Baked, Cheeks, Milani

Milani Baked Blush | Rougir Cuites Milani

Last week I revealed to you one of my favouritest bronzers evar and now would like to introduce you to its blushing counterpart – Milani’s Baked Blush.

For $7.99 you can radiate a warm glow and smile confidently with all of these beautiful shades. My favourite so far is Corallina – a colour that can be pulled off by any skin tone. A few quick strokes of a brush and my cheeks reflect light with ardour.

PROs:

  • lasts all day
  • smooth application
  • tons of shades to choose from
  • excellent for darker complexions

CONs:

  • though there are a lot of different varieties of colours – the lightest are too dark for me and I’m concerned about those with alabaster skins
  • the brush it comes with streaks when used to apply with

TIPs:

  • using a blush brush apply to cheek bones and temples
  • double up as an eye shadow
  • use atop the Baked Bronzer for gorgeous results

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Baked, Eyes, Milani

Milani Baked Eyeshadow | Au Four à Paupières

Our next chapter is in the eye of the beholder. Particularly eyeshadow. Particularly baked eyeshadow. Particularly Milani’s Baked Eyeshadow Marble…

The entire line of the colours is pretty groovy, very glam and very sexy. The price is a measly $7.49 and these shells are also luxuriously baked on Italian terracotta tiles (like the baked bronzer).  You can wear them dry or wet, depending on how dramatic you want to fly.

My favourite so far is the colour Fusion – the purples in it bring out the green in my hazel. ♥

PROs:

  • the lighter colours are lovely for the day and can be mixed with the darks for added night time drama
  • highly pigmented = your ojos will be noticed
  • very minimal falling [no need to clean up under the eyes]
  • no creasing

CONs:

  • can’t say I’m the biggest fan of the curved brush/sponge applicator – very small and difficult to maneuver and the brush is too blunt

TIPs:

  • try adding these atop of darker matte shades for an extra pop
  • the darker colours are a great eyeliner if you’re using a wet brush, or simply press the shadow into your eyeliner [wax] for impact magnitude

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Baked, Bronzer, Milani

Milani Baked Bronzer | Milani Bronzant au Four

This has to be, by far, my most favourite favourite product by Milani: Baked Bronzer.

A-hem, $8.99 for a giant compact with Italian terracotta? Yeah, I’ll take all three, please!

My current weapon of choice is Glow, but after my Peru trip – I’m sure I’ll be using Golden with Soleil in between.

PROs:

  • impeccable distribution
  • doesn’t streak [unless you use it wet]
  • reflects the perfect amount of light
  • the shades vary just enough to compliment any skin tone

CONs:

  • not the biggest fan of the brush it comes with – I’m a fan of big brushes for bronzer

TIPs:

  • my biggest suggestion is using this atop your cheek bones, nose/chin/forehead might make you look oily
  • apply in downward motions with your brush – think of the way rays of the sun hit your face from above
  • dust lightly on your décolleté to accentuate the girls

Find more about this awesomeness here.

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Foundation, Makeup, Milani

Milani Foundation | Milani Fond de Teint

Today’s mission is to hide imperfections and even your complexion. My accomplice is Milani Glow Natual Brush-on Liquid Foundation.

For $8.49 you can brighten your skin with this yummy-things-that-are-good-for-you infused foundation. I mean really, cucumber, ginseng, grape seed oil? AND Vitamin E? C’mon.

I used #1: Fair to Light and though it comes out of the tube a bit yellow – it faded naturally into my skin tone.

PROs:

  • silky medium coverage
  • blends very well
  • long lasting
  • doesn’t crease
  • brightens skin

CONs:

  • not the best pore coverage without a primer
  • the name is, personally, illusive as I was hoping for illuminating qualities
  • same as the concealer with the clicking and brush – great for personal use, not so much for makeup artists
  • also same as the concealer and my bacteria issue

TIPs:

  • brush on the most colour starting with the nose [center] and blend outward
  • blend into the concealer around the eyes by dabbing with your ring finger
  • double it up as a concealer if one is not available

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Hygiene, Makeup, Skin

Brushes | Brosses

Brushes need love too.

The condition of your skin depends on your brushes’ hygiene. If you’ve neglected giving your hairy friends a wash…you’re probably wondering where the lavish assortment of bumps on your face is coming from. The longer you slack on cleaning – the more dust and bacteria accumulate on the bristles that you smear right into your skin. Yum.

Problematic skin would benefit from washing your brushes daily while healthy skin can get away with a weekly rinse.

Since I use my brushes on different faces on a fairly regular basis, between each face I use a spray cleaner (either of the ones listed below) and when at home I use baby shampoo as it is gentle enough on bristles and sensitive skin. But for personal use – the choice is yours.

It only takes a few moments to ensure your skin’s health and your brushes’ longevity. After washing, please either dry your brushes upright or lay them so the bristles hang outside of the sink/counter – you don’t want them marinating in the water they were bathed in. Otherwise you are compromising cleanliness and are damaging the brushes.

Lastly, when the fibers become frizzy and uneven – time for a burial and shopping expedition!

Et voila!

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Beauty, Makeup

Blush, for Jenny | Rouge, par Jenny…

Being a fan of blush, I nearly never step foot outside of my house without the look of pinched cheeks. Even if you’re not a fan of makeup, a little rouge can do wonders on a dreary day.

With so many beautiful shades, blush – like red lipstick, can become a tedious journey to find. But, you guessed it, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I am willing to share with the class.

First off, 99% of you can pull of a peachy/coral colour. I swears.

Smashbox Blush in Proof Sheet

If you are fair skinned with light eyes and hair – you are probably already devotee of pink and should therefore keep up the good work. But promise me that you will only play with light shades and will keep your bubblegum Juicy track suits back where they belong…in back of the closet.

Cargo BluRay Blush Highlighter in Pink

For my ethnic sisters whose skin I love to work with most – I recommend richer, jewel tone colours. If you are on the warmer end of the palette, cool colours are a superb balance and vice versa. Be careful not to use too much shimmer as you may tend to look oily.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks

Fiery redheads, oh how I envy your freckles, can get away with almost any shade of peachy-pink. Cream blush is your friend, this way you can still show off those sun speckles without looking like you’re wearing anything at all!

NARS Blush in Sex Appeal

My brunettes-have-more-fun lovelies, you deserve roses…a whole spectrum of them. Deeper shades for the olive skinned beauties will pump up your mystery.

Christian Dior Blush in English Rose

Something to keep in mind: if your skin needs some work, as in the texture isn’t smooth, stay away from anything with sparkles for it will focus the eye precisely where it doesn’t belong. Also, in moist weather like snow or rain or even when at the beach – try using cream blush or cheek stain because most of them are water resistant and will not move throughout the day.

Tarte Natural Cheek Stain

Lastly, I have gotten a few of you questioning me where to put the blush once you buy the perfect shade. Answer: when it doubt – sweet the tops of your cheek bones…the closer you get to your eyeballs, the younger and fresher you will look. This is also great for faces with prominent cheek bones and hollows. Rounder faces can benefit from applying the blush under and on the apples, thus creating a slimming effect. As we age our face skins lose their elasticity and the plumpness we once had tends to disappear. Because of this, again, throughout the years your blush should be creeping up higher on your cheeks and closer to the eyes.

Ok, one more thing.

Don’t be afraid to blush up a bit on the temples and into the hairline as it creates a wonderful brightening effect especially if you are taking pictures!

xo

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