Saturday, April 17, 2010

Comming Soon!

Cocos And Vanilla currently is under construction.
Please check back soon for a big giweavay including a Hot Tools Ceramic Tourmaline Deep Waver and a goodie bag for me personally for my lovely followers :)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Applying foundation. How to do it like a pro?

Applying  Foundation is the most essential step in makeup, the problem with it though is that we make common mistakes while doing so. Sometimes it looks "cakey" and sometimes accentuates the flaws we were trying to cover.
We need to learn how to apply and set it correctly. There are lots of different ways of aplying foundation to your face. I'll try to talk about all of them, from my own experience, and a little bit research online (so that it wouldn't be just my single oppinion)
  • The most popular way of applying foundation is fingers.
    You don't have to buy any tools for this method, and it's fast. The coverage is allright, all of us used to put foundation on like this one time or another, before we learned about alternative methods, right? Some famous make up artists does it and it is good for them. It's good enough.... But once you get to use some different method, you won't probaly be going back to applying it with your fingers. There definetly are better ways to apply make up. 
Pros: Cheap, fast, doesn't require much experience or work, good enough for liquid mousse and cream-to-powder foundation types.
Cons: Not the most hygienic method, uneven coverage, hard to blend, can look streaky.
  • Sponge.
    It is great to give you a light, sheer layer of foundation. It makes the foundation easy to blend, a necessity for foundation and keeps your fingers clean too!
Pros: Cheap, very hygienic (if used right), easy to use, gives good even coverage without streaks. if you work it right. Good for liquid foundation.
Cons: Soaks up ALOT of foundation, so it's a waste of product. You will need to clean your sponge after every use (or buy a bag full of inexpensive sponges at a department store and trash them after every use, so it is not very friendly to enviroment)
  •  Clasic foundation brush. E.g. MAC 190.
    The use of a brush allows you to feather out foundation and placing it heavier where you need it and lighter where you do not. The foundation looks amazing when using a brush, I can't really explain why, it just does. Use a foundation brush for a couple of days and it will be hard to go back to what you were using before. The one problem, you have to clean it every time you use it or you will ruin the brush.
Pros: Gives close to perfect coverage, even, poreless, airbrushed look.
Cons: Soaks up foundation, can streak, the feeling of painting your face can be weird...
  • Duo Fibre brush. E.g. MAC 187.
    It is without a doubt THE BEST brush and method of puting on foundation so far. Dab foundation on flat surface (preferably not on your wrist) and dab the brush in it. Lightly. Then gently stipple it around your face till you get even coverage. Don't use it as the MAC 190, it is a reason why this is being called A STIPPLER. The main concept of this brush is that is the best alternative for airbrushing. It is the same method in particular, cause when you stipple it on your face, it leaves you with tons of little tiny pixelized dots, that's what airbrush tools do. "Dab stipple stipple stipple swirl" Let that be your make up mantra lol. The part which you dab into foundation is made from synthetic bristles, so none of the foundation will soak up in them.
Pros: Gives amazing, airbrushed, PERFECT look. You end up using less foundation and won't be risking layering on too much, unless you do the "dab stipple stipple stipple swirl" motion for an hour. A little amount of foundation goes a loooong way with this brush. I couldn't think of any kinds of foundation that you can't use with this brush. It is the best brush for acne prone ar scared skin.
Cons: Can be pricey (MAC one costs 42 bucks), but there are some great dupes for it, once you get to know how to use them right, e.g. E.L.F brushes...  or Coastal Scents Black Stipler Brush is good alternative for around 8 bucks, but it sheds. The solution to this is - you brush the brush with your hair brush (lol) every now and then and it won't shed on your face.

What else...?
  • You can even use your blush brush and it works good too.
  • If you are using sponge, make sure to buy latex free, cause some poeple are allergic to it.
  • Allways remember to SET YOUR FOUNDATION. You can do this with either loose, mineral or pressed powder. Setting foundation assures you, that it 'll stay much longer and your skin won't look oily.
  • Though good brushes can be pricey, don't be affraid to invest in them. Dupes are usually pretty good, but good brush will last you AGES if you take care of it it'll give you the best results. While risking on buying cheaper dupe can be dissapointment and money down the drain.
  • Also good brush can be used in more than one purpose. E.g. duo fibre brush is great for heavilly pigmented blushes, mineral face products etc...Lots of people find their own alternative ways of using the brushes, so don't be afraid to try whatever comes to your mind.
  • Every method is actually good, just remeber that it is YOU however, who puts on foundation, not a tool, so to achieve the best results know how to use different brushes right and spend enought time doing so...
And in no time, you'll be a pro :)

I hope this was interesting and useful. :)


What is your way of puting on your foundation?Maybe you have any questions? Leave a comment below and we can chat about it :)

    Monday, April 5, 2010

    I love my boyfriend...'s clothes!

    Remeber the times, when there was frowned upon for women to wear pants? 
    Well... you probobly can't be remembering that... 
    Well... anyway... the times has changed! Radically
    Now women are not only wearing pants, which were originally fashioned for men, but they have the guts to steal their man's garderobe and wear it as their own. Especially in the past year this huge new trend has overcome all the stylish girls. "Boyfriend... something".
    But what is ‘"a boyfriend"? (yes it’s someone you kiss and hang around with, but we’re talking about fashion, not linguistics!) Something "boyfriend" is a piece of clothing you borrow from your guy and which consequently is a bit too large (ideally, unless your boyfriend weights 70 pounds and is 4 feet tall.) Of course all the brand names got hold of the trend and decided to create "boyfriend" for girls (a bit more tigh-fitting), the most famous ‘"boyfriend" are the boyfriend jeans, which can thank the stars for this success.
    So let's get more into detail about what can you possibly wear from your guys closet and look "uber stylish"?
    • His suit jacket. Throw it on over a cute dress, roll up the sleeves, and you’re ready for the night out!


    • His button-up shirt. There is nothing cuter than a girl hanging out at home all buttoned up in her guy’s shirt. Going out? Wear it as a top by adding a cute belt and some leggings!


      First brave lady who wore her man's $40 Gap dress shirt with a Vera Wang skirt to an Academy Award show was Sharon Stone, back in 1998!

    • His accessories. Grab his watch and wear it as a chunky bracelet!
    • His favorite t-shirt. The one he wears the most will probably be super soft and worn in. Just make sure you give it back! Unless it looks better on you, than him...lol
    • His jeans. Think boyfriend cut - a little loose on you, sitting low on the hips. (Borrow his belt if you need to). Roll up the cuffs and add a pair of heels to girl them up!



      This trend was kick-started by Victoria Beckham, who may have influenced her buddy Katie Holmes, then Rachel Bilson, Reese Witherspoon, Heidi Klum and Amanda Peet all got in on the act.
      Seems like we have a full blown trend on our hands here.
    What do you love to borrow from your man?

    Thursday, April 1, 2010

    The truth behind cheapness of Coastal Scents. Fake MAC.

    Since it's April Fool's day what can we found better to talk about but fools? :D
    And what if we combine it with our favorite subject - beauty?

    One of the reasons why i actually wanted to write about this is because since i do aloooot of research online i found some interesting theories about some famous brands. Well brand to be exact - Coastal Scents. Almost everyone interested in make-up knows this brand and owns their 88 palette. I do to. I bought it from their website directly a while ago. Everything is great. I like the quality, the palette is really well pigmented, it was cheap, i got amazingly kind costumer service (they answered tons of my e-mails very fast)
    The question is - why i only had to pay 18 dollars for the whole pallette, when alot of people compare their shadows to MAC brand, which costs 14 dollars per unit. And here i got even 88 different colours. The thing is... everything from Coastal Scents are made in Hong Kong or somewhere near by. It's not being made in some lab by CS. Just some mass production factory. The original price of the pallette is no more than 5 bucks. I did research on ebay and found out that you can find the EXACT SAME pallette with that price and NO IT'S NOT FAKE. It's just the same pallette from the same factory just not being sold by CS. Just search for "88 palette" not Coastal Scents pallette. They are often called "Pro" or "Proffesional" palettes. Ofcourse how ebay works - you find cheap product and excitment goes down when you see the price of shipping, but if you lurk long enough you can find really cheap deals, from best rated sellers with low product and shipping price. My friend bought a palette like this from ebay and with everything included she paid circa 12 dollars. We compared the palettes and they were identical.
    Coastal Scents is company founded by neat people, who buys stuff for cents and sells them to us with higher price.

    Oh my, that sounded really harsh. I didn't mean to, just want to share what i found out :)

    Another thing which has been widely discussed - Fake MAC products. When it comes to MAC, i strongly don't recomend buying these products from ebay. Unless they are limited edition items, there's a small chance that you'll find honest seller and purchase the real deal. And actually limited edition items are often being re-released, so no need to hunt for them and risk on ebay.
    There also are lots of websites that claims to sell "real" MAC and other quality brand products relatively cheap. Oh yes, they are fake. Probobly one of the biggest that i saw was brush111.com. The selection they have may throw you off... but when you analyze products and photos better you can see that they are fake. First of all MAC ALWAYS names their lipsticks, lipglasses, eyeshadows etc. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM has a name. Not number.
    The funniest thing was that they sell "Mac 180pc eyeshadow palette".
    I mean come on... you can really see that it's just the same eyeshadows from "CS". Mac doesn't have such thing as this palette. Oh, and also - MAC never sells products with sponge brushes or just brushes in them.... :)
    I feel like i could talk more about this, but i already said enough...I mean if you guys won't hear from me in next few days consider me killed by fake MAC mafia lol. I don't want to say that "MAC" products are bad, cause i actually never tried fake ones, but if you want to have the real thing always be aware of what and where are you buying your cosmetics :) Don't fall into the trap seduced by cheap price.

    So if you have anything you want to say, or share your experience with fake products leave a comment below :)