Aug 252015
 

Nars Luxenbourg Satellite of Love Casino

Liz created this beautiful late-summer look with Nars Casino Bronzer and Satellite of Love highlighting blush to sculpt her cheeks. She placed a bit of the Casino bronzer in the hollows of her cheek, then topped Satellite of Love highlighting blush on her upper cheek.

She completed the look with  Nars Luxembourg lip pencil.

Such a simple look.  So simply beautiful.

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Nars Casino bronzer is available at Nordstrom, Nars online, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus.

Nars Satellite of Love highlighting blush is available at Nordstrom, and Nars online,

Nars Luxembourg Satin lip pencil is available at Nordstrom,  Nars online, Sephora, Bloomingdales, Lord and Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Selfridges, and Neiman Marcus.

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Aug 142015
 

Estee Lauder Liquid Lip Potion 1

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Potions ($30) were newly introduced released last month. These high-pigment liquid lipsticks are comfortable, long-lasting, and with a moisture-rich formula. These are currently available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Sephora.

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Aug 062015
 

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I’m beyond excited. When this press release came in, I became torn between staring that these images and getting down to the business of sharing it. I want to include as much information as possible, because these images show the most beautiful lipsticks I’ve ever seen. Are you ready….?

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From Louboutin:  When Christian Louboutin captured the essence of his iconic Red Sole with Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour, he introduced to the world a new universe of beauty. With his innate sense of allure, playfulness and theatricality, his vision is to unveil women’s femininity and amplify their assets, not to correct their imperfections. Like a red line started with the iconic red sole which inspired a whole line of nail colour, once again, Rouge is source of inspiration for “something beautiful” as Christian Louboutin launches his first collection of lip colours.

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Jun 162015
 

Mac Huggable Summer '15

As you’ve probably heard, MAC Huggables are back for Summer 2015. With the first round, I did some major purchasing because I loved the formulas and colors (my original post on these is here).  I continue to use the colors from that former batch, as I loved the color selection and moisturizing feel. I was beyond excited to see these return for a summer round. These are currently available at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Selfridges UK and other MAC sources.

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Although I made two trips to my local MAC counter to see this newest release, in truth I find this summer’s version less enthralling in terms of the color choices. I started with a purchase of three–red Flaming Lips, peach Soft Talkin’, and neutral pink I’m In. Although the formula, texture, and overall moisturizing properties of the formula hasn’t changed and is equally wonderful, I found that there is only one color from this batch that I truly love–that is, the light pink I’m InFor some reason (I’ll speculate on this in a bit), this year’s color choices were a little “off” for me–even the sheer red Flaming Lips seemed to clash with my natural mauve lip tone. I think that the reason is that the colors from this summer’s release are very one-note. Sometimes a complex color that is a mix of warm and cools can work on many different skin tones and colors. These colors seem a bit simpler in tone–they will either work for you perfectly and harmoniously, or they won’t.

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I’m In, on the left, seems to be the perfect natural grab-and-go color for me. I purchased three of I’m In to wear throughout the year. Although the other colors are wearable, and I’ll get plenty of use out of them, they just aren’t as flattering as I’d like. Continue reading »

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This and That…

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Jun 162015
 

Here is some news for this week…

First of all, Giorgio Armani Beauty is having a 20% Friends and Family sale until June 29, 2015 on orders over $75 (free ship included):
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Some of my reach-for items over the past few months have been the Maestro liquid bronzer and the Luminessence CC Cream. I love both of these for summer.

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This is the perfect time to dive head-first into any Fluid Sheers that you’ve been wanting. You say “J Lo glow,” I say “Armani Fluid Sheers.” I’m very tempted to use this sale to pick up the ne Continue reading »

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Jun 012015
 

Nars Carmen 2aLiz had a great time working with Nars Audacious lipsticks, including Nars Audacious in Carmen ($32). Producer/director and digital genius @JaredFrazer took these images and made the accompanying video.

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I think Liz’s skin looks great here–she’s been using Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Creme as well as Chanel Lift Lumiere Foundation (shade: Ivoire). Also, she’s lined her eyes with Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Sycorax ($29) applied with with the Nars #47 Angled Eyeshadow Brush ($28).

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Liz chose Nars Audacious Carmen because it’s amazing (original review and swatches are here).
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A preview of the shade:

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The video is here:

Where to buy:

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Carmen ($32) is available at Nars online and Barneys New York (free ship with all purchases, no code required). It’s also in the Nars Vault sold at Sephora ($500).

Other products used:

Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Creme Hydration is available at Chanel.com, Nordstrom.com, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman.

Chanel Lift Lumiere foundation is available at Chanel.com, Nordstrom.com, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman.

Nars Dual Intensity in Sycorax ($29) is available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Bergdorf Goodman. Sycorax is also featured in the Nars Dual Intensity eyeshadow palette (why don’t you already own this?)

Nars Angled Eyeliner Brush #47 ($28) is available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, and Sephora.

Nars sent this lipstick to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup)

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Mar 152015
 
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NARS lip glosses in Guyane and Vent Sale ($26 each) are unusual shades in the makeup world. Although they look like quiet neutrals in the tube, both have a high pearl quality. The soft seashell beige-pink Guyana, and the white high-shine Vent Sale, are high-concept. Most will find that these are perfect for a “highlight” sheen on the center of the lip, perhaps over a matte or deep satin red. These are available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus.

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NARS Guyana is a warm beige with a pearly sheen. This shade has so much shine and pearl that I find it difficult to wear alone. It’s amazing over a neutral or peach lipstick, like Chanel Patchouli or any peach/ coral.

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NARS Vent Sale is a white silver highlight shade.

Nars Vent Sale Lip Gloss 1aThis applies a white metallic white pearl. If applied all over the lip, you will have a very high-fashion ’60’s runway look. I prefer to use this as NARS describes in its literature, a highlight in the center bottle lip while wearing lipstick.

Nars Vent Sale Lip Gloss 2aThese colors are the magic touch that we leave most wondering “how does she get that look?” The art is in the details, as all makeup lovers know. and NARS Guyana and Vent Sale glosses are those extra touches that make the look. Swatches:

NarsVent Sale1Here’s a swatch comparing the unusual NARS Vent Sale, compared to the only other “highlight” gloss that I have in my drawer–MAC Mirror from the Pedro Loucenco collection released last summer. As you can see, Mirror is more of a true silver, while NARS Vent Sale is a pearly silver white.

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I did a quick lip with Nars Vent Sale over Chanel Manic on the bottom lip so you can see how the highlight looks when applied over a darker shade.

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Bottom line, both NARS Guyana and Vent Sale are going to add a touch of artistry to your makeup stash. These are high fashion shades, and should be used carefully to enhance your look. Honestly, they are completely unique in my opinion–I don’t know of any other shade that has such as stunning dimension.

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Nars Guyane and Nars Vent Sale Lip Glosses are available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus.

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Feb 142015
 

A quick update:  It’s days like this when it makes me very happy to have started a blog back in . . . oh, my gosh…2009!  Has it been that long? With all of the transitions in my life, this blog (and you!) have been there.  It’s so wonderful to be able to send some thoughts–however incomplete, imperfect, and informal..and send them out into the world. It makes me genuinely happy. 

My house transition–while not complete–is progressing. The makeup room is ready for organization. It’s been very calming to unpack and organize my palettes, blushes, and lipsticks.  Although it’s not photographically pretty (yet), it’s been good to get things organized again with plenty of space. It’s sort of a symbol of a lot of things falling into place in my off-blog life as well.

makeup roomIn other news, I have to give MAC credit for releasing some adorable packaging with the MAC Toledo collection. These queenly-white items are based on the love story of an artist couple, and hit all the right “modern royalty” notes with me.  The stars of the collection in my mind are the lipsticks and glosses, which is no surprise as MAC seems to excel in those departments. I chose Oxblood and Opera lipsticks, Opera lipgloss, and Kindergarten Red blush.

MAC Toledo Oxblood

 

The packaging has a rubberized-Nars-like texture, which feel very cushy to hold. Sure, they’ll attract fingerprints, but they look adorable. There are some items still available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Macys.

Yves Saint Laurent Nu Palette 1

My Yves Saint Laurent Nu palette arrived. I know, I owe you swatches.  For now, enjoy these! This is a very “le smoking” themed-design.

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And inside, these neutral lovelies:

YSL Nu palette1These are still available at Nordstrom, Yves Saint Laurent, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. I don’t see this at Sephora, unfortunately.

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Is there an epic battle of neutral palettes going on, or what? Shu Uemura’s 16 Shades of Nude palette is now online for sale. Here are some “in real life” pictures on Rouge Deluxe. I just noticed this is now for sale on Shu Uemura’s website. There’s a 15% off code now SHEEP (through 2/20/15).

I hope you are having a lovely weekend. It’s a balmy 28 degrees outside right now-just kidding! I’m going for my second cup of something warm.

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Jan 132015
 

Clarins lip oil08Clarins Lip Comfort Oil ($23/0.1 oz./limited edition) seems perfectly suited to this time of year. Baby, it’s cold outside. Of course, this French line is a skincare specialist and so I was drawn to try this out when I noticed it at a local counter. It comes in two colors (01 Honey (yellow tint) and 02 Raspberry (pink tint)) and the product is now becoming available at Clarins sources, including Nordstrom, Macys, and Clarins online (by the way, if you register with Clarins.com, they are very generous with their special offers and sample kits).

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According to Clarins, this little lip-saver is formulated to “transforms lips from dry and damaged to plump and luscious while adding just a hint of color. The formula nourishes, soothes and enhances the natural way, with oils of mirabelle plum, jojoba and hazelnut for lips that look comfortable and appear fuller. Its innovative gel-like, non-sticky texture hugs your pout in gorgeous color.” It does do a lovely job moisturizing and re-conditioning lips. It smooths out lip lines beautifully, re-conditions this delicate area, and does make my lips feel so much healthier.

Clarins lip oil04aAt $23, the price runs about the price of a lipgloss and the container includes roughly the same amount of product. The is fairly modest for a skincare item–I foresee using this tube up by March quite easily. The formula is very sticky and extremely long-lasting. I have trouble having any gloss last more than an hour (or two), but the Clarins Lip Comfort Oil gave me a good four hours. Because of the sticky texture, if you walking through a stiff wind, it’s ponytail time. Then again, if you are walking in the wind it’s probably ponytail time anyway.

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The formula starts out very, very shiny and sheer over either bare lips or lipstick. After an hour or so, the formula mellows to give my lips a moisturized, semi-gloss look. Eventually, it absorbs and leaves softer, line-free lips behind. The formula works very well over lipstick, there did not seem to be any significant color shift.

Clarins lip oil02The applicator is a big, spongy paddle. You can dab it on or use it as a gloss, or close your lips over it as you move it from side to side (dab, dab, dab).

I don’t believe that the color difference is terribly distinct between the raspberry and honey colors–the honey is slightly yellow/orange, and the raspberry is slightly pink.  As someone with mauve-toned lips I went with pink. The scent is a very strong sweet candy, which takes a bit of time to fade.

Clarins lip oil14aSome may be considering whether to buy the Clarins Lip Comfort Oil versus the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask.

Bite lip products05 copyHere are my thoughts on the comparisons:

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  • The packaging of the Clarins Lip Oil is far more purse friendly. The Clarins big square top fastens with a satisfying click, and placing it in any side pocket in a purse will keep the large square top from turning. The little cap on the Bite Beauty has fallen off a few times in my travel kit (although the product hasn’t splooged out, I think it’s only a matter of time).

 

  • Bite Beauty’s formula seems more moisturizing and conditioning to me, and the product comes in different colors (clear, Champagne, and Smashed Agave (the Beauty Look Book has reviewed Champagne and Smashed Agave so that you can see how strong the colors are). Clarins’ colors are very sheer by comparison, and can be easily layered under or over lipstick.

 

As long as we’re talking balms, those who prefer premium formulas in a pot will prefer Tatcha’s Camellia Nouring Lip Balm ($36)…Tatcha camillia lip balm05

 

Or By Terry’s Baume de Rose ($60)…but I don’t want to get too far off course. This post is about Clarins Lip Oil.

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Overall, I believe that Clarins Lip Oil fills a niche in the beauty world–the portability and packaging are lovely. The scent, sticky texture, and small quantity are some of the factors to consider. However, the convenience factor is huge. It’s nice to tuck this little bit of luxury into my down jacket on the way to a long, cold commute to allow my lips to live another day.

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Clarins Lip Oil is available at Nordstrom, Macys, and Clarins online, and is limited edition. Ingredient list (click to enlarge):

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Jan 112015
 

Sephora marsala01Happy 2015! Sephora’s Pantone Color of the Year is Marsala, a wearable shade that is office-friendly and flattering on many skin tones. To commerate, Sephora has gathered an entire range of products from different lines that fit within this beautiful neutral. In addition, Sephora has put together its own items built around the Marsala color story. These include the Sephora +Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette ($39) and the Sephora +Pantone Universe Pure Marsala Matte Lip Creme ($18). The eyeshadow palette is sold out online at present, but there were four or five at my local Sephora on Friday (so hopefully there will be some in yours as well).

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These items are packaged in a marsala-toned metallic-colored finish that actually very pretty. The eyeshadow palette is lightweight, slim and highly functional. Although it won’t keep the packaging designers for Marc Jacobs or Tom Ford all night, their simple design is reflected in this highly affordable price point.

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If you want my honest opinion, I think that the line put the money into the product not the packaging. At $39 and $18 respectively, that’s a good call. The quality of the product to the applied to the eye and lips is surprisingly good. The pigmentation, texture, and range of colors and textures is outstanding.

Sephora marsala07As you can see, there are different textures of Marsala-toned colors in the top center. Surrounding these are a range of beautiful colors that coordinate nicely. I found that these applied beautifully–the texture is soft, does not kick up a lot of dust, and are a breeze to apply and blend. If you are heading to the stores today, you’ll want to stop by your Sephora and try out the tester.

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Swatches:

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The Sephora Marsala eyeshadow palette was swatched with the NARS Artistry Smudge Brush #45 #45 ($28)(reviewed here), which is a pretty awesome brush. I did an eye with the Wayne Goss #6 brush ($25) and found that the colors applied and blended very impressively. For the price, this Sephora eyeshadow palette is a steal.

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The Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala lipstick ($18) is a nice reddish-brown neutral that is semi-matte.

Sephora marsala06Swatch of the lipstick:

Sephora marsala14I attempted a lip swatch to give you a sense of the color:

sephora marsala lipstick4The good news is that those gorgeous geniuses at Sephora have provided Cafe Makeup with a fresh never-used eyeshadow palette and lipstick for giveaway!  Fun, right? If you’d like a try, you must leave a comment here on Cafe Makeup through the Rafflecopter form for one point (only once for the entire contest, please). If you’d like additional points, you can voluntarily tweet about the giveaway for another point (you are limited to one tweet per day) through the Rafflecopter form below. The comment is mandatory to enter, the tweet is not.

Note that the tweet must be through the Rafflecopter form. 

The contest is open the U.S. readers only and ends on Friday 1/16/15 at 12:00 am Eastern time.

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Good luck to everyone!! Sephora marsala03 Sephora marsala02 These items were provided to Cafe Makeup without charge for review and give-away. This post includes affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup)

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