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Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas 2009

So I had a really bad make up day today and screwed up not one, but two looks I had intended to do for the blog! I wasn't really inspired and so I decided to better wait until I come up with something worth painting. In the meantime, I would like to share some pics from Christmas with you :)

On the weekend before Christmas, we had an insane amount of snow here (well - at least for us, as it only snows about once every winter!) - so much that we had to wait until the next day to catch a train back to Cologne. Here's the view from our back and front windows:





Unprecedented amounts of snow!


Ice flowers forming on our window panes at about -10°C!



Most of the snow had already melted again before Christmas Eve, but some remained and we actually had a white christmas - the last time I've seen this must have been more than 20 years ago!

Holiday magic - our living room just after Santa Claus left all the presents :)



I got the cutest teapot from my parents!


And here's what I got for Christmas:
  • "tea for one" teapot
  • cute pink mitts
  • "Love Actually" on blu-ray
  • "Maskerade" by Terry Pratchett
  • Price & Kensington tea pot & mugs in pink with white polka dots
  • Angel of Music shirt
  • fluffy mint-coloured bath mat
  • hairbrush
  • perfume "Daisy" by Marc Jacobs
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid
  • Bloch cardigan in black for ballet training
  • plush octopus
  • "Pirate Latitudes" by Michael Crichton
  • and a shitload of warm socks for my cold feet!





This is the most whimsical hairbrush I have ever seen ♥!

"Phantom of the Opera - Angel of Music" t-shirt

My husband was given a "Bikini Bottom" Monopoly:



Yes, our Christmas tree decoration involves manatees.

1001 ways to use an octopus.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Vivid Holiday Look 2009

Hey everyone,

sorry for not posting in some time! Last weekend I did Christmas shopping and preparations, and the weekend before was filled with 3 ballet performances which kept me quite busy :) But now Christmas is here I hope things will slow down a little for me. I am on holidays until Jan 4 and I brought quite a few bags of make up with me to my parents' house where I am spending the holidays - so expect a few more looks to come :)

This is the holiday look I created for Vivid Cosmetics, a Canadian make-up brand with which I am collaborating. Leah sent me one of their palettes to create looks with it, so all colours used are from their Eye Shadow Palette. I just added a little NYX glitter from the Glitter Cream palette to glam it up:








Product List:
MAC Bare Canvas, Vivid Cosmetics Spectrolite, Pitchgreen, Sulfur and Ice, NYX glitter, CG Lash Blast, Maybelline Expression kohl in white, essence Glamour lashes
*Note: This palette has been sent to me free of charge.*

Happy Holidays to all of you ♥!!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Surreal Mermaid

You all probably know I have a weakness for all kinds of aquatic colours - seafoam, turquoise, mint, you name it. And the most beautiful in my opinion is Surreal by MAC,that gorgeous seafoam shade with a subtle gold shimmer. Besides, I've been wanting to try the "fishnet" technique for some time, so I took this wonderful opportunity :)

I started with the fish scales pattern by applying MAC Surreal and Meadowland on top of stretched fishnet tights so the scale patters reflects subtly on my skin. The I applied Surrwal to my lids as well as Plumage in the crease and Platinum to highlight the inner lid. The lashes I found at Claire's, they're very long and very feathery! On the lower lid, I'm wearing p2 Lengthening lashes cut into singles. I also glued on some iridescent rhinestone drops to create a kind of "fishtail" in the outer corner:










Product List
MAC Bare Canvas, MAC Surreal, MAC Meadowland, MAC Plumage, MAC Platinum, MAC Vanilla, Manhattan JT, Maybelline Expression kohl in white, Claire's lashes, p2 lashes, CG Lash Blast, essence rhinestones

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Violet Duchess

I've been ill since last friday, so I try to make good use of my time and paint a little :) Nothing too complicated, but I was feeling like some blue/purple combo today. The lid was done with MAC Lovely Lily and Violet pigments, and the crease is MAC Cool Heat, Lime Crime Duchess and Pure Luxe Turquoise Aura. The liner essence Pretty Cool is feathered out in the outer corner and I added some teal sequins for that glamour touch.







My eye colour is not real in these pics of course! Brightness and contrast were adjusted in PS.

Product List
MAC Bare Canvas, MAC Lovely Lily, MAC Violet, Lime Crime Duchess, MAC Cool Heat, Pure Luxe Turquoise Aura, MAC Vanilla, MAC Gesso, MAC Azreal Blue, essence Pretty Cool liquid eyeliner, p2 lashes, Maybelline Expression kohl in white, CG Lash Blast

Monday, November 23, 2009

Moonlight

Inspired by essence's Moonlight collection, which in turn was inspired by "New Moon", I created a look that's part vampire, part arabic-inspired to complement my new NYX lipstick in Violet Ray. Hope you like it! I don't often wear dark or blue-based lipcolours but Violet Ray is so pretty - it's very pigmented but still glides on easily and doesn't dry out my lips...











Product List
Face: p2 Perfect Face Base, MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15, MAC Studio Finish in NC15, Pure Luxe Translucent Matte, MAC Honour
Eyes: MAC Bare Study, Zoeva 88 Mattes palette, essence Moonlight glitter, MAC Vanilla, MAC Nightfish fluidline, NYX lashes, Maybelline Expression kohl in white, CG Lash Blast, essence rhinestones
Lips: NYX Violet Ray

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Banana Mochi

I did this look yesterday using the Zoeva palette and Fyrinnae's Banana Mochi. I also applied the yellow beneath my eyes but I wouldn't do that again - at least with a shimmery shade. Hello undereye circles!! And I also forgot to bring my really small brush so the crease gradation went up higher than it was supposed to be. Oh well :) The inner lid as brightened applying a tiny amount of MAC White pigment on top of Banana Mochi:







Product List
MAC Bare Canvas, Fyrinnae Banana Mochi, Zoeva 88 Mattes palette, MAC Nightfish fluidline, Rival de Loop lashes, CG Lash Blast, Maybelline Expression kohl in white