Playing around with yet another concealer…

I’m always on the hunt for a good concealer. The reason for this is because my under eye area is a little bit of a trouble area for me. I am unfortunately blessed with uneven texture, so it is a little rough there. Then there is the fine lines, and the uneven colouring as well.

I usually go for creams, like the Make Up For Ever Full Cover, but I like looking for cheaper alternatives.

CoverGirl TruBlend FixStick Concealer

CoverGirl TruBlend FixStick Concealer

I love that the product is a twist up. No product wasted. I usually use the product on its side, so that I can preserve the point for more important areas.

CoverGirl TruBlend FixStick Concealer

CoverGirl TruBlend FixStick Concealer

You can see that it emphasizes my slight wrinkles in the inner part of my eye. So I need to be more careful with this, warming it up a bit more so that I get a finer finish. I know that it looks like it makes my darker bits even darker, but that is my bad as I didn’t lighten the comparison picture. In any case, it does help to even out the area a bit more, and helps for my foundation to adhere better to the area as well. So generally, I like that it stays put for me. Because I have oily skin, it helps to have a base that stays put, so that everything else stays in place as well.

But would I buy this again? Not too sure about that. I think that colouring wise, it did decently for me. I also like that it is a twist up. Plus the price is decent. The thing is, though I like how it helps my foundation stay put, it does take a bit of time for me to ensure that the product has warmed up enough to stay put. So if you have a smoother under eye area (one that I have not been blessed with), then it might be something to check out. If it helps, I am still using it! I scrape a little on to my palette, and smush it with my spatula. Once it is a bit smoother, I then apply with my brush. I find that helps me out a lot with the uneven texture of my under eye.

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own*

What Do You Think of Retractable Eyeliners?

Back in January, if memory serves me right (which it doesn’t always…), this showed up on my doorstep with a few other goodies from Marcelle. One of which was this. I actually like the Double Precision, and the Waterproof Eyeliner. So it was nice to finally try out the 2 in 1 Retractable Eyeliner as well :D

Marcelle Retractable Eyeliner

Marcelle Retractable Eyeliner

The great thing about this liner is the fact that it is retractable. If you accidentally broke a bit of the liner, you just need to twist it up! Anyway, this product comes in a few pieces. There is the smudger, and there is a sharpener attached to it, for the times you want a more precise tip. That little bit pulls off from the bottom of the liner. The smudger has a little clear cap, which I find sometimes a pain to pull off, as I end up pulling the sharpener off too.

Marcelle Retractable Eyeliner

Marcelle Retractable Eyeliner

Anyway, back to the product.

Azurite is a lovely blue. It has this sheen to it that really makes it fun to wear. Because the product it is a transition product that takes a liner and turns it in to a smokey eye in a simple step.

Marcelle Retractable Eyeliner

I used the liner to line the lower lash line, and the upper lash line. I applied it over my Loreal Infallible in Hourglass Beige.

But then I needed to test out the smudging ability for a evening look…

Marcelle Retractable Eyeliner

Marcelle Retractable Eyeliner

So I applied the pencil straight on to my lid, to the outer half, and then dragged it in and blended it out with the smudger tip on the liner. It wasn’t too hard to work with, despite being so small. With the neutral Hourglass Beige that I used, it created a nicer transition for the blue to work with as well. I was actually quite happy with how this turned out. I did try to line the upper line a little darker, so that it would emphasize the eye more, but I couldn’t get it to show up any more. No biggie.

Personally, I found that when I started tearing up (wind in my eyes, or a teary show) it would smudge on me. Not too much of a surprise as I have skin that just hates liners. However if I don’t, it stayed fairly well. So as long as I avoid using it on the lower lash line, I’m okay.

In any case, the colour is fun, and I love that you can easily take it from day, to a more fun night.

Well, $10.95 is not too bad, but they often go on sale. So you can check it out then if you are interested.

*I received this product as a PR sample, views and opinions are my own*

Playing around with my stash…

Black Tied
I used…
MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
Benefit Creaseless Cream in Strut
Annabelle Smoothie in Licoriche
The Body Shop shadow i n Matte Black
Loreal Infallible Hourglass Beige
Gosh Banana Liner
Annabelle Smudge Paint (dicontinued) in Tar

Black Tied

Black Tied

Black Tied

I applied Bare Study all over the lid. Then I applied Strut on the outer edge lower lash. I then applied Licoriche to 3/4 of the outer lower lash line, and then lighted dabbed the outer edge where strut is. I blended the matte black, then brought it in to the inner edge of Bare Study. I pat on Hourglass Beige. I used Banana to line the inner part and upper and lower lashes. I used a brush to soften the lines of Banana. I used Tar to line the upper lash line, and to tightline.

I liked that I was able to define my eye, so it gave a more night time look, while at the same time it didn’t completely eat up my eye (or was completely swallowed by my monolid). Win, win for me :P

Checking out another form of a favourite…

Ah titles.

They escape me at times. I was playing around with this one, and just couldn’t quite catch what I wanted to say.

In any case, today I wanted to share about a product I like using, in a different form.

Marcelle BB Cream to Powder Compact
Marcelle BB Cream to Power Compact

So several weeks back, Marcelle had a promo online. If you spent over $25, you would get a gwp of their makeup remover, and their lovely Xtension Plus Mascara.

So of course I had to place an order. Except I didn’t know what to get, and thus I put it off.

Then when I went back a little while later, I found that their BB products were on sale! Success. I ended up picking up their BB cream in medium to dark, and their compact in light to medium. With taxes I paid a little over $33, and was super happy about it.

I’ve been using the MUFE Pro Finish compact, but it is always nice to try out another compact that I can carry about with me.

Having been released in the summer of 2012, this is an 8 in 1 product
Marcelle BB Cream to Power Compact

Marcelle BB Cream to Power Compact

I like the way that it has been set up. The sponge is pretty decent, as it is spongey, thick enough to work with, but not so hard that it would make application look cakey.

My friend has a Mamonde (Korean brand) BB Compact, and this reminds me of it.

Marcelle BB Cream to Power Compact

Flip up the lid…

Marcelle BB Cream to Power Compact

Marcelle BB Cream to Power Compact
Marcelle BB Cream to Power Compact
I love that there is a separator for the sponge and the product.

Marcelle BB Cream to Power Compact
Marcelle BB Cream to Power Compact
Before – After
The product fills in my pores a little, covers up the redness of my blemishes, and though it is harder to tell in the lighting, does even out my skintone overall.

Marcelle BB Cream to Power Compact
Marcelle BB Cream to Power Compact
I also love that they left enough of a gap that none of the product sticks to the little divider even after flipping it down.

Of course like any compact, it can be a pain. What I end up doing is using the sponge 4 times before cleaning it. I use a half for touch ups mid day, then use another half another day, then flip the sponge to the other side and use it another two times. It helps a lot, because I have pretty oily skin. This way, it decreases the amount of my oils getting in to the product and messing it up. In any case, that’s what I do.