Friday, October 17, 2014

What Happens When I Walk Outside - Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury, a little CHANEL

I rang up Berfgorf Goodman earlier in the week to reserve the Tom Ford cream eye shadow in Platinum.  This is a repromote from a few seasons back and now offered as a Holiday limited edition item.  If you have many regrets about missing out last time, it would be a good idea to pick one up quickly.
The folks at the counter confirm this is not exactly identical to the original one.  I ended up getting rid of my old pot because it was slightly too cool toned for my skin and this one appears to be slightly warmer (and I think better suited for my skin).  They still have these in stock at this moment, so you can give them a ring (Natalie or Clif can help you 212-872-2813).  By the way, Clif was recently featured in a New York Times article regarding beauty counters offering more and more personalized services offered by brands.  I am unaffiliated with them of course, except for the fact that I spent a lot of money there!

More Tom Ford here, folks.  Clif steered me over to the new matte lipsticks and I thought you might want a good peek at the limited edition shade: First Time (L) and Black Dahlia (R).
  • First time is a white based, opaque and light pink (with coral tones). 
  • Black Dahlia!  Ah!  Too bad Tom Ford lipsticks freak my lips the heck out.  Reminds me a good bit of the now discontinued Black Orchid.  Black Dahlia appears more red and berry, while I recall Black Orchid being more blackended and purple in comparison.
Helen from lolassecretbeautyblog swatched all the shades, so do check it out! Here.

I now pit the Tom Ford against the Charlotte Tilbury!  (Cage FIGHT TO THE DEATH).
I mentioned in an earlier post that I was keen on purchasing two of the blushes, First Love and Sex on Fire (swatched them all here).  I was thinking that Tom Ford Ravish (original post here), which is one of my all time most versatile blushes reminded  me of Sex on Fire.  So I put them next to each other.
Tom Ford Ravish is on the left, Charlotte Tilbury Sex on Fire on the right.  Pretty close, even though Sex on Fire is pinker and duskier.  I bet lightly applied on the face I wouldn't see that much of a difference.  Right?  Right?

My wee Chanel haul, even though I never do well with Chanel nail polish.  This is the Fashion Night Out polish Sweet Star.  She's a beauty.

Annnnnnnnd, I very lightly blotted on some Tom Ford matte Black Dahlia which less than an hour into wear is already making me feel dry.  :(  So sad.  Do you notice a stronger brow?  Lovely Natalie in at the Tom Ford counter passed on some strong brow game tips.  Game on, brows!
Happy Friday, everybody!  What new makeup bits have you been looking at?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

You Asked and Winner of the Bellycorn Giveaway Announced!

Hrrrrrrrpppmmmmph.  Is it odd, or is it to be expected that the majority of your questions centered around food?  And lots of "best of" or "most favorite" type of questions.  Why do you ask such difficult questions?  Why not ask me what time I wake up in the morning or how I like my steak cooked?

Surprised at the hard questions!
I'll try my best to seriously answer your questions. 

Q:I've clumped the: "your favoritest makeup/brand/purchase ever in the whole world" questions together:
Can you spot the Chanel Narcisse JC, SUQQU Ginbudou and Addiction Soda Lunch? 
I think I have Addiction Revenge in there, too.  Maybe even a grey squirrel brush from SUQQU
A: Dontcha know?  I may put on the veneer of the picky and the fickle and of a connoisseur.  In actuality, I LOVE so many things!  I have a bias for the SUQQUs and THREEs and other Japanese high end brands, but at the heart of the matter, I am an all-consuming consumer.  It's very hard to pick a favorite.  And you can't make me.  HRRRMMPPPH!
Q: Amalia asks what makeup I would wear in a romantic sunset in Santorini.
 A: Amalia seems like a lovely human being, even offering to babysit the Belly Offspring, but IT'S A TRAP.  Sending a snow woman to Santorini would only mean heartache and a cup of Snow Water.  She's trying to kill me.
Q: What motivates me to keep at blogging, asks Angela.
A: Angela, I have no simple answer.  Partly: Fame, Fortune, Lifetime Supply of Bacon.  Ego.  Mass Destruction.  OCD.  I tried to stop many times.  Many more times than I've ever reported on the blog.  Yet here I am making Microsoft Paint doodles on the blog.  Obviously, I have problems.  This is like when I dated my dope of an ex-boyfriend for a few years longer than I should have.  Seriously.  I can't stop.  Help.
Q: A related question was how I come up with blog material.
A: Easy way is to keep on buying and keep on swatching.  Thinking about buying nothing and doing swatches via Microsoft Paint.  What do you think?
Q: Several of you asked what I am reading, my favorite authors, etc.
Dom Belly in shiny pleather.  This is a pretty accurate representation of my body.
 A: Would this be a weird moment to mention that I've read Fifty Shade of Grey something like three times?  Ok, well, that's just BRAIN TRASH.  I've become less of a voracious reader than I used to be, but my library notified me yesterday that my copy of Haruki Murakami's new novel is waiting for me!  Whee!  I have been disillusioned with his recent works (After Dark left me cold, 1Q84 was so bleck), but I remain ever hopeful that his new work remains faithful to the old magic of his earlier works.  I am currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird.  Can you imagine?  I've never read this before.  Also last week I finished two Gillian Flynn books: Gone Girl and Dark Places.  All fun reads.  Also last week (I like reading multiple books simultaneously), I finally finished the last of the Margaret Atwood Trilogy MaddAddam.  I like post apocalyptic genre of everything (movies, book, nightmares).
Q: So who won this ridiculous Bellycorn?
A:  I would like to congratulate TAMMY L. who is the proud winner of the Bellycorn, a.k.a. Tom Ford Nude Dip.  She is also receiving a little token of my slobbering affection, a shrinky dink of the Bellycorn. 
Q: What about the rest of us losers?
A: I will randomly draw five (additional) winners (or losers) from the rest valid entries and also will offer them a conciliatory prize of the Bellycorn Shrinky Dink.  Yes, not exactly Tom Ford.  :(  But ... ridiculous, kind of like this blog.  Winners (losers) to be announced soon.
Congratulations to Tammy.  And special thanks to each of you that entered, asked all your bizarro questions to provide excellent fodder for my doodles.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Four Hands Yields the Most Glorious Look

Why hello, hot stuffs. 

Ah! Sweet, utter relief to know today is Friday.  I have many plans this weekend.  Most of which involve puttering around the kitchen and also taking a trip to see a sculpture park.

On my little lunch break, reading Yahoo news articles, I came upon this ad.


What is happening here?  Did Ellen morph into this woman with four hands?  How do I also get four hands?

I attempted to recreate the above picture, but lacking additional appendages, I wanted to share the most amazing look I've ever created:

Hmm, you know how people sometimes post looks inspired by images?  I find I'm not so good at that.  I am actually wearing a new SUQQU quad that Nicole from Swatcharama purchased for me, Sakurabata.  (Thank you Nicole!)  Turns out that without my everyday Nars Pro Prime, everything I put on my eyes disappears into nothingness in a matter of a few hours!  All HAIL EYE PRIMERS!

Here is a better picture of SUQQU Sakurakaba I posted on my Instagram account yesterday, which was a mini color comparison between Toutouseki trio (posted here in detail) & Sakurakaba quad.  You can see in the swatches that the trio is much sheerer and cooler pinky peach.  Sakurakaba is a lush peach and the dark plum brown is glorious (but a little patchy in application).
Currently, I have 48 valid entries for my Bellycorn giveaway.  You may already own one of those and don't want to own another Bellycorn.  Yes, this I understand because cost of ownership of so many pretties is very high indeed, but for those of you aching to own one, you should enter today!  Click here to enter!  There is only a few more days to enter.

This weekend, I expect:
  • Pie baking
  • Farmers market visiting
  • Sculpture gawking
  • Serious eatin'
  • potential for some blog picture taking
What about you guys?  What's shakin' this weekend?
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