FOTD: Orange Stuff

A little matte, a little shimmer… some sheer, some not. I mixed a lot of different textures for this FOTD, but kept the overall theme pretty ‘orange.’

Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (3)
Amore Pacific Foundation (206)
YSL Cream Blush in Audacious Orange
Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyeshadow Primer 
NARS Ramatuelle Trio:
Matte Apricot on lids
Shimmer Silver on inner corner
YSL Palette in #7: Orange Shimmer on crease
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom on lashline and under waterline
Chanel Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre on waterline
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
Sheer d’ Armani in Coral 300

FOTD: Glow

For the Fleurings shoot, I wanted to give Samantha an idea of what I meant by polished, glowing makeup. So I did a version on myself. I’m still working through the kinks on this… I used NO mattes, and since my skin is oily, keeping it from going greasy is a challenge. Anyway, here’s the result:

Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (03)
Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation (Cedar)
MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer (NC42)
NARS Blush in Luster
Suqqu Eyebrow Pen in Brown
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #11 (lashline to above crease/inner corner)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #5 (crease)
By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in Brown Stellar (waterline)
YSL Shocking Eyeliner Pen (lashline)
YSL Shocking Mascara
Rock & Republic Lip Gloss in Alpha Blonde
*Forgive the pimple… I’m working on it.*

FOTD: Extreme Highlight

I think I’m wearing about 15 pounds of makeup in this FOTD… I was trying to make a point. You should know that I blended the HECK out of everything… and still in the pictures, you can see parts that look like they need a little more. This was a bit of a lesson for me. Despite the many layers of concealer and highlighter, the makeup still came out looking pretty natural in real life. However, the flash on my camera lit me in most UNNATURAL fashion:

Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (03)
Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Foundation (11)
MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC42 (under eyes)
By Terry Touche Veloute (under eyes/around nose)
Cargo Blush in Laguna
Chanel Blush in Or (highlight)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom/BlackBear (brows)
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre (lashline to brow)
MAC Pigment in Lithe (lashline to brow)
Guerlain Kohl in Black Frida (waterline/tightline)
Smoke & Mirrors Beauty Las Vegas Lashes
MAC Lip Pencil in Mouth Off
Armani Lip Gloss in Brown 200
Now, all of this drama was for my Wedding Anniversary (6 years), so as soon as I got finished playing in makeup… hubby and I hopped over to one of our favorite restaurants: Vibrato Jazz & Grill.
Took us FOREVER to get a freakin’ picture together with at least PART of our faces in it. He finally told me to use this one, even though you can only see a little bit of him.

Our talent for the evening was a lovely lady from Iceland… who had the most amazing voice. I’m always blown away by the ‘control’ needed to really hold a jazz note. Her performance was exquisite. I think the two people sitting there in front were on a first date. Hubby and I did a  bit of ‘people watching’ , and we’re pretty sure it was their first time out together.

Of note: Tom Jones was there to eat and relax. My mother-in-law is going to LOVE that when I tell her. Our songstress tried to get him to come up and sing, but he declined. We applauded him anyway.

All in all, it was a good night, and a great Anniversary. We’ll do it again next year!

Le Metier de Beaute (Peau Vierge)

It took me a long time to purchase it. For one thing, it’s pretty expensive ($125). For another, I wasn’t quite sure it did all the things that it claims (anti-aging/lumizing). But I have to say… after using it only a couple of times, I like it.

I did try to use this as a primer, and I failed. It changes the composition of the foundation if you use it first. But if you use it afterward, or mix it in with the foundation, it works wonders! It feels like a skin cream, and really does have a luminizing effect. I was stressed at first because it was so light (even ‘dark’ is too light at first glance), but it blends completely in.

This is DEFINITELY an investment, and it’s not a must have. You can get luminizers for less money, that’s for sure. This one promises to double as skin care. I have to be honest, I haven’t seen any major changes in my skin since using it, but I do like it. It works very well to neutralize the Chanel Perfection Lumiere (which is a bit too orange for my tastes), and the Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Foundation (which is about half shade too dark. But the next shade up was way too light). If you’re up for a little luxury, Peau Vierge is definitely one way to go.

FOTD: Blackened Bronze

I wanted to see what happened when I layered a matte black over a cool shimmer bronze. The result sort of reminds me of what would happen if I just used a single Armani Eyes To Kill Shadow (I think #15 would be the right choice)…

Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (3)
Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Foundation (11)
Kevyn Aucoin Diaphonous Radiance Powder
Louise Young Eyeshadows in Pom Pom and Black Bear (brows)
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Shadow in Bronze (lashline to crease)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Blackbear (lids/under waterline)
Guerlain Kohl in Black Frida
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
Le Metier de Beaute Color Core Lipstick in Nevis

Professional Grade: The Bride wore Peau Vierge

I spent the day floating around Newport Beach (harbor) on a yacht today. My client, the bride, wanted to be classically dramatic with polished skin and a strong red lip:

For her look, I blended Le Metier de Beaute’s Peau Vierge with her foundation. The result was smooth, polished skin that ‘caught the light’ just the right way. She was very happy with her look. As long as she’s happy, I’m happy.