Giorgio Armani Beauty’s New Fall 2014 Eyes To Kill Liners Have Killer Shine

Published in: Eyes, Giorgio Armani, Makeup, Product Reviews

Wearing Giorgio Armani Beauty's Eyes To Kill Liner in Rose Iron

Wearing Giorgio Armani Beauty’s Eyes To Kill Liner in Rose Iron

Eyes to killWith his heat ray vision, Superman has eyes to kill.

Medusa has eyes to kill (well, turn you to stone, but that’s basically the same thing).

And now, with new Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Liners (called Ametista, Oro Oscuro, Perla Nera and Quarzo on the website), we mere mortals can also have eyes to kill.

Shiny eyes to kill, because when I wear these liquid liners on my lash lines, I feel like I have shine for days, yo!

But it’s an unusual shine…

Starting at the finish

“Muted metallic.” That’s how I describe the finish. Mind you, it’s not as frosty or shiny as some metallic or glitter liners, like the kind you might see at Urban Decay or MAC, some of which reflect so much light that you can look like you’re wearing a costume if you go too far with them.

There’s no mistaking these for matte — that’s for sure — but the shiny finish seems softer to me, more diffused and more elegant than the finish that a lot of other shiny liners have.

Giorgio Armani Beauty Eyes to Kill Liner in Rose Iron

Rose Iron on my lash lines, MAC Smolder on my water lines, and Armani’s Black Ecstasy Mascara on my lashes

Not everyone is gonna get the distinction. Like, El Hub, adorable yet clueless dude that he is, he probably wouldn’t get it. “What’s the big whoop?” he’d say. “They just look shiny to me.”

Now, if you’re the kind of guy or gal who carries eight different black liners in your makeup bag and can quickly rattle off their names and differences, you’ll probably appreciate these and their muted metallic finish.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Liners from the purple shade on the left: 3 Mercury Nude, 2 Acid Gold and 3 Rose Iron

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Liners from the purplish shade on the left: 3 Mercury Nude, 2 Acid Gold and 3 Rose Iron

Easy-peasy application

As for the formula itself and the way these feel, one word: bomb. They’re sort of halfway between a liquid and a cream, almost like a watery gel, and it makes them easy to control, especially with the included, fine-tipped brush applicator. With it, I can easily draw skinny and thick lines with sharp edges in a single swipe.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Liner

With a MAC Lipglass for scale

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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Hourglass Femme Rouge Lipstick in Vintage

Published in: Hourglass, Lips, Unsung Heroes

Hourglass Femme Rouge Lipstick in Vintage

Wearing Femme Rouge Lipstick in Vintage ($30) by Hourglass, an unsung makeup hero!

Ironically, my favorite lipstick (this week) is a modern twist on a traditional idea. It’s called Vintage, and I think of it as a modern twist on a traditional nude lipstick for fall.

I’m kind of loving that idea, the idea of lips that are slightly richer, and maybe a few shades darker, than your natural lip color.

Tom Ford’s fabulous new rich, rosy brown Lip Color in Negligee has some of that same vibe.

The whole idea is just so different from what I picture in my head when I think “nude lips,” which over the past few years have meant a lot of light peach, pink and beige.

Barbie lips, so to speak.

I was digging around in my lipstick collection last weekend for something modern and nude when I re-discovered this old friend’s charms — Vintage ($30), a shade in the Hourglass Femme Rouge lipstick line, and one of my unsung makeup heroes.

Hourglass Femme Rouge Lipstick in Vintage

Hourglass Femme Rouge Lipstick in Vintage, $30

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Next Time You Have a Wedding, Prom or Other Big Event To Go To and Have a Lot of Crap To fit Into a Teeny, Tiny Purse, Keep This Makeup Tip in Mind

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To

Whiting & Davis Gold Mesh Clutch

My Emmys accessories: Whiting & Davis Gold Mesh Clutch (which fit everything I needed during the show), cuff is by Erickson Beamon, earrings by Alexis Bittar @alexisbittar @whitingdavis @ericksonbeamon

Why are dainty, diminutive clutches so darned popular at fancy parties and events?

I mean, they’re kind of inconvenient. Because they’re so tiny, they don’t steal any thunder from the dresses (always a good thing), so I guess that’s probably the reason, but dang if they aren’t totally impractical.

Carrying the Whiting & Davis Purse

Carrying the Whiting & Davis Gold Mesh Clutch, on loan from @dove for the Emmys

In my hotel room on Monday, as I rushed to get ready and struggled to squeeze everything I wanted/needed to bring with me to the show into the spritely Whiting & Davis Gold Mesh Clutch, I started to panic a little.

The clutch was just too small.

I’d planned to do a heavier full-coverage look for my foundation and powder and touch it up at night with a powder compact, rather than just with blotting papers (I felt like the powder would do a better job keeping everything intact).

But between my phone, keys, one lipstick, a lip liner, gloss and, um…a cardboard cutout of my cat, there was no room left in the clutch! — which was incidentally smaller than my size 7 shoes.

Whiting & Davis Purse with my heels

The shoes were bigger than the clutch, man!

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Best-Smelling Scented Makeup or Beauty Product (Not Including Actual Perfumes)?

Published in: Just For Fun

Guerlain’s bronzers and my basset hound-like sense of smell get along swimmingly. I am seriously addicted to their scent! — which is weird, because when I think of scented products, I don’t usually think of bronzers being high up on the list.

But I dunno… For me these are. The smile-inducing scent is a little powdery, with a dash of jasmine and tiare flower/gardenia. It reminds me of very good things, like hugs from my mom, Hawaiian tradewinds and a botanical garden at night.

The scent doesn’t really linger on my face, but I always catch a good whiff of it when I open the compact, and then again when I apply the powder.

How about you, sweets? In your olfactory estimation, what’s the best-smelling scented makeup or beauty product (not including actual perfumes)?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Any Time Is a Good Time for Bronzer With Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in 05 Sun Brunettes

Published in: Daily Beauty

Guerlain Terracotta Light in 05 Sun Brunettes

Around my house, bronzer usually comes up as a topic of conversation every spring and summer.

Of course, most of those conversations take place between a cat and myself, but let’s not get sidetracked. :)

Bronzer. Usually a spring/summer thing, but my love for it has no seasonal bounds.

Like, if we were attending the world’s largest fall/winter makeup convention, I would have packed four bronzers for the two-day trip. “Yeah, yeah, full coverage and berry lips,” I’d whine. “I’m bored. Let’s talk about bronzer.”

This pan o’ bronzing prettiness here is Guerlain’s Terracotta Light 05 Sun Brunettes ($52), and it creates the most gorgeous peachy golden tan.

It also has a light sheen that, together with the color, makes it look like sun-dappled skin.

Very pretty lightly dusted all over for some warmth.

In addition to 05 Sun Brunettes, there are three other shades in the family — 02 Blondes (with soft suntan tones), 03 Brunettes (rich bronze tones) and 04 Sun Blondes (bronzed pink and tan tones) — and their names are basically weak suggestions. In other words, you don’t have to be blonde to wear the blonde shade or brunette to wear the brunette shade. If you’re interested, you could try them all, and pick the one you like best.

They’re available now at Guerlain counters, Sephora and also online, too.

Guerlain Terracotta Light in 05 Sun Brunettes

Guerlain Terracotta Light in 05 Sun Brunettes

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