Make me up before you go go // The ultimate survival kit

I’m not an expert in make-up. True, I have a large number of cosmetic products, but it just means I’ve kissed a lot of frogs, but not that I’ve found the found Prince (cosmetically speaking). However, this is the reason to listen to my advice. I know what you’re thinking, but as Eddie Izzard said, “Stick with me, my story gets better.” Because even after a million tutorials I don’t know how to do a perfect eyeliner wing and I gave up after the first unfortunate contouring experiment, I think I found the perfect formula for a representative appearance that is needed for all of us who are not professional make-up artists. Even us ordinary mortals deserve to look good. Therefore, today’s post is dedicated to all of us who have to spend ten hours on a plane and get to a job interview the next morning, to all the young moms who rush to work in the morning after suffering through another sleepless night, and they didn’t have time to wash their hair the night before. Here’s to all the busy ladies, this one is for you.

Ja nisam ekspert u šminkanju. Istina, posedujem veliki broj kozmetičkih proizvoda, ali to samo znači da sam poljubila mnogo žaba, ali ne i da sam našla princa (kozmetički govoreći). Međutim, upravo to je razlog da poslušate moje savete. Znam šta mislite, al što bi reko Edi Izard, „stick with me, my story gets better“. Baš zbog toga što ni posle milion tutorijala ja ne znam da izvučem savršen ajlajner i odustala sam od konturisanja posle prvog nesrećnog eksperimenta, smatram da sam našla savršenu formulu za reprezentativan izgled koji je potreban svima nama koje nismo profesionalni šminkeri. I mi obične smrtnice zaslužujemo da izgledamo dobro. Stoga, današnji post je posvećen svima nama koji hoćemo da preživimo deset sati leta a da se na razgovor za posao sledećeg jutra pojavimo sveže, svim onim mladim mamama koje ujutru jure na posao a bebi rastu zubi i one nemaju vremena da operu kosu prethodne večeri. Here’s to all the busy ladies, this one is for you.

puder

When you need to get ready in less than twenty minutes, first of all you need a make-up survival kit that won’t work against you. Yes, there are a great foundations out there that look great on the skin, but they require a brush or blender that you did not remember to wash and  you find yourself trying to apply it with your fingers, and it comes out all blotchy, dry, what have you. A little sweet drugstore solution I discovered is Whipped Cream base from Max Factor (which can be found virtually everywhere, I grabbed mine at a local drugstore) Its  creamy texture  looks like tinted moisturizer, and it is easily  applied with fingers and the skin absorbs it quickly giving you an even skin-tone and a ‘no make-up’ look. The best part is that it only takes a minute or so to apply, so let’s get moving along, the clock is ticking.

Kada morate da se spremite za izlazak iz kuće za dvadeset-  minuta, pre svega potreban vam je make up survival kit koji neće da radi protiv vas. Da, postoji veliki proj pudera koji sjajno izgledaju na koži, ali za njih treba četka ili blender koji se niste setili da operete i u panici pokušavate da nanesete puder prstima pa se na nekim mestima osuši, isperuta, šta ne. Malo slatko drogerijsko rešenje otkrila sam u Whipped Cream podlozi od Max Factor-a (koje možete naći bukvalno svuda, ja sam svoje zgrabila na popustu u DM-u) On je kremaste strukture, izgleda kao obojena pomadica koja se super nanosi prstima i koža ga sjajno upija. Što je najbolje, nanosi se brzinom kreme za lice, tako da je to jedan minut posla. Sat otkucava, idemo dalje.

maskara

After many different mascaras, some expensive, some cheap, I found my Holy Grail in Lash Sensational mascara from Maybelline. I don’ know what they poured into this bottle or who programmed this brush but this is the best mascara in the world, and if they ever discontinue it there will be protests. On the streets. With banners. You need only two to three layers, depending on how much attention you want to give your lashes, I personally have to have mascara on my lashes even if there is a taxi waiting and threatening to leave and never come back.

Posle mnogo maskara, nekih skupih nekih jeftinih, ja sam pronašla svoj sveti gral među istima i to u Lash Sensational maskari od Maybelline brenda. Ja ne znam šta su sipali u ovu bočicu ni ko je isprogramirao ovu četkicu ali ovo je najbolja maskara na svetu, i ako je nekad ukinu biće protesta. Na ulici. Sa banerima. Potrebna su vam dva do tri sloja, zavisno od toga koliko pažnje želite da pridate trepavicama, ja lično moram imati maskaru sve i da taksi čeka i preti da se nikad neće vratiti ako jednom ode.

borjois

To achieve the fresh look of the eye that hides the fact that you didn’t get  enough sleep the night before you need Bourjois LITLLE ROUND POT MONO EYESHADOW 01, which you can, again, just sweep across your eyelid  using  your fingers if you don’t feel like dealing  with a brush, because there is no blending, and since the shade is a translucent pearly beige hue, there is no chance you can mess it up

Za postizanje svežeg izgleda oka koji pokriva činjenicu da se niste baš naspavali treba vam Bourjois LITLLE ROUND POT MONO EYESHADOW 01, koju takođe možete samo preko kapka da nanesete prstom ako vam se ne da da se bavite četkicom, jer nema blendanja, a pošto je u pitanju skoro prozračna bež sedefasta nijansa, ne postoji šansa da nešto zeznete. (Za ovu senku krenite u Lilly)

the-balm

Next on the list are cheeks. How ’bout them apples from The Balm, I admit, I bought solely  because of the adorable retro package, even if it meant  never actually using it. Fortunately, the pallet is as high-quality as it is sweet and it can be used  on both the lips and the cheeks. When you want to look super fresh turn to the shade called cider. It is applied very easily, again fingers only, pat the cream blush on the cheekbones, and you are good to go.

Sledeće na listi je rumenilo. How ’bout them apples of brenda The Balm, priznajem, kupila sam isključivo zbog ovog preslatkog retro pakovanja, makar ništa u njemu ne iskoristila. Srećom, paletica je kvalitetna kolko je slatka i može da se koristi kako na usnama tako i na obrazima. Kad hoću da izgledam so fresh and so clean clean okrećem se nijansi cider. Nanosi se izuzetno lako, opet prstima samo utapkate kremasto rumenilo na jagodice, and you are good to go. (Za svoj stash obratite se The Beauty Shop NP)

mac

Last (but realistically most important) are lips. Now, I am a huge fan and advocate for matte lipsticks. However, everyone who operates with this tool knows that working with them is not always breezy, especially if a darker shade is in the game. If I had to give my boyfriend a dinar for every time he was waiting for me outside the door while I was  trying to deal with a maroon-related crisis, I would owe him  about 1,600 dinars. And this is where MAC cosmetics comes to play. With its extensive line of lipsticks of different textures and shades, it earned  its place in the survival kit, fully deserved, no nepotism. This particular shade is called  Creme Cup, and has the so-called cremesheen texture, which is neither matte nor glossy, it is ultra easy to apply , takes around 4.5 seconds and looks great on all skin types. And voila! You are good to go. ( Buy the original, I beg of you, MAC is really not something that can be copied.)

Poslednje (ali realno najvažnije) su usne. E sad, ja sam veeeeliki pobornik mat ruževa. Ipak, sve mi koje „operišemo“ ovim alatom znamo da rad sa njima nije uvek najlakši, posebno ako je neka tamnija nijansa u pitanju. Kad bih morala dečku da dam dinar za svaki put kad me je čekao pred vratima dok pokušavam da se izborim sa krizom razmera trule višnje, bila bih mu dužna oko 1600 dinara. I tu nastupa MAC kozmetika sa svojom ekstenzivnom linijom ruževa raznih tekstura i nijansi, a svoje mesto u opremi za preživljavanje, potpuno zasluženo bez nepotizma, dobila je nijansa Creme Cup, takozvane cremesheen teksture, koja nije mat ali nije previše sjajna, ultra lako se nanosi, a sama nijansa je rozikasto-bež, nanosi se u 4.5 sekundi i izgleda sjajno na svim tipovima kože. And voila! You are good to go.  (I kupite original, I beg of you, MAC se stvarno ne da iskopirati, u Srbiji je jedini pravi u Ušće Shopping Centru. )

batiste

BONUS TIP: If you’re like me, chewed up, arrived home after a ten-hour flight, and you’re so tired you can’t even lift your arms let alone wash and blow-dry your hair, while still being  painfully aware that tomorrow you are in for an even longer day, salvation is to be found in the Batiste dry shampoo. This is by far the best dry shampoo eevaaar, and if you want to get the most out of it, here is a secret tip ( which is not so secret because I found it in a Vogue magazine article), and it’s  that the night before, you should apply  the shampoo, sleep on it, give it time to do its magic and then spray just a tad more in the morning well you shake your hair, especially at the roots, comb, and run.

BONUS TIP: Ako ste kao ja, stigli kući prežvakani nakon deset sati leta, ili ste možda sedeli za kompom isto toliko, i nemate snage da podignete ruke a ne perete i fenirate kosu, a bolno ste svesne da vas sutra čeka još duži dan, spas se da naći u Batiste šamponu za suvo pranje kose. Ovo je ubedljivo najbolji suvi šampon eeekada, a za najbolji rezultat dajem vam secret tip koji nije toliko tajan jer sam ga našla u članku Vogue magazina, a to je da noć pre nanesete ovaj šampon, prespavate sa njim i date mu vremena da do its magic, i onda ujutru naprskate samo još malo, dobro protresete kosu, posebno kod korena, očešljate, i bežite napolje dok taksi stvarno nije otišao.

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