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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Makeup tutorial :: Gold and purple eyes





1. First of all I fill in my eyebrows with a pencil (11) and fix them with a brow gel (12). Then I apply a deep gold cream eyeshadow (4) with a flat synthetic brush (17) to the whole eyelid and gently blend the edges.



2. In the outer part of my eye I apply a deep purple eyeshadow (2) using a rounded brush and blend it outwards and towards the center of my eyelid.  



3. I apply the same shade with an angled brush (16) to my lower lashline leaving out the inner corner. I make the line thicker in the outer part of my eye and extend it upwards.




4. Using a rouned brush (14) I apply a brighter purple (5) in the outer part of my eyelid and blend it towards the center; this time I put a thicker layer of colour. Then I gently blend the edges with a bigger fluffy brush (13). I do it from side to side because eyeshadow blended upwards doesn't look flattering on my eyes. 



5. With a small synthetic brush (15) I push a gold pigment (9) to the center of my eyelid.


6. I apply a black waterproof eyepencil (8) to the waterline. I draw a black line along the upper lashline with a soft eyeliner pencil (10). It doesn't have to be tidy because I smudge it with  a brush. Then I apply a light eyeshadow (1) in my inner corners as a highlight.





7. Once again I apply a gold pigment and then blend it with a soft brush (13).



8. I apply a purple waterproof eyeliner pencil (7) to my waterline, and then with a brush I already used to apply purple eyeshadows (14) I gently smudge and blend the eyeshadow and pencil along the lower lashline. 



9. Finally I curl my lashes and apply black mascara (6), apply a tiny bit of a highlighting powder (3) in the inner corner and to the brow bone. And that's it! Of course you can add some false lashes or glitter or whatever you want to make it more dramatic. 




Products used:


1/ Sleek Makeup, Bad Girl, Gullible
2/ Sleek Makeup, Bad Girl, Twilight
3/ theBalm, Mary-Lou Manizer
4/ Catrice, Made to Stay Longlasting Eyeshadow, 060 Jennifer's Goldrush
6/ Bourjois, Volume Fast & Perfect Rotating Mascara
7/ Make Up For Ever, Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil, 11 L
8/ Make Up For Ever, Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil, 0 L
9/ Inglot, AMC Body Pigment, 17
10/ Bourjois, Effet Smoky, Ultra Black
11/ Catrice, Eye Brow Stylist, 020 Date With Ash-ton
12/ Miss Sporty, Clear Mascara



13/ Inglot, 6SS
14/ Essence, Smokey Eyes Brush
15/ Elite Professional, Contour Brush
16/ Inglot, 17TL
17/ Sephora, Concealer 46




Thursday, December 29, 2011

Makeup :: Bourjois, Flower Perfection Youth Extension Foundation

Flower Perfection by Bourjois is one of my favourite makeup items this year. I was intrugued by it mainly because of the cute glass bottle and shade range. I'm glad I bought it even though it was a bit pricey.

I really like the glass bottle with a pump. The idea of attaching a sponge to this foundation makes sense because this way Bourjois suggests the best method of application. Unfortunately that tiny sponge that comes in the bottle is completely useless - way too small, difficult to use.




The foundation is scented, quite thick. I was surprised how high the coverage is, almost as in Revlon  ColorStay. It gives a beautiful, almost airbrushed finish if applied with a sponge. You may also apply it with your fingers. I don't recommend using a foundation brush because it may go on streaky.

Flower Perfection is a foundation formulated for normal to combination skin and I don't recommend using it if your skin is dry. Flower Perfection gives a matte finish but not flat finish. Skin looks healthy and glowy but remember to exfoliate because it may accentuate every dry patch you might not be aware of. It blends perfectly and doesn't turn orange. On my combo skin it lasts all day although after about six hours I need to use blotting powder on my T-zone.

My shade is the lightest 51 Light Vanilla - just perfect. I like that is has SPF 15 in it. I wish it was a bit cheaper because for a drugstore foundation it's kind of pricey.



Ingredients: DIMETHICONE, AQUA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, DIMETHICONE/ VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, ALCOHOL DENAT., ALUMINA, DIMETHIXCONE CROSSPOLYMER, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE,  SODIUM CHLORIDE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, BIS-PEG/ PPG-14/ 14 DIMETHICONE, CHLORPHENESIN, PARFUM, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLSILANE, SILICA, ISOMALT, HEXYL CINNAMAL, LINALOOL, BHT, LIMONENE, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, LECITIHIN, RHODODENDRON FERRUGINEUM LEAF CELL CULTURE EXTRACT, SODIUM BENZOATE, LACTIC ACID, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, [+/- CI 77007, CI 77019, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 774999] 10BMT004-1


Friday, November 4, 2011

Makeup :: Essence, Stay All Day Long Lasting Eyeshadows (review)


Essence Stay All Day  Long Lasting Eyeshadows are among my favourite products since they're launch in spring. They definitely deserve a proper review.


Pretty plastic jars. I admit that Catrice Made to Stay glass jars look better, more luxurious but the material makes them heavier and easy to break. Jars close tightly so there's no danger of the shadow drying out. Colour on the lid matches the colour of the shadow making shadows easy to find in a makeup bag.



Essence cream shadows are highly opaque. Consistency is very similar to MUFE's Aqua Creams but unlike them Essence shadows dry slower so you have enough time to blend them. You can aplly them with your finger for a softer effect or with a brush, preferably synthetic, for more intensity.

They do stay all day! No creasing, no moving nor fading. Essence doesn't declare these shadows to be waterproof but they are definitely waterresistant. Rain or tears won't make them move at all. Your regular makeup remover would be enough to remove Essence shadows, you don't need anything special.

I use them on their own when I don't have time for a more sophisticated look - shadow, khol pencil, mascara and I'm done. I use them also as an eyeshadow base and then layer powder eyeshadows.

Shadows are available in six metallic shades. I wish there were some more shades!





  • 01 Coppy Right - warm coppery shade,
  • 02 Glammy Goes to... - light goldy beige, almost the same as Catrice, Made to Stay, Longlasting Eyeshadow, # 040 Lord of the Blings,
  • 03 Steel the Show - steel with purple undertones, very similar to MUFE Aqua Cream in 2,
  • 04 Stars & Stories - light silvery shade,
  • 05 Camp Rock - cool shade in between silver and green,
  • 06 Rock Chick - dark graphite with a bit of purple and green undertones.

Ingredients



Thursday, November 3, 2011

Makeup :: New Rimmel ScandalEyes Mascara


I was intrigued by this mascara and I got it right away when it reached drugstores. Honestly, it's a good mascara with a crappy brush.




The packaging is so bright, you just can't walk by it, it's so orange and so bulky. The brush is humongous, just look at the picture below. Does it make mascara application more efficient? Unfortunately no. It doesn't separate my lashes, doesn't make them more voluminous or anything. The fact that it's so huge makes it also difficult to manoeuvre and you can easily stain all eye area. The only way to get really nice lashes (but still natural looking) with this mascara is to use another brush because mascara itself is quite decent. It's kind of thick and wet which makes it easy to apply evenly. It doesn't make eyelashes stiff or crispy which I hate. It also doesn't flake and last all day.


1 - Catrice, Lashes to Kill Ultra Black Volume Mascara
2 - Rimmel, Volume Flash ScandalEyes Mascara
3 - Max Factor, False Lash Effect


1 - Catrice, Lashes to Kill Ultra Black Volume Mascara
2 - Rimmel, Volume Flash ScandalEyes Mascara



Monday, October 17, 2011

Makeup :: The Body Shop, 4-Step Smoky Eyes, 02 Golden Brown


New 4-Step Smoky Eyes palettes by The Body Shop have been launched this month. There are to versions: 01 Silver Black and 02 Golden Brown. I bought the second one as it might be used for daily makeup. 

Palette is packed in a cardboard box, the brush and mini kohl pencil are visible through cut (I recommend to wash the brush before using.) There are step by step instructions on the back of the packaging, unfortunetly picture only. I think a flyer or a sticker on the actual palette would be much more useful, because once you throw away the carton packaging you're throwing away instructions as well.

The palette itself is very elegant and luxurious-looking. Glossy black with golden elements looks really expensive. The packaging is easy to open, there's a nice mirror inside and a place for the brush and kohl pencil. The palette dimensions are identical to the 'Brush With Fashion' ones, but shadows are a bit smaller (2 g instead of 2,2 g).






In Golden Brown palette there are two pearl shades (champagne and brown), one matt (dark brown) and one cream (golden highlighter). The shadows are excellent - velvety, well-pigmented, longlasting, blendable and with no fall-out, which is a nice change after a few weeks of using mostly Sleek eyeshadow palettes.







I was a bit disappointed with the mini kohl pencil (Rich Brown), because for unknown reasons, it is harder and drier than the same shade from Boho Beauty eyeshadow palette from Brush With Fashion LE. It's not suitable for the water line.

Another thing is that's difficult to create smoky eyes look with only one brush, if you want to follow instructions on the package (first you use light shadow, then darker, then the darkest, and in the end cream highlighter). In fact it's difficult even if you have two brushes and I think you'd nead at least four brushes - one to apply the lightest shade, another to apply two darker shades, a blending brush and a synthetic brush to apply the cream highlighter. However, using this palette you can create some "one brush" looks, not necessarily smokey eyes. Either way it's good quality brush.

There are two palettes available: 01 Silver Black and 02 Golden Brown.



Źródło | Source: thebodyshop.com




Thursday, October 13, 2011

Makeup :: Cream eyeshadows - browns (MUFE, Catrice, Essence, MAC) | Swatches of brown cream eyeshadows

Some time ago I showed swatches of golden and beige cream eyeshadows, today part two: browns.





  1. Catrice, Made to Stay, # 050 Metall of Honour - warm dark brown with golden shimmer. Highly pigmented and longlasting. 
  2. Make Up For Ever, Aqua Cream, # 15 - shiny, maroon brown. Longlasting and waterproof.
  3. Essence, Stay All Day Cream Long Lasting Eyeshadow, 01 Coppy Right - light coppery brown. Longlasting.
  4. Essence, Ballerina Backstage LE - Eye Soufflé, 02 Pas Des Copper - light coppery brown, very simmilar though a bit lighter to Essence Coppy Right.
  5. MAC, Paint Pot, Groundwork - matt medium brown, very creamy, longlasting, great as an eyeshadow base. 

    Catrice, Made to Stay, # 050 Metall of Honour

    Make Up For Ever, Aqua Cream, # 15

    Essence, Stay All Day Cream Long Lasting Eyeshadow,
    01 Coppy Right

    Essence, Ballerina Backstage LE - Eye Soufflé,
    02 Pas Des Copper

    MAC, Paint Pot, Groundwork



    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    Skincare :: Sephora, Instant Depuffing Roll-on Gel


    Usually in the morning my eyes are puffy and it gets worse as I'm getting older. So I'm always on a hunt for something that owuld improve the situation. I tried many eye creams and gels, gel masks and other stuff, but honestly nothing proved to be effective. Recently I bought Instant Depuffing Roll-on Gel by Sephora and been using it for couple of weeks. I love it!


    Claims:
    Delivered from a simple-to-use roll-on applicator, this remarkable multi-action gel creates a refreshed look in the eye area, instantly. Its updated formula includes HydroSenn+, a natural ingredient proven to deliver immediate and long-lasting hydration more effectively than hyaluronic acid. Made with light-reflecting pigments, a single application visibly diminishes the appearance of puffiness while an extract of red vine leaf works to diminish the appearance dark circles. The roll-on applicator tip with three agitator beads stimulates drainage and microcirculation to leave eyes looking fresher and brighter. 


    Ingredients:
    AQUA (WATER), BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PROPANEDIOL, GLYCERIN, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, CYATHEA CUMINGII LEAF EXTRACT, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) FRUIT EXTRACT, PHENOXYETHANOL, SILICA, TETRASODIUM EDTA, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, LEVULINIC ACID, CINNAMIC ACID, XANTHAN GUM, CASSIA ANGUSTIFOLIA SEED POLYSACCHARIDE, CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), SODIUM LEVULINATE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE.


    It's in a soft elastic tube and I love this packaging. When you squeeze it you get exactly the amount you wanted. Those inflexible containters as in Garnier, Nivea, Clinique and other roll-ons make you waste the product because when rolling the ball you're also dosing the product and end up with far too much on your skin.




    Instead of one metal ball this gel has three little balls which makes the draining massage more effective and product distribution easier.




    The gel is colourless and transparent. There are no shiny particles even though Sephora claims there are some light reflecting particles. There's no scent to it. It doesn't contain parabens. It gives good moisture and really helps to get rid of morning puffiness. It's also great during the day when you need extra moisture around your eyes. You can aplly it on makeup and it won't ruin it provided you pat it gently on your skin with a fingertip rather than rolling it with the applicator.

    I also recommend keeping the gel in the refrigerator, because it works even better when chilled.


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