In my previous post “Is There No Loyalty Left in the World?,” among other things, I talked about brand loyalty (or lack thereof) to makeup and beauty products. I mentioned that, while I mix and match colors and high end/low end makeup lines, I am essentially loyal to my favorite makeup line, LauraMercier. So, I’d like to introduce you to some new finds and some old friends from Laura’s line.
I don’t know about you, but this winter’s frigid exteriors and over-heated interiors took a toll on my skin. Like most women I have combination skin -- oily T zone; drier cheeks. This winter I noticed some dry patches for the first time in my 60+ years.
So, when I got a sample of Laura Mercier’s Repair Crème with my on-line order a few months ago, I decided to try it. Because I have very delicate, sensitive skin that is easily irritated, I approach new skin products with extreme caution. Imagine my delight when, after only a few days, I noticed a big difference in how my skin felt and looked. I was, however, less delighted with the price -- $98 for a 1.7 oz/50 g jar. Still, there’s no denying that you get what you pay for, and I don’t mind (well, not much) paying for a product that really delivers on its promises. Maybe it’s the Yeast Extracts or the Peptides or the Argan Oil, but whatever it is, it works. I use it sparingly at night, but it can also be used in the morning, if you prefer.
Laura’s new spring Renaissance color collection ($55) for eyes and cheeks is just gorgeous. Spring is all about youth and rebirth, and the bright cheek colors are the perfect way to bring a youthful flush to your cheeks. The neutral eye shadows work with any eye color, and they have a lovely shimmer to them.
A word of caution, Ladies, shimmering eye shadows, while beautiful on young eyelids, are not as flattering on those of us d’un certain âge. I always advise choosing matte eye shadows; however, a little shimmer on the brow bone (usually the smoothest part of the eye area) can really open up the eye.
And, if you want to do a little shimmer on the eyelid for evening, here’s a trick I often use. I take a shimmer shadow, such as Laura Mercier’s Star Fruit (my favorite), and put it on the brow bone and the lid, then go over the lid with a matte powder, such as Cashmere. That way, I get just a hint of shimmer on the lid. It works beautifully. I finish with a deeper, matte shade in the crease, such as Bamboo and I’m good to go.
Of course, you might want to create your own color collection. In that case……
Just pick up Laura’s 6-well, Customizable Compact case for $10 (also comes in 3-well), choose your favorite blush and eye shadow shades and pop them in. No more hunting through your makeup drawer; everything’s in one slim, take-it-anywhere-with-you case.
Mine contains two blushers and four eye shadows, and I never travel without it.
This spring, you’ll be seeing a lot of bright, orange lips. The color orange actually comes from autumn’s color palette (my color palette) and is not an easy color to wear, especially on your lips. My daytime lipstick for lo these many years has been Laura’s Crème Lip Color in Tangerine. It’s more subtle than orange, but still brightens my face and works beautifully with my skin tones and red hair.
Here’s a brief, how-to video on eyebrows from iVillage that you may find helpful.
Next time, I’ll pick up on some of my favorite spring trends. See you then…….