I know it’s been a while since I posted, tut tut! I thought I’d let you all know I’m back to daily posting :) If you frequent my blog you know I’m a die hard fan of Make Up For Ever products. I get all excited when I hear about their product launches. Next to arrive on our shores is the new HD Blusher, Second Skin Cream Blush. I have heard great reviews from those of you in the US who already has access to them so I can’t wait to try them. (Giveaway below)… What is it? It’s essentially a cream blush with HD technology that melts onto the skin. It gives a natural flush of colour. I find cream blushes can sometimes be a bit gaudy on my skintone so the ‘natural flush’ grabbed my attention. It’s said to be better than cream and powder blush because of its second skin finish. This means you can’t see the texture of the product on the skin, the blush looks like its your own, no trace of makeup. Usually cream products need to be applied before powder but this one can be used under or over powder. Another pro is that its completely lightweight. It doesn’t interfere with the makeup beneath it and is said to hide imperfections whilst lasting all day on the skin. It’s suitable for all skin types, oily skinned girls rejoice! Application These blushes are applied with a brush, HD sponge or fingertips depending on the look you’re going for. Shades There are 16 wide and universal shades to suit all skin tones. Available in 4 levels of skin gradation as well as cool shades and warm shade tones.
Light Skin (2xx)
# 220 – Pink Sand (-Cool Shade / Light Skin).
# 210 – Cool Pink – (Cool Shade/ Light Skin).
# 215 – Flamingo Pink – (Warm Shade/Light Skin).
# 225 – Peachy Pink – (Warm Shade/Light Skin).
# 315 – Peachy Beige – (Warm Shade/Medium Skin).
# 410 – Coral – (Cool Shade/Tan Skin).
# 515 – Tangerine – (Warm Shade/Deep Skin).
# 415 – Light Rust – (Warm Shade/Tan Skin).
# 335 – Fawn (Warm Shade/Medium Skin).
# 425 – Brown Copper – (Warm Shade/Tan Skin).
# 420 – Indian Rosewood – (Cool Shade/Tan Skin).
# 310 – Rosewood – (Cool Shade/Medium Skin).
# 320 – English Rose – (Cool Shade/Medium Skin).
# 330 – Rosy Plum – (Cool Shade/Medium Skin).
# 510 – Raspberry – (Cool Shade/Deep Skin).
# 520 – Blackcurrant – (Cool Shade/Deep Skin)
They will cost €27 a piece and arrive in Ireland in two weeks time! I’ll be back with a full review, tutorial and pics of how it looks on when they are released. In the meantime…
Make Up For Ever have their own take on this seasons folk trend with the La Boheme Spring 2012 Collection. Pastels are a very popular choice for a seasonal colour injection, so they’ve included the key catwalk favourites coral, violet and beige. Pretty….
LA BOHEME EYE PALETTE (€40)
The star of the collection is a unique limited-edition palette dressed in an entirely homemade creation made of recyclable cardboard. The palette contains 6 limited edition shades with pearly or sparkle finishes: Parma Violet (sparkle finish), Natural Green (pearly finish), Beige (pearly), Brown (sparkle), Lagoon Green (sparkle), Coral (sparkle).
LA BOHEME ROUGE ARTIST (€19)
Available in two shades –Red Coral and Peach Beige. Sparkling with iridescent particles. The imprint of leaves hides inside the tube is very pretty. It’s worth noting that these lipsticks are quite sheer.
NEW AQUA EYES
Wood inspired shade- a gorgeous matte black/brown. Topped with a floral cap. (€16.50)
Make Up For Ever Smoky palette is going to be a favourite of mine for a long, long time.
When I first saw the palette I thought it looked quite small but upon opening I oohed and aahed like nobody’s business. There is no filler in this palette, just poor beauty. There are 8 shades, a highlight, a peach, brown, rust, blue, green, purple and a very intense black.
Here are some swatches…
I was expecting the browns to be a little boring after seeing how gorgeous the rich toned shadows were. I couldn’t have been more wrong. They are unique, pigmented and have a gorgeous satin finish. As mentioned, the black is extremely intense – any smoky eye fans will adore it.
There are no shimmery, glittery shades. This palette is pure business. Most of the shadows are between a satin and a matte. They are easy to work with, intensely pigmented. The best thing for me is the combination possibilities – any one shade in the palette works in harmony or contrasts with any of the others. For these reasons it’s money well spent. It’s €45 which isn’t bad for 8 Make Up For Ever shadows. This is an investment in my opinion. Something I will have for years and will come back to again and again.
The palette also comes with two brushes. Usually the brushes in kits are a bit crappy but these are professional quality. My only criticism is that both brushes are flat shaders, although they’re both different sizes. A fluffy brush would have been useful since it’s a smoky eye kit and blending is key.
I know Make Up For Ever can be hard to get a hold of in the UK but luckily for us we have a MUFE shop on Clarendon Street in Dublin. Of course it’s widely available in Sephora across the US – when can we have a Sephora? Seriously.
I’m eyeing up Make Up For Ever’s new Smoky Couleur Collection. I’m a sucker for a good smokey eye palette. This one looks divine! I’m also a huge fan of Smoky Lash Mascara so the variety of shades in this collection also appeal to me. Uh Oh. We all know how this will end…
I was so excited about Make Up For Ever’s Limited Edition Wild & Chic Collection! Every image had me drooling so I had to check them out.
WILD & CHIC PREMIUM AQUA CREAM KIT (€200)…
WILD & CHIC AQUA EYES KIT (€30)…
WILD & CHIC AQUA CREAM & AQUA EYES KIT (€30)
WILD & CHIC EYE PALETTE (€45)
WILD & CHIC LAB SHINE KIT (€30)
WILD & CHIC CASE (€45)
And the look….
The image above was enough to make me want to check out this collection. The Aqua Cream kit is the product that stands out to me most… typical, I’m always drawn to the most expensive items – before I see the prices!
I’m more of a opaque lip gloss lover myself but if you like mega shiny lips than the Lab Shines are for you.
I’m thinking that these sets might be a good idea for our men folk this Valentines Day. Hint, hint, nudge, nudge :)
So what do you think??
(For those of you in Ireland, you will find Make Up For Ever on Clarendon Street, Dublin 2)
Too Faced Pink Leopard Brightening Bronzer
The Best of Make For Ever kit
Sephora Glitz & Glam http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie/glitz-glam/
Benefit mini kit
Make Up For Ever Matt Velvet Foundation
Snag Free Hair Bands
*Disclaimer: All of the opinions expressed in this video are entirely my own. I have not been sponsored by any of the brands mentioned in this video.
How many brushes and sponges does one face need? Quite a lot apparently :)
That being said, I was quite good in Chicago and came home with only three this time.
1. Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Top Multi-Purpose brush
This bush received 4.7 out of 5 on Make Up Alley and has been raved out by many a beauty guru. Of course, I had to have it. I picked it up for $14 in Target. Although you can use it for powder and blush I plan to use it for foundation application. I am envisaging a flawless application… fingers crossed this one delivers.
2. Sonia Kashuk Bent Eye Liner Brush
This one was also raved about on Make Up Alley (4.6/5). This is my first experience with a bent brush. I have quite a few eye liner brushes in my possession, Bobbi Brown being my favourite. All of my favourite gel liners have dried out so I look forward to testing this brush properly when I pick up another one. Bobbi Brown gel or MAC Fluidline?
3. Make Up For Ever Elipse Sponge
I have purchased this little guy quite a number of times. It’s my favourite sponge. I like the shape for getting in to all the little nooks and crannies of the face. I also love the texture. I use it damp and use it to stipple on my foundation. It gives a gorgeous no make-up sort of a look. Of course you could use it dry for more coverage. I remember these sponges being more porous than this one, I wonder if they have changed it. This one reminds me of the Laura Mercier sponge whereas my old one was more akin to a beauty blender. I bought mine for $11 from Sephora but there is a Make Up For Ever on Clarendon Street, Dublin, which I often use.
On another note, this is the only type of communication I have had today – no, I haven’t become a hermit. I have just had braces applied to my lower teeth. I also had the top tightened which has left me with a face that hurts when I talk. Boo. Think I’ll just go to bed and try to sleep through it…. although One Born Every Minute is on…
The stippling technique for make-up application is quite popular at the moment. I was asked by a reader to explain the ins and outs of stippling and what I use.
Just in case your new to make-up, stippling is a blending technique used to blend make-up. Many of us have stippling brushes in our make-up collection but you don’t actually need one to stipple. Stippling is really just patting so you can stipple with a make-up sponge or even your fingers.
My preference is to use a sponge. I love the black ones from Make Up For Ever (think they’re called Ellipse sponges), I repurchase these over and over again. I searched google images for a picture of one and could only find the light coloured version. I would have photographed my own except I poured boiling water on it and it shrivelled up :)
It’s a great technique for blending foundation, concealer. I like to use a stippling brush to blend the edges of concealer into the rest of my make-up.
The technique is also useful for layering one product over another. You could stipple on some foundation over your concealer (or vice versa) without disrupting the bottom layer.
As many of you know stippling brushes are also available. These are duo fibre brushes – they contain two different types of brush hairs, in two layers of different length. Some people swear by these and use them religiously to apply their foundation. For me they involve more work for a perfect finish. On an occasion where I have plenty of time to perfect my make-up then I might but on a daily basis I use my fingers or a stippling sponge.
I have the MAC 187. I have also had the Sigma version (F15) €11 , which I have since given to my sister. In my opinion, there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the two and the Sigma is cheaper so I recommend that one.
A stippling brush is also great for applying cream cheek products like blush, bronzer and highlighters. Although I’m not a huge fan of stippling on foundation, I always used a stippling brush to apply cream blush. It gives that glow from within effect and it looks very natural.