March 24th, 2011
While we at L’Onglex never like to think that we’re the type to follow the crowd, one trend that has is gently swaying us toward it’s elegant charms is this seasons pastel eye. As seen on everyone from Katy Perry to Kim Kardashian, sugar shaded eyes are proving to be the perfect antidote to winters busy colours.
Bobbi Brown’s Peony & Python palette has already wetted our appetite (read our review here), but we’ve also been dipping our brush into some ice-cream colours from MAC not to mention the odd peachy shade from Rimmel.
Not wishing to overdo the whole thing we’ve had a dig around and when it comes to wearing it the key is to avoid at all costs looking like a rainbow. Pinks and peaches are a great way to do this look subtly and rather than mixing and matching justpick a palette and stick to it.
When it comes to application, easy does it! Start with a wash of light shadow for the base and build up more intense shades in the same colour for a dusty, graded finish.
In the event you’re finding pastels and purples a bit too tame you can always spice things up with a little metallic or shimmer shading to add definition …. just apply with a light hand and remember less is more !!
March 18th, 2011
Regular readers will know that we at L’Onglex have a bit of an obsession with the kitten flick. If we’re not spending hours watching the latest beauty tutorial by some or other guru extolling the benefits of liquid eyeliner you’ll find us in the mirror perfecting our technique.
We’ve tried everything from clever liner pens to the old school pots and brushes but never have we come across a budget liquid liner that has impressed us quite as much as the latest one from bargain beauty brand Catrice. Hot off the shelves Catrice’s gel liner is priced at the rather purse friendly €4.49 and we think that’s a bargain.
Having spotted it during a recent dash round Pennys we figured it might be worth a punt and considering it looked like a dead ringer for Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ( our current fave ) we thought we’d try it and we weren’t disappointed!
Super pigmented and easy to apply, the budget kitten flick hole in our life has now been filled with one deft sweep of inky liner across L’Onglex’s lids! On the small matter of wearability the colour does fade down slightly during the day but other than that it didn’t budge or smudge – result !
March 9th, 2011
We at L’Onglex have been busy putting the feelers out for the latest spring collections and our latest find is wrapped in a rather cute printed zippy case and goes by the moniker of Peony and Python and is by Bobbi Brown.
Designed by Amy Smilovic of Tibi the six catwalk ready shades are compacted inside and include this seasons pastel purples, some rather dashing greys, a nude and a darker shade for contouring. On the finish, the shadows are a mix of sheer and matt which makes them perfect for creating light natural looks for day and more intense shading for evening wear.
Quality wise the shadows are well pigmented which makes them a dream to blend and having worn them in and fluttered around there has been a welcome absence of colour falling around our eyes. Also noticeable by their absence are those nasty sponge applicators, in place of which come two rather nifty brushes which although not perfect, do a pretty decent job if you happen to find yourself on the hop !
One thing we did find a little hard to manage however was the zipper which is a bit sticky at times, not sure if the pack comes with some WD40 but we may have to look into it should we decide to decide to put this in our ‘keeper’ pile.
The Peony and Python palette landed on Bobbi Counters on March 1st and can be yours for €45.
February 19th, 2011
Regular readers will know when it comes to our under eye circles we’re borderline obsessed. As dark patches are more often than not the bane of L’Onglex’s otherwise flawless beauty routine, we are always on the lookout for anything we think might be able to make us look a bit less scary when the dreaded panda eye chooses to strike.
Enter the latest release from Bobbi Brown which is an all-in-one corrector and concealer. Designed to banish the blotches for good, Bobbi has created two new products which we’ve been fortunate enough to get our greedy mitts on.
The first product is a creamy pink skin corrector which works by evening out grey tones and brightening the under eye area. As with all things Bobbi, matching product to skin tone isn’t too difficult as there are 12 shades to choose from.
When we first applied this we were quite impressed and being the impatient sorts we are we thought we’d leave it at that. But once the corrector is in place our skin tone was still quite pinkish so the concealer is what really does the work with this.
Much creamier than previous concealers, the latest edition works a treat at bringing eyes back to something like their natural best and once it hits the corrector the two work really well together. As the new range also comes with a press powder that keeps everything in place we are firmly of the opinion that this one is going to be a bit of a keeper. Due to hit shelves at BT’s in early April,this is definitely worth the wait.
February 14th, 2011
OK we know it’s only Monday so to call this post ‘Things we loved this week’ might be a little premature … I mean we don’t actually know what’s going to happen for the days Tuesday to Friday and we’re kind of hoping some handsome and mysterious benefactor may gift us a box full of Creme de la Mer sometime on Thursday morning but for the moment, assuming a miracle doesn’t happen, Pot Rouge by Bobbi Brown is the thing we’re loving thus far.
The reason for this is quite simple. February is a difficult time on the slap front if you happen to be fair skinned. Bronzer can be gotten away with from April onwards but if you need something to take away a pallid constitution it has to be a bit of blush. Of course it’s all very well having a bit of blush but on the subject of blush – how much is too much and what can you get away with on a grey day February?
The answer is not much but having finally dipped our toe in the water on this we can see why it’s such a cult product. Simply, a light dab is all it takes for something subtle and although it looks pretty red in the pot the texture is super natural on the skin once it goes on. As we’ve developed something of a love hate relationship with Benefit Coralista ( especially the box !) we’re now on the verge of going over to Bobbi for good.
If the rather ungainly €26.50 that you have to pay for a pot of Pot Rouge is something of a turn-off, please note that this also works quite well as a lip stain and as such any guilt you may be left with after buying can be neatly wrapped up in a package that says ‘Multi-Buy’ and firmly ticked off in a housekeeping column that says ‘Frugal Beauty Buys’ ….. if you get our drift !!