You had me at first swipe!

All day wear, are you kidding me? That's what I thought before I tried this lip stain recommended by a client. Fabulicious it is! One coat provides ample color and lasts forever. Two coats lasts all day. Yes, all day long.

I bought two shades of Stiff Upper Lip, as I wasn't sure which one would suit me best. I am happy to report I love them both! I put lip balm overtop to add moisture. It even lasts through all my napkin wipes throughtout the day.

Smudge-proof. Smooch-proof. Worry-free.

lip stain

curlingmascaraMascara is just one of those products I demand a lot from.

Always have.

It mustn't smudge, smear, flake or clump. And it absolutely must bring volume and definition to my lashes. When I leave my house every morning shortly after 6am, I expect my mascara to hang with me all through the day. I rarely get a chance to look into a mirror, so it better not let me down. By the time I wash my face (10pm), I want to be proud of what my mascara has accomplished. Don't you?

Typically I find a new mascara and stay married to it for quite some time. So I have to admit it's difficult making a switch. However, this switch was a surprisingly beautiful one.

Trish McEvoy's Lash Curling Mascara rocks! A big Kevyn Aucoin fan, this is better than the comparative formulas. It's a tubing mascara, so it forms water-resistant tubes around your lashes. Far better than waterproof mascara, the 24-hour formula stays just-applied looking all day. The innovative curling brush lifts and curves each lash. And clean up? A snap. Just add warm water and the tubes slide off. 

So I say almost perfect. Simply because it doesn't last the typical 3 months. However, worth it? Yes.

cosmeticspongesNo need to admit I am a makeup junkie. You already know that.

So when I stumbled upon this set of soft sponges for foundation application, I was in at first glance! So, right, I don't wear foundation. However, why wouldn't it work with a tinted moisturizer? 

These sponges are designed to gently buff on foundation (or tinted moisturizer) for a smooth, airbrushed look. The ergonomic shape touches hard-to-reach places around the nose and eyes with remarkable precision. Use it with any liquid, cream or powder for a flawless finish. And they are latex-free and hypoallergenic.

Available at Net-a-Porter

evesnownailsYep. I still love pink nails.

And Eve Snow's Drunk in Lust polish definitely made my list. This rose pink, high-shine formula contains the label's signature '3-added' ingredients — Marula Oil, Equisetum Extract and Vitamin B12 — to condition and care for your nails. The ergonomically-shaped brush ensures the most precise application.

Seems perfect year round!

Oh, if only.

If only today's temps would stay and dip even cooler. Glorious. It brings much anticipation of fall colors and new makeup collections. Like this one from Aveda. With seductively delicious color, Aveda makeup goes beyond minerals to combine its energy with the power of plants. Fruit-derived emollients boost moisture and plant-derived anti-oxidants help fight free radicals. And it's formulated without parabens, talc or mineral oil.

I'd say it's the perfect time to stop in your local Aveda boutique to play. And if you live in Charlotte, be sure to swing by Aveda's fall makeup event this Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20 for a complimentary skin and makeup consultation. Call ahead to reserve your spot, 704-362-3023.