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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Valentine’s Day Makeup and Lip Combinations.

Valentine's Day Makeup.

Valentine’s Day Makeup.

For this Valentine’s Day Makeup Look, I decided to create a sultry, yet elegant look.  Bobbi Brown Twilight Shimmer Ink Gel Liner (reviewed here) was used as the main “eyeshadow” color.  When paired with Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (reviewed here), this eye look will undoubtedly last the entirety of the evening, no matter what surprises await 🙂  I hope you find this helpful.

Step 1: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 1:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Start by prepping the eye area with Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.  Fill in the brows with your favorite brow product.  I used Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown (seen here).

Step 2: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 2:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Take an angled brush (I used Billy B #12 Brush (reviewed here)…the best for this job) with Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Twilight Shimmer Ink and line the upper lash line.  Smudge the liner upwardly, extending the line outwardly, to create an outer flick (you will use this as a guide when applying your black liquid liner).

Step 3: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 3:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Continue to add as much color until you have reached your desired intensity.  Apply the color in a wedge-like shape; thinner toward the inner corner and gradually thickening the color towards the outer corner.

Step 4: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 4:
Valentine’s Day Makeup Look.

Blend out any harsh lines with Clarins Alburn Mineral Eyeshadow and place the same color in the crease. Next, Bobbi Brown Navajo Eyeshadow is used to blend out the edges of the crease color and “highlight” the brow bone.  To give the look a more gradient effect, Clarins Dark Chocolate, is applied to the outer “v”. Use a Q-Tip, dipped in lotion or makeup remover, and run it along the ends of the eye, to clean-up and shape the edge of the outer flick.

Step 5: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 5:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Prior to mascara application, line the upper waterline (tight line) with your favorite liner.  I swear by Inglot #90, this dark brown liner does not budge throughout the day (for me, black is too harsh).

Step 6: Valentine Day Makeup Look.

Step 6:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Add your favorite black liner and favorite mascara (curl your lashes if you prefer); I used Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here) and L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara (does flake but gives amazing length). Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer mixed with Cargo Water Resistant Bronzer is used to line the lower lash line. Line the lower waterline with MAC Rich Ground Gel Liner.

Valentine’s Day Lip Combinations:

Valentine Day Makeup: Lip Combination 1:  Shiseido RD203 with MAC Prolong Wear Lip Pencil in Nice n Spicy.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 1: Shiseido RD203 with MAC Prolong Wear Lip Pencil in Nice n Spicy.

This lip combination is for those who prefer a nude lip.  I have made mention of MAC Prolong Wear Lip Pencils’ fabulousness from the beginning 🙂  These pencils magically transform many lipstick into long wearing colors.  When paired with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge (reviewed here), the combination is unbeatable.

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip Combination 2: Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 2: Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park.

This lip color is for those who seek a no-fuss lipstick.  Nars Satin Lip Pencils are perfect to throw into a small handbag for on the go touch-ups.  These lipsticks-in-pencil-form are so convenient to use; however, do make certain to sharpen your lip color before you leave.  A dull point completely defeats the purpose of these pencils.  I prefer Slice Cosmetics Sharpener (reviewed here).

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip Combination 3: Lime Crime Velveteen in Red Velvet topped with Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 3: Lime Crime Red Velvet Velveteen topped with Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

This lip combination will attract some serious attention.  Lime Crime Red Velvet Velveteen  is a bright cool tone red that dries downs to a long lasting matte velvet finish.  Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer (reviewed here) provides shine, moisture, depth and dimension.  As with all glosses, a light hand is highly recommended to avoid feathering into fine lines.  

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip 2: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip 4: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick.

This pretty and simple lip color would suit those who prefer a matte finish.  MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick is a beautiful cool tone red, with a creamy texture and amazing lasting power. However, lips do become quite dry, a lip balm would be highly recommended.

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip Combination 4: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick with Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 5: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick with Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

Now this my friends, is a stop-you-in-your-tracks-va-va-va-voom lip combo.  The purple undertone of Twilight Shimmer Ink pairs perfectly with the strong wine tone of Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lip Lacquer.  This look, felt very reminiscent of the 20’s; all that was needed was a flapper dress, a long pearl necklace, and some opera gloves.  I draw the line at the bobbed hair and cloche hat 🙂  What a difference a lip color can make.

Face Makeup:

  1. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (reviewed here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 Ivory Beige (here).
  3. Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Foundation in Creamy Vanilla used as a concealer.  Use the tiniest dot for both eyes…very concentrated.
  4. MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in Rose Radiance (purchase here).
  5. Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder under the eyes and T-zone (reviewed here).
  6. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in 10 Beige (reviewed here).
  7. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (reviewed here).
  8. RMS Living Luminizer (reviewed here).

Brushes Used:

  1. Wayne Goss Brush 01 (reviewed here).
  2. Wayne Goss Brush 02 (reviewed here).
  3. Trish McEvoy Tapered Blending Brush #29 (purchase here).
  4. Billy B Brushes (reviewed here).
  5. Burberry #9 Brush (purchase here).

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

Makeup would tell you this sultry look can easily be adapted to suit your mood and comfort level.  Keep in mind, to substitute your products/colors as you see fit.  Which look do you prefer?  Better yet, which one will you wear?  I wish you all a happy and memorable Valentine’s Day.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

Earrings worn in this post are Anna Beck “Bali” Multi Drop (purchase here).

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Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (reviewed here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 Ivory Beige (here).
  3. Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Foundation Creamy Vanilla used as a concealer (use the tiniest dot for both eyes..very concentrated).
  4. MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in Rose Radiance (reviewed here).
  5. Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder under the eyes and T-zone (reviewed here).
  6. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in 10 Beige (reviewed here).
  7. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (reviewed here).
  8. RMS Living Luminizer (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Nars Smudge Proof eyeshadow base (reviewed here). ♥
  2. MAC Little Black Bow Fluidline used as an eyeshadow (discontinued, but can be found at the CCO or Ebay).
  3. MAC Chilled Fluidline used as an inner corner highlight (reviewed here).
  4. Clarins Auburn mineral eyeshadow used in the crease (purchase here).
  5. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here).
  6. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer mixed with Cargo Waterproof bronzer on the lower lash line.
  7. MAC Rich Ground Fluidline used on the lower waterline (purchase here).
  8. Inglot #90 gel liner used to line the upper waterline (purchase here).
  9. Maybelline Volum’Express One by One mascara (purchase here).
  10. Shu Uemura brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Lip Combo.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Pro Longwear Lip liner in Nice n Spicy (purchase here).
  2. Shiseido RD203 (reviewed here) ♥  My perfect nude lip combo for olive skin tones.
Makeup Brushes of the Week.

Makeup Brushes of the Week (freshly washed).

Makeup Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cheek Brush (reviewed here).
  3. Wayne Goss Brush 02 (reviewed here).
  4. Wayne Goss Brush 01 (reviewed here).
  5. Billy B Brushes (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition in natural light.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition in natural light.

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

Makeup would tell you I have worn this look several times over the past two weeks, since the purchase of MAC Little Black Bow Fluidline from the CCO.  This gray base color with multi-color shimmers should be applied as patiently as MAC Deliciously Rich and It’s Physical Fluidlines.  When paired with Nars Eyeshadow Primer, the color and sparkles of Little Black Bow remain well-behaved and do not migrate.  The sheer blush and light lip color complement this eye look perfectly.  I hope you found this helpful.  Up next, L’Oreal Extraodinaire Gel-Laque review.  Be well and stay safe.

-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. 

 

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Another year has flown by and we are always left with this overwhelming feeling of contemplation. Reflection, regret and resolutions seem to dominate our consciousness during this time of year.  However, when it comes to beauty purchases, reflection can be helpful, regret is useless and I solemnly swear to be a resolute consumer of all beauty items that make me smile 🙂  I hope you enjoy my Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Facial Primer:

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow.

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (photo courtesy of sephora.com) here.

Top Foundation:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (here).

Top Setting/Finishing Powder:

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (here).

Top Powder Bronzer:

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (LE) (here).

Top Cream Bronzer:

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer (here).

Top Powder Highlighter:

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out (here).

Top Cream Highlighter:

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (here).

Top Powder Blush:

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige (here).

Top Cream Blush:

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel.

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel (here).

Top Liquid Liner:

Top Cream Eyeshadows/Liners:

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:  L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java, Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3, YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (reviewed here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (reviewed here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxery (reviewed here) and Copper Strip (reviewed here).

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java (here), Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (here), YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxury (here) and Copper Strip (here).

Top Mascara:

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

Top Lipstick Formula:

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge: L-R:  RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge:
L-R: RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203 (here).

Top Nail Color:

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish (here).

Top Brushes:

Top Brushes 2013: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Foundation Brush, Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Billy B. Brush Set.

Top Brushes 2013:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (here), Tom Ford Cheek Brush (here), Tom Ford Foundation Brush (here), Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02 (here), Billy B. Brush Set (reviewed here).

Top Original Set:

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:  Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:
Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (here).

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

Makeup would tell you 2013 was a stellar year for makeup and I look forward to the many more cosmetics goodies in 2014.  What are some of your favorite products from this past year?   In the meanwhile, I would like to wish each and everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year!  Be well and stay safe.

-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.

 

 

 

Makeup of the Week Twelfth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Twelfth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Twelfth Edition.

For the past several weeks I have been experimenting with some items in my collection.  As you can imagine, I have an extensive selection of products to choose from.  For this Makeup of the Week: Twelfth Edition, I thought it would be interesting to see if some of my face products could perform double duty as my eye makeup.   As a result, the overall look turned out better than I had imagined.  The blushes, bronzers and face powders had exceptional longevity and gave my eyes the “glow” I usually reserve for my face.  I hope you too will feel inspired to put your face products to work on your eyes.  Enjoy my lovelies.

Eye Makeup of the Week.

Eye Makeup of the Week.

Eye Makeup of the Week.

Eye Makeup of the Week.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. Chanel Destiny (61) Le Blush de Chanel used on the mobile lid (reviewed here).
  3. Giorgio Armani Blush in 10 Beige used on top of Destiny 61 (reviewed here).
  4. Cargo Water Resistant Bronzer used in the crease (purchase here).
  5. Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Incite patted only in the center of the mobile lid (purchase here).♥
  6. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus used on the brow bone (purchase here).
  7. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen used on the upper lash line (reviewed here).
  8. Inglot AMC gel liner in #90 (purchase here).
  9. Rimmel Nude liner used on the lower waterline (purchase here). I would suggest contact lens wearers skip this product.
  10. bareMinerals Sex Kitten used on the lower lash line (purchase here).
  11. bareMinerals Lash Domination (reviewed here).
  12. Shu Uemura 02 Seal Brown used to fill-in my brows (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week: Twelfth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Twelfth Edition.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Koh Gen Do Yellow Color Makeup Base used as a primer (reviewed here).
  2. Eve Pearl HD Dual Foundation in Medium (purchase here).  Not as long-lasting as EL Double Wear, but moisturizing.
  3. Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage in Creamy Vanilla used as a concealer–the tiniest dot on the inner corner and blended (purchase here).
  4. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (reviewed here).
  5. Giorgio Armani Blush 10 Beige (reviewed here).
  6. RMS Living Luminizer used on the upper cheekbones, inner corner and on the cupid’s bow (reviewed here).♥
  7. Nars Light Reflecting Setting Pressed Powder used on the T-Zone and under the eyes (reviewed here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. Dior Lip Liner in #713 (purchase here).
  2. Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in RD413 (reviewed here).♥
Tools of the Week: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush, Wayne Goss brush 02, Billy B Brushes 11, 8 & 12, Billy B Brow comb, Slice pencil sharpener.

Tools of the Week:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush, Wayne Goss brush 02, Billy B Brushes 11, 8 & 12, Billy B Brow comb, Slice pencil sharpener.

Tools of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush (purchase here).
  3. Wayne Goss Brush 02 (reviewed here).
  4. Billy B Brushes 11, 8 & 12 (reviewed here).
  5. Billy B Brow/Lash Comb (I use this everyday).
  6. Slice pencil sharpener (reviewed here).
  7. Beautyblender dampened to sheer down the EP cream foundation (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week Twelfth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Twelfth Edition.

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

Makeup would tell you to have fun with your makeup.  Use your face products to their utmost abilities, after all you did pay a pretty penny to acquire them.  If you don’t like the results, you can always start anew.  What are your ultimate multi-tasking products?  Be well and stay safe.

-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 photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

 

 

Wayne Goss Brush 02 review and comparisons!

Wayne Goss Brush 02.

Wayne Goss Brush 02.

If you are a makeup enthusiast, chances are you frequent YouTube regularly and have stumbled across the British “Honest Abe” of the makeup industry, Wayne Goss.  What sets Wayne apart from other YouTube personalities, is his uncanny ability to review a product thoroughly, respectfully, ethically, and eloquently. His charming little wink at the end of all his videos, only adds to his allure.  A true rarity on YouTube!!!  After many years of Youtube-ing, doing tutorials, giving advice and finding the right manufacturer to produce his brushes, Wayne has finally debuted his brushes on Beautylish.com (sold out immediately on initial release).  Therefore, I will try to emulate Wayne’s style and integrity when reviewing the Wayne Goss Brush 02 ($35 US) for you today.  “Wink”…get it…just like Wayne.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 packaging and note from Beautylish.com.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 packaging and note from Beautylish.com. Great customer service and care.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 packaging and note from Beautylish.com.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 packaging and note from Beautylish.com.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 Composition:

Beautylish.com states all of Wayne Goss’s brushes are  100% cruelty-free.  The details of the origin of the hairs is nowhere to be found on the website.  According to Sonia from SweetMakeupTemptation the hairs of the Wayne Goss Brush 02 are composed of blue squirrel.  The softness and quality of this puppy is exceptional.  The hairs of the Wayne Goss Brush 02 are “uncut”, meaning, you will never have brush hairs pricking your face during usage.  When companies “cut” natural hairs during assembly, they are essentially creating a blunt jagged point.  The results are rough and unrefined, similar to the feel of grown-in shaven hair.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 is lightweight and perfectly balanced for such a small brush.  The hairs on this brush are densely packed closest to the ferrule and gradually loosen toward the tip.  This substantial design allows powder products to be picked up easily and buffed into the skin flawlessly; unlike my RMK brush which is too soft and floppy to deposit sufficient color.

RMK Cheek Brush vs. Wyane Goss Brush 02

RMK Cheek Brush vs. Wyane Goss Brush 02

Applied heavy pressure to demonstrate the density of the Wayne Goss Brush 02

Applied heavy pressure to demonstrate the density of the Wayne Goss Brush 02

Applied barely any pressure to demonstrate the lack of density in RMK CheeK Brush.

Applied barely any pressure to demonstrate the lack of density in RMK Cheek Brush.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 Uses:

The tapered shape and density of the hairs earns this brush the title, “Jack-Of-All-Trades.”  The most obvious use for Brush 02 is highlighter application.  I also use this brush to apply Nars Light Reflecting Powder under my eyes and on my T-zone.  Blush application can easily be achieved by gently pressing the brush on your cheeks to splay the hairs, then use buffing motions to blend out the color.  All over bronzer application is a little more time-consuming, but not impossible, due to the size of this brush.  I prefer a large fluffy brush for this purpose.  However, this little guy is brilliant for applying a contour color to the hollows of the cheekbones.

Brush Comparisons L-R: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Brush Size Comparisons L-R:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Laura Mercier Highlight 01.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Laura Mercier Highlight 01.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Giorgio Armani Beige 10 Blush.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Giorgio Armani Beige 10 Blush.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 Manufacturing:

All of Wayne Goss Brushes are handmade in Japan and manufactured in fixed number of batches.  If you visit Beautylish.com and discover the brushes are sold out, you now know why.  I missed out on the initial release date and had to wait a month before I was able to order Brush 02.  Wayne Goss offers his enter 8 piece collection for a very reasonable $210 US; unheard of for Japanese handmade makeup brushes. However, if you are a brush collector, professional makeup artist, or just getting into makeup and want quality over quantity, then the Wayne Goss Brush Collection is a fantastic value for the quality.

Used Wayne Goss Brush 02 to contour, apply bronzer, blush and setting powder under the eyes.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 used to contour, apply bronzer, blush and setting powder under the eyes.  Not bad!!

The Wayne Goss Brush 02 has been in my possession for two weeks and it has performed all the tasks indicated above, beautifully. During this time, I have washed Brush 02 twice and can happily report not one hair has shed or dye has run from this brush.

My only criticism is that the silver paint on the lettering has already rubbed off.  I feel as if an extra protective coating was needed.  Seeing the glass ¾ full, the name Wayne Goss and the number 02 are imprinted into the wood, therefore I will still be able to see the name and number after all the silver paint is gone.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 lettering has rubbed off.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 silver paint rubbed off.

Used Wayne Goss Brush 02 to contour, apply bronzer, blush and setting powder under the eyes.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 used to contour, apply bronzer, blush and setting powder under the eyes.

The entire Wayne Goss Brush Collection can be found exclusively at Beautylish.com.

All powder products applied with the Wayne Goss Brush 02.

All powder products applied with the Wayne Goss Brush 02. Very impressive!

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

Makeup would tell you the Wayne Goss Brush 02 is an absolutely lovely brush.  If you are on a budget and are looking for the ultimate multipurpose brush, then Brush 02 is your guy.  Better yet, the entire Wayne Goss Collection would make a thoughtful gift for the makeup connoisseur in your life.  If they are sold out, which they are, another alternative would be a gift card to Beautylish.com (I swear, I am not affiliated with them whatsoever) so your intended could order them when they restock…Kudos to Wayne for a job well done and to Beautylish for such outstanding customer service.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

**UPDATE:  As of December 5, 2013 (9:30 am New York time) the collection is back in stock.  Happy Shopping!!!

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Current Makeup Favorites.

Current Makeup Favorites.

Current Makeup Favorites.

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

Base Makeup:

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

Eye Makeup:

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

Face Makeup:

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

Lip Makeup:

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

Makeup Bag:

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

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

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

-M-

Kisses from "M".

Kisses from “M”.

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

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Makeup of the week fifth edition.

Makeup of the week fifth edition.

This week has been fun and exciting.  Here in the Americas, we celebrated our nation’s independence.  My personal highlight was spending time with family we do not get to see often.  Did I wear makeup on a hot, muggy, and humid Fourth of July?  Yup…You Betcha. Did my makeup look flawless at the end of the day? Not even this makeup maven could battle the forces of sweaty pores at their optimum levels.  This Makeup of the Week fifth edition, is a tribute to the war paint that was strategically applied in the morning and shamelessly vanquished in the evening.

Eye makeup of the week.

Eye makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Eye Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).♥
  2. MAC Minerialized Skin Finish Natural in Medium Plus (purchase here).
  3. MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencil in Life’s Luxury (reviewed here).♥ lasted all day ♥
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa to blend out the edges of Life’s Luxury and used under the lash line (reviewed here).♥
  5. Shu Uemura eyeshadow in IR911 in the inner corner (purchase here)
  6. Clinique 02 True Black cream liner (purchase here).
  7. Merle Norman Nude inner eye pencil (here).
  8. Shu Uemura eyebrow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).♥
  9. L’Oreal telescopic mascara for first coat.
  10. Prestige My Blackest Lash for second coat.
Makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Face Makeup:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (seen here).♥
  3. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 used wet as a highlighter (reviewed here).♥
  4. Laura Mercier Ritual bronzer (sold out online but I have seen it stocked at my Sephora).♥
  5. MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush (purchase here).♥
  6. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink blush (purchase here).♥
  7. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (held up most of the day, purchase here).
Lip Combination of the week fifth edition.

Lip Combination of the Week fifth edition.

Lip Combination:

  1. MAC Prep n Prime lip.
  2. MAC Morning Coffee Prolong Wear Lipliner (purchase here).
  3. Dior Addict Lipstick 773 Rouge Podium (reviewed here).♥
Brushes of the week fifth edition.

Brushes of the Week fifth edition.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier angled eye liner brush (the best for getting the right line and flick, purchase here).♥
  2. Billy B #12, #8 and #11 (for tight lining) (reviewed here).♥
  3. Smashbox #7
  4. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).♥
  5. Tom Ford bronzer brush (reviewed here).♥
  6. Tom Ford Blush brush.♥
  7. Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush used for highlighter application.

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

Makeup would tell you to always look your best even when the circumstances are stacked against you.  As Coco Chanel once said,

Elegance is refusal.

I refuse to let meteorological conditions, exhaustion, children or animal ever stop me from looking and feeling my best. Refusal to accept anything but the best for yourself is always the order of the day; a little “makeup” for your soul.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

It's a dog's life.  Yoshi has no worries.

It’s a dog’s life. Yoshi has no worries.

MAC Life’s Luxury and Sweet As Cocoa
review and swatches.

MAC Life's Luxury eye swatch.

MAC Life’s Luxury eye swatch.

On my recent trip to the mall I was drawn into the MAC store by an unknown force.  My husband calls it obsession, I call it Amore….The items that beckoned me were MAC Life’s Luxury Powerchrome eye pencil ($21 US/1.6 g) and MAC Sweet As Cocoa powder blush ($21 US/6g).

Life’s Luxury Color/Formula:

Life’s Luxury Powerchrome eye pencil was part of the Temperature Rising collection that came out three weeks ago. There are four colors offered in the Powerchrome line:

  1. Rich Glance: Light gold.
  2. Copper Stripe: Frosty Mid tone copper.
  3. Life’s Luxury:  Deep Bronze brown (my choice that warranted further investigation).
  4. Polished Jet:  Charcoal with pearl.

I was hoping the formula of these Powerchrome pencils would not resemble the dreaded paint sticks from the past.  Breathe a *sigh* of relief….these are fabulous!!!

MAC LIfe's Luxury.

MAC LIfe’s Luxury.

Life’s Luxury is a pencil form of Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink gel liner (CSI).  This beautiful bronze brown shade with varying sizes of red pearl, far surpasses CSI.  Life’s Luxury lasts longer, the red pearl is more visible, and the portability aspect cannot be beat.  Life’s Luxury glides on the lid smoothly, there is a certain density in its texture which ensures longevity and vitality.  I wore this pencil on a hot and humid day, sitting pool side (sans cabana boys and margaritas) without any fading or smudging in sight. Impressive!

MAC Life's Luxury vs. Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink swatches.

MAC Life’s Luxury vs. Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink swatches.

This Powerchrome pencil also layers very nicely.  Life’s Luxury can be manipulated before it sets, however once it sets it will not budge.  I use my beloved Billy B #12 & #8 brushes (reviewed here)  to blend out each layer until I reach my desired intensity. Removal is effortless with any facial cleanser/makeup remover.  MAC should consider making these pencils part of their permanent line.

In a perfect world, it would have been ideal if MAC would have had the foresight to design these pencils with a twist-up mechanism, rather than the traditional pencil sharpening method.

Sweet As Cocoa Color/Formula:

Sweet As Cocoa is a powder blush in MAC’s permanent line.  With all the limited edition collections MAC puts out, their permanent line does not get the recognition it deserves.  This blush is what I wanted Fiery Impact (FI) to be, from the Extra Dimension Collection.  FI hardened in the pan, was flat and non-dimensional on my light olive skin tone.

MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

Sweet As Cocoa (SAC) is a beautiful rosy bronze color, infused with a delicate pink sheen.  The more you blend out this blush, the more luminous it becomes.  SAC is very dark and pigmented, a light hand and/or a dual fiber brush would be required.  This particular color is always recommended for darker skinned beauties, however I could not help but see a resemblance (in tone) to my beloved Laura Mercier Ritual bronzer.  The colors are very similar but not exact.  SAC has more of a pink pearl in its formula and Ritual has a prominent brown base.

L-R:  Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer vs. MAC Sweet As Cocoa swatch.

L-R: Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer vs. MAC Sweet As Cocoa swatch.

The wear time of Sweet As Cocoa (SAC) blush was stellar.  It paired perfectly with Life’s Luxury on the eye and Laura Mercier Ritual as a bronzer.  I also use SAC to blend out any harsh edges and enhance the red pearl in Life’s Luxury. Some may say this look is too dramatic for the daytime/Summer, I say, “Do what you like.”

On the eyes: MAC Life's Luxury. On the cheeks: MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

On the eyes: MAC Life’s Luxury.
On the cheeks: MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

Comparison of Blushes/Swatches:

Comparison/Swatches: MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, MAC Warm Soul, Laura Mercier Ritual.

MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, MAC Warm Soul, Laura Mercier Ritual.

Swatches:  MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, MAC Warm Soul, Laura Mercier Ritual.

Swatches: MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, MAC Warm Soul, Laura Mercier Ritual.

MAC cosmetics are sold at Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Saks, Neiman Marcus, and maccosmetics.com, etc..

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

Makeup would tell you to follow this link (MAC) and buy all the Powerchrome pencils.  Life’s Luxury’s lasting power is a welcomed reassurance this time of year.  Depending how it is applied, Sweet As Cocoa is an overlooked blush that will suit many skin tones.  Use these products any way you wish, be it on lighter skins, darker skins, as eyeliner, as eyeshadows, daytime, nighttime, any season, any reason..you get the point.  I will take Icona Pop’s stance:

I DON’T CARE…I LOVE IT…

For a little boost, dance around to this song (ICONA POP) and enjoy your health; Life’s true luxury.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

MAC Life's Luxury and Sweet As Cocoa ingredient list.

MAC Life’s Luxury and Sweet As Cocoa ingredient list.

 

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.

 

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

 

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

This week has been very long, hot and tiring; not the time to delve into the creative, rather reliance on the predictable was the rule du jour.  Therefore, I have literally been wearing the same look everyday this week *gasp*.  However, sparkle was summoned to awaken the spirit.  I hope you find this Makeup of the Week fourth edition helpful and inspiring!

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here). ♥
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus all over the eyelid. ♥
  3. Shu Uemura M895 eyeshadow mixed with..
  4. Estee Lauder Chocolate Bliss eyeshadow (both colors mixed and smudged along the upper lash line).♥
  5. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Vision patted with my finger on top of the eye.♥ (seen here).
  6. Clinique cream liner in 02 True Black.
  7. Merle Norman Inner liner on the lower water line.
  8. Benefit “They’re Real” mascara (ok..does not layer well and removal is a pain the keister).
  9. Shu Uemura brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown.

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Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer.
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear in 3N1 (seen here).♥
  3. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer for the eye crease as well (reviewed here).♥
  4. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Blush.
  5. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 placed damp on top of cheekbones lasted all day (reviewed here).♥
  6. Hourglass Ambient powder in Diffused Light (reviewed here).

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Prep n Prime lip.
  2. MAC Morning Coffee Prolong wear lipliner.
  3. Dior 525 Vintage Lipstick (reviewed here) ♥.
Lip Combination of the week.

Lip Combination of the week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier angled eyeliner brush (makes applying gel liner a breeze).♥
  2. Estee Lauder #20 angled brush.
  3. Billy B #12 & #8 brush (reviewed here).♥
  4. Smashbox #7 & #15 brush.
  5. Philosophy “supernatural airbrush” brush.♥
  6. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush (trying to use this guy..he’s been ignored).
  7. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here) using it for finishing powder this week.♥
  8. Tom Ford Blush Brush.♥
  9. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for my highlighter.

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

Makeup would tell you to relax and enjoy the warmer, stress-free months of summer and not worry so much about makeup.  Of course, when you have a treasure trove of goodies at your disposal, that could be difficult.  Do I want to go the simple route?  YES…I wake up every morning and chant, “I will not wear makeup today, I will not wear makeup today….”  However, something comes over me and the self-imposed command is quickly obliterated….”HELP, I NEED HELP!!!!”  Nah…I need a larger vanity.  Be well, cool and stay safe.

-M-

 

Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush Bronze review and swatch.

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Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush and Bronze:

Do you see this beauty?  Do I even need to elaborate past this sentence?  Can you predict what my thoughts will be on this product?  Well here goes…Introducing Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush and Bronze ($36US/9.50 g).   This stunner is part of the Folklore Collection Spring/Summer 2013.  According to LM website, Ritual is comprised of 5 different colors and baked to “provide the perfect, natural color for cheeks and face.”   I would have to say that description is spot on.   This is a very pigmented, dark rosy brown shade with a slight pink shimmer that works surprisingly well as a bronzer.

Multiple uses for Ritual:

The pink veining in the product does make it usable as a blush.  If used as a blush tread lightly.   Did I say Ritual is dark and pigmented?  This product does not contain any orange undertone what so ever!!  Bare Minerals Faux tan is similar, in that they both are on the reddish side of the bronzer spectrum.   Bronzers that fall in this realm are regarded as mimicking the natural effects of the sun!!   Ritual’s powder is finely milled and applies smoothly, it does not come off as a shimmery mess on the skin.   Instead Ritual subtly highlights the areas in which it is applied.  It gives off the “glow” we often hear about in the beauty community.  I also use this beauty as an all over eyeshadow or crease/blend out color.   Ritual lasted on my face for a solid 6 hours with noticeable fading on the cheek area.  In all fairness, this can be attributed to my annoying habit of always resting my hand on my face when I read.  Hey ho, I still LOVE the color…I will endure!!

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Laura Mercier Ritual swatched heavily and blended out.

As much as I love this product, it maybe too dark for someone with a fair complexion.  Could it work?  Sure anything can work on anyone, however proceed with caution.  Use a fluffy bronzer brush or even a stippling brush to apply Ritual AS A BRONZER.  To my eye this would be catastrophic if used as a blush for the fairest in the land.   I have a fair complexion (NW20/25), however because I have such dark (hair, eyes, and brows) and strong features, Ritual works for me in all regards (lucky duck).  Below are a few popular bronzer comparisons.

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Top row: LM Ritual, Bare Minerals Faux Tan, Bobbi Brown Medium
Middle row: Edward Bess Daydream, Too Faced Chocolate, Chanel Soleil tan de Chanel Bronze Universal
Bottom Row: Dior Nude Tan 003 Cinnamon

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LM Ritual, BM Faux Tan, BB Medium, EB Daydream, Too Faced Chocolate, Chanel, Dior.

Application:

I use my Tom Ford bronzer brush to apply Ritual as a bronzer followed by my RMK blusher brush to apply Ritual as a blush.  If you are not familiar with a RMK brush, it is very similar to the Suqqu blush brush, as both are very soft and designed to give light application with pigmented products.  Any STIPPLING  brush from any line sill suffice.  Sonia Kashuk makes an affordable version that can be acquired from your local Target.

Laura Mercier Ritual is available for purchase at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf, Sakes, LauraMercier.com, etc..

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Laura Mercier Ritual used as a bronzer, blush and crease color (triple treat…oh yes).

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

It would tell you to go to the counter and see “my Precious” in person.  Picture me with Gollum’s voice (Lord of the Rings dude) stroking my Ritual compact against my face and repeatedly chiming,  “Precious, oh my precious please become a permanent item in LM line”.   You are getting a sizable amount for a reasonable price compared to other lines (Guerlain I’m looking at you with your Terracotta bronzer ($75) that smells like my Grandmother).  It would be wise to go see Ritual in person (have I stressed that enough?) because there is only one color offered and some may not find this suitable for their complexion.  Makeup also says,  “remember, it’s only makeup, you don’t likey you don’t keep!!!”     Be well and stay safe!

-M-

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Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush Bronze ingredient list.