Friday, November 6, 2009

Makeup Look: Gilded Plum

I've decided to start doing more beauty posts, including some product reviews. I always get really excited when I find a good beauty blog, and while I know I can't compete with the best, i thought my readers might like to see more of that here. Plus, I haven't been very inspired with clothes lately like I have with makeup and I get bored just doing outfit posts. But if this is really boring for you let me know and I'll stop torturing you.

I'm beginning to see to see that not everyone is makeup obsessed or perhaps they just feel shy about trying new looks. Either way, i plan to continue a mix of natural everyday looks, wild evening looks, and everything in between.

I've made this disclaimer before, but I'll do it again in case you missed it. I used to work for Origins and Benefit cosmetics but I don't hold a bias for either one, excepting that I may just be most familiar with those lines and as I have many of their products, they show up a lot here. But i won't ever give something a favorable review just because of that. I use high end to drug store cosmetics and just because I wear something on this blog doesn't mean I endorse it. i like to experiement and will post my successes as well as my failures.

Today I'm experimenting with purples and golds. The look actually came off pretty subtle and not disco glitzy. i would recomend it for someone that wants to experiement a little with a day look without just reaching for the taupe. I got a lot of compliments from conservative older women at work so that's how I know it passes for day. haha

How to get the look:

First I applied foundation , under eye concealer, and filled in my brows--the basics for any of my makeup looks

Second, I used my finger to pat on a pale golden creme shadow, violet eyeliner, and black mascara.

Third, I stippled on a shimmery plum blush, subtle gold lip gloss, and finished with a setting powder.

Easy as that!


Foundation: Mac Studio fix spf15 in NC15
Cream concealer: Benefit Erase Paste
Powder concealer: Benefit Powderflage
Eyebrows: Benefit browzing kit

Creme Shadow: Estee Lauder Pure Pops in Golden Seduction
Eyeliner: NYC in Vampy Violet
Mascara: Clinique High Impact in Black

Blush: Mac Mineralize in Grand Duo
Lipgloss: Benefit 24k
Powder: Mac Skinfinish Natural in Light

The Mini-reviews:

Clinique High Impact mascara

I've never been a fan of Clinique's mascaras but I received a sample of this in one of their gift with purchases and was really impressed. It definitely makes a major difference in my lashes, making them fuller and longer. But I'm so fickle when it comes to mascara even though I know that statistically women tend to favor one mascara with a severe brand loyalty. Generally, I think any brand new mascara is pretty awesome. I would buy this no question but I doubt I can stop my product wanderlust.

Benefit Browzing Kit

This is a really good portable eyebrow kit. It has both a wax and a powder with little brushes. It has a mirror! It has mini tweezers! It's much easier to use than I thought it would be and it's great for filling in sparse brows. This is the only brow product I've tried that i really love. And best of all, it lasts an extremely long time. I use this everyday and hope they don't reformulate or stop making it.

Mac Mineralize Skin Finish natural in Light

I love a good pressed setting powder. My skin used to be really oily so I lived and died by my powder. I still like it to help set my makeup. I like this one's natural finish, not too matte. Applied with a brush, it's light and lovely. I wish it had a mirror so I could put it in my purse for touch ups but other than that it's fine. I tend to use a clinique powder in my purse. I like Mac's well enough to deal with the hassel of two powders.