Best Bets: July 2014 – Featuring Luxie, Shu and Elizabeth Arden


Luxie Lush’s brushes are just that — luxe in terms of quality and lush in terms of how the brush fibers tickle the skin. The 12 pieces live in a blush, pretty pink barrel and the pink handles have the brush’s number and function stamped into the handle, so you know what it does. How convenient, right? However, know your tools, what they do and how they work for you, since the words will likely wear off from repeated usage.

The tools boast super soft, synthetic bristles, which are two-toned, with brown/black roots and white tips. So not only do they apply product expertly, they look cool while doing it.

The brushes are retro and slightly vintage-y, as though they were cribbed from Jackie O’s vanity when she was actually a Kennedy and a First Lady. In fact, the container reminds me of her iconic pillbox hats. #Really.

The Large Powder Brush and Large Angle Brush were my go-tos for powder foundation, while the Tapered Blending, Eye Shading and Medium Angled Shading Brush were the only smoky eye tools I needed for a variety of palettes. Normally, I gravitate towards black handle brushes, but these were so delightfully from-another-era chic.

The photo above, taken by yours truly, lines the brushes up in the order in which I discussed them!

I’ll never be an Olympian but I am happy to go for the gold this summer with my shu uemura drawing pencil in Gold. The creamy, sparkly formula hugged my upper lashline when I played around with it for some 24K sparkle and I dotted in my inner corners for some pop. It’s a simple way to dress up eyes, especially when you overload on black liner like I do.

Nothing pairs more perfectly with lightly sun-kissed, either by the real thing or by a spray tan gun, than coral lips in summer. If you want to commit to one lip product during the month of July, allow me to make that decision for you. Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Gloss Stick in Coral Reef is just that. It’s beautiful. It’s a pop of color. It’s glossy in texture. And it’s coral. It’s also dreamily creamy. Lighten the beach bag load this summer by toting this and nothing else.

Okay, wait. I take that back. If you want a bit more color payoff, then you can also tote Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Tropicoral. The color is a bit richer and brighter than the Color Gloss Stick, and make lips look and feel fuller. You can’t go wrong with either, since you can dial up or down with the intensity by how you apply or blot. But I crush on the stick because of the golden door packaging — it’s got a bit of heft– and the Red Door embossed on the bullet.

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