Friday, December 31, 2010

Creating A Natural Look With My Favourite Makeup Products

In recent months I have discovered some Holy Grail material makeup products that I am currently using them, and loving every bits of them that I want to blog about them before we bid Goodbye to 2010.  

It has been quite some time since I last touch my Revlon Colorstay Liquid foundation (a pretty high coverage foundation) because these days I much prefer to go for a more natural look.. When it comes to makeup, I personally feel that it is not about how thick or colorful the makeup is, but rather a good makeup should be able to cover imperfections/flaws and enhance our own features.. and that is where concealing, shading, blending, highlighting come into place.. (Ok, I admit I am a noobie in makeup, I do not know how to properly conceal my super bad dark circles, acne scar marks, neither do I know how to highlight and contour my face)  .. so I have to hunt for more user-friendly and effective makeup products since I do not have the skills...

In my opinion, I find a perfect makeup is one that one had applied several makeup products on her face, and people will compliment that her skin looks flawless, as though they cannot  see any makeup base on her skin..(I am still a far cry from this stage though.. but hope one day I am able to achieve this result by myself)

So what are some of my newly found HG makeup products I discovered this year which I have yet to blog about?

1) Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder foundation SPF20 PA++ (Shade 02)

Full ingredients list for Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder foundation SPF20 PA++ :

I had this product for a couple months, but I just started using it like last month and have fallen in love with it. It is mentioned that it uses new fresh ground technology that delivers a microlight powder, virtually weightless, that blends perfectly on the skin. It is infused with minerals rich with antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E and natural skin smoothers. It is also enriched with sea water complex which contains elements such as calcium and magnesium known to strengthen skin and support natural mineral equilibrium.

At first I had wanted to use it as a loose powder to set my liquid foundation/BB cream. But after using it alone after my concealer, I began treating it as a foundation...I am very much delighted with the amazing result that I see on my skin, with such little amount of freshly grinded mineral powder.It gives me a better skin effect and even out my skin tone, as if it was my second skin. These days I just apply concealer and EA Pure Finish Mineral Foundation as my base and I can just hit town without wearing heavy makeup base.

By the way, all these while,I am using the given powder puff to apply the foundation and it works.I read from EA facebook that there is a $19.90 brush set promotion when one buy this Pure Finish Mineral Foundation at Sephora, but my friend just went to Sephora a week back wanting to purchase this foundation and the brush set but she told me the staff informed her that they don't carry EA cosmetics, so strange!

** To clarify, EA cosmetics are available at Sephora @ Ion branch and the $19.90 Kabuki brush set is still available for each EA Pure Finish Mineral foundation purchasedat Sephora @ Ion.

2) Kate Designing Eyebrow N (Shade : EX-5)

Swatches For Kate Designing Eyebrow N (EX-5)

This is my first eyebrow powder palette. It comes with a dual sided eyebrow/shader brush to apply eyebrow powder on my eyebrows as well as to apply the beige powder at the inner corner of the eyelids to help brighten the eyes. I seldom use the beige powder though.. Most of the times I will use the light brown shade on the front of my eyebrows and the dark brown shade on the end of my eyebrows. Although the powder is not very pigmented, I can easily layer on more powder to create the natural brow effect. No harsh looking eyebrows. There is also another range of palettes called Kate Brown Collection Eye Shadow and Brow which include eyeshadow colors and eyebrow powder for a few bucks more.

3) Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara (Black 01)

More information about Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara (Black 01):

Remember Ms Heroine sent me a Rescue Package some time back.. I had started using one of the mascaras - Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara, and I am loving the effect! It really gives me long lashes that curl without the awful clumps like those of cockroaches' legs.. It also does not irritate my eyes and does not smudge my eye areas after I watched a touching movie.. Just beautiful long lashes that curl all day long. Although this is a lengthening mascara, I find that it also volumises my sparse lashes at the same time. I am certainly impressed with the effect and long lasting result!
4) Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner (Black 01)

More Information about Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner

See how fine the brush tip is:

At first look, the brush did not seem anything special but once I drew the first line on the back of my hand.. My first thought went: : "WOW!!! This eyeliner has got a super duper ultra thin brush tip and its super black!" My first line was just a stroke (coat) across my skin, and I saw the finest line that I had ever came across that was produced by an eyeliner!
So how fine/thin the line exactly is?
Now you use a mechanical pencil and draw a line on a piece of white paper...yes, the line produced by Kiss Me Heroine Make Liquid Eyeliner is as fine as that drew from a mechanical pencil. Unbelievable right? And the best part is I can easily draw thin or thick lines just by layering over the lines. (See above pictures)
Are you now wondering if it is difficult to line my upper lids since it has such an ultra thin brush?
The answer is No! In fact,I find it even easier to line my upper lids as compared to using pencil eyeliners. I love the intensity and smudge-free formula which is long-lasting yet it is easily removed with warm water.
Kiss Me Heroine Make Liquid Eyeliner is really fantastic and a HG material eyeliner!
Pictures showing the before and after results:

- With 2 coats of Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner, No Mascara.

- With 2 coats of Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner, and 2 coats of Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara
Now you know the reason why I am loving these 2 Kiss Me Heroine products.. ('',)
Finally, here is a natural look that I created with some of my favourite Makeup products:

A closer shot:

- Can you see that I am wearing Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation? Just a wee bit of the freshly grinded powder to give a natural effect.. I am really loving this! ( Do drop by any EA counter to try this foundation and be WOW by the fantastic effect!)

- All the products that I used to create the above look:

1) Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara (Black 01)
2) Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner (Black 01)
3) Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF20 PA++ (02)
4) Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector (Shade:00)
5) Kate Designing Eyebrow N (EX-5)
6) Averine Cover Spot (Light)
7) Clarins Barocco Face Palette
8) Mentholatum Lip Pure Lipbalm (Bergamot)

Additional info
- Contact lenes wore for this look: Freshkon Alluring Eyes (Mystical Black)
- Double eyelid stickers used

o.O Gosh! This is such a long post! Hope you have enjoyed reading ('',)


Catanya said...

Aww! Thanks so much for telling us about these products! I have never tried them before!!
You have an awesome blog, I am becoming addicted!

Sharon said...

Hi Catanya,

Thanks for dropping by my blog and your encouragement.

These products are some of my favourite makeup items, if you do come across these items, do test them out..and hope you will love them as much as I do..

Have a wonderful year ahead!