FOTDs from the past: Ideas for your New Year’s Eve look

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy last-day-of-2009, folks! Here are a couple of ideas for your New Year’s look.

You could be the smokey-eyed supervixen,

You could be the soft but colourful temptress,

You could be the subtle and classic darling,

Or the sex kitten of the night.

Whoever you choose to be, remember that you’re still you — well, that, and the fact that everyone has a camera phone nowadays. So stay safe, keep q-tips and false lash glue on hand, and start the new year with a bang!

The five most expensive… skincare items at Bergdorf’s

So I’m turning these lists into a series, of sorts. It’s like an awful condition in which I cannot help myself — I have to find out what they are! Today we’re going to look at items a little differently: one item per category, rather than the five priciest in order. I’ve skipped categories though, because there are a lot of them. As usual, sets are excluded and the cost-per-ounce is not taken into consideration.

This is a long one, so you’ll have to click the “read more” button for the list!

Cleansers, Scrubs, and Toners

All of these names are confusing me! What counts, what doesn’t?! Oh well. The winner is La Prarie with their $255 Cellular Microdermabrasion Cream (which I suppose counts as a super-hardcore exfoliator) because I’ve decided Sisely‘s Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence is just too confusing and must therefore be a $320 treatment rather than a cleansing product. Ha! Take that, Sisely.Moisturisers
So after deciding this super-huge La Mer was out of the running because, well, it’s super-huge, I was left with another decision to make. Does this $1500 ReVive Peau Magnifique box count as a) a moisturiser, and b) something that is not a set? Because Bergdorf seems to think so, but I’m not sure.
If that doesn’t count, then the most expensive not-sixteen-freakin’-ounces facial moisturiser is the $1000 La Prairie Cellular Cream Platinum Rare, whose name may or may not make sense. (I’m on the “does not make sense” team. The words make sense, but they’re not in order, guys. We are not in France.)
Serums and Treatments
For $1500 (no, I didn’t slip in an extra zero), I’d much rather head to the doctor’s office than pick up Guerlain‘s Orchidee Imperiale treatment. It is stunning, though. I will give it that at least.
Lip Care
At $180, Sisily ParisBotanical Eye & Lip Contour Complex is enough to give me a complex! It makes my “splurg-y” Bobbi Brown lip balm look like it’s for someone in the poorhouse. Oh wait… I am.
Sun Protection (anything under SPF45 has been disqualified.)
Is your face worth $115? Because Natura Bisse thinks it is. Don’t feel bad if your answer was “no,” though, because mine sure as hell was. I mean, I love my skin, but it’s not trying out their SPF50 Sun Defense Cream anytime soon!

Eye care
This was a hard choice — Estee Lauder won, in a way, with their $400 Re-Nutriv Re-Creation… but it’s technically a set. So instead, the winner is La Prairie, with a $375 Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream. This is so luxe, as a matter of fact, that they say that it contains “twenty millileters” of product rather than 20mL. Now if that doesn’t say “too expensive for you” I don’t know what does!

When fake… is a good thing

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What it is: Revlon‘s Fantasy Lenghts false lashes, which from here on in will be called the “FL lashes,” because I am a lazy arse. They come in both self-adhesive and glue-on styles, so I’ll be discussing both!

These are false lashes.
They were not ripped from the lids
Of a human being.

The self-adhesives:
I personally don’t like these (as I’ve now found out) because if you don’t get the right position the first time, there’s a greater chance that the lash will fall off partially and throw you into lash-flap city. (It’s an ugly place to be.) And, as a perfectionist, I neeeed my lashes to be EXACTLY where I want them to be.

Intensifying self-adhesives, seen here.

For those of you that do like self-adhesives, though, these are good ones — they’re sticky enough to stay on well, but not so sticky they pull your natural lashes out. Another thing to note if you have monolids is that, for those of us (like me!) whose lash lines touch their lids in some places, the adhesive strip is… well, it’s adhesive. Which means that it’ll try to adhere to your fold, too! (So remember to set with powder, as strange as that may sound.) The adhesive strip is black and thick, so you’ll have to line with black (preferably liquid or gel for the opacity) to make these look natural.

The self-adhesives come with lashes, an extra pair of self-adhesive glue strips, an applicator, and even instructions!

The glue-on lashes: Ahh, now this is what I’m used to! There really isn’t much to say specifically for these ones; they’re pretty standard as far as lashes go. What I did notice, though (through the whole FL line, not just the glue-on lashes) was that each lash was very thin and tapered — this may sound like nothing, but trust me: when it comes to falsies, the thinner the better. Thin lashes are more costly for the manufacturer, as they have to make more lashes per strip, but they look much more natural than falsies whose individual lashes are flat and thick. The wispies that many of these lashes taper down to are perfect for blending into your normal lashes, because that’s what our lashes actually look like! (Thin and lonely, boo.)

Flirty glue-ons

The verdict? I love ’em so much I could dance. Actually, you know what? I will dance.

—dancing break—

Aaand now, back to work. I really like the design of the FL lashes (they’re all very delicate and classy) and the quality is superb! They seem very sturdy, despite the thinness of each lash, so you’ll likely get three to five wears per set. (The self-adhesives come with an extra self-adhesive strip and an applicator, but you can always peel off the self-adhesive strip and use them as glue-on lashes.)

Defining self-adhesives

Two other nice, surprising things? The self-adhesives are latex-free, which is great for gals (or guys) with allergies! And a pair of lashes, according to, is regular $5.49 (but on sale for $3.84 right now.) I have to say it: major steal alert! The quality of these is above Ardell’s (and yes, that’s coming from an avid Ardell lover) and actually comparable to the pairs of falsies you’d pick up for $15-30 at Sephora… so pick some up, especially if they’re on sale! Drugstore lashes are a great way to start if you’re a false-lashe newbie, and these would be perfect — you get the quality of a more expensive lash, but without the high price.

Minx glue-on lashes

Note: the Revlon site page kind of sucks (sorry, Revlon!) so I’m directing you towards Madame Madeline‘s if you want to see some product photos. It looks like they have the whole collection, with a slew of glue-on, self-adhesive, AND individual lashes!

I love you, NARS

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

It’s nice to see that not all makeup companies have lost their sense of humour! Honestly, I think one of the main problems with those promo images may have been simply that companies have been taking themselves too seriously — when what they should have been taking was a lesson from NARS! It’s okay to laugh at yourself sometimes :P In fact, it’s healthy!

Creating the perfect canvas

The product: Vincent Longo‘s Water Canvas Primer.
The ingredients:

Water Dimethicone Dipropylene Glycol Peg-8 Dimethicone Copolyol Crosspolymer SD Alchohol 39-C Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer Phenyl Trimethicone Sodium PCA Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate Pyridoxine HCI Polygonum Bistorta Root Extract Butylene Glycol Sodium Citrate Methyl Paraben Methylcellulose Tocopherol

The basics: I like how this dries to a smooth, scent-free finish, though it smells a little chemicaly when you first apply it. The consistency is thinner than many other primers (for instance, Tarte Clean Slate) and its finish mirrors that — with a thick, jello-like (mmm, jello!) primer you often get more of a slippery finish, but with something that’s more of a liquid-gel the final result feels quite different. Your skin soaks it right up, and it’s as if you can feel your pores tighten. Not in a bad way, though — it definitely doesn’t seep moisture from your skin, and though it feels more taught it by no means feels dry.

The wear: Once this dries, the finish is smooth and (fine) lines are blurred. No, it’s not the holy grail of anti-ageing, but any good primer helps blur fine lines. I find that my skin stays oil-free for longer when I wear this, and my colour stays on longer as well. I can’t pick it out from the ingredients, but the product description mentions silica — and the silica’s very prevelant in this! You can feel it in the finish, and I’m willing to bet my favourite eyshadow that it’s the silica that keeps the oilies away.

Random photo of my hand.
Just kidding. Primed skin.

The difference:
Like any good primer, this makes colour “stick” to your skin and enhances wear. In the photo below, the blush above the line is on bare skin and below the line, it’s on primed skin.

(Lancome Aplum, if I’m not mistaken.)

The verdict? If you like a slippery, silicone-y finish, this is not for you. However, if you have oilier skin, you like a weightless finish, and you can afford it (this one’s not cheap at $44 a pop) it’s definitely worth checking out. I really like this, especially in my t-zone, but primers are a very personal choice!

2010 Spring collections gone wrong

Monday, December 28, 2009

Here are three Spring 2010 collections with god-awful promo images. I mean, they all had very good (and very visible) intentions, but they were just… very poorly executed, if you ask me.

Dior, Clarins, and YSL respectively. Opinions?

And, finally, Shu Uemura’s Egerie collection. I can’t decide if I totally love or totally hate this — for now, it just confuses me. Are you fierce (the shadow, hair, shirt, nails,) whimsical (the colours, glistening bits,) or girly (pastel shadows, light colours)?

I mean, I definitely liked that they’re being risky and mixing all of the above. I just can’t decide if they suceeded, or if they mixed and failed miserably!

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