FOTD: Extreme Blue & Purple

I put the NARS Arabian Nights Palette to the test. But instead of a purple paint pot, I used blue (MAC Imaginary) to bring out the middle shadow in the trio:

Dior Skin Nude Foundation (051)
Korres Concealer in Tan
Rock & Republic Blush in Tease
MAC Paint Pot in Imaginary (lid/under waterline)
NARS Arabian Nights Trio: Middle Color (lids/under waterline)
Chanel Les Perles de Ombre: Burgundy Pearl (crease)
Tarte Eyeshadow in Werewolf (brows)
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
Gloss d’Armani in Pink 507

Korres Wild Rose Foundation…

…on sale at!

This credit goes to Kizzy too. If you guys want to try it, it looks like colors in 7, 8, and 9 are on sale. Paying less than retail is a lovely way to be introduced to a new beauty product!

My shade is #7. For comparison to MAC, I’m NC43. Hopefully that’ll help further describe the colors that are on sale.

Color #7
Color #8
Color #9
The sale ends on Thursday. I think you can sign up for hautelook if you don’t have an account. If you have to be invited… let me know and I’ll invite you.

FOTD: Flower Power

One of the latest additions to our blog family, Kizzy, reminded me that I had the Korres Wild Rose Foundation! I had completely forgotten about it! Omg… so trifling. So I promised to use it today. Then, I decided that I wanted to use all products that had some connection to flora (or something like it):

Korres Wild Rose Foundation
MAC Blush in Fleur Power
MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork
Sleek Primer Cream in Ultra Violet (waterline)
Lancome Hypnose Mascara
Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Lilac

**I’d forgotten how good this foundation is! And it smells wonderful! I did this look with no powder… it set to a soft finish that I really like. I need to use this foundation more often, for sure. Thanks Kizzy for the reminder!**

Road Tested

Here’s a follow up on the Wild Rose Foundation by Korres. After 12 hours of wear, it looks like this:

No, I’m not kidding. I’ve had it on ALL DAY. I put it on at 9:00 in the morning. Those pictures were taken at about 9:15 tonight. I set it with MUFE HD powder. I’m sure that makes a huge difference. But with my oily skin, even setting it with powder doesn’t guarantee long wear. I typically have to blot throughout the day. There is minor creasing in my parentheses (around my mouth) but it’s barely detectable. 
It was 80 degrees today. I spent 6 hours indoors, and the rest traveling (windows down) and running about.
The proof is in the pictures.
If this foundation wears THIS WELL on a regular basis, consider it one of my new favorites. Size and packaging be damned… I will put that stuff in a pump bottle to take to shoots. Hmph! I’m impressed.

My Sustainable Journey: Flawless as a… Wild Rose?

The brand Korres prides itself on harnessing the power of nature to make us look our very best, without the side effects of harsh chemicals and preservatives. What began as a skin care line for the face and body, has since blossomed into a makeup line that promises to be as responsible as it is effective.
I’ve used the eyeshadows before (small, but lovely), but have never really given the foundation much of my time before now:
The Wild Rose foundation promises easy application and a flawless finish with sheer to medium coverage. It also contains an SPF 20, for added protection from the sun. My shade is WRF7. For comparison, I’m NC43 in MAC foundations.

The bottle is not that big… just a little over an ounce. That’s not much product for a $30 price tag. The good news is, you don’t need much of this foundation to cover any given face.

More bad news: this bottle comes with no pump. That means it has the potential to be messy and (for professionals) unsanitary. But this foundation redeems itself in the finish…

This is my very oily skin with just the foundation, applied with my fingers. No setting powder, no color correctors, no concealer. As a base product, it’s impressive. And I’m sure the finish is even better with a brush or sponge. It blended quickly and set softly. 
Another angle:

I’m interested in testing the boundaries of this foundation on a personal and professional level. If it stands up to its luxury counterparts, I can see making it a staple in my foundation rotation. BUT it would be nice to have a more sanitary means of dispensing the product. A bigger bottle wouldn’t hurt either. I’m just saying.