November 15, 2014

Disappointed

Benefit They're Real Liner
Benefit They're Real Liner, $24

As someone who is not new to eyeliner, I can honestly say I'm pretty disappointed in this majorly overrated push up liner from Benefit. Gel liner is no doubt my favorite medium when it comes to eyeliner for its matte look, strong staying power, and flexibility - my main issue is that it's not the most convenient to use as it requires a separate brush, which explains my natural resort to liquid liner. Well when I learned about Benefit's new innovation (gel in a pen form), you can bet I was elated....that was until I used it. I've given this product quite some time, so the learning curve should definitely be mastered by now, but nope. I find the rubber tip pretty difficult to use. The gel liner itself is also pretty dry and not particularly easy to blend out or work with. The product gets pretty clumpy so if you didn't get your wing perfect on the first swipe, forget it...might as well start over. Basically, I thought this was a genius product idea, not very well executed so as far as gel eyeliner goes, I'll be sticking to my MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack for the time being.

November 11, 2014

Ultimate Contours

Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder Medium
Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder Medium
Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder Medium, $44

I had been using Benefit's Hoola Bronzer, which I liked, but was always pretty certain I didn't completely love and then switched to Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer and thought that was ok too. The thing with just being ok is that I had two bronzers I needed to finish before moving on to another. I liked Hoola for its matte, neutral-seeming tone, but I wasn't in love because I had to pack on the product to look like there were actual contours in my face - basically it wasn't pigmented enough for what I wanted. Luckily, I finished that up just a few months ago after a good three years, which also meant that it was time to go through my Too Faced one. The Chocolate Soleil bronzer definitely alludes to a whiff of yumminess upon opening, but aside from that, what I thought I had loved started becoming this muddy, patchy powder. Eventually, I dropped it and the product cracked like a fault....aaand some pieces fell out. So I figured, time for a new one, leading me to this Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder (sorry for the mouthful just to introduce this lovely thing).

I really really didn't want to spend this much on a bronzer, but I had been curious for too long so I took advantage of Beauty's friends & fam sale and made the jump (it's still active by the way, so you can buy this here at a discount). The first thing that surprised me was how teeny tiny it was - I mean...it's pretty close to a single eyeshadow. The best thing, however, is that it's packed with pigment for sure. And what everyone says is true - this seriously creates shadows with its insanely neutral undertone. The dreamy smooth application makes it that much better. I use a MAC 129 to sculpt my cheek bones, bring out my nose bridge and it creates the no-make up kind of look I want everyday. While I don't know how long this product will last me, I can certainly say, I've found my dream contouring powder. Everyone should definitely buy this once, even if it's at full price.

Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder Medium

November 7, 2014

Desolate

Novel Ave
Novel Ave

Earlier this week - basically sums up why I love fall so much!

November 5, 2014

Impromptu Portraits

Novel Ave
Novel Ave
Novel Ave
Novel Ave

Females are definitely one of my favorite subjects to shoot. I just need to constantly remind myself that I should be more involved in the styling aspect which I find quite hard when in an impromptu-type situation.

Anyway, I often get lots of questions about photography, typically how to get "this" kind of look or "that" kind of light - inquiries newbs tend to be interested in. Now that I feel like I actually know a bit, I think it's important to emphasize that you should first focus on your people skills - directing, extracting the right expression, and be comforting - it's awfully awkward to be in front of a camera. Second off, manual mode - master it and that's a MUST.

November 2, 2014

Prepping for a stroll

Jill Sander Platform Sandals
Jill Sander Platform Sandals
Free People gingham trousers, Forever21 Top, Jill Sander Platforms

Making good use of these Jill Sander platforms on a Sunday afternoon, which are slightly scary to walk in. I'm no neophyte when it comes to heels, but you almost need to be brave to spend a day in these so I'm getting my practice in by prancing around my house. I literally almost fell over in the second picture, hence the smirk lol. Anyway, hope you all had a great Halloween weekend.