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.

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.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer review and photos.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer.

It is my personal belief, eyeliner is the one cosmetic product that can take any look from drab to fab almost instantly.  Granted, mascara is essential in any makeup look, but eyeliner is the pivotal frame that truly extenuates the eyes.  Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer ($38.50 USD/ 5ml) is the newest obsession to have hit IMCT.  This rich navy blue cream color is not only incredibly flattering on everyone, but the ease of removal at night has completely converted my former “waterproof-or-nothing” mentality.  I hope you enjoy.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer.

The Pros of Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer:

  1. Beautiful rich deep navy blue cream color.
  2. Satin finish is flattering and classic.
  3. The blue tone has a brightening effect on the eyes.
  4. Thick gorgeous frosted glass bottle is sanitary and safeguards the formula from drying out.
  5. Long handle and fine brush were specially designed to mimic the comfort and easy of a calligraphy pen.
  6. Formula has a medium consistency.
  7. Can be applied sheer or opaque depending on the amount of product on the brush.
  8. Layers well after each coat has had a chance to dry.
  9. Depending on the eye shape, color stays true throughout the day without any fading, smearing or flaking.
  10. Thin brush can be used to draw a thin or thick line.
  11. Less harsh than a black liner.
  12. Easily removable if a mistake is made.
  13. Formulated without  Sulfates, Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan or Parabens.
  14. Comes in three shades: 01 Noir Ebène, 02 Bleu Outemer, 05 Brun Cendré.
  15. Made in France.

The Cons of Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer:

  1. For those seeking a waterproof liner, look elsewhere..this formula is NOT WATERPROOF!
  2. Not recommended for those with hooded or oily lids (see below).
  3. Due to the delicate brush tip, makeup novices will find application difficult.
  4. Product collects on the wand and can smudge on the lashes during application.
  5. Must be shaken in order for the formula to incorporate properly.
  6. Very expensive, but the amount given is substantial; more so than any other brand.  I can’t see myself consuming this entire bottle any time soon.
Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer brush tip.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer brush tip.

The ultra fine brush tip is incredibly precise and delicate.  Compared to other felt tipped pen liners on the market, makeup novices will most likely perceive this brush head as time-consuming and awkward.  Even those who are accustomed to working with liquid liners, may find liner application challenging at first, but ultimately adapting to the feel.  Working in short strokes seems to help create a clean crisp line.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer against strong window lighting.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer in normal indoor lighting conditions.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer.

Full face wearing Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer.

As the above photos illustrate, 02 Bleu Outremer applied smoothly and evenly.  Taking a sizable amount of product (I do not like to wipe off the brush), I prefer to start at the mid-way point of the eye, draw the end portion of the liner, and then go back to draw the front portion of my line. This liner is completely goof-proof; mistakes are easily removed without any tugging of the delicate skin around the eye area.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer worn with a bronze eyeshadow (very sunny day).

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer worn with Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo 5 Vulcano (rainy gloomy day).

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer worn with a golden eyeshadow (overcast day).

For the above photos, 02 Bleu Outremer paired beautifully with a variety of eyeshadow colors.  The deep navy liner held its own against some pretty intense shades.  From afar, the blue tone is not incredibly noticeable, however, from a reasonable distance, the blue pigment does in fact show and adds a certain amount of freshness and brightness to all of the eye looks.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer swatched heavily.

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer

Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer after being under warm running water for 8 seconds.

The final set of photos illustrates how easily 02 Blue Outremer is removed with just running water.  As stated earlier, this formula is not waterproof, therefore individuals with hooded eyes and/or oily lids would most likely encounter color transfer and/or fading throughout the day.  In fact, I would not recommend the use of this formula for weddings (especially if you cry easily), during workouts, or in hot humid weather. On my deep-set eyes, Blue Outremer does not fade or transfer for 12 + hours–Magnifique Oui?

Ingredient List for Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Blue Outremer:

All shades include:
Water, Shellac, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Acrylates/Octyl-Acrylamide Copolymer, Trilaureth-4 Phosphate, Tromethamine, Peg/PPG-14/4 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate/VP Copo Lymer, Isopropyl Isostearate, Poly Butene, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Peg-20, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Ceteth 20, [+/- MICA, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 75470 (Car-mine), CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77163 (Bisbuth Oxychloride), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet).

**Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer can be found at Nordstrom, Saks, and guerlain.com.**

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

Makeup would tell you Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner 02 Bleu Outremer is one of my favorite liquid liners.  The pigmented navy color, seamless formula, gorgeous packaging, substantial amount and hassle-free removal was exactly what I was looking for in a liquid liner.  Some may not find this formula to their liking or suitable for their lifestyle, but given my recent hectic holiday schedule, the last thing I feel like doing at night is battling with makeup removal.  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. *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.