Monday, February 20, 2012

I'll be on hiatus ...

but hopefully not for as long as my absence from April 2010 to August 2011.

So excited!  We're leaving for India on Friday for our niece's wedding.  The first of the next generation!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Laura Mercier Eye Basics

Laura Mercier is my favorite luxe cosmetics brand.

Laura Mercier Eye Basics
I reach for Laura Mercier Eye Basics everyday.

Eye Basics in Flax is a perfect match for my light skin tone. It covers discoloration on my lids, thereby providing a canvas to apply eye shadow. The product has some pearlescence, but otherwise, eye shadow stays true and lasts all day.  I prefer applying a thin layer on my fingers, and applying it with my fingers rather than using the doe foot applicator.  Eye Basics sets quickly.

Laura Mercier Eye Basics also comes in Buff (medium pink beige), Cotton (light yellow), Eyebright (pale brightening blue), Linen (light ivory), Peach (sheer orange peach), and Wheat (light medium beige).

Now Laura Mercier has come out with Eye Canvas.  Still waiting to learn via the web site how Eye Canvas differs from Eye Basics ...

You may shop Laura Mercier Cosmetics at high-end department stores (Neiman Marcus, Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's), Sephora stores,, and

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Seven Biggest Celebrity Beauty Lies

"There's this idea that it's all natural, but everything's been staged to look natural," said [Lady] Gaga of her October 2011 Harper's Bazaar cover. "Don't you think that what's on the cover of a magazine is quite artificial?"  Right.  And have you ever noticed that they use B&W for models/celebrities "without makeup"?
We're used to celebrities lying to us about their marital affairs. But what about the beauty lies they pass off as advice? See the worst of them now

7 Biggest Celeb Beauty Lies
This is a celebrity hairstyles article
OK, OK, nobody is buying that's all Kim Kardashian's real hair, but what about the other beauty lies celebs pass off as fact? See the worst of Hollywood's beauty lies now.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Best foundations for dry skin

I received an invitation from SkinnyScoop, a new social media application.  What, more social media?  It takes away from the hard work of writing original articles.  Facebook is good for interacting with other beauty bloggers, and Pinterest has been helpful in overcoming writers' block.  While other beauty bloggers ignored the invitation, I decided to go for it.  SkinnyScoop offers the opportunity for bloggers to compile lists, get recommendations, and create professional looking widgets for your blog.

I decided to compile a list of recommendations for foundations for dry skin via SkinnyScoop.  Here are the recommendations I received:

Thursday, February 09, 2012

IsaDora Eye Shadow Quartet

A glowing review of IsaDora Eye Shadow Quartet from Paula Begoun:

IsaDora Eye Shadow Quartet is a find! Although each set of four colors has at least one shiny shade, the texture is magnificent: a creamy-feeling powder that is not the least bit dry, dusty, or flaky. It glides over lids and allows precise blending. The pigment level is higher than usual, so you get stronger color and more coverage than you do from most powder eyeshadows, not to mention long wear. For a professional makeup design, these work great and the price is more than fair. The best combinations (which include a dark color for use as eyeliner) are Pearls, Classic Brown, Crystal Mauve, Pearly Minerals, Silvery Gray, Antique Gold, and Chocolate Brown.

I can certainly vouch for the Eye Shadow Quartet in Antique Gold. Bronzing Plums have deep shades that are great for the outer corner. You may shop Isadora at or Apothica.  Unfortunately, there are itty-bitty thumbnails (no enlargement or swatches) so you can't get a good sense of the shades.

Monday, February 06, 2012

More on my pantyhose obsession

A perfectly beautiful look ruined by lack of attention to the legs. She needed some body makeup or, as some commentators noted, this is the reason to bring back pantyhose.  Silky sheer stockings and closed toe pumps (note how her toes are sticking out) would have completed this look beautifully.

My quest for the perfect pantyhose is like my quest for the perfect foundation.  Here's my latest find:

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Top 100 Beauty and Fashion blogs

Recently, as I was checking my stats, I discovered that one of the referring pages was Top 100 Beauty and Fashion Blogs of 2012 from  That's right - The Style Page made the list.  I don't know what criteria used.   Certainly, its criteria didn't include blog traffic and blogs weren't ranked by blog traffic.  Still, it was gratifying to be listed next to Temptalia.

Here's what said about The Style Page:

The simple, streamlined Style Page began in 2001 and has since evolved into a go-to source for makeup and skincare reviews, beauty industry news and more. Look for the occasional fashion posts and interviews with beauty insiders as well.

It was gratifying that it seemed that someone took some to review The Style Page blog and find out what's it about.