So I've never done one of these things before, but I'm moving house at the end of September, and I'm sort of trying to de-stash a little bit before I do. I have so much makeup just sitting around unused - some of it never even worn! - and it honestly needs to go. I'm based in the UK, so shipping to the EU will probably be fairly reasonable, but I'm willing to ship anywhere as long as the buyer pays postage! (And tracking/insurance if they so desire.) I'll accept Paypal or bank transfer (or cash if you know me in real life and want to collect them in person sans shipping fees!) Drop me a line in the comments and let me know if you want anything! Pictures, prices, and more details under the jump.
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!
So, this may or may not be obvious from the way I do my eye makeup but 1. I am terrible at liquid eyeliner and 2. I am awful at winged eyeliner. And I'm now on a mission to change both of those things. (But one step at a time...)
On Friday night, I had a dance party to go to, so I thought that would be the perfect opportunity to practice my winged liner. I anticipated trouble so my eye makeup went on well before the rest of my face!
In order and all over a base of NARS primer: Bobbi Brown Black Ink on upper lashline (applied with a pencil), UD Busted (from the Naked 2 palette) on the upper lashline, smudged over Black Ink; UD Smog on the outer half of the lid, to the browbone; UD Half Baked on the inner lid, up to the browbone; UD Blunt on the browbone as a blending/highlight color. I decided it needed more depth and added a bit of UD Darkhorse in the crease. Then I smudged Smog and Blunt along the lower lashlines, added several coats of Maybelline the Falsies mascara (waterproof), and a nice coating of Black Ink on the lower waterline.
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!
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?
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?
As you may know, I've become something of a bellydance aficionado (geek?) over the past few years. I recently spent a week at a dance summer school (which was AMAZING), and have started a performance course which will culminate in (gulp!) a solo this winter! I've also made lots of friends in the dance community, some of whom do not have nearly as much makeup as I do (unsurprising). Like any good junkie, though, I always love helping others with their makeup, and when my friend Rasha Nour (who writes an excellent bellydance blog here) mentioned that her new costume colors were well out of her makeup comfort-zone, well... let's just say I can never back down from a challenge like that!
This is the costume in question:
Lots of lovely fuchsia and some bluer purples - a fabulous costume, I'm sure you'll agree, but how to match it in eye makeup? That turned out to be a question for my trusty Bobbi Brights palette! I made liberal use of the purples and hot pinks, as well as a few MAC purples, a pale shimmery pink for the highlight color, and some black gel liner, and we ended up with this:
Perfectly matched, and well-suited to stage or social dancing! Mission: accomplished!
We have to stop meeting like this! I keep promising myself I'm going to actually do some blogging and then it just never happens (or when it does, OnSugar deletes my post because it has Naked in the title... and I lose all the text and images and get really grumpy). ANYWAY. I have some catching up to do, is the point, and since it's getting chilly again here in England (yes, it's still August; no, that doesn't seem to matter), I thought it would be a good time to change up my nail game and try out some deeper, warmer colors...
I snagged these two bottles of Sally Hansen Salon Complete Manicure polish in Haute Chocolate (which is a shimmery warm plummy/burgundy brown) and Pennies from Heaven (a warm, metallic orangey copper) and went for my trademark moon manicure - seriously my favorite look to do, and it's super easy to do freehand, which my lazy self appreciates greatly! In addition to loving the colors (which I am going to be wearing TO DEATH over the next few months), I'm really impressed with the formula - both colors were entirely opaque in a single coat, and they're not really prone to streaking at all. I used Butter London Nail Foundation and Hardwear top coat, which should keep this look in place for a few days (or until I go swimming, which is guaranteed to ruin my nails, sighhh).
What are you doing with your nails for the new season?
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...)
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.
I've been meaning to put this together for a while now, just to share these goodies - my go-to Special Occasion Makeup now. The colors are fairly predictable for me: eyeshadow quad in Cocoa Mirage, lip gloss in Pink Guilt, and eyeliner in Metallic Mink.
When I was home over Christmas, my best friend pointed out something that I hadn't even noticed - Cocoa Mirage is quite literally an EXACT dupe for my beloved Bobbi Brown Chocolates palette from a few years ago (the eye shades, anyway). Metallic Mink is pretty much a dupe of my holy grail MAC Teddy eye kohl pencil, and Pink Guilt is... the same color as half of my lipglosses (UD Naked and Bobbi Brown Rose Gold are two I turn to frequently which are basically the same beigey-pink-with-gold-shimmer combination). Unique they are not, but they make up for it with their quality and the luxurious look and feel of the packaging. (Also, I've just remembered I have a Tom Ford lipstick somewhere but I don't feel like digging it out...)
Sorry about the wet hair! The base is my usual - Bobbi Brown Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer in Alabaster, Bobbi Brown blush (I think Desert Rose here?), Boots No7 pressed powder, Bobbi Brown brow gel in Mahogany, BuxomLash Waterproof mascara. I've used all four colors of the eyeshadow quad.
Hello, all! While I'm waiting for my post on Urban Decay Naked Nails to be liberated from the spam filter (... yeah, I think I ran afoul of the tagging system), I thought I'd share one of my other holiday goodies! I don't think I've posted about my Tom Ford stuff before, but I've picked up a couple of things the last few times I've flown out of Heathrow (otherwise I'd have to go to London to get them, but this way they're duty free!). On my way home at Christmas, I snagged an eyeliner and also this awesome Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Pink Guilt:
I'm sure that this will come as a total shock and surprise to every one of you, but Pink Guilt is a bronzy-pinky neutral shade with flecks of gold shimmer. (SO UNLIKE ME.) It's not sticky, and while I'm not a huge fan of brush applicators, the color and formula are definitely worth the extra hassle.
And with a full, otherwise natural face (I skipped eyeshadow and only used primer):
I have a few other Tom Ford goodies that I want to post about (and a little comparison with a much-beloved and discontinued product), but that's all for now! Thanks for reading!