Today’s post is just a quick face of the day post but before I get on to that I just want to let you all know that I am cutting back on blogging for the summer. I have been blogging for about two and a half years now and I really enjoy it but it is time consuming. What I enjoy most is the interaction with like minded people on my blog as well as on twitter and through reading and commenting on other blogs. I really enjoy the comments and replies and getting and giving feedback. It’s nice to know that I’m not nuts and that there are loads of other people out there who are as mad about all thing beauty and fashion as me. Unfortunately there are so many things I want to do with my evenings and weekends that I am finding it hard to keep up with regular posts. But since I love it so much I plan on doing simpler outfit of the day, face of the day kind of picture posts on twitter (@Ahsuretislovely) and Instagram (@ahsuretislovely). I haven’t been using Instagram before now but that will all change now as I think it will perfect for posting pics with the list of products or clothes. If I come across a product that needs a proper review then I will indeed do a full post and it’s more than likely that when the summer is over and the evenings are long and dark, I will be back blogging regularly.
So here is today’s face of the day:
MAC Prolongwear Foundation
Clarins Instant Concealer
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural
Isadora Face Sculptor Palette
MAC Omega Eye shadow: Brows
Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Bronze as a base
MAC Mineralise Eye shadow Summer Haze
Maybelline Big Eyes Palette in Brown
Clarins Gold Eye Pencil: waterline
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
MAC Soar Lip Liner
MAC Brave Lipstick
Why does it always looks like such a long list when you think you have done a basic and simple look?
You may have noticed just about everyone has gone mad for Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes. Occasionally I get sent some products from Max Factor to try but these were handed out to bloggers at the launch, which I didn’t go to and of course sods law meant that these beauties were not sent to me. I had to endure all the hype while searching every local Max Factor retailer searching for the shades I liked the most when looking at all the other bloggers’ swatches (sad face). There are six shades in the range and while agonising over which ones I wanted I finally purchased these two. I had actually wanted Lavish Mauve and Nude Mauve but there was no sign of them around and I couldn’t wait to try them any longer so I bought Lovely Pink and Seductive Pink (Alluring Rose and Gorgeous Berries are the other two in the range and they retail at about €11.50).
I won’t go on too much about them because there have been so many blog posts about them already but I just want to give a quick run-down of what makes them so special before we get to the photos. They are like a finely milled highlighter and blush in one. There is no sparkle or shimmer but when you apply these on the skin, you are left with a radian lit from within look. It’s a “yes I am naturally radiant and fabulous with perfect skin” look. They don’t look powdery on, they glide on leaving the skin looking flawless and airbrushed. You can see the glow in the swatches below, the left is a heavy swatch and right is very light so you can go as heavy or sheer as you like. You can keep it really sheer to create a “I’m not wearing makeup, I’m just naturally radiant” look.
Lovely Pink is a bright peachy pink that really lifts my complexion. This shade looks really great with a bit of tan. I think my summer look will involve Lovely Pink and peachy lips like Dior Addict lipstick in Jet Set.
Seductive Pink is slightly warmer and more toned down in comparison. It has a slight rose gold hue to it and I quite like this with MAC Brave lipstick. (Too bad I only though about the lipsticks when writing this post instead of when I was taking the pictures.)
Have you tried any of the Creme Puff Blushes yet? Which is your favourite?
Anyone who has been following my little blog for a while now will have noticed that I rarely use liquid eye liner. I’m just far too much of a clumsy moo. Noting worse than almost being done doing your makeup and then ruining it all with dodgy liquid eyeliner, pencil is so much easier to tidy up. I know I could do my eyes first but that just feels all wrong. I bought the Real Techniques Silicone Liner brush ages ago and it does make it so much easier but let’s face it, I’m a creature of habit so I hardly ever use it. Today I thought it was time I did something different as I am always lining my eyes with brown or purple pencil or eye shadow. So I broke out the RT Silicone Liner Brush and MAC Fluidline, another thing I have had for ages and hardly ever use. I really like the look of a sharp black liquid eyeliner flick over pale metallic eye shadow, so that’s what I have tried to do here:
Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Golden Beige
Max Factor Wild Shadow Pot in Auburn Envy
MAC All That Glitters Eye Shadow
MAX Factor Wild Shadow Pot in Feral Brown
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
MAC Eyeliner in Coffee
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara (not pictured)
Here is how I used them:
1. I used Kiko Long Lasting Stick in Golden Beige all over the lid and crease as an eyelid primer
2. I then used Max Factor Auburn Envy in the crease
3. Next I applied MAC All That Glitters all over the lid
4. In the outer corner I added MAX Factor Feral Brown for extra definition
5. I used the RT Silicone Brush to line the top lid with MAC Blacktrack
6. I lined both water lines with MAC Coffee, I then lined under Coffee with Feral Brown and went under that with All that Glitters
Finally I applied Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
While my line is far from perfect, it’s pretty good for me. Are you a pro with liquid liner or are you a clumsy novice like me?
Last week I posted about Max Factor Excess Shimmer Shadows and today I have three new Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliners to show you. There are already six of these liners in the shops now and these three will be joining the line up in January. The three new colours are Violet, Jade and Cobalt and they retail at €8.99 (Boots 3 for 2 anyone?).
The formula of Max Factor Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner is more like a liquid than pencil. The colour is dispensed through a twist up nib that doesn’t need to be sharpened. They are soft and creamy. They glide on easily and are well pigmented. The colours are bright and vibrant metallics with a bit of shimmer, which is most noticeable in the Cobalt. You can have a bit of fun and play around with them. You can layer them over black liner or layer powder shadows over them for a soft smoky look. Once they set they are longwearing and smudge proof.
Here are the pictures:
Have you tried any of the six already on sale? Will you be picking up any of the three new ones?
Of course I was like a giddy five year old when these little pots of shimmering gorgeousness arrived. The season for packing on the sparkle will soon be upon us. Even though the name Excess Shimmer Eye Shadows suggests disco ball glitter, don’t be afraid. They are not packed with enough glitter to send you little niece into hysterics, they are far more sophisticated. They have a metallic finish with enough shine to look glamorous but not ridiculous. Like puppies, they are not just for Christmas.
There are six shades in the range: (L-R) Crystal, Pearl, Pink Opal, Copper, Bronze, and Onyx
I gave you a quick glimpse of the shade Copper last week. At first glance I thought this would be my favourite but how wrong was I. I didn’t think I would like Onyx at all because I think black eye products tend to look too harsh on me but Onyx is more of a gun metal grey on my lids and I love it.
Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eye Shadows are a gel formula that is really creamy. They can be applied sheer enough or built up to a very opaque punch of colour. The best bit is that they are long lasting, even on my oily lids but if I was heading out for a night I would still use a primer for extra insurance. Pubs and clubs can be sweltering when they are packed with people over the festive party period. They can be used to create so many looks. The obvious being just using them on their own all over the lid but you could also use them both under and over other shadows for many creative and unique looks. Applying a powder over a cream base can really up the impact of the powder shadow. Both Onyx and Bronze would make great bases for smoky eye looks or you could use them as liquid liners. Using the lighter Excess Shimmer Shadows layered over darker shadows can create some unique colours.
So here they are on my lids (Top to bottom): Crystal, Pearl, Pink Opal, Copper, Bronze, and Onyx
The retail price on these is €7.99 which I think is really good value considering all the different ways you can use them. Have you tried any of these yet? Which colour is your favourite?
It’s been a very busy weekend but I couldn’t wait to try out some of the lovely Max Factor eye products that arrived last Friday. I have six Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eye Shadows and Three Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliners and I will have a full review of them soon but for now I will just tease you with a glimpse of one of the shadows and one of the liners together in the look below. These two were the ones caught my eye immediately at first glance and I couldn’t wait to try them together. Having swatched all of the products now I can tell you that they are all equally gorgeous but I’ll tell you more when I’ve had the chance to try them all out properly. So on to the look below.
I used the Excess Shimmer Eye Shadow in copper all over the lid and crease. Then I lined my eyes lightly with the Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner in Excessive Violet. To finish I applied a coat of Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara. The result is a bright daytime look that makes the eyes look put together and awake. Even though the shadow is shimmery it doesn’t look like a disco ball or too over the top for daytime.
I am looking forward to playing around more with the shadow and layering if over some of the darker colours in the range for a different look. The liner can also be made to look more dramatic by going heavier with it. I will try to get my review of the shadows and liners up soon.
I do have to apologise for the delay in getting this post done. Hopefully if you have seen other posts on these you may have forgotten them by now so I am reminding you. When these first arrived I actually had shellac on my nails so I had to wait till it was time for me to peel those off and wreck my nails in the process. You probably know by now that I am not that proactive when it comes to painting and repainting my nails on a regular basis. I wanted to get as much time out of each colour as possible. I was never going to be the blogger that got pictures of all nine shades in one day.
The formula for these Gel Shine Lacquers is pretty good; it is thick enough to make them easy to work with, they spread easily and evenly on the nail. They kind of self level instead of settling in to the grooves and ridges I created by peeling the shellac off. It’s not so thick that it goes sticky and gloopy on you though. Two coats is all I needed for them to be fully opaque. As you can see in the photos the shine is brilliant. I love shiny, shiny nails so these make me happy. They are touch dry within a few minutes and I find a half hour is usually enough for them to be properly dry and hardened. They last about three or four days before they start to chip, which is pretty good for me. I usually ruin nail polish before the end of the day.
There are nine shades with a good mix of brights and darker colours so there is definitely a colour for every mood.
(L-R: Vivid Vermillion, Patent Poppy, Twinkling Pink)
(L-R: Radiant Ruby, Sparkling Berry, Sheen Merlot – my current favourite)
(L-R: Lacquered Violet, Glazed Cobalt, Gleaming Teal)
I shouldn’t pick favourites but I love the pearlescent gold shimmer through Sheen Merlot, its the perfect autumn colour.
Have you tired any of these, which is your favourite?