Friday, December 19, 2014

Easy Eye Looks with Too Faced Candlelight and Champagne Shadow Insurance

Too Faced's regular Shadow Insurance ($20) has been a go to eye primer for me for quite a while, but for some reason their tinted versions flew under the radar for me.  I acquired Candlelight last year with a palette, and this year I picked up Champagne in one of Sephora's Black Friday $10 deals.  Having both prompted me to put them use, and I'm glad I did!
Candlelight, Champagne
Candlelight is a soft but bright light gold shimmer, and Champagne is a pinky beige shimmer.  Both blend out easily and give smooth coverage that can work as a primer under shadow or as a cream eyeshadow on their own.  I've got super oily lids and I find that these extend the wear of shadows for me, but I do get creasing starting around the 7-8 hour mark.  For reference, if I didn't use primer, I'd get creasing at about the 2-3 hour mark.
Combine either with a bit of eyeliner, mascara, and perhaps a matte shadow for contouring, and you've got a super easy but finished look I've been wearing a couple of times a week recently. 
These are perfect for days I want to pare down my morning routine, but still want to look like I put some effort in.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

VIP Shadows by Le Métier de Beauté: Shimmery Sand-White and Deep Emerald Green

Le Métier de Beauté's (LMdB) December offering for their VIP subscription program were two single eye shadows:  Shimmery Sand-White and Deep Emerald Green.  They're both lovely and seasonally appropriate :-)
Shimmery Sand-White is an apt name, as it is indeed a shimmery oyster white that is great as a highlighter, an all over wash of color, or blended with Deep Emerald Green as a soft grayish-green.  It applies easily and smoothly.
Deep Emerald Green is a blackened green that looks charcoal in some light, although direct light brings out it's emerald shimmer.  Gorgeous color, but a bit more tempermental than Shimmery Sand-White.  It can be a bit patchy if not carefully blended (indeed, almost buffed out) with a brush.  A primer was necessary with both of these, as the pigment is looser and needs something to adhere for color impact. 
The shadows are soft, and just touching my brush to the pan picks up color easily.  I did notice fading after about 7-8 hours of wear, even over primer.  In some ways these remind me of baked shadows in how they wore.
Blurry to see the shimmer
Shimmery Sand-White and Deep Emerald Green blended
LMdB single shadows are $30 each, and I'm happy to have both of these in my collection.  The VIP program has been superb this year, truly, and I'm glad there is more to come:-)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pür Minerals' Universal Marble Mineral Powder in Pink

Disclaimer:  This was a gift with purchase.
This multitasking pressed powder features a mosaic blend of light and dark pink tones than can be used on cheeks, eyes or lips, although I use it primarily as a blush.  My favorite things about the Pür Minerals' powders (including their eyeshadows) that I've tried are that they are talc free, apply smoothly, are nicely pigmented, and contain quality ingredients like vitamins, minerals, shea butter, and Vitamin E.
Pink is a soft pink shimmer that brightens while providing a nice flush of color.  It's almost outside of my shimmer comfort zone, as I prefer a more satin finish.  It slightly emphasizes my skin imperfections, so I may end up using it as more of a highlighter than a blush. 
The Marble Minerals Powders ($23.50) are also available in Spice (copper, cinnamon and pearl) for darker complexions and in Bronze for a sun kissed look. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Island Pink Coconut Water-Color Cheek Gelée by Josie Maran

Disclaimer:  I purchased this.
This coconut water-infused cheek gelée is supposed to provide up to  14 hours of color and hydration, making it a hybrid cream blush and cheek stain.  The firm but bouncy gel is a cool formula, and indeed it feels slightly cool when applied, no doubt due to the drying of the 50% coconut water formula on the skin. 
Island Pink ($22), described as a "soft cherry pink" gives a natural and realistic flush akin to walking briskly in cold weather.  Which we rarely experience down here on the Gulf Coast, so it's nice to have something that mimics the effect.
While color can be built up, I find Island Pink to be on the subtle side, making it one of my more natural looking blushes.  I apply with a small but dense brush, as that seemed to deposit smooth color without disturbing my foundation better than with my fingers.  While it does wear well on my oily skin, I'm not sure it's a true stain, as I was able to rub off the arm swatch fairly easily.  Regardless, I've been reaching for Island Pink all week, really like!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain by YSL: #103, #106 and #107

Rebel Nudes by YSL are supposed to capture the shine of a gloss, color of a lipstick, and the long wear of a stain, all with a 3D luminous effect.  They do indeed have an interesting luminescence and wear quite well for a gloss, but I can't say I noticed any staining effect, nor do they have the color impact of lipstick. 
Pink No Taboo #103 is a fuchsia pink with a faint blue shimmer.  I found all three colors to be sheerer than I was expecting based how they looked in the sample card.  However, when you factor in the nudes in "Rebel Nudes", perhaps color impact is not to be expected.
Beige Anarchist #106 is described as a "pink nude", but I'd say it's a rust with gold shimmer that translates to a sheer warm shimmer on my lips.
Naughty Mauve #107 is a rose mauve with pink shimmer.  As you can see, there are only faint color differences between the three once on the lips. 
These are nice glosses with a respectable wear time of about 3-4 hours, but at $32 each, I was expecting more.  But again, that's why I love samples, so I can discover that before I purchase!
Wearing Beige Anarchist

Friday, December 12, 2014

NOTD: Icicles and Nostalgia by JINsoon

Disclaimer:  I purchased this.
I felt like a palette cleanser (aka, a nude shade) this week, and the recent arrival of Nostalgia by JINsoon sealed the deal. 
Nostalgia, Coquette
A pale cameo peach/beige/pink, this was an easy peasy two coater with no formula issues. It's nice on it's own for a nude look, or as a background for nail art.  I was wanting to do something Christmasy but simple, and what's more simple than a silver line for icicles?
I like how the silver is just enough to catch the light and provide a bit of flash, but it doesn't take away from Nostalgia's simple beauty.  I'm linking up with The Nail File, hosted by Jennie Shaw:

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Air Perfection Cushion Foundation in Medium by Pür Minerals

I was intrigued by Pür Minerals Air Perfection Cushion Foundation for a variety of reasons, including the ones that usually suck me in when it comes to foundations:  words like flawless, believable coverage, lighter than air, advanced technology, and advanced botanical problem solvers.  I decided to ignore the "dewy finish" part, so let's see if that bit me in the butt:-)
This is a liquid foundation housed in a compact with two compartments - one for the sponge applicator, and another that houses the foundation saturated cushion.  It's solid and feels secure, although I'm not one for tossing makeup in my purse for on the go application.  I don't worry about it leaking or drying out, however, so that's good.
Available in only light, medium, and tan, I was a bit concerned when I first opened my choice of medium.  It looked dark to me, making me second guess if I should have gone with "Light" instead.  Oh, the perils of online shopping.
Fortunately, it blends quite well with my complexion, which is losing it's summer color.  I think that's due to the sheerness of the foundation, and indeed this is marketed as "ultra high-quality sheer to medium coverage with a unique, mousse-like texture that feels lighter than air."  If you are looking to cover hyperpigmentation or blemishes this might not be a go to choice for you. 
What it does do a really good job at is ease of application and believable coverage.  I used the enclosed sponge, pressing on the cushion to pick up the foundation, and then buffing it on. 
I'm always looking for foundation that can also improve your skin, and this one claims to be able to:
  • Help soothe visible irritation for a clearer, more comfortable complexion
  • Provide texture-plumping hydration that softens the look of lines
  • Moisturize, smooth and protect with antioxidant benefits
  • Deliver a megadose of anti-aging amino acids and vitamins 
Key skin improving ingredients are Babassu Oil, a Brazilian palm-based ingredient containing hydrating lauric and myristic acids and antioxidant vitamin E for moisturized skin and that dewy complexion.  It is similar in it's contents to coconut oil, if that helps.  I also see other oils in the ingredient list, so let's take a look at those as well:
  • Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil (baobab oil):  from the seeds of the Adansonia digitata tree, which grows wild in South Africa.  It is is highly penetrating, deeply nourishing and softens dry skin.
  • Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil: good for dry skin, as it moisturizes and acts as a barrier.
  • Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil (Sea Buckthorn oil): made up of Beta Cerotene, Provitamin A and Vitamin E, helps to protect the skin from UV radiation and free-radical damage. These easily absorbed oils support the natural buildup of the skin’s lipid layers and possess anti-inflammatory properties (source Weleda)
So, how did this work on my oily skin?  Well, it's definitely dewy in finish.  I've been using an oil absorbing primer and setting it with translucent powder, but I still get significant oil breakthrough after about 2 hours of wear.  There is no way I'd be able to wear it in warmer months, when my skin is in oil hyperdrive mode.  For now, I blot and go, as I do like how this applies, looks, and feels on my skin. 
Air Perfection Cushion Foundation is a new product, and Pür Minerals currently has it at a special introductory price of $30 (regularly $38).  I was able to get mine with a 30% Black Friday discount code, making it only $21, which is reasonable.  Bottom line: I like it, even though it's not ideal for oily skin.