All Used Up March 2018

All Used Up March 2018

Last month I had quite a few empties, I don’t think I can top that this month. But let’s see what I used up in march:

The Balea empties: middle of the pic is the Buttermilk & Lemon handcream, a sight often seen in my empties. For now I have another handcream but repurchase is not unlikely.

The two Magic Winter designs are from the advent calendar and not avalable as stand alones. The Bodylotion has a “vanilla ice cream” scent. Well, it did smell of vanilla dessert. I liked this body lotion, it was easy to work in (unlike the previous body lotion from the same line).

The shower gel comes with a gingerbread scent, and wow it did really smell like that. I liked it a lot and would have gotten a full size for the winter if it were available. Maybe they will recycle the scent. The calendar included three shower gels and two body lotions. I’m currently on the last shower gel, but now have to pair it with a normal body lotion.

A random assortment of items:

Dermasence Cream Soft, my new favoritest skin cream. When my pharmacy stopped carrying Bioderma I switched to Dermasence. Like Bioderma it is a pharmacy brand, but a German one, not French. They have this easy color system. Cream Soft is marked with blue and green, meaning it’s for normal skin and for oily skin. The cream contains mostly avocado oil and glycerin, making it light but moisturizing. There is a good amount of vitamin e and pro-vitamin b5, which has a soothing and repairing effect. There are smaller amounts of salicylic acid, lactic acid and benzoic acid. So it’s got both AHA and BHA, but I’m not sure how much exfoliation it achieves. I have used a stronger serum underneath and this cream as a topper. I felt moisturized, yet the cream is still lightweight which I loved.

I’d recommend this for everyone who needs a light and soohting cream. If you have no major skin problems this one alone should be enough. I have acne so I need stronger acids, but I like this as a topper. Reepurchase is possible, but atm I have too many creams lying about.

Batiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo: They are not kidding when they say Heavenly Volume. This is a cross between dry shampoo and hair spray. So like hair spray it leaves a sticky residue, but on the upside it does not leave the white powdery residue you get from normal dry shampoo. So it really depends on which residue you prefer. It got my hair fluffy and fresh like regular dry shampoo, the result lasted even longer than with normal Batiste. The volume was pretty good as well. But personally, I couldn’t live with the stickiness. No repurchase.

Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara TopCoat: Forbidden Volume was my favorite mascara line from essence, so naturally – they discontinued it. 😦 I grabbed two back ups of this item here: the mascara top coat. You apply it on top of your mascara, it goes on black. On the packaging it gives you only one promise: to lengthen your lashes. So it contains these fibers, you know the ones. And it really does make lashes longer, but also adds a bit of volume without clumping the lashes or making them too thick. It also made normal mascara water resistant, which is why I love it so much. Nothing beats the combo of regular mascara (any mascara will do) and this topper. Who needs a mascara base when you can have a good top coat? Would repurchase, but alas. Currently on tube nr. 2.

Bobbi Brown Conditioning Brush Cleanser: so this is probably among the most expensive brush cleaners out there? But it is really good and lasted me for many years. It has a thick consistency like shampoo and you need only a drop per brush (or one drop for several eye brushes). Have a cheaper one for now, but who knows? If I end up missing it I might pick it up again.

And lastly a used up sample. The is Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup in the color 2C2 Pale Almond. Now I suspected it would be too dark for me – pre-packaged foundation never comes in light shades – but I wanted to try it as I’ve heard many good things so I went Oompa Loompa for a few days.

On top is a swipe of Pale Almond. Underneath my ususal colors: MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC15, Chanel Les Beiges 10 and Dior BB Creme in 010. So yes, 2C2 Pale Almond is way too dark for me, but I think Double Wear has a good range so I might find one that works for me.

The foundation had good coverage, stronger than Chanel Les Beiges (and much easier to blend), and a bit less than MAC Studio Fix Fluid. I didn’t smell anything, which I liked. Since this was a sample I applied with my fingers. A beauty blender will surely get more coverage out of it.

The finish was satiny, not comepletely matte, but also not luminous/shiny. It lasted very well, my nose got shiny around four to five hours, which is normal for me. It did not settle into fine lines and did not emphasize dry parts.

So I understand why everybody likes this foundation. I might someday look for a color match, but first I’ll have to use up some of my stash.

 

This was my list of empties for march. There may not be a post for April as I’ve only used up two items so far. We’ll see.

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New Trend: Strobing

New Trend: Strobing

(note: I’m taking a few days off; it’s too hot to blog. love you guys)

The trend

You probably saw it already: the new trend is called ‘strobing’. Unsurprisingly, it basically means ‘a whole lot of highlighting’. I think it’s the perfect trend for summer, for a lady doesn’t sweat, she glows! 😉

Nikkie has a great tutorial for it. I love her; she’s so funny.

Basically, you’ve got two options to go about it: either you start with a mostly matte base, powder down and then use powder highlighter, or you go for the full glow with a luminous base and cream or liquid highlighters.

the products

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Here are some base products that I use for a subtle glow:

Dior BB Creme, not overly shiny, but certainly not matte and a perfect base for me. Attention fellow Austrians: the lightest color 01 is being phased out! I stocked up on it. 😦 The other colors are staying.

Then I’ve got my usual concealer: Clinique airbrush. This is an undereye concealer with a bit of highlighting properties. Undereyes only, we don’t want our spots highlighted! For blemishes I used my normal, non highlighting concealer (not pictured).

In the middle of the pic I put what should have chronologically come first: two primers. Both are only subtle illuminating primers, not full on glow. First there’s the MAC CC Cream in Illuminate. Illuminate is a light purple color and the only MAC CC cream light enough for me. It is less shimmery than my previous primer from MAC (Fortified Skin Enhancer), but it has a bit of shimmer. Second primer is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. This is what I use if I want a perfect finish. Somehow Beauty Flash Balm makes all layers go together in perfection. It has a bit of peachy shimmer, but also not too visible. If you want more shimmer in the primer, there are many options out there, from Clarins to pretty much every brand. Personally I think a primer is necessary for a look with a strong highlight, because the primer makes the skin more even. I never had a problem with highlighters enhancing my pores if I wore a good primer.

And last I packed a body glow product onto the pic: Soap & Glory Glow Lotion. I think if we’re going overboard with the face glow we might as well have a matching body. Any shimmery body product will do.

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And now on to the actual highlighters:

For a more champagney glow I’ve got Benefit Watt’s up, an easy to use cream highlighter. For a pink highlight, the liquid high beam, also by Benefit. For a light golden glow I have my alverde Schimmerfluid Meeresglanz. This was sadly a limited item, but there are many good options at the drugstore these days.

And for powder highlighter I’ve got the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade. Not pictured, but Kiko has released some great new powder highlighters: beam of light (review upcoming).

And if you don’t have a powder highlighter, there’s no need to rush out and buy one (unless you want to) because in reality a light shimmery eyeshadow will the do the trick just as well. Here I’ve got my Extra Dimension Shadow in A Natural Flirt, simply because it was on top of the makeup drawer. You only need to make sure it is not too shimmery and blends well. 🙂

the application

With liquid highlighters (and the creamy stick of Watt’s up) I still use my fingers for application; I simply use more than I would use for a subtle look. The biggest change for me was in appliction of powder products: I used apply them with a fan brush, but it never quite looked like I wanted. Not enough, not well blended etc. For strobing I started to use a blush brush instead and finally it looks the way I want it to look! I’ll stick with the blush brush. (actually I’m using the Bobbi Brown Face Blender. That thing blends everything like a charm.) For smaller parts (inner corner, top of lip etc) I’ll use either fingers or a small eye blending brush.

So that’s it, have fun with your highlight and ditch the contour. 😀 Let’s all be faeries, wheee!

Sunday Brush Cleansing

Sunday Brush Cleansing

Lazy sundays are good days to clean brushes. They can dry overnight and are ready to use on monday morning.

Currently I am using the Bobbi Brown Conditioning Brush Cleanser, which yes, it’s very expensive, but I need so little it’ll last for years.

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Brushes, Pt 1. They are still wet, so they look a little worse than they are. I have folded my beloved strawberry towel, so that the handles are higher than the brush heads and the water can drop down. The brushes are from left to right: MAC 213, a good one to apply shadow on the lid, Look by Bipa Eye Blender, this one is a favorite of mine! Bipa is an Austrian drug store chain, their own brand Look by Bipa is cheap and comes in the store’s signature colors white and magenta. The other brushes aren’t so great imo but the blender brush is amazing. It has the same shape as the MAC 217, but with synthetic hair. It blends just as well as the 217, you can only tell that it is much cheaper when you use and wash it very often.

The angled brush in the middle is MAC 266, a favorite of mine to apply eyeshadow as liner. The MAC 195, a concealer brush. The black one is an eyeshadow brush by ebelin. I don’t really like it; it’s what I use when I run out of clean brushes.

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Brushes, Pt 2. On the very left the Bobbi Brown face blender, an absolute staple of mine. I use it for all over, blush and bronzer. Then MAC 219, a pencil brush. Next an absolute favorite, MAC 214! I use it to apply eyeshadow on the lower lid. Sadly, it does not seem to be in the regular range, only limited edition??? Next to it, another Look by Bipa eye blender, then my favorite liner brush, the one that comes with the Maybelline gel liner. Then an angled no name brush that I use for brows. MAC 217, I don’t think I need to tell you about it. Then smashbox smudge brush which I use when the 214 is not clean or to smudge liner on the upper lid, although it’s a bit scratchy.

The big white one is a MAC 129, my second favorite blush/bronzer/whatever brush, then another 217, the Shiseido foundation brush, and last brush is the 213 again (idetical to the one in the pic above).

Now, this post is not a list of my favorite brushes ever (on that list you’d find the MAC 188, for example), but simply the brushes that needed cleansing and were drying on the towel when I had the idea to snap pics. But it’s a good show of brushes I use often. I have four eye blender brushes because I use them a lot. I’m tempted to get another one of the Bipa brushes, but it’s often sold out.

Most of my expensive brushes come from Holiday sets, that’s why the colors don’t always match up to the regular ones and the handles are short. I like brush sets, you get more for less money. But I only buy them when I know I can use the majority of them.

I don’t clean my brushes every week, but I do aim for every other week. But still, it’s always good to have some clean spares, right? 😉

Bobbi Brown Party Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Party Shimmer Brick

Currently sorting through my stash; I don’t think I’ve ever shown you this Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick?

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It’s the Party Shimmer Brick from a past Holiday Collection, so it’s not available anymore, sorry. It was mostly one of those “oh it’s so pretty” purchases. Shimmer bricks usually can be used for a variety of things, but obviously this one doesn’t double as blush.

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Swatches: first the gold side, then the silver side and last both mixed.

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Same swatches, different light. You know, I didn’t pick up less for the combined color swatch. I don’t know why but it’s always like that, as if the colors cancel each other out.

The silver isn’t actually a silver, it’s white/silver with fine golden shimmer. The gold is just staight yellow gold.

Honestly, this brick is a few years old by now and these days there is much better technology out, for finer shimmer and creamier application. This one is mostly sparkly fall out and doesn’t give me the sheen on my face that I want from a highlighter, which is why I usually reach for liquids instead. But it’s pretty to look at. Maybe I should sell it…

Best Of 2014: the Dandy picks

Best Of 2014: the Dandy picks

In my Best Of 2014 Pt. 2 I’ll list only a few things which I liked a lot/used a lot this year.

Foundation: MAC Mineralize Compact

Somehow I still haven’t managed to snap a pic of this, despite the fact that I used it almost every day. Sorry. In 2014 I was on a hunt for the perfect foundation and up until that point I wasn’t even aware MAC had Compact Foundations. I also wasn’t aware that a compact foundation might be the one for me. I’d always used liquids or mousse. But thanks to a great MAC MUA I have my perfect long lasting, good coverage foundation which plays nice with dry patches and doesn’t get too oily either. Downside: I already hit pan and will need a new one next year and it contains alcohol.

 

Skincare: Lancome Advanced Genifique

The samples I had were convincing, sadly the price of a full size is steep. It contains something called LHA, a hydroxy acid patented by L’Oreal.

 

Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet

My lipstick discovery of the year was matte and semi-matte lipsticks and the range I used most over the whole year was Chanel’s. My most used colors were L’Exuberante and La Diva.

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Nailpolish: I love metallic shimmers. The two colors I enjoyed wearing the most were Essie No Place Like Chrome and OPI Just Spotted the Lizard:

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Blush: I’m an avid blush wearer; I love them all. Most worn was probably Bobbi Brown Desert Pink because it is such a universal color.

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Mascara: My most used mascara this year was Chanel Le Volume Khaki Bronze. I’m afraid I’ll run out soon. The color is so useful to me, because it’s not as harsh as black. Yet it gives a lot of definition and volume. On the lashes it is darker than it looks like on the wand. And it is easy to remove!

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Eyeliner: This was a toss up between MAC Smolder and Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Santal, but I think MAC’s Khol is even more useful, especially on the waterline.

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Hair: I had no real hair favorites yet, although I’m currently using a wonderful shampoo. I’ll talk about it next year.

Perfume: In 2014 I really (re-)discovered perfume and I learned so much! I don’t really feel qualified to choose one I loved most this year. The brand I used most was definitely Guerlain.

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Bobbi Brown Blush Desert Pink

Bobbi Brown Blush Desert Pink

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Today I want to show you a staple in my makeup stash: the Bobbi Brown powder blush in Desert Pink 18. Desert Pink is in the regular line up, not limited (there’s also a desert rose, these are different colors).

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The blush has no shimmer whatsoever. It is finely milled and easy to apply.

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Finger swatch. This blush can be worn as light or strong as one wishes.

A note on the color: I am about to say that these pics pull blue and it is more yellow than it appears here. I’ve said this several times on this blog before, thinking my camera is at fault. However recently in art class I learned that “exact color on screen is an illusion” because every screen shows color differently. Despite this being super obvious it never occurred to me that my screen could be at fault here! So please always take swatches with a grain of salt.

The color is a dusty neutral pink, a pretty universal color that will work on many skin tones.

Quality is great. The blush lasts all day on me.

I think it’s a good blush to start with. You don’t need to be as careful with brushes or blending, since it pretty much blends itself.

Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Eye Palette

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.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges

I have two Pot Rouges by Bobbi Brown and I’ve been meaning to show them here for a long time. It took a while because they are really hard to photograph. Finally I have pics that I am satisfied with.

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My two colors are 6 Powder Pink and 3 Blushed Rose. The packaging has changed by now but the colors stayed the same.

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Top Powder Pink, bottom Blushed Rose.

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And swatches! Again Powder Pink and underneath Blushed Rose. Powder Pink isn’t all that pink (there’s a pot rouge called Pale Pink if that’s what you’re looking for), both colors are very neutral and very wearable. The SA didn’t even want to sell Blushed Rose to me, she said it was too dark for me. I don’t agree, in fact I think Blushed Rose is the most natural looking color I own. It is pretty much the color of my real flush. My skin isn’t very pigmented so when I blush I BLUSH!

Powder Pink somehow comes out looking darker than it is in this swatch but it was still the best pic (out of what feels like a hundred of pics).

These are creamy blushes with a dewy finish. They are similar to the MAC casual colors. For me they work well on lips and cheeks. I prefer applying them with a brush on the cheeks, they are harder to blend with fingers.

All in all the Pot Rouges are one of Bobbi Brown’s best products. I recommend them if dewy cheeks are your thing. (If you prefer matte, check out YSL’s new Kiss & Blush, the colors are pretty similar.)

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Ebloui vs Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Velvet Plum

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Ebloui vs Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Velvet Plum

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Please excuse the overly long title here. Somehow I got the impression that those two were similar and I wanted to compare them:

Top: Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in 88 Ebloui

Bottom: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in 37 Velvet Plum

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You can see the unwiped part of the Chanel cream looks a lot darker, but the part that is already touched is a bit similar to the Bobbi Brown cream. You can also see the size difference of the pots. Chanel contains 4 g, Bobbi Brown comes with 3,5 g.

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Swatch time. Again, top is Chanel, bottom is Bobbi Brown. They are somewhat similar, but put next to each other, Velvet Plum looks a lot more brown, while Chanel leans more raspberry. Ebloui is certainly more reddish, with multicolored shimmer. Velvet Plum has mostly golden shimmer, but not only.

This swatch was made in the shade. All my sunlight swatches were unusable, sadly. But in sunlight you can see that Ebloui has much stronger shimmer than Velvet Plum, despite what it looks like in the pots.

Usability: Both can be easily applied with fingers; you can use brushes of course if you prefer. Both spread out and blend like a charm.

Longevity: I almost did not make this post, because I think it is unfair to compare anything to the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Velvet Plum. It is the best cream product I have ever used, it is amazing because despite being a darker color, I can detect no creasing even after 12 hours*. Usually I get lots of creasing on my lids.  The Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Ebloui started to wear off around the four hour mark and creased some. It still looked great because I was going for a grungy look anyway and Ebloui does “lived-in” very well. But it can in no way compare to the wonder that is Velvet Plum.

Both have been tested without base or any powder shadow on top.

The verdict: I love both, for different looks.

 

*This goes for Velvet Plum only. Other Bobbi Brown shadows do crease, more or less, depending on color. Usually less, though.

Bobbi Brown long-wear cream shadow swatches

Bobbi Brown long-wear cream shadow swatches

As promised, here are the swatches of my six cream eye shadows by Bobbi Brown. Sadly the majority of these are being rotated out of the permanent range sometime this year? 😦

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The six colors I own are Ballet Pink (3), Brown Metal (4, metallic), Galaxy (9), Pink Oyster (16, metallic), Velvet Plum (37) and Cool Lilac (38). Let’s take a look at the pots.

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Aren’t they pretty? Brown Metal and Galaxy may look similar here, but they look very different on the skin. On to swatches:

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In the shade: from top to bottom Ballet Pink, Brown Metal, Galaxy, Pink Oyster, Velvet Plum and Cool Lilac. The two metallic long wear cream shadows (Brown Metal and Pink Oyster) have a lot more sparkle and less color pigment.

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In direct sunlight: Ballet Pink, Brown Metal, Galaxy and Pink Oyster. Out of these, Galaxy is my least favorite. It’s still good quality but unlike the others, it creases on me (I must have super creasing eyelids because this is a constant problem even with products where other people say they don’t crease)

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In direct sunlight: Galaxy, Pink Oyster, Velvet Plum and Cool Lilac. Out of these my absolute favorite is Velvet Plum. It has this rich, plum color with golden shimmer and it is just ultra gorgeous on the eye. And despite it being a darker color, I get no visible creases with this all day long! It’s a miracle! Should you get only one Bobbi Brown cream eye shadow in your whole life (and since these cost an arm and a leg, you shouldn’t get more) in my opinion it should be Velvet Plum.

All of these are long wear – I’m having a hard time getting these swatches off again and out of all cream shadows I tried so far, these are the best. Sadly they are also the most expensive. Which is a pity because after writing this post, I certainly want more. I’ve been eyeing beach honey for a while…

 

next up on dandygal: swatches of Maybelline super stay 14 hr lipsticks

 

 

 

No makeup vacation

No makeup vacation

It was unusually hot in Austria the last few weeks and I was on vacation as well so I decided to go without any sort of makeup. I only wore sunscreen (lots and lots of sunscreen).

I am not the sort of person who never leaves the house without makeup, but I love makeup and most of it I love the application of makeup, so I’m a little makeup starved right now. XD

I thought I would miss foundation the most – I had a pretty huge pimple for most of my no makeup time, booo! Or maybe I would miss blush the most, since I am always sallow – people constantly ask me if I am sick when I don’t wear blush. 😦

Yet, it turned out the one thing I truly miss is under eye concealer. My under eye shadows are huge and dark blue like the deepest ocean. Which sounds much nicer than it should. My learnings, let me show you them: If I was allowed only one makeup item ever, I know now that it must be under eye concealer!

 

And this is basically the reason there have been no posts from me, too. It was way too hot. I hope to be more active again. I think there’ll be another Glossybox post soon, I got the “package was sent” notice today. I also have a drugstore haul to show. There should be a collective “used up post” but that’s work and I’m putting it off. Probably up soon: my “daily face” items and Bobbi Brown cream eyeshadow swatches (heads up: I heard Bobbi Brown are going to change the permanent lineup, if there’s a shade you wanted to buy but put it off because it was in the constant lineup, be sure to check it stays)

Spring Favorites

Spring Favorites

I decided to call these my spring makeup favorites, they are products I have been grabbing for a lot in the past weeks.

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Sorry for the drab lighting, it’s so dull and rainy outside. These are my spring favorites, with the exception of an eye shadow quad that didn’t fit into it anymore and will get its own picture underneath. Top: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Cool Lilac, underneath from left to right: Clarins Eclat Minute Blush in Brown Fizz, Lancome Eclat Miracle, Givenchy Le Rose Relevateur de Liv in LIVely Pink, Chanel Rouge Allure in Precieuse, Chanel Joues Contraste in Frivole.

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Opened: I am so fascinated by Givenchy‘s lipstick (it’s the pink one here, LIVely Pink – that is not a typo on my part, it’s written like that for those who didn’t get the hint that it’s from a collection for actress Liv Tyler). It does not go on very pink, it’s almost colorless, but it makes your natural lip color pop like whoa! I’m sad it’s my only Rose Revelateur de Liv, there were some pretty awesome lipsticks in the lineup. I don’t even know when it came out, sometime last year or 2011?

Next to it, the Chanel Rouge Allure in Précieuse looks almost tan, but it’s a pale nude color. A perfect nude to me, it may be too pale for others. It’s more lively than my Rouge Coco in Superstition, though, more orange than that one and with multicolored shimmer. This and the Chanel blush are the only items here that are actually from Spring 2013 collections.

Above, please excuse how messy it looks and that I cut off the applicator in this pic, is Clarins Eclat Minute blush in Brown Fizz. It it from Clarins Spring 2012 collection. Regular Readers know I was all over this collection, I also own the other two liquid blushes that came in it. In winter I mostly wore Vitamin Pink or Coral Tonic, but now I like to pretend I’ve been a little sunkissed and wear Brown Fizz instead. The liquid blush (well with this color it’s more a liquid bronzer really) can be blended with fingers very well, and can be applied very light, so it does not look off on pale skin. It is very sparkly though so I wouldn’t wear it in direct sunlight. It’s my rainy day savior, when I want to pretend that it has been sunny before.

Next to it is Lancome‘s Eclat Miracle. This is a liquid highlighter, a very subtle one though. While I do use it all year, I had somehow forgotten about it and only recently started using it again, which is why it’s on this list. This is in the permanent range.

 

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Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Cool Lilac: I am such a fan of the long wear cream shadows, and I am planning to make a swatch post of those I own. This color is a wake me up sort of color, a pale lilac with soft purple shimmer. Very spring blossom. It’s in the permanent range.

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Chanel‘s Joues Contraste in Frivole, from the Spring 2013 Collection. I find this to be the perfect coral powder blush, all other coral powders can go home. I need no other. It can be applied lightly or stronger. The only cons in this product are the smell and the brush. Luckily the brush can easily be ignored, the scent not so much. Roses, blahrg. 😦

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Last, the quad I couldn’t work into the first picture: Givenchy Le Prisme Yeux – Quatuor in Bucolic Blossoms. This was Givenchy’s 2012 Spring Collection and I went a little crazy with it; I also bought the face powder and the powder blush. The eye shadows I used the most though.

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You can see I use some colors more than others, but I do like all of them, they are just so spring-y, and the brown is so very universal, I use it in most looks and also on my brows.

 

So these are the products I used lately, excluded those that I use all year round anyway. My skin care routine and such does not really change in spring so it’s a makeup only post. No swatches because in the current bad light the colors came out wrong, sorry.

Chanel Summer Collection: Rouge Coco Shine, Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Summer Collection: Rouge Coco Shine, Stylo Eyeshadow

The ways in which I get sidetracked: I went to buy “Django Unchained.” I still do not have Django Unchained, but now I have a Rouge Coco Shine:

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Pictured: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Pygmalion (467) and Stylo Eyeshadow in Moon River (07). The whole summer collection is so very gorgeous it was hard limiting myself to just two items. But I stayed strong – for now.

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Swatched: On top Moon River, brown with great shimmer, exactly my type of color. The other colors in the collection are wonderful, too. Underneath: Pygmalion, a strong pink coral that goes on shiny and sheer, like all Rouge Coco Shines (this is my first Rouge Coco Shine, though). I wouldn’t dare wear this color if it was strongly pigmented I think but like this it’s perfect.

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Comparison: Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow and Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Chanel contains 1,4 g product, Bobbi Brown 1,6 g. The price depends on where you buy it, but Chanel is about 4 € cheaper.

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Bobbi Brown comes with a straight tip and a rounded stick, Chanel’s product has a slope. You can see I wore my Bobbi Brown stick down to a similar slope, so I think Chanel’s is going to be easy to use.

I haven’t worn the eye shadow yet so I can’t tell you how well it lasts.

What are your thoughts on Chanel’s Summer Collection? Any must-haves?

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The last thing I picked up today is not by Chanel, but L’oréal: Confetti Top Coat. A black and white glitter top, omg! It looks so indies! But with this polish I put a nail polish spending ban on myself: I am not allowed to buy anymore polish until I at least managed to swatch most of my stash for this blog.

update on diorskin nude bb creme and bobbi brown longwear cream shadow stick

update on diorskin nude bb creme and bobbi brown longwear cream shadow stick

I love this look in Lisa Eldridge’s newest video!

She also explains about BB creams, so if you’ve been confused about what those are, this is the video for you. The cream she uses here is Diorskin Nude BB Creme. Here is my original review of it and swatches of the color 001. Since then I have been using it every day, except when it’s really hot and humid. I wears off faster then, but mostly on my nose.

I’ve also discovered that my Bobbi  Brown longwear cream shadow stick in Sand Dune, which on its own makes me look a bit worn out and sickly, is a great base for powder eye shadow. Makes it stick all day and the colors stand out, despite the fact that the stick is brown instead of neutral on me (depends on your skin color of course). On top of this, pastels get a little less pastel, but the color is more noticeable this way. As in, I have this light green, light pink etc and on their own or on normal bases they look very light and the green, pink etc is barely noticeable. But worn on top of the stick the color is a little bit more visible. I’m not sure if I’m making any sense here, I’m very tired. I just wanted to say those sticks make veryyyy nice bases.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick vs MAC Shadestick

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick vs MAC Shadestick

The Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks were added to Bobbi Brown’s permanent line up not too long ago. They reminded me of my MAC Shadesticks, which were a limited edition some time ago.

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Top: MAC Shadestick in Butternutty; Middle: Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow stick in Sand Dune; Bottom: MAC Shadestick in Tundra.

The Bobbi stick is a little longer, it also contains 1,6 g product, while the Shadesticks contain 1,5 g.

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left: MAC, right: Bobbi Brown

The concept is easy, you drag this over your lid, blend a little, done. what’s not to love?

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Color swatches in sunlight. Left to right: Sand Dune, Tundra, Butternutty

Sand Dune has very little shimmer, not noticeable, especially not next to those shiny lines. Quality wise, the Shadesticks go on creamy, but drag a little on the lid. Bobbi Brown goes on much creamier and easier. The Bobbi Brown stick is long wear and truly does last a work day. The Shadesticks crumble into the crease after three to four hours. The only bad thing about the Bobbi Brown stick is that the brown looks reddish on my lid, making me look sick and tired. I picked the one single shade out of the whole line up that doesn’t flatter me! *sigh* I really wanted the rosy gold shade, but didn’t take it on account that it was too close to Butternutty here. The good thing is of course, they are not a collection, they are here to stay so I can pick it up anytime.

Brush Cleaning of Doom

Brush Cleaning of Doom

Wow I didn’t even realize I used this many brushes lately.

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Left to right:

Alicia blush brush: Alicia brushes are pretty cheap brushes available at Müller’s. This one is actually too big for my tastes. I use it for powder blush when there is no other clean brush left…

MAC 130: This is kind of a face allrounder. I don’t even know what they sell it as, imho it can be used for liquid, cream and powder products, for foundation, bronzer, shading, blush, highlight,… it does pretty much everything except for lips and eyes. It also does not cook breakfast. Boo.

MAC 188: The longer and softer version of 130, my most used brush for blusher, be it powder, cream or liquid.

MAC 195: Yeah, this kind of a MAC fest in here. I use this brush to conceal bigger areas.

Smashbox double ended smudger brush: One day I decided that I needed a smudge brush right now and this was the only one available/the first I found that day. It was also on sale so I didn’t look any further.

Ebelin eye shadow brush: Ebelin is a cheap brand available at DM. This is a good if a bit small brush for eye shadow.

Bobbi Brown eye shadow brush: This came in a set, it’s also double ended, the other side is called “liner” but I’m not completely sure if it is for eyes or lips or what. The eye shadow side is meh, mostly usable for the crease. I only use it when there is no other clean brush around.

Alicia eye liner brush: I use it for concealing. It’s perfect for concealing smaller and slightly bigger blemishes. For the longest time I used concealer brushes that were too big; this makes one hell of a difference!

MAC 217: Do I even need to describe it? It’s the perfect eye shadow brush. I also use it for blending (in case I applied the shadow with a different brush) and highlighter. This is the most perfect eye shadow brush and I think I’ll buy some more.

Alicia eye shadow brush: Sorry I don’t know exactly what it’s called like. It’s a flat slanted brush. I use it to apply eye shadow as a line. It’s okay, but not perfect.

And last, but not least: Bobbi Brown face blender: The ultimate face brush for powder products. I use it for all over, bronzer or blusher.

Now this is pretty much my whole brush collection. Not pictured, but also pretty good (and possibly included in my last brush post?) are my no-name foundation brush – I forgot where I bought it, my Shiseido foundation brush (love at first feel) and the Bobbi Brown eye blender. The eye blender is not used for application of eye make up, only to brush over it and beat it into submission. It is magic.

Sunday Brush Cleaning

Sunday Brush Cleaning

Like the title says, sunday is my brush cleaning day. I didn’t use many lately so this pic showing the drying brushes also shows my go-to brushes, those I use the most.

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from top to bottom:
Shiseido Foundation brush

Smashbox smudge brush

MAC 195

no name foundation brush

MAC 217

Bobbi Brown face blender

I clean them by putting a tiny amount of shampoo on my hand, swirling the bristles in it until they come off clean, then I rinse them and put them on a towel with a downward slope so the water drips down and doesn’t damage the brush.