DS Odds & Ends

Just a quick post today to talk about three new products that may seem a little strange, but have become new favorites of mine!


Face Secrets Shade Switch Cosmetic Brush Shade Remover

A long name for a very cool tool! To be perfectly honest, I only clean my makeup brushes about once every two weeks. When I saw this odd looking black sponge thingy that switches shades I jumped at the chance and ordered it. Basically, when you’re ready for a new shade you just wipe the tip of your brush on the black sponge and it removes the color. I didn’t believe it until I used it for myself. A couple of swipes back and forth and my eyeshadow brush was ready for another color! The white sponge in the middle can be wet and used for wet eyeshadow applicators. A life and time saver that truly works. And it’s only $3.99!

Shiseido Facial Cotton

I’ll admit that $5 for 40 cotton pads had me scratching my head. But I took the advice of several Sephora cast members and purchased them anyway. These are an extremely soft, gentle way to to apply any liquid skin care product. They do not leave any fibers on your face like cotton balls and I feel that they make my products work more efficiently, especially my Clinique Clarifying Lotion. I only need one of cotton pad, instead of the two or three cotton balls, and my entire face is covered.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

Anytime my skin is looking old, rough, tired or boring I reach for this. I use this luxurious feeling spray as a moisturizer and primer. For me it’s best on dry skin. It has a super fine sprayer, so I only need about 2 sprays for my face. It is also labeled as a setting spray, but I don’t like the way it sits on top of my makeup. The 12ml size is $20 and it will last me quite a while.

Three exciting, innovative products for under $30!! Beat that you can’t!!




My First Luxury Purchase

At the ripe old age of 13, I decided to confront my mother. I was a teenager now and it was high time I looked like one. I deserved something more than Cover Girl or even worse Artmatic from my local D & K store. I wanted to go to the cosmetics counter at Kaufmann’s, which (at the time) was the Mecca for high-end makeup, jewelry, and fashion here in Beaver County, PA. To my wonderful surprise, my mother said yes! So armed with $25, off to the Rochester Kaufmann’s I went.

No one in the beauty department paid any attention to this newly-teenaged Diva in training.  I freely browsed each counter and gawked at Clinique, Estee Lauder, Adrienne Arpel, Shiseido, Ultima II, Clarins and more.  I picked up products, sniffed them, swatched them to my heart’s content for what seemed like an entire day. So what did I chose?

shiseidoAfter much contemplation, I finally decided on a beautiful lipstick from Shiseido called Bermuda Bronze. It was the most-perfect combination of bronze, nude and gold. I was so proud making this purchase, getting my very own Kaufmann’s bag. And when I got it home, I wore it constantly with blue Maybelline eyeshadow and lilac Cover Girl blush. I felt at least 16 years old when I wore my Shiseido lipstick. For the first time I truly understood the power of makeup, which still has me under its spell 3+ decades later. Funny enough, Bermuda Bronze has been my one and only Shiseido product, but I feel a trip to Sephora can easily rectify this!

P.S.  My second luxury product was a bottle full of liquid green color corrector from Ultima II. It made my face so shiny and oily it was horrifying. And it didn’t cover a stitch of redness. A couple years ago I had the pleasure of working with the Beauty Advisor who sold me this product. Although in her 70’s, she still had gorgeous skin and remembered that exact product I had bought. This seasoned pro will never forget that feeling of purchasing a luxury brand for the first time. Again, the power of makeup!july 17