Playing with textures | A violet-eyed makeup look done entirely with cream products

Monday, January 21, 2013

Easy cream eyeshadow tutorial

I love playing with different textures when it comes to my makeup, but it’s not a regular thing for me — I have a set few products that I use all the time (mainly powders), and I don’t really get much of a chance to work with other methods of delivery.

My sister, though, is hugely into creme products. Like, hugely-hugely. She has this weird–and notably false–preconception that the pigments in cream products will stick around for longer, but it means that her stash is easily 80% cremes.

Illamasqua Zygomatic Cream Blusher

Anyhow. For something a little different, I borrowed a couple of her favourite creme products (the Estée Lauder  cream eyeshadow and Illamasqua blusher) and threw together a violet-eyed, neutral-cheeked look.

For the full tutorial, don’t miss this post on She Said Beauty! 

!Violet and brown eyeshadow tutorial (s)

The eyes

For the eye, I started with a base of Estée Lauder Ivory Lace (the ShadowCremes are being discontinued; try something like MAC Bare Study instead), added Ellis Faas Light in E304 to the outer half of the lid, then layered Clinique Lid Smoothie in Born Freesia overtop in the centre. And it… went actually horribly, to be honest.

I’ve never tried to layer one of the Lights before; I will never try to layer one of the Lights ever again. 

(Actually, now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure I’ve come to this conclusion before. Anyone else find that Ellis products are glorious only if used without a primer underneath?)

!Winter violet lids (s)

I don’t know if it was the layering or the blending, but — never; never again. Fingers or brushes didn’t matter; drying time didn’t matter… again and again, I ended up with flaky bits of fallout and an increasing amount of eye irritation.

To get around this, I actually mixed the two violets on the back of my hand & applied. It went really well, surprisingly — E304 added an intensity that Born Freesia doesn’t usually have, but the texture of the Lid Smoothie was maintained and led to a really easy, smooth application.

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An easy, luminous makeup look | Korres Santorini, Pale Pink, & Volcanic Minerals Mascara

Monday, January 7, 2013

Korres Goddess Colour Collection makeup look

I took a few quick face of the day shots with Holiday’s Korres Goddess Beauty Colour Collection last month, but I had forgotten to post them in all the Christmas rush.

The set is no longer available online (though all of its component parts are!), but all the same, here are the photos. Despite the fact that it isn’t a particularly wintery look, I’m rather fond of the way these products come together — they do a great job of creating an altogether fictional glow, which I think we could all use this early in the year.

Cherry Full Color Lip Gloss in Pale Pink

Korres Cherry Lip Gloss in Pale Pink lip swatch

Despite being such a light shade, Pale Pink sits well on the lips, if a little sheerly. The shimmer translates well into plushness, particularly on film, and the colour doesn’t settle terribly into lines (as many light pinks will do.) $22.50 and comfortable; you could do worse.

I’m not head over heels for the scent (think Maynard’s Sour Cherry Blasters), but I’m fairly certain that’s just because it gives me a massive craving for sweets.

Magic Light Face Contouring Powder Trio in Santorini

Korres Santorini Magic Light Face Contouring trio FOTD

Slightly too chunky for me in real life; absolutely gorgeous in photographs. Warm without pulling orange, and easy enough to use in strips — more of the bronze to sculpt, for instance, and a blend of the pink and highlighter to lift the cheek. $36.50 CAD and beautifully packaged.

Volcanic Minerals Volumizing Mascara in Obsidian Black

Korres Volcanic Minerals Volumizing Mascara

A great, natural lift with a soft finish. Too much smudging for me (and the $26 CAD price tag could be better), but the lash itself is quite pretty.

I appreciated having this in the set, but perhaps wouldn’t buy it on its own — while I love a natural-looking lash, I want it to last a (ridiculous) 16 hours, because I am lazy and hate having to touch up my undereye area just because my mascara didn’t feel like sticking around.

How was that for three products in under 400 words? I’m a little proud, but mainly just very sleepy.

Have a great Monday, folks. 

Oxblood lips & gold-rimmed eyeliner | A New Year’s Eve look to try this year

Monday, December 31, 2012

Glitter-rimmed eyes and oxblood lips

For all of you who still have to sort out your NYE makeup: a tradition (glitter) and a trend (oxblood).

As much as I love glitter in the eye area, I absolutely cannot stand it elsewhere — perhaps sparingly on the lips, but rarely-if-ever my cheeks or skin. So, when it comes to holidays like New Year’s, I rely on my Marcelle Lux Diamond Liquid Eyeliner in Pure Gold. I’ve raved about it before, but with great wear, zero fallout, and absolutely gorgeous glitter particles, it’s one of my (few) must-have products.

Dark red lip tutorial (s)

The lips in this look are easy to do, but I always encourage taking a few extra minutes to apply — if five minutes more at the mirror will translate into a few extra hours’ wear, why not, right?

Start with primed or bare lips, add a brown-undertoned red lipliner (though the entire lip), and follow up with dark brown-red lipstick. I used Paula Dorf Lip Liner in Tapestry and MAC Lipstick in Desire (last seen worn matte and reviewed), and then followed up by blotting the lip for a less-glossy finish. 

Dark red lip tutorial trick

One of my go-to tricks is using paper (not tissue!) to blot the lip area, particularly for formulas with a glossy or tacky finish. That way, there’s zero chance that you’ll end up with tissue fibres stuck to your lip area, and you know it’ll be an even press — to get your cupid’s bow, hold the paper on the left and right edges and press lightly against a relaxed pout. 

Read the full tutorial here at She Said Beauty.

Gold glitter + black eyeliner (s)

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The Lipstick Bandits’ Secret Santa Look Swap | Big hair & a plush pout, inspired by call it beauty.

Monday, December 24, 2012

!LB look swap - call it beauty

Happy Christmas-Eve-Day, my dearlings!

This month for The Lipstick Bandits, we’ve put together something a little different — a bit of a “secret santa” project, for both ourselves and our readers. Each Bandit has been paired up (by myself, unbeknownst to the other person) to create a look inspired by the other blogger, whether in product, application, colour… you get the idea.

The inspiration: Dani, at call it beauty. 

Dani - call it beauty

I ended up being paired with the absolutely gorgeous Dani, a wonderfully talented Vancouverite with a fantastic blog (and even more fantastic hair.) To mimic her look, I tried to copy said hair (of course), using hot rollers and a flat iron to add as much curl and volume as possible.

I think the hair went surprisingly alright, all things considered, but I’m completely bummed that I forgot to line my waterlines in black, as she usually does!

!LB look swap - Dani

After making my best attempt at getting Dani-hair, I applied a quick flick of coloured eyeliner (Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple) overtop a neutral smokey eye (mainly Clarins Smokey Passion, used also here and here), and paired with a pop of colour — in this case, a bright teal along the lower lashline.

Finally, I applied a sheer layer of a coral-y blush, and layered a Marcelle Rouge Vitality lipstick (one of my all-time favourite formulas) with Korres‘ Cherry Oil Lipgloss in Rose for a bright, plush pout, something I absolutely associate with Dani’s look.

! The Lipstick Bandits Secret Santa Look Swap

I also made sure to take the eye shots from my left eye, rather than my right — I feel like I never see Dani’s right eye unless it’s in a full-face shot! :P

My right eye is certainly my favourite, but I have to admit, it was kinda nice to change things up a little & photograph the other one for once.

!The Lipstick Bandits December Look Swap

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Korres Goddess Beauty Colour Collection review, photos, swatches: for all your Pale Pink & Santorini needs!

Friday, December 7, 2012

The product: Korres Goddess Beauty Colour Collection

Lovingly boxed up at Sephora this Holiday season is the gorgeous Korres Goddess Beauty Colour Collection. While I think the name is a little awkward (is it the Goddess collection? Is it the Goddess Beauty collection?), the products themselves more than make up for it.  

The Volcanic Minerals Volumizing Mascara

Also included is a small tube of Korres’ Volcanic Minerals mascara, in Obsidian Black. I have to say, I love the packaging of this one — even though it isn’t full-sized, the design is great. Slim, easy to handle, and intricately patterned, the rich brown hue just feels very Korres (as it probably should!)

The brush is fairly standard, as is the product itself. I can get a full day’s wear out of this, if you define a full day as 6 hours, but I do have to sweep under my lower lashes with a cotton bud at least twice before hitting the 12 hour mark. It leaves my lashes feeling (and looking) full & a little heavy after just one swipe, dropping the curl a bit but going on clump-free enough to make up for it.

Water, Iron Oxides, Synthetic Beeswax, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Synthetic Candelilla Wax, Butylene Glycol, C1836 Acid Triglyceride, Carnauba Wax, PVP, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Nylon 12, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Pelvetia Canaliculata Extract, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Propylene Glycol, Alcohol, Hexylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Parfum, Tocopherol, Cotton Extract, Magnesium Ferment, Sunflower Seed Oil, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder, Grape Seed Extract, Zinc Ferment, Potassium Ferment, Thyme Flower/Leaf Extract, Sodium Ferment, Sulfur Ferment, Agropyron Repens Root Extract. 

The Cherry Lip Gloss in (Pale Pink)

If you thought this looked familiar, you’re not wrong: Pale Pink is numbered as Cherry Lip Gloss #23. If you think back to last Holiday season, though, you might remember seeing a similar product on theNotice — Light Purple, incidentally also #23.

Check out swatches and photos behind the cut, but the two are the same gloss, re-imagined. The new version has less chunky shimmer and more pigment, but while it’s slightly easier to wear than Light Purple, I still find it to be a little too milky & shimmery for my liking.

Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Synthetic Wax, Silica, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Jojoba Seed Oil, Anise Alcohol, Aroma, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Lauryl PCA, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Sweet Cherry Seed Oil, Bitter Cherry Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite. +/- CI 15985, CI 45410, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77891.

Korres Goddess Beauty Colour Collection swatches

The Magic Light/Face Contouring Powder Trio (in Santorini)

And, finally, the one you’ve all been waiting for!

The Santorini cheek trio is absolutely gorgeous — easily one of the most beautiful pressed powders in my collection, just based off the way it looks in the pan. The detailed top does wear off, but the shimmer goes right down, so what you see (product-wise) is what you get.

Shimmery and glowy, this trio is optimal for light skintones of any temperature. It’ll fit a much broader range, though; cool to warm skintones from fair to medium should be able to pull this off without a hitch.

The blush and bronzer are warmer and more pigmented than the highlighter, but both build up & sheer out easily. My issue with the palette, though, is that for as luminescent as it applies… it’s pretty glittery, at least for me. The glitter isn’t hugely obvious in indoor lighting, and photographs absolutely beautifully, but it is there if you go looking for it — which I can’t stand.

I can still see this on my cheeks after a good 12 hours of wear (and a nap!), but I like my shimmer a lot more subtle than most bloggers. Every other review I’ve read for this face trio has described the shades as finely-milled and glowy–and have even recommended it for use as an all-over face powder–so do my little neurosis in mind.

Talc, Dimethicone, Corn Starch, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl, Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Soybean Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Tetrasodium Edta, Sunflower Seed Oil. +/- Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Red 7 Lake, Red 30 Lake. 

The verdict?

This set was originally $42, which made it a good deal — but it’s been marked down to $29 USD/$39 CAD, which absolutely makes it a great one. (In Canada, the price works out to just $9.75 per product. Yep, that $36 cheek trio just got a whole bunch cheaper.)

Paraben-free and just so, so pretty, the Goddess set is a great gift for a natural beauty lover – even if that beauty lover is you. It’s not perfect in my mind (I think the cheek palette is just too glittery for that), but I think my shimmer-sensitive eye is alone on this: most other bloggers describe Santorini as a sheer product with a gorgeous “natural glow,” after all.

One last note: this set includes a mini Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Primer (10 mL), which is a great way to give Korres primers a proper try before committing to a whole tube. Check out a full review here.

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