Saturday, April 26, 2014

Nails of the Weekend: Essie's Chubby Cheeks

Have you ever regretted not making a beauty purchase? Usually it's the opposite case for me, but this is what happened to me recently when I decided I wanted a particular polish from Bobbi Brown's recent collection, Nectar & Nude. This is a lovely, well-edited springtime collection with flattering coral shades and neutrals for eyes--just my style. All of the items have been on counters for months and I remember giving them a look, but had quickly convinced myself that I already had similar colors and could safely pass on everything. 

Then, as often happens, time went by and my resistance weakened. I thought, why not go back for that pretty glitter topcoat and coral polish? So last week I picked up the sheer glitter, Bare Peach, but the coral shade, Nectar, was sold out at Macy's. So I walked over to Nordstrom, but had no luck there either.

Days passed, and I began picturing how pretty Nectar would look with that coordinating glitter topcoat. As I began looking at swatches and reading reviews on the web, I became more and more convinced: perhaps Nectar is special and unlike any of the countless other corals I already own. Now that it had become unattainable to me, this coral polish that had at first not garnered a second glance, transformed in my mind into the perfect coral

I was on a mission: I inquired with Bobbi Brown customer service and all of the local department stores. I scoured every web retailer I could think of, but found it was sold out everywhere! (well, except for that one overpriced bottle on eBay, which I just can't bring myself to purchase). 

Alas, I have resigned myself to the fact that Nectar and I just aren't meant to be. So, as a consolation, I bought myself a similar coral--Essie's Chubby Cheeks--a shade that was introduced back in the summer of 2009 but is still widely available. It's no Nectar, but it'll do! 

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Strawberry & Coral: Spring Face of the Day

Today's look features Laura Mercier's Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Strawberry Sorbet--a bright strawberry-pink with a slight sheen. This was my first time using it and I wasn't sure if I could pull it off (it's actually more vibrant than it looks in these photos), but I enjoyed wearing it today while doing some Saturday morning shopping. To maintain a bright and spring-like tone I paired it with Urban Decay's 24/7 liner in the coral-pink shade, Streak. On cheeks is Chanel's Presage, one of my favorite warm corals. And on eyes I used a brown felt-tip liner and a bit of Chanel's Stylo Yeux pencil in Taupe on my lower lash line, but skipped shadow entirely, since I wanted the lip color to be the main focus. This is a very simple and casual daytime look, but it could be dressed up for evening or a special occasion by adding false lashes and a more dramatic winged liner.

L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liner: Rich Brown, Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour: Strawberry Sorbet, Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil: Streak, Chanel Cream Blush #62 Presage (swatched heavily & blended) 


Laura Mercier Strawberry Sorbet + Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil Streak

Coral and rhinestone earrings from Banana Republic 

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Swatches & Face of the Day

After seeing By Terry's Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock, a gorgeous plummy-taupe, worn in a recent video by the lovely Tanya Burr, I made a mental note to check my collection to see if I own that color. I had purchased a few shades online during a Friends & Family sale many months ago, set them aside in a drawer, and promptly forgot all about them. I was so happy to find Misty Rock among those I had chosen! I decided it was high time I do a post about these very beautiful shadow sticks and start putting them to use.

I am a major fan of shadow sticks in general--their convenience really appeals to me. Over the years I have collected quite a few of Laura Mercier's Caviar Sticks ($26), as well as some of Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks ($28). These products are both quite similar--indeed, some might say identical--to By Terry's, but there's just something about the Ombre Blackstars that gives them a more luxurious edge (or perhaps it is only my imagination trying to justify the over-$40-price tag).

These have a great, buttery texture, are long lasting, and come in the most flattering neutral shades with a beautiful, refined shimmer. The lighter shades work well as an inner corner highlight or all over the lid. The mid-tone shades can stand alone, and with the addition of some liner and mascara, are really all one needs to create a quick, polished eye look. 

From left to right: #2 Silver Granit, #3 Blond Opal, #4 Bronze Moon, #5 Misty Rock

Left to right: #2 Silver Granit, #3 Blond Opal, #4 Bronze Moon, #5 Misty Rock

Below is a simple look I put together to do my usual Sunday grocery shopping and errands--nothing too exciting or complicated, but you'll see Misty Rock and a bit of Blond Opal in action. Lately, I've been sticking to warm nudes and peachy-pink lip colors. This was the first time I had ever used Illamasqua's Zygomatic, a lovely, although very subtle, dusty brown-pink shade with a dewy finish. I thought it coordinated well with Chanel's Rouge Allure in Indecise


Left to right: Illamasqua Zygomatic, Chanel Precision Lip Definer Natural, By Terry Ombre Blackstars in Misty Rock and Blond Opal, Tarte Multipleye Lash Enhancing Liquid Eyeliner

By Terry Misty Rock (all over lids & blended up into crease) 
By Terry Blond Opal (inner corners) 
Tarte Multipleye Lash Enhancing Liquid Eyeliner (black)
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara (black) 

Illamasqua Cream Blusher Zygomatic 

Chanel Precision Lip Definer Natural 
Chanel Rouge Allure #125 Indecise 

By Terry's Blond Opal & Misty Rock 

Earrings: Laundry by Shelli Segal

Are you a fan of By Terry's Ombre Blackstars? If so, what are your favorite shades?