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My Fab Five

Earlier this year, I shared my Style Agenda with you. Some of you might recall how poorly I’d been treating my skin for the past 40 odd years (guilty as charged of going to bed with make-up still on, at least 5 nights a week). Since then, I’ve made it a point to really step things up and protect my face from the onslaught of age, and I do believe I’ve come a long way since that eighth day of January. Fact: I’ve only gone to bed with make-up on once. And forgot to use hand cream a scant three times. Fact: I slather on the various creams and serums and everything in between, religiously, each morning and night, without fail. Does it therefore mean that I now qualify to be a part of the beauty obsessed movement? My man thinks so, each time he glances in the direction of my burgeoning stash (never realising there are loads more safely ensconced within the protective folds of bedside table drawers, shhh). In the spirit of vanity …

Sorbet: Valentine’s Day Look 2

This second look is softer. Fewer steps. But no less pretty, in fact, I personally like this one a lot more than my first Valentine’s Day Look, Sugar & Spice. Perhaps because it was so easy that it took me under 10 minutes to complete Sorbet? On the face I used Clarins Teint Haute Tenue+ Everlasting Foundation in 107. I used the same pink eyeshadow Bella, (a wet/dry eyeshadow cum liner) from Addictive Cosmetics, for both eyes and cheeks. The green is this amazing concoction from Clarins called the Crayon Kohl in Intense Green, spot on for Spring 2015. My lashes are lashtastic-fantastic all thanks to the Clarins Instant Definition Mascara in Intense Black. And that luscious lip? The Clarins Joli Rouge Sheer in Coral Dahlia. You know what? I’m really beginning to like Clarins. So tell me, now that you’ve seen both Valentine’s Day looks, which do you prefer? Love, Sheela

Sugar & Spice: Valentine’s Day Look 1

I went to town with this look but because the colours used are neutral, I managed to achieve a sultry but not too sexy look that didn’t scream cliché on heels. And it’s something I could probably pull off any other day of the year, not just for Valentine’s Day. For the face, I used Clarins Teint Haute Tenue+ Everlasting Foundation in 107 (just launched and OH SO FAB and oh so sold out, sad face). For the eyes, I used Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Eyeshadows in Bianca’s Coloring Book, Anna’s Tea Set, Daniel’s Teddy Bear and Tom’s Stuffed Tiger with touches of “V” from the Tarte for True Blood palette. Over the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, I dabbed on Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Junkshow. On the lashes, I used Clarins Instant Definition Mascara in Intense Black. For the cheeks, it was Bella (a wet/dry eyeshadow cum liner) from Addictive Cosmetics. And on the lips, (my fave) Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague. I also created a second Valentine’s …

Mud On Your Face

Volcanic ash, carbon, and clay—no, this isn’t a geology lecture. It might seem odd to put rocks and ash on your face, but these earthy, mineral-rich ingredients work overtime to clear pores and scrub away dead skin. The concept of mud masks isn’t new. So too the use of Clay as well as Green Tea. Truth be told, the skincare market is overwhelmingly saturated with players a-plenty, all proclaiming to be the next best thing since, well, the introduction of mud masks to begin with. I was mud-mask shopping a little while back, in the hopes of addressing several (household) issues. Personally, I needed something to ward off the beginnings of fine lines and a potentially furrowed brow. My man proclaimed his face parched and in dire need of hydration. And my baby? She was sick of acne attacks on her otherwise flawless face (so I’m biased, lynch me). As it so happened, I was also on one of my all time fave blogs (love Keiko) and from her Naked In New Orleans story, I …

Pinkadoodledoo

Pepto-Bismol, cotton candy, bubblegum, Molly Ringwald flicks, panthers and slips – what do these seemingly random things have in common? Why, the colour Pink but of course. Despite appearing delicate and charming, pink lipstick can be quite the challenge to wear. Choose the wrong shade and one could oh so easily end up looking either like a clown or a Crayola-town mascot. I’m all for the bold and the dramatic (read: Reds and Dark Purples) but more often than not, you’ll find me with pink lipstick. That and with Valentine’s Day about to descend upon us, complete with roses and scents and all things lovey and dovey, I wanted to share my current pink faves. Which do you like best? NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague. I love love LOVE this line of gloss-meets-lipstick hybrid. I love how it goes on like a lipstain with the richness of colour akin to that of a creamy lipstick. It’s majorly pigmented as you can see, goes on beyond smoothly and and and, just go buy it. …

Love Child

There’s always been something in music from the 70s which has held me entranced for over four decades. I love the groovy vibe. Disco, funk, and soul in particular were genres which enraptured me. The smooth dance moves. The swagger. The exaggerated make-up. The turbans. The glitter. Oh, the glitter. For today’s look, I wanted to do something very Studio 54. Bold. Glamorous. And fun. Turban included. Tell me if you feel I achieved that. The palettes I used for eyes and cheeks were Vice 3 from Urban Decay as well as Smashbox Double Exposure. (clockwise from top left) For the base, I used Truth followed by Flushed for the outer corners of the crease. I then lined my upper eyelids with Bondage and added Alchemy directly on the middle part of the crease. (clockwise from top left) I created a double wing Cat Eye using Kat Von D’s Waterproof Autograph Pencil in Black Metal Love. Using Blanc, I lined half of my lower eyelid for some contrast. Next, I layered Metallic Bronze Glitter Make-up …

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 …

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? …

Goldeneye

Can I get any cornier? Sadly, I do believe I can. Easily. Make-up. This time, I had a plan. I wanted loud, shimmery eyes and a pale lip, a look I’ve never ever tried before. In the past, it was always either smokey eyes or kabuki red lips. I started with the face already prepped with MAC Mineralise Loose Foundation Powder in Medium (this is my daily go to). I use MAC Brush #182 for this, and yes I know it’s meant for blushes but it just smooths the powder on ever so evenly. Then I covered the lid with Lucid from Kat Von D’s Chrysalis Palette. Next was Thrash from Urban Decay’s Electric Pigment Palette (love, love, love) which I applied all over the crease area. Next, I smudged Make Up For Eve Artist Shadow in Matt Black in the corners right through to just before the centre of the lid, and blended as best I could. I used quite a bit of this to achieve the intensity I was looking for. Then, it …

Purple & Green

This is the most make-up I’ve ever had on my face since, lord, I don’t know? Since I was 17? Apparently, the older I get, the less goo I apply and putting the stuff on was hard work. A lot of hard work. I know I said I was waiting for a haul to arrive but I was raring to start experimenting so I did, with what I had on hand. Note that the colours I used are very old. Most of them aren’t even available anymore (I’m throwing them out soon, I’m pretty certain they’re not supposed to smell that way) but I kept them because once upon a time, in another life, I was in charge of PR for the brands listed in this post #memories Back to the face. A few thoughts gleaned from this experiment:- (1) However a look you wish to end up with, multiply that by at least 5 to achieve the desired intensity of colours. (2) Primers are pivotal. Concealers too. Clearly, I used neither. (3) Clean, white …