FOTD: Vivid Matte

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

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup (4CN1)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Senna Blush in Chrome Orange
Senna Eyeshadow in Peacock (lid)
Senna Eyeshadow in Teak (crease)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Deep Black (waterline)
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
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!
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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:

Senna Barely Base (Medium)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (2)
Chanel Blush in Tumulte
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
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:

NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Malaga)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (#2)
Senna Blush in Semi Sweet
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
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:

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup (4CN1)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Chanel Blush in Malice
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
Rouge d’ Armani Sheer Lipstick in Coral 300

FOTD: Oxidized

Hey Guys,

I wanted to show you why I changed the Estee Lauder Invisible Makeup shade… and went lighter:

This is the foundation in 5WN1 (we’re figuring that the W and the N stand for ‘Warm Neutral’)… after wearing it for 8 hours. See how it has oxidized? Amanda noticed it when I went to visit her. She says “I love the finish but not the color.” Then she showed me my reflection… I’d gone totally bronzey orange. The previous FOTD, when I was wearing this foundation shade, I took that picture at the beginning of my day. So as the day wore on, the foundation got darker.

So we ‘re-swatched’ all of the colors, and found that 4CNI is actually my shade. I swapped one shade out for the next, and now I’m a happy girl.

Here’s the rest of the FOTD:

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
IMAN Blush/Highlighter in Afterglow
Armani ETK Silk Eyeshadow in #2 (lids)
NARS Eyeshadow in Galapagos (crease/under waterline)
MAC Eyeshadow in Brule (browbone)
Chanel Eye Pencil in Cassis (lashline/waterline)
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara
Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Flirt du Jour

Lip Service: Rouge d’ Armani Sheer

Armani has hopped on the ‘sheer color’ bandwagon, with a fabulous selection of lipsticks just in time for the upcoming Summer season.

The jury is still out on the promo picture… especially since the lipstick is NOT that opaque in practical application. There’s also no product translation for the rest of the makeup on her face. It looks like she has vaseline on her lids… which I imagine would be fine if Armani was selling vaseline.

The color range is pretty extensive… there’s a shade for just about every skin tone. I was most impressed with the two ‘brights’ of the collection: Coral 300 and Pink 500:

Coral 300
Pink 500
These formulas are highly moisturizing. The lipstick emulsifies almost immediately after making contact with your skin. These are my favorite colors because they’re the brightest, and I think they’re perfect for the coming season. 
You can find out more about Armani Sheer Lipsticks HERE.

FOTD: Shimmer & Peach

I couldn’t WAIT to test drive the Estee Lauder Foundation and the new Chanel Blushes. For my first go, I used the blush in Malice:

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup (5WN1)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Chanel Blush in Malice
Senna Eyeshadow in Incense (crease, below waterline)
YSL Shocking Liner (lashline)
Guerlain Retractable Eye Pencil in #1 (gold)
Guerlain Noir G Mascara