October 19, 2014

The Fall Edit: eyes.

Photos by me.

Season transitions aren't just about wardrobe cleanings and makeovers, but about reassessing the beauty and make up regimes too. So welcome to the first of "The Fall Edit" series on my blog, where I will be sharing parts of my make up, skincare and body care routine for the fall season. Hopefully it will provide a good overlook and reviews on products I'm using and inspire you to include the similar ones in your own routine. Since the make up is where I made the most and extensive changes I thought of starting with it first, sharing with you today the products I use for an everyday natural eye make up look.

NYX HD Eye Shadow Base (get it here). Whether I need to make my eyeshadow color more enhanced, color-free and long lasting; or I just need to even out and smooth the skin on my eyelids, I always reach out for eyeshadow primers. I have been constantly using this NYX one for over a year now, and what had initially drawn me to it was the fact that it had a great reviews and was even considered a dupe for the well known Urban Decay Primer Potion. It comes in a nude shade that has to be let to set for about a minute or two before applying an eyeshadow, and makes it look flawless all day long.

NYX Infinite Shadow Stick (available here). This creamy, pigmented and long lasting eye pencil can also be used as a base for eyeshadow, although I mostly use it as a quick, easy-to-apply, smudgeproof eye pencil. NYX offers a selection of neutral tones ranging from matte to metallic and I have mine in "Silk" which is a golden nude with metallic finish. With opaque coverage and easy to blend formula, it goes perfectly with all the neutral colors I am usually wearing on my eyes.

Benefit Gimme Brow (find it here). I used to think applying my mascara is what I would never leave my house without, but boy I was wrong. I realize now if I only have shaped and defined eyebrows I can get away with wearing no other make up, as just a couple of strokes with a pencil, gel or shadow on my brows can make my entire face look more awaken, primed and defined. And of the best products to help me get my brows look thicker, fuller and tidier is this Benefit's fiber gel formula. It has an innovative, tapered brush that is perfect for blending and shaping; and gives a long wearing, water resistant and, most importantly, naturally looking result.

Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow (available here). When it comes to finding the neutral eye shadow palettes I always think Urban Decay Naked Basic Palette is just to good to be cheated on. And apparently everyone else thinks so too, because that palette was out of stock everywhere for quite some time. While I was on a look out for the next best thing, I came across the Revlon counter and immediately reach for "Addictive". Their eyeshadow quad actually resembles the neutral browns and taupes of UD (with the black matte and off white color obviously missing), and their quality and pigmentation is quite impressive too. All the colors - pale cream, light taupe, semi-frosty golden taupe and matte warm brown - are very rich and velvety, and blend smoothly for a beautiful natural look. Plus the packaging itself is small and slim enough and perfect for carrying around in your everyday make up bag or even your travel make up bag! I took it with me on one of my recent trips (here) and it has proven to be the right on-the-go color selection choice.

Aura Divine Eyes Single Eyeshadows. Having a couple of single eyeshadows is always a good idea, so I opted for gold-beige 61 Sun Kiss and off white 65 Cute Nude. These slightly shimmering shades do the highlighting  and perfectly complement my Revlon quad.

Benefit They're Real! Mascara (get it here). What to say about one of the most raved mascaras out there? The one that everyone claims to lengthens, curls, volumises, lifts and separate lashes with the long-wearing, glossy formula, and the one that gives illusion that you are wearing the fake eyelashes? Well, you say... that is all true! Seriously! I cannot express how much I love this mascara and how I can almost hear my short and volume-needing eyelashes screaming "thank you, thank you!" every time I apply it. And speaking of application, the brush is easy to control, and it doesn't take a lot of effort or require a lot of strokes to achieve the perfect look.

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner (here). The mini version of what Benefit claims is a "lash-hugging' liner pen, that I got in a set with the mascara. It has an innovative soft tip that, yes, takes a little practice and skill to get close to the lash line and create a perfect line from corner to corner, but it does have a matte black gel formula that stays on. And when I say "stays on", I really mean it! You will need a serious waterproof make up removal to get rid of this liner - luckily, Benefit had that in mind and added the creamy removal gel (find it here) specially formulated to remove the mascara and liner from the "They're real" line.

When it comes to eye make up, what products do your everyday routine consists of? Let me know if you have tried any of these in the comments below. And if you like them, you can shop them by clicking on these links:

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