During fashion month, many of the cities with smaller fashion weeks get overlooked. While excitement about the rapidly approaching New York Fashion week rises, the collections from Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Kiev have already finished showing.
Below are some of my favorites from each of these four fashion weeks. I would have to say Stockholm and Kiev tie for overall favorite weeks. But the collection from Baum and Pferdgarten (Copenhagen) takes first place for my favorite collection.
Berlin Fashion Week
Fall fashion week in Berlin featured lots of black, which is both the chicest of colors and also an archetype of German fashion. This season in particular designers drew inspiration from the punk styles of the 90s, the new Star Wars film, and fetishwear.
The combination of a blazer, bandeau top, and skinny jeans is a fit we have seen on runways and celebrities for seasons. Even the pairing of socks with pumps, while rare, is not novel. Despite the popularity of this proportion, Teboul has given us a new way to wear it.
Teboul’s collections are influenced by fetishwear, and this fall features a unique way to style fishnets that I personally cannot get enough of. Worn under a skirt or skinny pant and yet over socks and with a high enough waist to show under a crop top, the fishnets give a textural element to a look we’ve now seen a thousand times.
While I love the look of the black fishnets over red socks, I would like to see this done with beige-nude fishnets over black socks, still with black pants and shoes.
As the name suggests, this is a brightening primer. On a good skin day, I will put this on over my sunscreen, throw on some mascara and lip tint and call it a day.
Packaging: The primer comes with a pump dispenser, which is a hygienic distribution but will lose some product in the bottom of the container. One or two pumps is sufficient to cover my face. Pro tip: shake the container for a few seconds before using the pump. Sometimes if I haven’t used it for a while the product will separate.
Formula: I tend to wear BB creams and light coverage foundation so I still see the “lumi” quality coming through. Under a medium to full coverage foundation, it loses most of its brightening quality. While the brightening quality does offer some light diffusion which smoothes skin, it offers little pore filling or long wear properties. I will tend to wear it over my NYX pore filler silicone based primer and under my BB cream or foundation.
My favorite thing about it is how it looks in your hand. Living up to the word “magic” in its name, the product looks like liquid mercury or something out of Harry Potter. I’ve included a true swatch of this product at the bottom next to the swatches from the contour palette.
I recently made an order from Drugstore.com to get birthday gifts for my good friend Lizzie Lee, and to tip my order into the free shipping zone I bought two small things for myself. Lizzie has been recommending Neutrogena’s Healthy Volume Black/Brown Mascara to me for a while so I picked up the waterproof version (my eyes run like a faucet when I get tired). I had read many good things about L’oreal’s Infallible 24 Hour Eyeshadow and I am always interested to try new textures so I couldn’t resist buying one for myself as well as one as a gift. This post is a quick look and review from using the mascara and eyeshadow a few times.
Wet n Wild is a brand I have walked by in drug stores for years, but in my current area the selection is limitted so I had only picked up a couple products. After spending some time on their website and acquainting myself with their awesome moto (All Access Beauty – a concept I love for a brand that sells such affordable and quality makeup) I decided I needed to give the products a try and placed an order.
For a $5 primer, this stuff is amazing. I prefer it to the $7 Milani Eyeshadow Primer, which is both more runny and more yellow. Wet n Wild’s Fergie Colleciton primer is a lighter neutral color. As compared to the infamous Urban Decay Primer Potion, I think it is less tacky. On days where I am lazy about my skin care routine, and thus have oilier lids, I find the Wet n Wild Primer doesn’t do as well, so for those with very oily lids it may not be a good choice.
Almay is a company that I don’t see getting much love on the internet. I can somewhat understand this, as they do not have the reputation or inventory of other drug store brands. But I do think there are some undervalued products, and it has a special place in my heart. My friend Lizzie Lee introduced me to the liquid lip balms, and for Christmas this year she gave me an Almay single eyeshadow in a beautiful mossy green! She also has a couple posts on her blog using the Shadow Softies in Seafoam (1,2).
Once you’ve booted your Pi, it’s crucial to change the default password. If you’re comfortable at the command line, ditch the default user Pi and the desktop interface. This will help preserve the life of your SD card. If you think the server will get much traffic, it’s worth taking the time to boot Raspbian from a USB instead of the SD card.
Maybelline Color Tattoos are frequently compared to the infamous Mac Paint Pots. I don’t own any Paint Pots (yet), but I do have a Color Tattoo Obsession Collection. So while I can’t comment on the wear of the different products, I can do some fact listing.
The Color Tattoos are $7 for 4g of product, while the Paint Pots are $20 for 5g. So while the Color Tattoos are $1.75/g, the Paint Pots are $4/g; more than twice as much.
The ingredients in the Color Tattoos and the Paint Pots are fairly similar. The largest difference I noted is that the Color Tattoos list a cyclopentasiloxane (a silicone emollient) as the first ingredient, and isododecane (a hydrocarbon emollient) as the second. The Paint Pots list isododecane first and dimethicone (another silicone emollient) second. The cost of cosmetics grade cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone seem to fall within similar ranges (cyclopentasiloxane is $3-5/kg, dimethicone is $1-6/kg), so it’s likely Mac’s higher price tag is mostly for brand name reasons.
Someday I’ll be able to pick up some Paint Pots and do a real comparison review. Until then, let’s focus on the Color Tattoos.