Haul: MAC, Inglot, Anastasia, Nars

Actually in 10 days I managed to purchase make-up from 6 different places (shops/websites):

– Sephora (French website, because it ships to the Netherlands);

– Boozyshop;

– Cherry Culture;

– MAC Cosmetics Pro Store (in Amsterdam…what’s new?);

– Douglas;

– Inglot (in Amersfoort)

I can’t make a review of all the products I purchased because I am still awaiting some orders, so I made a selection of what I bought and tried.

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC37 + MAC Select Sheer Powder in NC40:

I’ve had a few issues with foundation since last year, because not only my skintone changes between summer and winter, but also between months.

I used NC35, then switched to Face & Body in C5, then during the spring of2013 I changedto NW35, then in the summer to NC45. Seriously, all medium-dark shades with both pink and yellow undertone.

During the fall of 2013 I used NW35 again and it seemed to be fine, but now that we are in the middle of the winter season, my skintone has shifted to a neutral undertone. I didn’t really have a foundation that would match my now “pale” skin, so I went to the MAC Pro Store and asked for advice. They wiped off my make-up, put the new products on, and when I looked in the mirror I was wowed by the result. I was then shocked when I was told they used NC37 and the powder in NC40.

Even if numerically NC37 should be darker than NW35 I got a very clear explanation for it. First of all, besides the different undertone, NC37 has a slight tint of pink which is the main factor that finally made it a picture perfect.

Check the picture below:

on the left side I was wearing NC37 and on the right NW35. In the last picture there was a flash so my face was actually a bit darker, but it still gives you the idea of how big the difference was.

During winter my skin tends to be dryer especially on the cheeks and on the sides of the nose, and because of that this foundation tends to highlight those spots. Besides this downside, I love how I finally was able to find a color that matches me! I will see in a couple of months which shade I will have to choose.

MAC’s Pro Longwear foundation has medium coverage, and I find it good for combination skin. I would not recommend it to people with very dry or very oily skin though. I luckily do not have skin issues except for some redness in my cheeks area, so I would say this is more suitable for people without huge skin issues such as acne or heavy breakouts.

NARS Velvet Lip Matte Pencil in Dragon Girl:

I fell in love with this product when I saw it for the 1st time on someone’s board on Pinterest and I have been craving for it for almost a year. Finally, I decided to purchase it.

I tried it only once but because I was not sure of how he color would stay on the lips I did use MAC Cherry lippencil under it.

The formula is very creamy, the pigmentation is good but it does bleed if you are not careful; make sure you always use a lipliner underneath! What I also realized is that you do have to reapply it after 4-5 hours as the color tends to fade. On the bright side, this lip pencil does not dry your lips (unline Ruby Woo by MAC).

Overall I would say this product is good but not as good as I expected. If you want a bright, blue-toned red, and you don’t know which one to choose, then you should definitely go for Ruby Woo.

Inglot eyeshadows in nr. 08, 335 and 337 +Gel Liners in nr. 77 and 90

Like I always said, Inglot has very good powder products, but when it comes to liquid or creamy ones I have always been sceptical about it (I have a very bad experience with an Inglot foundation that I tried years ago).

I own a few Inglot eyeshadows and I have always been extremely satisfied with their pigmentation and color pay-off.

Yesterday I bought 3 colors: nr. 08 which is a champagne shimmery eyeshadow, 335 which is a very warm brown (it kind of reminds me of MAC’s Saddle eyeshadow) and 337 which is a deep purple color. I will try to come up with a look to show you guys.

I also bought two gel liners, the black one (nr. 77) and a dark brown one (nr. 90). I have been devoted to my MAC Blacktrack gel liner for almost 2 years but I have to say Inglot does beat it. It is without a doubt the blackest black gel liner I have ever tried – I read reviews and watched Youtube tutorials and a lot of gurus have the same opinion. I know you shouldn’t do it, but try it also in the waterline by dipping a black kajal pencil (YES, pencil!) into the jar…you will be amazed by the result! (check my previous post https://nynamakeup.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/weeks-highlight-my-favorite-two-looks-from-my-instagram-nynamakeup/ the 2nd picture and you will be able to see what I mean)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Browwiz pencil in Brunette:

Pixiwoo are always using it. I’ve read and heard about it on almost all the existing social newtorks, so I said to myself: why not?

My eyebrows are my Achilles’ heel. When I was a teen I made a terrible mistake and overplucked them…15 years later I found myself with random shaped, thin eyebrows which will probably never go back. I have looked EVERYWHERE for a suitable product to cover them, and it seemed like my solution was MAC’s Gel Liner in Dipdown (genius solution, by the way).

I tried the browwiz today and I am not 100% satisfied with the results. Not because of the quality of it, but because of the nature of my eyebrows. They are probably too sparse and thin. I seriously tried everything: gels, powders, pencils, eyeshadows. MAC gave me the best solution so far, even though I think Dipdown is a bit too warm compared to my dark brown roots. I think I still need some time to try and find a solution, tomorrow I will try a combination of both and see what happens then.

As soon as my other orders arrive I will post it on both Instagram and WordPress so feel free to have a look then!

Have a fantabulous week ahead and don’t be affected by Monday Blues, because Friday is always around the corner.

xoxo, -S.-

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Top 5 Youtube make-up tutorials!

Being a YT addict I watch dozens of tutorials on a daily basis to get inspiration. I picked my top 5 make-up looks by 5 different YT gurus. I love every single one of them but if I had to pick, here are my faves:

#5: Itsjudytime – Easy Soft Smokey Eye 

#4 Makeupbyeman – Dark Burgundy lips

#3 Colorismyweapon – Pin Up look

#2 Nikkietutorials – Festive Coppery eyes

#1 Pixiwoo – Ombre eyes & lips

I think it’s quite clear that I LOVE red lips 🙂

 

Quick tip of the day – Foundation Matrix!

If you are a make-up junkie like me you probably did this many times. You tried a foundation for a while but now you want to explore other textures or brand, but as the make-up industry offers so much on the marked already, you probably do not want to go to all the make-up counters and ask the same thing everytime.

With Findation you can easily find your match simply by inserting your current foundation shade + brand!

Findation.com

Once you click on “Get started”you will see a page like this:

Findation-Add-Products

 

All you have to do is select your current foundation brand, product and shade et voila’!

Findation-Results

See how easy that was?

I hope you try this and let me know how it worked for ya!

xoxo, -S.-