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Retroactive Remix: Beauty In Strength

Women are often still portrayed as whimsical creatures of beauty. Or at least, that’s what we’re supposed to strive for. But I do not accept that. I find beauty in many different forms, but especially in strength. Women are strong, courageous, and mighty. We are also soft, gentle, and whimsical. Women can embody strength in all its forms. For my remix I have photoshopped a sword into a picture of a Mark Spain painting. The woman is beautiful, and appears ethereal and elegant. But by adding a sword to the image, I’m conveying her strength as well. Women are not just one thing and we should not be constricted to one set of ideals. You can be both strong and beautiful. You can find beauty in strength, as I do.

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90s Makeup Inspired Look

Picture showing a dark contoured eye shadow look with a pale pink nude lip

As a baby born in the late 1990s, I missed the makeup trend of that era. However, revamped 90s makeup has been in style lately. While I’ve never been much one for trends, I have been quite intrigued by many of the styles coming forward with this era focus. So I thought up this contoured eye withe  nude lip and just went for it!

My style tends to embody the bold and the badass. With my makeup being the main style point in my daily repertoire I love exploring different avenues for expressing my inner badass woman. Being bold doesn’t always have to mean bright colors, sparkles, or all the shades of darkness. This week I decided to try a contoured, 90s inspired matte eye look paired with a pale nude lip. The winged liner and darkened waterline brought in some of my signature style and added in the 2017 wist to the look. While it’s a very different look from the last one I posted it still made me feel powerful and proud.

This look posed a few challenges I don’t typically encounter. For one, the blending had to be so much smoother then usual. With the center of the lid being almost nude and highlighted, any harsh lines or messy application of the darker shadows would be glaringly obvious. The key to contouring my eyes is blending. The liner also needed to be flawless because there was less shadow to hide mistakes with. There can be no gaps in the line, no smudges, and a perfect line. Any mistakes would be too obvious with no way to hide. However, mastery of the eyes meant the look should go off without a hitch!

To learn more about how I created this look you can see a list of products and read a bit about the process below:

The Products

-The Base:

Primer: First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

Applied with my hands

Foundation: Estée Launder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in 1C1 Cool Bone

Applied with my Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki Brush

Powder: Makeup Forever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder in Color 1 Translucent

Applied with a Makeup Forever 130 Large Powder Brush

-The Eyes and Brows

Primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original with some loose powder to set (from the base)

Applied with Fingers

Eyebrows: Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Color 03 Medium

Applied with Product Applicator

Eyeshadows (in the order applied): Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

-Saleos in the Crease

Applied with Sephora Collection Pro Blending Brush #27

-Shax in the Outer V

Applied with Zoeva 231 Luxe Petite Crease Brush

Blended with Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush

-Lazarus across the the Lid

Applied with Zoeva 232 Luxe Classic Shader

-Liberatus in the Inner Corner and to Highlight the Brow Bone

Applied with Sigma E25 Blending Brush

Upper Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Applied with Product Applicator

Lower Eyeliner: Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner in Blacquer 42

Applied with Product Applicator

Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in Black

Applied with Product Applicator

-The Face

Contour: Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette in Sombre

Applied with Zoeva 127 Sheer Cheek Brush

Bronzer: Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit (Light/Medium) Bronzer Shade

Applied with Sephora Collection Pro Contour Brush #79

Highlight: Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette in Lucid

Applied with Sigma F03 High Cheekbone Highlighter Brush

Blush: Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette in Unleashed

Applied with Sigma F50 Duo Fibre Brush

-The Lips

Primer: Bite Beauty Line and Define Primer

Applied with Product Applicator

Lipstick: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Cava

Applied with Product Applicator

 

A Bit About The Process

While I may not have wanted to go to class today the prospect of some me time with my makeup helped pull me out of bed to get ready for the day. Despite feeling grumpy I knew rocking a great makeup look would make help me have a better day. So to start I ran through my morning skincare routine as per usual then applied my new primer! My skin has been much happier and makeup application has been much smoother since starting to use my new primer. If you want some more in depth information about this product I wrote a review you should check out!

After my primer sets on my skin, I use my flat kabuki brush from sigma to apply my foundation. The double wear foundation from Estée Lauder has a very full coverage and sets matte on my skin. I find this optimal for the base of a look. Then I quickly brush some translucent powder across my face and move forward to my eyes and brows!

The eyes are the best part of this look but also the most challenging. I started by applying my primer with a light layer of translucent powder to my eyes before doing my eyebrows while the primer sets. Having inherited my dad’s bushy Indian eyebrows my brows are pretty easy to do. A few quick swipes of a pigmented brown gel and I’m done!

Now that the eyeshadow primer has set it’s time to begin the process of eyeshadow! The first step is to slowly start building the crease color with Saleos from the Kat Von D palette. For this look to work, I built the eyeshadows slowly together and spent a lot of time on blending. I used a fluffy brush to pick up some shadow and knocked the fallout off (as one always should). Then I lightly feathered it through my crease. I continued repeating this process until I was happy with the crease shade. Then I picked up a tapered blending brush and picked up the shade Shax. This is where things could have gone wrong. The goal with this dark color was to actually create the shape for my eye. I started at the very outer corner of my eye and began building the color. I slowly but surely was able to create a V shape in the outer v of my eye. Using a clean blending brush I softened any hard edges and and ensured the shades were blended together well. Next I used a shader brush to pack Lazarus across the rest of my lid. This neutral base shade created a nice highlighted effect across the lid which opened up the eye shape nicely. The final step was to use a fluffy brush to highlight the inner corner of my eyes and brow bone with Liberatus.

With my eyeshadows coming off better then expected I moved on to eyeliner and mascara, two things no makeup look is complete without in my book. Creating a line from the direction of my lower waterline, I drew on the lower line of the wing. I took it out pretty far knowing I wanted to go for a dramatic wing. Then I switched the angle of the eyeliner pen and drew the upper line in towards my eye. Then I proceeded to carefully fill in my liner and much to my excitement it went off without a hitch! What can I say miracles do happen! Next: my waterline. To line my waterline I use a gel crayon liner. I find it goes on easier then a pencil because of its gel consistency. To avoid pulling harshly on my eyes I press my index finger against my lower lash line instead. This tends to roll the waterline out without the pulling effect. Then I run the gel along my waterline. I know many people will argue fully lining your waterline with black closes your eyes off but I love the way it looks so I do it anyways. A few swipes of mascara on my upper and lower lashes and boom eyes finalized!

For the face I start with contouring. I’ve recently picked up the Kat Von D contour palette and have been experimenting with it. The shade Sombre is an excellent contour shade for me. With sombre contoured under my cheekbones, under my jaw, and above my forehead, I move to bronzer. The middle shade of the Smashbox step-by-step palette is excellent for bronzing in fall as my face still has some color left from summer. I swipe the shade across my forehead, the back third of my cheekbone, along my jaw, my chin, and on my nose. Filled with joy and the return of color to my skin I move forward to blush. Using a stippling brush, I dot unleashed across the apples of my cheeks. Finally, I highlight my cheekbones and just around my temples.

Finally, we finish off this look with the lips. Having moisturized them before starting my makeup, I apply my lip primer all over my lips and let it set. Then I use my pale pink nude Bite Beauty lipstick in Cava to put the final touch of the look. I run the lipstick across my lower lip then create an X across my cupids bow to set up the upper lip lines. Using the peak of the cupids bow as a guide I apply the color to my upper lip and smile proudly at my creation.

And thats how I created this look! What sort of 90s makeup looks have you tried? If you have any questions or comments feel free to write them below! I’ll see you with another look next week!

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

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Unapologetically Me.

There are many people who run makeup and beauty oriented blogs. So, why me? Why am I here, writing this blog? Why is makeup an important enough piece of my life for me to center my whole blog around it? Where did this idea come from? What makes me any different from any other person playing with their makeup? Well, I’m going to tell you. You deserve to know who it is writing to you. I know I always feel more connected to the authors of my favorite content when I know them. So, this is me letting you get to know a bit about me so you can understand what I’m writing and why.

I grew up in a small town where I didn’t really fit in. My whole life, I’ve been loud, outspoken, opinionated, and somewhat aggressive. It wasn’t exactly the most accepted in the community where I grew up. But I made the best of it. At the end of middle school though I made the choice to switch from my small community to going to a private high school in the city. My parents were in support because they have always believed in me and wanted the best for me. So, I started going to high school downtown at an all-girls catholic school.

There were a lot of pros to making that decision in my life. The main one was many of us did not care about makeup or fashion. We were too focused on trying to get great grades and find time to sleep to bother. The daily uniform tended to revolve around sweats. The benefit of this was twofold: more sleep in the morning and not learning to rely on makeup to cover up my insecurities. I struggled through high school and puberty based insecurity and a whole other host of struggles without using makeup as a crutch. I believe this let me develop a very different relationship with makeup and beauty over my adolescence.

Believe it or not, I didn’t actually start really using makeup until I was 18 years old. I had used a product here and there for events and such, but I didn’t become invested in it until after I graduated from high school and had been forced to face most of my ‘I’m ugly’ demons. So, makeup was never, and has never become, about making myself more beautiful. My relationship with makeup is about one thing: self expression. I discovered YouTubers and bloggers, like Zoella and Tanya Burr, and started learning from them. I loved seeing the different things they would express with different types of makeup. It was inspiring.

The summer after my senior year I spent hours watching videos, researching products, saving up money, practicing techniques, and slowly but surely figuring out what I was doing. I love allowing my makeup to reflect what it is I am feeling. Makeup can send a message to everyone around you, whether they are your best friend or a stranger you pass on the street. It is a powerful form of art. And it is a form of self love for me. Because I do not allow others to dictate what I do and do not put on my face. My style is mine and mine alone. I am me and no one will ever take that away from me.

So, that is why I am here. Makeup is my passion. Makeup is my art. Makeup is a part of who I am and how I show myself to the world. Wearing makeup does not make me weak or insecure. It does not make me a liar or a fraud or shallow. I am here, writing this blog, in the hopes that inspires other people to express themselves freely and fiercely. I am a highly flawed person. But I do not let that stop me from being myself. And neither should you. Let’s be unapologetically who we are together.

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

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Process Post 7

To be completely honest, monetizing my blog is part of my plan in the long run with this project. Makeup and writing are two of my absolute passions, so the idea of being able to combine them and make money on top of it is an exciting proposition. It’s thrilling really, to be building the tools to potentially make this idea a reality. However, I know I have a long way to go to make this happen. There a few things I need to accomplish with this platform to make it worth monetizing. Attempting to monetize too soon will only serve as a counter productive measure.

To make monetization successful, there needs to be a cultivated brand. Beauty As Art needs to become a brand with a clear audience and purpose as well as a foothold in the world of makeup and beauty. The best way to cultivate my brand is simple: pump out content. More and more content on a regular basis, utilizing not only the blog itself but also my social media outlets. Setting up a publishing schedule for specific types of posts which cater to the world of beauty bloggers, vloggers, models, creators, etc. will help to develop a sense of continuity with the content coming from the brand. Utilizing these social media avenues will also help to develop the audience for Beauty as Art.

The second crucial piece of setting myself up for success is to build a following. The continuity a schedule will create will help hold viewer interest, however I need to really build a following and audience first. The best way to accomplish this goal is by networking through the people I already know, finding my foothold in the makeup community, and becoming a reliable content creator on multiple outlets. To become a valuable investment for brands and advertisers, you need to have a strong following and be a reliable creator.

With those changes in mind, I would ideally like to use ads to start the monetization process. Over time, I would love to work with makeup and skin care brands as a brand ambassador, product reviewer, and more. I would also like to branch my blog out to include a YouTube channel to increase my reach and voice. Overall, this project is one I intend to carry into the future and work towards monetizing. However, it is something I am passionate about, money aside. I know monetizing is a process which takes time and I am not afraid to put the time and effort in to make it a worthwhile investment.

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

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What’s in my Pouch?

Hello beautiful!

Today, I’m here to share with you guys what I carry around my makeup pouch everyday 🙂 Whether I go to school, work, or to just hang out, I always have my makeup with me, so I can touch up. Depending on the day and the bag I carry, I leave some products out and only carry a few. Now, let’s get started to dig in my makeup bag!

This is the makeup pouch I’ve been carrying around lately. Ted Baker is one of my favourite brand because I just love the classic style they always have. I’ve receive this as a birthday present from my friend recently and I love it!

These are the products that I usually carry around to touch up my makeup during the day. Nothing too crazy but just enough to fix my makeup on the go!

These 3 face products are a must have for me. Being a girl with oily skin is not easy. I always have to blot and fix my makeup because it always want to melt off.

  • Mac Cosmetics, Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC25
  • Etude House, AC Cleanup Mild BB Cushion in Natural Beige
  • Gatsby, Oil Clear Sheet

I’m a lip product junkie, so I have so many lip products that I carry around. It always changes depending on what I’m wearing that day, but I’ve been carrying these products because they are so easy to apply on the go!

  • Lancome, L’absolu Rouge in 290 Poeme
  • YSL, Rouge Pur Couture in 204
  • Sephora, Goji Lip Balm

Miscellaneous Products:

  • ON: The Body x Kakao Friends Hand cream
  • Elizabeth and James Nirvana Roller ball Perfume
  • Eye drops (I wear contacts everyday and my eyes are super sensitive + dry)
  • Hair tie (Always need an extra hair tie in case anything happens)

 

These are all the products that I carry around in my makeup pouch. Like I said, it depends on the day but these are the products that I enjoy to touch up my makeup. I usually never touch up my eye makeup but my skin and lip are the two that I constantly check.

Did you guys enjoy looking into my makeup pouch? Comment below and tell me which products that you guys carry around everyday! I would love to hear 🙂

Always, thank you for reading!

K-Beauty Favourites

As of you guys know, I am Korean, living in Canada and I must admit that Korean beauty products are my favourite! There are so many Korean beauty products that are so affordable with great quality and overall, they have such a diverse range of products. I can definitely say that half of my makeup collection is Korean and whenever I visit Korea, I make sure I stock up on my favourite beauty products! Don’t get me wrong,  I love Western/American beauty products as well but something about Korean products interests me more because I think it suits me better because it targets to Asians skin tones and such. K-Beauty products have definitely been trending all over the world lately and it’s very interesting to see how many people love the products!

Here’s a sneak peak to my favourite K-Beauty products. It was tough to narrow it down, but I managed to pick my all time favourite 6 items.

 

Product #1 & #2:

#1: The eye shadow pallet is from Etude House. I’ve picked the shades I want individually and bought a separate quad pallet to put them in since it’s more convenient.  There’s a nice, big mirror (which I covered for photo purposes). This is my everyday neutral colours that I grab for in my make up routine!

#2: Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner, #1 Beige Shine by Clio. This is a champagne-pink eyeliner that I love to use as my inner corner highlight. It’s very subtle but enough to brighten my inner corner. It’s definitely a pick me up kind of product.

Product #3 & #4:

#3: Color My Brows Max #04 Natural Brown, by Etude House. This brow mascara is a very natural brow mascara and apply smoothly. I’ve used this product countless times and I’m still reaching for it. It’s such an affordable product that I can’t say no to it. I always need a brow mascara to help me match my hair colour and this product does the trick!

#4: Skinny Waterproof Mascara by Innisfree. This mascara has the tiniest mascara wand that you’ll ever see. It’s made to target the small lashes that you can’t get with a big mascara wand. I use it for my lower lashes and works wonders. It’s a great concept that works well with my short bottom lashes.

Product #5 & #6: 

#5: Akma Base Cushion, Lalavesi. Cushion foundation has been a trend that started the K-Beauty trend and hands down, this is one of the best cushion foundations in the market. This brand is a hard brand to reach, however their products are phenomenal. There’s a lot of formulas, colours to the actual cushion compact case you can choose from. It’s a medium to full coverage cushion foundation and I have definitely used more than 5 refills of this.

#6: Teatree Care Solution Essential Mask, MediHeal. This sheet mask has been my ultimate favourite sheet mask ever. I always stock up on this product whenever I make a visit to Korea. It calms the skin as well as moisturize it and fits to your face like a glove. The brand MediHeal is famously known for their sheet masks and has a massive collection of it. I highly recommend you try their sheet masks!

 

These were my top-pick K-Beauty products that I wanted to share with you guys. Let me know down below if you guys have Korean beauty products that you want to share or let me know which products I should try!

Always, Thanks 🙂

 

El Arco

In April 2015, I went to Los Cabos, Mexico with my mom and sister. It was fabulously hot and I spent most of my time in various bodies of water. One day, we went into Cabo San Lucas (we were only about a 45 minute bus ride away from the city) and took a boat ride to see the famous arch of Cabo San Lucas, known locally as El Arco or Lover’s Arch. It’s a distinctive rock formation that has tons of limestones that all jut out at various angles as well as a prominent arch formed on one end. It’s really cool to see in person. Our boat cruise went all the way around it and we even got the pleasure of seeing some seals!

The famous El Arco
This was on the other side of the arch. Notice the beautiful blue water!
Some seals just minding their own business.
This guy couldn’t care less that we all watching him. He had found a great spot to lay and be damned if some tourists were going to come disturb him.

It was never fully explained to me why the arch is called Lover’s Arch. We weren’t allowed to actually stop and get off the boat – the water was too rough close to the rocks. So I don’t think that people really step foot on the arch. Maybe it’s just one of those names that no one knows why it’s named that. Or maybe it was made up to get tourists to come and visit. Regardless, it was a really awesome experience getting to taking a boat ride around the beautiful rock formations just off the Baja California Peninsula. They are there as a result of weathering and erosion and one day, they may erode completely (this reminds me of Malta’s famous Azure Window which just collapsed). It’s a good reminder to enjoy Earth’s beautiful treasures while we can!

 

 

 

Worth it? ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip

ColourPop is probably one of the most popular beauty brands on market right now. Their appeal? Inexpensive liquid lipsticks, that are often dupes of expensive lip products, along with blinding highlighters and they’ve recently released affordable eyeshadows.

Ah there’s the word: affordable. As a university student who is a self proclaimed lipstick aficionado (seriously it’s on my resume) and shamefully obsessed with makeup, ColourPop is my wallet’s dream. But they’re an American, and charge roughly $14 for Canadian shipping before duties. I mean…

via SIZZLE

I am that meme, and that meme is me. BUT regardless, I do find ColourPop liquid lipsticks worth it. Here are my pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Awesome colour selection
    • If you’re the type who enjoys buying 10 of the same colour in different shades (me), then this. is. your. sh*t.
  • Aesthetically pleasing packaging
    • Look at them!!! So pretty.
  • Constant Trendy Collaborations with famous people
    • One of my favourite shades is chi with was a collaboration with model Karreuche Tran!
  • They’re cheap and affordable
    • I may love lipsticks, but I don’t particularly love buying more than 5 $30 lipsticks at. one. time. This is a good(?) alternative…good for my makeup needs,  bad for my wallet.
  • They have a steady stream of discount codes and sales that happen year round
    • If I can, I’ll wait till there’s free international shipping, or ill take advantage of promotions of when you buy x amount and get free shipping!

Cons

  • You have to pay for shipping, duties, and shipping takes forever.
    • It takes 20-27 days give or take… that’s three more days till one month. Shipping from across the world is faster.
  • They discontinue colours without notice
    • Seriously. Not COOL.
  • They formulas aren’t consistent
    • They literally tell you – “it’s so cheap you can buy another one.”
  • They can be drying, smudgy, and runny.
    • Lip primers are the solution but still… crusty, messy lips aren’t too cute.
  • Shades can be out of stock forever.
    • Sometimes, you have to stalk their social media pages, FOR ONE COLOUR THAT NEVER COMES BACK IN STOCK.

Okay… there may be a little more cons than pros than I thought but every beauty addict should have at least one ColourPop lipstick. Persuade a friend, or persuade me, and place a bulk order to avoid shipping costs. If you’d like to see swatches, let me know! My arm is always willing and ready to be swatched with lipsticks.