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A Look for Spring

soft spring updo for long hair

My husband and I had a date night planned last night for a simple dinner out.  I felt like doing some experimenting with both my hair and makeup.  I came up with this very soft and feminine look that I think is perfect for Spring.

spring makeup and hair

As I sat down at my vanity I thought pastels would be a nice change for my eyeshadows and promptly realized my options were limited.  So I pulled out my Sweet Dreams Palette by Too Faced and found a couple of shades there that would do the trick.

Sweet Dreams Palette swatches and review

makeup look using Sweet Dreams palette by Too Faced

The four shades I used for this look are In the Buff, Peach Fuzz, Cut the Cake and Cop a Teal – which you can see on my swatches below:

swatches of Too Faced eyeshadowsToo Faced eyeshadow swatchesToo Faced Sweet Dreams Palette - review and swatches

How to get this look for your eyes:

peach and purple eye makeup

  1. Start out by filling in your eyebrows so you can see the area you are working with.  I used Mystery eyeshadow by MAC Cosmetics.
  2. Prime your lid all the way up to your brow bone.  I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
  3. Dust Peach Fuzz eyeshadow all across your lids.  (Any nice peachy shade will work for this step.  Something like Naked Lunch by MAC would work.)
  4. Then, take Cut the Cake eyeshadow and blend this shade through your crease and at the outer edge of your eyes.  (Again, any soft lilacy purple will do the trick here.)
  5. Line your upper lash line and waterline with a black liner.  I used Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC.
  6. Take a nice dark contrasting colour to smudge into your lower lashes.  I used Cop a Teal for this step.
  7. Highlight your brow bone and very inner corner of your eye with a soft, sheer white shade.  I used In the Buff eyeshadow for this.
  8. Finish with Mascara on both your upper and bottom lashes.  I used Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara.

how to create a soft pastel eye makeup look

This really does create a soft and subtle makeup look with just enough colour to keep me sane.  🙂  There is nothing overpowering about this look and is something that would work for anyone, no matter how you feel about bold colours.

peach and purple eye makeup

To complete my look, I used the following:

For my Skin > Erase Paste by benefit as my under-eye concealer, Makeup Forever HD Foundation in shade #118, topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade “Light Plus”

For my cheeks > Sweet Pink blush by Too Faced

For my lips > Buxom lips bareEscentuals in shade “Leslie”

curved dutch braid and messy bun hairdo

For the hair I wanted to try out a look that was shown off recently by Brittany and Amber over at Makeup Geek.  They put up a complete picture tutorial on how to create this look.  You can find it here.

Curved Dutch Braid

This was my first time trying this look out on myself and I think it turned out okay for my first attempt.  Because I don’t have bangs but I didn’t want my face completely bare, I decided to leave out a couple of small strands to curl so I could still have a soft frame around my face.

soft spring updo for long hair

updo for long hair

I am one of those people that has had long hair their entire life and I like to wear it down 99% of the time because it is how I feel “pretty”.  I’ve never liked how I look with my hair pulled back in a pony tail or into a bun.  But with a soft messy updo like this, I can keep my hair up and off my neck (which is amazing for hot days outside) but still feel pretty and feminine.

How about you?  What is your favourite makeup look this Spring?  How do you deal with your hair in the heat?

xox,

Shannon


Feeling Flirty?

Aloha Limited Edition Set from MAC

A few weeks ago, soon after falling in love with the “Butterfly Party” pigments from MAC’s Vera Neumann Collection (see my review and swatch here), I just had to go back for seconds.  I picked up the Aloha set as well, which only leaves me with Strawberry Patch missing from my collection.  These pigments are so nice and easy to work with and of course have beautiful colour pay off…I might just end up grabbing Strawberry Patch before this limited edition collection is gone.

Aloha is certainly the most neutral set from the collection featuring brownish gold shades with tinges of orange and pink.  I’ve only just used them for the first time in a look last night, but absolutely loved them.

Aloha Limited Edition Set

And as I mentioned before, I absolutely love the packaging of these sets.  They are beautiful, easy to use and convertible to a tower of 4 as shown above, or two sets of two.  So…let’s take a look inside!

Aloha Limited Edition Set from MAC

Aloha Limited Edition Set from MAC

From Left To Right: Aloha, Shifting Sands, Lantern Light and Campfire Crushed Metallic Pigments

As I mentioned before with Butterfly Party, they have a really creamy texture, glide on easily, blend beautifully and are true to colour.  Just look at this swatch:

Aloha, Shifting Sands, Lantern Light and Campire Swatches

From the same Spring collection, I want to talk about the Pearlglide Intense Eye liners that are to die for.  This is my first time using an eye liner from MAC that isn’t the Fluidline product, but the artist in the MAC store was sporting it and I couldn’t stop staring at her eyes.  This purple is so vibrant!  These eye liners slide on so creamy and rich!  I can’t tell you enough how much I love them.  You can smudge the Pearlglide Intense Eye liners when you first apply them, but after about a minute, they really set in place and become smudge-proof which is fantastic for your everyday wear giving you a really long wearing product.  Check out MAC’s website for other colour options and from what I can tell, even though this product is new, it is not limited edition.

Undercurrent and Designer Purple by MAC

Designer Purple and Undercurrent Swatches

So for my look last night, I was 100% inspired by that MAC artist and paired the light neutral shades of Aloha (specifically I used the Shifting Sands and Aloha crushed metallic pigments) with this vibrant Designer Purple eye liner.  I never would’ve thought of using these together, I always seem to gravitate towards black liner when using brown shadows.  But pairing neutral shadows with an intense bold eye liner looks like something I will be doing more often.

Aloha Shifting Sands Look with Clinique High Impact Mascara

Brown eye with purple linerFame Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss and Clinique's High Impact Mascara

***For filling in my eyebrows, I used MAC’s Mystery eyeshadow and I used Clinique’s High Impact Mascara on my lashes.  On my face I used MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Light Plus.***

I do have one more product I need to show you from this MAC haul before I call it quits.  Shop MAC – another spring collection out right now resulted in a Kissable Lipcolour purchase.  This product is limited edition and you can see all colour options here.  I went bold and chose Scan-Delicious.  I couldn’t pass up the deep berry fuchsia with gorgeous rich blue undertones.  So here we are:

Limited Edition Kissable Lipcolour by MAC

Swatch of Scan-Delicious by MAC

I love this colour – A LOT!  But I didn’t think it was the right look for the makeup and outfit I’d put together.  So I went a few shades lighter opting for Smashbox’s Lip Enhancing Gloss in Fame.

I stumbled across this hair style on youtube the other day and just had to try it.  The 5 strand braid is actually really easy and I got it my first try.  Once you understand the concept, it is easy going all the way down.  This tutorial is fantastic and you will be a pro in no time at all:

I hope you have as much fun with this as I have and enjoy this fun, soft, flirty look!

xox,

Shannon

Aloha eye shadows with Designer Purple Eye Liner