Saturday, April 30, 2011

My Kudos to Bobbi Brown for Using Real Models

I saw a picture of an upcoming collection while browsing the net. The Bobbi Brown models are always beautiful. Always gorgeous, always of all ages. What struck me in this particular picture is that the model, while being of a different skintone and ethnicity, looks like me. Her face is crooked. Everyone's is but some are more noticible than others. Mine much more noticible than this beauty; however, I felt just a little bit better about myself seeing someone else who isn't perfect.

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While on a trip up the Alcan Highway when I was 12, I broke my face. Well, half my face. We were in the middle of nowhere so I had no medical attention. I have one eyelid that is droopier and my brows don't match, (whose do? nobody's!), my cheekbones are different and while most of the changes from side to side are small, my eyes are very noticible.

So I was encouraged seeing this model whose eyes are noticibly different, not at all to the degree mine are but still, it's there!! There is much rejoicing at my keyboard as I feel that imperfections can be glorified.

By the way, if you haven't checked out the new Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colors with SPF 12 yet, you really should. I've purchased three, (review coming), and they are BY FAR the most comfortable lipsticks I've ever worn. The coverage is fabulous, the feel is fabulous and the wear is fabulous. Really! Check them out next time you're in a store with sells them.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Swatches! With OPI Silver Shatter!!

If you're on my Twitter feed, you know I've been dying to get my grubby little paws on the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Collection and in particular, the Silver Shatter. I have whined, whined, whined ad nauseum and now the lovelies are mine. They were worth the wait.

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I hurried to do swatch pictures for you, so they're not the prettiest, but give you a little bit of an idea of what the colors will look like. I also learned something about Silver Shatter and it's difference from Black Shatter and I think it's important to know this before you do a full manicure with it. Silver Shatter is best applied in a THICK coat, which shatters in larger particles, ESPECIALLY when applying over a light color. Otherwise, as you'll see in my pictures, it can look like a shimmering top coat with not enough differentiation between the silver and the light color. You want high contrast between the Silver Shatter and the light base in order to really be able to see the color underneath.

My preeeeeciousssssss....
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Here's some pictures in the bottles of the Pirates of the Caribbean Collection, left to right:

Steady As She Rose and Stranger Tides

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Mermaid's Tears and Skull & Glossbones

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Planks A Lot, Sparrow Me the Drama, Silver Shatter

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I swear as I anticipated this collection, it grew and grew in my mind and I thought there would be about 12 colors and it would be overwhelming. Happily, it's just six plus the Shatter. I can manage that. I can even swatch that many on just two hands!!

In the following pictures, I am wearing Sparrow Me The Drama on my index finger. It's a beautiful mid toned rose. The middle finger is Steady As She Rose, which is a light mauvey rose. The ring finger is Planks A Lot, a medium depth dusty purple. Each finger has two coats. Two coats achieved opacity.

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I applied the Silver Shatter over the fingers and just to see what it would do, I applied it over my pinky finger alone. On the pinky, it's just a nice silver finish.

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Extreme close-up. Boom!
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So now that you've seen my left hand, I'll show you the right. On the index finger and middle finger is Skull & Glossbones. Is there a cooler name anywhere? It is a light creamy grey. The ring finger boasts Stranger Tides, a light slightly dusty toned pea green. The pinky finger is covered in Mermaid's Tears, a medium dusty green.

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And then, enter OPI Silver Shatter!

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All six colors are colors I will wear. I haven't worn a green to this point, but I love the dustiness of these colors and how well they look together in a group. It makes me all the more excited for when the movie comes out in May. And, yes, I am wearing my hands like this for several days because as wierd as it may be to wear so many different colors, I'm kinda digging it. What shall I put on my thumbs?

Mac Fashion Flower Cremesheen Lipstick Ever Hip Review

Mac Ever Hip was originally released as a limited edition in the color story Liberty of London. It is being re-released as part of the new collection called Fashion Flower. Ever Hip is a cremesheen formula, which is comparable to a creamy more opaque lustre. I describe it that way because to me, the coverage isn't full but light on my lips. They don't wear as long as a satin, a matte or an amplified cream. I find I have to reapply a little more often to keep the coverage consistant and on my lips, these are best applied with liner or gloss to boost the wear time. But let's have a look, shall we?

First, these are my natural lips. Sadly lacking in color, they are a pale plummy color, with some red bits here and there. Not much to look at on their own.



Even smiling doesn't help boost them very much.



Introducing Mac Ever Hip with a swatch so you can see what it looks like alone, on my skin and on my lips. In the tube, it is a gorgeous orange coral.



It goes on a bit more sheer on the skin than it looks in the tube.



And here is where it gets interesting. Depending on your natural lip color, Ever Hip will wear more orange-coral or more pinky-coral on you. My light plum lips take it more pinky-coral.





The following is the most accurate picture of Ever Hip on me, colorwise, but the right side is shadowed by my camera. Most unfortunate, but that's how photography goes.



This post is dedicated to the lovely Kristie at NaturalNChicMakeup. You can find a link to her blog on my blogroll and I urge you to check it out.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sneak Peak at OPI Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Silver Shatter

Beware the watch cat!! She guards those who venture to the sea in search of all things polish. Arrrrg, matey!

This is the lineup of the OPI Collection Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and the accompanying Silver Shatter. Swatches and reviews are coming VERY soon! As soon as the pictures are chosen. Now doesn't that just float your boat?


Monday, April 25, 2011

Guest post on My Lips But Better - Chanel Mimosa

Check it out here: http://mylipsbutbetter.com/2011/04/mellow-yellow-nails-with-chanel-mimosa/

In the meantime, this is my travel day and I'll be back home tomorrow and updating thru out the week. Would you like to see four of my companions while I was in Austin?


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Guest Blogger Post on My Lips But Better

I am honored to guest blog for Katie who runs the website My Lips But Better. She's a thoroughly enjoyable person to talk to and I really enjoy reading her blog. Check out my post on some new Chanel lipsticks here

Channel Summer 2011 Glossimers Aurore, Pink Peony, Pensee Swatches and Review

There are three new Glossimers released for the Chanel Summer 2011 color story called Collection Les Fleurs d'Ete de Chanel. These three glossimers retail in the US for $28.50 wherever Chanel is sold. They are fairly sheer once on the lips and add shimmery sparkle.

From left to right, we have Aurore, Pink Peony and Pensee.



At first, I wasn't sure these Glossimers were different enough to prior editions to warrant a purchase, but when I compared them with others, I was sure I had nothing else like them. My favorite is the one I left at the counter on my first trip...Pensee. I purchased Naakar, which I adore during the previous offering of Glossimers and felt the love of the one coral would be enough.

However, my color curiosity peaked when I thought about if it would make any difference to my new Rogue Coco Shine in Rebelle to wear Pensee over it. Being a pushover for sales personnel, I took a trusted friend who I knew would tell me if it added anything or if I could still leave it at the counter. People, let me tell you, the sheer coral sparkly sheen over the top of Rebelle was fabulous!!! Even my thrifty friend said it was a must have!! The combination of Rebelle and Pensee is the most awesome coral for this summer season.

Even though these glossers apply sheerly, I'd urge you to give them a try as they provide must the oomph you need to turn a good lipstick into a great set of lips.

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