bout damn time!

February 21, 2010

congratulations to my favorite band, this providence, for *finally* getting a headlining tour! i am so excited for them and can’t wait to see the show! they’ll be playing the entirety of their new album, who are you now?, and concertgoer’s choice of older songs! i’ll be seeing them in both atlanta and nashville (superfan, what what!) so here’s a little tribute with my favorite video of theirs!

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dear francois, you’re amazing, but could you just fix one thing?

February 19, 2010

yesterday afternoon i found myself in a very dangerous stretch of fifth avenue (56-58, yikes!) with a couple of hours to kill. i’ve been doing everything i can to stay away from henri bendel, but i just couldn’t help myself!

is there anything better than being surrounded by so many beautiful, sparkly accessories and makeup counters everywhere? the answer is no, obviously!

when i was fourteen, my parents took me to bendel’s for the first time and all i could think about was how i just wanted to have a huge sleepover inside its marbled walls! (i still do…so bendel’s if you’re listening…hook me up!) *huge* mistake on their part because now i’m a total bendel’s girl!

the nars counter quickly caught my eye because i’ve been lusting after their new spring lipgloss, ophelia, a beautiful soft pink, and sephora was out of stock the other day.

i was greeted by the lovely gisella who offered to show me around the new spring colors and since i had plenty of downtime, i agreed to a full makeover!

gisella prepped my skin with nars brightening serum, a light moisturizer infused with shimmer. for foundation, she used nars sheer glow in fiji and concealed my terrifyingly dark circles with the vanilla/honey concealer duo. next came nars’ classic bronzer, laguna, and blush in deep throat. she brushed nars’ new spring highlighting duo, hungry heart, on top of deep throat for a little extra golden shimmer.

nars’ orgasm blush is a total classic (much like laguna) – its a beautiful peachy-pink with gold shimmer that flatters across all skin tones. i *love* orgasm and have it not only in its original formula but also in the mutiple as well, but deep throat is another *excellent* shade from nars. its close to orgasm, but more peach than peachy-pink and glows on fair skin like mine. peach and coral are big colors for spring!

with bronzer and blush, always remember the three six rule! bronzer should be applied in a “3” shape on the face from the forehead to the chin, and blush in a backwards “6” on the cheek up towards the hairline.

we wanted to go dramatic on the eyes to balance the soft color of ophelia and experiment with the new shadow duo, kuala lumpur, which i was instantly drawn to because of its warm aubergine shade – we all know i’ve been loving those purples recently!

gisella began with camargue cream shadow duo, also from the spring 2010 line, using the gold shade all over my eye, and the dark sienna color on the outer third of my eye. she went over the cream with star sailor duo in the center of my eye. gisella then applied the purple color from kuala lumpur along my top lashline and in my crease, finishing the look with goldmember cream blush in my tear duct and outside of my eye as a highlighter.

she lined my lower lashline with the spring 2010 glitter pencil in bains douches, a bright blue with silver shimmer for a totally unexpected look. i decided i wanted to up the drama for evening, so she then applied night breed shadow, a true black with silver glitter, wet along my upper lash line with a flat brush and finished with LOTS of volumizing mascara!

my finished look!

i *loved* the look – a unique mix of antique golds and beautiful aubergine with very bronzed, radiant skin.

but here’s what kills me – when i checked my makeup about 4 hours later at 7 pm, there was a *massive* crease in my shadow!

BLARGH NARS CREAM SHADOWS!!!!!!!!

they come in such beautiful colors (one of my favorite colors ever is corfu) but they *always* crease! drives me completely bananas – i mean, francois nars is a beauty genius, *why* do his shadows crease?! i blended the crease line out with my finger, but couldn’t completely revive the look 😦

gisella did tell me that nars is coming out with two different eye primers with the upcoming summer collection, so i guess we’ll have to see how they fare against the deliciously beautiful but deceptively evil nars cream shadows. today i picked up bobbi brown long wear cream shadow in navajo to try as a base (my usual UDPP isn’t cutting it against these little devils), so i’ll let you know how that turns out!

overall, i was pleased with the look and discovering new nars products and seeing how they could be tied in with some that i already have. i ended up purchasing the brightening serum to try underneath foundations for a bit of shimmer and ophelia lipgloss (obvi!) – i decided against kuala lumpur, even though i loved it, because i have so many purple colors already like it in my collection but did pick up taiga shadow duo, which includes a slate green with gold shimmer that is totally out of my normal color palette and mekong shadow, a deep chocolate brown with gold shimmer. i can’t wait to try my new products with some of the nars products i already own, like deep throat and night breed.

if you find yourself at henri bendel and in need of a nars fix, definitely look for gisella! she did a great job and is really knowledgeable about the line – and she sent me home with three different foundation samples to try and a face chart! the quickest way to my heart 😉

gisella's face chart!

check out the whole nars spring 2010 collection here!

xo!

champagne wishes and pin up girl dreams

February 17, 2010

from doe deere‘s wacky tea party on saturday – read more here!
xo!

foundation flirtations

February 15, 2010

alright my pretties, here’s a confession: i don’t wear foundation.

seriously.

now, i will say that i am extremely blessed to have an even porcelain skin tone and practically no acne – if i get a pimple, i freak out as if 2012 has arrived and the apocalypse is now!

my daily routine usually consists of a dab of undereye concealer and a lot spot concealing around my nose and a sweep of powder.

recently, i’ve been trying out different foundations to see what i like. i don’t think i’m ever going to be a daily foundation wearer, but it is important for big events because of course it photographs better!

i think things are getting pretty serious with urban decay cream to powder foundation. many thanks to UD for sending me the collection! i love using them for photo shoots because they’re a cream consistency in the pan and allow for buildable coverage on the skin but dry down to a beautiful velevety-matte finish.

i use it on all my runway girls because it holds up under the hot lights without melting or letting through any shine! it also photographs beautifully and stays put for hours!

but sometimes, i want more of a luminous look …

so i turned to diorskin air flash foundation – a light foundation in an aerosol bottle. i thought this would be perfect for me! a lot of the reason i don’t wear foundation is i don’t like the heavy feeling on my skin. air flash does even skin perfectly without feeling either heavy or drying and is easy to apply – a quick spritz, a little blending with a fluffy brush and you’re good to go! i also like that i can throw it in my purse for on the go and it can be used as a body foundation if need be.

however, i have the lightest shade available, 200, and its just a little too dark for my wintery skin! i wish this product were available in a broader shade range, because then i might love it a little bit more – for now, i think i need to stash it into my kit until summer. 😦 and on a funny note, sometimes when i’m spraying i get foundation in my hair! yikes!

so now i’ve realized i have a bit of a shade matching problem.

while playing at doe deere’s house last week, i immediately wanted to know what foundation she uses because her skin always looks flawless in pictures. doe’s answer: l’oreal true match in porcelain and alabaster and makeup forever HD foundation.

true match is available in 24 shades, so i knew i could find one right for me! i fell in love with l’oreal true match in porcelain – full coverage while feeling light on my skin and porcelain is the perfect color for me! granted, i’m being a little picky right now because i’m really into the pale look, and i’m also naturally very pale. plus you can’t argue with the $10 price tag!

so true match and i have been together for the week and so far things have been going pretty well! my only complaint is that it doesn’t stay as well as i wish it would on my skin – i’ve been battling a cold and hate seeing foundation come off on the tissue!

i think my next course of action will involve either makeup forever HD foundation or giorgio armani luminous silk foundation.

i’m trying to find my true foundation love! any thoughts?

xo!

transformation

February 15, 2010

to my lovely readers,

first and foremost, the focus of this blog is a chronicle of my daily trials and tribulations balancing life as a law student/makeup artist/living barbie/fashion princess. since that’s the premise, i figure its only fair to fill y’all in on the recent happenings of my life.

as i’m sure many of you have noticed, i’ve been spending a significant amount of time in new york city recently, although i technically live in washington, d.c.

due to some unforeseen family emergencies, i decided about three weeks into this semester to withdraw from school.

don’t worry – elle woods will be back! its just that a lot of things are uncertain and up in the air and law school does not afford a very flexible schedule for me to be able to available for my family if and when i need to be.

i’m taking this time to focus on myself and my family, making sure that i am happy and healthy and that those that i love are as well.

additionally, i started my business in october and it quickly spiraled into a magical beast practically out of my control. since i have several months before i return to life as a law student, i can really focus on adore as a business and growing my contacts and solidifying my interests so that i’m not struggling to manage school and figure out the direction of adore at the same time.

i’ve been spending the past several weeks in new york city, hanging out at purple lab nyc during the day helping to prepare for their new product launch on HSN and building my relationships with brands i already work with as well as purple lab and lime crime. expect many wonderful future collaborations!

i’m also busy trying out new products and looks for y’all and its such a thrill to try something crazy and different every day!

i’ll be back in d.c. for a few days next week for a fashion show, pink jams!, where i’ll be doing the betsey johnson girls in urban decay cosmetics. after that, i’ll be off to LA to see what opportunities lie ahead for me out there!

check back here and on twitter for all the details on my travels and hopefully we will cross paths!

xo!

mela

come to meet to celebrate purple lab on HSN!

February 11, 2010

here’s an exclusive evite to purple lab’s official viewing and shopping party for their debut on HSN!

come out and celebrate with us!

xo!

the barbie and the unicorn queen

February 11, 2010

yesterday, i fled the island of manhattan to explore that curious borough to the east…BROOKLYN!

now, before you can say “ew,” let me just say, i *love* brooklyn! one of my girlfriends used to live amongst the hipsters in bushwick and nothing beats brooklyn’s vintage shopping and guido charm.

although i’ll take pretty much any chance to explore our elusive neighbor, i was tempted with an offer i could not resist: a visit to doe deere’s unicorn house! glitter, pastels and fluffy white persian cats? how could i possibly say no!

a unicorn doll house!

doe is a russian expatriate, a gorgeous model, self-professed unicorn queen and owner of lime crime makeup, spreading a rainbow of highly pigmented products to the staid beauty scene. she’s also a DIY craft genius!

lime crime is only available online right now, and i’ve been dying to get my hands in pigment in real life, so doe invited me over for a play date!

first of all – EVERYONE needs lime crime magic dust in nymph in their collection! its a true white gold pigment that is unparalleled – a gorgeous highlight as well as an amazing blending shadow. i’ve been unable to find anything even close to duping it in my massive collection. don’t even ask me “but what about MAC vanilla?” “bare escentuals lemon meringue?” NOPE! just trust me on this one! it will change your life!

doe and i set up shop on her dresser/vanity to paint our faces together. i decided to go for doe’s signature look, the rainbow, and i created mine in true barbie colors: pink, purple and blue!

photography by grenouille http://www.modelmayhem.com/874175

rainbow barbie

eyes: i started with UDPP in sin to give the pigment a surface to stick to. i then applied lime crime magic dust in pink poodle with a short bristled brush to the center and inside 1/3 of my lid. i patted empress magic dust next to pink poodle in the center of my lid and finished the outer third and crease with shoe addict magic dust. i blended all three colors together with my MAC 227 brush and applied lime crime eye dust in nymph as a highlight color and blended into the tear duct, giving all the colors an extra iridescent glow. i finished up with lots of black liner (MAC fluidline in blacktrack on top, urban decay 24/7 in zero on the bottom) and smudged the shadows under the eye in the same order with a MAC 219 pencil brush.

face: i concealed under my eye and carried the concealer out to include the area underneath my wing to really give the colors a surface to pop against using urban decay 24/7 concealer in CIA. i borrowed doe’s foundation, l’oreal true match in porcelain and applied it with a fluffy brush to give myself light, even coverage. i improvised and used pink poodle eye dust as blush!

lips: lime crime candyfuture lipstick in great pink planet, applied straight out of the tube, no liner required! gorgeous barbie-pink opacity in one stroke!

doe created her rainbow look using blues and greens with lots of black liner! since we were creating magic at the same time, i wasn’t able to keep up with her technique, but check out the finished product!

photography by grenouille http://www.modelmayhem.com/874175

doe used lime crime magic dusts in lime criminal, shoe addict and nymph (and probably one more!) on her eyes with MAC blacktrack gel liner and stila kajal eyeliner in onyx. she’s wearing l’oreal true match foundation in alabaster and lipstick queen butterfly ball lipstick in goodbye topped with stila jewel lip glaze in amethyst.

i told doe that she looked like an evil intergalactic space queen and she said it was the nicest compliment anyone had ever given her, haha!

i can’t wait to play in the box of goodies that doe sent me home with! i’m thinking about recreating this look tomorrow:

photography by grenouille http://www.modelmayhem.com/874175

here’s another gorgeous lime crime look tutorial that doe’s intern, anna, created! i can’t wait to try this look this weekend, although possibly with pinks and purples in honor of valentine’s day 🙂

i hope that all of you beauties are staying safe and warm in the snowpocalypse!
xo!

yikes!

February 3, 2010

hello to all of my beauties!

i apologize for being quite MIA recently!

first of all, things in my life have been b-a-n-a-n-a-s!!

i’ve decided to take the semester off of law school because i have some crazy family things going on and i just need some more flexibility in my schedule than school allows.

i haven’t been updating because a) life crazy b) i’ve been organizing my makeup (ha!)  c) technical problems with my laptop and d) i was working in the city this weekend!!

friday i spent with karen robinovitz, creatrix of purple lab nyc, working on purple lab’s speeddating event, find a luvah, as well as filming for purple lab’s HSN debut on february 18!

tomorrow i am moving to NYC for the rest of february so the madness shall continue for a few days, but expect photos and videos soon!

korres semi-annual sale: an addict’s guide

January 22, 2010

so look what i got from from korres today!

as many of you know, i am a total korres addict! every korres product i’ve tried, i’ve loved – and i especially love how they include mini-samples with your online orders so you have your favorites ready for travel or try new products.

korres offers high quality grooming products made from natural ingredients – a win-win for me! i’ve found all of their scents to be pleasing and light –  wonderful for my sensitive nose! i haven’t ventured into their color collection much yet, but i am obsessed with their face and body products.

i’ve pimped korres to SO many of my friends i can’t even count at this point – pretty much everyone i know has been subjected to my rants about the merits of lip butters, and i’ve forced at least three of them to purchase a pot promising life-changing results. oh, and christmas gifts? i went bananas!

since korres is offering this wonderful sale, here’s my guide to my favorite products!

the guava littles trio – $16

this little gem includes practically-TSA-approved 3.59 oz bottles of guava shower gel and body butter as well as a full size guava lip butter. guava is a soft, spicy citrusy scent, and the guava lip butter is my favorite of the lip butters because of its untinted, perfect for moisturizing before applying lip color or when you feel like going au naturel. since lip butters alone are $9 (which i still think is a great deal!), this set is hard to beat! i gave my amazing hippy friend ginny guava shower gel & body butter for christmas and now she refuses to shower with anything else!

jasmine little butter set – $7.50

this set is great if you’re just venturing into korres or as a sweet little gift (i got one for my little brother’s girlfriend for christmas). a sweet, clean floral scent and a natural tint to the lip butter. this set is also available in quince.

body butter trio – $21.50

a set of three of korres’ best selling body butters: guava, quince and fig. great for travel, to keep in your pocketbook or an easy way to try new scents!

summer fruits showergel trio – $6

for $6, this cannot be beat! includes travel sizes of summer fruity scents guava, fig and new scent kumquat! spicy and sexy, and would pair great with the body butter set!

happy hauling!
xo

head south for the winter with bliss spa!

January 19, 2010

this past june a brand new W hotel opened here in the district bringing along with it the illustrious bliss spa!

i was working in miami all summer and my crazy school schedule had prevented me from checking it out until i heard about the fabulous 20% discount bliss is offering on brazilian waxes until january 24!

i was in *desperate* need of a wax and i figured for $10 more than my usual service, i may as well check it out! i was lured by bliss’ promise of single-use wax – no leftover germs or (YIKES!!!!) STDs from the woman before and the claim that bliss’ blue wax is supposed to be the least painful form of waxing on the market.

arriving at the W is an experience in and of itself! the lobby was stunningly beautiful and it made going to get a routine service feel like a special treat!

the hotel staff was friendly and helpful in directing me to the spa, which is downstairs. once i checked in, i was taken to the ladies’ waiting lounge to relax before my service. the room was quiet and serene, with little snacks (olives! i die!) and tea and water available.

i met my technician, shae, and was immediately at ease! the spa room was clean and comfortable and shae had a great “table manner,” if you will. i’m not squeamish about my waxes – i’m a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am rip it off in ten minutes kind of gal but for ladies that are just beginning to foray into the curious world of brazilians, she had a great demeanor.

i had a blast chatting with shae during my treatment and wasn’t uncomfortable at all – AND, true to bliss’ claim, their wax was a warm temperature but not too hot, didn’t stick to my skin and removed cleanly and easily. the best part was when i left the spa, i didn’t experience the normal awkward burning/chafing feeling. my lady parts felt cool, tingly and refreshed!

i left the spa with shae’s recommendation, get out of hair!, a lotion that soothes, mositurizes and exfoliates as well as slows the re-growth of hair. i’ve only been using it a few days, but its great so far!

i was super excited that bliss gave me a resusable tote bag for my purchase – enviro-friendly and helpful now that d.c. has a 5 cent bag tax!

overall, i would say it really and truly was the best wax that i’ve ever had! i definitely plan to return to bliss for my future waxes!

bliss is offering 20% off brazilian waxes until january 24th at their spa locations and you can book online here.

for my district girls, i would definitely recommend shae, but i’m sure the other technicians are equally as wonderful! this is a great opportunity for a stress-free wax for those new to waxing or a wonderful indulgence for a great price! don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

xo!