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SENNA FALL/ WINTER 2010: Virtual Vintage

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Senna is a great little California-based makeup company hidden amongst those giant conglomerates. Founder and makeup artist Eugenia Weston, has created a dazzling display of colors and textures for her Fall/ Winter 2010 collection.

“My inspiration is a confluence of 1930’s designer Adrian and the visionary 3D Avatar. Vintage femininity is powered by adrenaline. Soulful romance is tattooed with decadence. Mannequin skin is sculpted in warm, sanguine nude. Dark, graphic eyes are edged in the deepest green then gently blurred. Lips are passionate and teased with sparkling nude of inked in sumptuous grape.”

“The past inspires the future. The future rewrites the past.”

Deets on the collection, Virtual Vintage:

Blush – Sheer Matte – $18.50
Hue – sheer henna nude

Matte Eye Colors – $16.50
Blend – nude matte skin tone
After Hours – charcoal grape matte
Fixation – golden flecked green
Posh – deep cranberry sparkle

Lip Liner – $17.00
Dusty Rose – neutral browned rose

Lip Lacquer – $19.00
Lush – gold flecked berry

Lipstick – $18.00
Enlighten – sparkled overglow
Chantilly – blooming nude sparkle
Garnet – gold-flecked grape
Valentina – classic red cream

I’m loving the bold, richness to the pigments and the daring way they are using a dark eye and colorful lip. Tres chic!

The Envelope

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California based Senna Cosmetics offers up easy makeup in a convenient palette form, or as they like to call it, The Envelope. Basically, The Envelope has everything you could possibly need for a glamorous face, eye shadows, blushes and face powder. You must then provide your own mascara and lippy.

The Envelope comes in 5 color-coded creations, each with 16 shadows, 6 blushes and 2 types of face powder. It takes the guessing work out of finding the colors that go together… these palettes come hue-ready. All that’s left are the fabulous faces you’re about to make!

Choose from:

Glamour Envelope contains 16 eye shadows, 6 blush colors, a Glisten Nude Shimmering Face Powder, and ‘Sun & Sand’ Bronzing Duo.

Pastels Envelope contains 16 eye shadows, 6 blush colors, an Oil Free Setting Powder in ‘Shell’ and Glisten Rose Shimmering Face Powder.

New Neutrals Envelope
contains 16 eye shadows, 6 highlight and contour colors, a Radiance Face Color Trio and Oil Free Setting Powder in ‘Suede’.

Brights Envelope contains 16 eye shadows, 6 blush colors, and 2 face powders.

Deep, Rich Tones Envelope contains 16 vibrant eye shadows, 6 richly pigmented face/blush colors, 1 Radiance Face Color Trio and 1 Dark Pressed Mineral Mix Foundation.

PRICE TAG: $50.00 for each ($450.00 value!)

The Contour Kit

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I’m going to do an entire post on the art of highlighting and contouring (as a girl’s guide), but thought I’d give you a sneak peak at the genius of makeup artistry.

Senna Cosmetics
has a magnificent, DIY, step-by-step contouring booklet that I just had to try.

Here’s me before — blank face:


Here’s me after — contoured face:


And here’s how you contour via the Senna’s Fabulous Face Contouring Color Book (6 colors come in the palette).

Step 1: Sculpt with ‘Mirage’

Purse your lips and suck in, using fingers to locate the hollow under your cheekbones. Using an angled face brush, apply your sculpting powder in the hollow of your cheeks, angling color from the outer face near the ear down toward the mouth, stopping about 1” away from lips. Reapply until you see a shaded area that makes your face look more defined. Using a smaller brush, apply sculpting powder to sides of nose, bottom of chin and around the upper hairline.

Step 2: Highlight Cheekbones with ‘Lace’

Brush your highlighting powder over the cheekbones and out to edge of eyes to brighten and define cheekbones. Apply a thin strip down the center of the nose and dab on the center of the chin.

Step 3: Lighten with ‘Buttercream’

Apply this soft creamy color over your entire eyelid to create a smooth, even base for your shading color.
Step 4: Shade & Contour with ‘Nudist’

Using a soft, fluffy eye shadow brush, apply this neutral brown eye shadow to your entire eyelid, focusing on the crease area.

Step 5: Highlight with ‘Crystal White’

Use a firm tapered brush to apply this ultra bright highlighting powder under brow arches, at the center of the lid, if desired, and at the bridge of the nose near the tear ducts of your eyes.

Step 6: Line eyes with ‘Espresso’

Emphasize eyes by using a fine and firm liner brush to apply a thin line of color along the upper and lower lash lines.

Check back next week for the girl’s guide to contouring and highlighting!

WEEKLY MUST-HAVE! Part Un…

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I mentioned this product in passing during a recent post, but I don’t think I gave it enough emphasis.

Senna’s Total Transforming Concealer is a miracle cover-up! It’s light yet provides full coverage, although it’s never cakey or splotchy. It works wonders for the under eyes thanks to the botanical daisy extract that reduces puffiness and the crease-proof formula that sits above the lines and wrinkles, not in them. It’s also brilliant for blemishes as it totally reduces the redness and covers them completely. I have it with me at all times for a quick pick-me-up cover up!

The cute, tiny vile is so convenient for on-the-go travel. It’s paired with a wand so you can cover with the aid of the sponge or dab the concealer on your index finger and then pat into your skin (**never rub** – that just spreads bacteria and creates more wrinkles!).

The concealer comes in 7 shades, ranging from Cool Light for fair skins to Dark for deeper complexions. I use the Neutral Medium for medium olive skin tones (and it’s pretty damn spot on… no pun intended!).

This concealer is SO awesome that I can safely say it will become your new fave!

PRICE TAG: $22.00 for .024 oz

Sarah’s EXCLUSIVE Senna Fall Makeover!

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I’ve been a fan of Senna cosmetics for a long time now (it’s actually the first place I went for a brow shaping – they don’t use wax!), and if you aren’t familiar with the color line then this is a must-read post for you!

So, let’s get down to business. Senna’s fall line, Siren, is both bold and wearable. It’s about playing the role of heart throb. Again, the trend seems to be a dramatic eye and lip.

A quick glimpse at the line:


Now, time for MY makeover. Cindy Melendrez, Senna’s makeup artist and eyebrow designer, tended to my mug to create a “siren look. Bold eyes, bold lips, vintage vixen with glam eyebrows, lots of lashes and thick liner with a tail.”

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to create the Siren Look…

On my eyes Cindy used one of the 4 shadow trios, Medallion. She started by sweeping my entire lid with the lightest shade, an earthy gold.


Then she used the sage color in the middle of my eye from lash line to brow bone to create a layering effect. Lastly, she used the darkest shade, an espresso brown, in the outer corner crease, blending it toward the brow. She took this fantastic feather brush (a must-have) and swept everything across toward the inner eye area. (You can use this technique with any of the shadow trios – start with the lightest shade and build to the darkest).


Cindy dusted Eye Bling 24 Karat (a creamy grown-up sparkle) in the inner corner of the eye up to the brow bone and past the brow. This gives a subtle glow that reflects light.

To create the “winged” vixen liner look, Cindy used a black chocolate powder eye pencil (this thing is spectacular – so creamy and smooth). The powder makes it less smudgy. She dotted it in between the lashes to make the lash line appear thicker.


**BEAUTY TRICK** For the dramatic wing, Cindy used a credit card to create a perfect line! How genius is that!!! She says to line up the credit card against your natural eye line and make your line follow that of the card. Like this:


Cindy used Lash TLC Mascara (lengthens, thickens and curls) to the lashes. She swept them to the side to create that sultry, “come-hither” look of the classic 1920’s and 1930’s.

For the brows, it’s all about a classic, fuller arch. Cindy did some major coloring in of my thin brows. The end result: thick, glamed-out arches!

She then applied the totally transforming concealer in neutral medium to the area right under my eyes. This stuff is AMAZING! It contains daisy extract to reduce swelling and puffiness and increase firmness (and it doesn’t appear at all cakey).

For the face, it was a quick sweep of their incredible mineral powder – no talc, loaded with SPF 20. This gave my face an airbrushed look. Cindy then applied the highlighter, Lace, on all the natural highlight points: above the cheekbone, brow bone, chin, nose, above the upper lip, and… very cool beauty tip…. in a V on the forehead! This makes the entire face open up and literally “pop.”


As for blush, Cindy used the very neutral and subtle, Amour, a melon blush. She applied it on the cheeks, above the nose area to emphasize a delicate “crush blush.”


Finally, for lips, Cindy used one of the new 4 lipsticks, Allure, a sheer cream, neutral mauve. She applied it with a lip brush for a perfectly lined and filled-in pout!


And…. Voila! The Siren Look:

Now, if only I had a sexxxy, Siren-licious date! How do YOU like the Fall face???

Hair is washed with the sulfate-free David Babaii for WildAid Amplifying Shampoo and Conditioner and styled with a dollop of Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Holding Foam, then air-dried.

**Reviews of both hair products coming soon – so check back this week!**

Lipstick + Lipgloss = Happy Lips

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I’ve been playing around with a couple of lip duos – a hard color on one side, a gloss on the other – and I love them. Gloss is the rave, but sometimes it’s nice to have a matte lippy (an homage to the olden days) too!

The stick/ gloss duo cuts down on the necessary room needed for a gloss AND a stick. When it’s in one convenient tube, you save space in your makeup bag! And, of course, it allows you to opt out of the guessing work – say goodbye to the “what gloss would go with this lipstick?” When the gloss is attached to the lipstick, you know the colors work brilliantly together! Sympatico!

Here are two of my favorites:

Senna Cosmetics Lip Sync
“Yummy biscotti flavored moisturizing lipstick and a complimentary lip gloss in one elegant, cosmetic-bag friendly package. Gives you 3 looks when you layer.” Comes in three shades, we love the A La Mode (peach). The lipstick isn’t too dark (it has a wee bit of sparkle but nothing too outrageous) and the gloss delivers the perfect amount of shine. Layered together, the color reminds us of Old Hollywood Glam – a nude/ peach tint to entice a bold eye. PRICE TAG: $24.00

Sonia Kashuk Sheer Lip Color and Plumping Glossy Tint in Passion Fruit – A super sexy sumer pink with a sheer lipstick that almost resembles the look of a stain (although it doesn’t stay on for nearly as long) and an amazingly shiny gloss that plumps your pucker – lips look big, bold and kissable! Perfect to wear with a bronzed face and a bare eye. PRICE TAG: $8.99 (also available at Target)

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