Archive - October 2011

MAC Glitter & Ice: A Makeup Trick for Warm Gals Who Want to Wear Cool Colors

Published in: MAC Makeup

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Exhausted from the day, I stopped by the mall last night before the Project Runway finale to pick up a few pieces of “comfort chocolate,” and I figured that since I was already there, I might as well pay a quick visit to the MAC store.

I wasn’t there for long, but I spent every minute of the visit with the MAC Holiday collection.

We’re — how shall I put this? — still getting to know each other. It’s that awkward stage, ya know, where I’m attracted to the packaging but haven’t quite figured out how I feel about the products yet, in particular the frosty, cool colors in the sub-collection called Glitter & Ice.

I told myself, “Don’t be scurrred,” but I couldn’t help it. Frosty, cool-toned shades like the ones in Glitter & Ice don’t always play well with my warm undertones. Often they’ll look ashy on my NC42 skin.

But today, not wanting to give up without a fight, I decided to channel Tim Gunn and “make it work,” so I used one of my all-time favorite makeup tricks — pairing a cooler eyeshadow with a warm matte brown in the crease.

The brown’s warmer tones tend to balance out cool, frosty colors, and the trick has one more very cool side effect: whenever I blink or close my eyes, it reveals a quick flash of shimmer (fun!).

How do you know if you have warm or cool undertones?

If your skin has a lot of yellow in it, you probably have warm undertones (think Jennifer Anniston or Beyonce), but if it contains more red than yellow, you may lean cool (a la Courtney Cox or Oprah).

Here’s another way to tell: take a look at the veins on your inner wrist. If they appear green, then you’re probably warm toned; if they look blue, then you’re probably cool. For a more detailed explanation, check out this helpful post by my friend Jen over at BSB.

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Chanel Holiday 2011 and a Glamorous Trader Joe’s/Petco Face of the Day

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD)

Oh, for the love of Frodo, thank the Lord of the Rings for Chanel!

Coco was exactly what I needed today to change my point of view.

Despite my best efforts to auto-correct, all week long I felt disheveled, disorganized and undisciplined (company visiting from out of town plus the trip last weekend = completely overwhelmed). I think I’m finally getting my sh*t together again, thanks in no small part to Chanel.

This morning I took Coco’s Holiday 2011 collection out for a spin, and where did we go?

Here’s a hint: it’s where Mango Bars and Baked Cheese Crunchies come from. 🙂 Some folks call it Trader Joe’s.

Help yourself

Chanel Collection Les Scintillances De Chanel open
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For a Limited Time, Eyes Will Smile from a Mile Away with the New 15-Piece Estée Lauder Pure Color Cyber Eyes Collection

Published in: Makeup

Estee Lauder Pure Color Cyber Eyes

My, oh, my, what’s this I spy? It looks like the new Pure Color Cyber Eyes collection from Estée Lauder is here.

Rich pigments and metallic finishes define this 15-piece limited edition release for eyes. With the collection, which is coming soon to Estée Lauder counters but available now online, EL introduces a completely new line of all-in-one liquid/powder/gel eyeshadows. The Pure Color Gelee Powder EyeShadows ($24 each) have an amphibious formula designed to be worn either wet or dry.

The release also features six new shades of the company’s Pure Color Intense Kajal EyeLiners ($20 each) and three jewel-toned Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Mascaras ($23.50 each).

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Pure Color Gelee Powder EyeShadow in Cyber Lilac

For a second there with Cyber Lilac I thought I was looking at foil wrapping paper (so pretty).
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The Breast Cancer Awareness Month Sign Project and Giveaway: Send in Your Sign Today!

Published in: Just For Fun

October is drawing to a close, but you still have a few days left to send in your sign for this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month Sign Project and Giveaway. Grab your favorite pens, pencils, paints or yarn (yep, yarn!), and show me your sign. 🙂

Don’t forget to leave a comment on the original post to let me know how you sent it — whether by email, Twitter, Facebook, blog posting or a link to someplace else.

Here are some of the lovely ladies (and gents) helping to spread awareness this year. Won’t you join us?

By sending your sign, not only will you be showing your support for a worthy cause, but you’ll also be entered to win a prize package worth more than $1,100 in makeup and beauty products provided by MAC, Clinique, Make Up For Ever, Estée Lauder and Bobbi Brown (click here for the full details). love

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