Skin Deco

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Mat Kool Icy Grape

Good Morning, Saturday! I did two EOTD. One is an icy blue and the other is a Rhianna-inspired purple look.

Icy
Items Used:


  1. Secretsummer's Pigments in Green as lid base and above crease
  2. Secretsummer's Pigments in Blue Brown on inner lid and inner lower lashline
  3. Secretsummer's Pigments in Steel Blue on crease and outer lower lashline
  4. Secretsummer's Pigments in Softwash Grey on middle lid
  5. Some pearl white pigments on under brow
  6. Sweetscents' Pigments in Blackstar Blue used wet as upper lashline liner
  7. Dior Crayon Pencil in Black for tightlining
  8. Majolica Majorca Mascara


Grape
Items Used:
  1. Secretsummer's Pigments in Plum on outer lid and lower lashline
  2. Secretsummer's Pigments in Pyramid Gold under brow
  3. Secretsummer's Pigments in Orange above the crease
  4. Sweetscents' Pigments in Magenta on inner lid
  5. Sweetscents' Pigments in Orchids and Diamonds on outer crease
  6. Sweetscents' Pigments in Midnight used wet on upper lash line
  7. Dior Crayon Pencil in Black for tightlining
  8. Majolica Majorca Mascara


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Friday, March 28, 2008

Urban Decay Primer Potion


By our guest blogger... lilcarmen



Ok, this is just a personal review of mine. So, as you can see above, this is the legendary famous Urban Decay Primer Potion. For those who don’t know what UDPP is, it is an eye base which is from the US. This is also my first eye base but UDPP does live up to its claims. It made my eyeshadow stay vibrant whole day which was practically 10-12 hrs. It does not crease my eyeshadow AT ALL. It made my eyeshadow look as if they were freshly applied even after 10 hours.

UDPP dries fast after u apply them on your lids. You’ll only need a small amount on each lid so a tube of UDPP can lasts very long. Even though the design of the bottle was kinda frustrating but you can try to cut the tube into half after you can’t get anymore of it from the usual way and I guarantee you that you’ll find a surprisingly amount of the UDPP in the tube. winks*.Too bad, you can’t find UDPP in Malaysia so if you really wanted one, try to order from the sgdrugstore of Lowyat.net. I got mine for RM75.90, I know it is expensive but it’s worth it, especially to the ones who have really oily lids.

*p/s with this UDPP, you can save on your eyeshadows, I’m sure the more economical and cheap ones will stayed on the lids nicely with a little help from this base.=)


Just to add, this is a picture of my eye make-up using Secretsummer's pigments with UDPP.... after being drenched in extremely heavy rain!




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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Improving Loreal True Match Liquid Foundation

Previously I did a review on the Loreal True Match Foundation and I mentioned how I loved the texture but the color oxidized to a horrible dull gray. I gave it another try but this time I used my beloved Missha BB Cream as a base before i apply the foundation and the result was fabulous! The BB cream totally took away the grayness of the foundation making the skin look dewy and very smooth all day long. Still not a match to Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation but it's definitely a cheaper substitute.

So, for those who are having the oxidizing problem with their Loreal True Match, try applying a base first to see if it improves the color. I'm yet to try it with a different base to see if I get a different effect.

Review: http://skindeco.blogspot.com/2008/03/loreal-true-match-liquid-foundation.html
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Cheap Tools! Good or Bad?

I managed to get some cheap brushes so I thought I'd write a review on them. I'm really getting into brushes but they can be expensive so I'm always on the look out for cheap ones but does the job well. I'll also be reviewing a cheap eyelash curler.


Malian Skunk/Duo-fiber Stippling Brush (RM12.90)

I've been looking high and low for a duo-fiber stippling brush that would not cost me an arm and a leg so you can just imagine my reaction when I saw this lil fella. It's not a substitute to a MAC 187 brush of course but it's a great addition. The brush is quite small and has a short handle. The bristles are soft but stiff enough to stipple so that you can use this to buff your liquid foundation for an air-brushed effect. Because of how small it is, it takes up some time to stipple the entire face plus this brush sheds about 3 black bristles every time I use it. I'll still be looking out for a substitute but for the time being, this will have to do. It's handy, it serves its function and the price is unbeatable. Available at Chamelon.

My Rating: 3.5/5


Malian Concealer Brush (RM5.90)
Malijiaen Angled Foundation Brush (RM4.90)

The concealer brush was initially an eyeshadow brush but I found it to be too flat and stiff to be a shadow brush. However, it worked well with my concealer and cream eyeshadow. The bristles are compacted so I am able to blend my concealer without so much streaking. It's a good brush that's worth more than its price. Available at SASA.
My Rating: 4.5/5

I couldn't resist the price of the foundation brush which is why I bought it. This brush is short-handled. The bristles are firm, soft, smooth and well-compacted but perhaps a little too hard which causes some streaking. The angle makes it easy to reach areas such as the nose area and under eye area. I would recommend this brush as a basic foundation brush but of course, it's no match to a good quality foundation brush. Available at Chamelon.

My Rating: 3/5


Voce Moda Angled Powder Brush (RM9.90)


I wish I hadn't bought this brush. It's very prickly and uncomfortable on the skin. The bristles are too loose so I can't really use it to apply my blusher or use it for contouring as intended. The brush head just flattens on my face. It doesn't pick up powders that well either so I have to keep on reapplying to get the product on my face. Not to mention, it sheds. A lot. Fortunately it was only 10 bucks. Available at SASA

My Rating: 1/5


Eyelash Curler (RM3.90)


Yes, I know I just bought a heated eyelash curler but I thought I'd get a mechanical one that would be more appropriate to use for curling lashes with mascara on as well as to pop into my cosmetic pouch. I like this curler very much firstly because it's quite comfortable to use. The holder is easy to control and the curler arch fits just nicely onto my eye. The rubber is like some sort of silicon so it's easy to clean and gentle when curling. The curl was quite natural and lasted for reasonably long hours. Available at Chamelon.

My Rating: 4/5

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Heated Eyelash Curler + Canmake Mascara

I love shopping! After searching high and low for a good and economical eyelash curler, I saw this nifty gadget and thought I'd give it a try. I also got greedy and bought a new mascara to try and 2 brushes. I'll post the 2 brushes later.


Watson's Heated Eye Lash Curler (RM6.90)
















This thinga machiga runs on 2 AAA batteries to heat up a silicone curler tip that will turn from pink to white when heated so that you'll know that it's ready for use. It's not too hot but just warm enough to help curl the lashes. The plastic curve fits onto my eye quite well and manages to curl most of my lashes. The silicone and plastic is gentle so I'm not too afraid that my lashes would get pulled out while curling. The staying power of the curl isn't too bad but not the best that I've ever had. For such an amazing price, it's a neat lil device to have. Plus it has a 1-year warranty. Top are before pictures. Bottom, after.

My Rating: 4/5








Canmake Extra Long Curl Waterproof Mascara (RM29.90)



There was a 20% discount so I only paid about 20 bucks for it. Let's see... the formula was rather dry but it did have loads of fibers which gradually increases the length of the lashes really well. However, the fibers tend to fall into my eyes and cause major irritation. The wand is slim making it great for short lashes and to get hard to reach lashes. The curling doesn't really work as it doesn't curl if I don't use an eyelash curler.





The formula doesn't smudge so it does stand by its waterproof claim but it's rather hard to remove. Luckily, the formula doesn't cause lashes to fall off. The feel of the mascara on the lashes is rather stiff and when layering, it clumps quite a bit. I used my Missha mascara base to add in some volume but that caused it to clump more. I think the application would be much improved if the formula wasn't so dry.

My Rating: 2.5/5
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Sucky Camera and Endless Schoolwork

Firstly, I'd like to apologize that I haven't been posting much looks and my "coming soon" section isn't well fulfilled. Please note that I have tried to create those posts but they couldn't translate well into pictures due to my lack of a proper camera! I'll definitely have better pictures when I get my camera next month.

Also, I'll be very much busy with school, exams, assignments and work so not too many posts just yet for the coming weeks.

Hope you'll still enjoy the blog anyways! Thanks for your support.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Cat Eye Tutorial

Here's a cat eye tutorial as requested by my cousin, Eve. I'll be using 3 types of brushes and 2 types of liners for the same look so that you can have a choice of what would work best for you. Also, I get to try out my brand new Kate Gel Eyeliner! :D



We'll be using Giorgio Armani Eye Shadow in #04, Kate Gel Eyeliner in BK-2 and Missha Magic Eye Changer as our mixing medium.
Brushes from top: liner brush #1, flat angled brush, Kate gel liner brush


We'll start off with no liner of course


Liner Brush #1 with Eyeshadow Used Wet


  1. Draw a flick at the outer corner of your top lash line using the bottom lash line as a guide. As if you're continuing the bottom lash line upwards
  2. Draw in the upper lash line
  3. Connect the flick and the upper lash line
  4. Using a liner brush with wet shadow is the best for me to create a perfect curve. However, this brush would be too soft to be used with gel eyeliner

Flat Angled Brush with Gel Eyeliner


  1. Draw a flick using the same method as above
  2. Make a little triangle from the flick
  3. Fill in the upper lash line and connect it with the triangle

Gel Liner Brush with Gel Eyeliner


  1. Use the same technique as above
  2. I like the effect of this brush the best for the gel eyeliner as it gives a better control




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Monday, March 17, 2008

D.I.Y. Eyeshadow Trio Palette

I found a pretty swanky HSBC name card holder lying around at home and so I decided that it'd be perfect as an on-the-go eye palette.

OK, before you do this you'll have to de-pan your eyeshadows first if they're in a case. You can heat up the bottom of the pan and pry the eyeshadow pan off but that's a whole other thing! You must also make sure that your eyeshadow pan can stick on the magnet. If it doesn't cut out a piece of magnet and stick it on the bottom of the pan first.



Here's what you need:
- Eye shadow in pans
- Magnetic rubber sheet
- Scissors
- Double-sided tape
- Ruler and pen
- Name card holder
- Label stickers




Directions:

  1. Measure the size of the name card holder to determine how much of the magnet sheet that you need to cut out
  2. After cutting out, stick down the sheet onto the card holder with double-sided tape. Make sure you have the magnetic side up
  3. Arrange the eye shadow pans onto the magnetic sheet and ta-da! You have yourself an eye shadow palette
  4. You can stick label stickers on the inner top part or if you can find a tiny mirror, you can stick that on instead if it fits
  5. Finally, decorate your new palette as you like it. I skipped this step because I'm lazy


I'm gonna do this with a CD case as well. Same concept. Will show pictures when I finally get to doing them.
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Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask

I got this recipe from specktra.net. Anyways, this deliciously yummy-smelling mask helps to soften and brighten the skin as well as give your skin a smooth and refreshed feeling.



Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsy Cinnamon Powder

Directions:

  1. Mix both ingredients together until you get a paste
  2. Spread evenly onto face and leave on for about 30 minutes
  3. Rinse off and follow with a moisturizer


Image Credit: www.danish-schnapps-recipes.com
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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Markwins Lip Gloss Rouge

Being in a shopping mall and not buying anything made me feel very uneasy so I went to Watson's to see if I find anything neat. That's when I saw Markwins Lip Gloss Rouge that were in very attractive rose-patterned containers. They were marked down from RM9.90 to RM2.97 each! Naturally, I grabbed 3. Pink, Bronze and Red. There were pale colors as well but I can't accept pale colors.



First of all, they do not qualify as gloss. At all. There's no glossy finish whatsoever. It's more like a sheer lipstick so I'll take them as that. Ok, as a sheer lipstick, they give just enough color to the lips and the color can be built up. It's not drying but it did smell quite heavily of that classic lipstick scent. The staying power of the colors are just average. I like the bronze color in particular because it gives a stunning metallic sheen. The red I'd use to stain the lips before using lip balm or gloss on top of it. As for the pink, great if you like pink lipsticks. It gives quite a solid color. The texture is quite smooth and easy to apply. The packaging is of course, adorable, but you'll have to use your fingers or a lip brush to apply since it's in a jar.

My Rating: 3/5



Left to right: Pink, Bronze, Red

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Take Care!.........of Your Lips

Having eczema-prone lips, lip balms are a huge MUST for me. I apply lip balm more than I drink water. I've tried soooo many types of lip balms before and I'm still looking for the ultimate lip balm. Meanwhile, here's what I have to say about some of the many lip balms that I've tried and tested.


Neutrogena Lip Moisturize (RM12.90) / Eucerin Lip Active (RM14.90)

These 2 are my favorite daily lip balms. Both helps to relieve dry and chapped lips effectively without looking oily. Packaged conveniently in a twist tube, they're easy to apply and carry around. Both contains SPF but Neutrogena has SPF15 while Eucerin has SPF8. Eucerin also contains vitamin E. They do not have any distinct smells and have satisfying staying power. However, they don't do anything extraordinary so it's just something basic that I use everyday.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Photo Credit: www.eucerin.com.my


Benefit Smoooch (RM95)

An excellent lip moisturizer that smooth and softens the lips tremendously. The unscented white goo practically melts onto the lips and moisture is locked into the lips. Lips feel soft and moisturized even after long hours. It doesn't make the lips feel oily or sticky at all so it's perfect for guys as well. Contains vitamin E and jojoba oil that relieves dry chapped lips. The packaging is not very good though as there would be a lot of wastage and since the formula is thick, it is difficult to get the product out towards the end. Very unfortunately, despite how much I love this lip balm, I'm allergic to it. So, yeah. Go for it if you're not allergic.

My Rating: 4/5

Photo Credit: www.sephora.com


The Body Shop Born Lippy Cool Mint Lip Balm (RM18)

Having red throbbing lips from the reaction that I got from some lipstick, I tried this refreshingly minty lip balm and the swelling and itchiness subsided within a few minutes. I bought the lip balm right away. I has the yummiest mint scent and gives the coolest mint sensation on the lips. Although it's flavored, the taste is just a tiny hint of sweetness. It also leaves a pearly sheen on the lips without looking oily. This would be a perfect lip balm to relieve lip sensitivities. However, it is not very moisturizing so I'd recommend pairing this up with a more moisturizing lip balm. The packaging is simple and neat but would be rather inconvenient since it's in a jar.

My Rating: 4/5

Photo Credit: www.thebodyshop.com.au



La Mer The Lip Balm (RM188)

Priced ten times more than the body shop's, this lip balm is just a fancy schmancy product. Being one of the cheaper products of La Mer, it is also a buy for those who wants to show off but can't afford the more pricey La Mer products. There's a lot of mumbo jumbo in the description but I don't see a good delivery. The minty feeling isn't too distinct and the taste is a tad too sweet. You wouldn't wanna be lapping up 188 bucks of lip balm! It doesn't feel greasy but it doesn't moisturize too well for a La Mer product. It's just average in every aspect of it.

My Rating: 2.5/5

Photo Credit: www.weloveshopping.com




L'occitane 100% Shea Butter (RM28)

"Shea butter is known especially for its cosmetic properties as a moisturizer. It is also a known anti-inflammatory agent.Shea butter is marketed as being effective at treating the following conditions: fading scars, eczema, burn, rashes, acne, severely dry skin, blemishes, dark spots, skin discolorations, chapped lips, stretchmarks, wrinkles..."[wikipedia.org]
Naturally, I was ecstatic when I found out how miraculous shea butter is and hunted for this lip balm right away. The texture was very silky and it felt good on the lips but the effect... meh. No miracle. I still had dry, chapped, eczema-ed lips. No tremendous results but it makes a pretty decent lip balm. Now, if only it doesn't melt at room temperature.
My Rating: 3/5

Photo Credit: www.skinstore.com
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An Eye-lining Guide

Eye liners are practically a must for me to take away from sleepy-looking eyes. Also, I don't have very big eyes so, eye liners really help to frame them up to make them look more prominent. In this post I'll be walking you through the steps on how to line your eyes using a pencil liner, liquid liner (or rather liquid liner alternative. You'll see.) and liner brushes.

Items used:



Left to Right:
- Giorgio Armani Eye Pencil with a rubber smudger tip
- In2It Pen Eye Liner
- Flat Angled Brush
- Liner Brush #0

Top:
- Missha Magic Eye Changer

Pencil Liner - Upper Lash Line


  1. Very gently pull back the skin on the corner of your eye
  2. Create the line along your upper lash line in a few strokes
  3. The outer corner of your eye would usually have a thicker line
  4. Use a rubber smudger or a Q-tip to soften the line
Pencil Liner - Lower Lash Line


  1. Very gently pull down the skin on your the lower part of your eye
  2. Line 1/2, 3/4 or all the way. It depends on how dramatic you wanna go
  3. Smudge with a smudger or Q-tip for a softer look
Pencil Liner - Tightlining


  1. Use a Q-tip to push back your lid so that the water line is visible
  2. Fill in between the lashes
  3. This gives a fuller lash line look
Liquid Liner (Alternative)


  1. I use a liquid pen liner because I plain can't use a classic liquid liner
  2. Draw it on as how you would with your pencil liner
  3. Remember to let it dry first before you open your eyes
Brushes

When I use brushes to line, I use it with eyeshadows by damping the brushes with Missha Magic Eye Changer. Alternatively, you may use a mixing medium or plain water but the staying power would be compromised.

Liner Brush


  1. Brush on in a few strokes
  2. Create the shape that you want
  3. Fill in the shape
  4. Wait for it to dry
Angled Brush


  1. Use this brush to create a more dramatic winged eye look
  2. Draw on a "wing" line on the corner of the eye indicated by the blue line
  3. Create the shape that you want and fill in the shape
  4. Again, wait for it to dry

Eye-lining takes practice so don't worry if it doesn't look too good the first few times. Clean up any bloopers with a Q-tip. Good luck!





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Friday, March 14, 2008

Loreal True Match Liquid Foundation Review


I found a sample pack of the Loreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup so I decided to try it today since I'm on the look out for a Giorgio Armani substitute. Unfortunately, I still can't find it.

This foundation is definitely a popular one and it claims to be super blendable, matches your skin tone and texture precisely and contains no oils, fragrances and pore-clogging fillers. It is also supposed to give a good control of coverage and has an spf of 17.

The super blendable claim is absolutely valid. The texture is very smooth and it leaves a dewy finish which I highly adore. Coverage is not too bad either although I would recommend more to even out the skin tone with. It has a rather good staying power and didn't cause any blotchiness throughout the day without touch-ups. However, it dried up on my forehead area and accentuated my fine lines *sighs*. As for the matching of tone, it looked fine when applied initially but it oxidizes quite badly to an ashy grey color making the complexion look quite dull and doesn't look natural on the skin anymore.

I was feeling hopeful when I first had it on.. but when it turned grey, all hope was gone.

My Rating: 3/5

Photo Credit: www.pimpindeals.com

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Liplicious... Oh So Delicious...

I finally got my Liplicious Lip Gloss!! This lip gloss is from Bath and Body Works and is sold at 7USD. Unfortunately, it's not available in Malaysia. I got mine from www.lowyat.net for RM20 + RM3 postage fee. The color I got was Raspberry Jam (i didn't have a choice actually).


The packaging is quite nice. I like that it has an aluminum-colored cap since lip glosses in tubes tend to make the caps messy and that looks icky through a transparent cap.
The scent is excellent! Smells so alike raspberries even with that hint of sourness. The taste is slightly sweetish but according to Carmen, it needs a pinch of sour in the taste (you're not supposed to be eating lip gloss!).
Color is rather solid and perhaps a little too bright for me but a dab of my magic brown gloss, it looks perfect. It has some gold shimmer in it too. The color doesn't stay on too long but it keeps the lips moisturized but not sticky. Contains jojoba oil and Vitamin E.
Glossiness... more of a soft shine.
When applied, it gives this slight pleasant tingling minty feeling.

All in all, a very nice gloss and if other flavors are made available to me, I'll definitely get them.

My Rating: 4.5/5



Ingredients:
Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum, Huile Minérale), Flavor (Aroma), Silica Silylate, Petrolatum, Polyethylene, Mica, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Sodium Saccharin, Tin Oxide, BHT, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77499).

Info credit: www.bathandbodyworks.com
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Bring Out The Champion In You!


"Minum milo anda jadi sihat dan kuat!"
photo credit: www.nestle.com.au


So that's the inspiration... and I miss Andrew *sighs*

Items used:

- Missha cream stick eyeshadow in White for under brow
- Missha cream stick eyeshadow in Gold as base
- Meiniya quad: White
- Sweetscents Mineral Pigments in Shamrock, Black Gold and Gala
- Elianto Color Studio eyeshadow in Green Autumn
- Giorgio Armani eyeshadow in shade #10 used dry for brows and wet for liner
- Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Mascara (leftover from morning)

Click on the picture to enlarge





Thanks for looking!
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Pore-Clogging or Not?

Many people are very cautious about whether the cosmetic products that they use would clog their pores or not. Although, there are certain aspects you should consider when it comes to pore-clogging aka comedogenic ingredients:

  • comedogenic ingredients are "likely" to cause and aggravate acne but it doesn't definitely cause that so you shouldn't rule out those ingredients completely
  • it would take the ingredients practically an entire day to clog up your pores so practice good make-up removal routine to avoid this problem. Thus, you should definitely not sleep in with your make-up on
  • comedogenic ingredients when of high quality would not be too likely to clog your pores. It is recommended to use approved skin care products as there would be better quality control in the ingredients

Here's a list of the level of comedogenicity for ingredients that you may find in your cosmetics:

Highly Comedogenic

Linsee Oil
Olive Oil
Cocoa Butter
Oleic Acid
Coal Tar (main component of red pigments D&C)
Isopropyl Isostearate
Squalene Peroxide
Isopropyl Palmitate
Isopropyl Linoleate
Oleyl Alcohol
Octyl Palmitate
Isostearic Acid
Myreth 3 Myristate
Butyl Stearate
Lanolic Acid

Moderately Comedogenic

Decyl Oleate
Sorbitan Oleate
Myristyl Lactate
Coconut Oil
Grape Seed Oil
Sesame Oil
Hexylene Glycol
Tocopherol
Isostearyl Neopentanoate
Most D & C Red Pigments
Octyldodecanol
Peanut Oil
Lauric Acid
Mink Oil

Mildly Comedogenic

Corn Oil
Saflower Oil
Lauryl Alcohol
Lanolin Alcohol
Glyceryl Stearate
Lanolin
Sunflower Oil
Avocado Oil
Mineral Oil
Squalene hydroxide/Squalene

(Mildly comedogenic ingredients are usually not a problem when used in diluted amounts. Check to see it's ranking on the ingredient label. The first ingredient would be the main ingredient descending to the last ingredient.)


Noncomedogenic

Glycerin
Sorbitol
Sodium PCA
Zinc Stearate
Octyldodecyl Stearate
SD Alcohol
Propylene Glycol
Allantoin
Panthenol
Iron Oxides
Dimethicone
Cyclomethicone
Polysorbates
Cetyl Palmitate
Propylene Glycol Dicaprate / Dicaprylate
Jojoba Oil
Isopropyl Alcohol
Sodium Hyaluronate
Octylmethoxycinnimate
Oxybenzone
Petrolatum
Butylene Glycol
Tridecyl Stearate
Tridecyl Trimellitate
Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate
Phenyl Trimethicone
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Artist Brush = Make-up Brush

Make-up brushes can be quite expensive at times but there are substitutes for them that are much much much cheaper and work just as well -- artist brushes. I currently have 4 artist brushes that I use for applying make-up and love very much. They're very handy and more importantly, cheap! I'm still on the hunt for some less easily available artist brushes.




From the left:
  1. Round nylon brush #0 aka liner brush (RM1) - this is just the perfect eye liner brush for applying wet eyeshadow as well as liquid liner
  2. Round nylon brush #1 aka liner brush (RM0.75) - just like #0 but creates a thicker more dramatic line
  3. Round top goat hair brush #4 aka mop cut brush (RM3) - my new addition. I use this to apply eye shadow as well as blend them
  4. Round top goat hair brush #6 aka mop cut brush (RM3.40) - great for blending eyeshadow and applying highlight color. Also used for applying to powder on under eye
*Prices may vary according to quality, brand and store.

I'm looking into getting more sizes of the mop cut brushes so that I can use them as a corner blender brush as well as a cheek highlight brush.

Other brushes that would be easy to come by would be the flat eye liner brush, angled liner brush and fan tail brush.
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Aww.. You're making me blush...

Blushers bring life to the face. They give that healthy look with good blood circulation. They can also help the cheeks look more contoured for slimmer-looking features. Applying blushers isn't always just a simple task since over-applying blushers may make you look like you have a horrible rash and not blending well gives a very unnatural look.

What we're gonna try to achieve with blushers is a healthy flush that looks natural and help enhance the cheeks. So here's a tutorial on applying powder blush as well as liquid blushers.



Powder Blush


So here's an un-blushed cheek and where we're gonna put a shimmering blush to bring out the cheekbones (I prefer a bronze color) and a pinkish blush on the apples.


  • Do a kissy face if you can't see your cheekbones clearly
  • Use your blush brush to apply a shimmering blush along the cheekbone

  • Then, apply a pinkish blush on the apples of the cheek
  • To find the apples, smile and you'll find two little balls at the front of your cheek
  • Don't forget to brush on some blush on your T-zone which is your forehead, nose and chin; for a more natural look
  • Buff harsh lines in circular motion by using a kabuki brush or powder brush


And we're done!


Liquid/Cream Blush & Cheek Stain


  • Dot on your blush on the apples extending a little to the cheek bone
  • For cheek stains, I recommend only dotting on the apples
  • Blend well upwards along the cheek bone and make sure you don't get any harsh lines. Work quickly with cheek stains
  • For cream and liquid blushers, you may also use a sponge to blend

And the effect...



Happy Blushing!

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