Monday, November 28, 2011

Laura Mercier Canyon Collection Picks & Fall Eye Look


Just call me "that slow blogger"... I purchased these items in the summer and am just now getting around to using them. I'm kind of glad I waited as I think these are more appropriate now in the fall season than they were back in sweltering July when this collection launched. 

Only three of the shadows above are from the Canyon collection: the army fatigue green Pine Bronze, the deep shimmery brown Chocolate, and the terra cotta satin Canyon Clay. (There is a fourth shadow in this collection which I did not purchase, a warm medium-dark brown sateen called Cedar.) 

*Note* The ivory shade above, Stellar, and the golden olive Sherazade, shown below, are not from this collection but were purchased at the same time.

Chocolate (Limited Edition) 

Canyon Clay (Limited Edition) 

Pine Bronze (Limited Edition) 

Stellar

Sherazade 

The two eyeliners shown below are not part of the Canyon Collection and are permanent colors in the Laura Mercier range. 

Brown Copper Kohl Eye Pencil

Antique Jade

Brown Copper
  
One more view, left to right: Antique Jade and Brown Copper

 Canyon Sunset Cheek Melange (Limited Edition) 



Canyon Sunset ($40) is a cheek and face compact containing three individual shades: a bright peachy-rose, a rosy plum, and a pale pink. When using all three of these blended together the overall look is quite warm. I apply this with a light hand otherwise it will be a bit too dark on me, but it is a really pretty and flattering shade. The powder has a lovely soft and smooth texture and provides a satin finish. The shimmer you see on the surface is just an over spray. If you are interested in purchasing Canyon Sunset, I recommend visiting The Beauty Look Book for excellent photos and swatches of the three shades individually and also stop by Best Things in Beauty for a detailed review. This is a limited edition item, but you may still be able to track it down at your local counter and as of this writing it is still available at lauramercier.com





Below is an olive and brown eye look I did using the colors featured here. I was disappointed that you can't really see the Chocolate shade in these photos, but I am going to try it again one day using a bit more brown! 

For a beautiful fall look that combines brown and olive tones such as these I recommend viewing Tiffany D's fall smoky-eye tutorial Changing Leaves

  



This is about as dramatic as I get when it comes to eye shadow. I would wear this out at night, but probably not to the office. With my skin tone and eye color, olive green has a tendency to wash me out unless I use a lot of black eyeliner and mascara. My own lashes are fairly straight and puny and I thought this look called for something a little more emphatic, so used partial false lashes -- I'm a beginner with false lashes and still getting the hang of how to apply them and how to get them to appear more natural-looking. These aren't perfect, but I hope they don't look too strange! 

For the eye look I used NARS Ponderosa cream shadow as a base and then applied Chocolate all over the lid. I used Pine Bronze on the outer corner and outer crease and Sherazade on the mid- to inner-corner. I used Canyon Clay to blend out the edges along the crease color and Stellar as a highlight. I added black liquid liner, black mascara, and as a final touch, Chanel's single eyeshadow Blazing Gold in the inner corners for more light and sparkle. 

I like Pine Bronze more than I thought I would. It looks somewhat muddy and underwhelming in the pan and in swatches, but looks better on the eyes and I think it's an interesting alternative to black or charcoal for a smoky-eye. It pairs nicely with the shimmery golden-olive Sherazade. I was not happy with Stellar as a highlight for this particular look as it has a very slight pink tinge that did not mesh well with the other shades. It's nice though, as it is not overly shimmery or frosty. 

On cheeks is Canyon Sunset Cheek Melange and on lips, Shiseido's LC1 Automatic Lip Crayon. 



Thanks for reading and have a great week! 




Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Cranberry EOTD

Hi guys, I hope all who celebrate Thanksgiving are having a great holiday.

I was just playing around this morning and thought I would do a quick cranberry eye look (actually this could be considered more of a plum or burgundy, but for the sake of the Thanksgiving theme, I'm going with cranberry!) ;-) I chose a peachy-pink blush and a shimmery peach lip, which are kind of my go-to colors. These are mostly just products that were easily within reach, so you'll see a rather random selection here, from drugstore to high end.




Left to right: 
Almay Liquid Eyeliner Pen, 010 Black/Noir
Sephora Keep Khôl Waterproof Liner, 04 Keep Brown 
Revlon Luxurious Color Eyeliner, Burnished Amber
Kat Von D Pigment, Ladyhawke
MAC Cream Colour Base, Seaside 
theBalm Overshadow, Work is Overrated
Estee Lauder Automatic Lip Pencil Duo, Fig
Mix of Shiseido Automatic Lip Crayon LC1 Trish McEvoy Glaze Lip Color Pink Buff (followed by individual swatches in the same order)
NARS Blush, Deep Throat 
MAC Cream Colour Base, Seaside

  
Shiseido Automatic Lip Crayon LC1 Trish McEvoy Glaze Lip Color Pink Buff


Left image left to right: 
NARS Blush Deep Throat
MAC Cream Colour Base in Seaside

Right image left to right:
Estee Lauder Automatic Lip Pencil Duo Fig
Blend of Trish McEvoy Glaze Lip Color Pink Buff + Shiseido Automatic Lip Crayon LC1
Shiseido Automatic Lip Crayon LC1
Trish McEvoy Glaze Lip Color Pink Buff


On cheeks: NARS Deep Throat + MAC Seaside (as highlight)
On lips: Trish McEvoy Pink Buff + Shiseido Lip Crayon LC1

Ladyhawke True Romance Pigment (Kat Von D)

Work is Overrated Overshadow (theBalm)
   
Left to right: Almay Liquid Eyeliner Pen 010 Black
Sephora Keep Kohl eye pencil 04 Keep Brown; Revlon eye liner Burnished Amber
Kat Von D Ladyhawke; MAC Seaside; theBalm Work is Overrated



I could use a little more black eyeliner to counteract the red tones!


Thank you for visiting! 

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving holiday! 



Monday, November 21, 2011

BeautyBloggers.org 2nd Annual Charity Auction Launching Soon!

Here's an opportunity to shop for a great cause: the BeautyBloggers.org annual charity auction.

For the second year in a row, beauty bloggers and brands have joined forces for an online auction benefitting Doctors Without Borders.

Participants have donated a treasure trove of the best lotions, potions, and products. Donated items range from the hottest items from this year’s holiday collections to hard-to-find exclusives and limited edition cult favorites. When the auction ends, winning bidders make their donations directly to Doctors Without Borders, through the site’s secure giving page.

The auction will be live Monday, November 28th through Monday, December 12th.



Last year I bid on and won two items (at really great prices). This year I wanted to donate an item and chose one that I personally think is gorgeous: Laura Mercier's new limited edition "Rose Rendezvous" Illuminator from the Moonlight collection. It's a work of art! 


There are many other amazing items available, hand picked by expert beauty bloggers as well as items donated from major brands such as Bobbi Brown, Dior, Le Metier de Beaute, OPI and more.

I have my sights set on this purple Coach makeup bag. Love


And remember, shopping is always fun, but it feels even better when you can help others at the same time--that's what I call a guilt-free indulgence! So have a look and be sure to register so you'll be ready when the bidding begins on November 28th! 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope: Come One, Come All

I learned about the Come One, Come All Kaleidoscope thanks to the lovely and in-the-know Charleston Girl at Best Things in Beauty. 75 units of this special edition palette were created specifically for the Nordstrom in Montgomery Mall, Bethesda, Maryland. About two weeks ago I purchased it over the phone, sight unseen (admittedly not always the wisest thing to do!), but from the photos I saw on the web it looked like just my kind of palette.

Come One, Come All contains a beautiful selection of shades in a wider range of tones from light to dark than the Silk Road palette from earlier this season. For this reason I think it will be more versatile, although these are both great palettes. As you'll see further below I included a comparison to Silk Road and last year's Splendid Frost. As it turns out, I already own three of the shades in Come One, Come All. (Yep, that's right, three of the shades!) ...But...I love them (and LMdB shadows in general) so although it would have been fun to have something new, in the end I'm happy to welcome Come One, Come All into my small but growing collection of Kaleidoscopes. Oh yeah, and I got the most wonderful and unexpected gift with purchase: a credit-card sized Marchesa palette! Score :) 

Don't ya just love Nordstrom's elegant gift boxes? 

Ooh and a Bulgari sample, that's nice too...
    

Marchesa Le Soleil palette by Keren Craig

The Marchesa palette includes a bronzer, concealer, "Le Caramel" lip gloss, "La Rougeur" cream blush and "Le Fauve" eye shadow.




Let's have a closer look at the four shades that make up this palette, starting from bottom to top:

"Bethesda Brown"
 
  

"Montgomery Mauve"

   

"Tawni Taupe"

   

"Haute Honey"


      




  
Clockwise: Come One, Come All; Silk Road; and Splendid Frost


Silk Road palette is on the left and Come One, Come All palette is on the right

The brown and the red-plum shades in both of these are identical; however, in the Silk Road palette the plum is known as "Ikat" and the brown shade is called "Brocade". 

    
Left to right: Come One, Come All's "Tawni Taupe" and Splendid Frost's "Crystal Ball"
(I sure don't mind having two of these as this is my idea of a holy grail taupe!)


Before publishing this post I called Montgomery Mall to see if any of these palettes were still available but was told they are sold out, which is not surprising given the small number made. But as seasoned LMdB fans know, there is sure to be something new and equally gorgeous to look forward to just on the horizon!  

*update 11/21* Also, if you haven't already, stop by Beauty Look Book for excellent photos and review of this palette.


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