FOTD: Orange Glow

Hubby and I went out to see this guy for a few laughs:

Bill Dwyer

I decided that it was as good a time as any to try out the new Kimiko Hydrating Tint. It performed beyond expectations. Total keeper. Seriously.

Kimiko Hydrating Tint in Nutmeg
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (02)
CARGO Blush in Laguna
MAC Blush in Worldly Wealth (layered)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #19 (base)
MAC Eyehshadow Duo in Marches Aux Puces:
Brown on outer lid
Golden Orange on inner lid
MUFE Aqua Pencil in Black (lashline and waterline)
Hourglass Film Noir Mascara
Shiseido Laquer Rouge in OR 508

FOTD: Summer Warmth

I went all peach and shimmer with a strange brown eyeline for this look. I didn’t really have a plan. Just kept it sheer and warm:

Hourglass Primer
La Prairie Tinted Moisturizer (40)
Cargo Color Stick in St Tropez (blush)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (lashline to brow)
Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow in Charmed (lids)
MAC Eyeshadow in Mulch (lashline)
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (lashline)
Chanel Kohl in Brun Intense (waterline)
MAC False Lashes Mascara
Milani Lipstick in Bronze Leaf

Product Review: Cargo ColorStick

These are really nice. So nice, in fact, that I feel they can give the NARS Multiples are real run for the money.

I went to cash in some points at ULTA, and left with the new Cargo ColorStick in St Tropez…

I chose St Tropez because for me, its the most unique of the bunch. It has a distinct peach (not orange) color with a shot of gold. Really summery. I think that it’ll work on both warm and cool skin tones because the peach shade is so neutral. I swatched it, and was instantly sold.

One of the things I love about this product is that it’ll work fine on oily skin. It’s got a creamy texture, but the color sets in about 60 seconds and it doesn’t move. I’ve used it on my bare skin (with just a little mascara and lip gloss) and it has held up beautifully. I think this will be a definite Summer staple.

You can find out more about Cargo ColorSticks HERE.

FOTD: Hourglass Under Pressure

I put the Hourglass Primer through the paces. I’m happy to report that it performed very well on my oily skin. Definitely keeping this one around…

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation
Cargo Laguna Blush
MAC Light over Dark Minerlize Blush (highlight)
MAC Naked Dark Pigment (lids)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (blended through crease)
MAC Blacktrack Gel Liner
MAC Extreme Black False Lashes Mascara

Professional Grade: Extreme EOTN

A client wanted to know if I could smoke her eyes ALL THE WAY OUT… make ’em dark and glittery and use some kind of funky lash to bring it all together?

Of course.

My stupid camera would NOT focus on the closed eye shots… I think it was the shimmer. I don’t know. But you get the gist. She was very happy with the results. I paired her extreme eyes with a sheer lavender cheek and and ultra nude lip.

Picture from her camera came out MUCH better:

What I used:

Louise Young Eyeshadow in Maowi (brows)
Cargo Eye Pencil in Black (waterline)
MAC Paint Pot in Imaginary (base)
Cargo Eye Shadow in Metallico (outer crease and under waterline)
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Illusiore (lids)
Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow in Platinum (inner corner/under waterline)
YSL Shock Gel Liner in Deep Black (lashline)
Illamasqua False Lashes (#24)

FOTD: Lemon Aid

After I crawled home from last night’s video shoot, I grabbed a couple hours of sleep and was up bright and early this morning for the next thing. Omg… it’s times like these when I realize that I am NOT 20 years old anymore and I can’t function (nor do I want to) properly on 2 minutes of sleep! LOL
So I reached for ‘lemon’ colored shadows and some gentle contouring to try and open my eyes up and make me appear like I got 8 hours of Beauty Sleep:

Dolce & Gabbana The  Foundation (Soft Tan)
Dolce & Gabbana Foundation Powder (Almond)
Cargo Blush in Laguna

Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Tribal (brows)
Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer (lashline to brow)
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in Yellow (lids)
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Bronze (crease/under waterline)
NARS Eyeshadow in Mekong (outer corner)
Guerlain Retractable Pencil in #1 (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Happy Days
Chanel Glossimer in Aurore

FOTD: Matte Color

I reached for my homemade Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow Palette for this look:

Dolce & Gabanna The Foundation (Soft Tan)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphonous Powder
Cargo Blush in Laguna
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in #17 (brows)
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in #24 (lids)
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in #162 (crease/under waterline)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Cherry Black (lashline)
Urban Decay Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline)
YSL Shocking Mascara
MAC Lip Pencil in Mouth Off
Rock & Republic Lip Gloss in Hot Sauce

FOTD: Blackened Purple

I totally wore this all day like I was doing a night job or a fashion show. Ehhhh, I was in that kind of mood:

Dior Forever Foundation (5.0)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
Armani Blush in #6
Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Black Bear (brows/lids)
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in #92 I(crease/under waterline)
Chanel Eyeshadow in Twilight (blended above crease)
Cargo Black Eye Pencil (waterline)
MAC Extreme Black False Lashes Mascara
Shiseido Shimmer Rouge Lipstick in Iron Maiden

FOTD: Extreme Highlight

I think I’m wearing about 15 pounds of makeup in this FOTD… I was trying to make a point. You should know that I blended the HECK out of everything… and still in the pictures, you can see parts that look like they need a little more. This was a bit of a lesson for me. Despite the many layers of concealer and highlighter, the makeup still came out looking pretty natural in real life. However, the flash on my camera lit me in most UNNATURAL fashion:

Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (03)
Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Foundation (11)
MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC42 (under eyes)
By Terry Touche Veloute (under eyes/around nose)
Cargo Blush in Laguna
Chanel Blush in Or (highlight)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom/BlackBear (brows)
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre (lashline to brow)
MAC Pigment in Lithe (lashline to brow)
Guerlain Kohl in Black Frida (waterline/tightline)
Smoke & Mirrors Beauty Las Vegas Lashes
MAC Lip Pencil in Mouth Off
Armani Lip Gloss in Brown 200
Now, all of this drama was for my Wedding Anniversary (6 years), so as soon as I got finished playing in makeup… hubby and I hopped over to one of our favorite restaurants: Vibrato Jazz & Grill.
Took us FOREVER to get a freakin’ picture together with at least PART of our faces in it. He finally told me to use this one, even though you can only see a little bit of him.

Our talent for the evening was a lovely lady from Iceland… who had the most amazing voice. I’m always blown away by the ‘control’ needed to really hold a jazz note. Her performance was exquisite. I think the two people sitting there in front were on a first date. Hubby and I did a  bit of ‘people watching’ , and we’re pretty sure it was their first time out together.

Of note: Tom Jones was there to eat and relax. My mother-in-law is going to LOVE that when I tell her. Our songstress tried to get him to come up and sing, but he declined. We applauded him anyway.

All in all, it was a good night, and a great Anniversary. We’ll do it again next year!

FOTD: Oil Slick

I wanted to try a new Cargo shadow that I got… that sort of resembles liquid glitter. I paired it with Chanel cream shadow in Mirifique for a quick look:

Hourglass Foundation Veil (06)
NARS Blush in Luster
Tarte for True Blood Eyeshadow in Werewolf (brows)
Cargo Metallico Wet/Dry Eyeshadow
Chanel Illusion d’ Ombre Cream Shadow in Mirifique
Guerlain Kohl in Black Frida
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
Cargo Metallico Long Wear Lip Gloss