FOTD: Memorial Day

*rubbing eyes*

I’m up.

Holidays mean nothing to the small business owner; What needs to be done needs to be fotd memorial daydone. So emails, promotions, sorting, order details and caffeine boost oversight is the order of the day. Oooh to the caffeine boost. I’m so excited y’all, and I might have to take down that disclaimer about using it at night because I used it Friday night and went RIGHT TO SLEEP like normal. Then again, caffeine really doesn’t have that jolting effect on me like it does other people so there’s that. Maybe I’m a mutant. 😉

I took a minute for makeup ’cause I promised a dawn coffee meet and I wanna look like I tried a little bit. I kept the skin simple with MAC Face & Body (I’ll spare you the spiel today) and Charlotte Tilbury Pressed Powder in Medium. Jury is still out on that powder. I love the finish but I’m not sure if it’s too much for my oily skin. I still prefer Innisfree, but I’m trying to be open. Highlight is Becca Pearl (all that shine is completely manufactured for a change) and mascara is Armani Black Ecstasy. Lips are a combo of Lipstick Queen’s Seven Deadly Sins in Lust and Envy. I set the whole thing with Farmacy Skin Dew because… dewy!

Yes, the brows look a bit crazed on purpose. Or maybe not on purpose. It’s one of those things that got outta control with too much ‘definition’ and I was dangerously close to looking like an Instagram Lemming. So I brushed brushed brushed all the product out and decided that it was just gonna be what it’s gonna be. So there it is.

Let me get back to work. Love, Light, and Laughter… Always.

GAIA Feedback Request


Has everyone received their GAIA? If so, I’d like to start with the feedback process. Typically if anyone buys from the website, after about a week or two an automated email goes out asking for feedback. Consider this sort of the same. I’d also like permission to use some of the comments in previous threads as part of the review process.

Meanwhile, can I say just how much I love Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins glosses? My GOODNESS they are pigmented. I recently wore Vanity. It is EVERYTHING.


I’m gonna mess around and retire my lipsticks for the Summer. Between this and the new Armani glosses, there is just no need for any kind of extra on my lips. Love it.

The rest of the face is Guerlain Lingerie de Peau in Dore 23, Tom Ford Gold Dust Bronzer (as powder) around the edges, Aurora Liner on the lashes and Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Mascara.

Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins

There’s a reason that Poppy King calls her brand Lipstick Queen. It’s a rare day when she releases a lip product that doesn’t go above and beyond the basic requirements. The Seven Deadly Sins Collection is no exception.

These seven lip glosses are easy to wear, opaque, not sticky and you can layer them! I love that you can layer them. Never done that with a lip gloss before. They each have their own personalities. In the order swatched (left to right):

Indolence: Nude-Pink

Avarice: Nude-Peach

Lust: Deep Red

Decadence: Fucshia

Anger: Red-Coral

Vanity: Wine

Envy: Purple

For this look, I layered Anger on the edges, and Avarice in the center. They are so gorgeous and easy to wear. I’m so burned by the NARS Lip Cover that this was such a refreshing discovery.

The rest of the face is Koh Gen Doh Aqua Foundation in #143 (blended from the center out), Tom Ford Bronze Age around the edges and Gold Dust in the center. The new Guerlain Bronzer (the coral center) is on the cheeks as blush. Still dealing with the overspray (which I refuse to pull off prematurely) so it’s more golden than coral. Groomed brows and the Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara, and that’s it!

Flawless Finish: Les Beiges de Chanel

I think that Chanel may have finally gotten me past my distaste for powder  bases. An oily-skinned girl like me… of a certain age… is simply not interested in that ‘powdery’ look that some bases can give you, not to mention the inevitable settling of that powder into lines and wrinkles. By the end of the day, it’s just not cute. So I was very skeptical when I saw the new Chanel Les Beiges Bronzing Powders.

Foundation Type: Powder
Skin Type: All
Coverage: Sheer 
Finish: Luminous

The ‘Healthy Glow’ powders come in 7 shades… to accomodate a wide range of skin tones. Now, what I found is that these shades run on the darker side. Because they’re meant to be a bit of a glowing bronzing powder, there just aren’t skin to skin matches for very fair skinned beauties. But, having said that, the formulation is so forgiving, that I dare say that anyone can wear just about any of these colors… used in the right places the face.  And the powders are so finely milled that it’s quite impossible to overdo it.

I ended up with the powders in #20 and #30. Here’s why: I don’t want a ‘bronzing’ powder. I want a finishing powder, or a foundation powder. I was convinced of this after watching Lisa Eldridge use the powder as a base, for an everyday effortless makeup. She used #20:

I was so impressed with this video that I’ve decided that this is how I’m going to use these powders from now on. They’re rather expensive to be used just as a ‘finishing’ powder, although I understand that they do amazing over just about any foundation as well.

You can see there are very subtle differences between #20 and #30. #20 has a distinct yellow tone, for fair skinned beauties with that particular undertone (#10 has a pink tone). #30 is more of a caramel color, also with a yellow tone (#40 goes a bit more red, and that redness seems to increase as the colors get darker).  Now, before you worry that the powders might go to ‘yellow’ or too ‘red’ on any given skin tone, you should note that these powders are so subtle that you can really mix and match them beautifully. I almost feel like the variations in tone are to just give you a visual idea of what might work best for you, because those tones don’t really show up on the face. They kind of just neutralize you in every way.

This is my first attempt at using the powders. I have #30 on the edges of my face, and #20 just through the center. Following Lisa’s example, I used a kabuki brush (Hakuhodo G527M) to buff the powder in. I did screw up and put a bit of an oily sheen on my powder (which I will now have to scrape off) because  I  used it on freshly moisturized skin. In the future, I’ll blot down the moisturizer so that I don’t seal or ruin the powder.

The coverage is sheer, but it diffuses light so well that unless you have major imperfections, you can really get away with a teeny bit of color corrector or concealer on the hot spots. The powder blends seamlessly and sets beautifully. I am thoroughly impressed.

On the rest of my face:
MAC Blush in Immortal Flower
Chanel Eyeshadow in Gri Gri
Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Pencil in Black
Volume de Chanel Mascara
Lipstick Queen Big Bang Lip Gloss in Time

*A note must be made about the way these powders smell. The smell is DIVINE. OMG. Like roses and heaven or something. It’s light, but so elegant. I love it. It’s amazing.*

You can find out more about the powders on the Chanel website. They will be available in Nordstrom within the next two weeks (that’s what I’ve been told anyway). They are available at select Macy’s right now.

FOTD: Coral Flush

Quick look today. I had to get out the door quickly and just wanted to look ‘fresh’…

Burberry Sheer Foundation in Trench #10
Burberry Concealer in Sand Beige
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Powder (01)
Chanel Blush in Malice
Haughty Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Peace (lids blended up past crease)
Haughty Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Devotion (layered over Peace)
Clinique High Impact Mascara
Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Saint Coral

Lip Service: Lipstick Queen’s ‘Hello Sailor’

Anyone remember ‘mood’ lipsticks? They’d come in these weird shades of green and blue and orange… and they’d all turn this hideous shade of fuchsia on everyone. The idea that they actually adjusted to an individual ‘mood’ was just a sales gimmick. It was the same color… no matter who wore it.

Poppy King of Lipstick Queen has decided to take us back to the ‘mood lipstick’ era, with a new blue lipstick called ‘Hello Sailor.’

This blue lipstick actually does NOT turn the same color on everyone. I’ve seen some pale skinned beauties featuring a distinctly berry colored lip. On me, it’s more of a soft rose. It wears very neutral, and I think it’s safe to give this lipstick ‘apply in the dark’ status, because it’s pretty hard to get it wrong.

As I understand it, Hello Sailor is a Barney’s exclusive. You can find out more about this ‘updated’ version of the quintessential mood lipstick HERE.

*pr sample

FOTD: Brown Pencil Smoke

I wanted to see just how well the new Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow Pencils would perform in a pinch. I tossed together a daytime smoke using just the brown pencil and the peach shimmer one…

Amore Pacific Foundation (206)
Chanel Pressed Powder (Dore)
Chanel Blush in Malice
Bobbi  Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar
MUFE Aqua Shadow Pencil in 2E (lids/waterline)
MUFE Aqua Shadow Pencil in 26E (crease)
Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch Mascara
Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Saint Coral