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Best Beauty Products

blog_ob3Among beauty aficionados there’s the saying, “So, what are you using?” In response, Obsessive Beauty has decided to share our favorite beauty products with our kind readers. We’ll reveal our secrets over the course of several posts. Here’s a look at what makes our faces look better every day:


Foundation: Chantecaille Future Skin. At $68 for a small jar, this is definitely an investment, but makeup artists have told me that Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie have both been reported to use this line of foundation.

It’s oil-free and saturated with a tremendous amount of water, which gives a natural but complete finish. I’ve tried every foundation out there and this one wins by a landslide. Chantecaille.com.blog_ob2


Mineral powder (daily wear): Bare Minerals, of course—the Original SPF 15 Foundation. This company kicked off the mineral powder craze and no one has been able to match their success or their proven results. Obsessive Beauty has tried a host of other mineral powders and none rival this constant award-winner. And the price isn’t too shabby—$25.


Finishing powder: The one, the only, the top-notch HD Microfinish Powder by Make Up For Ever. You’ll find this staple in any professional makeup artist’s toolkit. Selling for $30, this powder is designed especially for actresses and models under the glare of HD. However, it also works for anyone going for a translucent, finished look.


blog_ob1Blush/Highlighter: While there are too many to choose from, and everyone knows that Nars always wins this category, these days we’re leaning toward something a little more natural—a delicate pop of pink on the apples of your cheeks courtesy of Benefit. “Dandelion” is advertised more as a highlighter to brighten up your entire face, but we’ve found that if you swipe it on just your cheeks you’ll look more awake and fresh, but no one will know your secret. It sells for $28.

Note: While this might tick off some people, the only product we really don’t recommend using on your face is MAC. The company has excellent eye and lip products, but based on our own experience, and most everyone we’ve spoken with, the foundations and powders go on thick and chalky, you look like you’re wearing makeup, and you’re bound to break out. Sorry, MAC, but we just can’t give you a plug in the “face” category.

Tell us what your favorite products are.

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“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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