The Fall Edit: My Favorite Way to Wear Red Eyeshadow

A couple of days ago I had a little extra time before heading out to Uni so I decided to put a little more effort into my make up and went for my favorite way to wear reds on my eyes:

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What I did was prime my eyes with Maybelline 24h Color Tattoo in 65 Pink Gold (Inked in Pink in the states). Then I blended MAC Vapour over my entire lid. MAC Cranberry went into the crease and on the outer third. Then I used the dark matte burgundy from the Sleek Bohemian palette to darken the outer corner. Last but not least a slightly flicked half line with my beloved MAC Feline. On the bottom lid I smudged some more Cranberry and lined the outer third of of the lower waterline with Feline. On my lashes I used Maybelline The Rocket which I still don’t like. It has dried in a little bit and it does perform a little better now, but it still doesn’t hold the curl the way I would like, especially on my left eye which is not as rounded as right eye and the lashes are somewhat straighter. I am this close to just throw the Rocket out.

On the rest of my face I kept it light and neutral: I used MAC’s Perfect Cheek on my, well, cheeks (d’uh) and MAC’s Creme d’Nude on my lips.

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What do you think about red on the eyelids? Yes? No? Chime in in the comments below!

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The Fall Edit: Red Lips, Nude Eyes (+Mini Review)

After turning a spotlight on eyes for the past weeks I thought I’d shift the focus to lips this time around. The plan was to create a as-flawless-as-possible base, very lightly enhance the eyes and make the lips stand out. Here is the result:

 

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The most important product here was the Astor Soft Sensation Lipcolor Butter in 016 Va Va Voum. I can’t rave enough about this line. Astor added these lipstick/lipbalm combos, so reminiscent of the Revlon Colorburst Lipbutters and the Clinique Chubby Sticks, a couple of months ago to their line up and they truly are a thing of beauty. The color range goes from creamy nudes to pinks and corals to purples and reds. I own a nude, a pink and, well, Va Va Voum. The lipbutters are highly moisturizing and yield fairly opaque color with nice shine (and that’s coming from someone who hates lipgloss and prefers matte lipsticks over everything else). They  have a lovely vanilla-sugar smell to them which is not perceptible anymore on the lips. They are priced around 6€ depending on where you go.

The lovely thing about these is aside from all the other goodness that they leave a stain on your lips after the gloss has disappeared.  Below you can see the stain.

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As for the rest of my face I used Nougat (light creamy shade) and Bark (neutral brown) from my Sleek Au Naturale palette on my eyes and gave my lashes a generous coat of the Catrice Evolution to Revolution Mascara. On my cheeks I applied MAC’s The Perfect Cheek, a light, slightly greyed matte pink from the MACxMarilyn Monroe collection.

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The Fall Edit: Room/Scent Edition

Oh what a week it was. Actually 10 days. I apologize. What happened to me and what’s going on will be in this week’s Up Close&Personal. Anyways, I’m slowly getting better so here we go with an I’m back/Therapeutic blog post.

I finally got around to do some little decorating in my room. There is actually not much space to decorate because all is clogged up with nailpolishes and books and frankly I wouldn’t want it any other way but I put something together that I really like.

 

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I found this tray at a deco- store and it is perfect! I love the dark wood and it is really versatile, I actually can’t wait to redecorate it for christmas time 😀 The red and orange bottles I had for a while and I thought they worked really well with the fall theme. The oil lamp I bought maybe three years ago in the town I went to college in at the time. It is a little wonky and crooked but the crystals and the fact that you can remove the glass bowl make it all kinds of perfect. The potpurri in the tray reminds me of fallen leaves. Fall mission accomplished.

Now on to the second part: Scents.
I am obsessed with Yankee Candle tarts. I bought four in three days when I already have a sizeable collection at home waiting to be burned (well, melted), but the fall and christmas scents always do me in. See below what I added to my collection:

Yankee Candle Tart in Vanilla Chai

Yankee Candle Tart in Vanilla Chai

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Yankee Candle Roomspray in Macintosh Spice and Lemon Lavender. Yankee Candle Tarts in Witches Brew, Christmas Rose and Season of Peace.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As fall scents I already have Cinnamon and Sugar, Cinnamon Stick, Honey and Spice, Apple and Pine Needle, Sparkling Cinnamon and Home Sweet Home. First of all, you can’t tell that I like cinnamon scents at all can ya? Second of all that is a bunch! And I am crazy frugal with them because I am not used to the fact yet that we have Yankee Candle in town now. How the heck are you frugal with candle tarts you ask? Well, you break them in quarters for one and secondly you burn them until they smell funny. The second problem is Yankee Candle has completely ruined me for any other scented candle ( we don’t have Bath&Body Works here, mind you). Nothing smells as natural, indulgent and intense as Yankee Candle. Why I don’t buy the actual candles then? Because I couldn’t commit to the big jars and the smaller ones are just ridiculously over-priced. So there. I just love my tarts. I can try any scent I want, I can switch them out easily and they don’t break the bank.

That was a long ramble about Yankee Candle and I’m not being paid for this post. I wish they would though, or just keep up a steady flow tarts to my doorstep. That would be nice… Oh well, I’ll just keep on buying them then 🙂

As you can see above I also picked up two of the concentrated room sprays. They were on clearance and I couldn’t resist. The first one I chose is Macintosh Spice (anybody any idea why it is named like this? Dummy German over here doesn’t get it) It has apples and cinnamon sticks on the label and that is exactly what it smells like: Yummy juicy apples and a pinch of cinnamon. The perfect fall scent in my book.  The second one is Lemon Lavender, which is one of my all time favorite scents they do. I always have a tart in stock and I burn them year round. It has all of the soothing lavender without being too sweet or heavy. Oh btw I also have other Year round scents, but I won’t go into these since this is a fall edit and such.

With the new ones I bought I can’t really tell you what they smell like because I haven’t burned them yet, but I am really excited about Witches Brew. It is from their Halloween collection and I have my very own Halloween tradition even though we don’t really celebrate it here. It is a bit boring but I love it. Every year I curl up with The Nightmare before Christmas, some horror movie, candles and candy and go on lockdown for the night. In the store Witches Brew smelled exactly like I imagined Witches Brew would smell like: A bit spicy-sweet with a hint of mould. Seriously I think there is a hint of mould in there. Either way, to me it smells like Halloween in a tart. I might actually get a back up of this, just in case. Plus, it goes really well with my current obsession with A Discovery of Witches/ Shadow of Night (yep, I’m already on to the second book. I’m still in love).

Do you have specific fall scents that you break out once the season rolls around?

Have a lovely day/afternoon/evening/night wherever you are!

 

 

The Fall Edit: Glowing Embers

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Glowing Embers with MAC, Catrice, essence and Kosmetik Kosmo

Today I decided to wear a more orange look and strangely this felt more wearable than the red look I shared earlier.

What I did here was I primed my eyes with Catrice Made to Stay cream shadow in 080 Copper and Gabbana, then I sweeped MAC’s Fresh Daily on the lid and blended MAC’s Brash through the crease. To darken the outer corner I used Kosmetik Kosmo’s Bordeauxgold and because apperantly I cannot be without my winged liner I drew one of those on with essence gel liner in 02 London Baby. I tightlined with MAC’s Feline and lined 2/3 of the lower waterline. Afterwards I blended the rest of London Baby that was still on my brush into the lower lash line and smudged it out with the rest of Bordeauxgold. For mascara I used my beloved Rimmel Extra Super Lash Waterproof. On my cheeks I wore MAC’s Red Head again and the lips are again bare (which is why I excluded them here, bare lips are not really interesting, no?)

I’m not really happy with the result though. I need to darken the crease down more the next time and Bordeauxgold was not as visible as I wanted it to be. Oh well, I will try again! And I still owe you a Clary Fray-look from the movie, I haven’t forgotten that!

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The Fall Edit: Playing with Red Eyeshadow Part I

Playing with Reds: MAC Danger Zone

Playing with Reds: MAC Danger Zone

As I mentioned in the last Fall Edit-Post I love my Reds and Oranges and yesterday I felt inspired by xKarenina (again) to go dig out the reds and ended up with MAC’s Danger Zone which is a mineralized eyeshadow trio from the limited edition of the same name. The red in Danger Zone is brighter and for lack of a better word ‘rustier’ as the likes of Cranberry. I used Catrice Made to Stay eyeshadow in 080 Copper&Gabbana as a base and applied Danger Zone with a firm synthetic brush. Then I drew on a thick flicked line with the Max Factor Color X-pert waterproof liquid liner, gave my lashes a good curl and a coat of essence get big lashes waterproof (I’m all over the waterproof mascaras at the moment). I kept the lower lash and water line bare and only used a bit of mascara. On my cheeks I wear MAC’s Red Head MSF (how could I have ever stopped wearing that it’s SO pretty), the lips are bare.

I’m not sure the Danger Zone red is so great on it’s own. I’m usually rather brave with my eyeshadow color, but I felt like toning it down a little. I absolutely love it as a accent color though!

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MAC Danger Zone: Red and Black

Before I left for my Grandma’s I blended the black of the Danger Zone trio through the crease to tone the whole thing down a little. I actually do like this version and might wear it to a concert, for everyday life I would have to have a very ‘in your face’ kinda day to rock this. Can’t wait to play more with red eyeshadow I just love what it does to my eye color 🙂

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