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Monday, 27 February 2012

Today's Spring/Summer trendy shade is a tantalizing teal color called Cockatoo:


NOW WITH A VIDEO TUTORIAL




 

Don't ask me why in the world this color is called Cockatoo, considering the last time I checked Cockatoos weren't teal, but what do I know? However, I can confirm that this color is gorgeous and is one of the few colors I can actually pull off in my wardrobe so I'm all about this one - crazy name or not. Evocative of palettes from the 1970's, this previously outdated (think Grandma's dishes and/or wallpaper) has come full circle and is totally chic again.

 


For this look, I decided to use Faux Lash's beautiful BIANCA lashes from their Luxe collection. A combination of black and brown crisscross lashes gives lots of flare without looking fake. To me, these are a more toned down version of the SASHA lashes I was raving on about earlier - so if those were too much for you try these ones instead. I'm positive you won't be dissapointed. Here's what the fabulous people at Faux have to say about them.

"The Bianca lash is the perfect final touch to your Saturday night smoky eye. The black and brown strands create multiple layers of depth and volume. These are sure to get you on the VIP list." - FauxLash
These lashes have a gradual curve to them and are longest in the middle section of the lashes. For this reason, these would be great for making your eyes look bigger rather than longer - so I would recommend these for people looking to achieve a more wide eyed appearance. I don't have this problem myself thanks to my ginormous peepers, but I still like wearing them for daytime when I want a more subtle look than some of the other lashes in the collection. If you want these lashes but without the brown undertones, try the ALEXIA lashes instead.


Okay, so this look was totally inspired by a picture I found on Pinterest (This is my account - follow me!) of Padmita's inverse gradient makeup. 

Traditional makeup tends to stick to the same sort of formula every time: Light color on the inner corner, bright color on the lid and a dark color for crease definition on the outside of the eye. Well Padmita inspired me to try switching the bright pop of color to the inside of my eye for instant impact and putting the highlight on the middle of the lid. 

It's so unexpected (and admittedly, not for everyone) but if you're a natural born rule breaker, why not try something a little on the wild side? I of course had to put Cockatoo front and center because a color like this simply demands it!


For the rest of the face, I had some fun with peachy coral colors that contrast the cool teals and compliment the warm golden browns of the eyes. On my lips I have Perpetual Peach by L'Oreal Paris and a coral colored blush from Coastal Scents 26 Blush & Eyeshadow Palette. It's such a well balanced look with lots of color that feels very fresh and summery without being overwhelming. What do you think?


I also couldn't resist some 70's styling, as an homage to Ella Moss's beautiful sketches. Love those retro earrings!

 

I have to say that this image board is my favorite of all the ones that Jess of My Haute Habit put together for this series. I love the dress and I agree, I think pairing this with nude accessories really lets the color shine on its own merits. Who wouldn't want to rock this super chic mini?




That's it for today's post. We're in the final stretch of this series so hopefully I can blow you away with the final few looks ....

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Today's post is Driftwood: a beige bone colored tone that goes with just about anything






Despite my best efforts, this turned out a lot more brown than beige but I still like the effect. To keep things summery I incorporated a pop of color on the lower waterline (my new favorite technique!). I stuck with browns and blues because those are the tones that most flatter my complexion and eyes but you could easily adapt this look to your own coloring. That's the beauty of neutrals like Driftwood! For green eyes try a pop of purple on the waterline, for brown eyes try blues and golds! Or just experiment and see what you like!  

EDIT: For my waterline I used NYX's Jumbo Pencil in Milk and set the white with a blue eyeshadow from the Coastal Scents 88 Palette. As long as you have white eyeliner you can make your waterline any color you want!! How easy is that??

Whenever I'm working with blues, I like to play with pink accents. So here I used NARS Desire (just a hint!) and Rose by Elizabeth Arden on the lips. And that's it. A fun, neutral look you can wear just about anywhere this summer!

 




These COLETTE lashes are so girly and flirty. They add lots of length to my eyes because of the flared wingtips, and as a round eyed girl I really appreciate that. They are also sparse enough that you can wear them for daytime without feeling overdone. I took them on a spin to my afternoon class and got lots of compliments. Here's what Faux has to say...
"Our Colette lash is superb for all occasions. The short and long lash clusters create the perfect amount of volume topped off with just the right amount of curl. C’est magnifique!" - FauxLash.com
If you want to work this natural neutral into your wardrobe, Jess of My Haute Habit shows us how:



Be sure to check out Jess's blog for more Spring/Summer '12 style tips! She's also hosting an amazing Essie giveaway that you should totally check out!


Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Today's post is Sweet Lilac: a soft, romantic pink inspired by spring flowers



Pantone really said it best with this one. I totally agree, Sweet Lilac is definitely a color for hopeless romantics, which makes it perfect for spring time and spring flings. This feminine, flirtatious pink is the perfect color for girly girls every where. Inspired by the flower of the same name, Sweet Lilac has a soothing effect that many people associate with calm feelings and relaxation. Make it fun and funky by teaming it up with Solar Power yellows and Tangerine Tango Oranges. Or you can play it cute and quaint by pairing this delicate pink with some beautiful Bellflower purple accents. Lots of suggestions in the post so keep reading after the cut!


I know I'm a day late but I created this look with Valentine's day in mind. I was inspired by the holiday's pretty rose petal pinks and warm chocolate browns - the finished look has an airy, romantic feel to it that will surely catch that special someone's eye any time of year.


Paired with lacy whites and soft curls, you'll look like a fresh spring flower! Honestly I felt so pretty in this look, I didn't want to take it off. It almost made me like Valentine's Day! If you want to try this look for yourself I put together a tutorial for you guys!



 
Buy the Sasha Lashes Here!
These SASHA lashes are so nice I featured them twice! I used them in my Starfish look a few weeks ago but you couldn't really see them through all that smokey brown shadow. Against this pretty pink shadow you can really see these lashes shine. I honestly wasn't loving this look all that much until I threw on the lashes and then it was love. Pure love.
Our most luxurious lashes. These voluptuous, feathery lashes have a mix of black and dark brown strands that look like pure mink. Ultra plush, fluttery and luxe, these are a definite must-have for any lash addict. The Sasha’s will make you feel like a total bombshell. - FauxLash.com
If you only buy one pair of Faux lashes let these be the ones! Honestly they are so perfect, so versatile, so natural. I plan on stocking up on these. At least enough to last me until the end of the world (which hopefully won't be this year! Yikes! Lol.)


Finally, even if you hate Valentine's day you HAVE to love these girly fashion finds from, Jess of My Haute Habit. Adding gold to this color gives it a fun edge, don't you agree? 




Be sure to check out Jess's blog for more Spring/Summer '12 style tips! She's also hosting an amazing Essie giveaway that you should totally check out!


Did you guys do anything romantic this Valentine's day? Or did you go to any awesome Anti-Valentine's Day events?