Wow, I've really been on it with blogging, haven't I? And you've probably noticed a higher trend in my beauty posts vs style in the last few weeks. Well that's mostly because I had products piling up I'd been meaning to post about, but for whatever reason didn't.
Sometimes I question which group I love more - Beauty or Style/Fashion? I don't know...I sway a bit depending on the day/week. But really, beauty is more attainable and I think that's why the mass population has an exponential growing interest in the beauty products category. It's just easier get joy out of spending $100 on 3-10 items (depending on brand and price point) versus dropping $100 on a single pair of jeans or blouse (assuming you're trying not to skimp on quality). Or suppose you're spending $100 on one or two products at the Chanel counter - you might experience an episode of extreme ecstasy simply for the luxury of the brand itself: Chanel (and the beautiful black, glossy packaging). You're surely not going to get anything else Chanel-wise for $100.
So what the hell am I trying to say? Nothing...just that sometimes beauty is the foray to our style aspirations. I love both equally.
I speculate that Lisa Eldridge was the one to sorta revive Becca Cosmetics here in the states, or at least that's how I was introduced to this brand anyway. As she can make just about everything look good, I became really curious about this line. So far, I've picked up only three products: 1. The Boudoir Skin Mineral Powder Foundation in Dream (now known as the Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation, shade Nude ), 2. Creme Blush in Terracotta, and 3. Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone.
I found the powder foundation, which I use as a setting powder, to be superior on dry skin and even more so than the D&G powder foundation. It does not cling to dry patches (even in the winter) and pretty much appears invisible on. Coverage-wise, it does enough for me.
The creme blush I found to be pretty similar to Stila's Convertible Colors with a little more slick and less product. I actually think I prefer Stila's formulation and cost per value. However, I was far from disappointed. Terracotta was a very lovely shade even though it appeared more rusty orange than I anticipated in the pan. Once it's applied, you get this lovely, diffused flush of color - the brick hue was exactly what I expected.
My favorite of the three had to be the Shimmering Skin Perfector - a no brainer in the makeup world when it comes to illuminators. This product distributes easily and evenly, producing a natural radiance that makes it seem like you're glowing from within. I would caution against using too much product though because you may end up looking greasy. I often find illuminators to not produce enough glow or to be overly shimmery/glittery but this formulation provides the perfect equilibrium. I love using it over liquid foundations lightly setted with powder for a muted finish.
All in all, Becca seems to offer a nice range of beautifully formulated products you should definitely not shy away from.
The Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray was really not a necessity. My hair looks so good upon immediate use, but falls to nothingness after about 5 minutes. I could see this being a great product for those of you with a lot of thick strands.
I know the least about hair so read about my routine with a grain of salt. I basically spray the Root Boost & Heat Protectant into my hair while it's fully wet, then blow dry on high (+hot) for just a few seconds to prep it for the other stuff. Afterwards, I'll blast Tigi's thickening spray into the roots and continue blow drying until my hair is half-way dry. Feel free to use a thickening lotion at this point - I use less than a dime size amount of Redken Thickening Lotion 06 Body Builder (this is not new to my hair routine) and blow dry until fully dry. If I'm not lazy, I'll curl my hair with a 2in barrel iron to get loose waves and finish off with a few spritz of the Sally Hershberger volumizing spray. And if it's a good hair day, my hair will look like above.
No one wants to come across another Fashion Week article especially when people everyone is sharing similar views on the same designers anyway and pulling photos from the same source: style.com. It almost feels like fashion perceptions have become centralized, tunnel-visioned, or overly influenced by either veteran bloggers, editors, and/or stylists, but I really wanted to genuinely share some favorites I can't seem to get out of my head.
As always, Tibi never disappoints. This season, I was mostly drawn to the level of volume and unideal lengths that were actually visually cohesive. The geometrical cuts and clean line combos created defined boundaries that were very modern yet still approachable...it all just works.
I also really liked Altuzarra although it's a little grown up for my current preferences...in approximately 7 years, I'll be looking to him for style cues. The fitted silhouettes, longer hemlines, and lapel-boasting outerwear undoubtedly speak significant, modern, and lady-like - exactly what I hope to embody when I hit early-mid-30s. (Feminine menswear suits at Dior inserted here as well.)
Another typical designer favorited by many is Chloe - it's easy to see why too. I always love that Chloe does disheveled ballerina so impeccably. Flowy trims with prim blouses, enlarged knits, and massive coats - what looks to be layers upon layers that work fluidly together. This collection channels that delicate without being too girly balance that's amazingly hard to strike. And then, Clare always adds unexpected, killer shoes that are pretty much the cherry on top. It's hard not to turn your head twice.
Despite being really intrigued with and inspired by these collections, it's obvious that I'm not overly minimalistic nor am I very sophisticated in my attire. I'm also not particularly a ruffly, bohemian-loving individual although I do believe it's important to take notes and draw inspiration from all these genres.
That being said, the absolute standout, ovation-deserving collection, that really echoed to me was from Marissa Webb for creating that everyday eloquence. She really captured the kind of woman I'd love to become so perfectly - that true effortless insoucianse that looks so graceful, confident, and well-composed in everything from the endless layers, small masculine details, textile selections, to the way the cut of the clothes themselves fall on a body. As a fan of menswear, tweed, and plaid, I was amazed at how she successfully incorporated all of it into individual outfits without being too masculine. Marissa really took "basics" to new heights by just knowing how to flatter a feminine form without the need to constrain the body. Even better is her mashing of several mediums, notably my two fall favorites, leather and wool - I'm in love. These characteristics constantly resound carefree and authentic while still maintaining an appropriately sexy appeal. This is all very wearable. What a freakin genius! (Note: Haider Ackermann also came pretty close in exhibiting these characteristics.)
Honorable mentions that had me leering lecherously were Anthony Vaccarello and Theory (by Olivier Theyskens); they too produced brilliant, jaw-dropping collections with a unique perspective, curating killer outerwear and faultless layering. I also enjoyed the rustic, palatable colors (nudey pastels, shiny auburgines, midnight blues, and emeralds) at Rag & Bone, the boyish girl deets at Isabel Marant, crisp tailoring done by Akris, as well as the whimsical prints at Acne. The belted oversized coats and grungy overlays at AF Vandevorst and Vanessa Bruno's summer vibes were all very breathtaking too. And I can't forget the elegant draping at Stella McCartney - now I just seem to be getting carried away. But at last, I must mention the soft edge embraced at Rebecca Minkoff was very sublime. Note-taking definitely required here.