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NYFW Exclusive Coverage: Fresh Makeup + Orange Lip at Sophie Theallet S/S 2014

September 20th, 2013

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At Sophie Theallet Spring/Summer 2014, models were given a look that was “very very very fresh… a little bit of grungy” with dewy skin and a stained orange lip.

Sophie Theallet Spring/Summer 2014 runway beauty
Inspired by Sophie’s collection, lead makeup artist Tom Pecheux wanted the makeup to be “as minimal as possible. It’s not about the makeup, it’s about the lifestyle.”

To start, Tom massaged Face Lightful Essence into models skin before blending Face & Body Foundation and MatchMaster Concealer (new for Spring/Summer 2014) to even out skintone. He swept Pleasure Model Extra Dimension Blush (new for Spring/Summer 2014) over the cheeks and blended Medium Deep Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Foundation under cheekbones for a warm, sun-kissed effect. He finished by adding M·A·C PRO Shine Mixing Medium above the cheekbones to highlight.

On the eyes, he dabbed Particularly Pretty, a pale pink color from Spring 14 Trend Forecast/Eye, all over the lid and topped with M·A·C PRO Shine Mixing Medium. He kept the brows very natural by brushing them upwards while keeping lashes curled and bare with no mascara.

As for the lips, Tom was going for “see-through color instead of a full-on lip”. He used a new lipstick for Spring 2014 and blended M·A·C PRO Orange Lipmix over it for a stained effect.

Manicurist Keri Blair went for a “timeless nude for the hand and feet for a polished look”. She used the same color on the fingers and toes by mixing a cool-toned nude, Quiet Time, with a warm-toned nude, P.S. None (new for Spring/Summer 2014) and kept the shape of the nails round, short and chic.

Hairstylist Peter Gray created colorful buns. He started out by spraying models’ hair with Cutler Specialist Volumizing Spray then putting hair into a ponytail. Next, he knotted pieces of scrap fabric from the collection (picked randomly by the stylists) for a melange effect, before wrapping it into a bun. “Twisting is key when roping hair, the tighter the better,” explained Peter. “This look is achievable for everyday. You can use scarves or ribbons.” Another tip to nailing the look? “Pin as you go… this way, the bun will stay no matter how active you are.”

Fresh makeup with orange lips at Sophie Theallet Spring/Summer 2014
Nude manicure at Sophie Theallet Spring/Summer 2014
MAC Cosmetics backstage at Sophie Theallet Spring/Summer 2014

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MAC Seasonally Supreme Sheen Supreme Lipstick Reviews, Swatches and Photos

August 12th, 2011

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Adding to its permanent line of Sheen Supreme Lipstick, MAC Seasonally Supreme brings us 3 repromotes and 9 new shades that are inspired by Asian pop culture. More pics and swatches after the jump!

MAC Seasonally Supreme Sheen Supreme Lipstick
Similar to MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme, the Sheen Supreme Lipstick comes in a sleek, glossy black tube that is much cooler than the regular MAC lipstick packaging. The lipstick claims to “fuse Lipglass’ high-shine finish with the saturated colour of a Lipstick” and does apply with great ease, superb pigmentation and lots of shine. It also stays on a good few hours but can creep into fine lines after a while. The 12 colors are all wearable and simply gorgeous!

Supremely Confident, the palest out of the bunch, is a creamy light nude and a repromote.
Sheer Mandarin is a creamy orange with a tinge of yellow, just like mandarin. This is one of the more unique shades in the collection.
Fashion City is a creamy coral nude pink.
Bare Again is a creamy neutral beige with just a tinge of pink undertones. It is a repromote.
Insanely It, a repromote, is a gorgeous creamy bright fuchsia.
Supreme Style is a frosty nude pink. Compared to Bare Again and Tea Ceremony, this has the most pink undertones.
Blossom Culture is a frosty soft pink.
Korean Candy is a loud orange-red, just like kimchi.
Tea Ceremony is a creamy nude pink with brown undertones. It is the darkest nude in the collection.
Happy Hibiscus is a frosty light milky pink. The color is gorgeous but too hooch for my NC30 skin. It is also the color worn by the model in the promo picture.
Royal Azalea is your good old bright medium pink. Must-have for all Barbie pink lovers.
Asian Flower is a gorgeous creamy medium lavender.

 Happy Hibiscus, Royal Azalea, Asian Flower and Supreme Style Sheen Supreme Lipsticks
Happy Hibiscus, Royal Azalea, Asian Flower and Supreme Style

 Happy Hibiscus, Royal Azalea, Asian Flower and Supreme Style
Happy Hibiscus, Royal Azalea, Asian Flower and Supreme Style

MAC Bare Again, Blossom Culture, Sheer Mandarin and Korean Candy Sheen Supreme Lipsticks
Bare Again, Blossom Culture, Sheer Mandarin and Korean Candy

MAC Bare Again, Blossom Culture, Sheer Mandarin and Korean Candy
Bare Again, Blossom Culture, Sheer Mandarin and Korean Candy

Swatches of MAC Seasonally Supreme Sheen Supreme Lipsticks

Overall Rating:

Will you be picking up a Sheen Supreme Lipstick?

MAC Seasonally Supreme Sheen Supreme Lipstick is now available at MAC counters, and Nordstrom for $14.50.

Disclosure: The products in this entry were purchased by me. Please see my Disclaimer for more information on my posting policy.

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Dior Summer Collection 2011 – Electric Tropics

May 11th, 2011

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Vibrant lips and nails, nude and glowing face. That was the runway trend and now it’s showing up in the summer looks in the real way, not the unwearable runway version. Dior Summer Collection 2011 Electric Tropics is one of my favorite collections so far for the season. Café Makeup gave us a preview of the collection in early April when she was able to purchase it while in Paris, and I have been anxiously awaiting its arrival in the US.

Women over 40 this is a makeup look that you can wear! You might shy away from the vibrant orange lips as I have, but there are other alternatives. I’m not sure which is my favorite, the 5 Couleurs eye shadow palettes in 754 Rosy Tan and 534 Rosy Nude or the Healthy Glow Powder compact in 001 Aurora (lighter) or 002 Sunset (darker). 

Rosy Tan is shown above. This is the darker of the two eye palettes, but as you can see it is still not intense in color, but beautiful nude tones and textures, making this a must for all year around. This can be worn on fair skinned to dark skinned women. Rosy Nude is very light toned with the exception of a bright pink shade.

Here are swatches of the shades from top – the pink shade on the top left of palette is a clear true pink. The next shade is the dark brown color on the top right of the palette. This is a reddish brown that can be used as the liner or as the intense shading shadow. In the middle of the swatches is the bottom left in the palette – a medium bronze shimmer. This is the most shimmery of the shades. Next down is the tan shade that is on the bottom right of the palette. This is a great neutral shade without shimmer. On the bottom swatch is the center shimmer champagne shade.

I know a lot of women over 40 don’t like shimmer. Truly the only shade that is shimmery is the medium bronzy shade, which on me, I don’t mind this shimmer at all. The pink, and champagne colors are more of a “glow” texture. The nude shade is more matte and the dark brown shade is mostly matte but has a very tiny hint of a few flecks of shimmer. 

Above is Healthy Glow Powder and is a perfect name for the compact. As a personal preference I find most “glow” foundations make me oily looking and I’d rather add my glow by using powders or liquids in specific spots rather than all over in a foundation. The above shade is 001 – Aurora. The woven pattern is gorgeous with peachy pink shades, shimmer and matte shade of a light bronze – it’s more of a warmth than a bronze in this shade. Sunset is a deeper bronze for darker skin or if you want a deeper color. I personally love the soft warmth Aurora adds to my face. These two will be major players in my summer makeup.

The compacts all come in the velvet pouch that always come with the classy Dior products. You may typically toss them or use them to protect the product, but with the Healthy Glow you will want to keep the velvet pouch. As you can see, there is an outside pouch that holds the brush. The brush will not fit into the compact case, and it’s a usable brush you’ll want to keep and not toss.

If the vibrant orange shade of lips, 545 Fire, aren’t your thing then add Dior Addict 454 Parisian Chic to lighten up the lips. There are 4 new Crystal Lip Glosses that can be used atop any lip shade. These are extremely clear colored and very lightly pigmented in a pink, pink shimmer, nude shimmer and orange. They look more intense on the swatches online than they are in person.

If you like orange, but like I said the orange lips aren’t your thing then try the nail shade in Aloha – a vibrant orange that comes packaged with a clear coat. There was also a neon pink shade of nail color available called Paradise, which I have not seen. Pinks intrigue me more than orange, but sadly this pink is already sold out!

So, do you love these beauties as much as I do?

Images Dior and mine. Disclosure: I purchased products and I work PT at Macy’s Dior counter.


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Natalie Portman – 2011 Oscars Photos

February 27th, 2011

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Natalie Portman @ 2011 Oscars

Natalie Portman @ 2011 Oscars

Natalie Portman arrives at the 2011 Oscars on Sunday, February 27th. Makeup artist Eileen Kastner-Delago created a glowing look for Natalie Portman, the face of Miss Dior Cherie. “I was inspired by her dress so I went with more purple tones,” said Kastner-Delago.

  • Skin: Dior Capture Totale One Essential, Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Foundation #020 and #030, Diorskin Nude Hydrating Concealer #002
  • Eyes: Dior 1-Colour Eyeshadow in #546 Gold Touch, Dior 2-Colour Eyeshadow in Purple Look #885, Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Extase Pinks #804, Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in Black, Diorshow Iconic Mascara in Navy Blue.
  • Lips: Dior Addict Lipstick #623 Infamous Pink, Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in Apricot Cloche #436.
  • Cheeks: DiorBlush in Peechy Keen #553.




See dress photo! 

Natalie Portman @ 2011 Oscars


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Pixi Nude Shade Wardrobe Eye & Cheek Palette In Café Au Lait Review

December 20th, 2010

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I have always been a sucker for makeup palettes and my latest addition to my ginormous collection is Pixi’s Nude Shade Wardrobe Eye & Cheek Palette In Café Au Lait.The Nude Shade Wardrobe palette comes in Pixi’s signature cardboard packaging with a pull-out drawer. On the left of the palette sits 9 colors that range from creamy vanilla to deep cocoa for the cheeks. You can swirl your brush over all the colors for a soft, all-over glow or just use the bottom row for the cheeks and the left …

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