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Wishlist Wednesday #19 – Mrs. Pomeranz Dresses

If you know me at all, you would understand what my face looked like when I first found the Mrs. Pomeranz site.

*pause for you to go look*

Sometimes, Bloglovin’ is amazing. I found it through a blog that was recommended based on a different blog I had just followed. Convoluted? Yes. Kismet? Yes, indeed.

Here’s what the blog has to say about the company:

Mrs.Pomeranz is a small sewing studio located in London and Moscow. Specialized seamstresses create our beautiful, 1950s ’New Look Silhouette’ dresses from the highest quality English and Italian fabrics.
Mrs.Pomeranz was created by Dasha Pomeranz in 2009. Dasha collected 1950s dresses for several years. Running her vintage shop ‘Good Bye London’ helped Dasha realize that a classical 50-s silhouette is the most flattering cut of all: these are dresses that can make you feel a little prim and proper… but a lot more feminine! Dasha found that the demand for 50s dresses outstripped the amount of vintage gems available. So she decided to create new dresses inspired by the 50s. With her trusted constructor she carefully reworked original patterns to fit the modern female figure: vintage cuts don’t necessarily fit today’s women, they can be too full in the chest and too thin in the waist. But Mrs.Pomeranz’s dresses fit perfectly: the cut slims the figure, the length compliments the legs. Thus the ‘New Look’ collection was born: dresses full of vintage grace but with a contemporary feel.
We aim to make Mrs.Pomeranz’s dresses your favourite!

It’s all true. I couldn’t pick just one that I wanted, so I’m here to show you my top 3.

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Haul: Topshop The Damned Collection from Cult Beauty

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Topshop The Damned Collection from Cult Beauty

I was so super excited when Cult Beauty had the Topshop The Damned Collection in its winter sale. I’d been dying to get my hand on Velvet Lips in Velveteen Ribbon ever since I saw it on I Covet Thee, but I had no money to buy it at the time, and then it sold out in the US. I literally bought the collection set for just the lipstick, but it was worth it, because it’s a complete face in a bag!

Topshop The Damned Collection

Funny story: Apparently nail polish is now considered a hazardous material, and so you can no longer ship it from the UK. In fact, because of this, it wasn’t letting me make my purchase. The amazing people at Cult Beauty responded to me right away and explained the situation, and said that they would remove the nail polish from the kit and send the rest to me. Awesome.

On to the look!

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FOTD: Bite Beauty, Hourglass Cosmetics, and NARS

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Sometimes I go into Target and I come out with more than I bargained for. Case in point, this top. I know I should save my money for investment pieces, but this was so cute and decently priced. And it inspired this FOTD using Bite Beauty, Hourglass Cosmetics, and NARS.

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The Search for the Perfect Red: Surratt Mégalomane Automatique Lip Crayon

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The search for the perfect red has led me on to Surratt Mégalomane Automatique Lip Crayon. I’ve been dying to try this for ages, so I’m pleased to share my findings!

If you’ll remember, I initially thought I wanted the Surratt Alluring Automatique Lip Crayon (described as “a perfect red”), but when I saw them in person, I decided on the Surratt Mégalomane Automatique Lip Crayon (described as “a blue red”). I still think they are the counterparts to Ruby Woo and Russian Red, so we’ll see about that…

Surratt Mégalomane Automatique Lip Crayon

Here she is!

Surratt Mégalomane Automatique Lip Crayon

Right, this is why I usually do it in the backyard…I can’t see anything! Am I in the photo?

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Review: By Terry Cover-Expert Foundation

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I mentioned in passing that I’ve been trying out different foundations to become my new every day base, and By Terry Cover-Expert Foundation is definitely the front runner.

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Giveaway/Concours: REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate

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Because I want to help you start the New Year off right (it IS still January, okay?!), I have decided to give away a full-sized REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate to one lucky reader.

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Poll time: What blog content do you like?

With an eye towards the changes that I’m working on (and if you haven’t seen my layout design poll…here it is), I was also looking for feedback on the content. I’d like to know what you like, what you think is working, and what isn’t.

I sometimes worry that something like Music Monday isn’t a big hit, since it’s not about beauty or fashion. Although I know many people like music as well. And maybe having 2 days a week where there’s an assigned feature gets boring.

So here’s your chance to let me know what you’d like to see on the blog!

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Review: Illamasqua Neutral Palette

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I first ran across the gorgeous bronze-y, antique gold shade in the Illamasqua Neutral Palette in this post, and I pretty much decided then and there that it needed to be in my life. Then I got lured in by the Chanel Charming Palette (damn you, Lisa Eldridge [just kidding, I love you, call me]), and it drove all thoughts of the Illamasqua palette out of my head. Well, after returning the Chanel palette, I wandered over to the Illamasqua counter and righted this terrible wrong. And now this goodness is in my life.

Illamasqua Neural Palette

Illamasqua Neutral Palette – $46.50

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Poll: Which blog layout style do you prefer?

Changes are going on behind the scenes at shedreamsinperfectfrench. This is going to include a change to my blog theme. Which, of course, makes me wonder about blog layouts.

I know that I definitely prefer reading some blogs over others, and so much has to do with design and layout. I want my blog to be pleasing to my readers, so I would love your input as to which blog layout style you prefer to read.

I’m kind of layout illiterate, so let me explain what I mean by the choices below with examples:

Choice 1: Continuous reading on one page
This is the style I currently have. You come to my blog, you find the latest entry, you scroll down to read (sometimes with a “read more” tag).

Choice 2: Large most recent post with thumbnail magazine layout
The most recent entry is in large at the top, and the archives appear as a grid of images below. Zoé Macaron is an example of this style.

Choice 3: Dynamic large posts with thumbnail magazine layout
A couple of most recent entries appear in a large carousel at the top, and the archives appear as a grid of images below. Gemsmaquillage is an example of this style.

Choice 4: Large main image for each post, click to read
Each post is represented by a large image, running vertically down the page. To read the entry, you click on the image. Vivianna Does Makeup is an example of this style.

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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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