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Friday, December 14th, 2007

MAC COSMETIC’S PLUSHLASH MASCARA ($11.00)

A mascara formulated to instantly plump up lashes for extreme voluptuous effect. Works fast. Builds volume smoothly and evenly from root to tip. Delivers a silky, flexible, full fan of lashes. Fluid formula lightly coats lashes one layer at a time without smearing, smudging or clumping. Goes on via an innovative, specially patented wand with a v-shaped groove that prunes the bristles on one side while leaving the other side full and lush. The short bristles coax the lashes upward to an extraordinarily sophisticated yet flirtatious curl, while the other side separates and combs the lashes root-to-tip creating a long, well-defined glamour lash. Volumizing, lengthening, curling, lifting. This mascara features everything you want, with all the top mascara no’s: no clumping, spiking, smudging or flaking.

  • Applicator: Medium-sized length, but fairly thick and dense brush.
  • Clumping: No real clumping even after three full coats – just a touch, but nothing unexpected after going for the gusto with coats.
  • Curl: It actually provides a minimal, natural curl — the curl shown here is courtesy of a lash curler, but the mascara lends a touch of curl for lazy days.
  • Ease: Compared to a lot of mascaras I’ve tested, not nearly as easy. It does take some getting used to, because one side of the brush is sort of flat, while the other one isn’t. After a few applications, you should be able to get the hang of it, though!
  • Length: Lovely length; long, luscious lashes that looked glorious!
  • Thickening: Thicker is definitely better, and this mascara gets a thumbs up for giving me gorgeous, thick lashes.
  • Volume: Oh, can you believe it? Length, thickening, and volume! Yes, it’s true; Plushlash surely pumps up the density, giving me a great full set of lashes.
  • Best: I really love Plushlash because I feel like it delivers on all the points it says it should. I get amazing length, ultra thick, voluminous lashes. It holds a curl, and it never flakes. What’s even better? It’s only $11! I know some drugstore mascaras retail for $8 or so. I also love that you can keep piling on the coats without worrying too much about clumping.
  • Worst: None, honest. The brush might require some practice to get the right results you want, but I swear it isn’t so complicated that you won’t get it.

Check out one more shot of the LENGTHENING POWER! that is Plushlash! Continue reading →

Friday, December 14th, 2007

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY looks beyond flawless with her smooth, matte-velvet skin and perfectly pouty lips. Replicate Knightley’s insanely healthy skin by moisturizing face thoroughly before applying foundation. The finish is clearly matte, so we recommend MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid or Make Up Forever’s Mat+ Velvet liquid foundations. Apply dabs of foundation to your cheeks, chin, forehead, and nose using a concealer brush like the 194. Take a fluffy powder or buffer brush and spritz lightly with a mist of water or Fix+, and then use the brush to spread out the dabs of foundation from earlier. If you’re using the buffer brush, make sure to buff in small circles. For a fluffy powder brush, sweep wider circles when you can. For optimal results, set lightly with powder of your choice using a stippling brush like the 187; we want just enough to set the foundation, but we don’t want powder to be apparent. Contour cheeks ever-so-gently using a matte powder that’s a shade or two deeper than your natural skintone using a fluffy angled brush like the 168. Blush cheeks faintly with soft pink blush like MAC’s Desert Rose using the 129 or 150 fluffy powder brushes.

Her sexy, smoldering eyes look wide-open and awake. Apply your eyeshadow base of choice (a cult favorite is Urban Decay’s Primer Potion) all over the lid. With the 239 brush, apply MAC’s Bamboo eyeshadow all over lid, and dab just a touch of it on the inner tearducts. Next, apply MAC’s Woodwinked eyeshadow on the outer edge of the lid, blending softly into the lighter color with the 239. Using the 224, gently tap MAC’s Mulch eyeshadow into the outer crease; blend by softly swishing the brush over the crease area in a horizontal motion. Apply MAC’s Shroom eyeshadow from above the crease to underneath your brow as the brow highlight with the 239. For a highlight, make sure the one you choose is semi-matte or matte, because in this look, subtle shimmer is what it’s all about. With the 219, apply Woodwinked eyeshadow underneath the lower lash line. Apply MAC’s Graphblack technakohl to lower water line, and use a 266 brush with MAC’s Blacktrack fluidline to line upper lashes. Wing the black liner out just slightly for a very subtle cat-eye. Apply several coats of your favorite black mascara to finish the look.

Get Knightley’s deliciously plump lips by first lining lips with MAC’s Amber Ember cremestick liner. Apply MAC’s Hug Me lipstick from the tube or using a lip brush like the 316. Top with MAC’s Underage lipglass or Nice Buzz plushglass to finish your pout with a high glossy sheen.

What do you think of this look?  Would you wear it?

Friday, December 14th, 2007

What is your go-to cream to prevent/aid winter skin? How do you keep your skin super soft even during the drying months?

I’ve actually been trying out all sorts of different ones. I found Osmotics Cream Extreme to be EXCELLENT for super, super dry, flaking skin (like disgustingly flakey!). It’s a bit too expensive for me to use 24/7, though, throughout the winter.

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Coutorture will be guest edited by Jenny Flevin, Harper Bazaar’s senior editor, this Friday. She recently released a book called Harper’s Bazaar’s Great style, and they came up with some excellent categories of style. We thought we would run with their ideas and add our own beauty-take to them!

The Classicists
She’s the woman who goes for basic, classic, and utterly sophisticated in solid colors often in white, khaki, greys, and blacks. She isn’t distracted by the latest trend, she is truly timeless in her appearance.

With such effortless style, it is no doubt that makeup is absolutely minimal–at least to the human eye–and there only to enhance the natural structure and angles of the face. A light wash of wheat-hued shadow with lashes coated once or twice in a brown-black or soft black mascara; perhaps a touch of gray or navy liner for more adventurous days. Cheeks are always just a touch flushed, altogether naturally rosy. Classicists keep lips in neutral-pinks or neutral-peaches, depending on skintones; you’ll find a dozen lipstck favorites in semi-matte and semi-gloss finishes with only a gloss or two with just the faintest shimmery sheen for evenings out on the town.

The Bombshells
She’s the woman that attracks all eyes; women envy her sense of daring style and sense of sexy, while men are merely charmed by her nature. She is all about emphasizing her femininity with curve-hugging dresses with plunging necklines in bold colors.

Her best friend is likely the smoky eye, dark grays and blacks–maybe brown or bronze for tamer days–with long, sultry lashes in the blackest black. Sometimes she bats false lashes with enviable lengths and volume. Look for lips in glossy pinks when paired with a vixenish smoky eye. She may switch it up on you to keep you intrigued by going for a siren-red pout with plenty of eye-catching sheen. Her cheeks will make her glow, and her skin is eminently flawless.

See our views on The Bohemians, The Ladies, The Mavericks, The Minimalists, and The Eclectics! Continue reading →

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

EVA LONGORIA dazzles with a golden wheat and bronze eye and shimmery coral-brown lips. Her complexion is stunning–flawlessly matte. We recommend MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid or Make Up Forever’s Mat+ Velvet liquid foundation. Using a concealer brush (194), dab on a touch of liquid foundation to cheeks, chin, forehead, and nose. Spritz a fluffy powder or buffer brush (129, 150, or 182) with a mist of water or Fix+, and then buff the foundation onto your face. Work your way outwards to ensure full coverage. Apply more dabs of foundation if you so require. Set with any loose powder if have oilier skin (or feel the need to) using a fluffy powder brush (129). Brighten up cheeks by using the 129 and picking up a small amount of Style blush and dusting onto the apples of the cheeks. Blend outwards using the 129 brush, softly swirling it on the cheeks, and finish by buffing the color into skin with the 182.

Get Longoria’s wide-eyed look by first applying your choice in base/primer (Urban Decay’s Primer Potion is a cult favorite). Apply MAC’s Ricepaper eyeshadow all over the lid using the 239 brush. Over the middle portion of the lid (as if you split your lid into three sections), apply just a light dusting of MAC’s Goldmine eyeshadow with the 224 (we really mean light!). Using the 239, blend in the gold-hued shadow with the all-over lid color. Apply MAC’s Amber Lights eyeshadow on outer lid and in the outer crease with the 239. Line the lower lash line also with MAC’s Amber Lights using the 219 and going along the lower lash line. Deepen the crease by applying MAC’s Bronze eyeshadow lightly with the 224, dusting and blending simultaneously. Using the 266, line upper and lower lash lines with MAC’s Blacktrack fluidline. For ultra black kohl, try MAC’s Kohl Power in Feline if you have the opportunity. Finish with a flourish by applying MAC’s #6 lashes to add drama and lots of length to your natural lashes. For those who want prefer natural lashes, apply 2-3 coats of the blackest mascara you own (we love MAC’s Plushlash in Plushblack).

For duplicating Longoria’s luscious lips, we think MAC’s Jubilee lipstick makes an excellent base (though there are a variety of possible choices: Fresh Brew, Peachstock, Half ‘n Half, to name a few!). Overlay it with MAC’s C-thru lipglass or Instant Gold lustreglass to get that shimmery, glossy look. Flash your pearly whites and let yourself glow!

What do you think of Longoria’s look?

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

ORLY Sugar Coated Spring Collection | Confections that Sparkle!

Los Angeles (December 2007) — A sweet garden of delights awaits you in ORLY’s new Sugar Coated Color Collection. Creamy lilacs, sugary pinks and icy whites combine for a color palette that will make your clients feel as sweet as candy.

The Sugar Coated palette contains:

  • Rock Candy — sheer lilac with turquoise flip
  • Cupcake – demure classic pink crème
  • Meringue — winter white shimmer with sugary gold flip
  • Petit Four — classic orchid crème
  • Taffy — baby pink glitter
  • Bon Bon — classic lavender crème

With the launch of this Spring collection, ORLY introduces a new packaging design for all their nail lacquers. The new silver bottle screening and matching silver signature Gripper Cap™ create a unique, fresh look for the ORLY brand. All ORLY nail lacquers including the Sugar Coated Spring Collection are free of DBP and all traces of Toluene and Formaldehyde.

The Sugar Coated collection lacquers are available beginning in March 2008 . The collection is available at fine salons, beauty supply stores and purveyors of beauty throughout the U.S. and in over 65 countries worldwide. Visit ORLY’s web site at www.orlybeauty.com.

Any of these catch your eye? Share your thoughts in the comments!