Neutral eye & bold lips (for a lazy Sunday)

Hello hello!

I didn’t have time to post this before now, but here is the look I created yesterday:

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Apologies for my dark and puffy eyes, but I couldn’t catch much sleep last weekend!

Face:
Benefit Porefessional
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC37
Maybelline Fit Me concealer in nr. 25
Ben Nye Banana Luxury powder
MAC MSF in Give Me Sun!
MAC Blush in Eternal Sun

Eyes:
MAC Soft Ochre paintpot
Make Up Forever in nr. 98 all over the lid and in the crease
MAC gel liner in Dipdown for the brows
Essence mascara Lashmania Reloaded

Lips:
MAC liperaser in Dim
MAC lippencil in Beet
MAC lipstick in All Fired Up

I hope I can catch some sleep these days…see you soon!

Love

xoxo, -S.-

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Warm brown smokey eyes with a hint of green

It’s weekend again!
I wanted to go kind of dark today so I decided to go for an intense brown smokey eye and added a little twist to it with some green.

Here is the look of the day:

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Face:
MAC fix plus (right after my skincare)
Benefit Porefessional in my T-zone
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC37
Maybelline Fit Me concealer in nr. 25
Ben Nye Banana Luxury powder
MAC MSF in Sun Power to contour
MAC blush in Eternal Sun
MAC blush in Taupe to contour my nose

Eyes:
MAC Soft Ochre paintpot
MAC Wedge above the crease
MAC Swiss Chocolate in the crease
MAC Brun in the outer V and in the inner corner of the lid
MAC Club in the center of the lid
Inglot Gel Liner nr. 77
MAC eyepencil in Feline dipped into Inglot’s gel liner in the waterline
MAC Club again on my lower lashline
MAC Vanilla pigment in the tearducts
Essence Lashmania Reloaded mascara (top and bottom lashes)
MAC Dipdown (gel liner) for my eyebrows

Lips:

• Daytime: MAC Kinda Sexy lipstick + Essence gloss nr. 19
• Evening: MAC lip eraser in Dim, MAC lip pencil in Currant, MAC lipstick in Sin

I hope you like it!

xoxo, -S.-

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.-

Week’s highlight: my favorite two looks from my Instagram: nynamakeup

Quick re-posts from my own Instagram, enjoy these two looks I created this past week, including the entire list of products used

*The 2nd one was inspired by the beautiful and talented Allison Wilburn (see below)

Simple brown/gold smokey eye and red lip

PRODUCTS USED:

Face:

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC37

MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC40

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW25

MAC MSF in Give Me Sun!

Kiko Soft Touch Blush nr. 107

MAC cream color base in Diamonds

Eyes:

MAC Soft Ochre paintpot

MAC Texture (above the crease)

MAC Swiss Chocolate (crease)

MAC Patina (lid)

MAC Espresso (outer V and lower lashline)

Essence mascara Lashmania Reloaded

MAC Dipdown (brows)

Lip:

MAC liperaser in Dim

MAC lippencil in Cherry

MAC Ruby Woo lipstick

Purple smokey eye

Face:

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC37

Ben Nye Banana Luxury powder

Maybelline Fit Me concealer in nr. 20

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Give me Sun!

MAC color cream base in Diamonds

MAC blush in Pinch Me

MAC blush in Taupe (nose contour)

Eyes:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Browwiz in Brunette

MAC paint pot in Soft Ochre

MAC Samoa Silk (above the crease) (Bamboo is not being sold in NL)

MAC Haux (in the crease and slightly above)

MAC Blackberry (in the crease)

MAC Shadowy Lady (on the lid)

MAC Naked Lunch (inner tearduct)

Inglot Gel Liner nr. 77

Essence mascara Lashmania reloaded

Lips:

Essence lip gloss in nr. 19 Nude Candy

Here is the look which was inspired by the beautiful and talented Allison Wilburn:

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xoxo, -S.-

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 🙂

 

What are your 3 essential make-up brushes?

I know you make-up junkies out there! You probably have a wide variety of brushes to choose from, so I understand why this is difficult. This post is also addressed to beginners, who are unsure about which brushes to use for the first time. Here is my personal choice of 3, plus a product I can’t live without:

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(T-L) Real Techniques Expert Face Brush: synthetic brush with an oval shape. I absolutely love how dense this brush is without being too thick or too hard. Very soft on the skin, this is perfect to apply liquid foundation. I normally use it with powder as well, because I only apply it in my t-zone and under my eyes. Finally this brush can be also used for cream blush.

(T-R) MAC short angled brush #263: synthetic brush, it can be used to apply gel liner but also eyebrow gel. It is tiny and extremely thin, which enables you to be extremely precise. Another small tip for you: after applying lipstick, dip this brush into your favorite cream concealer and clean up the outer lip line to give sharpness.

(B-L) Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush (starter set): synthetic brush, it looks like MAC’s 217 brush. I use this to blend out the color in my crease. However, it can also be used to apply your base eyeshadow in the lid and also to create a smokey eye effect in the outer V because if its slight pointy tip.

Last, but not least, do not forget to clean your brushes! My favorite cleanser is from MAC. I do not use it from the bottle but I just put some in a spray bottle (from Sephora), spray it directly on the brush and then rub the bristles against a thich tissue.

I hope this blog post was helpful and I am curious to know what your top 3 brushes are!

Love,

xoxo, -S.-

Mini-haul (Preview) – Orders from January 24th 2014

Mini-haul (Preview) - Orders from January 24th 2014

New babies I just purchased. They will be here some time this week!

T-L: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl;
T-R: Real Techniques Shading Brush;
B-L: (NEW) Real Techniques Silicone Eye Liner Brush;
B-R: Real Techniques Blush Brush

I’m very curious to try the Silicone Eye Liner Brush as it seems to be so innovative. “Dragon Girl” has been in my wishlist for too long…