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Feeling Festive? A Christmas Makeup Look

Red and Greek Makeup Look - Festive Makeup - Christmas Makeup

Just a couple of weeks ago I posted a smokey metallic makeup look that I wore to my husband’s work Christmas party.  By the time my work party rolled around, I was ready to mix it up.  I wanted to play with some colour and ended up with a very intense, bold and festive makeup look.

Christmas Makeup - Red and Green Eye Makeup Look

Red and Green eye makeup look

What I used to get this look:

Colorful Christmas Makeup

Holiday Makeup/Christmas Makeup

How about you, are you being adventurous with your makeup this holiday season?

I really hope you all like this fun makeup look for Christmas!  After all there is really only one time of year that this makes any sort of sense at all and that is right now, during the holidays!  I’m sure some people would argue that there is no time of year that this look makes any sense haha…but I had a lot of fun with it regardless and I do believe that is the point!!  So make sure you remember to have a little fun too. 😉

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Shannon


Feeling Sexy? A Holiday Makeup Look & Tutorial

dramatic makeup for the holidays

The season of holiday parties is upon us!  I always love getting done up for Christmas parties and the like.  I feel as though I can be more adventurous this time of year and am able to put on some makeup that I wouldn’t normally leave the house in…no longer stuck waiting for those special occasions.

Christmas Party makeup (how to get a black and copper smokey eye)

Last year, I tried out my very first Pin-Up makeup look and was sporting a bold red lip.

This year (or at least for party #1) I went with a metallic smokey eye.  The Copper pigment adds enough glitz and glam to make the look festive and the use of black kicks the look up a notch into the world of dark, dramatic and sexy.

smoky eye makeup look using Copper pigment by MAC and Corrupt eyeshadow by Makeup Geek

Get the eyes:

  1. Step 1 is “Tame those brows!”.  Fill them in, glue them down, do whatever it is you do to get that area ready.  🙂
  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”.  
  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 pressed on “Copper” pigment by MAC all over my lids, working from the inside out.
  5. Using a stiff dome brush, start dusting a matte black shadow throughout your crease, and down along the outside of your eye, along the tape line.  Using this same colour and brush, lightly smudge this along your lower lash line too, the outside half only.  I used “Corrupt” by Makeup Geek as my matte black shade.  It’s really intense and heavily pigmented.  I suggest using a matte shadow for this step so the Copper shade stands out more…and when I am putting black this high on my brow bone, I feel like the matte texture helps tone it down slightly and isn’t as overpowering as a lustre or frost might be.  You can feel free to use a glitzy black if you’d prefer.
  6. I decided against an inner corner highlight with this look.  Instead, I used “Goldmine” eyeshadow by MAC on the inner quarter of my lid to gently lighten the copper and create a very subtle gradient effect.
  7. Then I took a fluffy crease blush and gently dusted “Brule” eyeshadow by MAC underneath my brows.  Brule is a soft matte, nearly nude shadow that is close to my natural skin tone.
  8. At this point you should be ready to pull that tape off!  If necessary, perform any clean up that the tape might have missed.  A Q-tip dipped in makeup remover will do the trick!
  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.  To create a similar look to what I have here, you want to continue your line out past your lashes and gently flick it upwards.  Now, draw that line down to your lower lash line and fill in the middle.  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, it’s great value and you should check it out if you haven’t already, it has definitely proven to be one of the best purchases I have made all year!
  10. Finish the look with at least two coats of mascara.  I used “They’re Real!” mascara by Benefit.  Normally if I am wearing false eyelashes I go for a soft basic mascara.  But because I was only planning on wearing lashes on the outer half, I used my most intense volumizing mascara.
  11. (Optional) As always, the addition of false eyelashes is optional.  For this look, I used “305” by Ardell.

eye makeup diagram - how to create smokey eyes

Get the look:

Face > For my under eye concealer I used Erase Paste by benefit in shade No.1.  Then, all over I used MUFE’s HD foundation in shade 118  topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade Light Plus.

Cheeks > Powder Blush from Too Faced’s Natural Face Palette (a slightly shimmery pink frost blush)

Lips > “Leslie” Buxom Lips

Hair > Curls using a 1″ rod by Sultra

look using "Copper" pigment by MAC

What sort of makeup will you be wearing for your holiday parties this year?

xox,

Shannon

P.S.  This look was loosely inspired by “Mad as the Jangsara” where she used the same Copper pigment by MAC.


Feeling Dramatic? (eye makeup tutorial)

dramatic eye makeup

I believe everyone knows by now that I love playing with bold and bright makeup, but I also have a lot of fun with dark and dramatic makeup as well.

I wanted to use one of my MAC pigments that I hadn’t gotten around to trying out yet, the Gold (pro) metallic shade.  And I ended up with this dark golden cranberry look.

metallic eye makeup

It is a very dramatic makeup look and not very suitable for day, but perfect for a night out.

eye makeup look using Gold (pro) MAC pigment

Let’s take a look at how to create this look:

eye makeup tutorial

*follow any of the links below for swatches, where to buy and other shades available*

  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.  It is super important to use a primer if you want long wear time and to avoid creasing.  Your shadows will also apply more vibrantly and stay true throughout the day/night.
  3. Using a flat eyeshadow brush, dab the Gold pigment all over your lids (from the inside of the eye to the outside of the eye).
  4. Using the same brush (brush off the gold first on a kleenex) use your Cranberry eyeshadow throughout the crease and up onto your brow bone.
  5. Then, using a fluffy crease brush, lightly dust a true black gently back and forth through your crease.  For this, I used Corrupt eyeshadow by Makeup Geek.  I’ve never seen a black so black!
  6. I then highlighted my brow bone and inner corner of my eye using Zephyr eyeshadow by Urban Decay, a shimmery white.
  7. Using the same Gold pigment again, I went and lightly smudged it below my lower lashes.
  8. For eyeliner I used Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner (available at Ulta in the US and at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada) on my lid and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline.
  9. Finish the look with at least two coats of mascara (remember we are going for dark and dramatic here).  I used Clinique’s High Impact Mascara.
  10. (Optional) Add false eyelashes to your look.  I used #305 accent lashes by Ardell.  (They are only on the outside corners)

how to create gold and black eye makeup look
How to get 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 Makeup Forever HD Foundation in shade #118 topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade Light Plus.

Cheeks > Margin Blush by MAC Cosmetics

Lips > Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polishin shade Leslie

Hair > I used a 1″ Bombshell Curling rod by Sultra to create the long waves.  I love to use this on my hair, because your hair keeps its length as opposed to using a curling iron or a straightener where you get ringlets and your hair shrinks up several inches.

Golden dramatic makeup look

What do you think?  Do you see yourself ever wearing a look like this?  If not, what would you change?

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Shannon

dramatic makeup look


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


my Inglot cherry popped

I ventured into an Inglot in Montreal with Samira a couple of weeks ago and decided it was certainly time to pop my cherry.  Inglot, a 25 year old cosmetic company from Poland has only 4 stores in Canada (all in Quebec) and only 9 locations in the USA (find a store near you), so Inglot is not a brand that you will run into often – depending on your locale.  When I ventured into one of the 3 Montreal stores, the sales associate immediately started to tell me a little bit about the brand…comparing their products to that of MAC Cosmetics and Makeup Forever.   The mission:  to produce high quality products at fair and reasonable prices, using only the best possible ingredients and raw materials from the most reputable suppliers.

Their “Freedom System” of palettes is what she said they are most famous for.  The combinations were endless and I knew I was in trouble.  There are 15 different shapes and styles of palettes.  You can have only “face” palettes” or only “eye” palettes if you want, but there are also combination palettes where you can have 2 eyeshadows, a blush and a face powder all together.  How amazing is that?!?  Everything is customizable!   When you are in the store, they let you walk around with a big magnet, so you can just pull out whatever you like and stick it on your magnet so you can see everything together and keep track of what you are interested in.  Genius.

So let’s take a peek at what I got!  I took a lot of pictures, so please hang in there!

Inglot PackagingInglot Palette and Eyeshadows

First, let’s take a closer look at the AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow I purchased in shade 70.

AMC Pure Pigment Eye ShadowAMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow

Their range of pigments is massive.  I’ve linked to the US online store so you can see all of the colours available.  Tell me – what competitor offers this many options???  You get 2g of product for $14US.  I believe I paid $19CAD in store in Montreal.  This colour is stunning.  I was sold before I even swatched it in store, all it took was seeing it sitting on the table.  Just look at this swatch of AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow in #70 in natural light.

AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow swatch

For palettes, after much deliberation I opted for the 10 eyeshadow palette.  Because of their instore promotion, I got 10 colours of my choice and the palette for $79.00 + tax.  That works out to $7.90/eyeshadow with a free palette!   For comparisons sake – eyeshadow pans at MAC are $14.00CAD/each and that isn’t even taking into account that you have to buy the palette and you get less product….

Freedom System eyeshadowFreedom System Eyeshadow - square

Each palette has small magnets in all four corners of the lid as well as the palette itself.  So it easily pulls into place when you are closing up your palette.  You can also stack palettes and use only one lid on top.

10 Eyeshadow Palette from Inglot

Freedom System Square Eyeshadow PaletteFreedom System 10 eyeshadow palette

Both swatches were taken in natural light with no flash.

Eyeshadow swatches for Inglot eyeshadowsSwatches for Inglot Eyeshadows

What I love:

  • The amount of each product in each pan is enormous.  From what I’ve noticed, not all pans are the same – it seems to vary depending on the texture of the shade.  My matte shadows are each 2.3g and my others vary from 2.5g up to 3.5g.
  • Their Freedom system of palettes is amazing and is to my knowledge the most flexible and customizable option available to beauty addicts and makeup artists alike.  I love how with the magnets on each corner, you can actually stack all of your palettes together and simply put a lid on the top one.  I’m excited to grow my Inglot collection!
  • Their products actually GO ON SALE!  I’m so used to MAC Cosmetics where in Canada you will never see a sale – EVER.  (Residents in the United States luck out with the Cosmetic Clearance Centres available where all of the limited edition left over products go to die and be sold at discount – I WISH.)  But I was thrilled when I started building my palette and the sales associate was running off numbers and then used the phrase “except, it will be even cheaper right now because we have a promotion on these palettes.”  *Angels sing* I couldn’t believe it, a promotion!
  • Rainbow eyeshadows!  They have a line of rainbow eyeshadow pans that actually have 3 shades of the same colour in one palette pan. http://inglotcosmetics.com/rainbow.eye.shadow/products/657/793
  •  Their collection is all encompassing.  They cover everything from eyes, lips, face, brushes, accessories and even a new nail lacquer line which is described as “breathable Nail Enamel ensuring better health care for nails whilst enhancing their beauty.”  It is one of the many things on my “next time” list.
  • Their selection of pigments was huge compared to MAC cosmetics.  They had a much larger range of colours (it would be comparable to the collection available at MAC pro stores, but I think even then MAC would fall short, Inglot just has soooo many.)

What I hate:

  • The shadows aren’t named, only numbered.  I like being able to use a name when talking eyeshadow colours, rather than “I used number 207 through my crease…”  But that might just me being used to a certain way.  I guess I figure I am more likely to remember the name of something rather than a catalogue of numbers.  (Makeup Forever products are the same way – numbered.)
  • There isn’t an easy lip to be able to get your product out of the pans and move them around if you like.  You need to use something like the blade of an exacto knife to pop out each shadow from the palette.  Not a huge deal, but slightly inconvenient if you are in a hurry.
  • Unlike at MAC, they don’t offer samples of their loose pigmented eyeshadows.  You can try them all in store, but if you want to check it out with your makeup from home, you will have to buy it.
  • Unfortunately, their online shop doesn’t allow for shipment to Canada.  They have full sites for which you can purchase product in the US, Australia, UK, Netherlands, South Africa and Finland.  I will unfortunately have to wait until my next visit to Montreal.
I wanted to do a makeup look using these new shadows so you could all see them in action.  And rather than doing a neutral everyday look, I ended up doing something dramatic…surprise surprise.  Regardless, I hope you enjoy this look.  I think it is fun for a night out or special occasion.  I would avoid wearing it to work.  😛
Inglot Makeup LookPink Dramatic Eye Makeup
For this look, I used #48 all over my lid, #72 as my darker outer eye shade #46 to highlight and #482 to do a nice dark line under my lower lashes.
Inglot Makeup LookMakeup Diagram for Makeup How To
The pigmentation and quality of these shadows was lovely (I did use an eyeshadow primer).  They were very easy to blend together and I had no issue getting the colour payoff I was looking for.
Dramatic Pink Eye MakeupDramatic Pink Makeup Look

For the rest of my look, I used the following:

Skin –  Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation in shade 118 topped with Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Light Plus by MAC

Lashes – Ardell’s Demi Wispies False Lashes and Too Faced lashGASM mascara on my bottom lashes

Liner – Maybelline Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Black on my lids and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline.

Lips – Clinique’s Longlast Lipstick in Heather Moon

Cheeks – Margin blush by MAC

Brows – Mystery Eyeshadow by MAC to fill in my brows

With flash:

Dramatic Pink Makeup

With natural light:

Pink Makeup

The verdict: The shadows were long lasting and didn’t crease or budge after several hours of wear.  For the price, I see this brand has incredible value and a giant range of shades.  I will be visiting Inglot upon my next visit to Montreal for sure in order to try out some of their other raved about products.

I hope you found this post useful.  Do you own any Inglot products already?  If so, what are your favourites??

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled the next time you are near an Inglot – or maybe on your next vacation.  You won’t regret it!

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Shannon

Pink eye makeup for a night out


Feeling Sweet…or Sour?

Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo from MAC

A few weeks ago I picked up another mineralize eyeshadow from MAC.  I loved Fresh & Mint so much, I was aching to get another duo.  I ended up falling in love with Sweet & Sour, described by MAC as a Dirty Gold paired with a green and deep blue veining/warm gold.

Keep in mind, these are all hand made, so every one is a little different than the one next to it.  So for me, I wanted one that was more green than blue, so I actually went to a couple of stores to find the one I was in love with.  But if you aren’t as picky as I am, you don’t have to worry.  You won’t hear any regrets from me on this product, I love the colours together and this product lives up to what I’ve come to expect from MAC Cosmetics.

Sweet & Sour Eyeshadow Duo

These gorgeous duos retail for $24 CAD or $20 US and give you 2.5g of baked colour goodness.  For comparisons sake, in a regular MAC eyeshadow, you receive 1.5g and pay $18 CAD or $15US.

Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow by MAC

Dry swatch of MAC’s Sweet & Sour:

Swatch of Sweet & Sour Eyeshadow by MAC

I think what I love most about their mineralize baked eyeshadows are that they are super easy to apply, work with and blend together.  They always seem to just seamlessly form a gorgeous eye with no work at all.

Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo from MAC

If you want a softer look, use a dry brush.  If you want your colours a bit more vibrant, use a wet brush to apply these mineralize eyeshadows.  For my look, I used a wet brush.

How to create this look for your eyes:

  1. Fill in your brows and shape them how you like.  I used MAC’s Mystery Eyeshadow for this.
  2. Apply your primer all over your lid.  I used Urban Decay’s Potion Primer.
  3. Wet your eyeshadow brush and apply the greenish/blueish side all over your lid.  (You don’t need to use this MAC duo, any green or blue shimmery shadow will work for this.)
  4. Wipe your brush off on a kleenex, re-wet your brush and apply the dirty gold throughout your crease and the outer edge of your eye.
  5. Using an eyeliner brush, apply the dirty gold under your lower lashes as well to bring the look together.  (Again, if you don’t have this duo, feel free to use a shimmery gold that you may have from another brand.)
  6. Line your upper and lower lash line with black eyeliner of your choice.  I used Maybelline Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Black on my lids and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline.
  7. For my lashes I used Ardells #102 Demi False Lashes on top and Clinique’s High Impact Mascara on my bottom lashes.
  8. Viola!  Super easy, no blending required with this MAC duo.  You simply slap it on and just by having the two colours touch each other, they blend themselves.  Fool proof!

Sweet & Sour Eyemakeup

For the rest of this look I used the following:

Skin –  Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation in shade 118

Lips – Smashbox’s Lip Enhancing Gloss in Fame

Cheeks – powder blush and bronzer from Too Faced’s Natural Face palette

This picture is indoors with flash:

Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow Makeup Look

This picture was taken in natural light, no flash:

Sweet & Sour Makeup Look

 

Do you own any MAC Mineralize shadows?  How do you like them?

xox,

Shannon


Colourful Smokey Eye

Colourful Smoky Eye/Rainbow Eye

As we were getting ready to head out last night, I sat down at my vanity and just did not feel like doing green makeup.  So, inspired by Marlena’s (from Makeup Geek) Colourful Smoky Eye from earlier this week, I thought I would put my spin on it.  As you can see she used bright, yet soft colours in her look.

I wanted to create something similar, but I felt like using brighter and bolder colours.

So here is what I ended up coming up with:

Colourful Smoky Eye Makeup

Colourful Smoky Eye/Rainbow Eye

Rainbow Eye

For this look I used the following eyeshadows:

Yellow – Bright Sunshine by MAC

Light Green – Bio Green by MAC

Darker Green- Kelly by MAC

Teal – Teal from the MAC Duo Palettes

Purple – Indian Ink by MAC

Highlight – Forgery by MAC

Colourful Smoky Eye

For the remainder of the look I used:

Eyeliner – Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC

Mascara – Clinique’s High Impact Mascara

Lashes – Ardell Demi Wispie False Lashes

Brows – Filled them in with Mystery Eyeshadow by MAC

Lips – Clinique’s Watermelon Long Last Lipstick (swatched here)

Face – For foundation I used Makeup Forever HD Foundation in shade 118, for powder MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Shade “Light Plus”.  I also used the Powder Blush and Bronzer from Too Faced’s Natural Face palette (still need to post about this!)

Purple and Green Smoky Eye

I hope you all like this bright fun look.  Get out there and have some fun with your colours now that Spring is here!

Thanks for reading,

Shannon