortoo thin and virtually do nothing.

I’ve used a lot of different brands over the years and have highlighted my absolute favorite below, however my go-to is 100% Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer ($39).  It fits all my requirements and stands true to be a perfect step between moisturizer and foundation.

My Other All-Time Favorite Primers:

 

NP Set Pre-Foundation Primer Makeup $29

*Napoleon Perdis’ line for Target… a great option if you are on a budget

Eye Color Palettes

I have been completely obsessed with eye palettes, Urban Decay’s Naked Palette in particular, for a while now.  I love having colors that are in the same family and feel better buying something that gives you options as opposed to one color.  The Naked Palette’s color choices are great and nicely pigmented, so it stays put.  They just came out withe a second edition and even though the use makes it far worth the $50, I think I’m going to wait for a special occasion.

Urban Decay Naked Palette $50, Urban Decay Naked Palette2 $50

Other Palettes I have my eye on (no pun intended)…

NYX 5 Color Eye Shadow Palette- I Dream of St Lucia $8.50

Lancome ‘Sensational Effects’ Eye Shadow Palette $49.50

MAC ‘Shop & Drop’ Eyeshadow $38

Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette – In the Nude $30 and Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette – In the Dark $30

NARS Duo Eyeshadow – Iridescent Orchid/Iridescent Regal Blue $34

Pop Beauty ‘Pop Your Eye Color’ Palette – Brown Eyes $26

Stila In the Garden Eye Shadow Palette $39

Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection $36

Physicians Formula Eye Enhancing Palette – Green Eye Candy $8.76

Sephora + Pantone Universe – Strokes of Nature Palette $55

Tarte Femme Naturale Eye Palette $44

Sephora Collection Smoky Studio Customizable Eye Palette $34

Physicians Formula Baked Collection Wet/Dry Eye Shadow – Baked Sweets $7.03

Sephora Collection Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette $30

E.L.F. Studio 144-Piece Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette $15

 

Bright Lipstick

I have a very distinct memory of getting together with friends as a child to trade makeup and praying to God that they would want my old lipsticks in exchange for their shiny glosses.  It was unimaginable to me that anyone would actually prefer a stick over the sparkly, youthful gloss, but as what normally happens when I initially hate something in beauty or fashion, I end up loving it.

These days, I’m using bright lipsticks at whatever chance I get to accent what I’m wearing.  Pigmented colors provide drama and to me, are a great way to accomplish a fresh look while sticking to the majority of your regular beauty routine.  The number one tip for bold colors is to make them your own.  I often times blend different shades together or add some concealer to make the colors a touch more muted.  What also helps is a really good primer.  I recently bought MAC’s Prep + Prime $15, which helps the lipstick stay put and last a lot longer.

Other Primers Worth Trying:

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Lip Service Primer $25, Origins Underwear for Lips $15, Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion $20

Favorite Red’s:

Napoleon Perdis DeVine Goddess Lipstick – Xenia $24, Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Stain – Fiery $24, Exude Lip Creme – Red #1 $29

Nars Semi Matte Lipstick – Heat Wave $24, E.L.F. Essential Lipstick – Fearless $1, Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick – Fire & Ice $7.99

Favorite Pink’s:

Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick – Candy Pink $8.99, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Roman Holiday $24, MAC Lipstick – Viva Glam Nicki $14.50

Bare Escentuals 100% Natural Lipcolor – Bevarian Creme $15, E.L.F. Studio Matte Lip Color – Tea Rose $3, Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick – Pout $19

Favorite Purple’s:

   

Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick – Black Cherry $22.50, Clarins ‘Instant Smooth’ Crystal Lip Balm – Crystal Violet $24.50, E.L.F. Mineral Mineral Lipstick – Prime Plum $5

Lipstick Queen – Medieval $20, Beauty Without Cruelty Natural Infusion Moisturizing Lipstick – Blueberry Coulis $22.95, YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre – Violet Singulier $32

Favorite Orange’s:

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Creme Lipstick – Tangerine Tango Cream $18, YSL Rouge Volupte Perle – Shimmering Coral $34, Guerlain Rouge Automatique – Fleur De Feu $35

Armani Beauty Rouge Sheer d’Armani Lipstick – Acid Tangerine $30, Shiseido ‘Perfect Rouge’ Lipstick – Day Lily $25, Sephora Collection True Cream Lip Color – Sunset Rhythm $12

Nailed It

There’s no denying that going to get a manicure comes with a lot more options these days.  Growing up, we really only went as far as french or color and looking back, it seems strange that the evolution of nail innovations has just come around these past few years.  Everywhere I look people are experimenting with nail patterns, colors, textures and honestly – I love it.  It’s such an easy way to test out trends without having to purchase something where you worry about cost and fit.

I also like to switch up my looks a lot, so changing from a bold, bright nail to a more muted pastel is also a great way to enhance your wardrobe and day to day style with very little effort.  There are so many products and shades on the market that make trying out new techniques very easy and I’ve never found myself so excited to scour the market for the hottest colors and prints – in nail polish!!

My Favorite New Nail Colors for Spring:

O.P.I. Care to Danse? $7.35, Love & Beauty by Forever 21 Bubble Gum Pink $2.80, Essie Mint Candy Apple $4.95, Butter Opaque Cantaloupe $14

My Favorite Nail Colors for Summer:

Essie Pretty Edgy $8, Chanel Peridot $26, Nars Cyan Blue $18, Zoya Mitzi $8

Go To Line for Fun Events/Your Birthday:

Deborah LippmanCandy Shop $18, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? $18, I Love the Nightlife $18, Some Enchanted Evening $18

Best Quirky Nail Option:

Orly Matte Couture Vinyl $2 (appears completely flat black)

New Nail Line I Love (It’s A Tie!!):

NCLABel Air Trophy Wife $16, Poolside Party, All Eyes On Me! $16, Pick Me Up At Melrose Place $16, Hollywood Hills Hot Number $16

Models Own (European Line) – Beach Party $6.63, Indian Ocean $6.63, Lemon Sherbert $6.63, Emerald City $6.63

Fun Color Sets:

Models Own Ice Cream Sundae Box Set $26.52, The New Black Rainbow Polish Set $32, The New Black Pink Ombre Box Set $22

Quality Inexpensive Nail Line:

E.L.F.Nude $2, Bubble Gum Pink $2, Smoky Brown $2

Easiest/Coolest DIY Manicure:

NCLA Nail WrapsMoney Green $16/22 strips, H-Fi Stereo $16/22 strips, Sephora by O.P.I. Trend TipsBlack and Gold Glitter $22/16 strips, Ikat $22/16 strips

*These are SO easy to use and last a long time!  I love them!!  Just stick them on your nail and file the edges down to create a really unique look.  Use them on all fingers or just two one while you polish the other 8 for a cool affect.

Favorite Nail Accessory:

NuBar Nail Art Neon Pack $39.95/8 pens, Lazer Nail Art Pen $4.49, Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen $8.74

*Use these to draw designs/graphics on your polished nails.

Upcoming Line I’m Most Excited For:

O.P.I. Minnie Mouse Line coming in June 2012 $8.50 each

*How cute is the glitter polish?!  It has little hearts in it.