Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Everyday look - April

As this month slowly comes to an end, I've come to the realization that there was a specific set of cosmetics that I reached for almost every single day to create an easy, no fuss, yet presentable look.
I'll talk in more detail about some of these (and some others) in my first YouTube video, which will be April Favourites :)

This is the result:

As you can probably tell, there is absolutely nothing used on the eyes. I had loads upon loads of school work to do in April, meaning I was stressed out and tired, and lots of eye rubbing was necessary. In order to avoid smudging raccoon eyes, the best policy for me was a "no eye-makeup" policy.

1. MAC Speed Dial lipstick & She Loves Candy lipgloss

2. Chanel Mat Lumiere foundation mixed with MAC Strobe Cream,
Bobbi Brown Light Peach colour corrector & Benefit Powderflage

3. MAC Earth to Earth Mineralize blush

4. NARS Laguna bronzer

What about you guys? Have you been sticking to a tried and true set of products every day or have you been trying out new things for the past month?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

School's out! (I ran out of ideas for clever post titles)

Ahh... it feels so nice to finally be finished with exams for the next few months.
I have some posts planned for the upcoming weeks and they will be a lot more frequent :)
I am also really leaning towards doing some YouTube videos, so please feel free to leave me any suggestions for videos in the comments section below (or any advice on whether I should do it or not!)

My last exam was on thursday, so on friday it was time to unwind and go out with a couple of friends. I aimed for a mixture of comfortable, girly and edgy... it's up to you guys whether I succeeded in the combination haha :)

Warning: awkward poses ahead!

T-shirt: Alexander Wang
black vest: vintage and missing a button, which makes me love it even more.
coiled chain brooch on vest: Marquis & Camus
Skirt: Agnes B.
black opaque tights
Ankle boots: Miss Sixty
Necklace: Lisa Taubes (36' silver)

Eye make-up wise, I stuck to my ol' faithful combination of Style Snob eyeshadow by MAC over NARS Mykonos cream eyeshadow all over the lid and on the bottom lash line. A bit of MAC Naked Lunch eyeshadow in the inner corner along with MAC Twinks and Beauty Marked eyeshadows blended in the outer corner.
My eyeliner was MAC Feline and the mascara was ARTDECO "All in One". I got a sample of it when I went to Germany last summer and have been using it recently. It has great staying power.

The rest:
Foundation: NARS Sheer Glow in "Santa Fe"
Concealer: Bobbi Brown colour corrector in "Light Peach" set with Benefit Powderflage
Laura Mercier translucent loose powder
Bronzer: NARS Laguna
Blush: NARS Deep Throat
Lipstick: MAC Freckletone
Lipgloss: MAC Underage

I hope you all enjoyed this post and don't forget to give me suggestions regarding a YouTube channel! Have a great start of the week and I'll be catching up a lot more often in the next few weeks...

I want to start (a late) "Project 365" which is to take a photo a day, for a whole year! This phenomenon actually started in the blogosphere in 2004 and it's still being done. Most people start on January 1st (for obvious reasons) but I only learned of it now and think it's a really cool idea. I will start posting on May 1st on a flickr account that I will link to on here, in case you'd like to see or participate :)

This is shaping up to be an exciting summer for my blog and I can't wait to share it all with you all.

Until next time...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

In & Outs, Easter edition.

Happy Easter to those who celebrate it :)
It's 9 PM and we finally stopped eating dinner. Needless to say, I can barely move after a 5 course meal consisting of lamb prepared in every way imaginable. I am Romanian and our tradition for Easter has always been lamb - lamb roast, lamb meat loaf, lamb soup... you get the idea.

Now that I'm parked on my bed for the rest of the evening, I finally got to write a quick new post. I start finals next week so I'll be missing in action from the blogosphere until the end of April, but after that I'll be back full-force, I promise!
I also finished Project 10 Pan, which means I can try out and review some new products for you guys. So hopefully after a boring spring, my blog will have a much more exciting summer.


- Benefit Powderflage. I picked this up as soon as I finished Project 10 pan and I am so glad that I did. This sets my under-eye concealer like a dream (I use Bobbi Brown's light peach colour corrector).

- bright pink and pastel nail polishes. I ditched the dark shades for now.

- Sebastian Shaper hairspray. My boyfriend (who is also my hairstylist) suggested this to me and I really love it. It provides light, flexible hold and it smells so great.

- bone/ivory/beige blouses

- Chanel Mat Lumiere foundation. My face has been extra oily lately and this stuff does not budge. I don't have to set it with powder, and it literally stays on my face for 12 hours. I had it on for 14 hours during my insane work day yesterday and I still managed to look normal before I washed it off of my face. It's just a pain in the butt to blend in, which is the only thing that I don't like about it.


- there is a gathering of pimples going on near my chin at the moment. I dislike it very much. Again, just when everything with my skin was going well, something like this has to happen and ruin my streak.

- Laura Mercier translucent setting powder. I honestly don't know why this thing gets so much exposure in magazine and from big make-up artists. It is overpriced (I paid almost $50 for it) and doesn't affect the longevity of my foundation in any way. It makes me look too matte and leaves a white cast on my face. I'm just really disappointed. I tried applying it with a fluffy brush or with a powder-puff and to no avail. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make it work? Perhaps I am doing something wrong... any setting powder I've used by MAC (Select Sheer, MSF Natural, Studio Fix powder) was superior to this.

- the new spot treatment I've been using, from the La Roche Possay "Effaclar" range. Doesn't do anything. I've only been using it for two weeks though, so maybe it takes a while to see results. I'll keep using it, but for now I am seeing no improvements and I am longing for my Mario Badescu buffering lotion and drying mask.

- running out of Mario Badescu buffering lotion for over a month now :( I can only find this in the States and I just haven't had the time to re-purchase. I also ran out of drying lotion and drying mask, both of which are great products and have worked well for my acne management. However with MB products I find that they lose their power over time, so taking a break for 1-2 months will make them work better than if you just use them consistently... if that makes any sense.

Alright, that's it for now. Have a great week and I'll catch you in a few weeks :D

- sandra

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