Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blue is back!

When I was younger, blue eyeshadow was a perfectly acceptable color to wear.  Then it went out of style for a long, long time.  It was one of those things that you were never supposed to wear again, along with leggings.  Well, guess what?  It's on the "okay to wear" list again.  Not just navy blue, but lighter shades as well.  So I've been experimenting with various shades of blue and ways of applying it.  One look that I saw and liked was blue and white.  It sounds strange but it looks good.  For this piece I also experimented with using something other than primer as a base.  In the past I've used MAC's paints (the original ones in the tubes) and they've worked great. This time I thought I'd try MAC's Fluidline, which are normally used for lining eyes, but I also use some of them as a shadow.  So on one eye I used my regular Urban Decay primer, and on the other I used MAC's Frostlite Fluidline.  You decide which eye you like better.

Products used:
Urban Decay primer potion
MAC Pompous Blue powder shadow
MAC Frostlite white Fluidline
MAC Powerpoint eye pencil in Navy Stain
L'Oreal False Fiber mascara
MAC Angel lipstick

The eye with primer -White shadow from corner to mid eyelid

Blue shadow on outer corner of eye with Frostlite Fluidline as primer

Blue shadow on outer corner of eye with UD primer
Blending shadows on eye with primer

Blending shadow on eye with Fluidline

Adding highlighter under brow (Stila's Moonlight shadow)

Adding highlighter under brow (Stila's Moonlight shadow)

Lining eye with MAC's Navy Stain powerpoint pencil

Lining eye with MAC's Navy Stain powerpoint pencil

Smudging eye pencil

Smudging eye pencil

Mascara on "Fluidline eye"

Mascara on "primer eye"

Finished eye - one with primer

Finished eye - one with Fluidline as base

Finished look - eye with primer as base

Finished look - eye with white Fluidline as base
I like both eyes, but it was easier to blend the eye with the primer as shadow.  Plus I like white eyeshadow to be matte, and the Fluidline has sparkle to it.  But to each their own, you decide what works for you.  One bit of advice for wearing blue eyeshadow, be careful what you put on your lips.  I used a pinkish-nude (MAC's Angel).  Since blue is so bright, I like the rest of my make-up to be subdued so I don't look like I came straight from the 80's.
Have fun experimenting yourself!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

What to wear with the summer's hottest color (orange)

If you haven't heard, every spring Pantone selects a "color of the year", and this year it's tangerine.  It's actually a toned-down version of the bright orange that's been popular since about 2008.  I absolutely love it.  But I know some people are hesitant on how the make-up will look on them, and what other colors look good with it.  Well, white goes with anything, as does black, but also pink looks great with orange, and blue, especially aqua blues, contrast very nicely with orange.  If you have any doubts, look how well the colors in this shirt go together.  Then get out there and buy SOMETHING tangerine, and see if it doesn't make you feel a little more cheerful.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

More spring make-up colors - pastels

As I mentioned in my prior post, there are 2 big trends for spring in fashion and make-up.  I've already covered the bright lip colors, so I needed to talk about the other one.  Pastel make-up.  For eyes I'm honestly not a huge fan of simple pastels.  If I'm going to put a pastel on my eyes, it's either going to be a matte shadow in just one color with a brighter liner, or I combine several pastel colors.  I'll have examples of both coming up, or you can look at some of my older posts.
For some reason my copy and paste functions aren't working right now, but look in the archives for August 2011.  The first post is about pastels.  Then look at September 29, 2011's post on multi-colored eyeshadow looks.
For lips, though, I love pastels.  One option is a light pink matte lipstick, like MACs Pink Plaid, which matches some of the flat pastel nail shades that have been popular lately.  If you decide that you don't want to wear it matte one day, you can always add lip gloss.  I have several favorites that are MAC.  My absolute favorite is Morning Glory, a gorgeous sparkly light pink.  A few others are Florabundance, a peach-pink, and Cultured, a light pink.  Both are Lipglasses (MAC has so many types of lip glosses now that it helps to know the "type").  Or you can wear a lipstick with a little bit of sheen to it.  Angel and Snob are two very popular pinks by MAC that have a little sparkle. One last example with even more sparkle (in the Frost category), is Creme de la Femme.  Cover Girl has also several good nudes and pinks.  They used to make one named Rose Quartz that I loved.  It's been a few years since I bought it, though, so I'm not sure if they still make it.

I'll add some photos of these colors a little later.  So many things to do today!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Make up colors for spring

There seem to be 2 big trends in colors for spring - pastels and brights.  It's great for people who only like a little color and those who like bold, bright colors.  And for people like me, who like it all, it's especially great.  I see a lot of people are searching for the best nude lipsticks from MAC and the best fuschia lipsticks from MAC.   Since MAC is the lipstick brand that I have the most of, I thought I'd write a post for those who may not be as familiar with the brand.
First off, although a lot of younger women love MAC, it's by no means a brand just for young women.  I think of MAC as a brand for those who like color and variety.  Walking into a MAC store is like a kid walking into a candy store.  There is so much to choose from!  If you're shopping at a MAC counter in a department store, it is a more limited selection.  And if you're shopping from MAC's web site, you've got everything to choose from.  That being said, I think the best way to shop is always from the store, even if there's less to choose from.  In the store you can see the true colors, and you can see what that color looks like on you.  I've tried shopping from their web site a few times, but the colors that I see on my laptop aren't the same as the actual product.  Since I own a lot of MAC, this means that sometimes I order a color that ends up being exactly the same color as one that I already have.  That brings me to another bit of information about MAC that's good to know - the different types of lipsticks and eye shadows that they have.  Since most of the searches seem to be about lipstick, I'll use that as an example.  If you want to try a bright color but you're a little hesitant about it, try a Lustre to begin with.  They're sheer so you'll get a little bit of color, and if you want more, you can build it by adding more.  It's also very moisturizing.  If you want a more opaque, bold color that is still moisturizing, try Amplified, Amplified Creme, or Cremesheen.  At the opposite end of the spectrum are the Matte types of lipstick, which are opaque, dry and not shiny.  There is also Frost, sparkly and opaque, Glaze, which is very sheer like Lustres.  Last there are Satin finishes.  I'm not sure how to define Satin finishes, except to say that it's similar to satin paint - shiny but not too shiny and not metallic.  The best thing to take away from this is to know there are different textures and finishes for MAC lipsticks and you should pick which ones meet your needs.

To answer the questions about the best fuschia and nude, I think it does depend on your skin color and undertone, and your preference.  My favorite fuschia is Girl About Town, and Lickable is nice, too.  Girl About Town is amplified so that means it's bright and very creamy.  As for nudes, there are so many good ones!  There are light colored nudes, beige nudes, pinkish nudes, darker nudes...  My favorite nude is Hue, which is a pinkish nude Glaze.  Another very popular one is Myth, a true beige nude.
Also, some colors that I think are great are Vegas Volt or Morange, which are bright oranges.  (I get tons of compliments when I wear orange.)  If those are too "out there" for you, though, there are plenty of shades with just a little orange in them.  I'm obsessed with Viva Glam - Nicki.  It's a very bright coral, so it's not for everyone, but I think it's stunning  Unfortunately it's sold out right now.  (Probably because tangerine is the Pantone color of the year.)   My advice is to go to a store and let your eyes do the choosing.  The hardest part is to only choose one!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Going to the mall? Do a little research and get some deals.

Here's my shopper's tip of the week:

If you're going to a specific mall and want to find out before you get there if any of the stores are having sales, Google either the name of the mall or the name of the company that owns it.  Then look for a menu for Events or Offers.  The mall close to me had several pages of sales that were running at the stores in it.  Some other malls will offer deals if you're a AAA member or a member of the mall itself (South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA).  You can also sign up to get emails about special events, new stores opening, etc.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Jeffrey Campbell collab with Black Milk

If you're into unique shoes and you can pay a few hundred for them, you might want to check out the new collaboration between Jeffrey Campbell and Black Milk.  To see pictures of all of them, you can go to Racked LA and read the article, or go to Solestruck's web site.  I just have one photo from Solestruck's blog, but it's my favorite.  I want these shoes.  I don't have any money to buy them, but I LOVE them.  Or better still, the Lita shoe with this pattern.  Just tooooo cool.  Isn't there someone nice out there who wants to donate a pair (size 10, please) for a penniless blogger??

Damsel shoe in "Sick of Men" pattern

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Mixing patterns in outfits

I think this trend started with Mondo on Project Runway.  If you don't watch the show, Mondo was a master at mixing patterns - something that used to be forbidden in fashion.  But Mondo was a designer who could pair a top with one pattern and a bottom with a different pattern, and it looked great.  This spring, one of the trends is wearing 2 different patterns together.  It's amazing that we've been told for years that it looks terrible, yet some of the examples I've seen look great.  I don't own many bottoms (skirts or pants) that are patterned, but the few I do have make it pretty easy to mix them.  The reason is that they're black and white.

If you want to try mixing patterns, one easy way to start is by keeping the colors the same.  When you do this there is something unifying to tie the pieces together.  I couldn't get a picture of my example outfit from head to toe, but these photos should give you an idea of how this looks.  Both my dress and my jacket are in the black, white, and grey palette.  I kept the theme going by wearing black and white sandals as well.  You can do the same thing with any colors.  And if you can become comfortable with that, then you can explore mixing patterns and colors in the same outfit.  I'll try that once I get more of my spring and summer clothes out of their boxes.  Good material for a future post!

The bottom line, of course, is to be confident and comfortable with what you're wearing.  That makes you look great all of the time.

Dress by Merona from Target, Jacket by Charter Cub from Macy's (thrifted)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

My newest spring bling

I haven't made any new necklaces for awhile, but I finally got in a creative mood recently and designed this one.    Since it's spring, I thought a pale pink one would be perfect.  I imagine one of the women in the Louis Vuitton print ads wearing it in the ice cream parlor.  (I love those ads!)
What jewelry do you plan to wear this spring?  Anything new?  If you want to browse some of my sparkly jewelry, click the link to go to My Etsy store  The necklace below isn't priced yet, but if anyone is interested send me a convo through Etsy or leave me a comment and I'll figure out the price for you.