Prep for PHAME and Thoughts on IMATS

Where did the time go? I swear it was January 10 minutes ago. I actually had to check the calendar for PHAME because I just KNEW I had another week. No such luck. Ah well. The good news is, the passes are confirmed, my yoga classes are subbed out and I think I’ve got a workable plan to get around the floor, gather as much info as I can and get out relatively unscathed.

I was digging around Youtube this week and happened upon some mess that apparently happened in 2015, that would have totally changed my stance on IMATS in 2016. I know I’m late to the party, but since I don’t keep up with vloggers and the like, I’m excused. I guess some folks got kicked out of IMATS for holding meet-and-greets there. Forgive me if I nod in approval. I stopped going to IMATS several years ago because the blogger/vlogger meet up thing had gotten so out of control that it became impossible for the rest of us to actually do our jobs.

Besides the insane overcrowding that easily translated into a fire hazard, the event had become more commercial than professional and a lot of pros (who get the same discounts off season) decided that standing in line for 2 hours (a real thing  y’all) for a damn lipgloss was not gonna fly. IMATS had turned into the Six Flags of Makeup Shows, and it was really fotd mediveal 1a bit much. Vendors (who pay insane amounts of money for booth space) started complaining that the meet and greets were pulling focus from their business… and it was particularly heinous because the focus of those meet and greets hadn’t paid much more than the price of admission (if that). Plus, there were bloggers/vloggers who expected free swag from vendors simply because of their blog or YouTube channel. Man, listen.

The last time I went to IMATS I was in the middle of a conversation with the folks at OCC about their latest launch (I’m there in journalistic capacity), when a rather messy now-defunct vlogger (there is balance in the universe after all) pushed past me screaming and jumping all over the reps in familiarity. My conversation was immediately derailed and as a result that company got no coverage because I wasn’t condoning that bullshit. I decided then and there that I would not be back unless things changed. First, clearly this person was raised in a barn and had no home training. Second, WTF? So yeah. Nope.

Leaving IMATS wasn’t a strain because there’s so much brand crossover at The Makeup Show and PHAME. Plus PHAME was started by a former IMATS founder (which is why IMATS suddenly got pushed to January some years back) and is specifically geared to pros, so I didn’t feel any loss. I guess IMATS figured out real quick (like Los Angeles did about charging asinine production fees and forcing studios to shoot out of state/country) that being greedy short term would end up tanking the whole thing. So they’ve pulled back. As they should.

I believe that there is space for everyone. But when that space starts getting high-jacked to the detriment of the collective, it’s time to regulate.

Fall.Back.

*Makeup is By Terry CC Cream in Tan, NARS Orgasm, Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Mascara, and Lipstick Queen Medieval*

 

Lip Service: NARS Mysterious Red

NARS-Fall-2013-Collection

Can you really have too many lipsticks?

I debate this question every time a ‘new and improved’ red lip color crosses my eyeline. Sometimes I resist the urge to adopt one… sometimes I don’t. In the case of NARS Mysterious Red (Autumn 2013), I lost the argument.

Like other Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, this one is incredibly easy to use, and can double as a lipliner (with careful application) and a lipstick.

Some people might find this formula a bit drying. If you’re not a fan of the ‘feeling’ of matte lipsticks, I suggest a light balm under this one, as it has the tendency to ‘pull’ a bit once its set. It goes on almost silicone smooth, but can feel a little dry as time wears on. Too much balm will change the ‘finish’ of this lip color though, from matte to satin. So use the least amount of balm possible to get the job done.

with flash

without flash

You can find out more about NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red HERE.

FOTD: NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

I did a ‘sheer’ application with the NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation. That’s one layer, applied with fingers and massaged into the skin like a cream. Here’s what happened:

FACE
NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation (Tahoe)
NARS Radiant Concealer in Ginger
Koh Gen Do Premium Pressed Powder
Laura Mercier Blush in Soft Clove
EYES
NARS Single Eyeshadow in Yamal (lid to crease)
Laura Mercier Eyeshadow in Espresso (lids)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (browbone)
Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Pencil in Black (waterline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara
LIPS
Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Stoked

Flawless Finish: Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

Foundation Type: Cream
Skin Type: Normal/Combination
Coverage: Sheer to Medium
Finish: Skin-like NARS released a ‘cream compact’ foundation that initially had me looking at them like… no. What for? My oily skin has never met a cream foundation that it loved. Typically, I’ve found that they work on drier skin types. But I decided to take a closer look at them anyway.

One of the things that immediately made me happy was the color range. With the exception of maybe one (two?) colors, the range mimics that of the Sheer Glow Foundation range. There literally is a color for just about every skin tone, and undertone. Like Sheer Glow, I’m the color Tahoe.
The compact foundation comes separate from the holder (which you have to purchase for an additional $10). The idea is that you can change the foundation compacts out at your leisure. So technically, you’ll only pay for the holder once and just buy your replacement compacts as you need them.
The replacement compacts come with a sponge… which I will likely never use.
Now, it turns out this is a helluva formula. Oily skin is no challenge for this foundation, which goes on smooth, like a cream. It sets in about 15 seconds. It really holds up. Oily skin, humidity, sweat… this stuff holds up to all of it. I was really surprised. It’s such a ‘light’ formula… not like typical cream formulas at all. It’s weightless. This is a sheer to medium coverage. I found that one layer is pretty sheer… but you can build it to medium.
Really awesome foundation. Color me impressed. I didn’t expect to love this foundation, but I do. It’s simple to use (I prefer fingers, even to a foundation brush), sets beautifully, and wears weightlessly. I find the finish of this foundation very ‘natural.’ Even with medium coverage (it has to be layered to get that level of coverage), the finish looks like ‘skin’ — not overly  made up.It is imperative that you match your undertones with this foundation (if you’re familiar with NARS Sheer Glow, use that as a guide), to get the absolutely perfect finish. I was so impressed that Tahoe literally matches my skin, and gives me the ‘radiance’ of freshly cleaned and moisturized skin. It looks gorgeous on.

I just wish they’d done away with that horrid sponge. Just a petri dish of grossness waiting to happen. Never using that thing.

You can find out more about NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation HERE.

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.

FACE
Diorskin Airflash CC Primer
Diorskin Airflash Foundation (#500)
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger
Koh Gen Doh Loose Powder
MAC Blush in Barefaced
EYES
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
LIPS
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.*

Quick little FOTD

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.

FACE
Gleam Bronze Gold Gel (as foundation)
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger (under eyes and under browbone)
EYES
By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Gold (lids)
MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder (waterline/lashline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara
LIPS
Laura Mercier Lipstick in Belize
Lip Fusion Lipgloss in Goddess

FOTD: PHAME Expo 2013

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:

FACE
EYES
Elizabeth Arden Smoky Powder Pencil in Black (waterline/lashline)
LIPS

Giveaway: Full Sized Rodial/Radical Skincare/Kate Somerville + Sampler Goodie Bag!

Hey Guys,

I have more Rodial goodies to give away, along with some Kate Somerville and Radial Skincare. I also have a ton of samples from fabulous brands like NARS, Shu Uemura, Sisley and Becca!

I’m going to take all of the samples and put them into this bag…

So…
You guys know the drill. You have to be a public follower to qualify. If I can’t see you, I can’t enter you. You can gain additional entries by following Adventures In Makeup on Facebook, Habibi Bath & Body on Facebook, @shahadakarim on Twitter and @habibibody on Twitter. If you want even more entries, link this giveaway to your blog (and put up a few words in a blog post).

*It helps tremendously if you put your email address in the comments section. Makes it easier to notify you if you win!

THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON JULY 15TH. 
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Flawless Finish: Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation

Foundation Type: Aeresol/Spray
Skin Type: Normal/Combination
Coverage: Medium to Full 
Finish: Radiant

One of the makeup items featured at the Nordstrom Trend Event was the Diorskin Airflash Foundation. The selling point for the event is that you can go beyond your face, to wear the foundation on any part of your body that needs a little extra ‘attention.’ Prior to the announcement, I never gave the foundation a second thought. It’s pricey ($60+) and for the amount of product you get (and depending on what you use per spray), you’re likely to go through a canister rather quickly, especially if you’re going beyond your face.

Then I hit the internet to see who was doing what with the foundation. I didn’t find much in the way of body makeup… but I found a ton of videos/reviews with folks who found all manner of ways to use this foundation (including some folks who sprayed like half the can in a single setting) on their faces. On the brush, on the fingers first, and directly on the face. The versatility (and wide range of techniques) made me want to try some things out myself.

I’m the color 500 (Dark Beige). For comparison, I’m MAC NC-43/44 with yellow undertones. This foundation accounts for my undertones, so I don’t look ‘muddy’ when I put it on. Now… I was a little freaked out at first because it sprays lighter than the actual color it ends up being. But the color adjusts nicely a few minutes after it sets.

The ‘setting’ part is key… this foundation sets in about 10 seconds. So you have to have it blended out (I do recommend that you blend it. I saw a few videos on the internet where folks did a ‘spray and go’ and ended up looking really ‘masky’) before it sets. You can use a very dense fluffy foundation brush (or one of those horrid duo-fibres) to get the job done.

For purposes of this post, I blended out with my fingers:

A word about the coverage. It’s full. It’s serious. And if you use too much, you end up looking like you’re wearing a foundation mask. It’s not completely weightless… I did feel this foundation on  my skin. Once it sets, it doesn’t move… even on my oily skin. I was paranoid throughout the day and pulled out my mirror to blot — only to discover that I didn’t need to. Used properly (and sparingly), this foundation looks amazing, especially in pictures. I’d definitely recommend it for brides, editorials, and headshots. It loves the camera.

I wore it in an FOTD (and used my Cover FX fluffy foundation brush to set it):

FACE
Diorskin Airflash Foundation (500)
NARS Multiple in G-Spot
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder (Bronze-01)
EYES
Chantecaille Save The Sharks Palette:
Great White Water shadow on lids and under waterline
Great White Fin shadow on inner corners
Guerlain Retractable Pencil in Gold on waterline
Burberry Effortless Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Suspense

FOTD: Boys Don’t Cry

I dug into the other NARS + Pierre Hardy Blush. These things are SO pigmented… a little bit goes a very long way.

FACE
NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Malaga)
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Ginger)
NARS Blush in Boys Don’t Cry
EYES
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero (waterline)
Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara
LIPS
Lip Fusion Gloss in Summer