Monday, November 28, 2016

Time in a bottle: November 2016 favorites


                             All the constellations in the sky...


                   Prada's fall 2016 gold embroidered velvet dress

Emilio Pucci Zodiac Blue Velvet Blazier

Available at 1stdibs. 

                                         Makeup inspirations:




                                      Chanel Allure Sensuelle


                                       John Varvatos Dark Rebel 

Skin Care:

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense 

Pond's Cold Cream

Years ago my pediatrician told me to use this when my cheeks became red and dry. It worked then, and it works now. I don't currently have skin problems, but this has protected my skin from the weather changes. If your skin is acting up and you wear makeup, try Pond's and see if it works for you.This, warm water, and a facial wash cloth remove all my makeup and lightly exfoliate.


La Mer Soft Fluid 

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick



Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage



Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Cola Pop 

Clinique Totally Tawny


Clinique All About Shadow in Black Honey


Guerlain Cils d'Enfer So Volume

Lip products in my bag:

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Berry Brown

Some of my favorite reds:
Illamasqua Box 

L'Oreal Blake's Red and Eva's Red 
The best reds in the drugstore. 

Besame 1935 Cherry Red 

Every woman should own a tube of Besame. 

Lip Liners:
MAC Cherry
NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Red

Nail Colour:

Essie Velvet Voyeur (Fall Into Fashion 2010)

OPI Eiffel For This Color (OPI France fall 2008)

Zoya Elisa (Diva fall 2012)

OPI Vodka and Caviar (OPI Russian- discontinued)


OPI Eiffel For This Color

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Time in a bottle: October 2016 favorites

                                              Happy Halloween!






         Long tees inspired by the Perry Ellis spring 1993 show. Go a size smaller, and braless (if you dare).

I like these from J. Crew,  and these from Club Monaco. So many brands have good options. 

 Turtleneck knit, pencil slacks, and slingbacks. 


                                           Makeup inspirations:



 Lara Stone

'La beauté du diable' photographed by Christian Moser for Marie Claire, November 1990.

 Isabella Rossellini by Ruven Afanador, Oct. 1996 Vogue Germany 


                                       Christian Dior Poison


                                              Atelier Santal Carmin




Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Natural Perfection



Shiseido Perfecting Stick Concealer


NARS Sin, Taos, or Outlaw. 

What I call "the fall trio". These are all you need. 


Kevyn Aucoin The Guardian Angel Cream Highlighter


Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash in Stone

Kevyn Aucoin The Bloodroses Palette

Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder in Bitter Clove and Charred Emerald. (sold out)


L'Oreal Voluminous Feline Noir 

  Nail Colour:

Oribe The Violet

Smith & Cult in Feed The Rich

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

You've Got Mail: Kathleen Kelly in The Shop Around the Corner


You've Got Mail is on my fall movie list, and it's one of the only successful remakes in movie history. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks were magical together in the 90's, and You've Got Mail was their second best movie after Sleepless in Seattle.  Besides a beautiful NYC in autumn, I'm kind of obsessed with Kathleen and Christina's wardrobe of tights, chunky heels, cardigans, and turtleneck sweaters throughout the movie. It's much easier to recreate the makeup than raid your closet for 90's throwback clothing, so here is how to do just that.

First, I've lit an oud and moss candle, so my home is smelling moss-y.

Start with your beautiful skin that's clean and soft. This time of year you want moisturized skin before applying makeup.

1. Kathleen and Christina both have natural foundation. My three favorites to achieve that are Bourjois Healthy Mix, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, or Rimmel Wake Me Up. Just use your hands, or any way that you like best. The goal is that it looks like good skin. Conceal with Maybelline Fit Me. Then add some powder where you need it. I think people often go overboard on powder thinking it will stop shine during the day. That's what blotting papers are for, or a handkerchief.

2. Do what you will with your brows, but does anyone want 90's brows back? I personally do not. Use a soft brow powder to fill in any gaps, or a pencil to fix the shape. On to the eyes... I had to use my trusty Viseart 01 matte for this look, but Sonia Kashuk's Eye on Neutral Matte Palette works too. You need a skin tone shade to sweep all over your lid, a very natural crease shade, and a dark espresso one for the liner. In that order. Then curl your lashes and sweep on some mascara.

3. Apply a tawny blush (we loved tawny in the 90's, and still do), like Clinique Soft Pressed in Totally Tawny.

4. There are so many lip options. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, Revlon Super Lustrous in Rum Raisin, Revlon Toast of New York, MAC Spice It Up, MAC Capricious, or Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Cassis.  Kathleen's lipsticks ranged from pinky nudes to spice, and Christina's were bolder berries and reds.

Now go buy some pencils and sharpen them! That's the smell of fall in NY.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Inspired by literature: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

"For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in town."

Practical Magic tells the story of two sisters in New England who happen to be witches. It's a family trait, and staying that way--despite Sally's wish to be "normal" and not cursed. They live in a big Victorian house with two eccentric aunts, eat chocolate cake for breakfast, and rules don't exist. The townspeople are classic "torch and pitchfork" people who bully them and throw rocks, so naturally they grow up feeling ostracized and different from everyone they meet. 

Clockwise: Revlon Spicy Cinnamon Super Lustrous Lipstick, L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Black (also comes in brown), Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Rich Nude, Cover Girl Gloss Balm in Jam Twist, Face Stockholm Cranberry Veil, L'Oreal True Match Blush in Spiced Plum, MAC Tenderling Blush, and Bobbi Brown Shimmerwash Eyeshadow in Stone. 

Sally's makeup is incredibly simple. Pamela Westmore gave Sandra Bullock a range of pink, nude, and peach tones. It's not dated at all considering this movie was made in 1998. Her skin is natural and demi matte. I chose MAC Tenderling Blush because it's very natural on most skin tones. This is a dusty nude pink. Bobbi Brown Stone Eyeshadow gives the perfect taupe wash of color, and L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Brown gives the lash line definition. I'm sure she's wearing at least one coat of mascara, so use your favorite.  Revlon Spicy Cinnamon or Bobbi Brown Rich Nude  match her lip colors throughout the movie and the promotional shots. 

Wild Gillian was played by Nicole Kidman, and the artist gave her a lot more variety with her makeup. I wouldn't call it grunge, but it fit her character's restless ways . One minute it was soft red lipstick, and the next her eyeliner was pitch black, smudged, and paired with a glossy jam lip color. Her look focuses on liner, cheeks, and lips. Since most of the movie takes place in the fall, I chose L'Oreal Spiced Plum Blush for a flushed cheek. L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering liner in Black gives that "black as pitch" eye kohl. Face Stockholm Cranberry Veil is a soft red that won't overwhelm, and Cover Girl Jam Twist is one of the most comfortable lip products I've come across. 

What products would you use for a Sally or Gillian look? Is Practical Magic on your list of movies to watch this fall? 

—  Kristi Marie from Modern Grace