Monday, November 29, 2010

5 Eye Shadow Colours You Should Have

I mentioned in this last post that I regularly maintain these eyeshadows, but then I looked over my eyeshadow collection and realized that I was being neither exact nor accurate, so instead of being all vague about it, here are some suggestions!

So I'm talking about shadows that you reach for every single day to create looks; those that take up permanent residence in your make up bag or on your "daily use" counter.  Of course, no one single cosmetic company has actually bothered to put these in a single palette for us (because that's just too easy), so we'll have to make our own.

Friday, November 26, 2010

How-To: Coloured Mascara

So several companies are touting coloured mascaras for which you spend either equally as much or more money.  I love a fun-coloured anything - particularly lashes!  I don't even know that this makes sense, but it gives the same feel as a smoky eye - that smolder-y, sexy look.  Here's how to not pay for it.

You will need:
  • Mascara - any colour
  • A fluffy brush (nothing with stiff bristles)
  • Bright eye shadow
  • Shadow guards - or in my world, a folded-up face wipe/tissue
It's the easiest thing in the world - load up your brush with plenty of shadow and gently pat the colour on after you've applied your mascara.  The reason I recommend shadow guards is that you're not really painting the colour on so much as you are dusting it, so holding a tissue underneath will catch all the shadow you spread.  I prefer face wipes because I can wipe off anything I don't catch.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Travel Beauty: Josie Maran's Argan Oil Stick

I love argan oil, but there's something inherently wrong about paying 3 times what it's worth simply because Josie Maran has decided to endorse it.  Beautiful woman, but come on. So I buy my own from a health food store.

That being said, I can't bring my argan oil with me everywhere - the bottle's glass and it's not the best, leakage-wise.  That and it takes up too much of my liquid quota.

So when Josie Maran came out with her Argan Oil Stick (still ridiculously overpriced, but less expensive than the bottle), a part of me begrudgingly sang out.

Argan oil is one of my plane must-haves.  I don't have particularly dry skin, but on a plane, I swear I can feel the skin around my eyes stretching and the crows feet comfortably nestling into the skin.  So before I fly, I make sure to argan oil my entire face.

Dryness doesn't just attack my skin though, I usually put a few drops in the ends of my hair.  Let's face it - no one's hair looks good after a plane ride, but I find if I put in something resembling a leave-in conditioner and try not to play with it too much, I'm more presentable than when I don't.

It's very simple - just rub the stick  on your palms, massage over face/hair/nails/elbows, and you'll retain enough moisture even for a 15 hour flight (it's tried and true).

PS: I secretly also use it when I tan unevenly.  I just rub some where I want to bake faster so I don't get tan lines.  Not that you should tan or anything. Ever.  Bad tanning readers!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Her name was Lola Lola; she was a NARS girl

With yellow feathers in her hair, and a dress cut down to there ~

I recently purchased NARS's Single Eyeshadow in Lola Lola (apparently endorsed ages ago by Audrina Patridge), because I needed a basic light brown to contour my eye.  Little did I know...

It's an amazing bronzer.  Man I LOVE things that multi-task.  I know I'm not actually getting a lot more on my money (opportunity cost and all that; if I use it on my cheeks I'll have less for my eyes, etc.), but it makes me feel so much better about buying stuff.  It's a nice mid-tone, red-based brown with the tiniest hint of shimmer.  I've used this on a few people now and it seems pretty universal.  I love buying fun colours, but I always regret it if I don't maintain a few basic shades (a beige, a white shimmer, a light pink, a medium brown and a matte black).

Anyway, I went a little crazy with it - you can't even tell as much in these photos, but I am cheekboned like I've never been before.

That brown underneath my cheek bone?  Yeah, that's not a case of light not getting there, it's just a TON of Lola Lola brushed on.  I feel all supermodel-y!

I applied Lola Lola right under my cheek bone, all around my forehead and along my jawline.  LOVE!  Then I put some on the outer corner of my eye to pull the look together. Afterwards I tapped a little on my lip and finished with a clear lipgloss.   I highlighted on top of the cheek with Benefit's High Beam for more contrast - this look in real life is quite avant garde; my camera just couldn't capture it properly.  I recommend no lashes or liner - just let the angles speak for themselves.

~ Music and passion were always in fashion

Friday, November 19, 2010

How-To: DIY Tinted Moisturizer

Happy Friday, lovelies!

For me, I'm about to get into that hideous time of year:   FINALS!

Alright, so that was a tad melodramatic, but I'm sure some of you know what I mean.  This is that time of year when I gain about fifteen pounds and start letting go of all sense of cleansing routine and ignoring apparel of any sort.

Okay, maybe not the apparel bit since I still can't bring myself to wear sweats to class, but I definitely start skimping when it comes to making myself presentable from the neck up.  I stop moisturizing, sun-protecting or colour correcting.  So how do we go about fixing that?  One-step make up, baby.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Two-Tone? Ungaro? MAC Pro? Longwear? Sold.

I was obsessed with Ungaro's Fall 2009 RTW two-tone lip.  You all know I love anything not matching - different nails, earrings and now lips!  I've also been itching to test out these MAC Pro Longwear Lipcremes - et puis, an opportunity brought by fate!

 As Charlotte on Sex and the City said: "You get two great loves."  My one love: mismatched anything, and my other: saturated colours.

So here's one of the Ungaro looks - there was another in a darker/lighter red lip, but that's just too tame for me, so here we go with the dark pink and orange!

Funny enough, this show's make up was done by MAC - no sacrilege here!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Your Eye, Your Eyeshadow

Caveat Emptor
This is the longest, turquoise-est blog post in the free world
Read at your own risk

You know those magazine articles that advice you on hairstyles/brow shapes/etc based on your face shape?  And they give you a really exaggerated line drawing rendition of 5 standard face shapes and a celebrity that's supposed to have more or less the same face shape as you?

Bull.  Shit.

Celebrities all have a certain commonality amongst them - most notably, a really angled jawline (as in, when was the last time you saw a celebrity with a SQUARE jawline such that their jaw is parallel to the ground?); wide-spaced eyes, and a tiny angled nose.  There are exceptions here and there, but these are general things that make us think "beautiful".

Getting to my point: these guides never work for everyone - they work for people with really regular, proportioned features.  Little articles that tell you to put bright shadow into the corners of your eyes, or line your waterline or place shadow in your crease?  Sure, that works for some people, but not for everyone.  We're human.  By defintion our faces are made up of error.

So here's how you figure out where to put colour/liner on your eye.  I've got two beautiful friends with me today, Lynn and Blossom, who have kindly subjected themselves to my brush.  We all have different eyeshapes, so I'm going to show you how eyeshadow and liner look different on us.


I was going to format this post à la scientific method, but I didn't have enough steps.  Next time!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Wanna be on Top (and bottom)?

I was doing this during an episode of ANTM...forgive the pathetic title.


Okay, it's out of my system.  Moving on.

So, I was originally going to do a post about putting eyeshadow colours on your upper lid and lower lid, and the difference.  I'll do that tomorrow, because I came up with something even better: BOTH!

I know it sounds a little crazy, so this is not for the self-conscious or the risk-averse.  Those who are daring, step forward!

Note: In this post, I mentioned how there's a difference between something looking properly styled and for all intents and purposes "on purpose" versus: "Oh...I forgot what I was doing."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Travel Beauty: Remover?

The hardest part about travelling with makeup/nails/etc is getting rid of it at the end of the day.  I'm so averse to bringing full-sized or bottled ANYTHING with me when I travel.  I don't know what's wrong with me.

I paint my nails 2 - 3 times a week (it relaxes me), but that gets hard when I go away since I don't want to bring bottles of remover with me.  What to do?  Especially on a longer trip, I need my stress relief.

Monday, November 8, 2010

High-End for the Masses?

Let me apologize in advance if this is inappropriate, but it's something I've been musing for a while.

If you were to ask 10 random people on the street to name a favourite luxury brand, you'd get a pool of more or less the same answers - Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, etc.  Same for cosmetics - Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden.

But if you go to a more specialized group of people - those who take time to study and acquaint themselves with the style and beauty landscape, you'll hear different answers.  These people (hopefully) can acknowledge that the above are all great brands in their own right; that like any other design house has both hits and misses.  The thing that sets these people apart is that they can name designers whose value is held solely in their design ability, not their brand value.  People like familiar things, which is why brand value and goodwill are important, but if an unknown designer can be successful and sell clothes without the support of the masses...that says something.

Despite all that, I can't help but admire the business model of a certain mass luxury brand: Coach.

Luxe MassNylon Handbags - Marc Jacobs vs Coach

Friday, November 5, 2010

Review: L'Oréal Extra-Intense vs Covergirl Liquiline Blast

Since notoriously-difficult-to-work-with liquid liner's gotten so much attention over the past couple of years, cosmetic companies have been trying to make our lives easier by delivering us more comfortable ways to administer this (not new) look.

Can I just take this moment to say that I love liquid liner?  Have I said that before?  Probably.  I just love how clean it looks - I like very sharp, stark lines so this liquid trend has been an absolute GODSEND for me.

That said, this whole liquid pencil liner thing intrigues me.  If you've ever tried to apply MAC's liquid liner in a moving vehicle, you'll know that a dry liquid liner is nothing to scoff at.

Our contenders for today?

Top: Covergirl Liquiline Blast in Black Fire
Bottom: L'Oréal Extra-Intense in Black

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How-To: Make Your Lipstick Last

There's nothing more disgusting than when someone's applied lipstick only to have eaten away the middle portion and be left with only the remnants left on the outer corners of the mouth.  You know what I mean right?

Wearing a bright lipstick is a commitment - you need to make the conscious decision to maintain your colour, whether it be through reapplying, or avoiding eating/drinking/talking.  And, of course, regular mirror checks.

This is my Fall 2010 colour
Not such a fan of the light blue lip on the runways -
The Procrastinator likes her some saturation!
Pardon the crappy quality.
I'll stop now.
Here are a few ways to make your lipstick tenure a little less painful!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Low-Key Halloween

Happy post-Halloween!

For those still nervy/young enough to trick-or-treat, I hope you got lots of treats!

For those out of that demographic, get yourself two Advil and bacon grease.

I'm shockingly lazy when it comes to Halloween - I've mentioned before that I can't justify spending a ridiculous amount of money on a generic costume only to wear it once.  I know some people have a go-to costume that they wear every year because it looks amazing on them.  I still have yet to find mine.

Once again, I like my Halloween looks to be interpretations rather than literal copies of a character - that is, I'll pick and choose certain defining characteristics and use them in my costume.  I'm just too commitment-phobic to go all out!

This year, it started with a hair look...

One curl managed to turn out so defined - my first thought was "...this looks familiar."  I kept going with it and it came to me.