Stories for: Makeup

Beauty, MakeupDolce & Gabbana Makeup: True Monica Collection

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Occasionally I wonder if I have some Italian blood in me, due in part to alarmingly strong cravings for truffle pasta, my adoration for the Amalfi Coast, and the fact that I consider Monica Bellucci the epitome of timeless beauty. Ms. Belluci has been a longtime muse of the ultimate Italian label, Dolce & Gabbana, and a recent collaboration between the two has resulted in the True Monica Collection. “We are constantly inspired by Monica Bellucci, to us she will always be the original Dolce & Gabbana woman; naturally, timelessly beautiful with an unwavering strength of character on the inside,” say Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. As a screen icon and model, Monica Belluci has had every conceivable look done, and has created this perfectly curated palette to bear her name as her signature style. The shade collection consists of a sexy color palette for a head-to-toe makeover including shades for the eyes, lips, and nails. Creating a gorgeous face is an art form, starting with a dramatic smokey eye paired perfectly with a voluptuous kiss-ready lip. The passion exuding from the rich colors is powerful–use with caution! READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupI’m Blushing…

josiemaranBlush is one of my least favorite makeup items to buy. I don’t know why–it’s just so… boring (I know they’re important for a complete beauty look…but just telling the truth here guys!) to me.  So any time I can try a blush that’s a little bit different than my normal powder ones, I’m excited. Enter Josie Maran’s new Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelées. These adorable little pots of color actually make blush (dare I say it?) kind of fun! First of all, the colors are just so juicy and irresistible and the texture makes them perfect for summer (try popping them in the fridge for a cool color refresh.) This gel blush is build-able with what I’d call sort of a thick gel consistency–you swipe your finger over the top and then rub the color onto your cheeks. It’s very easy to blend, so there are no weird streaks of color left behind (total pet peeve). The two shades I tried gave me a natural flush of color that lasted all day and didn’t dry out my skin (the gelées are infused with 50% pure coconut water, so they’re very hydrating). I also like that there are only six shades available–all the basics (pink, orange, nude, wine, red…) are covered, but you don’t have to stand in front of the display for an hour trying to figure out which of the ten pinks shades are best for you. I might have to buy all six of the colors so I can actually enjoy using blush again.  So fun!

 

Beauty, MakeupBrighten Your Summer

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I love summer makeup: it’s just so cheerful and full of color– perfect for lazy days at the beach or sizzling nighttime looks.  I could buy it all!

Stila’s new summer collection is one of my favorites this season. I’m totally obsessed with their new Countless Color Pigments. These little compacts of color come in almost neon packaging so they’re easily spottable in your bag, and each shade has a combination of three of four different colors in it. They’re all swirled around, almost like a watercolor painting.  Very, very pretty. I know it doesn’t matter if your makeup is pretty, only that it works, but still–it somehow makes it a better purchase if it’s aesthetically pleasing as well. The fun part comes in deciding how to use the shades–you can either put them on individually or swirl your brush over the entire compact, getting one mixed shade out of it. Either way, the colors are all gorgeous and fun. READ MORE

Beauty, Makeup, Nails, ShoppingReturn of the Cult

On your mark, get set … buy! I am pleased to announce that I am now a delighted owner of Les Vernis Couleurs Culte de Chanel, five cult nail colors brought back from the past by Chanel for a limited time.

In line with its recent brand heritage films (perhaps my favorite bit of advertising this year), Chanel’s nostalgic turn means we get to experience Black Satin (true black), Beige (warm neutral), Rouge Noir (deep red), Particulière (taupe) and Pirate (true red) once again in all their glossy glory.

If you love these cult shades as much as I do, watch the hip little film above to get into the mani-pedi mood, then click your way over to Chanel.com and stock up before they sell out.

Oh, and while you’re there, check out Chanel International Makeup Artist Lisa Eldridge’s tips on how to get their Summer 2013 Beauty look. It’s inspired by butterflies!

 

Beauty, MakeupEndless Summer

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Summer weather calls for special lipstick–one that holds up in heat or humidity, that replaces our gloss, that’s fuss-free and low key enough to wear to the beach (it’s a requirement), and packs enough color so we can just swipe and go. Naturally, we turn to Lipstick Queen, one of our all time favorite brands (they’ve perfected that balm meets stain combination like no one else). For the season, founder Poppy King has released a set of sticks aptly called Endless Summer that contains three gorgeous shades–a nude (Hang Ten), a pink (Perfect Wave), and a coral (Stoked Coral). Named after the 1966 surf movie of the same name, the Endless Summer lipstick collection is meant to be effortless, pretty, and worn for day or night. One swipe of the nourishing, ultra-glossy lipstick provides a sheer wash of prettiness for anytime but we love to layer for more intense coverage and bright color. The formulation is packed with vitamins and natural oils to keep our lips soft and hydrated–so much so, that this has replaced our balm stash now that the weather is warmer. And the shades, well they speak for themselves: it doesn’t matter which one we throw in our bag for the day, the color is guaranteed to make us look pretty and fresh. Isn’t that what we all want for the summer?

Beauty, MakeupEstee Lauder’s Batik Sun Eyeshadow Palette

elbronzeOne of my favorite things to do on vacay (besides relax and drink margaritas obviously) is experiment with makeup. No one knows me (hopefully!) and I can try new things that I wouldn’t normally have time to do when rushing out for dinner after work. I toted Estee Lauder’s new Limited Edition Pure Five Color Eyeshadow Palette in Batik Sun with me to Mexico, and it was the perfect color scheme to celebrate the clear blue ocean and orange sunrise (yes, sunrise!). The palette is part of their annual Bronze Goddess collection and the colors can be seen modeled by the goddess herself, Hillary Rhoda. I admit that these colors are not ones I’d normally choose (I love my neutral palette), but just opening the golden compact is akin to discovering treasure — brilliant teal, gold, and nude shades that add drama to any look. The neat thing is that the finishes range from matte to shimmer, so layering is encouraged and gives the eyes an added dimension.

Let me give some attention to the most exciting shade in the box — the turquoise immediately brings to mind summer and surf! I was a tad wary of wearing blue on my eyes, but it looks really beautiful when applied and then layered with the gold shimmer. Turn the volume on this vibrant shade up or down by draping the whole lid, or just applying with a liner brush along the lashline. The dark brown (with the EL logo) can be used as a brow definer or just above the lashes for an evening look. There are so many exciting combinations that the range can move from highlighting features to making an off-runway statement with bold color. I’d recommend checking out the colors in a department store near you, because with this type of color, computer screens always distort. This compact forced me to think outside the box, and my summer is looking brighter because of it!

Beauty, Makeup, ObsessionsIt’s a Benefit Spring

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It’s the perfect season for cheerful new shades, don’t you think? I was so happy to discover the great spring colors from Benefit’s new collection of eyeshadows — not only is the stuff fantastic (more on that below), the retro packaging is pretty, feminine, and cheerful — perfect for both my handbag and vanity counter.

I can’t go any further without gushing a bit about the Creaseless Cream Shadow. Here’s the thing: I had a seriously scarring experience with finger-applied eyeshadow years ago and since then, I’ve been reluctant to jump back in. But in the name of beauty blogging, I slid my ring finger across the richly-colored pot of creamy shadow and cautiously applied to my eyelid. I was ecstatic. It was easy to spread and went on like silk — not at all messy or uneven as I had expected. Feeling more courageous, I layered My Two Cents onto the whole lid, then applied Bronze Have More Fun just north of my lashes, blended a bit and ended up with a perfectly coppery smokey eye. For me, long-wear is of utmost importance, and the cream shadows pass the test.  I spent all day in them, even took a short cat nap, and still managed to dash out the door for dinner with only a 30-second touch-up .

Along with the new cream shadows (my new faves!), Benefit has also released a collection of Longwear Powder Shadows, which are ideal for mixing and matching to create custom look.  Blingo silver is one of my favorites to wear alone layer over a cream shadow for some extra shimmer.  For something a little darker, Rain check?  is a purple hue that works for almost any complexion, even if you don’t normally wear color. As someone who usually reaches for neutrals, I was pretty surprised at how flattering the violet looked with my dark brown eyes. In fact, it’s almost become a bit of a daily fave — I apply with a heavier hand for a more dramatic evening and sweep on lightly over lids for a day shadow. With 22 new spring colors, the possibilities are endless… so channel your inner kid-in-a-candyshop and play with Benefit!

 

Lust List, MakeupCK One Graffiti

ckonecolorCK One Color is bringing back edgy! I’m loving their Street Limited Edition Pure Shine Lipstick for both what’s inside and out. The lipstick combines the benefits of a gloss, balm, and color in one, so it saves you from having to carry three products around (also perfect for this season’s cute clutches!). The result is a mix of hydration, color and shine that comes in four fun and bright colors.

The brand collaborated with graffiti artist Miss 163 to create the original artwork that’s on each lipstick cover for this limited edition summer collection. Miss 163, a.k.a. Sharon de la Cruz, is one cool chick– when asked about her moniker, she responds, “I’ve always wanted to be in a Miss Universe contest, but I’m too short, so I decided to crown myself ‘Miss 163.'” Born on 163rd Street and raised in the Bronx, Miss 163 has a mission of bringing art in the form of graffiti to those who normally wouldn’t step foot into a museum. Her work is known internationally, with many of her murals in Lima, Peru, so it’s so neat to have a little capsule of it in your pocket to pull out every time you’re ready for a pop of color. Not only is Miss 163 an artist, but she’s an activist working on a non-profit in Peru, addressing women’s health issues via the arts.

The lipstick is so comfortable to wear all day because your lips are softened with every use. It glides on perfectly and adds a girly but edgy vibe to your look. My fave colors are “Sketched” (creamy nude) and “Tagged” (a vivid pink that matches so many complexions) and I’ve even tried layering the two to get fantastic results. The colors are versatile and long-lasting and can go from day to night seamlessly. These are limited-edition designs and colors, so go get your art on!

Beauty, Eco & Organic, Los Angeles, MakeupMake a splash with Aqualillies for Tarte

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What’s a great way to test waterproof makeup? Jump in a pool, of course! That’s exactly what the Aqualillies, the country’s leading water ballet troupe, did at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica, Calif., yesterday — each wearing a full face of new Aqualillies for Tarte makeup.

By the end of their 15-20 minute performance, they looked just as great as they did when they made their entrance.

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Beauty, MakeupLip 20

Kaplan MD glossI have what can only be described as an unnatural amount of lip products stored all over my condo. I’m not exaggerating — there are some in the garage, some in my bathroom, some in the hall closet…  Lip stuff takes up a lot of space in bulk! But even so, I’m always down for discovering a new brand because, really, can one ever have too much makeup?

Kaplan MD is a brand based in Beverly Hills and they were nice enough to send over some of their LIP 20 Treatment Glosses for me to check out.  LIP 20 is the first anti-aging treatment gloss that does a ton of different things besides give your lips a shot of color — it moisturizes, repairs, enhances your lip’s natural fullness and has an SPF 20 in them so you’re protecting them from the sun every time you apply it. I tried out three different shades – Tangerine Sparkle (a bright coral), Candy Sparkle (a light pink) and Plum Sparkle (a medium plum) and liked them all.  They also have an interesting scent to them — something like licorice maybe?  Hard for me to tell, but it’s pleasant and not overpowering, so that makes it a winner in my book, whatever it is.

The glosses themselves are a bit of a splurge at $30 apiece, but they do have a luxurious feel to them – they’re not tacky or sticky at all, and they really do moisturize incredibly well. Plus, they have a little mirror at the top so you can use it to apply the gloss if you’re running around.  Such a nice touch!

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