Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Blossom Eye Duo

The purple shade on the left side is very similar to MAC's Stars 'n Rockets. The shade on the right is a cranberry-rose. I can't think of an exact dupe, at least in my collection. 

This looks like it may be similar to Nars' Caravaggio duo, but I haven't tested that one personally.

Don't let these bright shades fool you--they may look scary in the pan, but apply softly and are surprisingly flattering. The Blossom #103 duo is currently available at  

Saturday Shopping: Look of the Day

  1. Powder: Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight
  2. Foundation: Prescriptives Anywear Multi-purpose Makeup Stick "Vellum"
  3. Eyeshadow: NARS "Egea"
  4. Lip liner: Clinique "Berry Nude"
  5. Lipstick: NARS "Hot Voodoo"
  6. Lip gloss: Chanel Glossimer 121 "Beige Guitare"
  7. Eye highlighter: NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil "Goddess"
  8. Top lashline eyeliner & shadow base: NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil "Aigle Noir"
  9. Bottom lashline eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil "Underground"
  10. Mascara: Trish McEvoy High Volume Mascara "Jet Black"
  11. Brow pencil: Lancome "Taupe"
  12. Blush: NARS "Madly"

Saturday shopping finds: sapphire blue earrings and navy ruffles

Navy top & grey cardigan from Nordstrom BP; earrings from Banana Republic

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Too Faced Lipstick: Lip of Luxury

I've looked at the Too Faced lipstick display a few times during my Sephora visits, but always passed them up until last week when I finally decided to go ahead and try a few. The colors always seemed too bright, but it turns out these are wearable and can be toned down by using a neutral pencil underneath. The shades featured here are "Pink Flamingo" --a bright frosty coral pink with gold shimmer, "Marcia Marcia Marcia" --a cool-toned pink with gold shimmer, and my favorite: "Celebrity Meltdown" --a medium raspberry-plum with gold shimmer, which is super flattering and a great go-to lipstick for daily use. They are well-pigmented and long lasting, provide full coverage and do not have a glossy finish. According to the description on the packaging, they are supposed to be "champagne" too sure about that. They smell a little medicinal, but I do love these colors, so I'm willing to overlook the questionable scent! These are available in Sephora or at the Too Faced website and retail for $18.

I decided to do a little outdoor photography now that spring has finally arrived! 
I like the cute "diamond" on top of the cap.
Left to right: Celebrity Meltdown, Marcia Marcia Marcia, and Pink Flamingo.

Left to right: Pink Flamingo, Marcia Marcia Marcia, and Celebrity Meltdown.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Shades of Green

As a follow up to yesterday's St. Patrick's Day post I decided to pull out all of my green makeup. Although green can be a very difficult color to pull off, I have quite a few items which I use occasionally. Here they are roughly separated into different categories: Olive/Khaki & Sage, Light/Medium Greens, and Teals (I know, not really a green, but more like green's cousin?). Dark greens can be a lot easier to wear than bright greens, but just about any shade can work if the rest of the face is kept very neutral. I like to use golden shades to complement olive and khaki, and it's fun to experiment with a black base, like NARS Zardoz, underneath pigments and lighter greens and teals.


  1. MAC: Photo Realism quad
  2. Bobbi Brown Metallic Eye Shadow: Sage
  3. Nars Eye Shadow Duo: Taiga
  4. Almay: Intense i-color: Trio For Greens
  5. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow: Golden Leaf
  6. Guerlain Ombre Eclat: L’Heure Bronze
  7. MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow: Bright Side/Gallery Gal
  8. Lancome Color Design Eye Shadow: Designer
  9. Nars Cream Eye Shadow: Mousson
  10. L’Oreal Wear Infinite Single: Golden Olive
  11. MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil: Forever Green
  12. Clinique Cream Shaper for Eyes: Egyptian

  1. Dior 5 Couleurs Iridescent: Tropical Light
  2. Shiseido Hydro Powder Eye Shadow: H7
  3. YSL Ombres Duolumieres: 7
  4. Sephora eye pencil: 510
  5. Clarins: 06 Jungle Green
  6. Chantecaille Iridescent Eye Shade: Lemongrass
  7. Stila Eye Shadow Duo: Seafoam
  8. Chantecaille Shine Eye Shade: Jungle
  9. Nars Eye Shadow Duo: April Fools
  10. L’Oreal On-the-Loose Shimmering Powder: Tart (discontinued)
  11. Origins Eye Shadow: Sage
  12. Bobbi Brown Metallic Eye Shadow: Mint
  13. Smashbox Eye Shadow: Zoom
  14. MAC Pigment: Golden Olive
  15. L’Oreal HIP Pigment: Rebel
  16. Nars Cream Eye Shadow Duo: Camargue


  1. Guerlain Ombre Eclat 4 Couleurs: Perles Des Mers
  2. MAC Frost Eye Shadow: Steamy
  3. Shiseido Hydro Powder Eye Shadow: H13
  4. YSL Ombres Duolumieres: 11
  5. Lancome Ink Artliner: Teal Delight
  6. Victoria’s Secret Silky Eye Shadow: Risk
  7. Lancome Color Design Quad: Pop’n Green
  8. Revlon Luxurious Color Satin Eye Shadow: Peacock Lustre
  9. Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Wet/Dry Shadow: Jade-a-Kissed
  10. MAC Glitter: Reflects, Transparent Teal
  11. MAC Pigment: Deep Blue Green
  12. Sephora Eye Pencil: 11 Silver Green

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2010: Petal Eyeshadow Quad and Apricot Blush

Today I received the only two items I purchased from the Dolce & Gabbana Spring collection.  

Petal eyeshadow quad and Apricot blush

Below is a photo (in natural light without flash) comparing Apricot with some of the other D&G shades. Although I haven't given this a try yet, if it's anything like the other D&G blushes, I think it should be OK despite the "orangey-ness." I have found these blushes to be somewhat sheer and easily toned down by applying with a light hand.  They have a really fine texture, and unlike a lot of other blushes the brush that comes with them is actually usable!

Top (left to right): Provocative 40, Apricot 27, Rose 30
Bottom: Caramel 25 and Nude 10

*Update 3/23/2013* Below are swatches of Apricot and a photo of it applied on the cheeks. I hope this is helpful! 

Above and below is Apricot worn on the cheeks. It is a warm peachy terracotta shade that has an effect similar to that of a bronzer. It is somewhat sheer, so those with fair complexions should be able to wear it if applied with a light hand, or you can layer it as I did here to achieve stronger color.  

Happy St. Patrick's Day: Deep Greens: Bobbi Brown and Illamasqua

Bobbi Brown eyeshadows from left to right: Ivy 25 and Bash 5 (Metallic), Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Ivy Shimmer Ink 14, and Illamasqua Nail Varnish in "Rampage"

Saturday, March 13, 2010

MAC Liberty of London: Beauty Powder: Summer Rose

This is one of two Beauty Powders released with the Liberty of London collection. Summer Rose is a repromote, originally included in the Rose Romance collection of 2009. It is a really pretty cool, rosey-mauve shade that goes on sheer but can be built up with a heavier application. It is neither matte nor shimmery, but creates a nice subdued glow. For those of you who might be new to this product, Beauty Powders are more versatile than blush (and more expensive than blush at $25 vs. $18.50 in this collection). Depending on the shade, they can be used as highlighters, eyeshadow, or anywhere on the face. In my opinion this particular shade is best suited to be used as a blush, though.

I like the whimsical packaging

Click image above to enlarge for a view of ingredient list

(Apologies for the poor quality of these swatches) 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Chantecaille: Sylvie's Personal Palette (and some new shoes!)

Got a great deal on these new pumps today. The flowery print reminds me of Chantecaille's Sylvie's Personal Palette, one of my very favorites. The colors are basic but so pretty, and the texture is superb. 

Isn't the rose design lovely? 

Here are some swatches. The highlight color at the end is matte and barely shows up, since it's almost the same color as my skin.

Although the blush looks quite bright in this photo, it looks natural on the face.  

(without flash)

(without flash)

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Today's Look: Mostly M.A.C.

YSL Singulier Mascara in black
Lower lashline: Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner: Underground
Lids: MAC Pearlglide eyeliner: Rave
MAC eyeshadows top to bottom: Straw Harvest, Shale, Nocturnelle

MAC lip pencil: Whirl
MAC lipsticks (mixed together): Spiced Tea, Colour Me Coral 
Smashbox lipgloss: Gilded

MAC Mineralize blush: Two Virtues

From left to right: Two Virtues, Rave, Nocturnelle, Shale, and Straw Harvest

On the left is Smashbox Gilded gloss next to blend of Colour Me Coral & Spiced Tea
To the right are swatches of the two lipsticks individually

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Rouge G de Guerlain

Here is my little Rouge G collection. The Rouge G lipstick line was introduced by Guerlain in Spring '09. 07 "Gaby" is my current favorite. It's a flattering shimmery copper-rose. I am not a big fan of the packaging. Although undeniably glamorous, the metal case is somewhat bulky and a bit awkward to open and close, and it doesn't stand up due to the rounded design. Some may like the built-in mirror, although I have found I don't make use of it. The lipstick itself is quite nice...but is it worth the hefty price tag? Hmmm... perhaps only if you love the unique packaging, or the Guerlain brand (as I do), otherwise you will find plenty of comparable lip formulas out there for about half the price.  Without further ado, here are the photos:

08 Gisele, 12 Gems (Limited Ed. Winter '09), 05 Gracieuse, 07 Gaby

05 Gracieuse, 07 Gaby, 08 Gisele, 12 Gems

(Apologies for the blurry swatches - my camera is not the best for this sort of thing!)

07 Gaby, 05 Gracieuse, 12 Gems, 08 Gisele

07 Gaby, 05 Gracieuse, 12 Gems, 08 Gisele