The Vamp: Smoky Eyes and Dark Lips (plus suggested drugstore alternatives to high-end products used!)
The Makeup Police like to say “Don’t Pair Strong Eyes with Strong Lips”. Well, it’s true that doing it wrong can make you look quite tacky or worse, tarty. But that’s not to say ALL strong-eye-strong-lip combos don’t work.
One trick for getting it to work is to stick with darker, more neutral tones. So instead of a bronze brown, use a dark sooty brown. Instead of scarlet lips, go with a dark plummy-red. Instead of bright blush, use bronzer/contour and just a touch of very soft pink to liven up the face. This creates an almost sepia, film noir effect.
But just to keep you from looking overly goth (unless that’s your intention), avoid too much matte powder, and keep the skin texture radiant with a dusting of champagne colored highlighter around the outer edges of the face, including cheekbones and brow bones.
(Do note you should use whatever base, concealer, powder, brow and lash product you own and are comfortable with! I’m offering cheap alternatives only for color products.)
Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum 52
Concealer: The Body Shop Concealer Pencil 02
Powder: Clearlast Powder in Medicated Ochre
Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 Pencil in Grey
Guerlain Ombre Eclat 187 L’instant D’une Soupir (alternative: dark brown shade in Wet n Wild Knock On Wood Trio or Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Dark Chocolate)
Liner: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner in Black Ink 1 (alternative: Maybelline’s Gel Liner or Master Drama Pencil would work just fine, as will Milani Liquif’eye in Black)
Mascara: Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara (Maybelline Great Lash)
Contour: Chanel Bronzer Universal (try The Body Shop Matte Bronzer Compact in any shade that is appropriate for your skintone, or any existing contouring powder you like)
Champagne Highlighter (cheeks & center of lids): Addiction Cheek Powder in Brilliant Princess (alternative: my top pick would be Wet n Wild Rose Champagne Gold because it’s got a bit of flattering warmth to the golden-champagne tones but it’s only available in the US, so if you reside elsewhere, any shimmery golden-beige highlighter you have will do!)
Soft pink blush: MAC Well Dressed (alternative: NYX Angel blush)
Dark red lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Desiree (alternatives: I couldn’t find a 100% dupe, so here are a few depending on your preference. Revlon Super Lustrous Black Cherry is slightly deeper, Maybelline Color Sensational Red Revival is a more intense red, L’oreal Color Riche Intense Plum is probably the closest)
Note on contouring/highlight/blush: I like to apply contour first, then highlight, and go in with blush last, because that last step helps blend out and soften the highlighter so you don’t look TOO shiny.
You love your mom just the way she is—but it may be time for her to get an update in the scent department. What better time than Mother’s Day to help her out? Our handy flowchart makes finding the right one easy. HOLLY SIEGEL, KELLEY HOFFMAN & ARIELLA GOGOL
Any good daughter would be prepared with an explanation for how they found such a perfect perfume for Mom—and “because your jeans are too tight” may not be the best answer. Read on for more information about the fragrances featured above.
PRADA PRADA CANDY
Benzoin, a plant resin, seeds sensuality and insouciance.
MARC JACOBS DAISY EAU SO FRESH
Bubbling rose reveals an exhilarating space of lush fancy.
BOND NO. 9 I LOVE NEW YORK FOR MOTHERS
Sumptuous jasmine captures the feminine spirit with lighthearted warmth.
VERSACE BRIGHT CRYSTAL
Magnolia and peony entwine with lotus flowers to invite chance happenings.
DIOR MISS DIOR
Orange blossom, freesia, patchouli, and jasmine infuse lively elegance.
VIKTOR & ROLF FLOWERBOMB
An overdose of rose exudes the sultry power of captivation.
JIMMYCHOO EAU DE PARFUM
Luminous orchid lends glamour an ever-fresh, modern touch.
LANCÔME LA VIE EST BELLE
Iris and jasmine envelop freedom in structured complexity.
DOLCE&GABBANA POUR FEMME
Jasmine and orange blossom erupt in a study of sensory contrasts.
GUERLAIN LA PETITE ROBE NOIRE
Crystalline rose blooms with a blend of enigmatic poise.
Some things just make me think of 20s vamps and silent films.
#TomFord White Patchouli and Black Orchid eau de parfum
#AnnaSui length & Separation Mascara
#Chanel Joues Contraste blush, Le Black loose powder, and Rouge Coco 21 Rivoli - technically they wore carmine red, not dark lipsticks, in the 20s
THINGS THAT ARE MORE BALLER THAN BATH BOMBS PART 12:
Lush Cacas: All-Natural Henna Hair Dyes
So, i’ve finally hit the point where I want to share this one with everyone. Lush’s Henna Dyes are the reason that I know what Lush Cosmetics is, and thus, I have a seriously emotional connection to them because I never would have found my calling if it wasn’t for this incredible product. ANYWAY, sappy explanation aside, henna dyes are one of the absolute best things you can do for your hair. In the universe.
Henna is an all-natural hair dye that is healthy for your hair. That sentence alone is like WHAT OHMYGOD THIS IS REAL?! But it gets better from there. Our dyes use the full henna leaf as opposed to using powdered henna, which often contains metallics, which are terrible for your hair. All this block is made of is natural henna and cocoa butter and a few little extra spices to give it a nicer scent.
Our hennas come in 4 varieties: Caca Rouge (a bright, vivid red), Caca Marron (auburn red/brown), Caca Brun (a deep chestnut brown), and Caca Noir (deepest black). Each one lays on top of your hair’s cuticle, wrapping around it rather than injecting straight into it like chemicals dyes do. This means that you will get an exceedingly natural looking color, since it lays on top of your natural color and tints it to dye it, rather than completely changing the color itself. It is safe to use on top of chemical dyes after about 2-3 weeks of the chemical dye being on your hair, and it is safe to chemically dye over after, again, 2-3 weeks. Though I promise, you’ll never want to unless you’re going for a color we don’t offer; these dyes make your hair look, feel, and smell incredible. The cocoa butter base ensures a deeply moisturizing treatment for your hair in addition to changing the color, and henna helps to strengthen your hair!
To use these babies, you simply take however many blocks (the hennas are separated into 6 blocks per package) you need:
Short hair: 1-2 blocks, usually 2
Medium length: 2-4 blocks
Long hair: 3-6 blocks
Once you separate the blocks, pour boiling water over them and let them break up and mix with the water until it is smooth and brownie-batter-like in consistency. Then pile it on your hair just as you would regular hair dye! You can leave it on as long as you like, but after 2 hours your hair can no longer really absorb color so typically that’s the longest I leave it on for.
Henna never ceases to make me feel like a queen. The color it gives you is always bright and vibrant, and it makes your hair so soft and strong and beautiful :) I get more compliments on my hair than I can even explain, especially at work, and no one can ever tell that I’m not a natural redhead (I’m pale and very Irish looking, which helps, but my natural color is dirty dishwater blonde). I cannot say enough about the hennas, I really truly love them, and honestly, a hair dye that makes your hair healthier?! What more can a lady ask for?
Blush: Peri Pera Smile Fit Blush #3 (this is a Korean brand and probably hard to find outside Asia; try MAC Well Dressed)
Eyeshadows: Givenchy Le Prisme Yeux Quatuor 72 Midnight Look
Eyeliner: Givenchy Magic Khôl in Black
Mascara: Givenchy Noir Couture Waterproof mascara in 2 Purple Velvet (you can always use a regular black)
Lips: MAC Lipglass in Cultured
P.S. don’t forget the Givenchy Tea Party in Sephora Ion this coming Saturday! I’ll be doing a demo of a smoky eye look and dishing out some tips, so those of you in Singapore - do stop by between 2-5pm!
There are going to be a few changes on my blog. I am really getting in to makeup photography therefore you’ll see more of that. I also want to post swatches of beauty products etc. But you’ll see more of that on my instagram and blogspot.
Birchboxis a monthly beauty sampling subscription service that costs $10/month!
Birchboxis one of my favorite subscription services because I find myself actually using and loving everything (or almost everything) I receive! I’ve discovered many new brands from this sub!
Another reason I love Birchboxis their INCREDIBLE point system! For every item in your box you review, you receive 10 Birchboxpoints, which is equal to $1 in the Birchboxstore. These points add up since you can get $5 or more worth of store credit each month!
I loved how they played with everyone’s names this month on the shipping label! I got “The Clever Priyanka Patel”
Each box comes with a card detailing which products were chosen for you and how to use them!
I tried so hard not to peek online but I failed..again so I knew what I was receiving!
I’ve never used shaving cream before, I usually wax myself but on lazy days when I do shave, I use conditioner. I’ll definitely put this to use because I’ve been super lazy with waxing lately lol!
Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris Fragrance
This sample doesn’t say how much fragrance is in the container so I can’t estimate a price. However, I am not a fan of this scent. I’ll definitely not be using it but I’m sure my mom will find it to her liking!
This cleanser is vegan and paraban-free! It’s supposed to nourish your skin while cleaning it and it’s great for all skin types! I’m definitely excited to try this product out!
Noir Cosmetics Long - Wear Eyeliner - Full Size!! (I think lol!) $15
This was the product I was super duper excited for! I am a huge eyeliner junkie! I love love love trying new eyeliners! I’m already a huge fan of this one! It’s so smooth and super dark! I’m definitely putting it to the test on my first day of school, which is tomorrow!
This month’s Birchbox was great! I’m in love with 3/5 items I received and the other two will be given away. I paid $10 for this Birchbox and received around $37 worth of products and once I review all 5 items on the Birchbox website, I’ll receive $5 store credit!
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