FOTD: Sheer Olive Shimmer

I know it’s been a while since I did one of these. Been busy with Agenda, and I’ve been fielding orders and what not. But, I did this look because it was quick and worked well in the Southern California heat…

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Malaga
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Guerlain Terra Azzura (blush/bronzer combined)
Bare Minerals Prime Time Eye Primer
Inglot Loose pigment in #84 (lids/inner corner)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (outer crease)
YSL Cream Liner in Bronze Black (lashline/waterline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
Chanel Rouge Coco in Fabulous

FOTD: Cool Tones

A little pink, a little blue. That’s it.

Armani Face Fabric (5)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Guerlain Terra Azzura (mixed blush/highlight portion)
Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Eyeshadow in Madre Perla (lids)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Sea Black (lashline)
By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in Blue Vision (waterline)
By Terry Mascara Terrybly in Purple Success
By Terry Lip Pencil in Plum Dulce
Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing Lip Color in Confidence

Lip Service: Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor (Witty)

I love these lippies. They truly live up to their name. I scored another … this time I chose the darker shade, called Witty:

It photographed lighter than it actually is. The color is a rich berry in real life. It wears light and effortlessly. I absolutely love it.

You can find out more about Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor HERE.

Lip Service: Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing Lip Color

Bare Minerals just keeps getting better. I’m still not going near those powder foundations (no thank you), but their new Pretty Amazing Lip Color is going to keep me going back for more colors. It’s actually Pretty Amazing!

The SA described it as ‘Beaute Lip Stains with add Moisturizer.’ That was enough to sell me. The formula is extremely light, the color is opaque, and it wears effortlessly with no need for major touch ups throughout the day.

Look at this…

I know, right?! I got this corally pink color because it really stood out to me. It looks great on my warm skin tone. I’m going  back for more though. There’s no doubt about that. There’s a burgundy plum color that looks divine, and peach that I want to check out, and of course… a fabulous red.

Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing Lip Color retails for $16 each…

You can find out more about them at Sephora.

Favorite Things 2011: Shahada’s Little Helpers

For a basic face, a good foundation and a little color will do the trick. But for a truly ‘flawless’ face — unless you’re blessed with perfect skin — you’re going to need a little extra help. Here are my top picks for getting the job done… flawlessly:

FACE: By Terry Hyaluronic Face Glow

This fantastic formula works to both blend out imperfections (by bouncing light off the skin) and CORRECT them… all while serving as the perfect matte base for foundation application. Plus, it smells absolutely wonderful (like roses). I started using this the minute I discovered it… and really haven’t stopped. It goes under any foundation that has a ‘shine’ to it, or may cause my oily skin to break it down.

EYES: MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer

I’ve been through a lot of concealers, but I keep coming back to this one. The yellow based color (I’m NC42) is perfect for my skin. It blends out easily, and never creases or feathers. Whenever I need to ‘wake up’ the area around my eyes, this always does the trick. I love it.

COLOR CORRECTION: Bobbi Brown Color Corrector

I won’t specify a color, because I use them all… depending on my needs. It’s the FORMULA that makes this color corrector so excellent. It’s thick and really ‘binds’ to the skin, imitating it in terms of look and feel. I love this stuff. I use peach and light peach sometimes for concealer and to get my brows in the perfect shape… and I use deep bisque for any discolorations that I might have on my face at any given time. It always blends perfectly with the rest of my foundation/concealer application, and leaves a flawless finish.

HIGHLIGHT: By Terry Touche Veloutee

There’s still nothing else like this on the market in terms of performance, payoff, and price. This stuff is a must have for me. I use it for so many different things… I’ve gone through three tubes in the last year. The beauty of this product is that it both highlights and conceals. But I’ve also used it correct makeup color, or add an extra layer over a stubborn area that needs more ‘light’ to diffuse it. It’s wonderful stuff… really.

PRIMER: Bare Minerals Eyelid Primer

I’m still not the biggest fan of eyelid primers, but I’ll make an exception for this little beauty. Here’s why: It doesn’t overly matte out the shadow that you place on top of it, and it sets clear. One of my pet peeves about primers is that they can sometimes turn matte shadows into ‘chalky’ representations of themselves. But this primer goes on quickly, sets clear, and really ‘primes’ the eye… not dries it out. I’ve used it more often than not on clients who need a look to stay beyond the time of an average photoshoot. This primer has definitely made a convert out of me.

That’s it! Those are my top picks for ‘helpers’ for 2011. Ciao for now!

FOTD: Magic Night

In truth, Chanel’s eyeshadow in ‘Magic Night’ is only a small part of this look. But I think it brought all the other colors together beautifully, so I’ve decided to name the entire FOTD after it:

Guerlain Paurue Gold (Beige 06)
Kevyn Aucoin Diaphonous Radiance Powder
Armani Blush in #6
(in order of application)
Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer
MUFE Eyeshadow in 69 (blended through crease)
Chanel Lagons (darkest blue) on lids
Chanel Eyeshadow in Magic Night on outer crease and under outer waterline
Chanel Lagons (light shimmer blue) on inner corners
MUFE Eyeshadow in 162 (lightly blended with fluffy brush) through crease
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Fatalistic (brows)
Lorac Front Of The Line Pro on lashline
By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in Blue Vision on waterline
By Terry Mascara in Purple Mascara
Le Metier de Beaute Color Core Lipstick in Palm Beach

*I know my eyebrows are on the scrappy side. They’re being addressed this weekend.*

FOTD: Sheer Matte

It RAINED like crazy this week, so I wanted to do something matte, but practical for the weather. I didn’t want a lot of color, but I wanted everything to stay matte:

Guerlain Parure Extreme (Dore 24)
Armani Sheer Blush in #6
Tarte Eyeshadow in Werewolf (brows/lashline/under waterline)
Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer
MAC Eyeshadow in Stencil (lids)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero
YSL Shocking Mascara
Kat Von D Lipstick in Prayer

Primed for Perfection? Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer

Okay, anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while knows about my prejudice against primers. For the most part, I feel that an eyeshadow should perform, not oxidize and not crease without the help of a primer. I also don’t like the idea of buying a primer as a singular product… I prefer multi-taskers like MAC Paint Pots.

But a lovely colleague has insisted on dragging me out of my comfort zone, and making me try the new eyelid primer from Bare Minerals:

I love this nozzle… very sanitary. I’m a sucker for sanitary products.

Can you see where I blended it? Yeah, I can’t either. And that’s what I love about it! It goes on thin, sheers right out, and dries crystal clear. No residue, no issues. I think I’m smitten.

The only thing I don’t like is the price. The tube is VERY small, and Bare Minerals wants $16 for it. I’m not sure how long this tube is going to last, so that’ll be my final determination for whether it’s worth it. I’ll put it to practical application in the coming FOTD’s and let you guys know.