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.’
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:
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.
Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Pencil in Paranoid
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:
RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up in 44 (concealer)
I dipped back into the YSL Shocking Gel Liners. This time I used Bronze Black:
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.
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:
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.
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
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: