Birds of a feather…

Hi, my name is Magda and I have an addiction. To makeup that is! So much so that when I see the various wonders nature has to offer the first thing that comes to mind is “How can I take this concept and translate it into makeup?!?” Take peacock feathers for example. The average person sees the unbelievable melange of rich, saturated jewel tones. I see an eye “look” πŸ˜› . Yeah, it’s THAT bad…
So, when I recently saw these magnificent feathers popping up all over the runways and in accessories, I figured it must be a sign! πŸ™‚ I MUST recreate! Aaaaaannnd….voila!

 

MAC Painterly-lid primer

Joe Fresh Peacock-lid colour

Kat Von D Johnette-outer lid

MAC Bronze-crease

MAC Coppering-inner cornerΒ Β Β  * I’m not a 100% sure on this, as all my shadows are depoted and the name is gone πŸ™‚

Nars liner in Campo de’Fiori-inner corner

MAC liner in Teddy-upper lashline and lower waterline

L’Oreal Voluminous False Lashes Mascara

Andrea 21 lashes

 

I’m a big fan of jewel tones to start with, so putting them together only seemed like a natural progression. Don’t get me wrong, this is definitely not a Saturday-morning-Home-Depot-shopping kinda look, but in the proper setting it’s quite stunning! It being Hallowe’en today, the opportunity is definitely there to test drive it…

And if you ask me, these colours flock together quite well… πŸ˜›

Ladies, what do you take inspiration from when it comes to makeup?

Tools of the trade…

Ok, so I’ve been mentioning this “fluffy dome brush” in my make up posts a LOT. Well, today I figured I’d actually explain to you what I mean.
For you ladies with a basic knowledge of brushes, I wouldn’t wanna bore you, so click here.

Normally when I think of a tool, this comes to mind…


but, I figured I’d explain the OTHER kind to you…
A fluffy dome brush is one that is extremely versatile, hence I own 5674683264 of them πŸ˜› It gets it’s name from the shape, which is tapered into a dome. This allows for a subtle, smoky wash of colour. They’re usually made of natural hairΒ  (and we remember that natural hairs deposit less colour, than synthetics, right?!? πŸ˜› ) and vary in size from tiny to quite large.

Can you see how the swatched line gets thinner and thinner? That’s because the size of the brush is proportional to the application you’re gonna get. Smaller brush=thinner, more precise line. Larger brush=broader, more diffused line. This was swatched with a pretty dark eyeshadow (Nars), which shows you just how diluted the application can be! These brushes are fantastic for novices and pros alike, as they are very forgiving and hide any mishaps quite well…
Their uses don’t end at eyeshadow either. They can be used to apply concealer under the eyes, highlighter where needed, as well as transculent powder exactly where necessary…

Now, if I could just find a tutorial on these brushes, I’d be set… πŸ˜›

Let me know ladies, was this helpful at all?

Fish out of water

Fish out of water, or more precisely, Magda out of her element. Gold, yes of course. Animal print, not so much. EVER. Well, this mani comes more out of necessity, so to say…
I had a recent Hallowe’en party to attend, and in a pinch decided to go as Snooki! (in retrospect, not too sure if it’s such a GOOD thing that I could pull it off so easily πŸ˜› ) And, clearly, Snooki is not complete without animal print nails…

The base colour I used, Nars Desperado, is an antiqued gold which I’ve sported on its own numerous times. To Jersey Shore it up, I’ve stamped using Bundle Monster plate #221 and Wet n’ Wild Ebony hates Chris. Topped it off with Essie ‘Good to go’…and Voila! And just in time ’cause “cabs are here!!!” (Jersey Shore anyone?!?)…
And for the actual look? Here you go…


I took everything I learned NOT to do in makeup school, and applied it…all…at once…at the same time!Β  Hmmm, maybe next I can post on what it took to de-Snookify my hair πŸ™‚
If you ask me, I’d have to say that it’s the nails that are keeping this look afloat πŸ˜›

P.S. The facial expressions are for two reasons:

1. I couldn’t keep a straight face after I saw the reflection of how ridiculous I look

2. I felt it gave it a genuine Snooki edge πŸ˜›