Squeaky clean, no soap or sink required.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Product: Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets

The Rundown: Though they’re not the most glamorous, they’re a) cheap, and b) easily accessible! You can pick ’em up at any drugstore – I always check to see if they’re on sale, and stock up when they are. These ones are the original format, but they come in a few snazzy scents now, too.

A clean sheet… boring much?

Effectiveness: Unlike some tissues, these are soft and filmy – meaning that when you pull it across your face, you not only pick up all the oil, you also don’t smear your makeup! Once the oil is in the tissue, it turns a dark, translucent blue, so you know when a sheet is used up. And it seems to be “trapped”: it’s not going to come off that sheet, don’t worry! I use one of these a week, with touchups once a day at lunch, but someone with oilier skin (like my sister) can go through two or three of these a day.

Used – you can see where it’s captured oil!

And up to the light, to show its translucence.

The verdict? Buy it if you’re looking for a great blotting tissue! It definitely does what it’s supposed to, and it does so very well. I’d like to try out some others, but I keep forgetting to grab some when I go to Sephora! Those that I have tried (not many) have been more expensive and less effective, though.

And puppy dog’s tails

Monday, July 20, 2009

Product: MAC’s 225 blending brush (?)

What I use it for: blending colours all over my lid, and for – surprise! – contouring my nose.
Loves: This makes a great detail face contour brush, for areas like your nose and under your lower lip. It’s pretty darn soft, and the bristles are dense but soft, just as they should be in a blending brush!

Dislikes: I don’t love the size of this brush; unless you’re trying to blend all the products on your lid together to form one big glob, you’ll have to be super-careful. But as long as you are careful, or if you’re trying to get a gradient effect, it’ll be great!The Verdict? This brush has been discontinued, which I think was a good thing. It’s nice, but by no means is it a must-have. Which is why this review was so short! Why waste my time reviewing something you’d have to hunt down, but isn’t worth hunting down?

How many languages do you speak?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Hopefully, in a few weeks, I’ll be able to say “two, fluently!” I know a lot of you ladies probably have multiple languages, so I’d love to hear what they are!

[And no, I don’t speak Chinese. I’m so damn tired of people asking me a)CAN YOU TRANSLATE THIS?! and b)WHY DON’T YOU SPEAK CHINESE?!, always in tones LIKE THIS — clearly — because they are a)ignorant, or b)annoying.

I am Canadian. And that is what I speak. Now stuff it, jerks.]

Gold/purple tutorial

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I did a quick tutorial for yesterday’s look – on my eye, though, not on mum’s! I didn’t want to make her sit through all the photos etc.

You can do this in a simple three-step method, so stick around or scroll down. We’ll go over the materials/products first.

The materials:

I always do intersecting swatches to see which bases to pair with my shadows, and I thought you guys might like to see them! Bases are the one thing I cannot stress enough – they make a huge difference on the outcome of your look! I love mixing and matching products. It not only helps with staying powder, but it also amps up the vibrancy a TON!

Purples —
I ended up choosing Senna Twilight mixed with Korres Plum overtop of Smashbox Smashing Mystic jumbo pencil fort his look, though in real life I would have just used Twilight. (It doesn’t show up as well on camera as it did in real life!)

Golds —
Man, these were SO different over a base! Some of them turned orange, others brown… and one, the perfect shade of gold! I went with the Victoria’s Secret Mosaic Moss palette, which contains a gold shade. In real life, I’d layer it over Benefit Gilded, but for the photos, I chose Smashbox Smashing Velvet jumbo pencil as my base.

The steps:
1. Apply a base. Messiness doesn’t matter! Use a synthetic concealer/cream product brush or your finger to “pat” the product into itself, the other shade, and your lid. Don’t rub; this will only rub the product off.
2. Apply corresponding shadows overtop.
3. Blend. I know this looks more subdued in the photos than step #2, but I’m not quite sure why. In real life, the transition between 2 and 3 is definitely necessary and is conducive to a cleaner look! Get rid of all those harsh lines.
That’s it!
Line and apply mascara if you wish; I didn’t bother, as I knew I wouldn’t be wearing this out of the house.

One look, two different lid types

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I tried something different today: instead of just using an eye look as inspiration, I decided to do it on my monolid, and then use the same look for double (normal) lids! It was definitely fun, and not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be (as this one’s vertically, not horizontally, blended.) Tutorial here.

The promo that inspired the look:I know that my camera white balances very warm/bronze in DIRECT-direct sunlight (as in, oh-g0d-my-eyes-are-burning sunlight), and I wanted that bronzed look to match the promo – so I took the finished photos in this lighting!

Here’s my mum’s eye to start with. I did mine first, and hers about two hours later, so it was dark by the time we finished hers! I had to bump the ISO to 400 in order to get a clear image, so please excuse the noise! I really loved how her eye looked very purple from one side, and very gold from the other!
For the record, she’d never wear something like this out of the house – nor would I force her to! I know she isn’t the optimal age for this look, but she’s the only double lid I have easy access to, so dammit, I will take advantage of that fact! :P

And, finally, here’s my eye:

Hope you enjoyed the post! I had SO much fun doing a similar look on a monolid and a double lid – it was definitely fun making tiny alterations for the different lid types!

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