|over the weather, under the weather|
such days also offer me the opportunity to go through my cosmetics list [yes, i keep a list, because as the collection gets bigger and the memory gets dodgier, i'm lucky if i can remember which part of the face gets the shadow and which the gloss] and find things that i haven't pulled out in a while.
since this weekend's freakishly warm weather has seemed less like thanksgiving and more like "thank god it's summer", i figured i'd try out something appropriately bright and summery-looking as well. [yes, as much as i love the deep, sultry colours of fall, sometimes you have to punch it up a little.]
SEE THE RESULTS [AND SILLINESS]...
i decided to pull out mac's "cobalt" eye shadow and one of their "superglass" lip glosses, neither of which has seen much love recently. "cobalt" is a matte and has a reputation for being one dry and stiff- decent qualities in a man, but generally undesirable in makeup. i don't actually find that it's all that bad. to me, the biggest problem with it is that it tends to sheer out quite easily, so getting a nice, intense shade like it appears in the pan, can be an exercise in frustration. it's similar to "atlantic blue", which is also a permanent product, and to "royale" which was just released with the "fall colour collection". i'm given to understand that the colour payoff on the latter is better than on the first two... if you need an excuse to go shopping.
the "superglass" formula was something that mac introduced last year in a limited edition. based on reactions i heard, i'd expect them to be brought back sometime between the pigs flying and the snowstorm in hell. unlike a lot of people, i liked them. they compare to mac's sparkly "dazzleglass" glosses, but they're thicker [meaning they last longer and don't move around as much] without being overly sticky. plus, they're even more dazzling because they're infused with a lot more glittery bits that reflect the light. personally, i don't find that i can see the glitter unless i'm really looking myself directly in the lips [which is kind of difficult to do, either for me or for anyone else], so it's more like looking at the sun sparkling on a pond. and who wouldn't want pond lips?
here's what i used:
mac matchmaster foundation "1" [i've been trying this out and am pretty impressed]
diorskin nude hydrating concealer "001"
mac e/s "vanilla" - slightly peachy light neutral
mac e/s "sweet & punchy"*- chartreuse
mac e/s "humid"- pine green
mac e/s "blue absinthe"* - darkened teal
mac e/s "cobalt"- bright iris blue
mac superslick liquid liner "on the hunt"- black
stila sparkle liquid liner "curacao"- shimmery bright blue
mac powerpoint eye liner "undercurrent" - teal
shades marked * are limited edition, but there are substitutes available, of course. because the stila liner wasn't as dark as i wanted on its own, i layered the black liner under it. the eyelid is basically a gradient moving from the chartreuse to the green to the teal, with "cobalt" in the crease. "vanilla" is used as a highlighter and blended with the colours below to soften them a bit.
mac mineralize skinfinish "redhead" - shimmery gold-salmon
mac lip liner "dervish"- muted pink
mac superglass l/g "disco blend"- warm peach
and of course, what's the point of getting all dolled up if you can't horse around with a couple of your favourite guys and a digital camera?[and yes, dom is spending this holiday weekend sick as a particularly nauseous dog with a bad cough. but he was still a good enough sport to come and play photo op with me and simon [who loves playing photo op more than just about anything].