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What was the last beauty product you bought but didn’t like? Why didn’t it work out for you?
It was probably a Chanel glossimer – Wild Rose, I think – which just didn’t go on as pigmented as I had envisioned. I really should learn to try things on my lips in-store!
Green look for today! I really didn’t intend to wear eyeshadow–I was shooting for something short and sweet, mostly wanting to try out Honey Light high-light powder. I learned a few things today, though: line lower lashline before mascara, or else lower lashes clump together; do not put another mascara over lashes with fully dried mascara or else clump-city; and finally, it is hard to go green without REALLY going green. I ended up taking off the eyes and just doing black mascara (but kept the rest of the face/lips)
You will need the following…
- Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (neutral base), Juxt eyeshadow on (soft pastel yellow-green), Bio Green (medium green), Wondergrass eyeshadow (medium deep green), Humid eyeshadow (dark green), Femme-fi eyeshadow (soft neutral highlighter), Urban Decay Graffiti 24/7 Liner (green), Zoomlash mascara (black)
- Cheeks: Honey Light High-Light Powder (peachy gold)
- Lips: Chanel Monte Carlo Aqualumiere lipstick (pinky-gold), Chanel Tangerine Dream Aqualumiere Gloss (coral)
- Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 214 (smudge brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
- Substitutes: Wondergrass = Kelly; Honey Light = Drizzlegold; Femme-fi = Shroom
Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Soft Ochre paint pot all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner lid, apply Juxt eyeshadow using the 239. Apply Bio Green eyeshadow to the middle of the lid. Darken the outer lid using Wondergrass eyeshadow using the 239. Darken crease with Humid eyeshadow using the 226. Sweep Femme-fi eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Urban Decay Graffiti Liner on lower lash line, and Zoomlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Honey Light highlight powder using the 129. Apply Chanel Monte Carlo lipstick to lips, and then top with Chanel Tangerine Dream lipgloss for color and shine.
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Reader Heather is sharing this beautiful autumnal look. She used…
- UDPP (primer)
- Rubenesque Paint Pot (base)
- Gorgeous Gold (inner lid)
- Fab N’ Flashy (middle lid)
- Warm Suede (outer and upper middle lid)
- Grand Entrance (crease), Sweet Joy (highlight)
- Post Haste (wash of color all over lid)
- YSL dark liquid liner (upper lashline)
- Black Karat Kohl Power pencil (waterline)
- Chanel Exceptionnel mascara
- Lancome Mandarine Sky Shimmer Blush
- Bobbi Brown Apricot Shimmer Brick
- Lancome Downtown Pink Plumping Lipgloss
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There’s just something about summer beauty offerings that always gets my engine revving. I seriously look at spring collections and say, “JUST TAKE ME TO SUMMER NOW!” Not to say spring launches aren’t gorgeous, but ahh, ahh, summer is always on a different plane for me. What can I say? All of my favorite collections tend to come from summer! I better start budgeting, because it looks like I’m already at $300 just for preliminary wants–not including sure-to-rob-me-blind MAC launches, of course.
What are YOU tempted by?
I am totally drooling over Chanel’s Cote d’Azur Summer Collection– specifically the Soleil Tan de Chanel ($65.00), In Love Powder Blush ($42.00), and the Lumieres Facettes Plein Soleil ($56.00). I must, must-have Guerlain’s Perles des Mers Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00), and I’m thinking I better get the new khol, too… And I can’t forget about their Terracotta Collection.
Dior Cristal Collection will surely tempt me, though I haven’t seen enough photos of the quints to determine whether those will grab me or not. But I know I must have the new Skin Shimmer in Pop Diamond ($43.00). I already grabbed Coral Riviera, but I need Rose Brazilia ($42.00) STAT.
Not to mention all of the upcoming MAC Collections that are bound to have at least (more like many!) a few products to catch my eye. Sigh!
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Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Collection is a mix of summery color goodness from a gorgeous blush to a “Sand and Sea” eyeshadow palette. The collection features a Matte and Shimmer Bronzer ($30.00 each), a Duo Bronzer ($31.00), Pure Color Gloss Stick in Orange Poppy and Pop Pink ($18.50 each), Luminous Liquid Bronzer ($28.50), SunBlush Illuminator ($32.00), Sand & Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00), Duo Tone Eye Pencil ($18.50), Pure Color Lipstick in Golden Goddess ($18.50), High Gloss in Golden Goddess, Coral Goddess, and Rose Goddess ($17.00 each), and finally Pure Color Nail Lacqueri n Golden Goddess ($18.00).
The SunBlush Illuminator ($32.00) is a “blush and illuminator in one.” The center is a pinky-coral shade–perfect for summer–and the outer ring is more of a peachy shade with more shimmer than the center color. You can easily use just the center color if you so wish, but using just the outside color will be more difficult. To be honest, I prefer them swirled and used as one. Together they make a very pretty pink-coral color with golden sheen. I definitely will be reaching for this during the summer!
The Sand & Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00) is a good mix of cool and warm shades of color. I really love the theme of “Sand & Sea,” and I feel they hit it dead on. You get a medium bright blue paired with a lighter, more sky blue shade for your “sea.” You have a rich, warm deep brown with red toned shade as your darkest color in the palette. There is a pop of true gold and a medium brown with gold-peach sheen for “sand.” The lightest shade is a fairly nude highlighter, but it also gives off a blue-gray sheen. I give kudos to Estee Lauder for putting out such a fun mix of colors for their summer collection! Color texture was smooth and soft, and the color pigmentation was exactly what I wanted–there!
I can also appreciate the packaging on both the Illuminator and Eyeshadow Palette, because they’re in a warm, bronzy-brown color with gold detailing, but it doesn’t feel like traditional Estee Lauder packaging–it feels younger. Yay!
Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Collection is available now at Nordstrom.com.
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