FOTD: Jewel Tones

It’s been so hot that the idea of wearing makeup is less than appealing. But I broke my ‘bare faced’ streak and applied a little color for this FOTD:

Senna Barely Base in Medium
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (02)
Chanel Blush in Tumulte
Chanel Quad in Vanities:
Dark Purple on lids
Lavender shimmer on crease
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Black Bear (lashline)
By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in Blue Vision (waterline)
Chanel Intimitable Mascara
Le Metier de Beaute Lipstick in Palm Beach

Product Review: Cargo ColorStick

These are really nice. So nice, in fact, that I feel they can give the NARS Multiples are real run for the money.

I went to cash in some points at ULTA, and left with the new Cargo ColorStick in St Tropez…

I chose St Tropez because for me, its the most unique of the bunch. It has a distinct peach (not orange) color with a shot of gold. Really summery. I think that it’ll work on both warm and cool skin tones because the peach shade is so neutral. I swatched it, and was instantly sold.

One of the things I love about this product is that it’ll work fine on oily skin. It’s got a creamy texture, but the color sets in about 60 seconds and it doesn’t move. I’ve used it on my bare skin (with just a little mascara and lip gloss) and it has held up beautifully. I think this will be a definite Summer staple.

You can find out more about Cargo ColorSticks HERE.

Illamasqua Skin Base: AU

I wanted to love this.

After falling all over myself over the original Skin Base formula, I was only too eager to try the new ‘illuminating’ version of the fantastic makeup  base. So I plunked down a few $$ and asked Illamasqua to ship it to me right away.

Like the original Skin Base, AU comes in a standing tube. Same size: 1oz

Because I’ve experienced that ‘less is more’ with Skin Base, I used just a tiny bit to swatch…

See how it kind of rubs out like foundation… with no shimmer? When I first saw this I was worried. But somehow, the glitter (it’s really  not shimmer… it seems more like glitter), sort of rises to the surface as you blend it out:

See how it looks kind of ‘glittery’… especially around the edges of the picture? I feel like this is a product that might need one more pass before it can claim perfection. I don’t mind it on the body, but I can see this being an issue for ‘highlighting’ the face. I was honestly expecting the fabulousness of Skin Base, with maybe the lighting qualities of the Rock & Republic Illuminizer (which I’d pay good money to get my  hands on again).

So for me, the jury is still out… WAY out. I know I’m going to have to do some mixing to keep it from going glitterbomb on the planes of the face.

We’ll see.

Giveaway: Summer Basics (CLOSED)

It’s time for a new giveaway! I thought I’d pay forward three of the most basic items in my regular maintenance. Meaning, if I only had 5 minutes to get ready, I’d most likely reach for these things. I’ll always want my brows done properly, I’ll always reach for a highly effective mascara, and I’ll always reach for a lip color that I know I can throw on in a dash… and be confident that it’ll be flattering.

So here’s what I came up with:

ULTA-MATE Brow Kit (Ash Brown) from Anastasia
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
Lipstick Queen Jean Queen
Since this picture looks like it was taken by the worst photographer on earth, here are some professional shots of the products:
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FOTD: Sable Emouvant

I wanted to do something ‘lighter’ with the new Chanel duo for Summer 2012… so for this look I concentrated on the ‘gold’ portion of the duo. The result was sheer and wearable… and appropriate for all of this Summer-like weather we’ve been having.

Senna Barely Base in Medium
YSL Creme Blush in Praline
Chanel Sable Emouvant Duo:
Gold Eyeshadow on lids
Brown Eyeshadow on lashline and under waterline
Chanel Eye Kohl in Brun Intense on waterline
Chanel Intimitable Mascara
Lipstick Queen Jean Queen

New Winner: Mandarin Body Collection

We gave it more than enough time… so it’s time to pick a new winner…

Remember, winners for this particular contest were chosen from FACEBOOK LIKES only.

The new winner is:

Congratulations! You won all of the major Habibi Body Products (Soap, Lotion, Scrub, Balm) in MANDARIN.
Charity, you have 48 hours to email your mailing address to
Congratulations again!

Glow On: LORAC 3d Lustre (Gold)

You guys remember when I went nuts over the first LORAC 3d Lustre Drops? Well, Carol Shaw did it again… this time in gold:

I was so excited when I saw these drops that I nearly forgot to test them first (what if they sucked?)… and immediately popped a bottle into my basket. Like its predecessor, the golden lustre drops can be used just about anywhere on the face, and offer a distinctly ‘golden’ highlight. The drops also set in about 20 seconds (I found it did not budge after that time) and a little goes a very long way.

That’s one drop.

Look at that! Amazing, right? Just pure gold. I was completely blown away by the opacity of the color and the depth of the golden shimmer. Just gorgeous.

This stuff is fantastic. I love it. I had to take it off with makeup remover… it truly would not move without a little extra cleansing, so I think I’ll work very well on this oily skin of mine.

You can find out more about LORAC’s Liquid Lustre Drops HERE.

FOTD: Hourglass Under Pressure

I put the Hourglass Primer through the paces. I’m happy to report that it performed very well on my oily skin. Definitely keeping this one around…

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation
Cargo Laguna Blush
MAC Light over Dark Minerlize Blush (highlight)
MAC Naked Dark Pigment (lids)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (blended through crease)
MAC Blacktrack Gel Liner
MAC Extreme Black False Lashes Mascara

Shahada’s Little Helper: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

I walked into Bloomingdales for Sunday Riley, and walked out with Hourglass. Long story. I blame Stephanie Cooper (Most amazing Space NK Esthetician and all around Fabulous Human Being). Stephanie is not a makeup artist, but she takes a lot of time to learn how to use makeup, and how to find the perfect shortcut.

She found such a shortcut with Hourglass.

 Now you guys know that I’m head over heels in love with By Terry Hyaluronic Face Glow… so I was skeptical about what Hourglass could possibly do to impress me. So Stephanie took the most notoriously difficult foundation on Earth (Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer) and sat me down.

Check it out:

If you’ve never used the Kevyn Aucoin SSE, you should know that it’s the thickest, tackiest stuff on the market. It’s like Spackle. There’s a reason for that (it adheres to the skin for full, flawless coverage), but it’s really  not consumer friendly. I’d venture to say it should probably be left to professionals who understand how to apply it, warm it, and spread it evenly. It’s thicker than your average concealer, tacky like glue, and a general pain for anyone not willing to take the time to learn to use it.

Now that I’ve established how impossible SSE is, check out what happens when I mixed it with a dot of primer:

It’s instantly emulsified. It literally turns into a ‘liquid foundation’ — without losing any of its coverage properties. Normally, if you mix a foundation with a primer or a little lotion to thin it out, it’ll get kind of ‘sheer’ and lose its original coverage and performance properties. Sometimes the properties are boosted, but often they are not.

As you can see, when spread out, you still get a VERY FULL coverage. It spreads very easily and sets almost immediately.

The picture says it all. It’s as if I used the SSE alone… spread it out (which takes patience and skill)… and set it with powder.

All I did was mix in a dot of the Hourglass Primer and blend it out with my fingers. So my take is, if it can do THAT to SSE, then I’m sold.

Side benefit: It also makes the foundation fairly sweat-proof and generally water resistant. Yeah.

I used it today with Tom Ford’s Traceless Foundation (pictures coming), which is typically on the sheer side. It performed extremely well. I also find that when you mix it like that (one quarter pump of primer), you use a lot less foundation. Your skin will be happy about that.

So Sunday Riley’s Cashmere Sunscreen stayed at Space NK (I’ll be back… plus I have a ton of samples to tide me over), and Hourglass came home with me instead.

You can find out more about Hourglas Veil Mineral Primer HERE.