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 102014
 

Skincare Sunday3I’ve been hearing about Charlotte Tillbury’s Magic Cream for so long, and am pleased to report that it is finally coming to the U.S. via Beautylish. There’s a 24-hour pre-order window today if you’d like to reserve one for purchase. Given that the cream has sold out internationally in the past, I suppose that it’s nice to know that yours is reserved. If you miss the window, I’m presuming that the product will be made permanent.

Skincare Sunday7I was fortunate enough to receive a review-sized version as a give from Wayne Goss (thank you Wayne!!). Overall, this is a luxe moisturizing multi-tasker that Charlotte Tillbury has been using on her clients for years. As she says:

The BioNymph Peptide Complex is a unique, patented anti-age ingredient that multi-tasks in the skin, fighting the ageing process on all fronts. It increases collagen & fibre levels, prevents fibre break-down, fights free radicals and stimulates cell energy to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin elasticity & generally smooth things over.

Sodium Hyaluronate forms a film of hyaluronic acid over the skin to seal in moisture, whilst extracts of Wild Pansy promote the renewal of hyaluronic acid in the skin surface to retain moisture. Skin is plumped-up and youthfully dewy.

A mix of rose hip oil, camellia oil and anti-oxidant vitamin E transforms a grey complexion into hydrated, mirror-shine skin, nourishing Vitamin A helps improves skin firmness and smoothness and energetic Vitamin C is able to promote collagen activity for more youthful skin.

Damask rose water and organic aloe vera stimulate skin regeneration, fighting the signs of ageing, naturally and gracefully.

Extracts of Frangipani, the symbol of eternity, form a soothing, purifying and hydrating comfort-blanket on the skin.

When Charlotte’s Magic Cream is applied to skin, it gives it a fabulous youthful glow.  Really, it’s very pretty by itself and adds a lovely glow under foundation as a primer. It gives a glow comparable to Tom Ford’s Illuminating Primer, but Charlotte’s Magic Cream is richer in texture (meaning that Tom Ford’s feels lighter, and not quite as deeply moisturizing). Certainly, Charlotte’s Magic Cream would work as an overnight moisturizer although with an SFF 15 rating (including UVA protection), it’s clearly geared for daytime wear as well. Tom Ford’s Primer is clearly, well, a primer. The Charlotte’s Magic Cream does have a scent, which is of course quite the norm for luxury products that are born in Europe.

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Overall, now that I’ve been introduced to this lovely cream, I’m going to continue to use this generous sample to look for longer-term results. For now, I would say that anyone with dry skin, or those looking for anti-aging benefits, should investigate this cream. It feels lovely, luxe, and illuminating.  Ingredient list (click to enlarge):

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Aug 092014
 

Temptu AIrbrush System1

We’ve always been curious about using airbrush makeup systems. Whether watching a pro, or watching a live demonstration, Liz and I have wondered whether airbrush system give a better result and how manageable such systems are. When Temptu offered us a chance to try their system, we took the chance. We opened up the Temptu Flawless Complexion Kit ($170). The company included two foundation colors (the lighter Ivory and medium Beige), Washed Rose Blush, and Champagne Highlighter.

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Neither of us had any experience with airbrush systems, but the Temptu was quite easy to put together.

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Basically, the air compressor (which runs from the power from the AC Adapter) pushes air through the brush’s nozzle, to give you a extremely even, controllable application. The air compressor has a hose which is stuck into the brush:

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The hose connection to the brush:

Temptu AIrbrush System6Liz had things up and running in just a few minutes. The next step was to connect the Ivory foundation to the brush/nozzle by placing it into the brush device.

Temptu AIrbrush System7There was a little cap on the foundation that had to be removed, which allows the liquid foundation to flow from the pod into the brush.

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The same procedure works for the blush and highlighter.

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All together now.

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Liz found the brush surprisingly easy to use. Se was able to control the application and color very intuitively.

Temptu AIrbrush System review04This was our very first attempt. Liz used the darker Beige foundation color to contour. The highlighter and blush were a breeze.

Temptu AIrbrush System review05Liz swapped out the blush and highlighter pretty easily. The final results:

Temptu 5Considering that this was Liz’s first try, I think the results are quite flawless.  Overall, although the Temptu is used by professionals, we thought that it delivered excellent, perfected results by a non-pro. The colors were light, layerable, and delivered true airbrushed results.  These units are available at Temptu’s website.

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Temptu sent these products to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

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Aug 052014
 

L'Occitane Frisson de Verveine08L’Occitane has has beautifully refreshing L’Occitane Frisson Verbena collection released this summer, which I’ve been enjoying since taking these pictures a week ago. Actually, some of these have been true saviors in this humid August heat.

L'Occitane Frisson de Verveine01According to the line:

Among all the aromatic herbs that grow along the paths of Provence, there is one whose lemony freshness revives the body and mind. Its name is Verbena. When baskets are piled high with freshly harvested green verbena leaves, its distinctive fragrance fills the air around the markets of Provence. Discover our collection which includes fragrances as well as body and hair care.

I tested the Frisson de Verveine Eau de Toilette ($55), Hand Cream ($12), Fresh Shower Gel ($20), and the Cooling Ice Gel for Legs and Feet ($22).  

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The Frisson Verbena Eau de Toilette ($55/3.4 oz.) is a very light, soft, yet vibrant lemon and herb scent. The notes include lemon, bergamot, verbena and cucumber. It’s both sophisticated and light, it elevates my mood and reminds me of an afternoon in the beautiful French countryside. It’s more green than lemon, in a lovely way. The heavy glass bottle is a pleasure to use (or to gift).

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This is a light refreshing spray format, appropriate for putting into the refrigerator overnight for a cooling blast when needed. I found this soft scent lasted a good five or six hours on me.

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The Frisson Verbena Eau de Toilette comes packaged in a giftable box that is appropriate for either gender.

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The Frisson Verbena Hand Cream ($12/ 1 oz.) is a light, gel-textured moisturizer that’s heaven to use for a summer manicure/pedicure. It’s mixed with spring water for a light, but very effective, feel. It’s fabulous to put on mid-afternoon, the scent is subtle and very refreshing.

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The Frisson Verbena Fresh Shower Gel ($20/ 8.4 oz) is, in keeping with the rest of the aesthetic of this line, softly scented.  The feel is similar to other L’Occitane shower gels, it gives only slight foam and feels excellent on the skin. The scent does not linger long after use, so you can apply any of your other scents without interference.

L'Occitane Frisson de Verveine06Like the other products in this line, it is appropriate for either gender. The bottle is a squeeze type which allows the product to flow out easily if held upside down. The size is a generous 8.4 ounces.

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If you are in the mood for a lovely treat, I highly recommend the Frisson Verbena Ice Gel for Legs and Feet ($22/2.5 oz.). This cooling gel applies with a metal application and feels amazing. 

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The ice gel uses the same scent as the other products in the collection, although its a slight bit more intense in this formula (compared to the hand cream and shower gel). The applicator:

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This product uses a combination of cypress essential oil and althea officials.  It leaves arms, legs and feet with fresh, cooling moisture. Essentially, it makes your skin look better, has an beautiful fresh scent, and cools you down. Win, win, win. It would be nice if this item were made permanent.

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This collection is well worth a look. The Eau de Toilette and the Ice Gel were my favorites. Here are some online offers from L’Occitane if you prefer to have anything delivered.

Stride into Summer! Receive FREE tropical sandals with any $35 purchase. Use code TROPICAL. Valid 7/31-8/20/2014.

Getaway to Provence: Enjoy a travel set for $22 with any $45 Purchase! Use code GETAWAY. Valid 7/30-8/19/2014.

Make It A Divine Summer! Recieve a travel ready set FREE with any $125 purchase. Use code DIVINESUMMER! Valid 7/30-8/19/2014.

Softening Summer Shower Gels! Enjoy our Provencal jumbo sized shower gels FREE with any $125 purchase. Use code JUMBO. Valid 7/30-8/19/2014.

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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 Saks.com, Nordstrom.com, Sephora and Neiman Marcus.

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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:

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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.

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

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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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