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My Birthday Makeup

black and silver smokey eye makeup look

So another year has come and gone and I am officially older!  I’m not sure where the time goes.  It was my 28th birthday last week and although I haven’t partaken in any big festivities to celebrate it since I was a kid, my husband still treated me with flowers and took me out for a lovely date night.

I absolutely love how bright the flowers are, they really helped brighten up our apartment this time of year seeing as the sun doesn’t like to help with that at the moment!  Aren’t they pretty?!

bright colourful flowers

For my makeup I wanted to experiment with some eyeshadow shades I haven’t tried before (other than swatching) and a method I’ve only done once.

The eyeshadow being Makeup Geek:

White Lies, Mercury, Galaxy and Corrupt eye shadow swatches by Makeup Geek

The method being scotch tape.  The first time I stuck scotch tape on my face was for my first attempt at an Arabic eye makeup look.  The tape serves the same purpose it would as if you were painting.  It stops the colours from spilling over where they aren’t wanted.  It creates a nice precise line with a clean, sharp, finished look.

I used it here with this look to create a dramatic and clean line on the outside edge of my eye makeup.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow look, Corrupt, Galaxy, Mercury and White Lies eyeshadows

Wanting to know what I did?

black and silver smokey eye makeup look

  1. I like to start out with filling in my brows first to help frame the area.  For this I used “Spiked” brow pencil by MAC Cosmetics (a new addition to my collection).
  2. Prime your lid and all the way up through your crease to your brow.  I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.  Make sure you are always using some sort of primer as a base, whether you want a soft daytime look or something dramatic for evening.  It provides you long wear time and will help you avoid creasing.  Your shadows will also apply more vibrantly and stay true throughout the day/night, without “melting off”.  MAC Paint Pots or cream bases will work for this too (NYX’s eye pencil in Milk is one of the most popular drug store choices).
  3. Next, take a piece of tape (scotch, masking, painters, any will do) and get it in line with your lower lash line and where your eye brows end.  Press it down, making sure it is nice and smooth with a good seal.  It will take you a few minutes to get used to how this feels when you blink.
  4. Using a flat eye shadow brush, I dabbed on “Mercury” eyeshadow by Makeup Geek all over my lids, from the inside corner to the outside corner.  This is a nicely pigmented smooth basic silver.    While you have this colour out, take a small dome brush and go along the inner half of your lower lash line as well.  I actually really prefer this shadow to MAC’s “Forgery”.  I find that Mercury gives nicer coverage with less work and also seems to have a formula that feels less dry.  For this step, you can of course use any silver eyeshadow you want.
  5. Using a fluffy crease brush, start dusting a darker grey shadow throughout your crease, blending upwards.  Also be sure to hit the outside corner of your eye as well so you almost have a fading effect.  Using this same colour and a small dome brush, lightly smudge this along your lower lash line, the outside half only.  I used “Galaxy” by Makeup Geek as my gunmetal like shade.  It has a nice creamy formula too that glided on easily with no fuss.
  6. Then, using  the same fluffy crease brush, gently apply a touch of black eye shadow at the outside edge of your eye and throughout the outside half of your crease.  This will further intensify your look, creating a more dramatic effect.  I used “Corrupt” eye shadow by Makeup Geek.  This is a matte, true black.  It is heavily pigmented and very powerful.  A little goes a long way with this one!
  7. After brushing off all the black, I took that same fluffy brush and took “White Lies” which is a soft white matte eyeshadow from Makeup Geek’s collection and swept it along the top edge to soften the look slightly.  This also acted as my brow bone highlight.
  8. Now you are ready to pull that tape off!  If necessary, perform any clean up that the tape might have missed.
  9. For eye liner I used Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in “Trooper” on my lid.  The felt tip on this makes it really easy to apply and wing out the edges.  On my waterline I opted for Makeup Forever’s Aqua Eyes waterproof liner in black.  For this, I applied it once to my waterline, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then went back in with the pencil again to make it more opaque.  Both of these eye liners are from my “Draw the Line” Sephora Favorites sampler that I am super in love with, its great value and you should check it out if you haven’t already.
  10. Finish the look with at least two coats of mascara.  I used Clinique’s Lash Doubling Mascara.
  11. (Optional) Add false eyelashes to your look.  I used “117” by Ardell along with the Duo eyelash glue that dries black.

makeup look using Makeup Geek Eyeshadows and scotch tape

What do you guys think of this makeup look?  And I’m curious if you have ever used tape when applying your makeup before?

Silver and black smokey eye makeup

Thanks for reading!!  Hope you all are having a great week so far! 🙂



P.S.  Isn’t my husband a good artist?  He quickly sketched my favourite animal at dinner.  I hope you all can tell what it is!   I liked it so much that I made him take a picture:

Dramatic Birthday Makeup

Date Night Makeup

Life can be busy and its easy to get caught up in the tornado of the everyday.  But my husband and  I always try to set aside time for just the two of us.  We simply call them Date Nights, and try to spoil ourselves with them every week or every two weeks.  We get ourselves all cleaned up and venture out of our tiny crappy apartment to enjoy a dinner, a movie and each others company without the distractions the technology of our apartment grants us.  So last weekend we did just that.

colorful makeup look using MAC Cosmetics

I opted for a bright colorful smokey eye with a subtle lip and big curly hair for our date night.

I thought this make-up looked dramatic enough for a fun evening out, but not so intense as to be mistaken for a Halloween look.  What do you think of it??

Here is how I created this look:

Steamy and Satellite Dreams eye shadow - make up looks

  1. As always, fill in your brows first to help frame the area.  I used Mystery eyeshadow by MAC Cosmetics for this.
  2. Prime your lid and all the way up to your crease.  I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.  Make sure you are always using an eyeshadow primer, no matter what type of look you are going for.  It provides you long wear time and will help you avoid creasing.  Your shadows will also apply more vibrantly and stay true throughout the day/night, without “melting off”.  MAC Paint Pots or cream bases will work for this too (NYX’s eye pencil in Milk is one of the most popular).
  3. Using a flat eye shadow brush, dab Steamy eye shadow by MAC all over your lids. (from the inside of the eye to the outside of the eye).  Steamy is a frosty teal shade that glides on very smoothly and vibrantly.  Feel free to use any teal shade that you might have at home.
  4. Using a stiff dome brush use your Satellite Dreams eye shadow (or a similar purple shadow that you might already have) throughout the crease and up onto your brow bone, blending gently up and out.
  5. Then, using a fluffy crease brush, sweep a touch of black eye shadow at the outside edge of your eye and slightly up through your crease to add depth and intensify the look.  I used “Black Tied” eye shadow for this.  It is a basic black lustre shadow with silver specks.
  6. After brushing off all the black, I took that same fluffy brush and took “Brule” which is a very soft nude color close to my natural skin color and swept it around the edges of color in an attempt to soften the lines and a less blocky look.
  7. To highlight, I used “Phloof!” eye shadow by MAC.  It is a frost eye shadow perfect for highlighting your brow bone or the inner corner of your eye.  It has very slight pink undertones which makes this less harsh than a straight white frost would be.
  8. For eye liner I used Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner (available at Ulta in the US and at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada) on my lid.  I didn’t apply any on the lower side of my eyes.  I wanted to create a softer and more open look and not close off my eyes.  Instead I opted for a white waterproof pencil to brighten my waterline.  For this, I used Sephora’s 12H Waterproof Crayon Jumbo.
  9. Finish the look with at least two coats of mascara.  I used Clinique’s Lash Doubling Mascara.
  10. (Optional) Add false eyelashes to your look.  I used “Hotties” by Ardell along with the Duo eyelash glue that dries black.

Steamy and Satellite dreams makeup look

For the rest of this look:

Face > For my under eye concealer I used Erase Paste by benefit in shade No.1.  Then, all over I used Clinique’s Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer in shade 01 topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade Light Plus.

Cheeks > a soft pink frost powdered blush from Too Faced’s “Natural Face” palette.

Lips > For my lips I started with Celebutard lipstick from Kat Von D’s Painted Love Lipstick collection.  Then, because I wanted a slightly glossier look, I decided to add on Hourglass’s “Child” from their line of Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Glosses.

Hair > Earlier in the day, I put Flexi-Rods (Super Rollers) in my hair and by the time we were ready to go I simply pulled them out and pinned back a small portion from the front.  I love that I can get soft, non-crunchy curls without putting my hair through any heated torment.

colorful smoky eye makeup

What colours of eye shadow are you wearing this fall?  What products do you turn to for your date nights?

Thanks for reading!



Butterfly Party

Swatch of Butterfly Garden Crushed Metallic Pigments by MAC

Even though the Butterfly is a flying insect it never gets lumped into the “Ugh, I hate bugs!” category.  No one ever freaks out when a butterfly is fluttering past and certainly no one reaches for the closest swatter.  I think a large part of this, at least to me is the inviting colours commonly associated with butterflies.  Especially as a little girl when I was growing up, I thought they were gorgeous and would chase them around…but a moth on my bedroom ceiling while trying to sleep would make me cry until my Dad would come and force it to fly into another room of the house.  Butterflies are certainly one of the most beautiful insects known to man if not the most beautiful.

Butterfly 003 wallpapers and stock photos

MAC Cosmetics just came out with their Spring line and it is filled with vibrant colours.  A lot of neon and bright shades for lips, cheeks and eyes – but what drew me in was these Crushed Metallic Pigments.  They had three selections of different colour combinations.  I picked up the set called “Butterfly Party” Friday night (while engaging in what could only be described as “retail therapy”).  And after having a chance to play with this product I couldn’t be more tempted to go pick up the other two sets as well – Aloha and Strawberry Patch.  They retail for $40.00 CAD each set of 4.

MAC PIgments

Not only are the colours beautiful, but the packaging is super cute as well.  They screw together and you can keep them in a tower of four, or two sets of two.

MAC Pigments in Purple, Blue and GreenGreen, Purple, Pink Pigments by MAC

This product is so beautiful and so fun to take pictures of, I could do this all day!  All the more reason to pick up the other shades next time I am at the mall… (see, I have zero willpower)

Swatch of Butterfly Garden Crushed Metallic Pigments by MACMAC Crushed Metallic Pigments

So the whole Butterfly thing inspired me to try something new and something very different.  I used Desert Cloud Crushed Metallic Pigment all over my lid and Rain Drop Crushed Metallic Pigment through the crease and out the side of my eye.  I only did one eye because I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out.  It’s certainly a bit sloppy, but not awful for a first try.  I definitely look forward to playing around with this sort of look again.  Let me know what you think!

Face Art with MAC PigmentsFace Art with MAC Crushed Metallic Pigments

I found these pigments creamier than regular MAC pigments, I have a feeling they would actually apply really nicely with just your finger as an applicator.

***Also, for this look I used Dollymix Blush by MAC on my cheeks and Heather Moon Long Lasting Lipstick by Clinique.  For the Black, I used just an inexpensive drugstore liquid liner and Clinique’s Lash Doubling Mascara on my lashes.***

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!



Look with MAC Crushed Metallic Pigments

Mermaid Madness and Tangerine Dream

yellow orange and pink eye makeup look

Somewhere in the blur that is the past week, I got married!  Hence why my posts completely fell off the face of the Earth.  I will get to talking about the wedding soon enough, but for now I have some catching up to do.

People started flying in and the whole week went by in a blur.  I’m now back at work and wondering where the time went.  No more trips to the airport now, everyone has gone back to their respective homes.  Whether that be Calgary, Arizona, North Carolina, Toronto, Kitchener or Bayfield.  For the first time in a week, we are able to relax and spend an evening, just the two of us.  I plan to wear pajamas all night and do some rewinding – I’ve missed this!

Before the insanity truly began – let me back up to a week and a half ago.  James’ groomsmen were throwing a small stag for him, locally, here in Ottawa for the people that weren’t able to attend the Vegas trip.  And one of my girlfriends was furious that the men got to go out AGAIN and we were going to be stuck at home.  So we decided to get all dolled up and head downtown for some drinking and dancing.  For those of you that know me – you know that the drinking comes before the dancing!


Zero Gravity

Urban Decay Eyeshadows

I promised several weeks ago that I would post some looks using the Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV Palette.  I’ve been slacking and just finally got to playing with the colours last night.  So here is my first concoction:

The main shade I wanted to make sure I incorporated was the deep rich purple, Gravity.  Without making the look super dark I went on a hunch and paired it up with some of the neutrals that have a pink undertone.  It ended up blending together nicely.  What I love most about this look, is that it is still very dramatic drawing focus to the eyes, but not overly dark and heavy looking.


Too Faced ~Day Dreamer Look~

Peach Fuzz, In the Buff, Lovey Dovey

Nothing like a lazy weekend to give you time to experiment and play with your new toys.  For some that is a new tablet, netbook, kitchen gadget or camera.  For me it is just my new makeup palette. Over the past two years I have developed a very fun, sometimes pricey, hobby.  What I love about makeup is it allows you to be creative and express how you are feeling.  Sometimes that is bold, fun and a little crazy and other times it might be more simple and soft  as you go through the routine everyday life tends to offer.  I think the latter is what “Too Faced” was thinking when they put together the look “Day Dreamer”.  It is soft, pretty and simple – absolutely perfect for the everyday.


Too Faced ~Sweet Dreams Palette~ Sultry Swan Look

Honeymoon, Label Whore, Nice Stems!, Cop a Teal, First Dance

Time for giving?  Yeah, probably.  But the trouble with the holidays is that wherever you go there are awesome deals and gift sets that you just “need” to buy for yourself….it is really better that I just stay away from the malls this time of year, but….that can be much easier said than done.

A couple of weeks ago on a day off I made my way to Rideau Centre, a three level mall in downtown Ottawa.  I always end up in the two large makeup stores there because they aren’t at the mall closer to our work that we usually will hit on the way home (St. Laurent shopping centre).  So sure enough, I ventured to MAC Cosmetics and for the first time since my addiction, I didn’t make a single purchase.  With over 36 eyeshadow colours from MAC already, I couldn’t even decide what I “needed” so I left empty handed.  Sephora though had their holiday gift sets arranged at the front and I knew I was in trouble.  Debating between Urban Decay, Hello Kitty, Sephora Brand and Too Faced palettes, I opted for the Too Faced Sweet Dreams Palette.  I’ve never used any of their product before and have done a small review for you all letting you know what I think.