designer crush : marc jacobs

September 5, 2013By stephanie

If you know me personally, you’re fully aware of my addiction to Marc Jacobs handbags and accessories. So it should not be a surprise that I was turnt up over the launch of his new cosmetic line.

During a visit to Bleecker Street earlier in the summer, I realized I was still too early for the launch of the Marc Jacobs beauty boutique which was a huge “womp womp” but justified a trip to Sephora upon my return home to line my makeup bag with a couple of select pieces from the line.

Since lipstick, as of late, is my weapon of choice (so easy!) I decided that I would start with two lip products. It began with one tube of lipstick  – the LoveMarc Lip Gel.

I hummed and hawed for about 30 minutes before deciding: bold and bright or classic and timeless.  As you can see from the swatches above, I chose the latter. The lucky colour that came home with me that day was Roleplay, your standard pinky rose (top swatch) and the perfect neutral to make your lips look happy and healthy. I am quite pleased with this lipstick. I think the key to any lip product is that the colour slides on easily and doesn’t dry out the lips. MJ gets a gold star for both. After a day of wear, the colour remained with minimal touch-ups and stayed true to its pigment.

It’s a rule that you cannot buy a lipstick without getting a lip gloss to match. Okay. So what … it’s not a real rule but it is what I tell myself to justify picking up two items instead of one. To complement my new lipstick, I chose one Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl from the line as well.  Again, so many colours to choose from ranging from bright and bold to soft and shimmery.  Since I wear gloss sparingly, I went with a pale pink that I could use to shine up Roleplay, change the intensity of darker lipsticks I already owned, AND that was completely wearable on its own. I went with Overprotected (bottom swatch on my hand). LOVE the lip vinyls. It really does give you the high shine without the goopiness. In addition, I love the applicator – its not your standard lip gloss wand which is firm and  narrow. The wands are wider and slightly flexible and have either an oval or tapered tip.

Paired together, I can wear these colours as easily as jeans and a t-shirt (see pic above). I’m prettily pleased. I do like the lip products from Marc Jacobs which in turn means that I will most likely be adding to my collection. I’ve got my eye on All The Way, Roll the Dice, Surrender Dorothy and Seduce Me.  And since it’s a rule to have a matching  lip gloss, I’m partial to Boom Boom, No Regrets and Studded Kiss. Le sigh.


the evolution of concealer: josie maran argan creamy concealer crayon

August 21, 2013By stephanie 1 Comment

Look at me. No. Seriously. You have no choice but to look at me. As declared in a previous post, my goal is to swatch more and post more pictures. I’m holding up my end of the bargain here … so you know, deal!

Normally in warmer weather, I wear as less makeup/base as possible. I ditch even the lightest of foundations and tinted moisturizers and lean toward spot concealing. Right now, I have three different concealers in rotation: NARS, Stila, Cle de Peau … and just added to the line up: Josie Maran Argan Creamy Concealer Crayon.

There are three reasons why I  immediately was drawn to this concealer:

*  it’s organic
*  it’s in the shape of a crayon (which I love for eye shadow pencils and lip pencils)
*  it’s josie maran – an organic brand I adore

I’ve only been wearing this product for about 1/2 a week, so I can’t say I can give a full review, but upon first swatching I can tell you that it’s as creamy as it states in its name. Some concealer pencils that I have tried in the past have been chalky – heck … any concealer can be chalky – but this pencil glides on like any glossy chubby pencil lip colour: with ease and no effort.

With its fully sharpened tip, I can get right into the corner of the eyes, around the nose, and pretty much over any pimple. No brush required. As you can see from the photo above (right) I made several swatches.  I blended and patted in the colour using my ring finger and voila … see picture on the left! I think that it was a perfect match for my skin and you can see it pretty much disappeared.

The above photos were taken in natural light with a sky light directly above me and that’s what matters most to me: how the products looks in natural light. I’m pretty pleased!

You can see that along with my concealer, I also purchased some Marc Jacobs lippies. A review on that to come, but below is a pic of the lipstick in action. If you have heard any hype on the Marc Jacob’s cosmetic line, I will say – it’s not hype. What they say about the lip colours is true – so creamy, so wearable, sooooo in la-la-la-love.

That’s this week’s swatch review. I’m working on my photography … *working on* being the operative phrase …