FOTD: Sable Emouvant

I wanted to do something ‘lighter’ with the new Chanel duo for Summer 2012… so for this look I concentrated on the ‘gold’ portion of the duo. The result was sheer and wearable… and appropriate for all of this Summer-like weather we’ve been having.

FACE
Senna Barely Base in Medium
YSL Creme Blush in Praline
EYES
Chanel Sable Emouvant Duo:
Gold Eyeshadow on lids
Brown Eyeshadow on lashline and under waterline
Chanel Eye Kohl in Brun Intense on waterline
Chanel Intimitable Mascara
LIPS
Lipstick Queen Jean Queen

In The Bag: Summer Essentials

Hey Guys,

I’ve been testing a bunch of products lately, and I’ve come across some REAL gems! I put together a collection of ‘summer essentials’ that are already getting a lot of use in my house… even though it’s not officially Summer yet:

NIA 24 Mineral Sunscreen. 
Price :$45
Place: http://www.spacenk.com

LOVE this stuff. I love that it goes on, absorbs quickly and dries matte. One of the perks is that it not only protects your skin from the sun, it also (claims to) repairs past damage. I can moisturize as normal, and pop this on before going out, and it works wonderfully.

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream
Price: $12.50
Place: http://www.sephora.com

This is now a Kit essential. I am continually blown away by the ‘instant’ results of this formula. I can use it anywhere, on any dry spot, and it’s GONE. Just like that. Despite the medicine smell (which fades), I’ve stocked up on this cream for my kit. It’s friendly to all skin types (even my oily clients) and it works well under makeup.

Reve de Miel Lip Balm
Price: $20
Place: http://www.spacenk.com

This is another Kit essential. I love it because it has a MATTE finish. It works very well under lipstick, and it doesn’t scare off my male clients (many of whom HATE shiny lips). I can touch them up as needed, or groom them for headshots without them looking too ‘done.’ It’s on the expensive side, but a little bit goes a very long way. If you’re just looking for a regular lip balm and don’t mind the shine, I don’t recommend this. But if you want a matte finish, I’ve never found a balm better than this one for that purpose.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
Price: $42
Place: http://www.narscosmetics.com

This is the best moisturizer on the market right now. Period. The coverage, the finish, and the wearability is unmatched. It works well on a wide range of skin tones, and skin types. It is my ‘go to’ foundation for this summer… I have nearly every color stocked in my kit. It’s that good.

YSL Cream Liner in Deep Black
Price: $25
Place: http://www.sephora.com

This is, hands down, the best cream liner I’ve ever used. It goes on creamy, dries neutral (not matte or shiny) and STAYS PUT. You can wear it on your lashline or your waterline. I’ve used it on some of the most sensitive eyes, with no side effects. It stands up under major pressure in photoshoots, and just everyday life. I love this stuff. The performance more than justifies the price. Highly recommend.

Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
Price: $30
Place: http://www.neimanmarcus.com

This mascara has replaced my former favorite, the original Eyes to Kill. Love it. The formula is on the dry side, so there’s less concern about it making a mess around the eyes, when you use it on shorter lashes. I’ve gone through three tubes of this mascara already, and I show no signs of slowing down. Every time I use a different mascara on any given day, I wonder why I’m not using this one. I even have a ‘travel size’ in my makeup bag (I’ve been known to do an entire makeup look and leave the house without putting on mascara). It’s worth keeping around, wherever I go.

YSL Creme Blush (Praline)
Price: $38
Place: http://www.sephora.com

This is my go-to blush this summer. The color is so flattering on a wide range of skin tones. The texture is a ‘dry’ cream, so it blends easily into a wide range of skin types. It can be used sheer, or layered for more color. I find myself reaching for it often. I prefer it in a pinch to powder blushes, because you don’t need the addition of a brush, so it’s a lot more portable in that respect. Definitely worth the purchase, at least for me. I’ve gotten quite a it of use out of it.

Sheer d’ Armani Lipstick (Coral 300)
Price: $30
Place: http://www.barneys.com

I can’t believe HOW MUCH I actually use this lipstick. This color is perfect for my warm skin tone, so it’s my favorite of the bunch. But the formula comes in a wide range of other colors as well. The texture is light and seriously moisturizing. I keep one in my makeup bag just in case I have to run out the door and have no time for anything but mascara and a little lip color.

That’s it! That’s what’s in my proverbial ‘Summer Essentials Bag.’ Ciao for now!

FOTD: Mixed Summer Bag

I mixed more shimmers and matte textures (I seem to be doing that a lot lately) for this look. Most of my selections were from a ‘mixed bag’ of Summer 2012 Collections:

FACE
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Malage
NARS Multiple Duo in Maui/Palm Beach: Blended
EYES
YSL Pure Chromatics Palette #9:
Shimmer Taupe on Lids
Shimmer Brown in Crease
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Black Bear (lashline)
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
LIPS
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Never Say Never

Nailed: NARS Lal Mirchi vs Chanel Holiday

I wanted to see how NARS Lal Mirchi Nail Polish (from the Thakoon Collection) compared to Chanel’s Holiday Nail Polish (Summer 2012):

Chanel’s Holiday is definitely more orange. In NARS’ defense, Lal Mirchi is described as ‘Mandarin Red.’ In reality, it’s more of a red-orange.

                                              Holiday is on the left. Lal Mirchi is on the right.

I think that I much prefer Holiday… I love a good orange. But I’ll also give Lal Mirchi a whirl. Both polishes can be found on their company websites (www.chanel.com www.narscosmetics.com), respectively.

FOTD: Sable Emouvant

I used the new Chanel Duo from Summer 2012…

FACE
Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup (4CN1)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (2)
Chanel Blush in Imprevu
EYES
Chanel Duo in Sable Emouvant
Brown on the outside lid/crease/under waterline
Gold on the inside lid/crease/under waterline
Chanel Eye Pencil in Brun Intense on waterline
MAC Eye Shadow in Carbon pressed into lashline
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
 LIPS
Tom Ford Lip Gloss in Pink Guilt

Chanel: Summer 2012

Okay, all of my final picks for Chanel Summer 2012 are here…

This promo picture did two things for me: made me realize that I did not want the bronzer, and made me realize that I DID want that nail polish.

I got the eyeshadow duo in Sable Emouvant, Glossimer in Calypso, Nail Polishes in Island, Delight, and Holiday, and Eye Pencils in Peche Cuivre and Brun Intense.

Sable Emouvant
Calypso
Island      Delight        Holiday
Peche Cuivre
Brun Intense
Swatched together:

I am VERY happy with my choices. I swatched the bronzers and found them both to be a bit on the ashy side for me. The Beige version is definitely more of a highlighter, and the rose is like an pink shiny highlighter. Pass on both. I think they are much better suited to fair skinned beauties.
Otherwise, I am REALLY pleased with this collection. I think there’s definitely something for everyone.

FOTD: YSL Pure Chromatics (#9)

I was feeling a little ‘Seattle’ (gloomy weather… in need of a hot drink) when I did this FOTD. As I mentioned when I swatched the YSL Pure Chromatics Palette in #9, you get MUCH better color payoff with a regular eyeshadow brush. I used these shadows dry, and they performed very well.

FACE
By Terry Or de Rose Foundation (Magic Amber)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Chanel Blush in Tempting Beige
EYES
YSL Pure Chromatics Palette in #9:
Blue/Grey Eye Shadow on lids
Brown Eye Shadow on crease and under waterline
Chanel Eye Pencil in Intense Brun on waterline
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
LIPS
Tom Ford Lipstick in Coco Ravish
Gloss d’ Armani in Brown 200