FOTD: PHAME Expo 2013

The first PHAME (Professional Hair and Makeup Expo) got underway today. Now that IMATS has morphed into… well… something else, this pro-invite event lured several hundred makeup adventure seekers to Pasadena to see what’s what.

Now, it’s 100+ degrees these days (no… really), so I was not interested in wearing anything that would crease, run or otherwise make me look like a melted ice cream cone. So I kept it clean:

Elizabeth Arden Smoky Powder Pencil in Black (waterline/lashline)

FOTD: Pre Oscars Brunch

I stepped out for a late breakfast with a few colleagues for a pre-ceremony brunch (most of us are working this evening). I wanted to look fresh and ‘open’ and keep everything on the neutral side. So this is what I did:

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation (Praline)
By Terry Hyaluronic Face Powder
Chanel Blush in Tempting Beige
MAC Highlight in Shell Pearl
Chantecaille Eyeshadow in Sel
Guerlain Retractable Pencil in Gold #1
Chanel Volume Mascara
Gleam Lip Radiance in NAKED

Lip Service: Tom Ford Narcotic Rouge

This is the ‘pinker’ version of the matte lipsticks, in the new Tom Ford Jasmine Rouge Collection. It’s the ‘brighter’ cousin to Diabolique, and is better suited to neutral and cool undertones.

Like all Tom Ford lipsticks, the pigmentation level in this little tube is off the charts:

You can find out more about Tom Ford Lipstick in Narcotic Rouge HERE.

Eye Adore: Tom Ford Palette in Cognac Sable

I don’t know why it took me so long to post about  this (I think I might have forgotten)… but I LOVE this palette. It’s been my ‘go to’ palette for a while. I got my first one about a year ago, and have since replaced it with a new one (I hit pan on that copper color). The colors are universal and pretty flattering on just about everyone. I use it all the time… either alone or with other shadows and creams to create any given look.

Like all the other palettes in the Tom Ford line, this thing is massive. The pans are so big, that I can even pretend that those little sponges and ‘brush’ aren’t tucked in there as well…

Each shadow is highly pigmented. The shimmer copper is best  used with your fingers to ‘press’ onto the eyelid (a trick I learned from Tom Ford MUA Tito Fuente).

Love. I highly recommend this baby… it’s perfect for creating elegant Holiday looks for this season… and beyond. Love it.

Tom Ford Platinum Dupe?: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color (BR 709)

The Tom Ford Cream Color in Platinum came and went. No sooner was it released, than it was sold out… so many beauties had no choice but to hunt for a dupe.

I think I ‘might’ have found it.

During a makeup hunt for unusual and ugly colors (I am always interested in colors and formulas that might initially turn people off), I came across Shiseido (which is always good for weird or unusual colors) Shimmering Cream Eye Color in BR 709:

In the pot, this color is pretty horrid. But when I swatched it, I fell in love. It reminds me a lot of Tom Ford’s (now unavailable) cream color in Platinum. It’s not really BROWN. It’s more of a shimmery ashy taupe, with gold accents. It’s actually really lovely on the skin.

See? It’s really lovely. I think this would be perfect for a quick smoky eye, or a shimmering base for any selection of colors. I went from turning my nose up to clapping with glee over this color. It’s a must have for me because it’s so versatile.

It’s cheaper too. Shiseido Cream Eye Colors retail for $25. You can find out more about Shiseido Cream Eye Color HERE.

Tom Ford Holiday 2012: Diabolique

For Holiday 2012, Tom Ford released a complimentary lipstick collection to accompany the Jasmin Rouge Fragrance. The four lipsticks are all shades of red, meant to flatter every skin tone. There are two shimmer, and two matte colors. The darkest matte color, Diabolique, is the one that caught my eye.

Why are the color labels always crooked on these lipsticks? SMH. You’d think that for $55 a pop, they’d at least get the packaging labels straight. They’re ALWAYS crooked. Doesn’t matter what color. It’s just something I’ve noticed…
I do love the new lipstick packaging so much better than the old white version though.

The formula is creamy, but a little dry. I’d suggest a healthy dose of lip balm before putting it on. But the color is rich and highly saturated. I think that this is meant to be a ‘blue’ based red… but I notice that it wears warm and dark on me… like maybe there’s a little bit of brown in there as well.

You can find out more about Tom Ford Lipstick in Diabolique HERE.

Beauty Breakdown: White Story

This is Polyanna.
You guys remember her from the Backstage story some posts back:
I used the new Urban Decay Naked Foundation in 4.5 and 5. Polyanna had a bit of a tan, so we had to go a little darker with the foundation to match her skin tone. Because the foundation dries to such a natural matte color, there was no need to set it with powder.
I sculpted her cheeks with Kevyn Aucoin Contour in Medium, then highlighted with Kevyn Aucoin highlighter in Candlelight.
I kept her eyes very simple with gentle contour using flesh toned and medium brown shimmer eyeshadows, and finished with just a little sweep of mascara.
On her lips, Tom Ford lipstick in Coco Ravish.
This was her basic look. Later in the shoot we got a little wild with a bright fuschia blush from Chanel, a strong red lip, and a wild orange and black lip using two OCC Liptars.
You can find out more about Polyanna’s Beauty Breakdown at

FOTD: Hourglass Under Pressure

I put the Hourglass Primer through the paces. I’m happy to report that it performed very well on my oily skin. Definitely keeping this one around…

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation
Cargo Laguna Blush
MAC Light over Dark Minerlize Blush (highlight)
MAC Naked Dark Pigment (lids)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (blended through crease)
MAC Blacktrack Gel Liner
MAC Extreme Black False Lashes Mascara

FOTD: Sable Emouvant

I used the new Chanel Duo from Summer 2012…

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup (4CN1)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (2)
Chanel Blush in Imprevu
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
Tom Ford Lip Gloss in Pink Guilt

Favorite Things 2011: Foundations & Powders

It has been quite the journey this year. Just when I thought I knew everything about foundations… several brands came out and totally surprised me. I’ll break my favorites down by formula…

STICK: Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation

This foundation has made me fall in love with stick formulas all over again. It’s full coverage, but perfectly weightless. And it really is TRACELESS. It blends through with the ease of a cream, and sets softly matte on my oily skin. It wears well all day, with minimal need for touch ups.

LIQUID: Guerlain Parure Gold

 Every time I stray from this foundation, I go back and it impresses me all over again. Guerlain broke the mold with this liquid foundation. It blends out beautifully, sets soft, and really gives your skin an overall ‘glow’ from within. Just stunning. This is an amazing foundation. Everyone should try it at least once.

CREAM: Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation

This foundation is just STUNNING. The coverage (full) is ridiculous, and it wears beautifully. This is a recent discovery for me… and I’m so glad that I gave this foundation a chance. It’s really amazing, and worth every penny.

SILICONE: Armani Face Fabric

This foundation is completely weightless, and imitates the look and feel of perfectly smooth skin. It’s conveniently packed in an easy to use tube, and just a little bit goes a long way. Love this stuff.
POWDER (Loose): Kevyn Aucoin The Gossamer Loose Powder

I’ve been using this powder consistently since I bought it. My color is RADIANT DIAPHANOUS, which is how you’ll typically see it described in my FOTD’s. It’s lightweight and really works to ‘set’ the finish of the makeup, without giving you a powdery or cakey look. The amount of yellow in my particular color really makes my overall look ‘glow.’

POWDER (Pressed): Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation Powder

I am typically not a fan of pressed powders, but this one has blown me away. You can  use it wet (like a foundation) or dry (like a pressed powder). For me, it’s the perfect companion to the cream foundation. Used together, the effect is perfectly airbrushed, without looking overdone.

That’s it! Those are my favorite ‘bases’ for 2011. Ciao for now!