Below is a simple look I did on Sunday morning using a few new products. I recently purchased MAC's Salute! lipstick from the "Hey Sailor" summer collection. It's a pale yellow-based peachy shade in the Amplified finish. I can't pull it off on its own, but it is very helpful to lighten up darker shades. I have found that with my coloring and the older I get, dark lipsticks are no longer flattering and can easily cross the line into scary territory. (Ever see the movie Mommie Dearest? Think back to the red lipstick Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford is wearing in the "No more wire hangers" scene.) This is not to say that dark lipstick can't be worn after a certain age. Some women look appropriately glamorous in their trademark red from their teens on through to their golden years. Alas, I'm not one of them. So I am happy to have a shade like Salute! that does a great job of lightening up the otherwise rarely-used darker shades I own without making them a muddy mess.
Laura Mercier English Rose lip stain
Laura Mercier's lip stain in English Rose on it's own
Nah, something's just not right here...
English Rose mixed with some Salute!
OK, I think I like this a little better.
Bare Minerals The Aphrodisiac blush is a pinky-coral with shimmer, along the lines of NARS-Orgasm.
Bobbi Brown Mahogany Ink gel liner
I used shade #6 (champagne shimmer) on lid, shade #5 (matte mid-tone warm brown) in crease, #7 (matte taupe) outer corner, and #1 (matte pale beige) as a brow highlight (it is basically the same color as my skin). I used Bobbi Brown's gel liner in Mahogany Ink on the upper lashline and some of #7 to define the lower lashline.
As you can see, these are sort of "barely-there" shades but they come in handy to add some polish to the eyes, without clashing with a brighter lip or cheek.
I had been eyeing this palette for months, even though pastels aren't always my friend. When it went on sale a couple of weeks ago I decided to give it a try. I've read mixed opinions on this palette and am reluctant to recommend it to everyone, but I think it would work well for those who like very subtle or minimal looks. I'm afraid some of the matte shades might not suit all skin tones. The texture of these shadows is soft and powdery, but not what I would call chalky. The silvery shade #4, which looks so promising in the pan had a lot of fallout upon swatching, and reminded me of a MAC Lustre finish. But I haven't tried it or any of the other shades on my eyes yet, aside from 1, 5, 6, and 7.
My favorite so far is #6, the champagne, shown above. It may not be a unique color, but it's a great every day, all-over shade. It's shimmery but not overly so and has a lovely texture. I would gladly purchase a full size of this shade!
Smashbox eye palette, Be Discovered
Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara, Black
Lancome brow pencil, Natural Blonde
Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder, Desert Beige
Stila Baked Powder Trio, Set & Bronze
Bare Minerals, The Aphrodisiac
Laura Mercier Lip Stain, English Rose
MAC lipstick, Salute!
Estee Lauder Crayon Automatique, Fig
Stila Set & Bronze Baked Powder Trio is a recently launched product I sampled at Sephora. I swatched it heavily above, but it can be applied much more sheerly over the entire face for a bronzy glow. I think this color could work equally well for pale and darker skins. I may go back and purchase this at some point!
I also wanted to share some new earrings I got over the weekend. They are currently available from Lucky Brand. I really liked the color and style to wear with summer dresses. Unfortunately, you can't see the stones in this picture but more photos follow. This style of earring also comes in a silver-tone with abalone, which is very pretty.
Took advantage of the sunny weather to do some outdoor photography!
A little like fruit hanging on the vine?
Lucky Brand Faceted Petal Chandelier Earrings
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