christian dior & trish mcevoy makeup

1. DiorSkin Natural Radiance Colour & Glow Powder in Sunlight / 2. Diorshow Blackout Mascara / 3. DiorShow Browstyler in Universal Brown / 4. DiorAddict Ultra-Gloss in Pretty Rose / 5. Dior 5-Colours Iridescent Eyeshadow in Petal Shine / 6. Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Eye Liner in Arabian Nights

Have you ever run into the department store to get a quick refill of your bronzer, or mascara or whatever it is, only to get suckered into “the chair?” You know what chair I’m referring to, don’t you? The one they sit you down in to show you all of their latest and greatest products, using your face as the demonstration site.

Well I recently found myself in that chair, and it belonged to none other than the Christian Dior Makeup counter at Saks Fifth Avenue in Houston, Texas.

I cannot play victim here, ladies. I brought it on myself. Rather than do my usual point-and-shoot shopping, where, upon being asked, “Is that all I can help you with today?,” I resolutely answer, “No, this is all I need, thanks,” I instead responded with, “Actually, I’m looking for a new eye shadow for everyday wear.” That was it. I was at their mercy. I was in the chair.

But the thing is, it was one of the happiest predicaments I’ve found myself in lately, albeit an expensive one. Sitting there, eyes closed, letting someone beautify my tired face with gentle strokes from über soft brushes was flippin’ awesome. What’s more, I was in the hands of Jaims Paik, the most impressive, competent beauty specialist I’ve ever come into contact with (no joke). Jaims’ passion for playing up a woman’s natural beauty, and making her look/feel her absolute best, was so apparent. Thanks to Jaims’ attentive help, I’m all set on makeup for the holiday season. I will be recreating this look for next weekend’s fancy date with Michael, my parent’s Christmas party, and more.

If you ever find yourself in H-town, I highly suggest paying Jaims a visit. You can even check to see if she’s going to be there ahead of time. Her email address is jaims_paik@s5a.com, or you can call her at 713.843.5834.

Have any more holiday makeup suggestions for me? What’s your go-to product for looking great on fancy occasions?

Quote of the day:

“A witty woman is a treasure; a witty beauty is a power.” –George Meredith

lip lust

YSL ROUGE PUR COUTURE in Rouge Gouache (for a link, click here).

My first attempt at capturing the lip gloss last night (it was a long day, people).

Second attempt (try not to focus on the grainy iPhone photo and look more at the cool lip color, if you can)

I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it! Sound familiar? Yes, I stole this line from Will Ferrell’s character Buddy in Elf, but I couldn’t resist because that’s exactly how I feel about my latest lip gloss purchase. Ladies (and gents too if you care to listen), may I puh-lease introduce you to Yves Saint Laurent’s ROUGE PUR COUTURE?!

This lip gloss purchase was prompted by a love for bold lip color and its ability to instantly glam up any look. In my very humble opinion, I find it to be eye-catching and sultry all at once. But let me just say that I do not splurge on lip wear often. I’ve always been of the mindset that, between all the eating and drinking and talking, lip glosses and lipsticks require constant reapplying, so they’re not worth the money. I’d rather allocate funds to the martinis…not the lip wear that sticks to the martini glass rim, if that make any sense.

Anyway, I’m a changed woman. YSL has made me a believer! Rouge Pur Couture has the shine and texture of a lip gloss, but the staying-power of a lip stain; and it has this neatly-shaped applicator that allows for a flawless and precise application without need for lip liner or primer. The above photos were taken THREE HOURS after I applied it! I love that I can put this stuff on once and don’t feel compelled to keep scrambling to the nearest mirror to ensure that my bold lip look hasn’t feathered and become clownish/ridiculous. Sound familiar? If it doesn’t, it’s because you’re way more laid back than I am and far less vain, in which case, I salute you wholeheartedly.

That’s all I’ve got for you today, folks. Hope someone finds this helpful when making their next lip wear purchase!

Quote of the day:

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” –Gwyneth Paltrow