Sunday, April 29, 2012

By Terry Crayon Khol Terrybly Precision Waterproof Eye Pencil in "Brown Stellar."

When I'm in a hurry I frequently use just an eye pencil to line my eyes, not eye liner per se, but a pencil with color that I can apply in a wide line on the outer most part of my eye, top and bottom. 
Today I used By Terry Crayon Khol Terrybly Precision Waterproof Eye Pencil in "Brown Stellar."  It's a medium brown with golden flecks.  Though you might think the golden flecks would be too much for day, they provide just enough pop to define the eye without being overwhelming.

shot in daylight

The pencil applies smoothly without dragging.  It can be applied in a fine line or in a thicker khol style as I have here.  It's smudge proof and doesn't fade after wearing for twelve hours, as I did today, and survives my tearing, allergy-plagued eyes. The liner also wears well on the waterline.  It's my "go to" when I'm in a hurry.

I purchased my By Terry Khol Terrybly Precision Waterproof Eye Pencil at Space NK.
Space NK's new site inside Bloomingdales Tysons Corner, is offering my readers a free Nuxe Beauty Kit with any $50 purchase May 6-13th.  Just mention my blog, "When a Door Closes," when you shop at the store or purchase by phone (703-556-4569).  They are offering free shipping too.  The Nuxe kit includes travel sizes of Micellar Cleansing Water; Creme Fraiche Moisture Emulsion; Refreshing and Relaxing Cream Mask; and Huile Prodigieuse, a multi-use oil for face, body, or hair. 

In addition to By Terry, Space NK also carries Lipstick Queen; Eve Lom; Malik and Goetz; Vincent Longo; Rococo Nail Apparel; Life NK; Oribe Hair Products; Tata Harper Skincare; Clarisonic; Kate Spade Lipsticks; Hourglass; Jemma Kidd; and Kevyn Aucoin.  They do not carry Ellis Faas in this location, but may be able to get for you.

Be sure join Space NK's N.dulge Rewards program.  With N.dulge, you'll receive 1 point for every $1 spent.  When you reach 100 points, you'll receive a $5 N.centive (reward).  You'll also enjoy special privileges such as exclusive invitation, new product previews, and birthday treats.

See my post about the new Space NK Bloomingdales site here.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Life NK Picture Perfect Facial Moisturizer

It's been a while since I've used a mattifying product. When I first tried them years ago, none of them were effective on my super oily skin, so I've just used blotting papers and powders. Enter Life NK Picture Perfect Facial Moisturizer.*

Life NK products are exclusive to Space NK. The range includes skin care, body products, and candles. Life NK products are described as "ultra-clean," i.e. free from many synthetic ingredients. The Picture Perfect Facial Moisturizer is lightweight and contains sunscreen, conditioning and regenerating Bisabalol and Vitamins A, C and E, as well as Oat Bran to absorb excess oil. It is free of parabens, sulfates, silicones, parabens, sulfates, glycols, mineral oil, petrolatum, PEG, DEA, TEA, synthetic colours, silicones, and phthalates.

It does contain the ingredients below:

Though it is lightweight, it is not thin in consistency. It absorbed quickly, and didn't leave an oily finish. My skin just felt well-moisturized. It isn't cheap at $30 for 3.3 fl. oz., but a nickle-sized drop covered my entire face, so 3.3 fl. oz. will last a while. I wore the moisturizer for several days under the new NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. Life NK claims that the moisturizer is ideal for sensitive skin, but I can't attest to that as my skin is not sensitive. It is an excellent mattifyer, however. I didn't need to blot at lunch time as I usually do. Only by the end of the day did small oily areas appear on either side of my nose, a vast improvement. This product is a keeper.

The Life NK Picture Perfect Facial Moisturizer ($30) for is sold online and Space NK stores nationally.

*Space NK provided Life NK Picture Perfect Facial Moisturizer without charge for review.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sunday Riley Fools Gold Eye Shadow and Giorgio Armani Waterproof Eyeliner Pencils

I threw on Sunday Riley's Fools Gold yesterday without swatching first.  Well, I swatched months ago when I bought it, but hadn't touched it since.  I was stunned that this antique dark gold/taupe eye shadow went on so darkly and found myself wondering what highlighter and lipstick to wear with it.  Especially since I've gone into "spring brights" mode.  What can I say?  It was 8am! So I decided to use Giorgio Armani's #4 Antique waterproof eyeliner pencil, which I hadn't swatched either, in the upper and lower inner corners, and applied YLS Touche Eclat #3 highlighter under the brow.   Fortunately, it all worked, and I have a new favorite eye shadow.

Fools Gold is a black/gold powder shadow with a hint of moss green in some lighting.  One would think the gold would go on with a sheen, but it sparkles sparsely instead.  It's stunning, unlike any other color in my stash or that I've ever seen.  There's a little fall out, but very little due to its the creamy texture.  It's easily dealt with by applying eye makeup before foundation.  It lasted all day without creasing.  I love the packaging - I can see the color easily when searching in my stash.

The Armani eyeliner melted on my oily lids after a few hours; I made note to try it on powdered lids next time.  I decided to try the #4 Copper color with Fools Gold the today, and like this combination even better.  Though it's metallic, it's subtler for day and opens the eyes nicely without looking too shiny.  It's a nice eye brightener and shadow for any complexion, and unlike many others, doesn't looking chalky.  I think a subtle metallic finish may be the secret to the perfect eye brightener.  I powdered my eyelids first today, and it hasn't creased at all.

Fools Gold with Armani #4 Antique Waterproof Pencil
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
Tom Ford "Taupe" Brow Sculptor
YSL Touche Eclat #3 used under the eye brow

Fools Gold with Armani #5 Copper Waterproof Pencil
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
Tom Ford "Taupe" Brow Sculptor
YSL Touche Eclat #3 used under the eye brow

Sunday Riley's Fools Gold is sold at Barneys;  the Giorgio Armani Limited Edition Waterproof Eye Pencils are available at Barneys,, and Nordstrom.


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