Sep 132014

Here are a few more things that caught my eye at New York and London Fashion Week SS ’15

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Via @MAC_Caroline_D–new MAC Trend Forecast eye palette, 43 & 35 lashes, MAC Red Lipmix/Clear Lipglass mixture at Sibling.


At Proenza Schouler, MAC Eye Gloss (Pro) was used on a nude matte face:

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Over in make-up, Tom Pecheux decided to give the brows an element of play using Mac Cream Eye Shadows with a dash of powder eye shadow in a matching colour,

browsA similar vibe at Badgley Mischka…


At Michael Kors, featuring his own bronzer.

kors MAC at Zac Posen.


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….and a MAC video previewing some of their upcoming products.


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Sep 092014

090914-FWN-RODARTE1-superJumboEveryone is talking about the jewelry-pierced brows at Rodarte SS ’15, but here we’ll focus on the makeup. James Kaliardos for NARS Cosmetics created the look, “inspired by the idea of a beautiful, fresh face – youthful and vibrant.”


The key products used were:

NARSSkin Luminous Moisture Cream
NARSSkin Total Replenishing Eye Cream
Radiant Cream Compact Foundation
Radiant Creamy Concealer
Pressed Powder

St-Paul-De-Vence Duo Eyeshadow (NEW for Spring 2015; for now try Orgasm Multiple and the right side of Kuala Lumpur Duo Eyeshadow layered with the left side of Isolde Duo Eyeshadow)

Right side of St-Paul-De-Vence Duo Eyeshadow (NEW for Spring 2015; for now try the right side of Kuala Lumpur Duo Eyeshadow layered with the left side of Isolde Duo Eyeshadow)
Fervor Dual-Intensity Blush –for darker skin tones— (NEW for Spring 2015; for now try Unlawful and Taos Blush)
Left side of Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush (NEW for Spring 2015; for now Albatross Blush)
Larger Than Life® Lengthening Mascara
Rue Bonaparte Larger Than Life® Long-Wear Eyeliner

Barbara Audacious Lipstick
Vanessa Audacious Lipstick –for darker skin tones



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Sep 082014

1q1u_nars31philliplimss15artistinaction_1This one is too beautiful not to post. NARS created the look for the 3.1 Phillip Lim SS ‘15 runway show. Lead NARS Artist Francelle Daly explained her vision. “There is a lot of see-through transparency and airiness to the collection – I wanted that to come through in the makeup. My inspiration is sensuality; the way the morning light hits you as you wake up in your bedroom, with sensual skin 3. with rays of light. I highlighted the cheek bones, high planes of the face and the bridge of the nose to accentuate and bring out that glow in each girl.”


Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
Stick Concealer
Light Reflecting Setting Powder – Loose (love this!!)

Reckless Blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try New Order Blush)
Right side of Jubilation Dual-Intensity blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try South Beach Multiple)

Right side of Jubilation Dual-Intensity blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try South Beach Multiple)
Valhalla Single Eyeshadow (New for Spring 2015; for now try Nepal Single Eyeshadow)
Larger Than Life® Lengthening Mascara

Eyebrow Pencil
Brow Gel

Guyane Lip Gloss (New for Spring 2015; for now try Born This Way Lip Gloss)

Zakynthos Nail Polish


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Aug 182014

simplehuman01Designer simplehuman has just released two Sensor Mirrors that are really worth a strong look. For the past several years, I’ve played with the idea of getting a lighted mirror installed in my makeup-application area. As someone who is into photography and really sensitive to light colors, crisp images, and good design, I’ve never found something just perfect. I’m so glad that I waited. Little did I know that the geniuses at simplehuman were  designing something that really is perfect for the job.

simplehuman03To digress a bit, I’ve owned a simplehuman trash can for at least six years, ever since my husband insisted that our dog stay out of our trash. Neither one of us having the bandwidth to watch him 24/7, I got one of simplehuman’s for its simple, functional design that meshed well with the brushed metal appliances in our kitchen. Although my husband balked at the price (“you spent what on a trash can?”), even he now admits it was money well spent. It looks brand new years later despite years of abuse, is easy to clean, and looks 1000x better in our kitchen than most of the others out there (and our dog has stayed out of trouble the entire time because, well, dogs will be dogs).


This was originally shipped to my home in California, then to my home on the East Coast. I was worried about its fragility, but I needn’t have. This is shipped in a protective shell that absorbed every jiggle along the way.Do you know how terrible it is to be very excited for a new thing, only to have it arrive nicked or broken? Heartbreaker!  I’m sorry to be geeking out on the design but I have to hand it to simplehuman in the packaging arena-well done!   Also, the light comes with a five-year warranty. (Can simplehuman design a hair dryer right now?)

simplehuman04The simplehuman Sensor Mirror ($200) is sort of like the iPhone of beauty mirrors. This is the perfect weight and size–it’s extremely well machined, it’s heavy enough to stay put by itself, is intuitive to use, and provides the perfect amount and color of light for close-up, perfected beauty work. It’s adjustable in all the right ways, but not too much and without any gimmicky extenders or no-slip pads that just to attract dust and look terrible. It has a clean, beautiful design.

simplehuman07The simplehuman Sensor Mirror comes with everything. The light charges via either a USB input or wall plug. Which means you don’t have messy cords on your makeup table. Also, your light isn’t fighting with your dryer, straightener/curler, and Clarisonic for outlet space. Thank you! Although the company recommends a good seven-hour charge when it arrives, mine seemed to be fully charged after two (I left it charging overnight anyway, just to be safe).

The light tilts and can be raised and lowered:

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The simplehuman Sensor Mirror has flat on/off button on the bottom that only needs to be turned “on” once, given that the light is motion-sensitive. There is an indicator light along the bottom:

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The light glows green when the “on” button is first hit, it flashes while the unit is charging, and it glows steady when the unit if fully charged.

simplehuman17The light glows red when the unit is first turned “off,” and also when it needs to be charged.


I made this little video to show how the sensor light works. I’m sorry that the “light on” made my camera’s automatic mode freak out a bit, but this still gives you a good idea. I waved the light “on,” and then it automatically turned off in a bit when the light wasn’t being used.

Of course, the most important part of the simplehuman Sensor Mirror is the light. I’ve actually studied light a bit as a formal subject matter, and I can tell you that this description is both true and exactly what you’d want a makeup mirror to be:

At 600 lux, our tru-lux light system is more than twice as bright as the next best. We disperse the light evenly with a unique pattern of micro-reflectors throughout the ring — no light loss or hot spots.With a color rendering index (CRI) of 90, it closely simulates natural sunlight and contains the full color spectrum to show every detail. Looking good in this light means you will look flawless in any setting.

Here’s a video from simplehuman that explains the light:

The simplehuman mini version also comes in a mini-version ($130) that can be seen in this video:

I haven’t tried the smaller one. If I had to choose, I’m glad that I got the larger version. The mirror seems like the perfect size and shape. The surface allows me to see the entire look in the larger version. Unless you have a space/budget concern, I’d go for the larger size. I really like having the larger surface area.

Overall, I’m beyond happy with this mirror. It’s a revolutionary in that it’s exactly what is needed. The line has really focused on the end-user (which is exactly how it should be). This is available at Sephora.


This item was sent 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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Aug 132014

liz in oprah magazineIf you are an O Magazine reader, you might look at the cover story of O’s September ’14 issue on page 140 for a picture of Cafe Makeup’s owner and editor Liz, who got a haircut makeover by the magazine in June.

Labelle Day Spa Palo Alto StanfordI’ve always wondered if those magazine makeover features were real, and in this case we can personally verify that, O yes!, this one certainly was. In June, Liz got a haircut that earned her the name “Mrs. Brady” around the office (the back was even worse!). So much for “take off an inch with just a few layers near the face,” right? She had it done at LaBelle Day Spa in Palo Alto. This clearly required Oprah-level intervention to save it. Liz took a redeye to New York to get expert assistance by Garnier hair stylist Tommy Buckett. The change is entirely due to the cut, there are no added weaving or extensions. What do you think of the result?

Liz O magazineThe makeup was by Andrew Sotomayor.

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