Para gente común y corriente como yo, que se muere por lo fashion y por todo lo que se puede apreciar ante un espejo, que adora un buen consejo y un buen dato y que sueña con algo grande pero no en su habitual ámbito de trabajo. Porque me gusta compartir...bienvenidos a mi rinconcito de expresión y de práctica para mi inglés.

viernes, 31 de agosto de 2012

Primer & makeup finishing

Since I got into makeup I discovered that not to prime is a crime. If you want your makeup lasts all day, you definitely need to use a primer. But there are tons in the market and it is really hard to decide which one. Also I realized that you can add another step to your makeup routine that helps your skin to feel fresh whereas fixes your makeup and makes it last longer. So if you are looking for a primer and finishing spritz and have oily skin, this is the post for you:

 LAURA MERCIER FOUNDATION PRIMER: It works incredibly for me. Although this is the mineral version, it controls my shine t-zone excellent and makes my makup lasts almost 8 hours. It costs $45 aud at Myer and since I got it, I can´t stop using it. It makes my skin feel so healthy!! so I highly recommend you to try this.

AUSTRALIS MAKE-UP FINISHING SPRITZ:  With this product I set my makeup, makes my skin feel fresh and also it helps to make my makup lasts longer. In my opinion, also it helps the powder sticks to my foundation to avoid to look cakey. It is very cheap (around $15aud) and it last over 6 months. Ypu have to apply 3 puff over your makeup and ready to go!!

I hope you like this post
Javi ♥

viernes, 24 de agosto de 2012

Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation

Ok, my last post was about my HG foundation, Vita lumiere Aqua, from Chanel. However I know that it is so expensive that I only wear it for long days. If I have a short journey or I´m going to stay at home (and I want to be beautiful for myself and for me husband) I wear Bourjois foundation.
These two brands are from the same owner and in my opinion, Bourjois is like the "cheap" version of Chanel.
Healthy Mix Serum foundation is really similar to Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and in general, for me, the only difference between both is the last power. I can use Vitalumiere for about 8-9 hours without problems but Healthy Mix only lasts about 4, then it just disappears.
So if you want to try Chanel, but the money is a issue, try Bourjois first and if you adore it, like me, save money to buy the expensive (for special dates!!).

Left: Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua      Right: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Can you notice any difference? I can´t so that is enough for me...I´m so happy!!
If you want to try this foundation, go to this website Bourjois to get a voucher with $10 aud discount for Bourjois products at Priceline (only August).
I warn you, you definitely need to wear a primer with this foundation (a good one) in order to make your makeup last more. I don´t recommend you to use this foundation in long and very hot days if you have oily skin.

For me, it is a very good alternative or "dupe" of Chane Vita Lumiere Aqua, in short journeys (and I have very  oily skin). I love the semi matte finish.

I am B40 in Chanel (beige desert) and 55 in Bourjois!!
 I hope this post will be useful for you girls!!

jueves, 9 de agosto de 2012

Review: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation

You already know how many problems I had to find the perfect foundation for my oily skin. I tried many, seriously many. In a previous post I said that I had found the perfect one, expensive but a truly love, That was Chanel Matlumiere foundation, however it was impossible to find my shade when I was in Chile. Then I read very good reviews about another one, Vitalumiere Aqua, and many girls said that it worked for oily I said, let´s try it!! and I did
I´m totally in love with this to show you why, I made a complete review.
Firstly, I took a picture of my face without makeup (just with moisturizer and primer)
Then I put Vitalumiere Aqua (B40 beige-desert) on my face and took a picture again.
After that I finished the look and took a picture of the final look (before going Uni, that means around 11 am)
Finally I took a picture of my face when I arrived home (at 19:30 this evening).

So, I tested Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua for about 8 hours, without touch ups and in a rainy day (Melbourne today!).

These are the results:

Left: Before (I just curled my lashes and put moisturizer on my face)
Right: After (Just with Chanel Vitalumiere aqua)
Can you see? My face had redness and some imperfections. But after putting the foundation all these disappeared and my skin looked even and radiant!! It is incredibly how a water based foundation can improve your skin so easily!

Left: my finish look this morning before Uni
Right: My face after Uni this evening
This is the best part, this foundation really last all day, I wear it every day for about 7-8 hours (with primer) and you can see the pictures!! my skin continued flawless! (5 hours without primer).

What else?

  • easy to blend
  •  dewy finish (not too matte, not too shiny)
  • second skin feeling
  •  very light consistency
  • good packaging (easy to work with and to transport)
  • good coverage with little amount of product

I´m totally in love!!! I didn´t think I could get such a good result with just one product.


  •  expensive ($32000 chilean pesos; $77aud)
  •  few shades

Overall I think Chane Vitalumiere Aqua is worthwhile. I don´t feel guilty to spend my money in such an excellent product. The issue with the shade I think you have to try it, because after a while the foundation changes its color and it adapts to your skin color so that makes me think that the few shades can adapt to any skin color.
I used this for long days...because it is so expensive, for shorter journeys I use Bourjois Healthy mix serum foundation that I see as a dupe (the only problem is that it does last for no more than 3-4 hours, even using primer).

So if you haven´t tried this foundation, do it! it is AMAZING!!
I hope this review would be helpful!

martes, 7 de agosto de 2012

4 inexpensive products from drugstores

I´ve found 4 really good makeup products that cost me less than $20 aud. Australia is expensive for us, obsessed girls. So I think that when you find good cheap products, you should recommend them!! So, here´s my list:

RIMMEL LASTING FINISH LIPSTICK: The color I bought was temptation which is a red very well pigmented lipstick. It says it last 8 hours, but we know that´s not true. Anyway, it was on sale, so I only paid $6.95 aud at Priceline. The color is beautiful, the texture is creamy and moisturizing and smell as raspberry. Because it is highly pigmented it leaves in your lips a touch of color even after drink something.

This concealer I bought in Chile and I actually got it because of the green color. I always have some red pimples in my jaw line so with this I can hide before applying my foundation. It really works!! and after apply the green color you can apply the beige to cover the green one. For some people the pink color may work to cover under eyes circles (it is not my case). Now, you can find this brand at Priceline and the good new is that is cheap!! this concealer only cost me $5.5 aud. Cool right?

If you read my post about my list of wishes you will know that I wanted the famous Maybelline eye colour tattoo. However it was impossible to find the color I wanted available. Then I knew that Essence had very good cream eyeshadows and when I saw the price ($4.5 aud) I said to myself, bye bye Maybelline, welcome essence!! What it´s amazing, the lasting power of this eyeshadow is very good and it doesn´t dry quickly in the pot. I have one cream eyeshadow from Benefit and every time I want to use it I have to put it inside the microway (this is a tip I learned from Wayne, british makeup artist.) This does not occur with essence stay all day cream eyeshadows!!! I hope I can find more shades!!

I watched Lisa Eldridge using this Maxfactor liquid effect eyeliner in her last tutorial (lisa´s tutorial)and she said that it was the perfect shade (silver spark) to get definition in your eyes without the drama of a black eyeliner. That made me feel I needed. Although it is not as cheap as the other products in this post I think it is worthwhile because it does what Lisa said and the color is gorgeous!! It cost me $18.95 aud and I don´t regret buying it.

I hope you like my review and see you soon!!

miércoles, 1 de agosto de 2012

Those secret brands that just very good makeup artist know about it


Thanks to my favourite makeup artists from youtube (Lisa Eldridge and Wayne), I´ve been discovering so many cosmetic brands that I didn´t know they existed!! That´s how I learned about Becca. I can´t say too much about its products yet, but I´m adding two of their products to my list of wishes...

1) Shimmering Skin Perfector: Lisa always use this as a highlighter and it looks amazingly natural. The day I wen to buy it, it wasn´t available in the shade I wanted!! So although sometimes I forgot how much I want it I think I´m going to get it soon. By the way, this brand is high end but with acceptable prices. The highlighter costs $66 aud. When I saw Lisa using it I thought "it should be extremely expensive.

2) This is the second product of this brand that I´m crazy about.  I love blushes, powder, cream or liquid. This is a combination of the both later, it is a kind of cream, gel, liquid blush in beautiful colors, that blends easily and gives to your face that naturla healthy glow. And guess what? it is not extremely expensive (considering that a tiny amount of product it´s enough to get the look), it cost $42 aud.

If you are like me, that girl crazy about make up that really enjoy discovering new products, specially those one used by famous makeup artist which are not so expensive as you could think. Becca is the brand for you. What I love of this brand it´s the fact that their product are unique and wearable every day.

You can get Becca online and in David Jones stores.