Workhorse Brushes: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush

I’m a huge fan of the LM Secret Camouflage Concealer, and I always use it with the matching brush. This is the ultimate concealer brush for blemishes and minor imperfections. It tapers to a perfect point, so you can use it for Lisa Eldridge-style pinpoint concealing, while the flat part of the brush can be used for patting concealer onto slightly larger flaws….not that I have any of those…..okay I have lots of those. I have tons of different flat, synthetic concealer brushes in my collection, but they’re all gathering dust, because I always reach for this one. It’s seriously the best.

Review: By Terry Ombre Black Star “Color Fix” Cream Eye Shadow

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File this one under “YouTube made me buy it.” A couple of beauty vloggers I follow have repeatedly raved about the Ombre Black Star cream shadow sticks from By Terry. So, when I placed an order from Beautylish Boutiques to get myself some Charlotte Tilbury goodies, I threw one of these in my cart as well, because I just had to see what all the fuss was about.

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By Terry Ombre Black Star “Color Fix” Cream Shadow in #4 Bronze Moon

Now, after hearing Lily Pebbles and Viviannadoesmakeup describe this product, I was expecting heavenly choirs and weeping unicorns upon application. And…I just don’t see what all the fuss is about. Don’t get me wrong, this is a beautiful product. It’s smooth and creamy, it has a nice shimmer that creates an almost glossy effect on the eye, it blends pretty easily and it’s a great option for when you want to look polished and don’t have a lot of time.

BUT, it’s not really any more special than some other cream shadow sticks I’ve tried. In terms of how it applies and how it looks on the eye, it’s nearly identical to the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, which I also love. The one key difference is wear time. The By Terry version is darn near bulletproof. It lasts right until bedtime (14+ hours) without creasing, whereas the Laura Mercier ones last about 9-10 hours before minor creasing occurs.

The verdict? It’s a lovely product that I will enjoy using, but I won’t be rushing out to buy another one, because there are similar products available that are far less expensive.

Sick-Day Beauty (When Taking a Sick Day Seriously Isn’t an Option)

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The 2014-2015 cold and flu season has been a doozy for me. It started with a cold the week before Christmas. Then in February I had a nasty flu that morphed into a cold. (That sickness lasted about two weeks). Now, I’m just getting over yet another cold. Hopefully this will be my last bout of sickness this year. When I’m really feeling ill, I do try to stay home and spare everyone else my germs, but, as I’m sure all of you hard working people out there know, sometimes taking a sick day just isn’t an option. Duty calls! Besides, colds tend to drag on forever, and you have to go back to work and face the world eventually. Below are a few of the products that helped me get back to work looking more or less like myself in spite of the sniffles. Read on for my sick-day beauty tips.

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Game Changers: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

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s1307388-main-LheroI’m sure that as time goes on, and the posts start to stack up on this blog, it will become apparent that I am a card-carrying Lisa Eldridge fan-girl. I watch her YouTube channel and follow her blog religiously.

This game changing product is one that makes frequent appearances in Lisa’s videos, and that’s what sparked my interest in it. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage seems to be her go-to product for spot concealing blemishes and minor bits of discolouration. For the past two years, it has been my go-to as well.

I first tried this product towards the end of 2013 when my sister gave me a Laura Mercier complexion set that included the Undercover Pot (a jar of setting powder with pans of Secret Camouflage and Secret Concealer in the lid.) Before too long, I was hooked on the Secret Camouflage and splurged for the full-size compact.

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