Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Face à la journée
Today is bitterly cold and my 'look' clothes wise could be described as a cross between my great Aunt Connie and an Eskimo.
I really feel that any great effort make up wise would be lost so today I am wearing;
-Dior Forever Teint Haute Perfection Foundation(020)all over with Mac Studio Fix Compact (NW30) to set.
-Urban Decay primer potion all over lid.
-Mac Eyeshadow (Blanc Type, Matte2) all over lid also.
-Dior Matte & Shine Duo Eyeshadow (Tropical Look 275) With Green shade up to socket from outside corner to middle of eye and brown shade swept across socket.
-Mac Plush Lash in Plush Black
-Dior High Shine in Cranberry Coquette
Throughout the day I will be applying Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip protector SPF 20.
And this is my first tip. This stuff is the best! I actually discovered it when my boyfriend bought some after a business trip abroad. Apparently there are whole countries of people that don't have to wear at least two layers of clothing all year long and the boyfriend had burnt his lips.
For all the chapsticks I've tried in my time he effortlessly stumbled upon this, and it really works. Doesn't sting, doesn't taste of some kind of scientific experiment - it just sits there for a good few hours and quietly does its job. Fab.
Dior Forever - This is my favourite of the Dior Fluid Foundations.. and I believe I've tried them all. This is the one I go back to. The coverage isn't completley amazing so I top it up with a compact, step in Mac Fix! The moisture balance that Forever gives my skin along with its ability to blend in to my jaw line whether I'm carrying a tan or not AND its durability is unrivaled. For a heavier look you could go for Icon, cream to powder. But I find it hard to blend and a bit cakey. You can really feel that you are wearing it and if its a hot day, or you're in a sweaty club, and you listen very carefully, you will hear your skin begging for some air.
Dior Nude is good, but you'll find you'll need a lot and it will run out quickly.
I am a confirmed lover of Dior because it looks so damn classy and there are a certainly a few key pieces that I will return to again and again because they are true classics. However in general, for professional quality make up, there are smarter brands to invest in.
Mac Fix - The Mac assistant told me this was a full substitute to fluid foundation which I believe it is intended to be but I cant quite bring myself to go without the fluid as well. That said, it glides on beautifully, blends well and although it doesn't cover big blemishes, it will even out your skin tone completely. Its dead handy for touch ups and thankfully doesn't have an odour.. ever smelt Mac Studio Fix Fluid...? It also lasts forever and then some.
Urban Decay Primer - Everyone raves about this and I'll be honest so did I until recently when I faced facts that it is the only primer I have ever used. Tragic. Its good yes but its a bit watery, it runs out quickly and I have now considered that there may be a whole world of primers out there waiting for me to smudge them on to my lids and rejoice. So I have researched various professional make up forums and consensus is that Mac do a good one and Laura Mercier and Too Faced as well. So i'll try them out one by one and get back to you. I've ordered Mac Prep & Prime Eye in the palest shade and am waiting eagerly for its arrival.
Mac Eye Shadow - What can I say that hasnt already been said about these...? Highly Pigmented and an array of colours to delight (and bankrupt) the most demanding make up connoisseur. Ill review various colours as and when I use or purchase them but the one I have on today, and lots of days, is a creamy beige colour that is good as a base to blend most colours in to. Dabbed under the eyebrow it can be used as a highlighter. In the inner corners it can open the eye and dotted in the middle of your lid over your finished make up it can really POP your eye beautifully. Beware of fallout though with the Matte2 shades.
Dior Duo Eyeshadow - This is another one I come back to, the two colours compliment each other so well and they are so easy to apply to create different kinds of looks that if youre feeling uninspired you can rely on it to look good, day or night. The 'tropical look' duo that I have today is a matte brown (excellent for defining the socket, lining under the eye, creating a smokey look and even touching up brows) and a beautiful shiny green. I would also highly reccommend the 'Cocktail Look' for a gorgeous salmon pink and a matte grey with amazing depth. Fab on Pale blue eyes.
Plush Lash - Great. Stays on all day long. Blackest Black. Has a nifty flat brush that lets you get right down to the roots, handy if youre fair. It also allows you to really build it up up up without clogging. I will do a full reveiw on all the mascaras I have tried at some stage but its hard to rememeber that others have exisited now that I own the luscious plushious...
Dior High Shine - This is a classic example of one that sneaks in to my purse because it looks pretty there. It goes on like a dream, almost jelly like in its texture. It gives just enough colour to make a difference but little enough that you can slick it on without thinking or even using a mirror. The shine is gorgeous as well. Now, if you borrow someone's High Shine in the loos like I did you will fall in love instantainiously and rush to buy one of your very own. And then, much like after enjoying a low fat slice of lemon cake, you will come crashing down almost as quickly. This stuff only lasts for about 15 minutes. In fact if you kept it on your desk and reapplied everytime it wore off I reckon you could get through a whole stick in one day. Shame.
So that's today done. I will be doing a tutorial/ review very soon.. .first one, excited!