Thursday, March 24th, 2011

5 Brands Worth Tracking Down

These brands are impossible to find, and with so many brands online, it’s easier than ever to find niche beauty brands. These are five brands that you just won’t find in stores all over the place but are worth buying sight unseen.

Le Metier de Beaute is a beautifully done line with really nuanced colors, well-thought out formulas, and full range of products. I fell in love with the brand a couple of years ago after stopping by one of a handful of counters in New York City. Their distribution has increased tremendously in the past year, but they are still harder to find in stores. My favorite products are their blushes and Lip Cremes.

Burberry created a line with a surprising amount of success–it does not feel like they rested on their brand name to carry them forward. They created a color range that worked with the brand’s image–simple, elegant, timeless. The textures equally in line with their image; silky, smooth, never too shimmery or too much. My favorite products are their eyeshadows, blushes, and lipsticks. Burberry Trench is my go-to highlighter.

Rescue Beauty Lounge is a brand that is so relatable. The creator, Ji, interacts with fans and customers so well and thoroughly that you feel like you are following her on her journey of creating new shades. There is truly something special about the way Rescue Beauty Lounge listens to their customers and finds ways to give them yet one more reason to love the brand. Many of the polishes have subtlties that make a shade unique–on top of an excellent, long-wearing, beautifully-applying formula.

Paul & Joe Beaute has such darling packaging but the products inside are equally, if not more so, deserving of praise and attention. There is a certain softness to their range, with some playfulness, and always enough creativity to keep the brand elevated from same ol’, same ol’. My favorite product is their eyeshadows!

Nubar is a brand I know I would have never heard of had i not been a beauty blogger or thoroughly immersed in the online beauty community. It is a brand that does nail polish exceptionally well. I always feel like Nubar does their own thing; you never quite know what to expect from them–sometimes it seems fitting to the season, other times they create shades you may not think you’d wear.

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

5 Favorite Red Lipsticks

…at least at the moment! I find it so difficult to choose favorite reds, because there are so many that I enjoy. Chanel Dragon has been and still remains my favorite, as it suits me the best, but there are many other reds I wear, too.

  1. Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Lacque
  2. Giorgio Armani #404 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick
  3. Illamasqua Sangers Lipstick
  4. Make Up For Ever #21 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick
  5. Guerlain Gwen Rouge G Lipstick
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

5 Eyeshadow Looks for Red Lips

Last week, a reader asked for suggestions for eye makeup to pair with red lips, as they are so bold. Though you can certainly wear a bold lip with bold eye makeup, softer eye makeup tends to be easier — these looks reflect five softer looks that work well with red lips.

  1. Neutrals with Urban Decay
  2. Soft Browns
  3. Slightly Smoky
  4. Barely There
  5. Soft Bronzes
Sunday, March 20th, 2011

5 Shimmering Coral Blushes

Five of my favorite coral blushes… You know how I adore corals! :)

  1. Le Metier de Beaute Echo Blush
  2. Estee Lauder Radiant Peach Blush
  3. NYX Menage a Trois HD Grinding Blush
  4. Lancome Mandarin Sky Blush
  5. Korres #44 Orange Blush
Thursday, March 17th, 2011

5 Corals for Green Eyed Looks

One of my favorite ways to complement green eyeshadows is with coral/peach lipstick. There is just enough warmth to tie to the greens most commonly used and if you find one soft enough, it will complement and not compete.

  1. Bobbi Brown Bare Pink Rich Lip Color — delightfully light coral without too warmth, making it a wearable coral for all skin tones
  2. MAC Freckletone Lipstick — a soft peach with a hint of coral, a little sheerness but not too much
  3. Chanel Genie Extrait de Gloss — a glossy, semi-opaque peach coral adds color without going overboard
  4. Smashbox Splendid Lipstick — a pink-tinged coral with soft white shimmer and a glossy finish
  5. Korres #30 Liquid Lipstick — opaque and glossy, this is a soft peach with only a hint of warmth

What are your favorite lip pairings for green eyeshadows?

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

5 Green Looks for St. Patrick’s Day

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are five green-themed looks! For softer green looks, check out 5 spring green looks.

  1. Bright Chartreuse & Green
  2. Smoky Greens
  3. Fun with Chartreuse
  4. Gold & Green
  5. Neutrals & Smoky Greens