I’m re-organizing the Beauty Is Boring studio this week and finding tons of old Polaroids, including this makeup test on Staz Lindes – musician, model and muse. Can’t remember exactly when we shot this but it’s a really 80’s look… so 80’s that evidently I didn’t even blend the blush. Ha!
When you snap a photo after the shoot with your iPhone and realize that Ella Flood is giving young Kim Basinger vibes plus LemonheadLA Spacepaste is glittery chartreuse goodness in the late afternoon sunlight…
Celebrating Brooke Candy’s birthday today in the Beauty Is Boring studio! It was the perfect opportunity to play with yet another new shade of the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment – a bright fuchsia color called Give It Up.
Formula: Eau de Parfum
Across Sands is part of the Replica (Reproduction of Familiar Fantasies) perfume series by Maison Margiela. At first sniff, it delivers on it’s Lawrence of Arabia promise and brings to mind warm desert winds, exotic bazaars and a touch of oud. The oud is surprisingly subtle, somehow made smooth by the sweetness of dates and dry spices. And although the composition seems like it would be quite intense and earthy, on my skin it drys down into an airy celebration of slightly sweet, dried spices with the faintest echoes of agarwood.
Finish: Velvety matte with no visible shimmer.
Formula: Powder-gelee, similar in feel to a lightweight cream.
Good For: Anyone who likes matte lipstick. There are six palettes, each with two complimentary shades. Every complexion will find at least one that is flattering and the opacity of the color means that it works well on naturally pigmented lips.
Robin’s Take: When I first opened one of these lovely compacts (TF packaging always requires a flattering adjective), I thought I was looking at a very brightly colored red eyeshadow duo. The unique presentation makes this product look like pressed eyeshadow but these gorgeous colors are actually lipstick! The powder-gelee formula has a silky feel, very light and almost airy on the lips. However the pigment is really intense and gives amazing opaque coverage, even with a single coat. The two colors are meant to create an ombre or contoured lip look but I found them equally beautiful when used alone or layered for a custom shade.
Pro Tips & Tricks: Shade and Illuminate Lips has a matte finish so if you have dry and/or flaky lips, you definitely want to do a gentle exfoliation followed by lip balm before application. Remember to let the lip balm set for a few minutes and then blot it in before applying the color. If you don’t have a gentle exfoliator handy, try lightly tapping your lips with Scotch tape to remove any dead skin – it’s surprisingly effective!