I have to say, I am just loving all over one of the new lipsticks from Urban Decay!

The fall collection has three shades, Naked (been there, done that, but it is pretty), Oil Slick (very goth, black glossy lip – um, not so much) and oh yeah sister – the object of my affection, Confession!

Now we’re talking! Its a fabulous grapey, deep wine slice of fabulous. I’m loving it with a soft, yet defined eye, tons of lashes and a pale cheek.
In fact, I may just shoot a tutorial with it so you can see.

Sometimes its nice to take a breather from a smokey eye, and send all the focus to your lips. A word of warning though, if you have thin lips, this is not a great choice for you. Even if you mute it down to a stain, a color this deep and robust can make your mouth look like a mean, thin slash.

On the upside though, the blue base is going to make your teeth look whiter than white…

This shade looks more intimidating than it really is. It’s actually quite a soft glossy lip rather than a full lipstick and reminds me a bit of the Clinique gloss Black Honey.

My other favorite from Urban Decay is Vinyl. Not new, but still gorgeous.

I love deep, grape colored lips in the fall….

A quick note about their formulations: They have Vitamins A, C and E. They also have Hyluronic spheres which prevent dehydration and have a creme caramel scent.

The packaging is kinda fun too.

Can I even tell you how fabulous it is to wake up and find you have something in common with the absolutely spectacular Ms Halle Berry???

She is arguably one of the most divine creatures to ever prowl the surface of the planet, and she has all that talent, the darling baby and the hot man to make the perfect picture complete!

Given the choice I would love to wake up and find that miraculously overnight I had aquired legs like hers, but unfortunately, no matter how many times I check, my own are still attached to my torso. Ho hum…

So anyway, I was all kinds of excited to see this picture of Halle and the gorgeousness that is her beautiful baby Nahla. Because if you look at her neckline, it would appear that she is wearing the Circle Of Peace pendant necklace from d lynan designs. The same one that I am wearing this very minute, and tend to wear every single day!

See, this is the necklace. Its a killer cool peace sign, with a guitar neck as the center bar.
I love it!
Its quite heavy sterling silver – not plated. It hangs just below the collar bone, I think the chain is somewhere around 20 inches. The detail on every aspect of the piece is just delicious, from the inventive clasp, to the chain, to the actual pendant itself itself. Even the reverse side of the pendant has a fabulous design!

The d lynan designs Artistic Soul collection is very edgy, rock n roll cool. It reminds me of Chrome Hearts, (which I always associate with the coolest musicians I’ve ever worked with, and ever known).
I’m sure rockers are grabbing these right now, as well as the Hollywood crowd, plenty of whom already have them.
So when you see one of these around the neck of some celebrity in InStyle magazine, or up on the big screen at a sold out concert, don’t go forgetting just who it was who told you about them first!

Here are two more from the collection….

They look great layered, either together or with other pieces.

…and no, that’s not me. If I had legs like that I wouldn’t be writing this blog, I’d be off standing somewhere, looking all leg-u-licious, so that people could look at them…

As a side note I have to say I was really taken with the packaging too. Very innovative and exciting! I love well thought out presentation of a really fabulous product.

If you’d like to see more of the d lynan designs Artistic Soul Collection, you can find it at www.dlynan.com and then you can join me, and Halle, and Cam, and Jen, and Anne etc etc…
(notice how I put myself right up in there with them???) and own one of these too.

Oh, and a percentage from the sale of each Circle of Peace Necklace goes to the charity
In A Perfect World check them out at www.iapw.org



Well this was more fun than you could shake a stick at!

Last week I had to go to Illuma Studios to record some voice overs. (Those of you who have done voice overs etc might want to go file your nails or something, for the rest of you, its a kinda cool little behind the scenes deal…)

Illuma is a full service television studio. They shoot TV programs, commercials etc in there. They also have a completely fabulous makeup room.
I hadn’t been in the audio room there before, so it was fun getting to scope it out.

Behind me you can see the recording engineer, Jeff Ocheltree. He is sitting at the sound board, and that big window infront of him actually looks into the studio itself. That way the engineer can be watching the goings on on set while twirling all those fun dials.

The pinot colored squares behind my mike are tiles made of this absorbant stuff that stops my voice from bouncing off the walls. It feels really odd & porous. (I probably shouldn’t have been touching it, but couldn’t help myself.)

If I’d known there’d be pictures involved I would have done something about the hairdo…

Kelly Capelli and I had client meetings to go to immediately after this, so she came along with her camera and sat in, and we were able to head out afterwards together. And going anywhere with Kelly is always great fun!

I think this studio only does voice/speaking-type audio. I dont think they record music there. Could be wrong though…
There were big headphones for me to put on, but in all honesty, I find the sound of my own voice nauseating and would have been way too distracted.

I didn’t get my script until it was time to record it. Like most scripts it was being re-edited and re-written right up til the last minute. There wasn’t even time for a read through before we started tracking it.

I absolutely love doing things like this, but I don’t get to do them very often. I have an unusual accent, and that gets in the way of most voice opportunities. I don’t sound like other Kiwis, don’t sound like a Brit, don’t sound American. I just kinda sound like me. Which, for the most part precludes me from lots of advertising, and which also means lots of people dont necessarily understand me that well. Especially if I’m speaking fast. (so I mess with people at every opportunity!)

Anyway, here is Jeff hard at work. He has all kinds of cool stuff at his fingertips, and that screen that he’s looking at shows the audio patterns as I’m speaking. The green lines are my voice. Its cool watching him at work. His hands are flying all over that board doing things, and he’s not even looking at them.

I only read through the script about four times, then picked up key phrases and said them a few different ways, so that the client had some options. The whole thing was very quick.
I had my back to him, and couldn’t see if Jeff was paying attention or not, so I threw in some naughty words here and there just to keep him on his toes! haha! (of course he had to edit them out later).

Oh wow! Naughtier than I had originally thought…!
It was pretty cool watching the playback on the screen, and seeing the patterns that voices make when they’re just speaking.

Oh, and the t-shirt? I told you I’d end up wearing it a hundred times over!
I just love it. I got it from Elusive Cowgirl and it says: “Love Comes Without Warning”. Its got what looks like a tattoo heart on it and some bling too.
No doubt you’ll see it again soon – I’ve been wearing it to death.

I’ve got some cool stuff to tell you about this week, so make sure you keep checking in.

Hope you’re having a gorgeous day,