Just back from France, where I didn't do nearly as much shopping as I'd intended, due to family functions and big ugly storms and no shops being open on Sunday. (I love France, but it's still the country where people riot in the street if there's so much as a suggestion that shops be allowed to choose to open on Sundays.)
By this I mean that I only did a couple of hours' worth of shopping. More than enough, in my boyfriend's estimation.
My first product purchase was a tube of Helena Rubenstein Icy Eyes, a gel-to-powder eye shadow. I very rarely heed magazine advice about trends, because I don't much see the point in going out of my way to look like everyone else. I prefer to wear what suits me, and a lot of recent trends - coral lipstick, I'm looking at you - really do not suit me. Same goes for clothing trends: You won't catch me wearing white this summer, because a) I'm not thin and b) I don't have a degree in the art of stain removal.
But something about the recommendation of metallic make-up in the issue of Eve that I bought at Heathrow (it came with a free lipstick, more on which in a subsequent post) struck me as a trend I must at least try. (It was much like this article, which is one of only four pages on the internet which mention Icy Eyes, except not in Swedish.)
Hence the Icy Eyes purchase, from one of my favourite French make-up shops, Marionnaud. (Marionnaud was the very first French parfumerie I ever stepped foot into, so I'll always have a soft spot for it.) My boyfriend, Antoine, had to translate words like 'shiny' and 'shimmery' for me, and within minutes I'd bought Icy Eyes in a pale minty green shade called Go Girly. I'd actually been after something more in the number 29 range on this colour wheel, but was happy to experiment with a more subtle shade.
I've still got to get to know this product better, but after two tries I can say that I like that such a little bit goes such a long way, and that you've got enough play time to get it in place, but don't have to wait ages for it to set. I'm going to try layering it with my Helena Rubenstein eyeshadow in Outsmart Olive (which I have blogged about here and here), for a darker green look, which is said to compliment all eye colours.
Helena Rubenstein, in my experience, makes excellent eye make-up. As it happens (read: She has never given me any freebies or bribes to praise the brand), a guy I know professionally is married to a woman who works for Helena Rubenstein in Paris - specifically in their eye make-up division. Perhaps I'll try out her brand when my mascara runs out...