Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Ultimate Procrastinator: Catwoman

This year's Halloween was unplanned and extremely last minute. Yes, even this blog post lol. I wasn't actually sure if I'd even end up doing anything for Halloween because of all the papers and midterms I had. Somehow, I managed to pull everything off and things worked out! Hooray for being free from exams! YAY! Well...for now. Anyways, I went to a clubbing party on Saturday and the theme was superheros. What was the easiest costume to make last minute? Catwoman! I went to the dollar store and bought headbands and felt material. I did panic a little though, because I couldn't find any black elastic for tying the mask around my head but luckily I found a piece of black string lying around my house. What ended up happening was that I cut a small hole in the felt material and then slid the string through; on the inside of the mask I tied the end of the string into a knot so it can be secured to the mask. The only downfall to my DIY I would say is the mask, I didn't have enough black felt to cut two masks out - one as the lining, the other as the front. My mask was way to thin; so when I tied it around my face I had to be careful not to pull it too much otherwise it would stretch and lose the shape. Funny thing - I didn't have glue so I used double sided tape to put everything together. Halloween is where creativity is born.

Catwoman's makeup is simple and sophisticated. I shopped my stash and found Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow quad in Chai Latte. I used the light matte brown colour as my crease for definition; the dark matte brown in the outer corner and faded it inwards into the crease to create a subtle smoke. I also smudged the same colour on my lower lash line. I then lined my waterline with my YSL Eye Pencil in black. Eyeliner and false lashes for the upper lash line is a must and part of the usual routine. Don't forget to do a winged eyeliner to create the cat eyes effect! For face, I applied my Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation and powdered off with Ben Nye Banana Powder. This was a big mistake on my end though, my face turned out ghostly white in flash photography because I forgot that Banana Powder was suppose to give you a highlighting and brightening effect.....sigh. Please remember not to make the same mistake and stick to a good ol' trusty setting powder. With that aside, finish your look by lining your lips with a red lip liner and then go over with a matching red lipstick and you're done! 

Happy Halloween Everyone! Meow!~

Products Used:

  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation in 30 Beige
  • Ben Nye Banana Powder
  • NYC Bronzer in Sunny
  • Ben Nye Fashion Rouge Palette Vintage Rose (blush)
  • Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Peach
  • Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow quad in Chai Latte
  • Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner
  • YSL Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black
  • False Eyelashes in #747S (no brand from IMATS)
  • NYX Lip Liner Pencil in Hot Red
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss Lipstick in Kiss of Life

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fall Haul

As fall rolled it's way in I realized that this year I actually needed to add on or change up my skincare routine a little bit. I had always been a combination to oily skin kind of girl throughout the whole year, but this year is out of the ordinary for me. My skin is really dry in the mornings and especially after shower so I picked up a new toner and daytime moisturizer from Sothys. I had always wanted to get the full size of the Hydra-Matt Fluid since I tried the sample. I like how it's moisturizing but keeps my oil at bay throughout the whole day. My mom and I bought the Lotion Vitalite on a whim cause it was on special and came as a duo with the milk cleanser. I have yet to form an opinion on the toner because I haven't used it enough. But my mom is liking the grapefruit scent and how refreshing it feels on the skin. I have La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo based on the hype but I'm not sure if it lives up to the claim for me. I think I need to use it more to form a stronger opinion on it. Clean & Clear Oil-Free Makeup Remover has always been a favourite of mine. This is the same as the Neutrogena and Target version so I use these interchangeably depending on which one is on sale or cheaper.

L-R: Berry Smoothie, Pink Lemonade, Juicy Papaya

I know I'm really late to jumping on the bandwagon and getting Deborah Lippmann's Across the Universe, but it just so happens that every time I decide that it's okay to be robbed $20 for a nail polish at the counter it is sold out! But this time, I finally got my hands on it. We are meant to be! To my discovery, Sephora now carry Deborah Lippmann polishes with some exclusive polishes as well. Walking into Sephora is now more dangerous than before. The Beauty Advisor also convinced me to buy an expensive base and top coat. My nails are slitting and Hard Rock claims to have biotin in it which helps your nails grow. I am crossing fingers that this will help me fix the problem.

My spontaneous stop at the drugstore also gave me no reason to leave empty handed. The Revlon Colorburst Lipsticks were on sale so I had to pick up a few shades and I love all of them. Berry Smoothie is a nice fall colour that isn't over the top. Pink Lemonade is a light blue based pink but is somehow flattering on my skintone. The only thing is that I wish it was a tad more pigmented. Juicy Papaya is as the name suggests. A nice light coral shade that is like the papaya. 

This is a bit sad, but I actually haven't bought a lot of new clothes in a long time. The only additional pieces I did buy within the past couple of weeks and even in this haul were all for work so it doesn't really count. The exception here is the leather circle skirt which I am totally head over heels for (H&M). The black tee is 50% off (only $7) and I like how there are some nice details to it which makes my work outfit less boring when it's an all black outfit. The other top that I bought but did not feature here is just plain black long sleeve from Forever 21 and it was only $5.80! So cheap! I think I'm gonna go back and pick up one or two more as back ups.

What have you ladies bought for fall/winter?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Colourful Changes

As a person who's extremely lazy to do eyeshadow for most days, I find that coloured eyeliners are the easy alternative to add some colour and spice up the usual routine without much hassle. I bought these NYX Slide On eyeliners from Hautelook while they were on sale last winter (yes, it's been a long time - why haven't I reviewed these earlier?!?!). If I remember correctly this set of four was $20 which is a pretty good deal considering that they're usually at least $8-10 each at the drugstore. I first heard of these eyeliners from emilynoel83 here and ever since that video these eyeliners had always been on my mind. The only thing I wish was that this set came with a classic black cause then I'm sure I'd get much more use out of it. 

Top - Bottom: Jewel, Purple Blaze, Azure, Glitzy Gold

Jewel: The swatch photo doesn't really do its justice; this is actually a very pretty burgundy colour that contains a bit of shimmer (but not too much). I like how Jewel is very versatile, and while it is colour it is still very wearable....I can almost consider it a neutral.

Purple Blaze: A true purple colour that is just a creme finish (no shimmers, no shine, not metallic). This colour was a bit unappreciated in my collection at the beginning because of how boring it seems just by looking at the swatch. But I realized that the shade of this purple is just perfect. Not too bright, not too dark.

Azure: A fun bold aqua colour perfect for the summer (but summer passed already unfortunately....). This shade contains a very very small amount of silver shimmer. I usually go with a gold and bronze eyeshadow look and then line my lower lashline or waterline with this colour to make my eyes pop. 

Glitzy Gold: A strong metallic copper gold. This is another one of my favourites out of this set! I love putting this on my lower lash line to make my eyes look more awake without using a white/peach eyeliner in my waterline.

Overall, I think these eyeliners are great! The NYX Slide On pencils have smooth application, a wide range of colours, and most importantly they are very long lasting. I can put these on my lash line without any primers and they last all day. I tried rubbing my finger over the swatches and nothing budged. I put these eyeliners to test in the shower and it takes a very long time for them to budge and even then they only fade, not smudge. So if you don't have these yet, you better go get them! :)