Don’t forget to enter Spoiled Pretty’s latest giveaway, sponsored by Starlet Cosmetics. One lucky winner will receive the new Theatrical Palette, which holds 15 covetable eye colors – everything you need to create the season’s hottest looks. Contest closes at 9 pm EST on Sunday, March 2nd.
Ebony and ivory
Mixed together in perfect harmony
Side by side on my eyelids, fingers, toenails
Why don’t we?
I’m not going to say anything silly like “such and such is the new black”…because, really, we hear enough of that nonsense every season. There are so many makeup trends right now that even a beauty buff, like me, can’t keep up. But I will tell you that one craze I’m digging is the color gray.
Unlike brown or beige, this basic is anything but boring. It’s neutral, with an edge – yet very versatile. Which cloudy colors am I crushing on?
Essie’s Great Expectations (from the Spring 2008 ‘In The Mood’ color collection) is the lightest, softest, sheerest gray with a subtle hint of glimmer. It goes on creamy and lasts for-evah.
MAC Eye Shadow in Alum is a mid-tone blue grey with soft blue pearl (Satin). A few weeks ago, while browsing at Bloomingdale’s, I was eyeing up this shade for about 10 minutes – when a MAC makeup artist offered to dust some on my lids. A few minutes later, I had the sexiest (but somehow effortless-looking) smoky eye!
This Spring, shu uemura introduces their 126th collection, aptly named REBIRTH, in which Mr. Uemura tells a story about nature blooming in spring.
REBIRTH embraces the energy of the season, and translates these elements through vibrant colors. The collection features an abstract image of a flower blooming, drawn by Mr. Uemura himself. This collection is very special, as it was his last before passing away in December.
The REBIRTH collection includes the following limited-edition products:
*Tri-Color Eye Pencil in Aqua Flow and Energy Flow
*Pressed Eye Shadow in Spring Breeze, Earth Brown, Sun Stream, Yellow Elation, and Pristine Green
*Rouge Unlimited in Dewy Beige, Pink Bloom, and Serene Pink
*Glow On in Harmonious Orange and Tranquil Pink
*Nail Enamel in Gold Zest and Innocent Beige
As a tribute to this collection and Mr. Uemura’s work, shu uemura Principle Makeup Artists Jason Hoffman and Misumi Kitano created three very special looks.
Rita Brown, shu uemura Principle Makeup Artist, created this look (left), entitled BREEZE, exclusively for Spoiled Pretty readers!
Subtle highlight around the eye area
Rocket Eye Pencil in Aqua Flow – use grey pencil from lashline to mid-crease and under the eye
Pressed Eye Shadow in Spring Breeze – layer on top of pencil and blend up into the crease and under the eye
Pressed Eye Shadow in ME Beige 800 – inner corner of the eye
Liquid Eyeliner in Black – very tight line on the top and bottom
Precise Volume Mascara in Black – top and bottom
False Eyelashes Luxe in Black – top and bottom
Glow On Tranquil Pink – apply to cheekbone
Rouge Unlimited Pink Bloom – apply on top and bottom of lip
I’ll be testing the products soon, so check back for my review. To shop shu uemura, visit shuuemura.com.
I am absolutely infatuated with Lily Donaldson’s pink eye shadow in the new Spring 2008 ads for Max Mara.
I don’t know if I’m daring enough to rock this look. But for those of you who are, no need to purchase pink eye shadow (though MAC has a great selection). Just find a matte/satin pink blush that compliments your skin tone (I’m a fan of Bobbi Brown blushes), and apply with an eye shadow brush.
Let the shadow be the focus, and leave the rest of your face alone – think natural lashes, bare cheeks, and a nude, understated lip.
Last month, I introduced you all to Starlet Cosmetics’ 7 piece Folder Brush Set – which has since become a staple in my purse. Now – just in time for Spring – they’ve released the Theatrical Palette, which contains 15 covetable colors.
From red to yellow to blue eye shadow shades, wearing the season’s most stylish looks involves equally bright colors for both eyes and lips. Both daytime and evening looks can be achieved by incorporating neutrals, grays and black applied for an intense finish.
“This spring is all about color, which allows for so much creativity when it comes to makeup application,” says Debbie Chow, Founder and CEO of Starlet Cosmetics. “I challenge every woman to select an outrageous shade they never thought they would wear, like a purple or orange, and experiment with it.”
The Theatrical Palette retails for $50 and is available at starletcosmetics.com. But one lucky reader is gonna get Spoiled Pretty, because Starlet Cosmetics is generously sponsoring a giveaway!
To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Starlet Cosmetics Giveaway.” The contest ends at 9 pm EST on Sunday, March 2nd. A winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, March 3rd, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents.
And for those of you who can’t wait to get better acquainted with Starlet Cosmetics, add them as a friend on Facebook (just reference ‘Spoiled Pretty’ in the message) and get a code for 20% off your next purchase! This is an exclusive deal – only for Spoiled Pretty readers. You see? Membership does have its privileges.
Enter the giveaway now. And good luck!
The other day, I received a package in the mail. When I opened it, I was surprised to find a generous assemblage of beauty bounty – courtesy of my friends at Milani.
My favorites of the bunch are their new Runway Eyes. Each compact contains a single powder shadow that can be used dry for a shimmery, sheer wash of color – or wet, for a more intense look (and as a liner).
The colors are absolutely yummy to look at. And though many of the color options appear quite bold, they are surprisingly wearable.
Now that I’ve had a chance to play around with the products, I can honestly say that anyone can wear these shadows. The lighter colors are so sheer that they compliment a wide variety of skin tones. And the darker shades can be used to create a very easy smoky eye when applied with a dry brush – even for those of you who typically gravitate towards paler eye colors. The only warning I have is that these shadows aren’t particularly long-lasting; so I would advise prepping the lid with a primer. My recommendation is . Otherwise, these get the Spoiled Pretty seal of approval. Scroll down for more color swatches.
I was also impressed by Milani’s Color Brilliance Eye Pencils. The pencils go on very creamy, apply smoothly – so they won’t tug on your eyelid, and the color payout is very good. In the pic, you can see the colors I received (black, purple, aqua, and green).
Milani cosmetics are available at your local drugstore.