FOTD: Monte Carlo

I’m making my way through these Rouge Coco Shines one at a time. Today I tackled Monte Carlo. Here’s what I found… with the Framboise liner it’s a BRIGHT strawberry pink. Without, it’s a sheer warm-toned strawberry. I photographed both looks:

That’s with the Framboise liner. BRIGHT, right? But still really pretty. Then I took it off and just used Monte Carlo by itself, with no liner:

Without the liner it’s a much more sheer color… easily wearable on a bare face, or a face full of makeup. It’s a very versatile color. Love it!

Guerlain Parure Gold (Beige 06)
Chantecaille Loose Powder (Shadow)
Chanel Blush (In Love)
Chantecaille Sea Turtles Palette (Beige Shimmer on browbone)
OCC Loose Pigment in Hum (lid)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (under waterline and outer corner)
Armani Waterproof Eye Pencil in #2 (waterline)
Besame 1930’s Mascara
Chanel Lip Pencil in Framboise
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Monte Carlo

FOTD: Makeup Show Haul


I wanted to use some of the goodies that I got from The Makeup Show over the weekend. Here’s what I ended up with:

Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation (Banana)
Chantecaille Loose Powder (Shadow)
Chantecaille Aqua Blush (Daring)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (browbone)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Sislet (lid)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (crease/brows/under waterline)
OCC Pigment in Hum (inner lid)
MAC Eye Pencil in Smolder
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
MAC Cremesheen Lipgloss in Overindulgence

The Makeup Show LA: Haul & Swatches

Yes yes, I know. I promised to just LOOK and not touch! But I couldn’t help it… some of the stuff is LOVELY. I didn’t do too much damage. I just got a few things that are not yet widely available, and that I can get the deepest discounts on only at the show.

Kevyn Aucoin Bronzer and Big Powder Brush.

From right to left: Chantecaille Face Powder in Shadow, Chantecaille Aqua Blush in Daring, Make Up For Ever Uplight in #33, OCC shimmer pigment in Hum (top), OCC Shimmer Pigment in Distortion (bottom).

Kevyn Aucoin Bronzer. LOVE! Finally, a bronzer dark enough (and with less shimmer and more pigment) to actually countour around the outside of the face for medium and darker skin tones. ‘Bout time! Normally, most bronzers are either too shimmery, too light, or too muddy to get the job done properly. I love this brand all over again.

Chantecaille Aqua Blush in Daring. This is good stuff. I swatched it heavy so you guys can see the color. It’s a perfect coral peach, and blends down beautifully:

Make Up For Ever Uplight in 33. It’s a highlighter for regular use, But I can see this mixed with a bronzer, to boost a foundation, an eyeshadow, or even a lip color. It’s gorgeous, and blends down beautifully:

OCC Pigment in Distortion. It’s photographing blue, but it’s shot through with teal and a bit of black. It’s gorgeous. It reminds me of MAC Plummage IN the pot (because when you pull Plummage out of the pot it goes black and muddy).

OCC Pigment in Hum (left). I had the hardest time photographing this pigment. BOO! It’s a peach-orange shot through with a fuchsia. Really lovely. In addition to an eyeshadow, this would make a fantastic highlight and a layer in a lip color.

That’s it! It’s a little haul, but remember… I wasn’t supposed to get ANYTHING this time around. lol Ciao for now!

FOTD: Brights!

Goodness, I have no idea what I’m going through with these colors! Maybe it’s the weather (gloomy), but I just want to be BRIGHT!

Orange is, in my opinion, one of the most flattering colors on brown skin. It is double edged blade though… as one might challenge the notion that ‘less’ is more. Observe…

Tuesday at the ‘office’ looked like this:

Chanel Mat Lumiere
MAC Loose Powder in Medium/Dark
Rock & Republic Blush in Immoral
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #10
OCC Cosmetics Pigment in Bright Orange
MAC Eyeshadow in Saddle (crease to brow)
Illamasqua Eyeliner Cake in Mislead
Illamasqua Sealing Gel
Stila Eyeliner Pencil in Stone
MAC Opulash Mascara
Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick in Shine (#130)
Make Up For Ever Lipstick in #17
*The OCC Pigment is going to the bottom of the makeup pile. It’s coarsely milled, it has massive fallout (no matter how much you tap the brush) and it does not play well with other products. It’s also a bother to blend. I’ve decided that I am  not a fan. Sugarpill’s pressed shadow in Flamepoint is likely a much better choice for a matte orange.*