Saturday, October 10, 2015

MAC Creme In Your Coffee Lipstick

Creme In Your Coffee lipstick by MAC is quickly becoming one of my go-to everyday shades.  It's a very natural 'polished up day' lipstick.  I've been wearing MAC Touch and Taupe for my everyday neutral looks, but Creme In Your Coffee is definitely becoming a new favourite!

I really like the balance of warmth, depth and hue of this shade.  It works well with virtually every outfit I have and blends in very harmoniously with the rest of my makeup.  For this look, I started with using Copperplate eyeshadow on the lid and then layered Patina over the lid and into the crease. I later used Copperplate again when I mixed it with Smut eyeshadow to blend into my liner.  All the eyeshadows that I used are from MAC.  For the eyeliner, I went with a basic black shade from Annabelle and used Arbonne black mascara.  For the blush, I went with NARS Madly (one of the shades that I keep coming back to again and again).  Last but not least, I applied MAC Creme In Your Coffee!!!  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Bronze Autumn Returns

My colour and style journey is very much parallel with that is going on in my spiritual/life journey.  In many respects, I love the idea of being the 'eternal student', always learning, always experimenting.  However, there is a saying that 'when the student is ready, the teacher will come.'  David Zyla is perhaps one of most influential stylists of his time.  His knowledge base on colour theory, palettes and archetypes is really extraordinary.  If you haven't read his book 'Color Your Style', it truly is a 'must read'.  I was very honored to get a personal response from David once when I was trying to discover my season.  He commented to one of my posts a while back:

"Hi. You are indeed a Bronze Autumn, Renata! Thanks again for all of your support of The Color of Style! Best, David". - David Zyla

I really value colour analysis and authors that help us discover our best selves.  I have put it on my bucket list to have an official color consultation with David one day.  I feel like I could learn so much from him!  In the meantime, I am very excited to be embracing the Bronze Autumn colour palette.  I wanted to create a classic 'diva' look that I feel embraces the Bronze Autumn colour palette.

I wanted to create a look that really represented the 'bronzed' look.  I used a concealer from Pacifica that is medium-warm toned.  I then applied a golden based CC cream from Arbonne.  On my eyes, I used MAC Woodwinked eyeshadow, Coffee eyeliner and smudged the upper lashline with Smut eyeshadow, creating a subtle smokey look. The blush shade was a key choice, as it needed to have that golden/bronze glow.  I decided to go with Sunbasque by MAC.  For the lips, I also used a MAC shade - 'Taupe'.  Taupe lipstick is such a beautiful shade for bronze autumns, as it really does say 'divine diva' but in a subtle and chic way.  It's a reddish-brown toned lipstick that really plays up the rest of the bronze autumn palette.  In fact, I'm almost positive that it would be one of my romantic shades.  I am wearing a warm teal sweater in this photo as well, it's part of my palette as well.  If you haven't read David Zyla's 'Color Your Style', reading his suggestions for finding your best colours will be very helpful in your own personal journey.  I feel very blessed to feel so good in my own skin and a lot of that is Thanks to the 'Color Your Style' book and to David taking the time to respond to one of my posts.  Thanks David - I really admire that the world has such an awesome 'color warrior'!!!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Bronze Autumn Red - NARS Leslie Lipstick

I recently began a new and unexpected turn in my colour journey!  With all the beautiful fall shades beginning to appear all over, I was inspired to find a fall 'red' lipstick - something with a little bit of a brown/spicy edge.  The more I tried this colour, the more I fell in love with the deeper palettes.  I experimented a little bit with the deep winter palette, but the warmth is definitely on my 'must need' list.  This got me thinking about the deep autumn palette and how the soft autumn deep and deep autumn palettes are quite similar.  With the help of a lot of awesome feedback from the Facebook page 'figure my season', it became more and more clear that I had dismissed Deep Autumn too soon.  In addition, I rediscovered a post I did where David Zyla himself said to me: ""Hi. You are indeed a Bronze Autumn, Renata! Thanks again for all of your support of The Color of Style! Best, David". - David Zyla

The interesting thing about Zyla's Bronze Autumn is that the celebrities that represent the palette are both Deep Autumn and Soft Autumn celebrities, which means that there is room to continue to experiement with both, knowing that it leans in favour of the deeper end of the spectrum!

I paid a visit to Maria, a makeup artist that I've spoken with on many occasions at the NARS counter at The Bay at Square One in Mississauga - we tried on a few autumn reds until I discovered the colour 'Leslie' - I fell in love with the deep, warm, red almost instantly:

Getting to know your local makeup artists is a great way to discover new shades that really enhance your own unique beauty.  Since Maria knows my personality and what I like, choosing a lipstick is always fun, plus I get her honest opinion!  When I got home, I took another photo with Leslie but in a more natural light setting:

For the entire makeup look, I used MAC Fever blush, a swipe of Smut eyeshadow (also MAC), blended into the upper lashline only.  I used Arbonne black mascara and finished the look with my new Leslie Lipstick by NARS :)

I feel confident and very happy to be taking David Zyla's advice and finally embracing all of the Bronze Autumn palette.  It's been a while since I got that feedback from him and I feel both blessed and honoured, but I'm also kicking myself for not embracing and following his advice!  My tee-tottering between seasons has ended.  Instead, its time to devote myself to embracing that which I know to be true.  Today is a new day!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Honey, Amber and Gold - Oh My!!!!

Currently, I am obsessed with various colour combinations of honey, amber and gold.  I have been creating various looks based on the new golden, amber shades in my hair, as well as my fall-themed accessories and clothes.  I've been wearing mostly browns, golden browns and peach shades, which look stunning with honey toned makeup.  Today I decided to go for a very neutral look with a light peachy-nude lip:

I started with a sheer gold shadow from my pacifica eyeshadow palette and then used their brown eyeliner on the upper lashline.  I applied two coats of arbonne black mascara (my fave).  I added more golden-goodness with MAC trace gold blush and finished with ZuZu lipstick in Ultra Suede!  I think this is a very nautral, chic look for everyday or for a casual weekend.  If you want to deepen the lipstick slightly, a deeper lip-liner would be ideal.  However, I'm liking the option of a peachy-beige lip for a change, even if it is on the lighter side!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Warm Blush Pink

I absolutely adore the colour 'blush pink'.  To me, it's almost like a mix of sea-shell pink and rose gold.  I used to think that black was the only elegant neutral.  However, the more I'm studying the softer autumn palette, the more I'm realizing the power of this shade as a neutral.  It's even stunning when worn monochromatic with a few gold, rose-gold and soft white accents.  I decided to create a warm blush pink makeup look and pair it with a rose-blush scarf so that you can see how pretty this look is:

For this look, I started with my favourite base - Pacifica concealer and Arbonne CC cream in 'medium'.  I used Arbonne dusty pink - the perfect 'warm blush pink' shade.  For the eyes, I used the rose-gold eyeshadow shade in the Pacifica palette and then lined my eyes with Pacifica brown eyeliner shade before finishing off the look with Arbonne mascara.  For the lips, I picked MAC 'Kinda Sexy', as its the perfect warm soft blush pink lipstick!!!  I really like this look and I'm looking forward to getting a few more pieces in this beautiful blush shade - perhaps a shirt dress or cardigan sweater in this shade!!! :)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Summer into Autumn Makeup

Fall is in the air and as the temperature begins to chill and the sweet summer heat is saying 'good-bye', I'm having such a good time creating new looks!!!  The best thing I've done is gone back to highlights, lighten my look, embrace the softness of autumn.  It makes me think that this is exactly the 'time' of soft autumn - the transition of summer into autumn is all about embracing the true essence of this seasonal colour type.  The 'coolness' of summer is actually 'warming' up in terms of colour temperature (which kinda cool when you think about it because it's the opposite in terms of the weather changes) - but all those cool blues, pinks and taupes are starting to embrace an element of warmth as the leaves will shortly begin to change colour and the intense mustard and olive green begin to emerge.  Right now, we're right in the middle - not quite 'cool summer' and not quite 'warm autumn'.  This is the beauty and elegance of Soft Autumn.  I wanted to create a look that represented this transition, so I went with autumn shades with a touch of summer brightness:

I began my look using my new favourite organic and cruelty-free makeup products - I'm currently using Pacifica concealer and Arbonne CC cream in 'medium'.  For the eye makeup, I'm also using a palette by Pacifica (I mix the lightest and rose-gold shadows) and then applied Pacifica eyeliner (the brown shade) and smudged it out with an angled brush.  I then used Arbonne black mascara - which in an incredible mascara.  I love it even more than the Dior!  I used Arbonne Dusty Rose blush (a great soft summer/soft autumn crossover shade) and finished my look with MAC 'Retro' lipstick!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Going Lighter

I finally found a hair stylist who knew exactly what to do without me even saying a word.  She is a colour 'expert' and I've never been happier with a hair colour.  I really love how my hair now has that these great honey/amber tones, perfect for my soft autumn palette!!!

Usually in the fall, people head towards a deeper, richer colour.  However, I'm loving this softer, lighter and warmer look!  I feel that it represts my personality a lot more these days - a clearer, fresher outlook on life - I'm definitely feeling the 'glow' happening!!!  

For my makeup with this photo, I'm wearing the Pacifica eyeshadow palette, Arbonne blush in dusty rose and MAC 'Ramblin Rose' lipstick :)  The one thing that I know for sure now is that the soft autumn is perfect as a palette for my colouring!!!  I'm also liking how my minimal makeup look seems so natural with my skintone and new hair colour :)  I am really very happy and myself - the true me is shining through!!!