FOTD: Summer Smoke

I had to venture out into the sun for a few press events, and I didn’t want to look ‘done’ (it’s really too hot for all of that), but I also didn’t want to go bare faced. So I opted for a sheer smoky eye:

FACE
Hourglass Mineral Primer
YSL Teint Touche Eclat Foundation (B70)
MAC Mineralize Blush in Fresh Honey
EYES
Dior 3-Coleurs (Khaki):
Dark Khaki on lids
Shimmer Khaki under waterline
Gold through the crease
Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch Mascara
LIPS
Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Pencil in Heavy
Chanel Glossimer in Gold Light

FOTD: Urban Decay Naked Foundation

I took the Urban Decay Naked Foundation out for a test drive… it performed very well. My only concern is about skin type; this foundation literally glued itself to my oily skin and set immediately. I can’t see this being so hot for drier skin types. I blotted once throughout a 10 hour day. I think the foundation also absorbs oil as it wears. I’d be really interested in seeing how it wears on a dry skin, because it seems to have all the answers for oily girls like me.

FACE
Urban Decay NAKED Foundation (#8)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (t-zone)
MAKE UP FOR EVER color in Tangerine (as blush)
EYES
Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #24 (lids)
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Emerge (inner corners)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (crease)
MAC Eyeshadow in Brule (browbone)
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (lashline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Lucky (waterline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
LIPS
Laura Mercier Lip Shine in Tempting Coral

Lip Service: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural (N43)

I finally gave up trying to resist the amazing orange lipstick that is MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N43. It’s a creamy opaque color, that looks amazing on my warm skintone:

I used it for an FOTD, and fell in love. The color is REALLY intense, but it works well as long as it’s the focal point of the face.

On the rest of my face: 
NARS Liberte Blush
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #2 (lashline/under waterline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion

Eye Adore: Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in ‘Perversion’

This might steal me away from my other Urban Decay favorite in ‘Zero.’ Touted as the ‘matte’ version of the ‘blackest black’ — Urban Decay’s new 24/7 Pencil in ‘Perversion’ definitely makes its mark:

It sets in about 15 seconds, and DOES.NOT.MOVE. I’m really impressed with this new pencil. I may end up keeping this in even higher rotation than Zero. You can find out more about Urban Decay’s new pencil HERE.

FOTD: Shimmer & Matte

I used my new Inglot pigment (#84) for this look:

FACE
Josie Maran Argan Tinted Moisturizer (Desert)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
IMAN Blush in Allure
EYES
Inglot Pigment in #84 (lids)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (crease)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (browbone)
YSL Shocking Pen Liner (lashline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
 LIPS
Inglot Lip Gloss in 545

FOTD: Hanamichi

You guys remember the NARS Hanamichi Palette

 FACE
Chanel Perfection Lumiere (Beige Ambre 64)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
NARS Blush in Gaiety
EYES
NARS Hanamichi Palette:
Rose on the lids
Gold above the crease
White on inner eyes
Black on outer corners
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Deep Black (lashline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline)
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Lip Pencil in Cognac
YSL Lipstick in Rose Boheme

FOTD: Rouge Bunny Rouge

I used some of the goodies from Rouge Bunny Rouge for this FOTD:

Guierlain Parure Aqua (Dore 24)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
Chanel Horizon Blush
Rouge Bunny Rouge Highlighter
Rouge Bunny Rouge Fire Drops in Embrace of Cashmere (crease to browbone)
Rouge Bunny Rouge Fire Drops in Caress of Mink (lashline to crease)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Ashy Black (lashline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil in Rehab (waterline)
Guerlain Nor G Mascara
LIPS
Haughty Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Have Faith

FOTD: More Daphne Guiness

I used some more stuff from the MAC for Daphne Guiness Collection. I’m learning that you have to use a light hand with pretty much all of the pieces… they are all highly pigmented. A little goes a long way.

FACE
Chanel Perfection Lumiere (Beige Ambre 64)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
MAC Blush in Azalea Blossom
 EYES
NARS Eyeshadow in Mekong (lids/under waterline)
MAC Pigment in Circa Plum (crease/under waterline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline)
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
LIPS
MAC Lipstick in Red Dwarf

Favorite Things 2011: Eyes

Here are my favorite Eye products for 2011:

Brow Color: Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom

As much as I initially whined about the price of this palette, I get a LOT of use out of the middle color. Pom Pom is a cool enough brown that it works on brunettes, and doesn’t go ‘red’ like a lot of brown colors do. I use that color (along with Black Bear) more than any other in this palette. I still think it’s too expensive. I wish the shadows were sold as singles…

Eye Liner: Urban Decay, Chanel, Guerlain

I listed more than one brand because I use each pencil for different things. But these are my go to pencils for any given look, with out failure.

Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero
I use this again and again, use one down to a stump and buy another.  I keep three of these pencils in rotation at any given time. The formula glides on, is non irritating, and lasts all day without transfer. I love it.
Chanel Eye Kohl in Clair
This is really a must-have for me. The flesh color looks good on the waterline of just about every skin tone, and it looks a lot less harsh (and more natural) than a white pencil. The pencil is medium to firm, and glides on the waterline easily.
Guerlain Retractable Pencil in Gold (01)
I need to get another one of these pencils. I absolutely love this thing. I have a backup… but I may seriously need another. I use this pencil a LOT. It’s perfect for adding ‘light’ to my eyes, or serving as the perfect gold shimmer ‘base’ for any given makeup look.
Powder Palettes: Chanel Eyeshadow Quad

Pick a color… any color… and you’ll likely find some of the silkiest versions of that color in a Chanel Eyeshadow Quad. I’ve had incredible luck with these. The formula is always silky, and the colors blend out beautifully.
Cream Shadow: Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow

These CONSISTENTLY blow the competition out of the water! The formula goes on ‘dry’ (with fingers or a brush) – blends out like a cream – and holds all day without help until you take it off. I love these shadows. A little goes a long way… they are totally worth it. Totally.

Mascara: Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch

It figures that the mascara to finally beat out my former favorite (Armani Eyes to Kill), would be an amped version from the same company! Despite my recent acquisition of the new Guerlain mascara, this formula still came out on top. The formula lenghtens and volumizes. I love the way it smells (like roses) and I LOVE the way it performs!
Those are my favorites for Eyes for 2011. Ciao for now!

FOTD: Metallic Orange

It began with the Beaute Liqui-Gel Stain in Neon (it was literally the first thing I put on), and I kind of built the face from there:

FACE
Guerlain Parure Gold (Beige 06)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Rock & Republic Blush in Call Me
EYES
NARS Cream Shadow in Nomad (lashline to above crease)
NARS Single Eyeshadow in Etrusque (lids)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (lashline and waterline)
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
LIPS
Beaute Liqui-Gel Stain in Neon
Haughty Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Receive