Aug 312011
 

1.  L’Occitane Verbena Body Salt Scrub ($36) This is the best body scrub I’ve used in a while. It has a very intense, natural lemon scent. It smells soooo good—- honestly, it changes my entire day when I use this.

2.  NARS Multiple in Malibu came in this Sweet Disposition set.  This is a deep burgundy with a bronzy blue tint.  These deep tones look so good in late summer.  Because this has an overall cool tone, it looks good with soft silver and cool taupe eyeshadows.

3. I pulled this Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Palette in Steel Black (reviewed here) from my stash and found it makes a great, soft and flattering look.  Using the outside ring of soft cool taupe, and a touch of the lightest shade as a highlight, it looks like I tried much harder than I actually did.

 4.  Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (reviewed here) makes a great dry oil for fast skin and hair conditioning.  Sometimes I put it into my hair for an hour in the morning while I’m reading or doing other things.  By shower time, it rinses out very cleanly and leaves my hair very soft.

5. Burberry Nude Rose lipstick (reviewed here) is an effortless way for a smooth, polished look.

So, what are you loving right now? I’d love to learn…

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Aug 292011
 

For the past few weeks, I’ve become ridiculously lash-obsessed.  During my quest for perfect fringe, I was introduced to a new line of false lashes, Faux, which has just launched an online website.  Faux’s philosophy is to provide gorgeous, sexy, high quality, very affordable and green-conscious lashes.

These lashes are beautifully made.  There are several different collections available.  I received two options from their Luxe line, which have a criss-cross feathery effect.  The ones above and below are Audrey ($16):

Liz tried on Audrey:

Because this was our first attempt to ever use a false lash, we were pleased to find these very flexible and easy to use (apologies, we cut Audrey a bit too short for our experiment, the actual lash is quite a bit longer).  We used clear Duo glue (not included); for this experimental picture we did not add eyeliner yet. This is how the lash looks on the eye without any added mascara.  We did give it a quick curl with a Shu Uemura curler before we took the picture. We both felt that Audrey gave a gorgeous look.

This is Sasha ($16), also from the Luxe line:

One more close-up of Sasha, which I think is just a gorgeous lash.  We’re going to try these on next:

The third is from the Runway Collection, called Diamonds ($12), which are studded with tiny black diamante beads:

Serious party lashes:

Overall, Liz and I were very impressed with the high quality, affordable price and overall glamorous look of Faux lashes.  The feel like very well-made lashes, easy to use and well-designed.  We’re looking forward to playing more with them, but wanted to give you this preview in case you’d like to play too.

Here’s a tutorial to help you put them on:

We also found Lisa Eldridge’s tutorial helpful as well.

Disclosure:  Faux Lashes sent these to Cafe Makeup without charge for review.

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Aug 282011
 

Dior’s new 3-Couleurs Smoky Palettes have begun arriving in stores.  I’ve a few on order, but picked up this one in Smokey Pink ($48/ #051).  As much as a I love Dior’s 5-color eyeshadows, I must admit that I’ve never used more than three shades at a time.  Dior’s packaged three coordinating shades for about $10 less per palette, in a space-saving size, which is a nice compromise.  Promotional pictures of all of the shades are here on Fab Over Forty.

Outside of the palette:

The top lid slides back to reveal a pop-up mirror and the three color pans, with two applicators:

Smoky Pink has a matte gray, a metallic gray-silver and a soft pink matte base color:

Dior did not skimp on eyeshadow quality–these are nice.  Although cool-toned, Smoky Pink is extremely flattering on my pale, NC15/Chanel Cameo-Ivoire skintone.  The palette could not be easier to use.  I did an easy eye with three steps today:

- First, use the base color all over the lid

- I smudged the matte gray into the crease and a touch in the outer corner

- I used the metallic in the inner corner

The result was really gorgeous.  Sorry, I hope that doesn’t sound stuck-up, but it really made the most of my natural coloring and it was really smooth and pretty.  If you want more application ideas, the palette comes packed with some:

 

Swatches of the three shades in Smoky Pink:

Fall 2011 seems to be having a matte gray moment–here’s a comparison with the matte gray from Dior Smoky Pink and Chanel Gris Exquis (reviewed here).  Although not precise duplicates, they were quite close and I’m not sure that one needs both in one’s collection:

Here is a comparison of the shimmery gray silver from Dior’s Smoky Pink with a true silver (here, Shu Uemura ME Silver 950), as well as two silver-gray metallics–Chanel Starlight and Dior Argentic single eyeshadows:

As you can see, none are duplicates of the silver in Smoky Pink.

I just purchased Smoky Pink yesterday and have fallen in love with it so far. I’ll post reviews of the other Dior 3-Couleur Smoky palettes as soon as they arrive.

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Aug 282011
 

Bobbi Brown Rich Color Eye Shadow in Sand Dune ($24 /#1) from her Marrakesh Chic collection is a sheer shimmery warm oyster-toned highlighter.

Sand Dune is one of the few shimmery shades in Bobbi Brown’s limited edition Rich Color Eye Shadow series (there is a light pink and a deep violet that are also shimmery). Sand Dune seems a welcome edition to this otherwise deep, largely suede-textured line, for that all-important inner-color highlight or browbone touch to add dimension.

 

Here are some swatch comparisons with some other light-toned shimmery shades in my collection:  MAC Femme Fi (limited edition, but subject to frequent re-release), Nars Abyssinia, and Chanel Lotus.  Just for fun, I added some opaque shimmers so that you could compare the sheerness factor–here, Bobbi Brown Chrome Eyeshadow in Pewter and Guerlain Sable Blonde (limited edition, no longer available).

Another, same shades:

One last, same shades:

Like the other colors in Bobbi Brown’s Rich Color series, Sand Dune is a great basic, believable highlighter shade.  Once you tell the waxy pigment that you are serious about picking up the pigment (use a stiff-bristled brush), it gives plenty of pigment.  As appropriate for a highlighter, there is a sheerness and lightness to the texture that prevents the force-field, metallic foil that can look dated (or perhaps, just a bit Jersey-licious).

I really like Bobbi Brown’s Rich Color series, and Sand Dune is a good addition to any collection.  As with the other shadows, I’ll express a bit of confusion about the limited-edition status of the shadows–all are good basics that seem like staples that can be used for years.

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