April 30, 2012

Hey lovelies! I hadn't worn colours on my eyes in a while and being in Mexico last week, my makeup was even more minimal. I went bare faced (of course not including sunblock) during the day and wore cream bronzer and a bright lipstick for the night.

However, I was inspired by the blue and teal of the water to do this more colourful look. It goes well with my newly acquired tan too :D Hope you guys enjoy it.

Pro Longwear foundation - NW25
Eversun bpb (LE)
Sunspill loose bp (Pro)

UDPP - base
MUFE #22 aqua cream - base for lid
Lise Watier Marin e/l - to cut crease
Nars Rajasthan duo - teal side in the crease
Crest the Wave e/s (LE) - inner lid
Rated R e/s (LE) - mid lid
Biogreen e/s (Pro) - outer lid
Inglot teal e/s - above crease
Blanc Type e/s - highlight
BB Ivy Shimmer g/l - to line
Cargo swimmable e/l - aqua shade on lower lashline
Lancome Definicils pro mascara

Lollipop Lovin l/s (LE)
Flurry of fun l/g (LE)



April 29, 2012

Hello beauties! Sorry for the 10-day absence from the blogsphere but I just got back from a week long vacation with hubby.

We decided to go on what people call a "babymoon". As in a nice relaxing vacation before bebe is born. We chose Mayan Riviera after some research and had a truly amazing time during our one-week stay there. We stayed at a 5-star resort and spent time relaxing by the pool/beach and also went on an excursion including climbing temples of Koba, swimming in a cenote and visiting a Mayan village.

Hubby and I had visited Dominican Republic and Cuba as part of our trips to the tropics before and we both agree that Mexico and especially Mayan Riviera is our favourite destination in the area.

Here are a few pictures from the trip:

Hubby and I on our first day at the beach.

Me and my 22 weeks preggo belly at the resort.

from this angle the preggo belly is not visible. But you can see how my waistline is gone :(

Dinner time, I love all the colours I saw in Mexico. Came back very inspired makeup-wise.

One of the temples at Koba. I managed to climb it despite my preggo belly :D

Mariachi night at the hotel. This was our favourite performance.

I would say the only thing I didn't like, was that I got badly sunburnt despite being very diligent with my regular application of SPF 70, booooo! One the burn marks on my chest is still there now since day one and STILL hurts to touch :'(

Hope you guys had a great weekend. The following posts are upcoming this week:
- Blog sale update
- Tropical inspired makeup
- Road to Maternity - Update #2
- Latest favourites - makeup, hair and skin products

April 19, 2012

I bought MAC Runway Red the second time it was released and had my doubts about it. I just have sooooo many red lipsticks that it was weird getting yet another one. Though after I came home with it, I realized I don't have an exact dupe for this lipstick, so I'm still happy :)

I paired the classic red lips with soft shimmering eyes with double liner and contoured cheeks. Hope you like the look.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua - BR20
Ben Nye powder
Pink Cult blush (LE)

Painterly p/p - base
Chanel Regards Ombres (LE) - white shade on lid
UD Naked e/s - crease
UD Buck e/s - outer v
UD Virgin e/s - highlight
Added Goodness f/l (LE) - used for double line
GA Eyes to Kill mascara

Inglot red l/l
Runway Red l/s (LE)



April 18, 2012

Hey beauties! I know spring is here and by now most ppl are now wearing their pastels and brights, I still want to wear dark lips a little longer. For me they're always in and always classic.

I used MAC Kirch mattene from Cult of Cherry collection. It's a darkened wine shade with brown tones that's surprisingly workable full on or just as a stain. I also did sparkly eyes with Chanel Illusoire Illusion d'Ombre. I like how easy this product is. I just patted it on with my fingers, added highlighter and I was set.

Hope you like this look. I liked my outfit today too but most of the time I'm too lazy for outfit pictures. Kudos to those of you who can do it every day :)

Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation - Buff 4C
Nars Copacabana Illuminator - mixed with with foundation
Ben Nye Powder
Stark Naked bpb

Chanel Illusoire Illusion d'Ombre - on lids
Blanc Type e/s - highlight
Vanilla p/m - tear duct
Lancome Black Art Liner - to line
Marcelle Big Lashes mascara

MUFE 13C l/l
Kirch Mattene



April 17, 2012

Hey beauties! I thought I organize my pregnancy posts into bi-weekly updates and try to mostly (lol) separate them from the beauty posts this way. I've seen various bloggers do pregnancy updates and I've come up with my own version.

First, here's the growing bump at 21 weeks (5 months and 1 week):


Baby Gender: girl

Total weight gained: 4lbs so far. But my body shape has changed completely! I barely have a waistline anymore and for the first time in my adult life, I feel like my belly's gonna catch up to my boobs!! I still fit into all my clothes (I wear size 8) though.

Baby movements: booo.... I can still not feel the baby move. I saw plenty of movement on my ultrasound but somehow I can't feel her yet. I've heard it's common for first time moms to not feel any movement till week 22.

Symptoms: I have mild backaches which are pretty annoying when I sit at my desk all day. My boss has limited the number of my site visits so I'm a prisoner of my cubicle :( I also need to use the restroom at least once during the night. On the positive side, I've been told I have a great mommy glow and my hair is growing faster and is even fuller than it was before.

Cravings: I finally started to have cravings! I'm liking Pepsi, black Peruvian olives and ice cream these days.

Mood: pretty good these days. I eat and sleep well and have started to plan ahead for the baby. Also we're leaving on vacation this Saturday which I'm really looking forward to.

Accomplished this week:
- the room which will be the nursery is mostly cleaned up now and ready for painting
- I registered for prenatal classes for July
- received all my HR paperwork for mat leave and now gotta sort through them
- signed up for a few online baby coupons and samples
- started serious research for my birth method. Currently reading Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth. I'm leaning towards a birth plan with the least amount of medical interventions.
- Bought a couple of cute outfits for baby girl
- My mom and sisters have set my shower date, excited!

To do for the next few weeks:
- Nursery to be fully cleaned and all the office supplied transferred to the basement room
- Pick nursery theme/colour and start painting
- Start the baby registry
- Start researching big items like crib, stroller/car seat, nursery furniture
- I have my midwife appt tomorrow and can get a lot of questions answered

On a random note and just because I don't seem to be able to skip beauty posts, I got my hair highlighted this past weekend. I needed a change real bad. I liked how it turned out and can't wait for my vacation and some tanning for the highlights to show even more!


April 15, 2012

Hey lovelies! This look is from last week, one of those days when inspiration was not coming but I was wearing my fave leopard print dress and wanted makeup to be polished yet dramatic. At times like this I go for my foolproof smokey brown eye look. It basically just uses 2 eyeshadows plus highlights. You just need some blending back and fourth between the two shades.

I've done this look with black and white too but it's more high maintenance and takes too much effort for office wear.When I do black and white, I also do paler lips (like Myth I used here sans the lip liner) to make it more dramatic. However, a softer nude was more suitable for the eyes here.

Hope you like this look :)

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua - BR20
Ben Nye powder
Nars Madly blush

UDPP - base
BB Chocolate Brown g/l - base for lid
Inglot matte dark brown e/s - lid
UD Buck e/s - crease
UD Virgin e/s - highlight
UD Sin e/s - tear duct
Feline e/k - to line and in waterline
NYX Black e/s - to blend liner
Lancome Hypnose drama mascara

MUFE 12C l/l
Myth l/s
Chanel Aragonite glossimer



April 12, 2012

Hey lovelies! Just to let you know that I have to delay my blog sale by a couple of weeks as I've had to travel for work last minute and I don't have any of my items picture online. They're all saved on my Macbook at home :(

I will update more in the coming week :) Hope you all have a great Thursday!

April 11, 2012

Hey beauties! I slept in today and hence went for one of my tried and true looks. This one features bold neon lips and glittery navy liner. It actually always gets me compliments; especially from the men (no idea why).

Lancome Teint Miracle foundation - Buff 4C
Nars Copacabana Illuminator - mixed in foundation
Ben Nye powder
Sculpt powder
Cantaloupe blush

BB Cobalt Ink g/l
Lise Watier Starry Night eye glitter
Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara
Temperature Rising l/l (LE)
Toxic Tale l/s (LE)



And my still tiny bump at 20 weeks (5 months) pregnant. I'm definitely not one of those women who show early. I have a feeling it will catch up with me in the last trimester. I'm wearing a stripped tee and navy/black pencil skirt by Zara and red round toe pumps by Jessica Simpson in this picture. Excuse my very weird looking face, no idea what the heck I'm doing :/

Baby Gender Revelation:
Hubby and I went in for my 20weeks ultrasound today. Before I was pregnant, I had a hard time understanding this pregnancy measuring by weeks thing. But now that's how I talk myself, lol! So they scanned the baby, measured everything including heart beat. The baby was actually very active so she was giving the tech a hard time. Everything was fine though thankfully and she told us the gender as well: WE'RE HAVING A BABY GIRL!!!! Team pink all the way :D
Hubby and I are both very excited. He always had a feeling it would be a girl. I personally didn't have a feeling whatsoever but am very grateful. Grateful that the baby is healthy and kicking (though I still don't feel her kicks) and glad to have a mini me, hahaha! It will be fun now starting the nursery, picking names, buying lil girlie outfits.
I will update more on the coming weeks with pregnancy stuff in addition to the regular beauty stuff. In the meanwhile, hope you all have a great hump day!

April 9, 2012

Hey lovelies! I went from being terrified of the colour orange to wearing it almost everywhere: on my eyes, around my neck, on my lips (almost!). It's just such a happy colour. I still am too scared of a full on orange dress but making progress :)

I was inspired by the scarf I was wearing for this look, hope you like it.

Lancome Teint Miracle foundation - Buff 4C
Nars Copacabana Illuminator - mixed in foundation
Nars Gilda blush
BB Nectar shimmer brick - I had forgotten how pretty this powder is!

Painterly p/p - base
MUFE #18 (orange) e/s - inner lid
Smut e/s - mid lid and crease
Print e/s - outer v
NYX Black e/s - to deepen outer v
Vanilla p/m - highlight
Feline e/k - to line
GA Eyes to Kill mascara

Myth l/s - lightly dabbed to reduce lip pigmentation
Nars Wonder l/g




And outfit of the day was a simple and fitted black shift dress by Mexx (that I can still fit into), stiletto boots by Steve Madden and the inspirational scarf I found at Winners. Honestly I love Winners for their scarves. Everytime I go in there I gotta grab a few:

April 6, 2012

Hey guys! I've finally decided to part with some of my makeup. At this point in my life I'm less interested in collecting and more into making space and keeping only what I use the most.

I will hopefully be doing a blog sale next Thursday (April 12) at 7:00 pm. None of these items will be brand new but they are all very gently used (1-3 times) and will be sanitized. I will have all the prices and shipping info in the actual post and will tweet about it the same day. There will be mostly full sized MAC pigments (in old jars) and limited edition eye and lip products.

For now though, here are some sneak preview pics:





Check me out this coming week!

April 4, 2012

Hey beauties! The weather is still cold here but I'm feeling happy spring shades these days. Like berry, peach and light yellow and gold. This time of the year is just the best. There's a nice cool breeze in the morning yet so totally comfortable to walk around in a trench. I just love spring!
I also wore my only Inglot lipstick which is a cool pink after a long time (forgot the number). It's one of the ones that come in a slim tube. I love how creamy and long lasting this lipstick is but it feels slightly waxy upon application. Anyone else tried these and had the same experience?
Lancome Teint Miracle foundation - Buff 4C
Nars Copacabana Illuminator - mixed with foundation
Ben Nye powder
Pink Cult blush (LE) - I believe this is being reporomoted again this week
Painterly p/p - base
Creme de Miel e/s (LE) - inner lid
MUFE #15 e/s - mid lid
MUFE #49 e/s - crease and outer v
MUFE #112 e/s - above crease
Blanc Type e/s - highlight
Chanel Cassis e/l (LE) - lower lashline
Dark Diversion f/l (LE) - to line
Lancome Definicils Pro mascara
Inglot cool pink l/s


April 4, 2012

Hey ladies! I've discovered another lipstick formula to fall in love with, and this time the name totally fits: Lancome Rouge in Love!


I saw the display for these at Sephora a few weeks ago and was drawn to the colours so tried on a bunch. After a few weeks of wearing the two shades I got, I would say that I have fallen in love with the formula. I would say that these are head to head now with my all time fave lipstick formula, Chanel Rouge Allure. What I like about them is that they are almost translucent. So they seem sheer but are pigmented and creamy and are VERY comfortable to wear. I get about 5-6 hours of wear out of them, but they wear off beautifully like a stain.

Lancome has divided their new shades into three categories: Jolis Matins (for daytime wear - lighter shades), Boudoir Time (cocktail hours - the most fun shades) and Tonight is My Night (evening wear - darker shades and reds). I picked up 146B Miss Coquelicot and 381B Violette Coquette.


*** All swatches on NW22 skintone, medium pigmented lips. No lipliner/base used***

Miss Coquelicot is a beautiful tangerine shade. If you have pink/red undertones (like mine) and never thought you could wear the orange trend, give this one a try. It's more orange than all my coral lipsticks but nothing too out there to be unwearable on cooler skintones:

Left to right: Chanel Genial (LE), MAC Vegas Volt, Nars Niagara, Lancome Miss Coquelicot

On my lips

Violette Coquette is a violette shade with fuchsia undertones. This has been my go-to lipstick for the last 2 weeks. I just put on some MAC Florida blush on my cheeks and swipe this on my lips and I'm good to go. It's just a beautiful shade on my skintone:

Left to right: MUFE #15, MAC Up the Amp, Lancome Violette Coquette

On my lips

Lancome Rouge in Love retail for $30CAD and are available from Lancome Counters and Sephora in Canada.

Have you tried Lancome Rouge in Love lipsticks? What is your current lipstick formula?

April 1, 2011

Hey ladies! Hope all your weekends have been greta so far. Mine was pretty relaxed but I managed to get a tone of errands done. Did some shopping and also cleaned up what will be the baby's room. I will not start buying anything baby related till we know the sex (in 2 weeks).

This is a look from last Friday. It's fairly simple involving shimmering mauve shades on the eyes and a blotted version of my fave vamp lipstick, Nars Damned. Hope you like it!

Nars sheer matte foundation - Fiji
Ben Nye powder
Chanel Plum Attraction blush

UDPP - base
Artifact p/p - base for lid
Gold Stroke p/m (LE) - lid
Jest e/s - inner lid
Embark e/s 0 outer v
Vanilla p/m - highlight
EL Smoked Cocoa e/l - lower lashline
Lancome Black Art Liner - to line
Cargo 3 in 1 mascara

Nars Damned matte velvet pencil



Outfit of the day was this wool beige sweater dress by BCBG that I wear quite frequently...it's just so comfortable. I paired it with an animal print scarf (can't remember from where), stockings from Hue and over the knee camel boots from Aldo:


Baby Update!

Here's a little bump update at 18 weeks. My bump has grown quite a bit but it's still not noticeable if I don't wear tight dresses. I'm not too worried as I know soon I'll be huge, lol! I'm fairly tall and have stronger abdominal muscles so it will take longer for me to show. For now, I'm happy to fit in my normal clothes as long as I can:


Hope you guys start a great week!