I try out so many beauty products in a given month, quite a few of them simply fall through the cracks. But when I fall in love, it’s a lasting attachment. These are some of my latest faves.

Without a doubt, Benefit has to be one of my favorite beauty brands these days. I use the Play Sticks concealer/foundation stick every day, and ever since I got a very special makeover at the newly opened Benefit Brow Bar, there’s a new tool in my everyday beauty arsenal — Benefit’s Gilded pencil. Quite simply, it RULES.

During my makeover, the artist, Ivette (ask for her at the Benefit Brow Bar at Dadeland Mall in Miami!) absolutely raved over this pencil and its illuminating properties for women of color.

“Honey, on your skin…” she kept saying as she applied it to my brow bones, the corners of my eyes, the bridge of my nose, and then finally using it to fill in my lips before she applied a generous coating of clear gloss. Deft blending left me with a subtle, luminous contouring effect. It was instantly noticeable and absolutely gorgeous. I had to have this magical pencil. $20? Totally worth it. I love this thing and I’ve used it every day since I bought it. The reviewers over at Makeup Talk agree. It is lovely and amazing.

In the same makeover, Ivette applied Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner in Stiletto. I purchased it in Busy Signal, and I love it. It slicks on smooth, dries to a soft powder, and lasts for most of the day. I really dig it.

For those of you who asked, I’m wearing both the Gilded pencil and Stiletto eyeshadow in my Goddess Zuri photo, and let me tell you all about the gloss. It’s my new favorite.

TAI Lip Shine by Three Custom Color Specialists is the most gorgeous copper gloss EVER. I absolutely adore it. It was designed by famous afrobella hairstylist Diane Da Costa and Trae Bodge, Co-Founder of Three Custom Color Specialists. This gloss is gorgeous, and it costs $19.50. But hold on a sec — it isn’t on sale yet. It will debut on www.threecustom.com (or call toll-free at 888.262.7714) in November in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the American Diabetes Association. So I’ll do a reminder post in November, but mark your calendars if you want to support the ADA and have the hottest copper lippie on the market.

If you’re in a hurry and you need a fly new lipgloss now — run to your nearest drugstore, because that Cover Girl Wetslicks Amazemint gloss is exactly what they say — amazing! Oh wait — it isn’t a gloss, it’s a smile treatment. They say this because not only does it give your lips a gorgeous, sheer shine without that stickiness that I despise in so many other glosses, it’s also infused with Crest Peppermint Oil. So it makes your mouth taste yummy, your breath smell good, and your lips look beautiful. I have it in Slaphappy and Sillylily, but my eyes are on the blue-tinged Happy Hour and UnWined as my next purchases.

As soon as I try anything new that I love with my whole beauty junkie heart, I’ll share with ya. What are your new beauty finds?

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