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Beauty and Skincare Picks

It’s been a heck of a long time my people. So long that my 7 followers have probably gone down to three followers. The followers meaning my Mom, a random person from halfway across the globe, and the sweet older lady from church. The OG fans of PFB. Cut to my Mom saying “What the hell is OG?”

I find this app frustrating, but it is the best way to organize thoughts and pictures so here I am giving it a try again. Grad school is over after 3 years of anxiety and I am ready to once again play with makeup and spread the word about some of my favorite things. Like this gal:

Disclaimer: No one is getting a car, or anything for that matter. Unless you count witty banter.

So without further adieu, here are my favorite things.

First Aid Beauty

It started out with using the Pure Skin Face Cleanser, a thorough face wash that removes dirt and makeup. As you can see from the squeezed bottle, I use it all the time. It is maybe my second or third one.

Then I began getting smaller sizes in Birchboxes (I broke up with Birchbox btw, too boring) and a fantastic Sephora 500 point reward. The Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser has been my go to product for the summer. I give my face a wash with the other Cleanser then I follow up with this to really get into the pores and remove the grimy NJ air. The Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum (part of the Sephora reward) has been like a little shot of hydration to my skin. I use it on place of moisturizer for the summer. The Coconut Skin Smoothie Primer Moisturizer is being used under my eye as it is a bit rich for my face. It smells like real coconut too 😍 That was also in the 500 point reward which was hands down the best reward I have ever gotten. Finally? The Ultra Repair Cream is perfect for my dry peasant hands AND it’s good for eczema too. Love this brand because it caters to sensitive skin. I’m curious to try their new Retinol Serum. 🤔


If you follow me on IG (giginessa13), you know that so many of my makeovers involve this brand and I seriously live for them. Well, them and ice cream. And coffee. Anyway because I am a Lip junkie I have included some favorite formulas and colors. The Ultra Glossy Lip in Aquarius (pinky nude), the Ultra Satin Lip in barracuda (deep mauve Berry) and London Fog a beautiful pinky red. Also included is the Blotted Lip in Drip and Lolly. Finally, my most favorite formula, the Ultra Glossy Lip this one is from their collab with Hello Kitty. Did I mention these are 5 and six dollars?!!!

I love so much from this brand but the only other thing I will mention is the She palette from the Karruche collab

Just gorgeous. And 16 dollars.

Screw Naked Palettes, ColourPop is wear it’s at. Here are some ColourPop looks

Next CliniqueI can’t get enough of the new Even Better Glow Foundation. I wear Ecru. It makes my skin soft and luminous without the obvious glitter. Also I do not break out from it. Hallelujah. I’m proud to say they have a wide range from shade 2 to shade 90.

I always love my Chubby Lash in Portly Plum (so many compliments when I wear that). It lengthens, separates, and bathes the lashes in a flattering purple tone.

Finally, my Extra Mild Liquid Soap that I use to take off my makeup at night. I hate the feeling of a wet face and hair in the evening. It wakes me up. This you can tissue right off. It’s supposed to be used as a soap, but I use it for makeup remover and soap and the world has not stopped turning. #rebel

Next up, a mousse for Curly hair from L’Oréal.

3.99 for a mousse that doesn’t weigh my hair down and holds my curls in place.

You know what also helps with that? This from R&Co

It’s a mousse texture conditioner! You can use it on a day off from shampoo but I use it every day and with shampoo. So expensive though, so thank God for my guardian discount angel hookup at a particular store that shall not be named. 🙏🏻🙌🏻

FINALLY, this setting spray from Too Cool For School

I got this on sale a K-Pop set from Birchbox. I never thought I’d like it because I was afraid of breaking out. I spray it before makeup and after to lock it in place. The smell is eh, but the feel is nice as heck.

Are you still with me? It’s 3:52 am in NJ. I need to sleep. Maybe I should do a favorites on chamomile tea, ambien, and counting sheep.

Till next time,

Smooches! 💋

p.s. This blog post better save 🙏🏻


Super Sweet 16: The Sara Edition. 

My sweet 16 was all the way back in 1994. I had a big party at a venue called The Zeris Inn, and my sister Valerie planned the entire thing. Tonight, history repeated itself as my niece Sara celebrated her sweet 16 at the same restaurant and Valerie, her mother, planned the entire thing.

Everything from the center pieces to the candles and the ornate candy bar was crafted by Valerie. I’m in awe at how she can pull things together. 

My niece was a goddess in rose gold

There she is pictured with my sister, Valerie. 

Since this is a makeup blog, I guess you’d like some makeup highlights. 

I did Sara’s makeup using the Naturally Pretty Palette from It Cosmetics. The lilac and pink shadows made her  green eyes pop. Her foundation is the Ivory shade of Beyond Perfecting from Clinique. Is there another foundation as amazing? I think not. Her blush is the elf cosmetics light blush quad, and her lipstick is from Kiko Milano. The shade was a trend item and no longer available, so why give you false hope? Plus I’m in bed as I write this and I do not have the energy to search for it. #bloggeroftheyearrighthere. 

I should note that my day was spent doing homework for a few  followed by doing Sara’s makeup. When I finally got to my own, I was so stressed that the vein was bulging out of my forehead. You can witness this in my before and after transformation below:

Makeup: Clinique Beyond Perfecting 6.5, itCosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette, Jouer Tint in Poppy, Marc Jacobs lipstick in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. 

Btw, that shrug there is something I bought a long time ago when Loehmann’s was still open. It is from Lulu Guiness and it was just about the best 20 bucks I ever spent. I wore it to this event as well as other events. I will wear it to your children’s weddings and their children’s weddings. We will all quietly understand that I am going to wear this so much that you will bury me in it.

I’m sorry, but isn’t my niece gorgeous? 😍

I’m going to go for now. My fingers are swollen from the amount of sodium I consumed tonight. It’s hard to type, but I will leave you with a 

Till next time…

and a

Smooches! 💋

Still here? Here’s a bonus pic of a table shot from my sweet 16 in 1994. 🙊

Random Beauty Blurb

It happened again. I fell into a black hole of grad school papers, blackboard posts, and juggling work. Today I was a makeup artist, yesterday I worked at a school. Next week I will be both, plus a singer. I. am. tired. 

But my 7 followers, if they’re still with me, need these intermittent postings on beauty things. More importantly, I need to procrastinate. So here is a short blurb about some new shtuff…

Ok so we may not trust the Honest Company with sunscreen but they make a pretty damn good conditioner. I’m not 100% certain, but this may be made for babies. Sometimes I can be a huge baby, so I give myself permission to use this. It has a delicious natural creamsicle scent and it loosens up knotty hair in a flash. I purchased mine at Harmon’s for $9.95 and I used a 20% coupon. 


It says to sing a song and rinse out. My current songs are selections from the musical Waitress. I’m sure my neighbors are pretty tired of hearing it. 

Next up: 

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap in Extra Mild

I am more of a combination skin, so I was surprised I could use this. Even though it is a soap, I use it to remove use as a wipe off makeup remover and then I follow with Marcelle’s Micellar Water. I save the water rinsing for my morning shower. This combination leaves my face clean and soft snd it’s super perfect for my lazy lifestyle. Maybe I’m not lazy so much as not interested in having wet hair from washing my face. 

Ok, I’m a little bit lazy too. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

*Honest pictures from their website. Clinique picture from Clinique Australia. 

New Chubby Stick Foundation From Clinique!

I’ve been waiting for these to come out for some time now. Any of my makeup artist friends know that I am a fan of crayons and anything portable, also lipsticks, lipgloss, shadow palettes, ok fine. I’m a makeup addict. But what I love more than makeup is makeup that’s convenient. 

I present:

Clinique Chubby in the Nude foundation Stick

(Record scratching sound). Yeah, that’s the name. Can’t say it’s a winner. Not to be offensive, but don’t go googling the product by its name. It’s a little scandalous. 

My personal name I would offer for this is Fuller Foundation. But alas, I do not work for marketing. 😏

Annnnnyway, let’s look at a few swatches. 

(I did this quickly at Sephora. There are more shades, but this is Alabaster, Chamois, Clove and Beige. *Insert funny adjectives before each name. I kinda forgot them). #bloggeroftheyear. 

My shade is #7 which is the Capricious Chamois. That is the third shade from the lightest and it has golden undertones (but not super yellow). 

Here’s how it looks under my eyes, on my nose, and covering a blemish on my cheek. 

 Your eyes do not deceive you, that is a picture of Yanni photobombing me. It was drawn by my talented friend, Hermes Almeida. To be technical it is a picture of Yanni, Rev. Run and Prince Charles in Run DMC gear. Long story, but it’s kind of awesome. 

First Impression Pros and Cons:


  • Lightweight
  • Creamy
  • Good coverage 
  • Oil free


  • Does not fully cover undereye area but it does a decent job. 
  • The product name. That name!

Retails for 24 bucks (department store pricing) but Clinique is always a safe bet for sensitive skin so it’s worth it. 
Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer = 1 Amazing Product

Every so often I churn out a blog post for the 7 followers I think I have. One is actually my mom, so really I should be saying 6. Anyway, if you follow this blog you may remember that  I posted on this foundation when it first came out. I compared it against Stila’s foundation/concealer combo. The Clinique version won, hands down. Despite its victory, I got away from using it on the daily. (Btw that’s  an expression that I’m 20 years too late for.) But it really is an amazing foundation and this post will review the reasons why. 

Picture: Clinique.com

First, let’s look at some customers wearing Beyond Perfecting in various shade levels:

And me, wearing my new favorite shade, 6.5 Buttermilk:

I generally use this foundation under my eyes, and in the tzone. The picture on the right is a full application that I used on stage. 


I really love how long this foundation lasts. Most foundations evaporate and become a distant memory by the end of the day. This stuff holds on.  Also, I have super sensitive/breakout prone skin. This foundation does not make me break out and it despite it’s thick texture it does not clog my pores. 🙌 Lately, I am just wearing this product without additional concealer. First I apply the product under my eyes, touch up the tzone, and them go back under my eyes. No more doubling up on concealer (although corrector is never a bad idea). 


It comes in a glass bottle and it is not easy to travel with. It’s also somewhat impossible to pour a little out into a travel case. 

My shade is a 6.5 which is the PERFECT shade for moderately fair olive/peach skin. I just pray they don’t ever discontinue it. Are you reading this, Clinique? It’s so hard to find a good match for olive skin. Don’t ever discontinue this shade. Please. With a cherry on top, etc. 

This fabulous 2 in 1 products retails for 27.00 for a full ounce. The trick is to build up the coverage a little bit at a time. A little goes a lonnnng way. Oh, and it’s oil and fragrance free too. Perfect!

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

(Still here? Here is a picture after wearing for 10 hours. It’s faded under my eyes a bit, and the dressing room lighting is bad but you get the idea. All I will need is a touch-up under the eyes) 

Clinique Days of the Week Lipstick Set

If I could make my own lipstick set based on my inventory of lipsticks, it would be called Days of the Century. Friends, family, and the seven people who read this blog know that I’m drowning in lipstick. I just can’t get enough! So when this set came to the counter I just had to play with it. 

Featured left to right:

Long Last Lipstick in Monday Mojo, Take-On Tuesday, Welcome Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, Finally Friday, Sassy Saturday, and Sweet Sunday. 

I find it interesting that the Monday color is one of my favorite colors. This goes against the general lameness of Mondays. 

Super quick selfie at the counter for the purpose of demonstration. 

I enjoy all of these colors, but I’m not sure I could pull of Sweet Sunday without looking like a pale zombie. That’s not very sweet. 

This set retails for 39 dollars and I would be very happy to receive it as a gift. Wait, is that a Christmas hint? Because Sephora has 20% next week and Lord and Taylor will be in gift soon. Just sayin’. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

Clinique Quickliner for Lips Intense! (Cue Excited Screaming ðŸ™†)

Like Grace Adler once said about her love for fried chicken- my love for these new Intense Lip Liners is real, and it is deep. I’m not sure when the original Quickliners for Lips were made, but I suspect it was in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s. I can imagine many a Clinique girl outlining their lips with Chocolate Chip liner and then filling them in with Creamy Nude lipstick. Total hotness.

A few reincarnations of lip liners have come around in the last 10 years. Most of them were wooden pencil and they were all discontinued. At some point it seemed like Clinique just gave up with lip liners. Until these bad boys:

The outside colors match the actual shades. But I’ve done some swatches too, because I’m super dooper profesh’. They don’t pay me the big blogging bucks for nothing. No really, no one pays me. Can someone pay me?

I’m sorry, but could you not die for #’s 1, 2, and 8? 😍

Here are the names (all begin with “Intense”) 

  1. Punch
  2. Passion
  3. Cola
  4. Blush
  5. Sassafras
  6. Cranberry
  7. Cayenne
  8. Jam
  9. Cosmo
  10. Cafe
  11. Hibiscus
  12. Licorice 

I’m a huuuuuuge fan of Jam, Punch, Passion, and Hibiscus.

Here’s a pic of Jam:

(Hastily applied at counter)

It’s a beautiful fresh Berry.

Let’s talk details, mmm k?


  • Vibrant, transfer resistant colors
  • Slightly tacky texture (perfect for lip sticks to stick)
  • Colors suit many if not all of the new Color Pop lipsticks.


  • Still no match for older formulas like Watermelon. :/
  • Twists up, but not down.
  • Can be dry if you fill in whole lip so make sure to put something on top.

Even with the few cons, these liners are kind of a big deal. The shade variety is diverse, and the depth of color punches you right in the face. But, in a good way.

Let’s put all the pics together for a pretty collage because I live for my photo grid app. 

Goodness gracious these are gorgeous. 

My alliteration game is strong y’all.

Till next time…

Smooches 💋