Happy Monday! My blog has been pretty quiet lately but if you follow my social media accounts you know I’ve still been around. I’m going to try and write a “How I’m doing” post soon enough but let’s get the show running again with this post.
I got an opportunity to join “1 palette 10 bloggers” -challenge for Finnish beauty bloggers and I was excited to take part. The awesome idea for this challenge came from beauty blogger Charlotta Eve and pretty.fi – cosmetics webstore made it possible for us to do this.
There’s already been two palettes past two weeks on this challenge and today it’s time for NYX Professional Makeup Perfect Filter in Rustic Antique.
I have to admit I totally stayed on my comfort zone when choosing this palette. Lately I’ve been absolutely crazy over warm tone palettes like this. Rustic Antique didn’t let me down either. There’s a good amount of pigment on these shadows and they apply and blend smoothly. You can also mix the shades together to get even more variations. Very lovely palette that I will continue to use often!
If I chose the palette from my comfort zone I also stayed there with my eye makeup look. Warm tone palettes like this can really make blue eyes pop and stand out beautifully. This kind of look has very much been my go-to-look lately. I decided to do something a little different with my lipstick though to shake things up a bit.
Dark green lips were a fun addition and looked great with the shades from this palette and my red hair. I also again proved to myself that I can be forty and still play with colors ;)
I can’t even remember what shades I used where in this look. I also mixed some shadows together to create more shades. There was enough variation on this palette so that I was able to do my whole eye look with it and didn’t have to reach for another palette for more color options.
I really did like this look. Unfortunately I had again eaten something that made my allergies break out the skin on my face and it looks pretty pump-y and uneven under the foundation. You can also see my blogging break on these photos. I had really hard time taking photos I was even remotely happy with. But this is what I did and this time it has to be enough. At the end of the day I had fun and I loved taking part in this challenge.
I will list the products I used at the end of this post.
You can also see the nine other makeup looks done with this palette using the links below:
THE DIARY OF A SHOPAHOLIC
HIGH & LIGHT
PAKOLLISET – TAI AINAKIN MELKEIN
LOOK BY MARI
PRODUCTS I USED FOR THIS LOOK:
Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Blur Primer Warm Apricot
Diorskin Star Fluid Foundation – 023
Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder
Rimmel Bronze Perfection – 002 Medium/Dark**
NARS – Torrid
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed – Champagne Pop
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
NYX Professional Makeup Perfect Filter Shadow Palette – Rustic Antique
Maybelline Lash Sensational
Lancome Le Crayon Khol – Noir
Essence Kajal Pencil – 27 Samba Green
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick – Junkie
In the last photo I also added Cosmoholic gold shimmer lip gloss
The palette was sent to me free of charge for this challenge
Avon Finland invited me to take part of nude makeup challenge. I got to create a nude makeup look for spring using all Avon products and this is what I did.
Happy Sunday! Today I have a makeup look for you. This is a collaboration with another Finnish beauty blogger DiaryOfShopaholic. We based our makeup looks around the ColourPop Where The Light Is eye shadow quad. Lately I’ve been crazy about ColourPop and I have another package of Lippie Stix and Ultra Mattes on it’s way.
It’s been a while since I did a “Matching Nails & Makeup” post so here we go. I did this look for Mother’s Day. I started by wanting to do neutral/nude eyes and bright red lipstick and nails and ended up with something else. I remembered my new e.l.f. Disney Elsa palette and wanted to use that. I also had to use fake lashes again cos it’s the pollen season. I’ve been having such bad allergies and I’ve been rubbing my eyes (it’s not a smart thing to do, I know) so hard I’ve lost some lashes too.
I’ve been complaining for a while how brown eyeshadow doesn’t look good on me anymore. Well now that my hair is blonde again I made them browns work. I chose warmer shades and added some golden sparkle in the middle of the upper lid and it looked just perfect. (more…)
Lately I’ve been wearing more colorful eye shadows cos I haven’t been feeling the brown/nude ones so much. I decided to give Urban Decay Naked Basics palette a try after a good while and this is what I came up with.
I have to say I’m still not feeling it. I liked how the soft eyeliner looked and the eye makeup in general but I just wanted to add a little bit of color. I ended up adding the color on my lips but it wasn’t enough. I’m definitely going to do this kind of makeup look again and use more color.
I also tried the new Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Shine Control Creme-Gel I got in a subscription box earlier last week under this makeup and it didn’t work well. I used the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25H foundation and it didn’t apply over the Lumene cream nearly as well as it does over Philosophy Hope in a Jar. So all in all this was only a very average face day.
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25H Foundation with Comfort Serum – 102 Light Nude
Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen – 002
Sensai Loose Powder (translucent)
NYX Mosaic Powder – 02 Latte
Grimas Eyeshadow 580 as a highlighter
Helena Rubinstein blush – Urban Beauty 01 Star Light
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium brown
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked Basics – all shades except FoxySugarpill – Diamond Eyes for a bit a sparkle
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Zero
Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme mascara
MAC Lipstick – Flat Out Fabulous (retro matte)
MAC Lip pencil – Magenta
Lately I’ve caught myself thinking that “Ohh, that’s pretty! If only I was ten years younger!” on more than one occasion. I’ve felt that I’m starting to be too old for certain things like crazy colored hair or really bright eye shadows. Now it’s time to break out of that box I’ve locked myself into. I’m 38 years old and I’m not too old! Age really is just a number!
I keep buying beautiful, colorful makeup only to leave it sitting on my makeup drawer while I reach for another Naked palette once again. There’s nothing wrong with nude makeup, it’s quick and easy and can’t really go wrong … or can it?
I have noticed that yes, it actually can.
Let me explain.
During summer nude makeup looks fresh, beautiful and glowing. During winter, not so much. I’ve noticed it makes me look dull, lifeless and older *gasp* Winter and spring require color and a good amount of it too. The other day I was testing lipsticks just for the hell of it. Brown-ish red lipstick made me look 5 years older, I swear! (that color looks great on some people, I’m obviously not one of them). Nude colors made my already small mouth disappear completely. Then I tried on bright pink and it instantly lit up my whole face. I had no other makeup on and the difference just the lipstick made was significant.
So the next step was to go for something other than a nude eye shadow palette. I chose Sugarpill Cold Chemistry cos the colors are perfect for winter. I’ve owned this palette for over a year now and I’ve only used the white Diamond Eyes shade. Shame on me!!
This is what I mean though. I have gorgeous, good quality eye shadow palettes and I show them no love. Instead of looking radiant during the winter I decided to look beige most of the time. When and how did this happen? I don’t know but it changes now.
I think this blog is going to take a new direction from here on…
“Almost forty is the new thirty!” :D
I’m not old!
I can do whatever I want!
Self-made rules are meant to be bent and broken!
Yes, I’m having some sort of age crisis and I’ll fight it publicly, with color! LOL
Eye makeup was done with Sugarpill Cold Chemistry. Lips have Illamasqua Eurydice and MAC Fleshpot in sort of a gradient application. I have a lot of nude lipcolors so this is a perfect way to still use them :)
***All products used for this makeup look were purchased by me. I don’t benefit from clicking the link on this post.
I recently placed my first Cadillacquer order and here’s the first one of the two polishes I bought, The Rest Is Silence from the Sons of Anarchy Collection. I know I just did a “Matching Nails & Makeup” post but the opportunity to use turquoise on my makeup was too good to pass so here goes another makeup post :D
The Rest Is Silence is a GORGEOUS light turquoise polish with a subtle holo effect and pink shimmer. I can’t even… this polish is so so stunning!
Formula was excellent. Two easy coats for an opaque result. Dry time was normal and removal was easy. No staining the nails and no chipping during the three days I wore this manicure. This Cadillacquer beauty lived up to it’s good reputation and my first experience with this brand was a really positive one.
For this manicure I used a coat of Sally Hansen Nail Rehab and a coat of Glisten & Glow Stuck On Blu!, two coats of The Rest Is Silence and HK Girl top coat. For the ring finger nails I placed some studs (no longer available or at least I couldn’t find a link for you. I bought those sometime last year), waterdrops and rhinestones. All of them are from Born Pretty Store and you can use the code NZL91 for -10% off your order.
Yep, I told you, stunning polish!
And then on to the makeup look. I didn’t want to go all crazy with the turquoise so I decided to just use it on my lower lid and leave the upper lid neutral with big lashes.
For this look I used:
UDPP for a base
Urban Decay Burnout, Buzz and Strange (Naked 3 palette)
GOSH Waterproof Eye Liner Pencil in Cool Mint
Urban Decay Deep End (Fun palette)
Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow in Lumi
I really liked how this looked. Neutral enough for every day use but still had enough color to make it look fun and fresh :) This is a very quick and easy look to create and you can use pretty much any color on your lower lid as long as it looks good on you.
***The Rest Is Silence and makeup products used on this post were purchased by me. Studs were purchased by me. Waterdrops and rhinestones were gifted to me. I don’t benefit from clicking any of the links on this post.
Today I’m trying something that is new to my blog. I take a polish/manicure and match my makeup with it to show you guys. Most of these looks are meant to be your average every day look. Something I can wear when I walk out the door to go shopping or just go to a grocery store. I like to play with colors too so there is going to be everything from nude makeup to a smokey eye. Needless to say, I have a lot of makeup and nail polish to match so I shouldn’t run out of material anytime soon :D It’s just a matter of having the time to do my makeup and take photos too. So when ever I have time to do this, you’ll see the results.
So my choice for today’s makeup look was based on Delush Polish Time To Kill from the Slice Of Life Collection. This is a stunning plum jelly that can be worn on it’s own or over a base color. The formula is flawless. It applies nice and thin. Glitters spread evenly without having to place or dab them on. Dry time is also pretty fast. It’s just perfect!
For this manicure I used a coat of Sally Hansen Nail Rehab treatment, a coat of Glisten & Glow Stuck On Blu! base coat, a coat of Essie Sugar Daddy, two coats of Time To Kill and HK Girl top coat. I also added a matte top coat (This matte top coat is from Born Pretty Store and I’ll have a review coming up for it later on. You can use the code NZL91 for -10% off your order).
So it was easy to create a makeup look for this manicure. I used purple, plum and gold eyeshadows this time but orange would also go great with this if you want a bolder, more colorful look that really makes blue eye color pop. For the eye makeup I used Sleek Make Up Vintage Romance palette. I really like this palette. The colors are perfect for fall and it’s also good quality for an affordable price. I really need to get more of these :)
For this look I used gold Meet in Madrid and the three purple shades from the left side of the bottom row. These look quite shiny on the lid so I tried not to blend the shadows too high up. I have a lot of area to cover on my lids and if I’m not careful the makeup can end up making me look like a clown.I added false lashes cos the last pregnancy totally messed up my lashes and I have like half of them left and they are much shorter than usual. Hopefully they’ll return to normal soon enough. Till then I’ll be faking it ;)
This look is pretty subtle and natural with a hint of color on the eyes. Good every day look that could easily be turned into a darker nighttime look by adding dark eyeliner and creamy eyeshadow as a base to make the eyeshadows more visible.
I hope you liked this post and the idea of matching nails with makeup. I really enjoyed doing a makeup post. It’s been so long since the last one. This was fun for me at least :D
***Time To Kill was sent for review. Matte top coat was gifted to me. All the makeup products were purchased by me. I don’t benefit from clicking any of the links on this post.
My Christmas Eve manicure was, as has been for the past few Christmas Eves China Glaze Ruby Pumps. This is such a gorgeous polish that it doesn’t need any decorations or nail art to go with it. It’s just perfection in the bottle!
On my makeup the attention was on my lips. This was probably the first time in my life for that. I don’t like my lips and I rather draw attention to my big eyes. This didn’t look that bad but it’s gonna take a lot of getting used to. I almost removed the lip paint before leaving home and replaced it with nude gloss. Till now I have only used lipgloss, very light shine or nude lipsticks. This was Max Factor Lipfinity Lip colour 120 Hot. I’ll write a post about this at some point.
On my eye makeup I used UDPP Original with Tease and Bootycall from Naked 2 palette. The pop of color for my eyes was Sugarpill Junebug that I turned into an eyeliner using Make Up Store Mixing Liquid. I added a pair of light and natural looking lashes to make my eyes appear bigger and balance the look between my bright lips and nude eyes.