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!!!

 

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.

 

 

 

♡ Sugarbearhair Hair Vitamins ♡

Ever heard of sugarbearhair?

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(Picture taken from their official instagram page Sugarbearhair Instagram)

If you’re strolling around the social media and are following some beauty and makeup influencers, I’m pretty sure you have. Even celebrities as Emily Ratajkowski, Vanessa Hudgens and Kylie Jenner are promoting these sweet baby blue hair vitamins, claiming that it makes your hair shinier, stronger, grow faster and all the magical things every girl dreams about.

So to be clear, these are gummy bears, filled with the good stuff to make your hair the best it’s ever been, including zinc, iron, vitamin A, B, C, D and E and biotin? And all you have to do is taking 2 of these sweet gummy bears each day to get wonderful hair? Hardly to believe, since my hair suffered long enough from all my tortures, including dying it back and forth between blonde, red, black and brown and heating it up almost every day to the maximum. But it’s so worth the try!

 

Where do I get them?

You can order them from their original website (Click here 🙂) or from certain retailers, depending where you live. Since I’m living in Germany I ordered it from a website which provides haircare products, makeup etc. (Hagel Shop). Ordering is easy, as always online. The gummy bear treatment for 30 days retails for 29,99 $. Since I ordered it from the other website I paid 39 € for it, but when ordering it from the original website you still have to pay shipping with comes at least with 10 – 15 $. And you have to wait at least one week till you get it. The german site didn’t charge any shipping fees. And the order arrived within 2 working days.  I recommend providing it from the german retailer if you’re living in Germany or Austria, because it’s less stressful, faster and easier. Paying is as easy as almost every where with paypal and credit card.

 

What’s in it?

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Each bottle contains 60 gummy bears, which are supposed to last 30 days, since you have to take 2 a day. As you can see it contains all the good stuff for your hair, as mentioned before. But what concerns me is, that they contain so much glucose syrup and sugar. I know it’s supposed to be gummy bears, therefore there has to be sugar, but still it’s so much. And they taste as sweet as the list of ingredients makes you assume, somehow berry like. It’s not a bad taste, actually quiet tasty, but so so sweet, for my taste a little too much. I’ve tried some hair vitamins before and the pills tasted so freaking disgusting, so I do not mind taking these sugar bombs infused with vitamins.

 

So what’s with the magic? How does it work?

So you’ve seen the label, you’ve read what’s in it, but how does it work?

Did you notice that the hair vitamins in here contain mostly Biotin (5,000 mcg)? You have to know that without enough hydration and nutrients the growth is slowed down. And Biotin is mostly used to stimulate growth because it helps produce glucose and break down proteins into amino acids and your hair itself contains keratin, which is a form of protein. So after taking these your hair is supposed to grow much healthier and faster.

Iron works the same way. Lacking it your hair becomes dull and dry and thins out.

Vitamin A and E helps with your blood circulation and therefore your hair follicles grow faster.

Vitamin C helps your body creating collagene which helps tons with the strength of your hair.

Vitamin B-6 forms cells and brings oxygen to your scalp.

Vitamin B12 helps with your red blood cells which again provide oxygen to your hair follicles.

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B-5) helps delivering keratin to your hair follicles. It also helps to repair hair strands that have been the victim of breakage or shedding.

Folic Acid stimulates cell division which helps with all the growing processes in your body and your hair. (Especially when you’re trying to get pregnant this is a very important one ;))

Iodine makes the hormones, necessary for the growth of healthy hair, teeth and bones

Choline supports the construction of durable cell membranes, and is an essential component in healthy new body tissues—like hair, skin, and nails!

Inositol helps the cell communication.

And then there is Coconut Oil. This oil is used to hydrate the scalp and unlike other oils it’s not making your hair look greasy

All this vitamins and ingredients can be found in all the food we’re almost consuming every day (well at least we should try consuming them). But since we’re not always capable of consuming them or our body lacks some of them the combination they’re coming in should help you getting long, pretty hair.

 

Does it work?

There are sources that swear by this electric blue hair vitamins. And the company itself makes a huge fuss about them. They are so easy to merchandise, since they are cute, have a popping color and are tasty. The idea behind it is of course amazing and there are celebrities and social media influencers that are supporting them. But there are also the voices which calling sugarbearhair out to be a scam and not working. To be honest,  I do not expect wonders, while taking these. I believe they contain the stuff they claim to contain, but the sugar level is throwing me off. I believe you pay extra for the cute look and the cute color and the taste and there are hair vitamins out there, doing the same, which tend to be less pricey. But to be fair, I’m going to wait till the 30 days are over to decide if I’m noticing any difference in my hair and do decide if I’m going to provide them again, so I keep you updated.

Morphe Brushes Order

It’s finally here and I am so in love!!! Today I’m presenting you my Morphe Brushes order:

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Can you just look at this beauty and enjoy it for a little while? I am completely in love!

This haul includes the the following items:

How could I not stumble across Morphe Brushes? I mean, it’s everywhere on youtube, I believe every makeup and beauty guru ones at least one of their brushes. And I wanted to try them out for a while now, so I went to their website (morphebrushes.com) and I literally spent an entire evening, looking up their products and deciding what to get. First of all, I have to say, that they do have a amazingly insane range of eyeshadow palettes, which are so affordable! Their product range includes brushes, palettes, single eyeshadows, lashes, gel liner, powder, concealers, lip products, different storage items for your brushes and makeup. What they also do, is offering a space for some brands to sell their stuff there, including Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Koren Zander, Blinking Beaute, Eye Kandy Glitter and a couple more. So you get, why I spent an entire evening there.  First I wanted to order one of their PRO Makeup Palettes – there are some with blushes, highliger, highlight and contouring and eyeshadows, again, each one of them is very affordable, but I wanted to pick up some eyeshadows I personally would love the most, So I customized one myself.

You can choose empty magnetic palettes in sizes from 4 to 28 places for eyeshadows. As you can see I went with 12. The palette I ordered has a nice feel to it. It’s all black, except for the logo on the lid. And it contains a humongous mirror in it. The price point on this one is 6,99 $ (6,63 €).

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I picked up 12 shades, to fill this palette, which honestly was the hardest part of the whole process. Each eyeshadow comes in a little envelope with a window, where morphe-eyeshadowsyou can see the color of your eyeshadow. On the back you can see the ingredients, the name of the eyeshadow, and some informations about the amount of product it contains. Each eyeshadow is 1,5g/0.05 US OZ and retails for 2,29 $ (2,17 €). In the little eyeshadow-envelopes you can flip open a piece of carton, with a sunk in circle in wich the eyeshadow sits. After picking it up, you can simply put it in the eyeshadow palette, where it will sit due to physic… magnetism duh…

 

I put the eyeshadow in somewhat order like this:

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Yeah, my yellow one broke, but that was my fault not Morphe’s. I am just clumsy… The shades names and each link to them will start from the first row, from left to right. Then the second row, and then the third. You know the drill. Behind the links I’m telling you if it’s a matt or a shimmery shade.

I personally think, that some of the colors on the website tend to look slightly different than the original eyeshadow, but I do not mind. I swatched them already and they are pigmented as far I can tell.

To make my order complete I wanted to try out some of their brushes everyone and their mama is talking about. First I thought about getting single brushes, but than I decided to get a whole set. Again, they come in very affordable, much more affordable than my Zoeva Brushes and I have to admit, they seem to be a better quality than the ones from Zoeva. I picked an 18 piece brush set which includes the following items:

1.Pointed Liner Brush                   Bristles ¼”            Full Length 6 ¼”
2.Lip Brush                                    Bristles ¼”            Full Length 6 3/8”
3.Smudger Brush                          Bristles 1/8”          Full Length 6 ¼”
4.Angle Liner Brush                       Bristles ¼”           Full Length 6 1/8”
5 Flat Liner Brush                          Bristles ¼”            Full Length 6 3/8”
6.Mini Concealer                           Bristles 1/4″          Full Length 6 3/8”
7.Small Shadow Brush                  Bristles 3/8”          Full Length 6 5/8”
8.Concealer Brush                        Bristles ½”            Full Length 6 3/8”
9.Deluxe Blending Crease            Bristles 5/8”          Full Length 7”
10.Oval Shadow Brush                 Bristles 3/8”           Full Length 6 ¾”
11.Deluxe shadow Brush              Bristles ½”            Full Length 7”
12.Angled Blender Brush               Bristles 5/8”          Full Length 7”
13.Pointed Foundation Brush        Bristles 1 1/8”        Full Length 7 1/8”
14.Contour Brush                           Bristles 1”             Full Length 7”
15.Bronzer Brush                           Bristles 1 ½”         Full Length 7 ½”
16.Angle Blush Brush                    Bristles 1 5/8”        Full Length 7 ½”
17.Powder Brush                           Bristles 1 ½”          Full Length 7 ½”
18.Deluxe Fan Brush                     Bristles 2 1/8”        Full Length 7 ½”

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The set comes in a handy dandy black case, which looks like a cute clutch.  I’m not using this case to store my brushes, because I like to display them in a brush cup – but it’s a cute way to pack up your brushes while traveling. The bristles of the brushes feel so luxurious and soft, none of the bristles is pointing in a weird direction. The handle is all black, except of the Morphe logo and they are thick, lying good in my hand, which seems to make it easier working with them.

Keep in mind, if you’re living anywhere outside from the U.S. you have to pay some extra shipping and I had to pay customs duty on my purchase as well. The order took about 13 days to arrive, but then again, there were weekends in between, and I had to pick up my order at the customs house.

Would I do it again? Most definitely yes. And I can’t wait to try my products out. I’ll keep you updated on their performance 😉

Blend or Brush?

Remember the 90’s, when you applied most of your makeup with your fingers and sometimes with the spongy thing your eyeshadow pallets provided you? I know you do, cause I clearly remember it, like it was yesterday. There were not that many options in applying makeup… my freaking fingers were my beauty blender and brush, all in once. And it came so pricey… I mean hello? You were born with your supplies. But thank god, that times are over and makeup world provides us with so many options to look flawless every day.

And today I want to introduce you to my go to products, when it comes to put on my face:15170811_1133703583380088_3429064999312975702_n-2

Here we have my Zoeva 125 Strippling Brush (14,50 €) and my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (around 6 €). Okay, my beauty blender has seen better days, I know. I need to get a new one 😀

I first tried the Zoeva Brush for applying my foundation and it does a very good job in spreading it over the face. I feel like its picking up a lot of product, and that I need slightly more, when using the brush over the blender and you really have to tap, instead of brushing to provide the brush streaks across your face. But it gives a nice finish and was my go to for a long time.

But then… Oh my god, I discovered the holy grail of applying makeup. I did not purchased the original Beauty Blender because it was to pricey in my opinion. I didn’t want to spend 20 €, so I tried some of the drugstore products and the once I could get a grip on in my local drug store disappointed me to be honest. They soaked the foundation in and left me with a patchy finish. And then I ran across these Real Techniques one and I was skeptical, because they aren’t that expensive and I never heard of them before, but I thought I give it a try. I mean, what the hell right? 6 € isn’t that much to spend on it. And really for this price point I must admit, it is the bomb! I love the finish it gives me, they are easy to clean and do what they are supposed to. And I like the shape. The flat end is perfect for spreading the foundation and the small tip end is perfect for under your eyes. They are perfect for baking as well, so I really recommend these. I do not have the comparison with the original Beauty Blender and I am planing to get myself one, just to get a clue if it’s worth the hype and because I really am curious if there is a difference to the Real Techniques one.

Overall I like both ways to apply makeup, but I am more drawn to use the beauty blender, because the finish is nicer in my opinion and it’s much more versatile.

Lash Out

For those of you, who are blessed with beautiful,curved, long lashes… Good for you and I probably hate you a little bit… No, I’m just kidding. I’m happy for you aaaand a little jealous, there’s no lying about it.

I do have normal lashes, they’re not very long or extremely curved and they are so light, without mascara I look like I do not have any at all. And there is nothing wrong with that, but we all love these luscious lashes… At least the women out there. I’ve experienced, that  man tend to like it more natural and hate falses (when they know your lashes are fake). My boyfriend for example hates it, when I’m putting on my fake lashes.

So for so many years I only used mascara on my lashes, sometimes a lash curler, but mostly mascara. And I tortured the shit out of them. I used 3 different mascaras to achieve a look I somehow liked with my lashes. First I had to put on a coat of my L’Oréal Paris False Lash Superstars – I loved the white coat, really! It made my lashes longer and kinda thicker. And then I put on a coat of the L’Oréal Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara and topped that with a Coat wit the L’Oréal Mega Volume Collagen 24h. Quite a procedure to be honest and the result wasn’t as pleasing as I wished it would be. But I found my lashes way too small to create beautiful makeup looks.

A few months ago I switched to be Benefit Roller Lash, everyone’s raving about. And I was very pleased with it. It does part my lashes nicely, and they seem kinda curled and longer. But that was not was I was looking for…. I want them big, bold lashes!

So I tried it… I really dig into fake lashes and bought two pairs of falses, although I tried them once as a teen and hated them, mostly because I was to stupid to apply them. And so I looked up what these amazing beauty gurus on youtube tend to do, to make them stick to your stupid eyeball and one of my favorite youtuber Mykie (Glam and Gore Youtube Channel) explained it so freakishly good, that even I felt confident to glue me some lashes on. It was a tough cookie to be honest. The first time the freaking lash glue got all over my hands and everything I touched got attached to me (yay… at least this time :D). But I tried, and tried, and tried, and tried and tried… and they looked amazing! I fell in love. It’s like I’ve seen the holy grail on my freaking face. Everything I knew was erased, because only this mattered: My eyes looked so good with this freaking lashes!!!

But I hate putting them on. I wish there was a magical way of making them stick to my face without all the struggle. I’m getting better at it, don’t get me wrong, but this stupid fumbling around my eyeball makes me uncomfortable. And sometimes the lash glue won’t stick around the inner corner of my eyes – I’ve tried trimming them, I’ve tried bending them, while letting the lash glue get tacky… but sometimes these stupid things won’t last… I mean why? That’s just not fair. I’m seeing all these beautiful pictures of beauty gurus and I am really wondering if they are experiencing troubles applying fake lashes as us normal human beings sometimes? It would be such a comfort to know they are ;D

And my final question is? Do we need to put ourself through this struggle? Do we need to glue on some fake hair, when we do have our own? Okay, clearly not! But once you started, it’s hard to quit (oh god, I sound like an addict…). I believe that eye makeup looks so much better with some good lashes. They compliment our looks, they can change a whole style and you can change it, daily. That’s something I really like. I’ve thought about getting lash extensions like my sister did or some of my colleagues at work. But after hearing and witnessing how their lashes fall out when it’s time to fill them in again and even pulling parts of eyelashes from their clothes myself I don’t think it’s very appealing – at least not for me. I find it easier to glue me some lashes on, and just remove them when I’m feeling like it. And there are so many beautiful options out there to create some magical looks. So yes.. I am a lash addict!

 

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