Month: January 2014

2014 SAG Awards Roundup: Jennifer Lawrence Makeup + Fasion

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23-year-old Jennifer Lawrence had a big night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday. The young star was nominated on her own for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her work on American Hustle (but lost to 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong’o). However, she was still a winner that night, with American Hustle winning Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Jennifer accentuated her eyes and kept her lips soft for the event, matching her smoky shadow to her fierce dark dress (and it wasn’t just the colors that matched–both the gown and the makeup used on Jennifer are by Dior). Here’s what she used to look so glam:
  • Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup SPF 15 ($49 USD, Sephora)
  • Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow in Khol ($29 USD, Sephora)
  • 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Grege ($60 USD, Sephora)
  • Crayon Khol in Black ($29 USD, Sephora)
  • Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Macara in Over Black ($28.50 USD, Sephora)
  • Diorblush Glowing Color Powder Blush in Amber Show ($42 USD Nordstrom)
  • Rouge Dior Contour Lipliner Pencil in Bois de Rose ($30 USD, Sephora)
  • Nude Rouge Dior Lipstick in Swan ($34 USD, Nordstrom)
  • Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper ($32 USD, Sephora)
Her polish was done by well-known manicurist, Deborah Lippman:
  • Turn Back Time Base Coat ($20 USD, Sephora)
  • Nail Lacquer in Tiny Dancer (one coat) ($17 USD, Neiman Marcus)
  • Shimmer Nail Lacquer in Whatever Lola Wants (one coat) ($17 USD, Sephora)
  • Gel Lab Top Coat (part of a set, $45 USD, Sephora)
Total Cosmetic Cost: $432.50 USD 

As mentioned, Jennifer’s lovely look coordinated smoothly with her Dior gown. She also wore Brian Atwood shoes, a bag by Jimmy Choo, and jewelry by Jennifer Meyer.

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2014 SAG Awards Roundup: Claire Danes Makeup + Fashion

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34-year-old Claire Danes arrived at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday looking radiant. It’s no wonder the star was glowing: she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her effort on Homeland (which she lost to Maggie Smith), and another as part of the show’s ensemble cast (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, which went to Breaking Bad). She played up her beautiful nude and blue dress with matching makeup.
Makeup artist Matin Mualawizada coordinated her face to her her dress using exclusively Laura Mercier products in particular. Here’s exactly what they are:
  • Flawless Skin Mega Moisturizer Creme SPF 15 ($52 USD, Sephora)
  • Flawless Skin Repair Eye Creme ($75 USD, Sephora)
  • Foundation Primer ($32 USD, Sephora)
  • Creme Smooth Foundation in Sunny Beige (to contour) and Tawny Beige (to highlight) ($50 USD each, Sephora)
  • Creme Cheek Colour in Rosebud and Sunrise ($24 USD each, Nordstrom)
  • Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 ($36 USD, Sephora)
  • Invisible Loose Setting Powder in Universal ($35 USD, Sephora)
  • Caviar Stick Eye Color in Smoke ($26 USD, Nordstrom)
  • Baked Eye Colour in Mystical ($23 USD, Sephora)
  • Satin Matte Eye Colour in Dark Sprit ($24 USD, Sephora)
  • Sequin Eye Colour in Lapis ($23 USD, Laura Mercier)
  • Creme Eyeliner in Cobalt ($22 USD, Sephora)
  • Long Lash Mascara in Bleu ($24 USD, Sephora)
  • Lip Plumper in Pink Pearl ($30 USD, Nordstrom)
Total Face Cost: $550 USD.

Since her makeup perfectly matched her Vionnet dress, she kept the rest of her look simple with a clutch from Tod’s, Jimmy Choo shoes, and jewelry from Forevermark Diamonds.

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2014 SAG Awards Roundup: Lupita Nyong’o Makeup and Fashion


Lupita Nyong’o is definitely the one to watch this red carpet season. She already impressed last week at the Golden Globes, and her follow-up look Saturday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards was equally bright and outstanding–perfectly fitting for her win that evening!
Her makeup artist, acclaimed Nick Barose, used all Chanel products to create her gorgeous face. Here are the specifics:
  • Sublimage L’essence Essential Revitalizing Concentrate ($425 USD, Nordstrom)
  • Sublimage La Creme Yeux ($225 USD, Nordstrom)
  • Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color SPF 15 ($57.50 USD, Nordstrom)
  • Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Brun Cendre ($29 USD, Nordstrom)
  • Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Fascination ($59 USD, Nordstrom)
  • Ombres Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Amethyst ($28.50 USD, Nordstrom)
  • Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil (Limited Edition, $28 USD, Chanel)
  • Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Noir Intense and Violine ($30 USD each, Nordstrom)
  • Inimitable Waterproof Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel in Noir ($30 USD, Nordstrom)
  • Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Emotion ($43 USD, Nordstrom)
  • Rouge Coco Baume Hydrating Lip Balm ($34 USD, Nordstrom)
  • Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Definer in Framboise ($29 USD, Nordstrom)
  • Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Color in Passion ($34 USD, Nordstrom)
Total Face Cost: $1,082 USD(!)

Her stellar makeup was an accent to a gorgeous, whimsical Gucci gown, along with Fred Leighton jewelry.

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OPI Nail Lacquer in OPI Ink Review

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Even before I was a beauty junkie, I had heard about the magic of OPI polishes. They were everywhere: drugstores, nail salons, beauty supply shops. Any time anyone was wearing a lacquer on their nails, it was a safe bet that they were wearing this brand. So, naturally, as my interest in cosmetics grew, I had to find out for myself what all the hype was about (not just with this brand, but with polish in general). I started off my collection with OPI Ink. This brand is famous for changing up it’s polish lineup several times a year, but for those who want to try this baby, it’s part of the permanent range (in their Brights section–don’t worry, it’s not that bright).

Color:

This polish is a beautiful dark royal purple–not blackened, but a touch darker than plum–with warm, ruby toned shimmer. The shimmer is fine and spread evenly throughout. The shimmer is more noticeable in brighter light, naturally, but isn’t invisible in dimmer conditions, either. It’s a beautiful shade, and unlike anything else I own (but my collection is very small). But it’s really just a purple with shimmer–not rare or impossible to dupe (even within the brand’s own range–Nevermore from their 2010 Halloween collection appears identical). (4/5)


Wear:

I admit, polishes just hate sticking to my nails. It’s not so bad, since I like to switch up my manicure about every week. Most polishes can manage to get through that time. Sadly, OPI Ink wasn’t one of them–I had sizeable chipping after a measly two days. (2/5)


Formula:

This lacquer has one of the thicker formulas I’ve come across on the market. It wasn’t so thick that it affected application, though. It still went on the nail smoothly and evenly, without any issues. The shimmer, as mentioned, also looks even and neatly placed on the nail without any work. It needed two coats for opacity, but was easily achieved. The dry time was normal, and the polish had a touch of natural sheen to it (but a shiny topcoat really makes the difference). So it applies nice enough, but didn’t have any real staying power. On the plus side, all of OPI’s polishes went 3-free in 2006. (3.5/5)


Packaging:

OPI polishes come in rounded, tapered glass bottles with rubberized caps. The caps are great because they’re long enough for all size fingers to comfortably hold and the rubberized texture keeps them from slipping. The brush was on the shorter side, but it got the job done well. These aren’t the smallest bottles in my collection, but they’re easy to store and look nice on display. (4.5/5)


Price:

I purchased my bottle from Ulta a while back for $8.50 USD, but the brand has since upped the cost to $9 USD a bottle. Each polish contains 0.5 fl oz., which is both the average cost and weight one would expect from a polish. I think the polish is lovely enough to warrant the price–it’s truthfully not a special polish, but it has no major flaws that would make me say it isn’t worth what you pay for. (5/5)


Wow Factor:

For being my first foray into OPI I wasn’t disappointed, but I wasn’t impressed, either. The polish is nice, but not much else. I think the shimmer is what really draws appeal to this polish–even looking at it in the bottle, it’s reminiscent of deep space (and the effect translates to the nail), so it’s definitely pretty. But it’s not that uncommon, either. (3.5/5)


Overall:
I think my lukewarm feelings about this polish are clear. It’s not bad, it’s not amazing, it’s good enough. This kind of purple is gorgeous for the cooler months (and is on trend for Pantone’s Color of the Year), but there’s nothing about this shade that makes me think you should run out and buy it, either. If you like it, try it. At this price point, it wouldn’t be a waste. (3.75) C+

OPI polishes are available at drugstores, mass retailers, beauty supply stores, salons, and cosmetic shops, like Ulta.

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2014 Golden Globes Roundup: Lupita Nyong’o Makeup and Fashion

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Of all the fantastic looks from Sunday’s Golden Globe awards, so far, this stunning number and sleek makeup on breakout star Lupita Nyong’o. The newcomer was nominated for Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture–Drama, Musical, or Comedy for her effort in 12 Years a Slave, but sadly lost to Jennifer Lawrence.
The beautiful actress’ regal makeup look was created by well-known celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose, who brought out her lovely features using Chanel cosmetics. Here are the specifics:

-Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Noir Cendre ($29 USD, Nordstrom)

-Ombre Esentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Complice ($28.50 USD, Nordstrom)
-Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Lagons ($59 USD, Nordstrom)
-Ligne Graphique de Chanel Liquid Eyeliner in Noir ($34 USD, Nordstrom)
-Inimitable Waterproof Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel in Noir ($30 USD, Nordstrom)
-Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Pirate ($34 USD, Nordstrom)
-Pinceau Levres Biseaute ($32 USD, Chanel)
-Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Definer in Rouge Profond ($29 USD, Nordstrom)
-Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Vision on lips and eyes ($36 USD, Nordstrom)
Total Face Cost: $311.50 USD

Lupita’s classic red lip matched her gorgeous caped Ralph Lauren dress. Her jewelry, some vintage, were by Fred Leighton.

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2014 Golden Globes Roundup: Jennifer Lawrence Makeup and Fashion

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Sunday night was a special evening for 23-year-old Jennifer Lawrence. At the 71st Golden Globes, she won Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture–Drama, Musical, or Comedy for her work in American Hustle. 
Having clipped her hair short last November, the young star further enhanced her features with bold, dark makeup from Dior for the event. Here are the specific products her makeup artist, Ve Neill, used:
-Diorskin Nude BB Creme in Fair ($44 USD, Sephora)
-Airflash Matte Touch ($49 USD, Sephora)
-5-Colour Eyeshadow in Gris Gris ($60 USD, Sephora)
-Crayon Kohl Eyeliner in 009 Black ($29 USD, Sephora)
-Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara ($28.50 USD, Sephora)
-DiorBlush Vibrant Colour Powder Blush in 943 My Rose ($42 USD, Sephora)
-Rouge Dior Couture Color Voluptuous Care Lipstick in 976 Prune Daisy ($34 USD, Sephora)
Total Face Cost: $286.50 USD

To accentuate, but not compete with, her strong makeup, Jennifer wore a beautiful, simple white gown with black details, also by Dior.

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2014 Golden Globes Roundup: Taylor Schilling Makeup and Fashion

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29-year-old Orange is the New Black actress Taylor Schilling was nominated at the Golden Globes for Best Actress in a Television Series–Drama for her effort on the program. Despite losing to Robin Wright (House of Cards), the star kept a positive attitude and looked absolutely fabulous.
For her red-carpet makeup, Taylor kept things softly glam, sporting a subtly smoky eye and kept her lips natural. The blonde beauty stuck to luxury cosmetic brand Chantecaille for her evening look. Here are the details:
-Pure Rosewater ($62 USD, Nordstrom)
-Stress Repair Concentrate
around the eyes ($175 USD, Nordstrom)
-Future Skin Foundation ($73 USD, Nordstrom)
-Total Concealer ($37 USD, Nordstrom)
-Compact Soleil Bronzer in St. Barth’s ($45 USD, Nordstrom)
-Cheek Shade in Laughter ($25 USD, Nordstrom)
-Les Petales de Rose Highlighter Powder ($74 USD, Nordstrom)
-Iridescent Eye Shade in Crystal (lid) and Sel (crease) ($25 USD each, Nordstrom)
-Gel Liner Pencil in Jet ($33 USD, Nordstrom)
-Faux Cils Mascara (three coats) ($42 USD, Nordstrom)
Total Face Cost: $616 USD(!)

The luxury and glamor didnt stop at Taylor’s chin, though. She looked gorgeous in a phenomenal green Thakoon gown, Stuart Weitzman heels, a beautiful clutch by Swarovski, and Chanel jewelry. 
I think the color of Taylor’s dress is so fresh and beautiful (I’m biased, green is my favorite color). What do you think of her Golden Globes look?

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2014 Golden Globes Roundup: Zooey Deschanel Makeup and Fashion


33 year old Zooey Deschanel stuck to classic, high-end makeup for the Golden Globes. Her effort in New Girl nominated her for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series–Musical or Comedy, but she lost out to Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation). 
For the event, Zooey relied exclusively on eco-friendly and cruelty-free brand Tarte to create her classic makeup. Here are the specifics:
-Maracuja Oil (dabbed across the skin, $17-75 USD, Sephora)
-Maracuja Creaseless Concealer ($24 USD, Sephora)
-BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer ($34 USD, Sephora)
-Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder ($29 USD, Sephora)
-Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye and Cheek Palette ($36 USD, Sephora)
-Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara ($19 USD, Sephora)
-Cheek Stain in Tipsy ($30 USD, Sephora)
-Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Tipsy ($26 USD, Sephora)
-LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Fiery ($24 USD, Sephora)
-LipSurgence Power Pigment in Tipsy ($24 USD, Sephora)
Total Face Cost: $292 USD

This makeup look is beautiful, but simple. I think it’s very elegant and wearable for dressier occasions such as this, but for us laypeople, cheaper dupes can get the job done perfectly well. (And if you like to splurge, you know just what to buy!)
Zooey paired her refined makeup with a graceful Oscar de la Renta gown. Her matching shoes were also designed by the brand. Her clutch was by Charlotte Olympia, her jewelry by Neil Lane, and her cute flower comb was by Jennifer Behr. 
What do you think of Zooey’s Golden Globes look? 

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2014 Golden Globes Roundup: Emma Stone Makeup and Fashion

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Last night, Sunday, January 12th, was the 71st Golden Globes award ceremony, broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. There, American t.v. and films from 2013 were honored. As with any major awards show, there were plenty of stars sporting fierce makeup, and since I missed the airing, I’m excited to see who wore what (both cosmetically and in terms of fashion). 
So kicking off my first Roundup since last year’s Kid’s Choice Awards (I know, I skipped many, and I’m sorry!), is Emma Stone. The beautiful 25 year old presented the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award to director Woody Allen. 

I always think it’s fantastic when someone mixes both high-end and drugstore into their look, and Emma was not afraid to do this. The actress combined Chanel and Revlon products to create her fresh face. The products she used are:
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation ($45 USD, Nordstrom)
-Revlon Highlighting Palette in Peach Glow ($10.99 USD, Ulta)
-Revlon Colorstay ShadowLinks in Gunmetal and Taupe ($2.99 USD each, Ulta)
-Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir ($30 USD, Nordstrom)
-Revlon Powder Blush in Oh! Baby Pink ($9.99 USD, Ulta)
-Revlon Colorstay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey ($8.99 USD, Ulta)
Total face cost: $110.95

What do you think of Emma’s Golden Globes look? I think her makeup is wearable and easy to re-create. Much of it is affordable and accessible, too.
Psst, to all you fashion lovers: her gorgeous dress, clutch, and jewelry are also by Chanel, and her shoes are Louboutins.

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Maybelline The Falsies Mascara in Very Black Review

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I had heard lots about Maybelline The Falsies mascara, so when I finally got my hands on it for my birthday, I was excited to see what all the fuss was about. While it doesn’t live up to the “false lash” claim, I was surprised by what good things this mascara had to offer. 
Color:

The packaging touts the formula as being “very black.” It darkened up my naturally brown lashes and looked distinctly black, not sooty or grayish. It’s not a stark, matte black; it has a richer dimension. (5/5)


Wear:

This mascara certainly passed this test! It lasted all day (8 hours) without clumping or drooping. The curl held the entire time, and the lashes remained fanned out and separated. It didn’t flake, run, or smudge, either. (5/5)


Formula:

The Falsies is designed to be a volumizing mascara. While I did notice fatter, longer lashes, the results in both categories were slight (and not as dramatic as Colossal Lash). If you’re really after the look of false lashes in a tube, this product won’t deliver. However, what stood out to me in a very positive way was how separating this mascara is. Each lash looked neat, combed through, and defined, and remained that way throughout the wear time. It also holds a curl (from a lash curler) nicely. Unfortunately, this is the only mascara so far that has a scent that I don’t like. It has a bizarre bitter element to it that’s not pleasant, but also not strong or noticeable unless you deliberately sniff the tube. It feels like a drier mascara (think Cover Girl Lashblast), but layers like a very wet mascara (meaning, it clumps to high heaven–best to wear this one on it’s own). (3.5/5)


Packaging:

While the purple and blue color scheme is cute, I noticed that the tube feels lighter and cheaper than Colossal Lash does. The wand is flimsy and a bit large. But the spoon shape really hugs each of the lashes, coating them with an even layer of product, and separates them into a nice fanned out shape. It also reaches those tiny baby hairs in the inner corner somewhat easily. (4/5)


Price:

This mascara retails for $6.99 USD. This is equally priced to Maybelline’s other mascaras, and for drugstore, it’s a little on the less-expensive side (popular formulas Cover Girl Lashblast and L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes are both $8.99). So for what you get for the price (a nice, natural daytime mascara with excellent definition), I don’t think the Falsies is a bad investment. But if you’d like to notice a bit more of a difference in your lashes, I’d spend the $7 on a nice drugstore lippie instead and spend the few extra dollars and purchase a more “dramatic” mascara instead. (Often, Maybelline is buy one get one half off at Ulta, so if you’re on the fence with this product like I was, you can snag it at an even lower value). (3/5)


Wow Factor:

The real beauty of this mascara lies in it’s separating prowess, it’s curl definition, and staying power. However, (apart from the waterproof claim, which may have lended to the excellent wear), this product didn’t capitalize on those high points–it was marketed as being dramatically volumizing, giving the look of fake lashes, and it just doesn’t do that. In fact, it looks the opposite of false–it appears very natural and everyday, the kind of thing to rake on in a rush and rely on to look neat and presentable. Of course that’s not bad, it’s just not what the consumer would expect from looking at the product, which makes it a bit of a disappointment. (3/5)


Overall: 

I would recommend this mascara to someone looking for an easy, “good enough” mascara that they can use again and again. It wears phenomenally and lends superior separation to each lash. But it doesn’t layer well, so it’s just about impossible to get the dramatic effect of false lashes with this alone. It’s good to pick up on a half off sale but I don’t think I’d pay full price for it. Since it’s so difficult to layer with, and I prefer length to volume, I don’t believe I’ll be repurchasing once I use this up. If one was stuck between the two, I would easily recommend Colossal Lash over the Falsies, any day. (3.9) C+

Maybelline products are available at drugstores, and specialty stores like Ulta.

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