FOTD: Shiseido Winter Smoke n’ Green

I braved the makeup (and the camera) to try one color (okay, two) from the Shiseido Tropicalia Palette:

FACE
Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup
By Terry Hyaluronic Face Powder
Chanel Notorious Contour
Iman Bronzer in Afterglow
EYES
Cargo Eyeshadow in Metallico (lids)
Shiseido Tropicalia Palette
Green Shadow blended into crease
Yellow Shadow blended above crease
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (lashline)
Guerlain Retractable Eye Pencil in Gold (waterline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara (top lashes only)
LIPS
Kevyn Aucoin Liquid Lipstick in Dolline

IMAN Cosmetics: Afterglow

I found this quite  by accident… someone  had hidden one behind the blushes at ULTA. It was so out of place that I dug it out to see what it was, and instantly fell in love. IMAN Cosmetics is such a gem… the quality of many of the products is on par with luxury brands, without the luxury price.

Isn’t that just STUNNING? It’s peach, bronze, and golden plum. The colors are all highly pigmented and work fine separately. They also blend together beautifully for a plummy/bronze glow (as you can see in my latest FOTD).

I swatched this using just my fingers. The colors are SO potent that I recommend a light touch. I put on way too much when I blended the colors to put on my face. This is going to be a summer staple. I’m sure of it. You can check out Afterglow directly HERE.

FOTD: Strange Smoke

I dipped into the Senna Vivid Palette… with no plan. So I ended up with an interesting color mix for a strange little smokey eye…

FACE
Chantecaille Future Skin (Banana)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
IMAN Blush/Bronzer in Afterglow
EYES
Senna Vivid Envelope: 
Ember Eyeshadow (lids/under waterline)
Incense Eyeshadow (inner crease)
Suspense Eyeshadow (outer crease)
Essence Eyeshadow (brow bone)
YSL Shocking Pen Liner (lashline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Lucky (waterline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
LIPS
Dolce & Gabbana Fusion Lipstick in Dazzle

FOTD: Warm Contour

This was mostly an exercise in ‘warm’ shading, with a bit of smoke thrown in for good measure…

FACE
DMK Ebony Series Palette
Sleek Contour Kit (medium)
MAC Mineralize Blush in Fresh Honey
EYES
Anastasia Brow Gel (Espresso)
Laura Mercier Eye Canvas (2)
NARS ‘Galapagos’ Eye Shadow (lids)
Louise Young ‘Blackbear’ Eye Shadow (lashline/outer crease)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
LIPS
MAC Lip Pencil in Hodgepodge
IMAN Brownie Lip Shimmer

FOTD: Shimmer & Matte

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

FACE
Josie Maran Argan Tinted Moisturizer (Desert)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
IMAN Blush in Allure
EYES
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
 LIPS
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…

FACE
Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer (Tan)
Chantecaille Loose Powder (Shadow)
Laura Mercier Blush in Fresh Peach
EYES
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
LIPS
IMAN Lip Gloss in Brownie Shimmer

FOTD: Burnished Color

This FOTD is a little of this… a little of that…

FACE
Chanel Perfection Lumiere (Beige-Ambre 64)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
IMAN Blush in Allure
EYES
Nvey Eco Color Palette in #3:
Khaki Brown/Green on the lids
Warm Brown through the crease and under waterline
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Blackbear (lashline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Lip Pencil in Nude
IMAN Lip Gloss in Shimmering Velvet

ULTA Mini Haul

Nothing like a 20% off coupon to get me into ULTA to see what’s what. I didn’t do much damage. Just a little mini haul…

Butter London Nail Polish in The Old Bill
IMAN Cosmetics Blush in Allure
IMAN Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Shimmering Velvet
I was worried that the nail polish was going to have a ‘flat’ shine… but was happy to find out that it’s actually a 3-dimensional shimmer. Love it… definitely doing the whole hand (well, both hands) this weekend.
I love this blush! Thank GOODNESS for testers because I would have never gotten it without testing it first. It’s like a peachy bronze on me. Gorgeous. Totally works as a ‘warm’ blush that gives my face an overall glow.
I originally got this gloss because I thought it would be a nice companion to the Tom Ford Black Orchid Lipstick. But it’s so opaque, it wears very nicely on its own. It’s a lot darker in person. I feel like the flash ate the color. I thought it would be more of a berry color… but it’s shot through with a LOT of gold and a bit of brown. Lovely.
That’s my little mini  haul! See… not too ridiculous. 25 bucks (cashed in my ULTA points as well)… not too shabby.

FOTD: Earthly Desire

I used my favorite of the two Nvey Eco Color Duo palettes, in Earthly Desire. The colors are warm, and totally flattering for my skin tone:

FACE
Chanel Perfection Lumiere (Beige Ambre 64)
Chantecaille Loose Powder (Shadow)
IMAN Sunlit Copper Blush
EYES
Nvey Eco Color Duo in Earthly Desire:
Copper on Lids
Rose blended through Crease
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Deep Black (lashline)
By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in Brown Stellar (waterline)
Dior Mitzah Mascara
Le Metier de Beaute Color Core Lipstick in Nevis
Chanel Glossimer in Gold Light
I took the pictures with and without flash because I felt like the colors translated so different in natural light. This is about to be my favorite eyeshadow duo. It is SO freakin’ easy to use… I love it.

FOTD: Vintage Coin

I used the other MAC Metal X cream, and this one creased much worse than the first. This time I even used a base. I think I’m going to treat it like the Chanel Creams and put them over powders.

FACE
Tom For Traceless Foundation (Praline)
Armani Loose Powder (#3)
Illamasqua Blush in Expose
EYES
Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer
MAC Metal  Cream Shadow in Vintage Coin (lids)
Chanel Lillium Quad: Taupe color in crease
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Jade Black (lashline)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Pencil in Forest (waterline)
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
LIPS
IMAN Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Brownie Shimmer