“Girls on film (two minutes later); girls on film (got your picture)!” – Duran Duran, Girls on Film
Does Duran Duran’s ode to celluloid sirens have anything to do with Smashbox’s new eight-piece Girls on Film collection for fall?
Perhaps, but either way, I’m just glad the references aren’t more obvious.
I remember being very, very confused by the Girls on Film video when it came out… My eight-year-old mind just couldn’t put the pieces together. I mean, why was that nurse giving that husky dude a massage? More importantly, why was she doing it in a boxing ring?
Hell, I’m 36 now, and I just have to assume that some questions are better left unanswered.
What I do know is this: Smashbox must have had wearable makeup in mind when they developed this collection. Available now at Sephora stores and also online, the one neutral eye palette, smokey eye palette, two cream liners (a shimmery brown with golden pearl and a shimmery black with blue pearl) and four cheek/face products (in pinks and nudes) that comprise Girls on Film practically beg to be worn.
I’ve been carousing with three of the eight products from the release for a few days, and we’re getting along well.
- Girls on Film Cream Eye Liner & Travel Brush Set in Sepia ($28) What a gorgeous twist on brown! It looks like a boring ol’ brown in the pan, but on my lids this creamy, smooth liner looks more like a plum with flecks of golden glitter. When I apply it with the flat brush that comes with the kit, I get a lovely soft line slightly blurred at the edges. Smooth, pigmented and easy to apply, it lasts all day long on my lids, whether with or without primer. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
- Girls on Film Blush Rush in Pose ($24) I used three layers of this matte rosy pink blush to get it to appear on my tan skin the way it does in these pics (at the top and bottom). Lighter lovelies should be able to get away with less (and darker damsels, a little more). I wish I didn’t have to use so much product, but I do love how easy the finely milled powder is to blend. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
- Lip Enhancing Gloss in Underexposed ($18) I have a feeling this pigmented brownish pink would be a perfect date night gloss. I think the strong cinnamon flavor and scent feel très fall, but they’re a little too intense for me; the color says, “Sure, I try to look put together, but I don’t obsess.” With a super sticky texture, this gloss lasts for hours (about four between meals). MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Girls on Film Blush Rush in Pose
Girls on Film Cream Eye Liner & Travel Brush Set in Sepia
Lip Enhancing Gloss in Underexposed
Swatches from the left: Pose Blush, Sepia Cream Eye Liner and Lip Gloss in Underexposed
The collection might seem a little pedestrian for Smashbox fans accustomed to high drama (ala 2010′s Masquerade and 2009′s Reign, with its cra-zay-zay red eyeshadow), but if I were rebooting my makeup collection or getting ready to leave for college, I bet I’d want everything from this release. I see a great mix of useful basics here, with a twist from the liners for flair.
For dinner tonight I plan to treat myself for making it through Monday with a yummy fruit and spinach salad.
I don’t usually add fruit to my dinner salads, but I had something similar from Panera Bread last Saturday, and it was delish! I can’t remember what it was called, but it was basically chopped romaine with blueberries, strawberries, mandarin orange slices, pineapple and mango topped with fat-free lemon poppyseed dressing. My version uses strawberries, blueberries, figs, spinach and a raspberry vinegarette from Trader Joe’s.
Oh, and a nice chunk of fresh sourdough bread on the side.
Are you a salad lover? How do you feel about fruit in yours?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,