08 June, 2012
Monthly favorites: May edition
Hope you like these new monthly posts as I do!
(in other words, these are my most used products of May!)
La versione italiana arriva tra un po'.
Chiedo venia ma s'era fatta una certa ora ma intanto ci tenevo a pubblicare il post, programmato!
Per ora c'è la versione in pseudo inglese con chissà quanti errori (olè, non ditemeli tutti o vi tocca scrivere un tema più che un commento, temo - siate clementi che era pure tardi ed il neurone cominciava ad accusare colpi di sonno). Vedrò di provvedere anche al testo in italiano appena riesco.
In the pic above there are the products I've been using for my favourite natural double-quick go-to look of the moment. A little bit of Nubile paint pot on the lid and the dark brown of the palette (that is an exclusive shade for the quad) in the crease (add black mascara and you're done!).
I bought that palette as part of a Too Faced set about two years ago I think, but I didn't give it the attention it deserves. It's perfet for travelling: there are few shades but they're the right ones I use the most in my natural looks. A kind of matte greyish beige (Velvet Revolver), a satiny chocolate brown, a gorgeous shimmery pinky beige (Totally Toasted) and a very light peach highlighter (Peach Fuzz) which I don't like so much actually because of the rather chunky glitter.
(I know, poor injuried pinky beige...I didn't drop the quad but it had arrived already broken in my mail box. Since I couldn't ask for a refund I tried to fix it with some alchool - and fortunately the result was great! I can't say the same about the broken blush - there was a blush in the same set and even that one arrived already shattered too! Lucky, uh?)
MAC Nubile paint pot
I do love this paint pot. It was a limited edition released the last Winter but I was been told it's really similar to the permanent Painterly paint pot - which I'll purchase for sure once I run out of Nubile.
It's a light pinky nude that evens out the lids, giving that little extra oomph with its subtle shimmer (and I mean subtle, it's almost a kind of sheen).
When I'm in a super(?) hurry I apply just Nubile onto the lids, black mascara and the eye makeup is done.
MAC Peachstock lipstick
It's one of my favorite Mac lipsticks ever as well as one of my all time favorite nudes!
I spotted it more than one year ago and craved for it since then, but I decided to buy it just a couple of months ago. You know, I don't have a Mac shop or counter nearby to go swatch products in person and I'm always a bit hesitant to buy nude lipsticks sight unseen. After seeing several swatches I decided to give it a try and I ordered it. When it came to my door and I saw it in person I was like: why I didn't buy it before?
On my NC15 complexion with not-so-pigmented lips, it's the perfect peachy lipstick that helps to recreate a sofisticated allure - I wouldn't call it nude on me though.
I have to write an in depth review of it, definitely.
I struggle with dark eye circles, stubborn dark eye circles, as well as with a dry and sensitive under eye area (but it's better I write about my under eye problems and specific products in a specific post - I can hear you say "uh. so interesting. Yaaawn.")
I've tried many heavy concealers but they turned out to be just too heavy for my dry skin: after a couple of hours they look cakey and settle into the lines. So even if this Maybelline concealer isn't a heavy one, I do like it: it's lightweight, not drying, it lasts without going into the fine lines and looks natural. It doesn't cover perfectly my dark circles, of course, but it's a yellow based shade that makes them better without too much effort.
Again, if I don't have much time to do my make-up or to apply more than one corrective concealer, I use just this one and I feel comfortable with the result.
Essence I <3 Extreme mascara
My favorite mascara is Benefit BadGal but is now followed close behind by this one by Essence.
It gives an amazing volume to my lashes and curls them a bit.
The only downside is that it tends to dry quickly in the vial, becoming a little bit clumpy.
Real Techiniques contour brush
Despite the name, I use this brush for applying highligthers on the cheek bone.
I prefer a soft highlighter application rather than a harsh or too obvious one, and this brush does the job!
I like using it as a blush brush as well, expecially with neutral powder blushes but I kinda like it even for blending bright cream blushes.
It's part of the Real Techniques Core Collection set and unfortunately isn't available individually.
Real Techniques buffing brush
I'm using this for foundation more often than Mac 187 or Sigma round top kabuki.
The bristles are soft, thick and firm at the right point. It provides a polished, airbrush effect when applying foundation, but every so often I like to use it for a diffuse blush or bronzer application too. And with the Mac Careblend Pressed Powder as well.
It's a multi purpose brush and it's worth getting the entire set just because of this and the previous one - the buffing brush is only available in the Core Collection set as well.
I'll write a full review of this cream, housed in such pretty tins. I didn't have high expectations when I bought it, but it has turned out to be my HG generic moisturizing cream.
Suprisingly I found myself using this blush a lot in the past month.
I wrote a review of Azalea Blossom here and initially I didn't like it too much. After many uses the pigmentation has increased - it required more usage than you usually need to go all the way through that kind of trasparent layer that you may find in some blushes.
Anyway. Now it delivers a nice flush of color which is not true to pan actually but warmer, at least on me - so I like to apply it when I'm looking for a natural, effortless look on my cheeks
(there are still better blushes out there that don't cost almost 30€ though!)
OPI Mermaid's tears & Essie Mint Candy Apple
I've been on a green polish kick lately. Well, not just lately - green/teal nail polishes are a weakness of mine (not to mention coral/peachy polishes! And lipsticks! But I digress). After about two years I decided that the time to buy Essie Mint Candy Apple, came and I'm glad I did.
OPI Mermaid's Tears was in impulse buy: it's part of an old OPI collection - Pirates of the Caribbean - and it came back in stock at Asos, so I grabbed it.
Let me know what your favorites have been in the past month!
Did you try some of the products mentioned above?