After my all time favorite BB cream was discontinued by The Body Shop, some people recommended I look into the newly released Bourjois Healthy Mix BB Cream. It took ages before I could find it in store last winter and since BB cream is a summer makeup product for me I didn’t get around to using it until this month. Will this be a good replacement for the BB cream I loved so much? More importantly yet: will it be a good, lightweight summer time base that can withstand a bit of sweat and heat?Read more
When you hear some good information about a drugstore concealer that isn’t truly hyped up, then that is of course a reason to try it for yourself. That was definitely the case for the Bourjois Radiance Reveal concealer. I heard some people giving this positive reviews back when it first launched, but this mostly went under the radar. Still, that doesn’t mean that this won’t be any good. I managed to track it down a while ago, but just hadn’t gotten round to review it yet.Read more
When you buy 3 lipsticks from different brand, but they all fit the same look and feel, what do you do? Yes, you lump them together into one review. I did pick all of these up around the same time though, but just hadn’t gotten around to the review just yet. I bought these in London last year, but since the Maybelline and Bourjois lipsticks only made their way into our drugstores here fairly recently, I decided this was the best time to post.
3-in-1 lipstick review:
Maybelline Blushed Nudes Pink Fling
MAC Satin lipstick Twig
Bourjois Rouge Edition Souffle de Velvet Cherry Leaders
Bourjois has reformulated their Healthy Mix foundation and I was curious to try it. The old version is one of my favorite drugstore foundations, but it is a bit too dark and yellow for me on most days. This is why I don’t reach for it all that often. The newer formula promises to be even more beneficial to your skin and it also comes in a very light shade: 51 Light Vanilla. Here’s how the old Healthy Mix formula compares to the new one.
I thought I’d take a break from all the eyeshadow reviews I’ve been doing and switch things up this week. So after my new favorite face product and some lipsticks, it’s time to look at a face powder. The Bourjois Healthy Balance powder to be precise. This powder is one that is raved about by many bloggers and I bought it based on so many raving reviews that made me think: I have to try that.
Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder 52 Vanilla
For this rendition of the 30 Day Make Up Challenge, I decided to think outside of my comfort zone. I decided to pile on the make up and even though this may not be very extreme for some people, it is for me. I often only have 15 minutes, if that, when I do my make up when I go to work. So to submerge myself into make up for an afternoon is always a nice and welcome change. To create this look I decided to combine a few make up techniques I see many youtubers and instagrammers use, but which it just way too much for me on the daily. So this is my ‘extreme’ make up look.
The first thing I needed was a good dose of color. I mostly opt for ‘safe’ neutral make up looks when I go to work. I sometimes add a pop of color by adding a bit of colored liner or color on my lid, but I usually leave it at that. I also stick by the rule of not pairing bold lips with bold eyes when I go to work. No need to overstimulate my students and having them spend the first 10 minutes of a lesson deciding where to look. I used blue and purples on the eyes and reddish tints on the cheeks and lipst. I feel they sort of go together, but then again, not really at the same time. I had a reason for this pairing though and that mostly had to do with the make up techniques I wanted to try out.
On to the make up techniques I used. I tried to do a 5 in one here: flawless glowy skin, that is contoured and bronzed up, with a strong brow and ombre lips. Pfff that is quite a lot to work with. I also used a chuckload of products to create it and spend over 30 minutes, maybe even close to 45 minutes to create this make up look. That is at least double the amount of time I get to spend on my make up on a regular basis. When I do my make up in the mornings, I do create a full face of make up, but it’s not as ‘perfect’ and full on as this. I apply foundation, concealer and powder. I also try to create some sort of eyelook, but I usually keep that fairly simple and use no more that 2 – 3 shadows, but mostly I go for 1 shade looks. I apply just blush to my cheeks and a lipstick to my lips and that’s about it. I also do my brows, but I just fill them in a bit. You can see my more every day make up look in this video.
For the eyes I mostly went with some bold colors, but I didn’t go int with any crazy techniques. I don’t have that much eyelid space, so I have limited room to work with. If I make looks like these, a winged liner is also no option for me as I need to draw such a thick line to make that work that it would mostly cover up the amazing colors of the eye shadows. So I kept it simple: a bright purple all over the lid, a darker purple shade in the crease, highlight on the browbone and a bright ocean blue in the inner corner. I personally love this combination and feel it truly makes my eyes pop. Read below for a complete low down of how I created this entire make up look.
I used a blend of both drugstore as well as high end make up. Basically I ransacked my make up collection to put this look together.
- Primer: Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer
- Foundation: Catrice Velvet Finish foundation in 010 Light Velvet
- Concealer: Catrice Velvet Finish concealer in 020 Velvet Rose
- Powder: Catrice All Matt Plus powder in 01 transparent.
- Blush: Rival de Loop Young Mono Rouge 03 Pink Grapefruit
- Bronzer: L’Oreal Glam Bronze Sun Radiance Trio in 201 Blonde Harmony
- Contour: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil
- Highlight: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer & Dermacol Sheer Face Illuminator in Fresh Rose
- Base: Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer in Skin & MAC Painterly paint pot
- All over lid: Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette Omen & MUA shade 9 pearl
- Crease: Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette Half Truth
- Inner corner: Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette Deep End
- Outer V: Astor Eye Artist eyeshadow palette in 320 Shopping Guerilla in New York (purple shade)
- Brow bone: Astor Eye Artist eyeshadow palette in 320 Shopping Guerilla in New York (highlight shade)
- Waterline: Essence Highlight it Nude eye pencils
- Tight line: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In Place Eye Pencil in Onyx
- Mascara: L’Oreal Butterfly Effect mascara
- Pen: Catrice Longlasting Brow Definer 020 flASHy Brows
- Powder: Catrice eyebrow set
- Gel: Catrice Eyebrow Filler – Perfecting & Shaping Gel in 020 Make A Bow Wow
- Pencil: LA Girl lipliner in Currant & MAC lipliner in Cherry
- Lipstick: Dior Rouge Dior lipstick in 999
How did I use all these? I started with my brows. I first ‘drew’ my brows with Catrice’s brow definer. I focused mainly on the first part of my brows with this. Then, I evened it all out with some brow powder and set it with a brow gel. Secondly, I did skin. I primed my face with a glowing primer, and primed my lids using the Kat von D eyeshadow base. I then used a matte and high coverage foundation and concealer and set all that into place with a matte powder. Finally I added Painterly by MAC, to even out my eyelid color.
For cheeks I first applied a contour and blush. Then I bronzed up my face with a shimmering bronzer and I also took that down my neck. However, I did forget to take in the sides of my neck, so you can see that in these pics I’m about 2 shades darker than I normally am. I went in with blush and a liquid highlight and for extra effect, I topped that up with some powder highlight as well.
For the eyes I didn’t go crazy with techinques. I applied a darker shade in my crease first. Then I originally added Omen by Urban Decay, but once everything was done I topped that off with the purple eyeshadow by MUA. It brightened everything up and really amped up the look. For a fun detail I added a bright blue in my inner corners. I used a darker purple shade on my lower lashline and also defined my Outer V with this. I used a highlighter on my brow bone, a nude eyeliner on my waterline and I tightlined with a black eyeliner. As a final touch I topped up my lashes with mascara.
Lips wise I decided to try an ombre lip. I applied a dark red lip liner on the outer edges of my lips and then filled in my lip with a brighter red. I topped it up with a bright red, glossy lipstick which I applied with a lipliner to not get a very full on effect, but that still nicely covered the liner and evened everything out.
Yep, this, in my book, is an extreme make up look. So much make up, so full on is great for a shoot or when you’re being filmed I’m sure. It is not suitable for an every day make up look, but it was definitely fun to do and to play around with my make up again.
What would you do for an extreme make up look?
*Raises hand* I hereby confess that I am a make up addict. But if you’ve been following this space, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. I buy, use and enjoy make up more than the average person. This has led to an extensive, yet evergrowing collection. I like to try new things, be it high end or budgetproof, easily accessible or a niche brand: I love make up high and low. On this journey, I have met products left and right. Some were great, some mediocre and some just plain bad. And this is my confession.
Bourjois Pearl Eyeshadow Vert Pétillant no. 48
1. What is the oldest item in your collection?
The oldest item I have, I no longer use. It’s too old to be a viable product. I’ve had this eyeshadow for almost 15 years. I bought this as a teenager, when I first started using make up during my clubbing days. It was so expensive to me at the time, but I loved using this. The lid has broken off since and it is no longer usable but I keep this as a memory to my first forays into makeup.
The Body Shop eyeshadow no. 13
2. What is the newest item?
I’m lying if I’d say this is my newest item, that would be all of this beautiful stuff which I picked up in London last week. But I pre-planned this blog post and at the time of picture taking and blog planning, this eyeshadow was my newest item. It is my favorite brow bone highlight. It is by The Body Shop and by now discontinued. They had these in a little basket at my local store for a few euros and I picked up a back up because the one I have has hit pan and will run out sooner or later.
Dior DiorSkin Transat highlighter in Nude Tan
3. What is the most expensive item?
A high en blush and/ or highlighter was still on my wishlist and this spring I found both of them at the same time in the Dior Transat 2014 Spring collection. I have more high end blushes by now, but this highlighter takes the cake. It cost nearly 60 euros and is the most beautiful thing ever. I daresay that I barely use it simply because it is so stunning and I don’t want to ruin the print. You can find a full review here.
MUA single eyeshadow Matte no 16 & Pearl no. 9
4. What is the cheapest/most affordable item? (that you use a lot!)
Since I have quite a bit of make up, no products get used a lot to be quite honest. But I do really like these MUA eyeshadows. They only cost 1 pound in the UK and 2.50 euros in the Netherlands. The flesh colored high light gets the most use out of these two. It’s a toss between this and the TBS highlight if I don’t know what to go for.
The Balm Nude Tude eyeshadow palette
5. What was the biggest bargain?
Hands down, the biggest bargain I ever found make up wise. This palette retails around 40 euros online. I found this at & Other Stories in Kopenhagen, Denmark this summer for 15 KR. That’s 2 euros. 2 euros! They weren’t allowed to sell it anymore the girl told me so they had to get rid of their stock and were now selling all The Balm items for 2 euros each. I picked up the much raved about MaryLou-minizer as well, because for that type of money, which make up junkie could resist? I am using it in this Get Ready With Me video.
Sephora & Pantone blush in Tangerine Tango
6. What was the biggest waste of money?
I bought this blush thinking I’d get tons of wear out of it. I think I’ve used it twice since I bought it more than two years ago at a Sephora in New York. The only reason why I still have it, is because it reminds me of that trip. The problem isn’t so much the product. It is very pigmented, and so I easily look like a clown if I’m not careful, but that’s not it. It’s the packaging. I love this type of packaging on my Inglot palettes, but for this blush? Just no. The pans are too big and I keep thinking I nick the product. It’s also pretty powdery and the white and see through plastic get messy quite easily.
Sleek Matte Me Lip cream in Brink Pink
7. What product have you brought but forgotten about?
This just doesn’t just go for this product, but for liquid lipsticks in general. I love them on. They have great lasting power, and have come out in some stunning colors. But liquid lipsticks are such a nightmare to apply. Maybe it’s just me, but regular lipsticks are just so much easier. With these on is on and I find it difficult to make alterations once applied. Note to self: use more liquid lipsticks (it’s not as if I don’t have any…).
Catrice All Matt Plus powder & Liquid Metal eyeshadows
8. What product is good quality for money?
Again, not a product but an entire line. Despite the fact that it is getting more and more expensive as we speak, Catrice still offers great value for money. I’ve tried plenty of products from their range. From nail polish to face products, eyeshadows, to lipsticks and blush: Catrice has it all and nails it almost every time. Oh and they do some pretty cool limited editions too!
Urban Decay Naked Basics eyeshadow palette
MAC Impassioned lipstick
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pink Gold
9. Three products you’ve been loving at the moment?
How about my entire stash? Nah just kidding. Apart from these three products, I find myself reaching for my Estee Lauder lipstick in Impulsive and Benefit’s Coralista box powder almost every day.
I tag everyone who would like to take this on!
What would your answers be?