The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I’ve been tagged by the lovely Mirifique Beauty. Take a look at her blog if you don’t follow it already because it’s a great read. :)

The rules for this award are:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award and link to them
  4. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.
  5. Give 5 random facts about yourself.

 

My 5 facts:

  1. I have read Homestuck three times. It has left me with certain speech quirks.
  2. At 174 cm I am the smallest in my family. Never got rid of the nickname “die Kleine” (the little one).
  3. I am currently reading 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami and it took me a while to get the pun in the title.
  4. To me lunch is the most important meal of the day.
  5. Sadly I hate cooking. See my problem?

I nomiate:

http://iamcherrylemon.wordpress.com/

http://luxelist.me/

http://livingblonde.wordpress.com/

http://vainjanewrites.wordpress.com/

http://anniesbeautyblog.com/

http://letstalkcosmetics.wordpress.com/

http://sayhellotogorgeous.wordpress.com/

http://izzybatista.wordpress.com/

http://bubblymichelle.com/

http://avecveritas.wordpress.com/

(I can’t believe I got tagged in July! Time flies!)

the Face Base

I almost named this entry “the bare necessities” but none of this is necessary, so I changed my mind. Anyway, this post is to show you my current base makeup routine. I have three stages of makeup:

1. None. Nada. I don’t mean “no makeup makeup”, I mean nothing on (except for sunscreen). This happens a lot more during summer, due to heat & laziness. My tips for that stage are: groom brows and dye eyelashes blue-black. I swear that makes so much difference! I gotta admit  I have been neglecting my poor brows, though.

2. BB Cream all over and done with it. Might add some rouge etc to create no makeup makeup.

3. The full base. When I want to look polished or the skin acts up. My current base items:

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In order of application:

MAC Prep & Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer in Pink. Mostly because I want to use it up. If I was doing a Project Pan, this would be one of the items.

MAC Mineralize Foundation Compact: Holy Grail item. Good coverage, long lasting, does not emphasize dry skin, but does not get shiny either.

MAC Studio Finish Concealer: Photoshop for the skin.

Clinique Airbrush Concealer: undereye concealer. I use this so much the writing has worn off. Coincidentally Lisa Eldridge mentioned this in her latest video and I agree so much. Why change something that works so well for you?

Flormar Brow Powder: Stays all day.

Sumita Brow Wax: This came in one of my last Glossyboxes before I unsubscribed. When I ran out of my brow gel I decided to use this. It’s good, but I think I prefer gel.

MAC Prep & Prime Eye: When I apply eyeshadow I’ll use either this or a cream shadow. This is the only real eye primer I own. I’m not 100% happy with it, but I haven’t yet gotten my hands on anything better. Suggestions?

(For my vacation makeup, I took the same items with me, except I replaced the foundation with Dior‘s BB Creme. I ended up not using the brow items even once.)

 

That’s it, that’s my face base. It’s quite MAC heavy, partly because there are some items that I’ll never replace (Studio Finish Concealer!), partly because some items are left over from the days when I was still learning my way around makeup (the primers, mostly. although it’s possible that after I use up the face primer, I’ll pick up the CC cream from MAC to replace it).

Which are your base items that you always have on hand?

Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Eye Palette

Now this is an old LE palette, but Bobbi Brown totally reuse colors and some of these might even be in the regular range, so I hope my swatches aren’t completely useless.

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Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Eye Palette

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Blurry pic of the back. Colors included are: Navajo, Twilight, Pink Dusk, Water Color Pink, Twilight Pink, Cement, Dusk and Chocolate Mauve.

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Look at the colors in the reflection, they are more true to real life than the front part of the pic.

The palette also includes a double ended brush. I never quite found out how to properly use the flat, orange one.

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Swatches. Because I’m dumb I didn’t swatch first row, then second row, I swatched top, bottom, top bottom. So the colors are: Navajo, Twilight Pink, Twilight, Cement (regular range), Pink Dusk, Dusk, Water Color Pink (also included in the new smokey nudes palette!), and Chocolate Mauve.

Do not try to find Navajo. Navajo is invisible. The light shimmery color you see on top is Twilight Pink.

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Second swatch, this time in direct sunlight.

The two swatches atop Chocolate Mauve, Dusk and Water Color Pink, are what Bobbi Brown call Sparkle Eye Shadow. That’s Bobbi Brown for “no pigment”. But the others aren’t all that pigmented either. Lasting power is terrible. The only way to get them to stick was to put my Wunderwuzzi underneath (that would be the Estee Lauder Cream Eyeshadow).

Frankly, I bought this when I was young and unexperienced and didn’t know how to swatch before a buy. I haven’t gotten any Bobbi Brown powder shadows since. Imho the creams are much better.

A good nude: Lancome L’Absolu Nu Corail Evanescent

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You probably know how hard it is to find a good nudeish color or a “my lips but better”. For me, they usually look off and I stopped searching. This one’s a pretty good one, though: Lancome L’Absolu Nu in 101 Corail Evanescent. The Nu lipsticks are the sheer variants of the L’Absolu Range. But unlike the L’Absolu they don’t offer SPF. Probably because they are so sheer.

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As the name suggests, Corail Evanescent is a peachy coral. It’s not actually meant to be a nude, Lancome lists it in the “coral to red” range, not the “beige to brown”. But they also mention “lip enhancing pigments”.

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Swatch. It’s a sheer coral. For me it is so universal it goes with everything. And like I mention up there, it’s my personal nude/mlbb.

Other than the color what I like best is the pretty design. What I dislike is the smell, it’s such an old fashioned lipstick smell.

Availability: I’ve had this for a while, so I’m not sure. As you can see in the link above, the L’Absolu Nu are still listed on Lancome’s website, but they are not on display in my usual haunts. If you can find them they are worth checking out. They are bit like Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine, but smoother, creamier.

All used up July & August 2014

Here are my empties of the last two months:

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I already did a whole post on the CC Lumi Serum by By Terry, but I continued using it afterwards until all four colors were gone, so I’m adding a little: I used either Nr. 1-3 all over my face as primer before foundation, and Nr 4 as a bronzer. When I put these on I used no other moisturizer. On my previous post I said I consider these makeup and not skincare, even though it gets categorized as skincare. I changed my mind on this, my skin seemed to really like it, so it certainly counts as skincare as well. After these samples were open for a while, they started drying up, becoming denser. I liked that, it made the shimmer stronger, but it also gave it some coverage. Now, this seems counterproductive, but when I put the serum all over my face, I patted some extra onto my nose to cover the pores. Highlighter to cover pores??? I know how it sounds, but it worked. Great stuff, highly recommendable.

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Neutrogena Body Balm with Nordic Berry: Leaves a thick, soft film on the skin.

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Sorry for the blurry list of ingredients. I meant to show that it mostly consists of paraffinum liquidum and silicone. Basically, it’s not your skin that is soft afterwards, it’s the film this leaves on you. I’m not usually against silicone in skincare, but it felt a bit much. The fact that I managed to use this up in august is testament to how rainy and cold august was. When it was hot I couldn’t use this balm; it made me sweat.

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SP System Professional Volumize Shampoo: I had two of these. And both of them broke apart after the second use. The cap broke, I mean. The shampoo itself is okay, and it does give volume. But I wouldn’t buy a full size. If they can’t even create small sizes that don’t fall apart, I don’t trust them to get the big sizes right.

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Lancome Renergie Multi-Lift: Anti wrinkle cream with SPF 15. Nice scent, and I could feel my skin tighten. Quite rich, it is for dry skin.

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Garnier Micellar Cleanser: I already repurchased. At the moment my absolute favorite. Better than the Lancome, even and cheaper too. Unlike the Lancome, it does not contain alcohol. It is gentle, but manages to get most makeup off.

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Lancome Dream Tone Skin Corrector: in the shade 1. As the name suggests it is supposed to correct your skin tone and help with dark spots. It comes out peachy and shimmery, a bit like the Clarins Beauty Flash balm, but not so thick. Applied to the skin I could not see any shimmer. I did not see any difference in my age spots, but the sample was small. It helped a little with pores.

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List of ingredients.

It felt pretty good on my skin, but at the moment I wouldn’t buy a full size.

Dior Crayon Eyeliner

Hello!

Today I’d like to talk about Dior eyeliner pencils.

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Pictured: Dior eyeliner pencil in Kaki Irise (Iridescent Khaki) 363. It’s a regular pencil with a smudger on the other side.

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Swatch. Like most pencils, this isn’t for precision lining, it’s for a nice thick smoky line. It’s very creamy and I find it easy to apply. Once it sets, it also lasts. I had no problem with smudging.

This particular color does not seem to be on counters anymore. They offer the very classic, because very useful, colors black, blue and brown. I can’t even tell you from when and which collection Kaki Irise is, because truth to be told it’s actually my mum’s pencil. :D But I can tell you I think the color is gorgeous and the quality is good.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB

Somehow I did not even notice that Guerlain offer a BB Cream until there were already two. I have tested the older one, Lingerie de Peau BB Beauty Booster (not to be confused with the Lingerie de Peau foundation). It can be found among the makeup and comes in a flesh colored packaging. The new one, Super Aqua BB cream, comes in blue packaging and can be found among the rest of the Super Aqua skin care line.

(picture from guerlain.com)

I must apologize for the lack of pics, I was so greedy and used up the whole sample on my face. Sadly, the BB cream comes in only two colors. The lighter 01 pretty much matches up to a MAC NC 20, maybe it’s even a touch lighter. I am usually NC 15, but in summer I get close to NC 20.

The BB comes with SPF 30 and PA +++ in a 40 ml tube (for comparison, my beloved Dior BB Creme comes in 30 ml).

The finish is glowy and I mean it. If you’re looking for a matte face, this will not work. Immediately after application I looked fresh and luminous and wonderful. But two hours in my nose would be super shiny. After experimenting around with mattifying primers and powder I found the best way to keep the shine controlled was in fact achieved by applying a Guerlain terracotta powder all over. Sneaky, Guerlain! The finish of this BB is the absolutely only reason I do not own a full size yet. The problem is that it’s too shiny for summer and in winter I am too pale. If Guerlain offered it one shade lighter it would be perfection. So, my recommendation: only for people with dry skin!

Coverage is medium – full. Most days I didn’t even need additional concealer. It’s easy to apply and blend with fingers.

The best thing about it is that I didn’t need anything else. I have lots of trouble getting up in the morning and will love anything that shortens my bathroom time. Due to the high SPF I didn’t need any additional sunscreen, due to the moisturizing properties I didn’t need any additional face cream and due to the good coverage I could skip concealer. So my routine was wash face – put on Guerlain BB cream. Wonderful!

My skin loved it, no clogged pores, no dryness.

Lasting power was not so great due to the finish. I had to touch up twice a day (in summer heat. When I tested this it was the only hot weeks we had this year at all!)

In short: amazing product if you can deal with the finish.

YSL Fall 2014: Palette Fetiche

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This is the Palette Fetiche from YSL‘s fall 2014 collection. It comes in a sweet leather design.

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It’s a mostly brown palette with a dark blue accent.

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swatches in the shade: bronzey brown, beige, dark brown, teal blue and black.

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same swatches in direct sunlight. the first two colors are the most shimmery, the black (meant to be a liner) does not have shimmer.

I love the versatiliy. While this is not a palette you would reach for a nude look, it can be used for more subtle looks or full on drama. I also love that all colors are well pigmented. They apply smoothly and don’t create fallout.

YSL’s new eyeshadows are really a great improvement and imho among the best out there.

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Color comparison to last year’s fall palette in Classy. There are no identical colors but you can’t deny they come from the same idea.

 

Overall I think YSL’s fall collection is my favorite. I’m still pondering the Fuchsia Fetiche lipstick. It’s such a gorgeous formula and color (brighter than Chanel’s L’Exuberante, even) but on the other hand how often am I going to wear that?

OPI Jade is the New Black

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An oldie, but goodie: OPI Jade is the New Black.

Two layers, no top coat. It has a glossy finish on its own. The color comes out a little darker than in the bottle. Qualitywise I think newer OPI polishes are better, but it’s okay.

I guess I am slipping into autumn mode, but the weather has been terrible here for most of august.

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color BR70

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I have a weakness for cream eyeshadows, they are so easy to apply and usually look pretty good on their own. This is the first one I have from Shiseido.

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This is the Shimmering Eye Cream Color in BR70. I have a weakness for all sorts of bronze, this one is a cool brass-like color.

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Swatch. I detect a tiny bit of taupe in the swatch, but it’s not really taupe. I call it a medium-dark brass.

It is creamy and very easy to apply to the lid with either finger or brush. I need only one swipe of a clean finger for seamless blending.

Shiseido promises it will last a whole day… well on me it doesn’t. In fact, it doesn’t last very long at all. Wearing this without any base or powder, I had terrible creasing two hours in. I was very disappointed. I had hoped I could wear it alone, but no such luck. Usually I reach for creams when I don’t want to muck around with three different products. On the upside, I think I can layer the brassy color of my new Dior quint on top of this.

 

My verdict: Will not get any more. I have big problems with creasing in general, so those who don’t, this might be for them. Everyone else: try Bobbi Brown or Kiko instead.