I dunno what was going on at the dentist’s office today — maybe the staff felt like starting the Thanksgiving holiday early — but they were playing some crazy-@ss samba music over the speakers! If someone hadn’t been rutting around inside my mouth at the time with a very sharp hook, I totally would’ve been down to shake my maracas.
But since the tunes didn’t have any lyrics that I could mentally sing along to (they usually play oldies), I kept hearing things in the other rooms… Scary things, like the whine of a very loud drill, and snippets of a convo with the words, “probe” and “bleeding,” being thrown around repeatedly.
Somehow, I managed not to lose my sh*z. No tears or passing out, so yay for small victories!
After my visit, though, I felt like I needed a treat, so I sought solace at the closest peaceful refuge — the makeup counter at Nordie’s.
I’m almost ashamed to admit that I nearly pushed through a gang of older ladies clad in Burberry from head to toe to get to the new Art Deco Muse display at the Laura Mercier counter.
It caught my eye from across the store… So much shimmer, so much red and gold and OM NOM NOM!
I’d seen the collection online a few weeks ago and, truth be told, didn’t think much of it at the time. Hrmph! Looks like pretty standard holiday fare with red lips and gold eyes.
But, GURL! I must say it’s much more compelling in person.
Inspired by mid-1920s Parisian Art Deco, the limited edition holiday launch features metallic shades like gold and bronze, and rich reds, burgundy and black.
The quilted Illuminating Eye Colours ($24 each) spoke to me. I love shiny metallics, and I almost swooned right there in the store after swatching the four shades on the back of my hand.
Laura did not hold back on the pigment with these powder shadows, and they’re so downy soft that they practically melt into my skin…
I hope I dream tonight, and in my dream I’m wearing Gilded Bronze. On my NC 42 skin, it’s a beautifully warm (at least I think so) grayish taupe.
Oh, and the glosses? The Lip Glace in Gilded Veil may not look like anything special in its tube, just a standard gold gloss, but it turns into a complex peachy pink gold on my skin. I only swatched it on my hand at the store, but I bet it looks gorgeous on the lips, either by itself or layered on top of red lipsticks.
As for the $24 tomato red Lip Lacquer in Lip Rouge ($24), it’s like a double rainbow all across the sky. So intense that I don’t just think my heart skipped a beat when when I saw it; I’m positive it did.
Three red lipsticks ($26 each), three nail polishes ($18 each), a powder blush ($24), two eyeliners (a $22 cake liner and a $24 liquid liner) and a mascara ($24) round out the release.
The Art Deco Muse collection seems like pretty traditional holiday fare, but I like that. Sure, it’s not exactly groundbreaking, but Laura handles it elegantly and well. There’s just enough shimmery spice, and intensity from the reds, to really pique my interest.
If you like classic holiday makeup as much as I do, definitely spend some time playing with Art Deco Muse.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,