Monday, March 23, 2015

MOTW: Biscuity Makeup, aka the Shaggable Eyes

Every now and then, I would see a look and thought, "Where have I seen it before?" and inevitably, I also wonder, "I must have something similar already in my stash" because when a look appeals to me, it must be something that I know would look good on me. Beauty, like fashion, has its own cycle and things must have been cycled and recycled so many times, it is refreshing to try a newer, more modern take to the same basic theme.

This week, I'm doing the tone-on-tone, aka the "Biscuity Makeup" of Lisa Eldridge's fame. Remember this?

Upgrade it to a more shaggable slant of "Shaggable Eyes" of Tom Ford AW 15 like this..

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So, Biscuit and Shaggy both feature tonal brown eyes, nude cheeks and lips -- with cheeks and lips playing supporting role. While Biscuit is a more harmonious ensemble of matte-on-matte, Shaggy's eyes are the focal point with the chocolate haze wrapping around the outer corner of the eyes all the way to the upper cheek bone.

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My version is somewhere in between -- not quite shaggable, but still biscuity -- "the Shaggy-Biscuit?"

Skin is prepped using foundation of choice to achieve a natural finish. I like mine on the glowy side, so I prep with my regular, quite moist skin care base, with Lunasol Skin Modelling Liquid Foundation patted on top to form a synergy (ah, don't you just love that word, synergy?). I opted for gently sculpted cheeks, using a smidge of Chanel Bronzing Base and Burberry Fresh Glow (aka, my dupe for Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate) at strategic spots. All bounced and blended very, very gently with Beauty Blender sponge. This completes the Biscuit part.

For the Shaggy part, eyes are prepped with Burberry Trench, followed by Chanel Kaska Beige quad, emphasizing darker shades on the outer corner of the eyes -- strictly hugging the eyes to the bottom lash line and all the way down to the cheek bones like TF's version. I shaggify the eyes further by smudging Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Powder Pencil Liner in Audrey on the upper lash lines and adding few lashings of MAC False Lashes (which in reality does not make me look like I'm wearing falsies. We want to keep it biscuit-shag, remember?). I topped off the cheeks with peachy cream blush from Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar on the Go in Breakfast at Tiffany's. For lips, I chose a satin-matte of Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink.

O.k. I'm seriously getting hungry and in need of a sh.. err.. biscuit myself. Wishing everyone a great week ahead!

Monday, March 16, 2015

MOTW: Spring Blossom using Burberry Beauty

I've seen a lot of movement on Burberry Beauty, one of my favorite brand, and I think for the better! These past two weeks, I visited the local counter to play with many of their new products and I think the textures are better, colors are more edited, and -- not available at Nordstrom counter yet but I heard reviews -- lipsticks has no scent. No scent, I tell you!!

Are all those improvements an excuse to get rid of old stuff and buy new things? Not in this Land. I think it's time to dust-up some old favorites from Burberry Beauty and make the most of them.

  • Base: I'm currently testing NARS All Day Luminous, AmorePacific CC, Dior CC, and a few others. They are all samples from Sephora. The aim is luminous skin, akin to Burberry's ethos, you know the deal; glowy, but not shimmery, flawless but far from perfect. Just your skin but better.
  • Eyes: Burberry Pale Pink shadow is a discontinued shade of satin pink with iridescent pink/purple almost-duochrome. It is hard to capture in picture but it is not at all shimmery or glittery. Just think of a very sophisticated wash of gleam on the lids. I don't think there is a comparable shade in the current Burberry line up. I use this as a base all over. Burberry Rosewood is a cooler taupe with satin finish that is perfect as lid color. I finish with a stroke of Eye Definer pencil Midnight Ash on the top lashes and Eye Definer Pencil in Golden Brown on the bottom lashes to give a little definition. Use whatever mascara you have on hand to achieve a naturally defined lash.
  • Cheeks: Burberry Light Glow blush in Cameo is a dusky rose shade that warms up the skin, which is very nice since bronzer/any contour would be too stark this time of the year, at least on me.
  • Lips: I patted Burberry Lip Glow in English Rose on the lips to brightened up my natural lip color. After all these times, I still cannot stand the scent, so maybe this is one shade worth switching to the Kisses formula.

Lipstick, blush, liners, Rosewood and Pale Pink shadows.

On the rare days when the sun shines in this part of the Land, I try to take swatch pictures. I almost have forgotten how time-intensive taking these pictures can be! Really, it made me appreciate the amount of work that goes on into blogging.

Wishing everyone have a terrific week ahead!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Thankful Wednesday

These past few weeks have been busy ones for us. The weather was really nice and we are reminded once again of things we are always grateful for:

  • Friends
    I had a mini discussion with Sumi from The Worship Blues about friends. More and more, I appreciate people around me who make my life that much better with their daily, seemingly mundane gestures: the waiter and waitress at our neighborhood cafe, who know our order by heart and always make sure there are extra croutons on the Tod's salad, the moms, nannies, caregivers and their children we meet, play and chat with at the park, the lovely teachers with their students at a nearby school who wave at us, thoughtful drivers who honked playfully & stopped by patiently as we crossed the street. They can choose to be grumpy, impatient, ignore our presence and mind their own business, but by the grace of love they don't! And these people may not fit the conventional definition of friends -- they are strangers, really -- but, as I said, they make my life  a little bit  better because of their simple gesture of love. 
  • Nap, the Tod's that is..
    Ah, sweet, sweet nap. I savor every minute of it, it makes me look forward to playing with him more after he wakes up. I know the days are numbered when he will still be home with me, with nothing planned and all the time in the world. I know this time is special. I wouldn't trade it for the world!
  • Flowers and gardens
    There are flowers blooming everywhere, they make me smile and they remind me of my dad and my grandfather who are all garden/plant-lover. Not to mention the abundance of wiggly worms, slimy slugs, fleeting ladybugs, and other garden creatures who are always ready and available to keep the Tod entertained.
  • Silence and solitude
    What can be better than these??
Life is good, indeed. I hope you also enjoy your blessed week so far and please, share your gratitudes with us!