I purchased the Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre ($16) yesterday from Sephora.
It’s a “shimmering eye makeup top coat”.
I’ve used it as an eye shadow and also as a highlight on my cheekbones. I really like it. It gives a really subtle shimmer, but is buildable if you want more sparkle.
I’ll be doing a full review in a few weeks! :]
REVIEW: NARS Illuminator in “Super Orgasm”
I’ve walked past this product pretty much every time I ventured into a Sephora. I’d pick it up, test it on the back of my hand and just stare in amazement and the glow it gave to my skin. The price always stopped me though.
Finally, last week, I caved. I had a beauty consultant apply it to my face and I just loved what it did, so I had to get it.
Here’s what I purchased:
NARS Illuminator in “Super Orgasm”
Here’s what NARS’ website says about the Illuminator:
“Light the skin from within. A collection of light-reflecting liquids that glide on to refresh and enhance the complexion with shimmering incandescence. Deceptively sheer, decidedly luminous.
- Can be applied all over the face or used as a highlighter
- Can be worn under, over or mixed with foundation
- Iconic shades”
Give your skin a glow that’s out of this world.
I won’t go into detail about why this product is called “super orgasm” but if you can read between the lines you’ll know why, haha. This product really does give your skin an amazing glow.
I will say, a little goes a long way. Super Orgasm is VERY shimmery:
So, if you apply too much, I think it can look a bit over the top, but if you apply with a light hand, the highlight your skin gets is so beautiful.
Mixing Super Orgasm in with my foundation surprised me.
I will say, I thought when I mixed the product in with my foundation it was going to look like I had glitter all over my face, but it really didn’t. Your foundation helps to tone down a lot of the shimmer in the illuminator and it really does look like your skin is glowing from within.
I love the formula.
I’ve gone with powder highlighters in the past. But since I can get a bit dry on my cheeks, I thought trying a creamier product would be beneficial. It applies so nicely and you can even it out with your fingers or a brush.
I’ve been applying it on after I set my foundation/concealer and it doesn’t look cakey on top of powder at all.
I was worried about getting oily in the spots where I applied it but I didn’t at all.
I dig the shade range.
I only purchased, Super Orgasm, but I really like this one because I think it will look good on every skin tone. The illuminators also come in the following shades:
I think Copacabana would look fabulous on ladies and gents with fairer skin. Orgasm is the toned down version of Super Orgasm, it just doesn’t have as much shimmer to it, but it think it would look great on every skin tone. Laguna, would look amazing on darker skinned ladies and gents like myself, and I think that one is going to be my next purchase.
I love this stuff. Like I mentioned, a little goes a long way, so it’ll last you a really long time. I do think it’s really pricey and not everyone will want to fork up the cash. But if you want to invest in a great highlighter that you can use all the time and use for lots of different purposes, you’ll definitely be getting your money’s worth.
- Great shades
- Applies beautifully
- Is a multi-purpose product; can be used as a highlighter, blush, or mixed in with foundation
- Will last you a long time
- Very pricey
- Very shimmery, so if you apply too much, it can get a bit over the top very quickly
I love, love, love this product and have used it everyday in some form or fashion since I purchased it. Wish it was a bit cheaper, but I’m happy with my investment :]
Q:Hello! I have a few questions that might possibly tie together: what products are best to contour? Can I use a bronzer to contour? And can I used the same contour product as a "blush" when I want to have a bright/dark lip and muted face?
What are the best products to contour?
Most makeup lines will make powders/creams specifically for contouring. I prefer contouring with powders, but depending on your skin type, creams might work better for you than powders.
So the best product for you is going to to depend on your skin type, complexion, etc.
Using bronzers to contour:
You can use bronzer to contour, but one thing you really want to make sure of is that the bronzer is matte. When you contour, you want to create shadows to make certain parts of your face recede. This will help give your face some depth and dimension.
A lot of bronzers have shimmer in them, which will reflect light, the opposite of what you’re trying to do when you contour. You want to place shimmer on areas that you want to highlight.
Using contour as a blush:
The color you contour with should be about 2 shades darker than your skin and should have grey undertones so it looks like a shadow is being cast on your face.
I’d be careful with putting a color like that on as blush…it could make your complexion appear a bit muddy.
I’ve done an extensive post on contouring and highlighting that goes into a lot of detail and also suggests some products/tools to check out, along with a great video on contouring/highlighting. Might be worth a look :]
Hope that helps.
NARS Tinted Moisturizer & Illuminator
Today I ventured to Sephora and got a sample of the NARS Tinted Moisturizer along with the NARS Illuminator.
I got a sample of the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30 in Martinique.
- The first thing I loved about the NARS Tinted Moisturizer is that it comes in quite a few different shades. Most tinted moisturizers tend to come in about 3 to 4 shades…light, medium, and dark. The NARS Tinted Moisturizer comes in 9, and then vary in their undertones as well, which I think is fabulous.
- I tried to product on in Sephora to get an idea for the coverage, and I really liked it. It is sheer, my freckles come blazing through, haha, but it definitely evens out my skin tone. I have a bit of redness in my cheek area, and that was gone after the application.
- It felt very light and airy on my face and my skin feels very soft to the touch, and doesn’t feel like I have a ton of makeup caked on my face, which I think is ideal for summer time.
I got a sample, so I could try it out for a few days to see how it really works with my skin. But the retail price is $42.
Now I think this is very pricey, but if it’s a product that I really like and will wear on a regular basis all through the summer, I could justify the purchase.
I also purchased the NARS Illuminator is Super Orgasm.
- I wanted to get a highlighter that I could use for the summer that wasn’t a powder so the I could help to eliminate my makeup becoming cakey. I tried this on with the tinted moisturizer while I was in Sephora and I LOVED it. I gave such a gorgeous glow and you can use it as a blush as well. I’m thinking about mixing it in with my lotion to give all of my skin a bit of a glow.
- I really liked the formula. It’s not too thick or runny. It applies very nicely to the face and you have a lot of control over it. You can apply as little or as much as you’d like to change up the look. I was very impressed.
Retails for $30. Like all NARS products, it’s pricey, but I couldn’t pass it up. I loved what it did to my skin and I know that I’ll definitely get my use out of this.
I’ll be doing reviews for both of these products, so stay tuned!
Q:I really love your blog! I have a question: I have never really worn eyeshadow before but would like to try it out. I usually wear eyeliner and mascara but I'm afraid I will look silly with eyeshadow. Do you have any tips on good colors or techniques to start with to ease into wearing it? I have light skin with green eyes. Thanks!
Thank you! :]
Eye shadow is very fun to play around with. When starting out, colors can be a bit intimidating, but it’s all about experimenting and trying out different colors together. I really think practice makes perfect. As you get more comfortable, you’ll probably try a look every now and then that just doesn’t work (I do it all the time, haha), but luckily you can just take it off and try again :]
Some colors I think look great with green eyes are: browns, golds, bronze, purples, and pinks. Be careful with pink around your eyes, because it can make you look a little sick, so blend in browns or purples to help counteract that.
As far as tips for applying eye shadow, I thought I’d take you step by step through an easy look that I do on a regular basis. You can swap out any of these colors for others that might suit your complexion better, but by walking through the steps with me you’ll get an idea of the technique, and that’s key to applying eye shadow.
So let’s get started!
1. Apply an eyelid primer.
Ignore my eyebrows :] I fill them in before I put on any foundation. I do the same with my eye makeup so that clean up from any fall out from my eye shadows is quick and easy.
Applying a primer is going to help give you eye shadow something to stick to. Primer will also keep your eye shadow on much longer and help minimize any creasing.
So, the primer I use is the Groundwork Paint Pot by MAC. And the reason I use this one is that it’s pretty similar to my skin tone. There are a ton of different primers out there so you can take you pick. A good one to try if you’re first starting out is Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.
2. Apply a dark color to your crease.
Taking a large fluffy blending brush with a dark color, in this case I used brown, apply it to your crease (the area where your eyelid folds) using back and forth windshield wiper motions.
After you’ve applied the shadow it will look something like this:
You can see the dark brown helps to add some depth to the eye. That’s why you want to put a dark color in your crease.
Using a fluffy blending brush will help keep the edges from looking harsh so it doesn’t look like you have a big brown line across your eyelid.
3. Apply a light shadow to your brow bone.
To apply color to my brow bone I like to use a flat shader type brush. The color I selected was a very light, pale, matte yellow.
Applying color to your brow bone is going to help lift the eye. It also acts a highlight. If you don’t have an understanding of highlighting you can very a post I did that goes into that in depth and might be helpful.
After you’ve applied the shadow to your brow bone it will look something like this:
Can you see how now there is a nice blend from the color we put in our crease up to our brow bone? This gives a nice transition. That’s what you’re going for. You can also see that by brow bone now appears more highlighted.
4. Apply the color of your choice to your lid.
This is where you can have fun. Try purple or pink or gold. If you want to do something more for everyday, you can try a light cream or beige for a more natural look.
To apply color to your lid, you’ll want to use a flat shader brush.
I decided to go with a yellow for something fun. When your applying the shadow to your lid, make sure you use patting motions, don’t rub it in. This will help pack the color on to your lid so you get the best color pay off.
Here’s our look after applying color to the lid:
5. Add a definition color.
What I mean by definition color is a dark color that will be concentrated to the outer corner of your eye to help add more depth. For a definition color I like to use black or a dark brown or rich dark purple or bronze.
I went with a black. When applying your definition color, use a tapered crease brush, so you can really get into the crease of your outer corner so that the color is very concentrated to that one area.
It should look something like this:
See how it blends into the color we put in the crease, but helps add more definition to the outer corner of the eye?
6. Smudge the definition color along your lower lashline. (Optional)
I like to take the same color that I applied to my outer corner and smudge it along my lower lashline. I think this helps to add more depth the eye and really makes your lower lashline pop.
To apply color to your lower lashline use a smudger brush and really smudge the color in.
Now our eye makeup should look like this:
See how that helps to pull the top and bottom together?
7. Finishing touches: Mascara, Eyeliner, and Falsies (optional)
Now you’ll just want to add mascara and eyeliner, which you said you’re already familiar with so I won’t go through that.
If you’re going out and feeling a little extra dramatic that day you can also pop on some false lashes, but that’s definitely not necessary if you aren’t comfortable with them. I’m just a false lash addict :]
So here is our final look:
I always think eyeliner and mascara really help to pull any look together, so don’t ever skip out on those :]
If you’re unsure about some of the brushes that I mentioned, I have a post that talks about a lot of different eye makeup brushes that might be helpful.
I hope this was helpful and gives you the tips you need to get started applying eye shadow.
I’d love to see a look you come up with. Have fun!
Beauty Basics: The Art of Contouring and Highlighting
For those of your starting out with makeup, the idea of contouring and/or highlighting might seem a bit overwhelming. And if you’ve seen people who contour or highlight incorrectly, you might think to yourself, “Why on earth would I want to look like I have huge brownish/orange streaks on the side of my face and big white circles under my eyes?!”
Fear not beauty lovers, contouring and highlighting shouldn’t be scary, and once you learn the techniques behind it and why it’s done you’ll be wanting to try it out for yourself. So let’s get started!
First things first, let’s talk about light!
So you just got done applying your foundation to your face, your complexion looks even and you’ve disguised any blemishes or areas you might want to cover. However, by applying one color all over your face, you removed pretty much all of it’s dimension. As your face has curves and is not a flat surface, it should look like it has some depth to it.
So with that being said, I want you to think about your face. Now think about light hitting your face. As light travels across our faces, it causes the areas that it hits first to become highlighted. Those areas are highlighted because the stand out from other areas of the face.
So what areas will the light hit first on our faces?
- Brow bone
- Bridge of the nose
Now think about the areas of your face that aren’t getting hit by the light. The areas that are getting hit by the light are going to cast shadows on those other areas of the face. This is where contouring comes into play. Contouring is about emphasizing the areas where those shadows can appear.
So what areas of the face get cast by shadows:
- Hallows of the cheeks
- Under the chin
- Crease of your eye
- Sides of the nose
- Under the tip of the nose
Then why should I contour/highlight?
As I mentioned before, highlighting and contouring is going to add dimension to your face. Think of it like this, any area of the face the you highlight it going to stand out and sort of bring that area forward. Any area of the face that you contour is going to make that area recede back and look like it’s further away from you.
You can use highlighting and contouring to sort of chisel your face in way. Have you been dying to make your cheekbones look more pronounced? By highlighting on the tops of your cheekbones and then contouring underneath of them you’ll make them look like the area below your cheekbones is sunk into your face a bit more and the tops of your cheekbones pop out a bit more, hence making them look more pronounced.
So, the areas that I mentioned that get hit by light first are the areas where you should highlight with makeup. The areas that get cast in shadows are the areas where you can contour with makeup.
On the diagram below, you can see the areas in white are areas you can highlight and the ones in brown are for contouring.
NOTE: Like any other makeup you apply, you need to make sure you BLEND when you highlight and contour so it looks as natural as possible and you don’t have any harsh lines.
Here’s a face that’s been contoured/highlighted a bit:
See how certain areas of her face stand out and other recede back?
Here’s a great video on contouring and highlighting.
So now that you have a little information about contouring and highlighting you might be wondering what products/tools can you can use to achieve the desired effect?
You can use creams or powders to contour/highlight. It’ll really depend on your skin and what type of look you like. Creams are great because they tend to blend better and you can apply them before you put on your liquid/cream foundation and blend it in so it appears very natural. Powders also work really great as well. If you have oily skin, you might want to try a powder.
Here are just a few different products for contouring and highlighting:
1. Smashbox Step-by-Step Contouring Kit
2. Coastal Scents Contour & Blush Palette
3. Coastal Scents Concealer Palette
There are a few different brushes you can use to contour as well. I’m not going to list particular brands, I think it’s more important to talk about the way to use the brush. Each brand is going to have their own version of it so you can find one that is in your price range.
1. Flat top brush
The flat top brush is great for applying contour to the hallows of your cheeks. You can put product on the edge of the bristles and apply it to the hallow so you’ll have a line. Then use the flat top to buff out the edges and get a nice, natural smooth looking contour.
2. Angled Blush Brush
I really like to use an angled blush brush for contouring and highlighting because it follows the natural shape of a face very nicely and you can drag the brush to add color and then buff away the excess to get a nice finish.
3. Pointed Blush Brush
The pointed blush brush is great because it can fit into the natural curves of your face. This type of brush is great for applying contour to the hallows of your cheeks and a highlight on the tops of your cheek bones.
4. Small Contour Brush
A brush like this is great for applying contour/highlight to areas like your nose. Depending on the size of your face, you might be able to use this brush to apply contour/highlight to your cheeks, chin, and forehead as well.
5. Crease Brush
You can’t forget about the eyes! Using a brush like this, you’ll be able to apply a dark shadow to contour your crease and/or highlight your brow bone.
Well, that’s all I’ve got. I hope that helped. Get out there and start contouring and highlighting!! :]