Sunday, 26 February 2012

Saturday Night Sparkle

There's something about Saturday night partying I enjoy more than sipping cocktails, dancing my heels off and meeting old - and new - friends - getting ready! And I'm sure a lot of You ladies will agree, it's the picking an outfit and a MU look to match, planning ahead from Monday, that adds all the excitement.
So this is what I wore last night when going for drinks with a friend and one key product I'm absolutely in love with. I know it's been around for a while and I picked it up at IMATS but never really got the chance to test it till now - it's Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Phenomena!
It's like no other product, a cream shadow that actually feels like liquid when blending, very light and sheer yet provides amazing coverage. Incredibly rich with pigment and shimmery particles, a must have when You want some sparkle without going too glitter-crazy!
It does not crease a lot but here's a little trick to make it last all night:
  • Over an eyeshadow primer, dab a thin layer of the Liquid Metal and blend slightly outwards
  • Apply a sheer layer of a matching eyeshadow - I used the silvery shade from the Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Eyeshadow Quad in Blue Breeze - just dab it accross the lid with Your finger as You don't want too much coverage, it's more about the powder-like layer to set the product in place
  • As the cream eyeshadow is very sparkly and sheer, the eyeshadow might take a bit of the mirror-like sparkle away so dab a thin layer over the eyeshadow again. This way, the powder and the layering will keep the product in place yet You will still have the amazing effect. 
So You have a layer of Liquid Metal, eyeshadow and Liquid Metal again!

P.s. As You can notice, the pictures are much clearer and the detail is more visible, as I'm the proud owner of a brand new camera! Yay! 

What is Your must-have Saturday night product?
Lots of love,
S
xoxo

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Randomness + Modern 50s FOTD

This is so exciting! First of all, bloghop is such a great idea! I've found so many great blogs to follow and I'm drooling over all the products with the great reviews I never knew about, dying to try out all the make-up looks and absolutely amazed by some ladies' great fashion sense! Find out more here
 
Second of all, I've hit more than 100 followers! It is absolutely amazing and I'm so grateful for each and every one of You that keeps checking this blog out, each an inspiration to keep going! I'll possibly be doing a 100 follower giveaway, stay tuned!

And last but not the least, just a random FOTD from yesterday as I was just meeting a friend for drinks. The quality is not that good as they were taken with my blackberry but here it goes:

 Attempting to channel a modern 50s with pale skin, a full brow and a strong lip
Estee Lauder in Mink on the brows
Revlon GrowLuscious Mascara
NYX Loose Pearl Powder in Pearl (over the lid)
Primark falsies (And they're actually my favorite falsies now!)
Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Sob
Benefit High Beam
and
Mac Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo

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Keep coming back as there's more exciting stuff coming up in the next few days, lots of love to all my followers,
S
xoxo

Monday, 20 February 2012

BlogHop#1



Such a lovely idea to find new blogs to follow and let people know about yours.
Find out more here
xoxo
Have fun hopping!

S

Monday, 13 February 2012

Glowing, dewy and young - ready for spring!

I know most of us are slowly getting fed up with the cold and dark weather and are looking forward to wearing pastels without having to panic about every passing car that might cover that new, gorgeous powder pink blazer or bright green pencil skirt with splashes of not-so-pretty mud (although tobacco is coming back in fashion as the new neutral) as we're trying to inject our everyday looks with as much "springtime" and as little layers as we can. 
The exact same goes for make-up - easy and soft is the way to go. Deep reds and ruby lipsticks are being replaced with just-there bitten berries, a bit of cream blusher instead of the strong contour and choosing the lighter, shimmery family of colors in your favorite eyeshadow pallete. The whole spring make-up look to go for can be summarized as "young, fresh and glowing".

  • The no1 trend to go for if you want an instant boost of "careless and romantic" (and that has actually been around for a while, turning more "careless" each season) is a soft yet strong, bushy brow. Frames Your eyes without overpowering the look and adding more structure to any face shape. Add a rounded arch and ditch the geometric brow. Keep them well groomed to avoid looking too heavy and tired (opposite of what we're going for!) and keep in place using a brow gel like MUA Academy Mascara in Shade 1. Brush the hairs in different directions before coming through to create a softer line.
  • Skin - go for a soft, illuminating foundation that will bounce the light off all the imperfections but will not look to heavy or thick in any light (and the first sunshine of spring is not the most flattering one if You're not prepared). I am absolutely in love and obessed with NYX HD Photogenic Foundation The light-diffusing ingredients will make You look flawless and the formula gives the perfect amount of coverage without over-powering Your natural beauty and glow. My trick is to buff it in with a bronzer brush for a light, airbrushed effect or apply with fingers using a dabbing motion over the cheeks, nose and forehead for a more natural look. Must-have! Don't powder, if Your complexion is too oily, use a mattifying primer underneath instead!
  • To inject some color, use a cream blusher with a bit of light reflecting particles for that dewy look rather than the usual blusher+highlighter combo. My new favorite is Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Sob (Cool candy pink, dewy finish). Go for Dixie if You have warm undertones instead. Dab it on the apples of Your cheeks and go for an 80's curve if You're daring - taking it up to the browbone for an instant lift and brightness. Don't be scared as the blusher is the perfect combination of "pigmented" and "sheer"!
  • Last but not least - lashes. Same as the brows, it's about creating a smoky halo that frames the eyes. If using falsies, go for bushy and natural ones (Good old Eylure Naturalities collection will give You the perfect range of options), if You are keeping it more natural, go for a dark brown mascara with a lifting effect to hold an eye-widening curve! Lancome Hypn├┤se Drama in 02 - Excessive brown will be the perfect finishing touch!
 
 
 
Hope this will inject a bit of sunshine in the overwhelming gray all around us and scares away the last of the winter blues,
dreaming of springtime and sending lots of love,
S xxxxxx