Saturday, June 25, 2011

Blue and green!

I randomly decided to do this look after having a more dramatic version in my mind. It's pretty simple and quick to do.

I used:

  • MAC Delft Paint Pot
  • NYX blue e/s from "I dream of Antigua" palette
  • MAC e/s Fresh Green Mix
  • NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Purple
  • Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. 
Here are some pics and I hope you like. 

Still not happy with the lighting. Tell me what you think! 


Thursday, June 23, 2011

How to series: Smokey eyes

Helloo all! This is the first of the "How to series" and the first debutante is the smokey look. A lot of women have asked me how to do a smokey look. The first time someone asked me was way back in 2006 and though I knew what it looked like in my mind, I had no idea on how to actually accomplish it!

Then my bhua asked me a few years back and I attempted one making her look like a raccoon! When I saw what I had done to her, I abandoned my attempt and ran off leaving my bhua shouting after me to come clean up the mess!!

Ok, so smokey eye: the idea is to "smoke" out a colour. We use one colour and basically blur the edges, creating the smokey effect. Just think of smoke - and think of how the edges are fluid and blurry. So this is a step by step photo tutorial of how to do the smokey look. It's very simple and can be applied with any colour!

Step 1: Apply a suitable base to even out skin tone. Use a concealer or a compact or painterly paint pot.

Step 2: Take a black pencil (or any other colour depending on what colour smokey eye you want) and apply it thickly on your lashline.

Step 3: Smudge the black with a finger or a brush, whatever tickles your fancy. I used my finger :D

Step 4: Pack on black eye shadow on top of the base. 

Step 5: Add a dark (but not black) eye shadow in your crease. I used a fluffy brush and a dark blackish brown eye shadow. It's a shimmery one.

Now blend well but stay in the crease till you get a soft edge.

Step 6: Now add a suitable highlight. I used a pale champagne coloured one and blended it into the crease. Blend out the crease really well!!

Step 7: Add black eyeliner/eye pencil into your lower lash line, and smudge some black eye shadow onto it. Add mascara and you are done!!

One more blurry pic!

So! How do you like my first tutorial? Give me some suggestions! I know the photos are not the best but I just cannot seem to get the correct lighting and angles in my new place. Oh well, gotta keep trying right?

thanks :D

Monday, June 13, 2011

More Inglot!

Hello everyone!

Today I tried my new Inglot colour DS 465. It's a beautiful brownish-purple with micro-glitter in it. I just did a smokey eye with it and to give it a pop, I used some green from MAC's "she who dares." Here is my look :D

I used:

  • NYX jumbo eye pencil in Black bean
  • Inglot e/s DS 465
  • MAC e/s She who dares (green)
  • Maybelline Great Lash mascara
Wow, I can't believe I only used 4 products. Yay for that! Here are some pics:

So I was a little clumsy with the green I guess :p, it's a very glittery eye shadow and I did not apply it perfectly but oh well!!

Hope you like!

Ta ta!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Purple & white

I was recently gifted an Inglot palette (review coming up) :D and I really wanted to do a look with it. I tried a semi cut crease-y technique and super-blended it. I hope you can see the shape and understand what I was trying to do!

I used:

  • MAC Painterly paint pot
  • NYX jumbo pencil in Milk, Black bean
  • Inglot eyeshadows: DS 494 and matte 373
  • NYX e/s in Walnut
  • MAC penultimate eyeliner
  • Maybelline Great lash mascara
Here are some pics!

Purple & white 

Hope you guys like and do let me know what you think!!

Thanks :D

Friday, June 10, 2011

How much will make you happy?

Every time I visit a beauty-blogger's blog,  I always wonder the same thing. It's a million dollar question, "How much make-up does she have?" I know we all do it - hard to believe if I was the only one thinking that!

I see so many hauls/reviews and I realized a few things. 1) Indian women have welcomed make-up and beauty products with open arms into their lives. 2) Indian women have a lot of buying power. 

I think that these trends reflect a chunk of Indian women who have the money to spend and can afford makeup. I know that 15-20 years back, makeup was very "special." The ladies in my families used to keep their precious lipsticks in the fridge so that they would not melt in the heat. Their one or two eye pencils were used till they could be sharpened no more. Their precious compacts were tucked away deep in the depths of their dressing table drawers. Today when I see the market flooded with various products, I think that it's great that we have the choices that we do and not only that, we have the buying power in our hands. How awesome is that!?

Coming back to my point which is this: I see a lot of women buying newly released makeup products very frequently. Whenever a collection is out, they have to go check it out and purchase some thing from it. When I first started blogging about makeup, I too felt the urge to go and buy, buy, buy. Fortunately, I had no income so I had no choice but to control myself and guess what?? I'm still alive :D.

Jokes apart, I just want to know how much makeup is enough for you ladies out there who are reading this. Do ever just feel like not buying anything? There are so many time when I don't even know what collection is out till I read about it on someone's blog and I can totally be like "Oh, whatever." 

I have a good collection of makeup even if I say so myself but at the same time, there are very few products that I do not use. I have just one compact. Maybe one or two things that were either given to me or bought by me many years ago. So I can say that I have enough and that makes me happy for the most part. I still crave that 120 palette..then I think I will be happy :P.

Having said that, I generally tend to use 1 eyepencil, 1 mascara, 1 compact at a time so that I only buy the next one when I finish the first. Eyeshadows are a different story but then they last forever right?

This post is not a judgement on anyone. I am merely curious to know when is your makeup collection going to be big enough for you to say "No more." How much will make you happy and content?