Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Haul - MAC and a L'oreal Repurchase

Hi Mavenz,

If you follow @modenmakeup on Instagram, and you viewed your timeline today, you should have seen this:

Full MAC Haul 

Since Crop Over is coming up, Anderson suggested I buy some things locally to put into my kit, he imports all of my needs. Well this haul is just the beginning!!! Permission granted and I out to all! I need to get some wipes, fix plus, brow pencils, con.... getting ahead of myself. See above for what I purchased today! 

I LOVE Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation for setting my Ben Nye Matte Foundations. But I honestly have no idea where all my powders have gone. I can only find one NW45 and I had 4. I know I bought four of each shade, now. I'm down to one of each, HORRORS. Terrible, I know. I'll keep hunting though. 

So I bought two to tide me over til Saturday: 

NC50 & NW50

My studio finish concealer was at scrape the bottom status, AND I wanted to try a lighter shade for my brows and highlight, so Ackeem suggested NC 40, which I went for. 

Studio Finish Concealer- NC40

I am almost out of my Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown so I had to purchase a Stud and a Spiked pencil juuuuust to take me into August/September. 

Stud Eyebrow Pencil

Fiiiinally, a WANT for a few months now, a sweet, plumy pinky, shimmery blush called Ambering Rose... heard of it? 

Ambering Rose Sheertone Shimmer Blush


Miss Manga - L'oreal
This mascara has changed my lash game!!!!! I am soooooooooo happy with this, and I got the last one from Cave Shepherd. This is my new go to, yes ,yes Miss Manga is my jam, and Maybelline Great Lash has gone in the kit, back ups included (*bites nails hopes she doesn't regret*).

Let me know if you want a review on any of the abovementioned items. 

I think I'll do haul blogs from now on... this is fun!!! Happy Shopping and Safe Crop Over!! 

Look for one of us at Pic-O-De-Crop and the other at Beach House ;) 


Saturday, 26 July 2014

The Pop Up Brow Clinic

Hi Ladies and Gents,

WE asked, you said yes!! Just in time for CROP OVER 2014!!! 
Bring your tools, a can do attitude and get ready for a fun, interactive, PRODUCTIVE session.

Please note: 50% Deposit is required by Wednesday 30th July, 2014.

See you there!!! 


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Making Up - Face (Step by Step Blogtorial)

Hiii Mavenz!!!

Now I love doing my makeup when I am not in a rush. So today with the rain and lovely, cool, gusts of wind, I decided to take advantage and try out some new products. 

This was the result. 

Fully beat - Sorry it was getting late in the evening so the lighting wasn't the best. 

I am a huge fan of the red lip. And my brows? Taming them is a Herculean task, but necessary. Here is what I did. 

1. Cleansed and moisturised my face.
2. Applied my Clearzit to ward off those pesky pimples.
3. Filled and sculpted my brows.
4. Applied NYX Angel Veil, I got a sample from TheMakeupGeeksCo (it is for realllies!!! See below

It dries like MOM (milk of magnesia), and keeps the face matte for hours! Definitely worth a try for us oily ladies!!!!

5. Apply your eyeshadow, any colours you desire, just remember to blend please! 
6. Add your gel, liquid or pencil liner and wing it out ever so slightly, ahem.

Like so,

7. I also popped on a pair of lashes I purchased from Lady Moss Beauty Koko- in Ariel with my Star Glue. (Uh may zeeng)

8. Since this was in aid of honing my highlighting and contouring skills, I used the shade Almond from my Ben Nye Matte/Olive to highlight and the Espresso Shade to Contour... #beat 

9. I used my Beautyblender and Elf Studio Small Stipple Brush to blend it allll out.

10. I set the highlighted areas with my Ben Nye Banana Powder. And the darker areas with my Black Up Two Way Cake. 

That step yielded this result: 

I know! Not crazy looking or overdone right? Gosh those beauty blenders are IT! The real deal wins over the imitations. But if you own the imitation (I own both) use what you have.

11. I added Sleek Blush By 3 - in Sweet Cheeks and MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Perfectly Poised (highlighter).

12. Lips: what a quandary. So I decided to offer you, my beauties options!!!

Glossy Pink- Sephora Collection Luster Matte Long Wear Lip Colour - in Magenta Luster (New Product Alert), Lipliner- LA Colors in Currant. (above)

Here I added MAC Feline.

Here, I used MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline  with Sleek Matte Me in Rioja Red.

Above & Below: I tapped with my finger a little Wet N Wild Eyeshadow (orange) onto my lips and used my Bare Minerals Gloss over top. 

Spray with a setting spray and Voila!! Zee look is complete!! 

Hope you all enjoyed this!!! 

Here are some outtakes: 


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Makeup Show NYC Experience - Part 2


If you follow me on Instagram you know I got married. It was hectic, and crazy and Lucinda took care of our baby. I'm back now!!

Back to the action at the makeup show. Now I had to pay a visit to the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers. Ermagerd. NOTHING highlights and conceals like these beauties. The price? Astronomical, so I tested and moved on. High on my Christmas wishlist?? Them!

Kevyn Aucoin - Sensual Skin Enhancers
Mario Badescu spotted when I was ready to leave :( Had to rush.

Now, hear this. I got samples. The ladies at Mario Badescu were SOOO nice and helpful. And I shared some with Lucinda. The hand cream??? Talk about emollient and refreshing. I do NOT have to moisturize more than once with that bad boy. More on this later ;) Suffice to say, it's a MUST HAVE in your handbag. The Orange Cleanser?? To die for. I neeeeeeed a full size in my life. My skin felt so soft and supple, even my mum admitted it's a must have in her beauty regimen. SWEEET!! 

Ben Nye or Sacha
My love for the Ben Nye Banana Powder is real!! It really highlights the face beautifully. And there was the full range of powders available from Naimie's. Now it seems Sacha Cosmetics has a Kamaflage product called Buttercup now that is seriously rivaling the Ben Nye. HOWEVER for that light bright, super glowy fierce look, I will be keeping my Ben Nye on hand. It was on special so I definitely scored a few! 

The incomparable Jordan Liberty.
Jordan Liberty  is one of THE fiercest, baddest makeup artists on Youtube and Instagram, he is SOOO gracious, humble and CUTE!!! Ugh Dee and I were so excited to see him and take photos, and he offered us some info on his latest line. You all KNOW we love to #givegoodface so we will definitely be hitting him up on the website; his product MUST be good! This man is underrated, his artistry is simple, yet sophisticated and his style?? Unparalleled. Check him out and let me know in the comments below what you think. I promise you won't be disappointed.

All in all? A MUST attend event for makeup artists, pros and beauty bloggers. If you are a layman who is simply interested in beating your face on a daily basis, it may be a bit overwhelming and not in your zone. But if you are truly a lover of makeup? Go for it, who knows you may be able to score a few good deals like me!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Should Your Cleanser Foam?

Straight up, skin care expert Caroline Hirons says no. "As a rule - stay clear of 'foaming' on the bottle (there is the odd exception, but they are few and far between) - to get foam you need to use a surfactant - and a surfactant turns your skin alkaline. Alkaline skin is like a petri dish for bacteria. The irony being that so many cleansers pushed on to acne/combination skins are foaming. Naughty, nasty companies should know better". And again, "In general, foaming is what you want Fairy Liquid to do. Not your cleanser. And to the brands: I am unapologetic".

She's the boss so I defer to her.

Before I knew all o dat I raved about the Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash.

posted on our Facebook page January 28, 2013
"REVIEW: Often I felt like regular Cetaphil doesn't really cleanse my skin; and while it's famous for being gentle it still contains parabens.
This formula however does cleanse and the zinc ingredients do assist with oil control without over-drying.
I do NOT understand why it's damn near $50 though.
(Product purchased from Collins) - LR"

Whatta thumbnail!

Mandy commented on that video with a better recommendation. Thanks luv!

Since then, I have tried other foam cleansers. Why? I already had them and wasn't just going to throw my money away. I am happy to report, these ones don't give the skin that "tightening" effect.

The Body Shop Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash and L'Occitane Immortelle Brightening Cleansing Foam

Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash ingredients: Aqua/Water, Sucrose*, Glycerin, Propanediol, Coco-Betaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Sodium Chloride, Sucrose Laurate, Sodium Benzoate, Salicylic Acid, Fragrance, Linalool, Citronellol, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil*, Buddleja Davidii Extract*, Thymus Vulgaris Extract/Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract*, Malva Sylvestris Flower Extract/Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract*, Arginine, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate.
*ingredient from organic farming.

The L'Occitane cleanser seems to have since been renamed 'Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam' and the ingredients are: Water**, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate**, Glycerin**, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate**, Decyl Glucoside**, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides**, Cocamidopropyl Betaine**, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract**, Helichrysum Italicum Extract**, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract**, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract**,Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract**, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Juice**, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract**, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract**, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate**, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Laurate**, Citric Acid**, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride**, Ethylhexylglycerin, PPG-26,Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil**, Potassium Sorbate, Hexyl Cinnamal. **Natural Origin Ingredients.

Some ingredients have been switched around, fragrance has been moved up :(, but it's basically the same product.

Both of these products were between $30 - $36 from Cave Shepherd. The L'Occitane was actually on sale because Cave Shepherd is discontinuing the line. I enjoyed both of these down to the last drop. The packaging is also much better than the Cetaphil one - after a while the pump on the Cetaphil cleanser became very stiff and weird.

For some odd reason, I prefer to have every type of cleanser in rotation at any given time; i.e. a foaming one, a cream one (errrr not so much), a liquid one and a physical exfoliator. Of those types I have found my Holy Grail scrub but I'm still looking for the best of the best, for me, in everything else. I like foam cleansers to wash my face at the sink, like when I'm not in the shower. And even now, knowing what I know, I won't swear that I will never purchase a foaming cleanser again. To combat any dryness, which I didn't experience with either The Body Shop or L'Occitane ones, I use the Jose Maran Argan Oil.

Soooooo to foam or not to foam? What do you think? Another YouTuber that I admire Josh Collier loves Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Cleansing Wash, and that foams.

Sensitive Gentle Cleansing Wash ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerin, Sodium Citrate, PEG 120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Phenoxyethanol, Aqua Mineralis (Mineral Water), Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Give-away #10 [CLOSED]

Half of 2014 dun already. Cheeee weeee.

Well the good news is that that means it's time for our Second Quarter Give-away. We analyzed the response from the give-aways last year and the one featuring lip products was a huge hit. You ladies love your lippies :D

#TeamModen is constantly seeking ways to show you how much we appreciate your continued support and attention in these fickle times plagued with ADHD - I kid I kid - As such, we decided to increase the prizes this quarter from two to four! *and the crowd goes wild*
We grouped them by colour so you can have more of what you really love or share the love with your friends.


L- R: Milani Anti-feathering Lipliner, 'LoveBrandie' from Exotica Makeup. Sleek gloss me 'So Berry Sweet!', M.A.C Lipglass 'Viva Glam Rihanna' (LE), and Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color 'Red Extreme'


L - R: Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm 'Shameless', EOS Lip Sphere, Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss 'Berry Tempting', Lancome Rouge In Love '381B' and Too Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner 'Perfect Berry'


L - R: 'Back To Fuchsia' by Rimmel London (Moisture Renew line), Milani Easyliner for Lips 'Rose Pink', EOS Lip Sphere, Jordana Sweet n' Smooth 'Tasty Watermelon' and 'Coming Up' by Nicka K New York


L - R: L.A. Girl Creme Lipstick 'Rendezvous', NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss 'Miami Babe', Maybelline ColorSensational High Shine Lip Gloss 'Almond Crush', NYC Liquid Lipshine Lip Gloss 'Honey on the Hudson' and Jolie Runway Lips Lip Gloss 'Allure'

Along with your answer to the question below, state if you want the red, purple, pink OR nude prize. Yup, just one entry per person so pick which colour you'd actually get the most use out of. As usual, automatic additional entries for following Heidi (@modenmakeup) and myself (@lr_interlaceinc) on Instagram. (please include your user name in the comment).

How to enter:

1. Subscribe to this blog by entering your email address in the box under 'Keep In De Do'. We check.
2. Comment below stating if you prefer eye shadow pigments, palettes or singles.

Competition open to Barbadian residents only.
Winner will be chosen using, three weeks from today (July 25th).

Good luck!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

NYC Haul - Part 2

We're still debating if these hauls are a part of Make Out 2014...*tee hee*

These goodies were purchased in the flesh. This was my first time to the US in eons and my first opportunity to go into a Sephora store soooooo #IAintGawwTellYou

Heidi fag right out

Before I get caught up in the Rapture can we just take a moment to appreciate iHop...

Sweet baby Jesus.

I think the first store I went into that sold cosmetics was a Walgreens. My eyes were popping out from the time we entered. So many brands that aren't available in Barbados, wuh laus. Heidi kept telling me to pace myself because we'd see the items even cheaper at other stores. I only went for a face cleanser but I had to buy some sortta makeup right? Right?

The Motherload

The second set of makeup shopping was serious. We hit the Sephora on 34th Street and spend damn near four hours touching, testing, talking, swatching, oohhing, ahhhing...basically having the time of our lives. I had a list; I tell you it was serious! My primary focus was on skincare and foundations. That's where the lion share of my money went :( That whole not having the sales tax in the displayed price ain't fuh me yuh.

Expensive as $#&^
Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Vitamin C Brightening Serum and GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment

Many many many thanks to Trinice - the REN skincare representative - and Jessica and Janette from Soap and Glory. Those ladies were so much fun and extremely helpful :) Barbados could learn a thing or ten from Sephora's sample and gift-with-purchase policy.

All samples or gift-with-purchase

I can not tell you how great it was to be able to touch and try things that I've only been drooling over online. Sigh. The most incredible thing I felt was Hourglass eyeshadows. Heavens to megatroid. The Too Faced display had me in shambles and the Marc Jacobs nail polish display brought tears to my eyes.

I couldn't decide on which La Creme lipstick to get :'(

Looks like a picture I snuck before the security caught me

That day we also went through a huge Macy's. They had even more brands that were not available in Sephora. At this point, I was thinking it's a good thing I don't live in New York cause I would be broke as a joke.

The next set of damage was done at Bath and Body Works. Seems like I came just in time for the semi-annual sale. I swear I never wished to be rich like how I did when I saw that candle display.

Collective purchases, I swear. All the fun goes down on Instagram first.

I gave away some tings man. See? I ain't suh bad

Janelle, this one's for you!

Right next door, they had a sale too

On my last day I finally got into a Walmart and discovered that Heidi was not kidding; L'Oreal, Revlon, Rimmel London, CoverGirl, Physician's Formula, Maybelline etc. a plenty.

What an experience! One I'd certainly do all over again (with more money) :D

Of course, everything was purchased with review purposes in mind. So just to recap:

Face products:

L - R: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (travel size) , Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Airbrushing Pressed Powder (Talc Free) 'Translucent', Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #N175, Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation 'Sable'

Eye products:

L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga 'Blackest Black' and Laura Mercier Caviar Stick 'Amethyst'

Eyebrow products:

Anatasia Beverly Hills Beauty Genius Clear Waterproofing Gel and Maybelline Define-A-Brow 'Medium Brown'

Nail products: 

L - R: Rimmel London - 'Blue My Mind', 'Mintilicious' and 'Sunny Days', L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel Lacque Steps 1 & 3, Formula X For Sephora - 'Enigma' and 'Phenomena' and NYC In A New York Color Minute 'Grand Central Station'

Lip products: 

L - R: Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil 'Rhubarb', Buxom Full-On Lip Polish 'Nicole' (gift with purchase) and OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencil 'Black Dahlia'


LaVanilla The Healthy Deodorant (travel size) 'Pure Vanilla' #YouTubeMadeMeDoIt

Tings dat doan belongst tuh me *wink*:

Milani Baked Blush 'Bella Rosa' and Too Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner 'Perfect Berry'

Sincere thanks to Heidi and her family for showing me a great time <3