Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner Love

Lindsey's Liner: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner / Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Black
Thanks to several of your questions about my eyeliner in one of our recent blog posts, I thought I'd do a quick post today to explain what I use and how I achieve the look. As all of our dedicated readers know, we love a cat-eye. Day (see here)... night (see here and here) ... there's never really a time when we won't wear one. Sometimes it's fun though to take a break from the cat eye. One product I love to use to create an equally flirty and dramatic effect is Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner, $23. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to see it. The shade I'm wearing here is Chocolate Shimmer Ink, which is a gorgeous shimmery brown, which is ideal for both day and night. I use a soft eye liner brush to apply the gel liner. All that is needed is a very small amount. After lining my eyes top and bottom with an espresso pencil eyeliner, I follow with the Bobbi Brown gel formula. I run the brush directly over the pencil line. I love how this liner glides on effortlessly and delivers fully rich, pigmented color. Something I love to do is exaggerate the shape of my eyes by extending the line just past the inner corners of my eyes (see above) and then outside a bit on the outer edges. I didn't do a cat eye here, but you can absolutely create a pretty cat eye with this eyeliner gel. Happy lining!

xo, Lindsey and Mary
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Fortunately when it comes to our skin, breakouts are almost never an issue for us. But every now and then, we admit to having the occasional acne flareup. One remedy that always seems to zap away little problem areas is prescription gel, Ziana. We love it because it always makes our skin clear again. It's a topical gel that dries out and takes care of breakouts in less than a week. We've tried other prescription gels in the past, and this one seems to work the best. All you need is a pea sized amount... if you use too much, it will make your skin extremely dry. Love this stuff though!
xo, Mary & Lindsey
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Desert Heat Eyes

Mary's Eyes: Estée Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow  /  L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Liner   Cheeks: Lancome Blush Subtil in Evening Affair
Whenever I play around with color on my eyes, I often find myself gravitating toward earthy greens. Especially in the winter - just to warm up my look a bit. I love the way green shadows compliment brown eyes. One eyeshadow palette I've liked for a while now is Estée Lauder's Pure Color Eyeshadow Compact in Desert Heat. In the above photo, I have on a blend of all five shades in the palette. First, I started with an all-over wash of the light sand highlighter (scroll down below and see bottom left on palette). Next I generously swept on the metallic green shade across the outer portion of my eyelids and blended a bit of the shimmery bronze (scroll down and see top left of palette) on the inner corners of my lids. Then, I lightly dabbed my finger into the warm taupe shadow (top right shade on palette) and dotted it right in the center of my eyelids, between the bronze and green. I finished with just a touch of the deep matte brown in the outer crease. You can go back and add more green with your fingertip to the outer portion of the lids if you want the green to stand out a bit more like on my eyes. This particular palette is best for warm skin tones. If I'm not in the mood for green, the brown shades pair nicely together on their own. Happy Thursday!

xo, Mary
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Friday, January 11, 2013

Mini Flat Iron Love

Image via Fab.com

 Here's a quick post on a little heat tool that makes styling hair a lot easier to do. It's the Cortex Mini Flat Iron, which is half an inch in width. It is the perfect size for taming and straightening flyaways and the hair around your face. Being so small, it really is easier and more manageable to use. I always found that my 1 inch Chi Straightener was just too wide for the front of my hair, which frames my face. We no doubt abuse that part of our hair the most when it comes to styling. A flat iron that is too wide can end up yanking out hair, leaving broken and split ends. This being said, I still use my 1 inch Chi to style the rest of my hair around the sides and in the back. It would take too long to use the .5" all over if your hair is long. If your hairstyle is short and thinner, the .5" is probably the only flat iron you would need. I found my Cortex at TJ Maxx, but they are also available on Soap.com and Overstock.com. Have a great weekend!
xo, Mary
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Even Skintone Solution

For the past several months, I have really gotten serious about skincare, and I'm planning on sticking to my good new routine into this new year. One of the most important elements of my daily regimen has been serum. I've been using Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator religiously for about three months (without dabbling in other products!), and I am very happy with the way my skin is improving. I turned to this serum because I was starting to notice that my skin was not looking as bright and even as it always has. This daytime serum targets redness and dullness, among other discoloration issues like acne marks and dark spots. The texture of the serum is nice and lightweight. The formula is oil-free and has a slight pearlescent sheen to it. It's meant to be used on clean skin in the morning before applying moisturizer.  Before I started using this, I wasn't using any serum at all. Now I see how important this step is in a skincare routine, and I'll never skip it again! Love Even Skintone Illuminator. My skin really does look brighter and more even, and I keep getting compliments on it. At night, I use Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum, which Mary and I both love. We like pairing our serums with Estee Lauder Advanced Time Zone Moisturizer. Happy Monday!
xo, Lindsey
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Brick Red Lips: MAC's Spice It Up!

Lindsey's Lips: MAC Lipstick in Spice It Up! / Cheeks: MAC Powder Blush in Blushbaby / Cardigan: Elizabeth & James
When it's coldest outside, we like a cozy warm brick lip. The shade we're into right now is MAC Lipstick in Spice It Up!, $15. This color caught our attention because it's a nice deep red that isn't too brown. Part of MAC's Lustre family, this lipstick delivers a sheer, creamy finish with a pretty shine. We love it on pale skin like Lindsey's, pictured above and below. Just be sure to use a warm blush on the cheeks if your skin is fair. Here, Lindsey is wearing MAC Powder Blush in Blushbaby, $20, which compliments the lipstick nicely. This is a good all-occasion lip color that you can't go wrong with.

We love this winter shade and would love to know what you think.
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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