Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

The holiday season is one of the most exciting times of the year.  However, the stress of organizing a dinner party can also be overwhelming and exhausting.  Fortunately, my sister is the brave soul that bares the responsibility of cooking Thanksgiving dinner (out of all the foods I can cook, why does baking a turkey elude me?).  For this Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition, I have put together two quick and easy looks, using long-wearing products that can be worn without any need for touch-ups.  I hope you enjoy!

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold and Givenchy 9 Brun Cachmeire.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition. Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold mixed with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachmeire.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold mixed with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition Eye Makeup:

  1. Prime eyes with Nars Eyeshadow Primer.
  2. Fill and shape the brows (Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 2 Wenge Wood).
  3. Using the back of your hand, combine equal parts (amount will vary) of Giorgio Armnai Eye and Brow 9 Gold with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire (reviewed here) and apply the mixture to the mobile lid using a synthetic brush.
  4. Use a warm brown shade in the crease (MUFE M-600) to blend out the edges of the lid color.
  5. Apply a lighter gold shade to the inner corners of the eye (MUFE ME-512).
  6. Line the lower lash line with Givenchy Brun Cachemire and then lightly pat Giorgio Armani 9 Gold directly over.
  7. Line the inner waterline, with a flesh tone pencil (Merle Norman Inner Liner), extending the color out and under the winged liner, to lighten the look and make eyes appear larger.
  8. Tightline the upper waterline with any gel liner of your choosing (Inglot AMC #90).
  9. Add your favorite mascara (Clinique High Impact Mascara) and black liner (Milani Liquid Liner) and your look is complete.
  10. This step is opitional:  I like to add a bit more of 9 Gold over the lid for a little extra pizzazz. 

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition Look 2:

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition. Slightly different look using blue tones on top of the brown/golden combo.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Slightly different look using blue tones in addition to the brown/golden combo.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Slightly different look using blue tones in addition to the brown/golden combo.

For the above photos, the same steps were used as the previous look with the obvious difference being the addition of Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo 2 Armani Navy (reviewed here) applied to the outer corner and in the crease.  Guerlain Liquid Liner in 02 BLEU OUTREMER (review coming soon) was also used in place of a black liner.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition Face Makeup:

  1. Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation in 3 Beige Naturel and 4 Beige Moyan (reviewed here).
  2. Diorskin Star Concealer in 003 Sable/Sand (reviewed here).
  3. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer.
  4. Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush (reviewed here).
  5. Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer in 14 (review coming soon).

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition Lip Combo:

  1. Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. Chanel 20 Audace Rouge Allure Gloss (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Slightly different look using blue tones in addition to the brown/golden combo.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you these two looks lasted perfectly all day, with the exception of the lip color.  What look are you planning to wear for the upcoming holidays?

Since Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, a special thanks to my hubby who always supports my insanity; to my children who always accompany me (reluctantly, but sweet about it) to the cosmetics counters; and last, but certainly not least, to all of my wonderful readers who always provide inspiration and joy.  Happy Thanksgiving…warm wishes and big hugs from my home to yours.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint is a Wondrous Product.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

I am not one of those individuals that enjoys reapplying lip color all day long.  My routine is very basic, apply my lipstick in the morning, remove my lip color to eat lunch (2:30 pm), and reapply after lunch for the duration of the day.  My dependence on a quality lip liner (to prevent feathering and prolong wear) is essential for my lip color to abide by my schedule.  Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint ($23 USD/7.5 ml) has proven to be the ultimate work horse, by taking on the role of matte lipstick, lipstick base and lipliner all in one.  Who wouldn’t want that? 🙂

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint applicator head.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint applicator head.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

The Pros of Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint:

  1. Gorgeous neutral rose/beige color.
  2. Water-like consistency glides on lips easily and smoothly.
  3. Precision head is pointed for accurate placement of color.
  4. Can be applied lightly or layered for a deeper tone.
  5. Makes an outstanding stand alone matte lip color or base for any lipstick.
  6. Matte finish does not flake or dry out the lips.
  7. Wears comfortably alone for up to 5 hours.
  8. Prolongs the wear of any lip color when used as a base.
  9. Fuses perfectly with many formulation of lipsticks so color does not feather into fine lines.
  10. Can be paired with a variety of lip colors from pale to the darkest deepest reds.
  11. Unlike most long-lasting liquid lipsticks on the market (Revlon Colorstay and Limecrime Velvetines looking at you), Allure is easily removable without the need for a makeup remover.
  12. Amazing amount offered compared to lip liners.
  13. Formulated without parabens.
  14. Made in the USA.

The Cons of Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint:

  1. Texture can feel heavy if too many layers are applied; my limit is three light layers.
  2. 1-2 layers are sufficient when used as a base for lipsticks, otherwise the texture becomes uncomfortably heavy.
  3. Very limited retail locations.
  4. Does break down in the presence of greasy foods.
  5. Website does not list ingredients for any of the products.
  6. Formulated with mineral oil.
Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

When used on its own, Allure settles into a delicate pinky/rose hue.  This color would pair beautifully with a smokey eye, as well as, a minimal makeup look.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a lipliner/base with Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a lipliner/base with Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a lipliner/base with Lipstick Queen Black Tie Velvet Rope Lipstick.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a lipliner/base with Lipstick Queen Black Tie Velvet Rope Lipstick.

Allure has an amazing chameleon-like quality; this shade pairs seamlessly with all lip colors.  Personally, I adore the finish and feel when paired with Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks (reviewed here); the results yield a truly velvety appearance that lasts for hours.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a lipliner/base with Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick and estee Lauder 150 Decadent Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a lipliner/base with Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick and Estee Lauder 150 Decadent Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a lipliner/base with  Estee Lauder 150 Decadent Pure Color Envy Lipstick and lightly topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 975 Minuit.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a lipliner/base with Estee Lauder 150 Decadent Pure Color Envy Lipstick and lightly topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 975 Minuit.

Up until now, It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain (reviewed here) was my go-to lipstick base/lipliner.  The formula of those lipliners was magically, they prolonged the color of any lipstick without drying out the lips.  After the purchase of two Spicy Nudes over the course of 2 months, I quickly realized I needed to find another alternative.  Allure fits the bill perfectly; since the introduction to these Matte Lip Paints, I have not had a need for any lipliners 🙂

Girlactik Beauty Allure Matte Lip Paint ingredient list.

Girlactik Beauty Allure Matte Lip Paint ingredient list.

WonderWoman with her Lasso of Truth loves Allure as well.

WonderWoman with her Lasso of Truth loves Allure as well.

**Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint can be found at girlactik.com and newly remodeled Rite Aid locations.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint will always be in my makeup arsenal.  Bottom line, another tube will be ordered ASAP, so I can keep one in my handbag and house another tube at my makeup station.  This may very well be my HG lipstick base…it is that good.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Girlactik Beauty Rouge Le Creme Lipstick and Iconic Matte Lip Paint review.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Le Creme Lipstick and Iconic Matte Lip Paint.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Le Creme Lipstick and Iconic Matte Lip Paint.

I have an obsession with long wearing lip products.  The less effort involved in maintaining a (red) lipstick the better.  So when Girlactik Beauty’s founder, Galit Strugano, gifted me her Rouge Le Creme Lipstick ($22 USD/3g) and Iconic Matte Lip Paint ($23 USD/ 7.5 ml), my curiosity was piqued.  Would these beauties meet my expectations and perform as well as some higher-end products?  You’ll see 🙂

Girlactik Rouge Le Creme Lipstick.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Le Creme Lipstick.

Girlactik Beauty  Rouge Le Creme Lipstick.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Le Creme Lipstick.

Girlactik Rouge Le Creme Lipstick is a lovely vibrant creamy red.  The silky smooth formula glides onto the lips without any dragging or tugging.  The hydrating feel of this lipstick lasts until the color wears off.  Due to the emollient nature of the formula, wear time is average, lasting 3½ hours with slight feathering around the upper lip line.  When paired with It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in Perfect Red (reviewed here), the longevity extended to 5 hours, without any feathering.  Rouge Le Creme is very comparable in finish to MAC Creamsheen lipsticks, but more balm-like with a remarkable lightweight texture.

Girlactik Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint.

Girlactik Beauty Iconic Matte Lip Paint.

Girlactik Beauty Iconic Matte Lip Paint is the star of the show; this formula is right up my alley.  The applicator head is slightly elongated and the fibers on the head are compact and designed to give more control for precise application.  The lightweight water-like consistency glides on the lips easily, which gives the formula a versatility like no other.  Iconic can be applied lightly for a delicate stain or full-on for truly attention-getting results.

I am able to wear this formula alone without any feathering for a solid 5 hours.  The application is effortless and the buildable coverage does not yield caky or uncomfortable results.  As with all long wearing lip products, greasy foods are their Kryptonite; however, adding an additional layer does not result in irregular patches or dry flakey skin.  Should you feel the need to remove an existing layer to start fresh, Matte Lip Paints remove easily without the need for a makeup remover.  These matte lip paints also make fantastic bases for any brand of lipstick–lipliners become obsolete.  However, do keep in mind when layering with lipsticks other than Girlactik Le Cremes, the texture becomes more dense.

Girlactik Beauty Iconic Matte Lip Paint and Rouge Le Creme Lipstick.

Girlactik Beauty Iconic Matte Lip Paint and Rouge Le Creme Lipstick.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint 3 coats.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint 3 coats.

Girlactik Beauty Iconic Matte Lip Paint topped with Rouge Le Creme Lipstick.

Girlactik Beauty Iconic Matte Lip Paint topped with Rouge Le Creme Lipstick.

For the above photos Girlactik Iconic Matte Lip Paint was applied using three layers.  On me, Iconic turned out to be a bright red with slight orangey undertones; completely different from what I was expecting. Nevertheless, the color paired perfectly with Rouge Le Creme and the combination lasted for 6 hours.  It is my impression, these two products were meant to be layered for the ultimate long wearing soft sheen lip color.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint with Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint with Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Personally, orange based reds are not my first choice, but Iconic did make an excellent base when applied lightly under my Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose Lipstick (reviewed here).  This combo lasted for 6 hours, but did not feel as lightweight as when layered with Rouge Le Creme.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint with Dior Addict Vintage.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint with Dior Addict Vintage.

Iconic also played very nicely, for a short while, with Dior Addict in Vintage.  This combo lasted for 3 hours; apparently Vintage had some sort of emollient ingredient that broke down Iconic’s wear.

Girlactik Beauty  Rouge Le Creme Lipstick ingredient list.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Le Creme Lipstick ingredient list.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint ingredient list.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Iconic Matte Lip Paint ingredient list.

Girlactik Beauty Rouge Le Creme and Iconic Matte Lip Paints can be found at girlactik.com and certain remodeled Rite Aid locations.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Girlactik Beauty Rouge Le Creme Lipstick and Iconic Matte Lip Paint are wonderful products.  If you are someone who requires moisturizing lightweight lipsticks with a beautiful natural sheen, then Le Creme Lipsticks are for you.  As you can tell, my preference lies with the Matte Lip Paints.  So smitten was I with this formula, I order Allure Matte Lip Paint (will be reviewed next week, love it) the same day I received Iconic.  In the two weeks I have used Girlactik Matte Lip Paints, I have not had a need to use lipliners; quite an amazing feat for someone like me with serious lipstick feathering issues.  Bottom line–worth the money, which do you prefer?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned.  *The products for this post were provided by PR for consideration. *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.