Dear Roger Ebert,
With your reviews, I never feel like I’m reading a boring laundry list or some critic’s attempt to dazzle me with their erudite vocabulary. You’re always passionate, honest and open-minded, which is amazing to me after the thousands of movies you’ve seen.
Mr. Ebert, you’re one of my writing heroes.
Sometimes, just for fun, I try to write my own movie reviews, and when I do they usually go a little something like this:
“Saw Fool’s Gold last night. Was surprised it wasn’t completely dumb.”
As you can see, I lack your way with words, I think because of how easily I get distracted…
OOH! — look at that shiny bauble!
I mean, I try to focus on the important things, like the dialogue, pacing and character development (and male shirtless-ness), but I usually end up pondering things like how the secret treasure in Fool’s Gold looked so much like the new Make Up For Ever Black Tango palette ($45).
Black Tango Palette
In the unlikely event that you find long-wearing waterproof cream eyeshadows as intriguing as I do, you might want to check out this particular fall palette, which includes four new limited-edition shades of Make Up For Ever’s popular Aqua Creams.
Along with three shimmery gem-like colors — an amethyst, emerald and a sapphire — that could have come from a Medieval queen’s jewel-encrusted scepter, the palette also features a shimmery ivory for highlighting, and each of the shadows comes in its own self-contained pot (don’t forget to close the lids tightly so they won’t dry out).
For some reason, these shadows set in a flash, quicker than the other Aqua Creams I’ve worn in the past — something I figured out while watching Fool’s Gold the other night.
I wanted to recreate (or come close to) the killer purple smokey eye in the Black Tango promotional picture using just the colors in the palette, but for the life of me, I couldn’t do it. The shadows dried so unbelievably quickly that I couldn’t effectively blend the shades.
Swatches from the left: Black Tango Palette Aqua Creams in Purple, Green, Blue and Ivory; Aqua Rouge in #8 Red, #1 Nude Beige and clear gloss; Aqua Brow in #25 Ash unblended and blended
With these, I think I’ll stick to simple gradients that transition from dark to light and avoid more sweeping, dramatic shifts of color.
Oh, you might also want to keep a dual-ended brush nearby, like the Laura Mercier Dual Color Eye Brush ($34), so you can blend and apply quickly. One end has a brush with a flat, dense tapered head (great for applying the Aqua Creams on your lids), and the other has a rounded, fluffier head (better at blending the edges). With a dual-ended brush like this one, I can go from applying to blending with the flick of a wrist.
Even though I was really hoping to be able to use this palette for smokey eyes, I still like Black Tango, especially for looks with thick cat eye lines with lightly blended edges. The rich, intense colors last all day long without budging.
Anywho, Mr. Ebert, chances are you’ll never read this, but if you do, thank you. Look me up if you’re ever in the Bay Area and want a date to the movies.
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MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Is it Friday yet? Who else is looking forward to the weekend?
I’m kicking off the festivities a little early tonight (shh, don’t tell Tabs!) by having a date night with El Hub. We’re either going out to dinner or to the farmers’ market. It really depends on how much it cools down over the next hour. It’s been really hot out here lately, and all I want to do is hang out in air conditioned spaces!
What are you up to tonight?