February 28, 2011

Foundation review #26: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua





Springtime is almost here, and with it, a bunch of new foundations launched - what a horrible temptation for the foundation addict that I am.
Having heard quite a few raves about this one, I was very curious about it. I must also say that, even though I generally like Chanel foundations which are of excellent quality, I am not a fan of the original Vitalumiere. It's way too moisturizing for me, which is too bad because the dewy finish is lovely.
But I had heard the new Vitalumiere Aqua was different. In some way, though, I was expecting it to be dewy (fooled by the name Aqua, maybe?) and similar to Mac Face and Body - with a more stable formula and a smaller bottle.


Well, Vitalumiere Aqua was nothing like I expected, but I love it nevertheless and it was a pleasant surprise. 


PROS:



  • You know how a lot of foundations claim to be like a second skin? I never felt they really were, but this time I am impressed because I do feel like this is it. The product feels very light on the skin yet gives medium coverage and evens out the skintone so well! It has a semi-matte finish, a bit luminous but not unnatural nor greasy. It is like my skin but better.
  • It smells very nice, which also is unusal for Chanel foundations, in my opinion (hated the smell of Pro Lumiere, in particular). Also the smell is light and disappears quickly so it shouldn't bother most users.
  • It lasts extremely well on me and I don't even powder it - easily 8-10 hours without getting shiny. Maybe it's because this is a water based foundation. I wasn't expecting it to be so long lasting and am really impressed! I also find that, like most Chanel foundations, it keeps looking better through the first hours of wear.
  • Packaging: a very compact, light plastic bottle with a nose to pour the product; that's so much better than the heavy glass packaging Chanel usually uses! Looks like the industry is realizing that we don't buy products just to prettify our vanity but need to travel with them and not to break them if they drop.



CONS:



  • Although the shade selection includes warm (B) and cool (BR) shades, most retailers/countries don't stock the whole range and being able to find a match can be tricky.
  • Very important note regarding the shade: it does change a bit during the first 15-20 minutes on the skin. When finding your match, make sure you put the product on your jaw line and check it in daylight after 20 min or you might have a bad surprise.
  • It's not cheap - €39. But I do think it's worth it, really.
Little trick: you need to shake the bottle REALLY WELL before pouring the product out, or you'll get some kind of greasy water. This is normal, but shaking is thus mandatory.

I am enjoying this foundation so much at the moment that I even thing I might prefer it to Nars Sheer Glow. Not completely sure about this yet, but I like it that much. And, considering the only Cons I found are shade and price related, I'd say that if you can afford this and there's a match for you, I definitely recommend this foundation.

EDIT: you can find swatches of all the colors on Karlasugar's blog. For reference, the one I wear is B10.

February 27, 2011

Arabic inspired

Saturday was cold and rainy,  and I didn't really have anything to do outside of the house, so I stayed inside where it's warm and comfy, and I played with makeup.
Makeupgeek  is having an Arabic inspired challenge, and I also had watched a couple of Arabic or Oriental inspired looks on YouTube during the past week, so I decided to give this kind of makeup a try, since I never had before.
It was a lot of fun!












PRODUCTS USED
Clarins Everlasting Foundation in 107 Beige (to darken my skin a bit)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place concealer in #1
Illamasqua brow powder in Thunder
Urban Decay Naked Palette: Zero 24/7 liner, Darkhorse, Buck and Virgin eyeshadows
Mac Golden Lemon pigment
Mac Blacktrack fluidline
Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara
Burberry bronzer in Warm Glow
Mac Stereo Rose MSF to highlight
Lip Fusion Infatuation gloss in In The Flesh


I must say I was very very pleased with the result, I didn't expected to like it that much. But I must say, if you do try that kind of look, that the brows do a huge difference. This eye makeup looks really odd if you don't wear a strong brow with it, in my opinion.

February 26, 2011

Link Love of the week







Want your own customizable magnetic palette without spending big bucks? Beauty's Bad Habit shows you how to make your own!


AOYV find her love and joy in NARS Lovejoy.


Take a look at INGLOT's new Chelsea NYC Studio: Kim Porter shares pictures from INGLOT's Grand Opening event.


Inspired by Parisian culture with Asian nuances, The Beauty Nerd features gorgeous beauty products from Tokyo Milk.


Revlon's Super Lustrous line has officially converted Angela at Do Want Makeup into a lipstick lover! Check out her review of Wine With Everything.


Come over to Jeweled Thumb to see some new lipsticks from Essence at a price point everyone will love!


Hot Beauty Health shares the best travel makeup to stay gorgeous on vacation.


Love Rihanna? Musicalhouses attempts to dupe her "Who's That Girl" eye look!


Hot thermal springs, healing white silica muds, soothing spas...sounds a bit like heaven, right? While most of us can't get to Iceland, check out Socialite Dreams review of the Iceland Blue Lagoon Spa Mud Mask that you can use at home.


Take a peek at the toners and moisturisers in Rachel's current skincare routine.


Retrodiva shows how easy it is to use the Kiss Premium Eyelashes. Gorgeous lashes in just a flash!


Blush Fiend Tracy at Beauty Reflections reviews Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush and other blushingly beautiful blushes during Blush Week!!


Sarah from IHeartCosmetics reviews the new Naked Skin line of 97% natural facial skincare.


Missed out on New York Fashion Week? Make sure you check out Krasey Beauty's recap on fall beauty trends.


Ever wondered how to pick the right blush to go with red lips? The Lip Print gives you a few pointers.


At Music and Make Up Jo has lip swatches of her favourite red lipsticks.


Jellyminx shares her first nail stamping experience!


Cindy over at Prime Beauty happily referees the Lip Crayon Smackdown! See who comes out on top between NARS, Tarte and Clinique!


Do Revlon creme glosses live up to the hype? Check out Spiced Beauty to see how she scored them for 2.50 each!


What's the hottest new lipstick in the drugstore? Find out over at theNotice (and don't miss Rae's swatches of the entire line!)


Do men moisturise? Isn't it too macho for them? hellcandy's bf guest posts and reveals all...Click here to read his post.


Katie sounds the dupe alert siren when comparing Kat Von D's Beethoven palette ($34) to the NYX Jazz Night palette ($8) on My Lips But Better.


What did you buy from Mac’s Wonder Woman collection? Check out Anita’s Wonder Woman haul over at Pleasureflush.



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Feel like there isn't enough nail polish in your life? Beauty Crazed has a nail bonanza contest going on that you should enter! What are you waiting for?!


Phyrra's Indie Spotlight for February is Sobe Botanicals! Learn all about Lex, and don't miss out on entering the giveaway, too!

February 25, 2011

I joined the Beauty Blog Link Love network





Beauty Blog Link Love is a non-commercial network of independent beauty bloggers who blog for fun because they love beauty products.
I am absolutely thrilled I could join them because it's through them that I have discovered a lot of my favorite beauty blogs, and this allows me to share them with you.


What does it change for my blog? Nothing - I'm still independent and 100% in control of what I try, write about etc... There's no money or advertising involved.


The one new thing that you will notice is that I'll post a message every week-end with the interesting links of the week that other bloggers in the network want to share. You read it if you want, and hopefully you'll find interesting topics and/or will discover new blogs you like. That's it.


See you this week-end with the first link post!

February 24, 2011

You never know how much you love it till you lose it

Yesterday, I worked late for a special event and got back home at 10.30


This morning, I got up (for work, again) in zombie mode.


And so I dropped my Oskia bottle. Wich is made of glass. On the floor, from my 5'9" height. And so it broke.
How ironic I would be sans Get Up and Glow serum on a day where I need it so much.
(Always look at the bright side of life: my floors aren't carpetted, cleaning up was relatively easy, even though it was heart breaking).


I used the last drops that were in the pump, and now I'm seriously upset because it was a 90% full bottle of a 70£ serum. I wasn't sure if I'd re-purchase it when I would have finished it, but right now I can't imagine using something else in the morning, so I guess I'll hop over to Zuneta to get another one as soon as I get my paycheck.


Moral of this story... hmm, don't work too late?


R.I.P.

February 21, 2011

Review: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Concealer (SPF10)



You know how I swear by Bobbi Brown creamy concealer, which became my Holy Grail when I found it after trying what felt like a billion of useless concealers. Well I might have found something different but as good. 

I had the opportunity to buy a few products with a special discount and since one of my friends constantly raves about this concealer, I decided to get it.

How Lauder describes it:
For a flawless look with 15-hour staying power.
Conceals flaws and corrects the look of undereye circles, dark spots and discolorations.
Transfer-resistant, color-true formula provides medium to full coverage that won't slip, slide or melt away. Feels lightweight, comfortable.
Easy-to-use wand applicator.
How I use it:
I've been using it only on the under-eye area, patting with a finger so I don't spread the pigments too much. It does penetrate quickly and it doesn't look cakey.

PROS:
  • This does conceal my undereye circles, for real. The finish is flawless.
  • The finish is semi-matte and you don't need to powder it. This product really doesn't move around at all, doesn't melt or transfer or crease - I was really amazed!
  • Does last all day on me
  • Very practical tube and format, great for travelling or for keeping in your bag for touch-ups (even though you probably won't need to touch up!)
  • SPF 10 can't hurt, excepted if you're being photographed
CONS:
  • Although I like the wand applicator because it's easy to use, it's not always the best to get a precise amount of product.
  • Only 6 colors available means not everyone will find a perfect match. I was lucky the lightest one works perfectly for me. Also, some countries don't even carry all the shades.
The tube contains 7ml and retails for USD 20, €23.50 (wrong conversion rate strikes again).
That doesn't make it cheaper than the Bobbi Brown concealer for me, but at least it's more widely available.

Ingredients:
cyclopentasiloxane, water, titanium dioxide, trimethylsiloxysilicate, butylene glycol, sorbitan sesquioleate, peg/ppg - 18/18 dimethicone, tribehenin, magnesium sulfate, phenyl thrimethicone, tocopheryl acetate, sodium hyaluronate, ethylhexyl-glycerin, dimethicone, methicon, laureth-7, glycerin, xantham gum, alumina, sorbic acid, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin (may contain iron oxides, titanium dioxide, mica)

All in all an excellent product that really impressed me - have been using it non stop since I got it several weeks ago.

February 20, 2011

New blog sales: Chanel, Nars, Bobbi Brown and more

I have finally come around to cleaning my stash a bit, taking pictures and putting up a new blog sales.
There are quite a few pieces there, all high end, that need a new home so feel free to have a look, it's all here.

FOTD: trying out some new Nars goodies


Nars products can now be bought from Asos, in most cases with free shipping, which makes it cheaper than ordering from the Nars website. So I decided to get a few things, which I'll need to review, and I was wearing a few this week-end.

FACE
Shisheido Perfect Refining foundation in I00
Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer in 01
MUFE Full Cover concealer in #5
Guerlain Serie Noire Blush G

EYES
Mac Soft Ochre paintpot
Nars Calanque trio -  lighter shade all over the lid
UD 24/7 liner in Flipside
Estee Lauder Double Wear mascara
Mac brow pencil in Fling and brow gel in Mink

LIPS
Nars Schiap lipstick

February 17, 2011

Foundation review #25: Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation

Note: I'm considering not numbering these reviews anymore, I'm afraid the numbers are becoming scary.

My first japanese foundation! How could I wait so long to get one?
Well, Shiseido recently launched this one in the US. It's going to be launched in Europe in the coming weeks and a friend of mine got a few PR samples, and she gave me this one because the color was too light for her.
Speaking of color, the one I got, I00, is a perfect match for me; the range offers 15 different shades.

How the brand describes it:

A light liquid foundation that blends seamlessly to instantly erase conspicuous pores, acne scars and skin roughness for perfectly even, long-lasting coverage. Minimizes shine while optimizing the moisture balance of the skin. Offers an exquisitely smooth, refined finish for 15 beautiful hours. Formulated with Micro-Smoothing Complex, a Shiseido-exclusive ingredient that protects against the enzyme that causes skin roughness. Available in 15 shades for your perfect match. Semi-matte finish, medium coverage.

PROS:
  • The packaging! Even though this contains 30ml/1 fl.oz like most products on the market, this little guy fits in the palm of the hand, it's not much bigger than a bottle of nailpolish and it's actually lighter because it's made of very light black plastic. Also, the bottle has a nose that makes it easy to decide what amount of product we want. Definitely an excellent point for this product.
  • Long-lasting: excepted on my nose area (even though I don't have a cold, but that's where foundation wears off quicker for a lot of people) I can say this was still on most of my face after 15 hours. I'm not saying you won't feel the need to touch up at all during the day but it wears really really well in my opinion.
  • Light to medium coverage: I don't think this will save you from the burden of using concealer, but it does even out the skin tone pretty well, erasing light redness and scars.
  • Semi-matte finish: I'd even say satin, actually, this brings a nice luminosity to the face.It also feels extremely light on the skin.
  • Erasing pores: ok, I'm not really sure about this one but it does NOT enhance pores, that's for sure, and that's nice already.
  • No smell.
CONS:
  • On me this became a bit too shiny on the T-zone for my liking through the day. Nothing dramatic, but since I do use a bit of powder, I didn't think this would happen.
  • Although the product looks liquidy when you poor it out, it's actually a bit dry when you spread it.
  • If you're among those who like putting a nice bottle on your dressing table, this packaging isn't going to satisfy you - definitely not a prettyfying object for your bedroom!
My overall opinion.
Well I am a bit confused about this foundation, because it's very close to being Nars Sheer Glow twin sister - and Nars Sheer Glow has been my Holy Grail foundation for over a year, as you know. The shade I00 I'm wearing is exactly the same as my Nars Gobi, and the result on the face is very very similar.
So what are the differences?
  • Sheer Glow is a fraction easier to spread on the face
  • Sheer Glow is a fraction more glowy without looking greasy (and I insist on using the word "Fraction" because the difference is really that small) and I do think the longevity on me is equivalent to the Shiseido one.
  • Shiseido's packaging is much more practical and light, especially if you travel, and is also unbreakable while the Sheer Glow bottle is a pain to handle
  • At 38USD, the Shiseido product is 4$ cheaper than the Nars one for the same amount.
If you have dryer skin, Sheer Glow will work a bit better for you because of its consistency. If you're after a good product with a no-nonsense packaging, Shiseido will be the best choice.

I do think I still prefer my beloved Sheer Glow for its texture and less dry feeling on my cheeks (who knows if I won't change my mind in the future?), but I already know that when I travel, it's Shiseido that's going to be in my makeup bag!


February 15, 2011

Currently Loving

No this isn't an In&Out post because I just want to think about In's right now.




Cyanistes caeruleus. I'm currently seeing several of these little guys in my garden and that makes me really happy. Means Spring is coming, and I love hearing them sing in the morning.




Messy side buns. Messy hair styles, really - after a couple of years of patience I finally have hair long enough to do that kind of thing. (This isn't a picture of me, by the way, I haven't become blonde overnight.)









Adele's new album. A true jewel. And I love this video, she's just stunningly beautiful.


Oskia Get Up & Glow serum. Love love love the looks it gives to my skin.






Playing with Instagram on my iPhone.


What are your current In's? (Or Out's, if that's what you're feeling)

February 14, 2011

Makeup tips for the dreaded ID pics.



A question that frequently gets asked on makeup forums is "I have ID pics taken today, what makeup should I do?" and yet there's not much information available on the subject.
But this is a very interesting question, because indeed, an ID pic requires a specific makeup to look decent and I'm pretty sure we all had to run around for a few years with an ID pic that we had rather not showed to anyone ever.
I had to renew my ID a couple of weeks ago, which got me thinking it would be interesting to blog about this topic. There are a few makeup tips that will really improve how you look on these pics with their awful white background and bad quality printing.

Define, define, define.
That's the first and most important principle. The fact that the background is pale and that the pic shows only your face, which might be pale as well, makes it very hard to get contrast. (NB: if you are darker skintoned, the contrast between your face and the background will be bigger, but getting some contrast on your face remains a problem.)
To give definition to your face, there are a few things you can do:

  • use mascara, of course, but also intensify your upper lashline by using a bit of eyeliner, this will help make your eyes stand out; don't make it too dramatic, though, or it will outshine your eyes and look too obvious
  • do use blush, even if you don't normally do; not wearing any makes your face look really flat on that kind of picture
  • contour: this is definitely going to make a huge difference. Even if you don't want to contour your face, you can lightly shade your jaw line and under your chin, as that will make your face stand out from your neck on the picture
  • make sure your brows are well defined, even if you just use clear brow gel, as they will frame your face
  • wear lipstick, in a"my lips but better" shade, and definitely avoid nudes that will wash you out

Matte, matte, matte.
Ok let's face it, this second principle is equally as important as the first one! 
Since those pictures are taken with a giant flash directed to your face, you want to do your best to avoid looking shiny.
  • make sure you don't wear SPF as this will reflect the flash light
  • avoid highlighters, cream or powder, as they will just make you look like a disco ball
  • powder your skin, you can do that with a compact powder right before the picture is taken and you will be certain not to look greasy
  • do not, I repeat DO NOT use a white silica powder like MUFE HD as this does reflect the light and appears as white patches on pictures - as quite a few stars experimented in red carpet pictures
  • I recommended wearing lipstick and I do mean no lipgloss, as this will be light reflective as well; a satin or matte lipstick will work better
Make sure your neck area does have some contrast with your face and the background by wearing colored clothes or even just a scarf. Also avoid large pieces of jewelry like chandelier earrings or huge necklaces.

With this in mind you should obtain a photograph that looks good, and won't look dated in a couple of years (since some of these pictures hang around with you for 5 to 10 years).
Oh and don't forget to smile!

February 11, 2011

To moisturize or not to moisturize?

At the beginning of the month, my lovely friend and fellow blogger Monika aka Rocaille started a particular challenge: no moisturizer for the whole month.
Since then I've seen posts on the same topic here and there on the web.

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I stopped using moisturizer for daytime myself over a year ago and never looked back.
I thought it would be nice to share with you this great video from KathySpears, who explains why moisturizer aren't needed for everybody and why stopping using them can drastically improve your skin like it did with mine.



Ndlr: I just notice now that I used the same title for this post as the vid's one, that wasn't intentional :)

Anyone currently not using moisturizer? I'd love to hear about your experience!

February 10, 2011

Review: Becca Line and Illuminate pencil.

This is the last product from my Becca Smokey Eye set. (Well that's a lie, there's a pencil sharpener in the kit as well, but I won't be reviewing that).
The Line and illuminate pencils are dual-ended pencils. The one I got is Belize, which the brands describes as a smokey mauve grey to illuminate and a sooty black violet to line.
You'll see swatches and product in action over at ModestyBrown.

I must be honest, I dont' get the "Illuminate" name, as the color is quite medium. This isn't something I'd use in my inner corner or on the brow bone, hence it doesn't match my idea of an illuminating product. But it's nevertheless a very pretty color that I wore as a liner on my upper lid, on top of the Pewter Eye Tint.
I was very impressed by the fact that this liner is very easy to smudge if you want to do that, but also stays put on very well as a liner.That means you could use it smudged over the lid as an eyeshadow base.

The Line part is dryer and much more intense in terms of color. It compliments the other color very well. I didn't have any problem with it.

This pencil is available as a single item in the permanent line, and there are 6 different color duos to chose from. You will get 3.9g/0.14 oz of product for $23 - £17.
Very nice product, quite foolproof and easy to use, and very pretty colors. Something to bring along with you on week-end for quick and easy dramatic looks!

February 8, 2011

Review: Becca Eye Tint - Pewter

This is the next product I got with my Becca Smokey Eyes set. I had never tried the Eye Tints before so I was really curious about these. I was thinking that if they were as nice as the Beach Tints, I'd like them a lot.

Well, I haven't been disappointed!
The color I got is Pewter, which is described as a rich charcoal black. You can see swatches on the Cosmetic-Candy blog, and since there's no chance I take pics half that good, I'll let you check thos ones.
However, on me, I find that if I apply a thin layer, it looks a bit brownish and not that grey - which is nice.

The product has a gliding cream consistency that quickly turns into powder. I found it easy to apply with fingers, in a patting motion, but I did find it was setting really fast and so you need to work quickly. But if you do work fast enough, you can either sheer it or build layers for a more dense color, which is really nice.
According to Becca, you can mix pigments in this or use it as a base under powder eyeshadow.

As always, I used a base underneath, and I didn't have any creasing issue even though my days are always quite long. Becca claims this is water resistant, crease-resistant and long lasting and I see no reason not to believe that.

This product is part of the permanent range and can be purchased as a single item. The small tube contains 7ml/0.24 fl.oz and retails for $24 - £20 (usual exchange rate issue here, hum).
It's versatile, pretty, easy to use - definitely a good product if you are not turned off by the price tag, which is higher than for Becca's powder eyeshadows.

February 7, 2011

Review: Becca The Ultimate Mascara



While Zuneta was having sales, I decided to grab the Smokey Eye kit Becca had launched for the Holidays. I had been tempted by it but I didn't really need any of the products it contained so I had passed. But well, on sales I found the price more affordable and decided it would be an opportunity to try more Becca products, which I had been looking forward to doing.


First product in the kit is the Ultimate Mascara. What I didn't know when ordering, is that this is a tubing mascara.
Here's some explanation, as well as the claims Becca makes for this product:



This advanced, water-resistant, micro-tubing mascara formula lengthens and thickens the lashes while a conical shaped brush curls, lifts and separates in one easy coat. Contains anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals to strengthen lashes and reduce lash loss.
Forms binding "tubes" around the lashes, enabling fast drying, long lasting wear and ease of removal
Mascara "tubes" slide off of lashes upon removal with water and light pressure from your fingertips, a washcloth, or shower pressure; no need for makeup remover or rubbing under-eye area to remove mascara residue
Will not run, smudge, flake, clump, melt or drip
Adds volume and lengthens with a superior curling and lifting effect
Water resistant formula repels water, sweat and tears
Imparts shiny, natural looking lashes
Conical shaped brush coats evenly for a natural effect
High transparency pigments create shinier, more natural-looking lashes

PROS:

  • the tubing system doesn't affect the way you apply mascara, I didn't notice anything since I was unaware of this element until I read the description, after I had used it already
  • not difficult to remove (I used my usual LRP Micellar jelly) which is reported to be a problem with some tubing mascaras
  • as claimed, the look is very natural
  • I didn't have any issue with this flaking or smudging, but then I rarely do
CONS:
  • I find that when I apply this, it separates my lashes extremely well, and it's suddenly as if I had a million lashes. But that's it. It doesn't leghten a lot and it most certainly does not volumize them.
  • the black isn't that black
  • if I want my lashes to look good, I need to tightline to give my lashline some intensity before applying this mascara, and anyway I never get a very intense look; I don't really understand the choice of this particular mascara for a dark smokey eye kit, as lashes would need a lot of intensity with this kind of look.
MY OVERALL OPINION

If you are looking for a very natural mascara that will separate your lashes and coat them 
nicely without clumping, this is a good one for you. However, the $24 price mark is quite high for something so natural.

If, like me, you're used to very dark, long and thick lashes, this will not suit you as it's certainly not intense or dramatic. It's a nice mascara but for me, it's certainly not worth its price and it doesn't do what I expect.

Have you tried this mascara? What was your experience with it?

February 5, 2011

FOTD: Quick, easy and glowy.

I was feeling lazy this morning, I have tons of errands to run today and I wanted something quick and natural but with a "lit from within vibe". (Excuse the workout attire)





FACE:
Oskia Get Up and Glow serum (love this name!)
Estee Lauder Daywear concealer #1 under the eyes (review coming soon)
MUFE full cover concealer #5 around the nose and on a couple blemishes
Mac MSFN Light-Medium dusted on T-zone
Mac Stereo Rose MSF as a blush

EYES:
Mac brow pencil in Fling
Mac Dirty Greasepaint blended on the outer corners to give depth
Biguine Kajal in navy blue to tightline
Becca The Ultimate Mascara in black (review coming soon)




I just love how Stereo Rose looks!

What kind of face are you wearing this week-end?

February 3, 2011

Guerlain Serie Noire Blush G: comparison pictures




It looks like the Serie Noire Blush G is already sold out in a lot of US locations, which is, I think, unusual for this kind of brand and product. So even though I already reviewed this blush here, but I thought it would be worth doing a comparison with other blushes I own.


The top part, which looks like a bright shimmery orange in the pan, doesn't really find a cousin in my collection but you need to keep in mind that this isn't how this blush looks like when you mix all the colors, and the mix is easier to dupe than I thought.


swatches on bare skin, natural light - NC15
Illamasqua Promise, which is a cream formulation, does look similar to the second stripe from top, the bright pink one; that's why I included it in the lot. However, when swatched, it's much bluer and cooler than all the other colors and I don't think it will make a good dupe.


Nars Orgasm looks a bit more peach than Blush G and I think that Nars Deep Throat actually looks closer in terms of hue, although not completely identical.


What I found is that if you layer a tiny bit of Nars Orgasm on top of Nars Deep Throat, this will deliver a  result that is pretty similar to the Blush G. See for yourself:


swatches on bare skin, natural light - NC15
There's a tad bit more peach on the Blush G but I bet using more Orgasm and less Deep Throat (I used equal amount of each) could lead to a similar result.


My conclusion: yes, Blush G is pretty and quite unique in its stripe form, but if you can't find it or don't want to afford it, there is a way to dupe it.

February 1, 2011

January Favorites

This past month was a lazy one. I was getting up late more than not and so I didn't have much time to come up with sophisticated or creative looks. Quite often, I did a very simple and neutral eye and used blush and lipstick to bring some color to my face, but I have been changing these a lot, so finding favorites was hard. But well, a few things did stand out.




The BodyShop Vitamin E Face Mist.
This, I love. I am reaching the end of the bottle (don't worry, I have a back up). I spray this on top of my makeup, not that I'm sure it makes it last particularly longer, but the spray helps getting rid of any powdery aspect and gives a beautiful luminous finish to the face.
I also spray this on my Mac 266 angled liner brush that I use for my brows, before dipping the brush in my Illamasqua brow powder. I find it makes the brow powder more intense and really long-lasting.




Mac Stereo Rose MSF.
I am really really late on that bandwagon. I didn't get it when Mac relaunched it last Spring, and kind of regretted it. A friend of mine owned it but didn't like it on her, so she gave it to me and I'm really grateful she did because I absolutely love this powder! It's actually pigmented enough for me to wear it as a blush, and it's less of a glitter bomb than some other MSF's are, so it gives me that perfect "lit from within" look.




Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara.
It's not extraordinary but it's good, and lengthening. What I love about it is that it's really really black and the brush allows you to catch the roots of the lashes very well, so that gives an intense aspect to the lashline. Too bad it's not more volumizing.




Givenchy Les Frangipaniers in Island Tan (LE)
When it's snowing and the light is very blue, I find it easy to play up the paleness and use very cool-toned colors. But January has mostly been grey and rainy and I was tired of looking sick so I went back to bronzer and this is the one I like the most for this time of the year since it's subtle and illuminizing.





Clarins Everlasting foundation (103 Ivory)
I was really missing this foundation so I got it in my Winter shade (last Summer I was wearing 107 Beige) and I'm glad we're reunited. This is a no-brainer for me when I have little time to get ready (as it's quite high coverage and can double up as concealer) and a long day ahead of me (since it's extremely long lasting).




Mac Face&Body Foundation (C1)
The opposite of Clarins Everlasting: this one is very light and runny, and gives a natural and dewy finish.  Since my skin was pretty good most of the month, I could get along with this and a tiny bit of concealer.




OPI Ski Teal We Drop 
There are a lot of nailpolishes I like from this Winter collections but this one I always get back to. Just love the blue color and the very glossy finish.
EcoTools Concealer brush.
I am not using it for concealer at all, rather as a large eyeshadow brush for applying and blending. My go-to look this month often was a wash of Mac Brule and a bit of Mac Satin Taupe in the crease to give depth and this brush is great to apply the shadows quickly and blend them at the same time.




What were your favorites for this month?