This was a quick look with blusher doing double duty as eyeshadow to help things along…
Okay, this is a long one… so strap in!
Instead of breaking this up into two different posts, I decided to combine them. These are my new two favorite lippies. I love them for unique presentation, ease of use, and … for the moment … lack of competition.
I’ll start with Ardency Inn.
The ‘punk’ inspired makeup line features the classic items needed for the perfect punk look: smoked out eyes and natural lips. Ardency Inn features a cozy range of lip pencils, for the perfect nude for any skin tone. My color is Essex… which is a bit of a rusty brown color:
It looks more warm than ‘nude’ on me, but I found that it perfectly compliments my skin tone. The color above (Houston) is a bit too light, and tends to go a little ashy on me.
Essex is a perfect match for my skin tone. It is so moisturizing. You can apply it directly on dry lips, and it moisturizes them beautifully. The color is so flattering that you don’t need a mirror or perfect lighting to put it on. I do believe that’s the point… as most ‘rocker’ looks tend to be on the effortless side. I absolutely love how easy it is to use this pencil. And there’s no sharpening required; simply twist the bottom of the pencil to roll up more product. Easy… effortless… love.
Laura Mercier came out with a ‘weightless’ lip color that actually works. Most weightless colors tend to leave my lips on the dry side… and when I found out that these formulas were ‘wax free’ — I was even more concerned. Pure pigments that don’t leave your lips feeling like you’ve been rubbing sand on them… I had to find out more.
What really made me fall in love was the ‘sheer’ nature of some of the lip colors, despite their rather daunting bullet colors. I just HAD to have the color in ‘Sin’ — which looks black-based purple… but swatches closer to berry.
I was so surprised by this lip color. I love it. It’s very sheer, so it wears more like a lip gloss, and it is indeed truly weightless. You can’t exactly put this one on in the dark, but you don’t have to really pay attention to application to get it perfect. Like Ardency Inn, this lip color leans toward an overall effortless looks and feel.
Both of them are getting lots of love these days. You can find both lovely lippies at Sephora.
Even if you think you don’t need another highlighter (I certainly don’t need one)… the Laura Mercier SpellBound Face Illuminator is worth a swatch. Designed with a ‘warmer’ palette in mind… the shimmery highlighter is mostly golden, with just a hint of rose tossed in for good measure. I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. The visual texture in the pan is like scrunched satin… with all of the light-catching nuances that such a thing would bring.
You can find out more about Laura Mercier SpellBound Face Illuminator HERE.
I had just a few minutes to get ‘glammed up’ for a mixer… so I decided to just focus on the eyes and keep things simple.
The first PHAME (Professional Hair and Makeup Expo) got underway today. Now that IMATS has morphed into… well… something else, this pro-invite event lured several hundred makeup adventure seekers to Pasadena to see what’s what.
Now, it’s 100+ degrees these days (no… really), so I was not interested in wearing anything that would crease, run or otherwise make me look like a melted ice cream cone. So I kept it clean:
Here are the things making my list for the month of June.
Kusmi makes some of the best tea I’ve ever tasted. BB Detox is supposed to help your skin glow with a shot of grapefruit. I don’t know about all of that (I’ve been drinking it for months with no noticeable change to my skin due to the tea), but it is so good! It’s refreshing and perfect either hot or cold. I have a cup a day. Love it.
When I started doing peels for The Skin Regime, I realized how ‘thin’ my skin could get. During a mishap that we shall not talk about (the burn man… the BURN), I did some damage to one side of my face. One of my friends gifted me with this expensive little miracle, and it made SUCH a difference. I was able to repair the damaged portion of my face within 3-5 days, with no residual scarring. Barring any tragedy, I may never have to use it again (I’m much more careful now). Here’s hoping.
This stuff is a lifesaver! Since starting The Skin Regime, I’ve learned a lot about why you should NOT pick (especially with those peels). I’ve had much fewer breakouts (like one pimple… maybe two a month), and I’ve been using this stuff to take care of them. I scar with benzoyl peroxide, and this has tea tree oil in it (which I use anyway), and yarrow oil to deal with discolorations. Plus, I can dab a little on, let it dry, and put foundation over it, and you’d never know it was there. It creates a barrier between the offending pimple and makeup, and works all day without me looking like a dork wearing zit cream.
Whew… THIS STUFF IS AMAZING. If you’re looking for full coverage that does not move, this foundation has me sold six ways from Sunday. It’s insanely effective. When I did Alakazia’s show, I wore this with the Hourglass Primer, and sported a perfectly flawless foundation for 9-12 hours. No joke. I can’t say enough about this foundation. And even with the full coverage and amazing setting power, you don’t look like a flat canvas. The finish of this foundation is ‘radiant’ — even for us oily girls. And if a little oil manages to seep through… no worries. It just adds to the overall glow on your face. I can see this being a problem for drier skins, so a healthy dose of moisturizer is recommended for you beauties. But oily girls will love this. It’s freakin’ amazing.
Chanel Blush in In Love is not new… but it remains one of my favorite peachy blushes of all time. I’ve been using it so much lately, that I wonder what caused me to set it aside in the first place. It’s a perfect compliment to a ‘fresh’ makeup… it livens up any look without making me look too ‘done.’ I’m so glad this wasn’t a limited edition color. I feel like this is one of the best blush colors that Chanel makes, to suit a wide range of skin tones.
Keeping with Chanel… I feel like they have finally mastered mascara. Volume de Chanel is the best mascara they’ve ever made. Period. It’s amazing. I’m on my second tube (and I rarely repeat buy mascara) and I’m more in love with it than ever. I hope they keep this around forever (and maybe even do away with some of their earlier attempts). It’s that good.
This has easily become my favorite Burberry lipstick of late. Golden Peach is so flattering… I can put it on without a mirror and go on about my life. It’s completely effortless. It’s been getting tons of play lately, especially since my schedule has picked up and I can no longer dedicate a significant amount of time to doing my face on a regular basis. I can put this on as a final touch, and run out the door looking like I spent more time than a little bit getting it right.
That’s it! Those are my favorites for June. Ciao for now!
This practical offering from Laura Mercier will make consumers and pros alike swoon. The new Custom Artist Portfolio is worth the hype. I took a closer look at it recently, and it is a beauty/makeup multi-tasker’s dream.
|Small Portfolio: $68|
|Large Portfolio: $98|
Quick look today. I had to get out the door quickly and just wanted to look ‘fresh’…
I thought I’d start a ‘favorites’ series for 2013… and highlight one item from each category of any given beauty routine.
So here are my January Favorites:
Skin: Koh Gen D Oriental Plants Balm
This stuff is so good. I use it for just about everything now, from emergency eye cream and lip balm, to a little TLC for clients with really dry skin. It’s amazing. It’s light and versatile and has become an absolute keeper for me.
Foundation: Dior Skin NUDE
My skin has been up, down, and all around the briar patch… and it’s just not behaving right now. Dior Skin NUDE foundation keeps it looking hydrated and smooth. And because I’ve been dry lately (instead of my normal oily self), it stays put with no problem.
Powder: Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
I’ve made no secret of my absolute love for this product. A little bit goes such a long way. It sets my foundation without ‘adding’ to anything on my face. Definite keeper.
Mascara: Chanel Volume de Chanel Mascara
This stuff is amazing. I seriously can’t believe how awesome this mascara is. Chanel really hit this one out of the park. They need to just discontinue all those other formulas and just keep this one. It’s absolutely fabulous.
Lip Gloss: Haughty Cosmetics Polish It Off
I’ve been using this stuff nearly every day, like it is just going out of style. Polish it off is the most perfect nude… ever. Although it’s a gloss, the formula is totally opaque so my lips don’t shine through. And it’s completely weightless. I love this lip gloss. At the rate I’m going, I’ll need to get another tube soon. Just this gloss and a little mascara… and I’m good to go.
Those are my January Favorites! Ciao for now!
I’m a firm believer in a flawless base. I feel like no matter how skilled you are with apply eye colors, blending and drawing the most fabulous lip line on Earth… if I can ‘see’ discrepancies in your base application… the entire effect is lost.
I spend a lot of time (and money) researching the perfect bases that do more than just cover your skin. I’m particularly fond of formulas that work ‘with’ your individual skin type, draw the eye away from imperfections, and look more like ‘skin’ and less like foundation.