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 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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Aug 042014

Louboutin Red Swatches1I’ve had the chance to work with Rouge Louboutin ($50/available at Saks), the color of creative genius Christian Louboutin’s signature on his acclaimed shoe line (previews of Christian Louboutin Beauté are here and here). As previously discussed, the bottle for this polish is an extraordinary object d’art. Really, I’m beginning to love having it on my makeup table. Rouge Louboutin is available from,, Sephora and Neiman Marcus.

Christian Louboutin Beaute

I found the brush remarkably easy to use. The long spike feels like a magic wand, there’s a feeling of power and creativity with it my hand. The words “wingardium leviosa” did wander through my mind. The brush is soft and slightly shorter than usual, which made application beautifully easy and controlled. I was surprised–the long length and small brush head was so different. Yet I found the tall handle felt more like a makeup brush, which of course we’re all quite used to. Also, the short brush is softer than other lines, which allows it to splay out perfectly.

Rouge Louboutin18Rouge Louboutin is very pigment-rich. A single thin coat was completely opaque, erasing all traces of my natural nail color. At two coast, the magic is complete. Although I used no base, it softened some problems on some of my nails. The trademark Rouge Louboutin red shade is infused with a high-shine, so no topcoat was necessary.  In other words, Louboutin nail polish does for my nails what Louboutin heels do for a women’s form.  It makes everything look amazing. Two coast, no base or topcoat:

Louboutin Red Swatches5

Although not advertised as such, I’m going to go out on a limb and tell you that this polish has extraordinary longevity. Last evening, I sent out forty-eight emails, and my nails looked shiny and perfect afterwards. This has never happened with any other polish (that isn’t a baked-on gel) without any topcoat.Diving into some unpacked boxes this morning, my nails emerged without a chip.

Louboutin Red Swatches6Rouge Louboutin is a beautiful rich red, a match for Louboutin’s signature color. Even if other colors are close, I cannot think of any matches for this gorgeous formula (especially its durability). I did some comparisons just for fun, with Chanel Dragon, Cinema and Pirate. I also threw in a Sephora Formula X that I got in a free birthday shipment.

Louboutin Red Swatches4

This is so beautiful. I think I’m in love. Rouge Louboutin is available from, Sephora,, and Neiman Marcus.

Rouge Louboutin15

Christian Louboutin Beauté sent this bottle 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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May 112014

Here’s what three things I’m obsessed with this week…. 1. The Clio Awards:  Anyone who watches “Mad Men” knows that ad agencies have the Oscars-like excellence awards called The Clios.  Recently, the organization posted its picks for 2014 populated by many fashion and beauty brands, including this ad for Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Mascara:

I  thought this one for Hermes Sport was charming:

Chanel won an award for its Inside Chanel series–here’s just one from this multi-part series:

2. Print Your Own Makeup: Will 3D printer technology advance to the point where we no longer need makeup companies and can be our own artists? Will one day we be swapping formulas, color story ideas, and how to get just the right color lipstick for to enhance our own original beauty? Dare to dream, this recent announcement sheds some hope!

b455d840-d61c-11e3-9b45-8b9569144a85_Bm7PscLCEAA2_0cAnd I thought that I was becoming high-tech by buying the Sephora by OPI gel light yesterday, to save my nails from the many trials of nail care on the road. If true, I cannot wait to experiment with 3D printing for beauty.

I’d be the very first to sign up.

zuca 3.Makeup for the Long-Term Traveller:  As regular readers may know, I’m in a travel transition mode to the East Coast. I’m currently living in temporary quarters until my home back East is ready. As you know, it’s not just makeup but skincare, nails, brushes, hair products and tools. Oh, my! Zuca bag2 Given the length of time that I’ll be unsettled, I gave up on my dream of living out of a small makeup bag for the next few months. I love what I use, and know from my months in Paris that I want plenty of choices when I can get them. I  decided to go with a Zuca Artist rolling bag. It has side pockets galore and opens in the front like a refrigerator (but isn’t nearly as big, I promise!) Zuca bag1 The system uses a series of smaller inserts that allow me to categorizes things easily. All in all, I’m finding this a lovely solutions. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to know more about this, and I can do a review of the bag. This post includes an affiliate link (see About Cafe Makeup)

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May 042014

Dior Pandore Addict Stick1 Dior’s Addict Fluid Stick ($35) is a new range of liquid lipstick that, at first, I tried very hard to ignore. I was under a mis-impression that the formula was nice but I was unsure whether any of the colors would work. I was so, so wrong. After an hour at a local counter, I think the only problem with this range is that nearly all of the colors work on a wide variety of skin tones. Who can get just one? Dior Pandore Addict Stick2 I’m starting my collection with Dior Fluid Stick in Pandore, a lovely pink-red. Although I know that I’ll be branching out very soon to get several more. Dior Pandore Addict Stick3 Pandore is a rich, bright, gorgeous red that can be worked into any season. Anyone that loves neutral makeup as much as I do will find that Pandore offers a perfect touch of brightening color that is always appropriate. Here is the doe foot applicator, which is quite easy to use: Dior Pandore Addict Stick4I’ll give the bottom line early (spoiler alert!)–Dior Addict Fluid Sticks are a gorgeous, gorgeous formula. I need at least two more–a pink and a nude. Maybe a deep color as well.  The quality is beautiful, and these look amazing on. Liz prefers to wear this more sheerly, and I prefer to load up the doe-foot for  a full force red. Here’s Liz’s lighter touch with Dior Pandore: Dior Pandore Addict Stick5 And a quick, rich swatch…. Dior Pandore Addict Stick6 Overall, we’re loving Dior Pandore. And I’m loving this new formula. Below, Liz is wearing Dior Fluid Stick in Pandore, Nars Lost Coast eyeshadow duo, Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation in #20, and Nars Olympia Contour Blush.

Liz Nars Contour Powders1a

Dior Addict Fluid Sticks are available at, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Macy’s.

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