Saturday, September 25, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana: Stromboli quad face chart

The beautiful Stromboli eyeshadow quad was one of the first Dolce & Gabbana products that caught my eye when the brand launched its makeup line in 2009. I wasn't sure if its reddish tones would be flattering, but I went ahead and purchased it a while ago and it has been lying in its drawer untouched up until today! Recently, I purchased some other D&G items and the helpful sales associate was kind enough to include a complimentary lip gloss, along with the chart below which illustrates two different looks that can be achieved with the Stromboli quad.

Of course, you can easily substitute with any similar shadows you may already have on hand. You will need a matte or sparkly black (the D&G black is matte with small flecks of glitter), a reddish bronze, a copper, and a light yellow-gold. Here is a short list of just a few of the many alternatives available. Although not exactly dupes, these are along the same lines:
  • Black shade:  MAC Black Tied, NYX Black
  • Reddish bronze shade:  NYX Rust, Urban Decay Gash, MAC Coppering  
  • Copper shade:  Maybelline's Copper Chic palette, NARS Isolde and Brazil duos
  • Gold shade:  Chanel Gold, NARS Goldfinger or Silent Night (glitter), or MAC Gorgeous Gold 

Click on photos for a larger view

Photo below taken in natural light:

Photo below taken with flash: 


Stromboli (No.1) Black with gold glitter
Coffee (No.2) Shimmery dark brown with gold glitter

Lipgloss: Nude
Pink and multicolored micro-glitter in a clear base

Lipstick: Sparkling (No. 65)
Shimmery copper-bronze


I don't own the blush shades used in the chart, but here is a look at a couple of other shades that I thought might work as well: Caramel, a perfect mid-tone, neutral blush, and Nude, a soft and luminous peach:

 *Apologies for the lame blush swatches - the colors do not show up well on my arm here, but are great on the face.*

Thank you for stopping by! 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana: Cosmopolitan Lipstick and Nail Lacquer

The pair of macaws above are wild (possibly former pets or among those that escaped from aviaries following hurricanes in our area). Lately these two are frequent visitors in my neighborhood. I usually only see them flying overhead--and they are always together. Recently, I was fortunate to catch them long enough to take this photo of them on my neighbor's palm tree.

I bid farewell to summer with a post on two products that are more suitable for warm and leisurely summer days but are included along with the more sedate offerings of Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2010 collection: Cosmopolitan Classic Cream Lipstick and Cosmopolitan Nail Lacquer. These are both bright coral shades.

If you dislike coral or don't like to call too much attention to your lips, you may find Cosmopolitan to be a bit too intense, but if it's vibrant and intense color you're after, this one does not disappoint! I think it looks best when worn with very little other makeup aside from a liner and mascara, and a touch of blush.

The nail polish is very pretty and flattering and I did not have any problems with the formula or the applicator brush (I have heard there were complaints in the past about D&G's nail polish brushes, but the version I have seems fine). It has a nice shiny finish with a bit of sheerness to it and makes me think of guava and juicy citrus fruit.

Photo by Penny Greb. Source: Wikimedia Commons

At first I thought this color was similar to Chanel's Orange Fizz, but Orange Fizz is more of a true orange creme whereas Cosmopolitan is a classic bright coral.

Indoor with flash:

in sunlight:

Goodbye summer! I won't miss your scorching heat, mosquitos, humidity, and tropical storms (but I sure do hope this winter is not as cold as last year's)!  :)

Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Dior Vernis Cherry Flower

Photographer: Sprengben

I ordered Dior's Cherry Flower nail lacquer online ($21 limited edition), but then was kind of underwhelmed when I saw it in person at Sephora a few days afterward. That's what I get for purchasing a product based on name appeal alone! I liked the idea of a polish named Cherry Flower and since I do like pink I thought, how could I go wrong? I guess I was just hoping for something a little less "mauve." I had at first contemplated returning this and am still a bit ambivalent about this shade, but after wearing it all day today it's beginning to grow on me! Cherry Flower is a cool, fairly opaque mauve-pink with silver shimmer -- it's definitely not an edgy color, but it does have a certain romantic and feminine charm. The Dior formula is quite nice, with smooth application and full coverage with two coats.

(Note: If you are interested in possibly purchasing this color, I recommend visiting the Fruity Lashes blog for more photos in different lighting conditions, as mine below were all taken with flash causing it to appear somewhat more shimmery than it is in actuality.)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Korres Smoky Bronze Eye Look

Hope everyone is enjoying the last few hours of Labor Day. It's back to work tomorrow!

Here's a quick daytime smoky-brown eye look using Korres' Smoky Bronze kit ($29.50) (I ordered this from the Korres website here but you may still be able to find it at your local Sephora). The set comes with a travel-size black mascara, a black pencil liner and two eyeshadows:  #36 Brun: a dark warm brown with a very slight amount of reddish-toned shimmer throughout, and #31 Bronze Brown: a medium-toned shimmery golden-beigey-bronze.

I had a considerable amount of fall-out with the dark brown shade, but then again I didn't use a base. No fallout with the lighter golden-beige shade. The texture of these is a little dry and powdery and somewhat sheer, but buildable. I think these kits are a pretty good value for the money, but definitely not a must-have as these colors are very basic and I imagine a lot of people already have very similar colors in their stash.  I don't have a lot of experience with Korres products, but I do like the small package size of their products and the colored labels on the back of their eyeshadows make it easy to identify shades quickly. (Also shown below is the Natural Coral eye kit which includes the same black mascara, but comes with a brown liner instead of black.)

Korres Smoky Bronze Kit

Above is the smoky bronze look using the light shade on the inner corner and crease and the dark shade on the outer corner and along the lashline, over the black pencil eyeliner. Korres brown pencil on lower water-line. No base or primer. Black mascara: Make Up Forever Smoky Lash mascara.

Whenever I wear just brown on my eyes I feel a bit boring, but on the plus side it coordinates well with any shade of lipstick! (Forgive the brows, I hope they don't look too bad--I don't get them done by a professional as you can tell, they are mostly au naturel!)

Korres Natural Coral Kit