FOTD: Bright Shimmer

This was a rush job… it was important that I do SOMETHING to my face (I had a makeup meeting) but I had just ‘minutes’ to toss this together:

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar (as blush)
MAC Eyeshadow in Cranberry (under waterline)
Pop Beauty Gel Eyeliner (lashline)
L’Oreal HIP Kohl in Burgundy (waterline)
MAC False Lashes Mascara
Chanel Glossimer in Calypso
Chanel Glossimer in Gold Light

FOTD: Lagons

I have to take back what I said about Chanel Vanities being the most wearable of the two quads. Chanel Lagons is VERY wearable as well. I was impressed by the silkiness of the shadows and how effortlessly they blended together.

Sisley Phyto Teint Eclat (Honey)
Armani Loose Powder (Translucent)
Chanel Blush in Rose Ecrin
Chanel Lagons Eyeshadow Palette:
Darkest Blue on lids/underwaterline
Medium Blue blended through crease
Lightest Blue on inner corner
L’Oreal HIP Kohl in Navy on waterline
MAC False Lashes Mascara
Kate Spade Supercalifragilipstick in Bashful Blush

FOTN: Matte Pink

No rain tonight (yayy!!!), so I braved the elements with a matte face:

Chanel Mat Lumiere (Cedar)
Shu Uemura Translucent Powder
Illamasqua Blush in Nymph
MAC Paint Pot in Underground
Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow in Blush
L’Oreal Hip Kohl in Brown
YSL Faux Cils Mascara in Radical Blaack
NARS Lip Pencil in Rosebud
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Tonkin
*That Illamasqua Blush is typically ‘pinker’ on me. The fact that it’s so light (and damn near ashy) tells me one thing: I’ve gotten a tan. lol Gotta love that California Sun!*

FOTD: Neutral Green

Quick face today with a series of greenish colors and neutrals. I did most of it by hand.. no real time for anything else:
Estee Lauder Doublewear Light (5.0)
By Terry Rose De Rose (Coral Rose)
Buxom Cream Shadow in Shih Tzu
L’Oreal Hip Kohl in Teal
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara
Chanel Lipstick in Patchouli

(FOTN) Gold Standard: Black Gold

This look was rather extreme… though I must confess I actually went out after doing it. Anyway… here goes:

Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation (06)
MAC Mineralize Blush in Light Over Dark
Armani Gold Rush Powder
Belmacz Blitz (browbone)
MUFE Eyeshadow in 04 (lid)
L’Oreal Hip Powder Kohl in Gold (inner eye)
Guerlain Kohl in Black Fakhir (waterline)
Naimies False Lashes
Belmacz Blitz
MAC LipGelee in Goldensoft

(FOTD) Gold Standard: White Gold

In keeping with the ‘gold’ tradition of this Holiday Season… I decided to play with a series of  white-based golds (and a few yellow-based) and see what happened:

Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation (06)
Armani Gold Rush Powder
Illamasqua Blush in Expose
NARS Eyeshadow in Etrusque (browbone)
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in White Heat (lid)
L’Oreal Hip Powder Kohl in Gold
Ardell Half Lashes
Buxom Mascara
Make Up For Ever Lip Pencil in 1C
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipgloss in Insouciance

Covet Worthy: L’Oreal Hip Powder Kohl

I’m admittedly a bit of a makeup snob. So I’m always surprised when I come across something that really works for a fraction of the price of luxury brands. I can’t take credit for this latest discovery; it comes courtesy of another makeup maven… who informed me that they were being discontinued.

So I bought just one, because I’m a skeptic. And I tried it… and WOW. I instantly went back and bought the rest of the colors available at that particular store. Many were sold out. That’s likely because they’ve been discounted as much as 75% OFF. You heard me right. I didn’t pay full price for any of them. I had to drive around a bit to get them all… but get them all I did (I think. There might be a metallic grey floating out there that I don’t have).

So RUN — don’t walk — to get your hands on these things. They actually have a better applicator than the Guerlain version (although Guerlain’s packaging is much nicer). They’re not as finely milled, but the color payoff is noteworthy.

And not to worry… if you can’t get any, I’m giving away three of them for the holidays. With any luck, you’ll be selected as the winner!

FOTD: Bad Girl

You KNOW I had to dive right in and try this new palette. It’s so good… really pigmented and everything blends out beautifully. It’s exactly what I expect from a luxury brand… except this level of quality comes with a fabulously low sticker price.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (9.5)
MAC Prep & Prime Powder
Illamasqua Blush in Nymph
Sleek Bad Girl Palette
Medium Iridescent Grey (inner corner)
Matte Purple (center of the lid)
Darkest Grey (outer corner and under lashline
Iridescent Champagne (browbone)
L’Oreal Hip Powder Kohl in Burgundy (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
Make Up For Ever Lip Pencil in 1C
Shiseido Lipstick in BE333