Tuesday, August 18, 2009

In terms of color

My favorite look is a smoky eye, for me such a look is not strictly for night wear. I like bold makeup just as much as I love bold jewelry and color; its a matter of expression. However, lately I have been seeing a different take on the famous "smoky eye" and I have to say that I really like it.

Its refreshing to see chocolate, copper and broze shades used to create this look. It creates a more natural look yet it still draws attention to the eyes; looks amazing on green eyes. This paired with mate soft pink lips, rosy cheeks and soft waves creates the perfect romantic look.
I am also impressed by the smoky eye with color (such as the purple look) I have seen it done in navy (breathtaking), and in greens. The artist did an amazing job with showing how awe-inspiring this look is, I love the use of black eyeliner to balance the color and really put the emphasis on the eyes. ts very edgy yet feminine. The model is also sporting the best pink lips, I am adoring the color. I would like to try this look, but translate it to day time. So instead of the deep purple I would use a matte brown and as a highlight a champagne shade, to provide a bit of shimmer.
I also like the look of nude lips, I think they look excellent when paired with a daring eyeliner/shadow such as aqua or turquoise, or any color for that matter.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tanning Bed In a Tube

Another Too Faced product, I really like their products, all of the products that I have tried have impressed me. I really love this instant bronze/gradual tanner. First of all it smells amazing, unlike other self tanners that smell like chemicals. This one has a very tropical scent, I'm not sure how to describe it, like coconuts with lime, some hint of coffee.
I love the packaging very cute, it comes out like a caramel color that is packed with shimmer. You don't need any gloves as this will not stain your hands, but I still recommend washing your hands after each application. The first time you apply it you won't notice a very big difference in color, however your skin will glow. It gives the most natural glow, very subtle and very bronze muse like. If you keep layering it you will see a difference in color and the gorgeous shimmer makes your tan stunning. It does fade after showering, but that's not really a problem for me, the smell of it more than makes up for the longevity of the tan.

Sun Lesson

So a few days ago I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather by going to a pool, as u can imagine I ended up with getting a very bad sunburn ,....ouch. Anyway, once I got home I knew i needed something to soothe the pain. First thought.....aloe. The only one that I could think of was my Gel Baby Oil which has some aloe. I slathered it on my legs, the burn did not quickly fade away but I have noticed that within a few hours the burning sensation was gone.

This baby oil deserves some credit as it is very useful. I initially got it as a makeup remover, while it does an amazing job of removing all makeup and leaving the skin super soft; it also makes a great moisturizer, ....it is a bit oily (baby oil :D) and it will not quickly sink into the skin, however once it does it leaves the skin very soft. Its also amazing on elbows.

I have tried many remedies for sunburned skin (such as milk, yogurt and sour cream), not my favorite. This has reminded me why I love fake tanning. Be prepared for more fake tanning posts as I am taking this as an opportunity to see what products can deliver a beautiful and natural tan.

Monday, August 3, 2009

My Fall Makeup

While its technically summer, its around the time when I start thinking about fall makeup and trends. Usually fall makeup is inspired by the changing weather and new colors. The bronze colors that were popular in the summer, change to copper for autumn. Lips are now the focus, therefore we see deep reds, soft browns and gorgeous plums. Nail color changes from neon to deeper shades, same tones as the lips. Flawless matte skin is a must for me this fall. While I love dark nailpolish, cholcolate or berry shades are perfect for fall they look so chic, I will continue to love bright nail polish. This year peach and coral shades really caught my attention. I think they will be easy to carry on into fall since the colors are close to "fall tones."

Red lips, usually come back every fall. Don't forget to exfoliate the lips and to moisturise them, lipstick will be easier to apply and will stay on better if the lips are not flaking. Matt or glossy, red lips and bare eyes are a classic.

Even though this is more of a summer look, very beachy/ bronzy, I just love the way her skin glows.

Contrast and Color

When it comes to makeup, i don't think that there should be many rules. However, one of my makeup pet peeves is the colors used when you want to make your eyes stand out. I don't think that using the same shadow color as your natural eye color has any benefits. I actually believe you are doing the exact opposite. An example would be if you were wearing an outfit that was all one color. No one would notice the details on the handbag or how amazing the shoes are if they are all the same color. As the model below is, she has beautiful eyes, try putting a lavender or a soft pink eyeshadow and see how her eye color just pops. To make eyes pop you need to use contrast, the opposite color on the color wheel. For example I think that green eyes look amazing with purple or lavender shades. Blue eyes are amazing with coral shades, even gold or copper tones. Brown eyes look breathtaking with emerald or soft mint eyeshadow.

This is not saying that since you have blue eyes you cannot wear blue eyeshadow, or that if you have brown eyes you cannot wear bronze or copper shades. But if you want to make anything stand out you have to use a contrast.