Fall Makeup Look.

Fall Makeup Look

Fall Makeup Look

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

Fall Makeup Look–Eyes:

Fall Makeup Look

Fall Makeup Look

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

Fall Makeup Look–Face:

Fall Makeup Look

My daytime and evening moisturizers during the cooler seasons.

Fall Makeup Look

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

Fall Makeup Look

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

Cover Fx Custom Drops

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

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

Fall Makeup Look–Lips:

Girlactik and Chanel

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

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

Fall Makeup Look

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

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

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

-Maria

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Best of Beauty 2014.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

This past year has proven to be quite an extraordinary time for cosmetics.  Velvety smooth matte lipsticks, hybrid gloss/stain lip products, rich eyeshadow textures and colors, and amazing cream shadows and liners seem to have dominated the industry.  We can only hope 2015 will bring us even more phenomenal creations.  Without further ado, I present my personal highlights from this past year.  I hope you enjoy!

Best of Beauty 2014 Eyes:

Best of Beauty 2014 Face:

  •  Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter is my facial moisturizer during the winter months.  My overly dry skin soaks up this rich cream like a sponge, leaving a feeling of complete hydration for the entirety of the day.
  • Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation is the belle of the ball.  This powder foundation is smooth, hydrating, convenient, and long-lasting.  I cannot think of the last time a foundation has impressed me as much.
  • Dior Star Concealer is hands down the best concealer I have ever used.  The creamy formula glides on the skin and stays in place beautifully throughout the day.

Best of Beauty 2014 Cheeks:

Best of Beauty 2014 Lips:

  • Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint is technically a liquid lipstick, but I use this mainly in place of a lipliner. The smooth non-drying, long-lasting formula makes lips impervious to feathering.  So smitten was I with this formula, the color Demure (review coming soon) became the newest addition to my makeup family.
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks have been praise to no end on this blog.  I cannot think of another matte lipstick that can even match the texture and silky smooth feel of this line.
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats are wonderful matte lipstick formulations.  These babies adhere to the lips instantly and leave the most potent stain behind.
  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks came with a promise of hydration, longevity and comfortable wear.  The subtle sheen finish was designed to make lips appear more plump.  Judging by the four tubes in my possession, it is safe to say, I’m sold!
  • Dior Addict Fluid Sticks have been such a wonderful investment.  The lightweight texture and cooling sensation instantly awakens any look, especially when worn over a drying lipstick.
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace is the perfect mauve brown shade.  I love to pair this with Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint for the ultimate sophisticated lip look.

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes:

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes: Chikuhodo Z-8, Z-4, Z-5 Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 01, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Billy B #12, Laura Mercier Dual Fiber Eyeshadow, Memebox Eye Brushes.

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes:
Chikuhodo Z-8, Z-4, Z-5 Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 01, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Billy B #12, Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush, Memebox Eye Brushes.

  • Chikuhodo Z-Series brushes are the most exquisite brushes I have ever used.   These brushes are meant to be used with powder products only.  The soft bristles blend the most pigmented powders to professional perfection.
  • Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush is an oldie but a goodie that was resuscitated for use with my Guerlain Powder Foundation.  The soft dense synthetic bristles effectively works powder into the skin, giving flawless results.
  • Wayne Goss Brush 01 is a wonderful brush that works especially well with liquid foundations.  Currently, I use this brush to apply my cream and/or powder highlighter.
  • Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush is used for blush and/or contour  application.  The small dense head is perfect for accurate product placement.
  • Billy B #12 Brush is used everyday for blending out gel liners, powder eyeshadows and for my outer corner color application.  The dual fiber angled design is perfect for hard to reach places.
  • Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush has been in my collection for years.  I recently started to utilize this gem to blend out my concealer for amazing results!
  • Memebox Brushes are meant for travel, but the short handles and brush head designs are perfect for everyday use.  In addition, the affordable price makes this set an even more attractive offering.

Best of Beauty 2014 Nails:

Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Nail Lacquer with flash.

Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Nail Lacquer (with flash).

  • Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Nail Color is my favorite color from 2014.  The cream formula is classic and appropriate for many occasions.  Best of all, the Estee Lauder’s formula removes easily without color bleeding or staining of the nails.
Best of Beauty 2014.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

Best of Beauty 2014 in action:

  • Brows:  Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood.
  • Eyes:  Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 9 Gold, Bobbi Brown Black Scotch, Guerlain 02 Bleu Outremer, MUFE M-600, M-510, Giorgio Armani 5 Vulcano (outer corners) Estee Lauder Crystal Baby (inner corners), Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire and Merle Norman Inner Liner.
  • Face:  Josie Maran Body Butter, Guerlain Powder Foundation, Dior Star Concealer.
  • Cheeks:  Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer, VL Sandalwood Blush, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Gelee.
  • Lips:  Girlactik Allure and Demure Matte Lip Paint.

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

Makeup would tell you this has been a fantastic year for cosmetics.  The innovative formulas and colors seem to have come alive this year.  What have been some of your favorites of 2014?  As always, be well, stay safe and be happy.  May you have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me, with the exception of Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks and Memebox Brush Set (PR samples).  *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

The holiday season is one of the most exciting times of the year.  However, the stress of organizing a dinner party can also be overwhelming and exhausting.  Fortunately, my sister is the brave soul that bares the responsibility of cooking Thanksgiving dinner (out of all the foods I can cook, why does baking a turkey elude me?).  For this Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition, I have put together two quick and easy looks, using long-wearing products that can be worn without any need for touch-ups.  I hope you enjoy!

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold and Givenchy 9 Brun Cachmeire.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition. Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold mixed with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachmeire.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold mixed with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition Eye Makeup:

  1. Prime eyes with Nars Eyeshadow Primer.
  2. Fill and shape the brows (Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 2 Wenge Wood).
  3. Using the back of your hand, combine equal parts (amount will vary) of Giorgio Armnai Eye and Brow 9 Gold with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire (reviewed here) and apply the mixture to the mobile lid using a synthetic brush.
  4. Use a warm brown shade in the crease (MUFE M-600) to blend out the edges of the lid color.
  5. Apply a lighter gold shade to the inner corners of the eye (MUFE ME-512).
  6. Line the lower lash line with Givenchy Brun Cachemire and then lightly pat Giorgio Armani 9 Gold directly over.
  7. Line the inner waterline, with a flesh tone pencil (Merle Norman Inner Liner), extending the color out and under the winged liner, to lighten the look and make eyes appear larger.
  8. Tightline the upper waterline with any gel liner of your choosing (Inglot AMC #90).
  9. Add your favorite mascara (Clinique High Impact Mascara) and black liner (Milani Liquid Liner) and your look is complete.
  10. This step is opitional:  I like to add a bit more of 9 Gold over the lid for a little extra pizzazz. 

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition Look 2:

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition. Slightly different look using blue tones on top of the brown/golden combo.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Slightly different look using blue tones in addition to the brown/golden combo.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Slightly different look using blue tones in addition to the brown/golden combo.

For the above photos, the same steps were used as the previous look with the obvious difference being the addition of Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo 2 Armani Navy (reviewed here) applied to the outer corner and in the crease.  Guerlain Liquid Liner in 02 BLEU OUTREMER (review coming soon) was also used in place of a black liner.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition Face Makeup:

  1. Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation in 3 Beige Naturel and 4 Beige Moyan (reviewed here).
  2. Diorskin Star Concealer in 003 Sable/Sand (reviewed here).
  3. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer.
  4. Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush (reviewed here).
  5. Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer in 14 (review coming soon).

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition Lip Combo:

  1. Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. Chanel 20 Audace Rouge Allure Gloss (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Slightly different look using blue tones in addition to the brown/golden combo.

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

Makeup would tell you these two looks lasted perfectly all day, with the exception of the lip color.  What look are you planning to wear for the upcoming holidays?

Since Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, a special thanks to my hubby who always supports my insanity; to my children who always accompany me (reluctantly, but sweet about it) to the cosmetics counters; and last, but certainly not least, to all of my wonderful readers who always provide inspiration and joy.  Happy Thanksgiving…warm wishes and big hugs from my home to yours.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted. 

Current Favorites.

Current Face Favorites: Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation, Guerlain Meteorites Primer, Chantecaille Gel Bronzer, Nars Translucent Pressed Setting Powder, BeautyBlender, Wayne Goss 01 Brush.

Current Face Favorites:
Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation, Guerlain Meteorites Primer, Chantecaille Gel Bronzer, Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, BeautyBlender, Wayne Goss 01 Brush.

Current Favorites.  Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder used with the BeautyBlender.

Current Favorites.
Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder used with the BeautyBlender.

  • Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation 340 (N) Bisque lasts all day with slight oil break through on the T-Zone area.  Plus the color selection is amazing, I have never had a foundation match my skin coloring so well.
  • Guerlain Meteorites Primer is lovely, but severely overpriced for what it does.  There are other primers that do the job just as well for a fraction of the price.
  • Chantecaille Gel Bronzer (reviewed here) has been used since my little beach excursion.  Someone forgot to tell me to rotate my beach chair, as a result, the right side of my face is more tan than the left.  I use this guy to even myself out.
  • Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (reviewed here) has been the secret to my “flawless” skin.  I simply use a DRY BeautyBlender to pick up product, tap off the excess on a towel and use the “press and roll” method to apply the powder onto the T-Zone area and on any enlarged pores around my cheeks.
  • Wayne Goss 01 Brush (reviewed here) is the ultimate foundation (everything) brush.  There is no going back to another brush.  Enough said!
Current Cheek Favorites: Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer, Estee Lauder 04 Crystal baby Gelee, Giorgio Armani 10 Beige Sheer Blush, Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush, Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford cream Foundation Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush.

Current Cheek Favorites:
Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer, Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Gelee, Giorgio Armani 10 Beige Sheer Blush, Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush, Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford cream Foundation Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush.

  • Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer (reviewed here) is so finely milled and pigmented.  I use my Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush to apply the bronzer to my face and Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here) to apply the powder to my décolletage.
  • Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Gelee (reviewed here) is such a lovely pearlescent pink highlighter.  I use my slightly dampened Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush (reviewed here) to apply the powder to highlight the cheek bones.  Just remember to use this beauty sparingly to avoid looking like a disco ball.
  • Giorgio Armani 10 Beige Sheer Blush remains my favorite blush color.  This muted pinky/beige hue seems to go with every makeup look under the sun.  Use with a dense dampened brush for more color intensity and longevity.
  • Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Blush (reviewed here) is just as finely milled as 10 Beige, but gives me the option to utilize a peach blush for certain looks.  I prefer to apply this pigmented powder with my Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush for even and smooth results.
Current Eye Makeup Favorites: Cargo Waterproof Bronzer, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows in 2 Armani Navy and 9 Tadzio, Givenchy Waterproof Cream Shadow in Brun Cachemire, Inglot AMC gel liner #90, YSL 07 Gold Star Cream Liner, Clinique High Impact Mascara, Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Current Eye Makeup Favorites:
Cargo Waterproof Bronzer, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows in 2 Armani Navy and 9 Tadzio, Givenchy Waterproof Cream Shadow in 9 Brun Cachemire, Inglot AMC gel liner #90, YSL 07 Gold Star Cream Liner, Clinique High Impact Mascara, Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Current Favorites: Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire with Cargo Waterproof Bronzer on the lower lash line.  Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen with Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo on the upper lash line.  YSL #07 Gold Star on the waterline.

Current Favorites:
Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire with Cargo Waterproof Bronzer on the lower lash line. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen with Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo on the upper lash line. YSL #07 Gold Star on the waterline.

  • Cargo Waterproof Bronzer combined with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire (reviewed here) are my everyday lower lash line colors.  Applying the same colors to my lower lash line as those on my lid, does not look particularly flattering on my eyes.  The resulting bronze coloring defines the area and brightens the eyes.
  • Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows in 2 Armani Navy and 9 Tadzio (reviewed here and here) have amazing pigmentation and longevity; the latter looks so delicious when applied with a dampened brush.
  • YSL #07 Gold Star Cream Liner makes an amazing waterline color.  I find this formula lasts all day with slight fading on the outer corners.  As an added bonus, the deep gold coloring looks great with a variety of eye looks.
  • Clinique High Impact Extreme Mascara has served me well for the last few months.  It does exactly what it claims to do.
  • Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here) is the one brush that can do it all (at least on my eye shape).  The soft dense hairs pick-up color quickly and delicately.  Never a scratchy moment with this beauty.
  • Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush is used dampened to apply my eyeshadows.  The synthetic fibers are rather resilient and the price cannot be beat.  Lately, I have been using this wonder to apply Armani Navy along the upper lash line and in the outer corners.
  • Nars Eyeshadow Primer (reviewed here) is the best eyeshadow primer……period.
Current Favorites: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, Shu Uemura 05 Stone Gray, Milani Brow Gel.

Current Favorites:
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, Shu Uemura 05 Stone Gray, Milani Brow Gel.

  • Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here) has been in my possession for 10 months and has remained as inky black as the first day I brought it home.  The quality of the dual ended felt tips is outstanding, they remain unaffected by eyeshadow residue.  My Milani Eyeliner was prone to eyeshadow build-up, as a result, the tip no longer dispense product.
  • Shu Uemura 05 Stone Gray was discovered in the back of one of my makeup drawers.  Even though the color is a bit deeper than it predecessor, 02 Seal Brown, a pencil this wonderful could not go to waste.  My 02 Seal Brown Pencil lasted 3 years before a replacement was needed.
  • Milani Brow Gel does what it claims to do at a very cheap price.
Current Lip Favorites: Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick, Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick, Dior Fluid Sticks, It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain.

Current Lip Favorites:
Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick, Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick, Dior Fluid Sticks, It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain.

  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks (reviewed here) are wonderful.  450 Insolent plum is one of my favorite shades.
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks (reviewed here) have a heavenly formula.  Private Party is the perfect bright pinky/red shade for the summer time.
  • Dior Addict Fluid Sticks (reviewed here) have a lovely texture.  The lasting power is not the greatest on their own, but when added to a long wearing lip color, the results are stunning.
  • It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stains (reviewed here) have amazing longevity especially when used as a base for lipsticks.
Current Personal Care Favorites: Coconut Oil, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, Natures Gate Toothpaste, L'Oreal Olio Therapy Shampoo, Sienna Naturals Leave-in-Conditioner, Target Eye Makeup Remover.

Current Personal Care Favorites:
Coconut Oil, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, Natures Gate Toothpaste, L’Oreal Olio Therapy Shampoo, Sienna Naturals Leave-in-Conditioner, Target Eye Makeup Remover.

  • Organic Coconut Oil is my night-time/summer-time moisturizer.  Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D. wrote a great book called, The Coconut Oil Miracle, outlining all the benefits of Coconut Oil.  He states, “Polynesians, who traditionally wear very little clothing, have beautiful skin without blemishes and without cancer.  The reason is they eat coconuts and use the oil on their bodies as a lotion.”
  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is my day-time/summer-time moisturizer.  The dry-oil quickly absorbs into the skin and doesn’t cause me to “sweat” during hot humid days.
  • Natures Gate Toothpaste is one of the few toothpaste brands that is fluoride-free and sodium laurel sulfate free.
  • L’Oreal Oleo Shampoo is sulfate-free and smells heavenly.  I would purchase Sienna Naturals Shampoo, but my son goes through shampoo like water and requires a readily available and affordable alternative.
  • Sienna Naturals Leave-In-Conditioner was recommended by Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog (her fabulous review here).  I love this product, the all natural formula truly smooths out the hair without weighting it down.  I’m on my second bottle, my son used up the first bottle completely.
  • Target Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover gets the job done.  Although I am a devoted Bioderma user, as of late, I feel a tinge of resentment over the inflated price ($40) for a makeup remover.  The same product in France cost $10 dollars.
Current Favorites: City of Heavenly Fire, Tom Ford Violet Blonde Perfume,Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Nail Lacquer.

Current Favorites:
City of Heavenly Fire, Tom Ford Violet Blonde Perfume,Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Nail Lacquer.

  • City of Heavenly Fire is the last book in The Mortal Instrument Series.  If you enjoy a quick supernatural read, then this series is for you.  The movie was a major disappointment, the series had the potential to be the next Harry Potter and they wrecked that opportunity with a horrible script and subpar actors.
  • Tom Ford Violet Blonde is the only perfume that will last during the hottest of days.  I would love to describe the notes and so on, but Gaia from The NonBlonde is the source for all things fragrance related.
  • Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Nail Lacquer is amazing. The left photo shows the polish on the first day and the right photo shows the polish on the fifth day with a fresh top coat added.

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

Makeup would tell you I would love to hear some of the things you have been loving lately.  Be well stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me, with the exception of Lipstick Queen Private Party.  *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.

Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer review and comparisons.

Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer.

Bronzers are a must-have for many people; they impart the look of a healthier complexion by adding warmth to the skin and add a finishing touch to any look.  Many makeup enthusiast pride themselves on coveting a “fresh” compact every summer season–myself included.  This year my choice was Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer ($32 USD/9g).  This beautiful bronzer was just as silky as Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush and dare I say, better than any other bronzer in my collection; now that’s a bold statement indeed 🙂

Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer.

Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer heavy swatch and blended swatch.

The Pros to Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer:

  1. Finely milled soft, silky smooth formula glides on the skin with ease.
  2. Beautiful medium brown color with slight red undertones.
  3. Pinky/champagne “meteorite pearls” imparts a luminous finish without any shimmer.
  4. Lightweight pigmented formula is best applied with a soft round brush.
  5. Blends seamlessly and can be built-up without looking caky.
  6. Lasts 8 hours + dependent on one’s activities.
  7. Imparts a lovely bronzed luminosity when applied on the décolletage.
  8. Amazing amount/price ratio.
  9. Can be used as an eyeshadow..very similar in color to MAC Groundwork Paint Pot.  Copper Kiss has been my go-to crease color since its acquisition.
  10. Can also be used as a blush for medium and darker complexions.
  11. Well constructed compact with a magnetic closure.
  12. Just like Sandalwood, Copper Kiss’s compact opens completely flat for easy access to the powder; a feature makeup artists would appreciate.
  13. 4 color choices to suit a variety of skin tones.
  14. Slight fig fragrance which is imperceptible after a couple of minutes.
  15. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.
  16. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer:

  1. Blush and Bronzers compacts are identical.  A bit confusing during a busy morning, unless compacts are stored upside down.
  2. Limited retail locations..mostly sold online.
  3. Due to the soft texture, powder kick-up is inevitable if a dense brush is utilized.
  4. Lighter skin tones may find his color too overwhelming–Beauty Sin or Golden Glow would make better choices.
  5. No other cons…this maybe my favorite bronzer yet.
Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer.

Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer on the hollows of the cheeks, on the temples and along the jaw line.

  • For the above photos, Vincent Longo Copper Kiss was applied with my Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush (reviewed here) on the hollows of the cheeks, on the temples, on the nose and along the jaw line.  This paired beautifully with Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Blush.  Due to the complex nature of this color, Copper Kiss also makes an outstanding eyeshadow for those mornings when a quick and easy look is required.

Bronzer Comparisons:

Bronzer Comparisons: Bobbi Brown Medium 2, Vincent Longo Copper Kiss, Dior Skin Nude Tan 003 Cinnamon, Laura Mercier Ritual, Edward Bess daydream, and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer.

Bronzer Comparisons:
Bobbi Brown Medium 2, Vincent Longo Copper Kiss, Dior Skin Nude Tan 003 Cinnamon, Laura Mercier Ritual, Edward Bess daydream, and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer.

Bronzer Comparisons: Bobbi Brown Medium 2, Vincent Longo Copper Kiss, Dior Skin Nude Tan 003 Cinnamon, Laura Mercier Ritual, Edward Bess daydream, and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer.

  • Bobbi Brown Medium 2 Bronzing Powder is a very deep ruddy based bronzer; not as smooth as Copper Kiss and requires a lot more blending for the color to appear seamless.
  • Dior Skin Nude Tan 003 Cinnamon was a color a Sephora rep talked me into buying.  My initial hesitation was substantiated from the first moment I applied this bad boy.  On my complexion, the color seemed to oxidize throughout the day into a muddy orange hue.
  • Laura Mercier Ritual was my 2013 summer obsession.  Ritual has a matte base with suspended red shimmers running throughout the formula.  Copper Kiss is silkier to the touch and slightly more luminous without being obvious.
  • Edward Bess Daydream (old formula) is a lovely neutral bronzer.  Vincent Longo Copper Kiss is a bit more rosy and has a subtle luminosity.  I no longer use this bronzer, because it contains parabens.  Edward’s newly formulated Daydream Bronzers do not.
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is a classic shade.  This color smells divine and the texture is wonderful.  However, if a heavy hand is used during application, the color has the potential to look muddy on certain skin tones.

Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer.

**Vincent Longo Cosmetics can be found at Nordstrom.com, Beauty.com, Dermstore.com and vincentlongo.com.**

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

Makeup would tell you Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer is one of the best bronzers I have ever used.  The silky texture, beautiful muted ruddy undertones, shimmer-free formula, luminous finish, amazing value and permanent status make this my favorite bronzer to date.  Until next time, be well, stay safe, be happy and bronzed 🙂

-Maria

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Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush review and photos.

Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush.

Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush.

Blushes have been an obsession of mine as of late.  My blush journey has led me to some very interesting formulas.  Whatever the case, nothing seemed to come close to my Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.  That was until, Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog featured Vincent Longo Dew Drop Blush in one of her posts.  In her comment to me, she described the texture of her Vincent Longo blush similar to that of Giorgio Armani Sheer Blushes.  Armed with this revelation, I immediately obtained Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush ($30 USD/ 9g).  As soon as I opened this beauty, I could tell my Giorgio Armani Blush was in for some serious competition.

Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush.

Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush.

Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush.

Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush.

The Pros of Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush:

  1. Beautiful peachy base color with gold and lavender pearls (aka: dew drops).
  2. Lightweight, silky smooth formula glides onto the skin.
  3. Subtle “dew drops” blend with the peach semi-matte color to give the blush a seamless radiant finish.
  4. Does not settle into pores or fine lines.
  5. Fantastic blendability and color payoff.
  6. Easily bluildable to show on the darkest of complexions.
  7. Can be used as a brightening peach eyeshadow.
  8. Wears for 8 hours when used dry–10 hours + when applied with a dampened brush.
  9. Sandalwood Blush contains 9 grams of product…well worth the investment.  This is the same amount as VL Bronzers and definitely more than what any other cosmetic brand offers in their blush line.
  10. The compact is well constructed with a magnetic closure; it can be opened fully to rest on a table for easy accessibility to the powder–especially important for makeup artists.
  11. Well balanced compact can also be positioned to sit upright if one needs to utilize the mirror for makeup application.
  12. Comes in six colors.
  13. Slight “fig” fragrance is imperceptible after a couple of minutes.
  14. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.
  15. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush:

  1. Vincent Longo Cosmetics are found in limited retail locations.
  2. Slight powder “kick-up” if a heavy hand is used when dipping a brush into the pan.
  3. Formulated with silicones and first ingredient is talc (some are concerned that talc contains asbestos, but cosmetic grade talc is said to be asbestos-free).
  4. Really no other cons…this blush is amazing!
Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush L-R: Heavy swatch, dry swatch and blended with Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Gelee Blush.

Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush L-R:
Heavy swatch, dry swatch and blended with Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Gelee Blush.

Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush with Estee lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Gelee Blush.

Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush with Estee lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Gelee Blush on the eyes and cheeks.

For such a delicate powder, Sandalwood’s color payoff is phenomenal and the slight sheen is flattering for all age groups.  Vincent Logo describes the dew drops as “meteorite pearls” designed to give the blush a muted radiance.  This faint illumination keeps the blush from looking too dull/chalky.  For those who seek a more glowing finish, I have found Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Illuminating Gelee Blush (reviewed here) pairs perfectly with Sandalwood. ♥

Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush with Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Gelee Blush on the eyes and cheeks.

Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush with Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Gelee Blush on the eyes and cheeks.

Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush makes a fantastic eyeshadow.  Peach colored eyeshdaows are known for their brighten effect.  For this look, I used my Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here) and applied Sandalwood, with the greatest of ease, all over the mobile lid area.  I then used my Billy B #12 Brush to apply Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio (reviewed here) to the outer corners.  I lightly dabbed Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby in the middle of the lid with my finger and applied a small amount to the inner counter of the eye with a dampened Billy B #12 Brush (reviewed here).  YSL 07 Gold Star Creme Eyeliner was used along the waterline.

Compact Comparisons: Nars, Estee Lauder and Vincent Longo.

Compact Comparisons:
Nars, Estee Lauder and Vincent Longo.

Compact Comparisons: Nars, Estee Lauder and Vincent Longo and Giorgio Armani.

Compact Comparisons:
Nars, Estee Lauder and Vincent Longo and Giorgio Armani.

Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush compact folds out completely for easy access to the powder.  This feature is particularly important to makeup artists so they are able to view and use products more efficiently.  Estee Lauder, Giorgio Armani and Vincent Longo are all properly balanced for easy usage.  As you can tell, the Nars compact does not open completely and is weighted in favor of the mirror, leaving the powder portion inconveniently elevated.

Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush ingredient list.

Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush ingredient list.

Vincent Longo Cosmetics can be found at Nordstrom.com, Dermstore.com, beauty.com and vincentlongo.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Radiant Blush is outstanding.  The formula, color, blendability, subtle radiance and packaging are all encompassed in this blush.  The well-edited selection of blush colors is sure to please everyone.  For a limited time, Vincentlongo.com is having a 30% sale until 7/16/14 with code VL7430.   For $21 (after the 30% discount) you are getting one of the best blush formulations in the business.  Up next, Vincent Longo Bronzer in Copper Kiss–psst…this guy is pretty amazing as well.   Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains an affiliate link. *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.