FOTD: Summer Smoke

I had to venture out into the sun for a few press events, and I didn’t want to look ‘done’ (it’s really too hot for all of that), but I also didn’t want to go bare faced. So I opted for a sheer smoky eye:

Hourglass Mineral Primer
YSL Teint Touche Eclat Foundation (B70)
MAC Mineralize Blush in Fresh Honey
Dior 3-Coleurs (Khaki):
Dark Khaki on lids
Shimmer Khaki under waterline
Gold through the crease
Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch Mascara
Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Pencil in Heavy
Chanel Glossimer in Gold Light

FOTD: Mellow Yellow

I dug into the new Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #24… it’s AWESOME. Definitely my favorite of the bunch. It is so flattering on my warm skin tone. As much as I love the matte finish, I actually added a little shimmer for dimension, for this look.

By Terry Cover Expert in Warm Copper
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Guerlian Rouge G Blush
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #24 (lids)
MAC Crushed Metallic Pigment in Lantern Light (lids)
MAC Eyeshadow in Handwritten (lashline/outer crease/under waterline)
Guerlain Powder Kohl in Brun Dore (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch Mascara
Chantecaille Hydra Lip Sheer in Mars

In The Bag: Summer Essentials

Hey Guys,

I’ve been testing a bunch of products lately, and I’ve come across some REAL gems! I put together a collection of ‘summer essentials’ that are already getting a lot of use in my house… even though it’s not officially Summer yet:

NIA 24 Mineral Sunscreen. 
Price :$45

LOVE this stuff. I love that it goes on, absorbs quickly and dries matte. One of the perks is that it not only protects your skin from the sun, it also (claims to) repairs past damage. I can moisturize as normal, and pop this on before going out, and it works wonderfully.

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream
Price: $12.50

This is now a Kit essential. I am continually blown away by the ‘instant’ results of this formula. I can use it anywhere, on any dry spot, and it’s GONE. Just like that. Despite the medicine smell (which fades), I’ve stocked up on this cream for my kit. It’s friendly to all skin types (even my oily clients) and it works well under makeup.

Reve de Miel Lip Balm
Price: $20

This is another Kit essential. I love it because it has a MATTE finish. It works very well under lipstick, and it doesn’t scare off my male clients (many of whom HATE shiny lips). I can touch them up as needed, or groom them for headshots without them looking too ‘done.’ It’s on the expensive side, but a little bit goes a very long way. If you’re just looking for a regular lip balm and don’t mind the shine, I don’t recommend this. But if you want a matte finish, I’ve never found a balm better than this one for that purpose.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
Price: $42

This is the best moisturizer on the market right now. Period. The coverage, the finish, and the wearability is unmatched. It works well on a wide range of skin tones, and skin types. It is my ‘go to’ foundation for this summer… I have nearly every color stocked in my kit. It’s that good.

YSL Cream Liner in Deep Black
Price: $25

This is, hands down, the best cream liner I’ve ever used. It goes on creamy, dries neutral (not matte or shiny) and STAYS PUT. You can wear it on your lashline or your waterline. I’ve used it on some of the most sensitive eyes, with no side effects. It stands up under major pressure in photoshoots, and just everyday life. I love this stuff. The performance more than justifies the price. Highly recommend.

Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
Price: $30

This mascara has replaced my former favorite, the original Eyes to Kill. Love it. The formula is on the dry side, so there’s less concern about it making a mess around the eyes, when you use it on shorter lashes. I’ve gone through three tubes of this mascara already, and I show no signs of slowing down. Every time I use a different mascara on any given day, I wonder why I’m not using this one. I even have a ‘travel size’ in my makeup bag (I’ve been known to do an entire makeup look and leave the house without putting on mascara). It’s worth keeping around, wherever I go.

YSL Creme Blush (Praline)
Price: $38

This is my go-to blush this summer. The color is so flattering on a wide range of skin tones. The texture is a ‘dry’ cream, so it blends easily into a wide range of skin types. It can be used sheer, or layered for more color. I find myself reaching for it often. I prefer it in a pinch to powder blushes, because you don’t need the addition of a brush, so it’s a lot more portable in that respect. Definitely worth the purchase, at least for me. I’ve gotten quite a it of use out of it.

Sheer d’ Armani Lipstick (Coral 300)
Price: $30

I can’t believe HOW MUCH I actually use this lipstick. This color is perfect for my warm skin tone, so it’s my favorite of the bunch. But the formula comes in a wide range of other colors as well. The texture is light and seriously moisturizing. I keep one in my makeup bag just in case I have to run out the door and have no time for anything but mascara and a little lip color.

That’s it! That’s what’s in my proverbial ‘Summer Essentials Bag.’ Ciao for now!

FOTD: Shimmer & Matte

I used my new Inglot pigment (#84) for this look:

Josie Maran Argan Tinted Moisturizer (Desert)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
IMAN Blush in Allure
Inglot Pigment in #84 (lids)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (crease)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (browbone)
YSL Shocking Pen Liner (lashline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
Inglot Lip Gloss in 545

FOTD: More Aloha

I really love these Crushed Metallic Pigments in ‘Aloha.’ This time, I used the pigment actually NAMED Aloha…

Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer (Tan)
Chantecaille Loose Powder (Shadow)
Laura Mercier Blush in Fresh Peach
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Emerveille (lashline to brow)
Lousie Young Eyeshadow in Maowi (creaase/under waterline)
MAC Crushed Metallic Pigment in Aloha (lids)
By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in Black Print (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch Mascara
IMAN Lip Gloss in Brownie Shimmer

FOTD: Taupe Shine

Well, there’s more than taupe adding to this shine… but the overall effect was kind of taupe and shiny…

Chanel Perfection Lumiere (Beige Ambre 64)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
IMAN Blush in Copper Shine
Nvey Eco Color Eyeshadow in #173 (lids)
Kevyn Aucoin Essential Eyeshadow in Orange (blended from crease to browbone)
Chanel Eye Pencil in Rose Platine (waterline)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Deep Black (lashline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
Laura Mercier Lip Shine in Tempting Coral

Giveaway: Armani Eyes To Kill (CLOSED)

I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite pieces from the Armani Eyes To Kill Collection. I am absolutely in love with the Eyes To Kill Stretch Mascara… as well as the latest Silk Eyeshadows in #17 (silver), #18 (gold), and #19 (platinum/gold)…

…so I’m paying them forward in a giveaway! They will be packed into this lovely Armani pewter makeup bag.
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