Tuesday, August 26, 2014

YSL Fusion Ink B10





I'm going to attempt to keep this short and sweet since I'm kind of tired.  I do want to share my thoughts about trying the new YSL Fusion Ink foundation, though, so TA-DA!  Here it is and here I am and I'm happy to say that overall I am quite pleased with it.

I'm wearing B10 here and have applied it using my fingertips.  It feels very silky and slippery, much like the Armani Maestro does.  This one has a bit more coverage, though, and also takes a little longer to dry down, which gives you a good amount of play time to blend and move about.  The finish is very velvety smooth, but not dry or flaky.  Keep in mind that my skin is relatively normal, but I do have a dry skinned friend that is loving this formula as well (and I am surprised at that, really).  I think with good skincare underneath, even dry skinned folks could potentially enjoy this formula.

It did not emphasize pores or texture issues for me (and it's worth noting that I'm having all kinds of texture problems right now).  The coverage is light to medium in my opinion.  And the wear is really decent.  I chose not to blot my nose today to give it a sturdy test, and only toward hour eight and beyond did I notice any real shine on my nose.  It wasn't obnoxious shine, either, and the foundation beneath had not disintegrated, separated, or otherwise misbehaved to any significant degree.

The color match is ridiculously nice on me, would you agree?  It seems to be a very neutral shade and I'm liking that.  Any extra pinkness to my skin that you see is really just my naturally pink skin showing through.  I'm going to wager that B10 is similar to an N10-15 in "MAC" terms.

Here's a full break down of products, if you are curious.

Face:
Laura Mercier Radiance Primer
BECCA Ever Matte primer (just on nose)
YSL Fusion Ink Foundation B10
MUFE Full Cover 1 (spots)
BareMinerals Stroke of Light Luminous 1 (under eye)
Nars Light Reflecting Powder Loose

Cheeks:
Dior Aurora 01 Bronzer
Stila Custom Color Blush Coral
BECCA Nymph
Holika Holika Highlighting Blush Twinkling Kitten

Eyes:
Wet 'N Wild Fergie Eye Primer
Essence Metal Glam N'Ice Frosting (lid)
Stila Rain (crease) and Air (brow bone) from In the Know palette
Stila Stay All Day liner in Paradise Pink
Stila Stay All Day liner in black (tight line)
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil in Blonde Ambition (inner lowers)
Kat Von D Immortal Lash mascara
UD Perversion mascara
Tarte Brow Architect Taupe
Milani clear brow gel

Lips:
Holika Holika Twinkling Kitten (cupid's bow)
Guerlain Rouge Automatique Reflex

I leave you with one last thought about the YSL foundation, and I think this goes without saying, but I'm going to say it anyway.  The applicator is absolutely bone chilling and a giant faux pas for me.  I just can't handle the thought of slapping that little wand onto my face and then plopping it back into the bottle.  ICK SQUIG help us all!!!  If I end up getting this foundation I will absolutely not be using that cray applicator to apply it, which makes the whole thing slightly inconvenient and awkward for sure.

As per my usual, I'm going to test this out a little further and see if I'm still liking it so much.  I'll be sure to update here if my initial thoughts change.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Zodiac Birthday


Intensely pretty - trying too hard!






It's my birthday!  So, look at my pretty face (from yesterday - but we can pretend I look this good today, as well).  :)

I was wearing the Ardency Inn Americana Custom Coverage Concentrate in Fair Pink mixed with Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, Benefit Rockateur, Laura Geller Cantaloupe, a black Jordana jumbo eye pencil as a base, UD Zodiac for green sparkles, Smashbox Full Exposure mattes to blend out edges, and Lipstick Queen Hang Ten lipstick.  Also, loving the new Lancome Grandiose mascara!

I have no major makeup plans for today, but I am okay with that.  Hope you all have a great day!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Usual Vampy Stuff






Face:
BECCA Ever-Matte primer (just on my nose)
Ardency Inn Americana Fair Pink mixed with LM Radiance Primer
MUFE Full Cover 1
BareMinerals Stroke of Light Luminous 1 (under eye)
Nars LRP Loose (under eye mostly)
MUFE Super Matte Loose 12 (around and on nose)
D&G The Foundation Powder Ivory 50 (forehead)

Cheeks:
Dior Aurora 01 bronzer (soft contour)
Benefit Hervana
BECCA Gypsy

Eyes:
WnW Fergie eye primer
Marc Jacobs black Highliner pencil
Illamasqua Precision gel liner (tight line)
MUG Corrupt
MUG Burlesque
MUG Shimma Shimma (inner corner)
Too Faced Salted Carmel (transitions)
Lorac Chic Baked Matte Satin e/s (brow bone)
UD Perversion mascara
Clinique Bottom Lash black mascara (lowers)
Tarte The Brow Architect Fair/Light (just the pencil part used)

Lips:
Stila Color Balm Lipstick Isla


I know.  It's a crazy amount of complexion products happening, especially for me!  This is me wanting and needing full coverage complexion but not wanting it to feel, look, or act heavy (read:  misbehave).  It was relatively successful, I'm happy to say!  The Ardency Inn Americana + LM Radiance primer base mix did really well for me.  Mad science has finally paid off.  :)  And using the D&G powder lightly to set my forehead (the area I'm trying most to cover), worked well, too.  I can't believe all that held up through a long day at work, but pretty much it did.  I think I only did a slight touch up around my nose and between my brows once, while on my break.  My nose was decidedly shiny by hour nine, but I can live with that, and could have done another proper blot.

Salted Caramel from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette is fast becoming a favorite crease and/or transition color.  I can't tell you how much I adore it.  Also, a huge rave for BECCA Gypsy mineral blush, which is a solid fave for blush transitioning!  Who would know that I would become such a transition freak?  I'm loving Gypsy just on top of my cheekbones paired with nearly every blush.  Sometimes I skip the highlight, sometimes I add one over top, just on the high points.

More new stuff - the Urban Decay Perversion mascara.  I really love this!!  But it's not suitable for use on my lower lashes.  Can we say smudge city?  That happens to me with loads of mascaras.  It's perfect on the uppers, though.  I like that it gives me length, a touch of volume, good separation, glides on so easily, and is very black.  On my upper lashes I have no smudging, flaking, clumping, or otherwise egregious behavior.

I hope that everyone is enjoying a good summer!  I can't believe how freaking hot it is.



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Clash





Face:
Tarte BB primer Fair
Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer for Under Eye 1
Nars LRP Loose (under eye)
Korres Mineral Foundation Porcelain
Korres Mineral Setting Powder

Cheeks:
BareMinerals Vintage Peach
Wet 'N Wild Fergie eye primer

BECCA Gypsy
Georgio Armani Belladonna palette

Eyes:
UD Electric Palette (Revolt, Jilted, Urban)
Lorac Baked Matte Satin e/s singles in Posh and Chic
Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner (tight line)
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner Black (upper lash line)
Kat Von D Immortal Lash mascara
Mally Volumizing mascara
Chanel Inimitable waterproof mascara Violet Touch (lowers)
Anastasia Ash Blonde/Taupe brow powder duo 
Milani clear brow gel

Lips:
Georgio Armani Lip Maestro #302 Clash

Fragrance: 
Hermès Un Jardin sur le Toit

Song (on repeat, no less):
The Killers "Shot at the Night"


I feel that it's worth mentioning that I have a wee bit of fake tan on.  I am testing out the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster.  Last night I used three drops mixed in with my Ole Truth oil.  I was expecting that I'd look like a freaky version of myself this morning, after it developed, but it's really surprisingly subtle and nice.  It bumped me up maybe half a shade from what I normally am.  

Also, of note, is that I assembled this made-up face under the influence of migraine medications (which make my thought processes significantly slower and sludgier than normal - still suffering the mental delays 19 hours after having taken the meds).  I think I'm more creative and bold when medicated, though, which is ironic.  Sludgy, dolty, and unapologetically colorful!  That's me.  Now, can I have my brain back, please?  

Saturday, June 21, 2014

That Mineral Glow






All I have to do to look a little sunkissed is put on my Korres Mineral Foundation in Porcelain!  It also gives me a really pretty and controlled glow.  I forgot how much I like this.  Yes, I added a little bronzer to the edges of my face and even down my neck (for once, I remembered).  It turned out to be a really nice summer look.  I'm also wearing Guerlain Turandot, Illamasqua Tweak blusher, and Fresh Sugar Coral lip treatment.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Just Spam














I am lazy.  Enjoy the spam!  This is a mish-mosh from the last couple of weeks.  Hope you like it.  :)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Winged Eyeliner Chronicles








I cannot remember every single thing I used here, but I know most of it.  I'm going to just list it off, if that's okay!  Boscia SPF 50 (first time using it), Dr. Jart+ BB Cream V7, Nars Light Reflecting Powder Loose, Dior Aurora 01 Bronzer, BareMinerals Rose Gold Radiance as blush, MUFE Star Powder #940 as cheek and eye area highlights, Chanel Illusion D'Ombre New Moon (lid), Kat Von D Monarch palette (Papilio, Shadow Box, and Wrath), RBR Gracious Arasari eyeshadow, Physician's Formula Booster Pen eyeliner in Ultra Black, and Fresh Sugar Berry Lip Treatment.

The last picture was taken in fading evening light in an attempt to capture all the sparkly, multi-dimension goodness of New Moon.  I have not accurately captured it in any of my pictures so far, but it has iridescent sparkles that flash different colors (gold, green, red, orange - that sort of thing).  I absolutely adore it and have not had any troubles with creasing or excessive fallout.  You can see a little bit of fallout above, but not anything major for about 10 hours of wear.

The Boscia SPF was a bit of a surprise dislike for me.  I am, however, torn on it.  It's really white and makes me look whiter than normal.  I got it all in my hairline and it felt awful and sticky there until I washed my hair.  I really felt the sunscreen on my face the entire day - not very pleasant.  But, the good news is that it kept me (and more importantly my annoying nose) quite matte all the long day.  I might be willing to try it out again through the hot and horrible months here, which we are very much into now.

Shall we talk about my eyeliner here?  I think we should.  You know I'm kind of obsessed with getting better at doing winged eyeliner.  This was a specific attempt to do a shorter than normal wing length.  I used a different approach than my norm by lining from the inside part of my lid to the outer winged part.  Usually I like to do the wings first and then go back for the rest.  My verdict is that it worked out really well!  I think any shorter and my crease would have eaten up the wing.  I'd like to try them a bit thinner next go around.  Maybe.