I know I am not the only one who is actually looking forward to fall. It’s not just the weather, the falling leaves or the hot tea–it’s all the beauty trends! I recently had the opportunity to partner with Mary Kay® to recreate two perfect-for-fall looks that their Global Makeup Artist, Luis Casco used on Project Runway (yes, that Project Runway). You can find out more information about the looks and inspiration by visiting the Mary Kay® website here. I am all for having fun with makeup. Trying new looks and new colors that are outside my everyday routine feels refreshing and yes, a little edgy. The first look I tried my hand at is called Emerald Smoke. Greens are actually a favorite eyeshadow color of mine so I knew this would be a great place to start. DSC_0278   See how totally appropriate this is for fall? Jewel toned eyes and bitten berry lips make me feel so vampy and dramatic! Here are the products I used: DSC_0261

- Mary Kay® Cream Eye Color – Meadow Grass – Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color – Emerald – Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color – Lime – Mary Kay® Eye Smudger Brush – Mary Kay® Eyeliner – Black – Mary Kay® Lash Love® Lengthening™ Mascara – I ♥ _Black – Mary Kay® Liquid Foundation Brush – Mary Kay® Cream Blush – Cranberry – Mary Kay® Lip Liner – Cappuccino – Mary Kay® True Dimensions® Lipstick – Mystic Plum – Mary Kay® Translucent Loose Powder – Mary Kay® Eye Color Brush – Mary Kay® Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush

I applied the Meadow shadow all over as a base and topped it off with eye color in Emerald and lightly dusted Lime on the inner third of my lid. I used the black eyeliner to create a slight flick which I smudged out to give it a more diffused effect. I topped my lashes with mascara. I applied the cream blush in Cranberry to my cheekbones with my fingers and blended back toward my hairline. I finished the look with by lining my lips with Cappucino Lip Liner and a coat of Mystic Plum lipstick. I have to say my favorite product was the cream blush. It was so smooth and easy to apply, and the color was perfect for getting that “in from the cold” look. The green shadow works well to brighten my eyes and adds a playful touch. The eyeliner was very pigmented–one of the blackest liners I have ever used. The whole look came together nicely!

I really thought the second look, Graphic Eye, might be hard for me to pull off, but it turns out it was my favorite of the two and I’ve already sported it more than once!   DSC_0398   DSC_0399  

I love how the pop of blue is unexpected yet very feminine at the same time. The bronzed cheeks and perky lip color made me feel so fresh and right on trend.

Here are the products I used: DSC_0386

- Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color – Moonstone – Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color – Driftwood – Mary Kay® Eye Crease Brush – Mary Kay At Play™ Bold Fluid Eyeliner – Blue My Mind – Mary Kay® Gel Eyeliner With Expandable Brush Applicator – Mary Kay® Bronzing Powder – Light-Medium – Mary Kay® Bronzing Powder – Medium-Dark – Mary Kay® Ultimate Mascara™ – Black – Mary Kay® True Dimensions® Lipstick – Pink Chérie – Mary Kay® NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss – Au Naturel – Mary Kay® Makeup Finishing Spray by Skindinävia – Mary Kay® Powder Brush – Mary Kay® Cheek Brush

I started by applying the eyeshadow in Moonstone all over my lid, blending up to the crease. I took the eyeshadow in Driftwood and applied it to my crease blending upward to create some definition. I also smudged a small amount on my lower lash line. I then took the liquid liner in Blue My Mind and lined the first 1/2 of my lids. I then took the gel liner in black to create a nice feline flick to the outer half of my lid. I topped my lashes with mascara. I took the bronzing powder in medium-dark and dusted it over the high points of my face to create a sun kissed glow. I put on two layers of the lipstick in Pink Chérie and added a touch of the lip gloss in Au Naturel to the center of my lips to create a full effect.

I absolutely love how this look turned out. I was concerned it would be too bold for me to wear, but the black liner combined with the blue really makes it more modern and more grown up- something I actually wore to the office with ease. The liquid liner did not have the best application for me. Although the product and color is lovely, the applicator is not my favorite. I ended up having to use my own brush to apply it. I also really enjoy the lipstick and bronzer–both of the shades are effortlessly pretty.

I had so much fun recreating the looks that Luis Casco did on Project Runway. Playing with different colors and textures always leaves me feeling refreshed–like a new woman ready to conquer anything life has to throw at me!

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02. 09. 2014

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Well, it’s time to showcase a beautiful palette that really took my breath away the first time I saw and swatched it.

I introduce you to the Tom Ford Nude Dip quad, new and limited edition for fall.


Nude Dip isn’t anything like the two other quads I own from Tom Ford (Cocoa Mirage and Orchid Haze). Each shade glows and has this gel-like texture. The shadows apply effortlessly on the lids and I don’t experience fall out.


Sure, the $79 price tag is completely staggering. If you like ethereal lids, grown-up shimmer and natural shades you will find it money well spent. I don’t even have to use the shades wet to get great color payoff.


Swatches of the quad, no primer, in direct sunlight.

See how gorgeous and shiny these are? The darkest brown shade is the least shimmery and perfect for adding definition to the crease and lash line. I have used the lightest shade almost everyday since the quad arrived.

I ordered mine from a local Tom Ford boutique that is sadly sold out. Check your local department stores for preorders or check the Tom Ford boutique stores. It is selling out fast so if you are interested I would order sooner than later.

It has my absolute stamp of approval!


I have gone through several phases of lip treatments, balms…the ubiquitous Chapstick.  I have tried many and loved few. EOS lip balms? Totally dried my lips out. Jack Black Lip Therapy? Did basically the same thing as Vaseline for me (though my mom loves it). I always have a tube of Blistex with me, that’s a given, as sometimes I just really need a medicated balm. However, for daily use I really prefer to up the pretty factor in both product and packaging.

Enter Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments. My favorite balm ever.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments

I have four of the eleven (yes, ELEVEN!) varieties, including the not-pictured original (colorless) version.

As a PSA- Did you know they just released another shade, called Ruby? It’s on Sephora for VIBs right now (here) the description says it has shimmer to it! I will most definitely be picking that up.

The shades I have so far are  quite pigmented, have no shimmer and have a very consistent formula. The treatment has SPF 15 in it, which is always a plus. As a balm it isn’t greasy nor is it hard. It’s the right blend of smooth and creamy and feels like silk on the lips.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Swatches

Swatches L-R: Coral, Rose, Tulip

Tulip is the newest addition to my collection. It’s a nice, bright pop of pink and I have to thank Estee from EssieButton on Youtube for the heads up on the new shade.

All of the shades I have look nice and glossy on the lips, and they leave behind a stain for hours after wearing off. For Autumn I think I will need the Berry or Plum shade!

How you judge a lip treatment ultimately comes down to what you need it to do. If you are looking for something to treat severely dry, peeling lips I might suggest looking elsewhere or sticking to the Original version that isn’t tinted. When used daily I find the Fresh treatments help ward off the really dry and peeling lip situation and gives my lips a nice tint with a bit of gloss. It’s the perfect low-maintenance lip product for a beach bag or purse.

The full sized tubes will set you back $22.50. Steep, but considering the combination of silky gloss, staining tint and smoothing treatment – all working in perfect harmony I’d say it’s money well spent.

Charlotte Tilbury. You hear that name and immediately think… makeup artist…. beauty expert…. or, if you’re like me, you think: luxury makeup brand! Here in the U.S. we haven’t had reasonable access to the relatively new line of products in the past. That’s all about to change via Nordstrom and Beautylish. Nordstrom is having their anniversary sale right now and as part of that they launched an exclusive set. Our first taste into the line was actually my most wanted item: the Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette. Nordstrom offered the palette with the corresponding Charlotte Tilbury brush (more on that later).

Naturally, I jumped at the chance to finally try the brand (right after handing over that forkload of cash- RIP wallet).

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow 2

The palette had a nice weight and feel to it and certainly looks every bit as expensive as it actually is. The rose gold packaging is a nice, elegant touch.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow

Inside you will find a large mirror and two very finely milled powders, silky to the touch and very pigmented.

I was immediately taken with the bronzer or “sculpt” shade. It’s effortless on my skintone, adding just the right amount of bronze and shade to sculpt my cheek bones and give my face a bit of color.

The highlighter is certainly pretty in its own right. It’s not chunky or glittery, just a nice smooth glow.

The next thing I had to do was compare these shades to products I already owned. Would they prove to be *that* special?

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Swatches and Comparisons

Swatches L-R: Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight, Lorac Perfectly Lit in Spotlight, Charlotte Tilbury Highlight, Charlotte Tilbury Sculpt, Becca Duende Bronzer, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Natural 1

The highlight shade struck me as being not all that unique when I first swatched it. Though it does impart a lovely, believable glow, it’s not exactly ground-breaking either. The LORAC Spotlight highlight is very, very close- ever-so-slightly darker.

The bronzer is a bit more unique. It’s like a mix between two of my favorite bronzers, Becca Duende and Bobbi Brown Natural 1.

As for the brush (not pictured here), well, if you watched my latest video you understand my thoughts here. But to summarize: it’s cheap, reminiscent of a craft store brush and I wouldn’t have paid $5 for it had I had the chance to test it in person. So there.

My first impression of the Charlotte Tilbury brand is mixed at best. The brush was an utter failure. The Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette is nice to have and looks lovely to the eye. I can’t help but think the price tag overshadows what you actually get here and therefore cannot give it my highest recommendation. For now, it’s merely nice to have, but not a must. I will keep you updated if my opinion changes once I have had a few weeks of using it.

Have you tried the Charlotte Tilbury line? If not, what would you love to try if given the chance?