Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Beauty Spotlight Team Wants to Know Lola's Secret Guilty Pleasures

When The Beauty Spotlight Team decided that our next theme-based series would investigate each of our guilty pleasures, I really tried to think about the things that bring me so much joy that their enjoyment might even qualify as a guilty pleasure. The more that I thought about it, the more that I realized that I generally enjoy these things with abandon rather than guilt, but that their enjoyment had to be significant enough to warrant mentioning.  Since this series doesn't have to be about makeup or skincare, I thought that I would share a few other things that l love, or love to do. 
Picture of Zuma Beach in Malibu taken from my car
Looking at MLS listings to see if there is a house that we could afford in Malibu or Pacific Palisades is one of my greatest guilty pleasures. Not only would it shorten my commute to work, but it would get me closer to the beach, and nothing makes me happier than seeing and hearing the waves crash against the shore. I only live a few miles away as it is, but I wouldn't mind being a whole lot closer. Plus, anyone who lives in LA will tell you that it can take a great deal of time to drive across town during peak travel hours– which can occur at just about any time of the day. 

I have gone so far down this particular rabbit hole that I have actually pulled out my mortgage statement to check the principle balance to figure out how much equity we have in our house, and to determine what kind of down payment we could make, and what type of mortgage we would be looking at. Like I said, pretty far down this particular rabbit hole. My husband, who is a lifelong surfer, has indulged my fantasy since it appeals to his emotional desire to live close enough to the beach to surf every morning before going to work. Whether it will ever come to pass isn't yet clear, and in large part because we actually love our house and our neighborhood. 

The one specific house that I am in awe of is Cher's Mediterranean mansion overlooking the ocean. It takes my breath away every single time that I see it. Of course, even in an alternative universe this particular property would remain completely out of reach, but it is breathtaking nonetheless. Google it and you will see precisely what I mean. I have to say that I have driven by a few times on the rare occasions that the gates were open, and got a small glimpse of what's behind the fortified gates, and it's astoundingly beautiful.
Entry gate to Cher's house taken from my car window.
In addition to Mediterranean architecture, I am also obsessed with sleek modern architecture with floor to ceiling windows, gorgeous views, clean lines and minimalist design. I absolutely love the aesthetic of bright airy spaces filled with large paintings, clean surfaces and mid-century furniture. That said, I do like some warmth so that it doesn't feel like you are living in a stripped down gallery space, but truthfully I spend a great deal of time in museums and galleries, and I often comment that I could live in such environments.
A view of The Getty Center from the gardens
I love going to museums, but my guilty pleasure is slipping off into the gardens to enjoy the outdoors. One of my very favorite places to do this is at The Getty Center. I actually had Getty Research Institute privileges when I was conducting my dissertation research, and let me just say that it was one of the most extraordinary experiences in my life! When my head would be spinning with information after digging through archival material and reading voluminous amounts of scholarship, I would seek refuge by sneaking off to their gardens to get centered again. It always felt like a naughty type of retreat since my work was waiting for me inside the Research Institute and the museum, but can you imagine a better reward than these views after sitting with your head in books for hours and hours on end?!
The Getty Center Gardens
Looking through one of the trellises in The Getty Center Gardens.
The Getty Gardens
Library UC Berkeley
Being the daughter of a professor, and a poet means that I grew up in a house that quite literally had wall to wall bookcases, and they were filled to the brim. Add to this that I grew up in Berkeley, and that as a child my life was inextricably tied to that University– one can see that these experiences gave me ample opportunities to get into the "family business." As I have mentioned elsewhere in these virtual pages, when adults asked my age, I would calculate it based upon the number of semesters that I had been alive instead of actual calendar years. My life still functions on the academic calendar, but I no longer calculate my age according to the academic year– especially since I teach on the quarter system!

After my dad died, I merged our two libraries, and I remain surrounded by many of the books that made up the visual landscape of my childhood. While my field and my father's differ, nothing makes me happier than being able to reference one of his books for my own research, or for a lecture that I'm writing. I also sit at the very same desk where he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation and class lectures, and where I wrote my Ph.D. dissertation and continue to write my class lectures. For me, being surrounded by books is like receiving a big warm hug. I remember spending hours and hours in the stacks at UCB with my dad as a kid, and these warm memories undoubtedly informed my love of hours spent in university libraries. I actually love walking through the stacks between my classes even if I'm not looking for particular books. 
They say do what you love for a living and you will never work a day in your life, and that describes the way that I feel about my career choice. I love teaching. There is something so immensely satisfying about witnessing that light bulb illuminate when my students really understand what they are learning.
It feels a bit like a guilty pleasure because it is so gratifying that sometimes I can't believe that they actually pay me to do it.
I definitely have a few TV watching guilty pleasures. Two shows that inspired guiltyish binge-watching are Orphan Black and Game of Thrones. Seriously, must watch TV, people!

I also love watching iZombie (hilarious and campy CSI whatever or Bones meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Major Crimes, Ray Donovan and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I don't watch a lot of reality TV, but the real estate driven shows like Million Dollar Listing (NYC, LA and SF) and Flipping Out always capture my attention. The manufactured drama is pretty damn funny, though clearly contrived, and amidst the snark and disparaging remarks one sees some amazing architecture.
Source: BBC America
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Top Row: Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton Epi Leather French Purse. Middle Row: Smythson Zip Around Wallet and Saint Laurent Zip Around Wallet. Bottom Row: Valextra Zip Around Wallet and Marc Jacobs Wallet.

Seriously, I need an intervention because collecting small leather goods is an obsession and a guilty pleasure from which I see no return. These are my current favorites, but there are (gulp) more of them. There is something about fine Italian leather that just makes me swoon. This is no new fetish, but instead one in which I have been indulging for many years! The good thing is that I have something of a sixth sense about finding really great deals, and have almost never had to spend full retail on any of them.
While my penchant for luxury oils is well-documented– neither the extent of my madness for these gorgeous golden elixirs, nor the size of my collection has ever been fully revealed. The size of my collection eclipsed reason quite some time ago, but I think you will agree once you enter the fold of high quality beauty oils that there is no turning back.
I use oils from head to toe, and if I had to use only one skincare product in perpetuity it would be oils. They are such a fantastic way to nourish the skin and offer deeply penetrating moisture. I have so many oil loves, and discover new ones all of the time.
After photographing all of these, I discovered that there were a few more in the pile of products awaiting review.
What I did not include were the many hair oils that I have that are a blend of natural oils and silicones.
I used to be more of a lip gloss girl than a lipstick girl, but through time my proclivities gradually changed, and I now love them both with equal vigor. For all of the lipsticks that I have, there are very few that I love so completely that they actually warrant repurchase. There are some, however, that are so special that I cannot imagine not having a tube stowed in my makeup bag, and that is precisely how I feel about Lola's Secret Lipstick.
In fact, Susan Thompson Cosmetics Lola's Secret Lipstick (reviewed here) is my all-time favorite lipstick. That it is the perfect pink lipstick was evident to me from the first moment that I saw it. 
That it was actually created in honor of my blog makes it all the more meaningful. This is a tremendous privilege, for which I am profoundly grateful, and the idea that Suzi would have made this color for me brings tears to my eyes. 
It's not every day that a celebrity makeup artist, with her own makeup line, makes a lipstick for you and then uses it on her clients! It is part of her permanent collection– so you can have Lola's Secret Lipstick in your life too! Next time that you are at the movies, or watching TV, and you see a gorgeous pink lipstick that looks like Lola's Secret– there is a very good chance that it actually is!
I have had cats my entire life, but never have known a stranger cat than Zeus. He demands a different kind of attention than other cats because he's so eccentric– even when compared to really weird cats! 
I have watched Zeus go from napping to running across the room and jumping to the top of an open door without any warning. He has a wild and crazed athleticism, and he will run down the hall and bank off of the wall, and then change directions midair at warp speed.
What is so curious is his human-like level of self-awareness– he is actually cocky about his abilities, agility, grace and elegance. He knowingly looks at you after having completed some major feat of physical aptitude, and he expects adulation for his considerable efforts and talents. He is so animated, entertaining and engaging that it's impossible not to delight in his company!
While I prefer to eat healthier foods, I do have a few guilty pleasures in which I periodically indulge. I absolutely love a good breakfast burrito with a latte, and while I seldom eat them I definitely savor every single bite on the rare occasions that I do. Lattes, on the other hand, are frequent indulgences. 
If you love Peruvian food, then you really must try the Saltado de Camarones at Mario's in LA (on the corner of Melrose and Rossmore). Mario's is an LA institution that is so popular that lines begin to form when their doors open. The Saltado de Camarones is a scrumptious dish featuring sautéed shrimp with onions, tomatoes, french fries and lightly seasoned rice– and it is so good that it is one of my top picks when I am in the mood for something really indulgent! Their portions are so generous that a single serving is two full meals for me, and the leftovers are mouthwateringly good!
I really don't drink much other than water, tea, and of course coffee, but  I do have a nearly irrational love of 100% natural coconut water. It is so refreshing and hydrating, that I can go though a case in no time. One of my favorites is UFC Refresh Coconut Water because it is so delicious and affordable, and I can order it online when I forget to grab coconut water at the grocery store.

Are you surprised by any of my choices? What are your guilty pleasures?
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Friday, July 31, 2015

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream in Pomegranate | Review

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If you are like me and prefer shaving to waxing, then do I ever have a shave cream for you! Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream in Pomegranate is the most delectably scented and ultra creamy moisturizing shave cream, and it is an absolute joy to use. From the moment that you spread it across your skin, you know that you are in for a wonderful experience to savor. It is a rich and moisturizing cream that does not turn into a skin drying foam, but instead moisturizes and softens the skin with organic and natural botanicals. Not only does one get the closest shave imaginable, but skin is left soft, supple and indescribably moisturized. Furthermore, the organic shea butter, jojoba oil, and coconut oil protect and soothe the skin, and as a result reduces skin irritation often associated with shaving. It should also be noted that it is ultra concentrated– so the bottle will last you a very long time.

According to Whisk,

If you’re used to shaving being a drying affair, you’re in for an incredibly luscious surprise. This thick whip provides a close, moisturizing shave with no drying foam. Its natural ingredients leave your skin soft, smooth, and pampered. Welcome to a gentle new world.

Available in pomegranate, almond, lemongrass, lavender, blueberry, coconut and limited edition seasonal flavors.

Directions: Apply a thin layer to your legs, armpits, or bikini line before you shave. After shaving, rinse away with warm water.
Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream is made in the USA with Earth friendly packaging and ingredients. Paraben free, sulfate free, DEA & TEA free, petrochemical free, phthalate free. Tested on us, not animals™. All natural with organic ingredients.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Squalane, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Glycol Distearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea Butter) Fruit, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Ethylhexyl (Octyl) Palmitate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Limonene.

Attributes of Selected Ingredients:

Natural Squalene: A source of Omega 3 fatty acids, replenishes and hydrates to eliminate roughness and dryness.

Organic Shea Butter: Has a high content of non-saponifiable fats which are the best natural skin moisturizers and are also high in anti-oxidants.

Organic Raspberry Butter: High in anti-oxidants, this attacks free radicals making it a magical moisturizer.

Organic Green Tea: A natural anti-oxidant to protect skin from free radicals.

Organic Coconut Oil: High in anti-oxidants, coconut acid; helps penetrate into the underlying skin tissue to deeply moisturize while preventing and protecting against free radicals keeping the skin young, healthy and beautify
Organic Jojoba Seed Oil: A natural emollient to help keep the skin supple and soft and maintain moisture.

Overall Assessment: Utterly scrumptious.

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Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray | Review

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I have to confess that I don't wear a makeup primer with any regularity, and despite the fact that I have normal/combination skin my finishing products tend to stay put without the assistance of a primer. That said, I do see the benefit, and a good primer certainly extends the wear-time of foundations and makeup. In truth, one of the reasons that I tend to skip this step much of the time is that many of the primers on the market are silicone-based, and they feel heavy, impermeable and artificial on the skin.

With this in mind, I was very intrigued by Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray because it is a lightweight spray that is silicone-free. This ultra-fine mist feels and looks like water, and it leaves leaves skin remarkably smooth and soft. There is no question that facilitates super smooth makeup application, and it definitely extends wear-time and retains makeup color vibrancy. Furthermore, this is such featherweight primer that it is absolutely perfect to use during the warm months of the year when lightweight textures are preferable to their heavy counterparts. We have been having a very humid weather pattern lately in Los Angeles, and Skindinavia has been my primer of choice because of its ability to withstand even the most extreme weather conditions, and it does so effortlessly!

According to Skindinavia,

Pore-clogging silicone primers have no place on your face! Get perfect makeup now and a virtually poreless, more even-toned complexion later. Our lightweight, silicone-free primer mist delivers a smooth canvas for impeccable, long-wear makeup application, and offers long-term skin benefits you’ll love as well!

  • Breathable
  • Lightweight
  • Oil-free
  • Non comedogenic
  • 83% of users agree: this is the best makeup primer they have ever used.
  • 93% of users agree: The Makeup Primer Spray makes skin feel noticeably smoother.
  • Silicone-free formula creates a light, breathable barrier between skin and makeup.
  • Ideal primer for sensitive skin and normal skin types.
  • Helps to prevent redness, uneven skin tone and large pores.
  • Proven to reduce the need for touch-ups or blotting.
  • Formulated to be worn with or without makeup.
All Skindinavia products are paraben-free, hypoallergenic and cruelty-free.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol Denat, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Pyridoxine Cyclic Phosphate, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Xylitol Phosphate Esters, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Fructan, Propanediol, Xylitol, Menthyl Ethylamido Oxalate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Glycereth-5 Lactate, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Silica, Coconut Acid.

Recommended for all skin types, but they also have an Oil Control formula.

Overall Assessment: Amazing, paradigm shifting primer!

$35.00 for 4 oz. & $49.00 for 8 oz. from Skindinavia, Amazon, SkinStore, and Dermstore (Affiliate Links).

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Empties Post Volume XXXIV: June and July 2015

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I used up so few products in the month of June that I consolidated June and July into a single Empties post. Sometimes when I am testing lots of different products, I find it difficult to finish up much of anything. I thought that I would have finished up more than 5 full size products, but at least I managed to finish up a fair number of samples.

1) Caress Fine Fragrance Love Forever Body Wash (reviewed here): Caress makes such great body products, and I really like this body wash a lot! Lovely lather, great scent, and it leaves my skin soft and moisturized. Definitely worth trying!

2) Trader Joe's Moisturizing Cream Shave in Honey Mango is a staple in our household, and my husband and I both use it! I buy them 3-4 at a time. This a creamy dreamy moisturizing shave cream that leaves skin soft and supple, and it smells absolutely delicious! I highly recommend it, and it's also so affordable!

3) Kiss My Face Active Life in Cucumber Green Tea is another staple for me. I always have this on hand, and will continue to buy it over and over again. It is so gentle on sensitive skin, and it isn't filled with unhealthy chemicals.

4) The Honest Company Honest Bar Soap in Hydrating Shea Butter Cleansing Bar (reviewed here): This is such a lovely moisturizing soap that leaves skin so soft. I have always been very impressed by the products from The Honest Company, and will definitely buy more of their Cleansing Bars in the future.

5) Shannon's Soaps Shaving Soap in Bergamot Mint (reviewed here): I absolutely love Shannon's Soaps– everything that they make is so wonderful. Their handcrafted soaps are so fantastic, and they work well for shaving as well. That said, their Shaving Soap is one of the best shaving products that I have ever used. The creamy lather is so moisturizing and emollient, and lends itself to the perfect close shave. It's great for men, but I use it on my legs and underarms and just love it!
6) Miller Harris Citron Citron Shower Gel: This was a lovely smelling citrus scented shower gel that  did a great job cleaning my skin and leaving it soft.

7) The Honest Company Honest Hand Soap in Lavender (reviewed here): This smelled and felt so  good against the skin that I need to buy a full size bottle!

8) Essenza Luxury Hand Soap in French Lavender (featured here): This is an absolutely delectable smelling lavender hand soap. I used it down to the last drop, and thoroughly enjoyed every last bit!

9) L'Occitane Lait Corporel Body Lotion: I love L'Occitane lotions, and was happy with this little sample bottle. I'm not sure if this particular lotion is still being offered, but they have so many other fantastic lotions to choose from.

10) Herbal Essences Body Wash in Body Burst (featured here): The invigorating citrus scent was super refreshing for early morning showers. I'm not sure if I will purchase a full size bottle, but I did like the sample.

11) Moroccanoil Body Buff is a deliciously orange scented scrub that looks and feels a bit like orange marmalade! It leaves skin soft, beautifully exfoliated, and hydrated!

12) RADICAL Skincare Youth Infusion Serum is a light weight hydrating serum that lifts and plumps skin, and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. I want a full size bottle!

13) Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate: I really like the way this made my skin feel, but the sample wasn't large enough for me to see any real effects, or to form a meaningful opinion.

14) TATCHA Radiant Deep Brightening Serum is a beautiful deeply moisturizing serum that leaves skin with an amazing luminosity and radiance. It makes skin look and feel amazing! I love to use it in conjunction with TATCHA Gold Camellia Beauty Oil (reviewed here).

15) Assorted sample packets and unmarked sample bottles: I actually find sample packets fairly useless because there is never enough product to be able to see whether it will work well for your skin. I often take them when I travel, but since they can't be resealed they are often more trouble than they are worth. I wish manufacturers would abandon these in favor of little tubes with lids.

What did you finish up, give away, throw out or return in June and July?

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lola's Secret Lipstick from Susan Thompson Cosmetics | Review

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When my close friend, Suzi, founder and CEO of Susan Thompson Cosmetics, created a lipstick for me I was deeply honored. It is far from an everyday occurrence that someone, let alone a highly acclaimed celebrity makeup artist, creates a lipstick in your honor! When she handed me Lola's Secret she exclaimed that it was the perfect shade of pink for me. I would argue that it is simply the perfect shade of pink!

Lola's Secret Lipstick is a truly divine blue-based pink that is highly saturated and tremendously vibrant. It is a mid-tone shade that can be built up to maximum opacity and impact, or sheered out for a lovely wash of color. It is the quintessential grown-up pink that can be worn across a wide variety of skin tones, and it will appeal to people who love a bold lip or one that is far more subdued.

Lola's Secret boasts a creamy and moisturizing formula that effortlessly glides across the lips and deposits color evenly. It neither feathers, nor does it settle into lip lines, and it wears evenly. Lola's Secret has the perfect amount of cushion, and is very comfortable on the lips. It has a slight sheen, but I find that it has the longevity of a matte formula without the drying that often accompanies matte formulas. I get abut 4 hours of wear from a single application, but even longer when paired with a lip liner. It has a very faint vanilla scent that fades soon upon application, and therefore will not bother people who are sensitive to scent in their lip products.

Given that today is National Lipstick Day, I thought that it was especially appropriate to share Lola's Secret Lipstick with you!
Susan Thompson Cosmetics are:
Paraben Free
Allergy Tested
Fragrance Free
Not Tested on Animals
It has a complexity about it in that the color modulates in the light, and therefore has a chameleon-like quality. It can be worn as a simple wash of color that is barely there, or it can be built up to full unadulterated opacity. It is utter perfection, and the ultimate pink lip nirvana. Naturally, it is my favorite lipstick for the perfect pink pout, who am I trying to fool-- it is my favorite lipstick of all time!! At this rate of use I will finish the tube in record time!
Lola's Secret is an antioxidant rich formula packed with Vitamin E.
Left to Right: The first three swatches are applied with varied degrees of intensity tot illustrate its ability to be opaque and sheered out. The last two swatches compare this version of Lola's Secret (left) with the original formula (right; reviewed here). While the colors are nearly identical, the new formula is even more spectacular than the original.
     As you can see, Lola's Secret is a very wearable shade whether you prefer a bold or an understated lip. 
About Susan Thompson Cosmetics,

Susan Thompson Cosmetics originated as a makeup line developed for professional use in high fashion and entertainment.  The products are formulated to integrate light adjusting and soft focus particles to create flawless skin without fine lines, wrinkles and large pores.  All products are cruelty-free, paraben-free, hypo-allergenic and fragrance free.

Thompson is active in several charities including The Red Cross, ASPCA, and 10% of her earnings and profits from her makeup line are designated to charity.

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Oleyl Oleate, Mica, Lanolin Oil, Octyldodecanol, Propylene Glycol Ricinoleate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Isopropyl Lanolate, Oleyl Alcohol, Lanolin, Ozokerite, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cera Alba, Paraffin, Polybutene, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Ethyl Palmitate (and) Tibehenin (and) Sorbitan Isostearate (and) Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Prunus Armeniaca ( Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vanillin, Butyl Stearate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate. May contain (+/-): CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 15850:1, CI 15850:2, CI 77200, CI 19140, CI 45410:2, CI 15985:1, CI 15850, CI 42090.

Overall Assessment: If you buy one pink lipstick this year, then it should be Lola's Secret! A+
Thank you, Suzi for making a very special lipstick named after my blog! xoxox, Helen

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Susan Thompson Cosmetics Liquid Blush in Unrestricted | Review

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If you love liquid blushes, then you need to become familiar with Susan Thompson Cosmetics since they have created the best Liquid Blush to end all liquid blushes. Their gorgeous and complex shades can be worn separately, mixed together to customize the color, worn on the lips and eyes, or used on the body. These little beauties are tremendously versatile whether you are using them for everyday wear, HD or Red Camera Projects, or on the Runway. They were developed to effectively be applied in seconds which is crucial for the fast-paced makeup and wardrobe changes that are necessary backstage at fashion shows, for TV & Film, and for all other forms of production work. Furthermore, women on the go, students, and anyone fighting the clock to get out the door will appreciate that these blushes can be applied in no time at all, and that they can change an entire look with nearly no effort.

Susan's Liquid Blushes are far more natural looking than powder blushes– which is of great importance for HD and Red Camera Projects, but also more flattering for everyday wear. One of the most astounding characteristics of this formula is that it reactivates itself throughout the day through the warmth of the touch. All you need to do is rub the area with warm clean fingers– rendering reapplication unnecessary. One of the most remarkable things that I noticed is that these blushes neither settle into pores,  nor do they emphasize fine lines– both of which are traits that often occur with liquid and cream blushes.

Susan Thompson Liquid Blush in Unrestricted is a stunning complex berry with twinkling golden flecks. This lovely deepened berry shade may look intimidating, but trust me when I tell you that it sheers out to the most elegant natural glowing flush. It glides across the skin smoothly and effortlessly, and deposits color evenly. The finish is perfect every time whether you apply it with your fingers (my preferred method) or with a sponge applicator. As with all of the Susan Thompson Cosmetics Liquid Blushes, they are quite buildable if you prefer intense pigmentation.

According to Susan Thompson Cosmetics,

This ultra-blendable blush glides on so smooth and easy you may never go back. Light reflecting pigments will give you an all-day beautiful glow. Packaged in our conveniently light airless pump bottle so you can take it anywhere with no mess or fuss.
Directions: Apply 1/2-1 pump on apples of cheeks with clean fingertips or sponge applicator.

Tip: You can also use your liquid blush as cream eyeshadow. Apply with cream eyeshadow brush or clean fingertips and blend.
Susan Thompson Cosmetics are:
Paraben Free
Allergy Tested
Fragrance Free
Not Tested on Animals
 Unrestricted Left to Right: Heavy swatch, lightly blended and then sheered out.
Ingredients: Dimenthicone, Polysilicone-11, Isononyl Isononanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Talc, Lauroyl Lysine, Phenoxyethanl, Ethylhexylglycerin, [+/- (May Contain): Mica (77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (77163), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxides (77491, 77492, 77499), Carmine (75470), Ultramarines (77007), Manganese Violet (77742), Red 6 (15850), Red 7 Lake (15850,1), Red 28 Lake (45410:2), Red 30 Lake (73601), Red 33 Lake (17200), Red 34 Lake (15880:1), Red 36 (12085), Yellow 5 Lake (19140:1), Yellow 6 Lake (15985:1), Blue 1 Lake (42090:2), Ferric Ferrocyanide (75510).
Overall Assessment: Exceptional quality, flawless finish, and a gorgeous color.

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