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.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine review, photos and comparisons.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine.

Lime Crime is known for its vegan friendly and cruelty free products.  Their line of lip products and eyeliners are amongst some of the most colorful items in the industry.  My all time favorite product (and my only product) from the company is Red Velvet Velvetine Lip Stain.  Recently, Lime Crime released three new colors in the Velvetine family: Wicked (burgundy wine), Salem (chocolate-brown), and Black Velvet (straight-up black).  Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine ($20 USD/ 2.6ml) was the color that immediately caught my attention.  Would this burgundy wine stain measure up to my decadent Red Velvet Velvetine?  You’ll see 🙂

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine.

Swatches: Lime Crime Red Velvet and Wicked Velvetine.

Swatches:
Lime Crime Red Velvet and Wicked Velvetine no flash.

The Pros of Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine:

  1. Gorgeous deep burgundy wine color.
  2. Opaque coverage in one swipe.
  3. Thin-medium consistency.
  4. Sweet delicate candy scent..reminiscent of Revlon Color Stay Liquid Lipsticks.
  5. Small amount needed to obtain full opacity..therefore one tube will last awhile.
  6. Paraben and mineral oil free.
  7. Amazing matte finish appears within 20-30 seconds of application.
  8. Pairs beautifully with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge (reviewed here).
  9. Removal is easily achieved with any oil or makeup remover.
  10. Directions for usage are included beneath the ingredient list on the back of the box.

The Cons to Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine:

  1. Wicked’s formula is very dry..I’m talking Sahara Desert Dry–not recommended for more mature lips.
  2. I have not been able to wear Wicked on its own for more than 20 minutes.  A moisturizing product must be applied over Wicked for more comfortable wear, therefore, I cannot speak of its longevity on its own.
  3. Glosses/lip balms (or food) that contain any natural oils or mineral oil will break down the stain.
  4. Slight tacky texture when it sets..some color transfer on cups.
  5. Adding a new layer over an existing layer will result in patchiness and very dry lips.
  6. Price/amount ratio is rather expensive..$20 USD/2.6ml…when compared to Shiseido Lacquer Rouge ($25 USD/6ml).
Lime Crime Wicked Velveteen with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702.

My favorite way to wear Wicked is paired with Shiseido RD702.  The two formulas combine beautifully to form a long-wearing, moisturizing and highly pigmented concoction.  The brown tone of RD702, tones down the depth of Wicked, making it more alluring and wearable.  However attractive this duo may appear, this lip combo is not for those who prefer lipsticks with sheer coverage.

Lime Crime Wicked Velveteen with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702 three hours later.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702 three hours later.

Lime Crime Wicked Velveteen with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702 after a non-greasy lunch.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702 after a non-greasy lunch.

My stain/liquid lipstick hybrid concoction lasted 6 hours before I felt an overwhelming urge to remove what was left of my lip color after my meal.  I simply cannot tolerate the feel of faded lipstick on my lips.

Lime Crime Wicked Velveteen with Buxom Kir Royale.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine with Buxom Kir Royale with flash.

Buxom Lip Color in Kir Royale also paired nicely with Wicked.  However, do be mindful that too much gloss will break down the stain and the color will bleed into fine lines.

Comparison between Red Velvet (old formula) vs. Wicked:

Comparison:  Lime Crime Red Velvet and Wicked Velveteen.

Comparison:
Lime Crime Red Velvet and Wicked Velvetine.

My tube of Red Velvet has been used very sparingly for the past three years.  Boxes are kept for reference purposes and/or when I feel it will aid in the preservation of certain products.  I happen to like the design of the older packaging more so than Wicked’s packaging.

Comparison:  Lime Crime Red Velvet and Wicked Velvetine.

Comparison:
Lime Crime Red Velvet and Wicked Velvetine.

I adore the thin formulation and applicator head of my Red Velvet.  The fibers on the newer applicator head, are not cut as precisely as the older applicator, therefore, application is a bit more challenging, but not impossible.

Comparison Swatches: Lime Crime Wicked, Red Velvet, Shiseido RD702, Guerlain M69, Guerlain M27, Julie Hewett Sin Noir.

Comparison Swatches:
Lime Crime Wicked, Red Velvet, Shiseido RD702, Guerlain M69, Guerlain M27, Julie Hewett Sin Noir.

Lime Crime Red Velvet Velveteen old formula ingredient list.

Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine old formula ingredient list.

Lime Crime Wicked Velveteen new formula ingredient list.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine new formula ingredient list.

Comparison of ingredient lists would reveal Petrolatum and Avocado Oil (possibly responsible for the more comfortable feel) were present in the old formula and removed from the newer formulation.  Personally, I find the older formula more to my liking–it is less drying and more compatible with other lip products.  I am able to wear Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lacquer (reviewed here) with my Red Velvet without any feathering into my fine lines.  However, when Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lacquer (seen here) was paired with Wicked, the stain broke down within an hour.  Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick (reviewed here) pairs well with Wicked, however the resulting finish is more satin rather than glossy.

Lip Swatch: Lime Crime Red Velvet Velveteen.

Lip Swatch:
Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine.

Lip Swatch: Lime Crime Red Velvet Velveteen with Wicked on top.

Lip Swatch:
Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine with Wicked Velvetine on top.

Another use for Wicked would be to mix it with your other Velvetine stains.  The above photo contains Red Velvet as the base color and Wicked layered lightly on top.  I happen to think the resulting hue is a perfect balance of depth and brightness.  How comfortable was this pairing, you ask?  More so than if I were to have worn Wicked on its own.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine can be found at limecrime.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine is not for the faint of heart.  Personally, the overly dry texture was an unexpected disappointed, but I have found ways to make Wicked work for me.  I have a weakness for dark lip colors and as the saying goes, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”  For this color, I have found my way.  What colors in the Velvetine line will you get?  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

Yoshi wearing my Wicked/Shiseido lip combo.

Yoshi wearing my Wicked/Shiseido lip combo.

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.

Spring Fashion Sale at ShopManhattanite.com! $30 off $100+, Code: MARCH100, $75 off $250+,  Code: MARCH250, $150 off $500+, Code: MARCH500, $300 off $1000+, Code: MARCH1000. Shop Now!

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).

*This post contains affiliate links.  *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. 

NORDSTROM - Shop TopShop Looks for Spring

 

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.

 

 

 

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge review and swatches.

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

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

If you have read my blog and have been with me from the beginning, you may have noticed I made mention of Shiseido Lacquer Rouge Liquid Lipsticks ($25 US/ 6ml) in many posts. These Lacquers are so versatile, they can be applied on their own, over matte formulas and over stains.  The results are always stellar! These beauties came out last year and were instantly compared to Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait Lip Color. Shiseido’s formula is exactly what a liquid lipstick should be and more.  Since the purchase of my first Lacquer Rouge (RD203 pinky nude color) I was hooked.  Without further ado, I present my review and photos of these amazing Lip Lacquers.  I hope you find this helpful.  Enjoy!

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

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

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

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

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge Formula:

The creation of Shieseido Lacquer Rouge was inspired by Japanese Lacquerware.  These Lacquers truly have a refined shine combined with high pigmentation.  One can wear these lacquers with the reassurance their lips will look polished, moisturized and full.  The medium consistency of these lacquers are not heavy, sticky or uncomfortable.  On the contrary, Lacquer Rouge go on smoothly, feel creamy and are long-lasting (but not drying).  In my experience, after the shine and color have worn off, the lips are left with a lovely delicate stain.  Another selling point for me, is the lack of fragrance, flavor, petrolatum and parabens. ♥ Shade RD501 contains micro-shimmers, not offensive to me, but may be bothersome to others.

Swatches L-R: RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, Rd702, RD203.

Swatches L-R:
RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203.

Stain remaining after three swipes with a baby wipe.

Stain remaining after three swipes with a baby wipe.

Stain remaining after a shower.

Stain remaining after a shower.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge Lip Swatches:

Personally, I found Lacquer Rouge to pair beautifully with MAC Prolong Wear Lipliners.  I am not going pretend to know why these two formulas combine so harmoniously, but take my word for it, they do.  When I pair MAC Nice-n-Spicy lipliner with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in RD203, the color lasts a good 5 hours.  I have tried pairing other long-lasting lip pencils with Shiseido Lacquer Rouges, and none are able to perform as well as MAC Prolong Wear Pencils.  Lacquer Rouge also pair well with my beloved Daliia Lips Stains (reviewed here and here); Daliia’s stains retain their composure and do not bleed into the fine lines around the lips.  Adding Shiseido Lacquer Rouge on top of any stain will ensure longevity, dimension and moisturized lips.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD501 swatch.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD501 swatch.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD305 swatch.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD305 swatch.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RS404 swatch.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RS404 swatch.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD314 swatch.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD314 swatch.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702 swatch.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702 swatch.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD203 swatch.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD203 swatch.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge Applicator:

The most outstanding feature, other than the formula and pigmentation, is the applicator head.  Shiseido has hit a home run with the design of this brush head.  The applicator is firm and the fibers covering the head are meticulously shaped and cut, ideal for detailed work.  I am able to apply the color so precisely and evenly using only the brush provided.  Of course, I require a lipliner to prevent feathering, but if you are fortunate enough not to have this issue, then you can apply these colors effortlessly.

As with most higher end cosmetics, most companies feel compelled to add a signature fragrance to their product, not so with Shiseido.  Guerlain is the worst offender with an overpowering perfume fragrance added to all of their lip products.  As much as I adore the look of Guerlain Rouge L’Extrait’s matte finish, I cannot tolerate the fragrance and usually remove the color after only a couple of hours of wear.  The applicator on these lipsticks are also sub par compared to Shiseido Lacquer Rouge.  Personally, I find it impossible to create a crisp edge on my lips with Guerlain’s applicator.  Guerlain’s packaging is also a bit over the top, heavyweight and non-refillable (what a waste).  Shiseido’s packaging is lightweight, simple, and sleek. ♥

Comparison of Applicator: Shisedio Lacquer Rouge, Guerlain Rouge G L'Extrait, Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lipgloss.

Comparison of Applicator:
Shisedio Lacquer Rouge, Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait, Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lipgloss.

Comparison of Applicator: Shisedio Lacquer Rouge, Guerlain Rouge G L'Extrait, Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lipg

Comparison of Applicator:
Shisedio Lacquer Rouge, Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait, Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lipgloss.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge Price/Amount Ratio:

At the risk of sounding too frugal, the amount offered for the price is outstanding (especially for a higher end brand).  Comparatively, Chanel glosses, Tom Ford Lipgloss (not a liquid lipstick, but I wanted to show what you get for $45) and Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait costs are obscene in relation to the quality and amount Shiseido offers with Lacquer Rouge.  All brands mentioned offer 6ml./.2 oz./6g. worth of product.  Shiseido Lacquer Rouge is $25 US, Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss is $32 US, Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss is $45 US, and Guerlain G L’Extrait Lip Color is $49.50 US.  You choose 🙂

Shiseido Cosmetics can be found at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Saks, and online only at Sephora.com.

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

Makeup would tell you to go and get at least one Shiseido Lacquer Rouge and report back to me stat. These are my favorite lipstick formulation, that is saying a lot considering the collection I have amassed over the years.  I like to fill in my lips with my lipliner first and then apply my Lacquer of choice on top. Finished, Finite, Fini, 成品, 完成した, τελικού…..you get the point.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

Shiseido RD702 over Girlactik Demure

Shiseido RD702 Lacquer Rouge over Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint.

-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.

Eye Looks and Lip Combinations of the Week.

This week in lieu of my Makeup of the Week, I have decided to focus on the eye looks and lip combinations I have worn for the week.  All other makeup and tools remain the same as last week (seen here), unless otherwise noted.  I hope you find this helpful.

IMG_8045IMG_8048

 Eye Look 1:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Cooper Strip Powerchrome pencil smudged on the mobile lid, lower lash line and waterline (reviewed here).
  3. Life’s Luxury Powerchrome pencil on the base of the upper lash line (reviewed here).
  4. Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 deep brown pen liner (purchase here).
  5. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color (reviewed here).
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner to tight line upper waterline (purchase here).
  7. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 used as inner corner highlight (reviewed here).
  8. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here).

Lip combination 1:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Ruby Glow Lip Lacquer (reviewed here).

IMG_8063IMG_8061

Eye Look 2:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas used as a base.
  2. Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink smudged on the mobile lid and used on the upper lash line as a liner (reviewed here).
  3. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 used with a damp brush for lower lash line (reviewed here).
  4. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome Pencil used on the waterline.
  5. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color.
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner used to tight line the upper waterline.
  7. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.

Lip Combination 2:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner.
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe Lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Shiseido RD203 (purchase here).

IMG_8087IMG_8079

 Eye Look 3:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as a base.
  2. Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple used as an eyeshadow smudged on the mobile lid (reviewed here).
  3. Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple used as a liner for the upper lash line.
  4. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 used with a damp brush for lower lash line.
  5. MAC Copper Strip used in on the water line.
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner used to tight line the upper water line.
  7. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color.
  8. Tom Ford Cognac Sable Palette dark brown/purple color smudge on the edges of Blackish Satin Purple (purchase here).
  9. TF Cognac Sable Palette copper glitter shade patted with my finger over Blackish Satin Purple.
  10. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.

Lip Combination 3:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner.
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe Lipstick.
  3. Estee Lauder Pure Color Liquid Petal Lip Lacquer (purchase here)..Yes, I bought another one–don’t judge!!

**MAC Pressed Amber Mineralized Blush used on top of Chanel (61) Blush (discontinued but found at the CCO).

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

Makeup would tell you to start breaking-out the plums, purples and burgundy in your collection..Fall officially starts on September 22nd and we (makeup addicts) must dress our makeup autumn best 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*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.

Tom Ford Lipsticks: The Bad, The Good and the Ugly.

Tom Ford Lipsticks: Black Orchid, Pink Adobe, Casablanca, Aphrodisiac.

Tom Ford Lipsticks:
Black Orchid, Pink Adobe, Casablanca, Aphrodisiac.

Tom Ford Lipstick:

WHAT IS A LIPSTICK IF NOT AN ATTENTION GETTER, A STYLE INDICATOR,  and AN UNDENIABLE BEACON OF SEXUALITY AND SENSUOUSNESS.   Choosing the correct hue can attract attention from a variety of sources (George Clooney vs. Flavor Fav…Yeahhhhh Boyyyyy….you decide).  The tackiest of colors can indicate one is stuck in an alternate reality or decade; darker lipliner combined with frosted pink lipstick anyone.   The perfect RED can showcase your confidence and tell the world, “I am woman hear me ROAR!!!”  OH YES…I like this one!!!

Tom Ford Lipsticks: Black Orchid, Pink Adobe, Casablanca, Aphrodisiac.

Tom Ford Lipsticks:
Black Orchid, Pink Adobe, Casablanca, Aphrodisiac.

The Bad:

What is the point to all this ramble M?  Be patient…I’ll tell you.  Women need to invest in a formula and color that will  suit their skin tone, has a modern texture and is comfortable to wear.  Is Tom Ford Beauty the answer?  Yes and No!!!  “WTF (what the fudge..keeping it clean ladies) Maria,  how can you blaspheme the great TF?”  you ask.  Allow me to explain, TF lipsticks are like the Spiderman of the cosmetics industry. Someone should have told Tommy, “With great [lipstick] comes great responsibility.”  The formula feels heavenly on initial application, then something happens, two hours later my lips start to tighten and feel dry. I resolve this issue by applying another layer of lipstick or a gloss very sparingly.   The wear time is average; I am able to wear these lipsticks for four hours without eating, drinking or much speaking.  The marketing for TF lipstick claims to give the wearer comfortable long-lasting color.  Not in my case.   So why do I own 4 tubes?  That brings me to……

Tom Ford Lipstick Black Orchid.

Tom Ford Lipstick Black Orchid.

Tom Ford Lipstick Pink Adobe.

Tom Ford Lipstick Pink Adobe.

Tom Ford Lipstick Casablanca.

Tom Ford Lipstick Casablanca.

Tom Ford Lipstick Aphrodisiac.

Tom Ford Lipstick Aphrodisiac.

The Good:   

Were you aware I am a label snob…No?  Well consider yourself informed 🙂   More importantly, TF lipsticks do not bleed/ feather on into my fine lines around my lips.  Very crucial if you are ahead in the age category.   Yes,  ladies and gentlemen my name is Maria and I have a feathering problem.  Feathering is when lipstick travels or bleeds into the fine lines around your lips.  Not a cute look!!!  This inevitably happens to me with all colors not just the reds.  Emollient lipsticks tend to be the biggest culprits of feathering.  TF is not too matte and not too emollient, it’s just right.  This lipstick has a saturated base with a sophisticated glossy finish.  They also wear off evenly.  Another huge plus (my biggest attraction), is the lack of heavily scented fragrance and no discernible flavoring, unlike  Chanel, Dior, and Guerlain lipsticks.  There is a delicate vanilla scent which is imperceptible after five minutes!  The packaging is sleek and simple with 18 shades to choose from.  Will I purchase any more TF lipsticks?  That brings me to…

IMG_3487

LIPSTICK: Tom Ford lipstick Pink Adobe.
LIPLINER: MAC prolong wear in Nice n’ Spicy.
Added Shiseido RD203 Lacquer Rouge to combat dryness.

The Ugly:   

I would not repurchase any time soon.  Why?  These lipsticks retail for $49 US/3g.  Are they worth the price?   It all depends on your budget, needs, and wants.  I am very content with my little collection, which has taken awhile to amass.  There are other brands and newer formulations that are always coming out. Some people enjoy the process of makeup application; owning and using a designer cosmetic product adds to the experience and enhances their enjoyment.  However, you can buy three MAC lipsticks for the price of one TF.  Comparatively, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, some Guerlain and Dior lipstick are priced in the low to mid-thirties.  Those houses have been around A LOT longer, just saying!!  The formula of these lipsticks are very nice, but not perfect.  In fact, TF boasts the longest ingredient list for a lipstick I have ever seen.

TF is owned by the Estee Lauder Company;  they also own  MAC, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Smashbox, Origins, DKNY, Jo Malone, Bumble and Bumble, etc..  You can purchase TF in person only at  Saks in NYC, Bergdorf, select Neiman Marcus locations and Nordstrom.com, Saks.com, etc.

IMG_3540

Tom Ford lipstick ingredient list.  Yes…the two boxes combined is the full list.

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

Makeup would tell you it has a secret to reveal.  Come a little closer……closer……closer…ok, close enough…. get a breath mint 🙂   You can get Tom Ford lipsticks for $33.75 at your local CCO (Cosmetic Company Outlets to the novices).  Google, Tangers Outlet and most likely there will be a CCO at that location.  Bottom line, for the retail price of $49, these lipsticks should magically open on their own, apply themselves on my lips and give me the ability to hypnotize George Clooney into submission!!! One can dream….. However, if you prefer Flavor Flav…..Houston we have a problem……Choose wisely grasshopper!!!   Be well and stay safe!!

-Maria

George-Clooney-george-clooney-28761352-1280-1024

It’s as if he’s speaking to me.  “MARIA…YOUR LIPS ARE SO ENCHANTING!!”

flavor-flav

THERE ARE NO WORDS!!!!

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