# At Home With Madame Chic # Books

A Midsummer Night's Makeup Tutorial + Secrets of the Lighthouse Giveaway

Special Announcement

Simon & Schuster have moved up the publication date for my upcoming book! At Home With Madame Chic will be published now on October 7th, 2014 (previously November 4th). Not long to wait now...

A Midsummer Night's Makeup Tutorial

This week I have for you an enchanting le no makeup look tutorial, set to Chopin's Raindrop Prelude, fit for a midsummer night's eve. This makeup look utilizes soft pinks and violet shades, and with a little creativity, can be achieved with the makeup you already have on hand. For a list of the makeup used in this video, please see the links below.

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**Video note: For vibrancy, I shoot my videos on the "food and fashion" setting. Because of this, the eyeshadow, in particular, looks darker on camera than it does in person. Rest assured, this is still a le no makeup look!

Makeup list:

Becca radiant skin satin finish foundation in “noisette”

Beauty Blender (stay tuned for an in-depth review of this next week)

Benefit Fake Up under eye concealer in 02 medium (this concealer is really hydrating and is my new favorite for the under eye area)

Benefit Boi-ing concealer in 03 (And this is my current favorite spot concealer. It does an excellent job and blends in naturally)

MAC blot powder pressed in medium

Urban Decay primer potion (I can't do without this... love it.)

Laura Mercier artist palette (this palette is no longer available but the individual shades can be found on the Laura Mercier website)
Shades used: Primrose, African Violet, Plum Smoke, Sparkly Dew

MAC mineralize blush in warm soul

MAC mineralize skin finish in soft and gentle (I love this highlighter... it's excellent)

Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara in 003 extreme black (A wonderful and affordable drug store mascara)

Sephora eyebrow editor in honey blonde

CHANEL le crayon levres nude lip pencil

NYX butter gloss in “tiramisu” (Affordable and effective... love this lip gloss)

Bobbi Brown long wear gel liner in caviar ink (My favorite eyeliner... dare I say Holy Grail?)

Secrets of the Lighthouse Giveaway

Our summer of book giveaways continues with another book by Santa Montefiore called Secrets of the Lighthouse, which will be released on August 5th.

Set in Ireland on the wild coast of Connemara, this hauntingly romantic novel tells the story of a young woman who goes in search of her family’s past and ends up discovering her future.

Ellen Trawton is running away from it all. She hates her job, she doesn’t love the aristocratic man to whom she is engaged, and her relationship with her controlling mother is becoming increasingly strained. So Ellen leaves London, fleeing to the one place she knows her mother won’t find her, her aunt’s cottage in Connemara. Cutting all her ties with chic London society, Ellen gives in to Ireland’s charm and warmth, thinking her future may lie where so much of her past has been hidden. Her imagination is soon captured by the compelling ruins of a lighthouse where, five years earlier, a young mother died in a fire.

The ghost of the young wife, Caitlin, haunts the nearby castle, mourning the future she can never have there. Unable to move on, she watches her husband and children, hoping they might see her and feel her love once more. But she doesn’t anticipate her husband falling in love again. Can she prevent it? Or can she let go and find a way to freedom and happiness?

The ruggedly beautiful Connemara coastline with its tightknit community of unforgettable characters provides the backdrop for this poignant story of two women seeking the peace and love they desperately need. For each, the key will be found in the secrets of the past, illuminated by the lighthouse.

Simon & Schuster are offering to give away 5 copies of The Summer House to readers of the Daily Connoisseur! This giveaway is open to US residents only (terms set by Simon & Schuster). Please enter via the rafflecopter widget below. Best of luck!

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Happy Birthday Ellen C!

I would like to wish a very happy 50th birthday to Ellen C. of Hendersonville, TN. Ellen's daughter, Emily, reached out to me to let me know that her mom is a big fan of Madame Chic and the Daily Connoisseur and that her special day is coming up.

Ellen, I am wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous year. It's clear that you are a fantastic role model for your adoring daughters. Happy Birthday! Thank you for your long-time support of the Daily Connoisseur.

For all of you mystery/ thriller fans, check out my blogging friend, Kristi Belcamino's, debut thriller, Blessed Are the Dead, which is only 99cents on Amazon kindle. Congratulations Kristi!

Next week stay tuned for a more in depth review of the beauty blender.

This week I would love to know: do you have any fun makeup discoveries to share with us?

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Luli said...

Hi Jennifer. This was a lovely tutorial and the music was just perfect. I'd really love to win this book. I took a trip to Ireland a few years ago and still think about it. The best book I've read so far in 2014 was the "Assassination of the Archduke". It was a tearjerker true story about the assassination that sparked WWI. Granted, not light summer reading but a must read if you are interested in royal history.

Luli said...

PS. Very excited for your new book in October.

Tracie said...

Such a pretty makeup look, very fresh and feminine. Also, love the music!

Sally Bainbridge said...

Lovely look...soft and pretty. I, too, wear the Laura Mercier eye shadows. Love the matt finish and the tiny bit of shimmer in the African Violet.

Naomi Dudas said...

Hello Jennifer! Thank you for this wonderful giveaway and your makeup tutorial. The best book I've read so far this year is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It s one of my favorite books of all time now. It's right next to your "Lessons from Madame Chic" book as of now!

Amy said...

Splurged and bought some of the eye shadows you featured! Thanks for the tutorial! By the way - are there any summer candles you're loving? Somehow I'm thinking my watermelon candle is not chic :)

Ellen Cleveland said...

Jennifer-- what a lovely surprise today to see happy birthday wishes for ME! I do love your blog and appreciate your insight. Again, thank you~ ellen

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Ellen- I'm so glad you saw the message! Your daughter is so sweet to reach out like that. Hope you have a truly wonderful birthday.



Sarah Extance Garcia said...

You look so pretty Jennifer. I especially love the lip color. I'm currently into a few Benefit products. I have their Hello Flawless Oxygen wow foundation, which is a nice light foundation, also their Posie lip balm and long wearing eye shadow. I also like ELF's $1 all over color stick in persimmon for highlighting my cheeks. I could easily buy way too much makeup, so I'm trying to keep the 10 item wardrobe idea in mind for makeup too :)
Thanks for the book recommendations. Thanks to you, I've read a few of Santa Montefiore's novels now. She is delightful and ladylike in her style.

Rachel Nesbit said...

One of the best makeup discoveries I've ever made is the mascara that I use. It is Trish McEvoy High Volume. Every single mascara I have ever used has flaked at some point during the day, leaving me with dark smudges under my eyes. This includes mascaras that stake claim to not flaking! Trish McEvoy High Volume is polymer based so the formula is very different from anything else I've tried. It stays on ALL. DAY. LONG. Heck, it will stay on until the next day if you forget to wash your face before bed (which has luckily only happened a few times when I've fallen asleep on the chaise lounge!) When you wash it off it will appear as though your lashes are coming off, but it is just the polymer coating that has surrounded each lash. Really cool stuff!

Kristien62 said...

Would love the book, actually anything about Ireland to remind me of my experiences there. The tutorial was terrific and Laura Mercier is one of my favorites. I am not sure if I could pull off the violets since I'm considerably older than you. But substituting a slightly more neutral shade in the crease might be the answer. Always looking for a good mascara.

Tracey Smith said...

I enjoyed this tutorial and the products shown. I especially like that you had a couple of drugstore finds too! Mixing high and low in beauty is important as there are so many fabulous finds in the drugstore. Many thanks for doing these videos and giveaways.

Summer Smith said...

The best book I've read so far this year is Written In My Own Heart's Blood the 8th in a series by Diana Gabaldon! This series is mainly historical fiction but could be categorized in all genres, seriously. Which is soon to be a TV series on Starz!

The slight, fun, playful color you added worked well. I liked the Title of the Tutorial as well. I would have to say my favorite in my makeup stash currently is my Sonja Kashuk. The Chic Luminosity highlighter Stick. It gives some extra light to my face! I love it.

Diane C said...

I'm definitely going to try this look...lovely! Thanks for the constant inspiration. Im so excited for your new book! P.S: this is the first comment I have posted online ever!

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Tanya Nickles said...

I prefer to wear no makeup at all because I feel better without it, and my fiance says I don't need it. What is your opinion on women who don't wear makeup? I think it's fun to wear from time to time on a night out or something, but do you think we as women should embrace the benefit of wearing makeup on a daily basis? Curious to hear your thoughts (loved your tutorial by the way!).

Christina Durborow said...

I always learn something new in your tutorials, Jennifer!

Some products I am loving right now:

Jane Iredale Forever Pink lipstain--feels like chapstick, looks like a light lipstick and stays put. Kind of pricey, but totally worth it!

Sephora perfect cover concealer-- my skin tone is difficult to match and this concealer (in Peaches) is perfect. Staying power is also impressive.

Christian Dior nail glow--this is advertised as a French manicure in a bottle, which it is not. It is, however, a lovely sheer pink polish with a ton of shine and impressive wear time. Also pricey, but one coat is plenty and it lasts a week on me (which is unheard of with regular polish)

Hopefully someone else can benefit from these recommendations!

snappyjaye said...

This is a lovely, lady-like look. Thanks for another great tutorial! You've inspired me to try a few new things with my make-up over the last few months. It's nice to do something different than my usual (several years old) routine.

juliagray19 said...

Hooray! The book is coming out early! Simon & Schuster wised up and figured out there's a high demand for At Home with Madame Chic! Inquiring Francophiles want to learn more about the art of living we can apply in the US and other countries. I get the impression that there are no overbooked soccer moms in France like so many women in the US. The French perspective is such an about face to common US conceptions of narrow definitions of beauty and general conformity. I don't like to read the same old, same old articles targeted at women's interest magazines. If I read one more retread of "how to get clear skin, " "how to get the eating disorder du jour," "how to get the plastic surgery du jour" or "how to manage your time so you can be overbooked, overworked, and still be Superwoman" I'm going to wring my hands. Jennifer L. Scott's book and blogs are a lot more fun, inspiring, and thoughtful.

Kristi said...

Thanks for mentioning my book, Jennifer! I've been completely blown away by the response to my mystery series. It is still mind boggling that strangers are reading it and loving it. Such a wonderful thing. xo

Katherine Ivan said...

The best book I've read so far in 2014 is Leigh Bardugo's SHADOW AND BONE, which I *just* finished today and am still ruminating about.

Vicki Zimmerman said...

Thanks for the wonderful makeup tutorial, Jennifer. I've been using Mac's gel liner, in Dipdown, for years, and will definitely look at your HG choice of Bobbi Brown gel liner. Question: Do you line your lower eye or water line? You have such beautiful, dark eyes and I wasn't sure if this was natural or if you enhanced them with a pencil, although I didn't see you do that in the video. Thanks!

susan s said...

This message is to Ellen C. Of Hendersonville TN. I too am a big fan of this blog. I live in Nashville, TN. I would love to hear from you. Susan S