Monday, April 28, 2014

Color Therapy

As I've mentioned before, now that we are (finally) making the transition into spring, I'm also making the transition into a brighter color scheme, particularly with my lipstick. I've added a number of items to my ever-expanding collection and they are pictured above. These goodies will provide me the much needed lift to my face after a very harsh and draining winter. No peakiness here.. at least I hope. My thoughts on these cosmetic rays of sunshine are below. 
Top to Bottom: Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya. Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in As you want Victoria. Chanel Rouge Allure Incandescente. Chanel Rouge Allure Seduisante. 

Revlon Lip Butter Juicy Papaya (available here)
Don't let the inexpensive packaging fool you, as this is one of my most reached for products. I keep it in a heavy toration in my makeup bag. I grab for this when I want a glossy wash of peachy-pink goodness. It is as delicious as its name suggests and it wears beautifully. 

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in As You Want Victoria (available here)
A true fuschia lipstick, this is a fun, bright alternative to your typical red lipstick. Much like the other lipsticks in the 'moisture renew' range, this one is super duper comfortable to wear, and it doesn't smell offensively sweet like those in the 'Kate Moss Lasting Finish' line. 

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Incandescente (available here
This purchase as well as the one that follows has the fabulous Lisa Eldridge to blame. Famed makeup artist to the stars, she posted a set of looks on her blog that she did for Keira Knightley during a press junket. Queue panic and a mad dash to the Saks beauty department. Orange lips are going to be huge this season, and this lippie falls right into that category. It is a gorgeous tomato red, that is fiery and oh-so bright. A very unique color that is harder to come by in drugstore ranges. I have a feeling I will be reaching for this treat very regularly. Oh and the packaging? As luxe as you would have to expect from a prestige brand like Chanel. I look pulling it out of my makeup bag, because it makes me feel like a movie star. 

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Seduisante (available here)
Yet another purchase that can be blamed on the genius Edlridge-Knightley team. This pink is unlike anything I have in my collection. It's a true pink that pulls on the warm side-- which makes it fun and kick brighter than my natural lip color without being boldly in your face bright. Safe to say I'm hooked. 

Left: Chanel Illusion D'ombre in Utopia. Right: Chanel Illusion D'ombre in New Moon. 

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Utopia (available here)
Let's preface this by saying that I'm obsessed with the illusion d'ombre formulation. It's super silky and easy to blend, and you can wear it in a sheer wash, or in a super packed on pigmented punch of color. this shade is a warm, pinky lavender, which I have been wearing daily as a sheer wash on my lids. The sophisticated warmth of the shade prevents it from looking tacky, and it wakes up my face, and the color just makes me smile. Definitely a unique color, and worth the purchase if you are looking to experiment. 

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in New Moon (available here)
Full disclosure, I bought this shadow because it is an Eldridge favorite, but don't let that dissuade you-- it is MAGIC.  It is a reddy-mink-champagne-bronze. That's not a real color, you say? False. This beauty can add some subtle definition, or can be kicked up a notch to the most gorgeous wash of color, with the most sophisticated kind of shimmer. It is truly unlike anything else I own, and every time I wear it I feel like a million bucks, which is pretty  much justification for this purchase in itself.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pretty in Pastel

Jeans: Rich and Skinny. Sweater: Inherited. Blouse: Theory. Coat: Zara. Shoes: Juicy Couture. Necklace: Wear it Don't Bear It. Lips: Make 'Taffy'. Eyes: Chanel Illusion D'Ombre 'Utopia'. 

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. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring Awakening

Coat: TopShop. Sweater: Autumn Cashmere. Pants: Citizens of Humanity. Shoes: Superga. Bag: Saint Laurent. Sunnies: Karen Walker. Watch: Hermes.