Monday, December 2, 2013

10 Signs You're a Beauty Addict



Hopefully this post will help you come to terms with your inner beauty addict, hehe

  1. Your medicine cabinet holds skincare products and zero medicine.
  2. You have 20 different shades of red lipstick in your makeup stash and you keep buying more. Perhaps, in hopes that you eventually will find THE perfect red lipstick.
  3. The sound of 20% off VIB sale at Sephora gives you such an adrenaline rush that you fail to realize that the products you purchase will in fact be 80% on.
  4. When you hear the words orgasm or deep throat, the first thing you think about is Nars Cosmetics.
  5. You're constantly talking about going on a "no buy" but end up doing more buying than no buying.
  6. You think brush cleaning is the worst chore ever.
  7. Your eye cream sometimes holds a special place in your fridge.
  8. You sometimes feel like you take care even more care of your skin than a dermatologist.
  9. You see someone wear a bright neon lip color in the fall and you wonder what planet they're from.
  10. If large pores were human, you will annihilate the sucker!


Go on, share with me some signs that you are a beauty addict.

xoxo
Michelle

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Face #1


Why hello there, I missed you all so so much and I apologize for disappearing without notice.
Today's look emphasizes the lips while keeping the rest of the face close to bare and honestly, this trend has dominated my entire summer. 

Complexion Perfection


Other than periodic stress breakouts, my skin has been doing very well. But regardless of how my skin chooses to behave, I truly do appreciate the power of a lightweight light to medium coverage foundation/ base so I opted for the new Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation in #86, I used Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Cafe to cover up dark circles (or excess baggage, lol) then I set it all with Chanel Les Beiges #70.

The Eyes



For my eyes, I really wanted something that screams "bare", I used 2 matte shadows by Bobbi Brown,  Cocoa #13 all over my lids and Black Plum in my crease. Using Clarins 3 dot liner, I applied it very close to my lash line to create an illusion of fuller lashes then I va va voomed my lashes with Chanel Le Volume Mascara.

The Cheeks



I wanted a natural flush on my cheeks that is extremely brown girl friendly and I used Bobbi Brown's Plum Blush and highlighted with the ever so gorgeous Sephora Micro Smooth Baked Luminizer in Star Dust.

The Lips



So here is the fun part, my favorite lip combo so far this year. I lined my lips with Mac Currant Lip Liner, then I applied Mac Heroine Lipstick and glossed it up with YSL Glossy Stain #30 Mauve Fusain.



Hope you've enjoyed reading and I'll definitely keep these coming.

xoxo
Michelle



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Laura Mercier Midnight Caviar Eyeliner


I've been using Laura Mercier Caviar Eyeliner in Midnight for about a year now. For the first 4 months after I got it, I was certain it was black but wondered why it was called it "midnight" ...
It's actually a really deep blue and it definitely almost looks black.


Laura Mercier Caviar Eyeliners before activated looks like an eyeshadow, you can use it wet or dry but if you want the full color payoff, you will have to add water (about 2 drops) and work your brush into the product to create a paste like consistency.
I haven't used this in my waterline because I am as scared as a mouse to waterline my eyes, but, It stays on all day which in my case is around 14 hours.
I did have a hard time finding the perfect brush to use with this product, I'm not much of an angled brush user for eyeliners, I prefer using pointed eyeliner brushes in general and the Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Liner Brush is perfect!





Once you get a hang of how to use this, you will LOVE it. 

So what do you think about this?
I really like the fact that you can control the texture and opacity that you want by either adding more or less water.

xoxo
Michelle

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Becca Beach Tint in Papaya


Becca beach tints are sheer stains for the cheeks and lips, they can be layered for a bit more intensity but generally, they provide a very natural looking flush of color to the lips and cheeks.


With spring in the air, I felt Papaya to be an appropriate color for me, it's a very bright orange with a pinch of red. I placed a little dot of it on my cheeks and spread it out with a small stippling brush. I also dabbed a little on my lips and added a touch of clear gloss for added moisture.

The consistency is creamy but it's oil free, it blends into the skin and doesn't feel tacky at all which is probably because of it's water resistant nature that also helps it stay put of a good amount of time (around 8 hours)


Details on my face
Revlon colorstay foundation in Cappuccino
Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in extra deep
Sephora eyeshadow in western leather
Laura Mercier caviar eyeliner in midnight
Givenchy noir couture mascara
Becca beach tint in papaya (cheek and lips)


For .24oz of product, you may fear this isn't going to last but all you need is a little.

What are some of your favorite Becca products?

xoxo
Michelle



Shh!! Library Beauty

(whispering)
Lets keep it real ladies and gents, we do feel the need to touch up at the library. On a library day, I spend at least 9 hours in there (true,true) and it's important for me to have touch up products for a few reasons listed below.

Evian facial spray, Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss in Glee, Lancome Dual Finish Powder Suede IV

As usual, I keep it simple...
A powder so that I don't look like a freshly fried plantain, a lipgloss so that my lips don't look like I've just eaten 7 large powdered donuts and a facial spray to make sure the powder is blended in nicely.

What are some of your library or daily beauty touch up essentials??

xoxo
Michelle

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light


The latest IT powder to turn the makeup world upside down is the new Ambient Lighting powders by Hourglass (10g $45). 
They come in 6 distinctive shade and they have been described to "recreate the most exquisitely flattering types of light" depending on your skintone and lighting desire.

These talc free powders are made to capture and diffuse light evenly onto the skin, they've been infused with soft focus technology to help blur imperfections like fine lines and pores. Hourglass uses photo luminescent technology which makes these powders transparent so that all you see is a "glow"


Lets talk Radiant Light, which is what I'm wearing and have been wearing non stop for close to a month.
Radiant Light is a warm golden beige. Remember, these are finishing powders but you can also use them in certain areas that you want to highlight especially if you have oily skin and like to stay away from the all over luminosity on the skin. I must say that these powders are very fine and soft.

I am wearing YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation reviewed here which provides luminosity on the skin already and I lightly dusted radiant light with Laura Mercier fan brush. You can also set your foundation with a setting powder first and finish with the ambient powder.

What I really love about radiant light is that it doesn't give that visible white cast on my darker skin, thanks to the photo luminescent technology :)





Along with the ambient powders is the ambient powder brush ($35) which is what I used until I figured out how I liked the look with the fan brush when I used it as a setting powder. This brush is very densely packed and made with high grade taklon bristles which is a synthetic alternative to animal hair brushes , you definitely have a lot of control especially when you are only highlighting certain areas on the face

So, breaking it down for ya! I use Laura Mercier fan brush when I use the powder as a finishing touch and I use the ambient powder brush when I only want to highlight certain areas in my face. 

Oh, and to make you drool even more, these ambient powders are free of paragons, talc, fragrance, nano-particles and gluten :)


You can't go wrong with these powders, I recommend going into a store and trying it on your face before making a decision as these aren't soo easy on the wallet :)

xoxo
Michelle

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Giveaway

I love how blushes frame and brings color to the skin in seconds, it's like magic :).
Please share with me your favorite blushes.



There will be three winners and this is only open to US residents.



Saturday, February 2, 2013

525 PR Makeup City


I was contacted by 525 PR Makeup City to try out some of their products. 525 PR Makeup City is currently in the process of creating a website but their online catalog can be viewed here


Lets talk about the La Vie En Rose - Blush in Antoinette, it's filled with color... a blend of deep berry colors and mauve tones creates a beautiful subtle flush of color and glow on the cheeks.



The eyeshadow to the left is called Cream Dust and to the right is called Satin Gold (my favorite), they both have the right amount of shimmer without being too glittery and they are very smooth, in the photos below I am wearing Satin Gold in my brow bone and the inner corner of my eye.





These products are super affordable, you can get access to some of 525 PR Makeup City on perfumeland.com , unfortunately, the blush and eyeshadows aren't available on perfumeland.

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