Nude Eyeliner? Heck Yes! | Best of Besotted

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Michelle and I are enjoying our summer (and I hope you are too).  I suppose if you are on the other side of the globe than keeping cozy with your winter (hard to envision winter when it’s 90 + out). We are doing a ‘best of besotted’ this week. These are the posts that you found the most interesting or shared with others (we thank you). Hopefully some of these posts will be new to you and just as exciting as it was for others. Enjoy!

I usually don’t write about beauty on Monday’s but I felt this deserved to be shouted from the mountain tops a.s.a.p. My friend Mary used to be a make-up artist many years ago and always has the best tips, always. I even begged her to do a series of ‘before & after’s’ here so we can see her in action, but alas she declined. This latest tip was too good not to swipe from her arsenal of goodies. Let me segue, I recently was photographed by a majorly talented and lovely photographer, more on that soon. I wanted Mary to do my make-up because she excels at that flawlessly natural look I love, but again she declined because I am super picky and she knew how important this shoot was to me and that I wanted to look like myself (but a heck of a lot better). [Read more…]

Nars Cosmetics | Fonts in the Wild

Nars Cosmetics font | Fonts in the wild via besotted blog

It was a no brainer that on a beauty week the font I was going to choose to highlight would be the one used on the Nars packaging. Helvetica is a classic (they even made a documentary on it). It is one of my all time favorite fonts and I used it in various weights for the branding of my former PR company.  If I were to pull together a new logo for my brand consulting I would most likely use it again. Elegant, modern, classic, it just resonates with my minimalist vibe. Although the Nars collection launched in 1994 the packaging still feels fresh and elegant in its simplicity. This is such an excellent example of ‘less is more’. When you are designing, cut the fat, see what you can pull out, watch for things that may date your brand. I have made many a design mistake in my career, fallen into the trap of designing to please an audience instead of sticking with what I revere and I can tell you it always backfires. Find some fonts that exemplify your aesthetic I have my list, even though I will throw in a handful of hand lettered fonts for interest sometimes in things that are more ephemeral like an email blast for a client or a blog post, I won’t use a hand writing font for something like a logo (actual lettering is a different story) I don’t stray too far from my base.

How about you, are there fonts that you just adore? Let us know, we love to hear from you and I do have to say I was pleasantly surprised by last weeks font discovery as that is a font I would have never even looked at twice and now I am trying to find ways to incorporate it into projects!

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Fave Nars Cosmetics: Blush, lipgloss, illuminator, bronzer, body glow

Nars bio-This man is amazing, not only is he the founder/creative director of his namesake company, he’s also the in-house photographer and copywriter!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

A book by it’s cover | Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin

making faces by kevyn aucoin via besotted blogMaking Faces by Kevyn Aucoin is a classic, even though it was released in 1998, the make-up and lessons are still very relevant and the cover has lasted the test of time (hello, hand lettering!) I was really going back and forth with what book cover to present during a beauty week and I kept coming back to this one. I was such a huge fan of Kevyn Aucoin and wished that I could one day be made over by his genius, alas, that will never happen so this book and his many others are great resources and references for any make-up aficionado.

Do you have any fave make-up books?  We would love to hear!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

L’Oreal True Match vs. Maybelline Fit Me dewy + smooth

L'oreal True Match vs. Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth via Besotted Blog

Gosh, you must think all I do is sit around all day trying BB, CC creams and foundations. I have written my fair share of reviews on these subjects and have been quite opinionated on them all. Drugstore foundations are probably the hardest to test since color matching is a Herculean task and who has the time to return a used foundation? Ah, but the sheer glory of finding an amazing drugstore foundation that actually performs like a luxury one? Well, that feeling is hard to put into words.

I am going to give you the pro’s and con’s on each of these as I always feel like that helps to balance out a comparison review.  My skin is dry, there is so many things wrong with dry skin but the worse is that make-up can easily look cakey and exacerbate the look of lines, not a look I am trying to achieve. My goal is always to look as ‘non-make-up-y’ as possible. I want enough coverage so my skintone is even, but I still want to maintain my skin texture (I don’t want a foundation ‘mask’). Maybe because my skin is dry I prefer a more ‘glow’ (think J.Lo) to my look and veer away from anything that is matte. Both True Match and Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth were highly recommended for dry skin and since I was in the market for yet another foundation I thought why not give them a go?

I have raved about the L’Oreal Magic BB Cream, the drawback on that product is that it has no sunscreen, I love the feel of the BB Cream, almost like water, like you aren’t really adding anything to your skin. Both the True Match and Fit Me have this same unique watery/light consistency, which gave me hope, the cons on both products is that they have no pumps, application gets messy really fast. The True Match was a near perfect match for my skintone and I found it infinitely easier to find a shade via their quick quiz. The Fit Me was impossible to color match, I ended up taking in my True Match and holding up the bottle to the Fit Me to find the closest color. When I first tried the True Match I thought I may have found foundation nirvana, it feels as if you aren’t wearing anything, the color was perfect, the coverage was nice, I loved it, it even had a nice glow to it. Not even half an hour later it set in as a very matte finish, my face looked like a craggly desert. The worse part is I had gone to a client meeting like that–gasp! The Fit Me on the other hand, even though the color was not perfect, it was very, very close, it also stayed dewy all day (even in this blistering heat). I am going to say if you have skin on the drier side and want a glowy finish than I would go for the Fit Me! If you have normal to oily skin there is another Fit Me! option called Matte + Poreless, my MIL tried it and I can attest how radiant her skin looked. I am going to be using the Fit Me! for the rest of the summer and then who knows what discovery I will make next?

Have you tried either of these foundations? Do you know of a better way to color match a drugstore foundation? We would love to hear if there’s a drugstore foundation you are loving right now!

P.S. I found this site that helps you find foundation colors based on what you have bought before!

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L’oreal True Match Foundation

L’oreal Magic BB cream

Fit me! Dewy + Smooth

Fit me! Matte + Poreless

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

I dyed, my foray into home hair color…

Madison Reed Hair Color Review via Besotted Blog

A few months after my daughter was born I noticed something rather disconcerting–a few rogue white hairs. I did what any person in my position would do, I removed them without hesitation and forgot about them. My husband though admonished me for doing that and said they would multiply; I may have grumbled something under my breath and waved his warning away. A few months later it seemed my husband was right, it could have been mere coincidence but I had seemed to acquire more white hairs than was possible to pluck without leaving evidence of their removal, this is the part where mortality sits in and you realize that you are aging rapidly and can not put the brakes on–or can you? I did not have time to go to a salon, I barely have time to do anything like eat, shower and work, let alone the luxury of sitting in a salon for a few hours to get my hair colored. The thought of doing a drugstore dye seemed very messy and extraordinarily complicated to my feeble mind. Then just as though my computer was reading my mind an ad popped up for a company called Madison Reed. The ad read something along the lines that it was not stinky or messy (at least that’s what I got from it). I clicked over, took their quick quiz and had my order in within minutes (I used Bolzano brown if you were curious, they give you a few suggestions to choose from). Yes, it is a fair more expensive than buying from the drugstore, but this company model was really thoroughly thought out. In the kit they send you there’s two sets of gloves and they actually fit nicely (not the trash bag type that come with your typical at home dye kit), one for while you color and then a fresh pair to put on so you can wash the dye out. There’s a barrier cream to apply to your ears and forehead so you don’t tint your skin and a cap to wear while you are waiting for the color to take hold. Did I mention there’s absolutely no chemical smell at all? I of course being such a newbie to this process after watching their videos had a freak out and contacted their hotline of on call ‘colorists’, they walked me through and talked me down from the ledge. I used both their very generously sized shampoo and conditioner set that comes with the pack (which I loved and will be ordering in full size, thank you very much). The results were outstanding, you would never realize that I was covering up anything and my hair is shiny and feels better than it did prior to the coloring. I am one very happy customer. I do plan to get a few of the extras that you can order–the cape, the mixing bowl and brush, since I do plan on doing this on a regular-ish basis and why not make my life easier? I would highly recommend!

This is going to launch of our week of beauty here, we hope you enjoy!

Have any of you tried Madison Reed before? Do you have another at home secret I should know about?

P.S. No, I have nothing to do with this company other than I really, really like their product and had a great experience.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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