I haven’t been here in too long. So busy hovering over Habibi and trying not to die with my latest madness with Tracy Anderson. One of the Corepower teachers also works there and convinced me to go to class… and the next thing you know I’m going twice a week. What the hell… but it WORKS. I sweat for my life, but fortunately I’m used to that because of hot yoga.
Meanwhile, all that sweating and working out works wonders for my skin. So I’ve been able to try out foundations and see their actual performance without stressing about coverage.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen all these already. Apologies.
This is trying the Elcie Cosmetics Minimalist Palette. It’s okay. Reminds me a lot of the Louise Young Basic Palette from 100 years ago… which was later blown out of the water by the Becca Ombre palette. Becca still wins in this round.
Here I went back to the Kat Von D Metal/Matte palette, and wondered bhy I’d left it alone for so long. I really like it. I didn’t go near that Pastel Goth mess because I’m not 12. Just seemed like a phenomenal waste of time to play in grade school tea party clown pastels like I used to when I was 5. Plus I heard the quality is a hot mess. But I don’t imagine you can put that much white in a pigment and end up with anything other than matte chalk… so yeah.
Kat Von D is like any other brand… sometimes it hits, sometimes it misses. I have the Alchemy Palette shoved in some dusty corner. I still need to review it.
Although you know my opinions about the Surratt Foundation, I’m still using it. I still hate the damn brush. The formula is exquisite though. It’s just like skin, no matter how much you pack on. It’s a fantastic canvas for a single color theory look because it doesn’t distract from the hue of whatever you chose to put all over your face. I adore matte rust colors, and Danessa Myrik’s 24hr Cream Color in Rustic is my JAM.
The lips also got lined in Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Honey (because… awesome),and you already know that mascara is Armani. I know some people have issues with it, but I absolutely love it. I’m on my third tube. Damn shame. I haven’t even cracked that Better Than Sex one that came in the heart shaped waste of time from Kat Von D and Too Faced. I hope by the time I get to it, it’s not dried out. Here’s hoping.
This was fun. Back to Pat McGrath Metalmorphosis… with the gold cream and her original Gold Pigment. Whew! Love. She pissed me off with that crappy Skin Fetish mess (that they had the NERVE to bring back in stock. But no Phantom? M’kay) in the horrid packaging. This is by far my favorite Path McGrath offering. The golden sheen on my lips is from that Bite Beauty Lipgloss they had out for holiday. Not sure if you can still get it. I put it over Marc Jacobs Mahogany (blotted all the way down to keep the goth vibes at bay) and it held all day without a touch up. Plus, Bite lippies just smell like a dream. They do this so well (lips). I wish other companies (cough cough… Guerlain) would take notice.
First take on the Stila Liquid Metals. This is Rose Gold Retro. Definitely my favorite of the bunch because it’s not full of silver sparkles. I know they were trying to do ‘shine’ with the formulas, but all that silver looks wack in things like bronze or dark brown. I also have the gold (which also has silver crap in it… boo!). I’ll see how it works out and report back. This one held like a charm. They’re not waterproof, but they wear very very well until you take them off.
And back to Victoria Beckham we go! Still one of my favorite collections. I know the colors are basic, but the formulation and the performance is exemplary. Lips are the new Bite Edgy Neutrals… I think this one is in Cremini. They are a little scary at first (they are kinda goth), but really wear well. A little goes a LONG way. I applied it right from the bullet, and I didn’t like it. But when I used a brush and patted it into my lips with fingers, it looked much better.
Sooooo last night on my Instagram, a model that I used to work with put some stuff under an FOTD about wearing a crap ton of makeup. You guys know that I’m all about that SKIN. Your skin has to be in good shape. And if it’s not, whip it into shape. All the makeup in the world won’t change that. And no, this doesn’t mean that people who insist on drag to go get groceries have crap skin. But it’s just always funny to me that a makeup style that was specifically used to soften the features of men, is now being used to erase the features of women. I came from the school of thought (despite very heavy influence by Kevyn Aucoin) that a face should wear the makeup; the makeup should not wear the face. So I’m personally not a fan of it… but hey. To each his/her own. My thing is, as long as it’s not being used as a crutch it’s all good. If you can wash it off at the end of the day and like what you see… that’s healthy. If not, maybe it’s a good idea to see what will happen to the world if you venture out without your ‘face.’ Here’s a hint: nothing. The sun will rise and the earth will turn. And maybe you’ll get to know your actual face a little better. 😉
Unless I’m working (and not at the yoga studio), there’s no makeup on my face. One night I went to the studio to teach new teachers, and wore makeup. They had no idea what to do. LOL They know my face… without foundation, powder, shadow and mascara. At least two of them said that they prefer me without it. Huh.