Glycerine testing

Friday, October 30, 2009

Ever wondered how much mediums really matter? Here are some swatches of shadow… I’m a believer, how ’bout you? :P

Remember: all images can be clicked on to be enlarged!

Dry / wet with just water / wet with half-water-half-glycerine medium.

What really sticks out for me when I use shadows wet vs. dry is the fact that they become way more intense. When you add glycerine, the water-glycerine-shadow mixture is thicker/”gooier” than just water and shadow, and gives an even darker, more intense colour, concentrating more pigment in one area. Another benefit? The wear time increases, too!

Now that I think of it, you could probably manage to do an entire eye with one shadow just by switching mediums. Hmmm… I may try this sometime!

The effect of water vs. glycerine on the shadow itself

This is Smashbox Smoke, for the record. It’s a grey shadow with a fairly matte finish, but a touch of fine shimmer interspersed throughout. The shimmer is more obvious if you enlarge the photo! It’s enough to make the matte finish a little less “blah,” but not enough to be very obvious. I like it, but wouldn’t encourage you to hunt it down or anything — it’s just grey; nothing special.

Look mom, I’m a mermaid!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Just another Halloween-applicable look that I’ve done and not gotten around to uploading. I figured now would be a good time to post my “out there” looks! Product listing below the cut.

To start, the look as I first planned it:


And now, the mermaid-y edge:


Half-face:



Used:
  • 88 palette
  • Scotch tape
  • Annabelle Glitterama liner in Plutonium
  • MAC Blacktrack fluidline
  • NYX Milk jumbo pencil
  • Rimmel Lycra Lash Extender mascara

So how does a line famous for oil cleansing fare with eye creams?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

What it is: DHC‘s Concentrated Eye Cream, which is technically suitable for all skintypes, not just ageing skin. Prevention is the best offence when it comes to skincare, right?

The texture: This is actually quite thick, and reminds me of what would happen if you left a dollop of body lotion on the counter for a day. Kind of lumpy, like the lovechild of oatmeal and lotion. However, once it comes into contact with the warmth of your skin, it “melts” and takes on much thinner properties. (It’s still quite thick at that point, though.) You basically have two choices with this one: tap it into the skin and apply a rather heavy layer, or end up tugging your eye area a touch to thin it out.

Other physical stuff: This has a slightly herbal-medicinal scent that really turned me off it, but the scent isn’t too strong and dissipates quickly. It feels incredibly heavy when applied, even though a little goes a very long way, but sinks in after five to ten minutes and I forget about it completely. And for the important stuff: on a scale from “one” to “super-moisturising,” I’d put this at a nine! It definitely has a respectable amount of moisture to give.

Ingredients: (holy crap this is a long list)
water/aqua/eau, butylene glycol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, stearic acid, hydrogenated palm oil, squalane, glycerin, pentylene glycol, polysorbate 60, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, cetyl alcohol, sorbitan stearate, alcohol, phenoxyethanol, potassium hydroxide, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, carbomer, magnesium aluminum silicate, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, tocopherol, biosaccharide gum-1, aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut) seed extract, sodium hyaluronate, sasa veitchii leaf extract, panax ginseng root extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, royal jelly extract, citric acid
The verdict? This is a pretty darn good eye cream, but what bugs me is that there is no SPF — and that’s absolutely vital for your sensitive, thin-skinned undereye area! I would compare this to Clinique’s All About Eyes Rich, which is $28.50 for 0.5oz, slightly pricier per ounce than the DHC’s $31.50 for 0.7oz.

Consider it if you’ll be buying high-end, as it’s of that calibre (in my opinion) but slightly cheaper. However, if you were planning on sticking to a drugstore / low-end eye cream, don’t break the bank for this.

My sister has some pretty kickass friends

Monday, October 26, 2009

Re: this.

The subtle fantasy edge of Halloween

I finally tried out my 3D Silver (LOVE IT) and MUFE 92… here are the results! I didn’t do a full face because I’m a lazy ass, but perhaps this can inspire you to do one. Product listing at bottom.

(And yah, in true Rae fashion, I didn’t do this for Halloween. I actually did this about a month ago, just for the hell of it.)

How to:
Cover lid in primer, and a white base. Fill brows. Sweep a violet shadow all over the lid, then intensify with a slightly darker one in the outer corner. Line upper and lower lashlines with black liquid liner, and draw in swoops. Fill areas within swoops and lower lashline with white for emphasis. Hilight the inner corner and under the brow.
Curl lashes and coat with mascara, conceal undereye area. Press glitter onto eye area with fingertips.

Colour used:
  • NYX Milk jumbo pencil
  • MUFE 92
  • MAC 3D Silver glitter
  • Senna Destiny
  • MAC Vanilla pigment
Base and boring stuff used:
  • Annabelle Black Out liquid liner
  • Rimmel Lycra Lash Extender
  • Smashbox Brow Tech in Soft Brown
  • MAC 217 and 321, Stila 10, and Smashbox 4 brushes
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