It’s no secret that I love purple, which is why Three Custom Color asked me to create the new shade for their violet story. This was a especially fun for me because I also got to act as creative director for the project in addition to designing the makeup. One of the goals was to incorporate existing products from this color family while creating something that’s pretty and wearable by real women. This monochromatic look uses all of my favorite products and is topped it off with the newest one- Vivacious Violet lip gloss. It’s just like they say, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”. Indeed!
This photo is from “The Rudi Gernreich Book” and shows some of his 1965 Resort Wear Collection. Gernreich was known for his fashion forward clothing which used shapes, colors and non-traditional materials in new and exciting ways. While it’s filled with many inspiring images of his designs- modeled mostly by his muse, Peggy Moffit- this is one of my favorites due to my love of all things plexiglass. These ultra fabulous sun visors were made by accessories designer Layne Nielson and were the perfect compliment to Gernreich’s futuristic vision. Even today, I think these outfits would cause quite a stir on the beach, don’t you?
I’ve always loved Revlon products so what better way to start my 2012 posts than with these gorgeous new ads featuring beauties Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde. Not only are the ladies stunning, but the large and colorful product shots are equally captivating. So often we see them used as an element to the overall image, tucked neatly in a corner or side bar, but on these bright and energetic pages they are also the stars. The result is fresh, exciting and a wonderful way to start the new year!
I don’t think I’m the only woman who carries 5 or 6 lip colors at all times just in case of a mood switch or lighting change. That’s why I was so excited to see Sephora Collection’s Limited Edition Color Wand for Lips which has 6 mini lip gloss tubes, some full color and some sheer, in one “stick” format and each with their own applicator. I chose the “Blue” version for myself as I lean toward cool pinks, but there is also a “Yellow” set that has a lovely variety of warm shades. This concept surely was created by a woman for women who totally understands not only our need for carrying multiple color choices, but also that our bags could use a little tidying up.
Aren’t they ADORABLE?
I’ve had my eye on this Kryolan Variety Eye Shadow palette in “Bright” since I saw it last May at The Makeup Show and I’ve been waiting patiently for the perfect reason to justify my purchase. When recently, an opportunity came up to work on an opera, the first thing on my to “do list” was to buy this palette! I’m so glad I finally did as inside this compact case are 18 highly pigmented and fabulously matte bright shades- perfect for elaborate theatrical makeup as well for edgy fashion looks.
Now that vacation is over and I’m back in work mode, I stopped by the Japanese market in my neighborhood, Midoriya, to check out the beauty products. While the cosmetics section is currently on the smaller side, I definitely found some things I needed.
I couldn’t resist getting these Dolly Wink lashes- how adorable is this package? These are style #5 which will work for most of my creative projects because they are flirty, but still very natural. They might seem expensive because of the “import price”, however you get two pairs in the box. It only made sense then to throw in a new eyelash curler, right? I did.
For myself, I picked up a lip balm by Shiseido called “Water in Lip” which, as expected from it’s name, is very moisturizing. I also had to have the blotting sheets just because the outer package was purple, but inside was a happy surprise. The sheets are also purple and check out the “disco style” backdrop on the inner flap. Fabulous!
That’s all I picked up today as it was just a “quickie”, but I made sure to let them know that many makeup artists live in the area and how much we would appreciate it if they could stock some of those fancy Japanese q-tips and super cool 3D fake nails. Okay, so I was speaking about myself, but I don’t think I’m alone here.
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I bought this Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette for my own personal makeup stash. The fact that it has a bit of everything makes it perfect for my upcoming vacation because I never know what kind of mood I’ll be in and this will make packing so much easier! Living in this lovely purple box are high pigment brights, shimmering neutrals and the darkest matte black which is required for those unexpected rock n’ roll moments. The quality, as always, is exceptional and at only $55, it’s less than 4 bucks a shade. FABULOUS!
I love vintage packaging so when, on my most recent visit to the archives, I noticed some similar themes happening, was inspired to group them together and take some photos.
The “Summer Rave” nail color kit from Priti NYC captures everything we love about summer in these four yummy shades and while there are several fabulous collections on their website, this one is easily my favorite. Who could resist this combination of a happy yellow, exciting hot pink, soothing sea blue and energetic orange put together by the the beauty experts at Refinery 29? Aside from gorgeous colors, these polishes are also non-toxic and formaldehyde free so they’re safe to use when you feel like giving your little ones matching manicures. Plus, it’s quite a bargain as individually, each shade goes for 12.50 so it’s like getting one free and that’s always sweet!
Looking through my home library is hours of fun no matter what I’m researching, but there’s no doubt I’m partial to the 80′s and “winged” eyeshadow. Extending color past the natural lid is a great way to add drama to your eyes so why not try it for your next party? Shown here are photos from “The Complete Beauty Book” published in 1985, which means there’s no shortage of over-the-top makeup ideas inside.
By the way, I also must confess my undying love for “press-on nails” because to me, they are just the same as putting on a pair of heels or lashes. My heart broke when Revlon discontinued theirs because they had the best, and although they still make “glue-on’s”, I just can’t be bothered dealing with nail glue and I also haven’t found any others I like as much. So, instead, I’m waiting patiently for someone to introduce new and improved versions which will hopefully include stylish oval tips and, if my inside sources are correct, it won’t be long!