Category Archives: Maybelline New York

My Blush Picks (+Swatches)

Here are my blush picks! As you can tell, I prefer rosy pinks, and my trusty peach color by MAC…

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1) MAC Matte Powder Blush in “Melba”

2) Avon Powder Blush in pink

3) Joe Fresh Cream Stick Blush in “Pink Rose”

4) Bourjois Paris Baked Powder Blush in “Rose D’Or” (Golden Rose)*

5) Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in 10 “Pink Frosting”

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In sunlight:

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In daylight/shadow:

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The cream and mousse blushes seem to be more flattering in the summer when I’m not wearing a lot of makeup. They blend in well with the dewy skin.

The powders all are great for winter, and I usually have a powdery base. The MAC “Melba” color, however, looks better with a tan in the summer.

It still works in the winter with certain outfits/makeup looks though. Pink usually works better for me in the winter.

The shimmer in the Bourjois and the Maybelline blushes look very dazzling and flattering in sunlight. But if overly applied, it would look “overdone” and too sparkly rather than lightly shimmery.

Blush makes all the difference. Pink, and some peachy colors, are for me! What’s your blush color?

It’s all a part of Being Pretty!

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Violet Eyes

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How to:

1) Apply one (thin) coat of mascara

2) Sweep a purple-based mid-tone over the lid and just a bit above the crease.

3) Apply a darker purple-based shade at the inner and outer corners of your lid.

4) Accentuate the outer corner and crease even more with a deeper purple and blend well

5) Dab a shimmery light purple shade onto the ball of your eyelid for “volume”

6) Line the upper lashline with black pen eyeliner, pulling it to a slight flick

7) Line bottom lashes with dark purple shadow and blend

8) Apply a thick coat of mascara and comb/separate after dry

9) Set eyeliner with black shadow

 

( By the way, I’m sorry the lighting is depressing in these photos! I’ll find better light next time. It makes my skin look pale and brings out my silly freckles. :P)

This look would be great for a date, night out with friends, or a party.

It’s all a part of Being Pretty!

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Warm n’ Cozy Fall Look

This look is all about being natural and radiating warmth.

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To get the look I primed my eyelids with Lili Rouge “Stick to It” primer, and then applied Urban Decay‘s “Shag” eyeshadow all over the lid, not rising above the crease.

I smoothed a thin layer of Garnier’s BB Cream over my face, and then Yves Rocher corrector/concealer under my eyes and around my nose. I set it all with a light dusting of Maybelline pressed powder.

I applied Milani’s baked bronzer under my cheekbones and blended. I then brushed MAC blush in “Melba” on the apples of my cheeks.

Then I put on L’Oreal Colour Riche lipstick in 802 “Captivating Copper”.

I applied two layers of L’Oreal Voluminous False Lashes mascara, and defined my upper lash line with Urban Decay‘s eyeshadow in “Zero”.

I don’t know about you, but to me, makeup should reflect your feelings. Some people use it to conceal them too! I personally find Autumn a cozy and heart-warming season. I think of apple and pumpkin pies, orange, brown, lace, bright leaves, apple-picking, cute scarves and jackets. So, I like to reflect my emotions in what I wear.

Have a happy fall! Count your blessings! (:

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Last Pop of Colour (Selena Gomez-inspired)

This is a pretty and colourful look inspired by Selena Gomez…

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Medium/thick cat eye-liner, with bright pink lips and cheeks. Simple, easy, and cheerful!

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What I used:

Maybelline Master Precise pen eyeliner in black by Eyestudio

Joe Fresh cream blush in “Pink”

Rimmel London lipstick in 022 “Nostalgia”

Maybelline lipstick in 810 “Disco Pink”

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This is a great look for parties! It’s fresh, fun, and youthful.

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My Mascara Quest…

Eyelashes make a big difference to every makeup look. However you don’t notice it’s there till it’s not there.

For a couple of years, Maybelline’s Volume Express One by One mascara was my favourite. I still like it, but after trying another mascara and seeing a huge difference, I decided it was time to explore for a new one.

I wanted a mascara that defines, lengthens, and gives a lot of volume. The one I was using mostly defined, but didn’t give a lot of the other two. I researched and experimented a bit. I ended up with four (affordable) favourites….

*(When I say ‘definition’ I mean lash separation.)

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1) Covergirl’s LashBlastvolume mascara. 

Rate:

Definition: 9/10

Volume: 6.5/10

Lengthening: 7/10

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Brush:

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2) L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Lashes. 

Rate:

Definition: 6/10

Volume: 9.5/10 (Quite clumpy however)

Lengthening: 8/10

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Brush:

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3) Maybelline’s Illegal Length Mascara 

Definition: 7/10

Volume: 8/10

Lengthening: 8.5/10

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Brush:

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4) Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara -waterproof.

Definition: 6/10

Volume: 6.5/10

Lengthening: 8/10

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Brush:

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This last one, Great Lash, I actually don’t like because of volume, length, or definition, but it is 100% waterproof. It’s even hard to take off without oil! It’s my #1 trusted summer product.

Many of these mascaras work best when mixed! (As in one coat of Illegal Length, and a second coat of Voluminous False Lashes.)

Eyes are probably the most important feature of your face. Give ’em all you can! Make them stand out!

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Lovely Lipstick Quotes

“I believe  in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick.  I believe in pink. I believe the happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and… I believe in miracles.”  

-Audrey Hepburn

“I never leave the house without putting on my lipstick.” 

-Evelyn Lauder

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“I live by a man’s code, designed to fit a man’s world, yet at the same time I never forget that a woman’s first job is to choose the right shade of lipstick.”

-Carole Lombard

“I’m a big lipstick girl- I’m old school that way.”

-Zoe Lister-Jones

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“I can’t see myself without pink lipstick. I can go without it for a couple of days, but if there was no more pink lipstick in this world, I’d be useless. Seriously.”

-Nicki Manaj

“I came out of the womb waving red lipstick.”

– Rose McGowan

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“If I walk outside without lipstick, I feel naked.” 

-Sofia Vergara

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or kick-ass red lipstick.” 

-Gwyneth Paltrow

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Which is most true for you? Which is your favourite?

Long live lipstick ladies! xx

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Audrey Hepburn-inspired 50s Look

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Winged eyeliner and very strong brows with a nude lip.

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Classic beehive hairstyle. You can find “Bump-Its” at the dollar store in all sizes to help you get the bump look.

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I love Audrey Hepburn’s style. It was classic, simple, and beautiful. (It’s a pretty easy look to get  too!)

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Concealer is the key!

Concealer is very important as it brightens your face and makes you look awake (even if you’re not!)

Here’s a chart of where concealer should be applied to your face:

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Under the eyes and around the nose make the biggest difference.

Invest in a good concealer.

According to many beauty websites, Maybelline’s stick concealer is the best drug-store concealer. I have it and love it! It covers up very well and stays on.

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