June 25th, 2010
Regular readers will know when it comes to natural make-up we at L’Onglex are borderline fanatical. Frankly, we just can’t get enough of the stuff and when we heard about the minerial make-up from Ahava to say we we’re excited probably doesn’t do it justice.
When we did get our hands on some of the products including the dinky green compact above we happened to find out that the mineral foundation really, really is quite naturally good. In fact looking at the pack to discover it contains goodies like Dead Sea Minerals, seaweed and some soft focus pigments we we’re nodding along in a sort of studiously warm, naturally beautiful manner.
Anyhow, we’ve been trying the powder out this week and as well as being quite light it builds up well so frankly we can say that we are really quite impressed. Another reason for being quite taken with the stuff is that it just so happens that mineral make-ups are better for the skin and with us being the forgetful sort we we’re delighted to hear it’s even OK to sleep in the stuff.
At the moment the compact is only available online at Ahava.com but once word gets out we’ve a sneaking suspicion that every beauty counter from here to timbuktu will be signing up for some !
May 26th, 2010
When it comes to summer beauty trends we at L’Onglex aren’t the sort of folks likely to bury our heads in the sand. Yet when we came across the soft, golden and oh so flattering tones of the look we’re calling ‘desert chic’ what choice have we but to give it an honourable mention on our blog.
Insired by the catwalk looks of Burberry, Alexander Wang and Celine and using corals, burnt orange and warm dusty bronzers we are loving this look so we’ve put together a veritable oasis of make-up goodies to work with all things desert inspired.
When it comes to post-apocalyptic beauty a sand blasted mineral base is a good place to start. Paler skins should try NYC’s natural mineral foundation followed by a sweep of bronzer like St Tropez’s Bronzing Rocks. Tanned beauties should look to find some summer shimmer in tones of Warmth All-Over Face Color by Bare minerals. A warm velvety shade, this works wonders at lifting complexions and will leave skin with a sensual soft glow.
For the eyes mix tones of gold, brown and a hint of orange for full on queen of the desert beauty.
Work with light creams from the base of the lash line right up to the brow bone and then layer out with softer golds and oranges over the top. A sweep of soft brown kohl like Mac’s Costa Riche should give eyes the some great definition and if you fancy some full on desert chic a little smudging should go a long way in convincing the world that you really were an extra from the camel scenes in SATC2.
Rich colours are one thing for the eyes and the cheeks, but like most looks this summer when it comes to the kissers a drop or two of something in a natural palette will do the trick.
Use understated natural shades or at most a touch of something coral. We found the light pinky tones of Maybeline’s Pink Cadillac to be perfectly just the shade but a touch of Rimmel’s Moisture Renew lipstick in soft coral might not be overdoing the whole ‘desert chic’ ethic.
April 3rd, 2010
Although the concept has been around for thirty years Mineral make-up is fast becoming somewhat of a buzzword on the beauty scene with every product junkie worth her weight in MAC dipping her toe in the water.
The real draw as far as we here at Longlex towers can see is that the products are made from natural, finely ground minerals and for the most part mineral make-up is also chemical, dye and preservative free. Obviously, this doesn’t mean you can dive straight in but for those of you with sensitive, acne or rosacea-prone skin it’s less irritable than most counter products.
We’ve been thinking of making the switch for a while but since baby steps are all we tend to take when it comes to matters as important as make-up we’ve never quite gotten round to trying it – until that is we came across a perfectly nude mineral set by Jane Iredale.
At first glance I have top say I’m not mad about the compact. I like my packaging pretty and if your going to get me hand over my cents it better look good ! However, once you flip the lid the perfectly nude isn’t bad.
There’s foxy, cappuccino, cream and a copper amongst others and the lighter colours blended well. If your the sort who does the bare minimum this probably won’t be for you since the colour does need to be blended but on the pigment side it’s tip top and you can lash it on without it looking too much.
Disciples of a mineral make-up regime tend to be a bit fanatical about it, and I have lost count of all the times I’ve been told “You can actually sleep in it !”, but after our brief sojourn we can say that we love the lightness of it and the fact that in this case less is more ….. if you have got the €61 to invest this might be for you – it will last longer.