Thursday, June 30, 2011

Dupe this Look: Barbie

After buying that new Sugarpill palette at IMATS last weekend, I just had to do a Barbie look. The Sugarpill Sweetheart palette has the most amazing and most pigmented pink called Dollipop, which was an inspiration to dupe a look from the most fabulous Doll around. I started with a Stila paint pot in Kitten to prime my eye. Then filled the inner corner in with Tako, the white eyeshadow and patted on Midori (the green) on my lid. I packed Sugarpill's loose pigment shadow in Darling over Midori to really bring out the teal. I blended Dollipop in the crease and MAC's Blanc Type on the brow bone. I used 1 and half sets of false lashes- one set on my upper lashline and one cut in half for my lower lashline to really make my eyes doll-like. I dusted Rock & Republic's shocking pink blush in Kinky on my cheeks and finished off with MAC's Pink Nouveu and Chanel's Pink Pulsion on my lips. What do you dolls think? Did I do Barbie justice? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Weekend Haul: IMATS Edition

This Saturday was the long anticipated IMATS Los Angeles. This was my second year attending the International Makeup Artist Trade Show, so while I knew what I was in for I still was not expecting the show to be this crazy. It took us an a little over an hour to get in since the Online Presale Ticket pick up wrapped all the way around the Civic Auditorium (they really need a better system for this). Once inside, the wait times for both MAC and Makeup Forever exceeded an hour each! I wasn't too disappointed, as I was looking forward to seeing a lot of the other makeup companies there. My first stop was Crown brushes, where i picked up 4 brushes, a powder brush, a small eyeshadow crease brush, a large fluff brush and an angled eyeliner brush- all for just under $20. I made my way to Kevyn Aucoin where I picked up his famous lash curler for just $10 (retails regularly at $20) and Dolline cheek blush for just $10 ($37 at regular price). I was also able to pick up a Sugarpill palette and loose pigment both at 30% off and Chantecaille lipgloss in Charm at 20% off the regular price. Lastly, I bought a Confidential tapered face brush at 10% off retail, which was already pretty cheap. I was able to get a lot of bulk disposable products that I use on clients as well (I wont bore you with pictures of those). Overall, it was a very successful IMATS experience this year. Did anyone else attend IMATS Los Angeles? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dupe this Look: Taylor Momsen

I love vintage Jenny Humphrey. You know, back before she went a little too heavy on the Jack Skeleton eyeliner? Right at her turn from Gossip Girl princess to grunge queen, Taylor Momsen walked the fine line between edgy punk and stylish. The look (picture left) was a gorgeous combo of a smokey eye and bold lip. Nothing too drastic, just enough to look tough and glam at the same time. To interpret this punk rock look, I started with a golden smokey eye using MAC's Carbon in both corners of my eye and Antiqued in the middle of the lid and blended duochrome Club in the crease. I didn't skimp on the black eyeliner and false lashes either. I contoured my cheek with MAC's Billionaire Bronze stick and topped off with Rock & Republic Seduce blush on the apples of my cheek. While Taylor is actually wearing NARS Schiap lipstick in the photo, I opted for a more subtle pink since my eyes were heavier than hers. I slapped on MAC's Spitfire lipstick and Athena's Kiss lipglass. Pictured below is my best impression of a not quite grunged out Taylor Momsen. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Buzzworthy: Nars Shanghai Express Lipstick

I was in search of a new red for my collection when i stumbled upon Nars Shanghai Express. A deep semi-matte red, this specific red was said to be designed at the hand of Francois Nars for Asian skintones. The remarkable thing about this lipstick is how it is able to pull the gold from the skin to really warm up the face. This is the perfect red for women who tend to lean yellow with their skintones. As are other Nars lipsticks, Shanghai Express is a touch on the drying side. If your lips are dry be sure to wear a balm underneath this lipstick. I personally love the semi-matte finish. It gives the lips a very retro-glam feel. Retailing at $24, Shanghai Express is a little pricey but well worth the pennies. This lip would pair quite nicely with a bronze cheek or a dark black cat eye. Pictured below is my LOTD using Shanghai Express. What is your favorite red lipstick? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Weddings by the Honey B: Bridal Shower Makeup

I love wedding season! And I'm not talking strictly about attending the ceremony; I am talking about the entire journey to the wedding. The events leading up to the wedding (like the bridal shower, the wild bachelorette party, the rehearsal dinner) are just as much as the wedding itself. For a bridal shower I attended this weekend, I wanted to create a look that was fun and colorful. The bridal shower was held at a lovely restaurant in Pasadena, so I went for a colorful, silvery smokey eye. I started with a dark base using my NYX jumbo pencil in Black. Using my 239, I patted on the silver pigment from my MAC Surf the Ocean pigments. I blended MAC's Carbon eyeshadow into the the outer v of my eye and Cranberry in the crease for an interesting pop of color.  I used MAC's Bamboo in the browbone and lined my eye with MAC's Blacktrack Fluidline. I blended in my MAC bronzing stick in Billionaire Bronze to contour my cheeks and topped it off with Rock & Republic's Seduce with MAC's MSF in Light Flush as a high lighter. To finish my look, I used MAC's All Mine lipstick and Chanel's Glossimer in Wild Rose for a rosey mauve lip. One set of Ardell Wispy lashes for a dramatic yet subtle look and I was ready to go! Picture below is my Bridal Shower FOTD. 

Monday, June 06, 2011

Shop Your Stash: MAC Monogram lipstick in All Mine

Originally released in 2008 as a part of MAC's Monogram collection, I stumbled upon All Mine lipstick at the Napa, California CCO while on vacation. The lipstick, a blue-based creamy mauve, is packaged in the most stunning gold and amber metal tube. When first released in November 2008, the lipstick retailed at around $22. I got mine at the CCO for just $15. The lipstick is very pigmented as you only need one swipe to appear very opaque on the lips. The color is also nicely buildable and very moisturizing. Shop your stash for this oldie but goody, ladies. This is a gorgeous deep pink that can be worn to the office or to the club. The color also transitions nicely from a summer pink when paired with rosy cheeks, to a lovely fall lipstick when paired with a wine toned blush. Versatile and sophisticated, All Mine is a beautiful addition to any collection.  Pictured below is my Lip of the Day using All Mine. Do you happen to have All Mine in your stash? Leave your thoughts in the comments.