There is something totally zen about perusing the aisles of a drugstore. I could literally spend hours walking up and down those aisles inspecting the latest and greatest in beauty products.
Back in the day, it was my local, NYC 9th Avenue Duane Reade. These days, I’m more of a WALGREENS girl. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the TARGET beauty department! All these assorted drugstore beauty destinations have worked diligently to clear my head (and my occasional hormonal breakouts) and stock my bathroom with an arsenal of effective beauty products that could rival any high-end luxury brand.
Since launching The Heart’s Delight almost 4 years ago, I’ve tried more beauty and makeup products than I can count. Some of have been good, some have been, well, not so good.
While I’m not a beauty professional by any means, trying out all of these products has forced me to learn some of the ins-and-outs of the beauty world, figure out what actually works and most importantly learn how to use it correctly! Luckily, I’ve met some very bright and talented people along the way who can help me navigate this process.
In theory, summer beauty should be about effortless ease… at least that’s what all of the magazines are selling with their bronzed and glowing model spreads.
In reality, summer beauty probably takes about 1000x more work and effort than any other beauty routine during the calendar year. From hair removal to sweat prevention, frizz control to faux tans, real summer beauty is way more complicated than we as consumers have been fooled to think.
I guess you could say I’ve been in a bit of a makeup mood lately.
Generally, I’m pretty minimal when it comes to my makeup look and tend to stay allegiant to my favorite products that I’ve discovered over the years (#rideordie). Remember my recent ode to CHANEL BOY? My love affair is still going hot and heavy, by the way. This may be considered cheating a bit on my “Boy-friend,” but I consider this a whole new category of love.
One of the primary reasons I have been hesitant to try anything new (or colorful) on my lips is that it comes off so quickly — so why bother, right? I hate having to reapply or remembering to bring along my lipstick/gloss, so the effort involved in crafting a bold lip is just not worth it.
That’s all changed though…
I recently received a small sample of a YVES SAINT LAURENT VERNIS À LÈVRES GLOSSY STAIN that had been sitting untouched in my drawer for at least 3 months. Yesterday, intrigued by the claim that this is a gloss-like lip product that actually LASTS, I gave it a whirl with no expectations. The small felt-tip wand was easy to use and left behind a layer of glossy, medium-sheer color as I swiped my lips — I used COLOR 5 ROUGE VINTAGE — a deeper rose-hued shade with berry undertones.
After my early morning application, I spent the morning at 2 different appointments and a sushi lunch. When I finally returned home around 3pm, I looked in the mirror and was shocked to see that the color was still going strong! Granted, it was no longer the glossy finish I saw when I first applied, but what remained was a pretty pink hued stain that was deeper and brighter than my natural lip color, yet still looked natural. Best of all, my lips were not dry or cracked as other lip stains tend to do.
So there you have it.
Apparently, I’m polyamorous when it comes to my makeup and have already purchased a full size tube of the Yves Saint Laurent GLOSSY STAIN.
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What do you guys think?
Has anyone tried this product out yet?! I would love to hear your opinion and reviews in the comments below!
What’s the old saying – “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone?”
Well, mine was gone in the back of a Dublin taxi cab and as I soon as I realized that it was missing from my bag, a deep feeling of sadness and regret set in. My beloved Chanel Boy lipstick was MIA and as replaceable as lipstick is, it still pained me to lose my favorite cosmetic indulgence and go-to lip color.
Oh, and p.s. — I HATE losing things.
I first read about Chanel’s ROUGE COCO SHINE HYDRATING SHEER LIPSHINE in (54) BOY a few years back in an online beauty forum and was intrigued by all of the glowing reviews. What was most interesting was that there was a shade of lipstick that could flatter almost every skin tone and nationality of woman who seemed tried it. Better yet, this single shade of lipstick was ironically as far off from “Boy”-ish when applied – subtle, delicate and just a prettier rosewood (with a hint of copper fleck!) version of your natural lip color is the better way to describe it. It also happens to have a faint rose/floral smell when applied — an added bonus.
When I realized how significantly I was attached to a silly lipstick, I knew that this would be a great product to share with you all. Less than 24 hours after losing my “Boy,” I found myself standing at the Chanel counter at Brown Thomas — the Irish equivalent of Bergdorf Goodman with fingers crossed they had my favorite shade in stock.
They did… whew.
CHANEL’S BEAUTY line has been a cult favorite for years — if you’ve never tested out any of their products, I highly recommend you do so starting with the subtle ROUGE COCO SHINE (it comes in 20+ shades!). You’ll soon become addicted.
A little history lesson: “Boy” is the nickname of Arthur Capel, the love of Coco Chanel’s life, her partner and avid supporter in all her successful ventures. Clearly, at the heart of every great product or business is love!
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I’m finally back stateside this morning with my “Boy” and I’ve made a personal vow to never let him go again.
Like fashion, makeup is typically a seasonal type of thing. Summer months call for a sheer colors and a bronzed healthy glow, while the colder months generally incite deeper hues and cooler tones to match the mood of the season.
Santa arrived a bit early for me this year in a form of a lovely package from BORGHESE filled with products from their ECLISSARE product line. You might recall that this past summer I reviewed some of their SUMMER GLOW collection — and lived a bit of La Dolce Vita in the process. This time around, the luxury Italian makeup brand stayed true to the holiday season and sent me an assortment of products that would be a perfect fit for a classic holiday day or night.
I’m very pale, but you probably knew that already. I’m dark haired, fair skinned and “blessed” with pink/cool undertones and freckles that have been with me since childhood. My day-to-day makeup routine is pretty minimalist and focused on great skin and a healthy glow.
The FANGO PURIFICANTE CLAY CLEANSER has been such a nice addition to my evening beauty routine. It goes on smoothly like a mask, then tingles (that’s the best way to describe it?!) as the product is activated to smooth and clear congested skin and minimize pores. My skin was left feeling soft, clean and with a true glow to it — kind of like after you get a good facial. I found that after using it, I used less coverup and BB cream and my natural skin was generally more smooth and even toned.
I could see this product not being a great fit for those with overly sensitive skin (try the FANGO DELICATO for that!), but for combination or oily skin this was perfect. As a bonus, you could also use the product as a spot treatment for the occasional breakout!
Now, onto the PRIMA VISO FACE PRIMER! I don’t think I would use a primer for regular daytime wear (remember, I’m a minimalist!), but for a night out or a special occasion, when I really want my makeup to last — this primer was super. When I applied the primer, it had a slightly sticky consistency, but blended out easily and really smoothed out my pores and winter parched skin. Other primers I’ve tried in the past made my skin feel flaky and dry, but PRIMA VISO kept my skin flawless and hydrated all day long. Love, love, love.
Now that we’ve talked skin care and primer, let’s get to the good stuff: color.
If you’re a fan of the URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTE, I would say this is a close cousin. In my opinion, I prefer the texture of the Borghese shadows to the Urban Decay ones. They seem to apply more evenly with less messy flaking and definitely grip the lid better for a longer lasting finish.
As you can see by the swatches, the colors are all pretty neutral overall and can be easily blended together to create a range of looks. My personal favorites were: Afterglow + Pulse — both shimmery rose gold hues that would be so pretty with a festive bright lip! Out There would make for a great smokey taupe eye in a shade that I think is softer and more flattering than the traditional charcoal smokey eye colors.
(Below is a blend of Afterglow, Pulse + Out There — in case you were curious!)
The shades were all long lasting, easy to apply and didn’t flake or crease. Creasing is my makeup nemesis. They glided onto my lids smoothly and added a soft shimmer that didn’t fade. I’ll definitely be using this palette for many seasons to come, as I really think there’s a color combination in there for any complexion and any style of makeup you want to try. The built in mirror and double ended brush were a nice bonus!
When applying eye makeup, I’m not one to go heavy on liner. I prefer a tight line as close to my lash line as possible, filling in any spaces between lashes with eyeliner in order to create the illusion of thicker, fuller lashes. The ECLISSARE COLOREDGE LINER made this task relatively easy with its smooth, glide color. The liner stayed on until it was time to take it off, at which time a bit of eye makeup remover did the trick!
My final step for eyes included a few swipes of SUPERIORE STATE-OF-THE-ART MASCARA. If you’re looking for dramatically long and lush lashes, this is probably not the product for you. The SUPERIORE STATE-OF-THE-ART MASCARA was a great clump-free defining mascara, that with a few swipes gave me the density and natural looking length I like. Again, the color was intense and stayed where it belonged — on my lashes and not on my face! It will definitely be a great daily wear option that I’ll be using going forward.
I posted the image above on INSTAGRAM a few days ago when I was playing around with the Borghese products. What you see in the image is the B MOISTURE LIPCOLOR in Grappa. In the tube the lipstick almost looked like a dark magenta, but I found that when applied it takes on more of a cool, berry-hued red. I added a dab of the ECLISSARE COLORGLOSS LIPCOLOR in Spark to the center of my bottom lip for a bit of added shine.
While the lipstick was smooth, creamy and moisturizing, I found the lipgloss to be tackier than most. That being said, it was also one of the longest lasting lip glosses I’ve ever tried. I literally had to take a baby wipe and rub it off — and even then, some of the shimmer was left behind. One of the reasons I don’t use lipgloss is that it comes off so quickly, so for me the tackiness is something I could overlook in order to achieve a longer lasting application.
Overall, Borghese hit a home run with this color/product collection. When I’m looking for a more dramatic makeup look, these are the products I want to have on hand. As you can see – this collection offers options for anyone whether they are a lipstick lover, eyeshadow lover… or both. Hello, holiday gift!? I’m quite impressed with the quality and packaging of the products themselves and I look forward to trying out more from the line.
Have you tried anything from Borghese?
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(Disclaimer:I was sent these products as a gift from Borghese. Any reviews, comments, etc. with regard to these products are my own, unbiased and honest. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Heart’s Delight possible!)
All of the ridiculous pumpkin spice bullsh*t aside — I never understood the obsession!? — the fall season always evokes very specific images and feelings for me, especially when it comes to style.
Warmth, texture, neutral tones, wine colored accents… just to name a few. That’s MY quintessential fall.
(Click on images below for shopping details!)
Now, let’s break down this look!
• The Striped Shirt: This item is on my very exclusive, “Seasonless Staple” list. It’s one of those things that can easily transition season-to-season, year-after-year. For clothing like this, why not upgrade to the best quality for your money/budget? SAINT JAMES is the brand by which all other striped shirts should be measured. It’s the O.G. The first and truly the best. One word of caution — SAINT JAMES shirts are not made to be extremely form fitting or stretchy. It’s more of a stiff, androgynous cut, yet universally flattering and can hold up to countless wash and wears. If you haven’t tried their shirts yet, I highly recommend you do.
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• The Distressed Black Jean: I bought this item on a whim last spring to mix up my denim collection a bit– you can check out their debut HERE. I haven’t looked back. The faded black is a nice alternative to traditional denim and the slight distressing give the jeans more personality and interest.
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•The Modern Loafer: I have to say, loafers have come a long way from their original mom-shoe status. As much as I love heels, they’re not always the most practical choice for most women and it’s nice to find an alternative that equally stylish, but actually comfortable for long days on the go. COACH has managed to really deliver this season in the shoe department. Although I have definitely overlooked the brand in the past, I was sort of eating crow when I was hunting for fall flats for my clients. I love the updated platform loafer this season — the slightly tapered toe box keeps the style streamlined, not clunky.
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• The Sleeveless Coat: Honestly, I can’t get enough of this transitional superstar. From the VEST I spoke about last Friday, to this WRAP-AROUND COAT, I’m constantly drawn to this simple style. I love it for day– layered over basics like these, or as an elegant topper for night. Consider this a much more refined and sophisticated take on the ubiquitous puffer vest that you see everywhere each fall.
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• The Floppy Hat: Everyone needs a floppy hat in their lives. I have yet to see a woman who didn’t look good in one. Try it… you might just pleasantly surprise yourself.
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• The Structured Crossbody: I can’t think of a single luxury brand that has come such a long way in such a short time in terms of defining modern accessory style, as CHLOE. I’ve been wearing my FAYE bag every opportunity I can and have been admiring the DREW for months. Now, welcome the GOLDIE. All of the Chloé bags are so beautiful to look at and completely functional. I’m always amazed at how much I can fit into my little FAYE and how comfortable the cross-body strap is. Enough of my Chloé, love-fest… Just take my word that you’re going to be seeing these undertstated bags everywhere. If you like the style of the GOLDIE, but not the price tag (ouch!!) — take a look at a few of the much more budget friendly options below!
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• The Makeup: I’ve been preaching about the RMS Beauty makeup line for about a year now. The all natural, organically derived makeup is actually good for your skin. Rather than mask your beauty, the RMS line is all about naturally highlighting your best features by creating a glow from within. For fall, I am all about the lips: natural skin, flushed cheeks (like you just came inside from a crisp, fall day) and a rich, wine stained lip. Since I’m no makeup expert, I love that this entire line can be applied with your fingertips. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
When I think of summer beauty, the words easy, effortless and natural come to mind.
You know, those girls with that sun-kissed glow that appear well-rested and fresh off a Mediterranean luxury vacation aboard their billionaire beau’s yacht?! Since we can’t all can’t vacation like the Italian socialite girlfriend of a Russian oil tycoon, we can at least get glowing in the privacy of our own homes. So when Borghese sent me some of their luxury makeup to try out, I jumped at the chance to start living la dolce vita!
If you’re not familiar with BORGHESE cosmetics and skincare, it’s a beauty brand rooted in a heritage dating back to the 14th century when people used to seek out the healing waters of the Tuscan earth for their health, beauty and skincare needs. They fuse modern technology with organic and botanical ingredients for the ultimate in anti-aging skincare and luxurious color cosmetics.
In layman’s, non-marketing terms, BORGHESE‘s goal is not to make you look like someone else, just a better version of you. THIS I can get on board with… and if by small chance I start to resemble a young Sophia Loren, I would not be upset by that. AT ALL.
The folks at Borghese sent me an assortment of products from their SUMMER GLOW line including:
As you know, I’m partial to makeup that doesn’t look or feel like makeup once applied and these products really came through… or more accurately, let my skin come through. The PERFETTA RADIANTE PERFECTING MAKEUP foundation was light, creamy and provided the perfect sheer level of coverage that buffed out any imperfections and gave me a soft, diffused look. It also held up well after an afternoon photo shoot and night out with the girls. No creasing, so smearing onto clothing, no melting… it was really, really good, guys!
The ECLISSARE COLORRISE BLUSH in stunner was the ideal bronzer-blush hybrid. Almost like a multi-dimentional, glowing, caramel color with tiny flecks of gold that reflect the light. I used a large oversized blush brush and applied a veil of color onto my cheekbones and around the perimeter of my face. The blush gave me that perfect, summer skin without the sun damage or the faux orange glow of some bronzers and self-tanners.
Lastly, I believe I may have discovered the perfect nude lip. I love a good nude lip, but hate it when the lipstick is too chalky and flat and gives you corpse lips… because, you know, I definitely DON’T want to look dead. The ECLISSARE COLORSTRUCK LIPSTICK glides on flawlessly and contrary to most sheer/moisturizing lipsticks, actually stays on! Even after 2 rounds of cocktails and dinner, there was no need to reapply. I found that when I applied a base of Swoon, followed by a layer of Edge I achieved the perfect peachy/bronze nude lip — VICTORY!
How’s that for shimmer + radiance and all that good stuff?!
Overall, even as a makeup minimalist I’m definitely going to be keeping these products in my rotation. It’s always nice to switch up your day-to-day look for a bit more drama and the BORGHESE SUMMER GLOW product range provided just that without many extra steps, or complicated You Tube makeup tutorials. The sheer, golden-tinged coverage was the ideal solution to my “just back from my Mediterranean holiday” needs!
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How do YOU get your summer glow?
Disclaimer: While Borghese was generous enough to provide me with the products described, all opinions and experiences are solely my own. Many thanks to Borghese for supporting The Heart’s Delight!
Occasionally, special events in life call for a bit more than the basics which leads to mild panic. So, what does one do when questioning anything in life? Go online and promptly Google it. Luckily for me, I stumbled across what I thought was one of the best and easiest to follow/replicate tutorials on the ubiquitous smokey eye.
The smokey eye look is just one of those things that appears super simple in theory, but one wrong move and you end up looking like a rabid raccoon. In full disclosure, even after I followed the makeup tutorial mentioned above, I had to ask my kids’ babysitter for a quick, last-minute check to make sure my eye-makeup looked even. Thanks, Leah.
While the makeup artist in the tutorial has product recommendations of her own, I also wanted to share the tools and products I used to recreate the finished look.