Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pumpkins and Grapes - Nail Art

One of the few regrets that I have is not taking photos of the numerous nail art designs I did before I chopped them off yet again. I am no pro, but I just enjoyed experimenting with various colors and textures on my nails. I used them as my canvas. Luckily I happened to find a few and thought I would share. All I used was orange and purple nail polish, a few crystals and glitter. At some point I will have to get a photo of the matching dress and shoes I wore that day to a ceremony.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Rihanna California King Bed Inspired Makeup Look - For Dark Girls.

This is my first celebrity inspired makeup tutorial and it was only fitting to do one of my favorite looks, which was the dewy peachy-pink look Rihanna displayed in the music video the California King bed. She looked absolutely gorgeous in that video and I thought it was not only pretty, but suitable to wear during the day. Now Rihanna is of a totally different complexion than I, and I don;t usually see ladies with dark skin doing looks that actually look similar to the look, so I decided to make an amateur attempt.

For this look , I used the Profusion Sheer eyeshadow palette that I previously reviewed
-I used The dark brown eyeshadow to cover my entire lid.
-I then dabbed a little of the orange shade in the middle of the lid over the dark brown to brighten it.
-The third eyeshadow I used was the rusty pink in the crease of my eyes and I blended this out, with a dark matte brown to further accentuate the crease.
- After this, I thinly lined my top lid using LA Colors Black eyeliner pencil and the bottom lid with white.

Since Rihanna’s look was so soft and glowing, I applied only a little foundation over the dark areas of my cheeks.  For the blush, I opted for 2 of my favorite La Femme Blushes. I contoured with Sienna, and used Peach Sparkle on the apple of my cheeks.

 I finished off the look with my lips using a Jordana lipstick in Natural with a dab of Milani lipstick in Rose Hip (Pink) blended in to give a peachy nude lip.
Styled my hair, and the my interpretation of this look was complete.

Thanks for looking. I hope you found this tutorial helpful.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

La Femme Blushes! So Long Mac and Nars, we have a winner.

What can I say about La Femme Blushes that have not already been said?

They are simply Amazing!! The collection offers almost 50 different shades of blushes to choose from, and the super pigmentation and quantity (5.5 grams) you get get for the mere price of US$2.50 (BDS$5.00) is utterly rediculous (but in a good way hahah).
 I bought 10 of these shades and every one of these is flattering and shows up nicely on my dark (Revlon Colorstay- Caramel, Mac NC50) skin. My only regret is that Russet, Peach and Bordeaux were out of stock at the time I made my purchase.

Even better? They can be used as eyeshadows, which was the whole point of me purchasing the red blush to try out as an eyeshadow.

The top Row:  Orange, Coral, Golden Sunset, Peach Sparkle, Red
Bottom Row: Magenta, Purple Passion, Plum Passion, Cinnabar, Sienna

These have soft silky textures: Peach Sparkle, Purple Passion, Plum Passion, Cinnabar and Peach.
The other shades have have a slightly grainier texture.

The colors displayed in the photo are fairly accurate to the real shade. Each blush lightly swatched (look at that color payoff) on dry skin, without the aid of primers. Magenta, Red and Purple Passion were the most highly pigmented blushes and need to applied very lightly when using.
Sienna ,Cinnabar and peach sparkle are my favorites and can be worn daily for a completely natural glow.

These blushes can be purchased here .

Thank you for looking, and check back soon. Next topic will show 2 of these blushes applied in a celebrity inspired look.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Inexpensive Makeup for a high end look - Profusion Palettes US$1.50

I love a bargain as much, or perhaps even more than most people. It can be unusual pencils, pieces of fabric and even makeup. That brings us to my little review today. I picked up 2 mini shimmer palettes from the 3 DOLLAR STORE here in Barbados awhile back, and I am finally getting around to reviewing them. These little babies cost only BDS $3.00 (US$1.50) and are worth every penny and more. I love every single eyeshadow and each of them are very pigmented and with a primer even more beautiful. They have fairly smooth textures, apply smoothly and they lasted for the 6 hours I tried them out for. Primers, primers, I cannot stress enough how the most inexpensive eyeshadow that you might throw away will pop with the right primer. Btw all swatches were done on bare dry skin with no primer. Oh yeah and the blushes are aweful and so are the brushes...they can be used to crafts instead of throwing away.

Anyhow onto the pics.

 Sniff...somehow one got broken.

This is the "Profusion 10 color eyeshadow" palette. Colors are shimmery and more beautiful in person.
Top row shades: Pearly White, Orange, Golden Yellow, Deep Beige,Golden Brown
Bottom row shades: Rusty Pink,Pale Pastel Pink, Pale Olive green, Rick Cappuccino Brown, Light Brown

Swatches, I love the top row especially and the rusty pink in the bottom row.

This is the "Profusion Sheer Eyeshadow & Pearl Eyeshadow and Blush" Palette.
Top Row Shades: Dark Brown, Vanilla, 2 blushes (aweful), Deep Golden Orange, Moss Green
Bottom Row Shades: Gold, Copper, the same blushes again, Ivory, Silvery  Olive Green.
The shades are all beautiful swatched  on my bare skin. The blushes are utterly useless and appear ashy and are very powdery.

Final Verdict - I love it and for the price you can't beat it. I hope this helps someone and soon I will post a photo of some shades applied.

Thanks for looking and see you again soon.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Purple Passion DIY chained sleeve

 Hey everyone, I missed posting for such a long while and I have so many things to share, but just to get the time. Sometime back I acquired this lovely purple printed dress from Evans. It fit abit more snugly than I was comfortable with, and so I paired it with leggings. Did I ever mention that I NEVER wear sleeveless outfits? Well I don't and for some it may be silly, but this was a big deal for me purchasing this one shouldered dress...but something was missing. Yeah I am starting to like "more loud" and "less simple"  so I came up with an idea. I started out trying to make a capelet out of chains...FAIL...and then I figured a better and easier solution would be to make a chained sleeve. Well I did and an hour or so later....

and then I paired it with an ear lace set that I made!

Dress: Evans
Earlace: Handmade
Shoulder Armor Sleeve: Handmade
Ring: Bijoux
Boots: UK Store.

Thanks for looking. See you again soon.