Month: Jan 2015

Two Faced

Post the aftermath of (the dramatic) Goldeneye, I was keen to try something more subdued. A nod to the neutrals. More of browns and beiges and taupes, oh my. A look that could, with a few easy swipes of the brush, translate into something sufficiently sultry for the evening. Plus my friend Natasha had to be further enticed to cross over to the world of make-up and playing with colours (I’m incorrigible, I know). Here’s what I came up with for the day look. I applied Lucid all over up toe the brow bone then Black Milk onto the crease (both from Kat Von D’s Chrysalis Palette). Blend, blend, blend. Lined upper lash line with Napolitano, also from Kat Von D. Lightly smudged lower lash line, outer corners with MAC Red Brick Eyeshadow. Loaded on L’oreal Mascara in Black Black. For the lips, I used MAC Retro. Then in four quick steps, I changed it up a tad for Evening. I used more of MAC Red Brick on the crease and to further enhance the …

When Confections Get Groovy, Baby

I f you’re not into sweeties, you’re certainly of a rare breed. Or very strong-willed. As all pastry obsessives will likely concur, there’s something in that first taste of sweetness. I like to slowly wrap my tongue around it. Savour it. Ever. So. Slowly. Experience the heady rush of sugar. Be it an an affinity for layer cakes, tarts, or truffles, or, as it goes with the likes of Lisa Wolf, lollies and biscuits and marshmallows (oh my), sugar aficionados are united in searching for the next perfect bite. Beyond baking up nirvana, Lisa is one of the most sassy, intelligent and creative people I’ve been blessed to meet. Ever so eloquent, too. I absolutely adore the way she replied to all my questions. So much so that you know what? I’m simply going to copy/paste her responses here because they’re that epic. Mundane but necessary nonetheless, tell me about yourself. I’d describe myself as an oddly anachronistic character who tends to speak in a sort of backwards, slightly loopy and overly formal way. It was …

How To Write A Good Blog Post

Content is king. We know that. Finding your unique voice is everything. We know that too. We also know about killer headlines, good pictures, writing in the same manner as we speak (or close thereto) and the usefulness of what we’re putting out there. But how exactly do we achieve that? What constitutes a good blog post? With less than 90 posts under my belt since I began blogging in earnest last September, I’m certainly not claiming to be an expert on the topic but I do know why I keep going back to the same group of blogs and why I couldn’t be fussed with some, regardless of how popular they may be. Headline + Content + Visuals + Relevance. It’s all about the Fab Four. A headline to grab my attention. Content to keep me reading until the very end. Visuals to emphasise a point. And, this is by far the most important, how relevant is the information I’m about to absorb, how can I use it to better myself. The following is …

The 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards

I received my invite by hand, but of course. Personally delivered by a line-up of eye candy boys men, all ripped and wearing tees so tight they left little to the imagination. How could I say no? It is, after all, the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards. As we all know, I’ve never been one to blend in with the sea of taffeta and lace and gowns and trinkets. Instead, I plan on taking the Janelle Monáe route. Jacket, Free People. Leggings, lord knows. Inner Chiffon Top, Stylemint. Lacy Bra, La Perla. Eye and cheek make-up from Wet n Wild, Smashbox Double Exposure, LORAC Afterglo and Kat Von D. Black Suede Heels with Ruffles, Bakers. Neckpiece, JCrew. Lipstick, MAC Heroine. Whirligig, all mine. Walking the tightrope of reality has never been more fun. See you at SAG tonight, 8/7c. Love, Sheela p/s As always, photo credits to Eve.

Doing The Ombré

After seeing renditions from Keiko and Emily, I thought I’d give ombré lips a go. The original objective was to create a Black with Purple gradient but in the end, I went with a gilded finish. First, I lined my lips with Avon Ultra Luxury Lip Liner in Baby Pink (which is, in actuality, more of a Peach Coral), made it a thoroughly generous border. You might be wondering why such a light hue given the final outcome. Honestly? It was the nearest thing on hand 🙂 I filled in the corners with Nyx Lipstick in Almost Black, first straight from the tube and then I evened it out with a lip brush. I used Nyx Alecto to fill in the rest of the lips and then added a dash of Nyx Hubba Bubba Waouh in the centre of both upper as well as lower lips for contrast. Make sure everything is blended nicely. Tadah 🙂 it took less than five minute to create this look. Is the ombré effect something you’d fancy? And try? …