Saturday, May 8, 2010

Lipstick, Powder & Paint

I haven't had much to blog about, lately, (although I do have one outfit that I need to upload soon) so I thought I might just do something a little different. I mainly focus on clothes, here, as well as some music & films that I like, but today I'm going to show you what I put on my face!

I don't use any foundation on my face - I never have - but I like to use Jurlique Lavender Silk Finishing Powder to take the shine off. It's really lovely, smells good and doesn't add any colour to my complexion. Apparently it comes in rose, too - I may have to give that one a go next time.

I tend to ignore the old adage of 'less is more' when it comes to blush - I've been using Pink Swoon by M.A.C. for over a year, now, I think. It's a really fine powder and lasts a long time (I've not had to replace it, yet - are you meant to replace blush every few months or is that other cosmetics? I don't actually care) and it's a very pink pink which I like.

I use this set of ecotools brushes - admittedly, I mainly only use the big brush and the eyebrow/eyelash ones - which is absolutely divine. The brushes are so soft!

The only eyeshadow I use is Colour Rush Due Eye Shadow in Peach Passion (#610) by Rimmel London. This image isn't quite the same but it's basically just a warm, light neutral tone (which I use on my eyelids) and a darker tone (which I use in the crease). I also use eyebrow pencil - I've been using one by a cheap brand called Savvy by DB but it didn't look the same so I've bought an Australis one as a replacement, today.

On the rare occasions that I do use eyeliner I have L'Oreal Paris Lineur Intense in Black Mica. (Can you please let me know if this link doesn't work - I was having some trouble with it!) 

When I buy mascara I usually just go for what's blackest and cheapest but I quite often go back to Great Lash by Maybelline. It doesn't claim to make my lashes fatter, longer or to be able to play the piano but it works! And it's fairly inexpensive, too. 

As I mentioned a little while ago, I've made my first foray into M.A.C. lipsticks (& pencils) with the lip pencil in Redd and the lipstick in Ruby Woo.

I'm not sure that I'm 100% sold, yet. I do love the very matte look but don't like how dry my lips feel (which a few people noted before I bought it so I went in with eyes open, so to speak). Before that I was using Intensely Red by Max Factor, which I'll probably still use from time to time but it's not quite so matte.

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm has been my default lip balm for the past four years, roughly. I first bought it when I was in the States and had to get my pal Bethany to send me loads over, before it was available here. In fact, she sent me so many that I still have some unopened, somewhere about the place. I swear by this stuff.

When I'm not feeling lazy, this is what I use to get it all off (I often either don't bother, or just use soap. Sshhh!) - it's basically Pond's Cold Cream but Dove took over in Australia, apparently. Mum even told me it smells the same!

Then I follow up with this fantastic stuff (again, if I'm not feeling lazy).

I'm not particularly loyal to any of these brands but I do find it's rather costly (in time & money) to go experimenting with lots of different ones. I like having new make-up but I hate buying it - I'd much rather spend money on clothes, though I know without the make-up I do use the whole look wouldn't be quite complete. Anyway, I'm not sure of how much interest this is but hopefully it's of some!

Andi B. Goode


  1. From what I've heard, Ruby Woo is one of the most drying of the MAC matte shades. Russian Red is quite similar is and supposedly not as bad (If I wear a balm underneath it I barely notice the drying).

  2. Miss Emmi: The woman who sold it to me said the same thing but I wanted to start with Ruby Woo. I had planned on trying Russian Red next time I had some cash spare.

  3. you must be so blessed to not need foundation! how do you keep your skin so perfect and clear? /jealous

  4. the latest issue of frankie (i think) has a red lipstick guide woth pros and cons

  5. I'm very jealous that you don't need to wear foundation, you have a lovely complexion! I've never tried MAC lipsticks, what i've heard about the dryness has put me off and i have very dry lips to begin with.

  6. i swear by russian red. it's the best! definitely dries out my lips, but i use burts bees lip balm with pomegranate oil in it, which helps a lot.

  7. I wanted to try MAC's matte range however I ended up going for Brave Red because my lips have a tendency of sucking all the moisture out of lipsticks and I end up having patchy red lips so I was scared to see the results of a matte finish lipstick. I love the matte colours so much more though!

  8. Thank you so much for your lovley comments!

  9. I use Ponds Cold Cream in the UK. I love it.

    I like the sounds of that Jurlique powder, I'll have to look it up!

  10. Another vote for the Russian Red here. I was recommended Lady Bug which has more moisture in it (obviously as it's not a matte!) and I tend to wear it for the daytime rather than the mattes.

    I'm very intrigued by the MAC blush...might have to look into that!


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