The Lipstick Bandits’ Secret Santa Look Swap | Big hair & a plush pout, inspired by call it beauty.

Monday, December 24, 2012

!LB look swap - call it beauty

Happy Christmas-Eve-Day, my dearlings!

This month for The Lipstick Bandits, we’ve put together something a little different — a bit of a “secret santa” project, for both ourselves and our readers. Each Bandit has been paired up (by myself, unbeknownst to the other person) to create a look inspired by the other blogger, whether in product, application, colour… you get the idea.

The inspiration: Dani, at call it beauty. 

Dani - call it beauty

I ended up being paired with the absolutely gorgeous Dani, a wonderfully talented Vancouverite with a fantastic blog (and even more fantastic hair.) To mimic her look, I tried to copy said hair (of course), using hot rollers and a flat iron to add as much curl and volume as possible.

I think the hair went surprisingly alright, all things considered, but I’m completely bummed that I forgot to line my waterlines in black, as she usually does!

!LB look swap - Dani

After making my best attempt at getting Dani-hair, I applied a quick flick of coloured eyeliner (Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple) overtop a neutral smokey eye (mainly Clarins Smokey Passion, used also here and here), and paired with a pop of colour — in this case, a bright teal along the lower lashline.

Finally, I applied a sheer layer of a coral-y blush, and layered a Marcelle Rouge Vitality lipstick (one of my all-time favourite formulas) with Korres‘ Cherry Oil Lipgloss in Rose for a bright, plush pout, something I absolutely associate with Dani’s look.

! The Lipstick Bandits Secret Santa Look Swap

I also made sure to take the eye shots from my left eye, rather than my right — I feel like I never see Dani’s right eye unless it’s in a full-face shot! :P

My right eye is certainly my favourite, but I have to admit, it was kinda nice to change things up a little & photograph the other one for once.

!The Lipstick Bandits December Look Swap

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The Gift Guide | Senna Haute Nudes Palette in Mystic

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Senna Haute Nudes Mystic - teaser

I’m trying to get a review up for the Senna Cosmetics Haute Nudes Multi Makeup Palette in Mystic ($48 USD) as quickly as possible, but the long and short of it is simple: Mystic gets two thumbs way up from this particular peanut gallery.

With gorgeous textures (as you could expect from a brand like Senna) and an absolutely divine colour palette of cool-toned mauvey-neutrals, this might just be my favourite palette of the year. Until I can find time to get a review up, here are a few photos and swatches to tide you over!

Senna Haute Nudes - Mystic palette swatches

Senna Mystic Haute Nudes - teaser

A last-minute Halloween idea: Star-studded beauty

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m awful at planning things in advance, as you might have noticed. (Full disclosure; I managed to schedule tomorrow’s review for this morning. It was up for a little over three hours, so if any of you are wondering where it went — well, went to go hide behind Nov. 1st for the meantime.)

So, here’s one for all of you who want a cool, wearable Halloween look that requires almost no planning. Because, let’s be honest, sometimes planning is just one of those things that should (but totally never manages to) happen.

For a full tutorial, don’t miss this post on She Said Beauty! 

Not just easy to co-ordinate, this look is pretty easy to assemble, too. Start out with a basic face; medium-coverage foundation; plenty of powder and contouring. The lip and cheek colours are up to you (I love a good reddish lip in the fall), as is the brow shape — just make sure to fill them; with a focal point away from your eyes, you’ll want to make sure they’re still adequately framed.

If you’re adding illuminator to your cheekbones, try to pick a powder product to get better wear out of the stars.

Start your eyes with a basic, matte smokey eye, then add a little bit of interest for Halloween’s sake. I went with a metallic gold, lining my upper lashline with LUSH Fantasy & taking Fyrinnae Polar Bear through the inner corners. Then, after mascara, I took Fantasy along a few of the tips of my upper lashes, too. (You can see it more in the flash photo, later in this post.)

Another option that’s just as easy is to sparkle with pointed intent — pick a loose pigment with a larger particle size of shimmer, then pat it onto the middle of your lids and/or the inner corners. Don’t blend it too well, leaving it instead to juxtapose with the matte lid shades, and choose something with coloured reflects (eg. red at an angle or with flash, but unnoticeable straight-on) for extra impact.

From there, grab some lash glue & craft store confetti to take the look from pretty to Halloween-levels-of-awesome. I kind of cheated on both, to be honest; instead of lash glue, I used an Annabelle Glitterama Liquid Eyeliner (glitter liners are my stash secret for when I’m out of proper fixatives) & picked the gold and silver stars out of a rainbow mix of loose stars.

What? It’s not poor planning; it’s totally innovation.

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Don’t miss this » A Burberry-inspired Autumn/Winter makeup look

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

One of the Autumn/Winter promos that I love (loved, loved) this year was the one for Burberry’s Autumn/Winter colour collection. I still have yet to give the brand a try, but the aesthetic is just stunning — clean lines and gorgeous, classic shades.

Here’s a quick, easy look based off their fall face. With a focus on warm, diffuse eyeshadow and soft black liner, the tutorial (see the link below) is a snap, and I’ve swatched a few colour substitutes for below (seeing as I didn’t pick up Burberry Mulberry and Dark Sable Sheer Eyeshadows to do the look with.)

Hope you enjoy the look, and here’s to a great autumn!

Read the full tutorial here on She Said Beauty.

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The Dark Eyeliner Rises | An Anne Hathaway (as Catwoman) makeup tutorial + look

Monday, August 20, 2012

Because Selina Kyle is a BAMF.

In a few more words, though: here’s a quick look (tutorial + more photos here) to make up for the fact that I’ve been AWOL recently. Soft red lips, matte neutral eyes, and (what else?) smudgy winged black eyeliner.

While editing these photos, I realized that I look rather… displeased with the entire world in them, which — not intentional, I promise. (Okay, maybe a little bit intentional. It has been so hot in Edmonton this season; I am so, so ready for the fall.)

Honestly, though? This look isn’t exactly prototypical DC superhero — you could get away with wearing it in pretty much any scenario (no ass-kicking or taking of names required). Take the edge off a red lip by applying your lipstick quite sparingly, and then blotting it down with a fingertip for a really soft, lived-in edge.

(Alternately, wear the lipstick full-force for a more dramatic, evening look, or grab a classic-red gloss–with shimmer!–for something a bit more fun.)

Alright. I’m sure you’ve had enough of my boring face for the time being, so I’ll add in one last note and then leave you be!

Black liner through my sparse lashes is my #1 makeup tip for looking just… better, without making it obvious at all that I’ve actually got anything on, and this liner does a fantastic job of it. More awake, larger eyes, more expressive, you name it — liner in my actual lashline (not above it, and not below it) is a makeup trick that I rely really heavily on, and this super-creamy, super-black Annabelle Smoothie pencil has been my pick of the month to do it with.

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Get Mod (Muse) with Senna’s latest and greatest | Review & swatches of Adonis, Arabesque, and Fantasy

Friday, August 3, 2012

The product: Senna Cosmetics Mod Muse Eye Colour eyeshadows in Adonis, Arabesque, and Fantasy.

Have you ever stumbled your way into a collection where everything–literally, everything–seems like the best thing since sliced bread? Because, man, Senna eyeshadows are the best thing since sliced bread.

And that’s coming from a bona fide carb junkie.

The shades

Arabesque is a “sunlit peach” in their Glow formula, and it’s a good place to start. While it’s not a must-have, I really like it — it’s chunky shimmer interspersed through a sheer, glowing peach base, and the unique finish and texture puts it in a fairly small class of eyeshadows. (I used it in this violet-lidded makeup tutorial, just in the inner corner. The almost-flaky texture pairs really interesting with finely-milled shimmers and mattes, particularly in person.)

Then we have Fantasy, which, I have to say: definitely my favourite. It’s a “reflective blue purple,” also in the Glow formula, and it happens to be one that I’ve been in love with for years — here’s a swatch and makeup look featuring it from way in ’09.

Fantasy is quite possibly my favourite subtle-pop-of-colour shade ever (even for a violet, and trust me, I have a lot of violet eyeshadow). I’d definitely call it a must-have for fair skintones and lavender (web) lovers, which if you ask me, is really saying something!

(Yes, okay, it is possible that I have more violet eyeshadows than I socks. Don’t judge.)

For a lot of people, though, I think Adonis is going to be the attention-grabber of this collection. It’s a matte “smokey blue teal, and like all of the brand’s matte eyeshadows, it’s intensely pigmented and blendable. Senna’s mattes sit on the dry end of the spectrum (think NARS or Make Up For Ever mattes, rather than MAC Matte2), and I’m generally quite fond of them.

(For a brighter, truer teal in the same matte formula, try Peacock.)

The formula

Senna eyeshadows have always been a favourite of mine, whether they’re shimmers, glows, or mattes, and these three are no exception. Like the rest of the line, they’re pigmented when they need to be (ahem, Adonis), but they know when to lie low — I mean, can you imagine a full-finish Arabesque, still with the same chunky-glow finish?

(What a trainwreck that would be!)

The verdict?

The Senna brand has always been really artistry-focused, and I think that’s something seen best in their eyeshadows. No, most people aren’t going to have a use for a sultry dark teal, or a sheer, chunky peach, but those who are looking for interesting shades and finishes will be really pleased with these.

Senna eyeshadows are hard to come by in-person outside of an IMATS or the state of California, but they retail for $16.50 each (online here) and come in conveniently-sized 26mm pans. 

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