February 24, 2010

Sharing some love.

If you want to know which beauty blogs I like and regularly read, it's very easy: check out my blogroll in the sidebar.

But I thought I'd tell you a few words on some of those blogs anyway, especially those I don't think get enough visibility, because sometimes you won't just click until someone gives you a reason to do it :)

Zoffe's Makeup : is the blog of a talented 18 year old Danish girl who works for Mac and does fantastic crazy bright looks. She also reviews her favourite products.

Kelleyrie is absolutely lovely and has the most beautiful green eyes I've ever seen. She does fantastic sophisticated looks and uses a lot of products from etailers and mineral companies. She also has a YouTube channel.

My Beauty Attempts is the blog of a young French woman who posts gorgeous EOTD's and reviews tons of products. She's almost as much of a foundation addict as I am, no wonder we are pals in real life :)

The GlossGoss is the blog of YouTuber Tali, who is model-gorgeous, loves designer shoes and dresses and talks/writes passionately about makeup. She is responsible for a lot of my hauls, I must say.

Mizz Worthy aka Jen also has a YouTube channel. She does more hauls and in-depth reviews than tutorials and EOTD's but I like the ways she does makeup, and she knows everything about Illamasqua - which means she's not afraid of being creative sometimes.

I could go on and on but I think I'll need to post another list later, or I will be rambling here for quite a long time. If you haven't been mentioned, don't hate me, as I said I like all the people in my blogroll but can't talk about everybody in one post.

And if you think there are blogs I need to check, leave a comment!

February 23, 2010

Products of the month

February isn't technically finished but it just flied by so fast that I know my favourites aren't going to change in the coming week, so I can tell you about them already.

Mac Charismatic Lipstick.
I absolutely love Mac Lustre finish for lipsticks: they have a gorgeous duchrome and you don't need a gloss on top, plus they're not as drying as, say, creamsheens.
Charismatic is a gorgeous warm terracotta color infused with gold. It's like a warm counterpart of "O", which I wore a lot last Summer. I have been wearing Charismatic almost non-stop all month.

Brunette MSF.
I got my hands on this through allcosmeticswholesale.com which is the only place I trust for discontinued Mac. This is the first time I own an MSF that can be used as a blush, and I have used it a lot this month, often with the lipstick mentioned above. The warm chocolate color infused with a tiny bit of pink works perfectly on my fair complexion when applied with a skunk brush.

YSL Singulier mascara
I still don't like it as much as Faux-Cils, but now that I have got the right twist on putting it on, I like that I can build it to very long lashes, and the effect is very nice on daylooks.

Blush combination: Nars Orgasm+Deep Throat.
I love the extra oomph that I get when layering those blushes, it really gives more dimension to the cheeks. I am probably going to try a million blush combinations now, but this one will stay a winner for me and I have been wearing it a lot.

SMH 28 palettes.
I finally got one of these, from allcosmeticswholesale again. I was tired of having neutrals spread all over different palettes, now they have gathered in my 28 and it makes my life much easier.

What are your favourites for this month?

February 19, 2010

EOTD - shimmery neutrals

I have a weird fascination for warm neutral eyeshadows, buy them in bulk, and then when I wear them I often find I look blah and wonder if I shouldn't stick to bright colors. And well, bright colors look good on me but I don't feel like wearing them 365 days in the year.

On a day off work, I decided to play with my shimmery neutral palettes and totally forget all those silly rules about not overdoing the shimmer. And I am glad I did, because I really liked the final result.

What I used (all Mac):
- Retrospeck in the inner 1/3rd of the lid
- Tempting on the outer 2/3rds (it's one of my favourite eyeshadows ever)
- Bronze in the crease
- A tiny bit of Gilt by Association in the outer V
- Brulé on the browbone
Then I lined the upper lash and the waterline with Bobby Brown gel eyeliner in Sepia. Mascara was YSL Singulier.

As for the rest of my face, I'm wearing Nars Sheer Glow in Gobi, Mac MSFN in light-medium, Nars Laguna bronzer, Nars Deep Throat and Orgasm blushes layered.
I tried Benefit Brow-Zing on my brows and didn't really liked the end result, but well...

Now I finally have an all brown/neutral look that works for me, thanks to the shimmer and the gold/bronze reflects. I'm now experimenting some more with that kind of color and texture since I really loved the result.

February 18, 2010

Book Review: Jemma Kidd Makeup Masterclass

The few things I know about makeup, I have learned from the internet - YouTube and blogs mainly. When I was younger I would read magazines and try to recreate their so-called makeup lessons but how can you achieve anything nice when the explanations are lousy and nobody never ever mentions using a brush?

Anyway. I decided a few weeks ago that it would be interesting to go through some makeup books. This said, I've never seen any in the libraries around here and had to use Amazon without being able to browse before buying.

I picked Jemma Kidd Masterclass because I had read good reviews, and I liked the look on the cover. Also, the price was very reasonable since this is a huge book, and it was under 20€.

The books covers a lot of subjects: how to pick the right products, apply them, create particular looks for special occasions etc...

Now, this book is for you:
- If you feel like you can't find the right products for you or don't know how to apply them
- If you have zero experience with makeup but want to learn from the start
- If you need to learn more advanced techniques like applying liquid liner
- If you want to learn how to do particular looks like a smokey eye, a bride's look, a polished office look...

But I would say that you should avoid this book:
- If you feel like all your basics are covered, or you have experience with makeup already
- If you like bold or bright looks, because the book revolves around neutrals
- If you're looking for techniques to create very creative or original looks

My personal opinion: the book is beautiful, the explanations are very well detailed and clear, the photographs are pretty.
But... I don't feel like I learned much. Though the looks are pretty, I find most of them boring because almost all of them are done with 2 or 3 shades of browns that kind of all looked the same to me.
And there were some statements with which I couldn't agree at all. According to Mrs Kidd, now that I'm in my 30's I should give up color for ever and start using more and more mattes. I don't agree - and I hate so-called "makeup rules".
The office look was really boring to me, and although there were a couple of bolder looks for evening, there weren't enough of them for my taste and even those were very conventional.

I'm gladly keeping the book for the photographs but not for the learnings. Again, if you're just starting with makeup and/or liking clean, simple, neutral looks - this is going to be perfect for you.

February 11, 2010

Favourite blushes: Illamasqua

I have a little bit of a blush obsession at the moment, so let's stay on topic, shall we?

I am starting a new series of posts on my favourite blushes. Well that's probably going to be my whole collection since I just don't keep the blushes I don't like.

Today we are looking at my Illamasqua blushes, I own 6 of them.

Rude and Lover are in the same color range (despite a somewhat obvious difference on the picture). I adore Lover for its true peach color, but decided to get Rude because I could wear it on the lips, too, since it's cream. I also wear them together with Rude as a base and Lover on top. I think these two are among Illamasqua's best sellers, and I do understand why, I really reccomend them as an entry to the range.

Unrequited is a nice blue based, cool pink. It's the infamous Katie's big brother - I thought Katie wasn't pigmented enough for me and just go a bit darker with Unrequited. It's not the color I wear the most (I stick to warms most of the time) but it's my pink of choice when I need one.

Excite and Create are respectively an apricot and an amber honey shade. I think the descriptions made me get them. However create is very hard to wear on its own on my fair complexion, but I found these two combine beautifully together, so that's how I wear them and I really like this combination.

And finally, Thrust. This is a color of choice for nails or even for lips, but I must say I would never have ordered it myself. It's actually a gift I got from Illamasqua a while ago (to make up for a lost order and a long delay, great customer service!). But I must say I like it a lot! It's the kind of shade you need to apply with a very light hand - and preferably a skunk brush. But it's a bright pink that manages to be somewhat warm, and it gives a nice flush effect.

Do you have any favourite blushes from Illamasqua? Or some you want to try?

February 10, 2010

Cheek combo of the moment.

Why didn't anybody ever tell me that you could layer different blushes?
It just creates that extra "wow" effect, and it allows you to fix the 'I like the color but it's missing something' blushes we all have in our drawers.

On the picture I am wearing: Nars Laguna to contour, a nice dose of Nars Orgasm on the cheeks and a light touch of Nars Deep Throat on top.

When I got Orgasm (in a duo with Laguna) I was probably having high expectations because of all the hype around it, and when I applied it for the first time, I thought "is that all there is?".
Good news: with Deep Throat on top I absolutely adore it, the combo has so much more dimension than one blush used alone.

I think from now on I might layer my blushes quite often! Today's combo is Nars Mounia+Taj Mahal. I bet it sounds scary, but it's actually nice!

NB: the foundation I'm wearing on the picture is Illamasqua Powder and this obviously was a good skin day!

February 8, 2010

Mascara review: YSL Singulier.

You know how even when we have found the perfect mascara, (or foundation, concealer, insert what applies) we still hope for something even better to come out? Well that's probably why I wanted to try the new YSL Singulier.
YSL Faux-Cils is definitely my holy grail but when going to the department store to buy a backup of it, I decided on an impulse to buy Singulier, too, and give it a try just in case.

Singulier lives in the same golden tacky tube as the other YSL's mascara but that's OK, I forget the brand for the tackiness since the quality is so good. The formulation is very similar - if not identical - to Fauc Cils : it smells like melon, leaves the lashes very soft and doesn't flake. So far so good.

The brush, however, is very different. It's not made of latex - I hate latex brushes - but there's that spiral thingy going around the bristles that makes it a bit harder on the eyes than the big Faux-Cils brush. I was hoping for directions on how to use that brush but didn't see naything in the packaging (correct me if I'm wrong), so I tried and applied either wiggeling it (sp?) or the usual way. I must say I prefer the usual way, the motions didn't do anything for me.

Result: this mascara separates and leghtens. But the brush doesn't allow me to go as close to the lash roots as I do with Faux-Cils and so the result is less dramatic. The formula is buildable, you can go for either one feathery coat or build up for more drama (which I like).
It's definitely not a volumizing product, and if you build up too many coats, you'll get some volume effect but some clumpsy lashes too.

My conclusion: I'm gladly wearing this a few days a week when I don't mind going for a more natural look, but I miss the false lashes effect in this (duh) and will go back full-time to my beloved Faux-Cils when I'm done with this tube. It is, however, an excellent product for people looking for something less dramatic to wear every day, and I really recommend it if you're not after crazy volume but more after lenghtening.

February 4, 2010

Foundation Review #14 (but who's counting): Bobby Brown Luminous Moisturizing Foundation

Don't blame me for this one, I didn't buy it! But I have great friends and they know how to spoil me: one of them brought this foundation back from a trip to New-York, as a gift to me.
It made me happy as a clam, since I had never tried any foundation from this brand, but am in love with their concealer and eyeliners as you may recall.
I know Bobby Brown foundations scare a lot of people because they all run yellow to some degree, but since I'm neutral-warm, this isn't a problem for me. And since my friend and I wear the same foundation shades, it was easy for her to pick a perfect match: Warm Sand.

This foundation claims to be moisturizing and luminous, and that's what it is. The finish is glowy without looking greasy, and my skin didn't feel dry or tight although I used it on cold windy snowy day. Bonus: my rather oily t-zone seemed to get along pretty well with it too.

Now let's be clear: other than being luminous and moisturizing, this foundation doesn't do anything else. The coverage is extremely sheer, tinted moisturizer-like, you definitely can see your skin throught it, and it's not really buildable to medium coverage. This isn't issue for me since I have good skin most of the time but not everybody likes a sheer coverage.
I'm thinking it will be a very fresh-looking foundation for Springtime, providing I don't wear a moisturizer underneath since that would be too much for me once Winter is over.

So that is a great foundation if you have normal to dry skin and are looking for sheer coverage and dewyness. I definitely don't recommend it if you have oily skin or need to hide scarring or other little flaws. If that's the case, Skin Foundation might be a better product to try out for you.