Fall Makeup Look.

Fall Makeup Look

Fall Makeup Look

I’m not one to favor certain looks for a particular season, but there is no denying when sweaters, coats and gloves come out to play, darker makeup looks are sure to follow.  While going through my fall/winter clothes, I decided to also rummage through my makeup collection and awaken some beloved products out of hibernation.  The final look was deep and sultry, yet unbelievably simple to achieve.  I hope you enjoy my Fall Makeup Look.

Fall Makeup Look–Eyes:

Fall Makeup Look

Fall Makeup Look

  1. Start by applying the finest amount of NYX Proof-it Eyeshadow Primer all over the mobile lid (reviewed here).
  2. While the primer settles, fill in brows with Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in 2 Wenge Wood.
  3. Using a synthetic brush (Sonia Kashuk) or fingers, apply Givenchy 7 Gris Organza Cream Eyeshadow (reviewed here) on the mobile lid in thin even layers.
  4. Taking any tapered eyeshadow brush (MAC 217, or Rae Morris #8 Brush), apply a warm brown color (MAC Uninterrupted) to outline and define the crease and lower lash line.
  5. Apply a flesh-colored eyeshadow (MUFE M-510) to blend out the crease color and highlight the brow bone area.
  6. Add a complimentary cooler highlight shade (Estee Lauder Crystal Baby) to the inner corners of the eye.
  7. Line the upper waterline with a water-resistant gel liner like Inglot AMC #90.
  8. Line the upper lash line with a black liquid liner such as, Guerlain Black Liquid Eyeliner.  Lately, I have been using my angled brush to apply my liquid liner for more precise results.
  9. Add your favorite mascara (Maybelline Lash Sensational) to finish off the look (reviewed here).

Fall Makeup Look–Face:

Fall Makeup Look

My daytime and evening moisturizers during the cooler seasons.

Fall Makeup Look

Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer mixed with Cover FX Custom Drops in N40 and G60.

Fall Makeup Look

Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer mixed with Cover FX Custom Drops in N40 and G60.

Cover Fx Custom Drops

Cover Fx Custom Drops:
It took three wipes to clean off the accumulated liquid at the opening of the bottle.

  1. Apply your favorite moisturizer and let it settle on the skin while doing your eye makeup.  Josie Maran Whipped Body Butter is my daytime facial moisturizer (small amount) and Waxelene is wonderful as an evening moisturizer (Olivia from the Unknown Beauty Blog’s review here).
  2. Mix your primer and foundation together and apply thin well blended layers on the skin.  In my experience, Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer is the best medium for Cover FX Custom Drops (reviewed here).  This combination leaves skin looking smooth and even.  As mentioned in previous posts, the issue with theses drops is the packaging.  My newer bottle seems to have also fallen victim to the horrible packaging (see photo above).  It maybe time to search for an alternative–suggestions welcomed.
  3. Apply Diorskin Star 003 Concealer (reviewed here) to problem areas.  I use concealer to cover green veining around the bridge of the nose.  I’m not a believer in the “triangle of light” theory, “clown contouring” or using too much concealer in general–less is best.
  4. Apply a light dusting of Dior Cosmopolite to the tops of the cheek bones and center of the nose.
  5. Apply Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer gradually to the hallows of the cheeks, forehead, jaw line and neck.
  6. Using an soft brush, apply a warm peach colored blush such as, Vincent Longo Sandalwood, to the apples of the cheek and blend slightly onto the bronzer.

Fall Makeup Look–Lips:

Girlactik and Chanel

Fall Makeup Look:
Girlactik Demure Lip Paint topped with Chanel Audace Rouge Allure Gloss.

  1. Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint was used as my neutral lip color.  I swear Girlactik’s formula pairs well with every lipgloss and lipstick in my collection.
  2. Chanel Audace Rouge Allure Gloss is almost identical in color to Demure.  This combo lasted 6 hours and the base color lingered well passed the 7th hour.

Fall Makeup Look

**click on the highlighted product names for a direct link to each product.**

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

Makeup would tell you not only is this look perfect for the fall, but it can be worn anytime of the year.  The delicate silver shimmers contained in the gray shadow provide just the right amount of vitality to the look.  Adding a warm peachy blush and mauve neutral lip color, help balance out the cool tone of the overall look.  As always, substitute any product shown, as you see fit, and have fun with your creation.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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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.

Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows review and swatches.

Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic

Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows.

Personally, natural cosmetics are the Crudités at a dinner party; you know they are good for you, but the presentation (packaging) and the taste (performance) leaves something to be desired.  There is no denying the rise in demand for more naturally based beauty products; however, the majority of those cosmetics are underwhelming to say the least–that is until, Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows ($45 USD for compact and shadow/ 1.2g) came into my life.  These two little darlings not only changed the way I perceived natural cosmetics, but their performance and outstanding presentation could easily rival their chemically derived competitors.  According to KW website:

Kjær Weis is a visionary and forward thinking cosmetics line created by Danish-born, New York-based makeup artist Kirsten Kjær Weis. It’s a brand that recognizes health and beauty equally.

“Ultimately what I wanted to achieve was an alternative that fused beautiful color, texture and design with organic non-harmful formulas. I think it’s the way forward.”

Kjaer Weis Divine Eyeshadow

Kjaer Weis Divine Eyeshadow compact.

Kjaer Weis Magnetic Eyeshadow

Kjaer Weis Magnetic Eyeshadow compact.

Kjaer Weis

Kjaer Weis Magnetic and Divine Eyeshadow swatches.

The Pros to Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows:

  1. Divine is a gorgeous deep gray that applies sheerly, but easily builds up to the deepest hue (as seen in the swatches).
  2. Magnetic is a golden brown color which is quite pigmented from the get-go.  It makes an amazing all over lid color and melds beautifully in the crease for added depth and dimension.
  3. Soft satin finish is quite flattering on all skins.
  4. Smooth texture applies like butter and instantly binds to the skin.
  5. No color fallout–YAY!
  6. When worn over a primer (Nars), both colors lasted 12 hours without any fading.
  7. All KW products can be purchased in refillable form to be placed in a palette of one’s choosing.
  8. Their “refillable system” is a cost-effective way to save on the overall expense and unnecessary packaging.
  9. Extraordinary hefty metal magnetic compact swivels open (full circle).  The white KW enameled logo is unique amongst any brand.
  10. NO artificial ingredients, such as petroleum, parabens, artificial coloring and fragrance, petrochemical emulsifiers.
  11. “A minimum 70% of the [ingredients] comes from organic farming.”
  12. Some of the ingredients include:  “Bamboo: Rich in natural silicone, extremely important in the synthesis of collagen in the connective tissue.
    Honeysuckle Extract: Antibacterial, nature’s own preservative.
    Gardenia Florida Extract: Antioxidant.”
  13. NOT tested on animals.
  14. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows: 

  1. Despite the amazing packaging, the single compact format is not the most practical for travel–I would have preferred a quad compact offering instead.
  2. Compact is a fingerprint magnet.  For the price, a soft cleaning cloth/pouch could have been included.
  3. Due to the soft nature of the formula, powder kick-up is inevitable.  Do not press your brush too firmly in the pan.
  4. Not readily available in many retail locations.
  5. Refill costs $25-27 and compact is sold separately for $18.  I purchased one compact pre-filled with Divine and one refillable pan with Magnetic.  For everyday use, both colors are stored in my MAC palette.
Kjaer Weis Magnetic

Kjaer Weis Magnetic Eyeshadow compact.

Ms. Weis hired famed creative designer extraordinaire Marc Atlan (read more here), to conceptualize the brand’s distinctive metal packaging and branding.  Mr. Atlan’s clients include: David Beckham, Cartier, Dior, YSL Beauty, Helmut Lang, H&M, etc..  It goes without saying, the hefty price-tag, is due in large part to the aesthetic casing that has become synonymous with higher-end cosmetics.  This is not your ordinary everyday eyeshadow compact, but a piece of art 🙂

Kjaer Weis

Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow compact.

The weighty top cover, swivels open to reveal a mirror-like surface underneath. The highly polished chrome finish does work nicely in a pinch, but the resulting reflection is a bit hazy.

Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow ingredients.

Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow ingredients.

Amongst all Kjaer Weis organic products, her eyeshadows are not *Certified Organic, rather they are classified as *Certified Natural.  According to KW, some mineral ingredients are grown in areas that are unsupervised (aka: the wild) and therefore, cannot comply to strict organic regulations.  KW website conveniently discloses, in complete detail, all of the ingredients used in all the products; giving the consumer complete autonomy to make their own judgements/decisions (here).

Comparison Eyeshadow Sizes.

Comparison Eyeshadow Sizes.

Personally, I was taken aback to see just how small my little Divine pan compared to other mainstream brands.  However, I do see the brilliance in using such small pans–they fit in any palette, utilizing minimum space.

 Kjaer Weis

Wearing Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows.

For the above photo, Divine was applied all over the lid with Magnetic in the crease and under the lower lash line.

Kjaer Weis

Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows.

Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic

Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows.

For the above photos, Magnetic was placed all over the lid and lower lash line, with Divine used in the outer “v” and slightly in the crease.  As a side note, I did pair Giorgio Armani 9 Gold with Magnetic and the results were AMAZING!!   A look to be shown at another time.   🙂

Kjaer Weis Cosmetics are sold online at kjaerweis.com, beautybar.com (where I purchased mine), net-a-porter.com, spiritbeautylounge.com, and beautylish.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic eyeshadows are simply divine 🙂  I know a rather obvious description, but a more appropriate word could not have been used.  This is definitely a line that has spared no expense and every detail, down to the faux leather outer box, is simply exquisite.  Am I hooked?  Oh yeah..needless to say, the glistening inner corner and cheek highlighter, in the photos, is none other than KW Radiance Highlighter; however, we will save that story for another day 🙂   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.

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. 

Things I Have Been Loving: Volume 2.

Things I Have Been Loving:  Volume 2.

Things I Have Been Loving: Volume 2.

I love seeing posts on monthly favorites and often contemplate doing them myself.  However, my personal favorites do not change on a monthly basis, rather morph with the seasons.  By now, I’m sure all of you have realized Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows are magnificent, Nars Eyeshadow Primer is indispensable and Inglot AMC Gel liner is my HG tightline color.  So for this edition of, Things I Have Been Loving, I will show you some of the items that have been brought out of storage and bring me great solace–along with a few new goodies 🙂  I hope you enjoy.

  • Too Faced Medium/Deep Chocolate Soliel Bronzer has been in my collection for years and my old compact looked like it was ready for the undertaker.  This chocolate scented matte bronzer is really the best tone for my coloring.  Normally, I’m all about the “glow”, but as my skin returns to its original pasty coloring, I’m finding the matte texture of this bronzer more compatible.
  • Bare Minerals Ready Blush in The Indecent Proposal is newly acquired, but I can tell you this beauty is just as good, if not better, than some higher-end blushes.  This dusty plum color closely resembles Nars Sin, but sans the parabens and inflated price.  This subtly infused gold plum shade compliments my skin beautifully and gives the most realistic flush to the cheeks.
  • Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation (reviewed here) is a wonder.  There are times I look at photos of myself and wonder, “Is that really my skin?”  It’s that good.  Try it and see for yourself–that’s if you can find a color match.
  • Dior Mini Kabuki Brush came with my Dior Skin Bronzer and I find this soft little creature buffs in my powder foundation to perfection.  Truth be told, I also have been using this little guy to apply my bronzer and blush.  What can I say, if a brush works, wipe it clean between products and go to town. 🙂
  • Diorskin Star Concealer (seen here) was purchased because of Gyudy from Gyudy’s Notes of Beauty.  Since spying this concealer in her October favorites and reading her review, I knew I had to take the plunge–so glad that I did.  My review and comparisons will be up next week.
  • Dior Minuit Nail Lacquer (reviewed here and found here) was released last winter as part of Dior’s Holiday Collection and continues to be the most alluring color I have ever seen. Although Dior has release four new lacquers this holiday season (seen on Temptalia), I’m still mesmerized by the beauty of Minuit.  Smoky, a dark aubergine color, looks striking, but easily dupable and definitely not worth the extra expense.
  • Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter (reviewed here) is my go-to winter time facial moisturizer.  As you may already know, I only utilize oils (Argan, Coconut and Castor) as my daily moisturizers; however, during the cooler months my excessively dry skin needs a thicker balm.  This is the only cream that is all natural and rich enough to alleviate the tightening feeling on my skin.  I purchase the large 13.5 oz tub for my husband and one for myself, and we find the generous amount lasts the entire season.
  • Toyko Milk Dead Sexy Parfum is one of two scents I can tolerate.  The musky blend of vanilla, exotic wood, white orchid, and ebony is not overpowering and does not linger throughout the day.  I know the lasting power is not an immediate draw for some, but I prefer when fragrances dissipate within a four-hour window.
  • Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro (reviewed here) has become my HG brow product.  This cream formula adheres to the skin seamlessly and does not budge throughout the day–even stays put through a workout.  Who wouldn’t want that?
  • Burberry No.10 Smudger Eyebrush has been discontinued, but I find the tapered end and soft hairs perfectly diffuses GA Eye and Brow Wengewood on my brows.  I suppose MAC 119 would make a suitable substitute.
  • Lip Combination:  Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint (reviewed here) is my ultimate lipstick/lipgloss base. YSL The Mats 205 (reviewed here and recommended by my sweet Instagram friend Zvoncnjica26) is a deep dark seductive berry/plum color that has the most potent staining effect.  Dior Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue (reviewed here) compliments 205 perfectly.  Together, this combo makes one dynamite Holiday Lip.
  • Gold Hoop Earrings are classic and timeless.  This particular pair was purchased when I was 13 years old with my very first paycheck.  I recall Alyssa Milano sporting a similar pair on an episode of Who’s The Boss and I figured if she looked good in them, I would as well.  Fast forward, ten years later (did you catch that?) these little gems still manage to look good and are the ideal shape to wear with bulky scarfs.
  • Sydney Evan Diamond Disc Pendant has been worn non-stop.  I’m really enjoying the simplicity of this piece and how well it pairs with everything.  One need not go out and spend a fortune on a SE piece; many companies now produce similar designs for a fraction of the price.
  • Organic Whole Husk Psyllium is added to my post workout shake everyday.  My nutritionist sister (here) recommends this product to her clients to aid in healthy elimination.  I know this is not the typical beauty channel topic; however, this is something that does effect our health and the appearance of our skin.  I add a full scope (3 tablespoons–amount will vary from person to person) to my shake, along with Spirulina (seen here), Whey Protein Powder and Chia seeds.  Adding Psyllium to any flavored drink, would be highly recommended seeing as how it has a strong earthy flavor. Psyllium thickens the more it is submerged in a liquid, therefore drinking your shake within 5 minutes is highly advisable.  Read about all the health benefits of this fabulous product (here) and judge for yourself.
Things I Have Been Loving:  Volume 2. My post workout shake with Psyllium.

Things I Have Been Loving: Volume 2.
My post workout shake with Psyllium.

Things I Have Been Loving:  Volume 2.

Things I Have Been Loving: Volume 2.
Psyllium in all of its glory.

Things I Have Been Loving:  Volume 2.

Things I Have Been Loving: Volume 2.
Utilizing the products mentioned. Due to the blaring sun in my all white bathroom, my skin looks particularity flawless. I wish I could surround myself with these lighting conditions all the time 🙂

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

Makeup would tell you some of these products are tried and true and other newly acquired gems have impressed me beyond expectation. 🙂  What are some things you have been loving?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint is a Wondrous Product.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

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

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint applicator head.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint applicator head.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

The Pros of Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint:

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

The Cons of Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint:

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

Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Girlactik Beauty Allure Matte Lip Paint ingredient list.

Girlactik Beauty Allure Matte Lip Paint ingredient list.

WonderWoman with her Lasso of Truth loves Allure as well.

WonderWoman with her Lasso of Truth loves Allure as well.

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

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

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

-Maria

*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.