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Dramatis Personae & Lancôme’s House of Color: Sienna Sultry

by Ashley on May 17, 2011

I’m pleased to be one of 20 Style Coalition bloggers (with some of my favorite bloggers like Fashion Pulse Daily, The Curvy Fashionista, and Pretty Shiny Sparkly) who are working with Lancôme Paris.

I was lucky to receive Lancome’s Color Design 5 Pan palette in Sienna Sultry. It’s a pretty, lovely palette with warm pinks, nudes, and browns. It’s soft and subtle, which is what I look for in my day-to-day eyeshadow— something that helps me look put together without looking too made up.

These boast an 8 hour wear– when coupled with primer, it lasted upwards of 12 hours.  That’s 12 hours of spinning in circles, running around, eating cupcakes, and running a press photo shoot (for work) in humid 89 degree weather.  It also survived the biggest test– me rubbing my eyes too much!  I’m dying to test this out on a hot sweaty summer night on a packed dirty dance floor.

Anyone who has read my blog knows that my home of New Orleans is a huge inspiration to me– with a site called Dramatis Personae, there are few places I’ve lived where I can express all of my different sides!  I’m not alone in this– everyone I know in the city lives a dual life: the tattooed librarian, the drag queen costume designer, the paralegal party girl, the Trashy Diva shop girl/D&D player, and the indie shop owner come Noisician Coalition member.  It’s a city that encourages you to be yourself, to try on different masks, and be whoever you want for the night.

It doesn’t help that sometimes I wear too many faces— from arts manager to blogger and reformed party girl.  It leaves me yearning for my greatest luxury– quiet time on my own!  To enjoy a cold beer, a quiet night with my Beau, a stroll down Magazine street window shopping, or a streetcar ride in to the French Quarter (which I STILL haven’t done since moving home!).  It’s a city that values time so much so that we have New Orleans time– running at LEAST 15 minutes behind for everything.

To see the other videos posted so far (and what other bloggers are inspired by & what their favorite luxuries are), visit  What I Wore, M.I.S.S., College Fashion, Karla Sugar, Style Observer, and Nitrolicious. You can see the rest of the upcoming videos at Style Coalition’s Youtube channel.  You can also keep an eye on the House of Color campaign by following Lancôme on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

In accordance with FTC policy, I was compensated for the creation of the video and post and gifted Lancome’s Color Design 5 Pan palette in Sienna Sultry.


Julianne May 28, 2011 at 7:39 am

It feels like every time you write about New Orleans I find myself wishing I could live there more and more. Dual lives, New Orleans time – yes yes! Please! I would be so comfortable. Not sure about the weather, but hey.

And I LOVE your outfit and hair in the video.

Ashe May 28, 2011 at 8:24 am

To be honest, I’m never sure about the weather either. Especially right now when it’s hotter than Hell!

Piper Larson May 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm

What a beautiful palette – and you look so pretty in those colors! All the shots of NOLA make me want to take a trip over. I used to visit your town 2x every year for business…but that job ended a year ago and I miss NOLA trips. Great post, Ashe!

Ashe May 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Aww, I hear you! When I was in Bloomington I always ached to be back. It’s so easy for me to take advantage of how great it is here while I live here! (Though right now I’m not crazy about the weather, I won’t lie ;)

Lindsay May 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

ASHE!! This video was ADORABLE! Loved it!! You looked so cute in your costume – bah! I am just fangirling all over you right now. <3 <3 <3

Ashe May 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm

<3 <3 <3 AAWWWW. You are totally making my heart ecstatic right now!

melina bee May 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

You know, I’ve never been to N.O. but have always wanted to, partly b/c I’d heard about all the amazing characters but also because I am dorked out on victorian architecture so…. Also, it seems that the movies and books that take place there are so vivid and make NO almost its own “character” if that makes sense. Have you seen Treme? I have not and am curious what you think of it. must add I think it’s cute that there’s a “confirm you are not a spammer” box!

Yog May 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm

The city, indeed, is its own character. She has a personality all her own and it can be quite polarizing. And like any good character, the New Orleans has a sordid history and complex identity. The best thing is you never know what you might get or see.

As for Treme, personally, I feel it does the city justice and captures what I love most about it the best any one has yet. I highly recommend catching the first season and watching the second. As I said to someone else, when I watch it, I feel like I’m watching a gossip show about people I really know. Part of that is because I live where the majority is filmed and other parts of it are because many of my friends are in it. That and the characters are very true to life to people I know and see daily.

Ashe May 24, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Yog, I know all my friends who watch Treme would agree with you! I was telling Melina, it’s hard for me to watch– because I lived here before Katrina, went through the storm itself, but wasn’t here after– so it’s both hard and good for me to see a time I don’t know and am not familiar with….

Ashe May 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Oh NOLA really does have it’s own character! And I find that that character tends to be who you want or need it to be….

I’ve seen a few episodes of Treme…. it’s hard in some ways to watch, because it’s a city I knew– an event I experienced– but a time period I didn’t go through (because I left after the storm). But from those who were hear, it’s such a realistic show, and that I know the locals here do appreciate it for that.

Yog May 18, 2011 at 11:23 am

I love the video. Glad you made it to Frenchmen and Washington Square park. Growing up in the South, I didn’t feel quite the same way. I never felt that being a Southern woman meant being anything than what I was, strong and independent. It is good you are seeing that it can mean more too. The color pallete is great too, pinks are one of my favs. I wonder though, if in July it can stand up to the humidity and sweaty me.

Ashe May 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

Well, for me I didn’t entirely grow up in the South– I moved there at 8, and was always referred to as the “Little Yankee Girl.” The South didn’t embrace me as a kid, so I didn’t embrace it back. But it’s the place I’ve lived the longest so far, so in many ways, I do consider myself a Southern girl (I was a naval brat, so I moved quite often!). It’s odd, because looking back on growing up…. I feel like there was a lot of strength in the Southern women I knew, but I also met many (and didn’t keep in my lives) who believed that being a Southern woman meant not doing work, being too delicate to do things… and I hated that! Still do.

I’m looking forward to seeing how it holds up in July, too! Don’t think I won’t be testing it out and reporting back ;)

Karen M. May 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Love the video post ! You are so cute; you need to do more of those. OK, I will give it a try and see if it will stand the ultimate test…Scottsdale in the summer heat. It might be dry, but it’s still 115 degrees !

Ashe May 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I’m looking forward to trying it in the NOLA summer– we’ll see if that humidity will make it slide off or not!

Rach is Ordinarily Urbane May 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm

This is so fun! And I love those curls on you, Ashe! x

Ashe May 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Aren’t they great?! It’s just a shame I never get to wear them more… and that it’s just often too damn hot too!

For Those About To Shop May 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm

It’s nice to hear your voice! What a cool thing to be part of. I adore that palette because it’s so natural and pretty, all the tones I go for in make-up. Also, so funny we always want to be from somewhere else. Most people think being a southern woman is so romantic and cool. I can relate to that, being Canadian when everything in fashion happens everywhere else. Then you find out the fondness people have for Canadians and you’re surprised. Sounds like now you are embracing where you come from. After all, we had to start there to get here.

Ashe May 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm

It’s so funny, because having moved around a lot you’d think that I wanted to have been from SOMEWHERE. It’s always so hard when people are like, “Where are you from?” and I’m like, “Um, I was a military child…” and they totally get what I’m saying. So the South’s the closest thing I have… but man did I fight it for years! Being a Southern woman is just HOT. After all these years I still don’t know how to look put together when it’s over 80 outside.

Marie May 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm

AHH I love it! Such a cute video!! <3 <3

Ashe May 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm

<3 <3

Lara Eichhorn May 17, 2011 at 11:26 am

Love it! You’re so cute on video. You should do some video blogs.

Ashe May 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I’m hoping to! I planned to record one yesterday, but now I’m super sick…

Beth M May 17, 2011 at 10:54 am

Oooh, I love pink on my lids and that looks like it has just the right amount of sparkle. Great video and I love that curly wig! ;D

Ashe May 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm

That wig is a favorite! It’s so fun… but it’s way too hot to wear it right now!

Lara May 17, 2011 at 10:39 am

Love you doing a beauty post! I’ve been doing a lot (too many) lately but it’s become my new obsession. 12 hour wear is pretty damn impressive. One of my fave shadows is Lancome!

Ashe May 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm

They’re really fun! I always want to do more of them, but then always worry about balance too! I LOVE beauty products though, ESP eyeshadows. My eyes are by far my favorite feature so playing them up is always fun….

And I’d love to hear what your favorite shade is from them!

Lara May 17, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Yeah, my balance has been way off kilter lately.
Oh, the shade is a super dark purple I like to smudge around my black liner – it’s a lil Colour Focus duo called Sparkle/Contrast

Courtney May 17, 2011 at 10:14 am

Looks like a great product. I won’t be checking it out myself, however, because Lancome test on animals, which I am strongly against.

Ashe May 17, 2011 at 10:16 am

I had no idea! I’m sorry to hear that :( I try to avoid when I can, but am probably not as diligent about it as I should be…

Courtney May 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm

It’s one of my “things” so I don’t hold it against anyone for not knowing! It’s just a choice I’ve made.

Ashe May 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm

It’s one I can definitely get behind! I’m a HUGE animal lover (it & the arts are where I always donate my money too). It actually made me feel really conflicted after the fact.

I did find this online “”The process–the L’Oréal Episkin model, administered by a subsidiary called SkinEthic–uses a human epidermis reconstructed on collagen and is available to the entire cosmetic industry. “More than twenty years of research on skin reconstruction have been recognized,” the company said, in announcing that it had won the approval of the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods. “It is a great step towards the elimination of animal use,” enabling “the replacement of animal tests for skin-irritancy of 10,000 substances.” ”

(linked here: I really hope that’s true! There’s really no excuse in this day & age to continue to animal test….

Kori May 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

Gorgeous colors…I can’t wait to check it out. Have a fabulous day doll! Kori xoox

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