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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • 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.

20150120_140125

  • 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.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner review and photos.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

Recently, my schedule has been rather hectic; in the mist of holiday preparations, sports activities, and family gatherings my makeup application has taken a well-missed back seat.  My preferred look has been mascara and eyeliner paired with a delicate topper shade.  Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Eyeliner ($24 USD/ 3g) part of the Scotch on the Rocks Collection, has been one of my go-to liners to achieve a polished and distinctive look.  This complex golden espresso shade, has proven to be one of the most unusual and attractive colors I have seen in a long while.  I dare you not to fall for this spicy stunner.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner swatched with an angled brush and blended out (with flash).

The Pros of Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner:

  1. Deep espresso base infused with the finest gold/copper pearl (seriously one of the prettiest colors on the market).
  2. Water-resistant formula is extremely long-wearing on a variety of eye shapes–12 + hours (see below).
  3. Applies smoothly and evenly on the skin.
  4. Can be built-up without any patchiness or flaking.
  5. Due to the creamy texture, this is one gel liner that can be used as an eyeshadow base or stand alone eyeshadow color.
  6. The fine gold/copper pearl is perfectly contained within the gel base, giving the liner a luminescent appearance.
  7. The abundance of gold/copper pearl is noticeable in any lighting conditions.
  8. Less harsh than a black liner.
  9. Pairs beautifully with light to medium toned eyeshadow colors.
  10. Housed in a sanitary glass pot to ensure the product does not dry out.
  11. Formulated without mineral oil or parabens.
  12. Made in Belgium.

The Cons of Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner:

  1. Limited-Edition… if you like this shade do not hesitate to purchase it while it is still available.
  2. Gel liners have been known to dry-out over time.  Personally, I have never encountered this problem with any of my Bobbi Brown liners; some colors in my collection are five years old and they remain as malleable as the day they were purchased.  Be sure to close the cap tightly and always store any cream/gel product upside down.
  3. May not be much of a contrast if paired with darker eyeshadow colors.
Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

For the above photos, I used my Memebox angled eyeliner brush to apply Black Scotch thickly alone the lash line.  Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold (reviewed here) was patted lightly over the lid with MUFE M-600 in the crease.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

For the next set of photos, Black Scotch was applied along the lash line and blended upwards.  Giorgio Armani 9 Gold was patted lightly over the remainder of the lid, with Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Gelee applied to the inner corners.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Comparison Swatches:
Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Bobbi Brown Black Scotch, Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire, and MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline (photo taken with a flash).

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Comparison Swatches under warm running water for two minutes:
Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Bobbi Brown Black Scotch, Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire, and MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline.

  • Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink has a slightly warmer base color than Black Scotch, with red pearl shattered throughout the formula.  This shade in particular, works brilliantly as an eyeshadow base and stand alone eyeshadow color.
  • Bobbi Brown Black Scotch has an abundance of gold/copper pearl and the espresso base color is deeper and more pigmented than all the others.  As an added bonus, Bobbi Brown gel liners do not budge, even when subjected to warm running water 🙂
  • Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire is a much warmer brown with gold shimmers throughout.  I prefer to use this long-wearing color as an eyeshadow rather than a liner.
  • MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline (LE) is composed of a sheer brown base with an overload of gold shimmer; not the greatest choice for an eyeliner.
Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ingredient list.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner (on a very sunny day).

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel liner can be found at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Saks, Lord & Taylor, and bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Liner is an exceptionally robust creation that is sure to please just about everyone.  The beautiful gold/copper pearl really does stand out, making eyes appear luminous from any angle.  Cheers Bobbi…to a job well done.  Will you be investing in this beauty?  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. *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.

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

*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. 

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold is a Golden Opportunity to Shine.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Every year, the holiday season seems to ignite a strong desire to wear gold.  Be it on the lids, the cheeks, the tree, the body–gold seems to be everywhere.  Naturally, when it was time to pick a gold toned eyeshadow, I turned to Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold ($34 USD/5g) to fill this brightening position.  The intense yellow gold tone shade easily sets the stage for celebration and all good things to come.  Get ready ladies, this gorgeous shadow will not only leave people intrigued, but it will be the last one standing well after the party is over.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold swatches.

  • Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold is composed of a clear base with warm golden ultra-fine shimmers.  This color applies with the greatest of ease with fingers or a synthetic brush.
  • Another alluring feature is the longevity; just like it comrade, Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood (reviewed here), once this beauty sets it does not budge.  I was able to wear this color without any gold shimmer fall-out or creasing for the entire day.  This can be due to the dense cream formula, which is smooth to the touch.
  • 9 Gold proved quite versatile taking on the role of topper shade, stand alone eyeshadow, eyeliner, or mixed with loose eyeshadows to create a unique color.  The below photos show the various ways 9 Gold was utilized.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold worn on bare lids.

  • For the above photo, 9 Gold was applied, with my finger, as a stand alone color to the entire lid area. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo 4 Wood (reviewed here) was used along the lash line and in the crease. This simple eye was not only quick, but a definite stand-out.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold worn with Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo in 4 Wood.

  • For this above photo, Giorgio Armani 4 Wood was used heavily in the crease and outer corners with 9 Gold applied directly over the entire lid.  For this look, I prefered to use a synthetic brush, so as to not disturb 4 Wood’s powder consistency.  Another look that took no time, yet appears to have taken forever to have put together.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold worn over Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 2 Wengewood.

  • For this look, 2 Wenge Wood was applied to the entire lid area with my finger.  Using a synthetic brush, 9 Gold was patted lightly all over Wenge Wood, for a gold scattered effect.  This look was one of my favorites; the newly created color transformed Wedge Wood’s gray tone into a complex Khaki–gorgeous!!! This combo was a match made in makeup heaven.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold mixed with Bare Minerals Sex Kitten.

  • For this final look, 9 Gold was mixed with Bare Minerals Sex Kitten loose eyeshadow on the back of my hand and applied to the lids with a synthetic brush.  This method not gives this color amazing longevity, but incredible depth and dimension.  I tried to add 9 Gold over Sex Kitten and the effect was nowhere near as attractive.
  • This autumnal shimmer shade would suit all eye colors and makes the perfect color to wear for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.  Pair this eye look with a killer red lip, and you are sure to turn heads 🙂
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Comparison Gold Shades:
Chanel 817 Apparence, 89 Vision, Giorgio Armnai 9 Gold, and YSL 7 Gold Star.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Comparison Gold Shades at a slightly blurred angle:
Chanel 817 Apparence, 89 Vision, Giorgio Armnai 9 Gold, and YSL 7 Gold Star.

  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre 817 Apparence is a lovely light gold color that is used primarily as a delicate topper shade.  My prefered method of application, is with a fluffy brush and lightly sweeping the color over any matte base.
  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre 89 Vision is an intense gold with a slight red undertone (camera was unable to capture this effect).  This is another topper shade that is definitely not subtle.  Although touted as long wearing, Illusion D’Ombre shadows do not hold their composure throughout the day.  Due to my deep-set eyes, 89 Vision, tends to migrate into the crease and brow area.
  • Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold is more yellow and dense than the Chanel shades.  The longevity and versatility are unmatched in my eyes.
  • YSL 7 Gold Star is technically advertised as an eyeliner, but just like Armani, it too is versatile.  This bronze gold is used as a stand alone eyeshadow color, eyeshadow base, eyeliner and inner waterline color.  However, this cannot perform the task of topper shade, due to the saturate base color and lack of shimmer.

**Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro can be found at Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale and giorgioarmnaibeauty-usa.**

THE VERDICT:  If  Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold is one of the most versatile products you can own.  Is this a must-have?  Oh yes, especially if you value shimmer, sparkle and attention.   🙂  What is your favorite look and more importantly, how will you wear your 9 Gold?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *This post does not contain affiliate store links. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos and/or written content cannot be used for any other social media and/or publications.*