Review: Sothys Paris Echappée Parisienne Make-Up Collection (Fall/Winter 2019)

The Sothys Paris Fall/Winter 2019 Echappée Parisienne Make-Up Collection draws inspiration from the beautiful city of Paris for a glamorous and elegant beauty look.

Sothys, an avant-garde beauty expert, offers a line of innovative skin and body care as well as a makeup line with limited-edition collections inspired by the seasons. The Echappée Parisienne Collection features chic shades of rosewood, plum, and taupe.

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The Rouge Intense Sothys Boise De Rose Vaugirard Lipstick* is a beautiful rosewood shade that looks slightly cooler in person than it does in the photos. I would describe it as a nude that’s very wearable due to its satin formula and hint of pink. This colour will complement many different skin tones and enhance fall and winter beauty looks. The formula is creamy, hydrating, and long-wearing. The product also has a slight, yet deliciously fruity, scent that reminds me of jam.

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Like all Sothys products that I’ve tried, this lipstick is luxuriously packaged with its glossy black tube, magnetic closure, and Sothys imprint on the product. The photo above shows the precise the imprint and perfectly sculpted shape of the lipstick bullet. The magnetic closure is impressive as well and is a new packaging feature released with this collection. It provides the ideal solution for lost caps or lipstick stains at the bottom of purses and makeup drawers. I think this product would be the perfect gift to splurge on for yourself or the makeup lovers in your life who can always use a good quality neutral lipstick with chic packaging.

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Echappée Parisienne also includes an eyebrow powder which is something that I have not seen from past Sothys seasonal makeup collections. The Poudre Sourcils Taupe Universel Eyebrow Powder* is a neutral matte taupe shade that appears slightly warmer in the photos than it does in person. Since I have very dark eyebrows, this shade is a bit light for me; however, since it is free of orange or red tones, it is the perfect crease colour for me, so I have been using it as an eyeshadow. I always have a difficult time finding shadows that do not make my eye area appear red or tired, so I am very excited about this colour. It is also very easy to blend and lasts all day without creasing which I can imagine would make it ideal as a brow powder as well.

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Unlike the lipstick with its glossy packaging, the brow power’s outer casing is a sleek matte black. Inside, there is a mirror and the powder itself is set into a glossy black compact. I love that this product also has a magnetic closure that keeps it secure for travel.

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To further enhance the eyes, this collection includes a black liquid liner. The Calligraphy Eyeliner* features glossy black packaging and a flexible felt tip. I really appreciate this design because pencil eyeliners tend to tug at the sensitive skin near my lash line. This liner is very comfortable to use and easy to control, so I can shift from creating a thick line to a thinner wing just by changing the amount of pressure that I apply.

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The photo above shows how the same eyeliner can create smooth lines in a range of sizes. The formula is also very impressive as it is pigmented and completely smudge-proof within a few seconds after application. If you have not had luck with traditional eyeliners or love using innovative products, this liner is a must-try.

Overall, this collection includes a perfect combination of classic shades and sophisticated formulas to capture the elegance of Paris and the fall and winter seasons. I appreciate how wearable the shades are and how the focus of the collection is to enhance the natural beauty of the features. These products will be in my makeup rotation long after the leaves fall and the snow melts. The other items in the collection are just as versatile and include a transparent foundation in a universal shade that can be used as a high-definition finishing powder, a black eye pencil, a shimmery taupe eyeshadow pencil, a brown eyebrow powder, a dual-ended eyebrow brush, a plum-toned lipstick with a matte finish, and a coordinating nail polish.

For more information on Sothys Paris products, visit The seasonal makeup collections and other Sothys products are available at institutes and spas. You can call 1-800-361-3004 to find them in your vicinity.

Which product is your favourite from the Echappée Parisienne Collection? What do you hope to see from Sothys for Spring/Summer 2019?

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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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