Sunday, June 29, 2008

Some More MAC Cool Heat Looks

Had enough of Cool Heat? Well leave this site fast, because here are a couple more, lol =). The first one is more of blue than green, I made Blue Flame the dominant color in this look. As you can see, my winter/spring foundation shade is a tad light now that summer is here. It's time to add a wee bit of the darker shade to match my new summer skintone.







Eyes: (All products MAC unless otherwise stated)
Beige-ing shadestick all over lid and smoothed on brows, lower lashline
Delft paint pot on lid
Solar White e/s on inner to mid lid, to highlight, inner corners, inner to mid lower lashline
Gulf Stream e/s on mid lid
Cool Heat e/s on outer V
Warm Chill e/s above crease
Blue Flame e/s on crease, outer V and outer lower lashline
Feline kohl power pencil to tightline and waterline
Blacktrack fluidline
Maybelline mascaras

Face:
Camellia Rose skin-smoothing primer
Adorned With Grace mineral foundation in Y3 and Y2 (60-40 mix)
Dermablend Quick Fix stick concealer in Ivory
Bare Escentuals Well Rested over Dermablend (undereyes)
DreamWorld creme topping (finishing powder) in Butterscotch (clay and silica formula)
MAC Sculpt powder to contour
MAC Light Flush MSF as blush

Lips:
MAC Spice lipliner
MAC Rubia lipstick
MAC Flusterose lustreglass

And here's a look using the Cool Heat shadows with Aromaleigh's Rocks! Sonic eyeshadow in Lazysod. It's that bright green pigment on the inner to mid lid. I swear, that is one of the brightest greens I've ever seen in a while, but it is so pretty! It is super bright that I had to hide it below my crease so as not to be visible when my eyes would open because I used this for work. Ha.



Saturday, June 28, 2008

Aromaleigh and My Mineral Blush Collection: I Want Candy

I got my Aromaleigh loot (and a few more coming), and whenever I look at them, they remind me of candy. I love the colors, the textures, the vibrancy and the sheer ease in application of these pigments. I also included some pigment swatches.


My mountain of Aromaleigh pigment samples


Full sizes under natural light without flash


With flash


Some swatches applied over MAC Soft Ochre paint pot



My Mineral Blush Collection

Some of you have been asking about my mineral blush collection. I used to collect NARS and Cargo blushes, but I've begun to gravitate towards mineral blushes lately. Here are my full sizes and my samples of these blushes. I also love that they last forever (no expiration date).


Full sizes, except my J.Lynne generous samples that are taking me forever to finish




Must Have Minerals (MHM) was the old name of Lumiere.


The little pots in the second to the last row marked "Joyous Jennifer", "Thistle", "Secret" were bought from Corina of Colorful Sprinkles, before she stopped selling Bare Escentuals. These are generous 1/4 tsp samples of Bare Escentuals blushes.


Joppa blush samples




More Cory blushes from a more recent purchase

And lastly, I haven't posted a picture yet of my MAC Cool Heat eyeshadows together, so here they are (love the colors!):


Correction: Solar Heat should read Solar White.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Thevi Cosmetics: Rich, Vibrant Shades For the Modern Ethnic Woman

I've had the opportunity to try out a new line of cosmetics that is interestingly geared towards the needs of the modern ethnic woman. Not every makeup brand in department stores caters to the rich skintones of women of color. Some of the well-known brands offer light, neutral colors that are not suited for darker skintones as these just disappear into the skin or make it look washed out. Women from various ethnic backgrounds have longed for a cosmetic line that caters exclusively to their needs, taking into consideration their deeper skintones and their desire for vibrant, rich hues that are long lasting but are gentle on the skin. These women are looking for a complete line of makeup that would enable them to experiment with strong, vivid shades that would complement the rich undertones of their heritage.

THE THEVI RESPONSE

Thevi Cosmetics is a unique line because it targets the New Ethnic Market - every light-to-dark skinned woman of Asian, South Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Meditteranean descent to whom color is important in all of her surroundings. Thevi Cosmetics is a sleek modern line in rich, vibrant shades celebtrating color in lifestyles and traditions.



Wife, mother and entrepreneur, Thevaki Thambirajah is both the beauty and the brains behind the Thevi Collection. With roots that reach deep into the Indian sub-continent, Thevi was born of Sri Lankan parents in New York State. She grew up as part of a vibrant, multi-ethnic community, whose diverse styles and cultures shared the common ties of strong family bonds, a love of color, a respect for traditions and a celebration of women as leaders, mothers, sensual beings.

As a young woman, beginning her career and enjoying a busy social life, Thevi could never find cosmetics in shades that suited her coloring.

Because she has always held that beauty is a way of empowerment, both at home and at work, she felt a keen need for a prestige makeup brand with colors that were rich and vibrant without being harsh. One with formulas that would complement her skin, and shades that were modern and sophisticated. In short, a collection of colorful, contemporary, no-gimmick makeup she could relate to.

"I know that there are many, many women like me. Women to whom ‘natural’ means ‘colorful.’ After all, what is more natural than a flower, a butterfly, a sunset? In our homes, in our dress, even in our foods and in our makeup, we are women who feel comfortable with color. In fact, we crave it. And while our skins come in a wide range of tones and shades, we all look best with a more intense makeup. Red lips. Strongly defined eyes. Visible cheek color. And of course, fresh, smooth complexions.

THE PRODUCTS



I tried the featured products from the Thevi collection. More detailed product descriptions of the above-shown products from their website and my thoughts on these are as follows:

Triple Split Eyeshadow: Color coordinated eye shadow, for a finished look, in shades that show up on darker skin. Rich, triple-milled colors with a velvety finish glide on smoothly, blend beautifully and cling for hours. Water-proof. Crease-resistant. Formulated with skin-conditioning Vitamins C and E. Hypoallergenic. Mineral oil-free.

My take: I am loving the Triple Split Eyeshadow in Venice that I tried as the colors are vibrant, long-lasting and came in a convenient pot for all three colors. The Venice trio is a pretty lavender-purple-pink combination with lots of plum and grey undertones, and these glide easily on the lids and can be a beautiful daytime neutral or a nice evening eye makeup, depending on your application. I like that it didn't crease or fade and it looked very smooth on the lids.

Sheer Matte Blush: The most amazing blush ever. Rich, vibrant color that looks totally natural. Micro-milled pigments glide on smooth, sheer color with a velvety soft finish that becomes one with your skin. Enriched with conditioning, protective Vitamins C and E. Hypoallergenic. Mineral oil-free.

My take: I was pleasantly surprised with this blush as this has an amazingly vibrant pigment that was pretty smooth in application and lasted quite well even under the scorching heat of the sun. I tried Whisper Apricot and I liked the fact that it had a rich, vibrant hue but didn't look clownish or garish on my cheeks. This is a winner for me.

High Impact Lipstick: Sensual lip color. Advanced formula lipstick with unique chroma-shine technology provides rich color intensity with a super glossy finish that’s virtually weightless, yet won’t wear off. Plus it’s packed with Vitamins A, E and C for anti-oxidant protection and conditioning. In an array of gloriously colorful shades. Hypoallergenic.

My take: I tried the lip color in Sequin and this is basically the lightest color from the Thevi line, but it is still a very vibrant hue. If you are a fan of rich lipsticks with deep hues and high-impact shine, this is for you. Ms. Thambirajah was not kidding when she said that her line is for women who love color. The lipsticks are saturated with pigment and the glide and slip are buttery smooth. I want to try the rest of the darker lipsticks.

Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15 -Smooth start to a flawless finish. This creamy fluid, fortified with a multi-mineral complex, provides just enough coverage to even out your complexion, not cover it up, while a blend of natural light diffusers creates a soft, flawless finish. Enriched with vitamins E and C for anti-oxidant protection, and skin-conditioning Vitamin A. Hypoallergenic. Oil-free.

My take: I am not a fan of this one. I have said before that I love mineral foundation and I will never go back to liquid foundation. I used this under Thevi's Mineral Foundation Powder and, maybe I am no longer used to wearing liquid foundation, but I wanted to claw my face off the whole day because I didn't like the feel of liquid foundation on my face. It also broke me out. The color I got (Almond), even though it is the lightest available, was also quite dark on me. As you see in the pictures below, it has a nice, smooth, even finish but I am really not a fan of liquid foundations, so I am skipping this one.

Mineral Foundation Powder SPF 8: Pressed face powder with a unique blend of micro-minerals and skin nurturing vitamins A, E and C, offers skin perfection, protection and flexibility. Natural light diffusers blur away the look of little lines and uneven coloration. Buildable coverage makes it suitable for use as a finishing powder or powder foundation. Ideal for all skins, including sensitive or troubled. Hypoallergenic. Oil-free. Talc-free. Fragrance-free.

My take: I like this one a lot better than the liquid foundation. Too bad I got a shade that is a tad too dark on me (Sand). It doesn't look dark in the photos but oh boy, it sure was dark in real life. I love the smooth, even finish this gives, and I very much like the packaging: it comes in a sleek, chrome-like compact that looks very sophisticated. I will use this for touch ups and especially for photo shoots as it really gives a pretty finish.

All in all, I liked the Thevi line except for the liquid foundation. The Thevi brand has an entire gamut of products specifically geared towards the modern, sophisticated woman of ethnic roots. If you are one of the target consumers of this brand, I highly suggest you take time to check out its products. I'm sure there will be at least one of these that will pique your interest, especially if you love bold, rich colors that go well with your ethnic heritage.

In the following photos, I used all the products I have just reviewed from Thevi Cosmetics.





Sunday, June 22, 2008

Bright Pinks and Reds

Here is a look using pinks and reds by Aromaleigh. I used its Gothic Lolita and Elemental Lustre eyeshadow pigments. It was for a girls' night out - we had dinner at one of the finer restaurants in the city, and all fourteen of us girls saw Sex and The City the movie - some for the first time, and some for the nth. It was a fun night! The pigments didn't budge the whole night as well - I was out for seven hours and when I came home, the pinks were still as bright as they were when I first applied them. Here's a step-by-step illustration.


Apply MAC Beige-ing shadestick on lid, lower lashline and smoothed on brows, blend in with finger. Apply MAC Girl Friendly paint pot on inner lid, MAC Artifact paint pot on outer lid. Foil Aromaleigh Gothic Lolita eyeshadow in Little Craving on inner to 2/3 of the lid out.


Foil Aromaleigh Gothic Lolita shadow in Strawberry Despair on middle lid, blending with Little Craving, then apply Aromaleigh Elemental Lustre in Torment wet on outer lid.


another shot under different lighting


Before the pigments dry, blend everything in one direction in short, quick strokes.


How it should look so far.


Apply MAC eyeshadow in Baby Petals to highlight and on inner corners. Fill in brows. Apply falsies (I used Ardell #101), MAC Blacktrack fluidline to line and Brownborder technakohl liner on waterline. Apply Little Craving wet on inner to mid-lower lashline, and Torment on outer lower lashline. Apply Lumiere Veena mineral blush in Magnolia, and use MAC mineralize skinfinish in Petticoat over blush. Line lips with MAC Whirl lipliner, apply MAC Brave lipstick and MAC lustreglass in Flusterose.


I used Monave mineral foundation in Saturnina and Monave finishing powder in Angel.






Our table at the restaurant.


We couldn't all fit in one table, so here's the other one.


Over-looking the window by our table, a beautiful sunset wedding was being celebrated.




Fall-off-the-bone goodness: Braised beef short ribs with skillet roasted summer vegetables & creamed grits.


Our dinner favors from our hostesses (the ones who organized the dinner) - a pretty makeup bag (the nail file set included as favor was in the bag), you figure out what the foil-wrapped thing is...not hard to guess! ;-)


Game of "What's In Your Purse?". For every item you have on the list, you give points to yourself and add the total. I had a high score but I wasn't the winner. Bummer.







Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Another MAC Cool Heat (Neutral) Look and Haulage

First of all, I am so sorry for the lack of posts lately; I was out-of-town last weekend and when I came back, I got slammed with work that I didn't know what to do first. But I am back!

Here is a neutral look I used using the Cool Heat neutral shadows. I used Warming Trend packed on the lid using the MAC 252 brush (how did I live without this brush? The color pay-off when using this is fantastic!), then I used Mulch on the crease, Tempting above the crease, and Solar White to highlight and on inner corners. I just LOVE Solar White, I think I like this better than Femme-Fi. I applied Almay liquid liner on the upper lashline and Brownborder technakohl liner on waterline. I also used one of my favorite MAC blushes, Petalpoint, and Syrup lipstick.





Here is another look using the same lipstick, but I don't know what I used for the rest. Haha.



Then I got my Aromaleigh loot! Woohoo! I was so excited to finally see my full-size Elemental Lustres and Pure Hues. I am also very happy to see the samples I ordered- the colors are just breathtaking and I can't wait to try them. Best of all, for those in the U.S., Aromaleigh is having a 15% off sale of the entire store until June 19th. Coupon code is MOVE15. So move, move, move, before your favorite colors are gone!




To show how amazing the pigmentation of these shadows is, here are some swatches of the colors I got full sizes of (Elemental Lustres and Pure Hues). Take note, these were swatched dry with no base underneath, and yet the fantastic pigment still shone through. I also included my favorite DreamWorld shadow in Lancelot's Sword.

Another shot:



Here's another loot from one of my favorite mineral makeup companies, DreamWorld. I got full sizes of Amenti foundation in the Luna formula, and Butter and Butterscotch creme toppings. I got Butter in the silk formula and Butterscotch in the clay and silica formula. I am loving both!! Ellie was so nice to include pixie sizes (but they actually hold a lot of product) of her new lippies in the Nectar formula for free. I got Tinker's Treasure and Pixie Sunshine (pardon the dirty labels; they got banged around pretty bad in my makeup kit).






I also got samples of all the colors in DreamWorld's Camelot world. I'm loving Lancelot's Sword, as well as the other gorgeous colors.