Monday, February 26, 2007

Everyday Minerals and J.Lynne Lip Glaze

I am slowly eating my words regarding Everyday Minerals (EDM). Been using EDM for the past few days and the finish still amazes me. I stopped using EDM in the past because I didn't like the staying power, it used to fade on me by mid-day. I should have known that all it takes is a little prepping and priming with a good base, and maybe the weather helped the foundation stay put (cool, crisp winter-almost-spring days). I am also beginning to love J. Lynne's lip glaze. The consistency is perfect, neither too goopy nor too runny, and it lends a pretty, luscious pout to complete the look. I just love mineral makeup!





Face:
Pure Luxe cream eraser as primer
Everyday Minerals foundation in Light Intensive mixed with Golden Fair Intensive
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory topped with
Bare Escentuals Well-Rested
Monave finishing powder in Angel
Lumiere veena blush in Wild Rose
MAC Refined Golden bronzer to contour

Lips:
Estee Lauder Artist's Lip Pencil in Tawny Writer
MAC lipstick in Syrup
J.Lynne lip glaze in Jodie

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
MAC Ricepaper eyeshadow as highlighter
Valerie Beauty multi-purpose minerals in Miranda inner to mid lid
Lumiere eye shimmer in Driftwood crease and outer V
MAC Graphic Brown fluidline to line upper lashline
Maybelline Volume Express Turbo Boost mascara

Sunday, February 25, 2007

J.Lynne Mineral Cosmetics

So I became sample-happy again as I tried another mineral company that has been getting good reviews on mineral makeup boards: J. Lynne. I got the package of samples the following day it had been shipped (less than 48 hours after I ordered online), because their office is only a 3-minute drive from where I live. I like the finish; it's a little dense than what I expected, but that's all good because as far as my experience with mineral makeup is concerned, the more dense the formulation, the longer the staying power. I also tried Bare Escentuals blush in Flowers for the first time, and now I understand why a lot of women are enamored by it. I also tried my green mineral eyeshadows that are slowly becoming staples in my makeup routine.







Face:
Pure Luxe cream eraser as primer
J.Lynne Smooth mineral foundation in Light Golden 2.5
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory topped with
Bare Escentuals Well-Rested
Monave finishing powder in Angel
Bare Escentuals blush in Flowers
MAC Refined Golden bronzer to contour

Lips:
Estee Lauder Artist's Lip Pencil in Tawny Writer
Wet n Wild lip Glassy Gloss lip gel in Mocha Glaze

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
MAC Ricepaper eyeshadow as highlighter
MAC Aquavert eyeshadow on inner lid
Fyrinnae mineral eyeshadow in Elven Dagger mid lid
Bare Escentuals glimmer eyeshadow in Purrfect on crease/outer V
MAC Shade fluidline to line upper lashline
Maybelline Volume Express Turbo Boost mascara

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Everyday Neutrals

It's been a loooong while since I used my Everyday Minerals foundation. I was surprised to learn that at certain lightings (especially indoor light, like the ones used at malls), the finish looks incredibly flawless.









Face:
Pure Luxe cream eraser as primer
Everyday Minerals mineral foundation in Light Intensive
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory topped with
Bare Escentuals Well-Rested
Monave finishing powder in Angel
MAC blush in Fab
MAC beauty powder in Pearl Blossom over blush to highlight
MAC Refined Golden bronzer to contour

Lips:
Estee Lauder Artist's Lip Pencil in Tawny Writer
Monave sheer lip glaze in Honey

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
Taylor Made mineral eyeshadow in Amazon inner to mid lid
Valerie Beauty mineral eyeshadow in Dolce Vita on crease and outer V
MAC Graphic Brown fluidline to line upper lashline
Maybelline Intense XXL mascara

Friday, February 23, 2007

Pink Cranberry







Face:

Pure Luxe cream eraser as primer
Valerie Cover Deluxe mineral foundation in W3.0 and W3.5 (mixed)
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory topped with
Bare Escentuals Well-Rested
Monave finishing powder in Angel
Valerie illuminating finishing powder in Centerfold
Laura Mercier illuminating powder quad blush in Pink Rose
MAC Refined Golden bronzer to contour

Lips:
Rimmel 1000 Kisses stay-on lipliner in Wild Clover
Valerie Beauty lipstick in Bonbon
MAC lipglass in Fleur de Light

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
MAC Ricepaper eyeshadow as highlighter
MAC Swish eyeshadow inner lid
MAC Living Pink eyeshadow mid lid
MAC Cranberry eyeshadow outer V and crease
MAC Nightfish fluidline to line upper lashline and to fill-in brows
Maybelline Intense XXL mascara

Sunday, February 18, 2007

My Take on the Ubiquitous Barbie Look

So everyone by now has their own version of the Barbie eye look. Here is mine, taking into consideration my personal circumstances. I tried my very best to not make myself look like a wannabe-teenager, and made it soft and almost neutral-ish instead of vibrant and club-ish. I hope I succeeded.









Pure Luxe cream eraser as primer
Valerie Beauty Cover Deluxe mineral foundation in W3.5
Valerie Beauty Satin Sun illuminating finishing powder
MAC Refined Golden bronzer to contour
Lumiere blush in Desert Rose
MAC lipliner in Beurre
MAC Viva Glam II lipstick
MAC lustreglass in Flusterose

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
MAC e/s in Ricepaper to higlight
MAC Golders Green pigment on lid
MAC e/s in Springtime Skipper on lid and on lower lashline
MAC e/s in Playful above crease
MAC e/s in Moth Brown on crease/outer V
Almay Amazing I-liner (liquid liner)
MAC Nightfish fluidline on brows
Maybelline Volume Express Turbo Boost mascara

Saturday, February 17, 2007

MAC's Beauty Powders

First of all let me say that I find the name tacky. The name doesn't do the product justice, however. I was about to pass up on the two released beauty powders in the Barbie collection, namely Pearl Blossom and Pearl Sunshine, because I thought the effect would just be the same as any one of my mineralized skinfinishes (MSFs). It's a little bit different, though, and the effect is subtle but very fascinating and beguiling. It gives a tiny bit of a sheen to the area when applied, but it doesn't give a frosty look just like MSFs would. Just a subtle catching of light, a little wink, a tiny twinkle, not an all-out shine. I've been checking out swatches of it online and I couldn't decide if I wanted to get it, until a phone call to my local MAC counter revealed that they only had one of the Pearl Blossoms left in stock. I then knew that the last beauty powder was mine. I had it reserved and drove over to MAC to snag it. That's it. I'm officially done with Barbie.


Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom front


open


on the cheeks as highlighter



Pureluxe cream eraser as primer
Monave mineral foundation in Teporah
Monave finishing powder in Angel
MAC Refined Golden bronzing powder to contour
Shu Uemura blush in M Wine 28
MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom on top of blush
Rimmel 1000 Kisses stay-on lipliner in Wild Clover
Milani Gloss in Endulging
Milani Glitzy Gloss in Lady Like on center of lips

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
MAC e/s in Ricepaper as highlighter
MAC Goldenaire pigment on lid
MAC Coco Beach pigment on crease and outer V
MAC Graphic Brown fluidline on upper lashline
MAC Nightfish fluidline on brows
Maybelline Turbo Boost mascara

Friday, February 16, 2007

Havin' the Blues

Pureluxe cream and powder erasers
Lumiere veena velvet foundation in Light Medium Warm
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory
BE Well Rested over Mary Kay
Monave Angel finishing powder
MAC Refined Golden bronzer to contour
Lumiere veena blush in Mauvelous
MAC lipliner in Spice
MAC Hug Me lipstick
MAC Pas-de-deux lipglass

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
MAC White Wheat e/s to highlight
MAC eyeshadow in Tilt
Shu Uemura ME Blue 638 e/s (lid and lower lashline)
MAC e/s in Blue Edge
Almay Amazing I-liner (liquid eyeliner)
Maybelline Volume Express Turbo Boost mascara



Thursday, February 15, 2007

MAC Barbie and Then Some

I cannot believe how this collection has quickly driven fans into a frenzy, so much so that it already has a cult of its own. I read MAC message boards online and I am amazed at how many people are going gaga over it. The MAC Barbie doll has sold out both on the MAC site and at the free-standing stores mere hours after it has gone up for sale. People lined up at the free-standing stores just to snag one (or a couple) of the dolls. Barbie Loves MAC dolls on eBay fetch exorbitant, unbelievable prices, skyrocketing to more than $300 a piece. Frankly I don't get the hype. I am not into collecting Barbies anyway, although I must admit, the makeup collection is beautiful. The eyeshadows have great color payoff and have good pigmentation. Moth Brown is a re-released color, makes for a gorgeous crease color, and this has attained cult status as well and was one of the more coveted limited edition eyeshadows before it was re-released. Springtime Skipper is a beautiful green, very similar to Golders Green pigment, but I snagged it all the same because I found the color and packaging (particularly the Barbie imprint) especially pretty. Here is my Barbie loot with the Refined Golden bronzer (for contouring and to lend a warm, bronzey sheen to the face) that I just bought.


Playful


Springtime Skipper


Moth Brown


blush in Fab (I love love love this! Great for contour and on the cheekbones as well)


Refined Golden bronzer, Modern Ms. lipstick, Happening Gal lipglass (without flash)


with flash

And here is my mug shot using some of the Barbie stuff and mineral makeup (used Monave foundation and Valerie illuminating powder in Satin Sun). Please take note that this has been taken 10 hours after I did my eyeshadows, so the colors were not that intense/vivid.



I wore:

Pure Luxe cream eraser
Monave foundation in Teporah
Valerie finishing powder in Satin Sun
MAC Refined Golden bronzer to contour
MAC blush in Fab (from the current Barbie collection)
MAC lipliner in Whirl
MAC lipstick in Brave
MAC lipglass in Happening Gal (from the Barbie collection)

Eyes:

MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
MAC e/s in Shroom to highlight
MAC e/s in Springtime Skipper (from the Barbie collection)
MAC e/s in Surreal middle of lid
MAC e/s in Humid outer V
MAC fluidline in Nightfish

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Valerie Cosmetics' Pin Up Girl Collection

This is a sequel to my entry on Valerie Beauty mineral cosmetics. I finally got my precious little package from Val and I was giddy with excitement as I opened it. Val did not disappoint. I got Centerfold illuminating powder, Bonbon lipstick (I love this! Color is to-die-for and case is pretty, shiny and a little heavy - no substandard packaging here), multi-purpose minerals in Bombshell, Miranda and Corset. I also got a full pot of Cover Deluxe foundation in W3.5 and I'm so happy that finally, I found my shade in Val! I tried every Pin Up product today and I love everything! Val outdid herself on this one, that's all I can say. Here are some looks using Val's products and stuff from her Pin Up Girl collection. I swear the colors are much prettier in person.







Face:

Pureluxe cream eraser as primer
Valerie foundation in W3.5
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory
Bare Escentuals Well Rested over Mary Kay
Valerie Centerfold illuminating finishing powder
Lumiere Veena blush in Mauvelous (matte)
Rimmel 1000 Kisses stay-on lipliner in Wild Clover
Valerie Bonbon lipstick
Valerie multi-purpose in Miranda (just a tad) on top of Bonbon

Eyes:

MAC Beige-ing shadestick
MAC e/s in Ricepaper as highlighter
Valerie multi-purpose in Bombshell from inner to midlid
MAC e/s in Mulch on crease and outer V
MAC Graphic Brown fluidline
Maybelline Volume Express Turbo Boost mascara

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Purple Look

A purple EOTD. As a side-note, I think Bare Escentuals foundation and Monave Angel finishing powder go well together.


I used MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base, lightest shade in Milani quad in Wild Violets as highlighter, MAC eyeshadow in Lavender Sky first 1/3 of lid, middle shade in Milani quad in Wild Violets on middle third of lid, MAC Entremauve pigment outer third, MAC Nocturnelle e/s on crease; Almay Amazing I-liner (liquid eyeliner) on upper lashline.


I used Pureluxe cream and powder erasers, Bare Escentuals foundation in Light 2.0, Monave Angel finishing powder, MAC Springsheen blush, MAC Spice lipliner, MAC Twig lipstick, MAC Be-In lipglass
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