Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Pucker Up: Shimmery Purple Lips

I wanted to use Night Violet mattene, which is an up and coming shade MAC Style Black, slated for release on September 24th. Night Violet has come out previously (which is why/how I have it). I then wanted to see if Violetta lipstick would give it a cool, brighter purple sheen (not really–the camera shows more of this effect than is visible in person, to be certain). Since Violetta didn’t quite kick it up a notch, I added Pink Opal pigment to the center of the lip (just patted on), which gave it a funky iridescence. I’m about a glossy lip, so I couldn’t resist adding Nice Kitty lipglass on top (which is mostly shimmer on me, not a lot of color).

In real life, the lips looked rather solid-colored, no real demarcation between colors, but there was just an extra sheen towards the center of the upper and lower lips and where they met. I liked it, but I’d probably recommend omitting Violetta or Night Violet — either will work great as a base; Violetta for a very bright look, Night Violet for a deeper, darker look (more like this one).

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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Pucker Up: Glossy Raspberry Red

Today’s lip look is simple and yet elegant–a play on the timeless red lip.

Starting with the epitome of luxe lips, begin by layering Guerlain Giovanna Rouge G Lipstick on lips with a stiff lip brush to ensure well-defined, clean color. Finish by adding a glossy sheen using Borghese Chianti B Gloss. The Chianti gloss plays down the copper shimmer and frost finish of Giovanna lipstick by adding a more raspberry color, but it doesn’t add so much darkness that it nullifies the red color of Giovanna.

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Pucker Up: Warmed-Up Fall Lips

One of my favorite things to do, beauty-wise, is to create lip combinations. I love playing with lip colors, and I love mixing and matching to find different ways to achieve traditional shades, but also discovering fun shades I haven’t tried before! You’d be amazed at just how much you can create with only a few products. You really don’t need a lip army arsenal a la Temptalia! But since I am a fervent lip product fanatic, every Tuesday, I’m going to show you different ways of layering and mixing lip products to create custom shades for every occasion.

Today, I wanted to do a twist on the dark, vampy lip that we’re seeing pop up for the fall and winter seasons. I, myself, don’t always feel comfortable in something as dark as the more traditional vampy lip (often very deep burgundy/wine). I’ve often found vampy lips to run a bit cool, which complicates things for me as a warm-toned gal. I also wanted to play with MAC Reflects Glitter to show how to incorporate it into a lip look as well.

Products Used

Methodology

First, apply Benefit No Competition Lipstick with a flat lip brush to create a defined pout. Whenever I use darker lipsticks, I use a lip brush (and sometimes a lip liner — definitely use one if lip products bleed on you!) to make sure I stay “inside the lines.” Brush on Givenchy Velvet Plum Gloss Interdit over the lipstick layer. With your finger (best method, to be honest!), dab on MAC Reflects Bronze Glitter onto the center of the top and bottom lips. Use your lip brush to blend the glitter into your lip color. Voila!

Change It Up

You can see how much each product can really change up the look, yeah? Using a dark, plummy gloss intensified our lipstick base color and made it much in-your-face. The addition of the Reflects Bronze Glitter added a lot of warmth and made it more of a reddish-toned color. You can always stop at just a gloss (which turned out to be a very gorgeous color–no Reflects needed!), or you could use a different shade of glitter, which would still give you the shimmering-water effect with a different tone/shade.

Oh, and p.s.? It only takes a few minutes from start to finish–really! :)

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Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Try layering MAC A Rose Romance lipstick over MAC Loving Touch see thru lip colour, then top with MAC Steal My Heart lipglass for a perfectly pink pout!

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Saint Germain Lipstick topped with Tartlette Lipglass

I know how many of you were skeptical (if not “totally over it”) about Saint Germain lipstick (releasing with Sugarsweet). I am here to tell you it’s workable, and beyond workable, it makes for the prettiest pink lip combination. Something about the combination reminds me of pink lemonade and summertime, but you know I’ll rock it even though it’s spring. Besides, it’s a warm day with the sun shining… it works :)

Tartlette lipglass was a limited edition lipglass, but it’s very similar to Lychee Luxe lipglass (permanent) and Pink Grapefruit lipglass (limited, but more recent) works in its place, too. If you have none of the both, for color reference, Tartlette is a orangey-coral shimmery shade with decent pigmentation but not super opaque.

So, I might not be able to wear Saint Germain all by its lonesome self, it definitely has lots of possibilities when paired with lipgloss. (And let’s face it, I rarely wear lipstick by itself–it’s all about layering!)

What do you think? Will you give Saint Germain a look-see?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

If you’re a long-time reader, you’ll most likely remember that Chanel Glossimers and I haven’t been on the same page most of our beauty-lovin’ lives. In fact, I wasn’t sold on many of the glossimers I owned!

But I must say that I am now in love with Chanel Pin-Up Glossimer (#42). It’s this gorgeous shimmery concotion of gold and pearl and beige. But you know when it looks most beautiful? In the sunlight. Oh, yes, it simply looks radiant. Like shimmering gold water!

Falling in love with Pin-Up was a complete accident! In an effort to get through all of the lipglosses I own, I’m trying to wear them alone, even if I’m not doing full makeup. I plucked a glossimer at random, and I was just totally wowed when I saw my reflection in my car mirror. My pout looked gorg!

I’ve been wearing it a lot to class lately, but I think I’m gonna have to hide it for a bit so I can wear it come summer. The sun will be out, I will be outdoors more, and Pin-Up can really shimmer then!