There are certain items that stay on my wish-list for a while for no good reason. As in, there is no good reason that I should have waited for years to buy Benefit’s Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain because it is AMAZING and costs less than a decent pair of shoes.
About the Name: Yes, the word “stain” does carry with it a certain horror-inducing connotation, but this is not like the stain that you found on your rug after stepping in dog poop. This stain is rosy and sheer and makes you feel like a fresh-faced twenty-something.
About the Application: Thank you, Benefit, for idiot-proofing your product for make-up dummies like me. It comes with instructions. FOR REAL. You just sweep three little tiger stripe lines on your cheeks, blend, and voila! Gorgeousness!
Those who know me know that I am a huge Mindy Kaling fan. She is simultaneously girlie and bad ass. I’ll admit that her original Things I’ve Bought That I Love blog was the inspiration for my own, and her ruminations on glitter vs. shimmer should be required reading for any woman in her mid-twenties.
The take-away message: “glitter makeup is meant to be worn exclusively by girls up to age 25, people attending Halloween parties, and transvestites…[but] subtle shimmer is great for anyone, no matter how old.”
I couldn’t agree more, Mindy, which is why I can’t help but love Origins GinZing cream eye shadow. I bought the Ginger Zing color which is this amazing (but subtle!) shimmery peach-gold that’s easy enough for an eye makeup dummy like me to apply. It’s become my go-to eyeshadow and now I want one in every color.
My new love: eyeliner. I don’t know why I avoided it for so long, although I suspect it may have had something to do with the idea of bringing a sharpened pencil near my eyeball completely creeping me out. But I am now brave and ready to be a make-up-wearing-grown-lady.
What I don’t love: When my eyes look like a 5 year-old drew a straight line on them. This is of course, what happens every time I try use a black pencil eyeliner.
The solution: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liner. This recommendation comes courtesy of my fashionista cousin, so I know I can trust it. It’s a liquid eyeliner for people who aren’t comfortable with liquid eyeliners. Sign me up for cat eyes, stat!