Older Girl Beauty

Josie Maran

Sarah Paulson at the 2013 Golden Globes

Sarah Paulson Golden Globes 2013

Makeup artist Tina Turnbow created the look for Sarah Paulson at the 2013 Golden Globes.

She used to following products to give her that Red Carpet Glow:

Armani Designer Lift Foundation
Tom Ford Eyeliner in “Espresso”
Josie Maran Eyeshadow in “Chianti”
MAC Eyeshadow in “Satin Taupe”
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Votre Vu Blush in “Ma Cherry”
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Belle du Jour”
BAREminerals Touchup Veil Pressed Powder

Beauty Spotlight Mystery Makeup Bag 11/04/2011 – Older Girl Beauty’s Turn!

This time it is my turn to give you guys a peek into my makeup bag. This bag is currently what I have corralled in one place & doesn’t include anything randomly lying across my vanity that I may be testing or just too lazy to put in the bag (*psst – it’s probably the latter.)

Not just one, but *two* pouches to hold my goodies.

As you can see, I have two bags – one for my larger products and one for my pencils & brushes, as I got tired of digging to the bottom of the bag to find them all the time.

In my bag, you will find several of my staple items, and after cataloging it, I realize I *might* have a plum/purple theme going on:

My cute Milly bag holds a bunch of goodies!

Laura Geller Baked Marble Eyeshadow in “Amethyst/Lagoon”
Three Custom Color 3C Eyeshadow in “Cool Peony” (*makes such a great base color)
Clinique travel-size Blushwear Cream Stick in “Rosy Blush”
Elizabeth Arden sample bottle of “Pretty” Parfum Spray (*sometimes you just need a touch-up spray)
MAC “Hocus Focus Clourful Face Kit” from the “Magic, Mirth and Mischief Holiday Collection”. From 2009. (*What? Shut up. “Pretty Baby” is the prettiest beauty powder for me I have found yet. That’s why.)
Sonia Kashuk 01 Powder Brush, with Blue Handle (*One of the first brushes I ever bought many years ago, and it’s still going strong!)
Josie Maran Argan Eye Shadow in “Parfait” (*This makes a great base for those warmer colors.)
MAC Fluidline in “Dark Diversion”, from the “Stylishly Yours” collex. (*Another candidate in my eternal quest for the perfect Plum liner.)
MAC Shadestick in “Street Cool”, from the “MAC Me Over – Icelandic Cool” collex (*Makes a great smudge for a lazy smokey eye, or just a base lid color.)
Mally Beauty Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Duo in “Lavender Glow” and “Plum Glow” (*From the no longer available “Rise and Shine” collex on QVC.)
Three Custom Color Crème to Powder Blush in “Kiss My Apricot” (*I love me some cream blush!)
Sampar Prodigal Pen (*For that last minute, unexpected pimples, without irritation.)
tarte Rise & Shine Lipstain and Lipgloss in “Nude”. (*A warm nude for when you are kind of washed out, but don’t want anything obvious. And it tastes good, too.)
MAC Lipglass in “Lap of Luxury”, from the “Fabulous Felines – Palace Pedigreed” collex (*Looks scary dark in the tube, but is a nicer dark, yet sheer, color for when you go out at night.)
Flirt! Cosmetics Glamourazzi! Extreme Lip Lacquer in “Paparazzi” (*Closest thing to a real Red that you’ll see me wear.)
Three Custom Color Lip Gloss in “Just Bitten” (*This brown sheers out to a nice warm nude.)
Maybelline “Dark Circle Eraser” (*I just love the little sponge tip applicator.)
Maybelline One by One Volum’ Express Mascara (*for when I want the most natural looking lashes)
Mally Beauty Voluminzing Mascara (*for when I want big, spidery, drag queen lashes as Mally would say!)
Maybelline “The Falsies – Flared” Volum’ Express Mascara (*my go-to daily mascara for to big fluttery corner lashes)
Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender (*Duh! What *more* do I have to say??)
Maybelline EyeStudio Color Plush eyeshadow palette in “Spirited Seas” (*I love lining with that copper on the end.)
Maybelline Eyestudio Color Pearls in “Silver Starlet” (*I love the marbelized side so much, I have hit pan and *still* try to get some off of the side of the silver. No joke.)
Boscia BB Cream, SPF 27 PA++ (*This 5-way multi-tasker is heaven for a lazy gal like me to look somewhat pulled together on the quick.)
MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35 (*I’m a big fan of MAC’s Prep + Prime line.)
CoverFX ConcealFX Camouflage Concealer (*color adjusts so it blends right in)
Mally Beauty Cancellation Conditioning Concealer (*This one is kinda light on me, so it’s good for those slight pinkish spots that need a quick cover, but nothing layered on.)
Ulta Brow Gel (*still one of my best ways to tame unruly brows on the quick, without needing to draw anything in.)
shu uemura Eyelash Curler (*It’s a classic.)

As you can probably tell, I might have a *smidge* of an eyeliner issue. But, if you pay attention, you might notice one thing some would say is glaringly missing:

I kind of have a thing for colored eyeliners.

Skinfood Banana Concealer Stick, from Asia (*the creamiest concealer that I have.)
Mally Beauty Brow Beauty brow fix (*I’ve never learned to use a powder, as this does the trick for me.)
Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencils in “Ava” and “Gold Reef” (*Would you believe me if I told you I wore one or the other of these colors at least 5 days a week? True story!)
MAC Superslick Liquid Eye Liners in “Marked for Glamour” and “Signature Blue” (*My favorite felt tip liquid eyeliner!)
Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in “11 – Diamond Burgundy” (*part of my neverending HG Plum eyeliner search – the color is good enough for me to ignore the stiff felt tip pen.)
Avon Glimmersticks Diamonds Eye Liner in “Emerald Glow” (*just enough sparkle, without drifting into Glittertown.)
Daniel Sandler Velvet Waterproof Eyeliner in “Velvet Grey” (*The perfect grey – almost matte, but not flat)
GOSH Cosmetics Velvet Touch Waterproof Eyeliners in “Alligator”, “Purple Stain” and “Blue Moon”. (*If I could marry these eyeliners I would, because they will be true and not leave me for anything. Seriously, these bitches don’t go ANYWHERE after you put them on. My fav bright color eyeliners!)
Bourjois Paris Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner in “grid tecktonic” (Much more amped up silver grey)
Three Custom Color Light Clarifier Pencil (*Everyone needs one of these. That is all.)
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in “3L – Iridescent Navy Blue” (*Who says a blue-eyed girl can’t wear blue?)
Mally Beauty 24/7 Professional Eye Lining System in “Smoldering Topaz” (*Yes, I know it’s part of a system, but I like it just fine on it’s own.)
Mally Beauty Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in “Gunmetal”. (*Hands down my favorite eyeliner for that dark-but-not-black liner & it. doesn’t. move! Ironic for something to be called “Gunmetal” to be bulletproof?)
elf Studio Eyeshadow “C” Brush (*My most used brush. Of all.)
Bare Escentuals Flat Edge Liner (unavailable now) (*I use this for tiny concealer touch-ups.)
Sonia Kashuk Spoolie
Crown Brush Double-ended Brush (*I don’t use this one, but I keep it in my pencil case, since I can’t store it in my rock filled brush-holder.)
MAC 275SE Medium Angled Shading Brush (*A shorter version of the full-size brush that is great for that windshield-wiper blending action.)
Avon Double-Ended Liner and Shadow Brush (*I think this might be discontinued now.)
Mally Beauty Double-Ended Blending Brush (*I am certain this came with one of my sets, but I’ll be damned if I can remember which one!)
Benefit Cosmetics Get Bent Eyeliner Brush (*My lining world was turned upside DOWN when I discovered this brush. Life changing. And now it looks like it’s discontinued. My preciousssss….)
Avon (*I think!) Eyeliner Brush (*This unmarked brush is really firm and works really good on my drier liners.)
Sonia Kushuk Lash Comb (*The foldable design has saved me many a finger puncture from the metal tines!)

Did you figure it out? (spoiler alert: There is not a black eyeliner in the bunch!)

So, that’s a gander at my goodies (*As the boys like to say) (*In the 1860’s). Tell me – do I have anything you carry in your stash? Let me know what are your daily must have’s, so we can compare. 🙂

*Disclaimer: I received some of these products from their PR for editorial consideration, and some of them I spent my hard earned money on.

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"Plant a treee….for the fuuuture…"

Way back in the day (when I was in Elementary School) I remember a commercial on tv that encouraged us to plant trees in honor of Arbor Day, which was created in 1872 to encourage planting trees and caring for them. It is celebrated on the last Friday in April each year. Another environmentally friendly day is Earth Day, which was established on April 22nd, 1970 – and considered the beginning of the modern environmental movement. This year we are lucky enough to have both of these great awareness days in the same week.

In honor of these days, I am going to highlight a few companies that are doing their part to encourage a greener, more environmentally friendly way of getting beautiful:

Origins: Origins has always been organically friendly but this Spring, they have started the “Return to Origins Recycling Program”. This allows you to bring in *any* empty cosmetic containers (from any brand) to be recycled and they will give you a FREE sample of one of their high-performance skincare products.

butter LONDON: butter LONDON is a 3 Free (the toxic Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP) polish line with such great colors, and whom basically admonishes “3 Free is a way of life”. This Earth Day they will be giving out a bottle of their polish to the first 500 lovelies who click on their website (for us in the US, it starts at 8am PST/11am EST). But, don’t despair, if you are not one of the first 500 clickers, you can still take advantage of a great offer of 5 for $40 of colors you choose, or let them know what you are looking for and they will make a recommendation for you. (Offer good thru 4-30-09) *also, don’t forget to look at their cute dictionary.

Vert: Instead of looking all over online for more organic products to incorporate into your lifestyle, just go to the Vert – “The eco-chic beauty boutique” website to choose from over 25+ eco companies from around the world. Their goal is to provide conscious consumers “the best selection of pure and organic beauty products available”. In addition, she carries my eco fave Josie Maran.
*(speaking of Josie, don’t forget her “Earth Day Kit” is still available at Sephora, too.)

Lavanila: I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Plant a Billion Trees Initiative, the program that the yummy fragrance company Lavanila has teamed up with the Nature Conservancy for Earth Month. The Nature Conservancy’s goal is to plant 1 billion trees over the next 7 years. Lavanila will “plant a tree” with every online order at lavanila.com during the month of April, helping them get even closer to their goal.

Have a great Earth Week, and remember, even if you don’t live an entirely green lifestyle, we can all take baby steps to start incorporating green actions into our lives. I’ll share one way I do this – my family and I reuse our shower towels. It saves on washing more laundry, water, electricity and the wear and tear on the towels themselves. We have over the door hooks in the bathroom and hang them there after we dry off. It just takes one step to start the journey.

"The Earth is what we all have in common."

Hey, lovelies – did you take advantage of the Josie Maran sale I talked about last month? I hope so, because then you would already know what I have learned. Her stuff is fabulous! Like, use daily, great. I was able to try her eyeshadow in “Parfait” (a matte soft pink), and it has become a staple to me. I use it as a base for pretty much all my neutral looks, and it just feels good going on. I was also able to try her “Plumping Lip Gloss in “Strength”. Now, the only quibble I have about this is that I didn’t feel any plumping action, but, damn, that didn’t matter to me when I put this taupey, shimmer color on. Gorgeous color and damn if it didn’t taste great, too. (Come on, you KNOW how lip products taste affects your usage of them – it does for me.) Like, I wanna lick it off as soon as I put it on, good. Okay, maybe that’s why I didn’t see any plumping action – I’m not gonna lie.

Anyway, if for some reason you didn’t get anything then, you really have no excuse to pass up her “Earth Day Kit” at Sephora ($48).

This set contains:
– 100% Organic Argan Oil (3-5 uses)
– 0.14oz Plumping Lip Gloss in Daring (sheer shimmering rosy nude)
– 0.12oz Cream Blush in Sunrise (soft pink)
– 0.17oz Mascara in Black
– 0.04 oz Eye Liner in Black

As you can see, this kit has universally flattering colors and since the products contain natural, paraben- and fragrance-free ingredients this would be a great kit to get to know Josie’s line of products. The products come in a box made from recycled materials and printed with fun green tips from Josie herself. So, not only are you doing good to yourself with healthy products, you are helping the environment, too. Not a thing wrong with that, right?

Would you be mine..could you be mine…

…won’t you be my Valentine? (Sorry, Mr. Rogers).

Now, I’m not one for all flowery pink stuff – I leave that to my office-mate – she decorates for every holiday (can’t wait to see what she does for Arbor Day) and is crazy about pink. However, with my blue eyes, I can pull off some nice pinks and plums.

That’s why I was happy to come across a pink I really need to try – it’s by Josie Maran called “Valentine” (at Sephora, Barney’s New York and online – $18). How’s that for a holiday tie-in? It looks to be a nice cross between a pink and a not too dark rose color, which I think would make a great fresh base for Valentine’s Day (of course) or for the upcoming Spring – come ooooon warm weather. I would really love to apply pink to my face, cheeks and eyes and not have them be that way to due to the cold weather, ya know?

And, speaking of Love, one of the great things about Josie’s line is that she loves creating her cosmetics naturally – non-toxic ingredients – no fragrances or parabens. What’s more, the beauty extends to the packaging: each shade comes housed in Josie’s state-of-the-art biodegradable compact. And as a Valentine’s Day treat for yourself, she is sharing the love and offering 30% off her entire line of cosmetics, including the Allure Beauty Award-winning Mascara to Plumping Lip Gloss from February 12th thru the 19th.

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