I am aware that I am a super, mega nerd for posting this one (as if all the Martin Denny Exotica babes or 60’s Star Trek babes wasn’t enough to admit into the super, mega nerd club). But, I just love the simplicity of this “regal” look. How badly I wish I was a natural redhead!

FACE: The face is flawless. Apply concealer where needed. Fresh Umbrian Clay Absolute Concealer is nice for blemishes. Apply an “all purpose” foundation like L’Oreal True Match Liquid Makeup. Dust with a powder to absorb oil and to make foundation stay on longer. I love T. LeClerc Loose Powder. The painting gives a blush free look. I could not go blushless. Every time I do people always ask me if I am feeling well (how rude). I would use a sheer and natural but not show stealing blush, something like Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Lip Gloss in Free Ride, a sheer peach. Yep, it says lip gloss but it can be worn on cheeks as well.

EYES: The bummer about being a natural redhead would include barely there brows. I like this look in a theatrical way. My brows are dark and I always have to use a tinted brow gel when I dye my hair red. For this look I would recommend a clear brow gel like Palladio Herbal Brow Gel. Eye makeup is very simple. I would take the platinum shade from NARS Duo Cream Eyeshadow in Thebes and apply to the entire eye lid. I would take the warmer shade and apply it from lash line to crease. I wouldn’t do mascara for this look. I sometimes think we over use mascara. Sometimes not having mascara creates an impact. I know that this is asking too much. If you feel like you look like a mutant without mascara, apply a black/brown or brown mascara to bottom and top lashes.

LIPS: Lips are “rusty”. Line lips with a “nude” lipliner like Smashbox The Nude Lip Liner. I would say for this look you’d want Fair. I love the pretty shade of Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick in Rust Saint. It isn’t bright but it isn’t too brown.

It’s a simple look, very regal. It would look great on fair redheads or blondes.

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I love this collection for the nerd factor alone. It is inspired the English Tudors, “an imperial court mired in salacious scandal and royal indulgence“. Hopefully this collection will make somebody somewhere learn a thing or 2 about history or at least make it cool to be nerdy, which it is. The collection contains the following limited edition items, many in special packaging.

FACE: There is a Fusion Blush. This cheek color has a matte and a shimmery shade packaged together. The shade is Regal which is a great nude peach pink blush and it retails for $32. This is a good color because it doens’t overwhelm when paired with a bold or smoky eye.

EYES: There are 2 Reign Eyeshadow Palettes in Majesty which contains a highlighting peach, opulent plum, and black and there is Monarch which contains a golden highlighting shade, rich bronze, and neutral taupe brown. I think Majesty would look great with green, brown, or hazel eyes. Monarch is a nice neutral for all eye colors. These contain the same shades in matte and shimmery formulas.These retail for $42. There is a Jet Set Eyeliner Palette in Reign. This contains four long-wearing cream eyeliners in black, brown, gold, and bronze . The gold and bronze both wear nicely on the bottom lash line and make the eyes appear brighter and more “awake”. This retails for $48. There is a Reign Lash DNA Mascara in Plum. This retails for $19. I love a plum for fall/winter.

LIPS: There is a Lip Gloss in Crowned, a warm peachy nude. The packaging is adorable. It retails for $19. There are 2 Doubletake Lip Colors. These are a pencil with a lip liner on one end and a longer wearing lipstick on the other. There is Amaretto and Currant. These retail for $22. Amaretto is really nude, a pink nude combo that is great for a smoky eye. Currant is what the name applies. I like this product because it is convenient and portable plus it doesn’t look dry.

I like the collection event though I am pretty much over the smoky eye. I think the lip colors are really nice in this collection and I do like the “idea” behind it. It is a little odd really, but I like to think of it as the makeup that all of Henry VIII’s wives wore while A. having affairs with other unattractive men or B. being beheaded. Find out more about royal scandal on wiki. This collection is available at Sephora and smashbox.com.

Jungle animal trends are popular again this summer. MAC’s collection has that vibe and so does Smashbox. It only makes sense since safari prints and trends are so popular in clothing and accessories this summer as well.”Untamed” contains many pretty, deep, and mysterious shades.

FACE: There is a Creamy Cheek Color in Terracotta. This is a sheer color that is like the name implies, a terracotta. It can also be worn on the lips. It retails for $24. Sephora is offering a High Lights Cheek Luminizer. This is a long-wearing pink shimmer cream. It goes for $24.

EYES: There are 2 Waterproof Shadow Liner Trios. These are long wearing creams. There is Savage (yep, they went there); it contains a deep “jungle” green shimmer, nude champagne gold shimmer, and a deep chocolate brown shimmer. The other is Exotic; it contains a deep eggplant shimmer, pinky champagne shimmer, and a dusty mauve shimmer. Both are great for brown eyes, Exotic is great for green and hazel eyes. These retail for $29. The texture is OK but I must add that the lid be on tightly or these babies will dry out and be useless. That is the downside to waterproof cosmetics 😦 There is a Double-Ended Eye Brightener. This is really a jumbo “eyeliner” pencil that can be used as a highlighter for eyes or face. It contains a pinky champagne and a soft honey gold (think Benefit Tequila). It is a nice product but I don’t think I’ll fork over the $22 for it.

LIPS: There are 2 Lip Glosses. One is Raw which is a shimmery brick red. I really like this one on tan skin. The other is Flesh which is a satiny nude that looks great with dark eye makeup. These go for $18.

I am truly apathetic about this collection. I don’t dislike it other than its offensive names. I’m not in love with it either. It is one I’ll pass up this summer. The colors are OK but I have many of these things in my collection already. I must add that I do find these great “colors” for medium to tan complexions. They aren’t the typical “bronzes” of the season but they still look summery.

Here’s another cover of the blonde Sandy Warner, looking as beautiful as always. This 1959 release was “exotic” with the sounds and instruments of Cuba and Africa all played by the comforting face of Martin Denny. In a time where the sounds of Asia or the Pacific Ocean or Africa were all labeled “exotic” and could only be played by one man willing to go there. Anyways, I love the records, don’t get me wrong. But, that is so funny to me. I mean World Market still does the same hokey thing as saying all non-whitey places are “exotic” with their hokey keyboard generic “ethnic” music playing while you buy wicker crap and rustic wind chimes.

Anyways, to get this lovely Afro-Desia look. Use your favorite foundation (the face is matte) such as Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet Mattifying Foundation if you are oily. You can use a powder foundation like Lancôme Dual Finish Powder Foundation for normal skin. Pat concealer where needed and dust lightly with a loose powder such as NARS Loose Powder. Sandy is all about the brows, fill brows in with Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in your shade. Use the spoolie on the end to blend and brush brows into place. Use a nude eyeshadow all over the eyelid such as L’Oreal Eyeshadow Single in Sandy Shores. Use a gray powder in the crease all the way down to the lashline. Use something such as Urban Decay Matte Eyeshadow in Pervesion and blend well. This look is all about the liner. Line eyes thickly with Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner in Black. Make sure to wing it out for a cateye look. Smudge a little of the gel liner onto the lower lashline to make the bottom lashes appear thicker. Apply false eyelashes or coat lashes heavily with Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara in Black. Lightly dust cheeks with Jane Mineral Blush in Outspoken Pink. Now to the lovely lips. Line lips with Sephora Brand Lip Pencil in Boysenberry or any rich magenta lip pencil. Fill in lips with the classic Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries In The Snow. One of my favorite lipstick shades. Your done!

What have the Factors put together for us this fall? Well, it looks like smoke’n hot deep “sinful” colors and demure pale shades that juxtapose one another perfectly.  You know something that is both wicked and lovely. It’s a deep lip or smoky eye or heck, even both. The website describes it as being, “Every woman is naughty and nice, daring and demure, light-hearted and darkly alluring. For looks that are charmingly sweet, devilishly sexy, or a little bit of both, experience our Wicked Lovely Collection.” So it’s the split personality collection.  I believe that most women will but the charmingly sweet and not the darkly alluring shades but those devilishy sexy shades are the ones worth noting. The collection contains the following:

EYES: WL Cream Liner and Loose Shadow set: It contains three shimmery cream eyeliners in a pewter, antique bronze and cool, dirty taupe. The shimmer powder is a smoky pebble shade. This is a nice portable mirrored compact to create a smokey eye. It retails for $32. There are WL Eyeshadow Duo in Sexy/Demure which is a shimmery peach and shimmery deep bronzey brown that is perfect for everyday. The other is Sinful/Demure which is a pale shimmery ivory and a shimmery charcoal slate which is perfect for a smoky look. Retails for $24. They’ve relaunched the Bionic Mascara which I haven’t tried so I can’t comment on.

LIPS and CHEEKS: WL Lip Gloss in three shades. These come in an hour glass-ish package with a black tassel. I wasn’t really impressed with the packaging. It is too stripperish and is like the lip gloss equivalent of a pastie. The shades are Coy which is a sheer au naturale nude, Sweet which is a sheer warm apricot/peach, and Sultry which is a deep shimmery black cherry wine. I really like Sultry because as I have commented before I am craving those dark wine lips for fall. Each have a brush tip applicator and retail for $18. There’s the WL Lip Pencil in Tempt which is the arranged spouse for Sultry. Tempt is a deep dark cherry that retails for $16. There’s the WL Doubletake Lip Color Pencil in Gossamer which is a very pretty shade. One end is a lip liner that is a natural pinky peach and the other is a creamy lip color that is a pinky peach. It retails for $22 and looks awesome with dark eye makeup. Finally, there is the WL Blush Rush in Charm which is a beautiful natural warm light, soft pink powder blush. It adds needed softness to a strong eye or lip. It comes in a really cool compact that has a swivel mirror on the bottom. It retails for $24.

Overall, I like the collection. It has something for everyone from dark merlot lips to nude eyes or dark smoky glam eyes to peachy pink innocent lips. This color collection seems to be available everywhere: Nordstrom, Ulta, Sephora and if you can’t find it at a retailer there is the Smashbox website.