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Party Silver Glitter Nails - A Manicure Tutorial

Saturday, December 31, 2011



Hi Guys,

I did this manicure for New Year's Eve. It is my last girly touch for the last day of  2011. This is extremely easy to achieve, everything is explained in the video.

I think this is still easy to pair with a simple outfit. I will probably wear a black dress, so this silver nails and the little black dress will match perfectly. When you have something very girly like this, I think this is preferable to wear something more neutral and when you wear something neutral, to jazz your outfit a little bit with some glitters! This is again the only period of time that you can wear whatever you want, so let's do this!

I hope you will like this tutorial and see you next year!

xoxo

Flo






Products I used:
















Royal Deep Blue Makeup Tutorial For Asian Monolids, A New Year's Eve Look.

Friday, December 30, 2011



Hi guys, 

I created this look for New Year's Eve. This is first time I used bright blue eyeshadows and I ended up with this look. I think this is the best and almost the only period of the year to express your creativity with makeup, so why go without!

I am generally not a big fan of bright and especially cool colors but this one, to my mind, stays subtile and I hope still chic.

Other than than, I also used drugstore products only (almost, appart for eyeliner and lips but you can easily find drugstore products for that), which is also something I don't experience too much because the quality is not really the same but I found some tricks to make my eyeshadow pop because those ones are normally quite hard to work with. I think they are great if you are very patient because to have to put several layers to achieve something correct.

The full makeup tutorial is here, in this video!



This is a demo, to show you how this look completely change everything! My eyes are so small without makeup...


And this is the final look that I LOVE! I like the combination of this royal deep blue and the brown eyeshadow and these lashes, my god, it is so feminin! For me who dont have any length or volume, this is like a miracle.

 


For cheeks, I used a Elf blush, which has a orange coral tone because this color compliment perfectly blue shades.


For lips I used a combo that I love: A Buxom pencil/lipstick in New Orleans which is a pretty pink/orangy color and a lipgloss on top from Jouer Cosmetics, in Wind.

For this look I think it was important to add a little pop of color, still discrete, on my lips because when you wear such a powerful and intense makeup on your eyes, it can also washed out your face.

Why a pink/orange color? Because when you look at the chromatic wheel, this is a nice trick to create the right combos, you have in front of the blue color, and orange/yellow color.



Which is interesting with fake eyelashes, is that it create for us, monolid girls, bigger eyes and creates also a little crease. For those who are not pleased with the monolid, it can be the solution!




I love those lashes!


Some close up pictures for more details!




I hope you will like this look!


List of the products mentioned:




Face

Concealer: Sonia Kashuk
Loose powder: The Body Shop 01
Sigma Foundation brush: Round top kabuki brush F82
Sigma Concealer brush: Precision Round p82
Sigma Powder brush: Tapered brush F25


Eyes


Eyeshadow palette: Elf 32 eyeshadow palette
False eyelashes: From pretty and Cute #41

Lips

Gloss: Jouer Cosmetics in Wind








Revlon Lip Butters Review, Swatches & Test

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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Hi everyone,

First of all, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was a little bit sad because I could not go back to France with my friends and family but fortunately hubby and Ulysse were there and we finally had a great time, full of love, good food and Santa was very nice to me! I will show you some of my make-up related gifts very soon.

So, today, I have a huge post about these famous Revlon Color Burst Lip Butters. Few weeks ago, all the big Youtube beauty girls raved about this new lipstick, I immediately became skeptical because too much advertising always hide something. As I always say, big trends tend to disappear as quickly as they arrived... 

I wasn't very interested by these Lip Butters because I first thought they were only tinted lip balms and not really lipsticks. The name is quite misleading I think. But I went to Walgreens the other day and they were there, waiting for me with a huge 30% rebate and $1 off more and with all this hype and this constant advertising (robots) , I finally get 6 of those for half the original price because who wants to spend more than $7 for a tinted lip balm? 



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I finally picked up 6 shades, from neutral tones to very bright ones. The range is large but I don't think that all the colors are nice, especially those white/pinkish colors or white/beige tones. 

I thought they were tinted lip balms but I was wrong, they are lipstick with a strong moisturizing effect. I tried them all and I really think they are all good but I still don't understand such a rave. I can't see something revolutionary. They are just simple lipsticks with an extra dose of "butter".

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They are really hydrating for lipstick but they won't replace your chap stick because they don't last too long on your lips. You constantly touch-ups your lips to keep a beautiful and even color.

For those who like bright colors but who are a little shy to wear them, I think these lipsticks are made for you. As the coverage is light to medium for some of them and rather sheer, it is buildable and easy to wear for everyone.

Other than that, I really like all the shades I chose because it goes from neutral colors to very intense so that it goes with all kind of outfits or moods or seasons, really convenient!

Now, there are all the swatches and tests!

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Candy Apple has some orange undertones.

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This is my new hair color! A cool medium brown. I like it, it is much more natural...I was almost blond!

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Cherry Tart has some subtile and tiny flecks, but almost invisible. 

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The packaging is cute!

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Lollipop is a bright fuchsia color and I love it! It is a bit iridescent, some blue/purple undertones.


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Sweet Tart is a pretty baby pink. I usually don't wear this type of color but this one is really cute and for a baby/barbie pink, it is not too girly I think.

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Pink Truffle is probably the easiest color to wear. It is a neutral pink nude color that gives you a fresh look.

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Sugar Plum is still a neutral color but a bit more intense. Love it! It is perfect for girls with natural dark lips. It gives you a subtile and elegant touch.

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 ♡Overall & Verdict: 

♡♡♡♡/5

♡Pros: 

+ Good hydratation
+ Large range of colors

♡Cons: 

- A bit sheer but still buildable
- A bit expensive for drugstore products, more than $7












Massive Mac Haul: Eyeshadows, foundation, lipstick, etc...

Friday, December 23, 2011



Hi guys,

Few days ago I get this massive haul from Mac. It is also a part of my Christmas presents, so yeah this is HUGE!!

I purchase a little bit of everything and I was particularly very exited about the eyeshadows because I heard so many good things about them. I was always swatching them at Mac stores but I never purchased anything until now because of the price, so Christmas was the right occasion to get some of those!

I also get a pretty lipstick, something cute, a medium pink/brown shade, Creme in your coffee, a foundation from their new line which is supposed to match your skin tone, I also get a red lipliner, because I always wear red lipstick. I wanted to change a little bit and I bought an eyeliner, this is waterproof of course because I hate eyeliner that smudge. I had a sculpting powder to contour my face and a shaping powder to emphasize the volumes. To finish, I put my hand on a Mineralize skinfinish natural powder to set my foundation and to give me a matte finish.

The video below will show you everything in details!





This is a medium pink/brown lipstick. I like it because it is not to far from my natural dark lips. I love the shade, it gives to my lips some definition, this is completely natural and such a pretty fall shade, perfect for everyday life.





As you can notice, I have a chubby and round face, that's why I purchased these two sculpting and shaping powder. Moreover, my asian features are very prominent, my face is very flat. This kit will help me to give some dimension to my bone structure.



I had to return the shading powder because it came broken... I will put some pictures as soon as possible.
But overall, I like the texture. The powder is very fine, easy to blend and buildable, which is great because I am not a big fan of harsh lines around the nose area!





I wanted to change a little bit because I am currently using a loose powder which is quite tricky to use and quite dirty because the powder goes everywhere.
I like that it gives me a nice matte finish and set and fix my foundation. It have a medium coverage, so I can also use it to cover some of my freckles!




This foundation is supposed to adapt your skin tone "using translucent pigments to enable a fully personalized finish". It has a demi matte finish and this has a medium coverage.  
I can't say that this the best foundation ever because I have been trying this for only 2 days but I can already say that I like the matte finish, my skin doesn't shine even after few hours and it doesn't crease around the nose area. I still need some touch-up throughout the day but it has a good oil control which is great for my oily T zone and doesn't dry my cheeks.


I used it this morning and I like the matte finish. I choose the shade #2, I am NC 20/25 and it match perfectly my skintone.



Matchmaster 2 swatch



I get a Pro Palette quad that you can customize so that you can pick up the perfect combination!

This is a soft beige with shimmer with a satin finish. This is the perfect shade to highlight your brow bone and to open up your look just applied in the inner corner.

This is probably one of my most favorite eyeshadow. This has a matte finish and this is a soft muted plum/brown color. 
I love to use it to give some depth and definition to my flat monolid. It can be used on its own and for those who have a crease, this is the perfect crease color.

No need to say more about this color. If you already know me a little bit, you know that I am a big fan of this type of color.
This is a taupe with silver shimmers.

This is a minimal pink with shimmer and it has a frost finish. This is a beautiful all over the lid color.
Quite close to "Sin" from Urban Decay.









This selection is warmer than the other one.

Grain
This is a golden beige with icy shimmer, this has a satin finish. It is darker than Shroom but it also goes on my browbone or in the inner corner of the eye as an highlighter.

Wedge
 This has a matte finish, this is a soft muted beige taupe. It is as Quarry a pretty shade for the crease of for us monolid girls, a nice color to sculpt and give to our eyes a 3D effect.

Sable
It is a gold/plum with bronze pearl and this has a velvet finish. This color is gorgeous and subtile.

All that glitter
It is a beige with gold pearls, this has a veluxe pearl finish. This is a pretty color for all over the lid. I love the name and again the color is subtile and chic.






Overall, I love the large range of colors that Mac has for their eyeshadows but I was quite surprise to notice that the pigmentation is not so intense as I thought.
It is strange because when I swatched them in store, it was really good but with my brushes I would say that the pigmentation is medium/low and for some of them, especially the lightest colors, it doesn't show up at the first time. I had to take 3 or 4 time for these swatches...I think it is probably because the pans are brand new and I still need to work a little bit more on them. I will see. Have you already experience that?



I like it because it glides without any effort, it's a pure black, it doesn't crease nor smudge, the only negative point, the cost! $14...really expensive but it is so much more better than some of my high-end brands that I have, especially my Smashbox pencil that cost $20 and which is bad!


Lip pencil: Redd

I haven't tried it it but I am pretty sure that I will like it. I already have a Mac lip pencil and I LOVE it!
This will be perfect for me because I have uneven lips and I often wear red lips. It is so feminin and glamour!





Lit of the products mentioned:


Foundation: 


Powders:

Eyeshadows:

Eyeliner:

Lipstick:

Lipliner:



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