October 30, 2012

Repost: 35 Beauty Bloggers You Should Be Following On Instagram

Instagram is a great app if you need instant gratification for beauty-related eye candy! Top Tier Media features 35 Beauty Bloggers to follow. You can read the article here.

And don't forget to add me on Instagram ;)

October 24, 2012

Guerlain Rouge G L'Extrait in Gourmandise

Guerlain Rouge G L'Extrait is a product similar to Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in that they are both lip cremes. I'll be comparing these products in this quick review because each has their advantages and some points which may make all the difference, depending on your preference. 

Let's begin with the packaging. Although Guerlain's tube is considerably larger than Chanel, both contain 6ml of product. I guesstimate that Guerlain's packaging weighs more than twice that of Chanel but feels more luxurious. The fact that it has a mirror is great if this is the only makeup you care to carry in your purse. Chanel's packaging is sleek and light - perfect for days when I don't want to be weighed down by my bag.

Both products have excellent color payoff that a single swipe is enough. Chanel's formula feels more wet compared to Guerlain. However, I noticed that this quality makes Guerlain's wear time a little bit longer. In any case, both are very comfortable and feel velvety.

The verdict: Both are great lip cremes and I love them equally, for different reasons. If you've compared both products, I'd love to hear your thoughts as well!


October 22, 2012

Beauty Blog Coalition Round Up for October 19, 2012

Catch up on the best beauty reads from last week :)

October 19, 2012

Halloween Tutorial: Blood and Gore SFX

It's my favorite time of the year again!

I thought it would be fun to do a tutorial (my very first) on how to create a gash. Perfect for Halloween or anytime you want to scare the pants off someone.

You will need the following:
  • Nose & Scar Wax
  • Liquid Latex (Optional)
  • Red, Blue & Black Greasepaint
  • Spirit Gum
  • Fake Blood (you can DIY by mixing corn syrup with red food coloring)
  • Spatula
  • Wedge sponge
  • Cotton buds

Prep Clean your skin with Witch Hazel. There should be no trace of oil on your skin.

Step 1 Select a spot where you want your simulated injury located. Apply spirit gum to that area and make sure that it follows the length and width of the gash. Don't go over. This will be the base that the wax will adhere to.

Step 2 Take your wax (a pea sized amount should do) and roll it on the palm of your hand until it reaches your desired length.

Step 3 Put the wax on the area where you applied spirit gum. Make sure the spirit gum is tacky when you do this.

Step 4 Take a spatula and use this to flatten the edges of the wax. Make sure it seamlessly blends to your skin.

Step 5 Use the end of the spatula to slice through the wax. The ends should be thin and it should be thick in the middle. 

At this point, your injury should look like this:

Step 6 Take a small brush and use that to apply latex on top of the wax. If you don't have latex, use spirit gum instead. Keep in mind you should not go over the wax otherwise it'll just peel off.

Step 7 Once the latex or spirit gum is dry, you can apply greasepaint around the wound using a ripped wedge sponge. First, lightly stipple the red greasepaint all over the sides of the gash. Then, mix the blue & red greasepaint to create purple and use a cotton bud to stipple the purple around the center - the area where the gash is widest.

Step 8 Paint the inside of your wound with black greasepaint and paint another layer on top of it using the red greasepaint.

Step 9 Put fake blood (or your homemade blood) inside the gash and allow it to drip down.

There you have it... blood & gore for Halloween!

Although I put this injury on my arm, it would look way better when done horizontally across the neck. Tell your Halloween date to come as Dexter Morgan.

October 18, 2012

Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer

Move over UDPP. I found an eye primer that I like much better!

See, the problem I had with the Urban Decay Primer Potion was that it can get tacky and difficult to blend at times. That is not the case with Proof 10 Eye Primer from Etude House.

Proof 10 is a nude-colored base which dries to a matte finish. It's very smooth and retains this quality even when applied to the eyelid. I've tried this with both cream and powder eyeshadow with beautiful results. No creasing the entire day!

It comes with a doe foot applicator but I still like to use my ring finger to spread the product across my lids. Although it costs considerably less than UDPP, it also contains less product.

Bottomline, this is a great product. I am very pleased with the way it performs and I told some of my MUA friends about it because it's just that good.


On to a different topic...

I haven't been able to post as much this month because a lot of things have been going on. The past two weeks I've been going to the hospital four times a week for check-ups and physical therapy sessions.

On days when I'm not at the hospital, I have to take the cats to the vet. Magic had surgery last month and her immune system is weaker because of her age (she's about 15 years old). 

We also rescued a baby cat who has some form of protozoan infection. We need to make sure she's fully recovered before she goes to her forever home.

Here's a picture of our little darling. It was taken the morning after we found her. She's been with us for about a month. She's much bigger now, loves to play with her toys and climbs like a monkey. If only we didn't have so many cats, we would have kept her. Still, I know she's going to a good home and that makes me happy.

I hope she recovers soon so she can start playing with the other cats and so she can move in with her human mommy.

October 11, 2012

Burberry Lip Cover No 16 Claret

Burberry is a brand that captured my heart. Their trench coats are beautifully crafted and the designs exhude timeless elegance.

The same can be said about their cosmetics line. I love that their lipsticks have the iconic Burberry check - both packaging and the product itself. The tube is a bit heavy, very sturdy and has a magnetic lock.

Claret is a reddish-pink color with subtle shimmer. Probably the most everyday-appropriate red in my kit as of today. 

In terms of texture and wear, I am reminded of Guerlain Rouge Automatique. It's the kind that's not wet but it won't dry out the lips either. Very comfortable. Typical wear time is about four hours and I only retouch after eating or drinking. It has a fragrance that is so subtle you'll hardly notice it.

The color applies evenly and is packed with pigment. One coat is enough to cover the entire lip. It feels creamy and glides on effortlessly. This is one of the best lipsticks I've tried ever.

Burberry has captivated me once more with this lipstick. I love, love, love this and I think you should definitely try this out!

October 2, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light

My first Deborah Lippmann polish! I picked this up a couple of months ago because it stood out - this was something I have not seen before. Ray of Light has a purplish-blue base, with blue being the more dominant color. It has holographic flakies and the color transforms depending on where the light hits. Very nice but it's not visible all of the time, especially indoors.

It's a beautiful concept but the formula was disappointing. First, it's really thick which makes it difficult to apply. At least two coats are required to get the base to look opaque. Once it dries, it looks dull and a high shine top coat is a must in order for it to look truly holographic.

I thought I would love this, but I don't. Although with the top coat it looks great, I think this just takes too much work for a mani.