The Week That Was: Fall Booties & Sneakers, No Makeup Makeup Plus Straightforward Review of Tom Ford Lip Contour Duo Public Display

What are your fall must-haves, style-wise? I love booties, oxfords, and sneaker wedges! My taste in fashion is latched on comfort, balance and basics. Anything that won’t require me to overanalyze when it comes to pairing. Age did that me. Four-0 club, raise your hand! 


fall fashion, Louis Vuitton speedy , booties fall fashion

Left: Vince Camuto Cutout BootieMossimo Mid-rise jeggings (dark brown), White Boyfriend Shirt from Hautelook 

Right: Gap Pants (black), Cole Haan Wedge Bootie, Gray Shirt from Hautelook

cole haan wedge booties, louis vuitton speedy

My “dressed down” version is to switch to sneakers and long-sleeved shirts. I guess you can call it laid-back fab when you throw in minimal accessories here and there.

puma suede sneakers beige, tory burch white sneakers, louis vuitton speedy

Left: White shirt from Hautelook, Mossimo Denim Jeggings, Puma Suede Sneakers (beige)

Right: Striped Shirt from Banana Republic (similar), Tory Burch White Sneakers

One of the things I get asked often is how I keep my shoes in pristine state. I use the stuffers that came with them and keep inside the box as much as possible. I don’t own a closet-full of shoes so that makes it easy for me to maintain them.

no makeup makeup, marc jacobs nude sheer gel lipstick understudy

How do you define a no makeup makeup look? 3 products for moi! Giorgio Armani Luminessence CC Cream (lightweight, sheer coverage with subtle luminosity, I wear shade 4), Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick Understudy (neutral pink) and Lancome Definicils Mascara.

tom ford lip contour duo public display review swatch

Tom Ford Lipstick junkie here so when I saw the recently-launched Lip Contour Duo (Fall 2016), I had to get at least one shade to add to my insanely growing collection. Sold in five colors, I settled for Public Display (warm nude brown). In a nutshell, it’s a two-in-one product, lipstick on one end, a retractable lip liner on the other.

tom ford lip contour duo public display review swatch

Smashed, my poor lippy! It has nothing to do with clumsiness but you need to train your mind on how this duo is packaged. Click open the liner side, the top comes off and the liner stays in the tube. Now click open the lipstick side, the lipstick itself comes off. Ergo, if you’re not accustomed to the reverse setup, it’s a recipe for disaster just like what happened to mine. The finish is luminous and the texture is very similar to the lip color version, richly pigmented and hydrating. It is slim and measures a little above an inch when fully retracted up. The lip liner is matte with specks of shimmer, it’s a nice neutral shade but the total dealbreaker is this: the tip broke miserably when used to fill in my lips! For what it’s worth, I am disappointed. Bottomline, I am not a fan of this release and if you’re considering to buy your first ever Tom Ford lipstick, stick to the tried-and-tested-and-repurchased-again collections, the lip color and lip matte (I have reviewed a ton on the blog)!

tom ford lip contour duo public display review swatch

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  1. September 26, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    Love that TF lippie! And what are the grey zipper ankle pants you're wearing with the cute black booties??

  2. September 26, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    You look so fabulous and glam! You always make me want such pretty products lol

    • September 26, 2016 / 11:28 pm

      Thank you, I didn't realize the casual vibe in my work outfits look glam. You are so sweet

  3. September 26, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Love the outfits you put together!

    • September 26, 2016 / 11:29 pm

      Thank you. Frill-free and simple for work outfits for me

  4. September 27, 2016 / 12:11 am

    How sad that the lipstick broke off so quickly. I wanted one but none of the colors are perfect so I guess for sure they are off my list.

    • September 27, 2016 / 8:57 am

      Stick to the lip color collection, it has more shades.

  5. September 27, 2016 / 12:11 am

    Looking good!!!! Love that quad. It is one of my faves.

  6. September 27, 2016 / 12:26 am

    I was eyeing those Lip Contour duos last week but settled for an eye quad and a couple of the tried-and-tested lippies. Thank goodness! The packaging and brittleness are such a let-down.

  7. September 27, 2016 / 5:21 am

    You have great style. Oh no! Not a smashed lippie!

  8. September 27, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    My eyes went straight to the eyeshadow! SO pretty! Also, my condolences on the smashed TF lippie, I once melted one of my fav lipsticks in the console of my car! lol

  9. September 27, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    I love the shoes you purchased! As for our beloved Tom Ford, you know how much I love his makeup as well!

  10. September 27, 2016 / 11:51 pm

    Gorgeous as usual! I'm all about keeping sneakers/shoes as white as possible. I'll use a toothbrush and baking soda if need be.

  11. September 28, 2016 / 1:44 am

    Love both your makeup looks, but that lipstick is gorgeous on you!!!

  12. September 28, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    You don't need makeup. You're gorgeous without it. I like all of your outfits. I can't wait to break out the booties!

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