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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Melon Pigment Sunrise FOTD & EOTD

I'm using a sample of the new Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Compact Cream Foundation that I was given at a counter a while ago. This new foundation launched this month in Australia but I actually picked up a full-size in the USA at Lord & Taylor when I was there in April. The shade I'm wearing today (#40 Beige) was the only sample shade that was available at the time at the counter, and since the full-size is still pending a filmed haul, I haven't cracked it open yet. I think I bought it in the lighter shade than what I'm wearing today. I hope so! The #30 would definitely be a closer match. I do like it although it requires a bit of work, but I do still need to experiment with it more before my verdict. Apologies for the smoothing effect- makes it hard to check out the foundation doesn't it?!?

I really like the eyes today- always love love love wearing a colorful base using my beloved Inglot Matte gel liners. I don't get to do it too often since I wear fairly neutral shades during the work week. Today I used their yellow #84 which is just so vibrant and beautiful- exactly what I was after. The liner and the outer V could be improved but I'm pretty happy overall, and with the lips too.

Hope you're having a luminous day wherever you may be..

- Jodi xo

John Plunkett Advanced Anti-Aging Instant Wrinkle Filler (as primer)
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Fresh & Hydrating Cream Compact Makeup- #40 Beige
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer- #010 Ivory
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder- #02
Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder- 30 Naturel- Translucent 2 
Estée Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelee- #01 Modern Mercury
Guerlain Terracotta Moisturizing & Long Lasting Bronzing Powder- #03
Smashbox Blush Rush- Flush
MAC Fix + Spray

Brows- MAC Brow Pencil- Lingering & MAC Brow Set- Beguile
e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
MAC Eyeshadow- Kid
Inglot Eyeliner Gel Matte- #84
MAC Pigment- Melon
Nyx Eyeshadow- Highlight
MAC Crushed Metallic Pigments- Spicy Smoke & Roasted Chestnut 
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Gel Eyeliner Trio- Glam Green Eyes (Black Shade)
Bourjois The Volumizer Mascara

MAC Lipliner- Stone
Face of Australia Lip Quench SPF30+ Moisturizing Lipstick- Nude Satin
Lipfusion Micro Collagen Lip Plump- Crave

Monday, 25 June 2012

FOTD & EOTD loreal nude magique bb cream, Mac Eyeshadows, essence XXXL frosty gloss

The Loreal Nude Magique BB Cream is, in my mind, a close enough dupe for Origins Vita-zing. Much like Garnier's Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream offering, it's a far far FAR cry from the BB Creams that we've come to know from Asian countries where they originate. Without the hefty price tag, I don't hate the Loreal as much as the Origins- and given that I'm using this in the winter, I'm not sure if it's less shiny than I found the Origins in the summer or not. (In this cold Perth winter weather, nothing's too much of a mid-day oily problem right now.) Like the Origins Vita-zing when dispensed, the Loreal BB Cream is a grey white 'runny' cream with tiny visible micro-beads, which seem to 'burst' and release their colour once you start blending the light cream down. I don't remember the texture of the Vita-zing being anything other than a light creamy consistency, but the Loreal Nude Magique is most definitely grainy (albeit fine) and conjures up in me every single an image of what it must feel like to be licked all over my entire face by a cat's tongue. Bizarre, but not a deal breaker for me. It's a nice enough product and while it offers completely different texture from the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector, I can see fans of the look of that one on the skin enjoying this one also. It's extremely light coverage that adds a slight evenness of skin tone. I might do a demo of this on YouTube since it's so different to anything else on the market (Origins excepted). Thoughts?...

I did a couple of different things with my lips today- using a bronze eyeliner as a lip liner base, and using a very frosty shade from Essence's XXXL Shine Gloss range. I loved the finish and the shine from the frost and will definitely be using that combination more often.

Hope you're having a Magique day wherever you may be,

- Jodi xo

John Plunkett Advanced Anti-Aging Instant Wrinkle Filler (as primer)
Loreal Nude Magique BB Cream- Fair Skin Tone
Benefit Hello Flawless- Beige
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer- 003 Light Medium 
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder- 003 Peach Glow
MAC Mineralized SkinFinish- Semi Precious Pearl
NARS Powder Blush- Douceur

Brows: Models Prefer Retractable Brow Pencil- Medium Brown & MAC Brow Set- Beguile
e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Gel Eyeliner Trio- Glam Green Eyes (sparkly green shade)
MAC Eyeshadows- Shale, Nylon, Embark, Kid
Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Liner- Brown
Prestige My Blackest Lashes Mascara

Ulta Automatic Eyeliner- Bronze
Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss- Glamour To Go

Monday, 4 June 2012

bobbi brown ultra nude EOTD with naked velvet lip & dollskin cheek

Another neutral, simple, work-appropriate FOTD today, wearing the Bourjois Healthy Mix over Revlon's Color Correcting (and not labelled as such but definitely mattifying) Primer and under It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder using Kevin James Bennett's / Wayne Goss's roll-and-press-with-a-puff method followed with a spritz of makeup finishing spritz. This quite happily lasted all day without requiring touch-up, providing a surprisingly fairly matte finish on my oily-combination skin. I think the choice of primer and powder have a lot to do with this and I'm looking forward to trying it with some strobe cream underneath it mixed in for some more glow next time.

Also, I'm always so surprised how often the least amazingly eye-catching products can be so effective on the face (MAC Harmony blush or Tarte's Exposed anyone??!!). Bobbi Brown's Ultra Nude Eye Palette is so plain in its packaging and yet so absolutely perfect in so many natural, neutral ways. 

I've said it before and I'll say it again- Loreal's Million Volume Lashes (gold tube) is firmly one of my all time favourite mascaras- amazing volume, length, curl, that doesn't flake or smudge at all throughout the day. It seriously checks every single box for me and with an affordable price tag to boot.

Finally, the lips- I am seriously loving my new nude lippies, with Coral Colours' Naked Velvet lipstick fast making it's way into my current faves (along with Loreal's Color Riche lipstick in Nude- not pictured). More on those later...

Adios mamacitas, Happy West Australia Day, Happy Birthday my dear sweet hubster Tony, and may you all have a beautiful, blessed week,

- Jodi xo

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation- #53
Bobbi Brown Corrector- Light to Medium Bisque
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer- Natural 
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder- Pale Yellow
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Setting Powder- Translucent
Tarte Park Ave Princess Mineral Bronzer
MAC Mineralize Blush- Rhapsody In Two
Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette- (Pink shades mixed)
Australis Makeup Finishing Spritz

BROWS- Natio Brow Kit
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil- Bourbon
Loreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara

Dior Lipliner- #513 Linen
Coral Colours Cosmetics Lipstick- #841 Naked Velvet
Chi Chi Viva La Diva Gloss- Fashionista

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Natural Coral Colours EOTD with Loreal Nude Lip and Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

I pulled out my Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation today, since I'm wanting to film a review for it soon. I like the medium coverage and the lovely natural sheen finish.  It stayed looking great all day and into the night too. The shade #53 is pretty good on me but perhaps a smidgen too yellow/dark (this is as pale as I get) so I'm wondering if the #52 is a better fit or if it's too pale for me. I applied the MAC Face & Body with the same foundation brush in the highlight areas just to bring the shade down a notch.

I do really like the shades of the new Coral Colours eyeshadow palette. I can see that the softness and chalkiness of the powder would make you go through it very quickly, but at less than $10, who cares? The shades are nice and neutral- even the shades that look shimmery in the palette and on a finger swatch blend out to something not shimmery. They have enough colour payoff to keep me happy with surprising non-existent fall-out, and blend OK. Buttery or creamy they are not, but it's an OK quad. Will play with it more to see how I like the darker shades on the lid and keep you posted. I'm thinking though that for that amount of money, a Maybelline (or Sleek, Nyx, Milani, Jordana or 88 palette ) would be a better value.

Lastly, I'm absolutely love love loving the Dior lipliner I picked up recently- a gorgeous nude, and the Loreal Nude lipstick is a perfect everyday neutral that you can easily apply without the need for a mirror. The Chi Chi lipgloss feels quite slippery (rather than tacky) so without looking at the ingredients, I'm thinking it's more of an oil / petrolatum base, and not particularly long-lasting, but the residue keeps my lips from feeling too dry for hours, way after the colour has worn off.

Hope you're having a beautiful, easy weekend wherever you may be, and a special shout-out to my fellow West Australians for Western Australia Day Public Holiday tomorrow (our first ever- to replace Foundation Day). May you relax, enjoy and celebrate how fortunate we are to be West Aussie!

- Jodi xo

(PS- sorry for the clumpy mascara- went one too many coats just to see what this mascara would do...)

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation- #53
MAC Face & Body Foundation- White
Garnier Anti Dark Circles Rollerball
Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer- Light
Bourjois Mineral Radiance Pressed Powder- Vanille
Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder- 30 Naturel- Translucent 2 
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Napolean Perdis Bronze Patrol
MAC Blushes- Harmony & Pink Swoon
MAC Fix + Spray

BROWS- Models Prefer Retractable Brow Pencil- Medium
Revlon Brow Fantasy Gel- Dark Blonde
Urban Decay Primer Potion- Sin
Coral Colours Eyeshadow Quarter- Mallee Spice
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil- Bourbon
Bourjois The Volumizer Mascara

Dior Lipliner- #513 Linen
Loreal Color Riche Lipstick- Nude
Chi Chi Viva La Diva Gloss- Fashionista