A Makeup Look using the Lorac PRO Palette *Gilded*

I reviewed the Lorac PRO palette yesterday. As promised, here is a look that I have created using some of the shades. Let me say that I achieved this look with great ease. The performance of these shadows is exceptional, requiring only a small amount of blending. My look will hopefully show just how pigmented these shadows are or provide some inspiration.

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The eyes:

  • With a MAC 217 I applied taupe all over the lid, into the crease, and outwards. With a smaller brush I brought the same shadow onto the outer third of my lower lash line.
  • Using a denser brush for heavier application, I picked up gold and patted onto the entire lid and slightly into crease.
  • With the same MAC 217 as before, I blended the gold well over the lid, into the crease, and outwards. With I smaller brush I brought the gold underneath as well.
  • I then took cream and applied it to my brow bone using a clean MAC 217.
  • With the same brush I applied nude on the inner corners of eyes, bringing it underneath onto my lower lash line and blended it into the gold shade.
  • For a liner I used Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink and applied it using a MAC 209.
  • To finish it off, I curled my lashes and applied L’oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara.

lorac-pro-palette-look-2Also used:

YSL Teint Radiance Foudation in #7, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye in light/medium, NYX Taupe Blush as contour, Burberry Sheer Glow Blush in Peony, YSL Rouge Volupte #1, W3LL People Universalist 2 on center of bottom lip and cupid’s bow

Will you be picking up the Lorac Pro Palette?

A Holiday Look – ‘Silver Belle’

Christmas is almost here and soon will come New Years! With all the parties in celebration its the perfect time to add some drama to your look or even try a whole new one. There are so many ways to amp up your look ,whether by adding some bright pops of color, some smokey eyes or shimmer from head to toe. You might have your go-to or you might find it impossible to choose.

In this look I created, I tried something new. I, personally have never wore silver eye makeup always opting for the more flattering gold instead. I always though silver was only for those with more cool-toned complexions. That is until I discovered all silvers are not created equal and by choosing a more, if you will, warm-tinged silver I could wear it too. I am hoping to pop out couple more Holiday Look posts so stay tuned.

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How I created this look:

Face:

  • Foundation – YSL Teint Radiance in #07 – applied using a Real Techniques Stippling Brush
  • Concealer – IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under-Eye in light/medium – to conceal darkness under eyes
  • Blush – MAC Blush in Blushbaby – applied more as a contour
  • Highlighter – Jemma Kidd All Over Radiance Creme in Iced Gold – on cheekbones and as an eye shadow primer
  • Powder – Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder – to set makeup and Caudelie Beauty Elixer on top

Eyes

  • Apply the grey silver from the Smashbox Photo Op Blue eyes palette all over the lid and into the crease using a MAC 217. Bring the color onto lower crease as well.
  • Take a matte black shadow and apply it into the crease with a light hand using a pencil brush for direct placement and bring it to the upper lash line making a v-shape.
  • Taking the 217 blend the matte black into the grey slightly on the outer corner of eye.
  • Take a lighter silver shade and apply it to the middle of lids, inner corners, and on the middle of the bottom lash line to makes eyes pop.
  • Apply Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black Ink on the upper lash line and wing it out using a liner brush.
  • Curl lashes and apply lots of black mascara. My favorite is Loreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara.

Lips:

  • Lipstick – Kate Moss for Rimmel in 14
  • Gloss – YSL Golden Gloss in #50 Golden Peach 

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Any thoughts? What is your holiday look?

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Enhancing Palette for Blue Eyes

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Enhancing Palette in Blue Eyes contains a selection of six shades handpicked by the ‘pros’ to enhance your eye color. “specifically chosen to enhance blue eyes, this assortment of shadows delivers smoky and sultry looks. It comes with a double-ended brush and step-by-step instructions for effortless application.”

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The Smashbox Photo Op Eye Enhancing palette is a sleek 5×3 inches. A mirror under the top lid is a big one and fabulously functional. Perfect for travel, the selection of shades can be combined for a variety of looks. On the bottom of the palette you will find details on how to create two looks. The first look featured uses the top row of shades (the soft trio), the second look features the three bottom shades (the Smokey Trio). I quite like the suggested looks and am wearing ‘the smokey trio’ in this post. All shades of course can be worn however way you may choose to apply them.

With eye color that ranges from green to blue to grey, I picked up the  Blue Eye Palette for the combination of beautiful shades on not to enhance my own eye color. However, the colors featured are technically correct for enhancing a blue eye color and will do just that.

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The shadows in the Smashbox Photo Op Eye Palette are among the softest that I’ve tried. They are buttery smooth and incredibly easy to blend. The two matte shades, Custard and Sable, are the softest of the bunch and impart  somewhat of a powdery finish. With these shadows being so soft I do feel they lack a bit in intensity, nonetheless this is a gorgeous palette. Before applying, I do suggest you tap off any excess shadow from your palette to avoid any fallout.  

The six shades of warm browns and peaches work well together to provide a variety of looks. Cream works perfectly as a highlight and Pewter is an unexpected shade that I am glad was included. I am partial to each shade and I don’t find myself wanting to swap one out for another. The shimmering shades worked beautifully when applied wet and I love to do so with Shell and Pewter. The result is more intense and gives the illusion of being wet.

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Cream – ivory cream shimmer

Shell – peach champagne shimmer

Pewter – gray silver shimmer

Custard – matte peach

Sable – matte warm brown

Mocha – chocolate-brown sheen

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 (wearing the ‘Smokey Trio’ in the suggested application)

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also wearing – YSL Tient Radiance Foundation in #7, Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in light/medium, MAC Blush in Harmony, Revlon Just Bitten Lip balm/stain in Charm

 

BECCA Ultimate Eye Quad in Night Star

Newly released from Becca, the Smoke & Grace Collection is inspired by understated glamour and classic elegance. Among the item’s released where four Ultimate Eye Color Quads containing four gorgeous shades in matte, demi-matte, and metallic finishes. Each palette contains “a harmonious mix of rich hues to create the perfect new smokey eye.”  One quad allows you to color, contour, and highlight eyes to create looks for both day and night.

I picked up Night Star from the Smoke & Grace collection. The palette contains a selection of cool-toned grey/greens.  The four shadows are highly pigmented and velvety smooth making application a breeze. The quality is top-notch and creating a smokey-eye has never been easier. They blend just beautifully and are easy to build. While they are soft they are not too soft, just the perfect consistency with zero fallout. The four shades worked perfectly together and the look had just the right amount of drama. I took a step out of my comfort zone by choosing this selection of hues but was completely comfortable with the result which was perfectly tasteful. I highly recommend the Eye Quads, they are absolutely stunning, a must!

The lightest shade in the Night Star palette is a white shimmering pearl, perfect for highlighting the eye. The second shade is aMetallic Celadon, the star of the palette. The third shade is an army green which contours beautifully. The last shade is a Jet Black and is perfect for lining the eye.

To create this look I started by applying the second shade all over my lid and into the crease, bringing it under and onto the lower lash line. I then took the third shade and created a v shape into my crease and on my top/outer lash line and outer lower lash line. I then lined my eyes with the fourth shade  using a damp angled liner brush. I finished by applying the first shade onto my brow bone and on the inner corner of my eyes. I am also wearing Becca’s Ultimate Color Gloss in Fallen Angel.

Becca Smoke & Grace Collection feature four Ultimate Eye Quads $40 ea.:

Astro Violet -contains Matte Black Fig, Metallic Plum, Metallic Platinum, and Matte Plum

Eclipsed – contains Metallic Silver, Metallic Champagne, Metallic Khaki, and Metallic Moss

Galactica – contains Matte Ebony, Metallic Peach, Metallic Brown, and Dark Matte Brown

You can find them here

BECCA Balearic Love Eye Shadow Palette

The Becca Balearic Love Collection for spring 2012 was slow to come on my radar. Once I came across it, I could hardly resist. With warm, bronze-hued smokey eyes, warm sculpted cheeks, nude lips, and vampy nails this collection is the epitome of sexy. I picked up the Balearic Love Eye Palette, as well as Songbird Mineral Blush which is part of Becca’s Fall 2012 Collection. (blush review to follow)

 

The Balearic Love Eye Shadow Palette contains rich hues of bronze, plum, and violet. The palette itself  is well constructed and carries some weight. The small brush included is a bit firm but good for touch-ups. Atlas, the lightest shade is a matte beige/taupe. Marcella, in the middle, is a dark matte chocolate-brown. Romal, the last shade, is a plum/bronze with some amounts of shimmer. Romal is rather a complex shade that brought some amount of depth to the whole look. Marcella was the softest of the three shades, having some fallout. Just make sure that you tap the excess off before applying. It took some amount of blending in creating this look, but the end result is quite beautiful and a step away from your typical smokey look.  The rich tones of bronze, plum, and taupe are so lovely and when combined they are utterly stunning. I found this look easy to achieve and something I can find myself recreating often when seeking a more dramatic look.

To create this look I first applied Marcella to my lid and under my lower lash line using a firm brush to place the shadow. Taking a precision crease brush I applied Atlas to the crease. I went over the two shades with a blending brush and blended them together. I then went over the entire area with Romal which brought the entire look together. I applied Songbird Mineral Blush to the hollows of my cheeks first. then blending onto cheeks slightly.

Becca Balearic Love Palette $45 (here)

 

Black on Black French Mani

I saw this manicure in a YSL campaign and knew I needed to recreate it. It is so chic and easy to do, I hope you will try it.

What I used:

  • Essie Licorice
  • Essie Matte About You
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

  • First, paint your nails with Essie Licorice (or any black nail polish, this formula was fantastic) then apply Seche Vite Top Coat and allow to dry.

  • Second apply french tip nail stickers covering the tips which will remain glossy. Paint the nail underneath with Essie’s Matte About You. I find it easier to do it this way because the stickers to not stick where I have applied the glossy quick dry top coat.

  • Peel of stickers and Voila!

 

Your thoughts?

the Balm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

The Meet Matte Palette from the Balm is a varied collection of matte eye shadows. The palette is a 3 1/2  by 3 1/2 cardboard square that flips opens like book to reveal a mirror while a magnet holds it closed. The eye shadows in this collection are buttery smooth, silky and super easy to work with. The colors are highly pigmented and allow you to blend seamlessly. If you are into matte eyeshadow and like to change up your look then this is the palette for you.

There is a great selection of colors in this set that can create endless looks with both warm and cool tones. Matt Smith and Matt Chung are two great options for a base. Matt Gallagher is the perfect crease color and among my favorites. To create some depth along with Gallagher,  Matt Patel and Matt Ramirez are great options to add to the outer crease. Matt McDonald is great for a grey smokey look. For a blue smokey look Matt Shilling and Horowitz work great together. The options are truly endless. All is all this is a great palette of high quality shadows that I recommend.

  • Matt Smith –  a matte light beige (great base color)
  • Matt Gallagher -a matte  medium brown, toast
  • Matt Ramirez – a matte cool dark brown
  • Matt McDonald – a steel-blue grey with pearl sheen
  • Matt Horrowitz – a deep blue
  • Matt Chung – light pale pink
  • Matt Batali – a rich dark eggplant, plum
  • Matt Schilling – a matte teal
  • Matt Patel – a matte mauve with brown

 I created this look by applying Matt Chung all over my lid into my brow bone. I then added Matt Gallagher into the crease along with Matt Batali to the outer edge of my crease creating a v-shape and sweeping it under my eye as well.

Get is at theBalm.com or Nordstrom.com

What Matt are you crushing on?