Weekend natural #makeup look

(Sometimes I feel so) Uninspired

(Sometimes I feel so) Uninspired was the title of a song by Traffic, a band fronted by Steve Winwood that was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  It also reflects how I’m feeling now about blogging.

The process of sitting down to blog is hard for me.  However, I’ve been very active on Twitter with beauty news.  Twitter is easy, blogging is hard.

I’ve also been going through a makeup-free period.  After DST, I’ve had a hard time waking up before dawn  and it’s enough for me to throw on clothes and get out of the house to go to work.  Maybe some lip color and Paula’s Choice Brow/Hair Tint to cover the gray hairs and groom the brows.  And that’s about it.

However, that hasn’t stopped me from buying cosmetics!  Recent purchases:

G-d willing, I’ll get the motivation to sit down and write about them!

Laura Mercier Eye Basics

Laura Mercier is my favorite luxe cosmetics brand.

Laura Mercier Eye Basics

I reach for Laura Mercier Eye Basics everyday.

Eye Basics in Flax is a perfect match for my light skin tone. It covers discoloration on my lids, thereby providing a canvas to apply eye shadow. The product has some pearlescence, but otherwise, eye shadow stays true and lasts all day.  I prefer applying a thin layer on my fingers, and applying it with my fingers rather than using the doe foot applicator.  Eye Basics sets quickly.

Laura Mercier Eye Basics also comes in Buff (medium pink beige), Cotton (light yellow), Eyebright (pale brightening blue), Linen (light ivory), Peach (sheer orange peach), and Wheat (light medium beige).

Now Laura Mercier has come out with Eye Canvas.  Still waiting to learn via the web site how Eye Canvas differs from Eye Basics …

You may shop Laura Mercier Cosmetics at high-end department stores (Neiman Marcus, Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s), Sephora stores,, and

Today’s makeup

What I’m wearing:

  • Coral crinkled silk bracelet length jacket from Talbot’s
  • Ivory tank top
  • Straw-colored linen blend trousers from Talbot’s
  • Bronze-metallic comfort sandals by NAOT
Paula’s Choice Sheer Cream Lipstick SPF 15

My makeup:

Today’s makeup design #Beauty

Today, I’m wearing a long-sleeve tissue-weight tee in cream (a wardrobe staple) from American Apparel and a boyfriend cardigan in dark olive over the tee. I’m also wearing jeans with studs along the side seams and a chunky wood and metal necklace from Brighton (how MOR 🙂

Although it’s considered passé to match makeup shades to my outfit, that’s what I did. I used

– ULTA eye shadow in pale Camel for the base

– Laura Mercier eye shadow in Khaki (discontinued) for contouring. I’ve noticed that the eye designs in Robert Jones‘s book Makeup Makeovers invariably use taupe for contouring.

Shu Uemura eye shadow in M Olive 499 (discontinued), a golden olive, on the outer corner.

Again, I used Christian Siriano Silky Eyeshadow in Gilded Fierce for eyeliner and LashControl mascaras.

For my face and lips, I used Daniel Chinchilla Flawless Finish Liquid Foundation, Revlon ColorStay™ Mineral Blush in Honey, Pür Minerals lip liner in Natural Calcite to fill in the lips, and Life’s A Beach lip gloss from the Robert Jones Signature Collection for Three Custom Color Specialists.

The fine print: Representatives for Pür Minerals and LashControl provided me products for review. I paid for all other products out of pocket.

My makeup routine while on travel

When it came to makeup overseas, I didn’t fare so well. The capillaries are near the surface of my skin: consequently, my skin is very sensitive to heat and wind. Any products that I used to cover redness just didn’t work. The PR rep for Orlane Paris told me that Orlane’s foundation was the best product she’s found to cover redness, but I wonder if it would stand up to the 96 deg F heat and humidity of Calcutta!

My husband said that I looked “weathered.” Nice guy. I would have wandered about all day feeling self-conscious, but he said that there was little I could do to help my appearance in the heat and humidity. On reflection, I indeed was “weathered” by the heat and the humidity. I just wish my husband weren’t so blunt.

CARGO Essential Eyeshadow Palette
All purpose eye makeup!

As much as I pared down cosmetics to carry with me, I was surprised by how little eye makeup and how few brushes I really needed to carry. I used Laura Mercier Eye Basics eye shadow base in Linen not only as an eye shadow base, but also as a brightener under my eyes. To further brighten my eyes, I applied the browbone shade from CARGO’s Essential Eyeshadow Palette to my lids with my ring finger. While I carried tinted brow gel and 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow with me, the lid and crease shades from the CARGO palette, as applied with an angled brow brush, worked well. I used the same brush to line my eyes. For the eyeliner, I used the outer corner from the CARGO palette. To intensify the eyeliner, I applied the shadow wet by dampening it with eye drops, a trick I learned through the InStyle Makeover issue that’s an extended advertisement for Ulta. Then I finished the eye look with mascara. Voilà!

Like my lips, only deeper

I’ve cited Bobbi Brown’s advice that the most flattering lip color is two shades deeper than one’s natural lip color. I’ve repeated that advice because it works.

What if you want an even more natural looking lip color than the rose brown that was touted? I found my match in Laura Mercier Stickgloss in Pomegrante, which describes as “yellow-red-brown.” It mimics my natural lip color, but is a little deeper.

Laura Mercier Stickgloss in Pomegranate

When I purchased Laura Mercier Stickgloss in Pomegranate at Sephora, the saleswoman said that this lip color would be really beautiful on me. She was right.

You may find Laura Mercier cosmetics at,, Nordstrom, Sephora, bluemercury, and other high-end stores.

Nordstrom Holiday 2008 Cosmetics Trend Show

Last Saturday, I attended the Holiday 2008 Cosmetics Trend Show at Nordstrom Tysons Corner outside of Washington, DC. The show began at 8 am. The first person arrived at quarter after 6.

The event was like a pep rally, and Nordstrom Midwest/Capital Beauty Director Julianne De’Chaump was head cheerleader. The show had three scenes, in which representatives from various cosmetics companies showed their latest products. While each of the scenes focused on makeup looks, attention was also given to skin care, bath & body, fragrance, nails, and hair products.

Scene One: Bright Metallic Textures was best exemplified by Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick from her Copper Diamond holiday collection:

Bobbi Brown ‘Copper Diamond’ Shimmer Brick Compact

This compact features shimmering shades of candlelight, gold, copper, beige and sand that would be great for highlighting the browbone, inner corner of the eyes, and top of the cheekbone.

Scene Two: Winter Berry Lips was exemplified by lip colors from MAC’s Red She Said collection:

MAC Red She Said Collection

Scene Three: Black, Smoky Eyes was best exemplified by Laura Mercier’s Eye Colour Quad in Tuxedo:

Laura Mercier Eye Colour Quad in Tuxedo

This eye shadow quad features both shimmer and matte shades of black and white, just like its namesake. It’s from Laura Mercier’s Black Tie Collection.

Actually, all these trends are perennials for the winter holiday season.

Black Cherry

While many beauty bloggers are MAC fanatics (Temptalia is the foremost example), I am not. Frankly, the outré presentations for its frequent collections are a turnoff.

That said, I think that MAC’s lipsticks are some of the best on the market. I’m craving a few lip colors in MAC’s latest collection Cult of Cherry: lipstick in Crème Cerise (sheer yellow taupe) and Mattene lipstick in Kirsch (blackened cranberry), Bing (blackened eggplant), and Chock-ful (blackened brown). The descriptions sound scary, but the shades, as represented on the web site, look beautiful.

Cherries Noir collection from Laura Mercier

UPDATE Laura Mercier has come out with her own collection Cherries Noir.

Friday roundup – March 21, 2008

OK, I’m a day late, but here’s what I found interesting among our Friends this past week.

The Beauty Brains answer the question Makeup Removers: Does Oil Cleansing Really Work? (the answer is yes). Shop With A Vengeance uses almond oil as moisturizer.

After renovating her bathroom, Ondo Lady decided that she needed bath products for the new bathroom. She confesses, I’m a Lushite. Indeed, Lush fans are very devoted. After trying several Lush products, the only one that I really like is the Floating Island bath melt.

Beauty Addict reviews several mass-market creamy body washes. While Kristen was not too fond of Caress Ultra Rich Cream Body Wash, Jamie of Beauty of Life raved about Caress Ultra Rich Cream Body Wash (I like it too).

Mischo Beauty alerts readers to an article in the New York Times Section about celebrity makeup artists hired by mass-market brands to increase their prestige. The NYT article covers Pat McGrath (P&G brands Cover Girl and Max Factor), Joanna Schlip (Physicians Formula), and my beloved Matin (Neutrogena).

Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog presents 5 laws of writing “The List” or “Bucket List.” I’ll flesh mine out later, but suffice it to say that among the things that I want to do is to pursue my love of India in a deeper, more profound way.

The popular leftist blog Crooks and Liars referenced my article Iggy Pop for the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame for their post Late Night with Iggy Pop. Too bad they don’t know I prefer Little Green Footballs as a political blog.

Finally, Christopher Drummond gives a shout-out to The Style Page. Thanks, Christopher!

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll be out of pocket next week, with limited (if any) Internet access – visiting my mother in St. Louis.