I'm 50 this year and with age, and that even after 40, I've gotten less tolerant of complexity (when unwarranted) and impatient when trying to get something done via technology (supposedly with the benefits of quicker more pertinent results.)
So I decided that for those and other numerous reasons, perhaps to be validated further by readers of The Coruscating Dragon Blog, I'd add my "value" to the vast, increasingly personalized yet communal beauty world.
Like more and more consumers, I check out the Web before buying. If there's one thing that technology should allow us to do is to make better decisions with information provided quasi-real time. So, before I bought my latest lip colors, MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencils and MAC Lipsticks, I looked over the Internet for the top red lipsticks, favorite lip colors, etc., and somehow finally decided to retry MAC products.
Why do I say retry, because I had made a purchase some months to a year old and was disappointed with the pigmentation of the eyeshadows (let's save for a later discussion) and decided that for the price, I'd lay low on MAC. And before that, years (and I do mean years ago), I made one of my first purchases of "professional, high-end" lipstick, a MAC lipstick and pencil that a department store make-up artist and I selected (about as dark as my blog site and hadn't bought MAC lipsticks since.
But after searching for quite some time and reviewing a number of bloggers, such as a these (a few of which I regularly check their sites) : Musings of a Muse, Makeup & Beauty Blog, Labelle Hair & Beauty, Affordorable, & Temptalia, I decided to make a go of MAC lip products again.
So here is my review of two of their popular and very beautifully pigmented lipsticks and pencils in the red range:
First, my favorite of the two, "Relentless" with "Dynamo" pencil (almost an exact match and brings out the lipstick just right if you want it to pop.)
Boy, I'll have to pick up the pace in spacing posts to get a following, but at least one thing I always want to do is FOLLOW THROUGH.
This will be a short and sweet swatch of MAC's Mineralized Rich Lipstick in "Good Taste", again in daylight (early evening) and indoor (halogen) lighting, this time without any modifications to the color, as the camera used really brought out the colors as I saw them.
I see it as an ever so lighter pink fuchsia than the MAC "Relentless" lipstick, not poppy-ish (meaning red toned) at all. Note that the texture is creamier than the regular MAC lipstick line, especially the two I previously swatched. It's very comfortable to wear, and though I didn't test for time (all day, eating, etc.), it stayed on pretty well during the evening (at least three to four hours with no change.)
Yes, I did what must be taboo for French woman, I did my makeup in public!!! Of course, I only assume this is a faux pas because during the more than five years that I've lived in France, I have NEVER once seen a woman do her makeup in public...ok, with one exception, I saw a lady put lipstick on in a French metro, likely on her way to work.
I know, it is surely a Miss Manners taboo for all women, but after I made a "tiny" beauty purchase ("haul" for MUA's, online beauty junkies, etc. ), I simply had to do my face with a few of the new products (especially since I had NOTHING on it and hadn't slept, but a few hours.)
You see, when you really want to, you you can find an excuse for anything. ;)
So, here was the result:
Here's a quick makeover similar to my previous one from a week+ ago, but with peach-toned colors.
By the way, despite the list of products used, both looks take approximately 15 minutes to achieve presuming you've understood the instructions I provided. I thought I'd try to make sure to mention when I use a brush or fingers, as perhaps for some fo you such details may provide helpful.
Indoor, with daylight influence:
And again under indoor and diffused, outside lighting (through a window):
Hello my new readers; however few you may be for the moment, you merit being updated frequently and I wanted to let you know why I've taken and will take a few weeks pause, due to unexpected travel obligations (related to family health.) So stay in prayer (those of you that do and believe in prayer) and I'm still ever so looking forward to sharing makeup tips as soon as possible.
I'll be Stateside (yeah!!!) for a few days later in the week and I've been thinking that it's a shame that despite my obligations, I have little thoughts about having access to soooo many makeup goodies while there that are unavailable in France.
Yes, France one of if not THE fashion and pharmaceutical leader of the world, I've noticed is very often behind the trends on cosmetic happenings! I know, it's a sad situation (boo hoo, and I can see some of you thinking, "She's in France and complaining."), but I try not to critic without also providing a solution. ;) So I'm planning hard to change this aspect of such a beautiful and creative nation, in my own way via the blog and other entrepreneurial ideas I'm cooking up, but that is food for another post (and that, once things are really under way. ;) )
Until I have a moment to try a few new products, here's a quick tip for ladies over 40 or with cheeks started to hang or simply chubby cheeks:
PLEASE DO contour along the lower jawbone from the chin to near your ear (both sides of course) with a very dark (that is a dark to very dark brown with the same undertones that you use for your foundation, usually yellow or olive based for most women) cream foundation, concealer or contouring cream. The point is to place the contour line on the jawbone along the area where the skin sags to slightly under the jaw on the fold of the skin.
Here's just a short note to revive this blog (I pray) and start anew in the world of sharing my passion and hopefully new career: beauty & makeup. Why do I emphasize the "beauty" aspect now? Recently, I had the opportunity to serve as a speaker during a church seminar for women on the subject of make up and beauty and I was reminded as I prepared for the presentation that beauty is all about the heart. One of my favorite makeup artist's, Wayne Goss quotes Kevin Aucoin on the that fact, that "no amount of makeup can mask an ugly heart ". And I believe that this is truth. Scripturally, God's Word is clear that beauty is about the condition of the heart and not the outward adornment (1 Peter 3:3-4). And so , with that brief, reintroduction I am opening the door to again share my "light" in the area of beauty and adornment! I am so looking forward to spending "virtual" time with you! Do share your thoughts and insights, and techniques!!!!! This is about building virtue "together"!
First, let me say I purchased this because, well if you see any of the videos showing eyes with this product, you will drop your jaws in awe. Yes, INSPIRING!
Now leaving the blinding road and moving on to share my experience and thoughts about Pat McGrath's beautiful, glimmering eye design kit, Dark Star 006 Dark matter
Here it what I received:
Dark Matter pigmentMercury pigmentAstral White pigmentCyber Clear eye glossBlack SmudgeLiner eye kohlBlender brush
As promised, I tried again, and like "The Little Engine That Could" (version by Watty Piper), I finally achieved a look more in line with those on Pat McGrath's site (though not as glistening). My camera (though HD and of good quality) doesn't do it justice though (or it could be the camera person, LOL), because I think the look is much more smouldering and sultry. That said here's the evolution of the look, which I did my way, so there again, you may try sticking to her technique. (Please see previous post May 2, 2017 to see the content of the Dark Star 006 Kit)
***Note: There is slight fallout from the metallic pigments, so:
Step 1: Shade only the Dark Matter pigment (I used Zoeva's 235 Contour Shader), from outer corners to inner. Open your eye and see how high you want to place your shadow. I went for above my crease, highest slightly before the peak of my brows. Note that I did my brows, foundation, lids (primed only with a creme foundation, but a primer would be best) and mascara (dark brown) before starting.
Hi! Just a quick post to show that you can wear foundation layers and not be overly made up.
I was just playing around and trying different foundation techniques, in particular BB cream type foundation over a primer and then contouring creams (but almost as a foundation overtop the rest).
The base was Kat Von D's Lock-It Hydrating Primer (very lightweight like a day fluid, but you have to place it quickly as it feels a tad tacky if it's moved around a lot).
Then I used a staple, Iman's Skin Tone Evener BB Crème (Sand Light). It's a really good BB that I'd recommend, not heavy and giving light to medium coverage. She really has some great products, though not all of them are a hit, but I've gotten a few that I'd repurchase (like the lip glosses and the BB cream) , and that says a lot with the choices available worldwide.
And the surprise of the day was Anatasia's Contour Cream Kit (Medium), the colors Cream, Banana & Chocolate work well for me, and Cream could be my Spring foundation color, so I was very pleased.