Meet Charlie Parker

I was all set to do a fantastic FOTD for you guys (seriously, with sparkles and EVERYTHING)  but a little guy named Charlie Parker changed everything.

 First meeting with Charlie at my friend’s house

One of my friends saw someone push little Charlie out of a moving vehicle (SERIOUSLY, WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?). He pulled over and scooped up this little Beagle/Pug (aka Puggle) mix, and took him to the vet and got him checked out.

Charlie with his temporary foster sister at my friend’s house

While Charlie was with the vet, he got updated shots, de-wormed and microchipped.

Then my friend put Charlie up on Facebook, and asked if anyone could give him a home. My friend already has a dog and a new baby, and can’t really take in any additional pets.

I didn’t hesitate. I saw Charlie bright and early this morning (instead of staying home and doing the FOTD). He ran right  up to me, tail just wagging all over the place, and got right in my face! I gave him a big hug and we took him home.

Charlie jumping up on my friend and saying goodbye

My other dogs took to him ‘right away.’ Last I checked (they’re being supervised by hubby) they were running around the backyard and chasing each other.

It looks like Charlie is home.

So I ended this year by pouring a little love over a darling little dog, who is now part of our little family.

I couldn’t have asked for a better blessing.

Lip Service: MAC Matte Lipstick (Strong Woman)

MAC ended the year on a ‘strong’ note, with the ‘Strength’ collection. Most of it was a complete pass for me. But one lipstick really stood out. It’s the purple based fuchsia color called ‘Strong Woman.’

I swatched this first thing in the morning (when my lips were a bit dry and wrinkly), and I found that mattes are not my friend when that happens. But when my lips are ‘normal’ — it’s a lot better. This formula really grabs the lips (I even blotted a few times before I got it right).

You can find out more about MAC Strong Woman (and the the entire Strength Collection) HERE.

Favorite Things 2012: Lashing Out

I came across some of the coolest formulas and little ‘additions’ for making your lashes utterly fabulous this year.

Here’s what topped my list:

Mascara: Chanel Le Volume de Chanel

Did Chanel REALLY surpass Armani in terms of a quality mascara? My answer is yes. The Volume de Chanel Mascara is, in my opinion, the best mascara Chanel has ever dreamed up. It not only lengthens and builds volume, it also ‘curls’ your lashes! Seriously, I can put this mascara on without curling first, and still end up with long, lush curly lashes.

Individual Lashes: MAKE UP FOR EVER Individual Lashes

These Make Up For Ever Individual Lashes have been a life saver! It takes a little practice, but adding individual lashes can become about the simplest thing in any given beauty routine. I’ve used a ton of these to open up clients eyes without the drama of a strip lash. They work beautifully and look totally natural. You can use them alone or with a little mascara. I highly recommend these babies.

Strip Lashes: VELOUR Mink False Lashes

This is a lovely way to add a little luxury without breaking the bank. What I love about Velour Lashes is that they’re so light and comfortable! And, they don’t cost an arm an a leg. Most mink lashes can run you in the hundreds of dollars (no, seriously). Plus, you can use these up to 25 times with proper care. And for those of you worried about the lovely little minks that these lashes came from… worry not; The hairs for these lashes come from the what the animals naturally shed when they are brushed.

That’s it! Those are my top ‘lash’ picks for 2012. Ciao for now!

Eye Adore: By Terry Creme Brulee

This has to be one the best eyeshadows for the widest range of use….

I came across By Terry eye shadow in creme brulee during an extra long chat with my Miss Stephanie C. at Space NK. The golden orange color caught my eye… but when I swatched it, I found out that it wasn’t very golden or orange at all.

Looks like it might go golden or even a little pink, right? Not so much. On my warm skin tone it actually just adds a bit of light. It’s like my skin, on its absolute best day ever. On Stephanie (who is among the palest beauties), it’s adds peach light, like a healthy glow.

It’s both gorgeous in texture and performance… the formula is silky and easily holds on these oily eyelids. By Terry Creme Brulee has quickly become a staple in my regular makeup practice. There is every chance that I’ll hit pan on this lovely shadow sooner rather than later.

You can find out more about By Terry Eye Shadow in Creme Brulee HERE.

FOTD: PRINTEMPS PRÉCIEUX DE CHANEL

I used some of the goodies from the Chanel Spring 2013 Collection:

FACE
Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (SK 13)
Chanel Blush in Frivole
Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Highlighter
EYES
Chanel Quad in Raffinement
Medium Taupe Shimmer on lids
Dark Brown on outer crease an under waterline
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Caviar on lashline
Chanel Or Rose Eye Pencil on waterline
Volume de Chanel Mascara
LIPS
NARS Larger Than Life Lipgloss in Rouge Tribal

Favorite Things 2012: Blush

This was a hard category to nail down, so I thought that I’d separate the blushes by finish to really narrow the focus on what I think stands head and shoulders above the rest.

POWDER MATTE:

For an amazing matte finish blush, you really can’t beat MAC. For years, MAC blushes have been my go to for strong matte color payoff and staying power. I’m a fan of all of the matte formulas, though I might be partial to sheertone blushes. I like them best because I can layer the color to the intensity I like without worrying that I’ve done too much.

POWDER SHIMMER:

I think you’d be hard pressed to find a  better shimmer formula than Chanel Joues Contraste. Their mattes can be hit and miss, but they knock the shimmer formulas out of the park every time. With the exception of maybe ONE color, most Chanel shimmer formulas are more shimmer and less glitterbomb. I find them subtle and elegant, and a lovely way to wear shimmer without going over the top. The color payoff is above average, and the staying power is excellent.

CREAM:

NARS makes the best cream formulas, hands down. What makes them particularly wonderful, is their lack of ‘slip.’ These formulas warm only to the touch… but once you apply them to the skin, they set right away. They work on bare skin (even oily skin), over makeup… and even over powder (if you need to intensify a bit after powdering the skin). I am absolutely in love with these blushes.

LIQUID MATTE:

I’m just going to file this under ‘liquid’  because it’s thin enough to come out of a pump. It’s got a gel-like creamy consistency… but still. These formulas simply defy expectations. A very little bit goes a long way, and there is a shade for every skin tone. Like the cream blush, you can use this blush on any skin type. It sets nearly instantly and imitates a natural ‘flush’… like you were born blushing that way. Love.

LIQUID SHIMMER:

By Terry Rose de Rose is the best shimmer liquid blush I’ve ever used… period. The teeniest amount adds a natural flush, and ‘light’ to the skin. It sets right away and wears beautifully. Plus, it smells divine. Every single time I use this on a client (for some reason, typically their eyes are closed) they catch a whiff and immediately want to know what I’m using. This stuff is amazing. I love it.

That’s it! Those are my Favorite Blushes… Ciao for now!

Eye Adore: Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner

Eyeliners have come, gone, and come back again… and it’s still hard to top Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner. The formula glides on and stays put. It’s kind of hard to top this formula. Recently, I came across the eyeliner in Caviar… which is basically the darkest possible brown.

Bobbi Brown Gel Liners in Caviar, Black, and the Ultra Fine Liner Brush.

I put it up against the black gel eyeliner, to give you an idea of contrast. But alone, in natural light, it appears to be nearly black.

The Ultra Fine Liner brush isn’t ultra fine at first glance, but it draws a pretty impressive line. You can use the side of the brush for the thinnest possible line, or use it flat for a thicker line.

Caviar is on the left, and Black is on the right. You can find out more about Bobbi Brown Gel Liners HERE.