My Sustainable Journey…. SWATCHES!

Okay, here are the swatches… as promised many moons ago:
Behold the golden goodness that is TART Glam Gams!
When I tell you that you can put this lovely gel based gold ANYWHERE… believe it! It goes on like a solid golden swath:
But it blends out beautifully, giving the skin a subtle shimmer. And it’s NOT greasy (like bronzing oils) so it won’t stain clothing.
Next, the EDUN pallette for Sephora:
Little dust bag actually ATTRACTS dust… boooo. But that’s the least of its problems.
Nice packaging, right? Wait… it gets better:
Super cute! Six eyeshadows and a blush. All looking lovely and colorful and fabulous…
Ugh. Seriously, that’s the best they could do. Pass. It’s pretty to look at, but it is hardly functional. Such a waste of pretty packaging… and money.
They need to take note from TARTE:
Love this plum eye pencil! It’s warmer than conventional purples (which tend to go blue) and is waterproof. It’s worth getting a backup on this one.
Those are my swatches! More to come from the IMATS 2010 haul…

The Wrapup

So, I park… get in line… get out of line… park AGAIN… experience IMATS…

3 hours later I emerge exhausted but victorious! I got just about everything I wanted. I resisted the massive spectacle that was the MAC display, despite the gaggle of gorgeous new glitters! Eh…I can get them later at the Pro store. My goal was to get things ‘cheaper’ that are not readily available at this time.

I really really wanted a glittery diamond lipgloss from MUFE, but when I tell you that the line was THE LENGTH OF THE CONVENTION CENTER… omg. I was in line for about 10 mintues before I decided that I was too grown to be waiting for a freakin’ hour for some lipgloss. Again… I’ll get it later. I’m sure Nigel’s will have it soon enough.


I get back to the mall only to realize that I DON’T REMEMBER WHERE I PARKED MY CAR! Seriously! I wandered around for 20 minutes before going to the parking office for help. But all the attendants were tied up with fender benders around the parking lot (I WANT YOU MUA’S TO LEARN HOW TO DRIVE) because 1) Many of the IMATS attendees were from all over the world and 2) Most of ’em weren’t so handy behind the wheel. 27 minutes later, an attendee comes to my rescue. Why did he find my car right at the foot of the main escalator? So ridiculous. I must have walked by it a million times!

I’d pre paid for my parking ticket, but because I spent so much time LOOKING for my freakin’ car, the meter had continued to run! The parking folks waived the 4.50 cents that I might have paid extra… if not for their sympathy.

I hauled out of Pasadena happy, but exhausted. IMATS was worth the wait, and every penny. I can’t wait for next year!

Swatches to come… yes, really. Hush! I know I still owe swatches from last time. I had to get a new camera. Long story.

IMATS: The Spectacle

The makeup artists behind these looks are NOT to be trifled with!
When I tell you they were CLOCKING IN on these makeup creations…

IMATS: The People

The IMATS attendees deserve their own post. THERE WERE 4,000 artists and what not at this event! You saw the line… you KNOW that I’m not exaggerating! And even when I came back out of the event to move my car, the line was STILL GROWING!
Look at this madness:
Those final pictures were at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Girls were GAGA over those world-famous  lip tars! They were selling ’em for 10 bucks a piece… girls were handing over $100 bills!!!
NSFW (the blood red one) sold out first. That’s not a surprise… it’s STUNNING. Swatches later…yes, of course I got one!
The ladies at OCC tell me that they filled the NSFW bin three times before every lip tar was finally gone.

IMATS: 2010

IMATS = International Makeup Artists Trade Show.
Okay, I’m going to make you walk with me through this journey… because it’s an interesting one.

Out of bed by 7:00am… at the Pasadena Convention Center by 8:30am.

Parking at the convention center is SOLD OUT. The show started at 8:30. WTH?

I park at a meter (only good for an hour) with plans to get in line and get my wristband for my prepaid ticket (purchased in February). This is the line:

No, seriously…
What the… are they for real…?
The entire wait took 45 minutes. Did I mention that I only had an HOUR on the parking meter???? So, after grabbing my wristband…
… run back out to the car and move it into the mall parking structure across the street! I am so happy to find a parking space (after searching for half an hour) that I neglect to note WHERE I parked. This is important … you’ll see why later. Clutching my parking ticket, purse, and camera… I run back to the Convention Center, secretly hoping all the things I want will still be there when I get in!
Next post:
My IMATS Experience
(in pictures)

Pool Party @ The Palazzo!

Pool Party/Fashion Show

Venue: Palazzo West LA
Designer: Pamela G
Provisional Clothing: EM & Co.
Makeup: Shahada Karim

This is what ‘neon orange lips’ looks like in motion…
Only the host (Monique Stateena of ANTM fame) was exempt.


Beauty Breakdown: Construction Orange Lips

Orders from the designer at a recent fashion show were simple but precise: Orange Lips. Bright construction orange lips with a nearly day glo quality to them.
These are my bootleg blackberry pictures. You will be asked to ignore the quality until I can replace them with professional pictures of the actual show.
Now, you’d think that orange lips would be easy… right? Not. Especially with the intensity that the designer insisted on. They are just as challenging as the perfect red lip. So here’s what I armed myself with:
MAC Lip Pencil in ‘Temperature Rising’
MUFE Aqua Cream in #10 (the orange one)
MAC Lip Gelee in GoldenSoft
I didn’t prime the models’ lips because I wanted the color to STICK to them through talking and drinks and fashion show madness.
1) I lined and filled the lips with Temperature Rising.
2) I then painted #10 over the lips like a lipstick, using a Shu Uemura lip brush.
 3)I painted Goldensoft over the whole thing.
 Their lips made it through wardrobe changes, quick hits of sangria between changes, and a bit of partying afterwards. The eyes were simple… I just dotted gold aqua cream on them and applied false lashes. No liner. Foundation is Bobbi Brown mixed with the tiniest bit of bronze pigment.
The designer wanted them fresh and a little dewy, with bright orange lips. I hope she was happy with the results.

Golden Girl

Not THE Golden Girls (RIP Bea & Rue)… but a reasonable fascimile…?

I’ve been on a metallic kick lately… ALL metals make me happy. But Gold is my all time favorite. From pigments to shadows to creams and liners… all products in the precious hue have me positively giddy this summer.

Here are some of my favorites:

Guerlain retractable eye pencil in Gold (01).This is the best gold eyeliner I’ve ever used. Here’s why: it’s not a bright yellow gold (MUFE) like most golden pencils. This one has more of an ‘antique’ hue and is perfect for olive, medium and dark complexions. It also complements anyone with a yellow undertone, regardless of skin color. It disappears on medium complexions… giving the illusion of a wide open eye (without the chalky mess associated with whites, yellows, and flesh colored eyeliner pencils), it brightens the eye on darker complexions and it gives a nice golden ‘sheen’ on lighter complexions.
The bad news is… this thing is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find! Boooo…. but I’ve had some luck on A good compromise is this (less expensive) alternative:

Urban Decay’s 24/7 eye pencil in ‘Baked.’ This one is a bit more ‘bronze’ but still very nice. The formula for this pencil is unmatched. The entire 24/7 line is beautifully done, with smooth application and major staying power.

My next obession:

Oh MAC Pigment (in Gold), how do I love thee! Let me count the ways…
Now, I’m late to the pigment game, so all of my pots are the new SMALLER verions of the original product. Boooo! But, there’s still plenty of product. I’m sure it’ll take me years to get through it. You can use pigments anywhere, blend them to do a ton of different things (I recently learned how to swirl them in nail polish for a new look), and you use so little of the product that it lasts forever. If you use it as a shadow… use it over a base. Otherwise you’ll just have pigment everywhere you don’t want it in a matter of minutes. Other than that… go nuts!
Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Solstice. Manipulative formula lets you make it sheer and shiny, or lay it on thick for a serious golden look. I love this and the MUFE Aqua Cream in the same color (which is waterproof and creaseproof. Liquid Metal is neither). Like the pigments, you can use this all over. Your limits are basically your own imagination.
Now, if you’re into luxury, Belmacz has a doozy of a product called ‘Blitz.’
It’s basically two 24k gold leaves pressed into a teeny pot. It’s gorgeous and goes on like silk. And like the creams and Liquid Metals, you can build it to a solid gold. This is a ‘warmer’ gold… not bright and metallic. But it’s expensive as all get out. Barneys has it for $32.00, which is deeply unfair. Well, unfair to me anyway. I got it before it hit the United States. We won’t discuss the price. Let’s just say that the currency conversion from pounds to dollars made a bit of a dent in the ol’ purse.
D&G lipstick in Gold. Now THIS is good stuff! It’s a darker gold (perfect for olive and medium complexions)… and layers well with just about any other lipcolor. You can use it alone, but be sure to really moisturize your lips because it has a tendency to skip. The formula is sheer (but buildable) and it smells DIVINE. It has actually never made it into my kit. It lives in my purse, and goes with me everywhere. I should probably get one for the kit, because I don’t know that I’m interested in sharing this lipstick right now.
That’s it! Those are my current favorites. I use them separate or together (yes… I have actually tried to turn myself into an Oscar statue)… but SOMETHING on this list manages to make it on my face every day… let’s just say that I’m a Golden Girl until further notice!

My Sustainable Journey … (cont.)

Okay… so what had happened was…
I know I promised swatches and pictures. But alas, the pictures are STUCK in my camera because for the life of me I CANNOT find my USB cable! In my defense, I’ve just moved and I’m unpacking. I’m sure it’ll turn up in the sea of boxes and packing tape currently strewn across the rooms of my new digs.

Still, my sustainable journey continues. Ever on the hunt for the ‘perfect’ purple eyeliner pencil (it’s a long story), I stumbled across this:

Tarte continues to impress. This retractatable pencil comes in a lovely shade of plum. Glides on and stays put. I feel like I’m one step closer to my quest for the perfect purple pencil.
I also broke down and got another bronzing stick:

Don’t judge. I’ve been using it EVERYWHERE… head to toe. It wipes down easily with alcohol (stay santiary!) and stores well… even if it’s stuck in the car under the California summer sun. This has easily become a kit staple.

So for now… HOORAY FOR TARTE! And whenever my USB cable surfaces… you’ll get those pictures I promised.