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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Well guys, my favorite holiday of the year has come and gone once more. Except for the fact that when you're a makeup geek like me, Halloween is whenever you want it to be!! Haha. I know Halloween isn't technically until tomorrow but all the big parties were this past weekend so it's over for the big kids at least. After my costume panic post I received so many amazing costume suggestions, but there could only be one winner. So the winning suggestion/entry was ...

User Badtz suggested a Halloween makeup tutorial from Nikki Tutorials at the last minute that I saw and had to try out immediately. I don't know what to call it really so I've settled on Glamazombie. Or Drag Queen Dementor. Or Zombie Ke$ha. Either way, it was so much fun to do and to wear out and I got lots of compliments on it so congrats to Badtz, they will be receiving a Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow of their choice! Now, on to the good stuff, the pictures!!




I saw lots of awesome costumes out on the streets of Toronto - lots of Katy Perrys and Lady Gagas. If you guys have pictures from your night out (if you celebrated it) I would LOVE to see them so post them in the comments below!

I want to say thank you again to everyone who made suggestions, they were so creative and they've given me so much inspiration for new looks to do. I certainly won't be running out of creative makeup ideas for a while now, so thank you thank you thank you! Happy Halloween!!

Friday, 28 October 2011

Makeup Emergency!
Okay guys. I'm in DESPERATE need of your help! Halloween Party is less than 24 hours away and I have NO COSTUME!!!
I need your amazing collective brainpower to think of something awesome! Post suggestions, pictures, video tutorials, ANYTHING to inspire me! Pretty please!!

In the past I have gone as: Angel, Devil, Warrior Geisha, Gothic Lady of the Night, Bird of Paradise



WHOEVER COMES UP WITH THE WINNING SUGGESTION WINS A PRIZE!!

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Hey gals & ghouls - I'm really excited to be bringing you the culminating efforts of weeks of planning and the talents of three of my fave makeup artists. I was able to do a special Halloween collaboration with Ronnie (Bows & Curtseys) , Kassie (Unique-Desire) & Dawn (Makeup By Siryn). It was Dawn's amazing idea to do looks inspired by the webseries Monster High. 


I'd never heard of it before but I was instantly drawn to the Northern New Ghoul at School - Abbey Bominable, seeing as I'm from 'Up North' too. She's a no-nonsense snow queen and I love her ridiculous accent. Plus, how could I not get behind a character that rocks pink and purple eyeshadow. I mean, c'mon. She be frozen & fierce!



Anyways, so I set to work trying to emulate her icy blue skin, precious snowflake freckles, purple brows and amazing eyeshadow. Here's what I came up with!



You can see looks by the other girls here, or by visiting their individual blogs - which I highly recommend!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

I was contacted a while back by Kristie, the author of Blushing Basics. She approached me about doing a Guest Blog swap and I thought it might be fun to try since I've never done it before. Kristie is a lover of all things artistic and makeup just happens to be one of her favorite mediums. While working as a makeup artist she had several requests on this topic so she began posting video tutorials. Included in her blog are also tips, product reviews, and of course a little frugal fashion advice. 

Kristie and I share a common love for fake lashes and with Halloween just around the corner I thought - this is the perfect time for Kristie to give you a run down of all the different brands that are available to you. Whether you're looking for a one-time purchase for Halloween or wanting to invest in a high-quality pair that will stand the test of time, Kristie has a great selection of mini reviews for all kinds of lashes. Click on the cut to read more!

If you know me personally, you know I am no stranger to false eyelashes. I have tried everything from false eyelash strips, individual lashes, and eyelash extensions. False eyelashes are a must for photography and if willing, I encourage everyone I make up to use them. It opens yours eyes, makes them brighter and more defined. Trust me, they're worth it.

With that being said, here's a look at some lashes:



Ardell Fashion Lashes can be picked up at any Drugstore or major Supermarket. made of 100% sterilized human hair, they claim each pair can be re-used up to three weeks. I typically use these lashes for photoshoots because they are inexpensive and work. However, they are not the most comfortable to wear and do not look as natural "in real life" as they do in a photograph. Three weeks is a stretch, I would say three uses. average price $4-5.




Revlon Fantasy Lengths can also be picked up at any Drugstore or major Supermarket. Their claim to fame is that they are safe, latex free and come with self adhesive strips making them easy to apply. Yes, self adhesive strips do make them easy to apply, it just does not make them reuseable. Product comes with extra strips but it can be a bit cumbersome removing the old adhesive strip and applying they new one. Great for single use and photography. average price $6-8.




M·A·C false lashes come in a variety of styles. Most popular would probably be number 7, claiming natural length and everyday glamorous. M·A·C Lashes are handmade to exact specifications. If properly cared for, lashes can be reshaped or adorned if desired. Because of the craftsmanship, these lashes last much longer than the first two and at a higher price point, $15 a pair, you can see why.



Saving the best for last would be Shu Uemura's Luxe Black false eyelashes. Inspired by the mink false eyelashes custom-ordered by celebrities (typically costing $120-300 a pair), this synthetic version features a criss-crossed design to provide the most voluminous lashes. Thicker at the roots, it tapers at the tips for luscious-looking lashes with a defined eye line. These lashes cost $23 a pair, but worth.every.penny.

I was recently sent a pair to review and I originally thought, can these really be any better than the department store brands I have previously tried? Let me tell you, Shu Uemura knows lashes. They are AMAZING. Incredibly comfortable to wear, incredibly crafted, incredibly natural. after having worn these I would hate to go back to the $5 lashes. Thankfully, due to the craftsmanship (thick and sturdy band that keeps lash shape and allows for easy application and removal) they last much longer than the other pairs and are worth the initial investment.

If you are looking to try false eyelashes, or even if you aren't, I would highly recommend these. Typing GRAIL in all caps cannot emphasize my feelings enough. When it comes to lashes, Shu Uemura is the industry leader. If you'd like, you can also read my Shu Uemura eyelash curler review here.

xo,
kristie

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Okay, so remember the time that I said I was only going to do one post a week. OOPS I LIED! I totally forgot about this awesome collaboration that I had planned with Ronnie of Bows & Curtseys and Dawn of Makeup By Siryn. My candy of choice was the Halloween classic Reeses Pieces. I love those chocolatey little bastards. Every year I scoff like six boxes worth in one sitting and immediately regret the decision right after. Anyways - like I said - I totally forgot that I was supposed to have this posted so I did this look in like 15 minutes - RECORD TIME!! . It's kind of sloppy ( I may redo it at a later date) and not my best work but what the hell - Happy Halloween!!!


 




 Sorry for the crappy quality - I usually take my pictures outside with no flash - but these I had to take inside at night, by the light of a shatty little halogen desk lamp.

Here are the looks by my fellow beauty bloggers and I MUST say, they are tremendous and make me super hungry for Halloween Candy!! Click the links to go to the full post!



Monday, 17 October 2011

My beautiful Piggie Pals! How are you all? I've missed you terribly. I hate that I'm on a one-post-a-week schedule (thanks to school) but I'm going to make the most of it. I have a BIG post for you today - two looks and a review! Let's get started.
So - I recently received two packages of Violent Lips Lip Tattoos in the mail thanks to Violent Lips & MakeupBee. I had to create two makeup looks inspired the designs that I chose. The two I selected were "Silver Gliterati & The Red Cheetah". 
I have to be totally honest with you - I was really skeptical about how these would turn out/look. I'm going to reserve my full judgement until the end of the post though. First I want you to see the looks & the lips! First off: "Silver Gliteratti"

The first thing I thought of when I saw these lips was "Oh my god, I look like I made out with a disco ball." So, go big or go home right? I call this look "Discoballin' out of control".

I slapped a crapload of glitter on my eyes to match the lips and glued approximately a thousand mini mirrorballs all over my body. It ended up looking more like glamorous chicken pox than tons of tiny discoballs, but whatever. It could still be a fun, last minute Halloween look. Or just go as "Bling Barbie" or something, I don't know. Moving on!

The next lips were The Red Cheetah - which, don't get me started on. These are leopard spots, not cheetah spots BUT ANYWAYS! Here's how The Red Cheetah lips turned out.

Hahahaha. Sorry, those are my boyfriend's lips. Okay, for real this time.



I had to do something ferociously feline on my face to match this pretty kitty kisser - here's what I came up with.


Meow!! This look is Cheshire Cat meets Sigfried and Roy and I LOVE IT. If you wanted to make this look extra dramatic you could draw leopard spots all over your eyes/face. However, being artistically challenged I was pleased with the twenty I managed to do successfully and wasn't about to start pushing my luck by trying any more. Super fun look, really pleased with this one.


THE REVIEW 

Sorry, I know - way harsh. But I always say I'm going to be totally honest with reviews - and I was not in love with these at all. They are great for a halloween gimmick, and they have some fun patterns but I really can't see much use for them outside of costume parties. Plus at $5.00 per/tattoo ($14.95 for 3) they aren't cheap for a few hours of wear (mine lasted two hours w/talking & eating). Here were my main pet-peeves:

1. Not so easy to apply. 
I went through two pairs before I finally got it right - that's why they give you three pairs!

2. I had to do MAJOR surgery on the cut-outs 
I could not just cut on dotted lines to get them to match my natural lips.

3. When I relaxed my lips there was a lot of creasing
My boyfriend also said they felt 'hard' when I kissed him.

4. After about two hours this happened...
My lips friggin' fused together and I couldn't talk!! Total Matrix mouth moment!

Dramatic re-enactment of sticky lips.
Well, all in all I'm glad I got the opportunity to try them because I've always been curious, but I'm filing these under 'not for me'. I'd rather spend the $15.00 on a nice tube of lipstick. But, don't let me be the only opinion you read - fellow QueenBees Kassie and Veronica have also posted reviews so check out what they have to say too!

Happy Monday! See you guys in a week!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Welcome to the October installment of my blogger of the month series. Each month I will be recognizing and featuring someone who I believe to be a true talent in the beauty blogging world by displaying their work for you guys to see. I have included a interview as well as a gallery of their best work for the feature. And as a special treat, I commissioned an exclusive look for the monthly 'Pigments & Palettes Challenge'. The next blogger I've decided to feature is:



Maryam is an absolute delight to know and behold. Her posts are so well crafted, personable and genuinely enjoyable to read. Confession! I also have a huge girl crush on her (but don't tell). In all seriousness though, shes a doll. She has that certain 'Je ne sais quoi' about her blog that catches your attention and the personality to keep it. I must say that Maryam is different from past BOTMs in the sense that she isn't as focused on high drama looks but the looks she does create are SO stunning and beautifully put together as well - I've never seen a look that doesn't look phenomenal on her. If you're searching for pretty day looks or an exquisite evening makeup ensemble then her blog is an absolute must see. Read on to get to know a little bit more about Mademoiselle Maryam.


THE INTERVIEW
 Getting to Know You: The Beauty Behind the Blog

Why did you start blogging?
I originally started blogging because I wanted to share my interests with other like-minded individuals. It took me a while to come up with a topic to blog about because my interests vary dramatically, ranging from traveling to performing arts to international relations to fashion/beauty. I chose to do beauty blogging because the subject is very targeted and catered to a specific audience: women (and some men :) Blogging about beauty has allowed me to connect with women across the world and that human connection is what keeps me going today.

What does your blog name mean, and how did you come up with it? 
Fix Your Face is an old saying suggesting the same thing as the saying that tells us to Turn Our Frowns Upside Down. At the same token, "Fix Your Face" literally suggests "fixing" one's face--in this case, with makeup. I liked "Fix Your Face" because it was both positive in its message and very literal in its meaning. Today, however, I'm starting to rethink "Fix Your Face" and I'm even considering dropping it, because someone pointed out that it actually sounds negative and suggests plastic surgery... lol. Since that's not me at all, the negative connotation hadn't even dawned on me!!! Oh well, I know what I meant by it ;)) The second part of my blog name is Maryam Maquillage which is my pseudonym. The word Maquillage means makeup in French and Russian, which are two cultures that are very near and dear to my heart.


What are the three most important things for people to know about you? 
1. I love people
2. I accept criticism
3. I am extremely thankful

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? 
People are always surprised to learn that I've been in a 10 year relationship and I'm only in my mid-twenties.



Describe your beauty philosophy in a six word sentence
Love Yourself And Your Perfect Imperfections

What would you say is your signature look?
Sharp cat-eye liner and nude or bright pink lips



Who or what serves as your biggest source of inspiration & why?
I'm an extremely visual person and I love eye candy. I'm inspired by the colors of nature (lady autumn over here), ethnic prints & textiles, impressionist paintings, exotic birds and butterflies, cultures, destinations, people, beaches, animals, and my fellow bloggers.

What is the skill you're most proud of and what skill would you like to improve on?
 
I'm pretty good at anything that requires a steady hand and an artistic eye. I come from a family of artists and they'd kill me if I'd downplay that talent. I would definitely like to improve my blending skills--I wish I was more patient when it comes to eyeshadows :)


What was the first look you did and what do you think of it now? 
LOL... My first post was a Kim Kardashian look I copied from one of her pictures. I bought NARS Schiap lipstick and wanted to see what eye look to pair it with. If you type Nars Schiap in google, her pic will come up and I basically did the same look. I still like the makeup, I just wish I was a bit more creative :))

What's one question you want to ask to next month's beauty blogger? 
What are some of your biggest blogging pet peeves?

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FIVE FAST FAVORITES

1. Favorite beauty blog/website?
Sephora, MAC and Pigments & Palettes!!!

2. Favorite kind of post to read and/or write? 
I love posts that feature makeup looks, I love writing them and I love reading them

3. Favorite type of makeup to wear, if you could only choose one?
Definitely eyeshadow--oh the possibilities...
4. Favorite look that you've ever done? 
Fire Eyes, Flaming Lips


5. Favorite song to dance to when nobody's watching?
Thriller
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THE PALETTE CHALLENGE


And finally, here's the Monthly Pigments & Palettes Challenge - "Lady Autumn", a look created exclusively for Pigments & Palettes, inspired by the following picture and color scheme below.



THE LOOK




If you would like to be blogger of the month, or would like to nominate someone contact me at pigmentsandpalettes@gmail.com

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Hello my Piggie Pals! This post is a long time overdue, but better late than never, right? So, a while ago Makeupbee & Velour Lashes approached me to do a look inspired by one of the lashes in the Velour Lashes line. Being from Toronto, I chose the T Dot ... Ohhh! Lashes, as they are named after this great city. However, the lashes are also inspired by Taylor Swift's signature look and are designed to emulate her beautiful feline eyes. 

"Unique and special like our hometown Toronto, this lash has a personality of its own. Its funky style produces a two tone effect, with the inner section being more dramatic than the ends. This semi dramatic lash is designed with a pattern that gradually gets longer towards the ends giving you the Taylor Swift wing at the corner of the eye. These can be worn for multiple purposes whether it is for a rockin’ concert, drinks with the ladies, or a casual day out. Toronto- first class city, first class lashes." - Mabel & Angela, Velour Lashes

Naturally, I wanted to do a look directly inspired by the beautiful Ms. Swift herself. I found this gorgeous smokey blue eye she wore to an awards show and instantly fell in love.


I knew the lashes would work wonderfully with this look so I was really excited to recreate it. You can see my version of it here. The silvery blue tones are so soft and romantic, and the smokey cat-eye effect gives it the perfect amount of sultry allure. To sum it up: amazing date makeup - sexy and sweet, the perfect blend. I toned down Taylor's Cherry Pink lips to a softer nude pink to make the look more wearable but it would look pretty either way. Have a look below.



This look is so soft & romantic, but the lashes give it the perfect amount of eye-catching drama. Here is a picture of the lashes on their own so you can get the clearest view of them possible.

REVIEW: I'll start out right away by saying this - these lashes aren't cheap. They are on sale right now from $59.00 to $29.00, but even at half-price these puppies are going to cost you a pretty penny. The reason for the high price tag is partially because the lashes are made from mink (cruelty free). There are definite benefits to luxury lashes though. For starters, they go on SO nicely, they contour beautifully to your lid and they look so realistic. Even these high drama lashes are made to look as authentic as possible when you've got them on. You can also wear them up to 25 times which is a lot of mileage for falsies. Most of my other fake lashes are garbage after about five wears. If you're put off by the price, you might want to invest in one pair and save them for special occasions, they'll last years. The only major con I experienced is that the lashes are very long and this can be a bit annoying. For example, these lashes touch my brows when my eyes are open, they are THAT long. And I don't have low arched brows either. However, having spoken to Mabel & Angela I know they are thinking of shortening the lashes so this shouldn't be a problem for long.



RATING: 4.5/5 - Honestly, if I had the money I would probably invest in the entire line, they are that nice. Everyone who has worn my pair has fallen in love, myself included. However, the price is a bit high for most wallets and the super long lashes can be a big distracting.

RECOMMENDATION: I've literally worked with every single pair of lashes in the collection, upper and lower, and it's impossible for me to pick a favorite, but I highly recommend "Are Those Real" and "You Complete Me" which are some of their best sellers for their high impact, but natural look. I also really like "Oops Naughty Me" for a slightly sexier stare. Check out the site and see which pair best suit you.

Finally, I leave you with a short YouTube tutorial on how you can get this Taylor Swift look using Velour Lashes. Enjoy and have an awesome weekend!




Monday, 3 October 2011

Hi everyone! I know I've been an awful blogger lately and haven't been around much to comment or post (school is really, really, really intense right now) but I've missed you all dearly! But, to make it up to you, I'm coming back in a big way. First, an update - and then a look & tutorial!!
Okay - so - HUGE news. Last Sunday I had the immense privilege of being the makeup artist for Velour Lashes new product line shoot. I got to meet the company founders (Mabel & Angela) and they couldn't have been any nicer. We had a full day of makeup & photos, 11 hours! I did makeup on the model Jeny, who was such a pro and had the most gorgeous features. Basically a dream come true for any makeup artist. The makeup I did will be available to view on their website, in their upcoming magazine editorial, as well as on their banner for the Toronto IMATS convention. Un. Real! What an opportunity! I don't have the pictures to show you yet but I am so excited to finally see them once they come back from editing. Also - Velour Lashes are on sale right now for HALF.OFF! I'm going to say that one more time in case you didn't quite catch that. VELOUR LASHES ARE HALF OFF! I have a pair and they blow all my other falsies out of the water. I use them on photoshoots all the time and models go NUTS for them. Okay. Enough gushing! On to the makeup!

A good friend of mine, Liana, is going as the Queen of Hearts for Halloween this year and she was really sweet and asked me to come up with a look for her to wear with her costume. It was tricky trying to come up with some original ideas because she's such a popular character but I think in the end what I came up with will definitely turn heads at a Halloween party.


You can either wear this look as the eye makeup alone, or go full tilt with the heart mask outline  - depending on your comfort level. All you need is a little patience and a lot of rhinestones. I got mine at the Dollarstore, but Michael's and other craft stores are great resources as well.


Off with their heads!!


Also, as a favor to Liana, I went ahead and filmed a tutorial for this look. So ,if anyone else out there is going as the Queen of Hearts, or if you're just undecided and looking for inspiration, check it out! I hope you guys enjoy and please - as always - any constructive feedback is greatly appreciated. Love you guys, Happy October!