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Give me all the makeup and brushes you have

1 Jul

Pants here again. In my last post I talked about what makeup I would buy if my cosmetics bag had been misplaced for a few days. Today, I’m going to talk about something even scarier – what if ALL my makeup was gone FOREVER (ever… ever… ever…)?

Let’s make this a little less upsetting – ONLY my makeup is gone. Everything else is fine. My cat scratched the crap out of the person who stole all my makeup, so they didn’t come back for anything else. And they bled all over their vehicle. And the scratches got infected. And they’ll probably lose at least one leg. And they have terrible acne that even my makeup couldn’t hide. HASHTAG KARMA.

After crying (and probably vomiting), I would have to decide what would really need to be replaced. Because let’s be honest, we might love all of our makeup, but we don’t necessarily use all of it. I’m a sucker for green/turquoise/teal eye shadows, but those aren’t something that I wear everyday.

So if all of my makeup went missing for good, here are the products I would absolutely have to repurchase:

Glimmer & Shimmer / Give me all the makeup and brushes you have

(Clockwise from left: Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer, Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-hour Primer,
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder)

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen (light) / $34 @
Years ago I used a tinted moisturizer and loved it. Then I tried 800 products, and each time I would love it for a month, then was over it.  I wanted glowy, natural looking skin, like I wasn’t wearing anything. I went to Sephora and tested all the tinted moisturizers and BB creams from my favorite brands. After talking to a sales girl, she suggested the one that was actually my top runner – the Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF Sunscreen. There’s a lot of words in there, and the two that threw me off were “primer” and “sunscreen.” I wasn’t sure it could be worn by itself, but the associate told me that it could and that she really loved it. It goes on smooth, and has a silky/silicone-like feeling of a primer, but it’s tinted and evens out my skintone. Plus, the sunscreen is great – I went to the West Side Wiener Dog Races last weekend and while my shoulders burned like nobody’s business, my face was fine.

Maybelline Dream Lumi concealer (Radient) / $6.44 @
Great for brightening under/around my eyes, and the price isn’t too shabby.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (Translucent) / $3.97 @
I honestly can’t tell a difference between this and the MAC Mineral Skin Finish Natural that I’ve been using for the last two years. The packaging isn’t as nice, but who cares?

Glimmer & Shimmer / Give me all the makeup and brushes you have

N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Face Powder Sunny bronzer / $2.99 @
This has good color payoff, I don’t need to use much on my translucent skin AND it’s like $2-3 in most drug stores.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (Tipsy) / $26 @
This is probably my favorite blush. It’s bright coral, which makes me happy. Sometimes I forget about it, but whenever I use it again I get mad at myself for not using it more.

Give me all the makeup and brushes you have

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Highlighter (Rose Illumination) / $34 @
So glad that rose gold is finally popular again. When I was in 7th grade, it was big. My mom ordered me a rose gold chevron ring from QVC, and I still have it. For years I’ve been waiting for it to get popular again, so I’m pumped to be able to get so many things in this beautiful color. When I heard that Elizabeth Arden was coming out with the Rose Aurora collection, I had to refrain from buying all of it. I settled on the highlighter, and it is definitely my favorite. (My gloomy day pictures don’t do it justice, so visit Fleur De Force’s blog for a swatch.)

Glimmer & Shimmer / Give me all the makeup and brushes you have

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Original) / $12 @
I loved this product since I first tried it five years ago. My shadows don’t crease and they look vibrant and freshly applied all day. I would go for the travel tube because you don’t have to use much and it lasts forever.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo (Medium Brown) / $23 @
It may seem pricey, but the one I’m using now I’ve had for around two years, and it’s still going strong (that’s a new one in the photo that I STILL haven’t had to use yet). I like powder because it looks more natural and because you get so much more product than in a pencil.

Glimmer & Shimmer / Give me all the makeup and brushes you have

LORAC Mint Edition Palette  (Ulta version) / $36 @
This was a difficult decision. I have a lot of palettes and I like to switch between them every day. I decided to go with the LORAC Mint Edition because it’s what I’ve been using the most lately, and I think it has a good mixture of colors so that I can wear different looks. Plus, it’s limited edition and luckily still available. It has matte colors and really nice shimmery colors, too. BONUS – It comes with a coral lipgloss, gorgeous coral-peach blush AND a makeup bag.

Glimmer & Shimmer / Give me all the makeup and brushes you have

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof eye liner (Lionfish) / $20 @
All-time favorite eyeliner. This bronzy color really makes blue eyes look more blue. It works with pretty much any shadow color. (Except oranges or corals – I feel they look a little too Halloweeny/fall-like for this time or year.)

Buxom Lash Mascara (Blackest Black) / $19 @
I haven’t bought mascara in months because I probably have eight years worth of free samples that I’ve been trying to go through. However, if they were all gone, this is the one I’d buy – lots of volume, doesn’t clump and no flaking.

TOTAL: $217.40

Okay, that’s nauseating. I actually feel physically ill thinking about having to replace all of those things at the same time.  So don’t steal my makeup, jerks.

According to my last post, it would have cost me $50.77 to replace all of my makeup using drugstore products that I like, leaving out tools or brushes, which I didn’t even get into here.

Whew! Do you know what you’d replace if you lost all of your makeup?

It’s not easy bein’ green

8 Mar

St. Patty’s day is coming up and we already have our green makeup picked out. We hope you do too. In case you don’t, here are our picks for some green fun.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in #84 Epatant ($36,

Just in case bright shadows aren’t your thing, this is an amazing greenish taupe shade. You can sparkle and shimmer all day and/or night.

Urban Decay Glide on Eye Pencil in Graffiti ($19,

You can have some real fun with a bright green eye pencil. This particular one has great pigmentation.

Lancome Color Fever Gloss – Green Petal ($26,

This gloss may look scary, but it doesn’t look green on your lips. It just adds some pretty green glitter than you can wear alone or on top of another lip product.

Already have some green makeup, but don’t know how to wear it? No worries! Here are some tutorials:

A bright look: Sour Skittles by xsparkage

A standard look: Lucky Green by MakeupByTiffanyD

A smokey/glittery look:  Smokey Glittery Green Tutorial by AlbaMayo

A dramatic look: Anything Goes Liquid Liner by Lisa Eldridge

How much green do you plan on sporting for St. Patty’s Day?


Red & Pants

Pants’ Plum Picks!

7 Mar

Pants here. Lately, I’ve been really loving plum lip colors. I feel it’s a good transition color from winter to spring. I think they’re really flattering for pale ladies, such as Red and myself. Today, I’ll share my favorites that I’ve accumulated over the last few months.

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in Crush 23 ($12, – This is described as a deep reddish plum. I have to be very careful when applying this because it is on the darker side. I usually use a lip brush, then apply some extra foundation or concealer around my lips to make it look cleaner. My skin is kinda pinky, so if you have red/pink areas on your face, a deep color like this will make them stand out. The lipstick looks much darker than it is when applied.

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Apocalypse ($19, – Saw this color swatched on several blogs and really loved how it looked on everyone who wore it. When I finally got to Sephora I swatched it on my hand and kept staring at it. I knew I must own it. It’s a deep plum, but I typically use the Lisa Eldridge method of dabbing it on with my fingers, then rubbing it in like a stain. It looks matte this way, but does look glossy when applied normally.

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey ($15, – This is considered a cult favorite, and now I know why. Love this. LOVE it. It’s moisturizing and gives just a slight hint of plum on the lips. It looks really nice over top of the other colors I’ve mentioned above, too. Since it’s sheer, it works with your natural lip color. It’s a good introduction to a plum lip.

Revlon Just Bitten in Crave ($6.74, – I’ve been addicted to lipstains lately. You can get two completely different looks with them – matte when applied alone or shiny with gloss on top. Actually, depending on what color of gloss you use, you can get several different looks – shimmery, glittery, a hint of color to depend or lighten it. I just recently picked this one up, and already love it. It’s more of a bright plum than a deep one. Plus, it has a lip balm on the end so you only have to carry one product with you for touch-ups.

Dark lip colors like this can really make you look a little goth if you don’t wear enough blush. Lisa Eldridge suggests applying some blush, and then retouching after you apply your lip color. And we always do what Lisa says – she’s a makeup genius.

What plum lip products are you loving?


Red & Pants

February 2012 Favoritessss

1 Mar

With February out of the way, we’re one step closer to Spring, thank goodness! No mo’ snow! And hopefully no more dry skin!

Here are the products we just couldn’t put down in February:


Urban Decay Naked2 ($50, – I know many people weren’t impressed with this palette, but I’ve been using it almost everyday. I think I’ve used it more than I ever used the original Naked. My favorite color combos are Bootycall on the brow bone, Tease in the crease, and either Suspect, Pistol or YDK on the lid. Busted is a great outer V color. If you don’t have the Naked2, this is just mumbo jumbo. Let’s just say, I’m really, really happy that I got this palette for Christmas.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Tipsy ($24, – I think this may have been my favorite last month, too. I have loved coral and peach colors since I was little, and it makes me super happy to have some bright coral on my cheeks. This blush is matte, and I love to add a little bit of shimmer on my cheek bones.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain in Cranberry Crush ($2.49, – Of course this is discontinued, because I LOVE it. This is a bright cranberry red, which leans more on the red side than purple. It lasts a really long time (like I wake up the next morning and it’s still on), and looks good solo or with gloss on top. Sometimes I like to pair red, glittery glosses on top, but clear gloss looks great, as well. I could see it being a nice all-year-round red lip color. I may actually have to stock up on this.


Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in #55 In Love ($43, – I actually picked this blush up from All Cosmetics Wholesale for a little more affordable price. This is a blush that was recommended by Lauren Conrad and is why I now own it. It’s a coral-peach with golden shimmer. The shimmer is super light. It’s such a gorgeous color. I love the flush it gives my cheeks and I cannot put it down.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Birthday Suit ($19, – This is an amazing shimmery brushed chrome cream shadow. I absolutely love it. I’ve been pairing it with MAC’s Sable, a plum/brown shade, and love the combination.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Creme Brule ($7, – I have been going with a light nude lip  as of late. I love this light shimmery shade. It pairs well with almost any eye look.

Tell us, what have you been loving this month?


Red & Pants

Foxy Browns

8 Feb

In the latest edition of People Style Watch Magazine, they say one of the trends for this spring is the brown smoky eye.

Amanda Seyfried wears it well.

So here are a few of our favorite palettes to pull off the brown smoky eye.

Urban Decay Naked Palette ($50, – I mean, obvi. There’s a great range of dark and medium browns to give you that perfect smoky eye. Try Toasted on the lid, Hustle in your crease and use Sin to highlight your brow bone. And you can even line your eyes with Hustle and Darkhorse, but make sure it smudge it on the top and bottom lid.

Too Faced Natural Eye Collection ($36, – This collection is great because it gives you three looks you don’t have to think about. You’ve got a daytime, more natural brown smoky eye on the top, a slightly darker one in the middle, and then a night time look on the bottom. And you can, of course, mix and match to create your favorite look.

Dior ‘5 Couleurs – New Look Eye Shadow Palette in Grege ($59, – This little palette really packs a punch with its shades of browns. You can go light with your smoky eye for a daytime look or take it up a notch for nighttime.

Tell us do you like a smoky brown eye? What palettes or single shadows do you like to use?


Red & Pants

Tried It Tuesday – Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

7 Feb

This week’s Tried It Tuesday is brought to you by Pants.

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Apocalypse ($18, Sephora exclusive)

Sephora describes this color as “deep plum,” and I love me a deep plum lip color. I saw several blogs swatch and review this color, and when I got a chance to go to Sephora, I made sure to check it out. I tested it on the back of my hand and kept staring at it, and finally decided, “I’m doin’ it! I’m getting it!”

This photo doesn’t do the color any justice. You can apply it straight to your lips for a dark, dramatic look. However, I like to apply the pencil to my finger tips, then pat the color onto my lips for a less dramatic look. It gives a nice hint of plum, and is suitable for day time.

When applied as it’s intended, it does give a glossy look and isn’t drying. But when I pat it on, it looks slightly matte. I like to pair it with a gloss on top, specifically Lancome Juicy Tube Jelly in Magic Spell (“a sheer pinky-rose with opalescent flecks)”.

I’ve been wearing this around the house a lot, mostly because I haven’t really left my house since I bought it. But I’m very excited to wear it when I go out!

The one downside is that you have to sharpen this, which means that I’ll lose some of the product during the process. I really think they should make these retractable like the Tarte LipSurgence pencils.

I give Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Apocalypse 4 out of 5 sparkles.


Red & Pants

Chanel, MAC and Sephora, oh my!

2 Feb

I think we’ve complained here several times about the lack of high-end makeup retailers in our town. The mall has Lancome, Clinique and Estee Lauder counters, and a new boutique in town has started carrying Stila and Butter London, but we are in dire need of a Sephora and/or Ulta. Oh, and we’ll take a Macy’s with a MAC and Chanel counter, too, while you’re at it.

So Pants has been wanting to go to Pittsburgh for a few weeks now to find a particular lip gloss and to get some tinted moisturizer samples. Red wanted to go to a Chanel counter and try out a couple of their foundations, so we planned a trip, and headed up to the Ross Park Mall yesterday evening.

We both had lists, but our first stop was Chanel in Macy’s.

Red has been watching many of Lisa Eldridge’s videos on YouTube lately. Some of Lisa’s favorite foundations are from Chanel, so Red has been wanting to check them out. During her research, she discovered that Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is similar in texture to Pants’ beloved discontinued Lancome Aqua Fusion Teinte. So then Pants started watching video reviews too, and decided she wanted to look into it, as well.

We thought we were just going to figure out our colors and get samples. Nope. We both bought it, and we’re both the same shade, yay!

Since Pittsburgh and all of its makeup goodness is about an hour and a half away, we both prepared lists of everything we wanted to look for during our trip. We’ll share the rest of our goodies with you.


Our foundation color was out of stock, but you can see the super cute little sample on the bottom left corner there.

For Christmas 2010, I got a set of MAC lip glosses, and my favorite color from the set, Fab Fun, was limited edition. This crushed my soul, but by reading Temptalia, I found out there are a couple other similar shades: Morning Glory Lustreglass and Like Venus Dazzleglass. I wanted to compare them in person to decide which one I really wanted. It turned out Morning Glory won – it had smaller glitter, and looks slightly more pink on the lips. This was the main reason to go on the trip for me.

At the MAC counter, I also picked up a backup Eye Brows in Lingering. I tried out a Maybelline eyebrow pencil, but it’s only .001 oz. worth of product for $7, while MAC’s is $15 for .003 oz. MAC wins.

For Sephora, I had a long list of things I wanted to look at in person, but not necessarily buy. I guess I wanted to inspect them to decide if they needed to be added to my ever-growing wishlist. One of those things was Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. Which as you can see, I ended up getting in Vanilla & Lavender. The smell reminds me slightly of Vicks VapoRub, but it’s not gross. So far, I really like it. But I did just get it last night.

I’ve also been eying the Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Apocalypse. I’ve been loving dark lip colors later, and had to have this. Today, I wore it like a stain (thanks for the tip, Lisa Eldridge!) by just patting the color on my lips with my finger. This one is going to be a favorite, I can tell.

I also ended up with the Harajuku Lovers “G” to Go. G is one of my top three favorite fragrances ever, so of course, it’s been discontinued. It’s so coconut-y and amazing. This was on clearance, so I couldn’t resist.


While at the MAC counter I picked up  a Cremesheen Lipstick in Fanfare. It is such an amazing shade of pink. I really wanted it after reading that it pairs perfectly with Boots No. 7 lip liner in 20 Nude. I also picked up another Eye Kohl pencil in Smolder. It’s my favorite and I was running low. Must. Not. Run. Out.

At Sephora I really wanted to check out the NARS blush in Luster. Lauren Conrad’s makeup artist, Amy Nadine, may have mentioned that this is a blush she uses often on Lauren and I may have immediately added it to my list. It’s funny because it’s one that I never would have checked out on my own. It didn’t look super exciting, but when I swatched it I was pleasantly surprised at how pretty it was. I bought it and wore it today. So far I love it.

I have been wanting a cream eye shadow. Lisa Eldridge has several videos using them, and they are just so quick and effortless. I opted for Benefit’s Creasless Cream Shadow/Liner in Birthday Suit. It’s a really pretty shimmery taupe brown. I wore it today and was very pleased with it thus far.

Keep your eyes peeled. We will definitely be featuring some of these products in our Tried it Tuesday feature once we have a chance to really try them out.

Tell us, have you made any fun purchases recently?


Red & Pants

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