L.A. GIRL PRO CONCEAL HD CONCEALER


L.A. Girl has recently been surprising all kinds of makeup users with the quality of their PRO Conceal HD Concealer and I've been hearing people raving about this "high coverage, photo flattering, creaseless concealer" in makeup tutorials, blogposts and on basically every social media platform out there. Naturally, I had to try it.

The concealer is water based which usually doesn't work for me since I tend to prefer silicone based foundations and concealers on me personally. (Confused as to why that matters? Well, if you have a silicon based foundation, you have to match it with a silicon based concealer or otherwise it will separate and won't last/look good for very long on the skin. If you have a water based foundation, you look for a water based concealer. The same rule applies for moisturizer and primer; if it's got lots of oils or silicone in them then go for a silicone based foundation and concealer, otherwise it will, again, separate and ruin the point of everything you put on top). Still, I wanted to see if perhaps it could be something suitable for my kit  since we (makeup artists) always need to have different textured foundations and concealers, to be able to offer a perfect match for every kind of skintype, wish and need.

If these didn't have the $3 price tag I would have said more about the lack of lighter shades. (None of them suits people lighter than a MAC NC15.) It's a shame, naturally, but since the price is so low I feel I can't be too hard. At the same time I haven't actually seen this many colour options from any budget brand we have here in Sweden (even though the price is three times as much up here). None of our most common high-end brands either for that matter, so for me the colour range is still a big plus. The concistency of these is not as fluid and creamy as I am used to but then again I am not used to water based concealers, and when using it together with MAC Face & Body (which is also water based) I find that it works very well and lasts a good amount of time.


When I was looking for swatches before placing my order, I couldn't find any on really fair skin so I wanted to share my own just in case there are more people out there just as light-skinned as me wanting to see what all of the shades looks like on someone who's usually having a hard time finding something light enough. For reference I am an NC15 in the summer but am currently lighter.


1. Classic Ivory // 2. Natural // 3. Creamy Beige // 4. Pure Beige // 5. Medium Bisque // 6. Medium Beige // 7. Nude // 8. Almond // 9. Warm Sand // 10. Warm Honey // 11. Toffee // 12. Fawn // 13. Cool Tan // 14. Toast // 15. Chestnut // 16. Beautiful Bronze // 17. Espresso // 18. Dark Cocoa.


Packaging: 2/5  | Consistency: 3/5  | Longetivity: 4/5  | Colour options: 3/5
My rating: 3/5


PHOTO BOMB: GOODPR MEET-UP EVENT


One of the collections shown at the event: Two more Coca Cola shades (Swatches coming soon.)

With my fellow lacquer addict Miriam.


My favourite Avojuices: Ginger Lily, Coconut Melon and Jasmine.


My latest obsession: A scented candle that also happens to be massage oil and smells like heaven. (Well, rhubarb, but more like heaven.) From the Icelandic organic brand Sóley.

More news coming to stores soon: OPI Brights. (Swatches coming soon.)


With fellow blogger Anna-Karin.


The fun, summery-looking, handmade brushes from JACKS Beauty Line is on my wishlist.

The main collection presented at the event: Color Paints. A completely new, sheer formula that allows you to mix different colours, make cool patterns and general nail art a bit easier. Comes in 9 colours including a silver meant to act as a base which makes every colour look metallic. If you prefer non-metallic then they can also be used on their own.

MAC x CINDERELLA ROYAL BALL LIPSTICK

 
Another MAC & Disney collaboration is live and while the entire collection is worth checking out I personally recommend this little gem. The Royal Ball lipstick does not only give a pretty pink pearl sheen to your lips but it also makes the most beautiful, fresh faced, dewy cream blush on pale skin. I'm in love!

MAC x TOLEDO CALIGRAFY MASCARA


Have you seen the new Modern Twist Lash mascaras released with the MAC Toledo collection? I've been quite excited to try the wand so after finally trying it out I thought I'd share my experience. There are three colours available and this is Caligrafy - a navy blue with sparkles.

My main Plus about this is the longetivity - 11 hours later it looked just like when I applied it.  The packaging is fun  and while the curved brush may look intriguing, my eyes are small and lashes short  and this brush is big and sadly too big for my eyes no matter what angle I try.  Help was needed! Luckily, my sister has big eyes and longer lashes so I let her try it to see if it work differently on bigger eyes - apparently it does. A bit at least. While I personally had quite big trouble reaching all of the lashes and getting into the corners, it wasn't as much of a challenge for her  but she too could have been more impressed with it, and so our current favourite mascaras still stands undefeated.

So thumbs up for longetivity! And for the glitter particles actually showing up on the lashes. Minus on the brush shape making it a little too much work for me personally.
 
My rating: 3/5

OSCARS 2015: FAVOURITE LOOKS


Did you watch the Oscars last night? Being a makeupartist it's no surprise that my favourite part is to see everyone arriving which means to get to see the hair and makeup of choice. This year there were four individual looks that caught my eye and made me a little more excited than the rest. . .



Chrissy Teigen. Pairing an cool-toned dress with glowing skin and a dark glossy lip? Come on, you knew this would be on my favourites list. And the hair!!

Anna Kendrick. This would be what I'm going to call "the subtle gem" of the evening and you'll find one of these each year; It's a look that is simple yet seamlessly executed that the artistry going into creating it should not be overlooked.  I absolutely love how the blush and lips perfectly matches the colour of her dress and the way the jewellery picks up the silver eyeshadow which, of course, marries so well with the peachy pink. It's in the details, people!

Kelly Osbourne. Am I the only one getting really happy when seeing this lavender haircolour? It suits her skintone wonderfully and I found this makeup to be the most fun of the evening. Lips and lashes are always a good idea.

Margot Robbie. The combination of perfected skin, neutral eyes (she actually didn't wear any eyeshadows for this look) and a strong lip is an all year round favourite look of mine. Simple yet glamorous. Want the same lip for spring and summer? Then go pick up the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven which was the colour used on her on this occasion.


Share with me, which ones were your favourite looks of the Oscars 2015?


SWATCHES | OPI HAWAII


That's Hula-rious!


Suzi Shops & Island Hops


Do You Take Lei Away?


Is Mai Tai Crooked?


Go With The Lava Flow


Hello Hawaii Ya?


Just Lanai-ing Around


My Gecko Does Tricks


This Color's Making Waves


Pineapples Got Peelings Too!


Lost My Bikini In Molokini

Aloha From OPI


The spring/summer collection from OPI is inspired by the nature and life on Hawaii and I think it's a great combination of pastels, stronger hues, cremes and pearls, making it a collection in which there is most likely something for everyone.

Now I tend to fall for the darker shades but the perfect pear ice cream shade That's Hula-rious! and the bubblegum pink Suzi Shops & Island Hops are just MAGICAL.  What's your favourite?

MAC PALETTE OF 2014

 
MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show "Riff Raff" Eyeshadow Palette
This palette gets my vote for the best and prettiest MAC palette of 2014. It wasn't released until autumn but still tops my list of MAC palettes this past year with colours I personally find great for both every day, late nights and the holiday parties. I'll dance into a new year tonight wearing some of these, and lots of nights to come.
 
See you on the other side!
 
Colour names:
Oh Rocky! - Crystal
Blackberry - Graphic Style
Heavy, Black and Pendulous - Carbon Black
 
 

1 WEEK OF XMAS: AROUND THE SNOWGLOBE



Face:
♦ MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid Foundation.
♦ MAC Cosmetics PRO Conceal And Correct Palette.
♦ Illamasqua Hollow Cream Pigment.
♦ Blush from a Crown Brush blush palette.

Brows:
♦ IsaDora Eyebrow Pencil #22 Light Brown.
♦ MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set in Emphatically Blonde.

Eyes:
♦ MAC Cosmetics Eyeliner Mixing Medium.
♦ Make-Up Studio Sweden Glimmer Effects Multicolour.
♦ StarGazer silver holo glitter.
♦ Make-Up Studio Jewel Effects Shine.
♦ Make-Up Studio False Lash Effect 4D Extra Black Mascara.
♦ Depend Leah lashes.


Go to my INSTAGRAM page to see a video of the eyes. I made it out of focus on purpose so you can see the sparkles and a lot better than in these photos.

1 WEEK OF XMAS: CHRISTMAS AT DOWNTON


Season 1-5 of the Downton Abbey TV series are taking place between the years 1916-1924 and back then  upper-class women didn't really wear makeup and most certainly not a purple-y lipstick and false eyelashes.. but I figured it wouldn't be very fun if I posted a plain face on my 1 Week of Xmas makeup series so I chose to imagine a very simple and wearable look that could, eventually, have been something seen on the girls, perhaps 10 years later. Well, maybe not individual lashes, but just a bit more added colour and slightly more defined eyes.

Face:
♦ Make-Up Studio No Transfer Foundation.
♦ Collection2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer.
♦ Illamasqua Hollow Cream Pigment.
♦ Make-Up Studio Blush Lumiere in Silk Rose.
♦ Make-Up Studio eyeshadow #106 for highlighting.

Brows:
♦ IsaDora Eyebrow Pencil #22 Light Brown.
♦ MAC Pro Longwear Brow Set in Emphatically Blonde.

Eyes:
♦ Make-Up Studio eyeshadow #106.
♦ Make-Up Studio Blush Lumiere in Silk Rose.
♦ Make-Up Studio Brown Creamy Kohl Liner.
♦ Make-Up Studio False Lash Effect 4D Extra Black mascara.
♦ Make-Up Studio individual lashes.

Lips:
♦ Lime Crime Poisonberry Lipstick (applied with a fluffy brush).


1 WEEK OF XMAS: WINTER SKY


Face:
♦ Make-Up Studio No Transfer Foundation.
♦ Collection2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer.
♦ Illamasqua "Hollow" Cream Base.
♦ Make-Up Studio Compact Powder Make-Up.

Brows:
♦ IsaDora Eyebrow Pencil #22 Light Brown.
♦ MAC Waterproof Brow Set in "Emphatically Blonde".

Eyes:
♦ Inglot eyeshadows no. 350, 358, 107R.
♦ Illamasqua "Scribe" Precision Ink.
♦ Make-Up Studio Sweden False Lash Effect 4D Extra Black Mascara.
♦ Eldora "H125" lashes.

Lips:
♦ MELT "Bane" lipstick.
♦ LIT Cosmetics "Back In Black" glitter.

1 WEEK OF XMAS: PARTY IN THE NORTH


 
Face:
♦ Illamasqua Skinbase Foundation.
♦ Illamasqua "Hollow" Cream Pigment to contour.
♦ MAC Pro Conceal And Correct Palette.
♦ Make-Up Studio Translucent Powder Extra Fine.

Brows:
♦ Make-Up Studio "Blonde" Brow Powder.
♦ Make-Up Studio clear brow gel.

Eyes:
♦ Urban Decay Primer Potion.
♦ Inglot eyeshadows no. 318, 330, 107R.
♦ LIT Cosmetics Hulk & Magic Dragon glitter.
♦ Make-Up Studio brown Liquid Eyeliner.
♦ Make-Up Studio False Lash Effect 4D Mascara.

Lips:
♦ MAC Fashion Revival lipstick (from the "The Matte Lip" collection.)


1 WEEK OF XMAS: THE GOLDMINER'S DAUGHTER

 
Face:
♦ MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation.
♦ Collection2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer.
♦ Illamasqua "Hollow" Cream Pigment.
♦ Make-Up Studio Compact Powder Make-Up.
♦ NYX "Taupe" Blush.
♦ Benefit Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter.

Brows:
♦ IsaDora Eyebrow Pencil #22 Light Brown.
♦ MAC Waterproof Brow Set in "Emphatically Blonde".

Eyes:
♦ Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper.
♦ Make-Up Studio eyeshadow #205.
♦ Sleek Vintage Romance Palette - "Forever In Florence".
♦ Sugarpill "Goldilux" pigment.
♦ Make-Up Studio False Lash Effect 4D Extra Black Mascara.
♦ Eldora lashes "H125".

Lips:
♦ OCC Strumpet Lip Tar.


1 WEEK OF XMAS: NOUGAT


 
Face:
♦ Make-Up Studio No Transfer Foundation.
♦ MAC Pro Conceal And Correct Palette.
♦ Illamasqua "Hollow" Cream Pigment.
♦ MAC Blot Powder.
♦ NYX "Taupe" Blush.

Brows:
♦ IsaDora Eyebrow Pencil #22 Light Brown.
♦ MAC Waterproof Brow Set in "Emphatically Blonde".

Eyes:
♦ Illamasqua "Hollow" Cream Pigment.
♦ Make Up Store "Smog" Microshadow.
♦ Make-Up Studio Jewel Effects Shine.
♦ Eldora lashes "H125".

Lips:
♦ IsaDora Eyebrow Pencil #22 Light Brown.


1 WEEK OF XMAS: CANDY CANE


Face:
♦ MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation.
♦ Collection2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer.
♦ Illamasqua "Hollow" Cream Pigment to contour.
♦ Make-Up Studio Eyeshadow #106 to highlight.

Brows:
♦ Make-Up Studio "Blonde" Brow Powder.
♦ MAC "Emphatically Blonde" Waterproof Brow Set.

Eyes:
♦ Urban Decay Primer Potion.
♦ Make Up Store "Vanilla" Microshadow.
♦ Illamasqua "Scribe" Eyeliner.
♦ Red pigment mixed with MAC Eyeliner Mixing Medium.
♦ Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in "Perversion".
♦ Make-Up Studio False Lash Effect 4D Extra Black Mascara.

Lips:
♦ Sephora Cream Lip Stain #01.


OPI x 50 SHADES OF GREY COLLECTION


My Silk Tie


Cement The Deal


Shine For Me


Embrace The Gray


Romantically Involved

Dark Side Of The Mood

 

How great is this press kit? I am absolutely loving it and all six shades of the collection.  Like so many others I have been massively excited about the 50 Shades of Grey movie and everything around it  including this collection  even though I personally haven't actually read the books yet. (I guess you know you made it if people are excited by the mere thought of your products/ideas. Haha!)  At the beautiful press launch at the Hilton hotel in Stockholm last week they kindly gave us a copy of the first book so we can all get into the world of Mr Grey before the movie premieres on Valentine's Day, February 14. (Watch the trailer here!)

The collection contains the light grey creme Cement The Deal, the mid-tone grey creme Embrace The Gray, a darker grey with a touch of blue called Dark Side Of The Mood, a beaming glitter varnish with silver and blue glitter particles called Shine For Me and lastly the one colour that is supposed to represent the female part, Anastasia Steele, called Romantically Involved. It's such a wonderful red shade and probably my favourite of the six. The sun was setting as I was swatching these so I didn't get a great picture of it but do take a look at this one by Temperaninails who captured it far better and you'll see just how fantastic it is.

I really am one of these people who loves and cherish the little things and details in everyday moments like going to the cinema and being able to wear a nailpolish that is connected to what I'm seeing on screen (like this collection is), or to do a makeup look inspired by what I'm watching, or to dress accordingly etc, etc. I one hundred percent feel that these simple things make everyday moments more fun  and I love how the creative people at OPI are always having their radar on for what's interesting at the moment and keep delivering fun and exciting collections that feels just right in time.
 
I think it's a great collection of shades; not too much and not too little. Just like the sentence that run through the collection; "It's all about the tease."
As always, a big Thank You to the girls at GoodPr and OPI for this beautiful kit and a wonderful evening.  The collection will be out in early January so you can wear your favourite shade to the movie theatre. Until then, I better get started on the reading!


PS.  You know how usually a couple of the colours from the OPI collections will be made available in Mini kits as well as full-sized bottles? (Usually around 4..) Well, ALL six of these OPI 50 Shades Of Grey nail lacquers will be available in 1 Mini Kit (!!) so if you feel like you like the collection and want to get it but don't want to spend your money on full-sized bottles (maybe you don't use nailpolish that often; or maybe you feel like the shades won't be interesting to you long enough to finish an entire bottle - whatever your reason may be) then this Mini kit is definitely something to concider. 
Personally I absolutely love these kits, and the fact that all of the colours are available in both big and small sizes this time around is, I think, quite brilliant if you think about how well it fits in with the "slogan" of the collection; "It's all about the tease."
Occasionally, a little IS enough.


Make Up Artist Ida, 26, sharing some of her favourite products, tips&tricks and makeup looks in hope to inspire one way or another.

You'll also find her on INSTAGRAM as well as writing for the Swedish music blog LifestyleMusicGroup where she is giving you updates on music, music events, interviews, playlists and more. (The music blog is currently under construction but will be back shortly. In the mean time you can find them on Facebook!)

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