January Favorites

I thought I’d start a ‘favorites’ series for 2013… and highlight one item from each category of any given beauty routine.

So here are my January Favorites:

Skin: Koh Gen D Oriental Plants Balm


This stuff is so good. I use it for just about everything now, from emergency eye cream and lip balm, to a little TLC for clients with really dry skin. It’s amazing. It’s light and versatile and has become an absolute keeper for me.

Foundation: Dior Skin NUDE


 My skin has been up, down, and all around the briar patch… and it’s just not behaving right now. Dior Skin NUDE foundation keeps it looking hydrated and smooth. And because I’ve been dry lately (instead of my normal oily self), it stays put with no problem.

Powder: Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder


I’ve made no secret of my absolute love for this product. A little bit goes such a long way. It sets my foundation without ‘adding’ to anything on my face. Definite keeper.

Mascara: Chanel Volume de Chanel Mascara

This stuff is amazing. I seriously can’t believe how awesome this mascara is. Chanel really hit this one out of the park. They need to just discontinue all those other formulas and just keep this one. It’s absolutely fabulous.

Lip Gloss: Haughty Cosmetics Polish It Off

I’ve been using this stuff nearly every day, like it is just going out of style. Polish it off is the most perfect nude… ever. Although it’s a gloss, the formula is totally opaque so my lips don’t shine through. And it’s completely weightless. I love this lip gloss. At the rate I’m going, I’ll need to get another tube soon. Just this gloss and a little mascara… and I’m good to go.

Those are my January Favorites! Ciao for now!

FOTD: Strange Blend

What happens when you marry Terracotta and Burgundy?

DiorSkin NUDE Foundation (051)
Shiseido Translucent Powder
Chanel Blush in Espleige
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (browbone)
NARS Cream Shadow in Ponderosa (lids/under waterline)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Sislet (lids)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Lucky (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch mascara
Chanel Lip Pencil in Nude
Tom Ford Lipstick in Black Orchid

FOTD: Extreme Blue & Purple

I put the NARS Arabian Nights Palette to the test. But instead of a purple paint pot, I used blue (MAC Imaginary) to bring out the middle shadow in the trio:

Dior Skin Nude Foundation (051)
Korres Concealer in Tan
Rock & Republic Blush in Tease
MAC Paint Pot in Imaginary (lid/under waterline)
NARS Arabian Nights Trio: Middle Color (lids/under waterline)
Chanel Les Perles de Ombre: Burgundy Pearl (crease)
Tarte Eyeshadow in Werewolf (brows)
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
Gloss d’Armani in Pink 507

FOTD: Blue-Grey Skies

I dug out my Dior Gris-Gris palette… and wondered why I’ve waited so long to use it again! I love this palette. It’s so versatile, and really easy to use.

Diorskin NUDE Foundation in 051
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphonous Powder
Illamasqua Blush in Nymph
Lumiére Sculptée de Chanel Highlighting Powder
Suqqu Eyebrow Pen in Brown
Dior Gris-Gris Qunt:
Medium Grey on lids
Dark Grey under waterline
Shimmer black on outer corners
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Sea Black on Lashline
By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in Blue Vision on waterline
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara

Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Pencil in Paranoid
Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Empire

FOTD: Teal Stuff

Hey guys,

I was inspired by Tamara (www.beautythesis.com) to do something with teal. Although I missed the day to properly show my support for the cause, I still wanted to do a little something.

Rock & Republic Tinted Illuminizer in Roxanne
DiorSkin NUDE Foundation (5.1)
Chanel Blush in Rose Ecrin
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (lashline to brow)
MAC Eyeshadow in Brule (lashline to brow)
MAC Eyeshadow in Soft Brown (crease)
Kat Von D Eyeliner in Trooper (lashline)
Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in #5 (Diamond Turquoise Blue) (lashline)
NARS Eye Pencil in Rue Bonaparte
Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara
By Terry Rouge Terrybly in Bimbo Brown

FOTD: Black & White and Afghan Red

Eh, I don’t know about this look. I wanted to use some white and some black and my new NARS lippie… but I’m not sure that it popped as much as I would have liked it to:
Diorskin Nude Foundation in 5.1
Rock & Republic Tinted Illuminizer
NARS Orgasm Blush
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Tribal (brows)
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (lashline to browbone)
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Mirifique (lid/waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #7 (inner corner)
Make Up For Ever Smoky Black Lash Mascara
NARS Lipstick in Afghan Red

FOTD: Kjaer Weis

I used all of my Kjaer Weis goodies for today’s FOTD. It came out soft and wearable. I really like this brand… it’s very user friendly. It’s likely geared more toward the consumer than the average professional (what with packaging and what not), but it’s still really lovely.

Kjaer Weis eyeshadow in Cloud Nine (browbone)
Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow in Wisdom (lid)
Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow in Onyx (crease/under waterline)
YSL Waterproof Eye Pencil
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara
DiorSkin Nude Foundation (051)
Guerlain Giant Mosaic Bronzer
Armani Sheer Bronzer in #2 (blush)
Kjaer Weis Lip Tint in Sensuous Plum

FOTD: Group Shoot

I couldn’t show up to the shoot looking a mess… so I took the time to put on a little makeup this morning before heading out. The new Pure Chromatics Eyeshadow from YSL seemed like a good idea:

Diorskin Nude Foundation (051) around edges of face
Dior Forever Foundation (040) in center of the face
NARS Orgasm Blush
YSL Pure Chromatics Eyeshadow Pallete in #3
Denim Blue on lids
Light Blue on inner corners of eyes
Dark Brown in crease
Golden Shimmer on browbone
YSL waterproof pencil in black on waterline
Clinique High Impact Mascara
MAC Plushglass in Bubble Tea

FOTD: Pastel Shine

There’s a whole bunch of stuff going on today with this look. I couldn’t decide what to use, so I just used everything:

Diorskin NUDE Foundation (051)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
By Terry Touche Veloutee (Cream)
By Terry Rose de Rose (Amber Rose)
Make Up For Ever Uplight in #31 (as a base)
Dior Gris Gris Quint (medium grey) on lids
Chanel Enigma Quad (purple) on outer crease and under waterline
Chanel Eye Pencil in Casis (waterline)
Dior Lash Maximixer
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy

FOTD: Light Over Dark

You guys know that the Diorskin Nude foundation is a little dark for me… Well, the Diorskin Forever foundation that I have (040) is a little light for me. So today I used both: The NUDE around the edges and FOREVER in the middle of my face:

Diorskin Nude (around the edge of the face)
Diorskin Forever (in the middle of the face)
By Terry Touche Veloutee
Illamasqua Blush in Expose and Nymph (double blush)
Chanel Loose Powder in Dore
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (lashline to brow)
Chanel Eyeshadow in Taupe Gris (crease)
Clinique Gel Liner
MAC Eye Pencil in Smolder
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
NARS Lipstick Tzigane