Monday, December 30, 2013

NOTD: Gold Glitter Nails

Hey Lovelies,

I'm usually not the biggest fan of glittery nails since they are soooo hard to remove but for this special night, I decided to do something unusual. I got this nail kit back in December (it's from Isadora, a Swedish brand), it included a regular gold polish (which is on the pic) and also gold glitter. I've used two coats of the gold polish and while it was still tacky, I poured the glitter on it, let it dry a little, then I did two coats of transparent polish to keep the glitter in place. Here is the result:

Did you do special nail design for today? 

A fun fact: I've just recently heard that wearing red lingerie on New Years's Eve will bring you luck and love next year! So even if I'm not yet entirely sure what I'm going to put on tonight, red is certainly going to be my choice of underwear! :)

Happy New Year Lovelies! :)


New Year's Eve Make-up Idea With Step-by-step Guide

Hey Lovelies, 

With New Years's Eve approaching I decided to sit down and create something absolutely crazy. The look I created is really bold,  if you feel that it's too much for you, just tone it down, or skip the bold cheeks and/or the bold lips that I've paired with the exaggerated eyeliner. I've used a really crazy amount of make-up, this is actually the point which I call "it doesn't look like me any longer, it looks like the make-up". However, this is the time of the year to do something unusual, so here is the look I created:
This is how I went to party :)
On this picture I'm wearing MAC Violetta Lipstick (in the product list I've mentioned Show Orchid but I had to realize that pink hair requires darker lips)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Make-up Of The Day With The Naked Palette And Bright Cheeks

Hey Lovelies,

I did this make-up recently for an evening out and I liked it so much that I decided to recreate it for you. The look included a nude eye with bold cheeks and lips. I've used my well-loved Naked Palette (the original one, that's still my favorite) for my eyes and one of my insanely pigmented MAC Pro blushes (Azalea) for my cheeks.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Review Of The Rockateur By Benefit

Hey Lovelies, 

I know that the Rockateur has been around for a while, but I was trying to convince myself that I already have way too many blushes, and honestly, can this product be special enough that I need this? I do like the box o'powders that I have in my collection, I own Hoola, Coralista and Bella Bamba. However, I did some shopping recently at the Benefit counter and in the end, I gave it in and got the Rockateur. 

Rockateur by Benefit

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Super Fast Purple Smoky Eye

Hey Lovelies,

I've been planning on doing a purple smoky eye look for the holidays, just in case you are bored with the warm, golden, brownish tones. I've used my Urban Decay Smoked Palette to achieve this look, and I wanted to keep it as simple as possible. I've used a dark matte brown shade in my crease (Backdoor) and put the purple shade from the palette (Rockstar) on my lid. I skipped my winged liner for this look, I've just smudged some black liner (Feline) to my upper lash line. The whole look was ready relatively fast, which makes it great for the busy holiday time.

Products I've used to create this look:
Eyes: MAC Paint Pot in Painterly; UD Smoked Palette eyeshadows Rockstar, Backdoor, Blackout, Freestyle, Kinky; MAC e/s in Nylon (inner corner highlight); MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline; Eyeko Black Magic Mascara; Benefit Brows A-go-go  Brow And Eye Shaping Kit
Face: Lancome Teint Miracle in 03; Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in 40 Soft Beige; MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus; MAC Pro Sculpting Powder in Sculpt; MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose LE
Lips: MAC Lipstick in Creme d'Nude; MAC Dazzleglass in Moth to Flame

What shade do you enjoy using around the holiday season?


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

NOTD: Forever Yummy

Hey Lovelies,

Hope you all are having an amazing Christmas! Today I finally had some time to do my mani -the past few days have passed in a crazy rush- and I had to stick with the traditional holiday shades! I've chosen a classical, cool-toned red, Forever Yummy by Essie. It's one of Essie's best-selling shades, it's a stunning red, perfectly opaque in two coats. 

Essie Forever Yummy

Aaaaand here is a little sneak peak of what I got for Christmas! 

I'm going to match my nails with a red lip today! What are your make-up plans? :)


Friday, December 20, 2013

Gel Liner Comparison: MAC vs Bobbi Brown

Hey Lovelies, 

As by now you probably have all noticed, my signature make-up look is a nude eye with a winged liner. I've been wearing this look with slight changes for years now, I love how classy it looks and you can spice it up with any bold lipstick. For creating your winged liner, you could use several products: gel liner, liquid liner or an eye pencil. The sharpest and most dramatic result is achieved with liquid or gel products. I personally prefer a gel liner, I've been using MAC Blacktrack for years now and I really like it. I apply it either with an angled brush (MAC 263 or 266) or a very fine brush with a pointed tip (Louise Young LY23). 
  Since I'm very low on my MAC gel liner, I decided to purchase the Bobbi Brown one, so I can finally compare them. I've read some really great reviews on the Bobbi one and I was always curious about it. Since both brands are owned by the same company (Estee Lauder), I expected them to be rather similar.

Here is the packaging:

Bobbi Brown Black Ink and MAC Blacktrack

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Recent Haul (Benefit, Essie, Butter London)

Hey Lovelies, 

I've done some shopping lately and I very briefly wanted to share with you what I got. I needed a back-up for my Erase Paste so I visited to Benefit counter and that's how the story started. :) 

Here is my loot:

I've been wanting to try the Hello Flawless Foundation for a while now, since I have the Hello Flawless Powder, which I use on a regular basis and I really like. I will review this foundation in a separate post after using it for a few weeks. Another product I've been wanting from Benefit was the High Brow, since I already have the Eye Bright which is a really nice addition to your collection. Now of course none of these products are must haves, you could always just use an eyeshadow to highlight your brow bone or inner corner, but I really like that they come in a pencil form. The Erase Paste I've been using for more than a year now and I really like it!

I also wanted to pick up some nail polishes and I ended up with the these two: Toff by Butter London and Forever Yummy by Essie. Forever Yummy is a classical, cool toned red which for some mysterious reason photographed very pinky. Toff is a really interesting, rosy shade, I will post pictures of both of them on my nails.

So have you done any shopping lately? Is something on your x-mas wish list? Let me know in the comments! 


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Festive Make-up Idea

Hey Lovelies,

Hope you are all having an amazing December! For me this month is absolutely crazy, full of work so I've had very little time to spend on my blog. However, I have a few make-up ideas that I want to share here. For this post, I have used classical christmasy colors, I've created a golden smoky eye. I'm planning on doing a purple smoky eye as well, or if you have any requests that you would like to see, please let me know in the comments.

Here is the look I've created for today:

For my base, I've used a glittery gel liner, Gilt Gourmet Fluidline by MAC. This one was limited edition, it came out with the Indulge collection this autumn. This product, when used as a gel liner is an absolute nightmare, I've tried to work with it a couple times and it was extremely chunky and had horrible fall-out. It still had issues with fall-out when used as a base, but if you do your eyes first, you can remove it and you will be left with a nice, glittery base. If you don't have this particular one, you could use any golden cream shadow as your base. I skipped my winged liner for this look, I wanted to let my falsies do their job (I still did eyeliner of course, I just didn't wing it out this time). I've used my Dolly Wink lashes, which are only available in the Asian market but they are absolutely amazing. (I got mine from ebay) For my eyelid color, I've mixed to shades, both by MAC, Goldmine and Amber Lights. Both my base and Goldmine e/s were on the cooler side and I wanted to give the look some warmth, that's why I mixed Amber Lights in. 

Here is another picture of my make-up:

Products I've used to create this look: 
Eyes: Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base; MAC Gilt Gourmet Fluidline; MAC Eyeshadows in Goldmine, Amber Lights, Wedge, Saddle, Carbon, Blanc Type; MAC Blacktrack Fluidline; Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara; Dolly Wink Lashes in No. 1 Dolly Sweet; MAC Technakohl Liner in Graphblack;  Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash
Face: Benefit The PoreFessional; Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe; Benefit Erase Paste in Medium; MAC Prep& Prime Translucent Finishing Powder; Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base; MAC Pro Blush in Bright Coral; Nars Miss Liberty Highlighter
Lips: MAC Syrup Lipstick; Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Naked

Earrings: ASOS
Cardigan: All Saints

Do you have any favorite go-to festive make-up looks? Let me know in the comments! :)


Friday, December 6, 2013

Review Of Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick In Naked

Hey Lovelies,

Urban Decay has recently released a new lipstick line, the Revolution Lipsticks, which claims to be long-lasting, very pigmented, hydrating and creamy. I've seen some good reviews on this formula so I decided to give it a try. I'm on a permanent mission to find the perfect my lips but better shade, so I was mostly checking the neutrals. The stronger, red shades look amazing, but I already have way too many bold shades in my collection. So I was going back and forth between Naked and Fiend (Naked is more of a brownish pink, while Fiend is more rosy). Eventually I ordered Naked and I've been loving it ever since I received it.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Warm Shades Are In For Me

Hey Lovelies,

It's crazy how we are just a few weeks away from X-mas and New Year's Eve! I already started looking around in my collection to think about holiday make-up ideas. And of course holiday nail ideas. Everything glittery and shimmery is in right now! Look at my new treasure:

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Untold

This is Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Untold and I got it especially for the holiday season! I can't wait to show you this little beauty on my nails! Deborah Lippmann had a beautiful limited edition red glittery nail polish (I can't recall the name, but if you can, help me out in the comments) which I wanted so badly but never managed to put my hands on. Since then I've always been on a hunt for red glittery shades. :)

For my daily make-up, I just started experimenting with my warmer browns. I've used all MAC eyeshadows for my look, all of them are in the permanent line. Here is the make-up I came up with:

Products I've used to create this look:
Eyes: Stila Smudge Pot in Kitten; MAC Eyeshadows in Woodwinked, Folie, Mulch, Handwritten, Blanc Type; MAC Blacktrack Fluidline; Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte; Eyeko Black Magic Mascara; Benefit Brow Kit; MAC Eyebrow Gel in Clear
Face: Benefit The PoreFessional; Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in N125 mixed with MAC Lustre Drops in Sun Rush; Benefit Erase Paste in 2 Medium; MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW 20& NW25; Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre in 30; MAC Prep& Prime Translucent Finishing Powder; MAC Harmony Blush; Nars Madly Blush
Lips: Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Cherry Tart

And please notice my adorable red lippie shaped earrings! They are from H&M and they are my newest obsession! :)