Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

This has been a very busy week.  My children started school and that in it of itself is always stressful.  The silver lining in this scenario is, I have gained some much needed time to myself.  I had time to carefully apply my makeup without any interruptions, it’s the little things in life that make me happy.  Admittedly, I do miss my eldest son’s commentaries and photographic assistance.

This week’s look was centered around my lashes.  Truthfully, I never gave them much thought, until Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara came into my life.  The delivery of zero flaking, no clumps, no stiffness all wrapped-up in a lightweight formula was enough for me to declare, love at first application!  I hope you find this post helpful.

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Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus as an all over lid color (purchase here).
  3. MAC Uninterrupted used in the crease (reviewed here).
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa used on top of Uninterrupted to add dimension (reviewed here).
  5. Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in 57 Black Stream used at the base of the upper lash line and smudge outwardly (reviewed here).
  6. L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil to line the upper lash line (purchase here).
  7. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 mixed w/W4 on the lower lash line (reviewed here).
  8. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome pencil for the lower waterline (reviewed here).
  9. Inglot #90 for tight-lining (purchase here).
  10. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in I ♥ black (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in EN1 (seen here).
  3. Estee lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation used as a concealer in 03 (purchase here).
  4. Chanel 61 Destiny Le Blush Creme de Chanel used as a bronzer/blush (reviewed here).
  5. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (reviewed here).
  6. Skindinavia Setting Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. Daliia Runway Fashion Fuchsia Herbal Lip Stain (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lipstick (reviewed here).
Brush of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for highlighter application (purchase here).
  3. Sonia Kashuck concealer brush to add second color to the crease (purchase here).
  4. Smashbox #7 brush (purchase here).
  5. Burberry #10 blending brush (discontinued online/check your Saks counters).
  6. Billy B brushes (reviewed here).

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

Makeup would tell you if you have some time to yourself, do what brings you the most joy.  Just think in a year from now, events/people/things which gave us the most stress presently, will be a fleeting memory.  A lesson I remind myself of everyday.  Don’t sweat the small stuff and try to appreciate all the positive fortune surrounding you. It’s there I promise.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*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 photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.

Current Makeup Favorites.

Current Makeup Favorites.

Current Makeup Favorites.

In lieu of my Makeup of the Week I decided to update you all on my Current Makeup Favorites.  I hope you find this helpful and informative. **click on each item for a direct link to the product.

Base Makeup:

  1. Dr. Mercola Facial Sunscreen SPF 30:   The absolute best natural sunscreen.  I do not wear commercial sunscreen because I cannot tolerate the odor and the plethora of chemicals in the formula.  However, Dr. Mercola’s all natural line of sun protection products cannot be beat.  This is especially ideal for those with sensitive skin.
  2. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer:  I really appreciate this primer in the summer.  It evens out your skintone and really does prolong the wear of your foundation.
  3. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation:  Foundations come and go but EL Double Wear is my HG foundation.  This guy never lets me down, the longevity and finish cannot compare.  Apply EL Double Wear on well moisturized skin, with a damp brush/sponge and blend to perfection.  I love all of their  foundations.
  4. Edward Bess Concealer:  As of late, I had to revert back to wearing concealer and EB is one of my favorites.  I had the pleasure of meeting Edward at Bergdorf and he was just as lovely as he appears on TV; a true Southern Gentleman!

Eye Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas:  Great base for eyeshadows (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus:  I use this as an all over eyeshadow to even out my skin tone on my lids.  On occasion, I do use this on my face to set my face makeup.
  3. MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencils: Copper Strip (reviewed here) and Life’s Luxury (reviewed here).
  4. Prestige Total Intensity Eyeshadow in Wicked: (reviewed here).
  5. Clinique True Black cream eyeliner:  Wonderfully black, smooth, long lasting and relatively inexpensive for a high end brand.
  6. Inglot #89 Matte AMC Eyeliner Gel:  The only color/formula that will last on my upper waterline for tight lining purposes.
  7. L’Oreal Telescpic Mascara and Prestige My Blackest Lash Mascara:  The L’Oreal is for lengthening and Prestige is for giving volume.  Both can be found in any drugstore.
  8. Shu Uemura Eyebrow pencil in Seal Brown 02:  A naturally flattering color for my dark brows.

Face Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer Blush:  One of the best bronzer to have come out this year.  It was limited edition and is sold out online.  Check your local Sephora locations and LM counters for availability (reviewed here).
  2. Laura Mercier Highlight 01:  Beautiful neutral colored highlighter that can be used wet or dry (reviewed here).
  3. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink blush:  This color is universally flattering on everyone.  It is matte and extremely long lasting.  BB has one of the best blush formulas around.
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa:  Rosey Bronze blush can also be used to deepen a matte bronzer, as an eyeshadow, and a blend out color (reviewed here).
  5. Skindinavia Finishing Spray:  Admittedly, I do not use many finishing powders in the summer time.  I do use this spray to prolong the wear of my bronzer and blush and to help meld all the colors together on my face.

Lip Makeup:

  1. Daliia Lip Stain in Runway Fashion Fuchsia:  Love the naturalness, longevity, color, and wear of this lip stain.  I may have to pick up another one (reviewed here).  My Best Friend’s Red lip stain is next on the list.
  2. Dior Addict Lipstick:  These are wonderfully creamy and smooth.  They will not dry out your lips and last nicely paired with a long lasting lipliner  (reviewed here).
  3. Shiseido Rouge Lacquer Liquid Lipsticks:  The best liquid lipstick I have found, they do not contain any fragance or flavoring, long lasting, wears off evenly and pairs beautifully with Daliia’s lips stain; will not cause it to break down or bleed into your fine lines.

Makeup Bag:

  1. Tory Burch Makeup Bag:   A wonderful addition to my makeup family.  This bag is roomy enough to fit all of your essentials and more.

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

Makeup would tell you to invest in products you know you will use and love.  Do not be a moth to the makeup flame, stick to what works.  Now, if only I would take my own advise 🙂   To be continued….with current brush favorites.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

Kisses from "M".

Kisses from “M”.

 **Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned and all products were purchased by me. **Compensation for reviews is not given.

Daliia Runway Fashion Fuchsia Lip Stain
review and photos.

Lips: Daliia Runaway Fashion Fusion Lip Stain Nails: POP Beauty Violetta.

Lips: Daliia Runway Fashion Fuchsia Lip Stain
Nails: POP Beauty Violetta.

Setting my predatory instincts into high gear, I set out on a mission: find a magenta lip color that was not too clownish and could last for a good part of the day.  My inner makeup compass directed me to all the usual suspects, Sephora, Macy’s, Ulta, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf, etc…I took countless swatches and the results were fruitless.  At a certain point the heat and the nasty looks from the sales women at the counters, lead me into Whole Foods to seek some organic relief.  While I was in the beauty section (yes they have one) I came across the dispaly for Daliia Runway Fashion Fuchsia lip stain pen ($32 US/6 g). With the speed of a cheetah, I swatched, I oohed, and I purchased.  Would this serendipitous encounter be the end of the hunt?

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L-R:  Both photos show Runway Fashion Fuchsia freshly applied on it’s own at 9:00 am.

The Color/Formula:

Daliia Lip Stains are made from “100% pure plant extracts/oils”, they come in 11 different colors and claim to last on the lips 5-8 hours.  If you are looking for all natural lip and eye products, Daliia cosmetics is your destination.  Runway Fashion Fuchsia (RFF) is a magenta/fuchsia color, a 99% match to my POP Beauty Violetta polish (reviewed here).  This color is so flattering and brightening, but still maintains a level of sophistication.  The formula is not sticky or heavy feeling, on the contrary, it is light weight and smooth. Runway Fashion Fuchsia glides on the lips beautifully and layers surprisingly well.

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L-R:  Both photos show Daliia Runway Fashion Fuchsia with Shiseido RD302 (added to provide shine) at 10:00 am.

The Pros:

Clearly the color is the first astonishing feature.  The secret to achieving deep color saturation correlates to the amount of layers one is willing to apply.  You must wait 1-2 minutes in between each layer if you want deep long-lasting color.  Personally, I found four layers gave me my desired intensity.  The dense felt tip applicator was well saturated and did not loose intensity when it was held in an upward position on the lips. The wear time of Daliia Runway Fashion Fuchsia lip stain pen was impressive, after the five-hour mark the color started to fade very gradually.  The hand swatches for RFF did not come off for two days, however on the lips, saliva was a major factor in breaking down some of the color.

Runway Fashion Fuchsia did not dry out my lips (winter time maybe different) and the sweet floral fragrance dissipated almost instantly.  RFF has a matte finish,  I prefer some glossiness on my pucker.   I found Shiseido RD302 Rouge Lacquer to work beautifully with RFF.  Daliia’s lip stain pen comes with two heads, one pointer end for outlining your lips (similar to a lipliner) and a more rounded end for filling in the lips. Personally, I found the rounder end more than capable of lining and filling in the lips.

Daliia Runaway Fashion Fuchsia at 3:00 pm after lunch.

Daliia Runway Fashion Fuchsia at 3:00 pm after lunch.

RFF applies just as smoothly on a clean existing layer, without any clumping, stickiness or unevenness. Make sure to wipe off any residual layer of gloss/lipstick before reapplying another layer of Daliia lip stain.

The Cons:

By nature, lip stains do absorb and cling to any dry patches of skin around your lips, Daliia Runway Fashion Fuchsia lip stain is no different; exfoliation is a must prior to application.  One must apply this stain with a light touch, the felt tip applicator was a bit rough in texture.  Certain glosses which contain petrolatum/natural oils and oily foods will break down the stain and cause it to fade or bleed out into your fine lines.  For the price, Daliia should consider packaging the stain in a biodegradable box rather than the plastic shrink-wrap that encompassed the pen.  The name of the particular shade is not imprinted on the pen, once your wrapper is removed the name is gone as well.  The price is expensive (on par with high-end lipsticks that contain less product 3-4 gm.), but the lasting power, color and all natural ingredients play a heavy part in the inflated price.  However, if a product works it is worth the price!

Daliia Runaway Fashion Fuchsia Lip Stain Pen.

Daliia Runway Fashion Fuchsia Lip Stain Pen.

*Another key factor to keep in mind, the initial application of this lip stain must be on clean, dry lips.  If any moisturizing lip balm gets on the pen tip, it will compromise the flow of the stain and hinder application.  If that should happen, the company suggest to clean the tip with alcohol to remove any excess lip balm/gloss/lipstick.

Daliia RFF at 5:00 pm with Shiseido RD302 Rouge Lacquer.

Daliia RFF at 5:00 pm with Shiseido RD302 Rouge Lacquer.

Daliia Natural Cosmetics are sold in Whole Foods, Amazon.com, and Daliia.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Daliia Runway Fashion Fuchsia is a natural, bright, long wearing lip stain that suits my magneta needs perfectly♥  However, be truthful with yourself and admit whether you are willing to put the effort into exfoliation and layering before purchasing this product.  If your routine deems a long-lasting lip product necessary, then Daliia’s RFF lip stain pen is a great investment.  Additionally, if your wardrobe is as dismal as mine, a little pop of color in your cosmetics would change your entire look.  My kids also love this lip stain solely because my lip color will not transfer on their cheeks when I kiss them 🙂  The makeup beast within has been quelled, just enough time to regain my strength for the next adventure.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*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 photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.