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INDIE EDITORIAL: The 14th

Here at Fashion Indie we’ve been hard at work creating original editorials for our readers. The one is entitled The 14 and is a sensual depiction of a woman on Valentine’s Day. Read the rest…

Fall 2010 Beauty Trend: Pink Cheeks for Brown Skin

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Pink cheeks are all the rage this season and I can’t begin to say how extremely flattering the hue is on all our range of skin tones. If you have cheeks, there’s a pink blush out there for you. The rule of thumb, the darker your skin, the brighter the…
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Fall 2010 Beauty Trend: Pink Cheeks for Brown Skin

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Pink cheeks are all the rage this season and I can’t begin to say how extremely flattering the hue is on all our range of skin tones. If you have cheeks, there’s a pink blush out there for you. The rule of thumb, the darker your skin, the brighter the…
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NARS Blush Douceur Fall 2010 Limited Edition

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Nars Fall 2010 collection is stunning. There's no arguing about that. The eye colors are bold and each one of them can and should be the focal point of a full makeup look. I passed on the lip colors despite their gorgeousness because Nars lipsticks are too dry for me. But I was most curious about the new limited edition blush, Douceur, because the texture is so soft and sheer, and it lacks the gold shimmer found in most Nars blushes.  The question was: would it be too light to show up on my skin?

Some bloggers recommended Douceur for light skin tones and they’re mostly right- if you’re very tan or dark there’s a good chance this blush wouldn’t work for you, even when layered heavily. But my medium-pale olive skin actually loves this color because it’s visible but looks very natural. I don’t need to build the intensity or use a super thick brush. One swipe is all it takes for an easy effortless look.

The swatches show you just how compatible Douceur and I are. I swatched with a regular Chanel blush brush and only swiped once, just as I would do on my face. You can see that awful mosquito bite I got the other day right on my wrist (it hurts like you wouldn't believe), and the blush color is just a natural extension of the shade I get when bitten. Not a recommended method for testing makeup, but it works. You can also see that the NARS imprint in the compact fades as soon you swipe your brush over it. I started using it right away, without taking pictures first, so by the time I got to photograph the blush it was almost gone.

Bottom Line: I hope they reconsider the limited edition thing. I want Douceur in the permanent line.

NARS Douceur Blush ($26) for Fall 2010 is available from most decent department stores, Sephora and narscosmetics.com.

Photos and swollen wrist are all mine.

Copyright ©2006-2010 Gaia Fishler, The Non-Blonde. Content poaching is both illegal and ugly.

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Bobbi Brown Denim And Rose Palette Fall 2010

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A large part of  Denim & Rose palette's charm is the packaging. The zippered pouch (is this a first for Bobbi Brown? I think it might be) is cute and I find it very practical, since it can be shoved as is into a purse. This, of course, highlights the palette's one major flaw: it doesn't come with any brushes, so you must also pack your own. Still, the cuteness was irresistible to me.

A reader who commented yesterday about the colors of the Denim & Rose collection said they didn't work for her and she thought they were only suitable for people with cooler skin tones. I can see how it might be the case, but I've always found the strict cool vs. warm thing quite inaccurate. Skin undertones are not necessarily so strictly identified. We can have several degrees of pink, blue, yellow, red and green,/olive tones, and sometimes more than one of those. So I urge you to keep testing and experimenting with a wider range of colors and see what works for you.

There are four eye shadows in the palette. I don’t know why Navajo is such a Bobbi Brown favorite. It was also part of the 2008 Mauve palette and I didn’t like it then, either. It’s completely sheer on my skin and doesn’t provide even the slightest “eye opening” effect under the brow. It’s not that I’m looking for much (or any) color in a basic nude eye shadow, but a little matte highlighting or brightening of the brow bone area can make a huge difference, as proven by such shades as Lorac Posh, Youngblood Alabaster or Le Metier de Beaute Naked.

The other eye shadows are a lot more interesting. Grey Denim, a smooth matte, is a bit warmer on my skin than it appears in the pan, and looks great blended on the lid and into the crease. It's simple, wearable and works well with many items in and outside this palette. Pink Granite is a sparkling cool toned pink that takes the modest and unassuming Grey Denim into evening territory, but if used judiciously can be daytime friendly. The star of the collection is Dark Rinse, a vivid deep blue with shimmer particles. As always, I could live without the fairy dust, but I seem to be in the minority about this. Still, Bobbi Brown is good in keeping the shiny civilized, so for me Dark Rinse doesn't cross the taste level lines. It's dark enough to function as a liner and those who favor the smoky eye look can do a lot with it. I use it just above the lash line and blend it carefully into Grey Denim. I would be very cautious about pairing this shade with the Denim Ink gel liner- I agree with yesterday's comment that it can be too much.

The blush, Pink Rose, seems like a mostly universal shade. It looks natural, the intensity can be built up (I used a lot in the swatch. You can go much lighter) and it seems to pick the warm undertones from my skin, so it works well for me. My one issue with the blush is caused by the palette’s shape. You need to be careful with your blush brush and avoid touching the eye shadows or you’d find yourself with blue streaks on your cheeks.

The four lip products are probably the weakest links in the Denim & Rose collection. The two cream lip colors are nice and wearable and can also be mixed together. The glosses however are not the best choice. Iced Lilac is a sheer almost pink shimmer, less intense in use than it appears in the pan, so it's pretty harmless. The Hot Pink one, though, just looks cheap and doesn't belong in a carefully edited palette. It doesn't play well with the other lip colors, so after several tries I just gave up on it.

Bottom Line: Not perfect but I’m already using it often.

Bobbi Brown Denim And Rose Palette for Fall 2010 ($60) is available at department stores everywhere and from bobbibrown.com

All photos are mine.

Copyright ©2006-2010 Gaia Fishler, The Non-Blonde. Content poaching is both illegal and ugly.

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Lifetime Applies ‘Blush’

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Lifetime is putting its best face on for a potential companion series to its soon-to-be-acquired “Project Runway.” The cabler has given a six-episode order to the reality competish “Blush: The Search for America’s Greatest Makeup Artist.” Hourlong skein, exec produced by Laura Fuest (“The Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious”), will bow on the net in November. IMG Entertainment is producing.

Pickup of “Blush” reflects the ramp-up of unscripted development at Lifetime as it preps for the arrival of its pricey “Project Runway” acquisition this fall. “Blush” will follow eight aspiring makeup mavens as they compete for the grand prize of a one-year contract as a professional makeup artist with Max Factor, $100,000 in cash and a shot at doing the makeup for a major glossy magazine cover shoot.

What a great idea, this show will def be a hit amongst the young beauty savvy crowd who will watch just for makeup tips and ideas.

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