Monday, 14 April 2014

Eyelashes & You

Lovelies!!

I get asked about this a lot.

Truth be told I was never fond of eyelashes.

I have really long, quite thick ones. And they keep me happy. BUT, I do know the importance of amping up an eye look with a nice pair of falsies.

Some of my favourite brands since experimenting are:
Red Cherry
Stardel
NYX
Cherry Blossom
Ardell
Kiss
Cara
House of Lashes
Andrea
Elf

And those are just a few. Sometimes I get crazy and wear them for a week. Other times, I get fed up with picking the glue out of my own lashes and opt for mascara.

Lash Extensions - (Photo Credit - Google Images) 


Either way here are five tips for selecting eyelashes and application:

1. Go natural first. People tend to select the most dramatic, full lashes in the lashosphere (made a word up lol) and then go, uh uh, take dem off. Ammmmmm they ADD expect the volume.

2. Use a glue that adheres quickly. Star Glue, Kiss iEnvy are my go-tos.

3. Use a pair of tweezers. They help, seriously.

4. Practice. Don't get frustrated, it takes time, patience and steady hands. Do not drink and apply.

5. Do not apply lashes in a hurry. Trust me. Your eyes will thank you.

Here's a link to a helpful article on semi-permanent lash extensions: Eyelash extensions.

Who wants Lucinda and me to try Novalash?? Comment below!!

xoxo
Heidi.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Beauty Sponge Woes

We love when your request align with posts we already have in mind so please keep 'em coming!

This one goes out to Lasonta Sealy *wink*

Beauty sponges (damp) give a streak free finish to foundation that look seamless and more 'skin like'. They can transform heavy long wear foundations (eg: Revlon ColorStay) to make them appear far more breathable whilst retaining their staying power. Say goodbye to cakeface! I particularly love them for their ability to blend in foundation at the hair and jaw line.
This post could also be dedicated to Ashley, whom since I recommended the Beauty Blender to her said she's never using a foundation brush again :D I don't feel the same way, since sponges can also make you use more product (especially with liquids). In this keek, I used three pumps of the M.A.C Pro Longwear applied with my Pro Beauty Blender and I could still see my post acne hyperpigmentation.

The Original Beauty Blender landed on the scene and created quite a stir. Now, blending sponges are nothing new but something about the shape and texture of this one straight shook the game up. From the site: "Now you can look like a movie star without the pricey services of a major make up artist. Introducing Beautyblender, the ultimate make up sponge applicator. Invented by top Hollywood make up artist Rea Ann Silva, Beautyblender has been created to leave you with a professional finish and a flawless complexion. Silva knows that the key to a perfect face is simple: a perfect blend. So forget your fingers or sharp-edged triangular sponges, these application methods waste make up and can leave visible streaks. Beautyblender’s patent-pending elliptical shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. Its suede texture is sensual to the touch and its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your make up dazzling and undetectable. Beautyblender is latex free, non-allergenic and odor free".

I had my first Beauty Blender, the pink one, for a while and still haven't used it. Why? I didn't want to run the risk of not getting it back to its original colour. OCD, I know I know. When they launched a black Pro sponge I was all on dat like filter on an Instagram pic. I love it. But the problem is the price ($28.95USD for a set of 2 or $19.95USD for one pink one, at Sephora. Available locally from Exotica Makeup and Extensions) and that's where the hunt for a dupe comes in.

Sponge round up (l - r): SOHO, Beauty Blender, Unknown (purchased from Exotica Makeup and Extensions), Studio Basics, M.A.C.


Where to start? Sigh

Ok. First off, nothing I have tried thus far compares to the Beauty Blender's texture. The closest, in my humble opinion, is the Studio Basics. I purchased the latter's Expert Complexion Sponge in Jamaica from Significant Details but I have seen them locally in Bio Beauty (435-9306).

As seen in Bio Beauty, Coconut Walk, Hastings.

If you don't have any qualms about how these sponges stain, the next issue would be tearing. The SOHO sponge doubles in size like its Beauty Blender and Studio Basics counterparts but it is more susceptible to rips/tears; I guess that's due to its elongated shape. Granted, all of the softer sponges are so great care has to be taken when using and washing them that you don't dig your finger nails in. Heidi purchased this for me last year and hers already mash up.


On the point of washing, another valid concern is bacterial harbouring since sponges retain moisture sometimes no matter how long we let them air dry. Tati from GlamLifeGuru recently shared a tip on YouTube about how to combat the spreading of germs.



Check out our latest give-away for your chance to win a Studio Basics Expert Complexion Sponge

The Beauty Blender doubles in size when wet

Of the sponges available from Exotica Makeup and Extensions, I'd go with the Beauty Blender. I haven't tried the Miss Adoro version (pictured below) but the unlabelled one is too firm, retained a white residue from the soap I tried to clean it with (which reminds me, this really holds on to your liquid foundation), and is now falling to bits (see second photo). Melissa Raymond did the video below comparing the Dr. Bronner's bar soap to the Beauty Blender Cleanser Solid. I tried the lavender bar soap on that unlabelled sponge and it never was the same.

 

posted on our Facebook page December 16, 2013
A range of beauty sponges available from Exotica Makeup and Extensions $25 - $49.99 BDS

I have nothing good to say about the M.A.C All Blending Sponge. I hope I've just been using it wrong.

The increasing popularity of the Beauty Blender has encouraged numerous brands to produce their own version. While I love my Pro Beauty Blender I'm still hoping to try a few others.

posted on our Facebook page March 12, 2014
Cala beauty sponge as seen in High Fashion, Sheraton for $12BDS

Lasonta hoped I had an opinion on the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten my hands on it as yet but here are a few videos that can assist your decision to purchase it or not:


TheSocialiteLife, she's NSFW.

When I have tried it I will post my comparison. Additionally I also want to try Laura Mercier's 4-pack sponges, that I've heard so many great things about. 

What are your thoughts on beauty sponges?

Monday, 7 April 2014

Give-away #9

Howdy!

With #MarchMadness over it's time to get back to the give-aways. We've teased you on Facebook and Instagram long enough...the first quarter prizes are all about tools.

Prize A: Real Techniques lash-brow groomer, Real Techniques core collection, e.l.f Dual Pencil Sharpener, Tweezerman Stainless Tweezerette (yellow) and Studio Basics Expert Complexion Sponge

Prize B: M.A.C Brush Cleanser, ecoTools Six Piece Day-To-Night Clutch Set, ecoTools Retractable Kabuki, Tweezerman Stainless Tweezerette (pink) and M.A.C Pencil Sharpener

You can choose if you want to be entered for either or both. 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: 1) which prize you'd like to win (A or B or both) and 2) which you love more: blush or highlighter.

Competition open to Barbadian residents only.
Winner will be chosen using random.org, three weeks from today (April 28th).


Good luck!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Let's Talk Polish

Have you checked out Mozaic in Limegrove yet? Excellent customer service and lookka that packaging!


Recently I went to see what new goodies were at Bio Beauty (435-9306). They also carry O.P.I polishes.



In their sale bin they had a few of the Liquid Sands polishes. I found this gem...

'It's Frosty Outside' (two coats)

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed that. You're not supposed to put a topcoat on those; I did and I could still feel the texture of the polish. It reminded me that I had a China Glaze glitter that I hadn't used in a while...


'Ruby Pumps'

Gorgeous; and it can be worn alone too. Two coats is magic. Speaking of glitter polishes, Kim from Bajan Beauty Blog told me that the ones from Butter London were her favourite. I took her advice:

'Fishwife' (two coats)

Errrrrrrrrrrrmahgad. Holographic heaven. Those Butter London polishes cost $39.45BDS so make sure you pick unique colours. Also, use a basecoat like Orly 'Bonder' or CND 'Stickey'; when I put this over the Nail Tek II it smudged very easily.

My sole dud was this p2 yellow polish but it sparked my current hunt for the perfect yellow and red, shade and formula. I'll chalk this experience up to user error. Cream polishes often give me trouble.

'Summer To Go!' 

Jessica Simpson wedges from Strut

I went to Sugar Cane Club's Spa again because I just love that massaging pedicure chair. The Manager, Barbara, hooked me up; it was great talking polish with her too :)


Manicure station

So I wouldn't feel guilty, I took my own polishes to get my toes and fingers done.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails 'Firm Fig'

Essie 'Capri'

I have a weakness for hot pinks!

I'm currently wearing:

O.P.I 'Can't Find My Czechbook' from the Euro Centrale collection with a Sally Girl glitter

I don't know why they don't put the names on the minis!

That O.P.I required three coats to make it even (again, could just be user error) and it really made me appreciate glitter polishes even more. They're great at disguising streaky cream manicures.

I have no quarrels with this Orly formula though...

'Ma Cherie' (two coats)

Wedges are from ShoeDazzle

After using Wet n' Wild MegaLast 'I Red A Good Book' the other day I'm searching for the perfect red (shade and formula) for me.

If you're looking for some glitter polishes check out the new ones Collins has from the L'Oreal Color Riche line.

As seen in Collins today

And if you're wondering how to effectively clean up your mistakes, watch this video YouTube vlogger Nicole of Young Wild and Polished did:



Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Make Out 2014 - March Update

From 2/14 at the end of February to a whole lotta lip products...

March haul

and lip products was the one thing I said I certainly need no more of. Sigh.

My Saks Fifth Avenue haul has swatches of the Tom Ford lipstick, Heidi raved about those NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams and I just wanted another NYX Butter Gloss so I could do an overview. If you follow our Facebook page or my Instagram you would have seen when the new Milani products reached No. 1 Beauty Supply. I had to try their anti-feathering lip liner especially since I've heard that it performs as well as the Make Up For Ever one. 

6/14:( How will I make it?

In related news, the nail polish haul was straight up ridiculous! In my defense: 1) I didn't purchase all of these, and 2) I'm on the hunt for the perfect polish in certain colours. The rest I will be placing in the blog sale.


Any tips for effectively using those nail appliques?

Monday, 31 March 2014

FOTD - Last Gine Down

Hello Hello!

A month is no time at all! We have to blog! We love providing you with information and we are so pleased at the reception. Thank you for reading and following, Lucinda and I are grateful!

As the name suggests, here was my makeup for today.

Makeup off my nose slightly - after about 6  hours of wear. 

My favourite thing about this look was the undereye colours. That pop of colour really made it, and I am not usually this adventurous with my eyemakeup. I like simple, clean, basic. But I got so many compliments on it today that I want YOU to be inspired. Try something new!! 

Product List: 

Eyes: 

Lid - NYX Nude Matte Shadow - Leather and Lace NMS 17 
Crease - NYX Nude Matte Shadow - Skinny Dip NMS 15
Browbone - Glam Shadow - Pixie Dust GS 03

Brows: 
Gabriella - Dark Brown Pencil ( I like my brows dark!) 
L.A Girl Pro Conceal - Fawn

Liner: 

Wing: NYX - Gel Liner and Smudger
Bottom Waterline: Revlon Black Liner (Sharpened)

Face: 

Highlight - LA Girl Pro Conceal Fawn 
Contour - Exotica M&E - E/Shadow Bark
Foundation - Black Opal - Total Coverage (Beautiful Bronze) 
Highlight & All Over Powder - Graftobian Banana Cream Pie & Coconut Cream

Lips:
NYX Lipliner - Mahogany
Exotica M&E - Nudist 
NYX Butter Gloss - Madeleine


I also used the Graftobian Setting Spray and NYX MAtte Finish Sprays to set. 

With heavy flash :) 
Without flash.

xoxo
Heidi 

The Proof Is In The Pudding

I was just going to wash my face when the idea for this post hit me.

Very often products boast of long wearing/oil controlling claims but do we get to see how they last during the day? You've heard me rave about the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer; this is how it held up my foundation after 10 hours of having it on.


No touch ups; and I blew my nose extensively this afternoon. (I watched Noah, I always cry at the sad parts in movies).

Today I wanted to ensure I had my SPF protection but still wanted coverage that wouldn't make me feel icky half way through the day. The line up?


Estee Lauder Double Wear Light, applied with the e.l.f Powder Brush, over the Hourglass Primer and set with M.A.C Studio Careblend Pressed Powder. If you follow me on Instagram you know I was a Folkstone today in the blazing 1 pm sun. So for my face to look like this after putting on those products 10 hours ago? Colour me impressed. p.s. I only set my T-zone with the pressed powder and that glow on my cheeks is from that Smashbox highlighter that I love.

posted on our Facebook page November 11, 2013
"QR: Estee Lauder Double Wear Light: doesn't need to be set with powder (I just set my T zone), medium coverage (unifies skintone but won't completely cover all hyper pigmentation), great staying power and ok colour range. Available in all Cave Shepherd branches, some Harrison's branches and Senses in Limegrove".

What's your go-to combo when you want your look to last?