FOTD: Blue Beetle

Wow, is all I can say. Once again, Armani performs above and beyond expectations…

FACE

MAC Face & Body (C6)

Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder (Golden Orange)

MAC Blush in Stylish Me

EYES

Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in Blue Beetle (lids)

Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (outer crease)

Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (browbone)

Chanel Eye Pencil in Taupe (waterline)

Volume de Chanel Mascara

LIPS

Kate Spade Supercalifragilipstick in Bashful Blush

Autumn 2013: Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadows

The final two Eyes to Kill Silk Eyeshadows (Autumn 2013) finally made their way to me (Thank you Emma!), from Las Vegas. We didn’t have them locally, so I had to hunt them down out of state.

Autumn 2013: Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadows

Gold Hercule (32) and Blue Beetle (34)

Gold Hercule is a greenish gold shimmer, and Blue Beetle is a much more ‘blue’ and pigmented version of June Beetle (which leans a bit teal)

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Like all Eyes To Kill formulas… these have absolutely amazing staying power. I also noticed that the formula seemed ‘upgraded’ a bit. Previously, it was pretty challenging to pick this color up out of the pot with a brush, but I’ve found that it’s no longer a problem. You can pick up the color and blend it beautifully as you would any powder eyeshadow. That’s impressive.

Armani continues to blow the competition away with this formula. It is simply unmatched in terms of ease of use, layering, and staying powder.

MAC: Indulge

MAC is… as always… the master of absolutely stunning imagery. The new Indulge Collection features a selection of richly hued eyeshadows, lippie, nail polishes and fluidlines. I fell in love with a few of the more ‘opulent’ offerings… both in name and sparkle content.

Eyeshadow in Three Ring Yellow
Fluidline in Gilt Gourmet
Fluidline in Deliciously Rich
Nail Polish in Magnificent Feast
Three Ring Yellow
Gilt Gourmet and Deliciously Rich
Magnificent Feast
I also found a Farasha Eyeshadow (Art Of The Eye Collection) buried in the back of the MAC Warehouse…

Although it’s not part of the Indulge Collection (and is otherwise sold out), I thought it was rather perfect that I was able to get it with this order.

Glow On: Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder (Santa Barbara)

Bobbi Brown is offering a new way to ‘glow’ — with a collection of Illuminating Bronzing Powders that offer something for everyone. The latest addition to the collection is the ‘pink nectar’ color called Santa Barbara.
I thought this golden pink color was going to look a little juvenile on me.. but it’s so subtle that (believe it or not) I actually wore it lightly dusted as a finishing powder all over my face. I know! Sounds nuts… but it totally worked.

I know you guys are looking at these pictures and asking whether I temporarily lost my mind… but I promise you the finish is gorgeous and subtle. And although you can wear it as a blush or highlighter, some skin tones can actually get away with dusting this stuff all over.
The texture of this powder is extremely soft, and it can ‘dust’ everywhere when you use it, so be careful. I got a bunch of it on the brush and ended up  having to tap back into the pot because I’d picked up way too much. The coverage is very sheer, but you can layer it when using it as blush, to build up the color.
This is a HEAVY swatch. See. Subtle. Gorgeous. I love this stuff. Gave me a really healthy ‘glow’ without going overboard in the shimmer department. Totally recommend.
You can find out more about Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder HERE.

Shahada’s Little Helpers: Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base (Yellow)

This is one of those little ‘tricks’ that makeup artists use to correct either a foundation or a skin tone, to make it look like they (or a client) were born with perfectly ‘color balanced’ skin. Koh Gen Do makes several makeup bases for color correction, including pink and pearl white. One of my staples is the makeup base in yellow.

Although many companies make color correcting bases, I prefer Koh Gen Do because of the consistency. I find that all of their bases, from foundations to color correctors, have the same consistency. So they play very well together. Sometimes, color correcting bases are too thin or watery, and change the properties of the foundation you’re using, or change the surface of the skin (if you apply it directly to the skin instead of mixing it in the foundation), so that the foundation doesn’t lay the same. When you mix Koh Gen Do bases, they sort of ‘harmonize’ and let you create your personalized foundation or concealer or corrector, without ever compromising the consistency of the original formula. For me, at least, this is kind of a big deal.

You can see the base is very opaque, and still quite yellow, even on my warm skin tone. I didn’t blend it in because I wanted you to see how ‘dense’ this formula is. Some formulas, the minute you warm them on your skin, disappear right into your skin. But this one holds on. In addition to mixing it with foundations, I’ll also use this makeup base for extreme highlighting purposes on someone with distinct yellow undertones. I’ve found that it’ll even ‘warm up’ a peach color corrector or concealer that may pull too pink on certain skin tones. Truly, the possibilities are endless, and I honestly chalk that up to the formula. It’s strong enough to maintain its own identity when used alone, but versatile enough to mix and blend with other liquid and cream formulations.

You can find out more about Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base HERE.

Glow On: Laura Mercier ‘SpellBound’ Face Illuminator

Even if you think you don’t need another highlighter (I certainly don’t need one)… the Laura Mercier SpellBound Face Illuminator is worth a swatch. Designed with a ‘warmer’ palette in mind… the shimmery highlighter is mostly golden, with just a hint of rose tossed in for good measure. I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. The visual texture in the pan is like scrunched satin… with all of the light-catching nuances that such a thing would bring.

Pictures simply do not do this thing justice. It is so gorgeous.

You can find out more about Laura Mercier SpellBound Face Illuminator HERE.

Professional Grade: CapoNata LookBook (photoshoot)

I packed up the kit and headed out to Invicta Gym to shoot the lookbook for Capo-Nata Apparel. The freshman athletic apparel line is making waves with a line of practical sports and lifestyle pieces, and the most effective ‘water-shedding’ sports top that I’ve ever seen. The patented design is made out of neoprene… yeah. I’m so getting one.

I don’t want to attempt a butchered misspelling of this lovely model’s name… but she was so much fun to work with. And she’s got the most amazing set of abs… omg it’s totally not fair. I wanted to hit the floor and do some pushups just on general principle. LOL. The designer wanted her to look bronzed (and slightly flushed). She had a tan everywhere but her face, so I darkened her skin a full two shades to match the rest of her body. In addition to a darker foundation, I used Gleam in Rose Gold and Bronze Gold to give her that healthy glow. I finished with individual lashes, a light line around the eyes, and a nude-pink lipstick.

Hair Diva Edica Casanova hooked up her hair by working with her curl and texture, to make her curls more defined and boost the shine.

Her final look called for a more defined eye and a red lip.
My second model was the lovely Jessica Minter (who is also  Gleam Girl… yayy!!). Her look was more dramatic, so I defined her eyes with By Terry Ombre Blackstar and some homemade demi lashes. On her lips, I mixed a combination of MAC’s Candy Yum Yum and Dior silver lipgloss.

I brightened her lip a bit as the shoot went on…

Nine hours later, we wrapped and I headed home. I can’t wait to see the final photos!