Archive | April 2013

Illamasqua Eurydice Lipstick

 

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Illamasqua Eurydice Lipstick

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Hotness!

Such a beautiful shade!  So great for Spring and Summer. It’s a bright fuchsia pink in a matte finish. I’m not exactly a fan of matte finishes mostly because they are a bit drying for me and I like my lipsticks to just glide on. Also I don’t like how they emphasize the lines on my lips. I guess I should just exfoliate my lips more often and I won’t have this issue. Anyway, this lipstick went on really dry, however I didn’t find this drying to my lips.  It felt a bit more creamy once it was applied and as it warmed up on my lips. Because it is matte it wore on me all day because it hugged the lips and did not budge. Even after me eating lunch and drinking water, I was left with a pink stain. You definitely need to exfoliate your lips before this but I Love this! I might have to get more Illamasqua Lipsticks!

Have you tried any lipsticks from Illamasqua?

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Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist + My Jurlique experience

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I went to the Jurlique Spa in Santa Monica for a facial because I got a great deal on a facial and I have been experiencing some congestion on my skin and as a result getting some dark spots. I Like to get a facial every 6 months, at least, just as an upkeep and a deep clean. Clear and healthy skin is important. So first off my esthetician, Niecha, was amazing! She really knew her stuff and she really gave me probably the best facial experience ever, and I have gotten a lot of facials.

I have never tried this brand because I like my current skin routine, Lush has brought me through some trying times with my skin and I love them and had no intentions on changing up. This time after my facial, for the first time probably ever, I was wowed by how my skin looked. I could actually see my skin glowing. And ny aln looked brighter. Usually after a facial my skin looks fine but it’s a bit red and a bit swollen because of some extractions or whatever. But not this time. It was amazing. I got a skin brightening facial, where everything used was from their Purely Bright Line.
SO I bought a few items that I felt would help my skin with the dark spots and what I especially liked. I don’t ever buy anything after a facial even when they try to upsell because they are professionals and they know how to make you look good.

The rosewater mist is one thing I bought because I liked how it felt moisturizing without that oily feel. I have rosewater but it feels a bit slippery or oily, not overly so but I can feel it so I only use it when my skin is really dry or dull looking. The Jurlique rosewater mist doesn’t feel oily at all but still does a great job at hydrating the skin. It is suitable for ALL skin types. I absolutely love this stuff and it comes in two sizes(one good for traveling and a slightly bigger one that’s good for home) and I love using this to set my makeup. It gives such an amazing healthy glow.
Jurlique pride themselves on having all natural products, which I love! And their products smell so good and potent. During my facial I was lying there and inhaling every product used and all I could say was, ‘this smells so good!’

From the site about the Rosewater Mist
A daily hydrating mist featuring the relaxing scent of rose that restores and hydrates the complexion and is ideal for normal/combination skin types
The Benefits:
∙Balancing mist to restore and hydrate.
∙Leaves skin feeling refreshed, balanced and soothed.
∙Provides natural antioxidant protection.

The Ingredients:
∙Marshmallow and Glycerin help prevent moisture loss and intensely hydrate and soften the skin.
∙Rose and Aloe Vera soften, soothe and calm the skin.
∙Grapefruit Seed provides antioxidant protection.

Have you tried this Brand? Do Tell!

Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand- Gold

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Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand Gold

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This product is really nice. The formula is really nice and it’s almost like a gel feel; not exactly a cream, definitely not a liquid. It gives a really subtle highlight to the face(I love it on my cheeks). It’s not super shimmery and it gives a nice iridescence. The gold shade is really beautiful and super universal because it’s not dark or warm toned but it’s not too light because of the gold base. Even on the darkest or fairest skin this would give a nice glow or sheen. This comes in one other shade, pearl, which I think is more suited for fair to medium skin tones.

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it feels really nice on the skin. It’s not greasy or oily and it doesn’t add oily to my skin. It doesn’t make my oily skin look or feel extra oily because even though it goes on creamy, it dries to like a powered finish. This brightens up the skin and complexion beautifully. It’s a natural glow that makes the skin look healthy. I highly recommend this as a great, solid highlighter.

I am not, however, a fan of the packaging. It is easy to travel with; you can drop it in your purse and go but there’s a click button on the bottom that distributes the product and if you accidentally push it, the it comes out from the brush. I am also on the fence about this brush applicator. It’s cool  and different and makes it really nice for quick application but it’s not really sanitary, especially for a makeup artist. You would have to apply it to a clean palette then apply to the client. And you can’t see how much product you have inside.

What do you think?

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I Am Woman

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I created this look using the Nars palette, And God Created the Woman. Love love love this palette. The shadows are so soft and pigmented. I like this look for a date night, subtle but eye catching. Hope you like it!

I used:
Alhambra on the lid and under the brow
Kalahari in the crease
Coconut Grove lightly to define the crease
Lise Waiter Feline Liquid Liner HD upper lash line
Urban decay Bourbon Eye Pencil on lower lash line
Kiss I-envy lashes
Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg

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Mac Brazenly Eyeshadow- Look and Event Photots

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Mac Brazenly Eyeshadow

I picked this new eyeshadow from Mac’s nudes and metallics collection that launched with the baking beauties, extra dimension collections. Mac just puts way too much stuff out at once and it drives me nuts!!  And I wasn’t exactly impressed with Baking Beauties or Extra Dimension. Anyhow, I went to the Baking Beauties pre launch party a week ago and I wanted a couple other shades from the nudes collection but they sold out before I could checkout and then I was over it when it launched last Thursday.

Did you pick up anything from any of these launches?

A couple of pictures from the party.

Check put my instagram and Facebook pages for more cool photos of the event:

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Mac Baking Beauties Pre Launch Party

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Super Classy- Like only Mac knows how! Cheers!

But I did get my hands on this eyeshadow shade, Brazenly, which is a beautiful, vibrant plum shade. I immediately fell in love with this. There’s some sheen, not a lot of glitter which I like in my shadows. The Nudes and Metallics stuff was quite nice, some were dupable(I forgot the names but Coppering and Cranberry were easy dupes for 2 shadow shades).

In this look I paired Brazenly eyeshadow with Coppering and I really liked how it came together. On my cheeks I broke out my Mac Amazon Princess. I forgot how much I love that blush!

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Mac Brazenly with Mac Coppering Eyeshadow

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It was a easy look I did for another MAC pro event featuring work from celebrity makeup artist Val Garland.
Here are some pictures. Check out my instagram and facebook pages to see more pictures. It was a beautiful, creative, and inspiring installation of work!

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Ciao for now!

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Installation of Makeup artist Val Garland

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Simple yet Bold and Eye catching

Nars And God Created the Woman palette

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Nars Eyeshadow Palette

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Eyeshadow Palette

I love a good range of neutral eyeshadows so when I saw this Limited Edition palette in Sephora and knew I had to have it. I didn’t get it right away because I have been trying to cut back on makeup buying but then I became obsessed with this palette. All I could think about was getting this palette Can you see why? It’s so lovely!  I’ve never tired Nars eyeshadows so I thought this set would be perfect for me. You get 6 shades of neutrals(2 mattes, 2 with shimmer and two with sheen), a mini brush and a mini smudgeproof primer; Not bad for $59, in my opinion. The eye shades are Alhambra, Bellisima, Kalahari, Galapagos, Coconut Grove, Night Clubbing. I bought it primarily for Galapagos and Coconut Grove but I love all the shades in the palette.

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L-R Alhambra, Bellisima, Kalahari, Galapagos, Coconut Grove, Night Clubbing

I love how compact this is. It’s so easy to travel with this; it fits perfectly in my travel bag when I’m going light and I can create easy looks for the day or evening.

I have only seen this at Sephora. It’s not on the Nars site so I think it’s a Sephora exclusive. It’s still available if you want a good solid eye palette. The shades are super pigmented and smooth. No dryness with these babies.

What’s your favorite Eyeshadow palette?

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

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Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

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I was looking for something to use daily for SPF purposes. I thought I’d try this since I’ve read a lot of good reviews. I must say it delivers nicely. I’ve been using this tinted moisturizer for about 2 months now and I really like it. It’s the best tinted moisturizer I’ve tried. Laura Mercier gave me nice coverage but was too thick, and Mac broke me out. Nars Tinted moisturizer provides a natural, dewy finish. I really like the finish. Even with my oil skin, my skin doesn’t look oily or greasy. The consistency is pretty thin but provides really nice coverage and it feels nice on the skin. I don’t feel like I’m wearing anything. Sometimes I might add some concealer under my eyes or if I have blemishes since this is not a foundation. I use this daily and it lasts my full work day, 6 hours. I might need to touch up with some powder if I’m going out after work or something and It looks fresh again on me.

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It’s a broad spectrum SPF 3o tinted moisturizer so It’s ideal for good sun protection. The product is supposed to even out your skin tone and help with skin issues. It might help the skin but I don’t see any change in my skin. I have noticed that I sometimes breakout in the same area(around my nose) since I’ve been using this and I’m not sure if it’s the product or just my skin acting crazy. However I’m not breaking out all over which is why I’m still using it.

There are a nice variety of shades and I bet there is something for everyone. For Reference I am NC 45 in Mac, 175 in MUFE. This shade is Martinique med/dark 3. The med/dark 2 was pretty nice too but It would’ve been way too light when Summer hits. #3 had a bit more red to it.

Have you tried Nars tinted moisturizer? How do you like it?
If not, what do you wear daily?