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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Sep 072014

Temptu AIrbrush System review04Previously, Cafe Makeup reported on our very positive out-of-the-box experience with the Temptu Airbrush System (our previous review is here).

Temptu AIrbrush System5

We genuinely love the effect that we can get with the foundations–it’s gorgeous, really.

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If you want to try the system for yourself, Temptu is offering 20% of a Temptu Airbrush System with the code “CAFEMAKEUP.”  There are a few choices of systems from which to choose.

Temptu 5We hope that you enjoy yours as much was we enjoy ours!  Remember to use the code “CAFEMAKEUP” to get the discount (this offer expires September 13, 2014). Cheers!

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Sep 072014

NIP FABa1Who doesn’t love finding a fabulous little product that doesn’t cost much?  Lately, I’ve been working my way through a jar of Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads (about $13 at This jar of 60 pre-soaked pads uses glycolic acid (2.8%) to retexture and resurface skin and witch hazel to tone. It also includes hyaluronic acid and blue daisy for brighter, smoother skin.

NIP FABa2The ingredient list is:

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Alcohol Denat. (SD Alcohol 40-B), Disodium EDTA, Globularia Alypum (Blue Daisy) Extract, Panthenol, Lactic Acid, Parfum, Limonene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral

NIP FAB3The plastic container has been keeping these pretty fresh (I use two per day), and this can easily be popped into a checked bag for unbreakable exfoliation on the road. These are gentle, but effective. My skin doesn’t feel dry afterwards, and seems to look fresher and brighter. For this price point, these are a steal. At Ulta.

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Sep 072014

MAC at Prabal Gurung (upcoming collaboration collection details are here and here):


Despite the upcoming makeup collaboration with these two lines, it appears that makeup was kept quite minimal and none of the collaboration products were used. According to WWD, the skin was perfected with MAC’s Studio Finish Skin Corrector. After sweeping Sculpting Powder across the cheekbones, forehead, nose and chin, it was applied to the eyelids, blending it out to the temple. Lashes were curled but no mascara was used, and  Clear lip glass was used on lips. prabal-bsb09

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Lancome at Jason Wu:


Diane Kendal, working with Lancôme at the show, prepped skin with Absolue L’Extrait Serum Ultimate Rejuvenating Concentrate Elixir and Ultimate Radiance Mist before applying Lancôme’s Nude Miracle Liquid to Powder Makeup. After applying La Base Hydra Glow on the cheekbones, she added a bit of highlighter down the nose and at the top of the cheekbones.


She curled lashes but eschewed mascara, applying Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base in Sienne and Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee for a soft smoky eye. She kept lips matte and bare, opting for an application of L’Absolu Rouge in La Base.

_MIC7412Some nails (mostly whites and near-whites so far!). Here is Deborah Lippmann Amazing Grace and Fade to Black at Kate Spade:

DSC_0133-1200x800Jin Soon Choi at Tess Giberson used  JINsoon Power Coat, then two coats of JINsoon Kookie White,  and topped with JINsoon Matte Maker.

DSC_0033-1200x797Jin Soon Choi used Sally Hanson Complete Salon Manicure to dash marks like tribal face paint on nails at Prabal Gurung in Teesta Turquoise; King of Shadows, a peachy orange, and Kashmir Valley, a dusky lavender:




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Sep 072014


NARS created the look for the Alexander Wang SS ‘15 runway show. Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics created a strong, clean look “with moisturized skin paired with accentuated highlighting and contouring to bring out the strength of the girl’s features.”


The key products used to create the look are:

NARSSkin Luminous Moisture Cream (Liz and I prefer the oil-free gel version for our combination skin).
NARSSkin Optimal Brightening Concentrate
Radiant Creamy Concealer (reviewed here, still loving this).
Sheer Glow Foundation (loving this in Deauville)

Cappadoce Matte Multiple (swatched here)
Left side of Craving Dual-Intensity Blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try Copacabana Multiple)

Via Appia Larger Than Life® Long-wear Eyeliner
Iskandar Eye Paint
Cappadoce Matte Multiple layered with South Beach Multiple


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