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Brown Smokey Eyes & Bold Lips for the Spark Sessions Conference

It's no surprise that I've been slacking at blogging, but you may have noticed that I'm trying to get back into the groove of things. If not, then click either (or both) of the links below that will take you to my recent posts - they will open up in a new window, so you won't be interrupted.

I'm planning on updating the blog regularly starting next week. I have a few ideas for posts, but if you'd like to see something specific, leave a comment below or get in touch through any other social media accounts that you follow me on.

Now that I'm trying to blog more, I thought I'd enter a contest to win a trip to attend the 2014 Spark Sessions Conference, which is Canada's fashion & beauty blogger conference. It's about time I took this blog to the next level & I think that being able to attend the conference would be the perfect opportunity to push me in the right direction.

This is my entry for the contest - a makeup look that I would most likely wear to the conference. Now, this was a bit hard for me because when I travel I usually I tend to pack way more products than I would need & do my makeup depending on my mood that day. Am I the only one who does this?

The look that I decided on was a smokey brown eye, winged black eyeliner, falsies, lots of mascara on my bottom lashes, & bold red lips. It's classic & it would go with any outfit. The look is quite dramatic so I filled in my eyebrows slightly to pull the look together.
& of course, I can't forget the heavily contoured & highlighted cheeks. It's my favourite part! Although, I will have to remind myself to go easy with contouring & highlighting my cheekbones - that's one thing I tend to go a bit overboard with.

Do you think I should add some colour to the look if I win? *fingers crossed*

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Eid-ul-Fitr 2014 makeup look

This Eid I won't be getting as dolled up as I usually do, so I thought I'd post the makeup look that I did on Eid-ul-Fitr this year. It was my first time stepping outside my house wearing winged eyeliner on the inner corners of my eyes. Usually I rub/scratch the inner corners of my eyes when I'm tired so I've always been slightly afraid that I'll rub it off, but luckily that didn't happen - phew!

Eyeshadow primer: Too Faced shadow insurance
all eyeshadows used are from the Urban Decay (original) Naked palette
Under brow + tearduct: Virgin
Browbone: Buck
Lid + inner 2/3 of lower lashline: Half Baked
Outer 1/3 of lid: Smog (applied over Half Baked)
Crease: Hustle & Darkhorse
Outer 1/3 of lower lashline: Hustle
Upper lashline + tightline: Mary Kay gel eyeliner in Jet Black
Waterline: Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in 005 Nude
Lashes: L'Oreal Voluminous Original (upper & lower lashes)
Falsies: Huda Beauty lashes in 01 Giselle

Revlon Colorstay foundation for combination/oily skin in 250 Fresh Beige
Maybelline Fit Me concealer in 25 Medium (under my eyes & around my nose + mouth)
e.l.f. High Definition Powder in Clear (to set my concealer & the areas where I get oily)
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Original Chocolate (to contour my cheeks, jawline, & temples)
Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in 129 Tiki (cheekbones)

YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in #25 Soft Beige

Eid Mubarak my loves!

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Coral Lips at the Shooting Range

I went to a shooting range 5 months ago (April) & I wanted to keep my makeup light for the occasion. I went with lots of mascara, a bright inner corner/tearduct area, slightly contoured cheeks, & a light coral lip.

Usually I prefer matte lips, but since the rest of the look was simple, I decided to try out some coral lippies sent by Mary Kay's PR to add a pop of colour. The names of these products are so cute!

I lightly applied the Mary Kay At Play lip crayon in Coral Me Crazy. This lip crayon has a lot of shimmer & I don't like shimmer in my lip products at all. The lip crayon also made the dry patches of my lips stand out more.
So I decided to top off that lip crayon with a bit of the Mary Kay At Play jelly lip gloss in Poppy Love in hopes of toning down the dryness. I loved this jelly lip gloss right away. It made my lips look 5 times better than when I just wore the lip crayon alone. The jelly lip gloss is a bit sheer, so it added the right amount of colour (& would look gorgeous when worn alone). The gloss is also a bit sticky though, but it was not uncomfortable.

This combo stayed on my lips for about 4 hours. When everything wore off, the shimmers from the lip crayon stayed behind, which I wasn't a fan of. Both products are buildable, which I really like. I think the lip crayon would look nice by itself on light skintones - just make sure you exfoliate your lips before applying it though.

Do you tone down your makeup looks depending on where you're going?  I find that I've started doing that a lot.

P.S. I posted this look/products on Instagram the night these pics were originally taken - months ago. Click here to see that pic. I'm def way more active on Instagram, so follow me there for more updates.

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DIY Canvas Wall Art: Glitter, Photos, & a Quote

This eye-catching Pinterest inspired weekend project added the wow-factor to my room without much effort.

Ever since I saw the DIY Glitter Chevron Art by 'Penny Pincher Fashion' pinned on Pinterest over 1 year ago, I knew I had to try it. After that, I kept seeing DIY photo canvases, which I really liked too. So I used both ideas to come up with a little weekend art project.

Recently, I posted pictures on Instagram with these canvases in the background & my friends asked me/complimented me on them. {picture 1 • picture 2 • video}. Check out the video that I just posted too.. you can really see how the glitter sparkles when the light hits it -- so pretty!
Since I had taken a lot of pictures during the process from my cell phone, I decided to blog about it. I've included the steps, but feel free to contact me if you need any clarification.

First up, the red chevron glitter & the purple striped glitter canvas wall art pieces.
I used acrylic paint. & the glitter that I used is glitter used for art (from Wal-Mart).

I knew I wanted one of the canvases to be a mix of both the red & purple colours with a quote on it. I chose the following quote by Sam Levenson: "For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people."
While painting the canvas itself, I used the same foam brushes that I used to paint the other 2 canvases above, but just lightened my strokes as I got to the halfway point on the canvas.

Lastly, I knew the photo canvases would be easier to make, but I wanted to add my own touch to make them stand out a bit more. In most of the tutorials that I've seen online, they paint the edges a certain colour or apply coloured strips.
Since I was working with glitter & going with a gold theme in my room, I decided to do glitter edges. Also, I feel like glitter edges are so versatile because they will look good with almost any decor.
The steps for these will be listed below the picture because they're a bit lengthy.

Photo canvases with glitter edges:
Step 1 - the glitter edges: Place a lot of glitter on a newspaper in the middle area (where the newspaper was folded). Apply tacky glue to one edge of the canvas. Firmly place the edge covered in glue on the glitter, press it down, & move it around to ensure that edge is covered in glitter. Repeat for the 3 other edges.
Please note: you can apply paint on the edges before you start this process so that none of the canvas shows through.
Step 2 - the photo: Apply a generous coat of mod podge on the canvas & place your 8 x 10 photo on top. I left the canvas face down with a heavy book on it overnight.
Step 3 - the finishing touches: The next morning, I applied a coat of matte mod podge on the photo & on the edges. The mod podge acts as a sealant. Also, using a matte mod podge will avoid any glares from the lights in my room.

A few points:
  • When painting the canvases, cover the edges and go over a bit to the back so that if someone's looking at the canvas from the side, the unpainted canvas doesn't show.
  • When working with tacky glue & glitter: work in small sections & cover the entire area that you've applied the glue to with a thick layer of glitter by sprinkling it over generously. Tap off the extra glitter on a newspaper/paper & pour this back into the jar of glitter.
  • If you're applying glitter to the edges of the canvas, make sure you press down on the glitter firmly so the edge gets coated well & the white from the canvas doesn't show through. (Alternatively, as mentioned above, you can also use a gold paint as a base first to hide the white canvas if you want).
  • The mod podge applies white, but don't stress. I won't lie.. this part scared me a bit when I applied the mod podge over the glitter & the photos & it was white. But as you can see from the final result, it really does dry clear.

I adhered these using double-sided tape right above my desk. They add a fabulous touch to my otherwise blah room - not only because of the glitter & the quote, but because I have my loved ones right there at all times :)

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Heavy Cranberry Eyes & Nude Lips

I've noticed that I keep reaching for MAC's eyeshadow in Cranberry whenever I want to do a heavier eye makeup look. I either apply it all over the lid or on my browbone. When I did this look, I was rushing to get ready so I applied Cranberry on my entire lid & smoked out the look using a dark brown eyeshadow.

Most of the time I pick a lip colour that's at least a shade or 2 darker than my natural lip colour, but this time I decided to go really light since I didn't have enough time to search for a darker lippy that would complement my outfit well.

The Cranberry shade on the eyes along with a pinky-nude lip would go really well for Valentine's Day as well if you're trying to play up your eyes but don't want to look overdone.

This look is actually from a wedding that I attended in September 2013 - yikes! I should really get my shit together & blog more. Anyway, I did update my Instagram with this look that night itself, so click here to see the picture that I had posted & click here to see the video that I had posted. You can see the outfit a bit more in the video :)


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2AM Experiments

That night when I decided I'll try smudging my brown pencil eyeliner that I had on all day just to see how it looks before I take my makeup off & go to bed. & then one thing led to another...

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NYX Glitter Mania - Blue look

I've always seen the NYX Cosmetics Glitter Mania powders & thought they were amazing but never bought them because I knew I'd hardly use them. A few months ago I saw them on clearance for around $1.50 CAD each, so of course I couldn't resist. I bought 5 of them: Disco Ball, Purple, Blue, Gold, & Hot Gold.

As soon as I got home that night, I wanted to try applying the glitter on my eyelid using lash glue as a base because I don't have glitter glue. I used the Blue glitter & came up with this look in 5 minutes. Sorry for the crappy pic quality - it was late & I was a bit lazy.

The glitter was way more sparkly in person. You can see the sparkles better in the video I posted on Instagram when I did this look: http://instagram.com/p/eRHV-OrQ3z/. Yikes, just realized that I posted that video 2 months ago. That tells you how much I've been slacking with blogging.. oops!

Even if I don't use these glitters myself, they are great to have in my kit now that I'm a certified makeup artist.

Have you tried these loose glitters or any other NYX Cosmetics' products?

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Date Night Neutrals

As much as I love experimenting with colours & the majority of the makeup looks on this blog have been colourful, on a daily basis I tend to favour browns (that's if I'm wearing eyeshadow at all). Usually if I'm in a rush but want to wear some eyeshadow, I grab a dark brown eyeshadow & blend that into my crease with a large blending brush & I'm done!

Then there are those days where I still want to keep it neutral but I wanna look good!
This is the makeup look that I did on one of those kinda days. It's a great look if you're going on a date night with your girlfriends or even with a special someone because we all want to look hot on date night but not overdone - I mean, we're not going out; just dressed to impress.

For the eyeshadows, I used a large blending blush to apply MAC eyeshadow in Cranberry in the outer two-thirds of my crease + on my browbone + on my lower lashline (you could only see a hint of this colour depending on the lighting). I then applied Senna Cosmetics' Glow Eye Colour in Flare on my entire lid + inner corner of the eye + whatever was left on the brush under my brow. Lastly, I took BH Cosmetics' eyeshadow in MM17 on a smaller blending brush & blended that into the outer two-thirds of my crease + outer one-third of my lower lashline.
I finished off the eyes by applying a liquid eyeliner, mascara on the top & bottom lashes, tight-lining, & filling in my brows (using Senna Cosmetics' Sketch-a-Brow pencil in Mink) ever so slightly.

For the cheeks, I used Too Faced's Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer to contour my cheekbones, temples, & jawline. The blush I used is Barry M's Blusher in BL1 - Pink Orchid.
Lastly, for the pout I used one of my fav lip products at the moment: Senna Cosmetics' Lip Lacquer in Mulberry.

I also wanted to take a quick moment to thank everyone who has encouraged me to get back into blogging or even just asked about why I've been such a bad blogger. It's because of those comments & chats that I'm motivated to get back to blogging, so THANK YOU & lets do this.

Kisses to all of you!

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Colour Burst

I wanted to play with my loose eyeshadows as I hardly use them on myself & I have some gorgeous colours.
I knew I wanted to use the yellow and this gorgeous colour by OCC called Cherry Bomb so I let those colours guide me & here's what I came up with.
On my eyes:
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
  • NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk [base]
  • A red eyeshadow from the 120 eyeshadow palette - 1st edition [just on my lid]
  • Firefly from the Too Faced Smokey Eye palette [under the brow + on the browbone]
  • Smoking Jacket from the Too Faced Smokey Eye palette [above the crease & blended into the browbone]
  • Pari Beauty's Transforming Eye Gel [mixed with the loose eyeshadows to intensify the colours & help them stick]
  • Cherry Bomb loose colour by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics [on the lid]
  • Azure mineral pigment dust by Annabelle Cosmetics [lower lashline]
  • Sunny Side Up by Pure Luxe Cosmetics [inner corner]
  • Amethyst by Pure Luxe Cosmetics [transition colour above the crease between the yellow & dark purple]
  • Smokin Hot from the Too Faced Smokey Eye palette [slightly applied to darken the outer crease just a tad bit]
  • Black: liquid eyeliner + pencil eyeliner [tight line & waterline] + mascara
  • Falsies
I also used Senna Cosmetics' Sketch-a-Brow precision brow pencil in Mink.

On my face:
  • Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation in 250 Fresh Beige
  • Annabelle Cosmetics' skintrue concealer
  • Maybelline's Dream Matte Powder in Honey/Medium 3-4
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil matte bronzer [to contour my cheeks, jawline & temples]
  • Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer [cheekbones]
  • Dior Shimmer Powder in 002 Amber Diamond [cheekbones]
  • NARS blush in Taj Mahal
On my lips:
  • Sephora lip stain in 04

If you know me or have been on my blog, you know I love playing with colours, so I definitely had fun doing this. Hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed creating this look.

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Muted Sparkle

Since the beginning of this year, I have rarely touched my vibrant coloured eyeshadows while doing my eye makeup. It's quite a shame really and the looks that I do are nothing to blog about as I'm almost bare-faced with just a touch of concealer, mascara, blush, and tinted chapstick on most days.

This look is from a while ago and it's all about the neutrals, but I did put a little more effort into this look by adding some shimmery eyeshadow on my lids and toning it down with some matte shades.

Eyeshadows Used:
  • Cloves (Too Faced Smokey Eye palette) - all over the lid
  • Up in Smoke (Too Faced Smokey Eye palette): outer third of the lid + blended slightly above the crease + outer half of the lower lashline 
  • MAC eyeshadow in Mylar: tearduct + inner corner of the lid + inner half of the lower lashline + slightly brushed under the brow

These nails were around Valentine's Day, so I had chosen pink & added the heart on the accent nail.

Nailpolishes Used:
  • Mary Kay in Bold Fuchsia
  • Pure Ice in Don't You Wish (2-3 coats to get an even coating of the shimmer particles)
  • Hard Candy in Matte-ly in Love
  • Sally Hansen (Hard as Nails - Xtreme Wear) in White On - for the heart

I love how the nails turned out with a matte top coat over the shimmer particles. The muted sparkle nails are def something that I can see myself sporting on a regular basis.

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