another Monday morning but I seem to handle them better when the sun is shining and spring is in the air! I realize it might not be a sunny day where you are though (sorry to rub it in ;-) ) so I figured I’d try to spruce up your Monday with a quick Beauty Break. You can tell I’m in the spring spirit so I decided to stay with that theme and take a look at the make-up trends for this upcoming season.
For spring 2014, the make-up trends are very contrasting. During the spring fashion shows, most looks were either very bold or barely there.
Electric blue. On the lids, on the eyelashes, as a liner, … using blue for your eye look is the way to go this spring. And we’re not talking soft baby blues either, only the bright blue hues are allowed. My favorite here is blue mascara!
Orange lips. Forget soft pinks or nude lips for this spring, it’s all about an “in your face” matte orange lip. Think tangerine, coral, apricot, amber, … there are so many shades of orange that you’re sure to find one to suit your complexion.
Graphic eyeliner. Winged eyeliner? That’s so 2013! For spring, feel free to experiment with your eyeliner, preferably keeping it black. The runways have seen all kinds of shapes and graphical designs so let your imagination run wild.
No make-up. Or at least the illusion of no make-up is the prime barely there trend. We’re not just talking foundation either, the whole look (including eyes and lips) is aimed at giving the impression that you’re not wearing any make-up.
Snow white. We already know white liner on your waterline can brighten up your eyes but this spring, it’s key to incorporate white in your entire eye look. Use it more prominently as a liner or go all out and apply it to the lids.
Golden glow. As spring comes around, it’s time to leave that pale winter skin behind and go for a natural, golden glow. Invest in a bronzer that suits your skintone and top it off with a shimmery highlighter and warm blush shade.
Those are the most prominent make-up trends for spring 2014. Which ones will you be trying out? Do you even pay attention to make-up trends or do you prefer to just do your own thing? I personally like the no make-up, the blue mascara and the golden glow trend. I’ll definintely incorporate those elements in my make-up routine.
another workweek has come and gone. Can you believe it’s almost March already?! Anyway, today I have another review for you. I recently picked up this Wet n Wild Color Icon 5-pan palette. I picked The Naked Truth because it was most appealing to me as I usually wear nude looks. I love Wet n Wild’s 8-pan palette in Comfort Zone so I was curious to see how this one would compare.
I have no idea why the browbone color comes off a bit blue in the top right picture. Aside from that, it was very difficult to get a good swatch and overall I found the shades to be less smooth than I’m used to from Wet n Wild. They also faded very quickly so I have my concerns about the staying power; maybe they last longer with an eyeshadow base though.
The first 2 shades barely show up on my arm but I don’t mind that because I like a “barely there” eyeshadow from time to time. I could have done without the browbone shade because it was basically just some sparkle. The base shade is a great neutral matte shadow though. I was most disappointed with the eyelid color; it was the most difficult one to swatch and the color didn’t wow me whatsoever. The shades somewhat saving this palette are the definer and crease shade. The definer shade is a dark chocolate brown that I would use as an eyeliner. Or you could use it in the crease while using the actual crease color as an eyelid color. The crease color is bronze-copper shimmery color that really gives a brightness to eyes.
Overall, I was underwhelmed with this palette. I will pick my Comfort Zone palette over this one anyday. The formula of the 8-pan shadows seem more buttery than the ones in this 5-pan. With so many great nude shades out there, you need to be on your A game to stand out. Wet n Wild failed to do that this time around. I wish they would do something about their packaging too; it’s always such a fuss to get it open! I like Wet n Wild as a brand because they usually provide great eyeshadows for a small price but stay away from this one and get Comfort Zone instead if you’re looking for an affordable neutral palette.
time for another Tag Thursday! As you may have noticed, I am particularly fond of drugstore makeup. I love how you can get so much bang for your buck and there are some true hidden gems to be found in those aisles. The originel tag can be found here
and I tag all of you who share my love for drugstore makeup to do this tag as well!
1. What is your favorite drugstore makeup brand overall?
I love different brands for different types of products so it’s not easy to pick one overall favorite. Looking through my collection, I decided to go for the brand I have the most items from and that happens to be L’Oreal. I have been a faithful user of their Voluminous mascaras and lipsticks/lipglosses. Brands that came close are CoverGirl, Revlon and Wet ‘n’ Wild.
2. What are your favorite face, cheek and lip products?
My favorite face product has to be Garnier’s BB cream for combination to oily skin. It’s what I have been using on a daily basis for close to a year now. I can’t say I have any cheek products from the drugstore; I stick to my MAC blush and TBS Shimmer Waves for highlighting. A drgustore lip product I enjoy thoroughly though is Maybelline Baby Lips; I will be doing a full review about this and other lip balms soon.
3. Least favorite product?
I recently tried Maybelline’s The Rocket mascara and it did nothing for my lashes. No length whatsoever and hardly any volume; the look of it was strange and clumpy as well so this was a disappointment for me. As far as my least favorite product to buy in the drugstore overall, I gotta go with foundation/concealer. The lack of testers to try the shade on my skin withholds me from trying many drugstore foundations or concealers; I’m too fair to take any chances.
4. What is the best makeup bargain?
The best makeup bargain I have found in the drugstore have to be the Wet ‘n’ Wild 8-pan eyeshadow palettes. I especially love the Comfort Zone one because it gives you 8 generously sized eyeshadows of great quality for a very small price. I love taking this with me when traveling because everything is there to create a soft everyday look as well as a more dramatic nighttime look.
5. What is your favorite underdog product (something you love that often gets overlooked)?
Ever since I started using CoverGirl’s TRUblend pressed powder foundation, I haven’t let any other powder touch my skin. It gives me a flawless look (I apply it with a kabuki brush) with added coverage on the days that I need it (we all have those days don’t we?). The compact format makes it easy to take it with you as well. I only use this over my BB cream though so I don’t know how good it works with full-body foundations.
6. A drugstore product that is overpriced?
I can’t think of a specific product but I would say that most drugstore foundations are overpriced to me mainly because you often can’t swatch the shades. The price difference does not justify the risk you’re taking in potentially buying the wrong shade. And let choosing the correct shade be a determining factor in picking a foundation or concealer, for me at least. Then again I’m not really a fan of foundations; they’re usually too heavy for me.
7. Show your best drugstore dupe(s)!
To be honest, I don’t really spend anytime looking for or researching dupes. I have high-end things that I’m very pleased with and then different drugstore products that I also couldn’t live without. My collection is a nice mix between the two so I don’t feel the need to replace any more expensive items with cheaper ones at the moment. More power to those who find great dupes though! It’s a fascinating concept to me lol
8. Drugstore product that isn’t worth the hype?
I know the hype around this product has blown over already but I still gotta say EOS lip balm. I remember everybody raving about this product so I went ahead and gave it a try about 2 years ago but I was left disappointed without moisturized lips. Revlon’s ColorStay foundation came in close second though. I tried it after reading many good reviews but it broke me out and didn’t give me the flawless skin I was hoping for.
I fell a bit behind with the Happy Challenge. It’s week 6 right now but I got stuck at week 3. I decided to skip making a vision board for now so I’ll be picking up at the 4th challenge which focuses on change. You can read my previous happy challenges here and here by the way.
If you are absolutely content with the way your life is at the moment, this post might not be very useful to you. But if you are like me and you consider your life and yourself a work in progress, change is a key factor. To achieve my dreams and get in sync with my core values, I will be sharing 3 things I want to add to my life and 3 things I want to give less energy to.
1. Time management
Having a full-time job, a master’s degree to finish and a blog, … you would think I got the organization part figured out but that’s far from true unfortunately. A lack of time management is the main reason why I went MIA on you for about 10 days. I’ve tried apps, calendars, to-do lists, … but sometimes I get too caught up in organizing that it leaves me with no time to do the things on my organized calendar. Sounds familiar? If anyone has any helpful tips, please feel free to share them. I think I’ll try the bullet journal technique next…
I spent the past 4 years traveling back and forth between Hawaii and Belgium, including some pit stops in Vegas and Texas. It was quite a change for me to be “stuck” in Belgium without the prospect of leaving again anytime soon. I miss hopping on planes and experiencing new things but I am already on track to changing this. I will be heading to Germany this weekend and then off to Orlando the week after that. Traveling gives me energy and opens my mind to new ideas and ways of viewing things. I crave it on the regular.
Would I consider myself unhealthy? Overweight? No but I do feel rather sluggish and tired most of the time. I know this has to do with my far from perfect eating patterns and lack of any physical activity. To become more conscious of what I’m fueling my body with and taking better care of it can only benefit me in the long run I think. Speaking of running, I signed up for a 5K at work at the end of March. I am crazy for even thinking of running a 5K but it’s for charity and I’m sure it’ll be a fun bonding experience with my co-workers.
I am the worst procrastinator I know. I know you think you might be bad but I’m probably worse. I will push things to the limit all the time but I realize I can’t keep doing this working in an office environment. Not without getting fired at least! They say procrastination is a symptom of something else and for me I think that’s perfectionism and a lack of self-confidence. Those are the real issues I got to tackle. If you’re a procrastinator like me, try to figure out why you do it. Only when you get down to the nitty gritty can you truly change this behavior.
I try to be a positive person but doubt still gets to me from time to time. I’ve gotten better at keeping it under control as I grow older but it still sneaks back in my mind. Lately, I’ve mostly been having doubts about my future, both romantically and professionally. I want to start focusing on the present more and give less energy to worries about “could be’s” and worst-case scenarios. Starting a new job, I’ve also been doubting myself and my abilities to do what they expect from me but I know I would be better off putting that energy in doing the best I can.
It was hard for me to even admit that I do this. But the thing about change is that you need to dare to be honest and critical with yourself. Ever since the divorce, I’ve been feeling bad for myself. Poor Jess, forced to move back home, having to start all over…STOP IT! Thinking like that won’t get me anywhere. Leaving an unhappy marriage was the right thing to do and even though it’s hard, I should be strong enough to find my own path. I’m a young, smart woman who should be happy she got a chance to start all over and begin a new chapter in life. And I’m gonna make sure it’s a beautiful one…
it’s been forever since I put up a post but I promise you I haven’t forgotten about you nor have I been just relaxing. I’m slowly getting worked in at my new job but I’ve also been putting work in for Find Inner Beauty. Tons of articles have been either already written or are in the process of being finished so you better prepare for a constant flow of blog posts from now on!
The first post to celebrate my return (if anyone has even missed me that is ) is a review of The Body Shop’s Shimmer Cubes. I don’t need to explain how much I love TBS; it’s one of my favorite brands and their products are often featured on Find Inner Beauty. I must admit I don’t have many of their make-up products though besides my old faithful Shimmer Waves. I picked up the Shimmer Cubes at an after-Christmas sale (haul here) because I was curious about the quality of TBS eye shadows.
I picked them up in the shade Chocolate Box/Warm because I was most drawn to these colors and I felt they would be best suited for my blue eyes. Once you open the square plastic box, you see that all 4 shades are packaged separately in a plastic box with a removable lid. I’m not sure how I feel about the packaging. I feel like the packaging of the separate shades is too flimsy (especially the lid) to just throw in my make-up bag so I always keep them in the square box together. I guess you could switch them out if you have more Shimmer Cubes but all in all, I don’t think the packaging added any value to the product. At a retail price of $22 (€22 or £16), it’s not a cheap product but you do get a lot of it (14 g) so it lasts you a very long time.
Aside from the packaging and price, what we really care about is swatches right?! These are dry swatches with one sweep and look at that pigmentation! I was very pleasantly surprised. They are definitely shimmery but the chunks of glitter are not too big. Instead they give a wonderful glow that really brightens the eyes when the light hits it. You can also use these wet for a more dramatic effect. I tried them out on my eyes as well and I expected fall-out as that’s usually the case with glitter eyeshadows but I barely noticed any with these. They lasted relatively long but I did use them over a MAC paint pot in Painterly so that might have added to it. If I had to pick a favorite out of the 4, I would go for the second one because that golden shade makes my blue eyes sparkle like no other. It even rivals my old faithful Amber Lights by MAC!
Overall I think this is a great eyeshadow quad even though I’m not entirely convinced by the packaging. But what’s in it is definitely worth a try though! They have these in several different shades so I’m sure you can find a color set to your liking.
PS: I just noticed they are on sale for €16.50 on the Dutch site of The Body Shop!