Things I Have Been Loving: Volume 3.

Things I Have Been Loving:

Things I Have Been Loving.

I don’t know about anyone else, but the ridiculously cold weather has transformed my outdoorsy nature, and reduced it to hermit status.  I have absolutely no desire to brave the cold temperatures; unnecessary stops (aka: department store detours) have been temporarily ceased.  As a result, instead of impulsively buying more makeup, I have decided to “shop my stash” and pair some of my newest acquisitions with some old reliable(s).  I hope you enjoy this edition of Things I Have Been Loving.

Things I Have Been Loving: Kjaer Weis Magnetic

Things I Have Been Loving:
Kjaer Weis Magnetic topped with Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 9 Gold.

 Kjaer Weis Divine Eyeshadow

Things I Have Been Loving:
Kjaer Weis Divine Eyeshadow topped with Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 9 Gold.

  • Kjaer Weis Magnetic and Divine Eyeshadows have become a bit of an obsession.  Rather than ignoring my other silicone lovelies, I decided pairing them would be the most logical solution.
  • Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 9 Gold applies beautifully on top of Magnetic and Divine eyeshadows, giving the normally conservative duo a bit of pizzaz.
  • Guerlain 02 Bleu Outremer has also been used faithfully since its purchase.  The deep navy liner adds an elegant touch to all my looks and the hassle-free removal at night makes this gem even more alluring.
  • Billy B #12 Brush works beautifully with KW shadows to apply my outer “v” color with blended precision.
  • Trish McEvoy #29 Tapered Brush has been in my collection for years.  This brush is not the softest around, but the perfectly tapered head is ideal for applying and smoking out just the right amount of color to my lower lash line, using minimal effort.
Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter .

Things I Have Been Loving:
Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter used as an eyeshadow with MAC Uninterrupted on the lower lash line.

  • Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter has been used as a cheek highlighter, an inner corner highlighter and an illuminating stand alone eyeshadow. The 95% organic ingredients and fantastic wear has morphed me into a KW groupie 🙂
  • MAC Uninterrupted has been in my collection for three years.  This warm sepia color looks amazing when worn on the lower lash line, as a stand alone color on the mobile lid, and in the crease.  Frankly, this is one eyeshadow that can do it all and look amazing against any eye color.
  • Waxelene is a wonderful all natural/organic petroleum jelly alternative.  This wonderful product was brought to my attention by, Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog (here).  Her honest and detail reviews are always filled with the most helpful tips.  For instance, did you know you can use Waxelene to help press pigments?  No?  Well, Olivia has shown us the light (here).  Personally, this jar was purchased with the intent to relieve dry skin on my legs.  Not only does it work beautifully on the entire body, but I have also used this emollient wonder as a facial moisturizer (in moderation). This product is very similar to Egyptian Magic, without the overly hard texture and inflated price.
  • MAC Cosmetics Pro Palette Single is sturdy and reasonably priced.  At $8 USD, this customizable palette houses my powder foundation, eyeshadows and powder highlighter–a steal considering the competitor’s product is almost 3x as much and made from cardboard.
Essie Topless and Barefoot brush

Things I Have Been Loving:
Essie Topless and Barefoot brush switched for a Wet N Wild Megalast brush.

Essie Topless and Barefoot

Essie Topless and Barefoot with WnW top (taken in natural light).

Essie Topless and Barefoot

Essie Topless and Barefoot with WnW top (taken with flash).

  • Essie Topless and Barefoot has been used approximately twice in the past two years.  The thin brush and thick formula never really worked well together to give an even application on my wide nail beds. However, since I decided to change the brush head for a wider more substantial brush, like the one found on Wet n Wild Megalast polishes, application is fast and easy.  This opaque color levels out beautifully by the second coat, giving professional looking results.  Even though Topless and Barefoot chips within two days, I love the clean refined look this shade gives the hands.  Removal is a breeze (as with all light polishes) and a fresh manicure can be achieved in no time–thanks to the thicker brush.
Things I Have Been Loving

Things I Have Been Loving in Action.

Shiseido and Girlactik

Things I Have Been Loving:
Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint topped with Shiseido RD203 Lacquer Rouge.

  • YSL 11 Prune Impertinente Baby Doll Kiss and Blush light mousse-like texture gives the most realistic flush to the cheeks.  Should you require a long-lasting “cream” blush, then look no further than this product.
  • Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint is just as important in my collection as her equally beguiling sister, Allure.  Both colors have freed me from ever having to wear lipliner.  Demure looks amazing on her own and especially paired with RD203.
  • Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD203 is my perfect “nude” lip shade.  This particular tube has been in my collection for three years and it’s still going strong.  When paired with Demure, the results are flattering against my olive complexion.  Both RD203 and RD702 (mid-tone red-brown) bond with Demure and last well over the five-hour mark, all the while, remaining glossy and hydrating on the lips. Why I ever turn my back on these, I will never know.

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

Makeup would tell you some of these products have proven themselves to be rather dependable in my life. When paired with some newbies, the results are even better.  In the meanwhile, I’m off to photograph and test some new Kjaer Weis blushes that were generously gifted to me by my husband.  Will they perform as well as YSL #11?  Stay tuned.  Until next time, be well, stay safe, be happy and warm 🙂

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *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.

Valentines Day Makeup 2015: Sweet and Sexy.

Valentines Day Makeup

Valentines Day Makeup: Sweet and Sexy.

I remember when Valentines Day was filled with romance, dinners, and flowers.  These days, this day of love has shifted to cuddling on the couch and catching up on all of our favorite TV shows (currently Once and Teen Wolf) with as side of popcorn and our babies.  Do I need to look this fancy in the presence of a television set, my teenage boy, my ten-year old and my hubby who perpetually passes out within the first 10 minutes of the show?  In the immortal words of Sarah Palin, “You Betcha.”

***As usual, Nars Eyeshadow Primer was used prior to eyeshadow application and Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in 2 Wedge Wood was used to sculpt the brows.  

Valentines Day Makeup.

Valentines Day Makeup.

Valentines Day Makeup

Valentines Day Makeup:
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows Me-512 and I-524 applied with my ring finger.

Valentines Day Makeup

Valentines Day Makeup:
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows Me-512 and I-524 applied on the lid.

  • Start by selecting a delicate pinky/champagne color (a combination of MUFE Artist Shadows ME-512 and I-524) and apply the shade all over the mobile lid area.
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Valentine Day Makeup:
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M-600 applied to the crease and M-510 applied under the brow bone.

  • Using a fluffy brush (Chikuhodo Z-5), apply a warm brown color (MUFE M-600) to the crease area, followed by a flesh-colored shadow (MUFE M-510) under the brow bone.
Giorgio Armani 4 Wood

Adding Giorgio Armani 4 Wood to deepen the crease area.

Valentine's Day Makeup: Blend out any harsh edges.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Blend out any harsh edges.

  • Using a tapered brush (Trish McEvoy 29 Brush) blend out any harsh lines from GA 4 Wood.
MAC Uninterrupted

Valentines Day Makeup:
MAC Uninterrupted applied to the outer “v” and slightly into the crease.

  • Using the same tapered blending brush, apply MAC Uninterrupted to the outer “v” area and slightly into the crease.  It may seem like a lot of colors added to the crease, but this look is all about using different colors in light layers to add depth and dimension.

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  • Add your favorite liquid eyeliner (Guerlain Liquid Liner 2 Bleu Outremer) and draw a dramatic wing to elongate the eye.  Use a pointed Q-Tip, dipped in lotion, to sharpen and lift the edge of your wing–what a difference the liner makes; my eyes instantly appear larger and more youthful.
Inglot AMC Gel Liner #90

Valentines Day Makeup:
Inglot AMC Gel Liner #90 applied to the upper waterline.

MAC Uninterrupted

Valentines Day Makeup:
Apply MAC Uninterrupted heavily to the lower lash line.

  • Adding MAC Uninterrupted heavily to the lower lash line gives the eyes a smoldering, sexy appearance.
MAC Uninterrupted.

Valentines Day Makeup:
Giorgio Armani 9 Gold Eye and Brow Maestro added on top of MAC Uninterrupted.

  • This step is totally optionally, but I think the addition of a golden topper shade (Giorgio Armani 9 Gold Eye and Brow Maestro) on top of MAC Uninterrupted, gives the eyes a glistening quality–plus it just looks so darn pretty 🙂
Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse .

Valentines Day Makeup:
Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse added to the inner corner.

  • Using an angled dual fiber eyeshadow brush (Billy B #12), add your favorite highlight color (Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse) to the inner corner of the eye to really make eyes appear bright and awake.
Clinique High-Impact Mascara.

Valentines Day Makeup:
Completed look with Clinique High-Impact Mascara.

  • Add your favorite mascara to complete the look.  If my eyes did not tear-up so badly as a reaction to the cold weather, I would have certainly added a dark brown eyeliner on the lower waterline for a more dramatic effect.

Valentines Day Face Makeup:

  1. Guerlain Powder Foundation
  2. Dior Star Concealer
  3. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer used lightly as a blush and bronzer.
  4. Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse used as a highlighter for the upper cheeks.

Valentines Day Lip Combo:

  1. Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint.
  2. Estee Lauder Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

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  • It goes without saying, add or omit any step you see fit and substitute any of the products shown with things in your own collection.

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

Makeup would tell you the smoldering earthy tones coupled with the naturally wholesome pink hues definitely makes this look appealing for any special night out.  I could have easily worn a red lip, but then the feel would have been more sensual than sweet.  Regardless, of how or when you choose to wear this look, you can be certain heads will turn in your favor 🙂   Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *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.

Best of Beauty 2014.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

This past year has proven to be quite an extraordinary time for cosmetics.  Velvety smooth matte lipsticks, hybrid gloss/stain lip products, rich eyeshadow textures and colors, and amazing cream shadows and liners seem to have dominated the industry.  We can only hope 2015 will bring us even more phenomenal creations.  Without further ado, I present my personal highlights from this past year.  I hope you enjoy!

Best of Beauty 2014 Eyes:

Best of Beauty 2014 Face:

  •  Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter is my facial moisturizer during the winter months.  My overly dry skin soaks up this rich cream like a sponge, leaving a feeling of complete hydration for the entirety of the day.
  • Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation is the belle of the ball.  This powder foundation is smooth, hydrating, convenient, and long-lasting.  I cannot think of the last time a foundation has impressed me as much.
  • Dior Star Concealer is hands down the best concealer I have ever used.  The creamy formula glides on the skin and stays in place beautifully throughout the day.

Best of Beauty 2014 Cheeks:

Best of Beauty 2014 Lips:

  • Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint is technically a liquid lipstick, but I use this mainly in place of a lipliner. The smooth non-drying, long-lasting formula makes lips impervious to feathering.  So smitten was I with this formula, the color Demure (review coming soon) became the newest addition to my makeup family.
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks have been praise to no end on this blog.  I cannot think of another matte lipstick that can even match the texture and silky smooth feel of this line.
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats are wonderful matte lipstick formulations.  These babies adhere to the lips instantly and leave the most potent stain behind.
  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks came with a promise of hydration, longevity and comfortable wear.  The subtle sheen finish was designed to make lips appear more plump.  Judging by the four tubes in my possession, it is safe to say, I’m sold!
  • Dior Addict Fluid Sticks have been such a wonderful investment.  The lightweight texture and cooling sensation instantly awakens any look, especially when worn over a drying lipstick.
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace is the perfect mauve brown shade.  I love to pair this with Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint for the ultimate sophisticated lip look.

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes:

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes: Chikuhodo Z-8, Z-4, Z-5 Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 01, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Billy B #12, Laura Mercier Dual Fiber Eyeshadow, Memebox Eye Brushes.

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes:
Chikuhodo Z-8, Z-4, Z-5 Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 01, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Billy B #12, Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush, Memebox Eye Brushes.

  • Chikuhodo Z-Series brushes are the most exquisite brushes I have ever used.   These brushes are meant to be used with powder products only.  The soft bristles blend the most pigmented powders to professional perfection.
  • Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush is an oldie but a goodie that was resuscitated for use with my Guerlain Powder Foundation.  The soft dense synthetic bristles effectively works powder into the skin, giving flawless results.
  • Wayne Goss Brush 01 is a wonderful brush that works especially well with liquid foundations.  Currently, I use this brush to apply my cream and/or powder highlighter.
  • Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush is used for blush and/or contour  application.  The small dense head is perfect for accurate product placement.
  • Billy B #12 Brush is used everyday for blending out gel liners, powder eyeshadows and for my outer corner color application.  The dual fiber angled design is perfect for hard to reach places.
  • Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush has been in my collection for years.  I recently started to utilize this gem to blend out my concealer for amazing results!
  • Memebox Brushes are meant for travel, but the short handles and brush head designs are perfect for everyday use.  In addition, the affordable price makes this set an even more attractive offering.

Best of Beauty 2014 Nails:

Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Nail Lacquer with flash.

Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Nail Lacquer (with flash).

  • Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Nail Color is my favorite color from 2014.  The cream formula is classic and appropriate for many occasions.  Best of all, the Estee Lauder’s formula removes easily without color bleeding or staining of the nails.
Best of Beauty 2014.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

Best of Beauty 2014 in action:

  • Brows:  Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood.
  • Eyes:  Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 9 Gold, Bobbi Brown Black Scotch, Guerlain 02 Bleu Outremer, MUFE M-600, M-510, Giorgio Armani 5 Vulcano (outer corners) Estee Lauder Crystal Baby (inner corners), Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire and Merle Norman Inner Liner.
  • Face:  Josie Maran Body Butter, Guerlain Powder Foundation, Dior Star Concealer.
  • Cheeks:  Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer, VL Sandalwood Blush, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Gelee.
  • Lips:  Girlactik Allure and Demure Matte Lip Paint.

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

Makeup would tell you this has been a fantastic year for cosmetics.  The innovative formulas and colors seem to have come alive this year.  What have been some of your favorites of 2014?  As always, be well, stay safe and be happy.  May you have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me, with the exception of Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks and Memebox Brush Set (PR samples).  *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *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.

Smokey Eye Tutorial.

Smokey Eye Tutorial using Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano.

Smokey Eye Tutorial using Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano.

Traditional, smokey eye tutorials feature brown, gray, and black eyeshadows.  I have found that the aubergine tone of Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano is the perfect color to make any eye color pop.  The matte formula and velvet finish of this color, make this smokey eye look quite unique and unforgettable.  I hope you enjoy.  (Please excuse the slight lighting variation; the sun was going in and out on this day.)

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used with a dampened Meme Angled Brush.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano used with a dampened Meme Angled Brush.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used with a dampened angled brush as an intense eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano used with a dampened angled brush as an intense eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used with a dampened angled brush as an intense eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano used with a dampened angled brush as an intense eyeliner.

  • Step 1:  Apply an eyeshadow primer (I used Nars).  Dampen any angled brush (I used my Meme Eyeliner Brush) with water (I use Witch Hazel) and dip the brush into the pan using a good amount of pressure.  You want to saturate the brush tip with an adequate amount of color.  Apply the color thickly along the lash line and create a wing at the ends.  This will act as a guide for the black liquid liner that will be applied later.
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano smudged on top of the dried liner.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano smudged on top of the dried liner.

  • Step 2:  Use a dry dual ended brush (I used Billy B #12 Brush) or a sponge tip applicator and smudge a light amount of Vulcano over the liner.  I like to stop midway on the lid.  The goal is to create a hazy layer over the darken line to make the eyes appear larger.  This technique will not disrupt the liner, because once Vulcano sets it does not budge.
Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow M-510 with Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow M-510 with Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever M-510 applied to the rest of the mobile lid and on the brow bone.

Make Up For Ever M-510 applied to the rest of the mobile lid and on the brow bone.

  • Step 3:  Apply a matte flesh-colored shadow (I used MUFE M-510) to the rest of the mobile lid using a soft eyeshadow brush (I used Chikuhodo Z-5), blending some color onto the edge of Vulcano.  This lighter color will not only brighten and even out the rest of the lid, but it will also blend out any of Vulcano’s harsh edges.  Apply the same matte flesh color to the brow bone area.
Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow M-600 with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow M-600 with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

MUFE M-600 applied to the crease.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M-600 applied to the crease.

  • Step 4:  To add depth to this look, add a warm brown matte color (I used MUFE M-600) to the crease area using a soft eyeshadow brush (I used Meme Eyeshadow Brush).  The warmth of the crease color perfectly enhances Vulcano’s aubergine tone.
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-524 applied to the inner corner of the eye.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-524 applied to the inner corner of the eye.

  • Step 5:  Add any brightening pink-based eyeshadow/highlighter (I used MUFE I-524) to the inner corner.  This will open up the eye area and the iridescent texture proved to be an interesting and attractive contrast against all the matte shadows.
Prestige Line & Style Ink Pen applied to the very base of the upper lash line.

Prestige Line & Style Ink Pen applied to the very base of the upper lash line.

Reapplication of Giorgio Armani ETKS #5 Vulcano over the black liquid liner.

Reapplication of Giorgio Armani ETKS #5 Vulcano over the black liquid liner.

  • Step 6:  Apply liquid liner of your choice (I used Presitge Line and Style Ink Pen), using the first layer of Vulcano as a guide; being diligent not to completely cover the line.  Should you become overzealous with you liquid liner and cover too much of the original line, reapply  more Vulcano with your dampened angled brush directly on top of the black line.  The darkened aubergine color against the black liner will give your eyes a doe-like effect and really make them appear larger.
Tightline your upper waterline using Iglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in #90.

Tightline your upper waterline using Iglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in #90.

Sharpen the outer corners of you wing but using a pointed Q-Tip dipped in your lotion.

Sharpen the outer corners of your wing by using a pointed Q-Tip dipped in your lotion.

  • Step 7:  Take your gel liner (I use Ingot #90) and tightline your upper waterline, making sure to cover any gaps in-between the lashes.  Use a pointed Q-Tip dipped in lotion to sharpen and clean up the edges of your wing.
Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-648 with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-648 with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire and MUFE I-648 applied to the lower lash line.

Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire and MUFE I-648 applied to the lower lash line.

  • Step 8:  Apply a light bronze color thickly along the lower lash line.  It is my personal belief, using a bronze shade on the lower lash line really accentuates the eyes, more so than using the same color that was applied on the lids.
Finished look with mascara and Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire added to the lower waterline.

Finished look with mascara and Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire added to the lower waterline.

Smokey Eye Tutorial Final Look.

Smokey Eye Tutorial Final Look.

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

Makeup would tell you this smokey eye look will make your eyes stand-out.  Use any eyeshadow color or brand of your liking or cream products if you have really oily lids.  Regardless, I hope you found the technique helpful to create your own unique smokey eye.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me, with the exception of the Meme Brush Set.  *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *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.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow review and photos.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Navy blue is a great alternative to black and seems to possess a warmth that is lacking in its gloomy cousin.  So it would only seem natural for a makeup connoisseur, such as myself, to seek out the perfect navy eyeshadow.  My search lead me to Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32 USD/1.5 g).  Seemingly common in appearance to many other “blues,” this uniquely colored dark horse is assuredly the best in texture, finish and pigment.  There–I said it, now you be the judge 🙂

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow dry and wet swatch.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow dry and wet swatch.

The Pros to Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow:

  1. Beautiful true matte navy blue color.
  2. Smooth silky texture binds to skin immediately resulting in zero fallout.
  3. Highly pigmented formula has a distinctly navy blue tone..does not appear black from afar.
  4. Can be used dry or wet..although wetting the color deepens the tone.
  5. Makes an outstanding eyeliner when used with a dampened angle brush.
  6. Can be layered seamlessly over cream/gel eyeshadows.
  7. When 2 Armani Navy is layered, the beautiful blue tone takes on a velvet appearance.
  8. Amazing longevity 10 hours+ over a primer.
  9. Sophisticated blue is very grown-up and office appropriate.
  10. Can be paired with a neutral or darker lip color.
  11. Packaging contains a mirror and handy sponge tip applicator.
  12. Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows come in 20 shades.
  13. Formulated without parabens.
  14. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow:

  1. When applied wet, 2 Armani Navy’s matte formula does not blend as effortlessly as 9 Tadzio.
  2. Hooded eyes may encounter color transfer to the crease area if too much product is applied.
  3. For some reason this shade contains less product (1.5 g) than 9 Tadzio (1.75 g).  Come now Armani, for $32 you could have spared the extra .25 g.
  4. Although cute, the packaging is a bit bulky and awkward to store with other Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows.
  5. Ingredient list differs dramatically from 9 Tadzio.
  6. Formulated with Paraffin (aka: mineral oil).  For the price, I would have preferred a more natural ingredient.

Look 1:  Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy with a neutral lip and golden liner.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

For the above photos, I used my dampened Estee Lauder Angled Eyeliner Brush to line the upper lash line with 2 Armani Navy. My dry Billy B #12 Brush was used to pick up more color and go over the wet line, to blend the color upwards and intensify the blue tones of the eyeshdaow.  Fingers work just as well to pack on color and give the eyeshadow a more velvety appearance.  Bobbi Brown 2 Bone was used on the rest of the mobile lid to blend out any harsh edges.

Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer was used in the crease and BB 2 Bone was used to highlight the brow bone area.  YSL #7 Gold Star was used to line the inner waterline (this stuff does not budge throughout the day).  As usual, a combination of Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire (reviewed here) and Cargo Waterproof Bronzer was use on the lower lash line.  Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Gelee (reviewed here) was used, with a dry brush, to highlight the inner corner of the eye.

Look 2:  Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy with a bold lip and pink highlighter.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

For this photo, the same was done as Look 1, with the obvious difference being Estee Lauder Crystal Baby was used with a dampened brush for more intensity and YSL #7 Gold Star liner was omitted for the day.  I also paired my blue and pink look with Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Private Party…love this color and formula.

Look 3: Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy used as an eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow applied as a thick eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow applied as an eyeliner.

For this simple look, a slightly dampened angled eyeliner brush was used to draw a thick line above the lash line.  Then taking the edge of the sponge applicator provided, and dipping it into Armani Navy, I lightly smudged the outer corners to create a smoky effect.

Navy Blue eyeshadow Comparison: Nars China Blue, Bobbi Brown Rich Navy, and Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Navy Blue Eyeshadow Comparison:
Nars China Blue, Bobbi Brown Rich Navy, and Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow (3 layers of each).

  • Nars China Blue appears very similar in the pan to Armani Navy, but when swatched, the purple undertones become quite evident.
  • Bobbi Brown Rich Navy was another color similar in appearance to Armani Navy, however, when swatched, Rich Navy resembled a black eyeshadow more so than a navy blue.
  • Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy is just right 🙂
Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ingredient list vs. #9 Tadzio ingredient list.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow amount vs. #9 Tadzio.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ingredient list vs. #9 Tadzio ingredient list.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow ingredient list vs. 9 Tadzio ingredient list.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy can be found at Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales, and giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow is definitely the best in its class.  Although rather expensive, the true navy color and velvety texture make this a must-have for those seeking a quality navy eyeshadow color.  Believe it or not a good navy eyeshadow is very hard to find.  If you don’t believe me, go to your local Nordstrom, or any department store, and test all the navy blue eyeshadows for yourself.  When I did this, the security guard could not tell if he should be suspicious of my actions or pity me for being completely off my rocker…what I do for this blog.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90 review and photos.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90.

There are very few things that can be labeled as “must haves” in my makeup collection.  In a market filled with an abundance of brands and formulations, consumer attention is easily swayed.  However, if age and a dismal economy has taught me anything, one should stick to what works.  Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel ($12 US/5.5g) is one of the few items in my arsenal, that performs spectacularly, never lets me down and keeps me coming back for more.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90.

The Pros of Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel:

  1. Highly pigmented dark matte brown formula.
  2. Incredibly smooth and even texture.
  3. All day wear, if worn as a traditional gel liner on the upper lash line and upper waterline.
  4. Lives ups to the “waterproof” claim.  This stuff does not budge.
  5. Pairs well with Billy B #11 Eyebrow Brush (here) for tight lining.
  6. Inglot #90 dark brown color is less harsh than black for those who want a more subtle, yet noticeable look.
  7. Lasting power on the lower waterline is 5-6 hours depending on how watery eyes become during the day.
  8. Can be used as an eyeshadow base within the first 8 months.
  9. Price/amount ratio is outstanding.
  10. Comes in 22 pigmented shades.
  11. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.
  12. Easily available online.
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90.

The Cons of Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel:

  1. Starts to dry-out around the eighth month of use, despite storing the container upside down.  A new pot is needed every year (on my third one).
  2. Acrylic container does not keep moisture at bay as well as a glass container.
  3. When the formula starts to dry out, the texture becomes tacky to the touch.
  4. Immediate cleaning of your eye brush is recommended.  Inglot’s formula dries in 60 second and if left uncleaned, the brush’s bristles become hard to the touch.  I use a dual action makeup remover to clean my brush after every use.
  5. My brand new pot seems to have been stored on one side, thus resulting in the gel settling on its side.  This minor superficial defect did not compromise the formula in the least.
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90 ingredient list.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90 ingredient list.

Comparison Swatches:

Comparisons L-R: Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Inglot Eyeliner Gel in #90, L'Oreal infallible in #174 Bronze, Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Eyeliner Deep Brown.

Comparisons L-R:
Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Inglot Eyeliner Gel #90, L’Oreal Infallible in #174 Bronze, Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Eyeliner Deep Brown.

Comparisons Swatches L-R: Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Inglot Eyeliner Gel in #90, L'Oreal infallible in #174 Bronze, Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Eyeliner Deep Brown.

Comparisons Swatches L-R:
Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Inglot Eyeliner Gel #90, L’Oreal Infallible in #174 Bronze, Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Eyeliner Deep Brown.

  •  Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink lasts well throughout the day, but Inglot truly does not budge.  BBCSI makes a great eyeshadow color.  BB Espresso Ink (I do not own this color) would probably be closest in color to Inglot #90.
  • L’Oreal Infallible in #174 Bronze goes on smoothly and the color is absolutely beautiful; however, this formula does not dry down completely.
  • Physicians Formula Deep Brown is the closest in color (not in formula) to Inglot, but the lasting power does not come anywhere close to that of Inglot Eyeliner Gel.

Brushes to use with Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel:

Brushes to use with Inglot Eyeliner Gel: Billy B Beauty Eyebrow Brush #11. Estee Lauder Eyeliner/Brow Brush #20. Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush.

Brushes to use with Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel:
Billy B Beauty Eyebrow Brush #11.
Estee Lauder Eyeliner/Brow Brush #20.
Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush.

  • Billy B Beauty Brush #11 is intended for eyebrow color placement.  I find this brush indispensable for tight lining (upper water line).  The bristles are firm (but not too firm), dense, and short–giving me complete control over color placement.
  • Estee Lauder Eyeliner/Brow Brush #20 is an angled brush that makes upper lash line eyeliner application a breeze.  Very similar to MAC 266.
  • Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush gives me the utmost control for upper lash line gel liner application.  The shorter handle is brilliant for people who are near-sighted and need to get close to their mirrors for makeup application.
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in #90.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90 used on the upper lash line and on the upper and lower water lines.

Inglot Cosmetics can be found at beautylish.com and Inglotusa.com.  I purchased mine from beautylish.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90 is an everyday staple that I simply will not go without. The price, amount offered, color selection and paraben and mineral oil free formula, make this liner a winner in my book.  Best of all, beautylish.com carries the enter Inglot Cosmetics line, along with Billy B Beauty and Wayne Goss–absolute cosmetic nirvana!  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Another year has flown by and we are always left with this overwhelming feeling of contemplation. Reflection, regret and resolutions seem to dominate our consciousness during this time of year.  However, when it comes to beauty purchases, reflection can be helpful, regret is useless and I solemnly swear to be a resolute consumer of all beauty items that make me smile 🙂  I hope you enjoy my Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Facial Primer:

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow.

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (photo courtesy of sephora.com) here.

Top Foundation:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (here).

Top Setting/Finishing Powder:

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (here).

Top Powder Bronzer:

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (LE) (here).

Top Cream Bronzer:

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer (here).

Top Powder Highlighter:

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out (here).

Top Cream Highlighter:

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (here).

Top Powder Blush:

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige (here).

Top Cream Blush:

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel.

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel (here).

Top Liquid Liner:

Top Cream Eyeshadows/Liners:

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:  L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java, Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3, YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (reviewed here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (reviewed here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxery (reviewed here) and Copper Strip (reviewed here).

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java (here), Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (here), YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxury (here) and Copper Strip (here).

Top Mascara:

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

Top Lipstick Formula:

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge: L-R:  RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge:
L-R: RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203 (here).

Top Nail Color:

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish (here).

Top Brushes:

Top Brushes 2013: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Foundation Brush, Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Billy B. Brush Set.

Top Brushes 2013:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (here), Tom Ford Cheek Brush (here), Tom Ford Foundation Brush (here), Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02 (here), Billy B. Brush Set (reviewed here).

Top Original Set:

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:  Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:
Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (here).

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

Makeup would tell you 2013 was a stellar year for makeup and I look forward to the many more cosmetics goodies in 2014.  What are some of your favorite products from this past year?   In the meanwhile, I would like to wish each and everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year!  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Drugstore Eye Makeup Look/Tutorial.

Drugstore Eye Makeup.

Drugstore Eye Makeup Look.

One of my favorite makeup artists is Billy B.  I enjoy his personality, his brushes (reviewed here) and his no-fuss makeup techniques.  Billy is also a consultant makeup artist for L’Oreal Paris.  It just so happens, one of my all time favorite eyeshadow formula is L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows.  What a perfectly delightful union…for me 🙂

In a recent tutorial (here) Billy used a beautiful brown eyeshadow called Bottomless Java ($6-8 US/3.5 g) to crete a sultry evening look.  I decided to pair this chocolate pot of deliciousness with Endless Pearl (basic cream-colored eyeshadow) to create my own subdued version of a cut-crease look (outlining of the eye socket).  Be warned, Endless Pearl renders a very chalky swatch, but fortunately it applies seamlessly on the lids.  The Infallible line of shadows are long-wearing and affordable, it would be a makeup sin not to invest in at least one color.  I hope my Billy B. inspired drugstore eye makeup look is helpful.  Enjoy!

L'Oreal Endless Pearl Infallible Eyeshadow.

L’Oreal Endless Pearl Infallible Eyeshadow.

L'Oreal Bottomless Java Infallible Eyeshadow.

L’Oreal Bottomless Java Infallible Eyeshadow.

Drugstore Eye Makeup Look/Tutorial:

Eyelids primed with Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3.

Eyelids primed with Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3.

L'Oreal Endless Pearl on the mobile lids.

L’Oreal Endless Pearl on the mobile lids.

  • Apply L’Oreal Endless Pearl Infallible Eyeshadow on the mobile lids only.
Apply Bottomless Java to outline the crease.

Apply Bottomless Java to outline the crease.

  • Apply L’Oreal Bottomless Java Infallible Eyeshadow in the crease (beneath the orbital bone for me) and along the lash line using Billy B. #12 eye brush (purchase here).
L'Oreal Bottomless Java applied heavily along the lash line and crease.

L’Oreal Bottomless Java applied heavily along the lash line and crease.

  • Heavy application of Bottomless Java.  My deep-set eyes hide the crease color, which makes reapplication a must after each bout of blending.
Bottomless Java blended out.

Bottomless Java blended out.

  • L’Oreal Bottomless Java blended out using Billy B. #8 crease brush (purchase here).  Reapply Endless Pearl as you see fit.
Add a black liner and a blush color to blend out the edge of the crease.

Add a black liner and a blush color to blend out the edge of the crease.

  • Add your favorite drugstore black liner.  I used Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here) and blended out the edges of the crease color with a blush or bronzer of your choice (I used Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #4).
Add mascara and line the bottom lash line with Bottomless Java.

Add mascara and line the bottom lash line with Bottomless Java.

  • Add your favorite mascara.  I used Bare Minerals Lash Domination ♥ (review coming soon..purchase here) and lined the lower lash line with Bottomless Java.  I also lined my lower waterline with Rimmel Scandal Eyes in 005 Nude (purchase here).  I used Inglot #90 (purchase here) to tight line the upper waterline.
Drugstore Eye Makeup Look/Tutorial.

Drugstore Eye Makeup Look/Tutorial.

  • Billy B. adds a black color on top of Bottomless Java to give more drama and dimension to the look. However attractive it may appear on Lenora Claire, for me it would be too overwhelming.  I prefer a more subtle look; to each his own.
Drugstore Eye Makeup Final Look.

Drugstore Eye Makeup Final Look.

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

Makeup would say the most inexpensive makeup can look stunning with a little know-how and the right tools.  Quality brushes can make a difference in how your makeup will ultimately turn-out.  I used only two brushes for this look and the end results were rather impressive.  Billy B. has wonderful brushes that will not break the bank (especially if you buy the set) and get the job done.  I’m also addicted to watching his home remodeling projects featured on his channel (here).  A true artist!  Until next time, be well and stay safe.

* L’Oreal Paris also owns Shu Uemura, Giorgio Armani, Urban Decay, Lancome, etc..

-M-

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Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

This week I was inspired to create a classic eye look using three shadows.  Typically, I wear one color across the lid and call it a day.  I am always a tad reluctant to apply too many colors on my lids.  My ample lid space can quickly become overwhelmed and start to resemble a finger painting gone awry.  The general rule for using three colors, is to pick shades in the same color family with different levels of intensity (light, medium and dark).  Enjoy!

Makeup of the Week: Light:  MAC Too Chic Medium: Clarins Auburn. Dark: Clarins Dark Chocolate.

Eye Look of the Week:
Light: MAC Too Chic
Medium: Clarins Auburn.
Dark: Clarins Dark Chocolate.

Eye Look of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as an eyeshadow base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus all over the eye lid from lash line to brow bone (purchase here).
  3. MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder used as the first color across the mobile lid (discontinued).
  4. Clarins Auburn Mineral Eyeshadow used as the second color in the crease.
  5. Clarins Dark Chocolate Mineral eyeshadow used as the third color to deepen the crease and outter “v” (purchase here).
  6. Clarins Auburn Mineral Eyeshadow used on the lower lash line (purchase here) with W4 from the Tokyo Lights Palette (reviewed here).
  7. Merle Norman inner eye liner…a nude shade as opposed to white (check your area locations).
  8. Inglot #90 AMC liner for the upper waterline (purchase here).
  9. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here).
  10. Clinique Mascara trying to use this up..smudges on the brow bone at the end of the day (purchase here).
  11. Shu Uemura Brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week.

Makeup of the Week.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (purchase here).
  3. Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation used as a concealer…the tiniest dot on the inner most part of the under eye area and then blended out (purchase here).
  4. Giorgio Armani #10 Beige Sheer blush (reviewed here).
  5. Giorgio Armani #4 Sand Sheer Blush used as a bronzer (purchase here).
  6. Laura Mercier Spellbound highlighter (reviewed here).
  7. Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder (reviewed here).
  8. Skinidinavia Setting Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Prolong Wear Lipliner in Nice-n-Spicy (purchase here).
  2. Shiseido Rouge Lacquer in RD203 (purchase here).
Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cheek Brush (reviewed here).
  3. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for highlighter application (reviewed here).
  4. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush for finishing powder application (purchase here).
  5. Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush for foundation application (purchase here).
  6. Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush (purchase here).
  7. MAC 219 for lower lash-line shadow application (purchase here).
  8. Billy B brushes #8, 12, 11 (reviewed here). ♥
Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

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

Makeup would tell you this simple and classic look can be worn anytime and anywhere.   I have worn this look to weddings, school functions, to the park, and recently to see Spiderman on Broadway.  Whatever you decide to do while sporting this chic look, I sincerely hope you will have the time of your life.  As always, be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

This week’s look was fast and easy using minimal products (for me at least).  The theme for the week was rediscovery; to use forgotten products within my collection.  Usually I’m pretty good at deciphering what will work for me in the long run and what will end-up in my “donation basket.”  However, it is wise to try to use these products again before discarding them or giving them away. Absence does make the heart grow fonder, thus making the reunion that much sweeter 🙂  Enjoy!

Eye Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural used as a base color (purchase here).
  3. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette (reviewed here) W2 on a dampened brush for the upper and lower lash line (discontinued) Ebay purchase (here).
  4. Clinique True Black Cream Liner on the upper lash line (seen here).
  5. Inglot #90 AMC Gel Liner on the upper and lower waterline (purchased here).
  6. MAC Pressed Amber Mineralized Blush for a crease color (discontinued). Ebay purchase (here).
  7. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here).

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Estee lauder Double Wear Foundation (seen here).
  2. Estee Lauder Maximun Coverage Foundation (purchase here) used as a concealer only on the inner most under eye area (not across the entire under eye area…too drying).
  3. Burberry Sheer Summer Glow Palette (Bronzer sides only) used as a bronzer. Really dislike the lighter shades and fragrance, but the bronzer colors and packaging are beautiful (discontinued). Just for fun, check out how much this palette costs on Ebay (here).
  4. Chanel Destiny (61) and Inspiration (64) mixed together for blush (reviewed here and here).
  5. MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder (purchase here) used as a Highlighter (discontinued).
  6. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week Ninth Edition.

Lip Combination of the Week Ninth Edition.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe Lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal (reviewed here).
Brushes of the Week Ninth Edition.

Brushes of the Week Ninth Edition.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Cheek Brush used for bronzer application (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush (reviewed here).
  3. Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush (purchase here).
  4. Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush (purchase here). The lettering rubbed off. Not the softest brush, but will blend out the cheapest eyeshadow to perfection.
  5. Billy B Beauty Brushes #8, 11, 12 (reviewed here).
  6. Estee Lauder #20 Eyeliner/Brow Brush for liner application (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

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

Makeup would tell you as time passes your perceptions and taste will change.  Products that may not have worked for you in the past should be given another chance.  You never know, you may find a new use for them in your present routine.  I rediscovered Burberry Summer Glow Palette’s bronzer half worked perfectly with my current coloring.  Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush head is a bit too big to use as a sole eyeshadow brush, but I rediscovered its magical ability to blend out any color to perfection.  MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder imparts a flattering subtle golden highlight color, appropriate for a daytime chic makeup look.  What have you rediscovered in your stash lately?  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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MOTW: Makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Makeup of the week fifth edition.

Makeup of the week fifth edition.

This week has been fun and exciting.  Here in the Americas, we celebrated our nation’s independence.  My personal highlight was spending time with family we do not get to see often.  Did I wear makeup on a hot, muggy, and humid Fourth of July?  Yup…You Betcha. Did my makeup look flawless at the end of the day? Not even this makeup maven could battle the forces of sweaty pores at their optimum levels.  This Makeup of the Week fifth edition, is a tribute to the war paint that was strategically applied in the morning and shamelessly vanquished in the evening.

Eye makeup of the week.

Eye makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Eye Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).♥
  2. MAC Minerialized Skin Finish Natural in Medium Plus (purchase here).
  3. MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencil in Life’s Luxury (reviewed here).♥ lasted all day ♥
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa to blend out the edges of Life’s Luxury and used under the lash line (reviewed here).♥
  5. Shu Uemura eyeshadow in IR911 in the inner corner (purchase here)
  6. Clinique 02 True Black cream liner (purchase here).
  7. Merle Norman Nude inner eye pencil (here).
  8. Shu Uemura eyebrow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).♥
  9. L’Oreal telescopic mascara for first coat.
  10. Prestige My Blackest Lash for second coat.
Makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Face Makeup:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (seen here).♥
  3. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 used wet as a highlighter (reviewed here).♥
  4. Laura Mercier Ritual bronzer (sold out online but I have seen it stocked at my Sephora).♥
  5. MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush (purchase here).♥
  6. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink blush (purchase here).♥
  7. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (held up most of the day, purchase here).
Lip Combination of the week fifth edition.

Lip Combination of the Week fifth edition.

Lip Combination:

  1. MAC Prep n Prime lip.
  2. MAC Morning Coffee Prolong Wear Lipliner (purchase here).
  3. Dior Addict Lipstick 773 Rouge Podium (reviewed here).♥
Brushes of the week fifth edition.

Brushes of the Week fifth edition.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier angled eye liner brush (the best for getting the right line and flick, purchase here).♥
  2. Billy B #12, #8 and #11 (for tight lining) (reviewed here).♥
  3. Smashbox #7
  4. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).♥
  5. Tom Ford bronzer brush (reviewed here).♥
  6. Tom Ford Blush brush.♥
  7. Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush used for highlighter application.

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

Makeup would tell you to always look your best even when the circumstances are stacked against you.  As Coco Chanel once said,

Elegance is refusal.

I refuse to let meteorological conditions, exhaustion, children or animal ever stop me from looking and feeling my best. Refusal to accept anything but the best for yourself is always the order of the day; a little “makeup” for your soul.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

It's a dog's life.  Yoshi has no worries.

It’s a dog’s life. Yoshi has no worries.

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

 

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

This week has been very long, hot and tiring; not the time to delve into the creative, rather reliance on the predictable was the rule du jour.  Therefore, I have literally been wearing the same look everyday this week *gasp*.  However, sparkle was summoned to awaken the spirit.  I hope you find this Makeup of the Week fourth edition helpful and inspiring!

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here). ♥
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus all over the eyelid. ♥
  3. Shu Uemura M895 eyeshadow mixed with..
  4. Estee Lauder Chocolate Bliss eyeshadow (both colors mixed and smudged along the upper lash line).♥
  5. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Vision patted with my finger on top of the eye.♥ (seen here).
  6. Clinique cream liner in 02 True Black.
  7. Merle Norman Inner liner on the lower water line.
  8. Benefit “They’re Real” mascara (ok..does not layer well and removal is a pain the keister).
  9. Shu Uemura brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown.

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Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer.
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear in 3N1 (seen here).♥
  3. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer for the eye crease as well (reviewed here).♥
  4. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Blush.
  5. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 placed damp on top of cheekbones lasted all day (reviewed here).♥
  6. Hourglass Ambient powder in Diffused Light (reviewed here).

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Prep n Prime lip.
  2. MAC Morning Coffee Prolong wear lipliner.
  3. Dior 525 Vintage Lipstick (reviewed here) ♥.
Lip Combination of the week.

Lip Combination of the week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier angled eyeliner brush (makes applying gel liner a breeze).♥
  2. Estee Lauder #20 angled brush.
  3. Billy B #12 & #8 brush (reviewed here).♥
  4. Smashbox #7 & #15 brush.
  5. Philosophy “supernatural airbrush” brush.♥
  6. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush (trying to use this guy..he’s been ignored).
  7. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here) using it for finishing powder this week.♥
  8. Tom Ford Blush Brush.♥
  9. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for my highlighter.

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

Makeup would tell you to relax and enjoy the warmer, stress-free months of summer and not worry so much about makeup.  Of course, when you have a treasure trove of goodies at your disposal, that could be difficult.  Do I want to go the simple route?  YES…I wake up every morning and chant, “I will not wear makeup today, I will not wear makeup today….”  However, something comes over me and the self-imposed command is quickly obliterated….”HELP, I NEED HELP!!!!”  Nah…I need a larger vanity.  Be well, cool and stay safe.

-M-