Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July Favorites

Last month, I didn't do a favorites post, because I found myself using the same things I had already posted about numerous times. Creature of habit, I suppose. This time, I changed things up a bit, so I do have something to show you!

Tarina Tarantino Wonderful Palette
Every time I use this, I'm so pleased - the quality of the shadows is so lovely. This month, I tried using the middle copper shade as an all-over lid color, and I was surprised by how much I loved it! I usually avoid warm coppers like this. This became my favorite eye combo for July - copper all over the lid, the dark brown in the crease, finished with liner and a highlight. I got quite a number of compliments on it, too. You can find my original review of the palette here.

Dior Aurora bronzer
I've forgotten the full name of this bronzer (it's a mouthful, as usual), but I have not forgotten what an awesome glow it gives me. It's perfect for a sun-kissed finish, and doubles as blush if I want a subtler shade on my cheeks. Another go-to this month.

MAC Early Morning blush
This one slips into my monthly favorites quite often, and I'm sorry about that, as it was LE. However, it's a good one, and I imagine you can find similar shades. It's a reddish coral and quite a favorite of mine. Since I've been using warmer colors this month, it's a good complement. Original review is here.

Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Natural 37
I will do a full feature and review on this soon, but for right now, all I will say is it's a gorgeous, relaxed peach shade. Kind of like Revlon Super Lustrous Coral Reef, but less intense, and in a dreamy lipstick formula. I love.

YSL Rouge Volupte in Forbidden Burgundy
Vampy shades are already on my mind, so I've been putting this to use. It's not quite as dark or purple/red as I'd like a truly vampy lipstick to be, but it's still a juicy, beautiful berry shade. My original review is here.

Sweet Anthem Lizie perfume oil
This is just a sample size (although these last quite a long time!) and I'm always surprised by how much I love Lizie - it has notes of "dirt," after all! Who'd have thought? It's the perfect summer scent, even if it is not S.'s favorite ("Dirt? What? Why?") and I heart it. My original review is here.

I've put a lot of emphasis on using things I already own in these past several months, and I'm really happy about that. It makes me feel like they were worthy purchases, you know? I am getting a bit of the shopping itch, but then I think about my upcoming honeymoon, and I am able to hold off a little bit. Which isn't to say that I've cut myself completely off. I ordered a couple of non-beauty items from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, because they had a few pieces that I've been looking out for, so I felt that was reasonable - the sales were significant. But I didn't spend too much money overall, so I feel good.

What were your favorites in July?

Sunday, July 29, 2012

What I've Learned From Fashion Blogs #7: Moms Aren't Always Right, But Sometimes They Are

My mother has a tendency to dress up - both in size and in occasion. She always looks well put-together, no matter where she is going. This doesn't mean she only dresses in brands and labels, but she knows how to make the most of an outfit. And she likes to dress up. Sometimes, I kind of see the appeal: you just want to throw on a dress and feel pretty. Absolutely nothing wrong with that.

On the other hand, wearing one or two sizes too big is not really a good idea. I always used to do this - jeans, blouses, shirts, dresses...nothing was ever fitted, and in terms of modesty, I suppose that's understandable. In high school, I was allowed to wear halter tops and short-ish skirts (nothing with plunging necklines or anything riding up my thighs, of course) but even now, when she wants to buy me something, my mom still buys me clothes that are one or two sizes too big. I don't think it's on purpose - that's just how she tends to think. Her taste is fabulous and on-trend, but often times now the fit isn't right. At some point in the past few years - after living on my own - I finally realized that no, I'm not growing any more, and I want things to fit. S. also pointed this out several times in the past. If your pants are slipping around your waist, they probably don't look good, right? I was never in hugely baggy outfits or sloppy clothing, mind you, but I never wore anything like this, either.
Dress: Banana Republic
Clutch: gift from mom
Cuff: Nadri
Sunglasses: Maui Jim (hey, it's bright)
Nails: Dior
Silver Lake
Excuse the sass, S. was saying something snarky.
Which isn't to say that I'm trying to show anything off (what exactly would that be? Pft) but really, my body is my body, and there's no reason to hide in too-loose clothing. Some pieces are made to be loose and flowy and I get that, but some are not. I feel more put-together, less sloppy, and more confident, over all. Positive experience, right? When Mum sees me now, there are of course times when she feels I could be dressed a little differently, but for the most part, she likes the way I dress. Bottom line: no one knows your fit better than you do! Even Mum.
sandals: Target
Bonus to dressing up on a whim: S. decided I looked like I needed to be taken out on a date. Impromptu lunch date! 
What about you? Have you had any revelations when it comes to clothing - style, fit, etc.? Do you dress differently now than you did a few years ago?

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Step in the Right Direction...L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes

You all know I'm not a mascara girl, and I have several reasons.

1. It's damn hard to remove. I always feel like I'm yanking out my lashes. Thumbs down.
2. Every one I've tried has either a. smudged like crazy, or b. added neither volume nor length, or c. both. FAIL.
3. The brushes are weird sometimes. I tend to poke myself in the eye.
4. I'm lazy.

I know. I could go on all day. I do like dramatic lashes, though (obviously, I'm a volume girl), so sometimes mascara just needs to happen. I like to keep one on hand for these types of occasions, but I have never found the right one. I'm also hindered by my quest for paraben-free products. And the fact that I have to use a really emollient eye cream in order to look like I've slept at any point in the past five years. So! I decided to venture into the realm of fiber and waterproof mascaras.
L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara is waterproof, and it comes in two types of black (which is typical); however, one of them is paraben-free and one of them is not...and I have no idea why. I just read the ingredient panels for both and picked the one that I could wear, which turns out to be Black (but not Blackest Black! Ha.). It's...black.
Ingredients for 290 Black only.
I picked it up on a whim during a sale, and didn't really have any expectations. Well, besides a fear that I would end up feeling little fibers fall into my eyes all day. (This didn't happen. Hurray). I've actually been wearing it almost daily (this is a big thing, you guys). It does smudge a little throughout the course of the day (especially when I work out; sometimes I end up going straight from work to work out, so I don't get a chance to remove it), but not as badly as some of the recent ones I've tried (Sephora Outrageous Volume, Sephora Full Effects, Tarina Tarantino, Revlon 3D Volume) . I also like the brush, and the drier formula. It's not so dry that it makes my lashes crunchy, though. I can't stand crunchy lashes.
Long, straight brush, no-fuss, and easy to use. Combs out my lashes well; I rarely have clumps.

It's not an OOMPH mascara, but it does hold a curl, gives me some volume - and length! - and several people have asked if I was wearing falsies while I tested this, so I think it does give me those coveted "natural-looking but full" lashes. My lashes but better? HAHA. Beauty bloggers are nuts. Anyhoo.
There's definition and some length, though not a whole lot of volume. It probably falls under the "natural-looking" category.
Both eyes, with mascara. I curled my lashes prior. I think it's actually more of a lengthening and defining mascara, and I want volume, damnit.
Bottom line: Not bad. I like it, and wish it were a little more va-va-voom and absolutely smudgeproof, but I guess you can't have everything, huh? I will still look for another mascara after this, but I'm absolutely happy using this right now.
I liked it enough to attempt a "fresh face" with it - just mascara, no eyeliner or shadow! *GASP* I think this may be the first time I've ever done that...and look at all of my undereye baggage! 
I bought mine on sale, but I think it normally retails for something around $6-10, depending on the shop. And now, I need to know: what is your favorite, favorite, go-to mascara? The one you'll repurchase over and over again. Tell me.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Thursday Post

Chet Faker: No Diggity (Blackstreet cover). I am obsessed with this cover right now. It's nothing like the original, which can be good or bad - I dunno. But this version is sexy.

Eeeee! The most adorable things ever!

More LEGOS. AND MORE. And story-telling rules via LEGOS.

Mind-bending landscaping?

And how do you feel about linear perfumes?

HAHAHAHA. Oh man. I guess if someone shoved a camera in my face every time I drifted off, I'd be pissed, but...I can't resist. Also, today is the one-year anniversary of Dennison coming to live with us. :D

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3

I already reviewed and swatched Volume 1, so here is Volume 3! This one has some brighter and lighter colors than Volume 1; I feel like these are a little bit harder to incorporate into looks using just this palette, but they're still lovely shadows, all the same. The texture and quality of the shadows is commendable, just as with Volume 1. Some of the shades are similar to those in Volume 1, but they are not quite the same.

On to swatches! All of these were swatched with a finger on to bare skin; photos were taken in direct sunlight unless otherwise stated.
Top row of the palette. L-R: Lusty Lee is a pretty powder blue lighter and less gray than Easy Wheezie from Volume 1. Envious Erin is a white gold, whiter than Jet-Setting Jennifer of 1, and Racy Kacy is a reddish brown, redder than Volume 1's Shameless Shana.
Middle row! L-R: Safe Bet Annette, a soft baby pink, Runaround Rebecca, a green-brown near-duochrome shade, and Come-Hither Heather, which is, of course, heather gray.
Bottom row! L-R: Open-to-Offers Olwen, a dusty teal. All the Way Annie, a muted eggplant, and Guilty Gwen, a glittery black that reminds me of the old Urban Decay Oil Slick.
It looks like there's a lot of glitter in these swatches, but uh, the only ones with visible glitter in the pan are All the Way Annie and Guilty Gwen. The rest of them are just shimmer or pearlescent. None of them looks harsh or metallic on the eyes, though, which makes them really easy to use everyday. And like Volume 1, none of these is overly bright, which translates to more colored, but wearable, eye looks.
All swatches, in natural light, but not in direct sunlight. My arm is pale. Such is life. 

I bought all three of theBalm's Shady Lady palettes for $39.95 during one of their promotions (I gave Volume 2 away, so I can't swatch that for you - sorry!), and I absolutely do not regret it. They are normally individually priced at $39.95. They often go on Hautelook or do promotions on their own, so I would definitely keep an eye on their social media pages if you're interested. I've also seen reports of these being spotted at places like TJ Maxx, though I've never seen them there myself. Between the two that I have, I'd say that I prefer Volume 1, mostly because it can stand alone - it has a good mix of light and dark shades. I still use this one, but in tandem with other coordinating crease shades. I'm also not a huge fan of the glittery black Guilty Gwen, but I can see that it would be useful for a smokey eye or as a liner. Overall: thumbs up, especially if you are looking to dip a toe into the world of colored eye looks, but don't want something too bright.
Ingredients from the back of the box.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

From A Single Palette: Four Eye Looks

I already swatched and reviewed theBalm's Shady Lady Volume 1 Palette, but some of you did express interest in seeing EOTDs with it, so that's what I have for you today. I tried to use every single color in the palette. You'll see me use some colors more often than others (Jet-setting Jennifer is one of my favorites!) but I did try to go through all of them at least once. I also played around with putting color on my lower lashline for some of these; I usually don't, because it's a pain to remove, but sometimes I do like the effect it gives.

I apologize in advance for all of the different lighting in these photos - the weather is never the same in Seattle, so when you take photos in natural light, well...they deviate. This post is also quite photo heavy, as I tried to take both an open and closed eye shot.

Look #1: Golds and browns. The pale gold shade all over the lid, the middle brown on the outer lid, and the darkest brown in the crease. I recreated this gradient on the lower lashline, then finished up with liner on the top lid. I quite like this look, and wear it quite often - it's even getting me to like brown. Typically, warm browns and I don't get along, but it works out here.
NARS Smudgeproof Eye Shadow Base
theBalm Shady Lady Vol.1
Jet-setting Jennifer, Shameless Shana, Caught in the Act Courtney
Benefit Magic Ink
Urban Decay
Revlon 3D Volume Mascara

Look #2: Gold and blue (I told you I liked that gold!). Pale gold all over the lid again, then the slate blue on the outer lid, darkest blue in the crease. Just like the one above, but with blues instead of browns! Finished up with liner - navy blue this time. Sorry for the lighting!
NARS Smudgeproof Eye Shadow Base
theBalm Shady Lady Vol.1
Jet-setting Jennifer, Risqué Renee, Easy Wheezie
Benefit Magic Ink
Urban Decay Binge
Revlon 3D Volume Mascara

Look #3: Plum Pink. I used the peachy pink and the glittery plummy pink shade for this one. They're not really colors that I go for very often, but I did get a number of compliments on this look, so perhaps it's not as unflattering as I thought?
NARS Smudgeproof Eye Shadow Base
theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 1
Luscious Lani, Curvy Cami
Benefit Magic Ink
Urban Decay

Look #4: Green Green Bean. Final colors in the palette being used! I saved my favorites for last. Basically these all follow the same scheme, though: a lighter all-over lid color, and a darker shade on the outer edges and in the crease. Sometimes I used two colors, sometimes (like here), three.
NARS Smudgeproof Eye Shadow Base
theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 1
Jet-Setting Jennifer, All About Alex, Jealous Jordana
Benefit Magic Ink
Urban Decay
L'oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes

As you can see, this palette lends itself to colored, yet muted, looks. It's a fabulous find because you can have variety without coming out too over-the-top. I do wonder what would happen if I tried to use one of these shadows over something like Pixie Epoxy...maybe that will be my next experiment. As it is, I've used every single color in the palette, and these are four looks that I've been pulling out quite often over the past month or so. I can't recommend the Shady Lady Volume 1 palette enough!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Thursday Post

Josh Kumra: Helicopters & Planes (feat. K. Koke). Up and coming! I like it.

I'm actually not much for sappy love stories etc., but I really adore David and Victoria Beckham. They seem so real and classic, and have such a great family.

This is amazing and inspiring and...apparently I'm feeling very sentimental today. I'm sure it will pass.

And more.

LOL. Would I do that much for snacks? I'm not sure.

I haven't read the books. I'm curious, but otherwise rather ambivalent. This is way cool, though.
:D And another adorable fellow.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I Quite Like Being Green!

Essie Mojito Madness, two coats, with an OPI base coat and an Essie top coat. This photo was taken with flash.
I'll be honest: I don't like mojitos. And although I like green eye shadow, green nail polish and I never really seem to get on all that well. There are some shades that I like in theory, but on me, not so much. I figured Essie Mojito Madness* would be one such shade, but surprisingly, I really like it. It's the perfect kelly green - it has just enough blue and just enough yellow in it to be flattering and fresh. It's a cream, and has an almost pastel hue that I adore.
Photo taken under Ottlite. you can see where the layers are a bit thick, though surprisingly this didn't change the dry time too much.

It's not the easiest formula to work with; it's quite thick and if you don't wait completely between coats, you'll have some dragging. If you look closely, you can see some bare spots where this occurred. It dried fairly quickly despite this, though, which is curious. I did try to make sure it dried in between coats, but I'm impatient, so I didn't entirely succeed.

This is part of Essie's "Bikini So Teeny" Summer 2012 collection, and I received it for free as a Klout perk (the shade was chosen randomly for me). From what I've seen, I really like the colors in this collection - bright, cheerful creams - but I'm not sure I'll pick up any more, just because I'm trying to cut down on spending. They retail for $8.00 at most drugstores, though prices sometimes vary depending on sales, etc. Did you pick up any from the collection?

*Item was received for free as a Klout perk.

Monday, July 16, 2012

More Beauty on a Budget: Real Techniques Starter Set

This is the Real Techniques Starter Set, which is a set of five eye brushes. The Real Techniques brushes are color coded; orange is for base/foundation brushes, pink is for finishing, and purple is for the eyes. The type of brush is also written on the handle, and the soft, non-scratchy fibers are made of Taklon, so these are cruelty-free. The sets also come in the case you can see above; I don't use it, but I can see it being useful for travel. It can be made to stand up.

I have quite a few of these; I reviewed the Stippling Brush here, and I also have the Core Collection brushes, which I'll cover later. For now, let's focus on these eye brushes.
L-R: Crease brush, Base Shadow brush, Accent brush, Pixel-point Eyeliner brush, Brow brush.

I'll tell you right now that the Pixel-point Eyeliner brush is pretty useless and I never use it. Its bristles are too long and floppy, which does not lend itself to precision, in my opinion. The other four brushes, however, are quite nice, and I do use them daily (I generally use a combination of these and the Ecotools brushes for daily application, depending on the look). The crease brush is different from the standard; this one has a round fluffy head that comes to a general point, versus the slanted crease brush in the Ecotools set. Both have a place and a purpose, I think. This one is nice for depositing color in the crease, and the slanted one is nice for blending it out slightly above the crease.

The Base Shadow brush is flat and good for depositing color all over the lid, which is exactly what it was created to do. The Accent brush is handy for bringing color down under your eyes, or even for a bit of smudging, as it is short-bristled and fairly thin. The brow brush has actually become my favorite for filling in my brows, over the Ecotools version. It's fuller and a hair thicker; if you have sparse or thin brows, this may not be the thing for you, as it affords less control for filling in your brows. However, if you have fairly thick brows and just want to fill in some spots or even out the coloring by filling them in  with some powder, this one covers a lot more ground per stroke, and has a softer edge, giving a more natural finish to brows.

Conclusion: four out of five of these brushes are in constant use Chez Larie, so the set is highly recommended. It retails for $17.99 at Ulta, and if you're in the PNW, they can also be found at Fred Meyer!

Friday, July 13, 2012


I'm talking about the timeless pairing of blush + lipstick. Or lip gloss. Or lip stain. Or what have you. The point is, in general, I like my cheek color and lip color to complement each other. I suppose there is some interest to be had from juxtaposing cool and warm tones on your cheeks and lips, but I haven't really explored that option.

Here, then, are some of my favorite cheek + lip combos. This is the motivation for buying more blushers and lip colors - sometimes you still find that you don't have the shade you're going for. Very annoying, that is. I tend to work top down (eyes, then cheeks, then lips) so sometimes by the time I get to the bottom, I realize I don't have the lip color to finish the look, and then I'm very grumpy. First world problems, I know. Other times, I aim to wear a certain lipstick, so then I build around that. I rarely build around blush, but I still like to have a variety so I can match the variety in lip and eye colors that I have. Does that make any sense?

Illamasqua Libido cream blusher + Dior Orange Pareo gloss
Orange is the name of the game. Libido is an orangey red. Sometimes I layer with a slight dusting of MAC Fresh Honey; this softens the red and adds a bit of a sheen.

Senna Cosmetics Tres Jolie* + MAC Runaway Red
Red lipstick is a power player, but I find that I still want a touch of color in my cheeks to avoid the whole corpse bride look. Runaway Red was a limited edition that has been repromoted; it's a darker, cool red that can almost look vampy on me. NARS Mascate is similar in color, but has a matte finish and is ever so slightly warmer. If you are Canadian, Marcelle Amour is also really similar, though I find it more slippery than Runaway Red.

Smashbox Radiance + NARS Carthage 
Pink overload? Maybe, but it's the freshest combo I own. Sometimes I contrast shades, sometimes I match them. I still think it works. You can see it in action here.
MAC Harmony + Dior Angélique Beige
On cheeks, applied lightly, Harmony is a rosy brown in the vein of Tarte Exposed. It complements the softness of Angélique Beige beautifully, while still providing some color. Bolder blushers would also work with this Dior nude, as well.

Here are swatches of all four combinations.
L-R: Dior Angélique Beige + MAC Harmony, Dior Orange Pareo + Illamasqua Libido, MAC Runaway Red + Senna Cosmetics Très Jolie, NARS Carthage + Smashbox Radiance. I swatched the blushers heavily so that the color would come through; I don't wear them that strongly!

I don't think the blush and lipstick shades need to match exactly, though here I did do a lot of similar coloring. They're close but not too close (except for the pink pairing, I think), which keeps things interesting. Also, cheek colors often translate different on the face than on my pale, pale arm.

What are your favorite lipstick + cheek color combinations?

*Items marked with a star were won in a giveaway hosted by another blogger. Thanks, MM!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Thursday Post

The Do: Too Insistent (Trentemoller Remix).  Awesome possum.

I'm not sure why I found this so funny, but I did.

Love her or hate her, the woman can sing. This article is hilarious - LOVE MuuMuse!

I love LEGOs, too. And apparently so does Worship Blues! :D

For the cat ladies ;)

Cookies! And Science!

I think I will always be a gamer, and this is amazing.
This photo cracks me up every time. This was one of his birthday treats.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Hunt for a Nude: Nails Edition

I think this is a quest that most women have been on at some point - the hunt for "nude" shades, for both lips and tips. I think most of us know the trouble that can be encountered on such a quest, so I won't elaborate any further. I did, however, just find my nude lipstick, so I thought perhaps my luck would hold out and I would find my nude nail polish, too. I sort of did. It's great, but not perfect.
Zoya Avery, won in a Zoya-sponsored sweepstakes last holiday season. Two coats, with top coat. It's completely opaque and the formula is fuss-free.
This is Zoya Avery*. This is really a neutral, I think, more than a "nude," if you think about the fact that my nails naturally have a rather pink tinge to them. It's a latte-colored polish that I actually quite like, even though I know it's not the most flattering shade against my skin. I think it'd be fabulous dressed up with some glitter, but I haven't been in the mood for glitter, lately. Still, it's a nice shade to have when I want to have some color on my nails, but I don't want to draw attention to them. Other suitable shades would be a soft pink like Julep Jennifer, or a slightly more peachy nude like Sinful Colors Satin.

What's your go-to neutral shade for nails? Is it a true nude for your skintone, or do you prefer neutrals with some hint of other color (e.g. gray, beige, tan, etc.)?

*Items marked with a star were won in a company-sponsored sweepstakes-style giveaway.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The End of a Quest: Dior Angelique Beige

I've been searching for a nude lipstick for a long time. I wanted something that would reduce the natural pinkness of my lips and soften the overall face, something to complement dark, dramatic eyes. I also wanted to be able to wear it on its own with bright blush and clean eyes. I went through a lot of colors and textures, swatching endless brands and shades (drugstore and high end!), but everything was too pink or too yellow or too peachy, too opaque or too creamy. Finish is very important for nude lipsticks, I think. In the end, I did what I should have done in the beginning: turn to my favorite lipstick line. Turns out, there was something there for me all along.

This is Rouge Dior 314 Angélique Beige; it was released with the Blue Tie collection last fall and is available at most Dior counters (but not at Sephora). It is not too pink, not too peach, not too yellow. It is creamy and wears well, but the coverage is not completely opaque, keeping it from becoming too mod or concealer-esque. This is my nude lipstick.
My lips were really dry for a little while - I apologize! You can see that it looks a bit streaky, but that's because it is not completely opaque. From a normal distance it looks completely fine.
Slightly different lighting - you can see its beige tones here.
It's a milky sort of yellow-based peach; once it is applied, it tones down my natural lip color and adds a nice shine. Rouge Diors are my favorite lipsticks; they're comfortable to wear and non-drying, but not at all slippery. They are lovely. I wore this particular shade in a recent FOTD post. Here's a quick comparison, as well, with other "MLBB" and similar shades.
I will never stop ranting about GIMP's lack of ability to accomodate accented characters. 

You can see that none of them are really similar, and they look markedly different on lips, as well. Primrose Crystal is the closests, but it's pinker and not as streaky on lips; it also has a balmier texture as it is a Rouge Sérum. Revlon Gold Dust is a gloss, but I threw it in there for its gold tones.

Rouge Diors are $32 for 0.12 oz. I bought mine from Nordstrom.

Ingredients: Polyglyceral-2 Triisostearate, hydrogenated polyisobutene, polydecene, polyethylene, polyglyceral-10 nonaisostearate, oxokerite, diisostearyl malate, ethylhexyl palmitate, synthetic fluorphlorogopite, C10-30 cholesterol/lanosterol esters, trimethyl-ol propane triisostearate, magnesium carbonate, cera alba (beeswax), calcium sodium borosilicate, distear-dimonium hectorite, caprylic/capric triglyceride, octyldodecanol, decyloxazolidinone, synthetic wax, parfum (fragrance), irvingia gabonesis kernel butter, hydrogenated vegetable oil, hydrogenated coco-glycerides, luffa cylindrica seed oil, ethylhexyl  hydroxystearate, silica dimethyl silylate, BHT, crithmum maritum extract, butylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, geraniol, tocopherol, propyl gallate, sodium hyaluronate, citronellol, amyl cinnamal, limonene, citral, benzyl benzoate. 
[+/-]: CI 12085 (red 36, red 36 lake), CI 15850 (red 6, red 7, red 7 lake), CI 15985 (yellow 6, yellow 6 lake), CI 17200 (red 33), CI 19140 (yellow 5, yellow 5 lake), CI 42090 (blue 2 lake), CI 45370 (orange 5, orange 5 lake), CI 45380 (red 21, red 21 lake, red 22 lake), CI 45410 (red 27, red 27 lake, red 28 lake), CI 47005 (yellow 10, yellow 10 lake), CI 73360 (red 30, red 30 lake), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77163 (bismuth oxychloride), CI 77491, 77492, 77499 (iron oxides), CI 77742 (manganese violet).

Friday, July 6, 2012

My First Dior Lip Gloss: Orange Pareo

It is everything I wanted. Sheer but significantly orange, non-sticky, sparkly. The shine lasts for a couple of hours and the color lasts a bit longer, but the texture never becomes tacky or gritty or gunky, and the glitter never builds up or overwhelms. Also: there are orange sparkles in this. Silver and orange. I'm usually not a fan of glittery lip products, but there's just something about summer and sparkles.

This one had been on my wishlist ever since promotional photos for the Dior 2012 Summer Collection came out, and I have waited patiently for it. The day the ban was up, I snagged it, as well as another Dior goodie. I've only had it for a few weeks, but I've been wearing it daily - it's become a summer staple! Sometimes the glitter can make it seem a bit more dramatic than it should be, but that's okay. I still love it. It's just so cheery and juicy. It's a tangerine shade on my lips - not pink at all, and not milky-opaque, so it's quite different than Revlon Coral Reef. If you want to take part in the orange trend but don't wanna go with something too bright, this is a good way to ease into it. Also, this actually keeps my lips quite comfortable; it never dries them out or gets to be sticky, tacky, gunky. It's lovely!
It can settle into a peachy color after an hour or so, but the color does last and never dries out my lips.
The packaging is pretty and luxe, though I will say it seems like the top doesn't quite align with the tube after the first use (this is the problem with square tubes, people!). It's not a huge deal, though, as it's a very slight misalignment. I only hope it doesn't get any worse! Also, I have to say that I don't really like the brush applicator that this comes with. I find it hard to fill in my lips cleanly with them. Doe feet all the way!

$28 for 0.21 fl oz, at Dior counters. I've apparently been branching out into gloss this summer, so there are a few more that would be nice to have, but I'm not racing out to get them any time soon. I still prefer lipsticks, in general - your hair doesn't stick to your lips when you wear lipstick!

If you need more convincing, see Xiao's review. She's the enabling queen and it is stunning on her.

Ingredients: hydrogenated polyisobutene, polyglyceryl-2 triisostearate, polyglyceryl-e isostearate/dimer dilinoleate copolymer, trimethylolpropane triisostearate, diisostearyl malate, octyldodecanol, C18-36 acid triglyceride, calcium sodium borosilicate, polyethylene terephthalate, ethylhexyl palmitate, acrylates copolymer, butylene/ethylene/styrene copolymer, disteardimonium hectorite, ethylene/propylene/styrene copolymer, glass beads, propylene carbonate, propyl gallate, ammonium glycyrrhizate, tin oxide, trihydroxystearin, bht, butylene glycol, parfum (fragrance), caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, sodium hyaluronate, hexylene glycol, tocopherol.
[+/-]: CI 12085 (red 36, red 36 lake), CI 15850 (red 6, red 7, red 7 lake), CI 15985 (yellow 6, yellow 6 lake), CI 19140 (yellow 5, yellow 5 lake), CI 42090 (blue 1 lake), CI45380 (red 21, red 21 lake, red 22 lake), CI 45410 (red 27, red 27 lake, red 28 lake), CI 73360 (red 30, red 30 lake), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77163 (bismuth oxychloride), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides), CI 77742 (manganese violet).

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Thursday Post

Andrew Belle: The Daylight. I repeat artists sometimes. *shrug* Sorry. He's got a sexy voice, what can I say?

Dessert - and now dinner! - for two!

I do weights once or twice a week - going to try this set.

I mentioned last week that S. and I want to visit Asia next year (maybe. It may or may not happen). I've been looking into it, out of curiosity, and I'm starting to get excited.

This is now part of the Seattle skyline, it seems.

Beautiful! I love this fall collection. More here (also more in their side bar). I love the golds and rose golds and blacks and leaf colors...!!!

Does anyone have either of these, or have an opinion? It's something we've been looking into.
Hahaha. Also, you can follow me on Instagram for more Dennison photos - and photos of food. I'm Pestozesto.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Daily Face: Summer Edition

This is a post inspired by my own nosiness. I like to see the routines of other people, so I decided I'd show you my own, in hopes of prompting similar posts from friends (hint, hint!). Also, Arianne did one, which lit the fire under my butt and inspired me to actually put this damn post together. Although, I'm not saying that this takes me five minutes! It can, but lately I've been taking my time, trying to calm down the morning dash. This is just my summertime everyday face. The colored cosmetics change from day to day (i.e. blush, eye shadow, lip product, if applicable, ha!) but the rest of it is always the same. Also, I decided to show things in their proper order, as I tend to apply products in the same order every day. Here we go!

Every morning, I spray Bain de Terre Purité Healthy Leave-In Elixir*** onto my bedhead and let that sink in while I wash my face with the old standard, Clinique Facial soap. That's quickly followed by the Clinique Moisturizing Gel, Clinique Super City Block, and eye cream (currently: Origins A Perfect World). Then I comb out my hair, get dressed, and open up the train case.

Because it's summer and I don't want anything really heavy on my face, I've been sticking to a really simple combination. I spray my face with MAC Fix+, apply Marcelle BB Cream** with my fingers, and then gently dab Smashbox's HD concealer (Light) under my eyes. I finish with a light layer of MAC MSFN in Medium.

Next, it's brows. I brush them into shape, fill them in lightly with Sleek from theBalm Nude'tude palette, and then set them with MAC Brow Set in Clear. Then I work on eyes; NARS Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base is the best primer I've used so far, and works with any shadow. I've kind of been all over the place with shadows lately, but here I'm using mattes from my Stila Natural Beauty palette. I line with Benefit Magic Ink, and sometimes blend out the line with Urban Decay Bourbon.
Cheeks are after eyes; that's just how I do. In this instance, I used Senna Cosmetics Clarity* for a coral flush. Then I either apply balm, gloss, or lipstick, depending on how I'm feeling (or sometimes I skip lip products altogether, like in the FOTD above, ha!). For the combination I have here, I'd probably go with something coral or peachy, or even nude, to finish it up. There will be a summer lip post soon!

There we go! That's the summer face. What products are part of your summer routine? Is it much different than your winter/spring version?

*Items marked with a star were won in a sweepstakes-style giveaway hosted on another blog. Thanks, MM!
**Items marked with two stars are gifts from friends. Thanks, Tracy!
***Items marked with three stars were received from PR for evaluation.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Starry Starry...Eye?

I am always intrigued by variations on the "smokey eye," particularly ones with color instead of the usual neutral + gray/black combinations. Lisa Eldridge did a video a while ago featuring a navy smokey eye, and Dior's Fall 2011 "Blue Tie" collection also focused on a blue smokey eye. I've been meaning to try my own version of this for a very long time, but only just got around to it. I used a smattering of products (I apparently own a lot of blue) and I'm not sure how to describe the final look. Dramatic? Probably. Let me know what you think. It's brighter than the two versions that inspired me, but I kind of liked it.
NARS Smudgeproof Eye Shadow Base
theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 1 :
Risqué Renee
theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3: Lusty Lee
Shiro Cosmetics Gyrados (cobalt blue)
Chanel Mirifique
Ardell lashes
Outrageous Volume mascara

I even pulled out the falsies for this one. I was apparently in the mood for theatrics. And I needed practice putting the damn things on (I still struggled with them on engagement photo shoot day, though. We were late because of lash problems. Oops).
Marcelle BB Cream
Smashbox High Definition Concealer in Light
Senna Cosmetics Très Jolie blusher
MAC Brow Set
 in Clear
theBalm Nude'Tude palette (brows)
And then I wanted to take my new nude lipstick for a spin (Dior 314 Angélique Beige; review coming up). And my new earrings (from Waterwaif - should I review these, too? I bought some fun earrings!). I guess the look was brighter and not quite as smokey as I intended, but I still liked it. I find that things always look darker in person than in photos, so maybe next time I'll try to overdo it and then have it show up marvelously on camera! And then I'll scare the neighbors.
By smiling awkwardly at them. o_o
I was thinking this might be fun to try in different colors. Maybe green. Maybe yellow. What do you think?