Skin Science: Ellis Faas Blush & Milky Lips

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the philosophy behind Ellis Faas lateley, and one of the things that most fascinates me is the concept of ‘human colors.’ Every color in the brand is a perfect imitation of a color that is produced naturally by the human body.

With this in mind, I went in search of two of the most natural (on my skin tones) colors that the brand produces. I came up with Blush in S303, and Milky Lips in L209.

Blush in S303

Milky Lips in L209
The lip color is strange, but a complete nude shade on me. I find it actually needs a bit of help with dimension… likely in the form of a complimentary lip pencil. The formula for both is light, and the finish is very ‘skin’ like. The lip formula is so light that I actually pressed my lips together a few times to make sure I had it on throughout the day. It’s good stuff.
You can find out more about Ellis Faas HERE

March Favorites

Hey Guys! Here’s what’s making the top of my list in the month of March:

Dr. Perricone Blue Plasma
This stuff is amazing! I’ve been using it religiously as part of my nighttime skin care routine. It’s a non-irritating exfoliating serum… that ONLY targets dead skin cells. That means zero irritation for all you sensitive beauties out there. It works overnight, and plays very well with other skin care products.

Ellis Faas Skin Veil
I’ve been using this every day since I got it from The Makeup Show. It’s like a lighter version of Illamasqua Skin Base (which I love). It adheres to the skin, and imitates the look at feel of skin, so that you don’t look ‘made up.’

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Ginger)
I’ve also been using this every day. One teeny dot under each eye does the trick. It sets beautifully and doesn’t crease or get ‘crepey’ throughout the day.

NARS Light Reflecting Powder
This is the lightest translucent powder I’ve used to date, that doesn’t give me that ‘white’ flashback that is typical of such finely milled white powders. The teeniest bit sets my foundation, and I’m good to go. I’ve found that I prefer the loose powder to the pressed version… there’s no shimmer and the finish is much more natural.

Armani Blushing Fabric
This formula works so well with the Ellis Faas foundation… it seems like they were made in the same place. It merges right in with the formula and imitates a natural ‘flush’ on my skin. I love it. Been using this religiously… I’m having a hard time choosing something else on a daily basis!

Tom Ford Lip Color Shine (Nubile)
This is such an easy color to wear, and the formula is excellent. It holds like a sheer lipstick, but feels like a soothing lip balm. Nubile has taken up permanent residence in my purse these days… I pull it out anytime I need to ‘freshen’ my face… and I don’t even need a mirror to do it. the color is very flattering and works well on my skin tone.

Sisley ‘So Intense’ Mascara
So far, so good with this one. It’s a great performing mascara, with the added benefit of ‘boosting’ lashes over time. I’ve been using it for about a week… but I want to wait a full 30 days before I absolutely swear by it. I love that it leaves my lashes soft (not crunchy) after wearing it all day. They do feel ‘softer’ — but the jury is still out on whether they’ve gotten any fuller.

CK One Nail Color (Romper Room)
I’ve been pressing a lot of palms lately (corporate madness), and I can’t be stressing about chipped nails and dark colors that are all wrong (and a bit off putting) for the average mucky  muck. So this nail polish is also bouncing around in my purse at the moment (just in case I need a touch up). The color is ‘so’ neutral that you  have to really look at my hands to see if I’m wearing any color. They just make my nails look polished and ‘presentable.’ It works.

That’s it! Those are my March Favorites… ciao for now!

FOTD: Elllis Faas & Het Loo

I had just a teeny bit of time today, but I wanted to give the Ellis Faas foundation a run. It performed wonderfully. In case anyone is wondering why I ended up with my color, and a darker one… it’s in preparation for the summer, when I will undoubtedly tan.


Ellis Faas Skin Veil in S106
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger
NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder
LORAC Blush in Ruby Rouge
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (lashline to brow)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Maowi (crease)
Chanel Eye Pencil in Santal (lashline & waterline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara
NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Het Loo

The Makeup Show LA (2013): Swatches!

Here are swatches of my goodies from The Makeup Show:

NARS Multiple in G-Spot:

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Golshan (top) and Het Loo (bottom)

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger:

*remember that I tend to go very light with concealers. I tend to add a lot of light under my eyes and in the center of my face. I would not use this to conceal blemishes… for that I’d use a color corrector. Concealers, for me, are specifically about adding light to contrast contour.*

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in WT-00
The lady at Koh Gen Do uses this to bring ‘up’ any foundation color that’s too dark. It’s a heck of an adjuster. Because it’s technically a foundation, it blends extremely well with other foundations… and can also be used alone as a highlighter.
Ellis Faas Skin Veil in S106:
Ellis Faas Skin Veil in S107

The Makeup Show (2013): The Haul!

I did really good. I got exactly what I wanted, and exactly what I needed. Nothing to take up space in my already overstuffed collection. I was very proud of myself. 🙂

I ended up with goodies from NARS, Ellis Faas, Koh Gen Do, and … of course… Hakuhodo.

The NARS Pro Artist Card. Apparently, those who know have to ask for these lovely things. The fabulous SA at NARS made one for me on the spot. Previously, you just had to mention that you were in the system so they could look you up. But this makes things much easier. Like MAC, the cards can only be used at standalone boutiques (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco) or online.

 Multiple in G Spot
Light Reflecting Loose Powder (backup)
Satin Lip Pencils in Golshan (top) and Het Loo (bottom)
Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger
Alcapulco Candle
Ellis Faas Skin Veil in S106 (left) and S107 (right)
Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in White (00)
Hakuhodo J-Series Brushes…12 (scaled down from 19). These will fill the void left by the Beaute debacle and be cycled into my daily kit. 
The craftsmanship on these brushes is just… beyond.
Hakuhodo Brush Soap (no really, that’s what it’s called). It’s more detergent and less traditional brush cleaner. You have to rinse this stuff out of the brushes. I’ve been advised to make the water hot… and dip one brush at a time. I’ll let you know how it works out.
Swatches to come. Ciao for now!

The Makeup Show LA (2013): Newbies NARS & Ellis Faas

Instead of taking pictures of the usual folks who are there every year, I decided to focus on the newbies. Ellis Faas showed up for the first time… and NARS! OMG NARS was there and the customers went NUTS. They offered a pro/show discount of 30% and it was enough to create a shopping frenzy…

The folks at Ellis Faas were ever so helpful and really cool. I haven’t seen the brand since Space NK pulled it a million years ago. I forgot how much I loved and missed this brand.

I forgot how expensive it was too. LOL $95 foundations are nothing to sneeze at. Although, they did offer a show discount that cut the price nearly in half. And fabulously, they are now offering the foundations in a traditional pump bottle! It was quite enough to get my attention.

The rest of The Makeup Show spectacle is coming in later posts… including the Haul (ya’ll know I don’t play about Hakuhodo).

Ciao for now!

FOTD: Orange & Brown

Now, it’s true that when I’m rushing… I tend to reach for orange. It’s a flattering color on me, really easy to blend into my warmed toned skin, and hard for me to screw up:

Chanel Perfection Lumiere (Beige Ambre 64)
Kevyn Aucoin Diaphonous Radiance Powder
Armani Blushing Fabric in Sienna
Chantecaille Whale Compact (highlight)
Suqqu Eyebrow Pen in Brown
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in 24 (lids/under waterline)
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in 162 (outer corners)
By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in Brown Stellar
Clinique High Impact Mascara
Ellis Faas Milky Lips in L204