Posted in 2the9s, Beauty

And Now, for a Product Post

I was bemused and skeptical when my mom showed up with a gift bag full of skin care products a few months ago.  I was also happy because I had run out of Oil of Olay, and lord knows I’m too cheap to buy real moisturizer.  I started using the products she had found on HSN, and I’ve been pleased enough that I’m looking at the dwindling supply thinking, “I’m actually going to have to buy more of this–it works.”

The Signature Club A skin care gift set that my mom gave me.


The product I like best is the Rapid Transport C Infused High Potent-C Anti-Wrinkle Capsules.  Those little gold capsules you see in the picture up there.  You twist off a piece of the capsule, squirt out a pea-sized dollop of moisturizer, and rub it in.  It feels like velvet on your skin.  Velvet.  It is glorious.

But even better than those, are the Signature Club A by Adrienne Precious Argan Oil Ayurveda Night Cream Skin Balancing Capsules.  They are blue capsules, and they leave your skin feeling like–what feels better than really plush velvet?  Whatever that is, these leave your skin feeling that way.

Mom also brought me some Signature Club A by Adrienne Precious Moroccan Argan Oil Neck Specific Tighten & Uplift with Bao, painful to my vanity (when your mother brings you neck tightening cream…) but truly can’t get enough of this stuff.  This I will replenish, too.

I’m still washing my face with Aveeno Foaming Cleanser because I love it.

The latest rundown of my makeup wardrobe goes like this:

  1. Moisturizer
  2. Too Faced Primed and Poreless over my t-zone and chin
  3. Too Faced Amazing SPF 15 Foundation Powder
  4. Urban Decay eyeliner in Corrupt as an eyeliner base and smudged into my lid crease
  5. A Maybelline shadow duo Indian Summer
  6. Urban Decay waterproof liquid liner in Perversion
  7. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Lycra Flex Mascara (I’ve just started using this–jury is still out on how well I like it.)
  8. Too Faced eyebrow pencil in Blonde-y
  9. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush
  10. A discontinued MAC lipstick in Skew.  I love this color.

You put all that together (minus the lipstick) and you get this:

I really love the Urban Decay liners. They wear FOREVER and don’t smear. Jury is still out on the Rimmel mascara, but I swear by all my Too Faced products.  I have posed, here, to hide my neck.  I fear I am genetically predisposed to a massive wattle.


Posted in 2the9s, cosmetics

Makeup Reviews: New-to-Me products I love and one to avoid

You all know how much I love cosmetics (not to be worn all at once like the cheerleaders I saw last night–girls, no) and I am always looking for that perfect piece to add to my collection.  Here are the latest two to make the cut:

First up, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Demolition
24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Demolition

This is great stuff!  I’ve been unhappy with my liquid liners lately (wearing off at the inside corners of my eyes with allergy tears), and I picked this up after drawing on my arm with about ten different colors.  Demolition, the color I chose, is a great shade that skews to what you are wearing with it.  It writes out almost a dark bronze, but it skews to a gunmetal and an olive, making it extremely versatile.  The brush is the perfect size for getting a fine line, and it is truly waterproof.  It wears for better than 12 hours.  I haven’t slept in it, so I don’t know about 24/7, but it definitely made it through a full week of workdays and pollen count weeping.


Next is Maybelline’s Superstay 24 Color lipstick.

Superstay 24 Color in All Day Cherry

All Day Cherry was one of those colors I saw on the model and thought, “That is the perfect red.  It will never look that good on me.”  But, I bought it anyway and was over the moon to discover that the color was true to the photograph.  I felt like I was wearing the lipstick equivalent of Ruby Red Slippers on my lips!  My mouth was magical!  There was no place like Sephora!  I mean Home!

I was also skeptical about the claims to how well the lipstick wore.  I’ve been trying the all-day colors since they started hawking them more than ten years ago, and I’ve never found one I thought was worth it.  All Day Cherry is my 4th of the Superstay 24s, and I can vouch for the long wear of each.  I’m pretty much in love with the line, but wasn’t compelled to write until I saw this red and tested it out during a 12 hour day–better actually.  I put it on at 6am and took it off at 7pm.

I am obsessive about how a red lip should look, so I did a touch up application after lunch–just to re-color the inner curve of my lower lip–but other than that, I was very impressed by how this held up.  Even more impressed that my lips never felt really dry.

One thing I tried that I did not like was the Maybelline Volume Express One-by-One mascara.  It’s crummy, crumbly, and flakes into my eyes.  Don’t bother with that one.