Wednesday, November 28, 2012


  • Fluffy eyeshadow brushes: they will place and blend your eyeshadow at the same time, for a quicker application.
  • Light shimmery eyeshadows: the shimmer particles make the pigment less strong, and once the eyeshadow is applied onto your lid, they will also effortlessy help make its edges more subtle, for a quicker blending.
  • Eyepencil in the waterline: this is the simplest eyeline to trace! :) All you have to do is just go over your waterline, without working on creating a shape.
  • Bronzer: you can just dust it softly and quickly all over the contours of your face, and even if you want to apply it mostly on your cheeks, it still doesn't require the same precision that a pinky/peachy blush would.
  • Lipgloss: probably the only make up product, together with lipbalm, that can be safely applied without having a mirror! 
  • Dark matte eyeshadows: matte eyeshadows have a higher pigment concentration than satiny/shimmery ones. So dark matte eyeshadows will need more time to blend, and will also tend to cause more fallout, which you will then need to clean up.
  • Liquid eyeliner: especially those with the thin brush applicator require a lot of precision. And also time to fix them in case you make a mistake, or if in the end you realize your eyes look uneven.
  • Small eyeshadow brushes: when you don't have a lot of time to create shapes on your eyes, small brushes are redundant. Only use a small pencil brush if you want to smudge some darker eyeshadow along your lashes for a smokey touch.
  • Cream blush: it has to be worked on a little longer to blend nicely, or the risks of looking like a clown will soar indefinitely :)
  • Red/dark lipsticks: unless you go for a very sheer red or dark lipstick, you will first have to define and shape the lipline with a pencil, and then make sure that the lipstick application is even and without smudges or bleeding.

I hope you guys liked this post, I would love to know what you think and also your tips for doing your make up in a hurry! :-)


Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Blue Flame and Young Punk Mineralize Eyeshadows from the Style Black Collection in 2009 were the first ever MAC products I got, so now that they are back on the store counters I couldn't not write a post about them!

Clockwise: Blue Flame, Smutty Green (new shade), Young Punk, Gilt By Association (new shade)

They are best applied wet, and directly onto the skin without a primer underneath.

First off, I have to say must be the biggest fan ever of this kind of eyeshadows. I believe their unique dewy, glittery finish gives the eyes the most beautiful and enchanting look ever.

The more matte an eyeshadow is, the more it needs different shades and layers to give the eye dimension. But with these eyeshadows, it's their own glitters particles that effortlessly shape the eye whenever and wherever the light hits them.

I find application easier than other eyeshadows, as it can - or even has to - be imperfect.

All you need is a brush like MAC 217 to sweep all over the lid, because the mere presence of the eyeshadow on the eye will do all you need for your make up.

They are best applied wet, and directly onto the skin without a primer underneath.

In my experience, the primer separates the glitter from the pigment so kind of kills the effect of these eyeshadows. A little creasing wouldn't be a crime anyway, especially with this shiny look.

Also, a wet application minimizes their tendency to fall out.

In the MAC store I noticed that the repromoted versions of Blue Flame and Young Punk have silver veins which the originals didn't have, but they still appeared exactly the same on the skin.

I hope you found my review helpful :-)