Smoky Eyes: Kat Von D Memento Mori Look

Smoky Eyes:  Kat Von D Memento Mori Look

Is it really Thursday?  Already?  I can’t believe it’s July 1st!  I only have about a month left of summer (aka no school) — time flies so fast sometimes.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249, then apply Tattle Tale cream eyeshadow onto the lid as a color base. Using the 239, apply Sugar Skull eyeshadow on the inner half of the lid and pull upwards along the inner crease. Lightly blend Peggy eyeshadow on the outer half of the lid with the 239. Next, apply Tijuana eyeshadow into the crease with the 226. Blend Brule eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone.   Lightly tap Sugar Skull eyeshadow along the upper crease and then soften.  Bring everything together by applying Black Metal Love pencil on the lower lash line and Sugar Skull eyeshadow patted below. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.

For cheeks, apply #15 Natural blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Indecent lipstick first, and then layer Midnight Cowboy lip junkie for a complementing lip.

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Kat Von D Memento Mori Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Memento Mori Palette

Kat Von D Memento Mori Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 8 x 0.05 oz. eyeshadows) has been on my radar for awhile, but I’ve only now been able to really try it out! It contains eight eyeshadows, each pretty much the equivalent of a full-size eyeshadow (MAC eyeshadows are 0.05 oz., for reference), so it’s a great affordable palette. It’s also a rather colorful selection, so it’s very fun to play around with and apropos for summer.

I thought the box the palette comes in was beautiful, and I was a bit let down by the cheap, white plastic palette inside. It just looked and felt like something I’d buy for $10 at the drugstore–not something that’s $34 and from Sephora. The included dual-ended brushes are actually bristled brushes, but they’re rather flimsy.  They just kind of flop and make it a pain to really pack on color–plus they’re so tiny, I don’t have the patience to use ’em myself!

All of the shades have a very smooth texture, and they go on evenly and are richly pigmented. I do find that they’re a little on the powdery side, and may even work best with sponge applicators–at least with some of the shades (like Peggy and Tijuana). Tijuana was the troublemaker of the group, which frustrated me as it was also the prettiest (to me), so I really wanted it to be as beautiful on as it was swatched!

Overall, though, I think these are solid eyeshadows worth taking a look at if a particular palette color scheme grabs you. It took some getting used to using these before I was able to minimize the fall out with these. They also blend very easily, which is nice, but it means use softer strokes and feather rather than sweep for most of the work!  I have heard that the Beethoven palette is one of her best palettes, so I might check that out next.

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Smashbox Masquerade Collection for Fall 2010

Smashbox Masquerade Collection for Fall 2010

Smashbox Masquerade Collection for Fall 2010

A fantasy of illusion. Intrigue. Mystery. Desire. Who’s behind the mask? To reveal or disguise is up to you. Smashbox Cosmetics invites you to intoxicate and seduce the senses with the Masquerade Collection, a labyrinth of provocative hues with entrancing allure for eyes, cheeks, and lips. Just remember—things aren’t always as they seem. . .

Masquerade Eyeshadow Palette ($35.00)

From subtle to ultra dramatic, the shades in this enticing palette disguise your eyes with a veil of magnetic color. Organized in complementary trios, the shades create coordinated looks for maximum intrigue.

  • Includes matte soft peach, shimmering black plum, matte taupe, metallic khaki, shimmering gold, bronze, metallic cabernet, shimmering navy, matte bone)

Illusion Baked Fusion Soft Lights Palette ($32.00)

Create the illusion of a lit-from-within glow with this palette of shimmering shades, designed to illuminate cheeks, nose, forehead and décolleté.

  • Includes champagne, soft gold, rosegold

Intrigue Creamy Cheek Color & Brush ($29.00)

Formulated with antioxidant Vitamin E, this luxurious creamy cheek color will give cheeks a “just blushed” look—the perfect innocent disguise. Glide the creamy formula over the apples of cheeks, then blend with the brush for a flawless pop of color.

  • Shade: Warm pink

Liquid Liner & Lash Overlay ($19.00)

Cloak eyes in an air of mystery with this innovative two-in-one formula for lash line and lashes. Just line the eyes and then sweep the specially designed rod over a coat of mascara to “tip” the ends of lashes for a subtle yet intriguing look.  Available in Teal and Bronze.

Lip Enhancing Gloss ($19.00)

  • Reveal Golden nude
  • Disguise Golden pink

Noir O-Gloss ($22.00) (Sephora Exclusive)

This disguise transforms before your very eyes—the sultry lip formula glides on black, then evolves into a custom bold berry hue tailored to your specific skin tone. Formulated with Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract and Goji Berry Extract to boost microcirculation as well as moisturizing Avocado Oil antioxidant Vitamin C and Pomegranate Seed Oil, O-Gloss Noir interacts with your personal skin chemistry to create a shade that’s unique to you.

Availability: August 2010 at Sephora, Sephora inside JCPenny, Ulta, Nordstrom, or beginning August 2010

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Chantecaille Summer Look Collection for Summer 2010

Chantecaille Summer Look Collection for Summer 2010

Chantecaille’s Summer Look celebrates sunny days with a collection of colorful shades, inspired by luncheons in the garden surrounded by blooming botanicals. Imagine sunlight glinting off punch-filled glasses and rose petals scattered by the breeze.

Shine Eye Shade ($28.00)

  • Menthe Mint green

Iridescent Eye Shade ($28.00)

  • Shell Sheer nude
  • Peony Soft pink

Lasting Eye Shade ($28.00)

  • Coriander Darkened nude
  • Patchouli Mauve

Cheek Shade ($28.00)

  • Emotion Peach

Lip Gloss ($28.00)

  • Dragonfruit Coral pink

Brilliant Gloss ($28.00)

  • Flirt Coral-orange
  • Folly Orange-coral
  • Modern Nude beige

Availability: Nordstrom