Saturday, 23 August 2014

First Impressions: Gerard Cosmetics Super MINI Haul

Mavenz!!

This is going to be a super quick read since as the title states it is a First Impressions post.
Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses 
Buy all of them. The end.

Buttercream & Nude
Kidding!!!

I endorse these lipglosses. The shipping to Barbados was not bad bad bad, but uh felt a soraway after week one (sad) as far as postage and turnaround time  2/3 weeks International Post) and I paid a mere $1.50BDS for three of them (one for Lucinda) at my local post office. Thank God, cause I was about to say where the heck are my glosses!! ADDICT!!! When Andy showed me that little blue paper yesterday morning I was out like a bullet. And collected my little package with glee!! I'm in desperate need of some retail therapy, and this just whet my appetite. Aye yi YAI!!!

I ordered Buttercream and Nude mainly because I am a sucker for a good solid review, and most of the people I checked out including the site itself indicated that nude is a must have in everyone's collection regardless of skintone (oh yea? Well lemme check dat fuh muhself I thought) AND buttercream was designed by Jaclyn Hill. SOLD!!


Uh didn't even bother to do a full face, but ya know what's going down later today now? Nude 
See that colour and coverage? Chilee, honey linda LISTEN boo thang! Buy dem fuh trut!!

Here are the pros and the cons so far:

Cons:
  • The lighter shades us women of colour will definitely have to use a liner with. Unless you like the 'rare' mouth look. So in my next purchase i'll be nabbing Cocoa Bean, Rose Hill, Summer Sun and Wild Orchid... obsessed much? 
  • The shipping time for a makeup addict is bordering on torturous. But to be fair, Cali is pretty far. 
  • Gerard Cosmetics needs to look at expanding their colour range. Us deeper ladies need love too! 
Pros: 
  • Highly Pigmented.
  • Light, pleasant citrus fragrance.
  • Smooth, even application.
  • Didn't irritate my lips or cause chapping.
  • Doe foot applicator makes it easy to place on the lips. 
  • When mixed with lipsticks, they shine beautifully.
  • Lights up for easy reapplication in da cluuuubbb. 
  • Comes with a built in mirror. 
  • Buy all! I will, even the ones I have to tweak to suit my complexion. 
So I'm back to being a gloss girl, wooohooooo. And with glosses this high quality? I may just be in the ling for many more brands!!! As I go along I am POSITIVE I will find more pros than cons for these Gerard Cosmetics glosses. They are a must have for any lip loving lady. While they are priced at US$24 plus shipping, I assure you they are definitely worth it! 

Interested in placing an order? Email me at modenmakeup@gmail.com for a quotation.

More soon!! 

xoxo 
Heidi.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Antigua Haul

I almost titled this post 'Beauty In Antigua' but then I thought, how presumptuous! Ain't like I went around the whole island :/

Panoramic shot taken during a circumnavigation tour


Anyho, if you check out my Instagram you'd see I spent a couple days in Antigua last month. No special reason, I just like a change of scenery ever so often. I had no intentions of shopping but yuh know us makeup lovers...

Collective haul

I know that you know that when you see a brand that you can't get in Barbados you can't let it guh down so...that's my reasoning!

I was so shocked to walk into a store and see a Chanel display. Chanel. Duty free. #EnoughSaid



That haul pic looked like I went ham but only two of those Chanel products are mine. What I appreciated was having the opportunity to swatch the products, especially the eyeshadow quads.

The hotel I stayed at had an Aveda Spa on site so of course I also took advantage of that.


So the things that actually belong to me:


  • L'Oreal Silkissime eyeliner 'Highlight'  - I haven't seen this shade here yet
  • Iman Skin Tone Evener BB Creme SPF 15 'Earth Medium' - I haven't seen this product here yet
  • Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof long lasting eyeliner '104 Khaki Precieux'
  • Chanel Le Vernis nail colour '461 Blue Satin'
  • Maybelline New York Express Remover - check out my first impression here
  • Aveda botanical kinetics toning mist
  • Aveda be curly curl controller
  • Aveda Chakra 7 balancing body mist
  • Aveda stress-fix concentrate
  • Aveda color conserve conditioner
What would you like to see reviewed first? Let me know in the comments.

Many thanks to the ladies at Lipstick and Flo's Perfume + for their assistance.


It's definitely a trip I'd make again.

Sunset over Jolly Harbour

Thursday, 21 August 2014

My Foundations: Clinique anti-blemish solutions

Third entry in the foundation series...



Firstly, upon doing some research for this post I discovered that this anti-blemish line has been renamed Acne Solutions. The anti-blemish liquid foundation is still available in Cave Shepherd where I purchased mine. I love the squeeze bottle with the nozzle packaging since it makes it convenient to travel with and there's generally not a mess during use.

As seen at the Clinique counter in Cave Shepherd, Broad Street

07 fresh golden was the darkest shade available, but on a few different retail sites I did see two-three darker options. Fresh golden is too yellow/olive for me. I usually mix this with another liquid foundation that has a red undertone but for the purpose of this post, I set it with a powder foundation with a red-ish undertone. The day I re-tested this foundation I discovered that upon initial application it really emphasised my pores.

From Clinique's UK site: "Formula: Liquid. Coverage: Moderate

Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup is lightweight for oily or blemish-prone skin that needs smooth coverage and skin-clearing treatment benefits. The oil-free foundation, conceals, controls breakout, neutralizes the appearance of redness and helps prevent future blemishes while providing moderate coverage and a natural finish that never looks chalky and is soothing to the skin.

Skin Types: 2 - Dry Combination, 3 - Oily, 4 - Very Oily
"

Under store lighting

In natural lighting

The anti-blemish claims stem from the fact that there's salicylic acid in the formula. It also contains antioxidants (lecithin and tocopherol) and sunscreen (titanium dioxide).

I wouldn't recommend this for any type of dry skin since it dries down to a matte finish and emphasized my pores as stated earlier. The formula applies well with a foundation brush (I always dampen mine with e.l.f Mist & Set) or a damp beauty sponge

Swatch comparison to the foundations reviewed thus far 

Given our ridiculous heat in the Summer, this foundation holds up well. You do see oil breakthrough in the T-zone after a few hours but the product doesn't slide off your face. I'm not a touch-up type of gal but if you're into that, it's nothing that blot papers and powder couldn't fix. I recommend helping it out with a mattifying primer and setting spray, but then again, that's my standard M.O. You can watch this keek to see how it looked at the end of a couple hours.

While skin care in your coloured beauty products is a nice touch - it would be better if there were ALL good ingredients to begin with - you don't truly see the benefits of it unless you use them frequently. Thus, it's neither here nor there to me. If my shade of this foundation was available I would consider repurchasing.

p.s. I did say that I usually mix this foundation with another. I've found that this formula increases the wear time and coverage of more "natural finish" foundations.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Letting Go

It's kindda hard to believe that the last installment in this series was in March. A scan through the collection was definitely in order...

Casualty: Seche Vite
Reason: It just turns into a goopy hot mess (even after you put thinners in it)



I'm not too sure if I will repurchase this cause I'm still working through my Orly In A Snap.

Casualty: Black Opal Total Coverage Concealing Foundation 'Rich Caramel'
Reason: The shade is too light for me



I still like this product, I just need it in the right shade. I won't repurchase because I have a lot of concealers already.

Casualty: Avon Beyond Color Radiant Lifting Concealer
Reason: The shade is too dark for me



This came packaged with silver plastic all around it so I would have never known the shade.

Casualties: Boots Deeply Moisturising Lipcare, M.A.C Lipglass 'The Wee Coquette', M.A.C Lipglass 'Wonder Woman' (LE) and L'Oreal Colourjuice 'Cherry On Top'
Reason: old and under used; with the exception of 'The Wee Coquette' which is just ridiculously milky on me.




Casualties: Milani Liquif'eye 'Aqua' and NYX Slide On Glide On 'Purple Blaze'
Reason: They completely dried out




Casualties: NYX Eye/eyebrow pencil 'Auburn' and Maybelline Mastershape eyebrow pencil 'Auburn'
Reason: They're Auburn, what was I thinking? The product itself is good though



Nothing usable is going to waste so don't worry :)

p.s. don't forget to check our blog sale regularly to see what new items have been added.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

My next purchases... - Heidi

Mavenz,

Moden's birthday is the 28th and we will be 3 years old!

Yay!!!!!!!

We're keeping the party low key, but as usual, we have something up our sleeves.

For now, I'm planning my next makeup/beauty purchases.

I am TEMPTED to buy from this collection:

Beaute' Louboutin - Who's with me? 
Rouge Louboutin is out of stock at sephora.com, but I'ma get mine!! I really am a shoe chick you know. But since I can't afford a pair of red bottoms right now, at least my toes can scream Loubie for a fraction of the price.

Here's the write up on these beauties:

The Signature
A timeless shade of red nail colour, vibrant on any skin tone and inspired by the iconic sole of every Christian Louboutin shoe. 

“The red sole was born from red nail polish. I am giving back to beauty what the shoes took from the nails many years ago.” –Christian Louboutin

The Cap
From the inside of the towering seven-inch calligraphy-inspired cap peeks out a flash of red—an echo of the color of the iconic sole. Modeled after the heel of the Ballerina ULTIMA, the highest heel Christian Louboutin ever designed, and perfectly weighted to ensure the utmost ergonomic comfort and control. 

The Brush
Custom designed with a triangle-bristle construction that inhibits bubbles and deposits a smooth, flawless film of colour. 

The Bottle
Architectural yet whimsical, molded from cut glass and inspired by classical balustrades found in European buildings. An object d’art to be displayed and admired, and exhibited in a luxurious black presentation box. 

The Formula
Highly pigmented, chip-proof, and resulting in a brilliantly shiny finish that mimics the reflection of patent leather. Free of toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP. 

“Christian Louboutin nail colour encourages the wearer to take her time and enjoy the pleasure of the object as well as the pleasure of colour.” –CL

The next item on my list surprised me. Now I have no need for a lip plumper, my lips are full and voluptuous thank you very much BUT. When our new friend Jeanette from Sephora introduced me to it, I had to purchase, so technically I'm repurchasing in a different colour. 

Next:
You sexy mother pucker you... RUDE
Meet my new favourite lip gloss, Soap & Glory's Sexy Mother Pucker XL Extreme Plump Collagen Lip Shine I actually have this product in the pink colour called nude rose, which shows up slightly on me. BUT it is absolutely gorgeous applied over any of my lipsticks, or with a nice mahogany or chestnut lip liner. I also have a sample of the How Nude pictured above, and THAT is the bomb.com honey. Glossy and delicious looking. Oh and talk about long lasting?? Chile!! This is my new go to gloss!! 

Next:

As soon as I discovered this while researching new/newish products, I emailed Lucinda. BB Gel?? WELL this promises to work on blemishes AND mattify. Intrigued? well so am I. So I want it. Oh and it's supposed to be ideal for hot climates too, we'll see....


I have never purchased anything from CoverFX but my girl, Youtuber Kandee Johnson uses their powders and so I'm going to try on me and invest for my kit IF I find that this and the powders are legit. 



I am the Princess of Pores so when I stumbled across the Benefit Vending Machine in the departure lounge of JetBlue at JFK in NYC, I was in a state. My credit card wouldn't work, so I promised myself to try their POREfessional balm that 'minimizes the appearance of pores'. Anything to help my foundation apply smoother and make me look MORE flawless. 

Next:

Suddenly I'm into highlighting and bronzing. It's amazing what a little knowledge can do. I find that I use less liquid and more powder highlighters, it makes my life easier, I just layer and go. So the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Trio was in my clutches when I visited Sephora BUT, I had to let it go as it costs a whopping $58.00US. Child, I had to buy more Sephora glosses girl. So, when uh save the coppers, yesss honey this is MINE, and maybe around Christmas I'll bless the kit lol. 

Comment below and tell us what you INTEND to buy next!


xoxo
Heidi.

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

And the GREATEST REPURCHASE OF THEM ALLLL: 

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 ;) 

xoxo
Heidi

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!!! 

xoxo,