This eyeshadow really dresses up eyes for nighttime. When worn alone, it gives eyelids a peachy-gold sparkle that's not overly flashy. You can also layer it over other eye colors as a highlighter or to give a matte shade some glimmer.
I like this little makeup bag. It has a fun, retro flower pattern. And it's sort of small--nine inches by four inches. So you can toss in a couple of essentials (lipgloss, some mascara, a little eyeshadow, a compact, and concealer) and fit it into almost any purse.
Perfume is a very personal thing. One gal's signature scent is another's stinkfest. That said, I really like this new fragrance from Gucci. It smells rich and feminine and womanly without getting too fruity or old-lady-ish. I could definitely see wearing it on a date.
$65.00 for a 1.7 ounce bottle, Sephora
I kept hearing how great this stuff was from friends and magazines, but it took a man telling me he was obsessed with it to get me to plunk down so much moolah for a little jar of moisturizer. And yes, I admit, it is pretty awesome. It feels soothing and rich without being heavy or oily. It has a slight herbal chamomile scent that I could do without, though.
Your lips will thank you for this stuff. It feels great on, more like a moisturizer than a lip gloss, and it smells delicious. I'd recommend the rosy shades--Quince, Pomegranate, and Wild Rose--over Guava, which is a kind of white. Guava still smells and feels amazing, but it sort of looks like you put lotion on your lips.
I got some of this as a gift, and wasn't expecting to like it, but it has this pretty champagne sheen that's actually surprisingly subtle. However, I think it looks best on shorter nails. The longer your nails, the more it starts getting into K-mart cashier/Vegas stripper territory.
What drew me to this smoky eye kit was the built-in audio instructions that tell you how to put it on. But now that I listen to them, turns out they are unbelievably useless. At least the eye colors are awesome--very rich and shimmery. I especially like the bronzes and the grays, but the emeralds (shown here) might be fun too.
It's always risky to apply lipstick without a mirror, but I often worry about a mirror getting broken in my bag. But this pretty pocket mirror, which comes cushioned in soft silver or gold metallic goatskin, stays protected from the other contents in your purse. Plus, you can get it monogrammed for an extra five bucks.
On sale for $24.00, Red Envelope
When I first smelled this lemony perfume, I thought it smelled more like cleaning products than a real fragrance, but once I wore it for a day, I was hooked. With hints of mandarin, lychee, orange blossom, and ginger, it just smells so clean and light. I kept wanting to put more and more of it on.
About the size of a small notepad, this tiny kit has nearly everything you need to glam up on the go, including four awesome sparkly eye shadows, lip gloss, lip stain, a mini tube of mascara, and a small eyeliner. It's easy to pop into your luggage for trips or keep in your handbag for when you need to quickly transform from work schlub into hot date.
Pout has announced that it is discontinuing its makeup line, but for a little while you can still buy select items here and there, like this beautifully packaged shimmer bronzer. Inside the bronze compact, are several concentric rings of sparkly bronzer, which brushes on for a soft, streak-free tan.
$30.00, Urban Outfitters
If you want extra sparkle for a holiday party or New Year's bash, this nine-piece collection has glimmer for every inch of your face. We're talking shimmery blush, shimmery eye shadows, shimmery mascara, shimmery lip plumper, and an all-over body shimmer. Plus, it all comes in a shimmery white clutch.