Saturday, 26 January 2013

Second guest makeup look!

A warm welcome to my second guest look by Rosanna, 62 years old grandmother from Milan, Italy.


Rosanna is a happy grandmonther of four grandchildren and a creative woman who loves jewellery making in her spare time. She said that she liked the idea of a blog which wanted to show the make up looks of different people and decided to send me her look. She loves wearing natural looks. Here is a picture of her:

Make Up Look with No.7, Clarins, Guerlain, Kiko

And here is what she is wearing:
Rosanna prepped her skin with No.7 Protect and Perfect Beauty Serum by Boots and then she dusted Clarins Ever Matte Mineral Powder Compact in 01 Transparent Light all over her face to even out her skin tone. For a healthy hint of a glow she blended Kiko Soft Touch Blush in 104 Pastel Pink on the apples of her cheecks.
On her eyes she first applied Guerlain Ombre ├ęclat eye primer as a base, then she patted Kiko Water Eyeshadow in 200 Champagne, a beautiful "champagne" shade, in the inside corner of her eyes and she blended cream eyeshadow 17 Wild Metallic Eyes in Green on her eyelids. To open up her eyes she first lined them with Kiko Dip Gel Twist Up Eye Pencil in 02 (limited edition) and then she coated her eyelashes with Kiko Pro Gel Mascara, a transparent mascara.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder





I usually like setting my foundation with a dusting of powder, the lighter and more undetectable the better so that as soon as the new Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder was available I had to try it and here is what I think.


Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder ingredients


First of all I was pleased to find out that the the old style packaging of the other Nars loose powder with a square jar and a messy mesh screen had been replaced with a round jar (where you could fit a powder puff) with a screw on lid and a shaker top which is in my opinion more practical. Unfortunately a puff is not included and for the price I would have liked to get one.


Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder



Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder


The powder comes in one shade called Translucent Cristal which looks off white but goes on "crystal clear" without leaving any whitish cast. It is lightweight, soft and easy to blend with a powder puff or a brush after tipping any excess off.


Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder


Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder


Upon application my skin looks immediately smoother and more luminous thanks to the light reflecting particles in it. So even though this powder is a little bit shimmery, it does not make my completion look shiny but rather semi-matte and in fact it does a pretty good job at controlling shine on my combination skin (for about 8 hrs) in winter time. I actually find this powder to be a little bit dry, in spite of its moisturizing claim, but still comfortable to wear.  If you are looking for a weightless, undetectable and "my skin only better" type of powder you may like this one.




Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Max Factor Max Effect Mini Nail Polish in Dazzling Blue

What about a funky nail polish to complete the mermaid look like Max Factor Max Effect Mini Nail Polish in 14 Dazzling Blue, a combination of metallic green, blue and even purple depending on how the light catches it ?


Max Factor Max Effect Mini Nail Polish in 14 Dazzling Blue


Application wise, it is quite easy to put on with the small brush provided, even though the first coat applies a bit streaky and sheer and you need at least two, better three coats to achieve the same colour saturation as in the bottle. 
After about 4 days the shade looked a bit faded but was still good and only one nail was badly chipped and needed to be redone.


Max Factor Max Effect Mini Nail Polish in 14 Dazzling Blue








Saturday, 19 January 2013

Mermaid eye look in green turquoise and aquamarine blue

Beat the winter blues with a mermaid eye look in the bright colours of the sea:



Max Factor Max Effect Dip-in eye shadow




Max Factor Max Effect Dip-in eye shadow

Nars pro-prime Smudge proof Eyeshadow Base

Collection 2000 Intense Colour Supersoft Kohl Pencil in Blue Belle (a slightly shimmery turquoise blue) applied to the lash line before the eyeshadows. This pencil, bought for £1.99 was a bargain. Even though it is not as soft as claimed and may need warming up, the colour is beautiful and longlasting. 



Collection 2000 Intense Colour Supersoft Kohl Pencil in Blue Belle












Collection 2000 Intense Colour Supersoft Kohl Pencil in Blue Belle








Max Factor Max Effect Dip-in eye shadow in Vibrant Turquoise 07 (a  green turquoise) and Moody Blue 08 (an aquamarine blue) patted on the eyelids with the applicator included and then blended with a large dome brush.

Both eye shadows are quite pigmented but blend well. Vibrant Turquoise is the most pigmented one. They are both slightly shimmery.


Max Factor Max Effect Dip-in eye shadow in Vibrant Turquoise 07


Max Factor Max Effect Dip-in eye shadows in Vibrant Turquoise 07 and Moody Blue 08


Max Factor Max Effect Dip-in eye shadow in Moody Blue 08


A touch of Nars duo in Key Largo (only the bronze shade of the duo) in the crease.

Collection 2000 Extreme Colour Lenghtening Mascara in 2 Blue applied to the eyelashes in two coats.   This mascara was another bargain from Collection 2000 at £2.99. On my very dark eyelashes the shade looks brighter in the picture (taken with a flash) than in reality but it still gives a beautiful blue halo to my eyes.



Collection 2000 Extreme Colour Lenghtening Mascara in 2 Blue

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint by Barry M. in Blood Orange


Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint by Barry M. in Blood Orange
Believe it or not this is the first time I have owned a Barry L nail polish, on the one hand because I go through periods when I bite my nails out of stress and do not buy many nail varnishes and on the other hand because I was not sure about the performance of such a bargain brand, but how wrong I was, at least about the quality of the Gelly nail paint which is very good.
First of all it is very easy to apply with the small but precise brush included especially for such a bright colour and my wobbly hand. Second it is definetely high shine and slightly resembles a gel manicure even though it does not look as "resistant" and it is not as long lasting. Two coats of this nail polish applied on top of a base coat (but without a top coat)  lasted for about 5 days on my nails before they needed to be done again. It was quite easy to remove and did not leave any yellow mark (but I had a base coat underneath).
The shade called Blood Orange is a beautiful, classic, vivid orange based (as opposed to blue based) red but not orange at all.



Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint by Barry M. in Blood Orange




Monday, 14 January 2013

L'Erbolario Make Up lipstick in CAMMEO



L'Erbolario Make Up lipstick in CAMMEOL'Erbolario Make Up lipstick in CAMMEO


L'Erbolario (Lodi) is an Italian brand of natural plant-based skin care products which has been around in Italian herbalist shops for  over 30 years. They have recently launched a make up range too.
This lipstick is a present from my mum. The shade Cammeo is a lovely warm beige for a polished nude lip look. I often find beige lip colours to make me look washed out but not this one. This lipstick is creamy, comfortable to wear and gives a semi-matte rich colour.











Sunday, 13 January 2013

Eyeshadow colours for brown eyes: plum mauve nude eye look

If you would like to enhance your brown eyes with a nude look why not try a plum mauve eye shadow?



Nars Charade










Nars charade, Bobbi Brown Bone, ByTerry 2-Brown Stellar, MUFE smoky lash








Eye shadows used to create the look:



Bobbi Brown Bone, 17 Wild Metallic Eyes in Wild Nude, Nars Charade


17 wild Metallics Eyes cream eyeshadow in Wild Nude (a slightly shimmery pale mauve) from Boots as a base. 
Both shades of Nars duo eye shadow in Charade (matte smoky plum/muted mauve) up to the crease. 

Bobbi Brown single eye shadow in Bone (off white) under the brow bone.

Other products:
ByTerry Crayon Khol Terrybly in 2-Brown Stellar  smudged along the lash line.
One coat of Make Up Forever Smoky Lash mascara in Extra Black.
In my opinion these shades look beautiful not only on brown eyes but also green and blue eyes as well. 

More pictures...

17 wild Metallics Eyes cream eyeshadow in Wild Nude

Nars duo eye shadow in Charade

Make Up Forever Smoky Lash Mascara

On a recent trip to Milan, Italy, to see my family I popped into a Sephora to look for a new mascara and my attention was caught by Make Up Forever (Professional Paris) Smoky Lash Extra Black Mascara because of its new panoramic effect claim and the promise of volume, length and curl in one product.

Make Up Forever Smoky Lash


Are not the French (Make Up Forever is a French brand) good at alluring you into acquiring their products? Do they also keep their promise? In this case they did and delivered an excellent mascara which makes my eyelashes look darker but not harsh (smoky effect), thicker, longer in one coat. They also appear spread open like a fan (panoramic effect) and a little bit curlier. They feel soft and comfortable. It is easy to apply and build up without clumping. Sometimes it may smear a little bit especially if my eyes are weepy or after many hours.  It easy to remove with a standard cleanser. Overall this mascara is a pleasure to wear and I would consider buy it again.


Make Up Forever Smoky Lash mascara brush

Have a look at my next post for a picture of my eyelashes wearing Make Up Forever Smoky Lash mascara!

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Eyeshadow colours for brown eyes

If you would like to make your brown eyes pop why not try a silver blue eyeshadow?


Nars Lili Marlene, Bobbi Brown Bone, Nars duo Underworld


Nars duo Underworld






Nars Larger Than Life in St Mark Place


To create this look first I applied a bit of Nars cream eyeshadow in Lili Marlene to create a base and then I blended both shades of Nars Duo in Underworld (silver/slate blue) up to the crease.

Nars Duo in Underworld


Along my eye line Ismudged Nars Larger Than Life eyeliner in St Marks Place (bright violet).
I coated my upper eyelashes with Clinique High Impact Mascara in black.