Style: High-low tribal Shift

Polar vortex, polar shmortex. LA has many downsides (well, mostly just the awful traffic), but the sunny weather we’re having makes it all worth it. But hey, I’m wearing boots! And I did need a sweater later.

I love the tribal print of this shift. I normally hate a high-low hem, but this little dip gave the otherwise plain shift interest for me.

High-low Tribal Shift

 

Dress-Ecoté
Boots-Vintage

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Look of the Day: Organic Hazy Smoky Eyes

Look of the Day -Hazy Smoky Eyes

This is a great way to do a “daytime” smoky eye. Using creams set with powder shadows keeps the whole look diffused. I kept the face a winter version of bronzed with creams that can give just a touch of color (if you’re fair like me), or be built up for a deeper finish.

Complexion:

RMS “un” cover-up 11
Chanel loose Powder 20
RMS Buriti Bronzer in contour
Kjaer Weis Desired Glow Blush on apples
Belmacz Aura Balm for “highlight” gives a dewy finish with crushed pearls and real gold

Brows:

Nars Bellisima Duo-taupe shade applied with angle brush
Shu Uemura Hard Brow Pencil Seal Brown in patchy areas
Browgal Brow Gel to set

Eyes:

RMS Magnetic on lid, Karma smudged in lashes, and Lunar in inner corner
Kjaer Weis Earthy Calm on lid and Onyx smudged in lashes
Kjaer Weis Mascara

Lips:

Kjaer Weis Desired Glow (same color as cheeks)

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Look of the Day: Ellis Faas Teal Eyes

Look of the Day

This is a great example of how to incorporate bright or jewel toned shadows/liners. If you keep the rest of the face neutral, and use the color close to the lashline you can use anything from emerald to purple or navy  in place of the standard black or brown. You can also use the color only on top or go as thin as you’d like to get that pop of color.

Skincare:
After using the Clayspray Brightening Masque I applied several drops of Olie Biologique Calming Oil all over.

Complexion:
RMS “un”cover-up 11 all over
Chanel Loose Powder 20 to set
Nars Zen blush in cheek contour
Sunday Riley Blushing blush on apples
Chanel Brilliance Lumiere in Sunkissed to highlight cheekbones, inner eye and cupid’s bow

Brows:
Paul & Joe Eyebrow Powder 02
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Caramel
Browgal Brow Gel

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion all over
Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow Cloud Nine
all over
Ellis Faas E107 in crease
Ellis Faas E113 lining eye top and bottom in cat eye shape
Benefit black eyeliner inner rim top and bottom
Ellis Faas Mascara

Lips:
MAC lipliner in Oak
Georgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Beige 100

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Review: Clayspray Brightening Masque and H20spray

Clayspray is a new range of clay masks utilizing a patented double chamber air-tight delivery system. The pure clays are emulsified with mineral water and a special macrogel which holds 800x its weight in water, creating an exceptionally smooth clay mask dispensed from a small pump on a slim metal canister.

Clayspray PackagingClayspray Nozzles

So basically, they’re clay masks in spray cans with no parabens, perfume, preservatives, or colourants. They’re also hypoallergenic and not tested on animals. There are several formulas with different properties, as well as a pure mineral water spray you can use pre-mask, or to hydrate any time of the day.

The name is a bit misleading. Miss “I don’t read directions” over here attempted to mist the mask all over the back of her hand, and got clay EVERYWHERE. Instructions say to “dispense into your hand”, and I would like to expand this to “dispense into the cupped palm of your hand.”

The pump dispenses a dollop of product super fast, so you need to press and release the pump gently and  quickly. Even the H20spray has a very powerful mist, so hold it at least 2 feet from your face.

I misted all over with the H20spray, then massaged the Brightening White Clay With Ginseng Masque (meant to oxygenate and exfoliate) all over my slightly damp skin. I left it on about 15-20 minutes, and it dried very firm. The scent is neither pleasant, nor unpleasant, as there’s no perfume.

Clayspray Brightening

I rinsed in the shower, and voila! Radiant skin! My pores were refined, my texture smooth, but what really got me was the glow of my skin. Not the glow of exfoliation (though that was there, too), but the glow you get after an hour of steam and massage in a facial. An almost rosy, dare I say, healthy glow.

I’m not usually drawn to clay masks in the dry winter, but this perked my dull skin right up without stripping it. Trigger-happy pumps aside, this is going into regular rotation. I can’t wait to try the rest of them.

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Review: Ellis Faas Hot Lips

The newest lip formula to come from Dutch makeup-artist Ellis Faas is to die for.

My favorite, L401, because Ellis Faas does the best reds, hands down.

My favorite, L401, because Ellis Faas does the best reds, hands down.

Feather-light, hydrating, extremely pigmented, silky, and you only need the tiniest bit. It’s housed in a sleek bullet-inspired click-pen with a flocked “doe-foot” applicator. The scent is very slightly vanilla, but it dissipates quickly. As someone who can’t stand a flavored lip product, this is perfect.  It smells pleasant, but I can’t taste it.

It’s basically everything I wanted Lip Tar to be, but better, as these stay put without drying and don’t bleed.

The shades all have an almost neon quality to them, except the nude, which leans plummy, and can be worn as a sheer stain or full-on.

Box and Swatches

Box and Swatches

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