Every Saturday Kate2004rock brings you the best of Sephora as only an insider can!
I didn’t know you could get senioritis in college. It was going so well…coming up to the last three weeks of my senior year and my effort was still going strong. And then it happened, I got accepted to grad school (Texas Tech MBA ’10, baby!) and now I just don’t care. This is problematic, you see, since my Senior Thesis, which I’ve been working on since August, is due on Monday. It is finished in that its complete. It is not finished in that I still have about ten pages of editor’s corrections to make and a some minorly major tweaks to make. Woe is me. So, as a reward for spending a good two afternoons working on in Tuesday and Wednesday, I let myself pick up the April InStyle featuring their 13th annua, Best Beauty Buys. I’m sure that none of you have any doubt that it’s loaded with Sephora-available products! I’m going to share my opinions on some of the winners that jumped out at me – I want to hear some discussion, ladies!
NARS made the Best Lipstick in three color categories: Peaches, Reds, and Nudes. The Red was Jungle Red, which I find to be a little bit blue and I would suggest Heat Wave as an alternative to those needing warm undertones. I also LOVE Honolulu Honey for the Nude. Its really great under a peachy gloss for a fresh look. NARS Belle du Jour was also in the Nude category which its a little bit more yellow than Honolulu Honey but it makes a great primer for a bright gloss.
Cult Favorite: Smashbox Photo Finish snagged best primer. I wish I had seen what the other nominees were for primer. I realize that the Smashbox is the original. But I’ve experimented with primers in the past year and, while it is good, there are some other primers (Laura Mercier, Laura Gellar) that have some ultra-redeeming qualities. What do y’all think?
Best Powder: Laura Mercier Loose Transluscent Powder – Ha! I couldn’t agree more! Besides that a big round jar of loose powder isnt really purse friendly (it does come pressed in a compact also). Mineral Veil eat your heart out! The LM powder is milled probably about 5 times finer than Mineral Veil and so I think it sets makeup much better, rather than adding weight and “cake.” However, there’s a new transluscent from the Balm that Meg’s will be reviewing soon that gives Laura a run for her money!
Best Bronzer: I love when the underdogs win some! Guerlain Terracotta Light is what I have at on my face, ready for a night on the town, at this very moment! “It’s varying shades of bronze, gold, pink, and copper ad dimension to the color.” I think it’s genius! I suppose you could go physician’s formula for a DD version of this masterpiece!
I’d like to hear your thoughts on their pick for best Lip Balm too. Murad Energizing Pomegranate Lip Therapy w/SPF 15? That’s surprising! What about Caudalie? What about Rosebud Salve? The quality isn’t there on this one…or is it?
My money’s on Katie-but what do you ladies think?