Thursday, 21 January 2016

"eye" hate concealer

For me, the point of makeup is either to look extremely obvious or to trick everybody into thinking there's none. And thus, for me, I can't seem to get on board with under-eye concealer. It always looks "done" just to the wrong degree - trying too hard, and not in a fun or subversive way. On others, I can sort of get on board with the yellow baked triangles look. Kim Kardashian obviously look very nice. But KK is cool by mistake, whereas I have had to try very very hard for every ounce of cool I have (not many ounces). Also, I have never found an under-eye concealer that looks any better than just letting my dark shadows fly free. 
Nonetheless, tiredness (while sometimes a testament to your cool busy lifestyle and many fun times) isn't necessarily a great look. So here are my top helpers for when I don't want to look quite so debilitated and ancient, yet want to retain my cool-girl, not-really-trying, I'm-honestly-alright-now please-stop-asking aesthetic. 
1) The Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful (make yourself really self conscious about seemingly imitating a speech impediment) is an eye cream with a light-reflecty, iridescent finish. I'm a real sucker for the  skincare-in-makeup sell, because what is more appealing than something which works for a bit now and cumulatively builds up more work for the future? This seems to be quite moisturising and such, and which doesn't offer any coverage it does sort of brighten and tighten up in a very subtle way.
2) The Rohto Cool Max Eye Drops which make your eyes feel cold in a way they possibly should not naturally (I have read things about these actually making eyes redder in the future, but YOLO, live for today, etc). They make the white parts of your eyes more bright like when Mr. Burns is the alien on the Simpsons - some of my most formative beauty inspiration.
3)  The Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk - put this in your waterline and let's just say no more about it, ok?
4) Curl your eyelashes, and if you are as irresponsible with money as I am, do it with the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers. They are honestly different from cheap ones - they make your eyes look perkier and more awake, and make your eyelashes look a lot longer because of angles and maths etc. 
But of course, also feel free to allow your tiredness to show forth like a badge of honour, and when people tell you you look tired just use it as a fun litmus test for who to never ever speak to again. 

Sunday, 3 January 2016

2015 MVPs

 It's that time of year where I panic and realise how time is unstoppable and I'm a year closer to my inevitable death. So let's talk about beauty products. A bunch of really good guys that I have enjoyed wholeheartedly, while trying not to think about my inevitable death.
 I have relied heavily on the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle since my blonde-ing of early November. The "Shine" fellow is actually not as good as the Reconstructor, which I will buy consistently when this one runs out. I use it every wash and I truly believe it's to thank for that fact I still have a lot of average-to-pretty-good-condition hair.
 For the face skin: a trifecta of amazingness which seems to have, for the most part, sorted out my stroppy, overgrown-adolescent, overly sensitive and incredibly annoying ... personality. Sorry, face. My face. My personality has not improved this year, but at least my skin has!! The Garnier Micellar Water is my #1 cleanser and I don't even want to explore further. This works, and washing my face too much does not. Also this is cheap and easy to find. 
 A major discovery this year has been that my chin loves benzoyl peroxide like I love Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds circa season 5 (a LOT). I was using the Clean and Clear Persa Gel, which I was enjoying, but for some reason it wasn't seeming to quite do the job for me mid year. So I ordered the ludicrously big bottle from and I have to say, I prefer it. It's a thinner texture so it doesn't require as much rubbing, and the lower % BP stops things getting so dry. If you're at the end of your tether, this is worth a shot.
 I raved midyear about the Makeup Artist's Choice Mandelic Acid Peel, and we are still very much involved. I dip a cotton bud in this and swipe it all over my face about once a week and wash off after some minutes. I really think it's improved the tone, softness and clogged-factor of my skin. I bought the bottle in February and it's still more than half full, too, so amazing value for money.
 One for the weirds out there is the Demeter perfume in Thunderstorm. All I can say is, I like to smell like wet concrete, and this fulfills that desire for me. I absolutely love it.
 For lips, I have been either painting them a very bright colour with the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets, or applying lots of vanilla scented gloss. The Bourjois are seriously amazing - lip paints that dry matte but don't flake off or fade really weirdly. They have lots of really good bright and neutral-ish colours, too. Two glosses that I have relied on for attempting to look less like a caveman have been the Clarins and the Catrice Lip Perfectors. The Clarins are a bit better, but the Catrice are a lot cheaper, so take from that what you will.
 Eyebrows have been hairified courtesy of the L'oreal Brow Artist Plumper, the best thing I've ever found to fake "naturally" bushy eyebrows. I've also really enjoyed the Maybelline Full'n'Soft Waterproff, which is stupidly only available in America, but gives nice natural-ish, fluffy and curled eyelashes. The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler has had another strong year of being terrifying but making me look about 45% more awake. 
 Lastly, two things that have been giving me the shiny face that dreams (about shiny faces) are made of. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl is my only one and only. I use it every day and a lot of it. It's a subtle enough illuminator to convince people you're just naturally very pretty and radiant, and this deception is my M.O. Something I don't mention much but use always is the Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cottage Cheese. The name actually makes me want to be sick, so in my mind I call it "shiny white", which is what it is. This is great for putting in the waterline to perk up tired and grumpy eyes. I also like it in the inner-eye-corner and on my cupids bow moustache area. In a pinch, this can also be dabbed onto cheekbones with fingers as a highlighter. 
 So, a year of shiny faces, bushy eyebrows, curly eyelashes and exceptionally damaged hair. If you have the same taste in those things as I do, I can recommend these products from the bottom of my heart or whatever. HNY all. XXXX