Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Makeup Tutorial: Bold Blue Look

Here’s the tutorial on how to achieve this bold look!

You will need the following…

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Makeup Tutorial: Dirty, Dirty, Smoky, Smoky Rich

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to achieve this Chanel look!

You will need the following…

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Fun Makeup:  Clear Sky Blue

I really, really wanted to play around with Clear Sky Blue pigment.  What better way than to use it as a base?  It’s actually one of the nicer matte pigments to use–some of them can be finicky, but this one’s a champ when used wet.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249.   With the 242, apply Clear Sky Blue pigment onto the lid with water-based mixing medium.  Using the 239, apply Aquarius eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and pull upwards along the inner crease. Lightly blend Dashiki eyeshadow on the middle of the lid with the 239. Next, apply Atlantic Blue eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Define the crease with Atlantic Blue eyeshadow and the 226. Blend Brule eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Deviant liner on the lower lash line., and then smudging Atlantic Blue eyeshadow on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.

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

For lips, apply Chintz lipstick first, and then layer Petite Peche glossimer for a complementing lip.

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Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Cocos: Chintz, Rose Dentelle, Chalys

Rouge Coco is Sweet on Summer, Still

With Chanel’s fall collection, we’ll see an introduction of three new and permanent additions to the Rouge Coco ($30.00) line-up: Chintz (peach rose), Rose Dentelle (rose pink), and Chalys (luminous coral). These three shades pair well with the darker, smokier Enigma eyeshadow quad, but they’re also ridiculously perfect for summer. Considering these launch in July (officially! word on the counter is it’s already popping up at some locations), that’s a very, very good thing.

  • Chintz is a peach nude with a subtle hint of rose. It has a barely there shimmer-frost finish with semi-opaque color. I can see this being a great shade to pair with dark smoky eyes or a stronger cheek.
  • Rose Dentelle is a soft neutral rose with a part glossy, part frosty finish. It has light shimmer of iridescent lilac and pink that flash when the light hits your lips just right. Like Chintz, it gives nearly opaque coverage but not quite. Chintz and Rose Dentelle look very, very similar when swatched on skin, but they look more distinct on lips.
  • Chalys is a darkened coral with a stronger orange tone. It has the same half-glossy, half-shimmery finish that most Rouge Cocos have. I found Chalys to be more opaque than the other two, which was nice.

Admittedly, I am a huge fan of summery shades–I’m always drawn to them.  These shades feel very summer to me, though they’ll certainly pair well with fall’s more dramatic eyes and cheeks and be a nice reprieve from the darker, vampier lip trend we always see pop up in the season.

I like the Rouge Coco formula a lot–it feels incredibly lightweight on lips without being drying.  They’re not the most moisturizing lipsticks, but they’ve never deprived my lips of their natural moisture, either.  Each shade applied smoothly, evenly, and didn’t require a lot of product to get a good amount of color coverage.  I also find these shades to be practical and wearable, but they’re not boring either.

Which of the new Rouge Cocos is your favorite?

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For a lightweight lipstick that still packs a good punch of color, Rouge Coco makes a good choice. If you’re jonesing for new-for-fall products but still want summer wearability, these shades are right on the money. You could probably opt for Chintz or Rose Dentelle rather than both, but if you’re a fan of lighter lip shades, you may find it hard to resist getting both!

AVAILABILITY: July 2010

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Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Dirty, Dirty, Smoky, Smoky Rich!

I told you I had a look at the ready using Chanel Enigma Eyeshadow Quad!  :)  I can’t believe it’s already Thursday.  The week went by so fast, and I feel like I still have a zillion things on my to-do list that I was supposed to have done… yesterday!

I also wanted to shout out to the lovely Stephanie & Nicole at Sprinkles @ Stanford Shopping Center, as well as Miss Olivia’s boyfriend, who spotted me at Pinkberry @ Stanford Shopping Center!  It was nice to meet all of you! :)

What’s the best part about your Thursday so far? It’s not quite noon yet, so nothing amazing yet, though I am going to go on a cleaning frenzy as soon as I hit publish on this post — and I am kind of looking forward to having everything organized again.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply light pink-peach eyeshadow on the inner half of the lid. Apply Vert Khaki eyeshadow on the outer half of the lid, then lightly blend dark burgundy eyeshadow in the outer crease and very outer edge of the lid with the 226. Blend Grain eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone . Bring everything together by applying Cassis liner on the lower lash line and the light pink-peach eyeshadow patted below. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Pink Exposion blush on the apples of the cheeks and smooth with fingertips.

For lips, apply Chintz lipstick first, and then layer Petite Peche glossimer for a complementing lip.

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