Saturday, May 21, 2011

Eyeshadow bases review

Here is an overview of my eyeshadow bases (struggeling with a plural here!). First I bought HEMA eyeshadow base (11ml, 3,95ml), next was NYX eyeshadow base (from Boozyshop, 6,99 EUR, 7g, in skin), then I got Urban Decay Primer Potion 3,7 ml, included in my NAKED palette, and finally, there is 1.45 g eyeshadow base included in NYC Individual eyes 939 Bryant Park palette.

This is probably not going to be any surprise if I say that the best primer is the Urban Decay Primer Potion, followed by HEMA eyeshadow base and then there are NYX and NYC, but you can pretty much put them together in the third place. I have to stress though, that there is a huge gap in quality between the second and third place :-).

Primer Potion has a light consistency, it dries invisible into your eyelid and it makes the eyeshadow last all day long. HEMA eyeshadow base has a creamy white colour and it does not blend that well into the eyelid, but your eyeshadow will not move one milimeter, that is guaranteed. NYX eyeshadow base has a very disappointing performance, it starts to melt about 4 hours after you put your make up on and NYC has about the same longevity. They are both of skin colour and have a light creamy consistency.
From left: violet eyeshadow from NYC palette, HEMA, NYX, Urban Decay, NYC.

I swatched all bases: first is an eyeshadow on its down (left), then HEMA, NYX, Urban Decay, NYC. Top row is a base on its own and bottom with the eyeshadow. Now it is also perfectly visibly why it pays off to wear an eyeshadow base, the eyeshadow colour just pops out!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wishlist - Sun city - be cool! bronzing leg stick

I just love the idea of this self bronzing product: you can put it on for the sunbathed look effect, then you can wash it, it has a cooling effect and slight shimmer, perfect! Definitely something for my mozzarella legs and they say it has a sommer smell, what more can you ask for :-)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wishlist - Clarisonic Mia

This has been on my mind for quite a while now, but I was still waiting to see what other people have to say about this product. And, it seems that everyone is pretty much happy! I am talking about Clarisonic Mia skin cleansing system, which is supposed to "improve skin tone, reduce the appearance of pore size and help skin care products work their best". It costs 149 USD and if you want it, you are going to have to order that via the Internet (Amazon).

More from Clarisonic website:
The Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth skin. In just 60 seconds, the micro-massage action removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone. Removing more dirt and oil from your pores also helps products work more effectively.

Monday, May 16, 2011

How to remove blackheads

If you have an oily complexion, it is very likely that you suffer from blackheads. While you can remove them with special pore strips, such as those sold by Nivea, or you can also check out these three videos for more and cheaper ideas!

First off, we have mellowreviews demonstrating the effects of an egg white mask combined with a toilet paper (I know!). This is definitely something that I am going to try myself very soon.
The second video is by Michelle Phan. While I am a huge fan of hers, I have not heard many raving reviews of the self-made pore strips, apparently it does not work that well when you try it yourself, but once I collect  the necessary ingregients (unflavoured gelatine and milk), I might give this a go, too.

The last video is a little bit say the least! The surprise active ingredients is a non-toxic school glue...I can imagine a lot of people having conflicting ideas as to whether this is safe or not, but I put it here anyway for your consideration :-).

Pixiwoo sisters makeup tutorial

I absolutely adore the Pixiwoo sisters, I could be watching them for days on end! Here are two latest video, one is about a perfect red lip and the other guides you through an older Pink makeup look from Family portrait. Gorgeous!