Category: Style

Poll: Serge Lutens Pourpre Maure lipstick vs MAC Rebel lipstick

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Okay, it’s put up or shut up time, guys. I finally got around to comparing Serge Lutens Pourpre Maure with MAC Rebel. Just to try and talk myself out of it make sure before investing $75.

If I left it up to me, I know I would buy it no matter what. So I’m leaving it up to you.

I put one color on half my mouth and one color on the other half. I’m not telling you which is which, to prevent bias. Just let me know which color you like better, in general AND on me.

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Wishlist Wednesday #14 – Jewelry by Cleopatra’s Bling

I’ve written before in brief about my love for my jewelry from Cleopatra’s Bling. Now that the lovely Olivia finally launched her own web site, I pretty much want…well, everything. Where should we start?

How about this?

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I love how this Quartz, Pearl, and Agate 4-stone ring has such beautiful symmetry and how the colors complement each other.

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Red Romance—Serge Lutens Roman Rouge Lipstick

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You win some, you lose some. I’ve finally just started to get the hang of photographing myself with a tripod. I’d seen some gorgeous photos taken with a 50mm lens, so I decided to try mine. Did you know that I didn’t know until yesterday, despite the fact that I purchased the damn thing myself, that my lens wasn’t autofocus? Or maybe it used to work with my old camera?

Anyhoo. The photos I took are slightly out of focus. But you can still see.

I wanted to show you what color number 2, Roman Rouge, in the Serge Lutens sampler looks like. You know, the one I abandoned on the day in photos halfway through for Pourpre Maure.

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And yet somehow the door is in focus…

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Seasonal party look!

Now! Back to our regularly scheduled programming, kids.

You may have noticed a dearth of posts on this blogs related to the upcoming holiday. No gift idea posts. No dressing idea posts. It’s not because I’m all, “Bah humbug,” but simply because I’m just a Jew, a lonely Jew at Christmas.

Even I, however, get invited to the odd holiday party. In this case, it was my work holiday party.

I am nothing if not festive. (A photo of myself I can actually get behind.)
I am nothing if not festive. (A photo of myself I can actually get behind.)

I absolutely loved the makeup I did that night. Though I absolutely did not get a good photo of it. (WHY AM I SUCH A BAD BLOGGER?!)

But it looked something like this.

You can't even see the makeup. But look at the lipstick. And how it matches the skirt.
You can’t even see the makeup. But look at the lipstick. And how it matches the skirt.

So I’m here to give you a step-by-step to the awesome look that I did that you can’t really see. Because I’m thoughtful like that.

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A. Start off with whatever foundation/concealer/powder you prefer.

B. Prime your eyes—you’ll be dancing/drinking/sweating/all of the above, and no one wants smudgy, melty eyeshadow while you’re making eyes at the guy from accounting. (Does anyone actually make eyes at people from accounting?) (Sorry if anyone reading this is in accounting. I’m totally making eyes at you right now.)

C. I used (1) MAC Patina eyeshadow all across the lid and just up to under the brow bone. It’s a gorgeous antique gold/bronze color.

D. Then I used (2) MAC Shale eyeshadow, a velvety plum color, in the crease.

E. Just in the outer corner, I used (3) MAC Beauty Marked Eyeshadow to deepen. It’s a black-red color.

F. Then I patted a little of (4) MAC Pressed Pigment in Flicker into the center of my lid, inspired by this Lisa Eldridge tutorial.

G. Use the black liquid eyeliner of your choice and make a small cat eye (the lips are so dramatic, you don’t need much more). Or, if you want it a little less dramatic, use the (3) Beauty Marked eyeshadow with a wet eyeliner brush to line.

H. I’ve also been using an amazing antique gold shadow liner on my lower waterline, and it just seems to make my eyes glow (as seen here). The one I’m using was limited edition and sold out, but I recently read an article on The Beauty Department where they advised the same thing, and the liner they used was Jouer Creme Eyeshadow Crayon in Baroque. (ETA: As of 12/27/13, Macy’s still has the Smashbox one I used!)

I. Also from Lisa Eldridge, I’ve learned to put my lipstick on first, then gauge how much blush I need. I rarely go without a lip primer these days, especially with a dark lipstick, so I would recommend it. (My favorite is Bite Beauty Line and Define Lip Primer.) I lined my lips with (5) MAC Lip Pencil in Vino, and then I used (6) Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage. But since it’s crazy priced, you could just use a dark, wine lipstick of your choice. (Though I love this formula.)

A better look at Entourage
A better look at Entourage

J. Okay, then it was time to get cheeky, so I didn’t look like the undead. I’ve been using (7) MAC Powder Blush in Dame A LOT lately. It’s the perfect just pinky flush blush color. It works with red lipsticks like a charm, which I wouldn’t have ever thought. (Pink with red?! Trust me, it works.)

K. To finish things up, I used the highlight part of the Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Trio in Sweet on my cheekbones and under my browbones.

And that’s it! Now all you have to do is put on a party outfit and get out there!

I'm sparing my coworkers the shame of appearing here.
I’m sparing my coworkers the shame of appearing here.

(Skirt shamelessly stolen from this entry. But I don’t care, I love it.)

What do you think of the look? What’s your favorite holiday party look?

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Well, guys. I was finally able to take some photos and test out the object of my affections, Serge Lutens lipstick in Pourpre Maure.

My dedication to the cause went to extreme lengths that day. I woke up earlier than usual (and my new commute is a killer anyway) and brought my camera out back, making sure the door wasn’t locked. I wasn’t wearing a coat, and it was about 27ºF. I finished taking the photos…and, yup, the door was indeed locked.

Ten minutes later and shivering my ass off, I got someone to let me in. So you’d better really like these photos!

I just need to say, I think I’m in trouble. Like, serious trouble. I truly and deeply heart it.

To start with, here is my own photo of the sampler:

DSC_1502 The top three…swoon.

The three dark colors are all “me” colors. The bottom 3, not so much. (I am pale and I look dead in light, nude-y colors.) Although I think that Or Frele ( the one on the bottom left) is probably meant to be layered over another color, since it’s essentially clear with gold sparkles.

To be completely honest, when I went into Barneys to try on my color, the guy at the counter told me it was #2 (which is actually the top middle color). Even though I had requested the color by name to try on. (He also made me try on #10 Garde Rose, which is gorgeous as well. Of course.)

So part of me was wondering if perhaps I was now dreaming about the wrong color. Nope. He got it wrong. (I know for sure because I wore Roman Rouge yesterday…and halfway through the day switched back over to Pourpre Maure. :p Even though it’s a beautiful color on its own…it’s not MY color.)

I’ve already hit the bottom of the cardboard in one area of the sample, so I’m reluctant to use it for extraneous things, like swatching, so I’ll link you to someone who already did. I am curious to compare it to MAC Rebel, though (which I do own as well), especially since Lisa Eldridge mentioned it as an alternative. And, you know, it’s $75.

DSC_1504 Apparently I’m unable to apply lipstick straight with a lip brush from a cardboard sampler. Or I put it on in the dark? I also realized later I completely forgot to put on blush. Fail.

DSC_1506 My friends call this “Shani face.” It’s just cause I feel dumb in pictures.

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DSC_1514 It’s crooked, but it’s so pretty!

Now, you’re wondering, sure, it’s got a gorgeous face, but does it have anything going on upstairs?

Well, it’s not a member of Mensa, but it probably graduated with distinction. 😉

It goes on feeling very creamy, and then dries down to a satiny, velvet finish. You really don’t feel it on, but it’s not drying. It’s not hydrating, either, though. You should make sure your lips are exfoliated and hydrated before applying.

One of the things these lipsticks are known for are their intense pigmentation. And it did last through a meal, and didn’t transfer onto my spoon at all. I did have to reapply it in the afternoon.

The only negative thing (besides for the price!) is that when it fades, it tends to stain your lips the way wine does, catching on the most prominent areas. But while you’re wearing it, it’s glorious.

What do you think of the color? Have you ever had any mishaps in the course of performing your blogging duties? Do you want to see what the other colors look like? How do you get over something once it’s taken hold of your soul? 😉

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Wishlist Wednesday #13

Not your 90's flannel

 

Not your 90’s flannel by shedreamsinperfectfrench featuring snap shirts
I’m sure it’s the weather, but when I woke up yesterday morning and saw that it was snowing, all I wanted in the world to wear was a nice, warm, brightly colored flannel shirt.

 

I had plenty of them back when I was a teenager in the 90s (yes, I just dated myself :p). They were oversized, unflattering, and super, super cozy. Luckily, none of them have made the leap to my adult wardrobe.

 

But I really wished they had. Which got me wishing desperately for one of the more contemporary, fitted versions. I’m adoring the top middle one for the colors, but also the bottom right two, especially because they’re on sale for $20 at Hollister.

 

And yet, I hesitate. Only because I’m attempting to save money. My guiding principle these days is, “But do I really NEED it?” Obviously there are the impulse buys, but for some reason, purchasing clothing seems more unnecessary. (And not the millionth lipstick. Go figure.) But I realllllllly want one. So it’s wishlisted.

 

I also REALLY wish I had bought this scarf while I had the chance.
It was only $30 on Zara, but again, it wasn’t something I NEEDED. I had bookmarked it and kept going back to look at it, and now it’s sold out and selling for ridiculous amounts on eBay. I know that I knit and don’t need to buy scarves, but every time I see someone wearing it, I just kick myself all over again.

 

Maybe all this means is that I miss Scotland? 😉

 

Do you like flannel shirts in every day wear? Which would you pick? Do you think I should buy the scarf on eBay? What are you lusting after this week?

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Mini update to Wishlist Wednesday #11

Hey guys, I have some great news! Today Les Néréides just opened their US online store!

That means that my necklace can now be mine without crazy shipping fees! Uh oh, this could be dangerous…

 

 

 

 

And the sale goes marching on!

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Just a reminder that the Chloe & Isabel popup shop is still open, and so is the raffle!

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Enter raffle code RAFFLEAALJSFHU to get $25 off an order of $75 or more!

 

The store will be open through Sunday at midnight. I’ll post another reminder of the information tomorrow.

AND DON’T FORGET THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY SALE! Use code: FRIEND for 25% off your order.

Happy shopping!

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Celebrity Fashion Lust #8

It’s live! Get shopping!

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I’m so pleased to finally open the popup shop that Rasha and I are hosting! All the dreamy Parisian-esque goodness can now be yours.

The store will be open now through Sunday at midnight. I’ll post a reminder of the information every day.

So what are you waiting for?!

GO! SHOP! HERE!

Find the goodies you want, buy them, and don’t forget the raffle code to get $25 off an order of $75 or more!

Raffle Code: RAFFLEAALJSFHU

AND DON’T FORGET THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY SALE! Use code: FRIEND for 25% off your order.

‘Tis the season to buy for others, but don’t forget to treat yourself, too. 😉

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