Poll: Video Tutorials? Yes or No?

I've been toying with the idea of postng video tutorials because sometimes it's just so much easier to show the steps rather than try to describe them. Let me know what you think, because I will upload hopefully this weekend.

Brown Girl's Guide to Nude

I always love the look of very natural, almost barely there make-up. You know, the kind where you'd swear someone's wearing only a bit of kajal but a whole bunch of work went into it.

Make-up used:

  • Make-up For Ever HD foundation in 153, patted on sheerly
  • Revlon Photoready powder in translucent
  • Chanel Correcteur Perfection in Beige Santal 
  • Maybelline Lash Stiletto
  • MAC Mulch
  • MAC Handwritten
  • Bobbi Brown Espresso ink gel
  • MAC Blunt under cheekbones, sides of nose etc.
  • MAC Peachtwist under cheekbones
  • Bobbi Brown Twilight creamy lip colour
Tools used:

  • MAC 190 brush
  • MAC 109 brush
  • MAC 222 brush
  • MAC 224 brush
  • MAC 219 brush
  • MAC 214 brush
  • Sephora lip brush
Step 1:
Apply Make-up Forever HD foundation lightly over the face with the 192 brush. I patted it on slightly and blended it in to get a very thin, natural finish.

Step 2:
Apply the Beige Santal concealor under the eyes, around the lips, and any other places you find necessary. Blend out with the 224 brush, and be sure to make the concealor look as natural and non-cakey as possible.

Step 3:
Dust the Revlon Photoready powder very lightly with the 109 brush and blend it into the skin in a circling motion. I tend to focus the powder more on the t-zone and see if it's even needed on the cheeks.

Step 4:
Brush brows into shape and fill them in as needed. Keep it according to your natural brow shape and thickness.

Step 5:
With the 222 brush, apply Mulch eyeshadow on the crease and blend out, esecially towards the outer end of your brow.

Step 6:
With the 219 brush, gently accentuate the outer 'v' of your crease with the Handwritten eyeshadow. Make sure to blend it as much as possible while still giving the sweep from the outer coner of the eye to the outer end of your brow bone. It is meant to elongate the eye and make it look more feline by playing with shadow.

Step 7:
With an angled eyeliner brush, dot the Espresso Ink gel liner on the upper lash line.

Step 8:
Apply one coat of a lengthening mascara such as Lash Stiletto on upper and lower lash line. Concentrate the mascara ore on the outer lashes.

Step 9:
Contour right under your cheekbone toward your hairline with the 109 brush dipped in Blunt. Blend out with the same brush.

Step 10:
Give the contour a bit more colour by going over the contour, that means blended out from under the cheekbone, with Peachtwist.

Step 11:
Fill lips in with the Twilight lipstick with a lip brush. I added a bit more colour on the lips just because I wanted slightly more definition, but feel free to make the lipstick almost like a stain.

Kerastase Nectar Thermique: Spinning Straw to Silk without Rumplestiltskin

I recently had this idea that I wanted to get chocolate brown highlights. I don't know why. I've had highlights before and it made me seem like my grandmother and I were sisters. I thought chocolate brown wouldn't be too shocking and so decided against all the omens to do it. It was almost like the calamities that ensued before the Trojans took the wooden horse into the city walls: everything pointed to disaster. And sure enough, the hairstylist didn't know what to do with my hair, fried it, and made it a total of five different shades which were all in the brassy range (the entire process took almost half a day. again, I need to be able to read the warnings). To fix this, I dyed my hair back to black. And sure enough my hair took a beating.

I've been using Kerastase Nectar Thermique on and off for a while and have always loved it. However, after this episode my hair needed some TLC and Nectar Thermique, along with a good conditioner, has really helped in protecting my hair, giving it back life, and makes me hair look like the silk I wished it were.

The tube is fairly costly at $38 a tube but I've been using the same tube for well over a year on and off and religiously nowadays. I squeeze a dime sized amount onto my palms and work it into my wet hair, starting from the ends. I style as usual (blow dry), and I am left with soft, bouncy hair that is getting a lot of TLC.

My hair is normally quite oily and so I used to use Nectar Thermique very sparingly. Even now, when my hair is a slightly drier, I use only a slightly bigger amount. A little goes a long way and really helps in protecting your hair from harsh styling. I have seen a noticeable difference in how my hair is now compared to how it was when I came out of the salon, wishing to shave my hair in shame.

Nectar Thermique also gives me a good amount of shine, so I don't feel compelled to add any more products to my routine. This product seems to do most of what I need for styling (other than the occasional root lifting).  I don't think I will ever stray from this product, as I'm pretty loyal when products work this well. I highly recommend this if you're looking for an awesome product that really delivers and takes care of your hair.

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Update and Some Serious Love for Maybelline Falsies Mascara

Just an update on why I've been gone without a word. I got some bad news a few weeks after te emergency room visit and am recovering from a procedure after that. It's all good though. So I'm back, with stuff to fill your day.

My love for mascara is almost on par with my love for blush. And in all honestly, I always fall for the ads no matter how many lawsuits pop up against cosmetic companies. I also have serious commitment phobia (most likely) or my mascara clumps up too much after two months use (probably psychological, I am a wild child in the make-up world). I bought Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies mascara. It is by far the best mascara I have found at the drugstore, bar none.

I have tried almost all mascaras that popped up in the drugstore, bemoaned the loss of my beloved L'Oreal Panoramic Curl mascara (moment of silence), and fallen for the Lash Blast hype. I never thought I could love a mascara the way I do The Falsies.

The problem with volumizing mascaras is that they tend to be too clumpy or don't stand out too much and leave me indifferent. This one however made me stare at my lashes on every reflective surface I could find. And I caught myself fluttering my lashes in an attempt to seem bambi-esque, which prompted a friend to recommend me her opthamologist as she feared I might be coming down with a case of pink eye. However, the mascara did take my otherwise of-normal-length-and-volume lashes and turn them into a thick black fringe.

The brush doesn't seem to exceptional and I was a tad skeptical on whether it would do much, however, it all turned out better than I could have fathomed. The mascara also gave me decent length although it was termed volumizing and the overall look is just very lush and thick. Unlike other volumizing mascaras, The Falsies mascara didn't flake on me after a 12 hour day. This wasn't just a freak incident and it consistenly performed well and made my lashes look great without any flaking at the end of the day.

If you're looking for drmaatic looking lashes with a good amount of lengthening, I'd say give this one a try. I can't complain and for now, it is my favourite mascara.

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