Monday, May 02, 2011

Spring For It: A Beauty Expert's Shopping List

Some people shop for bread and Windex. I shop for makeup. These lipsticks, perfumes and eyeshadows are all wonderfully delicious and extremely satisfying. XOX.

1. What's too much fun? Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy lip balm ($30, in shades like Mouthwatering Berry and Succulent Pomegranate. The formula is sheer with a touch of glitter. I love the concept of a youthful sheer lipstick in a more grown-up lipstick case. So deluxe! So magnifique!

2. Did anyone else notice that has begun selling Acqua di Parma products? Click, click, click, click, click! I adore the Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Eau de Parfum.  Such a heavenly scent. It may not be for a lady on a budget, but it is absolutely for a lady who loves beautiful things. Invest in a bottle "for a special occasion" and then wear it every day anyway.

3. Smashbox Soft Box Eye Palette ($48, Ulta). This is such a no-brainer. I order you to buy this. A gal can create dozens of gorgeous eye looks with this kit.  The set contains a small tube of Photo Finish Lid Primer, nine eye shadows, two cream liners, brushes and a booklet. For going out this past weekend, I wore Flirt (a shimmery silver) alone. I had to tame my tendency to heap on makeup because the shades are intensely pigmented. (FYI amigas, those little rectangles pack a powerful punch.) Of course, if you go too far, just smudge a bit off with tissue.

Less is more, darlings!


Setting the scene for the Met Ball tonight via Amy ODell.

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