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Face of the Day: Classic Smokey

By bailaoragaditana · September 15, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

A few weeks ago, I played around with the Too Faced Naked eye palette, which resulted in the Fashionably Smokey look. I tried the day look but wasn't terribly impressed (it looked just... very natural, too natural for me to consider doing a post on it!), but I thought I'd try out the Classic colors and see if I liked them better. (Spoiler alert: I did!)

As you can see, the Classic Smokey colors are still quite gray in tone like the Fashion colors, but the overall look is much softer. I used Bobbi Brown Black Ink on the outer half of the upper lashline, and then smudged the darkest shade - Unmentionables, a shimmery gray with purple tones - all along the lashline over the liner. Then I used Birthday Suit, a shimmery light beige, all over the lid, up to the browbone, blending out the edges of the gray. I applied Unmentionables to the crease and outer corner with a fluffy brush, blending thoroughly, and then patted Satin Sheets (a shimmering, almost metallic golden pink) in the middle of the lid, all the way over to the inner third. I smudged Unmentionables on the outer half of the lower lashline and Birthday Suit on the inner half, blending them together in the middle, and finished everything off with several coats of Maybelline Falsies waterproof mascara and a good coating of Bobbi Brown Black Ink on the lower waterline.


This, for me, is a much more wearable smokey eye - softer and ever so slightly more natural. I completed the look with an equally soft and natural lipcolor, MAC Tinted Lip Balm in Soothing Beige, which is my ultimate my-lips-but-better product.

I liked this look so much that I even re-created it for my friend's birthday dinner in London on Friday - and got lots of compliments for it, which is always nice!

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Face of the Day: Vintage Me!

By bailaoragaditana · September 2, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Not as in a vintage look, strictly speaking, but a slightly vintage version of yours truly! I'm moving house for the first time in three years at the end of September, so I'm trying to de-stash and clean out my collection a bit (my collection of makeup, my collection of clothes... you wouldn't believe how much crap I've accumulated!). In my adventures through the depths of my makeup bags, I stumbled across an old (and I do mean OLD) friend: MAC Nymphette lipglass! (And my other old fave, Enchantress, and my slightly dire tube of Liquidlast in Point Black).

(Nymphette in the middle - so well-loved that the labels have all come off, but I still know what it is!)

I was struck with simultaneous nostalgia and inspiration. So I decided to re-create the looks I used to wear when I started here on Sugar (my six-year anniversary is coming up, gulp!), using some of the same products! 

Familiar, no?


On my eyes: NARS primer, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash shadow in Beige, the brown from my Clinique Like Mink shadow duo, Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies waterproof mascara, Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel liner in Black Ink (applied with MAC Feline pencil), Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper in Mahogany. 

The black is way harsher/more dramatic than my usual Chocolate Shimmer Ink, that's for sure!

MAC Nymphette: most universally flattering lipgloss of all time? I vote yes! I'd forgotten how much I loved this stuff (and also how bloody sticky it is!).

On my cheeks, for a "natural" glowing flush - my old standby, Benefit Sugarbomb. 

Black eyeliner aside, I think I'd still be perfectly happy to wear this look on the regular. (Unlike some of my other, way more vintage looks! Maybe I'll break out the violet lipstick again when I go home over Christmas...) How do you feel about your old makeup routines? Would you travel back in time and try them out again?

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Face of the Day: Fashionably Smokey

By bailaoragaditana · August 30, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

I was reminded yesterday that - somewhere in my bottomless stash of makeup - I own the Too Faced Naked Eye palette (the original "soft and sexy" one, not any of the followups). It was a birthday present from my sister a few years ago, but I haven't really played with it very much in the meantime.

It has three coordinated sets of shadows for smokey eye looks: a mostly-matte and nude one ("Day"), a pink-and-gray one ("Classic"), and a more traditional black-based smokey eye ("Fashion"). Since I'm trying to shake up my makeup a little bit before I have to buckle down into professional looks again, I thought I'd take the Fashion colors for a spin - they're basically as far from my champagne/gold/bronze comfort zone as you can get! 

After using my trusty NARS shadow primer on my lids and under my lower lashes, and ignoring the instructions on the little how-to card, I used a stiff eyeshadow brush to press a medium-sized line of Stiletto (black) into my upper lashline and the outer half of my lower lashline. With a fluffy shadow brush, I applied Pink Cheeks all over my lid, blending out the edges of the black. I used a fluffy crease brush to apply Lap Dance (which is a sort of shimmery gray-brown with some sparkles) in the crease, and then a small shader brush to apply it all over the lid and on the inner half of my lower lashline. I then went back and added the tiniest bit of Stiletto in the crease, to up the intensity a little bit. 

Want to know the secret to tidy smokey eyes? Put on your eyeshadow before you apply the rest of your makeup! That way you can clean up the fallout without messing up your foundation, and you can use concealer to make sure the edges are right where you want them! 

Also: wait til you're done applying powder products before you add eyeliner and mascara, so you avoid getting your lashes all dusty! I finished this look off with several coats of Maybelline The Falsies Volum'Express mascara (waterproof version) and MAC Feline dipped in a pot of Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel liner in Black Ink.

See? Exceedingly smokey!

On the rest of my face: Maybelline Pure Dream BB Cream in Light; MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15; Kat von D Everlasting Face Shaper blush in Truth; Boots No7 Perfect Light pressed powder in Light; Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper in Mahogany; NARS lipstick in Bilbao. My contacts are FreshLook Colors (for dark eyes) in Green.

On balance, I'm rather glad I gave these gray-toned colors a whirl! They aren't my favorite by any means (I need GOLD, gooooolddddd!) but I don't think they look too bad on me, and they definitely create a striking frame for my green contacts! What do you think?

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Face of the Day: Just Dance!

By bailaoragaditana · April 20, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

It seems like the only time I do interesting makeup these days is for dance performances, so hopefully there will be more opportunities soon... but in the meantime, last night was my dance society's spring hafla - or, time to break out the heavy-duty goods!

It's a little more matte than last time around, and a bit paler too. As a base, I used MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW10 (which I only recently discovered, but it's the perfect pale shade for me and I love it!) and Pro-Longwear Concealer in NW15. I used the brown powder from my new Sleek contouring palette (which I got in Light but probably should have looked for Fair) to contour my cheeks, and then Kat Von D blush in Truth for color, with Boots No7 pressed powder in Fair to finish.

The eyes, as always, were the centerpiece, and as usual, I turned to Urban Decay for lots of color and shimmer. Apart from my trusty Nars primer, I used the Naked 1 palette for the whole look: Sin as a base, then Half Baked in the middle of the lid, Smog on the outer third, and a bit of Darkhorse in the crease. Then I used Virgin as a highlight, along the browbone and inner corner, and to blend. I filled my brows in with Hustle (really! the shimmer isn't that noticeable, and I figured it would be fine for stage makeup anyway!) and smudged under my lower lashline with Smog. I used Bobbi Brown long-wear eyeliner in Mahogany to tightline my upper and lower waterlines, and then added a layer of the late, lamented UD 24/7 pencil in Honey (best gold EVER) under my lower lashline. The whole thing was finished off with a pair of UD Urban Lash in Black Velvet, which is a really lush (but sort of natural-ish?) combination of criss-crossed hairs and bits of black feather.

The lashes were a bit of a pain to take off - the feathers got wet and I had to try and reposition them correctly - but they looked amaaaazing, as you can see. (They were also a bit stiff as it was the first time I'd worn them, but hopefully they'll soften up with further wear.)

I finished the whole thing off with a coat of Tom Ford lip color in Coco Ravish. Amazingly, this face survived a mile-and-a-half walk into town, a performance, and lots of social dancing after, over the course of about six hours, with nary a bit of oil peeking through or even a hint of smudging. (It did take about an hour to apply and ten minutes to remove, though...)

UPDATE: Even though this looks like CRAPTONS of makeup, for a stage performance, it was barely enough! Check out my face in this performance pic: 

I'm on the far right - underneath the power of stage lights and cameras, you can just about see that I have eyelashes and a mouth! My eyebrows need to be bolder, as does virtually everything else! For next time: more eyeliner. More face color. More EVERYTHING.

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Face of the Day: Dancing the Night Away

By bailaoragaditana · December 1, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Last night was my first-ever bellydance performance - and the first time I'd performed any sort of dance onstage since I was 17 (and back then it was flamenco!). It went pretty well, if I do say so myself, but - unsurprisingly - my favorite part was doing my makeup beforehand. (I also did makeup for a few other dancers who had clearly never done stage makeup before in their lives - another favorite thing about performing!)

(This picture makes it look waaaayyyy more subtle than it actually was, FYI. Poor lighting!)

For my base this time, I went with Lancome Teint Ultra 24h foundation in 005 and MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NW15. Blush is Bobbi Brown Desert Rose, and cheekbones are highlighted with Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose Gold. It's all topped off with Boots No7 translucent loose powder.

Next: the eyes! The most important part of any performance makeup, if you ask me! As is my usual these days, I broke out the false lashes - a new pair this time, Urban Decay Urban Lash in Sly. These are shockingly natural looking for how huge they are, and they were SUPER easy to apply - or maybe I'm just getting better? I also didn't have to trim them very much - just one little cluster of lashes off the inner corner.

Urban Decay SLY lashes 

I also dug into my Naked palettes to do the eye look: NARS primer to start, as always, and then a good coat of Snakebite on the outer half of each lid, up to just above the crease. Then Smog in the middle of each lid, and Half-Baked on the inner half, blending the three together. I added a bit of Blackout on the outer corners and blended, and then used Blunt to blend the top edges together, and Walk of Shame to blend out the edges, under my browbone, and at the outer corners (basically to cover up messy edges!). The lower lashline is Half-Baked on the inner half and Snakebite on the outer half. I used Bobbi Brown gel liners to line: Black Ink on the upper lashline (to help hide the fake lashes!) and upper waterline, and Chocolate Shimmer Ink on the lower waterline.


On my brows, I used Chanel's pencil eyeliner (the "automatic" one) to draw my brows in a slightly larger and pointier shape, and fill them in a bit. I followed that up with Bobbi Brown matte shadow in Mahogany, and then Bobbi Brown Brow Shaping Gel in Mahogany to set everything. 

On my lips - Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte lipcolor in Latte. (Lips were really not the focal point of this look, eh?)

Added in my awesome/huge earrings:

And voila: a look fit for dancing the night away!

It took me about 15 minutes (and an oil cleanser) to get this all off at the end of the night, but it was totally worth it - and I can't wait to do it again! But I'm definitely giving my skin a break today - it needs to breathe! Thanks for reading!

Face of the Day: 50 Shades of... Autumn

By bailaoragaditana · November 24, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

You thought I was going to say "Gray", didn't you? (Ha, no, you know me better than that. Me and shades of gray just do not mix, cosmetically speaking.)

So I actually took some time last Sunday morning to do a full, creative face! (GASP, I know!) The basics are the same as always, but I've gone with Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Latte on the lips, and an array of golden-green-brown shades on my eyes.

Shades used (all are Urban Decay's new shadow formula): Blunt (bright gold - all over lid), Bender (green - outer half of lid), Snakebite (bronzy brown - crease), and Walk of Shame (palest beige - browbone). I used MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy dipped in Bobbi Brown gel liner in Ivy Shimmer Ink to line my lower waterlines.

On the lips, as I said, I used Bobbi Brown's new Creamy Matte lipcolor formula - this is over top of Fresh Sugar lip treatment, so it's a bit more glossy than usual; it does dry down to a very very matte finish and I prefer it that way. This shade (Latte) is a warm medium slightly-pink brown, and it's an excellent neutral.

A swatch of Latte below, and my very favorite earrings which I used to complete the whole look:


Final look, with glasses: 

Hopefully I'll be able to do some sort of non-neutral look soon - I have a dance performance coming up which might be a good opportunity to go wild and crazy, so we'll see! In the meantime, thanks for reading!

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Face of the Day: Bobbi Brown Tortoise Shell Collection for Fall (Review & Swatches)

By bailaoragaditana · September 14, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Hello again! I just wanted to share a haul I made a little earlier this summer, the Bobbi Brown Tortoise Shell collection for fall. I bought a limited-edition kit which included a Shimmer Brick and some other goodies, and also purchased the Sand palette and two High Shimmer glosses. I didn't have much of a chance to play with them over the summer when I was  home, due to having chipmunk cheeks, but I thought it was time to play around and offer some impressions of the collection!

(All pictures can be clicked for bigger versions!)

Bobbi Brown Tortoise Shell Collection Fall 2011

The collection includes: Beach Shimmer Brick, Extreme Party Lash mascara (black), Shimmer Lipgloss in Rose Gold, Creamy Lip Color in Toffee (exclusive to this set, as far as I can tell), Longwear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink, eyeshadow palette in Sand, and High Shimmer Lip Glosses in Beach and Bare. There's also a Bronze palette, but it's intended for darker skintones, and from Christine's review at Temptalia, didn't look like something I'd want to try anyway - too much glitter!

Swatches of everything but the mascara, with flash:

Swatches (with flash)

In putting together a look, I used about half of the eyeshadows, and only two of the lippies, but obviously more combinations are possible!

Tortoise Shell final look

Breakdown of the look, many more pictures, and my thoughts on the collection, including a skirmish with the Shimmer Brick, under the cut!

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Face of the Day: Antique Golden-Green Eyes With Stila

By bailaoragaditana · May 17, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

So, as the Spanish phrase goes, lo prometido es deuda. Time to pay up. (I should really know a better idiom for expressing that...) I promised a look with the Precious Pearl palette I wrote about last week, and here you have it. I didn't really know where I was going with it, so this is mostly the result of me patting various shadows on my lids and then blending when I didn't like the result. (Not enough green, and the blue is just underwhelming - plus it mostly served to muddy things up.) Nevertheless, I thought I should share so you can see the palette in action. (And I'll be trying to do this for everything else in my "Exploring the Stash" series, as well.)

Not sure why this angle gives me a massive square jaw. I swear I don't look like this in real life! My new camera just hates me.

Base: Vichy Normaderm ProMat SPF15; Soap & Glory eye cream

Face: Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Alabaster Tint; Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Porcelain (under eyes); MAC Select Sheer loose powder in NC5

Brows: Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper in Rich Brown

Lashes: Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara in Black

Lids: Urban Decay Primer Potion: Stila Precious Pearl palette eyeshadows - green shade on inner half of lid and touched at the outer corners, gold shade on outer half and spread liberally over the lid, dark blue in the crease, and the pale pink as a highlight/blend on the browbone

This angle makes me think of Spanish Holy Week virgins. They all look down and to the side very sadly.

Liner: Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Stash (khaki/olive green shimmer)

(Scary eyes! They have a bit of an alien glow, no?)

Cheeks: MAC powder blush in Tenderling

Lips: Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Sunset Nude

And hey, who says you can't wear glasses and strong eye makeup together? Not me!

Oh, look, it's my teeth! (They rarely make an appearance in photos, and I'm not sure why. Perhaps I should endeavour to show the teeth more, so that my parents won't have wasted all those orthodontist bills for nothing!)

In happier news, I think I have now figured out how to make the ProMat function as a useful makeup base (though when these shots were taken I still hadn't). The key is to not let it dry - you have to apply your foundation or tinted moisturizer while the ProMat is still damp and thus not prone to rubbing off. That discovery has made my life a lot easier, at least when I'm trying to make myself presentable at 7:30 in the morning.

And here concludes my lunchtime bloggery. Thoughts, comments, questions, rotten tomatoes all welcome, and thanks for reading!


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Face of the Day: Bobbi Brown Almost Bare

By bailaoragaditana · May 10, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

So today is Day 4 of incorporating the new Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizer into my routine, and while the results have been absolutely stellar - my best day was Sunday, when I walked 4 miles (round trip) to a friend's house for a barbeque party and looked like I was wearing HD makeup the whole time, not even a hint of shine, and I stupidly didn't have my camera with me, but I definitely spent way too much time admiring my own reflection - I am not pleased with my day cream's ability to play nicely with other products. It says "makes an excellent makeup base" on the packaging, but it really really doesn't. I have to apply super-carefully and work quickly in sections around my face, because once the tinted moisturizer settles even slightly onto the ProMat, touching it again with your fingers or a sponge or brush causes it to come off. (Yes, it's as gross and annoying as it sounds.) But if I can manage to do that, and set it by pressing some loose powder into the skin, then it's good to go, and the finished look makes up for the ridiculousness of the application process.

(I would imagine, however, if you used a creamier base than ProMat, you should have no application problems whatsoever. They're just a result of my skincare routine.)

Base: Vichy Normaderm ProMat SPF15; Soap & Glory eye cream

Face: Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF15 in Alabaster Tint; MAC Select Sheer loose powder in NC5

Concealer: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Porcelain

Cheeks: MAC powder blush in Tenderling

Brows: BB Natural Brow Shaper in Rich Brown

Lashes: BB Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening mascara in Black

Lids: Urban Decay Primer Potion; BB Shimmer Wash shadow in Beige (all over lid); BB matte shadow in Mahogany (in crease)

Lips: BB High Shimmer lipgloss in Bellini

This stuff is *extremely* shimmery, there's loads of little shimmer flecks which are sort of pink, and the result is a very shiny, glimmering mouth without actually getting to the point of glitter (of which I am not a fan). It's perfect for days with plenty of sunshine - it will definitely catch the light - and it's not actually that sticky, which surprised me. It feels almost like I'm wearing a thick lip balm.

And, since I had to leave the house and be able to see things, like books and stuff, here it is with glasses:

See? It even passes for a studious, library-friendly look! (Really the only sort I bother with, these days...) Though maybe not with my pajama top, which brings me to a brief rave about it, because I just got it yesterday:

It has a built-in, very sturdy and supportive shelf bra which actually manages to hold up my (admittedly enormous) boobs without underwire, because, well, sleeping in underwire is just uncomfortable, as much as I love the stuff. Plus it is SUPER cute, with three little heart-shaped (non-functional) buttons and some very flattering ruching, and since it's based on bra sizes, it fits properly everywhere - far superior to sleeping in things that fit up top but nowhere else! Now if only Bravissimo would make it in, say, a green...

Okay, anyway, end rave. I need to stop procrastinating and go do some reading :-P Thoughts, comments, rotten tomatoes welcome, and thanks for reading!

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Face of the Day: Ivy in the Spring

By bailaoragaditana · April 30, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Spring seems to have finally sprung around these parts - this picture is from a week or so ago, when I popped into college to check my mail, and the sun was shining beautifully on all the (now-lively) ivy! Fully coincidentally, I had taken a few extra minutes that morning to play around with makeup, beyond my usual slap-it-on-and-go routine.

(Okay, "playing" in this case mostly means I took the time to use some gel liner, but hey, it's better than nothing, right?)

Brows: Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper in Rich Brown

Lashes: Bobbi Brown No Smudge mascara in Black

Lids: Urban Decay Primer Potion; Chanel shadow duo in Taupe Délicat

Liner: Bobbi Brown gel liner in Ivy Shimmer Ink

My first choice of lipcolor was MAC Viva Glam V, but it felt a little dry, so I thought a gloss of some sort might help.

Enter one of my newest acquisitions, Poppy King for Boots No. 7 lipgloss in Confidence.

Love the polka dots!

I was lured in by the polka-dot packaging, and Poppy's name (since I loved her Medieval Lip Treatment), but I stayed for the formula, which is not-too-sticky and just the right amount of pigment (on the sheerer side, which is my tendency these days) and a teeny bit of shimmer. Swatches with no flash (left) and flash (right):

Layered over Viva Glam:

Base: Simple moisturizer, Estee Lauder oil control hydrator, Soap & Glory eye cream

Face: Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Foundation in Alabaster; MAC Select Sheer loose powder in NC5

Concealer: MAC Studio Fix in NW15

Cheeks: MAC powder blush in Tenderling

I think I need to add more green clothes to my wardrobe, what do you think? (Answer: yes. There is no such thing as too much green. I won't stop until all my clothes are green!)

Anyway, I just wanted that to get out of my drafts folder before next spring, so thanks for reading!



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Bobbi Brown

- BBU and Artist Lip palettes (anyone?)


- Rouge G L'Extrait gloss in Avarice & Luxure

Urban Decay

- Naked Foundation in 0.5

- Lip Junkie gloss in Naked2 and Strip

- Urban Lashes in Hot Number, Black Velvet, and Sly

- Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

- Eyeshadows in Vanilla, Suspect, Kush, Busted, Cobra, Blackout, and Secret Service


- Larger Than Life eye pencils in Rue de Rivoli and Via Appia



Bobbi Brown foundations - Alabaster

Bobbi Brown concealer - Porcelain

MAC - NW15/NC15/Light depending on product

MUFE Hi-Def Foundation - 110 Pink Porcelain

MUFE Velvet Mat+ Foundation - No. 15 Alabaster

Hourglass Immaculate - Porcelain

Chanel Mat Lumière - Rose Clair


All of the makeup I feature here is stuff I have bought myself or played with, or that has been given to me by friends and family as gifts (perhaps occasionally stuff that belongs to my friends, as well). I'm not a professional makeup artist, I've never worked for any companies that sell makeup, I have no connections to cosmetic companies, other than the standard relationship between junkie and dealer, and all opinions expressed in my posts are my own. Should a company, someday in the future, want to give me money or products, I'll be the first to say so, in nice big bold letters. I'll also let you know if I win products, as from the Sugar giveaways. Otherwise, you can safely assume it's all the result of my incurable addiction to beauty products.