Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Chanel Lipliner: Lilirose

I admit I'm a total sucker when it comes to some of the makeup artist-created looks I see online or in magazines. I like to read the list of products used, and inevitably it makes me want to go out and purchase any product I might not already have, even though I might have similar (and probably less expensive) colors in my stash that would create the very same look...When I was trying to decide whether or not to finally buy Chanel's Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle recently, I stopped by Chanel's website to take a look at it on the model and noticed the lipliner the makeup artist used was "Lilirose." Now, this is a color I hadn't ever seen before at my local Chanel counter and I couldn't find any swatches online, but I couldn't resist and went ahead and ordered it unseen. I received it today and am happy to say that it is a perfect match and works better than anything else I've tried with it so far. I hope I will get more use out of Mademoiselle (a color I am decidedly not all that fond of, but now that I've spent the $30 bucks I'm gonna get my money's worth!). Lilirose blends with it so well, there is no discernible line, just a more defined and polished look.

Rouge Coco "05 Mademoiselle" on the left & Precision Lip Definer "19 Lilirose"on the right

Swatches & comparisons with a few other Chanel lip liners:

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Weekend Shopping Finds & LOTD: Silver & Gold

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Here is a simple look using mostly Paul & Joe products. I like the contrast of cool silvery-gray #18 in the crease with warmer beigey-gold #92 on the inner corners. I used #20, a charcoal with subtle flecks of micro-glitter, on the outer corners for definition and Urban Decay's deep black liner Zero on top lashline, with Urban Decay's dark silver Gunmetal on bottom lashline. Lipstick was Paul & Joe's #10, a shimmery nude beigey-gold. Love this color because, unlike some lighter/nude shades, it provides just enough color to warm up the face, but will not clash with a heavier eye look. Paul & Joe's lipliner #04 is a great match for this lipstick--just need to blend it in a bit to avoid any harsh lines. Finished off the look with Nars Luster blush, a highly-pigmented, warm shimmery golden-peach.

And here are some cute chandelier earrings & a bracelet I found on sale at Banana Republic. The bracelet has an interesting mix of silver and gold chains of different styles.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Lancome Summer 2010: Bronze Riviera Eye Palette

Here's a quick look at the Pink Party Pretty eye palette from Lancome's summer collection.

The shades in this palette aren't especially unique, but they are really pretty and wearable. There is a nice range from light to dark, as well as a variety of finishes. These qualities, along with the convenience of having six coordinated shades all in one place, made this a palette that I just couldn't resist!

Top row, left to right:
- Flower (Sheen)
- Fresh Rose (Sheen)
- Kitten Heel (Metallic), also available as a single in the Color Design permanent collection

Bottom row, left to right:
- Tropiques Glow (Metallic)
- Lounging (Sheen)
- Lava (Shimmer)

(For swatches and a more detailed review, visit Temptalia here.)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

LORAC Little Black Palette

Here's a look at Lorac's Little Black Palette. This is a palette of four baked eyeshadows and a travel-sized eye primer. These are all very shimmery shades, but can be toned down if diffused with a fluffy blending brush or, if you prefer, you can achieve a metallic look by applying with a flat brush or fingertips. Included is a light, neutral champagne that can be used all over the lid or for highlighting, a gorgeous peachy-gold, a warm, orangey-bronze, and a nice, neutral chocolate brown. The peachy-gold shade is almost identical to Lorac's Serenity shadow (shown compared to Jemma Kidd's Vintage here), but is slightly more peach-toned, than gold. This is my favorite of the bunch.

These shades are all very pigmented, with a smooth texture. I don't use primers often and haven't tried this one yet, but look forward to giving it a go soon. Overall, I really like this palette and think the colors are versatile and work nicely together. The only drawback might be the packaging, which is nice-looking but does take up more space than your average quad. The Little Black Palette is available at Sephora for $32.

Lip of the day

Too Faced "Luster Liner" in Akoyo -- a pearly, coral/bronzey-pink pencil with a matte finish, topped with Sephora lip gloss in Desert Gold -- a sheer nude gloss with gold micro-glitter.