With the recent release of Dior's Blue Tie Collection, I've really been rocking the blues lately. Although it's a dark color and arguably not the best for summer, I've been wearing it anyway because 1) I like it, 2) I'm pale all year anyway, so it provides a good contrast to my skin, 3) It's fun and sophisticated at the same time, and 4) I like it and don't pay attention to seasons, just my mood. With all of that taken into consideration, plus the fact that Dior has just released their own navy lacquer in the form of the gorgeous Tuxedo (Cafe Makeup has an excellent review), I've come to the conclusion that for once, I'm actually following a trend--and loving it.
It's time for another Mystery Makeup Bag post from the Beauty Spotlight Team. It's only the second post and we've already got some cheating going on! Modesty Brown is bending the rules and showing us what's in her holiday makeup bag. It looks pretty small though, surely that's never going to last a beauty blogger through a ten-day holiday? Let's see what's she's
Modesty's Mystery Bag
Femme Couture is a line that is currently being sold at Sally's Beauty Supply. It's a fairly comprehensive line and includes lipsticks, blush, eyeliner, brow pencil, eye shadows, foundation and powder. I've only tried a couple of their products, but I've always been pleased with the quality. So when I saw their new Mineral Effects Baked Bronzer and Matching Lip Luster, I couldn't help but pick them up.
First, the bad: I don't even remember the color of the lipgloss. "Why would that be, Shannon?" you ask. Well, it's because literally the first time I wore it, the plunger opening dislodged, fell into the gloss and leaked all over the counter, so I threw it away. It was a pretty pink-beige shimmer that was a bit too sheer for me, but nice nonetheless. However, I'm not going to recommend a product so badly made that it breaks on first application.
Okay, now that we're past that, we can move on to the good part of the review, the Mineral Effects Baked Bronzer. This bronzer comes in 4 colors from the lightest champagne shimmer to a deep bronze. I, of course, chose the lightest color, Summer Kiss. Summer Kiss is a pale champagne rather than a bronze, and it has plenty of shimmer:
As you can see, it's very light in the pan, and it's also light on the face. It doesn't really add any color to my face...rather, it imparts a soft shimmer across my cheekbones. Being baked, it's fairly soft and you need to be careful not to over-apply. On the skin, it's a neutral sheen, perfect for highlighting. I've also used it as an eye highlighter and it's worked very well.
As you can see above, the color is a very neutral on, with slight hints of gold warming it. It's very, very pretty! You can also get a shot of my unnamed lip gloss there too, which as I said was pretty enough but very poorly made.
Bottom Line: If you're in the market for a shimmery bronzer or a subtle highlighter, this one is a good choice. It's inexpensive and high quality, and should last quite a while.
Okay, so you all know by now that I'm loving the Blue Tie Palette from Dior's Fall 2011 Collection. I got a very, very dramatic makeover from Vincent Lee of Dior recently using Blue Tie, and I thought I'd give you a look at how I choose to wear the colors for a normal day.
I'm not ordinarily a big MAC fan, but the other day I was walking through Macy's and passed the MAC counter and caught a glimpse of the new Semi Precious Collection. As is my habit, I was drawn to the Mineralize Eye Shadows in the collection, and found them to be gorgeous. I'm not fond of MAC's regular eye shadows, but the Mineralize line, to me, is better pigmented and easier to work with, and I decided to give a couple of these "gems" a try. After much deliberation, I chose Smoked Ruby and Faux Gold because I don't have a lot of warmer eye shadows at the moment. They've impressed me beyond expectation!
During a recent makeover at my Dior counter, my makeup artist introduced me to the Dior Addict line with two stunning, summery colors, Collection and Paris. Collection is a vivid, warm reddish pink and Paris is a mid-toned, neutral pink. Separately, they each offer beautiful color and texture. Together, they can be worn layered to achieve an ombre effect. Either way, they've both made it into my purse and will stay there until the days turn short and chilly.
This week, the Beauty Spotlight Team shines the light on Le Metier de Beaute, helps us get our glow on, keeps us smelling great and has some awesome beauty goodies to giveaway!
Get your glow on! Pammy Blogs Beauty shares her top self-tanning tips & tricks.
Over at Lipstick Musings, Shannon's got a sweet tooth...and she's craving more of Laura Mercier's Luster Eye Shadow in Chocolate!
Visionary Beauty checks out the Mediterranean inspired Penelope Kaleidoscope from Le Metier de Beaute.
This week Modesty Brown goes nude with Kevyn Aucoin's Expert Lip Tint in ThelmaDora.
Cindy over at Prime Beauty shows you five must-have pink blushes for a fresh summer sun-kissed glow.
Makeup Merriment shares a great summer eyeshadow, Chanel Ombre d'Eau eyeshadow in Delta, with us. Check your stash to see if you have this too.
Find out what animal Marcia from Beauty Info Zone compares Napoleon Perdis lipsticks to and see if this is something that you do too.
Styrch at Pretty in Dayton gets frisky with her little bottle of LP No. 9 for Women by Penhaligons, LTD.
Perilously Pale gives us sneak peek swatches and a review of the Le Metier de Beaute Silk Road Kaleidoscope Eye Kit from the upcoming Fall/Winter 2011 Collection.
The nut jobs at Beauty Crazed have obviously been addled by the heat and are giving away a crazy amount of makeup - go enter before they come to their senses!
Londonmakeupgirl got a sneak peek at what you can expect to see from Selfridges for Holiday 2011. There's another beauty advent calendar, and some beautiful palettes from Bobbi Brown and Suqqu. Have a look here: Selfridges Christmas in July.
Paula, from Older Girl Beauty, wants to tell you about the Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing brush head and give one of them to you (*and your BFF!). She'll even throw in a Mia to use it with, too!
Zuzu's Petals at Everyday Beauty reevaluates what beauty represents for her and wonders what it means to you and how your views have evolved over the years.
There are many ways to apply foundation, and I'm pretty sure I've tried them all. I've used fingers, sponges, the Beauty Blender, and brushes, and for the time being my favorite is the brush. With the right foundation brush, you can achieve a very natural, flawless finish. It conserves makeup, as it allows for easier spreading and doesn't soak up the foundation, and most importantly, it's fast and easy. I'm always on the lookout for new foundation brushes, and that's why I was so interested to see the Essence of Beauty Foundation Brush at CVS the other day.
Hi everyone! Do you like my new look?
I decided a while back that I wanted my blog to be more customized, but I was having a heck of a time finding someone who seemed to share my vision. I looked and looked, and finally I found her...Zoe of Chic and Sassy Designs! I reserved space on her waiting list and patiently waited for my turn to arrive.
Last week, Zoe contacted me and we began communicating about what I wanted. She was amazing! She knew exactly what I meant when I rambled on about what I thought I wanted, and she came up with a design I liked even more than I expected.
I hope you like the new look of the blog. I know it's slightly more subdued than my previous template, but I thought toning down the colors a bit might make it more work-appropriate (ie, allow you to sneak a peek without your boss noticing). If you are having trouble with any aspect of it, please let me know so I can have revisions done.
Please give me your feedback. I'd love to hear what you think. And if you've been bouncing around the idea of a custom blog but haven't acted on the urge, I highly recommend you contact Zoe!
The Beauty Spotlight Team has a mystery makeup bag to share with you. Twice a month our team will be featuring one of our member’s current makeup bags. This week the honors go to Marcia from Beauty Info Zone. Click on this link to find out what she has hiding!
Marcia's Makeup Bag!
Mascaras are one of the few cosmetic items I really, really don't like to spend much money on. Because they need to be tossed every 3 months for sanitation reasons, it seems a huge waste to spend a lot of money on a mascara. As a matter of fact, with the exception of my Dior Iconic mascara (and that purchase hurt...a LOT), I have yet to find a department-store brand of mascara that is good enough to truly justify the expense.
That being said, it's quite a chore to find a really good drugstore mascara. Typically, they just don't perform well, either clumping or not giving enough volume/length/definition. However, I'd heard a lot about Maybelline's The Colossal Volume Express Mascara, so I decided to give it a shot.
So I was at Ulta the other day, feelin' a little frisky and looking for something unique and different to try. I wanted something I would normally not wear, seeing that I've been having success with my "out of the box" kick this season (refer to my Guerlain purchase and my new Lancome lipgloss). I decided I would jump off the cliff with a new eye look or two this time, and started a-hunting.
Lo and behold, before my eyes did appear the most sparkly, shiny, colorful eyeliners I've ever seen! Stila's Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liners literally jumped off the shelf at me. As in, one of them fell off the display as I was passing by, and when I picked it up I was transfixed. This must be a match made in heaven, right?
A new lipstick from Chanel? Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed knows you are dying to see swatches so here you go already!
Beauty Info Zone went to California for shopping and the IMATS show. Find out why their suitcases were overweight on the way back home.
Zuzu's Petals at Everyday Beauty had a blast debating the merits of the nude makeup invasion with fellow readers.
Over at Lipstick Musings, Shannon's brown eyes turn blue with Lancome's Eye Brightening All-In-One 5 Shadow and Liner Palette #401, Midnight Rush. Will you fall in love, too?
Now the UK is finally getting some Summer, London Makeup Girl had a look at the Sue Devitt Beausoleil Summer 2011 collection.
This week Jeanie at Makeup Merriment has once again fallen under the spell of the Rouge Bunny Rouge cosmetics line. This time she's enchanted by a gorgeous eye color named Delicate Hummingbird. With a name like that how can we blame her?
Modesty Brown gets her rouge on, Kevin Aucoin's liquid lipstick in Aquarouge to be precise.
Paula, from Older Girl Beauty tells us how she refreshed her hair color and how we can all refresh ourselves this summer, with the help of Natural Instincts.
Its time for monthly favorites! Find out what made Pammy Blogs Beauty's list of Star Products for the month of June.
Chanel Peridot Le Vernis Nail Colour from the Fall 2011 Illusions d'Ombres de Chanel Collection has Perilously Pale is contemplating buying her first ever "backup".
Styrch shows what a dramatic difference weight loss can make in just YOUR FACE on Pretty in Dayton. (People saying she looks like a teenager again).
See what Vincent Longo Pearl X eye shadows and a Chameleon have in common over at Prime Beauty!
Described at the “new classics” Visionary Beauty has a look at the Sand eye palette from the Bobbi Brown Tortoise Shell Collection.
SOME OF THIS WEEK'S GIVEAWAYS:
Would you like to win one of Tarte Cosmetics fantastic new Amazonian Clay Blushes and a fabulous natural mascara? Are you a luxury eye shadow and brush lover who missed out on the wonderful Rock and Republic cosmetic line? Makeup Merriment has two giveaways that are ending soon- have you entered?
Pammy Blogs Beauty is giving away Clinical Organics "Try Me" Packs to two lucky winners! Each prize is worth $352! Visit Pammy Blogs Beauty for more details and to enter!
Prime Beauty has a Perricone Cold Plasma for one lucky winner. Enter by July 14th.
I've been on a bit of an orange/peach kick lately. Normally one for the dramatic red lip, summer brings about a longing for lighter, brighter colors, and orange is a perfect option, and a great alternative to the more popular (and predictable) fuschia shades. When done correctly, orange can lend a pop of color to the face without overwhelming it, and when you find the right shade for you, it can complement just about any skin tone, from warm to cool and light to dark. Add a few sparkles, and I'm there! That's why I was so happy to discover Lancome's Color Fever Gloss in Metallic Sunburst.
I know I'm not supposed to be wearing dark polish this time of year, but whatever. I wear what I like when I like it, not according to the rules. It's my big ol' rebellious streak, I guess. Plus, when I was at Ulta the other day they were having a Buy 2, Get One Free sale on Essie polishes (go check it out!), and I fell in love with this color. I mean, who can resist purple polish?!
I've spent some crayyyy-zee money on night creams in my life. This is not my fault. This is the fault of the companies that make the creams who promise me that their cream will make me appear to be a 16-year-old girl again. Seriously. According to various claims, by using specific creams, I can even out my skin tone, increase firmness and suppleness, decrease the appearance of wrinkles, and generally turn back the clock. Of course, the fact that I believe all this says a lot about me, namely that I'm fairly delusional and a patsy. However, there are plenty of beneficial ingredients that can be packed into a cream that really do help improve the skin, and I've found several of them in a very inexpensive product that can be found at your local drugstore.