Monday, April 30, 2007

MAD Minerals and Lure Beauty Part 2

I tried out my MAD Minerals and Lure Beauty and I can definitely say that I like the application a lot better this time. I just think MAD's Medium Golden is still too light for me. I just want to say that MAD Minerals amazed me for keeping my oilies at bay under the sweltering heat of the Arizona sun for 3 hours! My family and I had a very satisfying brunch at Applebee's, then checked out some nifty model homes from around our growing city. We were under the heat of the sun from a little before noon till mid-afternoon, going in and out of model homes, where temperature soared to 102 degrees. When we arrived home, I was SO amazed, no shine on my oily T-zone whatsoever! Usually I would have used a couple of oil-blotting sheets to absorb the grease on my t-zone, but I was so surprised that this time, there was absolutely none. Major brownie points to MAD for this! I just have to find another shade with better depth.




a semi-closeup



Pure Luxe cream eraser as primer
MAD mineral foundation in Medium Golden
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory topped with
Bare Escentuals Well Rested
Bare Escentuals mineral veil
MAC blush in Fab
MAC Enriched Refined Bronzer to contour
MAC mineralize skinfinish in Shimpagne over blush

Lips:
MAC lipliner in Whirl
MAC lipstick in Brave
Aromaleigh Pure Shine lipgloss in Lush

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
Fyrinnae pigment in Ancient Mirage over lid
MAC eyeshadow in Tempting on outer v
Indelible gel liner in Magnetism
Maybelline Volume Express Turbo Boost mascara

As for Lure Beauty, I think the key is to apply the foundation dry instead of wet, and to let the foundation sink in and mix with the moisturizer before taking photos! LOL Here's a better version I think of the foundation in Y9, although I have to try their Y10 first to see if this would work better. I love the matteness! It also has very good staying power. I'd like to try their body souffles as well (I'm such a sucker for scented body butters!). I'm wearing their Divine shimmer blush as well and I really love it. It does look like my MAC Fab blush I wore in the photos above.



Pure Luxe cream eraser as primer
Lure Beauty mineral foundation in Y9
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory topped with
Bare Escentuals Well Rested
Monave finishing powder in Angel
Lure Beauty shimmer blush in Divine
MAC Enriched Refined Bronzer to contour
Indelible gel liner in Chocolate Mousse
Maybelline Volume Express Turbo Boost mascara

Lips:
Rimmel 1000 Kisses stay on lipliner in Spice
J.Lynne lip glaze in Julianne

Lured By Lure Beauty

So I joined other ladies who'd been lured by Lure Beauty in trying out their minerals. Hello, for $1.49, you get four quarter teaspoons of different shades of foundation in sifter jars, not baggies. What more can you ask for? I must concur with other customers who said that Lure Beauty really has very pretty packaging, and I think that is a smart move on the part of the owners. Packaging is really important to me and I more often that not patronize products that have really pretty packaging, especially since online stores have nothing to show (no interior decorating to show off) except their packaging styles. The Lure Beauty jars are enclosed in a pretty paper bag sealed with a sticker bearing the company's logo:



I think I am a Y9, but in the pic I mixed Y9 and Y8 so it was kinda on the lighter side. Again, this is a matte foundation, so if you go for the glowy look, this might not be for you. I live in a very warm climate during summer, and I think the matteness of this suits me to a T, especially since I have a very oily T-zone. I LOVE the Divine shimmer blush! It looks like one of those expensive NARS shimmer blushes that I have, except that this is not $25 but $1.85 for a very generous 1/2 teaspoon sample in a 20g sifter jar! It is very reminiscent of my MAC Fab blush and NARS Outlaw or Oasis. I can't wait to try it out!







Pure Luxe cream eraser as primer
Lure Beauty mineral foundation in Y8 and Y9
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory topped with
Bare Escentuals Well Rested
Bare Escentuals mineral veil
J.Lynne Latin Rhythms mineral blush in Chacha
MAC Enriched Refined Bronzer to contour
J.Lynne Mineral Glow Illuminating Powder in Blossom over blush (this works just like my MAC MSFs!)

Lips:
MAC lipliner in Whirl
MAC lipglass in Happening Gal
MAC lipglass in Pas De Deux

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
MAC eyeshadow in Gateaux to highlight
MAC eyeshadow in Patina all over lid
MAC pigment in Goldenaire on lid
MAC eyeshadow in Mulch on crease/outer V
Indelible gel liner in Chocolate Mousse
Maybelline Volume Express Turbo Boost mascara

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Trying Out MAD Minerals

I received a nicely-packaged parcel from MAD Minerals the other day. I was informed by co-mineral makeup addict Nikki that MAD was having a sale on their Indelible gel liners. Now I've always been a fan of gel liners, specifically MAC's fluidlines. I thought (like most MAC fans) that the fluidlines are the best and are often imitated but never duplicated. Well, in the case of the Indelible liners, I was dead wrong. These also have the buttery slip, intense hues and amazing staying power that MAC fluidlines possess. They also have a variety of colors to choose from. I purchased the Indelible gel liners in Chocolate Mousse (deep matte chocolate brown) and Magnetism (black with bronze/reddish reflects), and I am so, so satisfied with these. They are as easy to apply as and have the great texture of the fluidlines. They also do not need to be let dry because they dry up instantly. MAC still has the upper hand though when it comes to beautiful brown shades. MAC's Graphic Brown is still the most gorgeous gel liner I have ever seen, and will still be my top favorite. Unless the Indelible gel liners come up with a beautiful metallic brown, Graphic Brown is still the king of gel liners for me (Indelible's Tanzanite, perhaps? I haven't tried it yet for me to compare the two). Chocolate Mousse looks brown in the pot but turns to an almost black hue on the lids, which in that sense is pretty disappointing. That's eventually forgotten, though, because I cannot be more satisfied with the application and appearance of these liners. Best of all, these liners are incredibly cheap compared to MAC's fluidlines. That just proves that there are some instances that you really just pay more for the brand rather than the quality. Take note that the indelible liners are also sold by other mineral makeup brands like Aromaleigh, Milan, Valerie Beauty, among others. I believe Indelible is a brand in itself and has its own company website.


Clockwise from top left: MAC Nightfish fluidline, MAC Graphic Brown fluidline, Indelible liner in Chocolate Mousse, Indelible liner in Magnetism (notice the reflects). It appears that the fluidlines have more product in the pots, but in reality, I think they just have the same amount of product in each pot. The fluidlines just appear more massive because of the design of the pot and the huge glass bottoms.


I immediately went to the craft store this afternoon to buy additional "eyeliner" brushes for my new gel liners, my Loew Cornell American Painter 4300 shader brushes. These are actually art brushes, and you will not believe how effective these brushes are in applying the perfect line. These work so well with the gel liners, and I get a nice, not-so-thin-but-not-too-thick line each time. I have more control with these babies than those overpriced cosmetic liner brushes that have too soft, sparse hairs that draw smudged lines. If these amazing brushes are good enough for artists, they're good enough for me. Best of all, they are dirt-cheap compared to high-end makeup brushes that are too flimsy and have too-thin heads for my taste. These are less than 2 bucks each, as compared to the $20 or more eyeliner brushes of other brands. Blechh. I found a brush gold mine at Michael's!


MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
MAC Ricepaper eyeshadow as highlighter
MAC Expensive Pink eyeshadow on lid
MAC Mulch eyeshadow outer V and crease
Indelible gel liner in Chocolate Mousse on upper lashline
Maybelline Turbo Volume Express mascara

Since I bought some gel liners from MAD, I might as well try the foundation, right? I am wearing the Olive Light shade here, and I think it's too light on my almost summer complexion. I will try the Medium Golden next time. This is pretty matte, so if you like a glowy foundation, you might not like this particular formula. It's pretty good for people with oily skin, however. I have a feeling that Medium Golden is my perfect match; can't wait to try it.





Pure Luxe cream eraser as primer
MAD mineral foundation in Olive Light
Bare Escentuals mineral veil
MAC Refined Golden bronzer to contour
Lumiere veena blush in Clay
MAC mineralize skinfinish in Shimpagne

Lips:
Rimmel 1000 Kisses stay-on lipliner in Tiramisu
MAC lipstick in Viva Glam V
Aromaleigh Pure Shine lip gloss in Lush

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Lip Smackers

I'm currently on a lipstick/lipgloss kick. I love checking out different lip products that aim to produce the most luscious-looking lips. I love lip glosses over opaque lipsticks because these give the most shine and color. If I use lip glosses alone, it's imperative that I use them with a lipliner, and they have to be semi-opaque, or almost like liquid lipsticks. I don't like my glosses TOO sheer, because it would just look like colorless grease sitting on my lips, seemingly like I ate a whole bucket of fried chicken from KFC.

That said, here are some lip products that are my current favorites:


MAC Rubia lipstick

Ahhh, the much-awaited, much-coveted MAC Rubia, named after the Latina singing siren Paulina Rubio. This is an extremely limited edition lipstick, because not all MAC counters or stores sold this particular shade. It was only made available in particular MAC store locations where there are huge numbers of Hispanic customers. This baffled me because although Hispanics would be more familiar with Paulina Rubio, customers generally buy a product because it looks good on them, and not because of who the product was named after.

That said, I was able to obtain my own brand-new-in-box Rubia lipstick from a swap. The girl only wanted a gift card from Sephora which was very accessible to me. I thought I really wouldn't like it because the reviews were pretty mixed, but I fell in love with it at one fell swoop. This lipstick is like a chameleon; it changes dramatically with every lipliner I wear. It can be very nudish and pale one day, and be just a beautiful brown peach with gold pearl on another, just like how MAC described it. I use this all the time and I think I'm almost half-way done with it. I think I need a backup!


Rubia worn with Rimmel Exaggerate full color lipliner in Epic


This is another pretty LE MAC lipstick, Festivity from the Balloonacy collection. It's a corally-peachy-pink tone with gold shimmer, and it's a frost formula which gives the lips a subtle sheen. It's a cousin of MAC lipsticks in Strawberry Blonde and Curtsy, which are also coral-based and very much coveted.


These are my J.Lynne lipglazes in Jodie, Nicole, Jessica and Julianne. I so, so love these. I said earlier that I prefer my lipglosses semi-opaque if I use them alone, and these really fit my requirements to a T. They operate so much like liquid lipsticks - creamy, luscious, but utterly pigmented, and have high-wattage shine. Best of all, the taste and smell are addicting! I sometimes just apply it on my lips so I can smell and taste it (yup, I'm a dork). I guess the real reason I apply it that often is because - read this - it curbs my appetite! No, really! It might just be me, but the J.Lynne lip glazes can be a great alternative to those ubiquitous weight loss pills, ha!


Generous samples of the J.Lynne lipglazes I'd obtained before I got the full-sizes:
Jodie - Nicole
Jessica - Julianne


Wearing J.Lynne lipglaze in Jodie over MAC lipstick in Syrup


MAC Holiday Dress Set 5 Warm Lustre and Lipglass
L-R: Florabundance (milky pale-pink, wonderful on top of dark lipsticks), Wonderstruck (peachy-pink with shimmer), Spring Bean, Instant Gold (creamy beige with gold), New Flame (deep plum-bronze with reflects)

I got this beautiful lipglass/lustreglass set via my friend Olga, who offered to custom purchase this set over at her neighborhood cosmetic company outlet or CCO. It was much cheaper than retail so I jumped at the opportunity. All colors are beautiful, but my favorite is Spring Bean, the slimy-looking green lustreglass in the middle. No, it doesn't appear green upon application, but morphs into a beautiful buttery-goldish brown that looks so flattering on the lips. I guess the natural color of the lips creates a reaction with the green pigment, making it not green but a gorgeous warm honey color.


MAC lipglass in Perky

Another beautiful lip product from the Balloonacy collection. This lipglass made me realize that lilac shades suit my complexion. I think the mid-tone purple flatters my skintone, and it doesn't apply purplish, but a light beautiful lilac that is just very pretty. I'm going to be sad when I run out of this. This is one of my most favorite lipglosses ever.


wearing Monave sheer lip glaze in Maple under MAC lipglass in Pas-de-deux

Of course, I cannot just rattle off my favorite lipglosses without mentioning one of my best bets, Monave sheer lip glazes. These glide like butter on the lips, pigmentation and texture are divine, and come in very convenient doe-foot applicator tubes. My favorites are Honey, Maple, Petticoat and Butterscotch. These are a staple in my purse as I use them both at work and on weekends. They are that versatile.


Aromaleigh Pure Shine lip glosses in Yum, Zen, and Lush

Like J.Lynne and Monave lip glazes, I like these Aromaleigh glosses because they operate like liquid lipsticks - are semi-opaque, have outstanding shine, are not uber-sticky. I also adore the smell and taste - like chocolate oranges! I am such a chocoholic, so how can my tastebuds and olfactory nerves say no to this barrage of heavenly sensations? Mmm-mmmm!! My only gripes however are the packaging and the very small amount of product in each pen. I am not exactly a fan of the click-pen with the brush applicator. I can tolerate the click pens a little bit more than the applicator, but I basically have no interest in either. Click pens take forever for the product to emerge at the tip, and when it does, it spurts out in massive amounts, which is such a waste of precious product. I also don't like the brush applicator that much because this is not a sheer product but semi-opaque, so applying this without a mirror is a no-no because it will surely feather and go beyond your lip boundaries. Good thing I got this at 35% off during Aromaleigh's sale. Nonetheless, I will still re-purchase because of the beautiful pigmentation, lovely texture and heavenly scent and taste. These Pure Shine lipglosses are fast becoming a favorite, packaging issues aside, which just basically boil down to pure personal preference.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Fyrinnae Neutrals (and a Blue)

The title and the picture speak for themselves. I am still in awe of these beautiful pigments. All colors applied wet to stand better against the glare of the flash. Enough said. The picture can do the talking from now on.


L-R: Selke Skin - Loki - Mocha Shake - Maneki Neko - Platinum - Finnegan's Wake - Gwenhwyvar - Urchin

On MAC Barbie Collection Beauty Powders

And I thought I wasn't going to love any other highlighter as much as my beloved MAC mineralize skinfinishes (MSFs). I was dead-wrong as I discovered MAC beauty powders from the MAC Barbie collection just a couple of months ago, and I think I'm liking the beauty powders as much as or better than my MSFs (I hear a collective gasp from the MSF collectors). These beauty powders are less frosty, less glowy than the MSFs but give such a subtle, ethereal sheen to the cheeks. I did an entry on the beauty powder in Pearl Blossom, but a couple of weeks after that post, I obtained Pearl Sunshine which took my breath away as well. What the heck is so special about these tackily-named highlighters, anyway? These two beauty powders are very different in the way they operate, but they are both so gorgeous. I just use Pearl Sunshine by itself. It's very pretty worn alone, because it emits a very nice pearly peach sheen. If used with a blush underneath, it turns muddy on me. Pearl Blossom, on the other hand, is not just a transparent highlighter on me, but emits a very sheer, beautiful pinkish pearly glow. It is best worn over blushes and makes every blush look so ethereal. Every blush underneath Pearl Blossom morphs into a gorgeous glow, and the color depends on the blush, but still delicately pretty. It seems that I am not the only one who notices these amazing highlighters. I posted some entries using Pearl Blossom and Pearl Sunshine, and I mainly talked about the mineral foundation I was using, but many readers on my other site commented instead on the Beauty Powders, paying no attention to the foundation, LOL.

I love these two products so much that I made it a mission to obtain back-ups since these are limited edition products, as usual. I bought a Pearl Sunshine back-up from the MAC site, too bad the Pearl Blossom was already out-of-stock. I was so giddy with excitement this morning when I saw my Pearl Sunshine beauty powder by our front door. Nobody noticed the little package that the UPS guy left yesterday, and the box was still cold from its overnight stay by our front door (good thing no one took it!). I took it to the kitchen, admired it while having my coffee, and as I moved it from the breakfast nook table it fell on the kitchen tiles and broke into pieces. *screams in agony* I was so devastated. Good thing there's still stock at the MAC site so I bought another one. I plan to transfer this to a 30g jar with sifter and use it like I would a regular mineral highlighter in powder form. Talk about klutzes, yep, that's me!


My first Pearl Sunshine - so intact and so beautiful


My poor second Pearl Sunshine I just received this morning - broken but still gorgeous

Monday, April 23, 2007

Milan Minerals Review Part 2

I think I'm slowly getting the hang of applying Milan mineral foundation, which is by using a big, fluffy brush (I use Red Earth powder brush) applied in a sweeping motion, as opposed to buffing. The effect is really natural, not cakey, and the foundation lasted the whole day. I tried Kiana shade today, and I think I'm liking it just because I don't need to mix foundations. So which looks better, Kiana or Julisa + Caprice?


I don't have a shut-eye EOTD this time, and this pic is the best I could find that shows off the eye colors.





Pure Luxe cream eraser as primer
Milan mineral foundation in Kiana
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory topped with
Bare Escentuals Well Rested
Bare Escentuals mineral veil
Lumiere veena mineral blush in Violaceous
MAC Enriched Refined Bronzer to contour
MAC mineralize skinfinish in Shimpagne on top of blush

Lips:
Rimmel 1000 Kisses stay-on lipliner in Tiramisu
MAC lipsticks in Hyper and Galvanize
MAC lipglass in Be-In

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
MAC Shroom eyeshadow to highlight
MAC Gleam eyeshadow on lid
MAC Goldenaire pigment on inner to mid lid
MAC Maroon pigment over MAC Mulch eyeshadow on crease and outer V
MAC fluidline in Graphic Brown
Maybelline Volume Express Turbo Boost mascara

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Milan Minerals: I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

I think I'm one of the luckiest mineral makeup enthusiasts ever. Mineral makeup is still relatively unknown compared to traditional makeup both online and in brick and mortar stores, and yet I've stumbled upon a bunch of lovely, uber-helpful ladies in my search for the best mineral makeup products. I believe that I am not the only person that they've been able to help in choosing the right shade and color to match their individual skintones. I know a lot of mineral makeup newbies who frequent mineral makeup boards have also been tremendously helped in one way or another by these women's thoughts, charts and experiences on MMU.

That said, I've been hearing a lot about Milan Mineral Cosmetics, and how it aims to specialize on mineral makeup specifically for women of color. I am glad that this company chooses to focus on women of color, instead of becoming a jack-of-all-trades by making every conceivable shade in the mineral makeup spectrum. Not that there is anything wrong with that, oh no. It's just that it is absolutely refreshing to note that there is one company that focuses on a particular market, and it sets them distinctly apart from the rest. I had been meaning to obtain some samples from Milan, but my friend Dayna beat me to it when she sent me a RAOK (Random Act of Kindness) package filled with more than a dozen mineral foundation samples from Milan and Meow Cosmetics. She also sent me samples of Lumiere's Flawless Face foundation, and samples of her wonderful silicone primers she obtained from an online store. She is just one of the nicest, most generous individuals I've ever come across online, and I am really grateful for her sweetness and thoughtful packages.

I immediately tried the sample of Milan foundation in Julisa that Dayna sent me, only to find out that it looked horribly cakey and pale. I asked around for advice on which shades to try, and Lilita, the resident swatch chart queen, suggested mixing Caprice with Julisa. I also noticed the dense formulation of Milan is very similar to Monave's, so this afternoon I tried to apply it using my tried and tested Monave technique: I used a big, fluffy powder brush (Red Earth) and sweeped (as opposed to buff) the minerals across my face. I did two light layers and I was floored with the result: it did not turn up cakey, but utterly creamy and natural, just like Monave on me. Lilita was right, a mix of Julisa and Caprice was the key! Although as Lilita said, there is no darker Julisa in the Milan line, I am still hoping that Milan would come up with one. I want to try Olivia because it might be a match, but Lilita said it is too dark on her skintone and since we almost have the same skin color, I am iffy about trying it out.

Have you sometimes felt so tired of trying mineral samples left and right, only to find out that the shades are so wrong for you? Well, I have. Enters Jen, one of the friendliest and nicest gals I've ever come across on various mineral makeup forums. She specializes in color profiling, or looking at pictures of a person taken under direct sunlight to determine their undertones. Such determination would ultimately help in picking the correct shades and undertones in a myriad of mineral makeup products. I sent her a couple of pictures of my bare face under direct sunlight with no cloud cover, and she told me she sees "creamy yellow, creamy peach, a medium peach and kind of an olivey (think olive oil) creamy yellow". She also told me she would give me a more in-depth profile later. Isn't that wonderful? Knowing your EXACT undertones (and not just vague "yellow", "pink" or "neutral" descriptions) will tremendously lessen trial and errors and will help you find your Holy Grail ("HG") mineral foundation faster.

Finally, how will I be able to channel these thoughts to your computer monitors if I don't have this blog? I am also grateful for my techie friend, Sophie, my wonderful mineral makeup sister, who makes the best mineral makeup and beauty websites ever. Whenever I need to ask about a technical question regarding my blog, she answers in a heartbeat and instantly helps this pathetic HTML-challenged author. She was a finalist in the beauty and fashion category in the recent Philippine Blog Awards, and I'm so proud of and happy for her. That just shows that I am not the only one who sees her innate talent and creativity for whipping up the most eye-catching and coolest sites that attract her target audience. I am so glad this bunch of wonderful ladies came across my way. Living a mineral makeup addict's life is certainly easier with these gals around! Thank you SO much ladies!! I owe you one (or two)...






Isn't my face a little too pink? (or is that my shirt I'm seeing?)



Pure Luxe cream eraser as primer
Milan mineral foundations in Julisa mixed with Caprice
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory topped with
Bare Escentuals Well Rested
Bare Escentuals mineral veil
J.Lynne Latin Rhythms Soft Silk blush in Samba
MAC Pearl Blossom beauty powder (Barbie collection)on top of blush
MAC Enriched Refined Bronzer to contour

Lips:
Rimmel 1000 Kisses stay-on lipliner in Tiramisu
MAC lipstick in Viva Glam V
MAC lustreglass in Instant Gold

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
MAC Whistle eyeshadow to highlight
Fyrinnae Professional Color pigment Macabre on lid
LaurEss Eye Lights in Scintillating crease and outer V
MAC fluidline in Graphic Brown
Maybelline Volume Express Turbo Boost mascara

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Springy Yellows and Greens

Green is my ultimate favorite color, as many people close to me can attest. However, I love yellows as well. Our living room walls are painted a rich buttery yellow to lend a sunny, cheerful air to our home. I thought it's just apt to wear yellow on a nice, Saturday evening out with the family to welcome the spring. Here's my take on a yellow and green eye look.









Pure Luxe cream eraser as primer
J.Lynne Smooth mineral foundation in Ivory-Light Golden 1.9 and Light Golden 2.5
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory topped with
LaurEss Yellow corrector/concealer
Bare Escentuals mineral veil
MAC Pearl Sunshine beauty powder (Barbie collection)as blush
MAC Enriched Refined Bronzer to contour

Lips:
MAC lipliner in Whirl
MAC lipstick in Brave
MAC lustreglass in Flusterose

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
MAC Ricepaper eyeshadow to highlight
MAC pigment in Golden Lemon foiled on lid
Shu Uemura eyeshadow in P Yellow 327 inner to mid-lid
MAC pigment in Kelly green mid to outer-lid
MAC eyeshadow in Humid outer V
MAC fluidline in Shade
Maybelline Volume Express Turbo Boost mascara

Friday, April 20, 2007

Finding Amber in a Goldmine is To B-Rich

I experimented with my MAC shadows I had not used in quite a while, and I was pleasantly surprised with the combination.







Pure Luxe cream eraser as primer
Bare Escentuals foundation in Light 2.0
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory topped with
LaurEss Yellow corrector/concealer
Bare Escentuals mineral veil
NARS blush in Madly
MAC Enriched Refined Bronzer to contour

Lips:
MAC lipliner in Spice
MAC lipstick in Brave
MAC lipglass in Spirited

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
MAC Ricepaper eyeshadow to highlight
MAC Goldmine eyeshadow inner to mid-lid
MAC Amber Lights eyeshadow on crease
MAC B-Rich eyeshadow on outer V
MAC fluidline in Graphic Brown
Maybelline Volume Express Turbo Boost mascara

My verdict on the LaurEss Yellow concealer: as much as I love the foundation, the concealer doesn't work for me - it's far too pale and too yellow for my skintone and makes me look sick and jaundiced. This is what I get for messing with my holy grail undereye concealer - Bare Escentuals Well-Rested. I just bought my second full-sized Well Rested jar from ULTA using my 20% off total purchase coupon, and I think that's a pretty good investment. My first Well-Rested pot lasted me a good year-and-a-half. Here's to another eighteen months of decent-looking undereye areas despite the lack of sleep and interrupted snooze because of a certain little boy asking for more juice in his sippy cup at three in the morning.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

LaurEss Eye Look

So I got another package from LaurEss because I was looking for my summer shade. I mistakenly thought that Radiant Gold (my current shade) is lighter than Soft Gold, so I ordered the latter. I realized too late that Soft Gold was actually lighter than Radiant Gold, and made me look too pale. My fault for not checking Lauren's color conversion chart prior to ordering. Nonetheless, I am still posting my FOTD with Soft Gold because I want to feature Lauress' eye colors. I opened the box fully expecting only my jar of Soft Gold and a sample of the yellow concealer for my undereye area, but out came not one, not two, but six generous samples of Lauren's Eye Lights eyeshadows in Divinity, Scintillating, Impulse, Radiant, Deception and Tranquility. I also want to commend LaurEss for the very professional-looking packages the products come in. They are meticulously sealed (even sample jars), neatly labeled and carefully shrink-wrapped to optimize security and ensure zero spillage. The whole thing comes with a really glossy brochure featuring Lauress' products. I am really impressed with this brand - from the product, to the packaging, to the customer service. I hope this level of excellence will remain consistent as far as LaurEss is concerned. Thank you for the samples Lauren!


My package arrived neatly shrinkwrapped with the individual jars sealed in plastic






This is me wearing Lauress Radiant Gold. See the tremendous difference!

Pure Luxe cream eraser as primer
LaurEss original mineral foundations in Radiant Gold over Soft Gold
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory topped with
Bare Escentuals Well-Rested
Monave finishing powder in Angel
Valerie Beauty illuminating finishing powder in Centerfold
NARS blush in Oasis
MAC Enriched Refined Bronzer to contour

Lips:
MAC lipliner in Spice
Valerie Beauty lipstick in Bonbon
Valerie Beauty multi-purpose minerals sparingly applied over lipstick
MAC lustreglass in Flusterose

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
LaurEss Eye Lights in Divinity on inner to mid lid foiled
LaurEss Eye Lights in Impulse as a wash and highlighter
LaurEss Eye Lights in Scintillating on outer V
Lumiere eye shimmer in Deep Plum over Scintillating
Fyrinnae pigment in Kung Pao used wet as liner
Maybelline Volume Express Turbo Boost mascara

Shades of Spring

The weather is heralding spring, and so is my skintone. I noticed that my J.Lynne foundation in Ivory-Light Golden 1.9 does not look like second skin anymore, but a little pale. The minute I noticed that, I immediately ordered Light Golden in 2.5, and I plan to mix the two shades in order to achieve the result I want. I really do loathe mixing colors, but J.Lynne is such an outstanding mineral foundation that I'm willing to let that small inconvenience slide. I'm pretty sure I will be down to either color once summer and winter hit.






This is how the same shade looked like on my skin just a few weeks ago. Just proves I'm getting a wee bit darker.

Pure Luxe cream eraser as primer
J.Lynne Smooth mineral foundation in Ivory-Light Golden 1.9
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory topped with
Bare Escentuals Well-Rested
Monave finishing powder in Angel
MAC mineralize skinfinish in Stereo Rose as blush

Lips:
MAC lipliner in Whirl
MAC lipstick in Rubia
J.Lynne lip glaze in Nicole

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
MAC eyeshadow in Shroom as highlighter
MAC eyeshadow in Jest inner to midlid
MAC eyeshadow in Mulch crease and outer V
Fyrinnae pigment in Incubus used wet as liner
Maybelline Volume Express Turbo Boost mascara

Monday, April 16, 2007

Revisiting My First Love

My first mineral makeup love, that is. This past week's pace had been frenetic as I tried one sample after another of a myriad of mineral makeup brands. This morning I woke up utterly uninspired to do some sampling, and longed for a little "comfort makeup", something I've been using for so long that it is such a no-brainer to apply. I'm talking about Bare Escentuals. I always come back to this brand no matter how many brands I try, because it works great on me, application is a cinch, and my perfect shade is just that - perfect. I bought the gigantic 13.5g tub of mineral veil from eBay today, and I can't wait to get it.









Pure Luxe cream eraser as primer
Bare Escentuals Light 2.0 foundation
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory topped with
Bare Escentuals Well-Rested
Monave finishing powder in Angel
Lumiere veena blush in Cinnamon
MAC Enriched Refined Bronzer to contour
MAC Pearl Blossom beauty powder over blush

Lips:
MAC lipliner in Whirl
MAC lipstick in Viva Glam I
MAC lipglass in Perky

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as base
MAC eyeshadow in Almond Icing as highlighter
Fyrinnae pigment in Bubble Tea foiled on lid
MAC pigment in Quietly on outer half of lid
MAC eyeshadow in Cranberry crease and outer V
Fyrinnae pigment in Incubus used wet as liner
Maybelline Volume Express Turbo Boost mascara