Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Top 5 MAC Nude Lip Colours!

Nude lipsticks. Probably one of the most hyped up topics on the makeup blogosphere and all over Youtube. We all love our nude lip with a sexy smokey eye. However...

I have tried and tested many nude lippies on the market and am I the only one who can't wear cult favourites like Revlon Soft Nude, or NARS Turkish Delight without looking like a goon? Obviously not all lipsticks are universally flattering on all skin types.

So for all the olive/yellow toned/tanned skinned ladies out there I thought I'd share my favourite nude lip colours that I love most. Coincidentally they are all from MAC! 

my favourite nude lipsticks lip glosses from mac for olive skin tan

Calm Mode |  Myth | Viva Glam Gaga II | Shy Girl | Chai 

my favourite nude lipsticks lip glosses from mac for olive skin tan swatches

1.) Calm Mode (Tinted Lip Conditioner) is a soft neutral pinky nude. I use this at some point every single day. I love that it is super moisturizing yet offers a tinge of colour and life to my lips.
2.) Myth (Satin) is a light pinky neutral colour. Honestly it looks way too chalky on its own ... aka concealer lips, but I love using it to tone down bright lipsticks/glosses, or even lightly patted on with a tinted lip balm such as Calm Mode. Myth is quite versatile in that it can pair beautifully with a wide range of lip colours and textures. I think it should be in every ladies' collection because you can blend it in to create an infinite range of lip looks!
3.) Viva Glam Gaga II (amplified) is a neutral toned brownish beige lipstick. It is the perfect neutral nude colour for me. I don't wear  it very often, since I prefer pinky nudes or even peachy nudes. But if I were ever to opt for a true nude nude then this would be it!
4.) Shy Girl (Cream Sheen) is a creamy peachy nude with a subtle shimmer. I tend to opt for this in the Summer when I want to look effortlessly sun kissed. I absolutely love the colour, even though the texture is a little hard to wear since it easily settles into the cracks of your lips. Just make sure you moisturize your lips thoroughly before you apply.
5.) Chai (Lipglass) is a neutral brownish lipgloss. I love that it is so pigmented that I can use it alone. But sometimes I use it over Myth like I did here to get an even more true beige nude lip.

What are your favourite nude lipsticks? I'm always on the hunt for the perfect new shade...


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pretty White Things ...

With all my money blown on my latest beading addiction I haven't a dime to spend on other necessities...such as Fall wardrobe shopping. Hence the late night internet browsing. Here are some things I've been obsessing over... pretty much anything with white, beige, cream, silver or light grey tones.

polyvore white cream fall fashion cravings balenciaga chanel parker goti

1.) Helmut Lang Plexus Shawl Jacket - Blazers are such a wardrobe staple. I'm needing this understated creamy taupe beauty to add to my collection.

2.) Nude Balenciaga Hobo Bag  - A simple and chic alternative style to the popular City bag. I can only dream of this gorgeous thing on my arm while running about my errands. Sigh.

3.) Rosa Maria 'Jira' Ring - I love how the band is a matted silver, enclosing a icy glass gem with a smokey quartz bezel. Gorgeous!

4.) Goti Multi Strand Necklace - I have been majorly obsessing over this for jewelry inspiration. I really want to make my own multi strand necklace with a belt component once I get my hands on the right metal findings.

5.) Le Vernis Nail Laquer in Frenzy- Loving creamy taupe nails lately. This new Chanel polish reminds me of MAC's Inert from the Gareth Pugh Collection but a lighter and warmer toned. I want it...

6.) Parker Icy Grey Rouched Dress - Rouching on dresses is super flattering, especially on curvier figures. This dress would look gorgeous on day or night. 

... And I'm drooling over this whole outfit. As usual, Kim is looking absolutely stunning in this Parker tunic dress.

What are your lusts for this fall?


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Gold Caviar Nails

gold caviar ciate manicure nails diy silver dark base

I know I'm late to the Ciate Caviar Manicure trend, but I went to Michael's yesterday and when I saw these gold micro beads I knew I had to have them.

With this manicure I'm using Essie's Over The Edge as a base, with the gold micro beads on top. It is actually easier than it looks to do and it's super fun! Just make sure you have a bowl to catch the left over beads...obviously.

gold caviar ciate manicure nails diy silver dark base essie over the edge

gold caviar ciate manicure nails diy silver dark base

Enjoying my caviar nails with a glass of red wine 


Monday, August 20, 2012

DIY Turquoise Bracelet w/ Gold Tassel + Pave Bead Accent

Hey everyone.

Continuing with my DIY jewelry obsession I just made this super cute bracelet that was very easy to make.

diy hand made turquoise bracelet with gold tassel and pave bead accent

All you need:
+ Turqoise beads
+ Stretchy string
+ Gold Artistic Wire
+ Onyx and Pave accent bead
+ Gold chain

To make the tassel:
1. Cut a variety of lengths of gold chain. I cut about 10.
2. Using the artistic wire, make a loop.
3. String all the gold chains onto the loop.
4. Finish the tassel by making a wrapped loop.
5. String an onyx bead and create another wrapped loop.

To make the bracelet:
1. String the tassel onto the stretchy string.
2. String half your turquoise beads, then the pave bead, then the last half of the turquoise beads.
3. Quadruple knot your string and add a drop of glue to make the knot extra sturdy.

Et Voila.

diy hand made turquoise bracelet with gold tassel and pave bead accent

diy hand made turquoise bracelet with gold tassel and pave bead accent

What do you think?


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

DIY Paper Woven Basket

Hey everyone.

I've been on a DIY role lately...

Just wanted to share this little shabby chic DIY way to store your lipsticks and glosses.

I spent 4 freakin' hours weaving this little paper basket out of a Whole Foods bag (while watching a 90210 marathon on Netflix)

What do you think?

After all the effort I put into this thing I hope it has some lasting power.

Click here for the tutorial to make one yourself!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Summer coral bronzed look + DIY

diy rosary inspired turquoise necklace outfit

I'm so excited to finally share this rosary inspired turquoise necklace I made last week. I picked up the beads and gold plated leaf charm at a bead store on Granville Island, and I handmade each wire link. This baby took me a couple days to make...but so worth it!

diy turquoise rosary inspired necklace

Anyhoo, I've also been sporting this super easy, sultry bronzed look with a coral lip all week. I'm rocking this look using my rediscovered love, Illamasqua's Bronzing Duo in Glint & Burnish. I picked it up last Summer in Hawaii, and I forgot about it all Winter and Spring. Now that I've finally got a tan I've been embracing the effortless bronzed brazilian goddess look (lol) with this bronzing duo with my MAC 138 brush. I love to use this brush because it is large and fluffy, yet tapered which is perfect for easy blending all over my skin.

illamasqua bronzing duo in glint & burnish

My makeup....

fotd illamasqua glint & burnish bronzing duo

L'Oreal True Match Concealer in Warm
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Plus
Illamasqua Bronzing Duo in Glint & Burnish
MAC Blush in Pink Swoon
WnW e/s in Nutty
NARS e/s in Galapagos
Anastasia Brow Gel in Espresso
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes #0L Black
L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara

fotd mac limited edition coral l so vain kissable lip colour

What products do you use to bring out your inner bronzed goddess?
... haha so cheesy!



Monday, August 13, 2012

Caudalie Products Galore

caudalie sephora 500 points sample beauty essentials

When I made my latest purchase at Sephora last month I was surprised to see that this Caudalie Beauty Essentials box was up for redeeming at 500 points. What a deal! Somehow I ended up getting 2 boxes, now I have tons of product to work though. I'm so excited because Caudalie has great quality skin care items, and I have definitely noticed my skin has been looking clear and healthy.

Anyway, I really wanted to share with everyone a review on all these travel size items because they are all great quality and I definitely recommend everyone to check them out:
caudalie cleansing water
Caudalie Cleansing Water
This has been a dream to remove my makeup. Dare I say it rivals the cult favourite Bioderma H2O. It feels just like water on my skin, doesn't cause me any irritation, and removes every bit, including the eye area. Caudalie is slightly more silky feeling, but also contains more fragrance than Bioderma. So far I am really loving this.

Caudalie Day Perfecting Fluid Spf 15 This is kind of like a primer + moisturizer + spf all in one. It is feather light and my skin drinks it up like water. It is tinted a peach/nude colour which threw me off at first but I haven't really noticed a difference in skin tone. I have been loving this for the summer as a base before I apply my tinted moisturizer.  

caudalie moisturizing sorbetCaudalie Moisturizing Sorbet   This is another lightweight moisturizer. It is an interesting gel-cream because it has the texture of a heavier moisturizer but blends in very seamlessly into my skin. I really have been enjoying this at night all over my face and neck after cleansing. 

Caudalie SOS Thirst Quenching Serum
I don't really use skin serums on a daily basis, but I like having one on hand just in case my skin is feeling extra dehydrated or irritated. This one is silky smooth and very moisturizing without being irritating.

So I know I've been sounding like a broken record, but all these Caudalie products have been very hydrating, lightweight and excellent for sensitive skin. I am very impressed with this brand and I'll continue to use these up for the rest of the Summer!

Ladies, hurry up to Sephora and get this little package for yourself! Compliments of being a beauty addict.

xoxo - Alma

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Makeup Brushes...

I'm on the road right now, and since I have all this time on my hands I thought I would share with everyone my makeup brush collection! I've reached a point where I'm quite content with what I own in terms of versatility of brush shapes and sizes . You might notice that I own mostly MAC brushes. I like their quality, wide variety, and affordability compared to other higher end brands.

Anyway, here we go with an overview of my collection! 

Eye Brushes:

Sonia Kashuk Small Multipurpose Powder Brush is a fluffy blending brush. It is the same length as the MAC 224 but much more dense and fluffier. Since it is quite large for the eye, I like to use it for powdering after concealer under my eyes, around my nose or on spots. Sometimes I'll use it to blend my brow highlight with my crease colour. You could even use this brush to contour your nose.
MAC 224 is a tapered blending brush. It has long, soft bristles which makes it amazing for blending eyeshadow. In particular I like use use this brush for my crease.
MAC 217 is a high quality, all purpose blending brush. It is probably a standard in most ladies collection because it's dense enough to apply colour to the lid or crease, but fluffy to blend with. A great beginners brush.
Sephora Blending Eye #29 is a short fluffy eye brush. The bristles are quite short so I don't think it is the best blending brush, but I really like it for cream shadows and undereye/ spot concealing. This is my go to concealer brush.
Royal & Langnickel Flat Smudger #C446 is a wide eyeshadow packing brush. It is a great shape for highlighting your eyebrows, or if you want to quickly sweep colour all over your lid. I often use the corners of this brush to apply my inner corner highlight too.
MAC 239 is a flat shader brush. I use it to pack shadow on my lid, or smudge out my lash line for a smoky effect.
Skin Food pencil brush. Skin Food is an Asian brand, I got this brush in Korea. I use it as an alternative brush to smudge out eye liner or shadow, and even to apply inner corner highlight.

MAC 266 is a short angled brush. I mostly use it to fill in my brows, but it is also a sufficient eye liner brush. However, I do prefer other brushes over this one because it somewhat tugs at my eye. 
MAC 210 is a fine point liner brush. It's purpose is for creating perfect gel liner looks. I used to use the 266 for years for gel liner but this is so much more precise.

Face/Cheek Brushes:

MAC 136 LE is a flat paddle shaped powder brush. I am so sad that this is limited edition because this is my favourite brush that I own. It's narrow shape makes it so versatile. I use it to apply powders, blush, or even bronzer.
MAC 138 is a tapered face brush. It basically can be used in place of the 136 even though they are very different shapes. I personally like to use this brush to apply my mineralized skin finishes or other pressed powders, or if I want to apply a lot of bronzer with a smooth application.
MAC 168 is an angled contour brush. This is my favourite brush to apply bronzer and blush. I like it because it's soft, and applies colour and blends well with a lot of control. It is also the perfect size since I often find cheek brushes are way too big.
MAC 109 is a small contour brush. It is another versatile brush because it has a very small shape yet has densely packed bristles that work with both wet and dry products. You could use it to apply foundation, contour, blush or highlight. I personally tend to use it for my cheekbones because I like to have an intense highlight.
Royal & Langnickel Baby Dome #C180 is a small flat domed brush. I can use it for blush or bronzer, even though I prefer other brushes. Sometimes I'll buff in mineral powder with this brush if I want more coverage. This is basically my back up brush if my other brushes are dirty or not around me.
Sephora Bronzer #44 is a large dense brush. It is used for heavy duty bronzing your skin. I like to use this with NARS Laguna bronzer because it is not very pigmented on me.

Foundation/Concealer Brushes:

MAC 187 is a duo fibre stippling brush. It's main purpose is to apply foundation, but you could use it for blush too. It is my favourite brush to use when I want a quick yet flawless application. It is easier to use than the 109 or a standard concealer looking foundation brush because it's less streaky and covers a lot more surface area of your skin since it is much larger. The only downside is that it soaks up a lot of product in it's bristles.
Crown 427 Duo Fibre Blush brush. I think this is meant to be a blush brush, but I much prefer this as a foundation stippling brush. It's smaller than the MAC 187 and is slightly domed shaped so it is easier to work with if you have a small angular face like me. I also will use this brush for super pigmented blushes like NARS Taj Mahal, since duo fibred brushes help control over-applying makeup. My only complaint is that the quality of the brush handle is not great for Crown brushes. The joints are chipping and loose.
Cover FX Foundation brush. This is I guess the classic foundation brush, although it is not my personal preference. I would rather use the MAC 187 or 109 for every day use because it is much quicker and less streakier. I do like this brush for touching up smudges under my eye.
Laura Mercier Camouflage Powder is a large flat concealing brush. Sometimes I use this to apply eyeshadow bases but that is about it. It is a nice concealer brush but I prefer fluffy synthetic brushes.
Royal & Langnickel Concealer #C210 is a small flat concealing brush. I'm weird and I like fluffy eyeshadow brushes for concealing and concealer brushes for my eyes. I really like this brush (over the MAC 266) for eyeshadow liner and for my brows. It also picks up gel liner quite well if you want a messier smokey eye.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is a fine point concealing brush. I mostly use this to erase mascara smudges or to blend out concealer around a blemish.

And my top 5 brushes...
MAC 109, MAC 217, MAC 168, Sonia Kashuk Small Multipurpose Powder+ MAC 136 

Hope that was informative for you ladies! 

- Alma

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Turquoise & Gold Obsession

Hey everyone. 2 things I've been really obsessed with lately is the colour turquoise and making my own jewelry. I just finished creating a rosary inspired necklace using real turquoise I found on sale at a local bead store, but that's another post. For now, here's a little dosage of turquoise jewelry inspiration.

- Alma

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Laura Mercier Under Eye Concealing

laura mercier undercover concealer pot

Hey everyone. Just wanted to share how I conceal my eye area using Laura Mercier Undercover Pot. This little compact comes with 3 trial sized face products: Secret Camouflage (left side) , Secret Concealer (right side) and Loose Setting Powder (bottom). 

laura mercier undercover concealer pot swatches

At first I had trouble with the concealers as the Secret Camouflage is very dry! It also is quite light and makes my skin look chalky. I only really use it as an eyelid concealer. I use my fingers to really warm up the product and pat it on my eye lid and inner corner. It doesn't make my shadows last as long as a primer, but it is quite brightening. The Secret Concealer is basically a salmon coloured under eye corrector/concealer . It is more sticky and emollient than other concealers that you would use for pimples, or covering redness. I really love this for my under eye, and I apply it with a Sephora Eye Blending brush. Lastly, to set my concealer I use the Loose Setting powder, which is a beautiful, finely milled translucent powder. It is overpriced for what it's worth, but still a nice treat! 

Left: Secret Camouflage   Right: Secret Concealer

laura mercier translucent loose powder application
 Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder + Sonia Kashuk blender brush

The overall result is a brighter, cleaned up eye area. I'm sorry for the spotty after picture. It doesn't really do much justice for the Laura Mercier concealers.  But you can kind of see how the darkness under my eye is all corrected. And my eye lid is lighter and has no veins poking through. 

What Laura Mercier products have you tried? I'm really loving the Undercover Pot, plus my Tinted Moisturizer, and I'm curious to try more.

~ Alma