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· Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately
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· The perfect blush: then and now
· Beauty Notes: Chanel Moiré lipstick part 2
· Major Nars blush porn link
· Nars Fall 2007: Modern Odyssey
· Eye makeup for green eyes: then and now
· Nars Jezebel Duo Eyeshadow, plus a link to some nice Nars "porn"
· Nars The Multiple in Malibu
· Sephora Emeryville review
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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)
Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately #2
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, January 18, 2008 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!
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!
Another handy source of Nars and other porn...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, December 12, 2007 9:13 PM (Eastern)
Nars Duo Eye Shadow
This site contains various other brands of makeup porn including something called Lunasol (owned by Kanebo?), Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Shu Uemura, Sisley, and sundry other brands. I linked to the page above because that's what I was looking for...
Here's the previous one for your reference.
Major Nars blush porn link
image courtesy www.narscosmetics.com
NARS: The Consummate Stocking Stuffer
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, December 06, 2007 3:02 PM (Eastern)
So you want to snag a lil' something for your best girl's stocking this year. And you're thinking: "I have no idea what to get. What if she hates it?"
Enter the makeup palette, which performs for cosmetics what perfume samples do for fragrance. You give your gal a whole bunch of options, the opportunity to try various shades of this or that, at her leisure. The key is to choose a good brand, a universal brand even, so that some of the shades are bound to work.
Here is the whompin' Nars Artist Palette. $60 at Sephora.com
Palette includes eye shadows in India Song (soft butter yellow with a hint of shimmer), Night Star (sheer peach with gold pearls), Night Clubbing (black with gold pearls), Ondine (plum with gold shimmer); The Multiple in Copacabana (glistening pearl) and Malibu (pinkish brown); and lipstick in Honolulu Honey (satin flesh toned beige), Dolce Vita (sheer dusty rose), Gipsy (sheer warm berry), and Trans Siberian (semi matte ruby rose).
On a personal note, this palette contains several shades I've been meaning to try since forever, plus one shade that is my holy grail blush (the Malibu).
The Fame lipstick palette $65 at narscosmetics.com (scroll down some) contains a full dozen shades of lipstick in a range of hues.
For a more compact, red-oriented lip palette, consider the Nars Hot Sauce palette $30 at Sephora.com:
Palette includes lip colors in Tobago (sheer warm taupe-grape with soft shimmer), Dolce Vita (sheer dusty rose), Gipsy (sheer, warm berry), Catfight (semi matte nude-rose), Flair (sheer burnished berry), and Captiva (sheer currant).
If all of these seem a bit too practical to you, you might go for something more luxe and sensual (not a bad idea this time of year), such as the Nars Body Glow set $98 at Sephora.com (also available on the narscosmetics.com site):
"In the tradition of French Polynesia, Monoï de Tahiti oil is the result of macerating the native Tiare flower (Tahitian gardenia) in refined coconut extract for at least ten days, a process that slowly infuses the oil with Tiare's delicate, natural fragrance." The set includes a bronzed version of the oil, to rekindle the heat of summer (sighs), and an untinted oil containing an authentic tiare flower. (You'll note either bottle may be purchased individually as well.)
Finally, if she's already pretty Nars-savvy, you'll want to skip the palettes, and maybe even the body oils, and get straight to the Nars e-Gift Certificate (available in denominations of $50, $100 and $200):
Nars Holiday 2007: Siren Song
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, November 07, 2007 2:24 PM (Eastern)
Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, October 25, 2007 3:07 PM (Eastern)
Nars Mambo eyepencil. I haven't felt like wearing eyeshadow, much, so eyeliner is key (and faster to put on, anyway). I had three liners back in August of this year, and found I reached for this liner more and more, to the point I tossed the other two (which were getting old) without needing to replace them.
Dr. Hauschka lip products. I wouldn't have guessed these would be so good (no offense, but I always thought of Dr. Hauschka as the skincare guys, not the color cosmetics guys). It makes logical sense though, if you think of lip products as (tinted) skincare for lips.
Nars The Multiple in Malibu. This is really useless as a multiple-purpose product, at least this shade is. It's too dry to use as lipstick, and mediocre as eyeshadow. But it's my ideal shade of warm-toned bronzed-rose blush, wearable year-round.
Montale perfumes. These are so strong, I spray some in the palm of my hand and apply it that way. Perhaps the perfect cure for ephemeral scents, and the ordinary.
24 - Jack Bauer and Tony Almeida at a Drive-Thru
24. If you've watched this show even once (or eaten at an In 'n' Out), you'll immediately recognize the references in this parody. If you haven't, I would highly recommend both!
Beauty Notes: Mom Makeup: The Early Years
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, August 28, 2007 1:16 PM (Eastern)
Hm. Last night, after I published Mom Makeup, I realized that was "old Mom Makeup," and that the average new Mom would probably burst out laughing at the idea of having time to wear eyeshadow, so...
The top row is what I considered necessary (actually minus the blush, since I didn't own it back then): sunscreen (here it is tinted) and powder (because I have oily skin).
Eyepencil is the quickest way to look as if you bothered, so you will need at least one good eyepencil.
Lipstick is something you can put on in the car (not while driving obviously, I never really got that). In fact to this day, I keep the lipstick I'm using in my purse, in a mirrored case like these:
There are some years when you will need to get by on the items you consider bare necessities. These items have to work, since you won't have time to fuss with them. I never bought into the notion that a woman suddenly becomes a different creature when she gives birth. Don't give up your makeup, or the concept that you're still entitled to looking good, but do hone your routine to fit into the time you have.
Beauty Notes: Mom Makeup
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:08 AM (Eastern)
Along with Mom Clothes, there should be Mom Makeup.
I already had one of my kids, and was pregnant with the second, back when I discovered beauty messageboards. Part of my makeup quest has always involved time. Quick application, minimal touch-ups or fuss...minimal shopping. Something affordable, both in terms of money and of time.
Here is a quick collage of the makeup I wore today. Top row, left to right:
Bottom row, left to right:
The perfect blush: then and now
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, August 13, 2007 1:41 PM (Eastern)
Then: The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog: The perfect blush
Now: Hm. I agree with Dain, that blush should be regarded as a foundation product, rather than as a color cosmetic. It's true you can create entirely different looks using different blushes, and if you employ a wide variety of lip colors, you might want a few blushes to coordinate with these (warm blush with warm lip, cool blush with cool lip, delicate blush with red lip), but the word is "might." You might not want to, or need to, if you have already found the perfect blush.
I love this blush! It's Nars The Multiple in Malibu. Note how it works with the different lipsticks (left to right): Chanel Moiré, MAC Strawberry Blonde, and MAC Sophisto. I could have gone through the bother of coordinating blush with lipstick, but there's really no need to.
I have never found a drugstore blush that could do what a spendier one does, although there are good drugstore blushes. L'Oreal tends to make good ones...they're not as complex as their Lancôme counterparts, with less, but still respectable, staying power. Jane used to make good blushes too but I haven't tried the "new new" Jane...the original brand produced some excellent blushes, then blushes with utter mediocrity, like half an hour's worth of lasting power; now I have no idea.
Milani was another shooting star of the drugstore blush world, with their beauty-board "lemmings" of Luminous and Mango Tango blushes. Now I understand they've tanked their blushes in favor of a bronzer-blush duo (with the bronzer outranking the blush). Luminous lives on--I believe it was the only one Milani kept, albeit in bronzer-blush form--as the famous look-alike to Nars Orgasm blush.
Imo there is no easy way to choose a blush. I went through a lot of beauty advice rigamarole, such as going for a peach blush (my coloring is on the warm side), or rose, or mauve, or...? You really have to try some on. Ultimately what worked for me was a complex blend of rose, the slight warmth of peach (the defunct Lancôme Rose Charmant) or bronze (the Malibu), slightly muted but not too brown. A definite base of rose, not red, peach, pink or brown.
Beauty Notes: Chanel Moiré lipstick part 2
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 10, 2007 5:45 PM (Eastern)
Okay, I give up. It's not that plummy. To my eye it seems plummy, but it's more rose than plum. I also have Nars Jezebel, Mambo and Malibu on in this pic, and my hair is completely wet.
Major Nars blush porn link
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, August 08, 2007 2:54 AM (Eastern)
my NARS blush collection
The blog itself is in Chinese (drat!): http://blog.pixnet.net/snowkei
Nars Fall 2007: Modern Odyssey
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, August 07, 2007 2:08 PM (Eastern)
I feel a bit remiss here, if only because it occurred to me only today that taking screenshots of the Nars collections was way easier than downloading the images. And I'd like to keep track of the collections.
So what looks good here? Brazil looks kind of cool actually.
image courtesy www.narscosmetics.com
Eye makeup for green eyes: then and now
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 03, 2007 1:48 PM (Eastern)
Eye Makeup for Green Eyes #1
Eye Makeup for Green Eyes #2
Eye Makeup for Green Eyes #3
I was going back on some older posts to index them (you can now pull up posts by clicking the Features, Categories and Tags labels to the right ->), and came across this series of posts I made two years ago.
Some of the images are missing--likely linked to images in the reviews section, which we've also recently overhauled--is it worth restoring the images, or even indexing the posts?
The short answer is no. I no longer have even the same philosophy regarding eye makeup as I had back then. Things have changed...I'm no longer willing to buy products I know will last less than a year, either quality- or interest-wise. To me it's not worth it; my time is worth something, and has to be figured into the cost of the item.
There is also the classical Cost Per Wear factor, which I first encountered in Caterine Milinaire's Cheap Chic (1975). I don't remember how that book got into my hands...it was a library book...but I found it fascinating. Ms. Milinaire went through an exercise calculating the cost per wear of a dress...I want to say it was an $80 dress, extravagant back then...and how, if the dress were of good quality, in a style that lasted some years, its cost per wear was less than that of a $20 dress that didn't wear as well.
I've come to have a similar philosophy regarding makeup, although I do believe it's important to draw a line. Higher cost in cosmetics does not necessarily translate to higher quality. Sometimes it does; sometimes it simply means you pay more. It's been well pointed out that women are new to the concept of having their own money, and like any other nouveau riche, we are surrounded by an infinite number of people with their hands out, trying to grab a chunk.
So! what has ended up in my green eyed makeup stash these days?
Nars Jezebel duo eyeshadow:
This is to die for. Although, to my eye, it is a teeny bit warm, and may not suit you if your overall coloring is cool. The darker shade is purple-tinged, coppery brown; the lighter shade is matte lilac with a hint of pink.
When I put this on, I don't get anything screaming "brown eyeshadow!", I think largely because of the shot of purple in the coppery shade. (I have not seen this exact color anywhere else, in nine years of avid makeup junkie-dom.) The lilac shade is the perfect foil for it.
Prior Nars duos, left to right: Babylon, Ireland and Island Fever:
These are still going strong. They haven't turned hard, the way most of my other shadows have (knock wood). Nars duos currently retail for $31, meaning I buy them very slowly; however it's well to mention the cost is comparable to that of two single shadows from any number of "less expensive" brands.
Eyepencils: Nars Mambo; MAC Bordeauxline and Grey Utility:
The Mambo is new to me. It's described on the Nars site as "chocolate brown," but when I swatched it, I detected a definite hint of red (perhaps plum as well) that I knew would look good with green eyes.
The MAC's I've had for two and a half, and two years, respectively. Quality is still good.
Um...that's it. I've tossed my cheaper shadows in the main, and put aside some others. I'm seldom in a hurry to throw out expensive shadows, but I do see the solution as simply buying less to begin with, or buying more slowly.
Cheap Chic image courtesy www.enokiworld.com
Nars Jezebel Duo Eyeshadow, plus a link to some nice Nars "porn"
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, July 22, 2007 11:01 PM (Eastern)
Isn't it perfect?
Some nice Nars "porn"
It's in Japanese...nice pics!
Nars The Multiple in Malibu
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:07 PM (Eastern)
Finally got around to taking a picture of this. waves to Arabella
It's gorgeous, and I'm not sure this pic does it justice. It's the perfect blend of rose and bronze, more rose than bronze. It doesn't look shimmery on, at least not that I can detect (it's a bit shimmery in the tube). It's fine for my acne prone skin, blends like a dream, and lasts well on.
It's a bit warm-toned, and I hope this pic captures that, but it's not truly warm...no orange here.
Normally I hate bronzers, to me it's a hassle and an extra step.
Likewise, though I like blush, I'm also lazy about using it every day. I have blushes, and a spandy nice blush brush, and these tend to sit quietly in my makeup drawer, taken out only for special occasions.
Enter The Multiple...there are different Multiples, some of them more akin to highlighters. This is one of the blushy ones, and it's good.
Since it's a stick, it's easy to fit in between your foundation product (I use tinted sunscreen) and your powder. It's there, you're there, you've already got foundation on your fingers so you have to wash your hands anyway; let's use it!
Sephora Emeryville review
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, July 07, 2007 10:19 PM (Eastern)
It's already open! It's at the Bay Street mall, near the (also quite new) H & M.
I ducked in there today...it wasn't the first time I'd been to a Sephora, but it was the first time I'd been able to spend an appreciable amount of time in one.
First impressions: yup, every brand you ever thought of even thinking of. Vincent Longo, Urban Decay, Nars of course, wall o' perfumes, wall o' skincare, yadda yadda...everything quite neat and inviting.
Service: friendly staff, no hard sell.
Me: spent most of the time in the Nars section. They don't have everything 100% in stock yet, so they didn't have the Urban Decay "Bourbon" 24/7 eyepencil I was going to check out. They did have UD "Lucky" eyepencil, which was an interesting deep coppery shade, but it wasn't dark enough for what I needed.
Nars: they didn't have "Rebecca" duo eyeshadow, or "Habanera." In the Habanera slot, they had what appeared to be half the "Bohemian Gold" duo.
Still, who cares. They are open, and I did get a couple of things. :D
First up, an eyeshadow duo. As tempting as the singles looked, the duos are a better deal for me, as long as both shades are useful to me. I don't use tons of eyeshadow at a pop; I've barely dented the three Nars duos I own (Babylon, Ireland and Island Fever), after three years of happy ownership.
I almost got the "Stage Beauty" duo...it was in my basket. It's quite pretty: a soft, creamy shade, paired with a deeper, brown-coppery shade tinged with rose. I knew it would flatter my green eyes...green-eyed folks are always drawn toward shades with a form of red in them.
But with Nars, I tend to not use them for neutrals. If you're heavily into neutrals, I can see it..."Surabaya," for example, struck me favorably, and of course there is the classical "All About Eve."
What to get? Swatched "Blade Runner"...but realistically, as with "Surabaya," two deep shades might not cut it for me. I much prefer the dichotomy of a lid shade and a crease shade (I don't highlight, since I have small lids and too much browbone).
And, I don't use eyeshadow as liner; I'm far too lazy. I have a perfectly good eyeliner brush from Ecco Bella, that I haven't used in...years.
"Caravaggio" and "Divine" popped out...strong rose, magenta tones...both too young for me (throw "Mediteranee" in there too).
Finally..."Jezebel" beckoned to me, more and more. I have no idea yet if this is going to work on me; it all hinges on the soft lavender shade. This is the kind of shade which tends to disappear quickly; I'm hoping the Nars version lasts.
Jezebel comes with a deep brown shade, cut with purple, perhaps a more purply version of the deep coppery rose shade in Stage Beauty.
Since I couldn't try Urban Decay "Bourbon" eyepencil, and I no longer own a deep brown eyepencil, I swatched some of the Nars pencils.
I'd heard the Nars eyepencils tended to be hard in texture. The Urban Decay 24/7 pencils I swatched were silkier, certainly, comparable to my MAC Powerpoints and Eye Kohls. Still, the Nars pencils I swatched weren't what I'd call hard or draggy, just not super soft. I'll report back later on how well they wear, because some eyepencils turn hard after a while.
"Kyoto" looked pretty...deep soft olive green, probably better for hazel or brown eyes. "Patmos" was very green. They had only part of the collection out..."Parrot Cay" was an interestingly different, light green.
It was "Mambo" I got...deep brown, but tinged with enough red to make it different.
I passed on the lipsticks altogether; thinking of trying lipsticks more toward the "health food store" or natural variety.
Nars duo eyeshadow ponderings...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, June 19, 2007 5:59 PM (Eastern)
Okay. So we're finally getting a Sephora. By that I mean half an hour's drive, not driving into the City (where parking is atrocious-to-nonexistent), and so forth.
Meaning, I'll likely wait until the Sephora opens to buy anything new, because I have a couple of Urban Decay 24/7 eyepencils, a Nars lipstick (which I want to see before buying) and maybe a Nars duo eyeshadow on my wish list.
Why Nars? I have tried Dior and Lancome eyeshadows. They're both wonderful, Dior in particular, no doubt about it. But they tend more toward conventional colors, at least compared to Nars. I need more unconventional (however subtly so) shades.
swatches courtesy beauty.com
Beauty.com has reasonably accurate color swatches, better imo than the Nars site itself, but not the full array:
swatches courtesy www.narscosmetics.com
I have seen some of them "on," so at least have some idea which ones not to buy. But right now, it's an open book. I own Babylon, Ireland and Island Fever (and still love them all...interestingly, the quality of them has not changed over three years).
So, any thoughts?
Bueller?... Bueller?... Bueller?
Closing in on a signature lipstick
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, June 07, 2007 3:59 PM (Eastern)
Oh well, I've already decided to lose my Nars lipstick virginity. Now, which one?
I'm thinking sheers. Yes, sheer has become a dirty word, when it is used to mean "next to no pigment in product"--and I have no desire to select a "why bother?" lippy...yet, I've never read a gripe that Nars sheer lipsticks lack pigment.
Internet photographs of women wearing Nars lipstick are in ridiculously short supply btw. I can buy it that they cost more than some other lipsticks, but these days, they don't cost that much more. I'd sooner pay Nars prices for one lipstick that works and gets used all the way down, than pay more for two other lipsticks that end up getting tossed after a few uses.
Dolce Vita? Not likely...I'm sure it's a great shade. But after some experimentation, I've become convinced that "my" lipstick (other than Chanel Moiré, which I'm not worried about now) has got to be a little bit bright. It should not be too neutral, too natural, really.
Hindu? Check this out: SM Memo: Nars "Hindu" is Very Brown. Nice pic. Too brown for what I'm after.
Gipsy? Doesn't everyone own Gipsy, if they own a Nars lipstick? Or Flair? They both look pretty, that's for sure.
Sexual Healing, Barbarella, Belle de Jour and Viva Las Vegas are all quite light, from what I've seen Net-wise. Light lipsticks are good if you use a certain amount of eye makeup, otherwise you get the dead fish look. Hum.
That narrows it down a bit. Not really; I think you do have to see the lippies in person, swatch 'em, get a feel for what you're getting.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, June 02, 2007 1:23 PM (Eastern)
As my cosmetics stash gently ages (see previous Rambles...), I feel I should rethink what it means to have a stash to begin with.
I've never been much of a "collector" in the sense that owning a lot of makeup, for the sake of owning it, has never appealed to me. By this I do not mean that owning a lot of makeup is bad. It can be very good, as long as you find a purpose for it. If I had use for two hundred lipsticks, I would own two hundred lipsticks. And I would love each one.
But two hundred lipsticks is not "me." One or two lipsticks is becoming, more and more so, "me." That could be seen as next to insane in this era of thousands upon thousands of lipsticks, but, again, a stash is personal, and must be customized to the customer.
So far a close candidate for the One or Two Lippy Policy is Chanel Moiré.
It looks nothing like that little swatch btw. Moiré is a luscious blend of many colors, starting with a warm, brick red base, laced with plum, rose, a bit o' brown, a twist of fuchsia shimmer, altogether Your Lips But Better, but not as bland as some YLBB shades tend to be.
Why Moiré, well it's the only Hydrabase I've tried. I would probably investigate the other Hydrabases before plunking down anything.
Nars. Which Nars? I have no clue. Unlike MAC, Nars is a brand not incessantly photographed. The price of Nars is comparable to Chanel's, so again I would investigate before buying.
Those are my two candidates, when my MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick gets used up. I'm leaning more toward Nars than Chanel, if only because Nars lipstick is the "evil I never tried before."
Now, eyepencils...what I have: MAC Powerpoints in Permaplum, Grey Utility, Bordeauxline. MAC Eye Kohl in Heirloom. Prestige waterproof automatic pencil in Expresso.
Expresso is genuinely getting old, I've tried wiping a few layers off with a tissue; it's still difficult to get a good thin line out of it, or blend the line I do get. It's a good brand...easily the best drugstore eyepencil. But I'd like something more special in terms of color.
Enter Urban Decay 24/7 eyepencil in Bourbon.
Bourbon would appear to be a brown pencil swirled with gold, perhaps a bit of red; all that good stuff. I'd have to swatch it, but basically I'm looking for a brown eyepencil that would go with all the eyeshadows that brown eyepencils go with, but be special enough to be worn on its own.
I'm not in a hurry to replace my MAC eyepencils as the quality seems to be holding out, but if Bourbon works out, I might look at the purple 24/7's.
Blush...more than happy with Nars the Multiple in Malibu.
"Pinkish brown"...eh...does not do it justice. Malibu is a bit warm, a bit bronzy, essentially a deep rose color. It functions as part blush, with an element of a bronzer. You can use it as eyeshadow or lipstick...I don't, since I have better eyeshadows, and as a lipstick, it's too dry. As a blush, it transforms. Can't ask for more, there.
Eyeshadow. Now here I must echo Dain. You've got to replenish your Nars duo eyeshadows periodically. They do pay for themselves; the duos I acquired three years ago are still going strong, still look perfect, still...inspire.
Habanera is the "obvious" choice, if only because it's different. Not "different unwearable," from what I can glean (never seen it in person), but "I can create something amazing" different, "how did she do it?" different. But I'll probably end up getting something else. Forget it, Jake. It's Nars.
Okay so that's it for color cosmetics for me. I don't wear mascara, don't wear eyebrow products, don't do gloss or lipliner (shhhhh...). For that matter I don't do concealer, have no interest in full coverage foundation, have never actually worn liquid eyeliner. I need a few color cosmetics to keep me entertained/make me look good when I need to look good...the products have to perform, have to elevate, otherwise why bother?
Finally, Nars Summer 2007 has been sighted, Net-wise...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, April 25, 2007 3:18 AM (Eastern)
It's been amazingly difficult finding actual photographs of this collection online. Given that it's new and hasn't hit all the stores, yadda yadda...still it's a bit of a mystery.
Sexual Healing lipstick stays on my wishlist.
Ever bought a beauty product purely for its shade name?
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, April 13, 2007 12:28 AM (Eastern)
This isn't even out yet; not even on the Sephora site. The name is just so eye-catching, otherwise...it would appear to be a frosted pink lipstick (even though the Nars site images seldom match the actual products). Not a shade I'd gravitate toward.
Still...who's to say? The MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick I've deemed a Grail was not a shade I'd be drawn toward, either, when I bought it. The Catherine Deneuve name was what caught my eye, made me try it out. For about a year I didn't wear it much at all, then I fell in love with it.
I almost bought Sexual Healing sight unseen then realized that would be ridiculous, given I can just drive less than half an hour, when it does hit the stores, and see it for myself.
I've already decided Nars is my next lipstick purchase, one way or another.
Nars Summer 2007, brief commentary
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, April 09, 2007 5:43 PM (Eastern)
Okay I just posted this on the New Releases Blog for posterity, but I'd like to add some comments here.
The cream shadows are out for me. I don't do cream shadows. To be fair, I don't do eyeshadow base/primer either. I rather believe these would fly with the base, possibly without it, but eh...I'll wait for powder shadows.
The body glow set...let's leave that to the "yutes."
Vinny Gambini: It is possible that the two yutes...
Judge Chamberlain Haller: ...Ah, the two what? Uh... uh, what was that word?
Vinny Gambini: Uh... what word?
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Two what?
Vinny Gambini: What?
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Uh... did you say 'yutes'?
Vinny Gambini: Yeah, two yutes.
Judge Chamberlain Haller: What is a yute?
Vinny Gambini: Oh, excuse me, your honor...
Vinny Gambini: Two YOUTHS.
Young people can dig body glow. They're entitled to it, but I'll pass.
Gloss...this would appear to be the ideal sexy summer "look at my lips, they're perfect" gloss, but I'm not heavily into gloss for the laziness factor...hate to touch up.
Now the lipsticks...they're both sheer. Not sheer for the sake of sheer...because Nars doesn't seem to be stuck in a sheer lipstick rut...these would be special sheers. Here is my weakness.
all images courtesy www.narscosmetics.com
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, February 24, 2007 6:52 PM (Eastern)
It's just crossed my mind...as I'm sitting here typing, on this cold, grey, rainy Saturday afternoon...that I've become so unspeakably bored with my cosmetics collection, that I haven't even felt like wearing any of it lately.
It's a fabu-licious collection, mind you; I can't knock a single item. They're very dear cosmetics, and I'm still happy to see them nestled in their drawer. I really don't know what my problem is. I'm trying to put my finger on it I suppose.
I went on a "zen haul" at Longs Drugs fairly recently, just to see what was happening at the drugstore. Not much temptation. The L'Oreal Colour Juice Sticks looked inviting enough, with their fruity scent, but they were $10 a pop. The Milani rack had completely disappeared--don't know if it's coming back or not. Was going to check out the Milani sheer lipsticks I keep reading about, but no dice.
image courtesy milanicosmetics.com
That Longs never did carry NYX--and that was the extent of my d/s queries: the CJ sticks, Milani sheer lippies and NYX. mumbles...
Department-store wise, I'd say I am slightly intrigued by the Urban Decay Ammo eyeshadow palette:
image courtesy urbandecay.com
I'm sorry, but that has to be one of the worst photographs of an eyeshadow palette ever. Still, at $34, you can try 10 different, interesting-looking shadows. You could do a lot worse.
That, and their 24/7 eyepencil in Bourbon, described on the site as "brown w/ teeny gold glitter." How cute is that?
I've been drooling intermittently over getting a full size of Chanel Hydrabase lipstick. The one shade I've tried is Moiré, in lovely sample form (that's not Moiré in the pic, just a stock photo).
image courtesy chanel.com
This is just really good lipstick. Medium coverage: more "there" than your sheer, less maintenance than full coverage. The candied rose scent is a bonus to me; it's addictive, and the formula is nourishing...almost dry on the surface, yet intensely moisturizing, so the whole works stays put and gives you baby soft lips.
Nars eyeshadow duos are always drool-worthy:
image courtesy narscosmetics.com
How about that for mouthwatering? It would take me days to figure out which ones to buy. Although I suspect, somehow, that each duo would work for me.
These are all mainstream brands. I would be curious to try something smaller, too.
Okay I feel better now.
Favorite "high end" beauty products
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, February 16, 2007 8:28 PM (Eastern)
Conversely, some products are worth their higher price tag. The colors, staying power, texture, versatility, sometimes even the shelf life--I've had cheaper lipsticks and eyeshadows turn on me relatively quickly--all of these factors can make a more expensive item into a cheaper item in the long run.
image courtesy sephora.com
MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, February 11, 2007 10:26 PM (Eastern)
Reviewed here: MAC Lipstick (Lustre) Strawberry Blonde
Blogged here: Catherine Deneuve thoughts... Why I passed on the rest of the Deneuve collection
I got this from the Catherine Deneuve collection, a year ago. Up until now it hasn't been my "go to lipstick," since I was using up MAC Sophisto. Sophisto is used up now though, so Strawberry Blonde has assumed its place.
And, the thing is, I'm starting to really like it. And it is, or was, limited edition, so once I've used this one up, I can't replace it.
On a philosophical note, I've never been one to stock up on limited edition items. In some cases, it does make sense to do so...I just find it...annoying. If it's that good, why is it limited edition? I usually look around for a look-alike instead.
So far, from tooling around on makeupalley.com, I've gleaned two candidates:
Julie Hewett "Gem Noir" (this appears to be the discovery of cordysmum)
Nars "Niagara" (Satin formula)
Gem Noir looks more promising than Niagara; the latter seems pinker, a pretty shade in its own right rather than a true copycat.
There was a rumor that MAC Legendary Femme lipstick would prove to be a "re-promote" of Strawberry Blonde, but the pics and reviews I've seen indicate that it isn't. Even if it were though, Legendary Femme itself is limited edition.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, November 17, 2006 1:08 AM (Eastern)
Once in a while, there comes along a beauty product that actually does change your life. Most of them don't, of course, but some of them do.
This has been on my mind for a while...because once such a product becomes part of your life, you tend to forget what your life was like before.
Here is my personal list of breakthrough products, starting with:
Oh I'm sure I'll think of something else right after I publish this.