Sunday, August 2, 2015

MAC Goldmine Eyeshadow

Goldmine is an eyeshadow that I 'always' have on-hand, even during the phases of my makeup obsessions when I'm not necessarily wearing the warmer tones.  I keep it on hand because its my absolute favourite gold shadow and no matter how many I try, I keep coming back to this one.  It's kinda like me and Mocha Lipstick by MAC, no matter what other colours I wear, this is one of the shades I keep coming back to - its like a trusted and worn out pair of jeans :)  You may find a better pair, but nothing beats whats the most comfortable!!!

Goldmine has a lot more yellow pigment in it compared to other gold shades, but its because its a more 'vivid' gold that it tends to go well with so many other colours and when you layer it overtop a darker shadow, the gold really comes out.  So yes, on its own it can be quite yellow, but layered, it's gold perfection.  In the look I created today, I applied goldmine from the lid to the crease and then created a smudged look with MAC coffee eyeliner and blended Deep Damson shadow into the coffee liner.  I wanted to make the look a touch more natural, so I took my goldmine brush and went over the liner/shadow look - result - perfect blend-ability :)  For my look, I used NARS Oasis, not only because I loved it, but it also has a slight gold shimmer and I thought the two would compliment each other well.  For the lips, I used MAC Boldly Bare lipliner, because I wanted something neutral as a foundation and then used my new NARS Het Loo overtop!!!  Check it out:

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NARS Het Loo

I'm so happy that I just discovered this shade - its the perfect copper-brown shade (described as cognac on the NARS website)!  I've been really into wearing the brown lately - in fact, i'm fascinated by the brown lip shade family.  Browns are so chic and versatile - not boring at all!  I wasn't intending on getting yet another lipstick, but when I tried this on, I didn't just love the colour, I loved the consistency and feel of the product on my lip - Bonus - great shade, great formula and it stays on!!!  Woo Hoo Het Loo :)

Here's today's look:

I used MAC concealer from a palette kit I have and then blended NARS Sand Tinted Moisturizer over top.  I applied NARS Oasis blush (the perfect blush for brown lippies).  For the eyes, I used MAC Goldmine from lid to crease, Coffee eyeliner and then smudged Deep Damson shadow into the liner before finishing with black mascara.  I finished the look with Het Loo lipstick - NARS :)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Polished Up Lipstick by MAC

It's all about the brown tones these days!  I've rediscovered by love for the warm, rich brown and gold hues.  I've been incorporating them with splashes of pink and aubergine and I think it creates a lovely look.  I recently went into the MAC store to get my free lippie for the back to MAC program!  I wanted a day version of the shade Paramount (which is a deeper brownish red and currently my go to evening shade).  The makeup artist helped me pick up a shade called 'Polished Up' - I now addicted to this colour - and what I love about it is that name is true to the lipstick - it really is the perfect 'Polished Up' day look.  It's going to be perfect for when I go back to work and it's neutral enough to wear with almost anything.  I guess you can call it the perfect everyday chic lipstick.  Here is a new look I created:

I used just a touch of concealer and tinted moisturizer and I wanted my tan to take centre stage.  I love the golden look of a tan, so why hide it!  My current go to blush is Oasis by MAC and it goes perfectly with the other neutral tones that I picked for this look and it warm enough to compliment the warm tones I used as well.  For the eyes, I applied MAC Goldmine eyeshadow from the lid slightly into the crease.  I used Coffee eyeliner on the top and bottom lash-line.  I blended MAC Sketch and Deep Damson on my angular eyeshadow brush and smudged it into the upper lash line before finishing with two coats of black mascara (I'm currently using Dior).  Finally, I applied Polished Up Lipstick by MAC - I find this look so harmonious, neutral and classic!!! Perfect for day and day into night!!! :)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Summer Night Look

Summer makeup is light and fresh and I love pops of colour for summer.  I especially like makeup for summer evenings - I find that the best summer night look is slightly iridescent, slightly warm, yet very natural and 'fresh'.  I created a look that incorporated all these elements and I loved the end result.

I started with just a basic concealer and Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer in Sand.  I created the iridescent look, by using colour products that have a natural sheen to them.  I used amber lights eyeshadow on the lid into the crease, then used teddy liner and smudged the upper lash line with a mix of cork and espresso shadows.  I used cork in the crease/outer corners of the eyes as well (all MAC products).  The amber lights and teddy both have a touch of shimmer, so they really 'shine' naturally and nicely when the light hits your face.  I rediscovered a blush colour that I really like - it's petal power blush by MAC.  In the container it looks like a bright coral pink with shimmer.  However, it applies as a sheer pink-coral with a beautiful shimmer effect.  It's the perfect summer night or summer garden party blush.  For the lips, I wanted to create the effect of natural warmth.  I decided to apply Boldly Bare lipliner and fill in my lips with this shade.  I then applied Strength lipstick over top - both MAC.  I really love this look!!!  It's also the perfect summer into fall cross over look - I look forward to creating this look again!!! :)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Finding your best Nude Lipstick!

I've noticed something very interesting since I've started my makeup wardrobe decluttering - I noticed that I was always on the quest for my best nude lipstick shade and was always getting it 'wrong' - I think part of that was because I was going towards the dusky pinks and pink toned beiges. Lately, I've been wearing the peach toned beiges, coral beiges and honey toned beiges and I notice a significant difference - warmth suits me much better!  Part of figuring out your best nude lipstick is figuring out the base of that nude and which looks the best on you - something cooler, pink beige or warmer, honey beige.  A light seashell pink or peach lies somewhere in between the two!  I've noticed a huge different too between wearing the cooler grey-blue shades of liner vs the warmer bronze/brown shades - warm tones seem to work much better.  You'd think that after 3 years of being on a colour journey that I would know this already?  I do seem to tee-totter a lot, but I'm not at all phased by that or see that as a negative - each time I make this kind of discovery or a-ha moment, I gain more confidence in what's right for me.  The thing that you don't get to see on this blog, is how much this journey has made me a better makeup artist when working on others.  It's really sharpened my skills!!!  Anyhow, tee-tottering all, here is my return to the 'warm side' of things:

I like that I took this photo in a very natural light and setting - I'm wearing trace gold and sincere blush by MAC.  I added the trace gold to my eyes as a shadow shade (lid to crease) and blended a lighter gold shade into the crease.  I used MAC teddy eyeliner and used the gold shade in the too faced natural eyes palette to blend into the liner.  I lined my lips with MAC etcetera and filled them in with Honeylove lipstick (also MAC) - voila - the perfect natural look with an elegant nude lip!!!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Summer Glow

One thing I love about the summer is how I'm able to get that 'golden glow' from the sun.  I have the type of skin tone that literally tans instantly - I tend to go golden and bronze.  I wanted to create a makeup look that is perfect for those summer casual days that lets your skin breath and take centre stage.  I thought about the colour 'bronze' and what other colours are in harmony with this shade - golden browns, corals and light beige all came to mind:

I started this look with a golden beige toned concealer and tinted moisturizer.  I like the laura mercier tinted moisturizer because it has SPF in it and it's a sheer wash of colour, so your natural skin tone still takes centre stage.  I applied MAC Trace of Gold blush onto the cheeks and also used it as an eyeshadow.  I used MAC teddy liner and then smudged it with a gold shade from the too faced natural eyes palette.  I finished off the natural eye look with black mascara (two coats).  For the lipstick, I decided to create a soft coral lip, so I blended two lipsticks - MAC Costa Chic with Honeylove.  I absolutely adore this combination.  It I wanted a swipe and go look, I'd apply the NudeStix 'Soul' - I'm currently obsessed with their products.  

Friday, July 17, 2015

NUDESTIX Lip and Cheek Pencil in Soul

I've hit the jackpot!  I don't think I've ever been this excited to blog about a lip shade!  Sephora currently is promoting and selling a makeup line called 'NudeStix' - it's a range of concealers, shadows, lip/cheek pencils that are multipurpose!  I love the idea of a 'two in one' product - something you can swipe on your lips and cheeks and just 'go'.  However, the issue with a lot of the two in one products, its that there is not usually a wide range of shades to choose from - until now!!!  I really like that the Nudestix company is all about natural beauty and featuring shades that are 'your lips but better' - I think that finding your perfect nude/neutral shade can be really tricky - they are either too pastel like or too beige or too pink etc etc.  As soon as I swiped on the 'Soul' lip/cheek pencil - I was 'in love' - its the perfect peachy-neutral and it's the best nude/neutral lip I've ever 'loved' right away - most of the time, I try to 'force' colours or work or try to convince myself it's a wearable nude shade.  However, this time, it was a different story - no 'forcing or convincing' needed - it truly is the best neutral for me!!!

 I think I'm going to be scoping out the Nudestix line again soon - I'm curious to try their concealer and eyeshadow shades! Right now I'm returning to wearing warm browns and golds on my eyes - I'm also trying to create more minimal eye makeup looks, so a swipe and go shadow will be a fun technique to try vs my standard heavy handed liner.  In this pic, I used the too faced natural eye palette with MAC's Coffee liner and black mascara.  I'm wearing the Soul lip shade from Nudestix and also dapped this shade on my cheeks!!!