Sunday, August 19, 2012

eotd: bright blue & smokey

I've been in a more colorful mood these days, probably because it's been super warm and sunny :)
This is a color combination I've been lately - turquoise and green as the main colors accompanied by (almost) black and (almost white) shadows.
The look really focuses on the blue but the green in the crease as an additional pop of color makes it a lot more fun, I think :)

I used mainy MAC shadows but the colors are relatively basic so you could easily achieve this combination with any brand's shadows. I started by using Mylar on my inner corners over Max Factor Kohl Kajal in 090 Natural Glaze or any other nude/white pen. Next I applied Zingy on the center of my lid. I love this shadow because it's matte and depending on the light can look like either a bright blue or a darker greenish turquoise hue. I used a fluffy brush to apply Humid along my crease and in the outer corners. With an angled brush I created a wing with Print but went over it with a cheap shadow. Only the grey would have been too light but using a good (as in well-pigmented) black straight away would have been too dark for this. The cheaper shadow works well to darken a grey base like this. Afterwards I tapped on a bit more of Zingy to really make it pop :)
I lined my waterline with Artdeco's Soft Eye Liner waterproof 23 (aqua blue) and smudged 10 (black) from the same line on my upper waterline and between the lashes. I really love these liners!
Lastly I used a bit of liquid eyeliner to line my lashes but only because I applied half a strip of falsies. Without them I would have just stuck with the black kajal. Some Mascara on top and that's it :)
Oh, on my face I only used some matte bronzer (p2 deep water love aqua splash duo bronzer 010 sun kissed) and a bit of (also matte) blush (MAC Mocha). I highlighted my brow/cheekbones with the MakeUpFactoy Skin Luminizer, but I only used a little bit. On my lips I dabbed a bit of an agnes b. lipstick (corail pĂȘche) in the middle and then smudged it out.

Have a lovely Sunday!
xo, Lizzy

PS: Sorry today's pics are so blurry.. I forgot my camera and had to use my phone :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

NARS orgasm & finally a dupe!

If you're a bit interested in beauty and makeup, which you probably are if you're reading this, you know about NARS Orgasm - the blush as far as a lot of people are concerned.
It is pretty awesome, but also - pretty pricey.
After googling around for a bit I read that Too Faced had a close dupe in their range and I wanted to give it a try. It's called the Full Bloom Ultra Flush Powder Blush in the color Who's Your Poppy?

While Orgasm retails at 29€ / 28$, Who's Your Poppy? only costs 19€ / 19$.
(Another great example of unfair international prices..)
The NARS blush is a bit bigger and the Too Faced one isn't exactly cheap either but still, I decided on getting the dupe and borrowed Orgasm from Kate for comparison.

Orgasm has a very silky texture so if you're not caredul you use more product than you neccessarily need to. Who's Your Poppy? on the other hand is a lot firmer in the pan so you need to go over it a bit to really load up your brush.

Colorwise the two blushes are really very very similar. Orgasm (the lower swatch) is a bit darker and more on the dark-orange side, Who's Your Poppy? is a bit lighter and looks a bit more pink. The golden shimmer however is really exactly the same in both blushes!
The difference between the two can only be seen if you look at the swatches very closely, like in these photos. As soon as the blushes are blended out, they look the same!

Close enough? I think so :)
xo, Lizzy

Saturday, August 11, 2012

matte metallics

Hey lovelies,

Confession: I own a lot of metallic nailpolishes which I rarely wear. 
Why? Because they're just so super shiny.
But - I used to do this and kind of forgot about it till Kate mentioned it the other day.
Why not pair up your favourite metallic nailpolish with a matte topcoat?
This way you get to enjoy the lovely color without it being too shimmery/shiny.

It's an interesting way to get a different look without buying a bunch of new polishes.

 I've done this with a glitter polish too, even though the difference isn't that strong. 
The topcoat tones down the shine of the polish while still allowing some of the glittery effect 
to sparkle through.

I used the Artdeco matte topcoat for these but I don't like it all that much.
It somehow changes the color too much for my taste. 
Dark colors appear lighter and light colors end up with this shadow.
Also, the polish is very thick and dries rather slowly.
Kate swears by Essie's matte about you, so I'll definitely get that one next :)

xo, Lizzy

Thursday, August 9, 2012

comparing eyeshadow primers

Hey lovelies!

This is a post I've been wanting to write for quite a while but somehow it took me forever to finally get around to it. Kate came by today and together we took the photos for a few posts :)

First up is a comparison of a bunch of eyeshadow primers!
Even though I own all of these and I always have some sort of favourite (which sometimes changes) I never did a direct comparison to see which one is actually the best... till now!

The primers we compared are: (from left to right)
Too Faced - Shadow Insurance (SI)
Urban Decay - Primer Potion (UD)
Artdeco - Eyeshadow Base (Art)
MakeUpFactory - Eye Shadow Base (MF)
Alverde - Eyeshadow Base (Alv)

We wanted to compare primers from different price-ranges, so we chose the most popular and kind of expensive ones (Too Faced / Urban Decay), and lined them up with two mid-range primers (Artdeco / MakeUpFactory) and a cheap one (Alverde).

Except for the MakeUpFactory primer, which is a light yellow color, that brightens the lid, all of these are skin colored products. The Too Faced, Urban Decay and Artdeco primers all are a bit shimmery but the last one is the only one where the glitter-ish particles are still visible after even some of the shadow has worn off (check the 4th picture in the GIF below to see what I mean).

The eyeshadows we applied for this test are mac - zingy (a matte high-end shadow) and essence - disco diva (a cheaper metallic shadow) to see if there was any difference there.

The Too Faced, Urban Decay and Alverde primers all have the same creamy-liquid(er) consistency while the potted bases are drier. The MakeUpFactory primer is rather smooth and creamy while the Artdeco one is the stickiest and driest of these five.

Lets talk about the packaging:
As you can see there's a basic difference between potted primers and ones in tubes. Generally the potted primers are drier. I prefer primers in a tube because it's easier to get the exact amount you need and they don't dry out that quickly. I also think it's more hygenic. Even when you have a tube there's still a difference between the Shadow Insurance and the Primer Potion which comes with a wand. It might seem a little easier to apply the shadow to a specific area with the wand (which is similar to the applicator of a lipgloss) but you still need to blend it with your fingers anyways. Personally I prefer putting a bit of the primer on my fingertip and then dabbing the fingers together (my two pointer fingers or ring fingers) to make sure I have the same amount of primer on both fingers. This way you'll have the same amount on both eyes.
As far as potted primers go I prefer the packaging of the MakeUpFactory primer over the Artdeco one because the lid is attatched to the pan and it's easier to just pop it open instead of screwing off the lid completely, also the pan of the Artdeco primer is relatively small and deep so you have to really dig in there which can be messy.

Would you look at that GIF (never made one before *proud*) :D
So this is how our little test went:
1. I applied the eyeshadows with a brush over the primers which I just dabbed on with my pointer finger.
2. First step of the test was holding my arm under luke-warm running water for about 5 seconds. None of the primers had a problem with that, only the liner I used to draw on the grid got a bit runny :)
3. Next I simply pressed on a tissue to dry the water off, again, no big difference here.
4. Now after that I took my tissue again and rubbed over the shadows (pretty hard) and this is where they started to wear off. Interestingly enought the color of the (cheaper) metallic shadow faded first but the silvery shimmer outlasted even the (expensive) matte shadow (on the cheaper primers).
5. This is where we aggressively attacked the colors :) I rubbed over the shadows with eye makeup remover on a cotton pad and as you can see most of the color vanishes at that point, only the three primers on the left still show color from both eyeshadows.
6. Last I went over everything with waterproof makeup remover (one with oil in it) which got rid of the last traces of color.

What we think overall:
The Alverde primer didn't really hold up to our standards and while we both bought it before we owned the other ones, we didn't use it again after seeing how great the more expensive primers hold up in comparison. If you want to spend as little money (this retails at 2,45€) as possible, this is an okay product but we both think it's worth investing a little bit more.
Which leads us to the MakeUpFactory base. The website calls it an eye lift corrector and suggests applying it on your under-eye area. In my experience this product isn't that great as a traditional eyeshadow primer because it doesn't really prevent creasing but I do like the brightening effect it provides. I'm not sure about the exact price of this but I think it was approximately the same as the Artdeco base.
The Artdeco eyeshadow base is a very popular choice amongst German beauty-girls. At 7,80€ it has a fair price and the pot lasts a very long time. Personally I'm not a big fan of the sticky consistency but the result of this base is very good. Once it's on, your look will definitely last all night!
What do we think about the Urban Decay and Too Faced primers? To us, and in our test, they're really very similar. With 17€ (UD) and 16€ (TF) they cost almost the same and the feeling/result of using them is very close as well. It basically comes down to personal preference and which packaging you like better because both are really good. I like how they are thinner than the Artdeco base and easier to blend but that's just me, Kate prefers Artdeco :)
Duration-wise Too Faced, Urban Decay and Artdeco are very similar and all really great!

What is your favourite eyeshadow primer?
xo, Lizzy

Monday, August 6, 2012

notd: white picket fence

Hey lovelies!
Another nail design today :)

I seriously have no idea why I did this particular design,
maybe because I've have the Suburgatory theme song stuck in my head lately.. hmm :)
I finally found inspiration in this picture and this is what I ended up with:

The design is pretty easy actually and you don't have to work too accurately, but I think it's kinda cute :)

This is how I did it:
● Apply your favourite base coat and let it dry.
● Use a blue polish of your choice all over until it's opaque (2 coats in my case).
● Draw parallel lines with a french-tip laquer from about 2/3 of your nails to the tip.
● Add two lines crossing the others. I rounded them according to the tips of my nails.
● Take a brush and draw the grass on your tips. I like to use an old eyeliner brush for this :)

the colors I used
● base coat: essie rock solid
● white: Manhattan pro french tip whitener
● green: catrice 810 ACid/DC & (mixed) p2 249 dangerous

Have a great day!
xo, Lizzy