One of the looks from the Spring/Summer Fashion week runways I really loved was the one created for the Giorgio Armani show in Milan. For the show, the makeup artist created a graphic silvery blue eye to go with a minimalist face, using the new Maestro Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Quad from the new collection.
I don’t own the Armani Maestro Eyes To Kill quad, so I improvised with what I had in my stash, which were some items from MAC, Illamasqua, Urban Decay, and NARS – (AKA ‘The Usual Suspects’).
My version turned out a little softer, and less graphic, than the original makeup look.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Nov 28th, 2012 in FOTD, Inglot, MAC, Runway | 57790 comments. Giorgio+Armani+S%2FS+2013+runway+inspired+FOTD2012-11-28+11%3A10%3A12myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D5779
Tags: Runway Inspired
I recently attended a launch of the Body Shop Christmas collection at the Collins Street store in Melbourne. After making sure we were not without a fresh glass of bubbly each, the Body Shop team walked us through their mouth watering collection of gourmand scented skin care, their new holiday makeup collection, and the story behind each carefully crafted re-usable vintage packaging.
Feast your eyes on these goodies…
note: these products were gifted to me by PRPosted by myfunnyvalentine on Nov 26th, 2012 in Reviews, Skincare | 57360 comments. Stocking+fillers%3A+Body+Shop+Festive+Treats2012-11-26+06%3A01%3A04myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D5736
Just your everyday beauty blogging optometrist here- thought I would finally put on my health care professional hat on this blog after avoiding it for the last 2 years.
To be completely honest here, I had avoided blogging about anything related to my career because:
a) I wanted My Funny Valentine to be an escape from my day job and kept totally separate.
b) I didn’t want google to connect My Funny Valentine to Jenny (B.Optom UNSW) – although I suppose I’ve really put the nail in the coffin there haven’t I?
c) Giving health advice on the internet is fraught with danger.
I must credit Yishan from www.beautyswatch.com for suggesting this idea, over 12 months ago while we were catching up over coffee. She’s a fountain of wisdom for me, and is always looking out for the best interest of the readers.
The reason I decided to speak out about contact lens related issues now is because lately I’ve had one too many patients come to see me with complications from the inappropriate use of coloured contact lenses and circle lenses- all of them ordered their lenses online and none of them had their lenses fitted by a professional. These girls had no idea what risks they were taking, because no one had ever told them.
The popularity of coloured and ‘circle’ contact lenses has increased exponentially in the last few years, and there is now a mind boggling number of unlicenced online retailers allowing easy access to cosmetic contact lenses without requiring any sort of professional care.
This has been a huge concern among eye care professionals (as well as the TGA and FDA) since we’re seeing an alarming increase in rates of sight threatening complications directly associated with the inappropriate use of these lenses. The danger comes from the fact that these lenses are being used without all the proper fitting, instruction, and regular monitoring from an eye doctor or optometrist- patients are wearing lenses that are potentially wrong for their eye shape, and have not had any education on lens care and hygiene.
This is a recipe for disaster, and the final dish can sometimes look something like this…
This is a case of Pseudomonas Keratitis, a severe infection of the cornea (the clear dome on top of the coloured part of your eye), secondary to inappropriate, unmonitored contact lens wear. Less severe complications include corneal scarring, new blood vessels growing into the cornea (see image below), smaller corneal ulcers, and inflammatory ocular responses from sleeping in lenses.
Glad you asked.
For patients to be fitted into any contact lenses, including non prescription cosmetic lenses, an eye doctor or optometrist needs to do a full eye health and refractive check to determine whether lenses are suitable and what type is required. A proper fitting process, teach, and after care appointments are needed to make sure the contact lenses and solutions are compatible with the eye and performing well. Rather than going into too much detail here, I’ve just linked a PDF copy of the Contact Lens Consultation form that our practice uses for those that are interested in finding out what is involved —> Contact lens consultation info
A review of the literature shows that most, if not all cases of severe eye complications from cosmetic lenses presenting to emergency departments around the world are cases where the patient has not had been to an eye care professional.
As an optometrist, I would never recommend wearing coloured contact lenses more than once a week, and never more than 8 hrs at a time, even when they have been properly fitted. The reason for this is that these lenses are significantly less oxygen permeable (breathable) compared with some of the clear contact lenses available on the market, and if the lenses are worn too much patients will inevitably end up with chronic damage to the cornea due to lack of oxygen.
So the answer is, you can safely wear coloured lenses if you only wear them occasionally and under the guidance of an eye care professional.
First image courtesy of [image creator name] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Taking up where I left off with my sunscreen review series last summer, I want to share with you a product that I have been using almost daily since I first tried it. The Invisible Zinc UV Silk Shield is a stick foundation with physical (not chemical) blockers, from a company that is dedicated to producing safe and effective UV protection.
Interestingly I’ve recently found out that through some phone calls to Invisible Zinc that this product isn’t marketed as a ‘sunscreen’ product, it’s a cosmetic product with added SPF, which is why the percentage of Zinc Oxide is not listed anywhere on the packaging or marketing (took me dozens of phone calls and emails to get the exact percentage from the manufacturer). More on that further in the post.
Invisible Zinc says…
This natural finish foundation-meets-sunscreen is the new one-step, day-to-night make-up with award winning Invisible Zinc® SPF30+ environmental protection built in. Preventing photo-aging has never looked so good. Glides on in seconds (no liquids, powders or concealers) for all day, gym-proof, swim-proof perfect looking skin. Apply buildable coverage for a flawless complete crème to powder finish- your beauty routine just got very simple. Available in Light/ Highlighter, Medium and Tan.
Availability: Selected pharmacies, department stores, and www.invisiblezinc.com
The Invisible Zinc UV Silk Shield has approximately 13% micronised Zinc Oxide. Zinc Oxide gives broad spectrum protection and has excellent photostability (doesn’t easily break down in presence of UV light), but due to the lower concentration of Zinc Oxide in this product compared with what I would recommend for daily use, it needs to be used together with another dedicated sunscreen for optimal UVA protection.
Like all Invisible Zinc products, the UV Silk Shield uses only physical blockers (staying clear of chemical filters) and does not contain petrochemicals, parabens, or photosensitizing agents (like Vitamin A derivatives and citrus family essential oils).
note: not sure about the difference between chemical and physical, UVA and UVB, and what SPF really means? go to my Sunscreen Lowdown Part 2.
Here is the excerpt from an email sent to me from the people behind Invisible Zinc products, which I thought I would pass on to you guys…
The UV Silk Shield feels like a matte- satin finish foundation. Unlike other stick foundations that I’ve tried, this one goes on easily and blends quite well into my skin without feeling dry or heavy. Impressive. To be completely honest, I never expected this product to work well on my dry skin- given that stick foundations generally make me look cakey, so I’m happy that this works so well on me.
This product works well over the top of other sunscreens, and will actually reduce some of the greasiness associated with certain sunscreen products.
The UV Silk Shield has virtually no white cast, however the colours matches are limited to 3 colours so that can be a potential problem for some.
On my skin, the Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear doesn’t sit nearly as nicely as the UV Silk Shield. It looks and feels quite greasy, even when I don’t moisturise first. It comes as quite a surprise that for someone with dry skin- I much prefer the skin feel of the UV Silk Shield over the Tinted Daywear.
I know a number of people who love the Tinted Daywear, and I think it’s probably all down to how the product interacts with each individual person.
note: these products were provided by PR for consideration.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Nov 22nd, 2012 in Sunscreen | 50580 comments. Sunscreen+series%3A+Invisible+Zinc+UV+Silk+Shield+SPF+30%2B2012-11-21+21%3A25%3A47myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D5058
The Lipstick Bandits strike again! And the brief for our international group of bandit beauty bloggers this month was to create a ‘vampy lip’ look for Fall.
I adore vampy lip colours, and Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color in ‘Bruised Plum’ is one of my favourites. The colour is rich and deep; and the texture is perfection. I reviewed and swatched it some time ago here .
- Two Faced Shadow Insurance to prime
- Medium grey taupe Inglot Matte 376 blended all over mobile lid to crease and smudged below bottom lashline.
- Inglot light dove grey ( Inglot matte 358 )blended into the crease. It is swatched here.
- Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black Ink to line upper and lower lashline and waterlines, extended out in a cat’s eye flick.
Illamasqua Naked Rose powder blush (review and swatches here) on apples of cheeks.
Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color in Bruised Plum (review and swatches here)
Check out the other Lipstick Bandit takes on November Vamps!
I can’t wait to see the other looks- the Lipstick Bandits are posting simultaneously so everything is shrouded in mystery right up until the last moment. This is my little bit of excitement for the monthPosted by myfunnyvalentine on Nov 19th, 2012 in FOTD, Inglot, Lipstick, Lipstick Bandits | 55281 commentVampy+lips+with+Tom+Ford+Bruised+Plum%3A+a+Lipstick+Bandit+post.2012-11-19+12%3A47%3A45myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D5528
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