Posts Tagged ‘lip’
It’s rare I give big time smooches to a lip pencil. Lip liners don’t usually rock my world. For me, they’re a makeup staple that, like salt or pepper, serve their purpose but don’t get me all riled up.
When I tried the Trish McEvoy Lip Liner in Barely Rose, I rethought that sentiment. A smooth, easy to glide lip pencil I can wear this warm, nude rose shade with almost anything! I wonder if Morton Salt would lend Trish McEvoy its slogan; No One Knows Lip Liners Like We Do.
Availability: Trish McEvoy counters
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Lays potato chips. Peanut M&M’s. And the Chanel Fall 2012 collection. There are some things in life you can’t have just one of! The other day, I swung back to the Chanel counter and spotted a couple items I didn’t get my hands on during my first visit. In my defense, these items weren’t yet in stock the last time I visited the collection – and there were no testers – but after spying a few photos online, I knew I had to go back for seconds.
Availability: Chanel counters (limited edition)
And Now for My Picks…
As I mentioned in my previous post, there isn’t a lot of cohesion in the Chanel Fall 2012 collection but the items themselves are nevertheless, beautiful.
There is not one item I’ve picked up that I don’t like, which of course always makes selecting collection picks difficult. Having said that, my must-haves include:
•Chanel Le Vernis in Frenzy – I can wear this milky grey (with a hint of lavender) year round
•Chanel Le Vernis in Vertigo – the epitome of vampy varnish!
•Joues Contraste blush in Rose Initiale – Chanel blushes never disappoint
•Glossimer in Sweet Beige – good pigmentation, nice wear time and a shade suitable for almost everyone
What have you chosen from the collection? I’d love to read about your picks!
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MAC has released yet another collection and this one is a winner in my book!
If you’ve read my previous posts you know that I’m a sucker for special packaging and embossed products (like the heart center of the mineralize blush in the Quite Cute collection and the woven texture in the Dior powder from Electric Tropics) and the embossed daisy in MAC’s latest collection had my heart racing.
This is truly pretty. I only wish they matched the imprint within the pans with flower power on the outside packaging. C’est la vie.
There’s lots to cover in this collection so let me get right to it…
MAC Fashion Flower includes two Beauty Powders. As Beauty Powders go, they are very sheer (although Alpha Girl has slightly more pigment than Light Sunshine) and can therefore be used all over the face for a sheer wash of color, as highlighters (on cheeks or brow bone) or as a sheer blush.
TIP: To make Alpha Girl really bloom layer it over a peach/pink cream blush.
Of the six eyeshadows in this collection my beauty black book pick is hands down Lucky Green. This is part of MAC’s permanent line but if you want to pick it up in the embossed packaging you should – it doesn’t cost you any more to do so.
Lucky Green is a veluxe pearl formulation and is a frosted mid-tone lime. If you don’t already have this one in your collection grab it because for the summer it’s a must wear!
Groundcover, Bows & Curtseys and Fresh Daisy are all limited edition shadows and while I like all of them they are dupable, IMO.
For the Fashion Flower collection Mac brought back the Lip Gelee’s. Hooray! I love me some sparkle ;-D
The color pay off is insignificant but Budding Beauty (a soft melon with pink shimmer) stands out among the trio. If you’ve never worn a Lip Gelee expect a texture that is thicker than lipstick or a lipgloss – it’s essentially a lip gel. They are not sticky despite their thickness, are sheer in color, surprisingly moisturizing on my lips, last about 3 hours and carry MAC’s signature vanilla scent.
If you don’t like shimmer or glitter you’ll want to pass on these because they are packed with pizzaz!
Of the three lipsticks in the Fashion Flower collection my beauty black book pick has to be Ever Hip (not shown in this post). This is a re-promote from the 2010 Liberty of London collection. It’s a warm peach tone that you simply must try.
Second runner up is Summer Shower. I chose this as my #2 lip must have if you like to experiment with lipsticks and enjoy layering. On it’s own this color doesn’t do much on lips – sadly, the shimmery Aqua doesn’t show up on the lips as well as it does when swatched on the hand.
But, layered over a nude, light pink or light coral lip pencil (versus a creamy lipstick for example) this color amazes. Give it a try.
I’m still playing with different looks and variations using this collection and promise to report back with a few eye and lip how-to’s.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear what some of your favorite combos are using this collection.
All items available now (while supplies last) at maccosmetics.com, MAC stores and MAC counters.
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I’ve had a long standing love affair with Dior since the 80’s. I realize I’ve just shown my age but hey, 47 is treating me pretty well ☺
Maybe it’s the beautiful blue and now silver compacts that tantalize me. Or maybe it’s the velvet pouches they come in that have me swooning. Yes, Dior packaging is luxurious, sensual and even the strongest gal can’t resist its charm.
All of that aside, what first sold me on Dior was this magnificent rose facial exfoliator that is sadly, discontinued. I’m a sucker for a subtle rose aroma.
Later, I explored their shadows (the only ones I would buy until recently) and was in awe at the silky, lush textures and easy blendability. You can see why Dior had me at hello.
And this summer Dior tempted me (and you?) again with their Electric Tropics collection.
To be entirely candid, there’s really nothing “electric” about the collection save for the polishes but a little marketing mishap didn’t stop me from being completely and utterly electrified (yeah, I’m being cheesy today) by the collection.
I rarely pass up the chance to pick up a Dior quint and in this collection I chose Rosy Tan. For a summer palette it’s not especially bright. In fact, it’s a nice neutral shimmery collection of shades that blend like nobody’s business – for real – and while most lines release colorful palettes for summer I’m okay with Dior taking us in a different direction (it’s true love for me after all).
My Dior counter manager, Eric, convinced me I needed both of their Diorskin Nude Healthy Glow powders. These powders are Amaazing (with a capital A) and are imprinted with a woven pattern much like that of the Lady Dior Avenue tote (a beautiful bag by the way).
Originally I was vying for the Aurora (a breath taking combination of pinks, soft tan and soft bronze) which was created for fair to medium complexions but after talking with Eric I figured why not also get the Sunset palette which is much deeper in shading.
I’m so glad I picked up both because they’re both equally stunning. The powder is silky and glides on the skin easily and imparts a lovely sheen. They’re both very pigmented so a little dab will do you particularly with the deeper shade of Sunset. In MAC-speak I am an NC20-25 and the Sunset works but only if I apply it sparingly and with a light hand (a stippling brush is my brush of choice for this one).
This year, Dior introduced the Healthy Glow Summer Fluid. A lightly textured liquid to powder finish, this product gives a sheer wash of color that can be used alone on bare skin or mixed with foundation for a sun kissed glow. There are two shades in the Electric Tropics collection and I chose 01 Rosy Nude.
At first glance I rejected this product because it looked far too dark for me. But after playing with it I realized a) I could use a tad more color this summer and b) the color intensity does sheer out if you use a light hand. So, in my bag it went.
I find this product works best when used with foundation (1-2 drops should be enough). It gave my face a touch more warmth and looked velvety on my skin – not overly dewy and not matte. And in case you’re wondering, there are no shimmers or glitters as you often find in products of this nature.
The only part of this collection I was disappointed with were the Dior Addict Crystal Glosses. They claim to deliver hydration and volume to the lips – I experienced neither. The shades are lightly tinted – more so in the tubes than on lips – and offer next to nothing in terms of color.
They are more slick (that’s my way of saying a slippery mess) than other Dior glosses and tend to bleed. To get some wear out of these I’m applying them over brighter toned lip pencils. In this way, they add a nice sheen to the lips but honestly, a clear gloss from any drugstore brand would do the same.
Every love affair comes with at least one gripe and mine are the Crystal glosses. Boo hiss!
Otherwise, the collection is a departure from the in your face brights we’re seeing for summer. If you like neutrals but want your look to reflect a hint of a summer glow this could be the collection for you.
Are you into this seasons bright oranges and pinks or do you prefer summery neutrals? What are you grabbing from this collection…anything?
All items available now at major department stores while supplies last.
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