Or colourful eyes? I ‘m really not one to come up with a dazzling header am I…
Anways this is a FOTD from a couple of days back. I used the new Cargo Shimmers I was talking about in my last FOTD post, But I used the Pinky Purple and the Blue this time. I also used Illamasqua’s Angst through the crease, Benefits Smokey eye’s palette for the pink highlight and also for my brows. I again used those gorgeous Japonesque lashes, BYS liquid liner, Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara plus Illamasqua’s Sophie Pencil. On my face I used Graftobian Foundation mixed with the Stilla Illuminating Foundation, an Estee Lauder Gloss (changed to Mac Myth later but didn’t get pictures). And on my cheeks, well I used, sorry I honestly don’t remember!
Honestly this review is beyond overdue, I have been using Too Faced Shadow Insurance (TSFI from now on) for years now and loved it from first use. Plus I use it before or in almost every makeup tutorial I film and when I wear makeup so its definitely a product I should have blogged about already!
So why do I use an eye primer so frequently you may ask. Simple, why spend time on applying and blending those gorgeous colours only to have them fade, rub off or crease after a short time. Many people don’t agree that an eye primer is a necessary product but for me I personally couldn’t imagine not using one now.
To say that TFSI prolongs the life of your eye makeup is an understatement, colours seem to not only last but stick and blend better as well. This can be especially important when using pigments (also if your not using a base, not to be confused with primer btw).
I’ve read about a certain complaint here and there over the years and that is that the product can separate in the tube. Really, so what? I would never apply my foundation before shaking it, a nail polish without rolling it, so why does it matter if I on odd occasions or when the shelf life is coming to an end I have squish the tube around a bit before squeezing out the product.
The hygienic tube packaging is really what sets the TFSI apart from the Benefit and Urban Decay primers. As with all tube packaged products I’d suggest you close the lid as soon as your finished squeezing just so you don’t suck air back into the tube.
For a while I was using Benefits Stay Don’t Stray as I was trailing it for another website. Don’t get me wrong I actually really like it but ultimately I felt like I was wasting the product due to the pump packaging. I’ve also tried some mineral makeup primers, the concealer method and actually Too Faced Second Base (or 1st? Do they even make it anymore? Probably not is was terrible) as well. But nothing seems to compare to the TFSI.
I would also like to mention that I actually haven’t tried Urban Decay’s Primer Potion (shocker, right?!?), as its kind of a pain to get a hold of here and an eye primer is one product I don’t like having to wait for as I use them so often. Also if it ain’t broke, well you know the rest…..
So to sum all that up (this was really long I know) – Ever since I started using the TFSI my eye makeup has lasted up until the moment I wash my face at night, no fading, no creasing actually no issues at all. So would I buy it again, yes and I already have about 5 or 6 times!
That was long, congratulations if you kept reading to this point !
So do you use a primer? If so what’s your favourite?
Madame B Fatale
Yes I have actually bought that many of TFSI’s over the years, (and its a conservative guess)
Considering I have no plans for today I guess I’m rather ‘made up’. This reason for this is simple, I got some new products in the mail and just couldn’t wait to use them!. Does anyone else have that problem?
So what products did I try out for the first time, Cargo Eye Shimmers (the blue and the green/brown, I don’t think they have names), Too Faced Pixie Pin Ups Palette, Japonesque Half Lashes and the Stilla Illuminating Foundation.
I also use the Too Faced Pin Point Mascara from the palette and it was perfect for getting those pesky bottom lashes.
Other products I used but already had lying around were, Occ Lip Tars in Strumpet and Trick (mixed) Estee Lauder Praline Lip Gloss, a brown eyeliner by Nude by Nature, Too Faced Pixie Perfect Blush Duo and a BYS Liquid Liner.
After I did the makeup I filmed two video’s one of which is the hairstyle I’m wearing so watch out for that! Or not depending on whether you like it ……
Well I’m off for now, I think I’ll wash my face, do the washing and make dinner, yes its all fabulous here darling….
Madame B Fatale
*New products that arrived were sent courtesy of Apothica (I got to choose though!)
Today is the last day for you to enter My VS Sassoon giveaway. All you have to do is watch the video below, write in the comments section (of the video page on YouTube) what kind of tutorials you want me to make and be a subscriber and that’s it!
Entry is open to Australian Residents only and closes at 11:59pm tonight!
(Double click on the video to go to the YouTube page to watch it!
I’m not gonna lie, I failed! But only by 1 product so its not that bad I ‘spose. I was tagged by Hip&Haute , you really should check out her blog!
So what did I pick, (thanks for asking!)
First things first I had to pick a foundation, my skin was looking rather patchy so that just had to be fixed, I used Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. I’m not entirely sure why I chose it as its one of my “oh my skin looks really good today, I only need a little foundation, foundations” and the fact that I had red patches and two spots meant I had to layer it a bit.
Next problem was my under eye circles, that just seem to get darker and darker these days.For this I used Illamasqua’s Emerge Cream Pigment, which works a treat! I also used it as a base over my lids, as a super light blush (just to ‘brighten’ my complexion a little). I had originally hoped to use it for my lips as well but it really would have looked odd with a nearly bare face. In hindsight (what a wonderful thing) I wish I picked Sob cream Blusher from Illamasqua instead but I already have a pink and brown tutorial and I felt it would have looked a bit too similar.
To fill in my brows, line and shade my eyes I use Nude by Nature Waterproof eye pencil in brown. I then used Illamasqua’s Halcyon Illuminator on my cheekbones, cupids bow, inner v and brow bone highlight area.
The photo’s were taken after I cheated and added the Illamasqua Gloss in Rouse, the look really needed it if I were to leave the house. Not that I was as soon as I finished filming I washed my face did a quick mask and watched old episodes of Desperate Housewives. Yes my life really is that exciting!
Oh and on a side note, if any of you lovely readers took part in the #bbloggersoz chat last Sunday you would have not only learnt some in-valuable photography tips (like I did) but you may have noticed that I mentioned I usually have to adjust the lighting and colours in IrfranView (Photoshop is far too advance for me at the moment sorry to say) then crop before it starts to resemble what I looked like in real life. But I took my usual million (ok I exaggerate a tad) shots, played around with my camera settings and voila, the shots came out perfect (colour wise, I need to work on my posing ha!) all I had to do was crop! Ok this may not be as exciting news to you as it is to me I just thought I’d mention it anyway cause I can. Oh and the second photo is stretched because Live Writer just likes to mess with me sometimes.
Make sure you tune into Sunday’s Twitter chat, they’ve all been awesome so far!
Of course if your wondering how I applied each of the products watch the video below….
As this is a tag I probably should pass this on. But its been going around for a while now and its likely most people have done it or aren’t interested, however if you haven’t and are make sure you try it and tell me! (Its harder than I thought to only pick 5 products, I mean I knew I would have some trouble picking but not that much, and I cheated, its kind of embarrassing how much of an indecisive hoarder I am…..)
Madame B Fatale
All products purchased by me except the Illamasqua gloss, but that will be reviewed at a later date.
This post is mainly going to be filled with pretty pictures, but to explain……
Last Friday night I got invited to attend the Brisbane Illamasqua Blogger Event, and gosh I am so glad I went! Not only did we get to watch a fabulous Toxic Nature look demo by Tiarah but we also were given some great tips for using the products. Finally meeting some of the girls I either chat to online or read their blogs was pretty awesome too, (even if I am terribly socially awkward, lol!)
We learnt that Glister eyeliner is great for brides.
Lashes used were the #2 Strip lash that is a long strip of lashes (hence the name) that can be cut up into any desired length, half, full or individual pieces and you should get a minimum of 3 pairs from the strip!
Something else we learnt was that the lash glue that comes with the lashes is latex free, which is a major bonus as many people tend to have an allergy to latex. Also that when waiting for the glue to get tacky it will go darker in colour when its ready to be applied then dries clear.
during the transformation…
To set and brighten the face Tiarah used the 105 powder, (also to set the lips).
Some of the other lovely bloggers…
In all of the excitement of getting ready and there I completely forgot to get a FOTD or any photo of myself!
What’s in the gift bag? You’ll have to wait for the next overview of Illamasqua Products Part 3!!!
Thanks again to Christabel and Illamasqua for having me, and Tiarah for the fabulous demo, it really was a fun night!
My latest video on how to Boho Waves features a product I’ve been interested in for a while now, the Babyliss Pro Conical Wand (large size).
The main reason I’ve been wanting to try one of these out, well besides the fact that Babyliss products generally get a rave review is that it has no tong. I have been using traditional curling tongs for years now and wanted to see the difference.
There are obviously no tong marks left on the hair which is its first plus. Other things that I think need mentioning are
Long Cord – Great when your power source is a bit out of the way.
25 Heat Settings – Anyone can find the perfect temperature for their hair type, curls last!
On and Off Switch – This is more of a personal preference as I don’t really like styling tools that turn on as soon as you plug them in.
Hair isn’t ‘dulled down’ – Looks nice and shiny after
Cool Tip – At the end of the wand so no burnt fingertips!
Heat Protectant Mat – I use this with all my heat styling tools now.
All that and its pretty easy to use and also heats up fast.
To use all you have to do is hold the wand upside down and wrap hair around! Curl smaller sections for a more defined look or larger sections for a wavier look. You can also either favour the top or bottom of the wand for different sized curls.
In the video I also used the Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Hairspray (also sent for review/tutorial) which is actually perfect for this look as you do want it to have slight hold but it has to be ‘movable/tousled’ as well.
The finished Result –
Also sorry the video is so bright, Note to self: don’t film in the middle of the day with the curtains open!
Madame B Fatale
Wand and hairspray used were sent for review/tutorial purposes.