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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

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

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I’m breaking into my Naked 2 for the first time here. Oh, how I love the Naked palettes– let me count the ways…! One, two, three… Three and a half (Naked On The Run). Here’s what else I’m using:

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Skin
Kiehl’s MicroBlur Skin Perfector
Inglot Cream Concealer in #60
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in #02 Light
Urban Decay Naked Foundation in #0.5

Eyes
Eylure Brow Palette in Blonde
Urban Decay Naked #2 (Foxy, Half Baked, Snakebite, Suspect)
Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara in Black

Lips
Chanel Brilliant Gloss in #66

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

I’m happy enough how this turned out, even if it’s not quite perfect because there were many points where it tried to go horribly, horribly wrong. Firstly, my skin is throwing a minor wobbly right now. That’s all right; I just pasted on the concealer(s) and then foundation. Job done, sort of. Then my eye makeup went wrong. Twice. First, I messed up my eyelining, which had to be corrected. Not so big a deal, though you can still see where some mascara has made the liner darker looking on one eye, alas.

Then, inexplicably, I managed to smear mascara over both my eyelids and also ALL OVER MY FACE. In trying to fix the escaped mascara on my eye, I got it on my hands, and then got it on my cheeks, and then my nose… Cleaning that mess up took a while, as you can imagine, which is why the above photo is a bit rushed– by this point, I was running very short on time!

I do like how the eyes turned out despite all the problems, though. Naked 2 is every bit as brilliant as I was hoping it would be… So long as you don’t make a mess of yourself while using it, anyway.

What new additions to your makeup collection are you loving right now? What do you wish you’d tried earlier? How often do you make an utter mess of your face in the mornings (please say frequently, so I don’t feel so useless and alone)? 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-

INSIDE MY MAKEUP DRAWER #9

Let’s look at some more things Inside My Makeup Drawer! Today we’re delving into my bag of:

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Lipsticks & Glosses

1 x Revlon Just Bitten Kissable (Lovesick)
1 x Wet & Wild Mega Slicks Balm Stain (E127)
1 x PS Love (Pink)
1 x Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick (Sugar Plum)
1 x Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick (Nude Pink)
1 x Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick (To Nude Or Not To Nude?)
1 x Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick (Diva Red)
1 x Max Glaze (Frou)
1 x Inglot Lipstick (138)
1 x Max Factor Lasting Finish Lip Tint  (01)
1 x Max Factor Lasting Finish Lip Tint  (05)
1 x Max Factor Lasting Finish Lip Tint  (60)
1 x Clinique Different Lipstick (Raspberry Glaze)
1 x Clinique Different Lipstick (Blushing Nude Soft Shine)
1 x Clinique Long Last Lipstick (Pink Spice)
1 x Clinique Long Last Lipstick (Blushing Nude)
1 x Clinique Colour Surge Lipstick (Sassy Spice)
1 x Clinique Colour Surge Lipstick (Vintage Red)
1 x Clinique Colour Surge Lipstick (Delovely)
1 x Clinique Moisture Sheer Lipstick (Silver Pink)
2 x Smashbox O-Plump
1 x Chanel Lipgloss (66)
1 x Guerlain  Lipgloss (464)
1 x Technic Lipgloss (Gold)
1 x Estee Lauder Pure Colour Ultra Light Gloss (Sparkling Shell)
1 x Maybelline Super Stay 10H Tint Gloss (Forever Fuchsia)

Holy wow that’s a lot of lipsticks. I had no idea I’d accumulated so many over the years? Some of these are definitely from the Jurassic era! I should probably toss them out, but some of them are just too pretty and difficult to replace…

Do you have any lingering old favourites in your makeup drawer? Do you spy any of your preferred lip colours here? Drop me a line and let me know!
-A-

INSIDE MY MAKEUP DRAWER #2

Continuing with my series Inside My Makeup Drawer, today we have part two:

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Mascaras

2 x Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof (Black)
1 x Clinique High Impact Mascara (Black)
1 x Lancome Phenomen’ Eyes (Black)
1 x Dior Black Out Waterproof (Black)
1 x Benefit They’re Real (Black)
1 x Essence Lash & Brow (Clear)
1 x Make Up Factory (Green)
1 x Collection 2000 Colour Lash (Green)
1 x Collection 2000 Extreme Colored Lengthening Mascara (Blue)
1 x Collection 2000 Colour Lash (Electric Blue)

Wow, I have a lot more mascara than I was aware of before putting them out for the photo and write-up! I’m a little embarrassed, but hey. And yes: I wear coloured mascara. I have always worn coloured mascara (my mother’s bright blue eyelashes are one of my enduring memories of the 80s; it inspired me), and I’m so glad it’s readily available again!

Do you have a favourite mascara? Or is your collection of them also getting out of control? Drop me a line and let me know!
-A-