Monday, December 14, 2009
Finding your perfect match can be difficult. This is true in the search for love and the search for foundation. I went to the Estee Lauder counter at Nordstrom recently to try their new iMatch system. I was promised that this would be, "the easy, fail-proof way to find my perfect foundation match."
I must say, the process lived up to its promise. I am a dedicated Smashbox High Definition girl, so I was skeptical that anything would else would live up to that. I arrived bare-faced, and after layering on serum and moisturizer, Leslie, my Estee Lauder expert used a handy little tool to find just the right intensity, shade and texture for my needs. Three different shades/formulas were "striped" onto my cheek, and it was determined that Nutritious #1 was my perfect match.
It blended perfectly into my skin and was the perfect "foundation" for the rest of the makeup that Leslie used to complete my look. This included Soft Matte bronzer and Pink Kiss blush. She lined my eyes and coated my lashes in Sumptuous Black. We then perfected my smoky eyes with the Gold Opulence Quad.
All in all, I'd say that Leslie did a better job matching me to a foundation than Patti the Millionaire Matchmaker does in most of her shows. I'd like to think that I am at least as discerning about my makeup as some of those guys are about their dates. While I still love my Smashbox, I now have a new makeup suitor to add to the rotation. -g.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The simple black pencil skirt is professional, but the material is an unexpected black denim. The cami shows enough skin to be sexy; the addition of the cardigan keeps it appropriate for a work function. Gold silk lurex, accented with the gold jewelry is a festive deviation from overplayed red and green.
Of course the office holiday party that I am attending is not taking place on the beach, and I'm not planning on lying down like this unless I have far too many glasses of bubbly. But it's nice to know that I will still look chic should the need to recline arise.
There are a lot of great looks in the latest Lauren by Ralph Lauren Collection. Take a look here. Have a special event and not sure what to wear (perhaps you scored a legit invite to a party at the White House or are already planning your perfect outfit to ring in 2010)? You can chat live online with a Glamour Fashion Expert through Friday any time from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Outfit details: Black denim skirt with zip pockets, $69.50 Lauren Jeans Co. by Ralph Lauren. All other items are from the Lauren by Ralph Lauren Collection. Gold Silk with Lurex Texture Long Sleeve v-neck cardigan $149.00; Gold Silk Jersey with Lurex Scoopneck Tank $89.50; Gold Hoop Earrings $44.00; Gold Long Necklace with Chain Link Motif $58.00; Gold Chunky Link Bracelet $68.00. Available at Macy's and other department stores.