Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Look of the Day: Pink, Champagne & Copper

Even though summer isn't over yet I'm already in the mood for fall colors like copper and bronze. I am so looking forward to that first touch of coolness in the air so I can enjoy walking outdoors again, minus the 90-plus degree Miami heat and humidity. Yet I know when winter arrives I'll be complaining about the cold. C'est la vie! After so many years of living in a tropical climate I'm not sure how I would fare in a city that really gets cold. My absolute favorite times of the year are spring and fall! 

Today's look is technically not entirely a "fall" look since the cheeks and lips are still somewhat bright and spring-like, but on the eyes, Laura Mercier's Burnished Copper is definitely the sort of color that comes to mind when I think of fall and things like turning maple leaves, pumpkin pie, and apple cider with cinnamon sticks. On me, coppers can be tricky--if they have too much red or orange in them they can look unflattering. But this one is more like a beautiful, shimmery, deep mahogany brown and is quite wearable, especially with the addition of black liner. 

I have had the two shades of Creme Eye Colour shown below, Platinum and Burnished Copper for a while and decided it was time to put them to use. They have great pigmentation and are quite concentrated--I soon learned that only the tiniest dab of product is needed and that I need to be careful not to over squeeze! This product has been on the market for several years so many of you may have tried them. If so, let me know if there are any other shades you would recommend.

Platinum on inner third of lid and crease with Burnished Copper on outer two-thirds of lid and blended up into crease. MAC Creme Liner in Black on upper lash line and MAC Pearlglide in Spare Change on bottom lash line.  

  • Eyes: MAC Pearlglide Eyeliner in Spare Change and Creme Liner in Black; Laura Mercier's Creme Colour in Platinum and Burnished Copper
  • Cheeks: Chanel Cream Blush #64 Inspiration 
  • Lips: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Native, 24/7 Lip Pencil in Native and deepened edges a bit with Clinique's Plush Pink liner (not shown)

Left to right: MAC Creme Liner Black , MAC Pearlglide Spare Change, Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Burnished Copper and Platinum, Chanel Cream Blush Inspiration, Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick and 24/7 Lip Pencil in Native

One of my favorite new lipstick formulas is Urban Decay's Revolution. These have a cream-gel hybrid texture that provides a bit of shine to the lips, but even after hours of wear I find that the product doesn't migrate into my lip lines, either with or without a liner, which is an unexpected plus! The shade shown here is Native, a cool toned, pale mauvey-pink (looks warmer in these pictures than it really is), along with its matching 24/7 Lip Pencil. I found the lip pencil to be lighter and cooler-toned than what I'm used to wearing, but it is an excellent match for the lipstick. I love the idea of having matching lipsticks and liners and hope other brands follow their lead.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you all have a great week! 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquer In-Store Swatches: Baby Jane, Shocking, Delphine, Sally and Stone Jungle

Below are swatches of a few more Marc Jacobs colors I tried on in Sephora today. I hope these will be helpful to anyone considering these colors. I did not purchase any of these shades, but my favorites in this bunch in order of preference are Delphine, Shocking, and Baby Jane.

  • Baby Jane is an opaque greige. We've seen many similar shades released in recent years, but I never tire of neutral putty shades like this. The formula covers well in one coat, but I used two for evenness.   
  • Shocking is a lovely opaque fuchsia -- nice to have if you don't already own something similar. It is shown here with two coats.  
  • Delphine is a smoky grey with plum tones (along the lines of Metro Chic and You Don't Know Jacques, etc.) I really like this one! It's slightly more sheer than Baby Jane, but reaches opacity with two coats. 
  • Sally is emerald green shimmer in a sheer black base. This one needs three coats to look its best. Most of the time it looks almost black--the pretty shimmer really only shows up in bright lighting. 
  • Stone Jungle is a basic silver foil. I feel like I've seen very similar shades from NARS, Essie, and quite a few other brands. This one applies nicely and covers well in one coat but, like all foils, it emphasizes any flaws or ridges in the nail.

Indoors in natural light

In the photos taken in sunlight below, my camera wasn't sure how to interpret the shade Shocking and turned it into a neon pink, but in reality it is more cool toned and an elegant fuchsia.

In full sunlight 


Hope you are all having a great weekend! 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquer In-store Swatches: Lola, Daisy, Oui! and Jezebel

I stopped by the Marc Jacobs display at Sephora today for a second look at the new Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer shades. I thought I would share a few photos of the shades I tried on in the store, in case they are helpful to those who don't have a Sephora nearby.

My picks so far have been Funny Girl (opaque pale warm beige/nude), Le Charm (complex sparkly rose-gold), Petra (complex sparkly dark plum-bronze), Desire (classic shimmery ruby red), Daisy (pearly pink-ivory), Oui! (shimmery magenta-violet), Fluorescent Beige (muted taupe-mauve with pink iridescence), and Glinda (fine silver glitter in a clear base) -- you know I'm a magpie when it comes to glitter!

Overall, I am loving the majority of the shades introduced thus far and hope to see more in the future! I will try to post swatches of the two colors I have on hand (Funny Girl and Daisy) this weekend. I ordered the others shades mentioned above online and am looking forward to receiving them next week. I also have my eye on Jezebel and Lola.

What are your initials thoughts on the line so far? I haven't tested anything else aside from the Style-Eye-Con No. 7 palettes and the eyeliners, which seem very nice at first glance. I was impressed with the pigmentation and texture of all of the shades in The Starlet palette, and love the neutral shades in the The Lolita palette. My wishlist is growing longer by the day!

These were all topped with the Marc Jacobs "Shiny" topcoat.

(On thumb is Fluorescent Beige)


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Giorgio Armani Kaleidoscope Collection: Eyes to Kill Silk Eye Shadow (Fall 2013)

Armani has released a beautiful, very colorful, new collection for Fall 2013, called Kaleidoscope. Included are six new, limited-edition Eyes to Kill Silk Eye Shadows ($33/0.14oz), five of which I have to show you today (the missing shade, #31 June Beetle, is an iridescent teal that is lighter than the blue shown here, but fairly similar in tone). The collection is inspired by the iridescent shades of scarab beetles and all of the names of these shadows center around that theme. I imagine fans of color will be pretty excited about this collection, while those who shy away from color might be relieved to be able to skip most of these and save for upcoming holiday collections instead.

Since they were first introduced a few years ago, I've been an admirer of the Eyes to Kill shadows, as they are so easy to apply, nicely pigmented, and long lasting. Admittedly, they are pricey but a little product goes a long way and each jar will last you for a very long time. Although L'Oreal, Lancome, and other brands have similar products, Armani's color selections generally tend to be more unique and special, so they remain my favorite.

The shades included in the Kaleidoscope collection are all shimmery, but they are less metallic than some of the ETK shades we've seen in the past, which makes them easier to pull off despite their vibrant color. Some have an interesting duochrome quality. (For more views of these shadows, visit Temptalia, Best Things in Beauty and Color Me Loud.)

Shower of Orchids
#30 Rose Popillia

In its container, Rose Popillia is a pink-mauve shade, like the Shower of Orchids plant shown above. Once applied it is a softly shimmery pink with a grayish undertone, and is one of the strongest duochromes in the collection. This is an interesting shade, and one that I was most attracted to because it seemed the most neutral of the bunch and one I would be more likely to use on a daily basis. 

Hummingbird gathering nectar

#32 Gold Hercule

Gold Hercule is a greenish-gold (or goldish-green?). I'll think I'll call it a gold-leaning, iridescent chartreuse. It also appears to have a dusty undertone at some angles. When I first saw it I thought of the color of a hummingbird I photographed a few months ago at Fairchild Tropical Garden. I think it's pretty spot-on! This is a beautiful shade that will look lovely all on its own or as an accent shade on the lids. I like to pair colors like this with dark blues, teals, and emerald shades. I think it will look great with #33 Blue Beetle

Water lilies at Pinecrest Gardens

#33 Scarab Violetta

Scarab Violetta is a softly shimmery, iridescent mid-tone violet, like the color of purple water lilies. In comparison to the other shades in the collection, this one might not seem as complex, as it does not have a noticeable duochrome quality, but the color itself is very pretty. It is somewhat sheer and more subtle on the skin than it appears in the jar. 

Banded King Shoemaker butterfly

#34 Blue Beetle
Blue Beetle is a gorgeous shimmery, peacock blue. It has a subtle charcoal undertone that keeps it from appearing overly bright. You might need to build it up a bit to achieve the intense color you see in the jar. It is that beautiful, iridescent blue color of butterflies like the Blue Morpho and the Banded King Shoemaker, shown above.

Egret lakeside at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

#34 Silver Chafer

Lastly, is Silver Chafer, a shimmery silver, like the sparkle of a sunlit lake. This is a color I was undecided about because I already own a few silvers and thought, how different is this from other silvers Armani has released in the past, and every other basic silver on the market? I could see that a visit to my local counter was in order! A kind and helpful makeup artist applied Silver Chafer on me along with #33 Violetta, a neutral matte beige crease color, and completed the look with a dark brown liner and the Stretch Lengthening Mascara. I was pleased to see that this silver is not highly metallic, making it softer and more easily wearable than some of the prior ETK silvers, like #12, for example (see comparisons below). 

Left to right: #30 Rose Popillia, #32 Gold Hercule, #33 Scarab Violetta, #34 Blue Beetle, #35 Silver Chafer

In bright sunlight 

In low light

You may be wondering how Silver Chafer measures up to past shades. As you can see below, it is most similar to #22 and #12. If you liked those shades, but found them to be too metallic for your taste, you might want to give Silver Chafer a try. 

I've only numbered the shades below and that is because the actual names of the older ETKs are not written on the box (and I'm too lazy to look them up on the web). The good news is, these new boxes are labeled with both the name and number, making it a whole lot easier to ID what's inside. I've never been any good at remembering product numbers, but I'm much better with names! 

Below are the remaining four shades compared with similar shades in my collection. Lancome's Vibrant Violet is similar to Scarab Violetta--just a bit darker and brighter and more intense. I don't own anything exactly like Blue Beetle. MAC's Deep Truth is not even close, but hopefully it will give you a better idea of this shade. I also don't own anything quite like Gold Hercule. The closest I could find was MAC's Golden Olive, although it is not as complex, and is slightly darker, more shimmery, and brassy in comparison. Lastly, I remembered a recent, limited-edition Maybelline Color Tattoo shade, Seashore Frosts, that is a funky muted duochrome shade, along the lines of Rose Popillia, except it has a predominant blue-green base--but they have in common the same sort of pink/gold highlights with a dusty undertone.

Do you have any favorites or have your eye on any of the other items from Armani's Kaleidoscope collection? This year's trend for fall seems to be bright color, which is unexpected. I love color, but I'm not sure how I'll feel in winter, when I normally gravitate toward burgundies, plums, coppers, and chocolate brown. What do you think about bright colors for autumn/winter seasons?

Sidenote: I am testing out new lighting so that I can take photos indoors, as it is very hot outside where I live at the moment, so if the products shots look different than what you're used to seeing, it is because I am using fluorescent lighting rather than sunlight. I took the swatch photos in bright sunlight, though, as it seems to capture the nuances of colors better than any other kind of lighting I've tried.

Thanks for visiting, and have a great week!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Join me on Instagram

Hi everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start. There are many new items I'd like to share with you, but in weeks like this, when there aren't enough hours in the day to work on a full blog post, I enjoy staying connected via Instagram. It has also become a favorite way to keep my cool while trapped in traffic jams or stuck in long lines. Now that I can catch up on my favorite friends and bloggers' beautiful photos, all of those times spent waiting that I used to dread, aren't so bad anymore!

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Below are a few of my current (non-beauty) favorites on Instagram--guaranteed to add some cuteness to your day. Really, who wouldn't be in a bit of a better mood after seeing a traveling hedgehog or a dog in menswear show up in your feed?










Do you have any favorite Instagrammers? I'd love to hear your recommendations!