Eye Adore: Anastasia Brow Pen (and Brow Duality)

Move over Suqqu… Anastasia has met your challenge on the ‘brow pen’ and exceeded some major expectations.

The Anastasia Brow Pen was a ‘why not’ purchase at the PHAMExpo… for a few bucks I wasn’t really going to break down if it wasn’t perfect. Turns out, it is.

This felt-tipped beauty comes in two colors: Universal Light and Universal Deep. Like the Suqqu pen, this one does not really show up on the skin. It is attracted to, and adheres to the ‘hairs’ on your brow (so you actually have to have hairs).

I also got the Brow Duality Pencil… but more on that later. As you can see, the brow pen is basically a saturated felt tip pen. I didn’t expect much, especially after I swatched it on my skin.

But then I used it on my brow, and I found out that you can ‘technically’ overdo it. This pen is amazing. But it’s Anastasia… of course it’s amazing. Brows are what they do.

That heart is covering a pimple… trust me, I’m protecting you guys’ vision. That thing is ugly, and I will not pick it! I’m being a good girl. But back to the brow… that was a quickie tryout. Took me five seconds. The pen naturally darkens the hairs of  my brow without making them look overly made up. It actually makes my brow darker than the Suqqu version. AND it’s easier to get here in the United States.

I asked for the the Brow Duality Pen in Shell/Lace, but things apparently got mixed up at the show (there were a lot of people wanting stuff) and I ended up with the pinker version in Camille and Sand:

Camile (Matte)
Sand (Shimmer)

I had a Brow Duality Pencil that I wore down to a gross little nub, so a replacement was long overdue. And I’m glad I gave the Brow Pen a shot. It’s pretty awesome.

You can find out more about Anastasia Brow Pen and Dual Highlighter HERE.

EOTD: Silver Smoke

I went back to the Chantecaille Save the Sharks Palette for this look:

 
EYES
Volume de Chanel Mascara

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FOTD: Buff

I couldn’t wait to use the new Becca Mineral Blush, so I got right to the business of doing an FOTD:

FACE
Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation (#301)
Koh Gen Do Face Powder
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger
Becca Blush in Wile Honey
EYES
Anastasia Brow Gel in Granite
Burberry Eyehsadow in Gold Trench
Burberry Effortless Mascara
LIPS
Lip Fusion Balm in Buff

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: Warm Shimmer Wash

I mixed shimmers for this… but kept the overall look ‘warm.’ Back to the Senna Palettes… love these things!

FACE
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Malaga
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Chanel Blush in Malice
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose Gold
EYES
Laura Mercier Cream Shadow in Rose Gold (base)
Senna Eyeshadow in Legend (lids)
Senna Eyeshadow in Raisin Black (outer lid/under waterline)
Senna Eyeshadow in Amethyst (crease)
Senna Eyeshadow in Mars Black (lashline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch Mascara
LIPS
Rouge d’ Armani Sheer in Coral 300
Anastasia Lip Gloss in Bellini

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:

FACE
NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Malaga)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (#2)
Senna Blush in Semi Sweet
EYES
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
LIPS
Chanel Lip Pencil in Nude
Anastasia Lip Gloss in Bellini

FOTD: Warm Contour

This was mostly an exercise in ‘warm’ shading, with a bit of smoke thrown in for good measure…

FACE
DMK Ebony Series Palette
Sleek Contour Kit (medium)
MAC Mineralize Blush in Fresh Honey
EYES
Anastasia Brow Gel (Espresso)
Laura Mercier Eye Canvas (2)
NARS ‘Galapagos’ Eye Shadow (lids)
Louise Young ‘Blackbear’ Eye Shadow (lashline/outer crease)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
LIPS
MAC Lip Pencil in Hodgepodge
IMAN Brownie Lip Shimmer

Cirque du Soleil: IRIS

While many of you Divas were out cutting up and shopping to your heart’s content for Fashion’s Night Out ( I wanted to go out… but passed for a worthy cause)…

I was in a theater, taking in Cirque Du Soleil: IRIS:

It was hubby’s birthday, so I took him to the show as a gift. Since he’s a filmmaker, it’s only natural that he’d be attracted to a show about a journey through the world of cinema. It was QUITE the spectacle… we really had a good time.

For the show, I wanted to do something a little ‘Old Hollywood’ with a shimmery twist. It didn’t quite work out that way. I ended up with lush lashes and a berry lip. Ah well, it was close enough:

FACE
Guerlain Parure Extreme (Dore 24)
Kevyn Aucoin Diaphonous Radiance Powder
Chanel Blush in Rose Ecrin
EYES
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #9 (lashline to brow)
Anastasia Matte Brow Highlight (browbone)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Maowi (brows)
Napoleon Perdis China Doll Eyeliner (lashline)
Stila Smudge Stick in Stone (waterline)
Smoke & Mirrors Beauty New York City Lash

LIPS
Guerlain Rouge G in #70
Beaute Lip Gloss in Allure

FOTN: Extreme Smoke

Tackled the last two colors in the 5-Golds quint: The Black and The Silver.
FACE
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (173)
Make Up For Ever HD Powder
EYES
Dior 5-Golds Quint
Shimmer Black (lid)
Silver (above crease)
Anastasia Brow Concealer
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner (zero)
Buxom Mascara
LIPS
Rock & Republic Lipgloss in Alpha Blonde

*The blendability of these shadows is so impressive! The silver and the black just merged together effortlessly. I am really loving this quint!*