April 26, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: M.A.C

The $100 fee for the M.AC Ultimate Transformation: Creating Drag Master Class that I went to was redeemable in products, so here is what I bought. Some of it Christopher DelCastillo had used during the class, some of it I needed to re-purchase, and some of it I wanted to try.
  • NC25 Studio Fix Plus Powder Foundation: This a full-coverage, matte finish, powder foundation. For my normal-dry skin, wearing powder foundation can look a little cake-y so to take away some of the powdery finish, I like to spray my face with M.A.C Fix +. I also like to apply it with a powder brush instead of the sponge that is included in the compact because it's easier to build up the coverage whereas as the sponge can apply too heavily.
Christopher mentioned that wearing this foundation can cause a white cast in photos because of the flash, so this foundation is best worn in controlled lighting. I first bought this in the NC30 shade because one of the M.A.C SAs said to go a shade darker since it will wash you out in photos. When I tried it at home though, it was way too dark and the shade differences between the powder and my chest was too noticeable to wear. I exchanged for NC25 which was a better match and swatched and took a photo of the NC30 shade before I returned it. I also took a picture of me wearing the NC25 shade and didn't have problems with the white cast. 

  • Cream Colour Base: I have this product in other shades and the reason why I like them is because they are a multi-purpose product that gives a subtle shimmery dewy finish. You can apply over bare skin or over makeup, even over powder and it won't look cake-y because it doesn't dry to a powdery finish. You could use a brush to apply but I actually like to use my fingers as they're really easy to blend and to sheer out. The colors I bought were:
    • Pearl: pale shimmery golden-cream
    • Shell: pale shimmery pink-beige

  • Paint Pot: These are cream eyeshadows that are pigmented, easy to blend, and stay on on the eyes really well so they're great as eyeshadow bases. There are so many shades to choose from so I also like to pair them with matching powder eyeshadows on top to make the colors more vibrant. The colors I bought were:
    • Soft Ochre: matte yellow-beige
    • Painterly: matte pink-beige

  • Eye Brows: These are mechanical, self-sharpening brow pencils with a very thin lead so it's easy to draw hair-like lines for natural looking brows. I bought them in two colors, one lighter and one darker, so can I change up how I want my brows to look. Depending on the overall makeup look, sometimes I want the brows to be darker and stronger but other times the brows can look too overpowering and I want it to be lighter and fade in the background. The two colors I bought were:
    • Stud: dark black-brown
    • Lingering: medium taupe brown

  • Cream O' Spice Cremestick Liner: I have a bunch of these Cremestick Liners and I like them because they're a twist-up so you don't need to sharpen them, creamy, and last long on the lips. This is a medium brown-pink, a good neutral shade to go with many lip colors.
  • 214 Short Shader Brush: I was interested in checking out this brush and was happy Christopher used it in class. It's a short, flat, firm brush that can be used for smudging out liner or packing on color, but Christopher actually used it in the crease which created a more defined eye look.

  • Lash: Christopher layered these lashes together on the model but surprisingly they didn't look that dramatic, just long and gave the eyes a sexy, alluring look.
    • #1: These have a full look and are almost all one length. They're great to layer over longer lashes to give them extra volume and thickness.
    • #2: These are quite long and don't have much volume but create a fluttery look to the eyes.
    • #3: These are probably my favorite M.A.C lashes as I've repurchased them many times. They have enough length and volume to give a little "oomph" to your your lashes but still looks natural. I actually like to layer two pairs of these if I want extra drama to my eyes.

Glamour Girl

April 19, 2011

M.A.C Ultimate Transformation: Creating Drag Master Class

Recently I attended a M.A.C Master Class called Ultimate Transformation: Creating Drag and it was the first time my M.A.C store had this type of class that taught how to do more dramatic makeup than just everyday looks. This class was taught by Christopher DelCastillo who has been doing makeup for over 10 years, his credits include fashion week and even creating the makeup look for Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics tour.

Before the class the model, named Andrew, had already prepped his face. Christopher had advised to use the least amount of emollient products like moisturizers and eye creams as that can make the makeup slide off. Instead, you should use primers like in the Prep + Prime line and apply those products after the moisturizers.

With my friend Hikari and M.A.C Makeup Artist, Christopher DelCastillo

April 08, 2011

Neutral Eye, Plum Cheeks & Lips Tutorial/Suqqu Products

A makeup tutorial using Suqqu 05 Sakurakaba Blend Color Eyeshadow palette and the brushes I bought in Japan. You can read my review on the brushes here and my review on the palette here. You can see all of Suqqu's products here. For more info on where you can buy Suqqu online, check out Nut About Makeup's Blog.

April 05, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: Jouer Cosmetics

A few weeks ago I posted about the contest I won from Jouer's Facebook page and since then, I placed a couple orders from their website, jouercosmetics.com. Sephora used to carry it years ago but they pulled it and the brand has since revamped its packaging and products to a more exclusive line. It was started by Christina Zilber, a "Makeup Stylist", who's philosophy on makeup is to be classic, natural, and enhance your natural beauty.

I suggest you sign up for the Insider Report (mailing list) because they email you with special Beauty Spotlight offers such as, receiving a free product when you buy a certain product or a percentage discount. For my first order, I bought:
  • Light Age-Repairing Brightener: It's a concealer that illuminates and reduces the look of dark circles and fine lines under your eyes. The texture is creamy, easy to blend, and has a slight dewy-moisturizing finish. With the lipstick-type packaging, it makes it easy to apply. The coverage is medium and so if you have super dark circles, this might not be enough coverage for you and you may need to apply a corrector concealer underneath first.
  • Tiare Highlighter: I got to choose any Highlighter shade with purchasing the Age-Repairing Brightener and so I chose Tiare, a pale sheer shimmery gold. It has a smooth texture that doesn't dry to a powdery finish, so you can easily apply it over powdered products, it won't look cake-y, and it lasts for a decent amount of time on the skin.

In my next order, there was a 25% off offer on all products and so I thought it was a great chance to buy a bunch of stuff. Here's what I got:
  • Pearl Luminizing Moisture Tint: I had tried a sample of Golden and it was a couple shades too dark for me, maybe if I had a tan it would match me. Although Pearl is a better match, it does have a slightly golden-tan tint to it but hardly noticeable once blended in and settled with a powder. The texture is creamy but not thick that it makes it hard to blend. The  texture actually dries down so that it doesn't feel sticky on the skin but it still has a an illuminating-glowy finish to it.

  • Ivory Replenish & Protect Hydrating Powder: This powder foundation has ingredients  that is supposed to keep your skin continuously hydrated throughout the day. It has a smooth velvety matte finish that doesn't cake on the skin and has light-to-medium coverage. The SPF 39 is a bit random (why not an even 40?) and there's an interesting scent to the powder (sort of ocean-y?) that isn't off-putting, but overall I do like this powder.

  • Perfect Tan Replenish & Protect Hydrating Bronzer SPF 39: This has all the same benefits as the powder but it has warm golden bronze color to it. It has a matte finish that still gives you the bronze glow without the shimmer, which also makes it great for contouring.

  • Whisper Tint: This is a multi-purpose product that you can use on your cheeks and lips. Whisper is a warm pink with a gold sheen. The pigmentation on these are meant to be sheer so there's no way of applying too much and overdoing it. It has a creamy texture, kind of slippery but not at all greasy. They don't dry to a powdery finish so you can apply it over a powered face and it won't look cake-y. The lasting power is descent but if you're worried about it wearing off, then you can either take it with you for touch-ups, set it with loose powder, or wear a matching powder blush on top.

  • Chiffon Creme Eyeshadow: This is a shimmery ivory color that is nice as a highlighter for the brow-bone and inner corner or on the lid for a soft wash of color. It has a dry-cream texture but it's still easy to blend. It doesn't set to a powdery finish so there's a chance that it can crease a bit but if you apply a primer underneath, it should stay on well. You can also layer a matching powder eyeshadow on top to keep it lasting a lot longer.

  • Powder Eyeshadow: I bought three colors and generally they are pigmented, smooth texture, and easy to blend. You can also apply them with a damp brush to intensify the color or use it as a liner. The colors I bought are:
    • Chestnut: matte medium golden brown. This is my favorite color out of the three because I like to use it on the crease which gives enough warmth to the eyes without looking orange.
    • Amaretto: shimmery taupe plum-brown. It's a nice neutral shade that I think is pretty universal on any skin-tone. Can be worn during the day for a simple look or paired with darker colors for a dramatic look at night.
    • Espresso: shimmery slate grey. This is a nice color to be used as a liner when you don't want it to be too dark and harsh looking but still give it definition.

  • Clair Eye Clarifier: This is a matte nude-cream color that is meant to be applied to the bottom waterline to take away the redness, brighten, and open up the eyes. It has a creamy smooth texture but doesn't really last too long so you may need to take it with you to touch-up. Comes with a sharpener which is a nice bonus, but I haven't tried it yet to know if it's good or not.

  • Nicole Hydrating Lipstick: This is a shimmery soft raspberry pink color. The pigmentation is medium, has a slight glossy sheen to it, and feels comfortable on the lips. The packaging is really sleek, in a champagne-colored metal casing that feels really secure when it's closed so you don't have to worry about it opening up in your bag.

  • Essential Lip Enhancer: I love trying new lip balms and I've read good things about this one so I was excited to try this. Jouer claims that if you use this product three times a day for 29 days, it will naturally plump up your lips and decrease fine lines. It doesn't have any tingling sensation like other lip plumpers and I don't really notice any extra fullness to my lips but then again, it hasn't been a full 29 days so I can't attest to that. It feels very moisturizing on the lips though, not sticky, and a scent that I can't really put my finger on it, but it's really subtle and wears off fairly quickly. It also has a sheer pale pink tint to it and a glossy finish which is nice if you only have this product with you to apply on your lips. Another plus I like about this lip balm is that it doesn't have SPF like how most lip balms do, not that having it is bad but I like how this is more like a treatment that I can use at night.

So that's all the products! What drew me in to the brand in the first place was the packaging. While I rarely buy products for how it looks, I mean even if it's cute or luxurious looking, the quality of the product is what's most important. But the packaging of Jouer products is unique because it interlocks side-by-side and back-to-back. Even the Moisturizing Lipglosses can be connected to the compacts. I think it's just a innovative idea that makes it easier to organize and store your makeup, easy to take with you for touch-ups, and just fun to play with to customize your own palettes.

Now while the packaging may seem a little gimmicky, I think the quality of the products are actually really nice. They're easy to use, especially with the cream products you can just use your fingers to apply. I think this brand is great for people who want simple and sophisticated looks that is easy to put together as all the colors are wearable and work well together. I'm really happy with these products and hope to try more from them. Have you tried Jouer products? What are your favorites?

Glamour Girl
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