Ooh, girl, we’ve all got our weaknesses, don’t we? Tabs? He’s a ho for turkey. Sliced, minced, diced, with gravy or without — he loves it all.
Me? I’m a sucker for products with clean, simple designs.
I guess that’s why I went nuts over the Fred Farrugia makeup line.
All that gorgeous white space, those rounded edges, the simple shapes and solid colors… If Apple made makeup, this would be what it looked like (and then they’d sell a bunch of overpriced accessories for it, ha!).
The line’s not the easiest to find here in the U.S., but it is available at select Sephora stores in Europe. I found it at a store in Milan, but it’s also listed online at Sephora France and Italy, among other places I’m sure.
So, who is this Fred Farrugia chap anyway? Well, he’s not new to the scene. He’s been around the beauty block a few times, having worked for Lancome back in the day as their artistic makeup director. Get this: Homeboy invented Juicy Tubes!
After breaking out on his own, he spent five years perfecting his line, eventually launching back in September of 2009.
It’s an extensive collection with more than 100 pieces for eyes, lips, face and cheeks, and the little cases snap together a like Legos, which is kinda fun.
A good place to start? How about the First Kit (15 €)? It comes with two modules, one top and one bottom, and a cute little sock cozy. It’s really a great deal, too, because the modules regularly cost 20 € each (about $27).
The three-piece First Kit
Clockwise from bottom: Powder Blush in 07, Semi Matte Lipstick/Matte Lip Powder Duo in 04, Pearlized Creme Eyeshadow/TWinkle Cream Eyeshadow Duo in 02, First Kit, Semi Matte Lipstick/Matte Lip Powder Duo in 06
From left: top from the First Ki top, Semi Matte Lipstick/Matte Lip Powder Duo in 04, Semi Matte Lipstick/Matte Lip Powder Duo in 06, Pearlized Creme Eyeshadow/Twinkle Cream Eyeshadow Duo in 02, Powder Blush in 07, bottom from the First Kit
Isn’t the sock cozy cute? I think I might knit myself another one…because that’s how I roll!
As for the makeup itself, these are top-notch textures (both the creams and powders) and vibrant, high-impact colors.
Some of the modules house combinations like the Semi Matte Lipstick/Matte Lip Powder Duo. One side houses a creamy, semi-matte lipstick, and the other a lip powder. The lipstick goes on first, applied with either a brush or finger, followed by the setting matte powder patted right on top.
Swatches on NC35 skin: 1. Powder Blush in 07, 2. Pearlized Creme Eyeshadow from 02 eye duo, 3. Twinkle Cream Eyeshadow from 02 eye duo, 4. Semi Matte Lipstick from the 06 duo, 5. Matte Lip Powder from the 06 lip duo, 4+5. Matte Lip Powder from the 06 lip duo layered on top of the Semi Matte Lipstick from 06, 6. Semi Matte Lipstick from the 04 lip duo, 7. Matte Lip Powder from the 04 lip duo, 6+7. Matte Lip Powder from the 04 lip duo layered on top of the Semi Matte Lipstick from 04 duo
Love, LOVE the packaging, and the makeup’s great too. Now Fred’s gotta bring some of this sexy over to our side of the pond.
Use Your Words
I made a run for the Borders yesterday and picked up some new teen fiction, yea! Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. He’s a Native American writer with a rich, raw style. Dude’s one of my favorite authors. If you’re interested, check out his book of short stories, The Toughest Indian in the World. Seriously, beautiful stuff.
Are you reading anything good these days?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,