Saturday, July 30, 2011

EOTD: MAC's Bows & Curtseys: green smokey eye

Hello!!


Today I did  a look using Bows & Curtseys eyeshadow from MAC which came out with the Fashion Flower collection not too long ago. It's a blackened green with shimmer, perfect for a smokey eye, so that's what I did! 









Here’s a list of all the products I used and how I used them:

- Urban Decay Primer Potion: all over the lid up to the brow, blended out with my finger.

- MAC Brun: to fill in my brows, with an angled brush (MAC 263).

- MAC Vanilla eyeshadow: as a browbone highlight, applied with a flat shader brush (MAC 239)

- MAC Ricepaper: inner corner highlight, applied with a pencil brush (MAC 219)

- MAC Wedge: applied with a blending brush (MAC 217) right above the crease, as a transition colour between the dark green and the brow highlight.

- MAC Fresh Approach (LE: Makeup Art Cosmetics collection: Photo Realism quad): on the lid and lower lashline, applied with a flat shader brush (MAC 239).

- MAC Bows & Curtseys (LE: Fashion Flower collection): applied in the crease and outer corner with a blending brush (MAC 217) and on the lower lashline with a short bristle shader brush (MAC 214).

MAC Blacktrack fluidline: lined along the upper lashline, on the lower waterline and smudged between the lashes with a small liner brush (MAC 209).

- Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara: few coats on the top lashes, one coat on bottom lashes.

- False Eyelashes from H&M (no name or number) with Duo lash glue.




For a softer, less dramatic look, just skip the liner and lashes.






Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by!

X
Tanja

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Haul: MAC - Fashion Flower

Hiya!


On July 16th, the Fashion Flower collection was released in Belgium and the Netherlands.

(pic credit: Temptalia)

































(pic credit: Temptalia)

















After looking at severals hauls and reviews (which I always do before going into the store), I made a wish list:
- Alpha Girl and Light Sunshine beauty powders
- Budding Beauty lipgelee
- Groundcover and Bows & Curtseys eyeshadows


I really liked  Lucky Green eyeshadow as well, but that's a permanent colour, so I could pick that up at any time in a refill pan.
After checking out and swatching all products in store, I decided to get everything I had on my wishist.




Here are some pictures of my purchases (in daylight):


Budding Beauty lipgelee

Bows & Curtseys eyeshadow

Groundcover eyeshadow

Light Sunshine beauty powder

Alpha Girl beauty powder




























































































I like the flower pattern on the products, even tho it will eventually wear off. 
I love using Alpha Girl as a blush and Bows & Curtseys as a nice smokey eye colour. 
For better quality pictures and swatches of the entire collection, check out this video from Temptalia (if you haven't noticed already, I love this girl haha, she always makes such helpful reviews!)


Next MAC collection I'm looking forward to: MAC Me Over, launches internationally in the beginning of September.



Thanks for reading!



x
Tanja

EOTD: Katy Perry Grammy’s 2011 makeup & Sleek Monaco palette

Hey everyone!

Did this look today after seeing this picture from Katy Perry at the 2011 Grammy awards. I loved the purple and green combination with the glitter and decided to recreate it.


(Click for larger view)





















For eyeshadows I mainly used the Monaco eyeshadow palette from Sleek from their Mediterranean collection.





Here’s a list of all the products I used and how I used them:

- Urban Decay Primer Potion: all over the lid up to the brow, blended out with my finger.

- MAC Brun: to fill in my brows, with an angled brush (MAC 263).

- Sleek Bamboo (Monaco palette): as a browbone highlight, applied with a flat shader brush (MAC 239)

- Sleek Martini (Curaçao palette): inner corner highlight, applied with a pencil brush (MAC 219)

- Sleek Sand Walker (Monaco palette): applied with a blending brush (MAC 217) right above the crease, as a transition colour between the purple and the brow highlight.

- Sleek Lotus Flower (Monaco palette): on the lid and blended into the crease, applied with a flat shader brush (MAC 239).

- Sleek Midnight Garden ( Monaco palette): softly applied with a tapered blending brush (MAC 226) in the outer corner over the purple to make it a little darker and add some depth. Also on the outer forth of the lower lashline over the lime green with a pencil brush (MAC 219).

Sleek Kiwi Zest (Monaco palette): on the lower lashline with a short bristle shader brush (MAC 214).

Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Mildew: on the lower waterline and smudged between the lashes.

- NYX cream glitter (Paradise palette): applied over the purple with my finger.

- L’Oreal Lineur Intense: thin line along the upper lashes.

- Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara: few coats on the top lashes, one coat on bottom lashes.

- False Eyelashes from Claire’s (no name or number) with Duo lash glue.


Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by!

X
Tanja

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review: Sleek Oh So Special and Curaçao I-Divine Palettes

Hello folks!


Sleek makeup recently came out with a new collection: The Caribbean collection. The collection consists of an eyeshadow palette, a blush and a tinted lipbalm. I only picked up the eyeshadow palette. After I bought their Storm palette when I was in London, I started collecting their palettes. I think the quality of the eyeshadows is amazing for the prize (around £7 or €9 or $12).


This palette from the Caribbean collection is called "Curaçao" and is filled with bright and fun colours.
Lets have a look:

Sleek Curaçao palette (click for larger view)















Like all the Sleek palettes, these eyeshadows are nicely pigmented. The matte shadows are usually a little less pigmented than the shimmery/metalic ones. The darker matte colours usually show up better I find. Over a base or primer they work great though.


I swatched each row on bare skin and over Urban Decay's Primer potion.


Top row, bare skin, flash










Top row, over UDPP, flash










Bottom row, bare skin, flash










Bottom row, over UDPP, flash

















My favorites of this palette are Green Iguana, Purple Haze, Green Martini and Singapore Sling.
Not all the palettes I have from Sleek have names for the colours but I'm glad all these new palettes do.






Sleek also came out with another palette, with more neutral colours, which is called "Oh So Special". I believe this is part of their permanent line since it isn't part of a collection.
This palette has got some great shadows to create any kind of neutral look with. It has some matte and some shimmery colours, going from really light to black so you could do an every day eye look with this but also a really dark smokey eye. If you can't get your hands on the Urban Decay Naked palette or it's too expensive, definitely check out this palette!

Sleek Oh So Special palette (click for larger view)



















Here are the swatches, with and without primer.

Top row, bare skin, flash










Top row, over UDPP, fash












Bottom row, bare skin, flash











Bottom row, over UDPP, flash
















My favorites: Glitz, Celebrate, Boxed and Wrapped Up.
I'm not too crazy about the matte pinks in this palette. Not as eyeshadows anyway, but I've found they work nicely as blushes.
I love how pigmented the matte black (Noir) that comes with a lot of these palettes is. I won't have to buy a matte black in a looong time, haha.




I'll probably do some eye looks with these palettes in the future, so look out for that!




x
Tanja

Sunday, July 24, 2011

EOTD (Eye Of The Day): MAC Rare Find

Here’s a look I did with MAC’s Rare Find mineralized eyeshadow from the Semi Precious collection. I’m actually really glad I picked this up cause it’s so pretty. It looks even better in real life than it does on the picture.





















These are the products I used and how I used them:

Urban Decay Primer Potion: all over the lid up to the brow, blended out with my finger.

- MAC Brun eyeshadow: to fill in my brows, with an angled brush (MAC 263).

- MAC Vanilla eyeshadow: as a browbone highlight, applied with a flat shader brush (MAC 239) and  inner corner highlight with a pencil brush (MAC 219).

- MAC Rare Find mineralized eyeshadow: all over the lid, applied with a damp flat shader brush (MAC 239, I used Fix + to wet my brush, but you could also use water) and used dry to blend it out just above the crease with a fluffier brush ( MAC 217).
Also applied wet on the lower lashline with a short bristle shader brush (MAC 214)

- Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero: on top and bottom waterline and smudged between the lashes.

- Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara: few coats on the top lashes, one coat on bottom lashes.

- False Eyelashes from Claire’s (no name or number) with Duo lash glue.




I love the shimmer in this eyeshadow and I think it looks great on its own!
You could make this look a little darker and more smokey by adding some black on the outer corner.
Thanks for stopping by!

X
Tanja

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Haul: MAC Semi Precious

Hello folks!


Hello!

Last saturday the new MAC collection came out in Belgium: Semi Precious. After watching Temptalia's video review, I wanted to check out mainly the MSF's and the blushes. The eyeshadows did look really nice in the pans, but wasn't impressed by the swatches. 
At the store I swatched the MSF's and blushes and I decided to pick up Semi Precious Pearl MSF and Warmth Of Coral blush. I liked the other two blushes too, but have similar colours in my stash. Same for the other MSF. I chose the Pearl one cause I can use the outside as a highlight, and the inside as a blush.
From all the eyeshadows, Rare Find was my favorite after watching the review. I swatched it at the store and decide to pick it up anyway cause it was alot more pigmented than I expected it to be. I've done a look with it and I love it! (I'll do a post on it)
I also picked up the 234 brush cause I love the 217 and it looked really interesting. I've used it for concealer a couple of times and I like it. Not a must have brush though in my opinion. 

Here are some pictures:


















SEMI PRECIOUS PEARL
















WARMT OF CORAL














RARE FIND
















234

















If you want to see pictures and swatches from the entire collection you can watch this video from Temptalia.

Until next time!

x
Tanja


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tutorial: Smokey eye tutorial n°2 (using MAC eyeshadows)

Hey everyone!


So here's my second smokey eye tutorial.
I'm going to do kind of the opposite of what we did l did for the first smokey eye where I put the darkest shades on the lid and the lighter one in the crease. This time I'm keeping the lid light and putting the darker shades in the crease.
I'm using All That Glitters as my lightest shade, Twinks as my medium shade and Beauty Marked as the darkest (all from MAC). The other products I used are the same ones I used last time: Zero 24/7 eyeliner pencil from Urban Decay, False Lash Effect mascara from Max Factor, lashes from Claire's and Select Cover-up concealer from MAC. 


(BTW: all pictures are clickable for larger views!)




















I started off with my brows (using Brun eyeshadow / MAC), brow highlight (using Vanilla eyeshadow / MAC) and primed my eyes with Urban Decay Primer Potion.





















Next I applied the lightest shade, 
All That Glitters from MAC, on the lid with a flat shader brush (MAC 239) and the inner corner with a pencil brush (MAC 219), fading it towards the crease.




















I then put the medium shade, Twinks from MAC, in the crease and outer corner with a blending/crease brush (MAC 217) and smudged it along the lashes with a pencil brush.





















I lined my upper lashline with a black eyeliner pencil (Zero / Urban Decay). This doesn't have to be perfect cause we're going to smudge it out anyway.



















I used Beauty Marked from MAC and a pencil brush to smudge out the liner and darken the outer corner.






















On the lower lashline, I applied the same eye pencil to the waterline and smudged it in to the lashline. Again, doesn't have to be perfect, just make sure the line is thicker on the outer corner and thinner towards the inner corner.


















I then put All That Glitters on the inner half of the lower lashline and Twinks on the outer half.




















Finally, to finish the look I applied mascara (False Lash Effect / Max Factor) to the top and bottom lashes, added false lashes (Claire's, they don't have a name or number sorry) and concealer (Select cover-up NW20 / MAC).





















And that's it, all done!


Hope this helped and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!



x
Tanja