Sunday, December 23, 2012

Dearest Ice Princess

Christmas is only a few days away so glitter polish definitely collaborates with the festive season really well. If you`re seeking for glamour attention at your Christmas parties, Revlon Radiant is something you should consider. It is compacted with micro blue sparkles and large hexagonal silver, blue and green glitter. I only needed two coats to achieve complete opacity - super impressive! Who cares if it`s going to be a pain in the butt to remove - I am in love with this.   



Photo Credit (for last photo): A.L

P.S If you`re reading this Wendelin, I hope you recall ice princess, blue ice and green ice hahaha. I thought about you when I painted my nails with this. Love ya :)

P.S.S I`m sorry, I`ve been mia again. I`ll be catching up with all of you lovely ladies' blog posts that I`ve subscribed to soon and definitely going to be blogging more. I have several reviews coming up so stay tuned. I hope you guys are having a wonderful holiday so far!

Monday, December 10, 2012

S-S-S-Se-Se-Sepphhooorrrraaa!!



Just a quick haul here! My sister had the 20% discount from Sephora a few weeks back and she asked me if I wanted to get anything along with her purchases. Although I am a Beauty Insider, surprisingly enough, I have not spent enough a fortune in the store to get the VIB status haha - so my account only has the 15% off instead of 20%. Anywho, I've been eyeing the YSL lip products for the longest time and I decided that the lipstain range was something worth while for me to splurge in. I'm not a fan of lip glosses in general, but I wanted to give it a go since it was a stain and I love the colour of this particular shade. The Too Faced bronzer was a purchase by mistake....sort of. I told her I've been eyeing the bronzer but I know I have wayyy too many in my collection already (here) to justify another purchase. She ended up buying it for me anyways and said it was a gift from her to me. I was in awe. The rest of the products shown in the post are gift with purchases.


YSL Glossy Stain in 1 Violet Edition (look out for a review soon!) and if you're wondering the red pouch
is a YSL phone case. Super cute! But the flap needs to wear in, in order to fit my phone. 


This bronzer smells absolutely amazing! I love it. I should've bought this sooner haha.


NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover, Orgasm blush, Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer
So excited to try these babies out! :D


L-R: YSL Glossy Stain in 1 Violet Edition, NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover, NARS Blush
in Orgasm, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Milk Chocolate 

Have yet to try these scents. Which is/are your favourite(s)??

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Till The Skyfalls 007



Happy December everyone! I thought I would have more time in November to blog but I was wrong. The hectic-ness did not stop as hoped. It feels like forever since I've last posted but I'm back now. I also have some exciting things to share - I have officially caught up with technology and have a smart phone now. Le ghetto no more!! HUUURRAYYY! Which means, you can now find me on instagram and you'll definitely see more updates from me on there when you notice I'm mia on blogger. :)

Anyways, with all that random stuff aside...how many of you guys watched Skyfall? The moment I saw Berenice Marlohe's makeup when they were in the casino I instantly fell in love. I love the dark lips and extremely dramatic smokey eyes paired together! By far, I think this is the heaviest makeup look I've ever done. When I finished and looked at myself in the mirror, it felt weird cause I looked so different - I felt like a stranger to myself hahaha. I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I do - now, let's get started with the tutorial!

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Step 1: Prime your eyelids with an eye primer and then apply a thin layer of creamy black base all over the lids and spread evenly

Step 2: Using a crease brush, pack on matte black eyeshadow over the lids while slightly blending the colour upwards towards but just right beneath the crease or eye socket area.


Step 3: Dip a flat smudger brush into the black eyeshadow and apply it to the inner corner of the eyes for a defined look. Then use it to create a dramatic wing on the outer corner of the eyes.


Step 4: With a fluffy blending brush, slightly blend out the harsh edges of the black eyeshadow with a medium dark brown eyeshadow for a gradient effect.


Step 5: Line your water line with a black pencil eyeliner as well as the lower lashline (not shown) and then set the lower lash line with the black eyeshadow for longevity as well as softening the harsh pencil for a smokey effect.


Step 6: Next, take a shimmery dark charcoal or (in my case) shimmery dark brown and apply it to the inner third of the lids, tear duct and inner third of the lower lash line for a subtle brightening effect.


Step 7: Highlight the browbone with a matte white eyeshadow


Step 8: Curl your lashes, apply mascara and pop on some dramatic false lashes. Eyeliner is not necessary for this look since your eyeshadow is already black and no one would be able to tell anyways. ;)


And viola! C'est fini! Well....not quite because we still have the lips. If you're like me and don't have the perfect dark plum wine lipstick you can simply mix the colour of two different lipsticks like I have done to complete the look. I first lined my lips with a nude lip pencil liner (NYX Lip Pencil in Nude Pink) because any bold lip colour requires a nice clean finishing edge. Then I applied Revlon's Va Va Violet and using a lip brush, I topped it with a red lipstick (NYX Round Lipstick in Eros) until I got the desired colour. The other night, I finally had the chance to pick up my new toy - YSL Glossy Stain in Violet Edition. So in the photo below I have placed the mixed lip color beside the YSL one for comparison. (And yes, expect a haul and several reviews soon!)

Classy look turned gangster with my beanie and sweater haha

Mixed Lip Colour vs. YSL Lipstain

** By the way, please excuse the inconsistency in the quality of the photos. Long story short: the current winter weather in raincouver does not provide the best natural/day lighting. So I had to use two different cameras - one good, one bad. So yeah....overall this tutorial was a pain in the butt!

Products Used

Eyes
  • NYX Eyeshadow Trio in TS01 (Black/Gray/White)
  • NYX 10 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Champagne & Caviar
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • ELF Mineral Eyeshadow in Socialite
  • Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
  • Daiso Cross Long + Red Cherry #43 Falsies
Face
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector 
  • Make Up For Ever Duo Matte Powder
  • NYX Powder Blush in Angel
  • NYX Powder Blush in Taupe
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Lips
  • NYX Lip Pencil in Nude Pink
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Va Va Violet
  • NYX Round Lipstick in Eros
  • YSL Glossy Stain in No.1 Violet Edition