27.11.09

Stila Convertible Color - Product Rave




Just wanted to rave about this product that I have been religiously using from a week or so.

As you know already, I am kinda crazy about cream blushes these days as they are just about perfect for the winter hence this purchase.

Its a pretty unique 'milky' peachy pink color. Dont be decieved by how it looks in the pan as it provides a fresh radiant flush on the cheeks without there being too much pink!

You can apply it with your fingers and just pat to blend. It comes with an inbuilt mirror and hence great for whey you're on the go. It applies best with a 187 or a 116 though.

I love the consistency - although its kinda sticky, it blends easily and lasts all day literally. Pigmentation wise - its pretty pigmented so its best to use it sparingly or else you'l end up looking overtly glowy.

You can use it on your lips too and it provides the most gorgeous nude peach lips. Surprisingly it gives more coverage than a lipstick but make sure you use it on moisturised lips as it can be slightly drying.

On the whole, Stila Convertibles are must-haves and multifunctional. I am planning to stock up on other shades soon. In my 'drool list' are Convertibles in Poppy and Lillium :)

Overall a 5/5 product

♥♥♥

25.11.09

Bobbi Brown vs Mac - Concealers

Bobbi brown corrector in peach
Top Left - No concealer
Bottom Left - With BB concealear
Top Right - BB concealer set with Mac studio fix powder
Bottom Right - BB concealer set with Illamasqua Highlighter powder (Glint and Writhe duo)

Now that I was having a concealer crisis recently as my all time favourite Dermablend concealer finished :( I was desperately trying to look for a new match!

My next option had to be Mac Studio Finish Concealer. Firstly it was really difficult to find a good match for my skin tone. I have moderate brown dark circles on a yellowy-beige complexion. NC's were too yellow for me and NW's were too pink for me. They both looked like obvious attempts to cover something hideous underneath. I could not find anything that was a mix of beige/peach!

The MA's were hopeless *seriously pissed*. Besides the colors not matching my skintone problem, the studio finish was terrible in consistency for my dry skin. It immediately sets into creases, exaggerates fine lines and creases like hell!

Also it might be great for covering blemishes or scars but its a big no-no for the undereye area due to its super dry texture. Even the MA mixed it with an eye cream first before applying it. Why not just make it of a creamier consistency instead?

Being hugely disappointed by MAC and not being a huge fan of Benefit concealers too, I stumbled accross the Bobbi Brown counter and decided to give their correctors a try.

Overall,

- The MA's were super helpful trying to 'diagnose' colors for my skintone
- I found the pefect beigy-peachy concealer for my skin tone in the first go! 
- Its uber creamy and pigmented yet opaque
- It gives a gorgeous light reflecting luminous finish and adapts color according to my skin tone, as in reality the color is much lighter than my skin color and I would never pick this on my own.
- It does crease a bit and needs retouching but then which concealer doesnt?
- Lesson learnt - try other brands and trust Bobbi Brown MA's

All the above = am a happy bunny :D

Refering to the pics above - I like wearing this concealer on its own too but its far to glowy for that and I am not a big fan of 'wet' looking concealers.  I either set it with Mac studio fix powder which mattifies it but then it does crease a bit!

What I best like to do is to set it with the highlighting powder from the Illamasqua Glint and Writh bronzing duo. I may sound wierd but it does work as the powder is light enough not to get into fine lines hence prevents creasing and provides just the right amout of glow there - perfect!

Has anyone had the same problem with Mac studio finish concealer? If it worked for you - am jealous! 

22.11.09

In and Out - November

There are just so many In's and Out's posts these days that I was tempted to do one too teehee =)

Here we go!

In

Creamy Concealers - gone are the days of heavy coverage concealers and that cakeyness seeping into fine lines (yikes :s). Illuminate and brighten is the key for this season, as the reflecting properties distract the attention away from those dark circles. Dry and heavy coverage concealers get into fine lines and attract more attention. I know illuminating concealers dont cover much, but flaunt what you got gurlies! For concealers, buh bye Mac and Hello Bobbi Brown (review following soon)

Color on the lips
- I cant believe all those years I have sported a complete makeup look totally skipping out the lip bit as I always thought it did not suit me! But now that I have discovered my new obsession of Lip pencils/Liners, I use a natural color all over the lips and it gives me a nice matte finish with a hint of color. Favourites amongst these are No. 7 lipliners as they are truely hydrating.

Winter?! - I cant believe I am saying this but I guess its coz of the stylish long boots, those amazing wolly scarves, the big coats to hide under - no matter what shape or size lol and not to forget Starbucks Mocha =)

Out

Exams - I totally despise having mid term exams in January! I mean why cant we have yearly exams only in the summer?! Its so depressing to dig into books during these short winter days and not being able to enjoy every single day of the christmas sale :(

Mac 239 - This one's a shocker I know, but I havent been reaching for this brush at all since I have got my Ruby and Mille eyeshadow brush. Its a flat tapered brush, kinda scratchy too but totally efficient as it picks up a lot of color and easily reaches into the corners of the eyes unlike the 239. The 239 for some reason just seems of a wierd square shape to me now and does not even pick up as much color as the Ruby and Millie one. Why was it so overrated again?

Powder blushers - I am sure I will develop my love for them again but for now I just find them too cakey, over pigmented and hard to handle! They seem so fake sometimes making it obvious that I am wearing blush. I seem to prefer cream blushes these days as they are easier to control, you only need a bit and it lasts the whole day giving a nice radiant flush which is rather flattering :) Sebastian Trucco and Stila Convertible Color are my favourites for now.

what are your in and out's this month?