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making faces :: what's up, tiger lily?

this is all you need to be cool in 2012, kids
the gods of colour, also known as pantone, have proclaimed something called "tangerine tango" to be the colour of 2012. so the next time that someone says they don't like orange, you can scrunch up your nose and comment quietly on how utterly unfashionable they are. until next year, at least, when i'm holding out that "party hardy puce" is selected.

of course, for most of the world, life goes on in a whole range of colours without any consciousness of how "with it" we are. but don't worry, because cosmetic companies have your back and are coming up with ways for you to stay up on your hip quotient by offering a trend-conscious colour palette. sephora actually launched a whole tangerine tango-themed set [which looks kind of yummy]. but i think the shade that my personal favourite interpretation is from chanel's spring collection: the sparkling orange "tiger lily".

i'm thrilled that much of chanel's spring collection is being added to their permanent line, since it seems to be a very lovely, wearable mix of shades in general. i'm saddened to have snoozed and lost on their spring blush, but i was quick to jump on "tiger lily", which is- i believe- the only other limited piece. i have, however, been embarrassingly slow to review it, but since it still shows as being available from most major retailers [it likely isn't on counters anymore, but you can ask if they still have it] and it's still up on

tiger lily
"tiger lily" is a fairly good description. i used to live in a house with a tiger lily plant in the back yard that threatened to overwhelm our garage despite being deprived of most natural light by a crossroads of shadows. its flowers were roughly the medium-light, yellow-tinged orange of this shadow. i have to admit, though, the combination of the base colour with a healthy dose of white sparkle reminds me most of a brunch mimosa- juicy orange with bubbles inside that catch the light. it's possible that i can relate all things to booze.

texture-wise, "tiger lily" reminds me a lot of the gorgeous chanel shadow "beige lamé", which came out with their holiday collection. it's very soft and pigmented, and the sparkle inside, while not over-the-top glittery, definitely adds an eye-catching lustre to the shade. it's a bright, lively, perfect spring/ summer colour that i think will work on most complexions [since it deposits enough pigment to show against darker skin] and any eye colour. ok, i'll admit, i'm particularly fond of orange shadows with blue eyes, because the contrast between the two makes the rest of my face look brighter, livelier and my eyes themselves tend to look more awake.


because i do have such a love for orange shades, i thought there was a good chance i had something similar, but all the shades i tried were actually quite far off.

l to r :: mac fresh daily [l.e.], chanel tiger lily [l.e.], mac style predator [l.e.], mac straw harvest [l.e.]

"fresh daily" from mac's recently released "call me bubbles" quad is deeper and redder. "style predator" [from the "fabulous felines" collection] is a lot darker and browner. "straw harvest" [another limited mac shade, from the "spring colour forecast" collection in 2010] was the one that looked closest in the pan, but it's noticeably lighter and has a soft gold sheen that makes it appear lighter still. of the permanent oranges in my collection [so to speak], the closest was mac's "motif"- a golden peach with bright pink sheen- which i didn't include in the photo because it's actually even further off than those shown [much lighter, plus the pink reflect makes it look totally different]. i have heard that "tiger lily" is similar to the discontinued mac shade "juiced", which may be true, but just goes to emphasise the fact that even the closest comparisons are long gone.

although released for spring, orange is a perfect summer colour to my mind and i can imagine that it'll be making frequent appearances on lids throughout the world even as the weather gets nicer. i know it's already seen heavy rotation on mine.

grab this flower while you still can!

as i said, i've had this kicking around for a while, but reviewing it kept getting pushed back. how long have i had it? well, here's the first look i did with it, where you can clearly see i have black hair. there are other, more recent looks i could have posted [there are some you already have -ed.], but the truth is, i was really happy at how "tiger lily" contrasted with the brighter oranges here.

products used

face ::
mac prolongwear foundation "nc15"
dr. hauschka concealer "001"

eyes ::
chanel e/s "tiger lily" [sparkling yellow-orange]
mac e/s "hot hot hot"* [bright medium orange]
mac e/s "saffron"* [rich red-orange]
inglot e/s "352" [matte light peach]
mac superslick liquid liner "on the hunt" [black]
mac eye kohl "fascinating" [white]
chanel inimitable intense mascara

cheeks ::
mac cremeblend blush "joie de vivre"* [bright coral]

lips ::
dior l/s "chic pink"* [coral pink]

*suggested alternates :: hot hot hot = mac orange; saffron = mac red brick; joie de vivre = benefit bella bamba; chic pink = chanel coquette [softer, peachier]


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making faces :: soft touch

ah winter, how my lips hate you. it's too bad, really, because the rest of me likes winter, down to about -12 or so. but there's no arguing that i get dried out. nuxe rêve de miel is my super best friend at this time of year, even more so than otherwise. [i gave bite's agave lip mask a try only to find out i'm allergic to something in it.] but our [still] new apartment is somewhat drier than the old one [electric vs hot water heating], which meant that, for a long stretch, virtually every kind of lipstick was uncomfortable. the horror. [i wrote a post a while back about the formulas that are friendliest to chapped lips.]

faced with this dilemma, i decided to try something not exactly new, but [for me], out of the ordinary: being a gloss girl. now, i don't mind glosses. i buy them from time to time, and i used to buy more until i discovered that i just wasn't using them near enough to justify the continued purchases. my issues with glosses are that they feather…


i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:

am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

making faces :: a lip for all seasons [summer edition]

this may seem like an odd time to think about summer, but not to think about coolness. it can be hard to wrap your head around the idea that summer is considered "cool" in colour analysis terms and, in my opinion, reads as the coolest of the cool, because everything in it is touched with the same chilly grey. winter may have the coldest colours, but its palette is so vivid that it distracts the eye. everything in summer is fresh and misty, like the morning sky before the sun breaks through. in my original post on the season, i compared it to monet's paintings of waterlilies at his garden in giverny and, if i do say so, i think that's an apt characterisation.

finding lip colours touched with summer grey and blue is, as you might expect, kind of tricky. the cosmetic world seems obsessed with bringing warmth, which doesn't recognise that some complexions don't support it well. [also, different complexions support different kinds of warmth, but that's another…