FOTD: Vivid Matte

I went back to the Senna Vivid Envelope, to see how some of the more intense shadows would perform.

FACE
Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup (4CN1)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Senna Blush in Chrome Orange
EYES
Senna Eyeshadow in Peacock (lid)
Senna Eyeshadow in Teak (crease)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Deep Black (waterline)
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Lip Pencil in Cognac
Make Up For Ever Naturals Lipstick in N6

GIVEAWAY: Dior Garden Edition Eyeshadow Quint (CLOSED)

Hey Guys,

As promised, I’m paying forward one of the gorgous Dior ‘Garden Edition’ Eyeshadow Palettes.

Love this thing… PERFECT for Spring and Summer!
You guys know the drill… you MUST be a public subscriber/follower to qualify. I’ve currently disabled GFC on the blog because it’s cutting up (again)… but I can see you on my Blogger Dashboard. You can amp your chances by liking Adventures In Makeup on Facebook, and following @shahadakarim on Twitter. You can get even more entries by following via Networked Blogs (in the sidebar), liking Habibi Bath & Body on Facebook, and following @habibibody on Twitter. Each action counts as an additional entry.

THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON APRIL 30TH. 

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Lip Service: Rouge d’ Armani Sheer (Pink 501)

This is one of the things that I live for: a color that looks COMPLETELY unwearable in the tube, only to find it flattering and quite wearable on a wide range of skin tones.

Armani’s new Rouge d’ Armani Sheer Lipstick in Pink 510 falls into that category:

I know… right? Looks totally unwearable. I picked it up out of pure curiosity, and I was pleasantly surprised.

What I think is that the sheer formula, coupled with a high shine finish makes this lipstick work. Despite the garish coral color in the tube, it actually wears like a warm medium toned pink. I rather like it. I do.

Product Review: Senna Barely Base

This is the most interesting base I’ve ever used. It’s ridiculously sheer, but somehow… your skin ends up looking like you put on foundation. I don’t get it.

A sample of the Barely Base foundation was tucked into my last order from Senna (warm envelope). The foundation is listed as ‘medium’ … although it imitates the ‘dark’ shade that I’d seen previously at Naimies. I think they may have redone their formulations or something, because when I checked the website for ‘Dark’ — it was REALLY dark, and the Medium shade looked more like what I received in the mail.

Anyhow, I wore it for an FOTD, and I was impressed by how the finish turned out. I have to admit, I was worried at first because this formula is so thin that you can see your skin as clear as day. But in a few minutes… everything kind of merged together:

FACE
Senna Barely Base (Medium)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (2)
Chanel Blush in Tumulte
EYES
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Toast (lids)
MAC Eyeshadow in Folie (crease/under waterline)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Ashy Black (lashline)
Chanel Eye Pencil in Rose Platine (waterline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
LIPS
Chantecaille Hydra Chic Lipstick in Willow
NARS Lip Gloss in Metis
Barely Base wore throughout the day like a regular foundation. I can’t tell you how it managed to behave like a foundation, despite it’s ‘tinted moisturizer’ texture and application. It’s pretty excellent. I’m going to use my sample a few more times before committing… but so far, so very very good.
You can learn more about Senna’s Barely Base HERE.

FOTD: Warmth

I dug into the Senna Warm Envelope… I’m totally in love. The colors grab and hold with no primer needed on the face or the eyes. They oxidize slightly on contact, but stay put and wear beautifully all day:

FACE
NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Malaga)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (#2)
Senna Blush in Semi Sweet
EYES
Senna Eyeshadow in Chocolate (lids)
Senna Eyeshadow in Espresso (outer crease and under waterline)
Senna Eyeshadow in Solar (above crease)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion (waterline)
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Lip Pencil in Nude
Anastasia Lip Gloss in Bellini

Senna ‘Warm’ Palette

You guys remember the two fabulous palettes (envelopes) that I scored at The Makeup Show this year…

Well, I went on the Senna website, and found that there are two more palettes available! I ordered the ‘Warm’ Envelope:

 I LOVE the look of these palettes. They’re just sleek and professional, and they’re HUGE! I can take just ONE of these to a shoot and be good for multiple looks.

You can’t really see it in the photo, but all of these envelopes come with a thick plastic ‘protective layer.’ It’s genius because it keeps the shadows intact (in case… heaven forbid… you drop it), and generally protects it from bacteria floating around. When you’re using it, you can just pull back the plastic layer… then replace it when you’re done. I love that extra detail.

The shadows range from light to very dark… all in warm plum and earth toned hues. The six blushes/highlighters are ‘highly’ pigmented. I learned the hard way to use a light touch. That light powder in the top right corner is a ‘setting’ powder. I found that it worked, even on the back of my  hand (which is the darkest part of my body) without going ashy. It’s very sheer and just works to set the makeup. I’ve to try the contour/brozining duo in the bottom right corner… but it looks fabulous.

I’m really excited about these ‘envelopes.’ They’re practical for professional or personal use, and you have so many options. The quality is excellent… I have YET to find a dud in one of these palettes.

You can find out more about Senna Cosmetics HERE.

FOTD: Green & Orange

That sounds so much brighter than it actually came out. I used muted olive tones.. some brown… and a little coral:

FACE
Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup (4CN1)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Chanel Blush in Malice
EYES
Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #15 (lashline to above crease)
NARS Duo in Mandchourie: Shimmer (lids / halfway under waterline)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Deep Black (lashline)
Chanel Eye Pencil in Khaki Platine (waterline) 
Chanel Intimitable Mascara
LIPS
Rouge d’ Armani Sheer Lipstick in Coral 300