Tag: Lisa Eldridge

In action: Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in New Moon

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Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in New Moon I wrote a while ago about hauling Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in New Moon, but have yet to feature it in a look. Well, that gets corrected today!

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in New Moon is extraordinary. It’s hard to see in the swatches, but it has multicolored sparkles, ranging from the orange to the green to even the purple. I put together 2 looks to show its versatility.

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Haul: Chanel, MAC, and Make Up Store

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Yup, another haul. I have a backlog of things sitting around and some other things going on in my personal life, so I figure it’s a good time to show you said things and swatches. They’re pretty pretty. 🙂

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Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in New Moon

First up is one of the new summer shades of Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre line, New Moon.

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Review: Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer

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I know a couple of big-name bloggers have just written about Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer, but I’ve actually had mine for about a month now. I was waiting on a full evaluation before writing about it, but I’ve hinted at it a couple of times. Unlike the people who are now rushing out to buy it because of Anna and Kate (and no shame in that), my purchase was made due the usual: Lisa Eldridge. (And, yes, I’ve made the tag. 🙂 )

I mentioned that I have been wearing my By Terry Cover-Expert basically every day, except for the few days where I feel like wearing a little less. And the Effortless Breathable Primer is what’s been less. Only, I would never call it less, because it’s so so much on its own.

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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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Haul: Emma Hardie, Magnetic Lash, Caudalie, Nuxe, & more

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I had been eying some things to try on Feel Unique for a while, and, coincidentally, they were all restocked right before their big winter sale started. I just couldn’t resist. (IT’S LIKE THEY KNEW.)

I admit I got caught up in the rush of shopping and probably snatched up a few things I shouldn’t have. Definitely impulse buys. But everything seems like a good deal when it’s on sale, even if you didn’t think you needed it before!

Let’s get to it, shall we?

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New Holy Grail product alert: Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment

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2014 is starting off with a bang. (And I told you it would be the year of Sunday Riley!)

I’m bringing you a new Holy Grail product post, just as I’m testing and putting through their paces not 1 but 2 more! (Unprecedented!) At this rate, the rest of the year will have a lot to live up to!

Like so many of my recent beauty interests, I started looking into Sunday Riley because of Lisa Eldridge and this tutorial. The day that my face was highjacked by the Sunday Riley makeup artist at Barneys, she recommended a few of their skincare products for me, but didn’t mention this. My curiosity was piqued by seeing her use it and then seeing it was a lactic acid product. (Again, something Lisa Eldridge recommends.)

So when I went to Sephora to get some samples, I made sure to get some of Sunday Riley Good Genes to try.

Helloooooo gawgeous!!
Helloooooo gawgeous!!

Honestly, at first, I wasn’t sold. I was using the REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate at night and noticing some improvements in the red marks left by my really bad breakout. The Good Genes was going on top of a lot of other things, and I wasn’t noticing that it was really doing anything.

But the directions for the AHA Concentrate say to use it 7 days on and 7 days off, and so after the second round, I had a thought. All the reviews of Good Genes said it helps your skin look better and glow. The description on the web site was similarly effusive:

Everyone wants the unmistakeable look of having “good genes”. This amazing treatment is formulated with key ingredients which will plump fine lines, reveal brighter, newer skin, and improve circulation, offering a smooth, vibrant complexion. Long term use will restore damaged skin, reduce hyperpigmentation and acne scars, reduce the depth and number of lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, & increase epidermal firmness and thickness.

So I stopped layering it on top of a lot of other things and started putting it on directly after toning at night. And the next morning I woke up and went, “Woh.” And the next morning. And every morning I wake up and go to wash my face and notice it looks a little better every day. My red marks are now so faded that only I would notice them, because I look that closely.

It’s has a nice creamy consistency and feels really nice on your skin. It tends to drink it up. Sometimes I do feel a bit of a tingle, but nothing too bad. All the Sunday Riley products have strong scents, and for a while, this was my least favorite of all of them—it’s a bit herby—but now I really love the scent and enjoy putting it on. (I enjoy putting all of them on, it’s bad. I’m getting addicted and it’s an expensive addiction!)

I went back to the Sunday Riley counter a couple of weeks ago for something else, and the person there that day gave me a lot of skincare samples. He recommended the Good Genes as my moisturizer for day. But I have found that when I use acid exfoliators during the day, it stimulates oil production in my skin, and it winds up looking oilier a lot faster.

Just to test this theory out, I did an experiment yesterday using all the new products I’ve recently adopted that have left me practically shine free the whole day, and used the Good Genes as well. And, yep, definitely more oily. So I will stick to using this at night, but boy, am I glad I found it!

It’s going to set you back, I won’t lie. (But not as much as the Bionic Anti-Aging Cream!!) But it can be found at Sephora, which means samples can be found. I always advocate testing out products before investing, if you can. But I have found this one to be worth the money. I’m finally not embarrassed to not wear foundation again!

Have you used Good Genes? Any Sunday Riley products? What are your holy grails?

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Mini Haul: NARS Coeur Battant, Bad Behaviour, and Palais Royal

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I know I’m ages behind on the NARS Guy Bourdin Collection products, but things happen. 😉 The colors really spoke to me, but I was going to be good and skip it, until I watched this tutorial.

And, this is super dumb, but I added in an extra NARS item I wanted (again, thanks to Lisa Eldridge,) because there as a gift with a certain purchase amount, only it turns out after I ordered the offer had changed overnight and I didn’t need to buy it. But I’m not sorry. 🙂

DSC_1562-2 1. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal 2. NARS Guy Bourdin blush in Coeur Battant 3. NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Eyeshadow in Bad Behaviour

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Chanel Holiday Eyeshadow Palette – Charmed, I’m not

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I wanted to slip this one in while it was still 2013 to avoid any negativity so early in the new year. 😉 So, I fell on my head a few weeks ago and ordered the Chanel Ombres Matelassées de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette in Charming on my Bloomingdale’s card (if you know how much it cost, you know why I say “fell on my head”). I blame Lisa Eldridge and her using the greyish purple color on the far right in this tutorial.

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LOOOOOOOK HOW PRETTTTTTTTY

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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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