High End Holy Grail Happenings!

If you are a makeup junkie like me, you probably can relate to my constant hunger to look at, touch, try out, and BUY new makeup ^_^ ; but no matter how many new products come to the market, there will always be a few that hold a special spot in your life and you have to buy them over and over again. And when that product falls in the ‘high end’ category, it validates that ‘ride or die’ status even more! I’ve come up with 6 high end holy grail products that I’ve either repurchased or will definitely buy again when I run out. (I did not include any foundations though because that deserves a post of its own!)

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#1 MAC Pro Longwear Concealer {20 USD/32 AUD}

I don’t even know how many bottles I’ve repurchased of this, I love it sooo much! Which reminds me I’m almost about to run out of my current bottle. This concealer has been part of pretty much all my makeup looks since like forever. I use the shade NW25 for my under eyes to correct and cover my dark circles (and trust me they are bad!). It does such a fab job! I do have a couple of other shades as well that I keep in handy. Three things that I love: 1) High Coverage – you only need a small amount 2) Shade range: something true for most MAC products! 3) Longevity – it’s called ‘Pro Longwear for a reason and you can also use it as an eyeshadow base because its so long wearing! The only con is that the pump squirts out too much product but I can live with that!

#2 Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light {45 USD/59 AUD}

When these powders came out, there was a huge hype in the beauty community, and let me tell ya, there was a legit reason behind it. These powders create that extra oomph you need when all your makeup is done. They literally tie everything together. My holy grail is the Dim Light. It’s a finishing powder so you are meant to apply it all over your face after you have done your makeup. It gives this blurred illusion to your face and and subtle angelic luminosity, like you’re lit from within. I’ve got so many of my friends hooked on this powder and I always get compliments on how glowy my skin looks every time I wear this. It’s pretty pricey but I’ve already hit pan on my first one and I purchased a new one!

#3 MAC Fix + {22 USD/27 AUD}

Well I think everyone and their mothers should have this or already have this product sitting on their vanity! This is such a versatile product. It can be used just before putting any makeup on to prep the face, it can be used after your makeup application to stop your makeup from looking cakey, it can be used to wet your brush to get more color payoff from an eyeshadow and 10,000 other things! The traditional Fix Plus has now become a part of the prep and prime series but it’s still the same thing!

#4 Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler {20 USD/29 AUD}

I’ll just put it out there – my natural eyelashes suck! They are wimpy and straight and not all curlers can handle that! On top of that, I have a tendency to pinch my eyelids with eyelash curlers and oh boy that hurts! The Shu Uemura curler is epic! It lives up to its popularity in the beauty community and does a really good job at tackling my stubborn straight eyelashes without me hurting myself. I’ve repurchased this product couple of times already and when you buy it, it comes with 1 extra band. One con is that you can’t buy the refills of the bands, so when you’ve used up both, you have to buy a whole new eyelash curler!

#5 Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz {21 USD/34 AUD}

If I had to choose one product among all the products I’m mentioning today, it will probably be this one! A lot of you might agree that brows take a lot longer than some of the other areas of the face; but you don’t always have the time to do an elaborate brow especially when you’re going to work or school and you’re running late (story of my life!). Enter Anastasia Brow Wiz to make your brow struggles so much easier! I love how small and thin the tip is so you can precisely carve out a shape. You can draw small ‘faux’ hairs with it. The formula is really nice and not super harsh, super dry, or super soft. It comes with a really nice spoolie on the other end which makes it even more travel friendly.The only thing is, it doesn’t have a lot of product so I run out of it all the time!

#6 Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed in Opal {38USD/46-60 AUD}

Some of you might think ‘How the hell can a highlighter be a Holy Grail!’ especially for someone who loves to glow and collects so much makeup. Well in my opinion something can be officially called ‘Holy Grail’ when you tend to reach for it the most among all your highlighters. I think 8 out of 10 times I go for Becca Opal. The formula is sooo buttery and smooth, I can’t even! I think the shade Opal is very versatile – girls who are light medium to medium dark can use it. But those of you who are either fairer or darker, fret not, Becca has you covered! They’ve got few other beautiful shades like Moonstone, Topaz, and Rose Gold that caters for other skin tones!

And that concludes my High End Holy Grail Happenings! What are some of your favorite high end makeup?

XOXO

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Cool Toned Smokey Eye – Grey

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Hello My Bunnies!

It’s been so long that I’ve done a post. It’s been hectic with the holiday season and work. On top of that, I’ve been feeling super uninspired lately but nonetheless I have a look for you today. It’s a pretty simple cool toned smokey eye with a peachy nude lip. I love using warms colors most of the time but there are times when I gravitate towards greys and taupes. I think they pair beautifully with a lot of different skin tones and you can match them with many different lip colors aswell.

 

 

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EYES:

~After priming I used MakeupGeek (MUG) Creme Brule per usual on the outer crease with a fluffy brush

~Then with a denser crease brush (MAC 217) I used MAC Saddle on the crease blending with Creme Brule

~With a fluffy brush I gently blended Saddle on to the outer corner in a circular motion towards the crease

~Then I used MUG Slate and with a MAC 217 and blended it in a circular motion from the outer corner bringing it inwards and stopping 1/3 of the way

~Keep blending in harsh edges with a clean brush or with a teeny tiny bit of Saddle

~Then I took Lorac Gray and started applying from where I stopped with Slate (mainly on the middle lid)

~Blend Blend Blend!

~Then for the inner one third I used MUG Rockstar which is a greyish silver with pearl pink duochrome

~For the tear duct I used Urban Decay Virgin and I also applied that to my brow bone

~Lastly I decided to deepen outer corner and crease so I first used Lorac Espresso which is a dark brown and then to deepen further I used MUG Corrupt (Black) and blended it on my outer corner very carefully so that I don’t muddle everything

~Again go with a little bit of Saddle and blend any harsh edges

~I lined my waterline with a black kohl pencil and then with a pencil brush I took a bit of Corrupt and Slate and smudged the bottom lash line

~I dragged a little bit of Virgin from the tear duct to the inner one third of the lower lash line

~I applied Mascara and Falsies – Ardel Demi 120

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FACE:

Benefit Porefessional Primer

EX1 Foundation – F300

Josie Maran Argan Illuminator (mixed with foundation)

MAC Prolongwear Concealer – NW25

MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter – Light Boost

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Becca Flowerchild Blush

Becca Shimmer Skin Perfecter Pressed in Opal

LIPS:

MAC Runway Hit Lipstick (discontinued)

NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie

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Till Next Time XO XO

 

Grungy Ox Blood Blown Out Smokey feat. Lime Crime Venus Palette

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YUSS I finally have the Lime Crime Venus: The Grunge Palette!!! This palette is the bomb! The colors are right up my alley – I’ve been totally into warm reddish browns, berry tones and oxblood tones and the three standout colors of this palette: Venus, Creation, and Muse fall under those categories. I’d be totally satisfied if this palette contained only these three shadows but ofcourse we’ve got the added bonus of 5 more incredibly beautiful shades.

I just played with the eyeshadows a bit and came up with this grungy blown out concoction. I really like how it turned out and the best part for me is the combo of the lips and the eyes! I used a new lipstick which is part of my Sydney Sephora Haul!! (Keep reading to find out the shade) I might do a separate post on what I got from the launch of Sephora in Sydney.


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I know I know my face is cleaved off but I solemnly swear it’s no photoshop gimmick, it’s my hair casting a weird shadow :/

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EYES

~After priming my lids, I put MakeupGeek Peach Smoothie all over my lid

~Then with a fluffly brush I applied MakeupGeek Creme Brule on my upper crease as a transition shade

~Then with the same fluffly brush I applied Lime Crime Creation on my crease blending it with the transition shade

~Then I applied Lime Crime Venus on my crease dragging it inwards

~Then with a creamy black pencil ( I used L.A. Girl Gel Liner Pencil in very black) I roughly lined my upper lash line

 

~Then with a pencil brush I started smudging that line

~I took some Lime Crime Icon and Muse on the same pencil brush and went over the smudge bit

~Then with a crease brush I started blending it upward

 

~As I blended it upward, I started adding a little bit of muse to saturate the color even more

~I blended any harsh edges towards the crease with Venus

~Then I took Icon and darkened the outer crease a little bit

~make sure you BLEND!

~I applied Aura to the browbone with a lighthand because IT IS shimmmmerrry!

~Then with a small detailer brush, I applied shell to my tear duct

~With a gel liner, I did a very thin line on my upper lash line to frame my lashes and a teeny weeny wing

~On the lower lash line, I applied the black pencil on my waterline and then I smudged it out with Muse and Icon

~With a fluffly crease brush and Creation, I blended the bottom bit even more

~I applied Mascara and then falsies : SocialEyes Glamourous

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FACE

~KAT VON D Lock It Tattoo Foundation in 34 medium (my neck was match to this shade so I’m guessing this shade is better suited for me during the winter when I’m not as tanned but still wanted to try it out)  mixed with Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer 

~Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

~Benefit Hoola Bronzer

~Tarte Pin Up Girl Blush Palette – Bashful

~Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer as a liquid highlight on cheekbones, bridge of nose, cupid’s bow

~Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter pressed in Opal as a powder highligher


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LIPS

Australis lipliner in Raisin

KAT VON D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Cathedral (totally blown away with this shade) ! 

 

 

 

Hope you bunnies liked this look! Till Next Time Stay Beautiful inside and out! XO XO Mwaaah!

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Rizzy’ Bridal Makeup (South Asian/Desi)

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Hi Lovelies!

Wanted to share the details on today’s Bridal client. Rizzy looked absolutely stunning today. Really happy to have had the opportunity to do her bridal makeup! And thanks a lot to my bestie Adiba for being my uber awesome assistant and entertainer!! All the details are below:

EYES

~Anastasia Beverly Hills Morocco with a little bit of MakeupGeek Chickadee on the crease and outer crease

~Lorac Mulberry and BH Cosmetics Oxblood shade on the crease

~MAC Amberlights (on a wet brush) on the lid topped with NYX roll on shimmer in Almond

~outer corner deepened with Anastasia Beverly Hills Deep Plum

~MAC Ricepaper as brow bone highlight

~MAC BlackTrack fluidline for the wing

~Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

FACE

~Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

~Benefit Porefessional mainly around the nose

~Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli and L’oreal True Match Foundation in W3 Golden Beige

~MAC ProLongwear Concealer in NC30

~Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Medium 2 Ginger

~Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

BLUSH/CONTOUR/HIGHLIGHT

Cream foundation from RCMA VK 10 Palette 

Sleek Contour Kit in Medium

Becca Blush in Songbird

Becca Shimmer Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal

LIPS

MAC Vino lip pencil

MAC LE Brooke Shields lipstick in Gospel

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Here are some snapshots of me doing her makeup:

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~~I also did the makeup on the Groom’s Mother….here’s a snapshot of her makeup:

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Till next time everyone! XO XO

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Soft and Sultry Plum Eyes for Fall

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Hi my lovelies!

I wanted play with some color today but still stay with the fall theme. I paired this beautiful purply plum shade with some some really nice oranges and warm browns. I think the lip pairs really nicely with the eyes. And can I just say this lipstick is the bomb! Keep on reading for all the details!!

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EYES:

~I primed my eyes with MAC Painterly Paint Pot

~Then with a fluffy brush I applied MakeupGeek (MUG) Chickadee (yellow orange matte) on the crease and outer crease

~Then with a slightly denser fluffy brush, I applied Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) Morocco (warm terracotta brown matte) on my crease blending it inwards

~Then with a dense crease brush like the MAC 217, I applied MUG Cocoa Bear (reddish brown matte) on the outer crease and outer corner

~Then I applied MAC Hepcat (purple plum – discontinued) wet with a flat shader brush on my lid upto just under the crease

*Nyx Violet is known to be dupe for Hepcat

~Then I blended Hepcat with the crease with a little bit of Morocco

~Then with a dense crease brush, I applid ABH Deep Plum (matte) on the outer corner blending it with Hepcat and Cocoa Bear

~Lastly on the browbone I applied ABH Vanilla

~I applied a black eye pencil on my waterline

~On the bottom lash line I applied Hepcat on the inner part with a pencil brush

~Then I applied Morocco and on the outer part I applied Deep plum and made sure there were no harsh edges by blending them with a fluffy crease brush

~I applied Mascara on my top and bottom lashes (Maybelline Rocket Mascara) and then some falsies (demi wispies – generic asian brand)

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FACE:

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Benefit Porefessional Primer

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation Serum in 55 and Healthy Mix Foundation in 56

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Makeup Geek Blush in Infatuation

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressedin Opal

LIPS

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Jane – omg this lipstick is sooo pretty and I love the formula! Can’t wait to grab some more shades!

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