Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Autumn 2014 Lip Love: Lipstick and Glosses

Everybody loves a good roundup, right? This is my autumn lipstick (and lip gloss!) game. (For fun, you can see my winter, spring, and summer ones!)

I'm normally about reds, but this year I'm exploring berries in a berry big way.

(Oh c'mon, like you wouldn't have done it.)

Also, mattes. I'm matte about 'em.

(Forgive me. I can't stop.)

Here we go: the autumn fab five in lipsticks.
Yes, I have the swatching skills of a lazy toddler.
L-R: MAC
Amorous, MAC Fashion Revival, Maybelline Divine Wine, Armani 609, MAC Living Legend.





MAC Amorous - super awesome dusty plum in a satin finish.

MAC Fashion Revival matte version of Rebel; deep berry.

Maybelline Divine Wine - drugstore gem. Dark red (more cabernet than merlot) with an interesting blue sheen.

Rouge d'Armani 609 - I pull this out when I'm feeling dangerous. It's so sexy. Deepest, glossy brown-red in a gel-esque formula.

MAC Living Legend - More purple and more matte than Rouge d'Armani 609. It is dramatic. I will try to review it soon, but I've had a cold and then my eyeball wasn't cooperating (couldn't wear contacts and vampy lipstick + glasses is interesting).

And now, in lip gloss.
L-R: Shu Uemura CR 30 G, Dior Enchanted Rose (LE holiday 2013), Maybelline Nude Illusion, Dior Etoilée.

For these, I usually stick to the opposite end of the color spectrum - I like lighter, nude lip glosses (although I own some vampies), and I don't object to sparkles, although having some sparkle-free options is also good. Are you amazed to see zero orange ones? Me, too. Just haven't been feeling them lately!

Shu Uemura CR 30 G - I only have a deluxe sample of this that was a GWP, but I would buy a full size (I'm almost done with the little tube). It's stickier than the Dior formula, but I like how comfortable it is; it adheres to lips and creates that cushiony feeling. Plus, this one is so pretty. It's a sheer coral with glitter.

Dior Enchanted Rose - my favorite of the four that I currently have. It's a great nude with gold sparkle. It was LE but I think there are a few in the permanent line that are similar, and the Dior lipgloss formula is my all-time favorite.

Maybelline Nude Illusion - perfect glossy nude with no sparkle or shimmer.

Dior Etoilée - gift from my brother, who checks out my wishlist and knows I like Dior lipgloss, ha. It's clear with cool multi-colored sparkle, so it works well when I don't want any additional color and want to tone down warmth in a look.
I fiddled with the color a bit, but LOOK at that sparkle. Ah, so pretty.

Speaking of Dior glosses, I have to pick up that gold one from this holiday's collection - hopefully the counters have some left when I get to Seattle. I also need to check out the NARS Audacious suckers and maybe also Givenchy.

What autumn-esque lipsticks and glosses have you been reaching for ? 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Rebel's Smoother Sister: MAC Fashion Revival (Matte Lip Collection)

[Product was purchased by me.]

Ah, another MAC The Matte Lip Collection lipstick; (I also bought Pander Me and Living Legend). I originally wanted Fashion Revival too, but when blog posts surfaced, I decided that it wasn't matte enough and passed. Then I went to a counter, and finally decided to buy it after all. Yeah, yeah, no one cares, Larie, PHOTOS.

It's a deep berry. I know everyone loves Rebel, and I planned to get it, but swatched side by side...I preferred Fashion Revival. The difference in finish is everything. Rebel looks like an Amplified to me (and kind of feels like one), even though it's a Satin finish. DOWN WITH THE AMPLIFIEDS.
MAC Fashion Revival on lips, Shiseido Beach Grass on eyes. I, uh, don't remember what blush that is. 

I don't really own many in this color family, so here, my pathetic comparison shot. Seriously. That's all I had that was similar. And they're not, really. Point, Larie.
L-R: Marcelle Cleopatra, YSL Forbidden Burgundy, MAC Fashion Revival, Maybelline Divine Wine.

Marcelle Cleopatra isn't even close, but I threw it in there for pinkness. YSL Forbidden Burgundy is glossy and creamier and brighter (and lately YSL lip products make my lips tingle oddly, so I think I'm ditching it soon), and Maybelline Divine Wine is redder.
It is a bit dry, but it is a matte. So, kind of goes with the territory. This is after a few hours of wear.

It's also the lipstick I wore in the FASHUN post. I really like it. BERRY MUCH.

Okay, I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Bad puns are inexcusable. BUT if you don't have Rebel yet and like the idea of a matte version, this one is still available! I have one more matte to show (Living Legend), but I want to know if anyone is rocking Styled in Sepia - it's so cool, but I could never pull it off. Did you pick anything up from the matte collection? 

(Have you entered my Mont Bleu giveaway? You should.)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Giveaway: Mont Bleu Glass Files

I don't talk about nails much on the blog, because I find it tiresome to take and edit photos of my not-beautiful nails. I do keep them painted regularly, though, and trimmed for climbing. To help keep them in shape, these glass files from Mont Bleu are my favorite; they're so sparkly and also very effective (you can find my original review here).
Mont Bleu is sponsoring a giveaway of one set of three glass nail files (pictured above); you'll need a Facebook account to enter, as you are required to like their Facebook page, but it is open internationally! You'll need to also leave your email so they can contact the winner. Use the widget below to enter. Good luck! (Giveaway ends on October 31 at midnight, PST).

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(Mont Bleu is sponsoring the prize for this giveaway.)

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Perfect Fit: Eshakti Custom Clothing

[Features a PR sample.]
It's still warm here, but I could also see pairing this dress with tights and booties for colder weather, and adding a cute cropped cardigan over it. I'm going to have fun - I love dresses. I'm taking this to Seattle with me at the end of the month for our mini vacation, and will pair it with colder weather fare then.
Don't laugh, okay? I'm not a fashion blogger, so I don't know what to do with my hands and my feet and my face and my posture is terrible. But I am really delighted with this eShakti dress that I was able to pick out and customize to fit my measurements - it fits perfectly. Not too tight, not too short or long or awkward. It's made out of comfy jersey, and has pockets. The detailing at the bottom of the skirt is also super cute.
This dress would also go perfectly with brightly colored pumps, like fuchsia or red. Unfortunately, I don't own any, ha.

Being, er, vertically challenged, it is sometimes hard to find adult clothing that fits properly and doesn't drag or fall in unflattering folds/bulges. With eShakti, for a small fee ($7.50), you can submit all of your measurements for a customized outfit, or just select from a sizing chart (0 - 36W). It's nice to see the wide range of sizes available. I think the prices are comparable with buying an off-the-rack item and having it tailored, so if you have an occasion - or just want a few flattering staple pieces for your wardrobe, I would definitely check them out. Especially if, like me, you hate trying clothes on at the store.
Dress: eshakti
shoes: Vince Camuto
clutch: gifted
earrings: Kendra Scott
bangle: Kate Spade (gifted)
lipstick: MAC Fashion revival
nails: Dior Electric Blue
If you are interested in shopping for yourself, I have a coupon code: "eyeheartit" - get 10% OFF until 11/07/2014. You can find a ton of cute items on the website (they're based in WA!) here: eshakti.com and find them on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Inspired By: Keira Knightley (MAC Amorous)

[Products marked * were gifts from friends.]

I really loved this recent look on Keira Knightley:
[image source: beautygeeks]
But I'm a red girl and I didn't have a lot of berry/pink lipsticks. She's wearing Chanel L'Adorée, a Rouge Allure Velvet, but I don't have a Chanel counter near me any more and I've never quite gotten along with Chanel lipsticks. So, while on my MAC spree, I asked the SA if he could think of anything that matched this (whipped out my phone and everything, he was excited) and he came up with this:

It's MAC Amorous, which is part of the permanent line and a satin finish lipstick. It ends up being quite a bit darker and more plum on me than Chanel L'Adorée, which is lighter and brighter on Keira above, but you know, I quite like it. And I have nothing like it. It's dusty.

I did a look loosely based on Keira's; I only used soft colors below the lashline, instead of black on the lower line because: 1. lazy, 2. I don't own a black pencil liner any more (or gel), 3. putting crap directly on the lower lashline makes my eyeballs angry and I try not to piss off my eyeballs.

Also, I'm not going to movie premieres - just walking the dog, ha - so I toned everything down. And I don't own a fuchsia blush, so I made do with lipstick.

Other makeup:
MAC Lingering + MAC Brow Finisher
MAC Mineralize Concealer (NC20)
Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Eye Roll-On (Light)*
Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous*
Marcelle Cleopatra (as blush)
Laura Mercier Rose Gold Caviar Stick
Bare Minerals Power Neutrals
Eyeko Alexa Chung Lash Enhancing Eye Do Eyeliner
Attack eyebrows! 
I've been having fun exploring MAC's permanent line, lately. There are some real gems there! What's your favorite lipstick from the permanent line?