The mineral makeup craze is at its peak right now, and even drugstore brands are jumping on the boat. Maybelline has their own mineral makeup line, and Physicians’ Formula has had mineral versions of their makeup for awhile now.
Physician’s Formula tested several angles with the talc free shadow I tried, featuring both the classic loose-powder approach popular among mineral makeup companies and the wet-to-dry function so often used for eyeshadow. With this ADHD marketing approach, I didn’t know if I was buying a liquid, powder, gel, creme, or rocket fuel. Well, it’s definitely a loose powder – I spilled makeup all over my pants just opening the damn thing.
Does anyone else look at the perfectly shaped, plasticlike shiny lips of models in makeup ads and think, “PHOTOSHOPPED!”? I sure did, but new evidence suggests that may not be the case.
Enter Estee Lauder High Gloss Ultra Brilliance, which I own in three shades: 13 Berry, 06 Jewel, and 03 Honey. I got the Berry first, and I was immediately hooked. The shine is absolutely the most intense I’ve every seen, and the coverage is thick, making my lips look huge and have mirror-like shine a la modern comic book vixens – or perhaps porn stars.Â (My first thought of what it looks like is the reflected and injected pout of Jenna Jameson and Co., but I don’t want to put you guys off of it. It’s excellent.) And the Berry isn’t dark at all; rather, it is absolutely perfect for an everyday light pink.
I’ve been dying to get some products from the H.I.P. High Intensity Pigments line from Loreal, and I’ve been told that using a mascara with blue in it can help bring out blue eyes. (BeneFit Badgal Blue started the craze.) This mascara comes in Blue Black, which I figured would be more sensible than electric blue and the like. (I had a bad experience with pinkmascara once – never again.)
The mascara came in a brown tube. Although this may be nitpicky of me, I’d prefer the container for a blue-black mascara to be blue, black, or some combination thereof, not brown. It’s kind of misleading since the makeup junkie in me who loves intense eyes runs screaming away from brown mascara. (We’re all told when we’re young that brown is the only mascara color to wear that won’t make you look like a prostitute. Lies! Go black, ladies!)
Oscar-winner and elegant Australian beautyÂ Cate Blanchett is famed for her acting, but we also know her for beautiful skin. But much like many of us, Cate has admired and imitated the beauty of other women.
“I remember seeing Ingrid Bergman when she played Golda Meir, and also Liv Ullmann, and thinking wow,” Cate recalled. “I discovered them as older actors, so I admired their work first. Then I looked back at their work and saw what incredible beauties they were when they were young and how, as older women, they were still incredibly beautiful. I thought, I want to age like that, to have an inner life.”
In that regard, Cate has certainly succeeded. At 44 years old, Cate revealed her love for a number of products, especially SK-II’sÂ skincare line, for whom she’s also a spokesperson (shocker!). Here are a few products Cate adores:
Man, your hair’s so weak. You other hair abusers probably know what Iâ€™m talking about: a couple of days after you color, you squeeze the ends of your hair and flinch. Your hair feels like superthin strands of uncooked pasta, ready to break off at any minute.
Unfortunately, wimpy, fragile hair like this and consistent coloring treatments go hand in hand. Hair becomes weak and thin from the use of alkaline products, which includes the ammonia in most hair coloring or perming chemicals.Â Products are considered alkaline when their pH level is above the neutral level of 7 (the pH of water). Is anyone reminded of science class yet?
Luckily, you donâ€™t have to ditch that beautiful if unnatural shade (biased? Me?) to strengthen your meek little locks. Simply pick products containing polymers!