This 1949 pic of Esther is a bit grainy but she is still looking great. This gal transitions nicely from mermaid to snow bunny. This is how you get this wintery look:

FACE: Esther’s complexion is luminous even in the harsh winter air. Apply an illuminating foundation during these “dull” times. A nice one with more coverage is Clarins True Radiance Foundation. Apply an illuminating concealer under the eye area if needed. Almay Bright Eyes Concealer + Eye Base is a multi-use product that provides coverage and not just “shimmer” like most eye illuminators. Apply this product to lids as a base as well. Set makeup with a loose powder. Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Hydrating Mineral Veil is nice for dry winterized skin. Apply one of my favorite complexion pick-me-ups, Benefit High Beam. down the cheek bone. Blend. Apply MAC Blushcreme in Ladyblush to cheeks. Apply as much as you see fit and blend.

EYES: Brows are pencil perfect. Fill in perfectly shaped brows with a powdery eye pencil like Lancome Le Crayon Poudre Powder Pencil (not pictured) in your shade. Sculpt in to place with the spoolie. Eyes are very simple and it is all about flirty lashes. The base has evened out your lid. Apply a nude-to-you shadow. For Esther, this would be something like Laura Mercier Mineral Eye Powder in Gemstone, a sheer light peach. If you feel a bit more definition is needed. Apply a light brown shade to the crease. Try a shade like Maybelline ExpertWear Eyeshadow in Silken Taupe. Line top lashes with an eye liner to “thicken” lashes. I would apply a smooth liner such as Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner . Curl lashes and apply a lengthening and curling mascara like L’Oreal Panoramic Curl Extreme Mascara. Apply a few coats to top lashes and one coat to bottom lashes for a wide-eyed look.

LIPS: This is such a classic beauty look. Apply a rose lip liner such as Dior Crayon Contour Lip Liner in Candy Rose . Apply a satin rose lipstick like Milani Velvet Lips Lipstick in Lavish, a mulberry rose. Add some shine with a clear lip gloss with silver shimmer such as Lipstick Queen Shine in Silver Saint. If you really want to warm up in winter, apply DuWop Moon Venom. This adds a silver sparkle and lots of lip plumping “burn”.

And for a fragrance to finish this flirty mermaid-turned-snowbunny-look, I recommend Karl Lagerfield Kapsule Light EDT, a mix of juicy citrus, flowers, and winter spices.

This pic of Arleen makes me want to dye my hair bright red again! I love everything about this look. It’s classic and who doesn’t want to be a ravishing redhead?

FACE: Arleen’s complexion is flawless. Isn’t it amazing what some airbrushing can do? To get an airbrushed look, apply concealer where needed. Almay Line Smoothing Concealer is nice for the under eye area.  Apply a matte foundation such as MAC Studio Stick Foundation in your shade. I love the ease of a foundation stick. Apply a small amount of loose powder to set foundation. I love the packaging and price of Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder. Cheeks are lightly dusted with a pretty pink powder blush. Try something like Rimmel Mono Powder Blush in Pink Rose and apply with a large and fluffy blush brush.

EYES: Brows are perfect. Use a brow kit like Urban Decay Brow Box in your shade. First fill in brows with a powder and then brush them into place with a brow wax. Eye shadow is nude but warm. I love the colors in Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Beige Massai. Take the lightest almost ivory shade and apply all over, from lash line to brow bone. Apply the lightest beige brown from lash line to crease. Take the warm bronze and brush into the crease. Apply a bit of this warm bronze on the bottom lash line but only halfway. Take the deepest center chocolate brown shade. Use it as a liner on the top lashline and bottom lashline, applying with a stiff thin, flat brush. Apply false lashes or apply a few coats of your favorite mascara. One of my favorites is Chanel Multi-Dimensionnel Mascara in Extreme Black.

LIPS: You need more than bright red hair for this look. You need bright red-orange lips. Make sure lips are in healthy condition and slightly moist from a lip balm. Apply a lip liner if you are wanting a “clean” line. Try L’Oreal Colour Riche Anti-Feathering Lip Liner in Timeless Coral around the lip line.  Apply Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick in Red Strass, this is one of my favorite lipsticks . To add shine, apply a sheer red shimmery lip gloss like The Body Shop Hi-Shine Lip Treatment in Red Gleam. Apply it with a lip brush. How ravishing?

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Dior’s fall 2009 makeup collection is inspired by the 1920’s. For the past few years this era has been very popular in the makeup color collection world. Since I’m into most things vintage, I’m not going to complain. However, I don’t think of this collection as very 20’s but more of a 2009 take of a a jazz club in the late 40’s/early 50’s. The look is OTT with bold smoky eyes paired with boldly colored lips.

EYES: There is a Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Night Butterfly. This has shades ranging from glittery black to stainless steel to reddish plums. It’s a pretty compact but I would say that most people wouldn’t find it appropriate for daily wear. I really do think this is a compact that would make a great smoky eye for those with green or hazel eyes. It goes for $56. There is a DiorLiner Eyeliner in Plum. This is is a liquid liner in a berry purple. I would also say that this is a nice color for green and hazel eyes. It retails for $31. The Diorshow Brow Styler is featured in this look. I have never used it so I can’t comment. There is a Total Eyelook Makeup Clutch in a nice package. The colors are pretty neutral, for everybody colors. It contains 4 shimmery neutral eyeshadows, a brow powder, and a cream-to-powder eyeliner. It goes for $65.
NAIL: There is a Vernis Nail Enamel in Black Plum. It goes for $20.
LIPS: There are 2 Addict Ultra-Gloss Reflect Lip Glosses in Draped Burgundy, a glossy garnet, and Taffeta Plum, a golden plum. I do love this lip gloss formula and the packaging is very luxurious. These retail for $25.50. There are 2 Addict Lipcolors in Decadent Plum, a rich purpley blackberry juice, and Négligée Pink, a rich magenta. Once again this is a nice formula with nice packaging and I do like these bold shades. These lipcolors go for $26. There is a Dior Rouge Contour Lip Liner featured in Thrilling Plum, a deep plum color. This formula is super smooth and long-wearing and goes for $26.

The colors are nice if you are into dark and bold. Many of the shadows are nice for green and hazel eyes. I would say that the lip colors featured would pair nicely with cool complexions in a variety of tones. And I think the lip colors would go nice with brunette, black, and gray hair colors. This collection is available at Nordstroms and Sephora.

I would sum this eye cream up as a great preventive eye cream for normal skin. A “starter” eye cream as I call them. I’ve been using it since the beginning of summer. It is odorless, very creamy, fast absorbing, no stingy despite its SPF of 20. It does have a “souffle” like texture. It’s nice. However, it doesn’t do very much other than “protect” and moisturize. It has done nothing for dark circles. As far as fine lines goes, which this product claims to “reduce”, I haven’t noticed that. But, I am 25. I don’t really have fine lines. I need to prevent them as much as I can. Like I said, this is a “starter” eye cream. You should be using this during the day if you have pretty good skin anyways. Or you should use more of a treatment eye cream in the PM to address certain concerns. I will most likely purchase again, especially for summer months. It’s difficult to find that high of a SPF that doesn’t sting the eyes plus this does provide some moisture and my concealer just glides right on afterwards, no tugging. One day I know I will graduate to more of a heavy duty eye cream during the day, for now this will do. It retails for $47, not bad for a Dior product, and can be purchased on sephora.com.

The Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

If you are a fan of vanilla, then you should love Hypnôse (please do not confuse with Lancôme’s original Hypnôse 1950, confusing, huh?). Hypnôse is an oriental fragrance heavy on 3 notes: passion flower, vetiver, and vanilla. That’s really all there is to it, maybe a dash of other “flowers”.  I am not a huge fan of vanilla but I don’t dislike vanilla either. I like vanilla when there is just a hint to round and balance things out. This is a “sexy” fragrance I suppose. I’ve had ladies tell me their man loves this one, my hubby could care less (he’s no vanilla lover either). It is a bit heavy. It’s a vanilla blend, slightly sweet, with romantic a touch of florals with crisp almost masculine edge of vetiver. ( I would say the vetiver is what makes this one bearable). It’s not very me (needs more “wood” or more vetiver), but I could see others really liking this one. Also, I think it could wear nicely on a man, especially if you are a guy that likes Fresh Cannabis Santal or Boucheron Jaïpur, just a thought. It is a long wearing fragrance and mainly wears of that “spiral” of vanilla, passion flower, and vetiver. If you get this on a scarf of something, it will smell like Hypnôse until you wash it. So you are getting your money’s worth 🙂  For a Lancôme scent it isn’t too bad (shame for a company that started as a fragrance house), but for a scent in this price range it isn’t the greatest. This is my opinion, like I’ve said, I am not a vanilla lover.

I would say that you would like this if you are a fan of vanilla based oriental fragrances, Guerlain L’Instant or Insolence, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, Burberry Brit EDP, Dior Pure Poison, Juliette Has A Gun Lady Vengeance, Strange Invisible Perfumes Magazine Street and/or Fresh Cannabis Santal. Since this is a heavier scent, I would say that it would wear the best during cooler months/seasons. The bottle is based on the original. It is sturdy glass, spiral, “evocative of a woman’s silhouette, with facets that shimmer in the light”. It has violet colored juice. It’s a pretty bottle, it feels expensive because it is hefty.

It is available in 3 sizes from 1 ounce to 2.5 ounces with prices ranging from $45 to $72.50. Do pick it up with a GWP, I love those things. * Currently it is available at fragrancenet.com.

It isn’t that I dislike Dior Addict 2, it is just that I can’t get over how it totally defines like 5-10 years of main stream perfumes. Spritzing on Addict 2 is like a 10 year time warp to 2000. It is a time capsule in a bottle. It is everything that was the rage. I felt like perfumes were only being made for “young” people through 1999-2006. Everything was young, “flirty”, and mostly “pink”. Dior had to jump on the bandwagon as well in 2005. And they know there are dated. How many freaking limited edition flankers have they created since launching this stuff? And how many “lighter” versions have they made to compensate for this “gum smacking 14 year old mall rat with a fake hot pink Coach bag all up in your face” fragrance?

Addict 2 is hissy but not offensive. It smells “light”, “young”, and “carefree”. It is an aquatic, fruity citrus, with a hint of white musk and hissy flowers like freesia. It contains all of the pink fruits such as grapefruit and watermelon.It is meant to be “energetic”. It contains notes of grenadine and it does smell of alcoholic fruits. At initial spritz it is citrusy with notes of bergamot and grapefruit. Then it is all fruity-floral from then on. It is melon-y, grenadine-ish, and super floral freesia (one of my least favorite floral notes). It is made aquatic by “water lotus” and other super obvious chemical experiment notes. It is grounded and dries down to a white musk. For the last few hours it is like a bergamot, white musk blend on me. (Actually, that isn’t too bad. But, it is that white musk that is sooo 2000.) It isn’t a poorly blended fragrance and for a fragrance marketed to “girls” it isn’t so bad. It isn’t a Dior masterpiece but it sure made them some money in the new millennium. I also feel they should of dropped the “Addict” namesake and just named it something else, something younger. You’re not getting any of your Addict clientele with this one. Move on Dior.

I was shocked when the ad campaign hit. I mean a 12 year old wearing makeup in their underpants selling a “sexy” and “intoxicating” product. And our society wants to hate on pedophiles when companies like Dior hyper-sexualize minors. But, that calls for an entirely new post. The company states, “Inspired by the Dior Girly collection, this tangy fruity-floral incarnates a bubble of optimism and mischievous femininity for the innocently sexy girl.” WTF? A slightly naughty but naively happy fragrance for the slutty little girl tease that doesn’t know if she is attractive or not and that hasn’t quite figured exactly why that “Blondes Do It Better” tee is inappropriate to wear to youth group meet-ups? I had to attach the ad and ask you “Do you know where your 13 year old daughter is at tonight?” Hopefully, she is not purchasing perfume.

For a hissy EDT it wears OK. It lasts an entire work day on me about 7 hours. I can see people like this if they are 14, like Lancome Miracle, Victoria Secret Garden fragrances, Victoria Secret Pink, YSL Baby Doll, Gucci EDP II, Clinique Happy In Love, and/or J.Lo Love at First Glow. The 1.7 oz. is $65 and the 3.4 oz. is $85. A Shimmer Body Lotion is also available.

It is no secret. I think everybody knows that I love redheads. This does not exclude the spunky Agnes Moorehead. Wig or no wig, I loved her look on Bewitched. I only hope that one day I’ll be as fabulous as she was.

To get the look, apply a dewy foundation such as Kevyn Aucoin The Dew Drop Powder Foundation in your shade.Apply an illuminating concealer where needed. I love Dior SkinFlash Radiance Booster Pen. Lightly dust with a powder such as Shiseido The Makeup Enriched Loose Powder (it is sooo smooth). Apply a bronzey shade to cheeks. I recommend Benefit Dallas (and this powder strangely looks great on redheads).

Pencil brows with a pencil in your shade. I like Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil. Use the spoolie to brush brows into place. Apply a pearly white shadow such as Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Glimmer Eye Shadow in Ecstasy from lashline to brows. Then, from lashline to crease brush Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Eye Shadow in Skyline or a lilac-y steel shade. Apply above the crease if needed for extra drama. Line eyes with liquid liner. I love Lancome Artliner in Noir. Use a heavy hand and wing out. Apply tons of black mascara or false lashes. It is your preference.

Lips are bronzey. Line with a pencil such as Lancome Le Lipstique in Fraichelle. Apple Lancome Color Design Lip Color in Sugared Maple, a must have shade for natural or dyed redheads. Lightly dab a lip gloss in the center of lips for a plumping effect. I would try a warm shade such as Bare Escentuals Buxom Lip Gloss in Isabella, a copper.

I imagine Agnes wearing a cozy scent such as Tom Ford White Patchouli.

All items can be purchased on sephora.com.

I don’t mean to but I get so much fashion/cosmetic inspiration from the “original” Star Trek series. I just love Star Trek babes.  Lt. Marlena’s look is so vintage but so modern at the same time. The makeup is so bombshell the only thing that keeps it dated is the hair (which I love).

To get Marlena’s look, apply a tinted moisturizer in your shade. I recommend something like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. Apply an illuminating concealer where needed, especially under eyes for a “fresh” look. I do love Dior SkinFlash Radiance Booster Pen.Apply a light dusting of a loose powder with a fluffy brush to absorb oil and to make the color “stick”. Try something like Laura Mercier Mineral Finishing Powder for a natural look. Now you have a wonderful “blank” canvas.

Fill in brows for a very nice “manicured” look. I recommend Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in your shade. Brush into place with the spoolie. Lt. Marlena is all about the brows. She has that “lifted” look from a light highlighter shade. Brush a nude powder shadow from lashline to brows, try the lightest shade in Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Madrague. Apply the darker brown shade from this duo in the crease. Open the eye and take a large fluffy shadow brush and apply the darker brown shade above the crease as well. To “lift” the brows, swip Benefit High Brow under the lashline and blend. The eyes are super 60-ish and require tons of black liquid liner. I love Lancome Artliner Eyeliner in Noir because it is so easy to use. Apply this to the top lashline, thickly, and wing out just a little bit. Apply tons of black mascara or apply false lashes.

Cheeks are bronzed. Lightly dust bronzer all over face if you are feeling a bit washed out from the eye makeup. Apply Too Faced Caribbean in a Compact Sun Bunny Bronzer to cheeks like you would blush. Lips are basic and glossy with the faintest hint of bronze. Apply something like Calvin Klein Delicious Pout Lip Gloss in Dew Drop.

All products can be purchased on sephora.com.

And I want to add that I am so culturally clueless. I didn’t even know that a new “Star Trek” was coming out until this morning. I don’t like it, I don’t like it one bit.

I’m really not in love with the Dior Parisian Nude spring 2009 makeup collection. I find it a bit boring and a little too average. It is a little too Clinique for my tastes. This isn’t a horrible look. It looks great on my people and it even looks much like my toned down work look. So, that is why it is boring. This isn’t a collection and it shouldn’t be limited edition; these are too much of the everyday colors that most ladies already own.

FACE: There is a limited edition Lady Dior Compact for $75. It is a purse looking metal compact that is made to resemble the Lady Dior bag. It contains a sheer and shimmery champagne cheek highlighter and a sheer pink lip gloss. I find this product extremely boring, especially for the price.

EYES: There is a 5-Colour Iridescent Eyeshadow Compact in Parisian Lights. This compact features pretty and soft shades of white, copper, copper rose, pink, and stainless steel. It retails for $56. They have relaunched the 2-Colour Duo Eyeshadow in Nude Look which is a deep chocolate and shimmery rose. It is a pretty combo that retails for $35. My only beef is that there is more of the crease color than of the base, stupid guys, and Clinique has a duo identical to it for half the price. There is a Waterproof Crayon Eyeliner in Elegant Taupe which is a mushroomy medium brown. This shade is very pretty and I love the formula. It goes for $26 and comes with its own sharpener.

LIPS & NAILS: There are 2 Rouge Dior Lipsticks in Actress Chestnut, a warm rosey brown,  and Rita Beige, a rosey copper. These retail for $28. I’m not impressed with these shades at all and I do find the formula long wearing but a bit dry. Four Addict Ultra-Gloss Reflect Lip Glosses have been relaunched/launched: Clutch Pink (a warm pink/rose shimmer), Ribbon Beige (warm brown shimmer), Satin Pink (cool pink shimmer), and Trenchcoat Beige (pinky nude shimmer). These go for $25.50 and I must admit that I like the formula but I am not wild about these boring shades. For the nails, there is a Vernis Nail Enamel in Porcelain which is a super sheer everyday pink shimmer.

But, yep, all I have to say is that this collection is a bit tame and boring. If the colors sell out, so be it, they offer these shades all the time. You can find these shades anywhere.

So who doesn’t want a Veruschka inspired look? That’s right. Nobody. So since this look is an inspiration, I’m not taking it too literal. Not many people want to go around with white splotches on their faces. But, oh, it is still going to be OTT. First apply a luminous tinted moisturizer to the face, something like Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer. Apply concealer where needed. I really like Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen. Apply a light dusting of loose powder if you worry about shine. If you don’t care about shine and you want to luminous and plastic like I like to, then apply Milani Glimmer Stripes All Over Color in Pink Glimmer. Take a medium size brush and apply it over the browbones, down the nose, and over the cheekbones. Brush brows into place with a clear brow gel like The Body Shop Brow & Lash Gel. Apply a super shimmery eyeshadow from lashline to brow, for pale skins use something like Dior One-Colour Eyeshadow in Icy White, darker and tan skintones can use it in Ready -To-Beige. You just want a super shimmery white to beige shade. In the crease apply a super shimmery taupe brown like Dior One-Colour Eyeshadow in Brown Sequins. Take a fat, fluffy eye brush and apply the shade with eyes open, just a little above the crease. Blend and build until you get what you like. Apply more of the lighter shade into the inner portions of the eye closest to the nose to illuminate. Apply a bit of the darker shadow around the bottom lashline. Take a liner brush of your choice and apply gel liner close to the lashline to “thicken” lashes. I like the Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in Dark Brown. Smudge this shade around the bottom lashes if your lashes are thin there to create depth. The false lashes really make this look. Find a fun pair of lashes. Alot of times drugstores and Sally’s have them. Ardell is a nice brand. shu uemura makes some killer pairs but they are usually limited edition. ( I really want the “velvet” pair.) MAC gets has them too. Oh, and NYX has 55 fun pairs. Apply and look fab. Apply NYX Long Pencil Lip Liner in Mauve around lips. This is one of my favorite liner shades. Apply MAC Lipstick in Snob, another one of my favorite shades. Apply a clear shimmery lip gloss such as L’Oreal Colour Juice Sheer Lip Gloss in Peek-A-Boo Clear. Apply a soft pink blush like Revlon Powder Blush in Softspoken Pink. Apply more highlighting shimmer if needed. A bronzer can be applied to the cheeks if you want a darker look. I think La Prairie Midnight Rain EDP really works with this look.