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Lauren Brooke cosmétiques pressed eyeshadows

lauren brooke cosmetiques

Right now I’m testing (and always searching for new) some new pressed eyeshadows with natural ingredients. I will start my journey with Lauren Brooke cosmetiques, which was btw. one of my first natural brands from US that I’ve tested years ago. I’m really glad to see their brand growing and constantly improving. I have written in the past about them (and used their products) here and here.

New pressed eyeshadows from Lauren Brooke cosmétiques

Lauren Brooke has already got a nice selection of powder eyeshadows and also some creamy ones. She has added now to the collection also 8 pressed eyeshadow duos, which are the same shades as powder eyeshadows. I find this a nice idea, very handy to use and for carrying around. The packaging is silver grey with a mirror and it contains 2grams of eyeshadow. I adore the texture of these eyeshadows because they are so pigmented and with a fantastic silky velvety texture that glides smoothly on the eyes. They are very easy to blend. The only thing that I personally dislike a little bit are big shimmery particles in a few shimmery shades, which can emphasize lines and wrinkles even more, especially on older skin. But this is just my personal opinion.

Green makeup tip  You can easily use those eyeshadows even with a wet brush and apply them like an eyeliner.  Especially the dark matte browns look pretty for a day look when you wear a nice cat eye flick in chocolate brown! If you want a dramatic look, just set them with water (regularly applied as eyeshadow) they will look even more intense.

On the pictures I have put the eyeshadow along with the color swatch. I haven’t got anything on the skin and so the pigmentation is awesome. Just a small amount is needed for a good result. Because there was so much natural light from the window the pigmentation faded away and I can tell that in live is even more pigmented. Usually, I wear (my favorite are: Tanzi/moondust, Capuccino and Toffee/Sandalwood) them alone or on top of a primer and they have a great stability. I don’t find them to crease, but I have dry skin on eyelids so this texture is perfect for this type of skin.

INCI (Vegan) Matte Ingredients: Sericite, Orange Peel Wax, Broccoli Seed Oil, Boron Nitride, Zinc Oxide, Vegetable derived Magnesium Stearate, Certified Organic Jojoba Oil, Silica, Certified Organic Lecithin (from soy), Capryllic/Capric Triglycerides (edible plant-based oil), Comfrey-derived Allantoin, Certified Organic Raspberry Extract, Natural Non-GMO Vitamin E (+/- iron oxides, mica)

INCI (Vegan) Shimmer Ingredients: Sericite, Organic Castor Oil, Orange Peel Wax, Broccoli Seed Oil, Boron Nitride, Zinc Oxide, Vegetable derived Magnesium Stearate, Certified Organic Jojoba Oil, Silica, Certified Organic Lecithin (from soy), Capryllic/Capric Triglycerides (edible plant-based oil), Comfrey-derived Allantoin, Certified Organic Raspberry Extract, Natural Non-GMO Vitamin E (+/- iron oxides, mica)

Slideshow with all the lovely colors of new Lauren Brooke cosmétiques pressed eyeshadows

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As you can notice from my blog I have now found a quite a lot natural pressed eyeshadows that are working great for everyday use. I will keep you updated with new ones.

Have you tried anything from Lauren Brooks? Share your thoughts please!

thanks for the photos to Boris Gorjan

How to: Minimalistic new era makeup in nude tonalities

Natural make-up in nude tonalities

We are stepping in a new era where the perception of beauty is changing. Make-up is not meant to be a mask to hide behind, but a definition and enhancement of our true self.

For this new year’s beginning I decided to create a soft make-up look that accentuates the face’s natural features and which brings light and freshness to the face. Depending on how you feel, you can wear it whenever you want, day or evening, your real-self will always radiate through it. The line between strict day and evening make-up is becoming more and more blurred. However, take these guidelines as inspiration and be free to play with them with adding your touch.

nude make-up look

Creating the look

I have already worked with Prisha before and I have to say that she has a very inspiring face with interesting face contours that speak about a strong personality. According to the model’s perfect skin and her over-all colors, I have chosen delicate warm tonalities and sheer glowing textures to give a soft natural definition to the face.

I started to massage the face with organic oils, so that the contours and muscles of the face became relaxed and defined. After the massage I blot away any excess of oil from the face with a soft paper tissue.
The main point of this look was to enhance the skin to look its best, first with the massage and then with the appropriate choice of foundation. I have used 2 cream foundations infused with organic oils and plant extracts. One foundation was in her exact skin tone and the other was one shade darker. I applied the lighter shade to the entire face with the kabuki foundation brush. I needed a small amount of foundation and blend it well into the skin to look flawless.
Instead of using powder bronzer, I gave definition to some face points with the darker cream foundation, which made her face look natural and fresh, just like a soft natural shadow. I used the contouring kabuki brush to enhance the cheekbones and the side of the forehead. On the top of the cheekbones I added a touch of coconut oil for a soft glow. I didn’t use any blush, because I wanted to enhance just the natural features.
For the eyes I used a combination of cream and powder eyeshadow. I applied a matte medium dark sandy brown shade in the crease of the eye and blend it towards the brow bone with a flat eyeshadow brush. This way I gave a soft sculpted definition to the eyes. On the lower eyelid I applied with fingers a cream eyeshadow in a neutral rose shade and slightly shimmer texture. I’ve chosen this shade to give sparkle to the eyes, but without heavy colors. I curled the eyelashes but I haven’t applied any mascara. I also brushed her already well-shaped eyebrows. On both lashes and brows I applied just a light coat of coconut oil to get the sheer gel-like texture without looking oily. I wanted the lips to have a hint of color and a nice shine. I used a fruit flavored lip gloss in apricot shade. Even the nails were in harmony with the overall look. The manicurist has chosen a light pastel yellow nail polish with a matte lacquered effect . The hairstylist gave some volume to the hair with nice soft curls. He achieved the nice shine with natural hair products(yeeah!).

This makeup looks its best outside on natural light where you can admire all the soft shades, highlights and shadows of the face. It reminds me at old renaissance paintings of young ladies with radiant chiaroscuro faces.

I used the following products for creating this makeup look

Lauren Brooke cream foundation shades: Warm n.4 and n.5
Lauren Brooke cream eyeshadow Dahlia
Lauren Brooke powder eyeshadow Taupe
Lauren Brooke lip gloss Apricot
Eco Tools eyeshadow brush and Kabuki brushes for foundation and contouring

Nude make-up with natural cosmetics

I like so much the thoughts about beauty that Lauren Brooke has shared with me after seeing this post:

“Dasha, I so love your natural clean beauty inspiration. I have promoted the makeup in a similar way to help women learn that they are beautiful naturally and don’t need to hide or fix themselves with makeup. It seems like in the past women have been taught that they’re not ok as they are, and that they need makeup to hide, change or fix them instead of to enhance the beautiful features they already have.” Lauren Brooke

 

CREDITS

Model: Prisha@Immortal models

Photo: Boris Gorjan

Hair: Tomi & Tilen@The One salon

Manicure: Andreja@The nail art studio

Makeup: Dasha Grozdanic

Lauren Brooke cosmétiques review

On the global market there is a huge amount of many brands, especially with minerals, from small to big ones. And to choose something good, regarding ingredients and the whole product, is not simple at all. In “My new discovery” category I am very glad to announce a new brand of mineral make-up that I discovered recently: Lauren Brooke cosmetiques. There were many things that encouraged me to try their cosmetic. Firstly, a very good list with high quality ingredients. They are also a proud signer of The compact for safe cosmetics and last but not least, their service and kindness is astonishing! To be honest, I don’t remember exactly how I came across this nice brand from the United States, precisely from Utah. I know that we got in contact through email and the rest is history. However, is not history in terms of make-up 🙂 Our collaboration and make-up adventure just began, so let me introduce you the brand Lauren Brooke cosmetiques and their mineral make-up.

About Lauren Brooke mineral makeup range

What fascinated me most, are their mineral makeup cream products. Not many brands – with safe ingredients! – have in their collection even cream foundations and concealers, cream eyeshadows, lip paints,…and yes, even amazing eye and lip pencils! Needless to say, that I was extremely curious to try their products. After having shown my interest for their products, the staff sent me an amazing set of colors and make-up, all to discover! I will start with my review with their face products that charmed me the most.

 

Lauren Brooke Face products

Professionally and personally I tend to give priority to cream foundations and concealers, rather than powder mineral foundations. I admit that after having tried both of them, I’m sometimes in doubt which one I prefer. They both give very good results.

The range of mineral powder foundations includes 18 shades; 6 cool, 6 warm and 6 neutral. The choice is really good. They come in a plastic jar with sifter in travel size (6g) and normal size (13g). Among their beneficial ingredients you will find: Jojoba oil infused with flower essences of cherry plum, comfrey derived allantoin (a cell proliferant that speeds up the natural replacement of body cells), MSM, certified organic extracts of neem, olive and raspberry. The result after the application is a light silky coverage with a natural, non-chalky effect. I really don’t like the heavy “mask-like” application of mineral powders.

The next product is the finishing powder that comes in a 6g jar. This product is very good for absorbing extra oils or for setting the mineral foundation. You can wear it alone or on top of the cream/powder foundation. It is made from: organic arrowroot powder and natural clay and it is available in one translucent shade.

Creme foundation and creme concealer are my absolute favorites! The creme concealer includes 6 shades and it comes in a 8,5g (0.3 ounce) jar. Since it provides a very good coverage, you can use a small amount and the quantity is really appropriate and handy. The shades are created very well, because they tend to have a yellow undertone, which is very good to cover dark circles under the eyes or redness on the skin.

Lauren Brooke cosmétiques

Lauren Brooke Creme foundation is really a great product. Not every brand manage to create good creamy products. Among Zinc oxide that provide a UVA/UVB sunscreen there is a huge range of beneficial ingredients in it: certified organic oils from jojoba, rosehip seed and neem, natural vitamin E, certified organic extracts from green tea, passionflower and raspberry, just to name a few. The collection has a good choice of colors: 5 neutral shades and 7 warm. This foundation provides a medium coverage, but at the same time it gives a smooth and flawless appearance. The smell of all creamy products is neutral and pleasant. If you want, you can mix together the products to obtain a custom-made shade for special needs.  If mixed together, they work very well. If you have oily skin, you can wear finishing powder over this foundation. In case of dry skin (like mine) I wear it alone and it does not travel on the face.

 

Lauren Brooke Eyes & lips makeup products

I was very surprised with all coloured products, because the brand has a wide range of colors and products, especially for the eyes. I tested their new formula of vegan pencils for lips and eyes and I am very satisfied with them. Because of 100% organic oils and butters (jojoba & castor oil, shea and avocado butter,…), they have an excellent staying power, they glide softly on the eyelids and the colors are very interesting. Choosing from 5 shades (!), my favorite are brown and black/brown shades. The brown shade has a soft bronzy shimmer in it! I have the same opinion for the lip pencils, too. (Note for vegans: Wild Cherry contains Carmine & is not vegan.)

Lauren Brooke cosmétiques

The range of powder eyeshadows is really a rainbow of colors and effects! From shimmer, matte to metallic effects, the choice is really wide! For those who love to add a lot of opalescent sparkle on the eyes, there is a collection of eyeshadows called Mystics. It includes light shades such as ice white, light gold or amethyst with a frozen glitter effect. There are also collections of Shimmers and Sparkles with gorgeous rosy, beige and gold shades. The widest is the Matte collection that has browns, plums, grays and greens. There is also a nice special offer with the Trio sets: coordinated eyeshadows to create a classic smoky eye or natural look with perfect color combinations.

Again, another cream product that I suggest as a must-have is the Creme eyeshadow! All my compliments! I use it now all the time for myself and I’m in love with the Dahlia shade. There is a collection of 11 shades of this eyeshadow in handy stick version. I can describe the shades like multifunctional colors that add radiance to your eyes, without too much shimmer. The texture is soft and nourishing because of oils like grapeseed and jojoba oil, shea and avocado butter, certified organic rosehip oil and vanilla extract which are really top ingredients! You can wear the cream eyeshadows alone or you can wear them in combination with the powder eyeshadow and/or eye pencil. If you find it to “travel into the crease” of the eye, simply set it with finishing powder or complement it with a powder eyeshadow. Definitely all to try!

Lauren Brooke cosmétiques

When I tested the lip products I almost wanted to eat them 🙂 They smell so nice! Fruits in a gloss! The botanical lip gloss really surprised me. I’ve tried just shimmery shades. However, I like that they are not too sticky, they have just the right amount of hydrating and moisturizing effect. The application is very easy and precise, because of the tube with brush applicator. Among 12 shades all to choose, you will find extremely pigmented glosses with the shade you need: from clear, light beiges, corals, to a deep glamour berry red!

 Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques

For those who wants just a touch of color, I suggest to try the Lip color. A fruity scented tints that will give you the right amount of color while nourishing your lips with organic oils and butters.

My new discovery is revealed, but as I mentioned above, you will hear more from me in the future about Lauren Brooke brand, because their line include also body and face care products…Until then enjoy your shopping in their webshop! If you need any additional help regarding the use of products, I will be glad to help you.