The Lovely 20's

Beauty tips from a fashion blogging 20-something

Posted in Uncategorized by Virginia on March 28, 2010

When I go to events,  I want to be able to put my best foot forward and that starts with the exterior. Of course there is a confidence and quality that needs to radiate from within but strangers often judge the book by its cover  because – let’s be honest – what else do they have to go by? Below are the products I have been using lately to look my best.

*Note: I have purchased all of the products below of my own volition and have been using some for years. None of this is sponsored content.


Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner –  This eyeliner lives true to its name because it does not smudge and lasts for a very long time. I have gone through my fair share of eyeliners and this is by far the best yet.  I use Sepia, a dark brown, for everyday because black is a bit too severe on me. I also purchased the brush from Bobbi Brown.

Clinique Color Surge Eyeshadow Duo – I have the duo but I use mostly the lighter gold shadow to brighten and open up my eyes.

Urban Decay Eye Primer – I cannot live without this product, especially in the summer. It keeps my eyeliner and shadow stay in tact for hours. I bought it in “Sin” which is a nice shimmery champagne color.

Dior Show Waterproof Mascara – This works really well but after a few hours, it starts darkening your undereyes so be sure to carry around makeup remover with this one. I’m actually in search of a new mascara because of this. Next on the list: the Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes mascara.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler –  This works like a dream!  There is no turning back with this curler. Buy it!


Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 – This is called #1 for a reason. It saved my lips when they were badly chapped during the dead of winter.

Tarte Lip Stain – I absolutely love this one. The color is absorbed right into your lips so it not only stays, it looks completely natural. Longevity is important to me especially when I go to events that serve food and drinks (most do). I hate having to step away to reapply but I no longer need to do that with this product. If I want to go a bit more glam, I just add gloss on top.

Purple Lab Huge Lips, Skinny Hips –  I love this product because it is very modern. It serves multiple purposes: colors, moisturizes, plumps, AND it curbs your appetite. It contains Hoodia, which is an herbal, all-natural appetite suppressant. That is so genius to me, I don’t know why there weren’t more like this in the market.


Clinique Pressed Powder Blush in New Clover – Pretty and pink, you can’t go wrong with this shade. However, the blush fades quickly so I am currently looking for a good cream blush in a similar pink.  Hard to part with this though because I love the color.

Stila Sun Highligher – I always use  a very gentle sweep of bronzer under my blush for extra glow. I actually learned this from a Twitter tip from InStyle!


Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve – My  hands get very dry very fast. This has instant effects. I carry it with me EVERYWHERE.

OPI Axxium Soak-Off Gel Lacquer – This treatment is on the pricier end but the finish is flawless, sturdy and guaranteed to last two weeks. I got it in Strawberry Margherita, a bright pink, to celebrate Spring and daylight savings.

Proof that it works. These are my nails at Day 9:

Not a single chip! And it is as glossy as the day I got them done (last Thursday). I can’t tell you how many compliments I have received – from friends to colleagues to strangers at events.

Hope this was helpful to you. If you have tried and true go-to’s, I would love any recommendations, especially for mascaras and blushes! Makeup removers as well :)




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  1. Ritu said, on April 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I swear by Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner! It really is the best, although the new longwear eyeliner from Avon gives it a run for the money.

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