My Favorite Brush

The Talent Brush by BeneFit

This is, without fail, my go-to brush every morning. "Why?" you ask. Let me tell you...

First, it is versatile. I use the flat side of the brush to apply shadow all over the lid or the brow bone. It nicely distributes color and does a little blending as well. Then, I use the thin edge to apply powder eye liner to the lash line. For that use, this little baby works like a charm! The bristles are tapered perfectly to give a nice, precise line without scattering color all over your face.

Second, it picks up color. I've used other brushes where I've felt like I have to keep going back to the color to refill, but I've never had that problem with The Talent.

Third, I've washed it several times and not only does it clean easily but the bristles retain their shape when drying. I think that's because they are synthetic rather than real, animal hair. [Random note: I read somewhere that some brushes are made out of squirrel hair. I find this to be disconcerting.]

Lastly, I think it's a good price ($16). That might seem a little high for a synthetic hair brush, but it is still cheaper than some other options. Plus, it does the work of 2-3 other brushes.

So, I guess it's fair to say I'm a fan. I acquired this brush on a whim while trying to use up some store credit. I think its a keeper.


Stila Haul

Stila Haul from ULTA!

How much do I looooooooove ULTA?

All items from "The Best of Stila" package exclusive to ULTA for $40 (supposedly a $120 value), except the eyeshadow in the brown box. The package includes: Convertible Color in Poeny 03, Illuminating Moisturizer in Shade 01, Lip Glaze in Brown Sugar, Convertible Eye Color in Onyx, Major Lash Mascara, Eye Shadow in Kitten.

The brown box shadow is color Vieux Carre and is featured in my FOTD. Incidentally, I didn't realize that I need a container for those guys so they are kind of awkward to use in just the plastic holder. Oh well.

I also forgot to use the 20% off ULTA coupon from the mailer. Doh!


F.O.T.D. #1

Face Of The Day
I've never done this before, but I thought I'd try it out.


Stila Illuminating Moisturizer SPF 15, Shade 01,

Bare Minerals Foundation, Fairly Light
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil

Stila Convertible Color, Peony 3

Clinique Touch Tint For Eyes, Nude Sparkle 06 (for base)

Stila Eye Shadow, Kitten (for brow highlighter)

Stila Eye Shadow Duo, Vieux Carre (for lid and crease)

MAC Heatherette Dual Edge Eye Pencil, Nighthawk (for liner)

Clinique High Impact Mascara, Black 01

Benefit D'finer D'liner

Stila LipGlaze, Brown Sugar

Wow. That took something like 3 hours to accomplish. How do people do this every day???


Nordstrom Spring Trend Show

My friend, Jen, was nice enough to go to the Nordstrom Spring Makeup & Beauty Trend Show with me yesterday. What is fun about living in Seattle is that the Nordstrom here is the first ever Nordstrom in the whole country. It started as a shoe store in 1901, around the time of the Klondike Goldrush that was bringing lots of people through Seattle on their way to Alaska to make their fortune. They all apparently needed shoes. The Seattle Nordstrom remains the flagship store and the corporate headquarters. You can read all about the history here. If you look up the Seattle store on the the Nordstrom website, you find out it is store #001 which is easy to remember.

At any rate, on to the trend show. I've never been to a trend show before, so this was all a new experience to me. The 'show' part of it lasted about 90 minutes and consisted of an explanation of the three up and coming trends in makeup and beauty for spring with guest appearances from representatives of various lines, including this guy from Lippmann Collection:

and his feet:

The three trends are:
Petal Pallette: sheer, transparent colors give brighter shades a spring texture. Dusky rose, soft violent and deep pinks inspire the season and lend a romantic feel to the trend.

High Impact Color:
start with bright, almost fluorescent color on the lips, ranging from the brightest scarlet, to fuchsia, and sun-kissed orange. Pair bright, colorful lips with a fresh complexion to keep this look energetic.

Warm Metallics:
create luminous, sparkling eyes wtih warm metallic shadows in shades such as copper, bronze, and warm orange. Glossy lips with metallic eyes given an element of texture to spring makeup.

I only got a picture of one of the models (petal), mostly because Jen wanted a picture of her hair. (Jen is currently searching for a new hairstyle).

After the show part, we were let loose to wander about the incredibly jam-packed sales floor to investigate any of the products featured up close and personal. We also had 'appointments' with a few vendors for makeup application or skin treatment. I did a facial with Elemis and Jen had her makeup applied by two different artists. I won't mention any names, but the first look didn't go over so well so she started over again with a new product line. I was fairly pleased with my treatment at the Elemis counter. It was really, really crowded and a little disorganized, but they took these super close up pictures of my face and pointed out six different types of imperfections. Six! I know that it's clearly a sales ploy, but I'm gullible like that. To be honest, I didn't really see a difference 'before' and 'after' my facial treatment, except that they removed all my makeup. The salesgirls were so funny, they were like "Don't you think you look radiant!?!?" And I said, "I think I look kind of blotchy." But, I bought some stuff anyway. I took some 'before' pictures of myself this morning and then I'm going to compare again in a month. Or maybe I'll go back and have them take another super close up picture of my face and compare the two, that would be interesting.

All in all, it was a pretty fun day. I wonder when the Summer Trend Show will be...


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