Today a quick post for a quick & easy dramatic look for going out, using just 3 eye products and a pair of false lashes!
Except for the falsies, the eye look is pretty easy: just an eyeshadow and liners.
- Urban Decay Virgin eyeshadow from the Naked palette
- Make Up For Ever Aqua Black gel liner
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil in Zero
- Primark Beauty Sultry Lashes
During my stay in London I had the chance to head to a N°7 counter in a Oxford Street Boots and try out the "N°7 Foundation Match Made Service". After that, I purchased the N°7 Stay Perfect Foundation the N°7 advisor suggested. I have been testing it for a few days now and I think it's time for a review. I'll also briefly talk about the Foundation Service.
For today I am going to review the Urban Decay Fun palette.
A word of warning: I do not own the new edition of the palette. The new version has a soft-plastic case with a zipper and some of the eyeshadows may have new formulas. The Fun palette I own is the old version, that came with a carton box. The color are the same though.
Quick post today to show you what I bring with me in my travel make up bag when I go away for the weekend.
Since I usually have to get on a plane everything must be hand-baggage approved!
So I travel light and with a lot of mini-sizes and sample bags that I collect during the year.
The only full size products I have in my travel makeup bag are:
- Mac Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (and a Essence blush brush to apply it)
- Clinique Airbrush Concealer in 02 Medium
- Erborian BB Crème Au Ginseng in Dorè
- Essence Stay All Day long lasting eyeshadow in 03 (Steel the show)
- Carmex Lipbalm stick
- Kiko Urban Look eyeliner and kohl in 04
- Elf Mineral Primer
- Sephora Express Cleansing Wipes
Then I have a series of mini and travel sizes of skin care products
- Dior Iconic Overcurl Mascara (mini-size)
- Dr. Hauschka Mint Toothpaste (mini-size)
- Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream (travel-size)
- Dr. Hauschka Day Cream (travel-size)
- Weleda Skin food cream (mini-size)
- Shu Uemura Depsea Hydrability moisturizing emulsion (mini-size)
- Weleda Wildrose Day Cream (sample)
- Dr. Hauschka Rose Body Moisturizer (sample)
I won't bring any other make up with me because I always end up buying something but sometimes I bring with me a Sleek MakeUp palette, since they are small and compact.
A break from our normally scheduled makeup talk to show you something that intrigued me.
A few days ago I went out with my friends, and the always trendy and fashionable G. had these splendid earrings.
They are lipstick shaped earrings! So nice! This intrigued me a lot and spurred me to find other jewelry shaped like makeup items!
Click below to see what I found!
This is the first post (out of two) dedicated to the fantastic YSL Vernis à Lèvres, a fantastic lip product that is not a lipstick, nor a gloss. I already took pictures of the two YSL Vernis à Lèvres I own but these are going to be full reviews of the two shades. This post is all for #8.
Today I did a eye-focused look using a trio of eyeshadow I did with the Inglot freedom system. The main color is a green-based teal.
- Inglot eye shadow in matte #372, matte #338 and ACM Shine #24
- Mac Rich Ground Gel liner
- Avon Cosmetics powder blush in Rosa Rocio
- Maybelline Colorsensational lipstain in 640 (In the Buff)
Welcome to the second post dedicated to cosmetics shopping in Italy.
In my first post, I mentioned supermarkets as sure places where to find skin care and make up products wherever you are in Italy.
The second place you may find cosmetics is a "profumeria", that is, a perfume shop.
Most town will have an independent profumeria where you will find an idiosyncratic mix of brands and products. Most of these shops will have two section: a section dedicated to perfumes and one dedicated to make up. Brand and product selection will vary from almost knock off brand to luxury brand, with almost no in between. Skin care products are usually pretty rare, in these places.
If you are in a bigger town, you may find a franchised profumeria, which will have a good selection of drugstore (i.e. Maybelline) and luxury (i.e. Dior) brands both in the perfume and make up sections of the store.
Two of the most widespread chain/franchised profumeria stores are Limoni and La Gardenia. In particular, La Gardenia is the only distributor in Italy for SmashBox and theBalm products.
Profumeria shops are a sure bet if you need something specific from an international luxury brand.
Prices may also vary from indie profumeria stores (high) to franchised stores (high/middle range).
Today I want to show you one of my favorite high street/drugstore palettes. I adore all the Sleek MakeUp palettes (I actually own quite a few that I want to swatch and post here on the blog), but the Original has a special place in my heart as it was one of the first eyeshadow palettes I purchased.
To read my review and see the swatches, please keep on reading!
Today I am going to do a short review of one of the new natural lip pencil from Neve. It'a pencil named Fenicottero (flamingo) and it's a bright pink/ fuchsia color.
These new lip pencils are completely natural, and can be used alone or as a base under a lipstick.
Fenicottero, as I was saying, is a bright pink-fuchsia color.
I tested it for a couple of days before writing this review. I tested it alone.
Fenicottero is not that bad, the color payoff is very good and it has a decent enough lasting power.
I applied it around 9.30am and it looked like this:
I took a picture with my mirror light set on "natural", because natural light was sort of scarce today. The color are a bit warmer in this picture than in reality. Anyway, it applied smoothly, without tugging on my lips, and it was not drying at first.
After about 30/45 minutes I started feeling my lips drying without reaching an uncomfortable level. I almost reached for a lip balm, gloss or moisturizing lipstick a couple of time during the morning.
At lunchtime the color was still there, with only minor fading, probably from my sipping coffee all morning.
After lunch (soup), my lips looked like this:
(changed location, new light!)
My lips look kind of chapped, and the lip color is only present on the very edges of the lips. I think it's a good result for a lip pencil! So overall it lasted about 4 hours or so, fading only after eating, with only a drying sensation on my lips.
This last step was a huge mistake. As I wrote before, my lips felt like they were drying and chapping. I reapplied the lip pencil after lunch but the lips drying is definitely evident in the picture below!
The color is ok but my dry-as-the-desert lips are definitely evident!
I suggest not reapplying the product without a balm, a gloss, or something hydrating on top. The pencil tugged on my dry lips, but still applied smoothly.
Next time I'll have to try to wear Fenicottero with a lipstick and see if it still dries my lips and if it last longer! I'll keep you updated!