Monday, June 11, 2012

Simple Sunday Daytime Look with Smashbox Be Discovered Palette


     
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 really like MAC's #211 liner brush. It makes it easy to achieve a tapered line. I got it a few months ago and am only now putting it to use, since being the lazy person I am, I normally use pencil liner but am making an effort to use up some of my gel liners. I am forever trying to perfect winged liner on my eye shape. More practice is needed!



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!

Eyes
Smashbox eye palette, Be Discovered 
Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara, Black 
Lancome brow pencil, Natural Blonde 
Face
Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder, Desert Beige 
Stila Baked Powder Trio, Set & Bronze  
Cheeks 
Bare Minerals, The Aphrodisiac 
Lips
Laura Mercier Lip Stain, English Rose 
MAC lipstick, Salute! 
Estee Lauder Crayon Automatique, Fig 


warmer lighting 



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


~ Thanks for visiting. Hope you all have a great week! ~

35 comments:

  1. Oh I adore that Smashbox palette & am intrigued by the Bare Minerals blush. Your swatches are beautiful! Pretty earrings too.

    Nic x

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    1. Hi Strawberry Blonde, Thanks so much! The Bare Minerals blush is a nice shade. Might not be worth getting if you already have NARS Orgasm though :)

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  2. Very pretty, great colours for you. I like your idea of mixing Salute! with other shades x

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    1. Hi Replica, Thanks very much! I ended up liking Salute more than I thought I would :)

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  3. What a lovely warm look on you! Beautiful earrings too.

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    1. Hi Martha, Thank you!! I like the earrings a lot, only wish they were a little more light weight :)

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  4. You look beautiful! I love that you've done such a comprehensive post of your look. I think I need to do a little more with my FOTD posts now! Love this! xo

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    1. Hi Christa, Aw, thank you! I love your FOTD posts. I don't do them that often because I seem to always take too many photos and then have trouble narrowing them down! I may do more because I'm trying to buy less and will not be able to feature so many items from new collections. I need to use what I have! xo

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  5. what a great summer look, you look pretty btw ;) love your pics! LM englisch rose looks very nice, I think I have to take a look in person, thank you for the swatches <3

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    1. Hi Claire, thanks very much for the kind comment! English Rose is a nice color. LM lip stains are an interesting product - even though they are called stains they don't really stain the lips. They are just like a normal opaque lipstick, but in a pot. :)

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  6. I was going to comment on color, but I think I have to mention how much I love the 'fruit on a vine' comment + photo. It really does look like that! The colors in be discovered are so soft and pretty; Smashbox does seem to do that kind of palette quite well! I like the colors you've chosen in your eye swatches--- they all seem to be neutral, but quite different. I wouldn't have thought to pair a redder brown with a cooler brown and a gold to top it off!

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    1. Hi Dovey, Thank you!! I sometimes like to mix cool and warm colors to make things a little interesting :) I had fun taking pictures of the earrings. :)

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  7. I really like the mix from Salute and English Rose, perfect for now. The Smashbox eyeshadows are soft and pretty.

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    1. Hi Rola, Thanks - I think I'll use this combination a lot this summer :)

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  8. This is such a pretty look! That palette is gorgeous but I don't think it would suit me as well as it suits your lovely, fair skin. I've noticed that you look really good in soft browns, purples, and pinks (among other colors)--so this is the perfect look for you!

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    1. Hi Becca, Thanks so much! :) I love purples and brown for eyes. This palette is nice to look at but I'm not in love with all of the colors. But I will definitely get a lot of use out of some of them :)

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  9. Beautiful photos! Laura Mercier always has such awesome lip products. You know, I tried Smashbox products before but found them to be too light in pigmentation. Based on your swatches though, they don't seem too bad.

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    1. Hi Kristie, Thank you!! :) Yes, I have also found that Smashbox shadows are sometimes light in pigmentation. They can be hit or miss. Some of these are a bit sheer and powdery.

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  10. You look beautiful! I love the colour palette you have chosen; it really flatters your complexion. Love your photography as well... stunning as usual.

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    1. Hi Arianne, Thank you so much for the sweet comment! :)

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  11. You look so beautiful! I love the colors you picked and the subtlety of the combination; very lovely. I also love your earrings...and I think the LM English Rose looked stunning by itself, too ;)

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    1. Hi Larie, Thank you! I know you can't really see the eye shadows much, so I decided to go a little heavy on the liner. English Rose is a pretty shade -- I bet it would look great on you! :)

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  12. I love the brown gel liner on you. How do you like the Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner? Mine was a bit hard and less creamy when I got it. Those eyeshadows look amazing!

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    1. Hi Michelle, Thanks so much! :) I have read a lot of great reviews of the BB gel liner and so far I really like it. I'm thinking maybe the texture is different depending on the color, or it may dry out & get harder over time, but so far so good! :)

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  13. i also love mac products..long lasting..

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  14. Another gorgeous look! I think the LM English Rose looks great on you alone and layered. Love the earrings and that top/dress! <3

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    1. Hi Liz, Aw, thanks, you are sweet :) I've had the dress for about two years and like to wear it now when it's starting to get so hot!!

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  15. I really like your blog, especially the nail polish comparisons...very helpful tool. Good work!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad it is helpful. :)

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  16. So pretty - I am loving that English Rose! I think I may have to cruise the LM counter this weekend since it's double points weekend at Nordstrom. The earrings are very pretty. I adore your summer look - thanks for added inspiration.

    PS - you are not Mommie Dearest. I remember that scene and I'm still traumatized. Don't worry - you are so far from that hahahaa

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    1. Hi Lexi, Thanks! I had forgotten about double points @Nordstrom! :) LOL about the Mommie Dearest comment & thank you! I have a fear of going around with too much makeup on when I'm older & not realizing I have overdone it! haha ;) My sister and I watched that movie when we were teenagers - who could forget that scene?!

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  17. Gorgeous (!) photos, as always! MAC salute looks kind of...scary on its own, I LOVE how you've paired it with a darker shade. And PS, I think the darker lipstick, solo, looks lovely on you! Age, schmage. :)

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    1. Hi practicingpretty, Thanks so much for the kind comment! :) Yes, Salute does look kinda scary - if I use it by itself it looks like I have concealer on my lips. Might come in handy for people looking for a very pale warm nude lip to go with smoky eyes. :)

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  18. Oh, wow! You are SO gorgeous! I actually think the look should be called "English Rose" since it's so delicate, timeless and classic! :)

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    1. Hi Danielle, aw, thanks for the sweet comment -- I am lucky I can choose the few photos that come out OK and delete the many unflattering ones lol. :) "English Rose" is a lovely name!

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