Tutorial

Those follow buttons

Finally, I found out how to add those Follow buttons. I have been wondering for ages, and tried a few times without succeeding. I bumped into this blog post by Henry, and decided to give it a try again. I didn’t follow everything, but tried out some alternative ways to do it. This guide is for WordPress-users.

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1. Find your icons: Henry suggests to look for social media icons on http://www.webdesignrazzi.com/2014/. However I ended up downloading zip files that didn’t contain individual icons that I look for. I started to google “individual social media icons”, and found some at carrieloves.com. What I like is that the icons are simple, and you can choose your own colour, and then you download the whole package. I used “Grayed Jade”. Once you’ve downloaded the zip-file, simply unzip it by right-clicking the file and extract:

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And then a “normal” folder with the same name will appear in the same folder. I use the programme win.rar to unzip my stuff. So it might look a little different on your computer. You can unzip on all computers, even if you don’t have win.rar.

There is a myriad of icons out there, so you can literally keep looking until you find the perfect ones! I was satisfied with the ones I found on carrieloves.com.

2. Convert your icons from png. files to jpg- files because I found out that wordpress doesn’t accept png.files. You can simply do that by opening the file you wanna convert, in a picture editing programme, e.g. Paint. Press “Save As” and choose “JPEG” under “Save as type”.

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Comment: actually, it’s possible to just click on the title and change “png” directly to “jpg” as long as you have checked the box in “Folder Options”–>”View”–>”Display the full path in the title bar”. It didn’t work on my computer. I don’t know why.

3. Add the icon images to your wordpress library: Look for “Media” at the menu, and choose “Add new”. Just drag and drop all your jpeg icons there.

4. Save your image links: WordPress has then given all your icons a link which you have to note down (e.g. in a word-document). You find the link by clicking on “Edit”, and you’ll see the link at the right side. You need the link when you’re at step 6!

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5. Decide where you want to put these icons: I wanted to put mine on the sidebar, so I clicked on “Appearance”–>”Widgets”, and then on the left side, you have a huge list of widgets. Choose “Text”, and drag it to the box called “Sidebar”. You can give it a title. I simply wrote “Follow me”

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You can also include them in all your posts (like this one at the bottom). Just paste the html in your post. Remember to switch from “Visual” to “Text” when you paste the html.

6. Create the HTML: Just copy and paste the following html and adjust to your personalised url’s

<div>
<a href=”your personal social media link” target=”_blank”>
<img title=”The name of the social media site” src=”the img link you have saved in wordpress” alt=”The name of the social media site” width=”50″ height=”50″>
</img>
</a>

<a href=”your other personal social media link” target=”_blank”>
<img title=”The name of the social media site” src=”the other img link you have saved in wordpress” alt=”The name of the social media site” width=”50″ height=”50″>
</img>
</a>
</div>

Example: My html

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7. Remember to click “Save“.

8. Go to your official wordpress site, and the icons should be there.

9. Icon size: Depending on how many icons you have, you can see what looks best. If you look at the <img>-tags in the html, you can see that I have set mine as 50 because I only have 4 icons. Just play around a little. Hit save, and refresh your page to see what size you prefer.

Additional comment: In Henry’s suggestion, there are a few things I have changed around. E.g. I am a little old school with the html-tags. I like proper close tags which I have added. Another thing – when people click on the icons, they will be taken directly to the social media sites, meaning that they will leave your wordpress page. I don’t like that, and prefer a new tab to open when they click on the buttons. That’s why I have added target=”_blank” in the <a>-tag.

I hope that this has helped some of you. I’m really excited to share this as I’d wish someone shared this with me earlier!

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section, and I’ll see if I can help you.

Happy Sunday!

Maria xoxo

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A few quick tips for eye makeup

I know many of my readers are already makeup savvys, but thought that someone else could use these tips. Many people have actually asked me how I get my eye looks, so I wanted to share my take on it…

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  1. Use an eye makeup primer. It can give you much better colour payoff and longer staying power. My favourites are the primers from Urban Decay and Milani.
  2. Tap off excess product before applying to prevent fallout. Put on a little at a time for good coverage. Dabbing a lot on your brush doesn’t mean that everything’s gonna transfer the same way on the eyes.
  3. Don’t pull…. I know it’s tempting when applying eyeliners. But it’s not good for the skin. Pulling the eyelids every day when putting on the eyeliner could result in fine lines.
  4. The power of the fingers! I think that too often, we forget how good our fingers make as tools. Especially for applying cream products including undereye concealer (warm it up with your fingers before applying).
  5. Patience is gold: blending. It sounds simple, but a well-blended eyelook can take time and patience. Just blend, blend, blend. My favourite blending brushes are an old blending brush from Sephora, E25 from Sigma, and I’ve also heard a lot about the MAC 217. I have the special edition which doesn’t really cut the edge for me.
  6. Highlighting and open up your eyes: If you want a natural look, use a matte (or very light shimmery) white/light colour over/under the arch of the eyebrows. You can also use it on the inner corners of the eyes. And a soft white/beige/pink coloured-pencil on the lower waterline. Also remember how much curling the lashes can do. My all time favourite is my Shiseido eyelash curler. Heat it up with a hair dryer for 10-20 seconds, and check the temperature before curling your lashes.

Hope this has helped for some of you out there although these must be obvious for some others 😉

Maria xoxo

Romantic rosy look

I started playing a little, and ended up with this:

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Here is a step by step for this look:

1. I primed my face with Makeup Forever HD Primer in #6.

2. For foundation, I used Makeup Forever HD foundations where I mixed two colours. See my other post for more details.

3. Primed the eyes with Urban Decay primer potion.

4. Defined my brows(here’s how I did it) with YSL eyebrow pencil in no. 5, and started the eyelook:

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5. I started off putting a very matte light colour on the whole lid so that the other colours will show up better.

6. I used the Sleek iDivine Storm palette. Oh my, I love this palette. I mixed 1 and 2 and applied on the lids, starting from inner corners and blended outwards.

7. As I wanted more of the light rosy colour(1) at the inner corners, I applied more of that.

8. I used 3 as the contouring colour. And another lighter matte colour as a transition colour.

9. I started off mixing 4 and 5 and lined under my eyes. I sprayed the brush with elf’s Makeup lock and seal for better staying power. I then went back to 4 and applied more of that blue. I did this using Sigma Small Angle E65 brush.

10. Used 6 to highlight inner corners and brow bones.

11. Lined the eyes with Bobbi Brown gel liner, using the same E65 brush.

12. Curled, applied false lashes, and mascara. See this post for how I applied the false lashes.

13. For undereye concealer, I used MAC Moisturecover in NC35, and for spots, I used Makeup Forever full cover concealer in #10.

14. Contoured the face with Makeup Forever HD concealer in 355, and highlighted with Clinique concealer in medium.

15. Powdered the face with MAC Studio Fix in NC42.

16. Blush is NYX Dusty Rose.

17. Lipstick is Revlon Lip butter in Lollipop for a more romantic look.

Done!

Maria xoxo

Doing my brows with a pencil

I am one of those people that have no brows. So I have to define them from scratch which is why I prefer pencils over powders as the powders are best for just filling in. I don’t just need filling in – I need to define them. I really wish that I had thicker brows! I have done a post on my brow pencils, click here to see my brow pencil collection.

Here is a quick pictorial of how you can do your eyebrows if you practically have none like me 🙂

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1. Start off brushing through the brows.

2. Find out where to start and end, and the arch. It’s easier to show you with a picture:

Disclaimer: this picture is taken from the book, Makeup The Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris. Page 22.

Tip: Don’t draw it too heavy where the brow starts, so try to make it lighter there than the rest of the brows to get a more natural look.

3. You can just fill out with the pencil, or “frame” it first as I’ve done on the picture. Usually, I actually just fill out right away.

4. It’s okay not to have it right on the first go. I go back and forth, trying to make it right a few times if I have a bad brow-day.

5. There would probably be too much product on the brow by now, and might look a little unnatural. So just make sure to brush through the brows until you get the desired coverage.

And you’re done 🙂

There are so many brow shapes out there, and mine changes too. Sometimes, I feel like thicker brows with a harsher arch, and other times, I feel like thinnner brows with a soft arch. Whatever makes me feel comfortable 😉

Do you have any other tips for the perfect brows?

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

Purple or orange?

So I randomly did two looks on my eyes today. Mainly using the Sleek i-Divine palette in 732 Snapshot. Yes, I still love it. There are just so many different fun colours in this palette, I feel like, I can keep play with it. I had a lot of fun doing them. This is what turned out after I played around for a bit. Product descriptions further down in this post.

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This was the first look I came up with.

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I applied a deeper, matte purple on the inner and outer corner(Purple Haze), and then a light shimmery purple(Lotus Power) on the middle of my eyelid. I applied a darker/black shadow on the outer corner to give it some definition. On the lower lash line, I went ahead and applied a shimmery champaign colour(Martini) along with a pink shadow(Magneta Madness). I also lined the waterline with a light colour (NYX pencil in 928 Velvet). For the eyeliner, I used a brown gel liner from Bobbi Brown to create a softer look. Finishing off by highlighting the inner corner and browbone with a light shimmery Shadow(Martini).

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For this orangy look, I applied Tequila Sunrise(a really bright, shimmery orange) on the whole lid, and used a brown colour on the outer corner. On the lower lash line, I used a pale, matte orange colour (Washed Ashore). I used a liquid liner from Loreal Ultra Sharp and winged it. I lined my lower lashline with a pencil from Sephora. Finishing off by highlighting the inner corner and browbone with a light shimmery Shadow(Martini).

This is the weird face wearing two different eye looks. Second one is with a different lighting and quality as I took it with my phone camera:

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This is the Sleek palette I used. Click for larger photos:

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The rest of the products I used:

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Makeup Forever HD Foundation N127. I’m NC42, so this is a tit too light for me. I mixed it with a darker one. Urban Decay Primer Potion. Maybelline the Falsies. Milani Multitaskter powder in 05 Tan. Revlon Lip Butter in 050 Berry Smoothie. Sleek Blush in Suede 921. Revlon Colorstay concealer in 05 Medium Deep. YSL Eyebrow pencil. Shiseido Eyelash curler.

Hope you liked this post. I had a lot of fun doing them 🙂

Maria xoxo

Korean inspired look

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I was in Etude House for my first time yesterday. For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, it is a Korean brand, and opened in Hong Kong a while ago. I have heard people go crazy about it, and plus, Jen from frmheadtotoe has also talked about their products in her videos, so I thought I had to take a look.

So this was what I bought:

etude shopping A shower sponge, a brow pencil and a lip tint. The price was cheaper than I expected compared to the hype around. All that summed to 17,5USD.

I thought I wanted to do a look where I’d use these two products, and ended up with a full Korean-inspired look! Before I move on, I just wanna mention that I wanted to compare the lip tint from Etude and the Benetint from Benefit. To be honest, I’m one of those that’s not really impressed by Benetint. It’s not very pigmented, and fades out to nothing – compared to the one from Etude.

Left: Etude House. Right: Benefit.

On to the look! I’ve never really experimented with the Korean inspired looks before, so it’s my first try on this. I did a little research before starting. This is the final result:

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What characterises the Korean look? Tips and steps.

1. To start off – Make sure the face is flawless. So you would need much more concealer than you would normally go for. Finish off the face with a powder.

2. Prepare and prime your lids to get ready for the heavy eyeliner. Keep the eyeshadow simple by using choosing a light, shimmery colour to put on the lids.

3. Brows: Korean-styled brows are kind of thick, light and short, and only with a very slight arch. I used the brow pencil from Etude house.

4. It’s all about the black eyeliners. I used a kohl and a liquid liner. The liquid for making the wings and definition. And kohl for the waterline all the way around the eyes. Soften up the look again by going over with a charcoal coloured eyeshadow on the lids and under the eyes, including the water lines. Tip: When winging the liner, make it harder(triangle-ish kind of wing) instead of a soft, long curled wing (hope you get what I mean). Another tip: Finish off by using a white/light pigment on the lower inner corner of the eyes.

5. False lashes is a must of this kind of look. And lots of mascara on the lower lashes.

6. If you like, highlight on the cheekbones and center of the nose. And a little light contouring on the cheeks and nose would be great too.

7. I used a very sweet pink blush on my cheeks.

8. The lip tint thing is quite in here in Asia right now. The idea is first to prep the lips with either a concealer or a lipstick that is very close to your skin colour. And then use the lip tint just on the inner part. Like this:

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9. For me, it’s step 9 because I don’t like to apply my makeup with these black contact lenses I have. But you might want to start off with this step(before you start to apply the makeup). Black contact lenses are needed here. The ones with just a black ring – to make your eyes look bigger. I used these:

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Voila. That’s the important steps for a Korean look. For me, it seems like it’s all about contrasts: Flawless face vs. stong eyes. Harsh eyeliners vs. softened look with the charcoal coloured shadow. Black vs. the shimmer on the lower inner corner. Light coloured vs. strong shaped brows. Bright red tinted lip vs. the rest of the (washed out lips) etc. It’s been really fun trying to do a look like this. Hope you enjoyed this post.

Some of the products used: Makeup Forever HD foundation, Mehron cream foundation(for concealing), Milani Multitasker powder, Lime Crime eye primer, Etude House eyebrow pencil,   Revlon Colorstay kohl pencil in black, Kiss Me Heroine liquid liner, NYX pigment in pearl white, ELF blush in pink passion, Revlon lip butter in Creme Brulee, Etude House tint and lip balm.

I apologise for the overly cute and sweet faces. It’s just how Asians like to do it, and I thought I should try to imitate the Korean self portrait style too haha. More pictures of this look.

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Maria xoxo