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Face of the Day: Dancing the Night Away

By bailaoragaditana · December 1, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Last night was my first-ever bellydance performance - and the first time I'd performed any sort of dance onstage since I was 17 (and back then it was flamenco!). It went pretty well, if I do say so myself, but - unsurprisingly - my favorite part was doing my makeup beforehand. (I also did makeup for a few other dancers who had clearly never done stage makeup before in their lives - another favorite thing about performing!)

(This picture makes it look waaaayyyy more subtle than it actually was, FYI. Poor lighting!)

For my base this time, I went with Lancome Teint Ultra 24h foundation in 005 and MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NW15. Blush is Bobbi Brown Desert Rose, and cheekbones are highlighted with Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose Gold. It's all topped off with Boots No7 translucent loose powder.

Next: the eyes! The most important part of any performance makeup, if you ask me! As is my usual these days, I broke out the false lashes - a new pair this time, Urban Decay Urban Lash in Sly. These are shockingly natural looking for how huge they are, and they were SUPER easy to apply - or maybe I'm just getting better? I also didn't have to trim them very much - just one little cluster of lashes off the inner corner.

Urban Decay SLY lashes 

I also dug into my Naked palettes to do the eye look: NARS primer to start, as always, and then a good coat of Snakebite on the outer half of each lid, up to just above the crease. Then Smog in the middle of each lid, and Half-Baked on the inner half, blending the three together. I added a bit of Blackout on the outer corners and blended, and then used Blunt to blend the top edges together, and Walk of Shame to blend out the edges, under my browbone, and at the outer corners (basically to cover up messy edges!). The lower lashline is Half-Baked on the inner half and Snakebite on the outer half. I used Bobbi Brown gel liners to line: Black Ink on the upper lashline (to help hide the fake lashes!) and upper waterline, and Chocolate Shimmer Ink on the lower waterline.


On my brows, I used Chanel's pencil eyeliner (the "automatic" one) to draw my brows in a slightly larger and pointier shape, and fill them in a bit. I followed that up with Bobbi Brown matte shadow in Mahogany, and then Bobbi Brown Brow Shaping Gel in Mahogany to set everything. 

On my lips - Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte lipcolor in Latte. (Lips were really not the focal point of this look, eh?)

Added in my awesome/huge earrings:

And voila: a look fit for dancing the night away!

It took me about 15 minutes (and an oil cleanser) to get this all off at the end of the night, but it was totally worth it - and I can't wait to do it again! But I'm definitely giving my skin a break today - it needs to breathe! Thanks for reading!

Face of the Day: 50 Shades of... Autumn

By bailaoragaditana · November 24, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

You thought I was going to say "Gray", didn't you? (Ha, no, you know me better than that. Me and shades of gray just do not mix, cosmetically speaking.)

So I actually took some time last Sunday morning to do a full, creative face! (GASP, I know!) The basics are the same as always, but I've gone with Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Latte on the lips, and an array of golden-green-brown shades on my eyes.

Shades used (all are Urban Decay's new shadow formula): Blunt (bright gold - all over lid), Bender (green - outer half of lid), Snakebite (bronzy brown - crease), and Walk of Shame (palest beige - browbone). I used MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy dipped in Bobbi Brown gel liner in Ivy Shimmer Ink to line my lower waterlines.

On the lips, as I said, I used Bobbi Brown's new Creamy Matte lipcolor formula - this is over top of Fresh Sugar lip treatment, so it's a bit more glossy than usual; it does dry down to a very very matte finish and I prefer it that way. This shade (Latte) is a warm medium slightly-pink brown, and it's an excellent neutral.

A swatch of Latte below, and my very favorite earrings which I used to complete the whole look:


Final look, with glasses: 

Hopefully I'll be able to do some sort of non-neutral look soon - I have a dance performance coming up which might be a good opportunity to go wild and crazy, so we'll see! In the meantime, thanks for reading!

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Changing It Up: Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner in Denim Ink

By bailaoragaditana · November 16, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

My "adventures" in changing up my makeup have been pretty boring, guys, I hate to say it! I'm feeling like this isn't quite enough now that I'm getting back into my stash!

This time: I've substituted my usual liner (MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy) on the waterline for Bobbi Brown's gel liner in Denim Ink, which I've had for ages and used precisely ONCE. It's a slightly shimmery, deep indigo color that's a bit more interesting than standard black but still subtle enough that you could easily get away with wearing it everyday in professional situations. 

It's a little softer than black, too - it almost looks like a charcoal gray in some lights. But it does a good job of defining without looking too harsh. And (as the name implies) it's pretty much budgeproof once it sets. (This entire look, by the way, lasted through an entire shower, including two face-washings, with no smudges. That's how waterproof Buxom Lash Waterproof is. The stuff is MIRACULOUS.)

(I gave up on getting a good pic of the liner behind glasses. This will have to do. But thanks for reading!)

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Review: Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35

By bailaoragaditana · September 13, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Hi, all! I finally took the plunge and bought the new Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35, and I thought I'd do a quick review, since I haven't actually seen that many reviews of the formula since it was released in the US and Europe.

First things first: size. The BB cream is way smaller than Bobbi's tinted moisturizer, which I swear by. The BB cream comes in at 1.35 ounces, and the tinted moisturizer at 1.7oz. I do like the little round tube better, I think - it seems like it would fit better in a makeup bag for daily carry or travel. (And it definitely fits better in a clear plastic baggie for when you have to deal with airport security!)

Size comparison!

Second: color and consistency. I bought the shade Extra Light; I normally wear Alabaster in Bobbi's foundations, and the next-lightest shade (Porcelain) is always too orange for me. Below, you can see Alabaster liquid foundation (top) and Extra Light BB cream (bottom); Extra Light is considerably darker and when I first swatched, I was sure I was going to have to return it. The BB cream is also VERY thick - it's much thicker than my Ettusais Mineral BB Cream (creamy) and my Boots BB Cream (liquidy), almost "stiff", if that makes sense. 


Third: application. Because this is a BB cream and part-skincare, I skipped a base moisturizer. (I've found that using moisturizer underneath BBs just makes them slide off of my oily skin.) I made the decision to apply the BB cream with my fingers rather than a brush, because I'd read that it's fast-drying and it's best to work in small sections. With that in mind, I put a dot on my nose, forehead, chin, and a Z-shape on each cheek, and took each section in turn. You absolutely MUST use this method, because as soon as you start blending, it starts drying. It's almost like glue! It also may look a little streaky at first, but blend the streaks as much as you can and then don't worry too much - letting it set for a minute makes them nearly disappear, and when you put powder over top, you can't even tell! The other thing about the application - this stuff smells STRONGLY of sunblock. This is perhaps to be expected because of the high SPF factor, but wow, it was really pungent. It doesn't last too long, and by the time you're done with your makeup the smell will have dissipated, but that was really unexpected.

BB Cream alone

Above: my face with just BB cream, nothing else. (Please excuse the hair towel...) As you can see, it doesn't quite cover all the redness and unevenness of my skin; my nose, chin, and cheeks in particular are still decidedly pink. But in general, the color seems to be a pretty good match - it doesn't look as orange as it did in the tube.

As part of a full face...

And this is after setting the BB cream with blush (Bobbi Brown Nude Peach) and powder (Lancôme Color Ideal pressed powder in Beige Porcelaine). I also used concealer (MAC Pro-longwear in NW15) under my eyes, on the tip of my nose, and around my jawline to neutralize redness and cover minor blemishes. The formula doesn't hide my pores, but it also doesn't emphasize them, which is all I can really ask for.

(On my eyes: Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper in Rich Brown; Clinique shadow duo in Like Mink over top of NARS primer; Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour mascara; MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy. On lips: Fresh Sugar lip treatment SPF15 in Honey Sugar.)

At the end of the day (6 hours wear)

And lastly, this is my face about six hours after initial application. My oily spots - nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead - are starting to get just a little bit shiny, but not yet greasy. My pores are a little more noticeable thanks to the shine, but nothing drastic. Blotting gently with a tissue dealt with all of the shine problems. The color hasn't oxidized at all, which is also a plus. 

In conclusion: I'm pretty happy with this BB cream. I think it works well for my skin tone (very pale) as well as my skin type (oily, somewhat blemish-prone) as long as it gets set with powder and used as part of a whole look, and I would recommend it very highly if you want this sort of light-medium coverage. However, I don't think it would work very well for dry skin, because it's very "dry" for a cream product and takes a lot of work to blend. I foresee this getting a lot of use this autumn (and probably next spring/summer), because of the high SPF factor and the fact that it sticks like glue.

Thoughts? Have you tried Bobbi's BB cream? Or any other? I'm still dipping my toes in the shallow end with BB creams, so thoughts/opinions/recommendations/comments are welcome! And thanks for reading! 

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Face of the Day: Bobbi Brown Tortoise Shell Collection for Fall (Review & Swatches)

By bailaoragaditana · September 14, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Hello again! I just wanted to share a haul I made a little earlier this summer, the Bobbi Brown Tortoise Shell collection for fall. I bought a limited-edition kit which included a Shimmer Brick and some other goodies, and also purchased the Sand palette and two High Shimmer glosses. I didn't have much of a chance to play with them over the summer when I was  home, due to having chipmunk cheeks, but I thought it was time to play around and offer some impressions of the collection!

(All pictures can be clicked for bigger versions!)

Bobbi Brown Tortoise Shell Collection Fall 2011

The collection includes: Beach Shimmer Brick, Extreme Party Lash mascara (black), Shimmer Lipgloss in Rose Gold, Creamy Lip Color in Toffee (exclusive to this set, as far as I can tell), Longwear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink, eyeshadow palette in Sand, and High Shimmer Lip Glosses in Beach and Bare. There's also a Bronze palette, but it's intended for darker skintones, and from Christine's review at Temptalia, didn't look like something I'd want to try anyway - too much glitter!

Swatches of everything but the mascara, with flash:

Swatches (with flash)

In putting together a look, I used about half of the eyeshadows, and only two of the lippies, but obviously more combinations are possible!

Tortoise Shell final look

Breakdown of the look, many more pictures, and my thoughts on the collection, including a skirmish with the Shimmer Brick, under the cut!

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Exploring the Stash: Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color (with FOTD)

By bailaoragaditana · May 18, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Today, I'd like to introduce you to a new-ish member of my stash: Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color SPF15 in Bare Pink. I didn't precisely have to delve deep into my makeup bag to fish this out, but it definitely hasn't been getting the love it deserves since I got it last month.

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Bare Pink

The formula itself is quite creamy, and as the name suggests, very pigmented. It's not a 100% matte texture, but it doesn't have the glossy sheen of Bobbi's Creamy Lip Colors (which I love) - it's very understated and natural. It's not exactly drying, but it does lean a little bit to the drier side, so I prefer to wear it over a lip balm for smoother application. The only other thing I'd change about the line is - more colors! Especially neutrals, there can never be enough MLBB shades.

Speaking of shades, Bare Pink is a sort of pale, dusty brown-pink with hints of peachiness - against my cool-toned complexion, you can tell that it's slightly warmer. It also does this funny thing where when you first apply it, it looks way peachier than it is (like, there's a line on my inner lips between the peachiness of the lipstick and the pink of my natural skin), but within five minutes it's... somehow sunk in a bit, and looks like it belongs on your lips. I don't really know how to explain it, but I always think it looks bizarre when I first put it on, but by the time I'm ready to leave the house, it's perfect. Mysteries of the universe, I guess.

Swatches, with and without flash, on ~NW15 skin:

Flash No flash

And on lips, worn over Bobbi Brown lip balm:

It's not quite a my-lips-but-better shade for me - it's a little too creamy and slightly lighter and a teeny bit more peachy than my natural lips (I tend to prefer a slightly more browned-rose as MLBB) but I used it as a neutral lip, paired with more defined eyes, in my face of the day today.

Breakdown of the look, and more pictures, after the jump.

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Face of the Day: Bobbi Brown Almost Bare

By bailaoragaditana · May 10, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

So today is Day 4 of incorporating the new Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizer into my routine, and while the results have been absolutely stellar - my best day was Sunday, when I walked 4 miles (round trip) to a friend's house for a barbeque party and looked like I was wearing HD makeup the whole time, not even a hint of shine, and I stupidly didn't have my camera with me, but I definitely spent way too much time admiring my own reflection - I am not pleased with my day cream's ability to play nicely with other products. It says "makes an excellent makeup base" on the packaging, but it really really doesn't. I have to apply super-carefully and work quickly in sections around my face, because once the tinted moisturizer settles even slightly onto the ProMat, touching it again with your fingers or a sponge or brush causes it to come off. (Yes, it's as gross and annoying as it sounds.) But if I can manage to do that, and set it by pressing some loose powder into the skin, then it's good to go, and the finished look makes up for the ridiculousness of the application process.

(I would imagine, however, if you used a creamier base than ProMat, you should have no application problems whatsoever. They're just a result of my skincare routine.)

Base: Vichy Normaderm ProMat SPF15; Soap & Glory eye cream

Face: Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF15 in Alabaster Tint; MAC Select Sheer loose powder in NC5

Concealer: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Porcelain

Cheeks: MAC powder blush in Tenderling

Brows: BB Natural Brow Shaper in Rich Brown

Lashes: BB Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening mascara in Black

Lids: Urban Decay Primer Potion; BB Shimmer Wash shadow in Beige (all over lid); BB matte shadow in Mahogany (in crease)

Lips: BB High Shimmer lipgloss in Bellini

This stuff is *extremely* shimmery, there's loads of little shimmer flecks which are sort of pink, and the result is a very shiny, glimmering mouth without actually getting to the point of glitter (of which I am not a fan). It's perfect for days with plenty of sunshine - it will definitely catch the light - and it's not actually that sticky, which surprised me. It feels almost like I'm wearing a thick lip balm.

And, since I had to leave the house and be able to see things, like books and stuff, here it is with glasses:

See? It even passes for a studious, library-friendly look! (Really the only sort I bother with, these days...) Though maybe not with my pajama top, which brings me to a brief rave about it, because I just got it yesterday:

It has a built-in, very sturdy and supportive shelf bra which actually manages to hold up my (admittedly enormous) boobs without underwire, because, well, sleeping in underwire is just uncomfortable, as much as I love the stuff. Plus it is SUPER cute, with three little heart-shaped (non-functional) buttons and some very flattering ruching, and since it's based on bra sizes, it fits properly everywhere - far superior to sleeping in things that fit up top but nowhere else! Now if only Bravissimo would make it in, say, a green...

Okay, anyway, end rave. I need to stop procrastinating and go do some reading :-P Thoughts, comments, rotten tomatoes welcome, and thanks for reading!

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Haul/Face of the Day: Bobbi Brown Summer Goodies, and some rambling.

By bailaoragaditana · May 7, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Haha, can you believe I said yesterday that "I'm not buying all that much new makeup these days"? Hahahaha. Good one, Jen. Such a comedian, I am. Last weekend I ordered some of Bobbi Brown's "Bare" collection for summer - specifically the new oil-free tinted moisturizer and the High Shimmer lipgloss. I got my beloved Alabaster Tint, and I must say I am LOVING the new formula. (Warning: I am going to RAVE!) I used to use the old non-oil-free formula, even though it said right on the description that it wasn't for oily skin types (yes, I am SUCH A REBEL!), because the actual shade was amazing and just the right level of coverage for my lazy days, and I could just slap it on with my fingers and go, except then I'd have to keep blotting sheets and powder on hand. The new oil-free formula is less watery (apparently it's gel-based?) and, thus far, after about 5 hours of wear, isn't really aggravating the oil/shine problem like the old formula used to. There's some sheen, but it's manageable and I haven't really felt the need to blot yet. And, as a bonus, it photographs surprisingly well for a tinted moisturizer. I find that some TMs tend to end up see-through in pictures and just go flashing all your imperfections and redness to the world anyway, even some nonexistent imperfections. (Ahem, LOOKING AT YOU, NATURELUXE.) This baby, though. You can see things like freckles, but it is remarkably true-to-life in the pictures.

(Though, being sheer and a tinted moisturizer, I should warn that it's not heavy-duty blemish cover. If you have relatively well-behaved skin, it will be fabulous, but if you've got anything more serious than mild acne issues, this is Not The Product For You.)

Anywho, on to the haul. Left to right: Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Alabaster Tint; Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara; High Shimmer Lipgloss in Bellini; Lip Shine Treatment SPF15 in Desert Rose; Blotting Papers.

Swatched, with and without flash. (Click for enormous full-size zoomed-in shots of the back of my hand!) Left to right: Alabaster Tint, Bellini, and Desert Rose.

Flash No flash

And with the tinted moisturizer blended out. You can see that it's ever-so-slightly more yellow than my skin, which is blue-pink and prone to redness - so the yellow is actually a great thing.

Flash No flash

In my excitement, I decided to try out my new goodies this morning - since it was POURING RAIN and the sky looked like this:

View from my bedroom window, at 8am. Yes, 8 in the morning. Blegh!

Anyway, the first outing didn't turn out half-bad, if I do say so myself! When I was zooming in on these, I also noticed quite an improvement in my actual *skin*, which is fully attributable to my new Vichy routine.

Base: Vichy Normaderm ProMat SPF 15; Soap & Glory eye cream

Face: Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in Alabaster Tint; MAC Select Sheer loose powder in NC5

Brows: Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper in Rich Brown

Lids: Urban Decay Primer Potion (original); Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash shadow in Seashell

Lashes: Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening mascara in Black

Cheeks: Bobbi Brown powder blush in Pale Pink

Lips: Bobbi Brown Treatment Lip Shine in Desert Rose

Desert Rose is a sort of sheer medium pink with gold shimmer, and it's quite pigmented on my lips - almost a little *too* pink for me, but I like the texture and I stupidly left Moonlight Rose (I think that's what it's called?) back home in the States. I tend not to like how it looks when I'm holding a mirror to my lips, but when I actually step away it looks nice, if that makes sense? (Or maybe I'm just weird.)

I'm still getting used to the mascara - does anyone else find that it takes them a few tries to really be able to work with a new mascara, especially if it has an "innovative" brush? Because I always feel like my first couple of attempts are a bit clumsy, and I always end up with lashes going the wrong way or getting stuck because I wiggled wrong...

Those lashes in the middle there look wonky to me. And I suck at getting my outer lashes coated, but I never think about it unless I'm doing Event Makeup... I'm also unsure as to how I should evaluate the extreme-lengthening claims - it felt like I could add a bit on to the ends (I did about 2.5 coats), but I suppose I should sit down and see how long I can actually *make* them before things go wrong!

Since it's a very summery/casual face, I paired it with some teal jewellery and a teal tank (and later a matching tee & a brown cardigan, because it is still just too cold to be running around with bare arms).

Bitchface! I was a little irritated with the lighting by this point...

These earrings are seriously some of my favorites - I got them from Avon YEARS ago, when I first got my ears pierced (so I was like 16?), and I have continued to be in love with them. If something ever happens to them, I will probably cry.


Anyway, that's enough rambling narcissism from me today... I need to do a bit more work here in the library, then it's my housemate/BFF's birthday party this evening - should be lots of fun! Hope you're also having a great weekend (though with a little less rain!); thoughts/comments/tomatoes welcome. Thanks for reading!

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Exploring the Stash: Bobbi Brown 4-Pan Palette

By bailaoragaditana · May 6, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Since I'm not buying as much new makeup these days - largely because I spend the majority of my extra cash on books, stationery, and things related to my newfound bellydance habit - I thought it might be a good idea to devote a bit of blogspace to the pretty massive amount of stuff I *already* have (and, for the most part, don't even use!). So here begins a new series: Exploring the Stash, in which you, dear reader, can join me on a journey of re-discovery through the ridiculous collection of cosmetics that mostly just collects dust these days. The traincase I brought with me to England weighed something on the order of 15 pounds last fall, and that wasn't including pencils or liquid products - so there's PLENTY of stuff that hasn't seen the light of the blogosphere, or hell, even the light, in quite a while!

However, I thought it might be nice to start with something that I use on the regular - as in, almost every single day. It's my Bobbi Brown 4-pan palette, customized with 3 shadows and a blush, and it makes my morning routine that much easier to streamline.

It's not terribly impressive-looking from the outside - classic Bobbi packaging, which means I'm unlikely to find it tacky in 10 years' time (ahem, looking at you, Urban Decay!), and it does have a slightly annoying tendency to hold every fingerprint.

But that's okay, because it's what's inside that really matters!

Clockwise from top left: Shimmer Wash shadow in Seashell, matte shadow in Mahogany, powder blush in Pale Pink (which is actually very bright!), Shimmer Wash shadow in Beige. Swatches below, with and without flash, on ~NW15 skin. (Click for enormous versions.)

No flash Flash

As you can see, Seashell is pretty much the same color as the skin on the inside of my wrist (really - there's shadow there! It just sort of shows up as a hint of shimmer in the pictures!), so it's excellent for a no-makeup look or as a highlight. Beige is a lovely golden-beige which I normally put all over my lids to subtly bring out the green in my hazel eyes, and Mahogany is fantastic as a crease or liner shade - I mostly wear it lightly fluffed into the crease these days, but when I want something bolder I smudge it along the upper and outer lower lashlines. (And it used to be my go-to brow-definer shade, but nowadays I prefer a lighter brow definition for everything but dance performances and parties. But Mahogany is really a fantastic multi-tasker.) And Pale Pink is actually quite bright, and not that pale - but it's nice and sheer, easy to blend out, and gives a very healthy flush to the apples of the cheeks. (Basically, it makes me look awake. Which is what I need my makeup to do, these days!)

The other great thing about this palette, of course, is that I can swap any or all of them out and pop in other shades as needed - in the autumn, I had a dark bottle green from the Ivy League collection in place of Mahogany, and at one point I swapped out the blush for a Pot Rouge insert because I needed a lip color. Its versatility is greatly appreciated.

What do you think of this series? Are you interested in seeing more of the stash, un-pretty as it may be? (I'm thinking I might try to use at least some of them in looks in the future...) Thoughts, suggestions, comments, tomatoes - all welcome. Thanks for reading!

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Face of the Day: Tea Time

By bailaoragaditana · July 20, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

So... last week was basically the best week ever!

It all started last Sunday with this:

Which had me in a haze of bliss and Spanish pride until Tuesday (or was it Wednesday?), when I got my Finals results - First Class Honours!

And then Saturday was my birthday, which of course means presents and chocolate cake! (Also a fantastic berry & pomegranate martini. Highly recommended!) My makeup-related gifts include no less than *two* different palettes with the word "Naked" in the name. Apparently my love for collecting endless numbers of neutrals is well-known even to my non-internet friends...

Then on Sunday, I went with my mom, my sister, and some family friends to a Victorian-style tea house to celebrate and be generally girly. Obviously, this called for makeup and dresses! However, because it is approximately 500 million degrees (Kelvin) in the greater Washington DC area this summer, I tried go easy on anything that could potentially melt all over my face.

Base: Bobbi Brown Vitamin-Enriched Face Base; Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream; MAC Oil-Control Lotion on the T-zone; MAC Prep + Prime SPF50 primer all over

Face: MUFE Velvet Mat+ foundation in Alabaster; Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Porcelain; MAC Select Sheer pressed powder in NC5

Brows: Anastasia brow pencil

Lids: Urban Decay Primer Potion; Bobbi Brown Cabana Corals palette shadows: Pink Seashell (metallic) all over lid, Burnt Sugar (metallic) in the crease, and Ivory (matte) on the browbone

Lashes: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill mascara (black)

Liner: Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero (black) on upper waterline

Cheeks: Benefit Sugarbomb

Lips: Bobbi Brown lip color in Salmon

Apparently, going all-out on my priming efforts really paid off - it was about 95 degrees F (35 C) and ridiculously humid (as you can see from my hair, before I ever left the house!), but my makeup stayed firmly put and distinctly non-melty for the duration. I didn't even start getting the tiniest bit oily until about the fifth hour, which is pretty remarkable for my skin!

The tea itself was amazing, I should add - fruit and cheese and scones and little adorable sandwich things, plus a huge variety of delicious teas. I had Pomegranate Oolong (hot), and some Green Tea Tropical (iced) that I nicked from my mother. I'm already planning a return visit with some of my friends!

I should have pictures of my birthday goodies up in a day or so, and I have a couple of fun looks to share in the near future, but in the meantime, thanks for reading!

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Bobbi Brown

- BBU and Artist Lip palettes (anyone?)


- Rouge G L'Extrait gloss in Avarice & Luxure

Urban Decay

- Naked Foundation in 0.5

- Lip Junkie gloss in Naked2 and Strip

- Urban Lashes in Hot Number, Black Velvet, and Sly

- Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

- Eyeshadows in Vanilla, Suspect, Kush, Busted, Cobra, Blackout, and Secret Service


- Larger Than Life eye pencils in Rue de Rivoli and Via Appia



Bobbi Brown foundations - Alabaster

Bobbi Brown concealer - Porcelain

MAC - NW15/NC15/Light depending on product

MUFE Hi-Def Foundation - 110 Pink Porcelain

MUFE Velvet Mat+ Foundation - No. 15 Alabaster

Hourglass Immaculate - Porcelain

Chanel Mat Lumière - Rose Clair


All of the makeup I feature here is stuff I have bought myself or played with, or that has been given to me by friends and family as gifts (perhaps occasionally stuff that belongs to my friends, as well). I'm not a professional makeup artist, I've never worked for any companies that sell makeup, I have no connections to cosmetic companies, other than the standard relationship between junkie and dealer, and all opinions expressed in my posts are my own. Should a company, someday in the future, want to give me money or products, I'll be the first to say so, in nice big bold letters. I'll also let you know if I win products, as from the Sugar giveaways. Otherwise, you can safely assume it's all the result of my incurable addiction to beauty products.