What I learnt the past weekS is more like it though, I didn’t even keep track of what week we’re at now!
I’ll update the image when I find my schedule.. ^_^
We’ve been practicing lip application non-stop because red lips is something that still gives make up artists the heebie-jeebies apparently.
It’s not easy but training an objective eye and a steady hand goes a long way!
Here’s a combination of what we saw in class, and what I noticed myself!
Look at your lips
Really look at them, don’t pose, don’t flinch, look at them in all their glory!
What’s not quite right?
It’s painting time again, and studying Lush products in between so busy busy days! However I came across a post on facebook this week that I shared, it was about face mapping.
But I really wanted to go into it a bit deeper!
The fascination with Chinese medicine was passed down to me through my genes so to speak, and i’ve always been a great believer of energy-flow being the base of a healthy organism, and therefore also everything in the body being connected and having an influence on each other.
It’s because of this reasoning that I can see how our general organs can have an influence on the biggest organ we have, our skin!
Face mapping is about mapping the areas where you have problems with your skin, with the intention of developing better insight into what’s causing them.
I truly believe that in a lot of cases it’s the key to not only improving the skin, but also our health overall.
If there’s a blockage going on inside our body, we can’t expect everything to look silky smooth on the outside right!!
I’ll cover a few common ones that I pay attention to below.
Congestion here can mean you need to get a detox in. Toxins aren’t finding a clear exit out of your body, so they’re going for the skin. You could try drinking more water, and light exercising, or simply going on a detox-session for a while!
Less meat, proteins, and alcohol can help with this as well. Although if you’re actually reading my blog, there’s a chance don’t eat meat anyway!
For flakiness in this area, try lubricating your digestive tract. In general that means more fibers and less processed foods.
Another cause for issues in this area is stress though. Maybe a better sleeping-cycle and doing relaxing-exercises will help.
(Easier to say than do, I know I know!)
Hats or greasy hair can cause problems in this area as well.
Try eating less greasy foods.
- Between your brows
Flakiness between your brows, possibly indicates your liver having a hard time. Ingesting things that are hard on your liver like fatty foods, alcohol, chocolate or smoking can be a reason for this.
I used to have continuous problems with this, our mouth-area (even our lips!) mirror our intestine, and the bowel.
What’s really helped me relieve this issue is taking my daily dose of fibers via a supplement with a glass of water in the morning.
Gone oiliness and congestion!
This is a hard one, blackheads don’t necessarily count as they just loooove them some nose. But flakiness for example, could be solved by getting yourself more vitamin B or eating less meat.
In case you’re experiencing a rash on your cheeks, try looking up some breathing exercises to pump more oxygen into your system, it might clear the unevenness!
Some believe there’s a difference between the left and right cheek as well, the left cheek acts up when you’re stressing out, or having liver-issues.
The right one can indicate your body asking for less sugar.
In general, both cheeks can also be a sign of your body asking for less sugar, meat or dairy, or even you having an allergy to something.
I tend to get bumps on my cheeks, right next to my nose, when i’m around cats a lot.
The biggest problem-area for me, this one is directly connected to the kidneys and/or hormonal imbalances. It’s extremely rare for me to get this area to be completely clear.
You can’t always rule out hormone fluctuations, they happen throughout the month. One week your chin can be a beautiful piece of artificial-looking chin, next week the grand canyon.
Stress is also a cause for this area to act up, it helps cause adrenal fatique, so maybe you’re under a lot of stress?
For all of these areas though, try using a face-wash and moisturizer, no joke! In case any males are reading this, you too! You can have a secret cabinet with your own face-product!
With all of the crap that’s in the air these days, water sometimes isn’t enough.
Another general cause for skin-issues is hair products transferring to your face (wax, hairspray or grease etc.) or dirty bed covers. So keep it awaaay from the face!
Two easy things to try out!
Of course we can’t generalize skin issues, flaky cheeks don’t necessarily mean you need more oxygen, or don’t wash your sheets. You may just need to see a dermatologist.
But I think they’re definitely worth looking into though, as it costs nothing and my mouth-area has personally cleared up by paying some attention to my digestion.
Maybe my post will sound a little bell in your head, whenever that spot pops up in the same freaking area AGAIN!
The first thing I played with from my America-package are the milani glosses, pretty much as soon as I got them. And i’m so amazed! Holy hamster!
The kind of quality and pigmentation you get for the price, i’ve never come across that here in Belgium LOL. We don’t have wide range of products here really. Like I said, you basically have to order everything online, and then the shipping will eat you alive.
ANYWHO, back to the positive vibe!
I got 4 out of 6 lipglosses in the collection. Hot flash, Flashy, Star flash and Quick flash.
Milani states that these are :
“A full coverage, highly pigmented lipgloss with an extra glossy shimmer finish. The non-tacky, anti-feathering formula and flexible soft sponge applicator allows for easy application.”
So let’s see about that!
Here’s the lip-swatches, I took them on a full face because that’s the way I like to see them online! The order is bare lips – one coat – two coats!
Quick flash: soft baby pink with pink shimmer
Star flash: red toned purple with blue/violet shimmer
(I bumped my knee, which explains the face in the last picture.)
Flashy: bright fuchsia pink, with purple/pink shimmer
Hot flash: candy apple red with red/silver shimmer
As for the review!
Nice clear, sleek packaging. Makes it easy to see the colors. Comes with a doe-foot applicator, which is still my oldschool favorite!
Inside is 0.18 oz / 5 grams of product. Which is more than double the amount you would get in a MAC dazzleglass.
Colors & pigmentation
There’s only 6 colors in this line so far, but I do feel as if there’s something for everyone.
There’s a nice versatile red, that would look good on any skintone. It has some coolness to it, with the blue tinge in it, but also the warmth of the red.
Then there’s a pretty neutral pink, not too pale so it won’t wash you out!
A purple with some warmth of the red undertones, as well as the coolness of the violet shimmer.
And last but not least a bright fuchsia, I like this one sheered out, it makes it look like a more neutral pink, which makes it work better on yellow skintones!
Since these are so extremely pigmented (they really are, you have no idea how carefully I applied the Flashy and Hot flash, to get the sheer application. I didnt even use both sides of the wand) I would like to see more deep colors. Like some dark purples, and blood reds. I think they would go on amazingly with this amount of pigment!
These do emphasize chapped lips, so scrubbing is key sometimes.
That being said, I really like the formulation. All of these glosses have shimmer in them but you don’t feel any of it on your lips. It just feels smooth, creamy, and not sticky at all.
(which translates to: no hair sticking to your lips with every wind gust, and no leaving a mess on a cute guy, or poodle, or whatever else you kiss)
After applying these, I feel like the creamy texture keeps my lips nice and moisturised throughout the day. It makes them look more plump as well with the pretty glitter in it!
As for layering, the red (Hot flash) looked good after 2 coats. It has a very smooth formulation. However the other 3 looked a bit goopy when I applied a second layer. I feel like they could have been smoother, but then again, because of the fact that they are so thick they stay on well, don’t feather, and you need less product.
My kind of formulation!
Staying power & quality
What to say for this.. don’t expect the staying power of a lip tar, nor a lip stain. It’s still a gloss! It does stay on well, better than general watery glosses. I’d say this has about the staying power of an average lipstick.
As an added plus, i’d like to note that the brightest colors (Flashy and Hot flash) stain! They make you look like you’ve been kissing someone after the gloss has worn off. LOL
Love at first use ^_^ very impressive for a lipgloss. And i’m not a gloss girl!
The only thing I would say I regret, is the fact that they’re not buildable, the red being an exception.
(can you tell which one is my favorite?)
These glosses can be found online, and in drugstores for $7.49.