GoodBuy 2013

I’m certainly not sad to see 2013 go, but some great products came out this year.  Dior Diorshow Fushion Mono potted shadows, Nars limited edition blush (Pierre hardy and Soulshine) and theBalm Instain blush to name a few.  I also deepened my love for Dior and Givenchy lipsticks.  This post is to quickly share gems I discovered, but didn’t blog about earlier in the year.  They all are not new for 2013, but are new to me.  Enjoy and Happy New Year!!

Hakuhodo Face Brush (G527M)

Hakuhodo G527M

Hakuhodo G527M

Hakuhodo G527M

Hakuhodo G527M

My Holy Grail foundation brush (Sigma Synthetic Round Top Kabuki) had to move over and make room for the G527M brush.  I have been using this Hakuhodo’s face brush for almost a year and I love it.  It’s incredibly dense but not too stiff that it feels scratchy.  It’s large enough for quick application, but also gets into crevices of the face.  The flat top buffs in my powder foundation with ease.  The brush is a pain to wash and takes a while to dry because it is so dense; as such, I tradeoff between it and the Sigma kabuki.  The G527M brush retails for $66 and can be purchased at Hakuhodousa.com.

Wayne Goss Holiday Brush

Wayne Goss Holiday

Wayne Goss Holiday

I hesitated with blogging about this brush because it is limited edition, but thankfully it is still available.  Wayne’s permanent set of brushes are fabulous and this brush is no different.  It is a large, tapered face brush that is great for bronzing, contouring and applying face powder.  The brush is incredibly soft, second to Suqqu.  The Holiday brush retails for $85 and can be purchased at Beautylish.com.

 

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Radiant Light)

Hourglass Ambient Radiant Light

Hourglass Ambient Radiant Light

Hourglass Radiant swatchHourglass Ambient Lighting powders was all the rage last year.  I initially didn’t find much use for it because the base color was too pale to use on my face as a cheekbone highlighter.  During a recent Sephora sale, I took a chance and purchased this to highlight under my eye and help set my under eye concealer.  I found highlighting concealers aren’t pigmented enough to actually conceal and don’t come in the widest shade range.  This powder offers the slightest hint of shimmer/sheen that highlights perfectly under my eye.  It has now worked itself into my daily routine.  I wish Hourglass would expand the shade range to include deeper skin tones.  Hourglass is available at Sephora and retails for $45 (0.35oz).

Giella Eye M Glam

Giella Eye M Glam

Giella Eye M Glam

Giella Eye M Glam

Giella Eye M Glam

Eye M Glam is a loose highlighting powder that is simply lovely.  I’ve actually owned this product for a couple of years, but just started to use it on a regular basis this year.  Highlighting my cheekbone was something I hadn’t been interested in while I battled my oily skin.  Since I’ve gotten that under control, I discovered an appreciation for highlighting powder.  Eye M Glam offers a lovely peach-bronze glow that is great on my brown skin.  The powder is finely milled and comes in sifter jar with plenty of product to last several years with continued use.  The product can also be used to highlight the inner corner and mixed in with your favorite body moisturizer.  Eye M Glam is available at Giella.com and retails for $35.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer

Estee Lauder Double Wear Top - Deep Bottom - Medium Deep

Estee Lauder Double Wear
Top – Deep
Bottom – Medium Deep

Estee Lauder’s Double Wear concealer is fantastic for use under the eye.  It conceals well and more importantly, doesn’t crease.  You get a lot of product for your money.  With daily use, one tube easily lasts a year or more.  I’ve had mine since last February and have half a tube left.  Unfortunately, the shade range isn’t great, but at least it offers a couple of shades for darker skin tones.  I use Deep to cover dark circles and Medium Deep to help conceal under eye bags.  This concealer is available at your local Estee Lauder counter or Estee Lauder’s website and retails for $23 (0.25 fl. oz.). Continue reading

Eyes to Kill Intense: Airy Jade

Here is another look using the new Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense shadows (ETK).  I’m pushing the boundaries for my definition of ‘work appropriate’.  This look is bright and came close to drag in person.  The camera softens the colors a bit.  This look can look tamer by not taking the shadows up so high.

I used the same technique to apply this cream-hybrid shadow as I did with the Khaki Pulse look.  I scraped some of the product out using the back of my nail and placed it on the flat side of the hard plastic insert.  I dampened a small concealer brush (Sigma SS194) to apply the shadow to my lid.

I had no idea where I was going when I started this look out.  It turned out pretty cute.

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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Eyebrow Crayon – Spiked
Primer: NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Highlighter: Inglot #352 Matte
Crease: Mac Parfait Amour
Upper Crease: Mac Nocturnelle
Lid: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense No 10
Outer V: Mac Indian Ink
Upper Lashline: Makeup Forever – #6L (dark purple)
Upper Waterline: Inglot Gel Liner – #77 (matte black)
Lower Lashline: Makeup Forever – #6L (dark purple)Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil – 1999 (light plum)
Lower Waterline: Mac Chromographic Pencil – NC42/NW35
Lash Primer: Mac Prep and Prime Lash
Mascara: Maybelline the Falsies – Very Black
Foundation: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation #10
Blush: Tarte – Flush
Cheek Highlight: Giella – Eye M Glam

Get this look:

After priming my lid with Nars Shadow Primer, I applied Indian Ink to my outer corner and blended it into my crease using a Laura Mercier Eye Crease Brush.   (By the way, this brush is fabulous.  It is a cross between the Mac 217 and 219.)  I softened the outer edges and blended the color into my crease to about a third of the way in.  Using the same brush (cleaned off) I took Parfait Amour to the rest of my crease and fade the inside edges of Indian Ink.

Using the same Laura Mercier brush (cleaned off again), I applied Nocturnelle to the outer edge of the Indian Ink shade.  With a dampened Sigma SS194, I applied ETK No. 10 to my lid.  I used Parfait Amour to soften the edges of the blue shade.  With a short shader brush, I applied highlight shade, which is a very pigmented cream colored Inglot shade.

I applied a dark purple eyeliner using a Makeup Forever pencil.  This isn’t my favorite purple, but the formula is okay.  It looks dark, but doesn’t apply dark enough for me.  You can hardly see it on my lid, but the ETK shade is quite bright.  I tightlined using an Inglot matte black gel liner with a SS266 brush.  I had a hard time getting this product to wash off.  It took several attempts.

Today I’m using a Giorgio Armani foundation free sample.  The shade I got is too dark for me now, but may match me in the summer time.