Monday, October 5, 2009

A little bit of this, a little bit of that...

Hello, lovely readers!

Today was a relatively exciting day - the family digital camera has resurfaced once again in the midst of the renovation going on at my house. So the "outfit of the day" pictures from two weeks ago that I never got to post were ripe for the picking. Without further ado, here they are:

The Occasion: a friend's birthday party at a cottage about an hour away north. Chilly evening, BBQ, live music, that sort of thing. It was fun, although I was wrapped in two blankets by the end of dinner since I underestimated the wind power at a cottage near a lake.

So let's start form top to bottom, shall we :)

black sequin headband you can barely see - Express

silver necklace that I jumbled up into a knot - Schustermann & Borenstein (Munich, Germany)

jacket - Miss Sixty

t-shirt with cool "ripped" print - Zara

black clutch - Aldo

jeans - Miss Sixty

weird claw-like hands - Unknown

shoes - Winners (a discount department store similar to TJ Maxx/TK Maxx)

So that was 2 weeks ago. Now since then, I've been good and saving most of my earnings for my upcoming vacation (saturday!!), but a few things caught my eye here and there and I ran out of some essentials, so here are the "new kids":

Laura Mercier translucent loose powder
Chanel Mat Lumiere foundation in 30 "Cendre" Intensity 1.5
Chanel Inimitable mascara in "Noir Obscur"
MAC Kohl Power eyeliner pencil in Feline
MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
Bare Minerals matte foundation in Medium

House of Harlow black leather & gold necklace

I also bought Bobbi Brown Colour Corrector in "Light Peach", which I forgot to show. BB's Creamy Concealer is my HG concealer, but sometimes I don't need that much coverage under the eyes so I decided to give the colour corrector a try. Same excellent moisturizing formula as the concealer and great finish. Very happy with the purchase.

So far I've tried everything except for the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, here are the thoughts:

Bare Minerals matte is awesome - stays put all day, not cakey, feels light. Coverage quite comparable to MAC's Studio Fix Powder. Doesn't make me itch like the original Bare Minerals formula did.

Laura Mercier powder - makes my pores and excess shine disappear :) I dust it lightly over my T-zone on days when I feel extra oily.

Feline Kohl Power - love. I totally jumped on the bandwagon on this one, and I am so happy that I did. It's a great intense black liner for smudging or increased definition along the lashline/waterline.

Chanel Inimitable mascara - I bought the new "intense black" shade from the Noir Obscur collection and it's very comparable to my other love, YSL Faux Cils. Doesn't smell as nice, but considering I have to drive to the USA and wait in line at the border for YSL, I don't mind finding something comparable here at home within reach :) L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black is another favourite of mine, but it smudges and makes a mess around my eyes on longer days.
What I like about both the Chanel and YSL is that they don't make my lashes rock solid and clumpy.

Mat Lumiere - will talk about it more after some more experimentation. I finished my Dior Nude today, which I was using to mix with Pro Lumiere to get the right colour.
So as a spur of the moment decision I tried Mat Lumiere in a shade ligher - 30 Cendre 1.5 (I was 40 Beige 2.0 in Pro in the summer) - and I LOVED it on. Perfect colour match and the finish is not a bland, flat matte. It's more of a satin finish, close to the finish my skin naturally has. Photos to come... I hope it photographs nicely!

As for the necklace, I ordered it online from Revolve, of course. I love them and their customer service. They ship within a week most of the time (given that things don't get held up at customs). It's a cute necklace and is also available in a black resin material. I like the non-shiny finish of the leather for myself and couldn't justify dishing out an extra $100 for resin. Expect to see it in a future outfit post.

Ok, rambling has reached a maximum. Have a great week, guys!


  1. love your outfit! especially the jacket and jeans.i got the volcanic ash mask but might go back for feline kohl hearing great things about it...

    looking forward to more posts!im a huge fan of your blog :)

  2. I LOVE YOUR BLOG :) your so pretty love outfit and makeup! xx

  3. I love that House of Harlow necklace!!

  4. I'm loving the outfit!

  5. u look great, im loving the black necklace!

  6. Very nice outfit. I love it when people dress up jeans, i feel like i don't see it enough!

  7. Hi Sandra!

    I stumbled across your blog and I wanted to drop you a line to tell you that your style is fabulous and your bone structure is to die for.

    Big fan so far.

  8. Hi Sandra, I know this was so long ago but do you remember what blush you had on here? When you click on the picture you have such a pretty coral glow! [[we <3 coral blushes this spring/summer]]

    Thanks :)

  9. @HappinessSparkles

    I don't remember exactly what I wore, but the only blushes I had at the time that were coral/peachy are either Fun & Games blush by MAC or Peachykeen, also by MAC.

    Fun & Games is no longer available but it's very similar to either Margin or Sunbasque blushes by MAC.

    hope that helps!



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