MAC Holiday 2012: Glamourdaze

I feel like most of this collection I’ve either seen before, or is best suited to fair skinned beauties. But I did manage to find some gems in the MAC Glamourdaze collection.

 Eye Kohl in Mystery
Blush in Small Vanity
Mineralize Shadow in Stylishy Merry
Eye Kohl in Orpheus
Blush in I’m The One
Mineralize Shadow in Round Midnight
Mystery
Small Vanity
(my favorite from the collection)
Stylishly Merry
Orpheus
I’m The One
Round Midnight
These were definitely my favorites from the collection. There was a TON to choose from, and I feel like there’s truly something for everyone (in keeping with the MAC tradition of trying to be all things to all people). You can find out more about MAC Glamourdaze collection HERE.

More Chanel: Holiday 2012

So I went back for a few more pieces of the Holiday 2012 collection…

Aqua Lip Crayon in Rosewood
Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Impatiente
Aqua Lip Crayon in Brown Copper
Aqua Lip Crayon in Rosewood
Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Impatiente
Aqua Lip Crayon in Brown Copper
I’m pretty sure I’m finished with this collection. LOL I really love these colors and textures though. And the Malice Polish… still the Crown Jewel of this collection in my opinion. The collection is now online at http://www.chanel.com

FOTD : Fabulous (Take Two)

I forgot how much I love Chanel’s Rouge Allure in Fabulous. So I built a look around this bronze-rose color:

FACE 
Sunday Riley Liquid Light Foundation (140C)
Armani Maestro Eraser (#5)
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder
LORAC Pro Powder Cheek Stain in Rosy Glow

EYES
Chanel Quad in Premier Regard:
Peach Matte on lids
Brown Shimmer through crease and under waterline
Black Matte on lashline
Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Rouge Allure in Fabulous

Professional Grade: La Chapeau MIA

You guys remember the photoshoot that I did with Alakazia…
Well, it was for his new MIA (Made In America) Collection, and the website is up!
Here are a few pictures from the site: 

You can find out more about Alakazia and his most awesome hat collection HERE.

Sugar High! Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in @#$%!

For three days, Sugarpill put a flaming red (with silver sparkles) eyeshadow on the company website. For the life of me, I have no idea why they named it @#$%!… but hey. To each his/her own.

I swatched it using just my fingers. As always, Sugarpill goes above and beyond to provide incredible pigmentation. The formula is silky to the touch, and spread solidly with just one swipe.

The eyeshadow is now gone from the website, but maybe Sugarpill will bring it back. I think it’ll fit in nicely with the rest of my Sugarpill Collection.

You can find out more about the brand HERE.

FOTD: Eclats du Soir

I got to dig into the eyeshadow quad from the Chanel Holiday 2012 collection. It is WONDERFUL. It’s definitely on par with Topkapi (my hands down favorite quad from Chanel… ever) in terms of pigmentation and silken texture.

FACE
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Primer
Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup (#10)
Armani Maestro Eraser (#5)
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder
MAC Blush in I’m The One
EYES
Chanel Harmonie du Soir: 
Light pink on inner lid
Taupe on outer lid and under waterline
Burgundy blended through crease
MAC Eyeshadow in Round Midnight on lashline
Chanel Eye Pencil in Taupe on waterline
Givenchy Couture Noir Mascara
LIPS
OCC Lip Tar in Strumpet
Then I wondered what the look would do if I went a little more nude on the lips, so I swapped strumpet for Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in #4:
I’m not sure if I liked it better. It was certainly a more conservative look.

Flawless Finish: By Terry Hyaluronic Primer & Powder

I have to be honest… when I first heard of these new products for By Terry I instantly thought PASS. Hyaluronic anything means moisture to me. And as a very oily girl, moisture in a product is the last thing I’m looking for.

But I was wrong.

These two items have quickly rotated to the top of my  ‘must have’ list. The Primer has a ‘matte’ finish (LOVE THAT) and attracts moisture from the air, into your skin. But it doesn’t encourage oil production (in fact, the matte finish discourages oil production) and it smooths out every fine line and wrinkle… it’s amazing.

By Terry Makeup Artist Brian Bracero explained to me that you can also use the primer to ‘seal’ the area around the eyes (over eye serum) before applying color corrector or concealer to the area. It helps ensure absolutely smooth application, and keeps the product from creasing or feathering over time.

Now this powder is on a whole new level. I thought the fine milled consistency of Make Up For Ever’s HD Powder was tops… but THIS blows that right out of the water. This powder is so finely milled that Brian advised me to keep the adhesive seal partially on the sifter. It will actually come ‘through’ the sides of the sifter if you’re not careful. It’s literally like a ‘cloud’ over your face. In fact, Brian advised me to use a foundation brush or my fingers to apply it. Using a powder brush would cause you to use way too much product… and most of it would end up in the ‘air’ instead of on your face anyway. It’s that fine.

I applied this using my fingers. When I diffuse it.. it completely disappears. Now, here’s what I’ve found. This powder does not work for me under ‘flash’ if I use a foundation brush alone. So I apply it with a foundation brush (to get it ON my skin), then diffuse it with a powder brush. Otherwise I get that ‘ashy cast’ in the flasback, that most HD Powders (MAC Prep & Prime/Make Up For Ever HD) are known for.

Like the primer, this powder is designed to attract moisture from the air and bring it into you skin. It keeps your skin hydrated, but not oily. I’m completely in love with the finish that it gives my makeup.

And because it’s By Terry (makeup as skin care), Brian informed me that you can even ‘seal’ your nighttime skin care routine with this powder, and go to sleep.

Really.

You can find out more about By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Primer and Hyaluronic Powder HERE.

Lip Service: OCC Lip Tars

I’m late to this, but I finally tried and purchased three of the latest colors in the OCC Lip Tar selection…

Strumpet             Black Dahlia              Starling
Strumpet
Black Dahlia
Starling
The thing about OCC Lip Tars is that your lips really need to be in top shape before you use them. As you can see, I had some dryness with Black Dahlia, and it totally shows. Boo! But, dryness aside, I love these colors. 
Strumpet is like the grown up sister of Anime (still one of my favorite Lip Tars), Black Dahlia is the Lip Tar response to Tom Ford’s Black Orchid, and Starling reminds me of a more matte version of NARS Autumn Leaves.
I tend to carry lip tars on professional jobs, because I never know what combination I might need, and it’s a lot smarter than schlepping along a ton of lipsticks. If I’m working on one client, then I’ll take specific products to suit that person. But if it’s a shoot that will incorporate all manner of colors and textures, nothing beats OCC Lip Tars to mix and match accordingly. I love these things. I’ve been using them for years. 
You can find out more about OCC Lip Tars HERE.

FOTD: Summer’s Last Gasp

It’s finally starting to look like Autumn around here… cloudy and rainy and what not. But before that happened, it got so hot that I’m pretty sure temperatures hit 90 degrees. On that day, I went all out with Golden Orange…

FACE
Givenchy Mat Foundation (Amber 08)
By Terry Hyaluronic Face Powder
Chanel Notorious
Chanel Blush in Brume d’Or
EYES
MAC Marche Aux Puces 
Golden Orange color on lids
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Espresso on outer lashline
MAC Pigment in Melon under waterline
Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara
LIPS
MAC Lipglass in Eclectic Edge

Cool Weather = New Skin Routines

With temperatures dropping for the Autumn/Winter season… it’s time to beef up the ‘moisture’ portion of our skin care routines.

During the warmer months, we can get away with using a scrub alone, and going on about our business… and maybe a little lotion  here and there.

But cooler months mean a greater need for heavier balms and creams, to help our skin really hold on to moisture an stay soft.

Our favorite nighttime routine involves combining the Habibi Body Scrub and Body Balm.

First you shower (like normal), then follow with Habibi Body Scrub on clean, damp skin.

Then you rins,  pat dry, and apply a generous layer of Habibi Body Balm. Then go to bed.

The next morning… your skin will be like SILK.

You can even mix it up by combining different fragrances of Scrub and Balm. We have a few customers who are fans of combining Mandarin and Tahitian Vanilla. They say it leaves them smelling like an Orange Creamsicle (remember those?)

Try this routine… we’d love to hear how it works out for you!