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