Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
It’s the end of April, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for our monthly installment of Blushes You Can’t Have!
If you remember, last year Elvira and I undertook the most sadist blog project known to mankind: Taupes You Can’t Have. For twelve months, we featured some of our loveliest taupes, knowing damn well that most of you could never have them. We’re straight bitches! Well, this year we decided to do something similar, but this time we would feature blushes. Once again, we get to revel in your misery and anguish. WOO!
For April, I bring you Inoui ID blush in PK-1, a blush that has deep sentimental value to me.
Inoui ID was a gorgeous line produced by Shiseido back in 2002, with Dick Page as the creative director. Of course, this was only found in Japan. Despite the hard-to-find quality of the makeup, Inoui ID was greatly sought after by collectors and users who knew that the products were seriously among the best on the market. When I started on Makeup Alley on 2005, even I had already known about Inoui ID. Dick Page’s work with the line was just...stunning. And for some reason, Shiseido discontinued the line in early 2007. The makeup community mourned, and hard. I remember I had been incredibly sad about this; I had always wanted to try the line, because I was (and still am) a huge Dick Page fangirl. I mean, I obsessed over the man and his work. I had collages in my room of makeup he had done for Allure Magazine!
Well, lucky me got a chance to meet Dick Page back in March of 2008. His sister Vicki is a large presence on Makeup Alley, and when she told me she was coming to NYC for a visit, I asked to spend the day taking her around and having drinks. Surprise, surprise - she dragged Dick along to say hi!
(me and Dick Page!)
Let me tell you, I had a near breakdown when I met him. What a treat Vicki had allowed me! I met the master himself, and he even complimented my makeup. The proverbial icing on the cake was when Vicki gifted me with an assortment of Inoui ID eyeshadow quads and the blush I’m about to write about. Years later, I still marvel at the generosity and love that Vicki and Dick showed me that day. At some point, I must photograph and swatch the quads for the blog!
Ok, about PK-1: Inoui ID used to sell blush duos, and PK-1 is one of the loveliest pairings I have had the opportunity to come across. One side is a pinked ivory highlighter, softly shimmering and not in the least bit obvious. The other side is a stunningly pigmented raspberry pink color. Together, the two colors lend my face a vibrancy and glow that is both sophisticated and fun.
The texture of these powders is silky smooth to the touch, and one only needs the tiniest amount of both due to the high level of pigmentation. It’s always hard for me to find blushes that show up on me, but this can look downright clownish on my NC40 skin if I’m not careful - that’s impressive!! I have no idea how much these retailed for; I really can’t remember. If there’s any way for you to swap or find any Inoui ID products, then please do; you won’t be sorry about it!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
I’m currently, once again, facing the perennial battle every makeup addict/blogger faces: what to do when he or she realizes that his/her stash is eating him/her alive.
My room has been taken over by eyeshadows, highlighters, and bright pink lip colors. I need someone to help me make sense of this. The other day I was digging for an eyeshadow I had reviewed here a few months back, and found about twenty eyeshadows I had either used once and forgotten about, or had never used and forgotten about. It was a major epiphany, considering how much money I have spent lately on makeup. I felt gluttonous, selfish, and mostly - incredibly disorganized.
Now I damn well know better than to say “Oh, I’ll just no-buy it for a while!” - I can’t do that right now. I’m at a bad place in my life right now and makeup has proven to be one of my biggest comforts. Can I low-buy, though? Sure! Besides, it’s about six weeks until my birthday and I have an unspoken rule that anything non-essential that I buy myself in the six-week period before my birthday has to be saved as a birthday gift to myself and not touched until June 17th. Also, I have realized that I truly need more storage space. I am planning on moving apartments by the end of the summer, but until then, I need me some sort of drawer system.
Eh, we’ll see. At the end of the day, I’m a blogger, and an aficionado, and a collector: life is too short to punish myself for pursuing something that makes me happy and keeps me looking pretty! The only real worry I should have is if my makeup really, literally starts eating me. Mutation, it’s only a good thing in the X-men/Marvel universe!
(Logan, you're the only mutant for me! Swoon!)
Now, onto the poll!
- Lip of the day?: Knowing me, it’s going to be NARS Schiap. Since I bought this lipstick, I can’t seem to put it down. A statement lip is a beautiful thing, and I love hot pink on me.
- Last book you read, and the next book you’re planning on reading?: I finished NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself this weekend and I am once again stunned at the genius that permeates Francois Nars. I have Turin and Sanchez’s “Perfumes: The A-Z Guide” and I’m a few pages in and loving their writing and obvious passion and knowledge.
- Latest makeup acquisition?: I was gifted a bottle of NARS Super Orgasm Illuminator by one of my closest friends who knows my love of makeup and NARS very well. I am in love with it, as I am in love with Copacabana Illuminator. Expect reviews of these soon.
- Random makeup related fact about you?: As addicted as I am to buying makeup in general, the one item I don’t buy often is bronzer. Weird, right?
- Random non-makeup related fact about you?: I have an abnormally good memory for people’s names...because I associate names with hair. I will forgot someone’s name if their hairstyle changes.
Here are two swatches. They look pretty damn similar, right?
They’re two different eyeshadows.
One is Armani Eyes to Kill eyeshadow in #4 Pulp Fiction, reviewed by Elvira here.
The other is Bare Escentuals Buxom Stay-There eyeshadow in Pug, reviewed by me here.
(they're swatched in the same order as they appear here: Armani L, Buxom R)
I bought the Armani eyeshadow after Elvira reviewed it because I’m a sheep. I forgot I owned BE Pug. I had the Armani unopened for a couple of weeks, but I had already tossed the receipt. When I went to open it to wear it, I realized it looked damned familiar. Then it hit me - BE Pug was the exact same color as GA Pulp Fiction!
Swatching them only confirmed this. The Armani shadow has a better consistency and is more opaque on first swatch, but they are definitely the same color and offer the same effect, at least on my skin.
The Armani shadow retails for $32, the BE Buxom shadow retails for $17. If I had to choose one, I’d lean towards the Armani but if you need to save money, the BE eyeshadow is still pretty awesome.
Sigh. I was mad about this for about half a day, until I realized that I’m a taupe addict and I probably have countless dupes in my stash. Oh well! All this means is that I have plenty of pretty shadows to stare at, regardless of whether they’re all the same color or not!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Ok, that’s done with. Now I can attempt to be more coherent!
NARS seasonal color collections very rarely disappoint. Season after season I am in awe of the creativity and color injected into the various eyeshadows, blushes, and lip colors. In the past few years, the only collection I have skipped has been Summer 2010. That says a lot about the quality and uniqueness of NARS cosmetics, I think!
Francois Nars has a knack for bringing together textures and color combinations that are atypical to what one would expect for a given season. Granted, the new and limited edition Cap Ferrat eyeshadow trio (expect a review of this soon!) contains beachy, summery shades of blue and green. However, the two eyeshadow duos are completely unexpected for summer! Exotic Dance has a bright, silvery white and a metallic golden brown color. To me, it seemed very wintery. I skipped it because I wasn’t too much of a fan of the white color (it was a bit chunky I thought).
However, Dogon had to come home with me. Let’s be real, guys: how could I ever skip a taupe, especially a NARS taupe? Dogon is smoke, mystery, and intrigue. It seems too dark and dangerous to be a summer duo. Then again, summertime is the perfect time to get into trouble…
(another view of the palette, so you can see how the light plays on the colors!)
Now, I said earlier that this review would be hard to write. It will be. I can’t accurately show to you or explain the two eyeshadows in this duo. My camera could not capture the intricacies of these colors, and as verbose as I am, I am not poetic enough to explain to you just how beautiful these colors are. I’ll try, though!
(swatching this was hard!)
The NARS website describes Dogon as a pairing of a “metallic taupe (with icy green sheen) and charcoal black.” Yeah, no, not quite. It is definitely true that in the pan, the taupe resembles MAC Club eyeshadow. For those of you who aren’t familiar with MAC Club, it is a very famous duochrome eyeshadow: a brown that flashes green, red, and blue. I saw this taupe and expected a Club dupe. I was so wrong. When swatched on my hand, I get a lovely golden brown taupe with flashes of icy green and lavender and pink. It doesn’t appear as much on my hand, because of my darker skin. I apologize for that - I tried to build a heavy swatch but could not capture the color accurately. Please refer to Karla Sugar’s swatch for a better look, although the color appears totally different on her. The “charcoal black” is really a gorgeous satiny blackened navy with blue microshimmer. You have to pat on the color for the shimmer to appear, though. This would make a beautiful eyeliner or a dramatic crease shade.
The magic of this duo happens when you layer the taupe over the blue-black: you get a duochrome, multi-dimensional sort of hunter green shade. Just lovely. Dogon will carry me through summer and into fall; it’s really just a timeless palette of colors.
This duo is $33 and limited edition. You’d be crazy to sit on this. Just buy it, and thank me later!
Monday, April 25, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Lipglossiping - contemplates the best way to store her ever-growing collection of nail polish, thank flatpack for IKEA!
Orange to LA - has a Liquid Eyeliner Showdown between her 3 favorite liners, who won? See the results, was it high-end, drugstore, or Japanese?
Pink Sith - Gets nostalgic about lip color and her old flute teacher while telling you all about Giorgio Arman Rouge d’Armani Lipstick # 516.
Phyrra - tells you about an awesome new hair product, Redken's Radiant Sea Spray.
we heart this - Ready to be blinded with hair science? Living Proof No Frizz shampoo and conditioner makes hair look scientifically better!
Beauty Junkies Unite - gives you a sneak peek at the new OPI Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Collection that launches in May!
Clumps of Mascara - shows the beauty behind one of the greatest places on Earth, Disney World!
EauMG - reviews natural fragrances for Earth Week. Check out this “flapper” jasmine by LUSH.
Nouveau Cheap - shows you five more shades of the amazing new Milani Baked Blushes and each one is prettier than the next.
Phyrra debuts Geek Chic Cosmetics new collection, N7 and gives you a sneak peek of an upcoming collection, Mana Screwed! So if you're a fan of Mass Effect or Magic the Gathering, you've gotta check them out.
To keep or to ditch? Megan from Painted Ladies reviews L'Oreal's new One Sweep eyeshadow.
Grey explores her brow obsession with Inglot!
Raging Rouge is thrilled to have found an inexpensive, hypoallergenic shampoo Finesse Clean + Simple!
The Makeup Divas are giving away three (3) full size jars of facial cream from True Promise Beauty. What a great gift this would make for you or for your mom this Mother's Day.
The Pink Sith Tells you all about her Super Fantastic Happy Happy Joy Joy Makeover from Armani Beauty at her local Neiman Marcus!
A Touch of Blusher loves Chanel Rouge Coco Shine.
Cinnamon Kitten chats with Sarah Crawley, founder of The Soap Girl.
15 Minute Beauty Fanatic kicks off her concealer review series with a magnum opus on how and where to use undereye concealer to look awake.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Last night, I had this whole amazing review on an indie cosmetics company planned for today. Then, I got sleepy.
In my sleepy state, I remembered that on Wednesday I hauled like a mad woman at the Estée Lauder counter at Bergdorf Goodman. Why, you may ask? Well for one, I love Estée Lauder cosmetics and after the brilliant Tom Pecheux took over as the creative director of the line, there have been some incredible releases and the line as a whole has just become phenomenal (if you haven’t checked out Estée in a long time, I really recommend that you do so - you’re missing out otherwise).
The creme of the Estée crop has been the very small, very limited, and very NOW miniature collections Pecheux has designed. I have the eyeshadow trio from this first collection; Cafe Makeup’s Amy did a gorgeous review of it, and I’ll link it here so that you can see. The Naughty Black trio, priced incredibly at $20, is one of the most stunning shadows in my collection. I cherish it, and the attention to color and pigmentation Pecheux poured into it is more than obvious.
Now, a while back I heard news that he was doing another small, limited edition collection for summer. Of course, I had to have the pièce de résistance - Orange Crush Pure Color Eyeshadow. While I was at the Bergdorf counter, I asked if it was still in stock; lucky for me, it was!
(mad fancy packaging!)
If you keep up with makeup trends, color is huge for Spring and Summer 2011, and orange is the color to wear (Pecheux used orange for the Derek Lam S/S 2011 shows). However, there aren’t very many women who can pull off an orange eyeshadow. The genius of Orange Crush is that it is not shimmery or glittery, but is rather a satin texture. This is the sophisticated way to wear orange, if you were so inclined. The pigmentation is superb - my swatch is one swipe of my finger against the eyeshadow, but I know I could have used a lighter touch and built up my swatch if necessary.
(look at that orange!)
This orange isn’t neon, although it is bright. Also, to my eye this is a slightly pinked orange. I think that makes all the difference, as the pink undertone lends a warmth to the shadow that a bright true orange would have lacked. Instead of being just stark against the skin, this shadow appears punchy rather than clownish.
(the eyeshadow is more true to the picture above than in the previous pic!)
Of course, I’m a braver soul than most and I’d wear this layered to full intensity. I love bright eyes. A normal wearer could run this shade along the lashline for a small pop of color (I imagine a neutral eye with this shade along the bottom lashes). Or, this could be worn in the center of the lid with a brown or taupe eye. Or, in the outer corner. Really, I think this will be a nice accent color. I’ll just slap it everywhere and call myself couture. Hell, I’m even going to try it as a blush!
(goddamn, that's a pretty orange! are you brave enough to wear it?)
Since not everyone is as lucky/cursed as I am to have Bergdorf Goodman so close by, you can order this eyeshadow on the Estée Lauder website. It retails for $20, and I highly recommend it - it’s an instant makeup wardrobe update, and really, it’s just fun!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
1) Be nice to your current computer. Don't kick it or do a hard re-boot too often. Run a Disk Defrag once in a while. Don't install stupid applications that hog all the memory and for crying out loud, delete those Internet cookies once in a while. Once all computers are networked into Skynet it will remember all the mean things you did to it and lash out.
2) Learn how to live off the grid. Try carrying cash with you instead of using that ATM card for that 75 cent purchase of gum. See what it is like to not have every purchase tracked and stored away for later use. You think Skynet won't know your weakness for a Soy Chai Latte every Friday and then create a 6 sigma nightmare by delaying the soy milk delivery to your Starbucks next week? Think AGAIN!
3) Invest in lead lined clothing and wear a ton o' sunblock. You know you'll need it once the nuclear apocalypse happens. It also wouldn't hurt for you to build your own bunker, store water & other food supplies and learn to shoot a gun too.
4) Make friends and influence people. It can't hurt to have a large network of people that might be of use to you once the machines take over. That creepy IT guy at work may know how to hack into Skynet and upload a virus. The Suzy Home Maker down the street probably has a century's worth of Hint's From Heloise in her head that will come in useful when you don't have a pasta strainer but do have a pair of pantyhose. Let's not forget befriending the guy that always wears cammo and has deer antlers on his huge pick up truck. Not only does he possess transportation to get you out of the "hot zone" but he probably has guns and ammo to take down terminators and kill your supper for the night.
5) Be Positive. Look at all the positives that come with a Robot Apocalypse. you don't have to go to work, pay taxes or obey traffic laws. Most stores will be vacant and our financial system will collapse so no need for money or keeping up with the Joneses by purchasing the latest barbecue. The Joneses will be dead so just take their grill and be careful not to light a fire after dark so the machines don't see you.
On To The Poll.
1. Lip Of The Day? - Rouge d'Armani Lipstick in 516! I wrote about it yesterday. Wearing it 2 days in a row. That's some sort of record.
2. PLEASE tell me you saw Terminator or at least understand the story line. Did you know about the Skynet Becomes Self Aware Date before reading this blog? - Yeah. Hello! I'm the one that told YOU!
3. Finish this Sentence: When I haven't had enough sleep (because I'm running away from robots) I use more _____________. - Eye cream to de-puff and concealer under my eyes.
4. Name another positive about the Robot Apocalypse. - You will get super buff from all the running you will be doing and the fact that most food you eat will be what you capture & kill. All that protein. Tell me how may fatties you see in Apocalypse movies. That's right, NONE! Plus, because there is a Robot Apocalypse that means there probably won't be a Zombie Apocalypse which means you won't have to eat brains...unless you want to.
5. If you could only use 2 eye shadows, 2 blushes and 2 lipsticks for the rest of your life what would they be? - Shadow: Armani ETKI in Pulp Fiction and Chanel Vega, Blush: Chanel Rose Petale and Mocha: Lipstick: Dior Addict High Shine #612 and Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Vega.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
|My Makeup Artist Goddesses pose for a picture. Tina Horwitz on the left and Rhona Samuels on the right|