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Runway Beauty: Graphic Eyeliner at Rodarte S/S 2014

September 15th, 2013

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To accent the graphic lines inspired by Los Angeles, makeup artist James Kaliardos for NARS Cosmetics created a precise eyeliner and soft lips at Rodarte Spring/Summer 2014 Collection.

Rodarte S/S 2014 runway beauty
To perfect skin, James used Radiant Cream Compact Foundation and
Radiant Creamy Concealer. He contoured the cheeks with the new Anguilla Matte Multiple topped with Altai Matte Multiple, both launching Spring 2014.

On the eyes, James used Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Eyeliner and Black Valley Eye Paint to create a graphic look and contrasted it with Rue Bonaparte Larger Than Life® Eyeliner. The lashes were coated with Larger Than Life® Lengthening Mascara while the brows were brushed up with Oural Brow Gel, a clear color.

He finished the look with Biscayne Park and Floralies Satin Lip Pencil on the lips.

Graphic eyeliner at Rodarte S/S 2014
James Kaliardos working for NARS at Rodarte S/S 2014

Images: Courtesy of NARS Cosmetics.

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Runway Beauty: 50s Glamour at Douglas Hannant Fall 2013

February 19th, 2013

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“Reserved 1950s glamour, re-thought for a modern generation” was the idea behind the neutral eyes and red lips at Douglas Hannant A/W 2013 show.

50s glamour makeup at Douglas Hannant A/W 2013
Douglas Hannant A/W 2013 makeup face chart by NARS

Lead Makeup Artist: Jason Hoffman, NARS Training Executive

* Sheer Glow Foundation
* Radiant Creamy Concealer (New for Spring 2013) For a similar effect, try Concealer.
* Loose Powder
* Light Reflecting Setting Powder – Loose
* Zen Blush

* Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow
* Portobello Duo Eyeshadow
* Pandora Duo Eyeshadow
* Carpates Eyeliner Stylo
* Via Veneto Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner
* Santa Monica Blvd. Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

* African Queen Lip Liner Pencil
* Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
* Norma Larger Than Life Lip Gloss

The dark red nails were created by a coat of Essie first base base coat, followed by two coats of Essie berry hard and topped with a coat of Essie good to go top coat.

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Images: Courtesy of NARS and ImaxTree.

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NARS 413 BLKR Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Review, Swatches and Photos

March 18th, 2012

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During a quick trip to NYC, I finally paid homage to my favorite makeup brand and stopped by the world’s one-and-only NARS Boutique. The cute little store is located in Manhattan’s West Village on 413 Bleecker Street, just a minute away from the famed apartment of Sex And The City’s Carrie Bradshaw. As a souvenir, I left with the exclusive 413 BLKR Larger Than Life Lip Gloss.

NARS Boutique at 413 Bleecker Street
Just like the NARS x Lady Gaga Born This Way Larger Than Life Lip Gloss, 413 BLKR comes in a non-sticky, semi-moisturizing formula with great pigmentation and excellent wearing power. The color is a gorgeous bright red that can instantly polish up any look. I love pairing it with a clean face and winged eyeliner and I always get SO many compliments wearing it.

I also thought the applicator was better than the Gaga gloss. The bristles were much softer right off the bat and simply great for application. All I do is swipe it over my lips once, add a bit of MAC Cherry Lip Pencil here and there and bam! Hot red lips with lots of shine!

NARS 413 Bleecker Larger Than Life Lip Gloss

NARS 413 Bleecker Lip Gloss

Wearing NARS 413 Bleecker Larger Than Life Lip Gloss lip swatch

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NARS 413 BLKR Larger Than Life Lip Gloss is available exclusively at the NARS Boutique and for $26.

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

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Making Skincare Affordable: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser

November 19th, 2011

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By Laura, 40s, New York, Skincare Contributor

Laura “came of age” in the 80s, so she considers a survivor of some very disturbing fashion and makeup trends, like shoulder pads, acid-washed jeans worn unironically, streaky blush, and thick eyeliner that we softened with a lighter before putting it on–don’t even get her started on what women wore to the gym in those days! She now works in a more conservative field, and she’ll get an odd look or two if she wears crackle nail polish (and she expects we’ll look back on that trend with the same disbelief we now reserve for horizontally-striped leg warmers).

Making Skincare Affordable: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser

One thing I find difficult about my middle-aged skin is that it doesn’t tolerate rough treatment as well as it did when I was in my 20s and 30s. I used to be able to stay out late, fall into bed leaving all my makeup on when I slept, and wake up with nothing worse than a wee bit of puffiness under my eyes, if that. Not anymore. Now, if I want to skin to look presentable at work in the morning, not only do I have to be a lot more careful about my diet, but I also have to be absolutely fastidious in making sure I care properly for my skin before I go to bed.

Still, despite my having to take a few more minutes in my bedtime routine than I used to, my skincare routine is pretty simple, and I’ve developed one habit that might surprise some people: I don’t use a lot of department store skin-care products. I’ve found after many years of trial and error (more than I care to admit!) that while expense isn’t necessarily inversely proportional to effectiveness, my skin does not necessarily look any better when I spend more money on it.

On the contrary, some of the best products I’ve found are in the drugstore, not at the cosmetics counter. This rule holds particularly true for facial cleansers; I’ve found that there’s absolutely no reason to spend megabucks on any of them. A lot of department store cleansers are very fine.  Sometimes I use Clinique Extra Mild Liquid Facial Soap ($16.00) when I’m feeling flush, but I’ve never found them markedly different from the skincare products you can find easily at Rite Aid or CVS. (I’ve found myself using certain department store products regularly because the drugstore brands don’t make a comparable product – Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm ($27.50), for example – but that’s for another post.)

Of course, there are some cleansers I can’t use because they happen to have ingredients that irritate my skin, but in that regard, I’ve found that the expensive stuff is just as likely to be an offender as are the less-expensive brands. As just one example, I know a lot of people love Philosophy’s Purity, which is $20 for an eight-ounce bottle, and I wish I could love it, because I do love the scent and texture. However, it drives my skin insane and not in a good way. I also haven’t found that cleansers work any better if they have gold-plated ingredients like antioxidants, salicylic acid, and so forth. After all, those ingredients touch your skin for only around a minute before you literally wash them down the drain!

I’ve tried dozens of different cleansers since I was a teenager, and I always come back to Neutrogena in one form or another. The company has, of course, changed its formulations over the years, but right now, my favorite is Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser ($6.50). It not only cleans beautifully, but also removes my makeup–even my eye makeup–thoroughly. I buy it for around seven dollars at Rite Aid. And I live in New York City, so you’ll probably be able to get it even cheaper.

I have another opinion that I know will raise a few eyebrows: I don’t believe in eye creams. But that’s also for my next post!

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Sunday Link Love, Volume #070

October 9th, 2011

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Lauren creates a look with $14 worth of makeup!

Happy Sunday!

I hope it’s warmer by you than it is by me! It’s a rather chilly day–more winter than fall–over here in California. The sun is just barely peeking through the clouds. I’m one of those people who much prefers sun over clouds, because cloudy, grays feel so gloomy and make me feel less productive!

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