Saturday, November 30, 2013

Shimmery Eyes On The Last November Day

Hey Lovelies,

I can't believe we're already at the end of this month, it went by superfast! As holiday season is approaching, I got in the mood to create a more shimmery make-up than what I would usually wear for everyday, but after all, it's weekend time! :) I originally wanted to use on my eyes my new addiction, my Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Palette, but then I've found and old LE pigment by MAC (Mauvement) which added a lot of glam to my look. If you don't have it, you could replace it with a glittery eyeshadow, I believe Tempting by MAC would work perfectly. For my eye base, I've used  the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick, and I have to say that it claims what the name stands for, it wore perfectly the whole day, there were still no signs of creasing or fading at the end of the day, when I was removing my make-up. If you haven't tried these Cream Shadow Sticks, you absolutely have to! 

Here is the look I created:

Products I've used to create this look: 
Eyes: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Bittersweet; MAC Eyeshadows in Mystery, Wedge and Ricepaper; MAC Pigment in Mauvement LE (with MAC Fix+); MAC Technakohl Liner in Graphblack; Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara; Chanel Eyebrow Pencil in Brun Naturel 
Face: Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer; Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in N125;  Benefit Erase Paste in Medium; Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre in 30; Chanel Joues Contraste in 72 Rose Initiale
Lips: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in 30; NARS Lipgloss in Easy Lover

Top: Michael Kors

So how is your daily make-up routine changing with the holiday season approaching? :)


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Look Of The Day Using Nars Ride Up To The Moon Palette

Hey Lovelies,

Here is another super-simple but stunning eyeshadow look for today. I've used my new addiction, Nars Ride up to the Moon palette to create it. I wanted to use a green eyeliner with it, since it complements the warm browns in the palette beautifully and it's great for this season too. The one I've used (MAC Dark Envy) was a limited edition product, but I'm pretty sure Bobbi Brown has something similar in the permanent line, and possibly Maybelline too, if you're looking for a more affordable alternative. I'm planning to do a separate post about the eyeshadow palette itself, but for now, here is the look I created with it:

Products I've used to create this look:
Eyes: MAC Paint Pot in Painterly; Nars Ride up to the Moon Eyeshadows (Argentina, Isolde, Biarritz, Fez, Cordura); Sigma Dual-ended Highlighter Pencil; MAC Fluidline in Dark Envy; Clinique High Impact Mascara, Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte; Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara; Chanel Eyebrow Pencil in Brun Naturel; MAC Brow Set in Clear
Face: MAC Prep& Prime Highlighter in Bright Forecast; Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe; Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla and Honey (mixed); MAC Prep& Prime Translucent Finishing Powder; Nars Orgasm Illuminator; Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre in 30 Naturel; Benefit Hoola Bronzer; Jouer Powder Blush in Bloom
Lips: Chanel Lip Definer in Peche; MAC Cremesheen Glass in Fever Isle LE.

And a quick look on my nails: 

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Blood Orange

What is your favorite eyeshadow palette at the moment? Let me know in the comments! :)


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Basic Brushes For Beginners

Hey Lovelies,

I decided that it's time for a brush post here. Brushes are so important when applying your make-up that I would say good quality brushes are even more important than good quality make-up. You can achieve a nicer result using good brushes with not so good make-up than the other way around. I'm always on a hunt for good new brushes, I have tried several brands while building my collection. I made this list with the most basic brushes that I would purchase if I was just beginning to get serious about make-up. For this post I've chosen all MAC brushes for the simple fact that they are widely available and great for starting to build your kit.

Here are the five brushes I have chosen:

MAC 130, 129, 239, 217, 266

MAC 130
First of all, you are going to need a good foundation brush. There are several possibilities regarding the shapes or the bristle types, but I would recommend something with either synthetic or synthetic and natural bristles, like this MAC 130. The mixture of the two types of hair will ensure flawless application. Synthetic brushes are typically better for applying cream or liquid foundation, because they don't absorb the products. If you're looking for a more affordable alternative, I really like the Real Techniques buffing brush as well.

MAC 129
Next, you are going to need a brush for powder, blusher, and bronzer. The MAC 129 can do all these tasks for you. Now I'm going to be honest, this is not my favorite brush in the whole wide world because I find it a little scratchy, but I couldn't think of a more versatile brush than this. I could think of better brushes for powder, blusher or bronzer, but not united in one product, like the 129. It's big enough to use for powdering your face, gives you enough control to put blusher on your cheeks, and, with the slightly tapered head, you could even do contouring. 

MAC 239
It's time to concentrate on the eyes now. You will first need a flat shader brush with firm bristles to pat on color to your lids. For this purpose, I couldn't think of anything that works better than the 239. If you prefer something with a larger head, you could try the MAC 252 or the Laura Mercier All Over Eye Color Brush, which is one of my personal favorites.

MAC 217
This brings us to the crease work phase in our imaginary make-up application process and to the most versatile brush on my list: the well-known 217. You can use it to apply shadow in your crease, blending out any harsh edges; but you could also use this brush on your face, to contour your nose, or maybe even to add highlighter. 

MAC 266
Even if you are not planning to use eyeliner, which would be the classical use of an angled brush, this one will come in very handy for your kit. You can use it to fill in your eyebrows, or to apply shadow under your eyes, or to concentrate color in your crease. The 266 is made of natural bristles, it has a synthetic version too, the 263, but I prefer the 266. 

Which brushes do you think are essential?


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hello November!

Hey Lovelies,

So November, my least favorite month of all, is really here, with typical November weather. It's grey, windy and rainy where I live and these are the exact reasons why I hate this month. I wanted to do an October favorites post but I'm kinda late with that, so I figured I would rather write about a few things that I love already in November. My summer tan is really just a distant memory by now, but there is one thing I like about getting paler, and it's Exhibit A by Nars. 

I'm convinced that Exhibit A looks most beautiful on lighter complexions, and I love wearing it with the Chanel lipstick I have on in the picture above. I discovered this combo last winter and this was one of my go-to looks. I like keeping everything matte with this look, I even skipped highlighter and all I have on my eyes is a very natural, matte look (I've used my Naked Basics palette). A lot of chics are afraid of using Exhibit A, because it's sooooo, sooooo pigmented, but if you use a light hand with it, you can create a beautiful, natural flush with it. (I applied it with a MAC 129 brush and softened it with a clean MAC 187)

Nars Exhibit A blusher and Chanel Rouge Allure in Incandescente

Friday, November 1, 2013

Purple Smoky Eyes With A Hint Of Green

Hey Lovelies,

I've been wearing this make-up yesterday and I wanted to make a post about it. It's more colorful than what I usually wear -you guys know I'm all about neautrals- but still easy and fun to wear on a night out. You could totally go for lashes with this look, I didn't because I'm not the biggest fan of having them on, and I still wanted to keep my look somewhat light. I realized it only when I was done that I've used almost all MAC products. Some of them were limited edition (such as Push the edge pigment, although I've just seen it being repromoted for a holiday pigment set), feel free to replace them with anything in your collection. And one more tip: I usually do my eyes first anyway, but especially when you're working with dark products that are prone to produce some fall-out (like the pigment I've mentioned above and I've also used a glitter on top of my inner corner shadow), I would certainly do my eyes first, clean my face, and then follow with my foundation. Please also note that officially the glitter I've used on my eyes is not eye-safe (I believe non of the glitters are), but I've used it anyway. 

Here is the look I've created:

Products I've used to create this look:
Eyes: MAC Paint Pot in Painterly; MAC Eyeshadows in Steamy, Parfait Amour, Wedge, Shadowy Lady, Carbon, Phloof; MAC Pigments in Push the edge (outer V) and Violet (center lid); MAC Glitter in Reflects Pearl; MAC Blacktrack Fluidline; Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eyepencil in Perversion; Benefit They're Real Mascara; Sigma Dual-ended Brow Highlighter; Benefit Brows a-go-go Brow Kit.
Face: Benefit The PoreFessional; Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation; MAC Prep& Prime Higlighter; Bobbi Brown Corrector; Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit; MAC Prep& Prime Transparent Finishing Powder; Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Cover Up; MAC Matte Bronze; MAC Pro Sculpting Powder in Sculpt; MAC Cream Color Base in Diamonds LE; MAC Pro Shaping Powder in Accentuate
Lips: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked

Are you going out this weekend? What make-up do you have in mind? :)