Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dressed To Kill Nails

Sunglasses: Versace / Sweater: James Perse / Nails: Estee Lauder Nail Lacquer in Dressed to Kill
Here's a quick post on a nail polish I've been wearing like crazy this winter. It's Dressed to Kill (love the name:), part of Estee Lauder's Pure Color Nail Lacquer Collection. This deep garnet hue looks so pretty with cozy knits and sweaters like my James Perse one, pictured above. This polish formula is solid - it was an Allure Best in Beauty winner for 2012. I love how glossy and wet it looks on. With Estee Lauder's clear top coat slicked on top of it, it dries fairly quickly. By the way, we especially love this color on pale skintones! Thoughts on this pretty shade?

Lips: MAC's Spice It Up! Lustre Lipstick / Boots: Jeffrey Campbell

xo, Mary
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Indigo Darling Eyes

Mary's Eyes: Lancome Long Wear Calligraphy Gel EyeLiner in Indigo Darling / Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Black

We've been majorly digging blue eyeliner as of late. Brilliant royal blue liner has been a huge trend on spring runways, and we've found a great alternative for daytime that's a little more muted, yet equally gorgeous. It's Lancome's Long Wear Calligraphy Gel EyeLiner in Indigo Darling, $24.50, a little gift to me from a sweet friend. This pigmented gel liner is waterproof, so it does a nice job of staying on. We love this shade of liner with a bare face and just a touch of lip color. Wear too much makeup, and the liner will not look on trend. I used a slanted angle soft eyeliner brush (see below) to glide a cat eye shape right above my lash line. I skipped both liner and mascara along the bottom lashes to keep the look striking and simple. Again, you always want to be careful not to overdo it with blue! Let us know what you think about this indigo liner!

x, Mary
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Monday, February 18, 2013

The Perfect Red Nail

Nails: Bobbi Brown Nail Polish in Valentine Red / Velvet bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Here's a quick little post on the perfect red nail polish. This shade is Valentine Red by Bobbi Brown, $18, which we pointed out in our previous post as part of our current 'Red' inspiration. This pretty matte red has no shimmer in it and delivers a nice, wet shine look that I always love with red nails. This looks the most classic. This formula is good - it has lasted for days without chipping. Every woman ought to have a classic red shade like this one in her makeup bag. It looks good all year long and goes with every outfit. By the way, if you order this polish from Nordstrom or Barney's, the shipping is free, which is always nice. Interesting little tidbit: A makeup artist for Bobbi Brown told me that Bobbi always says when you wear red polish on your nails, go for pink polish on your toes... and vice versa! Sounds kinda quirky, so I may just have to try it. Happy President's Day!
xo, Mary
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Friday, February 8, 2013

MAC Archie's Girls Collection

We are really liking MAC's latest collection, Archie's Girls, which just hit MAC stores yesterday. The shades are very girly and pretty, and we think they make a great choice for Valentine's Day makeup. The colors Lindsey is wearing here were inspired by girl-next-door Betty and are more pink and flirty than the dramatic purples and berry shades in the Veronica collection. What first attracted us to the colors in the Betty collection was the gorgeous coral pink lipstick, Betty Bright, $16.50. On Lindsey, we topped it with a coat of Kiss & Don't Tell Lipglass, $16.50. On her cheeks, we used Betty Powder Blush in Cream Soda, $22. We agree that this blush is a great daytime option - it's a pretty, subdued coral that isn't bright like a lot of corals tend to be. By the way, scroll down to see the actual products and where we pointed out what we used on Lindsey. As for Lindsey's eyes, we blended shimmery champagne and chocolate colored MAC shadows and then topped it with a shimmery pink pressed pigment. Lindsey's eyeliner is Archie's Girls Pearglide intense eyeliner in Black Swan, $16.50... LOVE this eyeliner! It is a super-pigmented glittery black that glides on like a cream gel formula. We can't get over how rich and intense the color is... and coming from a pencil! One thing to bear in mind about this eyeliner... don't use it on the inner rims of your eyes. Outside only. It will irritate your eye if you line the inside. If you must have your inner rims lined, just use a different eyeliner pencil for that part. Finally, we swiped the lashes with Betty Opulash Mascara in Optimum Black, $17.50. We like the fat brush shape of this mascara, and the pointed tip makes it easy to work the corner lashes. We noticed that this formula is very clean - there were zero clumps.  

Blazer: Elizabeth & James
Here's what we used on Lindsey...

Have a fab weekend! 
xo, Mary & Lindsey
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Monday, February 4, 2013

A Softer Smoky Eye

Mary's eyes: Lancome Sensational Effects Shadow in Gaze, Fashion Label  / Sweater: Theory
I've always been a big fan of statement eye makeup, and I have been recently experimenting with rich shades of brown. In these photos, I blended two gorgeous shades of shadow to create a dramatic yet soft smoky eye. This look is actually not that difficult to achieve. I used Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Gaze and Fashion Label, each $19. First, I started with a sheer wash of the champagne colored Gaze across my entire lids. Next, I used a contour shadow brush to blend in the deep espresso shade along the outer perimeter of the crease. I extended this color into a wing shape outside the edge of my eyelids for a more dramatic effect. The key to working with a shade of brown this dark is blending. Start out with a little bit of dark shadow and slowly add more, intensifying the hue as desired. Finally, go back and add a bit more of the lighter shade with your finger tip onto the inner center of your lids. If you want a 'liner' effect along the bottom lash line (like mine here), use a slanted angle eyeliner brush to apply the shadow right below your bottom lashes, as close to the lash line as possible. I like to dampen the brush tip and then wipe it off with a tissue before dipping it into the shadow. Obviously, when you go big on the eyes, keep the rest of your makeup minimal.

Happy Monday!
xo, Mary
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