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Stuff I Love: Red Apple Lipstick

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Stuff I Love: Red Apple Lipstick

Yes, ladies, that swatching is back on. So sorry for the long holiday! I actually swatch things all the time, but consolidating the results is another story... At any rate, I heard a lot of hubbub about this company from the facebook groups and while I'm not all that jazzed personally over the whole gluten and paraben free thing (I get that some people need/want it, just not essential for me), I DO love a brand that sells me nicely sized samples for not much money. I hope you also have a zero tolerance policy for lipsticks you can't see and try before you buy one in full size. Overall, the lipstick lives up to hydration claims and wears well over time without feathering (I seem to find a lot of really moist lipsticks do this on me, I have dry skin). And compared to other lipsticks in this space, they actually do have some exciting colors.

So, on with the swatches. I tried to order shades I thought were interesting/useful. There are a number that looked like the kinds of colors I avoid, or that didn't offer anything new. There were also others that I'd like to try and more new ones since I ordered, so if you like these I may do more in the future.

  1. Coral Crush - I like this for TA, I had expected it to be a Spring one but it's sort of brownish orange which would be very wearable as a day shade for TA.
  2. Cranberry Magic - This is a pretty and interesting shade, not what I thought when I ordered it. (they've since added more images, very helpful) I felt it was nicest with TW's fan, but would be on the subtle end for many TWs. It could be a bold red for some TSu or a nice lighter shade for a cool leaning DW, especially if she has fair skin.
  3. Light My Fire - Amazing on DA. It looks like it's going to be super warm/brown, but it's not. 
  4. Mix & Mingle - I actually thought this shade was the prettiest with the LSu fan, but on most I think it would be too much, unless worn at 1/2 intensity as suggested on the site. Some TW or maybe BW could wear it, but it's not as intense as I wanted it to be.
  5. Petal Pusher - LSu or TSu. Quite cool, another one I hoped would be brighter - if they had the product images they have now I would not have bought this one. It goes a bit into the zone of too light for most TSu/ too cool for most LSu, a place I find many lipsticks live.
  6. Ravishing - DW, very pretty, nice for those in this season whose skin eats up a ton of darkness from lipstick. Cool DAs could do well with this also. Many women of both these seasons may still find it too dramatic.
  7. Red! 101 - BW, very easy to wear compared to some reds for this season. Try it if Mary Kay Firecracker looked a little much on you, or if it looked great but you're just not ready for that yet.
  8. Sunkissed - TSp or BSp. It's not as bright as many orange lipsticks that get put in TSp but would be too strong on many of them. That said, BSp women who lean cooler and generally go more for the pinker shades may find it looks funny.

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Amazing Eye Photos Made Easy

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Amazing Eye Photos Made Easy

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Have you missed me? I'm just coming to the end of my vacation in gorgeous sunny Boca Raton, Florida. Promise I'll be back on a more regular writing schedule when I'm home from paradise. *sigh* My own Bright Winter eye.

Anyhow, many of you ladies have seen the eye photos I take for my clients on Facebook, and wondered what kind of fancy camera I have that takes them so clearly. Happily for you, I have no such thing. A few years ago, I discovered this amazing product, tiny little lenses that attach to your iPhone or Android phone via a stick-on magnetic ring around the built-in lens (before you add to cart, make sure you've got the wide/macro lens). At the time, I just kind of putzed around pointing it at things and then got bored, not really knowing what to do with it. However, once I became a Color Analyst, I remembered the little gizmo and it occurred to me it might be a cheaper alternative to a new fancy camera with a macro lens. With a bit of practice, it has produced results beyond my wildest expectations.

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Before you run off into the sunset with your new $20 magical eye picture taking gizmo, allow me to give you a few pointers. First, be sure you screw off the wide angle lens. It's a combo lens and the remaining, very tiny piece underneath is indeed the macro lens. Later, you can screw the wide angle back on to take pictures of your house that make it look huge, but for now we want to see those gorgeous peepers.

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Once you've got the magnetic ring on your phone and just the macro lens attached to the ring, you are going to want to go somewhere where you can face into a lot of light. Oh, and it will really help if you can commandeer the help of a friend, or in a pinch, a very confused husband or teenager. I have my clients wheel right up to one of my full spectrum lamps inside a soft box. Outside in bright sunshine, or facing into a bright lamp might be good ideas. Once you've got plenty of light, your assistant is going to need to get the camera really uncomfortably close to your eye, but don't worry they don't need to touch it. It's best, however, if you can get close enough that the person taking the photo is able to get the lens to focus on your iris rather than your eyelashes, as it is want to do. On the iPhone, you can use your finger to choose where the focal point is, which is helpful as well (just be really careful not to poke your eye, PLEASE).

Incredible True Winter eye. See how I caught the lashes a bit too much? If you can get just a few milimeters closer, you get a clearer picture of the iris.

One last thing, which I'm not sure will be helpful for those with Android phones or possibly even older iPhones, but I do it so, full disclosure. At time of writing, I use an iPhone 5S when I take these photos. There are a few built in filters in the default camera app, and I use one of them, called "chrome" when I take these pictures. You can access these by clicking the three overlapping circles in the lower right-hand corner of the camera screen. The reason why I use this filter, is because it lightens the shot quite a bit, though it does also saturate it slightly. I don't find the color in the eye pictures comes out much different than reality, however, and the lightness makes the structure of the eye, something I like to see and study, quite apparent. It should go with out saying that you can, of course, play around with it however you see fit.

Well, that's all my secrets. Good luck capturing the magical supernova inside of YOUR eye! (and back to the lounge chair with me... ;) )

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Stuff I Love: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

By now, you know that I am always looking for lip products that I don't have to reapply a million times during the day, but that also don't leave my lips painfully dry. I tried this product mostly out of curiosity about the stability of the colors after another analyst swatched a couple of them, including one for Bright Winter.

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I was somewhat skeptical, because the ever-popular Lip Butters are decidedly not my favorite product, partially because I feel they slide all over the place, and partially because I noticed while swatching them out of paper that the colors tended to shift after a few minutes, pulling either soft or purple, or oddly, both. Happily, I don't find that the Just Bitten line tends to shift nearly so much, which is great, because they're just as cheap, stay put better, and are much longer lasting. I've heard some people still find these drying, but for me, they feel very comfortable on. I bet you've already guessed where this is going... after wearing one quite a bit myself, I decided to pick up several to keep in my makeup kit for my clients, and to swatch for all of you. I seem to have missed a few, but most of them from the main line (not the glosses or the matte ones) should be here.

  •  Honey - Soft Summer, may be too brown for some, though on my skin it was less brown than on paper, and on the whole distinctly more purpley than what I like on Soft Autumn
  • Lovesick - True Winter
  • Smitten - This one swatches as True Winter on paper, but on both my lips and skin, it seemed way more desaturated than Lovesick. True Winters who are tentative about their lip colors can probably still wear it, but I think a number of True Summers could do even better in it.
  • Cherish - Light Summer, I guess. I wish I hadn't bought this one, as it's one of those colors that's meant to be lighter than your lips, which I don't find to be a very flattering category of colors, in general.
  • Sweetheart - Bright Winter, really good for lighter-looking people in this season, but most should wear it well
  • Adore - Dark Autumn, quite warm, but a little overpowering next to the True Autumn fan. Either could try it.
  • Rendezvous - True Spring
  • Crush - Dark Winter
  • Charm - Light Spring, pretty warm and not much of a color even for this season, but it could work for some

So, there you have it! Let me know if you've tried any of these, and how it went. :)

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Stuff I Love: YSL Glossy Stains

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Stuff I Love: YSL Glossy Stains

A while back, someone from one of the color Facebook groups linked to this post about YSL Glossy Stains on Karla Sugar, and I have to say, from the moment I read Karla's review, it sounded like the lip product I'd been waiting for without knowing it. glossystain

I love lipgloss but:

  1. It doesn't last, especially if you drink a lot of water throughout the day
  2. It sticks to your hair when you're outside in the slightest breeze
  3. It's generally a mess that slides all over your face and likes to get on stuff you own
  4. You kind of feel like you're always eating it... probably you are

I love stains and long wear products but:

  1. They're really dry, I need gloss for comfort and to keep it from flaking
  2. They're usually quite matte, I need gloss to make the texture flattering
  3. All that glossing kind of defeats the purpose of a product with staying power
  4. Sometimes you have to scrub incredibly hard to get them completely off at the end of the day

Let me tell you, the Glossy Stains solve all these problems. You can eat and drink and still have them on, once they dry (in about 30 seconds) they aren't sticky and don't slide around. They're totally non-drying, magically stay glossy and translucent for several hours, and they're not SO stuck on there that you have to scrub your lips off to remove them. There's only one truly major drawback in my book - the price. Not that they're not worth it, but I'll still keep hunting for a replica of this formula at a lower price point. So far, no dice.

In case you decide (as I have) that one or two of these babies are worth it, wallet be damned, I've swatched most of the line and have done my best to put them in seasons. Lipgloss is a real pain to swatch, it soaks into the page by the time you get it home and smears all over your book, so please PLEASE try before you buy, especially at this price point. I would go put it on, live with it for the rest of the day and see how you like it, and then order it online. I'm probably going to get hate mail from brick and mortar stores for that one, but they don't have to wear it, and you do.

The glosses as I see them by number:

#1 -  True Winter, quite dark and very purple, and it loses brightness next to the BW fan. I think I'd like it best on a TW medium to dark skin.

#3 - This is one of those shades that is distinctly too dark and purple for Soft Summer (in my swatch more so than in Karla's picture), but still muted enough to lose energy next to the Dark and True Winter swatch books. Try it if you're one of those two, but IMO there are prettier shades in the line for both.

#6 - True Spring, should be a nice nude on her.

#7 - My swatch seems to like to be with the True Autumn swatch book, however it looks way off from the images of the color online. I've seen this one suggested for Light Spring, but it looks softer than that in my swatch.

#8 - True Spring

#9 - Bright Winter (it's cooler and redder than Karla's picture looks)

#11 - Bright Winter

#12 - Bright Spring, could try it on a Light Spring who wants a bolder lip, perhaps for evening

#13 - A Bright Winter who tolerates a dark lip well or a Dark Winter that's comfortable with lips in the upper brightness range for that season.

#14 - True Winter (I know, I know, but so many of these are profoundly purple)

#15 - I had this swatched as Dark Winter, but the pictures online look much lighter and pinker. I think this may be best as an intense lip for True Summer.

#16 - True Winter

#17 - I'm not sure who wears lips like this. It's very light and very cool. Far too cool against Light Summer, too bright against True Summer. As a color, it's prettiest with the True Winter swatch book,but it seems just far too light for a lip for her.  It's not bad with Bright Winter, and I think the relative lightness of a Bright Winter person would make this feel more comfortable.

#18 - I suppose for the fairest of Light Summers. Mind that it's not lighter than your lips, which always looks odd.

#19 - Light Summer, go for this before #18

#20 - Dark Autumn (beautiful chocolatey red velvet with some glitter in it!)

#26 - Bright Winter

#27 - True Spring certainly, Light Springs who wear warm shades well can try it, too

#29 - True Autumn

#101 - I did swatch this, but I guess I'll just say this isn't my idea of a lip color for anyone.

#102 - Soft Autumn

#103 - True Summer

#104 - Bright Winter, darker than online pictures, really pretty

#105 - Soft Autumn - has pinky glitter in it that cools the base color that you see online, might be even though many of these in the 100s are "nude" shades that look best on Autumns, the glitter and gloss will put them off it

#106 - Soft Autumn

#107 -Probably best for Dark Winter, be advised it's another one with a warm base an very purple glitter that cools it off a lot.

#108 - This would probably just go on like clear gloss with purple glitter in it.

#109 - Bright Winter - this one is a cool shade with gold glitter in it

 

So there you have it, those are the ones I was able to get my hands on. Have you tried a glossy stain? I'd love to hear if people of other seasons have tried these and how it went! :)

 

 

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How True Colors Reveal True Features

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How True Colors Reveal True Features

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Many of you know me from before my 12 Blueprints Color Analyst training, and know that I helped many many women find their style types before I was a Color Analyst. Until my training, I had only witnessed one draping in person - my own. Having now seen many, whole worlds of understanding have cracked wide open. One of the most amazing things I have learned during and since my training is how much my perception of a persons features, and to some degree the feeling of the person as a whole, changes when I see them in their correct season. This effect plays out in so many different ways, depending on the type and season of the person, and also what they were presenting when they walked in the door. One person's bone structure may soften from mostly sharp to mostly blunt, a Soft Summer Yang Natural in black compared to her own colors, for example. Another person may sharpen up and lose the impression of bluntness, a Bright Winter Yin Dramatic in her colors compared to the Spring colors she walked in wearing. Yet another person changes in ways that escape specific description, except to say that True Spring transformed her from an "Autumn" Yang Gamine who was sort of a cute tomboy into the effervescent pixie she truly is.

It can be really hard to see these effects in a photo, but if you get just a whiff of what I'm talking about from them, I'm happy with that.

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This is E, cute, huh? Not sure what season this top is in real life, but it looks warmish. She's worn her hair dyed various shades of red over the years, as it is in this picture. The natural color has shifted more than is usual during her life, and as is typical for bright seasons is a bit hard to describe, but essentially it's a light brown. I think it would be easy to see this person as a Yin Natural in this image. The face feels broad and somewhat flat in topography, it's pretty but I don't think one would call it exotic or dangerous.

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I know you've probably seen this image on my homepage, but I'm pretty infatuated with it so here it is again. This is the face of a queen, so much more than just "pretty". All the bone structure has sharpened up and the topography of the face appears more dynamic. They eyes which you probably already don't remember from the last picture are utterly captivating, they have a sensual, exotic quality. The sheer magnificence of a person who is both Winter and Dramatic (the Yin variety in this case) and fully wielding the power that comes with that is jaw-dropping.  This woman walks into the boardroom and people beg her to take the reigns, just because she looks like she was born to hold them. I just want to be clear that Yin Natural is a very excellent thing to be if that is what you are. Here, the colors reveal the truth to be otherwise. Let me just belabor the point a bit more with one more image. 478665_888439693059_959353888_o (1)

Can you even believe this creature is real? Which adult is the logical owner of this baby picture? Bright Winter Yin Dramatic is inherently outside the normal, beautifully alien.

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Here's C, my TSp YangG mentioned above. (Client images always posted with permission, but please don't pin or otherwise repost them) No one could say she's not beautiful and and adorable, in any style or any color. I know you're going to ask, so I'll just tell you - Yes, this is 100% natural hair color.

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 I just find this face so amazing, I could stare and stare. Suddenly everything about this face seems full to bursting with life, just like the Spring season itself. I had a treasured book when I was a child called Christine's Faeries, about a little girl who went all around the English countryside meeting different sorts of faeries, who all had little jobs like putting the dew drops on all the petals. I can imagine their faces, peering up from under the poppies and tall grass, looking about like this. 

Literally every face I drape becomes different to me somehow than it was before. Usually, it's not substantial enough to change my perceptions of a person's image type, but on occasionally it may be. This is why I pretty much insist that a PCA, whether done by me or one of my amazing colleagues, is the essential first step to amazing personal style. Once we see what your face *really* looks like, we can begin to know how to match it to clothing styles.

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