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

*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. 

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation review and swatches.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation.

Lately, I have been experimenting with several foundation formulations.  My journey down the yellow brick road led me to Diorskin Forever Flawless, passed Dior Star Fluid Foundation, fast approaching YSL Fusion Ink and ultimately ended with three clicks of my red heels straight to Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation ($66 USD/ 10g).  This unassuming foundation has exceeded all of my expectations and then some.  The buttery smooth texture and flawless results have me wondering how I ever bypassed this marvel in favor of liquid formulations?  Ladies, this is a true game changer for me; I have a feeling, I’m not in Kansas anymore 🙂

According to Guerlain:

Guerlain has created its first compact powder foundation so light that it blends seamlessly, like a second skin.
The Bio-Fusion micro-mesh, a combination of stretch fibres and textile proteins of natural origin fuse with the epidermis for an optimal distribution of pigments.

Composed of hyaluronic acid, Lingerie de Peau compact powder foundation protects the skin’s moisture in order to maintain its suppleness and softness from morning to-night.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation sleek compact.

The Pros to Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation:

  1. Amazingly smooth texture results in a beautiful matte/satin finish.
  2. Finely milled powder looks natural and can be built-up for flawless results.  Pores…what pores?  I was naturally born this way 🙂
  3. A primer was not needed for my dry skin.
  4. Lasted perfectly for eight hours.
  5. No additional powder needed to mattify the skin.
  6. Surprisingly moisturizing for dry skins; skin does not feel tight throughout the day.
  7. Can be applied with the sponge provided or any kabuki brush for heavier coverage (I use a small Kabuki brush from my Dior Bronzer).
  8. Can be used as a flesh tone eyeshadow for a simple and refined look.
  9. Photographs beautifully due to the lack of SPF.
  10. Refillable pans provided, however from what I can gather, available only through House of FraserHarrods and www.feelunique.com.
  11. Beautiful sturdy magnetic compact is high quality.  The thin packaging fits perfectly in any handbag. The large distortion-free mirror is ideal for travel to apply a full face of makeup.
  12. The compact flattens out completely for easy product accessibility or easily props up for personal use.
  13. Comes with a velvet pouch to protect the compact.
  14. Pleasant light fragrance is imperceptible after a couple of minutes.
  15. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.
  16. Made in France.

The Cons to Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation:

  1. Limited shade range (especially at Sephora).  I had to purchase two shades to match my olive skin tone. (03 and 04).  I would advise a visit to the Guerlain counter to see all the available shades (16 in all on Guerlain.com) and to get properly matched.
  2. Slight oxidation/darkening by the sixth hour.  This will vary depending on skin type, I like the effect some may not.
  3. Can look overdone/caky if too much product is applied.
  4. Compact is a fingerprint magnet.  In this case, I really do utilize the velvet pouch.
  5. Formulated with silicones.
Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation:
03 Beige Naturel and 04 Beige Moyen.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation L-R: 03 Beige Naturel and 04 Beige Moyen.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation:
03 Beige Naturel and 04 Beige Moyen.

This is the type of powder that becomes creamier the more it is buffed into the skin.  I prefer to use a kabuki brush and buff a light layer all over the face and then reapply as I see fit.  The sponge provided does work beautifully if you have the need for more precise application.  The corner of the sponge works perfectly to reach the under eye area.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation 03 Beige Naturel.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation 03 Beige Naturel with Dior Mini Kabuki brush.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation 04 Beige Moyen.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation 04 Beige Moyen.

Guerlain Powder Foundation also eliminates the need for a primer and finishing powder.  I find prepping my skin with my moisturizer 15 minutes prior to foundation application suffices for all day wear.  Call me crazy, but since utilizing this powder, my recent acne outbreak has completely cleared-up.  I suspect the hyaluronic acid may have had something to do with my facial recovery.  The lack of additional products on my skin (primer and finishing powder) may also have benefited my congested complexion.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation L-R: 03 Beige Naturel and 04 Beige Moyen.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation colors at Sephora.

Ingredient list.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation ingredient list.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation

Wearing Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation
03 Beige Naturel and 04 Beige Moyen.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation

This is au naturel (wink, wink).
Wearing Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation
03 Beige Naturel and 04 Beige Moyen.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, and Guerlain.com/us.

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

Makeup would tell you Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation is the best powder foundation I have ever come across.  Just imagine, if the Wicked Witch of the West would have found this product–she wouldn’t have been so cranky, winged monkeys would have never been conjured up and her green coloring would have been magically concealed.  Who says makeup can’t solve problems and bring happiness?  Hop, skip or jump down to your local Guerlain counter and see for yourself.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

"I'll get you my pretty." Image courtesy of www.screeninsults.com.

“I’ll get you my pretty.”  Wicked Witch of the West could have used a little Guerlain in her life.
Image courtesy of www.screeninsults.com.

-Maria
Sephora.com, Inc.

*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.