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Beauty Bites from a Vegas Vacation

After what may have been one of the craziest three month stretches I’ve ever had, a vacation was just what the doctor ordered. What better place to unwind and let loose at the same time than Vegas? We aren’t huge gamblers (though I proudly won $20 on the nickel slots!)  but give me a pool, desert heat, cold drinks and good food and I’m a happy camper. Here’s the Vegas rewind, from a beauty perspective!

Every vacation calls for a fresh mani. I opted for NARS Koliary, a stunning cyan blue from the brand’s Thakoon collab. Don’t you just want to go swimming in that nail polish?

I had every intention of reading Rob Lowe’s “Stories I Tell My Friends” poolside, but was so captivated by it I read it cover to cover on the plane! One of the best celeb memoirs (if not the best) I’ve ever read. His stories are amazing. Highly recommend.

Can you think of a better place to wear the top body bronzer used by celebs and makeup artists around the world than Vegas? Scott Barnes Body Bling was the perfect accessory at night, on my arms, décolleté and legs. While I was getting plenty of sun (and reapplying sunscreen every 45 minutes – those rays were intense!), Body Bling brought my tan to a whole new level.

I fell in love (again) with NARS Luster Blush. The perfect shimmery apricot that can almost double as a bronzer. In fact, it looks really good layered over a matte bronzer. I just cannot get enough of this, and wore it every single day in Vegas!

 

Beauty Radar: NARS Summer 2012

Hello friends! Have you heard? NARS Summer collection is coming soon. April 15 to be precise. Have you also heard? It’s really pretty. NARS always surprises us with the non-traditional. We heart the man and the upcoming summer collection. Let’s take a closer look.

Summer brings with it a cocktail of warm earth tones and brazen shimmers. Eyes glisten in icy peach and matte apricot, or shine in iridescent orchid and blue. Lips are subtle in a glossy nude beige pink, or bold in matte strawberry red. A delicate seashell pink lends nails a flattering hue for an overall look that’s sizzling, sophisticated and—like so many summery moments—simply unforgettable.

 

Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow ($45, limited edition) Named for a village in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France, Ramatuelle combines two shimmers—silver and icy peach—with a matte apricot. All about this one. I love the mix of colors.

Marie-Galante Duo Eyeshadow ($34) Named for the Caribbean island in the Guadeloupean archipelago, this duo combines an iridescent orchid and regal blue. Interested to see how these colors translate on the lids. Could be really dynamic.

Calabria Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24) A pretty shimmering plum named for the region south of Naples at the “toe” of the Italian Peninsula. These pencils are hit or miss for us. Goddess is really the only one that we love.

Liberté Blush ($28) Order up! Liberté translates to “freedom” in French, and this blush is a stunning apricot.

Vendanges Lipstick ($24) The French word for “harvest” or “vintage” perfectly describes this sheer grape Lipstick.

Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick ($25) Lots of textures and finishes to choose from in this collection with the lips. Moscow is a striking strawberry red.

Buenos Aires Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24) Another Velvet Gloss Pencil. To what do I owe the pleasure? This one is a nude beige pink named for the capital of Argentina.

Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24) Pretty sure Francois was not channeling Justin Bieber with this, but it’s all I can think of! As my friend says, Never Say Never is one of the best workout songs. Try it. Back to the product. It’s a lilac rose. We like the NARS take on “Never Say Never” too!

Trouville Nail Polish ($18) Seashells, seashells by the sea shore. Trouville and its pinky seashell hue would look right at home on the beaches of the fishing village it’s named for: the Basse-Normandie region of northwestern France.

Beauty VIP of the Week: Bright Lipstick

Have you heard? Lipstick is having a moment. Particularly the brights. This awesome piece in the Wall Street Journal by Elizabeth Holmes (@EHolmesWSJ), “Very Bright Lipstick, All the Time,” confirms my longing and NEED to rock the bold lip. Except I’m not tied to just one shade. People, there is a bright lip movement happening, and you need to join in.

I had at-length conversations with friends and coworkers this week about the mood-lifting, confidence-creating side effects of wearing a bright lipstick. Particularly on a warm sunny day when all you want to do is smile and be happy. We say leave the fear behind and dip your toes in the bright lip water. Pretty soon, you’ll be swimming in coral and pink.

For this reaason, bright lipstick was the Beauty Vip of the week. But I couldn’t pick just one.
 
NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Pencil. I deem this color universally flattering. I also found it particularly impressive that it lasted for 12 hours (with only lip balm applied a few times throughout the day). And, I had chicken wings for dinner.

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Full Speed. Quickly becoming my go-to “coral” because it has a salmon pink undertone that I find super flattering. Buy this. Then wear it, a lot. And please report back.

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj. This is bright, and badass. Sure to shock everyone you see, in a good way. Also, please ignore “the face” I seem to be giving in this pic.

Where do you stand on the bright lip? All day, every day? Sometimes? Or never? Let’s talk about it!

SXSW Style

 

Good food, great music, cheap beer, sunny weather…sigh…I am so wishing I was in Austin this week for South by Southwest.  The mere thought of it makes me giddy for springtime and outdoor concerts.  Just because I’m not in the great state of Texas this week doesn’t mean I’m not day dreaming of  wandering down 6th street and getting breakfast tacos at Kerbey Lane.  And I’ve got to have something to wear in my daydreams, right?!

Anyone lucky enough to be in Austin this week?

BB Dakota dress / OPI Do You Think I’m Tex-Y / NARS Mexican Rose / Free People Trust Bracelet Set / Frye Carson Button Booth / J Crew Straw Trilby Hat / Toms Sunglasses

Products on a Pedestal, February 2012

Products on a Pedestal is our version of a monthly favorites recap. The products that especially rocked the makeup bag and caught our attention. Last month, Kayla shared her favs. This month, I’ll share mine.

Every brand that is not YSL wants to have a Touch Eclat. Some come close, others not so much. For the price, Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer is perhaps the best budget option I’ve encountered yet. The color ‘Radiant’ has just enough pink in it and does a good job concealing and diffusing.  

What a nice surprise! Versace Yellow Diamond is so fresh and floral. I definitely enjoyed wearing this all month, and it is getting me in a spring state of mind. The base is amber and musk but it’s a very sheer scent with tons of floral and a touch of fruit (lemon and pear). Also, I LOVE the big yellow diamond cap.

A bright pink cheek feels so appropriate in the winter. And NARS Gaiety Blush is the perfect pink. The bright hue totally awakens the face. I love that it is matte, so I can wear it that way or layer with a highlighter for more glow.

My wear with everything gloss this month was Tarte’s Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss in Glisten. It’s a peachy nude, so it goes with everything and I remain enchanted by the floral tube. Can you tell I’m excited for spring?!

Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in shade medium helps bring natural fullness to my brows. I love how I barely have to press the pencil to my brows to get the effect I’m after. The spoolie on the other end is so convenient, too, and helps pull my entire look together in 3 seconds.

What products were you all about this past month? Let’s chat about it in the comments!

Beauty VIP of the Week: NARS Alhambra

That Gwyneth. Her amazing body, beautiful skin and hot musician husband. She always turns it out on the red carpet, and she got our vote for best dressed at the Oscars in that sleek, white Tom Ford. We also loved her makeup, especially the eyes. The key element? NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow. Makeup Artist Leslie Lopez for NARS Cosmetics applied the champagne side to Gwyneth’s lid for a pop of gold.

In my quest to be Gwyneth-esque (wish I had a Chris Martin, if we’re being real, though) I used Alhambra all week long. A duo I’ve had and loved for some time, it was almost like a reunion between BFFs who’ve been out of touch for years but manage to pick up right where they left off. I had some fun with the pink side and the champagne side, but I had the most fun mixing them together for a rosy gold color. It’s been everything to my eye look this week — I’m even forgoing eyeliner and just loading up with mascara. Alhambra is a true Beauty VIP, and one of my all-time favorite duos from NARS.

How to Wear NARS Douce France Trio Eyeshadow

I am both thrilled with and intimidated by the NARS Douce France Trio for spring. I’ve used the deep rose shade in my crease and layered it with another eyeliner along the lash line, but I’ve yet to do a look that is centered around that shade. It’s not quite fear, but uncertainty with how to make the most of this shade. Yesterday, while at Nordstrom picking up NARS Tinted Moisturizer (wow, amazing, by the way!), I asked NARS National Makeup Stylist Jake Broullard his favorite way to use Douce France.

Jake in his infinite wisdom immediately told me to pat the deeper shade all over the lid with a flat brush (his fav is the NARS Eye Shader) and use a blending brush to blend upwards into the crease and to the brow bone with the other two shadows. For blue eyed-ladies, he explained, this will make your eye color really stand out.

What about eyeliner? Do I need that? Jake shakes his head no and tells me to layer the lashes with tons of black mascara. Now what to do with the rest of the face? Jake says use the Copacabana Multiple or Illuminator on the cheekbones and to layer a soft blush over it, like Sex Appeal. As for lips, you can go bold or bare.

I chose to go barely there with MAC’s Hush Hush Tendertone (from the new MAC Shop, MAC Cook collection). Last night my husband and I had “date night,” and I followed Jake’s advice. He was right on the money — my blue eyes were very blue and it felt liberating to ditch the eyeliner in favor of an edgier color. Also, I used NARS Tinted Moisturizer, which gives skin a dewy finish. It feels so luxe on the skin, and blends in beautifully and with ease (use your fingers!)

The moral of this story? Whenever you are able to, ask the artist. And follow NARS Jake on Twitter @narsjake! We adore him!

NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow is a Single that's Ready to Mingle

NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow is what I like to call a “single that’s ready to mingle.” These are the best kind of eyeshadows, really. By definition, these outgoing eyeshadows play incredibly well with others. They quickly earn a permanent place in the makeup bag, and are reached for at least five days a week. As much as I love eyeshadow duos, trios and palettes, there’s nothing quite like a versatile single.

Lhasa and its flattering lavender grey shimmer is the epitome of this eyeshadow category. It’s been mingling with all sorts of other eyeshadows, cream bases and eyeliners for the past week. And everytime I wear it, no matter how, it looks great. On the lid and into the crease with smudgey plum eyeliner or paired with the mid-tone rose shade in Douce France. And not to be forgotten…Lhasa on its own. It’s a single after all — totally independent and not leaning on another shade. It’s perfect in texture, wear and color. In fact, an eyeshadow hasn’t evoked such a reaction in me since I discovered MAC Moleskin. And wouldn’t you know it? Moleskin and Lhasa are stunning together. Of course they are! They’re both the mingling type.

Don’t gloss over this single. You may have similar shades, but Lhasa practically earns a paycheck it’s so good.

Beauty VIP of the Week: Stephanie Johnson ALEX Sparkle Clutch

I’ve been carrying something really girly and pretty around lately, in my new favorite color, sparkle. The ALEX Sparkle Clutch, part of the Ibiza Collection from Stephanie Johnson for spring 2012, is the way to tote around beautiful makeup. I did some traveling for work the earlier part of this week, and the ALEX housed all I needed and more. Emphasis on the more. I can’t not bring extra!

The ALEX Sparkle Clutch comes in three covetable colors – blush, berry and turquoise. All of which are the perfect makeup bag, or, as the name suggests, a clutch. How perfect would this be for a night out? The shingle-style sparkles are a party in a bag. Stephanie has made something that could stray youthful into a sophisticated and elegant bag.

I was instantly drawn to the blush color. It reminded me of Essie’s A Cut Above nail polish from the Luxeffects collection (a close match, right?) I love the traces of gold and the deep purple lining. I kinda love everything about this bag, which is why it’s this week’s Beauty VIP. As for what I put in the bag, here’s a peek:

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Dare to Wear Rose Eyeshadow: NARS Douce France Trio

We all have a comfort zone with makeup. Especially eye makeup. Generally consisting of neutrals of the brown and grey variety. No shame in that, but I do believe it’s a good practice to step outside of the zone to freshen up our look. Luckily, every season, NARS creates something beautiful that brings out our adventurous side. This spring, adventure for me comes in the form of NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio.

My experience with pink eyeshadows doesn’t usually veer far from the “baby” category. The thinking being that pink shades will make me look tired or clash with my skin tone. But, NARS takes shades of rose and turns them into easy to wear shades.

The Douce France trio includes a soft, shimmery pale pink, which is lovely. Not glittery, but glimmers of sparkle here and there. Helps your inner princess shine, but in a subtle way. The middle shade is a satin-matte mid-tone pink. Depending on your skin tone, this is light enough to be a lid shade or dark enough for the crease. This shadow is SMOOTH. I love it. It plays so well with the pale pink in the trio. As for the deep rose, it’s got a brown undertone so is not as scary as you may think. Yes, it is maroon. Which intimidated me at first, but I think it’s an edgy way to wear color in the crease.  This trio is so girly and daring at the same time. It just fits my LIFE.

Douce France can also double as a blush. If you swirl your brush across all three shadows, out comes a lovely rose color. For as much mileage you can get out of this, it definitely earns its $45 price tag.