July 31, 2010

I saw this quite some time ago and can't remember which blog I saw it in. Thought it would be a fun tag to do. Feel free and copy and paste in your blogs and add your answers :)

If I were a month, I’d be August

If I were a day of the week, I’d be Saturday.

If I were a time of day, I’d be 9:00 p.m.

If I were a planet, I’d be Venus.

If I were a sea animal, I’d be a cat.

If I were a direction, I’d be North East

If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be a fluffy afghan.

If I were a liquid, I’d be a Shiraz wine.

If I were a gemstone, I’d be an Amethyst

If I were a tree, I’d be a cedar.

If I were a tool, I’d be a makeup brush.

If I were a flower, I’d be a red rose.

If I were a kind of weather, I’d be sunny and 25deg.

If I were a musical instrument, I’d be an Spanish guitar.

If I were a color, I’d be light blue or lilac.

If I were an emotion, I’d be excitement.

If I were a fruit, I’d be a red apple.

If I were a sound, I’d be a breeze you hear through the trees.

If I were an element, I’d be air.

If I were a car, I’d be Corvette

If I were a food, I’d be a spicy tacos

If I were a place, I’d be the the Rockies

If I were a material, I’d be velvet.

If I were a taste, I’d be spicy.
If I were a scent, I’d be Chanel Chance Eau Tendre.

If I were an object, I’d be an antique pandora box, lol!
If I were a body part, I’d be the brain.

If I were a facial expression, I’d be a toothy grin.

If I were a song, I’d be La Tortura (Shakira).

If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be a pair of zebra print heels.
What would you be?

11:28 AM

July 30, 2010

Hey guys! I'm leaving for TO in t-2 hours and thought I squeeze in this blog post featuring Chanel Pink Teaser glossimer. I friggin love this lip gloss; it's a gorgeous pink with baby gold shimmers mixed in. It looks 100 times better in person. If that is possible, Pink Teaser is my fave glossimer (and I love all my glossimers). I paired this look with peach and burgundy eyeshadows which are my fave on my eye colour.

Let me know what you think. And run don't walk to your nearest Chanel counter and grab a Pink Teaser and see for yourself ;)

Neutrogena Dry Touch SPF45
MUFE F&B #32
Ben Nye powder
X-Rocks blush

Rubenesque p/p - base
Jest e/s - lid
MUFE #49 - crease
Smoke Signal p/m - outer v
Expensive Pink e/s - outer lid
Blanc Type e/s - highlight
Gosh Funky Violet e/l - to line

Chanel Pink Teaser glossimer





July 29, 2010

I'm in the process of packing for this long weekend's getaway to Toronto. As usual, I hate packing, especially when it comes to makeup. I always end up over packing too, lol!

I thought I take a break from running around and make my entry to Michelle from Lipstick Rules! contest. She's celebrating her 500th post by having a contest that includes posting your typical blog post. For me that 's my FOTD face, in which I tend to smile, I don't really dig my serious face. I also tilt my head slightly, no idea why! Here's my entry:


I love the whole experience of blogging; show casing my random makeup combination, discussing beauty topics and meeting many amazing fellow bloggers. What is your favourite part of blogging?

Hope you all have a great long weekend! What are your plans?

July 29, 2010

Yesterday's look involved using my neglected sample of Subtle pigment and jazzing it up with Lise Watier Saphire eyeglitter (one of my fave shades). I like the result but I should have waited a bit more for the glitter to dry. I have a bit of glitter rubbed onto my lid from my lashline, oh well!

I'm so happy it's Thursday already. I have tomorrow off and we're heading to Toronto for Caribana. We're meeting with a lot of the friends we haven't seen for a while so good times will be had. This is being a great summer in terms of fun social activities, seems like they never stop.

Neutrogena Dry Touch SPF45
MUFE F&B #32
Ben Nye powder
Nars Sin blush

Painterly p/p - base
Subtle p/m - inner lid
Blue Brown p/m - outer lid
Embark e/s - outer v
Blanc Type e/s - highlight
Solar White e/s - tear duct
LW Black Teal e/l - lower lashline
BB Cobalt Ink g/l - to line
LW Saphire g/l - over Cobalt Ink

High Top l/s




July 28, 2010

I got a call from my Chanel counter that their Fall 2010 collection so I was there as soon as I got out of work. Now, if you read my post on fall collections I was lusting after here, you know how excited I was for this. I've become a total Chanel fiend and really enjoy their products. I will be doing swatches and review of these at a later date, thought I just show you my pretties for now :D

I picked up three items for now, look at them sitting in their pretty boxes:


and everything nicely laid out:

Enigma quad - this gorgeous quad is my first Chanel quad. All colours are very pigmented and a must have for a smokey eye lover like me.

Paradoxal nail polish - this is a complex taupe shade that has some purple shimmer in it. I cannot wear to rock this on my nails.

Pink Teaser glossimer - I'm a huge glossimer fan and this is perhaps the most gorgeous shade of glossimer I've even seen. Beautiful pink with gold shimmer, yummy!

Have you picked anything from Chanel recently? What are some of your Chanel fave products?

July 28, 2010

This is the look I wore yesterday, seems like I'm a day behind in blogging every single day! I love contrasting shades on upper and lower lashline. Some of my fave combos are: bronze shades on lid, teal on the lower lashline, golden shades on lid, purple on the lower lahsline and this look: pinks and burgundies on lid and green on the lower lashline. I did the line super thick to make the green very apparent and I'm not sure I like that part of it.

Hope you guys like this look. More blog posts upcoming.

Neutrogena Dry Touch SPF45
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - Medium 1 (Punjab)
Ben Nye powder
Stark Naked bpb

Fresco Rose p/p - base
Ego e/s - inner lid
Heritage Rouge p/m - outer lid and crease
Smoke Signal p/m - outer v
Blanc Type e/s - highlight
MUFE aqua cream #22 - base for lower lashline
Emerald Green p/m - lower lashline
Smashbox Heartbreaker l/l - to line

MUFE 16C l/l
Pink Nouveau l/s





July 27, 2010

I was fussing around this morning trying to decide what to do with my face in a rush when I thought of this discussion topic. Are there any products that have changed your beauty lives for better? Here are some of mine:

1. MAC Painterly Paintpot - I don't have oily lids but my eyeshadows would crease after 4-5 hours before I discovered this product. I used to just use concealer but Painterly is perfect. It holds everything for me and I stay crease-free until I take my makeup of (usually over 10 hours).

2. Makeup Forever HD Foundation in shade 118 (Flesh) - you've probably heard me rave about this product before but since I feel that flawless skin is the first step to great makeup, a great foundation makes my life changing list. In summary, I get great coverage and colour match from this and it photographs amazingly.

3. Lancome Hypnose mascara in Black - my lashes are my favourite feature and even on my non-makeup days, I like to show them off. As I alreday have fairly long and thick lashes, I need a good volumizer mascara and I have not found one better than Lancome Hpnose mascara in Black. This is hands down the best mascara I've ever used and it gives me the drama I'm looking for.

4. Orly Smudge Fixer - this is one of my fave products ever as I'm pretty clumpsy when I apply my nail polish. I like to change mine every other day so I apply it fast and I make a mess, lol! Orly Smude Fixer does an awesome job of fixing all that in a blink of an eye and a little goes a long way.

5. Morrocanoil Hair Mask - This product is amazing if you're hair is a little on the dry side. I have fine and wavy hair but a full head of them and my strand get weak especially in the winter. I use a teaspoon of this product in the shower once a week and it's a miracle! My hair feels much softer and I'm seeing less breakage.

What are some of your life changing products?

July 27, 2010

Hey guys! I finally used my Later pigment which I bought with MAC Alice + Olivia release. I love purple smokey eyes so that's how I wore this pigment. This is the look I sported to casual night out with some coworkers at an 80's themed club on Sunday. We all had a blast but seeing I'm getting old (I'm 28, lol), I'm still tired from going to bed at 1 am and then having to go to work the next day, haha! Do you guys feel like you can't party in the middle of the week anymore if you're over 25? lol!

Anyway, I quite liked this look but the pics don't really show how smokey this was! Hope you guys like it too :)

Annabelle Mineral foundation - Barely Beige
Nars Desire blush

V GPS - base
Later p/m - with mm on lid
Stars n Rockets e/s - inner lid
MUFE #75 - crease
NYX Black e/s - outer v
Vanilla p/m
Blacktrack f/l - to line
Pure White c/l - to line
Lacome Hypnose mascara

In Synch l/l
YSL Nude Beige Rouge Volupte





July 26, 2010

Hope you guys all had a fabulous weekend. Our plans changed slightly for Saturday as the boat we were going to rent was broken so we went to a water park instead. In the evening, I attended one of my good friends (from highschool) birthday party. We had an amazing time with her and danced our way till 4 am. She had booked us all a VIP area and bottle service which is always nice.

Here's the look I wore in the evening. Please don't mind my red neck and chest area. I got burnt pretty bad during the water park visit though I was wearing SPF45 :/ and oh the chlorine in the water is probably what made my eyes look a lil red. Hope you like this look though, I did some bolder liner and red lips, which is my signature glam look.

Lise watier Portfolio - Light
Nars Sheer Glow foundation - Medium 1 (Punjab)
Ben Nye powder
Nars Laguna bronzer
Nars Orgasm Illuminator

Painterly p/p - base
Blanc Type e/s - all over lid
Copperplate e/s - crease and above
Solar White e/s - highlight
Print e/s - outer v
Smoke n Diamonds e/s - outer lid
Blacktrack f/l - to line
Lancome Hypnose mascara
Feline e/k

Annabelle Flame l/l
Port Red l/s
Love Alert d/g



And here's the outfit. Dress is from Bedo and shoes and clutch are from random boutique in Montreal.

July 26, 2010


I thought of making this post to talk about some of my own makeup application tricks. As`you all know I'm not a trained makeup artist but I do love makeup and thought I could share what I do and what works for me (and most likely will work for you).

1. I use a gradient shade to blend in my highlight into my crease 90% of the time. My most used shade is MAC Wedge which is a light taupe colour. You could also use Soft Brown but I prefer Wedge on my neutral to cool skintone.

2. Speaking of skintone, always pay attention to your undertone. When you wear the wrong shades for your undertone your skin can look sallow, while the right shade will give you a natural glow.

3. I always tightline when I do a smokey eye or with any type of dramatic lining. For the makeup newbies, tightlining refers to lining your waterline with a black khol pencil. If you skip this step, the eyes will look unfinished compared to the dramatic/smokey makeup you have going on. My signature product is MAC Feline which is soft and super dark.

4. I use a matte highlighter on my browbones perhaps 95% of the time. I'm not a fan of how shimmer highlights photograph. The only exception is when I wear all matte shades on my lid. My product of choice is MAC Blanc Type e/s.

5. When in doubt, I wear shades that bring out my eye colour. I find the eyes to be most ppl's best features so I focus on them. For my hazel eyes, I like to use shades of plum and burgundy or any warm toned purple.

6. I always set any liquid foundation with translucent powder. Even the best quality foundations last longer with powder. I don't like to use coloured powdered though as I find it makes skin look cakey and I don't dig that on me. My holly grail setting powder is Ben Nye Translucent Powder.

7. When I'm applying my foundation, I always sweep what ever is left over on the brush on my lips as well. I have very pigmented pink lips and this will help erase them a bit to show my lipstick colour better.

8. I love pigmented lip glosses and always were them with a complimentary lip liner. Use the lip liner to line and fill your lips and then apply the gloss on top. This will prevent the liner from bleeding and give it a polished look.

Hope you guys find these helpful.
Please add your own application tricks and tips to the comments.

July 24, 2010

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I'm sure you guys have heard me countless times rave about the Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks, but they are seriously so lovely. One of my faves is Orchidee which is a lovely light red coral shade. It's totally appropriate for day time and a good introduction to red lips for those who are scared of the shade.

I paired it with soft golden eyes and actually got a lot of compliments on my look. I still believe that more neutral looks are more flattering on me even though I love playing with colours (and do so often). Hope you guys like this :)

Neutrogena Dry Touch SPF45
MUFE F&B #32
Ben Nye powder
Nars Gilda
BB Nectar Shimmer Brick

Cash Flow p/p - base
Stila Jeweled palette - gold shade on lid
Nars Bali e/s - crease
Wedge e/s - above crease
Blanc Type e/s - highlight
Blacktrack f/l - to liner

Mouth Off l/l
Chanel Rouge Coco Orchidee l/s



I think the colours show better with flash:


July 23, 2010

This look is from yesterday when I was wearing a pastel pink top so I decided to wear girly makeup. I love pairing gold and pink and that is just what I did. I also had a relatively stress-free day in the office which is a rarity these days so I was quite happy.

Hope you guys like this look and have a lovey weekend. We're still waiting on tomorrow's forecast to see whether we can have this lake trip or not.

Neutrogena Dry touch SPF45
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - Medium 1 (Punjab)
Ben Nye Powder
Nars Desire blush
Pearl blossom bp

Painterly p/p - base
Goldmine e/s - inner lid
Illegad Cargo e/s - mid lid
Cranberry e/s - outer lid
MUFE #9 - crease
Solar White e/s - highlight
UD Baked 24/7 - lower lashline
Microviolet f/l - to line

Nars Roman Holiday l/s
Underage l/g - jut a bit in centre of lips





July 22, 2010

Hey everyone, hope you're starting a great Thursday. I'm pumped about the end of this stressful week as my weekend is full of fun plans. We're going a lake about an hour away from here and also attending a b-day party on Saturday night (with VIP room and bottle service).

For today's blog poll, I wanted to ask your opinion on tanning. If you recall, about a month ago I made a post about my annoyance with my natural tone and how I wanted to be tanner for the summer. You can read the details here. I put a stop to my taning bed visits a couple of years ago and now I found a self tanner that works for me so I'm finally a happy camper :D

Where do you guys stand on this issue? Do you like to tan in the summer? What is your preferred method (natural tan, self tanning products, tanning beds)? Or do you just hate getting darker?

12:10 PM

July 21, 2010

I have a tiny sample of the Pro Green Brown pigment and wanted to do a quick look with it this morning. I've been working too much again, starting early and finishing late. I really feel like it should be Friday already! I'm starting a site visit at 6 am tomorrow morning.

Oh well, here's the look. Sorry for the lack of creativity in these looks. I need more energy to think better. Hope you like this in the meanwhile.

MUFE F&B #32
Ben Nye powder
Nars Deep Throat blush

MUFE #22 (emerald green) aqua cream liner - base
Rated R e/s - inner lid
Green Brown p/m - outer lid
Espresso e/s - crease
Nars Bali e/s - outer v
Blanc Type e/s - highlight
Smashbox Heartbreaker l/l - to line

Lollipop Lovin l/s
Sock Hop l/g



July 20, 2010

This is a quick look I put together for work yesterday. I woke up super tired and could not think of anything very creative to do with my face so silver and teal will have to do. I must say Bubblegum lipstick was my fave purchase from MAC. But I like it even more now that I have a summer tan, the lilac pink shade really stands out more.

Hope you guys are having a great Tuesday. Sorry about the picture quality it was a very cloudy day and this is the best I could get out of my camera.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - Punjab (Medium1)
Ben Nye powder
Azalea Blossom

Greenstroke p/p - base
Silverthorn e/s - inner lid
Birds n Berries e/s - outer lid
Plumage e/s - crease
Your Ladyship e/s - highlight
BB Cobalt Ink g/l - to line

Bubblegum l/s
Shift to Pink l/g



8:18 PM

July 19, 2010

Essie's summer collection sold out at my Trade Secret within a day so I never got to see any of it when it first came out. I found the collection at a different Trade Secret last Friday and grabbed the last bottle of Haute as Hello. This is a gorgeous pinky coral polish that to me is almost neon in finish. The fiery coral shade almost reminds me of Chanel Genial Rouge Allure lipstick which I adore. The formula is on the runny side though and you will require 3 coats to get an opaque finish.

I've been admiring Haute as Hello on my nails all day, lol! Here's a swatch for you guys:


Do you own Haute as Hello? What do you think of it?

July 19, 2010

Hey guys! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. As I mentioned in my previous post, we spent most of the weekend in Montreal as a common friend was visiting from Germany. It was an awesome time to be in Montreal as the Just for Laughs festival was going on as well as a tone of sidealk sales and performances all over St-Catherine st and Latin Quarter (a.k.a the Village). We spent the day showing the friend around and partied it up at various clubs on Crescent at night.

This is the look I sported during the day as I didn't want to be fussed with too much makeup. Swelter slimshine (LE) is a great summer alternative to red lipstick as it's almost like a coloured lip balm.

Neutrogena Dry Touch SPF45
MUFE F&B #32
Ben Nye powder
Eversun bpb

Rubenesque p/p - base
Blonde's Gold p/m - inner lid
Cocomotion p/m - outer lid
Esspresso e/s - crease
UD Covet 24/7 - lower lashline
Annabelle Brown e/k - to line

Swelter s/s



and then for the night I added more bronzer and put on Chanel Super RA over MUFE 16C l/l. Here's a pic of yours truly from the night:

July 17, 2010

Happy Saturday guys! Hubby and I are leaving for Montreal for a night of partying and bar hoping but I thought I drop in an blog about a great giveaway. Jen over at Love of Beauty is Taste, The creation of beauty is Art is having a fabulous giveaway with awesome prices to thank her 500 followers. I've known Jen for a while now through Specktra and she's a sweetie and an amazing makeup artist. Be sure to check her giveaway here. Oh, and here's a picture of the first price:

Hope you all have an amazing weekend. Will try to share FOTD and pics from today's trip tomorrow night or Monday the latest.

July 16, 2010

I have been a makeup lover for a very long time. I enjoy searching for the next best product, coming up with cool colour combination and applying makeup to my face or friends and family. I have been asked by employees when shopping at MAC or Sephora if I wanted to work there quite frequently. My friends and coworkers also always ask if I will ever consider doing freelancing. I always tell them no.

Here's the thing: I LOVE my stressful, competitive and challenging job as a mechanical engineer in the construction industry. I went to school to do engineering and this is what I like to do as a career and see myself getting far in. Makeup for me will always be a hobby. I do not want it to be more than that as my job is already taking over my 40 hours work week, lol! Also, I think it's unlikely that I will ever make the same kind of money as an artist, you know? I would have to be bored with my career (which seems unlikely, I learn something new every day). And even so the only beauty sector I think I'll be interested in is the decision making part, lol! Like I would decide what the next MAC collection will look like, as opposed to working as a MAC makeup artist at the counter. That would be pretty cool :D

I do feel like I'm one of the few who feels that way. Most other makeup lovers I speak to aspire to work as a makeup artist or already are one.

What is your position on this? If you're not already a paid makeup artist, would you like to become one? If you are an artist, do you think this is what you will do for a long time to come? I'd like to hear all your opinions :)

July 16, 2010

I always forget about my Velvet Moss e/s! I have no idea why coz I absolutely adore this colour and think that the name is bang on. The colour is a moss shade and the texture is velvety smooth. I decided to add a gold fade to this shade and liked the outcome. Gold and green are always so divine together, I just didn't want to do a boring placement. So I placed gold above green. Let me know what you think.

Neutrogena Dry touch SF45
Annabelle mineral foundation - Barely Beige
Cantaloupe blush

Greenstroke p/p - base
Velvet Moss e/s - lid
Goldmine e/s - crease and above
Creme de Miel e/s - tear duct
Naked Ebony stalk - dark green shade on outer v
Blanc Type e/s - highlight
Gosh Moss e/l - lower lashline
BB Ivy Shimmer g/l - to line

Nars Sex Machine vmp
She Loves Candy l/g



July 15, 2010

Hey guys! I'm still feeling sick so today has not been the best day, but blogging shall go on, lol! It's still pretty hot here too, so I have no idea why all of the sudden I'm craving fall makeup. It might be the heat exhaustion!

Fall is my favourite season for everything beauty. My favourite shades to wear are vampy and deep shades like burgundy, black, blood red, navy and deep purple. I was a semi-goth as a teenager and I guess I never really left that behind. I've been browsing Temptalia site for fall collections and Chanel and Nars collections really appeal to me so far:

1. Chanel Les Contrast de Chanel

Isn't the promo pic stunning? This collection includes some nice and dark e/s and surprisingly bright and summary lip colour. You can see the whole colour story over at Temptalia but I have my eyes on:

- Enigma quad: this quad of smokey shade is just yummy looking. It has the potential of being my first Chanel quad
- Cassis e/l - this is a plum shade and I don't say no plum. Best colour for hazel peepers IMO
- Paradoxal - a gray violet nail polish? sign me up!
- Taupe Gris e/s - I love me some taupe!

2 Nars Fall 2010

Just drooling over that purple e/s in the promo pic. First thing I'm picking up! Lucky for me Nars rolls their LE products into their perm line and Chanel's fall stuff will be mostly perm. I want:

- Daphne e/s - the hottie purple shade. I adore Nars pigmented eyeshadows
- Mangover e/s - looks like a yummy yellow
- Tzarine e/s duo - peachy and charcoal goodness

Are you already looking forward to fall? What makeup collections are you most excited about?

July 15, 2010

Hey guys, we're having another heat wave here in Ottawa. I'm really getting tired of this, I actually want to be out and be cold, lol! I especially hate the humidity which makes my hair big, ugh! Anyway, I wanted to do a coral and pink eye as I thought it would be appropriate in the summery day. I loved how it turned out, I also couldn't help it and did coral cheeks and lips, oops! Hope you guys like it. Oh, and please take part in today's poll as well.

Neutrogena Dry Touch SPF45
Annabelle mineral foundation - Barely Beige
Nars Gilda blush
BB Nectar shimmerbrick

MUFE #5 aqua cream liner - base
MUFE #5 e/s - inner lid
MUFE #26 - outer lid
MUFE #92 - crease
Graphology e/s - outer v
Melon p/m - inner crease and tear duct
Blanc Type e/s - highlight
Designer Purple p/g - lower lashline
Smashbox heartbreaker l/l- to line

Mouth Off l/l
Nars Niagara l/s
Perenial High Style l/g






July 15, 2010

Happy Thursday everyone! I did some shopping this past weekend and this week and bought exactly what i'd gone to the mall for and nothing more. I think I have much more luck with shopping when I'm on my own.

I'm usually a very "people" oriented kinda girl; I enjoy working with others, I'm always in the middle of 10 conversations,.... But when it comes to shopping, I can think better when I do it alone. I read in few magazines that it's better to go with friends and rely on their opinion. I definitely don't agree with that. I trust myself best with what looks best and what's already in my closet than anyone else. if I go shopping with friends, I end up buying nothing, lol! Coz I always feel a bit forced.

How about you guys? Do you tend to shop with friends or solo?

July 14, 2010

I picked up Going Casual creamsheen glass and I'm in love with the texture. I have no idea why I waited so long to pick up my first creamsheen glass. This lipgloss looks gorgeous on top of pinks like Snob and St Germain. I'm a big fan of Snob (on my second tube) so this gloss was definitely a welcome addition. I love how softly it applies and the fact that it's not sticky at all.

We had a company wide BBQ today by the beach so I kept the eye makeup pretty light. There was about 80 of us at the beach and we had some amazing food followed by playing with frisbee and a game of volleyball. We were at the beach till it started to pour and we had to divert then.

Hope you guys are having a great day. For those of you who love creamsheen glasses, what other shades do you recommend?

MUFE F&B #32
Ben Nye powder
Stark Naked bpb - I have not worn this blush in a minute and forgot how gorgeous it is!
Pearl Blossom bp

Cash Flow p/p - base
Gorgeous Gold e/s - inner lid
Vanilla p/m - mid lid
Amber Lights e/s - outer lid
Blanc Type e/s - highlight
UD Baked 24/7 - lower lashline
Nars Bali e/s - to line

In Synch l/l
Snob l/s
Going Casual c/g