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?

Cold Weather Skin Cures

With power outages in New York (still) and temperatures continuing to drop, my winter skin staples have made an appearance sooner than expected. Switching from the cold to hover over space heaters and fireplaces can wreck your skin. Here are some of my all-time favorite products, along with some new ones that I use to cure that noticeable, uncomfortable, tight-feeling skin.

RMS Coconut Oil – This is a newer item that I am currently loving. Coconut oil is incredible at removing makeup while not depleting your skin of its natural oils. It moisturizes as it melts away even the toughest of makeup. I leave this on for the duration of the shower then lightly wipe away remaining makeup using a muslin cloth. I do a second cleanse with my Clarisonic and a non-foaming cleanser free of any harsh sulfates.

Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Mask – I have mentioned this mask before (here). I use this product year-round for various skin concerns. While it doesn’t smell the greatest it is wonderful at replenishing dehydrated skin. I apply this mask and then tissue off any excess and wear it to bed. It’s instantly soothes and hydrates dry, itchy skin. It’s also great for those with red, reactive skin types.
Weleda Skin Food – This natural skin moisturizer is the ultimate. Skin Food is a long-time skin care favorite and I have yet to meet a person that hasn’t raved about its benefits. It’s chock-full of healthy and natural ingredients including Calendula, pansy extract, and chamomile. The cream is an incredible salve consistency that smells a bit like diaper-rash cream in the best possible way. You can apply it to hands and cover with cotton gloves overnight for a treatment. This one is addicting.
RMS Lip and Skin Balm – Also new to me and quick to become a favorite is this Multi-purpose balm from RMS. This vanilla-scented balm has not left my sight since I first got it. I use it on my lips, cuticles, and anywhere else that needs some extra moisture. I have even found myself applying it to cheekbones to provide a healthy glow. I love it for its natural ingredients and for its long-lasting benefits.

 What are some of your Winter Skin Favorite’s?

Chanel Rouge Allure in Déterminée

As part of the new reformulated Rouge Allure Intense Lip Color from Chanel, Déterminée was the one I needed to have. The “next generation of classic lipsticks” come in a range of sixteen intense shades. The new range of shades are quite stunning, I am not sure that I am yet finished with this collection. The Rouge Allure Intense formula glides on smooth, providing full color. I didn’t find this formula to be drying it also had a long-wear time. I much prefer this formula to the Rouge Allure which I find to be quite drying. These are definitely worth taking a closer look at.

Déterminée is a plum-toned brown with micro particles of shimmer, which is hardly noticeable. This shade is unlike any other lipstick I own, and is lovely for fall. When I first swatched this color I thought I would get a much deeper plum, but was very surprised to see this more wearable shade.

Chanel Rouge Allure $34

Have you tried the Rouge Allure Intense Lip Colors?

Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather

A fall favorite of mine is Deborah Lippmann’s Stormy Weather which was created along with Narciso Rodriguez. Stormy Weather is a richly pigmented granite-grey with a cream finish. Like all Deborah Lippmann polishes, Stormy Weather goes on like a dream. It is a pleasure to paint your nails with such a polish. It covers in one coat, opaque in two, leaving a streak-free finish and incredible shine. Stormy Weather has a long-wear time with zero chipping even after a weeks time. I only changed my polish because I wanted to switch things up and not because I needed to. I love this shade for fall and winter and can see myself reaching for it often.

wearing 2 coats of Stormy Weather and Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed Top Coat

Stormy Weather is $16 – Get it here 

 Have you tried Deborah Lippmann’s polishes? Do you love them as much as I do?

Winter/Summer Foundation Swap

As the warmer months approach it’s time to take a good look at your current makeup routine and consider how it will translate into your summer routine. Now is the time to swap out our current foundations for lighter formulations and warmer color choices. I swatched my winter and summer foundations below to give you an idea of how much they can vary. My winter foundation, as you can see, is probably about two shades lighter than the winter. It is also a more moisturizing formulation than my summer choice. You will notice in the way it feels on your skin whether or not your foundation is to heavy for the summer months. If you are aware that you are wearing foundation it is probably to heavy for you. In transition I to mix the two, adding more of the darker foundation as my skin becomes tanner.

While I do know some people who avoid the sun’s rays at all costs and stay the same color year round. I don’t think it is necessary for them to change their color foundation if the formulation is working for their skin. I do however think that everyone can gain something from warming up their skin tone. It just makes us glow and look healthier. I recommend adding a bit of bronzing gel to your foundation, Clarin’s makes some good ones. You can control the color by mixing it with your foundation. It is also more natural looking than powder bronzer.

Do you switch up your foundation for summer and winter?