Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Think Pink







Sometimes I wonder if the fashion mafia plans out our winters so that Spring/Summer trends will seem all that much more appealing. After what has been a terribly dreary, drab and just plain miserable, winter, we are being thrown a proverbial bone with some color-therapy prozac. As if inspired by the quirky dream-scape of the Grand Budapest Hotel, or the decadent desserts of Marie Antoinette, this spring we are being served colorful confections. Everywhere you look, cotton candy pink, mint candy apple, all ushering a more saccharine world upon which we can feast our eyes. 
If you can't see yourself purchasing clothing that is so heavily influenced by the trends, you can however, participate by including the brighter color scheme into your makeup routine, with a pastel polish or a lipstick. Much like the number from the Audrey Hepburn classic, Funny Face, the fashion and beauty industries, most certainly want us to "Think Pink". Here are some of my most reached for pinks of late:

Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow in Isadore- I first bought this gem 7 years ago, and it has been since reformulated. Let me just say, if I liked it before, I love it now. The packaging is much more aesthetically pleasing than before, and it has a stronger lasting power than your typical cream blush. The late Aucoin was a genius and a game changer, and his products set the standard in the industry-- this blush is no exception. It gives the most lovely youthful glow, and it is just beautiful on the skin, blending very seamlessly into a subtle flush, that makes you look bright, wide-eyed and awake. Perfect if you are feeling tired and blah-- which is all of us these days. 

Surratt Lipslique in PomPon-- This item in particular is exciting to me for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is a very rare moment that I stumble across a brand that I have never heard of, let alone, one that was founded by a protege of the famed Kevyn Aucoin. Jason Surratt recently launched a line that is exclusively available at Barneys, and let me tell you-- it does not disappoint. First things first, this pink is a more cool-toned shade, and one that I wouldn't ordinarily reach for. That said, I love it. Think 1960's gamine, or Audrey in How to Steal A Million. Very mod, while not in the slightest bit dated or cheesy. Down to the nitty gritty: the packaging is sleek and sexy, and the actual product is hydrating. Not to mention, the click dispense system virtually eliminates the risk of smooshing your lipstick (Yuck). This product is actually heaven, with its smooth consistency, light to medium opacity and is just an all around comfortable, easy swipe-and-go. I am defintely looking foward to testing other products in the range after this happy surprise. 

Make Lipstick in Taffy--  I received this lipstick  as a "gift with purchase" but that hasn't overly influenced my opinion. To be frank, I was a bit let down over this product. I had such high hopes. A lovely neutral pink, natural and subtle. Perfect for every day use. The formulation however, leaves something to be desired. It's gritty and drying. Save your money, splurge on the Surratt Lipslique, it's more worth your while. 


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