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Thursday, December 8, 2011

The products

Okay, confession: I like this one way more than yesterday’s natural skincare feature ;) (Not that I didn’t like that one! I just like this one rather a lot more.) This is the only other spread I have done right now, but I’d like to fit in one more before Christmas if I can!

No promises, but fingers crossed. I’ll try to make time :o) The holidays, you know? They’re crazy for us all.

(It’s a pity you can’t delegate to cookies. I would totally delegate to cookies. And then eat them once they’d finished their tasks. It would be gloriously efficient and so tasty.)

A lazy Sunday with Ellis and Clarins

Sunday, June 19, 2011

I’ve been rediscovering my Ellis Faas products recently (I adore them, but always forget about them because I have to store them off to the side of my drawer, what with the pen-style size), and I put this confection together this morning out of curiosity.

I always turn up too much product when working with the Milky Lips L201 (Ellis Red) lipstick, so I keep the overflow in a basic five-gram jar, then use it up over the course of the next week or two. Today, though, I tried L201 on my cheeks – heck, why not, right?

Long story short, I loved the finished result so much that I ended up blending a dab of 201 with a great, lightweight, also ‘cone-free Clarins moisturizer so that I can recreate the look without too much trouble in the future. The photos are significantly darker than usual (sorry!) as the sun seems reluctant to come out from the clouds, but I figured slightly darker photos are better than nothing!

(Plus, darker photos are a bit of a guilty pleasure. Shh, don’t tell.)

Why those products?

I love a sheer, red cheek, which isn’t hard to find if you’re okay with using lip products on your cheeks. However, while a surprising number of lipsticks contain silicones (betcha didn’t see that one coming!) Ellis lipsticks don’t. I already knew that I could get a really natural-looking red lip stain by using a bit of 201, so a similar flush on the cheeks wouldn’t be too much of a stretch.

Swatched really, really sparingly, then just… sparingly.

To sheer it out, I picked Vital Light Day because I knew it would give a lightweight “slip” to the bespoke blusher, but then sink into the skin and leave a hydrated glow (rather than a heavy, sticky moisturizer sheen). Honestly, though? You could make your own cream blusher with anything you have on hand, whether that’s a tube of your favourite MAC lipstick and a dollop of primer, or a basic Revlon SL blended with a bit of Vaseline.

Anyhow. That’s my ramble of the day… now go be a pseudo-chemist and play with some makeup!

(Full-face swatches…)

The Infinity Effect: comparison photos

Friday, May 20, 2011

I promised some comparison shots to follow Wednesday’s Infinity Effect How-To, so here they are!

All images here are un-photoshopped – save for cropping and resizing – and feature the infinity effect backdrop on the right. (Left = lightbox). They’ve all been taken in indirect sunlight without flash support and enlarge to ~1000px if you click on them. (If this was a product review post or something, I’d also tweak the colour balance and curves of the image, which is why they might look a little different from usual.)

Small objects

I snapped a few shots of Clinique’s new Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer to show this one off, and it’s with your small objects that you’ll see the least difference between the two. (Clinique foundation bottles are about 3″/8cm tall.)

Tonally, they’re a little different, but probably won’t see much of a difference between a lightbox and an infinity effect backdrop if you’re just photographing small products. (The lightbox does produce slightly softer lighting, though, as it sort of bounces around off its sides.)

Large objects

Once things get a little taller, I think the differences become more noticeable – with soft sunlight coming in from my window at a bit of an angle, the lightbox sort of forms shadows within itself.

The product featured below is the Redken Nature’s Rescue shampoo, which is about 7″/16cm tall. Here are the photos as they’d appear from the camera:

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Apparently what we want does not exist

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The problem? You all know it well — I just finished a massive breakout, and I scar awfully. So, to deal with it, I’ve been working with different mixes and products and methods.

What I’ve come up with is a DIY recipe using foundation, moisturiser, and the non-sulphur-based acne treatment of your choice to create a zit-busting tinted moisturiser. I prefer to do this because a) I haven’t found a TM that also treats acne, and b) this way, I already know that what I’m putting on my face won’t break me out.

  1. To start, put a small dab of foundation on the back of your hand. (I use minerals, so I just tap it carefully onto the flat part of my hand and try not to sneeze or trip).
  2. Match this amount with some moisturiser. I like to keep it oil-free, lightweight, and with an SPF of at least 30.
  3. Add a small dab of your acne treatment. I use 10% benzoyl peroxide and the treatment-to-moisturiser ratio is probably about 1:5. Don’t use too much, as it’ll induce the dreaded flakies!
  4. Blend with your fingertips (of the other hand) and apply.

The exact things I’m using are Everyday Minerals Intensive Foundation in “Sandy Fair,” Bioré SkinPreservation moisturiser (review upcoming… once I’ve tried it for a while longer,) and Clean & Clear “Persa-Gel 10”. Feel free to go here to read more about how I’m dealing with suddenly having acne!

Fyrinnae follow-up… aka homemade CCBs!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The photos are all pretty self-explanitory. Please see this post for swatches of the colours used dry! These are great for people with chronic pain, beginners, or people on the go. Lips and cheeks all in a small 3g jar — talk about easy :) They’re very high pigment compared to most products, so these leave nice stains throughout the day, without all the gross, greasy, ickiness that Vaseline usually causes.

Melty — hee, wasn’t it cute to begin with?? (While it was still… melty?)
[Gives a nice non-pigmented sheen to the lips. We didn’t intend it for the cheeks!]

Mesmerise (glow blush)
[Sheered out, it gives the most gorgeous berry glow. A little thicker on the lips and you get a pretty just-bitten stain!]

Enrapture (glow blush)
[Blends to a nice, clear, pop of pink. Also makes a very pretty gloss!]

Kabuki — I just *had* to post the blending photo. I don’t know why, but there’s just something about it…
[A brown-toned red for the lips… and the cheeks to contour, if used very sheerly! The finish on the lips is a bit frosty for my tastes, but my sister likes it, and that’s all that really matters.]


Yah, so I pretty much have the lamest hobby ever.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I clean things. You know I do. I love to organize — and I’m pretty darn good at it if I may say so myself!

Anyhow, with all the other beauty junkies making lipstick organizers, I figured I’d give it a go. It turned into a night-long project with lipstick and lip balm organizers, boxes, pencil and brush organizers…

I’ll let the results speak for themselves. Scroll to the bottom if you need a hand making them!!
How-to: boxes

Measure. Cut. Fold. Not much to it :P

How-to: organizers

Cut two identical strips, use a drafting stencil to make the little notches (SO important, it takes them from “crappy five year old’s DIY” to “awesome”) on the tops. The bottoms, too, if you’d like — but it’s not like anyone’ll see them anyways!

Slice halfway up from the bottom to the centre on one strip, then from the top to the centre on the other. Take another small slice to reduce “crowdedness” in the slots so that they’ll stand up without collapsing/folding into themselves!

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