From my Twitter feed:
Gucci Westman, formerly creative director for both Lancôme and Revlon, has launched her own #cleanbeauty line Westman Atelier.
Below she demonstrates how to do a dimensional (read contouring and highlighting) face using three shades of her Vital Skin Foundation Stick ($68.00 a piece!). She blends ATELIER I (Fair, with neutral undertone) and ATELIER II (Medium fair, warm beige undertone) to create an under eye concealer.
The video runs five minutes. Gucci said that she could do the makeup in two minutes if she weren’t talking and demonstrating her makeup application. Yeah, sure. Easy when you’re a pro like her.
I recently cleaned my makeup brushes:
Brands include Real Techniques, Beauty Strokes, Sigma Beauty, and Wayne Goss.
I picked up the following method from the Internet. If I knew who offered the advice, I’d credit them.
- Tear off a clean sheet of aluminum foil from the roll
- Pour a little bit of olive oil and mild shampoo or liquid dish soap onto the foil
I then swirl my makeup brushes in the mixture and wash, rinse, and squeeze out excess water out of the brushes using the two-sided 2X Sigma Spa© Brush Cleaning Glove (one side for face brushes and the other for eye makeup brushes).
The glove costs $39.00 through Sigma’s web site.
Want to know how to use it? Sigma has made this very helpful video:
I was curious about Drunk Elephant, so I bought The Littles discovery set.
I’ve exchanged brief messages with founder Tiffany Masterson via Linkedin and found her very responsive and friendly. I haven’t tried all the products in the discovery set. Here are the ones I’ve tried:
- Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
- Lalo Retro Whipped Cream
- T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum
Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is the gentlest cleanser that I have used. I like to do a double cleanse with DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. Lalo Retro Whipped Cream is a very good moisturizer with a whipped consistency. While I had no problem with the T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum the first time I used it, I experienced irritation the second time I used it. I skipped all treatment serums and used gentle creams to soothe the irritation the following day.
Of the three products, I’d be most inclined to buy Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. Fortunately, there is a sample in Sephora’s 2019 Birthday Gift!
Dear Dahlia is a makeup brand from Korea, but it projects a glamorous image rather than the cutesy image that other Korean makeup brands project.
It’s also cruelty-free, clean beauty, and vegan.
I discovered Dear Dahlia through Facebook and its targeted ads. I was enchanted by its faux-marble packaging and ordered its Paradise Dual Palette in Lady Oxford. Dear Dahlia mailed my package from Seoul and I had to sign for the package at the Post Office. The lady at the counter looked at my package quizzically. Maybe she was from Korea. I told her it was makeup.
As you can see from the picture above, the Paradise Dual Palette has a matte eyeshadow duo on one side and a creme blush/lip tint on the other. The eyeshadow duo could also be used to fill in the eyebrows. In other words, a complete look from a tiny compact.
The Paradise Dual Palette (other color options are available) costs $ 32.00 USD. You may order Dear Dahlia makeup through its website https://en.deardahlia.com/. Sign up for its newsletter and get free international shipping for orders $30 USD or more. Dear Dahlia’s handle on Instagram is deardahlia_beauty.
I’ve interviewed movers and shakers in the beauty industry and by far, my absolute favorite interviewee was Matin. He is my favorite because of his amazing life story and charitable activities (in fact, he was a 2007 finalist for CNN Heroes).
Here’s a video from Byrdie where Matin discusses his five must-have products:
My interview with Matin spanned three blog posts:
I hope that you’ll read all three parts and come away impressed by his candor and exuberance .
Apologies for the irrelevant images. This seems to happen when I don’t post a picture of my own on Quora. WordPress.com doesn’t allow embeds from Quora. I had to share the answer on Quora via Twitter.
Get The Gloss is a women’s lifestyle website from the UK. It recently published an article about dupes of Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes from Lacura, Aldi’s skin care and cosmetics line (yes, Aldi).
Here’s Aldi’s dupe of the Urban Decay Naked Heat eyeshadow palette:
The Lacura eyeshadow palettes don’t compare to Urban Decay’s palettes in quality. Each Lacura eyeshadow palette costs £5.99 or US $7.63, while Urban Decay’s palettes costs £39.50 or US $50.00.
I searched Aldi’s U.S. site, but I couldn’t find Lacura makeup there.
ALDI. (n.d.). ALDI US – Homepage. Retrieved December 7, 2018, from https://www.aldi.us/en/
Johnson, J. (2018, December 6). Aldi launches new Naked Heat and Naked Smoky palette dupes. Retrieved December 7, 2018, from https://www.getthegloss.com/news/aldi-launches-new-naked-heat-and-naked-smoky-palette-dupes
Cosmetically speaking, there is nothing that excites me as much as lipstick. If any makeup item adds pow! to your look, it’s lipstick.
Now fast fashion retailer Zara is launching a range of matte lipsticks in 12 shades and liquid lipsticks in eight shades.
The line launched on zara.com on December 5.
Cosmo UK says:
The brand is calling this their “initial launch”, which we’re hoping means there is plenty more to come.
So do I: namely creme and satin lipsticks.
Capon, L. (2018, November 30). Zara is launching a makeup line and your shopping addiction is about to get a whole lot worse. Retrieved December 1, 2018, from https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/beauty-hair/makeup/a25346610/zara-makeup-line/
ZARA. (2018, December 5). New | Zara lipsticks. Discover our selection of debut products: 12 velvety, highly pigmented matte lipsticks; 8 unstoppable, one stroke application, full matte liquid lipsticks; a set of three ULTIMATTE lipsticks and our special limited edition lip kit. https://go.zara/lipsticks-t [Twitter Post]. Retrieved December 5, 2018, from https://twitter.com/ZARA/status/1070366399388901377
Oh man, another drool-worthy lip set, this time from Pat McGrath labs:
L to R:
PASSION FLOWER – a perfect punch of peach
BLOW UP – a wondrous warm beige
SUCCEXY – a mesmerising mid-tone coral
The set costs $95.00. Sold individually, each lip balm costs $38.00. You may shop this set through the Pat McGrath Labs website (sorry, couldn’t find it on sephora.com).
I love the lip-shaped closure on these lip balms. Kinda reminds me of this Dali Clutch by Charlotte Olympia:
Charlotte Olympia Dali Clutch [Digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved December 2, 2018, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/106960559877415138/
Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm Trios. (n.d.). Retrieved December 2, 2018, from https://www.patmcgrath.com/products/lip-fetish-sheer-colour-balm-trios