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FACE OF THE DAY

As before, here’s the FOTD that goes with my most recent OOTD!

 

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Holy eyebags. Batman! Should have tried harder with the concealer, I guess. Oh, well. Did manage to kill the raging hormonal explosion on my cheek, so it might have been worse! Back to my beloved Naked 3 for the eyes here, but I am trying out something new with the foundation. I’m looking for something different at the moment, and in the running are Dior Skin Star, Estee Lauder Double Wear, and MUFE HD foundation. The trouble is, I’m both pale and yellow/neutral toned. Getting foundation to match this shade is, as I’ve mentioned before, nothing short of nightmarish. Consequently, I’m hoping to get to trial a few before ultimately making a decision. The lovely Anna at the Dior counter in House of Fraser in Dundrum was kind enough to give me a trial pot of both #10 (light pink-toned) and #11 (light yellow-toned) to use at home to see how it worked out for me.

I’m wearing #11 here, and I think it worked out okay! I am LOVING this foundation. I’m not 100% sure on the shade (I will want to try out the #10 first for comparison), but the foundation itself is lovely. It’s very, very buildable (I only did a light and sheer application here) and not heavy or smothering at all. Compared to the Urban Decay Naked Skin I usually use, this oddly feels far more… Naked. Despite this, it gives pretty excellent coverage. (Although as you can tell from the picture above, you might want to apply a concealer in the eye area with it too, or at least more than one light layer if you have persistent dark circles.) The only complaint I had was that oddly, at the end of the day, I had mascara smears under my eyes. That usually never happens with this mascara, and I’m wondering if I just didn’t give it enough time to dry (I was in a bit of a rush this morning) or if there’s something about this foundation that encourages mascara to smear? More testing definitely required– perhaps if I try it with a powder…

Here’s what else I was wearing:

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Skin
Kiehl’s MicroBlur Skin Perfector (not pictured, because oops)
Inglot Cream Concealer in #60
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in #02 Light
Dior Skin Star in #11 Creme

Eyes
Eylure Brow Palette in Blonde
Urban Decay Naked #3 (Strange, Buzz, Liar, Factory)
Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara in Black

Lips
Guerlain Gloss D’Enfer in #464

Cheeks
Benefit Dandelion Blush
Inglot
Face and Body Illuminator in #61

 
Do you have any foundation recommendations for me? What do you think of DiorSkin Star? Do you have any tips for encouraging your mascara to stay in place? Drop me a line and let me know!

-A-

FACE OF THE DAY

The other day, I posted up my OOTD, but thought it might be fun to do a separate FOTD post for the makeup I had on at the time, because it actually turned out pretty well!

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Here’s a rundown of the products I used:

Skin
Kiehl’s MicroBlur Skin Perfector
Inglot Cream Concealer in #60
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in #02 Light

Eyes
Eylure Brow Palette in Blonde
Urban Decay Naked #1 (Virgin and Gunmetal)
Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara in Black

Lips
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Red Vixen

Cheeks
Estee Lauder Tender Blush in Rose Nuance

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My skin is actually not acting up terribly at the moment, so I was able to get away with a little bit of primer and some concealer, applied very gently with my (freshly washed!) fingertips. I’d intended to have the focus on the lips, but the eyes turned out more intense than I’d intended, so instead of going overboard on the lips, I skipped the lipstick I was intending to use and went with gloss-only for a lighter look.

In addition to the products above, I used a selection of brushes for this, a mix of Real Techniques, Jemma Kidd, and Catrice:

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Brush #1 is used for blusher, obviously, and despite the fact that I only used two shades on my eyes, I did use the other five brushes on those!

I used the Real Techniques “Deluxe Crease Brush” (#2) to apply Virgin as a base all over the lid and right up to the brow bone. This is a great brush because it’s huge and really soft, so it can do either blending or base application in a jiffy. That done, I then took #4 (the Jemma Kidd pencil brush) to apply Gunmetal to the crease, and blended it out with #3, the Real Techniques Duo Fibre Eye Brush. This brush is surprisingly useful; it doesn’t pick up a lot of product, so if you’ve blended too much, you can easily use it to add a little more colour to your look without having to worry about overdoing it in one stroke.

Then I took #6 (which is from Catrice and is actually a lip brush), dipped the pointy end in the Gunmetal, and applied it very gently along the lower lid, just outside the lash line. The tip of this brush is so fine that you can easily nudge individual lashes out of the way and get a really super precise line– almost like an eyeliner, but much softer. I then did the same on the upper lashes, and blended both out with #5, the Real Techniques Accent Brush.

I finished by curling my eyelashes, applying the mascara, and then letting my lashes dry before curling a second time. While they were drying, I filled in my brows with the Eylure powder, applied a light slick of the Charlotte Tilbury gloss to my lips, and added gentle sweep of the blush to finish up my look. I then gave my lashes another go of the curler just for extra hold (which lasted more or less all day). Overall, I was quite happy with how it worked out!

What products are you loving right now? Which brushes are your go-to godsends? What colours see the most use from your shadow palettes? Drop me a line and let me know!

-A-

PRODUCT EXPERIENCE: EYLURE BROWS

It would probably be fair to open this with the admission that I spend more time attending to my brows than on any other singular part of my makeup routine. The reason for this is very simple: I bloody hate my natural brows. I hate them more than any other part of my anatomy, because their natural state looks so awful to me, and they take so much work to maintain.

I’ve been bleaching my brows for years; without it, they look ridiculously black against my super pale skin and compared to my not-so-dark hair. Of course, that’s only half the problem: they’re also an ugly shape, and are scraggly in places from where I plucked them when I was younger. No amount of bleach is going to fix that (and brow regenerator serum can only do so much– it’s done a lot, but there are still a few gaps), so I turn to makeup to correct it.

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My go-to product for brows, for quite some time now, has been Benefit’s Brow Zings, but as I’ve started to hit pan on that, I’ve decided to branch out a little bit and try something new.

I’ve heard good things about Eylure products, so when I spotted these in McCabes  Dundrum, I couldn’t pass without trying them. On the left is the Brow Palette in Blonde (which costs €13), and on the right is the Brow Ink in Medium Brown (€11).

I am in love with the palette: it’s about a third of the price of the Benefit version, and for me, the colour is better. I have the lightest colour that Benefit do, which is in fact too light– but then, their “medium” colour looks basically black to me, so I don’t have much choice. The powder is also more dense, almost, and the included brush with these is the cat’s pyjamas, although a word of warning: it’s very firm, so don’t apply it to the powder with too much force or otherwise you’ll end up with more than you can use!

The Benefit brush is a little too soft for proper application, so for the last couple of months I’ve been using a Catrice brush, which, while good, is not as good as this one, because this one actually comes with the case so you have it to hand if you want to bring the palette with you for touch-ups. Not that you’ll really need to, since this stays put impressively well. After about ten hours, my brows still looked good– and that was without primer of any kind.

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I’m less convinced of the Brow Ink, although that’s almost entirely because of the colour. The blonde was too light, the dark brown was too dark, and the medium brown, which I got, is… Too reddish, I guess? It doesn’t look as great on my face as I would like it to.

I do love the fact that there are two ends, and that one is skinny and the other is almost like a calligraphy brush, so you can brush on individual “hair” strokes, or just fill in larger areas as needed. I love the fact that the ink stays put, absolutely, until such time as you wash it off– there’s no messing with this one; you need heavy duty makeup remover to relieve yourself of it. I just wish the colour suited me a little better. However, if you are a brunette who tends towards red rather than blonde, this will probably work for you very well.

I’m going to give myself a little time to decide whether I want to repurchase the ink or not– which is just fine, since they were running low on stock in McCabes, and Boots seem to be completely sold out! Definitely impressed with the palette, though.

Do you struggle to get your brows just right? Have you tried these products? Do you have a recommendation for anything similar that might be more suitable in terms of colour? Drop me a line and let me know!

-A-