Month: August 2013

A thank you to all my readers

First of all, I want to thank you all for following my blog and reading, liking and commenting my posts.

When I first created this blog, the “About Me” page was written quite hastily. I have just updated it, so if you’re interested, have a look and learn more about me by clicking here.

When I started my blog back in May this year, I had much more time to update it every few days, or even more often. But I’m now in state in my life where I’m gonna be super busy pursuing my professional career. I would be concentrating on my final paper and looking for a job. Of course, I would still post once in a while – I love doing it, which was why I first started this blog. It’s gonna be a really tough year, but I hope that I will still be able to do as many posts as possible.

Maria xoxo

 

 

Teal and purple liners

As always, I was browsing through Instagram, and was caught by this beautiful look by @auroramakeup. I liked it so much that I wanted to recreate the look, and this is how it turned out:

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The original look by @auroramakeup is this one:

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I didn’t have the exact same blue, and her liner is thicker and more smudged out. And I didn’t use false lashes. And I would blame her much prettier result on her better lighting, camera etc. 😉 😉

For the eyeliners, I just used my LA Girl Glide gel liner in Gypsy Teal, and Gosh Purple Stain.

Here are more pictures of the look:

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Do you ever recreate looks? Please share 🙂

Maria xoxo

What do you think of the ad by Benefit?

I was browsing through my social media news, and came across this article by Mashable.

It’s the new ad from Benefit for their They’re Real mascara. I like that they have taken on this more humorous approach, and we can’t deny the fact that those men in the ad are hot! What not to like 😉

 

What do you think? Funny, or are they going too far?

Maria xoxo

Black smokey eye

Lately, I have been struggling with getting back to a normal day rythm. On top of that, I’m trying to get some study done, plus looking for a job. Feel like I have too much going on. I just missed playing around with makeup. For me, it’s like therapy. So I allowed myself to play today!

I suddenly felt like doing a black smokey eye look, so that’s what I did 😀

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I started off with a bare face, and primed the eyes with Urban Decay primer potion:

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I used the NYX Nude on Nude palette:

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And then I applied a lighter black eyeshadow, including on the lower lash line. Don’t worry about being neat. The one eye applied, and the other one blended out:

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And then apply a more intense black focusing on the lids. I used Sleek, Storm palette:

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I drew my brows before cleaning up all the mess, as it’s easier with the brows defined:

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And then I used a golden shimmery colour to highlight the inner corners, lined all around my eyes with Revlon Colorstay pencil liner, curled and applied mascara with Urban Decay Canonball.

I did spend a lot of time going back and forth cleaning and blending the eyeshaow.

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For the rest of the face, I tried to keep it neutral and simple: Foundation is Makeup Forever Mat Velvet+, and concealer is MAC moisturecover in NC35, powdered the face with MAC Studio Fix in NC42, blush is ELF tickled pink, lips is KATE Kanebo in BE-2.

I don’t do many heavy, dark looks, so I’m still experimenting with it. It’s also because I’m not used to see myself with this kind of look. What do you think? Is it too much even for a night out?

Maria xoxo

I just became a Sigma affiliate

Hey everyone

I applied to become a Sigma affiliate for fun, and I got approved. So now I’ve got a Sigma affiliate link: http://www.sigmabeauty.com/?Click=241553

The 10% off coupon code for August is MNSF2013

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The free gift of August(if you spend 30$ or more) is a free mini spa glove for brush washing.

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I really like my Sigma brushes, and there are a few I would definitely recommend. A post on that will come up soon.

I have been crazy busy lately, so won’t be posting so often. But should be back soon.

Maria xoxo

 

Makeup Forever HD foundation

One of my favourite foundations I have tried is the Makeup Forever HD foundation. I like the light consistency along with the decent coverage and good staying power. Note that there is no SPF in it, which makes it perfect if I know I would be taking pictures with flash as SPF can result in flash back that can make the face look white. So I like to use this foundation for a night out as I don’t need the SPF, and pictures taken in clubs usually involve flash 🙂

I have been buying my MUFE HD foundations in unfortunate times of the year, so I own a really dark one, and one that is slightly lighter for my skintone now. What I do is just to mix the two, and I get a very good colour match:

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IMG_5356 I usually use 1,5 pumps to cover my entire face.

 

IMG_5365  Wearing the foundation on the right side of my face.

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Verdict: I love this foundation, and would repurchase. I just have to make sure to get my exact match next time haha..

Maria xoxo

 

Midnight blue smokey eyes

Usually, I like lighter and fresher eye looks…. because it’s so easy, and as much as I love makeup – most days I’m lazy with it. So I don’t do this kind of darker look very often, but this is the look I did yesterday:

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Close up on the eyes:

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For the eyes, I was using:

– Urban Decay primer potion (priming the eyes can make a huge difference)

– A light colour as base

– The Storm palette:

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I applied the midnight blue colour(1) on my lid, making sure not to bring it up too much. I kept layering this colour a few times. And then I smudged it up slightly to avoid any harsh line. I contoured with the black shade(2), making sure to apply it very lightly as I only want a hint of darker colour on the outer corner. Blend, blend, blend, blend. I then used a lighter shade as a transition colour(3) and applied it on the rest of the lids. I then used a light shimmery champagne colour(4) and lightly dabbed it on the browbone, and on the inner corners of my eyes – making sure to blend it properly to avoid the inner corners screaming shimmer. But it was a very important step in order to brighten up the eyes because this is a darker look. I finished off by smudging on a darker brown colour on the lower lashline, just to connect with the rest of the eyes.

I wanted a subtle look. So I didn’t want to put on a heavy eyeliner. I used a soft, black pencil liner I can smudge out – with Revlon colorstay black pencil liner. This liner is so creamy and has good staying power – just make sure to go over it/smudge it with a Q-tip. I only gave the liner a tiny lift without winging it as such. As I had a night out, I avoided to put on any dark/black liner/mascara under my eyes – black smudge is the last thing I wanted last night! So I kept it clean with only the smudged dark brown colour. I of course, topped the whole look off by curling my lashes with my beloved Shiseido eyelash curler and mascara. I used Maybelline Falsies and Maybelline Volum Express Rocket for even bigger lashes.

For the rest, I was wearing:

– Estee Lauder Futurist in #66. This is a sample I got from the counter. I’m quite satisfied with the colour match.

– Revlon Colorstay concealer in medium/deep

– Milani multitasker powder in 05 Tan

– Lioele eyebrow pencil in 02

– NYX powder blush in Dusty Rose

– Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in 423 Pink Velvet – for a very pretty rosie tint on my lips and good staying power by doing this:

tip: I put on a generous coat, and massaged it in my lips, and then I blotted the rest off with a tissue until I’m left with a tint. It can look rather dry, so I topped it off with:

– Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss in 080 Cherries in the glow

I forgot to top the whole look off with:

Skindinavia setting spray – I realised I forgot when I was out in the heat!!!

Have a great weekend, everyone 😀

Maria xoxo