Jan 312011
 

Posting at Café Makeup will be pretty light for a few days, as non-blogging distractions are keeping me from playing with my makeup as much as I’d like.  I’m hoping that things will lighten up later this week so I can be back in blogging mode again very soon!

In the meantime, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to one of the most friendly and thorough bloggers that you will ever want to meet–Charlestongirl.  I’d really encourage you to check out her blog, The Best Things in Beauty for some real treats. She’s got some fabulous overviews of Dior, Stila and Armani Spring ’11, and lots of other beautiful things as well.

Here’s Charlestongirl’s story in her own words…

When did you start blogging and why?
I started blogging about beauty in the summer of 2009 (I had written a local political blog years before, when blogs were new). I had been reading beauty blogs and saw an invitation for guest bloggers on BeautyLuxe. I responded, and I wrote a few posts for Kimberly. I realized quickly how much I enjoyed writing about my beauty passion – and that there weren’t many beauty bloggers in my age group. Since I was a frequent flier at all the department stores, and I had closets full of beauty products, I knew my subject was a natural. I love writing. I had intended to major in journalism in college, but was snagged by psychology. I published the first Best Things in Beauty feature in July, 2009, and the rest is history.

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Jan 282011
 

NARS Nouveau Monde ($32) duo eyeshadow palette is new for Spring 2011, and is the perfect solution for  a very easy, sophisticated eye.  There are two medium-shimmer colors.  On the left is a soft, shimmery grey-lavender that adds luminosity without being jejune or overwhelming.  As a person with warm skin tones, I have to be careful about wearing lavenders, as it almost the opposite of my skin tone some lavenders can overwhelm or look cartoonish.  Fortunately, NARS understands colors so well, because there is not a hint of shrill tones–instead, this heathery lavender is very grown-up, very finely milled, and sets off my blue-green eyes perfectly.

The right green is a rich mossy-khaki green, that has a slightly more rich and soft metal tone.  It’s absolutely gorgeous, and quite complex.  It’s shockingly easy to do a very beautiful eye with these tones.  First, I tried a wash of the lavender on my lid with my MAC 217, then placed the green in my crease, smoked above it toward the brow bone.  It was perfect.

Another idea is to use the lavender as the lid color, and the green as a liner, smoked up in the outer corner.

Third, it’s quite easy to use the green as the main lid color, and a touch of the lavender in the center of the lid as a highlight.

Although these may not appear to be traditional pastel colors, they pair perfectly with the minimal neutrals that fashion is presenting this Spring.  Consider how gorgeous would this palette look with these soft, modern tones from Phillip Lim:


This is the type of palette that will carry into Summer:

Here’s some suggestions for coordinating the shade with other colors-here, with NARS Sex Appeal blush, OPI’s Not Like the Movies (Katy Perry collection), which goes really nicely with the lavender shadow of Nouveau Monde.  They both have a very silvery, light soft lavender glow.

Think about adding a peach or neutral lip (here, either Chanel Rouge Coco in Patchouli or Peregrina), or a very soft sheer cool pink, like Le Metier de Beaute Cap d’Antibes (not pictured, review to follow).  For me, the key is to keep the rest of the makeup luminous and with some sheerness, and keep in mind that the Nouveau Monde duo’s lavender side is a touch on the cool grey side.  I wouldn’t weigh this down with a bright or opaque tone, at least for my coloring:

Here are some swatches and comparisons–the lavender shade of Nouveau Monde with Chanel Lavande single eyeshadow.  For the mossy khaki green of Nouveau Monde, I compared this with MAC’s Scarab (from the Catherine Deneuve collection), Chanel Vert Khaki and Chanel Khaki:

The texture of Nouveau Monde is just perfection–the light shade is luminous and believable, the deep shade is rich and buttery.  Love this duo!

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Jan 282011
 

Chanel is due to launch a new line of 25 new Rouge Coco Shine lipstick shades that are sheer, moisturizing and range in colors from nudes, deep berries, corals, pinks and reds. KarlaSugar has a preview chart at her site here.  I’ve purchased Rouge Coco Shine in Boy and it is reviewed here, here and here.

From February 10 through 14th, a number of stores will be selling just one shade of the Rouge Coco Shine in Boy ($32) as a preview to this line.  KarlaSugar swatched these at her local counter here. After the preview, Boy will be placed off the sales floor, waiting for the formal launch of the entire Rouge Coco Shine line in early April 2011.

The following Nordstrom stores will be holding preview sales for Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy.  If you like the shade and want to try the lipstick, you should call one of their Chanel counters and place a pre-order to ensure that you get yours.

  • San Antonio
  • Coral Gables
  • Northpark
  • Short Pump
  • Nordstrom Barton Creek Mall
  • Westfarms
  • Park Meadows
  • Portland Downtown
  • Michigan Ave
  • NordsScottsdale
  • NordsFashion Valley/Sd
  • Santa Anita
  • Ala Moana
  • Downtown Seattle
  • Mall Of America
  • Valley Fair
  • West County
  • Topanga Plaza
  • Oakbrook Ctr
  • Bellevue
  • Tacoma Mall
  • Corte Madera
As many Chanel aficionados know, Boy was the name of one of the first loves of Coco Chanel’s life, British Captain Arthur Edward “Boy” Capel, who died too young during their early years.  He was a supporter of her fashion design house which started her career.
Chanel.com will be carrying Boy, selling it from February 10th through 14th–you can sign up online for an email reminder to order.
I have heard that Rouge Coco Shine in Boy will be available at some Neiman Marcus stores, but I do not have any details on the release there.
NOTE:  Please read the comments if you are interested in this lipstick–several readers are reporting more information from their local stores.

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Jan 262011
 

The other day, Liz and I were playing around with some pink lipsticks, and we noticed how the difference in texture and tone affected final impact of the look. On one hand, we used RMK Irresistible Lips B in Pink (#04), which I obtained from a beauty blogging friend kind enough to ship it to me from the UK. In case you are unfamiliar RMK is a very high quality brand from Japan. This sells for approximately $40 on Ichibankao.

RMK Pink has an absolutely gorgeous, moisturizing formula.  It feels like a light, luxurious balm, and the moist look translates to the lip, imparting a gorgeous fullness and glow.  This is a very soft warm watermelon pink that is absolutely flattering on warm skin tones.  It has a touch of sheerness, that lets some of the natural lip color to show through.

For contrast, we played with MAC’s Nicki Minaj Pink Friday ($14.50), a rebellious cool, flat pink that Liz stole for her own stash.  This one sold out instantly, but is rumored to return.

I suppose it is not surprising that I preferred RMK Pink, and Liz preferred Pink Friday?  At any rate, I could not get over how the different textures and formula really were.

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