Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Week with 1 Palette. Part 1: 5 Looks Using Chanel Ombres Matelassées De Chanel Eye-shadow Palette in Charming

5 Looks Using Chanel Ombres Matelassées De Chanel Eye-shadow Palette in Charming

Today I feel like starting a new series of posts, which will be on the looks you can create using your palettes. Some people feel a little lost when it comes to figuring out the different possible looks you can do with one palette, so I want to help you in this, and show you that even the seemingly small palettes, which don't look like they can offer a lot of diversity, can actually be very versatile and ofer a lot of different looks for many occasions. Hopefully, this will inspire you to get the most out of the palettes you own and give you some new ideas. Also I want to point out that this series will not be the series of consecutive posts. The posts might be scatterred in time and between other posts, in fact, this series might never end but keep evolving over time :). I hope you enjoy it.

I thought of starting with the palette that does not look that exciting at first glance. It doesn't look like you can get a whole lot of different looks from it, but if you turn on your creativity you'll see that it hides a lot more options than you could have imagined at first. It is Chanel Ombres Matelassées De Chanel Eye-shadow Palette in Charming.

Chanel Ombres Matelassées De Chanel Eye-shadow Palette in Charming

It is a lovely palette that mostly consists of matte/semi-matte shades (with only 1 really shimmery shade), therefore it is a great basic to have in your makeup wardrobe.

Below I've marked the shades with numbers to make it easier to explain the looks I've created, since they don't have the names.

Also, one thing to note is I've used the brown shade (#4) for my brows in one of the looks, but I don't remember in which one :), sorry. Anyway, just to keep in mind: if you have dark eyebrows similar to mine this shade can work great as a brow color when used with a light hand.

Chanel Ombres Matelassées De Chanel Eye-shadow Palette in Charming

Here is look 1 - an all-occasion matte look - and what I used to create it:
- shade #2 blended all over the lid and into the crease
- shade #4 added a little bit in the outer corner and blended just slightly into the crease
- same shade #4 is smudged at the upper and lower lashline
- shade #5 is added as a liner to top and bottom lashlines just between the roots of the lashes and winged out slightly
- shade #1 is used as a highligter in the inner corner and under the browbone

Look 1. An all-occasion matte look using the Chanel Ombres Matelassées De Chanel Eye-shadow Palette in Charming

Look 2 - super natural daytime look:

- shade #1 applied all over the mobile lid
- shade #2 blended into the crease and built up slightly more in the outer corner
- shade #4 is used to line the roots of the lashes in the upper and lower lashline
- shade #1 is used as an inner corner and under-the-browbone highlighter

Look 2. Super natural daytime look using the Chanel Ombres Matelassées De Chanel Eye-shadow Palette in Charming

Look 3 - bronzy eye:
- shade #3 applied on the lid and blended out into the crease
- shade #5 added and blended just slightly in the outer corner
- shade #2 is blended a little bit in and above the crease
- shade #1 is used as an inner corner and under-the-browbone highlighter
- shade #5 is applied and slightly smudged at the roots of the lashes on the top and bottom lashlines

Look 3. Bronzy eye using the Chanel Ombres Matelassées De Chanel Eye-shadow Palette in Charming

Look 4 - classic winged eyeliner:
- shade #2 used all over the lid and blended out into the crease
- shade #1 is used to highlight the inner corner and browbone
- liquid black eyeliner is used on the top and in the outer third of the bottom lashline
- shade #2 is used to blend the eyeliner on the bottom lashline into nothing

Look 4. Classic winged eyeliner using the Chanel Ombres Matelassées De Chanel Eye-shadow Palette in Charming

Look 5 - classic drammatic smokey eye:
- shade #2 is used in the crease
- shade #4 is used all over the lid and blended slightly into the outer corner of the crease
- black cohl eyeliner is applied to the upper and lower lashlines as well as the waterlines and smudged with shade #5
- shade #5 is blended out in the outer part of the crease
- the lashlines are slightly softened by smudging shade #4 especially on the bottom lashline
- shade #1 is used to highlight the inner corner and browbone
- shade #3 is ever so slightly dabbed and blended in the centre of the eyelid (just a tiny bit)

Look 5. Classic drammatic smokey eye using the Chanel Ombres Matelassées De Chanel Eye-shadow Palette in Charming

There you go. Hope you liked the looks. See how much a small palette of just 5 basic colors can do?

I hope now you are inspired to try out new combos and techniques using your palettes. Please, let me know in the comments how you are using this palette, if you own it, or any other ones. I'd love to hear your thouhts and ideas. Thank you for your time. Have a lovely and productive day.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Painting - Part 7. Bottles And Flowers

Bottles and flowers

Here comes the latest painting of mine. When I've chosen the photo of what I was going to paint on that master class I wasn't quite sure that I'd cope in just 4 hours (that's how long the master class is): too many objects to focus on and paint, especially given it is see-through glass + flowers, and I'm only learning and have never tried to paint any see-through jars (apart from the one here which was a very simple one). Anyway, I decided to take a risk and if I won't have enough time I'd just finish it during some next master class whenever that would happen. But... surprisingly, I did manage to finish it within 4 hours (yaaay!), and I really like how it turned out :), which is a rare thing, I must admit.

To me it looks quite minimalistic because of the soft color scheme but still interesting, because there is a lot to look at. Below is a little glimpse of the whole process of creating it. hope you enjoy!

Dat happy face :)

This photo is more true to the real color of my painting as it was taken with a different camera

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Chanel Travel Makeup Palette 2015 in Destination: Review, Swatches And 3 Looks Using It

Chanel Travel Makeup Palette 2015 in Destination

Happy day, lovelies! It's been a while since any updates on the blog from me. But I am ready to make it up for you by sharing my review, swatches and a few looks using a gorgeous LE Chanel palette.

We are talking about this year's Chanel Travel Makeup Palette in Destination. Now, I won't lie I have a soft spot for Chanel makeup. And this palette was a pain to get but I wanted it so badly I went out of my way to get it and I am soooo happy now that I have it. I got it from Nordstrom and it should have been available in duty free stores also. It is a piece of art. Just pure joy to look at, to use and to wear.

Now, the packaging of it is a typical gorgeous Chanel one of a decent size yet still so compact it almost fits on the palm of my hand (and I have quite small-ish palms). It comes in a lovely velvet pouch with a palette itself and a mini-size mascara. Just perfect, right?

Chanel Travel Makeup Palette 2015 in Destination

Chanel Travel Makeup Palette 2015 in Destination

Chanel Travel Makeup Palette 2015 in Destination

Chanel Travel Makeup Palette 2015 in Destination

Chanel Travel Makeup Palette 2015 in Destination

All you need is your foundation + concealer and powder, if the color in the palette doesn't match you, the rest is there in the palette for you. It has 5 eye-shadows, a blush, a powder, 5 lip colors + mascara.

One thing to note here though Chanel isn't very good at thinking of all possible skin tones so this palette looks best suited for fair to light-medium skinned girls. Because the powder and blush shades are so light and the lip colors again are so light and most sheer they will end up not showing up at all on darker skin tones, sadly. However, if you fall into the light skinned category rejoice because this baby is for you and will make you beautiful and chic.

Chanel Travel Makeup Palette 2015 in Destination

Chanel Travel Makeup Palette 2015 in Destination

The colors are all neutral and beautiful. The quality of the shadows is very nice: the texture is smooth and easy to blend, they're well pigmented but not crazy pigmented, just perfect to make it easy to work with, stay put and wear nicely, but they perform especially well over a primer. The finish is mostly softly shimmery and satiny. There is only one truly matte shade and that is the darkest one. However, these shades being Chanel have a very elegant shimmer, very fine and not glittery, and it mostly registers as satin to pearl finish on the eyes, which is quite close to almost matte, which makes them very wearable, user friendly and appropriate for any occasion. The powder is so finely milled and silky that I could not see it on the skin. It almost acted as translucent one for me. It is fantastic. The blush is shimmery but again on the skin the shimmer turns into a beautiful glow on the cheeks that just makes them look kissable and healthy. The lip products have lip glosses and 2 lipsticks. All are very sheer and light except for the deepest color. They are very nice on the lips and wear nicely as well. I mean how long can a gloss wear but the lipsticks wear just like any typical Chanel lipstick. The darkest one especially wore for quite a long time for me. I was impressed as I didn't expect it to wear so long. The mascara is really nice but nothing super special for me, however it is very good for separation and length, though not for volume. But it is a good mascara that feels weightless on the lashes.

I won't talk about the applicators because I don't think they're much fun to talk about, but they are there for you and can totally work in lack of brushes or time.

Below you can see the swatches, but, please, keep in mind that they were taken in a different lighting. It is artificial lighting. For this reason I took a picture of the palette next to the swatches for comparison under the same lighting. Hopefully, this will make it easier for you to figure out the colors. Pictures of swatches have been taken with slightly different angles so that you could see the colors and finishes better.

Chanel Travel Makeup Palette 2015 in Destination: swatches as they appear in the palette (except for the powder, which is on the bottom and just does not show up on my skin at all, it is pretty much the same, but the swatch is there :) )

Chanel Travel Makeup Palette 2015 in Destination: swatches as they appear in the palette, except for the powder which just doesn't show up on my skin

Now here are a few looks that I created using it:
1. Super natural light peachy almost no-makeup makeup look.
2. All occasions daytime appropriate neutral look.
3. Bold and bright evening makeup that's quite fall appropriate.

3 Looks Using Chanel Travel Makeup Palette 2015 in Destination

Everything that you see on my face, except for foundation, concealer and powder (apart from the last look, where I did even use the powder from the palette) is from the palette. That includes blush, eye shadows, brow color (yep, it is the darkest eye shadow), liner (eye shadow used in place of it), mascara and lip colors. I just wanted to show you how much this palette can do and in how many directions it can take you in terms of looks. Isn't it great? It is perfect for traveling. Nothing more to add here. I have a palette crush... :).

Below are closer looks at those makeup looks.

Super Natural Light-peachy No-Makeup Look Using Chanel Travel Makeup Palette 2015 in Destination

Neutral Daytime All Occasions Look Using Chanel Travel Makeup Palette 2015 in Destination

Bright Maroon-Mauve-ish Evening Look Using Chanel Travel Makeup Palette 2015 in Destination

As you can see this palette is pretty versatile while still compact, travel- and user-friendly.

Hope this review was helpful. Let me know if you have or want to get this palette. What are your thoughts on it? I'd love to hear them.

Thank you for visiting my blog and for your time. It means a lot to me. I really appreciate it :).

Monday, July 27, 2015

TheBalm: Latest Purchases + First Impressions (Short Reviews)

TheBalm Products

Hey, lovelies! A few weeks ago I found out about the 50% off everything sales on theBalm site for a limited time and bought a few things from them. I found out about it accidentally and the sale was coming to an end. I think it was only for 1 day or so and it was only 1-2 hours till the end of it, so I rushed to pick up a few items.

I love theBalm products. Everyting I've tried from them is amazing quality but the price is on the more affordable side of the high-end spectrum. Plus, considering the 50% off sale it was a steal to get so many incredible items at such a low price, so I am beyond happy to share my purchases and my 1st impressions with you.

So, here's what I purchased:
  1. NUDE 'Tude Eyeshadow Palette
  2. Balm Voyage Vol. 2 Face Palette
  3. Bahama Mama  Bronzer
  4. Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
  5. Cindy-Lou Manizer Highlighter
  6. Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder
TheBalm Products

So, it is basically 2 palettes, 2 different bronzers, a highlighter and a translucent powder. All of the products except for the Cindy-Lou Manizer highlighter were new to me.

The Cindy-Lou Manizer is a re-purchase: I've used it before and love it like nothing else. I re-purchased because my first one got broken (keep in mind, it breaks easily) comletely into pieces, and it became a pain to use because of it, although I still used probably 2/3 of it. I looooove this product, it is one of my unsung heroes in my makeup bag. It is like a hybrid between a blush and a highlighter: it's got a little bit of peachy-pink color and a whole lot of glow, so for snow-whites like myself you can totally skip the blush and just use this one product to give you very subtle color and beautiful gorgeous soft cool pink glow, which just makes your skin look super healthy and fresh, and looks particularly great on cool fair skin tones like mine. I am so happy I found this product. I've been using it almost every day since the day I first got it. And that says a lot. That's how much I love it.

Nude 'Tude Palette - I heard raves and praises to this palette for years now and I love theBalm palettes. I feel like they are very underrated just like the whole brand overall, but their quality is fantastic, on top with Urban Decay and Lorac eyeshadows. In fact, I find that the formula of theBalm and Lorac eyeshadows is quite similar: they're incredibly pigmented and super blendable and buttery smooth, they also wear forever. And I prefer these brands over the Urban Decay to be honest. So, obviously, I had to get this palette one of these days, so I got it. Did I need another neutral palette? No. Did I want it? Yes. Is it the same as all my other neutral palettes? No. It has some unique and beautiful colors and does stand out from other palettes. Does it justify me buying it? No. Did I realize it and still wanted to get it? YES!!!

Balm Voyage Vol. 2 Face Palette is a new travel palette that, again, I didn't need, but really wanted. It is the 2nd edition of their Voyage palettes, but, to be honest, it looks more like theBalm Jovi palette to me in the concept, format, layout of the products and size of pans, which I really-really love. It is one of my all-time favorite palettes and I seriously want to buy a backup for it. You can check out my review for it here. So the Balm Voyage Vol. 2 also has some face, cheek and lip products, which makes it perfect for travelling. And along with blushes they included a highlighter and a bronzer, which is awesome. It is everything you'll ever need. And the packaging is so compact it is great. I have yet to play around with it.

Bahama Mama Bronzer is a matte cool-toned bronzer, which should be great for contouring. At least that is the thought I had in mind when buying it, although I find that it is not as cool-toned as I'd prefer for contouring, but it is workable and could also be used for bronzing up the skin a bit because it is not too cool-toned. So just a nice all-purpose bronzer for different skin tones, even the deep ones.

Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush is, as the name implies, a hybrid between a bronzer and a blush with a little bit of subtle satiny sheen to it. That makes it a great multi-purpose product, just like the Cindy-Lou Manizer, but more in the bronzing department. In fact, this bronzer looks really good all over the face as a warmer-up for a sun-kissed look paired with the Cindy-Lou Manizer highlighter. You won't need any other color on your face, these two paired together will give you enough color as well as the needed sun-kissed effect and a lovely glow. Although, you can definitely use this product on its own, it has such a lovely rose undertone and finish that if you want to avoid extra glow, it'll make it up for it in the best most natural way possible. It looks very skinlike and user-friendly. Lovely product indeed and a great all-rounder.

And finally, the Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder. I always prefer to user translucent powders to not add up any other color or coverage to my foundations, but just to set and mattify everything into place without it looking cakey. I also prefer a pressed form just for its convenience and travel friendliness. So I decided to try this powder. So far so good, it mattifies nicely and is super compact. I was afraid the shade would be too dark and still show up on my pale skin. You know, I don't believe in complete transparency in powder products, they can show up when applied too heavily, however this one wasn't too dark, I didn't find it altering my foundation shade or anything. That being said, I had hoped it would be a smoother formula and more finely milled. I was hoping it could replace my Chanel LE translucent powder, which is my all-time favorite so far, but I'm almost out of it and it is LE, so I can't get it anymore, but no... it won't replace it, lol. Oh well, that's life. But it is still a very-very nice powder that I will still enjoy using. I'm just extremely picky about translucent finishing powders.

So that concludes my first impressions/short review of those products. Hope this will help you in your makeup shopping. Thank you for reading. Stay tuned for more makeup, beauty and style bits and enjoy your summer :).

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ridiculously Simple Trick on How To Store/Sort Your Makeup Brushes

How to Store/Sort Makeup Brushes

Have you ever had times in the morning when you are late already, yet you are frantically trying to find this tiny liner or whichever other small brush amongst your other bigger brushes that are all stuffed in one jar together just to finish your makeup, and you just can't find it, which, of course, drives you mad and you're almost hating and cursing the brush? No? Then lucky you. If yes, then welcome to the normal women club :).

I've had those moments. Finally, one of them made me rethink how I store my brushes. I am pretty sure that the TIP I'm going to share now is not even a TIP but the most obvious thing on earth to do with your brushes if you have more than ... like 3 brushes... but you know there will always be such idiots like me who would have to try all the wrong variants until they will get the revelation :).

Here's the thing. I used to store all my brushes together in 1 big jar. It became a problem once I started to have too many of them to fit in 1 jar, so I got another one, BUT unlike all the normal people I was sorting them in those jars in all the wrong ways. I would split them like this:
  • dirty brushes go in 1 jar, clean  in the other one, or
  • synthetic brushes go in 1 jar, natural - in the other, or
  • one particular brand goes in 1 jar, others - in the other, or
  • most used ones go in 1 jar, the rest - in the other.
That resulted in me always trying to find the smallest brushes among the thick big ones for the face and failing like an idiot (doh!), because they were impossible to see among the fat brush heads of the face brushes just because they are super skinny and usually can be even shorter than others (Wayne Goss tiny brush for tightlining, I'm talking about you here!). So, I figured why not just put all the small/eye brushes into 1 jar and all the big ones - in the other? YES! Finally, since then my life has changed to the better dramatically. I can now easily find/see any of the smallest brushes I have in no time. And, as a bonus, I stopped being an idiot in storing my brushes.

I know, this is funny. Yes, go ahead, throw tomatos at me, I know! But if you're like me, you might want to try the trick too, and judging by the pictures online, I bet I'm not the only one :). So give this super simple trick a go and let me know how it works for you.

I hope this post was... if not useful, than, at least, fun to read :). Share your thoughts in the comments below and have a great day.

...By the way, this is my FOTD (not of today though, but the other day...) with simple neutral eyes and bright pink-coral summer lips.

Summer FOTD: Neutral Eyes + Bright Lips

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils: Review And Swatches

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil

As I proised here comes a beauty post, finally )). I've had these lip pencils for a while now, since around winter, so they've been around for quite a while now. However, I did want to post this review because I think they are among the great affordable pieces of beauty in the drugstore world.

I'll talk about the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils. Gosh, I hate such pointlessly long names (facepalm)... Anyway, these pencils are great, especially for such a ridiculous price.

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils

The formula of them is somewhere between a lip pencil and a matte lipstick. It is kind of dry, yet creamy. What I mean by that, is that it is not one of those typical supercreamy-balmy type jumbo lip pencils out there. It is significantly drier than those, yet they glide on beautifully without drying your lips. Perfect, right? I thought so too, they are mostly satin finish, except for one shade that I noticed having a bit of shimmer, but it is quite pretty and not glittery or frosty at all. They stain the lips a bit and wear for a decent amount of time. I wouldn't go as far to say that they are the most longlasting lip products out there, but they are definitely more longlasting than your average lipstick thanks to the formula and finish. They are super pigmented as well, so 2 thumbs up for that. They can also double as your lip liner since you can/have to sharpen them, which is nice (or maybe not so nice for someone not wanting to bother, but it is something to keep in mind). So all of you, lovers of satin or matte lips, you can save your pennies and go grab a bunch of those pencils. They are lovely, indeed, and, I'm sure, can be duplicates for some similar lip products from some high-end brands (I'm sure, there are tons of posts on this already).

Below are the swatches of the 3 shades I picked up. It should give you a pretty good idea on how pigmented the lip pencils are and how different types of shades translate onto the lips.

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils. Swatches (left to right): Minimaist, Light It Up and Pink So Chic

As you can see the Minimalist (light pink) is that shade that I metioned having some perlescent shimmer. The Light It Up (bright red) in the middle is ver very bright and in the below lip swatches I blotted it quite a bit because I was just going to work and it was waaay to bright for me to wear at work (funny, I'm saying this), but keep in mind that what you see on my lips in that swatch of red is just about 30% of the actual brightness you'll really get with it. It is indeed very beautiful and bright, so the shade name is spot on with that.

So below are the lip swatches.

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils. Swatches (left to right): Minimaist, Light It Up and Pink So Chic

I hope you liked these babies and are finding the way to enjoy your day today. Leave your thoughts in the comments below, I'd love to hear them. Let me know if you've tried these pencils and if you like them.

Thank you for stopping by. Cheers.

Painting - Part 6. Blissful Summer Night

Hey guys! Just quickly sharing another painting of mine. Hope you like it. It is what I usually expect most of summer and vacations )). I painted it last weekend, so it is a fresh one.

Blissful Summer Night. Oil Painting.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Painting - Part 4 and 5. Flowers and Birds

Hello, lovelies. Happy summer everyone! Aren't you glad that summer is here? I definitely am. I know, it's been ages since I last blogged and you probably forgot about my blog altogether, but I'm still here and I'm back.

Today I just want to update you on my latest 2 paintings, which are different from what I painted previously, but I like them. One is a painting of flowers and the other one was supposed to be something spring inspired, so I thought that those birds would look lovely and happy and fresh, so enjoy.


Same Picture Framed

I hope you liked the pictures and I promise that makeup related posts will be coming soon. Hope you are all enjoying your first warm summer days.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Birthday Beauty Marker + Short Review of the Real Techniques Nic's Picks 5 Brush Set

One of my recent looks and probably one of my favorite ones of all times (also a nice one to wear for Valentine's Day I think :) )

Happy Birthday Beauty Marker! Yaaaay! I cannot believe it has already been a year I've been blogging. When I started I didn't expect it to go this far to be honest, but even though there are not many people visiting my blog at the moment I'm still enjoying it, and I'm glad I persisted in blogging at least for one year. For me this is my small personal achievement. I hope some of you enjoyed BM this year too and hopefully even more people will in the nearest future.

On that happy note, I want to apologize for the lack of posts in the past few weeks. My main job has been just crazy and very challenging in many ways recently taking most of my time and energy leaving almost no inspiration for blogging. I'm still struggling with how I'm going to find time for it in the future but I will do my best, and for now I just wanted to get this post out there to have a re-start :).

Ok. It's a new year and what can be better than to start a new year with new brushes, right? Exactly, I thought so too :). So I bought this new set from Real Techniques, the Nic's Picks Set, which you can buy either here or here for $29.99, and 2 individual brushes: the lash-brow groomer and the setting brush, which can be purchased from the same sites (iHerb.com or RealTechniques.com).

Real Techniques Brushes: Nic's Picks Set, the Setting Brush and the Lash-brow Groomer

Real Techniques Nic's Picks Brush Set

Real Techniques Lash-brow Groomer and Setting Brush

I'll say straight away that I think that the Nic's Picks set is the best one out of all sets they've come out with. I love their brushes and I've tried most of them, but in terms of sets I feel like the brushes in the sets were often times a hit and miss. Not because they are bad but because I personally wouldn't use them, or don't feel like they're needed in a particular set, or it's the other way round: some very needed brushes were missing in the set and it didn't feel complete. So, that said, I think that the Nic's Picks set is very well though out and really includes the brushes that are sufficient to do your whole face makeup.

This set is perfect for those, who want to buy their very first makeup brush set. It is perfect for beginners as it includes everything they need at first without being too big or overwhelming, or containing the brushes that are difficult or unnecessary to use. So for just $30 bucks you'll get 5 quality well-made soft multitasking budget-friendly cruelty-free brushes, with which you can do your whole face makeup not needing to use anything else. In this sense, this set is great for everybody, and not just makeup newbies. Professionals will appreciate its versatility and ease of use.

The cheek brush is just a joy to use. You can use it for foundation, contour, powder, blush, highlighter, basically anything on your face, be it in cream, liquid or powder form. It's got perfect shape and density for this. It's also very soft. The duo-fiber face brush is great for those finishing touches, when you don't want to use too much product; so it's perfect for pigmented blushes and highlighters, or if you're just heavy-handed with your powder products. The base shadow brush is their best eye brush in my opinion, I think they should sell it individually. It's a perfect alternative to the famous MAC 217 and can do it all on your eyes: application, crease work, blending, you name it. It's a definite hit. The other brush in the set, which is the angled shadow brush, is not really something I was initially thrilled about, but once you start using it, you get why it's so cool. It is perfect for applying and blending those transitional crease shades because it is slanted perfectly to do so (hooded-eyed beauties, this is perfect for you), also it's fluffy enough to blend at the same time, and its tip is great for applying the color more precisely in the outer or inner corners of your eye. And the eyeliner brush is obviously great for eyeliner but also for the brows. It's the perfect size and thickness, and is much much better than the brow brush from their Starter set (I always thought it was too wide and definitely too thick for any eye or eyebrow manipulations).

Since the brushes are synthetic you can easily use them with powders or creams, which is a great plus. The fact that they are very multi-purpose means you can use them for so many different things, even more than the obvious ones I've mentioned earlier. It's a very very nice set, indeed, probably the one I'd recommend to people buying their first brushes or wanting to have a nice travel set.

There is one more thing that makes these brushes so easy to love. They wash very nicely: quickly, no shedding or bleeding, dry super-fast and remain incredibly soft.

A few words on the other 2 brushes I bought: the lash-brow groomer and the setting brush. They are great, the lash-brow groomer is an unsung hero of my makeup application on a day-to-day basis, the setting brush is up to the quality of all the other RT brushes, so nothing bad I can say about those. They're great.

Overall, I'm very happy I got these brushes. I would totally recommend this set to anybody.

So here you go. This is my short update and a review of my newly purchased brushes. I hope you are having a great February and enjoying the last weeks of winter. Happy Valentine's day! May you always love and know that you are loved.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Photo of the Weekend: Painting - Part 3. Happy New Year and Merry Christmas!

Christmas Night

Hi guys! Who would have guessed I'd go to another master class in painting so soon, ha? Well, I really wanted to paint some Christmas-y or New Year's eve themed painting and I wanted to do it before the actual New Year and Christmas so that I could hang it somewhere at home for holidays.

I really wanted to capture this atmosphere of holidays in the air: the quiet joy and peace of a Christmas starry night with all the holiday lights decorating the homes and Christmas trees, and all families gathered together at home to celebrate this glorious day. I really like how the stillness of the winter frosty weather and the absence of wind echoes that warm quiet yet joyful feeling. I also like how the church is in the center of the composition here reminding us that Christmas is all about Christ and His birth, and there are lights on at church, which means that its doors are always open to anyone anytime, especially on Christmas. I like it that in this picture there is a lot to look at and to watch and really think and meditate on, and that even though it is winter, you get a warm cozy feeling when looking at it.

That's exactly what I wanted in my painting, so when I found the illustration for it I knew I had to paint it. It was perfect. However, I didn't expect I'd be able to do it in just 4 hours, and I wasn't sure I'd cope, because it is the most complicated painting of all I've done so far. But I'm happy I was brave enough to try, because I enjoyed painting it so-so-so much and I do like the end result, even though it's not perfect and not nearly as amazing looking as the original. I still like it though.

Below is a short story in photos of how it came to realization. Hope you enjoy it :).

"I'm not really sure if I can make it, but I have to try. Where do I start from now?"

Yaaay! I did it!

It's drying now and waiting to go home :)

I hope you are having a great day and preparation for the holidays. I hope that in all the rush and stress of trying to complete many things you are actually enjoying your Christmas and New Year holidays period. Happy holidays!