BECCA’s ULTIMATE MASCARA is a tubing mascara. Check out Becca’s website for product information.
How was everyone’s holidays?? I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!!
2009 is coming to an end soon…much too soon I think! But as the saying goes: “Time and tide waits for no man!” Read on for my thoughts on the Beauty for 2009.
As far as I know, Becca is available at Fenwicks and their own Becca flagship store in London.
I first knew about this beauty event at Fenwicks, which would have been free but since it was fully booked out, the sa very kindly mentioned that their flagship store was also holding this event. This was a event to meet Rebecca, the lady who created Becca. At the flagship store, the event would cost £80 , where £50 was redeemable for a 45mins makeover event. However, there would be a goody bag available for the event at the flagship store. Since I was curious, I made a booking at their flagship store.
I arrived slightly early…the store was pretty easy to find and close to the tube station. Since I was early, I had to use the bathroom which their flagship store had. The store was surprisingly pretty cool – click on the link above to see pictures. The deco is so so cool – dark carpets intermingled with touches of cream furniture with light provided from pretty crystal lights…very super cool. The place was divided into 3 levels…the ground floor shopfront where the makeover took place, a mid-level small area meant for hair styling and the last level divided by the office, toilets and an seated area. Apparently, the flagship store is available for events such as Hen’s Night where they can arrange for someone to style hair and also manicurists as well.
Since I was early, I managed to wonder around the area a bit…there was a Chanel boutique next to them…so I ended up drooling over Chanel bags for a while…
The second time I went into the Becca store…I officially met Rebecca…(well, I did meet her earlier where she was pretty concern I would loose my way finding the toilet but I couldn’t recognise her…even though her photo was displayed! ) Rebecca was super duper friendly and very very courteous!!
The beauty event was suppose to last for 45mins but I think I spent almost 2 hours since everyone was so accommodating on my endless questions! It was the best makeover event I had been too with all the fun I had. I peppered both the makeup artist and Rebecaa on makeup questions and they truly took into account my dislikes and likes before suggesting products and were happy to explain makeup techniques as well!
Tips and Tricks…
Becca specialises in achieving ultra-natural, perfect looking skin that lasts all day in just 3-steps. The 3 steps for their Skin Perfecting Makeup System are as follows:
- Step 1 – Prepare
- Step 2 – Perfect
- Step 3 – Set
More on their Skin Perfecting Makeup system in a later post.
Because I didnt like having full on foundation and I wanted something light and non-sticky, Rebecca suggested concealing problem areas with their Compact Concealer followed by setting with Fine Loose Finishing Powder. My face was first primed with one of their “must have items “- Mineral SPF Primer
For eyes, because I complained that nothing lasts long on my eyes, they recommended their version of Eye Tints. Baroque was used all over the eye, followed by Gilt at the outer corners. According to the sa, Gilt (a dark bronzer brown) should be used on the outer 1/3 of my eye and slightly above the crease to elongate my eyes and create the illusions of larger eye. My eyes were lined with a dark brown Eyeshadow using Angle Brush #9 along the top of the eyes and along 3/4 of the bottom eye (from the outside). Loose Shimmer Powder in Odette was used to highlight the brow bone and the inner corner of the eye. The eye look was finished with their mascara called The Ultimate Mascara.
I was interested in their new Mineral Bronzing Powder and their new shade of Beach tint so bronzer was used to sculpt my face but interestingly, the makeup artist didnt apply the bronzer in the typical E shape but instead used it more like a blush on my cheeks. This was followed by the Raspberry (their latest shade) Beach Tint for just a pop of colour on the apples of my cheek. Check out my review on their Beach Tints.
Tried out their new lipstick call Sheer Tint Lip Colour – Vendela a sheer rosy nude was chosen for my look. Prior to that, Nude Liner - Nougat a Skin toned beige / rosy nude (its a dual lip liner) was used.
We (Me, Rebecca and the makeup artist) had a long discussion on colours for my eyes…I wanted a natural look and they recommended browns. I have always had a problem with browns because they make me look tired and like someone had punched my eyes, so naturally I avoided browns for my eyes. But apparently, according to them, I needed a blush to balance out my brown eyes. I did tell them I use a blush and rather then left it as it is, they asked to show what colour blush I normally used…Apparently my usual pink blushers werent the right pairing for brown eyeshadow. Instead I need a rosy cheek colour to brighten up my brown eyeshadows.
When my makeover was finished…I was given a goody bag. The goody bag was simply amazing!! It contained alot of their new stuff – there was a sample size of mineral primer, a full size lipstick (from new range – Sheer Tint Lip Colour) and full size beach tint in their NEW shade – raspberry.
I really really love this makeover and felt that my money was well-spent, simply because Rebecca took the time to ask about what look I was going for and my likes and dislikes on the texture of foundation and shades of colours I would use for eyeshadows, blushes and lips!! Off course the fabulous goody bag also helped! If you have the time and budget, do book in for one of these events!
My one regret was not trying their tinted moisturiser Luminous Skin Colour which is apparently one of their best sellers.
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Product Description from Becca:
“BECCA Beach Tint is a beautifully blendable crème stain for cheeks and lips that suits all skin types. Kiss-proof and water-resistant, it dries to a perfect, streak-free, non-greasy and non-drying finish. Each shade is deliciously scented in its synonymous name. 2-in-1 crème stain for cheeks and lips. Deliciously scented. Oil Free, Streak Free, and Water-proof. Contains anti-oxidant vitamin E. Preservative and paraben-free.”
- £19.00 for 7ml./0.24 fl oz tube
- Metal tube with screw cap.
- Be aware that the product has a tendency to ooze out if the tube has been compressed.
- Note: I have read of people having problems with the plastic tube breaking but i havent experienced this and I bought my first tube back in 2006
- 3 shades
- Watermelon – a pinkish shade – This is a cool toned pink
- Peach – a peachy shade
- Raspberry - a cherry red shade (New release. Been waiting for this since I tried the watermelon tint back in 2006!)
- Texture : A runny slightly liquidity texture. Has a tendency to have colourless oily liquid coming out if you don’t give the tube a shade first. Blends like a dream on the cheeks. However, i felt that on my lips, it had a waxy feeling on. It did feel much better once i put lipgloss over it (as per sa’s suggestions).
- Coverage: Flexible depending on how much you use on application – you can get full or sheer pigmented colour.
- Moisturising: Good moisturising properties – no chapping or drying of lips.
- Scent /taste : A synthetic sweet watermelon/raspberry fragrance. Has a waxy taste.
- Lasting Power: Amazing!! Tested the lasting power of this product on a 7hour flight. Because of limitations to carry – on, I used this for my cheeks n lips 2 hours before the flight. After the 7 hour flight, my cheek and lip makeup still looked fresh as if i had just put it on (even with all the eating & drinking on board).
- Build-ability: Excellent!! I can use this on top of my TM/ sunblock/ liquid foundation and powder or powder foundations and even a powdered bronzer with no streaking or balling up. No problems with building up the colour either but its best to go slowly and lightly cos a tiny amount really goes a long way and its easy to go OTT. I can layer lip balm or glosses over this too!
There are no shimmers in the product…so it looks really natural on. Blends well on cheeks so it looks like your lovely “flush” comes from within. The product gives a nice pinkish shade on the lips. Product didnt dry out my lips or cause any block pores for the cheeks at all!
Highly recommended for a natural look and its multi-purpose functions!
- For use on cheeks.
- For use on lips.
- For use on occasions when one requires long lasting makeup.
- For use on occasions when one does not have access to brushes.
- Excellent for travelling – Helps lighten weight of bag when travelling cos of its multi-purpose usage and its packaging is lightweight and durable.
Hope this helps!
Image from beccacosmetics.com
It is almost the end of the year and by this time, every newspaper , TV program or magazine will have an article or program on the either the best of something for that year or a run-down on the memorable / unforgettable events of the year. There have been several unforgettable events for 2008 but in keeping with the theme of this blog (i.e beauty related), this post will be about the best beauty/skincare items I have found this year.
Presenting my best of 2008…
Best for: Actually making my wimpy non existent lashes stay curled and defined!
Best for: Being chick babe men magnet!!
Best for: Solving my dehydrated flaking skin problem!
#4 – La Mer Lip Balm
Best for: Giving me soft kissable lips!
Best for: Keeping my lipstick and lipgloss where they should be, lasting longer than they should be and at an affordable price!
#6 – Becca Beach Tint
Best for: Its numerous multi-purpose uses!
#7 – Norwegian Formula Foot Cream for damaged and cracked skin (intensive repair)
Best for: Repairing my horrible cracked heels and at an affordable price!!
Best for: No longer giving me panda eyes and having the easiest removal method – just warm water and its gone!
Best for: Creamy texture and intense pigment.
Best for: Non abrasive scrub that gives off a slight heat – good for deep cleansing and warming up muscles! All at affordable prices!
Please do share your best finds of 2008 as well! I will be posting the individual reviews of the products in the future, so please stay tune for them!