A 40-Something Vanity Kit Revealed

Beauty Staples

Beauty Staples 1.) Nail grooming kit 2.) Cheek colors: MAC blushes in Well-Dressed, Pink Swoon, Peaches (also used as eyecolor), Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Tipsy 3.) MAC Studio Fix foundation in NC 30 or NC 35 4.) MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light 5.) Revlon Colorburst Lipglosses in Papaya and Hot Pink 6.) Bath and Body Works tweezers 7.) MAC brushes 8.) Nivea Volume as lip primer 9.) Garnier Light Brightening Eye Roll-On 10.) Garnier Pure Active Anti-Imperfections Roll-On 11.) MAC eyeshadows: Pink Venus, Aquadisiac, Sweet Lust, Espresso (used as eyebrow filler, eyeliner and eyecolor), Gleam (not in photo: Expensive Pink, Black Tied, Tilt, Ricepaper, Pink Freeze, Amber Lights) 12.) Lip Colors: Revlon Colorburst Pink Petal, Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti, Maybelline Watershine Pure CR 31, MAC Viva Glam Nicki, Revlon Siren, Revlon Kiss Me Coral, Revlon Stormy Pink, Revlon Cherries In The Snow, MAC Milan Mode (not in photo: MAC Bombshell, Revlon Colorburst True Red, MAC Cosmo) 13.) MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 NC 30 14.) Nail Color, Revlon Colorstay Delicious 15.) Kimmidoll pocket mirror

Low Maintenance Bath

The Low Maintenance Bath: 1.) Batis yellow soap 2.) Sugar as face and body scrub 3.) Mane ‘n Tail Herbal Gro Shampoo 4.) Mane n’ Tail Deep Moisturizing Conditioner 5.) Nivea Angel Star Souffle for skin dryness spot relief 6.) Bench Fix hair product

Peace in the desert

Diet: Anything but exotic/endangered birds and animals.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013

New Sephora Finds

“Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art,” said the champion of individualism, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ain’t that classic?

Eye love

Just how convenient is this new ULTRAFLESH eyeliner kit at Sephora. It comes with 5 long wearing choices. For the Tokidoki fans out there, the eye makeup Pittura Brush Set is a collectible. Mozarella, Adios Amigos and Dunatella will do the tricks. And if dark circles and undereye bags are bothersome, there’s Dark Circles Away with Lumisphere microencapsulated serum from Dr. Brandt. Instant vibrant peepers.Eye essentials at Sephora: 1.ULTRAFLESH™ Black Magic – The Ultimate Jet Black Eye Liner Collection 2.Tokidoki Pittura Brush Set 3.dr brandt dark circles away™ collagen eye serum

Nailing it

The new Only Gold For Me provides a good dose of gold on your tips. The dazzlers are suspended in clear top coat, so you can layer it over your favorite color. There’s also Spark-tacular! Top Coat with multi-colored small flecks reminiscent of the disco era.

From the Sephora by OPI Havana Nights Collection comes an iridescent deep turquoise blue shade. The limited edition nail color reminds me of the sparkly ocean in the summertime.

Gleek out with six mini nail colors inspired by characters in Glee. Get the look of artists on your tips.

To test nail colors, check this out.

Sephora by OPI 1.Only Gold For Me Top Coat 2.Spark-tacular Top Coat 3.Midnight Mambo Nail Color 4.GLEE 6 Piece Mini Kit

Tricks of the trade

When I’m abroad, you can find me at Sephora when I hit the malls. You just can’t check out all the products in one visit. It’s a mecca for beauty product junkies. When I’m not buying anything, I’m testing products. The Beauty Insider program makes shopping at Sephora doubly fun. It can be used online for reward points, but gifts have to be claimed at a Sephora store. It sucks that I can’t claim my birthday gift this year. The gift is a stock size Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake Shower Gel. Philosophy is love. Delicious Amazing Grace and Aloha Girl body cleansers are personal favorites. iPad users can download the new Sephora app. Get the latest tips and how-to from the pros via the interactive multimedia catalog.

Saving Skin

I absolutely love Nivea! The fantastic Nivea creme in that blue tin can got me hooked. It’s one over the counter product that doesn’t make me scratch during the colder months. When I need to go outdoors, protection comes from my Nivea Sun Care products. I’ve recently added two Nivea products to my faves – 1) Angel Star Soft Souffle for the body. The blue tin was out of stock at the supermarket, so I tried the pink stuff, which has proven to be as good as the classic Nivea Creme. It doesn’t feel greasy on my skin, not to mention, its raspberry and yogurt scent is subtly delicious. 2) Natural Volume with collagen and light reflecting pigments. It conditions as well as makes the lips appear fuller without the heavy and sticky feel. I wear it alone or as a lip primer. It also fixes issues with too matte lipsticks.

Effective products don’t have to be costly.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved