Good news to all you pigment lovers out there – MAC is launching a new collection called She Shines with 7 new pigments in mid-June! Here’s some info on the shades:
Shimmertime: Soft baby pink
Dazzle Ray: Sunny golden peach
Golder’s Green: Sea-green with gold
Azreal Blue: Soft blue with silver
Night Light: Smokey olive with gold
Sunny Daze: Apricot-taupe with silver
Sunpepper: Rosy taupe with silver
Right now there’s no word as to whether these pigments are limited edition or not but if they are, I have to start saving for them *sigh*
This came out in the stores yesterday so I went and checked it out after work. Overall I was a little disappointed but I still managed to pick up the 3 pigments. Below are the reviews:
A good set of brushes can last you at least a couple of years. In order to keep them in good shape, treat them with extreme care and keep them clean. You do not have to wash your makeup brushes every time you use them but if you wear makeup every day, you should definitely wash them once a week. Here is how to do it:
1. Gently wash them with a baby shampoo or a brush cleaner.
2. Once you are done, lay them flat on a piece of paper towel. Do not stand them up because the water will drip into the part connecting the handle with the metal part and this will mess up the glue inside.
3. Let them air dry. Do not attempt to make them dry faster by using a blow dryer. This will only damage your brushes.
4. Once they are completely dry, gently reshape them.
Q10 Eye Cream (US$24)
Q10 is great for fighting fine lines and firming skin. This eye cream is a little thicker and less blendable compared to my last one (Benefit’s Eyecon). I have been using this for 5 days and it’s a little too soon to notice any changes in undereye circles or puffiness but my eye area does feel a lot smoother and a little firmer. Good pick for those with dry undereye area.
Revitalizing Moisture Strips: Eyes ($6.50)
I have always loved these Japanese undereye strips so when I saw these on the DHC website, I had to get them. Made of soft high-polymer gel and infused with botanical brighteners and moisturizers, these strips claim to diminish the appearance of dark circles and bags. My eyes definitely feel more refreshed and hydrated after using them. I tried leaving these on overnight as recommended by DHC and it left behind this red mark around my eyes that took a while to fade. I personally would suggest leaving it on for 20-30 minutes max for best results.
Water Base Moisture ($15)
This is supposed to be a lightweight moisturizer that contains glycerin, royal jelly, elastin and ginseng. To me it feels and looks just like toner – it is super watery and does not smell like alcohol. I do not feel any tightening or astringent effect. I use it before the Easy Care Milky Lotion and it keeps my skin moist and supple.
Easy Care Milky Lotion for Dry Skin ($18)
This is a toner and moisturizer all in one. It contains polyglutamic acid, aloe and primrose and claims to refine the complexion, help to tighten pores and control excess surface oil. I use this AM and PM and I only need two pumps for my entire face. It feels a little tacky when I first applied it onto my face but it sinks right in. I do not notice any tightening effect but my skin feels and stays soft and supple.
Overall I am very happy with my purchase and I will keep using these products. I will update if anything changes.
I understand how picking the right bronzer can be a pain so fear not, I have narrowed down a list of bronzers I tried and loved just for you ladies:
If you are looking for a glowy/shimmery look, try
||Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer ($9)
Available in 4 gorgeous shades of golds and bronzes, these come in the cutest compact and are such a great dupe of my favorite MAC Mineralize Skinfinish at half the price! They impart a dewy, bronzed glow and can easily be layered on for more color. My only gripe is these babies don’t travel well and tend to break easily so make sure you keep them somewhere safe.
Overall Rating: B+
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Just saw Makeup Makeovers : Expert Secrets for Stunning Transformations by Robert Jone (~$14) at Borders last night and it is definitely one of the best books on makeup out there – trust me I have read a ton (Kevin Aucoin, Bobbi Brown, NARS, Sonia Kashuk, Iman etc.)
Not only does it have a glossary of cosmetic terms, clear step-by-step instructions but also a detailed section on different makeup products. It also shows people of different ages, races and skin tones plus unlike some of the books, this one does not try to sell you certain products. The before-and-after pictures are also very inspiring and some of them are just stunning (I was drooling over them at the bookstore). So run to your nearest bookstore to grab a copy for yourself!
*Robert Jones is an international makeup artist who has worked on Sherly Crow, Leanne Rimes and Dixie Chicks. His other works include Simple Beaute and Beaute’ Made Simple.