Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bright Eyes

I was inspired this morning by a tutorial I had seen a couple of days ago on Charlotte Tilbury's blog. She's a joy to watch on YouTube and I love her work as a makeup artist. Sadly her cosmetics line is not out in North America but I am patiently waiting for that day...

Anyways, the tutorial was simple and straightforward and accumulated all her tricks for eyes that look bigger, brighter and more lifted. Since she used all products from her own makeup line I couldn't re-create it 100% so I shopped my own makeup collection and added a brighter coral lip as an ode to spring. It's neat how a few small adjustments to the way you place eyeliner/shadow can make such an impact on the entire face. Here's the result:

I used Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye Pencil - in the tutorial Charlotte uses a dark navy blue. I only had black so I pushed some navy blue eyeshadow on top of the eyeliner to set it and to add a touch of blue.
Stila Eyeliner in Topaz on the waterline, along with Urban Decay Tease eyeshadow in the crease, Burberry Taupe Brown in the outer corner and Laura Mercier Morning Dew eyeshadow on the inner quarter of the lid. Mascara: L'Oreal Volumious Butterfly.

For rest of the face:

Dior Nude Concealer (shades #1 and #2)
Burberry Blush (Earthy)

And because it's been on my mind all weekend, one of my favourite songs by music artist Bright Eyes:

Have a great Saturday.



Saturday, March 8, 2014

Givenchy Teint Couture Foundation

Spoiler Alert: I love this foundation.

On a random winter's day I had a Sephora gift card, time on my hands and a pale complexion. All my foundations were a bit too dark for me so it was the perfect opportunity to try something new. This is my first foray into Givenchy cosmetics. I associate the brand with Riccardo Tisci and his breathtaking womenswear creations so I tend to forget about the cosmetics division of the Givenchy brand. 

Givenchy Teint Couture claims to be a "long-wearing" "illuminating" and "comfortable" and I have to say that it delivers in all aspects. This is everything I wanted Chanel Perfection Lumiere to be (I reviewed that foundation here). It is long-wearing, has a true satin finish and is incredibly lightweight. I apply it with a beauty blender sponge and get light/medium coverage. The coverage can be built up to medium. It lasts all day on my oily skin, does not cling on to dry patches, doesn't break me out and feels extremely comfortable. The price point is steep at $49 ($59 CAD), but it falls in the same range as Chanel/YSL/Armani/Guerlain bases.

The shade I have is #4 "Elegant Beige". It's a great match for light/medium skin with warm undertones. It does dry down about half a shade darker than when you first pump it out, so keep that in mind. In the photo I am wearing it with no concealer so you can see that it evens out the skin tone while looking extremely natural and it doesn't cover everything up like a mask. I have never been a fan of heavy coverage makeup so this formula is exactly up my alley :)

I can see this working on numerous different skin types, except maybe if your skin is super dry. I have combination/oily skin and this lasts a good 6-8 hours on me without blotting. When my skin is more oily, I powder it with NARS Translucent Pressed Powder or Hourglass Ambient Powder in Dim. When my skin is more normal, I don't even need to powder this and it still lasts all day. It has SPF 20 in it but causes no dramatic flash back in photos.

The verdict… it's a winner. Only downside (as it is with many of these types of brands) is the colour selection. It only comes in 8 shades. If you can find one that suits your skin tone and you're in the market for a foundation that can take you from day to night while looking naturally perfect, get thee to a Sephora quickly!!


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