Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Holiday & Party Series: Gunmetal Glam


The anticipated holiday season is coming up soon so I decided to start another series, which by title as you can tell...is dedicated to the christmas holidays! :) hehe. The gold glitter liner in this look was inspired by Lauren Luke's (aka panacea81) Christmas Party Make Up Look Collab video, I didn't actually try to mimic her look because I know i needed some modifications to suit my own eye shape and I came up with something similar-ish. haha I hope you guys like this! :)

Step 1: apply an eyeshadow primer all over the lids and lower lash line, then apply "gunmetal" (dark gray shimmery) eyeshadow all over the eyelids


Step 2: using a blending brush dab the tip of the brush into "buck" and place this warm matte brown shade on the eye socket/above "gunmetal" to blend out the harsh edges


Step 3: using the same brush, take a little bit of "smog" and blend over "buck" to create and add more metallic-ness to the look


Step 4: with a large flat shader brush blend out the brown eyeshadow with the highlight color "virgin" (pale light shimmery pink eyeshadow)


Step 5: dip a smudger brush into "creep" (sparkly black eyeshadow) and smoke it out on the outer half of the lower lash line


Step 6: then dip the smudger brush into "smog" (copper brown metallic e/s) and smudge it into the rest of the lower lash line


Step 7: to brighten up the eyes a little, take a bit of "half baked" (shimmery yellow gold e/s) and place it in the tear duct/inner corner area of the eyes. After finishing with the eyeshadows, use a black liquid eyeliner to line your upper lash line and wing it out, curl your lashes, apply mascara and then apply false eyelashes.

**Note: for this look I would suggest false lashes that are not too full or dramatic  because it would take away the gold glitter eyeliner and even cover it (at least for my monolid asian eye shape). In this look the intended focus is the gold glitter, so I have on some natural crosshair falsies. :)


Step 8: using an angled brush directly squeeze a tiny amount of the glitter adhesive/primer on the brush and draw it onto the eyes as if you were lining your eyes with an eyeliner and distribute evenly. Remember NOT to apply all over the lids because you want to LINE your eyes with gold glitter, if you apply all over...the glitter will stick all over the eyelid instead of being a concentrated line. If you have a gold glitter liner then go ahead and use that to line your eyes instead (i don't own any...so I have to use this method). 



Step 9:  dip the angled brush into the gold glitter and gently pack over the glitter primer - pack it on so there will be less fallout on your face (skip this step if you used a glitter liner)


Step 10: Redefine your wing so that it makes the gold liner more defined and sharper


Step 11: take a black pencil eyeliner and line your water line


And now you're finished!! :D


The Completed Look


Products Used:

Eyes
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue Bonding Eye Shadow Primer
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette
  • NYX Glitter on the Go in Glam Gold
  • Maybelline Line Works Liquid Eyeliner
  • Maybelline The Falsies Mascara (Original)
  • Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
  • Daiso False Eyelashes 
  • Christian Dior pencil eyeliner 090 black
Face
  • Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Concealer 
  • Maybelline Dream Matte Powder
  • NYX Powder Blush in Taupe 
  • ELF Studio Bronzer in Warm
  • ELF Studio Blush in Pink Passion
Lips
  • NYX Pencil Lip liner in Nude Pink
  • ELF Mineral Lipstick in Runway Pink
  • Revlon Super lustrous lipgloss in Life's a Peach

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Retail Therapy Haul [edited/updated: 11/20/11]

To explain my lack of update...the past 2 weeks have been absolutely insane for me.....being super sick, midterms, presentation, assignments, paper and boothang deal going on lol i had no free time for myself! I'm so glad it's over now, so I come back with a haul hehehe XD shopping just sooth and releases my stress haha

**edit/update: i only bought 2 new things so I didn't exactly want to start another post just for something so small...so i decided to add it in to this post and made a few other changes too, hope you guys don't mind :P

I first went to H&M to return this chiffon like open back romper....originally I was gonna wear this to clubbing but then I decided to save some money (which was btw total fail....cus i ended up spending even more) and my bf said I looked hotter in the other dress I already had...so yeah :P

I ended up buying this dress instead...so pretty but so expensive it was $60
so I'm still debating if I should keep this, cus I dunno when I'd actually get the
chance to wear this out.... ><" (update: ended up returning this as well lol)
pleathered waistband
Next I went to urban behaviour cause they're having a 50% off sale on the entire store this weekend till monday...soooo i bought some things lol
sweater - $30
over-sized chunky knit sweater - $20
love this!
Last time styling this blouse was not well thought out
so I re-styled it for a possible interview outfit and took a picture :) 

I still need to iron it though.... lol
I had the urge to exchange this as well b/c the structure of the blouse is a little awkward
but nope - i'mma 
keep this now hehe
After returning the H&M dress I walked into forever 21 and bought two
tops - which ended up almost equivalent to the price....so much for
"saving" money ehh? lol ><" Anyways... I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS TOP!!
i love the jewels on this! and it's not only bejeweled in the front but also
in the back, which I really appreciate. :) But you have to be careful not
to snag this on anything...I spent like 10 min at the store looking for a perfect one :O
The second top I bought from FXXI was this sheer dusty rose
cropped button down - perfect couple with my H&M lattice necklace <3 
Shoulder Details
I've been eyeing to get one of these sheer crop tops for a while now, but
never got one because they were always sooo expensive! This however,
was only $23.80 :)

I planned on doing this post yesterday but, i was too busy finishing my paper lol...i also wanted to do a "get ready with me" post since I was gonna get all glammed up for my girly's birthday....but that didn't happen either LOL...I'll redo the look and post it another day :) stay tuned and hope you guys are having a wonderful long weekend! hehe

**edit/update: I'll be doing a holiday series soon and a post on new skin care stuff I've been trying out (I just need catch the natural sunlight for better quality pictures =__=;) ....stay tuned :)