Light It Up: Armani Pink Light Powder

This lovely powder was all the rage for the Armani Spring 2011 collection, and quickly sold out! I finally managed to score one on the Armani website. I called an Armani expert (Hey Emma!) and she tells me that the powder is coming back as part of the permanent line! That’s FANTASTIC news for anyone who’s hoping to get one…

I didn’t expect it to be as iridescent as it is. But my worries were unfounded, because it blends out beautifully, even on my medium toned skin…

and even more blended out…

I did that just with my fingers. I love how it ‘adds light’ without adding a bunch of glitter or ash. It’s actually a neutral pink (not warm and not cool). I can see it doing wonders as a highlight in the center of the face, and even at the high points.

YSL Boheme Libertine: Take Three!

Some of you guys have been with me on my quest (and eventual dismissal) for the YSL Boheme Libertine collection for Spring 2011.

Well, the flagship Sephora store in Hollywood had a few of the items. As suspected, the quint is a repromote (Indian Pink/#2).

Initially I’d decided to pass on the cream blushes, because I have oily skin and creams never do well for me. But I got to play in them recently, and I have to say, YSL has changed my mind. It’s a ‘dry’ cream… more like a gel pigment. It sets as pure color and does not move, even on my oily skin.

I ended up with the Cream Blush in Praline…

It looks like a peachy brown… but it swatches more of a brownish pink, which is perfect for my skintone:

This is the only thing that I really liked from the collection. All of the glosses looked pretty pedestrian to me. There is a fuchsia version of this blush, as well as a cool pink. I have enough fuchsia EVERYTHING, and the cool pink went a little ashy on me. I imagine it would look stunning on fairer skintones.

If you’re going to get anything from this collection, take a good look at the cream blushes. I think they’re worth taking home.

FOTD: Chantecaille Spring 2011

For tonight’s show, I dug into the new stuff from Chantecaille:

Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation (Banana)
Chantecaille Loose Powder (Shadow)
Chantecaille Aqua Blush (Daring)
Chantecaille Sea Turtles Palette:
Beige Shimmer (browbone)
Taupe Shimmer (lids)
Teal Shimmer (outer crease/under waterline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
Ardell Half Lashes
Chantecaille Hydra Chic Lipstick in Willow

Chantecaille Spring 2011: Swatches

Here are the swatches that I promised for the Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette and Whale compact. I took the pictures again in natural light…. I think they really show how amazing these items are:

This is a big palette… large and square.

Inside, there is a sheet to suggest what you might use the colors for. Needless to say, I’m throwing that out. lol

Love! These are big pans of product… about on par with Make Up For Ever. And the palette is refillable… so when you use these colors up (if you choose to use them at all) you can refill them with other Chantecaille colors.
And I have some good news… I know you guys were worried about messing up that lovely etching and overspray. You can just work around it! The overspray is only on the etching… underneath, the color runs true to the bottom. I’ve swatched this palette and used it once, and the beautiful turtles are still intact.

Eye colors with flash (the blush swatch is across the top).
Eye colors without flash.
Blush color with flash. It’s like a rose/gold. Reminds me of the sleek version.
Whale compact. It is even MORE stunning in person, if you can imagine that.

It swatches an amazing golden color… with flecks of rose and bronze. It’s very sheer… I can see using this as a highlighter, not as a blush. The price tag on the highlighter is a bit steep, considering it’s practical performance. It’s beautiful to have, but not necessary. I’d say, if you were going to buy anything from this collection, the Sea Turtle Palette is a lot more bang for your buck.

FOTD: Candide Garden

Today, I put together a more wearable version of the Givenchy Spring 2011 eyeshadow colors:

Chanel Pro Lumiere
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
NARS Blush in Luster
Sleek Primer Cream in Money Tree (lids)
Givenchy Candide Garden:
Iridescent Green (lids/browbone)
Shimmer Brown (crease/underwaterline)
Lancome Hypnose Mascara
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Happy Days

Givenchy: cheap imitation

Okay… this is one of those ‘too much color/too little time’ things. I got it in my head that I wanted to do something like the Givenchy Spring 2011 promotional picture:

‘Tis the best I could do. LOL Okay, here’s what I used:
Guerlain Parure Extreme
Shu Uemura Translucent Powder
Givenchy Le Prisme Blush in ‘It Girl Purple’
Givenchy Candide Garden (the orange color) on lids and under eyes
Givenchy Candide Garden (the brown color) under waterline
MAC Eyeliner in Smolder (waterline)
Lancome Hypnose Mascara
Givenchy Lipstick in Candide Tangerine

Givenchy Spring 2011: Swatches!

Okay, I think this upload system is finally working again….

Candide Garden Eyeshadow Quad, Candide Tangerine Lipstick and Prisme Blush in It Girl Purple.
Eyeshadow Quad

I had a bit of a rough time swatching the shadows. They’re much more pigmented in real life.

But the blush showed up just beautifully:

And I can’t say enough about this lipstick. It is SO awesome:

Those are my favorites from the collection. Ciao for now!