Thursday, October 29, 2015

Stila Modern Goddess Autumn 2015

Stila's Autumn Collection is deliciously titled "Modern Goddess" which could really describe the makeover/update the brand has been going through.  Gone are the cardboard boxes (they did that back in the day to be environmentally friendly), gone are the illustrated Stila Girls (personally I'm hoping they make the odd reappearance) the brand has been transformed into a collection of Golden Goddess products for the Modern Gal.

 The summer collection was all about beautifully bright lips and produced my favourite product of the year so far Aqua Glow Blush so I was quite excited to see a similar product in the Modern Goddess Collection. 

First up is the Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector - Basically its a compact BB Cream without the ridiculous name (snort).  OK so the name is ridiculous but it is a perfector of pores which has the consistency of a putty and I think they just added the extra P for their own entertainment.  You can use Poreless Perfector on its own as a foundation or over your foundation for an airbrushed look.  I'm not somebody with a whole lot of time at the moment (turns out babies don't enjoy watching you apply elaborate makeup) so I have mostly been using Poreless Perfector as my base,  I find that it works really well to cover my flaws but sometimes I feel (depending on what moisturiser I use) it can feel a little drying on my skin (that could be due to my skin being completely bonkers at the moment - dry on some parts, spotty on others).  I find Poreless Perfector works much better for me to top up my foundation when out and about (it has a great mirror) and to perfect my makeup look.  You can also use a slightly darker shade as a contour but by now you are probably all up to your eyebrows in contour products.   If you like a quick and easy product like a BB Cream but the convenience of on the go application (it has a sponge and a mirror) try Poreless Perfector but I dare you to say the full name 5 times in a row. Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector costs €38.00 so its quite expensive for a finishing product, Stila has some other amazing foundations that I would recommend instead like the Stay all Day Foundation and my personal favourite The Illuminating Liquid Foundation which is beautiful.  I recently spied Sarah Lucero talk about Aqua Glow Foundation which is a very exciting prospect that I hope we see next year.  

Next we have a bit of a super duo the Huge Extreme Lash Mascara (€23.50) and Lash Stunner Extreme Last Primer.   We all know that I am a massive Stila fan (perhaps the biggest) and I feel such love for the brand its pretty much like my child but I have never really loved a Stila Mascara (I did like the MAJOR MAJOR Mascara but I would apply it saying Major in a Victoria Beckham -another Stila fan- accent and that amused me greatly).
Ill be first to admit I have crap lashes, I am openly jealous of my 8 month old baby who has long and full lashes.  Mascara has though job when working on my lashes.  Huge Extreme Lash Mascara is a great mascara ...simple as that.  It gives you volume, curl and length.   Its brush has lots of bristles close together for maximum length (if your a fan of Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara you will Love this one).  I have been loving the effect that it gives to my lashes and have been using it every day along with its partner in crime the Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer.  Please don't part me from them. 
I have come to the conclusion that I need a primer - I have no lashes and lash primers help with that, but they are usually white and then you have to try and cover the white and you invariably miss a bit and look like you have snowflakes on the end of your lashes even though it hasn't snowed since 2010.  Stila are clever little Kittens and created their primer in a natural brown colour so even if you miss a bit your covered.  Lash Stunner has two different types of fibers to help maximise the length  and look of your lashes.  We could talk science but who cares cause it actually works and leaves me with fab long lashes.  What I love most about this combo is your lashes last all day, I have used other primers where I have looked amazing walking out the door but gradually during the day the mascara crumbles and smudges leaving sad flat lashes and black flakes on my cheeks.  I love how open and bright it makes my eyes look when the reality is I am mostly feeling sleepy and dim.  Well done Stila this is a fabulous mascara.

I have saved the best for last the Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner (€26.00) I am not a Makeup Artist I am simply a makeup lover and even for the most experienced Makeup Artists lining eyes can be tricky, as I am getting a little older (I could say I'm getting more "Mature" but who am I kidding) my eye lids have lost the smooth surface and are making eye liner application a bit of a bumpy ride.  I have stayed away from any kind of gel or liquid liner for some time preferring instead to tight line my lids or use shadow as a smudged liner. 

Got Inked hold the product in a sponge which you dip your brush, its a really lightweight liquid that glides across your eyelid.  When I have used gel liners in the past I have found the consistency can leave blobs of product (which means you have to thicken the line and pretty soon you look like you are doing your best Amy Winehouse impression).  Got Inked is highly pigmented liquid liner that just applies magically - no joke its like I woke to to be able to magically apply perfect liner.  Stila recommend using their very fancy La Quill Precision Eye Liner Brush (which is really cute and looks like an old fashioned writing quill) but if your like me you probably have a few liner brushes floating about.  I have tried a few different brushes (thinking these magic new skills might be down to the brush/product combo) and Got Inked works wonderfully on all of them, I would recommend using a synthetic brush if you can and cleaning your brush straight after use (if the liquid dries it could damage a natural haired brush).  I still have bumpy creepy lids but somehow Got Inked glides smoothly and evenly over them.

Got Inked comes in 6 fantastic colours including traditional black and Copper. 
You can see the unique sponge which holds the liquid - no more heartbreak as your gel product dries out and separates from the side of the jar

Here are swatches of Amethyst Ink and Blue Sapphire Ink, they are simply stunning shades which reflect beautifully.  I tend to wear a very small liner and these shades add a sparkle of interest and brighten the eye.  If your feeling slightly more adventurous you could use these over the lids as an eyeshadow/eyeshadow base.  How beautiful are these shades?
One of my favourite shades is Smoky Quartz Ink which is a blackened gold, its such a wearable colour and brings out flecks of gold that I never realised were in my eyes. 

Smoky Quartz on my eye and I am just delighted about it.  Lining your eye really does add definition, I have been keeping the eyes really simple with just a swipe of a Got Inked line.

Stila are creating amazing new products and putting them in magic little pots, Got Inked has joined Aqua Blush as my favourite products so far of the year.

The Modern Goddess Collection is out now at the very least you need to check out the Got Inked Cushion Eye Liners.  Pin It
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