Monday, January 30, 2012

Looks - Sleek Storm Look One

We went to our friends' engagement party on Saturday and I did my makeup with the Storm-palette I just bought from Sleek.


This look reminds me of some looks done with the Naked-palette... Very similar...

Here's a little color chart and a reminder that what the palette looks like.


I was talking to my mother the other day about makeup and she shared some knowledge with me. Earlier, I did not really think too much about shadow placements, as I just did what I thought looked best on me. She gave me some tips on eyebrows and shadows. 

She explained this with three shadows, but in this look I used five. I used shimmery shadows on the lid and mattes in the crease. In the picture below you can see how I placed the shadows. I used blue colors for the matte shadows. Lighter blue is the lighter matte brown in the palette, and the darker blue is the darker matte brown, of course.


In the outer corner I did not create a V-shape with the one crease shadow. I put the darkest shimmery brown near the lash line in the shape that I do my eyeliner, but bigger. This creates lift, and usually is darker than the crease colors. She said older women can benefit from this technique greatly as it creates a lifting effect. Also the matte shadow in the crease can hide the excess eyelid. I brought the crease higher than usually (you'll see this later in the blogpost), which is also a way to create shadow and hide the bigger eyelid. Eye shapes vary and this technique is very modifiable. 

Maybe I have been doing my eye makeup in a similar manner before, but this time my mother told me specifics on shadow placement and the effects. Maybe this technique everyone already knew, but me. ;)



I then applied my eyeliner (MAC's Blacktrack fluidline) and IsaDora's Big Bold mascara.


I felt this makeup wasn't strong enough, so I applied more of the same matte browns in my crease and placed them higher than before.

I used Sleek's blush Flamingo. Strong stuff! Oh my goodness. I am typically very light-handed with blushes to begin with, but I had to be super careful with this one. I blush easily anyway, so I rather have too little blush than too much. I used a stippling brush by Make Up Store (#366) to apply it. It gives me the lightest application. I swiped the brush across the blush once, and the white parts were covered in the blush.



I also did my eyebrows differently than normally. I did use the same pencil, but I focused on different parts of the brow than any other time before. So. How did I do my brows differently?



What do you think about the look, and Sleek products in general?


-Serafia


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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hauling November - January

Don't worry, I did not buy all these things at once. These things have accumulated over three months I guess. Since the beginning of November, and I have not shown them on my blog. Some I have used religiously and some I just picked up from the post office the day I started writing this blogpost.

Newest additions to my collection and probably the ones I have been eyeing for about a year. At least. 

Sleek Makeup's eyeshadow palettes Storm and Original. I tried some of the shadows on my arm, but I haven't tried them out any more than that. I have been in a blush rut lately and I only have a few. These blushes were actually the reason why I finally did order the eyeshadow palettes. I ordered blushes Flamingo and Pixie Pink.

The palettes!!!
The Original

Storm
The eyeshadows are smaller than I imagined. I do like the mirror in both the eyeshadow palettes and the blushes. Very handy when traveling. The packages are very sturdy, but they are a little difficult to open as well. At least the blush singles.

l-r Pixie Pink and Flamingo

The blushes are matte.  In the picture Pixie Pink does not look as pink as it is. It is somehow lighter, but more pink. The blushes don't look as alike normally.

In the middle of November I bought Clinique's Even better foundation in the shade 03 Ivory. It has SPF 15 which is good. I showed you this product in my "what's in my travel makeup bag"-video I did in November. At that point I had only used this once or twice. Now I have used it many times.

I thought Ivory was my shade, but  now I think it is just a bit too dark. That is why I went to a Clinique counter again and asked if there was a lighter shade so I could mix the two. There wasn't for this foundation line. They did have a much lighter shade in their other line so I bought that one. It is the Perfectly real makeup in shade 01 (N). I believe the N means neutral undertones. I add 2/3 of Even better and 1/3 of Perfectly real foundation and I get my perfect foundation match.


I don't have complaints about the packaging of Even better. I do have complaints about Perfectly real. I have to store Perfectly real upside down, because the cap leaks. There's always foundation between the bottle and cap and I think that is just gross. There is some foundation even when I store the bottle upside down. 

On Black Friday I ordered from Sigma Beauty because they had free shipping. I ordered twice. I ordered the set of F82 and F84 synthetic foundation brushes and I am in loooove with the F84! I have had the F80 for a while now, and I wanted the rest too. I didn't think I'd have much use with the F86 so finding a set with only F82 and F84 on sale was great. I didn't take pictures of them, but they look like this: F82 and F84. (affiliate links) I have a review coming up of all the face brushes.


My second order was the Paris kit, which contains a travel brush holder which works as a brush holder when you are not traveling. The kit has 3 face brushes and 4 eye brushes. The brush handles and ferrules are red!  This kit is not available anymore as these kits are limited edition. They have the London and New York kits still available here. (affiliate link) The brushes are the same, the color only changes. Also in the London kit the ferrules are gold plated.



Maybelline's Anti-Age Eraser Eye concealer I bought a while back too. I have a review coming up of it soonish...


I ran out of my favorite face wash which unfortunately has been discontinued as well. I bought a new one when I was at the pharmacy this week. I knew it was a foamy face wash. The stuff is liquid whilst in bottle, but when it's pumped out it's foam. After a few uses I am fairly sure I don't like foamy face washes. The product spreads well, but I don't think there is enough of product to really cleanse my face. You know what I'm saying, don't you?



And I think that is it? I feel I should have written about more products... Huh, strange...


Disclaimer: I am affiliated with Sigma Beauty, but I bought all the products mentioned. The links are affiliate links, where I earn small commision from if someone follows the link AND buys something. Just clicking on it does not give me any commision. 



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-Serafia

Saturday, January 21, 2012

5 Dreams

I was tagged by Gloss of Meikkistudio and I am going to do it right away.

In this tag you choose 5 things that you would buy if money wasn't an issue. It can be whatever you want. Gloss chose first 5 makeup related items, then she chose 5 non-makeup/blog related things. 

I think I am going to follow in her footsteps and do both. If you don't blog about makeup, don't feel obligated to choose just makeup items. It can be whatever as the tag doesn't really specify what things the 5 need to be.

1. Clarisonic. I don't really care if it would be the normal one or the smaller, travel-sized Mia, but I think the normal ones are just white, whereas Mia's are available in several colors, so I probably would choose the Mia. 

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Probably Stylish Move at first. After that I'd have more trouble in choosing, cause I'd want so many of them.
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3. Clinique skin care system

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I want to try it, but I haven't because I don't know if it is actually good for my skin or not. I don't actually swim in money so I don't want to waste my money on something that I might not like. With the Clinique system I think I would have to get everything at once. Or I probably don't, but I would feel obligated to and that would be expensive. 

4. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
I'd want to try everything!

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5. NARS Cosmetics
 Again. I'd love to try everything!




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The 5 things I would buy that are not cosmetics (I see me and Gloss have similar wishes ;) would be a house, lots of shoes for the winter and summer without a heel cause at the moment I can't wear heels. Too painful. Third and fourth thing I'd get are a desktop computer, and a tablet. I have a lap top now, but it's my work computer. It is also quite a huge laptop and I don't want to carry it around and that is why I'd want a tablet. The fifth thing would be a couch! The one we have now is small and uncomfortable.


And I guess I now have to tag 5 other bloggers to do this. I hate this part. :/ You know what, one isn't going to be a makeup blogger. :D Brain/Biochemist's Cookbook/, Silhouette Screams, Passion for Nails, Mohn/Pakolliset - tai ainakin melkein!, and Katjamaria.

Friday, January 20, 2012

For Green Eyes

If you have been a makeup user for years or you are an artist, you probably know the complementary colors enhance each other. With that said, if you have green eyes red colors compliment it. Similar colors also look good - green on green. But really you should use what you are comfortable using and what you like. If you don't like bright colors there is no need for you to use them. Use neutrals.


In this blog post I am showing you a makeup look with MAC's eyeshadow Cranberry

I first applied UDPP and then MAC's Painterly paint pot. 
I continued with Cranberry. I applied it 2/3 from the outer corner towards the inner corner. I did not go over the crease.


I used MAC's Mineralize Eyeshadow  Fresh Ice and applied that to the inner tear duct area, 1/3 of the lid from the inner corner, and the browbone area.

The I took Ben Nye's Espresso and a crease brush which I used to apply the Espresso to my crease. With it I also blended where necessary.


I used MAC's Blacktrack fluidline and applied IsaDora's ginormous Big Bold Mascara.


I did my makeup at 9 AM, and took the pictures at 7 PM. Only that much creasing. I cannot wear paint pots on their own (I mean without primer) like some do. They take 2 hours to crease.



Hope you like it! 


-Serafia



PS. My boyfriend and I just rearranged our office area. Would you be interested in seeing that? Our office is also my makeup area. I actually already have the pictures of it so it wouldn't be too time-consuming to post them.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Zoya - Tao

Today I present Zoya's nail polish Tao. I received this in a gift baggie at the bloggers' meetup in December.

I had never tried Zoya and I was interested to do that.
I applied this late at night. I didn't do anything tough with my nails that evening before going to bed. I took these pictures the next morning. The tips have worn out already.


While Tao is a nice gray polish, but I am not pleased with it. Overnight the polish was gone from the tips. Also I make a huge mess when applying this. This brush is difficult for me to use for one reason or another. I don't know why. The polish ends up all over my fingers.


I applied three layers. It did not peel off, or get any worse looking so I wore this for 5 days. The tips were like this from the start, but they did not get worse. 

I will keep using this until it's gone or dried out. Are all Zoya polishes like this?


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On another note. I have 7 courses left in university. And a Master's thesis. These courses are all at the same time from January till the second week of March. I only have like 18 hours of lectures, but there is a lot of  work to do for the courses. I cannot promise any regular posts. I have a few drafts and I have already taken pictures for them but I still need a few. I will post those when I have the time, but I do not know when this will be.



-Serafia

Monday, January 9, 2012

Review - Garnier BB Cream

L'Oreal brought Garnier's BB Cream to the shops this year. It costs 12-14 €. There is 50 ml of product. I received mine in December at the blogger meet's gift baggies.

There are two shades - 02 light and 03 medium, mine is light. 



They claim this is a daily 5-in-1 moisturiser; 24H moisture, even skin tone, blurs lines and imperfections, boosts healthy glow and UVA/UVB - SPF 15. It contains mineral pigments and vitamin C derivatives. 
This is not a tinted moisturizer. BB Cream's BB means Beauty Balm and/or Blemish Balm. Tinted moisturizer is what the name means, a tinted moisturizer, whereas BB cream traditionally was created to be a product with some healing properties. BB Creams origin is in Asia where women with scars etc other skin issues wanted something to use to cover and heal the skin issues. Although Wikipedia says BB Cream originated from Germany and dermatologists used that to help laser surgery patients but BB Creams are huge in Asia. L'Oreal's representative told us the story, but I did not make notes and I'm fairly sure she said BB Creams are from Asia originally. 

I really like this. Even though the cream is very thick it blends out beautyfully and is not thick on the skin. 


This is the only BB Cream I have tried and I have understood that usually BB Creams are thick, and when applied they look a little grayish but eventually the color changes to match the wearer's. 

This is not thick when it is applied, and it does not look gray at first. It has a strong scent, one that I don't really like. It seems to disappear during the day. It's fresh, but I feel it is too strong, however it does not stop me from using this because I really like this product. 

It gives less coverage than light coverage foundation. The coverage is what I assume you get from tinted moisturizers. I have never tried those. 

BB Cream already applied

This blends out very nicely. I have mostly used brushes, but it works just fine if it is applied with fingers. I don't use something like Sigma's F80 or the like. I rather use a traditional foundation brush for this, you the kind that look like a paint brush.

My BB Creams is in the lightest shade, 02 light. I simply don't visibly tan in the summer, I could lay in the sun for the entire day for the whole summer and I would not get visible tan lines. I do get a just tad bit darker but no one else notices it but me. There hardly is a difference. This would be perfect for me then. I think I am going to try this in the summer. With that said, it is just a tiny bit too dark for me in the winter, but I can still wear it just fine. I just need to blend it really well down my neck too. I wish they'd brought an even lighter shade to the stores. The lightest shade sold could still be lighter than 02 light. 

I use this on those days when I am in a hurry in the morning and don't have time to do my foundations. I also use this on those days when I don't want to do my foundation, that I just want something to even out my skin. 

I normally take a shower in the morning or use a toner if I am not taking a shower in the morning. I moisturize my face and then apply the BB Cream. I have also some mornings only applied this and not used an extra moisturizer. I don't see a difference when I do either of the previously mentioned ways. I have dry/combination skin. I have never applied powder on top of this because I do not need to. This looks very natural and I am definitely going to purchase this when I run out of mine. I read from other blogs the oily or oily/combination skin needs powdering definitely.


INCI:
Aqua, Isonyl isononanoate, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Alcohol denat., PEG-20 methyl glucose sesquistearate, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Methyl glucose sesquistearate, Cetyl palmitate, Nylon-12, Cyclohexasiloxane, Propylene glycol, Hydrogenated polyisobutene, Stearyl alcohol, Argilla/Magnesium aluminum silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Caprylyl glycol, Lithium magnesium sodium silicate, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Benzyl salicylate, Limonene, Caffeine, Ascorbyl glucoside, Geraniol, Cellulose acetate butyrate, Polyphosphorylcholine glycol acrylate, Citral, Ammonium polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium polyacryloyldimethyl taurate, Polyvinyl alcohol, Sodium chloride, Butylene glycol, Sodium hyaluronate, [+/- may contains Cl 77891/Titanium dioxide, Cl77491, Cl77492, Cl77499/Iron oxides]

I color-coded as well as I could and the categories are listed below. The categories are from Cosmetic Ingredient Directory. Just find the product from the alphabetalized list and read more about it. Some products in the Inci did not get a good smiley face, for example Alcohol denat. got :| and limonene and linalool got :(. Most ingredients in this product got :).

skin-conditioning agent
humectant,
emollient/surfactant/cleansing agent
emollient/skin-conditioning agent 
absorbent/thickening agent 
emollient/slip agent/silicone 
emollient/thickener/emulsifier 
preservatives 
fragrance/irritant
antibacterial/antiacne
Antioxidant/Vitamins 


Have you already tried this or are you planning on trying this? 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Gel Spa

I took the photos with my phone and didn't crop them, but they'll do for this post. 

I bought this from Prisma, and it cost 8-9 €. You get three uses out of it. This gel foot spa is a two-step process. Step one is poured into warm water and stirred. The water turns into gel. Stick your feet in there for at least 15 minutes. After this you pour the step 2 in which turns the gel back into liquid.



 

The gel feels very weird. I tend to move my toes and when the gel moves with your toes it is so strange. The first time I tried this my boyfriend stuck his feet in at the same time with me. Our basin wasn't big enough for two pairs of feet. He's not the type of a guy who use other skin care products other than body lotion, and he would not even use that but because his skin is really dry, he must. So the fact that he put his feet in this is a miracle. He thought this gel spa was so weird he had to try it.

 

There are two "flavors" - calming&soothing and refreshing. The one I used was calming. It contains lavender and lemongrass. 

I was introduced to this product at the blogger's meet up about a month ago. There many wondered what is it that makes the water turn into gel. I did not look into it until yesterday. The answer is very simple really. The main ingredient in this is sodium polyacrylate. It is a polymer which is capable of absorbing water 200-300 times its weight. Sodium polyacrylate polymer chain consists of units that bind to water molecules, and that is when the blue stuff you see in the picture below expands like crazy and forms a gel-like substance.

Sodium polyacrylate might be more familiar to mom's who use disposable diapers on their child. This is what they have in diapers as it can absorb great amounts of liquid. It might not be this exact polymer in the diapers, probably depends on the brand of diapers. There are plenty of other super absorbent polymers out there, but this type of a polymer is used in diapers. More info here and here.

 

Step 2 is only sodium chloride, it is salt. 

They say this gets rid of dead skin. It wont remove all completely if there is a lot, but if there is small amounts this gel spa really does remove them. The skin on my feet is in good condition thanks to biannual pedicures that I get to help with my psoriasis nails.

This is definitely worth trying even if you aren't that interested in foot spas. It is such a weird feeling! 



Have you heard/tried this yet? You should!

-Serafia


PS. Don't forget to check out my review about Korres Lip Butters here

Review - Korres Lip Butter

I bought this a while ago. I mentioned it briefly in my favorite products, surprises and let-downs of 2011 post.

It is the lip butter by Korres. Mine is in Plum.



It looks very dark in the pan. It is almost intimidating.

"A buttery lip balm that melts on the lips and offers a shiny, tinted finish. The combination of shea butter and rice wax offers deep hydration and softness. Ideal for chapped lips."

This feels very moisturizing. I do disagree though with the "Ideal for chapped lips." part. I would say this is ideal for those whose lips are a little dry. If your lips are extremely dry, I would go with something else. Something else that is extremely moisturizing, I don't think a tinted product is ideal for very chapped lips. I feel it makes the lips look more chapped than they really are because the tint accentuates the dryness. 

With this dark shade I need a mirror to ease the applying process, but I have one on my phone case which I carry around all the time. The color is very prominent and this cannot just be applied quickly with a generous hand. After applying I need to make sure I have cleaned the outsides of my lips so that this isn't all over the skin. 

Applying one thin layer gives a very nice glossy finish and a very nice tint. If you want darker lips you can easily apply more product and get a darker finish. 

One thin layer
I have tried The Body Shop's lip butters earlier. This is of a thinner consistency then TBS lip butters.  They also have a very strong scent, which I do like. This does have a mild scent, it is berry-like.

One thin layer
I bought mine from a department store. I can't remember the price anymore, but it was over 10 euros. They did not have very light shades if I remember correctly, they were all a little more on the darker side. There might have been 1 or 2 light shades. I have understood there are more light shades available but not in the department store I went to.



-Serafia






Thursday, January 5, 2012

Sex-Appeal

Hello my beautiful friends, 

I need your help.

I received this mouse pad for Christmas and I don't have a powder called Sex-Appeal.

("A Lady adds the finishing touches to her makeup using a first-class powder - she uses Sex-Appeal")



I need to find one. Powder is something I hardly ever use, so I want to get something that I would actually use instead of it just being in a drawer with the rest of my makeup. 

The package in the picture reminds me of a Benefit blush/bronzer. :D

I was thinking of getting a NARS blush with this name, but as I read reviews and looked at swatches I doubt it is a blush that would show up that much. It was very, very light. 

What I am asking from you is recommendations of a product that has the name Sex-Appeal.

Eyeshadow, blush, bronzer etc. 


Help?! 




Monday, January 2, 2012

Tutorial - New Year's Eve look

I created a New Year's Eve look. I realize this might be too late for you, but it does not prevent you from doing this next time or for some other occasion! You could just think that I am an early bird for the next New Year's Eve. ;)

I stayed home for new years because Finland's U20 team was playing against Czech republic in the World Championships. We watched that and during the intermissions I was doing my makeup. At 11.30 at night. This is like what I would have done if I'd left the house.

I started with MAC's Painterly paint pot. Then I used a black soft eyeliner pencil and traced my crease and the outer part of the lid. I wanted to do a cut-crease and I used this technique that Youtube-guru xSparkage used in her New Year's Look that she did on her sister. The arrows show how I blended the liner up and out. I made sure I did not mess up the inside. It was black liner by Lumene. Seriously, it was black.

I applied GDE's Foil me on my lid and spread it out on the lid until the crease with the brush that came with UD's Naked-palette. Foil me works like other mixing mediums when you want to foil your shadows.

I used GDE's Gold Digger eyeshadow and applied that on the lid with Foil me with a shader brush. 


I used Grimas matte black eyeshadow and with a Sigma E35 I applied the shadow carefully above the line making sure the crease was still sharp. I applied Virgin from the Naked-palette with Sigma's E25 to the brow bone.

After that was done I took creep with the same E35 I used the Grimas matte black shadow with and applied that to blend out the black with Creep from the Naked-palette.

With Sigma's E45 and I used Gunmetal from the Naked-palette and blended out the matte black and Creep.

I used Sensai's black liquid eyeliner and the same soft eyeliner pencil to my lower waterline.


I was dissatisfied how the eyeliner turned out so I put more, and it is much better!


I can't line the lower lash line only, because it makes my eyes look very droopy. So I only line the waterline.


Added mascara, but skipped on the lashes this time. Feel free to add them if you like.




For entire January you can get a 10% discount from Sigma Beauty using the code in the banner at the top of the page on the right. Click on the banner, and go shopping! It is an affiliate link.


I am affiliated with Sigma beauty and Glamour Doll Eyes. I buy all my products from them and opinions are my own. The links are affiliate links, except for the Youtube-link.



Thank you for reading! Hope you liked my New Year's Eve look. 

-Serafia