Tarte for True Blood: The Winner Is…

You won:
Tarte for True Blood:
Eyeshadow Palette
Cheek Stain
Lip Pencil/Stain
Bria, I’ve sent you an email. You have 48 hours to respond with your mailing address, and I’ll get your prize right out to you! Congratulations again!

FOTD: Dior Couture Golds

I wanted to see how the Dior 5 Couture Golds would perform in practical application, so they took center stage in this FOTD:

Armani Face Fabric (#5)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphonous Powder
Armani Blush in #6
Suqqu Eyebrow Pen in Brown
Dior 5 Couture Golds:
Peach on the lids
Darkest Brown in the crease
Medium Brown under waterline
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero on lashline and waterline
Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch Mascara
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Enviree

Professional Grade? My first Sugar Skull

A friend wanted to know if I could do a Sugar Skull makeup on her… she wanted teal and gold, with a little purple thrown in there for good measure.

I have NEVER done a Sugar Skull before, so this was quite a challenge. I did okay. It’s not great, but it was my first time. What I found out was, it’s a lot harder to do than it looks. My hands REFUSED to stay steady. Anyway, here it is:

That took me about an hour and some minutes. I imagine this is one of those ‘practice makes perfect’ things. I’m going to need a LOT more practice.

Dior Holiday 2011: 5 Couture Golds

Dior continues its ‘warming trend’ for the Holidays, with a palette shot through with a healthy dose of gold:

The palette features five ‘gold-inspired’ colors: a pale beige, a true golden peach, a golden taupe, a golden brown, and a shimmer gold in the center.

My swatches truly do not do these colors justice… each shade is rich and warm and very flattering.

I love this better than the Endless Shine palette, but not as much as the 5 Golds Palette. Overall though, it’s a decent effort from Dior.

Kit Essentials from YSL

I’ll be honest: Yves Saint Laurent is not the first brand that comes to mind when I’m looking for unusual additions to my kit. I’ll browse the brand for luxurious lipsticks or the occasional eyeshadow palette. But tools? Not so much.

Imagine my surprise when I came upon two items that simply had to be added to my personal collection:

This eyeliner brush is DIVINE. Look at that head! And I’m happy to report that with good care, the head maintains that shape. It’s a perfect companion to the YSL Shocking Gel Liners. I’m totally impressed.

YSL Rouge Pur in #12
(Blanc Manifesto)

This lipstick is meant to add ‘light’ to any existing lip color, or change the color completely by bringing it an entire shade up. Now, when I first saw it, I thought it was sheer. It’s NOT.

It blends out a bit, but still leaves a distinct shimmer. I totally fell in love with it. It reminds me of Chanel’s Fantasme, but for the lips. They also have one that ‘darkens’ lip color… alone, it swatched like Tom Ford’s Black Orchid. It was a pass for me.

Eye Adore: Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara

Oh… this is GOOD.

I got to try the Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch mascara, and let me tell you, it’s EXCELLENT. Like… right up there with the original formula, except this may even be a bit more shiny.

Now, as you guys know (or not), I tend to keep a lot of mascaras in rotation. So I’d never go through one tube at a time. I use mascara brands and formulas as my mood, and the look, calls for it.

Love this tube. It’s a brushed cool gold color… really nice. Like the other mascara formulas from Armani, this tube has the logo ‘etched’ in. I love the packaging. It really makes the product stand out.

The brush on this particular mascara is small… smaller than any of the others, I think. It’s long and thin, and the bristles change in density and shape as you rotate the wand. It’s designed to help you get maximum length and separation with the least amount of product. Amanda showed me how to use it (I think you use the flat side first or something), but I think I was only half paying attention because I didn’t remember a thing by the time I got home. Smh. But I think I got the hang of it when I put it on…

That’s two coats people… TWO COATS! Total length and separation, NO CLUMPS. I love it. It’s not a ‘volumizing’ mascara… not like the YSL shocking version. This is very lengthening. Armani was sure to keep the formula very clean.

This mascara… I highly recommend. I completely love it.

Professional Grade: Fleurings Photo Shoot — Final Pictures

You guys remember the shoot I did with Samantha Lockwood for Fleurings Jewelry…

Well, she sent me two of the final pictures! Here they are:

Since the focus was on the jewelry, the idea was to keep the makeup polished and ‘complementary’ — not competitive.

She seemed really happy with the results. And if the client is happy, then I’m happy.