Have you started thinking of New Year resolutions yet? I've decided that one of mine will be to "be more adventurous" - in general daily life, starting with my makeup bag. Since I realized it's been a while since I've mixed things up, I rummaged through my stash and threw in some old and new favorites into my daily routine.
My Lancome Artliner liquid liner has been neglected for most of the past year, but I've been reaching for it more lately again. I'm glad this is back in my routine - I've almost forgotten how easy it is to use, and how much it adds to the look. Creates a defined and slightly more dramatic winged end than would my usual pencil liner.
Also on my eyes a lot lately is MAC Swiss Chocolate. Because winter time is all about hot chocolate - in my mug and on my eyes. I take a fluffy MAC 224 eyeshadow brush and dust a light hand of this into and above the crease. My full review and praise for it here.
I can't remember when I bought the Laura Mercier Lip Glaze in "Blush" - I vaguely remember it being a complete impulse buy years ago when I was at the counter stocking up on my favorite LM Secret Brightening Powder. It's dark enough to look winter-y, while being natural enough to wear on a daily basis. A deepened rose color sort of. Not the most long lasting, but leaves my lips well hydrated.
Last but not least, my newest blush addition - Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blush in "Natural Beauty." I picked this from Sephora while I was in the US recently (entire post here), and it's become an instant daily staple. My favorite thing about it, aside from the well-known facts about its amazing ingredients and long lasting-ness, is how buildable this particular shade is. A very light dusting of this actually looks more plummy than red on my skin, but dusting a bit more of it on shows the true snow-kissed red that I see in the pan. This has therefore become one of the most versatile blushes I own. I personally prefer the brighter red finish, because it adds a dose of brightness and happiness to my face (yes I believe blushes can add happiness), but you know, office or meeting days call for the Serious Face. The serious, no-bright-colors kind of look.
What's in your winter makeup bag?