FOTD: Luminous

I’ve been drowning in foundation lately (a favorites post is coming), and recently acquired Guerlain’s Parure de Lumiere. The formula is supposed to be super light (it’s not) with sheer luminous coverage (no). It’s not completely weightless, but you can feel it going on, and adherence is an issue before it sets (about 30 seconds). But the finish is stunning. It’s actually luminous without going shiny or greasy.

I used these three in order: By Terry CC-Lumi in Apricot Glow (primer), Guerlain Parure de Lumiere in Dore 23 (foundation), and By Terry Impearlious Voile de Perle (finishing img_7622powder). I was so worried about looking like a disco ball, but that didn’t happen at all. Instead I ended up with this ‘backlit’ sort of finish, that really worked. The combo is literally made for camera because it really just makes you seem like you’re glowing in all the right places. As long as you use a light touch (thin layers people! thin layers) you can really end up with a fantastic finish.

I used Kiko Soft Touch Blush in 100 just under the apples of my cheeks for a bit of a ‘bronze’ contour. Eyes are Tom Ford Cognac Sable: Gold all over the lids, Medium Brown just across the lashline, and the darkest brown (damp brush) as a diffused winged eyeliner. Brows are Anastasia Brow Definer (dark brown) and mascara is Armani Black Ecstasy. Lips are Marc Jacobs J’adore (STILL my favorite).

So far, so good on this foundation. Not sure it’ll make my top picks for 2016 because I’m hinky on that initial bind. We’ll see how it wears.

Ciao for now!



Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows

Okay.. it’s been more than a week since I got my little hands on this gem, and I’ve been using it EVERY.DAY. So worth it. Now had she paid as much attention to the Legendary tilbury browsMascara, she’d be doing some things. I like the Legendary Brows better than her original brow definer because it’s ridiculously easy to use. The only thing is, you have to have brow hairs for this to really work. If you have to do any drawing, this is not the product for you.

One of the most notable things about this product is the brush size. Now you think this wouldn’t be a big deal, but it’s so perfectly tiny that tilbury brows 1you can really get the brow you want with just a few strokes. I love the Anastasia Brow Gel formula, but that massive brush is the same size as a standard mascara, and it can be a mess if you’re trying to do any kind of precision work.

The formula is also excellent. When I tell you that this stuff will work on the oiliest skin without ending up looking like a grease slick, and will NOT come off without some real cleanser… preferably oil based. I tried to wash it off with a wack cleanser sample I had and I swear this stuff just laughed at me. It lifts and separates the hairs, and holds them in place until you take it off.

Like the original brow definer, my color is Cara (named for Delevingne). You see how it looks like I have twice as many hairs as I actually have? Now, in the original picture, I don’t fotd brooklyn 1have a stitch of makeup on, so the light will pick up my skin and the actual hairs differently. But I took them as close to time as possible, so you can see how much of a difference it makes.

Strong brows and strong lips for this look means minimal base. So that’s By Terry CC Cream and a dusting of Charlotte Tilbury’s Pressed Powder in Medium … which I’ve decided I actually love. Mascara is predictably Armani Black Ecstasy, and lips are OFRA Liquid Lipstick in Brooklyn. Whew these joints are KEEPERS! Even that ‘Mi Vida Loca’ look isn’t enough to keep me from rocking them. If I gotta run around lookin’ like Sad Girl for a day to wear such a comfortable formula that really wears like a matte lip creme with just minimal transfer… I’m doin’ it!



It’s Going to be a By Terry Summer

If my skin continues to act like it has some sense, Miss By Terry and I are going to become the best of friends this season. A combination of a Space NK sale and a horde of Ndulge Reward points netted me the ridiculously overpriced Elixir Glace (which I refused to pay for unless it went on sale), and the new Terrybly Densiliss Sun Glow. The combination is absolute magic on me.

Together they bring my skin to beauty-drenched life. When I tried on just the Sun Glow (which is a gorgeous apricot) in front of my friend Sheri, she just went ‘Wow.’ Yeah. It’s that good. I have the lightest shade because I wanted it to match my skin, not give me a tan. The great news is, you can continue to deepen with the two darker shades available if you want. I already have color, so looking tan is a non-issue for me. But the formula is so sheer that it’s honestly flattering on anyone, so even a fair skinned person can play around with all three shades.

I broke out the new Nubian 2 Eyeshadow Palette for this look! Zuri is on the inner corners, Morocco and Sheba are buffed (and I do mean BUFFED) all the way out and layered in the center, and Madagascar is buffed through the crease and under the waterline. LISTEN. Use a light touch! These shadows are so pigmented that I had to pat and buff… pat and buff. They will be MAGIC to anyone looking for drenched color looks because the payoff is everything. This look brightened my eyes so much. I absolutely love it.

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I’m also wearing Makeup Geek Blush in Infatuation (slightly darker and more brown than Bliss) and Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited in Beige.

On Skin, Selfies, and Salon Kazumi

I had to cover the grand opening of Salon Kazumi in Beverly Hills for the magazine, so I slapped on some CC Cream and By Terry Glace (literally… slapped), a little gold and a little nude and headed out.

Because the event was pretty straightforward and cozy and there wasn’t much to do besides drink and make idle chat with random strangers, I decided to be raggedy and take a selfie in the the salon selfiebathroom. The lighting in that sucker is soooo designed to make you look like a supermodel. 😀 I was in there trying to figure out the configuration because I swear I’m doing that in my own bathroom. Think I’m playing.

I mean, look at that skin! Now, granted it was day 1 of my latest peel so my skin was all about that glow. In the coming days I’m gonna look like a reptile until the skin breaks and reveals the new stuff. But with just a hit of the By Terry Glace and CC cream, I got what is essentially my own skin on beauty crack. Eyes are the gold color from the Lunasol Germinate palette, MUFE felt tip liner, and Tilbury’s Legendary Mascara (what? I paid for it so I’m gonna use it… sometimes). Blush is Chanel’s In Love and lips are Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited in Beige.

We ended up with samples of a shampoo and treatment that I can’t wait to try. I love the new space. If I can gather enough coins, I might just pop in there for a cut and color. Kazumi (who is just as effervescent and pleasant as all get out. Got a smile like Melanie Mills, who is one of my favorite humans) is known as the ‘brunette whisperer’ and this brunette can always use a boost. 😉

On Skin, Self-Care and a Really Bad Day

I’m not going to call this a ‘no makeup makeup’ because you can see that I’m actually fotd barewearing some. But this look came as the result of a series of unfortunate events that I hopefully righted by the end of the day. Mercury is supposed to be OUT of retrograde (as of last Saturday), but damn if the celestial ones didn’t screw my life to the WALL yesterday.

With approximately 3 1/2 hours of sleep in my arsenal, I set out to run a series of very necessary errands and go to a meeting that ran too damn long with too many personalities vying for validation on shit that does.not.matter. We ain’t saving babies. I need everyone to calm down. Anyway, I extracted myself from the business shenanigans with an hour and 15 minutes to spare for a 30 minute ride to the studio to teach yoga. This was with COUNTING the chicanery that is LA traffic. Well an hour and a half later, I was still sitting in traffic C.U.S.S.I.N.G and trying to discreetly shimmy into my yoga clothes. Everyone and their cousin apparently forgot how to drive yesterday and there were more fender benders than I care to count. Here’s the rub: all of the accidents had already been shunted off to the shoulder of the freeway by the time I got on it, but fotd bare 1don’t you know every nosy mofo on the planet just HAD to see what was happening?

So there I sat, practicing my breathing and trying to ignore the fact that my deodorant had failed and knowing I’d probably be labeled ‘the stinky teacher’ until someone else had the misfortune of coming along to take the mantle.

When I finally got to the studio (after many text messages and photo evidence to the assistant manager), wouldn’t you know a couple of the mucky-mucks were there for a meeting? REALLY? REALLY UNIVERSE? Okay. I see you wanna be cute and just mess me all the way up. I snatched off my very expensive caftan (which I’d slapped over my yoga gear in an attempt to look sort of presentable when I walked in) and simultaneously wiped off that makeup. Because I just couldn’t be rancid while teaching the class, I took an extra five minutes to clean up in the bathroom. Man, listen. Priorities.

I taught my classes (back to back) and nailed the out times, which incidentally was noticed by the mucky mucks (we have a chronic problem of teachers ending class late) who complimented me on nailing it! Whoo hoo! Okay, things were looking better. I crawled out of there 4 hours later in search of curry and a date with Game of Thrones (a sista has to DVR because… life). Got home, retrieved my caftan from my go-bag and got it stuck in the zipper.


I wasn’t even mad ’cause the day was screwed pretty much from the time I woke up, so at that point it was kind of like WHATEVER. It’s snagged, but I might be able to fix it. Suffice to say that at this point, I really didn’t care. I watched my show (and re-affirmed my dislike for that little Bran brat. I never liked him, even when he got pushed out the window for being nosy. All Catelyn’s kids are annoying… although Arya done turned into a G so now I love her) and went to bed.

So that was my day.

This makeup happened because the look that I’d PLANNED (winged eye, red lip) went horribly wrong halfway through. I couldn’t get anything right. Not the wing, the lip… everything was cutting up. So I had strip everything off, reapply moisturizer and start from scratch. This is one of those moments when it helps tremendously to have your skin in good shape. That’s By Terry CC Cream in Tan and Innisfree No Sebum Powder, Anastasia Brow Gel in Espresso, Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara, and Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited in Lipstick in Beige.

At least something turned out right.

Eye Adore: By Terry Ombre & Ligne Blackstar

This review is a long time coming. I’ve always been a fan of By Terry’s Ombre Blackstar pencil shadows. They are my ‘go to’ formulations for looks that call for the product. I know that everyone from NARS to Laura Mercier make them as well, but By Terry has always had my heart in this department. Recently, the company released a shimmer brown shade, and a matte black. I went home with the shimmer brown.

They also released an eye pen, that blows some of the best brands out of the water (Kevyn Aucoin, I’m looking at you). Observe:

Here’s what it looks like in practical application:


The color is a sheer shimmer brown, but can be built up to a strong deep brown. It sets in about 30 seconds and once it’s on… it’s ON. No smudging and no creasing, even on my oily eyelids.

Same with Ligne Blackstar. First, it’s insanely easy to use. The felt tip makes for incredible precision. And  unlike some of its felt-tipped counterparts (NARS… do better), it doesn’t dry out as soon as the air hits it. The formula is strong and thick, and goes on true with the first swipe. It sets to a latex finish, and you’ll need a pretty strong makeup remover to get it off once it sets.

Both of these are must haves for me. I find them perfect for Holiday makeup looks… and beyond. And although I have more Black shadows than ever a girl should need, I’m sure I’ll be headed back to Space NK in the near future for the ebony-colored mate to Brown Perfection.

You can find out more about Ombre Blackstar and Ligne Blackstar HERE.

By Terry Summer 2013 (Summer Splash)

By Terry is gearing up for Summer, with a set of waterproof sweat resistant goodies.

From the left: Hyaluronic Blushes in BlushBerry and Peach Posh, Hyaluronic Summer Bronzing Veil, and Lash Coat Mascara (which makes any mascara waterproof).

The stars for me are the bronzing viel and the berry colored blush:

The Bronzing Veil in Medium Tan is a dead ringer for my skin tone. The blush in Blushberry is also perfect. The peach color went ashy on me. It’s definitely suited to fairer skin tones.

Both come in easy to use tubes, and a little bit goes a long way. Both of these products can be layered for intensity. And they smell AMAZING. Like Orange Blossom and Rose essential oils… just so good. Like all By Terry products, these makeup items double as skin care. Both are designed to attract moisture from the environment, onto your skin. But the result is not ‘oily.’ It’s fresh. I was amazed by how well both products wore all day, with no touchups.

Hyaluronic Summer:

The unexpected perk of this Bronzing Veil is that the finish is MATTE. NO shimmer! Love that… especially for my oily skin. Now, I didn’t see any spf listed on this formula, so I mixed it with sunscreen before I applied it (no primer). Worked like a dream. It really sticks to my oily skin, even without a primer. That’s something.

Hyaluronic Blush:

So this is one layer of the blush. You can layer it several times over to get a bit of deeper hue… but not much. The formla imitates skin, like the Armani Blushing Veil. You can put this on bare skin, or layer it over foundation. It adheres beautifully either way. I didn’t think that it would be strong enough on my warm skin tone, but I was surprised to find that it wore all day (I layered it over foundation and under powder)… and I still had a ‘flush’ by the time I took it off.

The Bronzing Veil goes one lighter (Fair Tan) and one shade darker (Ultra Tan)… I’d say it’s NC45 for comparison. It’s very warm, with a hint of a reddish undertone. It’s amazing. I’d definitely recommend it for oily skin types because it appears to be silicone based and doesn’t encourage any oil production.

The blush has a bit of a shimmer… which worried me at first. But when you put it on, the shimmer disappears. About five minutes after applying it… the blush just starts to look like your skin, with a natural flush.

I love both of these products. I skipped the mascara because I already have the Anastasia version, which works the same way.

You can find out more about By Terry Summer Splash Collection HERE.

Becca Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation (Amber)

I know that I just screamed from the rooftops all the fabulous things about Becca Luminous Skin Colour…
But the company recently released a new foundation (in a million shade ranges) that has more coverage, and a bit of a matte finish. I actually don’t know why it’s called ‘satin’ finish… this stuff’s totally matte on me.

I like it for coverage — and found that it’s best applied with fingers. I don’t think this foundation has a lick of SPF  in it (it’s not mentioned anywhere on the packaging, although titanium dioxide is listed in the ingredients)… so you’ll need to wear a sunscreen under it (which you should wear under foundation anyway). On the up side… no (or low) SPF means less likelihood of flashback.

I wore it a recent FOTD (with sunscreen under it) and it wore well for most of the day. I did start to get oily halfway through the day though.. so I had to blot.

By Terry Hyaluronic Face Powder
Chanel Blush in Tempting Beige
Chantecaille Eyeshadow in Sel
Chanel Eye Pencil in Taupe (waterline)
Sisley So Intense Mascara
Chantecaille Lip Chic in China Rose

*pr sample

Glow On: By Terry Or De Rose Blush Prestige

When this lovely little item first came out, I totally passed. At $80… I needed another highlighter like I need a hole in the head. And really, in comparison to By Terry’s Rose Amber, it’s not as spectacular…
But on a really deep discount (I’m talking like… $60 less), I can be convinced to give it a whirl.

Blush Prestige is more golden than rose, and on my warm skin tone… it’s definitely a highlight. The formula, as usual, is amazing. It works well on bare skin and even over foundation (a few light strokes blends it in beautifully).

Good stuff. $80 good? Dunno… at least not for me. To each his/her own though. We pay for what’s important to us. I do believe that Blush Prestige has now gone the way of the dinosaur. But By Terry Or de Rose is permanent, and comes in three gorgeous colors (Amber, Fuchsia, and Coral). By Terry Or de Rose is sold at Space NK.

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FOTD: Pre Oscars Brunch

I stepped out for a late breakfast with a few colleagues for a pre-ceremony brunch (most of us are working this evening). I wanted to look fresh and ‘open’ and keep everything on the neutral side. So this is what I did:

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation (Praline)
By Terry Hyaluronic Face Powder
Chanel Blush in Tempting Beige
MAC Highlight in Shell Pearl
Chantecaille Eyeshadow in Sel
Guerlain Retractable Pencil in Gold #1
Chanel Volume Mascara
Gleam Lip Radiance in NAKED