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Pupa Milano Bronze Fever Collection | Reviews and Swatches

 

Pupa Milano Intense Kajal & Made To Last & Balm Oil

 

 

Yesterday I received a PR Package from Pupa Milano’s importers in Malta with some new products from the Bronze Fever Collection. I immediately ripped it open to see what I got and swatched everything (see below).
Pupa Milano Intense Kajal & Made To Last & Balm Oil Swatches

 

I got the Kajal Liner in 003 Nude, the Made to Last waterproof eyeshadow stick in 015 and the Balmy Oil in 004.

This morning I used all these products together and I’ve been wearing this makeup look throughout the day.

Pupa Milano Bronze Fever Line
I’ll give you the run down on each of these products starting with the Kajal Liner in 003 Nude. I used this liner in my top and bottom waterlines. This is very soft and pigmented and it was great for brightening up my eyes. The product itself worked perfectly. I never used a Kajal liner in this shape before. It doesn’t twist up and all of the product is exposed when the cap is removed. While using this I was wondering what this is going to be like when I use up more of it. Will it be very thick and blunt when I get to the end? Will it get dry because it’s exposed? I think if it was in a regular pencil form it would also be better for hygene but the product itself is really excellent.

Pupa Milano Bronze Fever Collection

The next product I tried is the Made to Last Shadow stick. This does precisely what it says it does and I’m super impressed with it. To use this I first put a transition shadow in my crease and then I applied this shadow stick directly to my lid and blended it out with my fingers. So far I’ve been wearing it for 10 hours in the hot Malta climate and I have absolutely no signs of fading or creasing. When I swatched it on my hand yesterday it was difficult to remove the swatch so this certainly meets its made to last claim! The colour I got is 015 and it’s a light maroon with warm, brown undertones. This shadow stick also comes with a sharpener at the end and this is really excellent because if this needs sharpening I don’t have to fumble around in my makeup drawer to find my makeup sharpener (yes, that’s always a thing when one of my pencils needs sharpening). This product gets two thumbs up, five stars and my highest recommendation. I want all of the shades!

Pupa Milano Balm Oil

Finally the Balmy Oil. This is a lip balm that looks like a lip gloss, feels like a balm and has a slight tint of colour. This is STUNNING and another two thumbs up, five stars and my highest recommendation. It feels very comfortable on the lips, it has a medium to thick texture that stays put on the lips until you remove it (or eat or whatever), it doesn’t settle into the lines on my lips and the thick texture and glossy finish actually make my lips look a bit plumper than they actually are. The slight wash of colour is gorgeous. What really impressed me about this product is that I removed it about 5 hours ago to have lunch and until now my lips are feeling very hydrated and well nourished. I don’t think I’ve ever worn a lip balm that left my lips feeling so nourished for this many hours after I’ve removed it. As for wear time, this isn’t designed as a long wearing product but it didn’t budge until I removed it myself. I hate eating with creamy or balmy products on my lips.

Check out the rest of the Pupa Milano Bronze Fever Collection on their website. I’m really intrigued about that face and body highlight product.

Here’s the price list for the Bronze Fever Collection

Made to Last Waterproof Eyeshadow. € 10.80

Vamp! Intense Kajal €11.10

Balmy Oil  € 11.25

Face and Body Highlighter € 15.25

Lasting Colour Gel  € 6.15

 

And if you’re in Malta, you can find the range from these outlets:

SLIEMA: Monopole Bisazza Street

B’BUGIA: The Secret

: Martin’s Pharmacy

QRENDI: Kolour Tips

MARSASCALA : Essence Hair & Beauty

MARSAXLOKK: Epoca Beauty Salon

ZEBBUG: De Rohan Pharmacy

ZURRIEQ: Kristianne Pharmacy

How to get Sharp, Dark, Precise Winged Eyeliner every time

Sharp Eyeliner

Sharp Eyeliner

I like my eyeliner sharp. Hair thin at the end and a deep and dark matte black. As the internet likes to call it “sharp enough to kill a man” and “as black as my soul”.

To get a sharp wing, people sometimes talk about a “flick”. You flick your liner brush and the end comes out sharp like this. I’m a scientist, and I like things to be predictable and repeatable. When I flick my eyeliner, it comes out different every time. I usually end up with mismatched eyeliner. I have seen ninja beauty gurus who manage beautiful precise sharp wings in less than a second. I’m not one of them.

I need products that will predictably and repeatably achieve the look above. By the way, that is not edited (other than cropped).

The first and most important product to achieve this look, is a brush tip eyeliner that has a brush that is hair thin at the end. An eyeliner that will let me draw hair thin lines precisely where I want them. I have two favourite eyeliners for this.

The first one is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. I have a sample size but the full size (that I have tried at a Sephora) has the same brush tip applicator and the product consistency is the same.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

The second eyeliner that I love for this job is more affordable and almost identical. It’s the Physician’s Formula Lash Booster 2 in 1 Eyeliner + Serum in Ultra Black that you can get here. I can’t talk much about the serum effect, I’ve never noticed any difference in the length of my lashes. But the brush tip on this eyeliner is perfect.

Physicians Formula Eyeliner

Physicians Formula Eyeliner

Although these two eyeliners are very black and have a very precise brush tip that let me draw on the sharpest wing every single time, the problem that I have with these liners is that they are not matte and they are not waterproof.

To get my eyeliner to become matte and waterproof, I use the Essence Waterproof Liquid Ink eyeliner. The brush applicator on this is fine but as you can see, it does have a wide edge (rather than the tapered edge that the previous two liners have). The brush on the previous two tapers to a single bristle at the end while the brush tip on this one have all its brushes at an even length.

Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner

Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner

To get the look I’m after (sharp dark winged liner), I first apply my liner using either the Physician’s Formula Eyeliner or the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner then I go over it with the Essence Waterproof Liquid Ink Eyeliner.

My wings are sharp, dark and they stay put all day.

Besos

Beauty products in my Handbag – Day 27 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

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So um… Yeah… This is what I have in the beauty bag that resides in my handbag today. Can you tell that I like lipsticks? I essentially store my favourite work appropriate lipsticks in my handbag. I apply lipstick before leaving the house by taking my pick from here.

I’ll briefly go through each of the items in my beauty bag according to their numbered sections.

1. Sanitizing hand gels
Gel de manos con alcohol from Deliplus — A very watery consistency but evaporates quickly and doesn’t leave a tacky feel.
Care Complete Aloe Vera Refreshing Hand Gel — A thick gel with a nice light scent that also evaporates quickly and doesn’t leave a tacky feel.

2. My Summer Remedies
DHC Oil blotting paper (100 pack) — These come in a cute packaging and do the job. I blot my face before applying powder.
Physician’s Formula Mineral Airbrushing pressed powder SPF 30 — I heavily apply this for SPF and top it up every few hours to keep my face protected. It’s translucent and does the job. It comes with a mirror and a tiny brush.
MonuSpa Rosewood Reviving Mist — I got this in a Glossybox and I spray my face after applying the powder to not look powdery. I like that this is a sample size.

3. Blister prevention and Care
Compeed Blister plasters — I discovered these recently and they’ve changed my life. I’ll probably write a full post about them soon because they’re that good. They keep blisters well protected and they heal faster. I recently started carrying these around with me just in case.
Boots Anti-Blister stick — This is a stick that you rub on your skin in places where you think that your shoes might rub. It’s also there just in case haha.

4. A small Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier perfume

5. A compact mirror from Pylones, a shop that I have an obsession with.

6. Some lip products (left to right)
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet No. 34 La Raffinée — Sophisticated packaging and a my lips but better colour
Mac Bare Again — A glossy nude
Mac Brave — Another my lips but better colour
NYX Tea Rose — A very wearable pink shade
Infinita Deliplus No. 5 — A long wearing, matte raspberry shade.

7. More lip products (left to right)
❣ Sephora Cream Lip Stains in Peach Tarte, Marvellous Mauve and Pink Souffle. I adore these and I might swatch all my Sephora Cream Lip Stains soon.
Revlon Colorstay Balm Stain in  Honey Douce
Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Peony — A great everyday colour and applies really nicely. These Too Faced Melted lipsticks are my favourite long-wearing glosses. I’m very impressed with them since when they wear (and after eating) they remain vibrant and glossy but they don’t feel sticky on the lips. I never knew such products existed.

8. Pencil Products
NYX 831 Mauve Lip Pencil 
Essence Lip Pencils in 15 Honey Berry and 14 Femme — I purchase almost the whole range of the Essence lip pencils recently and I’m in love with them. They’re amazing.
❣ Mac Feline eye pencil

If you want to check out what else I carry around with me check out my youtube video below:

So, I might need to purge my beauty bag from lipsticks. But um… I need them all!

Besos!

Physician’s Formula Eyeliner — Day 24 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

Physician's Formula

My favourite eyeliner is a no brainer, it’s the Physician’s Formula Lash Booster 2 in 1 Eyeliner + Serum. I can’t say that this is the perfect eyeliner but this is the one I use and repurchased a few times.

It’s my favourite because it’s a brush tip eyeliner and the product comes through the bush without any excess on the bristles. The brush is very fine and it makes drawing very fine lines very easy. The colour Ultra Black is jet black, but it’s not matte. I can’t say that this product has done much to my natural lashes so don’t buy this for the lash boosting effect.

I’m inserting a picture of a red eyeliner look that I did a few weeks ago and it shows how precise this eyeliner is. For this look I first painted the red liner then I went over the outline using the Physician’s Formula liner. I put a vignette on the photo to get rid of the background but there are no more touch ups to this. You can see how precise I was able to get with this liner.IMG_20150530_161801-2I first discovered this eyeliner through the artist Tal Peleg on instagram. She has some amazing makeup art work, do check her out. In one of her posts she said that this is the eyeliner she uses and demonstrated how it works, see the embedded instagram post below.

As I mentioned previously, this eyeliner isn’t perfect. There are things that I wish were better. First off, the formula smudges if it comes into contact with water. If my eyes are a bit watery and I try to apply it in my inner corner, it can smudge and dissipate. It’s not a waterproof eyeliner and if it was, it would be much better.

Another issue to mention with this liner is the colour. There are “Black” and “Ultra Black” colours. The colour that’s called “Black” is actually more of a grey than a black. The Ultra Black is jet black. It doesn’t dry matte and I would also prefer it if it did.

It seems like there is a lot that I don’t like with this eyeliner but It is actually still my favourite because I can’t find one that has a matte, ultra black formula with a precise brush. What really sells it for me is the very precise brush.

I hope that you find this  post useful!

Besos!

My holy grail beauty products – Day 8 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

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It takes a lot for me to call a product my holy grail. For me to call something a holy grail means that I have to use it over and over and repurchase it several times. I don’t have many products like that since I like trying new things and let’s be honest, there are a lot of good products on the market and the availability of online reviews makes buying good products even easier.

In this post I’ll be talking about some products that I certainly consider to be holy grail.

First off, my Mac Pro Longwear Concealer. I’ve talked about this before so I won’t bore you with the details. The bottom line is that I can’t find a high end or drugstore concealer that lives up to this in terms of finish and wear. I love the product itself but I hate the packaging.

Another holy grail product is my Mac Soft Ochre paint pot. This paint pot does a fantastic job at keeping my eyeshadow in place. I use it as an eyeshadow base for almost every look and it makes any eyeshadow last all day. It’s also very good at cancelling out any colour on my eyelids, it gives a very flawless blank canvas to work on.

Next, my Physician’s Formula lash booster 2-in-1 eyeliner + serum. This is a brush tip eyeliner that makes applying a sharp wing extremely easy. I would repurchase this time and time again for its precision and ease of use, however I don’t like that it’s not a matte finish. If I’m going for a flawless look for photos, I like going over this with my NYC liquid liner in jet black. Yet, I wouldn’t call the NYC liner my holy grail yet. I’m still on the hunt for my holy grail matte liner.

My holy grail lip product is the Sephora Lip Cream Stain. I don’t wear this everyday because I like alternating lipsticks but this is what I compare most of my other lip products to. I’ve never found a lipstick with a better formula. Ever since I tried this lip cream stain I went on a hunt to get more (they get sold out very quickly). It’s a liquid to matte lipstick that’s very long lasting and not drying in the slightest. Recently I’ve been reading reviews about other liquid to matte lipsticks, and for all brands, there’s mention of either the product feeling heavy or drying. This is neither. My goal is to purchase all the shades, I’m just waiting for the opportunity (they’re out of stock quite often).

My holy grail brow product is the Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow pomade in dark brown. This matches the color of my eyebrow hairs perfectly and I find it really easy to get the brow look I want (be it natural or power brow) using my trusty baby Sleek Cosmetics brow kit brush.

As to other products, I wouldn’t say that I have a holy grail foundation, blush, contour, highlight, eyeshadows, mascara, bronzer, primers, setting sprays and the business… My taste for these products highly depends on the condition of my skin (for face products) and my mood (for other products). I do have favorites but I alternate depending on what look I’m going for.

I hope you enjoyed this post and do suggest products that you think I might like.

Besos xx