"Face of the Day." See some of my latest looks while I’m out and about. Maybe you’ll see something that inspires or interests you!
I’m finally feeling better (minus a little sniffle) and actually have the energy to start wearing makeup again. While I was getting ready I realized that I missed sitting at my vanity playing with makeup! Here’s the look I’m wearing today. It’s a simple everyday purple/gray tone look that I love! Unfortunately the colors don’t show up very strong in the photo.
It was actually kind of embarrassing taking this photo so I tried to be a bit discreet, haha! Since it’s so overcast today I had to open our kitchen blinds to take these self portraits… hopefully the neighbors weren’t home.
So here’s what I have on!
FACE | Garnier BB Cream (totally appreciating how moisturizing this is after my cold!)
BROWS | MAC Concrete Eyeshadow
CHEEKS | NARS Gaiety Blush
EYES | Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow – Heather, NARS Lhasa, Clinique Iced Mauve and Maybelline Velvet Crush
Can you tell I love my purple/gray shades? <3
Here’s how you can achieve the look too!
1. Apply Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Heather all over the crease of your eyes as a base.
2. Pat on Clinique Iced Mauve on top of Heather and a bit above the crease as well.
3. Deepen the outer V with NARS Lhasa and also run it along your upper and lower lash line.
4. Highlight using the “base” shade in your Maybelline quad under your brows. Then mix the “base” and “lid” shades to highlight your inner corners of your eyes.
5. Line your eyes with any black liner (I used MAC Added Goodness) and smudge it out with the “liner” shade from the Maybelline quad.
6. Optional: Line your upper waterline with a black liner. I think this really deepens the look of your eyes and makes them appear larger.
7. Curl lashes and apply mascara (I used Covergirl Lash Perfection mascara).
And that’s it! I wish I could accurately show you the colors because it looks so faint in the photo! :( On most days my entire eye look consists of all MAC or Urban Decay but this is my one look that uses a combination of one-off pieces from other brands that I don’t purchase too often!
Anyway, I hope you’re doing well and finishing off the week strong! Tomorrow is Friday! Woohoo!
Wishing you a wonderful Thursday!
Happy Halloween all!
I hope you are having a wonderful yummy-sweets filled afternoon.
Sadly, I won’t be dressing up this year so today I decided to at least put on a smokey eye look for our dinner + movie plans.
I might need to go buy myself some candy too…
So here’s what I have on.
It’s a fairly easy smokey eye. It just requires lots of blending!
MAC Well Dressed Blush
Base: MAC Paint Pot – Imaginary
Eyeshadows: MAC Scene, MAC Graphology, MAC Kid
Highlight: theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Eyeliner: Loreal Paris Telescopic – Carbon Black
Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil – Zero
MAC Concrete Eyeshadow
Forever21 False Lashes
MAC Nude Rose Lipstick
Want to replicate this Smokey Eye look? Here’s how!
- Use your finger to apply MAC Paint Pot in Imaginary over your lid. Pat on the color darkest at the lash line and fade the color out as you hit the crease line. Don’t worry if this doesn’t look perfect, we’ll blend out shortly.
- Take a firm blending brush and MAC Scene eyeshadow and blend all over the lid fading as you go upward. This will smooth out the Imaginary application.
- Take a flat shader brush and apply MAC Graphology eyeshadow all over the crease but concentrating on the lash line creating the shape that you desire.
- Take the firm blending brush and blend Graphology into Scene.
- Take a clean fluffy blending brush and MAC Kid eyeshadow to blend out Scene upward toward your brow.
- Use the flat shader brush and dip into Scene eyeshadow and rim the lower lash line. I skipped the inner third of the lower lash line to keep my eyes looking a bit more open.
- Line your upper lash line with a black liquid eyeliner. I used Loreal Paris Telescopic.
- Go over your waterline with a black pencil eyeliner like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on pencil in Zero.
- Highlight the inner corner of your eye and under your eyebrows with theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer or any highlighter of your choice.
- Make sure you blend blend BLEND away any harsh lines.
- Apply false lashes. And you’re done!
I finally feel well enough to put on my face and go to the neighborhood coffee shop. Here’s what I have on today.
This is actually a look that I’ve been wearing a lot the past few months.
Face: Tarte Smooth Operator Agent 4, MAC Blot Powder Medium
Eyeshadows: MAC Quarry, MAC Blackberry, MAC Graphology – love this combo!
Liner: NARS Larger Than Life Long-wear Eyeliner in Madison Avenue
Lashes: Covergirl Lash Perfection
Brows: MAC Concrete
Cheeks: NARS Orgasm
Lips: Sephora Rouge Shine Lipstick
My normal camera battery was down so I’m left with my phone. :T
I promise I’m working on getting some new camera equipment and better photos!
All bundled up!
I thought the below shot was cute!
Hubs and I have the same laptop cases! His is clear while mine is pretty pink!!
I’m pretty dang excited right now! Remember how I told you that I was most excited for the Mushroom eyeshadow from the Urban Decay Smoked Palette? I was planning on buying just the single eyeshadow when I discovered that it was going to be included in this amazing palette. Well, today I discovered the BEST base pairing for it! It’s Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Skinny Jeans! It’s like they were meant to be together. Click here for my review for Skinny Jeans!
On the left is a swatch of Benefit Skinny Jeans and on the right is a swatch of Mushroom
It’s COMBO-TIME!! This is Mushroom eyeshadow with the Skinny Jean base (indoor)
And outdoors – isn’t the color gorgeous??
And now the look
So I started off with Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Skinny Jean as a base. Then I used Freestyle from the Urban Decay Smoked Palette to blend it upward. I used Kinky right under by eyebrows as my highlight and then Evidence on the outer corner of my eyes. I lined my eyes with MAC Fluidline in Added Goodness and lined the outer bottom lash line with Barlust. Then highlighted my inner lash line and corners with theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer. Last step, I curled my lashes and used Covergirl LashPerfection mascara.
Whew- that sounds like a lot of steps just for eyes but honestly it’s so fast when you do it (versus writing it all out!).
I wish my camera did a better job at capturing the true colors of the eyeshadows. Trust me it looks darker in person.
I know, my eye is red
I LOVE my Urban Decay Smoked Palette!
And last but not least, CRAZY-EYE!!
I’ll keep working at figuring out how to take better photos. In the meantime, let me know if you’ve discovered an amazing eyeshadow combo! I’d love to give it a try!
Wishing you a love-filled day!
I am such a big fan of Will Ferrell! I loved him in Zoolander, Elf and Blades of Glory just to name a few. Well yesterday I found out that Mr. Ferrell will actually be here in Seattle serving coffee today to promote his upcoming film The Campaign. I MUST GO FIND HIM!
Here’s a quick “Stalking Will Ferrell” face of the day!
Tarte Smooth Operator Agent 04
MAC Prep + Prime
MAC Well Dressed Blush
MAC All Styled Up
MAC Pro Long-wear Lipglass – Infinitely Likeable
Brow: MAC Concrete
MAC Brule Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow – Heather 03
Clinique Colour Surge Eyeshadow – 2CE Iced Mauve
NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow
MAC Fluid Line – Added Goodness
Covergirl Lash Perfection Mascara
Wish me luck! I’ll snap photos if I see him!!
I was just going through some old photos and I found the first makeup trial that I did for my wedding. My makeup artist worked at MAC at the time so all products used were from the MAC counter. You like? I think my actual wedding makeup was similar to this but I can’t quite remember- I guess we’ll see once my photos come out next month! So excited!
So why is it Thursday and I’ve only posted 1 post this week?? Well, I recently joined Pinterest and OMG, it’s so incredibly addicting. I put it up there with Facebook, for reals. If you want to follow me click here!
Hope you’re looking forward to a BEAUTYFULL Friday!
It’s officially a winter wonderland here! Hubs and I have been snowed in for the past couple days and it’s been fun spending work days together! Today, I decided to play around with LORAC Starry Eyed Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Starlet. Here’s the look that I got. Note: I have nothing on my lips because I was too lazy to go back to my vanity to pick up a lipstick/gloss, haha.
LORAC Starry Eyed Baked Eyeshadow Trio – Starlet | $26 at Sephora
Here’s a picture of my new photo taking set-up thanks to the Hubs! I love it and the quality of my pictures are SOOO much better than before! I’m really excited to see what I can do with this!
See Mr. Armadillo? He’s so crisp and clear! I love it!
Hope you all are warm and safe out there if you’re also getting all this snow! Much love from Abeautfullday!
Happy Wednesday all!
Today was so BEAUTYFULL here in Seattle! The sunrise was amazing filling the sky with an ombre of yellow, orange and lots of pink! So pretty! And I got a good view of Mt. Rainier at work. It’s amazing how such good weather and nature can brighten our moods
In my stocking for Christmas this year, I received the Loreal Hip Duo in Electrified. I’ve wanted this ever since I saw Jen review it on her blog/youtube (www.frmheadtotoe.com). It wasn’t exactly what I expected (not as purple on me) but I do like it. It’s highly pigmented, super soft and easy to blend.
Tarte Smooth Operator – Agent04
Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation – 203
Loreal Hip Duo – Electrified
MAC – Carbon
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil – Zero
Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara
MAC Naturally – A Perfect Day Lipstick
So yesterday I had a chance to stop by the mall to check out the MAC Naturally line. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. I had high expectations for the eyeshadows and planned on picking up a couple… but once I got a swatch the colors just didn’t look the way that I had hoped. I ended up picking up A Perfect Day lipstick (review coming soon) and hoped to get the Redhead Mineral Skinfinish but they were sold out!! I may go over to another mall to see if they have it.
Time to go get ready for bed and watch some Conan! Hope you all have a beautyfull night!
My sweet boyfriend took me out last Saturday and I wanted to blog about it before a whole week had passed. We had happy hour at a small hole in the wall lounge in Seattle and then went to go see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Having never heard of this orchestra, I went in with no expectations except knowing that I’d be listening to Christmas music. Wow, was it a show. There were lasers, fire and crazy talented guitarists head banging their long flowy rocker hair. It was quite an experience and I’m so glad that I got to share that with Maximus! Thank you!!
By now, you probably know that I like to stick with my neutral colors. But on Saturday I thought Hey- I’m going out, let’s have some fun experimenting with colors! I busted out my neglected Humid and this is the look I came up with.
All of the eyeshadows used were MAC.
To blend Humid with highlighter: All That Glitter
Liner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
To complete the look, I wore a green scarf to bring out the green in my eyes. Although I love my neutrals, it really is pretty fun to experiment with fun bold colors either on the eyes or lips.
What non-neutral colors do you like to use on your eyes?
I got a haircut today!! I seriously feel like so much weight has been taken off of my head and shoulders- what a relief! I’m not sure how many inches were taken off… but it’s at least 4-6 inches. The style is very simple and I think it makes me look older. The hope is that I’ll style my hair more often now that I have less of it. We shall see, haha. What do you think?
I feel bad that the last few posts didn’t have much content on it. So here is a swatch that I did a while ago. Just in case you were wondering what MAC’s Cream Colour Base in Pearl looked like:
The reason I made this purchase a while back was because I was looking for a highlighter. People with oily skin (like me) need to be careful when highlighting. It can either make your skin look glowy or oilier. I tend to skip highlighting my cheekbones (except when I’m not in a rush- rare) but do use this to highlight my brow bone. I’ve tried applying it with a brush like the counter girl suggested but I found that my brush bristles were falling out and getting stuck in the pot – gross. So I’ve been using my fingers to apply which I haven’t really enjoyed doing. I realize that I prefer powder over cream. When it comes to speed and application, I just find powder easier to work with. Overall, I don’t think I’ll be purchasing this again.
Here are some other highlighters that have been on my mind.
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer | $24
Out of all the Lumizers at Sephora, I thought this was the prettiest. I didn’t buy it only because they were sold out at the time. I might try this out soon as the weather starts to warm up.
NARS Blush in Albatross | $26
One of my besties, Ellen, uses this as a highlighter and it looks lovely on her tan olive skin. I haven’t swatched it yet, but since Ellen approves of it, it’s worth checking out! (^ v ^). Speaking of Ellen, she gave me my birthday present this weekend (yes, my birthday was in February, haha) and it was a Sephora gift card. MY FAVORITE!! (thanks Ellen!) This means that I will be spending time on Sephora.com trying to figure out what I would like to try out next. Maybe it’ll be the Mary-Lou Manizer… hehe
Happy Beautyfull Monday!