Thursday, May 29, 2014

Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara: Review And Demonstration

Chanel Le Volume mascara

I'm finally going to show you this awesome mascara from Chanel. It's Chanel Le Volume mascara in black. It was featured in my Chanel mini collection/haul.

I won't be dancing around the truth here and tell you right away that I'm in love with this mascara. I love everything about it: the packaging (yeah, surprise-surprise, it's Chanel), the wand, the formula. The wand is quite interesting and doesn't look like anything I've seen before, it's quite wide but tapered at the end. It's got a lot of bristles that are placed in a ...weird way, but they work. They're short but not too short like, you know, to the extent that they can't grip your tiny lashes like mine (join the team, anybody?) and just end up putting mascara on your lash-line and lid rather than your lashes. Well, these aren't like that, these are perfect: they grasp every lash and separate it and add lots of volume. This mascara is also very black. The formula is very creamy, it's not wet and not dry, it's perfect. But it becomes the best in my opinion after about a week of use. At first it takes a long time to dry, even though it isn't wet, like I said, it's strange. Anyway, you have to be careful applying it at first, but once it dries up just a little after a week, it is perfect. It wears beautifully, I haven't had any issues with it at all. So, I love it.

Below is a demonstration of the mascara on my eyes in 1 coat and 2 coats compared to the naked eye (yep, I'm showing you my naked eye). It builds up beautifully without clumping.

1 coat of Chanel Le Volume mascara on the left eye versus the naked (no mascara) right eye

2 coats of Chanel Le Volume mascara on the left eye versus the naked (no mascara) right eye

Chanel Le Volume mascara on both eyes

Eye look using just a light dusting of a very light eye-shadow over the lids and 2 coats of Chanel Le Volume mascara on the eyes

Rating by category (out of 10, 10 being the highest score):

  • product quality - 10
  • packaging - 10
  • travel-friendliness - 10

Thank you for reading. Hope this review and demonstration was helpful.

Disclaimer: all these products were purchased by me and I wasn't paid for a review.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Best Lip Colors for Summer (Nudes, Corals, Pinks and Red)

My top 10 summer lipsticks

I've just realized that I don't have a single post on lipstick or any lip products really. So, I want to change that today. I've chosen top 10 lip colors that I think make a great lip collection for the summer.

Considering the fact that in fall/winter we tend to wear more opaque, richer and deeper colors, and in the summer go for lighter and brighter ones, I decided to group them into 3 main categories.


There are girls who just can't live without their nudes regardless of the season, so here are my top picks for summer nudes. I believe that nudes can transform from season to season as well, and in the summer I personally tend to reach for more transparent, fresh and pinker nudes. Within each category I tried to choose different formulas and finishes from really sheer to full-on BOOM-type colors.

Summer nudes (#1-3)

1. M.A.G lipgloss in 202. M.A.G. is a Ukrainian makeup company and this lipgloss/liquid lipstick is dirty cheap (~$2.13), so I guess this could be relevant only for Ukraine, since I doubt that you'd be able to find it anywhere internationally, but you can get an idea about the color. It's a perfect pinky nude that looks great on its own or over any lipstick. Looks very beautiful on the lips.
2. Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in 132, Sweet Pink - peachy-pink nude with great shiny finish. Great basic neutral nude. Feels great on the lips.
3. Clarins Rouge Eclat in 01, Nude Rose - this is my personal favorite. For all of you mauve lovers out there, this color is to die for! It's a bit deeper and more on the pink-mauve side, is extremely comfortable on the lips, wears nicely, the color actually stays on for quite a while. It also smells and even tastes (not that you have to eat your lipstick :), but...) divine. Clarins lip products are one of the most comfortable on the lips. For me this is one of those MLBB (my-lips-but-better) colors that I can just put on without thinking.

Happy Corals

What can be better than a coral lipstick for the summer? Exactly! Nothing! It is one of those colors that looks great on everybody regardless of skin tone. It instantly brightens the complexion making it look ... um ... happy (that is just the best word that comes to my mind when I think of describing this color). It makes you smile :).

Summer Corals (#4-7)

4. Maybelline Color Sensational Whisper lipstick in 130, Pink Possibilities - this one is a bit hard to call a coral, it is actually a pink with a hint of coral. Great for someone intimidated by corals but wanting to try to incorporate it in their makeup life in a gentle way. It is simply a no-mistake color. Sheer and fresh coraly pink.
5. Color Me Lady Marmelade lipstick in 111 - beautiful coral color. These lipsticks are kind of gel-like type formula that give out crazy amount of shine on the lips. They also have a very nice sweet fruity scent.
6. M.A.G lipgloss in 204 - this is the most orange of all corals in this category, but since it is liquid and not extremely opaque + has a beautiful pink shimmer, it'll look great on everybody (even on super-cool and fair skin tone like mine, I checked that ;) ), unless you have some kind of extreme pigmentation or redness or something of that sort. It is such a fun color. Definitely my pick in this category.
7. Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in 910, Shocking Coral - ok, guys, the name speaks for itself here, it is shockingly coral and bright, not for the faint-of-heart, but for those of you, who really want to make a real statement. It's a BOOM type color and stays on for quite long staining your lips.

Pinks + Ultimate Red

Pinks! Summer without pink is not even a summer! So, here are my picks for cool-toned pinks and your classic ultimate red (who can live without red in any season anyway).

Pinks and Red (#8-10)

8. M.A.G lipgloss in 203 - G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. sheer cool pink! Period. Just get it if you can.
9. Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in 902, Fuchsia Flash - another BOOM! color. Fantastic bright fuchsia pink for the bold girls.
10. Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet liquid lipstick in 02, Velvet - if you want a bright matte super long-wearing cool-toned red that is comfortable on the lips and NOT DRYING at all, this is it. The formula is out of this world smooth, silky and comfortable! And this baby isn't going anywhere until you remove it with a waterproof makeup remover or oil, because it'll stain your lips for a looooooooong time. I wouldn't be able to pick one color in this category, love them all.

If you don't have these same particular colors, I hope this post at least gave you an idea of what shades might be missing from your summer lip collection or what you would like to try. Please, share your thoughts on this in the comments and thank you for reading.

Disclaimer: all these products were purchased by me and I wasn't paid for a review.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Real Techniques Modern Natural And Night Owl Makeup Kits: Review And Swatches

Today's review is one I'm really excited about. It's for Real Techniques LE palettes: the Modern Natural and the Night Owl Makeup Kits. They're both still available at their site here and here for $25 with worldwide shipping. I got mine the very first second I got an email notification about the launch and followed the link to make a purchase. I love their brushes, so I was sure these palettes should be something good.

So, on to the review.

The palettes came beautifully packaged with a bonus brush for gel eye-liner, so since I got 2 palettes I've received 2 of these brushes. I actually really like these brushes, they work really well with the gel liners, not too stiff and not too soft, just perfect. Love them. A thank-you-for-your-order card was also included, which I thought was really sweet and nice )).


The packaging of both palettes is the same and this is probably the weakest point of these palettes for me. It's made of really cheap cardboard and is very bulky, could be much more compact. There is no mirror but a thin transparent plastic lid that, if pushed on slightly uncarefully, could ruin the products inside, so for me because of all this it is a great candidate for depotting in your empty Z-palette, if you have one, or any other empty palette really.

Also the positioning of products is not the best. The cream products are mixed in between powder products, which is never a good idea, and is a risk factor for creating a cream-powder mess in the palette.

It also doesn't have the names of the colors anywhere on the palette, which I hate, when companies do. So, to be honest I can't say anything good about the packaging. I don't like it.

However, I do want to share a thought that I assume Pixiwoo had in mind when going for this type of package. I think they saved on it to keep the price low, because if you think of what you're getting in one palette for $25, it's pretty neat. It's got:
  • 4 eye-shadows
  • 1 gel eye-liner
  • 1 powder blush
  • 1 cream highlighter
  • 2 lip glosses
So, I think the price is fair enough for what you get, but I do have to say that I'd rather pay extra $10 per palette but get a decent packaging. Even if it is cardboard, let it be something like theBalm does (super compact, cute, sleek and yet sturdy, almost always with a mirror). But this packaging is really lowering the value and spoiling the impression about the palettes in my opinion.

Modern Natural Makeupkit

Modern Natural Makeupkit

This palette as the name implies is for creating a daytime look. I have to say, I love the colors in it. They're beautiful and universally flattering for everybody.

Modern Natural Makeupkit: names of colors

This is the best product in this palette and is definitely a hit of it. The formula is incredible and reminds some high-end brands: super-creamy, smooth, blendable, incredibly pigmented, non-powdery or chalky, simply amazing. I'd buy the palette just for the shadows alone. They're perfect. One small thing though, they do crease a little bit without a primer (btw, I don't have oily lids), but with a primer, they're just perfect.

Modern Natural Makeupkit: swatches

Gel Eye-liner
The gel eye-liner is ok, it's not great, but not bad also. It is not as dark as it looks in the pan and is a bit hard. Also it doesn't set to a non-budge state. To be honest I'd rather have a one more really dark eye-shadow, because it can simply be used as a liner too but the formula is just really good. Considering it is not covered with anything I'm not sure how long it will last and weather it will dry out or not. Anyway, it can work for daytime.

Blush is very light and isn't too pigmented, you have to build it up quite a bit, but the color is nice, a very neutral wearable pink. It works well for my very fair complexion but for darker skin tones it'll definitely be too light.

This is another great plus of this palette. I love this highlighter. It has the perfect shade: not too light, cool and frosty, and not too dark and yellow, just the perfect campaign color. And because it's cream it blends into the skin like a dream. Love it.

Lip Glosses
This is my least favorite part of the palette. These glosses have no color, they're just clear, but they feel nice on the lips, not sticky at all and not drying too. They have a sweet vanilla scent to them, which isn't irritating. They do feel comfortable on the lips, but it's such a shame they have no color pay-off. For this reason they're my least favorites.

Below is the look I created using this palette.

I'm pretty happy with the look, but the lips do look like they're lacking color (I used the Nectar lip gloss but it shows up clear on my lips) and therefore look not completed as if my makeup isn't finished. I'd also like a bit more definition at the roots of the lashes, but I'd need a darker color for that and the liner isn't intense enough for me for that purpose, but it's ok. Overall, though, I do like the finished look. My favorite shade of all in this palette is Nightshade, the gorgeous taupe color. It is GORGEOUS.

Night Owl Makeupkit

Most things written about the first palette pertain to this one as well except for a few that I'll note below. In terms of product quality they're the same, the slight differences are in pigmentation though.

Night Owl Makeupkit

Night Owl Makeupkit: names of colors

Here are the main differences between those palettes:
  • The eye-liner is black, not super black but dark enough for definition unlike the brown one in the first palette, which is a definite plus.
  • The blush is a bit more pigmented as well. It is tad bit darker and shows up more on the skin, which is another plus.
  • Lip glosses are definitely more pigmented, especially the dark red one (Cabernet). It reeeeally shows some color. Check out my look below to see it. The other one (Nude Rose) is very sheer but does show some color unlike the glosses in the first palette.

Night Owl Makeupkit: swatches

So overall, I feel like this palette is more pigmented and I do love the colors in it. It is really great for a night out. Check out the look I created using it. I like it. I think it turned out really nice. You could do a more dramatic eye with this palette obviously.

Things I'd change in those palettes to make them perfect:

  • Make a better quality and a more compact packaging, even if it means a slightly higher price for the palettes
  • Get rid of the gel liners and instead add another eye-shadow (a darker one, maybe even black or a super-dark plum to the Modern Natural palette, and a neutral mid-tone color to the Night Owl palette or a black one as the liner but in a powder form)
  • Get rid of lip glosses altogether, or make them much much more pigmented. I'd actually rather get rid of them because they are reeeeeeally tiny anyway.
  • Make blushes a bit more pigmented

I know it may seem like a very critical review, but I just gave my honest opinion, and actually I feel like I still like these palettes and don't regret the purchase at all. I do enjoy using them. Plus, for the price, I think the eye-shadows alone are worth buying. I think that Sam and Nic did great with this first try, at least with the eye-shadows they definitely nailed it down with the formula, and the highlighter is awesome too.

Rating by category (out of 10, 10 being the highest score):

  • versatility - 9
  • product quality - 8
  • packaging - 6
  • travel-friendliness - 6
Thank you for reading. Hope this review was helpful.

Disclaimer: all these products were purchased by me and I wasn't paid for a review.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Some of My Recent Looks

Hi guys, sorry for not posting anything last week. It was a pretty crazy one, so I couldn't make it, but I promise to make it up this week :).

Today I want to show you just some of my recent looks randomly chosen. The last look (#5) is a teaser for an upcoming review of the LE Real Techniques makeup palettes. Hope you enjoy.






Please, share in the comments which look you liked or what are some of your recent looks that you've been wearing or would like to try. Thank you for stopping by to read my blog. Your time and comments are greatly appreciated.

Friday, May 9, 2014

DIY Custom Lipstick Palette

My lipstick palette

I'm so excited to show you my custom lipstick palette that I made for myself 2 days ago. Isn't it qute? I love it! You will not believe where I found this little box with separate compartment that open individually (I love that feature so much more than when there's a one big common lid closing the whole thing. Much neater and you don't mess around the other colors)! So, where did I find it? ...In the fishing equipment store! Yep! And it cost just around $2, even less actually. I'm pretty sure you can find something similar in different stores. This one was just the perfect size.

How to make such palette? Very simple. Take the lipstick that you want to depot, take a small spatula or a coffee spoon or something of that sort, cut a half of your lipstick with it or take it from the inside of the tube where the base of it is (in case you used it up almost completely) and simply put it in one of the small compartments. You can also label them if you want to. That's it!

What makes this palette so great:

  • This baby is SMAAAAAALL and compact! You can see in the picture below that it is about 2/3 of my palm. And my palm is small. To compare with full-sized lipstick tube, it would be about the size of 3 tubes, but twice thinner and will have 8 colors instead of 3. So, who can disagree on how compact this is?

  • It's awesome for depoting addicts. If you're like me and feel like your makeup storage space becomes less and less adequate to accommodate all of your old and new lipsticks, or you're a makeup artist and need to save space and have a lot of different products at hand, than this is for you. It is especially handy if you have a few of your favorite lipsticks that you've used up but feel bad throwing away because the color is discontinued and you don't want to waste the left product that is in the base of the tube. Especially if it is your favorite color.

  • It's custom-made, so it's personalized and great for travel. Do I even need to explain this point? You can create your own mini collection of your favorite colors and take with you on a trip. Here I've got all my nudes and other pinkish my-lips-but-better colors + a great coral + a glamorous red. In a way, I have a whole lip wardrobe I might ever need on a daily basis. I have yet to try it out during traveling. Can't wait! The only thing you need though is a lip brush if you feel uncomfortable using your fingers.

  • It doubles as a cheek palette. Ok. Because it is in a palette form you can easily use it as a cream blush palette. This old Mom's trick is still live today and is still being well used even by the greatest makeup artists. Again, it's perfect for travel.

I realize that you wouldn't depot your fancy expensive Chanel or YSL favorite lipstick, since you enjoy the packaging and just the whole experience of taking it out of your purse and touching up your lips with this beautiful tube. I totally understand that and I think you shouldn't depot such lipsticks. But this method is great for depoting old lipsticks, saving space and creating your travel lipstick palette.

So, what do you think about this method? Have you tried to do anything like this? Would you like to depot any of your lipsticks? Please, share your thoughts in the comments. I would love to hear them.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

6 Simple Looks Using Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Hello, gorgeous ones! Today's post will be on how to create 6 simple looks using the legendary Naked3 palette. I'm not going to do a full review on it (unless you request it in the comments :) ), as there are soooo many of them on the web that I feel like it'll just be a waste of time. Instead, I decided to share some of the looks using all the shadows from the palette (not all at once but in different looks).

First, let me just share a few thoughts on the palette. As to the colors themselves, I think they're very very beautiful. To me this is the best of the Urban Decay Naked palettes. It's got the most romantic sweet neutrals that will look great on all skin tones unlike many people believe. Those who don't believe just have to try them, because they're indeed very flattering, especially for green- and blue-eyed ladies, but frankly on all eye colors. I like the packaging as well. Hands down beautiful, solid, durable and practical package.

The thing I don't like about this palette, however, is the quality. I really expected more for the price. Mostly, I don't like the quality of 3 particular shadows: Dust (almost impossible to work with, very flaky), Buzz (quite flaky too but not as bad as Dust), Trick (not very pigmented, you have to build it up quite a bit to get the color you see in the pan). The rest are ok and are quite nicely pigmented. The shadows produce a fair amount of fallout (I do always tap off the excess), so they simply NEED a primer. They're not as creamy as, say, theBalm or Laura Mercier shadows, the formula is on the drier side. So I'd say they are ok, not my favorite but not bad at all either. So, with this being said, I'm kinda double-minded about this palette. I do love the colors and overall I'm happy with the purchase, but I expected a better and more consistent quality. Nevertheless, it's a lovely palette if you're looking for very soft neutral palette with an interesting twist to it, or what I call the non-boring neutrals. If so and if you're willing to deal with the cons I listed above, than go for it. 

So, let's get on to the looks.

Look #1. Soft and pretty any occasion look

Neutral soft and pretty any occasion look

Going to meet your boyfriend's parents? Getting for a party, but unsure how to dress up and what makeup to wear? Want a day-to-night type of look to go out with friends after work? Having a date? Or maybe just don't want to think too much and want to look sweet and pretty wherever you go? Then, this look is for you. It's soft and appropriate enough for daytime, yet has enough definition for evening. Just swap the lip color for anything of your choice and enjoy. Since it's neutral it won't mess with any of your outfits too.

To re-create this eye-look use:
- Liar in the inner half of the lid and lower lash line
Mugshot in the outer half of the lid and just slightly blended out into the crease, and outer part of the lower lash line
Strange as a highlighter under the brow bone and in the inner corner, and
Blackheart as a liner on top and bottom lash line slightly winging it out
- put on mascara and "Boom!" You're ready!

Look #2. One eye-shadow pinkish-mauve look

One eye-shadow pinkish-mauve look

These types of one eye-shadow looks are my favorite as they require hardly any skills, time or effort at all. They come especially handy on those busy mornings before work after a sleepless night.

To re-create:
- use Buzz all over the lid and blended out into the crease slightly (be sure to use a primer), and on the lower lash line
- use your favorite eye-liner in any neutral color on top and bottom lash line, I used a dark graphite grey color
- put on mascara. Done.

Look #3. One eye-shadow taupe look

One eye-shadow taupe look

Very similar look to look #2, but using the shade Mugshot and the same eye-liner but slightly smudged for a more smokey effect. Same technique but different effect with a different color. See, why I love this technique so much? You can do it with any mid-tone color really and it will look different. Too bad the pictures don't do enough justice...

Look #4. Matte almost nude eye

Matte almost nude eye

This is the look for those of you who love mattes and nude yet defined eyes.

To re-create:
- use Limit all over the lid
- Nooner in the crease, outer V and lower lash line
- Strange as a highlighter under the brow bone and in the inner corner
- use the black eye-liner and dot between the roots of the lashes on top and bottom lash line to create a tight-lined effect
- apply mascara. Done.

Look #5. Shimmery eye with a winged eye-liner

Shimmery eye with a winged eye-liner

This is for the lovers of winged liquid eye-liner and a light shimmery eye. This could be a sort of pin-up inspired party look if you change the lip color to red.

To re-create use a primer for sure, otherwise you'll end up with a mess all over the place:
- apply Dust to the inner half of the lid
- Burnout to the outer half of the lid just slightly blending out into the crease
- Liar on the lower lash line
- Strange as a highlighter in the inner corner and under the brow bone, tap Dust in the center of the lid with your finger
- apply your favorite liquid eye-liner winging it out for cat-eye effect
- apply mascara. Done.

Look #6. Full glamour party look: smokey eye + bright lip

Full glamour party look: smokey eye + bright lip

As the name implies this is a "Bring on the glamour!" look. I deliberately decided to pair it with a bright lip to show that you don't always have to wear a smokey eye with a neutral or nude lip. You can rock the bright lip color with it. Plus, an orange lip is a trend, so this is a trendy glamorous look :).

To re-create:
- use Factory all over the lid and on the inner half of the lower lash line
- Darkside in the outer V and slightly blended into the crease, and on the outer half of the lower lash line
- Strange as a highlighter in the inner corner and under the brow bone
- apply black eye-liner on top and bottom lash lines and in the inner rims of the eye
- smudge the eye-liner with Blackheart eye-shadow
- tap Trick on the lid with your finger and apply gently on the inner part of the lower lash line
- apply mascara. Done.

Hope you liked the looks. Please, let me know in the comments which look is your favorite or which one you would re-create. And thank you for reading.

Disclaimer: all the products I used were purchased by me and I wasn't paid for a review.

Friday, May 2, 2014

FOTD: Soft And Simple Weekend Look

Today is a day-off for me, since I worked yesterday on May 1st (May 1st is a national holiday in Ukraine), so the weekend started earlier for me this week. Yay!

I wanted to wear something simple that would just look nice and let me go for a walk with my kids today, hence this simple soft makeup with brows undone, which I almost never do, meaning I always do something with my brows, either fill them in with a powder or use a brow pencil, but I wanted this look to be really fresh and effortless, so I thought, "why not try to embrace your natural brows, Irene?". "Ok", said I to myself in a sec or two, "Will see how I can manage it" :). So here's the look.

Products used in this makeup:

1. Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 01 Rose
2. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in 51 Light vanilla
3. Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream Colour Correction (can't see the color, but it's the lightest one in the range)
4. Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Flexible Coverage Concealer in Vanilla
5. Stila Convertible Color in Lillium
6. Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Translucent Pressed Powder

1. Wet-n-Wild in 335 Silent Treatment
2. Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in black

1. Rimmel lipstick in 070 Airy Fairy
2. M.A.G lipgloss (doesn't have the color on)

Hope you liked the look. Thank you for reading. Please, share in the comments what you like to wear on those lazy weekends. I would love to hear that.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in #92 Diapason: Review And Swatches

Hi guys. Today I want to post a review on the iconic Chanel cream eye-shadow that I recently purchased and mentioned in this post. It is their Illusion d'Ombre in #92 Diapason.

Here's a closer look at it.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in #92, Diapason

This is a long-wearing cream eye-shadow that comes in a classic Chanel glass jar with a brush, which is actually quite handy in case you're using the eye-shadow as a liner. One thing to note about the product is that it is NOT one of those waterproof eye-shadows that set to a bullet-proof state, like, say, Maybelline Color Tatoos. It is not waterproof and it doesn't set, it is simply long-wearing.

The color is a shimmery brown-based plum with a hint of purple, which is gorgeous for green-eyed girls. Green-eyed beauties, hear me! This was created for you, because your eyes will look mesmerizing with this color! However, this is one of those beautiful neutrals that is not boring but interesting. Since it is such a pricey piece, I wanted to choose something I would get a lot of use out of, so I went for this color. Check out the swatches.

Swatches of Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in #92, Diapason applied in 3 different ways (bottom to top): blended out, regular swatch, concentrated as a liner

As you can see from the swatches this is a very versatile shade that can be worn in multiple ways. When sheered out it really looks like slightly plummy brown. It looks very beautiful as a liner too. You can also wear it as a base for another eye-shadow, as well as combined with other shadows or liners. Depending on how you wear it it can work as an everyday color or an evening one in more concentrated dramatic look. It looks gorgeous on the eyes. Check it out for yourself.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in #92, Diapason applied all over the lid and blended out in the crease, and applied as a liner on the top and bottom lash-lines. There's nothing else on the eyes, except for mascara.

Isn't it beautiful? It has enough softness to it to be not too much, but yet gives enough definition. I think it even makes my eyes look a little green-ish.

As to the quality: it is very very good. It blends like a dream, has great color payoff, is indeed long-wearing, I feel, so I have no bad things to say about it at all. The only thing I don't like about it is the price. I think I saw it on the Nordstrom site for $30 (I think), but, like I mentioned in the previous Chanel post, in Lviv it cost me at least 35% more. It's ridiculous! But if you can afford it, you won't regret it. It is a lovely product indeed.

Overall, I love, love, love it. And you can do so much with this product and this particular color. It is very low-maintenance and can easily be applied with your fingers. Oh, by the way, I believe this color is a limited edition one, so you should grab it while you still can.

Rating by category (out of 10, 10 being the highest score):

  • versatility - 10
  • product quality - 10
  • packaging - 10

Thank you so much for reading. I hope this review was helpful.

Disclaimer: all these products were purchased by me and I wasn't paid for a review.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

5 Popular Makeup Myths

Today I'd like to talk to you about makeup myths, or misconceptions, or wrong techniques or whatever you want to call them. They are mainly the stereotypes that have been living in the beauty world, and some even cultivated by some makeup artists, for years. I decided to break some of them :).

There's one thing I do want to stress before we start. You all know it, but sometimes it doesn't hurt repeating and I cannot stress that enough. There are NO RULES in makeup. You should do whatever looks good on YOU, whatever suits YOU and YOUR needs and, in the end, whatever makes YOU happy. It doesn't mean, however, that you can't or shouldn't perfect your makeup skills or your looks, or that you can't/shouldn't experiment, there's always room for improvement and experiment, so just be wise and simply balance-minded (if that's even a word) about your makeup and beauty philosophy, because YOU are the only legitimate judge for yourself in this sphere. So, with that in mind, let's get started.

Myth #1. Always use your ring finger for applying under-eye concealer

I started with this one because it is one of the most ridiculous statements I hear over and over again from many makeup artists, you-tubers and beauty bloggers. They say that it's the weakest finger and therefore you should use this one to apply concealer under the eye not to drag or harm you sensitive skin there. There are 2 misconceptions here that make this myth ridiculously far from being true.

1. When it comes to applying concealer the ring finger is not the weakest finger of all. It is about as weak as all the other fingers. The main argument behind claiming it the weakest is that when you put your palm facing down on the table and lift each finger, the ring finger will be the hardest to lift and therefore considered the weakest. But when you apply concealer you tap or push the product onto the skin, so you actually perform the opposite movement and if you do a similar test but simply push down each finger against the table you'll understand that the amount of pressure each finger creates is pretty much the same and you can push your ring finger as hard as any other finger.

2. Because the ring finger is supposedly the weakest it will apply the least amount of pressure to your under-eye skin. That is also not true, because even if it were the weakest, which we already proved to be wrong, you'd still be able to drag your skin if you're not careful or if you are heavy handed, because it is YOU who controls your fingers and you can either damage or not damage your skin with ANY finger.

So, bottom line: it is not wrong to apply your concealer with a ring finger, but it is definitely wrong to think it is the only and the most proper way to do it. You can do it with any finger you feel comfortable with. I personally often do it with my middle finger and blend it out with a ring finger, but usually only because it is the only clean finger left. An amazing world famous makeup artist Lisa Eldridge also often does it using her index finger (you can check out her videos for proof of that). So, use whatever finger you're most comfortable with and simply be gentle.

Myth #2. No all-shimmery eye-shadow looks after 30

Ok. Here's another stereotype that is so far from reality. I will say this. Everything depends on your skin condition on your eye-lids and your personal preference. There are millions of women out there who, when they're 30+ and even 40+, still look like they're 20, or maybe even older, maybe they just look good and don't even have fine lines leave alone wrinkles, so they can easily pull off any eye look, even an all-shimmery one. There will be a bunch of people who'll say, no you can't wear shimmers at that age because it emphasizes all imperfections and fine lines, and even if you don't have any, you still need some mattes as blending and crease colors and all that non-sense. I'll say Yes and No to this. If you prefer mattes, that's fine, wear them, but if you like you shimmers and pearls and your eye-lids are in pretty decent condition (they don't even have to be perfect) you can wear shimmers. It all depends on the look, the eye-shadow, the colors you choose. I'll even say this, some matte eye-shadows may emphasize your imperfect skin texture and fine lines if your eye-lids are dry, because they may not blend so easily and cling to your dry areas a bit therefore emphasizing them, whereas the low-level shimmers will blur them out. As an example I want to show some pictures of Karen from, who is definitely over 30, but looks stunning both in mattes and in shimmers and no one can convince me of the opposite. She is beautiful.

However, I need to make a few notes here. Firstly, I love both shimmers and mattes equally and understand the beauty of both, so I'm not being prejudiced in my opinion. Secondly, I would steer away from wearing straight glittery eye-shadows all over the lids regardless of age. Glitter ALL over the eye never really looks flattering unlike low-level shimmers, pearls, metallic and satin finishes, which usually look good on most people. Thirdlyas you age at some point you will have to incorporate mattes into your eye-looks for obvious reasons, but only YOU decide when and to what extent it will happen. You have to see what eye-shadows look good on you, as simple as that. Until then, you can rock the shimmers or mattes as your heart desires :).

Myth #3. Covering birthmarks

This is one of those myths that I myself discovered to be a myth when I only started with makeup as a teenager. I have a small dark birthmark on my left cheek, so this myth I had to deal with in real life. When you cover your birthmark, especially a dark one (it probably doesn't apply as much to light birthmarks as they're much less visible), you will end up looking like you actually have tons of makeup on your face, but when you put it back with, say, a brow pencil or an eye liner, it will look like you have no makeup on. I know it sounds strange but just trust me in this. It was tested and proven. You have to be careful about the shade and choose the right shade to do it but once you've found it, it's going to be just an extra 2 seconds and a great difference in how it looks. I'll show you an example. Please, don't mind the quality, I'm only posting these pictures to illustrate my point. The lighting and the makeup is different in the pictures but just focus on my birthmark and you'll see what I mean.

Here is my makeup without the birthmark put back. It looks like I have tons of foundation on, almost like I wear a mask, whereas in reality I hardly have any, since the eyes and lips are so loud. That's the effect of a covered birthmark.

I put back my birthmark here and my face looks like I have less or no foundation on my face compared to the previous picture above, whereas in reality I have a bit more coverage here. The way my birthmark looks here is actually the way it looks when I don't have any makeup on. It is its natural color. That's the effect of a darkened birthmark.

Another example of a darkened birthmark, but from a different angle.

Your birthmarks are what makes you unique and special, so don't hide them, just keep them natural. And... who can imagine Merilyn Monroe without her cute and flirty signature birthmark?

Merilyn Monroe and her signature beauty mark

There used to be a whole trend of putting fake beauty marks on your face, so if you have one you don't even need to fake it :). Just keep it naturally defined.

Myth #4. Problematic skin needs more coverage

This is another misconception that problematic and acne-prone skin needs more coverage. The truth is the more coverage you have, the more obvious your skin texture and imperfections become, especially when you're dealing with acne, leave alone the fact that you're clogging your pores with too much heavy product, which in itself can cause more breakouts.

Your skin needs to breathe and look like skin. I think that anyone regardless of skin condition should use as little of foundation as they can get away with, use only what you need to even out the overall skin tone, NOT cover the breakouts or other imperfections, and just spot treat the problematic areas correctly afterwards, making sure to use only matte textures for these areas to avoid extra attention. Whatever you do on your skin, it has to look like YOU rather that you wearing a thick flat mask of "perfect skin". I won't ramble too much about it, I'll just share a video of one of my most favorite makeup artists, Lisa Eldridge, who shares the same concept on this subject as I do and shows how to cover acne beautifully without caking up the skin. Here it is.

Myth #5. Using the same bronzer for bronzing and contouring

The beauty and makeup market is huge and of course there will be those unique bronzers that will work equally well for bronzing and for contouring, but they are rare, and quite often companies make bronzers meant for just one purpose: either bronzing or contouring. So, you have to keep that in mind looking for a bronzer and choose the right products for your purposes. If you want a bronzer for actual bronzing you can get away with a much warmer shade with slightly yellowy-peachy-reddish undertone, depending on your skin tone of course. It may even have a bit of shimmer to give you that sun-kissed glow. However, if you try to use such bronzer for contouring you'll end up looking muddy and like you've chosen the wrong color of foundation, especially if it has shimmer and you want to contour with it. It won't create the shadow you need since it reflects the light. On the other hand, if you want to contour you should look for something matte and much cooler in tone without any significant warm undertones, quite ashy, I'll say. That would be perfect to create the shadows where you want the areas of your face to recede. I often use a taupe-y eye-shadow to do that. And again, if you try to use this type of product for bronzing and warming up your skin tone... eeem... you'll end up looking ashy and dirty - bad, bad idea. So, if you want a product for a particular purpose, keep those things in minds. Below are a few examples of good natural bronzing and contouring.

Jennifer Lawrence. This is a great example of a very naturally looking contouring

Good heavy contouring

Great example of natural bronzing

Jennifer Lopez. Good example of heavier, but still naturally looking, bronzing and contouring

So, bottom line for bronzing/contouring products (unless you find one of those universal all-rounder bronzers perfect for your skin tone, which are difficult to find): keep the undertone and finish in mind, as well as your own skin tone (your bronzer has to be friends with your skin tone, not enemies), and blend-blend-blend.

Conclusion: There's no right or wrong in doing anything in makeup, so don't be limited by stereotypes. My best advice to you would be to look closely in the mirror when you've tried something new, and listen to the feedback from the people around you: those who love you will always complement you on anything that looks beautiful :). Mark those things in your head and you can also try and keep my humble suggestions from this post in mind too.

I hope this was helpful, and thank you very much for reading.