Sunday, July 31, 2016

Pat Mcgrath - Skin Fetish 003

Hyped highlighters are everywhere. Since I got in touch with highlighters, they became one of my favorite make up products. First of all to get that glow, but second because it is a great multi task product.

Pat Mcgrath is a renowned make up artist that is respected by her colleagues as well as her fans. She is a true artist which isn't afraid to come up with unique creations. She works for runways, editorial, celebrity, you name it! When she announced her Skin Fetish line, I was excited to find out if these live up to the hype. 

There are two editions, the gold and the nude. Both come in a package filled with sequins. 
For $72 you get a powder highlighter, a duo highlighter and balm stick and a duo fibre buffer brush (the brush is made in Japan). This makes the price reasonable. A make up junkie will buy it anyway.
You have to bare in mind that customs will also be added, so it is more pricey than the $72.

After playing around with these highlighters, I can say that I am not the biggest fan of these. Funny enough, I talked to Linda Hallberg and she told me that she loved these. 

I can work with the powder highlighters, but the brush nor the duo stick do much for me. I couldn't get the highlighter stick to work. I've put it on top of the creme foundation, and it turned out all patchy. For me it would only work on the body where there is no foundation. 

The gold highlighting powder is really yellow and the nude highlighting powder too pink. 
The sticks are a bit muted and the nude one resembles Benefits Watt's Up a lot. However, I own a highlighter stick from Kiko that I like much more. 
The balm is replaceable as well. You can use vaseline to achieve the same effect. 

I've worn the nude powder highlighter on top of a dark lipstick in the Universal Death Squad video.
The golden powder highlighter you will see in another video that isn't released yet.

All in all it is not worth the money. The packaging is fun with all the sequins. I did find a good way to use those. These colors just don't work for me when I want to achieve a day time look. For more editorial looks, I can use them. The actual packaging of the products is nothing fancy. It is lightweight, which is a plus for traveling.


Do any of you have these highlighters?












Only used the powder highlighter
On top of a dark lipstick

The swatches: The highlighter stick, the gloss, the powder, the powder on top of the highlighter, the powder on top of the balm. The first row is in the shadow, the second in direct sunlight.




 Simone

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Chit Chat #16 'The Terminal Part II'

I recently announced on Twitter that I was making "Chit Chat: The Terminal Part II." Here is the story for you to enjoy and for me to now laugh about:

Around 17.00 on a rainy Sunday, I was picked up to drive to the airport at Budapest. It was a one-hour drive where I showed off my microscopic Hungarian dictionary and practiced The Holographic Principle. It wasn't a private concert or anything. I am currently listening to THP on a daily basis to slowly start memorizing the lyrics.

My flight was at 21.15 and I was way too early at the airport – a lot of hours to kill. After some coffee, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and veggie sticks with hummus, I saw the flight was delayed. 21.50 which then turned into 22.05, and in the end 23.30.

After a tediously slow boarding process, I thought we could take off. I had a kind taxi driver waiting to pick me up from Stuttgart. Oliver had to call him several times to move up the appointment.

"Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please." Here we go... "There has been a problem with the seating of the passengers, and we have to double check that everybody is sitting in the seat that was assigned to them."

My initial thought was someone with bad intentions might have got on the plane. Around 23.30 the plane took off – I had a weird feeling the whole flight.

During the flight, the stewardess announced that we were not allowed to land in Stuttgart anymore, because it was after midnight. We were set to land in Cologne...

The ambience on the plane was tense and of course some people showed their discontent. I stayed calm as long as I could, but behind me a group of women around the age of 50 were yapping so loud and making jokes. I almost couldn't take it anymore. I remained calm, trying to think of solutions on how I could get home.

Normally a flight company will offer a hotel stay and rebook a flight for you – this was not the case for us. After we landed at 1.00 AM, we were sent to the check-in counter of German Wings. A lady was waiting to give us information on how we all would get home.

German Wings offered us a bus, which held only 56 seats (the people on the plane were at least triple that amount), the train, or a rental car. No hotel, no new flight, no taxi drive (if we could find a taxi driver crazy enough).

A kind guy, who sat in my row, offered to get a rental car together and drive to Stuttgart. I was a bit hesitant, which is totally normal – I didn't know this guy. Soon after, my direct neighbor also wanted to join with his wife. That made four and off we went.

Onto Europcar. A lot of people thought it was better to take a rental car than the train or bus where seats were limited and the drive would take longer. The line was long. The guy behind the counter almost finalized the first contract to then find out he didn't have the card to get the cars out of the parking spot...

We were told to take a taxi to Bonn and get a car there, so we did, and got a nice rental. Both guys took turns driving with the help of energy drinks and chips. Lindsay and I started talking about everything and exchanging our travel experiences in other countries. The drive went by fast.

At 6.45 we arrived in Stuttgart, all looking and feeling like zombies. We went our separate ways after returning the car to Europcar and took the train back home.

Another journey with a delayed arrival. I met nice people and "hitchhiked" for the first time in my life.

Thanks for bringing me home guys!


Simone

Me with Opher, Lindsay, and Mikael

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Coca Cola Red - Uslu Airlines

From all the shades of lipstick reds simply are my favorite. It brightens up any dull day. 
Being the rue red lipstick fanatic that I am, you can easily make me buy more...

I recently had the opportunity to browse through the make up drawers of a friend of mine. I came across one of the most beautiful shades of red that I have ever seen!
'Dillingham Airlfield' from Uslu Airlines. I've seen their nail polishes at Breuninger, but it never sparked an interest, until I saw this lipstick.

After some swatch marathon (which you could see on Snapchat), I really fell in love with it. From all the swatches, this one stood out the most and called for me. Not much later I found myself on their website and placed an order. 

A color that makes my heart beat faster and make my blue eyes pop. An orange based red that is super creamy and opaque. 

If you can read german, please check out the initiativ that Coca Cola made to make young women more aware of heart disease. My dad has a long history of heart disease as you might already know. I need to take care of mine as well because it is more and more common that young women also suffer from heart disease.


Another little fact is that my mother always wears red lipstick. This one is approved by the family ;)


Ps. Sorry for the the amount of lipstick posts. They are my current favorite beauty item to dress up a make up look ;)






Simone


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