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Looks I’m Loving Right Now: Day 5

November 6, 2009

Today’s looks are centered around pink eyeshadow. For me it’s hard to find a pink shadow that doesn’t make me look like I have pink-eye. These work for me because they aren’t too pink.

Look Day 5: neutral/warm pink eyeshadow with soft rose cheeks and rosey lips

Chanel Tweed Rose Blush
Becca Angel Loose Shimmer Powder to highlight

Laura Mercier Pink Chiffon Satinee Cream Eye Color
Chanel Demure Quad
Urban Decay Bourbon 24-7 Eyeliner

Trish McEvoy Bare Lipliner
Laura Mercier Pink Champagne Lipstick
Laura Mercier Pink Champagne Lipgloss (Nordstrom Exclusive, try LM Blush Lip Glace for a dupe)

Swatches, left to right: LM Pink Chiffon, Chanel Demure Quad, UD Bourbon, Chanel Tweed Rose, Becca Angel, Trish McEvoy Bare, Laura Mercier Pink Champagne Lipstick, Laura Mercier Pink Champagne Gloss


Alternate 1: Cool pink with purple eyes

MAC Stark Naked Blush

Dior Petal Shine Iridescent Quint
MAC Deep Purple Pigment (Pro)

Laura Mercier Chestnut Lipliner
Chanel Naive #25 Rouge Allure
Chanel Imaginaire #84 Glossimer


Alternate 2: Neutral light pink-gold sparkle with taupe and black

Shu Uemura P Pink 30 Blush

Bobbi Brown Ballet Pink Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Naked Pigment
Urban Decay Stray Dog Eyeshadow
Shu Uemura ME Black 990 Eyeshadow

Chanel Waikiki Aqualumiere
Bobbi Brown Brightening Pink Lipgloss


Looks I’m Loving Right Now: Day 4

November 5, 2009

Today’s focus is around silvery eyes with a few alternatives in case you can’t pull off silvers. I have warmer skin with olive tones and can’t always pull off silvery eyeshadows because they make me look tired, but the Dior Smoky Crystal Quint was a surprisingly pretty on! I hope this gives you a few ideas of what types of colors you can use. These may not work for everyone, but these are looks that I’ve done that work for me.

To recap (in case you haven’t read my About Me section), I have dark black/brown hair with red highlights, medium olive/golden skin and use Chanel Shell/Beige Teint Innocence, my eyes are dark brown.

Look Day 4: silvery eyeshadow with rose-pink lips/cheeks

Dolce & Gabbana Desert Bronzer (not swatched)
Lorac Velvet Rope Baked Blush

Shiseido Rose Tulle H11 Hydropower Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Steel Cream Eyeshadow
Dior Smoky Crystal Quint
MAC Feline Eyeliner

Chanel Tulip Lipliner
Trish McEvoy Pink Innocent
Le Metier de Beaute Cannes Lipgloss or Bobbi Brown Pink Lilac Brightening Gloss as an alternative

* Note the swatches for the eyeshadows look greenish on my screen for some reason. In real life they are close to what the product photo looks like in the picture near the top.


Alternative if you can’t pull of silvers: try champagne, a soft taupe, a sparkley silvery-gold cream shadow and a smokey black eyeshadow

Cheeks: Giorgio Armani Blush #10

Eyes: Giorgio Armani Maestro Eyeshadow #30
Bobbi Brown Galaxy Cream Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Eyeshadow Maestro #32
Giorgio Armani Manta Ray Duo #1

Lips: Bobbi Brown Blondie Pink Lipliner
Chantecaille Oleander Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Nude Lipgloss


Cheeks: Bobbi Brown Pink Sugar Shimmer Blush

Eyes: Chantecaille Quartz (top left)
Chantecaille Meteorite (top middle)
MAC Sunnydaze Pigment
MAC Cinderfella Mineralize Eyeshadow
Chanel Noir Le Crayon Kohl Eyeliner

Lips: MAC Dervish
Dolce & Gabbana Charm Lipstick
Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer #9


Looks I’m Loving Right Now: Day 3

November 4, 2009

Today’s feature focuses on green eyeshadows and a few ideas on how to coordinate with other colors for the rest of your face.

Look Day #3 Focus: Green Eyeshadow Combinations

Edward Bess Daydream Bronzer
MAC Pink Swoon Blush

Nars Mousson Cream Eyeshadow
Nars Taiga Eyeshadow Duo
Bobbi Brown Forest Shimmer Ink Liner

MAC Whirl Lipliner
Chanel Tempt Hydrabase Lipstick
Chanel Bon-Bon Aqualumiere Gloss

* Please note that the bronzer and blush were applied with a heavy hand for swatches and do not look the same on the face, when applied with a bronzer/blush brush, these 2 mixed create a healthy soft glow


Another combination: green/gold/brown eyes with peachy lips/cheeks

1) MAC Cash Flow Paint Pot
2) Giorgio Armani Eyeshadow Quad #3
3) Benefit Coralista
4) MAC New Vegas Mineralize Skinfinish
5) Chanel Black Jade Eyeliner
6) MAC Summerfruit Lipliner
7) MAC Shy Girl Lipstick
8) Giorgio Armani Lipshimmer #1
9) Giorgio Armani Lipshimmer #16


Another combination: green eyes with pink lips/cheeks

Cheeks: Chanel Rose Petale

Eyes: Bobbi Brown Ballet Pink Cream Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Ivy Shimmer Gel Liner
Chanel Murano Quad

Lips: Bobbi Brown Blondie Pink Lipliner
Chantecaille Camelia Lip Chic
Edward Bess Bare Rose Lipgloss


Looks I’m Loving Right Now: Day 2

November 3, 2009
Today’s color theme includes bronzey eyes and peachy lips/cheeks with three variations. (Note that Day 1 has been updated as well with a third look.) I would have to say this is my no-fail go to look. I always feel comfortable with a bronze liner and a soft peach lip (although I’ve been told that I look better in pinks and plums).

Look Day #2: bronze eyes with peachy lips & cheeks


Chanel Fandango Blush
MAC Refined Mineralize Skin Finish

Bobbi Brown Sandy Gold Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Vanilla Pigment
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #2 Brown Copper
Trish McEvoy Eye Definer Sparkling Bronze

Make Up Forever Aqua Lip Liner 1C
Laura Mercier Designer Beige Shimmer Lipstick
Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer #3


Alternative with a brighter lip:

Cheeks: Trish McEvoy Liquid Face Color #1 + MAC Superduper Natural Mineralize Blush

Eyes: Bobbi Brown Flesh Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Burnished Cream Eyeshadow
Nars Cordura Eyeshadow Duo
Laura Mercier Brown Copper Eye Liner

Chanel Exquise Rouge Allure
MAC Euro Beat Dazzleglass mixed with Paul & Joe Lip Lacuqer #8


Alternative with a smokier eye & lighter nude-peach lip:

Cheeks: Chanel Tweed Sienna Blush
Le Metier Blush/Bronze Duo Sunkissed and Echo

MAC Femme Fi Eyeshadow
Trish McEvoy Eye Definer in Sparkling Bronze
MAC Gilt by Association Mineralize Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Beige Lipliner
Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Beige 101
Le Metier de Beaute Peche Creme

(Note you will most likely see a recurring trend with the Paul & Joe Lip Lacquers because I love them so much! For those who don’t have access to Paul & Joe, do not fear, I will include other brands too.)


A Week of Looks I’m Loving Right Now: Day 1

November 2, 2009

According to my recent survey, some of you mentioned how you loved certain posts, but wanted ideas on how to coordinate the products with other colors. I’m going to do a five-part series of looks I’ve done recently that I loved. I hope this series will help give you some ideas!

A few things to note ahead of time: I am not a professional makeup artist, but the following looks have been created on my own. My fashion/beauty style is very simple and natural. Style/beauty icons include Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet, Eva Mendes, Lucy Liu to name a few – all women who embrace their natural beauty with subtle, elegant and classic natural makeup.

Look Number 1: a simple smokey eye with soft pink cheeks and rosy pink lips


Stila Lilium Convertible Color on cheeks
Dolce & Gabbana Delight Blush layered on top

Laura Mercier Platinum Metallic Cream Eyeshadow lash to brow
Jouer Buttercream Eyeshadow on lids
Stila Black Cat Smudgepot smudged along upper lash line
Edward Bess Dusk Eyeshadow applied over the black liner blended up

MAC Naked Rose Lipliner
Edward Bess Tender Love Lipstick
Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer #7

Close up photos for eyes:
Top Left = Jouer Buttercream, Top Right = Edward Bess Dusk
Bottom Left = Stila Black Cat, Bottom Right = Laura Mercier Platinum

Close up photos for lips, Left to Right:
Edward Bess Tender Love, Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer #7, MAC Naked Rose Lipliner


Variation 1: using most of the same colors except includes Le Metier Fresh Blush, Edward Bess Love Always Lipgloss, Laura Mercier Pink Label Lipstick:


Variation 2: MAC Conjure Up Mineralize Blush, MAC Bare Study Paint Pot, Dolce & Gabbana Stromboli Eyeshadow Duo, Bobbi Brown Black Ink Gel Liner, MAC Plum Lipliner, MAC Scant Slimshine, Laura Mercier Violet Lip Glace (old packaging)

I’ve written about a few makeover events I’ve been to from Chanel, Nars and MAC before, click on this MAKEOVER tag to see the products used in those events for some more ideas!


What’s Your Makeup Look for a Job Interview?

October 5, 2009

Anyone looking for a job or career change? Those of you who are will most likely be familiar with the excitement of finally getting an interview but also know the anxiety of having to go through the process.

It’s nerve-wracking being evaluated on your skills and competencies from a grilling 30-90 minute interview. The best thing I feel I can can do is be prepared to the best I can and be confident about it. For me, a key part of feeling confident is feeling comfortable and looking my best. I like to keep it simple, polished and professional. But, each time, I still go through a “what should I wear?” moment, so I stick to basics and neutrals and avoid new things and lots of shimmer at all costs.

I’d like to open it up to my readers and ask you what is your interview face?

Tell me:
* What types of jobs have you been looking for (corporate, finance, marketing, retail, fine arts etc.)?
* Do you have any tips or techniques or a go-to look that you feel worked for you for interviews?
* What are your favorite colors (specific brands and shades) you like to use?
* If you’re on the employer side – any tips or input from you? What are some no-no’s?

One upside to having gone through several interviews is being able to observe how your interviewers dress and present themselves. This has helped give me some guidelines on how to dress and what not to wear. Here is what I wore to a recent interview with a Jcrew Navy Pinstipe Suit, cream scoopneck sweater-shirt, black closed-toe pumps (for corporate finance type position):

Face: Nars Sheer Matte Foundation in Punjab
Chanel Double Perfection Powder Foundation in Tender Bisque dusted very lightly
Le Metier Fresh Blush + Whisper Highlighter for a barely-there blush

Eyes: Bobbi Brown Malted Cream Eyeshadow
Nars Abyssinia Single Eyeshadow dusted lightly over 3/4 of the eye
Le Metier Milan Eyeshadow to contour softly (blended so there was no visible line)
Dolce & Gabbana Coffee Liner smudged with Nars Bali (for a soft defined liner, again no visible defined line)
Diorshow Iconic Waterproof (just to define the lashes)

Lips: MAC Sublime Culture Lipliner
Chanel Ming Rouge Allure Laque

My husband gave me his approval before I left the house. What do you think?

I know it’s not the makeup they should notice, but rather the applicant – but there still requires some planning and thought for getting that “no-makeup look,” of course with makeup. I’d love to hear what colors and products you use for your interviews!


Beauty Look Inspirations

July 13, 2009

A few of my favorite beauty looks from promotional ads/photos:

Christian Dior (love the perfect liner and nude lips)

Chanel (from the Think Pink Collection, Asia Exclusive)

Cle de Peau (simple yet glowing)

Becca (pretty and natural)

Trish McEvoy (from Spring 2005 Neiman Marcus Beauty Looks)

Urban Decay (love that red on her lips)