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The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog: January 2008
Beauty Notes: Cate Blanchett's hair
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, January 31, 2008 1:23 AM (Eastern)
Simple, yet indelible. Cate may not have seen much gelt at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, but surely she was a monument to elegance. (Related photos may be found on cateblanchett.net.)
Even as I'm straining to get a better view of her jewelry--earrings with vivid green stones (and in other pics, a bracelet beaded with stones resembling rough rubies)--and her swank Balenciaga maternity(!) gown--what really pulls this look together is the hair. Instead of overshadowing, the way a typical awards-show updo would have done, this style is a golden frame around eyes, glowing complexion, simple makeup and deep green jewels. Imagine a stuffier hairstyle with the exact same gown and jewelry, and it's instantly aging.
Now onto the press release and products:
MATRIX Celebrity Hairstylist Dishes on Cate Blanchett's Soft Waves
Even though she didn't bring home any statuettes last night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Cate Blanchett kicked off awards season looking radiant on the red carpet with soft, beautiful waves that brought out her natural beauty and pregnant glow. MATRIX celebrity stylist, Mark Townsend, was the man behind the look and has the scoop on how to get this simple yet beautiful hairstyle.
Townsend has been working with Blanchett for nearly four years, so it doesn't take long for the pair to decide on the perfect style for big red carpet events. As soon as Cate tried on her stunning Balenciaga gown for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the entire fashion and beauty team agreed that her hair should be down and simple so as not to overpower her intricate gown. To achieve the look, Mark first took Cate's damp hair and applied Biolage Hydro-Foaming Styler all over to add a little texture, and then blow-dried her hair with a medium round brush. When the hair was completely dry, Mark used a one inch HAI Elite curling iron, taking random sections of hair from one to three inches in size sections of hair, and wrapping them around the iron. According to Mark — the trick to getting perfect waves and curls is to never actually open the iron, just wrap the hair around it while closed. When finished, Mark rubbed Biolage smooththérapie Smoothing Serum in the palms of his hands and raked it through Cate's hair to soften the curls into soft, loose waves and blend the curled pieces with the straighter pieces of hair. To finish, Mark used Biolage Complete Control Hairspray to softly set the look so it lasted all night.
Mark's Product Picks:
Biolage Hydro-Foaming Styler, $14
Biolage smooththérapie Smoothing Serum, $14
Biolage Complete Control Hairspray, $15
Cate image courtesy sagawards.org
Tech: Label reorganization
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, January 29, 2008 9:36 PM (Eastern)
We are currently reorganizing, and streamlining, our blogger labels. It'll probably take a few days to come up with the final version.
Nars Collections 2003 to 2004
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, January 28, 2008 6:45 PM (Eastern)
Nars Raw Glamour - Fall 2003
Nars Flirtatious Fantasy - Spring 2004
Nars Tropical Heat Wave - Summer 2004
These are from our now-defunct New Releases blog, and are included here for reference purposes.
Nars Spring 2008: Shanghai Lily
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 6:34 PM (Eastern)
Fashion Notes: Labradorite necklace
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, January 27, 2008 7:44 PM (Eastern)
Working on this piece today. So far, I've switched the clasp from one side to the other. It has to do with the pendant, getting it so it doesn't flip easily.
The idea of putting anything in the back has to do with the weight of the pendant. These are vermeiled Bali sterling beads; they don't look like much (in fact they're hollow) but so far, the counterweight seems to be working.
Culture Notes: Notes on desert island films
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, January 26, 2008 2:39 PM (Eastern)
Heroic Trio (1993)...I saw on one of the Turner stations, TBS or TNT, late one evening. They aired an amazing total of three Michelle Yeoh movies that night, one after the next. I believe it was Heroic Trio, Heroic Trio 2, and Wing Chun.
I was entranced by the first two...by the time Wing Chun rolled around, it was extremely late and I was falling asleep. The Heroic Trio movies are a bit like Jackie Chan's Hong Kong movies, largely action with some comedy. If you like Jackie Chan, you must get hold of Heroic Trio. This is just a trailer, and captures but a smidgen of what the movie's all about.
Heroic Trio Trailer (1993)
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) is perhaps an obvious choice: it's long and sumptuously made. Dreams consists of eight individual dreams, which capture the edges of childhood, environmental concerns, post-War Japan, Van Gogh's art...there's a lot going on here.
The Peach Orchard Pt.1
A Taxing Woman (1987)...unfortunately, the only clip on Youtube is a mishmash of promotional films for various Japanese movies. I did find a trailer here: A Taxing Woman (1987).
What made A Taxing Woman outstanding...it was perhaps the first movie I saw portraying a professional woman in a wholly non-negative way. The trailer implies the film centers around the relationship of the tax inspector and the tax cheat, but I didn't see it that way. I had to laugh though..."He has a yen for her, but he won't tell her where it's hidden."
Culture Notes: Rave on
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, January 23, 2008 8:06 PM (Eastern)
Originally I was going to do a feature on songs about radio...now that we've all been Clear Channeled ad infinitum, no one sings about the radio anymore. Oh I know that's simplistic; without the Net to replace radio in the first place, the likelihood of the once-brilliant medium boiling down to muzak would have been slim.
So I got together three videos: Donna Summer's On the Radio, R.E.M.'s Radio Song, and Queen's Radio Ga-Ga.
Decided against Elvis Costello's Radio Radio...and yet...here, Costello is doing Buddy Holly, the way everyone else does Elvis. I had a sudden desire to hear Buddy Holly again.
RAVE ON - BUDDY HOLLY
What popped up when I was searching for Holly:
Rave On by John Lennon
So I thought I'd share this moment rather than the radio-on-radio concept. I'd never heard this cover before, in all the odd bootleg Beatles recordings I've heard over the years. Thanks icepick141!
If you're old enough to remember this song, you're probably old enough to know it commemorates the day Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a plane crash, along with the pilot of the plane, Roger Peterson. It's a sad song, yet I loved it when I was a kid, and its many references to various pop bands of the time make it a bit historic as well.
Don McLean - American Pie
Tech: New post preview feature part 3
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, January 21, 2008 7:31 PM (Eastern)
Tech: New post preview feature
Tech: New post preview feature part 2
I've added a new feature to the blogger labels list. From now on, all labels with 10 or more posts will automatically generate a post-preview page. Plus these labels are now colored blue.
Culture Notes: John Lennon part 2
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, January 19, 2008 10:18 PM (Eastern)
(see Culture Notes: John Lennon part 1)
Here I was looking for the film Imagine--I'm sure that was the name--one of those art films John and Yoko had made around the time of the album. I saw it in the theatre, where it was pretty much dissed, similarly to, say, the early work of David Lynch. What would make the original Imagine movie stand out now would be the lush youth of John and Yoko, against a fabulously verdant English backdrop, and various noodlings such as trying to morph two faces into one (predating the computer programs which do so now). And Yoko showing off her perfect figure.
Instead I found this; the entire movie is up if you care to watch it.
Imagine - The Movie John Lennon Part 1
Where was I yesterday? I've realized it's not that easy writing a piece on John Lennon. Part of me still doesn't want to believe what happened to him. Of course I remember that, I was fifteen... It is still sad.
But, it's pointless to bury someone's work. I tried finding more from Walls and Bridges, but there are only a few songs up.
Rock 'n' Roll (1975)...hmmm, there's a Wiki. (Isn't it great?)
While still encumbered with the US government's attempts to have him deported, Lennon found himself threatened with a lawsuit, by Roulette Records chief Morris Levy. Lennon had admitted in an interview that his song "Come Together" both borrowed stylistically from Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me", published by Levy, and re-used one line ("Here come old flat-top") from the song. Levy sued Lennon for infringement, but agreed to drop the suit if Lennon recorded at least three songs that Levy published, on his next album (after Mind Games). Browsing Levy's music publishing catalog, Lennon found so many of his old favourites that he decided to do a full album of cover songs, by Levy's artists and others.
Rock 'n' Roll was interesting in that, as much as the Beatles have been lauded as the greatest thing since sliced bread, their chief influences were 1950's American rock 'n' roll artists such as Chuck Berry and Little Richard. When I first heard the album, I found it a tad Anglicized...keep in mind I'm old enough to have heard most of the originals first (1950's and 1960's music got frequent radio play in 1970's Virginia). Hearing it now though, it sounds...fresh.
Rock 'n' Roll John Lennon
Double Fantasy came out in 1980. Here I wanted to embed Yoko's song, "Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him," because it was a lovely pop tune. Unfortunately there isn't much Yoko on Youtube. I'm not blaming anyone...it would be hard to go back and make videos for these songs. I'm hearing it playing in my mind right now.
Every man has a woman who loves him
In rain or shine, life or death...
Why do I run, when I know you're the one
Why do I laugh, when I feel like crying?
There were several hit songs on this record, starting with "Starting Over" (John doing Elvis :D), then going to "Watching the Wheels," "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)," and "Woman" (which was still considered an unusual feminist statement).
I remember this period as magical. I went out and bought the record and played it many, many times.
beautiful boy (darling boy)
After John died, there was this sort of hollow feeling. It just seemed incomprehensible, yet there it was.
1984 saw the release of Milk and Honey. This was my last complete year to live in Virginia, and for whatever reason, the popular songs of 1984 and 1985 reside vividly in my memory--Don Henley's "Boys of Summer" and "All She Wants to Do Is Dance," Madonna's "Material Girl," Wham's "Freedom," the stuff on U2's The Unforgettable Fire. I don't actually associate Milk and Honey with 1984 though; it just seems to float, timeless, brave, and stellar.
Nobody Told Me
Culture Notes: John Lennon part 1
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, January 18, 2008 7:43 PM (Eastern)
When I was a kid, I idolized John Lennon. I'm old enough to remember the day the Beatles disbanded...or rather, I have this tiny glimpse of the neighborhood kids and me playing on the street. I'm picturing it as summer, a bunch of kids wearing shorts and goofing around in the neighborhood. In the warmth of golden late afternoon sunlight, someone mentioned the Beatles had broken up. It sounded strange, unreal. This memory coincides with a few others of this time in my life, like the kids down the street setting up their own haunted house.
When I was...thirteen? fourteen?...I got hold of Lennon Remembers, the Rolling Stone interviews he and Yoko Ono had done in 1970, read it cover to cover...and later on, the Playboy interview (1980), which still brings a smile:
PLAYBOY: The word is out: John Lennon and Yoko Ono are back in the studio, recording again for the first time since 1975, when they vanished from public view. Let's start with you, John. What have you been doing?
LENNON: I've been baking bread and looking after the baby.
PLAYBOY: With what secret projects going on in the basement?
LENNON: That's like what everyone else who has asked me that question over the last few years says. "But what else have you been doing?" To which I say, "Are you kidding?" Because bread and babies, as every housewife knows, is a full-time job. After I made the loaves, I felt like I had conquered something. But as I watched the bread being eaten, I thought, Well, Jesus, don't I get a gold record or knighted or nothing?
From Lennon Remembers, I read about the songs on John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, the first record Lennon had released after the break-up, long before I actually heard any of them. Bear in mind, the record emerged for me in 1970's Norfolk, Virginia, which is like a conservative sandwich filled with conservative meats, moistened with conservatism, and served on a highly conservative plate. Songs titled "Working Class Hero," "God," "My Mummy's Dead," etc., didn't exactly get much airtime back then.
When I finally bought the record, I was amazed how melodic the work was. For whatever odd reason, I'd had the impression of this wildly atonal explosion of radicalism, but it was really quite nice. Lennon would subsequently make lusher music, funkier music; he would do Elvis, covers of 1950's tunes, a lot of things really, given a period of only ten years...but it was the first album that was, in my opinion, the most beautiful. Even with the Primal Scream stuff. :D
John Lennon - Isolation (1970)
As much as "Imagine" the single has been played, what begins side 2 of the album Imagine (1971) is the most scintillating burst of...words, followed by a smokin' guitar solo by George Harrison.
John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth
I don't remember much of 1973's Mind Games. "Mind Games" the single was widely played on the radio, and "Out the Blue" was a nice little tune.
Walls and Bridges (1974) was better, though some of the production was pretty rough. "What You Got," for example, was a fantastic song, but the voice on it was raspy (I could probably sing as well). "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night," a duet with Elton John, was pure pop perfection. From the Wiki:
The recording featured Elton John on backing vocals and piano alongside the Muscle Shoals Horns. While in the studio, Elton bet Lennon that the song would top the charts, and such was Lennon's skepticism that Elton secured from him a promise to appear on stage at one of his performances should the record indeed hit number one. When the record did achieve that feat, Lennon appeared at Elton John's Thanksgiving performance at Madison Square Garden on November 28, 1974.
There was also the highly accessible (now there's a totally 70's word for ya, along with "derivative") #9 Dream. But let's play something you probably haven't heard:
John Lennon - Bless You
It's too much to cover in a single post, so I'll try to pick this up later.
Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately #2
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 3:14 PM (Eastern)
I think we need a label for this, somehow...a blend of favorite things and Jack Bauer and Tony Almeida at a Drive-Thru.
Anyhow. Shall we commence?
Ava Luxe Voyage earrings
I'm not affiliated with Ava Luxe, I should mention. I just like her stuff. Here I thought this was beautiful, a binary combination of kyanite and labradorite, strung on karat gold. Sometime I will do something similarly binary...I can't wear 14KT gold earrings, but I'm hoping someone will come up with a wearable golden leverback cheaper than 18KT gold. mumbles...
Here is my own stuff. Less spectacular for sure, but keep in mind, there can be a difference between making something to wear, and making something to sell. With the emphasis on "can be."
It's been on my mind lately, because I tend to acquire less for the sake of owning something beautiful, and more for that of owning something useful. Sometimes the twain meet, oh, take this for example:
I've gotten the most mileage from Island Fever (far right). In the pan: a gorgeous shimmery sea blue shade, plus a medium shimmery iridescent grey. It should be pretty, but useless; something you bought on a whim because it looked nice. But it isn't useless by far. The blue shade, applied very lightly, is the most natural, unobtrusive shadow I own. It shouldn't work but it does.
Hence, the Ava Luxe earrings could well correspond to this concept. Bright and pretty, but potentially utile as well.
My little hoops (these are the most conservative earrings I've made thus far) would be more like this:
Nars Mambo, the unsung eyepencil. I paid $19 for you at Sephora, and momentarily felt a complete idiot; you can buy a perfectly decent deep brown eyepencil at Longs Drugs for four bucks. Then I started using you.
Mambo is deep brown, yet possesses hints of purple and red--making it subtly ideal for green or blue eyes, and making it go with everything. Thereby replacing brown, purple, and bronze pencils for me. No, you don't swatch particularly well, but on, you are a minor genius.
The Scented Salamander follows up on the Bond No. 9/Liz Zorn Perfumes story:
Trademark Questions Over The Use Of The Word "Peace" / Q & A with Laurice Rahme of Bond No.9, Liz Zorn of Liz Zorn Perfumes, & Sarah Horowitz -Thran of Creative Scentualization
Dwelling in lawyer-infested California, I suspect the entire thing was less of a shock to me. And I found some people seemed to turn it into a girl-on-girl fight--not good for business, for either party. Oh well. I see Zorn has some samples on her site; you might want to check them out.
And finally, for your perusal--Michelle Phan, aka RiceBunny, demos the aspirin mask (here with honey): RiceBunny's Xanga Site - Aspirin = Beautiful Skin
No, I'm not into this myself. I'm far too lazy. But the idea of using aspirin and honey as a mask makes perfect logical sense. You are exfoliating. Exfoliating is good.
Have a great weekend!
Culture Notes: Rickie Lee Jones
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, January 15, 2008 8:35 PM (Eastern)
Rickie Lee Jones - Coolsville
I loved Rickie Lee Jones from the time I saw her on Saturday Night Live (where, in fact, she sang this song). As much as people associate the 1970's with excess--disco balls, parties and cocaine--there was a spare coolness to it as well. Or perhaps I'm just being sentimental, because I loved all of the female icons of that time...sensed a restless power and strength, behind the prevailing stereotypes. I mean when this record came out, I'm reasonably sure "ring-around-the-collar" was television's conception of female power and strength. lol
Fashion Notes: Sterling and sapphire earrings
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, January 14, 2008 2:49 PM (Eastern)
Here is my weekend project...and part of the idea I had for this year, that I would make fewer...few, even...better pieces. (My next step is metalworking, but that isn't going to be this year.)
I used the Midori Jewelry hoop design, with a slight twist. When I did these hoops, for some reason the wrap at the top wasn't tight. If I grabbed the short end and tried to pull it out, it pulled out. I went through all the niceties of pressing the wrap with my pliers, nothing worked...finally, figuring I had nothing to lose, I put it on the block and started hammering the wrap with a metal hammer. Voilà!
For the sapphires, I went with grade over size, so these stones are really quite small, but translucent, with areas of transparency. Most precious stones you see in handmade jewelry are opaque, for obvious cost reasons. In the sense I had to use a lot of them to make an impact, but I think it was a good decision. The color in the finished piece is unmistakably sapphire blue.
Ava Luxe: new blog
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, January 12, 2008 12:26 AM (Eastern)
Beauty Notes: Southern Beauty Magazine featuring Nancy O'Dell
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, January 09, 2008 1:57 PM (Eastern)
I (regrettably, really) passed on this brand new mag's lush Jennifer Love Hewitt cover, the other month. Nothing personal; I happen to like Love Hewitt, thought she was handy with Jackie Chan in The Tuxedo amongst other things, and there is ever a common thread which runs through all Southerners (I represent Norfolk...thank you, thank you). So, to make it up to y'all, here is an excerpt from Nancy O'Dell's interview with SB:
On how her beauty regimen has changed after the birth of her baby girl, Ashby:
"Having the job I have, I have to do a certain amount of maintenance— it is just less now. And my beauty regimen has also changed due to breast feeding... there are certain lotions and potions I cannot use because I am nursing. Hopefully my skin has a natural glow from the happiness my baby girl has brought me."
On the beauty products she can't live without:
"Clinique tan gel and Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. I grew up in a beach community, Myrtle Beach, SC, so I am used to having a tan. I don't want to go out in the sun, so this is the safest way. I just rub or spray on a tan!"
On how women can be successful in today's working environment:
"Don't ever compromise your values."
On how living on the West Coast differs from living in the South:
"I grew up with everyone speaking to you wherever you go in the South. Here, people tend to stick to themselves. I go to the grocery store and ask the checkout person how they are doing. They look at me like I am crazy."
[Editor's note: this is so true.]
On the meaning of "Southern beauty":
"Classic, natural and fresh beauty which comes from the inside."
On feeling beautiful:
"I don't think I would feel beautiful at all if I couldn't do something to help others. Beauty is defined by how you treat others."
Labels: beauty notes
Beauty Notes: Our own video!
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, January 08, 2008 3:51 PM (Eastern)
Home hair color stuff
I had to figure out a way of converting analog tape (VHS and mini DV) to digital. I got the device (it's monumentally simple, all you need is either the red, yellow and white cable connection, or S-video) and tried it out on a mini DV camcorder.
The capture is straightforward, but the editing software (Pinnacle) requires more memory than I have on this computer. Not to worry...it has a patch (which you must download, since it doesn't work if you don't)...less memory makes the program slightly slower when you're running it, but as you can see, it does work.
This is what I switched to when L'Oreal discontinued the only light beige shade of the Feria color liquids. It's supposed to lift four levels, not the customary two or three, and these people aren't kidding. The color looks dark when it's still in your hair, but my hair came out lighter than I was planning on. Oh well, live and learn.
I haven't bought color kits in years; not only are the components much cheaper, you can easily mix the exact amount you need.
Fashion Notes: Freddy & Ma custom handbags
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, January 06, 2008 2:54 AM (Eastern)
This is a post from our deprecated Fashion Blog. I started to miss it, so am reposting it here.
freddy&ma custom handbags
This is not a press release (although they do have one). It's pure word-of-mouth, or word-of-Net these days; I got this link from another board.
Gabrielle Union with freddy&ma handbag
image courtesy freddyandma.blogs.com
They do have a completely interactive bag-designing website...which I can admit I thought would be a bore. I'm not a bag person, I loathe all-Flash websites in the main, who needs to spend time designing a bag...et cetera.
When I got there I realized the bags were good. Started out with the fine intention of making a bag from each designer on the site...about six bags in, I realized this was not a good idea at 3 o'clock in the morning. So, the samples above are just from the first 8 designers.
They have solid colors too, will soon have more selection...all-leather bags and so forth. They have some special bags to benefit charitable causes. I will emphasize again that there are many other designers and their patterns, many ways of putting together "your" bag. You may email "your" bag to your friend for her to critique, as well.
Most intriguing of all, according to their press release, these bags are made in the U.S.A. I had to read that two or three times for it to sink in. There is not much about that fact on the freddy&ma site, which I think is a mistake. There is an enormous, not-talked-about-much sentiment for Americans to "buy American." Not just American designers (but thanks anyway), but especially American labor.
The price range is in the two to three hundreds, which admittedly is more than I pay for a bag; however, I will guess the quality of these bags is up there with the (far more expensive) imported designer bags.
I will leave you with a size description from the charming copy on the site:
Dims: 14.5" x 13" x 4.5"
Carries: new gossip rags, afternoon protein bar, new blouse you bought during your afternoon 'dentist appointment'
Beauty Notes: Unique Books and Hand-Decanted Perfumes
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, January 05, 2008 10:57 PM (Eastern)
Eiderdown Press: Unique Books and Hand-Decanted Perfumes
Beauty Notes: Adventures in home hair color
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, January 03, 2008 3:25 PM (Eastern)
So L'Oreal discontinued one of the Feria color liquids I've used for some years. I tried buying it twice: the first time, I thought it was out of stock, but the second, I asked and discovered they weren't going to reorder it. mumbles... (You can purchase developer and color liquids a la carte at beauty supply shops such as Sally's.)
I could either search the four corners of the Earth seeking this liquid (it was the sole beige amongst the lightest Feria shades), or I could switch to something else, so I got Preference Mega-Blondes instead. This involved a different developer and proportions, so I also picked up an inexpensive plastic bottle with the pointy cap, and half-ounce markings on the side.
It's what I'm doing right now! Please keep your fingers crossed for me. The only time I ever switched formulas mid-roots was when I went from Preference to Feria to begin with, and Feria does have a reputation for being difficult to color over. Since I'm just doing the roots, in theory it should work.
images courtesy sallybeauty.com
Fashion Notes: Polyvore it!
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 2:17 PM (Eastern)
Okay, it's not perfect...it can capture just about any image on the Net, but some images won't work inside the sets. Still, once you have a virtual model up, you can shlep on quite a few things.
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More Nars & other porn...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, January 01, 2008 12:30 AM (Eastern)
Happy New Year!
I'm not exactly sure what attracts me to Nars. I seldom feel like buying a lot of it...because...I just don't. It's well to be judicious about an expensive brand; a few carefully-chosen items from such a brand will be cheaper, over the long run, than quantities of less expensive makeup, even at a lower overall cost: the better stuff works better. But you will lose that edge if you acquire many expensive items. Then it becomes the same as buying masses of cheaper stuff, except...you'll be way more broke.
And yet...I really like Nars porn. (There are some other brands there too, such as YSL, Bobbi Brown, Majorica Majorca, et cetera.) There's something a bit touching about someone carefully setting out their Nars and taking tender photographs of it. If I'm honest I'll admit I don't like makeup porn in general, only Nars (and you will note I don't link to makeup porn in general).
Anyhow enough preamble, bring it on!