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Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick “Ultra”

As promised, here’s a quick look at one of the Dolce & Gabbana lipsticks used at the F/W 10.11 show.

With & without flash

“Ultra” is one of Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Cream Lipsticks, a formula which promises exceptionally smooth application for rich, long-lasting colour and moisture. It’s a high maintenance colour, a rich and dramatic blue based red. It is best applied with a lipbrush and lip liner (I’m happy to see that a matching lipliner will be released as part of the Spring 2010 Intimate Sensuality Collection) but it can be blotted down, as was done at the runway show, or worn over lipbalm for a softer look. This is such a classic colour to wear, as I showed in my previous post, with a clean face – a little eyeliner & blush is all that is needed as a complement. It’s a bold statement and I have to confess that as much as I love the colour, I haven’t dared to wear it out yet! But it’s a beautiful, easy to wear formula so I’ll definitely be looking into some more everyday colours soon.

Both swatches with flash


Runway Beauty | Dolce & Gabbana F/W 10.11

Dolce & Gabbana is one of the highlights of Milan Fashion Week for me because they always have such beautiful hair and makeup to complement their clothes. It’s never overdone or fussy, but it’s always extremely beautiful and true to their vision of a strong, Sicilian woman. As with their last show, the focus was a strong red lip – but this time it was blotted to a stain. Here’s some more details from Allure, I have also read that the Powder Foundation was used.

Makeup artist Pat McGrath spoke about how the designers wanted a more realistic version of their signature look this season. “It’s not about perfection—it’s beautiful makeup that’s slightly broken down,” she said. “It’s the way real women wear makeup, not so perfectly applied as we normally do here. But still gorgeous and radiant.” To create that imperfection, McGrath drew black eyeliner along the top lashes and winged it past the outer corners slightly, but not to a sharp point. She blended a taupe powder shadow all around the eyes (from the Dolce & Gabbana Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Nude) and dabbed a bit on highlighter on the eyelids. On the lips was a mix of three Dolce & Gabbana lipsticks: Dahlia (deep merlot), Ultra (rich, dark red), and Devil (classic blue-red). Together they made a raspberry-red color, which McGrath applied two coats of, blotting in between each coat to make the color a bit sheer and faded. Then she used her finger to pat the darkest shade, Ultra, in the center of the lips for a bit of depth, she explained. Cheeks were given a healthy flush with a mix of two Dolce & Gabbana Blush colors: Rose and Provocative (a cool-toned bright pink).

I’ll be posting my thoughts & some pictures on the “Ultra” lipstick this week, hope you all find this look as inspiring as I do!

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Forty Beauty Questions

I saw this tag on a youtube video and thought it would be a good way to introduce some of my likes & dislikes without having to write an essay about myself. Plus I love reading these kinds of things about other people!


-How many times do you wash your face daily? Always at night, first makeup removal and then cleansing clean skin. Sometimes I do it in the morning but only if I feel I need it.

-What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo) Combination, but not extreme – my cheeks are normal, chin is oily, forehead is both oily and dry. My skin seems dehydrated most of the time which tends to cause dryness and oiliness.

-What is your current facial wash? I use Madara Deep Purifying Foam cleanser.

-Do you exfoliate? Yes, I find it really helps.

-What brand do you use? Mostly I use a liquid exfoliator by Biologique Recherche called P50W but I also like Natura Bisse Glycolics.

-What moisturizer do you use? At the moment it’s Biologique Recherche Creme Dermopurifante, I’ve been using this for about 6 months.

-Do you have freckles? Yep! But pretty faint, I tend to forget I have them now.

-Do you use eye cream? At night I use Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle and for day time I use Natura Bisse eye contour cream.

-Do you or did you have acne prone skin? I do, mostly hormonal.

-Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?


-What foundation do you use? By Terry Lumière Veloutée in Fair Ivory, I also have Make Up For Ever HD in 110 which I’m trying out.

-How about concealer? Haven’t found one I really like, so I’m just relying on foundation at the moment but I do need to get one. I’m thinking about trying MUFE.

-Do you know your undertone color? I’m pale & pink, so I think that means I’m cool?

-What do you think of fake eyelashes? I love them on other people if they’re done well.

-Did you know that you are suppose to change your mascara every 3 months? I do know that although I tend to stick more to the actual lifespan of the mascara, so I change it when it’s finished.

-What brand of mascara do you use? At the moment I’m using By Terry Mascara Soyeux in black. My favourites are Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill and Dior Iconic.

-Sephora or MAC? Overall Sephora, not crazy about MAC but I like some things.

-Do you have a MAC Pro-card? Nope.

-What makeup tools do you use in make up application? Brushes, sometimes fingers.

-Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes? I use Urban Decay Primer Potion, but I think I’ll try Too Faced Shadow Insurance when I’m finished.

-For the face? Face primers don’t seem to agree with me. I love L’Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer for oil control but it breaks me out so I save it for special occasions. Most days I use a coloured base to help with redness, By Terry Colour Skin Enhancer in Midnight Mauve.

-What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)? I like neutrals, and my favourite brands for eyeshadow are Chantecaille, Giorgio Armani and By Terry.

-Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner? I’ve used all different kinds, but my favourite at the moment is cake – Chanel La Ligne.

-How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil? Never.

-What do you think of pigment eyeshadows? I always use pressed.

-Do you use mineral makeup? I’ve used Bare Escentuals and it was ok, but irritated my skin a tiny bit so it wasn’t worth it.

-What is your favorite lipstick? My Lips But Better shades, Chantecaille Lip Chic in Camellia, Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani in Beige 100, and Beige 103. For red I like Dolce & Gabbana in Ultra, and bright pinks like Giorgio Armani Lip Wax in 7.

-How about lipgloss? All the Chantecaille Brilliant glosses have a great texture, also By Terry Baume de Rose Crystal gloss, and Korres Cherry gloss in Light Pink 11.

-What is your favorite blush to use? Changes daily! But I like peaches and corals, from Chantecaille, Nars,
and Giorgio Armani.

-Do you buy your makeup on ebay? Nope, I don’t shop on ebay for anything.

-Do you like drugstore makeup? Since I tend to research my more expensive purchases, I’m rarely disappointed in them, and I prefer high end products. Drugstore makeup is more likely to be an impulse purchases that goes unused, but Prestige Total Intensity Liners are probably my favourite.

-Do you go to CCO’s? (cosmetic company outlets) Not very often, there’s none very close.

-Did you ever consider taking make-up classes? Yes, but I don’t think I want to be a make up artist.

-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? Sometimes with mascara.

-Name a makeup crime that you hate? Too much frost & glitter!

-Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones? Neutrals for most, I’ll only wear brighter colours on toes & lips.

-Which celebrity always has great make up? Someone like Jennifer Aniston always looks fresh & polishes and never overdone.

-If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use? Mascara, everytime.

-Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on? Yes absolutely, but I prefer to have something on. Just a little mascara and blush makes all the difference. Having said that, if my hair is bad, nothing helps!

-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on? Hm, I think I look better with it but I don’t mind not wearing it either. Hard for me to say!

-In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line? I have the most from By Terry but every brand has their standout products, so I like to pick and choose what gets a place in my makeup bag.

-What do you think of Makeup??
Love it! I may expand more on this point in a future post when I can get my thoughts together.