looks to try right now: earth tones

On November 14, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

While I often find a makeup look interesting or beautiful, it’s relatively uncommon that I actually want to recreate it on myself. I’ll make a mental note of elements I like here and there, which notes presumably accumulate in my unconscious to manifest at some later time, but usually don’t want to just copy the exact look.

Unless it’s this gorgeous.

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This is the work of Victoria’s Secret makeup artist Hugo Vanngo [as featured in intothegloss], who obviously does restrained elegance well. The article was about a fresh take on earth tones, and I really love the first two looks he created (full article here).

The contrast of the deep garnet lip with the minimally contoured eye is so chic. The eye makeup is almost undetectable, with most of the focus going to the enhanced brows and rosy cheeks. Key that he didn’t bring the blush too far toward the center of the face, which keeps the look grown up. Imagine a vertical line coming down from the outside corner of the eye, this blush only slightly crosses that line, and only at the hazy edge of the zone of color. Compare this with a youthful blush look centered on the apples of the cheeks – a distinctly different look (urge you to try this at home).

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This second look is LIFE. I love everything about the colors on the eye here. A prune lid with a rusty brown, fairly graphic crease color. Defined lashes but still natural (not doll drama, which I personally don’t like on myself). The faintest presence of bronzer and a peachy nude lip to allow the eyes to dominate…perfect. Shades of violet look lovely with every eye color, and if a crayola purple is too much for you, this kind of muted jewel tone (amethyst tempered with taupe, violet tempered with brown) is a beautiful way to go.

Will have to remember to document trying these looks out.

images via intothegloss

the Kat Von D Monarch palette

On April 16, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

If you’ve been reading for a while you may remember that I’ve been looking for a sepia eyeshadow, and was for a while considering the Kat Von D Ladybird palette, though in the end I had too many reservations and didn’t go for it. I’m so glad I didn’t, as Kat Von D released two new palettes this month with new colors and formulas, one warm, one cool. Guess which one I liked more?

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I picked up the Monarch palette, which wasn’t even on the shelves yet in Sephora last week but they sold it to me anyway. The colors were, are, irresistible to me. This is what I wanted the Urban Decay Naked palette (which I don’t have (or want) in any incarnation) to be. Taupe, beige, bronze, gold, champagne, brown, russet…everything I like best, and with lovely, buttery textures.

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See that shade on the left?? Are you seeing??

This already has great reviews online, and it deserves them. I haven’t had much time to play around with it yet but I’ve been swatching and musing, and I am pleased. I have some reservations about the top right base shade, which has some oversized glitter, but this is the only negative to report so far. This should be on shelves officially in the next couple of weeks, so if you’re near a Sephora (this is a Sephora exclusive), I urge you to check it out. The other palette is nice, too, with blues and stuff, but, you know. This one is better.

I’ve been making a lot of decisions based primarily on color lately, and color seems to be playing an increasingly significant role in my vision generally (in all types of choices). Somehow color is jumping out at me more, seems more important, more powerful and more poignant than it has been in the past. It’s always hard to tell if I am imagining these things. Still, it does seem I am struck down (smitten, really) more often by some singing color these days. I am the same, perhaps, only more so.

the bohemian

On November 17, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

I borrowed some lovely pearl pieces from the Etsy shop bluebirrrd dreams and, when Sarah, the shop owner, mentioned she loved wearing the lariat necklace as a bracelet, the look I envisioned took a most welcome turn for the bohemian. One of my favorite alter-egos.

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I like the mixing of texture and color that often accompanies a bohemian look. The aesthetic is that of a happy jumble, and the profusion of irregular peacock pearls makes for an appealing accent. The careless, rumpled elements just improve the look. Conveniently.

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I like long necklaces, which has come up already, and I particularly like a lariat; essentially one long string with no clasp that can be arranged as you please. This one has beautiful peacock coloring.

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The sun was not cooperating today. Dubious interior background.  [See that box? That box is full of wigs.]

Doc Martens, H&M leg warmers, Ralph Lauren Rugby cardigan, and…I can’t remember where the rest of this stuff is from. Variously thrifted. On the nails; Essie polish in Sew Psyched. On the lips; Lipstick Queen lipstick in Jean Queen*.

*I’ll talk more about this later, this formula is genius, more a luxe tinted balm, and this particular color is one of the most subtle and flattering pinks I’ve come across.

This eyeshadow is from MakeupGeek in the shade Goddess. Lovely sepia! Unfortunately it is almost perpetually out of stock.

Here I realize the cherry blossom pearl drop earrings I’ve borrowed would be fitting for this look, too.

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This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own. Featured pearls are on loan from Bluebirrrd Dreams.

the bicycle

On November 14, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

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After looking for a Dutch style step-through for a while I settled on this one, the Public C7i. It has a classic European aesthetic and features an internal hub on the rear wheel for smooth shifting and protection of the gears. Rides beautifully. The basket is a Nantucket oval basket with the plaque removed.

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There’s something parisienne about this look; the stripes, the length of the skirt…I like this silhouette. Currently preoccupied with [looking for] skirts that hit somewhere between the calf and the sweet spot just below the knee.

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Why not match one’s lipstick to one’s bike?

Navy linen skirt from asos, Arizona Jeans shirt (in my new favorite color), Steve Madden flats, Free Authority fedora (which is not practical, on a bike), Pearls of Joy 8-9mm studs. On the lips, Tom Ford lipstick in Cherry Lush.

 

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autumn palettes

On September 29, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

There are two eyeshadow palettes I’m particularly looking forward to using for autumn, I think you’ll immediately see why.

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The Sleek Sunset palette has those warm, rusty tones I’ve been banging on about for ages, and a great Mediterranean blue (if you want to try that bold pop of blue under the eyes à la the Marc Jacobs show, which I definitely do*). Nicely priced, too. The Dior Earth Tones palette (discontinued now but there are similar ones) is a lovely example of those muddy olive and burgundy tones I like so predictably every time I come across them. Rather staggeringly priced. Beautiful in application, though, quite a sumptuous formulation, and I’m feeling no pangs about it.

I never get tired of browsing great masses of colors, individually or in combination, and deciding which I like best, which I am drawn to the most. I think I will not disclose how long I spent trying to find the Dior palette once it had been chosen. Or once it chose me, as it so often seems.

*Experimentation is salutary.

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If you’re curious, I’ll likely apply them with one or more of these favorite eye brushes.

IMG_7421Top to bottom: Sigma tapered blending brush, MAC 217, bamboo bdellium 785 (best value blender here, and so soft, though the Sigma brushes are well priced, too), Paula Dorf sheer crease brush (current favorite), Sigma E20, essence of Beauty crease brush (from the little drugstore crease duo), e.l.f. contour brush, e.l.f. eye shadow “C” brush (this is such an incredible value*, I think the blush brush is fantastic, too).

*essentially I believe in spending over $10 for a good blending brush (once you use a good one you understand that you aren’t going back to whatever you did before…however you don’t need this many. Only one. Or, for convenience, two, where one stays largely clean throughout the process for additional blending while the other deposits the color. Oh, just go watch Lisa Eldridge, OK?), but not for a flat shading brush.

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All kitted out like this, you’d think I’d wear eyeshadow more often.

I intend to work on that.

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