Makeup reviews


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; red cosmetics inspired by Lust

Known as the first stage of love, lust is synonymous with the colour red; in particular red lips. On that note, have you ever wondered why women wear red lipstick? Well, one theory is that red lips serve as a reminder of a lady’s private parts (seriously, read this article if you don’t believe me). As a result, red lips are apparently more sexually arousing to look at.

Lipstick has been a symbol of adult sexuality since the 1930s; a study in 1937 revealed that over 50% of teenage girls fought with their parents over lipstick. So there you have it, lipstick, in particular red lipstick, has sexual connotations for a reason. If you fancy opting for sexy red lips this Valentine’s Day, I suggest you choose any single one of the lovely products below….

Red lip products for Valentines Day

Red lip products for Valentines Day

Bella Pierre lipstick in “Ruby” (bottom left) has a bright, almost tomato-like hue. It allows for great precision and has a soft creamy texture. Available to buy from amazon.co.uk for £12.35 (RRP £14.99).

LilyLolo lipstick in “Desire” (top left) This lipstick boasts a rich, punchy red shade and pretty packaging. Available to buy from lilylolo.co.uk for £7.99 (I’m wearing this lipstick in the picture below).

Pür Minerals Lip Gloss Stick in “Berry Pretty” (top middle) offers a subtle shade which gives lips a kissable sheen. It goes on easily, tastes lovely, and looks great by itself or as a finishing touch to already painted lips. Available to buy from Marks & Spencers for £16.

LUSH Liquid Lipstick in “Power Without Force” (top right). A golden red, this lipstick is creamy, shimmery and its matte finish stays put even when it comes into contact with drink. The handmade lipstick boasts woody notes and contains jojoba oil, candellila wax, and rose wax. Available to buy from LUSH for £14.50.

Dita Von Teese Lip Lacquer in “Sexpert” by Art Deco (bottom right) is dark, dramatic and utterly vampish. This lip lacquer’s thick, glossy and blood-like hue is seriously seductive. Available to buy from artdeco.de.

Red lipstick for Valentines Day

Red lipstick for Valentines Day

LUSH “The Kiss” Lip Gloss (lower middle) is a delicious soothing balm which makes your lips feel soft and ready to smooch. It’s free of preservatives and contains shea and cupuacu butters. The tin is cute and nifty too. Available to buy from LUSH for £5.50.

French Kiss Gum (centre). Well, you can’t honestly expect to have a satisfying snog without fresh breath now can you. French Kiss Gum, which is apparently used by Hollywood celebs before onscreen kisses, promises to “obliterate odors instantly”. The flavour’s nice enough, but it’s the kitsch packaging that I really like. Available to buy from frenchkissgum.com.

à la carte Lip Gloss in Passionista (middle right). Despite its scarlet hue, this lipgloss isn’t as bright as you’d imagine and actually has a pink tinge. The texture is sticky, in a good way, and the lipgloss has a sparkly finish which catches the light beautifully. Available to buy from cosmeticsalacarte.com for £20.

The lipgloss would look gorgeous teamed with either one of the blushers pictured below. Also made by à la carte, both blushers, which cost £28 each, have lust written all over them.

“Whisper” promises a more subtle shimmer, whereas “Fire” will give your cheeks a tint of burning desire. I love the blushers’ compact cases as they have built in mirrors and attached sheets of protective plastic which effectively reduce mess.

a la carte blushers

a la carte blushers

Visit the main menu to read the rest of Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide, as inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins.


25
Jan 13

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

A cat may have nine lives, but the cat eye makeup trend has survived for decades, and I doubt very much that this feline style will ever die out.

The look has been favoured by a variety of beauty icons over the years including Sophia Loren and Angelina Jolie. It’s simple yet seductive, and has the ability to transform a plain set of peepers into a pair of striking, smouldering gems.

There are endless variations on the classic cat eye; some are subtle, some are outrageous, but if it’s a sparkling and dramatic night-time look you’re after, read on for my Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial!

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step 1: Apply black eyeliner to your upper eyelid

Begin from the inner corner of your eye and guide the pencil along your eyeline until you reach the outer corner. I like to use Sparkle in Paris eyeliner in Black Sparkle by Oriflame, £3.45 from oriflame.com.

Its shimmery finish is perfect for a night out, and its soft nib means it glides along your skin without snagging or looking too severe. The pencil is easy to apply with precision, but its soft texture also enables you to create a thick and smudgy effect, which I think is more appropriate for a night out. So layer up and apply liberally!

Step 2: Create a feline flick

The length of the flick is entirely up to you, but if you’re having a night on the town I think you can afford to be a little dramatic. As for the shape, draw a gentle curve starting from the outer corner of your eye and guide the pencil towards the end of your brow.

Stop drawing at about halfway between the outer corner of your eye and your eyebrow, then lighten the pressure of your grip and finish off the flick with curvy precision.

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step 3: Apply eyeliner to your lower eyeline

Black eyeliner is sometimes too harsh and can make your skin look washed out. A dark green shade, on the other hand, will make your eyes look sultry without making your complexion pale in comparison. I personally like Artdeco’s Soft Kajal Liner in Fir Tree (87), £7.25 from JCmakeup.com, as it boasts a rich, shimmery hue.

Step 4: Create texture and inject colour

I applied the Artdeco eyeliner over the black liner which really emphasised the shape and gave it some depth. I then applied LCN’s Dark Midnight Glow eyeshadow, £11.45 from beautyconcepts.co.uk, to my eyelids.

The eyeshadow contains iridescent sparkles which catch the light beautifully. It has a substantial yet silky texture, and rather than congealing or flaking off, it stays in place for ages. The applicator brush makes it very easy to apply, too.

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Step 5: Repeat Step 1-4 on your other eye

Don’t worry about trying to attain an absolutely perfect match, just have fun with it. You can easily improve symmetry and correct any mistakes with a damp cotton wool bud later on.

Step 6: Shape your eyebrows

If you want your cat eye makeup to stand out, it’s essential you attain a pair of purr-fectly (sorry) shaped brows. When giving yourself a feline makeover, you’ll want your eyebrows to resemble a fancy cat. In other words: poised, arched and groomed to perfection! Tweeze any straggly hairs and groom your brows with the Billion Dollar Brows Brow Gel. Then, define the shape and fill in any gaps with some colour.

Bobbi Brown Pastel Eye Shadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Pastel Eye Shadow Palette

Rather than a pencil, I much prefer to use Bobbi Brown’s Pastel Eyeshadow palette. It’s a neat trick which I recently discovered while experimenting with the palette. All you need to do is take the liner end of the Dual Ended eyeshadow / eyeliner brush, softly dip it into the mahogany eyeshadow, then use the edge of the brush to apply the shadow to your brows with soft, thin strokes in the direction of your hair growth. Finally, gently sweep along your brows with the flat side of the brush.

Step 7: Contour

Michelle Pfeiffer, in my mind, was the ultimate catwoman largely thanks to her razor sharp bone structure. After applying foundation, suck in your cheeks and sweep bronzing powder directly underneath and along your cheekbones with a medium-sized makeup brush. I recommend St Moriz Bronzing Powder in Light, £4.99, as it adds definition and gives your complexion a nice sheen.

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Step 8: Finishing touches

Unless you want to look like a drag queen, with eyes this dramatic you’ll want to keep your lips fairly basic. I used Natorigin’s Tolerance Extreme Lipstick in Papaye, available to buy for £16.25 from Natorigin.co.uk. For a flawless complexion, I used a mixture of Airbase Perfecting Primer, £44.95 from airbasemakeup.com and Oriflame’s Giordani Gold Age Defying Foundation in Natural Beige, £13.95 from oriflame.com. Highlight your browbones with Billion Dollar Brows’ Brow Duo Pencil.

I haven’t actually used any mascara in these pictures, but my favourite at the moment is Green People Organic Lifestyle Volumising Mascara, £14.35 from greenpeople.co.uk. Oh and, contrary to the messy ‘do I’m sporting in some of these pics, I suggest teaming your cat eye makeup with a sleek style. For straight, glossy hair, use Neal & Wolf’s Guard Heat Protection Spray, £10.95 and Babyliss’ 2098bu Pro 230 Elegance Straighteners, available to buy from TheRankTank.com for £34.99 instead of the usual RRP of £79.99.

Now, go forth and slink into the night a la catwoman!

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Cat eye makeup tutorial


4
Jan 13

Razzle Dazzle ‘em with the Sparkler set by Frontcover Cosmetics

If you thought glitter was the domain of five year old girls or adults with a fetish for fairy dust, then think again. Sparkly stuff has become de rigieur of late, and if applied correctly, glittery makeup can transform your look from dull to dazzling in no time.

After all, when it comes to a snazzy party, a retro disco or a big night out, average-looking makeup just doesn’t cut it anymore. So, if you have a glitzy event to attend, I suggest you try out Sparkler by Frontcover Cosmetics.

Sparkler Set by Frontcover Cosmetics

Sparkler Set by Frontcover Cosmetics

The set includes a tube of iridescent glitter gel, a double ended brush and three small pots containing black glitter, gold glitter and gold sequins. The materials are easy to apply and the lilac-hued gel has a nice consistency; not too sticky, but it holds the materials firmly in place.

Frontcover Glitter and Sequins

Frontcover Glitter and Sequins

As is the case with all Frontcover sets, the Sparkler kit is inspired by recent catwalk trends and includes instructions on how to use the products in order to create certain looks. There are three ‘looks’ in total; Mirror Ball, Black Wing and Twinkling Eyes & Nails, but you can experiment to your heart’s content. I certainly did!

The set also includes three shimmery, long-lasting nail varnishes; I like to apply Galaxy Bound to my fingernails followed by a strip of Vinaceous down the centre of each nail for an edgy finish. The Sparkler set is currently reduced from £16 to £11.20 at frontcovercosmetics.com.

Frontcover Sparkle sequins

Frontcover Sparkle sequins

 

 


2
Jan 13

Arbonne Comet Cosmetics Collection

It would appear there’s a link between the universe and makeup, or rather, between the cosmos and cosmetics…

The word ‘cosmos’ and the word ‘cosmetics’ both stem from the Greek word kosmos, meaning orderly arrangement or decoration. Perfectly apt, given that makeup is used to decorate and improve the appearance of one’s facial proportions.

After all, clever contouring, careful application and a good choice of colours can enhance and even transform your features. To read more about the cosmos, cosmetics and ‘perfect’ facial proportions, read Yesterface’s article ‘Your Face is your Fortune’.

In the meantime, while we’re on the topic, I’d like to recommend the Comet Cosmetics Collection by Arbonne. The set includes a bold red lipstick named ‘Cosmic Kiss’ and Arbonne’s ‘Starry Night’ Eye Shadow Palette, both of which come in a glittery clutch bag.

Arbonne Comet Cosmetics Collection

Arbonne Comet Cosmetics Collection

Cosmic Kiss is long-lasting, easy to apply with precision, and boasts a rich red hue. The lipstick also has a moisturizing effect thanks to its mango butter and pomegranate extract ingredients, making it perfect for the colder months where chapped lips become a common occurrence.

Arbonne Lipstick

Arbonne Lipstick

The eyeshadow palette contains four shimmery shades: Nightscape, Solar, Stardust, and Meteorite, all of which include cucumber and mallow extracts. The eyeshadows are soft and easy to blend (try mixing the four at once for fun, your eyelids will end up looking like the aurora!) and the palette also includes a built-in mirror – handy for when you’re on the go.

Arbonne eyeshadow palette

Arbonne Starry Night Eyeshadow Palette

However, while both products are lovely, the piece de resistance of the collection for me personally is the clutch bag. With tiny iridescent sparkles set against a jet-black case, this clutch is glittery without being gaudy. It also boasts four bejewelled finger rings – very on trend! Arbonne’s Comet Cosmetics Collection is available to buy at arbonne.com

Arbonne eyeshadow

 

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