Beauty Product Reviews – Weekend Round-Up!

We haven’t done this for a long while.  Here’s the beauty product reviews (brief) for stuff I’m loving right now.


giorgio armani maestro fusion foundation - beauty product reviews



Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation. Holy hell, Hannah!  I’ve loved the Armani foundations in the past, but this one is a whole other level of fabulous.  It’s not going to give you solid coverage, but if you are aiming for  sheer coverage that makes your face look amazeballs, this is it.  I layer in a little bit of concealer on the ruddy areas of my face to tone that down.  It’s $62, which is really high!  But I use like three drops, so a bottle of it should last you into the next decade.  Anyone tried the concealor that comes with this? Worth it?


ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain - beauty product reviews

Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain


Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Coutur glossy stain rocks. Best lip stain I’ve ever tried.  $32, which is pretty pricy, and you don’t get much, but dammit, It’s really good!  

I use the Becca lip pencil below, then this, then a gloss or my other product (quick review below) on top, and my lips last for like an hour or three!  It’s a miracle, I swear.  Nothing lasts on my lips for longer than 30 minutes.


Becca Nude Liner Plump & Define Lip Pencil - beauty product reviews

Becca Nude Liner Plump & Define Lip Pencil


This Becca Nude Liner Plump & Define Lip Pencil is amazing. I used to love the MUFE double-ended, still use it for the inner bottom eye lining to get the red out, but this combo with a lighter color to highlight outside the lips and a great color pencil for inside as a base for that YSL Lip stain is a great combination!  $23, which seems like a steal for getting two products in one and two great beauty products.

Yves Saint Laurent Volupt Sheer Candy - beauty product reviews

Yves Saint Laurent Volupt Sheer Candy – Mouthwatering Berry


This is what I put on top of the pencil and the lip stain – Yves Saint Laurent Volupt Sheer Candy.  This is a great red, the fig one is also a great color for a darker mouth look.  It’s also a lip balm and doesn’t dry out my lips. It’s Colorado and winter, the season for DESERT LIPS.  My lips get so chapped and dry by March, it’s insane, so I need the protection of a good lip base and now I think I have it!


cutest Christmas wreath in the world!


Last but NOT least!  This Christmas Wreath.  ZOMG ZOMG, the cuteness, the  unbelievable cuteness!!!  You can buy them at Petal Pushers Wreaths from like $149 up to $229 or so. They have so much more than Holiday wreaths.  There’s Hannukah wreaths, Valentine’s wreaths, St. Patrick’s Day wreaths. I had NO idea I needed to change out my wreath for every season. Well, now I know!    

So do you have some products you’ve found that are amazingly great or amazingly bad and not worth the money?  Holiday things you think are adorable?

My mission for this Christmas, replace ass-shaking Santa.  His butt is about like mine these days – slow, dragging and the shaking part of it isn’t that much fun to watch. I feel the  need to get something much more largely tacky for the front lawn. What I’d really like to have is something like this:


tacky christmas decorations

But with the price tag of $250!!!!! it’s so not anywhere in my budget.  What I can maybe afford is something like this to replace ass-shakin Santa with a new ass-shakin Santa with more lights for$70!

ass shakin santa

But I think I need to UP the tacky factor a bit more without completely blowing my budget.  Ideas?  On a Christmas Tacky Scale 1-10 with 10 being Honey Boo Boo, Pumpkin, June and a case of Go-Go Juice, I’m at a 12. Suggestions?  I like blow-up Eyeore in the Santa hat, but he’s only 3 feet tall, which seems a little small for my visions of Tacky Grandeur.  Is there a Used Tacky Lawn Decoration store where I can get something really cheerfully awful for next to nothing?

disconsolatechimera November 12, 2012

That YSL stain and I do *not* get along. Nothing lasts on my lips and it has joined the crewe. That wreath is adorable, but $150 - + $200? Imma get me to mine craft store and get busy, guhls! Set up a booth somewhere. Then I can afford to try the Armani foundation!!

Janice November 11, 2012

Oh no... The foundation sounds amazing, but first I have GOT to have one of those wreaths, or three or four.

Sherri November 11, 2012

I like those YSL lip stains, too! They're not quite as long-lasting as Chanel double intensite lip stains, but I bought one because YSL offers a much greater variety of colors. Which shade did you get? I got #16, a nice clear plum which still manages not to overwhelm my thin lips and pale complexion, though I think could work for lots of different colorings. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the slanted tip which is harder to work with and requires me to use a liner. Do try the Chanel though if you are having issues with lip stain lasting. I had to have an impression made for some dental work last week and it even impressed the dental assistant when she pulled the hardened gummy plaster stuff out of my mouth the lipstain was still good. The "universal" your lips but better color in the Chanel is "rose quartz".

Tatiana November 11, 2012

I'm over 50ish these days and still trying to figure out the skin care. Had a stressful month for Oct. and now my jawline looks like a crater, pocked, pizza, moon face. And it's accompanied by dry patches here and there. Not pretty. Can't leave the house without Neutrogena lip balm w SPF 15. And I love lippies. My go tos are YLBB colors, but I love peaches, pinks, corals and reds, too. For dress up, I add Clinique mascara. I once had a make over at Le Metier de Beaute and went out to dinner with my husband afterwards. He did not notice a thing or did not say a thing about it. But if I put on a lovely perfume, he tells me how good I smell over and over and over again.

tammy November 10, 2012

I'm 48 and I haven't worn makeup in decades. Maybe 5 times, for Serious Fancy Occasions. I was raised all Holy Roller and taught that it was a sin ( not that I believed that!) and I think I just never got in the habit. I wore a little in my 20s, and finally just said to hell with it. I look SO much better in it, but I really don't give a shit. My husband was shocked that I wore a little when we got married. That is the level of event it takes, lol. I take that back, I wore some a time or two to his work parties so his coworkers didn't think he was married to a hag, and he finally told me he prefers me without it. HAving said all that the lipstain looks lovely! All the passion I didn't pour into makeup got poured into Christmas decorations, though, You don't even want to get me started. This is the first year I will be in our new home and put up outside decorations. I am gonna decorate our waterpump house up like Snoopy's doghouse in the Charlie Brown Xmas special, with all the tacky Christmas decor. Can't wait!

Ramona November 10, 2012

Well, I have to say, I spend more on skin care than make-up, probably because I am 47, 48 is right around the corner, and I am SCARED! NO make-up, expensive or cheap, makes crappy skin look good. So I love most neutrogena products, especially the stuff for "mature" skin. They sell a really great retinol based serum on QV* that I have been using for a couple of years now and it has made a noticable improvement in my skin. (Wasnt sure if I was allowed to name a shopping channel on your blog, so if I boo-boo'd, sorry! I am not affliated with them except as a cutomer.)

Sandstorm936 November 10, 2012

I am one of those odd people who used to wear make up. All through high school and part of college, I wore it. Then about half way through college, I didn't even have money to get the cheapest make up, so I haven't really gotten back into the habit of wearing makeup except for wearing clear mascara at work and black Chanel mascara on days off. Eldarwen22 Http://

Musette November 10, 2012

You are batshit crazy. But I love you. I'm on the OPPOSITE end of the scale when it comes to lippies, though I am still a devotee of Laura Mercier foundation and tinted moisturizer. After spending the cost of a semester at Harvard on expensive lippies, etc...I have found my Holy Freakalicious Grail. For $3. Rimmel lipliner in Coffee Bean. The perfect liner for me (I need a bit of definition, otherwise my lips just look...odd)...and because I have the curly hair and the glasses and freckles, etc...I go with YLBB - at this point a red lip just makes me look like Krusty the Klown. I have 50 lippies but my favorite is, again, a Rimmel. Go figure. That costs, I think, $5.96 (weird price). xoxoA