contrast n. |kon-trast|
1 The state of being strikingly different from something else, typically something in juxtaposition or close association : tabs has been unusually nice to me today, in startling contrast to his behavior yesterday.
contrast v. |kon-trast|
2 Differ strikingly : contrast my hair today with my hair of the 1990s, and be like whoa!
Do you ever think about how you got your name, or do you know the actual story?
Dolce & Gabbana’s Contrasts Eyeshadow quad has me thinking about names…
I was named after the actress Karen Black, but my mom almost named me Stephanie, which I can’t even begin to imagine… Not that I don’t like the name. I do. It’s just that when I look in the mirror, I don’t see a Stephanie, Steph or Steffie. Nope. Does not compute.
Funny, though, that last weekend I met a gal at the Bliss Spa who said that she didn’t think I looked like a Karen. She thought maybe a Leah, Leilani or a Lorelei. Something with an L, and I can kinda see that. Definitely more than Stephanie.
Anywho, I think whoever named Dolce & Gabbana’s Constrasts quad knocked it out of the park, since it really is strikingly different from the other everyday quads in my stash of staples.
If I could, I’d give that gal/guy a banana split with extra scoops of ice cream, whipped cream and cherries, because they nailed it!
And then, if he/she wanted, I’d go running with them, so we could burn off the calories and talk more about Constrasts.
The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite permanent collection products from a variety of bodacious beauty brands.
This quad is a total workhorse, one I could easily see myself wearing daily, and yet it’s unlike the usual brown/beige/taupe/gray neutral suspects we see a lot.
Starting with the colors, ohmigosh! Inside the golden compact hides four potently pigmented powder shadows that you can easily take from day to night — a golden pinkish peach (a favorite for dusting all over my lids when I’m in a hurry because it brightens everything up), a pinkish beige, a warm purple and a plummy dark chocolate.
Versatile and flattering on many different skin tones, and just hella pretty.
I like the two lighter colors for daytime looks. I’ll pat either the peach or beige all over my lids, line my lash lines with one of the darker shades, and then line my water lines with liner.
Just like that, I’m ready for a day of fast-paced pet assisting in 5 minutes or less, and I look put-together enough to meet my demanding cat diva’s strict dress code.
To kick it up a notch, like for a party or a date with El Hub, all I have to do is layer the plum shade on my lids, and sweep the chocolate shade into my crease and outer third, finishing with a plum or reddish brown liner (MAC Prunella or Teddy work great) along my lash and water lines.
The look’s elegant and smokey, and it draws attention to my eyes without overwhelming the rest of my makeup.
More things to like…
- The shadows have an opalescent, shiny finish that isn’t overly frosty and kindly avoids my fine lines
- The powders are as soft as spun silk yarn
- I don’t detect any fallout whatsoever
- Easy to blend
If I had to “Sophie’s Choice it” and choose just one thing from the Dolce & Gabbana line to wear for the rest of my makeup-loving days, this quad would totally be it.
You can find Constrasts now at Dolce & Gabbana counters and online.
On the prowl for recipes…
I like to think I’m pretty open to trying new dishes, especially when I go out to eat, but when I cook for myself, I keep falling back on the same handful of meals.
Does you do that too? How do you come across great new things to cook/eat?
I’m getting tired of making the same dishes over and over again… I’ve been trying a few new recipes this week from this meal plan on the Women’s Health magazine website, 3 Perfect Weeks of Abs Diet Eating.
For lunch today I made a salad called The Two Chicks, subbing tuna for the chicken and swapping out the flaxseed for chia seeds, because I already had an open bag.
It was mighty tasty and only took 5 minutes.
If you have any quick, healthy, easy recipe recommendations, let me know! I’ll tell you if I find any new yummy things, too.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,