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In My Kit: Shupette by Karl Lagerfeld

So Karl Lagerfeld’s cat has a makeup collection. And it’s amazing. First off, you need to meet Karl Lagerfeld’s actual cat, Choupette (can we just have a moment to reflect on the genius play on words? Chou in French is a pet name – like ‘darling’. Our lovely French au pair Julie in London used to call my son “mon petit chou”.) So Choupette is already a dangerously cute name for a very cute cat. And THEN Mr Lagerfeld has spliced that with a bit of loveliness from the brilliant Japanese makeup company, Shu Uemura, and you have Choupette’s new makeup line, Shupette. Let me reiterate, a makeup collection based on a cat. Which combines my two favourite things in the world, makeup and small fluffy animals. Life doesn’t get any better than that.

The collection even has Karl Lagerfeld’s drawings of Choupette/Shupette on it (although we don’t buy makeup for the packaging. Do we? Do we??) It’s the new Holiday collection and the campaign images have been shot by Karl, with needless to say the gorgeous Choupette and the also not too shabby Josephine Skriver.

I’m currently in love with the cream blusher Rouge Bonbon Fantasy Trio in 02 which is burning a hole in my kit and jumping out on every job lately – it’s gorgeous on clients for the red carpet and equally at home flushing cheeks on beach shoots. It has a transparent, weightless finish which I’m sorry, leaves my beloved Stila creams in the dust, making them look positively heavy and old fashioned (sorry Stila – I do love you. And I haven’t really permanently gone off your Convertible Colours – it’s just your place has currently been usurped by Shupette.)

There are three colours in the lip and cheek trio – a bright candy pink, a sheer red and a deep fuchsia pink. They are so beautiful, providing a transparent wash of colour that just lifts the face. For those in colder climes they will give your winter pallor that holiday glow, and for those in Australia, I can tell you right now that pretty much nothing looks better with a tan.

Here’s a video of the very cute Choupette-cam so you can have a look at the life of the world’s most pampered kitty. And yes, it’s guaranteed that her life is more glam than yours.

And behind the scenes of the impossibly cute campaign

 

www.shuuemura.com

Daria Werbowy

In My Kit: Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Glow

I think by now you might have figured out that I am not a drugstore gal. Of course there’s always some stuff there that’s worth checking out (like mascaras, and lipsticks, and the odd nail polish). Although there are loads of good drugstore products – with the economic heft of global cosmetic giants like Procter & Gamble and L’Oreal they’re always going to be on top of the new technology,
so lots of their stuff is great now. And if you let me loose in a French pharmacy, well that’s a different thing entirely. I’m practically in there with a bulldozer, ripping up Crealine and Embryolisse and Honeoplasmine, not to mention Evian and Avene Water and La Roche Posay everything. (Get your hard hats on boys, she’s coming in!)

But drugstores in Australia, not so much. Do you want to know why?
Because Australian drugstores have missed the memo on why people shop there, and that reason is price. It’s supposed to be cheap fellas. Mascaras in Australian pharmacies cost $27 (L’Oreal), Revlon eyeshadow quads are $25, Max Factor lipgloss is $20. I know all my US readers are passing out right about now – products cost about 4-5 times more in Australia than in America. For the exact same thing. So you know what? I often figure I’d rather spend the extra amount and get a premium product for a bit more (OK quite a bit more – Chanel quads are about $100. But it’s like, you know, Chanel. HELLO.)

So the other day when I checked out Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Glow, needing a new lip balm with SPF for my poor model who was going to fry the following day at the beach on a 31 degree day beach shoot, I was very pleasantly surprised. The price was right ($3.60 – jeez, I can’t even get a coffee for that these days in Sydney), and the product was a surprisingly good dupe for Dior’s Lip Glow, which is currently on my wish list as it’s just a gorgeous rose hued lip balm. And I think we all know YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY OF THOSE.

So in my kit it went and it kept my lovely model’s lips moisturized and sun protected and with just the perfect amount of twinkly sheen, all day long. So the next time you want a coffee, get a Baby Lips lip balm instead. It will last a whole lot longer than that caffeine.

www.maybelline.com

maybelline baby lips lip balm

picture of girl with straw and lipstick

In My Kit: Illamasqua Lip Gloss

So I’ve been prepping for not one but three big beauty stories lately which has been a good chance to give my kit a clear out to get some new season colour in there.

I have to confess that I love having a good re-organise as nothing feels better than a fresh, clean kit, and you can always find a way to tighten up and improve your general organization. A kit tune-up is my idea of a good time!

I’m rotating out of my winter products and putting in spring/summer ones – shooting spring stories for Australia means more colour and beautiful lighter textures are going in.

This season I’m getting back into gloss after quite the hiatus from it – probably a legacy of a complete overdose on the stuff a few years ago. As in, I was buried in it.  In my defence, at the time we were all channeling goopy-lipped vixens so I got a lot of use out of them – then not so much the past couple of years.  But now I’m feeling it again.

Since I’m still loving bold strong lip colours at the moment, I’m reaching for Illamasqua’s Intense Lip Glosses to add an element of shine to a statement lip. I’ll be carrying Mistress (bright coral orange) and Indulge, a ridiculously bright fuchsia, and since wine lips are no longer just for winter, I’m carrying the sinfully rich Hermetic. I love Illamasqua’s lip glosses because they are pigment rich, high-shine and really do what you want – which is take a bold lip over the top, somewhere over the rainbow.

www.illamasqua.com

Intense lipgloss by illamasqua

Sigma Brush

In My Kit: Sigma Foundation Brush

Sorry for the quiet time y’all – I’ve been sunning myself on holidays! Now I’m back and have spent the last few days sorting out my kit and the makeup Vault (which was an out of control mess) and ready to get back into it.

Onto the Big News: I have a new brush. There, I said it. She’s a beauty as well and is already proving a winner (and a life-saver) on shoots. It’s the Sigma Flat Kabuki –F80 brush.

Let me preface this by saying I haven’t had a new brush in a few years now. I have plenty of backups at home if I lose one on a shoot (which does sometimes happen, and the worst are the shows. I want my brushes strapped to me with individual alarms during the shows since in all the chaos it’s easy for ‘things to happen’ to them. Including light-fingered individuals, but let’s not talk about them shall we?) and I thought my brush-acquiring days were pretty much over. But I got a chance recently to try some Sigma brushes as they are now available in Australia online, through the Aussie beauty site www.redefiningbeauty.com.au

I’d heard a lot about Sigma brushes before – makeup artist friends raving, etc, but I had yet to try them. First off, they are super, super soft (which we love), and the range is very extensive. I was really happy to have the Flat Kabuki the other day on a shoot as the brief was very pale, 80’s foundation. This is not a look I bust out every day and strong foundation has to be handled carefully so it still looks real, and not like you’ve put pancake batter on the face. The Kabuki brush was absolutely perfect for buffing the foundation once it was applied, and gave a lovely, even finish.

It’s not like any other brush I own as it’s a very densely packed brush with a flat head, that allows you to swirl and buff the base into the skin without leaving streaks, even when you’re piling that foundation on like you’re doing a Kardashian wedding.  And it’s synthetic, an extra bonus for those who like their brushes cruelty-free.

PS  – Please don’t buy brushes off eBay. I know it can seem like a great way to get a bunch of brushes SO MUCH CHEAPER, but you have no idea where those brushes have come from. And I can tell you right now that the cheap fur trade around the world relies heavily on cat and dog fur. So if you don’t want to apply your blusher with Fido or Fluffy, buy your brushes through the reputable brands and sites.

Sigma brushes are now available locally in Australia through www.redefiningbeauty.com.au

 

 

Keira Knightley wearing Chanel

In My Kit – Chanel New Moon

In My Head – The Soundtrack to ‘Babe’

Although right, I admit it – it’s not in there yet. BUT IT WILL BE. I have been waiting for this gorgeous soft coppery shade to hit counters ever since it started turning up on the red carpet (like on the likes of Keira Knightley – see above for some soft buttery eyeshadow deliciousness!)

Chanel’s New Moon is the latest addition to their Ombre d’Illusion line, which I would have to say is probably my favourite line of eyeshadows ever (oh be quiet Tom Ford – it’s a close call but Chanel win this round.) I hestitae to call them creams since they’re a new technology which is really a mousse more than a cream, and most makeup lines now do them, from Maybelline to Armani. But it’s the colours of the Chanel Ombres that make this line so special, and the new Summer offerings, on counter in Oz this weekend, are no exception.

New Moon is the one that I have to have, but I may also pick up Mirage, which is a golden bronze (so perfect for the big beach beauty shoot I have coming up), and Utopia is a soft lavender. And I’m a sucker for a soft lavender since it looks good on every eye colour.

And now for what else New Moon has inspired, which is not very Chanel(but I can’t help it) – it’s the end of the kids’ movie Babe, when the three mice sing “Blue Moon”. Every time I think “New Moon” this is what pops in my head:

 It’s not that chic, but it’s definitely sweet. As long as I don’t start singing it at the Chanel counter, I should be fine.

Emma Stone Revlon

In My Kit – Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm and Lacquer Balm

OMG OMG OMG, yum yum yum. That’s what I have to say about Revlon’s two newest lip offerings, Color Burst Matte Balm and ColorBurst Lacquer Balm.

These are delicious jumbo lip crayons that are so quick and simple and come in a great range of colours, and you can so easily toss them in your handbag (like I have – I currently have about 4 of them in mine). Plus the Matte Balms in particular will be going in my kit as they provide a phenomenal base for a statement lip.

Let’s talk about the Matte Balms first. I have to confess that these are my favourite. They have great pigmentation yet feel very light on the lips, and they’re creamy and a cinch to apply. They have a wind-up bottom for when you need more of that good stuff, and they’re also fantastic just as stain. I would recommend putting a lip balm underneath as they are matte, so if you have dry lips you might find them a bit drying. I also love that they contain natural emollients such as Shea butter, Mango and Coconut butter, (much nicer than putting petroleum on your lips – isn’t that a gross thought?)

There are ten shades to choose from with lots of yummy brights which a) makes me happy and b) is perfect for my kit as I’ve been getting bored with some of my old bright lip colours lately. I have discovered that if you were that way inclined, you could even layer the Matte Balm with the Lacquer on top for a real full-finish lipstick. Be warned though, they do have a minty smell and taste. I prefer my lip products unscented and taste-free, but even I can handle it, and I’m quite picky on such things.  They’re so great they’re worth it. (Ooops, I think I stole someone’s slogan!)

I’m particularly enamoured of the Matte Balm in Mischevious which is a lovely coral colour, Standout which is a deep raisin-berry and (let me dig in my handbag for the ones I’m carting around) and Unapologetic which is a bright raspberry. The nude in Complex looks quite interesting as well, so that needs to go in my kit too. For deeper skin tones there’s an incredible grape colour called Shameless, which will also be fabulous for editorial shoots. I’m kind of obsessed with this one. In. It. Goes.

Then the ColorBurst Lacquer Balms are also gorgeous with more of a sheer glossy finish. The Lacquer Balms have some beautiful pink colours with the bright fuchsia tones of Vivacious and Flirtatious (these really made me think of Revlon’s spokesmodel Emma Stone who stars in the ad campaign), and Coquette, a sweet blue-based baby pink, which is one of the personal ones I have kicking around in my handbag.

Both the Matte and the Lacquer Balms have buildable colour so you can go quite sheer or build it up and layer it with other products (I’m a natural born layer-er-er – yes I know that’s not a word, but it should be!) so if you’re looking for me, I’ll be busy in my lip kit.

 www.revlon.com

Tom Ford Color Quad

In My Kit – Tom Ford Eye Colour Quads

Can we just talk for a minute about how FREAKING amazing these eyeshadows are? Let’s. (This is a makeup blog after all).

I can’t fault these, I love everything about them. There are four generous eyeshadows in each compact, and each colour is gorgeous in it’s own right, as well as a beautiful mix together. The other thing I love is that they have a mix of shimmer and matte in each compact which is perfect as when building a beautiful eye, that’s exactly what you want – matte to create the architecture and the shape, and shimmer to make it all sizzle and pop.

The texture of the shimmer shadows is exceptional as well – they are very similar to the MyFace Blingtones (another MM fave, as long-time readers will know). The line was actually created in consultation with über-makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury who also consulted on the development of the MyFace line, so you can see her influence in the Tom Ford shadows.

On a side note, Charlotte is working on her own line at present which will be released in September. She has also got a fabulous new website with lots of videos and Tips and Tricks which you should definitely have a look at, www.charlottetilbury.com.

Here’s Charlotte using the Tom Ford Eyeshadow quads on lovely Laura Bailey.

And back to Tom Ford! The Silvered Topaz quad has been in heavy rotation in my kit for a smoky eye as it’s just gorgeous – subtle and dreamy and oh so flattering. Even though I have hundreds of shadows in my kit and in my Vault, I still feel that I need more of these delicious goodies. They are very soft, buttery smooth, with an impeccable colour selection – although be warned – the shimmery ones can create fallout, probably my only gripe.

The quads come in about 10 different and lovely combos, ranging from blues to purples to gorgeous burgundies and an amazing collection of browns and coppers. The hardest bit is choosing which one to buy next.

I also love the Tom Ford packaging as it’s super lightweight which is perfect for makeup artists. It’s all about what’s inside, not the packaging that counts!

Another winner from Mr Ford’s makeup line. You’ve got yourself a fan-girl, sir.

Tom Ford is available from David Jones in Australia, Neiman Marcus in the US and Selfridges in the UK.

Miranda Kerr

In My Kit: RMS Un Cover-up Concealer

I’ve blogged recently about how sensitive my eyes are now. As in, a great day is when I can wear hypo-allergenic eyeshadow as a liner! Wooh! Party patrol – push that makeup boat out.

So as seeing as my eyes are now special needs, I’m trying to reduce the chemical exposure on everything that goes near my eyes – including my personal concealer.

Which has led me to RMS Un Cover-up concealer. RMS is the brain-child of celebrity makeup artist, Rose-Marie Swift. After having some personal health issues a few years ago, she discovered that her blood contained high level of toxic chemicals and heavy metals, many of which can be found in cosmetics. She realized she could use her in-depth makeup knowledge to create a better, non-toxic version. And thus, a brand was born.

I’d heard great things about her products before and I know Aussie supermodel Miranda Kerr is a big fan of her whole range (Rose-Marie is her go-to makeup artist in NY.)

The concealer which you can get from Cult Beauty (WARNING! This is a very dangerous site. May lead to losing hours off your life browsing and significant amounts off your credit card. You will emerge prettier though).

The concealer is lovely and dense, so It covers well, definitely better than other organic and natural concealers I have tried. Even though its texture is dense it still melts into the skin so it doesn’t look cakey or masky – even in the delicate under eye area. Best of all, it doesn’t hurt your eyes, which some of my other non-natural concealers do when my eyes are bad. And let’s face it, when your eyes already look like you could be auditioning as an extra in Watershoip Down, they don’t need to feel like you’re surrounding them with toxic waste, let me tell you.

It comes in a beautiful glass pot which is great for real life when it lives on your dressing table, not so great for makeup artists who have to carry a chunk of glass around (although I have the solution to that one – Decant, baby, decant. Or you will look like the HunchBack of Notre Dame by the time you’re 30 lugging all that makeup around).

Its moisturizing (but not nastily shiny) texture comes from its natural ingredients including raw coconut oil, cocoa butter, castor oil and jojoba oil.

There are lots of other products from the RMS line that I’m now keen to try – love the look of the luminzers, and the eyeshadows look like a good option for my poor makeup-resistant peepers. Maybe I am allowed to visit Cult beauty again – just this once?

www.cultbeauty.co.uk