I just want summer to be here! Here’s a very easy to wear sunkissed 70’s look. It’s a nice look, but man, I hate 70’s hair…

FACE: Apply a no-fuss tinted moisturizer to clean skin. I like the formula and color selection of Bobbi Brown SPF Tinted Moisturizer. Dust a natural looking bronzer like Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder all over the face. Apply a little more to the cheeks to use as a blush.

EYES: Brows are thick and very natural. Apply a clear brow wax such as Anastasia Brow Fix Clear Wax Pencil. Apply a cream eyeshadow with your finger tips to the entire eye lid. I like the color of NARS Single Cream Eyeshadow in Corfu, a slightly glimmering taupe. Line top lashes and bottom lashes closely with a soft liner pencil like L’Oreal Le Kohl Pencil Smooth Defining Eyeliner in a charcoal shade like Smoke. Apply a black mascara to top and bottom lashes.

LIPS: Lips are a pale taupe. MAC Lipstick in Tanarama is the perfect shade for this look. Apply it to lips and then blot on a tissue to finish this laid back look.

This really is a simple, quick look that works blondes, brunettes, redheads, anybody with a warm, tan complexion. You can even be like Ali and not wash your hair for it…

Josephine was such a beautiful and talented person making her a perfect icon. This is an ad for her hair product. Here look would look amazing on anyone with warm undertones. Here’s how to get this look:

FACE: Apply a concealer if needed. I love the creaminess of Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer. Apply a powder foundation such as MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation. With a powder foundation, no finishing powder is really needed. Josephine’s cheeks are pretty bare. For myself, I would need a little bit of color. Apply a powder bronzer such as Clinique True Bronze Bronzer Powder in your appropriate shade to cheeks. This adds a bit of color and keeps the lipstick from “washing” you out.

EYES: In true theatrical 20’s fashion, eye brows are drawn on pencil thin. Fill in or in Josephine’s case, draw in, brows. Try a product like Covergirl Expert Eyes Brow Pencil. The formula is a bit waxy but it does come in deeper colors. For a “candlelit” glow, apply a slightly shimmery cream shadow such as Too Faced Lockdown Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow. There are two shades of the very neutral Lovey Dovey. Choose the color that suits you. The cream shadow will help “hold” the other shadows that you will use. Choose a medium shimmery bronze such as Vincent Longo Wet Diamond Eyeshadow in Temptest Bronze. Apply this from the lash line to the crease. With eyes open, apply this bronze shade slightly “winging” out. Use the motion that you would use for cateyed liquid liner except at your crease instead of lash line. Take a deep brown shadow such as Jane Eye Zing Super Smooth Shadow in Browny Points. Apply it in the same way as the bronze except stopping just below the copper. Blend. Keep adding until you get your desired variation of a cateyed smoky eyed look. Here’s a trick for this. Take a square of TP and fold it like a triangle. Use this is a template for your shade. Hold this triangle at the outer edge of your lash line in a 45 degree angle. Brush on the shadow. You’ll get an exaggerated look and it will keep the dark colors from getting all over your face. Take a dark brown pencil liner such as Avon Ultra Luxury Eye Liner in Dark Brown and apply it to the upper lash line thickly and winging out. Apply this liner to the bottom lash line and inside the rim. Connect the top and bottom “lines”. Apply a nice mascara such as MAC Pro Lash to top and bottom lashes.

LIPS: Apply a rust colored lip liner such as Lipstick Queen Lip Liner in Rust around your natural lip line. Apply a sheer burnt red lipstick such as Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Rust Saint. Apply a warm coral lip gloss to lips such as MAC Tinted Lipglass in Light That Fire, a coral with gold shimmer.

Crazylilbellule & The Poppies has a Josephine inspired scent in their Les Garçonnes collection: Joséphine Jonquille. It’s a lush blend of jasmine and gourmand dark chocolate.

More Josephine pics here.

Bobbi Brown Platinum is a pretty look. It’s pretty simple but it does contain platinum pink shimmer and that really does liven up most complexions. It is a bit of a funny look, considering the model is wearing a boy beater and light denim jeans with a huge ass rhinestone necklace that even puts my Granny’s pavé to shame. She’s a pretty gal but she looks a bit drag and man-ish in this. But, anyways.

FACE: There is a Platinum Pink Shimmer Block for $40. It is sooo pretty with shimmery strips of pink, silver, and “nude”. It has many functions such as blush, highlighter, and eyeshadow.

EYES: There are four new Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow. There is Ash which is a bark brown. There is Steel which is a deeper mushroomy shade. There is Heather which a lovely springy lilac. There is Platinum which is a silvery white. These go for $22. The classic Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner have been relaunched. Geez, I love this formula. And Everything Mascara has been relaunched. (I’ve never tried it.)

LIPS: There are two new Shimmer Lip Glosses: Confetti, a shimmery pinky pale gold, and Glacier, a shimmery silver. There are two new Lip Glosses: Nougat, a nice neutral nude, and Bright Pink, like the name implies but sheer. All retail for $20.

There is a nice OTT Shimmering Body Oil. It has tons of platinum shimmer in a dry oil base. It smells of “Party” which is pretty femme and nice. It is a mix of lily of the valley, violet, and citrus. It retails for $34 for 1 ounce. Pricey, but glamorous. And it looks wonderful on legs.


Yeah! It is bold and not pink! Don’t get me wrong, I like pink and it does make sense for spring but I am so tired of everybody doing that for this spring. At least Shiseido is giving me a rich lip on winter “kissed” skin. Winter usually offers all of the “holiday” red lip looks, but it is nice to see it carry over to spring. And somehow Dick Page has managed to make this red look look “springy”. It isn’t matte and it looks fresh with the dew drop blue lids.

EYES: They have relaunched the Hydro-Powder Eyeshadow in White Lights which is a sheer and shimmery white. If you have read the previous post on this product, then you know I love this formula. It is a cream to powder shadow that never budges or creases and has lots of shimmer. It retails for $24. There is also a relaunch of the Accentuating Creamy Eyeliner in Black. This product is easy to use and comes with its own little brush. It creates a classic cateye and goes for $26. Once again, I like this product but I like cheaper ones too. The model is getting her “blue” makeup look by lining with the cream liner and then layering over it with the White Lights Hydro-Powder Eyeshadow. It creates a nice water colored effect. And they’ve relaunched their Advanced Volume Mascara. I’ve never used it so I have no opinion.

LIPS: The Perfect Rouge Lipstick has been launched. It is supposed to be a comfortable, full color, moisturizing lipstick. It is pretty nice, but it does have a $25 price tag and I am finding drugstore lipsticks that I like better. It comes in many nice shades. I personally love Valentine (bright red) and Day Lily (bright orange) for spring and summer. There is the Smoothing Lip Pencil and it retails for $20. It is a nice long wearing lip pencil that you have to sharpen. I like the formula but once again I like some cheaper formulas too. It comes in many shades and Siren is a nice red. I love a red lip liner.

FACE: They have relaunched The Accentuating Color Stick in Champagne which is a nice pearly pink shimmer highlighter. I have this product and love it. It is smooth and finishes like a powder but doesn’t look dry. It looks great on the cheeks, down the nose, on the eyes, and even on the lips. It retails for $33.

I like the look. I’m not going to rush out to buy any of the products because I either have it or have stuff like it. But, I do like the look. It is a fresh red lip look without being too glossy. It’s a nice transition from winter to summer.

Cheap Secret:

I’ve tried quite a few of these Revlon Illuminance Creme Eye Shadow kits. I really like them. That’s why I have so many. They wear nicely as a shadow base and create a lot of depth. They come in a wide range of colors and come in both mattes and shimmers. I’ve went through two of the Moonlit Jewels because they make for an awesome liner kit. These cream shadows are all super shimmery. They aren’t greasy and they usually stay in place. I need to add that I do not have an issue with oily lids or anything, so these do not travel. I do not know what they would do on oily lids. I take a thin liner brush from the art store, coat it with this cream and then line. It is so easy to use. It doesn’t “set” so you can create any kind of line you want. I really recommend this for “beginners”. You have a lot of control with this product. Moonlit Jewels comes in a medium shimmery brown that looks great for adding “light” around the eye. The other three shades make for an awesome cat eye or even used as a smoky eye if used with an angled liner brush. The other shades are a rich navy shimmer, emerald forest green shimmer, and a perfect warm brown shimmer. These also make a great base up to the lid if you want to layer with a dark color for a smoky look. And these things are great because you can pick them up at any drugstore or super market for under $8.

Smeared on my hand.

Smeared on my hand.

I love this stuff. It wears for a long time and it doesn’t crease! You can’t say that about every cream shadow on the market. This stuff comes in a cool glass pot and a little goes a long way. It is a creamy super shimmery formula that once applied to the lid turns more powdery and budge proof. It looks wonderful with powder shadows layered over and it makes a great shadow base. They do not make the lids feel oily. There are alot of colors to choose from. I have a few. I really like Goldlights which is a super shimmery Gold Finger worthy gold and my favorite. It looks great with my blue eyes and with a tan (which I don’t have). I like Aqua Shimmer which is a medium super shimmery aqua. It looks wonderful alone or used with a liner brush as a fun liner. I have Whitelights which is a silvery shimmery white. It makes a great eyeshadow base and it looks great alone with bold lipsticks. Violet Visions is another nice one that is a medium purple. This one makes a great liner too especially when worn with bright magenta lips. They retail for $23. Keep the lid on them tight so that they don’t dry out. So far all of mine are just as nice as the day I got them, no drying or anything. But, I am a weirdo about keeping them sealed!

I love Tura Satana. She is the reason for my haircut. She is one of my favorite style icons. She is one lovely bad-ass, the queen of the 60s B-films. One thing that Tura rocked other than ass kicking moves, the perfect body, blunt bangs, and an amazing attitude, was the heavy black liner. Every time I use a heavy hand with black liner, I think of Miss Satana’s oh so delicious evil look.

There are a ton of black liner formulas on the market. They all have a time and a place. I love khol and pencils for smudging and gel and liquid for that harsh unmovable cat eye.

Swivel Sticks/Retractable: Swivel type liners are so easy to use. You don’t even have to sharpen these babies. They usually wear longer than most pencil liners and they come in unmovable waterproof formulas. It produces a precise line. My favorite budget one is Avon Glimmerstick in Blackest Black. This one goes for $6 and usually is on sale for much less. My more expensive choice is Lancome Le Stylo Waterproof in Noir. This one sells for $23.50. Other notable pencils include: mark Eyemarker Color On Line in Jet for $5.50 and MAC makes a very nice one for about $14.

Wooden Kind/Sharpen: These are a much softer formula that can be smudged for a khol rimmed effect. These need sharpened and can create either a paper thin line or a fatter line that looks wonderful with shadow layered over it. My favorite budget one is Jordana Eyeliner in Black. It sells for .69¢. I was seriously surprised by this product. The quality is actually really good. The more expensive one that I prefer is the MAC Eye Pencil in Ebony which retails for $13. The other note worthy liners in this category include: Estee Lauder’s Artist Pencil in Softsmudge Black for  $18.50, L’Oreal Le Kohl Pencil for $8,and NYX Long Pencil in Black for $2.

Long Wearing Sharpening Kind: These are usually budge proof and set within 30 seconds. They are easy to use like the retractable liner but these have the benefit of creating a thin or thick line just like the softer wooden types. The budget one that I prefer is Sephora Flashy Liner in Black for $8 . I really love the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide Eye Pencil in Zero. It is very long wearing. It retails for $16. Other notable ones include: Dior Waterproof Crayon Liner in Trinidad Black for $25, Prescriptives Moonbeam Eyeliner in Reflective Black for $17.50,

Cake Eyeliner: These are solid powders that when mixed with water create a matte (typically) long wearing, crisp line. Just wet a liner brush of your choice and swipe of the powder. I love this stuff because it is really classic. Plus I love my art store liner brush so much. It just works for me. I love Clinique Water-Resistant Eyeliner in Natural Black and it is the cheaper option at $14.50. My more expensive fave is Laura Mercier Caviar Eyeliner in Midnight Caviar which goes for $22. Others that are nice: NVY ECO Organic Cake Liner in Black which is $24, Elizabeth Arden Dual Perfection Brow Shaper & Eye Liner in Black for $18, or wet NYX Single Eyeshadow in Black for $5

Liquid Liner: Liquid liners are long wearing and create a very crisp line. It is that classic cateye look. These come with fine brush tip applicators and pointed sponge tip applicators. The handles vary so this is a matter of preference for what works best for you. Personally I like the sponge tip kind. I can create a more even line, either fatter or thinner. My favorite budget sponge tip liner is L’Oreal Telescopic Precision Eyeliner in Carbon Black which goes for about $9. My more expensive favorite sponge tip applicator is Lancome Artliner in Noir which retails for $28. (L’Oreal’s is almost identical to Lancome’s for much less.) The budget brush type that I like is NYX Liquid Liner in Black for $5.  The brush type I like is Clinique Eye Defining Liquid Liner in Black for $14.50.  Honorable mentions: Almay Liquid Line in Black for $7.50, MAC Liquid Liner in Boot Black for $16.50, Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Liner for $19.50, Covergirl Line Exact Liquid Liner Pen in Black for $6.50, and Manic Panic Dreamliner in Raven for $9.50.

Gel Liners: Gel liners are pretty fool proof and look more natural than liquid liners. They are long wearing and don’t take too long to dry so you don’t have to worry about smudging. However, these can be smudged right after application for a soft look. I like these too because you can choose which brush you like. Some people like stiff slanted brushes and others like softer, narrow brushes. L’Oreal HIP Cream Eyeshadow  Color Truth in Black for $12 is nice but for $3 more I really love  MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack for $15. Other nice ones include: Cat Cosmetics Gel Liner in Tomcat for $18, Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Liner in Midnight Black for $22, and Bobbi Brown Long Wearing Gel Liner in Black Ink for $21

Cream Eyeshadow used as liner: These aren’t as smudge resistant or long lasting but they do define the top and bottom lashes nicely. You can smudge with a smudger brush or line with a brush. You can use your fingertips too for a messy look. These are nice for beginners because you have more control and it is easier to remove mistakes. A nice cheap option are the darkest shades in Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in Precious Metals or Twilight for $6.50.My more espensive choice is Dior Diorshow Eyeshadow in Glam & Glitz Black for $30. Other nice ones: NARS Cream Eyeshadow in Zardoz for $21,

I also love Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Liner for $33. It is a loose, OK, a messy powder I admit, with a pointed plastic stick for an applicator. It looks very raw an wild and has such a seductive dagger as packaging. I’m sold. Rimmel has the Smokin’ Kohl Eye Shadow in Black for $7 in way less glamorous packaging if that matters to you. I also noticed that L’Oreal HIP has launched a khol dagger also, but I am unsure of the price.

It’s difficult to discuss all the black liners out there but these are a few that I have used and really liked. Each have their own persoality and look. So try your each formula so you can find your own unique black liner look.

Diorshow Eye Show are great little pots of no-budge cream eyeshadow. The texture is soft and blendable. Once they dry they don’t budge and are said to be waterproof. I’ve never went swimming or was shipwrecked while wearing these, so I can’t comment on that factor. It comes in 6 shimmery shades. This formula wears nicely alone or as a base for powder formulas. White Light Disco is a shimmery white that makes a great base and highlighter. Undressed Beige is another great base because it is a light beige with shimmer. It is less dramatic than the other colors. It also makes a great face highlighter. The two fun shades are Pink Wannabe which is a medium pink shimmer and Pop Aquadelic (pictured above) which is a bright aqua with lots of silver shimmer. There are two shades that make great waterproof, stay-put liners and are great for a smudge-less smoky eye. I love Queen of Green which is a deep “forest” green shimmer. It looks awesome as a smoky eye, it is deep like black but less boring. The other shade is Glam & Glitz Black which is a pure black with silver shimmer. Looks great as a liner or for a fun smoky eye. I find this formula very easy to work with. I use my fingertips when blending all over the eye and a fine liner brush when using as a liner. Each come in a clear pot with a silver “CD” logo top. They retail for $30.

shu uemura’s Fall 2008 color collection is all about iridescents and their “layerable” properties. The company describes the collection as being innovative, modern, and elegant. It isn’t a bad collection at all, I just wouldn’t go as far as to say that iridescent colors are innovative or modern. They’ve been around forever and this is just another makeup collection featuring them.Regardless, shu uemura is an excellent line that I have never been disappointed by.

EYES: Instinct Fall Mode Makeup LE Duo Eyeshadow: These are eyeshadow duos that contain both a powder and cream eyeshadow to layer, wear alone, etc. I like these because I love to layer powder on top of cream shadows. It creates an interesting “texture” or depth plus it wears forever. You can also wear the powder alone and use the cream as liner, which I do frequently. Play around with it and see what works for you. It comes in three lovely shades. There is Mesmerizer which is my favorite. It is a smoky purple with a tinge of grey as the cream shadow and a smoky, dirty purple taupe shimmer powder. There is Mystifier which has a creamy black cream and a bronzey brown shimmer powder. Finally, there is Tantalizer which has a shimmery light mossy green cream and a super shimmery gold. This would look so amazing on natural redheads in my opinion. These little babies retail for $36.

CHEEKS &FACE: Instinct Fall Mode Makeup LE Glow On Blush Lust. These are soft shimmery blush powders that have a nice touch of shimmery design on them. There is Lust, a vivid shimmery apricot. There is Pulse which is a peachy pink shimmer and Steam a pale pinky champagne highlighter. The blushes retail for $21. The most stunning item in the collection is Instinct Fall Mode Makeup LE Luring Powder. It is a nude pink face “brightener”. It comes in a lovely  black compact with a metal design. This lovely doll sells for $38.

LIPS & NAILS: Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine Lipstick in Crimson Dazzle which is a super shimmery and shiny wearable red and Brown Dazzle which is a super shimmery and shiny natural bronzey brown. There is the Nail Enamel Supplement Mineral in Dark Wine which is a dark wine with lots of gold and silver glitters.The lipsticks are $23 and the nail stuff goes for $16.

The collection has a lot of items that I would find myself wanting to wear everyday. I love the shadow duos and the face powder. I find that this collection is very wearable for redheads, natural ones and those of us that use the bottle and turn out a little plummy sometimes. You can’t say that every collection launched has something for redheads too.