The science of lips

Friday, August 7, 2009

I will never understand brown-toned lip colours. Pink, peach, red — all those, I can come to terms with. But brown?! How nineties is that???!

Anyhow.Here’s some more Aura Science! Here are two line lip pencils (god, I love AS’ simple names!) in “Walnut Brown” and “Sugar Plum”, these simply-packaged pencils are incredibly creamy, and very pigmented!
Let’s start with the packaging: they’re a little on the long side and therefore a touch awkward, but it’s worth it. Why, you ask? (Shh, let me finish explaining before you ask questions!) The length allows for a lip brush on the opposite end, which though cumbersome in low-end pencils is absolutely freaking brilliant! in this situation. Because Aura Science isn’t skimping out here on the packaging, the lip brushes are soft but still dense and firm enough to apply colour gorgeously, weather it’s to blend out your liner or apply the perfect lipstick on top of it.As for the shades? Clearly, I won’t get much use out of Walnut Brown, but Sugar Plum is just the most incredibly versitile berry plum, wearable on both my medium-toned warm mother and my very fair, cool toned skin!I wish they still made these :(

Aura Science brushes are love, as expected.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Because I don’t want to cause you physical pain, I figured I’d review these brushes all at once.

In sort, it’s because they. Are. Fabulous.
Overview: I love the look of these brushes – sleek and sophisticated. They’re subtle and well-made, bit what irks me is that fact that they’re not individually labelled! Imagine trying to rebuy your MAC 219 without that number. What a nightmare! But we won’t (sadly enough) have to worry about that.

I also loved the fact that the ferrule is super-long. Not only does that add to the luxe factor, it means that they’re less of a chance you’ll destroy your brushes while washing them! (Water in the ferrule = weakened glue.) All of these brushes are great quality (none of them have shed yet) and feel sturdy. The weighting is great, and they all deliver!

Foundation brushTwo-second rundown: Synthetic, fairly wide, and with a thicker base than the others.

Details: The bristles are stiff, but not to the point that they’re abrasive. I’ve never been much of a foundation brush fan (you know that. I hate foundation!) but I can say in all honesty that this is a pretty darn good one! The application hasn’t streaked at all for me thus far, no matter what I’ve used it with.

Grade: A-
It’s lovely, but not a must-have.

Brow brushTwo-second rundown: Natural bristles, very short and stiff. This is a thick brow brush. (Some are like liner brushes, but some have more bristles – think 1mm dense vs 3mm dense.

Details: Wow – talk about stiff! I’m not joking, folks, this is the most hardcore brow filing brush I’ve ever seen. That means that it holds up brilliantly, though, and the colour is always very even! And it’s not stiff to the point that it’ll hurt you.

Well, that’s a lie. I was uncomfortable. But I mean, 99.9% of brushes hurt me.

Grade: B+
Great results, but it’s a little… utilitarian, to say the least.

Crease/pencil brushTwo-second rundown: Natural, domed bristles. It’s quite small – this is thinner than my pencil, and the bristles come straight out of the brush, continuing the line. Think MAC 219, a pencil brush.

Details: OH MY FREAKING GOD. Does that clear it up for you? This brush is LOVE. It’s super-soft, and blends amazingly. It’s perfect for working in the crease or in the V, and can do everything from sheer and blended to super-dense and blended colour. Due to the small size, it’s great for those of us with very little lid space!

Grade: A+++
Can I put more plus signs on? Because if I’m allowed, I totally will.

Concealer brushTwo-second rundown: Synthetic and flat; the size of a normal concealer brush! Perhaps a little wider.

This does a pretty good job of applying cream shadows and concealers, as well as blending them out a bit. You won’t get a super-neat, super-precise application with this, but it will be smooth and even. Because it’s a large concealer brush and not a precision one, you’ll only be able to use this for large patches of discolouration, applying colour or primer to your lids, and on your undereye circles. But it does all of the above quite well!

Grade: B+
Again, it’s a nice brush, but it’s nothing special.

The verdicts: I know they’re not being sold anymore, but if you have a chance to buy some for a great price… do. It’s as simple as that! They’re wonderful basics if they’re well-priced*, and the pencil brush is defnitely worth it, no matter what!

*read: cheaper than MAC, or in the same price range. The exception? The pencil brush — I’d honestly pay above retail for that thing, I love it so much.

It snowed again yesterday. Like, actually.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I haven’t done an eye look recently (well, I have, but I haven’t posted one) so that’s what you’re getting today! I know someone was really hoping for a tutorial on this one, but there isn’t one – sorry! Instead, I did a tutorial for a similar-but-more-dramatic look, using essentially the same set of colours and tools. It’ll be up… eventually. I’m not quite sure when!

Anyhow, here are some eye shots and a half-face for your enjoyment! It was super “blah” outside, and I had no motivation to wash off makeup when I was done (my least favourite part of the day) so I only did the one eye – and just the lid!

No mascara, no blush, no brow powder… nada! Excuse the face x.x

A bronzed Summer look

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

[aformentioned title must be said with the voice of a sportscaster. Or a car salesman.]

Here’s the look: (get used to this mug, girls, because you’ll probably be seeing it a lot more from now on, since it’s finally light enough to take natural sunlight photos when I get home!)Photos were taken with flash (they usually aren’t), and with hair tied back to give a more “summery” look. I’m always way more yellow/tanned with flash, which worked well for this look! The bronzer does look much more harsh than it does in real life because of it, but that’s alright :P

And here’s how to get it!

1. Apply normal foundation, or gradually mix your normal and summer foundations.
2. Set with powder.
3. Dust on a non-orange light bronzing powder (I used MAC Golden) all over your face, neck, and chest. Don’t do this while wearing a shirt!!
4. Very lightly apply a darker, more berry bronzing powder (MAC Bronze) where you would contour – under your cheekbones,your temples, and a touch along the peripherals of your face. Blend, and sweep your brush over your nose, chin, and forehead without picking up more powder. This will very lightly tint the areas, but you don’t want to full-out colour them!
-note- If you only have one bronzer, opt for a very light dusting over the face, apply a berry blush, and then concentrate more bronzer in the areas listed in step four.
5. Apply a bronze-berry lip colour (Aura Science Baby Plum) with your finger. Why your finger, and not the applicator? I prefer a moist-but-not-glossy look when I’m bronzed. Using your fingers will help you achieve this look.
6. Dust a sheer shimmery gold onto lids (Fyrinnae Polar Bear). Don’t take it past your crease!
7. Take what’s left on your brush and apply to the middle of your lower lip!
8. Dust shoulders and chest lightly with Bronze. I wanted to do a contouring tutorial for the girls, but with all the teens being charged for child pornography*, I decided against it [eye roll]

Tada! You’re bronzed and ready to go.

*Do you think this is reasonable? For those of you who are lost: teens are being charged for child pornography for “sexting” – sending provocative/nude photos of themselves to their significant others. I think it’s wrong, but it’s not something you should go to jail for!! Sound off in the comments.

More discontinued awesomeness

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Remember the gorgeous blushes I told you about the other day? Well, I tried out two glosses from the same line, Aura Science. The tubes are awkwardly shaped, but the gloss! Oh, the glosses! Decently pigmented and … what is this maddness??!

They’re non-sticky!!!

And the bastards cut not only these glosses, but the whole line. How could they do this to us?!

Anyhow. Swatches, lip swatches, and photos of the holy grail glosses follow.
Left: Glazed Pink, a pearlescent, shimmery peachy-pink.

Right: Baby Plum, a more pigmented warm red-plum.

(Same order as above – Baby Pink, then Glazed Plum.)

The flat applicator. I don’t mind it – to keep these clean for my kit, I blob ’em onto the back of my clean hand first anyways.

Glazed Pink (my favourite of the two)

Baby Plum – isn’t it a gorgeous no-nonsense, classy-but-glossy lip?

And another shot of Glazed Pink! I’m hoping this’ll translate the pearl factor a little better.

Argh. It just kills me that I can’t tell you where to get these, or how much they are! They truly are amazing products. If for whatever reason you have a chance to buy anything by Aura Science… do so!

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