Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Golden Apples of the Sun

I've been reading some Barnes and Noble leatherbound classic that I got for my birthday and decided to do a look based on the color scheme of one I'm currently reading, a collection of novels of short stories by Ray Bradbury.  I ended up doing something pretty subtle for a leisurely day of going out for coffee. This was also the start of my lighter makeup for summer, using lighter LUSH products and not wasting with heavy makeup that will just melt off in the Texas heat.





Face:
Primer -        Caudelie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid SPF 15
Foundation -  LUSH Jackie Oates Colour Supplement
Concealer -   Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in Luminous Radiance
Highlighter -  LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
Contour -      MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt

Powder -       NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder

Eyes:
Eyebrows -   Lorac Take a Brow in Dark Brown
Eyeliner-      Make Up Store Cake Liner in Black
                   Make Up Store Mixing Liquid
Eyeshadow - LUSH Eyeliner in Fantasy
Mascara -     Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in 090 Black
Falsies -       Shu Uemura Smoky Layers (strip cut in half)

Lips:
Lipstick -      LUSH Liquid Lipstick in Ambition

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Gatsby

I went to see The Great Gatsby yesterday, so, of course, I had to dress up.  Rather that make it completely accurate makeup, I decided to modernize it, using more green-greys than blue-blacks and not completely bowing my lips.  I made an attempt to curl my hair but that only works so well.

Also, everyone should see that movie.



Face:
Primer -        bareVitamins Prime Time Foundation Primer
Foundation -  NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Siberia
Concealer -   Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in Luminous Radiance
Highlighter -  MAC Shaping Powder in Emphasize

Contour -      MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt
Powder -       NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder

Eyes:
Eyebrows -   Lorac Take a Brow in Dark Brown
Primer -        Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Eyeliner-      Revlon Colorstay Gel Eyeliner in Charcoal
                   Buxom Insider Liner in Onyx
Eyeshadow - Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Sahara Haze


Mascara -     Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in 090 Black
Falsies -       Shu Uemura Smoky Layers (strip cut in half)

Lips:
Lipstick -      MAC Lip Liner Pencil in Redd
                   MAC Lipstick in Charmed, I'm Sure (from the Marilyn Monroe collection)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Posture and Kontrol

I tried out Posture from Illamasqua's Paranormal collection and Kontrol while I was getting ready for work today.  I got a feel of how they apply and the color but not of the wear-time.  Posture is a grey-lavender in a matt finish but it applies more smoothly than ESP with better color pay-off.  Kontrol is a blue-violet in a matt finish but, like Posture, applies smoothly and has great color pay-off.

I love both of these colors, I'm pretty excited to wear them out and about.

Edit:  I got a chance to try out Posture.  I didn't need to reapply until hour 6 and it was quite comfortable to wear.



Face:
Primer -        bareVitamins Prime Time Foundation Primer
Foundation -  NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Siberia
Concealer -   Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in Luminous Radiance
Highlighter -  MAC Shaping Powder in Emphasize

Contour -      MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt
Powder -       NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder

Eyes:
Eyebrows -   Lorac Take a Brow in Dark Brown
Primer -        Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Eyeliner-      Make Up Store Cake Eyeliner in Black
                   Make Up Store Mixing Liquid
Mascara -     Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in 090 Black
Falsies -       Shu Uemura Smoky Layers (strip cut in half)

Lips:
Lipstick -      Illamasqua Matt Lipstick in Posture (first photo)
                   Illamasqua Matt Lipstick in Kontrol (second photo)

Friday, May 10, 2013

More Paranormal

I tried out some of the Paranormal collection from Illamasqua today (I posted product photos yesterday).  I really like the way the eyeshadows from the palette glide on, it really does embody the idea of the texture of a cream with the appearance of a powder.  The colors apply very easily with have good pigmentation and blending is effortless.  I did see creasing around hour four but for the most part, it looked pretty good for the day.  My main problem is the green--it seems like it was just thrown in to make a quad palette and I don't think I'll be using it much.  Even the press photos don't show the green much.

As for the lipsticks, I love the look of ESP.  The color is great, but like many of the Illamasqua matt lipsticks, it requires prep.  It accentuated the dryness of my lips(I woke up late and didn't want to bother with exfoliating my lips) and took some building up to get a good, opaque color.  The lasting power is pretty good, I would say about 6 hours without really needed to reapply.  I used Posture but only as a highlighter on top of ESP so I don't have a great idea of the true color or lasting power.


Face:
Primer -        bareVitamins Prime Time Foundation Primer
Foundation -  NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Siberia
Concealer -   Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in Luminous Radiance
Highlighter -  MAC Shaping Powder in Emphasize

Contour -      MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt
Blush -         Make Up Store Blush in A Touch of Peach
Powder -       NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder

Eyes:
Eyebrows -   Lorac Take a Brow in Dark Brown
Primer -        Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Eyeshadow - Illamasqua Paranormal palette (Paranormal, Aura, and Trance)
Eyeliner-      Make Up Store Cake Eyeliner in Black
                   Make Up Store Mixing Liquid
Mascara -     Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in 090 Black
Falsies -       Shu Uemura Smoky Layers (strip cut in half)

Lips:
Lipstick -      Illamasqua Matt Lipstick in ESP
                   Illamasqua Matt Lipstick in Posture

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Paranormal

Illamasqua recently released 'Paranormal,' a collection to "...explore make-up's power to unlock a new personal and creative journey within each of us" as Alex Box described it.

From the collection, I purchased the Paranormal palette and lipstick in Posture.  The palette contains four colors: Paranormal which is a warm, shimmery pink, Aura which is a warm shimmery orange, Trance which is a bright, light violet (also shimmery), and Possesion which is a cool, shimmery green.  The palettes main claim-to-fame is the new formula resulting in a "textured silky appearance of a powder, but with the deep colour wash of a cream."  The lipstick in ESP is a vivid violet in a while Posture is cool lavender.  Both have a matt finish.

I also purchased Kontrol, a dark blue-violet, which I had been wanting for a while.

Available at illamasqua.com.
Clockwise from top: Paranormal, Aura, Trance, Possession
Left to right: ESP, Kontrol, Posture

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sounds Like Noise


MAC just came out with a collaboration with Hayley Williams of Paramore.  The collection involves a lot of oranges and pinky oranges.  It can be viewed here.  The collection is limited edition.




This orange is the best orange I've found so far; it doesn't have too much red or pink that can overwhelm the orange, especially in photos.  It's a bright true orange with a matte finish that's very wearable.  I found this to be true of the matte finishes from MAC so it did accentuate flaky skin but it didn't cause excess dryness.  It lasted comfortably about 6 hours today.

Swatched on my wrist it took on a true bright orange but on my lips it took on a slightly more pink look.  




Face:

Primer -        bareVitamins Prime Time Foundation Primer
Foundation -  NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Siberia
Concealer -   MAC Select Cover-Up in NW15
Highlighter -  MAC Shaping Powder in Emphasize
Contour -      MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt
Blush -         Make Up Store Blush in A Touch of Peach
Powder -       NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
Eyes:
Eyebrows -   Lorac Take a Brow in Dark Brown
Primer -        Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Eyeshadow - MAC Call Me Bubbles palette (limited edition from Shop MAC, Cook MAC)
Eyeliner-      Make Up Store Cake Eyeliner in Black
                   Make Up Store Mixing Liquid
Mascara -     Chanel Inimitable Intense in 10 Noir
                   Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in 090 Black
Lips:
Lipstick -      MAC x Hayley Williams Matte Lipstick in Sounds Like Noise (limited edition)



Monday, February 18, 2013

Dior Mitzah

I pulled out an old eyeshadow from Dior from their fall 2011 collection honoring Mitzah Bricard.  This eyeshadow is the 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow palette.  This palette is the usual Dior quality - smooth, blendable, and pigmented.  It comes with five shades of tan and brown - a shimmery beige; a shimmery, warm yellowish tan; a shimmery tan; a shimmery dark brown; and a shimmery, grey-toned dark brown.  Some of the more yellow shades are hard for me to wear, but I love the cooler toned shades.

I paired the Mitzah palette with the Karl for Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited in Luxe Burgundy.

This palette was limited edition but there are quite a few available on eBay and they're not expensive.



Face:

Primer -        bareVitamins Prime Time Foundation Primer
Foundation -  NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Siberia
Concealer -   MAC Select Cover-Up in NW15
Highlighter -  MAC Shaping Powder in Emphasize
Contour -      MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt
Powder -       Swagger Cosmetics HD Finishing Powder
 

Eyes:
Eyebrows -   Lorac Take a Brow in Dark Brown
Primer -        Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Eyeshadow - Dior 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow palette in Mitzah (limited edtion)
Eyeliner-       Buxom Lashliner in Leatherette
                   Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Skater
Mascara -     Buxom Lash in Blackest Black
                   Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in 090 Black
Lips:
Lipstick -      Karl for Shu Rouge Unlimited in Luxe Burgundy (limited edition)