Sephora caused a minor explosion today by emailing out a variety of discount coupons to random members of their Beauty Insiders club. While I try to clear my head from that…
I had already started my Christmas/Sephora Friends and Family wishlist — with skincare and hair stuff (you know, life’s basic necessities). After MUCH deliberation, I think I’m ready to continue on to color cosmetics.
1. Clinique High Impact Lipstick in Honey Blush ($14)
I’m extremely picky about lipsticks, and I think Clinique’s High Impacts are great: surprisingly long-lasting, not drying, and just $14! It’s a combination I haven’t found in any other lipstick to-date. Here’s my original review, along with swatches of all the colors, so you can pick your favorite.
2. Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss #3 ($28)
I know these are expensive, but every time I put Golden Gloss #3 on my lips, I think, “life is too short to wear anything else.” Simply put, it looks like magic; people will stop you on the street and ask you what you’re wearing. They’re also super long-lasting and not sticky at all. Click for my original review and swatches, or for swatches of #14 and #15, which were introduced this fall.
3. Lancome Cappucine Blush Subtil ($29.50)
I used to be a one-blush kind of girl — logically, I should only need a blush the same color as my natural flush, right? Well, I discovered that different blushes do different things. Nude blushes add color to your face without adding pinkness, so they’re the perfect pairing with brighter lips — or they’re a great choice for that natural-beauty, less-makeup look.
Straight-up nude blushes look muddy on my cheeks, but Cappucine is just perfect: it’s got a bit of peachiness to it, which keeps it from looking muddy.
4. Dior Quint in Sky Glow (009)
This one was hard. It was going to be Dior’s Iridescent Leather palette, but I got an email from Sephora this morning saying it’s not coming back in stock. So I settled on Sky Glow instead. I like that it has both grey and brown in it; I think the white will make a nice highlight; and I’m going to be brave and try something new with that sky blue. (If you have tips on where/how to use blue eyeshadow, please send them my way.)
If you’re lamenting the loss of Iridescent Leather, Earth Reflection may ease your pain. And if green works better for you than blue, you might want to check out Tropical Light instead. There will definitely be more Dior quint swatches before you have to make your holiday shopping decisions.
5. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Zero ($16)
I really need a black liner that will stay put, so even though it might seem like a boring wish, I’m putting Urban Decay’s on my list. If you need a little more excitement in your eyeliner, Urban Decay has plenty to choose from, and orangewasabi was so kind as to swatch them.