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Video tutorial Makeup for tanned skin

Summer is over and many of you has still got the summer tan on and so I decided to take this opportunity and show you how to “handle” your skin and make-up after summer vacations. For more information on how to treat your skin after summer vacation check this tutorial.

When it comes to tanned skin the make-up application as well as choosing colors are slightly different than usual, because the skin has to breathe, without being overloaded with lots of products in order to regenerate itself for upcoming colder season.

Here is the video tutorial and feel free to drop me your thoughts ūüôā

Honeybee gardens Cosmopolitan eyeshadow palette

honeybee gardens

Honeybee gardens ¬†is a green cosmetic brand from US, who is very well known especially among green beauty enthusiasts, myself included ūüôā This review is dedicated to one of their special products – the beautiful Cosmopolitan eyeshadow¬†palette, which btw. I hope is not just a limited edition product.

On the outside this palette is made from recycled cardboard/paper and is not just very handy, but also light to carry around, if you want. Inside it has a small eyeshadow brush included. The double-sided brush handle is made from bamboo.¬†On one part the brush¬†has a sponge applicator to apply the eyeshadow and on the other side there is a synthetic brush appropriate for blending. I find the small brush a practical idea especially for “SOS” situations where you cannot use or don’t have other brushes, which I think is also the main purpose of this brush. If you have your own brushes however is better to use those for a perfect application.

Inside the palette there are 4 gorgeous colors that are among my favorites and they suit and describe my style of make-up. Why? Because these 4 shades are suited for a natural, elegant look. With these colors you can create many looks for different situations and not just for day, like you might think at first sight.

 

Let me give you some ideas how to use these palette:

– The Kashmir shade is a multi-use one, because it can be easily used also for your brows.

РYou can use Kashmir shade along your lash line for a classic look that defines your eyes (especially on top of a brown pencil with a smudged line). You can also use it in the crease of the eye along with 1 or 2 other colors from the palette.

– For a formal day look use matte shades like Kashmir and PS Pink because they are matte.

– For an evening look combine Kashmir with Satin sheets for a more glamourous effect.

– For those who prefer more colors, use Kashmir with PS Pink and Angelic together for a dramatic evening look with a girly touch.

РI also like to wear every shade on its own, especially the 2 shimmery ones; they give that lovely sparkle to the eyes! You can add some definition with Kashmir brown on the lash line or in the crease of the eye, if you have big eyes.

Because of kaolin the eyeshadows don’t tend to accumulate in the crease of the eye lid. Other beneficial ingredients among minerals (that give color) are: extracts of¬†aloe vera, cucumber and chamomile.

Description of colors in Honeybee Gardens Cosmopolitan palette

Honeybee Gardens

Kashmir –¬†a medium matte chocolate brown (with a slightly chalky grey undertone)

Satin sheets –¬†a shimmery warm gold

PS pink –¬†a medium matte pink

Angelic –¬†shimmery warm pink with almost glittery sparkling effect

Honeybee gardens palette

All colors are very pigmented and easy to blend. Note that the photo of swatches is taken on warm daylight and so it has a slightly yellow tonality. The skin on my hand has no other product on, except the eyeshadows (and I have quite dry skin if I don’t wear any cream).

I’m a palette lover because the¬†eyeshadows are pressed, something that I really like and encourage green brands to do, which is great for every woman and even more for make-up artists.

Have you tried this palette or any other product from Honeybee gardens?

 

Photo credit and many thanks to Boris Gorjan photographer for beautiful pictures!

From day to evening makeup with Logona – part 2

logona

A few weeks ago I did a video tutorial with Logona make-up products, where I have shown you how to do a quick everyday makeup. Now, I did the second part in the same mood, where I have continued to transform the day look into an evening version by using just a few other products. The idea is how to create a quick, classic and soft looking smoky eye effect when you don’t have time, but you want to look good. Take in consideration that the base was already done before (see first video) and so I’ve just refreshed the already existing make-up.

Hope you find it useful!

Products I’ve used for upgrading the day makeup in evening makeup:

Logona make-up

Logona Lip balm

Logona Pressed Face Powder: 01 light beige

Logona Eyebrow Pencil: 01 blonde

Logona Eyeshadow Trio: 02 cashmere

Logona Blush: 01 rose + pink

Logona lipstick: 07 wildberry

Summer jewel

zoya nail polish

This time I want to share with you a nice and modern way to wear a nail polish and perhaps replace it instead of jewelry.

First, Thanks to my sister for the lovely gift: Zoya nail polish from this summer collection in Kerry shade. I have felt in love with this gold color immediately! It looks like the gold foil for painters (if you have present the gold foil on renaissance frescos and paintings) and it’s not the standard gold glitter shade. I like to wear it alone without any jewelry, especially without gold, so that its color pops out to make a statement.¬†It’s really nice and classic if you wear it on deep blue shades, blue-white stripes, black and it gets another dimension if worn with some bright shades like neon matte pink. I like this polish as an accessory without putting to much details around.

On the picture I wear 2 coats of the polish and I love the fact that it dries very quick! The yellow gold tone is warm and medium dark. While applying it, it glides well, it’s not too thick and not too liquid and it does not leave any strikes. Just the right polish for my needs, since I don’t like waiting too much and I’m not in general a super fan of nail polishes. But this one is really a nice summer revelation that brings some sparkles and sun!

I also went on Zoya website, where there are many other mini limited edition collections with tons of bright summer colors and finishes. Sometimes we need just a small thing to change our day ūüėČ

Quick everyday makeup with Logona – part 1

I’m glad that I’ve recently tried quite a lot of new products from the updated collection of Logona. As you may already know, Logona is a German brand with a wide range of certified natural cosmetics, including make-up. My enthusiasm for their products is the reason why I have done a video, where you can see how to create a simple everyday look, suitable especially for women who don’t have enough time or who aren’t very able to do lots of make-up.

Stay tuned, because I will come back with the second part of the video and an upgraded make-up look with more Logona products. For those who want to read reviews and check the swatches of Logona make-up products, I will prepare a special post about that too.

Products I’ve used for creating the quick day makeup look in the video:

Logona Tinted day cream: Beige gold

Logona Concealer Cream: 02 light beige

Logona Pressed Face Powder: 02 medium beige

Logona Double Eyeliner Pencil: 01 coffee

Logona Mascara Volume: 01 deep black

Logona Double Lip Pencil 08 pink

 

I like very much the high performance of Logona products and their elegant products design!

I guess that this summer Logona is my top favorite rediscovery!

Neve cosmetics flat perfection foundation review

Neve cosmetics

In this post I’m going to throw out of my green make-up bag a great novelty that I’d especially highlight for make-up artists use as well. For all of you who don’t know Neve cosmetics yet: this is a young Italian brand with vegan and mineral make-up¬†and who has also created the amazing palettes with refill eyeshadows. A loud applause for Neve!

Neve cosmetics flat perfection foundation is a great novelty, that can be compared with Mac mineralize skinfinish natural for instance. But the better news is that this foundation is so much cleaner in ingredients than the previously mentioned one.

It comes in a nice package with a fresh and innovative design (the surface of the cover is somehow warped which reminds me of an almost natural stone). Inside the package there is a mirror and the powder is pressed which is a big hurraw! for make-up artists (=handy). This powder is meant to be used instead of any foundation and it gives a light to medium coverage with a nice natural satin finish. It does not look cakey at all which I really like! It’s simply great for those natural looks when the skin is already in good conditions and you need just a sweep of color to enhance the skin tone. It’s also a perfect solution for upcoming hot summer days when you don’t like to wear much make-up.¬†Flat perfection foundation comes in 8 shades that you can check on my photo below.

Neve cosmetics Flat perfection foundation

The selection of colors is very good, they are not too yellow nor too rosy. They have designed just one color that is called Light Rose and it’s meant for light skin with a touch of ¬†cool/blue undertones.

I’d just love a little bit more of product inside. In general, you can apply it with a flat or kabuki brush with circular motions on skin that you have prepared before with a good moisturizer adapted for your skin type. The foundation lasts depending on your skin type – on dry skin as mine is there are no problems, but on combination and oily skin touch-ups are needed after a few hours.

The only thing you might not like is the talc inside, but as I said the most applaudable fact is that there are brands out there who are working on innovation and where even professionals can choose the greener version of products for their make-up kits.

The product does not contain any parabens, silicones, parraffinum products and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians and is not tested on animals!

 

Among tons of other interesting products check also Neve cosmetics accessories like this handy plastic bag on the top picture where you can store your make-up and close with a zip.

 

Photo credit and many thanks to Boris Gorjan photographer for beautiful pictures!

Boho cosmetics

boho cosmetics

It seems that spring time is for me always a time of new awakening, regenerated creativity and new discoveries. Every spring time I find new colors that inspire and fulfill my soul and face,too ūüėÄ

I’m really glad that I’ve finally found a fresh & new European brand with lots of makeup and green choices! The brand is French and it’s called Boho green revolution! It’s my last discovery that I currently tested and enjoyed very much! Let’s take a look on their products now.

I’ve received all the products in a nice makeup bag made from wool felt. This bag is a part of their project Citizen green (and 1% for the planet member) that proposes a range of promotional items made from natural, renewal and biodegradable, recyclable materials and fair trade manufactured products. As you can see from the picture the bag is big enough to store your essential makeup and it’s also very soft!

 

Boho Eyeshadows 

Boho cosmetics

I’m glad I’ve found pressed powder products! I also want to emphasize their high pigmentation and durability. I have tested 2 eyeshadows: one matte and one shimmery: Ble is a light eyeshadow with an opalescent shimmer that has a green yellow shine and in general is a very light color.¬†It’s a lovely shade to wear in spring time to make your eyes pop out with all the shimmer! On the picture the opalescent shimmer is not so visible but the color is more green than vanilla as it looks like on the picture.

The other shade Cacao is from the matte collection of eyeshadows and it’s a classic medium matte brown that can be used as an eyeshadow or even as a powder for eyebrows. The pigmentation of both eyeshadows is very high and you can blend the product easily to achieve the desired effect. I like the fact that these eyeshadows don’t tend to crease which is a big plus! They are very handy especially for make-up artists because I have finally found another brand with pressed powder products!

 

Boho Terra cotta (or Bronzer)

Boho cosmetics

Boho has quite a big range with bronzers-they are 6 in their collection. The shade I have tested is Terre de provence and it’s a medium shimmery bronzer with quite a lot of peachy orange tonalities. I’ll use it more as a blush but it can be used as a bronzer as well on certain types of skin, especially in full summer on tanned skin that needs a touch of color. Apply it with a large bronzer brush on tanned skin.

Green makeup tip¬†Orange tonalities don’t suit everyone but are great for bringing radiance to dull skin, especially to tanned skin without radiance.

I like their biodegradable and eco-friendly packages. They are very handy especially for everyday use. I must also mention that the products are almost without any scent, which is really good for the skin!

 

Boho Lipstick and lip&eye pencil

Boho cosmetics

Among these 2 products I’d emphasize first the lipstick. First I thought it’s a concealer because of its color, but I realized that it’s a lipstick from the matte collection. ¬†On the picture if you look carefully on top of pencil swatch there is also the lipstick which has blended with my skin. It’s not the color that is very wearable among women, but it can be used very well for that editorial look when you need to tone down the lips without drying them and pair the look with a black smoky eye. The lipstick I tested is named Charlotte and it’s a light warm skin beige color. Its texture is very hydrating because of vegetable oils (Castor oil, Apricot oil and wax, grapefruit essential oil, candelilla oil, rosa mosquito oil).

Boho has also a variety of pencils: a range for lips, for eyes and a range for lips&eyes. I have tried the shade Rose brun from lips&eyes collection. I was a little bit surprised because the pencils are very small, almost half of normal pencil, which I don’t like so much. Maybe it can be handy for some women‚ĶThe shade is matte nude warm brown with orange undertones, a classic and very useful shade for lips in general. The pencil is very pigmented and quite soft so it glides well on skin.

 

Boho concealer

Boho cosmetics

This concealer is literally green ūüôā This is because it’s meant to cover redness on skin and so to neutralize it. It’s the only corrective shade among their other 4 creamy concealers. Its texture is very creamy and hydrating and due to its good pigmentation a little goes a long way. It can be gently blended into the skin to neutralize any red discoloration.

Green makeup tip¬†Sometimes I still see comments that green neutralizes dark under eye circles. It’s really a misunderstanding. According to the color mixing theory (from art painting that is an essential knowledge even for makeup) green is opposite to red and so it is used for neutralizing (=canceling) red. If the dark circles are blue/violet than they have to be erased with colors that are opposite to them like (orange/yellow shades) depending to the skin tone. Usually a makeup artist should know how to mix exactly the concealer for every skin color. So ladies, if you want to cover red spots or any redness on skin choose a green corrector and later put on top also the concealer in your skin tonality. For dark under eye circles green will not work.

 

This is my review of the last discovery that I wanted to share with all of you! Have you already tried yet this new brand?

 

Photo credit and many thanks to Boris Gorjan photographer for beautiful pictures!

SweetPea and Fay minerals – an explosion of colors!

sweet pea and fay cosmetics

When it comes to create a special make-up look, especially those “fantasy” ones, I’m still a little bit annoyed because there are no make-up pigments with vivid colors in the world of natural cosmetics. At first I was “fighting” with myself that I’d end up using just natural cosmetics‚ĶBut I soon realized that “fighting” against something that has served me once (and in some cases still does) is unnecessary, because I deprive myself of the most important thing: creativity. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe and stand behind the fact that for everyday use we can wear natural make-up, but if we really need a special color and feel great with it, then there is no need to compromise ourselves. While realizing this and accepting that I can have it all, suddenly have started to appear brands that are a great compromise between natural and synthetic. For example, when I need a pigment in bright magenta I don’t have to buy a conventional brand from big corporations, but I can use brands who make colored pigments without using so much toxic ingredients. And let’s face it: in this moment the industry is not able yet to get all colors from natural sources and some of them come only from synthetic form. Yes, synthetic colors aren’t the best in terms of toxicity but as I said, I won’t give up the creativity. (Plus, have we ever wondered how much synthetic colors have we ingested during our lives?). We have to understand also that colors on the other side have an incredible therapeutic effect!¬†I believe that when someone comes to a point in life when she/he is at ease with himself and the world then there is nothing outside that can harm us. That’s my belief, but I completely understand that not everyone is able yet to accept this. Lots of inside work is needed though. But this is another story ūüôā

Coming back to colors: I discovered a nice brand with minerals from US, called SweetPea and Fay who already has a large collection of blushes, eyeshadows and lip products in different and interesting shades. Although they are already great, I believe they have a lot of growing potential in their reserves to offer. Their vision is to offer handmade products with natural ingredients, without renouncing to special bright colors. I haven’t seen lots of reviews about this brand and so I decided to give a try on my own. I have tried products from all their categories: blush, eyeshadow and lip color and I love all of them!

Honestly, when I opened the package I thought at first sight: “oh again classic shades of minerals‚Ķ” I was so wrong! In all my curiosity, I immediately opened the pots and started to apply the colors on my hands first‚ĶUUUH, what a boost of colors! And how pigmented are on “naked” skin (without any cream or foundation on)! I thought, this stuff is very promising! I can compare the eyeshadows easily to pigments from MAC, in terms of color.

 

SweetPea and Fay eyeshadows review

SweetPea and Fay eyeshadows

The first eyeshadow that I opened was Fresh oil. My first thought was: “hmm, a nice deep smokey gray‚Ķ” Nope!¬†On the surface it looks something between a metallic grey and black. But it has an incredible finish of opalescent deep blue/green and even brown, depending from the angle of light you look at them. This color is awesome on its own to create an ultra chic smoky eye look for the evening! Highly recommended and ultra trendy!

The second eyeshadow is Copper Bird: a beautiful metallic golden copper with orange undertones that you can use on its own or I also like it in combination with Sweet Pea (next eyeshadow I’m going to describe). I find their names so cute ūüėÄ All these eyeshadows are really highly pigmented and they blend very well. You can control the color and build it even more to achieve the desired effect.

SweetPea and fay

Sweet Pea¬†eyeshadow is a lovely light lime green with a shimmery satin effect. The metallic effect is not so emphasized in this eyeshadow and I really think it’s a gorgeous color to wear especially now in spring time. With lots of black mascara to get that lovely doll eyes look.

Last but not least is Shrooms is a magnificent color that looks sandy beige, but when applied on the eyes it changes from taupe shimmery beige to reflections of grey under certain angle. So elegant even if you wear it on its own!

INCI: Pure Mica, Sericite, Titanium dioxide, Iron oxide, Tin oxide.

 

SweetPea and Fay lip colors¬†J’adore les l√®vres

sweet pea and fay

This products has really surprised me! Usually when I have in my hands a tube I expect a light glossy finish. Not here! Just with the smallest amount of color from this tube, you will get an incredible creamy long-lasting color! I love, love all four shades! In this moment I wasn’t interested in bright colors like yellow, blue,‚Ķfor lips, although they have them in their range. More wearable colors attracted my curiosity and as you can see from the picture below (taken in daylight) the colors are sooo pigmented! These lip colors are based on above mentioned ingredients to add color and all natural beeswax, carnauba wax, oils of castor, olive and coconut. While its delicate flavor comes from french vanilla oil.
When I have put my hand under water to wash the color off, I did an experiment and saw that the colors are waterproof as well, because of oils. I also had to wash the hand very well with soap to remove the color which has a very good staying power.

I have tried the following shades:
Nantes: This is the favorite color to wear on myself. It’s a terra-cotta medium brown, not too nude and not too dark. It has a slightly orange undertone. Its texture is creamy and it glides great on lips! It’s absolutely a new must-have color, since in upcoming seasons these tonalities are coming back in fashion again!
Mermaid Kiss: it’s a light to medium neon pink, perfect¬†for pale skin women with blonde hair and cool tonalities. It has a creamy matte texture. Just this color is even brighter (almost neon) in reality than on photo.

sweet pea and fay minerals

The gilded lady: A very special metallic chocolate gold brown with! Difficult to describe it exactly, since it changes the color depending on the light because of so many colored particles in it.
Willa: this is a light purple with a creamy, almost matte lacquered texture and some cool undertones. But in general it’s a very wearable color!

 

SweetPea and Fay blushes

SweetPea and Fay blush

I was amazed at how pigmented are these blushes! When I have put them on my hand -where as I said was no other base on before-I was blown away when I saw the colors. Even the light pink is so pigmented that I needed to shake off the excess from the brush even more than I usually do. These are the colors I have tried:

Andromeda: “classic” magenta pink with a matte finish and awesome pigmentation. Great for some extravagant looks!
Opalescent: this blush has the perfect name, cause it really reminds of an opal gem. (Btw. I love gems and I’m very inspired by their colors and even beneficial properties.). It is a shimmery light pink shade with an opalescent finish. Even if it’s a light shade, a little goes a long way! Amazing to wear now in spring to add a touch of freshness to pale skin.
The ingredients in blush are the same as in eyeshadows. To achieve the desired extravagant shades the blushes have also the addition of red and blue (plus carnauba wax, magnesium myristate and l-lysine) which are indispensable. These blushes are for me an extra addition for my makeup kit when there is some special occasion to create extravagant looks.

To conclude, this is my first general presentation of this brand. I like it as an additional “extravagant accessory” for my makeup kit to create bright colorful looks as green as can be possible now on cosmetic market.

Has anyone tried it yet? What’s your opinion about colors?

 

Photo credit and many thanks to Boris Gorjan photographer for beautiful pictures!

Makeup tips: No more mascara smudging!

mascara

For all those who don’t wear waterproof mascara and have some problems with mascara smudging here are some useful tips to avoid this inconvenience.

In last seasons the mascara was the queen of the fashion shows. The options and techniques were so many: from spider lashes (a year ago), to colored mascara for this spring season and¬†ultimately back to natural look with lots of black or brown mascara¬†for the¬†upcoming autumn 2013. (see top picture from Stella McCartney fall 2013 and fall 2012).¬†Whoa, so much going on on the lashes! ūüôā
Recently¬†I’m in love with burgundy mascara¬†(it really makes an impact on green eyes!) and¬†for a day nude make-up look I prefer a nice brown mascara¬†on myself. It makes the eyes somehow soft and defined, too but in a more subtle way.¬†

Why does your mascara smudge around?

Let’s take a look, why so many of you have problems with mascara smudging:

1. The main reason is the oily eyelid, which can be naturally oily, or because your skin is dry and you have put too much of creamy/liquid products(like concealer, foundation) on this area.

2. Another reason is also that your eyes are watering.

3. Or simply because you have very long lashes.

In this last case, the problem with smudging is just while you apply mascara.

If this is your issue, no problem: take a clean q-tip and remove the unwanted mascara from the skin. Let the mascara dry and then sweep some translucent powder on your entire eyelids, if needed and you are done!

no mascara smudging

Another, bigger problem is when your mascara smudges during the day. I have mentioned above the reasons. What you should do is:

1. Avoid using eye creams under your makeup (and all greasy/creamy) products, cause they will make your mascara smudge even more.

2. Before doing your make-up prep the eyelid just with a small amount of eyeshadow primer and blend well (if you wear eyeshadows). Blending is the key! And don’t use any other product on (like liquid foundation etc.).

3. For those with naturally very oily eyelids: use a mineral powder as an eyeshadow base. But choose one with kaolin that absorbs excess oils.¬†If your eyelids are very oily don’t use greasy eyelid primers.

4. When your make-up is almost done (= before applying mascara), sweep a small amount of translucent powder on the eyelids. Use a large blending eyeshadow brush and blend well. You just need to remove the excess of oils and NOT overpowder.¬†Repeat this during the day if your eyelids are very oily. This way the mascara won’t smudge.

mascara protector

Green makeup tip Another trick when applying mascara are the so called mascara protectors that prevent the mascara to smudge around the eyes. This can be useful especially for makeup beginners or those with very long lashes.

 

Hope was helpful ūüôā Do you have any problems with mascara?

How to: wear colored eye pencils

coloured eye pencils

I’d like to introduce you again a makeup product that has been a little bit out of focus lately, but it’s slowly coming back again: the eye pencil! I don’t mean just the classic black, brown or white pencils, but the colored ones! I want to show you some suggestions how to wear it in a fresh and sophisticated way and not look like you’ve come right from the 80’s ūüėÄ
I think colored pencils are great especially for those who don’t like using the classic eyeliner and are willing¬†for a new twist in their makeup routine.
There are many techniques and tools how to achieve a look that will suit you best.

The first option is to use a normal eye pencil  in a selected color and draw a line on the upper lash line. You can also enhance the color of your eyes by wearing  just a colored line in the inner rim of the eye (see top picture). The best is to smudge the line (on the upper lash line) a little bit to achieve a nice colorful effect that pop out the color of your eyes. You can smudge it with a q-tip or with a smudging brush.

blue eye pencil

 

Green makeup tip¬†Instead of using monochromatic colors (= blue pencil on blue eyes) use a color that will emphasize the color of your eyes and bring them out. You achieve this with using opposite colors.¬†Use a deep blue on dark green eyes (I love this!), dark brown or grey eyes. For those with light blue or grey eyes, use turquoise in the inner rim to make your eyes sparkle! Try bronzed metallic shades on blue eyes as well. Olive-greens and silver-greys will suit great brown eyes as well. Purple and violet are fantastic on green eyes,…

 

Green makeup trick¬†If you don’t have a colored pencil but would like to wear it anyway, check your eyeshadows and find that nice color you’d love to wear. Next use a thin eyeliner brush, dip it into water and mix it with the eyeshadow. Draw the line and voila! You have a colored line! For the waterproof effect use an eyeliner sealer instead of water.

 

Another technique for those who’d like to wear a colored line but are not able to draw it well:
Find a creamy eye pencil – those thicker ones – in the shade you like and draw with it a line around the eyes. Then smudge it around the eyes with a q-tip or a brush to achieve the desired smudged effect. Apply a few coats of mascara and your eyes will literally shine! This kind of pencils are great in metallic shades!

coloured eye pencil

Green makeup tip¬†Before applying any pencil, powder first your eyelid so that the line won’t smudge on your upper eyelid.

 

Do you use any colored pencils? Which ones you like most? Are you afraid of using colors?

images via style.com

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