My Bourjois Collection 💕

My bourjois collectionFrom when I was very young, Bourjois makeup was one of my favorite brands. One of the main cosmetics shops in Denmark carried Bourjois but sadly they don’t anymore. I remember maybe 10-15 years ago I had a bronze eyeshadow mini-palette there was extremely pigmented and stayed on for hours! I remember how impressed I was, none of my other eyeshadows had that kind of staying power. I could go out dancing and the makeup would stay on like there was no tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

When I saw that Asos.com sell Boujois makeup I slowly began to build up my Boujois collection. Today I will go through the products because there are some definite fav’s and fails among them.

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Starting with foundations, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation and the 123 Perfect CC Cream – they just blow my mind! They sit beautifully on the skin, the Healthy Mix has a very light, dewy texture that enhances the skin in the most beautiful way. The 123 Perfect CC Cream has a more matte finish but it’s a very trusted foundation, it has colour correcting properties which make the skin look like very evened out. I do need to go in with a bit more makeup as it is so matte and even looking – I have to put in the contours of the face and some radiance in the form of highlighter afterward applying it.

I have two different bronzing products which don’t work for me. It’s at no fault of Bourjois it’s simply that my skin tone/undertone doesn’t go well with bronzing products at all. I have a cream and a powder and both of them are no good for me and I have to say that the scent is very powerful! And not in a good way. It smells old fashioned, like makeup you would find on the nightstand of your elderly aunt or grandmother. I don’t now why it has that scent but they really need to cancel it out, I don’t think anyone would appreciate that scent! The same with the nude coloured powder box, the product has a powerful scent. I haven’t gotten to use the powder because the scent doesn’t sit well with me.  scaring me :). The My bourjois collectionpowder in the “Healthy” range has a beautiful scent and I do really love that powder. It says on the package that it is mattifying for 10 hours. I didn’t count and my skin is pretty dry so I hardly ever have any oil on my skin.

I have a cream blush that I use if I want a light wash of colour on my cheeks. I had hoped that it had a dewy finish, but I would say it is a cream to powder product. It doesn’t blow my mind and I don’t reach for it as much as the foundations.

In the far right corner of the picture, you’ll find the CC corrector for underneath the eyes. I didn’t have any idea I would love this product, I bought it on a whim. It’s one one the best under eye correctors I have used, I would compare it to the Maybelline Eraser concealers. I find that I can use this product alone or with my regular concealer on top.

The eyeshadows in the center of the picture I haven’t had for that long. But the colours I really like! They blend really well and the wear time is acceptable.

I have two liners as well a taupe-bronze colour that I either apply in the inner corners of the eye or apply as the liner and then smudge it out for an easy everyday look.

I have to say that even though there are some misses – especially with the scent, I love Bourjois as a makeup brand. I think that the quality overall is really great and it’s “drugstore” prices which make it accessible for the majority of women.

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Ditte

Why are we applying sooo much makeup to our faces?

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A little disclaimer, the views and opinions in this post is just my own and I don’t want to offend anyone in any way. I think everybody should do whatever they want. It’s a free World – you do you!

But I can’t help wonder sometimes, are the makeup trends getting more and more intense? What is it we want to achieve with the makeup we apply on our faces?

Is It to cancel everything out and have that full coverage effect with almost no way of seeing our actually skin? Or is it applying makeup with a light hand that is almost invisible?

I am following different Youtubers each with their own style. I am following the Pixiwoo Sisters and I think it was Sam that said: ‘I always look at a face and think, what’s the last I can do to this face to make it look the best?’

That quote is very inspirational to me because I see a lot of makeup on Instagram and Youtube where people go all out for an ‘everyday look’. I think that’s fine. The only thing is that I don’t see that this makeup is very wearable for the everyday women, wether she is working or staying at home with kids or whatever.  So I was thinking, is it only me who thinks that?

I am Scandinavian and most of the time my friends, colleagues etc. say: I want nice looking skin – but I don’t want anyone to notice that I’m wearing anything.

That’s kind of funny ( and almost impossible) but it is very much in the Scandinavian culture that we want to look very natural and not to ‘made up’. And it’s very much the opposite than Instagram/Youtube makeup trends- even the everyday/natural makeup looks.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE makeup, I’m a beauty blogger for a reason. Call me old fashion ed or just plan old :), but after watching a Youtubers everyday look I sometimes think: ‘but could you actually wear that look and people on your work or school would like it?’

Not that you have to please people around you but at a certain point in your life you will be the ‘face’ of your work place and will your employer like that you are wearing heavy makeup?

I’m really interested in knowing what you guys think? Is It only in Scandinavia that we have this culture of less is more? Is the Youtube/Instagram makeup applicapple for the culture in your country?

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Ditte

Asos.com beauty haul and NYX review!!

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I wanted a new setting powder, the translucent kind. I’ve tried different powders for setting; the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder but I find it to heavy to set my concealer under the eyes. I’ve wanted to try the more expensive one you see all around the Internet; Laura Mercier and Nars but I feel like they are too expensive. I also wanted to try different things from NYX because I’ve heard about it for years.

Sooo I went on Asos.com because they are now carrying NYX, yeahh!

I bought the HD powder in translucent. I’ve never seen a consistency like this before! It’s so light weight that it almost disappears, but I have used it for a couple of weeks and it was exactly what I was looking for! It goes on really smooth and it makes my skin look good.

I wanted to try the NYX under eye corrector and I had high hopes for it. I have to say that I find it a little disappoiting. It doesn’t have that much pigment and honestly I would probably get the same result with my regular concealers. I don’t know if it’s this particular shade, I have to choose the ‘fair’ shade and maybe some of the deeper tones have better coverage.

The Rimmel contour Trio it’s not the right fit for my skin tone and undertone. It’s on the warm side which just doesn’t suit me.

The little NYX palette is actually also on the warm side, when will I learn! I get so carried away when I see these beautiful palettes! That’s why I love having this blog because I want to help all of you guys buying the right kind of makeup for your skin tone and undertone.

The NYX brow mascara is acutally a really good product for busy women. You just have to be a little bit careful when applying because it distributes a lot of product.

This purchase is from about a month ago and I have become a lot wiser from this particular purchase. I thought I could be a bronze goddess – but I can’t!

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Ditte

 

How to find the right foundation for your skin tone and undertone!

Find the right foundation to match your skin tone and undertoneToday I want to help you find the right foundation for you skin tone/undertone. If you are anything like me you have bought a lot of foundations in your lifetime thinking they would be a good match for your skin. In the store you have been pumping a dollop onto your hands trying to swatch. If you were daring you would apply it to your lower cheek thinking that “I heard someone say this was a good method”.

I am here today to tell you exactly how to find the right shade for your skin tone and help you save your money in the future!

It’s so important to do a little legwork before actually going into the store. I promise you, you will thank me later! I want you to do the following steps and this will lead you to become aware of your skin tone and undertone and why it’s important in choosing makeup for yourself!

 

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  • Look in the mirror, preferably with the shoulders / chest bare – what do you see? You see most yellow or reddish beam from your skin? Red means you probably have a cold / red undertones in the skin. Yellow means that you have a warm undertone of the skin.
  • Look at your blood vessels in the thin skin on the inside of the wrist – are the most blue or green? (If they are both green and blue you probably have a neutral skin tone). Blue means you probably have a red / cold undertone of the skin and green veins means you probably have a yellow / warm undertone of the skin.
  • When you sunbathe, you lovely brown immediately or you will first right red, and then turn brown (equal)? Brown immediately means you probably have a yellow / warm undertone of the skin. If you light turns red and burned there is a greater likelihood that you have a cold / red undertones in the skin.

How do you match your skin to your foundation:

When you match your foundation, it should preferably match your neck and chest, because that part of your body will be visible. You may have areas of red in your face, but your chest / neck is more yellowish. Then you should choose a more yellowish foundation, because it will look more natural to your overall look. If you have a neutral skin tone / undertone, you will probably benefit from a foundation with a more yellowish tone, because a pink foundation won’t be flattering to your overall appearance.

The right shade vs. the right tone.

When actually purchasing the foundation you need to match it with two things: It has to be in your shade fair, light, medium, dark/deep and the foundation has to have the right undertone. The undertone is what I just described up top. When it comes to the right shade it’s a little bit easier. It’s like the first glance at the bottle or the color and the undertone is like the second look at it. Searching for undertone is a little bit more complicated (in my opinion) than finding the right shade for your skin tone.

Purchasing the foundation:

When you purchase foundations in the future you must both look after your tone ( “shade”) and an undertone – a yellow or red. There may be foundations that you simply will not be able to use because the undertone in the foundation never is going to match your undertone.

I wrote this post because I like to give tips on how to save you money when buying makeup. It’s so frustrating when you buy that wonderful new bottle of foundation only to see that it doesn’t suit your skin! Now you know that you might as well pass the bottle of foundation on to a friend and go buy a new bottle that suits your skin and will make you look beautiful!

I will continue to write more posts about foundations and bases of makeup because I think it’s so important to lay a good ‘foundation’ to your makeup to make it look the best.

See also find the perfect foundation for your skin type – normal / oily – combination or dry skin here here

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Ditte

3 Great Foundations for yellow undertones!

Great foundationsforyellow skintonesHello, you guys! It seems that many of you are interested in getting tips for foundations and how to match them to your undertone. I get you! There are many foundations at the cheaper end that contains too much pink / red tone. I do not know why and it’s a big mystery because there are probably more people in the Western World who have a neutral or warm undertone in the skin and therefore need to be more yellow color in their foundations.

If you are in doubt about the undertone of your skin, here’s a mini-guide to find it:

  • Look in the mirror, preferably with the shoulders / chest bare – what do you see? You see most yellow or reddish beam from your skin? Red means you probably have a cold / red undertones in the skin. Yellow means that you have a warm undertone of the skin.
  • Look at your blood vessels in the thin skin on the inside of the wrist – are they more blue or green? (If they are both green and blue you probably have a neutral skin tone). Blue means you probably have a red / cold undertone of the skin and green veins mean you probably have a yellow / warm undertone of the skin.
  • When you sunbathe, you lovely brown immediately or you will first right red, and then turn brown (equal)? Brown immediately means you probably have a yellow / warm undertone of the skin. If you light turns red and burned there is a greater likelihood that you have a cold / red undertones in the skin.

How do you match your skin to your foundation ?:

There may be a lot of confusion about how to match foundation to your skin tone/undertone. I recommend doing a little homework and finding the undertone to your skin before venturing into buying a new foundation.

When you match your foundation, it should preferably match your neck and chest, because that part of your body will be visible. You may have areas of red in your face, but your chest / neck is more yellowish. Then you should choose a more yellowish foundation because it will look more natural to your overall look. If you have a neutral skin tone / undertone, you will probably benefit from a foundation with a more yellowish tone, because a pink foundation won’t be flattering to your overall appearance.

3 recommendations:

Those who read with me often that I like to shop online for international brands. I find much inspiration in the “beauty community” found on Youtube and among bloggers. From there I have found brands that have a larger series of foundations, that is where you can get a better match for your skin type.

However, I would say that particularly L’Oréal which most high street stores carries, now knows,Loreal true match that we want a foundation that really suit us. They have their True Match Super Blendable Foundation which has both warm, cool and neutal undertones. The True Match foundation is particularly good for those of you who have a normal / combination skin and would like a natural finish. For dry skin, they have True Match Lumi. The Lumi version doesn’t have as big of a range, unfortunately.

PSX_20160410_152547The EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation has a really nice finish and has strong yellow undertones. The store http://www.hghair.com carries the EX1 brand. The range of EX1 isn’t great but I’m sure most people would be able to find something to match their tone. For me, being fair skin, even the lightest shade, the F100 is a little to dark. What I do is blend it with my Face Atelier Foundation in Minus Zero. But I would say that this foundation come with high recommenadtions from many Youtubers as well. This foundation is very reasonably priced at around 15-20 dollars.

 

The high end brand Cover FX, have their Custom Cover Drops range. This little bottle is so versatile. You use the dropper to mix the product into your favorite moisturizer or beauty oil. The range is great, from fair to deep and as the L’Oreal True Match, it’s divived into warm, neutral and cool shades. click here to purchase.

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I hope that this post could help you a little bit on your way to finding a perfect match for your undertone 🙂

Ditte

Gode foundations til en gul hudtone/undertone!

PSX_20160410_152547Hej med jer! Jeg kan se, at der er rigtig mange, der gerne vil vide mere om foundations til gule hudtoner/undertoner i huden. Jeg forstår jer! Der er rigtig mange foundations i den billigere ende, der indeholder for meget pink/rød tone. Jeg ved ikke hvorfor, det er et stort mysterie, fordi der er formentlig flere mennesker her i vesten, der har en neutral eller varm undertone i huden og derfor har behov for, at der er mere gul farve i deres foundations.

Hvis du er i tvivl om undertonen i din hud, er her en mini-guide til at finde den:

  • Kig dig i spejlet, helst med skuldrene/brystet bart – hvad ser du? Ser du mest gult eller rødligt stråle fra din hud? Rød betyder, at du formentlig har en kold/rød undertone i huden. Gul betyder, at du har en varm undertone i huden.
  • Kig på dine blodårer ved den tynde hud på indersiden af håndleddet – er de mest blå eller grønne? (Hvis de både er grønne og blå har du formentlig en neutral hudtone). Blå betyder, at du formentlig har en rød/kold undertone i huden og grønne blodårer betyder, at du formentlig har en gul/varm undertone i huden.
  • Når du solbader, bliver du dejlig brun med det samme eller bliver du først ret rød, for derefter at blive brun(lig)? Brun med det samme betyder, at du formentlig har en gul/varm undertone i huden. Hvis du let bliver rød og forbrændt er der en større sandsynlighed for, at du har en kold/rød undertone i huden.

Hvordan matcher man sin foundation?:

Der kan være meget forvirring om, hvordan man skal matche sin foundation til sin hudtone. Grunden til, at det er en god idé at lave et lille forarbejde inden man køber sin foundation er, at man får en forståelse af, hvilken farve ens skuldre/bryst/hals har. Når du matcher din foundation, skal den helst matche din hals og bryst, fordi det vil være synligt. Det kan sagtens være, at du har røde områder i huden i ansigtet, men at dit bryst/hals er mere gullig. Så skal du vælge en mere gullig foundation, fordi det vil se mere naturligt ud til dit overall look. Hvis du har en neutral hudtone/undertone vil du formentlig også have gavn af en foundation med en mere gullig tone, fordi en pink foundation vil få det værste frem i din hud, man kan hurtigt komme til at ligne en gris (ikke at der er noget dårligt ved grise :)).

Nu til nogle anbefalinger:

De, der læser med hos mig ofte ved, at jeg godt kan lide at shoppe på nettet efter internationale mærker. Jeg finder meget inspiration i det “beauty community” der findes på Youtube og hos bloggere. Derfra har jeg fundet mærker, der har en større serie af foundations, altså hvor du kan få et bedre match til din hudtype.

Jeg vil dog sige, at særligt L’Oréal, som man kan købe i danske butikker har fundet ud af, atLoreal true match vi kvinder gerne vil have det perfecte match til vores hud. De har deres True Match Super Blendable Foundation som har både til varme, kolde og neutrale hudtoner. Denne foundation er særligt god til de af jer, der har en normal/kombinationshud og gerne vil have en naturlig finish. Til tør hud findes varianten True Match Lumi, som jeg er rigtig glad for. L’Oréal kan købes i Matas og i nogle supermarkeder.

Der findes en foundation, der hedder EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation. Den købes på http://www.hqhair.com, som er en hjemmeside, der forhandler både makeup, hudpleje og PSX_20160410_152547hårpleje. EX1 foundationen er en klassiker for dem, der har en gul undertone i huden. Serien er ikke så stor, men jeg vil regne med, at de fleste vil kunne købe enten F100 eller F200 og få det til at virke! Det er de to lyseste farver i serien. Til reference kan jeg fortælle, at jeg som regel bruger den aller lyseste inden for de fleste mærker. Jeg købte F100 og blander lidt af min “mixer” fra Face Atelier i og så passer den til min hudtone. Dog er EX1 ikke det perfekte match til mig, idet jeg har en kold undertone i huden. Hvis du vil se, om denne foundation er for dig, kan du klikke på linket her og besøge hjemmesiden. Jeg har handlet der mange gange og man kan trygt stole på dem. Prisen er 12.50 pund, altså omkring 125 kr. En virkelig rimelig pris for det produkt du får!

 

Hvis du er til M.A.C foundations er her også en god variantion til dig. De fleste af deres foundations er delt op i varme og kolde nuancer. Jeg er ikke den store M.A.C foundation-køber, så jeg kan ikke komme med konkrete anbefalinger. Til gengæld synes jeg, at man får rigtig god råd og vejledning hos M.A.C.

Jeg vil for god ordens skyld også nævne mærket Cover FX, fordi det er så lækkert et customcoverdrops_n10mærke! Det er i den dyrere ende, men også her er deres foundation delt op i kolde, neutrale og varme foundations. Jeg har selv købt en foundation, der er designet til at blive mixet med en ansigtsolie eller en ansigtscreme. Det er en foundation, der hedder Cover FX Custom Cover Drops. Et fantastisk produkt, der giver et meget naturligt look, fordi du blander det med din egen yndlingsansigtscreme. Cover FX kan købes her.

Jeg håber, at dette indlæg kunne hjælpe dig en lille smule på din vej til at finde et perfekt match til din undertone 🙂

Ditte

“Cool queen” -Beautybay.com haul!!”

IMG_20160426_143753Once again I went on Beautybay.com to do some VERY needed (or at least wanted) makeup. Because of my porcelain/fair complexion I struggle a lot finding good contour products. They are all too dark, too orange too… something. As I wrote in my last post Makeup Geek (the brand) came out with contour powders earlier this year and I have been DYING to get my hands on the fair/cool contour powder. It is a pet peeve of mine to find makeup that really suit my skin. That is skin type, skin tone and my cool undertone. I have made so many mistakes in my pursuit of this flawless face I see everywhere in the magazines. “Bronze goddessess”, as one of you guys commented in my latest post. I have to realize that I will never be a “bronze goddes” I will be a “cool queen” ;). See my last post here Being a cool toned woman in western makeup trends – a Lisa Eldridge inspired post.

But one thing I can do is contour my face. I want to use just the right shade for my skin tone, though. Because of the huge trends with contouring most beauty websites have a whole section of contouring products. I knew I wanted the Makeup Geek contour powder in “Break Up” so that quickly went into the basket. But in the contour section was also a 9 pan Morphe contour palette. I had to try it! I know that I sometimes am in situations where I do other people’s makeup. I love doing other people’s makeup; i love seeing the face transform in front of my eyes and I love the feeling that it gives my friends when I ‘m doing their makeup – but that’s a whole other blog post :). Anyway, it would actually be sensible of me to buy this 9 pan palette as well (I told myself ;)). Because most people don’t have cool/fair skintone – most people fall into a neutral/medium category.

Also, I had to have some good tools for all of my new found contouring products. Therefore I had to get the Morphe 6 Piece Contour Set. I thought it was a good deal, 6 brushes at around 30 dollars.

Anyway, here is what I bought:

First impression on the Morphe 9 Pan Palette:

My first impression is that I should have gone for the 6 pan palette especially designed for a cool skintone. Have I not learned anything? Of course – when they combine 6 cool and 6 warm shades there will only be a few that actually suits me. hmmm… Maybe I have to go back and buy the 6 pan set, it might be wonderful :). Anyway, there is a really great contour shade for me at the bottom row in the middle of the set. It has the right amount of grey and the tone is light enough to make an actual shadow on my face. Even though the lighter colours look really light, they are not light enough and they are to warm for my complexion. They will get used if I’m doing someone else’s makeup or as an eyeshadow when I want to add a warm colour to my crease. The pigmentation is okay and it blends in okay as well. Side note – My daughter of 5 years of age did my makeup today and I was teaching her to do the whole shabang – contour, blush and highlighter. There is a real makeup artist in the making with her :).

First impression 6 Piece Brush set from Morphe:

I really like this set! It seems super luxurious to have 6 brushes to do one job – contour! I’m spoiled for choice when I’m contouring and it feels amazing after having only one good brush from Makeup Geek to contour with. I am high maintenance; I want one brush to apply my contour and another one to blend the product! With the price of about 30 dollars I would say it’s totally worth it! You get smaller brushes as well to either do your hightligt or contour your eyes.

First Impression Gerard Cosmetics Angel Cake Lipgloss:

Well, here we go again, the colour is a bit wrong for me :(. I’m trying to find my perfect nude (who isn’t) and I had high hopes for this lipgloss. It looked beautiful as a swatch and I thought it had the right shade for my complexion but no…. It’s wrong! Too something – pale, maybe. I really can’t do nudes, my complexion is just to pale. It looks like I have no lips. Or should I say, my nude lipstick ought to be the real colour of my lips, almost mauvy-pink. Does anyone know a good colour? Same goes for the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint. Look beautiful and I had high hopes but it’s too light for my complexion.

The Makeup Geek Contour powder:

The Makeup Geek Contour powder I haven’t tried yet because I’ve been putting the Morphe Palette to the test. But I do see that the shade Break Up is very similar to the shade I was talking about in the beginng;  the middle one at the bottom row. I know I’m going to like it, I haven’t met a Makeup Geek product yet that I didn’t like!

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Ditte