TAG: Top 5 I'm Late / I Can't Be Bothered Products

luglio 25, 2013

NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara // MAC Eyebrow Pencil Fling // Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Liquifuschia // Bourjois Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer // Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation
To tell the truth I always enjoy taking my time with my makeup and I'd rather set the alarm clock 10 minutes early than rush on my skincare and makeup routine. However on a day when I'm simply chilling at home waiting for Mr Postman or I have to make a quick run for the post office or the supermarket, I tend to keep it easy and create an effortless face with a handful of trusty products.

When I'm in a hurry, blender sponges are my best friends. A few bounces on my skin are enough to achieve an even, air-brushed finish and blend foundation, concealer and cream blush together for a flawless look. My foundation of choice for easy looks is Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation (10.99£). It lasts well on my skin and it's almost a perfect match for my fair complexion. Its soft yellow undertone is enough to hide redness and little blemishes but if my skin needs an extra unf I add a bit of Bourjois Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer (6.99£) where I need it. It's a neutral based concealer that therefore works well on both imperfections and light dark circles, with the same radiant finish and skincare benefits of the foundation formula.

There's nothing quite like bright pinks to instantly lift and brighten the face. Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow in Liquifuschia (19£) it's an uber bright hot pink blush that might look quite scary in the pan but looks incredible on the skin. The formula blends beautifully and is well pigmented so a little goes a very long way. I can also dab it on my lips with my fingertips for a modern stain-ish effect that last well for a few hours without feeling drying. Another good double duty product for lips and cheeks is the Stila Convertible Color (16£) even if I don't find the formula equally comfortable on the lips.

Well-defined eyebrows are a must to balance out the bright lips and sculpted cheeks. A few strokes of MAC Fling Eye Brows (13£) and I'm good to go. I don't know how many of these I went through but I keep repurchasing it over and over again without fail. It's such a good match for my fair brows and fills in any gaps in a very natural way.
Last but not least I give a nice curl to my lashes and slap on my favourite mascara. A light coat of NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara (18.50£)  it's enough to hold the curl all day and both define and volumize my lashes for a barely-there day look.

What are you go-to products for lazy or hurried days?


The Event: Youngblood Press Cocktail

luglio 24, 2013

A few days ago I attended press day for Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics to check out the line and steal some tips on mineral makeup application. I've been curious about Youngblood for a while now but I've never had the chance to play with the products before.
Knowing the line was created purposely for traumatized skins from cosmetic surgeries and laser treatments and skin conditions such as acne and rosacea, I was expecting something tamed and a bit dull to be honest; instead I discovered an all-around line, completed with tools - oh, those kitten-soft brushes, they did really steal my heart! - and even mineral setting mists - I recommend you try the Mint and Ginger one for an immediate energy boost -. For someone used to MAC and INGLOT's shade range, the selection might look a little boring at first, but there's something for everyone in the line, which includes universally flattering shades and beautiful, natural hues with the occasional burst of bright teal and red and glossy fuchsia and tangerine. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of foundation formulas and finishes and I really enjoyed the shimmering, long-wearing cream blushes; but the main thing I got really excited about is the not quite creamy, not quite powdery texture of the eyeshadows. Actually the Vintage eyeshadow quad might have accidentally worked its way inside my endless wishlist.
Overall a very interesting line, definitely worth checking out, especially if you have problematic or sensitive skin. Not the most affordable makeup line for sure, but keep in mind that first rate ingredients don't come for free.

Have you tried Youngblood cosmetics?


On My Wishlist This Week #14

luglio 06, 2013

Flora By Gucci Glorious Mandarin EDT // KORRES Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Lip Cooler // MAC Brush Roll Large // KORRES Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial // NARS Strada Eyeshadow

001 The Gucci lady at the mall sprayed me by surprise the other day and the only reason I didn't bite her head off is I actually love the scent. Glorious Mandarin doesn't really have a citrusy smell as I expected but it's fresh and crisp and the floral notes add a nice balance to the mix. I think 'happy' would be the perfect word to describe this scent. So lovely.

002 I'm not big on lip glosses but sometimes in the summer lipsticks can feel too heavy and I can barely stand wearing them. KORRES Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Lip Cooler is both a treatment and a non-sticky gloss: the formula contains micro exfoliating beads to get rid of dry skin and Greek yogurt proteins to nourish the lips. The doe-foot applicator also features a rollerball for an extra cooling and soothing effect. Sounds like a gimmick to be honest but I'm curious to give it a try.

003 If all goes well I'll be going on a cruise at the end of September for a job. I haven't done a serious trip in ages and I need to update my brush packing system, because I'll need to pack my own and the ones for the freelance job as well. I actually saw a fellow makeup artist use the Large Brush Roll by MAC at school and it looked extremely practical and roomy, with a lot of space for your brushes and a nice zippered pouch for pencils, disposables and extra tools.

004 Super-charged Greek yogurt proteins? Facial-in-a -jar? SOLD. KORRES Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial is one of the most hyped up products of the season and according to the enthusiastic reviews I've been reading lately, this uber hydrating and smoothing night mask is truly a life changer. We'll see.

005 I recently swatched it in store and NARS Strada stole my heart right away. At first I was a little unsure about the quite noticeable gold glitters; however the amethyst shade is just perfect for my coloring. Unfortunately I read is very hard to work with so maybe I'll look for a dupe first. Have you tried it?

What are you lusting on this week?