As I recall, this face was mostly about incorporating MAC’s Electric Coral Pigment into a smokey eye:
This is the other part of the collection that I wanted so very badly. Each piece is worthy of its own post. I’m not kidding. They are simply fabulous.
I was so frightened to swatch it, for fear of ruining the pattern. An in the name of this blog, ruin it I did…
There are four distinct colors in this palette: Dark Brown, Orange, Matte Deep Blue, and Medium Brown Shimmer. Each color is separated by a band of gold overspray. You’ll get some shimmer in your colors initially, but eventually all of the colors look like they’ll go matte.
Every color is highly pigmented, and I had a bit of a time getting it off… which I will interpret as a testament to the shadows’ staying power.
I’m sad that I had to ruin this lovely palette to use it, but I’m sure I’ll get plenty of use out of it.
Oh, I’ve been DYING to get my hands on the piece to which this post is dedicated. Took me FOREVER. No one is carrying it stateside on a massive scale. When I found it, I’d heard it was at Saks in New York, but not online. Finally I found it in the most unlikely of places: online at Dillards.com. Who knew?
But onto the fabulousness. This is the Terra Inca Star Powder:
This powder is as fabulous as it looks. The container has a ‘resin’ feel to it.. not cheap. It’s weighted nicely and fits in to the hand without any issue. And the top is magnetized (no screwing on and off). Love that!
It swatches a distinct bronze-rose. I think this would be stunning as a blush or a highlight… even an eyeshadow. It’s gorgeous, and it feels divine going on… like silk. Guerlain really outdid themselves with this one.
It does come with a hefty price tag: $70. If you’re not into plunking down that much for an illuminating powder (you cannot use this as a basic face powder… you will end up looking like a shimmery mess), then you might want to pass. But this thing is stunning, and a treasure to own. It’s all in how you look at it.
I saw the NARS Summer 2011 collection, and the only thing that stood out to me was the bold matte pink lippie: Carthage. So that’s what came home with me…
I know this color scared some folks, but I assure you that all fears are unfounded. Despite it’s very bold color in the tube and on the lips, Carthage translates quite nicely in real life:
With flash, the color comes up quite a blue based fuchsia. But unless you’re spending the day under florescent lights, this shouldn’t be a concern.
Without flash, it’s a much softer rose-pink. I’m actually surprised by how soft it wears.
Now, because this is a matte, a healthy dose of lip balm before application is probably wise. I can see this drying out the lips over time. One positive note though, this lipstick wiped off clean… no staining. I think you can also sheer it down if the tube color is too strong for you.
In all, I think this lippie is a keeper. Yep.
I wanted to put together a ‘summer essentials’ kit…
So, say if you could only pack one kit and you needed a little something for every possible look, this is what you’d take:
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Had to be fast with the makeup this morning… so I used pink and brown shimmers because they blend together really nicely without any real work:
Here are the official pictures from the Alakazia Installation that I did makeup for. I had no idea they’d been uploaded already… just found out today (and booked another gig in the process. Yippee!!):
Final shot of the models with the designer. This man’s hats are EXQUISITE. I’m telling you guys… as soon as I win the lottery… an Alakazia hat will be mine!