Nudes For Days - Favourite Neutral Makeup Products

Over the last few years 90s made a huge comeback in fashion and beauty. We see a lot of beige, brows and nudes. I have always been a fan of neutral makeup and it is what I wear most of the time.

I want to share this look as it is very simple yet flattering and it can be worn day or night, hope you like it!

Being a fair skin toned I feel like browns and nudes help to enhance my natural features and hide anything that needs to be hidden, like those veins or red spots. Those who are light or fair understand what I am talking about:). Also it brings out the blue tone in my eye colour.

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Key products used to create this look:

Face:

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation (Light 46 is the shade I am using)

Benefit Watt's Up! Highlighter (applied before foundation will give the glow within)

Nars Talia Contour Blush (right side as a contour, left side as a blush)

bareMinerals Invisible Glow Highlighter (Fair to Light)

Eyes and Brows:

Nars Talia Contour Blush (left side of the blush used as a contour on the crease, to give the eye definition)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow in Vanilla (in the inner corner of the eye and on the lid) and Noir (top and bottom lash line)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Medium Brown) and Brow Powder Duo (Medium Brown) on the eyebrows

Lips:

Rimmel London Lip Liner (049 Natural) 

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Barbara

Let me know what are your go-to nude or brown products!!!

 

xoxo,

Maria

Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills

What does Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Anastasia Soare have in common? Renaissance... Modern Renaissance!!!

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Finally I was able to track down and get my hands on this beautiful palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. This is Anastasia's first permanent palette and it was sold out everywhere in Canada for the longest time. You can tell that a lot thoughts were put into creating this palette. Everything from packaging to shade selection is divine. 

It is a perfect combination of warm and neutral tones. There are 14 shades: 11 matte and 3 metallic.

Tempera - Velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish
Golden Ochre - Earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
Vermeer - Iridescent shell with a metallic finish
Buon Fresco - Antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
Antique Bronze - Metallic sable with a satin finish
Love Letter - Raspberry with an ultra-matte finish
Cyprus Umber - Dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish
Realgar - Brick with an ultra-matte finish
Warm Taupe - Earthy grey with an ultra-matte finish
Venetian Red - Crimson with an ultra-matte finish
Red Ochre - Sienna with an ultra-matte finish
Primavera - shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish
Burnt Orange - deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
Raw Sienna - neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish

My most favourite are Buon Fresco and Red Ochre. Great for creating day time as well as night time makeup looks. It also comes with a dual-ended brush, which is great for traveling or someone who doesn't have a lot of brushes.

No After Party: Alexander Wang AW17

The biggest questions is: afterparty or no afterparty?

Alexander Wang is known for his post show bashes and afterparties with McDonalds trucks and all kinds of junk foods. This season as I started to see coverage from backstage of Alexander Wang AW17 fashion show, noticed the hashtag #NOAFTERPARTY, which was a little disappointing. Until the NO AFTER PARTY leggings were seen on a model. That moment I knew Mr. Wang is up to something very interesting.

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Little as I know the show was the party! Or more like a rave...

Black on black on black with a touch of grey 80s early 90s inspired oversized clothing was showcased at an abandoned theatre in Harlem. 

Image Source: IMAXTREE / Alessandro Lucioni

MAKEUP

Makeup created by Diane Kendal using NARS Cosmetics with main focus on eyeliner in the waterline and then smudged to achieve "been out all night" kind of look.

Image Source: IMAXTREE / Alessandro Lucioni

"The look is inspired by a woman who is full of confidence. She's the woman who walks into a room and is instantly noticed. She's not afraid of anything." — Diane Kendal using NARS Cosmetics

New Obsession: Soft Matte Complete Concealer

Concealer is an essential part of my everyday makeup wardrobe. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is life for me for many years. However, NARS did it again and launched new Soft Matte Complete Concealer. The texture and finish is absolutly amazing.

 

Texture: Creamy

Coverage: Full

Finish: Matte, non drying, skin like finish

Shade Range: 16 Shades

My shade: In Radiant Creamy Concealer my shade is Creme Brulee, in Soft Matte, because it is a fuller coverage, I am Canelle

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Have you tried it yet? Let me know your thoughts on this one..

xoxo,

Maria

Grow Long Healthy Hair Fast

Over the past few years I went on experimental rage with my hair. Growing up as a little girl I always had long luscious curls AND I wasn't allowed to cut it short because as my grandmother always said: "Hair is woman's beauty." So when I got older I had all the freedom to damage my hair by all sorts of treatments. I went blond -> to red -> then black -> then mahogany -> to red  and theeen blond again:) after that i did ombre and decided to grow our my natural hair whch is somewhere in between light brown and dark blonde.

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I found few things that were effective: first is finding what your hair needs, if you have bleached damaged hair, you need to focus on repairing it. If your hair is not processed but dull and flat, you need to give it moister by choosing a more moisurizing shampoo and conditioner. 

Another thing, is what happening inside of your body, eating healthy, drinking water and taking vitamins and supplements. I am a little obsessed with supplements and take it regularly. I tried many and found the best vitamins for growing your hair fast is Maxi Hair by Country Life, I get it of IHerb (its mostly where I get my vitamins and supplements from), use the code GVW130 for some $ off.

Plus there are herbal treatments like spray in vitamins-minerals, oils and hair fertilizers. Essentially its a leave-in mask that you do overnight and rinse in the morning, not the best feeling (aka greasy mayonnaise for your hair) treatment but it helps when you want to grow those curls.