Saturday, 27 March 2010

OOTD and FOTD inspired by Kim Kardashian in People Style mag

I was relaxing with the April issue of People Style (the one with Jen Aniston on the cover) and fell in love with this KK look done by Mario Dedivanovic:

I like it cos it's very pretty, simple but fresh and radiant. It's a bronzed peachy radiant face, with classic thick black eyeliner on top with a copper bronze liner on bottom. I like also how her brows aren't as filled in as she normally has them and which I find sometimes really overpowering for such a pretty face. I like how they are much more natural here.

So I was inspired to do something similar, though something better suited to my skintone using products I have. Here's my version:

Korres Wild Rose Foundation #2
Kryolan blush (taupey brown) for contour
Stila Gerbera Convertible colour on apples
Kryolan blush(peach) ontop of apples
A touch of Shu Translucent loose powder on forehead, tip of nose and chin

Kryolan Kajal #1092 on lids and inner corner and inner dark circles (used as eye base and to help conceal dark circles)
Becca Duo Concealer in Tahini
Shu Uemura M820 on lids and just above crease
MAC Espresso on outer crease corner
Laura Mercier cake eyeliner
NYX French Fries to line lower lid
Shu Uemura ME 860 ontop of NYX liner
Kryolan Glamour Glow palette - Pale Tan and Bronzing Agais to highlight inner corners

Shu Uemura Black Forest eyebrow gel
Maybelline Falsies Mascara in black
Maybelline Waterproof Full & Soft in black

Smashbox Elegant and Beautiful
Jouer lipgloss in Wind
17 lipliner in Fawn traced around lips

I could have bronzed it up more and added false lashes, but it's a lorra products for a simple look! I like it. Looks simple pretty and classy with the liner. I used a few new products - the Kryolan khol and blushes (the ref numbers which I can't see as it's stuck in a palette!) and the Laura Mercier cake eyeliner. I'm really liking the Kryolan products thus far and interested in trying out more. The LM cake eyeliner also surprised me as it takes a lot to tear me away from my Bobbi Brown gel eyeliners - but I really like how it gives an opaque finish and is very 60s. Very Pixie Lott! And for the first time using it - it doesn't transfer to the top of my lids.

Hope you enjoyed this breakdown - long as it was!


Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Skincare workout - Project 10 pan!

So my Project 5 pan for makeup is going tres slow.......tres slow. I keep finding other things in my collection to play with, rather than focusing on the items I've identified! Though my MAC Studio Tech I am pleased to say is quickly finishing up. This post shows me that I'm more of a skincare junkie than a makeup one maybe....or that it's so much easier to finish skincare items. Which is proably true.

So to help encourage me with my original Project 5 pan, I would like to post the items I have used up thus far:

Dermalogica Multi Vitamin Recovery Mask
Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant Mask
Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Scrub
Elemis Tri Enzyme Facial Wash (YT review to do)
Sofina Lunasol SPF 50
Embryolisse Lait Concentre Cream
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (this took me years to finish!)
Loreal Demaq Expert Elixir Concentrate Ultra Makeup Remover
Olay Complete Care Mlti-radiance Daily Illuminating UV Cream
Skinceuticals Retinol 0.5 Refining Night Cream (YT review to do)

Do you find skincare items easier to finish?

Friday, 12 March 2010

Friday hippy happy vintage clothes haul

Friday is my excuse's been so so busy at work in the last 2-3 weeks as I reach a major deadline at the end of April (another month to go!) that Fridays are becoming my retail therapy days.

I checked out the new MAC art collections in Covent Garden and wasn't tempted by anything with the exception of Too Fabulous lipliners - Nude and In Synch. But I got to the store too late as they were closing up so didn't make a purchase.

Instead, I moseyed on to one of my favourite vintage stores - Rokit. I liked it more when they weren't so well known with their original store, as the prices weren't as epxensive as they are now. The Covent Garden store has a good selection of stock.

I'm getting more into the TV series Mad Men, just love how clever it is. How it has resonance to 21st century viewers. And I've always liked the vintage slips that Carrie in SATC (my ultimate favourite TV series - I could watch re runs for eternity). But I could never find one that wasn't torn or terribly stained and looked like it had been dragged through I don't know what. Until I found this gem.....

It fits perfectly. I feel totally like Maggie the Cat aka Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. I love the pleats and the embroidery on the bottom. I have this sheer taupe summer Zara dress which is a bit shorter than I'd like and I'd been looking for a slip dress underneath with lace which would set it off. And I have!

I then caught sight of this oh so soft and comfortable cotton dress which has the perfect Victorian/Edwardian style lace detail at top and on the sleeves. I plan to wear this with the sleeves rolled up, and a tan belt. The dress falls slightly on the A line which is great for my curvy pear shape. I'll be wearing it with the top buttons unbuttoned to create a V shape so that I don't look too top heavy : D

Any vintage pieces - or else inspired that you've recently bought or what pieces in your wardrobe or you loving atm?

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

..........................I got a Shu-eeling

A couple of weeks ago, I got another Shu Glow On Blush - P Red 14 - in an effort to recreate the bronzed berry blush look of LC in my previous post below. Someone on MUA recommended NARS Amour (and I'm not a fan of NARS blushes - rare in the mu world I know!) and I wanted something similar. I was at Harvey Nicks and the Business Manager (what Shu calls its MUA managers), Scott Price, at Shu seemed very lovely so I went in and booked a makeover with him.

The makeover was last Friday after work which was a really nice time cos it was quiet on a Friday at Harvey Nicks. I wanted to recreate the black eyeliner flick of LC but also wanted to try Shu's foundations too.

These are the best pics that I could come up with of the makeover:

Makeup Products used were:
UV Mousse Base
Architect Fluid #764
Pro Concealer 7YR
Translucent Loose Powder
Glow On blush in Peach 44 (my 1st ever Shu blush and a fave!)
Blush in Gold
Eyeshadows in M960, M990 and P990
Drawing pencil in matte black
Painting Liner in M Black
Basic mascara in black
False lashes in partial flare
And I forgot what lipgloss!!!

I then tried to recreate the look the next day - a more pared down look as I didn't use lashes and used a sheerer foundation. How'd I do? : D

In the end I came away with 3 things - the premium a/o cleansing oil, a beautiful cool toned matte grey e/s #M960 and partial flare lashes

The makeover lasted 90 mins which for a makeover was quite long and it was the first type of makeover that I've done where the artist does one side and then it's over to you to try and do it on the other side. I wasn't expecting that at all so was slightly nervous but at the same time excited to do it whilst an expert was guiding me! I liked it. I had fun.

Although I was impressed with the oil controlling properties of the foundation (I didn't see an oily T zone for 4 hours), I didn't feel that it blended in as well as I liked - was a bit dry and streaky. But I did like the lashes, blush and eyeshadows of course : D
I also learnt 2 new things:
1. A different way to apply eyeshadow. Use a flat sweeping motion from the top of your crease down to your lid which helps to create that outer corner colour. A flat brush is needed - whereas I'm so used to doing it using a MAC #217.
2. Apply khol eyeliner first and then apply your gel/painting liner on top to get more of that precise line. The khol helps to fill in any gaps that the liner might not reach.

The makeover was £30 redeemable against products. And Scott was so nice, I felt very comfortable. I definitely feel my Shu love affair will not be ending anytime soon.......

What new products are you loving at the moment?