Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Back to School: Fresh Makeup for High School

I got the idea yesterday to start a short series of "Back to School" posts. This first one is about makeup for a girl in high school (can of course also be worn by older girls/women, as well as to work), but you can be expecting a post on cute school supplies, fun lunch ideas and recipes, and maybe I'll do a tutorial on natural and school appropriate makeup for girls junior high (I didn't wear any makeup to school when I was that age, but I guess the times are changing!).
This is the first tutorial I post here, and since I'm still kind of getting used to this whole thing, then I don't really feel comfortable about uploading a full-face picture of myself on the internet just yet. Please understand :) I don't rule out sharing that kind of pictures later, but for now I'm not quite up for it. You do get to see my eyes, though ;) I also tried taking pics of my lips (pics of lips... lol ;), but my camera always kind of blurred them out, so you couldn't really see anything.
But on to the makeup!
Products used:
Make Up Store, Cover All Mix, the lighter shade
YSL, Radiant Touch, in shade 2
Benefit, Erase Paste, 01 (fair)
Dior, Pressed Powder, Transparent Light
Dior, Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Sculpting Powder, 020 Beige Praline
Benefit, Hoola Bronzer
L'Oréal, Blush Minerals, 20 Soft Mauve
MAC, Paint Pot, Rubenesque
MAC, Eye Shadow, Satin Taupe
Clinique, Cream Shaper for Eyes, 103 Egyptian
Sisley, Kohl Eyeliner, Snow
Eyelash curler (mine is from Fabiani)
L'Oréal, Voluminous, Carbon Black
Guerlain, Liplift (it is a lip colour base)
The Body Shop, Lip Line Fixer (a clear lipliner)
Maybelline, Color Sensational Lipstick, 148 Summer Pink
Your 6 easy steps:
1. Start with a clean (and moisturized, if you wish) face.
2. Conceal and Brighten.
Brighten up your inner and outer corners with the Radiant Touch. Blend well. Then softly accentuate the shape of your lips with the same product. Blend away from your lips (so that you don't wash out your lips). Conceal your under-eye area with the Erase Paste (blend very well by tapping lightly with your finger). I like to cover the redness on my chin and nose with a redness fighting concealer (like the Cover All Mix), and I do so by lightly warming the product on my finger, then blending well. You can skip this if you don't need it.
Now set your concealer (that means your under-eye area, your nose, your chin and any other areas which you covered with a concealer) with a powder. I'm using a pressed powder by Dior. I also use this to control the shine on the top of my forehead.
3. Foundation
You can use a sheer foundation, or a tinted moisturizer, but for this look I'm using a powder foundation by Dior. It is a compact and has three shades (a foundation, a sculpter, and a highlighter). They can be used seperately or together. It comes with a brush, but I bought a small sponge for it to get a bit more coverage, since this foundation is very sheer (and therefore ideal for school). I apply my foundation, then a bit of the sculpter on my cheeks (I'll also be using a blush). Finally, I use the highlighter on the bridge of my nose. (If using a regular foundation, you can skip the sculpter and highlighter).
4. Contouring and blushing
Using an angled brush (like the MAC 168, I'm using one by Fabiani), pick up a bit of the Hoola. Tap of the excess, then lightly contour your jawline, holding your brush really far back for feathery strokes. Pick up more bronzer, then contour the sides of your face (take care to blend the product very well outwards, into the roots of your hair, for a natural look). Now pick up a bit more bronzer again, and contour the top of your forehead. Use the rest on your brush to lightly bronze your chin or nose. Finally, contour your cheekbones (my fave, lol!) by picking up a bit more bronzer on your brush, then sucking in your cheeks and applying the product with the brush in the hollows of your cheeks, using circular and feathery strokes. With all bronzing and contouring work, you always want to be careful to pick up a tiny amount of bronzer each time, and using light strokes. You can always add more bronzer, but it is difficult to take it off. Be careful!
Now it is time for your blush! The blush minerals by L'Oréal come with a small brush, but I find it useless, so I just use a regular blush brush. Just use what you have. Since this blush comes in loose powder form, I simply put a bit of it on the back of my hand, then dip my brush in the powder, tap of the excess, and then apply it to the apples of my cheeks, blending outwards. This blush has a bit of gorgeous shimmer, which really makes your makeup looks so fresh and pretty.
5. Eye Makeup
A lot of girls don't wear eye shadow to school (they think it is too much drama, or they don't have time), and if you're one of them, then just skip this step (or just put on mascara). However, if you have three minutes, then you can do this very simple and neutral look. It really accentuates the fact that you have eyes, lol!
Apply the paint pot on your lids (I use my finger for it...). You can use one layer, but I like two, just so that everything stays the whole day, and also because I really like the beautiful colour of Rubensque. Then, with a regular eye shadow brush (mine is from The Body Shop, and it does a decent job), apply Satin Taupe all over your lid. You can make it a bit darker on the outer corners if you wish. Now pick up your eye liner (you should check out Clinique's Cream Shaper for Eyes in Egyptian, it is an amazing colour!), and draw a fine line on your upper lashline, but only go half way (or a bit less than half). That means your inner eye is liner-free, which gives a natural look. Line your lower lash line about 1/3. Try to keep the line thickest at the outer corners (you can even flick it out a bit, if you want to). That will give you the illusion of bigger eyes. Now pick up your white eye liner, and line just the inner eye corner. Blend well (but be careful, your eyes are a sensitive area!) so that is looks more natural. This really makes you look more awake, and I need that in the mornings! Finally, curl your eyelashes (if you wish) and then apply your mascara.I don't know why the lighting looks so different in the two pictures, but as you can see, this look is very neutral when your eyes are open.
6. Lips
I don't like having to reapply my lipstick a thousand times throughout my day. I'm too busy for that! So for me, it is an absolute necessity to use a lip colour base, and a lip liner. I really like using a clear lip liner, since it goes with every lipstick I have! Using a base and a liner for your lips, really makes your lipstick last a whole lot longer. After that, apply your lipstick. I love the shade Summer Pink (148) by Maybelline, it is such a bright and fun take on pink! If you want you can top it off with a lipgloss, but I'm skipping the gloss today.
Wow, that was long! Medals for those of you who actually read it all, lol! Once you get the hang of it, this only takes about 15 to 20 minutes. I really hope that you get some use out of this. Don't forget to comment, and if you want further information or reviews on any of the products used, then please let me know in the comments!
My best regards,
Miss Diorista

Monday, August 16, 2010

Review - MAC Blushcreme in Lilicent

So finally, here is the review for Lilicent, a blushcreme by MAC (requested by Starberry Sugar).
Please note that this picture is from a blog called The Beauty Bite. It is not in any way mine.

I had heard amazing things about this blush, so when I got it I was so excited! But when I started using it, I have to say that it didn't quite live up to my expectations...
But let's begin at the beginning. I watched sardun1's video on how great this blush looked when applied with the 188 brush (a rather small stippling brush) by MAC. This vid completely sold the blush to me!
The first thing you notice, is the colour. It is a beautiful peachy pink, with no shimmer. It is a pretty colour, but once on my skin, it didn't really show up and was just kind of... "blah". Also, if I blended it in very well, it just disappeared. If I wanted any colour, I had to leave it almost unblended, which did not look very nice. I guess this colour would be prettier on either fairer or darker skintones (I am medium fair).
The texture feels very creamy when you swatch it, but once I tried applying it on my cheeks, it felt very hard to blend in (and also, there was the problem with the colour once blended).
This blush was stolen from me, so I don't have it anymore, and if you just read my review, then you would probably think I wouldn't buy it again. However, I think I will buy it again. Why? Well, I still don't have the 188 brush (which sardun1, and The Beauty Bite recommend for this blush), so I still hope that this blush will meet my expectations once applied with that brush.
Overall rating: 6.5/10. Note that this may change if I buy this again and the 188 brush with it.
Do you have this blush? Or another shade of a blushcreme? I'd love to know how you apply it :)
My best regards,
Miss Diorista.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Haul from Germany (part 3) - GOSH, Manhattan, Sans Soucis, lipbalms

So I really have to get this haul going! This is only part three and there are many more coming, I promise!
This part is GOSH, which I guess most of you know, Manhattan (a German brand), Sans Soucis (I was so glad when I found this brand in Germany - my mom used to love it but we couldn't find it anywhere, until now!) and also there are two lipbalms. Enjoy!

Starting from the left, upper row:
1) A really pretty, white eye shadow by GOSH. It has shimmer, and can be built up. Love this for brightening my eyes. Also from GOSH, a white, shimmery "effect powder". I was hoping that this would be a nice shimmery snow colour, but nope. It is just glitter. Not really loving this...

2) The eye shadow trio is from Sans Soucis, and oh my, do I love this! Can you see the "Love" that is "written" on the shadows? It is also on the lippie below the shadow (the one in the red case, it is a beautiful shimmery mauve colour). The only downside is that there is too little of the silver shadow in the trio, I really love that one!

3) First we take Manhattan, then we take Dior! The beige thing in the white pot is an eyeshadow primer by Manhattan. It has a slight brightening/shimmering effect to it, but nothing too obvious. Really like this one, though it does smell kind of weird... Then you see the bright lipstick next to the primer... It is my first bubblegum pink lippie! And I love it! It is not something I'd ever wear everyday, but every now and then for a fun look, I really like it. And it smells sooo good!

4) The lipbalms are really cute, and I do use them, but they are not the most moisturizing choices... The upper one is "I love... strawberries and milkshake", and I mostly just bought it because it smells so nice, really smells like strawberries and milkshake! And finally, the other lipbalm, which is so genius! It comes in a small "pot", and looks like ice cream! You could get many "ice cream flavours", I chose peach. It isn't very moisturizing, but it could be a nice conversation starter!

This completes the third part of my haul from Germany. Stay tuned for the next parts, remember that I am saving all the "exciting" stuff (Dior, Benefit, MAC, Chanel, YSL...) 'til last, so don't miss out on it!

My best regards,
Miss Diorista

P.S. If you'd like to see reviews on any of this, please tell me in the comments!

Haul from Germany (part 2) - Rival de Loup, Rival de Loup Young, Kron

So, finally, you get the second part of the haul from Germany! Note though, that this is far from being the last part! This part is focusing on a really nice brand called Rival de Loup. They divide their collection into their usual one, and Rival de Loup Young. I also bought two products from Kron, which is a German cosmetics brand.

The top eye shadows are both from Rival de Loup Young. The one to the left is so beautiful! It is a green-ish trio with shimmer but no glitter, whereas the other one is a green duo, with shimmer and a fair share of glitter. Both are creamy and buttery in texture and just overall great. I especially love the trio, but I have to admit that the heart pattern on the duo is adorable!

The two eye shadow pencils are from Rival de Loup Young. The colours are especially pretty and shimmery (nugat brown and smokey, I think I remember that correctly...) but in my opinion, I don't like them all over my lids, since they are very sticky. I can't blink my eyes properly when wearing them! However, I love them as chunky liners (especially the brown one) and I guess I could also use them under powder eyeshadows.

The left lipliner is by Rival de Loup (not young!). It is a very pretty rosy, shimmery pink. It is automatic and also comes with a sharpener. Nice quality.

The other lipliner is by Kron, and is not a favourite of mine. It is very baby pink, and shimmery. The colour is absolutely stunning, but somehow the texture is just very off. Applying this liner is not an easy task, let me tell you!

The blush creme stick is by Kron, and now that one is love! I know it looks horribly pink, but once on, it looks very nice. Plus, you get quite a lot of product, and you can layer powder blush over it.

So that completes this part of the haul, look out for the next part!

My best regards,
Miss Diorista

Haul from Germany (part 1) - UMA

Hi there!

So finally, I managed to get up from my lazy haze, and snatch a few haul pics for you!
I bought way too much while I was in Germany, so this haul is probably going to be split into quite a few parts... A few of the items that you will be seeing the next few days are bought a few days before or after my trip, but most of them come from Germany. So let's get started!
In this part I will be featuring all UMA stuff... UMA is a German makeup brand, but I really hope that you can get their products online (or from stores, wherever you are), because some of their products are really fun to have.

Starting from the left:

1. First up are two eye shadows. The brown one (08 sexy kitten) is a really pretty, light caramel colour, but the blue one (06, peppermint patty) is a frosty blue with a hint of peppermint. Both are really shimmery, but the pigmentation is not so fabulous. Also, there is a whole lot of fallouts... no, I won't start collecting this eye shadow line by UMA, but they are nice to have.

2. The brown thing (beneath the eye shadows) that looks like a liquid concealer is a lip colour base. I've only used it once, but it is supposed to smooth out your lips, make the lipstick show up better, and increase the longevity of your lip makeup. Since I haven't really tried it out yet, I can't tell you how it is...

3. Next, you see two eye liners. One is a beautiful khaki green (Automatic Kajal, 04), the other one is a glittery lilac (Glitter Eyeliner, 169A)! How fun! However, forget ever using those two on your waterline, they are not smooth enough. Plus, you don't want to get glitter in your eyes, so be careful.

4. I "hid" the lipstick in the lipgloss set to keep it open, lol! It looks terrifying, I know! I don't even know why I swatched it at the store. But I did, and I quite like it! Yes, it is really really dark, but if you only use a thin layer of this lipstick, you get a beautiful plum colour - perfect for fall. I look forward to using this when the winter comes. And don't worry - I will never wear it as dark as it seems on the pic! (Unless I apply for a part in a witch movie... wouldn't I make for the perfect witch? LOL!)

5. The small lipgloss set is just too pretty! It is really handy to have, and nice as a small gift. The shades are also really shimmery and pretty, and there is something in there for everyone.

6. Beneath the lipgloss set, you see my two favourite things in this part of the haul. They are cream eye shadows, and oh my! At a quick glance, those two seem to be the same colour, but they are actually not. The one to the left is a golden one, but to the right is a golden colour with more pink to it (they don't have numbers). Both are really beautiful, very shimmery (almost metallic), pigmentation is great, and they last so long! Also, the packaging is so handy to throw in your purse on your way out! It comes with a doe foot applicator, and the colours can be built. That way, you can create a whole smokey look with just one of those! Think about how handy that would be if you decided to go the movies last-minute!

7. The last item is a clear brow and lash gel (clear mascara, though I haven't used it as a mascara...). I don't like the idea of putting this on my lashes, and I don't really see the point of doing so. However, this is a lovely gel for your brows! It holds them, but doesn't dry to a crispy finish. Looks really natural. Also, the comb is great.

So that is it for this part! If you would like me to review any of those items, please let me know!

My best regards,

Miss Diorista.

P.S. A review of MAC Blushcreme in Lilicent is coming up - I don't have it anymore, someone stole it (along with my blushes and eye shadows - even my MAC Shell Pearl is gone, so sad!). But I remember how it was and I always planned on doing the review, so I'm doing it soon!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Tag: Would You Rather - Beauty Edition

This fun tag has been going around YouTube for some time now, and I love watching those vids! Even though I find my own answers to be quite similar to most of other people's, I still really wanted to do this tag - enjoy!

1. Would you rather go out with messy hair and nice makeup, or nice hair and no makeup?

Def messy hair and nice makeup. That is really what I do most of the time! I love doing my makeup. 20 to 30 minutes on makeup, 3 minutes on hair!

2. Would you rather shave your eyebrows or have your eyelashes fall out?

I don't want to lose either of those! However, if I had to pick, then I would like to keep my lashes and lose my brows. I could paint them back on, but eyelashes are really such a beautiful part of a woman's face... and I also think that for most makeup-loving gals, eyelashes are important for good self-esteem!

3. Would you rather be forced to shop at only MAC or Sephora for the rest of your life?

We don't have Sephora here in Iceland, but we have similar stores... and I think I'm saying Sephora here... there are items from MAC that I love and would never want to be without, but Dior products are a must for me. Also, I've heard that the mascaras from MAC are awful. Haven't tried them, though. But def Sephora - hellooo Dior!

4. Would you rather wear lipgloss/lipliner look or 80'perm?

80'perm, I think. It doesn't even look that horrible to me. I hate it when my lipliner shows. I do use lipliner almost daily, but if I don't own a perfect match to my lipstick, I use clear liner.

5. Would you rather leave the house with an obvious foundation line or overdone blush?

Overdone blush! If there's one thing I don't like, it is foundation lines! Plus, overdone blush is easy to fix if you have a paper towel with you.

6. Would you rather wear MC Hammer pants or biker shorts in public?

LOL! Both look... oh well, I'm gonna shut my mouth about it! I don't like the idea of either one, but biker shorts could possibly be styled a bit... MC Hammer pants would just turn me into a sack of potatoes! So I'd rather wear biker shorts.

7. Would you rather have a bad orange-y spray tan or really weird tan lines that can't be covered?

If you tan, you get tan lines. Simple. Everyone gets them! So that is really no big deal. However, looking like an orange in full bloom, is just really not nice. Tan lines is my answer here.

8. Would you rather have a bad haircut or bad hair color?

You can always die your hair again after a few days, but a bad hair cut can't really always been fixed until a few weeks later. I've tried a bad haircut and waiting for my hair to grow was awful! So I'd rather have a bad hair color.

9. Would you rather have YouTube or Twitter taken away forever?

I don't even own a Twitter account, so there's your answer! I love YouTube, because of all the opportunities! You can listen to music, comedy, learn stuff or just watch vlogs... whichever I choose, YouTube always has something for me!

10. Would you rather give up using makeup brushes or mascara?

Ugh - I love both so much! I have dark lashes, so until recently, I found mascara to be just pure luxury for me. However, I can't be without it these days, so even though I love my makeup brushes, I think I'd let them go. You can use your fingers for foundation, blush, eye shadow, and even bronzer... so I don't think I'd hit a brick wall.

Whew, we're done! I loved doing this tag, and I tag everyone who wants to do it. So right now, I'm tagging you! Please let me know in the comments if you did this tag - I'd love to read it!

My best regards,

P.S. The big haul is on its way - and so is my "July favourites" post - please excuse my lazyness, lol!

Monday, August 9, 2010

I'm back from Germany!

Yes, you read it right!

The last three weeks, I've been in Germany! It was really amazing and maybe I'll share some photos with you, if I find some good enough.

So how come my blog hasn't been dead for three weeks? Well, I got a really kind and precious person to publish pre-written blogs for me! So here are my dearest thanks to this person, thanks, thanks, thanks!

I bought waaaayyy... too much. That is just it. So you can be expecting a pretty big haul, I will probably split it up in a few parts.

So this is why I haven't been publishing and answering your comments, but I have now read them, published them and answered the ones that needed answering :)

My best regards,
Miss Diorista
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