My Favorite New Beauty Products

Some new products I am loving…and I’m sensing a little “nude” theme here, aren’t you? It’s quite accidental, but hey, it is spring, so I’m going with it.

Fave New Beauty Products

1. BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector

Confession: I’ve been looking for the perfect product to give me Kim Kardashian-glowy cheeks. There. I said it. Can’t say I agree with all Kimmy’s wardrobe and life choices, but her makeup is always extraordinary; she looks like she radiates light.

I asked for a reco on Twitter (uh, the best source for tips, EVER), and my beauty fairy godmother—Kristina of Pretty Shiny Sparkly—told me about BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector, as did some others. BECCA is a killer Australian cosmetics line (y’all know I’m partial to the Aussies :)), and after reading a gazillion rave reviews, I ordered it.

At first I only used about a half-pump of this pearly perfection on my cheeks. Then I saw a photo someone took of Hubby and me—I totally had Kim K. glowy cheeks!—so I got brave and started applying it to my entire face after my sunscreen. Hello glowy skin! Between that and my YSL Touche Eclat, I don’t think anyone could tell exactly how hung over I was today.

So, yeah, this stuff is AMAZE. Kind of like Kristina’s videos and advice. If you’re not subscribed and following her, you’re missing a killer source of info and good ol’ Texas wit!

2. BECCA Cosmetics Eye Priming Perfector

I happened upon BECCA’s eye primer accidentally when I ordered the Shimmering Skin Perfector. I’ve been looking for something to keep my eyeshadow from creasing, and my eyeliner OFF my eyelids halfway through the day. This product did the trick. It’s superb—eye makeup stays put for hours and hours. Even if you don’t wear shadow, but suffer from oily lids, this invisible primer helps keep moisturizer from settling in creases.

One caveat: Be careful when applying your eyeshadow. This product is so good at making it grip that it can be a little difficult to blend.

3. Maybelline Lasting Drama by EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner, Blackest Black

Last year, a Dior makeup artist lined the upper inner rim of my eyes with a black pencil and it was revolutionary. No, for real: how did I make it through 25 years of cosmetics and never know this trick? I promptly bought the black pencil and commenced lining—and most days, also struggled not to gouge my eyes in the process. The problem? The pencil was a little too hard, and even after pulling that high school trick where you melt your liner with a lighter, it was still very uncomfortable—and dangerous.

Pencils are made of wood, and if you sharpen them unevenly and don’t sharpen again ’cause you’re rushed, trying to line the inner rim of your eye can be very painful. And then what happens? Your eyes water. And we all know that liner will not adhere to wet inner rims.

I initially bought Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner to create winged eyes, and it works OK for that, though I have found that felt-tip, marker-like eyeliner is the best for creating a cat eye. BUT, you know what this particular product is excellent for? Lining the upper inner rim of your eyes! No lighter necessary, and no more re-applying to keep a nice black line. The brush and the soft consistency of this liner make lining the inner rim of your eye painless, and it lasts all day. Or all night ;).

4. Orly Prelude to a Kiss Nail Lacquer

I was actually on the hunt for Essie lacquer in A Crewed Interest, a lovely peachy shade, but apparently I’m a couple years too late for that one. It can be had online, but of course, I wanted light nails NOW. I’ve been thinking of white too, but as chic as it looks on other ladies, I’m not sure if I can handle it (yet).

I found Orly’s Prelude to a Kiss, a happy medium between white and peach that is not transparent, as many polishes in this shade are. Forgive my not-so-great paint job, but here it is, with just two coats:

Orly Prelude to a Kiss nail lacquer

PS: It’s even prettier on the toes. Score.

5. YSL Rouge Volupte, 1 Nude Beige

I’ve been wearing this pinky nude quite a bit lately. If you have fair skin, it’s got just enough pink in it to keep you from looking like a corpse. I just wish it lasted longer. That said, it is very similar to Tom Ford Beauty Pink Dusk, which does last, but is $14 more at $48, though worth every penny. But still, a fifty-dolla lipstick? That’s a lot. So I’m having fun with this one for the moment.


  1. I cannot live without Touche Eclat. Truly a miracle worker. I will have to try the Becca Skin Perfector; I’m intrigued.

    So sorry we were unable to meet up! My friends and I had an amazing weekend though. Your town is gorgeous.

  2. To make liner stay on the inner rims, run a clean Q-tip along the rim to remove any moisture, then apply your liner. I use the UD 24/7 and Laura Mercier pencil liners. Can also use gel liners with fine tip brush.

  3. ohh… so curious about this BELLA line now, and I’ve been hearing for years about how amazing the YSL touche eclat is; it’s on my beauty list for my next splurge. I need to try.

    1. Hey Alyson! Dior SkinFlash is great too…you may want to check it out too. I think it’s just as good as Touche Éclat, and maybe a little cheaper.

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