Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Beauty-terrogation: Round Three

Annie Leibowitz photo "Interrogation" with Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Connelly and Aaron Eckhart

This will be a recurring post where our Beautypendents answer five questions. Suggest your own interrogation questions in the comments!

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Make-up Styling for a Wedding, Part III: Ingredients List

Last time we talked, Jenn had responded to some make-up inspirations that I sent her. She was on board for a neutral palette of an overall peach overtone, with punched up eyes. Based on that information, I devised an “ingredients list” to cook-up Jenn’s perfect wedding make-up look. Some of the products she would buy, and some I would bring with me. To come up with this list, I mentally walked through her make-up application.

STEP 1: Creating an even canvas

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and HD Concealer, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
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I Flew Through the Air with the Greatest Unease

I took a 2-hour trapeze class from Trapeze Austin Saturday afternoon.  It was terrifying and exhilarating, and included some life-lessons I didn’t anticipate.

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Judicial Review: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

As you read a couple weeks ago, Wendy and I attended Neiman Marcus’s Beauty Event Preview Party. Can you say FUN? And dangerous. The samples and makeovers were plentiful, and it’s safe to say that Wendy and I have/will pick up some new, expensive beauty habits.

Jenn in Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation at Neiman MarcusDuring the evening, I was sent over to the Giorgio Armani counter to try their products. The make-up artist removed the foundation I was wearing from my cheeks and proceeded to apply their Luminous Silk Foundation on me.  I could not believe how good my skin looked. Wait no … how flawless my skin looked! The lovely Armani ladies sent me home with a sample so that I could try it myself and see how the foundation looked in the daylight. Continue reading

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From the Archives: Long Center Opening, March 2008

For this new series of posts, Jenn will pull looks from past events and walk through her styling strategy, from hair to shoes.

In March 28, 2008, Austin welcomed a new, world-class performing arts center, the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts.  A 10-year project, the Long Center opened to the public with an action-packed weekend of events, highlighted by a black-tie gala dinner and show. This was going to be a special night, and a special look was necessary. Continue reading

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Judicial Review: Dior Vernis Purple Revolution

Dior Vernis Purple RevolutionSweet, sweet vindication!  Sort of.

You might recall my Judicial Review of Chanel Peridot, where I ranted (maybe just a little) about how ugly the polish made my feet look.  When I saw Dior Vernis Purple Revolution it was lust at first sight, and my heart swelled with the promise of a match made in heaven: my toes and this darkly exotic purple polish.

SEE???  Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it, Chanel Peridot!  It’s not me, it’s you.  [This is almost as satisfying as seeing your ex with a new girlfriend markedly less attractive than you.  Or she’s more attractive than you but she has something hanging out of her nose.  Anyway.  Moving on.] Continue reading

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The Beauty-terrogation: Round Two

Annie Leibowitz photo "Interrogation" with Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Connelly and Aaron Eckhart

This will be a recurring post where our Beautypendents answer five questions. Suggest your own interrogation questions in the comments!

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Judicial Review: Almay Truly Lasting Color with SPF 15

Almay TLC SPF 15I’ve been a one-foundation woman for as long as I can remember: Bobbi Brown’s SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer.  We’ve been through a lot together and it’s never let me down, but lately I’ve been wondering what else is out there.  How do I really know it’s the best if I don’t test drive another?  I needed to get some foundation “strange”.

I went looking for excitement on the other side of the tracks: the drugstore.  In my Beauty Bill of Rights (Article IV) I stated that some things are worth paying a little more for, foundation being my example.  Could I be satisfied with something so…common?  For my first, I went for something with stamina: Almay Truly Lasting Color with SPF 15.  I’ve never strayed from Bobbi and I was nervous: would I look chalky or cheap?

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Judicial Review REBUTTAL: Chanel Peridot

It’s a good thing that Wendy and I have a long-standing friendship. Because it was nearly torn apart by a nail polish.

As you read from Wendy’s earlier post, she had high hopes for Chanel’s Peridot nail polish but was heartbroken by the resulting color. She passed the bottle on to me to see if I would have better luck. I believe she secretly hoped it would be a failure for me, as well. Turns out, I LOVE IT.

Jenn wearing Chanel Peridot nail polish

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Beauty on a Shoestring: e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip

As I was getting ready for Jenn’s wedding and gathering make-up products, I knew that we would be using a highlighter. If you’ve never used a highlighter, you must try it. It’s not something I would use every day, but it looks great for a more jazzed up look, and it looks especially fabulous in photos.

A cult favorite highlighter that I have used and is great is Benefit High Beam.  It comes in a nail polish like bottle, and you simply dot it on your cheekbones and blend with your fingertips. However, it’s not inexpensive, especially for something I won’t use very often. But then, I was wandering the make-up aisles at Target and found this!

e.l.f. Shimmering Facial WhipIt’s e.l.f. Essential Shimmering Face Whip.  It comes in multiple shades; Target carried Spotlight and Lilac Petal, and I purchased both. And you know what the best part is? Each tube is only $1. ONE. DOLLAR. For reals.

The Good: It achieves that dewy, light-bouncing effect that a good highlighter does for you. And my goodness, you just can’t beat that price. Plus, it’s a small tube, so you could just keep it in your purse and apply for a day to night make-up transformation after work. Continue reading

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