Wearing Dolce & Gabbana Eyeliner in Acqua
Happy vernal equinox, fellow weather watcher! It’s official. Spring is in the air. Bring on the flowers, the pollen, the unbidden allergies. Zyrtec, my trusty steed, come hither! Winter hath ended, and it’s time to…
…update my makeup and wardrobe for spring. It being that time and all, I’ve been contemplating ways to incorporate different springy themes into the mix, and this outfit in Nordstrom’s February catalog got me thinking about florals:
HEART! The pants, especially. The muted tones say to me, “Yes, Karen, I’m dressing for spring, but I’m also a grownup.” They’re flowery, but not in a bunny rabbits and Cadbury Creme Eggs kind of way, ya know? And I think the denim jacket and white top give the outfit a vintage feel.
I bet it’ll look lovely with makeup from the new Dolce & Gabbana Bouquet collection, which, by the way, makes me feel like this:
Sophia Loren = the hotness!
Have you seen this spring/summer launch yet? It’s still pretty new (just recently arrived at Saks), and has some eyeliners, a quad, some lipglosses and six rainbow polishes.
Since I started playing with it last week, I’ve grown quite attached; it could be one of my favorite Dolce & Gabbana launches to date.
The collection combines floral, Italian and 1950s themes for a retro vibe that’s flirty and fun. The color palette picks from lilacs, roses, some vivid shades of fruit, and the concept of summers in Southern Italy.
Yeah, that’s some pretty great sources of inspiration right there.
I can really see the different themes play out among the six Eyeliners ($29 each) in the collection as I’ve worn them over the past few days.
Man, talk about soft! When Dolce & Gabanna first launched their liners, the pencils felt stiff to me, but these? — these feel great! I don’t know if they changed the formula, but these sure seem to glide better than the earlier versions.
Crayon Intense Eyeliners in Shimmer (repromote), Lilac (repromote), Agave (repromote), Lemon (new), Acqua (new) and Mint (new), $29 each
Swatches from the left: Shimmer, Lilac, Agave, Mint, Acqua and Lemon
Khaki Agave is a rich, pigmented green with golden shimmer. A couple swipes along my lash lines, and I’m good. Love it. The bright yellow Lemon, on the other hand? Great in theory, but in practice it hasn’t wowed me. I think I was hoping for a bright citrusy burst, but when I see it on my lids, I think, “that’s canned corn.”
Maybe if it had a soft shimmery finish instead of flat matte.
The blue shade, Acqua, surprised the heck out of me. Sure, it looks a little “Go team” in the swatch, but it comes alive on lids. If you have brown eyes, please give it a try.
The other liners — shimmery purple Lilac, peachy Shimmer and matte Mint — remind me of watercolors, and I bet they’d look super pretty paired with curled lashes and lots of mascara. They just need a little more TLC. On me, I have to apply several layers of these to get them to really show.
With all of these pencils, be prepared for touch-ups about halfway through the day. I get about six hours from Agave and Acqua, but only 3-4 from the other shades.
PRICE: $29 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Saks Fifth Avenue stores, and coming soon to saksfifthavenue.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Just added to my list of “Things I’m not ready for”…
…a planetary collision!
In Melancholia, two sisters face the coming end of the world. A distant planet is on a collision course with the earth, and the end is nigh.
One of the sisters, played by Kirsten Dunst, appears to suffer from an unnamed mental illness (I think it’s severe depression). She faces the end in steady fashion, accepting it as inevitable, while her sister, who’d been the steadier, more reliable one for much of their life, emotionally falls apart.
It wasn’t the most uplifting thing I’ve ever watched on a Monday night…
Honestly, when I read the movie description online, I just saw the words, “…planet hitting the earth,” and rented it because it sounded sci-fi.
But that doesn’t always work out. The movie has these unusually long transitions between scenes and felt a lot longer to me than 2 hours. I don’t know… I didn’t hate it at all. I just didn’t really love it.
I did think the music was cool, though, and it got me thinking about what I’d do with my last few weeks on earth if the news headlines read, “Rogue planet approaching earth!”
One thing’s for sure: I’d eat massive amounts of Nutella. Screw counting calories! Haven’t you heard!? There’s a friggin’ planet on its way!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,