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making faces :: drops of sunshine from nars, urban decay and chantecaille

if i hear one more person tell me that the temperatures are finally "seasonal" around these parts, i'm going to scream. it is true that we are finally reaching the mid-teens [celsius], which is average for april, but one has to take into consideration that that average includes the days at the beginning of the month which tend to be in the single digits. therefore, the fact that, in the final half of the month, we are finally stringing together a few days that are at [or just below, really] the average for the entire month means that it is still cold.

plus of course, there's that old adage about "april showers", which means that we've been faced with long sunless stretches peppered with rain, which makes things seem much more bleak than they probably are. it's not been the most memorable spring thus far, even though it's been pleasant and hopeful on many fronts. it's just hard to remember hopeful things when your mind registers an endless expanse of grey.

but in order to keep spirits up, i have been trying to manufacture my own kind of sunshine, as artificial as it may be. i thought i'd post some shots of a look i did recently that, i think, is very in keeping with the feeling of spring, of the bright, fresh colours we're supposed to be seeing and the refreshed feeling we're supposed to have. the day i wore this, i went to meet a friend for coffee and had to wear my winter coat, hat and gloves. however i did see crocuses [which got blanketed with snow later that week]. this is my impression of being an optimist. i'm really trying here.

COME SEE MY COSMETIC SUNSHINE...



although it was still cold, i did try to put a little spring in my wardrobe as well, with my new colour-friend yellow. i'm still a bit weirded out by this, given that i've gone my whole life thinking this was the one colour i absolutely couldn't wear, only to find out that it's one of the friendliest to my complexion. i do find that the "golden glow" that proper yellow gives my skin is in effect here. it also seems to brighten up the yellow tones in my eyes- the "urine-stained" cast that seems to permeate the more obvious greys and blues.




i donned the yellow [a find from winners, which is the canadian version of tj maxx for my american friends] over a dress from dinh ba, sort of a shirt dress but with a bit more structure. it's something dom picked out for me, something i might not have chosen, because it was outside my comfort zone, but which has turned into a perennial favourite for summer. however, at the moment, it requires an extra sweater to be comfortable. which reminds me: if i have to wear layers and a coat to go outside, it's not springtime warm.

for the look, i obviously stuck to warm tones. lately, i have a tendency to do cool eyes/ warm lips or the other way around, but for this, i wanted to just go full-on sunny.

the base is made up of:

nuxe bio bb cream "light"
urban decay naked foundation "1.0"
nars radiant creamy concealer "vanilla"
nars light reflecting setting powder

this is more or less my basic line-up, although the nuxe bb cream is new. how do i feel about it? i love it so. it really forms a perfect, moisturizing base. it disguises flaws. it evens out my colour. i even love the peach scent [it does contain peaches]. plus of course, it's almost entirely organic. but i'll probably not buy it again, because even the "light" colour is much too dark and orange for my skin. i can get away with it if i spread it thin, buff it and top with my regular foundation, but i still have to be really careful along my jaw line. please nuxe, i beg you: come out with a lighter version!!!! seriously, if you're anywhere in the medium range to the medium-dark range [there are only two shades, so the darker one isn't going to work for deeper complexions any more than the lighter one works for mine] this stuff is magical. plus, it's a steal for the quality you get!

on the eyes, i went mostly with shades from the urban decay "naked palette", which i guess is "naked 1" now.

urban decay e/s "virgin" [as a highlight]
urban decay e/s "sin" [inner lids]
urban decay e/s "hustle" [outer lids]
urban decay e/s "buck" [crease]
urban decay e/s "darkhorse" [outer corners and crease, lower lash line]
stila eye liner "lionfish" [along the lower water line]
armani eyes to kill mascara

normally, i line my upper lids, but i decided to skip that this time around. my lower water lines are generally where liner is sent into the ether, but i do find that the stila stay all day liners have impressive tenacity. i still set the liner with a little shadow, but "lionfish" performed very well and, surprisingly, i didn't feel the need to touch up.

finally, i finished up with blush and lipstick.

nars blush "outlaw"
chantecaille l/s "persimmon"

outlaw has such a beautiful sheen that i can't bring myself to use another highlight powder with it. it's a cooler-toned base, but the golden sheen makes it very workable with warmer colours. with all the yellow and orange going on around, i was worried that a warmer blush would make me look a little feverish. interestingly, i find that "outlaw" looks warmer for being surrounded by warm colours.

for the lips, i wanted something bright, but juicy rather than neon. "persimmon" fits the bill perfectly, since it has a little translucency but lots of bright colour. it's an orange-red that has no hint of brown, no muddiness or dustiness about it. a clear, fresh spring tone all the way.

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