The New Black – or, perhaps, the gorgeous new brown | A Clinique Black Honey makeup look

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a girl who didn’t love Clinique Black Honey.

You can read the rest of that story here, but the important stuff is going to be in this post. Well – this post, plus a few more, but those ones haven’t happened yet so we can only allude to them for now.

Like the iconic Almost Lipstick, I think the eyeshadow quad and blusher are best suited for warm-toned skin, but that’s not to say they’re not gorgeous on cooler tones as well! I paired this look with MAC Teddy instead of the Black Honey Brush-On Cream Liner – the cream liner is just so hyped; I’m terrified to try it. (Because, well, what if I don’t like it?! It would crush my cream liner dreams.)

Anyhow, I’m happy to report that the eye khol, which I’ve reviewed previously, pairs just as well with the quad as expected (if not better). A review for the quad’s upcoming, but for those of you on the fence about it: if you love Teddy, you’ll love this quad. Honestly, the two are like peas in a (very pretty) pod!

More photos, outtakes, and a product breakdown »

Coming up later today (whenever the internet decides to stop being sketchy)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It was a coin-toss between Clinique Lid Smoothies and Clinique Black Honey, but I think we’ll go with the makeup look (BH) rather than the swatches (LS). Though, you’ll see those soon, too!

(What can I say; I’m in a Clinique mood today. And I want to go outside; it’s deliciously sunny! But instead I’m in here, studying the evolution of the brain, and asomatognosia, and Nissl stains, and telencephalons and diencephalons and aaaaaaHHHHHHHHhhhhh I’m in over my head with this course.)

First time | FACE atelier on HauteLook

Monday, September 19, 2011

I was a little disappointed to see a complete lack of Facade (which Cami totally has me lemming), but I thought I’d give you the heads-up all the same!

The sale can be found here, and our invite link is here. Happy shopping ;)

Get on board for sight | L’Occitane and ORBIS

Sunday, September 18, 2011

There’s a lot about L’Occitane that I simply didn’t know – and, of course, undoubtedly even more that I still don’t know. Today, I found out that the brand partakes in a large amount of charitable work through the L’Occitane Foundation, focussing (currently) on supporting the visually impaired, facilitating the economic emancipation of women in Burkina Faso, and the preservation of the knowledge of nature.

The brand is pairing once again with ORBIS, a non-governmental organization that focuses on fighting avoidable blindness and helping to eradicate and treat eye diseases in India, Bangladesh, and Burkina Faso. Read more about ORBIS {here}, or about about L’Occitane’s support of the visually impaired {here}.

Two charitable products will be launching, inspired by the ORBIS plane: a pink, floral bar (grape, blackcurrant, and white rose), and a fresh, blue bar (verbena, lemon, and grapefruit.) Keep an eye out for these two shea-butter-enriched soaps!

From the release…

NYFW: the look to love | Callula Lillibelle Spring 2012

Friday, September 16, 2011

If you’re going to emulate just one look this Fashion Week, let it be this one! I’m loving this low-maintenance (but high-impact) look created by José Rivera and the rest of the Sephora PRO Team for Callula Lillibelle.

Unlike a lot of the looks that grace the runway (hello, Chris Benz), this one’s totally street-ready, and I’m hoping to see more of it as Spring rolls around. (We do have to get through Autumn and Winter first, but really: that’s just semantics). The look included glowing, bronzed skin, a naturally glossy eye, and a brilliantly vibrant orange-fuchsia lip.

The Face

For a seamless, glowing base, the artists used MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist & Fix to prep the skin, layered on Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 and MUFE HD Invisible Cover Concealer for a perfect base, and set the look with a dusting of Smashbox HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder.

Then, to really “wake up” the models’ complexions, they added Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder under the eyes to reflect light, Laura’s Bronzer Veil around the perimeter of the face and under the cheekbones, and Lorac Blush in Peach to add a bit of colour.

(The bronzer is featured in Laura’s Bonne Mine palette, which I believe is limited edition but currently available. For a similar creme bronzer, try something like the NARS Laguna Multiple or Too Faced Aqua Bunny Bronzer.)

The Eyes

To create depth, the PRO Team used layered the deepest shade in the No. 4 MUFE 5 Camouflage Cream Palette with Birthday Suit from the Too Faced Naked Eye Palette in the crease. Then, tokidoki Prisma Lip Gloss in Donutella was applied to the lids to create a glossy eye.

The eyes were finished with Lancome Definicils Mascara and Anastasia Brow Gel in Clear.

The Lips

And finally, the star of the look! Rivera and team used shade #005, Fuchsia Pink, from the MAKE UP FOR EVER 12 Flash Color Palette to create a rich base colour. (If you don’t want to buy the whole palette, try Rouge Artist Intense in 36, a satin fuchsia, or Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in Fuschia 16C, a bright fuschia pink, instead.)

To complete the lip look, the artists mixed together two shades of Stila Long Wear Lip Color and applied them on top: Exhilarating, a bright matte fuchsia, and Outrageous, a deep matte orange. Ridiculously gorgeous, right?

What was your favourite NYFW Spring 2012 makeup look?

Three new fragrance trailers

Thursday, September 15, 2011

It’s becoming quite a thing, isn’t it? These little mini-films that accompany launches. Well; I’m certainly not complaining!

Lancome Trésor Midnight Rose

I was really quite looking forward to the Trésor Midnight Rose film with Emma Watson, but I don’t know – now that it’s out, I’m not really feeling it. It’s gorgeous, of course, but it just seems too… expected. Girl meets boy, boy loses girl, boy miraculously runs into girl again in a big city, girl and boy falls in love.

Because that hasn’t been in a the ad copy for a hundred fragrances before.

But, I do like the slightly edge to the vibe of the film, and Emma looks amazing (as always)! Thoughts? (Is it maybe a little too violet? I don’t think I’ve ever said that before – but this one feels a little too violet! Or perhaps it’s just the fuchsia undertones that are getting to me.)

Dior J’Adore

Another much-anticipated recent release was the new Dior J’Adore spot, with Charlize Theron. And it did not disappoint! It’s just as riveting and glamorous as their first commercial together, and the CG in the clip is absolutely flawless – not to mention, it’s absolutely ingenious.

It’s easy to do the expected with fragrance trailers, but I honestly think this one is spot-on. I mean, I, for one, totally didn’t see it coming – and love it all the more for that.

Bottega Veneta

Finally, we’ve got a clip that I wasn’t really expecting; wasn’t really waiting for. The new Bottega Veneta films quietly appeared online, without a lot of anticipation beforehand. I didn’t love the first one, but this one – okay, the start’s a little slow, but the visuals are absolutely gorgeous, the bottle is glowing, and the colour palette is breathtaking. I’d love to hear what you ladies think of it!

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