Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Body Shop Shimmer Waves

I bought Shimmer Waves 01 Bronze in Malta...Oh,beautiful Malta :)
And I totally forgot I have this.Does this happen to you guys,too?To buy something and than buy another things,and forgot that you even have it? :)

From thebodyshop website:
'Best if you want to: Sweep colors together for a stunning, all-over glow on the face and cheeks or use each one individually on the eyes or to accent specific areas.
Best for: all skin types
What it is designed to do:
* Pearl pigments provide shimmer and sparkle, helping to disguise fine lines around the eye area.
* Ultra-fine talc is a high-performance powder that enables smooth and even application.
* Community Trade marula oil from Namibia helps to repair skin’s moisture barrier
.'

The thing that I love about this product is that you can use it as a bronzer,to highlight,as an eyeshadow.It's not orange,so if you want to use it as a bronzer,that's a good thing :)

Here are some swatches:

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I really like the fact that what you see is what you get.I hate when you buy product and the color in pan looks nice,and then you put it on your face and it's different.
Natural lighting:
TBS

With flash:
TBS

See?It's exactly the same :)

Size:8.5 gr(0.3 oz)
Price:$22.00/£15.65
Source:http://www.thebodyshop.com

So,I like this product.I like the fact that the product is versatile,it's big so you have enough product,as a bronzer is really nice,not orange,not muddy,easy to blend,nice highlight color,you can create nice look on your eye.
What I like the most is that colors stay perfectly divided in pan.So you mix them together with brush.Usually,products like this get all muddy,colors mix up together.Not with this one :) I hate when you buy product divided in 2 parts and sometimes you want to use one color or other,sometimes both.And when you mix them,you can't unmixed them :) With TBS,as you can see,it has 5 parts,I used it and still colors are nicely divided.

What I don't like is it can be too shimmery.But,what is the summer without shimmer :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Make Up For Ever e/s swatches and reviews

I heard so many nice things about MUFE e/s,so of course I had to try it :)
I ordered it online,so I couldn't wait to get them.And do you know that feeling when you are too excited to get something,and then when you do,it's like...what was all the fuss? :)
It's not like I am dissapointed,but I expected...who knows what :)

I bought empty 10 pan palette and 8 eyeshadows.I wanted neutral shades,since I wear them a lot,and of course,famous 92,purple e/s.
First of all,palette is made from nicer material than MAC one.I mean,it looks nicer,but quality of MAC is better.Also,when you put MUFE e/s in the palette,that's it.It's so hard to pop them out.With MAC,there isn't problem like that.MUFE is longer than MAC palette,but MAC is wider.(I was cleaning MAC palette,sorry it's still wet)

MAC MUFE
MAC,MUFE
MAC,MUFE

MUFE eyeshadows are bigger.
MUFE,MAC


And here are some swatches:

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Discriptions:

92 - Purple Matte
76 - Beige Matte
17 - Espresso Matte
7 - White Shimmer Iridescent
29 - Chocolate Matte
39 - Plum Matte
138 - Iridescent Chocolate
101 - Lemon Shimmer Iridescent

First picture is without any base.I am not happy with them without it.Even tough 92 is so bright in pan,on my eye it's not that bright.You can see that it's purple,but it's not that great.When you touch eyeshadow,it's really nice,silky,but it's kind of hard to work with matt texture.So I tried with a base.And it's way better.I use UDPP as a primer.Color pay off is so much better.And they really stay a long time.It's a bit hard to blend them.
This 76 colors is exactly the same time as my lids.101 and 7 are beautiful as highlights.All brown shades are great for crease,but as I said,hard to blend so you need more time.But,it's worth it because they stay put.

All in all,without base,I really don't recommend them.But with good primer,they are really nice.I don't like them as much as MAC because it's easier to work with MAC eyeshadows(not all of them),but I would like to try other MUFE finishes,too.

So,do you have any MUFE e/s?What do you think about them?

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Illamasqua foundation shades?

Hello lovelis :)

Just a quick post.Since I am not in UK and want to order something from Illamasqua,I sent them email asking about how to find perfect shade of foundation for my skintone.
They replied me so fast,I couldn't believe.
I was told that they are going to be blogging about this issue next week.I thought it would be nice news for all of us who can't go and check Illamasqua in person :)

P.S. I was told that the right shade for my medium/yellow/neutral skintone can be 135 or 215.

Hope this helps :)

Xoxo

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Benefit 10-swatches and review

Benefit 10 bronzing & highlighting face powder duo

Claims on Benefit website:http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/



'Highlight and contour cheekbones in one sexy sweep with this box of satiny pink and bronze powders. They're a perfect 10!what else you need to know:Complete with soft, natural-bristle cheek brush.

Easy step-by-step contouring lesson included.
Product details
  • 10g Net Wt / 0.35 oz
  • winner of:
  • 2008 Working Mother Beauty Awards "Best bronzer/highlighter"
Lightly sweep brush over powder so pink highlighting powder appears on half the brush and bronzer on the other half. With pink side up, whisk from the apple of the cheek up to the hairline. Now you've done the sexy sweep!

Wear 10 over any Benefit box o' powder. For example, sweep over dallas for sculpted cheekbones with a sunkissed glow.

Apply the pink and bronze shades individually for custom highlighting and contouring.'





The picture on their website is quite representative.What you see is what you get.But still,I took some swatches(click for bigger):
10

10

10

10

with flash
10

So,the packaging is adorable.It comes with a brush and instructions.Brush is quite nice and you can use it like this
Benefit

The product itself is nice if you have lighter skin.On my medium skin,the pink part looks white.It can be used for a highlight as you supposed to.But,if you thought that you can use it as a blush,unless you are really fair,I don't think it will work :)
The brown part is really light brown with nice shimmer and sheen.It can be used to contour your face or as a bronzer.But again,on my medium skin is really subtle bronze looking.Which is not bad things.It depends on what you are looking for from this product :)

All in all,this product is really nice.The price seems a bit high,but you get two products in one :)
I will save it for winter when I am less tanned :)

Price: $28.00






Saturday, July 11, 2009

How do you clean your brushes?

I found that the easiest and quickest way to clean makeup brushes is with MAC Brush Cleanser.
All you need is Cleanser,clean towel,dirty brush and couple of minutes of your time.

BC,109

I put a 2-3 drops directly on my brush.Some people put cleanser on towel and it works too,just you lose so much product doing that.The cap of this cleanser isn't that great,it dispenses a lot of product,so if you have some spray bottle,pour the MAC one in it and it will save you some product.

MAC BC,109

Don't move your brush in circle,use back and forth motions.Be gentle to your brush,you know that it's expensive.

Here is one gross,but effective picture.You don't want all this dirt on your face,right? :)

MA


Try to 'spot' clean brushes oftenly ,especially the ones used for foundation.You should do it daily,especially if you have acne-prone skin.
And once a week,give your brushes a full wash treatment :) Use some gentle shampoo and water.

Tip:If you want to clean brushes which were used for fluidlines,any gel liners,concelears,or anything with that kind of consistency,before you wash your brushes,use a 2-3 drops of olive oil.After you clean them with oil,continue as usual.

MAC Blush Cleanser($11,00).

Perfect summer moisturizer

Hello again :)

For my oily/combination skin,I found the perfect moisturizer.It's Avene Hydrance Optimale Light.The package is slightly different in USA.I bought mine in Europe.

Avene

Fill Weight:40 ml.e/1.35 fl oz

Ingredients:(click for bigger picture)
Avene

Big plus for this moisturizer-It's hypoallergenic-non-comedogenic

Avene



I can't rave enough for this moisturizer.It's light but still hydrating.It's great base for makeup.
Mine is for normal to combination skin,but it's great for oily skin.

It also comes with spf 25 and as Hydrance Optimale Rich for dry skin.

























Here is the official site for Avene:
AVENEUSA.COM

You can buy it online at:

Drugstore.com

Skinstore.com

Spalook.com




Price:$27.00

Avene Thermal Spring Water vs. Vichy Thermal Spa Water

For hot summer days,Thermal Water is must have.
Both Avene and Vichy are really good.
Here are few photos:



Avene close up
Avene
Avene


Vichy close up
Vichy


Vichy claims that after Thermal Spa:
'Skin is reinforced, comforted, and instantly soothed. Helps reinforce the skin's natural protective function'.

Avene claims:
'Avene Thermal Spring Water features a unique composition which soothes, softens and restores skin's natural balance.Clinically proven by over 300 studies to calm, soothe and soften the skin and restores skin's natural balance. It has been used since 1743 in Avene's Hydrotherapy Center to treat serious dermatological conditions such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema'.


Both of Thermal Waters are really good.They calm and soothe your skin,great if you have problems like burning,itching,atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema,great for all skin types.

Personally,I prefer Avene.It makes my skin more soft and the smell is better than Vichy.Not that they smell so bad or so good,just Avene has fresher scent.And I really like that.Vichy is more salty.Somebody prefers that :)
Also,I like the Avene huge package of 10 oz.It saves you money :) but I also like baby packaging.It's so small,it can fit in purse so you can take it with you and it's great for travelling.

Usually,I use it after removing makeup,after exercice,to set my makeup or just to refresh my skin.Great for sunburn if you were at the beach too long :)



Vichy comes in 5.3 oz.($11.50) and 1.69 oz.($7.50).
Avene is available in 50 mL, 1.76 oz ($7.00),150 mL, 5.29 oz.($11.00) and 300 mL, 10.58 oz.($16.00)


For more information,here are links:
Avene
Vichy

New addition to Urban Decay line



Oh my...Did you see fall UD collection?Here are some details:



Ink For Eyes

It’s everything you want in a cream eyeliner! More precise than a pencil, more forgiving than a liquid, this super-smooth formula offers more control, play time, and buildable coverage than your average liner.

Create razor-sharp lines or smoky bedroom eyes… the creamy formula and double-ended applicator make it easy. Try the angled liner brush for precise details, or use the smudger for blending and drama. With such a wide variety of intriguing shades and ways to apply, you’re only limited by your imagination. (Cheesy, but true.)

What’s our secret ingredient? Nylon 12! This high-tech polymer decreases drag for flawless application (no skips or smears), while softening and absorbing excess oil. Color glides easily and stays true all day long. And, the formula is paraben-free!

Decorated with a hand-illustrated peacock, our long, lean case (complete with mirror) is ideal for applying color with the angled liner brush. Give the brush a coup
le of long strokes in each direction to fill with color, then apply.

Fill Weight: 2.5g e 0.09 US oz

Ingredients

Price: $22.00

It comes in 6 beautiful shades:

Binge: midnight blue
Demolition : brown
Empire: eggplant
Loaded: deep green
Pyrotechnics: iridescent glitter, clear base
Zero: black





Complexion Primer Potion- Pore Perfecting

Smooth on a little Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion before foundation (or alone!) to totally minimize the look of pores and fine lines. The velvety, paraben-free formula flashes down to a soft-matte finish, without the greasy, heavy feel sometimes associated with foundation primers. The result? Flawless skin with an airbrushed look and feel. Foundation applies smoothly, evenly, and won’t fade away. Ideal for oilier skin, but dry complexions who want pore perfection will love it, too.

The convenient squeeze tube includes a twist-up dispenser (like
school glue!) for easy portion control.

Two unique finishes of Complexion Primer Potions are available. For skin that feels brighter and tighter, try our Brightening formula.

Tips: A little goes a long way! A pea-sized drop of Complexion Primer Potion is all you need to perfect your whole face. Or, try just a touch in the areas where you need it most.
Fill Weight: 30 ml e 1.0 US fl oz
Complexion Primer Potion- Brightening

Dull skin? Fine lines? Disappearing foundation? Try Brightening Complexion Primer Potion under foundation (or alone!) for beautifully moisturized skin that looks brighter and feels tighter.

This lightweight, oil-free, paraben-free formula includes buzz-worthy ingredient
Matrixyl 3000, celebrated for its ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Hyaluronic Filling Spheres also minimize the look of fine lines while leaving skin beautifully moisturized. Your skin will look youthful, lifted and firm, and your foundation will apply smoothly, evenly, and last longer!

Ideal for complexions that need moisture, and great for mature skin. But, our Brightening formula gives every sk
in type a healthy glow.

Two unique finishes
of Complexion Primer Potions are available. For flawless, airbrushed skin, try our Pore Perfecting formula.

Tips: Apply a pea-sized amount of the light, cool gel to bare skin. The formula goes on sheer and dries quickly. Then apply foundation, if desired. The convenient squeeze tube includes a twist-up dispenser (like school glue!) for easy portion control.
Fill Weight: 30 ml e 1.0 US fl oz
Ingredients For Brightening

Price: $30.00





Eyelash Primer Potion

Wave this magic wand before your favorite mascara for lashes that appear thicker, longer and stronger… right before your very eyes. Tiny fibers band together, cling to every lash, and construct towers of Babel… reaching for heavenly lashes. Just apply Eyelash Primer Potion, then apply your favorite mascara as usual. Your lashes will look fake, but the magic is real.

Our protein-rich and paraben-free formula conditions, fortifies, and thickens lashes with Silk Protein, Panthenol, and Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein.

Fill Weight: 9 ml e 0.30 US fl oz.
Ingredients


Price: $17.00




Lip Primer Potion

Prepare your lips for the day ahead. Our invisible primer lays a silky foundation for your favorite lipstick or gloss. Color is truer, applies smoother, lasts longer, and will not fade or feather. The easy-glide formula feels velvety-soft, without the drying feeling often associated with long-lasting lip color.

The formula includes SPF 15 (yay!) and moisturizing Vitamins A, C and E for a primer that protects and perfects. And, our pretty roll-up tube and slanted bullet make for precise, easy application.

Fill Weight: 2g e 0.07 US oz
Ingredients

Price: $20.00




Deluxe Eyeshadow

Our divine collection of high-tech creamy powder eye color will turn your eyes into opulent works of art. Why “Deluxe”? Definitely incomparable, the creamy formula feels like cashmere, blends beautifully, and delivers an even more intense burst of color than regular Urban Decay Eyeshadows. And, Deluxe hues have an even greater fill weight than our regular Eyeshadows - a generous serving.

Created with maximum staying power, Deluxe Eyeshadows offer incredibly long-lasting wear that won’t fade (especially w
hen paired with our miraculous Eyeshadow Primer Potion). The result? Gorgeous, gem-like lids that are worthy of their own exhibit.

Packaged in weighted, hinged and mirrored compacts, each vibrant shadow features a unique piece of art inspired by graffiti, street art, and graphic design. Dip into these sumptuous shades and experience never-before-seen (or felt) eye shadow extravagance.

Tips: Sport these shades alone to make a statement or mix them with your favorite neutrals for a spectacular, yet subdued, effect
Fill Weight: 2.5g e 0.09 US oz.
Ingredients


Price: $18.00


Available in three new shades:

Freakshow: deep purple w/red sheen
Frigid: deep purple w/blue sheen
Ruthless: pale sandy taupe shimmer




Lipstick

Leaving no shade unturned, our huge assortment of colors and textures tempt you to stray from an otherwise predicable palette. The luxuriously creamy formula nourishes and protects lips with Vitamins A, C, and E. Hyaluronic Spheres (found naturally in the body) are added to stimulate cellular function, prevent dehydration, and fill-in lines and wrinkles—now, how many Lipsticks can do that?! The teardrop-shape bullet (etched with an Urban Decay logo) is infused with a decadent crème caramel scent and flavor. Yum.

Not your standard Lipstick case, we added more glamour and an Urban twist: Urban Decay Lipstick tubes, made from weighty, purple metal, are pierced with a mini gunmetal dagger. The clear cap is decorated inside and out with two-toned purple flourishes. The effect is multidimensional, and incredibly luxe. Ooh la la.

Fill Weight: 3.7g e 0.13 US oz

Ingredien
ts

Price:
$22.00

3 new shades:

Confession: deep, semi-sheer burgundy
Naked: creamy pink-nude
Oil Slick: glossy black w/silver microsparkle





24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil

Just like our 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, our Lip Pencils are guaranteed to last, and also contain Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, and Cottonseed Oil to nourish the skin and improve the smoothness of application. Go ahead and have another sip of your cocktail—our formula is waterproof, but never feels dry or cakey. It’s the perfect complement to Urban Decay Lipsticks, Stains, and Glosses.

Tips: Apply Ozone (our clear shade) outside the lip line to prevent feathering, or inside lips to keep gloss in place without leaving a line. Ozone also works wonders as a blend and repair tool!
Fill Weight: 1.2g e 0.04 US oz

Ingredients

Price: $16.00

Two new shades:

Paranoid: dark pinky nude
Wallflower: medium nude




Surreal Skin Cream To Powder Foundation

Want porcelain-perfect coverage AND a modern, natural finish? Surreal Skin Cream-to-Powder Foundation is your answer. This ultra-lightweight formula transforms from a decadent cream to a micro-fine powder upon contact with skin. You won’t believe the instant transformation! The light-as-air texture glides on effortlessly and feels as natural as your own skin. (No heavy, greasy, or powdery makeup texture.)

Lighter than liquid, our buildable formula gives you all the coverage you desire, without the pore-clogging effects of heavier foundations – you can even wear it as a concealer.

Hyaluronic Filling Spheres and Pearl Powders hydrate and reduce the appearance of fine lines, while antioxidants, like Vitamins A and C, nourish and protect skin.

And, you Urban Decay fans will LOVE to pull this compact out of your bag! The transparent violet compact features a collage of skulls, flowers and funny creatures. Inside, the double-decker compact houses a mirror, your foundation AND a ventilated compartment for a custom, cruelty-free brush. No more digging to find your foundation brush – it’s included.

Tips: The cruelty-free Urban Decay brush (included!) is the best way to apply: just brush it on and buff to a porcelain finish. Your own sponge – or fingers – will work, too.
Fill Weight: 8g e 0.28 US oz

Ingredients

Price: $34.00



Available in:

Illusion:
fair

Nirvana:
fair/light

Dream:
light

Supernova: light/medium
Trance: medium
Hallucination: lightly tanned
Vision:
olive

Mirage:
dark olive






Surreal Skin Mineral Makeup

Yes, it’s the latest rage in skincare, but why? Mineral Makeup contains no talc, oils, artificial dyes, or fragrance – just naturally derived minerals – making it the perfect for even the most sensitive skin, oily or dry.

So why is Urban Decay’s Mineral Makeup different from other mineral foundations out there? The package just might be our favorite thing – totally mess-free. Other brands’ makeup needs to be poured and brushed and swirled and whatnot. Ours comes with an attached puff. Just puff it on for a flawless finish anywhere – at your vanity or on the subway. Use a little for sheer coverage or keep puffing for heavier coverage. Titanium dioxide, a major ingredient, provides formulation color and great coverage. The handy on/off switch means you can toss it in your purse – no spills.

Another unique thing about Surreal Skin: you’ll get a semi-matte finish instead of the shiny finish other mineral foundations provide. The result is natural, not made-up, and totally weightless.

Tips: For precise shading and concealing, makeup junkies can unscrew the lid and use a Good Karma Blush Brush instead of the attached puff.

We recommend using oil-free SPF 15 lotion daily underneath.
Fill Weight: 8.5g e 0.30 US oz.

Ingredients

Price: $29.00

New shades for darker complexion:

Trippy: deep golden
Destiny: Deep Bronzy Brown
Fortune: deep reddish-golden
Fantasy: dark copper brown



My wish list from collection:

~Ink for Eyes in Binge and Loaded
~Complexion Primer Potion- Pore Perfecting
~Complexion Primer Potion- Brightening
~Eyelash Primer Potion
~Lip Primer Potion
~All new Deluxe Eyeshadows


Source:URBANDECAY

Friday, July 10, 2009

Hello lovelies :)

Thank you for stopping by my humble blog.
I will be trying to post some interesting beauty reviews,news and all that fun stuff about cosmetics. Yes,I am just another girl who loves make up. <3

All suggestions are more than welcomed.So,here we go :)

Xoxo,
D.