I'm not wearing any other makeup on my face, so all the focus should go to the eyes. I started with a white eyeliner (by Bourjois) and set that with a white eye shadow (from the Eye Shadow Duo Twilight by Smashbox), and then used a cream black eyeliner (by Clinique) with a very, very thin brush (by Sephora) to line really only the base of the lashes. I then used a black waterproof eyeliner (by Urban Decay) on my top waterline (try not to blink until it's dry), and then I used a black mascara (by YSL) on my top lashes only.
It's out with the old and in with the new, as Sephora says au revoir to Bourjois. Word on the street is that the brand may be popping up at Target (it's already happening in Australia), but until then, check out the clearance sale. It's a little picked over, but you can still score 25 percent discounts on summery items such as bronzers — not to mention good prices on staple items like mascara.
Welcome to the final installment of blue is back, my four part series on blue makeup. Today we are looking at a couple of bad-ass electric blue mascaras. These are great when navy feels too safe, but you're feeling scared that purple might make you look bloodshot. Blues are a great way to add edginess to a natural or smokey eye.
Bourjois Maxi Frange Maximum Length And Volume Mascara Waterproof in Bleu Bora Bora ($19) is a double-sided, waterproof mascara. It's a gorgeous color that reminds me of aqua-green waters just as they meet royal blue skies on a tropical horizon.
One side houses a comb containing a creamy formula to help separate the lashes and prevent clumping, and the other side houses a round brush that adds length and volume. Use both sides for the ultimate dramatic eye!
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This super-cool Bourjois Duo Lip Scrub & Baume ($17) is a two-in-one treatment. It's a sheer, baby pink lip balm that also comes with a lip-exfoliating buffer in the cap. Just like you brush your teeth and your hair, you can now brush your lips!
Begin by smoothing the buffer over your lips in small circular motions. Wipe away the dead skin and then moisturize your perfect pout with the glycerin-infused hydrating balm.
The best part is that the good-for-you gloss also has little iridescent pearly prisms in the formula, so it gives you a light and gorgeous glow! I love a little gimmick in my gloss—plus, a two-in-one product like this is a real bang for the buck!
Attention, artistes: The newest way to tint your lips is with the Lip Stain Pen by Bourjois ($15). Using this tool is very fun and French; it's like drawing on your lips. The pen, which comes in a charming Parisian-motif package, looks just like a magic marker with a rounded and soft felt tip. This not only ensures easy and fool proof application, but it also doesn't require a lip liner.
Since the colors are just slightly deeper than a flesh tone, the pen gives your lips a nice "just bitten" stain. You can layer the color for a sheer flush or apply multiple coats to reach your desired intensity. The formula lasts all day long and dries quickly on your lips. It is available in four colors: Rose Prefere (light pink), Framboise Bonheur (magenta), Peche Passion (bright tangerine), and Praline Dis-moi Oui (pink/brown).
Eau de Gloss by Bourjois ($15) is a lightweight lip gloss that's 14 percent water, so it helps to lock in moisture for up to four hours.
The shiny glosses are formulated with glycerin and Vitamin E, so they feel soft and smooth, unlike gooey glosses that can dry out your lips. Actually, the texture is very similar to that of a liquid lipstick, and they've got a deliciously fresh menthol and citrus scent.
Eau de Gloss (I just love the name!) is available in eight super-sheer shades: Eau Fraiche, Moka Frappe, Rose a L'eau, Framboise Glacee, Brun Petillant, Rose Vitamine, and Cassis Hydratant.
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Welcome to the final installment of Matte Matters, my three-part series on designer blotting papers. (In case you missed them, here's Part I and Part II.) Oil-absorbing sheets have gone high-end, so you can now maintain a flawless matte face on the go and indulge your designer side, too. Here are three more new additions to the high-end blotting market.
Bourjois Anti-Shine Blotting Sheets ($13.50) are powder-free anti-shine papers that help absorb any excess oils and sebum on your face. And who can resist the stylist animal-print package? Each packet contains 50 sheets.
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Take a walk on the wild side with these beastie beauty treats! Makeup is supposed to make you feel pretty and sexy. Maybe these leopard inspired goodies will help bring out the animal in you too! Get down, get funky, get loose. Roar!
Pink Leopard Bronzing Powder, $30, is more than just a bronzer. It contains four neutral brown, golden and pinky shades that when applied to your cheeks covers the spectrum as a highlighter, blush and bronzer. I just love this funky leopard pattern and the colors are gorgeous.
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