Saturday, April 23, 2011

FOTD: Soft Chanel Pearls & NARS Golden Peachy Pinks



















Yea, finally got my hair fixed! Yup, that's what I call it when I need to make a trip to the salon. Since getting my blonde highlights, I found that the Chanel Ombres Perlees Eye Shadow Quint flattered me much more than when I was a brunette.  I'm loving it and thought I'd share it along with the classic NARS Orgasm Blush.  To round it all off, I used MAC Mouth Off Lip Pencil and Chanel Glossimer 149 Nakkar, a semi-sheer pinky coral with gold flecks.  

What I used:
Eyes:
MAC Prolongwear Concealer, NW35
Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion
MAC Paint Pot, Bare Study
Chanel Ombres Perlees Eye Shadow Quint
MAC Fluidline, Blacktrack
MAC Studio Fix Lash Mascara, Black Fix
Benefit Brow Zing, Medium

Cheeks:
NARS Blush, Orgasm

Lips:
MAC Lip Pencil, Mouth Off
Chanel Glossimer, 149 Nakkar

Directions:
Apply UDPP to lids and allow to set.  Apply Bare Study to lids with a MAC 242 brush.  Apply yellow gold of quint to brow bone sparingly with a MAC 217 brush. Apply pink gold to entire lid with a MAC 239 brush.  Apply yellow gold to inner quarter of lid and lower third of lashline with a MAC 228 brush.  Apply burgundy pearl above crease with a MAC 222 brush.  Apply charcoal pearl to crease with MAC 226 brush and outer third of lid with a MAC 239 brush.  Blend out.  Tightline upper and lower lashline with Blacktrack and MAC 212 brush.  Curl and apply mascara.  Apply Orgasm to cheeks with a MAC 129 brush. Line lips with Mouth Off and top with Nakkar.

 

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Classic, A Staple, A Go-to: NARS Orgasm Blush















Of all the blushes in the beauty market, NARS Orgasm Powder Blush probably has the most praise for its universally flattering pinky coral shade with bits of golden flecks.  I admit, I am late to the game on this blush.  I have it the shade in a mini Multiple that works beautifully in the summer for a hint of color without the worry of regular blush powder disappearing. However there are days where a traditional powder blush is much preferred. 

Enter the classic, NARS Orgasm Powder Blush.  I must admit I've fallen for it.  The pinky coral with a bit of golden flecks is just right on most days.  It's been an easy grab and go with tinted moisturizer, dark brown eye liner, some mascara and lipgloss.  There I am done with my five minute face.  Layered over top the Orgasm Multiple helps add staying powder, but has a tendency to feel like too much product mid-day.  Orgasm is great for delivering just that hint of flush without being over the top.

  

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eye Shadow Quint Review & Swatches














Chanel Les Perlees de Chanel not only included beautiful nail lacquer, but this beautiful quint of eye shadows.  The palette includes a pale yellow gold, pale pink gold, burgundy pearl, pewter pearl and charcoal pearl.

Each shade applies in a smooth and creamy manner.  It has a delicate pearly shimmer that doesn't verge into the glitter kingdom.  While shimmer is delicate throughout, the pigmentation ranges from semi-sheer to medium pigmented.  The sheerest was the pale gold and pale pink gold.  I wasn't disappointed in them being sheer though, because it does lend to a usefulness.  Specifically for the pale yellow gold, it can be applied to the brow bone without looking too stark on my medium NC40 skintone.  As well, it is beautiful on the inner third of the eyelid or lower lashline.  The pale pink is great for all over the lid, complimenting the other shades beautifully.  The remaining three shades: burgundy pearl, pewter pearl and charcoal pearl all work lovely as an above crease or crease color.  I'm liking charcoal for a deepening the crease and lining the eyes especially. 

For a little more oomph in the pigmentation department, using a bit of Urban Decay Primer Potion or a complimentary MAC Paint Pot worked just fine.  

This palette does lean a little on the cool side.  I tend to lean more warm, but I've recently dyed my hair brown with blonde highlights. The shadows flatter my skin more so now than when my hair was dark brown. 

This quint is a little more than I would spend normally, but the shades grabbed me at first glance.  The make up artist didn't even have a tester, but I was loving it in the pan. Thankfully I followed my gut on this one.  The range of shades allows me to go from soft and conservative to smokey and dramatic all in one.