FOTD: Diorskin Airflash CC Primer

I used the new Diorskin Airflash CC Primer for this FOTD, to see how it would hold up on my oily skin. It claims to add a ‘radiance’ to your skin while prepping it for foundation application. The color really is universal (it goes on white and blends out sheer), and honestly I initially didn’t see the ‘radiance’ that it was claiming. But apparently, the camera saw it just fine.

I used it ‘all over’ this time. I think in the future, I might just limit the radiance to the center of my face, and go around the edges with a bronzer.

Diorskin Airflash CC Primer
Diorskin Airflash Foundation (#500)
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger
Koh Gen Doh Loose Powder
MAC Blush in Barefaced
MAC Eyeshadow in Brule (browbone)
NARS Single Eyeshadow in Yamal (lids)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (outer corners)
By Terry Opaline Flash (waterline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara
Lipstick Queen Jean Queen
*I found that on my oily skin, the CC Cream encourages oil production… and may eventually break the normal finish of the Airflash Foundation (which I never need to touch up). I blotted heavily once halfway through the day (during 10 hours of wear) and it seemed to hold up after that until I took it off. But that halfway point, when I blotted, I was VERY oily. The oil production didn’t break the foundation, but it made me look REALLY shiny and overdone (like I should have an an evening dress or something). I’m on the fence about using these products together. I feel like they work better when being used with other products. I don’t use a primer with the Airflash Foundation, and it holds beautifully. The addition of a primer (even from the same brand) may be a little too much for my oily skin to handle.*

Giveaway: Summer Basics (CLOSED)

It’s time for a new giveaway! I thought I’d pay forward three of the most basic items in my regular maintenance. Meaning, if I only had 5 minutes to get ready, I’d most likely reach for these things. I’ll always want my brows done properly, I’ll always reach for a highly effective mascara, and I’ll always reach for a lip color that I know I can throw on in a dash… and be confident that it’ll be flattering.

So here’s what I came up with:

ULTA-MATE Brow Kit (Ash Brown) from Anastasia
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
Lipstick Queen Jean Queen
Since this picture looks like it was taken by the worst photographer on earth, here are some professional shots of the products:
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FOTD: Sable Emouvant

I wanted to do something ‘lighter’ with the new Chanel duo for Summer 2012… so for this look I concentrated on the ‘gold’ portion of the duo. The result was sheer and wearable… and appropriate for all of this Summer-like weather we’ve been having.

Senna Barely Base in Medium
YSL Creme Blush in Praline
Chanel Sable Emouvant Duo:
Gold Eyeshadow on lids
Brown Eyeshadow on lashline and under waterline
Chanel Eye Kohl in Brun Intense on waterline
Chanel Intimitable Mascara
Lipstick Queen Jean Queen

LIP SERVICE: Lipstick Queen Jean Queen

This color is EVER sold out, and now that I finally  have one of my very own… I can see why.

Lipstick Queen released the Jean Queen lipstick (and lip gloss) some years ago. But the stores that carry it never seem to have it in stock. In fact, the one that I finally purchased… I had to get online, because when I checked my local Space NK stores, they were sold out (as always).

Instead of the signature red Lipstick Queen tube, this one – appropriately -comes in a ‘denim blue’ tube. It’s hailed as the perfect companion to your jeans (whatever cut, style, or color wash they may be). I can see why. It’s EXTREMELY flattering. Nearly anyone can wear this lipstick because it’s so sheer and highly moisturizing.

This one went right into the portable makeup bag. I’m taking it with me EVERYWHERE. I can’t believe how flattering it is. You can put it on in the dark, and be perfectly fine. Jean Queen retails for $18. You can find out more about the lipstick (and the matching gloss) HERE.