Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DIY: Striped and Dotted Mug

DIY: striped and dotted mug

This is another of those non-beauty related random posts. I thought it would be fun to throw in something different for a change.

Here's the thing. My son just went to school for the first time in September (can't believe it, I feel old :) ). All of us parents bought simple clear mugs for our kids to leave at school. Since they were all the same and clear we had to take them home to sign the name of the child to whom the mug belonged. Well, I thought that just signing the mug was no fun and decided to decorate it. Later, it appeared that I was not the only one thinking so :), all parents were very creative and came up with their own decorative ideas.

Anyway, since I had to use something that could stand the contact with water or other liquids at least for a while, and I didn't have any special glass paint or anything like that, I decided to use nail polish. I know, I know, it won't last long and will probably chip after a couple of uses and washes, but I can always repaint the mug or remove the polish altogether. Plus, I didn't have time to go look for some special paint that could stand the water and be safe for when my kid would drink from the mug painted by it. You can of course use the proper paint that's safe to use on kitchen glass and just follow the same technique.

So, here's what I've used to decorate my mug:
  • nail polish in 3 different colors
  • any kind of washi tape
  • Q-tips and
  • nail polish remover for cleaning up at the end

Now it's pretty obvious how to use all these things.
1. First, you need to put washi tape on the mug leaving gaps for your desired stripes.
2. Then you just paint on the nail polish in those gaps between the washi tape. Keep in mind that you'll need to use A LOT of nail polish to get a reasonably opaque color. So use thick layers, otherwise you'll just paint forever. Then you wait for the first layer to completely dry. Then repeat with the 2nd (3rd etc.) layer and let it dry again. I did 2 layers just because I was lazy. It could easily use 1 more layer.
3. Once the last layer is totally dry you can remove the washi tape.
4. Now you just put dots between the stripes, basically exactly where your washi tape was. Let them dry.
5. Once everything is completely dry, you can take a Q-tip soaked with a nail polish remover and clean up the not-so-very-tidy edges.

And voilĂ ! You're done :).

Striped and dotted mug

I like it. I think it looks so fun and happy for any child, but great for my boy especially, because it is not too girly, it's still simple, yet the colors make it unique and personal. He loved it.

Thank you for reading, I hope you liked this little DYI. Please, let me know in the comments if you'd like to see more posts like these. Have a lovely day and keep your heart beautiful.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FOTD: Dramatic Fall Look with A Dark Bold Lip

Dramatic fall look with a dark bold lip

I finally decided to post some truly fall dramatic look with proper dark saturated fall lip color.

Since I'm working and rarely have the chance to go out and wear looks like these, I have only one option: to rock them at work. Yep, believe it or not, I did wear this look to work, but only because there is no dress-code in the company I work for, and I basically sit in front of my computer the whole day. So no one would care less about what I'm wearing either on my face or on my body, hence the freedom for me to wear whatever I want :) (even though I rarely go to extremes). But if your work place is different, I suggest to reserve this type of look for some night out because it is not really daytime or work appropriate. Be reasonable with it.

However, you could of course adapt it to suit your day-time needs by skipping the eye-shadows altogether and going for a thinner line of your liquid liner and blotting the lips slightly to get just a berry color stain effect rather than a full-on shiny dark lip color.

If you want to wear it as is, feel absolutely free to do so for a special occasion. I think it would make a great statement look for any party or night out of any sort. You'll definitely make an impression and will be remembered :).

Anyhow, I really love how the look turned out though. The superstar of it is definitely the lipstick. It is Clarins Rouge Eclat lipstick in 06 True Aubergine, which I am loving to pieces. It's gorgeous! This is such a rich sophisticated shade that will suit everybody, literally everybody. The pale girls like myself can rock it and the darker skinned beauties will look absolutely hot in it too, so if you want to get this one great dark berry-type fall shade, then get this one. It's amazing quality and equally amazing color.

Dramatic fall look with a dark bold lip using Clarins Rouge Eclat lipstick in 06 True Aubergine

Ok, now let's move on to the actual products I've used for this look:

1. Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation in 51 Light vanilla
2. Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Flexible Coverage Concealer in Vanilla
3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
4. Makeup Geek blush in Honeymoon

Eyes and brows:
1. Inglot eyeshadow in matte 363 (for the brows)
2. Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Unexpected, Moondust and Taupe Notch
3. Inglot eyeshadows in matte 351, pearl 397 and pearl 420
4. Color Me Black Waterproof liquid eyeliner
5. Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara

1. Clarins Rouge Eclat lipstick in 06 True Aubergine

I hope you liked the look and found it inspiring. Please, do let me know if you'd wear it and if so how you would adapt it to yourself. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Meanwhile, thank you for reading. Have a lovely day and keep your heart beautiful.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chanel Pieces Worth Adding to Your Fall Makeup Bag

Chanel pieces worth adding to your fall makeup bag

I have to admit that I've stolen the idea for this post from Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup. But I only did it because I honestly had the same idea travelling through my mind for a while now, and my Chanel collection has expanded a little with items that all seem to be very fall appropriate. However, since Anna posted her blog post first I've technically stolen this idea from her :). I hope she will forgive me though, plus I'm going to talk about slightly different products here (except for the one I just couldn't pass and bought because of her post, the Poesie palette).

Please, go check out her blog. It's among my favorites. She's amazing and sweet and always has very good content. Plus I like the way she writes. I actually enjoy READING her blog as opposed to just looking through the pictures diagonally as I tend to do on other blogs.

Ok, now let's move on to the Chanel products which, I think, can make great additions to any fall makeup bag:
1. Les 4 Ombres Multi-effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 234 Poesie (on the right side in the picture above)
2. Les 4 Ombres Multi-effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 208 Tisse Gabrielle (on the left side in the picture above)
3. Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in 92 Diapason (in the middle of the picture above)
4. Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in 10 Noir, waterproof version (the long black thing in the middle of the picture above)
5. Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in 47 L'Amoureuse (the brightest lipstick on the left)
6. Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in 54 Boy (the one in the middle)
7. Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in 93 Intime (the soft-pink one on the right)

The 2 eyeshadow palettes and the Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in 93 Intime are part of Chanel's Fall 2014 collection. The Poesie palette and the Intime lipstick are for sure limited edition, although I'm not quite sure about the Gabrielle palette.

I believe the rest should be from their permanent line (but don't quote me on that) so you should always be able to get it :).

I won't talk about the mascara and the cream shadow here since I've already reviewed them. The only difference is that in this picture the mascara is waterproof. My review of the waterproof version would be the same, even though its waterproof quality is questionable. It's ok to hold the curl and stand a little heat, sweating or minor tearing, but I wouldn't count on its waterproofness on the beach or in the swimming pool, because it will flake and smudge on you in extreme humid and wet conditions. So it did on me, but since I love this mascara anyway I'm just using it on a day-to-day basis now.

As to the eye-shadow palettes, I suggest to take a closer look at them.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 208 Tisse Gabrielle (on the left) and 234 Poesie (on the right) and Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in 92 Diapason (on the bottom)

I think that the Poesie palette is perfect for daytime with hints of bronzy, pink and plumy-brown shades, although the darkest shade definitely allows you to smoke it up for the evening. It is beautiful! I love it. It's such a shame it is LE as I'm sure a lot of people would love to get it.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 234 Poesie (LE)

The second palette, Tisse Gabrielle, feels more like a great smokey palette, although again you may sheer out the shades for a daytime appropriate look. I will post proper detailed reviews for both palettes later. 

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 208 Tisse Gabrielle

And here are the lipsticks. I've also picked a few options: 2 natural daytime appropriate and 1 brighter and deeper option for the night out, which some of us may easily rock during the day :) (yep, I'll be doing that too).

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks in 93 Intime (LE shade) and 54 Boy

As you can see these 2 colors are beautiful natural everyday type shades: one being slightly lighter and pinkier (Intime) and the other one being a tad bit darker and a bit more peachy-pink nude (Boy).

But for bolder gals out there, who can't live without their fall plums and berries, there's this one gorgeous velvety matte lipstick. This shade is so rich and beautiful and just screams "Fall" to me.

Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in 47 L'Amoureuse

Now all these products work really well together in terms of colors, so it is kind of like a Chanel makeup capsule you can put together yourself.

To get an idea of how these makeup items will look together I've created this simple look using some of them, particularly the Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in 92 Diapason as a base on my lids plus Les 4 Ombres Multi-effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 234 Poesie on top. I think these 2 work so well when paired together bringing the best hues and finishes out of both products. On the lips I have Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in 54 Boy.

Makeup using Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in 92 Diapason, Les 4 Ombres Multi-effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 234 Poesie on top of it and Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in 54 Boy

And that's it for my Chanel capsule makeup for fall. I hope you found this post useful. Did you like any of the products? What would you like to get for yourself? Please, share your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you for reading. I hope you are enjoying your fall and having a wonderful day today.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lorac Pro and Lorac Pro 2 Palettes: Review and Swatches

Lorac Pro and Lorac Pro 2 palettes

I'm finally ready to write a review of these 2 awesome babies. I won't keep you guessing and tell you straight away that these palettes are fantastic and have already become one of my most frequently used and favorite ones.

Each of the palette comes with a mini Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. The packaging of both of the palettes is super sleek and functional. It is slim and very compact yet sturdy enough for traveling. It has a magnetic closure and a big mirror inside. The only difference between Lorac Pro and Lorac Pro 2 palette is that the 1st one is black and the 2nd one is grey.

If you hold both of these palettes together they will be the thickness of any of the Naked palettes, which is awesome, because it means that you can take both of them when traveling without sacrificing the space in your luggage.

Now on to the colors. Here's the comparison of the two palettes one next to the other.

Lorac Pro and Lorac Pro 2 palettes: comparison

As you can see the 2 palettes have similarities but are different enough to justify buying both of them :).

They both have 16 gorgeous shadows with the top row of mattes and the bottom row of shimmers. The colors of the original Lorac Pro palette are more basic nude-type ones, although not boring at all raging from white to black, so you've got the whole spectrum of different shades from light to dark. Same goes for the Lorac Pro 2 palette, although it definitely feels more cool-toned with some fun pops of color. However, it does have its share of basic neutral and warmer shades too. It also features this super star bright intense navy color. With both palettes you can achieve a multitude of looks from daytime to super smokey and dramatic ones. By the way, the colors in these are all different except for the black one which is present in both palettes.

The finishes of these shadows are beautiful: the mattes are super intense and creamy as well as shimmers. However, the shimmers aren't so frosty and metallic that it turns you away. I'd say it's a more refined shimmer with gorgeous pearly-metallic grown-up finish. There is no chunky glitter in any of those shades. What amazes me most is that ALL the shades are consistently and equally soft, creamy, smooth, pigmented and blendable. Consistent quality is a rare thing in a palette with so many colors and different finishes.

Here are the swatches for comparison.

Swatches: Lorac Pro palette - top row, Lorac Pro 2 palette - bottom row

The pigmentation, the blendability and the staying power of these shadows is just top notch without any primer. With a primer it's unbeatable. Seriously.

One note though, since these shadows are so fully packed with pigment, they may seem powdery if you're not careful and squish your brush into them and won't tap off the excess. BUT they're NOT. What you may consider powdery residue or fallout is the super fully packed and pressed together pigment. All you need to do is just touch the shadow in the pan with your brush gently ONE time, then tap off the excess and that would be enough to pack enough color on your eyelid. If you do that you'll see that a little goes a long way indeed with these shadows, and there is no powderiness, or fallout or chalkiness at all.

Now let's take a closer look at each palette and it's swatches.

Lorac Pro palette

Lorac Pro palette (closer look)

Lorac Pro palette: swatches

A here is a look I created with Lorac Pro palette WITHOUT any primer just so that you'll get a rough idea of what kind of look you might get with it.

The look using Lorac Pro palette

Now here is the Lorac Pro 2 palette.

Lorac Pro 2 palette

Lorac Pro 2 palette (closer look)

Lorac Pro 2 palette: swatches

...And the look using Lorac Pro 2 palette...

The look using Lorac Pro 2 palette

If you asked me what palette to get if you had to choose only one, I'd tell you to get both. They're equally beautiful and are different enough to serve you separately and together. If you really-really have to choose just one then go for the one that appeals more to you in the color selection. I personally am in love with both.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I bought these myself. You can get a hold of them here (Lorac Pro palette) and here (Lorac Pro 2 palette). Each of them costs $42.

In conclusion I'll say if you don't own any palette and not many shadows at all, I'd strongly suggest you invest in one of those or even both. I honestly think they're better than the Naked palettes. They'll give you the variety and the quality you can only dream of.

Rating by category (out of 10, 10 being the highest score):
  • versatility - 10
  • product quality (pigmentation, blendability, staying power etc.) - 10
  • packaging - 10
  • travel-friendliness - 10
Phew. I hope you enjoyed reading this review and it will help you with your future purchases. If you have any of those palettes, please, let me know what you think of them in the comments below. Thank you for reading.

Monday, September 8, 2014

What's Your Go-To Small Eyeshadow Palette and Default Makeup Look (+ Wet-n-Wild Eyeshadow Trio in 335 Silent Treatment: Review and Swatches)?

Hi guys! I thought today I'd share my kind of default makeup look and do a short review of my go-to small eyeshadow palette. It's the Wet-n-Wild eyeshadow trio in 335, Silent Treatment  and it's from drugstore. Yay! for reviews of affordable products!

To be honest, I rarely wear the same makeup twice. I usually use different products and do something different every day both for the eyes and lips. However, there are times when I just

  • don't feel like thinking too much, or looking for some particular product, or
  • I'm in a hurry and just want to do a quick and easy nice neutral but flattering all-occasions look that I can easily update during the day if I want to, or
  • I need to go to work, job interview, some important formal or semi-formal meeting, or meeting my boyfriend's parents (hypothetically speaking, because I'm already happily married), or anywhere, where I'm not really sure how to look and it is best to stick to a natural daytime look

Whatever the reason might be for such a look I think it is a wise thing for everyone to have one of such saving default go-to looks that they feel comfortable wearing and don't get tired of in their makeup wardrobe.

So, here's what I usually wear in such cases:

1. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 51 Light vanilla
2. Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Flexible Coverage Concealer in Vanilla
3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
4. theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

Eyes and Brows:
1. Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencil in medium brown
2. Wet-n-Wild eyeshadow trio in 335 Silent Treatment
3. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

1. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in 54 Boy

As you can see, it's just a few products and a very simple look. For the eyes I just use a taupe color all over my lid and blend out in the crease, also I put it on the bottom lash line. Then I use the darkest brown and tightline my upper lashline with it and put just a tiny bit of it on the outer 2/3 of my lower lashline and smudge it. Then I use the highlighter shade to highlight my inner corners and a tiny bit under my brow-bone.

For the face, I put foundation on, then concealer, then powder lightly all over the face to set the makeup, and then use the same ambient powder as a bronzer around the perimeter of my face and a bit as a blush. At the end I put a highlighter on tops of my cheekbones.

Lips don't need any explanation. Just slap a neutral easy-to-wear color that you love on 'em. By the way, you can always change it up for a bright or dark one for the evening (that's an easy change in this look if you have a bright lipstick with you in your makeup bag).

And here's the finished look.

My default makeup look
Now on to the short review of the Wet-n-Wild eyeshadow palette.

Here are the eyeshadows in the pan and swatches.

Wet-n-Wild eyeshadow trio in 335 Silent Treatment

Wet-n-Wild eyeshadow trio in 335 Silent Treatment: swatches

As you can see from the pictures this palette is well loved and has been used a lot. I've had it for more than a year now. I think that the colors in this trio are gorgeous. I'm speaking to you, all you taupe lovers out there! It is a perfect neutral but not boring trio with a nicely balanced from light to dark color combo that can take you from day to night easily. You can make a very simple daytime look or a very smokey one as well. The taupe shade in there is my favorite one for a one eyeshadow look. The pigmentation of these shadows is great and they blend like a dream, they have very smooth silky texture and beautiful shimmery finish that is not too much or obnoxious, and they wear nicely. I also haven't noticed any major fallout (if at all) with them (but I always tap of the excess product from my brush). By the way, the swatches were made with no primer as usual. Overall, there isn't a single bad thing I can say about those shadows and for the price of just a few bucks (!), they are a gem. I'm officially obsessed with them.

So, that's it. That's my short review and my default look. I hope it was helpful to some of you, maybe it gave you some ideas. Let me know if you have your default look? What is it? And what is your favorite small eye-shadow palette? I'd love to know that.

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you are having a great day. At least, I wish you have a great one :).