1. The Ellis Faas Skin Veil in #104 is a light foundation alternative for my moderately tanned summer skin. The bullet shaped pen dispenses the liquid foundation directly into a built in brush that makes touch ups a breeze. Sometimes I wear it alone for a very light veil and other times I mix a bit of it with my beloved Le Metier de Beaute (reviewed HERE). I would liken shade #104 to an approximate NC 30 (scroll on for swatches) and am pleased with the formulation's sheer, glowing finish.
2. I recently placed my first Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics order after reading countless posts on lip tars and, most currently, their freshly available Skin Conceal. This highly pigmented concealer can be worn over or under foundation to add a very believable layer of extra coverage, and can also be worn alone as a perfecting base. Since it is so concentrated, only a dab is necessary for fantastic opacity and a natural finish. I selected Y2, which is a light-to-medium, yellow-based beige (between NC 25 and NC 30). Between its ability to conceal everything and still look like actual skin and its skin-friendly ingredients, this little gem is a find!
3. Giorgio Armani Beauty released a new cadre of Eyes to Kill shadows for Summer 2012 and, after seeing swatches online, picked up #24, which is light charcoal with gold flecks. It reminds me of a darker version of my favorite ETK in #15 (which yields more obvious gold and bronze tones) and I am enjoying wearing it under my eyes for a subtle, super long lasting smokey finish (see pictures at end of post).
4. The Chanel Extrait d' Gloss in Caprice (#67) is a new release for Fall 2012 at Nordstrom. I really like the Extrait formula (and also own Genie) because it is hydrating, long lasting and rather thick (almost cushiony) without being sticky. Recent reviews on Caprice have been mixed...some have reported it to be uninspired and not particularly exciting but I feel the opposite. A pale peachy pink lip color in a fabulous formula is always exciting to me and I love wearing this alone (scroll on for lip swatch) or over other pale colors for a creamy finish.
5. I received Le Metier de Beaute's Blushing Bronzed Duet in Traviata when I visited Florida last month and only lately have realized what a treasure this two-toned powder is. One part pale bronze and one part shimmering coral, I love mixing the colors to create a very believable bronzed flush that instantly brightens up the face.
6. and 7. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Divine and Hush are perhaps the most pigmented lip products I have ever worked with thus far. Divine is a bright coral pink and Hush is an opaque pale nude pink...I like to wear these colors together because I am currently a bit too tan to get away with wearing Hush on its own. Mixing is one of the assets for this product...the colors look so stunning when blended and combined. The finish is semi-matte (I apply a swipe of La Prairie Lip Enhancer to smooth and hydrate first) and lasts about three hours...Lip Tar is a truly unique lip product!
|Swatches of every product in natural light.|
|Close Ups from L-R: 1. Ellis Faas Skin Veil in #104, 2. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Skin Conceal in Y2, |
3. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Shadow in #24 and 4. Chanel Extrait d'Gloss in Caprice #67 in natural light.
|Close Ups from L-R: 5. Le Metier Blushing Bronzed Duo in Traviata, 6. OCC Lip Tar in Divine and 7. OCC Lip Tar in Hush in natural light.|
|Chanel Extrait d'Gloss in Caprice (#67) alone on the lips.|
--The Beauty Professor ; )