Art, Activism and Makeup: Interview with Eszter Magyar from @makeupbrutalism

At a time when the view of makeup and its use to deliver a different message is finally changing, the artist and activist Eszter Magyar from @makeupbrutalism, starter of the #uglymakeuprevolution movement, kindly shares her vision and opinions in this interview:

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1. What was the first impression that makeup caused you in your life? 

My mom had a little box, it was some kind of a palette with eyeshadows, lipsticks, glitters etc. but because she was not using makeup, it was more like a toy for me. I remember it had a deep red colour and the word ‘Beautiful’ was written on it.

2. When you started to show interest in makeup, what was the reaction of people surrounding you?

After I started makeup school. People always knew that I was more of an art and fashion person, so it was not a surprise for anyone.

3. Did you already had an artistic conception of makeup when you started your career in it or did it developed with time?

Not at all.  First techniques were exciting enough to catch my attention. So I would say it developed with time definitely.

4. How were the learning experiences you had while studying makeup? Was there ever an artistic approach?

My first school was a great experience. I had a great teacher, who had and has a really elegant, soft style, which I learned from her – but she always said to me, there is so much more and  different things in me and that if I dug deep enough, I would find myself. She was totally supportive. By that time I had no clue what she was talking about honestly.

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5. Is there much creative activity going on in your country/area? And what about specifically creative makeup activity? Was it like this when you were growing up?

Not really, the taste in general is a bit old fashioned in the country where I come from. Even the newer things are more like a copy of the “western” trends. There is not too much room for weirdos or thinkers, that’s why all the talented artists who had the opportunity are living abroad. Sad, But if you want to get out of your comfort zone, you have to move. That’s why I myself moved to Berlin and why I visit London pretty often, so now it’s a bit different for me.

6. What is your vision on the current relationship between beauty standard, the beauty industry and social media?

I think people are not engaged in their own choices and opinions anymore, simply because its not theirs, they just got it ready from social media.

7. When did you start your activism in makeup and how? What made you start?

I don’t know, I just started to experiment on myself.  I was bored by regular makeup solutions. I felt like it was not enough for me. I mean, honestly I wanted to feel like I was making something relevant and important and eyeliners and smokey eyes made didn’t make me feel satisfied. I asked myself: ‘Is that everything?’ Makeup is only a tool to make beauty even more perfect? What is perfection anyways? What is beauty? And I started to ask questions.

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8. Why do you think the public is starting to show interest in ‘different’ styles of makeup?

People are never satisfied with anything, it’s a natural habit to create movements and movements against movements. So I guess this is how we, humankind, work. We love to have choices.

9. How much do you think it is because people are actually interested in understanding it as an art and being more open minded?

I think we should be more respectful with the term art. In a world that is so obsessed with beauty, youth and perfection, seeing something different its like a breath of fresh air.

10. How much do you think it is because being ‘different’ has become another trendy aesthetic?

Oh, probably it helps a lot.

11. What do you think of brands that are generally promoting these high standards of beauty and level of commitment to an image sponsoring these type of artists/accounts?

They need the reach, people need the “tools”. It’s pure business.

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12. How much are they doing it just for exposure in your opinion?

I guess they just see the numbers, but I don’t know. I’m sponsored by one of these brands too, I don’t think that they’re doing it because of my content (since I barely use makeup).

13. Do you think the media is concealing the expansion of this obligation and commitment to an image as ’empowering’, ‘freeing’, ‘pushing the limits’ and ‘breaking the rules’?

Of course, it’s business. But honestly I think it’s good for everyone (to be able to see different kind of approaches, tastes, etc.)

14. In your opinion, are they really making beauty industry more inclusive these days, or just more profitable by welcoming men into their standards?

It’s business. Its money.

15. What kind of role do you see makeup activism playing in all this?

We help them, wanted or unwanted, to showcase all this in a different way. We are part of the lie probably, because they can lean on us, even if they have a different aim.

16. Where do you see the #uglymakeuprevolution movement going? Do you fear it becoming just another ‘trendy’ hashtag to use? Do you think that makeup, or art in general, has to be ugly to be taken seriously? Is ‘pretty’ too mainstream and compliant right now to be exploitable as an appropriate aesthetic for art that delivers a message?

Some people are using it already just as a hashtag which can lead them to be shared on the page, to get more followers. I can totally see that. When I started the hashtag, it was a joke, nothing serious, but after that I realized that there are people who think the same way: makeup should not be only the tool of social pressure to be perfect. It can be playful, it can be creative, it can be anything. So I just let it go its own way, #uglymakeuprevolution is for everyone, so we shape it together.

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17. What is the next step in your activism? What do you think of the idea of it turning into a collaborating artists movement such as Fluxus? Did you ever consider that?

I have lot of plans . I want to do researches, write a book,  do workshops, play together, document that, then exhibit that, it’s like a never ending cycle.

18. Have you ever considered that it will develop into a kind of performatic art? Which other arts does your creativity tend to explore?

There is definitely the chance it will happen occasionally. I love to experiment with every kind of art form, it depends on my mood. But mostly I love to write .

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19. Can you name a few works of art that never cease to inspire your? What do you see in these artworks? (It can be music, paintings, books, movies, any kind of art).

Mostly writers. If I need a little creative boost, I listen to Tibetan bowl sounds. It helps me to get on the same page with myself I guess. Even with writing, even with makeup. But I’m in Love with architecture as well: Brutalism, Modernism, Frank Lloyd Wright and Lautner, and the list goes on and on.

20. What would you say to the artists out there trying to make a statement and deliver a message through makeup?

If you know what to say, just say it. If you don’t, just don’t. Take your time to explore yourself, to find your own inner voice and authentic message.

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All images belong to the artist and were taken with permission from her Instagram page @makeupbrutalism.
You can also find Eszter Magyar in Instagram at @esztermagyarmua and in www.magyareszter.com

Shiny Pretty Things Collection: Top 10 Mac Cosmetics Products for this Holidays 2018

Let’s know which MAC Cosmetics products are the stars of this holidays!

If you read the summer version of this post, you might have been wondering what of this year’s holiday collection products from MAC Cosmetics are the ones that you urgently need to purchase before they are gone. MAC Cosmetics is well known for their amazing seasonal collections and collaborations and this year they have definitely rocked our jingle bells with the Shiny Pretty Things collection.

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This collection has been a delight to see all over media and in their stores, a wonderful combination of disco, technicolor and frosted snowflakes wrapped in bright metallic shades. The concept has been ‘Shine like a Disco Ball’ a not without a reason!

I myself have fallen pretty hard for this collection and this top ten is not just the most beautiful and unique products of their collection but my actual recommendations after having tried and loved this collection that will make history for me as the first one that conquered my heart all the way through and not just from outside.

That means, that in this occasion I will also share some of my own pictures and looks that you can find in my Instagram.

Are you ready to see the ten best products of this collection? Don’t let the holidays end without getting yourself your little stash of Christmas lights and sparkly nights till next holidays!

1. Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Snowflushed or Oh Darling

Highlighter has been one of the strong points this holidays. Shiny Pretty Things are shiny and pretty and that says it all. The collection had two amazing highlighters with different hues and finishes that came both in an amazing packaging and with an embossed gift bow that made the delight of the Christmas lovers.

 

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The rosy one, Snowflushed, was a shade particularly created for this collection, an incredibly beautiful duochrome champagne pink that turned gold and copper with some amazing magenta undertones depending on the lightning. For me, this highlighter was truly unique and this is one of the products that I needed to get. The finish is simply awesome and I would say that if you are only going to get one single product from the whole collection, this is the one you are looking for.

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Oh Darling is a soft gold with a much more fluid finish, giving you an almost wet appearance. It is a gorgeous highlighter and this one is part of their regular line, so I wouldn’t stress too much about getting this one unless it is already one of your favorites and you need it in the special packaging. Anyway, if you don’t have a budget and can spend all that you want or if you want it for a gift, it is indeed a beautiful soft gold shade and a wonderful highlighter that will turn heads.

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2. Face Compact Palette

This one is not only beautiful but also really practical. This collection came with two face palettes, in lighter and darker versions, with highlighter, blush and bronzer. You get to try three amazing products in one and you also get to enjoy the festive packaging and embossing. Definitely a must to carry in your handbag at parties or to give as a present to your best friend. There’s little more that you can need than this!

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3. Pink Glow Getter Set

Her comes another of my favorites. I still haven’t got it but if I can find it I definitely will. In this amazing set you get an embossed highlighter in a travel size version (can it be any cuter?), a matching Strobe Cream and (the best part for me) a MAC cheek brush in a wonderful portable size that will make you get the perfect glow in two simple steps.

This set came in both a pink and a gold version, so you can choose your favorite undertone to go with.  I always tend to pink ones so this is the one of my wish list, but I repeat it, the brush makes this set a perfect gift and you need to get it if you are into the glow trend. MAC Cosmetics is not only know for the quality of their makeup but also for the great efficiency of their tools and brushes. If you are like me and you have never been able to afford a MAC brush, let this one be your first and glow to the infinite!

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I also have to say that though they come with the embossing, these highlighter shades are both of their regular line, so if you fall in love don’t worry! You’ll be able to restock them if you need to keep glowing.

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4. Shiny Pretty Lipglass in Rosebuddy

If I had to name a MAC product that is amazingly shiny and amazingly pretty besides highlighters, it would have to be the lipglasses. If you have never tried a lipglass, they are MAC versions of your regular gloss, but taken to the maximum expression. MAC lipglasses have a shine like you have never seen before, and the amount of shimmer, glitter and everything is all you ever needed in a gloss. Say goodbye to regular lip glosses, welcome to Wonderland.

The Shiny Pretty Things collection undoubtedly had to have some special shades for this Christmas, and if I had to pick just one it would be Rosebuddy. There’s no color like red for Christmas and though all the lipglasses in the collection were stunning, this was the most unique and different from the others one. Sure there were some pink and champagne ones that were absolutely gorgeous (like the bright pink Tudor Rose), but you could find shades similar to those in the regular line. On the other hand, you definitely couldn’t find such a perfectly elegant glittery and glossy red lip.

 

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With this one I fell too, just because the reasons I just mentioned. It was too unique a shade to let it pass and I’m a crazy fan of glitter and gloss (because they are shiny and they are pretty). I couldn’t be happier with my decision of going with this shade. The multidimensional gold glitter and the red tint give your lips a look that once you see it on you, you won’t be able to let go.

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5. Shiny Pretty Lipstick in Straight Fire

Metallics are in and the frost finish is the new trend. If you have any doubts about it, check all the latest makeup launches of the holidays, take for example the Marc Jacobs Beauty Leopard Frost collection. The name says it all.

MAC obviously was not going to be less and the Shiny Pretty Things collection included five different shades of lipstick, which from them two were Frost and one was Metallic. Guess which one was my pick for this top ten.

As I said with the lipglass, nothing says Christmas like a good red and nothing says I’m ready to start 2019 like a good metallic. Straight Fire gives you everything you need of a lipstick bullet for this holidays and the year to come.

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Though I was able to try and use this one to create some lovely lip looks, I sadly didn’t purchase it, but if I find it still available I sure will!

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6. Rose Eye Palette

Two palettes were released for this collection, one with blue shades and one with pink shades. Like I have said before, I always tend to go for pink shades though I’m aware that as much as I tend to avoid it, blue is a stunning color that suits most of the people, so I can say that both palettes were absolutely gorgeous and a good product to get if you want to achieve a dazzling party-ready look with just one product (since they also include a double ended brush). But for me, if you had to pick only one of the palettes, the pink one had to be that one. Reds and burgundy are the post party drama suitable colors, and the soft and deep browns ensure you end up achieving a show stopping smokey eye or a monochromatic technicolor look: you choose!

The versatility of this palette makes it a must that you would be able to keep using and loving far past the holidays and all throughout the year.

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7. Shiny Pretty Eyeshadow in Major Win or Make a

Wish

MAC hit the jackpot with these eyeshadows and if you have seen them swatched or someone wearing them, you know what I am talking about. The sparkle effect is so amazing that the finish looks wet. It’s like fairy dust made eyeshadow.

All of the shades of this collection have that stunning effect, but if I had to pick the most unique ones, I would say Major Win and Make a Wish.

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Major Win has a duochrome effect similar to the one in Snowflushed, in fact I would say that they are a perfect pain. It is like a copper/rose shade that turns more marron glacé or more silver depending on the lightning. If you are only going to pick one, this is it, you won’t regret it.

I belong to that probably not small group of people who fell under the spell or Major Win, and though I have used it to create a few looks, the one that I purchase still remains untouched because it is so pretty that it would actually take some time for me to bring myself to start using it (Snowflushed had the same effect on me!).

 

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If I had to pick another eyeshadow shade after Major Win, it would definitely be Make a Wish. This is probably the most directly Christmassy since it is of a beautiful pine green shade but with a great metallic finish and a silver sparkle that will make you fall in love. The amazing that this would look paired with Straight Fire or Rosebuddy on the lips is what made me choose this one as a must. Green and red are always a winning combination, but this one is just better!

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8. Mini Glitter and Pigments Pink Set

If you are a lover of glitter, bold looks and disco, this set was made for you. And it was for sure made for me. Fuchsia, purple, glitter, holographic effects, iridescence… this set has it all. Though this set also came in a gold version with shades more on the nude side, I had to pick this pink version for obvious reasons.

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As I know that my preferences are not the ones of everybody, I can’t say it objectively, but for me, this is the best product in the whole collection.

MAC glitter and pigments are one of the best products of the brand in my opinion and this selection is just beyond stunning. Also the size of the containers is actually bigger than the usual travel sizes, which was a really pleasant surprise!

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9. Black Cherry Sweet Scrub Set

For me, no top ten is complete without a dark lip. And if you have a set that includes a lip scrub, a lip primer, and a dark matte liquid lipstick, I’m all in. The collection came with a lot of sets with combinations of products that were more than convenient to have, but this one is just indispensable.

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With this set, you can actually make a bold statement without wearing anything else but this. The lipstick shade is stunning enough to not need anything else to be the center of attention, and the scrub and primer will leave you lips feeling and looking so good that the lipstick will be just the cherry on top of the cake.

The shade that they chose for this kit is gorgeous, and that deserved a separate note.

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10. Lip Kit

If you were waiting for the collector’s item, this is it.

This set was so good last year that they had to bring it back, and I support that decision. It had such a success that though I’ve spent the whole year drooling over this kit on Instagram, when I went to actually purchase it, it was sold out.

Not only you get ten different lipstick shades that can cover your needs for the whole holidays and the whole year, but you can carry them home in the most stunning packaging ever, a metallic rainbow of pinks, mauves, reds, nudes and purple that fantastically match each shade.

So pretty that you won’t be able to just take one to the party, you’ll need to carry all of them!

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And this is it!

I hope that you enjoyed this top ten and that you feel inspired to get some of these beauties before they are gone.

Take a little bit of this holidays with you till the next ones with this amazing collection and never regret spending your money on it!

I really hope that you all had a holiday as dazzling and amazing as this collection.

Lots of love and see you around here soon!

Studio Fix Fluid Foundation from MAC Review

Hello once again! I bring you today the review of the Studio Fix Fluid foundation from MAC Cosmetics!

Last Friday I was really thinking about getting this super famous MAC foundation that everybody seem to love, since I love the way my skin looks when they do my makeup at the store and let me try new things. However, from ones of this visits I still had a little sample of this foundation. So, I finally decided to do a full test and review using the sample I had (which was very very generous), evaluating the Studio Fix Fluid foundation fully before deciding to buy one.

Also, as you might already know for my Top 10 Mac Cosmetics Products for this Summer 2018 article, Mac is one of my favorite makeup brands ever.

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The Product

The Studio Fix Fluid foundation is, along with the Face and Body foundation, one of the most popular ones from MAC Cosmetics. It claims to have a medium to high buildable coverage foundation, that helps control excess oil with a matte finish. It also has SPF 15 which is something I really like in case I forget my daily protection.

This foundation also reduces the appearance of pores, has a long wear finish for 24 hours, and also claims to be “perfect for photographies’. The Studio Fix Fluid foundation is also famous for its 57 shades, among which you can find a tone that adjusts perfectly to your skin. It is specially recommended for oily skin though it really is suitable for all skin types.

The Review

I had been matched with the shade 20NW and received a generous sample to test it out. The first time I tried it, I applied it in the morning, having washed my face with Coalface soap from Lush Cosmetics and moisturized my skin with some Million Dollar Moustuzier (a really great one that I wish they would bring back) that I had left. I applied it as it is advised, placing small dots of product in the checks, forehead, nose and chin, and then blending them out with a wet Beauty Blender.

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The finish is really amazing, and applying it this way you boost the natural and dewy finish that will dry up to be a perfectly fitting matte shade. I usually would finish off spraying some Fix Plus over my makeup, but since I wanted to test the foundation and see it real finish and the Fix Pluses that I had were of a particular finish (Pinklite and Matte), I skipped this step.

Since I don’t usually wear makeup on my everyday, I just wore the foundation and didn’t add any other product on top (I will usually go for blush as a first chance), to see how it worked on its own.

The shade, as I already knew, seemed a little bit darker or warmer than what I actually needed, but it blended really well with the rest of my body. The finish application and blending were really comfortable and easy. I absolutely love the way the Studio Fix Fluid foundation smells, it has a scent that really reminds me of some Clinique products. It it is a subtle but intense perfume, and it all kind of forms the whole ‘Studio Fix Fluid’ experience. The coverage is really nice, high but without looking unnatural, perfectly adapted to my skin shade and complexion.

The results

Even though I didn’t set it with any sprays, it still stayed transfer-proof and even for the whole day, approximately 12 hours between when I applied it and when I removed it. It wears out a little if you spend your day forgetting that you had any makeup on and putting sweaters on and off. I sincerely think that this foundation would be as unmovable as it can get if you too it with some good fixing spray. I would definitely go for the Fix Plus in Matte finish, and then use some highlighter where I thought I needed to ‘glow’.

It also stayed matte and with a nice finish even when it started wearing off, evenly and naturally, not with patches. It all made me really get my right shade figured out and buy one as soon as possible.

Though it’s quite pricy, it is not as much as the Face and Body Foundation (but also maybe because of the product quantity) which is 44 euros, the Studio Fix Fluid foundation is only 33’50 euros.

*In fact, the Face and Body foundation container has 120 ml and the Studio Fix Fluid foundation one has 30 ml, so the second one is actually much more expensive than the other one, probably due to its lower coverage and more natural finish.*

Conclusion

My goal is to set this one as my usual foundation since it feels so nice and professional, the coverage is perfectly buildable and the finish is really natural and matte but not flat.

I think this this foundation is one of the real deals, or possibly all MAC foundations are since they leave your skin looking so amazingly.

I will go with my instincts and order a NW15 or have my shade picked again and purchase the proper one as soon as possible.Also, I need to throw away some old foundations and this is perfect from bringing the ‘new era’ feeling to this autumn winter.

I’m so happy with so many makeup trends and collections, stay tuned for an insight into the holidays releases and season trends really soon!

Lots of love!

Peach Gold: Orange, the Color for this Summer 2018

Fortunately, summer is here again, full of color, velvety textures and shimmer. The makeup industry is bubbling up with new ranges, products and collections to spice up (wink at the Moroccan Spice palette from Fenty Beauty) our summer days and nights. In fact we already talked about the 10 MAC products perfect for this summer!

Among all those releases and exciting new trends, I’ve noticed that there’s one that seems to be the star of this summer 2018. And I personally love it!

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Summer Vibes

If you have been following the beauty news and the social media of the giants of cosmetics and makeup trends, you may have notice that this summer everything is (as it could’t be other way) glow, bright colors, rich shades, blinding highlighting and bronzers worthy of a Mediterranean or Caribbean goddess.

It’s summer and it’s the season to be ready to look naturally bronzed and glowy at the beach with some perfectly tousled waves and then be the fiercest looking at the night club. I love summer (and it is the only thing that I love about it) because the opportunities to rock a huge variety of looks and trends are enormous. And you can only get so creative in summer.

Anyhow, after this little ode to the summer that I have indulge myself in writing, what I wanted to bring you today is a theory that I’ve been quietly observing and testing as I saw release after release and campaign after campaign all over the internet, the stores and the social media of the typically iconic makeup brands.

The thing is this: orange gold is the color of this summer 2018.

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Peach Gold

I am talking about these few shades that vary among the bright orange, frost gold peach, strawberry bronze, rich copper, but most of all, this orange gold that appears to be in every single makeup release this summer, and though this articles is about that shade as an eyeshadow and the new palettes that contain them, it surely doesn’t end there. Lots of other products, packagings and full makeup lines have already ditched the rose gold in awe to the new queen: orange gold. Or peach gold if you think that sounds fancier, just remember, a deep, bright peach gold.

The Palettes

Now to dive right into this theory, I have three different palettes from very different makeup brands that perfectly represent and support this theory. After talking about them and remarking which shades (the star orange gold shade that we are talking about is by the way in EVERY palette) are the ones that support this whole chromatic trend, we can try and add a few more examples out of the eyeshadow palette world.

So, without further ado and hoping to have time to talk about everything I had in mind, here I bring you the palettes!

Lemonade Craze Platte by Maybelline

Of the three palettes that I’m going to talk about, this is the only one that I’ve actually managed to put my hands on. Also, maybe it was he first to break through this trend this year, since it was one of the first to be released. The shades speak clearly of summer vibes and all kinds of lemonade. Let’s have a look a it!

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As you can see, the palette was released in two different formats, one squared and one rectangular, depending on the country of the release. Anyhow, the shades were the same, and the color scheme behind it really fits this family of colors that has become so so popular this summer.

Since I own this one, I can talk a little more about this one. All the shades are very pigmented, which I didn’t expect from a palette from Maybelline. I must say that the quality of drugstore makeup has improved these last years a lot. My favorite shades are ‘Ice Pop‘ (a stunning deep magenta), ‘Lemonade Craze‘ (bright warm yellow), ‘Coral Punch‘ (pure soft orange) and ‘Sugar Coated‘, which will be the ‘peach gold’ shade of this palette an amazingly shimmery deep orange with gold iridescence.

As I said, the quality of the shadows was really good, slightly buttery, soft, and easy to work with and blend. The amount of looks you can create with this one is amazing.

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I’ll also leave you here some of my own pictures from Instagram featuring this palette. One of them got resposted by @maybelline itself and it made me really really happy! This was you can get a closer and more personal look to the palette.

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Summer Palette by Kylie Cosmetics

This can be the boldest palettes of all the ones we are going to see. The blood orange shade is definitely one of the most gorgeous of this summer, and dark shades that includes even black, allow you to create deeper and more dramatic looks. It also has some shimmer and metallic golds and coppers to compliment the orange  and red shades.

I have never tried Kylie Cosmetics but this one sure sounds like one I would love to play with!

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Also I must say that the looks that Kylie wears in the promotional pictures of the palette is simply stunning and the lip shade pairs perfectly with the eye look. In love!

 

Eye-Conic palette by Marc Jacobs

The Eye-Conic palette was part of the wonderful Coconut Collection by Marc Jacobs, which included a new shade of their famous Dew Drops, and that sadly I haven’t had the opportunity to try (yet). The whole concept behind the collection and the design of the packagings caught my eye since the beginning, but sadly I still hadn’t bought anything from it.

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All the shades in the palette looked perfect for me, specially the orange gold shade, called ‘Meet Ya‘ which was screaming my name. I’ve been a Marc Jacobs fan since forever and this time it was really hard not to get this particular palette. It is  the most elegant of all the ones that have been released with this color scheme and the packaging is just perfect.

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The other shades were more toned down than in other palettes, so maybe this one isn’t the one for you if you a looking to create more fun, bright looks.

BONUS: Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter duo in ‘Mimosa Sunrise’ and ‘Sangria Sunset’ by Fenty Beauty

Directly from my personal collection, I couldn’t help but remember that one of my favorite products for this summer 2018 had that ‘peach gold’ shade in it and I had to include it!
It is the absolutely stunning Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter duo from Fenty Beauty, and the particular shade is called ‘Mimosa Sunrise’. I have to say that these highlighters are a delight and perform greatly from a subtle wash of colors for your cheeks and lids to blinding noticeable-from-space impact and metallic pay off.
I totally recommend these to creative makeup artists or people who want to experiment with makeup and have fun.

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Take a look at that gorgeous color!

And that is it for now, stay tuned because the Fashion Weeks are over and the autumn trends are here and there are a thousand things I want to write about!
Lots of love!

Top 10 Mac Cosmetics Products for this Summer 2018

Summer is pretty much around the corner even though the weather keeps insisting in proving the opposite.

In no time we will be in a lounge at the beach with a glamorous cocktail in one hand watching the sun go down on our gorgeous tan, or under an umbrella freshly out of the ocean water enjoying the sunlight and the new bikini trends, or in a club at night ready to party in our most favorite dress and our ride waiting at the door. Or at least that’s what we wish for.

Anyhow, if you are either spending this summer in the city or the ocean, we all need that extra boost of glow that makes us feel that it’s summer wherever we are going or whatever we do.

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On the other hand, you know by now that I love MAC Cosmetics products, and when it comes to make you feel like a diva, this brand has always the last word. As every summer, they have also released a great limited edition collection called ‘Mirage Noir‘. I must say that since I assisted to that event when I was able to try it before it came out to the markets, I’ve fallen completely in love with it. But I will talk about that stunning collection in another article dedicated exclusive to it, so if you like Mirage Noir collection, stay tuned!

Going back to the need for a summer boost of glow and confidence and the basics of feeling a diva when the sun starts shinning, we all agree that that is a need with which we are familiar with, and that is the doom (and also the bless!) of every summer. We want to look fabulous but struggle to know how to achieve that ‘too glam to care’ vibe.

And for that special purpose, today I bring you a selection of 10 products from MAC that I choose specially with that idea in mind: what would you need this summer to glow day and night?

  1. MAC PREP + PRIME FIX+ (SHIMMER) IN ‘GOLDLITE’

    MAC COSMETICS DEATHLESSVOGUEThe first of all if that if you are ever in a hurry is making sure you are going to end up looking splendorous enough no matter how much time you put into the rest of your make up. There has to be that one magical product that ensures that you leave feeling and looking perfect and that the rest or makeup process and the whole day is a full success. For that, there’s nothing better than the new Fix Plus with shimmer that comes in two versions, Pinklite (with pink shimmer) and Goldlite (with gold shimmer).

    Though I have the Pinklite one, I’ve tried both and for the purpose of this list, the Goldlite is this key product. The golden shimmer is perfect for summer and for giving you a fresh glow appearance in just a couple of spritzes. Also, it serves both as a primer for your make and as a fixer. It is just the wonder bottle. The Fix Plus has always been a top product but with this new twist, there’s no way you can resist the need to bathe yourself in this magical mist to glow and feel fresh all through the summer.

  2. MAC STROBE CREAM IN ‘PEACHLITE’

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    This moisturizer is a total must for this summer. While hydrating your skin, it gives an amazing glow and fresh look due to the pearly particles in it. Strobing in a bottle! This strobe cream comes in different tones but the Peachlite, with its pink peach pearly shade is the perfect one for this summer. The pink/peach tones boost the youth and freshness of every skintone, and the mix of silvery and golden undertones makes any skin seem full of light and life. The perfect highlighter and the perfect color correction for dull skins or for those who want to add a special ‘healthy glow’ finish to their skins.

    Also, MAC has a body version of this strobing magic, that you can get and pair up with your favorite Strobe Cream and be the girl with the best looking tan in all the beach. Even if you are in the office.

  3. MAC EXTRA DIMENSION HIGHLIGHTER IN ‘SHOW GOLD’

    MAC COSMETICS DEATHLESSVOGUEWe all know that MAC highlighters are one of the best ones out there. Not only they highlight as if you were hit by the light of heavens, but it feel luxurious. The texture, the smell, the fine satin-like powder, the iridescence… The magic. They are the highlighter you need if you feel is lacking that extra glam that you need to accomplish everything in life.

    This is one personal opinion, you have never felt as good with a highlighter on that with the ones from MAC. And now, leaving my obsessions aside, I can say this shade, which I own of course because it’s gorgeous, is the perfect match for the Peachlite Strobe Cream. This shade, ‘Show Gold‘, is a rose gold peachy color with heaps and heaps of warm and cold iridescent shimmer.

    The consistency of this one is just perfect. So smooth you can hardly feel it’s a powder. A delight to be applied. And as we have said before, perfect, as the Peachlite Strobe Cream, for all skin tones to boost their natural glow and take it through the roof. What can be better for summer than ‘Show Gold‘?

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  4. MAC PEARLMATTE FACE POWDER: MOTHER O’ PEARL

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    The  jewel of the crown.
    As you might know, MAC launches limited editions every summer, and let me say that  the collection of this year is plainly amazing. Since I was able to try the products before they went out in the market in an event at my MAC store, I have had the opportunity to know this collection in depth and I can just say that I’m in love. But we’ll see all that in the article about the collection.
    The thing is, if MAC already has a collection for the summer, how could I not pick some of these products into my summer list.

    This one here is simply the best product in the collection. It is gorgeously design, beside from the amazing duochromatic packaging all the products from the collection have, it smells pure and luxurious, and the shades just have me crazy. You can use these powder all over your face using all the shades to give you a special tan/fuchsia/illuminated instant good looking face. But you can also use it as a blush, a bronzer and a highlighter, choosing which shades of the pattern you want to take with your brush, either if you want to use them separately, all together or in combination, this face powder is just the best.

    In addition, it gives a glorious pearly but matte finish, and only comes in this divine combination of perfectly chosen shades, called Mother O`Pearl.
    I own this one too and I can only say that it’s sold out for a reason.

  5. M·A·C STUDIO FACE AND BODY FOUNDATION / MIRAGE NOIR IN ‘LIGHT PEARL’

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    If you are already familiar with the Face and Body Foundation form MAC, prepare  yourself for the summer twist in this one. In the Mirage Noir collection we can find two Face and Body shades that are specially formulated to bronze and shimmer our skin like we have just arrived to a party after a long day at the beach.

    The pearly glow in this one is gorgeous and though there are only two shades, they are really translucent and blend perfectly with all the skin tones. If you are already in your most tan version, use the Medium Deep Pearl shade, but for every day use and to look perfectly sunny at all occasions, I recommend the Light Pearl one! If you have time and a MAC store where you live, go and swatch this because its bronzing magic is amazing.

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  6. MAC LIPGLASS / MIRAGE NOIR IN ‘MIDNIGHT DIP’

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    The last product in this list from the Mirage Noir collection couldn’t be other than one of the luscious Lipglasses designed specially by MAC for this summer. This one here, ‘Midnight Dip‘, is the perfect combination of a gloss and a dark lip. The shimmery particles in it makes it a gorgeous color that can turn any look into a success in seconds. If you pair it with Treasure Beach (bright pink), as I did in one look for Instagram, the dimension you can achieve is simply stunning. This is by far my most favorite gloss of the summer and though I still don’t own it, it’s definitely on my wishlist.

    This color is ten times more beautiful when you actually try it than here in the pictures, so as I usually recommend with everything, if you have a store anywhere near, go and try this because I couldn’t have fallen in love harder when I did.

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  7. MAC IN EXTREME DIMENSION WATERPROOF MASCARA IN ‘DIMENSIONAL BLACK’

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    Because who doesn’t love a great waterproof mascara for the season of heat, pools and beach. MAC Extreme Dimension Waterproof mascara ensures that your glamorous looking lashes are going to stay volumized, lengthened, pitch black and in place all through your pool party, your day at the beach or your clubbing night.

    A waterproof mascara is a must for every summer and this one will just exceed your expectations. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate the stunning packaging with the neon effect teal letters all over it?

    Don’t leave anyone indifferent to your look and apply two coats of this mascara to have that killer queen gaze that make heads turn!

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  8. MAC LIQUIDLAST LINER IN ‘WET ROAD’

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    Yes, an eyeliner seems to be always a must. But it’s summer and the party has started. Ditch your regular black eyeliner for when the holidays are over and head to this wonderful pearly silver shade of the MAC Liquidlast Liner, ‘Wet Road‘.

    Get creative with it or just do your usual winged eyeliner, I assure you that with this awesome liner you won’t leave anyone indifferent.

    Even if you wear it alone or you use it as the cherry on the top a dark glossy lips and full lashes look, this will make you look and feel as if you are ready to slay the night. Disco ball and everything.

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  9. MAC GRAND ILLUSION LIQUID LIPCOLOUR IN ‘SPACE BUBBLE’
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    If you have already seen this line of lipcolours, you understand why it is in this list. The Grand Illusion lipcolours combine iridescence, a metallic finish and almost like a duochrome effect full of multidimensional shimmery particles that will take you out of space. This particular color, ‘Space Bubble‘ is a double deep reed bright pink  with golden shimmer gorgeousness potion that will be perfect for the days you want to be the center of attention.

    The holographic effect in this one is amazing too, is its really comfortable to apply, hydrating, and as a plus it has a refreshing effect that will plump your lips to even further galaxies. If you like special effects lipcolours, you have to try this line! I have and I just can say that it’s twice as marvelous as you imagine it at the very least.
    This close up doesn’t do justice to how stunning it is but if you search for swatches you’ll become a believer!

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  10. MAC DAZZLEGLASS IN ‘DATE NIGHT’

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    Finally, this list couldn’t be completed without one of the Dazzleglasses. If you haven’t seen this everywhere you are the lucky person that lives in a cave or under a rock that I aspire to be. But MAC Dazzleglasses are really a thing. They took the concept of the lip gloss, made the Lipglasses, and now the next level are the stunning Dazzleglasses, a lip gloss infused with glitter, shimmer, and every kind of iridescence, pearly and holographic particles you can imagine.

    Date Night‘ is a gorgeous color well, for date nights and for every night. The deep magenta shade in this pairs perfectly with the fuchsia concept of the Mirage Noir collection, or what is the same, the idea of MAC of this summer 2018. For me, I could hardly leave aside more than one or two Dazzleglasses since they all seem gorgeous to me, but this is clearly the most special for me. When deep and rich shades and amazing finishes are combined, I’m all in.

    If I manage to get one of these, I’ll probably wear it every single night of the summer. Who needs spotlights when you can shine so bright on your own! Just look at that, isn’t that the prettiest thing you have ever seen?

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And that’s it! I hope you enjoy my selection and that you can get yourself one of these to make your summer as divine as you. Don’t forget to share your own MAC Cosmetics favorites for summer!
Lots of love!

Focallure 18 Eyeshadows Bright Lux Palette Review

You all know by now that I have a weakness for warm toned palettes.

If you remember my article about them, warm toned palettes are not only a trend that doesn’t seem to grow old since it boomed last year, but also a blessing for me, who already wore dark red lip liner as an eyeliner in high school (dark times, dark places). In that article I presented some of the most popular palettes that followed this trend in the moment and a general overview on my opinion on the trend.
Anyhow, warm palettes are a marvelous gift from the heavens and today I bring to you the review of one of the most exquisite ones I have tried. I’m talking about the Focallure 18 Shades Full Function Palette, in the shade Bright Lux.
First of all here you can see some of the pictures from the company.

 

Does the shade selection looks familiar?

That’s probably is because it’s the most magnificent dupe (probably the best dupe of anything I’ve found in my whole life) of the famous Rose Gold palette from Huda Beauty.

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What do I mean with a dupe?
I mean that the the quality of the Focallure palette is so fantastically amazing and I’m so impressed with it that I am actually quite shocked that it is so stunningly similar in quality. But let’s take things slowly and begin this review!

 

The Company

About a month ago I discover a fantastic online shop called Womental. I had been seeing their products over Instagram and I decided to take a look at their web.
In the makeup section the sell mainly Focallure products, of which I have never heard before this. The Bright Lux palette’s shades were too beautiful for me to resist it and after searching for some reviews online (all good, truth be told) I decided to get that one. They also have a Neutrals one version, that seemed more practical for everyday looks, but if you follow me on Instagram you know that I’m not that much intro practicality and that I can’t help falling in love with everything that shines, sparkles or has glitter. And also holographic stuff but that’s a subject for another day.

Returning to the palette,  after a lot of debate and scrolling up and down the site, I set my mind on that one and hoped for the results to be as good as they seemed on the internet. Obviously, I had my doubts, but this was probably the time that I learned to be open minded about makeup.

 

The brand

While my package was on its way, I did a bit of research about Focallure. They are a cruelty free brand (GOOD) that apparently is only available online through their own website or through resellers, and that specializes in makeup and beauty. They have a hue variety of products at amazing prices, and the fact that they sell to resellers too really pleases me, since they help and support growing business like the wonderful website where I discovered this brand, Womental. More point to them for that.

 

The package

The time passed and my very excitedly expected packaged finally arrived. First of all I must say a really big thank you to Womental. What was my surprise when I opened it that not only my palette was there in a perfect state (and it arrived pretty quickly from far far away, I must say) but also three lip products that were a complete bliss and that were sent as a gift.

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Womental can have their five golden stars for this amazing service and customer care!

The palette

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Now to the core of the question. The Focallure palette was in my hands and all I had to do was open it and swatch it and the truth will be revealed. I did. And guess what?

It was as amazing as the one from Huda. No, I’m not kidding. This is some serious business. Really serious.

Even if you are not searching for a Huda Rose Gold dupe but just for an amazingly pigmented and beautiful warm toned palette that can battle Modern Renaissance and win, this is the palette for you.

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Concerning the packaging, I loved the overall feeling of it. The Focallure palette looks luxurious but elegant, shiny black with the right dosage of gold/rose gold details and a magnetic lock. Just perfect.

 

The shadows

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There are seven foiled shadows, one shimmery shadow and ten matte shadows. I first swatched the foiled ones (obviously) and I was so so surprised. The pigmentation is like one I’ve never seen before. You can swatch them with your fingers and then swatch them in your arms and they’ll still look as if you had put eyeshadow primer under them. Perfect. Just perfect. The colors were perfect too.

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At first I thought that the matte ones weren’t as pigmented but this was only that it took more than one finger swatch to get the surface of the shadow out of their ‘baked’ state. After this, oh my, the pigmentation on those too. The reds, pinks and burgundies look so so beautiful on the eyes. Just wait and see.

For the shimmery white shadow, the same thing happened as with the matte ones.

So, all of them were the perfect quality. And I’m saying perfect, which is not something I say that easily. The shadows are as I’ve said amazingly pigmented, the texture is buttery just to the right amount and they are still so easy to work with and blend. They are also long lasting and water resistant. You will need a good set of brushes for this palette because well, it is what you call a professional palette. No kidding.

Here you have a bonus video if you want to see that shimmering action!

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As soon as I ended the swatching phase, I went straight to creating some looks to see how the Focallure eyeshadows worked on the eyes and with actual brushes. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!

The looks

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This look was a more or bright look where I gave a try at the cut creased trend. I mainly used Wine, Terracota, Toffee, Indian Red as a transition color and Moonlight and Garnet to highlight the lid, the corner of the eye and the browbone. Also I used extra Toffe and some Carbon on the outer corner of the eye to polish it up! I used a little of Lash Paradise mascara from L’Óreal and that’s it!

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In this one I tried to give a date nigh twist on the first look. It is more dark since it has more of the Wine color the outer color is a lighter mix of this one and Toffee. The cut crease is blended with someof this too, and the color Terracota goes up to the brow without highlighting. For the inner corner, I used Garnet, Moonlight, Bisque and some Wet n Wild Color Icon glitter in the shade ‘Bleached’. This time, I added a winged eyeliner with Catrice Eye Liner Pen in waterproof black and again the Lash Paradise mascara from L’Óreal.

I know that both of the looks are really similar regarding the color choice but that was totally my fault. It was my first ever warm palette and I wanted to play with those reds and pinks like crazy. Also, I must say that it was my first time trying a cut crease and I always thought the best colors for that technique are burgundies.

This palette is really versatile and in the next round I take at it I’ll sure be looking to create something quite different with the more gold/brown/orange section of the palette.
If you want to see how those turn out, stay tuned!

Conclusion

I just want to thank Womental for their fantastic service, their kindness and for introducing me to such an amazing makeup brand. I couldn’t be happier with this, and though this is mainly a review of the palette, I must say that the lip products they sent me were fantastic too (and smelled divine), so you will probably see a review about those around here soon, as well as some pictures in my Instagram (which I already took!).
You have to check out their shop, they also sell accessories, hair items, jewelry and what not!

This has been a very positive experience and I encourage you all to go out there and try and search and to look always beyond.

And of course I recommend this palette to all of you who can’t afford Anastasia Beverly Hills or Huda Beauty and still want to feel like a Hollywood starlet, because you deserve it!

I really hope you enjoyed this and lots of love!

Glow: The 2018 Trend

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This 2018 the glow trend is not going to allow to be moved from its throne. One more year, we find that a luminous, dewy and youthful skin with touches of strobing is still the most wanted look, in and out of red carpets and runways. It’s that shine that lets light come through your skin and that totally gives you that ‘healthy glow’ ‘I don’t need make-up’ effect.

What is the glow?

First, it came the contouring, enhancing your features by using make-up products to strategically darken your face in the areas that suit your bone structure better to achieve a more sophisticated look. Then, it came the strobing, where you did the exact opposite thing: highlight your face in the areas where light would naturally hit your features to make them look more defined, giving your whole look an ethereal, fairy-like appearence that boosted your face structure in a much more dreamy, elegant way than contouring.

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Now, the glow has taken it to the next level. Instead of taking care of just some areas of your features, its purpose is to give your whole face a radiant look, mixing make-up products with efficient cosmetics to make your skin shine like it was naturally that luminous. The result is a dewy finish that gives the impression that you don’t need to wear, and even that you are in fact not wearing, any make-up. The skin looks healthy, shining, enhaced and ready to bite!

How to achieve it?

Make-up brands and cosmetic houses are starting to launch specific products that are formulated to give you this glow look, but you can also use a few tips and tricks to achieve it without having to buy any of these (or to see if you like how it looks on you before buying them!). You can use other products that you already have in your make-up stash, pay attention!

  • Applying foundation with some liquid highlighter: Liquid options of luminizers like L’Oreal Liquid Highlighter can be mixed with your foundation to give to your complexion that extra glowy look. If your foundation alone seem a bit dull, don’t hesitate to mix it with a drop or two of your favorite liquid highlighter. Mix it well before applying it to your face (I recommend using a sponge or a beauty blender). Also, you can apply these drops directly to your face in specific points and then proceed to blend it all out while you apply your foundation. Girl meets Pearl from Benefit work wonders too with this method!

 

  • Mixing your favorite BB cream with some moisturizer: If you already have a naturally dewy skin, why cover it up? Most of the time our skin looks healthier without make-up than with a full face of foundation and powder. This effect can look cakey and make you look older, so if you only want to boost your skin tone a little bit, mix your favorite BB cream with a moisturizer or primer that promotes healthy looking skin and you are good to go! You can always top it up with a little highlighter if you want that extra sparkle on your look.

 

  • Using just primer and cream highlighter: If you already have a primer that makes your skin look superb, don’t lose this effect under layers of make-up. When using very few products on your face I always recommend using liquid or cream form highlighter, since I think that the powder one looks best on top of a full face of make-up while it can look a little ‘fake’ and ‘overdone’ on a natural looking skin. After your moisturizer, just prime your face (use one that reduces pores or redness and you’ll be looking fabulous) and then highlight your features with some cream highlighter. Blend it well with your fingers and work it onto the primer to make it look like the shine comes right through your skin.

 

  • Mixing your moisturizer with liquid highlighter: As you can see it’s all about the mixing. Liquid highlighter is as versatile as that. If your moisturizer is one that leaves your skin so healthy looking that you don’t need make-up at all, mix it with some liquid highlighter and apply it as you normally would. The glow is guaranteed, just don’t exceed yourself with adding the highlighter! If you want to perk it up a little you can add some more highlighter to strategic points of your face and use some concealer to cover your dark circles. You’ll never look as youthful and natural!

Specific Products

If you have tried the trend and you’ve fallen in love, here you have some products specifically designed to achieve it:

  • Extra Glow Skincare Palette from Bobbi Brown
  • S.O.S Primer Booste l’éclat from Clarins
  • Météorites Heart Shape from Guerlain
  • Strobe Cream from M.A.C.
  • Wash+Glow Cleanser from NIA

The Extra Tip

Always remember to use sunscreen, that protects your skin from getting wrinkles and dark spots sooner than you should (and obviously protects you against some serious skin problems). The key to this look is health and youth so search for a good sunscreen and start applying it every day if you are not already doing it. Yes, every day! Also, if your BB cream or usual moisturizer already has sunscreen on it, congratulations, you hit jackpot.

So this is it, I really hope you enjoyed this and you try the methods I shared if you like the ‘glow’ look! Do you think this is a trend that will last?
Share your opinions and looks!

Palette Trend: Warm-Eyed Craze

This is another post about this palette trend that I had ready before the summer and that I wanted to post before I started the new year! I also updated it a bit so I could include some recent discoveries, enjoy!

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Kaia Gerber wearing Scandalust palette for Marc Jacobs Beauty.

 

The Trend

Warm toned eye looks are a big thing right now.

Personally this make-up trend is one of the most flattering in the last times. Specially suitable for brown eyes and autumn colors hair, it can actually fit any eye color or complexion. The beauty of this look is that, even when it’s perfectly worked and detailed to any glamour level you want, it still looks kind of natural. Earthy tones speak to us about falling leaves, deep forests, fireplaces and candles. Even with bright hues or the use of glitter, these tones guarantee you a soft appearance, warm and magical, ethereal like the evening sunlight.

The thing is, actual autumn is just around the corner and this trend seem to be preparing its greatest act. Pretty much every cosmetic line has been launching their own version of the ‘perfect warm tones palette’ for the past months. Let’s say for example Lime Crime, Anastasia, and most recently even Urban Decay jumped on the bandwagon with their Naked Heat palette. So, if autumn is always a season for earthy tones, this year is going to be as big as it can get.

 

Venus II by Lime Crime and Modern Renaissance by Anastasia Beverly Hills.

The Colors

What colors do these palette actually contain? The most popular options are oranges, deep burgundy reds, soft browns and sparkly peachy tones. The selection allows you to create for the most simple and subtle/shy looks to the most glamorous one using glitter and a perfectly defined and sharp black eyeliner. These hues are also very favorable to recreate the trendy halo eyes look that has been going around so much lately. For me, all these colors give away a sensation of a naturally edgy-grunge-couldn’t care less look, along with some innocent and even fairy-like look.

 

Naked Heat by Urban Decay and Matte Palette by Zoeva.

 

The Possibilities

From my point of view, the perfect choices to complete this look is a warm toned hair color like a gingery red, a chocolate brown, a strawberry blonde – all in all anything with a warm under tone (imagine the colors of autumn leaves!), and some fake freckles if you don’t already sport some real ones! Some of us are not that lucky.

You can achieve these in multiple ways and if you have doubts you sure can search for a thousand tutorials, but my favorite techniques, and the ones that I think that are the easiest are these. Use a brown mascara that goes well with your complexion and use the brush lightly (or other brush you may wish) to create natural and uneven looking freckles, or if you want to have more control over the size and distribution of the freckles, use a matte long lasting eyeliner pencil or gel. Marc Jacobs Beauty used this last technique on Selena Gomez for her latest video, Fetish. Remember to pair all this with a flawless complexion that doesn’t look to heavy, go for a good coverage but of a dewy/natural finish. You even may be good to go with some concealer and mattifying powder.

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Scandalust by Marc Jacobs. My favorite!

If you are willing to try this trend, you can start practicing this look all through the summer, starting with softer and simpler look, just combining a few shadows to enhance your bronzed beach style.

Did you fall for this trend too? What is your favorite warm-toned palettte?
Share some of your best looks!