Monday, March 28, 2016

Tom Ford Moisturecore Lipstick in Scandola, Carriacou, Mustique Review

Video for the Moisturecore.  I had preordered Mustique and got Scandola and Carriacou.  

I really like the formula, but it is sheer and not super long lasting.  I find it more creamy looking than the Ultra Rich ones, but my colors are all subtle natural ones (so less bold).  Each has such a pretty finish, a soft sheen that makes them different in a lovely way.

Scandola (on me; I have pigmented lips so all pick up my skin color) brown peach nude.  It's my favorite.  
Carriacou is a peach coral which also has a lovely sheen.

Mustique works on me but is more cool toned than the others.  To me, it looks like the pink sand cream color blush in lipstick form.  It's stronger on the pink, lighter on the gold but still has a touch of gold.  But it also has just a little of that milky whiteness cool colors sometimes have.

I really like these for natural looks or when I want to build up the eye look.  I'm very tempted to try one of the darker shades.

I got two of three of these gratis from Sephora and Tom Ford Beauty.  Sephora will be launching the brand online April 1, 2016 and in select stores April 15.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Tom Ford Pink Sand and Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color 2016

My favorite from the collection.  The texture is light, blends easily and doesn't dry down completely.  Best applied by patting with fingers then blending.

Pieno Sole is an unusual and gorgeous product, and definitely warm toned.  The colors shift in sunlight from soft bronze, peach and gold.  It can look a little metallic, high sheen gold occasionally in the sun.  Gorgeous.

Pink Sand is a lovely medium baby pink with a gorgeous gold shift that looks stunning when the light hits.  The gold warms up the blush but doesn't make it look peach, at least not to me.  Very special shade.

Tom Ford Ultra Rich Lip Color 2016 Revolve Around Me, Aphrodite and Purple Noon

The formula goes on very pigmented and can be layered on for deeper color.  It looked balm like for the first hour and reminded me of the Louboutin sheers.  But then it dried down more like a stain.  It is a little drying and the wear is maybe 2 hours, not the 6 promised.

These make sense in the context of a summer lip.  They also seem similar to regular collection TF shades, but with a very different formula.

Revolve around me (similar to Sable smoke) is my favorite, though it's quite light. It's a brown peach nude with a subtle sheen, almost a shimmer.  The dry down is very muted and some won't like it.

Aphrodite (like Alex, Joaquin or a number of other TF shades) is a deep cool pink with a touch of blue and gold micro shimmers I can only see though my magnified camera lens and not with the naked eye.

Purple noon (similar to Moroccan rouge) is a purple fuchsia and very pigmented.  At some angles it has a highlighter effect.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tom Ford Soleil Color Collection 2016 Early Swatches

Bit by bit

Pieno Sole Cream Blush

Aphrodite Ultra Rich Lip Color.  Interestingly, I see tiny micro (gold) glitter in the lipstick only with the camera's magnifying lens and not with my naked eye.

Revolve Around Me.  On, these remind me of the Louboutin sheers.

Gift from Sephora and Tom Ford Beauty

New Urban Decay Highlighters for Summer 2015 Swatches

Here they are:  Aura, Fireball and Sin.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

YSL Savage Escape Couture Palette Eyeshadow Review and Swatches 2016

Great way to bring is a light bit of color, including the pantone colors of the year.  Shimmery and subtle, so very pretty.

Tom Ford Lilac Nymph lipstick....but you can also go more natural (but this is a summer look!).

Makeup Show Los Angeles 2016 Haul and Thoughts

Great show.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

GRWM Red and Purple Eye Look That Isn't Too Crazy

Just for fun.

Products used.

Inglot eyeshadow 50
UD Spectrum
MUFE M100 and a white they no longer make (matte)
Anastasia Pure Hollywood
D&G Cashmere bronzer
Marc Jacobs mascara (Velvet Noir)
Becca poured opal
Besame violet powder

Viseart Ribbons Boheme Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

So beautiful...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

10 Reasons to Attend a Makeup , Such as the Makeup Show Los Angeles or Imats

1.     Product releases.
a.      Every makeup show has them…the pre-releases when you get new products not yet in stores and often discounted.
b.     At the Makeup Show LA MUFE is introducing new striking colors and textures for lips and eyes. As per the brand “the new Lip Fever collection includes the watercolor-like Artist Lip Balm, the velvety pastel of Artist Lip Blush, and the vibrant, acrylic finish of Artist Acrylip.”
c.      Frends Beauty will be releasing 2 new palettes
                                               i.     Everything Palette: “For both the working artist who needs a palette to do it all, or the makeup lover who is traveling and has limited space, The Everything Palette was created to offer the simplest solution. With 14 ultra smooth shades that include a mix of cool and warm neutral tones, a matte highlighter, a shimmer highlighter, a universal contour shade and 3 blush colors to suit all skin tones, this palette was created to address the majority of every makeup lover’s needs”.
                                              ii.     Metals Palette: “Stilazzi's Metals Palette by James Vincent captures all the most gorgeous tones from Mother Nature's mined metals. With fourteen stunning metallic shades ranging from diamond-toned pearls to rich golds, brilliant bronzes to coppers, and a smokey titanium to everything in between, the Metals Palette is a collection of all of the dazzling visuals the earth has to offer.”
2.     Discounts on products:  all makeup shows offer them and they can reach or even exceed 50%.  What better reason do you need to try new products?
3.     Insight and tips from experts
a.      Program of speakers and panels:  these typically include company owners and makeup artists who shatter boundaries and do great things.   Some are super famous and all are inspirational.  The Makeup Show 2016 in Los Angeles has Kat Von D, whom I’ve seen speak before, and who is wonderful.
b.     Sometimes the actual experts are at their booths.  So you end up getting a one on one with a legend.
4.     Information on the greats/icons in the makeup industry.  Two examples from the Makeup Show LA 2016 are two artists being honored.
a.      Eugenia Weston
                                               i.     “The Makeup Show Icon Gallery will be celebrating the 40 year evolution of this renowned makeup artist, in which she transformed from a drug store cosmetic counter girl to celebrity artist, SENNA Cosmetics brand builder, and product inventor. A pioneer in the beauty industry, Emmy nominated Weston has worked with icons including Helmut Newton and Bette Midler. Truly obsessed with brows, she broke new ground with the revolutionary Form-A-Brow® stencil shaping kit. Cited as a ‘muse’ by Kevyn Aucoin, she is gifted with an intuitive eye for color and a talent for teaching pro artists and consumers how makeup transforms beauty and life.”
b.     Davis Factor
                                               i.     “Davis Factor, the great-grandson of legendary cosmetics pioneer Max Factor and co-founder of Smashbox Studios and Smashbox Cosmetics, Davis grew up surrounded by Hollywood and beauty before eventually carving out his own niche in the industry. Inspired by the many greats that surrounded him during his upbringing, Davis also became a renowned photographer, building up an impressive body of work over the past 30 years. A collection of his photographs on display at this Icon Gallery will be a selection of Davis' acclaimed celebrity portraiture.”
5.     You get to see what’s hot.  There is nothing like walking though a crowded makeup show and seeing what’s selling.  Some booths will have long lines and limited inventory of certain products while others are slower.
6.     Community.  Makeup is a fun area for becoming part of a community.  Online makeup boards, YouTube and blogs are so expansive these days.  At makeup shows that community comes alive and suddenly you’re with people who share your passion.
7.     Demonstrations both at the booth and in keynotes or discussions.  I learn so much from listening to and learning from the best.  They really do have amazing tips.
8.     You can.  Living in a large city with these types of events I sometimes take them for granted.  Not everyone is so lucky.  So if life presents such opportunities, why not take them?
9.     You grow as an artist.  I’ve spoken sometimes about how important makeup can be for playing, and with colors, like we did as kids.  Too many of us step away from creativity as we age and get caught up in work and family.  Makeup lets us play and be creative again.  Plus we can just wash it off when we’re done.

10.  Know your show.  Some will focus more on techniques and teaching.  Others will focus more on exposure and selling makeup.  Find the right fit and you will have so much fun!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Urban Decay TMI Afterglow 8 Hour Powder Blush Review and Swatches

Great formula and hard to find plum berry shade.  Exclusive to UD's site.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Bandi Pocket Belt Giveaway

Great for workouts!  Open until March 21, 2016.  One black...

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Givenchy Poudre Lumiere Originelle Review and Swatches

So glitter or shimmer...just a softly luminous finishing powder.  Creamy, so it works on dry skin.  The formula is similar to the confetti powder but is less warm toned.