Jul 302011

About a week ago, I went to the Burberry Beauty counter at Nordstrom San Francisco Centre for an event, and had one of the best makeovers of my life.  I wanted to record the products used and update you on my experiences with the Burberry Sheer Luminous Foundation (swatches of all shades here).

For the makeover (products used)


  • Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base as a primer (reviewed here)
  • Burberry Sheer Luminous Fluid Foundation No. 6
  • Burberry Light Glow Blush in Earthy (review forthcoming) as a contour
  • Burberry Light Glow in Tangerine (review forthcoming) on upper cheekbones as a blush
  • Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base around eyes, nose bridge and chin as a highlighter
  • Burberry Fresh Luminous Powder (forehead only)
  • Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Rosewood (reviewed here) as an lid wash and lightly under the lower lashline
  • Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Midnight Black (not pictured) as a liner
  • Burberry Sheer Midnight Brown (reviewed here) in the crease and outer corner
  • Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Pearl White (review forthcoming) heavily in the inner corner and lightly on the browbone
  • Burberry Lip Cover in Nude Rose (review forthcoming)(reviewed here at The Beauty Look Book)

For the foundation update, I’ve been using Burberry’s Sheer Luminous Foundation for about a year.  I’ve finished one entirely (No. 5, my original color), and just repurchased a bottle in No. 6.

Burberry foundation is my go-to whenever I want a typical foundation that doesn’t affect my skin, looks polished and can be applied very quickly.  The U.S. labeling does not reflect this (the U.S. FDA is slow to recognize certain ingredients as sunscreens), but there are some physical sunscreen ingredients in it (I supplement with a sunscreen) (ingredient list is here).  It never clogs, it never irritates, and in many ways I prefer it to the former Chanel Tient Innocence.

When I was getting my makeover, the artist told me something that almost made me drop my nonfat decaf latte.  He said that it could be used as a heavy cover foundation.  Given that the name of the foundation includes the word “Sheer,” I had to know more.

As a former Armani specialist, he explained the Armani technique for applying foundation.  Having had an excellent foundation makeover at an Armani counter in Harvey Nichols/London years before, we were already speaking the same language.  Essentially, to start one brushes the foundation on very sheerly.  Second, one takes the brush and builds coverage only where needed.  Third, you do a quick finger-swipe to remove brush marks. He was right, of course.  This is a highly buildable foundation.  It didn’t look cakey at all–it looked just like…skin. He explained that he had been persuaded to work for Burberry Beauty based solely on his experience with their foundation.  It’s that good.

I hope that you find this little sketchbook helpful.  I’ll post reviews of the products that I haven’t reviewed yet as soon as I can.

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Jul 292011

For some reason, I became obsessed with lashes, lashes, lashes this week.

First, I started using Le Metier de Beaute’s Peau Vierge Lash Growth Serum ($95).  When Latisse was first approved for lash growth, I used it for about four months before I became hesitant after the FDA increased the warning.  Although my lashes got incredibly long using Latisse, the effect lasts only a few months.

I purchased Le Metier’s Peau Veirge Lash Growth Serum last December, and have only started using it now.  I’ll see how it goes and report back.

Second, I’ve been seeing some favorable reports for Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara on makeup boards and at Lipglossiping.  I tried to order a tube, but just got a back-order notice until mid-August.  I’m shaking my fist at Benefit–don’t they realize that in the beauty blogging world, August is practically Christmas?

Instead, I’m investigating Giorgio Armani’s Eyes to Kill reviewed by The Beauty Look Book.

Third,  I’ve become very curious about false lashes.  They always seemed unwieldy to me, but Lisa Eldridge has done some tutorials (here and here) that make me imagine that I could do it.  Have you used them?

Also, I fell in love with these pictures of a Shu Uemura collection from the Makeup Blogette.  So pretty!

Here’s what my beauty blogging friends are obsessed with this week:

  • Gouldylox Reviews shares with us her at-home foot smoothing find with Emjoi Micro Pedi. Perfect for summer sandal season.
  • BeautyXposé finds the latest jewelry trend while vacationing in Miami and brings the rose gold pieces home to rave reviews.
  • The Beauty Look Book shows us the latest in stunning nude shades with the Fall 2011 Burberry Beauty Collection.
  • Fab Over Forty gives us beauty tips and product must-haves from Dior National Artist, Jeffrey Sanchez.
  • Daly Beauty may have found the perfect mascara that results in beautiful lashes with Urban Decay Cannonball.
  • Best Things in Beauty showed us Tom Pecheux’s innovative Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée from Estée Lauder’s Fall 2011 Collection
  • DivaDebbi was able to lighten dark spots with a non-toxic four step product system called Lumixyl.
  • Product Girl shares with us what “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” TV star Taylor Armstrong keeps in her makeup bag.
  • Café Makeup reviews the newest lipstick formula and Feather Pink shade from the Burberry Lip Mist collection.
  • The Non-Blonde swatches and reviews the very gorgeous and wearable Chantecaille Sel Iridescent Eye Shadow.
  • Karla Sugar gives us a lesson on Creed fragrances and shares with us their three new fragrance releases.

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Jul 292011

Burberry Lip Mist in Feather Pink ($30 #209) is part of  release of a new lipstick formula for the line.  This texture is a creamy gel.

We’ve seen a few gel lipsticks over the past few months, with Chanel Rouge Coco Shines, Dior’s reformulated Addict and a variety of others.  The formula of Burberry’s Feather Pink are the creamiest of the ones that I’ve tried.  They are sheerer than Burberry’s standard lipsticks, but the difference is not as dramatic as in the other lines.  I can get a semi-opaque wash of color with a single application layer with Burberry’s Feather Pink, and the wear time is far longer than Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine.  Like the others, Burberry’s Feather Pink feels very moisturizing.  It leaves my lips looking fresh and moisturizing.

I’ve seen several reviews of Feather Pink on the internet, and it has been alternatively described as ‘warm,’ ‘neutral’ and ‘cool’ by various bloggers, including every variation in between (“neutral with a touch of warm,” etc). And it does look sort of neutral in the tube.  Having said that, I’m going to side with Team Neutral-to-Warm, although I must admit that this color is a bit of a chameleon.  It absolutely applies that way on my warm toned skin (my lips have a mauve tinge).

Also, I compared Burberry Feather Pink with what I consider to be a true cool pink, which is Chanel Rouge Allure in Pink Saphir (this was limited edition and I do not believe it is still available).  Here, you can see Feather Pink next to Chanel Rouge Allure in Confidentielle, Chanel Rouge Coco in Magnolia and Chanel Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle.

You can see how the sheer Feather Pink pulls warm on my warm skin tone, especially when it is placed next to the very cool Chanel Pink Saphir.

But on Liz, Burberry Feather Pink allows a lot of Liz’s natural pink-tone lip color to show through:

The lip picture (above) is a much more accurate interpretation of how Feather Pink looks on me.

I’m beginning to love this gel lipstick trend. I find them highly wearable and moisturizing.  As always, Burberry delivers an excellent interpretation of the trend.  I find that they wear time is on the higher end for a gel formula.  Burberry Feather Pink is an ideal choice for those who dislike the shorter wear time for the lighter shades of the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine.  Yet Burberry manages to deliver this wear time without adding any sticky or tacky feeling.  An ideal “date” lipstick, Burberry Feather Pink is also a beautiful, office-appropriate color that can be dashed on without a mirror.

Highly recommended.

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Jul 282011

… And now for something completely different.

As I’ve said in prior posts, Liz and I are having a very, very busy and stressful summer.  One recent Sunday afternoon, both of us had pretty. much. had. it.  We decided to do what we almost never do–try to bake. Don’t try this at home.  We’re not very safe in the kitchen.  Trust me, we’re in no position to give advice.

So, we started out with the dubious ambition of making Parisian Macarons for our very first time.  We pulled out my Ladurée cookbook, which I had brought back from my recent trip in Paris.  Which, we realized, is in French.  With metric measurements.

Since this was our first time, we thought it best to try Martha’s way first.

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Jul 282011

Last week, I did a series on Dior Vernis in Tuxedo, new for Fall 2011, including some comparison pictures.  At the time, I wasn’t happy with the comparison pictures.  I had no nail wheels and too many blue glitters to compare on my nails.  Now my nail wheels arrive, and I’ve done better comparisons with Dior Tuxedo, Butter London Big Smoke, Chanel Nuit de Russie, Chanel Blue Satin, Le Metier de Beaute in Midnight Rendevous and Lancome Indigo Paris.

Indoors with flash:

Outdoors with sunlight and flash:

  I’ve replaced the former pictures with these.  Enjoy!

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Jul 262011

In my childhood home, there was a beautiful cherry tree in the backyard.  The trunk had a deep brown color with a hint of red.  The outer bark seemed to be tinged with silvery sheen.  This is the same way that I describe Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Midnight Brown ($29 #21)(available at select Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com).  Midnight Brown is part of Burberry Beauty’s Fall collection and it is a stunner.

The shadow comes packed in a heavy luxury case with a super sharp, slightly smoked mirror, and generous 2.5 g/ 0.88 oz. amount. Its texture is buttery soft.  The texture has a multidimensionality that does wonderful things with light.  If you compare the texture of the top of the shadow in the pan, compared to how it looks in the mirror, you can see the different tonalities.


Because of the tinge of red, Burberry Beauty Mightnight Brown doesn’t read “taupe” to me.  It reads “taupe’s best friend.”  This is a beautiful brown mixed with a slight hint of red.  Usually, taupes have a hint of mauve or mostly grey (not red).  But because of the tinge of grey, is the perfect brown to wear in the crease/socket and/or along the lashline to add dimension to a taupe wash.  I tried this during a makeover with Burberry Rosewood (a taupe, swatched below) and they worked beautifully together.

On the far left are comparisons between Burberry Midnight Brown and Burberry Rosewood.  You can see that Midnight Brown is a deep brown, but not as deep as the highly pigmented, deep brown NARS Mekong.  Burberry Midnight Brown is not as red as Chanel Cinnamon, and not as taupe as Chanel Safari.  On the far right, you can see the red-brown metallic Shu Uemura ME Brown 850.  These swatches are in sun with flash.

Another set of swatches–same shadows, same order:

One final (this one in shade with flash):

 Burberry Beauty’s Fall 2011 Collection includes this Midnight Brown Eyeshadow, a matching eyeliner, two colored mascaras (an olive army green and a brown).  There is a lip pencil and two new lipsticks in the standard formula (#25 Nude Rose lipstick, #26 Nude Cashmere).  There is also the glorious Fresh Glow illuminating primer, which I’ve reviewed here.  From these choices, and after one of the best makeovers of my life (more on this later), I walked away with Burberry Midnight Brown, Nude Rose lipstick and the Fresh Glow.

Obviously, nearly everyone needs a few great browns in their collection.  In my personal opinion, Burberry Midnight Brown is in the same color family as MAC Mulch.  But really, I far prefer Midnight Brown.  The Burberry texture is better, the pigmentation is smooth and soft, the application is quite easy, and the tonality is absolutely beautiful.  For me, Burberry Midnight Brown is a must.

For Sabrina’s review of the Burberry Beauty Fall 2011 collection, including her views of Midnight Brown, see here.

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Jul 252011

Thank you to all Cafe Makeup readers for a great weekend MAC Blogsale!  Liz and I sold over 50 MAC items in two days. We really appreciate your participation, interest and getting the word out. We love our readers!

We’re hoping to send out most things today, and sending out confirmatory emails as soon as possible.  Because we’re currently bubble-wrapping, Cafe Makeup may be quiet for a day or two.  We’d really like to make sure that these orders go out to our beautiful readers as soon as possible.

Thank you again!


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Café Makeup MAC Blogsale Has Begun!

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Jul 232011

Please click this link to see the items.  It’s also tabbed at the top of the page.  Happy shopping!

Because I’m not sure how many MAC fans read Café Makeup, your friends who love the brand might love you if you tell them about the sale…

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Jul 222011

Here’s what I’m obsessed with this week…

1. Well-Conditioned Hair.  Frizzy hair can be such a problem in warm weather.  Lately my stylist has been using L’Oreal Fiberceutic conditioner on my hair, making a significant difference.  As I pay a flat monthly rate (yes, I really am that high maintenance), I’m not sure how much the treatment costs separately.  It  is helping make my hair look softer, smoother and healthier.

2. Michelle Obama wore a dress from Target.  I so admire Michelle Obama, and never more so than when she visited an air station in Virginia wearing this little Merona number from Tar-jay.  Even better, this dress is something that we’ve seen before.  Some style icons know how to keep it real.  Belt by Sacai.

 3.  Nars website re-design.  NARS completely reconfigured the website.  Beautifully done. It’s clean, it’s easy, it’s intuitive.  Plus, they have $20 off/$100 order with the code NEWWEBSITE.  I think it’s finally time to pick up a Yachiyo…

Some of the links take you in the company’s history.  Under “World of Nars,” I found pages that explained the names of his products:

 In the meantime, Liz and I are continuing to organize items for our upcoming MAC Blogsale. We’ve taken your suggestion to heart, and have been busy gathering bubble wrap for the sale to come. You’ll find the sale at the “MAC Blogsale” link at the top of the page.

Here’s what my fellow beauty bloggers are obsessed with this week….

  • Café Makeup had high praise for Burberry’s new Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, calling it a “best in class” primer.
  • Best Things in Beauty offered a sneak peek at Chanel’s Aquillaries de Chanel Collection.
  • The Beauty Look Book showed us why we need Le Métier de Beauté’s True Romance Nail Lacquer, a Nordstrom Anniversary exclusive.
  • Fab over Forty featured makeup application tips from Mickey Castillo, Le Métier de Beauté’s makeup director.
  • The Non-Blonde fell for the gorgeous, new Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours.
  • Karla Sugar swatched the Fall 2011 Color Collection from NARS.
  • Perfect for this weather, Product Girl featured a guide to the obsessive nature of facial misting.
  • DivaDebbi achieved beauty bliss with the Bliss Fabulous Skin-Reviving Rubberizing Mask.
  • Gouldylox Reviews is enjoying Dove’s Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo, Conditioner, and Treatment products.
  • BeautyXposé introduced us to the limited-edition eos Summer 2011 Collection of lip balm smooth spheres.
  • Daly Beauty tested and loved Your Best Face’s Restore serum.

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Jul 212011

One of the few items that I picked up from Dior’s Blue Tie Collection for Fall 2011 is Dior Vernis Haute Couleur in Tuxedo ($21 #908).  This polish is deep blue with a metallic sparkle, and a hint of deep violet/periwinkle around the edges.  This is applied using CND Stickey basecoat and a Poshe topcoat.

Dior Blue Tie is similar in quality to the others in the line–it applies smoothly and requires only two coats to get to a satisfying opacity.  Love.

 Here is some comparisons with Dior’s Tuxedo, from left to right:  Butter London’s Big Smoke (reviewed here), Chanel Nuit de Russie, Chanel Blue Satin, Le Metier de Beaute’s Midnight Rendevous (reviewed here), and Lancome Indigo Paris (former limited edition/no longer available).  Click to enlarge:

 Overall, Dior Tuxedo is most similar to Lancome Indigo Paris.  Dior Tuxedo swatches brighter and more blue than Lancome Indigo Paris.  Also, there is a very subtle violet/periwinkle in Tuxedo that is unlike the true French blue of Indigo Paris.  These are taken in sun with flash. Click to enlarge:

 Dior Tuxedo is a gorgeous color, with a great formula.  And yes, I may have enough shimmering blue nail polishes now that my Dior has arrived.

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