I cannot believe we are already in February. I don’t know about you but for me it’s like this first month of 2014 just flew by. As you may know we moved in November to a new house at the end of 2013 and my time just felt short every day. I have more things to do than time in which to do them. Now more than ever I feel like I need a true and trusty method and manner of doing things. I find myself wanting to not put much thought into my regular makeup routine. Also, because I’m a little further north than before I also find myself leaving home earlier and getting home later so in order to still get my so loved 8 hours of sleep — without my regular 8 hours I’m useless both at work and in my personal life — I am so glad that I have these favorites to fall back on.
Face — Foundation
Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup
I have been loving and reaching for this foundation every day. Originally I thought it was because all my makeup was still packed away but I quickly realized that, although I had unpacked all my makeup and all my foundations were placed on display on top of my vanity, I was still reaching for this one more often than not.
The application is even and easy. You cannot make a mistake with it. Even when I’m blurry eyed and I am a bit heavy handed on the pump it’s still really easy to work the product on the face. It’s oil free which is a plus if you have oily skin — not the reason I bought since I have normal to dry skin. You would think that in the Winter months when the weather tends to dry my skin more, I wouldn’t like the way it looks. There is no scent which the other foundations tend to have and sometimes early in the morning that can be an annoyance.
My color is No. 1 – Ivory. I’m thinking in the Summer I may need a darker shade but this line comes in so many shades I don’t think it will be a problem finding the perfect one yet again.
I do have one complaint but it’s not related to the product at all. My complaint is the packaging. I’m not sure why or if it’s just mine…. please tell me if you have the same problem…. the inside of the cap is falling apart. It started by cracking and now little pieces fall off every time I open the bottle. I don’t remember ever dropping it so it’s probably a defect but I could be wrong. Although I wish the company would fix this little issue, it’s not going to stop me from re-purchasing the product.
Face – Blush
Armani Sheer Blush
I purchased this blush sometime in the Summer when I was looking for a blush to go with anything. This is exactly what this blush does. It’s my cheeks but better. I wear the color No. 4 Sand. It’s a nice fine powder but it does not make my fine lines any more noticeable. It tends to last throughout my work day which is a definite plus for me since I don’t usually have the time to reapply makeup throughout the day and tend to run from meeting to meeting all day.
The packaging is beautiful and black … my favorite. It’s not a shiny package which is great because you can’t see all the finger prints and the mirror is large enough that you can see your cheeks in case you need to reapply, which we already know I don’t. I like the magnetic closure of this product which is in line with all the other products by Armani….. doesn’t it just feel so cool to hear that click? I think it does.
This blush is quickly turning into the one product I will be wearing all year long. Let’s see how it will show when I am a little darker in the Summer.
Lips – Lipstick
Tom Ford Lip Color – Deep Mink
Believe it or not, for the longest time I did not own a nude lip shade. Don’t ask me why. I always thought they looked good on everyone but I always thought they made me look dead. Well, I found this one. I don’t look dead at all. It’s the perfect match for my skin tone. It falls a little on the brown side but it’s nude enough that I can even apply it without a mirror.
The consistency is amazingly soft and creamy and the application is easy. I don’t notice any streaks and it does not pull on the lips. It lasts a while even allowing me to enjoy a few cups of coffee and talk at meetings without feeling like I need to run to the mirror to reapply…. yes, I’m lazy with lipstick as well.
I have one complaint about this product and it’s big enough that I don’t think I will purchase it again. I’m going to see if I can find a similar color in a different brand and try that instead. I don’t like the smell. I can’t put my finger on it but it’s a chemical smell which at times I swear I can smell in my food. What I have started doing is wiping off all the lipstick before I eat just so I don’t taste or smell it. I could probably live with it if it dissipated but I don’t find that it does. Let me know if you have found the same annoyance.
Eyes – Shadow
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre – Eblouis
Honestly I’m not sure if this color has been discontinued. I bought mine about two years ago and for a while and wore it to death then for some reason I stopped wearing color on my lids. It’s just got to be a pain with all the fine lines and the creasing. I just got totally discouraged. This month I discovered it again. Maybe because it’s winter and my eyelids are not as greasy as they tend to be in the Summer, I don’t notice the creasing at all. I like that it’s easy to apply, I tend to apply it with my ring finger but I have also used a Mac brush and it works well…. like I said, every minute of sleep counts so if I can apply makeup with the tools that God gave me I’m all for it. I love the look it gives. It looks a little scary but it’s actually a really soft purple color. I have brown eyes so the purple tones tend to bring out the browns more. Makes my eyes look darker and for some reason, maybe I’m just nuts, makes them look bigger also.
I’ve read on many sites that these tend to dry up quickly. I have not found that at all. I keep mine in a drawer upside down and I’ve had them for at least two years. There is a lot of product in each of the tubs which makes me happy. I hope they don’t dry out since I love them so much.
Eyes – Mascara
Chanel Le Velume De Chanel
I think I have said it on my occasions that I am in love with this mascara. For a long time Chanel could not make mascaras to save their lives. I hated every formula they made. Some were too clumpy, some were too runny… this one is just right. Hahahah what story does that remind you of? Yeah, I love this formula. I like that it separates and makes my lashes thicker. I don’t really care about length since my lashes are pretty long already but I want them to be darker, more defined and thicker and this mascara does all those things.
I am worried about one thing. As of the writing of this post I checked on line and the website is claiming this to be a limited edition product…… I’m freaking out. If that’s the case, I must run and buy one or two more. This is definitely that one product I cannot be without.