I have a new eyeshadow palette to try out – the Chanel Entrelacs Eyeshadow Palette. It looks like a go to palette for nude and natural eye looks. It has a perfect blend of both light and darker colours and matte and shimmery shades, which makes it very versatile. The no. 1 and 2 shade has a matte finish and no.3-5 has a shimmery finish.
Today I’ll show you how you what colours I used to achieve this everyday kind of smokey nude eye look:
I started by priming my eyes with a concealer. Then I dusted the no. 1 shade all across my eye from eyelid til browbone.
Afterwards the no. 2 shade in the crease and blended it out with a natural hair fluffy brush – Sigma E35.
With my Sigma E25, slightly smaller fluffy hair brush I chose shade no. 3 on the outer edge of the lid and blended slightly up into the crease for some definition to the eye.
With a flat eyeshadow brush, I used the no. 5 shade on the eyelid to add some shimmer to the look. I like to add the shimmer on the eyelid, it gives dimension and a touch of life to the look.
Underneath the lashline, I took a flat definer brush along the lashline on the outer third of the eye. With my Sigma E25 I then took no. 2 to blend the harsh line out to make the undereye a bit smokey too.
I was very impressed with how easy the colours were to work with. Very blendable, not chalky or patchy – both the matte and the shimmery shade
I didn’t use any liner, I wanted the look to be suitable for daytime so I wanted to keep it soft and as natural as possible. Lots of mascara and I’m good to go!
I’ve been scouring around ASOS.COM for the sale season. I actually have a clothing haul coming up on the blog, but firstly, my dress wishlist. Summer is the season for dresses and I’m seeing so many dresses that I would love to own 🙂
Top left is a subtle lace dress in a cool grey colour. Bottom left is a flowy black dress, perfect for a curvy body with the bell sleeves evening out the figure. Right side is a lovely, structured white dress which has a nice length, covers the arms and shows a little bit of leg.
Left side, floral gown that goes in at the waist and a little floral sleeve that covers the arms.
Middle, structured yet effortless white dress for lovely summer evenings.
Right side, structured dress on the formal side. I love stripes!
I first tried the Body Shop Shimmer Cubes back in 2014 when I was digging through a colleagues makeup bag. It was minutes before the annual Christmas party and I offered to do my colleagues makeup for the party. I’ve always loved doing makeup – both on my own face and on other faces. I love the way it transforms and enhances the best features of a person’s face.
Anyway, back to the shimmer cubes: my colleague either had this particular product or one very similar to this. Hers was warm golden and bronzy shades. I actually ended up using the shadows for all of my colleagues. The product was so versatile; I used it for the shadow on the eyelid, as a highlight and for all over shimmer. It was the Christmas party, you can go all out! Since then I have kept one eye open for the product. You know the feeling, right? Once you’ve encountered a lovely and versatile product you go on a hunt!
Suddenly I saw this at my local Body shop – even as a part of a sale! I tend to go for cooler colours so I chose a peachy/pink version and a white/grey/black version.
I’ve been wanting to put them to the test ever since but it’s been vacation and family time for the whole of July. Now, as we enter August vacation is over and I have had time to put together a look using the peachy/pink cube. I wanted to use it as both eyeshadow, highlighter, blush and all-over shimmer.
Since I’ve been doing a lot of makeup looks for the blog at this point it’s become obvious that I do have a light hand in applying makeup. Also, my makeup doesn’t show up on images as much as I would like it to. That being said, I kind of like a light hand when applying makeup. In my opinion, it looks fresh whereas heavy makeup tends to look ageing, and who want’s that? 🙂
I also got the chance to try one of my new Maxfactor products that I absolutely love! I’ve been gifted the new Miracle Match Foundation. It says that it nourishes and blurs and I would say that it actually does just that. I don’t use an awful lot of foundations during the summer, butI’ve found myself reaching for this foundation a lot, especially for when I knew I would take pictures. It has a wonderful finish, very glowy and dewy. It covers a lot without being heavy on the skin. I feel like it’s gonna be on my “top shelf” of products I will be reaching for this fall.
For the eyes I mixed the two lightest shades, the light pink and the light peach and applied to the eyelid. It didn’t give a ton of coverage, but I imagine used with M.A.C fix+ it would show up way more. And as I mentioned before, I like a light hand in my makeup which made it good enough for me. The shimmer is undeniable, though. As I’m typing this blog post I have been wearing this look for hours and it has incredible staying power.
The deeper pinks I used as blush. I have to be careful with deeper pinks on my skintone, I’m often too pale to wear it. I mixed it in with the lighter shades and it blended the highlight and the blush seemlessly together.
A little trick I’ve learnt from makeupartist and Youtuber Lisa Eldridge is to sweep a medium tone brown in the crease or “socket line” as she calls it :). It gives a bit of dimension to the eye when working with pale pastels.
From 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.
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 powder 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.
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!
Hello, 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.
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, 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.
The 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.
I hope that this post could help you a little bit on your way to finding a perfect match for your undertone 🙂
Once 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!