Posted on by Franne Golde

These are a few of my favorite things!
 
When I was fifteen I worked weekends at my stepfather's department store behind the makeup counter. It didn't feel like a job to me, because it was so creative. Everything was at my fingertips and I tried it all! Yardley eyeliner & shadow, every color, Eyelure lashes, Helena Rubenstein pressed and compact powders, Revlon and Yardley lipstick, Coty lipstick, Coty Blusher, etc. etc. etc... Whatever came in I tried it. Didn't everything need a Tester? That was the beginning of my love affair with makeup and it never really stopped.
 
I'm always trying new things and these are my latest and greatest finds:
 
Base:
 
I get a lot of compliments on my skin and although I think it's partly due to good genes, I also make sure to keep it protected. I'm not a fan of most sunscreens with their tell-tale odor and too greasy or too dry feel. The thought of putting base over it? No! I choose to wear mine as a tinted base moisturizer, so it's all in one!
 
My favorite is:
 
CHANEL Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect makeup with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen.
I wear it day and night. I love the texture and I like to keep it simple! It's lightweight, oil-free, matte-velvet finish lasts all day. My dermatologist says whenever you wear a sunscreen combo base you get an extra layer of protection. Sounds good to me!
 
Highlighter:
 
I usually wear highlighter, some lip gloss, and I'm good to go. However if I'm going to meetings or in the mood for a little extra, I add:
 
CHANEL Highlighter Face Pen
Light-coverage concealer, highlighter and complexion-brightener all in one. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and de-emphasizes dark circles. It's a brush-on formula and blends perfectly. I also like Touche Eclait by Yves Saint Laurent, which is almost identical, but a bit lighter coverage.
If I'm going out in the evening, after my shower I re-apply my base and substitute the CHANEL Highlighter Pen for CORRECTEUR PERFECTION. It's a heavier version of the face pen and goes on with a wand instead of a brush. I use it under eyes, frown lines and wherever I want highlights.
 
Blush:
 
NARS- Cheek and Lip Color
When I was a little girl and watched my mother put on makeup, I noticed that she always wore cream rouge. "It makes you glow. Powder dries you out." She said. I listened. My favorite is NARS! I wear Malibu. What? It's discontinued?! Hmm I'll have to find a new shade, but I'm sticking with NARS. 
 
Eyes:
 
Most days I keep it simple which equals no eye makeup, but when I do:
 
Brows:
Brow Wiz by Anastasia
Love the ultra-slim, retractable pencil that creates hair-like strokes. Fine tip to spot fill areas where brown hair is sparse, and the custom spooley end to blend for a flawless finish. Thanks you Anastasia!
 
Shadow:
CHANEL Les Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
I like 224 Tisse Rivera. I was hesitant about these colors at first, but they are now my faves.
 
Mascara:
If I'm going out in the evening or sometimes during the day and I'm lazy, I love to just put on a little mascara. It can make all the difference.
CHANEL Le Volume Mascara
Instant Volume. It goes on beautifully, looks thick but NOT heavy and no clumps. Great brush that separates lashes as it goes on. A pretty perfect mascara! Of course I always keep a backup of Maybelline Great Lash- and old favorite since high school.
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And last but not least- Lips:
 
LIPSTICK – One of my weaknesses and a great mood enhancer. A little treat to yourself that doesn’t break the bank!
My current faves:
LAURA MERCIER Dry Rose
MAC Amorus
Sometimes I tone it down with
Wet & Wild Nudist Colony
I also like – Nudist Colony under
CHANEL Lip Gloss 108, Constellation. It has a bit of sparkle. My mod look!
Lip Gloss is a good hydrator and conditioner on its own and I love adding a dab to the center of the lip after putting on my favorite lipstick.
 
Another thing my mom told me, was to never go to bed with makeup on. Well I can’t say I’ve never, but 99% of the time I take the time to remove it and it makes a big difference. I use Neutrogena makeup remover towelettes. I buy the box of 114 at Costco for $14.99. For those of you who are calculating, that’s $0.132 per towelette. I think you’re worth it! I follow that with a very warm wash cloth. Super relaxing after a long day…..
 
Till next time!