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:

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

EYES
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

LIPS
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:

FACE
Dolce & Gabanna The Foundation (Soft Tan)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphonous Powder
Cargo Blush in Laguna
EYES
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
LIPS
MAC Lip Pencil in Mouth Off
Rock & Republic Lip Gloss in Hot Sauce

FOTD: Cream n’ Shadows

A little cream, a little powder, a LOT of color:

FACE
Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation (Soft Tan)
Dolce & Gabbana Founation Powder (Almond)
Chanel Blush in In Love
EYES
Armani Silk Eye Shadow in #2 (lust red) on lids
Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Sahara Haze:
Darkest Green in crease and under waterline
Gold above crease
Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye Pencil in Forrest
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara
LIPS
NARS Lip Gloss in Metis

Product Review: Dolce & Gabanna (The Foundations)

I recently acquired three products in the Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Collection: The Foundation, The  Foundation Powder, and the new Fusion Lipstick.

The Foundation is good. My color is Soft Tan. It’s honestly the best cream foundation I’ve ever used. As I understand it, there are three different primers in this foundation, which adapt to your skin’s individual needs. For me, that means I need help with oil control. This foundation went on matte and set nearly instantly.. it’s WONDERFUL. And you use such a small amount to get a medium to full coverage…

I’ve used the foundation once, and only used a small amount that was trapped in the top to cover my entire face. This stuff is totally weightless and is REALLY good. I love it. And it’s about on par with my other foundations price wise.. $66.00. I used to use Shu Uemura Cream Foundation, but this one has seriously changed my mind.

The Foundation Powder is not really that. It’s a pressed powder (that goes on very light) when it’s dry, and a foundation powder (with medium coverage) when it’s wet. I was hesitant about it because I don’t like the idea of packing a foundation powder over a foundation… but the guy at Dolce & Gabbana explained that it behaves like a regular pressed powder when you dust it lightly over foundation. He’s right. I used a light touch to set my foundation and it performed beautifully.

The compact splits to reveal a sponge, that I will likely never use…
The lipstick is amazing. It’s a lipstick, with a lipgloss center in a contrasting color. I chose the color ‘Dazzle’ (gold) because, as the Dolce & Gabbana guy told me, the company is known for its Golds…

I’m really happy with all three items. Of them all, The Foundation is the biggest surprise. I really didn’t expect the density and performance of this foundation, especially on my oily skin. I highly recommend it, if you’re in the  market for a luxury cream foundation that actually performs.

My purchase came with the most awesome gift…

An eyelash curler, a Lipgloss Palette, a Lip Pencil (that is mysteriously missing its top… it came that way), and a full sized mascara. I have to say, this is one of the best GWP’s that I’ve ever gotten from a cosmetics company… EVER. You rarely get full sized products and you NEVER get tools! I think I love D&G even more now. They went out of their way to set themselves apart with this gift.

Love!

FOTN: 5 Minutes with Sheer Gold

I might have even done this face faster than 5 minutes… I was FRANTIC to get out the door and to an event on time, but I would have been totally wretched to show up without makeup. I used my new Dolce & Gabbana Foundation, and it performed extremely well under pressure. A full review is coming.

FACE
Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation (Soft Tan)
Dolce & Gabanna Perfect Finish Powder (Almond)
Rock & Republic Blush (Call Me)
EYES
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Tribal (brows)
Guerlain Retractable Eye Pencil in #1 (waterline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
LIPS
Dolce & Gabbana Gloss Fusion Lipstick in Dazzle

FOTD: Gold n’ Neutral

I broke out my Chanel Topkapi eyeshadow palette again… goodness I LOVE this thing. The pigmentation and the texture of these colors is simply amazing.

FACE
Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation (Beige 06)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphonous Powder
Armani Blushing Fabric in Sienna
EYES
Sleek Storm Palette (brown) on brows
Chanel Topkapi Quad:
Gold on the lids
Meduim brown in the crease
Dark brown on outer crease, on lashline and under waterline
By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in Brown Stellar
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
LIPS
Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick in Gold

D&G Says: Shine On!

I have one wish for the Dolce & Gabanna makeup branch: that it expand distribution to other (read: more accessible) places for people to purchase it! I feel like, between the real lack of advertising (the occasional picture of Scarlett Johannsen doesn’t really count) and the lack of distribution… this branch of the D&G enterprise is being done a gross disservice.

Every now and then, I remember that I kind of like the line, and make a purchase.

One of my favorites among the lipsticks, is the Shine lippie:

I have no idea why they gave this lipstick a name like ‘Shine.’ You’d think that it would be sheer, right? NOT.

Look at the pigment in this freakin’ color! Sheesh. And that’s AFTER I blotted it down. Like most Dolce & Gabanna lippies, this one has fantastic coverage, is moisturizing, and wears all day.
I just wish they’d given this lipstick a more appropriate name, like “Traffic Stopping Orange”… I’m just saying.