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I don’t know about you but my makeup never feels complete without doing my eyes. Some say makeup starts with the eye look but for me, it’s all about lips! That post is coming next week – it’s turning into quite a doozy too.
Whether I’m doing a full on clubbing smoky look (in case you’re wondering, I do not go clubbing but that doesn’t stop me from doing my makeup as though I were) or something more subdued, the shadows in this post never disappoint. And while there isn’t any Dior in this round-up (shocking, I know!) their shadows are glorious and I’ll never be without them.
Okay, now that I’ve addressed the MIA brand, let’s get on with the continuation of my Love List:
Maybelline Color Tattoos: I’ve just about stopped buying cream eye products from other brands; MAC Paint Pots, Chanel Illusion d’Ombre, etc., because these work so darned well. And for under $10, it’s a bargain. The shade selection is nice as are the finishes. Color Tattoos are creamy – although I find they dry sort of quick, and they wear all day on me. No creasing, no worries, no brainer.
Lorac PRO Palette: On a scale of 1-10, I give the Lorac PRO palette a whopping 10…written in a colorful Sharpie with swirls, and maybe surrounded by butterflies. It was hyped at it’s debut and is still the talk of the town with good reason; you can not only create loads of different looks thanks to the well thought out combination of shades and finishes, but it plays well with other palettes. I use this 99.8% of the time which is why it has it’s own special place on my vanity.
Maybelline Eye Studio Shadows: It didn’t dawn on me until I sat down to write this post that I’ve chosen two Maybelline products. How about that. These little quads have sad, flimsy packaging (hence the $8 price tag) but what’s inside is fantastic with a capital F! I own several of these palettes and not one has been a dud. Have you tried them yet?
YSL Pure Chroma Shadows: This little beauty was made for me, really. Okay, I’m joshing but please understand, when I saw this palette up-close and personal there was no way I wasn’t taking it home with me. Released for Holiday 2012, it came with a special glitzy case – that alone sold me! The formulation is a favorite of mine because it can be used wet or dry. I don’t own many YSL palettes but the ones I do have are treasured.
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows: If there was ever an item I feel a little nuts about it’s the L’Oreal Infallible shadows. They’re like round pots of sunshine. The texture is buttery and the finish (on most) is a hair above subtle shimmer. I happen to adore a nice refined shimmer on my lid and no matter what shade I use and how I use it, the finished result makes me do a Joey (from Friends). How you doin’?
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette: I can sincerely say, with a straight face no less, that I’ve never wanted to or have gotten Naked as much as I have with Urban Decay. Corny, but true. I’m not a strictly neutrals gal but these Naked palettes are pretty darned great. Frankly though, of the entire Naked family of shadows, this little Naked Basics palette may just be my favorite. Maybe it’s the size; portable, or maybe it’s the creamy shadow options. I don’t know, I just know that it’s fast become a workhorse in my wardrobe of shadows.
I’m planning on seeing the new Iron Man movie this weekend. That is, unless the lines are too crazy. I’m a picky movie go-er and only like to sit on the aisle and in the very back row of the theater, with a small bag of corn (no butter) and a child size diet coke. And if my husband asks – only if he asks – I’ll wolf down a few of his Whoppers. Wait, that didn’t come out right! What have you got going on this weekend?
PS. See you next week!
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There must be something in the air…I’m sure of it because cosmetics companies that I usually wouldn’t glance at twice are stepping up their game in the color category.
Take for instance Chanel. If you’re a Chanel maven don’t hate on me it’s just that up until recently, their collections and color stories in general have been blasé.
But, the last few collections have had me singing a different tune!
When I peeked the summer collection (inspired by garden flowers) I was curiously captivated and after swatching a few of the items I contacted my trusty rep (Eric) and with one swipe of my card I was the proud owner of a bouquet of summer goodness.
The item that first caught my eye was the buzz worthy Mimosa nail polish. All I can say is yowza – that is some kinda’ color! Chanel does make a good polish and although this color can be duplicated by less expensive brands I couldn’t pass up on this one.
I then toyed with the eyeshadow quad, Lilium. There’s something about bright yellows, greens and yellow-green combos in particular that have me going wild this year…what’s up with that? Anyway, I fell head over the yellow-green slight frost shade in the quad along with the metallic blackened green (great for a smoky look).
The shadows are well pigmented – enough so that what you see in the pan is what you get on the eye. However, I especially like applying these wet for a more intense look. What I like about this quad is that it offers you a combination of frosts and metalics with varying degrees of texture intensities.
In virtually any collection I pick up I bee line for lips. There were two shades from the Rouge Coco line and I chose Gardénia – a rose tone lipstick with gentle hints of gold shimmer (refreshingly pretty).
The Rouge Coco formulation is creamy, wears for hours (about 4 hours on me) and has a semi-opaque application with a hint of frost. If you like your lipsticks sans fragrance you might be bothered by the slight rose aroma. I happen to love it and it does dissipate within minutes.
As much as I’m enjoying the items I’ve mentioned so far the real steel magnolia from this collection has to be the Soleil Tan de Chanel in Bronze Rose. When swirled together you’ll get a peachy pink shade that runs slightly cool due to the cool pink part of the pan.
The product wears well (6+ hours), is buildable, goes on silky smooth and is easy to blend. My recommendation is that fair to medium skin tones consider this one because some of the lightest shades in this palette may turn ashy on darker skins (best to swatch in store to see how it plays against your skin to be certain it works for you).
I’m so impressed with Chanel these days that I’m even considering trying some of their foundations and a few other items from the permanent line.
How about you? Does your makeup garden consist of any Chanel? What’s your favorite item that you recommend I try? Would love your thoughts!
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