8/26/2016

What's new in beauty land? #3

When I combed through the Sephora website - this time I only relied on Sephora - I recognized that at the moment many beauty companies are coming out with mascaras and concealers and I also saw many new brands, well, at least, I've never heard of them before, but let's just see which products I would like to spoil myself with.

What's new in beauty land? #3
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1. Urban Decay - Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow
These eyeshadows are the creamy liquid version of the pressed Moondust eyeshadows from Urban Decay. The liquids contain microfine bits of iridescent sparkle and 3-D metallics. I own way too many palettes which is why I skipped the pressed version and I am not quite sure if I would use all of these colors, so I prefer to buy my desired shades individually. Just look at these swatches and make up your own mind.

2. Givenchy - Le Prisme Superstellar Intense & Radiant Eyeshadow
Honestly, I am the stupid gal that would buy this compact only because of the star-shaped pans. It is definitely on the pricier side, but from a brand like Givenchy I expect nothing less. This little palette contains three eyeshadows which are very pigmented, but versatile. You can use the glittery silver (big star) as a highlighter or the matte pink coral as a blush or highlighter as well.

3. Urban Decay  - All Nighter Liquid Foundation
Last year, I had a phase where I fooled myself believing that I would like a sheer coverage foundation. Mhm. So I bought the Urban Decay Naked skin liquid foundation which isn't bad at all, but just not my go-to product because of its coverage. So, for this year's fall collection, UD finally came out with a foundation that has full coverage and provides a matte finish. Furthermore it's oil-free, lasts all night and because of the high pigmentation you don't need to build it up, according to their description.

4. Smashbox - Studio Skin 24 Hour Waterproof Concealer

Even if I don't wanna spend money on high-end concealers since I am fine with mine from the drugstore, a pricier alternative won't kill me and maybe provides the coverage of my life. This one from Smashbox is oil-free, waterproof, hydrating and lasts throughout a 24-hour shoot. It has a creamy formula, a medium to full coverage, is buildable, and light-diffusing. Since the company has their own photo studio and uses their products on the models I don't think that the concealer won't do his job.

5. Smashbox - Master Class Palette: Lighting Theory

While I own a ton of eyeshadow palettes, I don't have one that includes shadows, highlighters, blushes etc. You know, just all-in-one. That's where this guy comes in. For someone that doesn't contour, highlight or color correct on a daily base, I would not recommend this product, but since these steps are part of my daily makeup routine (except CC, but that will change soon), this palette would be perfect. When you are traveling or spending the night at a different place you don't need to carry around twenty different products with you, which we sometimes still do. It contains: 16 eye shadows (mattes and metallics), 3 blushes, 4 cream color correctors, 3 contouring creams, 3 cream highlighters and you also get the look insert, everything for a great price, in my opinion.


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8/24/2016

EOTD: Glittery turquoise feat. gold

While I was playing around with makeup I recognized that I've never done a look with turquoise as a main component. So, of course, I changed that fact and created a turquoise eye look mixed with some gold and a glittery eyeliner.



Eyes:
1. Primer:
Too Faced “Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer”
2. Whole Lid: Make Up For Ever Artist 2 PaletteME-232”, crease:ME-700
3. Water line: NARS Larger than life long-wear eyeliner in “Via Veneto"
4. Eyeliner: Urban Decay Heavy Metal in "Junkshow"
5. Lower lash line: Inner corner: "ME-910", middle: "ME-232", outer corner: "ME-700"
6. False lashes: Huda Beauty in “Sasha #11
7. Mascara: Chanel Dimensions de Chanel "#10 Noir"

Face:
1. Foundation: L'Oréal Paris Glam Bronze Cushion de Soleil (yeah, it's a liquid bronzer and I used it for the whole face)
2. Under eye area: Garnier "Roll-on Anti-dark circles"
3. Areas where needed: Maybelline FIT me! Concealer in # 25
4. Baking: RCMA "No color powder"
5. Contouring & Bronzing: Anastasia Beverly Hills Original Contour Kit Light to Medium in "Java"& Urban Decay Beached Bronzer "Bronzed"
6. Highlighting: Anastasia Beverly Hills Moon Child Glow Kit in “Blue Moon
7. Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in “Medium Brown

Lips: MAC in "Flat out fabulous"





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8/22/2016

St. Tropez - Self Tan Express Starter Kit

Since finding the perfect self-tanning product is always a topic, I wanna introduce you to the "Self Tan Express Kit" from St. Tropez. When it comes to fake tan, this company has been my go to label since many years. I've also tried spray tanning but because I have a lighter skin tone it doesn't last as long as I wish it would. Furthermore, because I am tanning on a regular base it would be pretty expensive due to the fact that it costs around € 43 (here in Vienna) including the required exfoliator and I am honest, I don't wanna run around without makeup (in the city) which you are told to. I loved the result but for me, it's just not worth the money and effort.

St. Tropez Self Tan Express Starter Kit Review

What you get in here:
Tan Enhancing body polish 75 ml | 2.53 fl oz US
Tan Enhancing boy moisturiser 75 ml | 2.53 fl oz US
Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse 50 ml | 1.69 fl oz US
Tan Applicator Mitt

I bought my kit at Sephora and I think there exist two or three different types of it, so the third product does vary. Since I was only familiar with the original bronzing mousse, I thought that the kit was just a great and more affordable opportunity to try the other stuff.

Please, keep in mind that if you are more on the fair to light side you can't expect miracles when you use self-tanner. You won't look like you've spent weeks on the Bahamas because your skin won't absorb the product as much as it does for example on medium skin tones, especially if you get sunburned easily.

Tan Enhancing body moisturiser Review

 
Tan Enhancing body polish review

Tan Enhancing body polish & Tan Enhancing body moisturiser
What both products should do is ensure an even, streak-free color, improve fading and reduce tan break-up. Depending on the areas - my legs and my neck are literally bastards when it comes to tanning - the result lasts me up to seven days, nevermind if I moisturize every day or not. That being said, I personally wouldn't buy the moisturiser or the polish individually because I neither get a better or worser result like I can achieve with other (cheaper) products. Both are around $ 18 and contain 200 ml | 6.7 fl oz.

Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse Preview

Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse
Since we don't always have time to wait hours for tanning products to fully activate their effect, there also exists an express version. You can achieve three different results: one hour: light; two hours: medium and three hours - yeah, you've guessed it right - dark. The first time I used this product I rinsed it off after one hour and I got a nice, sun-kissed tan, but since I am always 'extra' I apply my self-tanner before I am heading to bed, even if it's not recommended to do that. I like to use the express mousse for my face, neck and décolleté. The first and the third area are getting dark after one application, but for my neck, I need two applications to achieve a darker tan. I use the original self-tan mousse for the rest of my face and I always use the mitt that comes with the kit because if you have ever tried applying a self-tanning mousse with your bare hands, I am sure you have learned your lessons like I did. So, with $ 44 the express bronzing mousse ain't a bargain but in my opinion worth every penny!

Nevertheless, please keep in mind that what may not work for me can work for you. So, if you are new to self-tanning or ain't familiar with St. Tropez I would highly recommend purchasing this kit because for $ 27 you cannot go wrong. The sizes of their samples are reasonable and it's not like you've used half of the product after one application.


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