20 Mar 2016

Series of Looks: Eurovision-Inspired!

Apart from makeup, my biggest interest is watching the Eurovision Song Contest every year. Eurovision is a contest held in Europe where countries that are part of the European Broadcasting Union send in an original song and act each year, and then they compete. Each country gets to allot points to their top ten acts, and the country with the most points at the end wins!

I love Eurovision- I'm part of several fan groups online, and recently, I've been using Eurovision songs to inspire my makeup looks. I actually worked up the courage to post a few looks to the fan groups, and they were met with a lot of praise, as well as requests for more looks inspired by specific songs! So I thought I might as well share a few of the looks here with you. The links to the songs are in the titles as well!

Latvia 2016: Heartbeat by Justs

The first Eurovision look I did, and still probably my favourite. I used my Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette on the eyes- mostly Destroyer for the red part of the lid, Muse for the lavender inner corner, and Echo for the lower lashline. I used Black Metal to deepen up the crease as well. On my lips is Blue Velvet Velour Liquid Lipstick by Jeffree Star Cosmetics.

Norway 2009: Fairtytale by Alexander Rybak

The winning song of 2009 with the most-ever points in Eurovision! I love Fairytale and Alexander Rybak so I just had to do a look for his song.  This look is mostly inspired by the act's stage presentation. I'm wearing the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette again- Analogue on the lid blended out with Fran, and Synth on the lower lashline. I'm wearing Makeup Geek's Fortune Teller in the inner corner and Colourpop's Piggy Bank Creme Gel Liner on my top lashline. On my lips is NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Life's a Beach.

Serbia 2010: Ovo Je Balkan by Milan Stankovic

This is such a fun song with a fun presentation! I used, again, the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette for the eyes. Swoon in the crease, Synth on the lid, and Anthem on the lower lashline. Skulls in the inner corner, and Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in Piggy Bank. Lips are the Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi.

Netherlands 2016: Slow Down by Douwe Bob

This look was requested by some fans on facebook! I didn't like the song at first, but I listened to it the whole time I did my makeup and now I can't stop singing it. Plus Douwe Bob ain't hard on the eyes....
I used the Stila Eyes are the Window to the Mind palette, almost all of the warm shades. I focused on building up a warm crease and having a cozy, smokey, blown-out look. I put a bit of the Balm's Mary Lou Manizer in the inner corner. On my lips is Colourpop Tootsi.

Russia 2014: Shine by the Tolmachevy Sisters

Like the song says, I wanted my look to shine! I used the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer and NYX Prismatic Shadow in Girl Talk on the Lids, with shadows from the previously mentioned Stila palette in the crease. I then focused on creating a glowy face- I mixed some Burberry Sheer Glow in with my foundation, then blended the e.l.f. all-over cover stick in Lilac Petal over my cheeks. I set the cream highlight with OFRA You Glow, Girl! Highlight. On my lips is an e.l.f. moisturizing lipstick that I can't remember the name of, sorry!

That concludes my first roundup of Eurovision-inspired looks, but there are many more to come, so stay tuned!

7 Mar 2016

My Top 5 Beauty Wishlist: Face Primers

Hey, it's been a while since I did a Beauty Wishlist post! Recently, I've noticed myself getting annoyed with my usual primer- it's just not working for me anymore. I've been wishing after a lot of different primers, but these are the ones I am considering purchasing the most!

1. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer, $40 CAD

This sounds like the primer of my dreams. It's purportedly soothing, smoothing, and moisturizing, and smells like coconuts. It sounds exactly like what I need in the morning to refresh my tired, flaky skin. And I'm bonkers for anything coconut-scented!

2. BECCA Backlight Priming Filter, $46 CAD

I don't exactly know why I'm so crazy over this- I think it's because it looks so luxurious, and I love anything that helps me to get my glow on. I'm slightly worried that this might emphasize my pores, though. I really want to get a sample of it to try it out!

3. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer- Hydrating, $43 CAD

Just what the doctor ordered! The main reason I use primer is to smooth over my dry patches so that my foundation doesn't stick to them. A hydrating primer is exactly what I need. It's like I need my face to drink a glass of water before I put my foundation on (I've tried moisturizer but it makes my foundation slide off my face).

4. MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer, Nourishing, $43 CAD

This primer is supposed to be "for constant dryness", which is definitely what I have. I've heard a lot about these Step 1 Skin Equalizers being amazing, and I didn't know if I should choose the smoothing or nourishing one, but since I already have some silicon-y primers, this nourishing primer would be a worthwhile addition to my routine.

5. Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier Afterglow Primer & Luminizer, $20 CAD

This seems like a more affordable version of the BECCA Backlight Priming Filter, and therefore something I'd be interested in. I'm waiting on reviews for this product, and if I see some positive ones, I'll snatch it up! It's practically drugstore price and Sephora Collection makeup is really underrated.

What are your favourite primers for dry skin with texture issues? I'm open for any recommendations!

Nails of the Day: Rose Quartz and Serenity with Revlon!

I don't often post nails on my blog, because I have dermotillomania (which makes me pick at my hands terribly. Not conducive for nail shots). But my roommate has beautiful nails and offered to let me use her as a hand model for a Rose Quartz and Serenity-themed nail of the day!

The star of this show is Revlon. We used one of their regular polishes in Irresistible, a beautiful Serenity shade, and one of the Parfumerie Polishes in Pink Pineapple.

'Irresistible' was used as an accent nail with Pink Pineapple for the rest of the nails.

This is two coats of each.

She also surprised me by applying a Revlon holo-flakies top coat overtop of Irresistable, and I think it looks gorgeous!

Let me know if you'd like to see more of my roommate's nails on my blog! She's great at nail art too!

4 Mar 2016

FOTD: (early) St. Patrick's Day!

Two FOTDs in a row?! I'm sorry, guys, you'll be sick of my face before the week is done.

It's not St. Patty's day yet, but this post is more to inspire some of you who want to do something festive with your makeup, but just don't know what! This look was not only super fun to do, but easy as pie too. It focuses on the eyes and highlight. Let's get into it!

I'm incredibly pleased with how the eyes turned out! Here's what I used:

After buffing a small amount of Makeup Geek's Peach Smoothie into my crease, I took a large fluffy brush and lightly built up Vinyl, a lime green, from the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette. I then took a smaller, denser blending brush and packed Misfit, the true green in the palette, into my crease. I blended it out with a bit of Vinyl and Peach Smoothie.

I then took the Covergirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in 330, a light gold shade, and applied it to my lid a bit messily, just to get a sticky base. This isn't a crucial step, but if you're going to be using a gold shadow with weaker pigmentation than the one I used, or a loose pigment, it can be quite helpful!

I then took Makeup Geek's Foiled Shadow in Untamed on my finger and packed it all over my lid. This shadow is amazing, guys, pure liquid gold.

For my lower lashline, I lined my waterline with MAC's Emerald Sea Powerpoint Eye Pencil, and then smudged Untamed into and under the lashline. I used Benefit's They're Real Push-Up Liner to create the winged liner, and applied Make Up For Ever's Smoky Extravagant mascara to my top lashes, leaving my bottom ones bare to higlight the green in the waterline.

For the inner corner highlight and face highlight, I used the Wet n Wild Highlighter in Hollywood Boulevard, a gorgeous gold.

It was important for me to have a gold highlight for this look!

And heck, let's throw another couple of pictures at you because hey, I'm proud of this look (especially considering I did it at 3am.... I was clattering around in the bathroom, and my roommate wanted to kill me. The stakes were high!)

For the lips, I just used LORAC's Alter Ego lipstick in Girl Next Door with a nude Milani gloss on top.

If you decide to do a similar look, link me in the comments and I'll check it out! I particularly think this look would be improved by gold glitter and/or false lashes, both of which I don't have, so yeah! If you like the look of this makeup, and have glitter and lashes- pleeeease recreate it! I need that in my life!

Anyways, thanks for staring at my mug! Happy way-early St. Patty's Day!

3 Mar 2016

FOTD: Wearable Rose Quartz & Serenity

I'm always excited for Pantone's Colour of the Year- and for the year of 2016, they chose two! Those colours are Rose Quartz, a light baby pink, and Serenity, a baby blue. The colours have received a fair amount of backlash from the makeup community, because pastel makeup isn't considered very wearable, and on the technical side, most pastel makeup on the market (especially matte makeup, as is the trend of the mo') is low-performing. However, I love the colours- they remind me of the Transgender Pride Flag- so I figured I'd take a crack at making these colours flattering and wearable!

These products are the stars of the show! 

First, the eyes. I'm using the Illamasqua shadow single in Creep as my Serenity colour in this look. To complement it, I'm using the cooler medium browns in my Too Faced Natural Matte palette. 

First, I used the shade Lace Teddy, a peach, as my transition shade, buffing it rather heavily into the crease. Then I buffed Nudie, a light cool brown, on top of it, and then defined the outer crease and V with Cashmere Bunny and a bit of Risque. 

Then, I patted on a bit of white shadow base (the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk), and used a flat shader brush to pack Creep all over my lid.

For the lower lashline, I heavily blended Nudie, Cashmere Bunny and Risque to create a diffused cool brown effect. I lined my waterline with a Sky Blue liner pencil by Rimmel, and put Girl Talk by NYX in my inner corner. Then I applied Butter London Wink brown mascara to both my top and bottom lashes. 

For my face, all that pink colour and shine is the work of a one dollar product! The e.l.f. essential all-over colour stick in Lilac Petal is a gorgeous dewy pink. I applied it all over my cheeks, and a bit on the tip of my nose, blending it on top of my foundation using a damp beauty sponge. 

For my lips, I'm using my newest lipstick obsession- the LORAC Alter Ego lipstick in Girl Next Door, a gorgeous, pigmented light pink. I topped it with a light pink Bite Beauty lip gloss from last year's Watercolour Lip Library.

I think the whole look was a success! I would definitely wear it out, and though I agree that these colours might not work for everyone, it was fun to play with them! I'm sure I'll be wearing my fair share of Rose Quartz and Serenity come springtime.

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