Professional Grade: The Bride wore Peau Vierge

I spent the day floating around Newport Beach (harbor) on a yacht today. My client, the bride, wanted to be classically dramatic with polished skin and a strong red lip:

For her look, I blended Le Metier de Beaute’s Peau Vierge with her foundation. The result was smooth, polished skin that ‘caught the light’ just the right way. She was very happy with her look. As long as she’s happy, I’m happy.

FOTD: Bridal Party

I was the last person to get ready. It’s always like that… I show up barefaced, get everyone else ready and then slap some makeup on my own face:

Illamasqua Skin Base (#14)
Kevyn Aucoin Diaphonous Radiance Powder
Guerlain Terra Inca Radiant Powder (blush)
Rock & Republic eyeshadow in Fatalistic on brows
Chanel Kaska Biege Quad:
Purple Shimmer on lids
Purple Matte In crease
Beige Matte on browbone
Chanel Eye Pencil in Cassis on waterline
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
Naimies Half Lashes
Laura Mercier Lipstick in Bing Cherry

Hot Off The Red Carpet Giveaway: The Winner Is…


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Gold Clutch
Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero
Lorac 3D Lipgloss
Lorac Tantalizing Bronzer
Lorac Eyeshadow Duo in Tease Me
Lorac Eyeshadow Duo in Tempt Me
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Chanel Autumn 2011: Illusion d’Ombre (Epatant)

Time for another review and comparison. I think I rather like this one. I thought it might be too glittery at first, but I’ve found that Epatant adds a nice bit of ‘light’ to other colors. Creasing aside, this one is shaping up to be one of my favorites.

As you can see, I used this before I took a picture. Boo to me! Call it poor planning.

I couldn’t find an Armani counterpart in color. Epatant comes off as a cool shimmer green. The closest green color in Armani is #6, which is more of a golden olive color.

Epatant, swatched alone.
Swatched next to Armani’s #6, Epatant comes off almost completely silver. 
I won’t do a smudge test, because you guys already know what the results will be. I like this color though. I think it’s a keeper.

FOTD: Summer Greens

I didn’t really have a plan… I just wanted something fresh and green(ish):

Illamasqua Skin Base (#14)
Koh Gen Do Translucent Powder
Chanel Blush In Rose Ecrin
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Tribal (brows)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (browbone)
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Hangover (lids and under waterline)
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Epatant (lids)
Stila Smudgestick in Onyx (lashline and waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Deauville

*The Rose Ecrin Blush was a gift. I said Thank You and have decided to keep it.*

Practical Application: Chanel Quartz Nail Polish

These Chanel Autumn 2011 polishes are just amazing. I love every single one of them. Today, I did my nails in Quartz…

On me it comes out a distinct shimmer taupe. In the sunlight, I can catch hints of pink and multi-colored shimmer. Each one of these polishes has such a distinct personality. Chanel really did good with this latest collection of polishes. Love!

Tarte for True Blood: Take Two

I can admit when I’m wrong.

I was browsing through Sephora and I SWEAR that Tarte for True Blood eyeshadow palette was calling my name! Yep.. that’s my story. So I went over to swatch it… and damn if every single shadow wasn’t silky and pigmented as all get out! I mean REALLY silky. Omg. Urban Decay Naked Palette fans, I challenge you to swatch these shadows, and see if Tarte doesn’t change your mind.

This palette has a total value of $300+ dollars, but retails for $52. It is a RIDICULOUSLY good value. In addition to 17 rather large shadow pans (shimmer and matte), you also get an eyeshadow primer, a mascara, and the silkiest black gel liner that I’ve ever used. It might be ‘too’ silky, in fact. I swatched it and lost control of it for a second. The slip is that serious.

So I take back what I said about the palette being a pass. It’s not. It’s worth every penny.

This palette is SO good, in fact, that it’s worth a giveaway. Yep.

Details and swatches coming soon. Ciao for now!