From 9 to 5…and beyond!

Well, hello there blog world. I feel like I’ve been absent for eons. Work has kept me occupied and away from providing you with my “two cents”. ( Who knew there were so many people in need of translation?!? A.k.a my day job πŸ˜› ) Since I’m unable to channel my creativity in that direction ( something about “accuracy and fidelity” πŸ˜› ) I figured I’d redirect it over here πŸ™‚ .
A little while ago, you saw me (well, sort of πŸ™‚ ) raaaaave about the Wet n’ Wild here. Well, words aren’t worth much unless there is concrete proof to back them up! And since a couple of you requested a look using this palette, I am merely giving the people what they want..( If you build it they will come? No?!? πŸ™‚ )
Well, let me tell ya, I’ll do you one better! I can honestly say I’m VERY amazed by the versatility of this palette, so I decided to show you two looks: an everyday, more subtle look appropriate for work, and an edgier, evening look for after work.Β  And the beauty ( pun fully intended! πŸ™‚ ) of it is, that you can attain the edgier night look by merely building on the existing day look all from one palette…Bonus!

For this look I primped my lid with MAC Painterly, and then applied the colour labelled “lid” to… the…lid! Next, using a fluffy dome brush, I applied the colour labelled “crease” to the…you ready?…crease! ( with me so far?!? πŸ˜› ) Lastly, I lined my upper lash line with Yves Rocher Waterproof liner in Black and smudged it with the shadow labelled….”definer” ( had you going there for a while, didn’t I?) To finish it off, I applied L’Oreal Carbon Black mascara to curled lashes…all in under two minutes! ( Man, I should do infomercials! πŸ˜› )

For this one, working with what I already had, I applied a smidge (scientifically defined as “don’t overdo it or you’re screwed”) of the “definer” shadow in the crease, and blended it out with a fluffy dome brush.Β  The unbelievable pigmentation of these “definer” shadows makes them apply more like a silky, smooth cream rather than a powder. UNREAL! Next, using any residual shadow I had on the fluffy dome brush, I applied it to the lower lash line.Β  To add a bit of drama (the good kind) I lined my water lines with the same Yves Rocher liner, and threw on a pair of lashes! Voila!

Eventhough, the second look is a bit more fierce, it’s stillΒ  neutral enough that you can pair it with the oh-so-of-the-moment bright lip. Like a bright coral, or even fuschia.Β  But, just keep the blush subtle…otherwise you’re ready forΒ  a whole OTHER profession! πŸ˜›

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Both of these looks were created using the left side of the palette.Β  For my rendition of the right side, you gotta stay tuned! πŸ™‚



All is not gold that glitters…it may be bronze!

As I mentioned here, a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the IMATS show. One of the seminars presented was by Kevin James Bennett, titled “Runway Redefined”. He had recently keyed the Flaguni & Shane Peacock show during NY Fashion week, and mentioned that there was a HUUUUUUGE trend for metallics. ( you can watch the interview here) He then proceeded to give the model a stunning coppery bronze eye. Well, let me tell ya, that man sure knows his makeup! ( not two words I often use in the same sentence πŸ˜› )
Since this is a look I gravitate towards VERY often, I was glad to hear I’ve been au courant this whole time! πŸ˜›
Normally, on days where I feel ‘uninspired’, I reach for MAC Bronze, and top it off with MAC Teddy liner. For my rendition here I decided to kick it up a notch, adding some gold….

Nars Ponderosa Cream shadow-base
MAC Bronze-lid
MAC Woodwinked– inner corner * I think that’s what it’s called πŸ™‚ It’s the same shadow I used here

Coastal Scents Black Gel liner

L’Oreal Carbon Black Mascara-applied to curled lashes

Yves Rocher Waterproof liner in Black-waterline

Lashes-Ones I bought at IMATS πŸ™‚

Fluffy dome brush-application and blending

I like this eye look best paired with peachy-pink blush and a fairly nude lip.Β  Depending how heavy handed you wanna be, it can either be quite subtle or really dramatic…

If executed properly, the sparkle in your eye won’t be the only thing shining! πŸ™‚

So tell me, do you ever take inspiration from the runway?

Seeing things rosy…

It’s Wednesday. I know a lot of you lovely ladies wear pink, but as we’ve seen here I don’t. Can I has pink eye instead? No, not the kind readily spread by snotty first graders! This kind…

MAC Painterly– lid primer

Joe Fresh Vintage Pink-lid colour (are you starting to see a pattern here? πŸ˜› )

MAC Cranberry– crease

Nars Mandchourie (the darker one)-crease

MAC Naked Lunch-inner corner, brow highlight

Yves Rocher Waterproof liner in Black-upper lashline

L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

Andrea 21 lashes

My first endeavours into this new realm of pink happened when i fell in love with MAC Cranberry, and realized how much it accentuates my eye colour. The only word of caution, ladies, when working with anything with red undertones is to be careful when putting it near your waterline. It will immensely amplify any redness you already have in your eye…
The way to make something this bright wearable, as we learned here, is to pair it with a neutral. I used a greyish navy (navy is KINDA neutral, no? πŸ˜› ) in the crease and the bottom lash line. Normally I’m not a big fan of a harsh black line along the lash line, but in this case I think it adds structure to the whole look and anchors it quite well…

Sporting such colourfulness today, the world took on a completely different hue… πŸ˜›

So ladies, are you also feeling adventurous today?