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Different Approaches

30 Jun

Here are two old favorite beauty product stories/campaigns:

The Wild Rose of Indiana and his lovely Rock:

 

And:

 

What overarching theme(s) do you feel they share (or attempt to share)?

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ON CROY AH BLE!

14 Nov

… as in “incroyable,” the French version of “incredible.” We shouldn’t always be bound by the rules of language. Neither should our makeup. Words can only express so much, and at times language seems to offer a too narrow range of meanings, symbols, or significations to truly capture our feelings. Instead of talking, or writing, let’s just marvel and swoon together at…

these paperself eye flutters in all their festive, ephemeral glory. :

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Under the Sea flutters

Twin Horses falsies

Twin Horses flutters

London skyline flutters

London skyline flutters

… the vivid Sandra Holmbom, who incorporates the flutters as she transforms her eyelids into landscapes:

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She is incredibly talented, and self-taught:

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And can do a whole range of looks:

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Paint Me Like One of My Paintings

Frosty nails

Frosty nails

Silence is Golden

Silence is Golden

Sandra, my hat off to you.

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Images sourced from Paperself and Sandra Holmbom. Click the image boxes to enter into their sites.

International Yves Klein blue

29 Jul

Look at how gorgeous this model is!

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That blue winged eye shadow! Those earrings! That stare! Duhvine.

The blue got me thinking about IKB, the artist Yves Klein‘s signature color that he developed with chemists and copyrighted in the late 1950s. Since developing the color, Klein used it in both his visual work as well as performance pieces. Here’s an example of IKB chosen for its textural similarity to eye shadow:

IKB 160 (1957)

The search is on to find an eye shadow/make up concoction that closely resembles that deep hue. Since June 6th was Yves Klein’s 50th anniversary of his death, this piece did a write-up on him and found some similarly hued goodies. But I want to find something that closely resembles the 160 piece above. Tell me, have you worn blue eye makeup since you were 8 years old and playing with the contents of your kooky aunt’s makeup bag? I want to know.

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Model photo source

IKB 160 photo source

Solstice

21 Jun

Today is the Summer Solstice! Grab your flower crowns and go Bacchae wild this Friday.

Here are some earthy inspired beauty stuff to try:

Fishtail Braid video – (El Cee really did teach me how to do the ‘do!)

Connect with your inner flower child by using the too adorable Swedish Dream Sunflower facial soap. It’s very good for thirsty skin!

Let your eyelids be as green as the grass you prance on with Bobbi Brown’s Sage, Balsam and Forest Metallic Eye Shadow palette. All three are stunning greens. For a cheaper alternative, L’Oreal’s Wear Infinite Studio Secrets in Spring Leaf packs a pigment punch. Use Eco Tools Bamboo set to apply —  the fibers hold product very well. If you’d rather coat your lashes instead of your lids, try YSL’s Mascara in Jade Black. It’s dark enough like a normal black glob but when the sunlight hits  just right the green comes out. Magical.

Now enough interneting! Go out and play!

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Midsummer’s Night Dream engraving photo source

Robert Altman photograph of hippies dancing source

Saw Red

11 Jun

Gwen knows that a red lip is key, yadda yadda. Lots of people know that, so we really don’t have to go into it. Red lips add panache. Although a ruby pout may not scream low-key summer glamah, red lips are perfect for a post-swim snack by the seaside or while you’re slaving away at work. There are many reds out there, but here are two blue-red based lip stuff that look lovely on all skin tones.*

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SMOOCHABLE:

There’s something about red lipstick that kickstarts the anxious inner monologue about whether or not it’s on your teeth or whether or not it’s smudged all over your face like Courtney Love in her Hole days. This is why many just don’t bother to rouge up. But you can still wear red and play tonsil hockey, especially with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam (a nod to the Red District pershmaps?). This soft as butter lip color (rhyme!) comes in a gloss tube, but is perfectly matte and smooth on your lips. The color is “softly” strong in the sense that it is bold, not brash. It sticks without drying and crackling, which we all know is key for locking lips. Plus, it smells like a bakery!

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NOT SO SMOOCHABLE:

… but very classy still, Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red is for those who aspire to be as chic as Jean Seberg and as bad ass as Rosie the Riveter. It is a highly pigmented stick that glides on and stays for a while. This lipstick is meant for kissing love letters and writing notes on mirrors, so blot blot blot before leaving your house. It might not be ideal for shirt collars or rough housing around, but that’s why you have the alternative NYX, darlings.

So! Everyone has a favorite red and I want to hear yours. Comment away you comets.

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*: Do not listen to A$AP Rocky… what does he know?

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Lucio Fontana’s red spatial concept photo source

Vincent Olinet’s “Lipstick” photo source

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POSH : Port Out Starboard Home

28 May

It’s cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey in New York. While the weather’s having another tizzy fit, spark up a Malin + Goetze cannabis candle and peruse these beachy-keen things to get your mind off the rain.

what’s your summer song?

Smack, smooch, eat a popsicle and swallow uh… sea water with Becca Beach Tint for Lips and Cheeks. You know what? It’s that good it’s getting a photo for all you visual learners: Image The name says it all– this stuff is designed for the beach! It’s waterproof, blendable, buildable, and gives you a beautiful even color. No worries about swallowing stuck on hair strands either — Becca’s not goopy or sticky. It just seeps into your lips in a very, very low-key and pretty way. Add more layers for pizzazz and you’re good to go. I’m partial to berry shades but pick ya fave.

Since this post is beach themed, and although the sun is sleeping this May, sunscreen is the happiest and sexiest scent on earth. Just as happy and sexy as this tumblr: surfer-boys.

Go get yourself a boozy ice pop and let’s take a moment on that site before continuing

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Okay then, so slap on the euphoria even through this rainy season. It’ll lift your spirits. Promise. Current cheap fave is generic Duane Reade SPF 50 which smells exactly like sunscreen should and is easy to buy for you broke fi broke out there. Remember your ears, neck, and hands when schmearing. And since you’re being sooo good and spraying on the sun, further fox that faux tan with Physicians’ Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls. If you have been chrysalis-izing till now, however, MAC Bronzing Powder will get you colorful. It’s matte, without shimmer and flash, so it really gives you a believable sun-kissed look.

I’m readdyyy! Sunshine here we come!

Spritz your mane with Miracle It’s A 10 Leave In to hydrate those salt-chlorine-sun scorched hairs. Those with finer hair should use their paws to distribute the product and not spritz their head directly because it is super conditioning and too much will make finer-haired folks look greasy. Curly and voluptuously maned pals like the dude below can splash directly.

definitely can handle the 10

 

Yes, yes, Princess Carolyn Bessette Kennedy famously wore this.

Unless you like being a mosquito’s milkshake, skip perfume in the summer. Having said that, Kareem Abdul’s Egyptian Musk is the ideal and perfect hint-o’-scent for the summer/year round/life. It too will get a photo cause it’s just that awesome.

Alright, alright, hear me out: This ain’t your grandma’s musk. It won’t retrieve repressed memories of being force-fed jelly candy and being told to sit straight. You’ll not pass out from this NOT overpowering scent. The Amazon description hits the nail on the mark (clickedy clack on the oil’s link above to read it). You will not smell like you’re wearing perfume. It’s subtle and just illuminates you in a stunning, truly personal way. It’s hard to describe! Guys and girls who hate “perfume” will love this.

Alright, as always, lemme know what you do to get ready for summer. For my New York friends, keep your spirit throughout this rain.


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Like the monkey balls comment, the title refers to another nautical term. Those seamen are the best wordsmiths! 

Let’s Go Out

26 Mar

Like up all night on “fun stuff”-out. Usually the best night begins with an optimistic plan to just get one beer with a friend and then lo and behold you’re rolling to the deli for 5 AM beer and egg n’ cheeses. But…for those concerts/events/museum openings that you have been looking forward to and want to get all sprucey goosey for, take a break from the bronzer and smokey eye and get hot pink and sparkly.

You can combine all this stuff if you’re a candy flippin flower child or want to look like one (respect). Try one or two suggestions on their own if you like planet Earth and want to stay firmly within this side of the orbit (also respect). It should go without saying that you don’t give a hootenanny about squares and their raised eyebrows though.

Tinkerbell ain’t got nuthin on you when you douse your mane in this spray. The sidewalks will be blessed with your fairy dust as you float on by.

Another nice alternative is NYX Body Glitter Gel in a whole range of fabulous colors. Take a swim in it– it can be used both for hair and body.

Like a glow stick, you can mix Make Up Forever Fluo Night powder in white with other powder makeup to enhance the pigment or to make visible in black light. I like to mix and design things around my eyes like flowers or just color blocks. Or mix the pink with your lipstick for some trippy lips. I only have the white and the pink one, but I would love to do a whole body art piece with the whole palette.

Anyone remember when Sailor Beyonce made her Temptu Dereon temporary tattoo line? I have a box of Temptu‘s temporary tattoos in like “Sweetheart” or something. This was for that one time I went out inspired by a rockabilly person. It came with intricate designs, some roses, hearts, and other things. You need a little bit of patience to apply them as well as the professional did for Beyonce (below). I can’t seem to see if Temptu is still producing the sets anymore but temporary kid tattoos are fun too just for the hell of it.

Speaking of tats, Maybelline’s Eye Studio Color Tattoo come in a WHOLE range of super pigmented pleasure pods. They are smudge proof, drink proof, hurricane proof and truly last 24 hours (I tested this once by drinking a bottle of wine by myself during Hurricane Sandy Halloween before going out — I was an evil queen — and woke up the next day to still very violet eye lids).

There are of course a whole range of crazy party makeup options out there (Carnival style falsies anyone?) These are the few that I have tried and really liked. I WANT TO LEARN MORE THOUGH So please hit me up below! And let’s go out.