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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Hey everyone,

first of all, happy holidays to all of you! I hope everyone is having a wonderful time with family and/or friends! Here is the look I did for Christmas Eve, I wanted something sparkly but not OTT, so I went for this rather simple look: Sahara Glitter all over the lid, Quarry in crease and Vanilla to highlight. I lined my top lids with my faithful Manhattan japanese ink liner, and glued on Ardell lashes #116 on top with transparent Duo glue:







Product list
Face: MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15, MAC Studio Finish NC15, PL April's Mix, MAC Desirous, MAC Northern Lights
Eyes: MAC Bare Study, You+Eye Sahara Glitter, MAC Quarry, Manhattan JT, Ardell #116 lashes, Maybelline Expression kohl in white, CG Lash Blast mascara
Lips: MAC Pleasureseeker lipstick, Revlon Punchy Peach liploss

Monday, December 15, 2008

Dark Christmas Look

This week's look is practically the opposite of last week's which was all about white-and-silver-winter-fairy - still festive, but darker and a little more edgy (but not too much. I'm just not THAT edgy!). It was inspired by a random pic in a fashion magazine I came across, and I wanted to do something to match the black hair ribbons and gloves I bought at SIX (the only problem is that the gloves are just a little too large for my hands, but whatever....).

The look employs a new technique for me, so I'll try to give a more detailed description of what I did. The first thing after priming my eyelids was to draw the black lines all along my upper and lower eyelids with a black kohl, so I knew where the other colours had to be placed afterwards. Then I applied Your Ladyship pigment under the line, and Fyrinnae Tapir over the black line up to my crease, then adding some MAC Carbon to blend the kohl line into Tapir. Above Tapir I applied some Heart of Gold with MAC's #219, and as before, used Lenticular to blend Tapir and Heart of Gold together. Some more Your Ladyship was applied in the inner and outer corners, and I added both Tapir and Lenticular below the lower liner very small brush:







I hope my description was good enough - as always, if you have questions, just comment and ask!

Product List
Face: MAC SFF NC15, MAC Studio Finish NC15, MAC MSF Light, Paula Dorf Playmate Cream Blush
Eyes: MAC Bare Study, MAC Your Ladyship, MAC Carbon, Fyrinnae Tapir, Fyrinnae Lenticular, Fyrinnae Heart of Gold, MAC Vanilla, Maybelline Expression johls in black & white, CG Lash Blast
Lips: MAC Mellow Mood l/s, Milani Champagne Ice l/g

And in case you're wondering why my pics look a little different: the face shots are courtesy of the DH and were taken with my sister's Canon EOS 400D and a 100mm portrait lens which is *awesome*!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Daily Deviation!

Hey everyone,

I usually don't post non-make up related stuff here, but I am so happy that I have to share it wih you guys! One of my photographs won a Daily Deviation today on deviantART!!! It was such a big surprise for me, I'd never thought I would receive one! The photo chosen is this one:



This totally made my day!!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Snow Princess

As Christmas is approaching quickly, I felt like doing a wintery look this weekend! We've already had a bit of snow which is quite unusual for this time of year - and I had just dug out this adorable white faux fur scarf, which inspired me to do something really icy

I used Platinum pigment on the lid, Azreal Blue in the crease and Kitschmas up until just under the brow bone to create a little "wintery" rainbow. To apply the glitter, I used my favourite "glue": You+Eye Fixing Gel (I had misplaced this a few weeks ago and just found it again. Yay!). I like this better actually than MAC Mixing Medium Eyeliner, because it's stickier and really makes the glitter stay in place - which is important especially if you use large glitter particles which should NOT get into your eyes! To line, I used catrice liquid liner in Metallic Black both on the lower and the upper lid (with two tails), and finished the whole look with mascara and white eye kohl on the waterline.







Product list
Face: MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15, MAC Studio Finish NC15, Fyrinnae Rice Primer Powder, MAc Shy Beauty, MAC Lucent
Eyes: MAC Bare Study, MAC Platinum, MAC Azreal Blue, MAC Kitschmas, catrice liquid liner metallic black, Maybelline Expression kohl in white, CG Lash Blast, silver glitter
Lips: MAC Petal Lure l/s, MAC Flowerosophy l/g

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Another Archetype Look...

This is the second time I'm using Archetype mineral shadows (www.archetpyecosmetics.com) - I like them because they're really sparkly, multi-faceted and they come in many colours that I like (although some of them are quite similar)! I used them with a wetted brush - Jadite in the inner corner, Daybreak Aeval on lid, Black Dalia in the crease and Katerina on top:

This is the first time I took pics in my new place - and I had a pretty hard time finding some good lighting!








And here are some shots I brought home from my trip to Tenerife last week:








You can see more of my photography at pink-spike.deviantart.com. Hope you enjoyed them!

And I also bought this amazng pair of shoes by Carolina Boix, which I love! They're pretty AND walkable:



Product list:
Face: MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15, MAC Studio Finish NC15, Fyrinnae Rice Primer Powder, Bourjois Rose d'or
Eyes: MAC Bare Study, Archetype Jadite, Archetype Daybreak Aeval, Archetype The Black Dalia, Archetype Katerina, Manhattan JT, Maybelline Expression kohl, p2 Lashes, CG Lash Blast
Lips: Bourjous Rose Mythic l/g

Monday, November 17, 2008

Fyrinnae Endangered Collection

For this look, the two main colours I used are Meerkat and Polar Bear from Fyrinnae's Endangered Collection. Not only are all of those shades stunning and pretty unique, but a part of the sales profit is donated to the WWF to help protect endangered species! So this is really a collection for animal lovers like me :D!

To create the look, I applied Rimmel Cream Shadow in Ice Princess all over my lid as a primer instead of my staple Bare Study. Meerkat (purple with golf flecks) goes into the inner and outer corners, then I wetted my brush slightly and applied Polar Bear to the middle of my lid, blendng into Meerkat. The same pattern is repeated on the lower lid but with a very small brush. Expression kohl in white goes on the waterline, and black goes beneath the lower lashes in a thin line. Finally, I glued on the falsies with Duo lash glue and went over them with Cover girl Lash Blast mascara. This is a pretty easy look!

As for the lips, pictures really don't do the combo justice! It's more colourful and pink in real life, and it has some gold sparkle as well!










Product list
Face: MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15, MAC Studio Finish NC15, Fyrinnae Rice Primer Powder, MAC Afterdusk
Eyes: Rimmel Ice Princess, Fyrinnae Meerkat, Fyrinnae Polar Bear, Manhattan JT, Maybelline Expression kohl in black & white, Lashes, CG Lash Blast
Lips: Rimmel East End Snob, MAC Pink Cabana, MAC Valentine's Lipgelée

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Green Glitter Wings

The idea for this design came to me while I was brushing my teeth - I was wondering, how can I bring bright green, neon orange AND glitter together in one look without it becoming hopelessly loud and garish? And this is my solution:







My first step was to draw the liner on so I knew where I had to place each colour. I applied Kelly Green pigment on my lid and the added some Golder's Green right in the middle and above the crease to give the green some dimension. Then I mixed the glitters with MAC Mixing Medium eyeliner and placed them with a tiny brush in between the black lines, as well as the Neon Orange. After that, I added another layer of liner on top so the lines because clearer. Then I glued on the p2 falsies (aren't they fabulous?? I wish I had bought some more pairs...) and added some more Golder's Green and black liner to the lower lid.

Product list
Eyes: MAC Bare Study, MAC Kelly Green, MAC Golder's Green, MAC Crystalled Lime Glitter, MAC Neon Orange, MAC Chartreuse Glitter, Manhattan JT, Maybelline Expression kohl in black, p2 lashes

Tropical Seashore

This look is meant to resemble the tropical sea, with small waves of sparkling turquoise rolling onto a beach of golden sand... Can you tell I'm up for a vacation :D? I used Pure Luxe Seashore all around my top lid, leaving the mid-lid bare. Then I applied Awakening in the middle and blended the two together. Finally, Dream On was used to deepen the outer corners a little, and Vanilla (the eyeshadow, not the pigment) is the browbone highlighter.














Product list:
Eyes: MAC Bare Study, PL Seashore, PL Sprout, PL Awakening, PL Dream On, MAC Vanilla (e/s), Manhattan JT, Maybelline Expression kohl in white and black, CG Lash Blast
Face: MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15, Fyrinnae Rice Powder Primer, MAC Studio Finish NC15, Stila Lotus, Terra del Sol #7
Lips: MAC Festivity l/s, MAC Bait l/g