FOTD: Blue, Pink & Purple Stuff

I was in a ‘cool’ mood today… blame the weather. It’s been damp and rainy here, and I really don’t feel like doing anything but laying about. LOL But alas, there is work to be done… so I put on a ‘colorful face.’

FACE
Amore Pacific Skin Renewal Foundation (206)
Dolce & Gabanna Powder Foundation (Soft Tan)
Chanel Horizon Blush
EYES
Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow in Tusk (browbone)
Alima Pure Eye Liner in Soiree (crease)
Nvey Eco Color Eyeshadow in 166 (lids)
Stila Smudge Stick in Onyx (lashline and waterline)
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Stunt

FOTD: Pink & White

Since I purchased Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre shadow in Fantasme… I’ve never gotten to use it on myself! I’ve used it on clients and for shows… but never on me. So I decided today was the day to change that:

FACE
Armani Face Fabric (5)
Koh Gen Do Translucent Powder
Chanel Blush in Rose Ecrin
EYES
Louise Young Eyeshaodow in Pom Pom (brows)
Sugarpill Pressed Shadow in Toko (lashline to brow)
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Shadow in Fantasme (lids)
Dior Eye Pencil in Gris (waterline)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Ashy Black (lashline)
Clinique High Impact Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Lip Pencil in Nude
Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Empire

FOTD: Blue-Grey Skies

I dug out my Dior Gris-Gris palette… and wondered why I’ve waited so long to use it again! I love this palette. It’s so versatile, and really easy to use.

 FACE
Diorskin NUDE Foundation in 051
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphonous Powder
Illamasqua Blush in Nymph
Lumiére Sculptée de Chanel Highlighting Powder
 EYES
Suqqu Eyebrow Pen in Brown
Dior Gris-Gris Qunt:
Medium Grey on lids
Dark Grey under waterline
Shimmer black on outer corners
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Sea Black on Lashline
By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in Blue Vision on waterline
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara


LIPS 
Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Pencil in Paranoid
Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Empire

FOTD: Half Sustainable

I used a series of organic and natural makeup items that I got from Spirit Beauty Lounge (www.spiritbeautylounge.com) in this FOTD… and mixed it up with a little Chanel. Here’s what happened:

FACE
Vapor Organics Luminous Foundation
RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up in 44 (concealer)
Chanel Loose Powder in Dore
Chanel Blush in Rose Ecrin
EYES 
Chanel Eyeshadow in Beige Lame (lashline to brow)
Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow in Earthy Calm (crease/under waterline)
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Fatalistic (brows/outer eye)
Guerlain Kohl in Black Fakir
YSL Shocking Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Empire

FOTD: YSL Bronze Black

I dipped back into the YSL Shocking Gel Liners. This time I used Bronze Black:

FACE
Chanel Le Blanc Shimmering Base
Le Metier de Beaute Classic Foundation in #11
Givenchy Le Prisme Blush in It Girl Purple
EYES
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #9 (lashline to brow)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Bronze Black (lashline and under waterline)
By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in Bronze Generation
MAC Extreme Black False Lashes Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Stunt

Lip Service: Beaute Cosmetics

If it’s true that success can be determined by doing one thing and doing it well, then Beaute Cosmetics is living the dream. Instead of offering a wide range of makeup items, Beaute focuses on one thing: Lips.

The company also offers a range of makeup brushes and tools. But the primary focus for this company is on the lips.

You’d think that focus would translate into a selection of lipsticks, and maybe a few glosses. But that’s not the case. Instead, Beaute Cosmetics has defined itself with a cozy range of Liqui-Gel Lip Stains, Weightless Lip Cremes, and Luminous Volume Lip Glosses.

This week, a lovely little box arrived, with three of Beaute’s bestsellers: Liqui-Gel Stain in Harlot, Weightless Lip Creme in Girlina, and Luminous Volume Lip Gloss in Allure.

Isn’t that just gorgeous?
Harlot       Allure        Girlina
Lip Stain   Lip Gloss   Lip Creme
First impressions are that Harlot would be a good match for my skin tone, but Allure and Girlina might be better reserved for fair-skinned beauties. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to properly swatch them on my warm skin tone. But my worries were for naught, because all of the colors adapted beautifully. I was surprised and impressed that the colors didn’t just ‘sit there’ (as most cool colors tend to do on me). They actually took on a flattering warmth, without help from lip pencils and warmer toned glosses.
Swatches:

Now, the lip gloss and lip creme colors still look like they might be awful on me, right? Look what happens when I put them on my lips:

Luminous Volume Gloss in Allure

I know! I was surprised too. The color totally ‘warmed up’ to my skin-tone an set beautifully. I kept looking at it in different light (natural and artificial) because I just KNEW I was going to step outside looking like I  had no idea how to wear a flattering lip color.

Weightless Lip Creme in Girlina
Same for the lip creme. I really thought this swatch was going to come out awful. The cream went on opaque, warmed a bit, then set. That’s just my lips with no liner and no ‘help’ (warmer lip gloss) to make it more flattering. It wore a medium pink on me. And it really is weightless. I was a little worried that my lips would dry out because of the light feeling formula, but surprisingly that didn’t happen.
Liqui-Gel Stain in Harlot

I’m showing you this initial swatch, because I want you to see how OPAQUE this gel-stain is. My lips are pigmented (and two different colors to boot) and the stain completely evened everything out. That is ONE coat. It’s not ‘watery’ like most stains. It goes on like a lip balm, without the moisturizing properties. You do have to wear a clear gloss over this stain to get the full effect.

After I applied the stain and let it set (about 30 seconds), I put the Allure gloss over it, and here’s what happened:

Love that 3-D effect! I was so excited that I ran out to show my husband (who was thoroughly unimpressed. It’s a guy thing). Just the addition of the gloss enhanced the stain and gave my lips a look that I normally achieve with a pencil, lipstick, and sometimes two different colored lip glosses.

I tested the ‘staying power’ of the stain by giving hubby a big kiss…

The gloss faded a bit, but as you can see, the stain stayed put! I’m totally impressed. Beaute took the time to formulate products that actually work, and the proof is in the pictures. The most noteworthy items for me are the Weightless Lip Creme, and the Liqui-Gel Stain. I’ve never used anything like that stain. It’s the most potent formula I’ve ever come across.

I was a fan of Beaute Cosmetics before these items arrived (I have the Lip Cremes in Masochist and Severine), and these lippies have only served to strengthen my love for the brand. Beaute Cosmetics is proof positive that if you do one thing (or three) and do it well, you’ll likely end up miles ahead of the competition.

You can purchase Beaute Cosmetics at www.beaute-cosmetics.com

Lip Service: Brown and Rose and Red all over

Here are a few new additions to my lip collection. I thought they were worth mention for the best and worst of reasons; One is not what it seems, one is exactly what it seems and the last exceeds all expectations.

Bobbi Brown Black Garnet:
Likely the most interesting addition to the Bobbi Brown Black Velvet collection, Black Garnet Lipstick is neither black nor garnet. Its actually a shimmer brown, both in the tube:

…and on the lips.
I don’t even mind that it’s a shimmer brown. But heaven forbid someone think they were getting anything remotely close to black or garnet… let alone Black Garnet. It’s a pretty pedestrian color, perfect for anyone who wants a functional lipstick (very creamy and long wearing) with a little shimmer to boot.
My next addition is from Nouba in color #54. It’s a metallic red, that would look good to anyone really looking to play dress up:
It is VERY opaque and metallic, not shimmery. On my lips it translates to a brown based red with a metallic sheen:
One coat does the trick. This lipstick can be drying, so a healthy dose of lip balm before application is recommended. But it wears well and is quite the conversation starter. Like… who besides Katy Perry walks around with metallic red lips on the regular? Really?
My final addition (and my favorite) comes courtesy of Chanel, as part of the Soho Story collection. Rouge Allure Laque in Stunt:
It looks really pink in the tube, but translates a brown based rose on the lips. I found this a little dark on fairer skin tones, but it turned into the perfect nude rose on me:
I dare say it’s my perfect rose. And there’s NOTHING like the Rouge Allure Laque formula. Nothing. This is my sixth color in this formula (Dragon being my first and ever favorite) and it never fails to disappoint. It’s a stain and a lipstick and a gloss (note the sheen) all in one. It goes on opaque and wears for a very long time. 
There ya go. A little lip service on a Sunday. Ciao!