Monday, May 31, 2010

Corals & Golds (FOTD)


A simple, summery look that contains some of my most recently acquired cosmetics :)

Gold eyeshadows often look really orange on my eyelids.
If you suffer from the same problem as me, than a light layer of Constructivist Paint Pot by MAC is your hero.
Using this as a base cancels out the orange tones and brings out the true golden brown undertones of cult favourite eyeshadows such as Woodwinked (also by MAC).

Here is the look I was sporting this weekend:

Eyes:
MAC Constructivist Paint Pot (all over lid)
Urban Decay Baked Eyeshadow (all over lid)
NARS Fez Eyeshadow (outer third and bottom lashline)
NARS Cordura Eyeshadow (lightly in the outer V)
MAC Feline Eye Kohl (smudged with MAC 219 brush)
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Face:
YSL Teint Resist Fondation in #5
Bobbi Brown Colour Corrector in Light Peach (under eyes)
Benefit Powderflage (under eyes)
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Natural (on blemishes)
NARS Taj Mahal blush
MAC Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish (as a highlight)

Dior Coral Lace Lipstick
MAC Naked Space Lipglass

It's not particularly a revolutionary look, however it is "out of the comfort zone" for me. I usually stick to plum/taupe eyeshadows and light pink lipstick and blush.
This was a nice and welcome change.

What have you been changing up lately?

- Sandra

Thursday, May 27, 2010

In & Out #... (I lost count!)

Hi!

Remember me?

I have been so awful at blogging this month, and I hate it! I've barely been able to put up a couple of quick videos in the meantime.
I have had a cold for about 2 weeks and it's been making me extra groggy and tired. I'm not sure why but every year I get a big cold at the beginning of summer. I don't get sick in the fall or winter like normal people, no. I get sick when it's hot and beautiful out (go figure).

Anyways, here's what mattered to me in the meantime:

IN

- the hunt for the perfect bright coral/red nailpolish for summer.
My inspiration for this is Olivia Palermo, who is probably the worst person to watch on that TV show she's on, The City. Her beautiful outfits make her more bearable but other than that she's just an awkward biatch (pardon my french). She's certainly getting the bad end of the video editing stick.

Everything about the picture is beautiful - but let's focus on the nails! Any recommendations for a similar colour, ladies? I need your help! The reds I've tried so far are too berry-toned and cool.

- new blush. My blush collection has slightly expanded with the addition of some new colours by MAC and NARS (see YouTube channel) and I'm enjoying them all.

- french braids. I've been in a hair rut and it's too hot to leave it down. French braids are a stylish and simple solution to the problem :)

- glycolic acid peels. I do them at home and they've significantly helped decongest my skin. Dare I say I haven't broken out in over a month? (minus a few spots from trying a new foundation). Blog post about them soon and an updated Skincare Video will go up when I get back from vacation.

- LAS VEGAS! leaving next thursday and currently trying to plan out places to go for dinner and drinks and all that jazz.. feel free to leave me any suggestions :)

OUT

- Packing. I'm not good at making decisions.

- My cold.

- American Idol. Now that Simon's gone (and after the lackluster season that just ended) will it really be as fun to watch as it was before? I don't think so.

- The Gossip Girl season 3 finale. Lame.

- Having to go to work on such a beautiful day


That's about it for me. Let me know what you guys have been up to :)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Not quite all black... (Outfit Post)


There is no denying that I love wearing "mundane" colours. When I look at my closet, there is an array of black, gray, tan and navy blue smiling back at me.
As I got ready for a dinner outing with friends this past weekend, I came across a pair of patent leather sandals that hadn't seen the light of day since last summer. It was the perfect choice to add a little kick to my outfit, which contained one of my favourite blazers - a balanced mix of feminine and edgy.

Here goes:

Blazer: Nanette Lepore
Shirt: James Perse
Black jeans: 7 For All Mankind
Sandals: Report Signature

I kept accessories to a bare minimum to really put an emphasis on the jacket and shoes. I am generally quite minimalistic when it comes to jewelry.

I hope you all have a great monday :)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Romping?

Happy friday! (although here it's a rainy one)

I haven't done one of these little "me drooling over things I see online" posts in a while, so it's time for one. Today's theme is rompers.

How do you feel about them? I hated them last year. This year, I'm slowly warming up to them.
I tried a bunch on the other day in Target and while many of them made me look like Aladdin (the ones that fit me at the top were way too baggy at the bottom), I walked away with a cute gray one - there's a picture of it somewhere in my Project 356 Flickr photo album, linked on the right hand side of my blog.

While my love for them is still undecided, I stumbled across a romper that I'd definitely take home. I loved it so much that I figured it deserves its own little post.

The "TT Collection" Tony Romper


This is the romper for me! Black, white, complete with cute beaded detailing at the waist. *sigh*

The only thing not cool about it? The price. At $264 it's not exactly in the "Target romper" range. I think it's too much to spend on a romper, a piece whose longevity in the fashion world is questionable. I don't know about you, but when I spend over $200 on something, I'd like to wear it for more than one season.

However, this is so easy to recreate! I will hunt cheaper stores (like Target/H&M/Forever21) for a similar romper, add a little something to the waist and, if I'm successful, will do a little Cheap Thrill blog post to showcase my victory. This can also be easily recreated using two different pieces, but that would take it away from the Romper category.

What have you been lusting for this week?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mixing it up...

Hey everyone!

Today was a beautiful and sunny day. I decided it was time for a fake tan to get in the proper summer mindset.
I used a light "dose" of St. Tropez to start off the day, and mixed NARS Sheer Glow foundation (in Santa Fe, which was now too light) with Chanel Pro Lumiere in #40 (which was too dark).
The result was a beautiful, suitable shade with great coverage and a natural finish.
It didn't last too long on my skin since the Pro Lumiere has low lasting capabilities on oily skin, but it was nice while it was on haha.

Without further ado, here are some mug shots:

Keeping the mixing theme going, I used the beautiful (yet hard to work with) YSL Rouge Volupte in #7, "Lingerie Pink".
It is a very "porn-star" pink colour that can look a bit strange with my skin tone. To make it work for me, I mixed it with another favourite lipstick of mine, MAC's Creme D'Nude lipstick.
Add in a touch of clear lip gloss and the end result was a beautiful and wearable baby pink!

On my cheeks I mixed a new product that I have been enjoying a lot lately - NYC Blushable Cream Stick in "Plaza Pink".
Yes, that's right, NYC, the cheapie drugstore brand that I always walked past in the store.
This NARS Multiple-like product was $3.97 at Walmart (!!!) and it is absolutely beautiful.
I am cream blush challenged and was able to apply this with no problem using a MAC 109 brush.
Again, with the mixing theme,
I added a touch of NARS Deep Throat blush just on the apples for a bit more intensity.

The rest of the products I used were:

Eyes:
MAC Blonde's Gold pigment, Nylon eyeshadow,
Bobbi Brown Hot Stone eyeshadow, Stila eyeliner in Teak,
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara
Bronzer:
Benefit Hoola
Powder:
Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder


I hope you had a great monday, and enjoyed the sunshine (if you had it), I know I did! :)

- Sandra
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