In A World-Trish McEvoy Brushes

I just watched this movie on Netflix about the movie trailer voiceover people who start the trailer with “In a world…”.

In a world where most of the products I have tried from Trish McEvoy produced mediocre results-especially her eye primer and concealer products which were cakey-there is a bright spot.

And it’s a bright spot that I’ve already known for years–say that again YEARS.

When I’ve been at the Trish counter before I ever bought anything more than her gel liner, I’ve remarked to the salesperson, I like the brushes.

I remember when I first bought two ancient Trish brushes, No 10 and

I was in San Francisco on a shopping trip with then friend, and in Saks Fifth Avenue department store. Pretty much then, as is now, I like the store but have never purchased anything more than makeup products and didn’t venture further than the 1st floor.  If I did it was to tag along with then friend.

I don’t know what has changed, but my last visit I spent a good amount of time in the lofty floors above the make up dept.


This happened in the realm of 20+ years ago when I bought these two Trish brushes.  I have kept them cleaned, using gentle cleansers-most of the time the same as I use on my face, and drying them flat.

I put them away in favor of the new flavor of the moment brush so I’ve had them 20+ years but use them when I feel like it.

But now that I use cream shadow-I am using the small flat brush NO. 25  to pat the Chanel Ilusion D’Ombre over Nars Eye Primer.  I use the brush to put on the initial layer of color on my lid and a little on my crease, then use my Laura Mercier,  Finishing Brush to blend in the color in my crease and feather it out.

When I am feeling really casual but need a little color I use the No. 10-which is like a small flat paint brush to sweep on a neutral eye brightening color like Bobbi Brown’s Shell–which is the look-alike color of the Strange base color in Urban Decay’s Nakeds #3 palette.

I wouldn’t say that some things get better with age-but more like some things always stay the same. As my most recent brush purchase from Trish was about the same time I bought the other products, which is a cool eyeliner brush that the demonstration of by the product specialist had me thinking about it.

So I went back later and bought it.

I figure if anything makes me contemplate it that much, I should buy it and relieve myself of the wondering about it time. I use this brush occasionally. I like to use it with cream stick shadows or even with Trish gel eyeliner because they are so soft and this brush has just the right amount of stiffness to draw a nice line while not dragging on the eyelid skin.

I have a bunch of Bobbi Brown brushes which I use faithfully like her brow brush-but I’ve had it in the range of 6 years and it is disintegrating.

So the moral of the story–In a world where competition is fierce for great products, those who win are the ones who stick with their core.






Tre Tre Estee! Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil

If it’s hard is it good?

But too soft isn’t good either.


Duh-where are your minds?!

Liner pencils are the easiest way to line your eyes.

I did gel liners with the cream and the brush for awhile-but got bored and lazy.(As usual).

One day at the gym, a woman I’ve known for many years, sat there with her gel liner, really put on too thick. She’s always been a makeup glutton like myself, but this, like her navy blue liner that she wore with a navy blue striped shirt many years ago, just made her look crazy and deranged.

In a good way I mean-no I’m not being catty!

Of late I like Clarin’s Crayon Kohl Pencil, Trish McEvoy’s Gel Liner and now Estee.

I actually really like the Clarin’s pencil-it is smooth, and I like the navy blue. It goes on soft and does not  drag on the eye-a key criterion.

Trish’s pencil-is actually gel liner in a stick. You can take a liner brush and scrape off a bit of product and make a line with the brush, or use the pencil. In the Trish vids, she says to only use this product between your lashes, not as a liner, technically speaking of course.

Trish sticks are aubergine and black only. I got bored with it already. But before I forget, here’s a dis on the pencil. When the color runs down a bit, the wood is very rough and the edges are like the tip of a broken school no 2 pencil. Ouch! Again, I think this is the case of a good product in a cheap case, like her lip liner. The lip liner case problem is the top split in two after a couple of uses – so it’s capless in Honolulu.

So the reason I bought the liner from Estee is-faced with wanting the GWP and not really buying much of their products, I just bought something I needed.  I bought two to make the spend, and really

I am quite happy with the product.

I pretty much just line between the lashes, and a thick Audrey Hep line on the top into a cat eye. Post-ballet, it’s all in place-I guess that’s what they mean by Double-Wear.

But the gift itself was meh. I like her lipsticks because they smell like cherry-roses, but the colors were pretty pedestrian-I know they have to be a crowd pleaser for a GWP. The shadows are on their way to the trash. The mascara is pretty good tho.


As for the navy blue-I dunno, maybe I look like a crazy cat eyed lady too!


Avoiding the Clumpity Clump Lashes-Maybelline Lash Discovery

One thing I have to say about the set of Trish McEvoy kit I recently got at Nords, was, I liked the mascara.

It had a tiny skinny brush that, after using the sample for a couple of weeks, did not make my lashes a a clumped up mess that needed some detangling with a lash comb.

I’m just not that high maintenance.

Uh-well I just like make up and skincare.

But, strike that, I am lazy to take that extra step.

So, after using up the sample, I was in search of the same sort of skinny brush.

Looked all around in the normal brands I like, Laura Mercier, Bobbi etc. – but did not find it. I’ve tried cult-fave Definicils, but I didn’t care for it either.

So, resolved to end my search, I took to the drugstore brands. After all if all of the ads were true, if I were able to get lashes that are sky high, or stiletto long, then might I be able to find a skinny brush?

I found it in Maybelline’s Lash Discovery. Their website is hideous-all black, hurts my eyes.

Nto really made because of the skinny brush-but mad to be a skinny brush to get to the crevices that are difficult to reach with those giganto big lash brushes.

It’s quite tiny in fact.

I like it, it works, but washing it off leaves much to be desired.

Again, in the land of the lazy, if it doesn’t come off with my beloved Cerave’ Gentle Cleanser, I’m off in search again.


Music to My Face-Armani Maestro Firming Foundation

Well, I’m not sure that the firming action is working because I only use a small drop of foundation, and the claim is probably true for people who look like they are wearing makeup.

Me, on the other hand, I use this pigment dense foundation when I want to look more presentable then when I am just using Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.

The foundation comes in a medicine dropper and is very light and doesn’t feel oily or heavy at all.

It almost floats on my face. It dries somewhere between matte and dewey-but definitely not shiny. I like to pat it on with my fingertips, then take a foundation brush to blend the edges in.

It wears all day and pretty much into the night. If I want to look a little dressier, then I apply a few more drops around my nose and lips where, if I had applied in the morning has had some wear and tear during the day and needs re-application.

I does have SPF15-but you know, from my point of view that isn’t enough, so it does wear well over my current Clarins SPF40 sunscreen.

It’s a little pricey-but I think it’s worth it because I don’t like the fragrance used in drugstore brands, and the formulation is a lot finer.

Kind of like the difference between drinking Yellow Tail and Rombauer.

Nothing compares.


Trish to Trash-Eye Base and Eye Lift

I’ve seen the Trish McEvoy products when I was still in love with Bobbi Brown and then Laura Mercier.  I wasn’t falling over myself to buy their kits that had everything you need in terms of color in one of those 80-s filo fax binders.  I still have nightmares of people who organized their days that way and forced me to do the same. I think I did the filo fax thing-meaning I carried the binder, but I never did the post it thing, the move projects to the next day and order them thang.

Rather I liked to write my notes and my schedule in the binder-mostly as a sales tool. Why? I would open it toward the end of the sales call and ask – how about we meet next week at such and such time?


As I mentioned in an earlier post, I attended the Nordstrom sneak preview Early Access event and I obviously got caught up in the moment,

I had watched Trish’s videos on applying her products like Eye Lift and Eye Base. So I had gone to Nords with the idea that I wanted the Eye Lift-which is basically an eye shadow primer.

Now I know from passing the Trish counter by (only stopping to buy gel liner once or twice), that her products are supposed to have beauty benefits besides color. So watching her smooth on the product liberally on the model in the video, I thought hmm must work pretty well.

Same goes for the under eye product – Eye Base. Maybe I get confused with the names but they are her two main eye products. With the Trish triangle of light – which is pretty much the same as Bobbi Brown’s secret to beauty or whatever she calls basically smearing concealer from the inner corner of your eye pretty much to the edge of your cheekbone. 

Bobbi’s actually makes you look pretty good but it does not photograph well – see her books.  The women look odd with all that concealer. Lighter hand please.

So I bought the kit with the Eye Base, Eye Lift, Bronzer/Blush/Highlighter/Magic Powder, an eyeshadow and lip mini palette, a lip pencil with lip brush and mascara.

I have tried everything except the mascara at this point.

I was pretty disappointed with the “gift” at Honolulu Nords. It was a cosmetics bag. PERIOD.

My very nice artist/salesperson gave me a few samples of Fresh, YSL foundation, and an eye thing. But really that was it!

The cosmetics bags itself was the gift. Having spent $200+, I went online to check it out.  It turns out that Nords online had a gift with purchase, and explaining my disappointment, the very nice customer service person sent me a gift with Trish lip gloss and mascara. The mascara is great. The lip gloss is pretty, but no staying power.

So back to the base and lift-I tried a lot of product, a little product. I warmed it up on my hand before applying, I tried more moisture base to help it spread.

Both products were like spreading clay.

Considering we are talking about the eye area and it’s delicate texture – this is just bad.

I went so far as to go back to Nords and ask the product rep what was the deal? He said to use less-a pin point. Still didn’t work.

I didn’t even want to pass them on to friends to try their luck.

Into the trash.



The lip pencil with brush on the end is good. However, Trish, please revisit the quality of the package supplier.  The tops from both sides kept slipping off. When I tried to secure them tightly-one side cracked the side making it useless.


Thrillsville! Nars Smudge proof Eyeshadow Base

I’ve been searching for an eye shadow primer so when I wear color-it shows.

The other thing is I always have eye cream and sunscreen on my eyes so it’s a challenge for weak competitors.

Awhile back I tried urban decay eyeshadow primer anti aging formula after I got a multi pack sample of all of their formulas.

I used it for a couple of weeks but i noticed that it dried my eyelids out and made them look crusted.


I watched trish mcevoy videos and was convinced her eye base was a wonder product.

It’s a lot like laura mercier’s eye primers. Same drying. Plus the trish product creased and fell apart after a ballet class.

I asked the revive/trish guy at nords and he suggested a lighter application.

No difference.

My new fav, Lisa eldridge used the Nars product in her videos. It comes in a tube with a sponge wand. It has a little silicon so it has some slip going on and smoothes on easily.

What’s more my eye color lasts without creasing and the product doesn’t dry out my lids.

Goodbye Michelle, Hello Lisa

No dis on Michelle Phan, I love watching her videos especially the early ones that had tips like how to clean your brushes, do it yourself masks etc.

Her makeup artistry creates great looks with a lot of emphasis on the eyes of course but  I find myself getting a little bored lately with super dark smoky eyes and dark lips to match.

Besides, I get that celebrities like to keep it sizzling with info on their love lives, but frankly it’s not that interesting. Maybe if you’re in your thirties like Phan is, but I’m not, I dunno – her love life bores me.


A while back I youtubed Audrey Hepburn Breakfast At Tiffany’s make up and one of the better videos featured this woman with an accent.  I watched it a couple of times and tried the technique which is pretty simple with a white/light base on the eyes and just really clean lines, soft color and winged liner.

I know it looks a little silly with the crown-but the look is classic.

I just had a bday a month ago and had a belated birthday lunch and my friend emailed the photos. That day I had forgotten my makeup kit and only had my eyes on-eyebrows, mascara and blue liner on the upper waterline. Lucky for me I had some sunscreen moisturizer and always have balm.

Really not enough makeup for photos tho.

So checking out videos for mature skin or aging eyes or whatever I found Lisa Eltheridge again. She’s a makeup artist out of the UK-she uses a range of US products from Max Factor and Revlon to department store brands like Chanel and Dior.

What I like about her techniques for aging folks or not, is her looks use a light hand for color.  This particular video emphasizes a glowy base, the model’s skin is quite wrinkly, but somehow the magic of makeup makes it less noticeable without heavy concealing, just moisture and light colors.

She’s like Bobbi Brown but a lot less screechy-Bobbi tends to use natural color and really too much pop.  If you look at Bobbi’s books, her models use so much concealer that all you see is concealer and a big thick gel liner line. Her shadows are beautiful but too sparkly for aging lids.

Lisa recommends getting away from using all neutral beiges and such on aging eyelids and adding soft color, “defining” the eyes.  She also uses gel blush for softness.

I particularly liked this one because the look is professional and polished.

In any case, I spent a good part of the morning watching her vids.

Check it out!


Ooo La La! YSL Glossy Stain

And a lot more french words to that name.

Hands down I have never received more compliments on my lip color than when I was wearing #24, a perfectly red red without a lean toward blue or orange.

I heard about this product from Brow Guru Stacie at Marsha Nadalin Salon in Kahala Mall.  She had been shopping with a friend and gave it a high recommendation.  Her friend wore hers and many hours later, the color remained.

That was Thursday.

Friday I was driving around the Nordstrom parking lot around lunchtime and was fighting for a space. Seriously, it was one of those parking nightmares that only happen when a good sale is going on.

And a good sale was going on-Nords was having its Access Event for their anniversary sale.

I being a slovenly user of my Nords card for greener pastures of my other cards, didn’t get the memo.

I was lucky anyway and got a space.

My head spun a bit when I walked in.  Areas of the store were draped in sheer cream curtains for the special access event with nice prices on a lot of stuff.

For the beauty department, it was full of people. Not to the point of pressing, but pretty full.

I had gone in with the thought and mission of-checking out the YSL stain, the Trish McEvoy Flat Liner Brush and Osmotics line.

More on that later.

The YSL lip stain, is very lightweight when applied, slightly shiny, but not shiny to the 10th degree like the more gel-like products. I was a bit challenged with the doe applicator.  It does have a point to the flat wand, but even with lip liner, I was drawing outside the lines. It is easily removed before it dries.


Wearing a new lip color is like wearing freshly styled hair. I don’t want to move my head or disturb the lip color and try to avoid actions that remove it.

But that defeats the purpose of the stain right?

By the time I got home, the color was still there, but had a ring around the edges, with the interior of my lips decidedly less hued.

The real trial was the next day when I wore it to ballet and reapplied for dinner that night.

It’s not drying at all, but I slicked on some Fresh Lip Balm later in the first part of the day, but the color stayed true.

I reapplied a fresh coat before dinner.

Now, in Europe, I understand that ladies remove their lip color prior to eating to avoid lips on their glasses. From my s. american source who lived here and there, he thought this was the height of manners, even tho you removed your color at the table.



The product definitely was challenged at dinner. I had grilled salmon, veggies and a salad. Read all contain some oil in the preparation.

Still had a hint of color when I got home tho.

For me, this product lasts about 4 hours.

It’s not bad–at $35, it’s worth it to not think about color for 4 hours.


The Meh Files-Products That Didn’t Make the Cut

I really like to sample products when I’m not entirely convinced they will work for me.

This is especially true for any facial moisturizer.

Whether a brightener lightener, eye wrinkle, cellulite or anything other will work on the first trial is iffy.

Oh-the other two items that are best sampled are foundation and sunscreen.

The moisturizer requirement is all about will my face really feel moisturized after wearing the product the entire day or night?

Re: foundation, will the color look good in any light, under varying conditions ( all day, evening, thru a workout(when I need to rush off for a meeting and don’t have time to redo my whole face). Will it not become gray and ashy, by itself or when used with other products?

Re: sunscreen, will the product dry white and masky, or willit go in and disappear? Will the product have a drying affect?

The Meh files includes more than the above product categories, though:

Shiseido Benefiance SPF 15 Day Moisturizer Cream. Smells really good, light cream, fairly good moisturizing staying power. Can not put it around my eyes without stinging and tearing. Makes it a fail for me-I use it on my decollete. Might as well use it for what it can provide, far far away from my eyes. The Benefiance Eye Cream is great tho-but no spf.

Fresh Creme Ancienne-wonderful story about monks who hand mix the product in a monastery.  Plus it’s an ancient recipe created in the time of Marcus Aurelius, thus “ancienne”.  Furthermore, it was discovered in the vaults of Louis Vuitton.  I got a nice sample from the Fresh store in San Francisco.  I used the entire sample in what I call harsh conditions.  Meaning I went out to dinner and my skin was going to need a good drink after a couple of glasses of wine. I put on a good amount before bed-my skin felt a bit tight in the morning. ( Rosa artica from Kiehls is still the best for me-going thru the big M it was the only product that helped, so why do I stray? That’s just my personality to venture forth!). Knowing that the after party test was pretty good, but not perfect, I used it for my flight home to Honolulu. It was pretty good, though I always keep a cream in my flight bag to dab on during the flight.

Fresh-New SPF 50 Sunscreen.  I also got a nice sample of this product which I used for the remainder of my stay in SF and then a bit at home. It is an almost ballet pink color-pink but a little bit of apricot.  It gives a teeny bit of color to the skin-and works perfectly well if you like to go without foundation.  The only thing I would really give this product a ding on is it is a little sticky, you need a whisper of translucent HD powder so your hair doesn’t stick on your face.

Sorry Fresh, one more entry–Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream.  Actually the jury is still out on this–not knowing the Fresh line really well, I had a hard time choosing an eye cream. I used the Black Tea Serum on my eyes, which worked pretty well on my vertical wrinkles.  The salesperson applied a bit around one eye in a circular motion-its claim to fame is 30 hours of moisturizing and depuffing of the circles. It does feel like it tightens, though I’m not so sure about the moisture for 30 hours.

Oh oops, one more Fresh–Black Tea Serum. I hesitated because of the $85 price tag, but I had been intrigued because the sample of the eye cream worked very well, but between the two, I decided to buy the serum to use on my face and eyes. I will probably give the eye cream another shot, because you can buy the Black Tea eye cream and it comes with a Soy Fresh cleanser(awesome!), and (I think) a Lotus Preserve mask.

Sunscreens to pass on-Mustela 50+ mineral sunscreen lotion. Goes on white and stays white. I used it to golf one day, and boy did I get a tan on my arms where I used it.

The Face Shop-Baby Mild Sun Lotion SPF 30. Uses the same Sunflower ingredients. Nothing great to say about this product.  It goes on white and fades a little, but meh.

I’m interested in trying Josie Maran’s new SPF-Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47. I don’t know much about it yet, except it smells good. I know that most of the oil products have natural sunscreen via antioxidants vitamins C and E, but that’s not quite enough in my opinion if you live in a sunny clime like Hawaii. This product does have a bit of titanium oxide and zinc-but less so. Need a sample.

Cetaphil SPF 15 lotion.  This I use to smear on when I wake up-my house is full of windows, so from early in the morning, I have sunlight on my face. This product is ok, but it stings my eyes. I recently bought another bottle of Cerave’SPF15 for the morning duty. It does not sting my eyes and was suggested by a reader-it’s very awesome!

Clarins Body Tonic Oil. It smells very nice. I watched the videos on how to apply to help stimulate the lymph nodes to help get rid of water and toxins. My skin is very soft but I can’t see much in the way of change in my skin texture or firmness.  I use it with the Cellulite Body Lift, meh.

Burts Bees Moisturizing Body Lotion. Very moisturizing, but during the day gets sticky. It has no spf, but the humectants make it a bit much.  I would recommend to ladies who are having the big M and need extra care for dryness.

This is a bit long–:-}, but needed to catch up!




Beauty Illusion-Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eye Shadow

Usually I run away from the Chanel counter-I have set my own limits for what I am willing to pay for any given product.

But lately I have noticed that Bobbi Brown really raised her prices–Laura Mercier probably has too, but her products still stand in the light of I love them so much I buy them anyway.

Bobbi on the other hand–it’s just too expensive—maybe get a lower paid spokesperson?


I threw out my old Bobbi cream shadows because I realized it has been years since my fav makeup artist Jamie T left Neiman Marcus and had a baby who must be 3-4 years old.

So what does that mean?

HA HA More room for new stuff!!!!!!

I like eye shadow pallettes and I don’t know if it was on QVC or where-but I saw a Bobbi pallette that intriqued me. But I went to her site and it’s not there so…whatevs.

I like a particular purply shimmery brown ish color.  I had it in Bobbi and I think she called it Black Opal in her cream shadows.

I was cruising Macy’s waiting for the bf to do his clothes shopping (which literally takes hours), and saw the color I love at the Chanel counter in their D’Ombre line.

I try not to lead salespeople on by trying on something I have zero intention of buying. But this day I was in the buying mood and the woman who helped me was less the brand’s attitude if you get my meaning.

She tried every color in the line on her hand and asked if I wanted to try it on.

I would only say yes if she opened a brand new shadow but of course they don’t. If you read about the amount of bacteria in sample testers you wouldn’t either.

Some people have no problem with spreading germs all over everywhere including the creams and shadows at ANY make up counter or store.

As we say in Hawaii-pi-lau- pronounced pee-lauw.


Anyway back to the review. I bring the product home which I have yet to really try on my skin-and I open it with the kind of reverence you pay to Chanel. I was surprised to find that the shadow is creamy-yet it’s a powder at the same time.

I put it on with a brush in pretty light layers-then I take my Laura Mercier blending brush(like a stipler) and blend it down.  I take a little light brown matte color from Bobbi and blend that in.

It’s a little more color than I usually wear-but I really like the Chanel shadow and will probably buy more. It would be cool if they offered it in a little less shimmery formula which wears better on older lids.

But between my Fresh Black Tea Extract Serum and my Shiseido Benfiance eye creams-my crepey lids and those extremely annoying horizontal lines have faded especially the crepiness.