FOTD: Luminous

I’ve been drowning in foundation lately (a favorites post is coming), and recently acquired Guerlain’s Parure de Lumiere. The formula is supposed to be super light (it’s not) with sheer luminous coverage (no). It’s not completely weightless, but you can feel it going on, and adherence is an issue before it sets (about 30 seconds). But the finish is stunning. It’s actually luminous without going shiny or greasy.

I used these three in order: By Terry CC-Lumi in Apricot Glow (primer), Guerlain Parure de Lumiere in Dore 23 (foundation), and By Terry Impearlious Voile de Perle (finishing img_7622powder). I was so worried about looking like a disco ball, but that didn’t happen at all. Instead I ended up with this ‘backlit’ sort of finish, that really worked. The combo is literally made for camera because it really just makes you seem like you’re glowing in all the right places. As long as you use a light touch (thin layers people! thin layers) you can really end up with a fantastic finish.

I used Kiko Soft Touch Blush in 100 just under the apples of my cheeks for a bit of a ‘bronze’ contour. Eyes are Tom Ford Cognac Sable: Gold all over the lids, Medium Brown just across the lashline, and the darkest brown (damp brush) as a diffused winged eyeliner. Brows are Anastasia Brow Definer (dark brown) and mascara is Armani Black Ecstasy. Lips are Marc Jacobs J’adore (STILL my favorite).

So far, so good on this foundation. Not sure it’ll make my top picks for 2016 because I’m hinky on that initial bind. We’ll see how it wears.

Ciao for now!

 

 

Guerlain SS/16: Terracotta Bronze

I’m a little late putting this up… what with Mother’s Day weekend and what not. Guerlain released its latest addtion to the LE Terraccotta Bronzers and this one does not disappoint. It’s darker than it’s predecessors, and leans more toward Terracotta Brunettes. In the past, there’s been a distinct ‘pink’ hue to the bronze portion, but this one is very brown and slightly orange, with a coral highlight and a gold overlay.

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The brush is sold separately and is totally not necessary but c’mon look at it! Sooo pretty. A girl and her makeup…

Anyway.

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The outer color is on the left, and the coral center on the right. Until that gold shimmer fotd guerlain bronze 1comes off (I might just get rid of it completely before using it again), the finish is VERY golden.

It lends a ‘soft focus’ to the face that’s really beautiful. On my warm skin it’s more complementary than contrast. But I recommend getting rid of the golden overlay so that you can harness the full potential of this bronzer. Otherwise you end up with more gold than anything else.

Why are my brows bushy again? I JUST got them done last week. SMH I blame yoga. You know inversions make the blood rush to your hair follicles and hairs just grow all disrespectful and out of control. Damn Downward Facing Dog. Thank goodness I don’t have a beard ’cause I’d be a straight cave woman by now…

FOTD: Wearable Indulgence

I used the two golden hues from my MAC Indulge haul: Gilt Gourmet (fluidline) and Three Ring Yellow (eyeshadow).

FACE
Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation (Cocoa Light)
Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder (Golden Orange)
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer (03)
MAC Blush in Stylish Me
EYES
MAC Fludline in Gilt Gourmet (inner lids)
MAC Eyeshadow in Three Ring Yellow (entire lid)
Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Pencil in Noir (lashline & waterline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Lip Pencil in Nude
Shiseido Lip Lacquer in GD 817

FOTD: Marc Jacobs

Now, before I get on with the business of the FOTD, let me give a closer look at the products I used. I finally got to dig into the Marc Jacobs Foundation and I have to say that so far… I’m a fan. The super thin formula is best applied for me  using fingers. I find that the brush ate a lot of product, and I did a better job of ‘massaging the formula’ (it tends to bond to the skin like MAC Face & Body) into my skin.

My color is Cocoa Light. I strongly suggest you try these foundations in person before committing because the range is … interesting. Beige looks more like ‘grey’ — but then swatches an actual beige in real life. Golden (which you’d think would be my color range) is more like Golden Beige… even the darkest shade (which is confusingly ‘golden medium’ , NOT ‘golden dark’. I tested this theory multiple times and Golden Medium is definitely richer in color and slightly darker than Golden Dark). Cocoa initially looked to me to be a flat ‘brown’ variation, but I found that under stronger lights (camera flash… or outdoors in sunlight) it magically picked out my yellow undertones nicely.

I’ll give the flash on the camera credit for picking up that warmth. In weak light… the color looked very flat and a dullish  brown to me.

As you can see, the formula is very thin. It goes on sheer, but can be built to a medium coverage. This formula is FANTASTIC on my oily skin. I’m not so sure this will work as well on drier skin types. The ‘gel’ formula literally absorbs oil on my face. I was really surprised at this. It reminds me of the Urban Decay Naked Foundation… with more of a ‘skin-like’ finish. UD went matte on me, and really made my skin dry (which is so weird, considering how oily I am). This absorbs oil, but wears weightlessly.
For this FOTD, I also used the concealer pen in 00, and the ‘invisible’ brow tamer.

The pen is ‘click action’ , to dispense as little or as much product as you need. The formula is very dense; I found that ‘half’ a click (without fully depressing the clicker at the bottom) was plenty of product for both eyes.

Number 00 is a perfectly balanced neutral yellow tone. At first I thought it would be too ‘ashy’ — but it warms up if you use the smallest amount of product. A little bit goes a very long way.

 The interesting thing about the brow tamer is the brush. The bristles are dense and clumped together, not separated as you’d find with a typical brow (or mascara) product. This feature dispenses more product in the smallest places, and combs through every single hair. However, I would not recommend this product for people with sparse or thinner shaped brows because I noticed that the density of the brush means there is no ‘illusion’ of building thicker brows with this product. It does not lift and separate the brow hairs as say… the Anastasia version would.
See how dense that brush is?
Now, to the FOTD:
FACE
Marc Jacobs ‘Genius Gel’ Super Charged Foundation (Cocoa Light)
Marc Jacobs ‘Remedy’ Concealer Pen (Stand Corrected)
Marc Jacobs Brow Tamer (Invisible)
Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder (Golden Orange)
MAC Blush (Barefaced)
EYES
Sauce Box ‘Creme de la Creme’ Palette:
Shimmer Taupe on lids
Black on outer lashline and under waterline
Guerlain Kohl Me Kajal on waterline and tightline
Volume de Chanel Mascara
LIPS
Ardency Inn Natural Color Lip Pencil (Essex)
*Marc Jacobs products provided as pr samples

Nailed It: Guerlain Nail Polish (La Petite Robe Noire)

Guerlain released its new line of nail polishes, and I’m happy to report that they do NOT disappoint. They are easy to apply, dry quickly and set beautifully with a clear coat. I was moving fast and had no time to really swatch and compare colors… but I wanted to stay on the ‘neutral’ side for my first choice. So I chose the polish in #463, La Petite Robe Noire.

The wide, flat brush reminds me a lot of the brush in the Dior polishes. There’s a trick to using this brush. Because it’s so wide (and a bit firm), you don’t have to ‘press’ the polish near the cuticles before swiping, as you would a traditional brush.

I absolutely love this color. It makes my nails look ‘polished’ without too much color… but just enough of a ‘flush’ to be noticeable. You can find out more about Guerlain Nail Polishes HERE.

Lip Service: Guerlain Rouge Automatique (Rendezvous)

 This is such a lovely color. Guerlain’s lipstick in Rendezvous is so flattering on such a wide range of skin tones… I absolutely love it.

On me it’s a very cool rose tone. On fairer skin tones, it’s a warmer rose with just the smallest hint of shimmer. It’s really lovely, and definitely going to be in heavy rotation come Summer.

FOTD: The Makeup Show LA

I got up bright and early for The Makeup Show this morning… and wanted to put my best face forward. I wanted to go for an orange ‘glow’ (you know orange is my color) without the shine. I blended a highlighter in my foundation, which caused a bit of flashback in the camera, but it looked natural outside in the sun, and under artificial lights in the show.

FACE
Guerlain Paurue Gold Foundation (Beige 06)
Armani Maestro Fusion Concealer (5)
Make Up For Ever Gold Highlighter (blended)
Chanel Sculpting Veil in Notorious
Chanel Blush in Frivole
Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Radiant Light 
(forehead/cheekbones/center of nose/chin)
EYES
MAC Marches Aux Puces (orange/gold) on lids
Louise Young Maowi in crease
Louise Young Sislet above crease
Lise Watier Feline Eye Liner on lashline
Guerlain Retractable pencil in Gold #1 on waterline
Volume de Chanel Mascara
 LIPS
Chanel Lip Pencil in Copper Brown
NARS Lipstick in Autumn Leaves
Shu Uemura Lip Gloss in Shimmer Orange