Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review: Maybelline "Master Precise" Liquid Liner.




Liquid eyeliners and I are not the best of friends. My eyes are small in proportion to my round fat face so if I apply a slightly thick line on my top lid they shrink even more and make my face look even rounder. But the thing is that I luuuurvve the look of liquid eyeliner, especially when it comes to perfect wings. How I wish to be one of those girls that walk around with perfectly symmetric black wings! I've decided that I will make an effort to try to be like one of those majestic creatures. After watching a billion (OK, more like 35) winged eyeliner tutorials on YouTube and reading a ton (OK, more like 50) of reviews on liquid eyeliner, I've come to the conclusion that one must possess two things: a good eyeliner, and a steady hand. The later is achieved through lot's of practice, which takes time but is still manageable. The former though... well that's a tough one. There are SO many types of liquid eyeliner out there that promise things, but don't really deliver. I've decided that I'm going to test out as many as I can and let you know which ones are worth your money. Today we're going to talk about the Maybelline "Master Precise" Liquid liner. 




Type:

It is a felt tip liner, aka it's a marker. Drawing on your face with marker is actually quiet nice!

Application:

The tip is pretty fine, so you get to make thin lines (perfect for people with small eyes like me). The only annoying part is that tip doesn't get as much "ink" as the base. It ends up drying out a bit by the time you're finishing up with the eye look. I wish it had a button that would replenish it like those white board markers!

Tip/Control:

The tip of the brush is fine, but as I mentioned it doesn't get as much ink as the base. This isn't a problem when you first get the liner though, so you get to play around with the thickness of the line. The tip is also not too flexible but not too hard which I found to be the perfect balance to go along the lash line to create the right line shape for my eyes. 

Staying Power: 

Very impressive staying power even without setting it with a black eyeshadow. It doesn't smudge around by the end of the night, although after around 10 hours I did notice it faded in some parts... which honestly is fine with me since after 10 hours most of my makeup doesn't look too fresh.

Finish: 

Not too shiny, not too matte. The exact finish I look for in a liquid liner,

Conclusion: 3.5/5

It's a great felt tip liner for a beginner to work with, it's easy to use, affordable and does the job. If your winged liner game is strong though and you want to try more fancy looks... the tip drying out part might be a problem for you so I wouldn't recommend it too much..




Which liquid eyeliner do you use?

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Please note that I'm a liquid liner beginner and do not have the skills of the majestic eyeliner fairies.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tutorial: Rainbow Polka Dots!




Remember the rainbow nails from my "A Lady in Pearls" post? Tutorial is finally here! You're going to be so shocked at how easy it is guys, SO EASY! The only requirement really is a dotting tool.

What I used:
Barry M "Black", H&M "Blue", Dali "green", Dali "Coral", China Glaze "Ruby Pumps", Sally Hansen "White On", Seventeen base coat, Seche Vite Top Coat,  and a dotting tool. 

Steps:

  • Apply your base coat, and base color (black).
  • Make white dots across your nail (I like to make them in a diagonal line so it's not a random print, but you can go for the random look). If you're using a light base color then you can skip this step!
  • On a paper or plastic plate add drops of your rainbow colors, R.O.Y.G.B.I.V. (my dots were too big to include the I and the V...)
  • Go over the white dots with your rainbow colors in order (Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet). 
  • Apply top coat and voila! 




If you try out the design, don't forget to send me a pic!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

"No Makeup" Makeup Look With 5 Products



I sometimes post some dramatic looks on the blog, you probably think I put on that sort of makeup everyday. The truth is on most days I can't be bothered with anything; I wake up 40 minutes before work begins and rush to get ready with no time to put on paint on my face. If I have 2 minutes to spare, I go for a "no makeup makeup look". The perfect look for lazy days where I need to look alive but really don't have time or can't be bothered. All you need are the following five products for your whole face, these products can be altered based on your personal needs and preferences.

1) CC Cream (BB Cream/tinted moisturizer/light foundation) Chanel CC Cream "Beige Rose"

Something quick, easy to blend, which will fix up the major "flaws" on your face and even out your skintone. If you have crazy dark circles under your eyes and no blemishes, substitute this with concealer.

2) Bronzer , Chanel Les Beiges "N40"
I use a big powder brush to go over my whole face to give it some color and dimension. If you have particularly oily skin and don't need more color, then I'd suggest going for a tinted powder to set everything while still giving your face a "glow".

3) Mascara, Magali "4D Fantastic"

No substitutes here, mascara is probably the most important step for a quick (or any) makeup look. I've been using this mascara by the brand "Magali", it was a gift with my makeup remover. I had no expectations from it and was considering giving it away to someone, but then I gave it a try. Oh my lord, it's fantastic! It's perfect for a natural but bold look, if that make sense. It's a brand I've NEVER ever ever heard of, and it's made in Lebanon... but it's freaking awesome!

4) M.L.B.B. Lipstick (My Lips But Better), Rimmel Lasting Finish Color Rush "Drive Me Nude"

A quick lipstick that can be applied without a mirror and will give your lips just the right amount of color. I also use this lipstick as my blush, I love double duty products (will do a post about it soon!).

5) Not black eyeliner, Bobbi Brown Kajal "Storm"

Whether it's a brown or a grey eyeliner, I love just dragging it along lightly on my bottom lashes and smudging it out, it really opens up my eyes. It's not dramatic like a black eyeliner but gives your eyes natural definition.





What are the products you use for a quick everyday makeup look?

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Final Days of Summer



Dress: H&M / Jacket: Somewhere in America / Shoes: Payless / Clutch: Sarah's Bag "Manoushe" / Necklace: Miss Selfridge /  Ring: Cera Barr via Raghunter / Hair Bow: Hoss Intropia /  Lipstick: Covergirl Jumbo Gloss " 235"/ Sunglasses: Chinatown LA

Yes, I'm aware it's technically not summer and that we're in September, but it sure as heck doesn't feel like it's autumn! It feels like we're at the final days of summer where the weather is not so hot and humid but still warm and sunny. Call it summer or autumn, if the weather this year is anything like last year...  it's going to feel like summer almost up until Christmas *sigh*.  Either way I'm over my summer wardrobe and I seriously can't wait to get into my comfy sweaters, start layering and put on my new boots!



My favorite part of summer was probably wearing maxi-dresses. They're effortless and comfy... the epitome of the laid back feel of the season. After showing you guys my monochrome maxi dress, I thought it was time for me to show you my royal blue one from H&M. It's a little long, and I've been meaning to get it shortened for TWO months now (woops). Until I do finally get it hemmed, wedges and heels are the answer. These wedges are from agggggesss ago, they're from Payless and are super duper comfy (as all wedges should be). As for the clutch, well it's a special item. Sarah's Bag released this clutch some time last year and I was obsessed with it. I added it to my wishlist and I managed to get my hands on it a short while later. It's in the form of a Manoushe (Lebanese breakfast pizza?) and it's SOO realistic that EVERY.SINGLE.TIME people look at me like "how did that girl take out her phone from the food item?". It's hilarious and a great conversation starter! If you have a hard time mingling with people, I recommend you invest in this clutch because people WILL talk to you, it's like magic.









Do you have a statement item that works as a conversation starter?


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