Here’s another Rita Hayworth look that I love. It’s a clean, fresh, glowing look that is all about the lips. There was a reason why this woman was once voted to have the best lips in the world by the Artists League of America. I feel it’s the kind of look that will work with all complexions/hair/eye colors if they are going for a vintage look.

FACE: I say go for a glowing, satin complexion. Even out skin with NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in your shade. Apply concealer where needed. L’Oreal Visible Lift Concealer is nice for the under the eye area. Apply a sheer and not too matte loose powder like Sue Devitt Hydrating Marine Minerals Loose Powder. It has SPF 30 to keep skin looking beautiful. Cover Girl TruCheeks Blush in #1 is perfect for this look. Take a big blush and run it all over the three colors and apply to the apples of cheeks. There is enough shimmer in the blush to make skin look flawless but not “glittery”.

EYES: Rita’s brows are penciled and thin. If you must, draw brows in with a thin pencil such as Prescriptives Groom Stick for Brows in your shade. Apply a matte antique white shade such as Revlon Matte Eyeshadow in Vintage Lace all over eyes from lash line to brow. Take a sheer greenish/brownish/gray shade like Bare Escentuals Glimpse Eyeshadow in Moss and lightly apply from lash line to crease. Blend for a “natural” look. Apply a soft liner to the top lash line, something like Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencil in Mahogany. Apply a few coats of mascara to top lashes (after curling) and one coat to bottom lashes.

LIPS: Apply a deep pink lip liner like Avon Ultra Luxury Lip Liner in Rosebud. Apply one of my all time favorite lip colors to the lips: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow. Apply MAC Clear Lipglass over the lipstick with a lip brush for added shine.

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Sometimes I get hung up on finding a product. I’m still searching for the perfect deep, matte purple full-coverage lipstick and a perfect yellow shimmer eyeshadow that doesn’t come across as gold. The other day it was silver eyeliner. Luckily, there are many options out there. I love silver eyeliner when it is used to “open” up the eyes (pencil formulas). I also love it as the “first” layer with a thinner stripe of black liquid liner applied below it. I love silver with deep, dramatic lips. Here is what I came across as I went “shopping”.

Cheaper (under $10): Avon’s mark Metalliner Hook Up Eye Glam in Quick Silver is a liquid silver eyeliner. It’s cheap and is nice if you only occasionally want a silver eyeliner like for a night out. I found that it only wore for about a work day (8 hours) and then flaked really, really bad. It retails for $5.50. NYX has a Liquid Liner in Silver that goes for $5. There is also a NYX Longwearing Eye Pencil in Silver that goes for $2. It’s a very nice pencil for the price. Sephora brand has a Nano Eyeliner in Precious Silver for $5 (not pictured). It’s a smaller pencil but not a bad formula. And Sephora Brand has a liquid, foiled silver liner, Long Lasting Metallic Eyeliner in Silver. It goes for $10 and has that classic liquid liner felt tip. Another cheaper liquid liner option is Boots Stay Perfect Eye Liner in Star for about $9 (not pictured). L’Oreal Hip Color Chrome Eyeliner in Silver Lighting is a nice Urban Decay substitute. It goes for $10. Manic Panic Metallic Eyeliner in Silver Stardust is a silver pencil liner for under $9.

More Expensive: Diane Brill Eye Jewelry Liquid Eyeliner Lace Diamonds is a shimmery, long wearing formula with a fine brush. It retails for $24. Shu Uemura has 2 great silver eyeliners in different formulas. There is the Painting Liner in Silver. This is a long wearing waterproof formula. What I like about it is that you get to use your favorite liner brush and you can use this as a shadow if you apply it with a shadow brush or fingertips. It goes for $24. If you prefer a super smooth pencil there is Drawing Pencil in ME Silver 06 that retails for $19. There is Prescriptives Moonbeam Reflective Eyeliner in Beaming Silver for $17.50 (not pictured). I love Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil formula and there just so happens to be a silver called Dime for $17 (not pictured). Another one in the same price point and similiar long-wearing formula is Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Silver for $17 (not pictured). If you are looking for a more “natural” eye liner in a silver try Korres Soft Eyeliner Pencil in Silver. It’s nice for sensitive eyes and goes for $16 (not pictured). If you are looking for a silver glitter in a silver base try NARS Glitter Pencil Eyeliner in Roxbury. It retails for $24 (not pictured). And if you want the same thing but in a liquid base try Kat Von D Autograph Eyeliner in Love Metal for $16 (not pictured). If you want a silver cream liner in a spooky packaging try Manic Panic Spider Liner in Stardust. It retails for under $17 (not pictured).

Sometimes your angel is the centerfold, this includes your Liz Taylor as Cleopatra complex. I really, really like Nars summer 2009 look. It is everything that I love, heavy teal eyes and blunt bangs. It is meant to be a very “tropic” look hence all the deep bronzes but it has enough of that Old Hollywood “Egyptian” vibe to be fun and interesting and not just another pretty, bronzey, summer look.

EYES: There is an Eye Shadow Single in Tropic which is a rich teal blue with silver shimmers. It is very pretty and very Cleopatra when paired with heavy, black liquid liner. It retails for $22. There is a nice “everyday” Eye Shadow Duo in Scorching Sun. This contains an orangey copper shimmer and a golden peachy sheen, both really warm shades. This has to be one of the best colors lately that has hit the market to really enhance blue eyes. Talk about making the eyes steal the show. Duos retail for $32 and I am so tempted to grab this one.

LIPS & NAILS: There are two lipstick shades. There is Falbala which is a warm, rose, shiny shimmer and Outsider which is a bronze coral. I am in love Outsider. It really helps to pull the rest of this collection together. There is a super friendly Lip Gloss in Belize which is a light rose with gold shimmer. It looks so nice with dark eyes. Lipsticks and lip glosses go for $24. There is a Lip Liner in Tonga which is a neutral mauve that retails for $20. There is a sheer golden peachy pink Nail Polish in Adelita that is sure to enhance any sunkissed complexions. It retails for $16.

FACE: A new shade of Bronzing Powder has been launched. It is Irrestistblement which is a dark chocolaty bronze with gold shimmer. It looks very pretty but is too dark for my Laguna loving complexion. It retails for $30.

Overall, I love the collection. It is one of those “hold me back” colllections. I have to talk myself out of buying everything. It works for pale and deep complexions. A bronzer is the star but look at the fair, blue-eyed model. She looks great. Nars is finally giving me what I like again after a few “dry” seasons.

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It’s more 1970’s makeup trends. When I first saw this one I immediately thought of Guy Bourdin. Good, that was what Mr. Nars was going for. This is the 70’s “death under the eyes” look or a bit of the heroin chic. Not my favorite thing and in my opinion one of the ugliest periods of fashion ever. That being said, the collection isn’t too bad but I am not wild about the look. At least for a spring collection, it isn’t too soft.

FACE: There is a Multiple Bronzer in Cape Vert which is a warm dark bronze. It retails for $37. It is nice for contouring. There is a Highlighting/Blush Duo in Hungry Heart. This is a champagne pink with gold shimmer and a golden ivory. It retails for $37. There is a LE Multiple Duo in the best-selling Orgasm and South Beach shades. These retail for $45. I really want this compact. There are Duo Concealers in a few shades and they retail for $30.

EYES: There are two new Duo Eyeshadows. There is Egea which is a light sage shimmer and light icy lilac shimmer. There is Hula Hula which is a pink with gold shimmer and brown with gold shimmer. These retail for $32. There are  Single Eyeshadows. One is Baby Girl which is a baby pink with gold shimmer. There is Grenadines which is a matte reddish burgundy. Not that red and not that great.  There is Night Sun which is a yellow disco gold shimmer. These go for $22.

LIPS: There is a Lipstick in Shrinagar. This is a jammy shimmery raspberry. It retails for $24. There is a Lip Gloss in Sweet Revenge which is a sheer pink shimmer. It retails for $24.

Everybody is raving about how easy red is to wear because of this collection. I disagree. The model looks like crap. Her eyes look tired and a bit druggy. The burgundy is going to be pretty unflattering for most people. I just don’t like the look. I wear red eyeshadow, thank goodness I do not have an allergy to red pigment. I love the look. I pair it with gold and a black liquid liner and get tons of compliments. I wear it with confidence but I don’t go around recommending it for everyone. It isn’t for everyone. The colors in this collection aren’t for everybody. They shouldn’t be worn together in my opinion. I love each of them separately but together, it is too muddy in a healing a bruised trauma-ed face way. Not sexy and not fun.

Smeared on my hand without primer.

Smeared on my hand without primer.

I really like this NARS Eyeshadow Duo. Rated R has one of the best greens in the world in it. It is a bright acid green with tons of gold shimmer. It is loud and wears nicely with any shade from eggplant to chocolate brown. It looks alot like MAC Eyeshadow in Bitter. However, this green has tons of gold shimmer. This gives it depth and just makes it down right fun. The blue isn’t too bad either. It is a royal blue with tons of silver shimmer. I do prefer it over many of MAC’s blue shades. My only complaint is that like so many blues, this one turns a bit green on my eye lid. I have to wear a primer to keep it looking just as vivid as it is in the compact.

These two colors do wear nicely together but I do prefer to keep them separate. I find that they “fade” or look “dull” when worn together.  I love to wear the acidic green all the way up to the crease with a nude champagne shimmer under it. I like to wear MAC Chrome yellow in the inside corner of the eye and under the bottom lashline. I love to wear MAC Orange or in the crease. And I like to top it off with a nice black liquid liner. Trade the Orange out for MAC Hepcat and you have another great look. Sometimes I like to wear this green shade alone as a wash. Or for my more “neutral” look. The same champagne shade under the green with a deep dark chocolate brown in the crease with smoky brown liner.

The blue looks nice mixed with greens or other blues. I like to wear it with a frosty white eyeshadow underneath. Like Clinique Sugar Sugar or MAC Crystal Avalanche. I wear the blue all the way up to the crease. I like to blend a deep blue in the crease like MAC Plumage. I line with navy or black liner. It is a nice look. A bit Liz Taylor as Cleopatra. Pair with super nude matte lips and it looks wonderful.

I feel like for such “bold” colors, I get my $32 out of it. These shades wear nicely with others that I own. I mean what else can you mix a hot pink shadow with? It can be purchased at beauty.com.


For some reason this just bothers me. Please don’t package condoms with my cosmetics. It is just wrong. What’s next designer birth control pills or IUDs? It is silly.

NARS has launched two limited edition only at Sephora NARS The Multiple Orgasm gift sets selling for $37. A portion of the sales goes to amfAR A.K.A. The American Foundation for AIDS Research. One set is know as “Safe Sex” and it comes with a Multiple and two condoms with “chicly designed packaging”. OK, stop right there Sephora and NARS. How freaking shallow is that? I only liked my partner to play safe in NARS cosmetics rubbers. Give me a break. If your man knows what company NARS even is then why are you sleeping with him? And don’t get me started on what possible quality a “NARS” condom is like. What garbage! And just because I wear makeup with risque “attention seeking” names doesn’t mean I just sleep around. Not that if you use condoms, you are a slut. I’m not saying that at all. But, I know about safe sex. I am from the safe sex and AIDS generation. And if there is one thing my public school education taught me, it is to not trust rubbers given out by cosmetic companies. This is a line that shall never be crossed. And I can’t get over the reviews on Sephora. All it proves is that women are f’n label whores and actually bought this product for 2 “designer” inspired condoms. Buy a box of condoms you dumb bitches. Are you too embarrassed to go to the drugstore to pick up a box of condoms and only buy them from the mall? Or are you 16 and your small town pharmacist won’t let you purchase any or they will tell your youth minister so it is just easier to buy them at the mall in the “big city”? This product is not liberating. It just talks down to women. It says “play it safe bimbo, here’s two condoms, use these chicly wrapped things wisely but only twice!”

The other is even more insulting and it is Safest Sex which contains the Multiple in Orgasm and a little black book “that lists all the ways to say no to your wannabe lover”. Gag me! This is so lame and once again inappropriate. What about, “I am a woman and I know what to do with my body and I am also not a child or a pushover and I don’t get talked into having sex !” This is something my mom would of given me when I was 13 to try to convince me that it is cool to be celebant. Which would of been appropriate when I was 13 but as an adult it is demeaning. I would love to see the book with all its shallow excuses like “I’ve got to go wash my hair” or “Oops, I didn’t get waxed this week.” Instead of “You’re nasty and drunk and you don’t even know my name” or “We aren’t in a commited relationship”. Thanks NARS, for talking down to all of your customers and assuming that all women are a bunch of brainstems that need a script to talk our feeble minds out of sleeping with disease ridden casanovas at happy hour. Insulting. Plus, it is gross because before announcing who the proceeds go to on Sephora’s website, they say “get hot n’bothered for a great cause” and list amfAR. Sick. Is it the thinking about sex and not be able to wait to use my new generic but somehow designer condoms that gets me all hot n’bothered or is the AIDS research and thought of STD’s that gets me hot n’bothered?

All I have to say is that NARS has went too far this time to get attention and that these sets aren’t about the safeness but just about sex. I feel these products are trying so hard and are too sexual. It is the feminist that wears the slutty see thru cleavage exposing tops and then gets made when everybody stares at her twins and doesn’t listen to all the amazing things she has to say. I don’t feel I am a prude even though I am a married woman in a commited relationship and I have never thrown my body or my emotions around. I’m not offended by individuals and their sex lives. That is such a personal business and should remain so. If you really wanted to help educate individuals on reproductive health and sexual issues than you should give your money directly to the cause, a place like Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood actually helps people.  I never trust a company that gets you to buy things to give away your money in the name of charity to make you feel good because you would rather spend $37 to get a shimmery makeup stick than to give $20 out right to Planned Parenthood. NARS makes enough profit to anonymously donate money to AIDS research and education programs. It’s just lame. Which sucks because I like many of their products but this is hard to overlook.


This is the classic hottie look. Long blonde hair and too much black eyeliner. Neither look good on me. The haircolor being worse than the eye makeup on my complexion. I guess that is why I envy this look so much. I can’t really pull it off and I feel I can pull anything off. Smear some red eyeshadow on me or safety cone orange blush on my cheeks or black lip gloss. I can do that but I really can’t do this Bardot look. I still try. When I line my eyes like this, I just look insane. Alot like this gal is today. Just kidding. I believe in the freedom of speech and whatever she says is her prerogative if I agree with it or not. I don’t fine, that is the just the French government.

Anyways apply a tinted moisturizer for this look and concealer where needed.  Try a warm tinted moisturizer like Lancome Aqua Fusion Teinte in a shade darker for a sunkissed look. Apply a bronzer if needed. My all time favorite is NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna. Apply with a huge fluffy brush like Sephora Bronzer brush all over the face. Brows are super natural and messy but not too messy. Apply a clear brow gel like Revlon Brow Styling Gel in Clear. Apply Dior 1-Colour Eyeshadow in Ready To Beige all over the lid. Brush Dior 1-Colour Eyeshadow in Khakis from the lashline to the crease. Apply more or less depending on your skintone. Take a solid black and smooth eye liner pencil like Dior Waterproof Crayon Eyeliner in Trinindad Black, and line all the way around the eyes. Apply a thicker line on the upper lashline and still use a heavy hand but a thinner line on the bottom lashline. Apply tons of black as tar mascara or false lashes. Apply mascara to the bottom lashes as well. Cheeks are very bare. Reapply bronzing powder to the cheeks for extra depth. Lips are nude with just a bit of glimmer. Apply Lancome La Laque Fever in Neutral Current all over lips. Fragrance is simple and elegant so I recommend an intimate fragrance like Crazylibellule and the Poppies Solid Perfume from Les Divines Alcoves in Presque Nue.