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making faces :: inspired by summer meadows

the last few days, we've had a bit of a reprieve from the overwhelming heat of summer, and although it's scheduled to get toasty again, i'm currently experiencing that swell of excitement that comes with late summer: the refreshing breezes, the sweet scents of ferns and late summer flowers, mixed with dried grasses and those slightly past their prime trees, just about to start turning to the spectacular display of colour we'll experience in october.

before summer truly fades, there's that wonderful period where everything is alive and bursting with colour, which is how i usually think of august. let me offer you some examples:

 and in homage to those beautiful images of summer meadows, i thought i'd share with you a look that i did that was inspired by them. clearly, i needed some soft greens as a base and a warm, sunny, but somewhat hazy light to the skin. the lips, of course, were meant to mimic the pop of colour from the flowers in our imaginary face-meadow and come courtesy of rouge bunny rouge's new lipstick lineup.

rbr revamped all of their lipsticks earlier this year, with many of the shades moseying off into the sunset and fresh recruits joining the team. most noticeably, the "succulence of dew" semi-sheer line now has two bold, juicy new additions. in this look, you're seeing the juicy red "relish of heaven", a great neutral red [i think it will lean a little warmer or cooler depending on your undertone] with excellent colour payoff, but just a little translucency to it. the formula is indeed improved, with substantially more staying power. the colour fades to a lovely stain and while it won't survive a hearty meal, you'll have a decent dose of colour left behind after a couple of cocktails or a bowl of soup. if you want to reapply, i suggest removing any remaining colour and doing an entirely fresh coat, since there can be some minor feathering. it's not unexpected for such an emollient formula, nor is it the worst i've seen by a long stretch. for something with so much slip, it applies very evenly, which is a relief.

a little peek at my new bunnies

i'll be posting a review of the other shade that i picked up from the new line, the sweet fuchsia "jasmine-weighted air", in the near future and will include comparisons for both shades. for the moment, i'll just mention that semi-opaque reds aren't particularly common, so that alone gives this an edge in the uniqueness stakes against a massive poppy field.

here's what comprised the entire look

the base ::
nars all day luminous, weightless foundation "mont blanc"
nars radiant creamy concealer "vanilla"
mac paint pot "painterly"

the eyes ::
mac e/s "bright sunshine" [shimmery golden yellow]
rbr e/s "whispering ibis" [soft basil green]
armani eyes to kill e/s "gold hercule" [dirty grey-gold]*
rbr e/s "papyrus canary" [matte ecru]
urban decay 24/7 e/l "invasion" [dark green-teal]
dior new look mascara

the cheeks ::
rbr liquid bronzer "as if it were summer still" [shimmery golden brown]
nars blush "torrid" [warm light apricot]
hourglass ambient lighting powder "luminous light" [candlelit glow]

the lips ::
rbr succulence of dew l/s "relish of heaven" [juicy sour cherry red]

the nails [for once neat enough to post! and on theme!] :: 
essie "sew psyched" [deep sage green]
opi "my gecko does tricks" [translucent shimmery lime green]

*suggested alternate :: gold hercule = nars paramaribo [lighter shade] + nars vent glacé [darker shade] might get you close, but this is almost impossible to replicate.

anything in nature inspire you? after all, capturing the colours of nature and adorning ourselves with them is the very essence of cosmetics.


Subway Dreaming said…
Lovely - really like the matching nails!

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mental health mondays :: where even the depressed ones are happy

this past week saw the publication of the annual world happiness report, a look at nations around the world and how people in each of them feel about their lot in life. i started following this a few years ago, and this year it occurred to me that it would be fun to look at how the happy places compared to the crazy places. i mean, what if those countries aren't really all that happy, but just have an extremely high rate of psychotic/ delusional disorders?

so, i set to work putting together a comparison. as it happens, that's a bit trickier than it sounds, because information on any kind of disability is more difficult to come by than you might think. and no type of disability is more controversial than a mental illness, which means that there are even more complications around definitions, seeking treatment, prognoses, record-keeping... it's hard to tell how reliable anything you're looking at is. [not that there aren't some good sources.]

and what sources there …


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…