Everyday Favourite Part IV – Concealer

Let’s be honest. We all have those nights, that are way too short to catch some good hours of sleep. Wether we partied too much, worked too much, it’s been to hot or to cold, the mailman woke you or whatever kept you from your much needed beauty sleep. Well, it’s noticeable, especially in your under eye area. And that’s something we do not want, so we need some magical things to make them disappear, as quickly as possible.

And I have a special little treat, to look more awake and fresh. And the best thing about it, it’s absolutely affordable.

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May I present to you the Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Rewind?! I am so in love with this cutie. But why?

Well, first of all, it’s a drug store product and therefore it just costs around 9 €/ 8$. Of course, the price depends on where you’re getting it from. But the good thing is, you can get it almost everywhere – you’ll never run out of it… except they’ll stop producing it, but let’s hope that’s never gonna happen.

I mentioned, it’s a drug store product, so keep that in mind, while rating this product.

I myself love the consistency of this concealer. It’s a medium coverage concealer, with a creamy, but not too creamy texture. You can blend it easily and it feels pretty light on the skin. It does not dry out my skin, which is a highly sensitive point for me, as you may remember from previous posts 😉 I myself do not set it, and it works just great. It tends to sink in the fine lines under my eyes, but just if I don’t blend it properly. I use the shade 01 Fair.

But the thing with the shades is a pretty tricky one. In most drugstores you can choose between 01 Fair and 02 Light. But originally there are 6 Shades to choose from – I’ve never seen more than three, to be honest. I tried to order from the Maybelline site (the German one, since I live in Germany), but there you can pick only from the two shades mentioned before.

01 Fair, 02 Light, 03 Medium, 04 Honey, 05 Neutralizer, 06 Brightener
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In the little plastic tubes with the little puff on top to apply the concealer, all the shades look pretty dark, somehow yellowish, except for the Brightener, but this one I’ve never seen live. Once applied to your skin, the shades will surprise. They aren’t as dark as they appear in the packaging. You can use the puff to apply the concealer and to blend it, you can remove the puff and apply the concealer only with a brush (this will waste less product) or you can apply the concealer with the puff and blend it with a beautyblender – which is my favorite way to apply it… the beautyblender is my holy grail, but that’s a different thing 😀

Another thing I love about this concealer is, that it has no weird smell to it, like other concealers – the UD Naked Skin for example, had one of the worst smells ever. This one smells pretty neutral. And I like that the concealer does not cake and does not need a touchup throughout the day. So that’s a clear recommendation from me! Try it out, fall in love!

For a drugstore product it’s absolutely amazing!!!

 

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What’s on my face?

Today I’m gonna break down what I used to achieve a certain look. And today’s look is going to be:

Look 1

Just to be clear, this is a everyday look for me, and I feel you, if you think this is way too much makeup on a daily basis. And it’s okay if you don’t like to smash this much on your face. Makeup should be something you’re comfortable with and you’re supposed to have fun. You don’t need it, and if you’re not into it, it’s totally okay. But keep in mind, everyone is different and you should feel good with the things you’re doing. And if you like to cake your face, go for it. If you’re a mascara girl only, go for it. Just do you and be happy. 🙂

So enough babbling… Here’s what’s on my face.

 

Prepping

  • Cetaphil Crème Hydratante – this is a Creme I got in my Glossybox a couple months ago and first I was kinda skeptical using it, but it is really good for dry skin. It dries pretty quick and there’s no weird smell to it. I believe you can get it in your pharmacy, at least in Germany
  • for my undereyes I use a creme with dexpanthenol to keep everything hydrated
  • Guerlain L’Or – a wonderful base with real gold flakes. A bit pricey, but a little goes a long way

 

Face

  • For Foundation I mix two foundations to achieve the perfect combination for me. The two foundations I mix are both by Lancôme. The first one is the Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation. This one is supposed to stay on 24h has a high coverage and is supposed to don’t need touch ups oh and it’s oil-free. I’m in the shade 01. And the second one is the Miracle Air de Teint Foundation in Shade 02. This one is more fluid, feels ultra light on the skin and is barely noticeable. The coverage is pretty weak, but you can build it up.
  • For contour I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit in Light. I use the shades Neutral and Java. But to get a sharper Contour I use Java from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Light to Medium on top, because it sticks to the creamy consistency and enhances it.
  • The Benefit Hoola lite Bronzer is my go to bronzer at the moment. I love it for fair skin. If you’re a little more tan than me, you can use the Benefit Hoola.
  • Blush: Manhatten Powder Rouge Tender Touch in Fresh Peach
  • As a highlighter I use a couple to be honest. But all are provided by the Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow KitI use Mimosa on top of my cheek bones, Starburst on my cupids bow and Crushed Pearl on the bridge of my nose.
  • To set my makeup I used Laura Mercier’s Translucent Powder 
  • As concealer for my under eyes I used the Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Effect in Light
  • To Finish it off, I’ve used MAC Prep+Prime F+ – Finishing Mist

 

Brows

As mentioned in my previous blog post „Everyday Favourites Part II – Brow Products“, I have a combo for brows that I use everyday. And that’s the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Dark Brown. To fix my brows I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

 

Eyes

I’ve used two pallets to achieve this look, but to just tell you which colors I used would be kinda weird, so I snapped a photo of my pallets (excuse me, they are used and they look that way 😀 ).

The first one is the MAC Mellow Moderns Palette

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So from top left to bottom right, here are the colors: Beaded, Goldmine, Chains of Love, Cork, Persuade, Retrospeck, Greensmoke, Felt, Print, Carbon, Orb, Luscious, Soft Brown, Trax and Plummed.

The second palette is the Lime Crime Venus PaletteThe names of the shadows are printed on there, so I’m not gonna tell you the names 😀

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Before even putting on a shadow, I used the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. this is a good eyeshadow primer and I use it every day.

I did a cut crease look with a glitter border. So on my crease I used Soft Brown (Mellow Modern), topped it Cork (Mellow Modern) and then I used Venus (Venus Palette) on the outer corner of my crease I used Muse (Venus Palette). To darken out the outer corner of my crease a bit more I used Icon (Venus Palette). The key is to blend everything so damn carefully and precise. This takes time, so if you’re in a hurry, please don’t to a cut crease. After everything is blended nicely, I took my Paint Pot in Soft Ochre again and „cut“ the crease. After my crease looked sharply cut I put on Retrospeck on my lid, but before I put on the shadow I sprayed my brush with Fix+ Spray. This helps to bring out the foiled look of the eyeshadow. On my lower lashline I put basically the same shadows I used in my crease, just not that intense.

Then I did my winged liner as usual. I first put on a gel liner (Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 h in Blackand then I top it of with a coat of liquid eyeliner to make it more intense. As you can see, I enhanced the liner in my inner corner. On my waterline I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Darkside Waterproof Gel Liner. This liner ist the best for the waterline, because it does not smudge and does not leave you with panda eyes.

I put on a coat of mascara – Nyx Curvaceous Lush Lashes Mascara and of course there had to be some fake lashes. I used the Daisy Blooming Lashes by Kiss ProductsAnd I love to put a Coat of Mascara on top, to make it more dramatic. There I used the L’Oréal Mega Volume Collagene 24 h Black Smoke Mascara.

And then I put on a thin line of glitter to divide my crease from my lid. My weapon of choice for this one is the Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eye Liner in Glam Rock.

And here’s the finished look! Hope you enjoyed it.- Have a wonderful evening!

Look 2

On my lips I have Limecrime Lulu Velvetine

Why I’m just not into baking

In todays post I want to address one of the hottest topics in the beauty-community and why I’m just not in love with it and probably never will be: The „baking“ hype. Kinda sounds like it has something to do with the kitchen, doesn’t it? And although I’m sitting in mine at the moment, this trend has nothing to do with cooking 😀

 

So what’s baking? 

To „bake“ or „cook“ your face (this are the used terms) means, that your let your concealer sit on your face for a given time period (around 10-20 minutes) . Why? Because you want your makeup melt into your skin with the help of your own body heat. The thing with this technique is, that it will highlight some of your facial features even more, as if you would just use a concealer and blend it right away, because it’ll the makeup will change color and texture during this process. But that’s what you want. It also is supposed to prevent your concealer from moving throughout the day and to keep your complexion flawless and crease free.

 

Where does it come from?

Baking is an old thing which goes back to ancient Egypt, but was brought back to the makeup community through the Drag Scene. Some might seen it on „Drag Race“ (if that’s a TV format your familiar with) or got tips directly from some of the beautiful Drag Queens out there. And some might caught this trend when Kim K.’s makeup artist revealed the secrets behind her flawless complexion. And suddenly everyone baked their face…

 

What products do you need? 

  • a concealer
  • a damp beautyblender or other makeup sponge
  • a loose powder (I prefer translucent powder, some use banana powder or even white powder)
  • a fluffy brush
  • a hell lot of time

s870618-main-Lhero This is the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, which I prefer to use for baking (if I bake)

 

 

 

 

Pic taken from: Official Sephora

 

 

How to? The Process of baking (at least how I do it)

  1. After moisturizing my skin and applying my primer, I apply my foundation and contour my face
  2. Next I apply my concealer, where I think it’s needed. The important thing is, use a cream concealer, because it’ll show the best results. And keep in mind to apply the concealer in a triangular shape under your eyes
  3. Do not blend! Not yet! I let the concealer unblended for at least 10 minutes. Most of the time I go for 15 minutes
  4. Then I blend everything with my beautyblender and set the concealer with a loose powder. (I let the powder sit on the blended concealer for around 5 minutes)
  5. Then I brush away the excess powder with a fluffy brush.
  6. I set everything with my Finishing Spray.

There might be some other techniques, some people do not let their concealer sit unblended for that long and blend it right after applying and set it then with a coat of loose powder and let the powder sit for around 15-20 minutes on their face, but this is something that’s not working for me because of my very dry skin. I have the feeling, the longer I let my powder sit on my face, the drier my skin tends to look, even with finishing spray.

 

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This might be one of the most popular pictures on baking your face. I took it from Heidi Hamoud’s youtube channel. I do not have a pic of me baking, therefore I took her’s, because to be honest, she looks gorgeous in it.

 

When should you bake?

Well apparently there is no exact answer to this question, as everyone should do as they please and some might find it good to bake everyday, some may think it’s totally overboard. The thing with baking is, that it does help, if you’re having a shooting or you’re doing your makeup just for the purpose of taking a bunch of selfies. It tend to help against smudging and looking like a panda throughout the day and if you want a smooth, „flawless“ complexion… But beware. The flawlessness is just real in some distance, because without all the filters and face tunes and all this stuff you are able to tell, when someone’s baked their face.

 

So why am I not into baking?

I do think, that it’s a great method to achieve a flawless finish for a short amount of time and to take some pretty darn good pictures. There are some benefits to bake your face, there’s no doubt in it. But (!!!) – and here’s comes my problem with this trend – it’s incredible time consuming and I do think that although it may look good in pictures it does not really look that good in person. Imagine you’re applying layer, after layer, after layer, after layer on your skin. This might not look that harmful in some areas of your face, but especially on such delicate areas, where the skin is so thin and sensitive, like in your under eye section, it is so damn visible. Not only will you clearly see that you’ve baked, when using it under your eyes – at least on my dry skin – it will emphasize all the small lines and creases I have in this area. And there is no difference if I moisturize my skin or not. I’ve tried it in so many different ways and used this method on such a good moisturized skin, that it’s almost ridiculous, but every time it looked so damn dry and just not pretty that I’m not willing to go through this procedure every time to get such results. And there is the thing, that your skin will feel kinda smooth in the spots you’ve baked, but I do not like the feeling after a couple of hours, because it feels like the powder sinks in even more and dries out my already dry skin. So that’s why I won’t fall in love with this trend like others did. But it has it perks. So feel free to bath your skin in loose powder and concealer. Just don’t bake your face every day – it just isn’t good for your skin – it needs to breathe too 😉

 

And and be careful when baking! Use a powder that won’t kick back with some horrible white stains while using a flash for pictures. I guess we’ve all seen celebrities on the red carpet, where the powder wasn’t flash-proved 😀

Here you have some examples 😀

Pictures taken from Perez Hilton.

 

Some powders that won’t reflect with white stains while being photographed with a flash are the Ben Nye Powders and for example the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder.

 

 

 

Everyday Favourite Part III – Finishin Spray

First of all, my lovely ones out there. I am so sorry for being absent for such a long time. I really had so much struggles in my personal life lately, which I first had to figure out, before I could continue with the things I love – beauty and makeup. But now I am back on track and I promise you, there won’t be such a long period where I’m keeping quiet again. 🙂

So for todays article I want to continue with me Favourite series and I believe we’ve reached part 3 – and I want to dedicate it to one of the most important things, if you’re trying to wear a full face of makeup throughout a whole day: A good finishing! I’ve tested quiet a few, from cheeper ones to high end ones and there are quiet a few good ones and some, I wouldn’t recommend, because I don’t feel like they’re doing anything at all for your skin or your makeup. But there is one, I’m coming back to every time and which works for me so pretty good and that is the MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ – Finishing Mist!

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What’s so good about the Fix+?

There are many reasons I like the Fix+ as a finishing spray. First of all it’s so versatile. I use it sometimes to spray my face even before applying makeup, if I feel it’s too dry. I wet my beautyblender sometimes with it, so it makes applying makeup easier (btw, you should always wet your beautyblender…nobody’s using them dry :D). I also wet my brushed sometimes before applying some eyeshadows, if I want my shadow to be more covering and have a more intense look. I love doing this especially, when it’s a foiled shadow. And then I use it for what it’s designed to be used – as a finishing spray. Sometimes I spray my face throughout the day a couple of times with this little wonder, just to refresh my face. And if you’re using this for all these reasons, it’s a truly amazing finishing spray and you won’t be disappointed. But if you’re using it as a setting spray, you will hate on it and for a reason.. Because it is NOT a setting spray so therefore it’s designed to disappoint you – if you’re using the product out of purpose… Let me tell you about the difference…

 

Setting Spray of Finishing Spray?

A fixing/setting spray is designed to lock in your makeup so it won’t move, kinda like a hairspray for your makeup. But be careful… I’ve seen people use actual hairspray to fix their makeup and this may work, yes, but please… your skin deserve way more. So spend some money on real setting sprays if you want to achieve the lock-down of your makeup. It comes in a mist or spray form, is transparent and does not change the color of your makeup. You just spray your face with the cooling mist, and let it naturally dry. Some good Settings sprays are for example the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.

A Finishing Spray is a little different. It’s supposed to take away the cake of your face. You know what I mean right? When you put on layer after layer after layer of makeup and powder and concealers and all this stuff on your face and it leaves you kinda cakey – meaning you can spot from a mile away that you are actually wearing all these layers. But that’s not what you want! You want your skin to look smooth and soft and fresh. And that’s what a setting spray is for.

So as a recap: setting sprays lock in your makeup and finishing sprays are supposed to make you look fresher and softer and take away the cake!

 

Some facts:

  • contains 100 ml/3,4 US fl OZ
  • Ingredients: water, glycerin, butylene glycol, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, tocopheryl acetate, caffeine, panthenol, arginine, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, PPG-26-buteth-26, fragerance, disodium edta, phenoxyethaol
  • price point: about 22 €/24$
  • where to get: online on the official MAC-Website or sites that sell makeup (Douglas, Sephora etc.), in your local Sephora, Douglas or where ever they retail MAC products

 

So if you’re looking for a good finishing spray, this is the one I’m recommending you and I literally use it every day! But keep in mind – finishing spray, not fixing spray 😉

 

 

 

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